Local Music

The group you’re hearing now is called the Bella Piano Trio. But that doesn’t mean there are three pianos here – just one, along with a violin and a cello. 

 Bella Piano Trio of San Francisco will be playing a concert Friday (02.06) at the Old First Church on Sacramento Street, in San Francisco, beginning at 8pm. 

Ol' Silver Tongue live on Fog City Blues tonight

Feb 4, 2015

This band? They’re called Two Gallants (guh –LAHNTS). The name comes from a story by James Joyce.  Two Gallants, from San Francisco, have a new album, and they’ll likely be playing songs from it on Thursday (02.05) when they appear at Club Leo’s on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, starting about 9pm.  

 “Jaw-dropping awesome!” That’s what the San Francisco Chronicle says about today’s local music: the four-hand piano duo known as ZOFO.  

ZOFO has won numerous awards and pleased audiences around the world. In fact, they’ll be in Switzerland next month. But this Sunday they’ll be at home, in San Francisco, at The Forte House in the Outer Sunset. Music starts at 4pm.   

We regularly hear about high rollers, but how about Low Rollers?  Well, that’s who you’re hearing now. 

The Low Rollers will be playing their hometown of San Francisco on Wednesday (01.28) at El Rio.  And just so you know, Colin Peden, a member of this band, is also a current member of the “Crosscurrents” Audio Academy. Other Academy members may be there, too, so come see if you can figure out who’s who.  Music starts about 8pm.   

 

Today's local music is Waters. Their name was inspired by the fact that the band’s founder spent a few summers working on a salmon fishing boat.   

Waters has a show scheduled for Saturday (01.24) at The Independent, in their hometown of San Francisco. Music starts about 9pm.  

This is Vandella. You’d think, with a name like that, that they’d be soul group. Well, Motown is one of their influences, but they consider themselves “1970s rock via 1990.”  

Vandella will be headlining Saturday (01.17) at Neck of the Woods, on Clement Street in San Francisco. Doors open at 9pm.  

What do you get when you take a world famous burlesque singer, add members of the brass band Polkacide and the Extra Action Marching Band, mix in a former drummer for the Dead Kennedys, and then give them a Captain Beefheart songbook? This band: Pachuco Cadaver

Next week, 175+ Bay Area musicians will join 5 members of Sly & The Family Stone for UnderCover's encore tribute to the group's landmark album "Stand!" UC Executive Director Lyz Luke joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio along with trumpeter Will Magid and members of Bayonics and Tumbleweed Wanderers, as well as special guest Rustee Allen, bassist from Sly & The Family Stone. Fog City Blue

The music you’re hearing is by a San Francisco band called The Tropics. They came upon their name while listening to one of their own songs, “one that suggested the feel of a luau.” 

The Tropics will be warming things up on Friday (01.16) at The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The show starts about 9pm.

Audra Marie Dewitt

December is the traditional time to hear choirs. Well, it’s January now, and The Conspiracy of Venus – who you’re hearing now – are NOT traditional. This a cappella women’s choir from San Francisco performs a wide range of songs, from medieval times to songs by Tom Waits.

The Conspiracy of Venus will be at The Great American Music Hall on Saturday (01.10). Music starts at 9pm.  

 

This music?  It’s by Luke Sweeney, from San Francisco. The East Bay Guardian says,  “Sweeney creates magic with lyrics that are deeply personal and music that's so powerful it sounds like it's being performed by a full band.” 

You can see and hear Luke Sweeney on Thursday (01.07) when he performs at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm. 

This music is by Cryptical -- a Grateful Dead tribute band from San Francisco.

They'll play next at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on January 8th, starting at 8:00 p.m. 

Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve seen and heard it all? Then let us recommend Duckmandu

Duckmandu, also known as Aaron Seeman, is a virtuoso on one of the most feared instruments in the world: the accordion.  Duckmandu will cross the bridge from Oakland to perform at Doc’s Lab in North Beach on Thursday (01.08). It’s a free show, starting at 5:30pm.  

Ring in the new year with a listen back to some of our favorite musical performances by local artists and out-of-town visitors, live in the KALW studio. Followed by a special broadcast of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour. Fog City Blues ~ Wednesday, 12/31 at 9 pm. 

Do you have kids? Do you know every word to every song from the movie “Frozen?”  Then maybe it’s time you took a break and discovered The Hipwaders, who you’re hearing now.  This award-winning band has been producing music for children – and their parents – for over 20 years. 

The Hipwaders will be coming in from Vacaville on Saturday (12.20) to play at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Don’t worry about keeping the kids up late – it’s an 11am show.  

Robert Foothorap

 

The instrument you’re hearing now is a staple of country music known as the pedal steel guitar. Joe Goldmark, the man playing it, admits that San Francisco has always considered itself too cosmopolitan to support much country music. That may explain why he has to go to the edge of the city limits to find a place to perform!

 Joe Goldmark and the Seducers are playing on Sunday (12.14) at The Riptide, way out West … on Taraval in San Francisco, starting about 7:30pm.

The music you’re hearing now is being performed by The San Francisco Girls Chorus. The chorus was formed 36 years ago and has now become a regional center for choral music education. 

The San Francisco Girls Chorus will perform their annual "Holiday Celebration in Song" on Friday (12.12) at the Old First Church in San Francisco. The concert begins at 8pm. And please note: there will be some sing-alongs!

This music is being performed by the San Francisco Bach Choir, and it’s likely to be part of this weekend’s traditional candlelight Christmas program.

The music you’re hearing is by Beth Marlin of San Francisco. She’s hosting an evening of talk and music tomorrow (12.02), focusing on the songwriting process. 

Beth Marlin and her band will be joined by Quiles & Cloud at The Bazaar Café in San Francisco. Things get started at 7pm. 

This is the sound of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, winners of this year’s Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album.  This 19-piece Bay Area group was also named Best Band in the final “Best of the Bay” issue of the recently departed San Francisco Bay Guardian

Kathrin Miller

Some call her The Queen of Classic Jazz & Blues, but you can just call her Lavay Smith. And you can call her band The Red Hot Skillet Lickers, because that’s their name!

And you can hear Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers perform classic blues and jazz on Saturday, November 22. That’s when they have a show at The Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica. It starts at 7:30pm.

If you missed Oakland’s California Honeydrops at their sold-out Fillmore show last month, now’s your chance to see them in a more intimate space.

The California Honeydrops, who you're hearing now, will be performing Friday NIGHT (11.21) at the 19 Broadway club in Fairfax. Music starts about 9 pm.

Usually a guitar band plays either acoustic or electric instruments. New Monsoon, the San Francisco rock quintet, has found a way to combine both.  New Monsoon will be performing Saturday, November 15, 2014 – with more than guitars - at the 19 Broadway club in Fairfax. The music begins about 9pm. 

As blues harp legend Charlie Musselwhite puts it, "HowellDevine plays the music with the original feel, intent and spirit, and you can tell they love the music while delivering some real blues in their own way ...

The band currently putting a spell on you is Shannon and the Clams. These Oakland boys --and ghoul -- are bringing their signature trashy and surfy sound to Leo's Music Club in North Oakland, tomorrow evening (10.31) for the Total Trash Halloween Bash. They'll be playing alongside other local bands. The show will start at 7pm.   

Today's local music is by Susan Muscarella. She’s a true local; she was born in Oakland, raised in Walnut Creek, and is founder of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. 

Susan Muscarella is reviving the school’s annual Halloween concert at the California Jazz Conservatory on Addison in Berkeley on Friday, October 31, starting at 8pm.

 

This song is by Paige and The Thousand. You may recognize Lindsay Paige Garfield’s voice – she’s been singing with Bay Area indie-pop groups for the past eight years – including with “Or, the Whale.” Paige and The Thousand will be performing Sunday, October 26th, at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco. Doors open at 7:30pm. 

 Earl Thomas, who you’re hearing now, has an interesting story. He recorded his first album of original songs by following the instructions in a book, titled “How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording.”  Now he’s a regular on the Bay Area blues circuit.  Earl Thomas has two shows on Saturday (10.25) at Biscuits and Blues, near Union Square in San Francisco. One is at 7:30, and the next is at 10pm. 

Here’s something we can all agree on: Space is really big. That’s the lesson the band known as Lumerians wants listeners to know. They won’t ask you to dance. Instead, they ask you to “submit to your own subconscious desire to.”

Lumerians will be appearing at The New Parish in their hometown of Oakland on Friday, October 24th. Plan to get spacey around 9:00 p.m.

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