Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.
4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Japan, 2017, (125 mins)
Master director Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest film is a tour-de-force examination of guilt and justice. The incomparable Koji Yakusho plays a man who confesses to a murder but may be hiding a more complicated truth.
General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15.
6pm to 8:05pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive,
2155 Center St, Berkeley,
Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord played by local favorite Katherine Heater and locally raised but forrin-based Maia Silberstein, what more could anyone want? These two have been playing together for decades on various continents, and it shows. The music needs no introduction, masterpieces by the master.
All in the perfect wooden acoustic of St. Mark's Parish Hall. Stop by and start the weekend perfectly!
The usual snax, of course.
6pm to 8pm, St. Mark's Parish Hall, Berkeley
destroy boys are releasing their brand new EP "Crybaby/Vixen" . this is the release show and it is going to be TONS of fun.
all ages / / $10 / 924 Gilman Street featuring music from: Destroy Boys (duh): destroyboys.bandcamp.com
Same Girls: http://dothebay.com/p/same-girls-single-premiere
Weeny Witch: https://www.facebook.com/Weeny-Witch-313050209171098/
get here early, this could sell out!
7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley
7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave
Sweden, 1946, (93 mins)
The seductions and disillusionments of city life play counterpoint to provincial goodness in this morality tale of a young daughter pulled between the worlds of her two mothers.
Screening in Theater 2;
regular film ticket prices apply
7:30pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley
$54. 642-9988. cal performances.org
8pm to 10pm, TBA
Azure McCall: Songs and Verses
From Dialogue to Song, exploring the wonderful verses the songs writers wrote. How the songs were set up, before tempo, and setting a smooth transition to singing. Jazz Standards. Express new ideas and different ways to begin your set. The drama of Broadway and the Swing Swing Swag of Jazz
Spencer Allen, Piano
Ron Belcher, Bass
Leon Joyce, Drums
For nearly four decades, vocalist Azure McCall has been known as Hawai'i's "First Lady of Jazz," an heir to the tradition of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen MacRae, and Ella Fitzgerald. Acclaim from legendary artists like Dizzy Gillespie (who invited her to perform with him at the Monterey Jazz Festival), a tour with legendary bassist Ray Brown in a band that included saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and command performances for President Barack Obama (a fan since his high school years in Hawaii) have combined to build her a reputation well beyond Hawai'i as an artist at the top of her craft. Recent years have seen touring to some 50 countries as a jazz ambassador for Celebrity and Royal Caribbean Cruises - but Berkeley, California is her birthplace, and her return to her hometown to work with the Bay Area Jazz Society is a sign of her determination to give back to her community. She hopes her homecoming will allow her to share her art through educational programs in the schools and outreach to homeless musicians in the Bay Area.
Doors Open: 7:00 PM Starts: 8:00 PM
8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley
One of the most well-respected singer/songwriters of his generation, Peter Case is an artist whose eclectic body of work embraces rock & roll, contemporary folk, blues, and a number of points in between. As a songwriter, Case has shown himself to be a master storyteller with a special understanding of underdogs and lost souls, and his direct, passionate style as a singer and guitarist has served him well in both electric and acoustic contexts.
Case was born in Buffalo, New York on April 5, 1954, and grew up listening to the rock & roll and R&B records his older sisters collected. While Case's mother got him a ukulele when he was four years old, he didn't begin taking music seriously until he heard the Beatles and Bob Dylan in the mid-'60s. In 1965, Case wrote his first song, "Stay Away," and in 1967, he discovered the blues through a Mississippi John Hurt album he checked out from the local library.
The early stirrings of punk and new wave in California reawakened Case's passion for rock & roll, and with Paul Collins and Jack Lee he formed the Nerves, a band that played lean but tuneful and energetic pop music. Years before the D.I.Y. ethic was common, the Nerves recorded and self-released a four-song EP in 1976 (one of the EP's tunes, "Hanging on the Telephone," was later covered by Blondie.) Case then went on to found the acclaimed power pop group The Plimsouls in 1979, who performed their best-known hit, "A Million Miles Away," in the Nicolas Cage film Valley Girl.
He has collaborated with Lucinda Williams, T Bone Burnett, Mitchell Froom, Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Henry, Ben Harper and many, many others.
Come and celebrate Peter's birthday and enjoy an intimate evening with one of our finest singer/songwriters.
8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley
8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Award-winning guitarist and composer, multi-talented musician and band leader Kenya Baker brings an outstanding level of entertainment, making his Jupiter debut. Kenya's band, the Kenya B Trio, plays blues, jazz, funk, soul and R&B. Their jazzy blues and funk original grooves feature sparse vocals, shredding guitar solos, funky bass lines and old skool drumbeats.
8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Omara Portuondo is a diva in the best sense, an ambassador of Cuba to the world. Now in her mid-eighties, there is a sense in which the curtains of an era are slowly, elegantly coming down. But she will forever, as the old showbusiness adage has it "Always leave them wanting more."
Her solo album of 2000 picked up a Grammy and was followed by the Brazilian tinged Flor De Amor in 2004 which featured a song with family resonance called "Tabu" about inter-racial love. Other recordings and tours followed - a 60th anniversary album Gracias and stellar collaborations with Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés. She was the first Cuban woman to be an International Ambassador for the Red Cross. In recent years, she's sung everywhere from the Royal Opera House in London to the Latin Passion festival in Hong Kong.
As Cuban writer Ivan Garcia put it "Her voice is still lush, as it was when she sang in her parents' dressing room. In Cuba, some things are lacking. But we do have Omara Portuondo. She still lives in an apartment overlooking the sweep of the Malecon in Havana, and even if her dynamic career slows down it's hard to imagine she won't be lured out to some of her old haunts like the Café Cantante or the Tropicana.
Producer Ry Cooder said about the Buena Vista Social Club musicians, that he was lucky, as we all are to "have caught the tail end of a comet" of a great music culture that was cut off for decades.
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$65 Premium / $50 ADV / $54 DOOR (plus fees)
8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
United States, 2017, (78 mins)
Chronicling Jean-Michel Basquiat's teen years in 1970s New York City, this documentary presents a fresh and vibrant look at the young artist as a reflection of the time and place where he grew up.
At BAMPFA General admission: $16;
BAMPFA members, SFFILM members, UC Berkeley students: $13;
Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons: $15
8:30pm to 9:30pm,
Nef The Pharaoh
Rapper from Vallejo,CA. Recently signed to E-40's label Sick Wid' It Records.
8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704
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.
Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9 pm
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Tickets $20 Day of / $18 Advance /
9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley