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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.

UnderCover Presents a tribute to Amy Winehouse featuring a screening of the Oscar-winning 2015 documentary Amy and live performances of Winehouse’s music by local artists Diana Gameros, Martin Luther, and Midtown Social.

Fog City Blues: The Dixie Giants

Jul 27, 2016

For the past 3 years the Sonoma County-based group have brought their own special version of New Orleans music to the Bay Area. California trad jazz & more. No trumpet required.

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.

Photo courtesy of Big Harp George

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.

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”.

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