Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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 3, 12 midnight, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), 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 3, 12 midnight, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Manaschi: Documentary Film on Storytelling in Central Asia

This season's Caravan of Stories draws to a close with the documentary film Manaschi (1965), which reveals the spiritual and storytelling culture of the Kyrgyz people. It not only explains the national epic Manas with its narrator, Sayakbai Karalaev, but also shows major Kyrgyz milestones in the twentieth century. Manas is renowned for its beauty, its rhythms, and its length --- its longest recorded version consists of half a million lines, twenty times longer than The Iliad and The Odyssey put together. Manas can only be performed by those who have been called by the hero Manas himself --- epic singers known as Manaschi --- and thus it unites art with spirituality.
Silk Road House director Alma Kunanbaeva will introduce and provide commentary on the film.
Tickets: $10 at or at the door (cash or check only)

Jun 3, 8am to 10am, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley

Temescal Farmers' Market

Jun 3, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Jun 3, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

JUNIOR RECORDER SOCIETY 20th Anniversary Concert Junior Recorder Society

 This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Junior Recorder Society of the Easy Bay. The Junior Recorder Society is an education outreach program of Voices of Music. Recorder players between the ages 7 and 18 are welcome to join us at our monthly meetings. Louise and Hanneke started the Junior Recorder Society group ot provide a venue for children to have access to music by playing the recorder, beyond their weekly recorder lessons. Louise Carslake grew up in England and Hanneke van Proosdij in The Netherlands where thay had the opportunity to play the recorder in an ensemble. This was a meaningful and joyful experience for them, so they decided to create similar opportunities for children here.

JUNIOR RECORDER SOCIETY: Louise Carslake, Andrew Levy and Hanneke van Proosdij, conductors. Lucas Bai, Lucas Cohen, Leah Fagan, Anna Gruen, Tamar Guterman, Alexander Jung, Orion Keilholtz, Jorjie Kiriruangchai, Runn Kiriruangchai, Ava Reimer, Luke Thilmony, Ella Wright, Rachel Zang and Elaine Zhang, recorders.

View the programPrice: FREE with admission to BAMFA

Jun 3, 12 noon to 2pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Jun 3, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

Jun 3, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Viktorija GečytÄ-- & Gene Perla Quartet

Paris-based Lithuanian singer Viktorija GečytÄ-- and veteran double-bassist Gene Perla and his trio have been enchanting audiences for the past 10 years, touring the US and Europe. Their music springs from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, original compositions, folk songs from Lithuania, and rarely performed musical gems. Their May through July shows are part of the band's 10th annual tour. "Grab your coat and get your hat," and come out to join the festivities!

Viktorija GečytÄ-- (vocalist)
Gene Perla (double-bassist)
Sean Gough (pianist)
Jon Arkin (percussionist)

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 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 3, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Larry London: Troika Ensemble


Jun 3, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


This Purcell concert offers songs and solo keyboard works, showcasing his amazingly beautiful ground bass variations. The program begins and ends with "If Music Be the Food of Love" in two distinctly different versions, showing Purcell's versatility and savvy with text. Also on the program are several of his theater songs, two devotional songs, and the beautiful and haunting "O Solitude", one of his songs "upon a ground". The solo keyboard works feature three of his charming suites and two poignant ground bass variations. These were the two grounds that Gustav Leonhardt performed in Paris for his final recital. ENSEMBLE: Jennifer Paulino, soprano; Elaine Thornburgh, harpsichord
Price: $10 - 20 suggested donation

Jun 3, 3pm to 5pm, Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St. Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Jun 3, 3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

LIAISON Cease Anxious World: Songs of Love and Despair

Melinda Becker, mezzo-soprano;
Susie Fong, harpsichord;
Hallie Marshall-Pridham, viola da gamba and baroque cello;
Tatiana Senderowicz, theorbo and baroque guitar Price: $20

Jun 3, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, THE MUSICAL OFFERING, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

VAJRA VOICES with Shira Kammen The Last Trouvére: Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)

Vajra Voices, known for their "shimmering resonance and elegantly paced performances" present a program of music of Machaut. Shira Kammen (vielle & harp) joins in this concert of motets, instrumentals, and Machaut's exquisite Le Lai de la Fonteinne~ The Lay of the Fountain. The artful poems and compositions of the French cleric, poet, and composer, Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) exemplify the conflict between human pursuits and divine aspirations. Chivalric love offers a practice of humility, and devotion and adoration for the unattainable. For sexual desire and romantic infatuation are steps in the courtly dance of seeking union with the Divine. In Machaut's motet, Tous corps/De souspirant cuer/ Suspiro, the top two voices sung simultaneously have completely different texts. Both poems lament and extol the joy of painful longing in unrequited love. The music for each poem is composed over a previously existing tenor line (usually from a liturgical chant) in this case, Suspiro, or Sigh. In Machaut's Lay of the Fountain the image of a fountain serves as a beautiful metaphor for the Christian Trinity. In verse one, the narrator declares that since he is ignored by the courtly lady he pursues, he chooses, instead, to turn to the Virgin Mary. His logical argument is on how the Virgin is the source of the fountain from which the Word becomes flesh- the Christ; which gives rise to the Holy Spirit; and, all are created by God. From verse 4: "These three with little difficulty I can prove to be one: Think of a fountain, The stream flowing from it, and its source." Verses expound upon the significance of the source (Virgin Mary) and the fountain (the Trinity); and, not without a bit of humor. (See verse 7.) In verses 9 to the end, the poem becomes supplication to the Virgin that we be delivered from Satan's grasp. Instrumental arrangements by Shira Kammen, and, Machaut's adroit rondeau, Ma fin est mon commencement round out this program of selected works by Guillaume de Machaut: The Last Trouvére.

SINGERS: Allison Zelles Lloyd, Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist, Amy Stuart Hunn, Celeste Winant, Karen R. Clark, Director with Shira Kammen, medieval harp & vielle
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Price: $20

Jun 3, 4pm to 6pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley


Handel's Serse is a tale of cleverness and bravery in the ancient imperial court of King Xerxes. Schemes are hatched, letters go astray, servants and nobles collude in deception, and a mysterious visitor in disguise takes treacherous action - all for the sake of justice and honor. Like SHAK's beloved Alcina adaptation, presented in 2015 by Early Music America during the Boston Early Music Festival, this all-ages production is an hour-long spoken play interspersed with sparkling arias and choruses from the original work, all acted and sung by our skilled youth cast aged 8 and to teen. Students of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids bring to life the glories of the Baroque age with costume, dance, and fencing from the time, accompanied by an all-star period-instrument chamber orchestra.

Stage direction by Carmen Mettler, vocal coaching by Nancy Zylstra, choreography & dance instruction by Jamia Hansen-Murray, duels and fencing instruction by Cecil Longino. Concept, script, and music direction by Shulamit Kleinerman, with Tekla Cunningham, violin; Joanna Blendulf, cello; and John Lenti, theorbo.

Price Range: $15/$5 for students under age 30 with ID available only at the box office
Tickets: (510) 528-1725
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Jun 3, 4pm to 6pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with a different student group opening .
May 27: Stanford Jazz High School All Stars (4:30 pm)

Jun 3, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

Jun 3, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing in Rendon Hall every Sunday through June at 5:30 pm with Marin School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble (4:30 pm) opening .

Jun 3, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Blues Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a blues vocal jam session, hosted by Pamela Rose. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive to sign up.

Jun 3, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Larry Stefl

Jun 3, 5pm to 7pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Albany High School Jazz Student Recital

The concert will feature the Albany High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Craig Bryant. Bands from Albany have received top marks and awards at the Folsom, Reno, and Santa Cruz Jazz Festivals. In previous years, the Albany High School Jazz Band has performed at the CMEA State Conference in Sacramento, and been selected as a finalist for both the Next Generation Festival presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival and the "Essentially Ellington" contest presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Bryant's students participate in the Jazz School and SF All-Star bands; the Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco Youth Orchestras; and the CBDA All-State Bands and Orchestras.

The performance is a fundraiser for the Albany Music Fund, supporting music programs in the Albany USD. For more information, please visit

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jun 3, 7pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Mouths of Babes

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Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. Their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace crisscrossed the country, touring with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. As Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of their previous groups into a new duo that brings more style and depth than ever before.

Mouths of Babes' first full-length album was released in 2017 to great acclaim. The title track, Brighter In the Dark, has been honored as a Finalist in the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and "Any Other Day," the duo's song about police violence against people of color in America, won the 2018 Independent Music Award for Best Social Action Song. No Depression writes, "Mouths of Babes could never have predicted how necessary Brighter In The Dark [would be] in a post-Trump world. The album title is fitting. We need music that shows people struggling against social expectations, that reminds us that we all have the resilience we need to make it through."

"If I was forced to categorize it, I'd call it modern folk. It's powerful, romantic, and giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once." - Huffington Post

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
$18 ADV / $22 DOOR (plus fees)

Jun 3, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


CALIFORNIA BACH SOCIETY, Paul Flight, Director Un musicien de premier ordre-Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Heralded by the San Francisco press for its "dazzling" and "sublime" performances, California Bach Society showcases Marc-Antoine Charpentier's best choral works. Artistic director Paul Flight leads the award-winning 30-voice chorus, vocal soloists, flutes, and a full consort of viols in the poignant Litanies de la Vierge and the splendid Missa Assumpta est Maria.

Charpentier wrote the Litanies de la Vierge early in his career, while in the employ of Mlle de Guise. The exquisite work, for six voices with two independent, treble gamba parts over it, was specifically written for Mlle de Guise's house ensemble, in which Charpentier himself sang countertenor. To learn more about treble gambas, read California Bach Society's blog post about the gamba family at

At the end of his life, Charpentier held the most prestigious choir director post in all of France: "maître de musique" of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. It was for the choir that rehearsed and performed in this stunning church that he wrote the Missa Assumpta est Maria, nowadays widely considered his most beautiful mass setting. Artistic director Paul Flight says about this masterwork: "It is serene and exciting in turns, and has such a lovely scoring with the flutes."

With vocal soloists Samuel Faustine, tenor; Timothy Silva, tenor; and Clayton Moser, bass. Instrumentalists joining the 30 voice, award-winning chorus for these performances are Vicki Melin and Alissa Roedig, baroque flutes; Marie Dalby Szuts and Amy Brodo, treble gambas; Julie Jeffrey, alto gamba; Roy Whelden, tenor gamba, Lynn Tetenbaum, bass gamba; and Yuko Tanaka, organ.

The California Bach Society, a 30-voice chamber chorus, was recently awarded "Best Baroque Performance" by San Francisco Classical Voice for its 2016 production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Founded in 1971, CBS has specialized in historically informed performances since 1998 and has established a reputation for its interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque choral music. The appointment of artistic director Dr. Paul Flight in 2006 has resulted in highly successful concert seasons. Dr. Flight has enthralled audiences and critics with his thoughtful and refreshing programming, and has become well respected for bringing lesser-known Baroque masterworks to Bay Area stages. Under his direction, the chorus has garnered critical acclaim. In February 2013, Leon Chisholm of San Francisco Classical Voice wrote: "In recent years, the California Bach Society has become a prospector of Baroque gold. Its concerts have brought forth exquisite, rarely heard works by forgotten masters from the lost frontier, to the delight of its audiences." In 2016 another SFCV reviewer raved, "California Bach Society delivers a sublime St. Matthew Passion."


Price Range: $45/$38/$15 for students under age 30 with ID available only at box office

Tickets: (510) 528-1725

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Jun 3, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


The recorder duo, Three Trapped Tigers (Thomas Bickley and David Barnett) present Looped Local Roads, an afternoon of pre-modern music for post modern ears and vice versa. The repertory includes familiar and surprising early music and newer music, all prepared to engage and delight you. The program will include favourites from the trecento Italian repertory (Landini et al), canzonas by Thomas Morley,) alongside solos, duos and trios form the 20th and 21st centuries by Frans Geysen, Alun Hoddinot, Will Eisma, Jens Margraff, Jim Wilson and Tom Bickley.
TTT will be joined for this performace by guest Tiger, Greta Haug-Hryciw for a performance of Lou Harrison's Serenade for 3 Recorders (1943), and the Landini set. Ms. Haug-Hryciw has joined TTT for past performances, most notably John Cage's 3 for Three Recorders and we are delighted to be collaborating with her again.

The instruments for this performance range from sopranino to bass recorders, modern designs by Tarasov and Helder, and historic designs after medieval, renaissance and baroque originals by Tom Prescott, Bob Marvin and Von Heune. Each set of instruments brings their own colours and pitch centers to transport us musically in and out of our own time and place to worlds that cohere across time and space.

Three Trapped Tigers is an ensemble of recorder players whose core members are David Barnett and Tom Bickley. Their first performance was on 21 June 2003 as part of the Garden of Memory Summer Solstice Concert at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA. This was the start of a deep musical and personal relationship that has deepened over fifteen years of making music together. Their concerts reflect their varied musical and world interests that includes but is not limited to: the "Deep Listening" of Pauline Oliveros, trecento Italian music, John Cage, the English renaissance, free improvisation, world music and Captain Beefheart TTT have performed on numerous concerts series and diverse venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond. They strive to present the kind of concerts that they would like to go to and hope you enjoy it too! THREE TRAPPED TIGERS: David Barnett and Tom Bickley, recorders with Guest Tiger Greta Haug-Hryciw, recorders ;
Price: $20.00 requested, no one turned away for lack of funds

Jun 3, 8pm to 10pm, TRINITY CHAPEL 2320 Dana Street, Berkeley


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"We're older, we're wiser, we're more mature," MC Gift of Gab (nee Timothy Parker) says of Imani, Vol. 1, Blackalicious' first new album in a decade."It's better now, because we've grown as people and artists.""Each one of these records is a chapter in our lives, and we put our complete heart and soul into it," agrees Gab's longtime musical partner, CJ/producer Chief Xcel (aka Xavier Mosley)."We live these records."Imani, Vol. 1 lives up to the beloved California-bred duo's hard-won reputation as one of hip-hop's most progressive,
forward-thinking creative forces. Acclaimed for the sublime combination of Gab's verbal dexterity and lyrical eloquence, and X's bracing beats and distinctive soundscapes, Blackalicious has earned widespread respect, both inside and outside of the hip-hop community, for the wildly inventive, personally charged innovations of its first three albums, 1999's Nia, 2002's Blazing Arrow and 2005's The Craft.

Three years in the making, Imani, Vol. 1-the first of a projected trilogy to be released over the course of two years-is perhaps Blackalicious' most ambitious and accomplished effort to date, maintaining the spirituality, introspection and positivity that are the twosome's trademarks, while making it clear that their musical vision and creative drive remain as
strong as ever. Although Imani, Vol. 1 is driven by Gift of Gab's uplifting verbal sophistication and Chief Xcel's expansive sonic sensibility, which are as distinctive as ever on such riveting tracks as "On Fire Tonight," "Escape," The Sun," "We Did It Again" and the epic "Alpha and Omega." The pair is joined by such guest performers as Afro-pop diva Zap Mama, who's featured on the title track; Amde Hamilton of legendary '60s rap progenitors the Watts Prophets on the album-opener "Faith," eclectic singer-songwriter Imani Coppola on "The Sun," underground hip-hop duo LifeSavas on "That Night," neo-blues auteur Fantastic Negrito on "Love's Gonna Save the Day," Myron of retro-soulsters Myron & E on "On Fire Tonight," and the all-star hip-hop combo of Lateef, Lyrics Born, Monophonics and DJ D Sharp on "Alpha and Omega." Imani-whose title is the Swahili word for "faith"-is a particularly personal project for Blackalicious, with its title
reflecting the personal trials that helped to inspire the words and music.
Amerigo Gazaway
Amerigo GazawayAmerican producer, MC and DJ
Son of Gary Gazaway

Jun 3, 9pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley