Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Mar 27, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Brian Moran Trio

Mar 27, 7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Duck Baker and Friends, Jim Nichols, Tony Marcus, Bill Evans, Helen Roche, Phillip Greenlief

Duck Baker and Friends
"Quite simply, Duck Baker is the premier American fingerstyle guitarist." - Sing Out
"He can go from the Mississippi Delta to the rings of Saturn" - The Village Voice
Duck Baker is one of the most highly regarded fingerstyle guitarists of his generation. His repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music through old-time mountain music and bluegrass to blues, gospel, and ragtime to swing and modern jazz, to free improvisation, and while he is best known in the guitar world, he has made a reputation in several other camps, including the Celtic music world and the avant-garde scene. He explains this eclecticism by pointing out that folk musicians have always been more eclectic than folklorists want to admit, and noting that his approach to American music is similar to that of a classical musician to that tradition. Baker is also a prodigious composer, having written well over 200 pieces, mostly for guitar, and an even more prodigious arranger for the instrument. His recording career spans five decades and includes some 29 records under his own name, another 8 in duo or trio settings, and a further 32 appearances on anthologies or as a sideman. He has also authored 12 music books and a similar number of instructional videos.

Appearing with Duck for his return to the Freight are a fine group of players who represent a cross-section of the great styles played by Bay Area musicians.

Jim Nichols is best known in the guitar world as a world-class exponent of the Chet Atkins-Jerry Reed school, but he is also a fine jazz player who can cover everything from swing to bop and beyond. Jim often works with his wife, the vocalist Morning Nichols.

Tony Marcus's name is well known to Freight audiences. His fiddle, guitar, and vocals have been featured in many familiar lineups, from the Cheap Suit Serenaders to the Cats and Jammers to his captivating duo with Patrice Haan, Leftover Dreams.

Helping Duck reach back for some down-home flavor will be banjo master Bill Evans. Bill's credentials go far beyond his association with a plethora of noted bluegrassers; he has been a student of banjo history for over 40 years and his passion for the instrument has resulted in an impressive number of books, articles, and lively lecture/performances.

Helen Roche has experience singing a wide variety of music, from the punk bands she performed with in London in the 1980s to Balkan songs, but she is best known as an interpreter of the Irish tradition, and is familiar on the London Irish scene. Her 2004 CD "Shake the Blossom Early" received rave reviews in the British and Irish folk press.

Rounding out the stylistic mix is tenor saxophonist Phillip Greenlief, who has worked with a who's-who of avant garde jazz and post-jazz figures including Meredith Monk, Fred Frith, Neils Cline, and dozens of others. Phillip will help salute two modern jazz greats, Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk (Duck's solo salute to the latter, Duck Baker Plays Thelonious Monk, has just been released on Triple Point Records).

Jim Nichols
Jim Nichols's impressive credentials include appearances on television, radio, concert halls, and clubs including Carnegie Hall and the Tonight Show. He has played and/or recorded with Kenny Rankin, Chet Atkins, Hubert Laws, Buddy Montgomery, Van Morrison, Toots Thielemans, Tom Waits, and others. Jim has taught clinics in the U.S. and in Europe including Stanford and Jamie Aebersold Jazz Workshops. He was featured at the '97 Django Reinhardt Festival in France with the great European guitarists, Romane and Martin Taylor. Jim is featured on "World of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar" for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop and has a Jazz Guitar instruction video on Bransong Music. His solo CD was chosen by Guitar Player Magazine as a "Pick of the Year" for '96 and in January of 2001, Jim was interviewed in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. Chet Atkins said in his autobiography Me and My Guitars: "And I know, as the torch is passed, our beloved instrument is in good hands with players like Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel, Richard Smith, Jim Nichols, and Doyle Dykes".

Tony Marcus
Tony has long been a presence on the San Francisco Bay Area acoustic music scene. From a start playing traditional folk music (in his first band, both Laurie Lewis and Kate Brislin were his bandmates for a time) to the jazzier sounds of more recent years (Leftover Dreams, Cats & Jammers, etc.) Tony has played guitar, violin and other stringed instruments as well as vocalizing. He is often called on to do clinics and workshops in swing guitar and vocal harmonizing and arranging These have included the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, International Guitar Seminars, California Coast Music Camp, Augusta Heritage Workshops and more. He has also had lessons and articles published in Acoustic Guitar magazine. Tony has been a member of the Cheap Suit Serenaders since 1979, and toured Europe with them twice. He has performed theatre music on stage at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Jose Rep, Denver Center Theatre, Barter Theatre, Virginia Stage Co., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and many others. Other performers with whom he has performed or recorded include Geoff Muldaur, Kate Wolf, The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, The Swing Session, Frank Wakefield, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Sylvia Herold, Marley's Ghost, Rose Maddox, Patsy Montana, Lost Weekend Western Swing Band and many others. Through all this time his joy in playing music remains undiminished...a quality which is infectious to the audience as well.

Bill Evans
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Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years.

Helen Roche
Helen grew up in England and Mid Wales, and inherited her singing from her father Jules and grandfather Bill, both of Liverpool. Eclectic musical tastes led to a spell performing as a singer-songwriter, and as a bass player in a punk band. She also pursued an interest in the Bosnian, Sephardic and Yiddish song traditions, before returning to her roots in the Irish tradition.

She now lives in Reading with her husband, American fingerstyle guitarist Duck Baker. Helen performs Irish, Welsh and English songs with Duck, and they also have a shared interest in Christmas carols. Of these, their repertoire includes Provençal/ Occitan, Welsh, G

Mar 27, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Iko Yaya plus Dance Lesson with Kevin & Ann Hutchinson

I*ko Ya Ya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched "swamp and roll" for your dancing pleasure!
The band is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local groups, and it'll be a night of big time "bon temps roulez"!
The party started in 2013 when the original lineup got together to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them. Tonight it's a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music - blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even a little country - all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe.
Among the dance favorites are "We Make a Good Gumbo," "It's All Over Now," "Hey Pocky Way," and "Waltz Across Texas."

I*ko Ya Ya is Singer-percussionist Cheryl McBride (born and raised in New Orleans, a member of SwingThing, and one of our regular dance teachers)
Guitarist Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Jeffery Broussard)
Bassist-singer Lance Houck
Saxophonist Otoe Mori (Humanistic, Smooth Jazz Alley)
Trumpeter Marty Arvan
Drummer Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Courtableu, Creole Belles)
Accordion, guitar, singer Andre Nigoghossian
Piano, percussion, harmonica, singer Dave Rogers (SwingThing, Tamsen-Donner Band)

Doors at 7:30 pm, Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm, Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Mar 27, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley