Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Joanna Ladd

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Joanna Ladd is a writer and affordable housing developer in San Francisco. She has been following the Bay Area local music scene since 2014.

Pianist Holly Mead echoes quarantine angst on new album ‘Solitary Animals’

Pianist and composer Holly Mead picked the title Solitary Animals for her fourth album months before COVID-19 spun us all into cocoons of solitude. Released July 10th on all...

The Onyx spirals upward, beaming ‘Black Girl Magic’

It’s a Thursday night at The Uptown in Oakland, and people are filtering in for the opening set. Six black women take the stage, and the crowd goes from...

Solate finds lush, soulful music in intimate connections

ALL EARS I’ve lived in California for 11 years, and feel pretty well-adapted, but the Golden State still springs the occasional culture shock on us frigid East-Coasters. So it...

Somi sings of Harlem immigrants (and gentrification’s effects) on ‘Petite Afrique’

ALL EARS The sound of Harlem during its jazz heyday is so indelible that it jumps to mind instantly, almost a century later. For me, it’s Ellington playing rent...

After the mudslides, Kendra McKinley’s musical dispatch from ‘Big Sur Island’

ALL EARS In the high season of May to October 2017, Big Sur was ghost town. The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge was under construction in the north when mudslides wiped...

Old school Chinatown funk? 50 years of Jest Jammin’ with Rev. Norman Fong

ALL EARS If you’re not nostalgic for Chinatown nightlife circa 1970, it’s probably because you don’t know about it. Despite the passing of civil rights and immigration laws, it was...

Making noise and empowering girls: 15 years of Women’s Audio Mission

ALL EARS For 15 years, the sound engineers at SoMa neighborhood-based Women’s Audio Mission have been applying their skills to one of the field’s trickiest problems: how to get girls...

A swell wave of female talent rolls in with TIDES

ALL EARS It makes sense that Suzanne Galal wants her new monthly party to be inclusive. A professor of pharmacy by trade, Galal started writing and playing music just four...

Homegrown soul sensation Con Brio is back

ALL EARS It wasn’t so long ago that people thought Con Brio was dead. In 2013, its original lead singer had moved on and San Francisco’s homegrown soul sensation...

21st Romani Music Festival lights up with electrifying horns, cultural openness

ALL EARS You know your Balkan party scene is good when top-shelf Balkan musicians want in on it. The Romani clarinet wizard Ismail Lumanovski now regularly drops in from...