Eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.
Jun 29, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Pictures from the Tumultuous 70s
Friday, August 3 The Last Picture Show 1971 / 118 min. / R / CC
The time is 1951 in a tiny Texas town. A diner, a pool hall and the Royal movie theater are the only places to go, "except to bed," critic Roger Ebert wryly comments in his review. Best friends Sonny (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane (Jeff Bridges) lust after a phony rich girl (Cybill Shepherd). Adults mostly guard their secrets. In the end, loss shakes loose some authentic emotion from the friends. Cloris Leachman and Ellen Burstyn are superb in supporting roles.
Friday, August 10 A Woman Under the Influence 1974 / 155 min. / R / CC
An LA housewife and mother, Mabel (Gena Rowlands), is unpredictable, sometimes volatile, sometimes overly friendly, to the extent that her construction worker husband, Nick (Peter Falk), wonders about her ability to handle the life they lead. Stellar performances from both leads make this an essential movie experience. Gena Rowlands won several Best Actress awards for it. The writer-director, John Cassavettes, is an icon of independent film.
Friday, August 17 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 / 133 min. / R / CC
Considered to be among the greatest films ever, Cuckoo's Nest is the story of a funny and often satisfying power struggle between a cocky recidivist felon (Jack Nicholson) and an authoritarian mental hospital nurse (Louise Fletcher). It's based on a Ken Kesey novel, boasts a near perfect ensemble cast (including Christopher Lloyd, Brad Dourif and Danny DeVito) and won all the major awards: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.
Friday, August 24 Taxi Driver 1976 / 113 min. / R / CC
After being discharged from the Vietnam-era Marines, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) drives a taxi in New York City. He's a loner who forms attachments to inappropriate women-a presidential campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) and a 15 year old prostitute (Jodie Foster), whom he wants to protect. Pushed over the edge by their rejections, he begins to stalk the corrupt, sleazy guys who employ them. Martin Scorsese directs this thriller as black comedy.
Friday, August 31 Chinatown 1974 / 130 min. / R / CC
In a story based on the early twentieth century California Water Wars, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes a job following a Department of Water and Power engineer-who soon turns up dead. Immediately, Gittes is led by the engineer's widow (Faye Dunaway) to peel away layer after layer of corruption and mystery surrounding her husband's death. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is another of our greatest-and most beautifully shot-films.
About Workers' Movements
Friday, September 7 Matewan 1987 / 135 min. / PG-13 / CC
It's 1920 in the town of Matewan, West Virginia. When Stone Mountain Coal Company cuts the wages of rebellious coal miners and brings in African American replacements, a United Mine Workers man (Chris Cooper) arrives to organize a union. In response, the company hires private detectives to oppose the miners and to set blacks and whites against each other. Tensions boil over, leading to a historic battle. James Earl Jones plays the character who leads black miners.
Friday, September 14 The Help 2011 / 146 min. / PG-13 / no CC
In 1963, Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) agrees to let aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone) interview her about her experiences as a maid to white families in Jackson, Mississippi. Gradually, other maids risk their jobs to join in with their own harrowing stories, which are all intended to yield a change-making book. Great storytelling and character development make this film exceptional. The ensemble cast also includes Octavia Spencer and David Oyelowo.
Friday, September 21 Blue Collar 1978 / 114 min. / R / no CC
Three Detroit auto workers (Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel & Yaphet Kotto) are buddies on and off work. They feel trapped between big industry and their do-nothing, corrupt union. They hit on a plan to rob the safe in the union office, leading to complications that lay bare the terrible predicament of working people. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver), who delivers an authentic, uncompromising ending. It's a very powerful film.
Friday, September 28 North Country 2005 / 126 min. / R / CC
Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) flees her abusive husband with two kids to stay with her parents in her North Dakota home town. Most jobs available to her pay very little, so a friend (Frances McDormand) encourages her to apply to work in the same mine where she and Josie's father work. Josie's demeaning experiences there eventually drive her to start a legal fight with the mining company. Based on a true story, and directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider").
Jun 29, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.
Jun 29, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
The Bob Roden Quintet. We play what one might call "accessible jazz" - a variety of jazz styles, but within a range that's readily understood and appreciated by a general audience.
Jun 29, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
The Desaturating Seven led Primus back to some of the sounds and styles of their earlier days and has received praise from Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, AV Club and more. The album marks the return of the definitive Primus line-up-singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde, and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander-for its first album of original music since 1995.
Inspiration for the album came from a 1978 children's book called The Rainbow Goblins by the Italian author and artist Ui de Rico. In the story seven goblins come to the valley where rainbows are born, intending to steal the rainbows and eat them. The valley, though, knows that the goblins are coming, and makes a plan to thwart the wicked creatures by hiding the rainbow. After the goblins are caught in their own nets, the flowers release the colors of the rainbow and drown the goblins, and in gratitude, the rainbow turns the flowers into beautiful birds who fly across the valley in freedom.
"It's a story about gluttonous individuals sucking the colors out of the world," says Les Claypool. "The overuse of resources by the greedy elite, and how the meek masses can overcome them in the end by unifying. It seemed pretty relevant these days."
Art is a cyclical beast. The same can easily be said of Grammy Award nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon. The group's four members recognize the importance of life's omnipresent cycles on their sixth full-length album, Once More `Round the Sun. The band orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of its signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves. At the same time, this particular collection proves personal for Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Troy Sanders. The very title says something slightly different for each member.
Mastodon's own collective cycle encompasses a staggering string of accolades. Whether it's the public endorsement of peers as diverse as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, CeeLo Green, and Feist or unanimous praise from the likes of Time and Rolling Stone, the band continue to make an impression at every turn. 2011's The Hunter saw them achieve their highest chart debut yet, reaching #10 on the Billboard Top 200, while the single "Curl of the Burl" notched their second Grammy Award nomination in the category of "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance". In between scorching stages everywhere from Sonisphere and Download to Bonnaroo and Coachella, they scored the Josh Brolin sci-fi western Jonah Hex and have been sought out for soundtracks including Pixar's box office smash Monsters University. As far as rock `n' roll goes, their legacy irrefutably stands alone. However, that legacy expands yet again with Once More `Round the Sun.
Jun 29, 7pm to 9pm, Greek Theatre - 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA
About this Event Performing to critical acclaim celebrating over 20 years and more than 2700 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show.
Stream and download high-quality mastered soundboards: nugs.net/browse/artists/291/Dark-Star-Orchestra-mp3-flac-downloads/shows/
Hear Phil Lesh join DSO at The Fillmore: archive.org/details/DSO2012-10-13.SBD.flac
Jun 29, 7pm to 11:59pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue Berkeley
Pity Party (VINYL RELEASE SHOW!!)
Spider Cider (Tuscon, AZ)
Stoop Kids (REUNION!!!!)
Neverlyn Babygoth (acoustic Grumpster tunes)
Doors @ 7pm
$10 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.
Jun 29, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley
Americana and roots powerhouse trio
All Ages $24 ADV / $28 DOOR (plus fees)
Jun 29, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison Street Berkeley
Holding down last Fridays throughout the summer, the East Bay-raised Hogan Brothers have played with leading figures in R&B, funk, hip-hop and Latin music. With Julian on drums, Steve on bass and Colin on electric piano and accordion, the Brothers have established a huge network.
"A diagram charting the vast network of musicians connected to the siblings Steve, Colin and Julian Hogan would capture just about the entire Bay Area music scene." -Andrew Gilbert, SJ Mercury News
Jun 29, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Jun 29, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.
Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."
And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.
This performance includes Adam Gay (bass) and Tony Johnson (drums). Both of these guys have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years. Sam Cady (who is very familiar with Noel's complex original arrangements) and Sam Rudin (who is not) will be splitting the piano chores.
Tickets are $18 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 29, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
For over thirty years, The Unreal Band has been a major component of the cultural phenomenon that the Thomas Guide Map calls "Berkeley, California."
Their "take no prisoners" approach to rock and roll has left a 30 year long trail of the breathless and the exhausted on dance floors from Gilman to Woolsey and all points in between.
But it hasn't stopped there.....
Taking it on the road in 1984 with Wavy Gravy (speaking of major cultural components), an unsuspecting nation got a taste of Unreality as the Nobody for President bus rolled and rocked its way through a 10 city cavalcade of unblinking lunacy.
The CD "Asphalt Dream" was released on October 20th 2007 at The Ashkenaz. It was the fulfillment of a promise made to Pat Quinn (an off the CHARTS Berkeley cultural phenom in his own right) and was released on the one year anniversary of his passing.
The Unreal Band continues to rock into 2009. So get your bad selves ready to strap in and hold on tight !!
The name says it all. These guys are just plain UNREAL !!!
Jun 29, 8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley
All Ages $25 in Advance / $30 Day of Show
Jun 29, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant) Berkeley
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rahan Boxley hosts an evening of fresh dance music that ranges from traditional Congolese to American R&B, reggae, house, funk, capoeira, and Afro stylings.
Rahan Boxley, born in Cleveland, Ohio, now based in the San Francisco, Bay Area of California, is a multidisciplinary artist, percussionist, capoeirista and visual artist that sings and dances, breathing life into space. A performer since the age of 4 years old, Rahan has shared the stage with legendary folk artist Joan Baez, Brazilian master percussionist Gabi Guedes, and Hip Hop group Jurrasic Five to name a few. With performances that have spanned Canada, the US, and Brazil, Rahan brings a fresh energy, influenced by traditional and Soukous Congolese music, roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, R&B and deep house music. When showcasing his talents live, Rahan serves a unique contemporary Afro-World fusion entree, layered with one of a kind soul-cadence for you to partake in. He is considered by his Northern Californian fanbase one of premiere genre-bending powerhouse performers and songwriters of the future. Seeing Rahan Boxley live is an unforgettable experience.
Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door
Jun 29, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Berkeley rapper LOE Gino's first visual and single "Good Enough" off of his soon to be released mixtape "Birkenstocks With The Socks" is already raising eyebrows.
The Berkeley artist's substantial lyrics and powerful video depicting the struggles of young black men & women in this country, has positioned him to be an artists to pay attention to.
While so many other rappers are clouding and saturating any vague remnants of a message found in their music, LOE Gino delivers authenticity, honesty and introspection with his lyrics.
Come check out the rest of the mixtape at La Peña Cultural Center in South Berkeley at its official release!
Also performing: KENTE, NESS, RAYMOS & OMB ICEBERG & DJ GD.
Get your tickets before this show sells out!
YES, THIS SHOW IS ALL AGES!
$10 Advance / $15 Door
Jun 29, 9pm to 11:30pm, La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley