Jazz music in San Francisco; its rich past floats through open windows like melancholy notes from Chet Baker’s horn at the old Black Hawk. Today, the genre thrives at new and historic venues all over town.
A new generation of queer hip-hop homos almost luxuriously rap, sing, shimmy or vogue their way through tracks that talk, sing or are about their queerness if they feel like it, or about something else if they don’t.
Kent James, who long ago abandoned the punk mohawk, as well as a previous Country-Western persona, seems comfortable in simple garage mechanic duds as the front man for a thudding, loud and deliciously authentic rock and roll band that plays music without politics.
There’s no mistaking that many of the themes in local transgender singer Shawna Virago’s CD Objectified are autobiographical. The lead lyric in three of the CD’s songs, “Objectified,” “Transsexual Dominatrix” and “Butterfly” is the word “I.”
Connie Champagne continues to uphold the Christmas spirit as she channels legendary songstress Judy Garland in her upcoming performance, “Connie Champagne as Judy Garland” at The Rrazz Room, Dec. 20 & 21.
When it comes to “gay music,” who better to support than the rainbowlicious Scissor Sisters? Their new album, Night Work, is said by lead singer-composer Jake Shears to have evolved into a musical statement on what our world would be like if AIDS never happened.