Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Stitch 'n Bitch

Jul 4, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Norbert Satchel - Leh Cats Latin Jazz Sextet

LehCats (Norbert and Karen Stachels' last name spelled backwards) performs original compositions that combine elements of modern jazz, funk, R&B, Middle Eastern, Afro/Latin, and rock into a musical potpourri of creative sound. LehCats consists of Norbert Stachel (tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet, and flute), Karen Stachel (flute, alto flute, and piccolo), Jeff Tamelier (guitar), Murray Low (piano), Dewayne Pate (bass), Gilbert Ross (percussion), and Dan Gonzalez (drums). LehCats redefines the terms teamwork, artistry, and chemistry. Their versatility is evident, and their ability to deliver and uplift both the music and the listener is profound.

Jul 4, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, 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.

Jul 4, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Wormhole Wednesday feat. Rumpistol & Drrtywulvz


IDM / ambient / electronica producer from Denmark.

Jul 4, 9pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704