Who’s Where? East Bay: Spots to hear live music in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda for Sept. 16-17

Wikipedia tells me Thievery Corporation is a duo, but I count significantly more than two people in this photo. (by Markus Sotto Corona via thieverycorporation.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.

OK, so this is a little late going up this week. I know you’ve spent the last 48 hours wondering where this week’s concert listing was. The good news is that it’s late because I had an actual paying writing gig that proved a higher priority than this voluntary labor of love.

But enough about me, you procrastinators who still haven’t made plans yet for this weekend want to know what’s up in the East Bay tonight, right? Well, Thievery Corporation has not one but two shows at the Fox Theatre. (If trippy, globetrotting electronica is your thing, you might also be interested in Niyaz at Yoshi’s on Saturday.) The Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival is in full swing with showcases of independent music on both sides of the Bay Bridge all month, including one Eli’s Mile High Club on Friday featuring garage-rockers Bare Wires. This is also the weekend of the annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, which has brought the championship-winning, banjo-and-fiddle team of Mike Bryant and Joseph Decosimo to town for shows at The Freight & Salvage and Ashkenaz.

Elsewhere on the list, you’ll find thrash metal, authentic slide-guitar blues, hip-hop soul, tributes to Johnny Cash and Woodie Guthrie and an unusually high amount of psychedelic rock—emphasis on the “high,” I guess.

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Barbara Hunter Quartet (jazz woodwind instrumentalist 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: RorschachBrainoilNo Statik and Needles (hardcore, punk, metal), 7:30 p.m., $10, all ages. [details]

Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: The Africa Project (music of Ghana and South Africa with film screening), doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., dance lesson at 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $12 students. [tickets]

Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Steve Freund (Chicago blues), 8 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI?.

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

I am totally digging the title track from Bare Wires' new album, Cheap Perfume, by the way. (via Facebook)

Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland: Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival presents Bare Wires, Courtney and the Crushers, The Lotus Moons, Nectarine Pie and Smokestacks (garage rock, psychedelic rock), 9 p.m., $6. [details]

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Thievery Corporation with AM & Shawn Lee (dub, acid jazz, world music), 8:30 p.m., $42.50. [tickets]

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley: The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention featuring Mike Bryant & Joseph Decosimo, Karen Celia Heil, Thomas Maupin, Daniel Rothwell & Friends, Craig Ventresco and Meredith Axelrod (old-time music, folk), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $15.50 in advance, $16.50 at the door. [tickets]

High Street Station, 1303 High St., Alameda: Teresa Tudury and J. Rubin & Friends (singer-songwriter, pop, blues), 8 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI?.

Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Kat 010 Trio (improvisational electronica, dub jazz, funk), 5 p.m., free; George Lacson Project (funk, soul, blues), 8 p.m., free.

Mama Buzz Cafe, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Adventures! With Might, Pocketknife and Paegant (alternative rock, synthpop), 7 p.m., donations accepted.

Miss Pearl’s Jam House, 1 Broadway, Oakland: Bumpy Road (blues, R&B, jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.

The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland: The Album Leaf, Sister Crayon and Naked Lights (post-rock, indie rock, alternative rap), doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., $15-$17. [tickets]

Shattuck Down Low, 2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Jahi and The Life (soul, hip hop), 9 p.m., $5.

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda: Jinx Jones Jazz Trio (jazz guitarist and ensemble), 8:30 p.m., free.

The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Tempest and David Gans & Dead Dreams (Celtic rock, jam band), doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m, $15.

Stork Club,2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Scorched-Earth PolicyWhiskey BackSofajunkieTuco Ramirez and Sludgebucket (metal, thrash, hard rock, southern rock, stoner rock), 9 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI?.

Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley: Operation ID, PIKI and Jean Marie (jazz, progressive rock, experimental, acoustic), 8 p.m., $10.

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: The There There, The Love Dimension, Haberdasher, Buzzmutt (indie rock, psychedelic rock, folk-rock, funk), 9 p.m., free.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland: The Fellowship Band Featuring Brian Blade (jazz drummer and ensemble), $24 for 8 p.m. show, $16 for 10 p.m. show. [tickets]

 

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011

57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Jaz Sawyer Quartet featuring Valerie Troutt (SF jazz drummer 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: Zounds, Swann Danger, Fucktard, Bite and Falcon A (anarchist punk, post-punk, hardcore), 7 p.m., $10, all ages. [details]

Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention square dance night, featuring Pilot Mountain Bobcats, Mike Bryant & Joseph Decosimo, Karen Celia Heil, Triple Chicken Foot (old-time string bands and fiddlers), 9:30 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $12 students. [tickets]

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

Disco Volante, 347 14th St., Oakland: Whiskerman and Ghost and the City (psychedelic rock, soul, indie jazz), 9:30 p.m., $5.

Soulful-psych-folk band Whiskerman is having a CD release show at Disco Volante. (via whiskerman.com)

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Thievery Corporation with Frank Mitchell Jr. (dub, acid jazz, world music), 8:30 p.m., $42.50. [tickets]

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley: Country Joe McDonald (Woody Guthrie tribute), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $22.50 in advance, $24.50 at the door. [tickets]

High Street Station, 1303 High St., Alameda: The Jammists and Ellis Island (jam band, blues rock, klezmer), 7 p.m., $5-$15 sliding scale.

Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley: Marty Williams (jazz pianist and vocalist), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $5 children 12 and younger. [tickets]

Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Eggplant Casino Band (art-rock, world music, cabaret), 8 p.m., free.

Mama Buzz Cafe, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Witch Hat, Colored Girls (experimental, lo-fi), 7 p.m., donations accepted.

Miss Pearl’s Jam House, 1 Broadway, Oakland: Ritmojito (latin, jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.

The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland: Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash tribute), doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., $10-$12. [tickets]

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda: Jeff Magidson Blues Band (blues guitarist and ensemble), 8:30 p.m., free.

The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: O’Possum Family Singers (acoustic, folk), 5 p.m., free; Buxter Hoot’n, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls and JL Stiles’ House of Murmurs (blues, Americana, folk-rock), doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m., $7-$10 sliding scale.

Stork Club,2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Butt Problems, Run AmokHell Fire and Blessed Curse (punk, alternative rock, metal, thrash), 9 p.m., $5. [details]

Subterranean Arthouse, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley: Mohan Rangan Govindaraj (carnatic bamboo flute), 8 p.m., $10.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland: Niyaz (world music, trance, electronica), 8 and 10 p.m., $30 adults, $20 students. [tickets]

 

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


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