Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Dennis Dove Band

Classic Rock and Roll

Mar 28, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Mar 28, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Kenan O'Brien

Soul and R&B

Mar 28, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

ManifestiV*Rosegarden Funeral P.*abrasions*Soulistar*sgbd in Berkeley
OctouR leg 1: South at 924 Gilman with:

Rosegarden Funeral Party Dallas TX
ManifestiV Vallejo CA
abrasions Oakland CA
Soulistar Santa Rosa CA
shotgun braindectomy Berkeley CA

ALL AGES. 5pm.
$10 + $2 Membership...
Safe(r) Space Venue

Mar 28, 6pm to 9pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch

Mar 28, 6pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Mister Universo Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

Austria, Italy, 2016, (90 mins)
The spirits of early Fellini and De Sica can be felt in this captivating docudrama about an Italian lion-tamer on the hunt for the strongman who started him on the circus life.

Mar 28, 7pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

:Jeff Alessandrelli, Amy Lawless, Angela Veronica Wong, and Mg Roberts

Jeff Alessandrelli in the author of the poetry collection This Time Will Be the First (Burnside Review, 2014) and the essay collection The Man on High: Essays on Skateboarding, Hip-Hop, Poetry and The Notorious B.I.G. (just out from the U.K. press Eyewear), recent work by Jeff Alessandrelli appears in Pleiades, Lit Hub, Puerto del Sol, Poetry Daily and The American Poetry Review. Jeff also edits and directs the vinyl record-only poetry press Fonograf Editions; recent albums have been released by Alice Notley, Rae Armantrout and Harmony Holiday.

Amy Lawless is the author of the poetry collections My Dead (2013) and Broadax (2017), both from Octopus Books. With Chris Cheney, she co-authored the hybrid book I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected (2016) from Pioneer Works Press' Groundworks Series. A chapbook A Woman Alone was published by Sixth Finch. Poems have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2013, Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and the Brooklyn Poets Anthology (Brooklyn Arts Press). In 2011, she received a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship. Amy recently taught poetry writing workshops and lives in Brooklyn.

Angela Veronica Wong is a poet, writer, artist, and educator based in NYC. Her most recent book of poetry is elsa: an unauthorized autobiography (Black Radish 2017). Chapbooks include the Poetry Society of America New York Fellowship winning Dear Johnny, In Your Last Letter. Poems have been anthologized in Please Excuse This Poem: 100 poems for the next generation and Best American Poetry (collaboration with Amy Lawless). Fiction has appeared Denver Quarterly, Duende, and Smoking Glue Gun. Performance work has been featured in independent galleries in Buffalo, Toronto, and New York City. She was named a Poets & Writers debut poet for her first book of poems, how to survive a hotel fire.

Mg Roberts is a teacher, poet, and multimedia artist. She is the author the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish 2107) and not so, sea (Durga Press (2014). Currently she is co-editing Responses, New Writing, Flesh; an anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing written for and by writers of color forthcoming from Nightboat Books. She lives in Oakland with her three daughters, two hens, dog, and feral cat.

Mar 28, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

P.O.S // False Priest // dubldragon. // Mustn'ts Public   Hosted by dubldragon. and 3 others

Conscious Hip Hop Night with a twist!

P.O.S (Doomtree // MN)
w/ D.J. Fundo

Doomtree co-founder, punk philosopher and lyrical bomb-thrower Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S, makes tight, declamatory music that builds on the Minneapolis-bred rapper and producer's penchant for grinding beats and radical lyrics. Known for welding hip-hop with guitar squalls, screamed vocals, and futuristic beats fit for a Berlin nightclub, P.O.S steps even further into genre-blurring territory with Chill, dummy, his first official release with Doomtree Records since his 2004 debut Ipecac Neat. The album reflects on the past three years since a near-fatal kidney transplant sidelined him from making music and deals with the the difficulties of trying to maintain peace of mind and navigate through a confusing world which is becoming increasingly more alienating. P.O.S' production fingerprints are all over this one as he maneuvers through a wide range of sprawling beats contributed by himself, usual suspects Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson, and newcomers Cory Grindberg and Makr. Several friends touch down along the way to offer up biting commentary and varying points of view (Allan Kingdom, Astronautalis, Kathleen Hanna, Justin Vernon, Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, and Lady Midnight to name a few), but the album never suffers from an oversaturation of scattered voices, instead using everyone's individual ethos and strengths to build a unifying call to arms. The result is P.O.S' most bold, honest, and daring work to date, so Chill, dummy.

False Priest
Mustn'ts (fka Kilroy)

ALL AGES. 7:30pm.
$15 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.
Tickets Available

Mar 28, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Cosa Nostra Strings (Adam Theis)

Mar 28, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street Berkeley

The Guitarsonists - Chris Cain, Mighty Mike Schermer, and Daniel Castro

Chris Cain
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.

"Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style. With his own highly personalized songwriting, "Hall Of Shame" is a giant step in the development of one of the most compelling young bluesmen on today's scene."
-Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic)

Mike Schermer
"Mighty Mike Schermer is probably the best blues guitarist, singer and songwriter you've never heard of...and probably not for long!" - Tommy Castro
"Every time I play with him my booty hurts afterwards from him kicking it all night!" - Elvin Bishop
"Funky and authentic!" - Bonnie Raitt

Mighty Mike Schermer was a fixture on the Bay Area blues scene for over 20 years when he relocated to Austin TX in 2009 and joined the touring band of swamp-boogie piano legend Marcia Ball. He carved out a solid solo career, with four critically acclaimed CDs, an award winning single and thousands of performances at festivals and nightclubs the world over. He also became the "go to guy" sideman for such heavyweights as Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Angela Strehli, Bonnie Raitt, Howard Tate, Charlie Musselwhite, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison and many, many more. Oh yes...we may be judged by the company we keep, but when the spotlight shines a solo artist also must be able to bring the goods all on his own.

Mighty Mike Schermer delivers on all fronts.

Charlie Lange of Bluebeat Music writes "...equally at ease with hard-ass blues or the spare necessities of vintage soul, Schermer steps forward with clever tunes, sturdy vocals and loads of great guitar!" Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal calls him "... one of the most extraordinary guitarists of the new generation."

Daniel Castro
"Daniel Castro is one of the most dynamic blues guitarists performing in the West Coast." --Willie Brown, President, Sacramento Blues Society
"He's got that real deal feel. Daniel Castro is a great musician and entertainer." -- Elvin Bishop
"Daniel Castro is the latest and one of the greatest blues guitarists to come bursting out of the highly competitive West Coast scene. To the classic music of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins he has added the three T's taste, tone, and technique. His raw passion warms your soul while his deep groove kicks your butt on fine, fresh originals and well chosen covers." -- Dave Rubin, Guitar Player Magazine

Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn't begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very best blues traditions is more like it. Combine those talents with original blues-based material and you begin to understand Daniel's strengths as an artist. Well-known for being a dynamic performer who "leaves it all on the stage" night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements. Daniel has always played with seasoned musicians, but with his newest incarnation, the Daniel Castro Band raises the bar and is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Mar 28, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Nick Baker Presents! Josiah Johnson and Brady Gill

While eating a latke at Saul's Delicatessen, Bay Area Storyteller Brady Gill and The Head and the Heart's Josiah Johnson realized that they were trying to do the exact same thing, in very different ways. Both were committed to creating work that revealed our universal connections and experiences while honoring the beauty of how different we all are.

Josiah was doing this through his expanding solo work: deep and soulful ballads that paint our imaginations with rich and emotional landscapes of love, loss and transformation. Brady was doing the same through his Modern Fables, a series of stories that pay homage to the styles of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, while addressing the joys, challenges and lessons of today. As the last bite of potato pancake was devoured, they pondered what it would look like to combine forces. They decided there's only one way to find out.Join Brady and Josiah for an unique evening of stories and songs. Together we will explore what brings us together and what is keeping us apart. As we travel between the counterbalancing styles of these two artists, we will be given full access to our shared experience. While this is a performance, it's also a conversation. Throughout the night, the audience will be given opportunities to share with each other and to contribute to the artistic exploration on stage. Come if you have questions to be answered, a heart to be opened, or simply the desire to walk out of a performance feeling completely connected to everyone that you shared it with.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

Mar 28, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg is an upbeat indie-rock musician from England, touring on his most recent 2017 release "Hearts That Strain."

Shuffling, playlisting and cherry-picking your favourite songs is all well and good, but sometimes you can't beat sitting down with an album and playing it from start to finish. An album that sounds like it was recorded in one room, with the same group of people and that perfectly captures a specific moment in time.

Jake Bugg's last album, 2016's On My One, was a dizzyingly eclectic collection of styles and sounds, but for the follow up, the 23-year-old wanted something that felt like the LPs that took pride of place in his own record collection. Albums take you into their own, sealed world. "On the last album it was fun to experiment with different instruments and writing styles," reflects Bugg. "But this time around I just wanted to make a complete record as opposed to a collection of songs. Just write the tunes and record them with great musicians."

He's certainly got his wish for Hearts That Strain. Starting in January this year, Bugg would write songs at home then fly out to Nashville to record them with some of the best players in the history of popular music. As part of American Sound Studio's legendary house band The Memphis Boys, Gene Chrisman and Bobby Woods provided the chops on such pivotal records as Dusty In Memphis, In The Ghetto, Suspicious Minds and Dark End Of The Street, cutting their teeth in sessions with Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick.

"They're old guys but they're amazing," Bugg recalls with disbelief. "It was ten to five and then that's it. They'd pack up and we'd done two or three tunes. It was a mad vibe being from England and meeting these absolute legends and then cutting some tracks with them."

Nina Nesbitt is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist from Edinburgh. She is best known for her pop single "Stay Out", which peaked at number twenty one on the UK Singles Chart in April 2013, becoming her first top forty single.

Mar 28, 8pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Stu Allen

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Mar 28, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley