Local Music

Fog City Blues: The Cool

Feb 15, 2017

The Cool is a new play written by San Francisco playwright Barry Eitel about legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.

photo courtesy of The Good Bad

Today’s local music is by a San Francisco band — The Good Bad. They’ve been playing “new grass/bluegrass” since 2010 and pride themselves on having “a mesmerizing stage presence.”

Fog City Blues: John Brothers Piano Company

Feb 8, 2017
Photo: Kala Minko

The innovative sounds of the John Brothers Piano Company are the colors of timeless energy – early jazz meets stride and swing, waltzed through a Barbary saloon, laid to rest on a bed of rambunctious roses.

75+ Bay Area musicians and artists pay tribute to an album that showcased the confident vision of a young woman dealing with modern life - love, heartbreak, spirituality, racism - with the wisdom and aplomb of an old soul.

 

Once there was a band called The Screaming Bloody Marys, who you’re hearing now. Then they broke up, for 18 years. Now they’re back, with the original members, plus a new vocalist. 

Lila Blue, who you’re hearing now, has lived in San Francisco about a third of her life, yet she’s only been here since 2011. How’s that possible? Lila Smith is only 16 years old. Her first instrument was the ukulele. Now she also plays guitar, bass and piano.

Fog City Blues: 10th Anniversary with Lavay Smith

Jan 25, 2017

Fog City Blues first aired on January 29, 2007. A few weeks later, local chanteuse Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers bandleader Chris Siebert joined us for our first live on-air interview about blues in the Bay Area and beyond. 

The music you’re hearing now is being performed by the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. This group has a passion for playing in intimate settings, which brings performers and listeners closer together.

Pete Hartigan

Today’s local music is by singer-songwriter Bob Hillman of San Francisco. Susan Stamberg of NPR said, “I’ve never heard of this Mr. Bob Hillman but that song about ‘War & Peace’ is enough to make you want to pick up ‘War & Peace’ and start reading it.” 

Fog City Blues: Mark Hummel's Ultimate Harmonica Blowout

Jan 18, 2017

Bay Area blues harp legend Mark Hummel has assembled one of his most adventurous Harmonica Extravaganzas to date. 

Today’s Local Music: “Black Map”

Jan 11, 2017

The music you’re hearing now is by Black Map, a trio from San Francisco. They call their musical style “American post-hardcore.” Black Map appears on Friday the 13th at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Fog City Blues: The Lucky Losers

Jan 11, 2017

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. 

The Daniel Castro Blues Band brings their musical talents to the Club Fox in Redwood City on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Music starts at 7 p.m.

Fog City Blues: Alvon Johnson

Dec 14, 2016

Alvon Johnson travels the world singing and swinging jazz standards with Big Bands, and gallops the globe performing the songs that he sang while working with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters.

Courtesy of Angelina Castillo.

Before there was punk, there was the Bay Area’s Jonathan Richman. He's touring with his first new album in six years.  You can hear Jonathan Richman at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday, Dec. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Today's Local Music - Sarah Cahill

Dec 12, 2016
Marianne La Rochelle

Sarah Cahill, host of KALW’s “Revolutions Per Minute" among many other things will be playing chaconnes, a musical style popular in the Baroque Era, on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco. The music starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. as guest host Honeycomb Brown reads love letters from the Bay Area, written by KALW listeners, along with a soundtrack of love and heartbreak songs from yesteryear.

Local Music: Jinx Jones and the King Tones

Nov 30, 2016
Jinx Jones

This music is by Jinx Jones. One reviewer says of him, “Whether navigating rockabilly, swing or hardcore country, Jinx Jones puts on a fiery guitar display that leaves you breathless.”

Today’s local music is by Matt Jaffe & The Distractions from Mill Valley. They’re a bit unique these days because they actually play and sing live, with no computer enhancement: what you see on stage is what you get. 

Fog City Blues: Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Nov 30, 2016

The mission of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choirs is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions.

The sunny sounds you’re hearing now come from four native San Franciscans who call themselves The She’s. They list their influences as their surroundings, surfer boys, and each other. 

Brandon Caffey

Today's local music is by Zion I. This Oakland hip-hop crew says their new album is meant to be "looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one's own psyche.”

Today's Local Music: David Gans

Nov 21, 2016


Today’s local music is by David Gans. Gans, a noted Grateful Dead authority, is fronting a project called Chocolate Coffee Pot.

Today’s local music is by Jay Som, a name that translates as “Victory Moon." Jay Som crosses the bridge from Oakland on Friday, Nov. 18 to perform at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Music begins at 9 p.m.  

Fog City Blues: Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

Nov 16, 2016

Explaining Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra’s music is like describing a remembered dream. It's blues but not blues, folk but not folk, soulful but not soul. 

50+ Bay Area musicians and artists honor one of the most inspiring albums of all time.

Today's Local Music: "Del Sol Quartet"

Nov 8, 2016
R.J. Muna

The music you’re hearing today is by the Del Sol Quartet from San Francisco. The New York Times says they create “a hypnotic sound-world, well worth exploring.” 

Sterling Munksgard Photography

"No other electric bass player around today has been as successful (as Reed Mathis) at incorporating mind-blowing and mondo-effects into a personal voice on the instrument." That's what Bass Player Magazine says about Reed Mathis, formerly with the band Tea Leaf Green. 

Fog City Blues: Hibbity Dibbity live

Nov 2, 2016

Hibbity Dibbity is a San Francisco band that calls its music “swamp-stompin’ boogie soul.” 

Courtesy of San Francisco Renaissance Voices

The "San Francisco Renaissance Voices" group marks the day after Halloween: All Saints Day. 

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