Ed note: Hello Wyldings! Believe it or not, the SW Music page is not dead, just on a mini-hiatus while most of our writers were out of town. But now that we are all back (and very happy about it) we are getting back to the business at hand: sussing out the best live music shows happening in SF, Oakland, Berkeley, and all over the Bay Area. SO, if you are in a band, or know a band that is playing in the coming weeks, lets us know at : firstname.lastname@example.org!
Now that that's out of the way let's get serious. This weekend we'll be checking out:
Legendary guitarist and vocalist Jinx Jones brings his Jazz trio to Cafe Claude in San Francisco. Show starts at 7:30- perfect for an after work drink and de-stress!
If you're into hip hop then Slim's offers the unique sounds of Eligh and Amp Live. Already creating a massive buzz together, this show promises to be something special. Support comes from Shotgun Wedding Quartet, Luckyiam, and League510. The show is all ages, tickets are $16 and doors open at 8pm.
Meanwhile over int he East Bay.....
It's the First Friday at The Uptown in Oakland, that means an early show and no cover! Tonight's line-up includes The Blank Tapes , Whiskermen, Tumbleweed Wanderers and an acoustic set from Love Dimension. Doors at 6-Show at 9.
On Saturday starting in the East bay this time.....
And over in Berkeley on Saturday, you can't let a weekend go by without mentioning legendary Punk venue (now the longest continually running in the lower 48!) 924 Gilman, where Saturday night local acts Bay Area Ska Monkey, Day Labor, Imposters, Angry Starfish, and Toriyamas are set to take the stage. Show starts at 7, $10 + $2 membership fee if not already a member.
At the same time, over in SF....
If you like yourself some swing, rockabilly, or blues then Cafe Du Nord is the place for you with performances from Vagabond Lovers Club, local boys Slim Jenkins, and Beso Negro. Tickets are $12 and doors are at 8/show at 9.
Legends in their own time, ESG helped define the club sounds of the early 80's along with providing fodder for the sampler's and DJ's of nearly every influential hip hop and dance artist since then. Reformed for one last tour, this is the last chance to see ESG perform live and Mezzanine has the honor of hosting them. With support from Solar, Conor, and Junior, this is event that music fans shouldn't miss.