Local Music

Today's Local Music: Adrian Costa

May 23, 2012

Today we are featuring the soulful, old-school sounds of Adrian Costa. The Palo Alto bluesman will be on stage Sunday, May 27th at Cato’s Ale House in Oakland. It’s on Sunday, so music starts early, around 5:30pm.

Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/lepaniquesf

What’s the point of seeing a band live? You want them to be lively, of course. And Le Panique, the band we’re featuring today, knows that. This group, from San Francisco, thinks that if the audience sees the band having fun, it will translate to them. You can check out that translation on Wednesday May 23, when they play Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland.

The Creak

May 17, 2012

Oh, banjo music! Some people love it, others can’t stand it.

If you’re in the first group, you’ll want to know about the San Francisco band called The Creak.

They don’t remember who thought of the name, but they like it because it brings to mind “the sound of something old and worn-in and comfortable.”

They have a show scheduled for Friday (05.18) in San Francisco at The Lost Church on Capp Street, starting about 9pm. 

The Evie Ladin Band

May 16, 2012

The sounds you’re hearing are from The Evie Ladin Band, out of Oakland. You may know Evie Ladin as a major part of the Stairwell Sisters. But she also has this band, under her own name. They’ll be playing at a square dance on Friday (05.18) at the Niebyl Proctor Library in Oakland, starting about 8pm. And if you’re interested, there’s a workshop on clog-dancing beforehand, at 6:30pm.

Hear LoCura lead singer Kata Miletich and guitarist Bob Sanders perform "Manzanilla" from their new album, Semilla Caminante, live at KALW studios.

Courtesy of LoCura

The San Francisco band LoCura reflects the Bay's diverse mix of cultures, histories and people through music that surfs genres and shuns labels. Members of the band come from as far away as Spain, and as close as the Mission district. They blend flamenco, Cuban son, reggae, cumbia, ska and more to make their own border-crossing brand of revolutionary party music. With the release of their new album, Semilla Caminante, the band deepens this mixture of musical and political cultures.

Matt Lax

May 13, 2012

The song you’re hearing now is by Matt Lax & the Nearly Beloved.

Mill Valley local, Matt Lax, will be playing solo this coming Saturday, May 19 at the monthly “Celebrating Songwriters” event, hosted by musician Caren Armstrong.

Come early to the East Bay Dance Center in Oakland to make sure you get a good seat.

Doors open at 7:30pm.

 

 

Tia Fuller Quartet

May 10, 2012
Photo courtesy of http://www.tiafuller.com/

Today we're featuring an artist performing as part of the SF Jazz Spring Season. Tia Fuller is a saxophonist from New Jersey who has taught at Stanford Jazz Workshops. Fuller and her quartet will be performing at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 17 at 8pm. 

The music you’re hearing now is by folk, blues and jazz pioneer Barbara Dane. The Oakland resident has been performing since the 1950s and was a clear voice in the Peace & Justice and Civil Rights movements of that time.

Dane is planning a concert for her 85th birthday on Mother’s Day (05.13) at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. Music begins at 8pm.

Makru

May 8, 2012
Hanna Quevedo

 

Makru is a San Francisco band with so many musical influences that we’ll just call their sound “world music.” But they call it “a unifying, positive vibe in the Bay Area."

Crosscurrents’ own Martina Castro sings with the group in both English and Spanish. They perform this Thursday (May 10) at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm.

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