CHELLE! and Friends: New Orleans Meets the Bay

CHELLE! and Friends: New Orleans Meets the Bay
Friday, November 17 @ 7:30PM
The Poppy is proud to welcome back New Orleans native Michelle Jacques, who has solidified her rep as Oakland's "Queen of New Orleans Music" by stirring jazz, funk, soul, Creole, Cajun, gospel, Caribbean, African, Zydeco, rock, and Mardi Gras Indian chants into a musical gumbo that leaves audiences wanting more.   FEATURING: Michelle Jacques - vocals Rhonda Crane - vocals Bryan Dyer - vocals, horn Donna Viscuso - woodwinds Eric Swinderman - guitar Kevin Scott - bass Michaelle Goerl...
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Zona Blu with Suzanne Kramer: Soul Jazz

Zona Blu with Suzanne Kramer: Soul Jazz
Thursday, September 21 @ 7:30PM
Bay Area jazz quartet Zona Blu, who specialize in Latin, funk, and swing grooves, returns to the Poppy with singer Suzanne Kramer, renowned for her alt-pop country/folk vocals with indie band Sugar Ponies. Featuring: Suzanne Kramer - vocals Jim Wasco - piano David Kaufer - guitar Steve Teich - alto sax/flute Greg Galli - drums Learn more: Zona Blu | Sugar Ponies   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM / Show 7:30PM Admission: $15-20 sliding scale Tickets will not be sol...
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Wahh World Fusion Band: High-Energy East Meets West

Wahh World Fusion Band: High-Energy East Meets West
Thursday, September 7 @ 7:30PM
Rooted in India's rich traditional musical culture and enveloped in an artful weave of jazz, rock, and funk, Wahh World Fusion Band plays original music that features contemporary music with Indian and Eastern Influences, including dynamic vocal percussion and Indian raga elements. Featuring: Shankh Lahiri - vocals, tabla Peter Mongaya - guitar Rajib Karmakar - sitar Michael Washington - drums Michael Gam - bass Learn more: Website | Facebook | YouTube   EVENT DETAILS  ...
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Zona Blu: Soul Jazz Collective

Zona Blu: Soul Jazz Collective
Thursday, June 8 @ 7:30PM
Ready for an easygoing evening of friendly, familiar jazz tunes? Local quintet Zona Blu, whose Italian name is a nod to Milanese jazz club “blue zones” and Miles Davis’ iconic Kind of Blue, presents a laid-back night of Latin, funk, and swing grooves that’s sure to ease you into the weekend. Featuring: David Kaufer - guitar Jim Wasco - piano Steve Teich - alto saxophone/flute Greg Galli - drums Tom Donald - bass Learn more: Website   EVENT DETAILS   Time: Doors 7:00PM ...
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Pamela Parker’s Fantastic Machine: Rock Funk Soul Love

Pamela Parker’s Fantastic Machine: Rock Funk Soul Love
Friday, May 26 @ 7:30PM
Standout Bay Area producer/songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Pamela Parker brings her trio to the Poppy for a dynamic performance that will feature selections from her upcoming album, Fantastic Machine, a fresh rock & roll landscape that evokes Alabama Shakes, Thin Lizzy, and Funkadelic. Featuring: Pamela Parker - vocals, piano, guitar Spence Murray - bass Chris McGrew - drums Pamela Parker studied opera and commercial music production before establishing herself as a solo performer in the...
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Boca do Rio: Brazilian Space Funk

Boca do Rio: Brazilian Space Funk
Friday, April 28 @ 7:30PM
Boca do Rio, the immensely danceable result of a two-decade musical partnership between guitarist/singer Kevin Welch and percussionist Alex Calatayud, brings their multi-layered electro-funk party boat to the Poppy this Friday. Their musicá organicá, born of Brazil and the San Francisco Bay, showcases the rhythms of living and working between the Americas. Featuring: Alex Calatayud - percussion Kevin Welch - guitar (Special guests TBA) Learn more: Website     EVENT DETA...
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Guarandinga: Afro-Venezuelan Pop for the Dancefloor

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Sat, Jan 21 @ 7:30PM
Weaving together Afro-Caribbean beats and fueled by folklore, pop, and gritty East Bay funk, Guarandinga descends on the Poppy for an infectious electronic dance party that promises to help you forget the cold, wet weather. Featuring: Rowan Jimenez - vocals, percussion Jeremy Allen - bass, vocals, cuatro, percussion Kenya Moses - percussion, vocals Chris Carter - guitar Brian Andres - drums Edgar Lavado - vocals, percussion Henry Hung - trumpet/synth Makini Duewa - dance Oakland’s ...
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Daniel Riera Ensemble: Future Flutist with Electric Ensemble

Daniel Riera Ensemble
Sat, Nov 5 @ 7:30PM
Drawing inspiration from ’70s jazz, funk, and the rhythmic tug of post-Dilla hip-hop, Daniel Riera presents new music for flute, wind controller, and electric ensemble. The multi-instrumentalist is well known for his impressive performances on the wind controller, a digital woodwind delivering earth-shaking bass, acidic melodies, and even chords. Featuring: Daniel Riera - flute, wind controller Kev Choice - keyboards Dame Drummer - drums Kai Lyons - guitar Camille Mai - vocals San Fra...
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The Brian Hingerty Group: Emerging Bay Area Jazz Talent

The Brian Hingerty Group
Fri, Oct 21 @ 7:30PM
Under the guidance of guitarist Brian Hingerty, some of the Bay Area’s finest young jazz musicians join forces to perform a contemporary take on jazz standards. The group, comprised mostly of musicians under 17 and augmented by Northern California bass giant Chris Amberger, combines elements of electronica, funk, and blues as they perform both jazz/rock classics and original compositions. Featuring: Brian Hingerty - guitar Chris Amberger - bass Matthew Stoloff - drums Joshua Tazman - voc...
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Steph Johnson Trio: Soul, Jazz, Funk & Blues from San Diego

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Steph Johnson brings her trio to the Red Poppy to celebrate the release of her new album, Music is Art, produced by Grammy Award-winner Kamau Kenyatta. Steph’s rich, fervent vocals and soothing guitar will be accompanied by double bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Fernando Gomez for an evening of compassionate soul jazz. Featuring: Steph Johnson - vocals, guitar Rob Thorsen - bass Fernando Gomez - drums San Diego-based Steph Johnson is a self-taught musician whose distinctive style of voc...
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Ultrafaux w/ Rob Reich: Jazz Manouche & Musette Waltzes

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Drawing influences from manouche, Romani and Balkan music, Ultrafaux joins together with accordionist Rob Reich and chanteuse Alexis Tantau for an evening of traditional musette, Piaf tunes, and originals. Featuring: Michael Joseph Harris - guitar Sami Arefin - guitar Eddie Hrybyk - upright bass Rob Reich - accordion (featured artist) Alexis Tantau - vocals (featured artist)   Baltimore band Ultrafaux performs original music with musette, swing manouche, funk, blues, and Dixielan...
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Will Bernard & Beth Custer: Melodic Chamber Jazz Duets

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Musicians Will Bernard and Beth Custer come together for an intimate evening of groove-filled duets. Guitarist Will Bernard is a Grammy-nominated bandleader and founding member of all-star Bay Area jazz conglomerate T.J. Kirk, as well as Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s rollicking trio. Bernard is a virtuosic performer whose bone-deep, groove-heavy playing was a vital part of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble and the guitarist’s own funky quartet, Motherbug. Bernard’s latest Posi-Tone ...
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CHELLE! and Friends: Celebrating the Holidays with New Orleans Musical Gumbo

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In a lively celebration of the holidays, CHELLE! and Friends commemorates the vibrant music of New Orleans with influences of jazz, funk, soul, gospel, blues, zydeco, and the rhythms of Mardi Gras Indians. Artistic Director and Founder, Michelle Jacques, is a new New Orleans native and Oakland's own "Queen of New Orleans Music". Together with some of the most distinguished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, CHELLE! and Friends stirs all of its influences into a diverse stewpot of mu...
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Industrial Revelation: Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri – PNW Album Release Tour

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On tour for the release of their latest two-disc album, Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri, Industrial Revelation takes on everything from jazz, blues, funk, hip-hop, rock, chamber music, and beyond. Industrial Revelation is about human emotion– the unbridled energy, excitement, passion, beauty and the enjoyment that coincides. Based in Seattle, the band was founded by D'Vonne Lewis through the ambition to continue the musical legacy of his family and to create melodies characterized by a vi...
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Amendola vs. Blades: From Avant Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock

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Wil Blades and Scott Amendola conjure various sonic deities as only a duo, covering everything from avant garde to funk and bebop to rock. Amendola vs. Blades got their start as a group when Scott had the vision of performing Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite with Wil. While quite a daunting task executing a suite (originally written for a big band) as a duo, the Hammond organ had previously been used in the 1940’s and 1950’s to emulate the sound of big bands. With Wil’s knowledge of this traditio...
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Daniel Riera Ensemble: “The Wind Controller:” Future Flutist With Electric Ensemble

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Drawing inspiration from 70's jazz and funk and the rhythmic tug of post-Dilla hip-hop, Daniel Riera premieres works for flute, wind-controller and electric ensemble. A San Francisco native, Daniel is a flutist, bassist, producer, sound-designer and teacher known for his enchanting performances on the wind-controller, a digital woodwind delivering earth-shaking bass, acidic melodies and even chords. Winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, he graduated Berklee College of Music with honors....
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