Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

07/20/2018

Cascada De Flores

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


the Left Coast Sextet

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Buddhist Squirrels

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


Foreseen, You Lose, Dolores, Clueless

The Hard Times Shows and Wide Eyed Noise Present: Foreseen - Finland You Lose - Bay Area Dolores hxc - San Jose Clueless - Oakland foreseen.bandcamp.com youlosehc.bandcamp.com doloreshardcore.bandcamp.com

Show: 8:00 Doors: All Ages $10 +$2 membership (No Advance Tickets)

7:30pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Aki Goes to Bollywood

Aki Goes To Bollywood is a highly entertaining act fronted by dynamic, charismatic and hard-hitting blues singer/harmonica player Aki Kumar. It delivers true American cross-cultural music by blending Retro Bollywood hits with Delta blues jams and ferocious blues harmonica.

Though some instrumental albums and DJs have attempted to rearrange Bollywood music mixed with other genres, never before has an Indian blues musician fronting an American band so triumphantly recorded songs by the Indian film industry's biggest stars.

Born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, Kumar has long established his mark on the West Coast blues scene as a top-notch blues vocalist, harmonica player & entertainer. A master of the hugely influential Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherits his style from the harmonica legends of the 1950s and 60s. Aki has a unique voice in the genre, blending elements of blues harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own. With the launch of Aki Goes To Bollywood, Kumar is pushing the blues into exciting new directions with his brand new "Bollywood Blues" sound.

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!

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


Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

 
Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fandango-jarocho-jam-sessio/2018-05-18/)

8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Rising Star - Julian Kucera

Julian Kucera, Marley Edwards, and Alex Shapiro-Romano perform personalized arrangements of Charles Mingus, Joe Henderson, and Wayne Shorter. Band Members and Instrumentation: Julian Kucera - Guitar; Marley Edwards - Bass; Alex Shapiro Romano - Drums
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009000997246
Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/julesdoart/?hl=en
Website: https://www.juliankucera.com

8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Fine Points @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fine-points-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-47045632754

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


KML Goes to the State Fair (Killing My Lobster)

Batter your corndog, sculpt your butter into the Venus de Milo, and pin a blue ribbon on your goat -- it's summer time! Killing My Lobster is bringing the state fair to you, sketch comedy style. *No pukey kids allowed.

Director: Millie Brooks
Head Writer: Elaine Gavin
Stage Manager: Alandra Hileman

Actors:
Chelsea Bearce
Eric Marquez
Lucas Brandt
Marisa Hankins
Nicole Odell
Rebecca Hodges

Writers:
Jason Leal
Justin Lucas
Mike Ottum
Molly Sanchez
Sarah Suksiri
Ty & Gina Bardi

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Prezident Brown with Marla Brown

Prezident Brown is the reigning Jamaican reggae M.C., a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness, with a message that is pure Rasta conscious vibes, from the spiritual "To Jah Only" through his more recent "Do Thy Work." He is an artist driven by a sense of mission and purpose that, he likes to say, "edutains" (heightens the consciousness of listeners) as much as entertains. According to JamBase, "A distinct and powerful stage presence, a Prezident Brown show is a transcendent spiritual movement that leaves audiences satiated, sweaty and smiling."

Born Fitz Albert Cotterell, Prezident Brown grew up in the green hills of Clarendon, Jamaica. As "Junior Ranking," a name his mother gave him, he would grab the microphone and chant away at schoolyards and country dances. As a teenager, he was known as Slim Brown because of his resemblance and similar DJ style to his mentor, U Brown. Discovered by reggae producer Jack Ruby, who renamed him Prezident Brown, he became one of the hottest sound system stars, recording for a number of record companies, and in the '90s his songs began to supplant the guns and self-hype lyrics then popular in the dance halls. Collaborations included appearing on Steel Pulse's "Black and Proud."


MARLA BROWN - THE CROWN PRINCESS OF REGGAE
Marla Brown is an internationally acclaimed reggae artists, and the youngest child and daughter of the late great Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown with his wife Yvonne Brown.

Very First and Debut E.P. "DELIVERANCE" Peaked No.5 in iTunes Reggae Chart in first few hours upon release 2016

First Female Reggae Artist to orchestrate an all female musical collaboration on single Survivor Allstars 2017

"If this EP is any indication Marla Brown will continue to present her
thoughtful, conscious lyrics sung in a tone that is cultivated from great
genetics and hard work." - Reggaeville

Deborah Adela Marla Brown, popularly known as Marla, is the youngest child of the late, great Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emanuel Brown. A successful international touring artist in her own right, she has graced stages in Europe, South America, Jamaica and the States first as a professional dancer, then as a singer.

Marla recorded her first single called Better Days which featured her own original lyrics and a video was also made to accompany the single. Better Days had an overwhelmingly positive response and gained much success worldwide. The song reached number 5 on the UK charts. Marla's voice is very sweet and strong and she has an uplifting presence and message in her music.


With many musical collaborations with some of Jamaica's finest artists and producers, this young Princess has a bright, exciting future ahead within the music industry.


Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE

Tickets are $25 Advance / $30 Day of Show

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


Cupcakke, Xavier Toscano

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