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BISS Interview With Leo Nocentelli, 01/12/12 by Staff Writer Josh Danson

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Leo Nocentelli, groundbreaking guitarist and founding member of the seminal New Orleans funk outfit, The Meters, in advance of his Friday, January 20th show at Brick and Mortar in San Francisco. Nocentelli is currently on tour with The Meters Experience and will be joined at Brick and Mortar by special guest and keyboard player extraordinaire, Bernie Worrell.


Q: Leo, tell me a little about the lineup for this leg of The Meters Experience tour. The core of the band is you, of course, along with Bill Dickens on bass. Then you’ve got something of a rotating cast of players on drums, including Jamal Batiste and Stanton Moore, two of New Orleans’ best. And with some truly special guests like Bernie Worrell on board for other parts of the tour. How did it all come together?

We’ve been doing this thing for a while now with me and Bill Dickens on bass, and I am very excited about this lineup. Bill Dickens is a Hell of bass player and he plays the seven string bass. He’s an unbelievable player, man, and I think when people see him they’ll know what I’m talking about. And we mesh pretty good musically. So far as Stanton and Jamal, Stanton has played with me sometimes on special occasions, but Jamal is my basic drummer I try to use every time I play according to availability. And of course Bernie is a great addition for this band and for this club date. So I’m really happy to have this ensemble together for this date.


Q: I know you and Bernie have played a number of gigs together in the past. How far back does that relationship go?

Oh, we go back years, years… maybe 20 years now. Playing with Bernie is always a pleasure and the people, the fans, are going to get two iconic players from two iconic bands -- me from the Meters and Bernie from P-Funk, and anytime you get that kind of mixture together it’s always a positive sound that comes out. I love Bernie, he’s a very cool dude, he’s very vibrant and he plays his butt off. So what they gonna’ hear is both iconic band sounds -- Meters and P-Funk together – so I think that’s the most unique thing about using Bernie.


Q: It seems like the acts that Bernie is most often associated with -- Parliament-Funkadelic of the early to late 70’s and The Talking Heads of the late 70’s-early 80s’ -- really reached their creative heights when he became a part of the lineup, certainly in their live performances. What do you think it is that Bernie adds to the mix that brings out the best in other musicians?

Experience. More than actual playing, ‘cause there’s a lot of great players out there. But I think Bernie’s musical experience and his unique style, if I may say, he’s a very unique player. You can tell by the stuff he did with Parliament, all the bass Moog synthesizer parts, because they very seldom used an actual bass guitar, they used Bernie on the keyboard bass on the Moog.


Q: Will Bernie be playing any B-3, any Hammond organ when he’s playing with you, or will he just be playing his keys and synth?

He’ll be playing the B-3, he’ll be on a regular keyboard and he’ll be playing his Moog synthesizer. So I think it’ll be pretty special and something that people will want to come out for.


Q: Tell the folks what they can expect if they come down to your show at Brick and Mortar in San Francisco on January 20th? Will they be treated to all Meters tunes or will you sprinkle in some covers as well? Some P-Funk would be an obvious crowd-pleaser.

Oh yeah, no doubt. You can’t have Leo on the stage and not have him play the songs that he wrote like “Sissy Strut” and “Fire on the Bayou,” and you can’t have Bernie Worrell on the stage without having him play “We Got the Funk,” you know? So I really think that this is something that people should not miss, ‘cause you might not see this again.


Q: Leo, your guitar playing is really one of kind – with a percussive, rhythmic picking and strumming style that is really the trademark of most of those classic Meters recordings like Cissy Strut, Tippi Toes and Look a Py Py. Who were some of your early influences and how would you characterize your style?

It’s kind of hard to say, man, because I don’t try to pattern myself behind anybody. I listened to a lot of people, of course, like Hendrix and others, but basically I started out being a jazz guitar player. And I think I developed my style through my songwriting and that happens to a lot of musicians, be it guitarists or keyboard players or whatever. Personally, I was a very prolific songwriter and by being a diverse songwriter you write songs about a lot of things, you play a lot of different grooves, so I kind of incorporated my songwriting into my playing as a rhythm player. And I did that with the Meters. I wrote about 90 percent of the Meters’ songs, they’re highly rhythmic, guitar-wise, not a lot of soloing. And I think that stuck with me in the different types of music that I play. I’m going to be doing some original material also, but I guess for obvious reasons, even the original stuff, you might not be able to distinguish the original stuff from the Meters stuff and the reason for that is, I wrote the Meters music. It’s me.


Q: When you and the rest of the original Meters agreed to get back together after your long hiatus it was for a show at the Warfield, which I was fortunate enough to attend. And last year's club date at The Independent during Outside Lands was one of the best shows in San Francisco in recent memory. I think us San Franciscans like to think that we provide visiting musicians with some of their most appreciative audiences. Do you have any special affection for San Francisco, and if so, what is it about San Francisco that makes it a special place to play? Or do all the tour stops just seem to run together after a while?

San Francisco is definitely special to me and always will be. I remember the first time we came to San Francisco, with The Meters, was in 1970, I believe. We used to play a club called The Boarding House, sometimes two or three times a year. Look it up man, there’s a lot history there. [The Boarding House was located at 960 Bush St. on Nob Hill and was one of the top nightspots in San Francisco until it was torn down in 1980 to make way for high rise condominiums]. They were one of the first clubs -- about a 400-500 seater -- that would take a chance and hire bands without a lot of notoriety. And I think it opened up the door for a lot of other clubs in San Francisco to start doing the same thing. The thing we did in 2000 [the Original Meters reunion show at The Warfield theater took place on 11/11/2000], was really the start of something and it’s still eventuating today. We did Outside Lands, we did Voodoo [Fest], we’re doing a date at Jazz Fest at the Howling Wolf on the 5th of May. And it just kindled up thoughts about continuing to do it - everybody felt like they still had the passion to want to play together and to play the music, so I’m looking forward to the Original Meters getting lots of more work in the future. It’s always a special thing to play with Art, George and Zig. The music that I play on my gigs, I get guys together that can duplicate them. So when the Original Meters play together, to get the actual guys to play the songs, that’s really, that’s Utopia. You can’t beat the original.


Q: Do you listen to much contemporary music? Which artists or bands are in your heavy rotation these days?

Not really man, I listen to everything. I listen to a lot of contemporary gospel. People like Smokie Norful. People like that. Stevie Wonder, his stuff I admire, his songwriting. It depends, I listen to different groups for whatever particular thing I’m looking for. Stevie Wonder I listen to for his songwriting ability. Smokie Norful I listen to for the way he controls his voice. I try to listen to everybody. There’s no band in particular that stands out right now. There’s a lot of people out there doing some great music.


Q: Anybody out of New Orleans, anybody that’s particularly impressed you out of New Orleans recently?

It’s a funny thing, man… people might think it’s weird, but I never did care too much for brass bands, for more than them playing music after they come back from burying somebody, for the second line. But there’s quite a few brass bands that are coming up that are changing the way I thought of brass band music. And the Soul Rebels are one of them and I’m fortunate enough to have had them record my song, “Say Na Hey,” for their new CD that’s out now [Onlock Your Mind, in stores on Jan 31st]. So in New Orleans, the Soul Rebels stick out in my head as one of the groups that are coming up that are really giving some specuality [sic] to brass band music. And I’m doing a few dates -- as a matter fact, in San Francisco in June -- with the Soul Rebels. And I’m doing the Playboy Jazz Festival in LA with them as well. So I would say the Soul Rebels really stand out as one of the top new bands out of New Orleans these days.



Q: You’ve been living down in Southern California for some time now. What do you miss most about New Orleans and are there places in LA where you can get a decent Po’ Boy or some quality red beans and rice?

I miss everything about New Orleans. Everything. But I’m fortunate enough to have good New Orleans food cooked in my house. My wife is from New Orleans so… But the longer you stay away from New Orleans the more you realize how special that place is. And I’m always ecstatic to go down there. And believe it or not I’m getting ready to head down for Mardi Gras, because Gibson Guitars, who I endorse, asked me to be the Master of Ceremonies for the Krewe of Thor, so I’m really excited about that. And I think they have about 50 floats in procession there and I’ve never done that before, so it’s going to be interesting looking at Mardi Gras and the parades from the other side. Usually I’m on the streets howling, “Throw me something mister.” But this time I’m going to be the Mister, throwing something.


Q: One of my favorite Meters albums is Struttin’, but I always wondered who was doing the cackling at the end of the song “Chicken Strut” -- was that you, or did everyone get a chance to try out there rooster calls?

Well believe it or not, that loud boisterous sound that opens up the song is me. The rest, we all pitched in making cackling noise in the studio. But the loud chicken sound -- well it really just sounds like someone screaming -- at the beginning, that’s me.


Q: What are some of your earliest musical memories of New Orleans or of making music in New Orleans?

The fact that there were so many places to play. So many great musicians to play with and so many great musicians to learn from. When I was younger and I came up, I learned from the best. I was fortunate enough when I was 13, 14 years old I had enough talent to play with these guys, the better players, the older players in New Orleans and that time sticks out for me because I’m one of the few people that’s still around that has performed with some of these great players that’s not here anymore. People like Nat Perralat(?), Smokey Johnson, Pat O’Reilly, Red Tyler, Lee Allen. All these guys were great players. A few of them are still around, but most of them are gone. My favorite memory is playing with those people. And that’s where I got my musical education from, from them.


Q: It seems like in New Orleans -- back before a certain time – it was just its own little universe and they might’ve been the best players in the world, but they wouldn’t have been heard of outside of New Orleans.

Yeah, the music of New Orleans, the New Orleans’ music industry when I was coming up, was almost unheard of by the outside world. It was kind of a self-contained situation. If you weren’t in the Fats Domino Band, or Louis Prima, or Al Hirt, people at that level, if you weren’t in those bands you weren’t nothing. As far as the people in the general public, nobody knew who you were.



Q: Who were some of the local musicians that you looked up to when you were first coming up? Cats that you looked at and said, “I like that’s guys style,” “Or I like how that guy goes about his business.”?

Well, a guitarist by the name of George Davis. He’s no longer here now, but we wound up being very good friends. I would say that listening to George Davis gave me -- not to say that it gave me my style because I don’t play nothing like him -- but it gave me the inspiration. I tried to get inspiration from people like that, and it didn’t have to be guitar, it could be horns it could be a drummer. I would say the people that stuck out that gave me the inspiration to say, ‘Man I could take the guitar and take it to another level,’ would be people like George Davis… Smokey Johnson, a drummer, a very great, great drummer. He’s still alive. As a matter of fact that’s where Zigaboo got his drumming… where he cut his drumming teeth was from Smokey Johnson who started all that funky drumming down in New Orleans. To give you a specific example, that’s Smokey Johnson playing the drum part on “Big Chief,” by Professor Longhair.


Q: You guys played on the Wild Tchoupatoulas session. One of the first big recording sessions that introduced the Mardi Gras Indians to the world. What do you remember about that session?

Well the Wild Tchoupatoulas came about through our association with Big Chief Jolly, who was Art Neville’s uncle and he was the like the Big Chief of all the Indians. They went out and paraded every Mardi Gras, but they never… the thing that really brought the Indians out was when they started recording. The first Indian group that put the Indians on the map recording-wise was a group called the Wild Magnolias that featured Big Chief Bo Dollis. And so I think Big Chief Jolly got the idea to say, ‘Let’s record some songs too.” So he got the Neville brothers, Art, Aaron, Cyril and Charles, and then they got the actual four Meters in the studio as well and we recorded that album and it’s one of the most talked about albums in the world, The Wild Tchoupatoulas, and it’s really basically the Meters and the four Neville brothers and Big Chief Jolly.


Q: How do you feel about the way artists are compensated in the digital age and do you feel there is more or less potential for exploitation now than when you were first coming up?

I think the music today is definitely more exploited today then it ever was. I don’t really care about people recording me on stage though. You see it all the time. There’s so much stuff on YouTube that people recorded at my shows that I didn’t even know was happening. But it’s a new age man, and you have to be able to change with the times, musically and business-wise. And I’ve been fortunate enough to put a community together online, so even if it has some negative effects, I try to think about it in a positive way and try to get something out of it. So I like the way things are going now.

