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The Tommy Igoe Big Band, Casey Abrams and More Set for Yoshi's San Francisco thru 9/1

Yoshi's San Francisco has announced its updated calendar for club and restaurant through September 1, plus new shows through November 2013. Details below!

Yoshi's San Francisco Live Music & Restaurant is located at 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco,CA 94115. For tickets and more info: 415.655.5600 or Show Tickets. For dinner reservations: 415.655.5600 or Dinner Reservations. For current restaurant menu, click here.

LINEUP:
(Featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians!)
Tue, Jul 30, 8pm
$22
After a successful Yoshi's San Francisco debut on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, The Tommy Igoe Big Band has a new home on select Tuesday nights. Tommy Igoe is one of the world's most prominent drummers and bandleaders. He began drumming at the age of two and has gone on to craft a unique and diverse career traveling the world with many iconic artists, both as drummer and music director. In 1997, he created the drum book for Disney's "The Lion King," a seminal Broadway event performed in more than 50 countries around the world. During his time with the original company, he served as principal drummer and conductor. He has also created several of the world's best-selling music education titles including "Groove Essentials" and "Great Hands For A Lifetime" with the original "Groove Essentials" poster fast approaching 500,000 copies. His new Bay Area recording studio serves both as a world-class recording facility and education site for online and private sessions.
OLIVER MTUKUDZI & The BLACK SPIRITS
(Legendary African music pioneer and founder of "Tuku Music"
touring new album Sarawoga. Just inducted into Afropop Hall of Fame)
Wed, Jul 31, 8pm
$22
Oliver Mtukudzi, affectionately called "Tuku" by fans worldwide, has weathered storms with his sharp observations and gracious emphasis on the basic human experiences that unite us all: childhood and aging, respect and hope, women's rights and AIDS, community and connection. Tuku's latest album Sarawoga (U.S. release: May 21, 2013) proves that the venerable artist still has plenty to say. With a career that spans the birth of his native Zimbabwe and the advent of both Afropop and the global love affair with African roots music, Tuku's quicksilver guitar work, keen ear for melody, and evocative voice have earned him intense adulation at home. His organic, savvy mix of traditional ways, pan-African influences, and cosmopolitan pop forms became widely known as Tuku Music. It has made Tuku a household name across Southern Africa, as well as across Europe and North America, thanks in part to major releases of his work in the 1990s and 2000s. Read more here.
SMOOTH JAZZ SERIES:
STEVE COLE
(A founding member of The Sax Pack)
Thu, Aug 1, 8pm
$24
Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz, having sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide and scored four #1 R&R Smooth Jazz hits. He attended Northwestern University, where he explored modern classical music for the saxophone under the tutelage of internationally recognized educator Fred Hemke. While in undergraduate school, this gifted musician was a semi-finalist in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and one of three finalists in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was awarded the privilege of performing Tableaux De Provence by Paule Maurice with the CSO. Cole went on to earn his MBA which paved the way in his being appointed to Professor Music Business Management at The University of St. Thomas - a position which he maintains today. Read more here.
LES NUBIANS
(Les Nubians' Afropean Revolution:
The Sound of a Multicultural New World)
Fri, Aug 2, 8 & 10pm
8pm $32, 10pm $28
|Les Nubians is an Afropean, Urban, R&B Grammy-nominated duo composed of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris France. In 1985 the sisters moved with their parents to Chad, Africa. Seven years later, they returned to Bordeaux, France and began singing a cappella, producing poetry slams in Bordeaux and Paris, and singing background vocals for various artists worldwide. The duo's debut album Princesses Nubiennes was released by Virgin Records, France, in 1998. Read more here.
(Celebrating more than 33 years of funk!)
Sat, Aug 3, 8 & 10pm
8pm & 10pm $42
Open Dance Floor!

(Doors open at 6:30pm for a pre-dance party with DJ Miguel "Hightop" Fonseca spinning music 6:30pm - 8pm.

Restaurant will be closed; dinner available only in the club)
Cameo topped the R&B charts for more than a decade, and has sold more than 17 million albums; and Cameo is one of the most popular Funk/ Rock and Soul bands of its era! Line-ups change, styles evolve, and record labels merge, but Cameo has maintained its core funkiness for nearly four decades. From the '70s through today, CAMEO has been churning out trailblazing hits. The group's pivotal sounds are a part of music history. Cameo has permanently marked major turning points in music and set the standard that many have tried to duplicate and follow. Read more here.

(San Francisco's most sophisticated burlesque show)
Sun, Aug 4, 8pm, 18+
$15 adv, $20 door
Barbary Coast Burlesque is a cabaret show based in San Francisco, California. Created and produced by the one and only, Bunny Pistol. It is a cabaret show featuring today's most talented burlesque performers and has gained a reputation as one of the greatest burlesque shows in the country. With all of the unique sensuality of classic burlesque combined with the energy of today's neo-burlesque, Barbary Coast. Burlesque is an experience that you will never forget! Read more here.

THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND with Special Guest Colin Hogan

(Featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians!)

Tue, Aug 6 8pm

$22

After a successful Yoshi's San Francisco debut on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, The Tommy Igoe Big Band has a new home on select Tuesday nights. Tommy Igoe is one of the world's most prominent drummers and bandleaders. He began drumming at the age of two and has gone on to craft a unique and diverse career traveling the world with many iconic artists, both as drummer and music director. In 1997, he created the drum book for Disney's "The Lion King," a seminal Broadway event performed in more than 50 countries around the world. During his time with the original company, he served as principal drummer and conductor. He has also created several of the world's best-selling music education titles including "Groove Essentials" and "Great Hands For A Lifetime" with the original "Groove Essentials" poster fast approaching 500,000 copies. His new Bay Area recording studio serves both as a world-class recording facility and education site for online and private sessions.

Read more here.

(Acoustic Guitar Virtuoso)
Wed, Aug 7, 8pm
$21 adv, $25 door
Don Ross has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the USA, a dozen European countries, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India. An acoustic guitar virtuoso whose style has been self-described as 'heavy wood', he is the only two-time winner of the US National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition and is widely regarded as a pioneer of his craft. He has played with symphony orchestras in Canada and Germany, and collaborated live and on recordings with Andy McKee, Canadian singer/guitarist Brooke Miller, & Toronto bassist Jordan O'Connor. He also composes scores for television, radio and film, and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians. He has released over fifteen albums to critical acclaim and currently releases music under the CandyRat label, alongside other fingerstyle stars such as Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, and Jimmy Wahlsteen.
(Bamboleo meets Bollywood)
Thu, Aug 8, 8pm
$26 adv, $30 door
A recent all-star collaboration in the India sub-continent featuring Gipsy Kings' family -- Mario Reyes and Georges Reyes -- has spawned an exciting new project called the Gypsy Allstars which will explore the origins of gypsy culture in Rajasthan, India, and see the gypsies return to their ancestral home for a Discovery Channel special, merging Indian and Gypsy rhythms. A portion of the monies raised from the project will be used to support Jaipur Virasat Foundation - A Rajasthani Foundation supporting the preservation of its musical traditions. The Gypsy Allstars have been hand picked by Cedric Leonardi, who grew up with the Gipsy Kings and their families in Montpellier's 'la cite gely' and as their drummer, has had the privilege of performing with them. The Gipsy AllStars lineup sees the gypsies joining forces with Indian musicians to add an exciting fusion sound of Gipsy King's favorites and the exotic blend of indo- gypsy music.
(Mixing reggae, hip hop & rock)
Open Dance Floor!
Fri, Aug 9, 8pm
$18 adv, $22 door
Riding the success of their brand new album, "Cali-HI," which topped the iTunes Reggae Chart at #4 and Billboard Reggae Chart at #13 on the debut week, we bring you Mystic Roots Band. Serving up an original style based in reggae, hip hop, and dancehall (with overtones of rock, funk, and ska), an MRB live concert guarantees not just at music for your ears, but also a high-energy show and powerful experience you'll never forget. This Chico, CA based group brings a brand new sound while embracing the nature of roots reggae wholeheartedly and performing it with smooth vocals/harmonies, energetic freestyles and beat-boxing, all over a solid groove. The music and lyrics are catchy and upbeat, yet with an uplifting, positive message. The musicianship of the players is top notch and arrangements are often complex and always interesting. Read more here.
(Critically-acclaimed rapper)
Open Dance Floor!
Fri, Aug 9, 10:30pm, 18+
$23 adv, $26 door
Ras Kass is a critically-acclaimed rapper from California. After releasing a pair of independent singles, he emerged as one of the most highly regarded rappers of all time, winning particular acclaim for his skills as a lyricist. Best known for his classic album Soul On Ice (Priority/1996), as well as his follow up album, Rasassination (Priority/1998). Since that time Ras Kass has released several independent albums. Read more here.
(12-piece Cuban Son orchestra led by Wil Campa [formerly of Maraca and Cumbre])
Open Dance Floor!
Sat, Aug 10, 8 & 10pm
8pm $25, 10pm $21
All Night Dance Pass $40 (access to both shows)
His voice will capture and embrace you, with an undeniable, engaging stage presence and heralded as one Cuba's leading artists, Wil Campa represents the very best of Cuban Son. The music that lives in his soul! Wil's childhood was spent in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, where he grew up amidst streets filled with joyful traditional Cuban music. Organizing, directing and presenting concerts to family and neighborhood friends from an early age, inspired by Benny Moore, Miguelito Cuni and Arsenio Rodriquez. His ambition and love for music, dance and songwriting led him to study professional music at the acclaimed ESCUELA SUPERIOR DE ARTE RAUL SANCHEZ in Cuba. Read more here.
Sat Aug 10
10:30pm in The Lounge, 21+
(Critically-lauded jazz vocalist. Former producer and investigative reporter on PrimeTime Live with Diane Sawyer.)
Sun, Aug 11, 7pm
$20
A native of Chicago's Hyde Park, Rondi Charleston grew up in a home filled with music - her father was an English professor and jazz enthusiast, while her mother sang and taught voice. At age six, Rondi met the legendary Duke Ellington and knew instinctively that music would be a major part of her life. After graduating from Juilliard with a BM and MM in music, she studied journalism at NYU, then worked as a producer with Diane Sawyer at ABC's Prime Time Live, contributing to stories that won Rondi Emmy and Peabody Awards. Read more here.

THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND with Special Guests Christian Pepin and Christian Tumalan

(Featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians!)

Tue, Aug 13 8pm

$22

After a successful Yoshi's San Francisco debut on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, The Tommy Igoe Big Band has a new home on select Tuesday nights. Tommy Igoe is one of the world's most prominent drummers and bandleaders. He began drumming at the age of two and has gone on to craft a unique and diverse career traveling the world with many iconic artists, both as drummer and music director. In 1997, he created the drum book for Disney's "The Lion King," a seminal Broadway event performed in more than 50 countries around the world. During his time with the original company, he served as principal drummer and conductor. He has also created several of the world's best-selling music education titles including "Groove Essentials" and "Great Hands For A Lifetime" with the original "Groove Essentials" poster fast approaching 500,000 copies. His new Bay Area recording studio serves both as a world-class recording facility and education site for online and private sessions. Read more here.

(Guitarist & singer creating his own sound of blues, folk, and soul)
Wed, Aug 14, 8pm
$18 adv, $23 door
"Nice to meet you. My name is David Ryan Harris. Born in Chicago. Raised in Atlanta. Live in Los Angeles. I heard music, melodies and stories in my head as a child. They never went away and I hope they never do. After experimenting with drums, piano and other instruments in my teens I began my love/hate affair with the guitar. So, there it is: I am a soul singer who plays guitar. And sometimes: I am a guitarist who sings soulfully. Drawn to the blues after hearing songs by Son House, Robert Johnson and others and growing up at a time when Prince, Parliament/Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder and other musicians were stretching the boundaries of popular music I began to understand that music could not and should not be limited by our often narrow views of what it should be." Read more here.
(Multi-GRAMMY Award nominee, Brazilian pianist, singer, composer, arranger.
Touring new album I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker) [Concord Jazz/2013])
Thu-Fri, Aug 15-16, 8 & 10pm
8pm $25, 10pm $20
There's no question about it: pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias is amazingly versatile. On May 28, 2013, Concord Jazz presents Elias' I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker), an album that offers her personalized spin on the work of a key American jazz artist while spotlighting her connection to the singer-instrumentalist tradition. It fully demonstrates the range of interests that Elias' art now boasts, and arrives with a statement of purpose: jazz repertoire can sound totally fresh when delivered with ingenuity and passion. Long known for her native feel of Brazilian music, this new disc truly demonstrates Elias' expertise in yet another realm: an interpreter of American standards. An expressive, swinging singer and insightful instrumentalist and arranger, on I Thought About You she thoughtfully switches the size and approach of her impressive ensemble from track to track, yielding to each tune's inner logic. Read more here.

MICHAEL HENDERSON <~ New show on sale now
(Jazz, R&B vocalist "From Motown To Miles And Beyond!")
Sat, Aug 17, 8 & 10pm
8pm $27 adv, $31 door; 10pm $23 adv, $27 door
Michael Henderson first gained world wide recognition as an acclaimed young bass player with groups such as "The Detroit Emeralds," "The Fantastic Four," "The Funk Brothers" and was the FUNK anchor for Stevie Wonder, at the tender age of 16! Musicians marveled at his prowess and knowledge of his instrument. Audiences included the likes of Mick Jagger, Dr. John, Diana Ross, Betty Davis, Miles Davis and more. After one such extraordinary, truly inspiring Stevie Wonder concert, Legendary Trumpeter Miles Davis made his way backstage only to inform Stevie, "I'm Takin' Yo F@&(*(%@ Bass Player!" With Miles, a new style of playing was developed, "FUSION"... Bass players the world over wanted to know this person that helped alter the way music is played and listened to!!! The rest is history!
Sat, Aug 17
10:30pm in The Lounge, 21+

SMOOTH JAZZ SERIES:
(Celebrated keyboardist Brian Simpson & contemporary jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa's new project)
Sun, Aug 18, 7pm
$23 adv, $27 door
Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band's classic recordings.

Celebrated keyboardist, composer and studio musician, Brian Simpson has been the 'go-to' man for everyone from Janet Jackson and Teena Marie to George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz, for whom he has had the distinction of being musical director for the past 15 years. The chart-topping musical chameleon who wrote the #1 R&B hit "The First Time" for Surface in the 1990s confesses, "Ultimately, my listeners inspire me to make my music." Read more here.

SMOOTH JAZZ SERIES:
KEIKO MATSUI 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR & SOUL QUEST CD RELEASE PARTY
(Smooth Jazz. Soul Quest street date July 30 / Shanachie Records)
Tue, Aug 20, 8pm
$25
"Creating this album was like going on a soul quest, as I tried to figure out how to express the things I was thinking and experiencing during this past year," confides pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui (pronounced Kay-Koe, meaning 'happy, celebratory child' in Japanese). "This music energizes me and I am overwhelmed with emotion when I listen to it. I hope people will allow themselves to go inside the music and become a part of my journey," says the stunning, profound pianist and world citizen who is celebrating a triumphant 25 years of recording in the US. In the words of Duke Ellington, Keiko Matsui is 'beyond category.' The courageous, spiritually-driven and consummate artist who enjoyed the distinction of being an invited guest and performer at the second International Jazz Day, sponsored by UNESCO and held in Istanbul in April 2013, transcends boundary. Her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. Read more here.

(The founder and originator of Jawaiian music strikes again with another new style "Urban Reggae" a original style he can call his own. Partial open dance floor)
Wed, Aug 21, 8pm
$15 adv, $19 door
Born and raised in Jamaica, Rankin Scroo has always had music as the center of his life. From his earliest days singing in church to his teenage years as a reggae rapper, Rankin achieved worldwide recognition as a talented singer, producer, songwriter and innovative performer. New York City became Rankin's first home abroad where he performed with numerous sound systems and live bands. His vitality and intensity of expression carried his artistry from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Pioneering reggae music in the Hawaiian Islands, he formed Crucial Youth Productions band and recording studio. Rankin' met Ginger and the two began to write music and perform together. Their unique blend of musical backgrounds and vocals created the highly acclaimed reggae duo "Rankin' Scroo and Ginger" and birthed a new sound now recognized worldwide as Jawaiian music. For nearly three decades, their releases and live performances have astounded crowds all over the world. Nuh Du Dat an anti-drug song and video on the Ras Record label marks this era of international airplay. Things Man Do on the flip side of this hit single was one of the only reggae songs by any reggae artist to ever receive daily rotation on R&B radio station KBLX. Rankin' Scroo and Ginger have won numerous awards and honors for their works and are highly regarded as veteran performers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Read more here.
(Classic rock band with hits "You Are The Woman," "Strange Way," "Goodbye I Love You" and more)
Thu, Aug 22, 8pm
$23 adv, $27 door
The genealogy and musical roots of Firefall run deep in the fertile soil of American folk/rock music. Along with contemporaries like Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Band, The Eagles and Loggins and Messina, they created a sound that defined a generation and forever changed the musical landscape. Defying industry labels, they creatively melded country, folk, easy listening and rock 'n' roll to create a sound that was uniquely their own. Firefall is one of the few surviving bands of this genre, remaining true to the founding vision throughout the bands' 30 year history. Read more here.
(R&B, jazz-funk fusion)
Fri-Sat, Aug 23-24, 8 & 10pm
8pm $30 - Acoustic Jazz Set
10pm $26 - Electric Soul Set
Dr. Donald Byrd, one of the leading jazz trumpeters of the 1950s and early 1960s, who became highly successful in the 1970s by blending jazz, funk and rhythm and blues into a pop hybrid that defied categorization, died early this year but his music lives on through his many recordings and the legacy of all the young musicians he instructed at Howard University. His later work shaped black pop music through multiple generations. Known for his pure tone and impeccable technique, he performed or recorded with some of the most prominent jazz musicians including John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins and Art Blakey. As a bandleader, Mr. Byrd was sometimes a talent scout too - one of the first to hire a promising young pianist named Herbie Hancock. Read more here.
Sun, Aug 25, 7 & 9pm
7pm $23, 9pm $19
In the history of rock & roll, there has never been anyone quite like Swamp Dogg. "For decades, Swamp Dogg has bent R&B/soul traditions as far as they can stretch," wrote Richie Unterberger in Unknown Legends of Rock 'n Roll (Backbeat Books, 1998). "Funk grooves are wedded to old Fats Domino licks. Raunchy tales of sexual (in)fidelity butt up against lyrics probing social injustice, racism and the waste of war. His keening voice is a blend of Jackie Wilson, Van Morrison, Percy Sledge, and pure Swamp Dogg, drawing from soul, rock, and even country. It's black popular music that is too eclectic to pigeonhole-and, for some tastes, too hot to handle in its frank examination/reflection of American society. Even if it is funny." Read more here.
AUG

THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND with Special Guest Kenny Washington

(Featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians!)

Tue, Aug 27 8pm

$22

After a successful Yoshi's San Francisco debut on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, The Tommy Igoe Big Band has a new home on select Tuesday nights. Tommy Igoe is one of the world's most prominent drummers and bandleaders. He began drumming at the age of two and has gone on to craft a unique and diverse career traveling the world with many iconic artists, both as drummer and music director. In 1997, he created the drum book for Disney's "The Lion King," a seminal Broadway event performed in more than 50 countries around the world. During his time with the original company, he served as principal drummer and conductor. He has also created several of the world's best-selling music education titles including "Groove Essentials" and "Great Hands For A Lifetime" with the original "Groove Essentials" poster fast approaching 500,000 copies. His new Bay Area recording studio serves both as a world-class recording facility and education site for online and private sessions. Read more here.

CASEY ABRAMS (solo)
(Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American Idol finalist, Season 10)
Wed, Aug 28, 8pm
$22
Abrams tried out for American Idol in Austin. "I had a heart attack when they chose me," Casey recalls. "I was like: this is the ticket. As soon as I got that foot in the door I knew I could make it. I was so happy." Not too long afterwards, Abrams found himself in London recording his debut album. "It was the best experience, so fun," he enthuses of being in London, working with producer Martin Terefe, whose credits include Jason Mraz, Train (the hit "Soul Sister"), Mary J Blige, KT Tunstall, a-ha, James Morrison, Martha Wainwright, Cat Stevens, Jamie Cullum and others. "I walked to work every morning to Kensaltown Studios, an amazing workshop filled with musicians, writers and producers. I buzzed the big green door, went up three flights of stairs into the room with the big green couches and just chilled. It didn't feel like I was making an album, just having a good time, hanging out and making and writing music with friends. London's just such a creative place." 22-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and American Idol finalist Casey Abrams, proves he is here to stay with his self-titled debut album on Concord Records. Read more here.
JEFF GOLUB with BRIAN AUGER
(Guitarist Jeff Golub teams with jazz-rock keyboard icon Brian Auger for this first new album Train Keeps A Rolling [Entertainment One/dueAugust 13, 2013] since losing his sight.)
Thu, Aug 29, 8pm
It's been a helluva two years since guitarist Jeff Golub released his last album, "Three Kings," which paid tribute to blues legends B.B., Freddie & Albert King. As the record was released, the optic nerves in Golub's eyes inexplicably collapsed leaving him blind. Adjusting to his new life meant adopting Luke, a guide dog. While attempting to catch a New York City subway last September, Golub fell onto the tracks as a train rapidly approached. He was clipped and dragged by the train as Luke and bystanders frantically attempted to help. Miraculously Golub escaped the harrowing and what could have been a fatal ordeal with only minor scrapes and bruises. Undaunted and as boisterous as ever, Golub stands defiantly, toting his guitar with Luke perched at his feet, at the crossroads of train tracks on the cover of his aptly titled new album, "Train Keeps A Rolling," which will be released August 13th by Entertainment One Music.
Read more here.
SMOOTH JAZZ SERIES:
OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA
(Contemporary Flamenco guitar virtuoso)
Fri-Sun, Aug 30 - Sep 1
Fri 8pm $30, 10pm $20
Sat 8pm $30, 10pm $25
Sun 6pm $20, 8pm $30
There is a change in the weather and sound for Ottmar Liebert's release entitled Dune (Spiral Subwave Records International LLC/2012). Magic men are said to be drawn to the desert sands. Sometimes they come as sculptors like Christo that put up strange and beautiful environments that inspire. Sometimes they come as Native American medicine men or old Japanese Kyoto masters to meditate and postulate. And sometimes, just plain and simple great artists disguised as guitar players. Liebert's new release Dune sits firmly in the crosshairs of it all. Random beauty - airy, rhythmic and sometimes funky; sounds to put you inside of full and empty spaces, at the same time. Ottmar is always exceptionally brilliant and mysterious, but.... Read more here.


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