When a band is named RocketShip RocketShip, you expect a powerful, speedy sound. And that’s what you get, as you’re hearing now. This power trio from San Francisco calls their music “Atomic Rock and Roll.”
Yes, that’s vintage jazz you’re hearing, but no, your radio hasn’t gone into a time warp. You’re hearing The Cottontails of San Francisco, a group that plays American music from the 1920s to the 1960s – sometimes all in one set! They’ll be shaking it up on Sunday at The Riptide in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, beginning at 7:30pm.
There aren’t many music festivals named for living performers, but Earl Thomas is one of them. His namesake festival occurs in his birthplace of Pikesville, Tennessee. But you can hear Earl Thomas singing next Monday May 27 at Biscuits and Blues, just off of San Francisco’s Union Square, starting about 7:30pm. Go for the blues, but notice his shoes!
What you’re hearing now is the best the Bay Area has to offer in young jazz musicians. This is the award-winning SFJazz High School All-Star Orchestra. They’re helping to inaugurate the new SFJazz Center next Saturday May 18. It’s an afternoon show, starting at 2pm.