By Richard BrackettMichael Franti and Spearhead in the house! With its open dance-floor and spacious mezzanine appeal, the Fox Oakland was the perfect place to be on Oct.11. After Michael proclaimed, “I wanna rock with you!” it was a feel-good vibration invitation from the get-go.
By Kat StevensonThose who attended Jason Becker’s Not Dead Yet: Movie and Music to End ALS were filled with more inspiration and musical genius than they could shake a drum stick at. One thing is for sure, if you mention the name Jason Becker, the musical talent will follow!
By Kenny WardellThe road that Journey has taken since the band’s beginning in 1973 has had a few speed bumps along the way, but today they are cruising on a super highway that is not unlike the eastern span of the newly re-opened San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. Arguably one of the top five rock bands to emerge from San Francisco, on a typical tour the band would play both the Concord Pavilion and Shoreline Amphitheater in the same week, and sell out both venues. But this time around, Journey played one night: at the relatively intimate (9,000 seats) America’s Cup Pavilion on the docks of the San Francisco Bay.
With both Bay Area baseball teams in the post season, you can get in the mood with some baseball music. It doesn't matter if you are a fan of the the San Francisco Giants or the Oakland Athletics.
If you were around the Bay Area music scene in the ’90s, you’ve probably seen M.I.R.V. And if you didn’t, you must have been under one heavy ass rock.
When someone who doesn’t know me asks what I do for a living and I answer, “I work in radio,” they often look at me like I am a ghost, or at least a dinosaur lumbering toward the Tar Pit. Isn’t radio done? Washed up? Replaced by social media and smartphones?
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Chuy Gomez is BamMagazine.com's Hip-Hop and Night Life Blogger who just happens to be the Morning Driver at 106 KMEL. Chuy and the BAM TV crew were invited to attend the grand opening of the new Penthouse Club
If you want to have some fun, groove to the music of your favorite bands, and not spend a ton of money, check out some of the great tribute bands playing around the Bay Area.
In 1977, a group of Bay Area musicians, art school students, and photographers–after being disillusioned by the hippie counter-culture and the 1960s–embraced punk rock.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, you could have caught a band at the Cafe Du Nord that takes you back in time a good 80 years to the Golden Age of jazz and dance.
I am by no means a knowledgeable source on punk music, let alone any kind of music that can be misconstrued as "punk." In fact, my idea of punk music might be a spectral opposite from what punk actually is. That understood, I have fallen for what I would refer to as a "punk band."
For me, it's been an on-going challenge to appreciate some of the venues my band has played. But I've come to realize: every venue has something different to offer, something unique and all its own.
San Francisco's Geographer have quickly ascended to one of 2012's most beloved Bay Area bands. In relatively short fashion, we have seen them go from an obscure indie rock three-piece -- featuring, of all things, a cello -- to selling out local venues, playing music fests like BFD and Treasure Island, landing a record label deal, and releasing the fantastic and critically-acclaimed new album, Myth.