Nov 30, 2022


Traditional music of women from Eastern Europe and beyond The women in Kitka began performing the folk music of Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries in 1979. At first, the Oakland based group was a small, dedicated group of amateur singers, but over the years they’ve evolved into one of...
Nov 23, 2022

Tin Cup Serenade

Nov 16, 2022


Nov 9, 2022

Jinx Jones

Nov 2, 2022

The Bye Bye Blackbirds

New classic pop songs from Oakland The Bye Bye Blackbirds would like their songs to become present day standards, a goal implied by the band’s evocative name. “We chose a title that was reflective of our love affair...
Oct 26, 2022

Bonnie Hayes: A life in music as a songwriter, teacher and musician

Bonnie Hayes has been making vital contributions to the Bay Area’s musical community for most of her life. Like many local musicians, Hayes said she owes much of her success to the time she spent at the...
Oct 19, 2022

Natural Brown Prom Queen: Sudan Archives brings her eclectic virtuosity to San Francisco

Brittney Parks, more popularly known as Sudan Archives, knew at an early age that she wanted to get out of her hometown of Cincinnati, OH to pursue a career in music.   Growing up, her stepdad had dreams of...
Oct 19, 2022

Megan Keely: Exploring the seasons of the heart

Megan Keely’s new album, Companion, is a solo effort she created in her Richmond District apartment during the COVID pandemic. “The virus slowed me down,” she said. “The warp in the space time continuum was disorienting, but...
Oct 12, 2022

Healing Potpourri: A glimpse of ‘Paradise’ for our troubled times

The last Healing Potpourri album, Blanket of Calm, was released shortly before the COVID lockdown. Its upbeat melodies and positive lyrics would have been a perfect balm for those years. But with the band unable to play...
Oct 5, 2022

Laura Benitez and The Heartache: Country music from deep in the heart of Oakland

The songs on California Centuries, the latest album from Laura Benitez and The Heartache, developed slowly over the last few years. “I love California,” Benitez said from her Oakland home. “It’s the best place in the world....
Sep 28, 2022

Chammeili: Exploring the magic in everyday life

Kaamya Talwar Sharma, the singer, songwriter and guitarist who fronts the indie pop band Chammeili, said music has always been in her blood. “I have a visceral reaction to music, deep inside. I always have. I don’t know...
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