The Bonafides

R&B and Jazz Band

THE BAND

Jazz, Funk, Rhythm and Blues and Soul …. While I was searching for a way to describe our band, I realized the answer was hiding in plain sight in a Jon Cleary lyric. It is both the way he describes  “the greatest gift America gave the world,” and the music we play. We started six years ago, building our repertoire from the classic New Orleans  R&B  of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and many others.  The versatility of the band members then made room for a little Monk, Herbie, Horace Silver and the like. Next thing you know, Steely Dan and Govt. Mule are in the master file.

“No matter what is on the set list, we are sure you will leave a Bonafides show with a smile on your face and a happy tune in your step. Come see us soon!”

Upcoming Shows


    Past Events


    • 13Dec'20

      Rigger’s Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond 2-5pm Glad to be playing at this great venue . If the weather holds , we will be outside , and Ms. Ali Wegener will be joining us for this one !

      venue www.riggerloftwine.com

      tickets $5 cover

    • 06Dec'20

      The Bistro in Hayward 2:30-5:30 pm With the outside stage and socially distanced seating ! The stage has just enough room for the quartet , so we will all be there !

      venue www.the-bistro.com

      tickets $0

    • 22Nov'20

      Rigger’s Loft , Pt. Richmond 2-5 PM Sunday afternoon and New Orleans flavored R&B and soul jazz.

      venue Riggers Loft www.riggersloftwine.com

      tickets 0$

    • 15Nov'20

      The Bistro, Hayward 2:30 – 5:30 PM We will be outside on the traffic free street . among the socially distanced tables and crowd !

      venue www.the-bistro.com

      tickets 0$ Tipping optional

    • 10Oct'20

      RIGGER’S LOFT 3-6 PM Kevin and Barbara keep the wine, food and music flowing outside the warehouse , with socially distanced tables , and a beautiful location. Join us for New Orleans R & B and Soul Jazz !

      venue RIgger's Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond , Ca. www.riggersloftwine.com

      tickets TIPS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED

    • 19Sep'20

      RIGGER’S LOFT 3-6 PM OUTSIDE , with our backs to the bay , and facing the socially distanced tables . The sound is great , as is the wine and the food from Carrie Dove . Listen to some uplifting New Orleans R & B to help us thru these times.

      venue Rigger's Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond , Ca. www.riggersloftwine.com

      tickets Tips Welcome !

    • 18Sep'20

      MAIN STREET BREWERY 6-9 PM ACTUALLY on MAIN STREET . 6-9pm We will be outside , surrounded by socially distanced tables , in front of the Brewery . The acoustics are great , and we hope to see you there!

      venue Main Street Brewery, Pleasanton www.mainstbrewery.com

      tickets TIPS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED

    • 24Apr'20

      Lake Chalet Oakland , 4-7 PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz on Lake Merritt .

      venue Lake Chalet www.thelakechalet.com

      tickets 0 $

    • 03Apr'20

      Sliver Pizzeria 5-8 PM New Orleans flavored R&B , Soul Jazz and more !

      venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway Oaklandwww.sliverpizzeria.com

      tickets

    • 29Mar'20

      Lake Chalet Oakland , 1-4 PM New Orleans inspired R & B , Soul Jazz on the deck

      venue The Lake Chalet www.thelakechalet.com

      tickets

    • 27Mar'20

      Sliver Pizzeria Oakland , 5-8PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz in Rockridge

      venue Sliver Pizzeria www.sliverpizzeria.com

      tickets

    • 15Mar'20

      Lake Chalet Oakland ,1-4PM New Orleans R & B , Soul Jazz on the deck at Lake Merritt

      venue Lake Chalet www.thelakechalet.com

      tickets 0$

    • 23Jan'20

      The Bistro 8-11 PM The Bistro in Hayward Our first time at this famous East Bay venue .

      venue The Bistro 1001 B St. www.the-bistro.com

      tickets 0$

    • 18Jan'20

      Rigger’s Loft Winery 6-9 PM Wine, a food truck , Bay views and New Orleans music !

      venue Rigger's Wine Loft , Pt. Richmond , Ca. www.riggersloftwine.com

      tickets $0

    • 17Jan'20

      SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM Pizza, parking , and NOLA Music

      venue Sliver Pizzeria , 5132 Broadway , Oakland www.sliverpizzeria.com

      tickets 0$

    • 27Dec'19

      SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM the trio @ Sliver's , Nola and jazz !

      venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway Oakland www.sliverpizzeria.com

      tickets 0$

    • 13Dec'19

      The Bonafides at Main Street Brewery in Pleasanton Dec 13, 9-12pm New Orleans R & B at Main Street Brewery with Craig Williams and the Bonafides. With our special guest Ali Wegener . See you there!

      venue Main Street Brewery www.mainstbrewery.com

      tickets 0

    • 15Nov'19

      Riggers Loft Winery 6-9 PM Join us for wine, food trucks, and beautiful bay views!

      venue Riggers Wine Loft, Pt. Richmond, CA
      www.riggersloftwine.com

      tickets $0

    • 09Nov'19

      SLIVER PIZZERIA 5-8PM back to Oakland with the trio , great acoustics and pizza .

      venue www.sliverpizzeria.com

      tickets 0$

    • 18Oct'19

      SLIVER PIZZERIA 6-9PM The Bonafides in Oakland ! NOLA music, great pizza AND ez parking

      venue Sliver Pizzera 5132 Broadway Oaklandwww.sliverpizzeria.com

      tickets $0

    • 04Oct'19

      THE LAKE CHALET New Orleans R&B ,soul jazz, and the end of summer music.

      venue Lake Chalet , Oakland www.thelakechalet.com

      tickets $0

    • 28Sep'19

      Private event Farewell party @ Berkeley Tennis Club

      venue

      tickets

    • 12Sep'19

      Sabroso Restaurant and Bar Craig solo , on the patio , 6:30-9:30 pm

      venue Sabroso's Taos New Mexico

      tickets free

    • 24Aug'19

      LIVE SHOW RIGGERS WINE LOFT 6-9pm Come and join us for an evening of wine, food trucks and beautiful bay views.

      venue Riggers Wine Loft, Pt. Richmond, CA
      www.riggersloftwine.com

      tickets $0

    • 10Aug'19

      Adobe Bar 4:30-6pm Join the Bonafides at the Adobe Bar in Taos, NM for New Orleans R&B.

      venue Taos Inn, Taos, NM
      www.taosinn.com

      tickets $0

    • 28Jul'19

      LIVE SHOW LAKE CHALET 1-4pm Come by land or water to the deck on Sunday afternoon for food, drinks and music.

      venue Lake Chalet, Oakland, CA www.thelakechalet.com

      tickets $0

    • 25Jul'19

      PARTY IN PARADISE Benefiting Global Telemedicine. Tickets are $20 pp and include one glass of wine.

      venue Paradise Ridge Winery
      Santa Rosa, CA

      tickets $20

    • 16Jul'19

      Opening Party for the Berkeley Tennis Club 60K Women’s Challenge The Bonafides will play from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This is an opening party for the official USTA Qualifying Tournament (July 15-21) that leads into a wild card position in the US Open. Come support the players!

      venue Berkeley Tennis Club
      1 Tunnel Rd
      Berkeley, CA

      tickets $0

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    The Musicians

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    Craig Williams

    In 1973, I heard Dr. John’s hit song “Right Place” on the radio and soon found the Gumbo album.  I'd never heard anything like those classic New Orleans R&B tunes, and I was hooked. Following New Orleans music led me to Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Kermit Ruffins, Jon Cleary, Stanton Moore, and others too numerous to mention.  I am lucky to have found wonderful and talented musicians who love play these NOLA flavored tunes as much as I do.  I hope you will join us at our next show.

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    Jean Fineberg

    Jean Fineberg has toured and/or recorded with David Bowie, Laura Nyro and Sister Sledge ("We Are Family") among many others, and has performed at the Grammys in LA, Carnegie Hall in NY, the Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C. and the Monterey and San Francisco Jazz Festivals.

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    Ron Gainer

    After arriving in San Francisco in 1978, I have played in bands involving Top Forty, Jazz, Rock-n-Roll and Blues. I have played with jazz pianist Ed Kelly, blues singer Jerry Thompson and saxophonist Sonny Simmons. Influences: Cream, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Chicago, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and YES.

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    Jodi Durst

    Jodi Durst is an upright & electric bassist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an extremely diverse musician who has performed with a variety of groups that range from straight-ahead jazz to indie-rock to R&B to punk rock to avante-garde. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Music in Jazz Studies from California Jazz Conservatory. 

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