Suggestions for Week of 02/24-03/01

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

Monday February 24th

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime..
Noise Pop Festival 2020 presents violinist and singer Brittney Denise Parks better known by her stage name Sudan Archives. Her unique songs fold in elements of R&B, and experimental electronic music drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers she listened to growing up. She is a remarkable performer. Highly recommended!!!!!! $18 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

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime..n
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-11:55 PM Showtime..
The Earl Brothers are back. The bad boys of bluegrass, are irreverent energetic and a hell of a lot of fun. Highly recommended N/C

Tuesday February 25th

August Hall 1706, 420 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. A really good show tonight featuring singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ZZ Ward whose powerful and unique blend of blues, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and neo-soul is putting her on the rising star fast track . Opening the show is Nashville based singer/songwriter and celebrated guitarist Patrick Droney. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 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!!!!! No Cover Charge.

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
Mission Delirium is an invitation to revel in the sound of earth shaking drums and face melting brass. Let your hair down, get delirious and shake your ass, if it moves you we play it! Bollywood, Balkan, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Tango, Afro-pop, Middle Eastern, Salsa and more. A love letter to your feet from the dance floor. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge.

Amados 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. One of San Francisco’s great chamber music ensembles Classical Revolution performs with passion and always entertaining.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! No Cover Charge..

Wednesday February 26th

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…

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.

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. If you don’t know Johnny Z and the Camaros you should. They are such a fun rock and roll band. They will have Tupelo rockin’ out. N/C..

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 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

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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque 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. Highly recommended!!!!!! $28 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany 8:30 PM Showtime..The Johnny Cash Birthday Bash 2020 features four really great bands including Grammy nominated
Kitty Rose and The Rattlers, San Francisco indie rock band Trip Wire, country western classic band White Limozeen and Bay Area psychobilly rockers Diablo Muerto. This will be a great show honoring the “Man in Black”.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $10 Cover Charge…

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 7:00 PM Showtime.. Alt country/roots guitarist singer/songwriter Danny Click is one of Austin’s best-kept secrets, a musician’s musician who has won the respect of musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams. Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 300 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Sonny Landreth. Click is a hidden gem and not to be missed. Highly recommended!!!!!! No Cover Charge..

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

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age,
David Sanborn has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Rolling Stone says, “Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock.” Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle.” Sanborn has released twenty-four albums, won six Grammy awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre and an inspiration to countless other musicians. Returning to his passion for jazz, Sanborn recently assembled a stunning program of straight-ahead jazz tunes for his quartet featuring pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Bill DaBoo, and drummer Billy Kilson. Highly recommended!!!!!! $42 Cover Charge…..

Thursday February 27th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Taj Mahal is a towering musical figure, a legend who transcended the blues not by leaving them behind, but by revealing their magnificent scope to the world. Taj is a brilliant artist with a musicologist’s mind who has pursued and elevated the roots of beloved sounds with boundless devotion and skill tracing its origins to the American South, the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere. Taj will be performing with his quartet featuring Taj on vocals, banjo, dobro, & guitar, Kester Smith on drums, Bill Rich on bass and Bobby Igano lap steel & electric guitar. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35/$55/$75/$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.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
Noise Pop Festival 2020 presents the seminal groove band The Greyboy Allstars who are fast approaching their 25th year together. Their unique sound, reminiscent of ’60’s boogaloo and ’70’s funky jazz has had a major influence on bands like Soulive, Galactic and The New Mastersounds. This promises to be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 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..

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Somewhere between Joan Jett and Bonnie Raittlies GG Amos. This is one badass chick with one badass band. This is one of my very favorite local blues band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Atlas Cafe 3049 20th Street, San Francisco 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime..
The Gil Cohen Trio is a really wonderful jazz trio. When I first heard Gil playing he reminded me a lot of Roy Eldridge’s sound. It turns that Roy was one of his major influences. Gil and his trio is definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
Tom Paxton and the Don Juans songs collectively have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan… just to name a few! Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something. Now they’re taking it on the road! Opening the show is a great folk music singer/songwriter title Amy Speace.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $42 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes… Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age,
David Sanborn has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Rolling Stone says, “Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock.” Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle.” Sanborn has released twenty-four albums, won six Grammy awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre and an inspiration to countless other musicians. Returning to his passion for jazz, Sanborn recently assembled a stunning program of straight-ahead jazz tunes for his quartet featuring pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Bill DaBoo, and drummer Billy Kilson. Highly recommended!!!!!! $36-$79 Per Show Cover Charge….

Friday February 28th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
The Dustbowl Revival is a great entertaining Americana Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. While the band has been known for their old-time and bluegrass roots, they have departed from those styles and evolved more into modern soul music. Indie rockers Jared & The Mill open the show.. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. 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 !!!!!!! $20 Per Show Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Taj Mahal is a towering musical figure, a legend who transcended the blues not by leaving them behind, but by revealing their magnificent scope to the world. Taj is a brilliant artist with a musicologist’s mind who has pursued and elevated the roots of beloved sounds with boundless devotion and skill tracing its origins to the American South, the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere. Taj will be performing with his quartet featuring Taj on vocals, banjo, dobro, & guitar, Kester Smith on drums, Bill Rich on bass and Bobby Igano lap steel & electric guitar. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $40/$60/$80/$105 Cover Charge….

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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Portland based Tumbledown House, a self described modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress ensemble. I really like what I have seen on youtube and look forward to seeing them this evening. Highly recommended!! N/C

Amados 998 Valencia Street San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Singer/songwriter, and mandolinist AJ Lee and Blue Summit insatiable passion for bluegrass harkens back to traditional classics while remaining uniquely modern. They draw their from influences such as swing, folk, blues, jazz, country, soul, and rock with soaring harmonies, top notch picking and strumming as well as a healthy respect and reverence for the classic country. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge…

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

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:30 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!!! N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Charismatic songstress Martha Redbone is one of the most vital voices in American roots music. Embodying her gospel-singing father’s voice and her Cherokee/Choctaw mother’s culture, Redbone’s magnificent vocals blend with her band of some of NYC’s finest blues and jazz musicians for “a brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker). The folk and country sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian Mountains and the eclectic grit of her teen years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn come together in a masterful mix of folk, country, Piedmont blues, gospel, bluegrass, soul and traditional American Indian music. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $24 Cover Charge….

The New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime.. Noise Pop Festival 2020 presents the seminal groove band The Greyboy Allstars who are fast approaching their 25th year together. Their unique sound, reminiscent of ’60’s boogaloo and ’70’s funky jazz has had a major influence on bands like Soulive, Galactic and The New Mastersounds. This promises to be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes… Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age,
David Sanborn has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Rolling Stone says, “Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock.” Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle.” Sanborn has released twenty-four albums, won six Grammy awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre and an inspiration to countless other musicians. Returning to his passion for jazz, Sanborn recently assembled a stunning program of straight-ahead jazz tunes for his quartet featuring pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Bill DaBoo, and drummer Billy Kilson. Highly recommended!!!!!! $36-$79 Per Show Cover Charge….

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime..
The Americano Social Club plays music for “la dolce vita”: a mix of romantic and eclectic melodies from all over the world including pop, jazz, folk, classical, rock, opera, the music of Brazil and Europe’s cafés as well as some great original pieces. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The great Ethiopian musician and arranger Mulato Astatke is best known as the father and pioneer of Ethio-jazz music and is arguably one of the most influential and legendary musicians from Ethiopia. During the 1960’s, he studied music abroad in London, Boston, and New York. He then returned home to Ethiopia armed with a love for jazz and Latin music. There he blended Ethiopian traditional music with the Latin-jazz he was so fond of to create a unique hybrid he called “Ethio-jazz”. The multi-instrumentalist, playing the vibraphone, keyboards and organs, is further credited as having established congas and bongos, instruments normally central to Latin styles, in Ethiopian music. Highly recommended!!!!! $42.50-$67.50 Cover Charge..

Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes… Jane Bunnett and Maqueque 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. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40 Per Show Cover Charge..

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

Kuumbwa Jazz 320 Cedar St # 2, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime..
Tom Paxton and the Don Juans songs collectively have been covered by: Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, Faith Hill, B.J. Thomas, Blake Shelton, Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan… just to name a few! Within days of writing and playing together, they knew they were onto something. Now they’re taking it on the road! Opening the show is a great folk music singer/songwriter Amy Speace.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $40 Cover Charge..

Saturday February 29th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Taj Mahal is a towering musical figure, a legend who transcended the blues not by leaving them behind, but by revealing their magnificent scope to the world. Taj is a brilliant artist with a musicologist’s mind who has pursued and elevated the roots of beloved sounds with boundless devotion and skill tracing its origins to the American South, the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere. Taj will be performing with his quartet featuring Taj on vocals, banjo, dobro, & guitar, Kester Smith on drums, Bill Rich on bass and Bobby Igano lap steel & electric guitar. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $45/$65/$85/$105 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!!!

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 8:00 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 Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Grammy nominated all women mariachi Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of music fans both mainstream and traditional mariachi fans alike through their distinct vision and enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments. The band’s diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds are transcending culture and gender by forging new paths for mariachi music. The New York City based band and first all-women Mariachi, is led by co-directors Mireya I. Ramos, (founder) on violin and Shae Fiol (original member) on vihuela. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $24 Cover Charge…

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 PM Showtime..
Mark Hummel & The Deep Basement Shakers are two entities that have locked forces to commit themselves to rockin’ away the pre-war blues & boogie-woogie styles in this piano, acoustic harmonica/vocal & washboard trio. Grammy-nominated, two-time Blues Award winner, harmonica master, blues singer, bandleader, author, and entrepreneur Mark Hummel’s mastery of the blues genre, mixed with a knowledge of where the music comes from, is rare in this idiom. Specializing in primal, joint-rockin’ barrelhouse blues n’ boogie, the Deep Basement Shakers are an East Bay trio with a stripped down but powerful sound, featuring Aaron Hammerman on piano and guitar, and local percussion legend Dave Eagle on washboard, spoons, suitcase, train whistles, animal calls, etc. Known for their floor-stomping appearances around the Bay and beyond, the Shakers bring to life good-time, steady-rollin’ grooves from the deep musical traditions of days of old! Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge..

The Monkey House 1638 University Ave, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime.. The great Americana indie/folk duo of Sam Misner and Megan Smith AKA Misner & Smith sound harkens back to the bedrock of American rock & folk combining soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge….

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The great Ethiopian musician and arranger Mulato Astatke is best known as the father and pioneer of Ethio-jazz music and is arguably one of the most influential and legendary musicians from Ethiopia. During the 1960’s, he studied music abroad in London, Boston, and New York. He then returned home to Ethiopia armed with a love for jazz and Latin music. There he blended Ethiopian traditional music with the Latin-jazz he was so fond of to create a unique hybrid he called “Ethio-jazz”. The multi-instrumentalist, playing the vibraphone, keyboards and organs, is further credited as having established congas and bongos, instruments normally central to Latin styles, in Ethiopian music. Highly recommended!!!!! $42.50-$67.50 Cover Charge..

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime…A great night of music featuring two wonderful bands.. The Overextended unique musical relationship is influenced by their backgrounds in traditional, folk, ethnic, pop and alternative music with roots in the West Coast festival scene they’ve attended together for the past 20 years. Original compositions and tasty covers blending musical genres with enticing melodies and heart-felt vocals…Americana/Roots music at its finest (and funnest). The band features Russell Ives on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Jen Rund on bass and vocals, Ben Jacobs on keyboards and Leslie Jackson on percussion, mandolin & vocals. Raw Beets are an acoustic offshoot of Beet The System, a rockin’ tapestry of cross-pollinating original ear worms with a generous helping of world beat, groove, bluegrass and punk-ish fertilizer. This uncooked version distills the band’s boundary-defying, hip-shaking stew of diversified musical roots to its essential ingredients: tasty melodies with nutrient-rich lyrics for a flavor befitting a rapidly changing world. In short, culinary rebel rock gone acoustic. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge.

Bing Concert Hall 327 Lasuen St, Stanford, CA 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes… Jane Bunnett and Maqueque 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. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40 Per Show Cover Charge..

If you live in the South Bay you may want to check out

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 9:0 PM-11:00 PM Showtime. In the more than 25 years that Leo Kottke has been composing, arranging and playing guitar music, his style has evolved from the blindingly fast and aggressive to the rhythmically delicate and intricate. He is always reinventing and reinterpreting his own music and that of others. Kottke is not just a remarkable guitarist, songwriter and arranger, he also has a rich baritone singing voice, often underrated. He also has a capacious sense of humor that can be heard in his lyrics and experienced in his concert performances and is much a part of his style as is his guitar. I highly recommend seeing this American treasure.. $$29.50-$39.50 Cover Charge….

Sunday March 1st

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 2:00 PM Showtime. Taj Mahal is a towering musical figure, a legend who transcended the blues not by leaving them behind, but by revealing their magnificent scope to the world. Taj is a brilliant artist with a musicologist’s mind who has pursued and elevated the roots of beloved sounds with boundless devotion and skill tracing its origins to the American South, the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere. Taj will be performing with his quartet featuring Taj on vocals, banjo, dobro, & guitar, Kester Smith on drums, Bill Rich on bass and Bobby Igano lap steel & electric guitar. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35/$55/$75/$95 Cover Charge….

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Singer/songwriter performer Richard Marx‘s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. He has written and produced songs for Josh Groban, Luther Vandross, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Bareilles and Vince Gill. He holds the honor of being one of a handful of artists who have had a number one hit in each of the past four decades. Highly recommended!!!!!! $45 Cover Charge…..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime..
Noise Pop Festival 2020 presents a fun night of music with four really good bands. Headlining tonight is Oakland based garage rock band Destroy Boys. Also on the bill is a four piece dynamo punk band from Rhode Island Gymshorts, Los Angeles based powerhouse punk rockers Clit Kat and Oakland based garage skate punk rockers Twompsax. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Swedish American Hall 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. Noise Pop Festival 2020 presents Los Angeles based harpist extraordinaire Mary Lattimore. Mary’s improvisational effects through her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand pedal harp, can include both ambient glitter and unsettling noise. She has worked with recorded and written harp parts for such artists as Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Meg Baird and the Clientele. She is a great musician.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. In this intimate concert pairing, described as a “simpatico merging of two great musical minds and four talented hands” violinist Regina Carter and pianist Xavier Davis bring an electric connection to the stage. Hailed as the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, Carter’s quest for beauty, combined with her passion for excellence, earned her a prestigious Genius Grant fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Carter has a very special musical relationship with Davis, known as one of the most accomplished jazz pianists in the world and a virtuoso in his own right. We can expect a deeply moving and exciting performance. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $45/$55 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

If you live in the South Bay you may want to check out

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 4:00 PM Showtime.. Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin And The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. Highly recommended..$20 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week.

To celebrate would have been Johnny Cash’s 88 years old this week I want to recommend a new documentary on him The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash which strips away the mythos of country musician Johnny Cash to reveal his tragedies and struggles. Archival footage provided by the Cash estate as well as interviews with his family, friends and artistic collaborators paint a portrait of the real man. Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam and more reflect on his legacy.

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