The newest owners of Albany's Ivy Room are giving the iconic bar a fresh coat of paint and a dose of neighborhood charm.
Singer-songwriter Holland performs Sunday, as does the label and anti-Trumpian initiative Minus Zero which is presenting Musical Action for Planned Parenthood at the Ivy Room.
Ribak, mostly recovered from a 2012 car crash, celebrates the release of his new album at the Freight on Monday; plus other recommended gigs.
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Two concerts will offer compelling takes on how musicians honor the artists from whom they draw creative sustenance. One honors Hank Jones, the other honors George Jones.
My experience at the Aug. 27 rally revealed to me that the political left suffers from the exact same malady that afflicts the right. We won’t listen.
Ben Allison, one of the most expressive bassists in jazz, plays in Berkeley on Sunday afternoon.
What’s in a name? For Berkeley drummer/composer Jared Baird, finding the perfect moniker for his Hammond B-3 powered trio marked a major step in uniting two distinct facets of his life. An English teacher at Marin Academy by day (he also spent six years on faculty at Berkeley High), Baird holds down Jupiter’s Tuesday Jazzidency series through the end of June with The Bricoleurs.
We've got news on Antoinette, a new juice bar for Berkeley, a change in ownership for an iconic Oakland bar, and much more in this week's Bites.
Long-time Berkeleyan Irene Sazer didn’t set out to capture unicorns. But in creating the Real Vocal String Quartet about a decade ago she had to find a particularly rare, almost mythical, species of musician: conservatory-trained string players comfortable with free improvisation and versed in an international array of styles from South America and Appalachia to West Africa and the Balkans. And oh yeah, they also have to possess considerable vocal skills. Despite a penchant for her violists to running off to study composition in graduate school Sazer has managed to maintain an exceptionally versatile cast, and she brings the latest edition of the RVSQ to Freight & Salvage 8 p.m. Thursday.
For the vast majority of musicians making an album is a money-losing proposition these days, a time-intensive undertaking that’s hard to justify looking at the bottom line. But the urge to make a statement, the call to document a particular program of music interpreted by a specific cadre of collaborators, is no less potent, which is why drummer/composer Bryan Bowman rounded up some of the region’s finest improvisers for his album Like Minds.
Come along with NOSH as we take a tour of the Albany stretch of San Pablo Avenue.