Local Music

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Sony Holland got her start singing for tips at Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square – and notes that that’s where Robin Williams and Carlos Santana started, too!

Sony Holland sings in a fancier place these days: She’s at The Lounge of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 6:30 pm.

The San Francisco Lyric Chorus is celebrating two important San Francisco centennial anniversaries.  First is the Panama Pacific Expo of 1915, and second is the hundredth anniversary of the Mission Dolores Basilica.  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be performing in the Basilica on Saturday and Sunday. And it’s worth noting that all of the music in their program would have been familiar to audiences in 1915.

Fog City Blues with guest hosts Lyz Luke and Micah Dubreuil

Aug 19, 2015

With regular host Devon Strolovitch away on paternity leave, tune in for a special edition of Fog City Blues as guest hosts Lyz Luke (Executive Producer of UnderCover Presentes) and Micah Dubreuil (keyboardist in Con Brio) play songs to shape the next generation of Bay Area music lovers — this Wednesday 8/19 at 9 pm.

Christopher Chan

If you are looking for unique suggestions on what to do around the Bay Area this weekend, you are in luck! We have a few hand-picked choices, just for you. 

Today's Local Music: Sugar Ponies

Aug 13, 2015

Sometimes it’s difficult for musicians to categorize their sound. That’s the case with the Sugar Ponies, who you’re hearing now, so they call their music alt-pop-country-folk-rock. 

You can find out what that means on Saturday (08.15) when Sugar Ponies open for Matt Jaffe and the Distractions at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco. Doors open at 9pm.

Courtesy of Cash Pony

The Oakland outfit Cash Pony's influences are many, and it’s clear from this song that Frank Zappa is on that list.

Cash Pony plays Thursday, August 13th at Leo’s in Oakland. Doors open at 8 pm.

photo by Mollie DeCoudreaux

The music you’re hearing now is by a group named Heartwatch. You may have heard this San Francisco band when they were called The Tropics.

The musicians currently known as Heartwatch are performing Saturday (08.08). They're part of this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park. Yes, it’s sold out -- but the sounds definitely spill beyond the confines of the fenced-off festival, so you might still be able to hear them.

Don Fogg

This music? It’s Harvey Wainapel on soprano saxophone – although he also plays alto and tenor sax. Harvey Wainapel is joining forces with the Danny Green Trio this Friday for a show at the Red Poppy Arthouse in San Francisco. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Today's Local Music: Golden Gate Park Band

Jul 30, 2015
Golden Gate Park Band

Is there anything more nostalgic than hearing a municipal band in a public park?  The Golden Gate Park Band offers such opportunities every Sunday through September. 

 This week's performance (09.02) will honor the San Francisco Fire Department and emergency volunteers.  Like most shows by the Golden Gate Park Band, this one starts at 1pm in the Spreckles Temple of Music, in Golden Gate Park.

The Mission Seven live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jul 29, 2015

The Mission Seven is on a mission to return dance music to its fun roots with a mixture of Latin Soul, Boogaloo, Cumbia, hard driving beats, and a retro garage edge. Taking a human approach with real drums and percussion, a soulful horn section, and vintage guitar and bass, their sound is sophisticated without being stuffy, and very dance floor friendly. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio tonight (Wednesday 7/29) at 9 pm.

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That’s Kenny Washington who you’re hearing right now – the man the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene.”   Kenny Washington will be at the Golden Gate branch of the Oakland Library on Sunday (08.02), along with guitarist Jeff Massanari. That program starts at 3pm. It’s part of the library’s  summer Sunday jazz series.    

Today’s local music is by blues and jazz vocalist Kim Nalley. A review of one of her shows in Moscow called her “The Pearl of San Francisco.”

 Kim Nalley will be the SFJazz Center tomorrow (07.17). She plans a tribute concert honoring Billie Holiday. That show starts at 7:30pm.

RDL+ live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jul 15, 2015

Led by Doug Lee (bass) and Ruthie Dineen (keys), RDL+ creates original music that is nuanced, playful, grooving, and inspired. Drawing on all types of influences - jazz, latin, classical, pop, amongst others - the group is boundless, open and always searching. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 7/15 at 9 pm.

Today's Local Music: Will Magid

Jul 15, 2015

Who's this you’re hearing?  That would be Will Magid, trumpeter, producer and DJ, from Palo Alto. He likes to collect sounds, which he then layers into compositions both strange and familiar.  Will Magid has a free show tomorrow (07.16). It's taking place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens, starting at 12:30 in the afternoon. It’s part of the 15th annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

This band?  It's The Coup. Critics call front man, rapper Boots Riley, "a national treasure" and "some kind of genius." Check out their upcoming concert here.

Today's Local Music: Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono

Jul 1, 2015

Today’s local music is by Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono. They’ve been working together since last year, and have put together a program of original music that combines indie rock and contemporary jazz.  The Natalie Cressman – Mike Bono Duo will be sharing their sounds on Friday (07.03) at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco. You can expect the music to begin around 7:30pm. 

 

The music you’re hearing now is by The Hot Club of San Francisco.

The Hot Club of San Francisco will be opening for Randy Newman on Sunday (06.28) at San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival. It’s the festival’s 78th year, and it’s free, as always. But get there early for good seats. Music starts at 2pm.

Bhi Bhiman live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jun 24, 2015

Born in St. Louis to Sri Lankan parents, Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman pairs songs about immigration, history, race and global politics with a blend of bluesy pop, Caribbean-infused folk, Motown-inspired urban soul, and psychedelic garage rock.

Benjamin Wallen

  Today’s local music is by Dirty Cello.  They say they play cello "like you've never heard before." This isn't classical cello, as you can hear now.  This Saturday, June 20, Dirty Cello is taking part in the 2015 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. The festival is only one day this year, and it has a new location: St. Cyprian’s Church on Turk Street in San Francisco. The event takes place from noon until 10pm. 

Fang 2014

Hardcore band Fang, which formed in Berkeley in 1980, plays THE punk venue 924 Gilman this Friday, June 19 at 7pm. Tickets are $14 at the door.

The music you’re hearing now is by Underwoman - also known as Carolyn B. Chen. Her melancholic songs, which draw from pop and classical influences, have been compared to merry-go-round music. They’ve also been described as “haunting.” 

Underwoman & the Believers will be performing at The Stork Club in her hometown of Oakland on Saturday (06.13). Music starts around 9:30pm, but don’t expect Carolyn until around 11pm. 

Now in its 11th year, DjangoFest Mill Valley brings the music and spirit of the great French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, back to the Throckmorton Theatre this weekend. Festival Founder and Artistic Director Nick Lehr joins host Devon Strolovitch to talk about what's in store at this year's festival, and Oakland's own Jimmy Grant Ensemble returns to perform Gypsy swing and more live in the studio - this Wednesday 6/10 at 9:00 pm.

Today’s local music is by Janam from Oakland, a band that was formed in 2008. They say their music brings together the foothills of Appalachia with the foothills of the Balkans.  Janam has an outdoor concert planned for Saturday (06.06) at Wisteria Way in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. Music begins at 3pm. 

This band is called The View from Bernal Hill, so you can guess that they’re from San Francisco Bernal Heights neighborhood.

Fantastic Negrito live on Fog City Blues tonight

May 20, 2015

Oakland-based Fantastic Negrito sings songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. For anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn’t, this is your music; blues harnessed, forged in realness. Fantastic Negrito was the winner earlier this year of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest.  He joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 5/20 at 9:00 pm.

Exclusive live-at-KALW compilation CD from Fog City Blues

May 12, 2015

As part of the spring membership campaign, Fog City Blues presents its second compilation of Bay Area artists playing original music live on your local public radio station. It's available EXCLUSIVELY as a thank-you gift when you become a member of KALW or renew your membership by calling 1-800-525-9917 or contributing online.

Sometimes we can lose track of the seasons here in the Bay Area, but this poppy tune by Peninsula band, The Corner Laughers, should remind you that it’s spring.  The Corner Laughers will be performing songs from their new album at the downtown branch of the Redwood City Library on Wednesday (05.13), starting at 7pm.

Spring is here! Time for the annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, which is taking place this Saturday May 9th, 2015 at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. The Mt. Diablo String Band from Walnut Creek is scheduled to play at 2:30pm, and other shows, workshops, open jams, and family events are planned all afternoon, starting at noon. 

Macy Blackman live on Fog City Blues tonight

May 6, 2015

Hearing Macy Blackman is like stepping into an uptown New Orleans club such as the Dew Drop Inn circa 1955. He and his band, The Mighty Fines, forge a synthesis between early New Orleans Jazz and the R&B of the early '50's. Their new album, Friskin' The Whiskers, was conceived as a record for swing dancing, but it’s so expertly done by the Mighty Fines that it makes for great listening - even if you just sit there. Macy joins hosts Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 5/06 at 9 pm.

This music is by the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, a 17 – piece combo that plays their own compositions and arrangements. 

You’ll be able to hear the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra on Saturday (05.09) as part of this year’s Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. That takes place – where else? -- at Yerba Buena Gardens, starting at 1:30 in the afternoon. It’s a free show, like all of the performances in this summer series. 

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