The 21 Bay Area Concerts to See Between Now and April

From King Princess to the King of Ethio-Jazz

January 14, 2020 8:45 am
King Princess performs during Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on October 04, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
King Princess performs during Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park on October 04, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)

This season’s concerts run the gamut from bright new things (King Princess, Jacquees, Omar Xavier) and DJs young and old(er) to mid-career nostalgists (see: “Luna Plays Penthouse”) and perhaps most interestingly, old masters giving it one more time around the block: Leo Kottke, Seu Jorge and Mulatu Astatke. 

There’s something here, though, for every style — from utterly drunken dance parties to “tell that lady to shush” “Evenings With…” presentations.

Grab your tickets now, because you might not get a second chance.

Because a little bit of Braziliana sounds just right right now

Seu Jorge and Rogê at the UC Theatre, January 19

Because what you really want is “Taylor Swift but cool” 

King Princess at the Fox, January 21

Because “Cold Little Heart” is a God-given masterpiece

Michael Kiwanuka at The Fox, January 25

Because ambition is good

Jacquees (the Hannah Horvath-style “king of R&B … of my generation”) at the Masonic, January 24

Shakey Graves performs in concert at ACL Live on December 20, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

Because Americana is in excellent hands 

Shakey Graves at The Independent, January 27

Because you need to go listen to “Speculate” right now

Omar Xavier at The Regency, January 31

Because nobody sings American plaintiveness like Neko Case

The New Pornographers at The Fillmore, February 1

Because he’s your favorite DJ with a law degree

Armin van Buuren at the Bill Graham Civic Auditiorium, February 8

Because part of your heart is still stuck in this album

“Luna Plays Penthouse” at the Independent, February 8

Because it’s good to catch big talent before they go galactic

Sango with Savon at the UC Theatre, February 8

Van Morrison performs at Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday Gala as part of BluesFest London at Indigo at The O2 Arena on October 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Because “Brown-Eyed Girl” somehow still holds up 

Van Morrison at Yoshi’s, February 10

Because you were born between 1970 and 1978+-

Violent Femmes at The Fillmore, February 14

Because mid-February sounds like the right time for a party

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at The Catalyst, February 19

Because she’s even better solo

Eleanor Friedberger (with Destroyer) at August Hall, February 22

Because she has more to talk about than tub-puking

Tove Lo at the Masonic, February 24

Denmark, Copenhagen – March 18, 2018. The Ethiopian musician and composer Mulatu Astatke performs a live concert at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen. (Photo by: Gonzales Photo/Mathias Eis Schul/PYMCA/Avalon/Universal Images Group via Getty Images).

Because this is your best chance to see an icon of “Ethio-jazz”

Mulatu Astatke at the UC Theatre, February 29

Because you gotta grab a chance to see him live

“An Evening With Leo Kottke” at Rio Theatre, February 29

Because she’s still got more to say

Patti Smith at The Fillmore, March 8

Because he’ll always be your Aaron Burr (sir) — and his “Without You” cover is killer

Leslie Odom Jr. at August Hall, March 12

Because gauzy English surf pop makes a weird sort of sense

The Orielles at Rickshaw Stop, March 25

Because it’s nice to check in with the masters

Wilco at the Fox, March 2

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