The Berkeley Arts Festival Is On Vacation

We no longer have a home for the Berkeley Arts Festival. After more than 5 years in our wonderful space at 2133 University Avenue we are searching for a new space and would appreciate any suggestions you have. Contact us at: fabarts@silcon.com

Until then, we will continue this calendar of arts events going on in Berkeley.

Ongoing Events

Mike's Out of Doors Sculpture Wall

Location: South side of Ashby Avenue between Pine Street and Elmwood Court.

Open: 10 am to 10 pm,  Monday through Saturday.


This Month

Wednesday, May 23rd 2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Kenan Obrien

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


BLANCHE McCRARY BOYD

Award-winning author Blanche McCrary Boyd shares her much-anticipated new novel, Tomb of the Unknown Racist. Blanche McCrary Boyd's first novel in twenty years continues the story of her protagonist Ellen Burns. When Tomb of the Unknown Racist is a family drama set against political and racial struggle, it is a tour de force end to a trilogy by a stunning writer whose work has offered a resonant survey of politics and activism across the American experience.

7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Jane Gregory, and Wendy Trevino

Wendy Trevino was born & raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She is a Grant Writer in San Francisco, where she shares an apartment with her boyfriend, friend & 2 senior cats. She has published chapbooks with Perfect Lovers Press, Commune Editions & Krupskaya Books. Her chapbook #YourHarveyWeinstein was published by Spoilsport Editions - an online press she started with the writer Oki Sogumi - in 2017. Cruel Fiction (Commune Editions, Fall 2018) is her first full-length book of poetry. Wendy is not an experimental writer.

Jane Gregory is from Tucson and lives in Oakland. She is the author of My Enemies (Song Cave, 2013) and Yeah No (Song Cave, 2018), and co-co-editor of Nion Editions, a chapbook press.

Geoffrey G. O'Brien's next book, Experience in Groups, will be out from Wave Books in April 2018. He is the author most recently of People (Wave, 2013) and the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets (Minus A Press, 2012). O'Brien is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.

7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents... Pascal Le Boeuf's Ritual Being featuring Friction Quartet

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents... Pascal Le Boeuf's Ritual Being featuring Friction Quartet Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Pascal Le Boeuf returns to the Bay Area nine-piece jazz/classical hybrid ensemble for a special performance of his large scale work "Ritual Being."

The work explores the differential manifestation of human behavior at micro (individual) and macro (en masse) scales, and how these "rituals" can be propitious or disastrous. "Ritual Being" asks what happens when we project our individual behaviors and routines onto the whole of our species? Do our rituals become productive, harmful, or unsustainable when applied to human beings en masse?

This special performance of "Ritual Being" presented by Jazz in the Neighborhood with funding from Local Musicians 6 will feature San Francisco's Friction String Quartet.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Friction String Quartet: violinists Otis Harriel and Kevin Rogers, violist Taija Warbelow, and cellist Doug Machi;
Pascal Le Boeuf Quintet: Remy Le Boeuf, alto saxophone; Greg Johnson, tenor saxophone; Pascal Le Boeuf, piano/composer, Giulio Xavier Cetto, bass; and Malachi Whitson, drums.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years
The Wonder Years are a punk band & they are a band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & they came to life in 2005 & they write songs & those songs are sometimes about people they love & those songs are sometimes about people you might have loved & those songs are sometimes about a city that could be the city you live in or a neighborhood that feels like it could be your neighborhood & they put those songs on albums & they put those songs on The Upsides in 2010 & they put those songs on Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing in 2011 & on The Greatest Generation in 2013 & on No Closer to Heaven in 2015 & those albums were loved by critics & even more loved by fans & their shows are awash with a genuine emotional energy that only they can pull out of a room & The Wonder Years are a band made up of old friends & they play rock & roll music & they play it like they mean it & they have played it in a lot of places & in front of a lot of people & they have played it in dive bars & arenas & outside with the whole sky bowing & they have played it on five continents & they have played it in thirty countries & they are still counting & Sister Cities is their new album & it is an album about how all of our distance might not be so wide after all & it was written with the world on fire & all of the songs sound like they are trying to build you a bridge from somewhere bad to somewhere better & The Wonder Years are a band & they are also bridge builders.

Tigers Jaw
Making yourself vulnerable isn't easy but it often makes for lasting art and that is certainly true of Tigers Jaw's fifth full-length, spin. The album marks a new chapter for the Scranton, Pennsylvania-based indie rock band for many reasons: Not only is it the first collection of songs that was completely written and recorded solely by Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, but it was also the first time they had a full month in the studio without having to worry about outside responsibilities. Furthermore it's the inaugural release on Atlantic Records' new imprint Black Cement, a label spearheaded by the band's longtime collaborator Will Yip who returned to the production helm for spin.

All of these factors converged to create an album that sounds more fully formed than anything Tigers Jaw have done in the past and simultaneously establishes them as a band whose appeal truly transcends genres. While Walsh initially encouraged Collins to start singing lead vocals and songwriting with 2014's Charmer, the duo's collective output on spin is a collaboration in the truest sense of a creative partnership. "In a lot of ways this record is a return to the way the band started in the sense that it was coming from two people working very closely together and I think that resulted in something that was really cohesive," Walsh explains. "The whole experience felt really organic even if the recording process was different than anything we had done in the past together."

Tiny Moving Parts
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." That well-known quote, often attributed to Dr Seuss, could also be the mantra that Tiny Moving Parts live by. It's certainly a philosophy that the trio - who hail from the incredibly small town of Benson, Minnesota and were formed in 2008 by brothers Matt and Billy Chevalier (bass and drums, respectively) and their cousin Dylan (vocals/guitar) - applied while making their fourth full-length record, Swell. For while it's an album that's full of absence - lost love, lost friends, lost time - it looks for the positives. Instead of dwelling on those empty spaces, Swell instead recalls what was once in their place.
"The album is about trying to be the best person you can be," explains vocalist/guitarist Dylan Mattheisen, "and being as happy as you can in the world we live in. That's been kind of the overall theme of our band - just trying to find the positive in shitty situations and keeping your head up."

To that extent, Swell is the next natural step in the Tiny Moving Parts catalogue. But if 2016's Celebrate was almost unadulterated in that positive outlook, Swell finds the band - completed by Mattheisen's cousins, drummer Billy Chevalier and bassist Matt Chevalier - a little bit darker, a little bit sadder. Its songs still manage to conquer and overcome those emotions, but there's no denying that some of the situations described within them are pretty bleak.

Worriers
"I wrote the majority of the songs on this record thinking about what past versions of myself
would've needed or been listening to at different points in my life," explains Worriers' Lauren
Denitizio of Survival Pop, their sophomore album. "I think we're all probably having a tough time
right now and I hope that the songs on the record can be intentionally uplifting and cathartic.
The record is called Survival Pop because I see it as songs for self-preservation."
From enduring years of health issues that led to open heart surgery at the age of 25, to growing
up queer, to losing friends to suicide and substance abuse, Lauren is no stranger to life's
hurdles. But make no mistake, while these experiences influenced the creation of Survival Pop,
the record avoids self-pity and offers instead a triumphant rallying cry, a celebration of
overcoming, and an empowering journey to self-actualization. "Simply finding a way of surviving
in the face of illness and loss, misogyny, homophobia and the patriarchy is still a threat to those
things - it's a forward, aggressive action," they explain.
Survival Pop was recorded in Fenton, Michigan with Marc Jacob Hudson, who worked with
Worriers on their debut full-length, Imaginary Life, alongside Laura Jane Grace. Lauren met
Marc through Laura and the two felt an immediate musical kinship. While on previous records
Lauren had been the sole member to stay throughout the process with other musicians leaving
after recording their parts, for Survival Pop Lauren worked and lived for over two weeks
alongside Lou Hanman (guitar), Mikey Erg (drums), Nick Psillas (bass) and John McLean
(guitar). The result is a record that is Worriers' mostly tightly crafted yet, never straying from
their punk roots while expanding their sound to something infinitely accessible and poppy,
carried throughout by the strength of Lauren's vocal melodies.

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Space Hoodie

Making their Jup debut, the East Bay's own Space Hoodie are a quartet of accomplished players, playing an eclectic mix of covers and originals in the rock, funk, jazz vein.
https://spacehoodie.bandcamp.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Peter Bradley Adams

Peter Bradley Adams

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Peter Bradley Adams was one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth and has since released six solo records.

No Depression calls him, "consistently eloquent," and the Wall Street Journal says he's, "one of the 21st Century writers whose songs are worth exploring."

There's a confidence, a completeness in the song cycle that listeners have gleaned throughout Adams' illustrious career, but A Face Like Mine, his sixth solo effort, brings it all into sharp focus. As Adams sees it, "On the long plod of finding my voice as a singer and a writer, the singing has slowly developed from the sound of a scared guy to someone who believes what he's saying and the writing, I hope, has become less rigid - both in the lyrics and the phrasing."

Less rigid, indeed. Adams' brand of Americana nestles his often delicate, always heartfelt voice in the warm embrace of gentle guitar, tasteful dobro, subtle banjo, supportive bass, and unhurried percussion. The result is a sonic scape that, in turn, wraps itself around the listener like a soft blanket on a cold day. With A Face Like Mine, Adams further refines the simple musical sophistication that has become his trademark.

Misty Boyce

Misty Boyce's forthcoming third LP, Get Lost, is a dark, slow-burning, yet subtly hopeful indie-pop record. It finds the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist wrestling valiantly with tragedy and loss, death, drugs and religion, isolation, depression and the emptiness of fame.

A sought-after keyboardist, Boyce performed with Sara Bareilles in support of her Grammy-nominated album, The Blessed Unrest, and opened sold-out shows for Bareilles across New Zealand, Japan and Singapore. Boyce has also backed Sting and Ingrid Michaelson and, most recently, toured with BÃ~RNS, sharing bills with Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers, and performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

But in the midst of all this globetrotting success, and her burgeoning career as a solo artist, Boyce was sent reeling by the loss of two family members-first, her step-brother to an opiate overdose and, just a year later, her step-father to suicide. Struggling to cope with their deaths, the songs she'd been working on began to shift focus. Soon, she was taking a shot into the void, trying desperately, through music, to find some sense of meaning and connection in the pain.

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Andy Frasco & The U.N., The Afrofunk Experience


Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Averaging 250 shows per year, 10 countries, at least 10,000 hours playing music, countless satisfied fans, and about 1 million beers kicked, the past decade has been nothing short of an odyssey for Andy Frasco & The U.N.
In 2016, this wild musical journey culminated with a three-hour headlining set in front of 15,000 people at Jazz & Blues Festival in Bamberg, Germany. The evening marked a handful of firsts. It would be the first time the band performed its entire catalog during one show, and it would be recorded for their first-ever live CD/DVD-2017's Songs from the Road: Live in Bamberg. In many ways, Andy had been working towards this evening since he quit his record label job at 19, bought a van with his remaining Bar Mitzvah money, hit the road, and never looked back...
"I always wanted to do a live album," he exclaims. "I didn't want to play some cliché venue though. When I started booking shows for the band in Europe, Bamberg was actually the first place that threw us a bone. We decided to take over this town, throw a block party, showcase everything we've done, and see if anyone shows up. All of a sudden, the whole town is there. In this last decade, I've played every dive bar you can imagine. It was like we finally manifested all of the dreams I've had for my entire life."
Songs from the Road captures the magic inherent in an Andy Frasco show. Throughout the set, the chemistry between the musicians and sonic unpredictability power every second. Among many standouts, the group slowed down "Main Squeeze" from 2014's Half A Man into a sultry and seductive "Soul Version" highlighted by Andy's bluesy delivery, hulking keys, and a virtuoso saxophone solo.
"That was the first song I ever wrote as a kid," he recalls. "It started as a slow ballad, but we sped it up over the years for festivals. We went back to the original incarnation here."


The Afrofunk Experience is an ambrosial mix of musical interpretations influenced by the African diaspora, created in a collective and organic manner. With Sila Mutungi they comprised the award-winning group Sila and the Afrofunk Experience until 2010, providing songs and grooves that earned them the title "The Bay Area's Dance Kings", as well as the NAACP Image Award's Outstanding World Music Album for "Black President" and the SF Weekly Music Award's Best International Act.

Guitarist/Singer David James (Spearhead, The Coup, Beth Custer) brings his sinewy style to counter the funk-metal stylings of lead guitarist Ken House (H.P. Riot). The precise funk-rock drumming of Paul Oliphant (Afrolicious, Will Magid Trio) with Wendell Rand's (Afrolicious, Tracorum, Youssoupha Sidibe) muscular dance grooves keep the band tight, while saxophonist David Boyce (Broun Fellinis, The Supplicants) and trombonist Alan Williams (Manicato, Katdelic) wail, their horns producing a sound that encompasses outward-bound jazz, classic reggae, afrobeat and R&B. Percussionist B. Lee thickens and adds flavor to the mix, and on top of all this, recent addition Sandy House adds her sultry voice and powerful stage presence.

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Thursday, May 24th 2018

SF Medicine Ball

Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Albany HS Jazz Combo

7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Poetry Flash presents Jane Mead and Carol Muske-Dukes

Jane Mead's new book of poems is World of Made and Unmade. C.D. Wright said, "As the laundry room floods and the grape harvest gets done; as Michoacán waits for another time, her beautiful, practical mother is dying. Ashes are scattered in the pecan groves of her own Rincon, her own corner of the world, and the poet, in elementary script, draws a sustaining record of the only feeling worth the struggle...." She's authored four previous collections, most recently Money, Money, Money | Water, Water, Water, and her honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant.

Carol Muske-Dukes's new book of poems is Blue Rose. Linda Gregerson says, "Scathing intelligence and an open heart: the most difficult combination in the world, and bountifully manifest on every page. In the birth room, at the death bed, beneath the falling ash of a California wildfire, before the whole, hurt spectacle of an imperiled and beloved world, these poems remind us what it's truly like to see and feel." Author of eight poetry collections, including Sparrow, a finalist for the National Book Award, she's also published four novels, two collections of essays, and co-edited Crossing State Lines: An American Renga with Bob Holman. She was California Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2011.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Ted Scheinman reads from Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, a raucous tour through the world of Mr. Darcy imitations, tailored gowns, and tipsy ballroom dancing.

"A treat for any Jane Austen fan . . . a fascinating window into a man's experience in a largely female world. Scheinman is a wonderful guide to the world of Austen, and this honest and thoughtful discussion of the role Austen's works have played in his family will delight any Janeite." --Booklist

The son of a devoted Jane Austen scholar, Ted Scheinman spent his childhood eating Yorkshire pudding, singing in an Anglican choir, and watching Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy. Determined to leave his mother's world behind, he nonetheless found himself in grad school organizing the first ever UNC-Chapel Hill Jane Austen Summer Camp, a weekend-long event that sits somewhere between an academic conference and superfan extravaganza.

While the long tradition of Austen devotees includes the likes of Henry James and E. M. Forster, it is at the conferences and reenactments where Janeism truly lives. In Camp Austen, Scheinman tells the story of his indoctrination into this enthusiastic world and his struggle to shake his mother's influence while navigating hasty theatrical adaptations, undaunted scholars in cravats, and unseemly petticoat fittings.

In a haze of morning crumpets and restrictive tights, Scheinman delivers a hilarious and poignant survey of one of the most enduring and passionate literary coteries in history. Combining clandestine journalism with frank memoir, academic savvy with insider knowledge, Camp Austen is perhaps the most comprehensive study of Austen that can also be read in a single sitting. Brimming with stockings, culinary etiquette, and scandalous dance partners, this is summer camp as you've never seen it before.

Ted Scheinman is a writer and scholar based in Southern California, where he works as a senior editor at Pacific Standard magazine. He has taught courses on journalism, satire, and poetry at the University of North Carolina and has written for The New York Times, the Oxford American, Playboy, Slate, and many other publications.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley


Steve Ignorant with Paranoid Visions presents Crass Songs, Kicker

8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Berliner + Schwartz + Watson + Greenberg

Berliner + Schwartz + Watson + Greenberg features four accomplished jazz musicians in their own right, touring as a quartet for the first time. The band is:

Sasha Berliner (NYC)
Sasha is a BlueHaus Mallets endorsing vibraphonist and drummer, bandleader, and recording artist. "She desires to speak out about political and social justice through her music, something her Bay Area upbringings and instrumentalist background have passionately yielded." - from sashaberlinermusic.com.

Max Schwartz (Miami, FL)
Max Schwartz is a Downbeat Award-winning bassist and composer now living in Miami, FL, and is highly-acclaimed as both a bluegrass and jazz musician. He is a two-time member of the GRAMMY® Jazz Combo and was the bassist in the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which toured Japan in the summer of 2016 and played at the Monterey Jazz Festival the same year.

Tim Watson (Miami, FL)
Tim Watson has received high honors from the YoungArts Foundation for his guitar playing and composing, and is the author of decodingmonder.com, a blog dedicated to "decoding" the music styles of guitarist Ben Monder (recently featured on David Bowie's album Blackstar, as well as Maria Schneider, Lee Konitz).

Pele Greenberg (NYC)
Pele Greenberg is a percussionist and bandleader based in New York City and is an aficionado of Cuban traditional music. He had the chance to study Cuban percussion techniques on a trip to Havana in 2016 with the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Pele has had the privilege of being tutored by some of New York's most highly sought-after drummers, including Kendrick Scott, Andrew Cyrille, and Rodney Green.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


OSA Vocal Rush

OSA Vocal Rush
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Vocal Rush is a four-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011. Before joining the renowned School of Vocal Music faculty at OSA, led by chair/founder Cava Menzies, Forkish was music director for the University of Oregon's award-winning a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin's book "Pitch Perfect," later made into the box-office smash film. Vocal Rush has received numerous accolades, including national championship titles in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, a first place win at the L.A. A Cappella Festival, and perhaps most notably, a third place win on NBC's hit a cappella competition show, "The Sing-Off." Past members of Vocal Rush have performed for President Obama as well as OSA founder, California Governor Jerry Brown. The group has released two full-length albums and one EP (all available on iTunes) and has been nominated for six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, including Best High School Album. The ensemble has the soulful stage presence that reflects all that is unique to OSA and sets them apart in the a cappella scene. Vocal Rush brings to life the heart and soul of Oakland School for the Arts, putting their all into every performance. See these young singers in action at www.youtube.com/osavocalrush

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Friday, May 25th 2018

Cascada De Flores

11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

4:45pm to 7:45pm,


The Dark is My Delight: Elizabethan and Jacobean Consort Songs and Dances

The Dark is My Delight: Elizabethan and Jacobean Consort Songs and Dances
Barefoot Chamber Concerts ("an enterprise noted for both its quality and informality" - San Francisco Classical Voice) presents really good music in the right acoustic and without the formality of most classical music events.

Barefoot's last concert of the regular season (there is more Barefoot in June, at the Berkeley Festival Fringe!) features music from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts and theatres. Last season's collaboration between Hallifax & Jeffrey and Shira Kammen was so well received that a sequel was inevitable, and this time, the impeccable voice of local (and international) star Rita Lilly is added to the mix for an unforgettable program. There will be Dowland, there will be bird songs, there will be songs about the misery of love, and about wreathing arms, there will be dances of all kinds (especially pavans), and all in the fabulous wooden acoustic of St. Mark's Parish Hall. There will, of course, also be snax.

Performers
Rita Lilly Soprano
Shira Kammen Violin
Julie Jeffrey Viola da gamba
Peter Hallifax Viola da gamba

Email: info@barefootchamberconcerts.com
Price Range: $20
Tickets: 510-220-1195

6pm to 7pm, St Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


HJKL (Peter Hallifax, viol; Julie Jeffrey, viol; Shira Kammen, violin; and Rita Lilly, soprano "The Dark is My Delight" - Elizabethan and Jacobean Consort Songs and Music

One of last season's runaway successes was the HJK trio's program of Elizabethan gems. This time around they've added local superstar soprano Rita Lilly, so the program will include some absolutely incredible consort songs as well as some new trios. For all you fans of Elizabethan music, this one is not to be missed!
All tickets $20
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve online (recommended) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3055844

6pm to 8pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


The Bob Roden Quintet.

The Bob Roden Quintet.  We play what one might call "accessible jazz" - a variety of jazz styles, but within a range that's readily understood and appreciated by a general audience.   You can learn more about us and hear live recordings of the band on our website:  https://www.bobrodenquintet.com.  Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/BobRodenQuintet.

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


BENEFIT FOR SYRIA

Benefit show for MADRE- a partner of "grassroots Syrian women's groups to provide humanitarian aid to refugees and to demand peace and justice for all Syrians".

Bands TBA

Wheelchair accessible, all-gender restrooms, scent-free space ABSOLUTELY NO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, OR BIGOTED BEHAVIOR. ZERO TOLERANCE - THIS IS A SAFE(R) SPACE VENUE

7pm to 5/25 12 midnight, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Rolling Thunder

7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sylvestris Quartet

This month we're pleased to host the Sylvestris Quartet. We heard them for the first time at last year's SF Chamber Music Day and were blown away by their talent and creativity. Their programs are unlike most string quartet performances. For one, they play on gut strings, though they play music written as late as the 1940s. They play themed concerts, where you'll hear individual movements of pieces by a variety of composers and the members of the quartet walk the audience through how each of those movements fits with the theme. For their Fifth Street concert the theme is "Brahms's Library", exploring the various musical influences on Brahms's music. Not to be missed! Join us

Anna Washburn, violin
Tyler Lewis, violin
Aaron Westman, viola
Gretchen Claassen, cello

Program subject to change
Giovanni Gabrieli / Canzon a 4
Heinrich Schütz / Psalms from the Becker Psalter
Johannes Brahms / Motet Ach, arme Welt, du trügest mich, Op. 110, no. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach / Contrapunctus 10 from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
Franz Joseph Haydn / String Quartet, Op. 65, no. 5
Brahms / Prelude and Fugue in A minor, WoO 9
Franz Schubert / Quartettsatz, D.703
Brahms / String Quartet no. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, no. 1: i. Allegro
François Couperin / Passacaille from L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin
Brahms / String Quartet no. 3 in A minor, Op. 51, no. 2: iv. Allegro non assai

Reservations are necessary to assure you a seat and made by calling (510) 525-9248, or via email at fifthstfarms@gmail.com.

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

7:30pm to 9pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley


Ghost Of Paul Revere

 
Ghost Of Paul Revere
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"The Maine-grown, foot-stompin' holler-folk quartet create the type of music for which festivals are made.

- The Boston Globe

"We grew up listening to Radiohead and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd," says Griffin Sherry, guitarist/singer in The Ghost Of Paul Revere. "Everyone assumed we were a bluegrass band because we were playing these traditional instruments, but we weren't writing traditional music. We were just writing songs with the instruments we had."

The result is a sound that the Portland, Maine-based band describes as "holler folk," not because it involves a lot of hollering, per se, but because it invokes the rich communal tradition of field hollers, with their call-and-response melodies, sing-along hooks, and densely layered harmonies. That sense of musical camaraderie is essential to everything The Ghost of Paul Revere does, and nowhere is it more evident than their sophomore album, 'Monarch.'

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional
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The Sam Chase & The UntraditionalThe Sam Chase has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you'll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool.

Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, California, Sam and his band whom he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional, take to stages all over the country with a virulent and frenetic passion which many history buffs might liken to the Norse warriors known as The Berserkers, who were known to have fought their battles with an uncontrollable, trance-like fury. Norse literature notes that they would work themselves into a rage before battle, consuming drugged foods, and dressed in nothing but their enemies blood. The Sam Chase and The Untraditional do maintain that spirit, but leave the drugged foods and enemies blood up to the discretion of the crowd.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


David Slusser: Stray Horns Play Sun Ra

David Slusser's little big-band play his arrangements of Sun Ra's early ground breaking jazz. This week in May marks Sun Ra's birth in 1914, and his passing to other realms in 1993, so the concert is a fitting celebration and tribute.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
David Boyce -tenor sax;
Sheldon Brown -alto sax;
Mara Fox -trombone;
Greg German -drums,
Darren Johnston -trumpet;
Joe McKinley -bass;
Terry Rodriguez -piano;
David Slusser -soprano & bari saxes, electronics

Bio: This is truly an all-star band, with several stellar leaders in its ranks. The leader of this aggregation is David Slusser, a veteran of over 40 years in the Bay Area music scene. Still working his day job at Skywalker Ranch, he's had a long career in film sound working for George Lucas, Pixar, Francis Coppola, David Lynch and Guillermo del Toro, among others. His work with Lynch included co-composing musical pieces for two of his features. Slusser has also maintained a working relationship with New York composer John Zorn; performing, touring, and recording with him since the mid 80s, and contributing to his Arcana book series on music. Through Zorn he met vocalist Mike Patton, who included him in a trio with drummer Han Bennink at the 1996 Saafelden Jazz Festival in Austria, and a large ensemble at the 2010 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Zorn also introduced him to trumpeter Dave Douglas, in whose group he performed at Stanford in 2014. Locally, David Slusser has left his musical imprint with his jazz group Rubber City and the Improv Rock group Pluto, both teaming him in tandem with the late Ralph Carney. A life long student of band arranging, Slusser won 2 prizes in the 1999 Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, including first prize for jazz orchestra. He has also composed for film documentaries and public radio.
Artist Website: http://www.davidslusser.com

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Erik Jekabson's String-tet Plays Ellington

The Erik Jekabson String-tet plays the Music of Duke Ellington

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased welcome another old friend back to our stage. Trumpeter, composer, and arranger, Erik Jekabson, has delighted our Concert Series audiences with his music, both as a leader and a side-man many times. This time he will be bringing back his String-tet ensemble with a new program of his own arrangements of Duke Ellington's music - this will be some serious jazz! Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall

The Erik Jekabson String-tet are:
Erik Jekabson - trumpet
Michael Zilber - saxophones
Mads Tolling - violin
Charith Premawardhana - viola
Dillon Vado - vibes
Adam Shulman - piano
Doug Stuart - bass
Evan Hughes - drums
and special guest vocalist Kalil Wilson

Trumpeter and arranger Erik Jekabson leads this 8 piece chamber ensemble which explores the music of Duke Ellington from new angles. Ellington, one of the most important American composers of the past hundred years, offers many rich musical veins to mine for new ideas. This ensemble does it with violin, viola, trumpet, saxophone, vibes, piano, bass and drums - and surpassing creativity and virtuosity; expect some new sounds from old classics.

Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members

8pm to 10pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley


Max Gardener * Little Arcs * Butter Public

Max Gardener - "Max Gardener makes his self-described "bedroom theme music" amidst the solitude of his bedroom, and he intends for you to hear it in the solitude of yours."

Little Arcs - "Little Arcs is a meeting place of three distinct backgrounds, the common thread of which is a deep love for vocal harmony and arrangement."

Butter - "Aaron Schmidt, Thomas Shipley, and Jarrett Tracy of Portland, OR trio BUTTER carefully craft pop tunes that feature stories about love, loss, and sometimes just not being able to fit in. "

8pm to 11pm,


Mile Twelve

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass.

Quickly gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity."

Since their formation in the fall of 2014, Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise. They've performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, including sets at major festivals such as Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Their music is in rotation on the Bluegrass Junction Sirius XM channel, and their rendition of the Stanley Brothers classic "Our Last Goodbye" was featured on a Spotify "Fresh Bluegrass" playlist. The band was the winner of the 2017 Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and in October 2017 released their debut full-length record Onwards, produced by Stephen Mougin.

"In recent years, Boston's Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory have added extra fire to that city's already churning cauldron of traditional string players. Out of this spicy soup jumps Mile Twelve, a group of five accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade." - Tim O'Brien

Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door and $10 for students with ID Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Dieselboy


Dieselboy
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Born : 1972, Steel City, PA, United States

Son of Bertie Higgins.

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
$20 in advance / $22 at the door

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704


Turbonegro, Against Me!


Turbonegro
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Turbonegro is a Norwegian rock band known for their style that combines glam rock, punk rock and hard rock into what the band describes as "deathpunk."

Norwegian rock ("Deathpunk") band originally started around christmas 1988. Always surrounded by scandal and controversy, they have broken up, retired and changed members several times - their aliases include Turboneger, TRBNGR, and Stierkampf.

Years active: 1989-1998, 2002-2010, 2011-present.

Current line-up:
Happy-Tom (Thomas Seltzer) - Bass (1989 - )
Euroboy (Knut Schreiner) - Lead guitar (1996 - )
Rune Rebellion (Rune Grønn) - Rhythm guitar (1989-2007, 2011 - )
Tommy Manboy (Tommy Akerholdt) - Drums (2011 - )
The Duke of Nothing (Anthony Madsen-Sylvester) - Vocals (2011 - )
Crown Prince Haakon-Marius (Haakon-Marius Pettersen) - Keyboards (2015 - )

Against Me!
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Four years is a measurement of time that America has used for centuries to indicate change. Presidential terms last four years; high school diplomas and college degrees typically take four years apiece, too. It's not an arbitrary thing, either: It typically takes that much time from the declaration of something changing for it to actually change.

Meet Laura Jane Grace. Four years ago, the Against Me! frontwoman came out as transgender; 18 months later, she released the band's sixth album, the fiery Transgender Dysphoria Blues, one which she began working on before her transition and helped document the struggles she was facing. It was an intensely personal record that took on a life of its own, connecting with thousands of new listeners drawn to Grace's honesty and complexity while still pleasing Against Me!'s dedicated fanbase.

Now, four years after Grace's public reintroduction, Against Me! is ready to release their new album, Shape Shift With Me, September 16 on Total Treble. While much has changed in the lives of Grace and her bandmates-guitarist James Bowman, bassist Inge Johansson and drummer Atom Willard-in that time period, it's clear that those intervening years have done wonders for creativity.

"Everything with Shape Shift With Me has been really about keeping momentum going," she says. "In between every tour we did for Transgender Dysphoria Blues, I would have a couple songs I had written and we would demo them. At the end of two years of touring, we had an album ready to record. Usually, you come off of touring for a record and you're back at square one. But this was so fully formed it felt like there was no choice but to go ahead and record the songs."

Shape Shift With Me has the distinction of the first album Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It's an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace's songwriting for the past 20 years.

"Tons of people have written about love. But while love is cliché, it's infinitely relevant. For me, having always been in a punk band that was expected to be political, I never felt like I had that option to write about feelings in that way. That's what I ended up being drawn to this time. It's writing in a way I thought I could never write before, and not giving a shit about expectations."

A Giant Dog
A Giant Dog were formed in 2008 and hail from Austin, Texas. Sabrina Ellis, Andrew Cashen and Orville Neeley all previously played together during their high school years in Houston. They latterly recruited Andy Bauer (2) and Graham Lowe to become a five piece.

9pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


The Gravel Spreaders

The Gravel Spreaders is what happens when a metal-head hopped up on moonshine, spite and Hank Williams III sweet-talks and coerces to three musicians into wearing coveralls and playing twang-out hair-metal covers: all your hard rock hits of yesteryear, bluegrass style. They call it Gravel-Billy.

Singing lead and slapping the hell out of his trusty Bandit bass, Bud Hole leads a motley crew consisting of mandolin masher and jaw harpist, Dr. Buck Knife, dobro-slider and gitter-picker, Uncle Mungar, and banjoleer and high-pitched harmonizer, Buzzy "Secret Sauce" Do-Well.

With a set list that covers Johnny Cash, Ozzy, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana and everything in between, the Spreaders remind us that nothing is sacred.

In 2012, they released their debut album, Metal Hee-Häw, and it soon shot to number one on the UC Berkeley KALX charts. Known for their raucous stage show, they have played all over the San Francisco Bay Area at venues such as Slims, Red Devil Lounge, Café Du Nord, and The Uptown and events such as Outside Lands and the Lagunitas Beer Circus.

Recently, they've launched a IndieGoGo.com crowd funding campaign to finance a new album, an album of all originals called The Night Old Dixie Wrecked.

Bud (Tom Beyer), Doc (K.S. Haddock), Uncle Mungar (Mark Ungar) and Buzzy Do-Well (Pete Feltman) are long-time Bay Area multi-instrumentalists who collectively have several albums, movie scores, and San Francisco Fringe Festival awards to their credit. Look up The Gravel Spreaders on Facebook and at www.thegravelspreaders.com. Email them at thegravelspreaders@gmail.com.

The Gravel Spreaders are
Bud Hole: lead vocals, bass
Dr. Buck Knife: mandolin, vocals;
Uncle Mungar: dobro, guitar, vocals
Buzzy Do-Well: banjo, vocals

Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

9:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Saturday, May 26th 2018

BENEFIT FOR SYRIA

Benefit show for MADRE- a partner of "grassroots Syrian women's groups to provide humanitarian aid to refugees and to demand peace and justice for all Syrians".

Bands TBA

Wheelchair accessible, all-gender restrooms, scent-free space ABSOLUTELY NO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, OR BIGOTED BEHAVIOR. ZERO TOLERANCE - THIS IS A SAFE(R) SPACE VENUE

12 midnight, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


VL Trio

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


WoodBarry

WoodBarry Jazz

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


HellHeart /Gurschach / Vivifyd / FortressUnited / Frolic / HabaK

Bands4Bands presents:
HellHeart
Gürschach
Vivifyd
Fortress United
Frolic
Habak (tijuana, mx)
ALL AGES.
doors 7pm
$10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior allowed

7:30pm to 5/26 12 midnight, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Celebrate Dresden Baroque Chora Nova

Chora Nova will cap its 2017-18 season a tribute to Dresden's brief but brilliant moment in the sun as the musical capital of Europe. Artistic Director Paul Flight has assembled a full Baroque orchestra with soloists featuring lesser know masterworks by Bach, Zelenka, and Hasse.

Reviewers have praised the musicality, discipline, and spirit of Chora Nova with comments such as "a lively addition to the East Bay classical music scene," "absolutely unique among our many choruses" and "as sheerly beautiful as sound gets." Paul Flight, who has guided the group from its beginning in 2006, has been called "a lean and confident, graceful [conductor].... a pleasure to watch... because the musical effort is a pleasure to hear."

Program
Zelenka Miserere in C Minor
Hasse Requiem in E-Flat
Bach Der Gerechte Kommt Um
Performers
Morgan Balfour soprano
Lisa van der Ploeg alto
Paul Flight alto
James Hogan tenor
Email: contact@choranova.org
Price Range: $10 to $25
Tickets: (510) 654-0844
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7:30pm to 9:30pm, First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley


The Ladles

The Ladles have three-part female harmony perfected...but their sound is more than that. They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences, blending swing, old-Time, Motown and choral music into a sound all their own. Using acoustic instrumentation and three voices, they create a dreamy other-world atmosphere that draws audiences in and calls for attention. They quiet noisy bars and liven up staid concert halls. Just think what they'll do here!
The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Purpura-Pontoniere.
Here are links to some Ladles videos: "Hands of Time" and "Father Neptune"

7:30pm to 9pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley


Steel Pulse

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Steel Pulse
The UK Grammy-Award winning Steel Pulse is known for exploring various styles of music, but when it comes to the message, the reggae group has remained close to their roots. The Group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music.

"We just can't ignore the politics, because every life and soul that's born on this earth is a political manoeuvre for someone, at some stage", Hinds explains. "From a spiritual aspect, it's really an upliftment through facing reality - what's out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society - especially the black communities right now".

STEEL PULSE have always taken their causes to heart, filing a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York.

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New Kingston formed in 2006 in the basement of their Brooklyn home, when brothers Tahir (keys), Courtney Jr. (drums) & Stephen (guitar) began covering music by the likes of Bob Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, and many more. The three brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr., called themselves New Kingston to appropriately reflect a combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in progressive New York City. The musical styles of both places informed their sound and songwriting.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$37.50
Tickets

8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


4th Saturday Swing - Stompy Jones plus Dance Lesson with Karen & Michael

With revivalist zeal, the Stompy Jones band doesn't just recreate, but breathes new life into the most jumping, rocking, and swinging small band music of the '30s, '40s and '50s. One of the busiest bands extant, Stompy Jones returns to our stage performing songs from its ever-lengthening set list that includes new favorites from its most recent CD, "Sock It to Me!" Taking its name from a classic Duke Ellington tune, Stompy Jones has performed everywhere from San Francisco's Top of the Mark to Disneyland (a monthly gig) and Santa Rosa's Ellington Hall. Big band leader Les Brown said that the sextet has "the best small band sound that I've heard in years." Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010, Stompy Jones has had its music featured in films including "Deuce of Spades" and the award-winning short "All About Alice."

The group, originally known as the Swing Session Band, was formed in 1998 to play East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop in the spirit of the hottest jump bands. Its repertoire features rousing revivals of classics by Louis Jordan, Earl Hines, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Prima, Roy Milton, and John Kirby as well as several originals. Stompy Jones boasts musicians who have been playing this music all their lives, with sizzling horns, slapping bass, and irrepressible dance drum beats. Hank Maninger plays guitar and belts and shouts the blues, with trumpeter Rob Dehlinger and saxophonist Keith Crossan trading riffs with boogie-woogie pianist William Beatty. Drummer Lee Beary and bassist "Little David" Rose keep the rhythm section tight.
http://swingatashkenaz.comteams.com/

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm
Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave


Funkadelicatessen

8pm to 10pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Helen Orzel Group

Born into a family of accomplished classical musicians, Helen Orzel formally studied and performed classical piano in Los Angeles, Germany, and Serbia. After coming back to the U.S., she decided to abandon it all to play funk, jazz, rock, blues and her own compositions. If you listen closely, you can still hear Rachmaninoff sneak his way into her playing. Rumor has it that Chopin and Monk sit on either side of her when she's playing and bicker at each other.
https://www.helenorzel.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


5th Annual Benefit Concert: Angelo Montesano Scholarship Fund

Kelly Park & Friends in The 5th Annual Benefit Concert for the Angelo Montesano Scholarship Fund.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Kelly Park - Drums;
Glen Pearson - Piano;
Fritz Burden - Bass;
Charles Hamilton - Trombone;
Jesse De Torres - Vocals

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


The Nimbles

If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary live music experience, a new local band, The Nimbles, certainly delivers. Formed by four veteran Bay Area musicians, The Nimbles feature a highly entertaining and eclectic blend of styles, from Blues to Latin Jazz to Southern Rock to Bluegrass, with a bit of Celtic, Eastern European and Alt-Folk influence for good measure.

They call themselves "genre-fluid," and utilize what seems like a whole music store's inventory of electric and acoustic instruments on both original songs and some unique arrangements of more familiar tunes. Speaking of being nimble, Nathan Ladyzhensky, a Russian-trained violinist, has abilities that run the gamut: he might sound like a gypsy fiddler from Eastern Europe, unless he is delivering tasty grooves on the keyboards, mandolin, melodica, guitar or percussion. Lead guitarist Greg Richey's roots are clearly in Southern Blues and Classic Rock, but he moves quite comfortably and adeptly through Jazz, Bluegrass and various acoustic styles.

Jazz and musical theatre influence their female lead singer, Lynne Clyde, whose rich, husky voice gives a chanteuse-like feel to the arrangements. Lee Richardson's bass playing exhibits one-man band tendencies and abilities, while holding all the above together with a well-executed groove. He also sings and sometimes, somehow manages to add some solid percussion parts with his feet.

All-in-all, The Nimbles offer a unique sound that is well worth checking out, especially if you are looking for a rich and rousing, clap-your-hands, toe-tapping experience.

Tickets are $15/general admission and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Shemekia Copeland

"Shemekia's a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that's part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman...devastatingly powerful. She's a great singer, period." -Chicago Sun-Times

"Shemekia captures the timelessness of the blues while spinning it forward with remarkable maturity." -USA Today

Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, or digging deep into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that alternates between sultry, assertive, and roaring, Shemekia's blend of genres showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.

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8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


The Green

The Green
The GreenSince forming on O'ahu, Hawai'i, in 2009, The Greenhas become one of the most successful and beloved bands in the reggae genre. During their relatively short career, the band has been awarded a Best Reggae Album nod from iTunes(2010, for their self-titled debut), fourcoveted Na Hoku Hanohanoawards in their native Hawai'i (2011 and 2014, including Group of the Year, two different Reggae Albumsof the Year and Entertainer of the Year), and two #1 BillboardReggae chart debuts, along with charting on the BillboardTop 200. Not bad for a band that was formed by six members of Hawai'i's tight-knit music scene to record a few songs and have some fun. The Green was one of the first Hawaiian reggae bands to tour extensively onthe mainland, as well as going further afield to New Zealand, Japanand other locales. Before becoming a headliner on their own, the band supported bands like Bruno Mars, Rebelution, Michael Franti, Iration, SOJA, and Damian Marley, as well as performed at acclaimed festivals including Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and California Roots Festival. The Green's fourth studio album, Marching Orders, comes out October 20, via longtime label partner Easy Star Records. It continues the group's steady march to the top ranks of their genreand beyond, with early reviews already calling it "innovative" and "imaginative." The Green has a winter headlining tour lined up and recently announced covering much of the U.S., with further touring plans expected to be announced for a busy 2018.


Raging Fyah
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Raging FyahRoots reggae band from Jamaica
Members: Kumar Bent, Anthony Watson, Demar Gayle, Delroy "Pele" Hamilton, Gizmo and Mahlon "Debo Ras" Moving (left the band)

http://www.cornerstoneberkeley.com

8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


George Cotsirilos Trio

George Cotsirilos: Guitar
Robb Fisher: Bass
Ron Marabuto: Drums

"Sublimely fluid jazz guitar skills...this is about as tight a jazz trio as you'll ever be lucky enough to hear, with eloquent bass lines and delicately nuanced percussion." - David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

9:30pm to 5/26 12 midnight, The Albatross Pub
1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sunday, May 27th 2018

George Cotsirilos Trio

George Cotsirilos: Guitar
Robb Fisher: Bass
Ron Marabuto: Drums

"Sublimely fluid jazz guitar skills...this is about as tight a jazz trio as you'll ever be lucky enough to hear, with eloquent bass lines and delicately nuanced percussion." - David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle

12 midnight to 12:30 midnight, The Albatross Pub
1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


HellHeart /Gurschach / Vivifyd / FortressUnited / Frolic / HabaK

Bands4Bands presents:
HellHeart
Gürschach
Vivifyd
Fortress United
Frolic
Habak (tijuana, mx)
ALL AGES.
doors 7pm
$10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior allowed

12 midnight, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sarah Cahill Concert

Pianist Sarah Cahill performs a solo concert including works by composers Lou Harrison and Ruth Crawford.
Email: bampfapress@berkeley.edu
Tickets: 5106420808

1pm to 2pm, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Anyssa Neumann

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


Chirgilchin Throat Singing Workshop

Here is your chance to learn the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing from the world renowned members of Chirgilchin. Our teachers, Igor Koshkendey, Mongun-ool Ondar, and Aidyn Byrtaan-ool have been recognized as masters of throat singing, and they hold multiple international throat singing awards and honors. In this two-hour introductory workshop students will be split into small groups and cover the main techniques and styles of throat singing, including khoomei, sygyt, and kargyraa. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Instructors: Igor Koshkendey In 1998, Igor took the top prize at the International Competition of Throat Singing in Kyzyl, Tuva's capital. During Chirgilchin's second international tour, Igor won the Grand Prix at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, North Wales. He went on to win the International Competition of Throat Singing in Tuva again in 2002. Igor is known around the world for his mastery of multiple styles of throat singing, and especially for being the only throat singer to master the techniques first invented by legendary throat singer Vladimir Oidupaa. Today, Igor directs the Tuvan Cultural Center for traditional arts, in addition to performing with Chirgilchin. His illustrious musical career shows no sign of slowing down - in 2017 he won Best Urban Song in the Latin Grammy Awards for his collaboration with Puerto Rican musician Residente.

Mongun-ool Ondar Mongun-ool began studying throat singing at the age of 13, and went on to win the International Competition of Throat Singing at the age of 16. He is recognized as a master of all six styles of throat singing, and has developed a new style of his own. His incredible solos can express and inspire profound feelings of tragic sadness or blissful joy, with a complexity that would astound John Coltrane or Jimi Hendrix. His singing is, without a doubt, guaranteed to blow your mind.

Aidyn Byrtaan-ool Aidyn studied under the late Kongar-ool Ondar, who held the esteemed honors of People's Throat Singer of the Republic of Tuva, and Honored Artist of Russia. Under the direction of Mr. Ondar and as a member of the folk ensemble Ertine, Aidyn performed at international festivals in Germany and France, and competed in national competitions at home and abroad. Today, Aidyn is a soloist in the Tuvan National Folk Orchestra and a member of Chirgilchin. He commands a high level of professionalism in all traditional Tuvan instruments, and is a laureate of multiple international throat singing competitions and symposiums.

Doors at 3:00 pm; Workshop at 3:30 PM
Tickets are $40 at the Door

3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)


The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .
May 27: Stanford Jazz High School All Stars (4:30 pm)

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Voice of Addiction, The Rinds, Blank Spots, Caliphobia + more!

Featuring
Side Effect --- Suburban sad boi skwad
Cardboard Houses --- indie rock band from sacramento, ca, drawing influences from 60s psychedelia to quiet/loud 90s indie rock
Flight Mongoose
The Rinds --- Rock N Roll, Garage, Punk from Oakland California.
Blank Spots --- Blank Spots is a powerful three piece outfit from San Frandisco. Guitar, Bass, and Drums, stripped down, then built back up into a ball of energy ready to self explode.
Voice Of Addiction --- Chicago, Illinois Politically-charged & socially-conscious Chicago punk-rockers
CALIPHOBIA

ALL AGES. Doors 4:45 // show 5 // over by 10
$10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

4:45pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


STREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS Reading James Joyce and Virginia Woolf with Patrick McMahon

STREAMS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Reading James Joyce and Virginia Woolf with Patrick McMahon Every other Sunday, 5:00 to 7 p.m. (early arrivals from 4:30).
Suggested donations $10-$20 per discussion. Sandwiches, tea and wine included For registration and syllabus, please contact Patrick McMahon, mcahab@comcast.net

In 1919 Virginia Woolf, bemoaning the demise of the contemporary novel, still placed hope in various young writers experimenting with fresh forms:
They attempt to come closer to life, and to preserve more sincerely and exactly what interests and moves them . . . record(ing) the atoms as they fall upon the mind, in the order in which they fall . . . tracing the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.
One of the most promising of those young writers, she noted, was James Joyce, whose Ulysses, then a work in progress, would in its published form open up the technique of "stream of consciousness," an approach to narrative attempting to get closer to life and finding coherence in profusion. Woolf would in time be greatly influenced by Joyce in her own experiments with narritive voice, from Mrs. Dalloway to The Waves. Tracing the paths by which both artists arrived at their masterworks, our course of study will be sequenced in three, three-month series, of 7- 8 meetings each.
Fall/Winter, We'll select our readings from The Portable Joyce, edited by Harry Levin, and The Virginia Woolf Reader, edited by Mitchell A. Leaska.

5pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones.
All are welcome!
Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band.
Please arrive by 6:30 pm to sign up.
Doors Open: 6:30 PM Starts: 7:00 PM Ends: 9:00 PM
General $10.00 +$1.13

6:30pm to 7:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Irene Young's Glass Half Full Benefit for Breast Cancer Prevention


Irene Young's Glass Half Full Benefit for Breast Cancer Prevention, Holly Near, Terry Garthwaite, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Jennifer Berezan, Tammy Hall, Robin Flower & Libby McLaren, Chris Webster, Jami Sieber, Deidre McCalla, Shelley Doty, Sheilah Glover & Julie Nicholas, Susanne DiVincenzo, Laura Klein, Ruth Davies, Christelle Durandy, Ilene Weiss, Debbie Fier, Sharon Washington (MC)

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This concert is benefiting Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, an organization whose mission is to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Learn more at BCPP.org. Producer, Irene Young, a photographer well known in the music business, is a two-time breast cancer survivor. This is Irene's fourth benefit for BCPP, formerly the Breast Cancer Fund. An all-star lineup of illustrious women will sing and play in various combinations. Come on down and hear these Freight favorites - and world favorites! - make beautiful music for a worthy cause. BCPP CEO, Jeanne Rizzo, the organization's driving force for 25 years, will be on hand at the concert. Jeanne is also a former owner of The Great American Music Hall.

This evening is dedicated with much love to Maggie Roche, who passed away last year from breast cancer. Maggie Roche jump-started Irene's prestigious photographic career in NYC in the late seventies. She is well known for being "the songwriter whose serene alto anchored the close harmonies of the Roches, her trio with her sisters, Terre and Suzzy."

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$36 ADV / $40 DOOR (plus fees)
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All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Rachel Ohnsman

Rachel Ohnsman is taking on the singer-songwriter scene with her powerful vocals and tasteful keyboard playing. Whether performing as a solo artist or backing others, she brings thoughtful musicality to every project.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Rachel's upbringing was in classical and musical theatre, but she developed a serious interest in Jazz and R&B after moving to Miami. Now she infuses her original music with these various styles and influences like Joni Mitchell and Emily King to create a sound of her own. In addition to performing regularly, Rachel works as an arranger and studio musician. She currently teaches private lessons in both voice and piano.

Rachel has performed with such artists as Becca Stevens and Ira Sullivan across the globe in Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Vienna, and more. She also collaborates with music organizations like Sofar Sounds, Backroom Sessions, and Young Artist Initiative.

Rachel's debut record, Lovers EP, will be released in Spring 2018.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for Students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Chirgilchin

The word Chirgilchin has two translations:"dance of the air in the heat of the day" and "miracle". Established in 1996, Chirgilchin is a group of musicians from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. Their music tells stories of their homeland, its horses and its people. The monotone sustained notes that branch out into overtone singing with slight shifts in pitch give Tuvan music its characteristic bouyant yet meditative drone quality. The songs are sung in minor pentatonic scale, similar to American blues. Throat-singing is an extraordinary vocal form in which one singer produces two or more voices simultaneously, the low sounds in the throat harmonizing with middle and high flute-like overtones, to create richly layered melodies that evoke Central Asian steppes and nomadic life. Atmospheric and mesmeric, this music is almost too difficult to describe in words and must be heard to be believed. The most advanced forms of throat-singing come from Tuva, and the members of Chirgilchin are among the best and most accomplished throat-singers in all of Tuva.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Low Cut Connie

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones
An American soul band from Birmingham, Alabama formed in 2011 by Paul Janeway and Jesse Phillips as a duo, later expanding into a larger group.

Sea of Noise, the second full-length album by St. Paul and the Broken Bones, marks a quantum leap in sound and style for the high-voltage Birmingham, Alabama-based band.

Produced by Paul Butler and recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium, the group's sophomore effort features an expanded eight-piece lineup of the widely praised soul-based rock unit. Longtime members Paul Janeway (lead vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass, guitar), Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), and Allen Branstetter (trumpet) are joined by Jason Mingledorff (saxophone, clarinet, flute), and Chad Fisher (trombone).


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Low Cut Connie
Low Cut Connie was recently called "the essence of what rock n roll should be" by Greg Kot (Sound Opinions / NPR)..and the New York Times has said "their live show is a phenomenon." They have been a rolling DIY caravan with an explosive live act bubbling under the surface of the music industry for 5 years, building an obsessive fanbase from all walks of life...white and black, straight and gay, young and old...salty lunatics of every persuasion. Even former President Barack Obama is a fan. He chose their anthem of low-brow American life "Boozophilia" for his Spotify Playlist and met with Weiner at the White House in 2016.

But with Dirty Pictures (part 1), Low Cut Connie moves beyond the drunken bar boogie they have become associated with into a deeper, darker, dirtier American life.

"We've been thought of as a great party band by so many people, and we wear that as a badge of honor, but I really wanted to go deeper with this record." Weiner said recently. "We've been travelling this country now for a number of years, meeting people of all stripes, entertaining them in their bars and sleeping on their couches, laughing hard, holding them tight and sweating it out with them...I wrote this record really thinking about how people are feeling and living in this country these days. It's a wild scene out there."

Sun, May 27, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$35.00
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8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


Monday, May 28th 2018

Free Concert: Etude Club

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1pm to 2pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA


Caffe Acustico

7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Berkeley Symphony Broadcasts - May 2018

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Choral

Ken-David Masur, conductor
Laquita Mitchell, soprano
Michelle Rice, mezzo-soprano
Amitai Pati, tenor
Adam Lau, bass
Marika Kuzma, chorusmaster

Members of the UC Chorus, UC Chamber Chorus
UC Alumni Chorus, Berkeley Community Chorus
University of San Francisco Classical Choral Ensembles

9pm to 10pm, KALW 91.7FM


Tuesday, May 29th 2018

Larry Stefl Group

Brazilian Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Full: Cities

Full: Cities<br/><br/>Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends perform six small-ensemble pieces written by living composers from San Francisco, Hamburg, and Shanghai.

7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.
Berkeley


Freight Open Mic

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The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission. Also, for this evening's open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not "first-come, first-served."

Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

A lottery will be held shortly after doors at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

Admission is free for all.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Trevor Dunn (bass) and Phillip Greenlief (sax)

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley


Scott Larson Trio

Taking over the Tuesday Jazzidency for May, Scott Larson is a trombonist, arranger, composer and bandleader who has performed in the Bay Area for over two decades. He dabbles in a variety of genres of music, and has played with such jazz legends as Ray Brown, Smith Dobson, Bill Berry, Maria Muldaur, Dizzy Gillespie and Marcus Shelby. He currently leads the bands Franco Nero, Lucky 7, and the Scott Larson Quintet and Trio.
http://scottlarsonmusic.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Natalia Lafourcade

Sold out, thank you!

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


The Revelers plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

The Revelers, founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys - "unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance" - have joined together to form a Louisiana supergroup which combines swamp-sop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana.

As individuals, they are each in high demand having performed and recorded with T-Bone Burnett, Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, Walter Mouton, Mamadou Diabate, the Duhks, Cedric Watson, and Tim O'Brien, to name a few. As a group they play with a sense of empathy and depth that can only be fostered after years of making music together. They have all appeared on the 2011 season finale of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, and they also were handpicked by David Simon (producer/creator, The Wire) to be featured musicians for the third and fourth seasons of HBO's Tremé.

Long-time fans of the Red Stick Ramblers may find themselves very familiar with The Revelers: the powerful singing and songwriting of Chas Justus and Eric Frey, a mix of traditional Cajun and zydeco dance music, some of the swing that was such a strong focus of early RSR, the magical rhythm section chemistry of Glenn Fields and Eric Frey, and impressive musical virtuosity across the board.

Take what you know about the Red Sticks, add into the mix the crooning vocals of Glenn Fields, and the singing/songwriting of Blake Miller (founding member of the Pine Leaf Boys and unarguably the most prolific French songwriter coming out of Louisiana right now, the tightly arranged section of sax-fiddle-accordion, and you'll start to get The Revelers' picture.

The depth of this band has only developed from digging deeper into the dancehall traditions of Southwest Louisiana and emerging with an arsenal we call Louisiana Jukebox Music. Music critics are wont to categorize music into clear genre styles, but that's not really the way folk traditions develop - things are passed around, the lines are blurred - and particularly in a culture as unique as that of SW

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Cheryl McBride
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $17 Advance / $20 at the Door

8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Wednesday, May 30th 2018

Primavera

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Dennis Dove

Dennis Dove and his band

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., BErkeley


Cyrus Farivar discusses Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech

Ars Technica senior business editor Cyrus Farivar presents a critical and historic look at how 50 years of American privacy law is inadequate for the near-future of surveillance. Join us at Pegasus Books Downtown for a discussion and book signing of Habeas Data.
ABOUT HABEAS DATA
You are being watched. Whether through your phone or your car or your credit card, caught on a CCT camera or tracked through your online viewing history, government agencies know where you are, and are quietly collecting your most intimate, mundane, and personal information.
Is this even legal?
Habeas Data shows how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy.
Award-winning tech reporter Cyrus Farivar makes the case by taking ten historic court decisions that defined our privacy rights and matching them against the capabilities of modern technology. It's an approach that combines the charge of a legal thriller with the shock of the daily headlines.
Chapters include: the 1960s proceeding against a drug dealer that established the "expectation of privacy" in nonpublic places such as your home (but how does that ruling apply now, when police can chart your every move and hear your every conversation within your own home - without even having to enter it?); the 1970s case where the police monitored a lewd caller - the decision of which is now the linchpin of the NSA's controversial metadata tracking program revealed by Edward Snowden; and a 2010 low-level burglary trial that revealed police had tracked a defendant's past 12,898 locations before arrest - an invasion of privacy grossly out of proportion to the alleged crime, which showed how authorities are all too willing to take advantage of the ludicrous gap between the slow pace of legal reform and the rapid transformation of technology.
A dazzling exposé that journeys from Bonn, Germany to Oakland, California, from the halls of the Supreme Court to the back of a squad car, Habeas Data combines deft reportage, deep research, and original interviews to offer an X-ray diagnostic of our current surveillance state.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cyrus Farivar is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica and the author of The Internet of Elsewhere. He is also a radio producer and has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, and others.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents... The Destiny Muhammad Project - "Celtic 2 Coltrane"

"Celtic 2 Coltrane Harpist Destiny Muhammad's sonic journey ventures into the soul of the Celtic Realm and then delves into works of American jazz composer legends Alice and John Coltrane and jazz harp genius Dorothy Jeanne Thompson Ashby. Destiny invites strings in from her group Strings of a Nubian Groove (SONG) to reimagine the tone of her jazz heroes' music and adds her own original compositions to the mix. Joining Destiny will be Leon Joyce, Jr. on drums, Chico Lopez on bass, and Tarika Lewis and Sandy Poindexter on violin. Jazz in the Neighborhood's
Wednesday night series at CJC is presented with financial support from AFM Musicians Union Local 6.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Destiny Muhammad - harp;
Leon Joyce, Jr. - drums;
Chico Lopez - bass;
Tarika Lewis and Sandy Poindexter - violin

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Kevin Gerzevitz Trio

The KG Trio plays the music of Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Nichols and more, exploring repertoire of 50s bebop and 60s soul jazz. The piano trio format is a powerful vehicle of expression and this band enjoys driving it, weaving chromaticism with bounce. They paying homage to the legends of jazz, as well as forge new ideas with compositions of their own.
https://www.kevingerzevitz.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Thursday, May 31st 2018

Joe Warner Trio

Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza
1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


MELANIE S. MORRISON at Books Inc. Berkeley

Social justice educator, activist, and founder and executive director of Allies for Change, Melanie S. Morrison discusses her compelling and imperative book, Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham.

One August night in 1931, on a secluded mountain ridge overlooking Birmingham, Alabama, three young white women were brutally attacked. The sole survivor, Nell Williams, age eighteen, said a black man had held the women captive for four hours before shooting them and disappearing into the woods. That same night, a reign of terror was unleashed on Birmingham's black community: black businesses were set ablaze, posses of armed white men roamed the streets, and dozens of black men were arrested in the largest manhunt in Jefferson County history. Weeks later, Nell identified Willie Peterson as the attacker who killed her sister Augusta and their friend Jenny Wood. With the exception of being black, Peterson bore little resemblance to the description Nell gave the police. An all-white jury convicted Peterson of murder and sentenced him to death.

In Murder on Shades Mountain Melanie S. Morrison tells the gripping and tragic story of the attack and its aftermath--events that shook Birmingham to its core. Having first heard the story from her father--who dated Nell's youngest sister when he was a teenager--Morrison scoured the historical archives and documented the black-led campaigns that sought to overturn Peterson's unjust conviction, spearheaded by the NAACP and the Communist Party. The travesty of justice suffered by Peterson reveals how the judicial system could function as a lynch mob in the Jim Crow South. Murder on Shades Mountain also sheds new light on the struggle for justice in Depression-era Birmingham. This riveting narrative is a testament to the courageous predecessors of present-day movements that demand an end to racial profiling, police brutality, and the criminalization of black men.

7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Grateful Dead Open Mic Night

Come dance to a great night of the good old Grateful Dead music! Sit in with the band - vocals, keys, bass, guitar, horns, then dance to an awesome house band set!

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
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Tickets are $10

7:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Eve Marie

Former Tonight Show soloist and Billboard recipient for "Outstanding Original Song," Bay Area Singer/Songwriter Eve Marie returns to The Back Room performing blues, jazz, contemporary classics and original music.

" A voice of great sincerity and beauty." - Celebrity Cafe

"A talented singer/songwriter." - Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News Group

Joining Eve will be talented Bay Area treasure, guitarist Mike Williams, who draws upon his versatile background in both Jazz and soft Rock. Sam Rudin, owner of The Back Room - and a fabulous pianist - will also be sitting in on a few selections.

Listen to music from Eve's EP, Believe, here.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


DJ Cali & Hanif

DJ Cali has been moving dance floors with soulful music from all over the globe, from Afro, Broken Beat, House, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Brazilian and Latin. He also represents Oakland's thePeople, who hold down THE preeminent club night in Oakland, every 4th Saturday at New Parrish. Cali welcomes Oakland's own DJ Hanif!
http://cali.podomatic.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Pacific Mambo Orchestra

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Named "one of the best Latin big bands in the world" by Salsa Trips Magazine, Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the 2013 Grammy Award® Winner for "Best Latin Tropical Album" beating industry super stars Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives. PMO honors the sounds of the great Latin big bands of the 1940's through present times, infusing their music with an intoxicating energy that consistently inspires standing ovations at every live performance. PMO performs salsa, cha-cha-cha, and Latin jazz. The band consists of a superb line up of world-class musicians who have performed and recorded with a variety of international recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Scovedo, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval and more.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Digable Planets

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Digable Planets
American alternative hip hop group based in New York City, known for it's fusion of Jazz and Hip hop. Current Members: Craig Irving, Ishmael Butler

In New York City, a Former Seattle resident Butterfly (a k a Ishmael Butler) hooked up with Philadelphia native Doodlebug (Craig Irving), who was a member of NY dread Poets Society, and Ladybug aka Mecca (Mary Ann Vieira) a Maryland denizen of Brazilian descent. They were backed by Silkworm, who later embarked on a solo career under the name King Britt

Butterfly spent his childhood in Seattle, Washington, where he was born in the early 1970s. After his parents divorced, he moved around the country with his history professor father, living in Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. Butterfly's father provided him with a rich musical environment, exposing his son to an extensive jazz collection. As Butterfly grew up, he augmented that foundation with rap; he also played saxophone in his teen years. Upon completing high school, he attended the University of Massachusetts on a basketball scholarship but quit before long. He decided instead to earn an education in the music business, taking an internship with Sleeping Bag Records, a New York City-based hip-hop label, in the mid-1980s.

Digable Planets' female member, Ladybug, though she was born in Brazil in the mid-1970s, spent her childhood mostly in Maryland. By the time she was in high school, she was a restless young woman; in four years, she attended three different schools. She told Pat Blashill of Details that she "didn't talk to anyone. I had, like, longass dreads and a nose ring and the other students weren't used to that.... I just couldn't wait to get out of high school." Powers described Ladybug as "a tomboy whose version of climbing trees was learning to rap

Although Digable Planets dissolved in 1996, all three members have remained active musically. Butterfly went on to form the band Cherrywine, releasing the album Bright Black in 2003. He also composed music for commercial clients including Pepsi and Fila, and ventured into acting, with roles in film (the 2002 Sundance fave I Am Ali) and Off Broadway. Mecca the Ladybug now Ladybug Mecca dropped her new solo album, Trip The Light Fantastic, in June, 2005 on her very own record label Nu Paradigm Entertainment. She also composed the score for a short film entitled The Monster courtesy of Scenarios USA - Kids Creating Social Change in 2001. A segment of the film was featured on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Working as Cee Knowledge, Doodlebug has been leading Philadelphia live hip-hop ensemble Cosmic Funk Orchestra since 2000.

In addition Doodlebug is actively the CEO of the successful multimedia company 7 and a Cresent. But most importantly for Digable Planets fans worldwide, the original trio recently reformed to play a number of well-received live dates (including Lollapalooza 2005), and begin work on their first album in over a decade.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$37.50
Tickets

8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


Next Month

Friday, June 1st 2018

Flowtilla

Eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet


JAZZ

6:30pm to 9:30pm, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


"Rapoport Remembered" is a musical meditation on Rapoport's Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s.

"Rapoport Remembered," is the brainchild of violin/vocals duo Hae Voces (Kristina Dutton and Majel Connery). "Rapoport Remembered" is a musical meditation on Rapoport's Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s. Using live processing to construct massive shifting sonic textures, the duo brings the dynamism aof Rapoport's work back to life. <br/><br/>"Rapoport Remembered" is commissioned by the Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust, and supported by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation. It premieres June 1-2, 2018 at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, where Rapoport exhibited during her lifetime.

7pm to 9pm, Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702


The Jazz Fourtet

7pm to 9pm,


Violet Island ["Private Property" EP Release] + friends!

Violet Island is proud to announce the release of their debut EP "Private Property" on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 924 Gilman St.

Featuring
The Warhols
The Warhols are a Pop-Punk/Alternative band from Livermore, CA composed of Jose Peralta, Juan Calderon, and Evan Ochoa.

Violet Island
Creating music from Hayward, Ca
Adrian S.-Vocals/Guitar
F. Ramirez-Drums
N.Vila-Bass

Busy Lighthouse
Bay Point, California
Alternative Rock band out of California!

Killer Caribou
Based out of Livermore CA! We play (good) music.

ALL AGES. $8 + $2 Membership. 7pm.
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Lasso Party

Lasso Party!
Lots of rope. Western Theme. Dress up if you want. I'm dressing up.

Doctor Striker
Cartoon Violence
Moral High Horses

8pm to 11:59pm, The Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble

Third Annual Latin Dance Party
Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble
Salsa Dance Lessons

The Berkeley High School Jazz program (BHS Jazz) is a premier high school jazz program, nationally and internationally known as an incubator of talent and a citadel of swing.


Its flagship performing group, the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble, has been one of the nation's leading high school big bands for the past 40 years. BHS Jazz has produced some of the most creative jazz voices of the past several decades. BHS Jazz is comprised of four big band classes, and numerous student-led combos.

Links

Fri, June 1, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$20.00 - $95.00
Tickets

8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


Pacific Mambo Orchestra

Website
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Named "one of the best Latin big bands in the world" by Salsa Trips Magazine, Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the 2013 Grammy Award® Winner for "Best Latin Tropical Album" beating industry super stars Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives. PMO honors the sounds of the great Latin big bands of the 1940's through present times, infusing their music with an intoxicating energy that consistently inspires standing ovations at every live performance. PMO performs salsa, cha-cha-cha, and Latin jazz. The band consists of a superb line up of world-class musicians who have performed and recorded with a variety of international recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Scovedo, Herbie Hancock, Prince, Paul Anka, Arturo Sandoval and more.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


People Power Band

The People Power Band, a Bay Area jazz band of industry veterans, returns to the California Jazz Conservatory for one special night comprised of classic and modern jazz renditions of your favorite songs. Come join us for an evening of soulful music and support the only accredited jazz conservatory in the United States.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Gene Wang - Band Leader/Alto Sax and Flute; Jeffrey Wash - Music Director/Bass; Darryl Walker - Vocalist; Joyce Lee - Vocalist; Ben Torres - Tenor Sax; David Moss - Trumpet; Bob Levenson - Baritone Sax; Don Beck - Guitar Trumpet; Jerry Fiddler - Guitar; Scott Welsh - Drums

Group Bio: Silicon Valley is known for over-achieving technologists and visionaries, but that's not where the talent ends. Known as the birthplace of countless bands that music lovers celebrate, the Bay Area has always known how to boogie and the People Power Band has become a solid part of that legacy. The People Power Band has performed all over the Bay Area from technology events like IoT World in Santa Clara to SFJAZZ as well as numerous festivals including Earth Day, infusing each performance with high energy and jazzy tunes.

The People Power Band is a soulful mix of lushly orchestrated horns, guitars, vocals and rhythms, and comprised of some of the Bay Area's best talent including Grammy Award-winning Tenor Sax player, Ben Torres and Jeffrey Wash, PPB's music director who's backed up singers from "The Voice" and "American Idol" and worked with many artists including Huey Lewis, Michael Bolton, and Amanda Brown. With a repertoire that includes everything from classics from Stevie Wonder, the Beatles and the Tower of Power to modern hits by Avicii, Pink, and Bruno Mars, the People Power Band is sure to inspire a fun night for any crowd!
Group Website: http://www.peoplepowerco.com/about/#about-band
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/peoplepowerband

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Tom Rhodes, Bourbon Therapy

For the last six years, Tom Rhodes has been making quite a name for himself in the Americana scene. His award-winning music is as real and honest as it gets.

