Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

04/02/2017

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