Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Jun 23, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,

VL Trio

Jun 23, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Jun 23, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

4th Saturday Swing - Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines plus Swing/Lindy Lessons with Cheryl McBride and Michael Marangio

It's time for the hottest Crescent City Soul, from New Orleans greats Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, and a host of other favorites, revitalized by pianist Macy Blackman and his hard-driving band the Mighty Fines. They also feature music from their new CD, "Friskin' the Whiskers." Originally from Delaware, Macy Blackman made his professional debut at the age of 12 and has played music most of his life, eventually moving to San Francisco. He put together the Mighty Fines in 2003. Relocated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs became the band's baritone saxophonist. Nancy Wright sings and plays tenor sax (she's worked with everyone from Elvin Bishop to B.B. King), alongside drummer Larry Vann (of Ron Thompson's Resistors, and Elvin Bishop) and bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith, Lost Weekend).

Doors at 7:30 pm; Swing/Lindy Lessons w/ Cheryl McBride & Michael Marangio at 8:00 pm
Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jun 23, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Shawn Colvin

singular and enduring singer-songwriter
(6/23/18) Doors: 7:00 PM Show: $145 Premium + VIP / $65 Premium / $50 Advance / $54 Door (plus fees)

Jun 23, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street

Extra Nappy Plays Extra Nappy

Extra Nappy offers a glimpse into an organically-developing musical movement encapsulating the vibrant history of African American music--from gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and funk, all the way up to contemporary hip-hop.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Howard Wiley - saxophone; Thomas Pridgen - drums; Lionel "LJ" Holoman - piano and organ; Michael "Tiny" Lindsey - bass

Artist/Group Bio: Tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley has been a major force on the Bay Area music scene since his teenage years in the mid-90s. A protégé of the dynamic Miss Faye Carol, he's steeped in a vast array of African-American idioms, from gospel, blues and jazz to R&B, funk and hip-hop.These various currents all flow into Extra Nappy, a loose and limber quartet that delivers improvisation-laced arrangements of classic songs. Featuring Alameda-raised drummer Thomas Pridgen, who spent three years touring and recording with El Paso rockers The Mars Volta; pianist/organist Lionel "LJ" Holoman; and bassist Michael "Tiny" Lindsey, Wiley's quartet plays next-level grooves with such a deep pocket it's not just nappy, it's Extra Nappy. If you've never seen the group live, expect a high-energy fusion of funk and soul mixed with top-notch jazz musicianship. Extra Nappy's band members have earned their stripes playing alongside some of contemporary music's finest voices, among them Lauryn Hill, Sheila E, Christian McBride, Alicia Keys, Steely Dan, Boyz II Men, Nas, the Mars Volta and Thundercat.

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Jun 23, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

The Reset Button

Based in Oakland, The Reset Button is the brainchild of Evan Martin, a former member of other mythical Bay Area bands such as eXtreme elvis, Black Fiction, and Straggler. The band consists of Martin on lead guitar and vocals, Yuriy Goldman on lead guitar, Chris Powell on bass, and Akili Peyton on drums.

They have a modern classic rock sound with obvious bluesy roots as well as lots of other eclectic influences that feel familiar, but sound totally fresh. Your heart will beat to their rock steady rhythm, your spirit will soar while the two guitars blend melodically and seamlessly, and your mind will search while their soulful lyrics tell stories ranging from the power of perspective and living in the moment to the pondering of our ultimate existentialism. The band's live performances showcase incredible musicianship that allow you to just be in the moment, dance to your heart's content, and push The Reset Button on your life!

They released their first EP, Laughing Matters, in November 2017, which is available on all music streaming platforms. A new EP is in the works, so look out for that in the near future!

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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 23, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Steve Lucky's Hammond Cheese Combo

Jump blues, swing and rare gems inspired by the '30s, '40s and '50s, this Combo isn't your everyday organ combo sandwich. Some of the specials on our menu include tunes by the under-recognized organ genius Hank Marr, knockouts by Brother Jack McDuff, and lots of original pieces by Steve Lucky, dripping with special sauce, and some extra cheese numbers sung by the captivating guitarist/vocalist Carmen Getit.

Jun 23, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

La Peña's 43rd Birthday Party with La Chamba!

Doors open at 8:30pm / Concert starts at 9pm
$15 Advance / $20 Door

For 43 years La Peña Cultural Center has supported artists get their start before gaining wide popularity, such as: Ana Tijoux, Los Rakas, Bomba Estereo, Rebel Diaz, Lila Downs, Quetzal and counting!
Following this tradition, we are celebrating La Peña’s 43rd birthday party with a concert by La Chamba, a Los Angeles-based group that is blowing up and resurfacing a musical genre called “Chicha”.

La Chamba fuses psychedelic electric guitar & organs with Afro-Latin rhythms, such as cumbia, salsa, timba, rumba and other global rhythms. The group is inspired by 60's & 70's psychedelic Peruvian surf-cumbia genre known as "Chicha" music, popular among the working classes of Lima and the Amazon. Their sound pays homage to the vintage melodies of Peruvian Chicha music while creating a unique sound born in Los Angeles known as "Chicha Angelina."
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Jun 23, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Particle Doors

All Ages $15 in Advance / $19 at the Door

Jun 23, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant) Berkeley