Lavay Smith and The Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Courtesy of Lavay Smith

Today’s local music is by Lavay Smith, who counts Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith among her influences. 

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers have been one of San Francisco’s favorite bands since they started performing together in 1989. Their signature retro sound was right at home in the swing revival of the '90s, but they’ve made it through from “trendy” to “classic.”


Photo by Kathrin Miller / Resized and cropped

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.

Kathrin Miller

That voice? That’s Bay Area blues belter Lavay Smith. Lavay and her band, The Red Hot Skillet Lickers, are the music entertainment tomorrow at an Art Auction & Benefit for the Coalition on Homelessness. The Coalition unites homeless people, service providers and advocates.  The event takes place tomorrow, September 12th at the SOMArts Cultural Center on Brannan Street in San Francisco. Doors open at 5:30pm.