Suggestions for Week of 9/09-9/15

Another great week of live in the Bay Area. Here are some suggestion for this week..

Monday September 9th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime…
Mike Olmos Presents The Sessions. Mike is a such a great trumpet player. He leads his all star Sessions for a great night of jazz.. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Le Hot Jazz.. The spirit of Django is alive and well in San Francisco. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime..              
The Fil Lorenz Orchestra is a high-voltage, crowd-pleasing big band born of the blues, with a sound defined by a searing, relentless horn section. Saxophonist/arranger Lorenz has assembled a musical cast of the highest standard, bringing some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most accomplished and adventurous jazz veterans together with some of the fertile San Francisco scene’s most promising up-and-coming players. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge…

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:55 PM Showtime..
The Bow Ties are back at the Amnesia playing great traditional bluegrass. Highly recommended. N/C

If you live near Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:00 PM Showtime..Comprised of three masters spanning and two generations, Options features legendary multi-reed player Bennie Maupin and his long-time collaborators, bassist Eric Revis and drummer
Nasheet Waits. Maupin is perhaps best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis’ classic Bitches Brew album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings was a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s seminal band The Headhunters. Highly recommended!!!!!! $36.75 Cover Charge….

Tuesday September 10th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime. Vibrason is another great band out of the Bay Area very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. Highly recommended $10 Cover Charge.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM Showtimes….. World-renowned pianist George Colligan performs with his all-star trio that includes Grammy award winning bass legend Buster Williams with 3 time Grammy award winning, former Return To Forever drummer and founding father of fusion, Lenny White. Band leader George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but an artist who has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $24/$59 Cover Charge…

Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.
Clyde The Blynd and His Trio will be performing his original compositions both old and new, plus songs from Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter and Augustus Pablo in this latest version of Clyde’s unique vision. N/C

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime. Junior Brown’s music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n’ roll. There’s usually a wide-eyed look accompanying one who witnesses Junior’s unique instrumental prowess for the first time… or the second, or third, for that matter. Junior invented his own guitar, one that combines the standard 6-string guitar and the steel guitar. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years (and in a town like Austin, that’s saying something). His talents have led major magazines like Musician to herald Junior as a genius. Life Magazine honored him as the only contemporary musician included in their “All Time Country Band,” and Guitar Player magazine’s 1994 “Best of…” listings made him their #1 lap steel player, #2 Country Artist, and #3 country album (Guit With It).”A lot of people tell me they don’t like country music, but they like what I am doing,” says Junior Brown. “I hear that line more than anything else,” which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior’s stylistic allegiance. If you have never Seen Junior I highly recommend Seeing this genius of the guitar. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $29 Cover Charge.
People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes the award winning accordion soul musician Andre Thierry performing at Rincon Center located at 121 Spear Street; Jellyroll, led by one of my favorite Bay Area vocalist Belinda Blair has a repertoire that covers jazz, swing and jump blues of the era including the songbooks of Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Big Mama Thornton and other jump-blues greats will perform at One Bush Street..

Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. One of the greatest interpreters of The Great American Song Book Tony Bennett will be in concert along with his very talented daughter Antonia Bennett. Highly recommended!!!!!! $59.50-$159.50 Cover Charge..

Wednesday September 11th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime. The Patrick Wolff Bebop Quartet is deeply rooted in the bebop tradition established by Bird, Clifford Jordan and Dexter Gordon. Patrick is absolutely my favorite Bay Area tenor player and he leads an outstanding group of musicians..N/C.

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 8 PM-Midnight Showtime. Ed Ivey’s Weekly Blues Jam gets the bar rocking. His weekly jam is really fun. N/C

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:45 PM Showtime..
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums is one of the fun bands in the Bay Area performing vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogies, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. Tonight they focus on giving you the beat to move your feet. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge…

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes a really wonderful bluegrass/western swing ensemble The Vivants performing at 555 California Street; Lulu & The Rent Party plays an eclectic selection of jazz, latin, and pop tunes will perform at 101 California Street; City Opera SF will perform at 525 Market Street; The Cottontails of the Bay Area’s best vintage jazz ensembles will perform at 555 California Street; pop singer songwriter Matt Jaffe will perform at Salesforce Park 406 Mission Street..

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen‘s cohort, renaissance man, champion of the rock & roll underdog and one of rock’s most colorful figures will be in performance with his magnificent rock ‘n’ roll band Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul. Highly recommended!!!!!! $66 Cover Charge…

Thursday September 12th

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Steve Lucky Carmen Getit Trio in a rare performance without the “Rhuba Bums”. I love the trio because it showcases the great musicianship of Steve and and Carmen’s vocals are reminiscent of Dina Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. Highly recommended!!!! N/C…

The Mezzanine 444 Jessie St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Norwegian singer and songwriter Sigrid who rose to fame with the release of her debut 2017 EP Don’t Kill My Vibe will be in performance.. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge.

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:45 PM Showtime. The Cottontails are one of San Francisco’s most exciting musical groups, playing a wide range of styles ranging from 20’/30’s Gatsby-era jazz, classic 40’s swing, and vintage 50’s/60’s R&B. This is a great intimate setting to see this outstanding ensemble with the great Karina Denike on vocals, Michael McIntosh on piano, Sam Rocha on bass, and the irrepressible Randy Odell on percussion. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Masonic San Francisco 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar- driven rock and roll for more than four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY® Awards. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, The Doobie Brothers continue to write and record new material and tour the world. Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes”, both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include: “Listen to the Music,” “China Grove,” “Jesus Is Just All Right,” “Rockin’ Down the Highway,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Take Me In Your Arms,” “Takin’ it to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” “You Belong to Me,” “The Doctor” and more. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $39.50-$403 Cover Charge…

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. If you don’t know Johnny Z and the Camaros you should. They are such a fun rock and roll band. They will have Tupelo rockin’ out. N/C..

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes neo traditional soul music of Evie Ladin Old Time Dance Party performing at 303 Second Street; American blues band Mad Mama & The Bonafide Few performs at 333 Market Street.

Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..
Squeeze is one of the greatest new wave bands ever to come from Britain. This influential pop group distinguished by the clever songwriting of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook is back together for a U.S. Tour. Highly recommended!!!!!! $49.50-$69.50 Cover Charge..

Friday September 13th

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Come and celebrate the Bill Monroe Birthday Celebration hosted by Laurie Lewis who will be performing with many of the Bay Area bluegrass elite musicians. Highly recommended!!!!!! $26 Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. The unruly, exuberant quartet of rappers from South Central Los Angeles, the legendary The Pharcyde are one of the most, playful, humorous and funk-spiked rappers in this or any universe. They are one of my all time favorites and I look forward to seeing them. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

The Warfield 982 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
Gogol Bordello is one of the great party bands in the universe and the purveyors of gypsy punk. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40-$55 Cover Charge..

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes salsa jazz ensemble LaTiDo performs at 555 Mission; Gaucho is a masterful Bay Area band that combines the influence of gypsy jazz of 1930’s Europe with the rhythmic drive and collective improvisation of New Orleans swing music, gutbucket blues and elements of ragtime performs at 425 Market Street..

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 9:00 PM Showtime.. title The New Orleans Suspects will be performing with New Orleans great vocalist Erica Falls. This New Orleans Supergroup has been laying down its Swampified Rock and Roll throughout North America at a feverish pace. Their music combines irresistibly tight funk, soulful horns, Americana based rhythm and blues, and a pinch of jamband to create a uniquely funky groove. The group brings together some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans including “Mean” Willie Green on drums, Jeff Watkins on saxophone, Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals, CR Gruver on keyboards/vocals and Eric Vogel on bass. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Show.. Howell Devine is the massively talented NorCal trio featuring Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard) and Joe Kyle Jr. (Upright Bass). HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge.. $20 Cover Charge..

Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Just an incredible night of music with Legendary singer/songwriter Brian Wilson and founding member of The Beach Boys is in performance along with Iconic British psychedelic pop legends
The Zombies. Highly recommended!!!!!! $79.50-$229.50 Cover Charge…

Saturday September 14th

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 701 Mission Street San Francisco 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Showtime. Brass, Bows And Beats Hip-Hop Symphony is a concert event where the wildly eclectic Jazz Mafia collective brings together many of the Bay Area’s most creative and accomplished jazz instrumentalists, soul vocalists, hip-hop MCs and composer/arrangers. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Jazz Mafia’s most ambitious work to date, the SFJAZZ-commissionedBrass, Bows & Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony. The Jazz Mafia Symphony reunites on one stage, performing reimagined selections of Brass, Bows & Beats, as well as the world premieres of several new works that feature surprise special guests.

