Who’s Where? East Bay: Spots to hear live music in Oakland, Berkeley and Alamada for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

Esperanza Spalding and her fat friend will brave the crowd of Justin Bieber fans that will presumably be picketing her performance at the Paramount Theater in Oakland. (by Johann Sauty via esperanzaspalding.com)

You’re a music fan in the East Bay. All you need to know is who you can see play this weekend and where to see them. Who’s Where? is your weekly concert listing offering everything you want with nothing you don’t. For locations to all these venues, see the handy-dandy map at the bottom of the page. Got a venue/gig you don’t see listed here? Drop a line to bill [at] billchapin.net.

Me? I’m probably going to be going to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend. But if you, for some reason, don’t feel like fighting through a mass of unemployed freeloaders like myself to catch a glimpse of Chris Thile from 800 feet away while engulfed in pachouli, well, there’s plenty going on in the East Bay.

The San Francisco Jazz Festival is sponsoring a pair of shows at the Paramount Theater in Oakland featuring Bollywood legend Asha Bhosle and Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding. A few blocks away, Beirut will be executing its strangely effective meld of Balkan brass and electro-pop at the Fox Theatre. The Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival is wrapping up with a show at The Uptown featuring, among others, the eminently entertaining spazz-rock of Battlehooch. The Starry Plough has officially combined the maximum number of genres allowed in one show into what it is billing as an evening of “Klezmer Punk Blues & Gypsy Folk Dance Music” featuring Canadian accordionist Geoff Berner.

Elsewhere on the list, you’ll find recent “Why’d You Name Your Band That?” good-sport Kapowski, Jewish gospel music, a few opportunities to samba and something called Beerijuana.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Melvin Butts and the Mellotones (jazz saxophonist and ensemble), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m., $15 admission plus $5 for dinner. [tickets]

924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley: Gutwrench, FUKM, Spracta Snut Skallar, Mental Disaster, Skin & Bonez (punk, harcore), 7 p.m., free, all ages. [details]

Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: SambaDá and Palavra (Brazilian music, funk, reggae), doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m., $13 adults, $10 students. [tickets]

Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Charles Wheal Band (blues guitarist, roots music), 9:30 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI?.

Disco Volante, 347 14th St., Oakland: Dos Four (reggaeton, hip hop, salsa), 9:30 p.m., $5.

We can only imagine what Stephen Saxon's attempt to combine the intensity of a Baptist revival with Jewish traditions will sound like, but the Gospel Shabbat at Freight & Salvage is sure to put the "challah" in holler music. (via thefrieght.org)

Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda: Motordude Zydeco (zydeco, cajun), 8:30 p.m. dance lesson, 9 p.m. dancing, $15. 

Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland: Boar HunterBeerijuana, Lucabrazzi and You Die (punk, hardcore, stoner metal, industrial punk), 9 p.m., $8. [details]

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley: Stephen Saxon & Gospel Shabbat (gospel, Jewish music), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $20.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door. [tickets]

High Street Station, 1303 High St., Alameda: Swing Fever (swing, jazz), 7 p.m., $10.

Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Kat 010 Trio (improvisational electronica, dub jazz, funk), 5 p.m., free; cvDUB (jazz, reggae, dub), 8 p.m., free.

Mama Buzz Cafe, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Buzzmut and Tired (indie rock, we’re guessing), 7 p.m., donations accepted.

Miss Pearl’s Jam House, 1 Broadway, Oakland: En Vivo (Latin), 8 p.m., free.

The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland: “London Calling: Stories from the Diaspora,” featuring music by The Congress (soul, jazz, hip hop, spoken word), doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m., $5-$10. [tickets]

Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland: San Francisco Jazz Festival presents Asha Bhosle (Bollywood singer, Indian music), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $20-$65. [tickets]

Shattuck Down Low, 2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: The Funk Revival Orchestra and The Grease Traps (Kool & The Gang and The J.B.’s tribute show, funk, soul), 9 p.m., $5 in advance, $10 at the door, free admission for students with ID. [details]

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda: Paul Manousos (singer-songwriter, classic rock), 8:30 p.m., free.

The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Trainwreck Riders, Schmoozer and Kapowski (country-rock, punk, indie pop), doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m, $5.

Battlehooch @ Bottom of the Hill, Noise Pop 2011, 2.25.11

Stork Club,2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Year of the Dragon and Thumper (rock, hip hop, funk), 9 p.m., $8-$10.

The Swamp, 877 35th St., Oakland: Rayos X, Generacion Suicida, La Voz, Adults and Dust Ward (punk, metal, alternative), 8 p.m., $5, all ages.

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival presents Religious Girls, Battlehooch, Amoray and The Younger Lovers (indie rock, alternative), 9 p.m., $7.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland: James Carter Organ Trio (jazz saxophonist and ensemble), $22 for 8 p.m. show, $16 for 10 p.m. show. [tickets]

 

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011

57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Doug Arrington with the Bill Bell Trio (jazz vocalist and ensemble), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m., $15 admission plus $5 for dinner. [tickets]

924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley: Bum-City Saints, Chump Change, Decent Criminal, Otro Desperdicio, Corporate Cancer and Moderate Excess (punk, ska, skacore), 7 p.m., $10, all ages. [details]

Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: West African Highlife Band with Baba Ken (African dance music), doors at 8:30 p.m., dance lessons at 9 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m., $13 adults, $10 students.

Ahoy, indie-folk fans! Beirut is docking at the Fox Theatre. (by Kristianna Smith via beirutband.com)

Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: LoveLight Blues Band (blues), 9:30 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI?.

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Beirut with Laetitia Sadier (Balkan folk, indie folk, electronica, post-rock), 8 p.m., $35. [tickets]

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley: UpSurge! (jazz, spoken word), doors at 7 p.m., performance at 8 p.m., $20.50 in advance, $22.50 at the door. [tickets]

High Street Station, 1303 High St., Alameda: Jim Scott (Massachusetts singer-songwriter, folk), 7:30 p.m., $10.

Mama Buzz Cafe, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Comfort Slacks and Andrew Virga (synthpop), 7 p.m., donations accepted.

Miss Pearl’s Jam House, 1 Broadway, Oakland: Dave Landon Band (blues), 8 p.m., free.

The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland: Jonathan Wilson, Simon Joyner and Farmer Dave Scher (folk-rock, roots music, acoustic), doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., $10-$15. [tickets]

Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 Third St., Oakland: Ghoul, Early Graves, Population Reduction and Feast (thrash, metal, death metal, grindcore ), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $10, all ages. [tickets]

Geoff Berner is part of "night of 1,000 genres" at The Starry Plough on Saturday. (by Frank Vena via geoffberner.com)

Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland: San Francisco Jazz Festival presents Esperanza Spalding (jazz bassist and vocalist), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $20-$65. [tickets]

Shattuck Down Low, 2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: “Brazil” featuring live music by Sotaque Baiano (samba, Brazilian music), doors at 9 p.m., live music at 10:30 p.m., free. [details] 

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda: Porch Flies (country, jazz, instrumental), 8:30 p.m., free.

The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: O’Possum Family Singers (acoustic, folk), 5 p.m., free; Geoff Berner, Sour Mash Hug Band and Rhubarb Whiskey (klezmer, punk, blues, gypsy, folk), doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m., $10.

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Civil War Rust, Bryan McPherson and The Everlovin (indie rock, alternative), 9 p.m., free.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland: James Carter Organ Trio (jazz saxophonist and ensemble), 8 and 10 p.m., $22. [tickets]

 

MLACCOSSBTVDBPI = most likely a cover charge of some sort but the venue didn’t bother posting it


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