Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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 19, 12 midnight, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

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 19, 12 midnight, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

May 19, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,


Storytime presents local author & illustrator Devika Joglekar for a reading of her delightful new picture book, I Am Your Favorite, Right? (Ages 3+)

Tutu loved coloring the animals in his coloring book. One day, the coloring book, the animals in the book, and Tutu's crayons had a big disagreement. They argued about being Tutu's favorite. They all came up with a plan to settle their argument. What was that plan? Who, after all, was Tutu's favorite? Through illustrations and simple text, this story teaches kids about the importance of working together.

May 19, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Deanna Badizadegan

May 19, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

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

May 19, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Eclair de Lune

May 19, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

A Rare Serenade --- Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble A Rare Serenade

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble's 25th anniversary season comes to a celebratory close with A Rare Serenade, featuring Schoenberg's Serenade Op. 24. Scored for guitar, mandolin, two clarinets, strings, and baritone, this rarely performed piece is brilliant and expressive. Infusing the light-hearted serenade form with a modern piquant flavor, this serenade exploits the talents of the impressive Left Coast Chamber Ensemble players and talented guest performers from the Bay Area and beyond. Longtime LCCE members Anna Presler (violin), Phyllis Kamrin (viola) and Leighton Fong (cello), along with guest Dana Rath (mandolin) make up the string section. Left Coast's clarinetist Jerome Simas is joined by guest artist Jeff Anderle as bass clarinet, with Left Coast's Michael Goldberg on guitar and guest baritone Josh Quinn.

A concert of serenades traditionally ushers in long summer evenings. In keeping with that tradition, LCCE's spring concert also features a serenade by Schoenberg's student Sándor Jemnitz and a world premiere by Bay Area composer Nicolas Lell Benavides.

Benavides' new piece, Serenade for Small Ensemble, is composed for Left Coast Chamber Ensemble members Anna Presler (violin), Phyllis Kamrin (viola), Leighton Fong (cello), and Michael Goldberg (guitar). Benavides' music has been described as "wonderfully structured and harmonically imaginative..." (Brian Rosen, Music vs Theater) and "... sadly reflective... not a note was wasted" (Jeff Dunn, San Francisco Classical Voice).

An accomplished emerging composer, Mr. Benavides also serves as Left Coast's managing director. "I was honored when the board asked if I'd write something to commemorate Left Coast's 25th season, and it's been a joy to contribute," said Benavides. "This piece, for string trio and guitar, is a serenade in a very loose sense. It's meant to be a nightcap for the season." Benavides goes on to explain the new work is not only a tribute to the Ensemble's 25 years, but also pays homage to his own past and the love of music handed down to him from his grandfathers. "This year has been full of a number of changes for me, but importantly I'm using this opportunity as a chance to revisit my upbringing in New Mexico. There are threads and occasional references to folk music from that region as a tribute to my two grandfathers who loved music very much. One of them taught me to play rancheras and corridos by ear as a young child, and the other inspired me through his own journey to Oakland from Albuquerque as a teenager, when he pursued a social life full of dancing to any type of popular music before being drafted." As LCCE's 25th anniversary season comes to a close, it is fitting that Benavides' loose serenade draws from past to give a nod toward the future.

Price Range: $15 to $35
Tickets: 415-617-5223

May 19, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

A Rare Serenade

A Rare Serenade
Sándor Jemnitz Trio for Violin, Viola, and Guitar
Nicolas Lell Benavides Rinconcito for Small Ensemble WORLD PREMIERE
Arnold Schoenberg Serenade for Baritone and Seven Players

A rare live performance of Arnold Schoenberg's Serenade, a witty and deeply satisfying work for guitar, mandolin, two clarinets, strings and baritone.

Doors open a half hour before concerts. Open seating.

Anna Presler, violin
Phyllis Kamrin, viola
Leighton Fong, cello
Jerome Simas, clarinet

May 19, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley

The Free Radicals

Making their Jup debut, The Free Radicals are a jazz quartet from the Sierra Foothills who play regularly in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. They play a driving style of jazz, ranging from swing and bebop, to latin and fusion. The band includes Josh Lewicki on trumpet, Luke Dunn on guitar, Steve Hayward on drums and special guest Anthony Delaney, a dual citizen of the East Bay and Murphys, CA on bass. The Free Radicals second CD, "New and Improved," is due to be released in this month.

May 19, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Big Band Jazz Night: The Morchestra with Nicolas Bearde

Doors open at 7:30pm / Performances at 8pm
Admission: $15 Advance / $20 at the Door
La Peña presents: Big Band Jazz Night!
The Morchestra Jazz Ensemble, with special guest, Nicolas Bearde
The Morchestra is a Berkeley-based jazz orchestra that plays big band jazz filtered through the mind of arranger and composer Tony Corman, a mid-century East Coaster long resident in the Bay Area. The players in the band are Bay Area stalwarts, fine professionals all, and the material is a rich mix of standards. The spirit is one of sophisticated fun, enjoyable for both the deeply initiated jazz listener and civilians who simply love music in all its positive manifestations.
Our special guest, the amazing vocalist Nicolas Bearde, is a Bay Area treasure who has performed all over the world with an amazing cast of other jazz greats. All About Jazz magazine says: “Bearde’s soulful and affecting baritone sits atop these impeccably tailored arrangements of sterling standards, the resul (View Full Event Description Here:

May 19, 8pm to 9:30pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Keeper Keeper

The finale. Keeper Keeper will be completing out "residency"/invasion of the Bay Area with a killer sat night show featuring Reisender and Blurred Out with Palm Fire closing it out! Come see us!

May 19, 8pm to 11:55pm, The Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave


May 19, 8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

Yolandra Rhodes, Rod James

Newly-signed Sony Music/MPRE/Orchard Records recording artist Yolandra Rhodes is a Jazz songstress, uniquely interpreting works by jazz visionaries such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Rachelle Farrell.

She has performed with both local and nationally-known performers, including Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes at Kimball's East, where she brought down the house with her interpretation of Sharon Paige's "I Hope That We Can Be Together Soon."

Other appearances include Yoshi's, The 57th Street Gallery, The Fenix and Geoffrey's Inner Circle, and she has sung our country's National anthem at Golden State Warriors games and for the U.S. soccer team.

Rod James is a native of San Francisco who began performing in local clubs with several vocal groups in the mid-'60s. In the '70s, he joined Talk of da Town singing a cappella and has performed in the U.S. and Europe.

In 2002 he became a member of the iconic group Natural Four, performing with them at the Monterey Blues Festival, the Jimi Hendrix Experience in Seattle, the City of Oakland's 150th Birthday Celebration, and Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco. Recently, Rod expanded his vocal chops to include his passion for Jazz, as he's currently attending the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. If you like the smooth baritone of Johnny Hartman, Gregory Porter and Will Downing, you're going to love RodJ's style!

Tickets are $15 until May 1, then will be $20, and are available in advance at the link below, or 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 19, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Molly Tuttle Band, Phantoms of the High Country, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: $30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

May 19, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley

The Inside Men

May 19, 8pm to 10pm,