Eric Burdon Celebrates the Summer of Love Year Round

BAM’s Walter Atkins’ Interview with Eric Burdon, iconic lead singer of the long running British band Eric Burdon and the Animals. Burdon’s raw unmistakable voice, that gave the world blues and rock gems like We Gotta Get Out Of This Place and Misunderstood, helped to fuel the 1960’s British Invasion. Burdon and the Animals recently performed live on a surprisingly warm mid July Sunday date at Stern Grove Festival, as part of the “Summer Of Love” celebrations. The SGF was also [...]

Eric Burdon and the Animals Run Free in the Grove!

Stern Grove July 16th  2017 Influential Eric Burdon and the Animals gleefully rocked the Stern Grove Festival on a perfect mid July Sunday afternoon. His lethal band of the Animals included: Johnzo West guitar, Davey Allen keys, Justin Andres bass, Evan Mackey trombone, Ruben Salinas sax  and Dustin Koester drums. The clear warm day started  with the City’s own Stone Foxes band who were joined by the Oakland Performing Arts Center Choir, lead by Cava Menzies. This was a thrilling [...]

Earl Thomas Ignites Biscuits & Blues

  Earl Thomas and his potent band ignited the enthusiastic  audience at San Francisco’s Biscuits & Blues, located near Union Square. Vocalist Thomas’ band featured: guitarist and band leader Ben Zinn, drummer Mark Lamson, keyboardist Noah Williams, bassist Tim McNalley, trumpeter Julian Davis and trombonist Erik Dewhirst. Thomas, a consummate showman, said it was a  pleasure playing his first gig in 6 years at the storied blues venue, and graciously thanked Steven (B&B owner Steven Suen) for the opportunity. He [...]

Groove8 Rocks The Mo’ At The City’s FJF

SF Fillmore Jazz Festival  San Francisco California By Walter Atkins San Francisco’s 33rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival was a huge, funky street party celebrating numerous music genres, ethnic foods, crafts and more in the city’s historical and culturally rich Fillmore neighborhood. This year’s edition of the FJF, running between Eddy and Jackson streets on Fillmore, also commemorated the 50th Anniversary of San Francisco’s world famous 1967 Summer of Love phenomena. The FJF’s theme, ”Summer of Love Revisited”, was a pleasant nod to the [...]

Kool & The Gang Celebrate At SGF’s Big Picnic

The 80th edition of San Francisco’s hugely popular Stern Grove Festival started off in grand style this year with sunny weather and a bustling house crowd in the wooden meadow. The long running summer music series eagerly opened with the SGF annual Big Picnic event on June 25th, and featured major artists. Today’s headliner was the multi Grammy winner and crowd favorite Kool & The Gang. With numerous chart topping hits including, Celebration, Hollywood Swinging, Cherish, and Jungle Boogie, [...]

Stanley Clarke Crushes Santa Cruz

North American 2017 Tour June 15,2017 Preeminent bassist/composer Stanley Clarke and his talented band came to the welcoming and intimate environment of Santa Cruz’s Kuumbwa Jazz Center for an enjoyable one night only date. The four time Grammy winner’s band of young lions consisted of: pianist Beka Gochiashvili, drummer Mike Mitchell and keyboardist Caleb McCambell. Both sold out sessions were packed with appreciative and knowledgeable audiences. The venue, located in downtown Santa Cruz, was approximately 73 miles south of San Francisco. If [...]

Lance Canales Floods The Bay with His Cali Blues

Lance Canales & The Flood Biscuits & Blues San Francisco CA May 28, 2017 Lance Canales & The Flood rolled into Biscuits & Blues on a Sunday evening with their authentic foot stompin' blues and intimate life stories. Canales, a proud son of the Central California farm region, called Fresno home. His stand up bass player Stan Lum also hailed Fresno. For some reason, Canales’ drummer did not show up for the gig and presumably was still in Amsterdam. The energetic singer/ [...]

