Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Jul 1, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Jul 1, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Jul 1, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

Jul 1, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Silly Song Sing-Along: Songs of Nonsense & Silliness

Celia Ramsay, Calvaleigh Rasmussen
All Ages Free with Reservation

Jul 1, 1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street Berkeley

Festival of Americana Music featuring Keith Little and Molly Tuttle

In celebration of the 2018 Whippoorwill Arts Freshgrass Awards, Whippoorwill Arts presents a Festival of Americana Music featuring Keith Little and Molly Tuttle, Winners of the 2018 Whippoorwill Arts Fresh Grass Awards. A special reception, panel discussion and LIVE music at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California. Don't miss the rare opportunity to experience intimate live performances from a special selection of talented and renowned artists. Celebrate Americana musicians!

2;00 PM Special Reception
2:45 PM Jazz Trio - Opener
3:00 PM Nell & Jim Band - Opening Performance
3:45 PM Panel Discussion featuring Whippoorwill Arts Fresh Grass Artist Awardees Keith Little and Molly Tuttle, led by Derk Richardson, KPFA DJ and Music Writer Concert featuring Keith Little and Molly Tuttle

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Keith Little - guitar, vocals;
Molly Tuttle - guitar, vocals;
Nell & Jim Band: Nell Robinson - vocals, flute; Jim Nunally - vocals, guitar; Jim Kerwin - bass fiddle; Rob Reich - accordion, keyboards; Jon Arkin - percussion +special guests

Keith is a nationally acclaimed musician, vocalist, recording artist, composer, and producer. Born into a musical family, he was first introduced to string band music by his father and quickly developed on the guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. Over a career spanning forty years, Keith has been an important member of many national touring bands (Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time), and has performed on the Grammy award-winning recordings "The Grass Is Blue" and "Little Sparrow" by Dolly Parton; and "Another Country" by the Chieftains. The "bluegrass voice of the gold country," Keith is also a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. His compositions have been recorded by Crystal Gayle, Longview, Claire Lynch, Tim O'Brien, and the Whites (among others), and he is an honorary lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association.

In 2017, Molly Tuttle made music history. Having been nominated for three International Bluegrass Music Awards, including Emerging Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year, she became the first woman to win IBMA Guitar Player of the Year (also becoming the first woman ever to be nominated). The 24-year-old Northern California native has been performing on stage since age 11. She recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree with her father Jack Tuttle, at age 13; she has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at San Francisco's prestigious Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and RockyGrass festivals. Further evidence that Molly's star has risen is her fall 2017 signing to Compass Records, for whom she will record her first full-length album, the follow-up to her 2017 self-released EP Rise.

Nell & Jim Band
Genre-busting artists performing joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, americana, roots, swing, jazz, and blues. An authentic and original all-star band.

Jul 1, 2pm to 5pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Balkan/Greek Post-Camp Gathering Dance Workshop with Petur Iliev

Jul 1, 2pm to 5pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Jul 1, 3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

Jul 1, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Larry Stefl

Jul 1, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Punk With A Camera -Berkeley@924 Gilman

Jul 1, 5pm to 9pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Balkan/Greek Post-Camp Gathering Dance Party with Edessa

For many years one of the Bay Area's premier Balkan dance bands, Ã%dessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans. They play with a deep understanding of the connection between dance and music. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they perform in a variety of styles, featuring long sets that interweave melodies, improvisation and a beat with dancers in mind. The music comes from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, and Turkey, and Balkan Roma (Gypsy). The group and its members have long participated in and taught at Balkan camps across the country, and Ã%dessa was the first band to take Balkan music to Japan.

Ã%dessa is George Chittenden on clarinet, gaida (bagpipe), zurna (shawm), and guitar; Lise Liepman on santouri (hammered dulcimer) and accordion; violinist Ari Langer and percussionist Sean Tergis.

Doors at 5:30 pm; Show at 6:00 pm
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Tickets are $12

Jul 1, 6pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Hip Spanic Allstars

All Ages $16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)

Jul 1, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street Berkeley