Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Jul 29, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Jul 29, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Jul 29, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

The Jessica Jones Quartet

Originally from Berkeley, California, Jessica and Tony Jones are the core of the Jessica Jones Quartet, performing this time around with fellow Berkeley ex-pats Noah Garabedian on bass, Maya Kronfeld on piano, and other music friends to be determined!

The Jessica Jones Quartet is an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music. Their music derives from the jazz tradition using structured original compositions as a framework for freer improvisation. Combining two tenor saxophones with bass and drums, the group creates an exciting, robust new soundscape. The over 30 years of partnership between Jessica and Tony are apparent in the intimacy and spontaneity of their collective sound.

The Quartet has played venues on the East and West Coasts, including Yoshi's and Dizzy's Club, and at the Knitting Factory Festival in New York City and other festivals on the West Coast, including headlined with special guest Don Cherry. The group has released several CDs to critical acclaim, including Nod, featuring Tristano-lineage pianist Connie Crothers and Joseph Jarman of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and their most recent, Moxie. Poets, storytellers, and guest musicians often augment the core quartet as the band continues to explore creative alliances.

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!

Jul 29, 1pm to 3pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita 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 29, 2pm to 4pm, Faculty Glade by Morrison Hall and the Campanile Esplanade, UC Berkeley

James Parks & Ben Costa present Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2

Young Adults 12 & up! James Parks & Ben Costa present Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2: The Middle-Route Run
Nimona meets Adventure Time in this full-color graphic novel as a singing skeleton continues to search for his origins alongside his gelatin monster sidekick!
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2 by speaking to a bookseller or ordering on our website.
Rickety Stitch is a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel, the only animated skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul. He has no idea who he used to be when he was covered in a living, breathing sack of meat and skin. His only clue to his former identity is a song he hears snippets of in his dreams, an epic bard's tale that could also explain the old fog covering the comical fantasy land of
Oh, and his sidekick and only friend is a cube of sentient goo.
In this pulse-pounding second volume, Rickety runs afoul of reanimated beasts, giant spiders, and a caravan of rowdy raiders on his quest to uncover the secret of Epoli and learn his true origins.
James Parks is a speculative fiction writer and graphic novelist living in the Bay Area. He was weaned on monster flicks, ghostbusting, lightsaber duels, samurai cinema, and comics--with a sober dose of Victorian literature and '80s cartoons. Parks is also the author of the southern gothic horror collection The Gospel of Bucky Dennis, was a staff writer for Campfire Graphic Novels, and is a member of the Horror Writers Association.
Ben Costa is a writer and artist living in the Bay Area. He self-published two volumes of the award-winning, martial arts historical fiction comic Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk.
Ben has always been passionate about fantasy comics. Ben maintains a steady diet of samurai comics, kung fu movies, spacefaring farm boys, and tabletop RPGs.

Jul 29, 3pm to 4pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 4pm to sign up.

Jul 29, 4pm to 6pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

The Blue J's

Jul 29, 4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Sing and Rejoice! Cantare Con Vivo

This July, Cantare Con Vivo Artistic Director David Morales will present a Cantare summer concert centered on music from the Christian church tradition. David will partner with former music colleague Paul Fleckenstein, Organist and Choir Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware, to bring their many decades of church music leadership experiences to both singers and audience members alike.

Anthem titles to be presented include: He, Watching Over Israel, With a Voice of Singing, Jubilate Deo, The Majesty and Glory of Your Name, My Eternal King, In the Year that King Uzziah Died, Ride the Chariot, Total Praise, Come Thou Fount, and others. In addition, the audience will have the opportunity to sing several familiar hymns of faith, accompanied by Paul at the organ, sure to uplift you in unimaginable ways. The First Congregational Church of Berkeley is home to one of the finest organs in the Bay Area and boasts ideal acoustics for choral performances.
Price Range: $20 General
Tickets: 510-836-0789

Jul 29, 4pm to 6pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

Fiesta Puertorriqueña: Celebrando y Recordando

Doors open at 4:30pm
$10 Advance / $15 Door / $5 Kids under 12
The Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop invites you to remember and celebrate life and growth that results from loss and suffering. Through death and loss comes rebirth and strengthening.
Join us in remembering & celebrating by participating in our COMMUNITY ALTAR. This installation will represent, in an authentic and intentional way, the suffering, loss, and renewal of life that Puerto Rico and its people have and are experiencing as a result of hurricane Maria. We encourage you to bring pictures or object to add to the community altar!
Come hungry so we can enjoy a COMMUNITY MEAL with Puerto Rican cuisine by Cali-Rican catering. Menu coming soon! (Food not included with Ticket.)
Bring your dancing shoes, because DJ JOSE RUIZ will be throwing down his incredible collection of tropical music!
Plus, the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop invites you to participate in a special BATEY BORICUA COMMUNITY BOMBAZO (B (View Full Event Description Here:

Jul 29, 4:30pm to 8pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Jazzschool Summer Youth Program Concert

Join Jazzschool Summer Youth Program campers as they present their end-of-camp performance for family and friends.

Jul 29, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

Jul 29, 4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Make Jazz

Jul 29, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


ALL AGES. Doors $10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Jul 29, 5pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Soul Jazz II with JuSusan

JuSusan (Just Susan) is a unique soul-jazz composer, writer and jazz vocalist who began singing in church at age 4 and went on to sing opera in college.

Out of her relationship with God and her love for jazz music, she founded Soft Sound Music and recorded an original gospel-jazz CD, entitled God's Love Ballads. With strong vocals, she sings a wide spectrum of jazz songs that reach the soul and inspire those who hear them to live and love. She has performed in theatre and television commercials and movies, and for innumerable public, private, governmental and community agencies and organizations throughout California and abroad. She was also honored in 2008 to sing in Nelson Mandela's jail cell at Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa.

JuSusan's third time back for Soul Jazz at The Back Room promises to be an experience like no other. As My Company shares the stage with her, you will hear jazz music and vocals, original songs and a performance that will give you a spirit of inspiration.

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!

Jul 29, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Deva Mahal

Deva Mahal was born with the blues in her blood. Becoming the genre-defying artist, powerhouse vocalist and astute songwriter that she is today could only be achieved through living a life rich with pain, joy, loss, love, heartache and experience. A soul as singular as Deva's can only find voice through an equally unique sound, which she's forged by growing her blues roots through the fertile soil of modern R&B, indie-pop, soul, rock and gospel.

Listeners will get their first taste of that distinctive approach in October 2017 with the release of Deva's debut EP from Motéma Music. The full scope of her voice and vision will be revealed in 2018 on Run Deep, her aptly-named first album, produced by Scott Jacoby (Vampire Weekend, José James, Coldplay) along with newcomer Jarrett Wetherell. The title captures not only her estimable musical bloodline but the finely-hewn emotions that course through her songs. Deva plumbs her own emotional depths to explore issues of overcoming adversity, battling one's own demons and dealing with the pains of love and loss, alongside wry observations on contemporary romance. She breathes vivid life into those songs with a knockout voice that combines pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge.

Deva (presciently, or perhaps an example of self-fulfilling prophecy, her name is pronounced "Diva" but given a slight twist) is the daughter of blues icon Taj Mahal and Inshirah Mahal, a dancer, artist and educator who Deva refers to as "my rock." Their support and influence combined with Deva's inborn passion and soaring talents make her a formidable and inspirational artist. Those remarkable facets come together strikingly on Run Deep, which is composed of ten new songs and a powerful cover of a King/Goffin hit from the 1970s. Deva's songs are as infectious as they are stirringly personal, placing her powerfully moving voice in the service of raw, vulnerable explorations of resonant emotion.

Jul 29, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Hālau Makana

Hālau Makana is the resident Polynesian Performing Arts Company of Island Hawaiian Studios in Alameda. We have shared our Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori culture at many Bay Area Festivals, Corporate Functions, Community Gatherings and Private Events for 20+ years.
Doors open at 6:30 pm / Show 7:00 pm

Tickets are: Adults - $12 Advanced / $15 Day of Show
Kids - $8 Advanced / $10 Day of Show
$35 for a Family of 4
Buy Tickets Here

Jul 29, 7pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Mowgli's, Locus Pocus

The Mowgli's
One of the most exciting things in all of music is discovering a band early on, following them throughout their career and watching that moment as they come into their own. For California alt-pop band THE MOWGLI'S that moment is two-fold on their superb third album "Where'd Your Weekend Go?," released in the fall 2016. They not only get to share their songwriting growth with fans who have followed the band since they formed in 2010, the band got to experience it themselves.

Ask singers and principal songwriters KATIE EARL, JOSH HOGAN and COLIN DIEDEN the secret to the band's growth on this new album and they will all say it came from within. "Involving the whole band in the writing process was a hugely important factor in this new record. When everyone's there you just have more brains, more minds," HOGAN says. EARL echoes this: "A lot of our songs start with one or two people's ideas and the band puts their mark on them later. This time we spent a great deal of time in the room together as the six of us, building many songs from the ground up."

Locus Pocus need not proclaim their belief in the overwrought power of rock `n' roll - they would much rather just write complex and catchy rock songs without explanation or apology. Formed in San Francisco in late 2016, the quintet's music draws on the last seventy years of music history and jazz technique, folding psych, indie, pop, and punk into a seamless and contemporary sonic pastiche. Onstage, Locus Pocus conjure an uncontainable mania, whipping audiences into a frenzy and adding a fascinating layer of provocation and spectacle to their complex and prismatic songwriting. They released their debut self-titled EP in May 2017 - which, in retrospect, was something of a warning shot for their proper full-length debut. Said debut arrived a year later in the form of Locus Pocus, a lush and compulsively listenable collection of surrealistic rock numbers. Never one for resting on their laurels, the band maintains an active and lauded presence in the Bay Area music scene, supporting internationally touring acts and headlining venues throughout the region. In Locus Pocus' world, the only direction is up. Expect to see (and hear) them playing and performing accordingly.

Jul 29, 8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley