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 4, 12 midnight to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Temescal Farmers' Market

Mar 4, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Spring Situation

The same wonderful folks who bring us the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention in September are bringing us the Berkeley Old Time Music SPRING SITUATION, and it's free for one and all!

Complete schedule now available at

Tessa Schwartz & friends
Brandon Godman & friends
La Familia Peña-Govea
Devil's Little Angels
Disciples of Markos
Loud Ladies Foot Patrol

Mexican fiddle music with La Familia Peña-Govea
Cajun music with Steve & Blair (Sauce Piquante)
Fiddle - Brandon Godman, Michelle Yu, Karen Celia Heil
Guitar - Katy Harris, Alan Senauke
Mandolin - Paul Kotapish
Singing - Julay Brooks
Banjo - David Brown
Square Dance Calling - Robin Fischer

Hosted jams:
kids bluegrass jam (cohosted by CBA)
old time jam with Robin Fischer & Rowan McCallister
jugband/stringband blues with the Jailhouse Stringband
country/bluegrass jam with Chuck & Jeanie Poling

And build your own tin can banjo with Stewart Port!

Mar 4, 12 noon to 4pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

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.

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Mar 4, 3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Fiddler Annex Grand Opening Week: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra Special Guest, John Santos, with the Cosmic Conquerors

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and featuring many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area, plays with special guest percussionist John Santos. The Cosmic Conquerors, a 14-piece big band led by Isaiah Hammer, is made up of many of the best high school students in the Bay Area.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Cory Wright, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke, saxes; Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee, trombones; Erik Andrews, Darren Johnston, Erik Jekabson, Kate Williams, trumpets; Steve Blum, piano; Jordan Samuels, guitar; Tommy Folen, bass; David Flores, drums; John Santos, percussion

Artist Bio: The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, that plays music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which starts a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

Mar 4, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Sam's Corner

Join Sam Rudin, the owner and creator of The Back Room (and yes, some of you know him as Hurricane Sam), for an evening of piano wizardry. 

Mar 4, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Kronos Quartet; Rinde Eckert; Van-Anh Vo; My Lai

Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Sunny Yang, cello
Rinde Eckert, vocalist
Vân-Ánh Võ, t'rung, đàn bẩu, đàn tranh

It was nearly 50 years ago that American soldiers massacred hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers at My Lai. Kronos Quartet's fully staged collaboration with composer Jonathan Berger and novelist Harriet Scott Chessman revisits the horrors of that day and its aftermath, from the perspective of the heroic helicopter pilot who tried to intervene. Berger's "richly evocative" and "hauntingly beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle) score blends Rinde Eckert's expressive voice with string quartet augmented by traditional Vietnamese instruments played by Vân-Ánh Võ, and an electronic soundscape of helicopters, voices, and snippets of American blues. 

$36-$68. 642-9988.

Mar 4, 7pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus

Fiddler Annex Grand Opening Week: Blues Vocal Jam Session

All are welcome to join in on this very special version of our regularly scheduled Blues Vocal Jam. Celebrate the final day of our Fiddler Annex Grand Opening Week with song!

Mar 4, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Squirrel Nut Zippers with Special Guest Davina and The Vagabonds

It was about 20 years ago when NPR's Morning Edition said: "It's not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it's hot."

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band's critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies.

A newly re-mastered version of the album along with a bonus track: "The Puffer" returned to stores in July on Hollywood Records. Long out of print on vinyl, Hot has now made its glorious return to wax on 180-gram vinyl.

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Hot, the bands visionary creator Jimbo Mathus, along with founding member and partner Chris Phillips (Drums), have crafted a brand new stage show including several leading musicians from New Orleans to serve up the bands unique musical flavor which owes its roots to that city.

Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers' commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud . It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine, hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to be a musicial feature on the hit BBC show, Later with Jools Holland.

Mar 4, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704