Suggestions for Week of 02/03-02/09

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

Monday February 3rd

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

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…

Amados 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. The Deep Basement Shakers specialize in primal, joint-rocking boogie, barrelhouse, blues and early R&B. Vintage, foot-stomping American roots music designed for good times. Let’s get down! Highly recommended!!!!

If you live near Santa Cruz check out

Kuumbwa Jazz Center 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz, CA 7:30 PM Showtime..World-renowned guitarist and jazz legend Stanley Jordan explores and plays his tribute to a rock legend Jimi Hendrix. In his new live show called “Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi” Jordan builds on Jimi’s legacy in a creative way as if Jimi were still alive and playing today by re-imagining his music and channeling his persona in order to try to bring that fantasy to life. Highly recommended!!!!!! $42 Cover Charge.

Tuesday February 4th

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!!!!! No Cover Charge.

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A great night of music in store with three outstanding Ska bands. The co-headliners tonight are one of the great punk/ska bands of the past 30 years Mustard Plug and now in their 4th decade one of the legendary and innovative ska bands The Toasters. The East Bay’s hardcore punk ska band Omnigone opens the show. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $17 Cover Charge..

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 February 5th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 AM Showtime..
The High Water Line is a 5 piece hard driving modern bluegrass band blending soaring harmonies, and great musicianship with influences as far ranging as classical, traditional bluegrass, blues, funk, and jazz. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge…

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.
https://www.jacknifejazz.com/ “>Jacknife</a is currently my favorite Bay Area Jazz ensemble. Jacknife explores the music of the legendary post bop alto saxophonist Jackie McLean playing tunes from McLean's seminal early- and mid-1960s Blue Note albums including "Jacknife” for which the group got its name. Jacknife brings together a formidable cast of rising talent including Steve Lugerner on alto, trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick, drummer Michael Mitchell, bassist Josh Thurston-Milgrom and pianist Malcolm Campbell. Highly recommended!!!!!!! No Cover Charge..

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

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime..
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums is one of the fun bands in the Bay Area performing vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogies, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. Tonight they focus on giving you the beat to move your feet. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge…

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

Club Fox 2209 Broadway Street, Redwood City 8:00 PM Showtime. Legendary American blues guitarist, singer, bandleader and record producer Steve Freund will be performing with his Big 3 group featuring Howell Devine‘s Pete Devine on drums & washboard and Joe Kyle on bass. This is a show not to miss.. Highly recommended!!!! $7.00 Cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. Americana and roots singer-songwriter Jackie Greene is a road warrior and musician’s musician, a jack-of-all-trades, and an artist who can croon over soulful piano ballads as much as he can shred a bluesy guitar solo. Opening up the set is New Orlean’s based singer/songwriter Ian Ferguson. Highly recommended!!!!!! $38 Cover Charge..

Thursday February 6th

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..

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Showtime..
Howard Alden is simply one of greatest jazz guitarists this side of the Milky Way. He has performed with a whose who of jazz greats including Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton. Howard Alden joins veteran violinist Kit Eakle and his project DjangoSphere for an evening of standards, originals, and the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk and Django Reinhardt. Howard and Kit are joined by Don Bennett on Bass and Rory Judge on drums. This should be a memorable show. Highly Recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Headlining tonight is one of the legendary Gothic rock bands Helsinki, Finland’s 69 Eyes who has helped to shape this genre as much as any gothic band. Also on the bill are from Hollywood horror punk gothic glam rockers Wednesday 13, from Hamilton, Ontario metal/punksters Sumo Cyco and from Texas the heavy metal rockers The Crowned. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. New Breed Brass Band infuses the second-line sound with funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop. turns every concert it performs into a rollicking, New Orleans-styled dance party. The young 9-piece band is the new sound of New Orleans, and its members have learned from NOLA’s best. Mentored by legends including Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, James “12” Andrews and Bruce “Sun-pie” Barnes, New Breed takes the second-line band tradition to brand new places. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $30 Per Show Cover Charge.

Amados 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Nashville Honeymoon is another Bay Area band I really love. Their music is a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s. Their songwriting draws on country, rockabilly, and honky-tonk traditions. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 7:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of music in store with two amazing performers.. Known for his warm baritone vocals, Gregory Porter rose to acclaim in the 2010s with his earthy, cross-pollinated brand of jazz, soul, and gospel. A gifted singer of standards as well as more contemporary soul material, Porter has earned favorable comparisons to his idols Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder. Ledisi is a 12x Grammy-nominated vocal powerhouse who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the Bay area music scene. Over the past twenty years, she has earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. Ledisi is a favorite of The Obamas and has performed nine times at the White House and her fans include icons, legends and current chart-toppers like the late-Prince, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and so many more. Highly recommended!!!!! $49.50-$119.50 Cover Charge.

Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 8:30 PM Showtime… Americana and roots singer-songwriter Jackie Greene is a road warrior and musician’s musician, a jack-of-all-trades, and an artist who can croon over soulful piano ballads as much as he can shred a bluesy guitar solo. Opening up the set is New Orlean’s based singer/songwriter Ian Ferguson. Highly recommended!!!!!! $27 Cover Charge..

