Fog City Blues: Big Blu Soul Revue

Oct 12, 2016

Big Blu Soul Revue brings the soul of San Francisco to their music and live show.

Fog City Blues: Live from the FCB Vol.3

Sep 14, 2016

20 on-air performances from the past two years are compiled on a new Live From the Fog City Blues CD – local artists playing original blues (and beyond) live in the KALW studio.  

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Aya de Leon, author of the new novel Uptown Thief, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

UnderCover Presents a tribute to Amy Winehouse featuring a screening of the Oscar-winning 2015 documentary Amy and live performances of Winehouse’s music by local artists Diana Gameros, Martin Luther, and Midtown Social.


Well, what do we have here?  This would be the San Francisco soul and funk band called Midtown Social.

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Our guest is Oakland-based vocal activist Melanie DeMore. DeMore told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay.

The Lucky Losers live on Fog City Blues

Jun 29, 2016

The Lucky Losers perform powerful original music about transcending the dark side of the American dream, the beauty and pain of being alive, and devotion in all its complexities.

Fantastic Negrito live on Fog City Blues

Jun 8, 2016

Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song the true story of a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled.

Live From the Fog City Blues Volume 3

May 18, 2016

20 on-air performances from the past two years are compiled on a brand-new third volume of Live From the Fog City Blues – local artists playing original blues (and beyond) live in the KALW studio. 

Courtesy of John Givens


Berkeley based guitarist and songwriter, John Givens bring the sensibilities from his background in visual arts to songwriting. Together with his band, Melissa Jones and No Lovely Thing, he explores social issues and emotional themes through driving rhythms and stirring harmonies.

This 8-piece soul band is at the Starry Plough in Berkeley tomorrow, 2/26,  and at Ohmega Salvage on Saturday, 2/27.

Amber Gougis live on Fog City Blues

Feb 24, 2016

Amber Gougis is going places, but she’s taking her own winding way. A thoughtful singer who infuses jazz with soul and brings an improvisation-laced sensibility to Chicago blues and mid-century R&B, she’s earned widespread respect around the Bay Area music scene.

Whiskerman live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jan 6, 2016

Fronted by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graham Patzner, Oakland-based Whiskerman utilizes the structure of a classic rock band to convey a timeless familiarity, luring the listener into a new mythological landscape with a story for our time. 

Local music picks for New Year's Eve on Fog City Blues

Dec 30, 2015

Tune in Wednesday 12/30 at 9 pm for a roundup of live 'n local music options for ringing in the new year around the Bay Area, along with some of our favorite in-studio performances from the past twelve months. 

Yuletide blues with Mark Naftalin tonight

Dec 23, 2015

Fog City Blues is off this week, but tune in Wednesday 12/23 at 9 pm for a special two-hour edition of Mark Naftalin's Blues Power Hour with tributes to Santa, Rudolph, and the rest of the holiday cheer.

T Sisters live on Fog City Blues tonight

Dec 16, 2015

The T Sisters are a vocally driven contemporary folk band hailing from Oakland, California. The three sisters’ inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as by upright bassist Steve Height and mandolinist/guitar player Andrew Allen Fahlander. Touching on elements of folk, Americana, gospel, R&B, bluegrass and soul, the T Sisters weave evocative stories with a sound that is at once modern and timeless. They join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 12/16 at 9 pm.

Rainbow Girls live on Fog City Blues

Dec 2, 2015

Rainbow Girls is a group of 4 female musicians who write and perform original material with roots in folk, funk, rock n' roll, americana, world, psychedelic, gypsy, soul music. In addition to their soaring harmonies, these ladies switch back and forth amongst a multitude of instruments including, but not limited to: acoustic and electric guitar, accordion, harmonica, banjolele, bass, keys, ukelele, djembe, cajon, and drum kit.

Quinn Deveaux live on Fog City Blues tonight

Oct 14, 2015

The modern soul songs of Oakland-based Quinn Deveaux, sung in his sweet tenor over a spare guitar or carried by his band’s bright tones, evoke old images aplenty—from those gutbucket barrooms where rock-n-roll was born, to the pine-walled shacks, nearby, where its gospel-forebears rent their souls. But this artist’s singular sound, making old tones new, is Quinn’s alone. He joins host Devon Strolovitch live this Wednesday 10/14 at 9 pm.

Sound Opinons: Isleys!

Aug 28, 2015

The Isley Brothers have scored hits in six different decades thanks to an ever-evolving sound, stretching from doo-wop to psychedelic funk to disco. This week on Sound Opinions, guitarist Ernie Isley joins Jim Kot and Greg Derogatis for a career spanning discussion. 

Sunday at 3pm.

Fog City Blues with guest host DJ Honeycomb Brown

Aug 26, 2015

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.

Fog City Blues with guest hosts Lyz Luke and Micah Dubreuil

Aug 19, 2015

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 Mission Seven live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jul 29, 2015

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.

Midtown Social live on Fog City Blues

Jul 7, 2015

Midtown Social is redefining the California Soul sound with a no-fail good-time sweet spot. Blending soul, funk, and rock, the 9-piece ensemble draws on the arrangements by such family bands as Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone and Chicago, while offering provocative vocals influenced by Bill Withers, Tina Turner and En Vogue.

Bhi Bhiman live on Fog City Blues tonight

Jun 24, 2015

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.

Smoked Out Soul live on Fog City Blues tonight

Apr 29, 2015

Founded in 2013 by Zebuel Early, Smoked Out Soul started out as a mixtape and quickly morphed into a full fledged funk party complete with live guitar and drums. Now Smoked Out Soul is a collective of DJs, Producers, and musicians who love soul music and who love elevating the vibe thru music. Two members of the collective, Will Magid and Paul Oliphant, join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 4/29 at 9:00 pm. 

Tumbleweed Wanderers live on Fog City Blues tonight

Apr 21, 2015

In two short years, Tumbleweed Wanderers have gone from playing sidewalk jam sessions to headlining venues around the Bay Area. The story and sound of the band -- an Americana inspired mix of soul and classic rock-n-roll -- spread throughout the Bay, the West Coast and across the country, essentially, independently. They join host Devon Strolovitch for a live in-studio preview of their new album, Realize, this Wednesday 4/22 at 9 pm.

The Lucky Losers live on Fog City Blues this Wednesday

Mar 24, 2015

Bringing back the male/female duet! The Lucky Losers, featuring Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz, are a male/female led 6-piece band that perform retro blues, rock, swing, and soul, plus originals. Their forthcoming CD is called A Winning Hand, and they join host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 3/25 at 9 pm.

On the next Liner Notes: DaVinci

Feb 17, 2015


Liner Notes invites today's musicians to explore the inspirations behind their work. In each hour, host Max Jacobs sits down with a musician to spin the records that made them want to make music. Whether it's the first song they heard their grandmother sing or an unexpected guilty pleasure, you'll hear the stories of the music that matters to them and how it's shaped them.

Next week, 175+ Bay Area musicians will join 5 members of Sly & The Family Stone for UnderCover's encore tribute to the group's landmark album "Stand!" UC Executive Director Lyz Luke joins host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio along with trumpeter Will Magid and members of Bayonics and Tumbleweed Wanderers, as well as special guest Rustee Allen, bassist from Sly & The Family Stone. Fog City Blue

Philosophy Talk asks: Why (not) believe in an afterlife?

Jan 9, 2015

The question of what happens to us after we die remains as mysterious now as it always was. Some think that death amounts to total annihilation of the self; others adhere to certain religious traditions, which teach that the immaterial soul (and, in some traditions, the resurrected body) can ultimately survive death. So how are we to judge between these radically different views of what happens to us in death? What would it mean for the self to persist beyond the destruction of the body? Is there room in a scientific account of the mind for the existence of an immaterial soul?

Liner Notes: Bells Atlas

Jan 7, 2015


Try not to describe the Oakland quartet Bells Atlas using worn-out genre labels, just think of the feeling you get when you hear their voices and rhythms blend. The records they brought in give a glimpse as to what emerges in the studio: from African highlife and Nina Simone to 90s hip-hop and alt rock.

Catch Bells Atlas every Monday night in January at the Era Art Bar and Lounge in Oakland as part of their Oakland Music Festival residency.