Local Music

Today's local music is by Bay Area singer/songwriter Judi Jaeger.

She'll be accompanied by Sean Cody a week from Sunday (04.19). They have an evening of original material planned, and you can hear it – and them – at The Bazaar Café in San Francisco, starting at 7pm. 

Friction Quartet doesn't only play music you’d expect from a string quartet; they also commission new works.

No, that’s not an experimental heavy metal band you’re hearing, and it’s not screaming babies, either. It’s the Parrots of Telegraph Hill

 

Do you know the saying, “When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail?”  Well, when Bay Area percussionist Moe Staiano sees just about anything - it looks to him like a way to make music. That can include sheet metal, kitchen implements – even standard drum kits. 

Today's local music is by the Pacific Guitar Ensemble of San Francisco. All eight members of this group are faculty or alumni of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

The Pacific Guitar Ensemble will be at Mt.Tamalpais Methodist Church in Mill Valley on Sunday (03.29). Their concert is part of the 41st season of the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. The concert begins promptly at 5pm.  

The Lucky Losers live on Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Mar 24, 2015

Bringing back the male/female duet! The Lucky Losers, featuring Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz, are a male/female led 6-piece band that perform retro blues, rock, swing, and soul, plus originals. Their forthcoming CD is called A Winning Hand, and they join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 3/25 at 9 pm.

Today’s local music is by Queen Makedah of El Sobrante.  She’s one of four performers taking part in an event called Empress Meditations. The purpose of Empress Meditations, they say, “is to highlight the works and message of conscious female artists in reggae and world music.” 

There’s a place in San Francisco that brings together the sounds of the world. From Ethiopian Jazz to Brazilian tropicalia to Norwegian thrash metal and even the songs of bats.

Founded in 1968 as a summer outreach program, Young Musicians Choral Orchestra has transformed the lives of over 3,000 Bay Area Youth. Under the leadership of Executive Director Daisy Newman, who took the helm in 2003, the program erupted from a modest youth music program into a national model, providing a rigorous and robust combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development for low-income, underprivileged children.

Today’s local music is by Hoxton Mob from San Francisco. They describe their sound as “sad songs, in major keys.” 

Hoxton Mob will be playing at Great American Music Hall tomorrow (03.13), opening for another San Francisco band, The Shams. Doors open at 8pm.  

Briget Boyle live on Fog City Blues tonight

Mar 11, 2015
Photo by April Renae

Briget Boyle is a singer-songwriter, guitar player based in Oakland. With training in fields as diverse as Balkan folk singing, African drum and dance, Swedish massage, and theatre tech, Briget is an engaging and complex performer who brings a lifetime of discovery and struggle to her music. She joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 3/11 at 9 pm.

What are you doing Friday the 13th?  Don’t be afraid to go out, especially when you can join the Friday Night Dance Party at the Empress Theater in Vallejo.  Music will be provided by the Zydeco Flames, from San Anselmo -- you’re hearing them now. Expect to start dancing at 8pm -- and keep dancing until it’s over!

The song you’re hearing now is by Victor Krummenacher. If you don’t know HIS name, you may remember a band he co-founded called Camper Van Beethoven.  

Victor Krummenacher is still with “Camper,” but he’s going to play music from his new solo album on Saturday (03.07) at Armondo’s in downtown Martinez. He takes the stage about 8pm.  

The singer you’re hearing is named Kendra McKinley. She’s only called the Bay Area home since 2013 – but she studied classical guitar at UC Santa Cruz, so that counts for something.  

Kendra McKinley will be joined by Scott Mickleson on Saturday (03.07) at Viracocha in San Francisco’s Mission District. Music starts about 8pm.   

The music you're hearing was written by Bay Area composer Lou Harrison, and is being played by David Tenenbaum.  It’s a commission from Other Minds, the contemporary music organization dedicated to encouraging “creative exploration in new music.”

 It's part of the first concert in the twentieth "Other Minds Festival," taking place Friday (03.06) at the SFJazz Center on Franklin Street. There's a panel discussion at 7pm, with the concert at 8pm.      

Do you like singer/songwriters like Jack Johnson, John Gorka and John Mayer? If so, you might give Forest Sun a listen.  

Forest Sun has played from Japan to North Carolina, and you can hear him Saturday (02.28) at The Monkey House in Berkeley, starting at 7:30pm.  

What is it with all the non-traditional cello players in this area? Well, whatever it is, Dirty Cello, who you’re hearing now, is a purveyor of the style.  Dirty Cello has played throughout the world, but you only have to go as far as Fairfax to hear them this week. They’re at The Garage on Thursday (02.26), where the motto is “Shop Local, Party Local, Enjoy Local.” Music starts at 7pm. 

 

This is Danny Click. One of his earliest memories is hearing his mother play a slide guitar. He picked up the guitar himself for the first time when he was six years old. 

 Danny Click will be picking up his guitar again tomorrow night (02.20) for a rare acoustic show at The Monkey House in Berkeley. Music starts about 8pm. 

That’s Josh Beemish Johnson playing banjo AND drums right now. He’s joined on this song by Alison Craig. But he could be joined by YOU tomorrow (02.19). That’s when Josh Beemish Johnson is hosting an Open Mike at the Bazaar Café in San Francisco. Music starts at 7pm.

Today's Local Music: Geary Buchanan

Feb 17, 2015

Geary Buchanan is one of several socially conscious Bay Area hip-hop artists taking part in “An evening of audio resistance” tomorrow, February 18th. That’s taking place at 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco. The event starts at 8pm.

Today's local music is The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. They’re a choir with a mission, which is: “to inspire joy and unity among all people, through black gospel and spiritual music traditions.” 

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will be sharing their joy on Sunday (02.15) at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. It’s part of The Freight’s Black History Month programming. Music starts at 8pm.  

La Mandanga live on Fog City Blues tonight

Feb 11, 2015

La Mandanga is a five piece band located in the heart of Marin. Their sound can be described as Flamenco fusion. Combining upbeat rhythms, the passion of the gypsy, catchy melodies and haunting lyrics. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 2/11 at 9 pm.

Today's local music is Tumbleweed Wanderers, from Oakland. Maybe you heard them a couple of weeks ago on “Fog City Blues” here on KALW.

It’s one thing to hear them on the radio, and something altogether different to hear them live – which you can do tomorrow (02.06). That’s when The Tumbleweed Wanderers play The Independent, in San Francisco. Music starts about 9pm.

 

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.  

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