Live Music

Prolific guitarist Randy Johnston steps out for a local set at The Whiskey Jar on Saturday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Randy Johnston Trio

Having toured with several acclaimed jazz musicians, including Houston Person, Etta Jones and Lonnie Smith, Randy Johnston has garnered global recognition as both a guitarist and a vocalist. He is joined by his trio and organist Jonah Kane-West to perform a varied set of jazz and blues classics as well as originals. Saturday 1/16. 21-plus. Free, […]

Positive Collective brings its rootsy, smile-inducing groove to The Ante Room on Thursday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Positive Collective

Positive Collective formed, in part, due to a chance encounter at Walnut Creek Park between Greg Ward and Chris Leva that resulted in a few jam sessions and the discovery of a mutual love of good-time, get movin’ tunes. The band is currently made up of seasoned musicians (whose combined musical experience totals more than […]

Acoustic-fusion duo Taarka spices things up at C’Ville Coffee on Sunday. Photo: Anne Stavely

ARTS Pick: Taarka

Prism Coffeehouse presents Taarka, a husband-and-wife-led team formed in 2001 in Portland, Oregon, by David and Enion Pelta-Tiller. The band, whose name is derived from a term in Indian cooking used to describe the sound of spices roasting, blends Virginia-rooted bluegrass and jazz with classical elements to form an eclectic and energetic gypsy-jazz. Sunday 1/10. $15-17, […]