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What can I say?  I love many different kinds of music, but especially live music in small venues where you can really get a sense of the performers.  I am very lucky to live in an area where there are music festivals, small clubs, dance halls with live music and amazing wooden dance floors, and don’t forget Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – one of the premier and FREE music festivals on the planet. Here are some of my favorites.


Richard Thompson

Teddy Thompson

Fat Freddy’s Drop

Chris Ardoin and NuStep

Geno Delafose

Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers

Bryan Lee

David Lindley

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band


James Brown

John Doe

John Hammond

The Knitters

Orchestra Baobab

Robert Randoph & the Family Band

Tim Hockenberry




Stern Grove Concerts – San Francisco

Alameda County Fair

Marin County Fair

San Jose Jazz Festival

Ardenwood Cajun & Zydeco – Fremont

Gator by the Bay – San Diego

Long Beach Bayou Festival

Art & Soul – Oakland

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – San Francisco



Eagles Hall – Alameda

Uptown – Oakland

Freight & Salvage – Berkeley

The Starry Plow – Oakland

Ashkenaz in Berkeley where they’ve been playing world music for 40 years!:

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