Here’s what’s coming up in the San Francisco Bay Area:
9/24/18 — Hiss Golden Messenger at the Sweetwater. This is another one that I feel like I should like more than I do.
9/24/18 and 9/25/18 — The National at the Greek. Different openers. Big Thief on the 24th and Cat Power on the 25th.
9/26/18 — Superorganism at The Independent. This is a band that I tried to see at SXSW, but was unsuccessful. I predict this show will sell out; I’m not sure if I will be there or not. As predicted, this show sold out and they also added a second show on 9/27/18 which is not sold out yet.
9/26/18 — Lucy Spraggan at BoTH
9/26/18 — Hiss Golden Messenger at Cornerstone in Berkeley. As stated above, this is another one that I feel like I should like more than I do.
9/26/18 — John Doe Folk Trio at the Sweetwater
9/27/18 — Dirty Heads at the Fox. I saw them at the Aggie when I lived in CO and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Don’t know how much of that was the alcohol.
9/27/18 — Death Cab for Cutie at the Greek
9/28/18 — First Aid Kit at the Masonic
9/28/18 — Lovelytheband at the Rickshaw Stop. They have a song I really like that’s popular on the radio (at least the college stations I listen to) right now.
10/2/18 — The Vaccines at Slim’s
10/4/18 — Alice Merton at August Hall. She has a song that I liked when it was getting airplay
10/4/18 — Langhorne Slim and the Lost at Last Band at GAMH (also appearing over the weekend at HSB). I really want to make this work. Coordinating arrivals for the weekend and others’ desires…. it really challenges me. Turns out, it wasn’t really that challenging. You’ll find me here…
10/5/18 — The Weeks at BotH
10/5/18 — Steve Earle at GAMH (a benefit for SF Free Clinics). Not for me; definitely not on the Sat of HSB. Maybe for you?
10/5/18 — Lawrence at the Independent. I caught this band at SXSW and liked them. If it weren’t HSB weekend, I’d consider this.
10/5/18 — Jeff Tweedy at the Fillmore. This is sold out and I did *not* get a ticket. Let me know if you have an extra you want to sell me. The only bright side here is that it’s HSB so I assume he’ll be there and Friday night HSB shows are hard (not as hard as Sat, but hard!)
10/5/18 — Steve Forbert at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol. I’m glad he’ll be at HSB so I don’t have to be sad that Sebastopol is so far away.
10/5/18 – 10/7/18 — HSB and it’s confirmed that Tweedy will be there!
10/6/18 — Conor Oberst at The Fillmore. Typical Sat night of HSB.
10/6/18 — Akaline Trio at the Warfield
10/6/18 — Gregory Alan Isakov at GAMH (also appearing over the weekend at HSB)
10/6/18 — Waxahatchee at The Chapel. I suspect this means they will be playing the Conor Oberst curated stage at HSB
10/7/18 — Lawrence at The New Parish.
10/7/18 — Ani DiFranco at the Fillmore. She’ll be at HSB, so maybe I’ll finally see her, probably not at the Fillmore.
10/7/18 — The Lone Bellow at GAMH (which seems surprising since I last saw them headlining the Fillmore). It’s also the Sunday of HSB and seems tough. What do you say, Andee?
10/7/18 — Justin Townes Earle at Slim’s with Aaron Lee Tasjan opening. If I knew this was gonna be one of JTE’s more upbeat performances, I’d totally be in but a slow set on the Sunday of HSB could kill me.
10/8/18 — Sting and Shaggy at the Masonic. I am not really a Sting fan, but I heard one of their songs and I really liked it
10/9/18 — We Were Promised Jetpacks at GAMH
10/9/18 — The Brother Brothers are opening at The Freight. I’ve seen these guys twice now (including last night) and I really like them. Mellow, but great voices and song-writing and they are darned nice guys.
10/11/18 — James Bay at the Greek. I saw him open for someone years ago and I remember liking him. I was surprised to find him headlining the Fillmore in March and I’m even more surprised to see that he’s headlining the Greek. Not because he wasn’t good, but when did he become so popular and how did I miss it?
10/11/18 — Trace Bundy at the Freight
10/12/18 and 10/13/18 — FERRON at the Freight
10/13/18 — Allen Stone at the Regency
10/13/18 — Jackie Greene at the Fillmore. But will it be Jackie Greene or will it be his usual Dead and Friends line-up? I would go to the former, but I would much rather skip the latter. Update: After seeing him in Nashville with his new band, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be doing this!
10/13/18 — The Stone Foxes at Slim’s
10/14/18 — Patterson Hood at the Sweetwater
10/14/18 — The Sheepdogs at the Rickshaw. I saw them at HSB at the Porch stage in 2015. I think I liked them, but I also think I didn’t love them and left. Sun could have had something to do with that. HSB memories tend to be a little hazy.
10/15/18 and 10/16/18 — Maggie Rogers at the Fillmore. 10/15/18 is already sold out.
10/16/18 — Hozier at the Fox. This is already sold out. If you happen to have an extra ticket, I could seriously be interested!
10/16/18 — Rejjie Snow at Brick and Mortar
10/19/18 — Esme Patterson at Neck of the Woods
10/19/18 — KT Tunstall at GAMH
10/19/18 — Matthew Sweet at the Fillmore
10/19/18 — St Paul and the Broken Bones at the Fox Theatre
10/20/18 — John Paul White at the Swedish American Hall
10/20/18 — Tune-Yards at the Fillmore. I’ve never see Tune-Yards, but have heard good things.
10/20/18 — Mason Jennings at Bimbo’s
10/21/18 — Lil Dicky at the Fox. Tickets are too pricey for me.
10/21/18 — The Steel Wheels at the Freight. I can’t see how I wouldn’t go to this show. They don’t come around often enough for my liking and these guys are genuinely nice guys and put on a great music festival (Red Wing Roots)
10/22/18 — Edie Brickell and New Bohemians at the Fillmore. I would certainly consider this though I’m fairly certain that I’m already booked.
10/23/18 — The Joy Formidable at the Independent. I really like this band; they are LOUD!
10/25/18 — The Subdudes at the Freight
10/25/18 — MarchFourth at GAMH
10/26/18 — The Subdudes at the Hopmonk
10/26/18 — Songs from the Hymnal: An evening with Brian Fallon and Craig Finn at Slim’s
10/26/18 — Joshua Hedley at the Chapel. He is the former fiddler for both Justin Townes Earle and Jonny Fritz. He is amazing; I saw him at SXSW. His jacket was even more amazing than he was, possibly.
10/27/18 — Billy Strings at GAMH. I would tell you to get a ticket because he’s something else, but it’s already sold out.
10/27/18 — The Devil Makes Three at the Fox. Yup!
10/30/18 — Parker Millsap at the Chapel. This should sell out; I’m not saying it will, but I’m saying it should!
10/31/18 & 11/1/18 — The B-52’s at The Fillmore
11/1/18 — Great Lake Swimmers at the Swedish American Hall. I think this is a must!
11/2/18 — FIDLAR (Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk) headlining the Fox. I’ve loved this band since I accidentally saw them open for Delta Spirit (and they were SO MUCH BETTER than Delta Spirit).
11/3/18 — Jim James at the Fox
11/3/18 — Lindsay Lou at Brick & Mortar. I’ve see Lindsay Lou perform with The Flatbellies at Red Wing Roots in the past. I’ve also seen her sing with The Brothers Comatose and maybe Front Country, etc. I like her. I’d go to this.
11/4/18 — Passenger at the Fillmore
11/5/18 — The Milk Carton Kids at the UC Theatre. They have a band now. Their set was short at Americanafest, so the jury is still out for me. Not that I didn’t like their band, but there wasn’t as much of the funny patter between them.
11/5/18 — The Menzingers at Slim’s
11/5/18 — Los Campesinos! at August Hall
11/6/18 — Goo Goo Dolls at the Fillmore
11/7/18 — Rubblebucket at August Hall
11/7/18 — Tyler Childers at the Fillmore. If you like country… but this is already sold out because he’s a hot ticket these days.
11/8/18 — Greensky Bluegrass with the Lil Smokies opening at the Fillmore
11/9/18 — Lucero at the Warfield. I love Lucero! Also, Strand of Oaks is opening for this show.
11/9/18 — Thunderpussy is opening for someone at the Fillmore
11/9/18 — Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia at the UC Theatre
11/9/18 — Donna the Buffalo at Slim’s
11/10/18 — Rufus Wainwright at the Masonic. I love Rufus!
11/10/18 — John Craigie at August Hall
11/12/18 — Sir Sly with JoyWave at the Fillmore. I just saw JoyWave open for Bishop Briggs. I liked them; I didn’t love them.
11/13/18 — Dermot Kennedy at the Fillmore. I just listened to his Tiny Desk Concert and it made me want to go to this show, but sadly it was sold out by the time I tried to buy tickets last week.
11/13/18 — Southern Culture on the Skids at Slim’s
11/14/18 — Blitzen Trapper at the Independent
11/15/18 — Joan Baez at the Masonic. She was so inspiring when I saw her at Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, but everyone really was that night. What a night!
11/15/18 — Con Brio is opening for Blues Traveler at The Warfield
11/16/18 — Kodaline at the UC Theatre. I either saw them open for LP or I saw LP open for them. I think the latter; it was right after I got home from Sri Lanka so I have reason to be fuzzy from jet lag
11/16/18 — The Mowgli’s at the Swedish American Hall
11/17/18 — Phosphorescent with Liz Cooper and the Stampede opening at the Fillmore. I love Phosphorescent (not in the least because he wears tees with his own band name while he’s on stage) and I really want to see her.
11/17/18 and 11/18/18 — Joan Baez at the Fox. 11/17 is sold-out! No doubt 11/18 will sell out shortly. She’s legend!
11/23/18 and 11/24/18 — Jorja Smith at The Warfield. The 23rd is sold out. I forget where I heard her — it might have been a Tiny Desk Concert — but she sounded awesome.
11/30/18 — The Old 97’s Holiday Extravaganza at the Fillmore with Rhett Miller opening as well. I’m in!
11/30/18 –Nicki Bluhm (with The Coffis Brothers opening) at Terrapin Crossroads. This girl is hopeful that she plays somewhere else in the Bay Area because I’d really like to see her again (after seeing her in Nashville), but my dance card is already full for 11/30.
12/1/18 — Elvis Costello & The Imposters at the Masonic. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love Elvis Costello when I saw him at the Greek last year; it may have been one of my least favorite shows, so I’m not inclined but I want to be inclined because I do LOVE Elvis Costello
12/3/18 — Neko Case at the Fox
12/4/18 — Over the Rhine at The Freight
12/4/18 — Willie Watson and Charlie Parr at GAMH
12/6/18 — Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at the Independent. They are always a good time!
12/6/18 — Mary Gauthier at The Freight. As written before… I may have seen Mary years ago at the Lyons Folk Festival
, but I can’t remember. (Surprise! but in all fairness I believe it was before I was keeping lists of shows that I saw and there was a fair amount of alcohol involved in that weekend.) I do know that she writes some pretty amazing lyrics and I’ve liked what I’ve heard. I tried to see her in March, but had to miss the show to attend my grandmother’s funeral
12/6/18 — Postmodern Jukebox at the Warfield. I just heard a story about this guy that piqued my interest
12/6/18 — KOLARS opening for Shakey Graves at the Fox. I crazy love KOLARS. This is hard because I really want to see Mary Gauthier after seeing a short set of hers at Americanafest. I need to think about this. Too bad for Postmodern Jukebox. I think they would have been fun. Why? Oh why?
12/6/18 — Dweezil Zappa at the Fillmore
12/9/18 — Peter Bjorn and John at the Independent
12/13/18 — Kurt Vile and the Violators at the Fox
12/16/18 — John Grant at GAMH. Pat thinks we should go to this.
12/17/18 & 12/18/18 — Tenacious D at the Fox. 12/17 is sold out!
12/21/18 & 12/22/18 — David Grisman
1/11/19 — The Magpie Salute at UC Theatre
1/13/19 — Lucy Kaplansky at the Freight.
2/9/19 and 2/10/19 — Joan Osborne (sings the songs of Bob Dylan) at the Sweetwater
2/16/19 — Kacey Musgraves at the Masonic. She’s another one that I want to like but find rather boring.
3/16/18 — Low at GAMH
3/27/19 — James Bay at the Fox. Per my earlier note, when did he get so popular? Not how, but when
5/10/19 — An Evening with Cowboy Junkies at GAMH
2/17/18 – Ben & Alex Morrison are opening for Front Country and Sam Chase & The Untraditional at Slim’s
2/18/18 — Fantastic Negrito is playing at the Fox as part of Beloved Oakland
2/18/18 — Dead Winter Carpenters at the Freight
2/20/18 — Built to Spill at the Fillmore on Tuesday, February 20th.
2/20/18 — Langhorne Slim at the Swedish American.
2/21/18 — Girlpool @ GAMH.
2/21/18 — MILCK is a supporting act at The Independent.
2/21/18 — Ha Ha Tonka at BotH.
2/21/18 — Banarama (original line-up) at the Warfield
2/22/18 — Lee Ann Womack at the Chapel
2/22/18 — Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Fox
2/23/18 — Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) at the Chapel
2/23/18 — Tune-Yards at the Fox with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down opening.
2/23/18 — Shooter Jennings at Cornerstone. He was quite fun the last time I saw him.
2/24/18 — Superchunk at GAMH.
2/24/18 — acoustic Mac McCaughan and Jim Wilbur of SuperChunk at Amoeba earlier in afternoon….
2/24/18 — Noah Gunderson at the Sweetwater
2/24/18 — The Coffis Brothers
2/24/18 — Bahamas at The Independent on Saturday February 24th.
2/24/18 — Shovels & Rope at the Freight
2/24/18 and 2/25/18 — The Wood Brothers with The Mastersons opening at the Fillmore.
2/25/18– Shovels & Rope at The Sweetwater
X Ambassadors at the Fillmore on Monday, February 26th.
Gogol Bordello at the Fillmore on Tuesday, February 27th and Wednesday, February 28th.
Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive is opening at the Independent on Tuesday, February 27th.
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, February 28th.
Margo Price at the Independent on Wednesday, February 28th.
Ana Tijoux presents Roja y Negro at Bimbos on Wednesday, February 28th.
Greg Brown at the Freight on Thursday, March 1st.
Dave Rawlings at the Fillmore on Thursday, March 1st.
David Luning is opening for Janiva Magness at Slim’s on Friday, March 2nd.
Blame Sally at the Freight on Friday, March 2nd.
3/3/18 and 3/4/18 — They Might Be Giants at the Fillmore
3/6/18 — The Lone Bellow at the Fillmore, with The Wild Reeds opening
3/7/18 — ZZ Ward at the Regency
3/9/18 — The T Sisters and Megan Slankard @ GAMH.
3/9/18 — Pimps of Joytime at UC Theatre.
3/10/18 — Avi Vinocur (of Goodnight, Texas) at BotH
3/10/18 — The Rainbow Girls are opening for the Traveling McCoury’s at the Sweetwater.
3/10/18 — Darlingside at GAMH.
3/11/18 — Tim Bluhm at the Chapel.
3/11/18 — T Sisters at a KC Turner Presents show at the HopMonk Sonoma Listening Room.
3/12/18 — Glen Hansard on Monday, March 12th.
Roger Daltry at the Fox on Thursday, March 15th
Essence at the Hotel Utah on Thursday, March 15th.
ALO with John Craigie at the Fillmore on Friday, March 16th.
Chris Smither at the Freight on Friday, March 16th.
The Mowgli’s at BotH on Saturday, March 17th
Red Baraat with Bhi Bhiman at SF Jazz on Saturday, March 17th.
Diego’s Umbrella is playing a house concert in Piedmont (KC Turner presents) on Saturday, March 17th.
3/20/18 — Bonnie Raitt & Her Band at the Fox. This is sold out
3/21/18 – Odetta with Linda Tillery at SF Jazz
3/21/18 – Max Gomez (who I enjoyed when I saw him in the past) is opening for Mary Gauthier at the Freight. I may have seen Mary years ago at the Lyons Folk Festival, but I can’t remember. (Surprise! but in all fairness I believe it was before I was keeping lists of shows that I saw) I do know that she writes some pretty amazing lyrics and I’ve liked what I’ve heard.
3/22/18 — Della Mae at the Sweetwater. I’m pretty certain that I’ve seen these ladies before and liked them but nothing specific comes to mind…. actually The Chapel and mom jeans comes to mind.
3/23/18 — Umphree’s McGee at the Fox Theatre. Why is there so much good music all on the same night?
3/23/18 — Della Mae at the Freight
3/23/18 — Mason Jennings at the Sweetwater. I’ve wanted to see him for awhile, but apparently it won’t be this time either.
3/23/18 — Brett Dennen at the Fillmore. I was totally planning to go to this, but then I bought tickets for this…
3/23/18 — Rhett Miller at Slim’s. How can I say no to those hips and those eyes? Mmmm Mmmmm Good! Sadly, I need to miss this.
3/24/18 — Lucy Dacus at the Rickshaw Stop. I don’t remember who told me to check her out, but she’s in my music notes on my phone so I’m putting this here. Also, I tried to see her several times at SX, but to no avail. Once I waited in line outside where she was playing (Stubb’s, night #2)
3/24/18 — The Easy Leaves (duo) with Frankie Boots at the Mystic Theater. Though I fly back to SF on Sat and don’t arrive til early evening, I’m still trying to make this work…
3/26/18 — Mayya and the Revolutionary Hell Yeah! is opening at the Chapel.
3/27/18 — James Bay at the Fillmore.
3/28/18 — KOLARS at BotH. Can’t recommend enough. SXSW find!!! Rob and Lauren were former members of He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister. I never saw them, but I ❤ KOLARS hard!
3/28/18 — Jake Bugg at the UC Theatre. I still haven’t seen him and I’d like to….
3/28/18 — Pussy Riot at the Rickshaw. There are two shows and they are both sold out!
3/29/18 — The Oh Hellos at the Fillmore
3/29/18 — Kristin Hersh and Grant-Lee Phillips at the Chapel. I have a huge crush on Kristin Hersh and seeing her live is always enjoyable. Also, if you haven’t read ‘Rat Girl’ yet, you should.
3/30/18 — The Seldom Scene at the Freight
3/30/18 and 3/31/18 — G Love and Special Sauce at the Independent
3/30/18 and 3/31/18 — Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite at the Fillmore
3/31/18 — Gill Landry (of OCMS) at the Hotel Utah
4/3/18 — I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan) plus Jonny Fritz opening (formerly known as Jonny Corndawg). I was in even before I realized that Jonny Fritz was included. He’s just the icing on the cake, confirming the decision I had already made to buy this ticket! And this is now sold out!
4/3/18 — Mt Joy at Cafe du Nord. I would definitely be going to this if I didn’t already have tickets to I’m With Her.
4/4/18 — Low Cut Connie at the Chapel. This is pretty much a must IMO; they are so much fun!
4/5/18 — Kevin Morby at the Fillmore
4/5/18 — The Lil Smokies at the Independent
4/6/18 — 4/8/18 — The Winter Wondergrass lineup in Tahoe this year looks pretty amazing with The Devil Makes Three, Elephant Revival, California Honeydrops, Shook Twins, etc. I’m not sure if Elephant Revival is still playing this festival; they cancelled most of their dates and are going on hiatus.
4/6/18 — The Devil Makes Three at The Catalyst. It’s more or less a hometown show; good stuff! Oh and of course it’s sold out, but of course I have tickets…. and a hotel room!
4/6/18 — Haim at the Greek Theater on Friday, April 6th. They haven’t ever done much for me, but I think I may not be the majority here.
4/7/18 — Andrea Gibson at GAMH
4/7/18 — Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather at the Independent. This sold out before I managed to get tickets….
4/7/18 — Delhi 2 Dublin at the Fillmore. This was a band that I had wanted to see at HSB, but wanting isn’t doing… maybe though Brian Fallon is competition (though completely different).
4/7/18 and 4/8/18 — Marc Cohn at the Freight. I think he is the reason that I first saw Brandi Carlile. I saw him at eTown when I lived in Colorado and he was super-interesting.
4/8/18 — The Breeders at the Masonic. Seriously considering this…
4/8/18 — The Shook Twins opening for The Dustbowl Revival at UC Theatre. It looks like this was moved to the Starline Social Club. I like the Shook Twins okay, but I LOVE Dustbowl Revival.
4/9/18 — Scott H Biram at Brick and Mortar. Teri and I went to see him and I really wanted to like him, but meh… I would consider giving him a second chance.
4/12/18 — Goodnight, Texas is opening for The Family Crest (from San Francisco) at GAMH
Rebirth Brass Band at Bimbo’s on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th
4/15/18 — Cry Cry Cry (with Lucy Kaplansky, Dar Williams and Richard Shindell) at the Freight. There’s a 4:00 show and a 7:00 show. These are both sold out and I waited. Boo!
4/15/18 – Ron Gallo at the Independent, recommended by Rod
4/17/18 – Dashboard Confessional at the Fillmore
4/18/18 — Lo Moon at Brick and Mortar. I’ve been hearing a song or two of theirs and am very interested in this show. Conflict, but maybe I can do both…
4/18/18 — The Family Crest at Renee and Irish Greg’s Pop-up at the Haight Street Art Center. This will partially make up for not seeing them last week, but not entirely… Can I do both shows on a Wed night? I think I can…
4/19/18 and 4/20/18 — Bettye LaVette will be at the Freight. She just released an album of Bob Dylan songs that she has made entirely her own. I have heard several cuts from the album and it makes me want to prioritize going to see this legend.
4/20/18 — El Radio Fantastique at BotH. I hear they are fun.
4/21/18 — Shelby Lynne at The Freight. Rumor has it that I would like to hang out with her.
4/23/18 and 4/24/18 — Tyler Childers and Lukas Nelson at GAMH. I can’t wait to see Tyler Childers again and Jill is very very excited about Lukas Nelson. I have heard he is jammy, so I am a little less excited but I’ve also heard he’s very purty. UPDATE: Having seen both Tyler Childers and Lukas Nelson (separately) at SXSW, I highly recommend this show. Lukas can be a little jammy, but I can live with that. He’s good! Also, now I need to see Tyler Childers again because he didn’t play my favorite song (though he did the first time that I saw him). UPDATE: 4/23/18 is sold out!
4/24/18 — Hayley Kiyoko at the Fillmore
4/24/18 and 4/25/18 — Los Lonely Boys at the Freight. Second date added
4/26/18 — Cigarettes After Sex at the Fillmore. They played GAMH in September and sold out. While they sounded exactly like their album and I like their sound (think Mazzy Star), I cannot imagine going to see them at the Fillmore as the headliner. They barely seemed to have enough material to cover an hour and they were boring as performers.
4/27/18 – Mipso at The Freight. I really love this band; I see them whenever I can and am excited to say that they will be playing RWR again this year.
4/27/18 — Poor Man’s Whiskey at GAMH
4/27/18 — Phoebe Bridgers at BotH. Damn! I was totally planning to go to this show, but somehow Mipso at the Freight is the same night and I have those tickets already. 😦 Though it’s not really a sad thing because Mipso will be awesome!
4/27/18 through 4/29/18 — LCD Soundsystem and TV on the Radio at the Greek. I really enjoyed LCD Soundsystem when I saw them at the Way Home festival, but I also don’t have a strong memory of them; go figure. Regardless, I’ve been interested in seeing TV on the Radio for awhile as well.
4/29/18 — Mipso at the Mystic in Petaluma. They are fun! See my blog post.
4/29/18 — Mark Erelli at a house concert in Diamond Heights
5/1/18 — Tony Furtado at The Back Room. I saw him at RWR either this past summer or in 2016 (more likely).
5/1/18 — Smoking Popes at BotH
5/2/18 — Jade Bird is opening for Colter Wall at the Independent. Sadly this is sold out, though I may go and take my chances that I’ll be able to get one.
5/3/18 – 5/6/18 — Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder at SF Jazz
5/3/18 — Of Montreal at the UC Theatre on Thursday, May 3rd.
5/3/18 — Lissie at the Independent
5/3/18 and 5/4/18 — Meshell Ndegeocello at the Freight
5/4/18 – Erika Wennerstrom
(of the Heartless Bastards) with Josh Pearson at The Chapel
5/4/18 — Hot Buttered Rum and Kyle Hollingsworth Band at the Fillmore
5/5/18 — Con Brio with Royal Jelly Jive at the Fillmore
5/5/18 — Rikkha with Junk Parlor at Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes. I *really* enjoyed this band when I saw them at BotH. Check out the video and ‘review’ on the blog
5/9/19 — George Ezra at the Fox
5/9/18 — Sam Chase and David Luning at the Haight Street Art Center as part of Renee and Irish Greg’s free pop-up.
5/10/18 — Sallie Ford at the Sweetwater. We saw her at HSB and really liked her; she had a pretty guitar.
5/11/18 — Rogue Wave at the Independent
5/11/18 — Sallie Ford at Brick and Mortar. If I were going to go to one of the Sallie Ford shows, it would be this one, but alas…
5/11/18 — Editors at the Regency
5/12/18 — Pokey Lafarge at GAMH. This is a show I’ll be sad to miss. I recommend that you go!
5/12/18 — The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men + David Luning at the Sweetwater
5/13/18 — The Human League at the Regency. Don’t you want me, baby?
5/17/18 — Willie Tea Taylor is opening for Reckless Kelly at Cornerstone
5/19/18 — The California Honeydrops at the Fillmore
5/24/18 — Tank and the Bangas at the Fillmore. This would be a fun show, but not for me. 😦
5/24/18 — John Prine at the Warfield
5/25/18 — Lake Street Dive at the Fillmore. This is sold out which I’m okay since I won’t be here…
5/25/18 — Lawrence at the Independent. This is a band that Andee and I saw at SXSW and enjoyed. I would consider this.
5/25/18 – Ghost of Paul Revere at The Freight. They opened for The Brothers Comatose at the Fieldwork anniversary. I think I liked them, but they were no Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (the second of the three bands)
5/25/18 — Blue Summit is playing at The Back Room. This isn’t on The Back Room’s calendar as apparently they are opening for Mile Twelve, but it is on Blue Summit’s list of events and Tom told me about it.
5/26/18 — The Revivalists at The Masonic
5/27/18 — St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the UC Theatre. This is sure to be a good show, but I doubt I’ll be back in time to make it.
5/28/18 — George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at The Independent. I heard a rumor that he is retiring from touring so if you haven’t checked him out before, you might want to make a point of doing it now!
5/29/18 — Tom Jones at the Masonic. This was re-scheduled. This would just be funny IMO.
5/29/18 — Damien Jurado at the Chapel. He breaks my heart every time I see him and yet I also find him incredibly inspiring. I’ll be there!
5/30/18 — Todd Rundgren at the Masonic — This takes me back to high school/college.
5/31/18 — Hackensaw Boys at Brick and Mortar
5/31/18 — The Eels at the Fillmore
5/31/18 — Frazey Ford (of the Be Good Tanyas) at The Independent. Seriously considering this
6/1/18 — The Brothers Comatose at the Fillmore. I think you all know that I will be at this show if travel plans allow. I recommend you be here too! Tickets have been purchased!
6/1/18 — Social Distortion at the Masonic. Low Cut Connie is opening and I really love Low Cut Connie. There’s a blog post about them if you want to read more.
6/1/18 — Ray LaMontagne and Neko Case at the Greek
6/1/18 — Liz Phair at the Swedish American Hall. This is sold out and I would be super bummed, except that I’ll be seeing my favorite local band tonight!
6/2/18 — Okkervil River at Bimbo’s. I think I’ll have to do this if I’m in town.
6/2/18 — Rising Appalachia at the UC Theatre
6/2/18 and 6/3/18 — Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) is playing the HopMonk Novato as a part of KC Turner presents line-up
. I saw him perform once before at a KC Turner in Dublin, Ireland and he was amazing! June 2nd is sold out and sadly (?) I already have tickets for Mouths of Babes on 6/3/18!
6/3/18 — Mouths of Babes at The Freight. So excited to see these two women again. As the description says ‘powerful and romantic contemporary folk’.
Lord Huron at the Fox on Sunday, June 3rd
6/4/18 — The Kooks at the Warfield. I guess this is the postponed show without Barns Courtney. I really liked The Kooks when I saw them at Outside Lands and would totally be interested in seeing them again, but I would have been more excited if Barns Courtney were still opening and I weren’t so darned busy with work/catch-up.
6/5/18 — Slaid Cleaves at the Freight. The last time I tried to see him the show was cancelled, so I’m hopeful this time, but did not buy a ticket…
6/5/18 and 6/6/18 — Calexico at GAMH. Julia Jacklin is opening both nights.
6/5/18 and 6/6/18 — Yo Lo Tengo at the Fillmore
6/7/18 — Dr. Dog at the Fox. This is one of those bands that I wish I liked more than I do, but lots of my friends really seem to like them.
6/8/18 — Nicki Bluhm at The Independent. Strongly considering, but need to see if it’s just her or her and the band. I was super not impressed with the band the last time I saw them at Stern Grove, but I’ve liked her when I’ve seen her doing solo stuff
6/8/18 — Turnpike Troubadours at the Fillmore. Also the opener, Charley Crockett was just featured on World Cafe Live on XPN. I haven’t listened yet but the preview sounded fascinating.
6/9/18 and 6/10/18 — Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music THIS FESTIVAL IS 100% FREE!
HopMonk Tavern Stage – Grant Ave @ 7th St. – Novato, CA
6/9/2018 Live Music Lineup:
10:00am: Delphi Freeman
11am: The Sam Chase & The Untraditional
12:45pm: Mad Hannans ft. Jerry Hannan
2:30pm: Rushad Eggleston
4pm: Robbie Fulks
5:30pm: Birds of Chicago
SUNDAY JUNE 10 Live Music Lineup:
10:30am: Caroline Sky
11:30am: The Coffis Brothers
1:15pm: Robbie Fulks
2:45pm: Diego’s Umbrella
4:30pm: Con Brio
6/10/18 — Speedy Ortiz at Cafe du Nord. They were just featured on my new music Friday podcast and I liked what I heard.
6/13/18 — Lydia Loveless opening for Justin Townes Earle at the Freight. What to do? What to do? The last time I saw JTE, I felt pretty certain we reconciled, but have we…?
6/15/18 (Friday) – Caroline Rose
at The Rickshaw Stop. Let me say that this is a must in my opinion, especially cause tickets are only $12. The entertainment will be well worth your $12. Andee, thanks for adding this show.
6/15/18 — Fantastic Negrito at the Fillmore. Damn! I’m really torn now. I mean I bought tickets for Caroline Rose, but… Fantastic Negrito at the Fillmore. I’ve wanted a chance to see him again and this looks like it’s going to be an album release party… It’s hard to be me! I might actually have tickets for both of these shows. I think I can do it!
6/16/18 – JD McPherson at The Independent
6/16/18 — Stars at the Fillmore. I’m pretty sure that I saw them at the Way Home festival in Canadia
6/16/18 — Janelle Monae at the Masonic. I have really liked what I’ve heard from her new album that just dropped and my friend Lala shared her video for PYNK which was incredible. This is a real possibility for me though I’m wondering if it’s sold out.
6/17/18 — Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls with special guests Lucero on Sunday, June 17th. Love Love Love
6/18/18 and 6/19/18 – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the Rickshaw Stop. The first night is sold out!
6/21/18 — The Specials at the Fox Theatre
6/21/18 — Ana Tijoux presents Roja y Negro at Bimbo’s. I have wanted to see Ana Tijoux for awhile now, so I think this may need to be a reality.
6/21/18 — Robert Plant and Jim James at the Greek. Not for me; maybe for you?
6/21/18 — Della Mae with Ashleigh Flynn opening at the Sweetwater. I saw Ashleigh Flynn at one of KC Turner’s house concerts and I really liked her. I’ve seen Della Mae before, but I don’t have any strong memories of the band other than their clothes
6/22/18 — Trampled by Turtles with Deer Tick opening at the Fox Theatre
6/22/18 — The Pretenders at the Masonic. If I didn’t already have tickets for Deer Tick/TbT, I would be very seriously considering this. I have loved the Pretenders since I was in high school. I had such a crush on Chrissie Hynde or maybe I wanted to be her; I don’t know which.
6/22/18 — Violent Femmes at the UC Theatre
6/23/18 and 6/24/18 — Shawn Colvin at the Freight. This is pretty much a must IMO! Who doesn’t want to hear some amazing murder ballads? And I feel comfortable saying these will sell out quickly but maybe not…
6/24/18 — Gomez at the Fox
6/25/18 — Red Baraat at The Sweetwater. They are FUN!
6/26/18 — Lloyd Cole at the Swedish American Hall
6/27/18 — The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This will be fun if last time was any indication!!!
6/28/18 — The Go-Go’s at the Fox. I think this could be fun, but probably not for me which is good because it’s sold out.
6/29/18 — Red Molly at the Freight. I can’t remember when/how I saw these ladies for the first time. Did they open for someone? Was it at Kate Wolf? Who knows? I could look back at my show lists (or my diary — looking at you, Jill), but I can say that wherever I saw them, I took notice and I have seen them since then. Crystelle is with me on this one!
6/30/18 — Steve Poltz at the Swedish American Hall. Oh yes!!! He’s the best!
7/1/18 — Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and M Ward at Stern Grove. I’m hoping I can make this work!
7/1/18 — Steve Poltz at the Hopmonk in Novato
7/7/18 — Matt Costa at the Swedish American Hall. I just saw him at SXSW and really enjoyed him.
7/7/18 — The Wood Brothers at the Sweetwater. This will be a GREAT show. Small room, amazing musicians and an amazing dancer….
7/8/18 — Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters
7/13/18 — Paul Thorn and the Blind Boys of Alabama at the UC Theatre. I wish I’d be here for this. As many of you know, I love Paul Thorn.
Red Wing Roots from Friday, July 13th through Sunday July 15th. Woot!!!!Got my tixs and it looks like we’ve added another newbie this year!
Wye Oak at the Independent on Tuesday, July 17th. I may be back in town for this, but it seems like this is yet another year that I am not going to see Wye Oak at this point.
7/18/18 — Phoebe Bridgers at GAMH. I really wanted to see her when she played BotH, but there was a conflict.
7/19/18 and 7/20/18 — Ry Cooder at GAMH. Both shows are sold out. Not a surprise!
7/19/18 — Sarah Shook and the Disarmers at BotH
7/20/18 — David Ramirez at the Swedish American Hall. Andee says I should go to this. This is another KC Turner Presents show.
7/21/18 — Bill Kirchen at the Freight
7/21/18 — Toad the Wet Sprocket at GAMH. Megan Slankard opens.
7/22/18 — The Low Anthem at the Swedish American Hall.
7/22/18 — Matt the Electrician with Ben Morrison (of the Brothers Comatose) opening at the Hopmonk Novato. If only I had a car…
7/24/18 — The Bar Chords at Brick & Mortar
7/25/18 — Reckless Kelly at GAMH
7/25/18 — Shawn Mullins at the Freight. I would definitely be going to this if I were in town, especially because Max Gomez is opening. I believe the first time I saw Shawn Mullins was the first time that I saw Max Gomez, but that’s possibly incorrect.
7/26/18 and 7/27/18 — The California Honeydrops at the Sweetwater. The 27th is sold out, I believe.
7/27/18 — Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore at GAMH (backed by the Guilty Ones). Brian has an extra ticket to this show and has posted about it in the Live Music page on Facebook.
7/27/18 — The Decemberists at the Fox (This show was originally scheduled to be held at the Greek). They’re new album sounds pretty amazing so far. I would consider this.
7/28/18 — Kuinka and the Rainbow Girls at the Marin JCC. If you didn’t see my blog post, KUINKA is one of my favorite new bands from the RWR festival. Lots of energy and fun!
7/28/18 — ShinyRibs at the Sweetwater. See my blog post on why you really should go see this band/show. I think the Sweetwater would be preferable to the Catalyst, but if the Catalyst if better for you then see them there…
7/29/18 — ShinyRibs at the Catalyst
7/29/18 — The Mowgli’s at Cornerstone in Berkeley
7/31/18 — Wild Child with Matthew Logan Vasquez (formerly of Delta Spirit) opening at Lagunitas. (Free) tickets are sold out for this, but more will be released on July 27th at noon. Full summer line-up and ticket release here.
7/31/18 — Dawes is Live at Amoeba in the Haight
8/1/18 — LSD Tour at the Masonic. Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam
8/2/18 — The Easy Leaves are opening at The Sweetwater
8/3/18 — The Stone Foxes at The Sweetwater
8/3/18 — Shooter Jennings at Slim’s
8/4/18 — The Petaluma Music Festival
— The Brothers Comatose and The Rainbow Girls for starters… I went to this festival once with Teri and it was AMAZING. I won’t lie that the line-up could not have been beat and this year’s does not compare in my mind, but you never know what August 4th will bring.
8/4/18 — Cody Jinks at the Warfield. I saw his sold out show at GAMH last year and I really enjoyed him, though a part of that had to do with Paul Cauthen opening. As Rod said later, you liked him!
8/4/18 — River Whyless at the Chapel. I really liked them when I saw them at RWR.
8/4/18 and 8/5/18 — John Doe at the HopMonk Novato. August 4th is sold out, but I would have expected that! I’m surprised August 5th isn’t.
8/5/18 — Givers at Brick and Mortar
8/6/18 — Ace Frehley (yes, I said Ace Frehley) at Cornerstone in Berkeley. I can’t lie that if I’m not doing anything else this night, I just might have to do this.
8/6/18 — tUnE-yArDs at Lagunitas. (Free) tickets are sold out for this, but more will be released on August 3rd at noon.
8/8/18 — The Lowest Pair at The Lost Church. This is sold out.
8/8/18 — Hop Along at GAMH. This is another one of those bands that I think I should like more than I do. I especially want to like them because they are a hometown (Philly) band.
8/10/18 — Belly at GAMH. I do love Belly….
8/10//18 — Charley Crockett with The Highway Poets at the Mystic. The Highway Poets have had a line-up change since I last saw them. K just saw Charley Crockett at RWR and he was AMAZING! He was also recently featured on World Cafe Live.
8/11/18 — Perfume Genius at Bimbo’s
8/11/18 — Wild Child at the Cornerstone in Berkeley
8/14/18 — American Aquarium at Slim’s
8/14/18 through 8/16/18 — Van Morrison at the Masonic. I still have never seen Van the Man. I don’t think this will be the time when I do.
David Byrne at the Fox on Thursday, August 16th and Friday, August 17th. These are both sold out and I’m a little bummed. David Byrne is a legend in my mind and I’d love to see him live (but not enough to go to Bill Graham Auditorium).
8/17/18 — Mt Joy at the Independent. I’ve been trying to see them for awhile now (local Philly band) so I may try to make this one happen, especially if no one suddenly offers me a ticket for David Byrne on Friday, August 17th — a girl can hold on to unrealistic fantasies, right????
8/17/18 through 8/19/18 — Erasure at the Masonic
8/18/18 and 8/19/18 — Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats at the Fox.
8/18/18 — Katie Herzig at The Independent. I really like Katie. I originally saw her open for Brandi Carlile when I took my parents to see her at Sellersville in PA, but I also saw her a few years ago at The Independent. She doesn’t seem to tour often, so I would catch her if you can.
8/18/18 — Amanda Shires with Lilly Hiatt opening at GAMH. Why do all the good shows have to be on the same night?
8/19/18 — The Easy Leaves (duo) at Hotel Utah
8/22/18 — The Punch Brothers at the Fox Theatre. This is a completely seated show which is just stupid (IMO)
8/22/18 — Brandi Carlile at the Mountain Winery with Jade Bird opening.
8/23/18 — Ra Ra Riot at the Independent
8/26/18 – Joe Pug at Hopmonk Tavern in Novato. This is a KC Turner presents show and I think I got myself a ride to this one! Big woot cause I really like Joe Pug. Here’s a listing of all of KC’s shows
8/26/18 — Tim Bluhm at the Sweetwater. This is a seated show.
8/26/18 — Jimmy Smith of The Gourds appearing as Smith/McKay at Hotel Utah
8/28/18 — King Tuff at Lagunitas. Free tickets will be released at noon on August 7th.
8/30/18 — Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit with Aimee Mann at the Greek Theatre. I really don’t know how I could miss this! Sadly this is an all-seated show at the Greek which I find annoying, but that won’t stop me! Thanks Kurt for buying the goods!
8/30/18 — Marcy Playground at Cornerstone
8/30/18 — The Human Condition (THC) at BotH. I saw them a long time ago once or twice and liked them pretty much. I remember that they had a song with lyrics that I found amusing.
