Local Music

Whiskerman live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jan 6, 2016

Fronted by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graham Patzner, Oakland-based Whiskerman utilizes the structure of a classic rock band to convey a timeless familiarity, luring the listener into a new mythological landscape with a story for our time. 

Local music picks for New Year's Eve on Fog City Blues

Dec 30, 2015

Tune in Wednesday 12/30 at 9 pm for a roundup of live 'n local music options for ringing in the new year around the Bay Area, along with some of our favorite in-studio performances from the past twelve months. 

T Sisters live on Fog City Blues tonight

Dec 16, 2015

The T Sisters are a vocally driven contemporary folk band hailing from Oakland, California. The three sisters’ inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as by upright bassist Steve Height and mandolinist/guitar player Andrew Allen Fahlander. Touching on elements of folk, Americana, gospel, R&B, bluegrass and soul, the T Sisters weave evocative stories with a sound that is at once modern and timeless. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 12/16 at 9 pm.

"Beats Antique Press Photo 2013", Beats Antique

The music you’re hearing now is by Beats Antique

 They describe their sound as,  “Gypsy electro-acoustic circus hip-hop in a Bedouin tent during the after-party of the Apocalypse.”   

Lara Price live on Fog City Blues tonight

Dec 9, 2015

Lara Price is a Bay Area singer with a sultry stage presence and a voice that demands your attention- smoky, lonely, sexy, and powerful. Like many full time musicians, Lara fronts and leads several musical projects: Lara Unplugged, an acoustic duo; Velvet Plum, a popular top 40’s party band; Militia of Love, a Cali-Reggae band; The Lara Price Band, a rootsy rockin’ blues band; The Lara Price Blues Revue, a 10-piece R&B show band; and Girls Got the Blues, an all-star cast of female talent.

Local Music: San Francisco Girls Chorus

Dec 8, 2015
The San Francisco Girls Chorus


The San Francisco Girls Chorus will celebrate Christmas in song during two programs this week: on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9 and 10. Both concerts will take place at Davies Symphony Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m.   

Local Music: The Pine Box Boys

Dec 7, 2015
Image by Nathan Segovia / cropped and resized

Bring an unwrapped gift and join the Pine Box Boys, who'll perform at the San Francisco Fire Department's annual toy drive. The San Francisco group has been together since 2003.

Today's Local Music: Ghost & the City

Dec 3, 2015
Courtesy of Ghost & the City

Our local music today is by Ghost & the City, from Oakland. They’re dedicated to “elevating style and experience to create music that embodies elements of soul, trip-hop and jazz.”

Rainbow Girls live on Fog City Blues

Dec 2, 2015

Rainbow Girls is a group of 4 female musicians who write and perform original material with roots in folk, funk, rock n' roll, americana, world, psychedelic, gypsy, soul music. In addition to their soaring harmonies, these ladies switch back and forth amongst a multitude of instruments including, but not limited to: acoustic and electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, banjolele, bass, keys, ukelele, djembe, cajon, and drum kit.

Today's Local Music: Marina Crouse

Nov 23, 2015
Marina Crouse

Today’s local music is by Marina Crouse. Her blues and jazz vocals are being compared to legends such as Koko Taylor and Etta James. Marina Crouse & Friends will perform Friday at Armondo’s in downtown Martinez, starting about 8 pm. 

Courtesy of The Divisa Ensemble

What do you call it when a flute, oboe, violin, viola and cello all play together? The answer today is The Divisa Ensemble. The San Jose Mercury News applauds the “precision and deep musicality” of this Bay Area group. 

Kim Nalley live on Fog City Blues

Nov 18, 2015

One of the world's best jazz & blues vocalists, Kim Nalley has been described as a cross between Louis Armstrong and Jessica Rabbit. 

Punk still rocks at Thrillhouse

Nov 17, 2015
"Songs for Moms 1/9/10" by flickr user sgtpepper. Used under CC / Resized and cropped / bit.ly/1MlazFN

The Bay Area has a rich history of live music. Places like the Fillmore and the Warfield in San Francisco, or the Fox in Oakland. 

Courtesy of Sarah Cahill / Resized and cropped

Today’s local music is by pianist Sarah Cahill. She’s known to KALW listeners as host of “Revolutions Per Minute,” on Sunday evenings.

