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Fog City Blues: Inauguration Day

19 hours ago

At least one long national nightmare is over. Songs of Joe, Kamala, and the U.S. Presidency, 9-11 pm.

Fog City Blues: In the Name of Love

Jan 13, 2021

Living Jazz invites all to celebrate unity and freedom at their 19th annual musical tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Fog City Blues: Erev Christmas Eve

Dec 22, 2020

On the night before the night before Christmas, we'll listen to some new songs for the season from Bay Area artists, preview some of the local holiday concerts still happening virtually, and dip into the back-catalogue for the sounds of Christmas blues past. Wednesday 12/23 at 9 pm.

Fog City Blues: A Promised Playlist

Nov 18, 2020

Barack Obama's new memoir, A Promised Land, was published this week. The 44th President says that music has always played an important role in his life—especially during his time in the White House. We'll listen to some memorable songs from his presidency this Wednesday 11/18 at 9 pm.

Fog City Blues: 10 Years of UnderCover Presents

Oct 28, 2020
Photo: Gudmundur Vigfusson

On October 26, 2010, the very first UnderCover Presents, a tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico, took place at Coda in San Francisco.

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: Rough and Rowdy Ways

Jun 23, 2020

After three albums of standards and selections from the Great American Songbook, Bob Dylan has just released his first record of original material since 2012. 

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: Dylan at 79

May 20, 2020

Bob Dylan recently announced the cancellation of a pair of June shows in Berkeley, so on tonight's program we'll celebrate his May 24 birthday with recordings from previous Bay Area performances, plus tracks from his upcoming new release, Rough and Rowdy WaysWednesday 5/20 at 10 pm.

Fog City Blues: 11th Annual Left-Hand-A-Thon

Apr 29, 2020

Otis Rush would have been 86 on April 29. Albert King would have been 97 on April 25. Inspired by the birthdays of these two left-handed blues guitar giants, Fog City Blues presents its 11th annual Left-Hand-A-Thon -- celebrating the blues from the other side.

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: Passover-in-Place

Apr 8, 2020

The Jewish festival of liberation begins this week, but since we're not gathering in our usual groups for the seder, host Devon Strolovitch brings you some related holiday blues and beyond for after you've found the afikomen this Wednesday 4/08 at 10 pm.

Fog City Blues: Murder Most Foul

Apr 1, 2020

Fog City Blues returns for a LIVE one-hour deep dive into the brand-new surprise release from Bob Dylan.

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: Christmanukkah '019

Dec 23, 2019

Christmas comes but once a year, and every once in a while Hanukkah comes late enough to sneak up on it. 

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Shlain/modified from original

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Fog City Blues: Bob Dylan – Travelin' Thru

Nov 6, 2019

Travelin’ Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 showcases never-before-heard recordings from Bob Dylan’s journeys to Nashville, including sessions with Johnny Cash and outtakes from John Wesley Harding.

Fog City Blues: All Hallow's Eve... Eve

Oct 30, 2019

On the eve of All Hallows Eve, Fog City Blues gets scared with some old-school ghosts, graveyards, and ghoulish goings-on. Wednesday 10/30 at 9 pm.


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: High Holidays with Jeremiah Lockwood

Sep 25, 2019

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: 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: 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: Rockin' Soul Sounds from Outer Space

Jul 24, 2019

Guest DJ Honeycomb Brown presents songs of space travel, stars, planets, the Moon, and extra-terrestrials from the 50s/60s this Wednesday 7/24 at 9 pm.

Fog City Blues: To the Moon

Jul 17, 2019

Apollo 11 lifted off from Cape Canaveral on July 16, 1969 and landed on the Moon four days later. To mark the 50th anniversary of humankind's first visit to another world, we'll listen to songs of moonlight and more this Wednesday 7/17 at 9 pm.