Stephen Tobolowsky, Leela James, Odd Owl and More Set for Yoshi's San Francisco, Now thru 2/10


Yoshi's San Francisco has announced its updated calendar for the club and restaurant, today, January 21, through February 10, 2013. For more information on these shows, click the links below or go to

Yoshi's San Francisco, Live Music & Bay Area Japanese Cuisine, is located at 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, Calif. For tickets and more info, call 415.655.5600 or visit For dinner reservations, phone 415.655.5600 or go to

Mon, Jan 21
Tues, Jan 22

Tue, Jan 22
8pm $15 (adv); $20 (door)

They met in a castle in Germany and immediately discovered a unique sound and energy that is capturing the hearts of audiences across genres and across the globe. America's award-winning guitarist and harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson teams up with Germany's famed duo Tierra Negra (Leo Hinrichs and Raughi Ebert). Their critically acclaimed CD, "NEW WORLD FLAMENCO" continues to garner rave reviews. Live, their love of music and life is infectious, met by standing ovations at every show. Read more here.


Wed-Fri, Jan 23-25, 8pm

Wed 8pm $35
Thu 8pm $40
Fri 8pm $45

In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. In the 23 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released nine albums, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work. Read more here.

Fri, Jan 25, 10:30pm, 21+, open dance floor
NOTE: This show is in the club

Every culture produces its own "keeper." Every culture produces its own principles, its own history, its own advocates, and its own prophet pointing the way to a higher quality of life. For the urban-street culture known in the world today as "Hip Hop," KRS-ONE is all of the above. Appearing on the rap scene in 1986 as Boogie Down Productions releasing his first hit single "South Bronx" with the late DJ Scott La Rock, KRS "the one" made it clear that Hip Hop was going to have to take itself a lot more serious. Read more here.

FRÉDÉRIC YONNET with special guest
Sat, Jan 26, 8 & 10pm
8pm $26; 10pm $22

Using an instrument many have owned but few have mastered, urban jazz harmonicist, Frédéric Yonnet's musical skills and stage presence crush every preconceived notion you've ever had about the harmonica. Just listen to his sound. It funks. It rocks. It hips and hops. It grooves. It sways. It testifies. It prays. It has a reverence for gospel, blues and jazz while appealing to a generation bred on pop rock and hip-hop. His impressive style has led to performances, tours and recordings with some of the heaviest hitters in the music business including the legendary Stevie Wonder, the iconic Prince, award-winning songwriter David Foster, game-changing instrumentalist Kenny G, American Idol's Randy Jackson and R&B artists Erykah Badu, Wyclef, India.Arie, Anthony Hamilton and John Legend. Rolling Stone magazine referred to Yonnet as "Prince's killer harmonica player" and praise from comedian Dave Chappelle, contemporary jazzman Bob James, songstress Patti Austin and producer Pharrell Williams have affirmed his mission to change the way the music industry, musicians and enthusiasts regard the pocket-size reed instrument. Read more here.

SF Sketchfest presents Stephen Tobolowsky: The Tobolowsky Files
Sun, Jan 27, 8pm

Stephen Tobolowsky is one of the leading character actors in film today. USA Today listed Stephen as the 9th most frequently seen actor in movies. He has appeared over 200 movies and television shows. He is best known for playing Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento, Werner Brandes in Sneakers, Happy Chapman in Garfield, and Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday. On television, he has played Tor Ekland on Seinfeld, Hugo Jarry on Deadwood, Bob Bishop on Heroes, and is currently seen as Sandy Ryerson on Glee and Stu Beggs on Californication. Read more here.

Mon, Jan 28

Tue, Jan 29, 8pm
When Helen Jane Long is composing music, she wants to attain nothing less than tranquility. Not the tranquility of numbness or sleep, but tranquility through affirmation, through a music that aspires to an elegance and civility rarely found in this world. In other words, the music of Helen Jane Long makes you feel good. How good? She was named to the UK's Classical FM Hall Of Fame in 2011 for her album, Embers. Her music is used commercially for Volkswagen, British Airways, National Geographic, Discovery, the BBC. But probably the most significant sign of her success is that there are dozens of musicians and fans covering her music on YouTube. "Expression" from the "Porcelain" album seems to be a particular favorite. Read more here.

MYCLE WASTMAN plus Austin Jenckes
Wed, Jan 30, 8pm
$15 (adv); $20 (door)

Seattle's soul-singer, Mycle Wastman, emerged as a stealth frontrunner on this season of NBC's The Voice. Rightly so! He delivers a refreshing combination of an old soulful vibe, R&B sensibilities and a splash of pop. Wastman is a singer's singer, interpreting from all of the greats that have gone before him while still firmly exerting a style of his own. He's undeniably on par with the vocal Legends of our time! Wastman was an Army private a little over 20 years ago, later serving in the Army Reserves as a chaplain's assistant at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis. He then worked construction jobs in Seattle, but by the time he turned 30, he decided to return to his first love. He writes his own music and has released two albums I'm All Over It (2011) and The Beautiful Stay (2008). Read more here.
Thu, Jan 31, 8pm & 10pm
8pm $24; 10pm $16

Bill Champlin is best known for being a member of Chicago, which he joined in 1981 and remained a member of for 28 years. However, his career encompasses a whole lot more. Bill's first band, The Opposite Six, was formed in 1961, while he was still in high school. Later, The Sons of Champlin formed in 1965 as a five-piece band, and later expanded to seven members. The Sons recorded seven commercially released albums between 1968 and 1977 and gained a devoted fan base. However, they never quite made it on The National scene, and disbanded in 1977. No Place Left To Fall (DreamMakers/2009) is Bill's first solo CD / DVD in over 12 years. Read more here.

LEELA JAMES: In The Spirit of Etta
Fri-Sat, Feb 1-2, 8pm & 10pm
8pm $30; 10pm $25

As one of the pre-eminent soul singers of her generation, Leela James has thrilled audiences around the world with her high-energy performances, which deliver her highly personal take on classic soul music. Few of Leela's fans know that her last name is not really "James" and many have thought that she was the granddaughter of Etta James. The fact is that she adopted that performing name as a new artist because, since the time she was little, older folks have told her that she sounded like Etta James. Leela's sound, along with her wild, passionate and let-it-all-hang-performances on stage have further sparked comparisons to Etta's over-the-top style. Unlike many of the current R&B singers on the scene, Leela is one of a small handful with an original sound and vocal style. Even when singing on a hip-hop-inflected track, she sounds like an "old soul." And, like Etta, Leela's sensibility spills over from R&B, blues, and hip-hop (She's collaborated with everyone from Kanye West to Pete Rock) to rock (as her gospelized version of Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is" demonstrated), gospel, jazz (as with her duet recording with Ray Charles on "Compared To What") and even electronica (her guest vocal on Moby's Wait For Me album in 2009). Read more here.

Sketchfest presents: Yacht Rock Heros with Mustache Harbor & Friends
Sat, Feb 2, 11pm in The Lounge

Relive the cheesy wonderfulness of 1970s soft rock with Yacht Rock Heroes with Mustache Harbor & Friends. Mustache Harbor, the increasingly popular Bay Area-based cover band will perform the hits along with special guest vocalists who just might be comedy characters created for the occasion by Scott Adsit, Matt Besser, Jon Dore, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Hardwick, Paul and Storm and more. Read more here.

VIEUX FARKA TOURE plus Markus James
Sun, Feb 3, 7pm

Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father disapproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed. Read more here.

Mon, Feb 4

Tue, Feb 5, 8pm

ULTRA WORLD X-TET combines jazz, world, experimental and contemporary concert styles in a pioneering fusion of East and West. The ensemble features a group of musicians from diverse and colorful ethnic and musical backgrounds: Gary Schwantes (tenor and soprano saxophones/bamboo flutes/composer), Winnie Wong, guzheng (Chinese zither), Yangqin Zhao, yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), Doug Ebert (bass), Surya Prakasha (drumset/percussion/harmonium). Read more here.

LA RUYA feat. Melissa Cruz plus special guests
Wed, Feb 6, 8pm
$10 (adv); $15 (door)

Andalusia meeting the Black Sea, Arabic and Turkish maqam meeting the modes, movement and tonalities of flamenco, all underpinned with a latin jazz pulse - this is La Ruya, something new and unexpected in the universe of world fusion. Read more here.

Thu, Feb 7, 8pm

For a while, most people still recalled her as the precocious next-generation talent that produced one of the defining hits of The Internet age, 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair).' This talented singer-songwriter has come a long way in the years since then. As Sandi now says, "The strange thing about having the kind of success I had, people think they know you. In fact, people don't know me at all." Read more here.

SF Sketchfest presents Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum:
An Evening of the music of Prince

Fri, Feb 8, 8 & 10:30pm

ANDY McKEE plus The Joel Tipke Band
Sat, Feb 9, 8 & 10pm
8pm $30; 10pm $22

Andy McKee's acoustic guitar can approximate the polyrhythmic interplay of a percussion ensemble, the harmonic sweep of a string section, the dazzling runs of a bluegrass doghouse bass-and-banjo duo, and virtually anything else his pastoral compositions and tasteful covers require. In nine years and five records he's written an oeuvre that globally inspires and intrigues music fans. His robust 200 dates-a-year tour itinerary-often spanning domestic rural to the exotically remote, from Albuquerque to Jakarta to Zurich and everything in between-and his fans-first commitment, make him a Worldwide ambassador for a new era in acoustic virtuosity. Read more here.

Sun, Feb 10, 7pm
$8 (adv): $12 (door)

Some bands create music to fit a genre. Others, like San Francisco-based Odd Owl, create a genre to fit their music. "It's pretty hard for us to make music that isn't honest about who we are," says Caruso, Odd Owl's lead singer and keyboardist. "What we create is just an extension of our musical experiences, it's not some role we're trying to play. Besides," she laughs, "I've never been very good at acting anyways." Said to "produce some incredible new era indie music" [Br00d, Neighbors Hate Us], the group's members have fused their musical influences together into their own brand of "indie dance-rock," drawing from genres such as chamber pop, funk, lo-fi, and alternative dance. Read more here.

Foxtails Brigade present an ornate kind of chamber pop, intricate violin and cello arrangements are anchored by Laura Weinbach's intricately played classical guitar and pitch perfect vocals. But underneath the simple melodies lie an impeding darkness, a lyrical landscape populated by shadowy and bizarre characters, rife with hints of rot, aging, and death.