Friday February 7th

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-Midnight Showtime.. Lilan Kane and the Honor Brass Band will be honoring the traditional repertoire with classics like When The Saints Go Marching In, Down By the Riverside, and A Closer Walk With Thee, we also incorporate soul and contemporary songs from artists like Marvin Gaye, Nirvana, and Camila Cabello. Highly recommended!!!!!! No Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. New Breed Brass Band infuses the second-line sound with funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop. turns every concert it performs into a rollicking, New Orleans-styled dance party. The young 9-piece band is the new sound of New Orleans, and its members have learned from NOLA’s best. Mentored by legends including Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, James “12” Andrews and Bruce “Sun-pie” Barnes, New Breed takes the second-line band tradition to brand new places. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $30 Per Show Cover Charge.

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Grammy nominated pop, indie and soul influenced singer/songwriter Emily King is on tour promoting new critically acclaimed record Scenery. King performed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Conan, Prairie Home Companion, and toured with Alabama Shakes. She is a really good performer. A great venue to see her. Highly recommended!!!!! $30-$79 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. A great night of hard rock music. Headlining from Toronto is the high energy Danko Jones. Also on the bill are a raucous blues based band from Austin, Florida Junk Yard and from San Jose the alt/rock/metal band Zed. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums is one of the fun bands in the Bay Area performing vintage jazz, pounding boogie woogies, sultry ballads, and funky-swinging New Orleans R&B. Tonight they focus on giving you the beat to move your feet. Highly recommended!! No Cover Charge…

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime..
Ben Ottewell & Ian Ball two of the founders of the British rock band Gomez are on tour for an intimate run of duo performances this Spring. Taking a break from writing sessions for Gomez’s next record and prep for the 20th anniversary of Liquid Skin, the duo’s performances will draw from Gomez fan-favorites, highlights from their respective solo projects, and perhaps offer an opportunity to road-test some of their newest work. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

If you live in and around Santa Cruz you might want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 8:00 PM Showtime..
The Mighty Diamonds are a Jamaican harmony trio, recording roots reggae with a strong Rastafarian influence. The group, which comprises Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson, and Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson, was formed in 1969 and remains together today as one of the only reggae vocal trio’s to maintain the original line-up. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge…

Saturday February 8th

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and producer Sy Smith is one of the leading forces in post-millennial indie soul. This multi-dimensional R&B artist helped to cultivate the nu-soul scene in that city more than 10 years ago a scene which now easily boasts some of the most progressive artists of that genre to date, some of whom came directly from Smith’s own band line-ups (including Thundercat and Kamasi Washington). Over the years Sy has provided supporting vocals for Whitney Houston, Sheila E., Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan, Usher and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno). Most recently though, she’s caught the ear of jazz aficionados as a featured guest with Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Grammy nominated pop, indie and soul influenced singer/songwriter Emily King is on tour promoting new critically acclaimed record Scenery. King performed on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Conan, Prairie Home Companion, and toured with Alabama Shakes. She is a really good performer. A great venue to see her. Highly recommended!!!!! $30-$79 Cover Charge..

Revolution Cafe 248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime.. One of the Bay area’s best Django inspired ensembles The French American Quartet plays a mix of gypsy jazz as well as standards by Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Gershwin. The group is lead by a great guitarist Steve Froberg supported by Hanna Mingano on violin, Fabrice Urrizalqui on drums, François Egron on bass. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Luna was once described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “the best band you’ve never heard of. They are one of the great American dream pop/indie bands that combine intricate guitar work, traditional rock rhythms, and poetic lyrics. Opening for them is indie pop singer/songwriter Madeline Kennedy. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:30 PM Showtime..One of the Bay area’s best Django inspired ensembles The French American Quartet plays a mix of gypsy jazz as well as standards by Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Gershwin. The group is lead by a great guitarist Steve Froberg supported by Hanna Mingano on violin, Fabrice Urrizalqui on drums, François Egron on bass. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM 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..

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. During its 28 years of phenomenal success, Pride & Joy has remained the Bay Area’s most popular soul and funk party band. Guaranteed they will have The Mystic rocking and the crowd dancing. Highly Recommended!!!!! $23 Cover Charge…

Sunday February 9th

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..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-7:00 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

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

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 7:30 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Bruce Foreman & Cow Bop mixes swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, western sensibilities and tons of fun. Formed in 2003 by internationally-acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, the cowboy jazz and western bebop band has toured extensively throughout the world, exciting audiences with their unique brand of music. Inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame (2014), the band’s collective experience crosses the spectrum of American music, from the hottest jazz and the coolest swing to the fiercest down-home honky-tonk. Comfortable in diverse settings, from Carnegie Hall to roadside taverns, the band always hits the stage with an electrifying and entertaining assortment of music and frolic. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week.

In honor of what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday I want to recommend Marley. Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. Marley is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

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