Local Music

Today's Local Music: Marina Crouse

Nov 23, 2015
Marina Crouse

Today’s local music is by Marina Crouse. Her blues and jazz vocals are being compared to legends such as Koko Taylor and Etta James. Marina Crouse & Friends will perform Friday at Armondo’s in downtown Martinez, starting about 8 pm. 

Courtesy of The Divisa Ensemble

What do you call it when a flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello all play together? The answer today is The Divisa Ensemble. The San Jose Mercury News applauds the “precision and deep musicality” of this Bay Area group. 

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. 

Punk still rocks at Thrillhouse

Nov 17, 2015
"Songs for Moms 1/9/10" by flickr user sgtpepper. Used under CC / Resized and cropped / bit.ly/1MlazFN

The Bay Area has a rich history of live music. Places like the Fillmore and the Warfield in San Francisco, or the Fox in Oakland. 

Courtesy of Sarah Cahill / Resized and cropped

Today’s local music is by pianist Sarah Cahill. She’s known to KALW listeners as host of “Revolutions Per Minute,” on Sunday evenings.

Today's Local Music: Heart of the Whale

Nov 9, 2015
Monolith Agency

Today's Local Music is by a band called Heart of the Whale. They play tomorrow night at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco. Things get started at 8:30 pm.

Red Poppy Art House

Today’s local music is by Ian Faquini  and Rebecca Kleinmann of Oakland. That’s him on guitar and her on flute.

Today’s Local Music: Vetiver

Nov 4, 2015
Terri Loewenthal

Today’s local music is by a group called Vetiver. They perform music by San Francisco musician Andy Cabic, who is at the core of this band.

Tiffany Austin live on Fog City Blues tonight

Nov 4, 2015

Tiffany Austin is one of the fastest rising jazz singers in Northern California, with a tradition-rooted yet thoroughly contemporary style. 

You can ask Finish Ticket how well those things go together when they’re at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday. Doors open at 7pm; music starts at 8pm. 

You may not know this song, but you know the percussionist — he’s John Santos, who provides the Crosscurrents theme music.

Barrio Manouche live on Fog City Blues tonight

Oct 28, 2015

Barrio Manouche is a Bay Area Spanish Gypsy Jazz Ensemble. Javier Jiménez (co-founder of Beso Negro) has moved onto a more authentic Jazz Manouche style, letting his original influences from Madrid, Spain intertwine with the ever-present spirit of Django Reinhardt. Barrio Manouche's EP, Detrás de la Sombra, is available at their live shows, including November 7 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley (where they will also be serving their house-made paella).

This music? It’s being played by the Amaranth String Quartet. The members are all graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Today’s Local Music: Tom Rigney

Oct 20, 2015


The band you’re hearing now is Tom Rigney & Flambeau. That’s Tom on the fiddle. This band plays Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans grooves, and blues – along with waltzes and ballads. Sounds like something for everyone!

Quinn Deveaux live on Fog City Blues tonight

Oct 14, 2015

The modern soul songs of Oakland-based Quinn Deveaux, sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones, evoke old images aplenty—from those gutbucket barrooms where rock-n-roll was born, to the pine-walled shacks, nearby, where its gospel-forebears rent their souls. But this artist’s singular sound, making old tones new, is Quinn’s alone. He joins host Devon Strolovitch live this Wednesday 10/14 at 9 pm.

Today's Local Music: Dmitri Matheny Group

Oct 8, 2015
Pat Johnson

The music you’re hearing now is by the Dmitri Matheny Group. That’s a flugelhorn Matheny is playing, not a trumpet!

The Dmitri Matheny Group appears Saturday (10.10) at The Sound Room in Oakland, starting about 8pm.

John Brothers Piano Company live on Fog City Blues tonight

Oct 7, 2015

The unique, original music of Oakland's John Brothers Piano Company has been described as "a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast" (SF Chronicle). The explosive symphonic experience births from a simple combination of piano and clarinet reflective of Bebop jazz, contemporary pop, and Russian classical music, with an ever-present sentimentality for the roaring 20s. The band joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 10/07 at 9 pm.

Today's Local Music: The Dirty

Oct 5, 2015
courtesy of the artist

Today's music may sound like Southern Rock, but The Dirty - the Bay Area band you're hearing now - prefers to simply call it American Rock. 

Today's Local Music: Eyes on the Shore

Sep 23, 2015

Today’s local music is by the band, Eyes on the Shore.  This San Francisco group traces its roots back to the turn of the millennium -  when the founding members were in high school together. They’re known for their dry humor – and for just being silly.  Eyes on the Shore plays at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on Saturday (09.24).  Doors open at 8pm. 

Slim Jenkins live on Fog City Blues tonight

Sep 23, 2015

San Francisco’s Slim Jenkins is a celebration of great American roots music and its tradition of innovation and energy. Harking back to the heyday of hot jazz and blues, Slim Jenkins evokes a world of seduction and mystery, love and betrayal. Sultry and smooth, or jumping and hot, their music keeps the dance floor energized and alive. Their newest CD is called Lamp Down Low, and they join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 9/23 at 9 pm.

Live From the Fog City Blues Vol.2: Local music LIVE at KALW

Sep 16, 2015

As part of KALW's September campaign, Fog City Blues presents its second compilation of Bay Area artists playing original music live on your local public radio station.

We are fairly sure you’ve heard this song, but we are also fairly sure you’ve never heard it sung this way. And maybe you’ve heard this voice: Tim Hockenberry. Hockenberry made it to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent” a few years ago.

 Tim Hockenberry will be closing this year’s series of free concerts in the Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square on Sunday (08.30). He is there from 5 to 6:30pm.

Fog City Blues with guest host DJ Honeycomb Brown

Aug 26, 2015

Regular host Devon Strolovitch sits out another week on paternity leave as local DJ Honeycomb Brown guest-hosts a program of Belgian Popcorn, a soul music sub-genre/curation of 50s and 60s soul & blues records played by DJs in Belgium in the 70s and 80s, including tunes from artists like Wynonie Harris and Wynona Carr — this Wednesday 8/26 at 9 pm.


Sony Holland got her start singing for tips at Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square – and notes that that’s where Robin Williams and Carlos Santana started, too!

Sony Holland sings in a fancier place these days: She’s at The Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 6:30 pm.

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus is celebrating two important San Francisco centennial anniversaries.  First is the Panama Pacific Expo of 1915, and second is the hundredth anniversary of the Mission Dolores Basilica.  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be performing in the Basilica on Saturday and Sunday. And it’s worth noting that all of the music in their program would have been familiar to audiences in 1915.

Fog City Blues with guest hosts Lyz Luke and Micah Dubreuil

Aug 19, 2015

With regular host Devon Strolovitch away on paternity leave, tune in for a special edition of Fog City Blues as guest hosts Lyz Luke (Executive Producer of UnderCover Presentes) and Micah Dubreuil (keyboardist in Con Brio) play songs to shape the next generation of Bay Area music lovers — this Wednesday 8/19 at 9 pm.

Christopher Chan

If you are looking for unique suggestions on what to do around the Bay Area this weekend, you are in luck! We have a few hand-picked choices, just for you. 

Today's Local Music: Sugar Ponies

Aug 13, 2015

Sometimes it’s difficult for musicians to categorize their sound. That’s the case with the Sugar Ponies, who you’re hearing now, so they call their music alt-pop-country-folk-rock. 

You can find out what that means on Saturday (08.15) when Sugar Ponies open for Matt Jaffe and the Distractions at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco. Doors open at 9pm.

Courtesy of Cash Pony

The Oakland outfit Cash Pony's influences are many, and it’s clear from this song that Frank Zappa is on that list.

Cash Pony plays Thursday, August 13th at Leo’s in Oakland. Doors open at 8 pm.

photo by Mollie DeCoudreaux

The music you’re hearing now is by a group named Heartwatch. You may have heard this San Francisco band when they were called The Tropics.

The musicians currently known as Heartwatch are performing Saturday (08.08). They're part of this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park. Yes, it’s sold out -- but the sounds definitely spill beyond the confines of the fenced-off festival, so you might still be able to hear them.