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 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.
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.
We are fairly sure you’ve heard this song, but we are also fairly sure you’ve never heard it sung this way. And maybe you’ve heard this voice: Tim Hockenberry. Hockenberry made it to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent” a few years ago.
Regular host Devon Strolovitch sits out another week on paternity leave as local DJ Honeycomb Brown guest-hosts a program of Belgian Popcorn, a soul music sub-genre/curation of 50s and 60s soul & blues records played by DJs in Belgium in the 70s and 80s, including tunes from artists like Wynonie Harris and Wynona Carr — this Wednesday 8/26 at 9 pm.
The San Francisco Lyric Chorus is celebrating two important San Francisco centennial anniversaries. First is the Panama Pacific Expo of 1915, and second is the hundredth anniversary of the Mission Dolores Basilica. The San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be performing in the Basilica on Saturday and Sunday. And it’s worth noting that all of the music in their program would have been familiar to audiences in 1915.
With regular host Devon Strolovitch away on paternity leave, tune in for a special edition of Fog City Blues as guest hosts Lyz Luke (Executive Producer of UnderCover Presentes) and Micah Dubreuil (keyboardist in Con Brio) play songs to shape the next generation of Bay Area music lovers — this Wednesday 8/19 at 9 pm.
The music you’re hearing now is by a group named Heartwatch. You may have heard this San Francisco band when they were called The Tropics.
The musicians currently known as Heartwatch are performing Saturday (08.08). They're part of this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park. Yes, it’s sold out -- but the sounds definitely spill beyond the confines of the fenced-off festival, so you might still be able to hear them.
This music? It’s Harvey Wainapel on soprano saxophone – although he also plays alto and tenor sax. Harvey Wainapel is joining forces with the Danny Green Trio this Friday for a show at the Red Poppy Arthouse in San Francisco. The music starts at 7:30pm.
Is there anything more nostalgic than hearing a municipal band in a public park? The Golden Gate Park Band offers such opportunities every Sunday through September.
This week's performance (09.02) will honor the San Francisco Fire Department and emergency volunteers. Like most shows by the Golden Gate Park Band, this one starts at 1pm in the Spreckles Temple of Music, in Golden Gate Park.
The Mission Seven is on a mission to return dance music to its fun roots with a mixture of Latin Soul, Boogaloo, Cumbia, hard driving beats, and a retro garage edge. Taking a human approach with real drums and percussion, a soulful horn section, and vintage guitar and bass, their sound is sophisticated without being stuffy, and very dance floor friendly. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio tonight (Wednesday 7/29) at 9 pm.
That’s Kenny Washington who you’re hearing right now – the man the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene.” Kenny Washington will be at the Golden Gate branch of the Oakland Library on Sunday (08.02), along with guitarist Jeff Massanari. That program starts at 3pm. It’s part of the library’s summer Sunday jazz series.
Led by Doug Lee (bass) and Ruthie Dineen (keys), RDL+ creates original music that is nuanced, playful, grooving, and inspired. Drawing on all types of influences - jazz, latin, classical, pop, amongst others - the group is boundless, open and always searching. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio thisWednesday 7/15 at 9 pm.
Who's this you’re hearing? That would be Will Magid, trumpeter, producer and DJ, from Palo Alto. He likes to collect sounds, which he then layers into compositions both strange and familiar. Will Magid has a free show tomorrow (07.16). It's taking place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens, starting at 12:30 in the afternoon. It’s part of the 15th annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
Today’s local music is by Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono. They’ve been working together since last year, and have put together a program of original music that combines indie rock and contemporary jazz. The Natalie Cressman – Mike Bono Duo will be sharing their sounds on Friday (07.03) at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco. You can expect the music to begin around 7:30pm.
The Hot Club of San Francisco will be opening for Randy Newman on Sunday (06.28) at San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival. It’s the festival’s 78th year, and it’s free, as always. But get there early for good seats. Music starts at 2pm.
Born in St. Louis to Sri Lankan parents, Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman pairs songs about immigration, history, race and global politics with a blend of bluesy pop, Caribbean-infused folk, Motown-inspired urban soul, and psychedelic garage rock.
Today’s local music is by Dirty Cello. They say they play cello "like you've never heard before." This isn't classical cello, as you can hear now. This Saturday, June 20, Dirty Cello is taking part in the 2015 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. The festival is only one day this year, and it has a new location: St. Cyprian’s Church on Turk Street in San Francisco. The event takes place from noon until 10pm.
The music you’re hearing now is by Underwoman - also known as Carolyn B. Chen. Her melancholic songs, which draw from pop and classical influences, have been compared to merry-go-round music. They’ve also been described as “haunting.”
Now in its 11th year, DjangoFest Mill Valley brings the music and spirit of the great French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, back to the Throckmorton Theatre this weekend. Festival Founder and Artistic Director Nick Lehr joins host Devon Strolovitch to talk about what's in store at this year's festival, and Oakland's own Jimmy Grant Ensemble returns to perform Gypsy swing and more live in the studio - this Wednesday 6/10 at 9:00 pm.
Today’s local music is by Janam from Oakland, a band that was formed in 2008. They say their music brings together the foothills of Appalachia with the foothills of the Balkans. Janam has an outdoor concert planned for Saturday (06.06) at Wisteria Way in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. Music begins at 3pm.