Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Jun 10, 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 10, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Jun 10, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Motown Sing-Along with Tammy Hall

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
    This event is free with reservation.
    Reservations are limited to 2 tickets per person.

Tammy Hall ---    Website

A frequent and favorite player here at the Freight, Tammy has with worked award-winning cabaret singer and actress, Connie Champagne, the Supreme Mary Wilson, chanteuse and actress Debbie De Coudreaux, The Montclair Women's Big Band, Houston Person, the late David `Fathead Newman', jazz violinists Regina Carter, Jeremy Cohen, Mads Tolling, orchestra leader and bassist Marcus Shelby, guitarist Terrence Brewer, vocalists Kim Nalley, Denise Perrier, Pamela Rose, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, Holly Near, Lynne Asher, Melba Moore, Miki Howard, Rhonda Benin, Darlene Love, Lady Mem'fis, Veronica Klaus, Diane Witherspoon, Queen Esther Marrow, Ernestine Anderson, Derek Lassiter, Frankye Kelley, Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, Lisa Ferraro Erika Luckett, Karen Drucker and the late Etta Jones. She has traveled and performed extensively in Japan, Europe and Mexico, including a 30-city tour with Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Other venues and festivals of note include Kennedy Center (Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival), Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Sala Filharmonica (Trento, ITALY), Herbst Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, SFJazz Center, Yoshi's Oakland and San Francisco and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, CA.

"A musician who has much to offer in the way of originality, fine technique and a rich, emotional quality that is evident on everything she does. Her playing is warm and persuasive and a listener's delight." - Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz

Jun 10, 1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

BUD ROACH, tenor & baroque guitar Love's Torment

The Musica Omnia recording label presents Canadian tenor Bud Roach accompanying himself on the Baroque guitar, performing arias from his critically acclaimed recordings of Grandi and Sances, as well as Saracini, Manzolo, and, for an English perspective on the nature of love, some Henry Lawes as well. With projected text translations and readings from the period, Bud's programs have earned international praise.

Tickets available at the door.
Price: Free Event (donations accepted)

Jun 10, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Michael Blum

Michael Blum is a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist whom jazz author Scott Yanow calls "a [musician] who will clearly have an important future in jazz...He has an attractive sound, a melodic style, and a thoughtful approach to improvising." In June 2015, Blum was named the "Rising Star Guitarist" in DownBeat Magazine's 63rd Annual Critics Poll.

Blum was raised in a musical home in the suburbs of New York City. He started his musical studies on the piano and alto saxophone at age 6 before eventually moving onto guitar at age 9. His father, a classical guitarist, was his first guitar teacher. At age 19, Blum began traveling over 150 miles weekly to study with world-renowned jazz educator and Berklee School of Music professor Jim Stinnett.

In January 2017, Blum released his fifth album, The Reservoir, his debut album as a singer/songwriter. While The Reservoir is a departure from Blum's prior jazz releases, it nonetheless evidences his roots in the jazz tradition, as well as his influences from artists such as James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door for general admission, and $10 in advance, $15 at the door for students with ID. 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 10, 2pm to 4pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Stephanie Bruce

Jun 10, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Dirty Red Barn

From Petaluma, Dirty Red Barn is influenced by artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Allman Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Eric Lindell. Folksy lyrics and soaring harmonies, reminiscent of the Traveling Wilburys' sound, are in this band's wheelhouse.

Jun 10, 4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, 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 10, 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 a different student group opening .

Jun 10, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

1st ANNUAL FOONTASTIC FUNDRAISER for MUSIC EDUCATION Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm with live music in the lobby between 7-8pm. Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse Berkeley, CA Share this event: Concert and Fundraiser in memory of Neel Thomas Foon Please join us for an evening of outstanding musical performances by current and former music students from Oakland School for the Arts and Montessori Family School, along with musicians/educators who taught and mentored Neel from elementary through high school. We are raising funds through ticket sales and direct donations to support music & arts education at Oakland School for the Arts and Montessori Family School in memory of Neel. Donations to the The Fly Me to the Foon Scholarship Fund for Oakland School for the Arts can be made directly to this fund at: Alternatively, checks can be written to either the Fly Me to the Foon Scholarship Fund at EBCF or the Foon Scholarship Fund at EBCF and mailed to:

Jun 10, 4:52pm to 5:52pm,

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Nicolas Bearde

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Crooners Corner," featuring the smooth vocal stylings of Nicolas Bearde.

After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins.

Recording artist Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly-respected showman, has established himself as a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocal milieu over this past decade. His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport captures and draws the audience into his live performances. Nicolas boasts a long solo career as well as a collaborative nature, having been a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra as well as the a capella group SoVoSo. Don't miss this one-time-only collaboration of two musical titans in what is sure to be a memorable afternoon.

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to
her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

Tickets are $25 and 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 10, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Bay Area Death Fest Day 3 --- The Faceless, The Zenith Passage, Wolf King, Obliterate, Cyborg Octopus, The Undying, Throne of Tyranny, Obastra, Lost To The Void

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm
$28 in advance / $30 day of show / $70 3-day passes
This event is all ages

The Faceless
Progressive / technical death metal band from US.
Active since 2004.
*performing Planetary Duality in its entirety*

The Zenith Passage
It was in early 2012 that a small recording collaboration between two friends (Justin McKinney and Greg Hampton) began to coalesce into something that would prove to be well more than the sum of its parts. The Zenith Passage may have come about from humble beginnings in a stuffy Los Angeles apartment, but the produce thereof is anything BUT humble. Even the earliest demo tracks delivered a relentless torrent of technical guitar work accompanied by a distinctly frenetic and brutal vocal delivery that has since become an unmistakable hallmark in a scene that is all too often the victim of stagnation. Far from being strictly a shredfest, TZP also incorporates a thematic backbone that draws inspiration from the chaotic and awesome destructive powers of our universe. Progressive interludes invoke a palpable sense of abstract dread and reverence for things beyond mortal comprehension. The atmosphere created clearly nods to inspiration drawn from legendary acts such as Deeds of Flesh, Soreption, Fallujah, Severed Savior, and Aeon.Line-up:
Greg Hampton - Vocals
Justin McKinney - Guitars
Rob Maramonte - Guitars
Michael Hoskins - Bass Guitar
Luis Martinez - Drums

The project's initial offerings generated enough buzz in social media circles alone to convince the duo to redouble their efforts in earnest, and to begin seeking out members to complete their lineup. This proved no small task in a saturated market, but persistent scouting over to following months precipitated the addition of friend and drummer Josh Slater (Aethere) into the mix. The subsequent release of a proper EP in January 2013 (entitled "Cosmic Dissonance") catapulted TZP's recognition to previously unprecedented heights, greatly broadening their fanbase, and catching the attention and admiration of some of California's foremost metal musicians. Not long thereafter, it was announced that Rob Maramonte (ex-Fallujah) would also be stepping in to lend his talents and fill the role of second guitarist.

With the onset of all these new developments, and the lineup nearing completion, it seemed only natural to take the next step and join the ranks of those by whom they had been so heavily influenced. Thus, in the summer of 2013, TZP had the honor of signing on with Unique Leader Records for a multi-album deal. The stage is currently set for TZP to secure their foothold in topmost reaches of the metal pantheon, and they are hard at work churning out new content for their debut full-length. Rest assured, this marks only the beginning. The world has only just set foot onto the passage towards the pinnacle, the apex, the Xenith.

Deathcore band from Québec, Canada.Formed in 2010.

Experimental Metal band from Livermore, California
Zack Taylor - Vocals
Rocky Chavez - Guitar
Michael Rohwer - Guitar
Kyle Shearn - Bass
Andrew James "AJ" Wright - Drums

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

Elder Brother, Sun Valley Gun Club, Daydream, and more at Gilman

The Hard Times Shows & Bake Shows presents
Elder Brother ,

Sun Valley Gun Club (Record Release Show),


Compltr, The Breathing Room
Show: 6:30 Doors: All Ages $12 adv $14 at Door + $2 Annual Gilman Membership to be paid upon entry in CASH (Membership fee not included in advance ticket purchase)
Upcoming shows info

Jun 10, 6pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Tango Revelation

Jun 10, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley