Suggestions for Week of 03/23-03/29

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

Monday March 23rd

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..
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.. One of San Francisco’s great chamber music ensembles Classical Revolution perform with passion and always entertaining.. 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 7:30 PM Showtime. Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Highly recommended!! $50.40 Cover Charge.

Tuesday March 24th

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-Midnight Showtime.. Manteca Salsa-Jazz Combo features some of the finest Latin Music musicians in San Francisco, several of whom are Grammy-Winners… With passionate vocals, percussion, and horn riffs, they can make the evening a party. Bailar! Highly recommended!!! No Charge..

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of music in-store with two really good bands Michigan Rattlers are a band I first became aware of by Rolling Stone Magazine. This is a fun ensemble playing heavy-hearted folk-rock with an aching dose of Midwestern nice. The band includes Graham Young on guitar, Adam Reed on upright bass, Christian Wilder on piano and Tony Audia on drums. began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school. Opening up the show are the British duo
Ferris & Sylvester. Honest and unashamed, bold and unapologetic, with clear references in their catchy mid-60s sounds of Greenwich Village combined with their meatier blues tones, they are a force to be reckoned with. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge….

Wednesday March 25th

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. The Nick Rossi Trio</a> is a great ensemble led by one the Bay Area’s beat jazz guitarist. Nick and the trio play standards, swing, and bebop as well as anyone. Highly recommended!!!!! N/C

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.

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime..
Josh Klipp and The Klipptones are another great jazz/swing/blues band who play the classics, or the remix. I love when they throw in some rockabilly and 50’s/60’s rock and roll in their set. Highly recommended!!!!!! No Cover Charge..

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. Three really good bands tonight with Minneapolis based alternative rockers
Off With Their Heads headlining the show.. Bethlehem, PA Indie rockers
Slingshot Dakota and Oakland based punk rockers Civil War Rust round out the bill. Highly recommended!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

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..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight Showtime..
Josh Klipp and The Klipptones are another great jazz/swing/blues band who play the classics, or the remix. I love when they throw in some rockabilly and 50’s/60’s rock and roll in their set. Highly recommended!!!!!! No Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..
Flamingo Night at The Freight as part of the Bay Area Flamenco Festival presents
Antonio Lizano, who bridges the worlds of flamenco and jazz with his original music, singing and saxophone playing. Joining Antonio are Shayan Fathi on drums, David Sancho on piano, Jesús Caparrós on bass and dancer Mawi de Cádiz. Highly recommended!!!!! $35-$125 Cover Charge..

Thursday March 26th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Alternative country/Southern rock band Drive By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. They are kicking off the new election year withThe Unraveling, their first new album in 3 1/2 years (the longest space between new DBT albums ever). Those years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core. Opening the show is Americana singer/songwriter Kelsey Waldon. Highly recommended!!!!!! $36.50..

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Della Mae is one of my favorite America bands literally blurring the lines between bluegrass, folk, soul, and old-time traditions. The Nashville based string band has established a reputation as a charismatic live act comprised of some of the finest players in bluegrass, Americana and beyond. The band members are Celia Woodsmith on guitar & vocals, Kimber Ludiker on fiddle & vocals, Jenni Lyn Gardner on mandolin & vocals, Courtney Hartman on guitar, banjo & vocals and Zoe Guiguen on bass & vocals. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 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!!!!! No Cover Charge..

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:30 PM Showtime. Jacknife 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..

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

Le Colonial 20 Cosmo Pl, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 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

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Somewhere between Joan Jett and Bonnie Raitt lies 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

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:15 PM-11:45 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 8:00 PM Showtime.. Masters of Hawaiian Music featuring four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist
George Kahumoku Jr. He is known as “Hawaii’s Renaissance Man”, a multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, teacher, sculptor, farmer, and chef. Also performing is multi-instrumentalist Nathan Aweau and slack key guitar virtuoso
Jeff Peterson. Highly recommended!!!!! $32-440 Cover Charge..

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.. When it comes to throwing a party, the Pimps Of Joytime raise the bar with swagger to spare. Rhythms and textures drawn from New Orleans funk, 90s club house, 60s salsa and hip-hop all collide and fracture upon one another on their new LP,
Jukestone Paradise. Dubbed “raucous and captivating” by Okayplayer, their album cuts play like the soundtrack for a ride through Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods, where the group’s sound materialized. Opening the show is the Portland, Oregon based soul meets hip-hop live music fusion band Dirty Revival. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Friday March 27th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The Americana roots and soul sister duo Larkin Poe is steeped in the traditions of Southern roots music. The Georgia-bred, Nashville-based Rebecca and Megan Lovell have found their voice rattling, stomping, and sliding into a modern-day depiction of what roots rock should sound like, playing the blues in a modern age showcasing their mastery in orchestrating, harmonizing and breathing new life into the musical heritage of their upbringing. This is a show not to be missed… Highly recommended!!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A great show tonight with a great rock and roll/soul band from Detroit, MI the
Detroit Cobras headlining the show.. Also on the bill are Oakland’s maximum r&b surf stomp band The Atom Age, Oakland based indie surf pop rockers
The Hot Toddies and getting the night going DJ Sid Presley. Highly recommended!!!!!!!$20 Cover Charge..

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
Los Amigos Invisibles are amazing. The Venezuelan band plays a blend of disco, acid jazz and funk mixed with Latin rhythms. They are one of the most explosive live bands anywhere. Opening the show is the Columbian alternative rock band Aterciopelados. Highly recommended!!!!!! $39.50 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

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!!! No Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of music is in store with two ODF the best alt-folk musicians. Americana singer/songwriter Caitlin Canty‘s music carves a line through folk, blues, and country ballads. Her voice was called “casually devastating” by the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Music describes her songs as having a “haunting urgency.” Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a 3-time Grammy Nominee and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010. Highly recommended!!!!! $16-$24 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 New Parish 1743 San Pablo Ave, Oakland 10:00 PM Showtime.. When it comes to throwing a party, the Pimps Of Joytime raise the bar with swagger to spare. Rhythms and textures drawn from New Orleans funk, 90s club house, 60s salsa and hip-hop all collide and fracture upon one another on their new LP, Jukestone Paradise. Dubbed “raucous and captivating” by Okayplayer, their album cuts play like the soundtrack for a ride through Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods, where the group’s sound materialized. Opening the show is the Portland, Oregon based soul meets hip-hop live music fusion band Dirty Revival. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Saturday March 28th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. When it comes to throwing a party, the Pimps Of Joytime raise the bar with swagger to spare. Rhythms and textures drawn from New Orleans funk, 90s club house, 60s salsa and hip-hop all collide and fracture upon one another on their new LP, Jukestone Paradise. Dubbed “raucous and captivating” by Okayplayer, their album cuts play like the soundtrack for a ride through Brooklyn’s diverse neighborhoods, where the group’s sound materialized. Opening the show is the Portland, Oregon based soul meets hip-hop live music fusion band Dirty Revival. 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 dissapoint.. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany 9:00 PM Showtime.. Crawling out from the weed-choked lots of the once proud town, The Detroit Cobras whip out ass-shaking anthems to good times, wild times, and the high and lows of L-U-V; you best believe it and you best not mess with it. Blurring the lines between R&B and R&R and soul, the Cobras are THE go-to party band for those in the know. Singer Rachel Nagy and guitarist Mary Ramirez are the bad girls by the exit doors at the school dance, all leather and heels, sneaking smokes and passing the flask. Rounding out the bill are the reved up rock n rollers The Richmond Sluts and the southern fried rock n rollers Hot Laundry. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $17 Cover Charge.

Speisekammer 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda 8:30 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!!!!! No Cover Charge..

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 8:00 PM Showtime..
Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Areas preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Sunday March 29th

Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime..
The 2020 Noise Pop Festival presents singer/songwriter Katie Pruitt is a soulful, acrobatic vocalist with a strong sense of melody and even stronger knack for crafting an affecting narrative tackling topics such as religion, mental health, and contemporary love songs with a modern twist. Her passionate delivery and powerful message are the reason her name has graced the bills of festivals such as Americana, 420 Fest, Pilgrimage, and sold out shows across the US and internationally. Highly recommended!!!!! $14 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. It’s Japan Night 2020 featuring 5 amazing bands. Headlining tonight is a great indie pop rock 4 piece band from Kobe, Japan The Tomboys. The show also includes a five piece post hard core pop punk band from Nishinomiya Kyusonekokami, a loud hard rock band from Tokyo Uchikubigokumon-Doukoukai, my favorite San Francisco punk duo Electric Machine Gun Tits and opening the show another local favorite playing great 60’s & 70’s beat gogo rock & roll Tokyo Beatniks. Highly recommended!!!!!!!! $12 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

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime… Indie folk singer-songwriter Letitia Vansant‘s lyrics are at once personally and politically relevant, and her distinct vocal style is fortified by sparse indie folk and Americana arrangements. BBC Radio calls her “very, very good – a fascinating new artist.” Letitia is joined by her long-time collaborator David McKindley-Ward, who plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and bouzouki. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. In a very special collaboration, Grammy Award-winning vocalist
Tony Lindsay alongside sought-after saxophonist/arranger Michael O’Neill explore new arrangements from the American Songbook to create fresh versions of classic standards. Lindsay, a singer steeped in soul and R&B and known for his Santana tenure, proves to be utterly at home in the jazz genre. This exceptional pair backed by one of the jazz scene’s best working bands is sure to amaze. Supporting Michael on tenor saxophone/bass clarinet and Tony on Vocals are Mike Olmos on trumpet/flugelhorn, John R. Burr on piano, Dan Feiszli on bass, Alan Hall on drums and Omar Ledezma on percussion. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $45/$55 Cover Charge..

Video Pick Of The Week.

Sarah Vaughan would have turned 96 this week. The documentary
Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One showcases the legendary voice in concert. Championed by Billy Eckstine, Vaughan rose quickly through the jazz ranks. Her ability to manipulate a tune earned her a reputation as one of the finest musicians of the new bebop era. In this release, she performs many of the songs that brought her fame: “Misty,” “Send in the Clowns,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One also features footage of interviews with those that were closest to her. Highly recommended!!!!!!

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