Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Skerik is an American saxophonist from Seattle, Washington. Performing on the tenor and baritone saxophone, often with electronics and loops, he is a pioneer in a playing style that has been called saxophonics.

Skerik has toured with: Roger Waters, Fred Wesley, Les Claypool, Critters Buggin, Sadhappy, Beta Popes, Syncopated Taint Septet, Garage a Trois, Stanton Moore, Mike Clark, Headhunters, Robert Walter, Ponga, Wayne Horvitz 4+1 ensemble, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Bobby Previte's Coalition of the Willing, New York Composer's Orchestra, Galactic, Tuatara, Mark Eitzel, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Dead Kenny G's, Black Frames, Maelstrom Trio, Master Musicians of Jajouka. ILLUMINASTI TRIO, Master Musicians of Bukkake.
General Price $10.00
Senior Price $5.00
Student Price $5.00

May 22, 8am to 10am, CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley, CA

SF Medicine Ball


May 22, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Nature of Music: Michael Pisaro --- Other Minds

Michael Pisaro is a composer and guitarist, and a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble. Hi is also a member of the composition faculty at CalArts in Valencia, CA. He has written over 80 works for a wide variety of instrumental combinations, including several pieces for variable instrumentation. A particularly large category of his music is solo works, notably a series of 36 pieces (grouped into 6 longer works) for the three-year, 156-concert series organized by Carlo Inderhees at the Zionskirche in Berlin-Mitte from 1997-1999. Another solo piece, pi (1-2594), was performed in installments by the composer on 15 selected days in February, 1999, in Evanston, Illinois, and in Düsseldorf in 2000-2001.

His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues. It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days festivals (Copenhagen,1996; Manchester, 1998) and has also been part of festivals in Hong Kong (ICMC, 1998), Vienna (Wien Modern,1997), Aspen (1991) and Chicago (New Music Chicago, 1990, 1991). He has had extended composer residencies in Germany (Künstlerhof Schreyahn), Switzerland (Forumclaque/Baden), Israel (Miskenot Sha'ananmim), Greece (EarTalk) and in the U.S. (Birch Creek Music Festival/ Wisconsin). Concert length portraits of his music have been given in Munich, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Vienna, Brussels, Curitiba (Brazil), Berlin, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Zürich, and Cologne.

Most of his music of the last several years is published by Timescaper Music (Germany). Two CDs of his work have been released by Edition Wandelweiser Records. He has performed many of his own works and those of close associates Antoine Beuger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey and Manfred Werder, and works from the American experimental tradition, especially John Cage, Christian Wolff, Robert Ashley and George Brecht.

For The Nature of Music series, Mr. Pisaro will perform and discuss two compositions, both involving field recording and live playback.

Price Range: $12-$15
Tickets: 415-934-8134

May 22, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

May 22, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley Middle School Jazz Night

Joshua Redman, Charlie Hunter, Benny Green, and Peter Apfelbaum are just a few of the extraordinary jazz musicians to emerge from Berkeley schools. Tonight is your chance to catch some future stars-middle school musicians from King, Longfellow, and Willard middle schools playing the Freight stage!

May 22, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Brian Moran Trio

May 22, 7pm to 9pm,

Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Mitch Polzak and The Royal Deuces were founded in California in 1999, and have been entertaining audiences worldwide with their highly original sound and show ever since. The three-piece band, fronted by Polzak on Guitar and vocals, play a wide representation of American Roots Music from Rockabilly to Honky Tonk. Polzak's showmanship, as well as his diverse background in multiple genres (including Cajun, Bluegrass and Surf), contributes to what sets his sound and show apart from other bands.

Mitch is known for his ability to engage, connect with and entertain an audience. He is currently the Mayor of his small town, Port Costa, California; so in addition to commanding respect as a musician and performer, he's also a revered elected public official in his current hometown!

Mitch Polzak plays about 200 shows a year, and is completely committed to his career path as a working musician, with the goal of taking his show to larger audiences around the world this year. He's known for his energetic shows, which he creates without a set list, basing them on audience reactions and building energy in the room. He gives each show 100 percent, and is also known to perform for several hours straight without breaks.

Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces is made up of a variety of experienced veteran musicians. His core players are Hank Maninger (bass) and Les James (drums). Mitch says, "The idea of a three piece band excites me, as every member has to pull their weight..." He plays so many gigs that in addition to his core players, he also has back up players: Joe Kyle Jr., Ken Owen, Jimmy Touzel and Timothy Orr-- for the occasions that he needs them.

Mitch Polzak & The Royal Deuces have played so far in the U.S., Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic; and he looks forward to taking his music to more parts of the world. He just finished his new release, Two Sides to Every Story, which he's ready to share with audiences. The release is unique, being a dual CD, one disc has vocals and the other all instrumentals.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Cheryl McBride
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

May 22, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Scott Larson Trio

Taking over the Tuesday Jazzidency for May, Scott Larson is a trombonist, arranger, composer and bandleader who has performed in the Bay Area for over two decades. He dabbles in a variety of genres of music, and has played with such jazz legends as Ray Brown, Smith Dobson, Bill Berry, Maria Muldaur, Dizzy Gillespie and Marcus Shelby. He currently leads the bands Franco Nero, Lucky 7, and the Scott Larson Quintet and Trio.

May 22, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Garden

The Garden is a constantly evolving, conceptual punk band based in Orange County, California.
Established in in 2011 by twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, the band consistently defies categorization and continues to break ground in their self inflicted `Vada Vada' genre*.
They are the auditory invaders of the new world; borderless, informed and decentralized, slick sound released from constraint and old ideologies.

*Vada Vada: An idea that represents pure creative expression, that disregards all previously made genres and ideals.- Wyatt Shears, 2015

The twins draw inspiration from a background in punk classicism but remain unfettered and unselfconscious enough to infuse elements of 90s hip hop and big beat electronica.
The Garden is the intellectual refute to critics of the post modern, pantheistic generation of music listener with an equal dose of punk irreverence and undistilled fury.

Their two-piece bass and drums essence is dirty, raw and very immediate but equally nuanced with echoes of the hive mind of the Vadaverse, the ephemeral architecture that exists both inside and outside of the duo that the listener enters and never quite escapes.
Together the twins are an acidic concoction; unstable, sexy and probably toxic.

The Garden's shows are experiential, as powerful and philosophically confounding as they are glib and tricksy.
There never is any time for explanations, only a sense of urgency and a rapid spiral into their parallel world.
To be seduced and ensnared by mirror-image raconteurs, operating an addictive carnival ride of sound and movement that stops as abruptly as it starts, is a close approximation of The Garden experience.

May 22, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704