Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

May 18, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Siona's Tale with Barbara A Liepe

At a time when ignoring scientific facts may have terrible consequences for future generations there is an unmet need to encourage scientific literacy and wonder. Siona's Tale achieves a rare feat in literature, combining both science and fiction with a simple story line and big concepts, as Siona's desperate quest to save what she loves the most-her tail-delivers a destiny much greater than herself. The story captures the tantalizing transformations in self-discovery and understanding, while concurrently exploring the grandest experiment of all-life.

Since Barbara A Liepe was a teenager she has been captivated by the natural world and earned her PhD at the University of California, at Berkeley focused on fish photoreceptors. She has authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She is currently a sales representative in the life sciences. She and her husband, Frank, live in Berkeley, California, and have three children.

Maddie Kathleen is a freelance illustrator specializing in comics and concept art. She graduated in 2017 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and loves designing fantastical worlds and characters. She lives in Berkeley, California.

May 18, 6pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

The Artichoke Hearts

The Artichoke Hearts (Helen Orzel, piano & Susanna Porte, cello, with Jodi Durst, bass, and Malcolm Stanwood Schuster, drums) met at the California Jazz Conservatory in 2014, and have been playing jazz standards & originals at local cafés and small concert venues ever since. Helen & Susanna come from a classical music background, while Jodi & Malcolm have years of experience with rock bands. Together, their sound is sophisticated and sonorous, and always gets audiences tapping their toes.

May 18, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Buddhist Squirrels

May 18, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Gnarboots // Juicy Karkass // Ground Score (PDX) + more!

Fun times at 924 Gilman as Juicy Karkass returns with Ground Score from Portland!

Local Support by:

Dun Bin Had
Doc & the Parasites
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Ground Score
Musician/Band   Portland, Oregon
Overly experienced DIY Punk Rock from Portland Oregon.
Juicy Karkass
The hardest working rapper in punk.

Doc & the Parasites
We are Doc and the Parasites, a San Francisco based hardcore punk shitshow coming to a public restroom or community run porn shop near you. Fuck Off Hippie

Religious Organization
Gnarboots is a dynamic, formless entity of musical non-conformity. We don't practice, and anything goes.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
F.A.S is a punk band based out of San Francisco, specializing in spaghetti, smooth jazz, and beer.

$10 Advance
$12 Door (Cash Only)
+$2 Membership (required; good for one year!)
All Ages
7 PM
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

May 18, 7pm to 5/18 12 midnight, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

David Ulrich

David Ulrich presents Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice of Photography, an unprecedented photography practice that guides you to the creativity at your our fingertips, calling for nothing more than your vision and any camera, even the one embedded in your phone.

"Zen Camera is to photographers what The Artist's Way is to writers. This master class in creativity deserves a place in your home."--Create with Joy

David Ulrich draws on the principles of Zen practice as well as forty years of teaching photography to offer six profound lessons for developing your self-expression. Doing for photography what The Artist's Way and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain did for their respective crafts, Zen Camera encourages you to build a visual journaling practice called your Daily Record in which photography can become a path of self-discovery. Beautifully illustrated with 83 photographs, its insights into the nature of seeing, art, and personal growth allow you to create photographs that are beautiful, meaningful, and uniquely your own.

You'll ultimately learn to change the way you interact with technology--transforming it into a way to uncover your innate power of attention and mindfulness, to see creatively, and to live authentically.

David Ulrich is a professor and co-director of Pacific New Media Foundation in Honolulu, Hawai'i. He teaches frequent classes and workshops, and is an active photographer and writer whose work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Manoa, and Sierra Club publications. Ulrich's photographs have been exhibited internationally in more than 75 one-person and group exhibitions. He blogs about creativity and consciousness at, and is a consulting editor for Parabola magazine. Visit his website at:

May 18, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Avenue Berkeley

The Dylan-Kerouac Connection

Celebrate Bob Dylan's birthday.
Former Rolling Stone Senior Writer/ West Coast Music Editor Michael Goldberg and acclaimed Bay Area singer/guitarist Johnny Harper will be collaborating on a night of words about and music by Bob Dylan.
Goldberg will read from his new essay, "Bob Dylan's Beat Visions (Sonic Poetry)," which has just been published in the book "Kerouac On Record" (Bloomsbury). Harper will perform exciting solo versions of "Desolation Row," "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," Mr. Tambourine Man," "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall," "Like a Rolling Stone" and more!
The two set evening will begin at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Goldberg's essay focuses on how Jack Kerouac and other Beat writers had a profound influence on the songwriting of Bob Dylan. In reviewing "Kerouac On Record," Mojo magazine wrote: "Among the strongest in a strong lot are Michael Goldberg's examination of Dylan's lit roots and Kerouac's own musicological piece - `The Beginning Of Bop' - that attempts to capture jazz in words - and succeeds."
Johnny Harper is a well-known Bay Area singer, lead guitarist, songwriter, bandleader, arranger, and producer of recordings and concerts.
Harper has been known, for many years, for leading rockin' bands (Johnny Harper & Carnival and the earlier Hot Links) specializing in the joyous, upbeat, and funky New Orleans R&B sound - the music of artists like Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, the Meters/ Neville Brothers, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and many more. He lived in New Orleans for several years at one point, soaking up the Crescent City's magic first-hand.
In addition to his work in bands, Johnny is a powerful solo performer, accompanying himself in complex lead/rhythm and finger-picking styles on electric and acoustic guitars. He is a veteran performer in a wider range of American roots music styles - blues and gospel, vintage rock and classic country, R&B/ soul, traditional and contemporary folk, and more. He is an expert on the music of The Band, and knows over 100 Bob Dylan songs! And he is a born storyteller whose comments on the music are by turns moving and highly entertaining.
Suggested donation: $15.00 - $25.00

May 18, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, The Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Joe Kye with Joseph's Bones

Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, violinist- looper and vocalist Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013, "discharging world[s] of emotion" and delivering "divine messages" with his lush string loops and eclectic style (Guitar World). Drawing upon his migrant upbringing, Kye blends indie-rock, jazz, classical, pop, and world folk to create a unique sound that "leaves everyone in awe" (Sac News and Review). With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners: "A single mesmerizing symphony" (Sacramento Bee).

After studying music and culture at Yale University, Kye left a career as a high school educator to pursue music full-time. Following the release of his acclaimed 2015 EP, Joseph in the Well, Kye toured the United States with performances opening for world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, along with a nationally broadcast performance on NPR's Science Friday. He has been a keynote speaker for Multicultural Week at the Urban School of SF and worked with the United Methodist Church's General Commission on Religion and Race.

Kye is currently touring in support of his new album, Migrants, released in January 2018. Featured on BBC World News, PRI's The World, and LA's Music Friday Live, the new record has been praised as "lovely and nimble" and "delightfully unique."

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

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

Sang Matiz

Sounding like The Gypsy Kings and Jamiroquai had a baby in South America, Sang Matiz kicks off the spring season with an exotic mix of Afro-Brazilian/Peruvian rhythms fused with Funk and R&B. With musicians from around the Bay Area, they have found their zone of high energy vibrant sounds from South America and the US; a contagious New Beat to waken your inner self and exposing your deepest emotions. Sang Matiz has come a long way perfecting a combination of styles that can only be described as danceable, catchy, fast, syncopated melodies with some rap and Afro-rhythms combined with flamenco guitar finger-style picking.

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

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here:

May 18, 8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Kayoko Tachibana CD Release Concert, A Tribute to Nori Tachibana

Kayoko Tachibana and special guest Yutaka Hosoi (from Tokyo) invite you to celebrate the release of her new CD, S-M-I-L-ing Face, a tribute to her late husband Nori Tachibana. They will be joined by Berkeley Jazz guitarist Hideo Date, as well as Morgan Maudiere on piano, Gave Case on bass, and Natsuhiro Maruyama on drums.

Kayoko will be singing her original songs from her recent album, along with Jazz and Bossa Nova standards for this special evening.

Kayoko Tachibana is an El Cerrito-based vocalist, artist, and jeweler with a humble mission: to celebrate love through music. She was born in Fukuoka, Japan, where she first developed her passion for music. She listened to The Carpenters, Lita Coolidge, Carol Bayer Sager, Sergio Mendes, and many movie soundtracks in her youth. She started creating original songs with a friend in high school.

In her first year at Fukuoka University of Education, she met her beloved husband Nori Tachibana through a band: Kayoko as their new lead vocalist and Nori as their lead guitarist. They soon began composing music together and began participating in and won many amateur song contests in the late 1970s. After some member changes, they formed the legendary Fukuoka band Kaja (pronounced "Kaya"), who won the "Best Song Award" at the 19th Annual Yamaha Popular Song Contest and then performed at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo in 1980.

In 1981, Kaja professionally debuted two single records before the group disbanded. In 1983, Nori and Kayoko got married and she gave birth to their only child, Misao, in Tokyo in 1987. Nori, Kayoko, and Misao moved to Brooklyn, NY, in 1989, before settling in San Francisco in 1992. Following their artistic passions, they started a jewelry business called Kayoko Designs, crafting and selling jewelry throughout the Bay Area, while Nori continued developing his music, recording three CDs in recent years.

This beautiful life was upended suddenly on May 21, 2015, when Nori unexpectedly passed away in his sleep. He was 60 years old. Over the next two and a half years, Kayoko's passion for music would blossom as a way to celebrate the memory of her husband. In her first solo album, S-M-I-L-ing Face, Kayoko pays tribute to the life of her beloved husband, with original lyrics in Japanese and guitar recordings from Nori's life, including their unpublished songs written almost 38 year ago. The title song was written just before Nori's passing, and this album reveals Kayoko's unique voice as an emotional and soul-stirring artist.

S-M-I-L-ing Face is not only a celebration of Nori's music, and not just a tribute to his memory, but a deep expression of the love they shared and a statement about the love that continues to connect them now, even though they are currently separated by time and space. Kayoko's voice is gentle, soothing, soft, and sultry - an absolute salve to the soul.

Yutaka Hosoi is a Japanese arranger/composer/multi-instrumentalist who provided Kayoko the support needed to create this loving tribute, and is the founding member of Sentimental City Romance, the longest-running rock band in Japan, celebrating its' 45th anniversary this year.

Tickets are $15 general admission and 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. Thank you for your support!

May 18, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with Molly Tuttle, Sean Watkins

with the Bee Eaters, Crying Uncle Sean Watkins, Fog Holler (on the Gallery Stage) Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: $30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

May 18, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Chris Cornell Tribute Celebrating his Music and Life

Chris Cornell Tribute, Rusty Chains, Corduroy (A Pearl Jam Tribute), Ryan Quinn

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

Jaz Clemente and Kuckaw!

Jaz Clemente Mixing East Bay Funk, AfroLatin Soul, and nuDisco, riding the edges of analog and electronic, and spreading a message of resistance, hope, and love.

Bay Area funk powerhouse, Kuckaw!, assembled with one goal in mind: to simultaneously stimulate brain and booty alike. Influenced by artists such as Herbie Hancock, Orgone, Snarky Puppy, and Jamiroquai, Kuckaw!'s sound melds the driving, heavy rhythms of 70âe²s funk with the hypnotic, interlocking essence of Afrobeat, a touch of disco, and the wild abandon of a Zappa-esk musical odyssey. Hailing from the great city of Oakland, California, this heavy hitting ensemble features members and collaborators of Albino! - Heavy Heavy Afrobeat, Dynamic, Victor Little's Big Hit [of Booker T], Jazz Mafia, Ernest Ranglin, and Soji & The Afrobeat Band [of Fela Kuti], among many others. Keep an ear out for this burgeoning ensemble, bringing the funk to a location near you!

May 18, 9pm to 5/18 12 midnight, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave