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Fog City Blues: Socially-Distanced High Holiday Blues

Sep 16, 2020
Daniel Friedman

As part of the High Holy Days at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco, Jeremiah Lockwood and his musical guests create sacred, spiritual experiences, weaving together old-world cantorial singing and American blues and gospel, along with spiritual music from around the world.

Fog City Blues: Live in the Studio, Once Upon a Time

Sep 9, 2020

As the Fall Membership Campaign gets underway, we listen to music new and old from Bay Area artists who've joined us to perform live on the air over the past few years.

Fog City Blues: King Street Giants

Aug 26, 2020

For the past 8 years the Sonoma County-based group, The King Street Giants, have brought their own special version of New Orleans music to the Bay Area.

Fog City Blues: Back from the Bunker

Jun 17, 2020

After nearly three months of one-hour shelter-in-place broadcasts from the Lower Haight, host Devon Strolovitch returns to the KALW studio for two hours of blues and beyond in the Bay Area this Wednesday 6/17 at 9 pm.

Fog City Blues: The Lucky Losers

May 27, 2020

The Lucky Losers perform powerful original music about transcending the dark side of the American dream, the beauty and pain of being alive, and devotion in all its complexities.

Fog City Blues: Quinn DeVeaux

Apr 15, 2020

Local blue beat soulster Quinn DeVeaux, whose new album Book of Soul was released February 29, joins host Devon Strolovitch for a sheltering-in-place experiment this Wednesday 4/15 at 10 pm.

Fog City Blues: Oakland, Harmonicas & More

Mar 25, 2020

With host Devon Strolovitch among the many sheltering-in-place, we present a pair of vintage programs featuring 1950s Oakland blues and the small but mighty blues harp. 

Fog City Blues: Balkan Bump

Mar 11, 2020

Balkan Bump is the newest project from Bay Area trumpet player, producer and ethnomusicologist Will Magid.

Fog City Blues: Tumbledown House

Mar 4, 2020
Photo: Kala Minko

Modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop, and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress  are some of the terms used to describe Tumbledown House, but none of these successfully convey the  band’s incomparable ability to fuse vintage sounds and themes from  yesteryear with modern instrumentation, refreshingly original  compositions, and raw energy.

Fog City Blues: Kyra Gordon – Loving Janis

Jan 15, 2020

Bay Area Vocalist Kyra Gordon and Pianist Larry Steelman, Bassist Paul Eastburn and special guest Guitarist Mimi Fox bring us their heartfelt, hypnotic and far-out arrangements of two iconic singers: Janis Ian and Janis Joplin.

Fog City Blues: Live in the studio, Volume 4

Oct 23, 2019

19 on-air performances from the past few years are compiled on a fourth volume of Live From the Fog City Blues – local artists playing original blues (and beyond) live in the KALW studio. 

Fog City Blues: It's My Anniversary

Sep 4, 2019
Photo: Juliet Spear Gardner

Your friendly neighborhood host was wed 8 years ago today at the Oakland Museum of California. Tune in tonight at 10 pm for bluesy tunes of love, marriage, and Wayne Thiebaud cakes.

Fog City Blues: Blonde Toledo

Aug 20, 2019

Blonde Toledo plays American Music, or you might say, music of the Americas, as Blues, Rock, Salsa, or Cumbia all come from foreign lands, transplanted here, and each have put down deep roots in our western soil. 

Fog City Blues: Midtown Social

Jul 31, 2019

In a city that thrives on its diversity, sun-soaked California retro-soul band Midtown Social unites a fractured San Francisco undergoing swells of monumental change with an uplifting and outright funky new full-length studio album, Fantastic Colors.

Fog City Blues: Canada, America, and Baseball

Jul 3, 2019

On the eve of the 4th of July, just two days after Canada Day, celebrate a shared national pastime -- Wednesday 7/03 at 9 pm.

Fog City Blues: A Bay Area Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest

Apr 30, 2019

UnderCover Presents is honoring A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders, an album that bridged the gap between hip-hop and jazz. The show takes place May 16-18 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Fog City Blues: Book of J

Mar 6, 2019

Son of composer Larry Lockwood and grandson of legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, guitarist and singer Jeremiah Lockwood performs with vocalist and Charming Hostess founder Jewlia Eisenberg in their duo project, Book of J.

Fog City Blues: Rainbow Girls

Feb 20, 2019
Bobby Cochran Photography

Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north of the Bay Area. 

Fog City Blues: Rob Reich

Jan 22, 2019

Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the Bay Area music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music. His music defies genre, combining strong melodic ideas, rhythmic drive, and a spirit of irreverence and experimentation.

Fog City Blues: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Dec 26, 2018

Still working on your New Year's Eve plans? Tune in Wednesday December 26 at 9 pm as host Devon Strolovitch surveys some of the musical options in the Bay Area, blues-wise and beyond.

Fog City Blues: PC Muñoz

Dec 19, 2018

PC Muñoz‘s body of work includes Grammy-nominated contemporary classical music, CMJ-charting funk music, an award-winning haiku CD, and compositions for film and dance.

Fog City Blues: Fanfare Zambaleta

Dec 12, 2018

Fanfare Zambaleta was incubated in the Zambaleta Music and Dance School in San Francisco and has since transformed into a full-fledged juggernaut of a band, featuring some of the Bay Area's most exciting young players and seasoned veterans. 

Two friends of the show, Brian Adam McCune and Royal Jelly Jive, stop by our studio tonight 9-11 pm for previews of new music and upcoming performances.

Fog City Blues: Wee Willie Walker & Anthony Paule

Nov 28, 2018

Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra and their recording After A While have received nominations for five Blues Music Awards. 

Fog City Blues: Blues Gives Back

Nov 14, 2018

The 2nd annual, one-of-a-kind, star-studded blues concert to benefit Freedom House, Northern California’s first safe house for adult female survivors of human trafficking.

Fog City Blues: Aki Kumar

Oct 17, 2018

Indian-born, San Jose-based Aki Kumar, aka “The Only Bombay Blues Man,” left his home in Mumbai with the intention of working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Then he discovered the blues, and his life dramatically changed.

Fog City Blues: Junk Parlor

Oct 10, 2018

Oakland-based Junk Parlor’s multi-faceted gypsy Junk-Rock is beloved by its dedicated and growing local fans and worldwide converts alike.

Fog City Blues: Big Harp George

Oct 3, 2018

George Bisharat is a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer and harmonica player who features the chromatic harmonica. The chromatic (compared to the ten-hole diatonic more common to blues) has a distinctive voice, and lends Big Harp George's sound a jazzy, contemporary, and sophisticated feel. 

Fog City Blues: Quinn DeVeaux

Aug 22, 2018

Quinn DeVeaux has the smoothest yet dirty spank voice you've heard in decades, with all the style and subtlety of the great soul/blues singers of the earth bound golden days.