SFO3 1996

374 11th St., 431-3337
6 p.m. -- Ben Rodefer Trio is a groove-elation jazz sensation led by the guitarist extraordinaire

8 p.m. -- Go Van Gogh scampers through Coltrane and Grappelli territory while blending multinational flavors gathered from such places as Morocco and Sri Lanka; its exquisite stateside groove, which incorporates horns and violin, made it into SF Weekly's top 10; a heads-up to all jazz-loving belly dancers

1821 Haight, 666-0800
9:30 p.m. -- Aunt Bettys are an eclectic four-piece from Orange County that blends punk aggression, acoustic subtlety, and pop melodies with truly weird subject matter

10:30 p.m. -- Speaker is a three-piece hardcore pop band from Orange County that recently signed to Capricorn

11:30 p.m. -- Ecoli
12:30 a.m. -- Carlos! is a three-piece outfit that plays non-heavy, punkish guitar pop; "There's fuzz without feedback, anxiety without insipid introspection, and an indie sensibility without the attitude." -- BAM

Hotel Utah
500 Fourth St., 421-8308
9:30 p.m. -- Sonya Hunter Trio is led by the urban folk diva and bar-stool yarn weaver; she has a glass-smooth voice that is both sweetly sensitive and world-wise

10:15 p.m. -- Me Jane inspires an image of Steely Dan in a skirt; lead singer Jane Hardaway has a song featured in an upcoming Warner Bros. film

11 p.m. -- Ruby's Tattoo performs original folk rock that sticks in the brain; it has a song featured on the Melrose Place soundtrack

11:45 p.m. -- Pamela Martin Band is the babes of the airwaves performing melodic rock

555 Second St., 543-2282
9:30 p.m. -- Blue Matter is an improvisational, inspirational, funk, rock, and groove band

Last Day Saloon
406 Clement, 387-6343
9 p.m. -- Felonious Monks
9:45 p.m. -- Spirit House

10:30 p.m. -- Dizzybam performs a jazzy mix of trip hop, funk, and rock; if music were canned food, Dizzybam would be the can opener

11:45 p.m. -- Super Sauce is a seven-piece band that plays jazzy funk; wear your dancing shoes because the groove is irresistible

Mick's Lounge
2513 Van Ness, 928-0404
8 p.m. -- Lunar Sea is a five-piece crew of romantic lunatics rocking on the waters of the San Francisco Bay

9 p.m. -- Walkinthbigdog performs storytellin', foot-tappin' pop rock that has too many chords to be power pop, is too good-natured to be alternative, and doesn't have enough Neil Young to be Americana; it's the unalternative

10 p.m. -- Susan Z. combines elements of rock, folk, and pop; she has risen to the top of the Marin County music scene with a beautiful voice and incisive songwriting

11 p.m. -- Brilliant Trees perform intense, intelligent, provocative, funny pop music that knows no boundaries; their songs make observations that swing between acerbic social commentary and a deep joy that borders on spirituality

Midnight -- Silverjacks perform mysterious melodic pop that is provocative and witty; they were chosen by NARAS as one of the top unsigned bands in the country last year

New Main Library
100 Larkin, for information call 255-0333
"Spoken Word Extravaganza"

7:30 p.m. -- Dave Alvin is a legendary musician whose career spawned key roles in X and the Blasters; he has a new live album coming out and is author of Any Rough Times Are Now Behind You

7:30 p.m. -- Don Bajema is a local artist active in many cultural arenas; he's written several films and two books for Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 press

7:30 p.m. -- Frank Lauria has published 12 novels including his Dr. Orient psychic-mysteries series, which has been optioned for film by DreamWorks

Paradise Lounge
1501 Folsom, 861-6906
8 p.m. -- American Professionals

8:30 p.m. -- Fiona Lehn blends folk and rock guitar with lyrical candor that reveals what most people keep guarded; in three years, she has produced three albums and toured across the country, making a name for herself as the Stockton Songstress

8:30 p.m. -- Caroline Aiken is a fiery Atlanta-based singer/songwriter who is currently touring in support of her latest release, Live Bait; her unique acoustic blues has made her a favorite on the national acoustic scene

9 p.m. -- Paul Snicker
9 p.m. -- Following May rises amid the resurgence of acoustic urban music to charm San Francisco with its fresh approach to guitar and vocal pairing

9 p.m. -- Hal Marcus performs a unique brand of acoustic rock that falls somewhere between Vega and Vedder

9:30 p.m. -- Judith Kate Friedman performs urgent and memorable folk ballads; she celebrates her recent release of Someplace Between

9:30 p.m. -- Bern writes acerbic, funny lyrics designed to hit you in the solar plexus; she oozes energy and her voice can take the head off a pint of Guinness; call it frock

10 p.m. -- Turpentine is an Americana trio drawing from bluegrass, country, Cajun, and Tex-Mex styles; arrangements include accordion, bottleneck guitar, banjo, harmonica, upright bass, and three-part vocals

10 p.m. -- Capsule features members of happygoingnowhere, Hoodlum Empire, and Bunny performing anthemic American space pop

10:30 p.m. -- Brian Wachorst & Heidi Farmer are an improvisational acoustic duo

10:30 p.m. -- Monica Pasqual & the Planet Ranch is a singer/songwriter/pianist with a solid backing band who performs subtle, off-kilter, country-tinged folk with rough-and-tumble edges

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