May 29, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends perform six small-ensemble pieces written by living composers from San Francisco, Hamburg, and Shanghai.
May 29, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley
Freight Open Mic
The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission. Also, for this evening's open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not "first-come, first-served."
Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
A lottery will be held shortly after doors at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30.
Admission is free for all.
Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.
Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.
BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.
Tune up, drop in, go on!
May 29, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
May 29, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley
Sold out, thank you!
May 29, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley
The Revelers, founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys - "unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance" - have joined together to form a Louisiana supergroup which combines swamp-sop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana.
As individuals, they are each in high demand having performed and recorded with T-Bone Burnett, Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, Walter Mouton, Mamadou Diabate, the Duhks, Cedric Watson, and Tim O'Brien, to name a few. As a group they play with a sense of empathy and depth that can only be fostered after years of making music together. They have all appeared on the 2011 season finale of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, and they also were handpicked by David Simon (producer/creator, The Wire) to be featured musicians for the third and fourth seasons of HBO's Tremé.
Long-time fans of the Red Stick Ramblers may find themselves very familiar with The Revelers: the powerful singing and songwriting of Chas Justus and Eric Frey, a mix of traditional Cajun and zydeco dance music, some of the swing that was such a strong focus of early RSR, the magical rhythm section chemistry of Glenn Fields and Eric Frey, and impressive musical virtuosity across the board.
Take what you know about the Red Sticks, add into the mix the crooning vocals of Glenn Fields, and the singing/songwriting of Blake Miller (founding member of the Pine Leaf Boys and unarguably the most prolific French songwriter coming out of Louisiana right now, the tightly arranged section of sax-fiddle-accordion, and you'll start to get The Revelers' picture.
The depth of this band has only developed from digging deeper into the dancehall traditions of Southwest Louisiana and emerging with an arsenal we call Louisiana Jukebox Music. Music critics are wont to categorize music into clear genre styles, but that's not really the way folk traditions develop - things are passed around, the lines are blurred - and particularly in a culture as unique as that of SW
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 $17 Advance / $20 at the Door
May 29, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
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 29, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley