Local Music

Courtesy of Lavay Smith

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

Friction Quartet

Sep 28, 2016
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The music you’re hearing now is by the Friction Quartet. They’re noted for performing both classical compositions and arrangements of current pop music.

Today's Local Music: California Honeydrops

Sep 28, 2016
Photo by Jerome Brunet

  

The Bay Area does love its big music festivals, and this weekend is one of the biggest: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. 

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.

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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The music you’re hearing today is by pianist Manny Moka. Perhaps you’ve heard him on the “Jazz After Hours” program from PRI. 

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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. 

Courtesy of Danny Click

Blues/rock guitarist Danny Click is known for his electrifying live shows. But have you ever heard him play acoustic guitar? 

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This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Saturday, 8/27 at the Biscuits & Blues club, off Union Square in San Francisco.

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.

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In the beginning, there was Barbara Dane. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Barbara Dane’s pioneering folk-and-blues roots go back to the 1950s. But she’s not looking backwards: she has a new album out!

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Who’s this? It’s the Atomic Love Bombs, from San Francisco. 

The Atomic Love Bombs take part in this weekend’s International Pop Overthrown Festival at Hotel Utah in San Francisco. They're performing Saturday. Show starts at 7:30pm. 

Today's Local Music: Rogue Wave

Aug 4, 2016

There’s lots of live music in town right now, as you probably know, because the annual Outside Lands music festival comes to Golden Gate Park this weekend, August 5-7. 

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.

Today we feature San Francisco's Kronos Quartet. For more than 40 years they've combined musical exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagine what a string quartet can do.

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Today we feature the pop-rock sounds of Felsen, from West Oakland.

Felsen will be playing the Ivy Room in Albany on Saturday, July 30th. Music starts around 9pm. And remember their motto: Felsen loves you.

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We feature a lot of string-based music on Crosscurrents, but not today. Today it’s all brass, courtesy of a band called Brass Magic.

Brass Magic is from Oakland, and they will be playing at the Joe Henderson Lab in the SFJAZZ center on Thursday, July 28th, starting at 8pm. It’s a standing room only show — that’s the way they like it, so the audience is sure to dance!

 

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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This voice?  It belongs to Bay Area singer/songwriter Joe Bagale.
Joe Bagale has a free show on Thursday (07.28). It’s part of this year’s Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, starting at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Band: www.joebagale.com
Twitter:@JoeBagale

Venue: ybgfestival.org/event/joe-bagale
Twitter: @YBGFestival

 

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Well, what do we have here?  This would be the San Francisco soul and funk band called Midtown Social.

Fog City Blues: Kim Lembo

Jul 20, 2016

For more than 35 years, Kim Lembo has been giving back to the world of music singing her version of the blues.

Press photo by Ross Pelton

This music?  It’s by Junk Parlor. They perform their style of music from Eugene to Los Angeles, Reno to Seattle, but mostly focus on home base here in the Bay Area.

 

This song is by Bay Area blues powerhouse Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley performs Friday, July 15th, at Miner Auditorium, in the SFJazz Center. And she’s also a fan of karaoke, so you may encounter her in one of those clubs sometime!

Her Friday show starts at 7:30pm. 

 

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Today’s local band is called The Lemon Hammer.  This Berkeley group says their most representative song lyric is, “You’ll be fine, if you are who you say that you are.” 

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Today’s local music is by Cathy Lemons. She’s been part of the Bay Area blues scene since the 1980s. Her singing has been compared to Tracy Nelson and Gladys Knight. But there’s no confusing her voice with anyone else. You can hear Cathy Lemons at The Saloon on Grant Street in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood next Thursday (07/14).

The Lucky Losers live on Fog City Blues

Jun 29, 2016

The Lucky Losers perform powerful original music about transcending the dark side of the American dream, the beauty and pain of being alive, and devotion in all its complexities.

Courtesy of Crashing Hotels

We’ve heard of crashing waves, and crashing cars, but this is the first time we’ve heard of Crashing Hotels, the band you’re hearing now. 

Today's local music: The Royal Panics

Jun 27, 2016
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Today’s local music is by The Royal Panics. The band got its start with Greg Hoy and Dennis Galway getting together the way so many musicians do these days – through an ad on Craigslist. 

Today’s local music comes to us by way of…Cuba! Tito Gonzales, who you’re hearing now, first started playing music with fellow cab drivers in Havana, but he has called the Bay Area home for the past dozen or so years.

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