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You've probably been seeing this next band around town for a while, on line-ups at clubs like Bottom of the Hill and The Independent. They've been playing the show circuit for over four years and have a following that stretches as far as London, England. 

Makru

May 8, 2012
Hanna Quevedo

 

Makru is a San Francisco band with so many musical influences that we’ll just call their sound “world music.” But they call it “a unifying, positive vibe in the Bay Area."

Crosscurrents’ own Martina Castro sings with the group in both English and Spanish. They perform this Thursday (May 10) at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm.

Dan Hicks

Feb 23, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Dan Hicks

You’ve probably heard of Bay Area music mainstay Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. But have you ever heard them perform live? The Chronicle says of Hicks, "So few truly original figures exist in pop music that Dan Hicks should be a national treasure."

He has a big 70th birthday celebration at San Francisco’s Davies Hall in April, but you can hear him in a more relaxed show tomorrow (February 24) at the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, in Livermore, starting at 8pm. 

Alma D

Feb 15, 2012
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 The Wall Street Journal has recognized a Bay Area band called Alma Desnuda – or just Alma D to their friends for their innovative business practices, but they’re also passionate about philanthropy. Plus, you can dance to their music! They’re taking the stage at the intimate Boom Boom Room in San Francisco on Friday, starting about 10pm.

Buxter Hoot'n

Feb 14, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Buxter Hoot'n

You might have heard of Butxter Hoot’n band last month on another KALW program: “West Coast Live.” The East Bay Express says their unique song writing, and tight-knit performances make Buxter Hoot’n “an experience not to be missed.” You’ll have the opportunity not to miss them this Thursday (February 16), when they take the stage at The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco, starting about 9pm.

Blind Willies

Feb 7, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Blind Willies

Do you know the way to famously reclusive Bolinas?

If so, and you stop in at Smiley’s Saloon this Friday, you can hear the Blind Willies. This Bay Area band says its music is “gospel revised by thieves, pimps, poets, losers, children, and malcontents.” They also play the blues.

Music starts about 9pm . But remember, this is Bolinas, so be patient. 

Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Ryan Balboa Be Bop Band

 

No, jazz legend Coleman Hawkins is not from the Bay Area, and he’s not back from the dead. But you’ll learn about him, and other jazz greats, in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “A Great Day in Harlem,” which you can see at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco on Sunday (January 29).

The program also includes live jazz from Jimmy Ryan’s Balboa Be-Bop Band, both before the film, and then again after.

Adios Amigo

Jan 23, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Adios Amigo

How about a happy pill? That’s how the San Francisco Chronicle describes the music of the band, Adios Amigo. The band is a side project of Johnny Major, drummer for another band named Il Gato. He says living in the Bay Area “allows one to write happy, hopeful, celebratory music.”

Adios Amigo will be performing on Friday (January 27) at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. 

Exray's

Jan 19, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Exray's

Did you see the movie, “The Social Network”? If so, then you’ve heard music by Jon Bernson, who the Bay Guardian calls “a force of nature in the Bay Area music scene.” His current band, Exray’s, has a show this Saturday (January 21) at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. They take the stage about 9pm.

David Velasco

Jan 12, 2012
Photo courtesy of David Velasco

David Velasco and his friends will play their ambient music at San Francisco’s Dolores Park Cafe tomorrow night (January 13).

John Garcia Band

Jan 10, 2012
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The John Garcia Band has performed with everyone from John Lee Hooker to Johnny Winter, B.B. King to Albert King. He has also taught blues guitar in the Bay Area for several years. Now, he’s playing with his own band on Sunday (January 15) at Biscuits and Blues, near Union Square in San Francisco, starting at 8pm.