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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.

Local musician Kelly McFarling wrote her song “Atlanta” as an ode to her hometown, but she didn’t write it — or any other song, as a matter of fact — until she settled into her current home in San Francisco.

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.  

KALW Saturday Music!

Sep 8, 2017

Listen this Saturday 3 pm to 12 midnight for some fabulous music!  Saturday music hosts share their favorite new releases that have come out this past year. 

At 3 pm on Folk Music & Beyond, new CDs by British guitarist Richard Thompson, the Portland indie band 'The Decemberists, and Irish accordion master Sharon Shannon.

At 5 pm on A Patchwork Quilt, "Jesus Rocked The Jukebox", a collection of gospel from the 50s and 60s

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.

Folk Music & Beyond: Local Treasures!

Jun 29, 2017

We'll shine the spotlight on Bay Area artists this Saturday (July 1st) 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond".  Among our local treasures are fiddler/guitarist Laurie Lewis and mandolinist Tom Rozum.  They'll stop by the KALW studios for a visit and play a few songs.  We'll also hear singer-songwriter Sean Hayes talk about his song "Rosebush Inside", inspired by the compelling story of ex-death row prisoner Moreese Bickham.

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: 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.

UnderCover Presents is working with over 100 artists from 13 Bay Area ensembles to pay homage to The Beatles’ 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' - one of the most iconic albums in the history of recordings.

Fog City Blues: 8th Annual Left-Hand-A-Thon

Apr 26, 2017

Otis Rush turns 82 on April 29. Albert King would have been 94 on April 25. Inspired by the birthdays of these two left-handed blues guitar giants, Fog City Blues presents its 8th annual Left-Hand-A-Thon -- celebrating the blues from the other side.

Two long-time friends of the show, Jimmy Grant and Royal Jelly Jive, will play concerts in San Francisco this weekend, but not before both stop by our studio for a preview tonight 9-11 pm. 

Fog City Blues: The Sam Chase & co.

Mar 21, 2017

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. 

Folk Music & Beyond: Irish Music Live!

Mar 17, 2017

We're celebrating St. Patrick's this Saturday 3 pm with live music in KALW's  new performance studios!
The Black Brothers return to KALW after a long absence with their rousing songs and ballads.
Sharon Shannon and her band will follow the brothers. Sharon is among the finest accordion players performing Irish music today. She will preview some new tunes from her forthcoming CD "Sacred Earth."

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. 

50+ Bay Area musicians and artists honor one of the most inspiring albums of all time.

Folk Music & Beyond: 75th Birthday Special!

Sep 17, 2016

Joan Baez and KALW turned 75 this year!  Today at 3 pm on Folk Music & Beyond, highlights from the Joan Baez 75th Birthday concert in New York earlier this year.  Joan's special guests include Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.  

Folk Music & Beyond: Joan Baez & Bob Dylan

Aug 19, 2016

What do Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and KALW have in common?  They're all turning 75 this year!  Tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond", an encore broadcast of an interview with biographer David Hajdu on his best-selling book "Positively 4th Street:  The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi & Richard Farina.  Hajdu talks about how the lives of these four musicians intersected during the 60's and how their friendships and rivalries inspired their artistic ambitions and creativity.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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