Review - Bela Fleck & Chick Corea @ the Bing Concert Hall (9/19/15)

Bela Fleck / Chick Corea (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Who would have suspected that jazz piano and bluegrass banjo mix together like an Arnold Palmer? I'll tell you: Bela Fleck and Chick Corea.

The duo first worked together back in 1994 during the recording of the Flecktone's Tales from the Acoustic Planet.

Chick Corea (Photo: Kevin Keating)

From then on, Bela & Chick have continued to perform, write and record together, and their most recent album, Two, a two-disc compilation of some of their best live performances over four years, is an absolute showcase of their incredible talents.

Bela Fleck (Photo: Kevin Keating)

The pair stopped off at the Bing Concert Hall this past Saturday night on the campus of Stanford University in between a short residency in San Francisco for the opening of the SF Jazz Festival, and a trip to Monterey for the closing of the Monterey Jazz Festival on Sunday, Sept. 20th.

The evening at the the Bing was magic, as the two performed for nearly two hours, not including a short intermission.

Buy tickets immediately if you have a chance to see these guys perform in concert! You won't be disappointed!

Here's their trailer for the release of Two:

Review - Foo Fighters @ Shoreline (9/16/15)

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (Photo: Kevin Keating)
What a fantastic show this past Wednesday night at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View! I don't normally gush over performances, but the Foo Fighters put on one of the best, if not the best show I've seen this year. Opening act Gary Clark Jr. warmed up the crowd for about 30 minutes with his bluesy guitar rock before letting the band we were all there to see take over for what seemed to be a 'greatest hits' show that lasted nearly 2.5 hours!

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (Photo: Kevin Keating)
At one point early into the Foo set, Dave commented to the audience about how extensive their catalog of music is. And that they try extremely hard to play as much of it as possible each night -- which they did -- but they also sprinkled the set with covers including Queen's "Under Pressure", teased the audience with the first bit of Kenny Loggins' "Footloose", and nearly closing the show with an *amazing* cover of Pink Floyd's "In the Flesh" -- which I've included below from the Jimmy Fallon show from a few years ago.

Pat Smear / Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters (Photo: Kevin Keating)

What showed through their entire performance was the fact that the band was having so much fun. Not only with each other, but with the audience as well. Dave's infectious banter with the crowd drew us all in even closer as we bonded with our favorite college cover band. And as Dave belted out screams and fierce riffs, he rotated between taking sips of Coors Light and throwing back a bottle of Champagne while he lounged in his iron guitar throne -- and all while chewing gum!!

Nate Mendel / Dave Grohl (Photo: Kevin Keating)

If you can make it to only one concert this year, be sure you catch the Foo Fighters! You won't be disappointed!

Here's the setlist from the night (from
  • All My Life
  • Times Like These
  • Learn to Fly
  • Something From Nothing
  • The Pretender
  • Big Me (slow version)
  • Congregation
  • Walk
  • Eruption / You Really Got Me / Cinnamon Girl / Another One Bites the Dust / God Save the Queen (Van Halen / The Kinks / Neil Young & Crazy Horse / Queen / Sex Pistols snippets during band intro)
  • Cold Day in the Sun
  • My Hero
  • White Limo
  • Arlandria
  • Outside
  • Breakout
  • Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
  • Footloose (Kenny Loggins cover) (Snippet)
  • These Days
  • This Is a Call
  • In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
  • Best of You
  • Monkey Wrench
  • Everlong
More photos can be found on our Facebook page here.

Review - Black Map @ Bottom of the Hill (9/12/15)

Black Map Setlist (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Black Map, the power rock trio made up of Ben Flanagan, Mark Engles & Chris Robyn, hit the Bottom of the Hill this past weekend on a triple threat bill that also included El Terrible and Happy Fangs.
Ben Flanagan (Photo: Kevin Keating)
As usual, these guys rocked the house and surprisingly, played a handful of new songs for the crowd. To give you a sense of what these guys sound like live, check out the video for "I'm Just the Driver" below.

As these guys are a local Bay Area favorite, we'll hopefully catch them again soon in and around the Bay Area!

Mark Engles (Photo: Kevin Keating)