Suggestions for Week of 12/02-12/08

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

Monday December 2nd

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 AM Showtime…
The Pleasure Palace is a wonderful trio where Hammond Organ, Electric Guitar, and Drums make a crazy melange of greasy 70’s soul, sparkling teen beat favorites, once folks enter the palace, they never return the same…The band features the guitar wizardry of Ned Boynton, Lorenzo Farrell on hammond organ, Rolf Wilkinson on drums and sitting in special guest jazz legend title Jules Broussard 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…

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

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Legendary rapper, The Doggfather, Snoop Dogg is on his I Wanna Thank Me Tour along with rappers Warren G, Berner and RJMrLA. Snoop Dogg remains being held in high esteem and affection by hip-hop fans worldwide, and is one of the most recognizable faces and voices of the whole genre, even to those who don’t listen to his music.Highly recommended!!!!! $75 Cover Charge..

Tuesday December 3rd

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

7 Mile House 2800 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. One of the Bay Area’s best jazz groups , the popular Al Molina Jazz Sextet is playing tonight led by
Al Molina on trumpet with Al Bent on trombone, Tod Dickow on sax, Larry Chin on piano, Peter Barshay on bass and the great Vince Lateano on drums. This is a great ensemble playing music by Chick Corea, Woody Herman, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Monk, Miles and even Blue Mitchell. Highly recommended!!!!!! No cover Charge..

Wednesday December 4th

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

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

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes..
Talib Kweli is the Brooklyn-based MC who has earned his stripes as one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last 20 years. Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists.. Highly recommended!!!! $44-$99 Cover Charge..

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 9:00 PM Showtime..
Dragon Smoke is a band that formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition known as the “Superjam”. The “Superjam” idea is to put together a band of people who don’t normally play together and see what happens. . This inception took place at the famed Dragon’s Den, hence the name of the band. The music centers around Eric Lindell’s blue eyed soul, Neville’s funk and R&B, and Galactic’s groove. Besides a few trips to the West Coast, this band has been strictly playing in New Orleans. With everyone in the band being a leader on their own, it is rare to get this band together. And when it does, it shows that these guys are really having FUN! From the interplay between the members, you would think that Dragon Smoke has been playing shows forever. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45 Cover Charge…

Thursday December 5th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
Buena Vista Jazz Band follows the in the style and instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950s: Bass, Drums, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Cornet, Trombone and Clarinet.The selections played by the Buena Vista Jazz Band are the classic songs of the New Orleans jazz age, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. The Buena Vista Jazz Band features the vocals of Ms. Darlene Langston. Highly recommended!!! No Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Fire up the yule log and start the figgy pudding as Michael Feinstein returns to his San Francisco home this holiday season. Join Michael and his band as they come “Home for the Holidays” featuring holiday classics like, “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. You can also expect to hear classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, as well as other holiday surprises performed as only Michael can. Highly recommended!!!! $85-$115 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. 10 time Grammy winner and one of the best live acts in the world Asleep At The Wheel has been the preeminent most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather
Bob Wills, The Wheel have earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout their lengthy career, they have not only preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but they’ve also been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form. Highly recommended!!!!! $20-$40 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. World renowned harpist & violinist Carlos Reyes has established himself as a successful solo artist, touring the world and also sharing the stage with a long list of musical superstars such as Steve Miller, The Doobie Brothers, Clint Black, Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Willie Nelson, slide guitarist, Roy Rogers, Zac Brown and many others. In 2013 Carlos performed at The White House along side Gloria Estefan, trumpet master Arturo Sandoval, Mexican artists Lila Downs and Marco Antonio Solis. In addition to his profound mastery of harp and violin, Carlos also plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and keyboards; and is a well-respected producer, composer, and engineer with 8 self produced and recorded albums to his credit. Carlos has been at the forefront of introducing the electric harp to the world. He has consistently broken technical and musical boundaries and pioneered techniques that have expanded musical possibilities for musicians and audiences alike. Highly recommended!!!!! $28-$59 Cover Charge..

Friday December 6th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Dragon Smoke is a band that formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition known as the “Superjam”. The “Superjam” idea is to put together a band of people who don’t normally play together and see what happens. . This inception took place at the famed
Dragon’s Den, hence the name of the band. The music centers around Eric Lindell’s blue eyed soul, Neville’s funk and R&B, and Galactic’s groove. Besides a few trips to the West Coast, this band has been strictly playing in New Orleans. With everyone in the band being a leader on their own, it is rare to get this band together. And when it does, it shows that these guys are really having FUN! From the interplay between the members, you would think that Dragon Smoke has been playing shows forever. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45 Cover Charge…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..
Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces. has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. A great show this evening featuring San Francisco based gypsy jazz ensemble the
Mission Hot Club. I love their mix of Django style jazz, mixing in dixieland, musette, balkan, andklezmer. The band features Hélène Bahu on violin, Alex Yakubovich on clarinet, Scott Feichter on guitar, Simon Lace on guitar and Robert Kennedy on accordion. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Fire up the yule log and start the figgy pudding as Michael Feinstein returns to his San Francisco home this holiday season. Join Michael and his band as they come “Home for the Holidays” featuring holiday classics like, “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. You can also expect to hear classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, as well as other holiday surprises performed as only Michael can. Highly recommended!!!! $85-$115 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Contemporary Jazz Piano Legend, David Benoit along with acclaimed vocalist Sarah Gazarek is paying tribute to this incredible piece of entertainment history, with a “David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown”. This inspirational tribute concert features the classic music of Vince Guaraldi along with “Charlie Brown Christmas” originals from David Benoit, who took over the helm as music composer for the new Charlie Brown Christmas TV Specials more than a decade ago, as well as classics from David Benoit’s illustrious career as a MultiGrammy Nominated Solo Artist. The show also features the young voices of a local children’s choir, which serves as a wonderful way of getting the local community involved. The heart-warming show is sure to get the audience in that Christmas Spirit and bring out the ‘kid’ in all of us this holiday season. Highly recommended!!!! $44-$84 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. 10 time Grammy winner and one of the best live acts in the world Asleep At The Wheel has been the preeminent most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather
Bob Wills, The Wheel have earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout their lengthy career, they have not only preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but they’ve also been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form. Highly recommended!!!!! $20-$40 Cover Charge..

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime.. Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces. has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

Saturday December 7th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime…
The Allman Family Revival returns to celebrate Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday with The Allman Betts Band with special guests Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Robert Randolph,
Eric Krasno, Jimmy Hall, Samantha Fish, Todd Park Mohr, Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien) and other special guests. Highly recommended!!!!! $45 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Pianist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer Marco Benevento is on tour promoting his new critically acclaimed psych-pop album Let It Slide. Benevento’s brand of high-octane keyboard wizardry—an uptempo, uplifting sound he playfully describes as “hot dance piano rock” with elements of vintage R&B and soul through modern indie rock and pop sensibilities and peppering it with the kind of adventurous improvisation that Benevento’s come to be celebrated for worldwide. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 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!!!

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 5:00 PM Showtime.. Fire up the yule log and start the figgy pudding as Michael Feinstein returns to his San Francisco home this holiday season. Join Michael and his band as they come “Home for the Holidays” featuring holiday classics like, “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. You can also expect to hear classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, as well as other holiday surprises performed as only Michael can. Highly recommended!!!! $85-$115 Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Fire up the yule log and start the figgy pudding as Michael Feinstein returns to his San Francisco home this holiday season. Join Michael and his band as they come “Home for the Holidays” featuring holiday classics like, “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. You can also expect to hear classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, as well as other holiday surprises performed as only Michael can. Highly recommended!!!! $85-$115 Cover Charge..

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime..
Renegade Duo is guitarist Jon Mendle and mezzo soprano Melinda Martinez Becker. Utilizing both historical and modern instruments, they perform eclectic and imaginative programs of uncommon repertoire for guitar, lute, banjo and voice. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime.. Hearing
Macy Blackman & His Mighty Fine Trio is like stepping into an uptown New Orleans club such as the Dew Drop Inn circa 1955. He is the Bay Areas link to the likes of James Booker, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John. If you are anywhere near the Madrone definitely check Macy out. Highly recommended!! N/C

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime..
The California Honeydrops led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, draws on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge…

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. A great double bill tonight with headliners the NYC-based and critically acclaimed
The Slackers blending Ska, Reggae, and Soul. The band is deeply rooted within the ska movement, while their self-proclaimed “Jamaican Rock n’ Roll” sound sets them apart from many bands today. Opening the show is one of the bands they influenced Bay Area’s own Soul Ska. This is a Bay Area collective with a fresh take on the classic ska/ rocksteady idiom. The 8-10 piece band is comprised of veteran members the Bay Area scene from bands such as Vinyl, Monophonics, Stymie & the Pimp Jones Love Orchestra, The Right Time, Albino!, El Radio Fantastique, Jethro Jeremiah Band and more. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20-$42 Cover Charge…

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. The very talented Americana indie folk singer/songwriter Angel Olsen is on tour promoting her latest critically acclaimed album title All Mirrors. Angel also has a reputation as being a powerful uncompromising live performer. Opening the show is Cameroonian-American autodidact multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and music producer Laetitia Tamko AKA Vagabon. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. 10 time Grammy winner and one of the best live acts in the world
Asleep At The Wheel has been the preeminent most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather Bob Wills, The Wheel have earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout their lengthy career, they have not only preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but they’ve also been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form. Highly recommended!!!!! $35-$65 Cover Charge..

Sunday December 8th

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

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime..
Devine’s Jug Band is “America’s most authentic sounding jug band”…say’s legendary radio personality Mal Sharpe, formally of KCSM Radio. Playing jug band blues, hokum, and old-style string band music, Devine’s Jug Band, is a San Francisco ensemble wise to the ways of the weird old South. The band members include Pete Devine on jug, washboard, kazoo, drums, Meredith Axelrod on guitar and vocals and Morgan Cochneuer on mandolin, banjo-mando fiddle. This is a rare show for the jug band – so please don’t miss this very special event! Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Riptide 3639 Taravel Street, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
The Cottontails are one of the Bay Area’s best vintage jazz ensembles 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 featuring a truly great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.. 5:00 PM Showtime.. Fire up the yule log and start the figgy pudding as Michael Feinstein returns to his San Francisco home this holiday season. Join Michael and his band as they come “Home for the Holidays” featuring holiday classics like, “White Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. You can also expect to hear classics by Gershwin, Cole Porter, as well as other holiday surprises performed as only Michael can. Highly recommended!!!! $85-$115 Cover Charge..

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime.. Singer/songwriter/bassist
Kate Davis is a force, but not the in-your-face kind. She exists like a breeze, trailing slowly and ghostly before delivering a healthy dose of gut-punch goodness to unsuspecting listeners. She’s been a prolific performer in the jazz scene, co-wrote Sharon Van Etten‘s recent smash “Seventeen,” and collaborated as bassist and vocalist for Postmodern Jukebox. Kate is an up and coming musical force. Should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..
The California Honeydrops led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, draws on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. Highly recommended!!!! $35 Cover Charge…

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime.
Terry Disley Experience: The Nutcracker Holiday Show.. UK pianist Terry Disley brings his exciting and popular band Experience to the Bach to perform a rare concert of his original jazz arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular Nutcracker Suite. Disley describes the Jazz Nutcracker Suite as being somewhat like a mix of “Tchaikovsky meets Miles Davis meets Bill Evans, with a hint of fusion funk thrown in for good measure!” The concert celebrates the re-issue of Disley’s Jazzcracker album – and features an all-star hand-picked 7-piece group. Joining Terry on piano/keyboards are Tod Dickow on sax/clarinet/flute, Erik Jekabson on trumpet/flugelhorn, Lorn Leber on guitar, Gary Brown on bass, Russ Gold on drums and Marquinho Brasil on percussion. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week..

The prolific Gregg Allman would have been 70 this week. In honor of Gregg I would like recommend Gregg Allman: Back To The Swamp-The Making Of Southern Blood is a film about the final studio album recorded by Gregg prior to his death. Renowned producer title Don Was is featured in the documentary highlight discussing FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he worked with Allman on Southern Blood. Gregg’s late brother Duane was employed in the 1960s as a session guitarist at the now legendary recording facility established by Rick Hall. The documentary features the Gregg Allman Band performing arrangements of songs by the likes of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon, Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley and more.

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