8/31/18 — The Coffis Brothers at the Ivy Room
9/1/18 — Rodrigo y Gabriela at UC Theatre
9/2/18 — Sausalito Art Festival with Son Volt and Drive by Truckers. Might need to make this happen; I’ve never seen Son Volt
9/3/18 — Robert Ellis at The Sweetwater
9/4/18 — Bishop Briggs at the Fox. Hopefully I can do this; I’ve wanted to see her for awhile now (since she played the Fillmore)
9/5/18 — Adam Faucett at the Ivy Room
9/6/18 — Adam Faucett at Neck of the Woods
9/6/18 — Jade Bird at The Chapel. I really enjoyed her when she opened for Brandi Carlile and think it would be fun to see her again.
9/7/18 — Leon Bridges at the Greek. I’m sure this would be a good thing! (See what I did there?)
9/7/18 — Steve Poltz at Terrapin Crossroads
9/7/18 — Liz Brasher is opening for The Zombies at the Fillmore
9/8/18 — Diego’s Umbrella at the Sweetwater
9/10/18 — Arthur Buck at the Independent. This is a collaboration between Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck and I’ve liked what I’ve heard on the radio (and by the radio, I mean the college stations that I stream).
9/12/18 — Mavis Staples is playing the Freight’s anniversary. These tickets are spendy!!!
9/12/18 — Macy Gray at the Fillmore. This could be fun or it could be a shit show, at least that’s my understanding. At $50/ticket, I’m not willing to take the chance.
9/13/18 — Langhorne Slim at Terrapin Crossroads. If I were in town, this could have been the thing that got me to finally get to Terrapin. That said, I’d very likely be at the Fillmore. Easier and I see WEW much less frequently and Langhorne will be at HSB. (Woot!)
9/13/18 — Fruition at The Chapel
9/13/18 — Willie Watson at the Sweetwater
9/13/18 — Brett Dennen is opening for Jason Mraz at the Greek. I genuinely know almost nothing about Jason Mraz, but I do like Brett Dennen and have not been able to see him for awhile now
9/13/18 — Murder by Death at the Fillmore. They recently opened for TDM3. I won’t be here for this show, but if I were here I’d check them out! I would especially check them out because William Elliot Whitmore is opening and I LOVE WEW and he does not tour nearly frequently enough. I really wish I were going to be here for this show! I am seriously considering going to either DC or NYC to see this line-up in October.
9/14/18 — Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at the Greek. I always love to see his guns… and him!
9/14/18 and 9/15/18 — The Record Company at the Fillmore. This is a rock-n-roll band. I really enjoyed them both times that I saw them. I feel super lucky to have seen them in a place as small as GAMH if they are now getting two nights headlining the Fillmore. I wish I were going to be here to see them!
9/15/18 — T Sisters at the Freight
9/15/18 — Todd Snider at the Sweetwater (seated show)
9/17/18 — Built to Spill at Slim’s.
9/17/18 — Greta Van Fleet at the Fox. See 9/19/18 below, but this is sold out.
9/17/18 and 9/18/18 — The John Doe Folk Trio at the Ivy Room. 9/17/18 is sold out. I have no doubt that 9/18 will sell out soon.
9/17/18 and 9/18/18 — Bettye Lavette at The Chapel doing her Dylan. I really wanted to go to see this show at The Freight and wasn’t able to make it happen. Maybe I can make it happen at The Chapel.
9/18/18 and 9/19/18 — Lake Street Dive at the Fillmore. They ALWAYS put on a good show. Can’t recommend enough and this WILL sell out. And thanks to Dan, I have a ticket! Of course, I’m sad because it means that I’m missing the Brothers Comatose at Slim’s. My life is hard; be glad you don’t have to experience these ‘problems’.
9/18/18 — Margaret Glaspy at the Sweetwater with Jenny O opening
9/19/18 — Margaret Glaspy at the Swedish American Hall, also with Jenny O opening
9/19/18 — The Brothers Comatose at Slim’s. So bummed that I won’t be able to make it to this due to previously purchased LSD ticket for the same night. To make me feel better, I remind myself that Ben is the one who turned me on to LSD.
9/19/18 — Greta Van Fleet at the Masonic. I’ve only heard one song that I can think of, but they sound like Led Zeppelin. This may be sold out too.
9/20/18 — Caleb Caudle opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard at the Freight.
9/20/18 – Liz Phair at The Fillmore. This is already sold out. 😦
9/20/18 — Lettuce w/ Amendola VS Blades opening at the UC Theatre. I can’t remember with whom, but I had a long conversation about Lettuce and they interest me. Amendola VS Blades opened for Wilco. I don’t think I cared for them. I think someone else REALLY did though, so I’m mentioning it here. Also after conversation with a friend, I am SURE that I did not care for Amendola VS Blades. In fact, I suspect you couldn’t pay me to go see them again, but to each his/her own.
9/21/18 — Arcade Fire at the Greek
9/21/18 — The English Beat at Cornerstone in Berkeley
9/21/18 – Shovels and Rope at the Fillmore. Yay!!!!
9/22/18 — Santa Cruz Mountains Sol Festival in Felton with The Brothers Comatose. The Mother Hips and ZZ Ward will also be playing among many others.
9/22/18 and 9/23/18 — Sonoma Harvest Music Festival. Line-up for Saturday is The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope, The Suffers and Royal Jelly Jive. Sunday line-up is The Head and The Heart, Con Brio, ZZ Ward, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Rayland Baxter.
9/22/18 — Haley Heynderickx at Cafe du Nord. Again, I say why do all the shows need to be on the same night? I’d definitely be interested in seeing her if I weren’t already gonna be at the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival.
9/22/18 — Houndsmouth at The Fillmore. I really wanted to see them a couple years ago but then it seemed they had a line-up change and it seems like the female singer is no longer in the band, so I’m not so sure about seeing them. Good that I won’t have to decide since I will be in Sonoma.
9/22/18 — Rayland Baxter at August Hall
9/23/18 — Martin Sexton at the Sweetwater