Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Apr 21, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,

Gala at the Greek

TBA 642-9988. cal

Apr 21, 12 noon to 1pm, Hearst Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

Cecily Ward - dances for solo violin

Cecily Ward - dances for solo violin Cecily is returning to the Bay Area for her first West Coast recital since the Cypress Quartet disbanded in 2016. She is performing a program of unaccompanied violin music, including music by Tartini, Schulhoff, Ruehr and Harbison in the exquisite and intimate Maybeck Recital Hall. Composer Elena Ruehr will be on hand to discuss her work "RED" - written for Cecily in 2006. This will be the California premiere.
Light refreshments will be served at intermission.
Price Range: $10 to $25
Tickets: 415 816 3576

Apr 21, 3pm to 4pm, , Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley

John Santos presents: Taller de Plena con los Maestros (Plena Workshop)

Admission: $20-$30 Sliding Scale
All levels welcome!
Please bring panderetas and güícharos if you can! There will be a limited number to share.
The Plena is Puerto Rico’s most popular form of music with a rich history of political activism and documentation of the everyday lives, concerns and humor of working class Puerto Ricans and of every Puerto Rican. Its main instruments are the pandereta, an Islamic-derived frame drum held in one hand and played with the other, and the güícharo, a gourd scraper of indigenous Taino origin.
Three master musicians will conduct this workshop:
Juango Gutierrez is the founder and director of the landmark, Grammy-nominated Pleneros de la 21 (NY 1983) that claims the longest history of presenting traditional Puerto Rican Music in the US among active groups.
Hector “Tito” Matos is a force of nature as a virtuoso panderetero, founder and director of the powerhouse, Grammy-nominated Viento de Agua (NY/P (View Full Event Description Here:

Apr 21, 4:30pm to 6pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

New Orleans legend, Melvin "Blues Daddy" Leonard and his rippin' hot sauce band.

Apr 21, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Paul VornHagen Trio

In from Ann Arbor, Paul VornHagen is an accomplished jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist who has won Detroit Music Awards on three separate occasions. His most recent release, KINDRED SPIRITS, features Paul's versatility and refined tone on tenor, soprano, alto saxs and flute, as well as vocals in the tradition of Chet Baker.

Apr 21, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Sherie Julianne and Marcos Silva Quartet present An Evening of Brazilian Jazz

Vocalist Sherie Julianne and the Marcos Silva Quartet present An Evening of Brazilian Jazz. Beautiful Brazilian music by Joao Donato, Tom Jobim, Marcos Valle and Dori Caymmi arranged by Rio native Marcos Silva. Songs like Bananeira and Sambou Sambou will have you dancing in your seat! Bossa Nova, Samba and more!
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Sherie Julianne Friedlander - Vocalist;
Marcos Silva - Piano;
Zack Pitt Smith - Flutes and Saxes;
Zach Mondlick - Drums;
Tyler Harlow - Bass
Bio: She doesn't pretend to be Brazilian, but Miami native Sherie Julianne possesses a translucent honey-amber voice ideally suited for the lithe and flowing melodies that distinguish so many Brazilian standards. Her supple sense of time and her facility at brisk tempos makes her a double threat, emotionally incisive on ballads and fearless on breakneck arrangements. She's joined by a superlative cast of musicians including veteran saxophonist/flutist Zack Pitt Smith and the dynamic rhythm section tandem of drummer Zach Mondlick and bassist Tyler Harlow. Grammy-nominated pianist Marcos Silva, former creative director for Flora Purim, is also a teacher at the California Jazz Conservatory. Julianne and Silva have been working together for over a decade and released "10 degrees south" in 2014. Never resting on their laurels, the majority of the songs presented in this program are all new arrangements.
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Apr 21, 8pm to 10pm, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Bruce Campbell's Last Fan Standing

Bruce Campbell
Born from the world of Comic-Con, Last Fan Standing is an interactive trivia quest built from four primary pillars of content, that include Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Superheroes. Not your average quiz show or trivia contest, Last Fan Standing tests your knowledge about the things that really matter. Brought to life through a dynamic and entertaining live event, Last Fan Standing is the ultimate test of pop culture and fandom.

