Local Music

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. 

Today's Local Music: Whisky Pills Fiasco

Apr 24, 2013
Whisky Pills Fiasco

  Do you have a hankerin’ for some twang? Well, the Whisky Pills Fiasco can deliver it. They admit that they’re more hamburger than steak, but sometimes a good juicy hamburger is all you want. They’re doing an early show on Sunday, April 28th at Pier 23 Cafe, right on the water in San Francisco, starting at 5 pm.

opensound.org

Today we're featuring Ken Ueno, a composer and vocalist, currently on the faculty at UC Berkeley. He specializes in what is known as “extended techniques,” such as overtones and Tuvan throat-singing. Next Tuesday, April 16th, he joins two other Bay Area musicians who use “extended techniques” as part of the “SF Sound Salon Series.” This takes place at the Center for New Music on Taylor Street in San Francisco. And please note: the performance begins at 7:49pm. 

Jenny Kerr

Apr 8, 2013

The music you’re hearing now is the high energy, foot stompin’ sound of San Francisco native Jenny Kerr. She’s a regular on the festival circuit in Europe, but you only have to go as far as Half Moon Bay to hear her this week. She and the band are appearing Friday, April 12th at Sam’s Chowder House, playing from 5:30 to 8:30pm.

 

Local Music: Duniya Dance Co.

Apr 4, 2013

The sounds you’re hearing are by the Duniya Dance and Drum Company of San Francisco. They’ll be providing the rhythm for "The Madness of the Elephant," a theater production about the first president of the nation of Guinea. 

Guinean dance, which figures heavily in this show, is noted for its enthusiasm and energy.  There are two performances, tomorrow and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco. The curtain goes up at 8pm. 

Today we are featuring saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan of Oakland.  While firmly based in South India's traditional style of classical  music,  Radhakrishnan is also inspired by the sounds of American jazz.

You can experience this style of music yourself on Friday, April 4, at the Subterranean Arthouse, a community art space in Berkeley. The music starts at 8pm. 

Today's local music: Rupa & The April Fishes

Apr 1, 2013
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A worldly ban with a worldly sound, is Crosscurrents' band for Monday April 1. 

San Francisco-based band Rupa and the April Fishes is a collaboration of Aaron Kierbel and Safa Shokrai, Misha Khalikulov, Mario Alberto Silva, and is headed by Rupa.

What’s that you’re hearing? It’s Sinister Dexter, a horn-heavy funk and soul band from Mountain View. They've evolved over the years from swing and blues into funk and soul at the urging of their audience. They say their goal is to be “the local band that we would go out of our way to see ourselves.”

You can go out of your way to see them this Friday March 22 at Tupelo, in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Music begins around 8pm.

The Dandelion War

Mar 18, 2013

The atmospheric sounds you’re hearing now are by The Dandelion War. The Oakland Tribune compares their music to Sigur Ros and Radiohead “only not as long-winded.” They’re performing at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco on Thursday, March 21 starting around 9pm.

Today we're featuring power-rocker Jay Trainer of San Francisco. He says he tries to “bring back a sense of honesty to rock ‘n’ roll” in his recordings -- but he’s better known for his uninhibited, free-form live shows.

You can experience this yourself on Friday March 15, when Trainer joins the band Felsen, and others, at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. Music begins at 8pm.

The band Journey has a special place in the hearts of Bay Area music fans. They’re on tour this month … in Australia. If that’s a bit far, you can hear the band Evolution instead. Evolution has been voted “top tribute band in California” twice, and has the approval of the original band members. This is not a dress-up act; they’re devoted to accurately recreating the music of Journey. They’re performing Saturday, March 16th at George’s Night Club in San Rafael, starting about 9:30pm. Don’t stop believin’!

Mills College

Today we feature music composed by Daniel Capo of Oakland. Capo teaches at Mills College, and is taking part in this year’s Signal Flow Music and Sound Art Festival. Signal Flow is an annual spring festival of student works, going on this week.  Capo is one of five performers who will appear on Saturday, March 9, at the Littlefield Concert Hall at Mills in Oakland.

Today’s Local Music: Before the Brave

Feb 28, 2013

Call it Folk Rock or call it America, the style of music featured here is all over the place these days. This particular band, from San Francisco, is known as Before the Brave. They list Ryan Adams and Arcade Fire among their influences.

They’ll be opening for Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – another Bay Area band – on Saturday March 2 at the Great American Music Hall, as part of this year’s Noise Pop festival.

Things are going well for Ty Segall, who you’re hearing now. Last year he appeared on both the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows, and he was the headliner at The Fillmore about a month ago. This Thursday, though, he’s part of the "Noise Pop" line-up at the humble Knockout Room in San Francisco. Music starts about 10pm.

Amy X Neuburg

If you listen to 'Other Minds' on KALW, Fridays at 11pm, you probably already know that the 18th annual Other Minds Festival is this week.

Performers from as far away as India are on the schedule - along with Bay Area musician Amy X Neuburg, who is featuring today on Monday's Crosscurrents (02.25).

Today's Local Music: Nils Bultmann

Feb 21, 2013

Today we are featuring a duet between a classical viola and an Australian didjeridu. Nils Bultmann, who is playing viola, wrote this piece, which may be part of his presentation on Sunday, February 24 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. It’s presented by the Noe Valley Chamber Music series. The concert begins at 4pm.  

Jiro Yoshihara

You may just want to stay home this weekend, after last Sunday’s Super Bowl party. But in case you change your mind, here are some ideas that don’t cost much (if anything), and will keep you informed musically, physically, philanthropically, artistically, and historically. 

Here's your Arts/Culture/Weekend:

THURSDAY

Today’s local music is from Baltimore as we fulfill our end of a Super Bowl bet we had with Baltimore station WTMD. All week we have been bringing you local music from that city, and today’s pick is Freedom Enterprise, self-described as Baltimore’s “Funk Soul Rock'n'Roll musical experience.”

Today's local music comes from thousands of miles away.


Today's Local Music: The Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo

Jan 30, 2013

Would you like a break from hearing toe-tapping melodies?  If so, then the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo may be just the sound you’re after. They’ll be performing their improvised acoustic experimentations as part of the Creative Music Series at The Luggage Store artist space in San Francisco tomorrow, January 31, starting at 8pm. 

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