Suggestions for Week of 7/02-7/08

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

Monday September 2nd

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.. 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

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. Chris Isaac really puts on a great show. With his longtime band Silvertone, Chris has been playing great music for over two decades. This should be a great show. Tickets range from $65-$757.

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Jon and the Vons play a loud, fun 1960’s influenced brand of garage rock n roll. Their music is rowdy and rollicking and it’s going to make you get up on your feet and strut, spin, shimmy and shake your day away! Opening the show is San Francisco garage band The Outta Sorts. Should be fun.. $5 Cover Charge

Tuesday September 3rd

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Vibrason.. I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Three good bands tonight with the indie pop punk rockers Chin Up Kid headlining with indie pop/dance rockers First in Flight and alternative progressive rock Septacy opening the show. $12 Cover Charge

Marin County Fair 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael 7:30 PM Showtime Los Lobos is one of the most acclaimed American bands of the past 30 years. I have always loved Los Lobos’ mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds . I have seen them a lot over the years and they put on a great show. I highly recommend seeing them if you can.

Wednesday September 4th

Marin County Fair 10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael 7:30 PM Showtime.. Singer, songwriter, multi Grammy winner, actress and author LeAnn Rimes in performance. Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of her version of the Bill Mack song “Blue”, becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972.

Rancho Nicasio 1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio 4:00 PM Starting time.. The Zydeco Flames perform at the annual 4th of July BBQ On The Lawn Party. $20 Cover for food and entertainment. Highly recommended!!!

Thursday September 5th

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Great venues to see great music Monday-Friday. Kicking off this year’s music festival noontime concert series are:

The Left Coast Special Cajun Band performing at Mint Plaza 1 Mint Plaza..

The funky New Orleans music of the 9th Ward Millionaires performing at 302 Second Street..

Some hot salsa sounds from Jose Y Sus Picantes are performing at my usual stomping grounds in the TransAmerica Redwood Park 600 Montgomery Street..

One of the best swing bands in the Bay area Josh Klipp and The Klipptones will be performing at 333 Market Street.

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00PM Showtime The Max Schwartz Quartet will be performing the Music of Monk and Mingus. Max is one of my favorite Bay Area jazz bassists are his supporting cast are outstanding with Nora Stanley on alto saxophone, Benny Bock on piano and Ben Ring on drums. This will be a great show.. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Tonight’s Hills to Hollers performance features three of the Bay Area’s great musicians and performers. Barbara Higbie is a master of piano and violin who combines technical brilliance with the pure joy of playing. Her unique compositions weave together elements of jazz, folk, and classical with the music of Ghana and Brazil. She’s joined tonight by a group of musical guests for an evening of melodic merry making.Laurie Lewis has only twice won the International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe and has recorded more than 20 albums with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands as well as several solo projects. Before becoming a prominent figure in women’s music in the 1990s, San Francisco native Linda Tillery began her singing career in the 1960s with the gender-integrated psychedelic/soul band the Loading Zone, which was modeled somewhat after Sly and the Family Stone. After two albums with that band, Tillery released her solo debut, Sweet Linda Divine, on CBS in 1970 to enthusiastic reviews and high praise. She spent most of the ’70s singing and playing drums on over 40 albums, including efforts byMary Watkins and Teresa Trull. Having become a staff musician and producer at Olivia Records,Tillery released her second solo album, a self-titled effort, on the label in 1978, garnering a Bay Area Music Award for Best Independently Produced Album; Tillery has twice gone on to win Bay Area Jazz Awards for Outstanding Female Vocalist. This should be a great night of music.. $34 Cover Charge.

The 28th Annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place this weekend in at 204 Fairground Road in Quincy, California. The festival kicks off today with some incredible music headlined by The String Cheese Incident and The Nth Power.. Ticket prices range from single day passes for $99.50 to $305.75 for 4 Day Passes. The four day lineup is outstanding!!!

Friday September 6th

People in Plazas is free noontime musical concert series in San Francisco public spaces. This is a great summer music series with over 120 free performances at lunchtime in a number of downtown public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. Today’s noontime concert series lineup includes: The folk Mexican Tex-Mex Sabrosito whose repertoire includes the exciting rhythms of the Cumbia, Ranchera, Bolero, Cha-Cha and Huapango will be performing at 425 Market. NoCoasters is a very innovative Bay Area jazz group. I really like their arrangements of jazz, Latin, New Orleans, pop and even country standards and they way the band is able to reinvent them into their own unique sound. They will be playing at 555 Mission Street and are definitely worth checking out!!

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. Adam Shulman Quartet featuring Adam Shulman,on piano Lyle Link on saxophone John Wiitala on bass and James Gallagher on drums. Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. He has played as a sideman with such jazz greats as Mark Murphy, Larry Coryell and Bobby Hutcherson. The quartet is outstanding and if I was in town I would be at the show. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime.. Lavay Smith & Her 8 Piece Little Band .. Lavay is the reigning Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s. She will be performing with her 8 piece little band. Lavay is one of my favorite singers. Highly recommended!! N/C

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended.. N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes..Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Orchestra is an old school “Soul Revue” led by one of the great Memphis legendary soul singers. From what I have seen on youtube this a great soul band. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. What a great lineup!! Headlining tonight is the most original, twisted and fun alternative bluegrass bands anywhere The Pine Box Boys. I really love this band.. Opening the show are country outlaw rockers Husky Burnette, morbid comedy murder ballad rock with Lester T. Raww’s Graveside Quartet and a favorite balladeer of mine Gentleman Jimmy Hadley. If I was in town I would be at this show.. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge..

The 28th Annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place this weekend in at 204 Fairground Road in Quincy, California. The festival continues today with some incredible music iheadlined by The String Cheese Incident and The California Honeydrops. Ticket prices range from single day passes for $99.50 to $305.75 for 4 Day Passes. The four day lineup is outstanding!!!

Saturday September 7th

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Showtime.. Two really great fun bands. Isle of Klezbos is a double-barreled blast of Eastern European soul presents a program of cross-fertilized Jewish and Romani party music. Hailing from the hurly-burly streets of New York, the all-women klezmer sextet Isle of Klezbos has spent two decades touring the world, delivering a reverently irreverent array of mystical Hebrew melodies, Yiddish swing, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, and re-grooved standards. Fanfare Zambaleta emerged after intensive study from Zambaleta Music and Dance School. Drawing on brass band traditions from Romani, Serbian, Macedonian and Greek culture, the group delivers an intoxicating blend of horns and percussion. Fanfare Zambaleta unleashes some of the region’s finest players with a combustible mix of ensemble arrangements and soaring improvisation. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Plough and Stars 116 Clement St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue is such a fun band led by “the punk Patsy Cline”, Vanessa Niemann, better known as “Gal Holiday”. Based in New Orleans the Honky Tonk Review is one of the preeminent honky tonk country and western swing bands around and is playing a central role in the alternative country, ‘roots’ music, Americana scene. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge..

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Another great night of music featuring a great band Sven & The Masterful Majestic Orchestra playing a mix of big band, classic crooner, metal, swing and r&b . Opening the show are the dark swinging blues ensemble The Rebobs and a great jazz and ragtime band Hobo Paradise. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge.

Neck Of The Woods 406 Clement St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. Fleetwood Macrame is quickly becoming the Bay Area’s most exciting tribute band. What began as a simple exercise in fun has turned into an awe inspiring live experience complete with show stopping renditions of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits. Audience participation is encouraged, and bay area crowds are coming in droves to sing along with Fleetwood Macramé. What’s more, they sound so much like Fleetwood Mac, if you closed your eyes you would think it was the real thing. $15 Cover Charge..

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Howell Devine is my favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin at the Deluxe. N/C

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

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. A great night of music with Sacramento’s Element Brass Band one of the premier bands on the West Coast for New Orleans second line comes the Red Poppy fresh off the release of its brand new album,Cali Got a Brass Band. Bay Area powerhouse Noelle Glory & The Guarantees open the evening with a set of soul, funk, and reggae grooves. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge.

Elbo Room 311 Broadway, Oakland 9:30 Showtime. Dub Mission is one of the Bay area’s fun dance bands playing a mix of dub, roots, reggae, dancehall, remixes, bass. This band is a lot of fun.. Highly recommended!! $7 Cover Charge.

The 28th Annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place this weekend in at 204 Fairground Road in Quincy, California. The festival continues today with some incredible music headlined by The New Orleans Suspects, Lettuce and Sturgill Simpson. Ticket prices range from single day passes for $99.50 to $305.75 for 4 Day Passes. The four day lineup is outstanding!!!

Sunday September 8th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes. Ron Thompson is a legendary rhythm and blues guitarist and master keyboardist whose career began in the rough and tumble world of East San Francisco Bay nightclubs and bars in the early 1970’s. During many years of touring coast to coast with John Lee Hooker, Hooker was quoted as saying, “Ron Thompson, he’s my main man!” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge..

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters will be performing their brand of Americana country rock/rockabilly music. They sound good and I enjoy Billyu Bob’s political comments between tunes. $40 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. N/C

Stern Grove Festival 19th Avenue & Sloat Blvd. 2:00 PM Showtime..The Mexican Institute Of Sound is the project name of DJ and producer Camilo Lara. A native of Mexico City, Lara recently worked as a music consultant for the Disney movie, “Coco.” Lara debuted the Mexican Institute of Sound’s first album, Méjico Máxico (Magic Mexico), in 2006 and went on to place songs in TV shows like Ugly Betty and Californication, and in FIFA video games. The performance will also feature special guest artists: Latin GRAMMY®-nominated accordionist Celso Piña, Vocalist Denise Gutierrez of Latin Grammy nominated indie-rock group Hello Seahorse and Pedro Erazo percussionist with Gogol Bordello.. Opening the afternoon is Ginkoa featuring the duo of Nicolle Rochelle and Antoine Chatenet whose music ranges from pop to the swing of old New York with a mix of electro French beats. Highly recommended!! N/C

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime..Larry Vuckovich Quintet featuring Big Black.. Pianist Larry Vuckovich, acclaimed by critics and jazz audiences alike for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire, is equally at home with world music and classically influenced modal jazz as he is with hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues. For this engagement, Larry features the legendary Big Black, with whom he shares a 50 year history dating back to their collaboration with legendary jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks at the Trident. This show is a “must-see!” Joining Larry are Big Black on percussion, Rob Roth on sax, Jeff Chambers on bass and Jason Lewis on drums.. $35/$45 Cover Charge for adults $30 for students..

Sonoma Mountain Music Festival 4497 Old Adobe Road Petaluma. Noon to 8:00 PM Showtime. This festival is a fundraiser for Point Blue, a non-profit that does climate change research and climate smart land conservation work. Headliners include Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands,Ismay and Lake Charlatans.. Great festival for a great cause. $65 Cover Charge.

The 28th Annual High Sierra Music Festival takes place this weekend in at 204 Fairground Road in Quincy, California. The festival ends today with some incredible music headlined by The New Orleans Suspects, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and the Foundation Of Funk featuring Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville and Tony Hall. Ticket prices range from single day passes for $99.50 to $305.75 for 4 Day Passes. The four day lineup is outstanding!!!

Video Pick Of The Week!!

Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster This music documentary tracks the trials and tribulations of the heavy metal group Metallica as they cut their first album in six years. The members of one of the most successful heavy-metal band in history submit to two years of intensive group therapy to work through conflicts in their 20-year working relationship.

Suggestions for Week of 6/25-7/01

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

Monday June 25th

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.. 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

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-11:30 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

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Red Baraat is one of the best dance your ass off party bands in the known universe. The Brooklyn ensemble whips up a raucously fun mix of Indian bhangra rhythms, go-go music, jazz, hip-hop and Crescent City brass funk. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. The Pretenders one of the seminal bands of the second British Invasion, rising out of London in 1979 featuring one rock and roll’s great voices Chrissie Hynde will be in performance. Opening the night is one the great San Francisco bands Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express. Highly recommended. $122-$245 Cover Charge

Tuesday June 26th

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Vibrason.. I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Three really good bands tonight. With garage blues duo The Blind Stares headlining.. Boidhi’s Wish whose music is best described as equal parts comedy, hip hop, absurdism and “Twiz” and Cool Pistol String Band whose blend of traditional music, folk, fiddle tunes, blues, jam grass and dead grass is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge.

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime. Pit Stains describe themselves as a few middle aged mothers baking cookies full of crack rocks whose influences include the Dead Kennedys; Death; Black Sabbath; Van Halen; The Stooges; Pee Wee Herman. I just like what I have heard. Opening the show are San Francisco garage bands Jerry’s Timeshare and Meant To Bend . Should be fun!! $8 Cover Charge

Wednesday June 27th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. I got very excited to see Luke Winslow-King coming to town. Luke is an incredible slide guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and lyricist. I love that his music is steeped in vintage blues, jazz, delta blues, ragtime, and some cool pre-war American folk thrown in the mix. I highly recommend seeing this guy. I’ll Be there.. $12 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

Thursday June 28th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Alvon is one of the most versatile musicians singers and entertainers on the music scene today. Known as the “Ambassador of the Blues”, Alvon travels the world singing and swinging jazz standards and sharing his love and respect for the American art form with enthusiastic audiences all over the world. Highly recommended!!$20 Cover Charge

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime.. Peach Kelli Pop is really fun. The Los Angeles band is known for playing Ramones-structured rock songs: Fast tempos, 4/4 drums, layered with loud guitars, and laden with immediate, infectious vocal melodies.. Toner and Moon Daze are the warm up bands. $12 Cover Charge.

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. French American Quartet is an ensemble I really like. This group plays a mix of django inspired gypsy jazz along with american standards. I really like their arrangements of Cole Porter standards. N/C

The Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime George Cole & Eurocana fill it to the brim with unforgettable music featuring three-part harmonies delivered by top-tier vocalists and amazing instrumental virtuosity. Influenced by Django Reinhardt, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and French chanson, the group swings with infectious joy, bringing audiences to their feet the old fashioned way. Joining George on guitar and vocals are Kaeli Earle on upright bass and vocals and Madeline Tasquin on vocals, guitar and percussion. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge.

Friday June 29th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are just a superb internationally recognized swing big band in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s as the band. Lavay the reigning “Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues” pays tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Banda Sin Nombre is an outstanding five-piece street band performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band’s inspirations range from Peruvian Chicha to Catalan Rumba and Appalachian old time to Cumbia. This is one of the best live performance bands in the Bay Areas!! N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. The MegaFlame Big Band & Cabaret is a six-piece band from San Francisco that deftly re-imagines some of our favorite music from ’20s through the ’00s into our own swinging sound. Drawing on favorites from Billie Holiday to Tom Waits, the Cure to Count Basie, and also it’s own original material, the sextet embodies more than just a retro jukebox, it creates a memorable live show experience. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is a really good America rock and roots folk band from around the Boston area. Opening bands include Jimmy Duvet & The Comforters , one of the Bay Area’s premier oldies, rock, and soul cover bands and a great honky-tonk trio from San Francisco Les Challet & The Sunblock Boys. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

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

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is a favorite of mine. Their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence makes this trio a must see. Highly recommended!!! $28 Cover Charge

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime American heavy metal master Mastodon will rock the Greek tonight. Highly recommended!! $49.50 Cover Charge.

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

The Mystic Theatre 23 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma 8:30 PM Showtime.. Midtown Social is a nine piece tour-de-force of musicians that is redefining California soul by blending soul, funk and rock. This great ensemble never fails to bring a high energy, live music dance party wherever it goes. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Saturday June 30th

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Showtime Eric McFadden is a virtuoso of the six-string. He has toured the world both as a solo artist, as well as traveling with funk legend George Clinton (Parliament/Funkadelic), and rock legend Eric Burdon (The Animals). McFadden is a member of the new supergroup, T.E.N., alongside Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta) and Norwood Fisher (Fishbone). Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Gabby La La opens the show. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. John Lee Hooker Jr grew up in Detroit, Michigan as the son of one of the greatest blues and legendary music icons in the world, the late and the great John Lee Hooker. The younger Hooker’s musical style is markedly modernized, featuring contemporary arrangements with a funky big horn sound with elements of funky Gospel, with ingredients of a Johnny “Guitar” Watson sound, with a James Brown feel, and some John Lee Hooker Sr. Boogie Beat. Hooker has received multiple awards ranging from The California Music Award for Best Traditional Artist in 2004, The esteemed W.C Handy Award in 2004, and the Bay Area Music Chapter for Come Back Artist of the Year. $30 Cover Charge

Swedish American Hall 1319, 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime.. Steve Poltz, the Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist and founder of the great indie band The Rugburns, will be in performance with the great San Francisco Americana indie band The Sam Chase & The Untraditonal. I am going to try to make this show. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge.

Mr. Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime.. The Element Brass Band is one of the premier Bay Area brass bands and one of the few authentic second line bands on the West Coast! This is a fun raucous fun time. Highly recommended!!! N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Legendary guitarist/vocalist a href=”url”>Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings What really sets Shorty apart is his absolutely unpredictable, off-the-wall guitar playing. He reaches for sounds, riffs and licks that other blues players wouldn’t even think of. The Chicago Reader declares, “Guitar Shorty is a battle-scarred hard-ass. He slices off his phrases and notes with homicidal fury. He is among the highest-energy blues entertainers on the scene.” Highly recommended!!! $26 Cover Charge

Mountain Winery ‎ 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime.. Steve Martin & Martin Short. Need I say more!!!! $69.50-$279.50 Cover Charge.

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz.. 8:00 PM Showtime.. For over 20 years Ani DiFranco has been a kick ass American singer, musician, poet, songwriter, and activist. What I love about seeing Ani in concert is the wide range of perspective and musical scope of her concerts. She is a great performer.. Highly recommended!!! 9$42 Cover Charge

Fillmore Jazz Festival Fillmore Street Jackson Street to Eddy 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. The 34th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. The festival blends art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods. today’s lineup includes the Broun Fellinis and Kim Nalley .

Burger Boogaloo Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St Oakland 12:00 PM Showtime. This annual music festival put on by Burger Records will have cult actor John Waters hosting the festivities for a fourth year in a row. Today’s lineup includes Mudhoney and Devo. Tickets range from $99-$269.

Sunday July 1st

Symphony & Salsa Spectacular CIA at Copia 500 1st Street, Napa Valley Vintners Theater, Napa,CA 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime. Celebrate Independence Day with a free outdoor concert at CIA at Copia with Symphony Napa Valley and the Latin band,Candela! I heard an interview with Edgardo Cambon of Candela and Michael Guttman the director of the Napa Valley Symphony about the concert and it sounds really cool. Candela is a great Bay Area Salsa Band and Edgardo Cambon, the band’s founder and leader, is a great musician. This should be a great evening of music.

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Showtime.. The Patrick Wolff Quartet features Patrick Wolff on sax, Randy Porter on piano, Eric Markowitz on bass and Evan Hughes on drums. This is a great jazz ensemble led by the preeminent tenor player in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:30 PM Showtime.. The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30’s. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves. I saw them at the Amnesia and this band really swings. N/C

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. N/C

Savanna Jazz Club 1189 Laurel St, San Carlos 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. The San Francisco Bay Jazz Band is an eighteen-piece big band under the direction of Jeff Sanford, a Bay Area veteran saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist, and band leader, music teacher, collector of music charts and instruments who loves and breaths music. SF Bay JAZZ plays instrumentals and vocals from Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Bill Holman, Cole Porter, Ira and George Gershwin, and many others. N/C

Fillmore Jazz Festival Fillmore Street Jackson Street to Eddy 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Showtime. The 34th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend. The festival blends art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods. today’s lineup includes Lavay Smith & The Red Hot Skillet Lickers and the Alphabet Soup reunion.

Burger Boogaloo Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St Oakland 12:00 PM Showtime. This annual music festival put on by Burger Records will have cult actor John Waters hosting the festivities for a fourth year in a row. Today’s lineup includes The Damned and Giuda. Tickets range from $99-$269.

Video Pick Of The Week!!

I Call Him Morgan

Kasper Collin’s poignant documentary shines a light on the life of jazz trumpeter, Lee Morgan – who earned his musical stripes from the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey – and was fatally shot by his common-law wife, Helen, inside of a Harlem nightclub in 1972. Bouncing from a timeline that details how Helen helped Morgan pull himself up by his bootstraps, to revealing audio interviews with her after she was incarcerated and then released, the film is somber, impactful and mysterious.

Suggestions for Week of 6/18-6/24

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

Monday June 18th

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.. 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

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..Buckethead is a virtuoso guitarist and multi instrumentalist who performs within many genres of music. He has released over 300 studio recordings, way more than anyone else in the history of music. He released 178 “pikes” in the 2014-2015 period alone. He has also performed on over 50 more albums by other artists. His music spans such diverse areas as progressive metal, funk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, and avant-garde music. When performing in his theatrical persona, Buckethead used to wear a KFC bucket on his head, emblazoned with an orange bumper sticker that reads “FUNERAL” in capital black block letters, and an expressionless plain white costume mask. More recently, he has switched to a plain white bucket no longer bearing the KFC logo. He also incorporates nun chucks, robot dancing, and toy trading into his stage performances. Buckethead’s persona represents a character that was “raised by chickens” and has made it his “mission in life to alert the world to the ongoing chicken holocaust in fast-food joints around the globe.” Highly recommended!!! $32.50 Cover Charge

Tuesday June 19th

Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’shave been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage for over three decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump & boogie outfits and swingin’ little big bands of the 1940’s and 50’s, and adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, pile-drivin’ piano, and some of Woods’ own contemporary playful lyrics, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock’n’roll. Don’t miss this National Blues Hall of Fame inductee and his wonderful band! $15 Cover Charge

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Vibrason. I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

Wednesday June 20th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime.. Lulu & The Rent Party.. One of my favorite bay Area bands. They play an eclectic selection of jazz, latin, and pop tunes. They are really fun. Highly recommended!! N/C

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Headlining tonight’s show is Marisa Kay & The Lunar Angels, a folk rock/alt-country band hailing from San Francisco. Led by front woman Marissa Kay, the band combines the classic folk, rock and country she grew up on as a child with the unique experience of living as an openly transgender woman. The folk rock alt-country band JWB and piano-pop singer/songwriter Little Spiral opens the show. $10 Cover Charge

Thursday June 21st

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:00 AM Showtime.. Jazz vocalist Danielle Wertz will be performing with her trio. Danielle is a great young jazz vocalist whose phrasing is reminiscent Anita O’Day and Ella.. Highly recommended!! $22 Cover Charge.

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:00PM Showtime Singer/songwriter Amy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. She first surfaced during the early 1980s as a member of the New York City-based cow-punk outfit The Last Roundup, later earning cult success with the postmodern girl group The Shams. Her solo debut Diary of a Mod Housewife is widely acclaimed for its vivid portraits of life as a thirty something single mother and its smart assimilation of pop, country, and folk sounds. Folk rock singer songwriter/poet Tino Drima opens the show. Highly recommended!!! $12 Cover Charge

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. The Ben Misterka Collectivity Trio is such a fun band. I love Ben’s energy and the way he blends different genres drawing on influences from jazz/funk, gospel, and psychedelic soul. He is also along with Collectivity are great musicians. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 7:30 PM Showtime. Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters have been getting rave reviews playing 100 minute sets of Led Zeppelin standards and other rock classics from the pen of Dylan, Lennon and McCarthy and Clapton. This is Robert Plant at his best. Highly recommended!!! $59.50/$69.50/$89.50/$159.50 Cover Charge Range..

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 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!!! $24 Cover Charge

Friday June 22nd

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival starts today and runs through Sunday at the Mendocino Fairgrounds in Boonville, California. The festival is a weekend filled with the sweet sounds of roots reggae and world music.. Headliners include Steel Pulse, The Mighty Diamonds andBeres Hammond. $70-$350 Cover Charge

Black Cat Supper Club 400 Eddy St, San Francisco 6:30 PM-9:00 AM Showtime.. Jazz vocalist Danielle Wertz will be performing with her trio. Danielle is a great young jazz vocalist whose phrasing is reminiscent Anita O’Day and Ella.. Highly recommended!! $22 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes. Tony Lindsay & The Soul Soldiers featuring powerhouse vocalists Fred Ross, Nicolas Bearde and Will Russ will be performing the hits from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. This powerhouse soul band also features Allen Leong on keyboards, Davd Shul on guitar David Jones on bass and Deszon Claiborne on drums. Highly recommended!! $30 Cover Charge.

Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. The Humidors have developed a sound that pulls from a melting pot of old-school and modern influences, yet is always rooted in a commitment to ego-less playing that embraces the ensemble approach to funk. This band has shared the stage with a whose who of funk masters such as Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli, Shuggie Otis, and the late, great Bernie Worrell. Opening the night is jazz organ master Will Blades & His Starting Five with Joe Cohen (Saxophone- Jazz Mafia), Mike Olmos (Trumpet- New Mastersounds), Joe Bagale (Drums – Atta Kid) and Kai Lyons (Guitar). Highly recommended!! $12 Cover Charge

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime San Francisco Air Guitar Championship is the place to witness some of California’s best air guitarists battle it out to find which of them will represent San Francisco in the US Air Guitar Championship! Part rock show. Part comedy act. Part spectacle. US Air Guitar allows ordinary people to become Rock Stars! Up to 20 competitors give us their best air guitar performances, being judged on technical merit, stage presence, and airness, to crown one winner. The winner will then advance to the US Air Guitar National Championships in New York City! Should be a lot of fun…$15 Cover Charge

The Fox Theatre 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime..Trampled By Turtles is another great Americana bluegrass/folk-rock band. I got to see them a few years ago and there is so much joy and ecstasy in the live performances. Highly recommended!! $29.50 Cover Charge

Saturday June 23rd

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival continues today and tomorrow at the Mendocino Fairgrounds in Boonville, California. The festival is a weekend filled with the sweet sounds of roots reggae and world music.. Headliners include Steel Pulse, The Mighty Diamonds andBeres Hammond. $70-$350 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Commander Cody helped invent a whole new style of music during the early 1970 ’ s, a period regarded as the height of rock innovation. Commander and His Lost Planet Airmen were one of the original groups to fuse divergent strains of American roots music — stripped – down basic rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, bop, country, western swing, and rockabilly — and create an innovative, yet familiar and convincing sound. I highly recommend seeing this great innovator of American music. $24 Cover Charge.

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 12:00 PM-2:15 PM Showtime Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegant demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor with slapstick antics. Circus Bella showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula hoop, original clowning, and more. The music is originally composed and directed by the highly-acclaimed Rob Reich and draws from French Waltz, New Orleans Jazz, Klezmer, and American Circus March. Highly recommended!!!! N/C

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Showtime.. NYC-based pianist Calli O’Doherty brings her quartet to the Red Poppy for the first time, joined by two Bay Area natives. Her upcoming performance includes original jazz compositions and arrangements from O’Doherty’s debut album, Padme, as well as new material being prepared for her next record. O’Doherty has received awards for her piano performance and compositions from DownBeat Magazine, as well as an ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge

The San Jose Fountain Blues & Brew Festival 4:35 PM-5:50 PM Plaza de Cesar Chavez located at 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings have developed a distinctive style of becoming one of the most instantly recognizable blues ensembles.

The San Jose Fountain Blues & Brew Festival 6:20PM-7:50 PM Plaza de Cesar Chavez located at 1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. I highly recommend seeing her!!! $54 Cover Charge

Sunday June 24th

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival continues today at the Mendocino Fairgrounds in Boonville, California. The festival is a weekend filled with the sweet sounds of roots reggae and world music.. Headliners include Steel Pulse, The Mighty Diamonds andBeres Hammond. $70-$350 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtimes.. Danielle Nicole is one the upcoming and blues and soul music forces. Her distinctive and inventive bass work resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass. Highly recommended!! $22 Cover Charge

Cafe Claude 7 Claude Lane, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime. Nick Rossi Trio.. Nick is a great jazz guitarist. He plays standards, swing, and bebop as well as anyone in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!! N/C

Stern Grove Festival 19th Avenue & Sloat Blvd. 2:00 PM Showtime Ziggy Marley the GRAMMY® and EMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, humanitarian, and visionary headlines the afternoon. Opening the show is Brazilian rap, reggae, and raga singer Flavio Coelho. Highly recommended!!N/C

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:30 PM Showtime..The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30’s. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves. I saw them at the Amnesia and this band really swings. N/C

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. N/C

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 7:00 PM Showtime.. In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. I highly recommend seeing her!!! $54 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week.

