Sondra's Blues Harmonica Links

Some local (and not-so-local) blues harmonica links

This list is and will always be incomplete

Help me fill in the blank and missing and to correct any mistakes

by emailing me at:

Always call clubs in advance to confirm dates, times, ticket info, cover charges, dinner reservations, etc.

MetroActive's online calendar of local events: Browse 'Music' or search for bands or venues by name or 'blues jam' or 'jam session'.

And MetroActive's Bars, Clubs, and Cafes Guide:

Check out The Musician's Place's local bands list:

I’ve moved to the Sierra Foothills, so future updates to the Hotlist will include miscellaneous events from the SF Bay Area, Sacramento area, and some parts of the Sierra Foothills!

Last update: 17 Dec 2006

Update status:  Sonnygirl is back!  I’m working on updating the links on this page.  So far the links above and the Band links are updated.  Still to go:  updating the clubs, artists, and other sections....


HOTLIST  (scroll below for details in individual entries and links after Hotlist):

San Francisco Bay Area (and beyond)



Dec 29 Fri: Blues Farm, Constable Jacks, 9pm-1:30am, 515 Main St., Newcastle, CA; (916) 663-BREW (9385)

Dec 31 Sun: RJ Mischo and his Red Hot Blues Band, New Years at the Mojo Lounge, tickets $10, 3714 Peralta Blvd., Fremont CA; (510)739-1028,


Bands/Clubs/Artists/Festivals/Classes and Lessons/General Harmonica Gigs Lists/Photographers...

Bands (updated 16 Dec 2006):

Andy Santana and the West Coast Playboys

Andy Santana on guitar and sometimes harmonica. Mellow stage presence, powerful blues harp. Look for him at harmonica blowouts.

Plays sometimes at the Torch Club in Sacramento, sometimes in Grass Valley

Photo at the Torch Club:

Asylum Street Spankers

Austin, TX based eclectic acoustic swing/blues/jazz/novelty band often travelling to the SF Bay Area.

Wammo on harmonica. Everyone on something.


Upcoming gigs:

Blues Farm

A Rock, Rhythm, and Blues Band

Sacramento based

Dave Vibrato, Lead Vocalist/Blues Harp


Upcoming gigs:

Candye Kane




Christmas Jug Band



Tour Schedule:

Danny Denaro and his Jumpin' Jukes

Sunnyvale, CA based blues harmonica, versatile in all styles! Local performer for over 20 years.

Regular gigs in Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, and other local areas


Upcoming gigs:

MetroActive search (shows some venues): Search for 'Danny Denaro'

Gary Smith Blues Band

The Godfather of West Coast Blues Harmonica

Album promo page:

Artist Interview:

Felonius Smith Combo (aka Felonius Smith Blues Trio)

Acoustic trio,

Mark Fenichel on harmonica

Homepage (I can get to the homepage, but the links from there don’t work for me):

Felonius has moved to Colorado, email for occasional Felonius Smith Revue gigs:



Jazz band previously playing in Mountain View and nearby towns


Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Schedule Hotline:

(415) 979-8797

Click 'Calendar'


Mojo Madness

(650) 341-3282 (James) for booking and gig list.


Upcoming Dates:

Norton Buffalo & The Knockouts



Tour Dates:

RJ Mischo and his Red Hot Blues Band

Great showman and one of my favorite harmonica performers!


Upcoming Gigs:

Clubs (some links outdated, clubs starting with letters A-E updated 16 Dec 2006):

Apple Jack's

8790 La Honda Road

(Hwy 84)

La Honda, CA 94020

(650) 747-0331



The Bean Scene

186 S. Murphy, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

(408) 738-4523

MetroActive Calendar page is gone.

Please contact me at if you have information on their live music or whether they’re still in business.

Biscuit & Blues

Restaurant/Bar/Blues Club

401 Mason St

San Francisco, CA 94102

at Geary in the heart of the Theatre District.

Mon-Fri 5:00pm- 2:00am

Sat-Sun 6:00pm- 2:00am

Tel: (415) 292-2583 (BLUE)

for ticket information and reservations.

Fax: (415) 292-4701



Monthly Calendar:

Cafe du Nord

2170 Market St., San Francisco, CA.

415-861-5016 for dinner reservations.



The Catalyst

1011 Pacific Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060



Click 'Concerts' for upcoming shows and ticket info

The Cats Restaurant & Lounge

17533 Santa Cruz Highway

Los Gatos, CA

(408) 354-4020

MetroActive Description:


Elk Grove Brewery

9085 Elk Grove Blvd.

Elk Grove, California 95624

(916) 685-ALES (2537)

FAX (916) 685-7544



Espresso Garden Cafe

[permanently closed]

814 S. Bascom Ave.

San Jose, CA



Calendars: Links to calendar pages for music that used to play at the Espresso Garden Cafe

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

1111 Addison, Berkeley, CA (510) 548-1761



From the homepage, under  “View schedules and artists info:”:

       Click on ‘OUR NEXT SHOW’ or the name of an upcoming month.


Half Moon Brewing Company

At Pillar Point Harbor, 390 Capistrano Ave., Princeton By-The-Sea, CA; off Hwy 1, between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica

Reservations: (650) 728-BREW (7239)



JJ's Blues

3539 Stevens Creek

San Jose, CA

(408) 243-6441



MetroActive Calendar:

Musician's Place Calendar:

Bay Area Jam Sessions:

Scroll for JJs

The Loading Zone

2048 Broadway (Jefferson & Main), Redwood City, CA 94063

(650) 299-9117

(650) 299-9156 (FAX)


MetroActive Calendar:

MetroActive Blues Jam Session Calendar:

Los Altos Bar & Grill

169 Main Street, Los Altos, CA 94022-2912



Lou's Pier 47 Restaurant and Blues Club

300 Jefferson Street, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA



Click 'Music Calendar' for Lou's calendar

The Makeout Room

3225 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110



Click 'Shows' for calendar (the hompage may go directly to the calendar)

The Mojo Lounge

3714 Peralta Blvd.

Fremont, CA




Moe's Alley

Blues Club

1535 Commercial Way

Santa Cruz, CA


Homepage and Calendar:

Murphy's Law

135 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale, CA


MetroActive Calendar:

The Nevada Club Blues Saloon

108 West Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945


Andy Santana plays there sometimes



The Old Princeton Landing

460 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea, CA

(650) 728-9103

Go North on Hwy 1 from 92, past 1st light, 3-4 miles another light, go left.


101 Club

821 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

(650) 965-1101



Closed for renovations

1133 Pacific Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4431


Click 'Events' for the Palookaville calendar

Click 'Tickets' for ticket info

Paradise Lounge

308 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Corner of Folsom and 11th

(415) 621-1912

Atmosphere: 3 stage, live music, open mike, glam

Pay parking garage: 11th and Bryant. listing:

MetroActive search (shows some gigs): Search for 'Paradise Lounge'

Rancho Nicasio

On the Town Square

Nicasio, CA 94946

(415) 662-2219


Click 'Music Calendar'

The Roadhouse Blues & Rock Cafe

1102 W Evelyn Ave

Sunnyvale, CA

(408) 739-1186

Blues Jam Session

Every Th 9:30-12:30/1:30 (may be outdated)

Call for schedule updates

Bay Area Jam Sessions:

Scroll for the Roadhouse

MetroActive search (shows jam sessions and karaoke): Search for 'Roadhouse Blues'

St. James Gate

1410 Old County Road, Belmont, CA 94002

Tel: 650-592-5923

Fax: 650-592-5966



(may be outdated)

Torch Club

904 15th Street

Sacramento, CA

(916) 443-2797


Calendar (including Showcase Blues Jam - Sundays, 5pm):


510 Embarcadero West

Oakland, CA 94607

(510) 238-9200



Artists (some links outdated):

Andy Just

Powerful blues harp, powerful vocals


Andy Santana

Blues guitar and harmonica, plays at local harmonica blowouts, very mellow stage presence

Minor mention in Jr. Watson blurb:

Byrd of Paradise

Local blues radio show host and harp player.


Charlie Musselwhite

Grammy Award winner and internationally renowned blues harmonica player. Versatile international blues styles.


Gig list:

Danny Denaro

All styles blues harmonica


Upcoming gigs:

Gary Smith

West coast blues harmonica legend, plays at local harmonica blowouts

Album promo page:

James Cotton

Grammy Award winner and master blue harp player


Gig list:

James (Loose) Reed

Amazingly intense harp player and vocalist for Mojo Madness - "an education in the blues"

SFBluesNet Page:

Postcard Calendar:

Little John Chrisley

Wild South Bay blues harmonica virtuoso



Mark Hummel

One of the best blues harmonica players around, plays at and runs local harmonica blowouts


Norton Buffalo

Harmonica player used to play with Steve Miller, now has his own band, The Knockouts


Tour dates:

RJ Mischo

Great showman and one of my favorite harmonica performers! Plays at local harmonica blowouts


Click 'Live Dates'

Toots Thielemans

Award winning harmonica soloist and whistler for film scores (including Midnight Cowboy), commercials (whistler for Old Spice), and TV (Sesame Street)



Theatres (some links outdated):

The Stanford Theatre

221 University Avenue

Palo Alto, CA

(650) 324-3700

Homepage (includes calendar):


The Carriage House Theatre

15400 Montalvo Rd.

Villa Montalvo

Saratoga, CA 95071

Parking is free on the Montalvo grounds

at 15400 Montalvo Rd. Gates open 30 minutes prior to show time.

Box Office: (408) 961-5800


Events Schedule: venue information:



Festivals (some links outdated):

Metro Fountain Blues Festival

(2002 info not yet avail)

Every Spring

(May 12, 2001)

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Largest free festival in CA

Call (408) 924-6262

SJSU Events page:

Blues Festival 2001:

Santa Cruz Blues Festival

Check Jan 2002 for 2002 update on their homepage.

Every Spring

May 26-27, 2001

9th Annual

Aptos Village Park

(831) 479-9814

(after March 1st, 2001)

for tickets and more info


Advance ticket registration and artist line-up to be available: March 1st, 2001

San Francisco Blues Festival

2001 Update!

2001 San Francisco Blues Festival

September 22-23

11a.m.-6p.m. each day

Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Free Waterfront Blues Concert:

Friday, September 21, 2001

Noon - 1:30 P.M.

Justin Herman Plaza

Embarcadero Four

(415) 979-5588 for recorded Ticket & Festival information

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 460608

San Francisco, CA



More ticket info:

San Mateo County Fair & Floral Fiesta

August 10-19 2001

2495 South Delaware, San Mateo

For event information, call 650-574-3247

For ticket information, call 650-574-0271



Fair Tickets Box Office:

Hohner and Mark Hummel Present:

Blues Harmonica Blowout 2003

(2003 info not available yet)

Annual Harmonica Blowout

Every January - Sites and Harp talent vary each year


"Please call clubs for showtimes & Cover Charge"



Yoshi's calendar:


'Mark Hummel's 10th Annual Blues Harmonica Blowout 2001'

Then Click on the Coming to the Show information sheet


Buy Tickets Now

Yoshi's Box Office (510) 238-9200


BASS Tickets (925)-762-BASS


Mustard Festival

at Savanah Chanelle Winery


Congress Springs Rd off Hwy 9, Saratoga

March 24, 25 (Sat, Sun), 2001

$15.00 incl's parking, 5 wine & food tokens.

Felonius Smith playing at 11AM, more great music follows

Great food/wine


Felonius Smith's calendar:

Russian River Blues Festival


Johnson's Beach,

Guerneville, CA

June 23-24, 2001



Classes and Lessons (some links outdated):

Beginning Blues Harmonica

Instructor: Dave Broida


Foothiil College and many other SF Bay Area regional Adult/Community Education programs

Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 6 to 9:30 p.m., Foothill College, 3307. $39 ($12 materials fee payable to instructor; bring a key of C harmonica or $11 to buy one from instructor).

Call (408) 864-8817 or 864-8966 to register by phone or for registration instructions.

Foothill & DeAnza Community Education homepage:

Search 'harmonica' then click 'Arts & Humanities' and scroll for course description if offered (Beginning Blues Harmonica)

Harmonica Masterclass

Owner and Primary Instructor:

Dave Barrett


Morgan Hill, CA based,

touring workshops

Classes, Workshops, Private Lessons, and Instructional Materials



General Harmonica Gig Lists (some links outdated, and will add more from Sacramento/Sierra Foothils areas):

Danny's Gig List

Harmonica gigs worldwide posted on Harp-L mailing list (no longer at this URL. Anyone know if this still exists? Please email me.)

Joe's Blues Page

Includes links to bands, fesstivals, harmonica blowouts, etc.

Photographers (links may be outdated, but should be contactable from harmonica masterclass or School of the Blues):

Mark Fenichel

Mark has photographed many of the best harmonica and blues players who've passed through the local area

Contact Mark through the Harmonica Masterclass Company or

Harmonica Masterclass Workshop 2000 photos by Mark Fenichel: