Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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.

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.

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. |

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

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

$56-$84. 642-9988.

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

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

SOLD OUT. 644-2020.

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