Review: Jorja Smith finishes first US tour with SF debut

Jorja Smith, by Chloe Newman

Words by Mark Spero

A year ago, 19-year-old Jorja Smith quietly released her debut single on SoundCloud, leading to her meteoric rise to international fame, including earning [...]

By |January 30, 2017|Comments Off on Review: Jorja Smith finishes first US tour with SF debut
  • Jazz Mafia Birth Of the Cool at SFJazz, by Jon Bauer
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    Review + Photos: Jazz Mafia plays Miles Davis’ ‘Birth of the Cool’ at SFJAZZ Center

Review + Photos: Jazz Mafia plays Miles Davis’ ‘Birth of the Cool’ at SFJAZZ Center

Jazz Mafia (photo: Jon Bauer)

Jazz Mafia, led by Adam Theis, performed Miles Davis' Birth Of the Cool at The SFJAZZ Center on Friday night. The sold-out crowd was treated to [...]

By |January 30, 2017|1 Comment
  • Devendra Banhart at the Fillmore, by Jon Ching
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    Review + Photos: Devendra Banhart calls for love and art at The Fillmore

Review + Photos: Devendra Banhart calls for love and art at The Fillmore

Devendra Banhart (photo: Jon Ching)

Devendra Banhart, along with old-school locals and old-time friends, Vetiver, played The Fillmore Thursday night and spread a message of love and global unity. Amongst his [...]

By |January 27, 2017|1 Comment
  • John Steven Morgan at Davies Symphony Hall by Ria Burman
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    Review + Photos: John Steven Morgan serenades Davies Symphony Hall

Review + Photos: John Steven Morgan serenades Davies Symphony Hall

John Steven Morgan (photo: Ria Burman)

John Steven Morgan can usually be found around the streets of San Francisco and Oakland playing tenderly on a beat-up beaut of a piano. [...]

By |January 27, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: John Steven Morgan serenades Davies Symphony Hall
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    Gravid Water delivers a sidesplitting performance at SF Sketchfest

Gravid Water delivers a sidesplitting performance at SF Sketchfest

The premise is simple...but twisted. Take an actor who has memorized and rehearsed a scene from a play and pair them up with an improviser who has no idea [...]

By |January 26, 2017|Comments Off on Gravid Water delivers a sidesplitting performance at SF Sketchfest
  • Katie Kuffel at Neck of the Woods, by Ria Burman
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    Photos: Katie Kuffel and Aly Tadros are strong at Neck of the Woods

Photos: Katie Kuffel and Aly Tadros are strong at Neck of the Woods

Katie Kuffel (photo: Ria Burman)

Katie Kuffel keyboard-uked the night away at Neck of the Woods supporting Aly Tadros with some sweet, catchy tunes mixed in with poignant tales from the [...]

By |January 26, 2017|Comments Off on Photos: Katie Kuffel and Aly Tadros are strong at Neck of the Woods

Review + Photos: Poor Man’s Whiskey at Moe’s Alley

Poor Man's Whiskey (photo: Joshua Huver)

On Friday, January 20, a rainstorm that flooded the Santa Cruz Mountains and shut down Highway 17 was no match for the foot-stomping roots [...]

By |January 25, 2017|2 Comments
  • NVO at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, by Robert Alleyne
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    Photos: NVO dance the weekend away at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Photos: NVO dance the weekend away at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall

NVO (photo: Robert Alleyne)

Last Saturday night saw a busy dance floor bumping all night thanks to NVO at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall. It also was the release of a new EP [...]

By |January 25, 2017|2 Comments
  • Jazz Mafia Presents Shotgun Wedding & Cosa Nostra Strings at 25th Street Recording Studio, by Jon Bauer
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    Photos: The Shotgun Wedding Quintet and Cosa Nostra Strings perform a live recording at 25th Street Recording Studio

Photos: The Shotgun Wedding Quintet and Cosa Nostra Strings perform a live recording at 25th Street Recording Studio

The Shotgun Wedding Quintet and Cosa Nostra Strings (photo: Jon Bauer)

Last week saw the Jazz Mafia organization headed by Adam Theis arrange to have members of The Shotgun Wedding Quintet [...]

By |January 23, 2017|Comments Off on Photos: The Shotgun Wedding Quintet and Cosa Nostra Strings perform a live recording at 25th Street Recording Studio
  • The Bye Bye Blackbirds at the Ivy Room, by Patric Carver
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    Review + Photos: The Bye Bye Blackbirds take flight at The Ivy Room

Review + Photos: The Bye Bye Blackbirds take flight at The Ivy Room

The Bye Bye Blackbirds (photo: Patric Carver)

I recently read about a growing trend to buy vinyl records and never play them, keeping the record forever in its cellophane prison as [...]

By |January 19, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: The Bye Bye Blackbirds take flight at The Ivy Room
  • Electric Prunes at the Chapel, by Kristin Cofer
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    Review + Photos: A conversation with Electric Prunes’ James Lowe before their Chapel show

Review + Photos: A conversation with Electric Prunes’ James Lowe before their Chapel show

Electric Prunes (photo: Kristin Cofer)

Photos + Words by Kristin Cofer

I was really nervous on my way to meet up with the legendary Electric Prunes frontman James Lowe.

My nervousness quickly subsided, [...]

By |January 19, 2017|Comments Off on Review + Photos: A conversation with Electric Prunes’ James Lowe before their Chapel show
  • Big Brother and The Holding Company at The Uptown Bar, by Ria Burman
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    Photos + Review: Big Brother and The Holding Company with The Love Dimension at The Uptown

Photos + Review: Big Brother and The Holding Company with The Love Dimension at The Uptown

Big Brother and The Holding Company (photo: Ria Burman)

The Love Dimension gave an energetic, get-down of a performance supporting Big Brother and The Holding Company at Oakland's The Uptown [...]

By |January 19, 2017|1 Comment