Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Fiestas Patrias del Perú

$15 Adelante / $20 Puerta
$15 Advance / $20 Door

Musica en Vivo Bailable, Comida Peruana y más!
Homenaje al maestro Augusto Polo Campos --- Canciones Criollas/Afro-Peruanas al Ritmo del Son Cubano de Angel Lobaton!
Grupo SALCHICHA --- Cumbias Peruanas y mas para bailar!
Deliciosa comida y bebidas Peruanas a la venta!
English Translation:
Live Music, Peruvian Food, and More!
Son Cubano tribute to Augusto Polo Campos by Angel Lobaton!
Peruvian Cumbia by SALCHICHA!
Delicious Peruvian food and drinks!

Jul 28, 12 midnight to 12:30 midnight, La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Jul 28, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,

The Eighth Berkeley Carillon Festival, honoring the Class of 1928, the donors of the carillon, celebrates a century of bells at Berkeley.

The weekend of July 28 and 29 will feature recitals by Berkeley performers, music written for the Berkeley carillon by Berkeley composers and others. Featured performers will include University Carillonist Jeff Davis, and Berkeley carillonists David Hunsberger, Wesley Arai, Leslie Chan, Erika Anderson and others. On Saturday July 28 there will be two 45 minute recitals commencing at noon and 1pm. On Sunday July 29 there will be two recitals commencing at 2pm and 3pm. The original twelve bells were a gift of Jane K. Sather for whom Sather Tower is named. The were installed in 1918, and first played . An additional forty-eight bells were given by the Class of 1928, and a final enlargement to the current sixty-one bells carillon was done in 1983, a gift of Jerry and Evelyn Chambers. The best listening places are in Faculty Glade by Morrison Hall and the Campanile Esplanade. For inquiries please contact For donations to the carillon, please contact the Department of Music.

Jul 28, 12 noon to 2pm, Faculty Glade by Morrison Hall and the Campanile Esplanade, UC Berkeley

VL Trio

Jul 28, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Radiograph blends a wide range of musical influences with funky rhythm, warmth, and improvisation to create a unique sound somewhere between rock and jazz. Each piece is an instrumental composition with melodies and thematic structure, but designed with some flexibility, so no two performances are ever the same. Radiograph headlined the SF Library Summer of Love Anniversary Fundraiser and opened for Savoy Brown.

Jul 28, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Fast Fest III.

Celebrating Matt Merrigan.
Doc & the Parasites
Guerilla Poubelle
Arms Aloft
+more tba.
ALL AGES. Doors 7 // show $10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Jul 28, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Mads Tolling & Dan Zemelman

Internationally renowned violinist and composer Mads Tolling is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark and now lives in San Francisco. As a former member of both bassist Stanley Clarke's band and the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for a third. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Paquito D'Rivera, Leo Kottke and Sergio & Odair Assad as well as with his own groups, The Mads Tolling Quartet and Mads Tolling & The Mads Men.

For this concert, Mads will be collaborating with jazz pianist Dan Zemelman. Dan contributed to blues legend John Lee Hooker's final studio album Face to Face and toured with blues vocalist Zakiya Hooker. These days he plays regularly with top Bay Area jazz icons like Marcus Shelby and Adam Theis as well as with his own trio.

Mads and Dan met ten years ago through the eclectic San Francisco jazz scene and were featured performers not long afterward at the Danish Embassy's 50-year Anniversary in Washington DC.

For us they'll perform songs from the American Songbook and sprinkle in a few originals and perhaps even a Danish folk tune or two. Don't miss a rare opportunity to hear these amazing musicians in an intimate setting. Come join us , and in the meantime check out this Mads original, a Thelonious Monk tune, one of those Danish folk songs and this video of a recent live performance.

Reservations are necessary to assure you a seat and made by calling (510) 525-9248, or via email at

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30.
Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

Jul 28, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley

Maestra: Ouida and the Party Continuette

The Party Continuette! Come join Ouida Lewis, from Kingston, Jamaica and her Rydim Lyfe band in a rocking journey of Jamaican music from Ska and Rocksteady to modern day Rootz Reggae and more!! The Rydim Lyfe band includes : Michaelle Goerlitz, Carolyn Brandy, Lillie Robinson, Amikaeyla and YOU! Bring your drum!

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
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Tickets are $15 Advance /
$20 Day of Show

Jul 28, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

LMNOP Jazz Trio

Jul 28, 8pm to 10pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

La Mandanga @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Jul 28, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

The Singer and The Songwriter, Maya Hall

The Singer and The Songwriter
The Singer and The Songwriter, the duo of Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran, creates music as vibrant and diverse as their multiracial backgrounds. Since 2012, they have released 3 critically acclaimed albums, charted on the CMJ Top 40 Radio charts, and currently tour nationally, recently performing at the SF War Memorial Opera House.

Rachel Garcia's rich, warm vocal delivery and Thu Tran's dynamic guitar arrangements provide the backbone for original songs that blend swinging jazz, soulful blues, heartfelt folk and modern, honest songwriting to create a unique and compelling sound. The Huffington Post describes Garcia's voice as, "rich and mellow, strong and elegant, delicate and turbulent, all at the same time. Candidly, it's one of the best female voices around."

Maya Hall
A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Maya Hall moved to San Francisco in 2014 in search of bigger musical pastures. In Japan, where singers are held to high standards in comparison to the United States, Maya had been a part of the music scene as a respected vocalist, taking part in a variety of different acts in Fukuoka and Tokyo. Since moving to San Francisco, Maya has trained herself how to play the guitar in order to write her own songs, and has done so with the same musical agility she reveals when she sings. Like her voice, her guitar playing is equally her own silky and sweet style. When she plays, her chord progressions, dainty riffs, and interesting rhythms match her soul exactly.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/general admission, 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 28, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


"ÃOEFÃ%, direct from Puerto Rico, is an amazing new group that is the epitome of deep roots in contemporary context. Their captivating repertoire consists of sacred and secular traditional Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean rhythms and songs interpreted with traditional and electronic instruments and sounds. Super unique and funky, this critically acclaimed ensemble headed by San Juan based African American Otura Mun, himself a Babalawo or high priest in the Yoruba religion, has captured the imagination and ears of the international community since releasing its first two singles, 3 Mujeres (Iború Iboya Ibosheshé) and House of Love (Ogbe Yekun). Following successful European and North American tours, ÃOEFÃ% brings to the Freight a crew of Puerto Rico's most highly respected percussionists including Beto Torrens and Rafael Maya. This will be their Bay Area debut." - John Santos
Contemporary (Latino) American Music
Curated by John Santos

A concert series of diverse Latino (American) music representing hemispheric creativity in a wide range of formats interpreted by several of the most dynamic interpreters in the field. The term America in its true sense refers to North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean islands. Accordingly, Latin American music defies brief descriptions. Folk syles and rhythms in traditional and evolutionary settings, dance music and jazz play seminal roles in this series.

Jul 28, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street

Ken Husbands Trio

Jul 28, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Dillon Vado's Never Weather Trio

An evening of original music with Dillon Vado on drums, Justin Rock on guitar and Tyler Harlow on bass.

Dillon Vado is a drummer, vibraphonist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory. In 2014, Dillon received 1st place in the Jazz Search West competition on vibraphone. Dillon was also acknowledged as the Most Promising Young Jazz Artist of 2017 from the Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards. He regularly performs on vibraphone with Alan Hall's Ratatet, on drums with The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and leads several of his own projects, including The Table Trio, Never Weather, and Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry.

Big apple born and motor city bred, Justin Rock has swiftly made a name for himself in the SF Bay Area and beyond. He is the leader and sideman in multiple projects spanning many different styles. In addition to performing (David Binney, Roy Hargrove, Stacy Dillard, Dillon Vado's "Never Weather," Logan Kane's "Open Eyes," LOUIZA, Steven Lugerner and The Sluggish Ensemble, Bastet, and many others), Justin also teaches (SFJAZZ, Stanford Jazz Workshop and outreach programs, private lessons) and composes commercial music.

Tyler Harlow is a SF Bay Area bassist and composer obsessed with adventure through music. He builds on the jazz tradition to create his own voice as a composer and improviser, intent on innovation. Tyler is a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory and an in-demand bassist, performing regularly throughout the Bay with local and touring acts. Tyler primarily features his composing in his own group, Traveler; and with other innovative groups like Never Weather.

Jul 28, 8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley