Local Music

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. 

Photo: Jill Hammond

Madeline Kenney of Oakland has two goals for her music: to produce feelings of vulnerability, and joy. 

Madeline Kenney appears at The Knockout in San Francisco tomorrow (10/26). She’s part of an evening of Indy Pop, which starts at 9pm.

Today's Local Music: Lauren Hulbert

Oct 24, 2016
Press Photo

 

The languid voice you’re hearing now belongs to Lauren Hulbert. She taught herself to play guitar, but having ten years of classical piano lessons probably helped with that exercise.

  

This music is being played by the Ives Collective. They specialize in “performances that venture beyond the familiar,” often featuring works that are rarely heard. The Ives Collective has a performance Sunday (10/23) at the Old First Church on Sacramento Street in San Francisco. Music begins at 4 p.m.   

The Hipwaders

Oct 13, 2016

The music we’re featuring today is by The Hipwaders.  You may not have heard of them, but children you know probably have. The School Library Journal, for example, says, “This Bay Area band’s latest album should be in every library’s music collection.”

Tycho is one of several performers appearing at this weekend’s (10/15+16) Treasure Island Music Festival. If you’ve thought about going but never have, this may be the year to do it, because it’ll be the last year the festival is in its namesake location.

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