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Fog City Blues: Live in the studio, Volume 4

May 16, 2018

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


Fog City Blues: 9th Annual Left-Hand-A-Thon

Apr 25, 2018

Otis Rush turns 83 on April 29. Albert King would have been 95 on April 25. Inspired by the birthdays of these two left-handed blues guitar giants, Fog City Blues presents its 9th annual Left-Hand-A-Thon -- celebrating the blues from the other side.

Fog City Blues: Barrio Manouche

Apr 18, 2018

Barrio Manouche is an acoustic SF-based international septet (Spain, Quebec, France, Brasil and California) playing music that will take you on a magical journey, frequently joined by artists from around the globe.

Fog City Blues: Moonshine Jelly

Apr 11, 2018

Power-house acoustic duo Moonshine Jelly consists of violinist and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells, and guitarist and banjo player Kent Kessinger.

Fog City Blues: Loving Janis

Mar 21, 2018

Vocalist Kyra Gordon with pianist and arranger Larry Steelman bring hypnotic and far-out arrangements of two iconic singers: Janis Ian and Janis Joplin. 

Fog City Blues: Culann's Hounds

Mar 14, 2018

Starting in 1999 at a small Inner Sunset bar called The Blackthorn Tavern, the steady rise of Culann's Hounds has been a credit to their love of the music and ability to consistently deliver hard driving quality shows with a strong dose of rebel attitude, humor, and a few drops of whiskey. 

Fog City Blues: Elwood's Valentine Special

Feb 14, 2018

Following an hour of blues in the Bay Area and beyond, stay tuned for a special Valentine's Day broadcast of the House of Blues Radio Hour with your host, Elwood Blues. Wednesday 2/14 at 9 pm. 

Fog City Blues: Blonde Toledo

Jan 24, 2018

Blonde Toledo plays American Music, or you might say, music of the Americas, as Blues, Rock, Salsa, or Cumbia all come from foreign lands, transplanted here, and each have put down deep roots in our western soil. 

Fog City Blues: Book of J

Jan 17, 2018

Old worlds collide in Book of J, as musicians Jewlia Eisenberg (Charming Hostess) and Jeremiah Lockwood (The Sway Machinery) take inspiration from the intersection of the sacred and the radical to create hit songs from out of the depths of American psalmody, Yiddish folklore, and international Jewish liturgical traditions.

Fog City Blues: La Gente & friends

Jan 10, 2018

La Gente is a San Francisco based, international recording group led by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria. 

Fog City Blues: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Dec 27, 2017

Still working on your New Year's Eve plans? Tune in Wednesday December 27 at 9 pm as host Devon Strolovitch surveys some of the musical options in the Bay Area, blues-wise and beyond.

Fog City Blues: Mark Naftalin's Gospel Christmas

Dec 19, 2017

After a preview of Christmas blues in the Bay Area and beyond, Mark Naftalin returns with a special Blues Power Hour of gospel and more this Wednesday 12/20 at 10 pm.

Fog City Blues: The Christmas Jug Band

Dec 13, 2017

The Christmas Jug Band are stalwart purveyors of the jugabilly mystique -- a tongue-in-cheek seasonal convergence of San Francisco Bay Area luminaries.

Fog City Blues: HowellDevine

Nov 21, 2017
Photo: Jeff Spirer

HowellDevine deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past.

Fog City Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy

Nov 8, 2017

Evolutionary Blues … West Oakland’s Music Legacy is a new film documenting the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become.

Fog City Blues: All Saints

Nov 1, 2017

For the day after Halloween, Fog City Blues presents a not-so-Catholic All Saints Day tribute to the hallowed men and women who have made musical appearances in the blues canon and beyond. Wednesday 11/01 at 9 pm.

Fog City Blues: It's Devon's birthday

Oct 25, 2017

After marking many a blues-man and -woman's birthday over the last 10+ years on the air, Fog City Blues celebrates its own.

Fog City Blues: Meklit, Lalin, & Friends

Oct 18, 2017

Meklit's new album, When the People Move the Music Moves Too, was released June 23, 2017 on Six Degrees records, and within hours went to #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts. 

Fog City Blues: Tom Petty – Live and Kickin' It

Oct 11, 2017

Legendary musician TOM PETTY, leader of one of America's top rock 'n' roll bands for nearly 5 decades, passed away October 2 from a cardiac event. This special, hosted by music historian Paul Ingles, showcases some of Tom's legendary live performances. Wednesday 10/11 at 10 pm.

Fog City Blues: Blues for Freedom

Oct 4, 2017

Blues for Freedom is one of a kind star-studded blues concert to benefit Freedom House, Northern California’s first safe house for adult female survivors of human trafficking.

Fog City Blues: The Gold Souls

Sep 20, 2017

The Gold Souls are a Sacramento-based original soul blues band. They'll be performing at the Back Room in Berkeley this weekend.

Fog City Blues: Live from the FCB Vol.3

Sep 13, 2017

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

Fog City Blues: Raz Kennedy

Aug 23, 2017

Raz Kennedy is a veteran music educator, producer, and vocalist whose eclectic performance credits include serving as a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra and performing as a background vocalist on recordings for many legendary artists, including Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, and Kenny Loggins, as well as on stage for Sting, Santana, and Mickey Hart. 

Fog City Blues: The Stone Foxes and Muscle Shoals at SFJazz

Aug 16, 2017

In 1969, four studio musicians known affectionately as “The Swampers” opened their own studio in an old coffin factory building in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The group, formally called the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, developed their own definitive sound as a studio band for the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Staples Singers, Wilson Pickett, and many more. 

When Oakland native Terrie Odabi begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories.

Fog City Blues: Blues Is a Woman

Jul 26, 2017

Blues Is a Woman celebrates women in the blues from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt and beyond. 

Fog City Blues: Joe Burke & The Watery Parts

Jul 19, 2017

Long-time KALW morning host Joe Burke retired from his radio job last year, but he joins host Devon Strolovitch to talk about his new album, Just Watching the Show, and to spin some favorite records that the suits would never let him play during drive-time. Wednesday 7/19 at 9 pm.

Fog City Blues: Canada's 150th Anniversary

Jun 27, 2017

This Saturday July 1 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, when the British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Canada (split into Quebec and Ontario) were united to form the Dominion of Canada. 

Fog City Blues: Smoked Out Soul

Jun 14, 2017

Founded in 2013 by Zebuel Early, Smoked Out Soul started out as a mixtape and quickly morphed into a full fledged funk party complete with live guitar and drums. Now Smoked Out Soul is a collective of DJs, producers, and musicians who love soul music and who love elevating the vibe thru music. 

Fog City Blues: Railroad Square Music Festival

Jun 7, 2017

The Railroad Square Music Festival is a free day of music this Sunday in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square. It's a project of The North Bay Hootenanny, a Santa Rosa based non-profit that has been working for the past five years to bring the North Bay music world to another level.

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