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.
I was attending college in the midst of the ’90s swing revival, when Swingers and Brian Setzer suddenly and inexplicably made trombones, porkpie hats and side flips insanely popular. In fact I met my wife at a dance lesson, and our first date was a swing party. So I have a soft spot for the style, and it makes me happy that there are still bands out there like Lost Dog Found, which is swinging on into Vitus in Oakland on Friday.
Yes, if the East Bay’s music scene is good for anything, it’s giving niche genres a place to shine. Exhibit B is the Croatian folk music at Ashkenaz on Saturday for the San Francisco Tamburitza Fest “Welcome Dance.”
Personally, I think I’m going to be checking out the psych-rock showcase at The Stork Club on Friday, featuring The Lotus Moons, Plant Tribe and a whole bunch more.
By the way, I got a job. A real job with a paycheck and everything. That makes it hard to find the time to do these (or any blog post, for that matter), but I’m going to do my best to get back on track with doing Who’s Where? on a weekly basis. Because I find it interesting, and I like staying on top of the live music scene. How else am I going to know how to unwind on the weekends?
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Leon Joyce Jr Trio (jazz drummer and ensemble), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m., $15. [tickets]
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: Our Boys Steel Orchestra and The Caribbean Allstars (steel drum, Caribbean, reggae), doors at 9 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m., $10 in advance, $13 day of show. [tickets]
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Steve Freund (Chicago blues), 9 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI?.
Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley: Veretski Pass (folk, Eastern European, klezmer), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, $5 children 12 and younger. [tickets]
Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley: Momci Tamburitza Orchestra and Jerry Grcevich Orchestra (tamburitza, Eastern European music), doors at 7:30 p.m., dance lesson at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., $15 adults, $12 students. [tickets]
Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley: Howard Wiley (saxophonist, Black History Month presentation), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $15 adults, $12 students and seniors, $5 children 12 and younger. [tickets]