Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/09/2018

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

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


ANNA MARSH, AARON WESTMAN, AND HENRY LEBEDINSKY All That [Baroque] Jazz

At the turn of the 17th century, a new style of music began to push the boundaries of instrumental writing, demanding more from both musicians and their instruments. A significant amount of this new music was based on improvisation on popular songs of the time, much like American classic Jazz. Baroque violinist Aaron Westman and baroque bassoonist Anna Marsh join organist Henry Lebedinsky for a fun, illuminating, and even breathtaking exploration of this repertoire, including music from Italy, England, Germany, and Poland. Features works by Farina, Böddecker, Falconieri, Jarzebski, Merula, Rossi, Rosenmüller, Selma y Salaverde, and Uccellini.

PERFORMERS:
Aaron Westman, baroque violin;
Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon;
Henry Lebedinsky, organ and harpsichord

Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 or as able.

12:30 noon to 2:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Caroline Arden Launch for her debut YA novel, The High Climber of Dark Water Bay

"Arden has created the hero we have been waiting for in Young Adult Lit--Lizzie is authentic, relatable and proves herself a force to be reckoned with. Engaging and immersive, [her] writing is clean and crisp. Vivid imagery and concise storytelling combine to create a story for all ages."--Kathleen Kaufman, author of The Lairdbalor

Twelve-year-old Lizzie is in trouble. She used to live a comfortable life with her loving father, but after the stock market crash of 1929 and his sudden death, she and her family now live in poverty. Lizzie is expected to help support the family, but she can't even cook without burning food. One day, a letter arrives. Her wealthy uncle has offered her a paying job as a summer governess for her two young cousins at a remote logging camp, so she travels alone into the wilderness of Vancouver, British Columbia. To her horror, she discovers that her uncle is missing from the camp. Penniless and stranded, Lizzie's worst fears are soon confirmed--she is being held hostage by the camp's boss. "Accidents are easy to explain in the woods," he writes in a ransom letter to her uncle. Lizzie learns that in order to survive, she will have to perform the most dangerous job at the camp--the high climber. She has one chance to save herself and return to her family. Her intelligence and bravery will be tested to the limit as she pulls on the climber harness to prove to everyone, including herself, what she is truly capable of.

Caroline Arden holds an MFA in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. As a child she spent her summers at her grandparents' home at a former logging camp in British Columbia. Now she lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and daughters.
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by speaking with a bookseller or ordering from our website.

4pm to 5pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley


VL Trio

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


Bay Area Death Fest Day 2

Sat ·  June 9, 2018
Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm
$25 in advance / $28 day of show / $70 3-day passes
Tickets
This event is all ages


Decrepit Birth
Technical Brutal Death Metal band from Santa Cruz, California, United States.

Internal Bleeding
American Brutal Death Metal from Long Island, New York. Formed in 1991.


Splattered
Slamming Brutal Death Metal from Fremont / Pleasanton, California US

Continuum
Ambient project of Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Bass Communion, Blackfield) and Dirk Serries (Vidna Obmana, Fear Falls Burning).

Atoll
Atoll were a French language prog band of the 1970's. They were undoubtedly indebted to Ange, but also took in elements of Yes and many other influences, all combined into a style uniquely recognisable as Atoll.

5pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Anarcho / Peace Punk Fest

D.I.Y Feminist Punk Rock Fashion Show by Audey Thunders Clothing https://www.facebook.com/AudeyThundersClothing/ (Accessories by Niña Triste will be shown during the fashion) Poetry by Paradise Speakers: Susan Chavez & Kitty Jones from Berkeley Animal Rights Center https://www.berkeleyarc.com/ DJ Ajitator (spining anarcho tunes) MC by Mardhavi + More speakers to be announced....

BANDS:
Resist and Exist https://resistandexist.bandcamp.com/album/the-best-of-kwangju-discography
Dead Tribe https://deadtribe.bandcamp.com/album/s-t
Headdress https://dressyourhead.bandcamp.com/album/no-doves-lost
Korrosive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvxrKPESiq4
Argument? https://argument1.bandcamp.com/album/argument-headdress-2
Mystic Priestess https://transylvaniantapes.bandcamp.com/album/mystic-priestess
Jason Oliver https://jasonvegan.bandcamp.com/album/protest-songs-vol-1
Standard Issue https://standardissuepunk.bandcamp.com/

FIGHT WAR NOT WARS! A lot of us know exactly who said this statement, and how relevant it still is . Punk music has inspired thousands of people all over the world, bringing forth educators, artists, activists, and many other amazing people. Punk culture goes beyond music, it taps into a community of people who want to invest themselves in human rights, animal rights, and more. The "Peace Punk Fest" wants to revive the spirit, the lives, and the joy of people who have been a part of this community. Through fests/ events like the "Peace Punk Fest" we hope to inspire people to become more involved and to begin to more effectively organize, network, make friends, and have fun while gaining educational material and deeper insight. Through this event we can bridge Northern and Southern California punks and or activists. During our current political climate, we can see how punk is more so needed now than ever. The punk scene is an ever-growing community and movement, and through this event we hope it will gain more momentum. Punk is still a movement and a movement of social change!

ALL AGES. $8 + $2 Membership. Safe(r) Space Venue: No drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

5pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


The Deadliners

In the long dark hours between missing deadlines, what to do? We started a band, and started playing some of our favorite blues and rock n'roll songs. We began with three writers, then became four, then we added three ringers who actually do the one thing more difficult than making a living as a journalist-being professional musicians. Thus was born the Deadliners. The name just seemed obvious, like a story writing itself (ha!). We play covers, songs and their stories that we love and give them our own bluesy, soulful spin: Van Morrison, Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Marvin G

6:30pm to 9:30pm, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Elizabeth Blumenstock

Reservations are necessary to assure you a seat and made by calling (510) 525-9248, or via email at fifthstfarms@gmail.com.

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

7pm to 9pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley


Dance Party with Red Meat and special guests I See Hawks In L.A.

Dance floor open!
Red Meat — Website

Red Meat began in a Mission District garage in 1993. But they trace their musical roots much farther back - to the hard honky tonk songs of their youths in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Ohio, as well as the rock music of the 60s and 70s that they grew up with. Throw in the Ozark gospel harmonies from Scott Young's childhood, and you have the basic backbone of the Red Meat sound. It was this sound that they unleashed on an unsuspecting San Francisco still reeling from the demise of a strong 80s punk rock scene. And in a city known for its unusual music and its off-kilter bands, Red Meat did the craziest thing yet: they returned to their roots, writing and performing hard Bakersfield-style country music to sometimes dumbfounded early audiences.

"Back when we started, nobody was playing this kind of music at all", explains Smelley Kelley, "We'd go into a bar, play our set, and win over these rockers and punk kids. Now it's become a lot more normal to see a country band in the Bay Area." And San Francisco now boasts one of the most vibrant twang scenes in America. After hundreds of gigs, four albums, national tours, European dates, sharing the stage with their idol Buck Owens and many other national acts, backing performers as diverse as Dave Alvin, Robbie Fulks, Deke Dickerson, and rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, Red Meat has found its place as one of the pre-eminent honky tonk bands in California. It's a lot of progress for five expatriate Midwesterners who found their muse in San Francisco so long ago. And with their upcoming release of gospel originals and covers, don't look for that progress to end anytime soon.


I See Hawks In L.A. — Website
"The finest country rock band on the planet" - MOJO
"One of California's unique treasures" - Dave Alvin

"To say that I See Hawks in L.A. traipse down a going-their-own-way path through that old folky Americana and classic California country rock thing doesn't quite begin to describe the sheer scope of this band's wiiiide-open vision. They're adding much-needed musical and lyrical complexity to the old forms, blending and stretching both the emotional and sonic terrain to thrillingly new and unfamiliar points beyond. Hear it for y'self to best effect yet on the band's new Mystery Drug, another wickedly surreal blast of psychedelicized country and rock and poetic honkytonk chops." - John Payne, L.A. Weekly

Formed in 2000 by Rob Waller and brothers Paul and Anthony Lacques during a philosophical discussion and rock throwing session on an East Mojave desert trek, I See Hawks In L.A. wrote their first batch of songs and then sought advice from local country rock guru David Jackson, sideman with John Denver, Dillard and Clark, and Emmylou Harris.


Jackson set up a few mics and recorded Rob and Paul, playing along on bass. This demo turned into featured songs on the Hawks eponymous debut on now-defunct Ethic Records, featuring legendary fiddler Brantley Kearns (Dwight Yoakam, Dave Alvin, Hazel Dickens). The CD established the Hawks signature sound: high lonesome three part harmonies, twang guitar and unadorned acoustic arrangements, with lyrics musing on mortality, whales, and the geography of pre-apocalyptic L.A. I See Hawks In L.A. received rave reviews, made the F.A.R. Alternative Country Chart, and continues to get regular airplay. With its experimental spirit and wide ranging musical influences, the record tweaks some traditionalists. But most agree that the Hawks have broken new ground.

Saturday, June 9th
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
$18 ADV / $22 DOOR (plus fees)
Tickets
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

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


Jason Bodlovich Trio

Guitarist Jason Bodlovich brings his cross-over instrumental trio, specializing in eclectic jazz, Brazilian, funk, blues, swing, rock and more. The band offers live guitar funk-rock sound, with eclectic styles including surf rock, New Orleans groove, slide blues and wah wah funk.
http://www.jasonbodlovich.com

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


Andrew Carriere & the Zydeco/Cajun Allstars plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

You can't get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere, especially when he's backed by his top-notch Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe" Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra's "Not Lonesome Anymore" CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.


Carriere's Zydeco/Cajun Allstars include steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David "Killer" Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, and bassist Steven Strauss. The lineup might not seem particularly "traditional" to current followers of Cajun and zydeco, but, Wilson explains, "This is the real tradition that came out of the '50s and '60s honky-tonk Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel guitar was right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar." And, of course, the accordion. The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun and zydeco, old and new.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Ted Sherrod
Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door

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


Hot Club Faux Gitane

Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band like no other you've ever heard! They draw inspiration from the Gypsy jazz tradition pioneered by Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France, with acoustic guitars and double bass providing the rhythmic core. But the band sets itself apart by featuring mandolin, bassoon, and vocals, with the occasional clarinet and melodica. This unique instrumentation, along with inventive and often witty arrangements, bring new vitality and freshness an old favorite genre. Hot Club Faux Gitane also augments the traditional Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes - all played in their unique style. This upbeat, toe-tapping music will have you at least bopping in your seat, if not dancing in the aisles!

Hot Club Faux Gitane is: Shelly Bort (vocals), Gary Williams (mandolin), Dave Wells (bassoon, clarinet, vocals), Billy Gay (guitar and vocals), Eric Johnson (guitar), and John Ady (double bass).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and $10 for students. 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


Leavened Bread

8pm to 10pm,


Elise Trouw

Elise was born in Southern California to a South African father and a mother from New York in the very last year of the millennium. Raised on The Carpenters, Green Day, and 80s New Wave, I always looked forward to rides in my mom's car where she played her "mixtapes", whether it was on a compilation CD or an ancient iPod. Inspiration struck when my six-year-old self first heard the haunting piano melody in "My Immortal" by Evanescence. I distinctly remember a five hour plane ride that consisted of that one song blasting repeatedly into my ears. So I begged my parents for piano lessons, and after they finally relented, they were then begging me to not practice at five in the morning every day. I did it anyway, and my love for piano just grew stronger.

Life changed when my family bought the game Rockband for Xbox. After mastering the drums to "Dani California" on Expert Mode, I thought I was ready to rock (thank you, Chad Smith). It took a lot more to convince my parents I needed drum lessons, but I managed to wear them down with my obsessive talk and relentless requests. Luckily, at that time we were living on a 2-acre former chicken farm in the middle of nowhere, so the decibel change from piano to drums was irrelevant.

A few months after finding my way around an actual drum kit, my parents realized that I was serious about drumming, so they supported my cause and enrolled me in School of Rock, where I learned how to play and perform with other young musicians. Being one of the youngest only pushed me harder to keep up with the older kids. From Mitch Mitchell's jazz-rock waltz on Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" to the syncopated groove of Richard Bailey on Jeff Beck's "Blow by Blow" to the funky feel of Tower of Power's David Garibaldi, I wanted to learn it all.

During my high school years, I started reading charts in band, and jazz became another component of my musicality. At the same time, I began writing both on piano and guitar, spending hours before, after, and even during school to fulfill my creative desires. Because of my dedication to music and growing following on social media, I graduated early to commit fully to music and the creation of my first album. The decision to perform all of the instrumental and vocal tracks on the recordings stemmed from my desire to learn more about recording and to push myself beyond my own limits.

People ask me "What genre is your music?" With songs in 5/4 and , chords that you'd normally find in The Real Book next to "Take Five," and influences like Radiohead, The Police, and Steely Dan, I'm really not sure what box I fit into- I'll leave that up to you.
www.elisetrouw.com

8pm to 11:55pm, The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Elise Truow, Lalin St Juste (of The Seshen), Andrew St. James


Elise was born in Southern California to a South African father and a mother from New York in the very last year of the millennium. Raised on The Carpenters, Green Day, and 80s New Wave, I always looked forward to rides in my mom's car where she played her "mixtapes", whether it was on a compilation CD or an ancient iPod. Inspiration struck when my six-year-old self first heard the haunting piano melody in "My Immortal" by Evanescence. I distinctly remember a five hour plane ride that consisted of that one song blasting repeatedly into my ears. So I begged my parents for piano lessons, and after they finally relented, they were then begging me to not practice at five in the morning every day. I did it anyway, and my love for piano just grew stronger.

Life changed when my family bought the game Rockband for Xbox. After mastering the drums to "Dani California" on Expert Mode, I thought I was ready to rock (thank you, Chad Smith). It took a lot more to convince my parents I needed drum lessons, but I managed to wear them down with my obsessive talk and relentless requests. Luckily, at that time we were living on a 2-acre former chicken farm in the middle of nowhere, so the decibel change from piano to drums was irrelevant.

A few months after finding my way around an actual drum kit, my parents realized that I was serious about drumming, so they supported my cause and enrolled me in School of Rock, where I learned how to play and perform with other young musicians. Being one of the youngest only pushed me harder to keep up with the older kids. From Mitch Mitchell's jazz-rock waltz on Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" to the syncopated groove of Richard Bailey on Jeff Beck's "Blow by Blow" to the funky feel of Tower of Power's David Garibaldi, I wanted to learn it all.

During my high school years, I started reading charts in band, and jazz became another component of my musicality. At the same time, I began writing both on piano and guitar, spending hours before, after, and even during school to fulfill my creative desires. Because of my dedication to music and growing following on social media, I graduated early to commit fully to music and the creation of my first album. The decision to perform all of the instrumental and vocal tracks on the recordings stemmed from my desire to learn more about recording and to push myself beyond my own limits.

People ask me "What genre is your music?" With songs in 5/4 and 7/4, chords that you'd normally find in The Real Book next to "Take Five," and influences like Radiohead, The Police, and Steely Dan, I'm really not sure what box I fit into- I'll leave that up to you.

www.elisetrouw.com

Lalin St Juste

Lalin is a Haitian-American singer/songwriter and lead front woman for the electro-soul band The Seshen. A self taught musician with a knack for melting hearts, Lalin's music explores identity, the power of rewriting narratives, and the nuances of intimacy alongside our relationships to ourselves, each other, and our present-day and historical context. Possessing a firm belief that the personal is political, Lalin is inspired by a lineage running from Erykah Badu to Nick Drake. She creates an electro-acoustic set that seeks to engage your heart while you bob your head.

Facebook/Twitter/Soundcloud

Andrew St. James

According to twenty-one year old songwriter Andrew St. James, "the millennial malaise is real." Yet despite that, the prolific multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter has managed to craft a record that vibrates with energy; burnishing precise, eloquent pop songs to a high sheen with a sonic cloth woven of dizzy psychedelia. Born of a stranger-than-fiction life filled with intrigue and truly prodigious creative output, St. James is already barreling along at escape velocity. We are lucky to be caught up in the turbulent ripples spreading out behind him.

Conceived during the 1994 Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge tour by birth parents working in the live music realm ("apparently there's a Phish song named after my mother" he shrugs), St. James was raised by an adoptive family in San Francisco, CA. Seemingly destined for the arts, his first job was singing in the San Francisco Opera as a ten year old. He discovered late 1960's rock, taught himself how to play piano, and started writing songs.

St. James formed his first band at twelve, singing lead and playing organ. They cut a bedroom EP while playing a handful of shows and parties. By the time St. James was fifteen the band had split due to creative differences. Band-less, our protagonist decided to go it alone. "I figured the only way I could distinguish myself was to write a lot of song in rapid succession - like a poet or something" says St. James. "I wrote about 40 tracks, recorded 17 of them through a computer microphone and 'released' them on Soundcloud. I had spent the summer hitchhiking the California coast, and named the album Humboldt ." The demos found their way to a manager at Bill Graham Presents who in turn connected St. James with local producer Jim Greer.

Doldrums was released in September 2013. St. James did a brief stint in Boston, MA attending college. He quickly decided it was "total nonsense", and returned west in the spring of 2014. His sophomore album The Shakes was released that October. "By this point I had started writing an absurd amount of material (between the release of The Shakes and the completion of this record St. James recorded more than 200 demos). I was involved with management in LA , started playing a lot more shows. Everything was looking up". Then it got complicated.

"The tale of two Veronicas", quips St. James, "Christ, I just couldn't make it work with either of them". With one Veronica as a girlfriend and another as a manager, St. James found himself stuck; mired in a life of outrageous partying and constant waiting. "I was dating a debutante, working a labor job and praying for some sort of change - through management, through anything." Change came, but not the kind he was hoping for. After a bazaar year filled with strange happenstance and a move to Los Angeles, St. James found himself Veronica-less. "I never got a chance to apologize to the Veronica's for my part in our falling out. I decided I would make a record to serve that purpose."

"When time came to decide which songs would make the record" explains St. James, "I wanted each track to be different enough to have its own world while still being part of a cohesive work." The bulk of the album was recorded at Opus West, with additional tracking taking place in St. James' bathroom in San Francisco.

"The Veronica record is just an introduction to my work" says St. James. "Yet it's also me shedding all of this extraneous pointlessness I was surrounded by. Freeing myself of the malaise. People have become desensitized; we're aware of what's going on now more than ever, but no one seems to care. If someday I can write manifestos more cohesive then catchy records perhaps I will. I just need to make people pay attention first."

8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


Plan B

Plan B
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Known for their Latin rhythm, duo Orlando J. Valle and Edwin F. Vázquez have achieved a cybernetic audience and prevail as one of the most acclaimed duos of the genre today.

Orlando J. Valle y Edwin F. Vázquez, conocidos en el mundo artístico como Chencho y Maldy, comenzaron su carrera en el año 2000. Desde muy temprana edad, los jóvenes nacidos en la ciudad de Guayama, Puerto Rico, sentían una gran afinidad por el género de música urbana. PLAN B, fue el título del primer tema musical que los dio a conocer y tanto fue su éxito, que decidieron adoptarlo como el nombre oficial del dúo.

Su primera producción, El Mundo de PLAN B, la cual se lanzó para el año 2002 bajo un sello independiente, vendió más de 50 mil copias, alcanzando Disco de Oro y posicionándolos como una de las figuras de renombre en el género. No sin antes haber colaborado en el 2001 con la producción Guatauba, interpretando el ya famoso tema que lleva el mismo nombre. De ahí en adelante, impulsaron una fórmula musical diferente, jocosa, con un sonido distinto y un estilo original, logrando mantenerse entre los favoritos del público hasta el presente.

PLAN B, ha mantenido el enfoque en trabajar "la calle" como objetivo principal. Sin embargo, gracias a su público cibernético han logrado más de 80 millones de visitas en You Tube, sobre 700mil seguidores en Twitter y sobre dos millones de miembros en Facebook, prevaleciendo como uno de los dúos más aclamados del género en la actualidad. Cabe mencionar, que productores reconocidos en el género urbano como, Luny Tunes, Nelly, DJ Blass, Playero y Haze, han sido algunos con los que han trabajado a través de su exitosa carrera y además, cuentan con colaboraciones musicales de exponentes como Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Tego Calderón y Tito El Bambino, entre otros.

Actualmente, el dueto nominado a los Premios Billboard 2013 como "Duo Latin Rhythm", se prepara para lanzar su tercera producción discográfica, Love and Sex, que saldrá al mercado para agosto de 2013. Como antesala, estrenaron recientemente el sencillo, Zapatito Roto, junto a Tego Calderón, que se ha convertido en uno de los temas más sonandos en la radio a nivel internacional.

9pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley