Local Music

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.

Today's local music is by Pat Wilder from San Francisco. She plays the blues. She almost had no choice, since her first guitar was a gift from family friend Taj Mahal. 

Today's local music is Sin Silver and the Avenue. Sin, the lead singer, arrived in California from Ireland just a few years ago and now plays throughout the East Bay.

This song is by Jim Bruno of San Francisco. Bruno not only writes his own music, he also teaches others to do the same.

Jim Bruno will be joined by Maurice Tani and Cliff Erberhardt on Wednesday, October 1st for a performance at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Music starts at 8 p.m.

Royal Jelly make their radio debut on Fog City Blues

Sep 24, 2014

An intoxicating mixed drink of soul-jive and gypsy-blues, Royal Jelly dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940's with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are just some of the sweet tastes you may devour if you’re lucky enough to catch them. All fronted by the sultry and soulful vocals of Lauren Bjelde, this band will have you stompin’ your feet with crooked delight until the moon comes back up again.

Today's Local Music: Shira Kammen

Sep 24, 2014

The song you're hearing now is a medieval dance tune, played on period instruments. It's the type of Early and Traditional Music that multi-instrumentalist  Shira Kammen has focused on for over half of her life.

 You can hear Shira Kammen next Sunday, October 5th, when she performs at Littlefield Concert Hall on the campus of Mills College in Oakland. It's a 4pm show.  

This band?  It's “Mal Sharpe's Big Money in Jazz Band.” Sharpe was half of the Bay Area comedy radio duo "Coyle & Sharpe," back in the 1960s. He's still involved in radio - and he's a jazz musician. “Mal Sharpe's Big Money in Jazz Band” plays at Armondo's, in Martinez, on Thursday (09.25), starting at 8pm.

3 Hours of Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Sep 16, 2014

The View From Bernal Hill is Camille Mai on composition/piano/voice, Nahuel Bronzini on guitar and production, and Schuyler Karr on bass. Based in San Francisco, they approach jazz and indie rock with a chamber music mindset, performing mostly original songs that intertwine jazz harmonies with odd rhythms and classically influenced improvisations. They join host Devon Strolovitch to perform live on this week's show.

Slide guitar from the (Sacramento) Delta on Fog City Blues

Sep 10, 2014

Dennis Johnson is a Bay Area guitarist with a passion for elevating the art of slide guitar across many genres of music including Blues, New Orleans, Rock, and Swing. His new album, Slide Avenue, pushes the boundaries of slide guitar in arrangements with horn sections, violin, piano and more. Dennis performs live in the studio on the next Fog City Blues ~ Wednesday, 9/10 at 9 pm.  

The singer you’re hearing now is Jeff Pehrson, performing with the band, The Fall Risk. You may know him as the vocalist for Further, an offshoot of the Grateful Dead.

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