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.


To me, Sunday mornings are sacred, but not for any religious reason. It’s when I head out for a weekly bike ride through Golden Gate Park, and west to Ocean Beach. But one weekend, I decide to go on a Saturday instead. 

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.  

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Today’s local music is by the Golden Gate Park Band of San Francisco. This group’s origins trace back to 1882, when it was created to support the California National Guard. 

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.

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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.

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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.

Big Harp George live on Fog City Blues

Jun 22, 2016

George Bisharat is a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer and harmonica player who features the chromatic harmonica.

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.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lavay Smith, vocalist and frontwoman for her band Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers who perform at the Poorhouse Bistro in San Jose on Saturday.

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.

Accordion Master Guy Klucevsek This Saturday!

Apr 29, 2016

GUY KLUCEVSEK,  master of the accordion,  made a rare appearance in the Bay Area this weekend.  He performed live in  the KALW studios on "Folk Music & Beyond".

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. 

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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Editor’s Note: As of February 2016, it's been reported t​hat the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church hasn’t paid rent to its landlord, West Bay Conference Center, for over a year. 

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.

Jazzman Noel Jewkes

Feb 23, 2016
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Living in the Bay Area requires some serious resourcefulness and there is a group of people who are pretty used to that: jazz musicians.

A Tribute to Green Day's "Dookie" live on Fog City Blues

Feb 10, 2016

22 years ago, a Bay Area band named Green Day dropped a massive Dookie - an album so massive that it propelled both Green Day and, some say, punk music into the mainstream. 

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. 

25 Years of the Blues Harmonica Blowout on Fog City Blues

Jan 20, 2016

Bay Area harp master Mark Hummel started the Blues Harmonica Blowout back in 1991. Since then it has grown into a much-heralded event featuring the most famous blues players alive, including John Mayall, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, and many more. 

Local music picks for New Year's Eve on Fog City Blues

Dec 30, 2015

Tune in Wednesday 12/30 at 9 pm for a roundup of live 'n local music options for ringing in the new year around the Bay Area, along with some of our favorite in-studio performances from the past twelve months. 

Yuletide blues with Mark Naftalin tonight

Dec 23, 2015

Fog City Blues is off this week, but tune in Wednesday 12/23 at 9 pm for a special two-hour edition of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour with tributes to Santa, Rudolph, and the rest of the holiday cheer.

Lara Price live on Fog City Blues tonight

Dec 9, 2015

Lara Price is a Bay Area singer with a sultry stage presence and a voice that demands your attention- smoky, lonely, sexy, and powerful. Like many full time musicians, Lara fronts and leads several musical projects: Lara Unplugged, an acoustic duo; Velvet Plum, a popular top 40’s party band; Militia of Love, a Cali-Reggae band; The Lara Price Band, a rootsy rockin’ blues band; The Lara Price Blues Revue, a 10-piece R&B show band; and Girls Got the Blues, an all-star cast of female talent.

Rainbow Girls live on Fog City Blues

Dec 2, 2015

Rainbow Girls is a group of 4 female musicians who write and perform original material with roots in folk, funk, rock n' roll, americana, world, psychedelic, gypsy, soul music. In addition to their soaring harmonies, these ladies switch back and forth amongst a multitude of instruments including, but not limited to: acoustic and electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, banjolele, bass, keys, ukelele, djembe, cajon, and drum kit.

Kim Nalley live on Fog City Blues

Nov 18, 2015

One of the world's best jazz & blues vocalists, Kim Nalley has been described as a cross between Louis Armstrong and Jessica Rabbit.