Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Jun 19, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Jun 19, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Yanqui Gumbo

Jun 19, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Sauce Piquante plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group's high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana's dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Along with Kilpatrick on accordion and vocals, the band includes fiddler Steve Tabak, guitarist-singer Jim Ruth, bassist-singer Kathy "KP" Price, and David Hymowitz on drums.

Sauce Piquante was inspired by the late Danny Poullard, the Bay Area accordionist who suggested the group's name. During more than two decades of Louisiana travels and music camp attendance, band members have been influenced by many other gifted musicians. They have learned from Creole masters (Bois Sec Ardoin, Delton Broussard, Canray Fontenot, Edward Poullard) and legendary Cajun accordionists (Steve Riley, Jesse Lége, Eddie LeJeune, Sheryl Cormier). The band's debut recording "Sauce Piquante Live" got a thumbs-up in a Dirty Linen magazine review. Kilpatrick is also the author of "Accordion Dreams" (University Press of Mississippi, 2009), which documents her musical journey. She and her husband Tabak were among the musicians profiled in "Zydeco Nation," a recent public radio documentary about the Louisiana Creole migration to Northern California.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Cheryl McBride
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the door

Jun 19, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Clara & the Broken Barrel Stringband

Google Calendar ICS Clara & the Broken Barrel Stringband.jpeg Clara & the Broken Barrel Stringband is led by Clara Delfina, who grew up in Northern California and now calls Austin home. She specializes in American old-time and country music. The Stringband includes Haakon Oyen (guitar/vocals), Landon George (bass) and, filling in for regular band member/banjo-player Jake Blount on this tour will be Clarke Williams (banjo).

As a skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Clara's energy and creativity provides a unique dynamic, giving her the flexibility to dig into archaic tunes as well as experiment with more contemporary country fiddle. The band just released an album of traditional ballads and fiddle tunes, called Mayday,

All of the band members have made incredible strides in old-time music: Haakon plays with international touring band the Slack Bow Nerds and local musicians in Asheville, N.C., Landon and Clarke have also toured internationally with Jenny & the Hog Drovers, a band with Phil Jamison, also based out of Asheville, N.C.

This band brings weird, upbeat, and raging fiddle tunes contrasted with old ballads and country songs about life's troubles and trials. Their sound is rich with historical depth and feeling, informed by a love of musical communities of the past, but this crew won't stop until your toe is tapping or you're falling of your chair laughing, and will carry you along on a journey, bringing this old sound into the future.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and $15 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 19, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The Hard Times Presents Shelter Give, Dying For It, The Deathless

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
This event is all ages Tickets $20

Jun 19, 8pm to 11pm, Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music, 2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Ravi Abcarian Trio

Tuesdays in June are held down by local double bassist/composer/educator Ravi Abcarian, who heads up the youth group Oaktown Jazz Workshop. Ravi specializes in his own compositions, classics by Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter, and instrumental arrangements of Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley songs.

Jun 19, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley