Bazaar Stock 8


Hey, there, Scenesters! So, today — and today only — is the Richmond District’s Bazaar Stock 8, which is a free concert of local singer-songwriter types hosted by the Bazaar Cafe, and organized by KC Turner Presents.

The event is an all-day affair, commencing at 10 a.m. and continuing until 10 p.m. Please note that, while the event itself is free, there will be a tip jar being passed around.

Please also note that 100% of the tip proceeds will go to benefit Music in Schools Today, which is a local non-profit organization providing music education programs. YES!

Go, get out, get some hot beverages, support local musicians, support free live music, and support music education for the next generation!

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FYI: The Extraordinary Janelle Monae TODAY!

Janelle Monae

Thanks to a tip from a friend, I have most excellent news: JANELLE MONAE IS PERFORMING FOR FREE TODAY AT 12:30 P.M. AT THE JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA!!! W00T!!!

FYI, this is also an opportunity to participate in a food drive, so bring a can o’ somethin’, won’t you please?

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FYI: February 28th, the Day of Amazing Free Live Music!

Sister Kate at Baxtalo Drom - The Lucky Road

Sister Kate at Baxtalo Drom – The Lucky Road

Hello, beautiful Scenesters! Tonight is rife with fantastic free live music possibilities, and I can’t wait to list a few options for you. Here we go!

Who:  Noise Pop Happy Hour Future Twin, Cocktails, Blood Sister
Where:  Bender’s
When:  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Anything else?:  Note that Bender’s is a 21+ establishment, so be sure to bring your valid ID. Also, this is part of the greater Noise Pop Music Festival, so count on there being plenty of people out and about (altho’, if the rain keeps up, maybe not so much of an issue…).

Who:  Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Where:  San Francisco State McKenna Theater
When:  8:00 p.m.
Anything else?:  This is a fantastic opportunity to see some really accomplished classical woodwind instrumentalists in a pretty intimate setting. There should be plenty of on-campus parking, and lots of Muni stops in the area, so getting there ain’t so tricky!

Who:  Baxtalo Drom – The Lucky Road
Where:  Amnesia
When:  9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Cost:  $5 to $15
Anything else?:  This is a fantastic evening of gypsy music, burlesque dance, and belly dancing, hosted by local gurus The Lucky Road. This is a monthly gathering, and is super-popular here in the city, so be sure to get there early, get a shot then a drink, and then stake our your territory near the stage. Acts include special guests from all over the country, and always include local faves Sister Kate. Be aware that parking in this area can be tricky, so take public transport, if you can.

NOTE: The Facebook event lists entry as $5 to $10, but the venue’s site lists entry as $10 to $15. Be prepared, either way.

O.K., lovelies, that’s it for tonight! Go out, bring friends, meet new ones, and enjoy some great free live music in this glorious city!

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FYI Weekend Edition: March 15-17, 2013

Toshio Hirano

Good evening, and happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! As you can imagine, this weekend will play host to all kinds of fun, rollicking festivities, almost all of which feature Free Live Music! Here are a few items that The Scene would like to bring to your attention:

Who:  Wonder Bread 5
Where:  The Royal Exchange
When:  Friday, March 15th @ 4:00 p.m.
Anything else?:  This is The Royal Exchange’s annual St. Paddy’s Day Street Party, but don’t let the name fool you — this is a family-friend shindig! Sure, you can get your drink on, but it’s all about having fun! And, believe me, this band fits the bill! They absolutely do NOT take themselves seriously. Armed with crazy costumes, outrageous wigs, and a songlist built upon decades (including the current one) of popular cover songs, think of this experience as an over-the-top party/wedding band. (Hey, just speakin’ the truth, yo.) A fun, light-hearted way to get the weekend started right.

Who:  Toshio Hirano
Where:  Mercury Cafe
When:  Friday, March 15th @ 7:30 p.m.
Anything else?:  This is a much more laid back way to start out your Irish Weekend — with a little Appalachian-influenced, yodel-laden acoustic music. Toshio was featured in an article, and is a master of simple, old-time American music. Another family-friendly event!

Who:  Multiple Artists
Where:  San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival (Civic Center Plaza)
When:  Saturday, March 16th @ 11:00 a.m.
Anything else?:  Come see a myriad of live acts for free, such as The Hooks (Irish rock ‘n’ roll), The Gas Men (traditional Irish music), and (during the parade) the Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (bagpipes — you heard me!).

Who:  Opera On Tap
Where:  Cafe Royale
When:  Saturday, March 16th @ 7:30 p.m.
Anything else?:  This is such an awesome idea! This non-profit organization presents a monthly acoustic showcase for those who are either curious about opera, or love (but can’t afford to go see) opera — or anyone in between, frankly! One thing to keep in mind: there will be a passing of the hat, so to speak, but any and all donations are greatly appreciated. And, as mentioned in previous posts, the venue is a lovely neighborhood gem, so get your artiste on!

Who:  Tom Armstrong
Where:  The Lucky Horseshoe
When:  Sunday, March 17th @8:00 p.m.
Anything else?:  So, yes, Mr. Armstrong — a local old-school country and honky tonk singer and songwriter — is the featured act for the evening. That being said, come early — say, around 4:00 p.m. — for a good old fashioned bluegrass jam session! A little heads-up that the evening performance will have a pass-the-hat aspect to it, but if you’re a true country fan, you will never forgive yourself for missing this guy.

Who:  The Cottontails
Where:  The Riptide
When:  Sunday, March 17th @ 7:30 p.m.
Anything else?:  This venue is a great neighborhood bar that boasts a real-live fireplace! True, it’s all the way out by the ocean, but this local fave is easily accessible by Muni rail. As for the band, they’re a great traditional 5-piece combo that skillfully plays a wide variety of awesome old American vocal jazz, honky tonk, soul, ’20s-through-’60s swing and rock ‘n’ roll, and so on. Plus, the female vocalist is ridiculously good!

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FYI: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Swinging Doors

Wow, talk about an embarrassment of riches! In preparing this post for Wednesday, March 13th, there were SO MANY  shows to choose from, including a bevy of Not Quite Free selections! Still, The Scene managed to distill it all down to a few choice selections — hey, it’s why we get the big bucks, right?

Here are The Scene’s suggestions for some serious Live Music Listenin’ for Wednesday, March 13, 2013:

Who:  Brian Jordan Boogaloo Band
Genre:  Funk/Jazz/Trip Hop
Where:  Boom Boom Room
When:  9:30 p.m.
How much?:  $5 (pre-sale)
Anything else?:  Note that the $5 price is only guaranteed if you buy your tickets ahead of time. You can purchase advance tickets here at the venue’s ticketing site. Also, point of interest: this guy is the guitarist for Ms. Lauryn Hill! Pretty cool.

Who:  Leah Tysse
Genre:  Pop/Soul/Singer-Songwriter
Where:  The Saloon
When:  9:30 p.m.
Anything else?:  The Saloon is largely touted as San Francisco’s oldest bar. The venue’s kinda small, but there’s almost always plenty of room for anyone who’d care to participate in the festivities. Also, note that this is a dive bar, so if you’re not really into that kind of thing, this may not be for you.

Who:  The Swinging Doors
Genre:  Honky Tonk/Country
Where:  The Chapel
When:  8:30 p.m.
Anything else?:  The listing for this event includes a couple of DJs (DJ Teets and DJ Kurt), so just be aware that the live music may not immediately get under way. Also, this is an all ages show, and the venue’s site specifies that patrons ages 6+ are welcome, so if you’re going, please be on your best Family Friendly behavior (just in case, y’know, there are kids out there line dancing on a school night).

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FYI: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Greetings, all you Live Music Lovers! Looking to get out on a school night for some fabby, FREE live music? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here are some gems for Tuesday, March 12, 2013:

Who:  Papa Bear and the Easy Love
Genre:  Folk/New Age
Where:  Amnesia
When:  9:30 p.m. (Tuesdays thru March 26th)
How much?:  $5-$9 sliding scale
Anything else?:  If you’re into a feel-good, New Age-inspired, we-can-change-the-world-through-our-innate-ability-to-love-one-another kind of vibe, then you gotta check out this band. There’s something earthy and lovely about their sound, and seeing as they’re playing this venue only through the end of the month, now would be the time to catch them! Also, FYI, Amnesia is smack-dab in the middle of the Mission District, which means parking’s gonna be a bitch, but if you’re public-transporting it, there’s a ton of ways to get to the ‘hood, so…plan accordingly .

Who:  The Lady Crooners
Genre:  Folk Pop
Where:  Cafe Royale
When:  8:00 p.m.
Anything else?:  This is a lovely little quintet that puts forth music featuring simple, clean, folk-inspired, melodic songs. If you like balanced guitar rhythms and vocal harmonies with heart-warming lyrics and singable, catchy ditties, then this is a must-see band! (I’m actually listening to them right now as I type this; kind of in love with them right now.) The venue is one of those art gallery-meets-live performance venue kind of places in the city, so expect the crowd to be true appreciators and general artsy-loving people. Also, be warned: this is another easy-parking-averse ‘hoods (on Post between Sutter and Geary). Public transport (most likely via Muni bus) is recommended.

Who:  Watsky
Genre:  Hip Hop
Where:  Amoeba Music (at their Haight Street location)
When:  6:00 p.m.
Anything else?:  As any of you who’ve ever gone to Amoeba to hear a band or musician perform will already know, this event is (no doubt) largely a record promo event. That being said, George Watsky is a local boy done good, and he brings mad English skills beautifully paired with an impish sense of humor. For those of you who are hard-core hip hop lovers (a la Aesop Rock or Blackalicious), this guy may not be for you. If you like playful and insightful, if not altogether humble, emceeing paired with simple, classic beats and R&B backing, then this is for you! Note that a lot of the lyric would not be approved by the Parents Television Council, so bringing young children is not particularly recommended. (FYI, I linked Watsky’s MySpace page above so you can hear some of his tracks  pre-going to the event, but he does have his own website with tour info and whatnot.)

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FYI: Stern Grove Festival 2012

Hey, Scenesters! This Sunday marks the final free concert performance of the 2012 Stern Grove Festival. As usual, the Festival goes out with a bang, featuring performances by The Family Crest and Internet darlings, OK Go! Show starts at 2 p.m., but y’all may wanna get there early (I recommend noon-ish) to set up your picnic blanket, or even snag one of the few-and-far-between stone seats/benches.

Here’s a handy little link to the Festival’s “how to get here” page, and here’s a link to the inevitable and oh-so-useful FAQ page. Have a great weekend!

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FYI: Closing Out Chanukkah With Kick-Ass Music!

Jeremiah Lockwood

Tonight is not only the final night of the Festival of Lights (Chanukkah), but also the the final night of the pop-up Tikva Records store. For those of you who have never heard of Tikva Records, they were a Jewish label that disbanded more than 30 years ago. (Here’s a cool little article about the label from NPR.)

And so, the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation is holding the last of a series of live music events to celebrate the season, hosted by Jeremiah Lockwood of Sway Machinery and (one of my personal faves) the Balkan Beat Box, and featuring a couple of unbelievable guests: Ethan Miller (Howlin’ Rain, Comets on Fire) and — hold onto your hats — Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, The Black Crowes)!

The truly amazing thing about this event is that it’s absolutely free! But tickets are limited, so register/RSVP very, very soon! Here are the details:

Who:  Jeremiah Lockwood; Ethan Miller; Luther Dickinson

What:  Mystical Lights of the Guitar Night 2

:  Tikva Records Pop-Up Store, 3191 Mission St.

When:  7 p.m. — 8 p.m. only!

Anything else?:  Doors open 15 minutes before show (i.e. 6:45 p.m.). Also, this is very limited admission, so reserve your tickets soon! The ticketing site is closing down at 6 p.m.! And, finally, the event is being held at the Queens Nails Projects space, which is basically a performance artist space. This is in the Mission District, so parking may be tricky; plan accordingly.

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FYI: Gypsy Music at Amnesia


‘Tis the season…to get your gypsy on! Local favorites Gaucho are holding down the fort at Amnesia during their weekly fete, featuring killer tunes and strong drinks — all for no cover! Joining them for the evening’s festivities will be Dink Dink Dink and Michael Abraham. So, put on your dancing shoes and hottest steampunk outfit, and head over for an evening that is spectacularly San Franciscan! Here are the details:

Who:  Dink Dink Dink; Gaucho; Michael Abraham

Genre:  Gypsy/Jazz/Americana

Where:  Amnesia, 853 Valencia St. (between 19th & 20th)

When:  7 p.m. — 11 p.m.

Anything else?:  Keep in mind that the venue is long, rather than wide, so if you want to get up close and personal to the acts, it’s really best to arrive on the earlier side. Also, it’ll mean that you might actually be able to get to the bar faster! And, finally, this is in the Mission District, so parking can be tricky. If you can take public transportation, I recommend it!

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FYI: Popfest and Carnaval 2011

This holiday weekend brings to the City two fantastic opportunities to get out and hear some truly great music!

First up: San Francisco popfest 2011, a celebration of international indie-pop music, featuring such bands as The Aberdeens, 14 Iced Bears, and Eternal Summers. Festival runs May 25th to May 29th at various venues throughout the City. Check out the Web site for more info!

Not so much into the indie scene? Like your music with what one may call a little more spice? Then check out San Francisco Carnaval! The festivities run May 28th and May 29th. And not only is there a full-blown, feather-boa’d parade both days, not to mention a ton of grubbin’ food and libations, but there is a bevy of luscious music, from the salsa of Avance, to the Afro-Latin beats of Sandy Perez — not to be missed!

So get out this weekend and get your free live music on! See you around town.

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