His distinctive voice, road-worn and raspy from years of honing his craft, and inviting guitar work that cleverly masks its complexity, form a warm and welcoming home for his heartfelt and inspiring lyrics. Having played shows across the U.S. and Europe throughout his career, Tom has steadily built a diehard fan base that has seen him through the release of five independent albums: Tom Rhodes (2004), No Apologies (2006), Better Son (2010), With or Without (2014), and Who You Were (2016). Fans have followed him from small bars in the D.C. area to venues such as the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in North Carolina, the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. As of 2018, his music has been licensed and used on network and cable TV shows, feature length movies, and commercials across all platforms. Geographical influences are unavoidable, when you've spent as much time in and around some of America's greatest musical heartlands. Born in Houston, Texas, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area before heading off to places like Memphis, New Orleans, New York City, and even the Caribbean - each place leaving indelible marks on his eclectic songwriting and performing style. In 2011, he moved to Oakland, CA (where he currently resides), while working on new material and following some of his other passions, including illustration and videography.

Bourbon Therapy was born out of Aaron Skiles's realization that the best therapy may just be music...and bourbon doesn't hurt either. After picking up the bass as a freshman at the United States Military Academy, West Point, Aaron bounced around in various rock bands from Seattle to Baltimore to New York to San Francisco. With over 20 years of experience as "just the bass player," Aaron decided to step out on his own.

Bourbon Therapy is based in Oakland, California. They are an indie rock/alt-country band fronted by the husband and wife duo of Aaron and Rebecca Skiles. Their style of upbeat music combined with downtrodden lyrics is reminiscent of the mid-90's Counting Crows or Soul Asylum, combined with the modern The Head and The Heart or Silversun Pickups. By mixing big guitars with piano, strings and even an occasional harmonica, their sound ranges from heavy riff-laden songs to expressive ballads, providing a dynamic range of anthemic tunes.

Bourbon Therapy's latest album, Hymnals and Hangovers, is an expansive progression from their debut, self-titled album. Highlighting the beautiful vocals of Rebecca Skiles and featuring multi-part harmonies, upbeat instrumentation, and catchy choruses, the album crosses several genres (Americana, 90's Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock and more) to deliver an emotional, catchy ride from start to finish.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Baraka Moon with Spin Sisters


Formed on the eclipse of the full moon in 2008, Baraka Moon returns to our stage with its ecstatic global trance grooves for achieving a higher consciousness through listening, dancing, or any other means. They will be featuring music to party to as they celebrate the release of their CD "Wind Horse." Bringing together global citizens with origins in Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the U.S., the quartet's all-original music ignites from ancient Qawaali Sufi trance songs, Indian classical ragas, Middle Eastern overtones, and African drums and percussion, plus the Australian Aboriginal didjeridu. The musicians bring those influences into an uplifting and resonant whole, which the bandmembers proclaim is, "spiritually charged and soulful dance music with a positive message of peace for the whole world! Even the Gods are dancing and smiling. Open your soul, sing your heart. Baraka Moon at your service!" "Baraka" is the Sufi word for blessing, a quality that permeates the group's music.


Vocalist Sukhawat Ali Khan fronts Baraka Moon, performing on the harmonium and drawing from his luminary family's 600 years of vocal tradition with a voice that comes straight from the heart, while one-man-band didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent, a globally acclaimed pioneer in bringing the ancient Aboriginal instrument to the contemporary world, plows a deep earthy groove and shakes it down together with Peter Warren's driving drums, as Anastasi Mavrides paints singing constellations with his shimmering guitar.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Saturday, June 2nd 2018

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSEY to fight human trafficking - FIRST SHOW

Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSSEY to fight human trafficking

Beat Causes, working to make the world better - one cause at a time

Show 1: Rudy Colombini with Elexi, Mixsterious Djs, and DJ Lazyboy (All Ages)

Show 2: DJ Qbert with JE & Kendo of The Fresh Crew, DJ Lazyboy, Beatknoxx & Special performance by Elexi + Special Guests (Ages 18+)

4pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

New Orleans legend, Melvin "Blues Daddy" Leonard and his rippin' hot sauce band.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Dodge's Sundodgers

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


"Rapoport Remembered" is a musical meditation on Rapoport's Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s.

"Rapoport Remembered," is the brainchild of violin/vocals duo Hae Voces (Kristina Dutton and Majel Connery). "Rapoport Remembered" is a musical meditation on Rapoport's Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s. Using live processing to construct massive shifting sonic textures, the duo brings the dynamism aof Rapoport's work back to life. <br/><br/>"Rapoport Remembered" is commissioned by the Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust, and supported by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation. It premieres June 1-2, 2018 at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, where Rapoport exhibited during her lifetime.

7pm to 9pm, Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702


StayOut/ UnitedDefiance/ TheWithdrawals/ Just Look Around/No Future

Stay Out
United Defiance
The Withdrawals
Just Look Around
No Future
ALL AGES.
Doors 7 $7 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


A Cappella Jazz & Pop Concert --- Pacific Edge Voices

In June we continue our longstanding tradition of presenting original a cappella arrangements of the best jazz and pop tunes from all eras. Small and large ensembles bring their special interpretations of songs both well known and obscure.
This concert has sold out for the last three years.
Get your tickets early!
Email: info@pacificedgevoices.org
Price Range: $15-$35
Tickets: (415) 392-4400

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Crowden Music Center
1475 Rose St, Berkeley


Album Release Party --- The Town Howlers and Nashville Honeymoon

The Town Howlers will be celebrating the release of their debut album, "Alright Everbody! It's The Town Howlers".

The night will also feature:
Nashville Honeymoon (Americana/Country), a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s.

Niki and Tonya, from the now retired Old Belle, will be opening the show with beautiful bluegrass harmony singing and guitar picking.

8pm to 6/2 12 midnight, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Rising Appalachia, Dead Winter Carpenters, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional


SEVA'S 40th Anniversary


Seva is a global nonprofit eye care organization that transforms lives and strengthens communities by restoring sight and preventing blindness. Learn more: seva.org

Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life's work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.
Dead Winter Carpenters
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Dead Winter Carpenter's have a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward `tell-it-like-it-is' alternative country, with an edge that is as hard-hitting as it is whimsical. Foot-stomping original tunes blended with the band's onstage presence highlighted by the vocal melodies and five part harmonies, ferocious fluidity of the fiddle, deep pounding thump and thud of the upright bass, country ramblings of the telecaster and acoustic guitars, and the driving drums all meld together to create an experience that is sure leave you wanting more...
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The Sam Chase & The Untraditional
Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, Sam and his band whom he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional, blends rock n roll and folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes of growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. This band of berserkers has performed at festivals such as Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Sierra Music Festival, and Kate Wolf Music Festival. They are the heroes we need in these desperate times...
 Links

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$25.00 - $75.00
Tickets

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


Berkeley World Music Festival - Special Free Event

The Saturday night party at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, celebrates the Festival's 15th anniversary with an all-free cross-cultural concert performance of percussion of the feet and body from the world's great music traditions from Africa, Spain and the Americas.

Followed by a world dance party with DJ Corey Mason of World One Radio!

Featuring:

Yaelisa of Caminos Flamencos,

Mussell Rock clogging,

Chhandam School of Kathak,

Chinyakare Ensemble,

and Wang Dang Doodle (Keith Terry and Linda Tillery)
The Chinyakare Ensemble is a family of musicians, dancers and teachers committed to preserving and sharing traditional Zimbabwean culture, and promoting community building and education through music and dance. Chinyakare presents an electrifying performance of the traditional dance, music, and culture of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The music (played on mbira, ngoma, marimbas, and chipendani), songs, and dance weave colorful stories that show scenes from everyday life. Chinyakare provides audiences with a glimpse of the beauty, excitement, and spirit of traditional African dance and song.

Mhande [mahn-deh] or Amajukwa [ah-mah-joo-kwah] Mhande or amajukwa is a dance to petition the ancestral spirits for plenty of rain. This usually takes place in October and November, the season of planting and the first rains of the growing season. Accompanied by ngoma, hosho and singing, dancers beat out fast-paced rhythms on the ground with magavhu (leg rattles) attached to their legs.

Chinyambera [chin-yahm-behr-uh] Chinyambera is a hunter's dance to bring families and communities together to dance, pray, honor, and give thanks and respect to the hunters, animals, and Mother Nature. When the hunters leave home, they do not know how far they will have to go or how long they will have to hunt before they can find something to bring back to their families, but they never give up. The dance reflects strong energies and changes of movements in a fast, slow, explosive and quiet pace that reminds us all that we live in a prayer.

Caminos Flamencos is a not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, dedicated to bringing high quality arts and educational programs to diverse audiences throughout the United States. During the last twelve years,

Artistic Director, Yaelisa has spent extensive periods of time living and performing in Spain, presenting her choreography there and in the U.S. Her choreographies have been commissoned by several modern dance companies, including John Malashock & Company, Rose Polsky and Collage Dance Theatre. In 1995 she was one of 11 choreographers in Spain invited to present a piece at the prestigious Certamen de Coreografia in Madrid, and the only American choreographer chosen among them. In 1996 she returned to the U.S. where she continues to choreograph, develop and train dancers for her company. Creating innovative theatrical presentations has established her as a choreographer of merit; she is the recipient of an Emmy Award for Choreography in 1993 for the PBS program, "Desde Cadiz a Sevilla," and a Choreography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1996.

Mussell Rock Cloggers are a clogging performance group in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, founded and directed by internationally renowned Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and home to the Chitresh Das Dance Company, is the largest Indian classical dance institution in North America.

Dang Doodle -
Keith Terry and Linda Tillery
Linda Tillery and the The Cultural Heritage Choir is a Grammy © nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the musical traditions of the African Diaspora with particular emphasis on music of the Southern United States. We connect this music to its West African and Caribbean origins.

Since 1992, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, have become world renowned for their breathtaking performances and commitment to the authenticity of African-American roots music and music from the African diaspora. Their vocals are soulful and germane, their rhythms are a fusion of southern grit and carribean heat!!

The groups first collaboration with veteran performers Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb titled "Shakin' A Tailfeather," was nominated for a Grammy [1997] and their second collaborative effort "Hippity Hop," was awarded a Parents Choice Award (2000). The group's (2003) recording titled "Say Yo' Business", was nominated for a California Music Award.

If you would like to delve deeply into the diverse resources of African-American roots music and learn the tradition of call and response and the rhythms that drive this music and give it vitality, the Cultural Heritage Choir will teach you how to approach singing with the ears, eyes and the heart. Learn to sing Work Songs, Spirituals, Children's Play Songs, Field Hollers, Moans, Ring Shouts, Plantation Dances and a little bit of Bomba!

The cultural heritage choir is Linda Tillery, Rhonda Benin, Tammi Brown, Bryan Dyer, Zoe Ellis and Javier Navarrette.

- Using any surface for its rhythmic possibilities, Keith Terry "claps his hands, rubs his palms, finger-pops, stamps his feet, brushes his soles, slaps his butt and belly, pops his cheek, whomps his chest, skips and slides, sings and babbles and coughs, building his music out of a surprisingly varied register of sounds and clever rhythmic variations." - Village Voice

Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm dancer whose work encompasses a number of allied performance disciplines - music, dance, theater, performance art - which he brings together to create an artistic vision that defies easy categorization. As a self-defined "Body Musician," Keith uses the oldest musical instrument in the world - the human body (his own) - as the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities.

Trained as a percussionist, Keith was the drummer for the original Jazz Tap Ensemble when he found his drum patterns becoming hand claps and foot steps. Soon percussion became dance, his body his instrument, and his own style of body music emerged. Keith's influences range from Japanese Taiko and Balinese Gamelan to North American rhythm tap and Ethiopian armpit music.

...a crossing of cultures, a blurring of boundaries at its most sensitive, most humanistic, and most magical. - National Public Radio


Keith Terry is probably best known for his solo works, which toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia - from the Serious Fun Festival at Lincoln Center, the Bumbershoot Festival at the Seattle Opera House, the Colorado Dance Festival, New York's Dance Theater Workshop and Wolftrap to the American Center in Paris, the Bali Arts Festival, the Regency in Hong Kong, the Vienna Dance Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival and the Paradiso van Slag World Drum Festival in Amsterdam.


Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
FREE EVENT as part of the Berkeley World Music Festival

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Helen and Larry

8pm to 10pm, Cafe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley


Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra


Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend. The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy's creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades, inspiring many hip-hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of the internationally acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer and Dr. John, have garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among musicians and fans. Ziggy's style is unique. He is a master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming. Zigaboo's music consistently demonstrates his brilliance as the premier funk drummer of the contemporary era.

 Website

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)
Tickets

    Dance Floor Open!
    All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Mission Blue

Mission Blue is a new band consisting of Dana Frankel on fiddle and her dad, Avram Frankel, on guitar, along with a rotating cast of special guests.

Long-time veterans of the Bay Area bluegrass scene, they deliver hard-driving traditional bluegrass laced with their special brand of father-daughter harmonies. Dana has grown up in the Northern California bluegrass community and is recognized as one of the most promising young up-and-coming California bluegrass fiddlers. She is thrilled to be a part of this new project, along with her other bands The Dim Lights and Pacific Drive. With Mission Blue, Dana and Avram are both excited to branch off and play in a new configuration with a variety of special guests at every gig. For this show, they will be joined by a cast of wily local bluegrass veterans: Zach Sharpe on bass, Billy Moore on banjo, and Jesse Appelman on mandolin. This will be a special show - please join us.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Fidel Nadal & DJ Stepwise - Reggae en Español Directly from Argentina!

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show
La Peña Cultural Center is humbled to present Argentine reggae legend Fidel Nadal - directly from Argentina!
Plus, opening set by DJ Stepwise, who will be spinning reggae, dancehall & more - flying in from San Diego, CA specially for this show!
https://lapena.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/VID-20180416-WA0000.mp4
ABOUT FIDEL NADAL:
Nadal was born in Buenos Aires, a fifth generation Argentinian with Angolan roots, his music has raised awareness and recognition of the rights of black Argentines.
He was heavily influenced by the music listened to by his parents: blues, soul, jazz & Caribbean rhythms. His ideology involves deep Rastafarian culture from countries like Jamaica and Haiti; one of his inspirations is Bob Marley, whom he credits for helping him shape his personal and musical identity. His main influences are related to reggae rhythms and Afro-Argentine culture.
Nadal has 15 solo records to his name, and his album � (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fidel-nadal-dj-stepwise-reggae-en-espanol-directly-from-argentina-2/)

8:30pm to 11:59pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSEY to fight human trafficking - SECOND SHOW

Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSSEY to fight human trafficking

Beat Causes, working to make the world better - one cause at a time

Show 1: Rudy Colombini with Elexi, Mixsterious Djs, and DJ Lazyboy (All Ages)

Show 2: DJ Qbert with JE & Kendo of The Fresh Crew, DJ Lazyboy, Beatknoxx & Special performance by Elexi + Special Guests (Ages 18+)

9pm to 6/2 12 midnight, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


The 7th Annual Spring Roll Live

7th Annual Live @ 9 The Spring Roll Jazz Soul music series featuring 9 times Grammy nominated sounds of tomorrow today California Flght Project featuring singer-songwriter Jerrij Bobelli Johnson recording artist for Universal Music -Famous Music Groups -Ingrooves Music Groups+ Black Diamond Reocords- I H P Media Solutions Hot Topics. All live . at Eat & Thai , sessions are live rehearsals open to the publich. You will love it, you never know who will put up its a band of great nusicians reheasing live for the tour dates ahead , its rare as it get but best as it come all you have to do is come eat drink and enjoy the sounds of tomorrow today with one of the greatest music stories ever for Urban music in funk jazz, soul, r&b , dance , pop, fusion, reggae fusion pop ,, acoustic sounds that last forever melodies your can humm or sing to they are all from California . So, just come the food is delicious and the atmostpher is eclectic along with the vibe of the people they come to enjoy the sounds of tomorrow with one of the best sounds in the music industry todate. All raw live sounds . Its will be fun and entertaining as they go throught their list of endless songs that hit the air waves around the Globe of California Flight Project, Be there ~!!~ Its open to the public all family members will enjoy the Sound of Calfornia Flight. "Show your right" The 7th annual Spring Roll Music series kick off in fashion to Nov 2018... .

9pm to 10pm, Eat @ Thai Restaurant, 1181 University Ave., Berkeley


Sunday, June 3rd 2018

Album Release Party --- The Town Howlers and Nashville Honeymoon

The Town Howlers will be celebrating the release of their debut album, "Alright Everbody! It's The Town Howlers".

The night will also feature:
Nashville Honeymoon (Americana/Country), a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s.

Niki and Tonya, from the now retired Old Belle, will be opening the show with beautiful bluegrass harmony singing and guitar picking.

12 midnight, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSEY to fight human trafficking - SECOND SHOW

Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSSEY to fight human trafficking

Beat Causes, working to make the world better - one cause at a time

Show 1: Rudy Colombini with Elexi, Mixsterious Djs, and DJ Lazyboy (All Ages)

Show 2: DJ Qbert with JE & Kendo of The Fresh Crew, DJ Lazyboy, Beatknoxx & Special performance by Elexi + Special Guests (Ages 18+)

12 midnight, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Viktorija GečytÄ-- & Gene Perla Quartet

Paris-based Lithuanian singer Viktorija GečytÄ-- and veteran double-bassist Gene Perla and his trio have been enchanting audiences for the past 10 years, touring the US and Europe. Their music springs from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, original compositions, folk songs from Lithuania, and rarely performed musical gems. Their May through July shows are part of the band's 10th annual tour. "Grab your coat and get your hat," and come out to join the festivities!

Viktorija GečytÄ-- (vocalist)
Gene Perla (double-bassist)
Sean Gough (pianist)
Jon Arkin (percussionist)

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

1:30pm to 3:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Larry London: Troika Ensemble

Free

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


Berkeley Festival-SEATTLE HISTORICAL ARTS FOR KIDS

Handel's Serse is a tale of cleverness and bravery in the ancient imperial court of King Xerxes. Schemes are hatched, letters go astray, servants and nobles collude in deception, and a mysterious visitor in disguise takes treacherous action - all for the sake of justice and honor. Like SHAK's beloved Alcina adaptation, presented in 2015 by Early Music America during the Boston Early Music Festival, this all-ages production is an hour-long spoken play interspersed with sparkling arias and choruses from the original work, all acted and sung by our skilled youth cast aged 8 and to teen. Students of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids bring to life the glories of the Baroque age with costume, dance, and fencing from the time, accompanied by an all-star period-instrument chamber orchestra.

Stage direction by Carmen Mettler, vocal coaching by Nancy Zylstra, choreography & dance instruction by Jamia Hansen-Murray, duels and fencing instruction by Cecil Longino. Concept, script, and music direction by Shulamit Kleinerman, with Tekla Cunningham, violin; Joanna Blendulf, cello; and John Lenti, theorbo.

Email: jhousesteward@sfems.org
Price Range: $15/$5 for students under age 30 with ID available only at the box office
Tickets: (510) 528-1725
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4pm to 6pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)


The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .
May 27: Stanford Jazz High School All Stars (4:30 pm)

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Blues Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a blues vocal jam session, hosted by Pamela Rose. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive to sign up.

4:30pm to 5:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Larry Stefl

5pm to 7pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley


Mouths of Babes

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Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. Their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace crisscrossed the country, touring with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. As Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of their previous groups into a new duo that brings more style and depth than ever before.

Mouths of Babes' first full-length album was released in 2017 to great acclaim. The title track, Brighter In the Dark, has been honored as a Finalist in the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and "Any Other Day," the duo's song about police violence against people of color in America, won the 2018 Independent Music Award for Best Social Action Song. No Depression writes, "Mouths of Babes could never have predicted how necessary Brighter In The Dark [would be] in a post-Trump world. The album title is fitting. We need music that shows people struggling against social expectations, that reminds us that we all have the resilience we need to make it through."


"If I was forced to categorize it, I'd call it modern folk. It's powerful, romantic, and giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once." - Huffington Post

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$18 ADV / $22 DOOR (plus fees)
Tickets

7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Albany High School Jazz Student Recital

The concert will feature the Albany High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Craig Bryant. Bands from Albany have received top marks and awards at the Folsom, Reno, and Santa Cruz Jazz Festivals. In previous years, the Albany High School Jazz Band has performed at the CMEA State Conference in Sacramento, and been selected as a finalist for both the Next Generation Festival presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival and the "Essentially Ellington" contest presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Bryant's students participate in the Jazz School and SF All-Star bands; the Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco Youth Orchestras; and the CBDA All-State Bands and Orchestras.

The performance is a fundraiser for the Albany Music Fund, supporting music programs in the Albany USD. For more information, please visit www.albanymusic.org.

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

7pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Berkeley Festival-CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY


CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY, Paul Flight, Director Un musicien de premier ordre-Marc-Antoine Charpentier


Heralded by the San Francisco press for its "dazzling" and "sublime" performances, California Bach Society showcases Marc-Antoine Charpentier's best choral works. Artistic director Paul Flight leads the award-winning 30-voice chorus, vocal soloists, flutes, and a full consort of viols in the poignant Litanies de la Vierge and the splendid Missa Assumpta est Maria.


Charpentier wrote the Litanies de la Vierge early in his career, while in the employ of Mlle de Guise. The exquisite work, for six voices with two independent, treble gamba parts over it, was specifically written for Mlle de Guise's house ensemble, in which Charpentier himself sang countertenor. To learn more about treble gambas, read California Bach Society's blog post about the gamba family at http://www.calbach.org/blog//the-gamba-family-on-stage.


At the end of his life, Charpentier held the most prestigious choir director post in all of France: "maître de musique" of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It was for the choir that rehearsed and performed in this stunning church that he wrote the Missa Assumpta est Maria, nowadays widely considered his most beautiful mass setting. Artistic director Paul Flight says about this masterwork: "It is serene and exciting in turns, and has such a lovely scoring with the flutes."


With vocal soloists Samuel Faustine, tenor; Timothy Silva, tenor; and Clayton Moser, bass. Instrumentalists joining the 30 voice, award-winning chorus for these performances are Vicki Melin and Alissa Roedig, baroque flutes; Marie Dalby Szuts and Amy Brodo, treble gambas; Julie Jeffrey, alto gamba; Roy Whelden, tenor gamba, Lynn Tetenbaum, bass gamba; and Yuko Tanaka, organ.


The California Bach Society, a 30-voice chamber chorus, was recently awarded "Best Baroque Performance" by San Francisco Classical Voice for its 2016 production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Founded in 1971, CBS has specialized in historically informed performances since 1998 and has established a reputation for its interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque choral music. The appointment of artistic director Dr. Paul Flight in 2006 has resulted in highly successful concert seasons. Dr. Flight has enthralled audiences and critics with his thoughtful and refreshing programming, and has become well respected for bringing lesser-known Baroque masterworks to Bay Area stages. Under his direction, the chorus has garnered critical acclaim. In February 2013, Leon Chisholm of San Francisco Classical Voice wrote: "In recent years, the California Bach Society has become a prospector of Baroque gold. Its concerts have brought forth exquisite, rarely heard works by forgotten masters from the lost frontier, to the delight of its audiences." In 2016 another SFCV reviewer raved, "California Bach Society delivers a sublime St. Matthew Passion."


Email: jhousesteward@sfems.org

Price Range: $45/$38/$15 for students under age 30 with ID available only at box office

Tickets: (510) 528-1725

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7:30pm to 9:30pm, Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Blackalicious


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"We're older, we're wiser, we're more mature," MC Gift of Gab (nee Timothy Parker) says of Imani, Vol. 1, Blackalicious' first new album in a decade."It's better now, because we've grown as people and artists.""Each one of these records is a chapter in our lives, and we put our complete heart and soul into it," agrees Gab's longtime musical partner, CJ/producer Chief Xcel (aka Xavier Mosley)."We live these records."Imani, Vol. 1 lives up to the beloved California-bred duo's hard-won reputation as one of hip-hop's most progressive,
forward-thinking creative forces. Acclaimed for the sublime combination of Gab's verbal dexterity and lyrical eloquence, and X's bracing beats and distinctive soundscapes, Blackalicious has earned widespread respect, both inside and outside of the hip-hop community, for the wildly inventive, personally charged innovations of its first three albums, 1999's Nia, 2002's Blazing Arrow and 2005's The Craft.


Three years in the making, Imani, Vol. 1-the first of a projected trilogy to be released over the course of two years-is perhaps Blackalicious' most ambitious and accomplished effort to date, maintaining the spirituality, introspection and positivity that are the twosome's trademarks, while making it clear that their musical vision and creative drive remain as
strong as ever. Although Imani, Vol. 1 is driven by Gift of Gab's uplifting verbal sophistication and Chief Xcel's expansive sonic sensibility, which are as distinctive as ever on such riveting tracks as "On Fire Tonight," "Escape," The Sun," "We Did It Again" and the epic "Alpha and Omega." The pair is joined by such guest performers as Afro-pop diva Zap Mama, who's featured on the title track; Amde Hamilton of legendary '60s rap progenitors the Watts Prophets on the album-opener "Faith," eclectic singer-songwriter Imani Coppola on "The Sun," underground hip-hop duo LifeSavas on "That Night," neo-blues auteur Fantastic Negrito on "Love's Gonna Save the Day," Myron of retro-soulsters Myron & E on "On Fire Tonight," and the all-star hip-hop combo of Lateef, Lyrics Born, Monophonics and DJ D Sharp on "Alpha and Omega." Imani-whose title is the Swahili word for "faith"-is a particularly personal project for Blackalicious, with its title
reflecting the personal trials that helped to inspire the words and music.
 
Amerigo Gazaway
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Son of Gary Gazaway

9pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Monday, June 4th 2018

A Master Class in Silent Film Musical Accompaniment With Donald Sosin

For one day only Donald Sosin, renowned composer and musician, will offer a master class in the art of accompanying silent film. Read more at http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/master-class-silent-film-musical-accompaniment-donald-sosin

1pm to 3pm,


MICHAEL POLLAN presents HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

7pm to 8pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley


Cafe Acustico

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo, Berkeley


Tuesday, June 5th 2018

Berkeley Festival-Two Baroque Girls

This program will feature music by female composers of the baroque era.
The performers will present works by Maddalena Lombardini, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Isabella Leonarda. Featured works include Maddalena Lombardini Duos no. 2 and 5; Elizabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre Sonata No. 2; Isabella Leonardo Sonata No. 12; and Anna Amalia Sonata in F Major.
Performers: Sarah Bleile, baroque violin; Shelby Yamin, baroque violin; Eugenio Solinas, baroque cello; and Andrew Wang, harpsichord.
Directors: Corey Jamason and Elizabeth Reed
Email: jhousesteward@sfems.org
Price Range: $15/$5 from students under age 30 with ID available only at box office

Tickets: (510) 528-1725

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11am to 1pm, Saint Marks Episcopal Church2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


9th Ward Millionaires

Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Berkeley Festival-DAVIS SENIOR HS BAROQUE ENSEMBLE

DAVIS SENIOR HS BAROQUE ENSEMBLE, Angelo Moreno, Director
Music by Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Lully, and Avison
Davis Senior High School, located just northeast of the Bay Area in Davis, CA, established the first Baroque orchestra in a public high school in the US.
They made their Berkeley Festival debut in 2014. They return to the Festival stage this year with a program of works by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and Charles Avison. Featuring violin soloist Caleb Young and keyboard soloist Kohlin Sekizawa.
Email: jhousesteward@sfems.org
Price Range: $15/$5 from students under age 30 with ID available only at box office
Tickets: (510) 528-1725
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4pm to 6pm, Saint Marks Episcopal Church2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Alexandra Mattraw, Norman Fischer, and Tiff Dressen

This is a book launch and celebration for Alexandra Mattraws new book, small siren.

Alexandra Mattraw is a Berkeley poet and fourth generation native of Northern California. Her debut full-length book, small siren, was published this spring at Cultural Society. Alexandra is also the author of four chapbooks, including flood psalm (2017), published with Dancing Girl Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, Fourteen Hills, The Poetry Project, VOLT, The Volta, and elsewhere. In Oakland, she curates an art centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen, now in its seventh year.

About small siren:
"When good poetry hits, it animates the actual, it becomes the actual. That's small siren: a serious romp of constructive music that is what it says. Science and nature unlock their mysteries by being precise; in small siren the words - cut, spliced, compressed - form units of attention enacting the physical world so precisely that even the sun and the moon ride their arcs untroubled. Across cities and seas, Alexandra Mattraw's language isn't attached to images; it comes out of them, like a birthright. The authenticity is declarative and unmistakable: `A sign is a block, an island, a cloud, a clock.' She makes it real." - Aaron Shurin

"Though cradled by earth, Mattraw's poems wander through a new human condition. Or are the songs of spirits who won't tiptoe around their biographers. Through the unregistered versions of ourselves, we can read these poems and worry about having regular bodies later. Here is a beautiful lesson or wager that on a page you can risk your dreams." -Tongo Eisen-Martin

"In Alexandra Mattraw's much-awaited first book, small siren, we encounter a poet of extraordinary observation and inquiry. An enchantment and engagement with the world commences: "when is a voice a piano,' "repetition needs to believe,' "what grew before you could speak' build a kind of groundswell where Mattraw puts her ear to the hardscape of 21st century America and its global environs: Sao Paolo, Iceland, New Zealand. Ultimately, notions of country and categories break down. What we find is heresy, hearsay, and yes, wishes. Throughout, what survives is a relationship of love and courage, of errors and triumph. A human relationship of lovers, of family. This is a book of wonder and awe and strength. When the world goes down, I want to be in Alexandra Mattraw's boat." -Gillian Conoley

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. The latest of his more than twenty-five prose and poetry titles are (poetry) any would be if (Chax, 2017) and Magnolias All At Once (Singing Horse, 2015). Forthcoming in 2018 from PURH in France is his serial poem On a Train at Night. And from Talisman the poem Untitled Series: Life As It is. His latest prose works are What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind, and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion. He is the founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation (www.everydayzen.org), a network of Zen meditation groups and other projects. His books are distributed by Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, CA.

Tiff Dressen was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. SONGS FROM THE ASTRAL BESTIARY (lyric& Press, 2014) is their first full-length collection of poetry. They recently migrated from Oakland to the Portola neighborhood of San Francisco and work in the Office of Research at UC Berkeley. They are the author of Keeper (Woodland Editions, 2005), Because Icarus-children (WinteRed Press, December 2010) and for Aeolus: variations on the element (co-published by the g.e. collective and Poetry Flash, 2011). Their work has appeared in many journals including New American Writing, VOLT and 26: A journal of poetry and poetics, and YewJournal. They enjoy spending time at the SF Center for the Book honing their typesetting and letterpress printing skills.

7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Time Out Quartet

7pm to 9pm,


Larry Ochs )/Donald Robinson duo and John Shiurba 3-3

Larry Ochs (sax)/Donald Robinson (perc) duo
and
John Shiurba 3-3
(John Shiurba (gtr), Scott Walton (cb), Gino Robair (perc, elec))

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley


Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Midnite Ramblers plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8pm

Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area's top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers' sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson.


The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he's also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, "Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!"

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Midnite Ramblers plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8pm

Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area's top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers' sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson.


The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he's also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, "Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!"

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Slaid Cleaves

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Described as "terse, clear and heartfelt" (NPR Fresh Air), Slaid Cleaves' music speaks to timeless truths. The characters in his songs work dead-end jobs, they run out of money, they grow old, they hold on to each other (or not), and they die. With an eye for the beauty in everyday life, he tells their stories, bringing a bit of empathy to their uncaring world.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$26 ADV / $30 DOOR (plus fees)
Tickets

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Aterciopelados


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Aterciopelados, the pioneer Latin-American folk-rock group, returns after 8 years with their first long and live project entitled "Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado." This CD+DVD is a compilation of the most representative songs of their repertoire that celebrates over two decades of their existence as a band. It features the participation of big names, such as Macaco, León Larregui (vocals for the Mexican group Zoé), Goyo (Chocquibtown) and Catalina García (Monsieur Periné).
The group's members, Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago, founded Aterciopelados in 1992 and achieved great success, both locally and internationally, thanks to a sound that was absolutely unique and innovative, free of prejudices, mixing rock with the roots of Colombian folklore and even with salsa and bossa nova.
Aterciopelados have grown and evolved with each production, making history in Latin America and the rest of the world. They have released seven studio and one compilation album, selling over ten million copies of their records. Their album Río has been mentioned by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 10 best Latin rock albums of all times.

They have earned two Latin Grammy awards and been nominated on multiple occasions for the Grammy. Aterciopelados are also Amnesty International ambassadors focusing on the fight against abuse of women and have been strong activists since the beginning of their journey as a group, as well as individually, with Andrea releasing three studio recordings ("Andrea Echeverri", "Dos" & "Ruiseñora") that reveal a very clear position regarding gender issues and the rights of women. The first one of said albums carries her name.
Furthermore, Hector, who is composer and producer for many up and coming artists, has always been interested in the environment and the legacy from ancestral indigenous people, and has actively participated in organizing "Canto al Agua," an intercultural network focusing on healing and caring for the water. His soloist discography consists of his albums "Conector", "Conector II" and "Niños Cristal".
Hector and Andrea are currently presenting "Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado", homage to all the songs that turned them into one of the greatest and most renowned rock bands in Colombia and worldwide. As a result of their getting together after a three-year recess and with the objective of presenting their greatest hits at the 20 years of Rock al Parque, they have created this CD+DVD. It includes songs that made the "50 most viral songs of Colombia"

This is an album filled with environmental-friendly elements, and all related videos of the group are already available on the Vevo channel on Youtube and available on all streaming and online purchasing websites. It is a summary of the greatest hits of a legendary band that has left its imprint on more than one generation for over two decades.

In the middle of their world tour "Reluciente, Rechinante 2017", in which they support the release of the live album that bears this name in different countries in Europe, Aterciopelados' pays tribute to Juan Gabriel, with its version of "He venido a pedirte Perdón".
According to Andrea and Héctor, this song is "Sound nu disco and plancha futurista", referring to the term 'iron music' that in Colombia encompasses the great songwriters of Latin music of the 70's and 80's.

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Wednesday, June 6th 2018

Primavera

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Kenan Obrien

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., BErkeley


Kasey Knudsen Trio

Tickets & Info
Event details available soon.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Balkan Folkdance

This monthly event is a revival of '70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience

Doors at 6:30 pm; Dance at 7:00 pm
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Tickets are $7

8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Thursday, June 7th 2018

SF Medicine Ball

Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza
1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Jimbo Trout and the Fish People

Folk Rock

4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Jim Grantham Quartet

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo, Berkeley


Amelia Hogan, DJ Hamouris, Eileen Hazel

Three singers with many years of song-catching, and song-writing! Two sets in the round, with each of us collaborating on the other's songs. Look for lots of harmony, guitar, mountain dulcimer, ukulele and a cappella in the repertoire.

Amelia Hogan was singing before she could walk. She sings traditional Irish songs of the Sean-Nos or Old Style, plus Scottish, British, American, and Contemporary folk music with lilting grace and a subtle power. Much of this music is meant to be sung by the fire to a very intimate audience. You'll be transported into another time and place where the banshee cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling is what you'll find. Transplants: From the Old World to the New is her 2013 recording with guitarist Ray Frank. She has performed from Oregon to New York, Ireland to San Francisco and back again. Slàinte!

Deborah Hamouris ("DJ" to her friends) is a singer-songwriter with a long performance and recording history in the Bay Area. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist and (on her mountain dulcimer) as a traditionally-influenced song smith. Deborah just released her 2nd recording with jazz guitarist Mimi Fox, 1 in 8, original songs she wrote during successful cancer treatment.

Eileen Hazel is a bard of the human soul. Her songs will make you laugh and maybe cry, and perhaps sing along! She has released two CDs of original music, My Interesting Condition and Spark. Eileen also sings with the Reclaiming Spiral Dance Chorus and sings and strums the ukulele with AHAmele Hawaiian Music Ensemble.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.


Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Blame Sally, Thompsonia, Jenner Fox - River of Song - A Musical Celebration of California's Life-Giving Waters


River of Song
The second annual River of Song benefit concert brings together celebrated folk, bluegrass, old time, and Americana musicians from the Bay Area and beyond to celebrate California's life-giving waters. This year's lineup features Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Blame Sally, Thompsonia, and Jenner Fox. Proceeds benefit Friends of the River and the Foothill Conservancy.
   

Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum -- Website

Not only has the International Bluegrass Music Association twice named Laurie the Female Vocalist of the Year - not only did she win a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe - but she also graduated from Berkeley High. Since graduation, she's recorded more than 20 albums - with the Good Ol' Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects - and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.
Northern California-based American bluegrass mandolinist and singer. Born January 21, 1951. Best known for his long-time collaboration with partner Laurie Lewis. A native New Englander, Tom first joined forces with Laurie in 1986 as an original member of Grant Street, and may well be the rightest of all the Right Hands. He and Laurie collaborated on a beautiful, Grammy-nominated album of duets, The Oak and the Laurel, and he also has released a wonderful solo album, Jubilee, recorded with an all-star cast of musicians including Laurie, Mike Marshall, Herb Pederson, and Darol Anger.

Blame Sally --  Website
Blame Sally is the combination of four Bay Area songwriters, Pam Delgado, Renee Harcourt, Jeri Jones, and Monica Pasqual. Though each is accomplished in their own right, it's the blend of their prodigious talent that creates a powerful sound that transcends genres. From country-pop ballads to rock and roll barn-burners, Blame Sally infuses each song with rolicking energy for an electrifying performance.


Thompsonia -- Website
Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson's deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra's fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. They are celebrating the release of their second CD, "Nothing But Rain", an old-time romp ranging from epic ballads to red-hot ragtime to topical songs of the Depression (all too apt for 2018!) to blues harmonies. Suzy and Allegra's genetically-matched vocals (dubbed "The Everly Sisters sound" by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar and Suzy's fiery fiddling. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music for which Eric and Suzy have long been acclaimed, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana.
"Thompsonia makes the listener feel like the guest of honor at a party!"
Joe Newberry
"Thompsonia sounds like Hazel and Alice had joined forces with Memphis Minnie and recorded with Sam Phillips at Sun Studio."
Dave Alvin
"effortless-sounding instrumental virtuosity, buoyant ensemble playing, soulful singing, and a sense of humor desperately needed in these grim times"
Derk Richardson, Peghead Nation
"A beautiful and colorful trip through the Thompsons' vast musical world, with the sense of joy and humor that always bubbles under everything they play!"
Bruce Molsky


Jenner Fox --    Website
"Jenner combines the lyricism of Joni Mitchel and the commentary of Neil Young to represent the next generation of singer songwriters." - Grammy nominated producer and engineer Cookie Marenco
"Music that made me like me more and want to find the heart of it when I am not." - Tara Prokop
Jenner is a singer and songwriter on the river and the road. His musical delivery ranges from a soft mandolin melody to full blown passion at its peak, with words that will make you laugh and cry, and songs you'll want to take home. Jenner spends part of his time writing, touring, and recording, and the other part playing his music while working as a river guide in the US, Canada, and Chilean Patagonia. He draws his influence from river canyons, urban communities, John Prine, Josh Ritter, and the people, roads, and stories in between.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$35 ADV / $40 DOOR (plus fees)
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8pm to 11pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Friday, June 8th 2018

Cascada De Flores

11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA


FLAUTI DIVERSI Music in the Garden of Delight: Song and Dance of the Medieval Mediterranean

Flauti Diversi will perform songs and dances of the 13th and 14th centuries, both monophonic and polyphonic, devotional and rowdy, from the Cantigas and Llibre Vermell manuscripts, laude and estampies, as well as 19th and early 20th-century repertoire of the Ottoman Empire

FLAUTI DIVERSI:
Frances Feldon, recorders/medieval flute;
Allison Zelles Lloyd, soprano/medieval harp;
Peter Maund, percussion;
Sarah Michael, qanun;
David Rogers, lute/baroque guitar/oud
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Price: $20 Buy Tickets

1pm to 3pm, California Jazz Conservatory2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Devastation on the Nation Tour

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm
$25 in advance / $28 day of show / $70 3-day tickets
Tickets
This event is all ages


Aborted

Belgian death metal band from Waregem, formed in 1995.
Ingested


Disentomb
Death metal band from Brisbane, Australia.

Venom Prison
Death Metal band from South Wales
Vale Of Pnath
Death metal band from Denver, CO, US.

Signs Of The Swarm
Deathcore from Pittsburgh, PA, USA

5:30pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley


MY Word Open Mic

7pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Adrian Areas Latin Jazz Ensemble

All Ages Welcome ðY(tm) its a Potluck Food & Beverages
$15-$25 Donation for the Arts/Musicians

Featuring
Adrian Areas on Timbales y Timbalitos
Dan Neville On Vibes
Robert Gastelum on Trumpet
Ruskin Vaughn on Tumbadoras
Jordan Brysk on Bass
Brian Andres on Drums

Keeping the Flame Lit for Latin Jazz!!!!

7pm to 10pm, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


SMOKERS DARK/LIGHT (PDX) Teenage Sex Deseos Primitivos

ALL AGES. Doors @ 7:30pm // Show $10 + $2 Membership Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Maurice Tani

Maurice Tani --- Website

San Francisco native, Maurice Tani is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.

Tani uses the term, "Supercalifornigraphic" to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. "Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast."

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)
Tickets
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Saturday, June 9th 2018

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,


ANNA MARSH, AARON WESTMAN, AND HENRY LEBEDINSKY All That [Baroque] Jazz

At the turn of the 17th century, a new style of music began to push the boundaries of instrumental writing, demanding more from both musicians and their instruments. A significant amount of this new music was based on improvisation on popular songs of the time, much like American classic Jazz. Baroque violinist Aaron Westman and baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh join organist Henry Lebedinsky for a fun, illuminating, and even breathtaking exploration of this repertoire, including music from Italy, England, Germany, and Poland. Features works by Farina, Böddecker, Falconieri, Jarzebski, Merula, Rossi, Rosenmüller, Selma y Salaverde, and Uccellini.

PERFORMERS:
Aaron Westman, baroque violin;
Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon;
Henry Lebedinsky, organ and harpsichord

Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 or as able.

12:30 noon to 2:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Caroline Arden Launch for her debut YA novel, The High Climber of Dark Water Bay

"Arden has created the hero we have been waiting for in Young Adult Lit--Lizzie is authentic, relatable and proves herself a force to be reckoned with. Engaging and immersive, [her] writing is clean and crisp. Vivid imagery and concise storytelling combine to create a story for all ages."--Kathleen Kaufman, author of The Lairdbalor

Twelve-year-old Lizzie is in trouble. She used to live a comfortable life with her loving father, but after the stock market crash of 1929 and his sudden death, she and her family now live in poverty. Lizzie is expected to help support the family, but she can't even cook without burning food. One day, a letter arrives. Her wealthy uncle has offered her a paying job as a summer governess for her two young cousins at a remote logging camp, so she travels alone into the wilderness of Vancouver, British Columbia. To her horror, she discovers that her uncle is missing from the camp. Penniless and stranded, Lizzie's worst fears are soon confirmed--she is being held hostage by the camp's boss. "Accidents are easy to explain in the woods," he writes in a ransom letter to her uncle. Lizzie learns that in order to survive, she will have to perform the most dangerous job at the camp--the high climber. She has one chance to save herself and return to her family. Her intelligence and bravery will be tested to the limit as she pulls on the climber harness to prove to everyone, including herself, what she is truly capable of.

Caroline Arden holds an MFA in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. As a child she spent her summers at her grandparents' home at a former logging camp in British Columbia. Now she lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and daughters.
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by speaking with a bookseller or ordering from our website.

4pm to 5pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley


VL Trio

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Bay Area Death Fest Day 2

Sat ·  June 9, 2018
Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm
$25 in advance / $28 day of show / $70 3-day passes
Tickets
This event is all ages


Decrepit Birth
Technical Brutal Death Metal band from Santa Cruz, California, United States.

Internal Bleeding
American Brutal Death Metal from Long Island, New York. Formed in 1991.


Splattered
Slamming Brutal Death Metal from Fremont / Pleasanton, California US

Continuum
Ambient project of Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield) and Dirk Serries (Vidna Obmana, Fear Falls Burning).

Atoll
Atoll were a French language prog band of the 1970's. They were undoubtedly indebted to Ange, but also took in elements of Yes and many other influences, all combined into a style uniquely recognisable as Atoll.

5pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


The Deadliners

In the long dark hours between missing deadlines, what to do? We started a band, and started playing some of our favorite blues and rock n'roll songs. We began with three writers, then became four, then we added three ringers who actually do the one thing more difficult than making a living as a journalist-being professional musicians. Thus was born the Deadliners. The name just seemed obvious, like a story writing itself (ha!). We play covers, songs and their stories that we love and give them our own bluesy, soulful spin: Van Morrison, Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Marvin G

6:30pm to 9:30pm, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Elizabeth Blumenstock

Reservations are necessary to assure you a seat and made by calling (510) 525-9248, or via email at fifthstfarms@gmail.com.

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

7pm to 9pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley


Hot Club Faux Gitane

Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band like no other you've ever heard! They draw inspiration from the Gypsy jazz tradition pioneered by Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France, with acoustic guitars and double bass providing the rhythmic core. But the band sets itself apart by featuring mandolin, bassoon, and vocals, with the occasional clarinet and melodica. This unique instrumentation, along with inventive and often witty arrangements, bring new vitality and freshness an old favorite genre. Hot Club Faux Gitane also augments the traditional Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes - all played in their unique style. This upbeat, toe-tapping music will have you at least bopping in your seat, if not dancing in the aisles!

Hot Club Faux Gitane is: Shelly Bort (vocals), Gary Williams (mandolin), Dave Wells (bassoon, clarinet, vocals), Billy Gay (guitar and vocals), Eric Johnson (guitar), and John Ady (double bass).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and $10 for students. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Dance Party with Red Meat and special guests I See Hawks In L.A.

Dance floor open!
Red Meat --- Website

Red Meat began in a Mission District garage in 1993. But they trace their musical roots much farther back - to the hard honky tonk songs of their youths in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Ohio, as well as the rock music of the 60s and 70s that they grew up with. Throw in the Ozark gospel harmonies from Scott Young's childhood, and you have the basic backbone of the Red Meat sound. It was this sound that they unleashed on an unsuspecting San Francisco still reeling from the demise of a strong 80s punk rock scene. And in a city known for its unusual music and its off-kilter bands, Red Meat did the craziest thing yet: they returned to their roots, writing and performing hard Bakersfield-style country music to sometimes dumbfounded early audiences.

"Back when we started, nobody was playing this kind of music at all", explains Smelley Kelley, "We'd go into a bar, play our set, and win over these rockers and punk kids. Now it's become a lot more normal to see a country band in the Bay Area." And San Francisco now boasts one of the most vibrant twang scenes in America. After hundreds of gigs, four albums, national tours, European dates, sharing the stage with their idol Buck Owens and many other national acts, backing performers as diverse as Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Deke Dickerson, and rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Red Meat has found its place as one of the pre-eminent honky tonk bands in California. It's a lot of progress for five expatriate Midwesterners who found their muse in San Francisco so long ago. And with their upcoming release of gospel originals and covers, don't look for that progress to end anytime soon.


I See Hawks In L.A. --- Website
"The finest country rock band on the planet" - MOJO
"One of California's unique treasures" - Dave Alvin

"To say that I See Hawks in L.A. traipse down a going-their-own-way path through that old folky Americana and classic California country rock thing doesn't quite begin to describe the sheer scope of this band's wiiiide-open vision. They're adding much-needed musical and lyrical complexity to the old forms, blending and stretching both the emotional and sonic terrain to thrillingly new and unfamiliar points beyond. Hear it for y'self to best effect yet on the band's new Mystery Drug, another wickedly surreal blast of psychedelicized country and rock and poetic honkytonk chops." - John Payne, L.A. Weekly

Formed in 2000 by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony Lacques during a philosophical discussion and rock throwing session on an East Mojave desert trek, I See Hawks In L.A. wrote their first batch of songs and then sought advice from local country rock guru David Jackson, sideman with John Denver, Dillard and Clark, and Emmylou Harris.


Jackson set up a few mics and recorded Rob and Paul, playing along on bass. This demo turned into featured songs on the Hawks eponymous debut on now-defunct Ethic Records, featuring legendary fiddler Brantley Kearns (Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Hazel Dickens). The CD established the Hawks signature sound: high lonesome three part harmonies, twang guitar and unadorned acoustic arrangements, with lyrics musing on mortality, whales, and the geography of pre-apocalyptic L.A. I See Hawks In L.A. received rave reviews, made the F.A.R. Alternative Country Chart, and continues to get regular airplay. With its experimental spirit and wide ranging musical influences, the record tweaks some traditionalists. But most agree that the Hawks have broken new ground.

Saturday, June 9th
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$18 ADV / $22 DOOR (plus fees)
Tickets
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Andrew Carriere & the Zydeco/Cajun Allstars plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

You can't get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere, especially when he's backed by his top-notch Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.


Carriere's Zydeco/Cajun Allstars include steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David "Killer" Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, and bassist Steven Strauss. The lineup might not seem particularly "traditional" to current followers of Cajun and zydeco, but, Wilson explains, "This is the real tradition that came out of the '50s and '60s honky-tonk Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel guitar was right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar." And, of course, the accordion. The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun and zydeco, old and new.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Ted Sherrod
Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Leavened Bread

8pm to 10pm,


Plan B

Plan B
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Known for their Latin rhythm, duo Orlando J. Valle and Edwin F. Vázquez have achieved a cybernetic audience and prevail as one of the most acclaimed duos of the genre today.

Orlando J. Valle y Edwin F. Vázquez, conocidos en el mundo artístico como Chencho y Maldy, comenzaron su carrera en el año 2000. Desde muy temprana edad, los jóvenes nacidos en la ciudad de Guayama, Puerto Rico, sentían una gran afinidad por el género de música urbana. PLAN B, fue el título del primer tema musical que los dio a conocer y tanto fue su éxito, que decidieron adoptarlo como el nombre oficial del dúo.

Su primera producción, El Mundo de PLAN B, la cual se lanzó para el año 2002 bajo un sello independiente, vendió más de 50 mil copias, alcanzando Disco de Oro y posicionándolos como una de las figuras de renombre en el género. No sin antes haber colaborado en el 2001 con la producción Guatauba, interpretando el ya famoso tema que lleva el mismo nombre. De ahí en adelante, impulsaron una fórmula musical diferente, jocosa, con un sonido distinto y un estilo original, logrando mantenerse entre los favoritos del público hasta el presente.

PLAN B, ha mantenido el enfoque en trabajar "la calle" como objetivo principal. Sin embargo, gracias a su público cibernético han logrado más de 80 millones de visitas en You Tube, sobre 700mil seguidores en Twitter y sobre dos millones de miembros en Facebook, prevaleciendo como uno de los dúos más aclamados del género en la actualidad. Cabe mencionar, que productores reconocidos en el género urbano como, Luny Tunes, Nelly, DJ Blass, Playero y Haze, han sido algunos con los que han trabajado a través de su exitosa carrera y además, cuentan con colaboraciones musicales de exponentes como Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderón y Tito El Bambino, entre otros.

Actualmente, el dueto nominado a los Premios Billboard 2013 como "Duo Latin Rhythm", se prepara para lanzar su tercera producción discográfica, Love and Sex, que saldrá al mercado para agosto de 2013. Como antesala, estrenaron recientemente el sencillo, Zapatito Roto, junto a Tego Calderón, que se ha convertido en uno de los temas más sonandos en la radio a nivel internacional.

9pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


Sunday, June 10th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Motown Sing-Along with Tammy Hall

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
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    This event is free with reservation.
    Reservations are limited to 2 tickets per person.

Tammy Hall ---    Website

A frequent and favorite player here at the Freight, Tammy has with worked award-winning cabaret singer and actress, Connie Champagne, the Supreme Mary Wilson, chanteuse and actress Debbie De Coudreaux, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Houston Person, the late David `Fathead Newman', jazz violinists Regina Carter, Jeremy Cohen, Mads Tolling, orchestra leader and bassist Marcus Shelby, guitarist Terrence Brewer, vocalists Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Pamela Rose, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Holly Near, Lynne Asher, Melba Moore, Miki Howard, Rhonda Benin, Darlene Love, Lady Mem'fis, Veronica Klaus, Diane Witherspoon, Queen Esther Marrow, Ernestine Anderson, Derek Lassiter, Frankye Kelley, Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, Lisa Ferraro Erika Luckett, Karen Drucker and the late Etta Jones. She has traveled and performed extensively in Japan, Europe and Mexico, including a 30-city tour with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Other venues and festivals of note include Kennedy Center (Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival), Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Sala Filharmonica (Trento, ITALY), Herbst Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, SFJazz Center, Yoshi's Oakland and San Francisco and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, CA.

"A musician who has much to offer in the way of originality, fine technique and a rich, emotional quality that is evident on everything she does. Her playing is warm and persuasive and a listener's delight." - Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz

1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


BUD ROACH, tenor & baroque guitar Love's Torment

The Musica Omnia recording label presents Canadian tenor Bud Roach accompanying himself on the Baroque guitar, performing arias from his critically acclaimed recordings of Grandi and Sances, as well as Saracini, Manzolo, and, for an English perspective on the nature of love, some Henry Lawes as well. With projected text translations and readings from the period, Bud's programs have earned international praise.

Tickets available at the door.
Price: Free Event (donations accepted)

1:30pm to 3:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Michael Blum

Michael Blum is a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist whom jazz author Scott Yanow calls "a [musician] who will clearly have an important future in jazz...He has an attractive sound, a melodic style, and a thoughtful approach to improvising." In June 2015, Blum was named the "Rising Star Guitarist" in DownBeat Magazine's 63rd Annual Critics Poll.

Blum was raised in a musical home in the suburbs of New York City. He started his musical studies on the piano and alto saxophone at age 6 before eventually moving onto guitar at age 9. His father, a classical guitarist, was his first guitar teacher. At age 19, Blum began traveling over 150 miles weekly to study with world-renowned jazz educator and Berklee School of Music professor Jim Stinnett.

In January 2017, Blum released his fifth album, The Reservoir, his debut album as a singer/songwriter. While The Reservoir is a departure from Blum's prior jazz releases, it nonetheless evidences his roots in the jazz tradition, as well as his influences from artists such as James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door for general admission, and $10 in advance, $15 at the door for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

2pm to 4pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Stephanie Bruce

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Nicolas Bearde

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Crooners Corner," featuring the smooth vocal stylings of Nicolas Bearde.

After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins.

Recording artist Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly-respected showman, has established himself as a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocal milieu over this past decade. His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport captures and draws the audience into his live performances. Nicolas boasts a long solo career as well as a collaborative nature, having been a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra as well as the a capella group SoVoSo. Don't miss this one-time-only collaboration of two musical titans in what is sure to be a memorable afternoon.

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to
her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

Tickets are $25 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Bay Area Death Fest Day 3 --- The Faceless, The Zenith Passage, Wolf King, Obliterate, Cyborg Octopus, The Undying, Throne of Tyranny, Obastra, Lost To The Void

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm
$28 in advance / $30 day of show / $70 3-day passes
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This event is all ages


The Faceless
Progressive / technical death metal band from US.
Active since 2004.
*performing Planetary Duality in its entirety*

The Zenith Passage
It was in early 2012 that a small recording collaboration between two friends (Justin McKinney and Greg Hampton) began to coalesce into something that would prove to be well more than the sum of its parts. The Zenith Passage may have come about from humble beginnings in a stuffy Los Angeles apartment, but the produce thereof is anything BUT humble. Even the earliest demo tracks delivered a relentless torrent of technical guitar work accompanied by a distinctly frenetic and brutal vocal delivery that has since become an unmistakable hallmark in a scene that is all too often the victim of stagnation. Far from being strictly a shredfest, TZP also incorporates a thematic backbone that draws inspiration from the chaotic and awesome destructive powers of our universe. Progressive interludes invoke a palpable sense of abstract dread and reverence for things beyond mortal comprehension. The atmosphere created clearly nods to inspiration drawn from legendary acts such as Deeds of Flesh, Soreption, Fallujah, Severed Savior, and Aeon.Line-up:
Greg Hampton - Vocals
Justin McKinney - Guitars
Rob Maramonte - Guitars
Michael Hoskins - Bass Guitar
Luis Martinez - Drums

The project's initial offerings generated enough buzz in social media circles alone to convince the duo to redouble their efforts in earnest, and to begin seeking out members to complete their lineup. This proved no small task in a saturated market, but persistent scouting over to following months precipitated the addition of friend and drummer Josh Slater (Aethere) into the mix. The subsequent release of a proper EP in January 2013 (entitled "Cosmic Dissonance") catapulted TZP's recognition to previously unprecedented heights, greatly broadening their fanbase, and catching the attention and admiration of some of California's foremost metal musicians. Not long thereafter, it was announced that Rob Maramonte (ex-Fallujah) would also be stepping in to lend his talents and fill the role of second guitarist.

With the onset of all these new developments, and the lineup nearing completion, it seemed only natural to take the next step and join the ranks of those by whom they had been so heavily influenced. Thus, in the summer of 2013, TZP had the honor of signing on with Unique Leader Records for a multi-album deal. The stage is currently set for TZP to secure their foothold in topmost reaches of the metal pantheon, and they are hard at work churning out new content for their debut full-length. Rest assured, this marks only the beginning. The world has only just set foot onto the passage towards the pinnacle, the apex, the Xenith.

BLEGH.
Obliterate
Deathcore band from Québec, Canada.Formed in 2010.


Obastra
Experimental Metal band from Livermore, California
Zack Taylor - Vocals
Rocky Chavez - Guitar
Michael Rohwer - Guitar
Kyle Shearn - Bass
Andrew James "AJ" Wright - Drums

5pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Tango Revelation

8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Monday, June 11th 2018

Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

5pm to 7pm,


"Speak Your Truth" Showcase & Open Mic, Kaila Love, A. Payne, Lucid


Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm
$5.00 - $25.00
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"SPEAK YOUR TRUTH" Showcase & Open Mic is to provide a more youthful and young adult community inclusion at The UC Theatre. All local artists and supporters all ages in the Bay Area can have a platform to share their gifts and talents. Proceeds from this event will go to The UC Theatre's education program.

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6:30pm to 8:30pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


Tuesday, June 12th 2018

Zamico

Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


LUCY JANE BLEDSOE

Award-winning author Lucy Jane Bledsoe shares her gripping new novel, The Evolution of Love.
A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds.
Those who survived and didn't evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies--and redefining the very meaning of community. Lily bands together with a couple of feral kids, a steadfast activist, and a bonobo researcher, among others, to forge a new life.
A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, The Evolution of Love asks what does it take for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home.

7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Classical Revolution

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley


Freight Open Mic

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The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission. Also, for this evening's open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not "first-come, first-served."

Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

A lottery will be held shortly after doors at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

Admission is free for all.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Creole Belles with Special Guest Andrew Carriere plus Dance Lesson with Phillip Garrison


The Creole Belles sing and play rollicking Cajun-Creole dance music usually heard in more remotely located dance halls of the bayous and plains of Louisiana. Fiddler-singer Delilah Lee Lewis has been playing such music for nearly three decades, including a three-year stint in Louisiana studying and playing with Canray Fontenot, Dewey Balfa, Michael Doucet, and other masters. She shares singing with accordionist Maureen Karpan, a member of Courtableu and also a veteran of time in Louisiana. The rest of the core band is guitarist Karen Leigh and Elaine Herrick on stand-up bass.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Phillip Garrison
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Thursday, June 14th 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Bye Bye Beethoven (Bay Area Premiere) Semi-staged concert conceptualized by Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin and director Mahler Chamber Orchestra Maria Ursprung, stage director Kopatchinskaja's first staged concert, already a hit in Europe, weaves together works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Ives, Cage, and Kurtág-as well as a surprise or two! Kopatchinskaja describes the concert as a commentary on "the irrelevance of the classic concert routine for our present life," involving musicians in both conventional and unconventional roles, and placing familiar repertoire in conversation with new sounds and imagery. She is joined by the brilliant Mahler Chamber Orchestra, an international collective of musicians with a flexible instrumentation that is making its Bay Area debut. Approximate run time: 75 minutes without intermission

8pm to 9:15pm, Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001, United States


Kim Joyce

Kim Joyce (born Kimberly Joyce Wilburn) is a singer-songwriter-musician. Kim was born in Lansing, MI, but raised in metro Detroit, where she sang in her father's church. While playing for the Ohio State women's basketball team in college, Kim traveled back and forth from Columbus to Detroit to record and produce original songs with her brother-in-law in his home. During her junior year in college, she joined the alternative/hip hop band, LaQuest, as the lead singer.

Since graduating and continuing her career as a solo artist, Kim has produced and written her signature EP, Kimberly Joyce (2006), released her freshman album, Eleven (2010), released two highly expressive mixtapes, Different Sides of Sexy (2008), hosted by DJ Holiday and DJ Dommy Styles, and Tomboy Swag (2010), hosted by Da' Hitman. Recently, Kim released an EP, Unstoppable, which included the hit singles "Aw Sh*t," "Timeless Moments," and "Rock and Roll." Kim is looking to release her sophomore album, which is titled Earth, in Spring 2018.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $15 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Uli Jon Roth

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
$24.00
Tickets
This event is all ages

A full set of Electric Sun for the first time in the US in 35 years, followed by a full Scorpions set, including a multi-media show.

8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Friday, June 15th 2018

The Bob Zucker Trio

Robert Zucker and David Slusser
a jazz duo - guitar and flute/sax
Dave Cassini on drums.

6:30pm to 9:30pm, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

 
Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fandango-jarocho-jam-sessio/2018-05-18/)

8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Calle Ocho & Nuevo Mundo: An Evening of Cuban Heart & Soul

Calle Ocho & Nuevo Mundo: An Evening of Cuban Heart & Soul

Calle Ocho is a charanga sextet specializing in Cuban son, danzon, bolero & Latin jazz. Nuevo Mundo is a vocal and instrumental group playing Cuban son, folkloric & Latin standards.

Calle Ocho:
Rita Hargrave (timbales & percussion);
Sara Herrera (violin);
Ahni Robinson (flute);
Kit Robinson (tres guitar);
Ismael Rodriguez (lead vocals, congas & percussion);
Suzanne Schrift (bass).
Nuevo Mundo: *Ismael ("Izzy") Rodriguez - sonero - lead vocals, percussion;
Gerry Eiselman - cuban tres/guitar;
Reynalda Nuñez-Rodriguez- vocals;
Sylvia Sherman - bass;
Roberto Medina - bongo.

For this performance we will have special guests-Not to be missed! Website: https://www.reverbnation.com/calleocho

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


The Music of Michael Hersch

Ah Young Hong and Kiera Duffy, soprano
Michael Hersch and Amy Yang, piano
Gary Louie, alto saxophone
Members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Tito Muñoz, conductor

The remarkable American composer Michael Hersch-"a natural musical genius who continues to surpass himself" (The Washington Post)-presents his latest creation, I hope we get a chance to visit soon, a dramatic cantata for two sopranos and ensemble (co-commissioned by Cal Performances). The sopranos here are no strangers to bold contemporary music-Kiera Duffy is a 2016 recipient of the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, and Ah Young Hong has earned rave reviews in her previous performances of Hersch's work. The program includes additional music for solo saxophone and solo piano by the composer, with Hersch himself at the keyboard.
Approximate run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with intermission

8pm to 9:40pm, Zellerbach Hall UC Berkeley


Saturday, June 16th 2018

Romanian and Moldovan Folk Music

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Viktor Kopatchinsky, cimbalom
Emilia Kopatchinsky, violin
Amy Yang, piano

Calusarii Moldovon Folk Music
HoraÅ£iu RÄfdulescu Doina for Piano Doina and Hora Moldovan Folk Music György Kurtág Eight Duos for Violin and Cimbalom, Op. 4 Enescu Sonata No. 3 in A minor for Violin and Piano Ciocalia Moldovan Folk Music

Kopatchinskaja is joined by her parents, Viktor and Emilia Kopatchinsky, on cimbalom and violin, for a rousing afternoon of music from Eastern Europe. Both parents performed and toured as members of the Moldovan state folk music ensemble, before the family emigrated to Vienna when Kopatchinskaja was 12. Complementing traditional Moldovan and Romanian folk music and dance forms of calusarii, doina, hora, and ciocalia is music by the Hungarian composer György Kurtág, the Romanian-French spectralist HoraÅ£iu RÄfdulescu, and the celebrated Romanian George Enescu.

2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Hall


Lauren Groff discusses and signs FLORIDA

Celebrated New York Times bestselling author Lauren Groff presents her highly anticipated new collection of short stories, Florida.

In her vigorous and moving new book, Lauren Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character - a steely and conflicted wife and mother.

The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind - becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury - the moments that make us alive. Startling, precise, and affecting, Florida is a magnificent achievement.

Lauren Groff is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the celebrated short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Atlantic, and several Best American Short Stories anthologies. She has won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize; and has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Orange Award for New Writers, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


Ska Reggae Night

WeR Back and this time with a unique night! We have an awesome line up ready to make you all dance for the whole night. Shark Punch https://sharkpunch.bandcamp.com/releases The Millards https://soundcloud.com/themillards510 GrooView https://www.grooview.org/ Share to win 2 free tickets for this awesome show.

8pm to 6/16 12 midnight, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Bartók, Stravinsky, and Ligeti

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Mahler Chamber Orchestra Philipp von Steinaecker, conductor

Bartók Divertimento for String Orchestra
Stravinsky Suite from L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale)
Ligeti Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

The closing concert of Ojai at Berkeley 2018 showcases some of the most beloved chamber works of the 20th century and features Kopatchinskaja's dazzling interpretation of Ligeti's layered and complex violin concerto. Also, music from Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat on the occasion of the work's centennial, and Bartók's buoyant Divertimento for Strings. Approximate run time: 1 hour and 45 minutes with intermission

8pm to 9:45pm, Zellerbach Hall


Sunday, June 17th 2018

Ska Reggae Night

WeR Back and this time with a unique night! We have an awesome line up ready to make you all dance for the whole night. Shark Punch https://sharkpunch.bandcamp.com/releases The Millards https://soundcloud.com/themillards510 GrooView https://www.grooview.org/ Share to win 2 free tickets for this awesome show.

12 midnight to 2am, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Wednesday, June 20th 2018

Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Moe's welcomes Moriel Rothman-Zecher, author of Sadness is a White Bird.
"Ultimately, "Sadness is a White Bird" is a nuanced examination of what it is like to be just one person at the front line of a century-old conflict. Rothman-Zecher delicately tells one deeply unique story without claiming to explain every individual's experience or devaluing experiences unlike his own. Written in beautiful prose, with sentences that will leave you tearing up on the bus ride to work, Rothman-Zecher complicates our worldview and forces us to look internally, examining how we hold ourselves and our world morally accountable." The Daily Californian

7pm to 8pm,


Thursday, June 21st 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Sunday, June 24th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Samuel Blaser Trio: Samuel Blaser (trombone) Marc Ducret (guitar) and Peter Bruun (perc)

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley


Tuesday, June 26th 2018

POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR presents SICK: A Memoir In conversation with ACHY OBEJAS

For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All of her trips to the ER and her daily pain and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery. SICK is a candid, illuminating narrative of hope and uncertainty, boldly examining the deep impact of illness on one woman's life.

Porochista Khakpour's debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times Editor's Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune's Fall's Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the "First Fiction" category. Her second novel The Last Illusion was a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and many more. Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her nonfiction has appeared in many sections of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Slate, Salon, and Bookforum, among many others. Currently, she is guest faculty at VCFA and Stonecoast's MFA programs as well as Contributing Editor at The Evergreen Review. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, she lives in New York City's Harlem. Her author photo was taken by Sylvie Roskoff.

Please note:
Conversation to be followed by a Q&A and signing.


This event is all ages. Accessibility is important to us! If you have special needs of any kind, please write events AT booksmith DOT com and we will do our best to accommodate you. If the cost of admission would be a financial hardship that might prevent you from attending, please let us know.

Tickets

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley


Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Thursday, June 28th 2018

Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Saturday, June 30th 2018

Outsound Presents Fund Drive The Saturday A Month Before Donor Thank You Dinner featuring Actual Trio

<b>Outsound Presents Fund Drive</b><br/>The Saturday A Month Before Donor Thank You Dinner <br/>featuring Actual Trio<br/>with John Schott, Dan Seamans, and John Hanes<br/>Join us in supporting a great organization with wonderful music and a buffet by Slippery Fish Catering<br/>Reserve you seat at Indiegogo <br/>or make donation via Paypal

6pm to 8pm, Finnish Kaleva Hall, 1970 Chestnut St.
Berkeley


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