Today's Local Music: Heart of the Whale

Nov 9, 2015
Monolith Agency

Today's Local Music is by a band called Heart of the Whale. They play tomorrow night at Bottom of the Hill in their hometown of San Francisco. Things get started at 8:30 pm.

Red Poppy Art House

Today’s local music is by Ian Faquini  and Rebecca Kleinmann of Oakland. That’s him on guitar and her on flute.

Today’s Local Music: Vetiver

Nov 4, 2015
Terri Loewenthal

Today’s local music is by a group called Vetiver. They perform music by San Francisco musician Andy Cabic, who is at the core of this band.

Tiffany Austin live on Fog City Blues tonight

Nov 4, 2015

Tiffany Austin is one of the fastest rising jazz singers in Northern California, with a tradition-rooted yet thoroughly contemporary style. 

You can ask Finish Ticket how well those things go together when they’re at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday. Doors open at 7pm; music starts at 8pm. 

You may not know this song, but you know the percussionist — he’s John Santos, who provides the Crosscurrents theme music.

Barrio Manouche live on Fog City Blues tonight

Oct 28, 2015

Barrio Manouche is a Bay Area Spanish Gypsy Jazz Ensemble. Javier Jiménez (co-founder of Beso Negro) has moved onto a more authentic Jazz Manouche style, letting his original influences from Madrid, Spain intertwine with the ever-present spirit of Django Reinhardt. Barrio Manouche's EP, Detrás de la Sombra, is available at their live shows, including November 7 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley (where they will also be serving their house-made paella).

This music? It’s being played by the Amaranth String Quartet. The members are all graduates of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Today’s Local Music: Tom Rigney

Oct 20, 2015


The band you’re hearing now is Tom Rigney & Flambeau. That’s Tom on the fiddle. This band plays Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans grooves, and blues – along with waltzes and ballads. Sounds like something for everyone!

Quinn Deveaux live on Fog City Blues tonight

Oct 14, 2015

The modern soul songs of Oakland-based Quinn Deveaux, sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones, evoke old images aplenty—from those gutbucket barrooms where rock-n-roll was born, to the pine-walled shacks, nearby, where its gospel-forebears rent their souls. But this artist’s singular sound, making old tones new, is Quinn’s alone. He joins host Devon Strolovitch live this Wednesday 10/14 at 9 pm.

Today's Local Music: Dmitri Matheny Group

Oct 8, 2015
Pat Johnson

The music you’re hearing now is by the Dmitri Matheny Group. That’s a flugelhorn Matheny is playing, not a trumpet!

The Dmitri Matheny Group appears Saturday (10.10) at The Sound Room in Oakland, starting about 8pm.

John Brothers Piano Company live on Fog City Blues tonight

Oct 7, 2015

The unique, original music of Oakland's John Brothers Piano Company has been described as "a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast" (SF Chronicle). The explosive symphonic experience births from a simple combination of piano and clarinet reflective of Bebop jazz, contemporary pop, and Russian classical music, with an ever-present sentimentality for the roaring 20s. The band joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 10/07 at 9 pm.

Today's Local Music: The Dirty

Oct 5, 2015
courtesy of the artist

Today's music may sound like Southern Rock, but The Dirty - the Bay Area band you're hearing now - prefers to simply call it American Rock. 

Today's Local Music: Eyes on the Shore

Sep 23, 2015

Today’s local music is by the band, Eyes on the Shore.  This San Francisco group traces its roots back to the turn of the millennium -  when the founding members were in high school together. They’re known for their dry humor – and for just being silly.  Eyes on the Shore plays at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on Saturday (09.24).  Doors open at 8pm. 

Slim Jenkins live on Fog City Blues tonight

Sep 23, 2015

San Francisco’s Slim Jenkins is a celebration of great American roots music and its tradition of innovation and energy. Harking back to the heyday of hot jazz and blues, Slim Jenkins evokes a world of seduction and mystery, love and betrayal. Sultry and smooth, or jumping and hot, their music keeps the dance floor energized and alive. Their newest CD is called Lamp Down Low, and they join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 9/23 at 9 pm.

Live From the Fog City Blues Vol.2: Local music LIVE at KALW

Sep 16, 2015

As part of KALW's September campaign, Fog City Blues presents its second compilation of Bay Area artists playing original music live on your local public radio station.