Local Music

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.

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.

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.

Local Music: Cocktails

Apr 25, 2017

This nice music? It’s by a band called Cocktails. Their motto is, “Nice pop music for nice pop people.”

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Songwriter Michael McNevin, who you’re hearing now, grew up in the train town of Niles, California. His songs have been described as “short stories, full of heart and humor.”

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.

This music is from the newest album by Danny Paul Grody. SF Weekly named it one of the “Five Best Bay Area Albums of 2016.”

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. 

This music you’re hearing today is by a Bay Area duo called Gutter Swan. Loryn Barbeau, a former opera singer, and Steve Egelman, guitarist, take inspiration for their sound from traditional folk, and Americana twang.

Song Exploder: Oakland's tUnE-yArDs

Apr 3, 2017
tUnE-yArDs

In this episode, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs breaks down “Water Fountain.” It’s a song that draws inspiration from the politics of drought and dancehall reggae, and you’ll hear how and why she tried to make this song less catchy.

The music you’re hearing now is by Whiskerman. Graham Patzner, the group's singer, was exposed to music-making from the start: both of his parents are musicians.

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.

Credit: Alyssa Kapnik Portraiture cropped & edited with permission

Today’s local music is performed by Patrick Galvin. A San Francisco native, he performs classical violin recitals, both solo, and in chamber settings. And he’s in a folk band- but not this week.

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