Whitewashed No More: Martha Wash’s Music Revolution

“Its pretty weird to have somebody else playing you,” says Martha Wash, talking about the strange experience of being portrayed on stage in Mighty Real a jukebox bio-musical about disco star Sylvester that toured several cities a few years back. Before striking out on their own and becoming The Weather Girls, Wash and Izora Rhodes, […]

Flashback City: Martha Wash’s San Francisco

When Martha Wash last appeared here four years ago, she had an unexpected reunion. “I hadn’t seen this girl for over 40 years!” she says of the grammar school classmate who had followed Wash’s rise to fame long after their days at McKinley Elementary here. Wash, a native San Franciscan who also attended Polytechnic High, […]

Flying in style with Pam Ann

Caroline Reid, proud proprietress of her own ridiculous niche in the world of entertainment (Airline Comedy), appears as her alter ego,the fierce and fearsome flight attendant Pam Ann, this weekend at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. Constantly honing and refreshing her observational routines during the 50 to 80 flights a year she takes to get to […]

Matt Alber: Singer, songwriter…youth mentor, filmmaker

Singer-songwriter Matt Alber, a San Francisco favorite and former member of Chanticleer, will perform at Feinstein’s at the Nikko on April 13 and 14. But while he’s been hard at work on a new recording, Alber’s mind is focused elsewhere for the time being. A couple years ago, in his new hometown of Portland, Alber was introduced […]

Intimate evenings with Paulo Szot

When Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot performed in San Francisco back in 2011, he played to crowds of more than 2500 each night singing the role of the bullfighter Escamillo in an SF Opera production of Carmen. So this coming weekend presents a rare opportunity for Bay Area music lovers as Szot plays two extraordinarily intimate […]

Feinstein favorites: A duo of Dollies and a year of Yitzhak

WINNING THE DOLLY DOUBLE As we noted the other day on our Facebook feed, Betty Buckley, who thrilled audiences in four engagements at Feinstein’s at the Nikko over the past few years, has landed the lead in an upcoming national tour of the record-shattering Hello Dolly! revival. Buckley’s Dolly will play the Golden Gate Theatre from […]

Brass Mash: Name these tunes!

In two special pre-Mardi Gras shows at Feinstein’s at the Nikko this Friday and Saturday, the Bay Area’s own Brass Mafia will get the Mardi party started with a gumbo of New Orleans jazz, classical sounds (Brandenburg brass anyone?), and horny takes on pop. How many hit radio songs can you pick out in the […]

Gabbing jazz with Brass Mafia don, Adam Theis

“A lot of what makes a great jazz city is having a real mix of different kind of people who end up working together and influencing each other,” says Adam Theis. “It’s got to be big enough to have this great variety of musicians, but intimate enough that they end up interacting with each other.” […]