Local Music

The beat that’s moving you now is by Le Gente. They have created a dance band sound using elements of reggae, salsa, hip-hop, reggaeton – the list goes on!

Le Gente is one of four lively bands on the program this Friday, August 23rd at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The entertainment begins about 9:00pm.

The voices you’re hearing are from the San Francisco Lyric Chorus, under the direction of Robert Gurney. The Chorus will be performing "Ein Deutsches Requiem" by Johannes Brahms for their summer concert. The composer said this requiem is intended “to comfort the living, and to remember those who are gone.”  The San Francisco Lyric Chorus will be at St.

Two Gallants, a duo of native San Franciscans, has been playing together since they were in pre-school – as you’ll see from the photo on their new album cover. Previous releases have been steeped in folk and blues. This time out they’re getting back to their beginnings, in punk and grunge.

The band you’re hearing now came about because a few friends were just jamming. That was 45 years ago, and Jest Jammin’ still plays throughout northern California. 

The dreamy pop sounds you’re hearing now are by Oakland duo Eric + Erica. They not only make music, they also make their fliers and CD sleeves, all by hand. 

Eric + Erica enjoy performing in non-commercial spaces – like someone’s backyard – but tomorrow they’ll be at Amnesia in San Francisco, part of an ambitious line-up saying farewell to singer Dina Maccabee. Their set starts at 8:30pm, and they'll also be playing with others throughout the evening.

The sounds you’re hearing now are by Finish Ticket. This indie-pop quartet from Alameda says they like traveling in vans, and playing games they’ve made up. They also like playing music they’ve made up! 

You can hear them play some of those made-up songs this Friday when they perform at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.  Doors open at 8:00pm.  

Here’s a challenge: how do we describe a hula performance on the radio? Well, by establishing a strong beat, for starters. Now imagine how the Te Pura O Te dance troupe of South San Francisco might be moving to this.  They’re just one of scores of performers appearing this weekend, August 3-4th at the 18th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival. This free event takes place at the San Mateo County Event Center, in San Mateo.

The music you’re hearing behind me is by the Real Vocal String Quartet. Members incorporate various musical influences in their songs – ranging from Western Classical to West African popular. 

They’ll be performing under the redwoods at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden on Thursday, August 15th. Music begins at 5:30pm. You can also visit the garden as part of the ticket price, starting at 4:30pm. 

Jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich gets called lots of things, but he probably doesn’t mind, since those things include “consistently tasteful,” “richly varied,” and “deeply imaginative.” 

Vuckovich, who you’re hearing now, will be playing at The Trident in Sausalito on Thursday, August 15th, starting about 6:00pm. 

Goodnight, Texas

Aug 7, 2013

If you look up “Goodnight, Texas,” you’ll discover that it’s an unincorporated town with a population of less than twenty. You’ll also discover that it’s the name of a San Francisco band, which you’re hearing now. 

Goodnight, Texas – the band, not the town – will be playing tomorrow, August 8th at Café du Nord in San Francisco. Doors open at 8:00pm.   

The Bay Area indie-pop duo you’re hearing now is called Midi Matilda. They haven’t taken the usual approach of playing live to reach an audience – they prefer making videos. And it works: now their live shows regularly sell out. 

Midi Matilda is one of scores of bands performing in Golden Gate Park this weekend as part of this year’s Outside Lands Festival. Look for them on Friday, August 9th around 7:00pm.

Today's Local Music: Versatile

Aug 5, 2013

The song you can listen to above is being played by Solomon Munghia. Patrons of the 81st Avenue East Oakland library might occasionally hear Munghia practicing in one of the study rooms there. That’s where our community storytelling project, Hear Here, found him one day, getting ready to make some music with his friend Giovanni Gaines. Hear Here producer Audrey Dilling asked Munghia how he first learned to play guitar. 

The music you’re hearing is by the bilingual San Francisco band known as Makrú. You can listen for what Makrú calls a “unifying, positive vibe” in their songs when they play the Surf Spot in Pacifica on Sunday, August 4th. It’s an afternoon show, starting at 2:00pm. 

This jam is being led by Stu Allen, along with Mars Hotel. Allen and fabled organist Melvin Seals headline the 11th annual Jerry Day this Sunday, August 4th.  

Jerry Day takes place in The Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park, in San Francisco’s Excelsior District. That's the neighborhood where the Grateful Dead guitarist grew up. Music starts about 11:30am, and there’s no estimate as to when it when it will end. 

The jangling guitar you’re hearing now belongs to 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 is hosting a Texas Blues Night on Friday, August 1st at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. Music will begin about 9:30pm.

The band you’re hearing now is the Joyful Noise Jazz Band from Pinole. They’re playing on Saturday, July 20th,  at the annual Radio Day by the Bay. This event brings together the California Historical Radio Society, the Bay Area Radio Museum, and the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. It all takes place at the historic KRE Radio Building, just off the Ashby Avenue exist of I-80 in Berkeley. 

If you like your rock ‘n’ roll straight, you may want to show up at San Francisco's Café du Nord Friday night. July 19th,  when local band, Down & Outlaws performs. 

The Down & Outlaws describe their sound as “unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll made with absolutely no traces of ‘indie’ or ‘lo-fi’.” They'll be the first band of the evening, starting about 9:30pm.

The band you’re hearing now calls themselves Crosscut. Most of the players are from the Bay Area, but their sound is influenced by the Blues – blues from Chicago, Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. Crosscut will be playing music from their album, also called “Crosscut,” on Wednesday (06.12). The free show is part of this year’s “Union Square Live” program, at – where else? - San Francisco’s Union Square. They’re on stage from 6 to 8pm. 

  The music we are featuring today is by ZOFU Duet. That’s four hands playing one piano. ZOFU received two Grammy nominations this year for their first album, titled “Mind Meld.” You can see them perform on Sunday June 9, at The Center for New Music on Taylor Street in San Francisco. It's a 2pm performance.

There are several terms to describe today's featured band American Nomad, including “smart songwriting, catchy lyrics and strong musicianship.” The group’s sound is rooted in the traditions of folk music and swing dance which makes them naturals to appear at this weekend’s Free Folk Festival

This is the 37th year for the Free Folk Festival, which takes place both Saturday and Sunday, at Presidio Middle School in San Francisco. 

Today's Local Music: Pacific Mozart Ensemble

Jun 4, 2013

Today's local music is the Bay Area a-cappella choir known as The Pacific Mozart Ensemble. You'll find this group does not limit themselves to Mozart. The Pacific Mozart Ensemble will be performing their Jazz & Pop concert on Sunday, June 9 at the Berkeley City Club. The concert begins at 5p.m.

Today's local band calls themselves Mad Noise. They also call themselves “an identity crisis with rhythm.” Mad Noise plays for tips, they prefer to call it “busking”, every Saturday morning at the Farmers Market outside of San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Unlike most bands, they start at 8am, not 8pm!

Today's Local Music: Meredith Axelrod

May 30, 2013

Today's local music is Meredith Axelrod. She joins Craig Ventresco this Saturday for an afternoon performance at Atlas Cafe in San Francisco. The show is free.

The heart-felt singing we are featuring today belongs to Bhi Bhiman, who has received stellar reviews from The New York Times, Time Magazine, and NPR.  But those are just journalists. More important is what YOU think about him. You can form your own opinion of him when Bhi Bhiman is joined on Saturday, May 18 by two more Crosscurrents favorites, Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux. They’re all performing at St. Cyprian’s Church in San Francisco, as part of the SF Live Arts series. Music begins at 8pm. 

Today’s Local Music: Brad Brooks

May 13, 2013

The singing and piano playing you’re hearing comes from Brad Brooks of San Francisco. He’s performing tomorrow, May 14, at the Bazaar Cafe on California Street in San Francisco. He joins Allyson Paige, who has a Songwriter Residency there. Music begins around 7pm.

http://www.piedmontchoirs.org/

Click on the link to hear the voices of The Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. You can hear the high school sections of the choir in a jazz concert, planned for tomorrow May 9th at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley. Music starts at 7:30pm.

  

  http://www.piedmontchoirs.org/

http://lapena.org/event/piedmont-east-bay-childrens-choir-jazz-beyond-concert/

Today’s Local Music: Picture Atlantic

May 6, 2013

If Picture Atlantic, the band you’re hearing now, were a wine, you might detect “notes of Coldplay.” That band was a big influence on Picture Atlantic’s founder, and their sound carries over to this band. They’re playing Thursday, May 9, at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco as part of PopScene Club Night. Music starts about 9:30pm.

Does this music remind you of Queen? That’s not by accident. But Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony isn’t a tribute band; they’re the inventors of what they call Adventure Rock. It may surprise you that all of this sound comes from a trio, and the trio is from Crockett, California.

Does this music remind you of Queen? That’s not by accident. But “Major Powers and the Lo-Fi Symphony” isn’t a tribute band; they’re the inventors of what they call Adventure Rock. It may surprise you that all of this sound comes from a trio, and the trio is from Crockett, California. You can see for yourself how three people can make this much music when they play at San Francisco’s Café du Nord on Sunday May 5, with two other bands. Music starts at 7pm.

Today's Local Music: Curt Moore

Apr 25, 2013

You are listening to the drum-heavy sound from the Curt Moore Quartet.  Moore has played with everyone from The Count Basie Orchestra to the Turtle Island String Quartet. And this Sunday, April 28th, his own quartet will be playing at Nick’s Restaurant on Rockaway Beach in Pacifica. Expect a wide range of jazz styles to be represented. Music starts at 4pm. 

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