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 [...]

SOJA and Dirty Heads Stop By Somo

Special thanks to Justin Crom Photography for providing the photography coverage for this event.   July 11th, SOMO Concerts put on one of their best shows to date as Reggae sensations SOJA and Dirty Heads performed to an enthusiastic crowd.  Having seen both of these bands perform earlier this summer at Cali Roots down in Monterey, we went in with the bar set pretty high, and even with those high standards we were impressed with every aspect of this show.  From [...]

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 [...]

Night Ranger Closes Out the Alameda County Fair

  On Sunday July 9th, the Alameda County Fair came to an end, but not before local legends Night Ranger had a chance to say their peace.  The San Francisco band gave a high energy performance in a town across the bay from where it all began, and missed no opportunity to tell the crowd how grateful they were for the experience.  “We’re home, baby, we’re home!” lead singer and California native Jack Blades exclaimed as the band took the [...]

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 [...]

DJ “M. Dung” Passes A-WAY

From 1983 through the early 1990's, KFOG-FM in San Francisco had a legendary disc jockey on the air known as M. Dung, (Mike Slavko on his birth certificate.)  M. passed away peacefully on June 30, 2017 at UCSF Medical Center in the City after a long illness, according to his girlfriend Judy Crum.  "Dung Boy," as many of us called him was just as much a unique radio personality as "Wolfman Jack" was in his heyday during the 1960's over the Mexican radio [...]

Meeting Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba

Dashboard Confessional, one of the musical pioneers who helped set the tone for popular music of the early 2000’s, was instrumental in defining the genre of Emo music.  With songs like Hands Down, they became the soundtrack for a movement, and served as an inspiration to so many artists to follow them.  In anticipation of their upcoming performance with The All American Rejects at San Francisco’s Masonic Center on Friday, July 14th, we spoke with Dashboard Confessional’s lead singer and [...]

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, [...]

Phantogram comes to Berkeley

This last Saturday, traffic was backed up all along the UC Berkeley campus as fans lined up to see Phantogram perform live at the Greek Theatre.  Accompanied by Miike Snow, and Amsterdam’s own Klangstof, the lineup took us on a mind-altering journey from beginning to end.  The stadium filled up before the opening act even came out, as students and the general community alike flooded into the seats to get a glimpse of the band that has over the [...]

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 [...]

BAM’s Top 10 moments of ID10T Fest

Last weekend was the inauguration of Chris Hardwick’s ID10T Fest, and with it came two days of nonstop action at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.  ID10T Fest can only be described as one quarter Music, one quarter Comic-Con, one quarter Comedy, one a quarter Rave.  With so much going on, it can be hard for anyone to narrow down their priorities of what to see, so in case you missed anything from the festival this year, here is the list of [...]

BAM Sits Down with Party Favor

Dylan Ragland, more commonly known as Party Favor, has been one of the fastest growing names in the EDM scene over the last few years.  Known for singles such as Bap U, he has been influencing the Electronic world through his solo work, as well as his collaborations with other artists.  A graduate of Chapman University, he has spent much of his life in California, and has grown to call it home.  We were able to sit down with [...]

DLD’s Francisco Familiar Stops By San Francisco

Latin Grammy nominated band DLD has been tearing it up worldwide in the years since they first took the stage.  Known for songs like Mi Vida, and their latest album, Futura, they have truly worn their hearts on their sleeves and drawn us into their hearts with their music.  Recently, BAM spoke with lead singer and lyricist Francisco Familiar to get his perspective on the success DLD has had over the last few years.  Join us as we sit [...]

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/ [...]