Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson at 8pm with Kevin & Ann Hutchinson

He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."

What sets Rigney and Flambeau apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Kevin & Ann Hutchinson
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

Jul 17, 9am to 11am, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Yanqui Gumbo 7:00 PM

Jul 17, 7pm to 9pm, Caffé on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley

Freight Open Mic - 7/17

This is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

Here's How It Works:

Signups - on a first-come, first-served basis - begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to thirty seconds.

Important Notes:

Please be a considerate performer and refrain from tuning or practicing in the listening room. We ask that you go outside the venue to practice rather than practicing in the lobby, as it is distracting and can be heard from within the listening room.

Available Equipment: performers will have access to the piano on stage, microphones, instrument line-in, and iphone/ipod line-in.

Please note that there is no drum kit on stage, and due to time constraints we ask that performers not bring a kit to set up. More portable percussion instruments are welcome.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

Jul 17, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley