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 [...]


The 40th Anniversary of one of rock empresario Bill Graham’s all-time favorite concerts he produced, “The Last Waltz” will be celebrated at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Center on Saturday, April 15, 2017.  The original “Last Waltz” was held on Thanksgiving night, 1976 at Winterland in the City and it was the final performance for one of America’s most beloved bands- “The Band!”  Known for their Americana blend of rock, folk, and blues, The Band featured Robbie Robertson, Garth [...]

BAM Exclusive: Bay Area’s Own Caroline Sky on The Voice

If anyone has been keeping up with NBC's The Voice, then Caroline Sky is a name you're used to hearing by now.  At only 16 years old she has powered her way through the first few rounds of this competition, and willed her way to this point in the show so far.  We recently sat down with Caroline to hear from her and her experiences on The Voice in this special edition of BAM Radio.     Special thanks to NBC and Caroline [...]

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 [...]

Art. Compassion. Humanity: The Bob Rabbit Project

ARTICLE BY: NICK GUMAS PHOTOS BY: BAHRAM AHMADY The first time I met Rob Rigolfi was almost like a scene from a movie.  When I first walked into his studio, Rob was on top of a ladder and preoccupied setting up a video projector.  When he heard me enter the room, his focus immediately shifted to making sure I felt at home.  Eager to meet me, Rob leapt down from the rafters, immediately shook my hand, and proceeded to give me a tour of [...]

Local Band Interview With Philip Toscano and The Bribes

ARTICLE BY: NICK GUMAS PHOTOS BY: BAHRAM AHMADY Since the California Gold Rush, San Francisco has long since been the westward destination for countless innovators who came seeking their own interpretation of fortune.  A city built on the dreams of some of history’s greatest adventurers, San Francisco is as much a destination for the world’s most determined and ambitious today as much as it was almost 200 years ago.  In this respect, Philip Toscano is a modern day pioneer.  Drawn to the city by love, [...]

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 [...]