Suggestions for Week of 03/30-04/05

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

Monday March 30th

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
The 2020 Noise Pop Festival is presenting a fun night of music featuring three really good bands. Headlining the show are rock and rollers for Philadelphia, PA Beach Slang. Also on the bill is a rock fuzz psychedelic surf punk band from Los Angeles The Aquadolls and my favorite band performing tonight indie rockers from Duluth, MN Social Animals. Highly recommended!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime.
Jazz guitarist Justin Rock and his trio are another of the Bay Area great talented ensembles. His group is reminiscent of John Pizzarelli‘s Trio. Highly recommended!!!!!! No 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

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.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime..
The Squirrel Nut Zippers are a great band fusing delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s–era swing, klezmer, New Orleans Jazz, and blues into one of the most original musical ensembles. They are fun and entertaining and one of my favorite bands to see in concert. Open the show are the wigged out country band Beckylin & Her Druthers who is recreating the glamour, fun and big hair of early 70’s TV country music. Highly recommended!!! $28-$33 Cover Charge..

Tuesday March 31st

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.

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime… Lilan Kane is a vocalist based in Oakland, CA whose vintage-tinged soul sound flows through the heartfelt compositions, telling stories of love, loss, and self-discovery while they seamlessly blend R&B, funk, pop, and jazz. Her music is influenced by the jazz and soul legends in her record collection and encompasses a myriad of genres and emotions reaching audiences local and abroad. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Wednesday April 1st

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.
The High Water Line 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.
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..

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

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

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…

Thursday April 2nd

The Lost Church 65 Capp Street, San Francisco 8:15 PM-10:30 PM Showtime. A really great night of music in store featuring San Francisco based guitarist/singer/songwriter David James who co-leads the groups
The Afrofunk Experience and his new groupRussian Teelgraph. New Jersey born and raised and Bay Area musician Dave Milhaly is a multi instrumentalist and composer. He spent his early years on the east coast, and began playing in rock bands at the age of 12, as a drummer, the instrument with which he is most identified. He was exposed to jazz and blues music via the record collections of his friend’s older sister. He developed a voracious appetite for listening to music from all genres, and soon was spending time in record stores and the public library expanding and deepening his awareness of sonic forms and sounds. He also began playing guitar and piano, and singing at this time. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. A great show in store featuring an indie rock band out of Chicago I really like
Ratboys. Also on the bill are an indie alternative rock band from Hamilton, Ontario Ellis and a Bay Area indie rock band Sour Widows. Highly recommended!!!!! $14 Cover Charge..

Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..
The Heavy Metal Brass Band is a 9-piece brass band playing an array of classic metal from groups such as Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath with creative arrangements that breathes new life into metal music. The band also honors the evolution that metal has taken, playing songs by Korn, System of a Down, Disturbed, and more. Hughly recommended!!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge…

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. The Fifth Annual 2020 Berkeley Bluegrass Festival kicks off with three really good bands. Straight out of Northern California The Town Howlers play traditional bluegrass music and are influenced by the great singers and pickers from the golden era of bluegrass, such as Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Vern Williams, and Jimmy Martin. With flashy picking, tight harmony singing, and original as well as traditional songs, the Town Howlers show a deference to traditional bluegrass while also adding their own style and sound. The Mission Blue Bluegrass Band delivers straight-ahead bluegrass featuring our special brand of family harmony singing. A collaboration of Dana and Avram Frankel, Mission Blue brings high energy to every show. Opening up the festival is Anna Daisy a 15-year-old flatpicking guitarist and vocalist based in El Dorado County who Bluegrass Today called a “whiz-kid.” Her repertoire spans from hard-core bluegrass to melodious Americana and driving old-time. Highly recommended!!!!! No Cover Charge.

Friday April 3rd

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. The beloved patriarch of Latin music pianist and iconic bandleader Eddie Palmieri performs with his great quartet featuring Eddie on piano, Luques Curtis on bass, Vicente “Little Johnny” Rivero on congas, Camilo Molina on timbales, Louis Fouche on alto saxophone and Jonathan Powell on trumpet. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $40/$60/$80 Cover Charge…

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. Jason Marsalis:BGQ Explosion revisits the timeless magic of Goodman’s pioneering 1930s band that highlighted the alchemy of Goodman’s clarinet matched to the vibraphone of Lionel Hampton, and broke societal barriers as one of the first openly racially mixed jazz ensembles. The band features clarinetist Jason on vibes, Joe Goldberg, pianist Kris Tokarski, and drummer Gerald Watkins. The quartet plays with the dynamic control and precision of a chamber ensemble, the band’s bluesy authority and improvisational firepower. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $30 Per Show 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…

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime… Mark Hummel & The Deep Basement Shakers celebrates a CD Release Party of their new recording Wayback Machine. These 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!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. The Fifth Annual 2020 Berkeley Bluegrass Festival continues with an amazing lineup that includes the legendary Peter Rowan with David Nelson, Eric & Suzy Thompson, master pickers guitarist Scott Law fiddler Darol Anger and guitarist and master musician Paul Knight perform the Jerry Garcia Song Book. One of the best bluegrass bands out of Colorado Trout Steak Revival, Grammy nominated bluegrass bassist title Missy Raines and 15-year-old flatpicking guitarist and vocalist wizard Anna Daisy round out a great night of music.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $36-$44 Cover Charge..

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. Lydia Pense and Cold Blood debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation’s musical Meccas. Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia’s voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60’s, early-70’s albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower Of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be known as East Bay Grease. That music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come. Highly Recommended!!! $22 Cover Charge..

Saturday April 4th

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 8:00 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 Mexican world music group Suenatron. Highly recommended!!!!! $29.50 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.
Howell Devine is the massively talented NorCal trio featuring Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard) and Joe Kyle Jr. (Upright Bass). HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-1:00 AM 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

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime. Known as South Africa’s Mozart pianist, composer and living legend Abdullah Ibrahim performs with his septet Ekaya featuring Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, Noah Jackson on bass & cello, Will Terill on drums, Cleave Guyton Jr on alto sax, flute, clarinet, Lance Bryant on tenor sax, Andrae Murchison on trombone, trumpet and Marshall Mcdonald on baritone sax. Highly recommended!!!!!! $40/$60/$80 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes. Jason Marsalis:BGQ Explosion revisits the timeless magic of Goodman’s pioneering 1930s band that highlighted the alchemy of Goodman’s clarinet matched to the vibraphone of Lionel Hampton, and broke societal barriers as one of the first openly racially mixed jazz ensembles. The band features clarinetist Jason on vibes, Joe Goldberg, pianist Kris Tokarski, and drummer Gerald Watkins. The quartet plays with the dynamic control and precision of a chamber ensemble, the band’s bluesy authority and improvisational firepower. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $30 Per Show Cover Charge..

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Yonder Mountain String Band is one of my favorite progressive bluegrass bands.. great vocal and instrumental arrangements..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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. The Fifth Annual 2020 Berkeley Bluegrass Festival continues another great lineup including Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Michael DaviesJam featuring Tony Trischka, Missy Raines, Tatiana Hargreaves and Laurie Lewis. Opening the music up are
The Mission Blue Bluegrass Band and Windy Hill. Highly recommended!!!!!! $36-$44 Cover Charge..

Sunday April 5th

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime. Benny Golson is a living monument to jazz. He is one of its foremost composers penning sure standards as Killer Joe, I Remember Clifford and Whisper Not. He is among the most singular saxophonists of the past 60 years, boasting “an immense tone, by turns airy and burly, informed by a harmonic knowledge wide as the heavens,” says DownBeat. What’s more, at age 91, he continues to tour the world. Golson is performing with his fabulous quartet. Highly recommended!!!!! $25/$35/$45 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 6:00 PM & 7:30 PM Showtimes. Jason Marsalis:BGQ Explosion revisits the timeless magic of Goodman’s pioneering 1930s band that highlighted the alchemy of Goodman’s clarinet matched to the vibraphone of Lionel Hampton, and broke societal barriers as one of the first openly racially mixed jazz ensembles. The band features clarinetist Jason on vibes, Joe Goldberg, pianist Kris Tokarski, and drummer Gerald Watkins. The quartet plays with the dynamic control and precision of a chamber ensemble, the band’s bluesy authority and improvisational firepower. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $30 Per Show Cover Charge..

Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. A great night of music in store featuring Washington DC’s best hip-hop alternative world music ensembles RDGLDGRN taking hip-hop infused punk and indie rock and forging a new original sound. Opening the show is another great alternative hip-hop reggae infused band from Charleston, SC Little Stranger. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $18 Cover Charge..

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime.. One of the best traditional jazz musicians in the Bay Area Clint Baker performs with his Hot 4 featuring Clint on bass, Don Neeley on clarinet & vocals, Jeff Hamilton on piano and Riley Baker on drums. This will be a late afternoon of hot jazz. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 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

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..

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. The Fifth Annual 2020 Berkeley Bluegrass Festival concludes with a great show including Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band with special guests Laurie Lewis, Tatiana Hargreaves, Alice Gerrard, Hasee Ciaccio and more.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $36-$44 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Showtime.. Two great musicians pianist Erik Deutsch & drummer Scott Amendola performs together as a duo for the first time. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime..
Yonder Mountain String Band is one of my favorite progressive bluegrass bands.. great vocal and instrumental arrangements.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. Mimi FoxB3 Trio covers the gammit from blues to infectious funk, from luscious ballads to blazing bebop. Guitarist and six-time Downbeat Critics Poll-winner, Mimi Fox thrives in the B3 organ trio setting. Following in the footsteps of one of her major influences Wes Montgomery, and forging her own new path burnished from her years of touring and recording with B3 masters such as Joey DeFrancesco and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Fox and her brilliant cohorts that include Mimi on guitar, Brian Ho on B3 Hammond and Lorca Hart on drums present a memorable show not to be missed. Highly recommended!!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge…

Video Pick Of The Week.

I just saw this wonderful documentary Emmylou Harris: From A Deeper Well which profiles of veteran country singer Emmylou Harris, witnessing the heady success of her career while also discussing her late flowering of intensely personal and groundbreaking music, dealing with loss and the passing years. Contributors include Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, Ryan Adams, Beth Orton, Willie Nelson and Linda Ronstadt. Highly recommended!!

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