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Fog City Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy

Nov 8, 2017

Evolutionary Blues … West Oakland’s Music Legacy is a new film documenting the trajectory of the Oakland Blues: how it evolved and what it has become.

Fog City Blues: All Saints

Nov 1, 2017

For the day after Halloween, Fog City Blues presents a not-so-Catholic All Saints Day tribute to the hallowed men and women who have made musical appearances in the blues canon and beyond. Wednesday 11/01 at 9 pm.

Fog City Blues: It's Devon's birthday

Oct 25, 2017

After marking many a blues-man and -woman's birthday over the last 10+ years on the air, Fog City Blues celebrates its own.

Fog City Blues: Meklit, Lalin, & Friends

Oct 18, 2017

Meklit's new album, When the People Move the Music Moves Too, was released June 23, 2017 on Six Degrees records, and within hours went to #4 on the iTunes World Music Charts. 

Fog City Blues: Tom Petty – Live and Kickin' It

Oct 11, 2017

Legendary musician TOM PETTY, leader of one of America's top rock 'n' roll bands for nearly 5 decades, passed away October 2 from a cardiac event. This special, hosted by music historian Paul Ingles, showcases some of Tom's legendary live performances. Wednesday 10/11 at 10 pm.

Fog City Blues: Blues for Freedom

Oct 4, 2017

Blues for Freedom is one of a kind star-studded blues concert to benefit Freedom House, Northern California’s first safe house for adult female survivors of human trafficking.

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.  

Fog City Blues: Raz Kennedy

Aug 23, 2017

Raz Kennedy is a veteran music educator, producer, and vocalist whose eclectic performance credits include serving as a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra and performing as a background vocalist on recordings for many legendary artists, including Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, and Kenny Loggins, as well as on stage for Sting, Santana, and Mickey Hart. 

Fog City Blues: The Stone Foxes and Muscle Shoals at SFJazz

Aug 16, 2017

In 1969, four studio musicians known affectionately as “The Swampers” opened their own studio in an old coffin factory building in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The group, formally called the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, developed their own definitive sound as a studio band for the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Staples Singers, Wilson Pickett, and many more. 

When Oakland native Terrie Odabi begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories.

Fog City Blues: Blues Is a Woman

Jul 26, 2017

Blues Is a Woman celebrates women in the blues from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt and beyond. 

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.

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: Smoked Out Soul

Jun 14, 2017

Founded in 2013 by Zebuel Early, Smoked Out Soul started out as a mixtape and quickly morphed into a full fledged funk party complete with live guitar and drums. Now Smoked Out Soul is a collective of DJs, producers, and musicians who love soul music and who love elevating the vibe thru music. 

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.

Fog City Blues: Big Harp George

May 31, 2017

George Bisharat is a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer and harmonica player who features the chromatic harmonica. The chromatic (compared to the ten-hole diatonic more common to blues) has a distinctive voice, and lends Big Harp George's sound a jazzy, contemporary, and sophisticated feel. 

Fog City Blues: Guest DJ Honeycomb Brown

May 24, 2017

Honeycomb Brown invites you to a bone-chilling episode of Fog City Blues entitled NOWHERE TO RUN: Soul Music's Most Terrifying Tales. 

John O'Donnell

Saxophonist Francis Wong grew up in South San Francisco, but he’s made his mark in music far beyond his small hometown. The late jazz critic Phil Elwood called him one of "the greatest saxophonists of his generation."

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: Darren Johnston’s Broken Shadows

May 10, 2017
Photo: Julie Caine

Led by trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston, Broken Shadows brings poetry, interplay, vocal harmonies, and a cross-section of musical interests into a curious new blend of roots/art/dance music.

John Nilsen

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian-American musician, singer, songwriter, and composer. She grew up in San Francisco and now makes music that blends jazz with her native Ethiopian music.

Fog City Blues: The Dixie Giants

May 3, 2017
Photo by Bobby Cochran Photography

For the past 4 years, Sonoma County-based The Dixie Giants have brought their own special version of New Orleans music to the Bay Area. 

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.

Fog City Blues: Tumbledown House

Apr 18, 2017
Photo by Anthony Foiani

Bay Area songwriting deviants Tumbledown House have never been easy to describe: modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop, and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress are just some of the terms used.

The Back Room in Berkeley will celebrate its one-year anniversary on April 15 when Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots bring their unique brand of “boogie, blues and jazz” to the intimate, brick-laden venue.

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 Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

Mar 29, 2017

Faye Carol has been part of the Bay Area music scene since she moved from Meridian, Mississippi to Pittsburg, California as a young girl. Known widely as the ‘Dynamic Miss Faye Carol,’ she defies labels -- singing everything from cabaret to gospel to jazz.

Fog City Blues: Macy Blackman & The Mighty Fines

Mar 15, 2017
Dinkins / De Jong © 2013

Hearing Macy Blackman is like stepping into an uptown New Orleans club such as the Dew Drop Inn circa 1955. Indeed, he's been playing this music since it really wasn't very old.

Fog City Blues: No Lovely Thing

Mar 1, 2017

No Lovely Thing is a fiercely funky soul band based in Oakland. Led by singer Melissa Jones’ percussive melodies and unforgettably captivating voice, the band weaves elements of blues, ska, reggae and jazz into their modern soul-funk mix. 

Fog City Blues: Inspector Gadje

Feb 22, 2017
John Nilsen Studios

With up to 14 musicians (12 horns and 2 percussionists), Bay Area-San Francisco-based Inspector Gadje brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin’ brass band music of the Balkans of south-eastern Europe.

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