Premiere: Listen to Mike Blankenship’s “Enjoy Yourself” from our new compilation!

We need your help to continue to showcase the best of San Francisco Bay Area music in 2017! Your support of our 2016 fundraising campaign makes our work possible, and we've got a ton of great rewards for donors. With any donation of $10 or more during the fundraiser, you'll get a copy of our new 2016 Fundraiser Compilation, which features rare and unreleased songs from our favorite San Francisco Bay Area musicians, including bAd bAd, Jay Stone, China, Patrick Clos (of Cocktails), and more. Last week, we debuted our first song from the new compilation, from Madeline Kenney and [...]

Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2016 Download: Mixtape: Fourteen San Francisco Bands to Watch in 2016 (Podcast #379) Every year, it's an exciting challenge to compile our "Bands to Watch" mixtape: exciting because it heralds another year full of great music from the Bay Area's rising stars, and a challenge because there are far too many young acts worth including. This year's mix of bands to keep an eye on in 2016 collects fourteen artists from around the Bay Area. Notably, all of them are new to The Bay Bridged podcast, offering a variety of sounds that include forward-thinking bedroom pop, stripped-down singer-songwriter tunes, energized [...]

The Bay Abridged: Dec 15 – Jan 12

In this recurring feature known as The Bay Abridged, our staff writers will provide short, witty recaps on shows they attended around the Bay Area. A scene check, a heat check, and sometimes more — stop by every Wednesday for the most comprehensive and concise recap of last week's Bay Area concert scene. OVVN, Toner, OCD, Software at Sgraffito (Oak) Jan. 8 Caught an awesome bill of all local bands last friday at a rad new gallery space in Oakland. OCD play a poppy, modern mix of punk and indie and are all new to Oakland. I thought their set [...]

Chronicling transitions with Mike Blankenship

If you pay attention well enough, you'll see his name in different places. From touring and recording with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Sheila E and Michael Franti, Mike Blankenship has set a foundation as the go-to keyboardist for a number of notable Bay Area (and beyond) musicians and artists. But that's not the first thing you notice when you meet him. In fact, it's not the first thing he'll tell you. Blankenship met with me in Oakland and entered the room with a wide-smile and ready to talk. It's rare to find those circumstances when you can sit down - pen, [...]

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Mike Blankenship set to release debut album ‘Living for the Future’

Photo: Curtis Jermany After several years as a producer and touring and session musician, East Bay native Mike Blankenship is releasing his debut album, Living for the Future October 13 on iTunes and Bandcamp. Blankenship, who currently mans the keyboards with Michael Franti and Spearhead, has recorded the album over the past 4 years, partially in his home studio, but also on the road while touring with many of the featured artists, which range from Sheila E. and Kev Choice to a host of musicians who are ridiculously talented even if you may not recognize their names. Blankenship's [...]

By |October 9, 2015|Tags: |
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