On this show we take a virtual drive around the Bay Area in counter clockwise fashion.
We begin in Oakland with Tower of Power, legends in the world of soul and funk. Their piece Soul Vaccination kicks things off with a big bang. Mosey on up to Berkeley with the Counting Crows and their first hit, Round Here.
Take the San Rafael bridge over to Marin County and the town of San Rafael to hear David Grisman get things back into high speed with his Dawgy Mountain Breakdown. Let’s hope the traffic isn’t too bad traversing the Golden Gate Bridge as Green Day blast out their tribute to a friend, titled J.A.R.
The Grateful Dead get into the groove with Sugar Magnolia.
And then the Kronos Quartet get serious with Aaj Ki Raat (Tonight is the Night). And then we really mellow out with Girl From Ipanema and Autumn Leaves, performed by none other than Vince Guaraldi, better known for composing most of the music to the iconic Peanuts and Charlie Brown TV specials.
Michael Hedges takes over on the guitar with two of his original works, Ritual Dance and Because It’s There.
Since we reside in Los Altos, we thought we would stop to chat about how living the life as a D.I.Y. musician is much like running or working at a start-up in Silicon Valley. (We’ve had some experience in that department.)
Now, on to San Jose, where Smash Mouth does their best impression of reggae with Road Man, and the ever fresh Doobie Brothers give us Listen to the Music.
And that pretty much completes our swing around the Area, a region rich with music. This little tour provides just a glimpse. Hope you enjoyed it.