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Sights & Sounds Weekly: 5/26/16

Photo by Kathrin Miller / Resized and cropped
Singer, Lavay Smith

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Lavay Smith, vocalist and frontwoman for her band Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers who perform at the Poorhouse Bistro in San Jose on Saturday.

Smith told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening this week around the Bay.

The Royal Cuckoo in San Francisco’s Mission district has live music every Wednesday-Saturday featuring the Hammond B-3 organ. This weekend they have two great jazz, blues and soul shows: sax great Jules Broussard with Danny Armstrong (trombone) and Chris Siebert (organ) on Friday, 5/27, and organist Wayne De La Cruz with guitarist Ray Scott on Saturday, 5/28.

SMITH: The blues is healing music and organ lounges are super hip. I’m hoping they’ll make a comeback all over America.

Noise, an independent record store in San Francisco's Richmond district, puts on a Jazz Jam Session this and every Sunday. On Sunday, 5/29, Danny Brown heads the line-up on sax, with Ulf Björkbom on drums,  Lukas Vesely on upright bass and whoever else drops by to sit in and play.

SMITH: It’s a very rich all-ages place. It’s what’s right and great about the city right now.

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Jorge Alabê leading Grupo Samba Rio in San Francisco Carnaval 2009

Red Poppy Art House presents three days of Carnaval-inspired performances to celebrate the 38th Annual Carnaval San Francisco. On Friday, 5/27, Brazilian percussionist Jorge Alabê leads Pagode Dos Amigos with special guest Beiçola do Cavaco. 

SMITH: I love the Red Poppy! The room itself is very intimate and soulful. I hope they have room for dancing this weekend!