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[By James Keith | 7 Jun 2010 | No Comments]
Matthew Monfort (rear left) and Teja Gerken (rear right) tune up with the San Fransisco Guitar Quartet (JAMES KEITH/CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

(6/5) — In the cozy second floor of the Noe Valley Ministry, Matthew Monfort, Teja Gerken and the San Francisco Guitar Quartet performed a variety of pieces for the San Francisco Guitar Summit, an event put on as part of the Noe Valley Music Series supported by SF LiveArts.

An intimate audience of about thirty people were in attendance, the event opening with a mix of contemporary and traditional music by Teja Gerken, a practitioner of steel-string fingerstyle guitar.

[By California Beat | 7 May 2010 | No Comments]
Hush you!

There’s a big spat going on atop Nob Hill right now on whether to give a big-name concert promoter the rights to increase the number of music shows inside the sparingly used Masonic Auditorium on California Street.

The promoter, Live Nation, won approval from the city for upgrades to the center, including the installation of tiered seats and permanent food and alcohol booths in the front lobby.

[By James Keith | 10 Apr 2010 | No Comments]
Davies Symphony Hall (Photo from Maestro Artist Management)

The San Francisco Symphony’s 6.5 Series continues to offer an eclectic blend of old warhorses and new compositions. Held on selected Fridays at 6:30 pm, the shows offer a comfortable medium for patrons interested in a more adult affair than the Music for Families series, but a more relaxed atmosphere and dress code than a formal Symphony Concert.

This Friday’s concert featured Edwin Outwater conducting Gounod’s Ballet Music from Faust along with more contemporary fare like Vivier’s Zipangu and Duncan Sheik’s Song Suite from Whisper House.

[By James Keith | 19 Mar 2010 | No Comments]
The cover to Intrada's 2 disc edition of the soundtrack

Good movie soundtracks can sometimes go missing, but this is no longer the case for Alan Silvestri’s rousing score to the classic Back to the Future, long considered a holy grail among soundtrack collectors.

[By California Beat | 25 Jul 2009 | No Comments]

San Francisco has long been a venue for musical performances. But of all of the shows that have performed in the city, one in particular has been performing since it was created well over thirty years ago. While hints of its long and successful career can still be found in today’s performances, Beach Blanket Babylon has continued to stay fresh and unique to the city it celebrates.

Beach Blanket Babylon in performed Wednesday through Sunday at Club Fugazi located at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. Ticket prices vary depending on where you sit with seats closer to the stage being more expensive. Keep in mind that you must be at least twenty-one years of age to enter, with exception to Sunday shows. Finally, photography is not allowed so don’t bring your cameras.

[By California Beat | 15 Mar 2009 | One Comment]

A cast of well known jazz ensembles from the Monterey Bay area treated revelers and aspiring musicians to a dazzling Sunday afternoon of Jazz on the Wharf at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. There were several stages of live jazz — inside the fantastic restaurants on the pier and on outside stages.

Rain threatened to send some outside events indoors, but the wet weather did not dampen public interest in the collection of soothing tunes being played for the public. The event was free to everyone.