Louie Bluie

String band leader Howard Armstrong (Louie Bluie) is the joyful, emotive, strutting subject of this tribute by fellow musician and cellist Terry Zwigoff. Filmed at the 1985 Friscofest, Louie’s unique Afro-American string band shares the stage with Cab Calloway and with Les Blank and Alan Governar in an entertaining number about the ups and downs of nicotine in Cigarette Blues. Enjoyable for all audiences, Louie Bluie is 60 minutes of happy musical catharsis.

Suggestions for Week of 6/11-6/17

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

Monday 6- 11

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.. 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

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:30 PM Showtime The Bow Ties are back at the Amnesia playing great traditional bluegrass. Highly recommended. N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime.. Marcus Miller is among the greatest electric bassists in the history of the instrument. Miller is a jazz renaissance man – a two-time Grammy-winning producer, arranger, keyboardist, bass clarinetist, and film composer who was instrumental to Miles Davis’ resurgence in the 1980s and a collaborator with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner to Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra. Highly recommended!!! $30-$50-$70-$90 Cover Charge.

Tuesday 6-12

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Vibrason I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime.. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band is a great ensemble led by one of jazz music’s most creative and inventive drummers. For 21 years The Fellowship’s music has revolved around the writing of Blade and keyboardist Jon Cowherd resulting in some of the most creative music and recordings in jazz. Joining Brian on Drums and Jon on Keyboards are Chris Thomas on bass, Myron Walden on alto and Melvin Butler on tenor/soprano sax. Highly recommended!! $30-$50 & $70 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 6:30 PM Showtime.. For the past decade the Butcher Babies have been crushing stages worldwide with their vicious live performance and explosive energy. Their stage presence is a hypnotic spectacle that leaves audiences hungry for more. Frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chase Brickenden juxtapose brutal, aggressive riffs with beautiful melodies that wail with emotional redemption. Opening the show is South Florida’s Nonpoint which has successfully merged the cultural wave of aggressive-streetwise-metal-mixed-with-melodic-force and unapologetic passion that built a legion of loyal fans. Highly recommended!!! $26.50 Cover Charge

Wednesday 6-13

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes.. Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. The Low Rollers are a fuzzed-out power trio that emerged from the fog of the Outer Sunset in early 2011. What started as the solo project of long-time bay area musician Joel Murach (Paddlefoot, 86 the Band) with his brother Tom Murach (86, Tracorum) on drums mutated into something a little bit weirder and louder when they were joined by bassist Colin Peden shortly after he had moved to San Francisco from his musical home of Austin, Texas. Rounding out the night is the lo-fi, old soul, boogie-woogie dance party band Edge City & The Fever and The Bribes who takes pure ‘50s era rock and roll and re-fashions it into something fresh and bracing. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. Roxy Rawson headlines what should be a great night of music. Falling squarely into the anti-folk category by way of a manipulated, punk-y violin, Rawson has been a cult presence on the Parisian and London music scenes with her unique blend of impish violin vocals and classical/ jazz influence. Emily Brown is an up and coming singer/songwriter drawing on pop, folk and classical influences. Child of the Mountain are Multi-instrumentalists Sarah Glass and Alisa Rose Healy harmonizing with sounds of harp, dulcimer, cello, violin, lyre, mandolin, and percussion. Eclectic folk sing/songwriter Ariel Wang rounds out the night. Highly recommended!! $10 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Justin Townes Earl was once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say JTE has quite the story to tell. His fifth album (and first ever on Vagrant Records) serves as the perfect platform for such narrations. Firebrand alt-country singer Lydia Loveless opens the night combining the honky tonk sound and style of classic country stars like Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline with the no-quarter attitude and spunk of punk rock divas such as Exene Cervenka and Carla Bozulich.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime For over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge

Thursday 6-14

The Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. Papa Mali the legendary New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer will be in performance. Highly recommended. $10 Cover Charge

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM..Kyle Rowland Blues Band is keeping the tradition alive and sticking with the roots, of boisterous Chicago and swampy Texas blues with a pinch of West Coast swing. Kyle was voted Blues harmonica player of the year and his band is dynamite and brings freshness to the blues scene! $20 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Edgar Pantoja and the Afro-Cuban Tribe …Cuban pianist/composer/arranger Edgar Pantoja is nothing less than a force of nature on the contemporary jazz and Latin music scenes. His international collaborations with the likes of Rubén Blades, John Benítez, David Murray, Angelique Kidjo, Descemer Bueno, and Pedrito Martinez speak volumes, but witnessing a live Pantoja performance is where you will be converted. Edgar has assembled a monster crew of Bay Area heavies including bassist Ernesto Mazar Kindelán (Santiago de Cuba), percussionist Carlitos Medrano (Havana), guitarist David Lechuga-Espadas (San Jose) and drummer Colin Douglas (New York City). Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge.

Friday 6-15

Bird & Beckett 653 Chenery St, San Francisco 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Showtime.. The Scott Foster Quartet has been performing regularly for the last several years and compiled a large repertoire. Joining Scott will be Dave Scott (Trumpet), Surya Prashanka (Drums), and Aaron Germain (Bass) led by Scott (Guitar). Scott is a great jazz guitarist and this band really cooks. Highly recommended!!! $10 Cover Charge

The Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco 9:30 Showtime.. Papa Mali the legendary New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer will be in performance. Highly recommended!!!! $15 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. Amadou and Marium the famed “blind couple from Mali,” bring their grooving, GRAMMY-nominated mix of Malian pop and Hendrix-flavored blues-rock. The Bamako-born husband and wife met at while students at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found a shared interest in music and performing. Since that momentous meeting, the couple has risen through the African and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Keys and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Highly recommended!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known by his stage name Fantastic Negrito, is a singer-songwriter whose music spans blues, R&B, and roots music. He is a great performer as well. He will have the Fillmore rocking.. Highly recommended!1 $22 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The Element Brass Band is the premier brass band in Sacramento, CA and one of the few authentic second line bands on the West Coast! This is a great band and a lot of soul.. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

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

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime..Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

Yoshis 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland 10:00 PM Showtime. Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio is among his very best musical ideas ever. The music is rootsy, spirited and soulful, performed by serious musicians hell-bent on having a good time.“It’s impossible not to like Bishop. He’s always singing something lowbrow and uplifting. Highly recommended!! $28 Cover Charge

The Kate Wolf Music Festival Black Oak Ranch Laytonville, CA.. The annual four day Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Fancisco and two hours south of Arcata. Today’s lineup include Ani DiFranco , The Infamous Stringdusters and Leftover Salmon.. Tickets range from $125 per day to $355 for the full festival.

The 43rd Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley, CA. This is one of the great bluegrass festivals in the country. Today’s lineup includes The Molly Tuttle Band and Balsam Range. Tickets prices range from $15-$190.

Saturday 6-16

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes..The Delgado Brothers are a great soul and rhythm and blues band. Beloved for their live shows and renowned for their signature LA sound, the Delgado Brothers are a fusion of soaring guitar virtuosity, melodious harmonies, and rock solid musicianship. Highly recommended!! $24 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 2:00 PM Showtime.. Amadou and Marium the famed “blind couple from Mali,” bring their grooving, GRAMMY-nominated mix of Malian pop and Hendrix-flavored blues-rock. The Bamako-born husband and wife met at while students at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found a shared interest in music and performing. Since that momentous meeting, the couple has risen through the African and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Keys and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Highly recommended!!! $30/$50/$70/$85 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime 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…

The Riptide 3639 Taraval Street San Francisco 9:30 PM-Midnight Showtime. Macerators will be rocking the joint. Fun band. N/C

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.. Betsayda Machado La Parranda El Clavo is a rising force on the world stage, with powerhouse Afro-Venezuelan vocalist Betsayda Machado and her percussion/vocal ensemble Parranda El Clavo play tambor, a celebratory tradition that evolved to accompany parties, parades and processions. Hailing from a central coast village founded by people escaping slavery during the colonial era, their lapidary harmonies flow over thickly textured rhythms tracing directly back to Senegal. Caracas-born, Oakland-based Jackeline Rago, a master of the four-string cuatro, opens with her VNote Ensemble (and special guests), a group with an intoxicating fusion of Venezuelan styles and jazz, reflecting new Bay Area-cultivated roots. Highly recommended!! N/C

The Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime. The Pretenders became New Wave legends with chart-topping hits like “Back on the Chain Gang,” “I’ll Stand By You” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” Now, nearly four decades from their 1980 debut album, Chrissie Hynde’s beautifully distinctive voice is perhaps more emotional and aggressive than at any other time in her career. Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express Opens the show. Highly recommended!!! $45-$125 Cover Charge.

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Mark Hummel’s Summer Folk Blues Fest, his latest project, is an exciting collection of artistic talent including Guy Davis, Joe Beard, Barbara Dane, Lazy Lester, Howell Devine, Mark Hummel, and the Deep Basement Shakers. The artists will each play individually and collectively in exciting acoustic and light electric excursions into their individual and combined catalogues of traditional and contemporary songs. Highly recommended!!! $44 Cover Charge

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime Funk/soul legends The Commodores & The Isley Brothers, one of the longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music — over the course of nearly a half-century are in performance. Highly recommended!!1 $96-$745 Cover Charge

Kate Wolf Music Festival Black Oak Ranch Laytonville, CA.. The annual four day Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Fancisco and two hours south of Arcata. Today’s lineup include Utah Phillips, David Bromberg Quintet, Tom Paxton and the Don Juans , Martha Reeves and the Vandellas,Red Molly and Los Lobos. Tickets range from $125 per day to $355 for the full festival.

The 43rd Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley, CA. This is one of the great bluegrass festivals in the country. Today’s lineup includes The Molly Tuttle Band and Balsam Range. Tickets prices range from $15-$190.

The Live Oak Music Festival is this weekend. The 3-day annual Festival is an experience rooted in music and community. The Festival features an aural collage of live music ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music. Nestled in the oak trees of the quiet Santa Ynez Valley at Live Oak Camp just off Highway 154 near Paradise Road. Today’s lineup includes Con Brio, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Dustbowl Revival. $40-$70 Cover Charge.

Sunday 6-17

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime. Singer/songwriter Tim Atlas infuses his heartfelt indie acoustic stylings with the groove of Hall & Oates. Electro-soul pop Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue and indie rockers Byzantine Talk round out the show. $12 Cover Charge

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:30 PM Showtime..The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30’s. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves. I saw them at the Amnesia and this band really swings. N/C

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. N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Showtime.. The Buena Vista Jazz Band follows the in the style and instrumentation of guitarist Eddie Condon’s classic bands of the 1950s: Bass, Drums, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Cornet, Trombone and Clarinet.The selections played by the Buena Vista Jazz Band are the classic songs of the New Orleans jazz age, along with selections from America’s blues and Tin Pan Alley traditions. The Buena Vista Jazz Band features the vocals of Ms. Darlene Langston.Highly recommended!!! N/C

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. 10-time GRAMMY winner, Arturo Sandoval is simply the greatest living Cuban trumpet player and a legend of Latin jazz. He has forged his own bold synthesis of bebop and Cuban styles, playing a central role in revolutionizing Cuban music as founding member of Irakere, one of the most innovative and influential Afro-Cuban bands of all time whose embrace of the jazz tradition flew in the face of state-sanctioned music of the island nation. Highly recommended!! $30-$50-$70 & $80 Cover Charge

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 6:00 PM Showtime Slightly Stoopid is the Ocean Beach, California band which fuses a number of influences including o folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk. This is a really fun band.. Highly recommended!! $45 Cover Charge..

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 PM Showtime Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo has broken the barriers between smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz, and contemporary music. Known for his live performances, session work, and solo albums, Pete and his bands have been delighting audiences for more than 50 years. Pete’s Latin Jazz Orchestra breaks new ground in live music, bringing talented and well-known musicians together on stage. Highly recommended!! $45 Cover Charge $30 Students

Mountain Winery Concert Series 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga 5:00 PM Showtime The Roots are the influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia-based band — described by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest live acts in the world” and by the Boston Globe as the “greatest hip-hop band in the land”. The band has paved the way for live instrumental rap and has won numerous awards for its jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammy’s. Highly recommended!! $82-$745 Cover Charge..

Kate Wolf Music Festival Black Oak Ranch Laytonville, CA.. The annual four day Kate Wolf Music Festival comes to an end today. This is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Francisco and two hours south of Arcata. Today’s lineup includes Joan Osborne, Keb Mo, The Indigo Girls, David Bromberg Quintet and Tom Paxton and the Don Juans. Tickets range from $125 per day to $355 for the full festival.

Father’s Day Bluegrass FestivalThe 43rd Annual Nevada County Fairgrounds Grass Valley, CA. This is last day of one of the great bluegrass festivals in the country. Today’s lineup includes Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and The Del McCoury Band. Tickets prices range from $15-$190.

The Live Oak Music Festival is this weekend. The 3-day annual Festival is an experience rooted in music and community. The Festival features an aural collage of live music ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music. Nestled in the oak trees of the quiet Santa Ynez Valley at Live Oak Camp just off Highway 154 near Paradise Road. Today’s lineup includes Mavis Staples and The Dustbowl Revival. $40-$70 Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week

Long Strange Trip is a sprawling history of the Grateful Dead that mirrors their musical explorations, Amir Bar-Lev’s four-hour doc follows Jerry & Co.’s evolution from psychedelia radicals to corporate touring juggernaut. It’s a behemoth of a film that doesn’t shy away from the darkness that surrounded the Dead, especially their leader, and that makes it all the more powerful.

Suggestions for Week of 6/04-6/10

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

Monday 6-04

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.. 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

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM-11:00 PM..The Old Time Travelers, a great bluegrass/string band from Chattanooga Tennessee will be performing for one night. Check them out. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Tuesday 6-05

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime Vibrason. I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. Three really good indie bands with the Nashville based alternative rock band The Lonely Biscuits headlining the show. Oakland rockers Parkway and San Francisco psychedelic dreamy rockers Moral High Horses round out a great night of music. $12 Cover Charge.

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Calexico is one rocking band. The Americana Tex-Mex rockers from Tucson puts on a great show. They are on tour promoting their ninth album “The Thread That Keeps Us”. Highly recommended!!! $31 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Yo La Tengo has been one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years. The trio — led by Hoboken, New Jersey, bohemians and husband and wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley — have been pegged as a critics’ band, but their warm, open-armed sound has helped them develop one of the biggest followings in indie rock. A little trivia, the group’s name means “I’ve Got It!” in Spanish and was taken from a story about the 1968 New York Mets outfielders, who used to the phrase to claim fly balls to accommodate Venezuelan Elio Chacon, who spoke no English. Highly recommended!!! $29.50

If you live in the Southbay you may want to check this out.

Mountain Winery 14831 Pierce Rd Saratoga 7:30 PM Showtime..Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot will have the crowd up dancing. The iconic singer/songwriter/performer is one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements. Brian is a great performer and I highly recommend this show. $71-$798 Cover Charge.

If you live in the Northbay you may want to check this out..

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival Healdsburg Plaza Healdsburg Ave & Matheson St, Healdsburg 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Showetime..John Santos Sextet is one of the premier Latin jazz ensembles in the world. Born in San Francisco, bandleader Santos was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family and surrounded by the fertile musical environment of the Bay Area. Across a career spanning five decades the 7 time Grammy nominee he has been recognized for his achievements as a composer, producer, percussionist and Afro-Latino music educator. His sextet is comprised of a Bay Area who’s who of latin music all stars including John on percussion, guitarist-singer Jose Roberto Hernandez, John Calloway on flute, Marco Diaz on pianist, David Flores on drums, Melecio Magdaluyo on sax and Saul Sierra on bass. This is a great ensemble. Highly recommended!! N/C

Wednesday 6-06

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Calexico is one rocking band. The Americana Tex-Mex rockers from Tucson puts on a great show. They are on tour promoting their ninth album “The Thread That Keeps Us”. Highly recommended!!! $31 Cover Charge

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Yo La Tengo has been one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years. The trio — led by Hoboken, New Jersey, bohemians and husband and wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley — have been pegged as a critics’ band, but their warm, open-armed sound has helped them develop one of the biggest followings in indie rock. A little trivia, the group’s name means “I’ve Got It!” in Spanish and was taken from a story about the 1968 New York Mets outfielders, who used to the phrase to claim fly balls to accommodate Venezuelan Elio Chacon, who spoke no English. Highly recommended!!! $29.50

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Wild Evil & The Trashbones has that ’60s proto-punk sound with succinct fuzz-guitars, farfisa organ, furious drumming, and wild, howling vocals that represent a one hundred per cent high-voltage rock’n’roll attitude. The Austrian rockers are famous for their untamed live performances with the overdriven fuzz guitars will be blaring. The masters of ghoulish rock n roll Isaac Rother & The Phantoms and Oakland rockers The Ogres round out a great show. Highly recommended!! $12 Cover Charge

Thursday 6-07

Mr.Tipples 39 Fell St, San Francisco 7:00 PM-10:00 PM Showtime Ken Husbands Trio is the explosive combination of three very active players on the Bay Area jazz scene: Ken Husbands on guitar, Aaron Germain on electric and acoustic bass and Otto Huber on drums. Their live shows combine original music with interpretations of standards for a refreshing program of tight grooves, kaleidoscopic harmonies and inspired improvisational energy. The trio has established a unique sound and approach that is rooted in jazz but draws upon influences from around the world. Highly recommended !! N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes The Daniel Castro Band is truly a force to be reckoned with. Daniel is one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins, Castro’s passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Texas rockers Blue Water Highway are known as a great live performance band. But this group are great songwriters and excellent musicians. Flood Mansion combines elements of funk, blues, jazz and rock n roll. Should be a good show. $15 Cover Charge.

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..Jonathan Richman has been playing music, recording and touring for most of his life. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and founder of the influential proto-punk band The Modern Lovers is a great performer. Highly recommended!! $25 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime..The two best Bay Area string bands The Hot Club of San Francisco & The San Francsico String Trio share a bill devoted to the timeless music of The Beatles. These two great ensembles are recolonizing the Fab Four’s songbook in the name of Gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt with John, Paul, George and Django, a ravishing and consistently revelatory reimagining of classic Beatles tunes. Highly recommended!!! $25-45 Cover Charge

The Warfield 982 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Sleep the doom metal power trio from San Jose do not perform regularly as of late so this is a rare chnge to see the band in performance. Highly recommended!! $35-$45 Cover Charge.

Friday 6-08
Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 5 PM-8PM Showtime..Byrds of a Feather .. David Byrd has been a mainstay in the San Francisco Bay area music scene for many years. David is a pioneer in fusing jazz/reggae music. He is fun and inspirational.. N/C

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes.. Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with his jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep warm vocals not to mention his maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. Highl;y recommended !!! $24 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10 PM-1 AM Showtime… Mitch Polzak is a master guitarist and he and The Royal Deuces has been one of the premier Rockabilly bands since staring in 1999. I am a huge fan. Highly recommended!! N/C

Locale Edition 691 Market St, San Francisco 8:00 PM-Midnight 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

Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers with special guest steel guitar master Bobby Black perform the music of the country music icon Patsy Cline including “Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Crazy.” Highly recommended!! $35-$55 Cover Charge..

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime..Irma Thomas and the Professionals…Irma Thomas is an r&b icon and universally known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans.” since the 1960s the Grammy award-winning singer has had a lengthy history of collaboration with the likes of Allen Toussaint, BB King, Dr. John, Marcia Ball, and Galactic. Her music has appeared in the soundtracks numerous films and television shows. Highly recommended!! $30-$85

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Singer/songwriter Nicki Bluhm is on tour promoting her new album ‘To Rose You Gotta Fall”. I saw Nicki about a year ago at Stern Grove and she was great. Should be a good show. $25 Cover Charge

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Musician and actress Storm Large of Pink Martini fame returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for three performances only. Explore the many facets of romance through classics from the Great American Songbook. Highly recommended!! $35-$70 Cover Charge

Elbo Room 647 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Two of great reggae bands in the Bay area Sol Horizon & Native Elements return to Elbo Room for a night high energy party. There will be a party going on Friday night!! $20 Cover Charge.

Elbo Room 311 Broadway Jack London Square, Oakland 9:00 PM Showtime Jazz Mafia is one of the best party bands in the Bay area. Tonight they present a tribute To The Ladies Of Hip Hop Heaviest Feather w/ special guests Aima The Dreamer, Dakini Star, April King, Breathless and DJ Ladyfingaz. Highly recommended!! $12 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime California native and Americana country music singer songwriter Maurice Tani has been a fixture on the local alt-country scene for more than a decade. His music is neither retro nor country; it’s twang noir. This should be a great show. Highly recommended. $24 Cover Charge.

If you live in the North Bay you may want to check this out

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Raven Performing Arts Theater 115 North Street, Healdsburg 7:00 Showtime.. Celebrating Geri Allen with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Dave Holland on bass & drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Pianist Geri Allen passed away last summer at the tender age of 60. She left a big void, but also a legacy. Geri was a wonderful inspirational musician whose playing embraced the full continuum of jazz, from ragtime to the avant-garde, with a deep consciousness of the art form’s roots in Africa. I was lucky to see Geri perform with a few times. I am glad the Jazz fest is having this tribute to her. Highly recommended!!! $45-$75 Cover Charge.

Saturday 6-09

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

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime..Howell Devine is my favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin at the Deluxe. N/C

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Cash’d Out is a San Diego based band, that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. The group’s genuine love (and authentic recreation) of Johnny Cash’s music and its universal appeal fans of all ages and of virtually all musical genres makes each Cash’d Out show a must-see event. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime Legendary Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes is one of the prime architects of the bossa nova revolution of the 1960s. The Grammy award winning pianist and composer first made an impact in collaboration with Antônio Carlos Jobim and Cannonball Adderley, and came to international stardom with his iconic band Brasil ’66. I saw Mendes a few years ago at Stern Grove and it was a great show. Highly recommended!!! $30-$50-$70-$85 Cover Charge.

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. A really good night of music. Headlining the night is title title Strange Hotels is the indie pop rock band from Portland with alt rockers Strange Hotels Talkie and metal rock blues band title Moldover rounding out the show. $15 Cover Charge

The Back Room 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band from Modesto, California that plays in the Gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France. HCFG includes the rhythm/lead guitars and acoustic bass typical of the style, but adds mandolin, bassoon, clarinet, and the occasional melodica and C-melody saxophone. They also augment the standard Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes. The band’s unique blend of instruments and music adds new vitality and freshness to an old favorite genre. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Andrew Carriere & The Zydeco Cajun Allstars is of the Bay area’s premiere Zydeco Cajun bands.. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler “Bebe” Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and his cousin is the great Chubby Carriere. They are really fun. $15 Cover Charge

Sunday 6-10

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society 311 Mirada Rd, Half Moon Bay 4:30 Showtime.. Chico Freeman is heralded as one of the most important saxophonists of our time, musician, composer, and producer. His diverse résumé includes R&B to blues, hard bop to avant-garde. Joining Chico is Fred Harris on Piano, Evan Flory-Barnes on Bass and Billy Hart on Drums. This is a show you won’t want to miss! $55 Cover Charge $35 for students.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM Showtime Too Slim And The Taildraggers plays an eclectic style of blues and rock that has become a genre all its own. Tim “Too Slim” Langford’s ever-evolving musical direction cannot easily be classified, effortlessly cross genres, flavoring blues with rock and Americana. Should be a really good show. $20 Cover Charge.

SF Jazz 201 Franklin St, San Francisco 7:30 Showtime.. Tuck & Patti’s signature approach that combines jazz, folk and r&b, makes this Bay Area based husband & wife team of guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart an enduring treasure. For three decades, Tuck and Patti have been performing fresh new music as well as a selection of re-imagined jazz classics and pop gems. Highly recommended!!! $25-$55 Cover Charge.

Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..A Benny Goodman Tribute is led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Goodwin and his Grammy-winning Big Phat Band bringing swing-era power to this salute to clarinet legend and big band icon Benny Goodman featuring two of the greatest living jazz clarinetists Eddie Daniels and Anat Cohen. Highly recommended!!! $30-$85 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. N/C

If you live in the North Bay you may want to check this out

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Raven Performing Arts Theater115 North Street, Healdsburg Noon Showtime..Marcus Shelby Big Band With Tiffany Austin & The Freedom Jazz Choir presents Lift Every Voice and Sing with special guests Ruth Naomi Floyd and James Newton. The grace and healing force that this concert will provide is needed more than ever after tragic fires that ravaged so much of the area last fall. Highly recommended!! $30-$45 Cover Charge..

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Raven Performing Arts Theater115 North Street, Healdsburg 7:00 PM Showtime. Dr. Michael White’s Original Liberty Jazz Band takes a little bit o’ New Orleans with them wherever they go. Their goal is to both preserve and expand the authentic New Orleans jazz tradition. For more than a decade, Dr. White and his men have been one of the preeminent New Orleans traditional jazz bands. Great way to end the fest. Highly recommended!! $30-$45 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week.

Beat Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest
Director Michael Rapaport sets out on tour with A Tribe Called Quest in 2008, when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, The Love Movement. As he travels with the band members, Rapaport captures the story of how tenuous their relationship has become; how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion. When mounting tensions erupt backstage during a show in San Francisco, we get a behind-the-scenes look at their journey and contributions as a band and what currently is at stake for these long-time friends collaborators.

Suggestions for Week of 5/28-6/03

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

Monday 5-28

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-11:30 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

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.. 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

Tuesday 5-29

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime Vibrason. I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. This promises to be a a good night of music headlined by Why These Coyotes an indie, alternative rock band out of Oakland, CA. With influences ranging from brit rock, to soul to blue note area jazz, their music offers a unique blend of laid back rhythms and guitar driven arrangements – reminiscent of 70’s hard rock. Breatherrr is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist producer Michael Anthony Espinach. Founded in early 2014, this Long Beach group fuses psychedelic noise with new wave jazz and pop for a unique musical experiment. Another Long Beach group Forest Of Tongue opens the set. $10 Cover Charge.

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. The godfather and original master of funk George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will be making an appearance this week as part of his farewell tour. If you have never seen this great innovator of American music I would highly recommend going. $60 Cover Charge..

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 7:30 PM Showtime.. One of the most badass girl folk group ever All Of Our Exes Live In Texas are finally back in the Bay Area. This wonderful Australian ensemble are known as much for their side-splitting banter and feminist politics as their devastatingly beautiful harmonies. I am really looking forward to seeing them.. Highly recommended!!! $14 Cover Charge

Wednesday 5-30

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 AM Showtime The Repertory Jazz Quartet is lead by the great young tenor saxophonist Patrick Wolff, playing compositions by mostly forgotten masters of the 1950s and ’60 like pianist Elmo Hope and saxophonists Lucky Thompson and Clifford Jordan. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Mitch Woods and his trio will be performing their style of boogie-woogie, blues and r&b. Mitch is a master pianist and a Bay Area treasure. Plus this is a great venue to see him perform. Highly recommended N/C

Cigar Bar & Grill 850 Montgomery St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime..Ken Husbands Trio is the explosive combination of three very active players on the Bay Area jazz scene: Ken Husbands on guitar, Aaron Germain on electric and acoustic bass and Otto Huber on drums. Their live shows combine original music with interpretations of standards. I liken them to Pat Metheny meets the Meters. Highly recommended!!! N/C

Sweetwater Music Hall 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley 8:00 PM Showtime..Nellie McKay is one of my very favorite singer song writer performers. I love Nellie because she is so eclectic. Her music is not only relevant to pop/rock, but to cabaret, traditional pop, and vocal jazz. Her influences range from Tin Pan Alley, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Annie Ross, Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday to Randy Newman, The Beatles and hip-hop as well. She is great lyricist with songs that are cynical and sarcastic as well as dark-humored. But like Randy Newman and Cole Porter, Nellie knows how to laugh at the world even when she’s complaining about how screwed up it is — and she can be incredibly clever and witty. I am a big fan.. Highly recommended!!!! $27 Cover Charge

The SF Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 7:00 PM Showtime Todd Rundgren Utopia reunites Todd with Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox for their first North American tour since the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded. Utopia was an 80’s hit-making entity with standout albums including Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion, spawning hits including “Rock Love,” “Set Me Free,”“Mated,” and “Love Is The Answer (which also became a #1 global hit for England Dan and John Ford Coley).” This is a rare opportunity not only to see Utopia perform. Highly recommended!! $23-$99 Cover Charge

Union Square Live San Francisco 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Showtime Moonalice is an American roots/folk band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration. Highly recommended!! N/C

Thursday 5-31

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Before string bands were a “thing” in popular culture, there was the Hackensaw Boys who since 1999 have been mixing bluegrass and old time music with a punk attitude, and reshaping what a modern old school string band could sound like. These Virginia natives have an infectious musical spirit that’s pure and delightful. Nat Keefe’s Lost Flyers open the show. I am really looking forward to finally seeing them. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the 2013 Grammy Award® Winner for “Best Latin Tropical Album” . PMO honors the sounds of the great Latin big bands of the 1940’s through present times, infusing their music with an intoxicating energy that consistently inspires standing ovations at every live performance. PMO performs salsa, cha-cha-cha, and Latin jazz. The band consists of a superb line up of world-class musicians who have performed and recorded with a variety of international recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Scovedo, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval and more. Highly recommended!!! $34 Cover Charge

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 7:30 Showtime Folk rock soul blues performer Ray Lamontagne headlines with special guest indie rocker singer songwriter Neko Case. Should be a good show. $45-99.50 Cover Charge.

Hemlock Tavern 1131 Polk St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-11:55PM Steakhouse is a rock group from San Francisco that play post-punk with bits of country/western thrown in at all the wrong times. Post punk new wave rocker Fake Your Own Death and Sonic Youth influenced Tremor Low round out a great night of music. Highly recommended!! $8 Cover Charge.

Hotel Utah 500 4th St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Australian singer Libby Lavella credits include backup vocals on “Te Perdi,” the debut single from Grammy-nominated artist Gustavo Galindo, for which she received a Grammy nomination. Throughout her career Libby has released three solo albums: Sponge Brain, Sometime In Morning, Live At Largo Bootlegs and an EP with her most recent outfit, harmony trio The Amber. Country singer songwriter Megan Rose and San Francisco songstress Mother First round out what should be a good show. $10 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!! N/C

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Barrio Manouche is having an album release party. This 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…Banda Sin Nombre is the opening set. This ensemble is an outstanding five-piece street band performing folk music from around the world. Mixing rich vocal harmonies with acoustic instruments including guitar, fiddle, charango, cajon, and bass, the band’s inspirations range from Peruvian Chicha to Catalan Rumba and Appalachian old time to Cumbia. This will be a great night of music. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge.

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Rusty Stringfield is a high energy acoustic four piece have been spilling out of their corner pub and onto some of the finest stages in town. No song is safe once Rusty Stringfield get fired up from traditional bluegrass to soul, reggae, and arena rock (maybe all at once). Tight harmonies, tasty instrumentals… and a side of accordion. This is one foot stomping band. Rounding High Water Line is a 5 piece group of Bay Area musicians who play a hard driving modern bluegrass sound, all their own. Driving rhythms, soaring harmonies, and great musicianship allow The High Water Line to blend influences as far ranging as classical, traditional bluegrass, blues, funk, and jazz. Bluegrass Pride rounds out a great night of music. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Friday 6-1

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers are blazing soul-blues rockers with a funky southern soul, big city blues sound with street-level grit and soul. This band will rock the house. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM Showtime Lavay Smith & Her 8 Piece Little Band.. Lavay is the reigning Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940’s and 1950’s. She will be performing with her 8 piece little band. Lavay is one of my favorite singers. Highly recommended!! N/C

Feinstein’s at the Nikko 222 Mason St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime.. Nellie McKay is one of my very favorite singer song writer performers. I love Nellie because she is so eclectic. Her music is not only relevant to pop/rock, but to cabaret, traditional pop, and vocal jazz. Her influences range from Tin Pan Alley, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Annie Ross,Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday to Randy Newman, The Beatles and hip-hop as well. She is great lyricist with songs that are cynical and sarcastic as well as dark-humored. But like Randy Newman and Cole Porter, Nellie knows how to laugh at the world even when she’s complaining about how screwed up it is — and she can be incredibly clever and witty. I am a big fan.. Highly recommended!!!! $22-$50 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime..Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the 2013 Grammy Award® Winner for “Best Latin Tropical Album” . PMO honors the sounds of the great Latin big bands of the 1940’s through present times, infusing their music with an intoxicating energy that consistently inspires standing ovations at every live performance. PMO performs salsa, cha-cha-cha, and Latin jazz. The band consists of a superb line up of world-class musicians who have performed and recorded with a variety of international recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Scovedo, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval and more. Highly recommended!!! $34 Cover Charge

Tupelo 1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime Jinx Jones is one of the great guitar virtuosos of the Bay Area. I love the way he seems to move seamlessly from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song. Highly recommended.. N/C

The Lost Church 65 Capp St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime The Real Sarahs embrace many genres of music, from folk to blues, and country. They are great songwriters and their original music is honest, evocative, and heartfelt telling stories of their own life journeys and experiences. Highly recommended!!! $20 Cover Charge

Masonic SF 1111 California St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Punk rockabilly innovators Social Distortion is out on tour promoting their new cd. $29-$49 Cover Charge

The Chapel 777 Valencia St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime. American folk/roots pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse will be in town. $25 Cover Charge.

The Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime The renowned horn-driven legendary funk band Tower Of Power celebrate their 50th anniversary. Over the years, the Tower of Power has recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Highly recommended!! $59-$79 Cover Charge

The 20th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a celebration of the indigenous American art form known as Jazz. Over the past decade-plus, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has become a favorite local tradition with a growing national reputation. This 10-day festival of public performances by world-renowned musicians in diverse settings, including the historic Raven Theater, the glamorous Hotel Healdsburg, and several boutique restaurants and wineries, has grown into one of the North Bay’s most celebrated annual musical events. The festival starts this evening and runs through June 10th.

Saturday 6-2

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 10:00 PM Showtimes Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers are blazing soul-blues rockers with a funky southern soul, big city blues sound with street-level grit and soul. This band will rock the house. Highly recommended!!! $35 Cover Charge.

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Howell Devine is my favorite Bay Area blues band. They will have the house rockin at the Deluxe. N/C

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 9:30 PM-12:30 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

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Okkervil River, the Austin based indie rock band is out promoting their new album “In The Rainbow Rain”. I really like their music. Highly recommended!! $23-$45 Cover Charge.

Brick & Mortar Music Hall 1710 Mission St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Mission Delirium is an invitation to revel in pounding drums and face melting brass. Let your hair down, get delirious and shake your ass. If it moves you, MD plays it: Bollywood, Balkan, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Tango, Afro-pop, Middle Eastern, Salsa and more- all served with a unique twist of San Francisco. Highly recommended!!! $15 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime. Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra are redefining funk led by master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, the master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming. Highly recommended!! $20 Cover Charge

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Rising Appalachia headlines bringing to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Dead Winter Carpenters have a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ alternative country. The Sam Chase & The Untradtional blends rock n roll and folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes of growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. Highly recommended!!! $25-$75 Cover Charge

The Greek Theatre 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime Jethro Tull are one of the biggest selling Progressive Rock artists of all time, and the group’s immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock stylings. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue from the albums This Was, Stand Up,Benefit, Aqualung,Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die,Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knaveand even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012. $45-$115 Cover Charge

The Fox Theatre Oakland 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland 8:00 PM Showtime The renowned horn-driven legendary funk band Tower Of Power celebrate their 50th anniversary. Over the years, the Tower of Power has recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with Tower’s musical DNA. Always in demand, the band never fails to entertain and amaze their fans. Highly recommended!! $59-$79 Cover Charge

Sunday 6-3

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:30 PM Showtime..The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30’s. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves. I saw them at the Amnesia and this band really swings. N/C

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. N/C

Cafe Du Nord 2174 Market St, San Francisco 6:00 PM Showtime
The Persian Flamenco Jazz Band led by Farzad Arjmand will perform Persian Flamenco style music, mixture of original and classics. Performing along with Farzad will be Felix Amirian Guitar Andy Woodhouse Bass Joey Chang Cello Pepe Jacobs Drums. $20 Cover Charge.

Video Pick Of The Week..

On The Sly:In Search Of The Family Stone…Michael Rubenstone, a first-time filmmaker, and Sly and the Family Stone super fan, sets out to find the band’s leader, the reclusive funk legend – Sly Stone. In doing so, he manages to make the most comprehensive documentary on the band to date, while also bringing Sly out of hiding for the first time since his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993. Part road movie, part rock doc, On the Sly follows Michael over the course of ten years, across the United States, as he unearths the true story of the band and chronicles how a musical icon fell from grace. Along the way he meets members of the original Family Stone, some eclectic characters who soothe his soul, and some who make him question his search entirely. Through detailed interviews we learn about the complexity of Sly Stone, all while grappling with the question, “Why do we search for our heroes?” Is it to find answers from them, or ultimately to find answers within ourselves? Hit the road and join the search!

Suggestions for Week of 5/21-5/27


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

Monday May 21st

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.. 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

Tuesday May 22nd

Bar Fluxus 18 Harlan Pl, San Francisco 9:00 PM-1:30 AM Showtime.. Vibrason .. I saw this band recently. They are another great band out of the Bay Area. Very reminiscent of some of the Cal Tjader bands. $10 Cover Charge

Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Showtime.. Mitch Polzak and The Royal Dueces are unquestionably one of the great rockabilly bands around. The high-energy three piece ensemble performs Rockabilly from the late ’50s Sun Records era, guitar instrumentals from influences such as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins, to a wide a range of Bakersfield Honky Tonk and Truck Driving music. Mitch also adds the 5 String Banjo to the show, bringing in the influence of Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. Les James on drums and Hank Maninger on bass round out the lineup. Highly recommended!! $15 Cover Charge

Wednesday May 23rd

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM.. Bay City Blues featuring Chris Cain is a weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues.” Highly recommended!! $20 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

Pier 23 Pier 23 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Showtime Mike Lipskin Trio. One of the greatest stride pianists in the universe is performing along with Leon Oakley on Trumpet and Dinah Lee on vocals. This will be a great three hours of hot jazz at a great venue and No Cover Charge!!! Highly recommended!!

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

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime Three really good bands with Cleveland based synth pop rockers The Lighthouse & The Whaler headlining. I really like their latest recording ‘Paths’ .. Vita And The Woolf and Go By Ocean round out what should be a great night of music.. $15 Cover Charge

Thursday May 24th

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime The Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute Band Alan Iglesias & Crossfire draws from a wealth of Stevie Ray Vaughn musical history and knowledge to faithfully reproduce the famed Texas “thundershuffle” and perform each show ever-mindful of the tremendous responsibility that they bear…to do their very best to bring back as much of the original experience as he possibly can, every time this band takes the stage. Alan Iglesias is such an amazing guitar player who literally channels the spirit and image of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. From his Fender Stratocaster to his perfect vocal delivery, Iglesias portrays the guitar giant at his Texas best, doing perfect versions of every SRV hit as well as plenty of lesser-known tunes. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge

Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco 7:00-8:15 Showtime Sam Reider and the Human Hands celebrate the West Coast release of their debut record,Too Hot to Sleep, featuring mind-bending instrumental music performed by virtuoso bluegrass and jazz musicians Sam Reider – accordion, piano Alex Hargreaves – violin, Dominick Leslie – mandolin, Roy Williams – guitar and Dave Speranza – bass. Highly recommended!!! $25 Cover Charge.

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

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 7:30 PM Showtime.. Jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeline Peyroux is worth checking out. Her repertoire spans jazz standards in English and French, American country classics, funk, blues and her original songs. This is a rare opportunity to see just a wonderful talent. Highly recommended!! $29-$75 Cover Charge.

Friday May 25th

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American musical outfit led by frontman Anton Newcombe, formed in San Francisco in 1990. The group’s sound transitioned to a broader style of psychedelic rock, incorporating styles such as garage rock, folk rock and, later, electronica into their sound. The act continue to experiment with musical styles. Highly recommended!!c $25-$45 Cover Charge.

The Fillmore 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. The multi genre Lake Street Dive is a great live in performance experience. I love their unique jazzy pop/rock, R&B soul sound. Highly recommended!!! $43.75 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtimes. Rick Estrin And The Nightcats are wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado. This ensemble havs 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..$24 Cover Charge

The Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime.. A great night of foot stomping music with two great Americana bands Ghost of Paul Revere & The Sam Chase and the Untraditional. Both of these ensembles were surprise moments at last year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Both bands have great stage presence and their music is fresh with great arrangements. This will be a great show. Highly recommended!!!$24 Cover Charge

If you live in and around Santa Cruz I suggest checking out

Rio Theatre 1205 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz 8:30 PM Showtime.. Americana alt-country folksinger-songwriter Todd Snider will be performing solo acoustic. Todd is a great performer and this should be a great show. Highly recommended!!! $28.35-$38.35 Cover Charge..

Saturday May 26th

Bimbo’s 365 Club 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime The Brian Jonestown Massacre is an American musical outfit led by frontman Anton Newcombe, formed in San Francisco in 1990. The group’s sound transitioned to a broader style of psychedelic rock, incorporating styles such as garage rock, folk rock and, later, electronica into their sound. The act continue to experiment with musical styles. Highly recommended!!c $25-$45 Cover Charge.

Biscuits and Blues 401 Mason St, San Francisco 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM Showtime The Stevie Ray Vaughn Tribute Band Alan Iglesias & Crossfire draws from a wealth of Stevie Ray Vaughn musical history and knowledge to faithfully reproduce the famed Texas “thundershuffle” and perform each show ever-mindful of the tremendous responsibility that they bear…to do their very best to bring back as much of the original experience as he possibly can, every time this band takes the stage. Alan Iglesias is such an amazing guitar player who literally channels the spirit and image of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. From his Fender Stratocaster to his perfect vocal delivery, Iglesias portrays the guitar giant at his Texas best, doing perfect versions of every SRV hit as well as plenty of lesser-known tunes. Highly recommended!!! $24 Cover Charge

Club Deluxe 1511 Haight St, San Francisco 10:00 PM-1:00 AM Showtime. Mitch Polzak and The Royal Dueces are unquestionably one of the great rockabilly bands around. The high-energy three piece ensemble performs Rockabilly from the late ’50s Sun Records era, guitar instrumentals from influences such as Joe Maphis, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins, to a wide a range of Bakersfield Honky Tonk and Truck Driving music. Mitch also adds the 5 String Banjo to the show, bringing in the influence of Earl Scruggs and Ralph Stanley. Les James on drums and Hank Maninger on bass round out the lineup. Highly recommended!! N/C

Yerba Buena Gardens 750 Howard St, San Francisco 1:00 PM-2:30 PM.. Tom Rigney and Flambeau is the Bay Areas preeminent cajun & zydeco band. This is such a fun band. This is a great venue to see this outstanding cajun band. Highly recommended!! N/C

Bottom Of The Hill 1233 17th St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime.. Angelica Rockne is the Bay Area queen of 70’s Americana country psychedelic rock. Angelica’s voice combined with Blake Severn’s guitar playing along with the rest of her band really knocks me out. Don’t know much about the opening acts Michael Michael Motorcycle Marsha Marsha Marsha and Jesse Cobb, but Angelica is definitely more than worth the $12 Cover Charge. Highly recommended!!!

SF Masonic 1111 California St, San Francisco 9:00 PM Showtime..The Revivalists know how to rock the house. The 7 piece New Orleans based rock band are so much fun In concert and just come alive in front of an audience. Highly recommend seeing this band. $29-$75 Cover Charge

Rickshaw Stop 155 Fell St, San Francisco 8:30 PM Showtime.. Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de- force. I just saw them for the first time last month at the Independant and they immediately became one of my favorite Bay Area bands. The musicianship and fresh vocal arrangements of ranging from funk ,rock hip hop and soul had the place rockin’. The band has great energy and stage presence. Highly recommended!!!! $18 Cover Charge

Sunday May 27th

The Independant 628 Divisadero St, San Francisco 8:00 PM Showtime Sidney Australia’s rock sensation Ocean Alley makes their first Bay Area appearance. I really like their sound. You can hear Hendrix and Dire Straits influences. $125 Cover Charge

Amnesia Bar 853 Valencia St, San Francisco 8:30 PM-10:30 PM Showtime.. The Hot Baked Goods are a band of young jazz musicians playing hot tunes of the 30’s. Most of the band members started as swing dancers, and became so infatuated with the music that they decided to make some themselves. I saw them at the Amnesia and this band really swings. N/C

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. N/C

The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave, Berkeley 8:00 PM Showtime St. Paul & The Broken Bones is a great six piece soul band in the tradition of Booker T, Otis Redding and the Memphis Horns. Lead vocalist Paul Janeway is a dynamic performer and this ensemble from Birmingham Alabama knows how to rock the house. Highly recommended!!!!! $35 Cover Charge

Video Pick Of The Week

This Tuesday will be the 104th birthday of the great American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, and poet Sun Ra who changed Jazz and infulence3d so many musicians with his experimental music, “cosmic” philosophy, prolific output, and theatrical performances. Here are a few Sun Ra documentaries you may want to check out.

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise is a 1980 jazz film by Robert Mugge documenting performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, and also including interviews and rehearsal footage. The Philadelphia performances captured by the film took place at Danny’s Hollywood Palace and on the rooftop of the Philadelphia International Center. The Baltimore performance took place in the Famous Ballroom, hosted by the Left Bank Jazz Society.

Sun Ra: The Brother From Another Planet is a BBC documentary by Don Letts who tells the story of how Herman Poole Blount rejected his name, his origins and the conventions of the time (or any other, for that matter), re-creating himself as Sun Ra, emissary from Saturn (“planet of discipline”) and musical genius. Blending Egyptology and Space Age imagery, he projected a philosophy of radical empowerment for the entire cosmos; keeping a big band on the road for decades through independence and communal living, he became a patriarch of jazz and an avatar of freewheeling space music. Turning from the punk and reggae with which he’s most closely associated to one of the key figures in 20th-century sound, famed DJ/filmmaker Letts presents the Sun Ra story in all its glory, combining powerful footage of Ra and his legendary Arkestra, interviews with band members shot at their famous group house in Philadelphia and testimonies from sax great Archie Shepp, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and other admirers.