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Fog City Blues: The Stone Foxes and Muscle Shoals at SFJazz

Aug 16, 2017

In 1969, four studio musicians known affectionately as “The Swampers” opened their own studio in an old coffin factory building in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The group, formally called the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, developed their own definitive sound as a studio band for the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Staples Singers, Wilson Pickett, and many more. 

When Oakland native Terrie Odabi begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories.

Fog City Blues: Blues Is a Woman

Jul 26, 2017

Blues Is a Woman celebrates women in the blues from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt and beyond. 

Fog City Blues: Smoked Out Soul

Jun 14, 2017

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. 

Fog City Blues: Guest DJ Honeycomb Brown

May 24, 2017

Honeycomb Brown invites you to a bone-chilling episode of Fog City Blues entitled NOWHERE TO RUN: Soul Music's Most Terrifying Tales. 

UnderCover Presents is working with over 100 artists from 13 Bay Area ensembles to pay homage to The Beatles’ 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' - one of the most iconic albums in the history of recordings.

The Back Room in Berkeley will celebrate its one-year anniversary on April 15 when Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots bring their unique brand of “boogie, blues and jazz” to the intimate, brick-laden venue.

Fog City Blues: The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

Mar 29, 2017

Faye Carol has been part of the Bay Area music scene since she moved from Meridian, Mississippi to Pittsburg, California as a young girl. Known widely as the ‘Dynamic Miss Faye Carol,’ she defies labels -- singing everything from cabaret to gospel to jazz.

Fog City Blues: Macy Blackman & The Mighty Fines

Mar 15, 2017
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Hearing Macy Blackman is like stepping into an uptown New Orleans club such as the Dew Drop Inn circa 1955. Indeed, he's been playing this music since it really wasn't very old.

Fog City Blues: No Lovely Thing

Mar 1, 2017

No Lovely Thing is a fiercely funky soul band based in Oakland. Led by singer Melissa Jones’ percussive melodies and unforgettably captivating voice, the band weaves elements of blues, ska, reggae and jazz into their modern soul-funk mix. 

75+ Bay Area musicians and artists pay tribute to an album that showcased the confident vision of a young woman dealing with modern life - love, heartbreak, spirituality, racism - with the wisdom and aplomb of an old soul.

Fog City Blues: 10th Anniversary with Lavay Smith

Jan 25, 2017

Fog City Blues first aired on January 29, 2007. A few weeks later, local chanteuse Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers bandleader Chris Siebert joined us for our first live on-air interview about blues in the Bay Area and beyond. 

Fog City Blues: The Lucky Losers

Jan 11, 2017

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. 

Fog City Blues: R.I.P. 2016

Jan 4, 2017

Music suffered heavy losses in 2016, a year like no other in recent memory. We lost masters from every corner of the music world, from classical composers and jazz greats to world music superstars, soul singers, country giants, prog-rock pioneers and record producers. 

Fog City Blues: Con Brio

Dec 28, 2016

Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.

Fog City Blues: Christmanukkah

Dec 21, 2016
"Chrismanukkah 2010" by Courtlyn McHale used under CC license

Christmas comes but once a year, and every once in a while Hanukkah sneaks up on it. This year's Festival of Lights starts on Christmas Eve, making the last week of 2016 all the merrier (that shouldn't be too hard).

Fog City Blues: Alvon Johnson

Dec 14, 2016

Alvon Johnson travels the world singing and swinging jazz standards with Big Bands, and gallops the globe performing the songs that he sang while working with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters.

Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. as guest host Honeycomb Brown reads love letters from the Bay Area, written by KALW listeners, along with a soundtrack of love and heartbreak songs from yesteryear.

Fog City Blues: Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

Nov 16, 2016

Explaining Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra’s music is like describing a remembered dream. It's blues but not blues, folk but not folk, soulful but not soul. 

50+ Bay Area musicians and artists honor one of the most inspiring albums of all time.

Fog City Blues: Hibbity Dibbity live

Nov 2, 2016

Hibbity Dibbity is a San Francisco band that calls its music “swamp-stompin’ boogie soul.” 

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.

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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. 

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