Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

04/17/2018

Tearjerkers

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


Zamico

Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

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


KELLI STANLEY

Award-winning crime fiction writer Kelli Stanley shares the fourth installment in her Miranda Corbie mystery series, City of Sharks: A Miranda Corbie Mystery.
The blonde secretary was scared when she visited Miranda Corbie's office. A shove into a streetcar track, a box of poisoned chocolates...hateful, violent letters.
Someone was trying to kill her.
Miranda isn't sure of anything at first except that Louise Crowley, the blonde who works as an assistant to Niles Alexander, San Francisco publisher, is in trouble. Despite her own preparations for an imminent voyage to a blitzkrieged Britain and a painful farewell to the city she loves, Miranda decides to help Louise and takes on her last case as a private detective in San Francisco...investigating her client, surveying the publishing world of 1940, and stumbling into murder with a trail that leads straight to Alcatraz...an island city of sharks.
Along the way, Miranda explores her beloved San Francisco once more, from Playland-at-the-Beach to Chinatown to Nob Hill and Treasure Island. She encounters John Steinbeck and C.S. Forester, and is aided and abetted by the charming and dapper San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. And she also discovers personal truths she's long denied...
With her characteristic luxurious, lyrical prose and insightful eye for character, Kelli Stanley paints a rich, authentic portrait of 1940 San Francisco in this latest installment of her award-winning series.

7pm to 8pm, Berkeley Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley CA


Yanqui Gumbo

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


Kendra Taira Field discusses Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War

Kendra Taira Field discusses Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War -- a masterful and poignant story of three African-American families who journeyed west after emancipation, by an award-winning scholar and descendant of the migrants.
"Personal and profoundly learned, Field, by unearthing the deeper roots of the Great Migration and back-to-Africa movement, explodes the simple structures of inherited histories while complicating understandings of race and nation in an America that never was, and never shall be, purely black and white." - Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

Following the lead of her own ancestors, Kendra Field's epic family history chronicles the westward migration of freedom's first generation in the fifty years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field traces their journey out of the South to Indian Territory, where they participated in the development of black and black Indian towns and settlements.
When statehood, oil speculation, and Jim Crow segregation imperiled their lives and livelihoods, these formerly enslaved men and women again chose emigration. Some migrants launched a powerful back-to-Africa movement, while others moved on to Canada and Mexico. Their lives and choices deepen and widen the roots of the Great Migration. Interweaving black, white, and Indian histories, Field's beautifully wrought narrative explores how ideas about race and color powerfully shaped the pursuit of freedom.

Kendra Field is assistant professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. Field is the author of Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War (Yale University Press, January 2018). The book traces her ancestors' migratory lives between the Civil War and the Great Migration. Field also served as Assistant Editor to David Levering Lewis' W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography (Henry Holt, 2009).
Field has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Huntington Library, and Harvard University's Charles Warren Center in American History. Field's recent articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Western Historical Quarterly, and Transition. She is the recipient of the Western Writers of America's, 2017 Spur Award for Best Western Short Nonfiction, the 2016 Boahen-Wilks Prize, and the OAH's Huggins-Quarles Award.
Field has advised and appeared in historical documentaries including Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" (2013) and "Roots: A History Revealed" (2016).
Field received her Ph.D. in American History from New York University. She also holds a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College. Previously, Field served as Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside, and worked in education and the non-profit sector in Boston and New York.

"Personal and profoundly learned, Field, by unearthing the deeper roots of the Great Migration and back-to-Africa movement, explodes the simple structures of inherited histories while complicating understandings of race and nation in an America that never was, and never shall be, purely black and white." - Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
"This is a wonderful, capacious narrative about a country that remains always a dodgy work in progress. Field's seamless interweaving of family, race, and nation--of the particular, the subordinate, and the superordinate-recaptures exceptionalist possibilities that will upend and enrich her readers' understanding of the American past." - David Levering Lewis, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography
"Growing Up with the Country is a work of startling brilliance and originality, of heart-wrenching beauty and theoretical innovation. In Kendra Field's able hands, her family stories become a window into the struggle for freedom in an era when emancipation and the dismantling of Indian sovereignty gave way to new forms of unfreedom, constriction, and possibility." - Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
"The most fascinating and cutting edge study to date on black settlers in Indian Territory and Oklahoma during the eras of Reconstruction and westward expansion." - Tiya Miles, author of Ties That Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom
"Kendra T. Field skillfully draws family stories and community histories into a sweeping and compelling critique of the competing sovereignties, conflicting claims to freedom, and shifting racial regimes that shaped the United States." - Craig Steven Wilder, author of Ebony & Ivory: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

For 35 years, two- time GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

Simien was born in 1965 (appropriately) into the hippie folk and soul music era that still intrigues him today. He grew artistically being influenced and inspired by all of the music from that period. He was as influenced by Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel as he was by Sam Cooke and the Commodores. Since his family is documented in history books as one of the first Creole families to settle St. Landry Parish, his musical roots are firmly planted alongside the great zydeco pioneers like Chenier, Delafose, Chavis, Ardoin and that other Simien, Rockin Sidney, to name a few. He counts himself one of the fortunate few who hail from a generation with a direct link to these artists, some of whom mentored him as an emerging talent. He has assumed that same role to a new generation of young Zydeco hotshots because he understands how critical mentoring is to the success of his indigenous music that has become synonymous with the cultural identity of Louisiana and an important part of the musical landscape of this country.

In 1983 at the young age of 18, Simien began touring professionally and by 20 he was sharing the stage with Fats Domino and Sarah Vaughn at the Bern Jazz Festival. His career exploded after that and Terrance remains a pivotal part of Zydeco music history. In the early 1980's there were only 2 emerging bands touring nationally; the young Terrance and The Sam Brothers were the only artists reaching a younger audience with their indigenous roots music. Simien was also vital to the "renaissance" of a genre that was becoming extinct with the passing of each pioneer starting with Clifton Chenier in 1987. By the end of the 1990's, all of the other influential pioneers had departed. This placed Terrance at the forefront of an exciting period of growth and popularity for his genre.

Simien is blessed with an extraordinary talent that expresses the deepest human emotions through the original instrument: The Voice. He takes his audiences on a multicultural tour of the world as the many countries he's visited while on tour have informed his musical language. He creates a hypnotic blend of New Orleans funk-reggae-flavored-world-blues-American zydeco roots music that beckons you to your feet and into the groove. He has found a seamless and artful way to deliver his eclectic music as a relevant, evolving artist who is clearly rooted in Creole tradition. Well known for his legendary live performances, Simien also helped change the vocabulary for his genre by introducing complex vocal harmonies, diverse repertoire and carefully crafted high quality recordings.

Terrance and his loyal and skilled band mates, together have shared studio & stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Alan Toussaint, Paul Simon and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Their music has been featured in TV commercials and a dozen or more films, including the blockbuster "The Big Easy" which changed the game for Louisiana music in the late 80's. His music has been heard on NPR syndicated radio shows like World Café, American Routes, E-town & House of Blues Radio Hour. Rolling Stone, Billboard, and other notable music industry publications, as well as major daily newspapers have praised his recordings. His extensive discography dates back to vinyl 45's. In 1991 he was signed to rock label Restless Records by A&R rep Ron Goudie who brought the band Poison to the same label group.

Simien's groundbreaking Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco for student, youth and family audiences has reached nearly 500,000 since its debut in 2000. This dynamic program is presented at performing art centers, schools and festivals. Simien is helping build a more culturally literate young performing arts patron who is more knowledgeable about zydeco roots music because of his program. Simien has received countless awards, grants and recognition for his work and artistic contributions as a respected Cultural Ambassador for his state and country.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 m
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Doo

8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


Tuesday Jazzidency: Justin Rock Trio

Formerly of Bastet and starting off the 2018 summer season, guitarist Justin Rock was born in the Big Apple and brought up in Motor City. He's swiftly making a name for himself as one of the greatest, prolific composer/improvisers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

http://justin-rock.squarespace.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Lostboycrow, Prelow

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Lostboycrow is an idea that pays homage to new beginnings and a poignant heritage, best described as a Pop minded vocalist's dark love affair with the world of modern R&B. Still shrouded in mystery, the idea of Lostboycrow is the foundation for what we know about him as a musician.

Sonically, the Los Angeles artist delves in to the world of introspective dance music. He takes pride in his thoughtful and provocative lyrics, but doesn't forget to cater to the current Pop-centric audience. Lostboycrow gives a voice to the voiceless through his storytelling ability while sonically finding the perfect medium between Pop, R&B, and Electronic music.

Lostboy has already strutted his stuff live in concert playing the prestigious SchoolNight LA, headlining Neon Gold's Popshop West at The Echo, a Nation-wide tour with indie songstress, VERITÃ%, and his own Co-Headline alongside his friends and collaborators, Flor.

LBC has put out a steady stream of music over the past year with singles "Stay A Little Longer", "Verona" and "Where It All Goes" garnering millions of streams on Spotify and beyond. His debut EP Sigh For Me (2015) features songs such as "Powers" and "Love Won't Sleep" which have accumulated 12 million and 7 million streams respectively.

In addition to a charismatic live performance and impressive listener numbers, Lostboycrow is a darling of the blog world with Pigeon's & Planes highlighting his "velvety vocals" and "emotive messages." Lostboycrow's music is consistently featured in Spotify's New Music Friday, Indie Pop, Good Vibes, and Alternative R&B playlists, as well as breaking in to both the United States and Global Viral Charts on the platform. Combine that with two HypeMachine #1's and it becomes clear that a diverse online community has taken to his music.

This Summer, Lostboycrow is releasing an album over of the course of the next several months in short EP-length sets called "Legends". Each of the three Legends makes up a larger map that guides the traveler (Lostboycrow) on his journey. The first legend was released in May and the second is already being rolled out.

While there is still plenty to be seen and heard from Lostboycrow, the young singer has already captivated the eyes and ears of many.

Prelow
Beats rooted in hip-hop bounce, humming and hypnotic guitars, and wiseass lyrics that read like Wes Anderson lines, Prelow -- Jesse Aicher & Matt Walsh -- capture coming-of-age in New York City nightlife with wisdom and wit. By 2015, the boys had quietly stirred up a serious buzz as their single "Mistakes Like This" popped off on Soundcloud. It eventually went on to amass over 3 million plays on the platform before generating 6.8 million Spotify streams. Releasing the Why Does Everything Happen So Much EP, they attracted acclaim from Fader, Noisey, Nylon, and more in between a marathon 50-date tour supporting Harlem's own Skizzy Mars. Emerging on the other side inspired by all kinds of new experiences, Prelow hunkered down in the East Village and began work on what would become their 2017 full-length debut preceded by the single "Guitar Beat" and "I Don't Wanna End The Night."

8:30pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704