Suggestions for Week of 01/06-01/12

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

Monday January 6th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
Willie Nelson, the 86-year-old paragon of American music, has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. Highly recommended!!!!! $85 Cover Charge..

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 on sax special guest jazz legend 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

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…

Tuesday January 7th

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.

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

Wednesday January 8th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
Willie Nelson, the 86-year-old paragon of American music, has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. Highly recommended!!!!! $85 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6 PM-9 PM Showtime.. Bay Area favorite and music icon for over thirty years Jules Broussard will be performing with his quartet. . Jules career spans over three decades of shared studio and stage with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Earl Grant, Elvin Bishop, Art Garfunkel and Doctor Hook. Highly recommended!!!!! No 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. Highly Recommended!!!! N/C

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

Thursday January 9th

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Grammy nominated guitarist/drummer singer/songwriter Cedric Burnside has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style that takes the blues to another level. This six-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year (2010-2017) is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world and has begun to make a name for himself as a traditional blues guitarist, as well. Highly recommended!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
Willie Nelson, the 86-year-old paragon of American music, has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. Highly recommended!!!!! $85 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. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM 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…

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. The Steve Lucky Carmen Getit Trio in a rare performance without the “Rhuba Bums”. I love the trio because it showcases the great musicianship of Steve and and Carmen’s vocals are reminiscent of Dina Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. Highly recommended!!!! N/C…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned contemporary blues-rock guitarist and vocalist
Coco Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues’ hardest truths. Highly recommended!!!!! $13-$26 Cover Charge..

Friday January 10th

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Another night of great music featuring from New Orleans disco grunge retro punk rockers
Bandaid Brigade. Also on the bill is a San Francisco based electronic/pure dance band
Top Secret Robot Alliance and a great San Francisco punk rock band The Kegels. Highly recommended!!!!!! $12 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

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell Street, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime… A really good show tonight featuring Ider With Allday, the contemplative electronic pope dual lead vocals of songwriters Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville. I really like their harmonies and they are good songwriters.. Highly recommended!!!! $15-$17 Cover Charge..

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime..
Snaps For Sinners is a saucy swing ensemble hellbent on making people dance and have a good time, while also delivering a powerful progressive message that inspires empathy and altruism. With influences ranging from traditional Jazz to Folk-Punk to Country, Snaps for Sinners is dedicated to creating an all-inclusive experience through the blending of multicultural arts. The trio features multi-instrumentalist, and the lead singer, songwriter Michael Fierro, fiddler Corwin Zekley and bassist/accordionist/guitarist and occasional trumpeter Jay Drapes. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. American folk music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon was described by Pete Seeger as not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. He is a master of the hammered dulcimer as well as many other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and jawharp. Highly recommended!!!!! $15-$30 Cover Charge…

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes..The legendary South African r&b jazz fusion singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler will be making a rare Bay Area appearance. He is an amazing musician and performer. Highly recommended!!!! $34-$74 Cover Charge…

Saturday January 11th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
The Bill Graham Foundation presents Bill’s 89th Birthday Bash with one of the most acclaimed American bands Los Lobos. Calling themselves “just another band from East L.A.” they have won over critics and a legion of loyal fans with their bracing mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds, with the band’s sound ranging from gentle acoustic ballads to the outer limits of experimental rock. Their eclectic sound is what defined them as a vital example of America’s cultural melting pot. Fusing traditional country with a rich variety of rock, pop, and Latin influences. Highly recommended!!!!! $55 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime…
Sweet Plot‘s music steeped in the funk, soul and rock sounds of the sixties and seventies, the band brings a modern twist to a tried and true formula. It isn’t a question of if you will, but of how hard you will hit the dance floor. Opening the show are The Humidors who has developed a sound that is a melting pot of old-school and modern influences, yet is always rooted in a commitment to ego-less playing that embraces the ensemble approach to funk. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

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… Highly recommended !!!!!!! No 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

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 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!! No Cover Charge.

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime.. Drummer Yoron Israel and his cutting-edge jazz ensemble High Standards have graced stages all over the world. Celebrated for forging elite standards in jazz performance since their formation in 2004, their original works and creative arrangements speak to the 21st century influences and beyond. The four virtuosic musicians will forge a road untraveled in imagination, mesmerizing audiences from their very first note. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes..The legendary South African r&b jazz fusion singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler will be making a rare Bay Area appearance. He is an amazing musician and performer. Highly recommended!!!! $34-$74 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout started on a Sunday night in 1991 at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Over the next five years it grew to become a multi venue event around California and included bigger names like William Clarke, Norton Buffalo and Paul DeLay. Since then it’s become a who’s who of older and younger players, black, white, male and female, national and international.  Year after year Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout™ continues to play festivals nationally and internationally as well as sold out venues coast to coast. The harpfest features Mark Hummel, Magic Dick, Lee Oskar,
Jerry Portnoy and Duke Robillard. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15-$30 Cover Charge..

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime..
Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Area’s preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. Highly recommended!! $18 Cover Charge..

Sunday January 12th

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 3:00 PM Showtime.. Ramblin’ Jack Elliot is one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music and one of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country. Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today’s fancy. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 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 truely great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! No 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. Highly recommended!!! 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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout started on a Sunday night in 1991 at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Over the next five years it grew to become a multi venue event around California and included bigger names like William Clarke, Norton Buffalo and Paul DeLay. Since then it’s become a who’s who of older and younger players, black, white, male and female, national and international.  Year after year Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout™ continues to play festivals nationally and internationally as well as sold out venues coast to coast. The harpfest features Mark Hummel, Magic Dick, Lee Oskar,
Jerry Portnoy and Duke Robillard. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15-$30 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 7:00 PM Showtime…The legendary South African r&b jazz fusion singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Butler will be making a rare Bay Area appearance. He is an amazing musician and performer. Highly recommended!!!!$34-$74 Cover Charge…

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 7:00 PM Showtime.. Sweetwater’s Songwriters Spotlight features four great singer/songwriters including multi instrumentalist Graham Patzner and leader of Bay Area Indie rock band Whiskerman, San Francisco Bay Area singer, songwriter and bandleader Kendra McKinley, singer-songwriter from Napa, CA Shelby Ann whose musical influences range from Johnny Cash to Nirvana and Eric Silverman former bandleader and driving force behind San Francisco’s Heartwatch. Highly recommended!!!!! $12-$15 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..
Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers are blazing soul-blues rockers with a funky southern soul, big city blues sound with street-level grit and soul. This band will rock the house. Highly recommended!!! $25- $30 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week..

Elvis would have been 83 years old on Tuesday the 7th and in his honor I would like to recommend The Searcher is a two-part profile of Elvis Presley begins with his early life in Mississippi; his first encounter with Sun Records Sam Phillips; tours of the South; and his decision to sign with a national label after his manager, Col. Tom Parker, bought out his contract.

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