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

Tuesday, March 21st 2017

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents: Guitar Trio with the Randy Vincent Trio

A fresh take on the traditional jam session, we're calling it Neighborhood Sessions: Concert-Masterclass-Jam, and it's your opportunity to get on stage and play with the best jazz musicians in the Bay Area.

Each event has three components: first, a short set by some of our best Bay Area pros, followed by two pre-professional combos who will perform in a masterclass format with critique and advice provided by the pros.

Following the masterclass, audience members will have an opportunity to join in during the jam session. Sign-up forms will be available at the door. Please bring your own instrument with the exception of piano and drums. Sheet music or charts will not be allowed except for vocalists, who should provide charts for the band members. All instruments and vocalists-amateur to pro-are welcome at every session.

Tickets at jazzintheneighborhood.org/events/tix/
$10 general admission. CJC-degree-students, free with ID. Doors open one half hour before show time. Show time is 7pm.

7pm to 9pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


David Nelson & Eric Thompson, The Todalo Shakers with Suzy and Eric Thompson

$26 adv / $28 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Mitch Polzak & the Royal Deuces

$12. Cajun/Zydeco dance lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Wednesday, March 22nd 2017

University Baroque Ensemble

University Baroque Ensemble
Christine Brandes, director
"A New Era of Baroque"
Hear UC Berkeley's beloved Baroque Ensemble under the direction of their new leader, Christine Brandes with music from Rosenmüller, Stradella and more.

Free


12 noon to 2pm, Hertz Hall UC Campus


Company Night at Tom's Place

A Wednesday Improv Salon
(a company-style evening)
featuring
Andrea Centazzo (percussion, coordination)
Wobbly [Jon Leidecker] (electronics)
Kyle Bruckmann (double reeds)
Lisa Mezzacappa (bass)
Ron Heglin (low brass, voice)

Starting in the 1970s and continuing for twenty years, Derek Bailey
organized annual Company Weeks, at which a varied cast of improvisers
would be asked to play in ad hoc groups on the spur of the moment.

Company Night is the same idea, compressed into a single evening
of short improvisations by spontaneously-formed groups hand-picked
by our coordinateur.

This evening's participants are double-reed player extraordinataire
Kyle Bruckmann, digital (and sometimes analog) electronics wizard
Wobbly (Jon Leidecker), sublime brass player and singer Ron Heglin
and our special guest, visiting from (mostly) sunny Los Angeles,
internationally acclaimed Italo-American gong beater, and tonight's
coordinateur, Andrea Centazzo.

Presented in collaboration with the Italian Culture Institute of
San Francisco.
http://www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it/iic_sanfrancisco/it/

Admission: donation. All proceeds go directly to the musicians.
Doors open at 7:00. Wheelchair accessible.

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


William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Created by Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. $76. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Stu Allen & 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.

Tickets are $13

8pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue


The Indigo Girls -- SOLD OUT

Lucy Wainwright Roche opens. SOLD OUT - $100 Advance Premium / $80 Advance General / $105 Door Premium / $85 Door General. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Thursday, March 23rd 2017

Jamaican Roots Riddims Workshop

$20. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

7pm to 8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Created by Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. $76. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


MORI, Patch Kid & special guest

MORI delivers punchy, hook-laden alternative rock/pop you can (and should) scream along to in the car. Fronted by lead singer, songwriter & guitarist Mori Einsidler, the band took shape in Brooklyn, NY in the winter of 2014. She is now hitting the road for this West Coast tour as a duo with help from lead guitarist and vocalist Sam Palumbo of Patch Kid.

MORI crafts songs that ache and burst, recalling the ear candy of indie-pop duo Tegan & Sara packed with the voltage of alt-rock overlords Mitski, Paramore and Brand New. 2016 has been a breakout year for MORI with the release of her EP Better For You (co-produced by Asher Zeitschik and Lucas Hass), which has garnered praise from Popdust, Impose Magazine, The Deli NYC and The Revue, along with solo and full band tours across the Northeast, including a stint at Brooklyn's Northside Festival and sold out shows across NYC.

Patch Kid is the Indie/Math Rock brainchild of Brooklyn-based musician Sam Palumbo. Patch Kid joins MORI on this West Coast tour in support of his debut EP Bad at Friends, out February 17th. The forthcoming release recalls the indie rock songwriting sensibilities of Death Cab for Cutie and Built to Spill, with complex guitar architecture that would feel at
home on an American Football record.

Bad at Friends is a reflection of Palumbo's transition from Philadelphia to NYC, and the
malaise that can accompany adapting to a new place while trying to hang on to old relationships. The album was recorded and mixed at the Gallery Recording Studio by Jon Markson (Such Gold/Taking Meds), and features the frenetic, lyrical drumming of Matt Covey (Such Gold/Shai Halud).

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



8pm to 9pm, Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


Greg Brown

$40 adv / $42 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Friday, March 24th 2017

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of bluegrass, folk, old-time, country bluegrass and blues.

Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis produced, played and sang on Wendy's debut CD, Open Wings in 2012, which has received rave reviews nationally and internationally, air play and interviews on various radio shows and in Americana and Bluegrass publications. Wendy is an award-winning songwriter and singer, known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material.

She won an Akademia Music Award for her song, "Happy Song Blues," as Best Americana Blues song, and has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past three years by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Her band members include some of the best Bluegrass and Americana players and singers in California and beyond:
Butch Waller (mandolin and vocals) is known locally and nationally for his innovative and tradition-based approach to his instrument. Butch was one of the first to play bluegrass music in Northern California, and founded his own band, High Country, in 1968. A gifted songwriter, Butch has penned several that are found in the repertoire of Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood.

Glenn Dauphin (guitar and vocals) has been performing with Bluegrass bands in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. He was Northern California Bluegrass Society's Guitar Player of the Year for 2014. He also plays bass and guitar with California's two longest running bands, High Country and Sidesaddle and Company.

Allegra Thompson (bass and vocals) is known both for the power and clarity of her singing and for providing a rock-steady rhythm bed on guitar or upright bass. Her home-grown perspective on American roots music was nurtured by her parents, local musicians Eric and Suzy Thompson, who raised her on a steady diet of blues, bluegrass, Cajun, and Appalachian old time music. A founding member of the Drifter Sisters and the Bearcat Stringband, she also plays with the Midnite Ramblers, Gerry Tenney and the Hard Times Orchestra, and of course Eric and Suzy Thompson in their family trio.

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood play at local venues such as The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, The Back Room in Berkeley, First Street Café in Benicia, Sutter Creek Theatre, and the Monkey House in Berkeley, among other great venues and house concerts. They have played on Vern's Stage at the CBA Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley, and the Cloverdale Fiddle Festival.

Tickets are $20 Doors open one half hour before show time. 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 have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.

12 midnight, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


The Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography

you are cordially invited you to the opening reception for

Mark Peterson
"Political Theatre"

Reception & Book Signing: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
North Gate Hall Library
Talk by the Photographer: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Exhibit Dates
March 13 - May 1, 2017
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

6pm to 8:30pm, Room 105 North Gate Hall


William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Created by Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. $76. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Passage to India with Kalanjali Dance Company and School

$15. Children's performance at 8:00 pm, main performance at 8:30pm. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


The Bow Ties

The Bow Ties play bluegrass infused with the aggressive spirit of the original masters. The band has the precision and quality to captivate a listening audience, and a unique drive that can rowdy up any dance floor.

Band members include Northern California Bluegrass Association's five-time Guitarist of the Year, Yoseff Tucker. Billy Moore is a self-taught banjo picker with the accuracy, and more importantly, the fine understanding of improvisation. Classically-trained Jan Purat plays a fiddle that can either break your heart or pull your legs out from under you, sometimes both. Stoic and relaxed, Andrew March picks a mandolin likes nobody's business. And backing it all up with fierce rhythm is Zach Sharpe on upright bass. The combination of these talented musicians offer a refreshing, exciting and meticulous bluegrass experience.

Selected as one of the California Bluegrass Association's Showcase Bands for the 2016 Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival, the band's members have been honored to play at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Telluride and the Rockygrass Festival.

Tickets are $15. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). Doors open one half hour before show time.

1984 Bonita Ave. |
510.654.3808


8pm to 10pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


Choir of King's College, Cambridge

$56-$84. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

SOLD OUT. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Saturday, March 25th 2017

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Created by Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. $76. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

2pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Milos, guitar: Bach to Beatles

$42-$70. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Created by Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. $76. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Noel Paul Stookey

$30 adv / $34 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


"Mujeres Flamencas Unidas" with Caminos Flamencos

$20. Featuring Emmy Award-winning dancer/choreographer Yaelisa, Jason McGuire "El Rubio," Daniel Azcarate, Singer and a cast of 12 dancers. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Sunday, March 26th 2017

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Dunun Drum Workshop with Mabiba Baegne

$20. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

2pm to 3:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Created by Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company. $76. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

3pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Verdi, Prokofiev, Shostakovich. $38-$76. www.calperformances.org. 642-9988.

3pm, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Octopretzel

$6 Kids / $8 Adults . 525-5054. www.ashkenz.com

3pm to 4:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

Faye Carol is one of the premier vocalists of her time. Her unique style and gift of connecting with her audience is astonishing. This Bay Area living legend is a recipient of countless awards and honors inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015 induction into the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, and four Cabaret Gold Awards.

After beginning her career with gospel music, Ms. Carol was an integral part of Oakland's innovative funk scene in the 1960s and later went on to form her own trio. She soon built a reputation as a daringly versatile and consistently creative vocal stylist arranging standards and popular songs in her own unique way.

She has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Albert King, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Billy Higgins, Charles Brown, Bobby Hutchinson and Pharaoh Sanders. Now established as a world-class artist at the top of her craft, she continues to dazzle and delight audiences at home and beyond. She will be accompanied by Joe Warner on piano.

"Faye Carol is one of the greatest singers on the planet...There is nobody singing the blues and jazz like she is." - Charles Brown

Tickets are $20
Information: 510.654.3808

5pm to 6pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


Mouths of Babes

Featuring Ty Greenstein (Girlyman) & Ingrid Elizabeth (Coyote Grace). $20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Hālau Ka Ua Tuahine with Māhealani Uchiyama

$15. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

7pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Monday, March 27th 2017

West Coast Songwriters Competition

$7 adv / $9 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Tuesday, March 28th 2017

"Lafayette Sisters" A Cajun-Creole dance to benefit women of southwest Louisiana


Tickets are $15 - $100 sliding scale. Dance lesson with Diana Castillo at 8:00 pm. Benefit for Faith House, a nonprofit organization in Lafayette, Louisiana (in the heart of Cajun country) that provides shelter and other services to victims of domestic violence. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Wednesday, March 29th 2017

Freight Open Mic

$5 adv / $7 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

$13. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Thursday, March 30th 2017

FivePlay

Jazz meets Brazil when percussionist/guitarist/vocalist/composer Celia Malheiros joins forces with FivePlay in this special night of Brazilian flavored jazz. Celia, a native of Rio de Janeiro, is a dynamic, joyous performer and adds her unique talents to the music of FivePlay. Don't miss a magical evening of original music, from samba and bossa nova to free improv and beyond!

The band:

Tony Corman - guitar
Laura Klein - piano
Dave Tidball - reeds
Paul Smith - bass
Phil Hawkins - drums
Special guest Celia Malheiros - percussion, guitar, vocals

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

If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. T

8pm to 9pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


Pamela Rose and the Wild Women of Song: Blues is a Woman

Concert/CD Release. $24 adv / $26 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Vinicius Cantuaria sings Jobim

$32 adv / $36 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Friday, March 31st 2017

César Chávez Day Celebration with Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco

$17. 525-5054. www.ashkenaz.com

8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States


Eilen Jewell

$20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreigt.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Next Month

Saturday, April 1st 2017

Instant Chorus at Freight & Salvage

Sing 3-part modern a cappella with lush harmonies and cool rhythms. Loads of fun and only a 2-hour commitment. Learn by ear or read a score. Choose an easy part, or take a solo and beat out optional body percussion. For adults and kids over 8 who like to sing. No audition or performance. 1st Saturdays of every month. Come regularly or occasionally. New uplifting repertoire each month.

$20 at the door.
Scholarships: email betsyblakes@gmail.com beforehand

3:30pm to 5:30pm, 2020 Addison Street


Cascada de Flores

$26 adv / $30 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Belleville with special guests San Geronimo

Belleville successfully weave their way through a variety of Americana checkpoints thread throughout by terrific songwriting. Nearly 20 years after they first formed in Oakland, CA, Belleville's well-honed musical craftsmanship has yielded their fourth and most fully-realized official album, Turn The Medicine Down, released in November of 2016.

Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Mark Caputo, Belleville is Marc Burnstein (guitar), David McCullough (bass), Hal Marcus (keys) and David Zirbel (pedal steel guitar).

San Geronimo
Jeremy D'Antonio and Darren Nelson of the roots-based Americana band San Geronimo will be opening the show as a duo with their top notch songwriting and sharp-tongued wit.

Tickets are $15

We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue,


Sunday, April 2nd 2017

8th Jazz and Klez Summit

Three talented East Bay bands -- the Netivot Shalom Jazzkleztet, the Albany Jazz Band, and the Berkeley Jazzschool Big Band, come together for a musical celebration of Jazz and Klezmer. A tasty salmon croquettes lunch and decadent desserts are available for purchase to enjoy with the music.

A tasty (kosher) lunch and decadent desserts prepared by Chef Traci are available for purchase to enjoy with the music. Reserve your lunch by March 30 at siegeldb@pacbell.net to get a FREE Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Lunch includes two Large Salmon Croquettes with pesto sauce & mixed greens with seasonal vegetables. Price $13. GF available by customer request for $15.âe< You may have lunch at any time during the event.

12:30 noon to 4pm, Congregation Netivot Shalom


Ramana Vieira - An Afternoon of Fado Music

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Portuguese-flavored music performed live when California-based Fado singer and composer Ramana Vieira brings her dramatic and powerful voice to The Back Room for an evening of Fado-inspired songs.

Ramana and her group will perform traditional, ballad-style fados that pay homage to the "Queen of Fado," Amália Rodrigues, as well as up-tempo compositions from her 2015 album, Fado Da Vida. Three of Ramana's songs from her new album were nominated for the International Portuguese Music awards. Her new work captures influences from all the countries of Portuguese language and cultural heritage in a musical tapestry that ranges from whispering, haunting ballads to collaborations featuring the works of famous Portuguese-Canadian poet Euclides Cavaco.

Larry Rohter of The New York Times has noted, "Conservatory-trained singer Ramana Vieira adds a New Age sensibility and instrumentation to the music."

Ramana's ensemble includes Brad Bivens on guitar, Ela Polak on Violin, John Clark on acoustic bass and Steve Nelson on Percussion.

"No one is doing more to breathe new life into Fado then Ramana Vieira" - Andrew Gilbert, Boston Globe

**Please Note: this is a matinee performance and begins at 2pm!

Tickets are $20 at the door.. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

2pm to 3pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue,


The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol


5pm to 6pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue


David Rovics

Political folk-singing. Pure and undiluted. David Rovics is an American indie singer/songwriter based in Portland, OR.

"If the great Phil Ochs were to rise from the dead today, he would probably be hailed as the new David Rovics." - Andy Kershaw, BBC

"No one gets more deeply to the heart of important issues, with catchy and concise poetry, than David does. He has a talent for expressing things that are hard to say. All of his songs grab me emotionally and let me know how I really feel. His songs come alive like stories and movies, not just words." - Steve Wozniak

Tickets are $10-$20, sliding scale, at the door. . Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

8pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue,


Tom Paxton and the DonJuans

With Don Henry and Joe Vezner - a benefit for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. $32 adv / $36 door / $50 VIP (includes meet and greet). 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Tuesday, April 4th 2017

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents: Latin Jazz with the John Santos Sextet

...A fresh take on the traditional jam session, we're calling it Neighborhood Sessions: Concert-Masterclass-Jam, and it's your opportunity to get on stage and play with the best jazz musicians in the Bay Area.

Each event has three components: first, a short set by some of our best Bay Area pros, followed by two pre-professional combos who will perform in a masterclass format with critique and advice provided by the pros.

Following the masterclass, audience members will have an opportunity to join in during the jam session. Sign-up forms will be available at the door. Please bring your own instrument with the exception of piano and drums. Sheet music or charts will not be allowed except for vocalists, who should provide charts for the band members. All instruments and vocalists-amateur to pro-are welcome at every session.

Tickets at jazzintheneighborhood.org/events/tix/
$10 general admission. CJC-degree-students, free with ID. Doors open one half hour before show time. Show time is 7pm.

7pm to 8pm, The Back Room, 1964 Bonita Avenue,


Freight Open Mic

$5 adv / $7 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Wednesday, April 5th 2017

Bill Evans, John Reischman, Eli West & Friends

$25 adv / $29 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Thursday, April 6th 2017

The Good Time Travelers

Built by two singer-songwriters, The Good Time Travelers are a multi-instrumental duo with a vibe so big that they have been described as a "2-piece power-trio."

Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick have a sound that is rooted in bluegrass and folk music, but the sentiment is pure rock and roll. The Good Time Travelers have been traveling the country writing, touring, and performing since their first gig with Del and Dawg in 2014. They have recently released their debut self-titled album which consists of mostly co-writes of their own. The Good Time Travelers road has quickly taken them to the stages of well-known festivals like The Northwest String Summit, Big Sky Big Grass, Sisters Folk Festival, SalmonFest and other popular string-parties. They may only pass through your town for a short time, but it will most certainly be a "good time!"

Tickets are $20 at the door. 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 Avenue


Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

$28 adv / $30 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Friday, April 7th 2017

The Tallis Scholars: Metamorphosis

$58-$86. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Michael on Fire

The singer, songwriter, musician, and storyteller, is known by his fans and friends and fellow musicians for his energetic and emotional performances, his insightful and uplifting lyrics, his blending of familiar musical styles to create his own unique, original style, and his unswerving conviction and commitment to expression and connection.

"...one of the most powerful and personal performances I've ever seen. Michael On Fire lights a room and connects with something deep in the psyche in a way that makes you feel you have known the songs and ranged over the emotion of them for your whole life. His tunes are as though they were preordained in memory. Almost his entire playlist clicked open a receptor that made it immediately recognizable, though I'd never heard his music before. Over the decades I've seen big acts, major stars, impressive tours, but there is something about Michael on Fire that connects like no other. He is singularly peerless." - Tom Cochrun, Light Breezes [Cambria, CA]

"Michael on Fire projects a combination of musical strength, unbridled energy, and pure joy that continually elevates those around him." - Dave Zimmer, BAM Magazine, and author of Crosby Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography (St. Martin's Press)

Michael on Fire has forged a path as an intensely independent and spontaneously creative musical artist. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and UK, performing in every kind of environment - from bars to beautiful theaters, private homes to major festivals, from prisons to playing for the President of the United States. He has released 19 full-length albums, has appeared on regional and national radio and TV programs, and has created
vocal and instrumental music for film, stage and television.

"Michael on Fire is so good you'll be stuck trying to invent new adjectives to describe it all. He'll make you laugh, cry, see God and tap your feet...all at once." - Bill Locey, Ventura County Star

In a recent radio interview, Michael said, "Every day is a challenge to maintain our humanity and our dreams. My job is to somehow gift the world with the courage it takes to follow one's own heart and path; to play that magic chord in a way that I've never played it before, and somehow be of service to myself, my children, my family, my friends, my generation, and the people who truly need something beyond the obvious nonsense that we are all faced with on a daily basis."

Tickets are $18 at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. 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 have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.

8pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue,


University Chorus

Nikolas Nackley, director
with members of the University Symphony Orchestra
David Milnes, music director
and members of the Contra Costa Wind Ensemble
Brad Hogarth, director
"The French Kiss of Death"
FAURE Requiem
BERLIOZ Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale
and pieces by Charpentier and de Lalande

8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall UC Campus


Tim O'Brien


$26 adv / $28 doors. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Saturday, April 8th 2017

Robin Flower & Libby McLaren

$19 adv / $ 21 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Takacs Quartet: Beethoven Complete String Quartets

No. 6 in B-flat Major; No. 16 in F Major. No. 9 in C Major, Razumovsky. $72.
642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm, Hertz Hall, UB Campus, Berkeley, CA, United States


Syd Straw

Syd Straw is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and scene-maker who has made a career out of helping some of the most interesting people in the world make their music (and they, in turn, have helped her to make three critically acclaimed albums of her own).

A partial list of luminaries she has performed and recorded with includes Pat Benatar, Matthew Sweet, Michael Stipe, Dave Alvin, Wilco, Rickie Lee Jones, John Doe, Ry Cooder, Loudon Wainwright III, Daniel Lanois, Don Was, Richard Thompson, Marshall Crenshaw and Van Dyke Parks...

Although she is a veteran of the large concert stage, she has a special love for the small intimate listening room, and, before trading her L.A. digs for the Vermont countryside, was a regular performer at McCabe's, the celebrated Santa Monica-based listening venue. She'll be there again this month, but this time she is also swinging up north to appear at The Back Room, which she is excited about (and we, of course, are excited to have her). She sent us this mini-bio and invitation:

Syd Straw came out of her mother singing, swinging, and two months premature. She wanted to get going, and to be here now, and now that she is she wants to sing for you and maybe tell some stories, and most of all, to make you happy for a while. ...Geoge Jones, Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos, Dave Alvin...oh heck, just come to the show, we will be having a time of it.

Tickets are $20 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).

8pm to 9pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


Sunday, April 9th 2017

Takacs Quartet: Beethoven Complete String Quartets

No. 7 in F Major, Razumovsky; No. 13 in B-flat Major, with Op. 133, Grosse Fugue. $72.
642-9988. www.calperformances.org

3pm, Hertz Hall, UB Campus, Berkeley, CA, United States


The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

5pm to 6pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


Front Country

$20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Tuesday, April 11th 2017

Jazz Search West: Semi-Finals

$16 adv / $18 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Jim Dalton

Jim Dalton is a Colorado-based singer, songwriter, and musician. Dalton is the lead guitarist for the Tempe, Arizona rock band Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, a band formed after the break-up of The Refreshments.

He also fronts the Denver-based alt-country band the Railbenders, and co-founded the Hickman-Dalton Gang with Johnny Hickman of Cracker fame. His live solo shows are known for their loose, fun, sometimes serious, and bawdy nature.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

8pm to 9pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


Wednesday, April 12th 2017

Junius Courtney Big Band with Denise Perrier and special guest Bobi Cespedes

Open Dance Floor! $20 adv / $24 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

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


Thursday with Touche Amore, Basement, Wax Idols

Thursday with Touche Amore, Basement, Wax Idols

$29.50.
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1424336

Website: http://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1424336-thursday-berkeley/
Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000

About The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall:
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall is a 1,400 capacity, general admission, multi-tiered, all-ages music venue with a state-of-the-art Meyer Leopard sound system and a full service bar and restaurant. This new live music venue presents an exciting range of local and national artists and bands. The UC Theatre will be the only general admission music venue of its size and kind in the East Bay.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue


Thursday, April 13th 2017

John Schott's Actual Trio,

John Schott's Actual Trio, featuring Dan Seamans and John Hanes, is "one of the Bay Area's most brilliant diamonds," according to Jazz Times.

All acknowledged masters on their instruments, the Actual Trio have spent years playing together in the studio and on the road, forging a singular group voice in the crowded world of modern guitar-oriented Jazz. Schott's compositions put groove, free improvisation, humor, melody, and harmony into a blender, and bring out the stellar musicianship of bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, The Lost Trio) and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Fillmore Slim, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions).

The group has had a five-year gig at the Actual Cafe in Oakland, tours on the East and West coasts, a festival performance at SFJazz, and a critically acclaimed debut CD on John Zorn's Tzadik label.

Paul de Barros of the Seattle Times writes, "With a bright and bold, slightly twangy sound, Schott grazes rock, blues, Thelonious Monk and James 'Blood' Ulmer with lithe, original, single-note lines full of swing, surprise and humor. If you like swinging jazz guitar with a zany, eccentric bent, see this threesome."

Tickets are $15 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).

8pm to 9pm, The Back Room 1984 Bonita Avenue


Deb Talan (of The Weepies)

Lucky Girl album release show. $25 adv / $27 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Jazz & Sondheim Side by Side

$30-$68. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Friday, April 14th 2017

University Gospel Choir

D. Mark Wilson, director
"The High Places Plain: Gospel Music and Prophets of Change"
An evening of gospel music, recognizing not only messages of hope and love in gospel music, but also radical messages of change and resistance heard in the writings of the Hebrew prophets

$16-5

8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall UC Canpus


Ruthie Foster - SOLO

$32 adv / $36 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Saturday, April 15th 2017

Lisa Zeiler & Jennie Chabon

$23 adv / $25 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


African Music Concert

C.K. Ladzekpo, director
African Master Drummers CK Ladzekpo and Kiazi Malonga lead companies in an evening of explosive traditional African music and dance

$16

8pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall UC Campus


Sunday, April 16th 2017

Väsen

$24 adv / $26 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Monday, April 17th 2017

Love and Taxes

March 17-23
*March 18 & 20: Q&A with Jacob Kornbluth and Josh Kornbluth after 7PM screenings!

7pm to 8pm, Rialto Cinema Elmwood


The Chamber Music Society of San Francisco

$9 adv / $11 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Tuesday, April 18th 2017

Freight Open Mic

$5 adv / $7 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Wednesday, April 19th 2017

Aditya Prakash Ensemble

$20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Thursday, April 20th 2017

Jim Lauderdale

$24 adv / $26 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Friday, April 21st 2017

Cock Sparrer with Off With Their Heads, The Bodies, Western Addiction

The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall presents:

Cock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential street punk bands in history. British music paper SOUNDS sums it up perfectly in a live review from April 1978:

"Musically and visually, the Cock Sparrer crew are just about as motley and uncouth as its possible for a band to project. Imagine five collectively imageless Cockneys with hair length varying from skinhead to Woody Roller, wearing clothes that looked they pool from the jumble sales, and singing about how East End life is tough but fun...(they)...create a good time sound that occasionally approximates to the original spirit of Slade."

Don't miss Cock Sparrer with Off With Their Heads, The Bodies, and Western Addiction this April!

$29.50.
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1426492

MORE INFO:
Website: http://www.theuctheatre.org/event/1426492-cock-sparrer-berkeley/
Email: information@theuctheatre.org
Phone: 510-356-4000

8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall 2036 University Avenue


T Sisters

$20 adv / $24 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Saleem Abboud-Ashkar, piano

All Beethoven program. $36-$56. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Saturday, April 22nd 2017

Capella SF

$42-$64. 642-9988. www.calperformances.org

8pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Release the Hounds: An Evening with Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge | Aoife O'Donovan

$25 adv / $30 door. 644-2020. www.thefreigt.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Sunday, April 23rd 2017

The Ray Charles Project

Featuring Tony Lindsay, Chris Cain, Glenn Walters, Dewayne Pate, Jim Pugh, and Deszon Claiborne. $18 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, United States


Monday, April 24th 2017

West Coast Songwriters Competition original songs contest

$7 adv / $9 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

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


Tuesday, April 25th 2017

Alexander String Quartet with Pianist Gwendolyn Mok

Berkeley Chamber Performances presents the Alexander String Quartet with pianist Gwendolyn Mok performing Mozart's String Quartet in B-flat major, "Prussian," K 589; Benjamin Britten's String Quartet no. 1 in D major, Op. 25 and Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 57. Known for their elegant phrasing and crystalline musicality, the ASQ4 will perform two gems of the Classical and 20th Century eras and will be joined by pianist extraordinaire Gwendolyn Mok in Shostakovich's towering quintet. Hosted reception for all follows the concert.

510-848-7800
http://www.berkeleycityclub.com

COST/TICKETS/REGISTRATION:
$30; free to students through high school; $15 for higher ed students.
http://www.berkeleychamberperform.org

12 midnight, Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue


DakhaBrakha

$30 adv / $35 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Wednesday, April 26th 2017

Don Arbor

Sugartown opens. $20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Thursday, April 27th 2017

An Evening with Cowboy Junkies

$40 adv / $45 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Friday, April 28th 2017

Rameau: The Temple of Glory

Fully-staged opera with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. $30-$110. 642-9988.
www.calperformances.org.

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Alasdair Fraser with San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers

$25 adv / $27 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Saturday, April 29th 2017

Rameau: The Temple of Glory

Fully-staged opera with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. $30-$110. 642-9988.
www.calperformances.org.

8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Marc Cohn

$48 adv / $50 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse,2020 Addison Street


Sunday, April 30th 2017

Rameau: The Temple of Glory

Fully-staged opera with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. $30-$110. 642-9988.
www.calperformances.org.

3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA


Everything Fitz

$20 adv / $22 door. 644-2020. www.thefreight.org

7pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


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