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.

‘Women in Jazz’ bookends Women’s March with musical solidarity

ALL EARS This isn’t the first time Caroline Chung has raised hell and fought back. The Bay Area bass player and 20-year veteran of the Bay Area jazz scene considers...

Diana Gameros sings lullabies of Mexico

ALL EARS The first time I saw Diana Gameros, she was performing Paul Simon's "Gumboots" with her trio at the UnderCover tribute to Graceland. Great singers bring you into...

To be blunt, a blast

ALL EARS Smoked Out Soul is a dance party for people who like their funk with a side of exquisitely choreographed chaos. At its most stripped-down, Smoked Out Soul...

Drop the oratorio

ALL EARS Ensemble Mik Nawooj is the sort of band that solves problems you didn’t know you had. Problems like: I want to wave my hands in the air...

Sgt. Pepper, UnderCover

1967 was a banner year for music – a year when Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and Aretha Franklin topped the charts. But perched above them all was one...

APART of the scene

Leave it to a rapper to find a name for her show that has, not one, but three layers of meaning. Sat/13, local "smart rap" artist LEX presents APARTY...

Bursting into color

Sat/6 at Rickshaw Stop, Bay Area audiences will have a chance to hear the sound of an artist’s limitations falling away. Local favorite Meklit, who could previously have been...

Sax, unleashed

Howard Wiley has earned the right to talk. At age 37, the saxophone prodigy (and drummer) has a cool 25 years of professional gigs under his belt. He has...

Balkan bonanza

This week marks the 10-year anniversary of Kafana Balkan, a raucous quarterly dance party founded by the Serbian DJ and master promoter Željko Petković. And the celebration Saturday, March...

A powerhouse tribute to essential ‘Miseducation’

ONSTAGE For six years, UnderCover Presents has shaped the fortunes of local musicians by staging epic one-night music festivals that are equal parts tribute and showcase. The idea is deceptively...