Omar Sosa Soothes The Bay

Article and Photos By: Walter Atkins Acclaimed pianist Omar Sosa quietly took the unlit SFJAZZ stage with a single candle providing limited illumination. He silently started his show with a solemn keyboard solo.  Respected SF Bay Area percussionist and educator John Santos then entered from the opposite side and joined in. The process continued until the last group member was on stage contributing to the percussive mix. The full line up consisted of Sosa, 
flutist /saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill, bassist Childo [...]

The BAM Interview With The Bay’s Shirlee Temper

BAM Interview With Shirlee Temper- Hayward’s Own Rock & Flow Queen     BAM Sits down with Shirlee Temper prior to her hi octane concert at the Empress Theatre for Obtainium Works’ Fifth Anniversary party in Vallejo CA. According to their website, Obtainium Works, an art car factory, “fabricate art out of repurposed industrial detritus. We call it "Obtainium." Loosely based on the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and other Victorian-era writers who created an imaginary world where steam technology was considered cutting edge.” [...]

The Bay Rocks & Flows With Shirlee Temper

Article and Photos by: Walter Atkins Shirlee Temper Obtainium Works’ Fifth Anniversary Party Empress Theatre Vallejo CA April 14,2017 Bay Area vocalist Shirlee Temper and her lethal band tore it up for Obtainium Works’ Fifth Anniversary Party, held at the Empress Theatre Friday in Vallejo, CA. The Queen of Rock & Flow, and Steampunk fashionista, gave her loyal fans a high-intensity show of incredible music and energy. Her band of musical assassins: background vocalist Pretty Kenny, bassist Tramayne Henry, twin lead guitarists Jake “Sunshine” [...]

The Bay Celebrates Miles (Davis) From India!

The Bay Celebrates Miles (Davis) From India! SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium San Francisco CA April 1, 2017 By Walter Atkins San Francisco’s  supporters were treated to a special one time performance of Miles From India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis based on the album of the same name. Miles From India (Times Square Records, 2008) reached number six on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. The Miles From India Band, a heady brew of renown Davis alumni and accomplished Indian musicians consisted of: [...]

Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends’ “Hella” Benefit for Marc VW

Article & Photos by: Walter Atkins Peter Michael Escovedo & Friends Voices From The Heart: The Marc VW Benefit Empress Theatre Vallejo  CA March 29 2017 Peter Michael Escovedo (E Family) organized a stellar line up of Bay Area musicians and “Hella” more for Voices From The Heart: The Marc VW Benefit at the Empress Theatre in downtown Vallejo CA. The acclaimed artists were Howard Hewett (Shalamar),Evelyn “Champagne” King, Tony Lindsay (Santana) and Vallejo’s own pride & joy, Con-Funk-Shun! For this sold out benefit, the well [...]

Kim Nalley’s Stunning Nina Simone Tribute

Article & Photos by Walter Atkins Popular San Francisco vocalist Kim Nalley skillfully painted a stunning portrait of the iconic Nina Simone, using her voice like an artist’s brush and Simone’s songbook like a sonic canvas. This captivating evening celebrated Simone’s music and covered the full scope and legacy of this uniquely American music paragon. Nalley’s top-notch group included: Nalley- vocals, Tammy Hall-piano, Greg Skaff-guitar, Michael Zisman-bass and Kent Bryson-drums. Nalley opened with Simone’s UK top ten hit My Baby Just Cares [...]

John Handy Tribute Ignites The Bay

Image © Walter Atkins The SFJAZZ Center ignited its Fifth Season celebration with two extraordinary weeks that included the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Open House and the star studded Zakir Hussain Gala Night. There were tribute nights this week for legendary drummer Tony Williams, prominent Bay Area saxophonist Joe Henderson, and the late inaugural SFJAZZ Collective member/vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. The musical directors for each extra special performance were Cindy Blackman Santana, Joshua Redman and Stefon Harris respectively. Tonight's stellar tribute [...]