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Fog City Blues: Kim Lembo

Jul 20, 2016

For more than 35 years, Kim Lembo has been giving back to the world of music singing her version of the blues.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Our guest is Oakland-based vocal activist Melanie DeMore. DeMore told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay.

The Lucky Losers live on Fog City Blues

Jun 29, 2016

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.

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Now here’s something you don’t hear every day. It’s a blues harmonica, but it’s a big chromatic harmonica, which is rare in the blues world.

Big Harp George live on Fog City Blues

Jun 22, 2016

George Bisharat is a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer and harmonica player who features the chromatic harmonica.

Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour tonight

Jun 15, 2016

Fog City Blues takes the week off as Mark Naftalin presents a special edition of the Blues Power Hour, with a specially-curated selection of his extensive catalog of blues rarities − Wednesday 6/15 at 9 pm.

Fantastic Negrito live on Fog City Blues

Jun 8, 2016

Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song the true story of a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled.

Dirty Cello This Saturday 3 pm On KALW!

May 26, 2016

Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl are back as Dirty Cello!   They’ll perform their highly energetic, ecelctic  songs on KALW's Folk Music & Beyond this Saturday at 3 pm.  Rough blues, bluegrass at the speed of light, pop tunes and covers are all part of their mix.  Dirty Cello will be among the many headlining acts at the upcoming San Francisco Free Folk Festival on June 11th at Everett Middle School.  For details, visit http://sffolkfest.org

Bob Dylan at 75: A Bay Area History on Fog City Blues

May 25, 2016

Bob Dylan turns 75 on May 24. His first formal concert in the Bay Area took place in San Francisco on November 25, 1964; his most recent was October 30, 2014 in Oakland (he and his band return next month for a pair of shows in Berkeley).

Live From the Fog City Blues Volume 3

May 18, 2016

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

10 Bay Area bands reunite next month in San Francisco for an eclectic tribute to Radiohead's Kid A. Guest Music Director Elizabeth Setzer and UnderCover Executive Producer Lyz Luke join host Devon Strolovitch for a preview this Wednesday 5/04 at 9 pm.

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional live on Fog City Blues

Apr 27, 2016

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. 

Mark Growden live on Fog City Blues

Apr 20, 2016

Mark Growden is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and the director/founder of The Calling All Choir. Raised in a small mountain community in Northeast California, his work emanates earthy, soulful and poetic tones. 

Saul Kaye live on Fog City Blues

Apr 13, 2016

With Passover just around the corner, San Francisco bluesman Saul Kaye has just released Jewish Blues Volume IV: Down Home Nigguns and Other Songs from the Family Tree.

Tumbleweed Wanderers live on Fog City Blues

Apr 6, 2016

Busking outside of countless Bay Area venues, Tumbleweed Wanderers took the stage on the streets of San Francisco in 2011 with the hopes of simply sharing their music. 

Culann's Hounds live on Fog City Blues

Mar 16, 2016

Fierce like their namesake Cu Chulainn, Culann's Hounds have built a reputation for stage shows filled with high-energy and a ruthless dedication to rocking their audiences.

Hanna Rifkin & The Handsomes live on Fog City Blues

Mar 9, 2016

Hanna Rifkin began her singing career fronting the rock band “Roxy.” While belting out guttural tones in the fashion of Janis Joplin and Debbie Harry was fun, she fell in love with the playful trumpeting of Louis Armstrong that underscored the horn-like purity of Ella’s Fitzgerald’s voice on their recording of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”.

Amber Gougis live on Fog City Blues

Feb 24, 2016

Amber Gougis is going places, but she’s taking her own winding way. A thoughtful singer who infuses jazz with soul and brings an improvisation-laced sensibility to Chicago blues and mid-century R&B, she’s earned widespread respect around the Bay Area music scene.

A Tribute to Green Day's "Dookie" live on Fog City Blues

Feb 10, 2016

22 years ago, a Bay Area band named Green Day dropped a massive Dookie - an album so massive that it propelled both Green Day and, some say, punk music into the mainstream. 

The Crux + David Luning live on Fog City Blues

Feb 3, 2016

The Crux hail from the vast tundra that is the North Bay (Santa Rosa specifically) and have managed to create a sound you might get from throwing your grandfathers old 78s, a bit of scrap metal, a dive bar piano, and a fiery Baptist preacher into a (rather large) blender. 

With a shared obsession for musicology, film, history, and design, Wolf & Crow sought to craft a fully immersive world within their 2015 debut album, Folklore. Sweetly chilling harmonies, woody folk-guitar picking, and rustic slide guitar interweave to form a haunting and beautiful American-Primitive landscape. 

25 Years of the Blues Harmonica Blowout on Fog City Blues

Jan 20, 2016

Bay Area harp master Mark Hummel started the Blues Harmonica Blowout back in 1991. Since then it has grown into a much-heralded event featuring the most famous blues players alive, including John Mayall, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, and many more. 

Whiskerman live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jan 6, 2016

Fronted by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graham Patzner, Oakland-based Whiskerman utilizes the structure of a classic rock band to convey a timeless familiarity, luring the listener into a new mythological landscape with a story for our time. 

Local music picks for New Year's Eve on Fog City Blues

Dec 30, 2015

Tune in Wednesday 12/30 at 9 pm for a roundup of live 'n local music options for ringing in the new year around the Bay Area, along with some of our favorite in-studio performances from the past twelve months. 

Yuletide blues with Mark Naftalin tonight

Dec 23, 2015

Fog City Blues is off this week, but tune in Wednesday 12/23 at 9 pm for a special two-hour edition of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour with tributes to Santa, Rudolph, and the rest of the holiday cheer.

T Sisters live on Fog City Blues tonight

Dec 16, 2015

The T Sisters are a vocally driven contemporary folk band hailing from Oakland, California. The three sisters’ inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as by upright bassist Steve Height and mandolinist/guitar player Andrew Allen Fahlander. Touching on elements of folk, Americana, gospel, R&B, bluegrass and soul, the T Sisters weave evocative stories with a sound that is at once modern and timeless. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 12/16 at 9 pm.

Lara Price live on Fog City Blues tonight

Dec 9, 2015

Lara Price is a Bay Area singer with a sultry stage presence and a voice that demands your attention- smoky, lonely, sexy, and powerful. Like many full time musicians, Lara fronts and leads several musical projects: Lara Unplugged, an acoustic duo; Velvet Plum, a popular top 40’s party band; Militia of Love, a Cali-Reggae band; The Lara Price Band, a rootsy rockin’ blues band; The Lara Price Blues Revue, a 10-piece R&B show band; and Girls Got the Blues, an all-star cast of female talent.

Rainbow Girls live on Fog City Blues

Dec 2, 2015

Rainbow Girls is a group of 4 female musicians who write and perform original material with roots in folk, funk, rock n' roll, americana, world, psychedelic, gypsy, soul music. In addition to their soaring harmonies, these ladies switch back and forth amongst a multitude of instruments including, but not limited to: acoustic and electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, banjolele, bass, keys, ukelele, djembe, cajon, and drum kit.

Kim Nalley live on Fog City Blues

Nov 18, 2015

One of the world's best jazz & blues vocalists, Kim Nalley has been described as a cross between Louis Armstrong and Jessica Rabbit. 

Tiffany Austin live on Fog City Blues tonight

Nov 4, 2015

Tiffany Austin is one of the fastest rising jazz singers in Northern California, with a tradition-rooted yet thoroughly contemporary style. 

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