Saturday, July 8th from 7:30 to 9:30, the Dewayne Oakley Blues Ensemble featuring pianist Vincent Khoe and drummer Jon Krosnick plays two sets of blues, calypso and jazz. Dewayne has brought the pleasure and joy of the music to audiences all around the bay for five decades or more.
For the better part of the 1980s, he was a fixture on the blues and jazz scene in Nagoya, Japan, and returned with his own record label, Naki-Do, and the Blues Ensemble.
Dewayne has been a Bird & Beckett favorite and close collaborator since last March, when vocalist Jazzy Raja first brought his Blues Ensemble to our stage. Tonight’s trio date is his fourth Bird & Beckett engagement in as many months, the last two in duo with guitarist Ralph Nelson.
On Sunday, it’s a benefit concert by Warm Spell & Ouroboros to help put Bird & Beckett fully back on our feet!
Taken together, these two bands bring us a dozen exploratory improvisers, many of them supporting their music jones working day jobs as poets.Â Warm Spell comprises Marina Lazzara, Brian Lucas, J. Lee, Kevin Van Yser Loo, and sometimes Richard Marriott, but this time Tammy Fortin. Ouroboros features Clark Coolidge, Sheldon Brown, Joseph Noble and Andrew Joron.
Are they poets wielding musical instruments or instruments wielding poets? Can’t say! But the music’s the thing this afternoon, and imagination the tool they use to derange the senses!
After the benefit, same durned day, it’s not like we’re done for the week! The Seducers play the third Sunday of every second month from 5-7, and this month is no exception, except that they’ll start at 5:30 and conclude at 7:30 this time out.
Honky tonk country music from four masters of the craft. It’s just plain exquisite, and if you’ve been missing it these many years, you ought to question your good judgment! Get on down to the shop!
Don’t you want somebody to love? Get the Serpent Power from Warm Spell and Ouroboros, grab a bite from La Corneta and a beer from Glen Park Station or take a vigorous walk up Glen Park Canyon if you like, then return for the honky tonk blowout the Seducers can always be trusted to bring!
Enjoy all the riches that Bird & Beckett offers you; we need you to do that so we can keep doing this!
Thanks for supporting the enterprise that endeavors to support the culture that’s always made San Francisco a uniquely special place.
Heaven can wait! Be here now sez Ram Das!
Bring yr sweetie or find them here, and foment a revolution!
BYOB and a twenty for the band!
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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