Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

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


Ortiz, Hume, Simpson, and much more, the renaissance repertoire for the viol.
THE VIOLS: Peter Hallifax and Mary Prout, bass viols, with occasional surprise guests
Tickets available at the door.
Price: Free, donations gratefully accepted

Jun 2, 12 noon to 2pm, Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley

Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSEY to fight human trafficking - FIRST SHOW

Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSSEY to fight human trafficking

Beat Causes, working to make the world better - one cause at a time

Show 1: Rudy Colombini with Elexi, Mixsterious Djs, and DJ Lazyboy (All Ages)

Show 2: DJ Qbert with JE & Kendo of The Fresh Crew, DJ Lazyboy, Beatknoxx & Special performance by Elexi + Special Guests (Ages 18+)

Jun 2, 4pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra (an outreach program of Voices of Music) will perform its 2018 program "Harmony out of Chaos" to jump start the Berkeley Festival with an impressive array of recorders ranging in size from the tiny sopranino to the resonant sub-contrabass. The program highlights the beauty that can arise out of discord with music from the 14th century to the present. Represented are four living composers: Sasha Manning, Roy Sansom, Tom Bickley, and Sir Karl Jenkins, in addition to greats of the past: Machaut, Vivaldi, Handel, and Verdelot. Featured at this performance will be an original work composed for BCRO by guest conductor Tom Bickley.

The ORCHESTRA: Frances Feldon and Greta Haug-Hryciw, directors/conductors; Tom Bickley, guest conductor; Orchestra Members from the East Bay, North Bay, South Bay, San Francisco, and Sacramento areas: Britt Ascher, David Benefiel, Rachel Bradley, Mary Carrigan, Anja Crickmore, Lydia Fredkin, Nancy C. Grant, Kent Hanson, Jody Harcourt, Merlyn Katechis, Orion Keilholtz, Nancy Kesselring, Cindy Keune, Irv Kirschbaum, Jay Kreuzer, Dan Lapsansky, Dorothy Lyons, Susan Murphy Jaffe, Jack O'Neill, Lynn Quirolo, Mark Schiffer, Glen Shannon, Suzanne Siebert, Candace Simonen, Linda Skory, Darrell Staley, Bill Stewart, Steve Teel, and Priscilla Winslow. Price: $15 suggested donation

Jun 2, 4pm to 6pm, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

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

Jun 2, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Kati Kyme directs the 40-piece Berkeley Baroque Strings in a program of J.S. Bach and his sons.

Suite in g minor for Strings and Continuo --- W.F. Bach
Concerto in D Major op. 1, #6 for harpsichord and strings, John Phillips, soloist --- C. Bach
Concerto in C Major, Wq 182, 3 --- C.P.E. Bach
Orchestral Suite #3 in D Major, BWV 1068 --- J.S. Bach
Directed by Kati Kyme, Berkeley Baroque Strings is an amateur orchestra dedicated to playing in the baroque style. Since its inaugural concert in December 2013, the orchestra has played three concert sets every year, including at the Berkeley Festival Fringe concerts in 2014 and 2016. With each season the orchestra has grown, and now has over 40 members. Conductor Kati Kyme is well known as violinist and frequent leader with Philharmonia Baroque and the American Bach Soloists. Berkeley Baroque Strings is an official affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society.

Price: $20, students $10, children under 12 free

Jun 2, 5pm to 6pm, ST CLEMENT'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley

Dodge's Sundodgers

Jun 2, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

"Rapoport Remembered" is a musical meditation on Rapoport's Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s.

"Rapoport Remembered," is the brainchild of violin/vocals duo Hae Voces (Kristina Dutton and Majel Connery). "Rapoport Remembered" is a musical meditation on Rapoport's Anasazi Series, vivid color pencil drawings from the 1970s. Using live processing to construct massive shifting sonic textures, the duo brings the dynamism aof Rapoport's work back to life.

"Rapoport Remembered" is commissioned by the Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust, and supported by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation. It premieres June 1-2, 2018 at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, where Rapoport exhibited during her lifetime.

Jun 2, 7pm to 9pm, Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

StayOut/ UnitedDefiance/ TheWithdrawals/ Just Look Around/No Future

Stay Out
United Defiance
The Withdrawals
Just Look Around
No Future
Doors 7 $7 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Jun 2, 7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

A Cappella Jazz & Pop Concert --- Pacific Edge Voices

In June we continue our longstanding tradition of presenting original a cappella arrangements of the best jazz and pop tunes from all eras. Small and large ensembles bring their special interpretations of songs both well known and obscure.
This concert has sold out for the last three years.
Get your tickets early!
Price Range: $15-$35
Tickets: (415) 392-4400

Jun 2, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St, Berkeley

L'Esprit Baroqe A Tour of Italy

Tour Italy with your ears! Experience the newfound freedom of music in the Baroque era. Now that women were allowed into public performance of music, they began to take the stage as soloists and composers, like Barbara Strozzi. A woman's voice was now celebrated and in demand. Soloists came into focus as virtuosity became the only thing for a good time. Scarlatti, Geminiani, Platti and more took advantage of this newfound expressive tool. Borders between countries, emotions, performers, words, and music all become more porous as the rise of the soloist brings us through the different cities of Italy. Hear what singer-songwriters sounded like in the 1660s...
Trio Sonata "la Bergamasca" for two violins and continuo by Uccellini
"In un mar di pensieri" for soprano and continuo by Carissimi
Sonata in G Major for flute and continuo, op.6, no.2 by Platti
Ciaccona for violin and continuo by Bertali
"Idol mio bel tesoro" for soprano, flute, and continuo by Bononcini
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 no. 5 for cello and continuo by Geminiani
Sonata in F for recorder, strings and continuo by Scarlatti
"Hor che Apollo" by Strozzi

L'Esprit Baroque performs rarely-heard Baroque cantatas and chamber music for voices and period instruments in California and beyond. Our mission is to bring the amazing music of the Baroque era, and historical performance practice, to Orange County.
L'ESPRIT BAROQUE: Elysha Massatt, soprano; Sarah Vay Kerns, recorder and baroque flute; Joo Lee, baroque violin; Sylvia Schwartz, baroque violin; John Ott, baroque cello; Janice Massatt, historical keyboards
Price: Sliding scale $20-$10. None turned away for lack of funds. Additional donations welcomed.

Jun 2, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, University Lutheran Chapel, 2425 College Ave, Berkeley

Helen and Larry

Jun 2, 8pm to 10pm, Cafe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rising Appalachia, Dead Winter Carpenters, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional

SEVA'S 40th Anniversary

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Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life's work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.
Dead Winter Carpenters

Dead Winter Carpenter's have a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward `tell-it-like-it-is' alternative country, with an edge that is as hard-hitting as it is whimsical. Foot-stomping original tunes blended with the band's onstage presence highlighted by the vocal melodies and five part harmonies, ferocious fluidity of the fiddle, deep pounding thump and thud of the upright bass, country ramblings of the telecaster and acoustic guitars, and the driving drums all meld together to create an experience that is sure leave you wanting more...

The Sam Chase & The Untraditional
Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, Sam and his band whom he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional, blends rock n roll and folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes of growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. This band of berserkers has performed at festivals such as Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Sierra Music Festival, and Kate Wolf Music Festival. They are the heroes we need in these desperate times...

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$25.00 - $75.00

Jun 2, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Zigaboo Modeliste and the New Aahkesstra

Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend. The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy's creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades, inspiring many hip-hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of the internationally acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer and Dr. John, have garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among musicians and fans. Ziggy's style is unique. He is a master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming. Zigaboo's music consistently demonstrates his brilliance as the premier funk drummer of the contemporary era.


Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)

    Dance Floor Open!
    All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Jun 2, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Town Howlers Album Release Party @ The Starry Plough Pub

The Town Howlers will be celebrating the release of their debut album, "Alright Everbody! It's The Town Howlers".

The night will also feature:
Nashville Honeymoon (Americana/Country), a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s.

Niki and Tonya, from the now retired Old Belle, will be opening the show with beautiful bluegrass harmony singing and guitar picking.

Jun 2, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Album Release Party --- The Town Howlers and Nashville Honeymoon

The Town Howlers will be celebrating the release of their debut album, "Alright Everbody! It's The Town Howlers".

The night will also feature:
Nashville Honeymoon (Americana/Country), a modern reworking of the classic country sounds of the 50s and 60s.

Niki and Tonya, from the now retired Old Belle, will be opening the show with beautiful bluegrass harmony singing and guitar picking.

Jun 2, 8pm to 6/2 12 midnight, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Berkeley World Music Festival - Special Free Event

The Saturday night party at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, celebrates the Festival's 15th anniversary with an all-free cross-cultural concert performance of percussion of the feet and body from the world's great music traditions from Africa, Spain and the Americas.

Followed by a world dance party with DJ Corey Mason of World One Radio!


Yaelisa of Caminos Flamencos,

Mussell Rock clogging,

Chhandam School of Kathak,

Chinyakare Ensemble,

and Wang Dang Doodle (Keith Terry and Linda Tillery)
The Chinyakare Ensemble is a family of musicians, dancers and teachers committed to preserving and sharing traditional Zimbabwean culture, and promoting community building and education through music and dance. Chinyakare presents an electrifying performance of the traditional dance, music, and culture of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. The music (played on mbira, ngoma, marimbas, and chipendani), songs, and dance weave colorful stories that show scenes from everyday life. Chinyakare provides audiences with a glimpse of the beauty, excitement, and spirit of traditional African dance and song.

Mhande [mahn-deh] or Amajukwa [ah-mah-joo-kwah] Mhande or amajukwa is a dance to petition the ancestral spirits for plenty of rain. This usually takes place in October and November, the season of planting and the first rains of the growing season. Accompanied by ngoma, hosho and singing, dancers beat out fast-paced rhythms on the ground with magavhu (leg rattles) attached to their legs.

Chinyambera [chin-yahm-behr-uh] Chinyambera is a hunter's dance to bring families and communities together to dance, pray, honor, and give thanks and respect to the hunters, animals, and Mother Nature. When the hunters leave home, they do not know how far they will have to go or how long they will have to hunt before they can find something to bring back to their families, but they never give up. The dance reflects strong energies and changes of movements in a fast, slow, explosive and quiet pace that reminds us all that we live in a prayer.

Caminos Flamencos is a not-for-profit organization based in San Francisco, California, dedicated to bringing high quality arts and educational programs to diverse audiences throughout the United States. During the last twelve years,

Artistic Director, Yaelisa has spent extensive periods of time living and performing in Spain, presenting her choreography there and in the U.S. Her choreographies have been commissoned by several modern dance companies, including John Malashock & Company, Rose Polsky and Collage Dance Theatre. In 1995 she was one of 11 choreographers in Spain invited to present a piece at the prestigious Certamen de Coreografia in Madrid, and the only American choreographer chosen among them. In 1996 she returned to the U.S. where she continues to choreograph, develop and train dancers for her company. Creating innovative theatrical presentations has established her as a choreographer of merit; she is the recipient of an Emmy Award for Choreography in 1993 for the PBS program, "Desde Cadiz a Sevilla," and a Choreography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1996.

Mussell Rock Cloggers are a clogging performance group in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, founded and directed by internationally renowned Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and home to the Chitresh Das Dance Company, is the largest Indian classical dance institution in North America.

Dang Doodle -
Keith Terry and Linda Tillery
Linda Tillery and the The Cultural Heritage Choir is a Grammy © nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the musical traditions of the African Diaspora with particular emphasis on music of the Southern United States. We connect this music to its West African and Caribbean origins.

Since 1992, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, have become world renowned for their breathtaking performances and commitment to the authenticity of African-American roots music and music from the African diaspora. Their vocals are soulful and germane, their rhythms are a fusion of southern grit and carribean heat!!

The groups first collaboration with veteran performers Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb titled "Shakin' A Tailfeather," was nominated for a Grammy [1997] and their second collaborative effort "Hippity Hop," was awarded a Parents Choice Award (2000). The group's (2003) recording titled "Say Yo' Business", was nominated for a California Music Award.

If you would like to delve deeply into the diverse resources of African-American roots music and learn the tradition of call and response and the rhythms that drive this music and give it vitality, the Cultural Heritage Choir will teach you how to approach singing with the ears, eyes and the heart. Learn to sing Work Songs, Spirituals, Children's Play Songs, Field Hollers, Moans, Ring Shouts, Plantation Dances and a little bit of Bomba!

The cultural heritage choir is Linda Tillery, Rhonda Benin, Tammi Brown, Bryan Dyer, Zoe Ellis and Javier Navarrette.

- Using any surface for its rhythmic possibilities, Keith Terry "claps his hands, rubs his palms, finger-pops, stamps his feet, brushes his soles, slaps his butt and belly, pops his cheek, whomps his chest, skips and slides, sings and babbles and coughs, building his music out of a surprisingly varied register of sounds and clever rhythmic variations." - Village Voice

Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm dancer whose work encompasses a number of allied performance disciplines - music, dance, theater, performance art - which he brings together to create an artistic vision that defies easy categorization. As a self-defined "Body Musician," Keith uses the oldest musical instrument in the world - the human body (his own) - as the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities.

Trained as a percussionist, Keith was the drummer for the original Jazz Tap Ensemble when he found his drum patterns becoming hand claps and foot steps. Soon percussion became dance, his body his instrument, and his own style of body music emerged. Keith's influences range from Japanese Taiko and Balinese Gamelan to North American rhythm tap and Ethiopian armpit music.

...a crossing of cultures, a blurring of boundaries at its most sensitive, most humanistic, and most magical. - National Public Radio

Keith Terry is probably best known for his solo works, which toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia - from the Serious Fun Festival at Lincoln Center, the Bumbershoot Festival at the Seattle Opera House, the Colorado Dance Festival, New York's Dance Theater Workshop and Wolftrap to the American Center in Paris, the Bali Arts Festival, the Regency in Hong Kong, the Vienna Dance Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival and the Paradiso van Slag World Drum Festival in Amsterdam.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
FREE EVENT as part of the Berkeley World Music Festival

Jun 2, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Mission Blue

Mission Blue is a new band consisting of Dana Frankel on fiddle and her dad, Avram Frankel, on guitar, along with a rotating cast of special guests.

Long-time veterans of the Bay Area bluegrass scene, they deliver hard-driving traditional bluegrass laced with their special brand of father-daughter harmonies. Dana has grown up in the Northern California bluegrass community and is recognized as one of the most promising young up-and-coming California bluegrass fiddlers. She is thrilled to be a part of this new project, along with her other bands The Dim Lights and Pacific Drive. With Mission Blue, Dana and Avram are both excited to branch off and play in a new configuration with a variety of special guests at every gig. For this show, they will be joined by a cast of wily local bluegrass veterans: Zach Sharpe on bass, Billy Moore on banjo, and Jesse Appelman on mandolin. This will be a special show - please join us.

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. Thank you for your support!

Jun 2, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Fidel Nadal & DJ Stepwise - Reggae en Español Directly from Argentina!

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show
La Peña Cultural Center is humbled to present Argentine reggae legend Fidel Nadal - directly from Argentina!
Plus, opening set by DJ Stepwise, who will be spinning reggae, dancehall & more - flying in from San Diego, CA specially for this show!
Nadal was born in Buenos Aires, a fifth generation Argentinian with Angolan roots, his music has raised awareness and recognition of the rights of black Argentines.
He was heavily influenced by the music listened to by his parents: blues, soul, jazz & Caribbean rhythms. His ideology involves deep Rastafarian culture from countries like Jamaica and Haiti; one of his inspirations is Bob Marley, whom he credits for helping him shape his personal and musical identity. His main influences are related to reggae rhythms and Afro-Argentine culture.
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Jun 2, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

The 7th Annual Spring Roll Live

7th Annual Live @ 9 The Spring Roll Jazz Soul music series featuring 9 times Grammy nominated sounds of tomorrow today California Flght Project featuring singer-songwriter Jerrij Bobelli Johnson recording artist for Universal Music -Famous Music Groups -Ingrooves Music Groups+ Black Diamond Reocords- I H P Media Solutions Hot Topics. All live . at Eat & Thai , sessions are live rehearsals open to the publich. You will love it, you never know who will put up its a band of great nusicians reheasing live for the tour dates ahead , its rare as it get but best as it come all you have to do is come eat drink and enjoy the sounds of tomorrow today with one of the greatest music stories ever for Urban music in funk jazz, soul, r&b , dance , pop, fusion, reggae fusion pop ,, acoustic sounds that last forever melodies your can humm or sing to they are all from California . So, just come the food is delicious and the atmostpher is eclectic along with the vibe of the people they come to enjoy the sounds of tomorrow with one of the best sounds in the music industry todate. All raw live sounds . Its will be fun and entertaining as they go throught their list of endless songs that hit the air waves around the Globe of California Flight Project, Be there ~!!~ Its open to the public all family members will enjoy the Sound of Calfornia Flight. "Show your right" The 7th annual Spring Roll Music series kick off in fashion to Nov 2018... .

Jun 2, 9pm to 10pm, Eat @ Thai Restaurant, 1181 University Ave., Berkeley

Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSEY to fight human trafficking - SECOND SHOW

Beat Causes - A fundraiser in conjunction with MISSSEY to fight human trafficking

Beat Causes, working to make the world better - one cause at a time

Show 1: Rudy Colombini with Elexi, Mixsterious Djs, and DJ Lazyboy (All Ages)

Show 2: DJ Qbert with JE & Kendo of The Fresh Crew, DJ Lazyboy, Beatknoxx & Special performance by Elexi + Special Guests (Ages 18+)

Jun 2, 9pm to 6/2 12 midnight, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley