Suggestions for Week of 12/30-01/05

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

Monday December 30th

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Singer-songwriter Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his stage name Fantastic Negrito music spans blues, R&B, and roots music . He is one of the great dynamic performers on the scene. This promises to be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Ring in the New Year with the king of the funky saxophone and one of the primary architects of modern R&B, Maceo Parker. He spent the first half of his career in the service of funk’s founding fathers, and in his second act as a bandleader, the unrelentingly soulful saxophonist/vocalist has ascended into the funk firmament in his own right, leading a righteously grooving outfit that plays with ecstatic precision and ferocious drive. Joining Maceo is special guest is Dutch jazz/pop saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Highly recommended!!! $25/$45/$65 Cover Charge…

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-11:30 PM Showtime.. With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing, High Country is one of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive…High Country has the kind of bright, warm, Flatt and Scruggs sound that dominated bluegrass in the 60s, a welcome switch from technical flash to back porch virtuosity. After four decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, bringing their love of traditional bluegrass music to an ever-widening audience. 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

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:00 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.. N/C

Tuesday December 31st

The Warfield 982 Market St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Two worlds have collided, and what glorious and odd worlds they are. After Primus and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger completed a successful summer tour, Les Claypool and Sean Lennon decided to combine their abstract talents into a project called The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Highly recommended!!!! $60-$95 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Genre-busting soulful funk/jazz/soul/jam/psychedelic/hip-hop/avant-garde masters
Lettuce will have the Independant rocking on New Year’s Eve. DJ Chris Karns gets the mood going. Highly recommended!!!!! $150 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a true New Orleans institution that defines the tradition of Crescent City music and has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history.. They will be in performance with Lakou Mizik a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world. Highly recommended!!!!! $70 Cover Charge…

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Singer-songwriter Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his stage name
Fantastic Negrito music spans blues, R&B, and roots music . He is one of the great dynamic performers on the scene. This promises to be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!! $70 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Ring in the New Year with the king of the funky saxophone and one of the primary architects of modern R&B, Maceo Parker. He spent the first half of his career in the service of funk’s founding fathers, and in his second act as a bandleader, the unrelentingly soulful saxophonist/vocalist has ascended into the funk firmament in his own right, leading a righteously grooving outfit that plays with ecstatic precision and ferocious drive. Joining Maceo is special guest is Dutch jazz/pop saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Highly recommended!!! $/50/$70/$85/$105 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 10:30 PM Showtime.. Ring in the New Year with the king of the funky saxophone and one of the primary architects of modern R&B, Maceo Parker. He spent the first half of his career in the service of funk’s founding fathers, and in his second act as a bandleader, the unrelentingly soulful saxophonist/vocalist has ascended into the funk firmament in his own right, leading a righteously grooving outfit that plays with ecstatic precision and ferocious drive. Joining Maceo is special guest is Dutch jazz/pop saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Highly recommended!!! $42/$56/$66/$73 Cover Charge…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime..
The MegaFlame Big Band & Cabaret is a six-piece band from San Francisco that deftly re-imagines some of our favorite music from ’20s through the ’00s into our own swinging sound. Drawing on favorites from Billie Holiday to Tom Waits, the Cure to Count Basie, and also it’s own original material, the sextet embodies more than just a retro jukebox, it creates a memorable live show experience. Highly recommended!!! N/C

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

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

Boom Boom Room 601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
Soul Mechanix blends groove-based Soul improv and progressive Funk drawing from a diverse universe of influences. Born from a fire to create something funky and unpredictable, Soul Mechanix is all love and features many of the top musicians in the Bay Area. It’s a family thing! Soul & Funk covers and originals are thrown down without pause including songs from Michael, Marvin, Stevie, Chaka, Erykah, Donny, Aretha, Bill Withers, Bobby Brown, Blackstreet. Maxwell, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Maze, Cameo, Funkadelic, Parliament, James Brown, Roberta Flack, Rick James, The Time, O’Jays, Slave, Ohio Players, Commodores and more. Highly recommended!!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Two incredibly fun party bands kick in the new year. Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B. Named for an Italian musical direction meaning with spirit, charismatic singer Ziek McCarter bringing “the dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown” (KQED) and a tight, veteran band that “comes across like a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” (Consequence of Sound), Con Brio is known to convert anyone who sees their electric live show. Speakease Band is one of my favorite neo-soul, funk rock/blues bands in the Bay Area. This is going to be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $60 Cover Charge..

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime… Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond. Ozomatli’s success is exemplified in an impressive variety of genres from classic to modern Latino, urban, hip-hop and other world styles. The “Dioses del Baile,” or “Gods of Dance,” have created one of the most exciting, captivating and flat-out fun live shows touring today. They continue to harness their musical instincts by conceiving new concepts and forging new sounds that keep fans on their toes and the world dancing. They put on a great performance…. Opening up the show is Lucas MacFadden, better known as Cut Chemist, is an American DJ and record producer. He is a former member of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. Highly recommended!!!!!! $36-$74 Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime…With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing, High Country is one of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive… High Country has the kind of bright, warm, Flatt and Scruggs sound that dominated bluegrass in the 60s, a welcome switch from technical flash to back porch virtuosity. After four decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, bringing their love of traditional bluegrass music to an ever-widening audience. Joining High Country are special guests pianist Sam Rudin, and bluegrass duo Amy Scher & Haily Pexton. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 9:00 PM Showtime.. Its an Afro-Cuban New Year’s Eve dance party with Jane Bunnett and Maqueque who has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene and, most recently, were voted as one the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll. Opening the show is San Francisco based Louie Romero Y Su Grupo Mazacote is a hard-swinging, old-school salsa group lead by legendary percussionist Louie Romero. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40-$80 Cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime..Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite ’s life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original songs. Living Blues says, “Musselwhite’s rock-solid vocals creep up and overwhelm you before you know it. He plays magnificent harp with superb dexterity and phrasing. The results are amazing.” Highly recommended!!!!! $44-$97.50 Cover Charge..

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, CA 9:00 PM Showtime..A rocking New Years Eve party with The Zydeco Flames who have gained a reputation as the West Coast’s premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dancehalls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames’ sixth CD release “Fire It Up”, provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida. Highly recommended!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge..

Wednesday January 1st

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

Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime..Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite ’s life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original songs. Living Blues says, “Musselwhite’s rock-solid vocals creep up and overwhelm you before you know it. He plays magnificent harp with superb dexterity and phrasing. The results are amazing.” Highly recommended!!!!! $44-$97.50 Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime…With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing, High Country is one of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive… High Country has the kind of bright, warm, Flatt and Scruggs sound that dominated bluegrass in the 60s, a welcome switch from technical flash to back porch virtuosity. After four decades of performing, the band remains fresh and exciting, bringing their love of traditional bluegrass music to an ever-widening audience. Joining High Country are special guests pianist Sam Rudin, and bluegrass duo Amy Scher & Haily Pexton. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Thursday January 2nd

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM &10:00 PM Showtimes… GRAMMY® Winner the Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 20 piece, San Francisco based musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big band Sound using the traditions of the classic mambo‐craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. Highly recommended!!!!! $26-$64 Per Show Cover Charge.

Friday January 3rd

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM 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

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th Street, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
Jon Frank Jazz Quartet play a mixture of original jazz and standards. JFJQ released their debut album “Syncopated Strut” in 2016. Their leader drummer Jon Frank has been gigging in the Bay Area since 1974.with jazz luminaries such as Woody Shaw, Eddie Henderson, and Bobby McFerrin. Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge…

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 Terrace Room 1800 Madison St, Oakland 7:00 PM-10:00 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…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime.. American feminist singer-songwriter and recording artist Chris Williamson celebrates the 45th anniversary of her signature album The Changer and the Changed, a beautiful record, Americana through and through in its blend of country, folk and deeply personal songwriting.Joining Chris are Vicki Randle, Teresa Trull, Shelley Doty, Katie Cash, Kofy Brown, Barbara Higbie, Julie Wolf, Ty Greenstein, Ingrid Elizabeth, Mary Watkins, Be Steadwell and more! Highly recommended!!!!!! $23-65 Cover Charge.

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 9:00 PM Showtime..Singer/songwriter, musician and record producer Bonnie Hayes songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Cher, Adam Ant, Booker T & the MG’s, Robert Cray and Bette Midler include such hits as “Have A Heart” and “Love Letter”. Bonnie is backed by great musicians including bassist/vocalist Tim Eschliman, guitarist Sean Allen and drummer Kevin Hayes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $27-$30 Cover Charge..

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Bay Area favorites Moonalice will be in performance with special guests the T Sisters and The New Chambers Brothers. Should be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM &10:00 PM Showtimes… GRAMMY® Winner the Pacific Mambo Orchestra</strong> is a 20 piece, San Francisco based musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big band Sound using the traditions of the classic mambo‐craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. Highly recommended!!!!! $26-$64 Per Show Cover Charge.

Saturday January 4th

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are just a superb internationally recognized swing big band in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band. Lavay the reigning “Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!!!!! $25 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!!!

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime.. American feminist singer-songwriter and recording artist Chris Williamson celebrates the 45th anniversary of her signature album The Changer and the Changed, a beautiful record, Americana through and through in its blend of country, folk and deeply personal songwriting.Joining Chris are Vicki Randle, Teresa Trull, Shelley Doty, Katie Cash, Kofy Brown, Barbara Higbie, Julie Wolf, Ty Greenstein, Ingrid Elizabeth, Mary Watkins, Be Steadwell and more! Highly recommended!!!!!! $23-65 Cover Charge.

Sunday January 5th

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

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..

Video Pick Of The Week..

A Trip To Cuba follows New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba and in turn discover a connection that runs much deeper than could have been imagined. I really liked this film..

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