Oakland gospel choir spreads message of unity through holidays, and around the world (Mon. 12/24 at Slim’s – 2 performances)


Terrance Kelly and the Choir star in a new documentary, "One Voice," and ready for their annual holiday concerts.

Dec. 24 with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Ensemble has been a holiday tradition since we first opened our doors in 1988!

Click HERE to read the San Jose Mercury News' article.

Honky-tonk Whitey Morgan fuels with alcohol (Fri. 11/30 at GAMH with Alex Williams)


Outside of old “Leave it to Beaver” reruns and Boston police reports, one rarely hears the name Whitey these days. But grizzly singer-guitarist Eric Allen, a native of Flint, Mich., had his reasons for choosing the name Whitey Morgan for his honky-tonk stage persona in 2005. Whitey was his basketball nickname at his mostly-black elementary school (he took it in good humor) and Morgan was the last name of his late grandfather, who changed his life when he willed him his guitar and vintage country and Western record collection. “Let’s face it — Eric Allen is just not a very good stage name. But Whitey sounds like some kid from the ‘50s, some knucklehead from down the street,” says Morgan, who fronts the bluesy band The 78’s. Their fourth album “Hard Times and White Lines” was released in October.

Click HERE for his SF Examiner interview

Celebrated Doom-Metal Act YOB Returns To San Francisco (Sat. 12/1 – Slim’s)


One of stoner/doom metal’s leading lights returns to the Bay Area Saturday when Oregon-based trio YOB shares the stage with fellow Northwestern metal experimentalists Khôrada and local avant metal group Ails at Slim’s.

YOB played several Northern California shows this past September with a massive doom-metal tour featuring SF trio Acid King and Sacramento outfit CHRCH, but the group brings the new material back to the Bay Area Saturday en route to an appearance at the Decibel Metal and Beer Festival in Los Angeles Sunday. For this Saturday night gig at Slim’s in San Francisco sponsored by online metal radio station Gimme Radio, Scheidt and company will be joined by Portland, OR-based crew Khôrada. Formed by members who had made a name for themselves in boundary-pushing metal band Agalloch (guitarist Don Anderson, bassist Jason Walton and drummer Aesop Dekker) alongside former Giant Squid guitarist/singer Aaron John Gregory, Khôrada creates a dramatic and atmospheric style of metal with heavy prog-rock elements on its recent debut album Salt. Opening Oakland quintet Ails is the latest project featuring former Ludicra vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitar player/vocalist Christy Cather.

Click HERE for KPIX CBS SF BAYAREA's preview!

John Waters’ Gift To San Francisco: Demented Holiday Cheer (Thurs. 11/29 at GAMH)


“I’m a vaudeville performer,” says Waters. “I do my job, which is to go out into the world, observe unfathomable behavior and report back to the great unwashed public, my audience.”

This year, “A John Waters Christmas” returns to the Great American Music Hall on Nov. 29, and like his friend singer Johnny Mathis’ holiday performances, Waters’ Christmas show has become a perennial favorite. - San Francisco Chronicle

Read more HERE

 

KT Tunstall making new albums and movie music (Fri. 10/19 at GAMH with Maddie Ross)


With her U.K.-chart-scaling 2016 comeback “KIN,” Scottish folk-rocker KT Tunstall understood how far she had come since her punk-fueled 2004 debut “Eye to the Telescope.” And she trusted her instinct, which — after divorcing bandmate Luke Bullen — made her leave her home in London for California’s Venice Beach and take Skywalker Ranch courses in film scoring. Those led her to her new sixth album, “WAX.” The cinematic effort includes the “Telescope”-evocative single “The River,” co-produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Nick McCarthy. She suddenly saw that it was part two of a trilogy dealing with the spirit, body and mind. “In my 20s, I thought I knew everything, and in my 30s, I was anxious, because I realized I don’t know anything,” she says. “But in my 40s, it was like ‘Aha! I see you now!’ and none of it mattered anymore.”

Click HERE for her interview with the SF Examiner!

Mac Sabbath: Jihad Vs. McWorld (Halloween at GAMH with Captured! By Robots + Franks & Deans)


Unhinged Garage Rocker Fronts Psychedelic Soul Band In SF (King Khan & The Shrines – Wed. 10/17 – GAMH)


One of the leading lights of modern garage rock, singer and guitarist King Khan brings his electrifying psychedelic soul revue King Khan And The Shrines to the Great American Music Hall Wednesday night.

For this return to GAMH, King Khan and the Shrines will be joined by Australian psych-pop songwriter Gabriella Cohen and snotty SF punks The Control Freaks (led by THE RIP OFFS guitarist Greg Lowery). - KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area

Corrosive Post-Punk Band Plays Rare SF Shows (Shellac – Wed. 10/10 & Thurs. 10/11 at GAMH)


While Shellac band hasn’t released any new music since its acclaimed 2015 effort Dude Incredible (its first in seven years), that won’t keep fans from turning out in large numbers to witness one of the most intense post-punk acts working today. Ahead of an appearance at the eclectic Desert Daze Festival in Southern California this weekend, Shellac plays two nights at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco starting Wednesday night with support from experimental Brooklyn-based indie-rock duo Buke and Gase. - KPIX / CBS SF BayArea

Ben Morrison of The Brothers Comatose reflects on Slim’s at 30 years (performing with Four Year Bender on Wed. 9/19)


South of Market music club Slim's is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week with a lineup of shows while highlighting its rich history as a hub for music in San Francisco.

The anniversary week lineup includes locals The Brothers Comatose, and singer-songwriter Ben Morrison, who once worked at the club, wrote about a couple of his most memorable experiences on the job as a skinny security guard. - RIFF Magazine

We love you, Ben! Excited to see you on our stage (again) tomorrow with Four Year Bender!

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SF Chronicle: Slim’s nightclub celebrates 30 years by looking back, moving forward


Slim’s is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month the best way it knows how. Starting Monday, Sept. 17, the South of Market nightclub will host a weeklong concert series with more than a dozen acts, including indie rockers Built to Spill, thrash metal veterans Exodus, bluegrass outfit Brothers Comatose, the pop-punk band Aquabats and blues guitarist Elvin Bishop.

Since opening its doors in 1988, the low-profile venue at 333 11th St. has served as a nerve center for the San Francisco music scene. It’s the place where big-time acts like Radiohead, Bruno Mars and Beck staged their first Bay Area concerts.

The 500-person capacity club has also provided a home for local acts making their way into the world, left-field musicians who don’t quite fit into traditional rock clubs and road warriors simply seeking to reconnect with their fans in a more intimate setting (Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg and Metallica all played shows there — often incognito — at the height of their careers). - SF Chronicle

Read more HERE

Slim’s 30th Anniversary Celebration: Blues & Soul Revue – Fri. 9/21


Hard to believe it was three decades ago that Boz Scaggs opened the SOMA club Slim’s with a blast of blues and boogie woogie. Soul is on the menu for the venue’s 30th anniversary celebration. Blues great Elvin Bishop is the headliner, but my money is on the incandescent soul crooner Wee Willie Walker, whose career has taken off in his eighth decade. Backed by the talent-laden Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, he’s been performing around the world, often joined by Oakland blues star Terrie Odabi Vocalist. With the powerhouse gospel combo The Sons of The Soul Revivers summoning the spirit, the program offers a serious salve for unsettling times. - Andrew Gilbert / San Francisco Classical Voice

Rounding out this amazing line-up on Fri. 9/21? Kid Andersen & Little Village Foundation's Jim Pugh!

A portion of the proceeds from this very special evening will benefit KPOO Radio.

Guitar Player Presents The Marcus King Band + Bishop Gunn (Tues. 9/11 – GAMH)


GP loves to share in the rise of prodigal talents, and Marcus King graced the cover of the September 2017 “Youthquake” issue because he dazzles on every level—chops, soul, creativity, and transcendental live performance. King and his band throw down jazz-tinged Southern rock and blues with a level of intensity and virtuosity that brings the early years of the Derek Trucks Band to mind. The slide virtuoso showed his respect for King by guesting on “Self Hatred” from the Marcus King Band’s self-titled sophomore effort that was released in 2016 and produced by Warren Haynes.

In late September the Marcus King Band debuted “Homesick” and “Welcome ’Round Here” heralding Carolina Confessions, produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) and scheduled for release October 5th on Fantasy Records. It showcases the 22-year-old King’s maturation as a songwriter and includes a co-write with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. - Guitar Player

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