Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Time Out Quartet

Jul 3, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Jul 3, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

MotorDude Zydeco plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. The group is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ - along with singer/rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer and singer Willy Jordan, and bassist Dennis Calloway. Launched in 1989 by veterans of other zydeco and dance bands, MDZ takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Ted Sherrod
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jul 3, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Dred Scott and Freedom Jazz

Dred Scott's Freedom Jazz: songs of rebellion, resistance and rabble-rousing with a short history of each song delivered by Bruce Barthol.

Dred Scott, piano
Miles Wick, bass
Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone
Beth Custer, clarinet and bass clarinet
Tom Hassett, drums
plus special guests

About the repertoire:
American fighting forces illegally travelled to Spain between 1936-1939 to fight Franco and the rising tide of Fascism that would soon take over Europe. They were called the 15th Brigade. The most famous song of the Republic has two lyrical versions, "El Paso del Ebro" and "Viva Quince Brigada." The first one is related to the Battle of the Ebro and the second mentions the Battle of Jarama, two of the main confrontations of the Spanish Civil War. The melody, however, dates back to the Peninsular War in the early 19th century.

In 1970, the working-class united and elected Salvador Allende to lead them in a socialist transformation of Chile. Their anthem was "El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido," or "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." When Pinochet took over in a U.S.-backed coup in 1973, this song became the anthem of the resistance.

In 1957, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus sent the National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Charles Mingus wrote a song in protest, "The Fables of Faubus."

"Rally 'Round the Flag" was written in 1862 during the American Civil War. It was also known as "The Battle Cry of Freedom" and was pro-union and anti-slavery. It became so popular the Confederacy adapted it - with alternate lyrics, or course.

Originally sung by migrant workers in the rice paddies of the Italian valley of Po in the 19th century to protest working conditions, "Bella Ciao" became famously repurposed as an anti-Fascist anthem in 1943.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students 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!

Jul 3, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

24 hrs, Skinnyfromthe9, Dice Soho, Rz, Public Service


Jul 3, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704