Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cascada De Flores

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

FLAUTI DIVERSI Music in the Garden of Delight: Song and Dance of the Medieval Mediterranean

Flauti Diversi will perform songs and dances of the 13th and 14th centuries, both monophonic and polyphonic, devotional and rowdy, from the Cantigas and Llibre Vermell manuscripts, laude and estampies, as well as 19th and early 20th-century repertoire of the Ottoman Empire

Frances Feldon, recorders/medieval flute;
Allison Zelles Lloyd, soprano/medieval harp;
Peter Maund, percussion;
Sarah Michael, qanun;
David Rogers, lute/baroque guitar/oud
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Price: $20 Buy Tickets

1pm to 3pm, California Jazz Conservatory2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

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

Devastation on the Nation Tour

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm
$25 in advance / $28 day of show / $70 3-day tickets
This event is all ages


Belgian death metal band from Waregem, formed in 1995.

Death metal band from Brisbane, Australia.

Venom Prison
Death Metal band from South Wales
Vale Of Pnath
Death metal band from Denver, CO, US.

Signs Of The Swarm
Deathcore from Pittsburgh, PA, USA

5:30pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Adrian Areas Latin Jazz Ensemble

All Ages Welcome ðY(tm) its a Potluck Food & Beverages
$15-$25 Donation for the Arts/Musicians

Adrian Areas on Timbales y Timbalitos
Dan Neville On Vibes
Robert Gastelum on Trumpet
Ruskin Vaughn on Tumbadoras
Jordan Brysk on Bass
Brian Andres on Drums

Keeping the Flame Lit for Latin Jazz!!!!

7pm to 10pm, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, 2905 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

MY Word Open Mic

7pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson

7pm to 9pm, Caffe on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

SMOKERS DARK/LIGHT (PDX) Teenage Sex Deseos Primitivos

ALL AGES. Doors @ 7:30pm // Show $10 + $2 Membership Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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

Turning Into A Butterfly

Is it rock-n-roll? Is it jazz? Is it Japanese, electronic Zydeco music? Making their Jupiter debut, Turning Into A Butterfly is a metamorphosis (or should we say, meta-bro-phosis) of the dual forces of Scott Amendola and Zach Ostroff. Their original compositions about finding love in a disastrous world, back-to-back covers of Britney Spears and Ray Charles, World War II ballads, and spontaneously improvised soundscapes all coalesce into streams of constantly-evolving, heartfelt, booty-grooving music. Humans can find great joy in the most epic and trying of times. Sometimes all it takes is the mutual trust of two musical risk takers. That is what Turning into a Butterfly hopes to find.

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

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

Tickets are $18 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!

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

Fanfare Zambaleta, Orchestra Euphonos, and The Saul Goodman Klezmer Band @ The Starry Plough Pub

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

Maurice Tani

Maurice Tani — Website

San Francisco native, Maurice Tani is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.

Tani uses the term, "Supercalifornigraphic" to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. "Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast."

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704