Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/29/2018

Flowtilla

Eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

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


Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

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


The Bob Roden Quintet

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.

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Dark Star Orchestra

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

7pm to 11:59pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue Berkeley


Primus, MASTODON, Jjuujjuu


Primus

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."
Mastodon

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.


Jjuujjuu

7pm to 9pm, Greek Theatre - 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA


PityParty // SpiderCider (AZ) // Stoop Kids // Long Knives +more

Pity Party (VINYL RELEASE SHOW!!)
Spider Cider (Tuscon, AZ)
Stoop Kids (REUNION!!!!)
Long Knives
Neverlyn Babygoth (acoustic Grumpster tunes)
ALL AGES.
Doors @ 7pm
$10 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


The UnReal Band @ The Starry Plough Pub

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 !!!

8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


Red Molly

Americana and roots powerhouse trio
All Ages $24 ADV / $28 DOOR (plus fees)

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


The Hogan Brothers

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
http://thehoganbrothers.com

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


The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

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!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Bob Roden Quintet

8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Slum Village IllMac, MH the Verb, Gee. w/ RIDL & CTZN

All Ages $25 in Advance / $30 Day of Show

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


LOE Gino Mixtape Release Concert: Birkenstocks with the Socks

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!

www.lapena.org
$10 Advance / $15 Door

9pm to 11:30pm, La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Rahan Boxley Band with Special Guests

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

9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley