Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Jul 21, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

New Orleans legend, Melvin "Blues Daddy" Leonard and his rippin' hot sauce band.

Jul 21, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Making Dinner

Making Dinner
Straight out of the kitchen, the band Making Dinner is an all-female San Francisco favorite that has been labeled indie, folk, and pop. Making Dinner takes over the stage the way the smell of cookies baking takes over a kitchen.

Jul 21, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Mark St Mary with Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society, and he was named the Delta King at the Isleton Crawfish Festival. St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, inspired originally by "King of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, St. Mary leads his band through original songs including "St. Mary Special" and "Moi Seado (My Syrup)," interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier's "I'm Coming Home" and the classic Harry Choates version of "Jolie Blon" to Rockin' Sidney's "Don't Mess with My Toot Toot."

Accompanying St. Mary are some of the finest Cajun and zydeco musicians in Northern California, playing waltzes, two-steps, line dances, and flat-foot zydeco. His band includes guitarist Jim Scott, bassist Dana Mandell, and drummer Timothy Orr.

Doors at 7:30 pm ; Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm ;
Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Jul 21, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Founding Fathers Trio

Jul 21, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Rising Star - Clay Xavier

Clay Xavier brings you a blend of Jazz and Neo-Soul with his new quintet. Deeply rooted in the "in-between" of Jazz and Hip-Hop, Clay aims to seamlessly blend both worlds together in a night of exciting music! Band Members and Instruments: Clay Xavier-Tenor Saxophone; Joel Reyes-Piano/Keyboard; Simon Kaiser-Petty-Guitar; Will Bohrer-Bass; Ronnell Smith-Drums Bio: Clay Xavier is a 19 year-old Saxophonist, DJ and Music Producer based out of Berkeley, California. He moved to the Bay Area when he was 11 and has been immersing himself in the music scene ever since. From playing at Oakland First Fridays to opening for Joshua Redman at Yoshi's, he is always deeply invested in the music.
For more information about Clay Xavier visit his website or email him at
Artist Website: Instagram Link: Clay Xavier (@clayxavier) * Instagram photos and videos

Jul 21, 8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Lawn Chairs // Lung [OH] // The Six Sevens // False Dawn

Lawn Chairs hasn't played since early May, and they've brought some of their friends from across the heckin' US to play for you all. What more could you possibly - oh, breakfast? You want breakfast? Yeah we'll have that too. --------------
Lawn Chairs [Oakland, CA Built-to-Spill-Core // Slang Church]
Lung [Cincinnati, OH indie cello + drums + holy shit this band is good]<a>/releases </a>
The Six Sevens [San Francisco, CA indie heartthrobs]
False Dawn [Sacramento, CA electro indie rock, this time solo] --------------

All Ages Doors 7pm // Music $10+$2 Gilman Membership

Breakfast will be served

Jul 21, 8pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Bill Kirchen and the Hounds of the Bakersfield

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Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step on any stage, play those trademark licks which drove the seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten nationwide, and elicit instant recognition. Named a "Titan of the Telecaster" by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates a musical tradition that embraces rock `n' roll, blues and bluegrass, Texas Western swing and California honky-tonk.

Nick Lowe describes Bill as "... a devastating culmination of the
elegant and funky...a really sensational musician, with enormous

Jul 21, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Inside Men

Jul 21, 8pm to 10pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Adrian West Band, Solate & Piwai at Starry Plough @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Jul 21, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Adrian West Band, Solate & Piwai

Come shake your booty with us! This three-band bill features a worldly mix of styles that will keep you dancing all night long..


Mbira (thumb piano) player and vocalist from Zimbabwe, Piwai and her band blend blues, folk, jazz & reggae with traditional African styles -


Upbeat acoustic rock with touches of West-African influence, sometimes compared to Paul Simon. Vocal harmonies, guitar, violin, bass, drums & live looping -


Guitar-driven indie-soul band, rhythmic and uplifting, with sweet-as-a-lullaby vocals from Maya Vilaplana -

Jul 21, 8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Dirk Hamilton

With a style that drew comparisons to Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen and John Prine, Dirk Hamilton released a slew of critically-acclaimed major label records in the mid-70's into the 80's (Meet Me at the Crux is considered a minor masterpiece), before leaving the music industry behind to counsel troubled teens. He never really stopped though, becoming something of a star in Italy and quietly releasing 15 more albums since 1989.

His latest CD Touch and Go was released last year. He has rock & roll passion, razor sharp wit, and the poetic musings of someone who has seen it all. He's the real deal.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the link below or 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 21, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley