Grammy winner and Hawaiian music legend Dennis Kamakahi is among the musicians you probably won't be able to see at The Freight and Salvage tonight if you haven't bought tickets already. (via denniskamakahiproductions.webs.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.
Working at newspapers taught me to never use the phrase “first annual.” By definition, an event has to happen more than once before it happens annually, and what guarantee is there that an inaugural event will be a success and will be back the following year? In the case of tonight’s “first annual”
Berkeley Hawaiian Music Festival, I think it’s fairly safe to use the phrase. The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse has sold out of advance tickets for the hula hoopla. That’s the first time I’ve seen that happen at the venerable Berkeley folk venue since I started doing this listing; although, to be fair, I’ve only been doing this listing for a couple of months. There will be a limited number of standing-room-only tickets available at the door.
Also sold out:
Portishead at the Greek Theater and rapper Kendrick Lamar at The New Parish.
So what can you still get tickets to this weekend? Steve Albini’s band,
Shellac, is playing at The New Parish. As for my personal endorsement, may I direct your attention to Billy & Dolly, a project from members of San Francisco band The Monolith that focuses on simple pop songwriting. The duo is one-third of the indie-rock lineup on Saturday at The Starry Plough in Berkeley.
This week’s fine offering from the San Francisco Jazz Festival at the Paramount Theater is Balkan musician
Goran Bregovic, whose madcap stylings were featured in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Also in the world of music for film, the Munich Symphony Orchestra is performing Howard Shore’s epically awesome music from the at Oracle Arena. Lord of the Rings trilogy
Elsewhere on the list, you can find local “synthpunk” band
Shame Shame, experimental music collective Eurostache, Celtic Woman harpist Órla Fallon, a high school jazz all-stars showdown, and something called Noothgrush.
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: 57th Street Gallery, Dave LeFebvre Quartet (traditional jazz), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m., $10 admission plus $5 for dinner. [ tickets]
924 Gilman St., Berkeley: 924 Gilman, Poison Idea, Attitude Adjustment, Sabertooth Zombie and Deep Cover (punk, hardcore, thrash, hard rock), 7:30 p.m., $10-$12, all ages. [ details]
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: Ashkenaz, Forró Brazuca and Z’Amico (Brazilian music), doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 day of show, $10 students. [ tickets]
1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Cafe Van Kleef, Steve Freund (Chicago blues), probably about 9 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI . ?
L.A. garage rock band The Green Lady Killers is evidently more "killer ladies" than "ladykillers."
2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda: Eagles Hall, Black Cat & the Ro Doggs (zydeco, cajun), 8:30 p.m. dance lesson, 9 p.m. dancing, $15.
3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland: Eli’s Mile High Club, The Disciples, The Green Lady Killers and The Memphis Murder Men (rock, garage rock, punk, blues, thrash), doors at 8 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m., $8. [ details]
2020 Addison St., Berkeley: Berkeley Hawaiian Music Festival, featuring Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Dennis Kamakahi, Kawika Kahiapo, Weldon Kekauoha, Waipuna, Patrick Landeza, LT Smooth, Keale, Stephen Inglis, Mahealani Uchiyama and Faith Ako (Hawaiian music), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $36.50 standing-room tickets available at the door only.
Hearst Avenue & Gayley Road, Berkeley: Greek Theatre, Portishead and Thought Forms (experimental, trip hop), 8 p.m., SOLD OUT. [ details]
1303 High St., Alameda: High Street Station, Melissa Phillips and Kate Burkart (singer-songwriter, folk, Americana), 7:30 p.m., $10.
2087 Addison St., Berkeley: Jazzschool Advanced High School Jazz Workshop and Jazzschool, SF Jazz High School All-Stars Combo (jazz), 8 p.m., $15 regular adult admission, $10 adults with children, $5 children 12 and younger. [ tickets]
2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Jupiter, Socket (funk, jazz), 8 p.m., free.
2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Bemie and Friends—Hip Hop Residency (hip hop, we’re assuming), 7 p.m., donations accepted. Mama Buzz Cafe,
1 Broadway, Oakland: Miss Pearl’s Jam House, Mestiza (latin, soul, funk), 8 p.m., free.
579 18th St., Oakland: The New Parish, Kendrick Lamar (hip hop), doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., SOLD OUT.
The Redwing Bluegrass Band has no banjo. But don't let that scare you, my friend, let that liberate you. (via redwingbluegrass.com)
2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda: Speisekammer, Redwing Bluegrass Band (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., free.
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: The Starry Plough, White Pee, Surplus 1980 and Marches (post-punk, experimental), doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m, $7-$10 sliding scale.
2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Stork Club, Buzzmutt, French Cassettes, The New Position, Riff Raff and Shame Shame (indie rock, hard rock, synth rock, punk, noise pop), 9 p.m., $5. [ details]
The Swamp, 877 35th St., Oakland: Dirtbag, You Die, Nihilist Cunt and Burning Monk (hardcore, punk, thrash), 8 p.m., $5, all ages.
1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: The Uptown, The Love Me Nots, The Bruises and Sorry Every After (garage rock, indie rock), 9 p.m., $8. [ tickets]
201 Broadway, Oakland: Vitus, Chris Kae (R&B), doors at 7p.m., music at 9 p.m., $5.
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland: Yoshi’s, John Scofield Jazz Quartet (jazz guitarist and ensemble), $24 for 8 p.m. show, $18 for 10 p.m. show. [ tickets]
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011
5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: 57th Street Gallery, The Brewing Company (post-bop jazz, soul-jazz, nu-jazz), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m., $15 admission plus $5 for dinner. [ tickets]
924 Gilman St., Berkeley: 924 Gilman, Noothgrush, Dispirit, Atriarch, Agents of Satan, Human Anomaly and Connoisseur (metal, sludge metal, black metal, doom metal, ), 7 p.m., $10, all ages. [ details]
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: Ashkenaz, Tom Rigney & Flambeau (zydeco, cajun), doors at 7:30 p.m., dance lesson at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., $13 adults, $10 students. [ tickets]
1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Cafe Van Kleef, Macy Blackman and The Mighty Fines (New Orleans R&B), 9 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI . ?
3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland: Eli’s Mile High Club, The Lewd, No Alternative and D’Jelly Brains (hardcore, punk, garage, thrash), 8 p.m., $7. [ details]
2020 Addison St., Berkeley: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Órla Fallon (Celtic music, harp), doors at 7 p.m., performance at 8 p.m., $32.50 in advance, $34.50 at the door. [ tickets]
2087 Addison St., Berkeley: The Dick Hindman Trio (jazz pianist and ensemble), 8 p.m., $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, $5 children 12 and younger. [ Jazzschool, tickets]
2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Jupiter, Paul Vornhagen Trio (jazz saxophonist and ensemble), 8 p.m., free.
We're not sure what Eurostache's self-described technique of combining "unique hand-built and circuit-bent instruments in unusual combinations with traditional ones" means, but it sounds cool. (via eurostache.com)
2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Mama Buzz Cafe, Eurostache (electro-acoustic, experimental), 7 p.m., donations accepted.
1 Broadway, Oakland: Miss Pearl’s Jam House, Hands On Fire (world music, funk, soul, jazz), 8 p.m., free.
579 18th St., Oakland: The New Parish, Shellac and Helen Money (post-hardcore, rock, solo cellist), doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m. $18-$20, all ages. [ tickets]
630 Third St., Oakland: Oakland Metro Operahouse, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Egypt Central and Burn Halo (hard rock, post-hardcore, alternative rock), 7 p.m., $15, all ages. [ tickets]
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland: Oracle Arena, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and Phoenix Boys Choir performing “The Lord of the Rings in Concert” (classical), 2 and 8 p.m., $27-$149.50. [ tickets]
2025 Broadway, Oakland: Paramount Theater, San Francisco Jazz Festival presents Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Orchestra (Balkan music, klezmer, rock), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $25-$75. [ tickets]
2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda: Speisekammer, The Flatfoot Monkeys (jump blues, boogie woogie), 8:30 p.m., free.
3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: The Starry Plough, O’Possum Family Singers (acoustic, folk), 5 p.m., free; Rademacher, Billy & Dolly and Mist & Mast (indie rock, indie pop), doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m., $7-$10 sliding scale.
2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Stork Club, Goodbye Gadget, Sex Offender, Lloyd’sGarage, Wesley Woo and Halftime Heroes (indie rock, punk, electronica, blues, folk-rock), 9 p.m., $5. [ details]
1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: The Undead Boys, The Uptown, Flexx Bronco and Switchblade Riot (The Clash and The Ramones tribute show, punk), 9 p.m., $7.
201 Broadway, Oakland: Vitus, Kids On A Crime Spree, Bam!Bam! and Palms Spring (indie pop, rock), doors at 7p.m., music at 9 p.m., $5.
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland: Yoshi’s, John Scofield Jazz Quartet (jazz guitarist and ensemble), 8 and 10 p.m., $24. [ tickets]
MLACCOSSBTVDBPI = most likely a cover charge of some sort but the venue didn’t bother posting it
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