Who’s Where? East Bay: Spots to hear live music in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda for Feb. 17 & 18, 2012

Bay Area swing band Lost Dog Found swings like it’s 1999. (via Facebook)

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?.

Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Ave., Alameda: Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic (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: Impaled, Blown to Bits, Theories and Out of Tune (death metal, goregrind, hardcore, thrash), 7 p.m., MLACCOSSBTVDBPI?. [details]

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley: Jennifer Berezan (singer-songwriter, rock, folk), doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m., $24.50 in advance, $26.50 at the door. [tickets]

High Street Station, 1303 High St., Alameda: Janeen Leah and Tara Tinsley dinner show (pop-rock, soul, singer-songwriter, acoustic), 7 p.m., $13-$15 with dinner, $10 show only.

Veretski Pass is named after “the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire,” and plays exactly the sort of music you’d expect based on that. Um, yeah. (via veretskipass.com)

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]

Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Chris Zanardi Band (experimental jazz), 8 p.m., free.

Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 Third St., Oakland: The Old Firm Casuals, Harrington Saints, The Forgotten, The Memphis Murder Men, The InCiters (punk, Oi!, rock, classic soul), 8 p.m., $10, all ages. [tickets] OR The Can-Cannibals 4 Year Anniversary (Post-Valentine Heart-Break) Punk Rock Cabaret featuring The UNdead Boys, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits, Mystic Knights of the Cobra and Modern Kicks (punk, cabaret, power pop), 8 p.m., $8, all ages. [tickets] WHICH IS THE REAL SHOW? ARE BOTH HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME? SHOW UP AND FIND OUT!

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda: Jinx Jones (rockabilly and surf guitarist), 8:30 p.m., free.

The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys and Ray Bierl with Markie Sanders (bluegrass, old-time, acoustic), doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m, free.

Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: The Lotus Moons, Plant Tribe, Cool Ghouls, Down Dirty Shake and SFPD (psychedelic rock), 9 p.m., $5, 21 and older. [details]

Vitus, 201 Broadway, Oakland: Lost Dog Found (swing, rockabilly, jump blues), doors at 7p.m., music at 9 p.m., $5, 21 and older. [tickets]

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland: Pancho Sanchez Latin Band and Terence Blanchard (Latin jazz), $30 for 8 p.m. show, $25 for 10 p.m. show. [tickets]

 

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Herbert Mims Quintet (jazz), doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:30 p.m., $15. [tickets]

924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St., Berkeley: The Mighty Regis, Sans Sobriety, Modern Kicks, Falcon A, M-Section (Celtic punk, garage, hardcore, power pop, punk), 7 p.m., $8, all ages. [details]

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]

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

With a name like Hot Einstein, they kind of had to do their press photo at the Lawrence Hall of Science, no? (via hoteinstein.com)

Disco Volante, 347 14th St., Oakland: Hot Einstein (rock, soul, R&B), 9 p.m., $5. [details]

Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland: Mentors, Get Shot, The Grannies, The Cruchees and Violation (heavy metal, sleaze rock, punk, hardcore), 7 p.m., $10. [details]

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland: Rebelution with The Green and Pep Love (reggae, hip hop), 8 p.m., SOLD OUT.

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley: Talk of da Town (a cappella, R&B, doo-wop), doors at 7 p.m., performance at 8 p.m., $22.50 in advance, $24.50 at the door. [tickets]

High Street Station, 1303 High St., Alameda: Anju’s Pale Blue Eyes dinner show (folk, indie rock), 7 p.m., $13-$15 with dinner, $10 show only.

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]

Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Nathan Clevenger Group (jazz guitarist and ensemble), 8 p.m., free.

The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland: Lila Rose, Sidecar Tommy, and Mortar and Pestle (singer-songwriter, pop, electronic, progressive soul), doors at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m., $15-$20, 21 and older. [tickets]

Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda: The Up and Down (alternative rock, alt-country, Americana), 8:30 p.m., free.

The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: Amendola vs. Blades, Ralph Carney and Steven Bernstein (jazz, experimental rock, soul, funk), doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9:30 p.m., $8-$12 sliding scale, 21 and older.

Vitus, 201 Broadway, Oakland: Petunia & The Vipers, The Qualia and Gommorans (western swing, electro-pop), 9 p.m., $5. [tickets]

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland: Pancho Sanchez Latin Band and Terence Blanchard (Latin jazz), 8 and 10 p.m., $30. [tickets]

 

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


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