WHOO HOO, Bay Area!!! Here it is, another Friday and another action-packed weekend for lovers of fine live music in the Bay Area and surrounding areas. Again, it is difficult to figure out what to do on any given evening. I've jotted down a few ideas for y'all again...
Friday | March 30th
The Super Jam benefit for the AIDS Ride, called Spur of the Moment, is sold out at Slim's. The madness takes off with Will Bernard, Robert Walters, Cochemea Gastelum, Les Claypool, Mike Clark and a vocalist from hip-hop act, The Coup. Yikes! Over at the Tongue & Groove you can catch Peanut and the Apocalypse. The Make*A*Circus Benefit, The Urban Hippodrome, at Great American Music Hall has all sorts of wild stuff going on, including a big fat set by the fabulous Animal Liberation Orchestra. Bitches Brew is at the 7th Note Showclub. The Justice League has an evening of Hispanic rock and grooves with Orixa, Los Moscosos and Julieta Venega. If you got your tickets in advance you'd have a free compilation CD. The David Thom Band will be at the First Unitarian Church in SF. Last Day Saloon hosts the Jethro Jeremiah Band and Undercover S.K.A. Court & Spark and the Willard Grant Conspiracy are at the Noe Valley Ministry. Post Junk Trio is at Eastside West. Guster plays the Fillmore. Tree o' Frogs will be laying down the Frog groove for three full sets somewhere and if you can figure it out, they'll probably let you in! Wish them well on their second tour which kicks off in Ashland, Oregon at Siskiyou Pub on April 5th. Over in Marin, Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra funk you up all night long at Sweetwater. The East Bay has The Eric McFadden Experience and Vagabond Lovers at the Starry Plough. McFadden has just signed on to work with George Clinton and P-Funk! At Kimball's Carnival, both Friday and Saturday, there is the "Farewell to Pete Escovedo" shows with Pete, John Santos and Sheila E., among others, sure to be two
amazing nights. In Santa Cruz don't miss Shelley Doty and Vinyl. King Harvest will be at the Brittania Arms in Cupertino.
Saturday | March 31st
ReBirth Brass Band, Jive and DJ Motion Potion play Great American Music
Hall, sure to be a wonderful evening of 'Nawlins flavor and grooves.
boomshanka is at the Tongue & Groove with Tree o' Frogs. The outstanding Dan Bern will be at the Fillmore. At 3 pm at Pound-SF there is a benefit for the West Memphis Three with Jello Biafra, Red Meat, Zen Guerilla, Eddie & Ron from the Supersuckers, Three Years Down, Hotbox, Crosstops, Salem Lights, Bottles & Skulls, Fracas and New Grenada (all ages, 415 826-9202 for info). Zoe & Caitlin will amaze you with their gorgeous voices at Circadia.
Darol Anger, that wild and wacky dude, and an incredible musician, brings his Fiddle Congress to the Last Day Saloon. Both Stuart Duncan and Bruce Molsky will be there, plus some of the younger generation of hand-picked fiddle and violin talent Darol will bring along for you. Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts has Matt Smalls' Crushing Spiral Ensemble and Avishai Cohen Quintet (also at the same venue at 3pm, Avishai Cohen Quintet only). The Orange Peels play free at Amoeba in SF. Vinyl is up at the Mystic in Petaluma. Matt Butler is at the Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes Station. Pouch and special guests are at New George's, an early all day show starting at noon (call club to confirm time). D'Amphibians play Blakes in Berkeley. The incredible Sound Tribe Sector 9 will play at Palookaville in Santa Cruz. If reggae is your flavor, Earl Zero is at the Catalyst, free show, I think.
Sunday | April 1st
Drums and Tuba will play two sets at Bruno's both Sunday and Monday. Jonathan Brooke is at the Fillmore. The blazing Brigitte DeMeyer Band and two other acts are at Voodoo Lounge for the Sunday Night Music Club, starting at 7 pm. If you are an artist or band looking for new distribution for your CD, there is a CD Baby meeting getting underway there at 5 pm. Branford Marsalis and others are at Davies all. "Hip Hop Meets Jazz", an SF JAZZ production is at the Masonic Auditorium with the Joshua Redman Quartet and Russell Gunn's Ethnomusicology. Five Point Plan plays the Paradise Lounge. In the East Bay get on over to Ashkenaz at 2 pm for the Moss Brothers, these kids are going places! This is a benefit for one of the Moss kid's school and for the wonderful SF organization, Hearing Education and Awareness for
Rockers (H.E.A.R.). Anger's Fiddle Congress (Fiddle Circus?) is at the Freight & Salvage.
Monday | April 2nd
Fleeting Trance, West by God and Stymie & the Pimp Jones LUV Orchestra are at the Bottom of the Hill. Sounds like a good un! John Hiatt and the very good songwriter (check out his great new CD!) Tim Easton are at the Catalyst. Liquid Foundation plays Santa Cruz' 529 Club. The amazing Chucho Valdes and his Quartet play at Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
Tuesday | April 3rd
Kooken & Hoomen are at Cafe du Nord. Bazaar Cafe hosts "Rose St. on the Road Tour" with singer/songwriters Irina Rivkin, Rachel Garlin, Jenn August and others. Tommy Castro and a bunch of others are at the Shad Harris Benefit House Party at Slim's. Don't forget Melanie C is at Bimbo's! Rodney Crowell is at Foley's Cellar with the Kountry K's. He plays a sold out show at Palms Playhouse in Davis on Wednesday. Drums & Tuba is at Blakes. Nerissa Nields & Pam Houston are at the Freight & Salvage.
Wednesday | April 4th
Keller Williams is at Palookaville (and Great American on Thursday). Tea Leaf Green and New Monsoon will kick out the jams at Sweetwater in Mill Valley, both bands debut at the venerable Marin County club. If you go to that, congratulate the Tea Leaf Green guys on getting on the Showcase Stage for this year's 11th Annual High Sierra Music Festival! Netwerk: Electric will be at the Boom Boom Room. Drums & Tuba are at Fuel 44. Chucho Valdes Quartet will be at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. Jupiter in Berkeley hosts the Broun Fellinis.
Get on your dancin' shoes and GO SEE LIVE MUSIC!
JamBase Bay Area Correspondent