Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Harry Potter Birthday Giveaway

July 31st is Harry Potter's birthday! In celebration each Pegasus location is giving away a complete set of the new 20th Anniversary editions featuring resplendent covers illustrated by Brian Selznick.

To enter this FREE prize drawing, simply visit one of our stores and drop an entry slip into our Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin prize bowls.

Come in a Harry Potter-related costume and you shall receive a $5 gift card for your efforts!

Jul 31, 9am to 10pm, All Pegasus Books Locations

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Jul 31, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Bill Pettiti

Jul 31, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chaive, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Phil Marsh

Phil Marsh is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was the first musical director and band leader for SF's famous Pickle Family Circus, a guitarist with Country Joe McDonald, and wrote and performed with the East Bay Sharks and on the now infamous Masked Marauders album.
Phil was a mainstay of The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, the folk duo Phil & Phil, and founder of Energy Crisis, a famous and funky local club and dance band. He has recorded with Folkways, Vanguard, Warner Brothers, and others, and continues to write songs and gig in New York City and the Bay Area and central coast. 

Phil is alleged to have been a seminal performer at the original Freight & Salvage, and he hosted the Freight Anniversary shows for many years. Recent work has included songs about dogs, basketball, and the perils of modern life.

Tickets are $15 and 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 31, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Freight Open Mic - 7/17

This is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

Here's How It Works:

Signups - on a first-come, first-served basis - begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to thirty seconds.

Important Notes:

Please be a considerate performer and refrain from tuning or practicing in the listening room. We ask that you go outside the venue to practice rather than practicing in the lobby, as it is distracting and can be heard from within the listening room.

Available Equipment: performers will have access to the piano on stage, microphones, instrument line-in, and iphone/ipod line-in.

Please note that there is no drum kit on stage, and due to time constraints we ask that performers not bring a kit to set up. More portable percussion instruments are welcome.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

Jul 31, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Clyde The Blynd Trio

Taking over the Tuesdays for July is one of our original cats from Jupiter's earliest days, we'll have a composer and multi instrumentalist Clyde Sutliff aka Clyde the Blynd.   Fighting back from a recent stroke, Clyde's been a hard-working Bay Area musicin that brought us Dogslyde in the 90's, co-founded Papa's Culture, and played with his group CVdub (Clyde Version dub) at local Bay Area venues for years.  Now on the mend, expect his original compositions both old and new, plus songs from Don Cherry, Wayne Shorter and Augustus Pablo in this latest version of Clyde's unique vision.

Jul 31, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Tinariwen, Dirtwire



Jul 31, 8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Blues Box Bayou Band plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

The Blues Box Bayou Band adds swamp beat boogie and blues to Louisiana dance grooves to create its own Americana/Cajun/zydeco sound. Based in Sonora, the BBBB has built its chops and fan base over more than 15 years of performing, including gigs at fundraisers and festivals from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Isleton Crawdad Festival. Singer and accordionist Pete (PD) Grimaldi formed the band in 1996 after a stint as a promoter of shows in hometown Modesto by acts from Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Tom Rigney. That exposure to music from Louisiana and beyond inspired Grimaldi to pick up the squeezebox himself and put his own spin on "roots music." The current BBBB also features Pete's brother Frank Grimaldi on lead guitar, bassist and singer Julie Johnson, and a rotating cast of friends including drummer Peter DeMattos and rubboard player Deb Krilanovich.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Ted Sherrod
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Jul 31, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Maxi Priest

Only a handful of singers succeed in transcending their genre without losing the essence of who they are. Superstar Maxi Priest is one of those artists whose own unique vision has led him to tremendous international success, being the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts.

His new album, Easy To Love is as fine a representation of lovers' rock as you could possibly wish for. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality; his effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall has universal appeal.

Jul 31, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley