Radio station LIVE 105 (105.3 FM), which, with the loss of San Jose's KCNL-FM, is the only modern rock station left on the dial, is spending the week saluting San Jose and encouraging South Bay fans to tune in.
On Monday, music director Aaron Axelson broadcast a noon show live from San Jose's new club, Smoke, sharing the deejay duties with a San Francisco band, the Lovemakers. On Tuesday evening, host Madden did a show from San Jose's Blank Club.
Today and tonight, the station hosts Coldplay, from San Jose's HP Pavilion, broadcasting live from the Pavilion and giving away front-row tickets to the concert at Smoke (152 Post St.) from 5-7 p.m.On Thursday, Ally hosts a live morning show with the band Hard-Fi from the Blank Club (44 S. Almaden Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free; first come, first served.
And Friday, the new morning show, which has replaced Howard Stern, broadcasts live from the Mission Ale House, (97 E. Santa Clara St.), 5:30-10 a.m. This is your chance to meet hosts Woody, Toney and Ravey.
This is a big week for live music in San Jose, with the non-alternative Lenny Kravitz and Aerosmith hitting HP Pavilion on Friday. There are tickets left on the side of the stage and behind it, which Bill Graham Productions spokesman Aaron Siuda says are considered obstructed-view, but those seats aren't bad at all.
``You can see the musicians. You just miss some of the video screens,'' Siuda says. Hey, I'd rather sit there than in those luxury boxes. You might as well be in Cleveland if you are watching the show up there.
There are also plenty of seats ($35-$125) left for Kravitz and Aerosmith at Oakland Arena on Feb. 8. Check www.ticketmaster.com.
BGP is also giving local artists their first chance to design one of those famous concert posters, for the Feb. 26 show by heavy metallers KORN at the Event Center at San Jose State. Winners will get the poster signed by the band and have it distributed to everyone attending the show, which also features Mudvayne and 10 Years.
Entries have to be digital, with digital and hard copies sent to KORN/BGP Poster Contest: 107.7 The Bone, 55 Hawthorne #1000, San Francisco, CA 94105. The deadline is Feb. 10.
For rules and requirements check out my blog at www.mercextra .com/aei.
This hurts: On Feb. 9, you have to decide between Derek Trucks at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, or the Ford Brothers Blues Band, with Mark, Pat and Robben Ford, at Moe's Alley. Why does everything great have to be the same night? Last Monday, it was Prince at the Fillmore and Willie Nelson at the Catalyst.
You can catch guitar phenom Trucks on Friday at San Francisco's Independent.
Former Stray Cat Lee Rocker plays Moe's on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. for $12/$14, celebrating the release of his new CD.
It's early for St. Pat's, but Ireland's Lunasa sounds good any time of year. The band, which mixes traditional Celtic music with heavy bass and groove, plays Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Tuesday for $19. Call (831) 464-2128 or (408) 847-6982 for tickets.
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