Suggestions for Week of 9/16-9/22

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

Monday September 16th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime… The High Tide Trio is a sensational super instrumental band featuring Mitch Polzak on guitar and bass, Hank Maninger on guitar and bass, and Les James on drums. Les will not be playing guitar. Hank and Mitch will switch off on guitar and bass. Mitch and Hank will not be playing the drums. The band plays all sorts of interesting guitar instrumentals, including surf, country, jazz, bluegrass, and movie and TV show themes. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

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 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Showtime..
The Handsome Ladies, the best ladies-only bluegrass ensemble, hold an early jam session. If you are a lady, bring your instrument and get involved. Highly recommended!! N/C

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:55 PM Showtime..
Windy Hill, the first ladies of Bay Area bluegrass music, have a return engagement to Amnesia. This should be a good show..N/C

Tuesday September 17th

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, 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

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.

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. A great show this evening featuring the multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer
Adrian Belew who has released 20 solo albums, while working alongside some of the most groundbreaking artists of the past 30 years, including Paul Simon, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, and Nine Inch Nails, among others. For 33 years he was the frontman, singer, and guitarist in art-rock giant King Crimson. Known for pushing the sonic boundaries of guitar, much of Belew’s music mixes pop songwriting with complex time signatures, witty lyrics, wild sounds, and a technical mastery of his instrument. Opening the show is veteran artist and multi-instrumentalist Saul Zonana who has been touring and releasing his quirky brand of pop-rock music for over thirty years now. His prolific and extensive career includes ten solo albums, with commercial radio success from his “WAVES” album and the still popular “BLUE MONKEY”. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. A really fun and wild show in store tonight featuring Pittsburgh, PA’s comedic eclectic eccentric Weird Paul Petroskey. Also on the bill are two Oakland bands, the high powered garage punk bubblegum rockers The Rinds and the raw, loud punk power of TV. Static… Highly recommended!!!!!!! $12 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 cross culture latin salsa musician Carlos Xavier performing at Rincon Center located at 121 Spear Street; World Afro-Brazilian/Peruvian pop jazz/funk ensemble Sang Matiz performs at One Bush Street.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
David Bromberg‘s incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass. Joining David this evening is one of the great new Nashville based guitarists Jordan Tice who has worked as a sideman to legendary performers like guitarist Dave Rawlings, banjo player Tony Trischka, and comedian Steve Martin. Highly recommended!!!!!! $39 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

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley. The festival kicks off at the Ashkenaz located at 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley starting at 8:00 PM with a Cajun dance party featuring David Greely , founding fiddler with Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys backed by Suzy & Eric Thompson of The California Cajun Orchestra. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge.. For a complete schedule visit Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Schedule.

Wednesday September 18th

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.

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:45 PM Showtime..
Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums perform vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogie rhythms, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. This band simply gives you the beat to move your feet. This will be a fun show. 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

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Another great night of music with a great alternative pop/punk band from Philadelphia Grayscale headlining the show. Also on the bill are pop punk rockers from Chicago Belmont, pop/punk emo rockers from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Bearings and from Sicklerville, NJ alternative rockers
Rich People. Highly recommended!!!!!! $18 Cover Charge…

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
The Midnight Moods are one of the Bay Areas best kept secrets. This is a wonderful classic jazz trio led the amazing Jacqueline Corona on vocals with Alex Farrell on bass and Julian Shipp on piano. Highly recommended!! 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 Americana music artist Jimbo Trout performing at 405 Howard Street; Urban blues group Greg Simmons & The Bad Influents will perform at 555 California Street; jazz flutist Gerald Beckett and his quartet performs at 101 California Street; Bollywood blues musician Aki Kumar will perform at Salesforce Park located at 406 Mission Street.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention continues today with lots of free activities. For a complete schedule visit Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Schedule.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
David Bromberg‘s incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass. Joining David this evening is one of the great new Nashville based guitarists Jordan Tice who has worked as a sideman to legendary performers like guitarist Dave Rawlings, banjo player Tony Trischka, and comedian Steve Martin. Highly recommended!!!!!! $39 Cover Charge..

Thursday September 19th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime. Bobby McFerrin is a revolutionary musical force whose work blurs the definitions of jazz, a capella, and classical music, while dispelling preconceptions regarding the limits of the human voice. Inspired by pianist Keith Jarrett to perform completely improvised solo concerts, McFerrin has established a reputation as one of the most iconic and influential vocalists alive, effortlessly jumping between octaves and seemingly singing multiple parts at once, in concerts that leave audiences slack-jawed in disbelief. He has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians including Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, and Yo Yo Ma, conducted the world’s major symphony orchestras, worked tirelessly as an educator and arts evangelist, scored an era-defining pop hit with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” and has received ten GRAMMY Awards. For this exclusive week of performances, McFerrin performs in collaboration with a superb group of guest musicians and vocalists. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$100 Cover Charge….

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Three really good bands tonight with Minneapolis based space pop/disco rockers NIght Moves headlining.. Rounding out the show are a fine Americana rock band from Charleston, S.C. The Artisanals and opening the night’s music is Mill Valley’s indie alternative rocker Michael Shaw. Highly recommended!!!!! $14 Cover Charge..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:45 PM Showtime.. Featuring members of Tumbledown House and the John Brothers Piano Company,
The Ramshackle Jazz Band pulls from a wide repertoire of original material, as well standards, groovy instrumentals, old reefer tunes, and occasional modern cover songs. Instrumentation generally includes clarinet, trumpet, stride piano, bluesy guitar, bass, and drums, and the band’s influences range from hard bop to soul to cumbia. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. Vocalist titleDarlene Langston shares her selections from the Great American Songbook, as well as her love of the blues. Ms. Langston is accompanied by the all star Saints & Sinners Jazz Band. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

titleClub Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.. Junk Parlor’s influences range from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt to Fats Domino, Howling Wolf and Elvis. This is one of the best and most creative Bay Area bands. Highly recommended!! 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 the great Puerto Rican influenced ensemble
La Mixta Criolla performing at 303 2nd Street.

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 5:00 PM 6:30 PM Showtime.. The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Callers Square Dance Workshop, taught by Sue Hulsether, will give you a fast and furious intro to square dance calling. While you are having a great time dancing, you will learn how to start calling traditional squares. You will learn some square dance patter, work on using our voices rhythmically, clarify the mysteries of square dance structure, and even take turns improvising while calling. Helpful handouts included; new experiences guaranteed. No experience or partner needed. Come to have fun, leave with a new skill under your belt. Highly Recommended!!!!!No Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention continues with a great show featuring Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton is a time-traveling songster who plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, piano and other instruments; West Virginia fiddler Frank George considered him to be a “cohort”, or torchbearer, of old-time music. He’s performed all over the world at festivals, was selected to channel Lead Belly at the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall, and appears in the music documentary AMERICAN EPIC, produced by Robert Redford, Jack White and T-Bone Burnett. The innovative Bay Area Americana roots string band The Crooked Jades. Opening the show is Thomas Maupin the most renowned Tennessee buck dancer of his generation. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Thomas became a mainstay at music gatherings in the South. His precise musical timing and collaborative spirit made him favored among old-time string bands. In 2017 Thomas Maupin received our nation’s highest honor for traditional music, the National Heritage Fellowship. Accompanying Maupin is his grandson Daniel Rothwell who is an award-winning traditional banjo player who specializes in the style and spirit of Uncle Dave Macon. Tennessee native and award winning fiddler Casy Meikle will be joining Daniel.. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention continues today with lots of free activities. For a complete schedule visit Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Schedule.

Friday September 20th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime. Bobby McFerrin is a revolutionary musical force whose work blurs the definitions of jazz, a capella, and classical music, while dispelling preconceptions regarding the limits of the human voice. Inspired by pianist Keith Jarrett to perform completely improvised solo concerts, McFerrin has established a reputation as one of the most iconic and influential vocalists alive, effortlessly jumping between octaves and seemingly singing multiple parts at once, in concerts that leave audiences slack-jawed in disbelief. He has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians including Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, and Yo Yo Ma, conducted the world’s major symphony orchestras, worked tirelessly as an educator and arts evangelist, scored an era-defining pop hit with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” and has received ten GRAMMY Awards. For this exclusive week of performances, McFerrin performs in collaboration with a superb group of guest musicians and vocalists.Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $50/$70/$90/$110 Cover Charge…

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..
The Scott Foster Quintet has been performing regularly for the last several years and compiled a large repertoire. Joining Scott will be Geechi Taylor on trumpet, David Boyce and James Mahone on reeds, Surya Prashanka on drums, Grant Levin on piano Dave Rwell on bass and led by Scott on guitar. Scott is a great jazz guitarist and this band really cooks. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

Slims 333 11th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Metalachi is the world’s first and only metal mariachi band and one of the great heavy metal bands in the known universe. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $17 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..A fun night at the hill with a really good anthemic rock and roll band all the way from Roma, Italy Giuda.. I really like this band.. Two Oakland bands the glam rock power pop So What and making their debut is the post-molt bug rock Exotic Ticks.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime. Cosmo Alleycats is one of my favorite Bay Are jazz ensembles. The Alleycats are so good and so much fun and one of the better jazz bands in the Bay Area. Highly recommended. N/C

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
Istanbul Connection, a Bay Area musical collective, formed when 13 members of the most in-demand Balkan and Latin bands were gravitationally pulled to visit the city of Istanbul. With a mind towards cross-cultural connection and sonic expansion, these die-hards flew 7,000 miles to represent a piece of the Bay Area music scene. In the process, they have cemented themselves as a supergroup of groove, and since their epic beginnings, the band has performed sold-out show after sold-out show. They continue to draw their inspiration from the musical styles of Turkish maqam, flamenco, rumba, Balkan, and cumbia, which they are so deeply rooted in. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 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 60’s instrumental trio The Pleasure Palace performing at 555 Mission; a great latin jazz band Charlie Barreda SF Latin Jazz performs at 425 Market..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention continues with a great show featuring three of the of the best Bay Area folk & blues musicians and jug band legends Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin & Suzy Thompson headline a great show which also features a great band from the mountains of West Virginia The Modock Rounders playing their hard-driving distinctive style of old-time music and a great Appalachian ballad singer Donna Ray Norton. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention continues today with lots of free activities. For a complete schedule visit Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Schedule.

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM-9:30 PM Showtime.. Chuchito Valdes is following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continuing the legacy of great piano players form Cuba. With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music including Son, Danzon, Cuban Timba and Guaguanco. $25 Cover Charge

Saturday September 21st

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 701 Mission Street San Francisco 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Showtime.. The great Bay Area band Kugelplex is steeped in the secular, celebratory music of Eastern European Jewry, preserving and building on a tradition that was almost wiped out by the Holocaust. Always looking to collaborate—they’ve worked widely with powerhouse soul/funk/jazz singer Linda Tillery—the group teams up with Syrian-born percussion master Faisal Zedan his Arabic drum ensemble Ajyal. Featuring clarinetist Jason Ditzian, accordionist/pianist Dan Cantrell, violinist/vocalist Lila Sklar, percussionist Michael Pinkham, guitarist Max Baloian, and bassist Eric Perney, Kugelplex has performed with Zedan over the years, but the ecstatic experience of joining forces at a Tunisian wedding last year left all the players determined to chase the buzz again. There are no nuptials planned, but the concert promises the joyous celebration of a wild vibe of Arabic-Jewish wedding. Highly recommended!!!!!

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime. Bobby McFerrin is a revolutionary musical force whose work blurs the definitions of jazz, a capella, and classical music, while dispelling preconceptions regarding the limits of the human voice. Inspired by pianist Keith Jarrett to perform completely improvised solo concerts, McFerrin has established a reputation as one of the most iconic and influential vocalists alive, effortlessly jumping between octaves and seemingly singing multiple parts at once, in concerts that leave audiences slack-jawed in disbelief. He has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians including Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, and Yo Yo Ma, conducted the world’s major symphony orchestras, worked tirelessly as an educator and arts evangelist, scored an era-defining pop hit with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” and has received ten GRAMMY Awards. For this exclusive week of performances, McFerrin performs in collaboration with a superb group of guest musicians and vocalists. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $50/$70/$90/$110 Cover Charge…

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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Barrio Manouche is a great Bay Area ensemble performing a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that it’s difficult to classify but instantly recognizable deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the gypsy soul of eastern Europe, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. The 2019 Noise Pop Festival presents Brazil’s psychedelic pop pioneers Boogarins who began playing music together as teenagers in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia – creating psychedelic pop in their parents’ gardens, filtering their country’s rich musical history through a very modern lens. Opening the show is the dreamy indie rock band out of Boston titleWinter. Highly recommended!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime. Singer/pianist Diana Krall is not only one of jazz musics great performers but one of its most recognizable as well. Diane’s interest in jazz came from her father, a stride piano player with an extensive record collection. “I think Dad has every recording Fats Waller ever made,” she said, “and I tried to learn them all.” By 1990, she was based in New York, performing with a trio and singing, as well as recording several albums, including the Nat “King” Cole tribute All for You. With her pre-bop piano style, cool but sensual singing, and fortuitously photogenic looks, Diana Krall took the jazz world by storm in the late ’90s with her album When I Look in Your Eyes — an international best-seller and earned her a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. It also was the first jazz album to be nominated for Album of the Year in twenty-five years. Krall continued recording after the turn of the twenty first century, releasing several successful albums featuring music from different genres, including the bossa nova-themed Quiet Nights, ragtime and early jazz covers on Glad Rag Doll, and pop selections from the sixties onward on Wallflower. Highly recommended!!!!! $59.50/$89.50/$125 Cover Charge..

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 7:30 PM 11:30 PM Showtime.. The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Square Dance, starts out with a Flatfooting workshop led by Thomas Maupin assisted by Korey Posey and Ruth Alpert. The square dancing begins at 8:00 PM with three great fiddle-and-banjo bands:West Virginia’a The Moduck Rounders, Virginia’s Earl White String Band and Oakland’s Squirrelly String Band and two great callers, guest caller Wisconsin’s Sue Hulsether and Berkeley’s own Robin Fischer. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention continues today with lots of free activities. For a complete schedule visit Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Schedule.

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 9:00 PM Showtime.. The Hormones headline an all girl tribute to the The Ramones. Rounding out the night are The Halford Wives and Iron Maybe. Highly recommended!!!!! $13 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM-9:30 PM Showtime..The Laura Klein Trio features Laura on piano, Ruth Davies on bass and Kelly Fasman on drums with special guest Mary Fettig on sax & flute presenting a tribute for Marian McPartland‘s 100 birthday. This all-star quartet of Bay Area jazz women will revisit some of Marian’s tunes, and perform a wide range of captivating music by of a host of brilliant jazz composers, including Joanne Brackeen, Mary Lou Williams, Renee Rosnes, Alice Coltrane, Eliane Elias, and others. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes…
Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, Mayall, G. Allman, Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others. Highly recommended!!!!!!!$34-$74 Cover Charge..

Sunday September 22nd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 Showtime. Bobby McFerrin is a revolutionary musical force whose work blurs the definitions of jazz, a capella, and classical music, while dispelling preconceptions regarding the limits of the human voice. Inspired by pianist Keith Jarrett to perform completely improvised solo concerts, McFerrin has established a reputation as one of the most iconic and influential vocalists alive, effortlessly jumping between octaves and seemingly singing multiple parts at once, in concerts that leave audiences slack-jawed in disbelief. He has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians including Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, and Yo Yo Ma, conducted the world’s major symphony orchestras, worked tirelessly as an educator and arts evangelist, scored an era-defining pop hit with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” and has received ten GRAMMY Awards. For this exclusive week of performances, McFerrin performs in collaboration with a superb group of guest musicians and vocalists.Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$100 Cover Charge…

The Lucky Horseshoe Bar 453 Cortland Ave, San Francisco 4:00 PM-7:00 PM Showtime..
Bernal Hillbillies are 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

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.
Brandi Carlile is just a fabulous singer songwriter and producer whose music spans multiple genres. Brandi is also a great performer. She is a three-time Grammy award winner and her record By The Way I Forgive You is some of the best songwriting from any recording in the past few years.. Highly recommended!!!! $40.50-$96.00 Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 Showtime.. Fellini meets New Orleans..The internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking force in the world of entertainment MarchFourth Marching Band is coming to the Bay Area. MarchForth is a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, and irresistible charisma! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience of pure joy. Not to be missed!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:00 PM Showtime… Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, Mayall, G. Allman, Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others. Highly recommended!!!!! $29.00-$74.00 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. Award-winning Canadian saxophonist, composer and arranger, Allison Au and her talented quartet featuring Allison on alto saxophone, Todd Pentney on piano, Daniel Fortin on bass and Fabio Ragnelli on drums. Allison’s sound is steeped in the tradition of jazz but skillfully laced with elements of classical, pop, R&B, hip hop, Latin, and world music. Highly recommended!!!!! $30-$35 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… Lydia Pense and Cold Blood debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation’s musical Meccas. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia’s voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60’s, early-70’s albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower Of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be known as East Bay Grease. That music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come. Highly Recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week..

Why The Cowboy Sings.. The cowboy’s job has always been dangerous, lonely, dusty, gory and low-paying. So why do cowboys make music, and why do they need to tell their story? Why the Cowboy Sings is a journey across the open West to explore this unique genre of folk art. Co-producer Hal Cannon has been chasing this question for 30 years. He is a founder of the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and has played cowboy music in a traditional band since the early 1970s. In this journey he travels to four ranches, in the middle of winter, to visit cowboys during a season when they have more time to sing.

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