Local Music


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. 



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.

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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.

Big Harp George live on Fog City Blues

Jun 22, 2016

George Bisharat is a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer and harmonica player who features the chromatic harmonica.

Today's Local Music: Rebecca Mimiaga

Jun 20, 2016

Today's local music is Rebecca Mimiaga. This native Californian started voice lessons at age 11, and was performing her own music at 16.

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It's the weekend, and you can't decide whether to go to the circus or to the symphony. Well, the California Symphony of Walnut Creek has solved that dilemma with this year's benefit called Cirque du Symphonie.

Local Music: ZOFO

Jun 14, 2016
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We’re all familiar with the sound of a pianist playing a piano. But it’s less often that we hear TWO pianists playing a piano. And that’s exactly what you see and hear with the ZOFO duet.

ZOFO takes part in the Switchboard Music Festival at Brava Theater in San Francisco on Saturday, June 18. Their performance begins at 2:30 in the afternoon.  

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This music? It’s by a San Francisco jazz artist and music producer known as Herbie One. He takes jazz samples and live performance and mixes them with drum sounds and grooves heard in club music. 

 Herbie One will be presenting his skills at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco on Sunday, 6/12. Doors open at 8:00 pm.

Fantastic Negrito live on Fog City Blues

Jun 8, 2016

Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song the true story of a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled.

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What’s this you’re hearing? It’s a Brahms sonata for violin and piano. And that violin is in the hands of San Francisco native Kenneth Renshaw

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Composer Bryan Bowman grew up in a musical family in San Francisco, but not a jazzy one. His mother plays cello and his father is a classical pianist.

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The music you’re hearing now is by the Pacific Mambo Orchestra from San Francisco. They’re influenced by Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, and Stevie Wonder.

Today's Local Music: Orchestra Euphonos

Jun 1, 2016
Photo credit: Tomas Pacha

Oakland-based Orchestra Euphonos plays klezmer and Eastern European folk music — songs from places like Romania, Greece and Serbia.

Today's Local Music: LoCura

May 31, 2016
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Look up the word “locura” and the first thing you’ll see is the Spanish definition, meaning “madness.” Look a little deeper and you’ll find LoCura is also a Latin/Flamenco band from — as they say — “San Pancho, Califas.” You can translate that one yourself.

Photo by Jake Jacobson

So you think you know harp music, do you? Well, listen to Deborah Henson-Conant and you may change your mind. At times she makes the harp sound like a guitar. Sometimes she plays jazz or flamenco, but she never plays “boring.”

Deborah Henson-Conant is one of several harpists participating in the International Harp Festival at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville on Saturday (05.28). Things get started at 7:30pm.

Bob Dylan at 75: A Bay Area History on Fog City Blues

May 25, 2016

Bob Dylan turns 75 on May 24. His first formal concert in the Bay Area took place in San Francisco on November 25, 1964; his most recent was October 30, 2014 in Oakland (he and his band return next month for a pair of shows in Berkeley).

Live From the Fog City Blues Volume 3

May 18, 2016

20 on-air performances from the past two years are compiled on a brand-new third volume of Live From the Fog City Blues – local artists playing original blues (and beyond) live in the KALW studio. 

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After 20 years of making music together, the Cypress String Quartet have decided to disband this summer — but before they do, they’ll be performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets in a two week series of free public concerts through the city. 

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This music?  It’s by a seven-piece band from San Francisco called The Seshen.

The Seshen will be performing a free show at Yerba Buena Gardens on Saturday, May 7th, starting about 1 pm. 

10 Bay Area bands reunite next month in San Francisco for an eclectic tribute to Radiohead's Kid A. Guest Music Director Elizabeth Setzer and UnderCover Executive Producer Lyz Luke join host Devon Strolovitch for a preview this Wednesday 5/04 at 9 pm.

Today's Local Music: Rin Tin Tiger

May 3, 2016
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This music? It's by a San Francisco alternative twang trio called Rin Tin Tiger. The San Francisco Chronicle says it's great music for playing air guitar.

Try your moves along with Rin Tin Tiger tomorrow (05.04) when they appear at the Milk Bar on Haight Street. It's a free show, but you do have to let them know you're coming. Music starts at 8pm.

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional live on Fog City Blues

Apr 27, 2016

The Sam Chase has a voice like a nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. 

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Is punk dead? Not when it's in the hands of Them Creatures, who claim they're from Transylvania, California (but we know they're from the East Bay).

Them Creatures perform tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26th, at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. Doors open at 8:30 pm. 

Mark Growden live on Fog City Blues

Apr 20, 2016

Mark Growden is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and the director/founder of The Calling All Choir. Raised in a small mountain community in Northeast California, his work emanates earthy, soulful and poetic tones. 

Today's Local Music: Lowell Levinger

Apr 18, 2016
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Today’s local music is by Lowell Levinger. You may not recognize that name, but perhaps you remember Banana from the Youngbloods, back in the 1960s. Well, that’s him. 

Saul Kaye live on Fog City Blues

Apr 13, 2016

With Passover just around the corner, San Francisco bluesman Saul Kaye has just released Jewish Blues Volume IV: Down Home Nigguns and Other Songs from the Family Tree.