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

Sunday, July 22nd 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


Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Rizzuto, editors of the Annotated Big Sleep

The new edition of Raymond Chandler's Big Sleep, edited, annotated and prefaced by past and present Moe's staffers. We've asked a few friends to read their favorite passage from this noir classic. Scheduled so far: Cara Black, Randal Brandt, Summer Brenner, Barry Gifford, Dan Liebowitz, Elliott Smith, and Jerry Thompson
"Nothing, even a book as singular and archetypal as The Big Sleep, comes from nowhere. What a gift, to see in part how Chandler made it. Under just three names, these annotators number among them two poets, an archivist and literary scholar, a gifted crime novelist, and three sleuths; reading it conveys the vicarious thrill of their innumerable discoveries. Chandler lucked out."--Jonathan Lethem, from the forward.
A masterpiece of noir, Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep helped to define a genre and remains one of the most celebrated and stylish novels of the twentieth century. Now, this comprehensive, annotated edition offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of the novel, bringing the gritty and seductive world of Chandler's iconic private eye Philip Marlowe into full color. Notes on the historical context of Chandler's Los Angeles; excerpts from the author's personal letters and source texts; explorations of the issues of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity that permeate the story; and important interpretations and clarifications enrich the reader's understanding and situate the novel within the tradition of crime fiction that Chandler both built upon and made new.
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) turned to writing fiction at the age of forty-five, after a career as an oil executive. He published his first story in Black Mask in 1933, and his first novel, The Big Sleep, in 1939. Over his lifetime, Chandler wrote seven novels, several screenplays, and numerous short stories, and became the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction.
Owen Hill is the author of two mystery novels, a book of short fiction, and several books of poetry. He has reviewed crime novels for the Los Angeles Times and the East Bay Express. He was awarded the Howard Moss residency at Yaddo in 2005.
Pamela Jackson is an editor, scholar, and librarian specializing in California literary and cultural history. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and an MLIS from UCLA, and was coeditor, with Jonathan Lethem, of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.
Anthony Rizzuto is a bookseller, professor of literature, and researcher. He currently teaches British and American literature and history at Sonoma State University.

3pm to 5pm, Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Ed Reed

Ed Reed, 88-year-old jazz recording artist and performing jazz vocalist, and 2014's #1 Rising Star Male Vocalist (DownBeat magazine Critics Poll), has been singing his entire life, though it was not until 2007 that he burst onto the jazz scene at age 78, following the release of his first CD, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories.

His path getting there was circuitous, even torturous, and his story of addiction, incarceration, recovery and redemption is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Since 2007, he has recorded another three critically-acclaimed albums, performed in many of the world's prominent jazz venues, including three sold-out nights at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, been reviewed in major jazz publications and news media, was a guest on the legendary Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR radio program, and was profiled by Nat Hentoff in the Wall Street Journal.

Reed will be accompanied by pianist Adam Shulman, bassist John Wiitala, and drummer Lorca Hart.

"Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct-full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings... look for an intimate story every time." - DownBeat Editors Pick, July 2011

"[Reed] stylistically harkens back to the elegant tenderness of Johnny Hartman...richly insightful...intensely moving...hypnotic renderings..." - JazzTimes, July/August 2011

"Mr. Reed sings in a dark mahogany baritone with careful diction, evoking the midcentury styles of Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole." - New York Times, December 2015

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!

4pm to 6pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Buck Thrifty

4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, 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


Bandworks

Since 1993, Berkeley-based BandWorks has helped several thousand youngsters fulfill their dream of playing in a rock band. BandWorks helps organize students into bands, provides coaching with some of the best musician-instructors in the Bay Area, and after 8 weeks rehearsing their favorite rock, pop, blues, reggae and original songs, takes the bands to the stage at Ashkenaz to perform live in front of an audience. In addition, BandWorks offers year-round classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as summer camps for kids and teens at locations around the Bay Area.


Tonight, the Instructors' bands take the stage for the 25th anniversary party!

Doors at 4:30 pm; Show at 5:00 pm
25th Anniversary Party with The Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Erik Brock Band, & Femme Fatal
FREE!

5pm to 9pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


WeirdFun // UO // Livewater // Redwood Groovy // SWF // Speaker

Weird Fun (acoustic set!) Unpopular Opinion (TOUR KICKOFF)
Livewater
Redwood Groovy (feat. members of Small Crush)
satoshi welcomes fidelity
SPEAKER (Ontario, CAN)
ALL AGES. Doors 5:30 // show $10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

6pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Rizzuto, editors of the Annotated Big Sleep

The new edition of Raymond Chandler's Big Sleep, edited, annotated and prefaced by past and present Moe's staffers.

We've asked a few friends to read their favorite passage from this noir classic. Scheduled so far: Cara Black, Randal Brandt, Summer Brenner, Barry Gifford, Dan Liebowitz, Elliott Smith, and Jerry Thompson

"Nothing, even a book as singular and archetypal as The Big Sleep, comes from nowhere. What a gift, to see in part how Chandler made it. Under just three names, these annotators number among them two poets, an archivist and literary scholar, a gifted crime novelist, and three sleuths; reading it conveys the vicarious thrill of their innumerable discoveries. Chandler lucked out."--Jonathan Lethem, from the forward.

A masterpiece of noir, Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep helped to define a genre and remains one of the most celebrated and stylish novels of the twentieth century. Now, this comprehensive, annotated edition offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of the novel, bringing the gritty and seductive world of Chandler's iconic private eye Philip Marlowe into full color. Notes on the historical context of Chandler's Los Angeles; excerpts from the author's personal letters and source texts; explorations of the issues of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity that permeate the story; and important interpretations and clarifications enrich the reader's understanding and situate the novel within the tradition of crime fiction that Chandler both built upon and made new.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) turned to writing fiction at the age of forty-five, after a career as an oil executive. He published his first story in Black Mask in 1933, and his first novel, The Big Sleep, in 1939. Over his lifetime, Chandler wrote seven novels, several screenplays, and numerous short stories, and became the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction.

Owen Hill is the author of two mystery novels, a book of short fiction, and several books of poetry. He has reviewed crime novels for the Los Angeles Times and the East Bay Express. He was awarded the Howard Moss residency at Yaddo in 2005.

Pamela Jackson is an editor, scholar, and librarian specializing in California literary and cultural history. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and an MLIS from UCLA, and was coeditor, with Jonathan Lethem, of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.

Anthony Rizzuto is a bookseller, professor of literature, and researcher. He currently teaches British and American literature and history at Sonoma State University.

7pm to 9pm,


Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"
Piano:Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars:Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes;David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline
Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore
Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis Smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Tyminski

American guitarist and vocalist (born June 20, 1967 in Rutland, Vermont). Dan provided the singing voice for George Clooney in the Coen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou? He is a guitarist and vocalist as part of the Bluegrass band Union Station, which he became a member of in 1994. He is a former member of the Lonesome River Band, for which he was also vocalist as well as playing the mandolin.

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


Nora Stanley

Nora Stanley is a saxophonist and composer returning to her native Bay Area fresh out of Oberlin Conservatory. Growing up she was surrounded by music of all sorts and attended Berkeley High School's prestigious jazz program, also participating in conglomerate programs including SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Jazzschool and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, where she was mentored by John Calloway.

She has had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, Spain and Brazil, where she absorbed music that has informed her developing voice as a musician and composer. At Oberlin, Nora studied with Gary Bartz, Dan Wall, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart, and has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Eddie Henderson, Etienne Charles and Dayna Stephens.

Benny Bock is a pianist from Berkeley, California. He currently studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Dan Wall, Gary Bartz, and Billy Hart. He has shared the stage with Dayna Stephens, Nicole Henry, the Charles Mingus Big Band and Eddie Henderson. Benny works as a synthesizer demonstrator with Tom Oberheim.

Owen Benjamin Clapp is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based bass player, composer, and songwriter. His versatility on upright bass and electric bass has given him the opportunity to work with a variety of artists across a range of genres, including hip-hop artists Anderson Paak, Dumbfoundead, and George Watsky, and Grammy Award-winning jazz musicians Kenny Burrell, John Clayton, and Ruslan Sirota. His recording credits include sessions for Sony Pictures, Lyft, and various Los Angeles-based commercial licensing agencies .

Pele-Or Greenberg is a New York-based drummer studying at The New School with Andrew Cyrille, Kendrick Scott and Rodney Green, and hails from Berkeley, California. While at Berkeley High School, he became an active member of the Bay Area music scene, performing at famed venues such as Yoshi's, The Fox Theater, The Freight & Salvage, Cafe du Nord, Slim's and others, as well as the legendary Los Angeles club Whisky a Go-Go. While at Berkeley High, Pele competed at festivals including the Reno, Folsom and Monterey Next-Gen festivals, and spent a week studying in Havana, Cuba. In addition to playing in numerous Jazz groups in school, Greenberg also was an active member of an indie rock trio known as Black Bones, which recorded multiple EPs and performed around the Bay Area.

Tickets are $15 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


Monday, July 23rd 2018

Caffe Acustico

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


Tuesday, July 24th 2018

Zamico

Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

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


Lise Pearlman Book Talk: Call Me Phaedra- new award winning Fay Stender bio


Regent Press, Berkeley, CA proudly invites you to a special book talk by retired judge Lise Pearlman. This book has just been released and has already won 2018 First Prize in Biography from the International Book Awards. All four of Pearlman's books have won critical acclaim.

Call Me Phaedra`... documents the life and times of a remarkable activist woman lawyer in the men's world of the mid-20th century law ... it also chronicles the experience of a strong circle of progressives emerging from the "Red Scare" in that Cold War era who struggled to make society more just at a time when bucking conformity was not the norm. -- Peter Franck, former partner of Stender and 2017 San Francisco Lawyers Guild "Champion of Justice"

Call Me Phaedra is a fascinating and unflinching biography of the pioneering lawyer, prison reform activist and feminist Fay Stender. . . .a well-told story brimming with intimate detail and political insight.-Seth Rosenfeld, investigative journalist and author of Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

A compelling read--the extraordinary life story of a brilliant, charismatic woman lawyer. Once again, Lise Pearlman has done a masterful job. -- Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project

The heroic, tragic life and death of one of America's most zealous, brilliant lawyers. . . Written with clarity and precision. Penny Cooper, CA Bar Hall of Fame Trial Lawyer


For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lise-pearlman-book-talk-call-me-phaedra-new-award-winning-fay-stender-bio-tickets-48264943746

6pm to 7pm, University Press Books - 2430 Bancroft Way - Berkeley, CA 94704


Brian Moran Trio

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


Tri Tip Trio plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues, Tri Tip Trio comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on "King of Zydeco" Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group's CD, "3 of a Kind," is a tribute to Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" alongside original and traditional tunes.


Gordon and Meadows are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They have shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1991. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who's who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes.


Doors Open 7:30pm / 8pm dance lesson with Cheryl McBride / Show starts 8:30pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

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


Clyde The Blynd Trio

Taking over the Tuesdays for July is one of our original cats from Jupiter's earliest days, we'll have a composer and multi instrumentalist Clyde Sutliff aka Clyde the Blynd.   Fighting back from a recent stroke, Clyde's been a hard-working Bay Area musicin that brought us Dogslyde in the 90's, co-founded Papa's Culture, and played with his group CVdub (Clyde Version dub) at local Bay Area venues for years.  Now on the mend, expect his original compositions both old and new, plus songs from Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter and Augustus Pablo in this latest version of Clyde's unique vision.


https://www.facebook.com/clyde.sutliff

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


Wednesday, July 25th 2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel 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 11am, Pegasus Books Solano, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Dennis Dove

Dennis Dove and his band

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


Moye

Grooving Nigerian music blending traditional sounds with Rock and Roll.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA


Stitch 'n Bitch 6:00 PM

6pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...tbd_a quartet featuring Mario Guarneri and Erik Jekabson

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents two sets featuring trumpeter Mario Guarneri. tbd-a quartet is named after the group's instrumentation and features Mario Guarneri and Erik Jekabson on trumpets, John Wiitala on bass, and Akira Tana drums. The Guarneri Quartet swaps out the second trumpet for the guitar of Randy Vincent. tbd-a quartet with two trumpets, bass and drums, plays their music in a linear way, creating implied harmonies, and stretching traditional forms. The band's original compositions are written with this particular instrumentation in mind, and often grow from a small idea that is developed by all of the members of the group. In this band, the line is the most important element, and it determines the direction and expresses the emotion and story of the music. And as for the name tbd? "tbd can be `to be determined,' reflective of the improvisational nature of the group, and/or `trumpets bass drums,' reflective of the instrumentation of the group," explains Guarneri.
Artist Website: www.guarnerijazz.com
Bio: The Guarneri Jazz Quartet has established a dedicated following for its innovative interpretations of jazz classics and originals. The group features some of the most creative musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, and reflects their wide diversity and vast experience. Its members have performed and recorded with artists including Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Smith, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Mose Allison, John Heard, George Duke, Donald Byrd, George Cables, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, and Roger Kellaway.

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


Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Ayodele Nzinga Cassandra Dallet Isabelle Khoo-Miller Abigail Licad Tasha Keeble Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.
Every third of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown.

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


Grateful Dead Open Mic


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
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $10

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


Shawn Mullins, Max Gomez


Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins readily admits that several of the songs on his new album, My Stupid Heart, address his perceived relationship failures. In fact, many were written as he was falling out of his third marriage; in the title tune, he actually chides himself for being such a romantic. But it's also a bit of a joke, he says, because he firmly believes in following his heart - no matter where it leads.

That oh-so-fallible, yet essential part of our being is, it turns out, the guiding force behind just about every song on the album - the theme of which, he says, is summed up most succinctly by another song title: "It All Comes Down to Love."

In that respect, Mullins says, it's not all that different from most of his discography - which includes 1998's Soul's Core, the album that shot him to fame on the strength of its Grammy- nominated No. 1 hit, "Lullaby," and 2006's 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor, which contained his AAA/Americana No. 1, "Beautiful Wreck." (He also co-wrote the Zac Brown Band's No. 1 country tune, "Toes.") But in the years since his last release, 2010's Light You Up, Mullins has experienced more ups and downs on his romantic roller-coaster - a ride he's decided to step off for a while. He's also stayed busy co-parenting his son, Murphy, with his second wife.

Still, nothing inspires songwriters quite like a breakup, and Mullins confirms, "This record came out of all that; all the feelings, all the heartache."

He remembers sitting on his porch one afternoon, thinking, "'I know this is all in my head, but it'd be a lot easier just to blame it on my heart.' And then I thought, 'Yeah, it's my stupid heart.'" Next thing he knew, lines like "my stupid heart it plays for keeps/through hoops of fire it bounds and leaps" just started tumbling out. In the studio, the song took on a classic vibe, with impeccable instrumentation and production that sounds as if George Martin supervised.

In other words, it's gorgeous. And it carries a momentum that shifts it away from feeling like a woe-is-me wallow in self-pity. Throughout the album, Mullins deftly balances songs of suffering - from the title tune and "Go and Fall," to the powerful, yet subtle social commentary of "Ferguson" (which contains no mention of guns or police officers) - with songs such as "Roll on By," co-written with Max Gomez, which strikes an upbeat note of hope.

Mullins majored in music education at North Georgia College, where he began performing in earnest and released his first album (cassette, actually) of originals. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he jumped out of a few airplanes before jumping full-time into music in 1992. Eventually, he formed his own label, and in 1998, he released Soul's Core. Steve Craig, a DJ at Atlanta's modern-rockish WNNX-FM, picked up on "Lullaby," spinning it on his "Locals Only" music show. He took it to program director Leslie Fram, who not only put it heavy rotation, but sent copies to a few dozen fellow PDs. Soon, Mullins was getting regular airplay on at least 15 stations. He went from modestly hoping sales might reach 20,000 units, far beyond his four-digit average, to moving 30,000 copies per week, on his way to platinum status.

Labels that had ignored his earlier efforts to get their attention suddenly clamored to sign him; at least 25 came knocking. Columbia won the bidding war; Mullins spent six years there before moving to Vanguard, which recently joined forces with Rounder/Sugar Hill under the Concord Music Group umbrella.
When Chuck Cannon heard "Lullaby" on a Nashville station, he actually did a U-turn and beelined toward a record store. Cannon, who co-wrote John Michael Montgomery's Academy of Country Music Song of the Year, "I Love the Way You Love Me," and several hits for Toby Keith, among other country stars, loved Mullins' work. But when Mullins heard Cannon was slated to open for him at a Nashville club, he thought the pairing was a total mismatch. Until Cannon played.

"Chuck's got a lot more edge than a lot of other Nashville songwriters, and a lot more rock 'n' roll and R&B," Mullins says. "There's a lot more sex in his writing, there's a lot more devil and God, and he just brings some real basic elements of the human existence more into the forefront. A lot of people don't have the guts to do it, and I love that about him."

Cannon wrote "It all Comes Down to Love," the album's only cover. It was his attempt to write in Mullins' style -16 years ago, after he'd heard "Lullaby." He'd also engineered that opening slot so he could meet Mullins - who didn't know any of the song's back-story till he asked about using it for the album. Once he heard it, he was even more determined to include it.


Max Gomez
"I first saw Max perform when he was 17, about 10 years ago," says songsmith and sideman extraordinaire Keith Sykes. "I sensed he had something even then. When I saw him last year, I was pleased to see, and hear, something has turned into it. Listen and you'll see, and hear, what I mean. He's among the best of his generation."

Though still only in his twenties, Max Gomez has always had the heart of an old soul. As a child, the first songs he learned to sing were originally recorded in the 50s by Johnny Cash. As a teenage guitarist he adopted Big Bill Broonzy as his blues master. And as a budding performer, he apprenticed in the rarefied musical climate of northern New Mexico, where troubadours like Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard helped foster a folk and Western sound both cosmic and cowboy. You'll find his hometown of Taos and nearby Red River right there between Colorado and Texas on both your sonic and Google maps. Splitting his childhood between there and a farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Gomez is at home in the heartland, too.

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


Telepathy

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


Wormhole Wednesday feat. Kursa, Secret Recipe, John Deer, Dirty Durk

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


Thursday, July 26th 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


Albany HS Jazz Combo 7:00 PM

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


Poetry Flash presents William O'Daly and Peter Weltner

Famed Spanish translator William O'Daly's new book of translation is Book of Twilight, by Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, which is Neruda's debut book, never before published in its entirety in the United States. The bilingual collection has just been nominated for the 2018 Northern California Book Award in Translation. His translations include eight other books of poetry by Pablo Neruda. He published a full-length collection of his own poetry, Water Ways, in 2017, with prose and photography by J.S. Graustein. A second collection, Yarrow and Smoke, will appear in 2018. He is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and his poems, essays, and translations have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. He was profiled by Mike Leonard for The Show.

Peter Weltner's latest book is The Return of What's Been Lost, fourteen stories and fourteen `choral' poems, which, David Morris says, "meditate on loss, personal and cultural, and how mourning embodies in the self, incarnate and haunting, the hugeness of what is missing." He's published five previous books of fiction and six full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Light of the Sun Become Sea. His work has also appeared in some national anthologies, including Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards, 1993 and 1998, as well as in many literary journals and magazines.

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


Joe Rut, Laura Benitez


Joe Rut rolls into the Freight & Salvage to celebrate the Release of his 7th album, Nekkid. Joe's quirky sense of humor underpins a heartfelt, richly lyrical and subtly hallucinatory Americana/Alt-country landscape. His funny songs can break your heart, and his sad songs can make you laugh. Comparisons have been drawn to Todd Snider, Josh Ritter, John Prine, and Loudon Wainright III. It is a deeply American music, although nobody seems to be guarding the border too closely (the guards apparently bribed with psychedelics to look the other way.)

Joe's life on the road with is wunderdog Potato was recently interrupted by the theft of his touring van, instruments, and his infamous Pretty Good Book, an antique accounting ledger containing approximately 250 handwritten song lyrics.

"I was gonna call it `The Good Book'", says Joe, "but it turned out that title was already taken,
so..."

Through perseverance and a dose of luck, the Pretty Good Book and Joe's Dobro guitar were recovered (Hooray!!) and the new album Nekkid highlights recent songs from the book
recorded live in 2018.

Joe Rut: "After the van was stolen, I spent 5 weekends handing out reward flyers at all of the flea markets and homeless encampments, not really expecting anything, but feeling like I had to try something. The loss of the book was devastating. There was no way I would ever remember all the lyrics written in it. Then one day, the phone rang. A homeless guy had found
the book by the side of the road in Oakland!! I had to force the reward on him. He didn't even want to take it. The next day I got a call about my Dobro!"

Joe's Song "Dosey Doe" was voted #1 song on SomaFM's Bootliquor Radio by listeners in September 2010, and his music ("Control Freak") has been featured on NPR's Undercurrents.
His song "Jelly Donut" inspired a feature about food-based songs in the SF Chronicle's Datebook, and he has appeared in Guitar Player Magazine. Joe's Dante-esque epic tragi-comedy "And The Horse I Rode In On" won "Best Song" in West Coast Songwriters Open Mic in June 2009. He was recently honored in Berkeley by a Joe Rut Cover Night, in which local artists took turns playing his songs.

Come celebrate the return of The Pretty Good Book, and the release of Nekkid! All proceeds go towards outfitting a new touring van.

And whiskey.
Lots of whiskey.
And probably some donuts.



Singer/Songwriter Laura Benitez uses the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Taking her musical cues from the heavily rock-influenced Bakersfield sound, and her lyric inspiration from her favorite songwriters Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, Laura's songwriting is strikingly spare and straightforward. On her 2018 album "With All Its Thorns," recorded with her band, the Heartache, she delves deeper into country music's tradition of storytelling with songs about betrayal ("Secrets"), murder ("In Red"), and grief ("Ghostship"), with a whole lot of heartbreak in between.

John Amen of No Depression says, "Benitez and the Heartache strike their own persuasive balance, offering songs that will engage conventionalists and hybridists alike; in the process, honing an undeniable presence that...will only grow more finely tuned." Lloyd Sachs, author of T Bone Burnett: A Life in Pursuit, says "What a lovely sense of ease Benitez has. She makes familiar form sound fresh, no mean achievement at this point in the so-called roots movement."

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


Max Schwartz presents: Mayberry

Max Schwartz and Abbi Berry's newest collaboration Mayberry will have their Bay Area debut at The Back Room.

First set: Max Schwartz and Abbi Berry duo
Second set: full band, featuring Benny Bock and Pele Greenberg

Max Schwartz and Abbi Berry first met in February 2016 as members of the Grammy Camp - Jazz Session, a program made up of about 30 high school students chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation to perform a week's worth of gigs in Los Angeles, including the GRAMMY nominee reception and the official GRAMMY Celebration at the LA Convention Center. Abbi was the lead soprano in the Grammy Choir, and Max was the bassist in the Grammy Combo.

They met again the following summer as featured members of the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, an all-star group put together by the Monterey Jazz Festival. Together they performed around Monterey County and then flew to Japan for a two-week tour. After working together in a couple of settings, they realized how much they enjoyed making music together and decided to form their own group.

The idea behind Mayberry was for these two to have a creative outlet, with only one rule: no music is off-limits! They draw influence from Max's background in bluegrass music, Abbi's love for pop, and their formal education as jazz musicians, but they love the challenge of figuring out how to arrange new music for only two performers.

Tickets are $18 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


DJ Cali and Hanif

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.

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

Tickets are $15

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


Friday, July 27th 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


Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

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


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.  

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


Full: Affirmative Action

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


No Better [LP Release] // Mom Jeans [solo] // Shannon ABSIB +

No Better
Northern California LP Release show!
http://store.nosleeprecords.com/catalogs/no-better

+ support from:
Mom Jeans. (solo)
SHANNON TAYLOR (of awakebutstillinbed)
Like Roses
Hot Brothers
Kuromi the BAND

ALL AGES. Doors @ 7pm // 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


Flamenco Full Moon

Yuli Sayuri, Gopal Slavonic & Melina Berkov-Rojas

Yuli Sayuri (Director/Singer/Dancer)
Yuli Norrish was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up with classical music. Inspired by La Tania's performance in 1999, she started studying Flamenco (baile). Later, she expanded her study to Flamenco singing (cante) and cajon. She has studied with La Tania, Clara Rodriguez, Roberto Zamora, Jose Cortes, to name a few. She has performed with local artists and groups such as Agua Clara Flamenco (2016 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival), Toque Tercero, Sol Flamenco, and La Tania Baile Flamenco. She runs Matiz Flamenco to perform and teach in San Francisco Bay Area and works as an artistic director of San Jose Nuevo Flamenco.

Gopal Slavonic (Guitarist) Gopal Slavonic trained at the prestigious `Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren' in Sevilla, Spain where he studied with Miguel Angel Cortez, Jose Postigo, Antonio Carmona, Eduardo Rollabar, Tino Van Der Sman, and Joselito Galvez. He has performed with Cerro Negro, La Fibi, Mark Taylor, Melissa Cruz, La Carola, Roberto Zamora, Pilar Moreno, Zahara, and Jose Galvez.He is regularly performing and teaching flamenco guitar. More info at http://www.flamencodeloro.com/

Melina Berkov-Rojas (Dancer/Singer) Hailing Costa Rican roots on her mother's side, Melina Berkov-Rojas grew up surrounded by music, rhythm, and dance. Her father, an accomplished Flamenco guitarist and luthier, brought Flamenco into her heart. Over the years, she has studied with many renowned artists, including: Rosa Montoya, La Tania, Carola Zertuche, Linda Andrade, Roberto Amaral, and Cihtli Ocampo. More recently, she has focused her Flamenco studies on cante, and has pursued guidance from many singers including: Roberto Zamora, Paco Albiac, Martha Rodriguez-Salazar, Cristo Cortes, and intensive classes with Ethan Margolis. She has performed at various theaters, restaurants, and other venues throughout the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas over the years.
510-472-3170
ALL AGES- Wheelchair Accessible
Door is 7PM
is It's OK to Bring Food and Beverages
Admission $15. - $25.

7:30pm to 10pm, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center 2905 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley


The Hogan Brothers

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


Chris Nauman

8pm to 10pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Charlie King & Rebel Voices

Charlie King & Rebel Voices have been singing, recording and touring together for years, East Coast and West. Each a seasoned act on its own, together they combine the best of repertoire and performance. Excellent songwriting, remarkable harmonic arrangements and a kind of incendiary energy that lights up a stage all make for a night to remember

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century. Pete Seeger hailed him as "One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time." He is this year's recipient of the Phil Ochs Award, recognizing his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs.

His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete & Peggy Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, and Chad Mitchell. He is currently touring with his latest recording Life & Love, Tears & Laughter, a 15-song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs - time tested - and new songs reflecting on the testing times we live in.

Folk legend Peggy Seeger says, "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried," and Tom Paxton adds, "Luckily, we have him!"

Janet Stecher and Susan Lewis are the singing duo Rebel Voices. Their provocative repertoire combines political punch and wry wit with intricate harmony and dramatic flair. This powerful and inspiring duo promises an evening of thought-provoking, zany, reaffirming music to lift the spirit and prick the conscience. They have been singing together for over 40 years. They can take a song you think you've heard, and through their striking arrangements and uniquely haunting harmonies, make it their own.

"On the heels of Nirvana, the next big Seattle group to make a national splash should be the folk duo Rebel Voices . . ." - KDVS-FM

"They weave humor, insight and conviction into their resonant voices and send us back to the world renewed." - Vancouver Folk Festival

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


Shakey Zimmerman w/ Rockridge Station @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakey-zimmerman-w-rockridge-station-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-47329883957

8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


High School Jazz Intensive Performance

Join the talented group of young musicians selected for this year's High School Jazz Intensive as they perform selections developed over the course of the week with instructors Mike Zilber, Erik Jekabson and others.

8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Marcia Ball


"Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry...her songs ring with emotional depth" -Rolling Stone

"A welcome ray of sunshine...Ball is a killer pianist, a great singer and songwriter. Potent blues, sweet zydeco, soulful, fast and furious Texas boogie...heartfelt, powerful and righteous" -Billboard

"Fifty years have passed in a flash," says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world. With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs. The New York Times says, "Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time." The Houston Chronicle says simply, "She's as perfect as an artist can be."

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


An Evening Of Music & Comedy with Creed Bratton from "The Office"

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


Fiestas Patrias del Perú

$15 Adelante / $20 Puerta
$15 Advance / $20 Door

Musica en Vivo Bailable, Comida Peruana y más!
Homenaje al maestro Augusto Polo Campos — Canciones Criollas/Afro-Peruanas al Ritmo del Son Cubano de Angel Lobaton!
Grupo SALCHICHA — Cumbias Peruanas y mas para bailar!
Deliciosa comida y bebidas Peruanas a la venta!
English Translation:
Live Music, Peruvian Food, and More!
Son Cubano tribute to Augusto Polo Campos by Angel Lobaton!
Peruvian Cumbia by SALCHICHA!
Delicious Peruvian food and drinks!

9pm to 7/27 12 midnight, La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Abyssinians ft. Bernard Collins plus Skank Bank

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


Saturday, July 28th 2018

Fiestas Patrias del Perú

$15 Adelante / $20 Puerta
$15 Advance / $20 Door

Musica en Vivo Bailable, Comida Peruana y más!
Homenaje al maestro Augusto Polo Campos — Canciones Criollas/Afro-Peruanas al Ritmo del Son Cubano de Angel Lobaton!
Grupo SALCHICHA — Cumbias Peruanas y mas para bailar!
Deliciosa comida y bebidas Peruanas a la venta!
English Translation:
Live Music, Peruvian Food, and More!
Son Cubano tribute to Augusto Polo Campos by Angel Lobaton!
Peruvian Cumbia by SALCHICHA!
Delicious Peruvian food and drinks!

12 midnight to 12:30 midnight, La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

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


The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley.

The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others. Featured performers will include University Carillonist Jeff Davis, and Berkeley carillonists David Hunsberger, Wesley Arai, Leslie Chan, Erika Anderson and others. On Saturday July 28 there will be two 45 minute recitals commencing at noon and 1pm. On Sunday July 29 there will be two recitals commencing at 2pm and 3pm. The original twelve bells were a gift of Jane K. Sather for whom Sather Tower is named. The were installed in 1918, and first played . An additional forty-eight bells were given by the Class of 1928, and a final enlargement to the current sixty-one bells carillon was done in 1983, a gift of Jerry and Evelyn Chambers. The best listening places are in Faculty Glade by Morrison Hall and the Campanile Esplanade. For inquiries please contact ucbells@berkeley.edu For donations to the carillon, please contact the Department of Music.

12 noon to 2pm, Faculty Glade by Morrison Hall and the Campanile Esplanade, UC Berkeley


VL Trio

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


Radiograph

Radiograph blends a wide range of musical influences with funky rhythm, warmth, and improvisation to create a unique sound somewhere between rock and jazz. Each piece is an instrumental composition with melodies and thematic structure, but designed with some flexibility, so no two performances are ever the same. Radiograph headlined the SF Library Summer of Love Anniversary Fundraiser and opened for Savoy Brown.

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


Fast Fest III.

Celebrating Matt Merrigan.
Doc & the Parasites
UNDER 15 SECONDS
Guerilla Poubelle
Arms Aloft
GAG TAPE
+more tba.
ALL AGES. Doors 7 // 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


Mads Tolling & Dan Zemelman

Internationally renowned violinist and composer Mads Tolling is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark and now lives in San Francisco. As a former member of both bassist Stanley Clarke's band and the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for a third. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Paquito D'Rivera, Leo Kottke and Sergio & Odair Assad as well as with his own groups, The Mads Tolling Quartet and Mads Tolling & The Mads Men.

For this concert, Mads will be collaborating with jazz pianist Dan Zemelman. Dan contributed to blues legend John Lee Hooker's final studio album Face to Face and toured with blues vocalist Zakiya Hooker. These days he plays regularly with top Bay Area jazz icons like Marcus Shelby and Adam Theis as well as with his own trio.

Mads and Dan met ten years ago through the eclectic San Francisco jazz scene and were featured performers not long afterward at the Danish Embassy's 50-year Anniversary in Washington DC.

For us they'll perform songs from the American Songbook and sprinkle in a few originals and perhaps even a Danish folk tune or two. Don't miss a rare opportunity to hear these amazing musicians in an intimate setting. Come join us , and in the meantime check out this Mads original, a Thelonious Monk tune, one of those Danish folk songs and this video of a recent live performance.

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


The Singer and The Songwriter, Maya Hall

The Singer and The Songwriter
The Singer and The Songwriter, the duo of Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran, creates music as vibrant and diverse as their multiracial backgrounds. Since 2012, they have released 3 critically acclaimed albums, charted on the CMJ Top 40 Radio charts, and currently tour nationally, recently performing at the SF War Memorial Opera House.

Rachel Garcia's rich, warm vocal delivery and Thu Tran's dynamic guitar arrangements provide the backbone for original songs that blend swinging jazz, soulful blues, heartfelt folk and modern, honest songwriting to create a unique and compelling sound. The Huffington Post describes Garcia's voice as, "rich and mellow, strong and elegant, delicate and turbulent, all at the same time. Candidly, it's one of the best female voices around."

Maya Hall
A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Maya Hall moved to San Francisco in 2014 in search of bigger musical pastures. In Japan, where singers are held to high standards in comparison to the United States, Maya had been a part of the music scene as a respected vocalist, taking part in a variety of different acts in Fukuoka and Tokyo. Since moving to San Francisco, Maya has trained herself how to play the guitar in order to write her own songs, and has done so with the same musical agility she reveals when she sings. Like her voice, her guitar playing is equally her own silky and sweet style. When she plays, her chord progressions, dainty riffs, and interesting rhythms match her soul exactly.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/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


Maestra: Ouida and the Party Continuette


The Party Continuette! Come join Ouida Lewis, from Kingston, Jamaica and her Rydim Lyfe band in a rocking journey of Jamaican music from Ska and Rocksteady to modern day Rootz Reggae and more!! The Rydim Lyfe band includes : Michaelle Goerlitz, Carolyn Brandy, Lillie Robinson, Amikaeyla and YOU! Bring your drum!

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

Tickets are $15 Advance /
$20 Day of Show

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


LMNOP Jazz Trio

8pm to 10pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Dillon Vado's Never Weather Trio

An evening of original music with Dillon Vado on drums, Justin Rock on guitar and Tyler Harlow on bass.

Dillon Vado is a drummer, vibraphonist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory. In 2014, Dillon received 1st place in the Jazz Search West competition on vibraphone. Dillon was also acknowledged as the Most Promising Young Jazz Artist of 2017 from the Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards. He regularly performs on vibraphone with Alan Hall's Ratatet, on drums with The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and leads several of his own projects, including The Table Trio, Never Weather, and Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry.

Big apple born and motor city bred, Justin Rock has swiftly made a name for himself in the SF Bay Area and beyond. He is the leader and sideman in multiple projects spanning many different styles. In addition to performing (David Binney, Roy Hargrove, Stacy Dillard, Dillon Vado's "Never Weather," Logan Kane's "Open Eyes," LOUIZA, Steven Lugerner and The Sluggish Ensemble, Bastet, and many others), Justin also teaches (SFJAZZ, Stanford Jazz Workshop and outreach programs, private lessons) and composes commercial music.

Tyler Harlow is a SF Bay Area bassist and composer obsessed with adventure through music. He builds on the jazz tradition to create his own voice as a composer and improviser, intent on innovation. Tyler is a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory and an in-demand bassist, performing regularly throughout the Bay with local and touring acts. Tyler primarily features his composing in his own group, Traveler; and with other innovative groups like Never Weather.

8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Ken Husbands Trio

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


La Mandanga @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-mandanga-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-47490666863

8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


ÃOEFÃ%

"ÃOEFÃ%, direct from Puerto Rico, is an amazing new group that is the epitome of deep roots in contemporary context. Their captivating repertoire consists of sacred and secular traditional Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean rhythms and songs interpreted with traditional and electronic instruments and sounds. Super unique and funky, this critically acclaimed ensemble headed by San Juan based African American Otura Mun, himself a Babalawo or high priest in the Yoruba religion, has captured the imagination and ears of the international community since releasing its first two singles, 3 Mujeres (Iború Iboya Ibosheshé) and House of Love (Ogbe Yekun). Following successful European and North American tours, ÃOEFÃ% brings to the Freight a crew of Puerto Rico's most highly respected percussionists including Beto Torrens and Rafael Maya. This will be their Bay Area debut." - John Santos
Raices
Raices
Contemporary (Latino) American Music
Curated by John Santos

A concert series of diverse Latino (American) music representing hemispheric creativity in a wide range of formats interpreted by several of the most dynamic interpreters in the field. The term America in its true sense refers to North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean islands. Accordingly, Latin American music defies brief descriptions. Folk syles and rhythms in traditional and evolutionary settings, dance music and jazz play seminal roles in this series.

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


Sunday, July 29th 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 Jessica Jones Quartet

Originally from Berkeley, California, Jessica and Tony Jones are the core of the Jessica Jones Quartet, performing this time around with fellow Berkeley ex-pats Noah Garabedian on bass, Maya Kronfeld on piano, and other music friends to be determined!

The Jessica Jones Quartet is an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music. Their music derives from the jazz tradition using structured original compositions as a framework for freer improvisation. Combining two tenor saxophones with bass and drums, the group creates an exciting, robust new soundscape. The over 30 years of partnership between Jessica and Tony are apparent in the intimacy and spontaneity of their collective sound.

The Quartet has played venues on the East and West Coasts, including Yoshi's and Dizzy's Club, and at the Knitting Factory Festival in New York City and other festivals on the West Coast, including headlined with special guest Don Cherry. The group has released several CDs to critical acclaim, including Nod, featuring Tristano-lineage pianist Connie Crothers and Joseph Jarman of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and their most recent, Moxie. Poets, storytellers, and guest musicians often augment the core quartet as the band continues to explore creative alliances.

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!

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


The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley.

The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others. Featured performers will include University Carillonist Jeff Davis, and Berkeley carillonists David Hunsberger, Wesley Arai, Leslie Chan, Erika Anderson and others. On Saturday July 28 there will be two 45 minute recitals commencing at noon and 1pm. On Sunday July 29 there will be two recitals commencing at 2pm and 3pm. The original twelve bells were a gift of Jane K. Sather for whom Sather Tower is named. The were installed in 1918, and first played . An additional forty-eight bells were given by the Class of 1928, and a final enlargement to the current sixty-one bells carillon was done in 1983, a gift of Jerry and Evelyn Chambers. The best listening places are in Faculty Glade by Morrison Hall and the Campanile Esplanade. For inquiries please contact ucbells@berkeley.edu For donations to the carillon, please contact the Department of Music.

2pm to 4pm, Faculty Glade by Morrison Hall and the Campanile Esplanade, UC Berkeley


The Blue J's

4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, 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 4pm to sign up.

4pm to 6pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Sing and Rejoice! Cantare Con Vivo

This July, Cantare Con Vivo Artistic Director David Morales will present a Cantare summer concert centered on music from the Christian church tradition. David will partner with former music colleague Paul Fleckenstein, Organist and Choir Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, to bring their many decades of church music leadership experiences to both singers and audience members alike.

Anthem titles to be presented include: He, Watching Over Israel, With a Voice of Singing, Jubilate Deo, The Majesty and Glory of Your Name, My Eternal King, In the Year that King Uzziah Died, Ride the Chariot, Total Praise, Come Thou Fount, and others. In addition, the audience will have the opportunity to sing several familiar hymns of faith, accompanied by Paul at the organ, sure to uplift you in unimaginable ways. The First Congregational Church of Berkeley is home to one of the finest organs in the Bay Area and boasts ideal acoustics for choral performances.
Email: info@cantareconvivo.org
Price Range: $20 General
Tickets: 510-836-0789

4pm to 6pm, First Congregational Church
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


Jazzschool Summer Youth Program Concert

FREE
Join Jazzschool Summer Youth Program campers as they present their end-of-camp performance for family and friends.

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


Fiesta Puertorriqueña: Celebrando y Recordando

Doors open at 4:30pm
$10 Advance / $15 Door / $5 Kids under 12
 
The Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop invites you to remember and celebrate life and growth that results from loss and suffering. Through death and loss comes rebirth and strengthening.
Join us in remembering & celebrating by participating in our COMMUNITY ALTAR. This installation will represent, in an authentic and intentional way, the suffering, loss, and renewal of life that Puerto Rico and its people have and are experiencing as a result of hurricane Maria. We encourage you to bring pictures or object to add to the community altar!
Come hungry so we can enjoy a COMMUNITY MEAL with Puerto Rican cuisine by Cali-Rican catering. Menu coming soon! (Food not included with Ticket.)
Bring your dancing shoes, because DJ JOSE RUIZ will be throwing down his incredible collection of tropical music!
Plus, the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop invites you to participate in a special BATEY BORICUA COMMUNITY BOMBAZO (B (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fiesta-puertorriquena-celebrando-y-recordando/)

4:30pm to 8pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, 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


Soul Jazz II with JuSusan

JuSusan (Just Susan) is a unique soul-jazz composer, writer and jazz vocalist who began singing in church at age 4 and went on to sing opera in college.

Out of her relationship with God and her love for jazz music, she founded Soft Sound Music and recorded an original gospel-jazz CD, entitled God's Love Ballads. With strong vocals, she sings a wide spectrum of jazz songs that reach the soul and inspire those who hear them to live and love. She has performed in theatre and television commercials and movies, and for innumerable public, private, governmental and community agencies and organizations throughout California and abroad. She was also honored in 2008 to sing in Nelson Mandela's jail cell at Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa.

JuSusan's third time back for Soul Jazz at The Back Room promises to be an experience like no other. As My Company shares the stage with her, you will hear jazz music and vocals, original songs and a performance that will give you a spirit of inspiration.

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!

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


PEACHY / SPACE CAMP (CT) / CLOCKED / SGBD

KILLER SHOW FEAT. PEACHY https://www.facebook.com/peachybandsj/
SPACE CAMP (CT) https://m.facebook.com/SpaceCampCT/
CLOCKED (FIRST SHOW!) https://www.gofundme.com/MsMajorRetirement
SHOTGUN BRAINDECTOMY https://www.instagram.com/shotgunbraindectomy510/
ALL AGES. Doors $10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

5pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Make Jazz

5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Hālau Makana


Hālau Makana is the resident Polynesian Performing Arts Company of Island Hawaiian Studios in Alameda. We have shared our Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori culture at many Bay Area Festivals, Corporate Functions, Community Gatherings and Private Events for 20+ years.
Doors open at 6:30 pm / Show 7:00 pm

Tickets are: Adults - $12 Advanced / $15 Day of Show
Kids - $8 Advanced / $10 Day of Show
$35 for a Family of 4
Buy Tickets Here

7pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Deva Mahal

Deva Mahal was born with the blues in her blood. Becoming the genre-defying artist, powerhouse vocalist and astute songwriter that she is today could only be achieved through living a life rich with pain, joy, loss, love, heartache and experience. A soul as singular as Deva's can only find voice through an equally unique sound, which she's forged by growing her blues roots through the fertile soil of modern R&B, indie-pop, soul, rock and gospel.

Listeners will get their first taste of that distinctive approach in October 2017 with the release of Deva's debut EP from Motéma Music. The full scope of her voice and vision will be revealed in 2018 on Run Deep, her aptly-named first album, produced by Scott Jacoby (Vampire Weekend, José James, Coldplay) along with newcomer Jarrett Wetherell. The title captures not only her estimable musical bloodline but the finely-hewn emotions that course through her songs. Deva plumbs her own emotional depths to explore issues of overcoming adversity, battling one's own demons and dealing with the pains of love and loss, alongside wry observations on contemporary romance. She breathes vivid life into those songs with a knockout voice that combines pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge.

Deva (presciently, or perhaps an example of self-fulfilling prophecy, her name is pronounced "Diva" but given a slight twist) is the daughter of blues icon Taj Mahal and Inshirah Mahal, a dancer, artist and educator who Deva refers to as "my rock." Their support and influence combined with Deva's inborn passion and soaring talents make her a formidable and inspirational artist. Those remarkable facets come together strikingly on Run Deep, which is composed of ten new songs and a powerful cover of a King/Goffin hit from the 1970s. Deva's songs are as infectious as they are stirringly personal, placing her powerfully moving voice in the service of raw, vulnerable explorations of resonant emotion.

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


The Mowgli's, Locus Pocus


The Mowgli's
One of the most exciting things in all of music is discovering a band early on, following them throughout their career and watching that moment as they come into their own. For California alt-pop band THE MOWGLI'S that moment is two-fold on their superb third album "Where'd Your Weekend Go?," released in the fall 2016. They not only get to share their songwriting growth with fans who have followed the band since they formed in 2010, the band got to experience it themselves.

Ask singers and principal songwriters KATIE EARL, JOSH HOGAN and COLIN DIEDEN the secret to the band's growth on this new album and they will all say it came from within. "Involving the whole band in the writing process was a hugely important factor in this new record. When everyone's there you just have more brains, more minds," HOGAN says. EARL echoes this: "A lot of our songs start with one or two people's ideas and the band puts their mark on them later. This time we spent a great deal of time in the room together as the six of us, building many songs from the ground up."

Locus Pocus need not proclaim their belief in the overwrought power of rock `n' roll - they would much rather just write complex and catchy rock songs without explanation or apology. Formed in San Francisco in late 2016, the quintet's music draws on the last seventy years of music history and jazz technique, folding psych, indie, pop, and punk into a seamless and contemporary sonic pastiche. Onstage, Locus Pocus conjure an uncontainable mania, whipping audiences into a frenzy and adding a fascinating layer of provocation and spectacle to their complex and prismatic songwriting. They released their debut self-titled EP in May 2017 - which, in retrospect, was something of a warning shot for their proper full-length debut. Said debut arrived a year later in the form of Locus Pocus, a lush and compulsively listenable collection of surrealistic rock numbers. Never one for resting on their laurels, the band maintains an active and lauded presence in the Bay Area music scene, supporting internationally touring acts and headlining venues throughout the region. In Locus Pocus' world, the only direction is up. Expect to see (and hear) them playing and performing accordingly.

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


Monday, July 30th 2018

Jed Holtman 7:00 PM

7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, BErkeley


Ethan Ostrow Trio: A Cancer Benefit

"Ostrow's original compositions are dynamic, passionate, and gorgeous" - East Bay Express

"A wonderful, young, and inspired musician with great drive. Given that he had to taken on a cancer diagnosis at a very young age, he dealt with it with immense maturity. He has a unique voice and I'm excited to hear what is to come!" - Julian Pollack (Grace Kelly, Michael League, Ari Hoenig)


Ethan Ostrow is a Jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist from Berkeley. He has been featured at top venues throughout the Bay Area such as Yoshi's, the Freight & Salvage, and the UC Theater. Having led a double-life as an actor for many years, Ethan understands the power of storytelling, and brings it to his music every performance. Ethan has won numerous awards for his compositions and musicianship at Jazz festivals across the West Coast.

In January of 2017, Ethan finished treatment for stage-4 cancer, and was pronounced in remission. In the hospital, he focused heavily on writing and playing music. Ethan approached the Freight & Salvage with the idea of hosting a benefit concert for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society (LLS), featuring his trio, playing compositions he had written throughout the year. In June of 2017, he sold out the Freight, and raised over $22,000 for the cause. July will mark Ethan's second annual benefit for the LLS!

An album of Ethan's live and studio recordings was released in February 2018, and is available for purchase on Bandcamp. All profits are being donated to the LLS.

Ethan will be attending the Manhattan School of Music this Fall, where he will continue his studies with Alan Broadbent, and Jeremy Manasia. He recently finished a stint in Minneapolis, playing with and learning from Phil Hey (Dewey Redman) and Dean Sorenson (Glenn Miller Orchestra, Frank Sinatra). Ethan is currently studying with Bay Area legend Susan Muscarella. He is thrilled to be sharing the stage this July with two of his lifelong friends from Berkeley High's renowned Jazz Ensemble.

Musicians: Ethan Ostrow (Piano), Max Schwartz (Bass), Pele Greenberg (Drums), featuring special guests!

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Tuesday, July 31st 2018

Harry Potter Birthday Giveaway

July 31st is Harry Potter's birthday! In celebration each Pegasus location is giving away a complete set of the new 20th Anniversary editions featuring resplendent covers illustrated by Brian Selznick.

To enter this FREE prize drawing, simply visit one of our stores and drop an entry slip into our Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin prize bowls.

Come in a Harry Potter-related costume and you shall receive a $5 gift card for your efforts!

9am to 10pm, All Pegasus Books Locations


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


Bill Pettiti

7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Phil Marsh


Phil Marsh is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was the first musical director and band leader for SF's famous Pickle Family Circus, a guitarist with Country Joe McDonald, and wrote and performed with the East Bay Sharks and on the now infamous Masked Marauders album.
Phil was a mainstay of The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, the folk duo Phil & Phil, and founder of Energy Crisis, a famous and funky local club and dance band. He has recorded with Folkways, Vanguard, Warner Brothers, and others, and continues to write songs and gig in New York City and the Bay Area and central coast. 

Phil is alleged to have been a seminal performer at the original Freight & Salvage, and he hosted the Freight Anniversary shows for many years. Recent work has included songs about dogs, basketball, and the perils of modern life.

Tickets are $15 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!

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Freight Open Mic - 7/17

This is your chance to play at the Freight. 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:

Signups - on a first-come, first-served basis - begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.

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 thirty seconds.

Important Notes:

Please be a considerate performer and refrain from tuning or practicing in the listening room. We ask that you go outside the venue to practice rather than practicing in the lobby, as it is distracting and can be heard from within the listening room.

Available Equipment: performers will have access to the piano on stage, microphones, instrument line-in, and iphone/ipod line-in.

Please note that there is no drum kit on stage, and due to time constraints we ask that performers not bring a kit to set up. More portable percussion instruments are welcome.

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 8:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Blues Box Bayou Band plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod


The Blues Box Bayou Band adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than 15 years of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival. Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on "roots music." The current BBBB also features Pete's brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, and a rotating cast of friends including drummer Peter DeMattos and rubboard player Deb Krilanovich.

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

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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


Tinariwen, Dirtwire


Tinariwen


 Dirtwire

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


Clyde The Blynd Trio

Taking over the Tuesdays for July is one of our original cats from Jupiter's earliest days, we'll have a composer and multi instrumentalist Clyde Sutliff aka Clyde the Blynd.   Fighting back from a recent stroke, Clyde's been a hard-working Bay Area musicin that brought us Dogslyde in the 90's, co-founded Papa's Culture, and played with his group CVdub (Clyde Version dub) at local Bay Area venues for years.  Now on the mend, expect his original compositions both old and new, plus songs from Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter and Augustus Pablo in this latest version of Clyde's unique vision.


https://www.facebook.com/clyde.sutliff

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


Maxi Priest

Only a handful of singers succeed in transcending their genre without losing the essence of who they are. Superstar Maxi Priest is one of those artists whose own unique vision has led him to tremendous international success, being the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts.

His new album, Easy To Love is as fine a representation of lovers' rock as you could possibly wish for. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality; his effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall has universal appeal.

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


Next Month

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Stitch 'n Bitch 6:00 PM

6pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Little Village Foundation

Little Village Foundation is a non-profit cultural producer and record label that searches out, discovers, records and produces American roots artists who might never be revealed to the masses. Founder Jim Pugh scours all corners of the country searching for obscure artists to bring from their local communities out to the world.

Ada Pasternak
Ada Pasternak is that rare artist who lives and breathes music while expressing her singular life experiences through unforgettbale art. Born in Moscow to musician parents, Ada came to the U.S. with her family at the age of six to escape persecution along with many other Jews. Early on in her life in the U.S., Ada became consumed with classical music training; she developed into a virtuoso violinist, winning competitions as a pre-teen soloist and appearing as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras. Bringing her back to her roots and an homage to her musical family, Ada releases her debut full-length studio album, Sweet Dreams (produced by rock veteran Tony Braunagel), featuring her immensly gifted parents Igor and Rayhan. Ada is a graduate of Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, and she recently appeared as a special guest artist in a pair of popular Postmodern Jukebox videos.

Aki Kumar
Indian-born, San Jose-based Aki Kumar, aka "The Only Bombay Blues Man," left his home in Mumbai with the intention of working as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. Then he discovered the blues, and his life dramatically changed. With his Little Village Foundation debut, Aki Goes to Bollywood, he began integrating elements of Indian music into his musical and visual presentation, making for a multi-cultural mash-up that sounds like no one else, yet never loses touch with its blues foundation. Kumar's follow-up album, Hindi Man Blues, boasts his most ambitious cross-cultural fusion to date, and features liner notes by veteran blues great Charlie Musselwhite. Kumar has performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, has been featured on PRI "The World," and has toured in Russia and Scandinavia.
Marcel Smith

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Marcel Smith
Marcel Smith's debut solo album, Everybody Needs Love, marks the belated emergence of a commanding, massively talented vocalist who's been honing his skills on the gospel circuit for decades. Everybody Needs Love showcases a persuasively soulful voice that's been burnished through years of high-energy performances. . Smith doesn't consider Everybody Needs Love a gospel album so much as he regards it as "inspirational music." Whatever one calls it, the long-overdue solo debut is a stylistically adventurous collection that showcases Marcel Smith's transcendent talent, boundless passion, and deep soul fervor. Smith was previously a member of Willie Washington's WD Gospel Singers, and he's performed on programs with many of the gospel's greatest artists.

Marina Crouse
One of the most notable rising talents on the San Francisco/Bay Area music scene, Marina Crouse's debut album Never Too Soon balances blues tradition with contemporary urban funk as she echoes the emotional power of such classic R&B divas as Etta James, Koko Taylor and Big Maybelle. A fourth-generation Chicana blessed with a big, expressive voice early in life, Never Too Soon features Crouse's Spanish-language renditions of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and War's "Cisco Kid."

Mariachi Mestizo
Mariachi Mestizo is a modern ensemble that preserves and expands Mexico's centuries-old mariachi tradition. The youthful players, mentored by the veteran mariachi master Juan Morales (Los Camperos), dig deep into the music's history and timeless emotional appeal to make the music vital and current. Based in the town of Delano in California's Central Valley, Mariachi Mestizo regularly perform at local community events, and the group has also played some prestigious venues including New York's Carnegie Hall. Mariachi Mestizo's album, XX Aniversario, celebrates Mariachi Mestizo's 20th anniversary. In addition to traditional mariachi material, the album features a rendition of the pop standard "New York, New York," and a total of four songs recorded at the group's Carnegie Hall debut in 2017.

Maurice Tani
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."

Whitney Shay
A two-time San Diego Music Award winner for "Best Blues Artist," vivacious young vocal phenom Whitney Shay releases her latest album, A Woman Rules the World. The album is a smart mix of original tunes and covers by the likes of Little Richard and Dinah Washington, all presented with a compelling undercurrent of female empowerment. In addition to her popularity with club audiences, Shay has also become a welcome presence at West Coast music festivals, including the Doheny Blues Festival, the Gator by the Bay Festival, the San Diego Blues Festival and the San Diego Music Awards. She's toured internationally, including many acclaimed visits to Brazil. Her music has also been heard in numerous films and commercials, as well as on the NBC TV show Timeless.

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


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...George Brooks Trio

George Brooks and long-time collaborators, bassist Kai Eckhardt and pianist Osam Ezzeldin, perform an evening of new compositions and favorites from Brooks' extensive catalog.

George Brooks is a saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music, founding seminal Indian fusion groups like Summit with Zakir Hussain, and Bombay Jazz with Ronu Majumdar and Larry Coryell, and the Raga Bop Trio with Steve Smith and Prasanna. Kai Eckhardt appears on Brooks' "Summit" and "Spirit and Spice" recordings and has performed with Brooks, Steve Smith and Zakir Hussain in the US, Europe and Asia. Egyption-born Osam Ezzeldin grew up immersed in the music of North Africa and with a deep love of American jazz. He attended and taught at Berklee College of Music, and has performed with Eckhardt and Brooks since 2011. The trio of Brooks, Eckhardt and Ezzeldin is the core of Brooks' "Indian Jazz Journey" recently featured at the Stanford Jazz Festival and the Aspada fusion ensemble (with Selvaganesh Vinayakram).

Band Members and Instrumentation: George Brooks - saxophone; Kai Eckhardt - bass; Osam Ezzeldin - piano

George Brooks studied with Count Basie saxophonist Frank Foster and at the New England Conservatory of Music with George Russell, Joe Allard and Jaki Byard. He traveled to India for a year of study with classical Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath. In 1996 he recorded "Lasting Impression" and "Night Spinner," for Zakir Hussain's Moment Records. The success of these CDs led to performances and recordings with India's leading artists; Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan, VM Bhatt, U Srinivas, Vikku Vinayakram, Trilok Gurtu, Shujaat Khan, Shankar Mahadevan and many others. Brooks is a recipient of the American Composer's Forum "Global Harmony" Prize and has received grants and commissions from SFMOMA, New Music USA, USArtists International, MetLife Creative Connections and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. His compositions have appeared in films by Merchant/Ivory and have been performed by Yo Yo Ma and members of the Liverpool Philharmonic. His solo harp composition `The Alchemy of Happiness" premiered at the 2012 Gaudeamus Muziekweek.

Kai Eckhardt was raised in Germany and Liberia, and came to the USA in 1980 to study at the Berklee College of Music. Upon graduating Kai garnered world-wide recognition performing with the John McLaughlin Trio. The trio, consisting of Kai, John and Indian percussion phenomenon, Trilok Gurtu, recorded "Live at the Royal Festival Hall" which still stands as a high watermark in global fusion. Kai, touring the world with McLaughlin's trio and later with Trilok Gurtu's outstanding ensembles, developed a remarkable facility with African and Indian rhythmic cycles. He combined these global rhythms with his love of funk and developed a unique slapping style simultaneously reminiscent of African kora and James Brown. After many years of constant touring Kai settled in California and distinguished himself as a band-leader and composer founding the successful "jam band" Garaj Mahal and his current group, Zeitgeist. He is an in demand performer and session musician and maintains an active teaching schedule, offering workshops in the US, Europe and online. Kai and George Brooks are long time partners and have performed together in the US, Europe and Asia with Summit, Zakir Hussain, Ray Manzarek (of the Doors) and Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead). Kai has recorded and performed with such distinguished artists as Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Dewey Redman, Donald Byrd, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Larry Coryell, Warren Hill, Al Di Meola, Vital Information, John Scofield and Bill Frisell.

Osam Ezzeldin was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up immersed in the music of North Africa. At the age of 18 he heard his first recording of jazz and his life immediately transformed. Osam embarked on a journey of self-directed jazz study and began a rapid rise to excellence, soon becoming indispensible to leading jazz musicians of North Africa. Osam's love of jazz brought him to the US at the age of 21. He moved to Texas where he earned a BS in computer science. His prodigious abilities at the keyboard soon brought him to the attention of the local musicians and he quickly became immersed in the professional world of Texas jazz, blues and R+B. Osam continued to hone his skill as a composer and performer and, at the age of 29, was offered a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, receiving the highest honors. He was soon asked to teach there. In 2006, Osam was awarded US citizenship as an artist of extraordinary ability. In 2011, Osam moved to San Francisco and began turning heads. He soon joined Kai Eckhardt's Zeitgeist and George Brooks' Summit and has performed at all the major festivals and jazz clubs in northern California. Osam's unique ability to blend contemporary jazz vocabulary with Arabic, Indian and Caribbean influences has led to performances with many luminaries of world music, including Indian maestros Zakir Hussain, Niladri Kumar and Kala Ramnath and Turkish multi-instrumentalist Orhan Osman and the Turkophony Allstars, Uzbek percussionist Abbos Kasimov, as well as jazz stars Giovanni Hidalgo, Billy Cobham, Chuck Rainey, Kai Eckhardt and Dave Weckl.
Website: https://georgebrooks.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/George-Brooks-118954704793113/

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


Wormhole Wednesday feat. Zebbler Encanti Experience, Moniker, Ananaki, White Gravy

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


Thursday, August 2nd 2018

Free Live Jazz

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


Jim Grantham Quartet 7:00 PM

7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Poetry Flash presents Martin Espada, Lauren Marie Schmidt, and Gary Soto

Martin Espada's new book of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Sandra Cisneros calls him "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors." Recent collections include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Alabanza, whose title poem has been widely anthologized and performed. In all, he's published fifteen books as poet, editor, essayist, and translator. A former tenants lawyer for the Latino community of the greater Boston area, he's received a Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenhein Fellowship, and he's just won the prestigious 2018 Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime accomplishment.
Lauren Maris Schmidt's new book of poems is Filthy Labors. Previous collections include Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing, Psalms of the Dining Room, and The Voodoo Doll Parade, winner of the Main Street Rag Author's Choice Chapbook Series. Among her prizes are the So to Speak Poetry Prize, Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, and The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry.
Gary Soto's a poet, essayist, and novelist. His new book of poems is a revised, updated edition of The Elements of San Joaquin, his first collection, originally published in 1977, about which La Bloga had said, "The poet has an impeccable memory for capturing the music and sounds of his childhood. He carries a heavy sense of nostalgia with...grace..." He has since published twelve poetry collections, including New and Selected Poems, which was a National Book Award finalist as well as three novels and a memoir among other books. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Shannon Wheeler Book Signing!

New Yorker cartoonist and multiple Eisner Award-winner Shannon Wheeler signs his brand new book Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius (Image Comics) and hosts a short slide show on the history of cartooned political satire.

New Yorker cartoonist and multiple Eisner Award-winner Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, Sh*t My President Says, God is Disappointed in You) debuts MEMOIRS OF A VERY STABLE GENIUS this July from Image/Shadowline Comics.

MEMOIRS OF A VERY STABLE GENIUS is an irreverent book of personal short stories and gags featuring Shannon Wheeler's critically acclaimed humor, pathos, and honesty-including a 40-page full-color section!

"Books are like children. It's with pride I send this one out into the world to fend for itself, have its heart broken, take a job that will slowly erode all self-respect," said Wheeler. "That said, this is the best book I've ever done." - See more at: https://imagecomics.com/content/view/memoirs-of-a-very-stable-geniusan-irreverent-and-entertaining-new-book-from#sthash.4tf3WwsM.dpuf

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


Nu-Blu

Hailing from Siler City, NC, Nu-Blu's heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn's caramel-coated soprano is joined by Daniel's multi-instrumental playing and harmony, TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Clint White on fiddle/mandolin. Together they deliver upbeat barnburners and heartwarming ballads, all with a natural togetherness that can't be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

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


Victoria Vox

Victoria Vox is a ukulele-toting, award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10 (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music and in 2003, took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment.

Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006, ...and her Jumping Flea, Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene (Ukulele Magazine featured her on the front cover and in a feature article). However, she straddles the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.

A stage name can be a becoming thing. "Vox" (in Latin) means voice, and along with her care for the environment (1% for the Planet member), she has written and donated songs to the American Aspergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation. On a lighter note, she also has perfected the mouth-trumpet which, to some, is considered a form of "beat-boxing." Vox takes improvisational solos echoing the tones of trumpet genius Chet Baker solely with her voice. This odd and quirky talent nonetheless landed her on the Jay Leno Show (2009) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (2015).

2018 welcomes the release of her new album, Colorful Heart, which is whimsical, eclectic and full of heart. Vox is originally from Green Bay, WI and currently resides in Costa Mesa, CA.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 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


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


Raging Fyah, CRSB


Raging Fyah is an authentic, soul-filled, roots rock reggae band, with a fresh contemporary flare, that will literally set your soul on fire! That's what makes Raging Fyah one of hottest spreading, most captivating and powerful entertainment packages in a long awaited Jamaican Reggae Renaissance! The "Fyah" was ignited in 2006 by Anthony Watson (drummer), Demar Gayle (keyboardist) and Delroy Hamilton (bassist); then they were later joined by Courtland White (guitarist) and Kumar Bent (lead singer) as they set out to rekindle a flame of positivity in the music industry. Fueled by passion, purpose and life experiences, their lyrics touch the soul of the listener, uplifting and motivating people from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Whether the message is love, peace or empowerment, Raging Fyah burns through barriers of time age, race or class and has songs for everyone to love. In 2011, they released their debut album, "Judgement Day", and gained popularity and presence locally and internationally, with a few of the songs - such as the title track "Judgement Day" and hit single "Far Away" - receiving rotation on the air waves and even found their way onto a few charts. With conscious roots reggae on the rise, the "Fyah" continued to spread into 2012, and there was a heavy demand for the band's thrilling live performances at various shows. Their talent and versatility enables them to aptly adjust the intensity of their flame. So whether at an intimate acoustics set or a large stage shows such as Rebel Salute and Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, they steadily captured the hearts of the Jamaican listeners. In that same year the band hit the road to perform on the international stages of South America as well as to headline several major reggae festivals in Europe such as Summerjam, Rototom Sunsplash and Garance. Since then the band has been doing shows locally and returned for another tour in in Europe in Spring of 2013. They have also released three new singles "Dread" , "Naah Look Back" and "First Love" are they currently in studio working on their second album.

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


Friday, August 3rd 2018

Jazzschool Girls Jazz & Blues Camp Concert

6pm to 7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Girls' Jazz and Blues Camp at The Freight & Salvage

Free
The Girls' Jazz & Blues Camp is a supportive musical environment where girls have fun and develop self-confidence while honing improvisational, technical and ensemble skills. Join these young musicians as they present their end-of-camp performance!

6pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffehouse 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet

JAZZ

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


Underneath the Underground VII Night One

Seventh Annual Oi, Punk, Ska fest featuring some of the best the West Coast has to offer, such as the likes of The Generators, Tried & True, West Lords, Down For Life, Junto, Blue Collar Criminals, The Complicators, The ChainLinks!

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


The Jazz Fourtet

7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Amaranth Quartet

Equally at home with Mozart and Mendelssohn as they are with brand new string quartet compositions, violinists Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman, violist Julie Michael, and cellist Helen Newby met at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, formed the Amaranth Quartet in 2014 and have been going strong ever since. They've been one of the featured groups for the past two years at the annual Kronos Quartet Festival in San Francisco.

For us they'll present pieces from a wide range of eras:
Darius Milhaud, String Quartet No. 7
Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet No. 2: III. Intermezzo
Igor Stravinsky, Three Pieces for String Quartet
Alyssa Weinberg, Parallels
Garth Knox, Satellites: III. Dimensions Nicole Lizee, Another Living Soul
Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Sunjata's Time: I. Sumaworo; III. Nana Triban
Rhiannon Giddens, At the Purchaser's Option
Alessandra Vrebalov, My Desert, My Rose

You can read more about their recent Kronos Festival concert and sample one of the pieces they'll be playing for us here.

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


The Adi Meyerson Band

The Adi Meyerson Band is a hard-hitting ensemble that constantly thrives to paint a sonic portrait that is both reverential to the hard bop tradition and uniquely progressive and relevant.

Led by bassist and composer Adi Meyerson, the group is influenced by the deep tradition of swing and groove (Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal), and has created a project that manages to honor those traditions while creating music that is relevant to the 21st century. Compositionally, the band leans to a slightly more modern approach (Wayne Shorter, Alice Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Mulgrew Miller), adding vocalist & guitarist Camila Meza to the mix.

The Adi Meyerson Band is currently touring in support of their latest project, Miss Meyerson's debut album, Where We Stand, which contains all original material. In a live performance setting, the band includes a number of standards, Brazilian and Israeli tunes arranged for their particular instrumentation.

Miss Meyerson was born in the US and grew up in Israel. Although her main influences are strongly rooted in the Jazz tradition, traces of Israeli popular music (Yoni Rechter, Shalom Hanoch, Zohar Argov) can be found in her music. As part of the band's repertoire, Miss Meyerson seamlessly combines some of her favorite Israeli songs with her own original material, recently adding some lesser-known Brazilian and South American songs as well. (These particular songs are known to be a strong musical influence on her favorite Israeli songwriters). The result is a well-blended set that showcases all sides of the bassist and composer's history and personality though music.

"An instrumental set of swinging post bop that sounds like a lost Blue Note session...Purely smoking throughout." - Chris Spector, Midwest Records

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 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


Rising Star - Kevin Goldberg presents "A Scrumptious Summer Showcase"

The JazzSchool is about to get spiced up with this eclectic and eccentric evening of musical revelry! This year's showcase will feature three spectacular East Bay ensembles: Lil' Elephant, Solate, and Wayfairy. Bring your friends; this is an incredible show that you won't want to miss!

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Lil' Elephant: Adam Hughes, guitar/lead Zvox; Connor Lonsdale, drums; Edwin Rhodes, keyboard/vox; Kevin Goldberg, bass/vox
Solate: Marissa Bergmann, vox; Joel Mandella, guitar; Maya Vilaplana, lead vox; Kevin Goldberg, bass/vox
Wayfairy: Mega Bloom, fiddle/vox; Ari Cowan, fiddle; Jazmine Davis, washboard; Jordan Stern, accordion; Quiver Watts, banjo/lead vox; Kevin Goldberg, bass/vox

Group Bios
Lil' Elephant is an unconventional Oakland ensemble bringing original tunes to stages of all sizes throughout the Bay Area. A labor of love several years in the making, this band of four motley miscreants fuses funk, rock, roll, rap, and classical influences into an exceptional and eclectic musical shmorgasboard. Major influences include Funkadelic, Traffic, In Flames and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. You'll find your feet tapping and your hips swaying before you know it.

Solate fluidly blends rhythmic guitar compositions of Joel Mandella with melodic storytelling of Maya Vilaplana in a unique indie-soul experience. Emboldened and enhanced by the vocal harmonies of Marissa Bergmann and the bass stylings of Kevin Goldberg, Solate's music is sure to move and uplift you!

Wayfairy started with a banjo on the turnpike and has grown into a six piece music project that fills the sonic space between mournful folk and riotous punk. The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Quiver Watts, Wayfairy blends accordion, banjo, violin, washboard and upright bass with soft vocal harmonies, punctuated by raw wails. Come to dance, come to feel.

Artist Website: http://lilelephant.com
Facebook Link: http://facebook.com/lilelephunk
Instagram Link: http://instagram.com/wayfairywayfairy
Other Social Media Link: http://instagram.com/solatemusic

8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Wonder Bread 5

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


Saturday, August 4th 2018

Underneath the Underground VII Night Two

Seventh Annual Oi, Punk, Ska fest featuring some of the best the West Coast has to offer, such as the likes of Hub City Stompers, Harrington Saints, Los Dryheavers, Young Idea, WarTrbe, CapSouls, 21 Gun Salute, No Accion, Boot Rott

5pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Dodge's Sundodgers

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


Aallotar

Ancestors of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku lived within hours of each other in western Finland-speaking the same language, playing the same music, living the same culture. In the late 19th century, Pajunen's ancestors emigrated to northern Minnesota; Niku's family remained in Finland. , they explore a common heritage in Finnish folk music, even as they create new sounds that reflect their contemporary cultures and various interests. Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and beautiful vocal harmonies in both Finnish and English demonstrate how gracefully traditional and modern folk music can speak together.

Aallotar has been at Fifth Street several times, bringing mysterious Finnish harmonies to the West Coast of America. This show is part of a release tour of Aallotar's second album `Ameriikan Laulu' (Song of America), released by German record label Nordic Notes.

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


Rising Star - Emy Tseng

Jazz vocalist Emy Tseng and some of the Bay Area's finest jazz musicians perform eclectic arrangements of bossa nova, jazz standards and pop tunes, plus her original music.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Emy Tseng (vocals), Anne Sajdera (piano), Dan Foltz (drums), Ami Molinelli (percussion), TBA (bass)

Bio:
"...fine rhythm, impressive grasp of harmony and a clear, attractive voice." Washington Post
"...a vocal artist of significant talent and potentia.l" All About Jazz
Jazz vocalist Emy recently returned to the Bay Area after seven years on the East Coast where she performed extensively in Washington DC, New York and Boston. Her debut album "Sonho" ("Dream" in Portuguese) earned rave reviews from national jazz critics. Emy is currently enrolled in the Vocal Jazz Performance program at the California Jazz Conservatory and studying privately with Laurie Antonioli and Frank Martin. She is working on the release of her second album "Love Fool," a collection of modern jazz arrangements of pop tunes from the 80s and 90s.
Website: http://www.emytseng.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/EmyTsengJazz
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/emyjazz

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


Helen and Larry

8pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


El Dusty, La Candelaria, DJ SANTERO & KOOL KYLE


EL DUSTY

is the latest project from Corpus Christi based producer, Dusty Oliveira. Operating behind the mixer and console, Dusty is considered by some to be the inventor of Cumbia Electronica, as he was feeding cumbia into his sound processor and synthesizer before the turn of the millennium. What Lee Scratch Perry is to Reggae, Dus is to cumbia: the Father of Dub. Composer, arranger and ringmaster, Oliveira reinterprets the principals of the Jamaican sound systems of the 1970s, mashes the grimey, electro bass sounds, and always brings together, in his live performances, a panoply of MC's, Singers, as well as musicians and other dj's.


La Candelaria

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


Sunday, August 5th 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


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


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


UC Berkeley Summer Chorus Concert

The UC Berkeley Summer Chorus presents a concert of choral pieces in multiple languages. The ensemble is sponsored by the UC Berkeley Music Department and comprised of students from the university and members of the community. The chorus is led by a Sarah Ancheta, student conductor, and Jonathan Liu, student accompanist.

Price : FREE

Irving Gifford Fine, with words by Lewis Carroll
Morten Lauridsen Dirait-on
Aaron Copland Zion's Walls
arr. George G. Hernandez Rosas Pandan
Randall Thompson Alleluia

Performers Sarah Ancheta Conductor
Zachary Manlapid Guest Conductor
Jonathan Liu Accompanist
Nikolas Nackley Faculty Sponsor

4pm to 6pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley


Larry Stefl

5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Map Quiz ~ On Better Terms [TX] ~ Roman Candles ~ Dog Language

Map Quiz [Berkeley pop-punk]
On Better Terms [Dallas, TX melodic hardcore] https://onbetterterms.bandcamp.com/
Roman Candles [Arcata, CA] https://breakfastalldaycollective.bandcamp.com/track/king-of-the-losers
Dog Language [New east bay emo/slacker rock]
New Car Smell - Band [Bay area alternative]
ALL AGES. Doors @ 6:00pm // Show $8 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

6:30pm to 7:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


HOMMAGE Á DEBUSSY: MUSIC FOR ONE AND TWO PIANOS

7pm to 8pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street Berkeley


Rakim, Kota the Friend, Casey Cope, LBS & KIWI STRUGGLES


Rakim
Born : January 28, 1968 // Long Island, NY, United States
Rakim Allah, a native of Wyandanch, New York, revolutionised the rap artform during the late 1980s as one half of the influential hip-hop duo Eric B & Rakim. The duo parted ways in 1992 after releasing four popular albums, including the all-time hip-hop classic 'Paid In Full'. After taking a five-year break from music, Rakim returned as a solo artist in 1997 with the album 'The 18th Letter'. He continues to record sporadically.

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


Monday, August 6th 2018

Wrapped in the Flag of Israel

In Wrapped in the Flag of Israel, Smadar Lavie analyzes the racial and gender justice protest movements in the State of Israel from the 2003 Single Mothers' March to the 2014 New Black Panthers and explores the relationships between these movements, violence in Gaza, and the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran.

Lavie equates bureaucratic entanglements with pain-and, arguably, torture-in examining a state that engenders love and loyalty among its non-European Jewish women citizens while simultaneously inflicting pain on them. Weaving together memoir, auto-ethnography, political analysis, and cultural critique, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel presents a model of bureaucracy as divine cosmology that is both lyrical and provocative. Lavie's focus on the often-minimized Mizraḥi population juxtaposed with the state's monolithic culture suggests that Israeli bureaucracy is based on a theological notion that inserts the categories of religion, gender, and race into the foundation of citizenship.

In this revised and updated edition Lavie connects intra-Jewish racial and gendered dynamics to the 2014 Gaza War, providing an extensive afterword that focuses on the developments in Mizraḥi feminist politics and culture between 2014 and 2016 and its relation to Palestinians.

"Smadar Lavie offers a bracing alternative to the `Jewish Disneyland' image of Israel in her book Wrapped in the Flag of Israel. The book documents the lived experience of women in Israeli society-from the feminist-of-color movement to the politics of funding ngos to the role of the bureaucracy of the state. Using a combination of deep anthropological research and the personal narratives of Mizraḥi single mothers, Lavie effectively challenges preconceptions about Jewish Israeli society, and in so doing, exposes the lopsided structures of power and privilege between Ashkenazi and Mizraḥi Jews in Israel. Understanding Israel's intra-Jewish racism and its impact on families is crucial to any just solution for the people of Israel/Palestine." -Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace

Smadar Lavie spent nine years as a tenured professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis, and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley's Department of Ethnic Studies and a visiting professor at the Institute for Social Science in the Twenty-First Century at University College Cork, Ireland. She is the author and coeditor of several books, including The Poetics of Military Occupation: Mzeina Allegories of Bedouin Identity under Israeli and Egyptian Rule. The first edition of Wrapped in the Flag of Israel won honorable mention from the Association of Middle East Women's Studies and was a finalist for the Clifford Geertz Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Lavie won the 2009 Gloria Anzaldúa Prize from the American Studies Association.

5:30pm to 7:30pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Caffe Acustico

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


Ace Frehley, Dave Friday Band

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


Tuesday, August 7th 2018

Time Out Quartet

7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, 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


Wednesday, August 8th 2018

Stitch 'n Bitch 6:00 PM

6pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Hermitage Green

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


Thursday, August 9th 2018

Free Live Jazz

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


"Speak Your Truth" Showcase & Open Mic

The UC Theatre's Youth Advisory Board presents "Speak Your Truth" Showcase & Open Mic. Speak Your Truth provides a forum for local artists to share their work with their community, while supporting the further education of future music-industry professionals via The UC Theatre's education program. All local artists; all ages; all produced by UCT Concert Career Pathways graduates.

Proceeds from this event will go to The UC Theatre's education program.

6:15pm to 7:15pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


In the Swing

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


Giraffes? Giraffes! // Mylets // TuT // Floral

GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES!
Mylets
Floral
The Unending Thread
ALL AGES. Doors 6:30 // Show $12 adv. // $14 D.O.S. +$2 924 Gilman Membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

7:30pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Friday, August 10th 2018

The Summer Slaughter Tour ft. Between the Buried and Me & more


Between the Buried and Me
American progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina founded in 2001.


Born Of Osiris

Veil of Maya


ERRA is a progressive Metalcore band from Birmingham, Alabama. Since their formation in 2009, they have self-released 2 EPs, titled ERRA and Andromeda. They went on to sign with Tragic Hero Records and release their debut album Impulse in 2011. Their second album, Augment, which was released 2 years later, reached number 1 on the ARIA heatseekers chart. It was the album that started to see them gain a lot more traction, and consequently was the only other record to be released under the label. After becoming more successful with Augment, ERRA signed with Sumerian Records and released their 3rd EP titled Moments of Clarity. This EP is the first release to not feature unclean vocalist and co-founding member, Garrison Lee. Shortly before the EP was released, ERRA recruited a replacement vocalist, Ian Eubanks to perform on the record and subsequently become the new frontman. After the release of Moments of Clarity - as early as December 2014, guitarist Jesse Cash began working on the next record, their vocalist also started to write lyrics for the album. In August 2015, Ian Eubanks decided to step down as unclean vocalist, stating that he struggled to perform his vocal parts during touring, and that he was no longer able to scream correctly. Consequently, ERRA once again was on the search for another unclean vocalist. The new vocalist JT Cavey (ex Texas in July) was announced through the release of the lead single Luminesce for their upcoming record Drift. The record was released in April 2016, and is the latest release for the band.
Current Members:
Jesse Cash - Guitar/Bass*/Clean Vocals (*on record only)
JT Cavey - Unclean Vocals
Alex Ballew - Drums
Sean Price - Guitar

The Agony Scene
Metalcore band, from USA, originally formed in 2000. They broke up and rejoined in 2003 with a slightly different line-up.
The Band:
Mike Williams - Vocals
Chris Emmons - Guitar
Stewart - Bass
Brian Hodges - Guitar
(As of June 2006, the band is looking for a new drummer)


Terror Universal

Soreption
Formed in 2005, "SOREPTION unleash their surgically precise and unique, razorsharp voilence with technically and artistically advanced riffs topped off with in-your-face brutal vocals, leaving the listener nothing short of stunned and ready to bow down to the mature display of how death metal should be played," according to a press release.

Entheos

Frank Costa -
Chaney Crabb -
Evan Brewer -
Navene Koperweis

2:30pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley


MY Word Open Mic

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


Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson

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


Saturday, August 11th 2018

Greenwood News

JAZZ

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


Sunday, August 12th 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


Thursday, August 16th 2018

Free Live Jazz

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


Friday, August 17th 2018

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


Saturday, August 18th 2018

San Francisco International Piano Festival: American Gothic

Graham Lynch- Works for solo piano TBA (US Premiere)
Albert Kim, piano
-Brief Pause-
Paul Sanchez- Gothic Atonement: five songs for baritone and piano (World Premiere)
Brandon Hendrickson, baritone
Paul Sanchez, piano

Pianist Albert Kim returns to the Bay Area after his acclaimed debut performances during the 2017 Festival. Presenting the beautifully sculpted miniatures of English composer Graham Lynch, Albert shares some of these gems with American audiences for the first time.

Composer/pianist Paul Sanchez has established himself not only as a virtuoso pianist and first rate chamber musician, but also an inspired composer. Paul's newest song cycle receives its world premiere performance featuring the composer at the piano and Brandon Hendrickson, hailed by Opera News for his "mellifluous...beautiful baritone..."

Read more about the San Francisco International Piano Festival here.
This concert is $25 General Admission Seating is limited. Purchase advance tickets here.

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


Sunday, August 19th 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


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


Wednesday, August 22nd 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, August 23rd 2018

Free Live Jazz

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


MARTHA NUSSBAUM


"One of the world's most honored philosophers provides a candid examination of the current political crisis."

For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her full attention to the terrible political standoff tha has polarized America since the Trump election. Although today's atmosphere is heavily marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the seeming total inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters, journalists and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalizatiojn, automation and the high costs of high education have produced feelings of utter powerlessness in millions of people in the U.S.Similar issues trouble European unity.

That sense of powerlessness and a pervasive underlying fear bubble into resentment and blame: blame of immigrants, blame of Muslims, blame of other races, blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame played a hefty role in the elction of Trump - and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues that it can in fact be found on all sides of the political spectrum-confusingly intertwined, however, with reasonable arguments aiming at greater justice. She insists that retribution is always a bad response to fear, and she articulates a clear politics of constructive work and hope.

"Nussbaum is an elegant and lyrical writer, and she movingly describes the pain of recognizing1 one's vulnerability." - THE NEW YORKER

"Like any clearheaded thinker, Nussbaum was unsettled by Trump's election, but she's also troubled by the way people of all political persuasions have succombed to fear and mindless fear-slinging. She tries to keep Trump at arm's length and focus instead on what philosophers and psychologists going back to antiquity have had to say about fear...its role in stoking anger, disgust, and envy, and how those emotions in turn perpetuate divisive politics (sexism and misogyny especially)" -Kirkus Reviews

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. She has written more than twenty books.


KPFA Radio 94.1FM & St. John's Presbyterian Church present Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:30 PM St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's, East Bay Books $15 door, wheelchair access

7:30pm to 9pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA


Saturday, August 25th 2018

San Francisco International Piano Festival: Preludes and Transformations

 Karol Szymanowski Nine Preludes Op. 1 (1900)
Pawel Mykietyn Four Preludes (1993)
Igor Lipinski, piano
-Brief Pause-
Transcriptions TBA from stage
Chopin, Liszt, Wagner/Liszt, Saint-Saens/Godowsky, Mompou
Jiyang Chen, piano

Igor Lipinski returns to the Maybeck by popular demand to perform music of two brilliant Polish composers, representing bookends of the 20th century. Szymanowski's poetic preludes contrast with Mykietyn's rhythmically driving Preludes, written in 1993.

Jiyang Chen offers an enchanting set of transcriptions and miniatures announced from the stage, celebrating the salon tradition of the 19th century. Jiyang's affinity for this repertoire is perfectly matched by his inimitable style and approach to these gems.


Read more about the San Francisco International Piano Festival here

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This concert is $25 General Admission Seating is limited. Purchase advance tickets here

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3pm to 4pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave., Berkeley


Sunday, August 26th 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


Full: Payne/Sonami

Maggi Payne and Laetitia Sonami-two of the Bay Area's finest composers and intrepid musical pioneers-team up for an evening of solo and collaborative performances, electroacoustic music, sound art, and explorations of resonance and acoustics.

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


Tuesday, August 28th 2018

Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) and a player to be named later and Sult (Jacob Felix Heule and visiting friends)

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


Thursday, August 30th 2018

Free Live Jazz

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


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