Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Apr 18, 4:45am to 7:45am, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stitch 'n Bitch 6:00 PM

Apr 18, 6pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jazz Search West Semi-finals

<div class="artist-boxes"><div class="artist-box-headliner"><div class="image-bio"><div class="bio">Living Jazz is an Oakland-based nonprofit whose mission is to build community, cultivate creativity, and enrich lives by fostering the love of jazz. The organization sponsors several
great programs, including Jazz Camp West, the Oakland Community Children's Choir, and "In the Name of Love," an annual musical tribute to Martin Luther King. Jazz Search West is their Bay Area talent search for jazz vocalists and solo instrumentalists age 15 and up. The event gives performers a chance to play with a band of outstanding professional jazz musicians and to receive feedback from a panel of esteemed judges.

Launched in 2009, Jazz Search West provides an opportunity for emerging musicians to gain exposure and visibility and further their musical careers - and it gives listeners the opportunity to
enjoy new talent and support vital local artists!

Apr 18, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Anne Sajdera

Our Berkeley neighbors and jazz colleagues at Jazz in the Neighborhood are hosting a weekly Jazz in the Neighborhood Residency in Rendon Hall in our new Jerry Fiddler Annex! Anne Sajdera is featuried
Doors Open: 6:30 PM Starts: 7:30 PM Ends: 9:30 PM
Open Seating - General $20.00 + $1.30 Student $10.00 +$1.13

Apr 18, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

This Recurring Event is at Pegasus Books Downtown Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.
Reading in April:
Natasha Dennerstein
Mimi Gonzalez
A'aron Heard
Vernon Keeve III
Sandra Garcia
Rivera Arturo Mantecon
Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.
Every third of the month at Pegasus Books Downtown

Apr 18, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Nathan Clevenger Group

Oakland-born guitarist/composer Nathan Clevenger slides in to support of the release of his latest album, Observatory. This album highlights Nathan's take on modern jazz, which he describes as precise chamber jazz harmonic/melodic elements through a volatile jazz ensemble.

"Clevenger's writing takes a lot from the swing era, but it's packed with odd time signatures, twisty compositions, and passages of improvisation that go well beyond the old concept of a solo. Peppy, often pretty, and just a little weird." - Craig Matsumoto, Memory Select

Apr 18, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

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.

Apr 18, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Saxon, The Butlers, The Watchers

Heavy Metal band from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom).

Started as a joint operation between SOB (with Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson), and Coast (with Biff Byford and Paul Quinn). Originally called Son Of A Bitch; renamed Saxon in 1977.
Current line-up:
Biff Byford (Vocals)
Doug Scarret (Guitar)
Paul Quinn (Guitar)
Nibbs Carter (Bass)
Nigel Glockler (Drums)

The Butlers
Featuring members & ex-members of Jetboy, Immigrant, Ruffians, Exodus &
American Heartbreak, The Butlers are a Rock n Roll band out for nothing
more nor less than a good time. Formed at their local watering hole, the
boys decided they would return to their roots playing the songs that got
them hooked on music in the first place. The Butlers deliver a raucous set
of all your favorite rock tunes from the 70's & 80's with a constant flow of
all-star guests; members of Tesla, Death Angel, LA Gun's, Testament &
Fang have sat in with the band. On this pedigree,The Butlers have
become known as The Vintage Rock n Roll party on 12 legs.

Apr 18, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704