There are a few big monster shows around the Bay Area this weekend, and many other great smaller ones. The first ever concerts at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco will be this Friday and Saturday with Dave Matthews Band, Macy Gray and the remarkable Angelique Kidjo. Over in Berkeley you can catch the fabulous guitarist and songwriter, Mark Knopfler, at the Berkeley Community Theater.
If you are not one for such big crowds, you can check out some of this fine action:
Tuesday | May 15th
Well this is not a small show exactly but Wavy Gravy has a birthday again, and it is a Seva benefit, again, and it is at the Berkeley Community Theater! What a show this will be with Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Hot Tuna, members of Zero including Steve Kimock, Paul Kantner and Diane Mangano, Indigenous and much more. I'd most want to hear the set with Dr. John and Maria Muldaur. Shady Lady is at the Paradise Lounge in San Francisco. The Donald Harrison Quintet plays Yoshi's both Tuesday and Wednesday. Todd Snider is up at the Palms in Davis.
Wednesday | May 16th
Most Chill Slackmob is at the Tongue & Groove. Charlie Musselwhite plays
the Palms in Davis. The fantastic Peter Case is over in Mill Valley at the Sweetwater and will play Foley's in San Francisco on Friday and the Palms in Davis on Saturday. A great local band, Garnish, is at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. Box Set duo is at Henfling's.
Thursday | May 17th
Soulive is coming to get you all groovin' their fabulous sound at the Great
American Music Hall. Live Human will open that show. Vinyl is at the Sweetwater. San Rafael's Fourth Street Tavern will host Tree o' Frogs and Santa Cruz' Euphonic Tonic. In Santa Cruz you can catch Liquid Foundation and San Francisco rockers, Blue Tulip, at Moe's Alley. Blue Tulip will also play the Old Western Saloon in Pt. Reyes on Saturday. Rory Block is up at the Palms in Davis.
Friday | May 18th
The one-and-only "King of the Funky Drums", Zigaboo Modeliste, is at the Last Day Saloon with his New Aahkesstra. The Lost City 23 Club in Brisbane (South SF) has a great looking show with Tea Leaf Green (early 7:30 start) and Tree o' Frogs and !Tang. Vinyl will be there to groove you at the Elbo
Room. The Boom Boom Room will have the SF funk unit, boomshanka. Blakes has Shady Lady. Todd Snider, a true one-of-a-kind cat, holds forth at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Jupiter in Berkeley has Will Bernard and Motherbug. Leo Nocentelli and his band will blow in to tiny Henfling's in
Ben Lomond to funk you up. One of the greatest songwriters in America, Fred Eaglesmith, will play the Palms in Davis and on May 19th he will be at the Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz.
Saturday | May 19th
Will Bernard and Motherbug are at Bruno's in SF. The El Rio has a cool
outdoor concert (check time) with boomshanka. Mandrill is back together and plays at the Justice League along with Leo Nocentelli and his band. Tommy Castro and his band are at McNear's Mystic in Petaluma. The Sweetwater will be alive with the hot Harvey Mandel Blues Allstars. Taos Hum is down in Brookdale, Santa Cruz Mountains, at the Brookdale Lodge. Solomon Grundy brings their very cool jam machine to Jupiter in Berkeley.
Sunday | May 20th
The KALW 60th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley with Paul Pena, Kathy Kallick, Nina Gerber and more. There is free music on Fourth Street in Berkeley, including a sure-to-be great set by Will Bernard & Motherbug w/ Will's friend, Dave Ellis, guesting on sax. Check out Nina's amazing new record, self-produced Not Before Noon. I think she is one of the best guitarists in
the world. Palookaville has the James Cotton Blues Band. Alan Hertz & Friends are at the Sweetwater. Mick Taylor will be at 19 Broadway. I hear that Taylor is putting on a killer live show these days.
Monday | May 21st
John Scofield "Real Jazz" Project is at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. I am sure I could come up with more shows for Monday, but do yourself a favor and go get jazzy with Sco!
...get your dancin' shoes on and Go See Live Music!
JamBase Bay Area Correspondent