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Seth Augustus live on Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Oct 21, 2014

The music of Seth Augustus has been described as "sharp, black diamonds flicking with their own sinister twinkle," "urban swamp music for which dark alleys and basement speakeasies were surely invented," and "the music God hears in his sleep when He has a high fever." Seth performs live in the Fog City Blues studio this Wednesday, 10/22 at 9 pm.

Singer-songwriter Megan Slankard’s most recent release, A Token Of The Wreckage, is "an edgy alt-rock release that is a breath of fresh air" (Maverick Magazine), "gleaming, grooving, and gritty" (Minor 7th), with "thoughtful construction and clever wordplay" (Performer Magazine). Megan’s next album will be revealed on October 18 at the Great American Music Hall with Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review opening.

Shung Ng's Funky Thumb Stuff on Fog City Blues

Oct 1, 2014

Shun Ng was born in Chicago, raised in Singapore, and is now based out of Boston. He is a gifted guitarist, singer, and songwriter known for his unique style of playing that fuses elements of Funk, Blues and Jazz. Shun brings his one-man-band for a live in-studio performance.  Fog City Blues with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 10/1 at 9 pm.

Royal Jelly make their radio debut on Fog City Blues

Sep 24, 2014

An intoxicating mixed drink of soul-jive and gypsy-blues, Royal Jelly dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940's with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are just some of the sweet tastes you may devour if you’re lucky enough to catch them. All fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, this band will have you stompin’ your feet with crooked delight until the moon comes back up again.

3 Hours of Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Sep 16, 2014

The View From Bernal Hill is Camille Mai on composition/piano/voice, Nahuel Bronzini on guitar and production, and Schuyler Karr on bass. Based in San Francisco, they approach jazz and indie rock with a chamber music mindset, performing mostly original songs that intertwine jazz harmonies with odd rhythms and classically influenced improvisations. They join host Devon Strolovitch to perform live on this week's show.

Slide guitar from the (Sacramento) Delta on Fog City Blues

Sep 10, 2014

Dennis Johnson is a Bay Area guitarist with a passion for elevating the art of slide guitar across many genres of music including Blues, New Orleans, Rock, and Swing. His new album, Slide Avenue, pushes the boundaries of slide guitar in arrangements with horn sections, violin, piano and more. Dennis performs live in the studio on the next Fog City Blues ~ Wednesday, 9/10 at 9 pm.  

Fog City Blues + Blues Power Hour this Wednesday

Jul 21, 2014

This week Fog City Blues revisits an interview with Bay Area blues harp legend Rick Estrin, who performs this weekend in Redwood City and Seaside. Rick talks to host Devon Strolovitch about his early days in the Bay Area blues scene and plays tunes from some of the greats he met as an up-and-comer. We'll also hear tracks from the brand new album by Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, You Asked For It...

Blues legend Sugar Pie DeSanto still hits the high notes

Jul 10, 2014

She began winning talent shows up and down Fillmore Street at 18, when she weighed just 85 pounds, wore size 3 shoes and went by her given name, Umpeylia Marsema Balinton. 

Fog City Blues is off this week, but Mark Naftalin returns with a special two-hour broadcast of the Blues Power Hour. The first hour will include musical tributes to two recently-departed musical greats: composer-pianist Horace Silver and vocal balladeer extraordinaire Jimmy Scott.  The second hour will feature a “45 Party” (the “45” is a medium of recorded sound, in this case, not a firearm).  Blues Power Hour with Mark Naftalin ~ Wednesday, 7/02 at 9 pm.

Djangofest on the Fog City Blues

Jun 3, 2014

Djangofest Mill Valley is the annual Bay Area celebration of guitarist Django Reinhardt and all things Gypsy Swing. We'll be joined live in the studio by two of this year's featured artists, Los Angeles-based Trio Dinicu and Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli.  Fog City Blues with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 6/04 at 9 pm.

The Greatest Songwriter You've Never Heard of

May 21, 2014

Although his name is little remembered today, Bert Berns worked alongside Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King – anyone who was anyone in the New York rhythm and blues world of the early ‘60s. In seven quick years, he went from nobody to the top of the pops – producer of monumental r&b classics, songwriter of “Twist and Shout,” “My Girl Sloopy” and others.

3 hours of Fog City Blues: Gypsy Swing and more

May 13, 2014

The Public Radio Party continues Wednesday night with a special 3-hour Fog City Blues. North Bay quintet Beso Negro return to play songs from their latest release, Burn It Down. One of the performances from their last visit is featured on "Live From the City Blues Vol.1," which is available exclusively as a thank-you gift together with the brand-new "Live From the Fog City Blues Vol.2." We'll listen to tracks from the new compilation, and KALW General Manager Matt Martin will also stop by to play selections from his #PubRadioParty Mixtape.

A special Blues Power Hour this Wednesday at 9 pm

Apr 1, 2014

Fog City Blues is off for the week, but the blues continues with a special two-hour edition of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour, featuring recordings of guitarist Mike Bloomfield live at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Mark will also play with selections from his infinite collection of blues 45s.  Blues Power Hour with Mark Naftalin ~ Wednesday, 4/02 at 9 pm.

The Story of Stax Records on this week's Fog City Blues

Feb 3, 2014

The story of Stax Records is more than a record-label history -- it's a story about racial integration, about black power and economic independence, and about music and musicians in Memphis, Tennessee. We'll be joined in the studio by Robert Gordon, author of Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion, to talk about the music and listen to some of his favorite tracks.​  Fog City Blues with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 2/05 at 9pm.

Thanksgivnukkah on the Fog City Blues

Nov 25, 2013

Fog City Blues Halloween Special

Oct 25, 2013

On the eve of All Hallows Eve, Fog City Blues gets scared with some old-school ghosts, graveyards, and ghoulish goings-on.  Fog City Blues with Devon Strolovitch ~ Wednesday, 10/30 at 9pm. 

(Followed at 10 pm by a special edition of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour.)

Happy Birthday Folk Music & Beyond!

Oct 20, 2013

Join us this Saturday (10/26)  at 3 pm for Folk Music & Beyond's  25th birthday celebration!  The show started October 1988 and we've been going strong, thanks to your support and the support of our local music community.  We'll stroll down memory lane and listen to highlights from the many live concerts that have taken place in the KALW studios these past 25 years.

Les Blank Tribute

Apr 11, 2013

Folk Music & Beyond celebrates the life of Bay Area documentary film maker Les Blank, who passed away last week.  Subjects of his films included food, gap-toothed women, film director Werner Herzog, and American roots music.   We'll listen to music from the film soundtracks of "J'ai Ete Au Bal", "Chulas Fronteras", and "Del Mero Corazon".  Film maker Maureen Gosling joins host Sandy Miranda to talk about her former colleague and her fond memories of their adventures together.  Saturday 4/13 at 3 pm.  

New and recent releases:  from the Irish traditional band Altan (pictured), singer-songwriter Richard Shindell, and the Bridge School Concerts 25th anniversary collection.  Plus an interview with blues singer-guitarist Eric Bibb who talks about his new CD "Deeper In The Well."  Saturday 3-5pm.

Blues singer-guitarist Eric Bibb stops by the KALW studios to talk about his recent CD "Deeper In The Well" and perform a few songs.  Eric's warm and heartfelt songs radiate hope and positive energy, even in the darkest of times.  Broadcast Saturday 9/1 at 3pm.  Listen anytime through 9/8 via KALW's Local Music Player.

Blues singer-guitarist Eric Bibb stops by the KALW studios to talk about his recent CD "Deeper In The Well" and perform a few songs.  Eric's warm and heartfelt songs radiate hope and positive energy, even in the darkest of times.

John Garcia Band

Jan 10, 2012
Photo courtesy of John Garcia Band

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.

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