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime..
Westside Jazz Club, lead by the wonderful tenor saxophonist Scott Silverberg, is a collective of innovative jazz musicians performing jazz standards, challenging modern compositions and freshly-updated classics. I have seen this ensemble a number of time and they never disappoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Express is lead by one of the great french creole zydeco/cajun accordionists anywhere. Andre is a master at pumping out fast, funky rhythms on an instrument not usually associated with earthy syncopation. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 6:30 PM Showtime. Four really good local bands tonight with Chico, CA’s progressive post hardcore rockers Hail The Sun headlining the show. Instrumental melodic progressive rock trio Strawberry Girls, experimental rockers Royal Coda and progressive burrito punk rockers VIS round out a fun night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!! $17 Cover Charge..

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Southern California troubadour, indie rocker, producer and recording engineer Greg Laswell will be in special performance. Greg is a great uncompromising songwriter whose has been compared to Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave… Should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $25-$30 Cover Charge..

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime..
Baguette Quartette is a great Bay Area ensemble that plays music that was heard in Paris between 1920 and 1940 on street corners, in cafes, and in popular dance halls. Its repertoire consists of valses musettes, tangos, pasos dobles, fox trots, marches and realistic songs. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:30 Showtime..
Rolling Thunder Redux:A Bob Dylan Homage.. In conjunction with the hoopla around Bod Dylan’s 1975-76 epic Rolling Thunder Revue, long time collaborators and Bay Area music stalwarts Max Baloian and Freddi Price (both of Rube Waddell, Lord Loves a Working Man, and too many local projects to mention) join with a cast of fellow Bay Area virtuosi to bring back to life this short lived moment in rock history! With Mr. Price holding down the Dylan duties and Mr. Baloian on bass, and joined by Grammy nominated producer and guitarist Myles Boisen, violinist Lila Sklar (Rosen Coven), eclectic hotshot guitarist John Shiurba (Eskimo, The Molecules and Spezza Rotto), veteran drummer Tim Rowe, and country chanteuse Jill Rogers on vocals, this ensemble cast promises to bring the spirit of the original Rolling Thunder Circus back again for the night! Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM- Showtime.. Flutist Rebecca Kleinmann & vocalist Tiffany Austin perform together in the latest installment of the “Bossa meets the Blues” concert series melding jazz, bossa, and original compositions. They also feature an all-star rhythm section that includes Tammy Lynne Hall on piano, Jeff Chambers on bass, and Leon Joyce Jr. on drums with special guest guitarist Brazilian composer and guitarist Ian Facquini. Don’t miss these brilliant artists sharing music from Mozart to Charlie Parker and Herbie Hancock and new co-creations..Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge….

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you might want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 9:00 PM Showtime..
Boostive massive sound is the product of seven young musician’s unique musical influences including Heiroglyphics, The Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, Slightly Stoopid, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Zion i, and Gramatik. Drawing from elements from everything from gritty hip hop to ambient electronic and back world music, they create a powerful trance-like atmosphere for their audiences and easily fit in to any kind of musical setting. Highly recommended!!!!!$15 Cover Charge..

Sunday September 15th

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime.. Bernal Hillbillies.. A great three hours of bluegrass music at a really great venue reminiscent of the jams at the Old Paul Saloon many years ago. N/C

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 7:30 PM Showtime.. A great night of music is in store featuring one of the Bay Area’s musical performance groups the
Extra Action Marching Band. This 22 member brass and drum corps is a radical blend of multiple genres, bent and re-shaped into a militant signature sound that is hard-hitting, explosive, obtrusive and blunt. Extra Action has performed and collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, Arcade Fire, Rebirth Brass Band, Crash Worship, Modest Mouse, Ween, John Prine, Extreme Elvis, and MDC. Singer, saxophonist and visual artist Jesse Evans and Minneapolis based drums and bass trio Kitten Forever round out a great night of music fun and frolics… Highly recommended!!!!!!! $18 Cover Charge…

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you might want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 4:00 PM Showtime.. Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin And The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. Highly recommended..$20 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week..

Sonny Rollins Beyond The Notes. Director Dick Fontaine revisits the extraordinary life of the greatest saxophone player in the world – Sonny Rollins. Still resisting stereotype and compromise, Rollins celebrates his 80th birthday with Roy Haynes, Jim Hall, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride and Ornette Coleman.

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