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Audium 9

Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.

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The Audium was started in 1965 by composer Stan Shaff and equipment designer Doug McEachern. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays, and you have to be there on time — they lock the door. The room fits 50 people or so. There are chairs arranged in a semicircle. There are something like 180 speakers arranged around the room. After a short speech, they turn off all the lights and you listen — in pitch darkness, in a room full of strangers. That's it. You listen. There is no texting, no going to the bathroom. No nothing. Your senses all dissolve into one. And the composition is fantastic. But if you put 50 of these things around the country, 49 of them would probably fail. You only need one Audium. Apple Inc. is going to make 80 bazillion iPads in the next hour. This week the Audium will host 50 people per show. Why are we talking about the Audium? Because it's a singular San Francisco experience — the complete opposite of the iPad or the newest HTC smartphone or a computer-animated movie from Disney. We like to go there when it's raining out. 415-771-1616

Amadou & Mariam,

Sat., June 15, 7 p.m. and Sun., June 16, 7 p.m.
SF Jazz Center 201 Franklin St., San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin


Amadou & Mariam, the famed “blind couple from Mali,” bring their grooving, GRAMMY-nominated mix of Malian pop and Hendrix-flavored blues-rock with “spine-tingling harmonies that make the music soar.” (Spin­) The Bamako-born husband and wife met at while students at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, and found a shared interest in music and performing. Since that momentous meeting, the couple has risen through the African and European music scenes to become one of the hottest world music acts today, sharing the stage with artists including Coldplay, U2, Alicia Keys and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.

The George Cole Trio

Sat., June 15, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
SF Jazz Center 201 Franklin St., San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin


A “virtuosic marvel,” (SJ Mercury) gypsy guitarist, vocalist, and Bay Area native George Cole pays tribute to the music of singer and pianist Nat “King” Cole in a celebration of what would have been his 99th birthday, accompanied by a superb trio that echoes King Cole’s signature piano/guitar/bass format.

Charged Particles

Sat., June 15, 8-11 p.m.
Jupiter 2181 Shattuck, Berkeley Downtown Berkeley


The Bay Area’s favorite trio playing funky Latin jazz, Charged Particles is now in its 28th year of making music.  Pianist Murray Low, bassist Aaron Germain, and drummer Jon Krosnick did performance tours in Indonesia, Canada (three times), and England (twice), and their upcoming tours will include Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, in addition to a stream of performances all over California and the rest of the country. Downbeat Magazine called the band “something special” and “inventive, invigorating, mesmerizing, beautiful, virtuosic, and lyrical.” Jazz Times magazine said they’re “an enormously talented trio”. Come to listen to these masters at work. 510-843-8277

Carl Lockett

Ongoing, 6:30 p.m.
John's Grill 63 Ellis, San Francisco South of Market

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415-986-0069

Susan Chen Trio

Fridays, Saturdays, 7 p.m.
Harris' 2100 Van Ness, San Francisco Nob Hill/ Russian Hill/ Fisherman's Wharf

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415-673-1888

Willie G

Saturdays, 8 p.m.

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415-771-5687

Damir

Saturdays, 8 p.m.
The Chieftain 198 Fifth St., San Francisco South of Market

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415-615-0916

Jazz @ The Atlas

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m.
Atlas Cafe 3049 20th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights


415-648-1047

The Robert Stewart Experience

Saturdays, 9 p.m.
Sheba Piano Lounge 1419 Fillmore, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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415-440-7414

Felix Peikli: The Music of Benny Goodman

Sun., June 16, 6 & 7:30 p.m.
SFJAZZ Center 201 Franklin, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

Buy Tickets$25


The 28-year-old Oslo, Norway born clarinetist makes his SFJAZZ debut with a tribute to his earliest influence, clarinetist, and bandleader Benny Goodman and his pioneering trio of the 1930s and 1940s. 866-920-5299

Orquesta Akokán

Sun., June 16, 7 p.m.
SFJAZZ Center 201 Franklin, San Francisco Hayes Valley/ Tenderloin

Buy Tickets$25-45

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This loving salute to the Cuban mambo revolution of the 40s and 50s began with a recording project at Havana’s historic Areito Studio. Named for the Yoruba word meaning “from the heart,” this multi-generational big band was culled from the ranks of Cuba’s finest, including members of Irakere and Los Van Van. 866-920-5299

The Hot Baked Goods

First and Third Sunday of every month, 6 p.m.
Amnesia 853 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

The Hot Baked Goods

Third Sunday of every month, 6 p.m.
Amnesia 853 Valencia, San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

Brunch with Elias Nagash: Elias Nagash

Sundays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Top of the Mark One Nob Hill, 999 California, San Francisco Nob Hill/ Russian Hill/ Fisherman's Wharf

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415-616-6916

Lindy in the Park

Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Golden Gate Park San Francisco, San Francisco Richmond (Outer)

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Free weekly swing dancing on JFK Drive between 8th & 10th Avenues (weather permitting). 415-831-2700

Jazz Revolution

Sundays, 3:30 p.m.
Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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415-642-0474

Gaucho

Sundays, 5-8 p.m.

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415-345-8100

The Luxomatics

Sundays, 6 p.m.
Club Deluxe 1511 Haight, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

Traditional Irish Session

Sundays, 6 p.m. and Mondays, 8 p.m.
The Chieftain 198 Fifth St., San Francisco South of Market

The Flamenco Room

Sundays, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company 661 Howard, San Francisco South of Market

The Balkan Evening

Sundays, 8:30 p.m.
Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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415-642-0474

Bohemian Knuckleboogie

Sundays, 8:30 p.m.
Sheba Piano Lounge 1419 Fillmore, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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415-440-7414

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