SFJAZZ Presents Merle Haggard at Oakland's Paramount Theatre, 12/4

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 1, 2015 06:37pm | Post a Comment

SFJAZZ presents Merle Haggard, Paramount Theatre

Amoeba Music is a proud sponsor of SFJAZZ's concert with country music legend Merle Haggard on Friday, December 4th at Oakland's Paramount Theatre.

GRAMMY-winning guitarist, fiddler, and vocalist Merle Haggard has enjoyed a 50-year career as a giant of American songwriting and early originator of the California-bred take on country music called “the Bakersfield Sound.” It was the honky-tonk style of Lefty Frizzell and the Western swing of Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys that first reached the young Haggard when his brother gave his battered guitar to the twelve-year-old as a gift, and it remained a constant as the troubled youth bounced from juvenile detention to jail.

An inmate at San Quentin prison in 1958, Haggard attended Johnny Cash’s first-ever prison Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmieperformance, which was the inspiration for Haggard to finally clean up his act for good and embrace music as a path to turn his life around. The momentous career that followed saw Haggard inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. He has recorded 38 songs that have hit #1 on the Billboard country chart, including the classics “Mama Tried,” “Okie from Muskogee,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” and “Pancho and Lefty” with fellow country legend Willie Nelson. His songs have been recorded by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Dean Martin, Joan Baez, and Gram Parsons, and he was named a Kennedy Center honoree in 2010.

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Bay Area Vibez Festival Featuring Bassnectar, Nas, Aloe Blacc & More, September 26-27

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 23, 2015 05:00pm | Post a Comment

On September 26th and 27th, Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park will be transformed into a mecca of Bay Area Vibez, Oaklandmusic, art, and food by the inaugural Bay Area Vibez Festival, an urban lifestyle event that celebrates diversity through live music and the arts. Supporting regional youth and music programs, Bay Area Vibez is endorsing (HHSL) as the festival's charity partner. HHSL works in conjunction with (a non-profit founded by Harry Belafonte) to better spread social justice, through youth and music, with a plan to bring portable music studios to community centers in both San Francisco and Oakland.

With over 25 bands and DJs on multiple stages, we know this is just the beginning for this ambitious festival. On Saturday, September 26, Aloe Blacc performs with Sankofa Sound (a collection of musicians that align themselves with a-list artists who gather through, along with the festival headliners, multiple Grammy winners Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley. Also performing Saturday are Morgan Heritage, The Grouch & Eligh, Tarrus Riley, Fishbone, Cut Chemist, Mod Sun, Queen Omega, I-Live, Skip Marley, Forrest Day, I-Wayne, and Black Am-I.

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Outside Lands Alternative: "Goat Roaster III Festival" feat. Metallica, A$AP Rocky, Pete Seeger, The Other Band On Earth + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2015 09:47am | Post a Comment

I knew about the big annual Outside Lands music festival (with Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Sam Smith etc.) happening in the Bay Area this weekend, but, for some reason, until very recently I had not even heard about the Goat Roaster III festival also scheduled for today and tomorrow (August 8th and 9th). Looking for the first time this past week at the poster above for this wonderful alternative Bay Area festival and reading the lineup that includes Metallica, A$AP Rocky, Deerhoof, Primus, Thurston Moore, The Melvins, and Tina Fey DJ'ing I was most intrigued. Now that's something I'd pay to see, I thought as I curiously eyed the poster that stopped me dead in my tracks as I passed it on the sidewalk on Telegraph Ave in Oakland over by the Legionnaire Saloon one recent afternoon. But as I looked for ticket prices and location, neither of which I could find, but noted that the headliner was the relatively unknown The Other Band On Earth I knew something seemed fishy about this "Goat Roaster III" festival. 

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One Album Wonders: Billy Satellite

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 20, 2015 08:16am | Post a Comment


Billy Satellite formed in Oakland in 1983. 
 The members were Danny Chauncey (lead guitar, keyboards and vocals), Ira Walker (bass and vocals), Monty Byrom (lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards), and Tom Falletti (drums). Of the members, Chauncey had the most recording experience, having previously performed in Mistress, a band which had released two albums and a single, “Mistrusted Love” in 1979.

Billy Satellite

In 1984 Billy Satellite released their only record, Billy Satellite. It was mixed and engineered by Greg Edward and Don Gehman at Rumbo Recorders and Gehman also produced. It’s pretty typical hard rock of the era, equally at home in county fairs and roller rinks. "Standing With the Kings" would've been not at all out of place during a montage showing someone training, overcoming obstacles, and ultimately triumphing in an '80s sports drama.

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Prolific Poet/Songwriter Rod McKeun Leaves Behind Large Body Of Work

Posted by Billyjam, January 30, 2015 07:34am | Post a Comment

In honor of Oakland, CA born American poet/spoken word artist/songwriter Rod McKuen, who died yesterday at age 81 following weeks of been treated for pneumonia, I go digging at Amoeba Music for a sampling of the world's best selling poet's body of work.  Ever prolific, especially from the late sixties up until the beginning of the 80's when he took an extended sabbatical, McKuen was once a ubiquitous and seemingly unstoppable part of American popular culture.

As such the distinctively throaty sounding artist released an incredible number of albums (over 200 LPs of which many are still available at Amoeba - mostly in original vinyl format), wrote hundreds upon hundreds of poems, published dozens of books that would sell over sixty million copies (hence why he was the best selling poet ever), and a slew of songs that would be covered/interpreted by such high profile stars as Dolly Parton (they even collaborated in a music and poetry duo on the song "Feelings"), and Frank Sinatra ("Night," "If You Go Away" which was written with the Belgian composer Jacques Brel). In fact Ole Blue Eyes, who was a major fan of his work, even commissioned McKuen to pen content for A Man Alone: The Words and Music of Rod McKuen.

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