Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Free Live Jazz

Jul 19, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Post Bop Praise

Jul 19, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Olympian Eddie Hart and sports journalist Dave Newhouse discuss Disqualified

Gold Medal-winning Olympian Eddie Hart and award-winning sports journalist Dave Newhouse discuss Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics.

Having previously tied the world record, Eddie Hart was a strong favorite to win the 100-meter dash at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Then the inexplicable happened: he was disqualified after arriving seconds late for a quarterfinal heat. Ten years of training to become the "World's Fastest Human," the title attached to an Olympic 100-meter champion, was lost in a heartbeat. But who was to blame?

Hart's disappointment, though excruciating, was just one of many subplots to the most tragic of Olympic Games, at which eight Arab terrorists assassinated eleven Israeli athletes and coaches as the world watched in horror. Five terrorists were killed, but three escaped to their homeland as heroes and were never brought to trial. Swimmer Mark Spitz won seven gold medals but was rushed out of Germany afterward because he was Jewish. Other American athletes, besides Hart, seemed jinxed in Munich. The USA men's basketball team thought it had earned the gold medal, but the Russians received it instead through an unprecedented technicality. Bob Seagren, the defending pole vault champion, was barred from using his poles and forced to compete with unfamiliar poles. And swimmer Rick DeMont lost one gold medal and the possibility of winning a second because of an allergy drug that had passed U.S. Olympic Committee specifications but was disallowed by the International Olympic Committee.

It was that kind of Olympics, confusing to some, fatal to others. Hart traveled back to Munich forty-three years later to relive his utter disappointment. He returned to the same stadium where he did earn a gold medal in the 400-meter relay. In Disqualified, his interesting life story, told with author Dave Newhouse, sheds entirely new light on what really happened at Munich. It includes interviews with Spitz and the victimized American athletes and conversations with two Israelis who escaped the terrorists. And Hart finally learned who was responsible for his disqualifications and those of Rey Robinson, who was in the same heat, leading to an interesting epilogue in which these two seniors reflect on the opportunity denied them long ago.

Eddie Hart earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Cal State-Hayward before embarking on a career as a teacher and coach at the college level.
Dave Newhouse was an award-winning sportswriter and columnist at the Oakland (CA) Tribune prior to his retirement in 2011. This is his twelfth book.

Jul 19, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Peppino D'Agostino in Concert

Peppino D'Agostino emerged on the acoustic guitar scene in the early 80's as a leading member of the second wave of the great fingerstylists that helped redefine the instrument. His remarkable technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for decades. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls "minestrone music".âe¯

D'Agostino has performed in more than 30 countries, at prestigious international festivals and at some of the world's most important theaters. He has shared the stage with Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Assad, Larry Carlton, and Eric Johnson, not to mention the friends above. Recognized as "the guitarist's guitarist" by Acoustic Guitar magazine and described as "a giant of the acoustic guitar" by the San Diego Reader, D'Agostino was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by readers of Guitar Player magazine.

"Peppino writes wonderful guitar pieces. He's one of my favorite composers for this cranky instrument. Plus, he's a tone player. I love his sound... (he) gets the resin and the wood" - Leo Kottke.

Jeff Campitelli
For over 20 years now, Jeff Campitelli is the one drummer that virtuoso-guitarist Joe Satriani consistently relies upon. In Joe's words, "He sets me free to really play. He always finds a deep groove and pocket, which I've learned I need to play my best."

What makes Satriani so successful is that his music isn't just about flashy's really about well-written songs with memorable melodies and addictive grooves. Like his boss, Campitelli has all the chops, but knows when and when not to use them.

Jeff enhances, supports and lifts the music. He plays for the song. What also sets him apart is his ability to perform equally well, both live and in the studio. Many artists today have their live guy and/or their studio guy but Joe has everything he needs, all on one drum throne.

Through the years with Satriani, Jeff Campitelli has made 21 albums (including 3 Gold and 1 Patinum), 7 live concert DVDs and has played on 15 Grammy nominated songs. On the infamous G3 tours, other master guitarists Jeff has backed up include Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Robert Fripp, Steve Lukather and Kenny Wayne Sheppard, to name just a few.

Jul 19, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Pine Leaf Boys plus Cajun/Zydeco Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride


Louisiana's finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Louisiana music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Louisiana music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described in the New York Times as, "... the link that connects the young and the old generations," and, "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time," the Pine Leaf Boys play the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto.

The Pine Leaf Boys have been invited on six occassions by the U.S. State Department to tour the world and present true music to Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Jerusalem in 2009 and again to Latvia, Denmark, and Slovenia is 2010 and a third time to the "Stan" countries in 2012 (Uzbek, Tajik, and Kyrgz). The variety and energy they release evolves through their shows, bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco. Their mission is to present the beautiful, powerful music of their ancestors and present the real Cajun music to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life. The Pine Leaf Boys have preserved the traditional Cajun sound, while allowing it to breathe and stretch with those who play it.

Door opens 7:30pm; Cajun/Zydeco Dance Lesson w/ Cheryl McBride 8pm; Show at 8:30pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance
$25 Day of Show

Jul 19, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Juliette & The Licks

Juliette And The Licks is the high-powered rock n' roll outfit led by singer/actress Juliette Lewis. "The
Lick", formed in 2004, have deliver a ferocious live performance in the spirit of Iggy Pop and Joan Jett to
audiences across the globe. Throughout the years, Juliette has invited an all-star cast of friends and
characters during the recording process to help define each record. For their last full-length record titled
FOUR ON THE FLOOR, Juliette turned to rock n' roll ringmaster Dave Grohl to record drums, in the
process helping unleash some of the band's most signature songs such as "Hot Kiss" and "Sticky Honey."

Juliette's most recent release, 2016's FUTURE DEEP (EP), was a collaborative effort between Grammy-
award winning songwriter Brad Shultz (Cage The Elephant) and Isabella Summers (Florence and The

Machine). The album tracks gives the listener a glimpse into Hollywood, sex and love while sonically
delivering an eclectic mix of back-to-basics rock to strings to synths.
The Licks will be hitting the road with most of the original band members alongside Juliette's longtime
musical partner in crime Todd Morse (Offspring/H2O) to bring their raw, rock n' roll spirit to the stage.

Jul 19, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley