Suggestions for Week of 1028/-11/03

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

Monday October 28th

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

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 Earl Brothers are back. The bad boys of bluegrass, are irreverent energetic and a hell of a lot of fun. Highly recommended N/C

Tuesday October 29th

August Hall 1706, 420 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime…British punk rock band
The Adicts distinctive sound, sensational live shows and catchy, anthemic songs helped them become one of the most recognizable punk bands of all time.. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

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.

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

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:30 PM 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

Wednesday October 30th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel AKA Holy Ghost is the highly acclaimed American synthpop/indietronica/alternative dance duo from Brooklyn, New York. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

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

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM 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

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..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… Master guitarist and storyteller Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader, gaining national prominence with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the ’60s creating one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. Kweskin continues to perform his vast repertoire of folk, blues, swing, jug band and early standards. Highly recommended!!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Thursday October 31st

SF Jazz Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes.
Scott Amendola vs Wil Blades vs Skerik vs Cyro Baptista vs Jeff Parker .. These five masters of improvisation led by drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola, Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades, saxophonist Skerik, guitarist Jeff Parker and Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista perform an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge Per Show.

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Somewhere between Joan Jett and Bonnie Raitt lies GG Amos. This is one badass chick with one badass band. This is one of my very favorite local blues band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th Street, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
The Gil Cohen Trio is a really wonderful jazz trio. When I first heard Gil playing he reminded me a lot of Roy Eldridge’s sound. It turns that Roy was one of his major influences. Gil and his trio is definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:30 PM 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

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel AKA Holy Ghost is the highly acclaimed American synthpop/indietronica/alternative dance duo from Brooklyn, New York. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
Stringshot is a new blues and latin collaboration of three artists slide guitarist/vocalist Roy Rogers, Brazilian/flamingo guitarist/vocalist Badi Assad and world renown harpist & violinist Carlos Reyes. These three artists have joined together to form a musical tour de force, blending their artistry and talents to create a new synthesis of Blues and Latin music. This unique combination of musicians – all virtuosos in their own right – features an amazing interplay and repertoire that promises to dazzle audiences.. Highly recommended!!!!! $34 Cover Charge..

Friday November 1st

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. 70’s American power pop band
The Rubinoos are back on tour with a new album “From Home” on Yep Roc Records and produced by Chuck Prophet. The band is best known for their singles “I Think We’re Alone Now” (1977, a cover of the hit by Tommy James & the Shondells), “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” (1979), and for the theme song to the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds. This is a show not to be missed.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

August Hall 1706, 420 Mason St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… Indie Americana singer/songwriter/musician Justin Townes Earle is engaging and a great performer. I love his band and his demeanor on stage. Opening the show is punk rock guitarist Jonny Two Bags. Highly recommended!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes.
Scott Amendola vs Wil Blades vs Skerik vs Cyro Baptista vs Jeff Parker .. These five masters of improvisation led by drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola, Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades, saxophonist Skerik, guitarist Jeff Parker and Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista perform an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge Per Show.

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended.. N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.
The Del McCoury Band</a> is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands. One of the great bluegrass bands around. Highly recommended!!!!! $44 Cover Charge..

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime..
Mitch Polzak and The Royal Dueces are unquestionably one of the great rockabilly bands around. The high-energy three piece ensemble performs Rockabilly from the late ’50s Sun Records era, guitar instrumentals from influences such as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins, to a wide a range of Bakersfield Honky Tonk and Truck Driving music. Mitch also adds the 5 String Banjo to the show, bringing in the influence of Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. Les James on drums and Hank Maninger on bass round out the lineup. Highly recommended!! N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes…
The Stanley Clarke Band is lead by four-time Grammy award-winner Stanley Clarke who has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and is a trailblazing jazz-fusion bassist. Highly recommended!!!!! $39-$79 Cover Charge Per Show..

The Monkey House 1638 University Ave, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime. A fabulous variety of talent with Americana country blues guitarist John Rybak headlining. Rounding out the show is the funky cello grooves of Cello Joe and Voodoo Cabaret a World Music band formed in San Francisco by Gisela Tangui creating original songs inspired by the orishas/loas of Santeria/Vodou with rhythms from Brasil, Cuba and Guinea. Highly recommended!!!!! $10-$20 Cover Charge.

Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 7:30 PM Showtime.. Acclaimed violinist
Joshua Bell returns to Bing Concert Hall with Italian pianist Alessio Bax.. With over 30 years as a soloist under his belt, Bell is the current director of the renowned Academy of St. Martins in the Fields chamber ensemble. Bax is an award-winning pianist who has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $60-$160 Cover Charge..

Saturday November 2nd

SF Jazz Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes.
Scott Amendola vs Wil Blades vs Skerik vs Cyro Baptista vs Jeff Parker .. These five masters of improvisation led by drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola, Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades, saxophonist Skerik, guitarist Jeff Parker and Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista perform an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge Per Show.

SF Live Arts At ST. Cyprians 2097 Turk Street San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of music tonight featuring teo of the Bay Area’s Top Touring Duos The Aki Kumar & Jon Lawton Duo has been thrilling audiences all over the Bay Area with their passionate, driving take on the classic American blues tradition for close to a decade and Mokai with James Nash who comprise the Americana-leaning Best of the West when it comes to folk/blues singer songwriting troubadours. Highly recommended!!!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 2:30 PM-5:30 PM Showtime..
Banda Sin Nombre is an outstanding five-piece street band performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band’s inspirations range from Peruvian Chicha to Catalan Rumba and Appalachian old time to Cumbia. This is one of the best live performance bands in the Bay Areas!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
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.. N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.
The Americano Social Club plays music for “la dolce vita”: a mix of romantic and eclectic melodies from all over the world including pop, jazz, folk, classical, rock, opera, the music of Brazil and Europe’s cafés as well as some great original pieces. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

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

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.
Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A really great night of music which benefits cancer research. Headlining tonight is a San Francisco based syncopated pop band Panic Is Perfect. Rounding out the bill is San Francisco indie rockers Great Highway and Oakland based indie Americana band The Minnesota Child. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 7:30 PM Showtime..Jon Babtiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma has made him a triple threat and the newly “crowned prince of jazz.” Jon delicately balances a demanding schedule on screen and on stage —which includes his role as Bandleader and Musical Director with the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Jon released his first solo album, Hollywood Africans in 2018 which was nominated for a GRAMMY award for “St. James Infirmary”. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35-$82 Cover Charge…

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM-9:30 PM Showtime.. A really good show tonight featuring Ben Allison & The Easy Way performing the music of legendary jazz guitarist Jim Hall & saxophonist and composer Jimmy Giuffre. Both Hall & Giuffre wrote tunes perfect for free-flowing and spontaneous musical conversations. The Easy Way is modeled after Giuffre’s drummerless trios of the 1950s and 60s. As jazz was becoming more abstract, expressionistic and at times bombastic, Giuffre & Hall were going in the opposite direction. They were envisioning quieter music that embraced the emerging qualities of free playing, while maintaining elements of blues and folk. This music has a unique kind of sophisticated simplicity that has stood the test of time. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith sings at the hippest bar in San Francisco, accompanied by Danny Armstrong on trombone and
Chris Siebert on the Hammond organ. You’ll love the vibe, the cocktails, and the world-class collection of vintage vinyl spinning for your listening pleasure. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Americana music icon Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6 is in performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of her highly-influential masterpiece Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. The three-time Grammy award winner will perform the album in its entirety, followed by a second set of songs from throughout her remarkable career. The Car Wheels On A Gravel Road set will feature visual elements to enhance the storyteller style Williams has used for the special performances. Highly recommended!!!!! $45-$95 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:30 PM & 9:40 PM Showtimes…
The Stanley Clarke Band is lead by four-time Grammy award-winner Stanley Clarke who has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and is a trailblazing jazz-fusion bassist. Highly recommended!!!!! $44-$79 Cover Charge Per Show..

Sunday November 3rd

SF Jazz Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 6:00 PM & 7:30 PM Showtimes.
Scott Amendola vs Wil Blades vs Skerik vs Cyro Baptista vs Jeff Parker .. These five masters of improvisation led by drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola, Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades, saxophonist Skerik, guitarist Jeff Parker and Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista perform an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge Per Show.

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

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.
Singer/songwriter Lilan Kane presents a Sunday Singer Sessions focused on showcasing singers in the Bay Area. Supported by a house band and hosted by Lilan, singers will be featured throughout the evening performing their favorite covers and originals. You never know who might pop in! Join us for a fun night, lots of new songs, and great cocktails. Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. A really good show tonight featuring Ben Allison & The Easy Way performing the music of legendary jazz guitarist Jim Hall & saxophonist and composer Jimmy Giuffre. Both Hall & Giuffre wrote tunes perfect for free-flowing and spontaneous musical conversations. The Easy Way is modeled after Giuffre’s drummerless trios of the 1950s and 60s. As jazz was becoming more abstract, expressionistic and at times bombastic, Giuffre & Hall were going in the opposite direction. They were envisioning quieter music that embraced the emerging qualities of free playing, while maintaining elements of blues and folk. This music has a unique kind of sophisticated simplicity that has stood the test of time. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge…

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 7:00 PM Showtime.. In the Seventies, there were rock ‘n’ roll bands and there was Mott The Hoople of whom Mick Jones of The Clash said ‘If it hadn’t been for Mott, there would be no us’. Adored by a cult following, Mott was different as their focal point, Ian Hunter, oozed image and was a creative force. Hunter combined homage, honesty and killer hooks in many incredible songs, was one of the most inventive and incendiary writers of the Seventies and captured the attention of countless bands and singers. Highly recommended!!!!! $49.50-$129.50 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes…
The Stanley Clarke Band is lead by four-time Grammy award-winner Stanley Clarke who has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and is a trailblazing jazz-fusion bassist. Highly recommended!!!!! $39-$79 Cover Charge Per Show..

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
La Santa Cecilia, named after the patron saint of musicians, their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Zeppelin to Janis Joplin and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. The group consists accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and lead vocalist Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak. This is a show not to be missed.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $32.50 Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week..

Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes is a stylish and engaging new documentary by Sophie Huber about Blue Note Records, the pioneering label celebrating its 80th anniversary gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Highly recommended!!!!

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