Berkeley’s Bursting with Ray Obiedo’s Latin Jazz

Article & Photos by Walter Atkins Ray Obiedo & Guests Latin Jazz Project Volume 1 CD Release Party Freight & Salvage Berkeley California February 22, 2017 The San Francisco Bay Area music fans that braved   seriously nippy Wednesday night weather   for Ray Obiedo’s Latin Jazz Volume 1 cd release party were well rewarded for their efforts. The prominent Richmond CA native and his hi octane band provided a full evening of Latin flavored jazz bursting with percussive polyrhythms and special guest performances. This lethal [...]

Concert Alert: Bob Rabbit Presents “Art, Compassion, Humanity” – A Benefit concert

For as long as he can remember, Rob Rigolfi, or as he’s better known as, Bob Rabbit has had two passions, Music and Philanthropy.  After several trips to Haiti to volunteer with those in need, Bob began exposing his style of music to the locals, and they liked it.  They saw it as a form of free expression, and a way to share their story to the world. The only problem, the significant lack of infrastructure made giving the local [...]

Local Band Alert: Novicain Road

ARTICLE BY: NICK GUMAS PHOTOS BY: TATIANA MICHAELIS   If I asked you to close your eyes and think of the first time you truly realized what music meant to you, what would it be?  Mine came when I was 15 years old, one day in in rehearsal for my High School’s production of Grease.  It was the first time I had to learn to play any cords on the guitar, the first time I ever got a real opportunity to sing [...]

Local Band Interview: Raul Castillo and The Space Monkees

ARTICLE BY: NICK GUMAS PHOTOS BY: TATIANA MICHAELIS Colma based musician Raul Castillo and his current flagship project The Space Monkees have been frequenting local Bay Area venues for the last few years, and accumulating a very loyal fan base along the way. Recently performing at the DNA Lounge on February 19th, I was able to meet with the band watch what they felt was their best show to date. Frontman and founding member Raul Castillo has had a lifetime of [...]

Local Band Interview: Thrown-Out Bones

ARTICLE BY: NICK GUMAS PHOTOS BY: TATIANA MICHAELIS “A Little bit of funk, a little of folk, a little bit of rock, a whole lot of junk, and multi instrumentalists that like to dance.” Is an interesting way for anyone to describe their work, but for San Francisco’s own Thrown-Out Bones, it truly is an all-encompassing narrative for anyone seeking introduction to their unique and inventive style of music. Thrown-Out Bones performed at the DNA Lounge on February 19th, showcasing their own [...]

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 [...]

An Evening with Dawes: A (P)Review

  ARTICLE & PHOTOS: Nick Gumas Earlier today, while looking at upcoming concerts, as I have been told people who enjoy music tend to do, I noticed that the band Dawes was scheduled to play later this month in San Francisco, and was immediately reminded of a road trip I took to see them perform in Central California earlier this year. Anyone who has already done this will vouch, taking a long road trip to see a band you have never [...]

Bay Area Tribute to Prince From the Catwalk

Written By: Keno Mapp ( Photos by: Bryan Farley ( HOT COUTURE 2017 When I was pitched by Lisa Bautista a longtime friend and PR representative for the event to offer my views, I was first taken aback simply because I never really liked critics. Then I thought about Prince's own words "All the critics love you in NY," so the thought engulfed me to wonder just how fashion designers could express their appreciation for our lost friend Prince. It seems since his passing, there [...]

The Revivalists with Con Brio at the Catalyst

Fans and bands brave perilous weather to witness an epic show - The Revivalists with Con Brio at the Catalyst Most of the roads leading to the Catalyst in Santa Cruz were in peril on the night The Revivalists and Con Brio were set to play at the venue. This particular Thursday night was the final night of four-straight days of torrential downpours throughout Northern California. Highway 17 was down to one lane with rivers of water running across the [...]

BAM’s Cheryl Alterman Gets Spotlight Showing's contributing writer and photographer, Cheryl Alterman has been selected to have an  exhibit of her fine works displayed at Daredevils and Queens Salon, in Santa Rosa's Historic Railroad Square District.  On display are hand picked photographs taken throughout her career of rock icons, such as Robert Plant, Green Day, Tom Petty, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  Each photograph showcases Ms. Alterman's unique style, is signed and fused onto metal.  "The metal format is a different medium to showcase my photos, [...]

Chevelle & Black Map: Kick off new tour at The Fillmore SF

Chevelle kicked off their latest tour at San Francisco's The Fillmore last Friday night! Chevelle, the well known American rock band from the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois started out in 1995 and has sold over four million albums in the United States.  Their first studio album Point #1, was released on Squint Entertainment; followed later by their second album, Wonder What's Next (October 8, 2002) and contained long lasting fan favorites, "The Red" and "Send the Pain Below"; ended [...]

Planes Mistaken for Stars & Retox: Bottom of the Hill SF

Planes Mistaken for Stars  the well known project from Denver, Colorado recorded their second release for Deep Elm, Knife In The Marathon in 2001, signed to Gainesville Florida's No Idea Records to release Fuck with Fire in 2002, brought a raw epic night to San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill. In 2003, Planes recorded Up in Them Guts was released the next year on No Idea with A. J. Mogis, whose most notable work is with Saddle Creek artists Bright [...]

Whores. : Live at Slim’s SF Nov 18 2016

Whores has been on a rampage ever since they released their debut EP Ruiner in 2011, through Brutal Panda Records, followed by Clean EP in 2013, which received attention from many music websites.  The band kicked off their latest US tour at San Francisco’s Slim’s as the first stop which stretches from Nov 18th to Dec 17th 2016.  You can find more info on dates on their website: Based based in Atlanta, Georgia and known as an American noise rock [...]