Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Stitch 'n Bitch

Jul 11, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Moth StorySLAM - AGE

The Moth StorySLAM, according to the London Guardian, is "brilliant and quietly addictive." The Village Voice calls it "an exuberant moveable feast." Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

What is the Moth StorySLAM exactly? It's an open-mic storytelling competition. You're invited to watch and listen - and if you put your name in the hat, you might be selected to compete!

How to Tell a Story at The Moth StorySLAM:
First, consult for the season line up of themes and prepare a 5 minute, true story, to be told without notes.

6:30pm: Sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen.
7:30pm (SHARP): We'll pick the first name and the show will begin. Each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges confer, and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes our StorySLAM winner. The winner will compete with the year's other winners in our next GrandSLAM Championship.

Be forewarned: The Moth is for true stories. OK, there won't be a fact-checker there, and the FBI probably won't dig into your files to verify the names and dates and places, but please know, emphatically, The Moth is not for fiction stories. The tiny fictions and lies we tell ourselves are part of our "true stories" but fabricated people, places or events are not allowed.

The Moth is not a venue for readings; it is a venue for tellings. No notes, papers, or cheat sheets allowed. Contestants are judged on sticking to the five-minute time frame, sticking to the theme and having a story that sticks-one that has a conflict and a resolution.

Story tips:
No standup routines please: The Moth loves funny people but requires that all funny people tell funny stories. Steer clear of meandering endings: Your last line should be clear in your head. Start in the action and set up the stakes.

Jul 11, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Nicolas Bearde

Internationally renowned jazz recording artist, Nicolas Bearde brings his powerful and affecting baritone voice and soulful stylings to Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory. Nicolas will be presenting music from his most recent and highly acclaimed album "Invitation," as well as selected favorites from previous albums. A highly respected showman onstage, Nicolas has won acclaim from a host of industry publications and music critics for his lush vocals and imaginative interpretations. Don't miss this performance of time tested standards, blues and swinging, improvisational jazz works. He'll be backed by Glen Pearson (piano), Ruth Davies (bass), and Leon Joyce, Jr. (drums).

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents its Wednesday night series at CJC with financial support from AFM Musicians Union Local 6.

Jul 11, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Acoustic Guitar Project

The Acoustic Guitar Project

is a worldwide songwriting project taking place simultaneously in 50 cities on six continents. Each year, five artists are challenged to take one guitar and write and record a song on that guitar in one week. This concert features those artists and the songs they wrote for the project. The results are amazing!
For this performance, the five artists are a diverse group of the Bay Area's best singer-songwriters and storytellers: Tom Rhodes, Alexis Harte, Meredith Edgar, Brett Hunter and Lia Rose, who come together on one night only to pass around the guitar and sing their original songs for you.

Oakland based songwriter Tom Rhodes

has spent more than a decade honing an honest, heartfelt brand of Americana. Tom has played shows across the US and Europe and was honored by the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2015. He wrote the song "On The Road" for The Acoustic Guitar Project.

Berkeley's own Lia Rose

writes poetic and intensely honest songs driven by a fierce and infectious optimism. Her voice was called "captivating and beautiful" by Tape Op Magazine. Lia has relaunched her album Built for the Sea on Tom Morello's label, Firebrand Records.

Berkeley-raised Alexis Harte

has been featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered" and KFOG's "Acoustic Sunrise." Unafraid to explore his own directions as a songwriter, Alexis has released seven albums of his own music and recently provided music for the Oscar-nominated short film Pearl.

Steeped in soul and anchored in a truly authentic form of songwriting that is often lost in today's music, Brett Hunter

has a gift for writing songs that bring people together and resonate deeply with audiences. Fresh from a run on a national singing competition and the release of his album, Take Off, Brett wrote "Hold Back" for the project.

Meredith Edgar

writes songs about bittersweet love, drowning, mistakes, the ocean, and the dark underbelly of us all. She often dreams about tsunamis, flying and falling, and uncomfortable social situations.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door 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 11, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, 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 11, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Wormhole Wednesday feat. Shlump & Chee

Shlump, Chee

Jul 11, 9pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley