What’s Happening This Week? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, Jan 16 – 19

Monday, January 16 SF Jazz Center Open House @ SF Jazz Center This MLK Day, bring the kids and experience that true American art form of jazz with locals Jazz Mafia Brass Band and SF Jazz High School All-Stars. It's what a patriot would do. Tuesday, January 17 The Nth Power @ Moe's Alley Touring in support of their new live album, the "NOLA soul band with a knack for funk grooves known as The Nth Power will return to the Bay Area for a pair of concerts," so says our preview. Marching Church, The World @ Rickshaw Stop Great [...]

Another highlight from our fundraiser compilation: Andrew St. James — “Dangerous Love”

Drawling vocals over an acoustic guitar are practically their own genre at this point, but there's something about Andrew St. James that stands out from his peers. Maybe it's his California background, maybe it's his age (20!), maybe it's his tendency to air on the side of a singable melody. The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter has appeared in the pages of TBB just a handful of times, but still made a big impression on us. Delicate and a little dystopian, with the faint hum of an organ accompanying, "Dangerous Love" mellows out our 45-song compilation. Want more? Donate today and get [...]

By |December 10, 2015|Tags: |

Mixtape: Spotlight on San Francisco Singer-Songwriters

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/SF_Songwriters_2015_Mix.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Spotlight on San Francisco Singer-Songwriters (Podcast #361) It's not entirely clear why a remarkable new wave of singer-songwriters has begun to emerge in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, but we certainly aren't complaining. Other genres may fall more in and out of vogue, but a wide array of local songwriting talents influenced by folk, rock, blues, pop, and psych are performing regularly in places like Viracocha, Doc's Lab, and The Chapel, and banding together for showcases like the Fog City Songwriters series of quarterly events. While veteran performers like Lia Rose and The Sam Chase regularly [...]

Live 105’s BFD 2015 lineup abounds with local independent acts

  Live 105 bills itself as "The Bay Area's Alternative," and the radio station is living up to this title with its BFD 2015 lineup, which was announced this morning. Headlined by indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse, Icelandic indie-folkers Of Monsters And Men, and indie-pop act Panic! At The Disco, and with main stage support from the likes of Cold War Kids and Atlas Genius, BFD 2015 will also feature a host of local independent bands playing three of the festival's four stages on June 6 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. That's right, this year's iteration of the alternative radio station's summer [...]

Andrew St. James holds release party for ‘The Shakes’

San Francisco wunderkind Andrew St. James is closing his October residency with a release show. Nineteen years old and already on his first full-length, Andrew St. James is taking October 28 to celebrate the release of his new LP The Shakes in North Beach. Full of delicate strumming and quavering vocals, The Shakes covers much of St. James' patented old-soul musings that put him on the map in the Bay Area and beyond. St. James just finished holding down a residency at the newly-opened Doc's Lab (formerly The Purple Onion) this month. He'll be appearing alongside 20 Minute Loop and [...]

By |October 27, 2014|Tags: |

New SF venue Doc’s Lab opens this weekend in North Beach

Doc's Lab – San Francisco's newest performance venue – opens this weekend at 124 Columbus Avenue in the city's North Beach neighborhood. A joint venture of Christopher Burnett (Darwin Cafe), Charlie Brown, and chef Justin Deering (Cafe des Amis, 15 Romolo, Conduit), Doc's Lab abides by the tagline "Cuisine, Culture, Community," taking inspiration from the neighborhood's rich history in literature, culture, and the arts. In fact, the building that houses Doc Ricketts and Doc's Lab (which is in the basement) has already played an important role in supporting the arts. The basement originally housed a dance hall, then the legendary [...]

Premiere: Watch Andrew St. James’ video for “A Prayer for East Oakland”

Photo by Peter Ellenby San Francisco's Andrew St. James released his debut LP Doldrums last year, and the singer-songwriter's powerful brand of alt-folk was present on the record from start-to-finish. With track after track of stirring folk music, the album highlights not only St. James's musical talents, but also his clear gift for songwriting – as evidenced by the first few singles, "Cassidy", "The Lost, The Vain", and "Visions" – which is all the more impressive when you learn he's only 18 years old. Today, we are proud to premiere the video for the next single off Doldrums, [...]

By |February 24, 2014|Tags: |
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