Steven Short

We are fairly sure you’ve heard this song, but we are also fairly sure you’ve never heard it sung this way. And maybe you’ve heard this voice: Tim Hockenberry. Hockenberry made it to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent” a few years ago.

 Tim Hockenberry will be closing this year’s series of free concerts in the Piccolo Pavilion in Old Corte Madera Square on Sunday (08.30). He is there from 5 to 6:30pm.

Today's Local Music: Sugar Ponies

Aug 13, 2015

Sometimes it’s difficult for musicians to categorize their sound. That’s the case with the Sugar Ponies, who you’re hearing now, so they call their music alt-pop-country-folk-rock. 

You can find out what that means on Saturday (08.15) when Sugar Ponies open for Matt Jaffe and the Distractions at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco. Doors open at 9pm.

Andrew Wong

This music is by roots/rock/reggae band Native Elements from San Francisco. They’ve been playing feel-good music for close to 20 years now. 

Native Elements will be part of an all-reggae night at the Club Fox in Redwood City, this Saturday.

Today's Local Music: Golden Gate Park Band

Jul 30, 2015
Golden Gate Park Band

Is there anything more nostalgic than hearing a municipal band in a public park?  The Golden Gate Park Band offers such opportunities every Sunday through September. 

 This week's performance (09.02) will honor the San Francisco Fire Department and emergency volunteers.  Like most shows by the Golden Gate Park Band, this one starts at 1pm in the Spreckles Temple of Music, in Golden Gate Park.

The music you’re hearing now is by Underwoman - also known as Carolyn B. Chen. Her melancholic songs, which draw from pop and classical influences, have been compared to merry-go-round music. They’ve also been described as “haunting.” 

Underwoman & the Believers will be performing at The Stork Club in her hometown of Oakland on Saturday (06.13). Music starts around 9:30pm, but don’t expect Carolyn until around 11pm. 

This band is called The View from Bernal Hill, so you can guess that they’re from San Francisco Bernal Heights neighborhood.

This music is by the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, a 17 – piece combo that plays their own compositions and arrangements. 

You’ll be able to hear the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra on Saturday (05.09) as part of this year’s Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. That takes place – where else? -- at Yerba Buena Gardens, starting at 1:30 in the afternoon. It’s a free show, like all of the performances in this summer series. 

Today’s local music is being played by Talley Up!, a band from Marin County, led by Jim Talley. Whether playing originals or covers, Talley Up! focuses on the funk, since their objective is to get you dancing.  Talley Up! appears at the “19 Broadway” nightclub in Fairfax on Thursday (04.30). They start about 9pm.  Oh, one more thing: Thursday is Jim Talley’s birthday. 

Today’s local music is by The Chris Cobb Band, who say they “proudly walk in the footsteps of the ‘80s blues revival.”

The Chris Cobb Band takes the stage at The Surf Spot in their hometown of Pacifica on Saturday afternoon (04.17), starting about 1:30pm.

No, that’s not an experimental heavy metal band you’re hearing, and it’s not screaming babies, either. It’s the Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Today’s local music is by Queen Makedah of El Sobrante.  She’s one of four performers taking part in an event called Empress Meditations. The purpose of Empress Meditations, they say, “is to highlight the works and message of conscious female artists in reggae and world music.” 

The singer you’re hearing is named Kendra McKinley. She’s only called the Bay Area home since 2013 – but she studied classical guitar at UC Santa Cruz, so that counts for something.  

Kendra McKinley will be joined by Scott Mickleson on Saturday (03.07) at Viracocha in San Francisco’s Mission District. Music starts about 8pm.   

The music you're hearing was written by Bay Area composer Lou Harrison, and is being played by David Tenenbaum.  It’s a commission from Other Minds, the contemporary music organization dedicated to encouraging “creative exploration in new music.”

 It's part of the first concert in the twentieth "Other Minds Festival," taking place Friday (03.06) at the SFJazz Center on Franklin Street. There's a panel discussion at 7pm, with the concert at 8pm.      

That’s Josh Beemish Johnson playing banjo AND drums right now. He’s joined on this song by Alison Craig. But he could be joined by YOU tomorrow (02.19). That’s when Josh Beemish Johnson is hosting an Open Mike at the Bazaar Café in San Francisco. Music starts at 7pm.

We regularly hear about high rollers, but how about Low Rollers?  Well, that’s who you’re hearing now. 

The Low Rollers will be playing their hometown of San Francisco on Wednesday (01.28) at El Rio.  And just so you know, Colin Peden, a member of this band, is also a current member of the “Crosscurrents” Audio Academy. Other Academy members may be there, too, so come see if you can figure out who’s who.  Music starts about 8pm.   

San Francisco is America’s second most densely populated area, after Manhattan. Perhaps you’ve noticed! And with new construction all over town, it’s going to get even denser. Yet, there’s a portion of it that is so lightly populated that you could shoot off a cannon, and not hit anybody. That area is the 1,500 acres of the Presidio, at the mouth of the Golden Gate.

Today we are featuring Burnt Ones. This San Francisco group channels glam rockers, with a nod to the girl groups of the Sixties. They’re performing on Saturday, June 16th at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall in the City. The music should start around 8pm.