Local Music

Fog City Blues: HowellDevine

Nov 21, 2017
Photo: Jeff Spirer

HowellDevine deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past.

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Cheryl Fabio covers a lot of ground in her documentary, Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy.

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: 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: 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: Café Stories

Sep 27, 2017

Café Stories, produced by the UNKNOWN PLAYERS, are new plays that restore the kinetic café culture of the 1990s to the stage. 

Lenny Gonzalez

 

When SF Music Day first started, it was called Chamber Music Day. While the name has changed over the years, the heart of the one-day festival has not.

Fog City Blues: The Gold Souls

Sep 20, 2017

The Gold Souls are a Sacramento-based original soul blues band. They'll be performing at the Back Room in Berkeley this weekend.

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.

Today's music is Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra. This San Francisco band has been performing in one form or another since 1996.  Stymie & The Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra fill the stage at the Ivy Room in Albany on Friday (6/30), along with two other bands. 

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. 

Under CC license from Flickr user Jill Clardy

It’s throw back Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967...

Today’s music is by the Beau Brummels.  That sounds like a group from the current invasion of British music, but one of the band’s founders studied musical composition at San Francisco State College. Another member has performed solo in North Beach.  The Beau Brummels play regularly at the Morocco Room in San Mateo. 

The tune you’re hearing now is being performed by Asheba. He’s a musical storyteller born in Trinidad, now living in Oakland. 

Asheba will be blending sounds of the Caribbean in a family concert at the Temescal Farmers Market in Oakland on Sunday (7/25).

It’s throw back Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967...

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. 

Jarek Pepkowski

Peppino D’Agostino is a master guitarist. He’s comfortable with so many musical styles that he calls his sound “minestrone music.” 

Peppino D’Agostino will be serving up his tasty guitar licks on Friday (6/16) at the Historical Museum in Benicia. And if you miss him there, you’ll have to go to Italy — he’s playing a festival there at the end of the month. 

(Mary Hill, Amelia Hogan & Margaret Miles)
Scott Rowe (photo cropped and edited)

  The song you’re hearing now is by Ed Sheernan, being sung by Yes M’am! This a-cappella trio (Mary Hill, Amelia Hogan, Margaret Miles) sings traditional folk songs, along with music that might never be considered “folk” … until you hear their version. Yes M’am! takes part in the 41st annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival, which is happening this year at Everett Middle School on Saturday, June 10 from Noon until 10pm. 

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.

The music we’re featuring today is by singer/songwriter Mike Rufo. His music has been featured on KALW’s Saturday music programs, “A Patchwork Quilt” and “Bluegrass Signal.”

One of Mike Rufo’s music projects, called No Exit, will be part of the entertainment during the Haight Ashbury Street Fair this Sunday, June 11. 

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. 

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Today’s local music comes from Sol Horizon, a world-music/reggae band from the North Bay. They describe themselves as “moving feet and inspiring minds.”

 Sol Horizon comes to San Francisco on Friday (6/2) when they play at The Elbo Room.  

Jenn Chan

Today’s local music is by Beso Negro. They play a modern style of European gypsy jazz, but they’re actually from Fairfax. And that’s where Beso Negro will be playing on Friday, June 26, at Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar.

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Have you heard of vetiver? In horticulture, oil from the vetiver plant can be extracted for aromatherapy. In music the San Francisco band named Vetiver can be heard singing.

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.

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