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Fog City Blues Tax Deadline Special

Apr 14, 2015

Whether you've already filed, or are waiting for that extension, tune in for some blues views on the taxman and the almighty dollar this Wednesday April 15 at 9 pm. Followed at 10 pm by a special broadcast of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour.

Karina Denike and Lily Taylor live on Fog City Blues

Apr 7, 2015

Karina Denike is a vocalist, composer, arranger and performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her original songs are comprised of snippets of torch songs, doo wop drama, Eastern European lullabies, crackly records and girl group harmony. Karina's new album, Under Glass, will be released on April 14.

The Lucky Losers live on Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Mar 24, 2015

Bringing back the male/female duet! The Lucky Losers, featuring Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz, are a male/female led 6-piece band that perform retro blues, rock, swing, and soul, plus originals. Their forthcoming CD is called A Winning Hand, and they join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 3/25 at 9 pm.

Founded in 1968 as a summer outreach program, Young Musicians Choral Orchestra has transformed the lives of over 3,000 Bay Area Youth. Under the leadership of Executive Director Daisy Newman, who took the helm in 2003, the program erupted from a modest youth music program into a national model, providing a rigorous and robust combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development for low-income, underprivileged children.

Briget Boyle live on Fog City Blues tonight

Mar 11, 2015
Photo by April Renae

Briget Boyle is a singer-songwriter, guitar player based in Oakland. With training in fields as diverse as Balkan folk singing, African drum and dance, Swedish massage, and theatre tech, Briget is an engaging and complex performer who brings a lifetime of discovery and struggle to her music. She joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 3/11 at 9 pm.

Jeremiah Lockwood live on Fog City Blues tonight

Mar 4, 2015

Jeremiah Lockwood is a scholar and a story-teller; a singer, instrumentalist and composer with with an expansive knowledge of musical traditions and techniques that spans from The Carolinas to West Africa to the synagogues of his youth. Son of composer Larry Lockwood and the grandson of the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, Jeremiah began his musical career playing on the streets and subways of Manhattan performing with Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim. Jeremiah is also the front man for The Sway Machinery, whose new album, Purity and Danger, has just been released.

La Mandanga live on Fog City Blues tonight

Feb 11, 2015

La Mandanga is a five piece band located in the heart of Marin. Their sound can be described as Flamenco fusion. Combining upbeat rhythms, the passion of the gypsy, catchy melodies and haunting lyrics. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 2/11 at 9 pm.

Ol' Silver Tongue live on Fog City Blues tonight

Feb 4, 2015

Next week, 175+ Bay Area musicians will join 5 members of Sly & The Family Stone for UnderCover's encore tribute to the group's landmark album "Stand!" UC Executive Director Lyz Luke joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio along with trumpeter Will Magid and members of Bayonics and Tumbleweed Wanderers, as well as special guest Rustee Allen, bassist from Sly & The Family Stone. Fog City Blue

Ring in the new year with a listen back to some of our favorite musical performances by local artists and out-of-town visitors, live in the KALW studio. Followed by a special broadcast of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour. Fog City Blues ~ Wednesday, 12/31 at 9 pm. 

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir live on Fog City Blues

Dec 3, 2014

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir's mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music. Ahead of their 29th annual Holiday Concert at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, members of the choir join host Devon Strolovitch for a live in-studio performance on Fog City Blues this Wednesday, December 3 at 9 pm.

Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes tonight on Fog City Blues

Nov 12, 2014

In 1967, Bob Dylan and several members of what became The Band got together in upstate New York. For months, they played and played – and recorded as they went along. It took 8 years for some of the music to come out officially, but in that time, the legend of The Basement Tapes grew. Bootlegs were passed around, little hints of the bigger treasure that existed somewhere.

As blues harp legend Charlie Musselwhite puts it, "HowellDevine plays the music with the original feel, intent and spirit, and you can tell they love the music while delivering some real blues in their own way ...

The Stone Foxes live on Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Oct 28, 2014

The Stone Foxes are a San Francisco rock 'n roll band with a raw, blues-filtered sound. They are releasing a new song from their fourth album, Twelve Spells, on the first Friday of every month for a year. The band will perform live in the studio this Wednesday 10/29 at 9 pm, ahead of a residency next month at The Chapel in the Mission District.

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

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