Lee Dorsey, The Warfield, 1980. Dorsey opened for The Clash on their 1980 tour. They often demonstrated their love of influences by touring with them (which wasn't always completely appreciated). Dorsey had his biggest hits in the 60s, but he remained a solid example of New Orleans music, releasing music through the early-80s.
Albert Collins, Slim's, 1980s. Dynamic live performer, and a huge influence on guitar players like Stevie Ray Vaughan. One of his popular live routines, as seen below, was to go down into the audience while playing guitar. We saw him at Slim's, a 500-600 seat club in SOMA started by Boz Scaggs. At one point, Collins left the stage, went into the crowd, then went out the front door and kept playing for the people on the street.
The Feelies, Berkeley Community Theater, 1989; The Warfield, 1991. In Berkeley, they were opening for Lou Reed on his New York tour. In '91, they co-headlined with fIREHOSE. I liked them better the second time ... it's hard being an opening act. They were influenced by the Velvet Underground, and themselves influenced later indie bands like R.E.M. They played "The Willies" in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild, and he directed this video of what is probably my favorite of their songs:
Bratmobile, Fillmore Auditorium, 2000. They opened for Sleater-Kinney. One of the earliest riot grrrl bands, Bratmobile had reunited after breaking up in 1994, and, having a new album, toured with S-K. I'm not positive, but I think this video comes from the first show they played after coming back together.