Bruce Campbell: Your Hero, our host. Well, he's our hero too! From his turn as Ash in the classic 80's Evil Dead horror movie series, to his seven-seasons on Burn Notice, to the reprisal of his iconic character in Starz' Ash vs. Evil Dead, Bruce Campbell has long been a fanboy favorite-and part of the braintrust behind Last Fan Standing.

And it's easy to see why: his sharp, self-deprecating wit has made his Comic Con panels top draws for years. In fact, Bruce's 2015 Comic Con appearance in San Diego was outdrawn only by the panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Last Fan Standing gives the entire audience the chance to play along and qualify to be on stage-and attempt to be The Last Fan Standing.

Through provided "audience response devices" (Clickers if you insist on getting technical), each audience member participates in a series of multiple choice questions, where the players with the fastest-correct answers advance to the Podium Rounds.

The Podium Rounds bring the top four (4) players from the audience to a winner-take-all battle of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Superheroes, and Horror based trivia. After each round the player with the lowest score is eliminated, until there is only one....Last Fan Standing!

Apr 21, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

An Evening with Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne
With a style ranging through country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, Western swing, jazz, and adult contemporary pop, Shelby Lynne has found herself embraced by audiences all across the spectrum of American music. By the time Lynne won her Best New Artist Grammy in 1999, she'd already completed six albums and had over a decade of recording experience under her belt. Her contralto voice and effortless phrasing steep every melody and lyric in honeyed glamour.

Apr 21, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Inside Men

Apr 21, 8pm to 10pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

WENDY BURCH STEEL & REDWOOD play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of folk, old-time, country, bluegrass and blues. Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis produced, played and sang on Wendy's debut CD Open Wings in 2012, which has received rave reviews nationally and internationally, airplay and interviews on various radio shows, and Americana and Bluegrass publications.

Wendy Burch Steel is known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material. She was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past three years by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

"Wonderful lyrical irony, flawless vocals and lush instrument arrangements combine to make this Americana Blues song an instant classic." - Akademia Award-winning Happy Song Blues

Her band members include some of the best Bluegrass and Americana players and singers in California and beyond: Butch Waller (mandolin and vocals), Glenn Dauphin (guitar and vocals), and Allegra Thompson (bass and vocals). The two-to-four part harmonies are something they've become well-known for, as well as great original songs and picking.

"Wendy's vocals have a warmth and presence that filters through the song lyrics. She can put a bluegrassy purr into a song and her 'Happy Song Blues' has an attractive bounce with bass and fiddle along for the ride....Her 'If I Had Wings' has a magical guitar accompaniment that floats under her lilting vocal." - Brenda Houff, Bluegrass Breakdown

"Wendy Burch Steel's voice is a joy to listen to, and her songs speak from the heart. It was a pleasure to help expose Wendy and her music to a larger audience through the recording of Open Wings. She has been one of the Bay Area's hidden gems for too long." - Laurie Lewis

"Music flows through Wendy Burch Steel like the clear water of her home country of upstate New York. Whether she is writing something that is destined to become a "great old song" of the future, or singing a selection from the great American song bag, Wendy's beautiful, true spirit shines through." - Joe Newberry

Wendy's songs have been played live and with CD plays on radio shows all over the country, and the world, including KPFA, KQBM, KKUP, KALW, World Wide Bluegrass, OzCat Radio, and many others.

Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood have recently played at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, The Back Room in Berkeley, Armando's in Martinez, Sutter Creek Theatre, First Street Cafe, Vern's Stage at the CBA Father's Day Festival, Parkfield Fiddle Festival, Berkeley Bluegrass Festival and others, and in the past years, she's sung at the Freight and Salvage many times, and many more wonderful venues.

Tickets are $15 advance at the link below, or $20 at the door the night of the show. 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).

Apr 21, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

PunkRockProm '18! The Y Axes / Bloody Lips / Falcon A!/ Spawn Atomic

The Bloody Lips (Grand Rapids)
Falcon A (East Bay)
Spawn Atomic (East Bay)

ALL AGES. Doors 7pm // Show $7 in street clothes // $5 in prom attire +$2 membership safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior 924 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Apr 21, 8pm to 4/21 12 midnight, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Spring Concert Young People's Symphony Orchestra

Jeremy Cavaterra
The Peninsula: Overture and the Path of History from Monterey Suite
Edward Elgar Cello Concerto, First Movement
Francis Poulenc Piano Concerto in C# minor, First Movement
Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

David Ramadanoff Music Director/Conductor
Christopher Lu Cellist
Elizabeth Gurevich Pianist

Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) Spring Concert will feature two winners of the orchestra's 2017-18 Concerto Competition, music director/conductor David Ramadanoff, and 85 young musicians in a program of Cavaterra's Monterey Suite, Elgar's Cello Concerto, Christopher Lu, cello, Poulenc's Piano Concerto, Elizabeth Gurevich, piano, and Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
Composer Jeremy Cavaterra's (born 1971) Monterey Suite was inspired by the great scenic beauty and historically significant landmarks of the Monterey area after he moved there in 2012. "I attempted to capture the unique atmosphere of the place and its fascinating history in musical form. The first movement, "The Peninsula: Overture," grew out of an earlier sketch called "Seventeen-Mile Drive," later expanded to encompass a broader sweep across the whole of the Monterey region, from the rugged coast with its windswept cypress trees to the pastoral inland. This movement is followed without pause by a brief segue, "The Path of History," an homage to the winding and picturesque two-mile excursion back into Monterey's heritage as the old Spanish capitol of California. Monterey Suite was commissioned by David Ramadanoff on behalf of the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, and received its premiere by that ensemble in 2014.
Celebrating his 29th season as Music Director/Conductor, David Ramadanoff conducts 85 YPSO young musicians who range in age from 11 to 19, and hail from 32 Bay Area cities in eight counties. Founded in Berkeley in 1936, YPSO is the oldest youth orchestra in California and the second oldest in the nation. The 2017-18 season is the 81th season since violinist and conductor Jessica Marcelli founded YSPO at the suggestion of Clarabelle Bell, an amateur harpist and Berkeley resident, who got the idea after hearing a youth orchestra on a trip to Portland, Oregon.
Price Range: $15 Adults/$10 Students and Seniors/Children under 10 are free
Tickets: 510-849-9776

Apr 21, 8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Travis Garland

Apr 21, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

Mafaro eZimbabwe Part 2, Branches: The KTO Project explores Chimurenga music and beyond!

The KTO Project is collaborating with Bay Area musicians and dancers from Zimbabwe to celebrate the music of the people - Chimurenga music - and to explore its roots in traditional mbira music played by the ancestral Shona people in Zimbabwe.

The KTO Project will bring more than 15 musicians and dancers and a community choir of up to 25 people together to perform one concert of ancestral songs of Zimbabwe, then one concert of the popular, socially impactful music developed from the ancestral forms generations later.

The second of 2 concerts will feature Zimbabwean mbira music played with modern amplified instrumentation and drum kit, with lyrics characterized by social and political commentary. The performance will feature arrangements and song by Kelly Takunda Orphan and Zivanai Masango, The KTO Project's Zimbabwe-born guitar player who has made his mark touring with Zimbabwean master musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo.

Both concerts (the first on April 19th) will feature Voices of Zimbabwe, the community chorus led by Kelly Takunda Orphan, developed in residence at Ashkenaz (that will run from February to April 2018). Members of the Zimbabwean, Southern African and World Music choral communities have a chance to participate in this choral project that will be featured at the Mafaro eZimbabwe: Zimbabwean Mbira Music for the People concerts.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance /
$25 at the Door
Tickets for both shows (April 19th & 21st) also available.
$30 Advance / $40 Day of Show

Apr 21, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA