Exclusive Interview with Tribal Theory’s Nico Tuilesu

Since 2005, Nico Tuilesu and Tribal Theory have been defining and redefining themselves within the Reggae genre.  While proudly representing themselves as well representing the forces that shaped them throughout their lives, they have never strayed from making music which they felt to be legitimate to their beliefs. Recently, we were able to speak with Nico, the band's Lead Singer and Founding Member, and learn a little about his influences, his defining moments, and why he and the rest of [...]

Tolan Shaw and Highway Poets at the Redwood Cafe

Wind back to Saturday evening in January at the NAMM convention (National Association of Music Merchants), in Anaheim. I walk into the Marriott Hotel lobby and see a tall, hat wearing, singer songwriter onstage, halfway through his set. Tolan Shaw, a young artist from San Diego, with a full band onstage capturing the attention of his audience in a packed lobby of the Marriott. I'm standing at the door and immediately fell in love with his lyrics. Lines like, "take me home, make me never want [...]

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 [...]

BAM’s Exclusive Interview with Sam Johnson

From a young age, Sam Johnson knew he wanted to be a musician, and ever since moving to San Francisco he has been making a name for himself in the local music scene.  From performing on the streets of Fisherman's Wharf to packing local venues, he has come far in a short time, and continues to loves what he does more and more each and every step of the way.  Join us as we bring Sam Johnson into our studio on this [...]

The Damned Celebrate 40 Years in San Francisco

Article by: Nick Gumas Photos by: Paul Windsor   1976 was by no means an uneventful year for music. Of course this was the year we at BAM opened our doors for the first time, but outside of our own world, music itself underwent a renaissance unlike ever before.  Elton John was topping charts worldwide with his new hit single Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, The Band performed for the final time and went out with a concert so legendary that it prompted Martin Scorsese [...]

Top 5 Bands To See at Cali Roots

California Roots (Or “Cali Roots” as it’s commonly known) has long since been a staple in celebrating California’s proud history of reggae music.  Since it’s inception in 2010, countless reggae superstars from Pepper to Ziggy Marley have called this stage in Monterey, California home.  With the enormous list of bands set to perform this year, figuring out which bands to prioritize can be a little overwhelming, so we at BAM have compiled a list of the top five bands [...]

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.” [...]

Sleaford in America: Brexit and the 2016 Election

Article by: Nick Gumas Photos by: Paul Windsor Sleaford Mods, a Post-Punk duo from Nottingham U.K. are known for their politically charged messages and blunt lyrics.  For the last decade, they have been touring well beyond just their home town with their own brand of forthright and explicit music that always reminds us to question the powers that be and to think for ourselves.  Coming from a working class background themselves, the duo of Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn inspire dialogue [...]

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 People Did Rise Up with Soul Fuse

Article by: Curt Hennecke Photos by: Cheryl Alterman    Sonoma County based Soul/Blues/Funk ensemble Soul Fuse celebrated the release of their debut EP, Check This Out at the Redwood Café in Cotati on Friday night, March 24.  Soul Fuse is an eight piece collective, a Super Group, comprised of seasoned musicians hailing from several historic bands, such as, The Eagles, Loggins and Messina, Commander Cody, Nick Gravenitis, Cold Blood, Norton Buffalo, and Elvin Bishop, to name a few.  Check This Out features five original songs capped off by the local favorite, The [...]

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: [...]

Slim’s Christens first annual Bay Noise concert

Article by: Bahram Ahmady Photos by: Isabel Escalante From Pop-Rock rhythms, to hip hop baselines, the artists performing for the first annual Bay Noise concert on Saturday March 11th had audiences captivated from beginning to end. Held at Slims in the heart of San Francisco, the show was a brilliant display of up-and-coming Bay Area talent. With some help from local radio personalities Jackie Hollywood and Shan Berries from KMVQ's 99.7 NOW hosting, the show had familial vibes not only between artists, [...]


  Everyone at BAM, past and present, send a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to our friends and colleagues in one of the most successful bands to ever come out of the Bay Area, JOURNEY!!! They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Friday night, (April 7, 2017) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Train’s Pat Monahan will have the honor of inducting Journey into the hallowed rock hall founded in 1983 by Rolling Stone Magazine’s [...]

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 [...]

The Damned Comes To The Bay!

If you’re a fan of the U.K Punk scene, then no doubt you remember The Damned, and I know its safe to say the modern Punk scene would not be the same without their influence.  With songs like New Rose, Neat Neat Neat, and Love Song, The Damned paved the way for a whole new wave of music.  The Damned were the first UK Punk band to tour in America, and truly set the standard for DIY Punk.  Described [...]