Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/26/2018

The Phree Thinkers

Larrie Noble and his group. Grooving tunes old and new.

Jun 26, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Zamico

Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

Jun 26, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Brian Moran Trio

Jun 26, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Freight Open Mic

Freight Open Mic

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The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission. Also, for this evening's open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not "first-come, first-served."

Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

A lottery will be held shortly after doors at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

Admission is free for all.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

Jun 26, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR presents SICK: A Memoir In conversation with ACHY OBEJAS

For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All of her trips to the ER and her daily pain and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery. SICK is a candid, illuminating narrative of hope and uncertainty, boldly examining the deep impact of illness on one woman's life.

Porochista Khakpour's debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times Editor's Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune's Fall's Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the "First Fiction" category. Her second novel The Last Illusion was a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and many more. Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her nonfiction has appeared in many sections of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Slate, Salon, and Bookforum, among many others. Currently, she is guest faculty at VCFA and Stonecoast's MFA programs as well as Contributing Editor at The Evergreen Review. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, she lives in New York City's Harlem. Her author photo was taken by Sylvie Roskoff.

Please note:
Conversation to be followed by a Q&A and signing.


This event is all ages. Accessibility is important to us! If you have special needs of any kind, please write events AT booksmith DOT com and we will do our best to accommodate you. If the cost of admission would be a financial hardship that might prevent you from attending, please let us know.

Tickets

Jun 26, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley

Eric Revis Quartet

Whether fronting his own ensembles with colleagues such as Orrin Evans, Nasheet Waits, Kris Davis, Andrew Cyrille, Darius Jones and Jason Moran, double bassist Eric Revis has established himself as much for his experimentations into the unknown as with mainstream jazz forms (Branford Marsalis Quartet, Betty Carter).

On his newest album as a leader, Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed), he goes a long way beyond anything he's achieved before. Sing follows 2013's Parallax (Clean Feed), his first recorded pairing with multi-reed player and MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark, the Chicago experimental scion. It shows Revis's astoundingly flexible range with a huge grounded sound. Vandermark returns to this session in a quartet with pianist Kris Davis (Revis's frequent trio partner on a handful of recorded dates with drummer Andrew Cyrille), and a former Chicagoan on drums, Chad Taylor, whom the bassist employed on his acclaimed 2014 quartet session In Memory of Things Yet Seen.

Together, they reinforce the idea that the identity of the music is relative to context and shared experience. The various points of departure sprouting from each player's unique identity fit within the same context because of a shared willingness to experiment with sound and form. Modern creative music is invariably composed of multiple sensibilities. This recording explores these qualities, confirming what has already been said about Revis's personal aesthetic - one committed to "stretching the jazz fabric without ripping it apart." In Sing Me Some Cry, you have traditional vocabulary, free-bop and more, with a continued indifference to established aesthetic ideologies.

Tickets are $15 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!

Jun 26, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

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.
http://www.abcarian.com

Jun 26, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Cajun Country Revival: Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy & the Foghorn String Band


Spanning generations from across the nation the Cajun Country Revival is a veritable supergroup of American roots musicians. Comprised of Cajun musicians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy and Portland Oregon's Foghorn Stringband, this group presents a music that seems to embody all of the things that make life wonderful and together they've delighted audiences around the world celebrating rather than "performing" the music that brought them together: Cajun music and early Country music. Son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann and the founder of the Louisiana-based label Valcour Records, Joel Savoy is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a nine-time GRAMMY nominee, as well as a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association's Fiddler of the Year Award. Having grown up literally at the feet of the Cajun great he represents his culture with an authority that few people his age can and his playing leaves no doubt that Cajun music is still very much alive. He has worked and played with the best of the best in south Louisiana as well as folks like John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett. Sharing the stage with Joel for the last 15 years is the legendary Cajun powerhouse, Jesse Lége. Growing up in a rural pre-electricity home in Gueydan, LA, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors, and the family's much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world, known especially for his high, clear, "crying" vocals. Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music and singing Cajun French songs for over 35 years performing with a variety of well-known musicians in various Louisiana and southeast Texas dancehalls. He is a winner of numerous CFMA awards: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 1998 he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame. Completing the revival is Portland Oregon's Foghorn Stringband, made up of Caleb Klauder (WA) and Stephen "Sammy" Lind (MN) and Reeb Willms (WA) and Nadine Landry (Québec). Credited for igniting the Old Time Renaissance in Northwest, the Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With their 8th album, Devil in the Seat in hand, thousands of shows and over a decade of touring under their belts, it's no surprise that this band, as proclaimed by Stuart Mason, The Fiddle Freak, "has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination." Through all of this, they've never let the music grow cold; instead Foghorn has been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

Jun 26, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Dennis Dove

The band has traveled all over delivering their own diversified and dynamic music style. From Motown, Old School Funk, R&B, Rock, Smooth Jazz and current hits.

www.dennisdove.com

Jun 26, 9:45pm to 6/26 12 midnight, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley