Local Music

Amber Gougis live on Fog City Blues

Feb 24, 2016

Amber Gougis is going places, but she’s taking her own winding way. A thoughtful singer who infuses jazz with soul and brings an improvisation-laced sensibility to Chicago blues and mid-century R&B, she’s earned widespread respect around the Bay Area music scene.

Today's Local Music: Black Cedar Trio

Feb 23, 2016

The Black Cedar Trio is from San Francisco. Their motto is “explore a path less trod.” They will be performing new commissions and older pieces on Friday (02.26) at Old First Church in San Francisco, starting at 8pm.

Local Music: Amelia Romano

Feb 22, 2016

While her own compositions experiment with rhythms, tones and textures, Amelia Romano will play traditional Persian folk music on Wednesday when she appears at The Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland. The program begins at 7 pm.

Courtesy DeborahCrooks.com

Today's local music is by Deborah Crooks. Many adjectives could be employed to describe her sound, but we'll go with this review: "It is quite simply smart and engaging music."

Courtesy of Ira Marlowe

The husky voice you’re hearing now belongs to singer/songwriter Ira Marlowe. The San Francisco Chronicle has called him “Oakland’s sweet little secret.”

Ira Marlowe will perform solo at The Monkey House in Berkeley on Saturday (02.13) It’s a small place, so arrange for tickets ahead of time.

A Tribute to Green Day's "Dookie" live on Fog City Blues

Feb 10, 2016

22 years ago, a Bay Area band named Green Day dropped a massive Dookie - an album so massive that it propelled both Green Day and, some say, punk music into the mainstream. 

 

The music you’re hearing right now is by David Bowie. But it’s being performed by Cat People, a Bowie tribute band from San Francisco. 

Cat People will be dipping into five decades of Bowie’s creativity on Thursday (02.12), at the Stork Club in Oakland. Music starts around 9pm.   

www.cascadesdeflores.com

This music? It’s by Cascades de Flores. Their sound has been described as “a delicious discovery of retro acoustic music with Mexican and Caribbean roots.”
 
Cascades de Flores appears Sunday (02.07) at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco’s Presidio. It's a family show, starting at noon.

The Crux + David Luning live on Fog City Blues

Feb 3, 2016

The Crux hail from the vast tundra that is the North Bay (Santa Rosa specifically) and have managed to create a sound you might get from throwing your grandfathers old 78s, a bit of scrap metal, a dive bar piano, and a fiery Baptist preacher into a (rather large) blender. 

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  Today’s local music brings to mind honest-to-goodness old style rock ‘n’ roll – the type played by ZZ Top and Mountain in the '70s. But this is the current sound of a San Francisco group called Older Sun

Older Sun tops the bill on Thursday, February 4th, at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco. Music starts about 8:30 pm.  

Courtesy of Justin Ancheta

The music you’re hearing now is by East Bay musician Justin Ancheta who has played for audiences from Spain to Hawaii.

With a shared obsession for musicology, film, history, and design, Wolf & Crow sought to craft a fully immersive world within their 2015 debut album, Folklore. Sweetly chilling harmonies, woody folk-guitar picking, and rustic slide guitar interweave to form a haunting and beautiful American-Primitive landscape. 

25 Years of the Blues Harmonica Blowout on Fog City Blues

Jan 20, 2016

Bay Area harp master Mark Hummel started the Blues Harmonica Blowout back in 1991. Since then it has grown into a much-heralded event featuring the most famous blues players alive, including John Mayall, James Cotton, Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, and many more. 

Today's Local Music: Terrance Brewer

Jan 14, 2016

"A melodic improviser with an exquisite tone and an abundance of soul” – That’s how the JazzTimes (sic.) describes East Bay guitarist Terrance Brewer, who you’re hearing now.

Whiskerman live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jan 6, 2016

Fronted by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graham Patzner, Oakland-based Whiskerman utilizes the structure of a classic rock band to convey a timeless familiarity, luring the listener into a new mythological landscape with a story for our time. 

Local music picks for New Year's Eve on Fog City Blues

Dec 30, 2015

Tune in Wednesday 12/30 at 9 pm for a roundup of live 'n local music options for ringing in the new year around the Bay Area, along with some of our favorite in-studio performances from the past twelve months. 

T Sisters live on Fog City Blues tonight

Dec 16, 2015

The T Sisters are a vocally driven contemporary folk band hailing from Oakland, California. The three sisters’ inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as by upright bassist Steve Height and mandolinist/guitar player Andrew Allen Fahlander. Touching on elements of folk, Americana, gospel, R&B, bluegrass and soul, the T Sisters weave evocative stories with a sound that is at once modern and timeless. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 12/16 at 9 pm.

"Beats Antique Press Photo 2013", Beats Antique

The music you’re hearing now is by Beats Antique

 They describe their sound as,  “Gypsy electro-acoustic circus hip-hop in a Bedouin tent during the after-party of the Apocalypse.”   

Lara Price live on Fog City Blues tonight

Dec 9, 2015

Lara Price is a Bay Area singer with a sultry stage presence and a voice that demands your attention- smoky, lonely, sexy, and powerful. Like many full time musicians, Lara fronts and leads several musical projects: Lara Unplugged, an acoustic duo; Velvet Plum, a popular top 40’s party band; Militia of Love, a Cali-Reggae band; The Lara Price Band, a rootsy rockin’ blues band; The Lara Price Blues Revue, a 10-piece R&B show band; and Girls Got the Blues, an all-star cast of female talent.

Local Music: San Francisco Girls Chorus

Dec 8, 2015
The San Francisco Girls Chorus

 

The San Francisco Girls Chorus will celebrate Christmas in song during two programs this week: on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9 and 10. Both concerts will take place at Davies Symphony Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m.   

Local Music: The Pine Box Boys

Dec 7, 2015
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Bring an unwrapped gift and join the Pine Box Boys, who'll perform at the San Francisco Fire Department's annual toy drive. The San Francisco group has been together since 2003.

Today's Local Music: Ghost & the City

Dec 3, 2015
Courtesy of Ghost & the City

Our local music today is by Ghost & the City, from Oakland. They’re dedicated to “elevating style and experience to create music that embodies elements of soul, trip-hop and jazz.”

Rainbow Girls live on Fog City Blues

Dec 2, 2015

Rainbow Girls is a group of 4 female musicians who write and perform original material with roots in folk, funk, rock n' roll, americana, world, psychedelic, gypsy, soul music. In addition to their soaring harmonies, these ladies switch back and forth amongst a multitude of instruments including, but not limited to: acoustic and electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, banjolele, bass, keys, ukelele, djembe, cajon, and drum kit.

Today's Local Music: Marina Crouse

Nov 23, 2015
Marina Crouse

Today’s local music is by Marina Crouse. Her blues and jazz vocals are being compared to legends such as Koko Taylor and Etta James. Marina Crouse & Friends will perform Friday at Armondo’s in downtown Martinez, starting about 8 pm. 

Courtesy of The Divisa Ensemble

What do you call it when a flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello all play together? The answer today is The Divisa Ensemble. The San Jose Mercury News applauds the “precision and deep musicality” of this Bay Area group. 

Kim Nalley live on Fog City Blues

Nov 18, 2015

One of the world's best jazz & blues vocalists, Kim Nalley has been described as a cross between Louis Armstrong and Jessica Rabbit. 

Punk still rocks at Thrillhouse

Nov 17, 2015
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The Bay Area has a rich history of live music. Places like the Fillmore and the Warfield in San Francisco, or the Fox in Oakland. 

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Today’s local music is by pianist Sarah Cahill. She’s known to KALW listeners as host of “Revolutions Per Minute,” on Sunday evenings.

Today's Local Music: Heart of the Whale

Nov 9, 2015
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Today's Local Music is by a band called Heart of the Whale. They play tomorrow night at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco. Things get started at 8:30 pm.

Red Poppy Art House

Today’s local music is by Ian Faquini  and Rebecca Kleinmann of Oakland. That’s him on guitar and her on flute.

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