Suggestions for Week of 04/06-04/12

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

Monday April 6th

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.

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.

Tuesday April 7th

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.

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

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime….. Lydia Pense and Cold Blood debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation’s musical Meccas. Owner 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!!! $24 Cover Charge..

Wednesday April 8th

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Twice Grammy nominated country music singer/song writer
Brandy Clark has been honing her craft on the road playing with the likes of Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, Dwight Yoakam. The gifted songwriter music has been recorded by Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, and Kacey Musgraves. Opening the show is Canadian singer/songwriter Donovan Woods. Highly recommended!!!!!! $28.75 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. 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…

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime. A great night of hot picking featuring two great bluegrass bands. The Bow Ties are a group of voracious bluegrass pickers dedicated to precision playing of the masters’ classics, they are happy to bring traditional bluegrass into the hearts of audiences far and wide. Band members include guitarist Yoseff Tucker, Billy Moore on banjo, Jan Purat on fiddle Andrew March on mandolin and Zach Sharpe on upright bass.. The High Water Line is a five piece band that delights audiences with a hard-driving West Coast bluegrass sound. Highly recommended!!!!! $12 Cover Charge..

Thursday April 9th

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Three really good bands are featured this evening with San Francisco post punk rockers Marbled Eye headlining the show. Seattle punk rockers Big Bite and Bay Area rockers World Smasher round out the bill.. Highly recommended!!!!!$12 Cover Charge..

Local Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:45 PM Showtime. The Cottontails are one of San Francisco’s most exciting musical groups, 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. This is a great intimate setting to see this outstanding ensemble with the great Karina Denike on vocals, Michael McIntosh on piano, Sam Rocha on bass, and the irrepressible Randy Odell on percussion. Highly recommended!!! No 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.

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…

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany 8:00 PM Showtime.. If told about a band that consisted of only keyboards and drums, one wouldn’t be faulted for thinking, “Where’s the rest of the group?” But listening to Scott Amendola vs Wil Blades, the funky California-based duo of Wil Blades on Hammond organ and clavinet and Scott Amendola behind the kit—and all fears will be assuaged. Blades’s cutting solos and deep bass lines make for a thick stew of soulful harmony and daring improvisation. And Amendola’s beats are simply unstoppable, simultaneously pushing the duo to heights unknown and sending the listener into a joyful sonic trance. Highly recommended!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Friday April 10th

Cafe du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
The 2020 Noise Pop Festival presents the Californicorns, an original and throwback big sweaty dance party filled with sentimental ballads and get-your-ass-off-the-wall jams. Formed in 2010 as the house band for prolific indy arts group PianoFight, Californicorns has morphed over the years into a 10-piece dance band with a funk forward style. Called, “Incredibly sharp” by The Bay Bridged, the SF Chronicle told readers that, Californicorns bring the funk, the attitude, and the hot and heavy vibes. Opening the show is Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
Monophonics is one of the best live soul bands I have ever seen! Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.” Opening the show is Alanna Royale who combines the best elements of rock, pop, funk and soul, all executed by their fearless leader and sensual vocalist, Alanna Quinn-Broadus, an unparalleled rhythm section – Jared Colby on guitar, Gabriel Golden on bass and Matt Snow on drums – topped off with greasy keys and brassy background singers. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

The Lost Church 65 Capp Street, San Francisco 8:15 PM-10:30 PM Showtime..
d’PaJo is an ensemble that focuses on their mutual love and appreciation for a myriad of musical styles gypsy jazz, jazz standards, great American songbook, latin and any other musical forms. D’PaJo features vocalist Ann Moss Sporano backed up by Joe Kyle Jr. on bass, Patrick Anseth on guitar and Justin Ouellet on violin. Highly recommended!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Ivy Room 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany 9:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of funky rockin’ soul music featuring an amazing quartet featuring guitar virtuoso/singer/songwriter Eric McFadden, soulful singer/songwriter & guitarist Kate Vargas, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis and the great drummer/percussionist Paulo Baldi. This is a show not to be missed… $14 Cover Charge…

The Backroom 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime. A great show tonight at the Backroom. Macy Blackman and The Mighty Fines are universally regarded as the Bay Area’s premier New Orleans R&B/boogie band. Blackman, who has accompanied Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John) and also backed up such national acts as The Coasters and The Drifters during his illustrious career, features a highly accomplished band The Mighty Fines include saxophonists Nancy Wright (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Elvin Bishop), Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs (Neville Brothers, The Band, Temptations, Gatemouth Brown), bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith’s Red Hot Skillet Lickers) and drummer Larry Vann (Martha Reeves, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie). Highly recommended!!!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

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

Moes Alley 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM Showtimes..
Los Lobos is one of the most acclaimed American bands. 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 Per Show Cover Charge..

Saturday April 11th

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Back home, he’s celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by cover bands. In the exterior, where Saharan rock has become one of the continents biggest musical exports, he’s earned a name for himself with his guitar moves. Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that utterly sets him apart. Highly recommended!!!!!! $22 Cover Charge..

The Lost Church 65 Capp Street, San Francisco 8:15 PM-10:30 PM Showtime..
Erin Brazill & The Brazillionaires has been described as noirish pop with original, lushly composed and arranged music, dark rich harmonies, vaudeville instrumentation and Hitchcockian inspired lyrics. Opening the show is the jazzy rhythmic and raunchy garage rockers from San Francisco The Bribes. Highly recommended!!!!! $15 Cover Charge..

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. Pianist, composer and lyricist Dave Bass leads his Afro-Cuban Quintet as the perform music from their new CD “No Boundaries”. The quintet features Dave Bass on piano, Jeff Sanford on reeds and flute, Kerry Kashiwagi on bass, Mario Salomon on timbales and percussion and David Frazier on congas and percussion. This should be a great show.. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
The 2020 US Air Guitar Championships-San Francisco Regionals take place tonight. Witness some of California’s best air guitarists battle it out to see which of them will rep San Francisco in the US Air Guitar Championship! Part rock show, part comedy act, part spectacle, and 100% dumb fun, US Air Guitar lets ordinary people become spandex-wearing, hair-flying rock stars for a night. Judged on technical merit, stage presence, and how thoroughly they melt the crowd’s faces, the winner will move on to the US AIR GUITAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS in NASHVILLE. It’s the evening out you never knew you needed! Highly recommended!!!!!! $17 Cover Charge..

Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St, San Francisco 5:00 PM-8:00 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

SF Live Arts At ST. Cyprians 2097 Turk Street San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of music tonight with Trance Mission, a new trio version of the San Francisco Bay Area’s original “4th World” band, is the dynamic confluence of three extraordinary multi-instrumentalists / composers, Bb, alto, bass, & contrabass clarinetist Beth Custer, didgeridoo, cello-cintir, percussion & bassist Stephen Kent and drummer, percussionist and electronics master Peter Valsamis. Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Sausalito Seahorse 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito 8:00 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!!! $15 Cover Charge…

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 8:00 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!!!!! $15 Cover Charge…

Sunday April 12th

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..
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!!!!! No 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 truly great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! No Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week.

Merle Haggard would have turned 79 this week. I would like to recommend a great documentary on American music icon Merle Haggard: Learning To Live With Myself is a candid portrait on life and career of. The film includes interviews with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Gibbons, Ray Price, Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams and Allison Krauss. Highly recommended!!!!!

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