Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

May 6, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

May 6, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, San Francisco Bach Choir

San Francisco Bach Choir J.S. Bach: St. John Passion

Kyle Stegall, Evangelist
Christòpheren Nomura, Jesus
Rita Lilly, soprano
Heidi Waterman, mezzo-soprano
John St. Marie, tenor
Nikolas Nackley, baritone
with the Jubilate Orchestra

One of J.S. Bach's most powerful and dramatic works, the St. John Passion illuminates our rich human story through its vivid music and emotional text. Join us for an epic journey that travels from turmoil and tragedy, to ultimate consolation, reconciliation, and a vision of our shared humanity.

Price Range: $10 to $35 (youth under 19 always free). Get $5 off and code is SFCV.
Tickets: 855-473-2224

May 6, 12 noon to 1pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

May 6, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Pete Seeger Sing-Along with The San Francisco Folk Music Club

<div class="artist-box-headliner"> <div class="artist-headline">Pete Seeger Singalong<div class="bio">The San Francisco Folk Music Club is a non-profit corporation of singers, instrumentalists, performers, song writers, dancers, and listeners. Since the late 1940s it has provided community support, instruction, and entertainment for generations of budding-to-professional musicians living in and outside the Bay area. Its purpose is the enjoyment, dissemination, and preservation in individual, family and community life of that acoustic music roughly defined as folk. Membership is open to all, and membership fees are minimal to be available to people of all walks of life.

The San Francisco Folk Music Club publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, the folknik, full of information about traditional music and events; it welcomes all to join in music events throughout the year, including monthly jam sessions, the annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival (June) and the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival (fall), and holiday weekend campouts in the summer. All Club members are eligible to register for and attend the five-day Camp New Harmony over the New Year's break.

SFFMC is honored to be invited to lead the Pete Seeger Sing-Along in celebration of the Freight & Salvage's 50th year.

May 6, 1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

May 6, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Handel's "Semele" Pocket Opera

Gods ... Goddesses ... Endless pleasure, endless love ...

Don't miss San Francisco's venerable Pocket Opera when they present G.F. Handel's dramatic oratorio/opera, Semele. Our stellar cast of vocalists brings to life the story of the young woman Semele who is the object of affection of the god Jupiter. Jupiter hides Semele from his jealous wife, Juno and it's only a matter of time before Juno extracts her revenge. Is there an upside? Why yes; endless pleasure, endless love, and even though Semele has an unhappy ending she gives to we mere mortals Bacchus ... god of wine and ecstasy.
Our cast includes:
Semele - Maya Kherani
Jupiter - David Gustafson
Juno - Sonia Gariaeff
Somnus - Ben Brady
Ino - Tania Mandzy
Iris - Ellen Leslie
Apollo - Sam Faustine
Priest - Gene Wright

Semele is a 'musical drama', originally presented "after the manner of an oratorio", in three parts by George Frideric Handel. Semele was first performed at the Covent Garden Theatre, London, as part of a concert series held yearly during Lent. The audience naturally expected Bible-based subject matter. But the amorous topic of Semele, which is a creation of the late Restoration Period, transparently drew on Greek myths, and so it displeased those attending for a different kind of uplift. Being in English, Semele likewise irritated the supporters of true Italian opera, particularly as Handel would also not write for the rival Middlesex Opera Company. As a result, Semele fell into prolonged neglect until its first stage performances, in Cambridge, England, in 1925 and in London in 1954. These fueled an enthusiasm for the work that has not since lapsed.

NOTE: This production is presented in Oratorio-concert form without staging or costumes.

May 6, 2pm to 6pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

Literary Salon with Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Eileen R. Tabios, and Kim Shuck

Join us for an afternoon of poems, prose, and peminism at Eastwind's literary salon featuring peminist Melinda Luisa de Jesús, the prolific writer Eileen R. Tabios, and San Francisco poet laureate Kim Shuck.

May 6, 2pm to 3pm, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave, Berkeley

Larry Vuckovich

May 6, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

May 6, 3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Sam's Corner, featuring Bobby Black and Wendy Burch Steel

Please join us for Sam's Corner, our monthly concert featuring Sam Rudin, the owner and creator of The Back Room, for an evening of piano wizardry.

Appearing with Sam is the legendary virtuoso of the pedal steel guitar, Bobby Black. Bobby has played and recorded with traditionally-minded bands throughout the state, but it was his alliance with Asleep at the Wheel, Commander Cody, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage that caused his name to be synonymous with the resurgence of western swing.The repertoire will, of course, lean heavily toward country, rockabilly, and western swing...and who knows what sort of arrangements will come out of this unprecedented piano/pedal steel duo. But that's not all! Joining these guys for 5 or 6 tunes will be Wendy Burch Steel. If you haven't heard her yet, you have at least read about her on this website. She appears frequently at The Back Room with her band Redwood, and she has a beautiful, pure, country-flavored voice, and a personality that can only be called joyous.

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).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808.

May 6, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Volti Vocal Ensemble

Volti Vocal Ensemble Volti presents a program of contemporary American music by composers Dany Clay, Robin Estrada, and Žibuoklé Martinaityté.

Tickets: 5106420808

May 6, 4pm to 6pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

Laney College Jazz Ensemble, Opening Band: 4:30pm,
ESO: 5:30 - 7pm

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm, with a different student group opening at 4:30.

May 6, 4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

May 6, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

eco ensemble: Foxtrot Delirium

eco ensemble: Foxtrot Delirium

At Zellerbach Playhouse at the northwest of Zellerbach Hall

May 6, 5pm to 7pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley

Larry Stefl

May 6, 5pm to 7pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Foxtrot Delirium: Music by Martin Matalon

The UC Berkeley Department of Music, CNMAT and Cal Performances present Bloch Lecturer Martin Matalon.NOTE: This concert takes place in Zellerbach Playhouse Read more at

May 6, 5pm to 7pm, Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley

Martinů & Brahms, Chamber Series

Bohuslav Martinů: Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H.157 Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
In the first half, two essential works by composers often overlooked, but each superlatively important in their own right: Martinů as the eclectic voice of Czechoslovakia in the middle part of the 20th century, and Rebecca Clarke as one of the most innovative British composers of the 1910s and `20s and one of the most important women in music history. The program concludes with a work written early in Brahms' mature period, a piano quartet whose formal ingenuity made it a favorite of Schoenberg and whose compelling lyricism and dramatic scope ensure its status as a perpetual favorite of audiences as well.

Artists René Mandel, violin
Deanna Badizadegan, viola
Peter Wyrick, cello
Britt Day, piano

Tickets are $25 in advance online and by phone. Walk-up tickets are $30 at the door.

May 6, 5pm to 7pm, Piedmont Center for the Arts

Necessary Noise / Escape Agency / American Pinup / Blue, Indeed / Mammoth

(Yonkers, NY)

Necessary Noise
The Escape Agency
Blue, Indeed

ALL AGES. doors 5:30pm // show 6pm
$8 + $2 membership

safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

May 6, 6pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

California Jazz Conservatory Student Performances

California Jazz Conservatory ensembles present a series of semester-end concerts.

May 6, 6pm to 7pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Heart of Rock and Roll: Achilles Wheel

Ashkenaz is proud to present our Heart of Rock and Roll series, launched to celebrate the sounds of the heart that keeps on beating. Come enjoy a beat and a beer on the first Sunday of the month at 6:30pm.

Achilles Wheel is a California based rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia.
Their sound comes across as both Old School and New School and is riddled with great songwriting. The one thing that rises to the surface as you get to know this band is that supporting the benefit of our human condition is foremost in their work. They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life. The idealism that they embraced as younger men has not diminished in the harsh light of the modern world as we struggle to live freely and have a good time, and in the end, hopefully matter. Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times.
With the release of their third studio recording, `Devil In The Yard' Achilles Wheel is also waving the flag for Ben Jacobs (Poor Man's Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield), who came to the AW studio in Nevada City to record a couple of songs, but after playing on every track he left as the new Achilles Wheel keys man. He joins Jonny Mojo Flores on lead guitar and vocals, Paul Kamm on guitar and vocals, Shelby Snow on bass and vocals, Mark McCartney on drums and vocals and Gary Campus on drums and percussion.

`Devil In The Yard', the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2014 release `Stones To Sand', received this review from Deborah Grabien in No Depression...
"Achilles Wheel has once again shown that they're as good in the studio as they are live.
I gave up trying to single out particular songs as standouts on my second listen, because the 13-song list plays more like a beautifully crafted set. There are no weak tunes on Devil In The Yard, and no filler. The CD is a corker, edge to edge, covering the spectrum of exuberance to regret."
The band recorded `Devil In The Yard' at home, with woodstoves crackling, dogs barking and all manner of `ghost sounds' appearing on the naked tracks. But it was the addition of the amazing Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bernie Worrell, Primus) who brought the project into focus with his mixing and mastering talents.
This caught the attention of Gratefulweb writer Dylan Muhlberg who had this to say...
"The stylistic capacity of Achilles Wheel is ever surprising, constantly evocative of something warmly familiar, but never entirely definite. It's that blend of well structured solos, integrated musicianship, beautiful vocal melodies and strengthened songwriting that has been Achilles Wheel from the beginning but now finds them in peak form.
As expansive of an achievement as Devil In The Yard is, their improvisational expertise and interlocked dexterity makes their live show a spectacular event on its own level. This album is bound to make some new lifelong followers of the Nevada City rockers."
The Western states are very familiar with these live shows and the rising tide of Achilles Wheel, having been a part of both the fireworks and the intimacy at festivals like the Strawberry Music Festival, Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, California World Music Festival, Railroad Earth's Hangtown Halloween, as well as at venues such as The Great American Music Hall, Terrapin Crossroads, The Sweetwater Music Hall and the Sierra Nevada Big Room.
And the Wheel's momentum is getting noticed in Europe as well...
From Swedish magazine/website Ung Tro

"Nevada City band Achilles Wheel greatly impressed us with both the debut of "13 Hours" (2013) and follow-up, "Stones To Sand" (2014.")
We've been following the Country-Folk-Rock-Formation ACHILLES WHEEL from Nevada City, California, right from the beginning of their still rising career. Album No. 3, titled "Devil In The Yard," is yet fresher, more laid back, catchy and diversified - literally masterfully. Splendid, compelling and easy-going, just following their own intuition for the right songs."
The Wheel keeps turning as the year progresses, and DJs across this country and in Europe are repeatedly sliding AW CDs into their players and bringing the music to new ears.

Doors at 6:00 pm; Show at 6:30 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

May 6, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Mary Lou's Apartment

Mary Lou's Apartment is an all-women compact-yet-mighty big band, set to debut at the Freight in a night of glorious music and great company that you don't want to miss. The ensemble features the music of African American musical geniuses Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston in an atmosphere of kindness, joy and political action.

Mary Lou Williams, a jazz giant with formidable piano chops and stellar composing and arranging skills, welcomed fellow luminaries including Monk, Dizzy and Sarah to her Harlem apartment after hours, where she shared her musical discoveries. Melba Liston, another jazz giant with formidable trombone chops and stellar composing and arranging skills, was a younger sister of sorts to Mary Lou, who performed world-wide with the likes of Dizzy and Gerald Wilson. Both Mary Lou and Melba are far from household names - they've been hidden in plain sight - because they were women.

A jazz performance group that places African American women up front, Mary Lou's Apartment presents compositions and arrangements that have been overlooked - great music that's endlessly contemporary, soulful and fun.

Be on hand as Mary Lou's Apartment takes flight for its major venue maiden voyage. Come on over to the Apartment!

Mary Lou's Apartment is:
Mwamba Blakwomyn, bass and co-leader
Pat Mullan, trombone and co-leader
Georgianna Krieger, alto sax
Nzingah Smith, alto sax
Barbara Hunter, tenor sax
Jonnette Newton, bari sax
Rachel Doolittle, trumpet
Candace Sanderson, trumpet
Angela Wellman, trombone and banjo
Debra Temple, piano
Jennifer Trowbridge, guitar
Joyce Baker, drums
Renaye Brown, percussion
Deborah Tisdale, vocals
Dr. Christy Dana, musical consultant

Click the text below to hear Mary Lou's Apartment recordings

*SHAFI - Mary Lou's Apartment - composed and arranged by Mary Lou Williams

*BEN LOVES LU - Mary Lou's Apartment - composed and arranged by Melba Liston

*Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Heidi Trefethen

May 6, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Hillbillies from Mars: a benefit concert for Matt Garber

The Hillbillies from Mars revisit the Earth to play a concert to benefit Matt Garber, whose heart attack in December and subsequent home care have left him and his family with a pile of bills.

Based in the Bay Area, the Hillbillies from Mars have been rocking out in the traditional music and dance scene since 1982. Drawing from Appalachian, Canadian, Celtic, and European repertoire, their trademark sound features powerful fiddling interwoven with mandolin, flute, accordion, and bagpipes, all with rock-solid polyrhythmic backup. Individually, the Hillbillies have studied the traditional music of many cultures, and they bring together these influences, along with their own roots of contemporary American music, to perform music that is as soulful as it is unique. Their concerts include songs, stories, and always a few surprises.

The Hillbillies are:
Ray Bierl: fiddle, guitar
Kevin Carr: fiddle, bagpipes, accordion
Paul Kotapish: mandolin, guitar
Daniel Steinberg: piano, flute, banjo"This band could probably get dead people to dance." - Danny Carnahan, Roots & Rhythm

"I don't think there is a band quite like the 'Billies in this country, nay, in the world. The Hillbillies impart their sense of fun with music and the music is eminently danceable." - Kerry Blech, The Old Time Herald

Tickets are $15 and additional donations are warmly welcomed. 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).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808.

May 6, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Praise Band --- Coro Ciconia

Coro Ciconia
Asher Davison, Director

Praise Band

Musical paeans rarely damn with faint praise. Our spring program is organized around Du Fay's joyous late Ave Regina cælorum Mass setting, a self-parody which takes his immodest motet even a step further in mingling abject piety with a plea for his own immortal soul. Along the way, Ockeghem's rondeau D'un autre amer insists that self-subjugation to courtly love protects one's honor; Josquin writs this stance large by quoting the chanson while extolling the divine in his Tu solus qui facis mirabilia. We next pair Machaut's rarely sung, nearly textless Hoquetus (to King David) with his effusive Biauté parée de valour, an ode to the patroness the mere thought of whom sustains him. Obrecht's flamboyant setting of the Magnificat aptly renders unto all the Marian trust in the divine; Landini's isorhythmic motet, the homage-piece Sì dolce non sonò, honors the great composer de Vitry as seemingly mythological in stature. Finally, Ciconia's O felix templum conjures a stuffy fanfare to a bishop into a playful romp, while his Una Panthera shamelessly flatters a visiting noble from Lucca by depicting him as the armored leopard who cofounded that city along with, obviously, Mars.

Singers: Cheryl Koehler, Dorothy Manly, Jean McAneny, Ralph Prince, Scott Robinson, Helen Wolfe-Visnick

[Program to be repeated as part of the BFX Fringe at 2pm, Tuesday, June 5, at the Berkeley City Club.]
Suggested donations at the door: $20 general, $15 senior, $10 student
For information: 818-331-7504

May 6, 7pm to 9pm, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 1823 9th Street, Berkeley

TAO: Drum Heart

In its latest production, the riveting Japanese taiko troupe TAO brings the centuries-old art form into the present moment with explosive drumming, innovative choreography, and compelling storytelling. For Drum Heart, TAO has collaborated with award-winning Broadway director Amon Miyamoto (Pacific Overtures) to weave the powerful movement of the drummers into a fantastical storyline about the redemptive power of music. TAO's athletic musicians, in stunning costumes and makeup, are joined onstage by bunraku-style puppets, set against breathtaking lighting and set design.
$32-$74. 642-9988. cal

May 6, 7pm to 9pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

MUSA:   "The Birth of the [String] Symphony"

Resonance favorite MUSA showcases the birth of the symphony with works for strings by C.P.E. Bach, Johann Stamitz and the young Felix Mendelssohn!

May 6, 7pm to 9pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


A searing exposé of the collusion between central bankers as they control global markets and dictate economic policy...

The 2008 financial crisis unleashed a chain reaction that turbo-boosted the influence of central Bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order. Central banks and institutions like the IMF are overstepping the bounds of their mandates and directing the flow of money without any checks or balances. Meanwhile, the open door between private and central banking ensures endless manipulation against a backdrop of government support. Packed with details about the power players who orchestrate international finance-from Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi to Ben Bernanke and Christine Lagarde-Collusion casts an unflinching spotlight on the dark conspiracies and unsavory connections within the halls of power.

"Prins is that rare combination of real-world expertise, scholarly method, and a brilliant writing style. Collusion is urgent and timely. A must-read for savers, students, journalists, and public officials." - James Rickards, bestselling author of Currency Wars

Praise for Nomi Prins' earlier book, All the Presidents' Bankers:
"Nomi Prins follows the money. She used to work on Wall Street. And now she has written a seminal history of America's bankers and their symbiotic relationship with all the presidents from Teddy Roosevelt through Barack Obama. It is an astonishing tale. "All the Presidents Bankers relies on the presidential archives to reveal how power works in this American Democracy. Prins writes in the tradition of C. Wright Mills, Richard Rovere and William Greider. Her book is a stunning contribution to the history of the American Establishment." - Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer

Vylma V is a Puerto Rican activist, human rights attorney, and former deputy public defender in Santa Clara County. On KPFA Radio, she is the DJ for the Music Show, Ritmo (2nd Saturdays), a frequent sub for The Talkies, and a La Raza Chronicles' producer. She is also the executive producer of Goddess on the Radio, a feminist spirituality program which airs on KPFB 89.3 every Saturday at 2pm.

advance tickets: $12 : :: T: 800-838-3006
or Pegasus (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's $15 door
KPFA benefit

May 6, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

Descendents, Radkey, Audio Karate

The Descendents are also known as "the fathers of pop punk." No, really - this isn't an overstatement.

Spend ten minutes scanning FM or the idiot box and you're bound to witness a ditty or video that tips its hat to a musical genre that was refined to a high art -- if not created outright -- by the 'Dents. Formed in 1978 against the fertile musical backdrop of Los Angeles' South Bay scene (see: Black Flag, Minutemen, SST Records, etc.), the caffeine-addled crew released their first 7" single "Ride The Wild" as a trio in 1979. Not long after, the boys recruited one Milo Aukerman (microbiology Ph.D. in waiting and poster boy for adolescent ne'er-do-well alienation) for vocal duties.

Milo's fervent mic delivery coupled with his knack for hitting the lyrical nail on its heartrending head plunged him headfirst into the band's fold, and together they released the "FAT" EP in 1981. 1982 saw the release of the stellar "Milo Goes To College," a penultimate fusion of hooks and heartache which inspired the LA Times to write, "perfect for the little guy who was ever called a nerd and never got the girl... (its) earthy humor conveys what is often an inarticulate rage". And Milo really did go to college, leaving the practice room for the hallowed halls of higher education. Drummer Bill Stevenson went on to beat the skins for Black Flag while the guys temporarily hung up the DESCENDENTS moniker, only to reunite with Aukerman for 1985's "I Don't Want To Grow Up" and 1986's "Enjoy!"

The two releases comprise the perfect case study in the dualistic, yin/yang nature of the band's output. While the former is a veritable user's manual for post-pubescent angst, sizing up the themes of life, love, and uncertainty with infectious wit and dizzying energy, the latter is perhaps most notable for its testaments to the, umm... follies of flatulence. Their cover of the Beach Boy's "Wendy" on "Enjoy!" is at once familiar and revelatory, the perfect amalgam of pop sensibilities and punk execution that would earn them fans the world over.

With the introduction of new members Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton on bass and guitar respectively, the release of 1987's "ALL" full-length saw a band that had truly come into its own. While the tongue in cheek delivery remained intact, the music had become at once visceral and from the gut, a complex balance of straightforward delivery ("Clean Sheets", "Coolidge") and fringe-y, free jam inflections ("Schizophrenia", "Uranus"). The band toured incessantly throughout the mid and late '80s; all that time on the road paid off in spades in the form of two live albums, "Liveage!" and "Hallraker." And then Milo went back to college. The extant members went on to form the band ALL with ex-Dag Nasty vocalist Dave Smalley, continuing their prodigious musical output while maintaining a hectic tour schedule. It was not until 1996 that we'd see another DESCENDENTS release with "Everything Sucks," a perfect return to the pop punk form that the band had become known for.

Fast forward to 2003, and lo and behold, the DESCENDENTS are back in the saddle with two new efforts slated for the release in 2004: a four song EP entitled "'Merican," and a bona fide full-length LP's worth of new material that goes by the name "Cool To Be You." Seeing as how punk is now a household name, and the ubiquitous "girl song" milieu infests the airwaves, will the DESCENDENTS reclaim their title as Kings of the Lovelorn Anthem? Only time will tell, but this much is certain: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the DESCENDENTS must go to sleep with flushed cheeks every night of the week.

Radkey is a punk band from St. Joseph, Missouri that is made up of three brothers. Dee Radke is the lead guitarist and vocalist, Isaiah is the bass player and middle brother, and Solomon is the drummer and youngest brother. In late 2014, the band relocated to the nearby metropolis of Kansas City.

Audio Karate
We formed in the mid 90s under the name "The Goonz" and changed our name upon signing to Kung Fu Records in 2001. (We got "Audio Karate" from a comment made in an interview by a member of the band No Knife.)

In 2002, we released Space Camp (produced by Trever Keith of Face to Face) and toured heavily. Our single, "Nintendo '89," even made its way onto MTV and Fuse. (We still have no idea how that happened.) In 2004, we played a leg of the Vans Warped Tour and released our follow-up record, Lady Melody (produced by Bill Stevenson of Descendents).

We went on hiatus in 2006, with members pursuing other musical projects, including the band Indian School, which features 3/4 of AK. Fast-forward to 2018: We're back, and we have a special reissue of Space Camp on vinyl thanks to Wiretap Records and Hidden Home Records.


May 6, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Carter Reeves, Abhi the Nomad

May 6, 8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Carter Reeves, Abhi the Nomad

May 6, 8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704