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Fog City Blues: 8th Annual Left-Hand-A-Thon

Apr 26, 2017

Otis Rush turns 82 on April 29. Albert King would have been 94 on April 25. Inspired by the birthdays of these two left-handed blues guitar giants, Fog City Blues presents its 8th annual Left-Hand-A-Thon -- celebrating the blues from the other side.

Fog City Blues: Tumbledown House

Apr 18, 2017
Photo by Anthony Foiani

Bay Area songwriting deviants Tumbledown House have never been easy to describe: modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop, and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress are just some of the terms used.

The Back Room in Berkeley will celebrate its one-year anniversary on April 15 when Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots bring their unique brand of “boogie, blues and jazz” to the intimate, brick-laden venue.

Two long-time friends of the show, Jimmy Grant and Royal Jelly Jive, will play concerts in San Francisco this weekend, but not before both stop by our studio for a preview tonight 9-11 pm. 

Fog City Blues: The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

Mar 29, 2017

Faye Carol has been part of the Bay Area music scene since she moved from Meridian, Mississippi to Pittsburg, California as a young girl. Known widely as the ‘Dynamic Miss Faye Carol,’ she defies labels -- singing everything from cabaret to gospel to jazz.

Fog City Blues: The Sam Chase & co.

Mar 21, 2017

The Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. 

Fog City Blues: Macy Blackman & The Mighty Fines

Mar 15, 2017
Dinkins / De Jong © 2013

Hearing Macy Blackman is like stepping into an uptown New Orleans club such as the Dew Drop Inn circa 1955. Indeed, he's been playing this music since it really wasn't very old.

Fog City Blues: Kim Lembo

Mar 8, 2017
Photo: Philip Milic

From 1993 to 2001, Kim Lembo recorded four blues albums with her band Blue Heat. Her special blend of hard rocking blues, gospel and roots brought out a voice unique in its depth, universal in its world weariness.

Fog City Blues: No Lovely Thing

Mar 1, 2017

No Lovely Thing is a fiercely funky soul band based in Oakland. Led by singer Melissa Jones’ percussive melodies and unforgettably captivating voice, the band weaves elements of blues, ska, reggae and jazz into their modern soul-funk mix. 

Fog City Blues: Inspector Gadje

Feb 22, 2017
John Nilsen Studios

With up to 14 musicians (12 horns and 2 percussionists), Bay Area-San Francisco-based Inspector Gadje brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin’ brass band music of the Balkans of south-eastern Europe.

Fog City Blues: The Cool

Feb 15, 2017

The Cool is a new play written by San Francisco playwright Barry Eitel about legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.

Fog City Blues: John Brothers Piano Company

Feb 8, 2017
Photo: Kala Minko

The innovative sounds of the John Brothers Piano Company are the colors of timeless energy – early jazz meets stride and swing, waltzed through a Barbary saloon, laid to rest on a bed of rambunctious roses.

75+ Bay Area musicians and artists pay tribute to an album that showcased the confident vision of a young woman dealing with modern life - love, heartbreak, spirituality, racism - with the wisdom and aplomb of an old soul.

Fog City Blues: 10th Anniversary with Lavay Smith

Jan 25, 2017

Fog City Blues first aired on January 29, 2007. A few weeks later, local chanteuse Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers bandleader Chris Siebert joined us for our first live on-air interview about blues in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Fog City Blues: Mark Hummel's Ultimate Harmonica Blowout

Jan 18, 2017

Bay Area blues harp legend Mark Hummel has assembled one of his most adventurous Harmonica Extravaganzas to date. 

Fog City Blues: The Lucky Losers

Jan 11, 2017

The Lucky Losers perform powerful original music about transcending the dark side of the American dream, the beauty and pain of being alive, and devotion in all its complexities. 

Fog City Blues: R.I.P. 2016

Jan 4, 2017

Music suffered heavy losses in 2016, a year like no other in recent memory. We lost masters from every corner of the music world, from classical composers and jazz greats to world music superstars, soul singers, country giants, prog-rock pioneers and record producers. 

Fog City Blues: Con Brio

Dec 28, 2016

Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.

Fog City Blues: Christmanukkah

Dec 21, 2016
"Chrismanukkah 2010" by Courtlyn McHale used under CC license

Christmas comes but once a year, and every once in a while Hanukkah sneaks up on it. This year's Festival of Lights starts on Christmas Eve, making the last week of 2016 all the merrier (that shouldn't be too hard).

Fog City Blues: Alvon Johnson

Dec 14, 2016

Alvon Johnson travels the world singing and swinging jazz standards with Big Bands, and gallops the globe performing the songs that he sang while working with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters.

Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. as guest host Honeycomb Brown reads love letters from the Bay Area, written by KALW listeners, along with a soundtrack of love and heartbreak songs from yesteryear.

Fog City Blues: Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Nov 30, 2016

The mission of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choirs is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions.

Fog City Blues: Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

Nov 16, 2016

Explaining Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra’s music is like describing a remembered dream. It's blues but not blues, folk but not folk, soulful but not soul. 

Fog City Blues: Hibbity Dibbity live

Nov 2, 2016

Hibbity Dibbity is a San Francisco band that calls its music “swamp-stompin’ boogie soul.” 

Fog City Blues: Big Blu Soul Revue

Oct 12, 2016

Big Blu Soul Revue brings the soul of San Francisco to their music and live show.

Fog City Blues: Jeremiah Lockwood

Oct 5, 2016
Photo: Ridhima Hegde

Son of composer Larry Lockwood and the grandson of the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, Jeremiah Lockwood began his musical career playing on the streets and subways of Manhattan performing with Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim.

Fog City Blues: Rob Reich Quintet

Sep 28, 2016

Mixing improvisational romps with refined and melodic ensemble arrangements, Rob Reich’s idiosyncratic accordion style mixes doses of wry humor and elements of spontaneous revelation that help propel the instrument’s modern renaissance.

Fog City Blues: Aki Kumar + extra hour

Sep 21, 2016

Aki Kumar, the world's first professional blues harmonica player to hail from India, kicks off a special three-hour edition of Fog City Blues.

Fog City Blues: Live from the FCB Vol.3

Sep 14, 2016

20 on-air performances from the past two years are compiled on a new Live From the Fog City Blues CD – local artists playing original blues (and beyond) live in the KALW studio.  

Fog City Blues: Redwood Tango Ensemble

Aug 24, 2016

Redwood Tango Ensemble is a sextet from Oakland, dedicated to both traditional Argentine tango music and original tango composition.

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