Bay Area musicians have come together to create Bizar Bazaar, a weekly Tuesday night dance party, serving as a home base to the Bay Area funk, jazz and jam scene. Event creator Michael Bizar has recruited some of the Bay Area's finest musicians to help "make them dance." The regular weekly cast consists of Michael Bizar (AJ Croce, Wayside, Citrus) on guitars, Simon Rochester (!Tang) on electric piano and organ, Murph (Citrus, Freddy Jones Band) on bass, and Jim Richards (Soul Tree) on drums. As a twist on this exciting event, Bizar Bazaar will showcase a different Bay Area jammer each week.

Bizar Bazaar will present an incredible repertoire of funk, jazz funk and soul dance songs from the rich catalogs of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, The Meters, James Brown, John Scofield, MMW, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green and Chick Corea. Each song will serve as a jam vehicle, open to reinterpretation every week as guest instrumentalists join the band, keeping things fresh and exciting for the band and audience alike. Since most of the music Bizar Bazaar does is considered "standard", the musicians have charted sheet music of every song so ANYONE can sit in; and in the Bay Area, thanks to a wealth of amazing musicians, the possibilities are endless.

According to Bizar, the confirmed guests range from Bay Area gurus like Paul McCandless (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Oregon), Will Bernard (Motherbug, Charlie Hunter) and Paul Hanson (Peter Apfelbaum, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; has also played with MMW and Ratdog) as well as Bay Area secret gems such as Benny Rietveld of Santana and Josh Clark of Tea Leaf Green.

The Boom Boom Room has been chosen by Bizar, with some help from Andy Gadiel at JamBase, as the best place to host the event. "I want to create an event in San Francisco that will give our scene a home in the same way JamBase gave us a home in cyberspace," Bizar says. "I think the Boom Boom Room is the perfect home."

Come check out Bizar Bazaar, every Tuesday at the Boom Boom Room! Cover is only $3.00. Bring your friends!

Bizar Bazaar
The Boom Boom Room
1601 Fillmore St. | San Francisco | 415.673.8000

Special Guest Stars in May
May 7 | Mike Rinta (Brass Monkey, Mushroom) on trombone
May 14 | Will Bernard (Motherbug) on guitar
May 21 | Paul Hanson (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) on Bassoon and Josh Paxton (Wayside) on Hammond B3 and electric piano

For more information:

Michael Bizar

Liv Andreas (publicity)
phone 415.751.5457 | fax 415.751.5929

[Published on: 4/26/02]

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