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Thurs, 1/12/2012
*THE GEORGE LACSON PROJECT* FREE SHOW !!!
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Thurs, 1/12/2012
French Cassettes **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
$5 adv, $8 at the door

Thurs, 1/12/2012
Afrolicious with DJ/Host, Pleasuremaker, special guest:s
Boca Beats
and DJ Kiko De Gallo **WIN TICKETS**
Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 10PM
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Thurs, 1/12/2012
Remembering Steve Block â€" He Lived For Music featuring With: Bay Area All-Star Jam (Patrick Campbell, Mark Karan, Peter Albin, Barry Flast, David Gans, Peter Harris, Inez Garcia, Bill Cutler, Joli Valenti, JC Flyer, Jessica Fierro, Pat Nevins, Jimmy San
Slim's, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$25

Thurs, 1/12/2012
Anthony B, Junior Toots & the Fyah Squad Band
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
$25

Thurs, 1/12/2012
Roy Hargrove **WIN TICKETS**
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM & 10PM
$22 & $16

Thurs, 1/12/2012
Ladytron DJ Set featuring Reuben Wu and Special Guests **WIN TICKETS**
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 10PM
$15 adv, $20 at the door

Fri, 1/13/2012
Topaz, Brian Jordan, Eric McFadden, Wil Blades, Jay Lane, Jason Muscat & mbrs of ST3 **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 10PM
$12

Fri, 1/13/2012
The Homey Nolte Presents: "NIIIIIIIICE!!!"
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BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
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Fri, 1/13/2012
Snow Angel! A.K.A. Gabby La La & Pamela Parker W/ DJ Miggy Stardust
disco volante, Oakland, CA
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Show: 9PM
$5

Fri, 1/13/2012
David Lindley With: Will Kimbrough
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$25

Fri, 1/13/2012
Macrodots featuring Cathy Richardson **WIN TICKETS**
Slim's, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
$14

Fri, 1/13/2012
Devo
The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
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Fri, 1/13/2012
THE FUNK REVIVAL ORCHESTRA, Carne Cruda, Hector Lugo Y La Mixta Criolla, DJ Wonway Posibul **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
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Show: 9PM
$7 Adv, $10 at the door

Fri, 1/13/2012
The Manzarek-Rogers Band featuring Ray Manzarek
Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland, CA
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Show: 8PM & 10PM
$25

Fri, 1/13/2012
Roy Hargrove
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM & 10PM
$26 & $20

Sat, 1/14/2012
Topaz, Brian Jordan, Eric McFadden, Wil Blades, Jay Lane, Jason Muscat & mbrs of ST3 **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 10PM
$12

Sat, 1/14/2012
The Africa Project LIVE **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
$10 adv, $15 at the door

Sat, 1/14/2012
Marchfourth Marching Band, The PHS Jazz Ensemble - Benefit PHS Music -
McNears's Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Ca
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Show: 8PM
$25

Sat, 1/14/2012
Devo
The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
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Sat, 1/14/2012
Roy Hargrove
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM & 10PM
$26

Sun, 1/15/2012
AFTON SHOWCASE **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Sun, 1/15/2012
SF Meltingpot Presents Soul Bingo! featuring: AFROLICIOUS, THE P-PL featuring BILL NORWOOD, DJ Kidd Sysko **WIN TICKETS**
Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA
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Sun, 1/15/2012
Vetiver, Magic Trick, DJ Britt Govea **WIN TICKETS**
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
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Sun, 1/15/2012
THE BOB MARLEY "REVOLUTION" TOUR - The Wailers, Outernational **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
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Show: 9PM
$25 Adv, $30 at the door

Sun, 1/15/2012
Roy Hargrove
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 6PM & 8PM
$20

Mon, 1/16/2012
Mike Olmos - Jazz on Monday EVERY Monday in North Beach
Grant & Green, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
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Mon, 1/16/2012
VNote Ensemble **WIN TICKETS**
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
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Tues, 1/17/2012
Uzilevsky Korty Duo
19 Broadway, Fairfax, CA
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Show: 9PM

Tues, 1/17/2012
High Beamz
50 Mason Social House, San Francisco, CA
Show: 7PM

Tues, 1/17/2012
ATOMATRONIC + HEADPHONE UNION ** Free Show! **
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 10PM

Tues, 1/17/2012
First Year Anniversary Party
Funny Shits
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
Free (Two Drink Minimum)

Tues, 1/17/2012
Shawn Colvin
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$30

Wed, 1/18/2012
Stu Allen & Mars Hotel
Ashkenaz, Berkeley, CA
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Show: 9PM
$10

Wed, 1/18/2012
The Fall Risk feat. Jeff Pehrson of Furthur **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
$7 adv, $10 at the door

Wed, 1/18/2012
Shawn Colvin **WIN TICKETS**
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$30

Thurs, 1/19/2012
The Jamie Clark Band
19 Broadway, Fairfax, CA
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Show: 9PM

Thurs, 1/19/2012
ROSIE LEDET & The ZYDECO PLAYBOYS **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
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Thurs, 1/19/2012
Zodiac Death Valley, Mister Loveless, Baby Talk, the Spyrals **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
$7 adv, $10 at the door

Thurs, 1/19/2012
Afrolicious With DJs/Hosts: Pleasuremaker & Senor Oz **WIN TICKETS**
Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 10PM
$5

Thurs, 1/19/2012
Howe Gelb, of Giant Sand, plus very special support TBA soon **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
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Show: 9PM
$16 Adv, $20 at the door

Thurs, 1/19/2012
Shawn Colvin
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$30

Fri, 1/20/2012
KATDELIC [of 'P Funk'] & Modern Day Moonshine **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 10PM
$10

Fri, 1/20/2012
The Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli and special guest Bernie Worrell (from P-Funk), Korty & Friends feat. members of Vinyl & The Monophonics **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
$20 adv, $25 at the door

Fri, 1/20/2012
Zero feat: Steve Kimock, Greg Anton, Bobby Vega, Judge Murphy & Chip Roland **WIN TICKETS**
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$30

Fri, 1/20/2012
Dick Dale, Jimmy Dale on drums Plus The Pyronauts
McNears's Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Ca
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Show: 8PM
$24 Adv / $26 at the door

Fri, 1/20/2012
El Ten Eleven, RACES **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
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Show: 9PM
$9 Adv, $12 at the door

Fri, 1/20/2012
Paradox Media & Vau De Vire present The 2012 Edwardian Ball: The Iron Tonic
The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$39.00-$85.00

Fri, 1/20/2012
Robben Ford
Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland, CA
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Show: 8PM & 10PM
$28 & $25

Fri, 1/20/2012
Bobby Hutcherson Birthday Celebration with Warren Wolf **WIN TICKETS 10PM show**
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM & 10PM
$25 & $18

Sat, 1/21/2012
BENNY 'D' & *SPY BOY* w/ Santana Horns **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 10PM
$10

Sat, 1/21/2012
TOKESON, Buyepongo **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM
$7 adv, $10 at the door

Sat, 1/21/2012
Inhouse Talent Presents 2Racks Rap Contest Hosted by Sellassie
Club Six, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$10

Sat, 1/21/2012
AllofaSudden and Zinc Finger
Connecticut Yankee, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 9PM

Sat, 1/21/2012
TWO SHOWS! Matinee KIDS Show + Evening Show: Keller Williams **WIN TICKETS**
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 3PM & 9PM
$19 (Kids Show) / $23 (Evening Show) / $60 (4 Pack for Kids Show )

Sat, 1/21/2012
BUFFALO ROAM (Celebrating their 26th Anniversary) with special guests DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS
Starry Plough, Berkeley, CA
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Show: 9PM

Sat, 1/21/2012
Zen Road Pilots with Special Guests Harvey Mandel and the Snake Crew **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
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Show: 9PM
$10 Adv, $15 at the door

Sat, 1/21/2012
Paradox Media & Vau De Vire present The 2012 Edwardian Ball: The Iron Tonic **WIN TICKETS**
The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM
$39.00-$85.00

Sat, 1/21/2012
Robben Ford
Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland, CA
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Show: 8PM & 10PM
$28 & $25

Sat, 1/21/2012
Bobby Hutcherson Birthday Celebration with Warren Wolf
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
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Show: 8PM & 10PM
$25 & $20

Sun, 1/22/2012
Country Joe McDonald
100th Anniversary Tribute
to Woody Guthrie
Ashkenaz, Berkeley, CA
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Show: 7PM
$15 advance/students
$20 day of show

Sun, 1/22/2012
Kiwi Time, Sleepwalk, Leviathan & Guests **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
brickandmortarmusic.com
Show: 6PM
$9 adv, $12 at the door

Sun, 1/22/2012
An Evening with Keller Williams
McNears's Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Ca
http://www.mystictheatre.com/
Show: 8PM
$23 Adv / $25 at the door

Sun, 1/22/2012
Wu-Tang Clan
The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theregencyballroom.com/events.php?page=2
Show: 8PM

Sun, 1/22/2012
Robben Ford
Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/calendar
Show: 6PM & 8PM
$25 & $28

Mon, 1/23/2012
Mike Olmos - Jazz on Monday EVERY Monday in North Beach
Grant & Green, San Francisco, CA
http://www.myspace.com/grantandgreensf
Show: 9PM
**FREE SHOW**

Tues, 1/24/2012
Uzilevsky Korty Duo
19 Broadway, Fairfax, CA
http://www.19broadway.com/calendar/view/2011/12#7
Show: 9PM

Tues, 1/24/2012
Steve Morse Band **WIN TICKETS**
Slim's, San Francisco, CA
http://www.slims-sf.com/
Show: 9PM
$31

Wed, 1/25/2012
Stu Allen & Mars Hotel
Ashkenaz, Berkeley, CA
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3533635
Show: 9PM
$10

Wed, 1/25/2012
ON THE SPOT TRIO (w/ Members of the MONOPHONICS) **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$5

Wed, 1/25/2012
Guy Fox, Buxter Hoot'n, The Best Friends **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
brickandmortarmusic.com
Show: 9PM
$5 adv, $8 at the door

Wed, 1/25/2012
An evening with Eric Johnson **WIN TICKETS**
Slim's, San Francisco, CA
http://www.slims-sf.com/
Show: 9PM
$20

Wed, 1/25/2012
TOM TOM CLUB, THE FIXX
The Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
http://reggaelatino2011.eventbrite.com
Show: 8PM
$22 Limited Advance Tickets

Thurs, 1/26/2012
Wil Blades/Simon Lott/Adam Theis/Joe Cohen **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$8

Thurs, 1/26/2012
Only You, Blackstrap Molasses **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
brickandmortarmusic.com
Show: 9PM
$8 adv, $10 at the door

Thurs, 1/26/2012
Afrolicious With DJs/Hosts: Pleasuremaker & Senor Oz **WIN TICKETS**
Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
http://www.elbo.com/Calendar.php
Show: 10PM
$5

Thurs, 1/26/2012
Stanley Clarke Band **WIN TICKETS 10PM show**
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/calendar
Show: 8PM & 10PM
$25 & $20

Fri, 1/27/2012
ROBERT WALTER's *Brand New Slang!* [w/ Reed Mathis, Orgone's Gtr, Simon Lott, Joe Cohen & Guests] **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$15

Fri, 1/27/2012
Dead Winter Carpenters
David Jacobs-Strain **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
brickandmortarmusic.com
Show: 9PM
$10 adv, $13 at the door

Fri, 1/27/2012
Melvin Seals & JGB
McNears's Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Ca
http://www.mystictheatre.com/
Show: 8PM
$26

Fri, 1/27/2012
Two Nights! The Pimps of Joytime, Afrolicious (Live, ESL Music), Señor Oz **WIN TICKETS**
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theindependentsf.com/
Show: 9PM
$20

Fri, 1/27/2012
Stanley Clarke Band
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/calendar
Show: 8PM & 10PM
$30 & $25

Sat, 1/28/2012
Boca do Rio plus Z'Amico
Ashkenaz, Berkeley, CA
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3533635
Show: 9PM
$10-up sliding scale

Sat, 1/28/2012
Youth Empowerment Project invites you to a meet and greet hosted by YEP staff and board members. Learn more about how this New Orleans-based non-profit is changing the lives of some of the city's most at-risk youth. Music provided by Will Blades
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://www.youthempowermentproject.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=39&Itemid=57
Show: 5 -7PM
$40 suggested donation


Sat, 1/28/2012
ROBERT WALTER's *Brand New Slang!* [w/ Reed Mathis, Orgone's Gtr, Simon Lott, Joe Cohen & Guests] **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$15

Sat, 1/28/2012
Chum and The Eleven **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
brickandmortarmusic.com
Show: 9PM
$5 adv, $8 at the door

Sat, 1/28/2012
Will Magid's World Wide Dance Party: Fela Kuti Extravaganza featuring: Legendary Fela Kuti Collaborators BABA KEN OKULOLO and SOJI ODUKOGBE, WILL MAGID TRIO with featured guest: FELY TCHACO, MSK.FM, IZZY*WISE Cumbia/Balkan) **WIN TICKETS**
Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA
http://www.cafedunord.com/?temp=calendar&cal_view=month&cal_date=10|2011|29&so1=0
Show: 9PM
$15

Sat, 1/28/2012
Drop Apollo, Windham Flat, Loud Talkers
El Rio , San Francisco, CA
http://www.elriosf.com/
Show: 9PM
Pre-Sale Tickets for $7 at www.dropapollo.com and include a free download of Drop Apollo's entire album

Sat, 1/28/2012
The Wood Brothers With: Sarah & Christian Dugas **WIN TICKETS**
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
http://www.gamh.com/calendar/
Show: 8PM
$19

Sat, 1/28/2012
O.A.R.
The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
http://www.livenation.com/venue/the-fillmore-san-francisco-ca-tickets
Show: 8PM
$33

Sat, 1/28/2012
Two Nights! The Pimps of Joytime, Senor Oz
**WIN TICKETS**
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theindependentsf.com/
Show: 9PM
$20

Sat, 1/28/2012
Stanley Clarke Band
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/calendar
Show: 8PM & 10PM
$35

Sun, 1/29/2012
BROUN FELLINIS (CD RELEASE), BLACK QUARTERBACK, THE NICE GUY TRIO **WIN TICKETS**
Cafe du Nord, San Francisco, CA
http://www.cafedunord.com/?temp=calendar&cal_view=month&cal_date=10|2011|29&so1=0
Show: 9PM
$15

Sun, 1/29/2012
BLUEGRASS AND BEYOND
Big Train Wreck, Lonesome Locomotive, The Beauty Operators
Milk Bar, San Francisco, CA
http://www.milksf.com/
Show: 3PM
No Cover

Sun, 1/29/2012
CELSO PINA **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
http://www.thenewparish.com/
Show: 9PM
$18 Adv, $22 at the door

Sun, 1/29/2012
Wilco with White Denim
The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
http://thewarfieldtheatre.com/
Show: 8PM
$45

Sun, 1/29/2012
Alan Parsons Live Project **WIN TICKETS 8PM show**
Yoshi's SF , San Francisco, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/calendar
Show: 6PM & 8PM
$45 & $40

Mon, 1/30/2012
Mike Olmos - Jazz on Monday EVERY Monday in North Beach
Grant & Green, San Francisco, CA
http://www.myspace.com/grantandgreensf
Show: 9PM
**FREE SHOW**

Tues, 1/31/2012
Uzilevsky Korty Duo
19 Broadway, Fairfax, CA
http://www.19broadway.com/calendar/view/2011/12#7
Show: 9PM

Tues, 1/31/2012
Wilco, White Denim
The Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
http://www.thefoxoakland.com/calendar.php
Show: 8PM
**SOLD OUT**

Wed, 2/1/2012
One Way Station, Sans Pablo **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$5

Wed, 2/1/2012
Thrillouette, Warren Teagarden and The Good Grief, Clamhawk Manor **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
brickandmortarmusic.com
Show: 9PM
$5 adv, $8 at the door

Wed, 2/1/2012
Soft Moon, Weekend **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
http://www.thenewparish.com/
Show: 9PM
$12 Adv, $15 at the door

Thurs, 2/2/2012
STEFANIE KEYS & THE CATS (w/ Dave Shul [Spearhead], Happy Sanchez, Michael Emerson, Michael Pinkham) **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$10

Thurs, 2/2/2012
Afrolicious With DJs/Hosts: Pleasuremaker & Senor Oz **WIN TICKETS**
Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
http://www.elbo.com/Calendar.php
Show: 10PM
$5

Thurs, 2/2/2012
Two Nights! moe. **WIN TICKETS**
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theindependentsf.com/
Show: 9PM
$30

Thurs, 2/2/2012
Groundation **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
http://www.thenewparish.com/
Show: 9PM
$25 Adv, $30 at the door

Thurs, 2/2/2012
SF Sketchfest presents Reggie Watts + Robert Glasper: the jazz collaboration
Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/calendar
Show: 8PM
$25

Fri, 2/3/2012
HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND (New Orleans) (w/ DJ K-OS ['til 2:45am+]) **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$15

Fri, 2/3/2012
Two Nights! moe.
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theindependentsf.com/
Show: 9PM
$30

Fri, 2/3/2012
New Monsoon, The Jugtown Pirates **WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
http://www.thenewparish.com/
Show: 9PM
$10 Adv, $15 at the door

Fri, 2/3/2012
The Spinners
Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/calendar
Show: 8PM & 10PM
$40 & $35

Sat, 2/4/2012
Monophonics
19 Broadway, Fairfax, CA
http://www.19broadway.com/calendar/view/2011/12#7
Show: 9PM

Sat, 2/4/2012
HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND (New Orleans) and Tracorum, (w/ DJ K-OS ['til 2:45am+]) **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$15

Sat, 2/4/2012
THE ULIMATE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE! Foreverland
**WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
http://www.thenewparish.com/
Show: 9PM
$12 Adv, $15 at the door

Sat, 2/4/2012
The Spinners
Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/calendar
Show: 8PM & 10PM
$40 & $35

Sun, 2/5/2012
Groundation, DJ Jacques (WBLK)
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theindependentsf.com/
Show: 9PM
$28 ADV - $30 DOOR

Sun, 2/5/2012
The Spinners
Yoshi's Oakland, Oakland, CA
http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/calendar
Show: 6PM & 8PM
$35 & $40

Mon, 2/6/2012
Mike Olmos - Jazz on Monday EVERY Monday in North Beach
Grant & Green, San Francisco, CA
http://www.myspace.com/grantandgreensf
Show: 9PM
**FREE SHOW**

Thurs, 2/9/2012
*MOKSHA* w/ JEN HARTSWICK & SKERIK **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$10

Thurs, 2/9/2012
Afrolicious Featuring Danjuma & Onola, Founding member of Joni Haastrup and Monomono!, Afro-beat,Hi-ife,Reggae,Funk, Nigerian 70s music live plus DJ Pleasuremaker
and Resident Percussionists **WIN TICKETS**
Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
http://www.elbo.com/Calendar.php
Show: 10PM
$5

Thurs, 2/9/2012
Don Carlos **WIN TICKETS**
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theindependentsf.com/
Show: 9PM
$25

Thurs, 2/9/2012
Chali 2na of J5, Ren the Vinyl, Archaeologist
**WIN TICKETS**
The New Parish, Oakland, CA
http://www.thenewparish.com/
Show: 9PM
$17 Adv, $20 at the door

Fri, 2/10/2012
* ALBINO! * **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$12

Fri, 2/10/2012
Marcus Cohen and The Congress **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
brickandmortarmusic.com
Show: 9PM
$7 adv, $10 at the door

Fri, 2/10/2012
Storm Large and the Balls
Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco, CA
http://www.reddevillounge.com/
Show: 8PM
$10

Fri, 2/10/2012
Two Nights!
Social Distortion, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
Sharks
The Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
http://www.thefoxoakland.com/calendar.php
Show: 8PM
**SOLD OUT**

Fri, 2/10/2012
Excision with Liquid Stranger and Lucky Date **WIN TICKETS**
The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
http://thewarfieldtheatre.com/
Show: 8PM
$25

Sat, 2/11/2012
*VINYL* (plus: SANS PABLO) **WIN TICKETS**
Boom Boom Room, San Francisco, CA
http://boomboomtickets.com/evlist.php
Show: 10PM
$10

Sat, 2/11/2012
Milo Greene **WIN TICKETS**
BRICK AND MORTAR MUSIC HALL, San Francisco, CA
brickandmortarmusic.com
Show: 9PM
$8 adv, $10 at the door

Sat, 2/11/2012
Ronkat Spearman's Katdelic / Heart Touch w/Keno Mapp and : A Band Called Pain, Broun Fellinis
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
http://www.gamh.com/calendar/
Show: 8PM
$20

Thurs, 2/11/2012
Big Head Todd & the Monsters **WIN TICKETS**
The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
http://www.livenation.com/venue/the-fillmore-san-francisco-ca-tickets
Show: 8PM
On Sale Soon

Sat, 2/11/2012
Two Nights!
Social Distortion, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
Sharks
The Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
http://www.thefoxoakland.com/calendar.php
Show: 8PM

Sat, 2/11/2012
Boom Boom Room presents Con Brio, LoCura
**WIN TICKETS**
The Independent, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theindependentsf.com/
Show: 9PM

Sat, 2/11/2012
Dr. Dog
with Purling Hiss **WIN TICKETS**
The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
http://www.theregencyballroom.com/events.php?page=2
Show: 8PM
$25

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