SF Bay Area Music Scene

CBS SF Talks To Desert Rock Legend Mario Lalli (Part I)Renowned Palm Desert musician Mario Lalli recently spoke at length with CBS SF about his long career with influential bands Across the River, Yawning Men and Fatso Jetson ahead of the now cancelled second edition of the Heavy Psych Sounds Festival in San Francisco.
Hard-Rockers Freedom Hawk Brings Powerhouse Show To Santa CruzA leading light on the American hard-rock scene for going on two decades, Virgina Beach-based crew Freedom Hawk pays a rare visit to the Bay Area, headlining Urbani Cellar in Santa Cruz with a slate of like-minded bands Thursday.
Reunited Swedish Punk Greats Headline UC TheatreOne of the most explosive punk bands to emerge in Europe during the 1990s returns to the Bay Area this weekend when reunited Swedish group Refused headlines the UC Theatre in Berkeley Saturday night.
Reunited Post-Punk Band Plays The New Parish In OaklandReconvened powerhouse post-punk band Hot Snakes returns to the Bay Area Tuesday night for this show at the New Parish, playing songs from it's most recent acclaimed Sub Pop album, 'Jericho Sirens.'
Rising Local Metal Heroes Team Up At Eli's In OaklandTwo local metal bands that have established themselves as leading lights of the Bay Area scene team up Friday when Hell Fire and Charger share the stage at Eli's in Oakland.
Renowned Jazz-Funk Band Plays Bay Area Noise Pop ShowsOne of the seminal modern jazz-funk bands to emerge during the early '90s "rare groove" revival, fiery quintet the Greyboy Allstars bring their potent grooves to the Bay Area for a pair of Noise Pop Festival shows starting Thursday.
Godfather Of Ethiopian Jazz Returns To Berkeley's UC TheatreHailed as one of the most influential jazz musician to emerge from the African continent, Ethiopian keyboard player and percussionist Mulatu Astatke returns to the UC Theatre in Berkeley, playing two concerts this weekend.
Oakland Metal Greats Revisit Classic Album At The FoxInfluential '90s metal band Machine Head brings their Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary Tour to Oakland Friday night for a three-hour marathon of heavy music spanning the band's career.
All-Star Line-Up Pays Tribute To Local Rock Legend Roy LoneyA stellar bill of luminaries from San Francisco and elsewhere come together this Friday night to give a rocking sendoff to the late Flamin' Groovies singer Roy Loney at the Chapel.

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Harlem Globetrotters' Ball-Handling Wizard Fred 'Curly' Neal Dies at 77On Thursday, Harlem Globetrotters great Fred "Curly" Neal died in his Houston-area home at the age of 77. Neal starred for the legendary traveling basketball showcase from 1963 until 1985 and was well known for his shaved head and dribbling skills.
African, World Music Saxophone Great Manu Dibango Dies From Coronavirus At 86Manu Dibango, who fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music has died with the coronavirus. He was 86.
YouTube Reducing Video Quality Worldwide To Ease Internet Strain During Coronavirus PandemicVideos on YouTube will now default to standard definition for all users worldwide.
Multiple Tony-Winning Playwright Terrence McNally Dies Of COVID-19 Complications At 81Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.
Coronavirus Update: Members Of Bay Area Metal Bands Sick After Return From European TourBand and crew members for Bay Area thrash-metal groups Testament, Exodus and Death Angel have become sick since returning from a recent European tour, with some testing positive for COVID-19 according to social media posts.
Crossover Country Superstar Kenny Rogers Dies at 81Singer Kenny Rogers, a Grammy-winning artist who spanned genres in a six-decade career, died Friday night at his Georgia home at age 81.
Report: San Francisco Nightlife Institution Slim's To CloseA longtime fixture of San Francisco's live music scene, the 11th Street nightclub Slim's is set to close after over 30 years of operation, according to reports.
San Francisco's Bay To Breakers Race Postponed To September Because Of Coronavirus SpreadSan Francisco's renowned Bay to Breakers footrace, normally held on the third Sunday in May, will be pushed to the fall because of the escalating coronavirus outbreak, organizers announced Friday.
Coronavirus Update: Bottlerock Music Festival Moved To Oct. 2-4The growing coronavirus outbreak continued to reshape the outdoor music festival industry Wednesday as organizers for Napa Valley's Bottlerock weekend concert announced they were moving their event from May to October.