Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Beatles Uke Jam

The Fab Four Uke All Stars
Grab your ukulele and join the Bay Area ukulele community for our annual Beatles Uke Jam! Strum and sing along to decades of Beatles favorites with the "Fab Four" Ukulele All Star Band featuring YouTube stars Cynthia Lin, Ukulenny, Abe Lagrimas Jr., and Steven Espaniola. Come early to check out our mini Uke Fair from 12-1pm before the jam, and all ticket holders are entered to win in our ukulele giveaway. Family friendly, and uke and non-uke players alike are welcome to enjoy an awesome afternoon of Beatles classics, re-imagined on George Harrison's favorite instrument - the ukulele! Chord charts will be posted at the week of the jam.

Mar 3, 1pm to 3/3 12 midnight, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Gamelan Çudamani's 20th Anniversary Tour
On Saturday, March 3, 2018 the company performs at UC Berkeley's Hertz Hall at 7pm, in cooperation with the U.C Berkeley Department of Music. As Mt. Agung Volcano rumbles beneath their feet, Çudamani is preparing a special concert for Berkeley audiences. The Hertz Hall performance differs from any other program on this USA tour. The UC Berkeley program features world premieres by renowned artists, I Dewa Putu Berata and I Wayan Sudiarsa, as well as the debut of Dewa Ayu Larassanti and I Putu Wibi who will be performing one of Bali's most difficult masterpieces, Oleg Tambulilingan. Çudamani's new full-length work Bhumi-Mother Earth, based on themes of nature, will be presented at UC Davis (February 24) and Stanford University (February 28).

Mar 3, 7pm to 10pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

The Raz Kennedy Show II: A Birthday Bash

Experience the magic of Raz Kennedy for one night only! Join us on Saturday, March 3rd at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley for The Raz Kennedy Show II: A Birthday Bash, an evening of stunning vocal performance and world class musicianship in celebration of Raz' 65th year.

The Raz Kennedy Show II: A Birthday Bash, is an evocative artistic exploration of freedom, empowerment, and community. This exclusive solo performance will serve as a beautiful celebration of Raz Kennedy's 65th birthday, caravaning through a musical journey with new songs and a new band. Conjuring a mosaic of iconic music, Raz Kennedy will interpret repertoire from the songbooks of John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Led Zeppelin, U2, AC/DC, D'Angelo, and many more.

ln honor of this rare appearance, Raz will be joined by an all star musical ensemble featuring Matthew Charles Heulitt on guitar (Sting, Sammy Hagar, Narada Michael Walden), Kai Eckhardt on bass (John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham), Colin Hogan on piano/keyboards (James Moody, Peter Erskine, Jazz Mafia, Roy Ayers, The Hogan Brothers) and Hassan Hurd on drums (The Coup)

Mar 3, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

The Quitters (Glenn Houston & Stevie Coyle) with Laura Zucker

Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she's read your diary - and you'll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. Laura is a "recovering lawyer", a New Jersey native transplanted in California; Laura returned to music after a 20-year hiatus, and now--she's a 2 time Kerrville New Folk finalist, 5 time West Coast Songwriters Association Best Song of the Year, a 2013 Official Showcase artist at SWRFA, an Emerging Artist at the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, with an international following. With four CD releases to her credit, Laura continues to impress with incisive yet sensitive lyrics, evocative melodies and arrangements that cut straight to the heart.

[From the Strawberry Music Festival]: "Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters. Having each quit some of the best bands in the business, both are late founding members of The Waybacks and each have performed at Strawberry in other configurations. Stevie Coyle has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer that began well before birth and Glenn Houston's well decorated history in music is best known to berry heads for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to the delight of California audiences, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mostly acoustic. Some electric. Much serendipity."

Mar 3, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Fiddler Annex Grand Opening Week: Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir

We're honored to have Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir join in our celebrations! This Grammy-nominated, internationally lauded local treasure will feature the rich, musical traditions of African-American roots music in a joyous evening of jazz.

Mar 3, 8pm to 9pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley