Local Music

 

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.

Seth Augustus live on Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Oct 21, 2014

The music of Seth Augustus has been described as "sharp, black diamonds flicking with their own sinister twinkle," "urban swamp music for which dark alleys and basement speakeasies were surely invented," and "the music God hears in his sleep when He has a high fever." Seth performs live in the Fog City Blues studio this Wednesday, 10/22 at 9 pm.

Dave Fleishman

Yes, it's that time of year, again. That time of an even-numbered year, anyway. The San Francisco Giants are in the World Series, and we're listening to their Bluegrass Fight Song, performed by Hot Buttered Rum. They've got a gig coming up Friday night at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz starting right about the time game three between the Giants and Royals wraps up.

Dorothy Brown

There’s something special about sisters who sing together. And that’s true of the T Sisters, who you’re hearing now. Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen started making up songs at their grandparents’ house when they were little. A musical father helped nurture their interests, and today these East Bay singers have an album that reached # 11 on the Americana Radio Chart.  

The T Sisters will be intertwining their voices on Thursday, October 23rd, when they play at Slim's in San Francisco.   

The voice you’re hearing is the legendary blues, jazz and folk singer Barbara Dane, from Oakland. Dane is one of the recipients of this year’s Best of the West awards, from the “Folk Alliance Region – West” conference, known as FAR-West.

Barbara Dane will receive the honor at the 11th annual FAR-West Music Conference, this weekend (October 16-19), at the Marriott City Center in Oakland.

Elliot Smith Hour live on Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Oct 14, 2014

Roger Kim's Elliott Smith Hour began as a tribute to Elliott Smith, the late singer songwriter revered for the quiet, but cutting introspection of his lyrics and music. The project has since evolved into an acoustic chamber music group covering a wide variety of musical matter, featuring arrangements of originals and pop, classical, and modern jazz music. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 10/15 at 9 pm.

Today’s Local Music: Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Oct 13, 2014

 

The group you’re hearing now calls themselves Ensemble Mik Nawooj.  “NBC Bay Area” calls them “an orchestra with a hip-hop twist” and The Bay Guardian says their music is “unapologetic and truly like nothing else.”  

The music you’re hearing now is by Jesse Brewster from San Francisco. Brewster’s boyhood was spent in back-to-the-land households. That meant no electricity, and no phones. Music was an important activity to him, and he continues to make it so in his professional life. Jesse Brewster will be playing songs from his new album at Fenix Live in San Rafael. That’s on Friday, the 10th of October, starting at 8 p.m.

The Blind Willies is an Americana band with a rock overlay. They’re going to be in their hometown of San Francisco on Saturday, October 11th as part of the fourth annual Yerba Buena Night.

Singer-songwriter Megan Slankard’s most recent release, A Token Of The Wreckage, is "an edgy alt-rock release that is a breath of fresh air" (Maverick Magazine), "gleaming, grooving, and gritty" (Minor 7th), with "thoughtful construction and clever wordplay" (Performer Magazine). Megan’s next album will be revealed on October 18 at the Great American Music Hall with Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review opening.

The sounds you’re hearing are by master tabla player Zakir Hussain. This pioneering percussionist is known for his knowledge of the classical music of North India, and is recognized as a pioneer of world music. He’s presently a Resident Artistic Director at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. 

Zakir Hussain has a series of performances this week – Thursday through Sunday. All are at the still fairly-new SFJAZZ center.  

Today's Local Music: Bernal Hill Players

Oct 2, 2014

Today's local music is The Bernal Hill Players. Formed in 2008, this chamber music ensemble not only plays period music – they also commission new works, and explore the connections between classical and folk music.

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