Suggestions for Week of 12/09-12/15

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

Monday December 9th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. More than any other band X not only helped to establish but are the true legendary leaders of the Los Angeles 1970’s punk scene. The band features vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake. This is one of the most fun high energy bands I have ever scene. The Blasters are one of my all time favorite rock and roll bands. Phil and Dave Alvin are LA rock and roll royalty. Growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as internationally-renowned influences in their own right, the Blasters have spent their lives exploring and expressing the deep and diverse musical legacy that is best described by the title of their first album American Music. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

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

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

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…

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime… Four true virtuosos and innovators of modern jazz guitarist Mike Stern, keyboard master Jeff Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Dave Weckl will be in performance tonight. Highly recommended!!!!! $29-$64 Cover Charge..

Tuesday December 10th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. More than any other band X not only helped to establish but are the true legendary leaders of the Los Angeles 1970’s punk scene. The band features vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake. This is one of the most fun high energy bands I have ever scene. The Blasters are one of my all time favorite rock and roll bands. Phil and Dave Alvin are LA rock and roll royalty. Growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as internationally-renowned influences in their own right, the Blasters have spent their lives exploring and expressing the deep and diverse musical legacy that is best described by the title of their first album American Music. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Los Angeles based indie psychedelic garage rock band the Allah-Las is on tour promoting their new album LAHS. Los Angeles based folk, jam band country/bluegrass musician Mapache and country blues musician Tim Hill round out the bill. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Pink Martini is an eclectic genre-defying international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, and more with the combined power of a dozen musicians and featuring the incomparable vocalist China Forbes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45/$75/$115 Cover Charge Range..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. For almost two decades Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene. He is a great pianist, composer and arranger. Adam will be performing with his trio. Highly recommended!!!!! No cover Charge..

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.

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime… A great show featuring a swanky, raucous night of live blues music and the best burlesque dancers with the big sounds of The Big Blu Soul Revue and performances by Alotta Boutté the former star of Mugler Follies in Paris and Beach Blanket Babylon, Banbury Cross the intercontinental burlesque headliner from Berlin, Vyxen Monroe the big bang of burlesque & member of the world famous Wily Minxes, Kitty Kapowww the knock-out pin-up model and queen of curves, Barbie Bloodgloss the dazzling cabaret artist and costumier, Pixie Vanille, one third of the famous Dem Foxie Femmes and two thirds the tastiest treat in town, Bessie Snow the captivating rising star and winner of Nudie Nubies, Freya La Tigre the rockin’ award-winning burlesque phenom, and introducing – the hottest new thing on the scene –Betty Von Betty. Hosted by Clara Bodacious. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime… Four true virtuosos and innovators of modern jazz guitarist Mike Stern, keyboard master Jeff Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Dave Weckl will be in performance for two shows tonight. Highly recommended!!!!! $29-$64 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 10:00 PM Showtime… Four true virtuosos and innovators of modern jazz guitarist Mike Stern, keyboard master Jeff Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Dave Weckl will be in performance for two shows tonight. Highly recommended!!!!! $29 Cover Charge..

Wednesday December 11th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. More than any other band X not only helped to establish but are the true legendary leaders of the Los Angeles 1970’s punk scene. The band features vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake. This is one of the most fun high energy bands I have ever scene. The Blasters are one of my all time favorite rock and roll bands. Phil and Dave Alvin are LA rock and roll royalty. Growing up in the southeast Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California under the tutelage of T-Bone Walker and Big Joe Turner to their emergence as central figures in the eclectic LA punk/rock scene of the early ‘80s to their current status as internationally-renowned influences in their own right, the Blasters have spent their lives exploring and expressing the deep and diverse musical legacy that is best described by the title of their first album American Music. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Pink Martini is an eclectic genre-defying international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, and more with the combined power of a dozen musicians and featuring the incomparable vocalist China Forbes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45/$75/$115 Cover Charge Range.

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

Thursday December 12th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Pink Martini is an eclectic genre-defying international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, and more with the combined power of a dozen musicians and featuring the incomparable vocalist China Forbes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45/$75/$115 Cover Charge Range.

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Singer, songwriter, actress, author, rock star and supernova Storm Large presents her Holiday Ordeal, a night of music, gags, gifts, and songs ranging from “Hallelujah” to “Sock it to Me, Santa,” as well as the greatest holiday song never written for the holidays, “Somebody to Love.” This show is recommended for adults with a wicked sense of humor and tolerance for strong language; it may best be described as “not your mom’s idea of a holiday show.” Highly recommended!!!!!! $95 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.
Vocalist Darlene 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. Join Darlene Langston for an exciting evening of straight ahead jazz, swinging vocals, and soulful blues.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 PM Showtime.
Robert Dehlinger & The Alpha Rhythm Kings influences range from vintage lounge music, 1940s R&B, swing, and boogie-woogie. This is a swinging fun band led by Robert’s vocals and superb trumpet playing. Highly recommended!!! No Cover Charge…

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:45 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..

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 9:00 PM Showtime..
Andrew Marlin of the Americana/folk North Carolina duo Mandolin Orange will be performing solo this evening. Highly recommended!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 7:00 PM Showtime.. The American musical indie pop duo She & Him consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward is on their second annual Christmas Party Tour. Highly recommended!!!! $49.50 Cover Charge..

If you live near Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Four true virtuosos and innovators of modern jazz guitarist Mike Stern, keyboard master Jeff Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Dave Weckl will be in performance for two shows tonight. Highly recommended!!!!! Highly recommended!!!!! $47.50 Cover Charge Per Show..

Friday December 13th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Singer/songwriter JD McPherson retro sound is rooted in the rock and roll, rockabilly, and rhythm and blues music of the 1950s. He performance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass was one of the highlights of the weekend. Chicago guitarist Joel Patterson whose sound is a blend of vintage jazz, exotica, blues, rockabilly, western swing and country opens the set. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Pink Martini is an eclectic genre-defying international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, and more with the combined power of a dozen musicians and featuring the incomparable vocalist China Forbes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45/$75/$115 Cover Charge Range.

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Singer, songwriter, actress, author, rock star and supernova Storm Large presents her Holiday Ordeal, a night of music, gags, gifts, and songs ranging from “Hallelujah” to “Sock it to Me, Santa,” as well as the greatest holiday song never written for the holidays, “Somebody to Love.” This show is recommended for adults with a wicked sense of humor and tolerance for strong language; it may best be described as “not your mom’s idea of a holiday show.” Highly recommended!!!!!! $95 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

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-11:55 PM Showtime..
Tin Cup Serenade is one of the Bay Area’s most exceptional old time jazz band deeply rooted in the blues ragtime, New Orleans jazz, western swing with a little mariachi and calypso thrown in. I really love this band. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Airforce is flying again! This is Peter Rowan plugged in, including some of his most loved songs–Come Back to Old Santa Fe, Ride the Wild Mustang, Midnight Moonlight and, of course, Free Mexican Airforce! Peter is joined by Los Texmaniacs, a Grammy Award winning band carrying on the musical tradition started in the late 70’s when Peter and the great Flaco Jimenez joined forces to record and tour the US and the UK. Highly recommended!!!!!! $26 Cover Charge..

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime.. The queen of classical jazz & blues Lavay Smith performs with her trio featuring Danny Armstrong on trombone and Chris Siebert on the Hammond organ. Highly recommended!!! N/C..

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..
Space Heater is a Santa Cruz-based band with one foot planted firmly in the foundations of funk, while the other foot prefers a galaxy far, far away. The Heat Blends the funky sounds inspired from Prince and James Brown to Sharon Jones & the Dapkings. The group includes Mason Hicks on guitar & vocals,Steve Rogers on bass, Joaquin Spengemann on drums, Mike Spooner on percussion & vocals, Ron Work on guitar & vocals, Foxxy on vocals & percussion and Justin Fagnani on keyboards. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Saturday December 14th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Pink Martini is an eclectic genre-defying international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, and more with the combined power of a dozen musicians and featuring the incomparable vocalist China Forbes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45/$75/$115 Cover Charge Range.

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Acclaimed vocalist Kim Nalley presents her new holiday show A December to Remember featuring special guests Denise Perrier and Miss Connie Champagne. This Christmas concert brings the incomparable artist and friends performing all your favorite secular holiday songs accompanied by the incomparable pianist Tammy Hall with Kevin Goldberg on acoustic bass and Kent Bryson on drums. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $50 over 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

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A great night of music is in store featuring a punk rock blues band form Orange County
Radolescents. Punk thrashers The Nerv, punk rock alternative rockers Kittenhead and alternative rockers The Hajj round out the show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime… It is hard to believe that legendary blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. Easier to believe when you learn he released his first platinum record at 15—an age when many young people are just beginning to play music . He has five albums that charted on the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart and has won a Grammy Award for Turn Around. Joining Lang is guitarist, singer and songwriter Zane Carney. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $54-$179 Cover Charge..

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime.. One of the Bay Area’s best americana bands Jimbo Trout & The Fish People play hillbilly bebop-boogie bluegrass, old-time, ragtime, blues, western-swing, rockabilly, honky-tonk, jug band, jazz, swing, cowboy, rock+roll, New Orleans, and more. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Bobby Black, the living legend of West Coast pedal steel guitar, headlines Moonlight in Hawaii, a special evening of Hawaiian steel guitar, hapa-haole classics, and hula dances. Bobby will be playing many of his favorite Hawaiian songs, backed by special guest musicians, singers, and hula dancers, with an opening set by Bay Area Hawaiian band Haopinaka. Bobby will be backed by Bay Area jazz veterans including Myles Boisen (Tom Waits, Club Foot Orchestra), Tony Marcus (Cheap Suit Serenaders, Laurie Lewis) and others. Special guest vocalists include Sheilani Alix (Sheilani Alix Quartette, Kurt Ribak Trio), Jill Rogers (Crying Time, Imperial Jazz Co.), and Hawaiian music artists Casey and Nadine Vargas. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Sunday December 15th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 3:00 PM Showtimes. Pink Martini is an eclectic genre-defying international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, and more with the combined power of a dozen musicians and featuring the incomparable vocalist China Forbes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $55/$85/$125 Cover Charge Range Per Show…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtimes. Pink Martini is an eclectic genre-defying international cocktail of jazz, swing, world music, cabaret, chanson, and more with the combined power of a dozen musicians and featuring the incomparable vocalist China Forbes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $55/$85/$125 Cover Charge Range Per Show…

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. Acclaimed vocalist Kim Nalley brings her annual holiday concert Gospel Christmas 2019 with pianist Tammy Hall who makes her soulful piano/organ playing a major star of the show in which audiences can expect special guests and a few sing-a-longs at this rollicking joyous family-friendly concert. Joining them will Michael Zisman on electric bass Kent Bryson on drums and Brown Sturgis & Brown on Background vocals.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $50 over Charge..

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..

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime..
Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon perform a musical memory of the 60’s and beyond. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge…

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime..
Jimbo Trout is a good-time gumbo of bluegrass, old-time, ragtime, blues, western-swing, rockabilly, honky-tonk, jug band, jazz, swing, Cowboy, rock+roll, New Orleans ensemble. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

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

Royal Cuckoo 3202 Mission St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith sings at the hippest bar in San Francisco, accompanied by 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

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 4:00 PM Showtime..
Dot’s Sunday Hoedown is an afternoon of the Bay Area’s best country, americana, rockabilly, alt-rock bands. Performing this afternoon is country/americana/blues singer songwriter Lisa Marie Johnston, Nashville Honeymoon whose music is a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s and the innovative classic country root band The Seducers.. Highly Recommended!!!!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 7:00 PM Showtime..
The Christmas Jug Band are the kings of 100% acoustic folk skiffle swing holiday highjinks and the stalwart purveyors of the jugabilly mystique! A tongue-in-cheek seasonal convergence of San Francisco Bay Area luminaries. Highly recommended!!!!! $19-$27 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week

This week marks “The Sultan of Sway” Frank Sinatra’s 104th birthday. In honor of “Old Blue Eyes” I highly recommend the HBO documentary Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All which is an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, the documentary weaves the music and images from Sinatra’s life together with rarely seen footage of Sinatra’s famous 1971 “Retirement Concert” in Los Angeles. The film’s narrative is shaped by Sinatra’s song choices for that concert. Highly recommended!!!!!!!

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