Author: Jill Gerstenberger

Jill has been involved with the San Francisco Bay Area music scene since the mid 80's when Metallica and Exodus were playing Ruthie's Inn and the hair and metal bands had taken over Broadway at The Stone and the Mab. She remembers seeing Smashing Pumpkins and Jane's Addiction at the I-Beam and being at Bill Graham's annual Grateful Dead shows at the Civic. She has done a variety of jobs from usher, event coordinator, stagehand, sound engineer, PR and even spent a year interning for the Giants and 49ers television crew. She currently does finance during the day but her lifelong passion is photography and photographing live music in particular. When she's not working or out taking photos at shows she spends time with her dogs who she adores.

Reverend Horton Heat and Fishbone The Fillmore September 13, 2017 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. It felt like 1990 all over again at the Fillmore when the incredible line-up of Reverend Horton Heat and Fishbone took over the stage. Headliners Reverend Horton Heat delivered their unique blend of psychobilly/rockabilly music and brought an old school punk rock vibe to the venue. Although they started late, the three-piece band hit the ground running with their hits “Big Sky” and “Psychobilly Freakout.” The current line-up consists of Jim Heath on guitars and vocals, Jimbo Wallace on stand-up bass, and Arjuna Contreras (Brave…

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Todd Rundgren The Chapel August 30, 2017 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. Todd Rundgren brought his An Unpredictable Evening show to The Chapel in San Francisco recently and the show definitely lived up to its name. Rundgren has had an eclectic and prolific career as singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. In 1967 he formed the band The Nazz, which gained recognition for the hits, “Open My Eyes” and “Hello It’s Me.” In 1969 he left the band and relocated to New York where he was signed by Albert Grossman and Bearsville Records. He began working with other groups, producing…

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Bone Bash Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View September 2, 2017 All photos by Pollen Heath. The XVII annual Bone Bash at The Shoreline Amphitheater was one of the hottest shows of the summer. The 105 degree heat didn’t deter concertgoers as a sea of people holding lawn chairs and coolers filed into the venue from the dirt parking lot down the road. Put on by the Bay Area’s own hard rock radio station 107.7 The Bone, this year’s line-up included Foreigner on their 40th Anniversary tour with support band Cheap Trick and opener Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. The outdoor venue…

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The Alarm The Chapel August 18, 2017 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. The Alarm brought the old school punk rock to The Chapel in San Francisco on a recent Friday night. Formed in Rhyl, North Wales in 1981, the band gained popularity in the 80s when they opened for U2 on their War tour in the US and released a hit single at the same time, “The Stand” on their EP The Alarm. They followed up in 1984 with their album Declaration that included the hits “Blaze of Glory” and “Sixty Eight Guns,” the latter being their highest charting single,…

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James Taylor At&T Park July 29, 2017 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. AT&T Park was host to a magical evening of music by the legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor and His All-Star Band on a recent Saturday night. Taylor, whose impressive career has lasted over four decades, was given his first break when he signed to The Beatles’ label Apple Records back in 1968. In 1970, he released his breakthrough album Sweet Baby James that included the hits “Fire and Rain” and “Sweet Baby James” and went triple platinum. The next year he released the album Mud Slide Slim and the…

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Nick Cave The Greek Theater, Berkeley June 24, 2017 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. With his recent sold-out show at the Greek Theater Nick Cave has proven once again that he is still a compelling and enigmatic performer. Born and raised in Australia, Cave has had a prolific career involving music, writing, acting, and screenwriting but he’s probably best known for being the lead singer and songwriter for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The band was formed in 1983 by Cave and multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey, and guitarist Blixa Bargeld following the breakup of Cave and Harvey’s post-punk band The…

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Buster Poindexter The Chapel May 31, 2017 David Johansen, performing as Buster Poindexter, put on a fantastic performance at The Chapel in San Francisco recently. Johansen, who’s had an eclectic career doing basically whatever he wants, started off in New York City as the lead singer of prepunk band The New York Dolls. Formed in 1971, he and his bandmates guitarist Johnny Thunders, bassist Arthur Kane, guitarist and pianist Sylvain Sylvain (who replaced Rick Rivets), and drummer Jerry Nolan (who replaced Billy Murcia in 1972 upon his death) created one of the most influential hard rock bands of all time.…

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Rickie Lee Jones San Francisco Jewish Community Center March 19, 2017 Rickie Lee Jones put on a fantastic performance at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on a recent Sunday evening. In a career that has spanned five decades and won her two Grammy Awards, she still continues to amaze us with her talent. Jones is probably best known for her self-titled debut album Rickie Lee Jones released in 1979 that included the jazzy hits “Chuck E’s In Love” and “Youngblood” which both hit the Billboard charts. Her appearance on Saturday Night Live a month after her debut album…

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Social Distortion UC Theater, Berkeley March 18, 2017 All photos by Raymond Ahner. Photos were taken at the Fillmore show the previous night to the show reviewed. After nearly four decades, Social Distortion is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with if their recent show at The UC Theatre Taube Music Hall in Berkeley is any proof. Formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California the punk band seems to be defying the odds by not only riding the waves of the constantly changing music industry but also by consistently sticking with their vision of roots based rock with an…

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Ann Wilson of Heart UC Theater, Berkeley March 10, 2017 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. Ann Wilson put on a phenomenal performance at the UC Theater in Berkeley on a recent Friday night. The singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Heart, is considered to be one of the top rock vocalists of all time and she did not disappoint. Heart was formed in 1973 with Ann’s then boyfriend Mike Fisher and they were joined by Ann’s sister Nancy on lead guitar. The band soon rose to fame a couple years later with the release…

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Lucero The Fillmore Auditorium Feb 18, 2017 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. Lucero brought out the whiskey, women and their own unique style of kick ass rock ‘n’ roll to the Fillmore on a cold (for California) Saturday night. The band, formed in Memphis in 1998, blends punk, rock, and country with a touch of soul thrown in. In what some people like to call “Alt Country” this band goes a bit deeper than that with influences of The Replacements, Pogues, Merle Haggard, and George Jones thrown in. Are you curious yet? You should be. Lucero is a band…

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Brian Setzer Orchestra The Warfield December 24, 2016 All photos by Amber Gregory. Seeing the Brian Setzer Orchestra perform Christmas Eve at downtown San Francisco’s Warfield Theater has become as much a part of celebrating the holidays in the city as seeing the Embarcadero lights and the Macy’s X-mas tree. The big band, which was formed in 1990 by Stray Cat’s front man Brian Setzer, has a full trumpet, trombone, saxophone, rhythm section and backup singers who play a combination of swing, rockabilly, rock and roll and jump blues. The holiday themed set was filled with Christmas covers and rockabilly…

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The Struts The Fillmore November 2, 2016 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. The Struts put on a sizzling performance at San Francisco’s classic Fillmore venue. Singer Luke Spiller was a crackling fireball of energy from the minute they hit the stage until the end of their hour-long set. The English band, formed in 2009 in Derby, Derbyshire, is heavily influenced by 70’s glam rock bands and you can hear subtle hints of The Rolling Stones, Queen, and T-Rex in their catchy songs. The Struts Spiller, who resembles young Freddie Mercury but with the dance moves of Mick Jagger and Michael…

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Kula Shaker Great American Music Hall October 7, 2016 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger.  Kula Shaker played an unforgettable set at the Great American Music Hall recently. It had been nearly 20 years since the band played San Francisco and they did not disappoint. The English psychedelic rock band had a number of top ten singles in the ‘90’s including “Hush” and “Tattva” before splitting in 1999 and later reforming in 2004. The band is known for their heavy Indian influence; many of their songs feature traditional Indian instrumentation and lyrics mixed with Western heavy rock guitars and drums. Crispian…

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Mick Fleetwood Blues Band The Regency Ballroom September 26, 2016 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band played an inspiring performance at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on Monday, September 26, 2016. Mick Fleetwood, the co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, has returned to his roots and assembled a group of top notch musicians to revisit the early years of Fleetwood Mac and the British blues invasion. The original band, formed in London in 1967 when guitarist Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass started their own band after playing together with John Mayall…

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Juliette Lewis The Independent September 10, 2016 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. Juliette Lewis put on a brilliant performance for a sold out crowd at The Independent in San Francisco last Saturday. She was an electric ball of energy in high heels and iridescent spandex, commanding the audience through a fiery set. The show felt a little like musical theater as she took the audience through a musical journey of emotions from the pop punk of the first song “Hot Kiss” to the dark and sexy “Any Way You Want.” The set got soulful and deep when the band played…

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The Rides UC Theatre, Berkeley June 2, 2016 All photos by Jill Gerstenberger. The Rides put on a kick ass show at the recently re-opened UC Theater in Berkeley. The blues supergroup is loaded with talent including two of the best veteran guitarists around – Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd- and veteran keyboardist Barry Goldberg. Stills is the leader of the group and is best known for his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Buffalo Springfield both of which he has been inducted in to the hall of fame for. Shepherd is one of the hottest blues…

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