Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


William Beatty & the Fountain Walk Ensemble

This concert will feature some brand new compositions from pianist William Beatty, arranged for two clarinets, piano, bass, cello and drums, plus some guitar/vocal compositions by Sara Glaser.

The Ensemble's young woodwind players, Lucy Dunn and Reese Chisholm, are Albany High School students and both played in the Ensemble's "Plum Blossom Concert" last February. Lucy studies piano with William, and is a member of The Piedmont Children's Choir. Also performing are Aaron Germain (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums) and Melanie Wentz (cello).

The show will also feature spoken word and some jazz standards for piano trio.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance 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 7, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Dodge's Sundodgers

Dodge's Sundodgers

Jul 7, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Joel Dorham

Joel Dorham has been part of the Oakland jazz scene for decades. He doesn't perform very often anymore, so when he does a show it's a real event. For this performance, he will be bringing his Latin Jazz Octet, complete with three percussionists, three horns, bass, and vibes!

The younger brother of the late trumpeter Kenny Dorham, Joel is a notable percussionist and bandleader in his own right. The Bay Area native is a tireless advocate for broader recognition of jazz - a fight he took all the way to congressional hearings. His passion for music is made tangible, and eminently enjoyable, with his long-running Latin Jazz Octet.

"Bandleaders come and go, but Joel Dorham rolls on." - Herb Caen 1993

Joel Dorham is one of America's most prolific and electrifying Latin Jazz timbale players and percussionists of our time, and a pivotal force in Latin Jazz. Joel organized his band in 1963, and has become the pre-eminent outspoken critic of the mass media for its suppression of Jazz. For his efforts he was nominated for a Pulitzer prize in 1981.

Tickets are $15 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!

Jul 7, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Jean Genies and Shine Delirious

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Jul 7, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Tribu Baharú

All Ages $20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

Jul 7, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street Berkeley

The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Averisons Crown, Shadow Of Intent

The Black Dahlia Murder is a renown American death metal band known for their explosive live performance.

Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths - and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years - could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that's just not The Black Dahlia Murder's style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015's Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. "I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record," asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. "The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it's so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you've done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on 'Nightbringers'. When we started writing I honestly didn't know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It's a great moment for us."

Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is Whitechapel. Our Endless War is the culmination of everything the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet have worked toward since their inception. A ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality, it is also by far their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level. "The record grasps everything that we've done thus far," states guitarist Alex Wade. "It's got some of the elements from Whitechapel (2012), but also some from A New Era Of Corruption (2010) and This Is Exile (2008). It brings back the blastbeats and really aggressive sounding stuff from those earlier records, but it also has a lot of layers and some slower, more groove-oriented songs, which have become a big part of what we do."

Fleshgod Apocalypse
Symphonic/technical death metal band from Perugia, Italy. Fleshgod Apocalypse was created in April of 2007 when they released a two track demo entitled 'Promo 07', which was later released as part of the 4-way split called 'Da Vinci Death Code'.

Tommaso Riccardi - vocals, guitars
Paolo Rossi - bass, vocals
Cristiano Trionfera - guitars, vocals, orchestral arrangements
Francesco Paoli - drums, guitars, vocals
Francesco Ferrini - piano

AVERSIONS CROWN are a four piece outfit from Brisbane, Australia conceived in 2010.

Shadow Of Intent
Symphonic Deathcore band from Connecticut/Rhode Island

Jul 7, 8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Helen and Larry

Jul 7, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rising Star - Shavon Moore

Versatile vocalist Shavon Moore returns to CJC featuring Michael Echaniz on Piano, Max Brody on Guitar, Marley Edwards on Bass, and Alex Shapiro Romano on Drums. They share an intimate evening of Jazz, Soul, and modern Funk.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Max Brody - guitar;
Marley Edwards - Bass;
Alex Shapiro - Drums;
Michael Echaniz - Piano

Singer Shavon Moore hails from Oakland, CA, where she attended Oakland School For The Arts. An aspiring Gospel singer before jazz intervened during her Junior year studies with Branice McKenzie at OSA, Shavon went on to California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA, where she won the Buddy Montgomery Scholarship 2016. Shavon has worked with such luminaries as Faye Carol, David Murray, Howard Wiley, Kahil El' Zabar, John Santos, Kev Choice, Norma Miller and Chris Martin. Shavon receives private instruction from Janice Maxis. Shavon performed solo on the Fox Theater stage on OSA Spotlight Show and OSA Identity Show 2015-2016, and was awarded Best Song in Nina Simone - Four Women. Shavon, alongside OSA Chamber Choir, performed for TEDXBerkeley on live broadcast television, and in the Notes & Words benefit concert for Oakland Children's Hospital. Shavon also traveled the Bay Area singing lead in Tavia Percia's Play: Enumerated Negro: Story of Emmett Till. Opened for Kahil El'Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Live Arts Resistance 2017. Appearances at major festivals/venues including The Malcolm X Jazz Festival, Amiri Baraka Jazz Festival, June Teenth Festival, Solano Stroll, and Berkeley Street festival. Shavon released her first album "Creation" in 2013; her second album "Catharsis" in 2015, as well as her book "Memoirs Of A Broken Heart." Shavon's third album is "Shavon Live At Jazzschool" (2017) and a 4th acclaimed album "Undefeated" in 2017. Shavon is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Jazz Music to become an elementary music school teacher, and will continue her music career as a singer.
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Jul 7, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

7th Street Band

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
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Berkeley's 7th Street Band has made its name backing some of the greats and new voices of reggae and running its own studio. While 7th Street Band has been hitting the West Coast stages for over a decade, drummer Edi Arnold and keyboardist Benjamin Goff, friends since high school, have played together since 1992. Edi, as founding member and Ben, as his right hand man have been the foundation and executive producers of all 7th Street works.

7th Street Band has been called one of the Bay Area's best-kept musical secrets and has backed many top touring vocalists, including Sanchez, Gappy Ranks, Glenn Washington, Konshens, Louie Culture and Million Stylez. Other artists 7th Street has worked with include Arkaingelle, Mega Banton,Norris Man, Danny I, Army, Rocker T, Wadi Gad, Tuff Lion, Messenjah Selah, Earl Zero, Winstrong, and Luv Fyah. Mony Lujan of Dubwize, on bass since 2010, rounds out the trio that makes up the heart of 7th St. Band.

Jul 7, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley