Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.
9:45am to 12:45 noon, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3Â Â The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC
The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.
Friday, August 10Â Â A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC
An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.
Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestÂ Â Â Â 1975 / 133 min. / R / CC
Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.
Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC
After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-aÂ presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.
Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC
In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7Â Â Â Â Â Â MatewanÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC
It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.
Friday, September 14Â Â Â Â Â Â The HelpÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC
In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
Friday, September 21Â Â Â Â Â Blue CollarÂ Â Â Â Â 1978Â / 114 min. / R / no CC
Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.
Friday, September 28Â Â Â Â Â North CountryÂ Â Â Â Â Â 2005 / 126 min. / R / CC
Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").
3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck)
Berkeley, CA 94704
The UC Berkeley Department of Music, CNMAT and Cal Performances present Bloch Lecturer Martin Matalon.NOTE: This event takes place in 125 Morrison Hall Read more at http://www.cnmat.berkeley.edu/events/composing-across-media-music-mart%C3%ADn-matalon
3pm to 5pm, 125 Morrison Hall, UC Berkeley
Dylan & The Dead
Experience the magic of this mind-blowing collaboration.
The Band: Martin Gran, Zoe Carter, Brian Bloom, Charlie McCoy, Joe Mockus, Steve Capper, John Bock & Paul Herzoff
7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo at 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Emmure was founded in 2003. Founding members Ben and Joe Lionetti (from New Fairfield, Connecticut) met Frank Palmeri (from Queens, New York) on the Internet and began rehearsals together. Mark Davis and Jesse Ketive soon joined.
Jesse Ketive was formerly in the band Warfix, in which he played guitar alongside Bryan Goldsman of Southside Panic.
On May 1, 2009, rumors of the Lionetti brothers departure from the band were confirmed in a statement from Joe Lionetti posted on www.lambgoat.com. According to its page on Victory Records' Web site, Emmure found a new guitarist and drummer in Mike Mullohand and Michael Kaabe. Mike Kaabe formerly played with Warfix and Endwell.
As of December 22, 2015, Frankie Palmeri is sole remaining member of the band, as all other band members have decided to quit.
A new line-up was announced to be revealed in the Spring of 2016.
Counterparts are a Canadian melodic hardcore band formed in 2007 in Hamilton, Ontario. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Brendan "B" Murphy, guitarists Blake Hardman and Adrian Lee, bassist Tyler Williams and drummer Kyle Brownlee.
King 810 (often shortened to just King) is an American metal band from Flint, Michigan in December 2007 consisting of David Gunn, Andrew Beal, Eugene Gill and Andrew Workman. The bands first release was their independent EP titled Midwest Monsters in 2012, which earned them a signing with Roadrunner Records, releasing their second EP titled Proem in 2014, later releasing their debut studio album Memoirs of a Murderer that same year.
7:30pm to 8:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704
Amanda Nadelberg is the author of Isa the Truck Named Isadore, winner of the 2005 Slope Editions Book Prize, Bright Brave Phenomena (Coffee House Press, 2012), and most recently, Songs from a Mountain (Coffee House Press, 2016). She lives in Oakland.
David Lau's books of poetry are Virgil and the Mountain Cat (UC Press) and Still Dirty (Commune Editions). His poetry and essays have appeared in New Left Review, Literary Hub, The Margins, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Boston Review. He is a lecturer at the UC Santa Cruz and the co-editor of the literary journal Lana Turner.
Emily Liebowitz is the author of the book National Park (Gramma Poetry, 2018) and the chapbook In Any Map (The Song Cave, 2015.) Her Poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, jubilat, and various other journals. She co-edits LVNG Magazine and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
7:30pm to 8:30pm, Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
Carol Denney is one of the Bay Area's most respected songwriters, earning admiration from a community who knows her as a musician, comedian, and activist. Her guitar style is unique; her use of the English concertina adds powerful depth to beautifully tailored songs. Her writing stretches the spectrum from ballads to political comedy in a spread Canadian folk artist Ian Robb simply calls "brilliant," and local editor Pat Delaney once called "Berkeley's I. F. Stone."
Her parodies are used on KPFA's TwitWit Radio, her poetry is included in the anthologies of the Revolutionary Poets' Brigade, her commentary is found on National Public Radio's Perspectives series and newspapers from Street Spirit to the Chronicle, her cartoons are featured in the Berkeley Times, and her paintings are included in local galleries. Her songs have been included in textbooks and used as soundtracks in film.
But the performances of her music are a warm, funny, story-telling experience with sing-alongs that go right off the edge. Her unique, percussive guitar style arrests attention from serious students of finger-picking, but it's her way with an audience that will melt your heart. This is songwriting and performing at its finest, presented with humor, wit, and soul.
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).
8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley
CJC President Susan Muscarella leads the trio in an evening of her favorite standards. Don't miss this rare public appearance! Susan Muscarella - piano Jeff Denson - acoustic bass Alan Hall - drums
8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley
Finish the season in a blaze of Beethovenian glory featuring the ascendant contralto Avery Amereau and the celestial soprano from Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire, Chantal Santon-Jeffery. Often overshadowed by the later Missa Solemnis, Beethoven's more pensive Mass in C major is a masterpiece that maintains an immediate emotional appeal throughout. Cherubini shares that sense of sincerity in his poignant tribute to Haydn, whom he ardently admired, upon receiving a premature report of the latter's death. Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy," originally the grand finale of an epic concert that premiered his Symphonies 5 and 6 alongside excerpts of the Mass in C major, caps a similarly splendiferous season as Nic and PBO send you off into the summer with a bang.
Price Range: $28 - $125 Tickets: (415) 392-4400
8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Indie Americana quartet Mipso - Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) - release their fifth album, Edges Run, on April 6th, 2018 via a newly inked record deal with AntiFragile Music. Influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso has been hailed as "hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular"(Acoustic Guitar) and was recently recognized by Rolling Stone as an " Artist You Need to Know." The band brings a distinctly unique sound - full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso's music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn. Look for Mipso on tour this spring in support of their new release, Edges Run. ]
The world of American roots music is no stranger to Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Even though her last three albums were on Sub Pop Records and she spent years at the top of the indie charts, she's always had a streak of Americana that ran through her music, a love of the humble folk song that bolstered her art. She's returning now to these earliest influences with her new album, From Where I Started (to be released March 24, 2017). Growing up, Cahoone first found her voice in Colorado dive bars, backing up old blues musicians at age 12 on the drums. Her father, a Rocky Mountain dynamite salesman, took the family along to mining conferences and old honky-tonks in the state. The sounds she heard there-the twang of country crooners, cowboy boots on peanut shells-have stayed with her all the way to Seattle, where she lives now, and the seminal indie rock bands she's been a part of in the city (Carissa's Weird, Band of Horses).
To make From Where I Started, her first new album since 2012's Dear Creek Canyon, Cahoone traveled south to Portland to work with producer John Askew (Neko Case, Laura Gibson, Alela Diane). Askew brought together key Portland musicians like Rob Burger (Iron and Wine, Lucinda Williams), Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie) and Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prairie) with Cahoone's Seattle bandmates - Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray) and Jason Kardong (Son Volt, Jay Farrar). The band lays a deep bedrock beneath Cahoone's songs, supporting her arcing vocals and innovative guitar and banjo playing. The album is driven by a strong rhythmic sensibility, owed to Cahoone's background as a drummer for indie rock bands. "A lot of my songs start as a beat, I add guitar, then lyrics at the end," she says. "When I write songs I usually sit at my drum kit playing both drums and guitar at the same time."
From Where I Started plays on the rougher, darker edges of the traditional love song. Like any good country album, the songs here deal with love and loss, but Cahoone also knows how to surround loss with hope, to temper a sad song with a turn in the major key. The optimism of the love song "Up To Me," buoyed by fingerpicked guitar and banjo, gives way to the weary resignation of "Taken Its Toll," with its plaintive pedal steel and echoing vocal harmonies. "Ladybug," is a poignant song that followed the tragic death of Cahoone's cousin Tawnee.
From Where I Started represents a refocusing for Sera Cahoone. It positions her as a songwriter beholden to the old country sounds she grew up with, a songwriter who's always been able to deftly translate a personal perspective into a universal view. It's an album about falling in and out of love, finding new hope, and learning that the best way to move forward is to remember where you began.
Jubilee (on the Gallery Stage)
Jubilee consists of some of the top young, acoustic musicians in California. Ranging in age from 11-15, they bring a fresh approach to traditional bluegrass and old-time tunes. As members of other bands, they have played at venues including CBA Father's Day Bluegrass Festival and the Freight and Salvage, as well as at IBMA. They are also Freight & Salvage Fiddlekids alumni.
They have performed with: Alasdair Fraser and the Scottish Fiddlers, jazz violinist Mads Tolling, David Grisman Quintet's guitarist George Cole, and sibling duo Tashina and Tristan Clarridge.
Jubilee is Aerie Walker on cello, Tuki Walker on fiddle and vocals, Miles Quale on fiddle and vocals, and Teo Quale on mandolin and vocals.
8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Steeped in jazz, the East Bay-raised Hogan Brothers have played with leading figures in R&B, funk, hip-hop and Latin music. With Julian on drums, Steve on bass and Colin on electric piano and accordion, the Brothers have established a huge network.
"A diagram charting the vast network of musicians connected to the siblings Steve, Colin and Julian Hogan would capture just about the entire Bay Area music scene." -Andrew Gilbert, SJ Mercury News
8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
This special shared evening brings together two uplifting bands, both of whom will nourish you in spirit and body. MaMuse will play a stirring set of folk/gospel/harmony inspiration, then Fula Brothers will light the dancefloor with a West African-California Groove experience. Expect a full heart, a lively community of dancers, and collaborative magic when the bands play together.
Fula Brothers is the high spirited meeting of three seasoned touring performers - each of whom has spent decades pursuing the shared heartbeat in music from around the globe. Here is a history filled with inter-continental collaborations and colorful apprenticeships, from West Africa and Scotland to Haiti and the US. Each of these cultural threads stirs a unique part of our universal human experience, and Mamadou, Walter, and Kendrick weave them into a rich tapestry of sound and rhythm. The result? An ecstatic and intricate groove-based dialogue which the heart - and the feet - cannot resist.
With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions, and their hearts in the present, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music for the next seven generations to thrive on. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, these two powerful women embody a love for all of life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness.
Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door
*ticket price increased since the printed calendar,
due to the addition of a second band*
9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Based in Hawai'i, Fiji (who was born in Fiji) is the one of the top-selling Pacific artists in the world, and is very popular in Hawai'i, winning Best Male Vocalist at the Hawai'i Music Awards in 1998.
In the wake of their historical GRAMMY win for Best Reggae Album as the Producer and Artist for "Strictly Roots", which was released under their own independent label CTBC Music Group, the Iconic GRAMMY Award-Winning cultured driven band has managed yet again to deliver another classic album. They achieved this by staying true to their formula of authentic Reggae with an effusively eclectic mix. In their latest quest to keep Reggae music relevant in a continuously evolving world of music, Morgan Heritage presents "Avrakedabra". Their Rolling Stones-reminiscent endurance, longevity and outstanding showmanship, makes the siblings a force to be reckoned with. Not only in Reggae but also in music as a whole. Morgan Heritage's name is duly cemented in history, as critics, fans and music lovers anxiously awaited their new album. The untraditional creation of this album with recording sessions taking place across 3 different continents highlights the groups effort of taking Reggae music to the 4 corners of the Earth.
Maoli (meaning "Native" in Hawaiian) started in Maui with Glenn Awong, a 14-
year-old with a passion for music, and Kana Akiu-Corpuz. In their sophomore
year, the aspiring vocalist and bassist began writing original music at the
encouragement of their high school teacher. It was also during this time that
Glenn started recording demos of his songs. By the time he reached his senior year, Glenn was ready to share his music with a greater audience.
In 2005, Glenn and the band he formed, "No Boundaries", won a Battle of the Bands competition on the island of Maui. With numerous performances already under his belt, Glenn then formed Maoli in 2007 with a new lineup of talented musicians, including bassist, Kana.
Maoli took the islands by storm in 2008 with their debut album entitled, "Groovin," having one hit after the next. This was the groundbreaking album that first established the group as a premiere Hawaiian Island Reggae recording band.
In 2010, Maoli did it again with their 2nd release, "Rock Easy", featuring another treasure trove of #1 hits. Their 3rd album entitled "Arise" took to a national and international audience exploring Maoli's love for various genres of music. Maoli's road to success continued as they toured the islands and started promoting their very own unique Island sound with the world, starting with a small tour to Australia, their first international show.
Since then, the boys from Maoli started focusing more on sharing their music and passion with a bigger audience. Maoli had the pleasure to share with fans from the east to the west of the United States and an international crowd including Guam and Australia growing with fans with each show. Their music went on to play in parts of Europe, such as Germany, Italy and Scotland, Japan and others.
Maoli stayed busy also with fan favorite releases such as "Rock Me Sober," "Sweet Remedy," and "Sweetest Sound," original songs penned by the band's founder and leader Glenn Awong as new musical and life influences inspire his writing.
Staying true to their roots as their style continuously evolves, they hope to spread their sound to a city near you!
NomaD was born on October 25th, 2016 as an act of rebirth after surviving a heart attack. In his new life, he realized his calling to help people and to guide them towards an awakened state NomaD is a healer who loves sound baths, meditation, setting intentions, and believes in the power of crystals. In September of 2017 NomaD moved to Hawaii as a part of his rebirth where he began recording as an artist. Within the first week of moving to Honolulu, NomaD connected with George "Fiji" Veikoso-one of the biggest Polynesian artists of out time, and easily one of the biggest names in Hawaiian reggae. Fiji has since taken NomaD under his wing as they continue to build the success of NomaD as an artist together. On November 13, 2017 NomaD broke his first single "Take It All", produced by Fiji, on radio, which became the number one requested song within four days of its release. "Take It All" stayed number one on both iHeart Radio's Island 98.5 and 93.1 Da Pa'ina for four consecutive weeks, and held a spot in the top five fir six weeks and counting. On December 16th, 2017 NomaD had his largest live performance at Hawaii's Finest 8th Anniversary Bash, where he has brought out by big brother Fiji as a special guest to close the show. On February 22, 2018 NomaD will be releasing his second single, "Perfect Timing", and then releasing his first EP come early summer.
9pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704