Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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.

Jun 27, 12 midnight to 12:45 midnight, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Jun 27, 10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano 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.

Jun 27, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Grooving Nigerian music blending traditional sounds with Rock and Roll.

Jun 27, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA

Stitch 'n Bitch

Jun 27, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Full: Adam Tendler

The charismatic young pianist Adam Tendler performs works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, and others. Tendler has been captivating audiences across the country, playing at the American Museum of Natural History, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Rothko Chapel, and Maverick Concert Hall. The Baltimore Sun wrote, "if they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all."

Programmed by Sarah Cahill
BAMPFA Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.

Jun 27, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St, Berkeley

Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Ariana Reines

Julian Talamantez Brolaski's most recent book is Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, 2017), which was recently shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. It is also the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012) and Gowanus Atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), coediter of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari Edwards, as well as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Brooklyn-based Juan & the Pines and Oakland-based The Western Skyline. Julian is currently at work on The Apache Pollen Path (forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press) with its grandmother, Inés Talamantez. It maintains a blog of handwritten poems here:

Jun 27, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Kellye Gray

With her stunning musicality and warm, enveloping voice, Texas native Kellye Gray is one of the most accomplished jazz vocalists on the national scene. Gray has recorded over half a dozen albums as a leader and performed nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Yoshi's, and SFJAZZ. Kellye has been honored to share the stage with legends Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, to name a few.

Her first release, "Standards In Gray," prompted USA to declare "she is simply the most exciting singer to debut." Kellye's latest release entitled, Rendering, celebrates her 25th year as a professional and was recorded live in the studio in front of a 30 person audience and has no retakes or overdubs. She is the `real deal,' as KCSM's Alissa Clancy likes to boast, and there ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. Performing a collection of standards from blues to bebop her special guest will be San Francisco's own tenor saxophone bebop master, Noel Jewkes. Backing her up for this performance will be Adam Shulman (piano), Peter Barshay (bass), and Greg Wyser-Pratt (drums).

Jun 27, 7:30pm to 10:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Balkan Folkdance

This monthly event is a revival of '70s-style Berkeley folk dancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

Doors at 6:30 pm; Dance at 7:00 pm
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Tickets are $7

Jun 27, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ramana Vieira

Internationally acclaimed Portuguese Fado singer

All Ages $20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

Jun 27, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison Street Berkeley

Rob Schneiderman

Music in Dimensions 3, 3.5 and 4

Indulge your curiosity about the Music-Math mystique as pianist-composer-mathematician Rob Schneiderman performs in solo and duo settings, along with musical mathematicians from the international conference Topology in Dimensions 3, 3.5 and 4.

Featured compositions will include works of Bud Powell, Duke Ellington, Lennon and McCartney, Ernesto Lecuona, Chico Buarque, and J.S. Bach, as well as music from Rob's recent Tone Twister recording.

Rob Schneiderman has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries such as Eddie Harris, James Moody, Charles McPherson, JJ Johnson, Jimmy Heath, Clifford Jordan, Art Farmer and Harold Land. After 10 recordings as a leader for the Reservoir Music label, Rob's recent Tone Twister release for Hollistic MusicWorks features Brian Lynch and Ralph Moore on trumpet and saxophone with Gerald Cannon and Pete Van Nostrand on bass and drums.

In 2001 Rob received a PhD in mathematics from UC Berkeley under the guidance of topology guru Robion Kirby. Rob is currently on the faculty of Lehman College CUNY, and his research is focussed on studying surfaces in 4-dimensional spaces and links of circles in 3-dimensional spaces.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 student 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 27, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Funky Spuds

Making their Jup debut, The Funky Spuds is a sousaphone-fronted New Orleans-influenced funk band from San Francisco, looking to break down the connotations of "brass band music," and push the limits of what their instruments can do. The blasting sounds of the sousaphone (played by Shane Cox) cover funky bass lines from Motown to James Brown. The unique dual talented Paul Branin musically leads the band as a veteran of the Bay Area. He wails on the saxophone, displaying influence from Michael Brecker and John Coltrane, until he picks up the guitar and dives right into the psychedelic sounds of Hendrix.

Jun 27, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Jun 27, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley