Local Music

Today we are featuring the harp-playing of Amelia Romano. She’s one of three young harpists performing at the “Festival of Harps, the Next Generation,” taking place this Wednesday, August 8 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Music starts at 7pm.

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The band Dark Hollow says there's a bluegrass revival in the Bay Area, and they're claiming some credit for it. Dark Hollow has been performing traditional songs, and adding some of their own, for over seven years now. They’re sure to be playing some selections from their new album when they take the stage at The Sand Dollar Restaurant in Stinson Beach on Sunday, August 5. It's an afternoon show, from noon to 3 pm.

Today we are featuring the sounds of the Shotgun Wedding Quintet. They may be a jazz brass band, but they also have a hip-hop flavor. This week you can hear them outside, and you can hear them inside.

On Thursday, July 26, they’re at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, for the Noon Time Concert.

Today Crosscurrents is featuring The Fret Not Old-Time Gospel Band. They play Americana gospel, which they describe as “farmer formal” -- sacred songs from the Civil War era to the Depression. They frequently play at funerals, gospel missions, benefit concerts and prisons. Next Sunday (07.22) they’ll be at the Deuel Vocational State Prison in Tracy, starting at 5pm.

 

Today we are featuring the Bay Area trio called Golden Bough. These modern-day minstrels mostly make music rooted in ancient Celtic ballads, but they often add some original compositions to their live shows. They’re playing tomorrow, June 29 at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley at 8 p.m.

Today's Local Music: The Stone Foxes

Jun 27, 2012

The 75th season of San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival is underway, and this Sunday’s (07.01) show should have the audience on its feet. The opening act is our featured local music of the day, the feel-good San Francisco band, The Stone Foxes. They’ll be followed by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans. Tickets are – well, tickets aren’t necessary. Just show up! Music begins about 2pm, and parking is nearly impossible.

 

Today we are featuring The Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble. Jones is a noted percussionist, who has performed and recorded with everyone from Larry Coryell to Zion-I. You can actually hear him twice in San Francisco this Saturday, June 23, 2012. He’s at the free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, starting at 1pm. Then he’s playing again at the 850 Cigar Bar, beginning about 10pm. 

For today's local music we are featuring La Pena Community Chorus of Berkeley. While their songs use folk traditions, the lyrics are usually about contemporary social injustice throughout Latin America. The chorus is performing a benefit concert at La Pena Cultural Center on Saturday (06.23) at 8pm, marking the center’s 37th anniversary.

 

 

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That’s not Wilco you’re hearing, and it’s not Tom Waits either, although you might detect elements of both is this song by The Famous.

They’ve been perfecting their “raw country meets post punk” sound at live shows throughout the Bay Area since 2003.

You can hear The Famous  Sunday, June 24th  at 4pm in San Francisco at Thee Parkside.

Jazz pianist is back in town

Jun 18, 2012

Pianist George Cables has an intensely rhythmic style and always comes out swinging. He first became famous as a sideman in the 1970s, playing with such luminaries as Art Blakey and Dexter Gordon.

Some of Cables’ best work in those years came as a sideman with saxophonist Art Pepper. It seems that Cables’ was fond of Pepper. “Art Pepper was a bit eccentric,” says Cables. “He was a great alto player and very warm.”

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