Bay Area Shows: Dec. 29 and Jan. 2

The Christmas/New Year’s zone can be like a post-apocalyptic wasteland for music shows, but there are always a few dedicated presenters who damn the torpedoes and put on shows anyway. They’d love to see you, I’m sure.

Daniel Popsicle @ Berkeley Arts Festival (2133 University Ave., Berkeley), Thur. Dec. 29, 7:00 p.m.
….. I’ve seen Dan Plonsey a few times in the past couple of years, but I haven’t seen a Daniel Popsicle show. The band was more like a mini concert orchestra a few years ago, performing Plonsey’s long, episodic compositions that were like Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music made less strident and more melodic. I don’t know what Plonsey’s “Music of El Cerrito” group has in store this time, but they’ll apparently include some music from New Monsters, the sunny avant-jazz group he and bassist Steve Horowitz have created.

Charm and Strange/Hare and Arrow @ Luggage Store Gallery (1006 Market St., San Francisco), Thur. Dec. 29, 8:00 p.m.
….. Two acts presenting fairly calm electronics sounds/noise. Charm & Strange is the duo of Julia Mazawa and Sharkiface; you can sample some of Mazawa’s turntablist work on her blog, and videos of Charm & Strange performances can be had on YouTube. Hare and Arrow is the duo of instrument builder Sung Kim (on the left in that picture) and David Dupuis; they’ve got a few samples of work up on Soundcloud, and yeah, they’re also viewable on video.

Cartoon Justice @ El Valenciano (1153 Valencia St., San Francisco), Thur. Dec. 29, 8:00 p.m.
….. Cartoon Justice, led by (or perhaps consisting of) Mika Pontecorvo will perform “the music of Feral Luggage, 29th Century Bluesman,” describing it as “genre-bent improv.” Jayn Pettingill and Aaron Levin Pettingill and Levin will open, doing improvised sax/drums duets.

Monday Makeout @ The Make-Out Room (22nd St. near Mission St., San Francisco), Mon. Jan. 2, 8:00 p.m.
….. The monthly jazz series continues at this Mission District bar. The lineup, cut-and-pasted from Bayimproviser.com:

  • Westbrook/Wick Duo (Luke Westbrook, guitar / Miles Wick, bass)
  • Johnston-Goldberg-Denson Trio (Darren Johnston, trumpet / Ben Goldberg, clarinet / Jeff Denson, bass)
  • Rob Ewing Group (Rob Ewing, trombone / Chris Sullivan, saxophone / Michael Coleman, keyboards / Hamir Atwal, drums)

There’s an App for Creative Music

Quite a few of the creative-music types on the Bay Area scene work with computers for a living. So, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with an app for the scene.

It’s the Transbay Calendar for mobile devices. The Calendar is visible normally at transbaycalendar.org or bayimproviser.com. (The latter, devised by local fan John Lee, uses the same database but also links to artist biographies and sound clips, among other goodies.)

Both of those sites were devised about a decade ago, probably more, so the mobile app is a serious upgrade. The biggest feature, IMHO: In addition to calendar listings, you can link to maps to where these venues are. Creative music can be shown in some pretty darned obscure places; I really could have used an app like this when I first started exploring the scene. (That was back in the ’90s, though, when not having a cell phone was the norm, and nobody said “app.”)

It’s all yours for the low low price of $0. But wait, there’s more!

Uh… no, actually there isn’t. But for $0, it’s a pretty good deal, eh?

You can download the app at appshopper.com/utilities/transbay-calendar.