To a musician, getting asked to join Prince's band is like winning the lottery. Like Miles Davis, James Brown, or Frank Zappa before him, having been in Prince's band takes a musician to the next level. They are rigorously trained by the absolute best in the business. So how did the young Toronto-bo ... More >>
Remember when you were 12 years old and you'd draw the logos of your favorite bands all over your school books? Well, one time, Kurt Cobain did that to The Melvins' van, leaving behind a little portrait of Kiss (plus logo) which remains to this day on the side of that piece-of-shit '72 Dodge Spor ... More >>
After just two years on the San Francisco scene, Con Brio has released a full-length album, performed at Great American Music Hall, and played shows all over the city -- but none of that probably would have happened without a Craigslist ad and some serendipity. Somehow, the members of Con Bri ... More >>
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Scott AllenHe's No B.B. King: Tommy Cast As the Merc's Jim Harrington reported yesterday, not has only the 2009 SF Blues Festival has been canceled, but "that cancellation could turn out to be permanent." Harrington quotes event organizer Tom Mazzolini as saying, ""we may well have seen the ... More >>
The Hawaii West fails as a dive bar, but Bouncer still figures out what makes Gavin Newsom cool
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do
Reaves-Phillips breaks it down
What to do, all summer long
If you ask, they will give. Really.
Zakiya Hooker preserves the legacy of her father, blues legend John Lee Hooker, plans her own musical career -- and tries to keep tradition from suffocating both
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For over two decades, Lisle Ellis has been expanding the vocabulary of the jazz bassist by adding blues and classical features
From their odd sushi bar on a seedy corner of the Mission, world-famous dancers Hiroko and Koichi Tamano try to preserve a bizarre, mysterious art
Why is R&B veteran Patti Austin making her comeback singing in Mandarin?
Fillmore Slim has lived a life of picking, pimping, and prison -- now he just wants to play the blues
Guitarist Vince Converse rocks the blues with sassy wah-wah and other effects.
Monte Carlo Restaurant & Bar
Zmrzlina, Little Jimmy Scott, Hank Crawford, and Jimmy McGriff
Tom Mazzolini speaks proudly of his San Francisco Blues Festival. But each musician is proud for a different reason.
The Rova Saxophone Quartet once again honors the freewheeling spirit of Bay Area jazz improvisers
Paul Pena,who's played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to B.B. King, is coming out of the musical shadows, thanks to the award-winning documentary Genghis Blues. He's also blind, and sick, and entirely tired of living.
Former Sister Double Happiness frontman Gary Floyd re-confronts his (and America's) musical roots
Delbert McClinton has something better than a record deal a sound all his own