Suggestions for Week of 04/20-04/26

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

Monday April 20th

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 performs with passion and always entertaining.. Highly recommended!!!!!!! No Cover Charge.

Tuesday April 21st

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 Pagan Idol 375 Bush St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..
The Steve Lucky Carmen Getit Duo in a rare performance without the “Rhuba Bums”. I love the trio because it showcases the great musicianship of Steve and and Carmen’s vocals are reminiscent of Dina Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. Highly recommended!!!! N/C..

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

Woodchopper’s Ball 2424 Mariposa 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 truely great jazz vocalist Karina Denike fronting the group. Highly recommended!!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Wednesday April 22nd

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 8:30 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

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime..
Ben Miller & Anita McDonald have become renowned across Canada for their synergistic approach to traditional Scottish music. Blending Scottish Lowland pipes with Cape Breton fiddle, Gaelic song and step-dance, Ben and Anita join together the threads of Old and New World traditions, while constantly exploring new ways to bring their instruments closer together. Their music has been described as playful, poignant, and passionate all at once, fresh, yet totally traditional. Highly recommended.. $25 Cover Charge..

Thursday April 23rd

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…

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

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime.
Jazz Mafia‘s Bay Revue is an ongoing, collaborative, and carefully curated series that shines the light on Bay Area’s vocal royalty who share Jazz Mafia’s adventurous musical spirit. Vol. 3 features Erin Honeywell, Olivia Ruff, and Moorea Dickason, backed by Jazz Mafia’s Heaviest Feather. This brass-heavy octet of Jazz Mafia veterans and rising stars has already made rounds of the West Coast festival circuit, and is known for its rollicking, theatrical approach. The San Francisco Chronicle noted that “The Mafia’s trademark mix ’n’ mash of funk, hip-hop and jazz embraces the genre-crossing tradition of great Bay Area bands like Tower of Power and Santana.” Highly recommended!!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Friday April 24th

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-Midnight 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 Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.
Royal Jelly Jive is one of those bands that have the ability to evoke an old-school throwback vibe and yet sound entirely fresh and new at the same time. Fronted by the enigmatic singer Lauren Bjelde the band combines elements of soul, rock, swing and hip-hop. Opening the show is Van Goat, a great band mixing punk, swing, ragtime, southern jazz and surf. Harnessing the diverse DIY aesthetic of their native Oakland, Van Goat featuring Aidan Ward, Ben Einstein, Derek Burle, Lindsay Alexis, and Taylor Moxon is in the business of writing not only songs that you can dance to, but creating a musical experience wherein each successive song’s mottled riffs and bewildering charisma is pleasantly startling. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Point Richmond Jazz 201 Martina Street, Point Richmond 7:30 PM Showtime. Jazz Violinist, educator and jazz historian Kit Eakle will be performing with his all-star ensemble of John R. Burr on piano, Ruth Davies on bass; and Kendrick Freeman on percussion. Highly recommended!!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Saturday April 25th

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

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 9:00 PM-Midnight 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!!!!! $13 Cover Charge…

Fifth Street Farms 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime.. Both masters of domra and mandolin the Alexandrov/Skliar Duo presents a repertoire that spans the globe: from baroque to neo-folklore and jazz. They arrange ethnic themes in jazz, pop-funk, fusion styles, bringing together the atmosphere of freedom from Russian folk tradition and the spirit of improvisation from American jazz origins. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..After winning a Grammy® for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters. Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. His music is grounded in the richness of American rhythm and blues, soul, and gospel, and his lyrics flow from a deft storyteller’s pen. Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the ’90s, at which point TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.” Opening for Marc is Chelsea Williams who has made a name for herself as a musician in Los Angeles in a less than traditional way. Without the support of a record label, or radio play, Chelsea managed to sell nearly 100,000 copies of her independently released records the old fashioned way, by playing on the street. Highly recommended!!!!!! $49 Cover Charge..

The Monkey House 1638 University Ave, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime. A great show tonight featuring Wildcat Canyon which started as a group of friends playing in Berkeley, California. They jammed at gatherings and music benefits and had so much fun, they began performances as a group in 2011. These five3 musicians, each with her different take on the folk singer-songwriter genre, have diverse and extensive musical backrounds as solo artists; together they are a must see powerhouse collaboration! Wildcat Canyon features Shelley Doty ,Emily Shore, Maggie Forti, Andrea Prichett, Deb Lane. Highly recommended!!!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..
Eric Muhler will be performing new material and his own compositions in solo, duo, and trio format. The band will include San Francisco native title Ollie Dudek on bass and Phil Hawkins on drums. Muhler’s compositions range from complex lush harmonies to driving funk/fusion grooves. Highly recommended!!!!! $25 Cover Charge..

Terrapin Crossroads 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. Legendary band The Wailers is carrying its revolutionary sound and message to faithful fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey The Wailers are the band that created, recorded, and performed Reggae music for all generations. Highly recommended!!!! $25 Cover Charge.

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 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!!!!!! $16 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.. Legendary Jamaican reggae pioneers Dave Barker & The Inciters will be making their first West Coast appearance. Barker started his singing career in the group Two Tones with his two friends Brenton Matthews and Fathead. Barker then sang for a short while with The Techniques alongside Winston Riley and Bruce Ruffin before forming the duo Glen And Dave together with Glen Brown. This should be a great show. Highly recommended!!!!! $30 Cover Charge..

Sunday April 26th

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 Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime..After winning a Grammy® for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters. Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. His music is grounded in the richness of American rhythm and blues, soul, and gospel, and his lyrics flow from a deft storyteller’s pen. Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the ’90s, at which point TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.” Opening for Marc is Chelsea Williams who has made a name for herself as a musician in Los Angeles in a less than traditional way. Without the support of a record label, or radio play, Chelsea managed to sell nearly 100,000 copies of her independently released records the old fashioned way, by playing on the street. Highly recommended!!!!!! $49 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime. Latin Grammy Award-winning Nestor Torres and his rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His multiple recordings as a soloist and Grammy nominations and award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Paquito D’ Rivera and Arturo Sandoval; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras, are testament to the remarkable journey of an artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents. Torres will be performing with his quintet which features Nestor on flute, Silvano Monasterios on piano, Josh Jones on drums, Aaron Germain on bass and Javier Navarrete on percussion. Highly recommended!!!!!! $35/$45 Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week.

The Godfather of Punk Iggy Pop turns 73 years old this week. To celebrate I highly recommended Gimme Danger which is a great tribute to Iggy and The Stooges. “Gimme Danger” charts the steady rise and fall of The Stooges, from the high school days of The Iguanas for iconic frontman Iggy Pop (Jim Osterberg) through The Stooges’ days with the outspoken members of MC5 and Iggy’s eventual recruitment by London hitmakers. Highly recommended!!!!!

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