Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Underneath the Underground VII Night Two

Seventh Annual Oi, Punk, Ska fest featuring some of the best the West Coast has to offer, such as the likes of Hub City Stompers, Harrington Saints, Los Dryheavers, Young Idea, WarTrbe, CapSouls, 21 Gun Salute, No Accion, Boot Rott

Aug 4, 5pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Dodge's Sundodgers

Aug 4, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


Ancestors of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku lived within hours of each other in western Finland-speaking the same language, playing the same music, living the same culture. In the late 19th century, Pajunen's ancestors emigrated to northern Minnesota; Niku's family remained in Finland. , they explore a common heritage in Finnish folk music, even as they create new sounds that reflect their contemporary cultures and various interests. Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and beautiful vocal harmonies in both Finnish and English demonstrate how gracefully traditional and modern folk music can speak together.

Aallotar has been at Fifth Street several times, bringing mysterious Finnish harmonies to the West Coast of America. This show is part of a release tour of Aallotar's second album `Ameriikan Laulu' (Song of America), released by German record label Nordic Notes.

Aug 4, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley

Rising Star - Emy Tseng

Jazz vocalist Emy Tseng and some of the Bay Area's finest jazz musicians perform eclectic arrangements of bossa nova, jazz standards and pop tunes, plus her original music.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Emy Tseng (vocals), Anne Sajdera (piano), Dan Foltz (drums), Ami Molinelli (percussion), TBA (bass)

"...fine rhythm, impressive grasp of harmony and a clear, attractive voice." Washington Post
"...a vocal artist of significant talent and potentia.l" All About Jazz
Jazz vocalist Emy recently returned to the Bay Area after seven years on the East Coast where she performed extensively in Washington DC, New York and Boston. Her debut album "Sonho" ("Dream" in Portuguese) earned rave reviews from national jazz critics. Emy is currently enrolled in the Vocal Jazz Performance program at the California Jazz Conservatory and studying privately with Laurie Antonioli and Frank Martin. She is working on the release of her second album "Love Fool," a collection of modern jazz arrangements of pop tunes from the 80s and 90s.
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Aug 4, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Helen and Larry

Aug 4, 8pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley



Started by four friends from Lima with a shared passion for traditional Afro-Peruvian music and global DJ culture, Novalima stands in the common ground bridging past and future, uniting tradition and innovation.

From their humble beginnings, file-sharing musical ideas and producing their first album in separate countries at the dawn of the internet, Novalima is now a live musical force revered worldwide for breaking boundaries and uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities, and generations. They have created an inspiring movement and revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru by bridging a longstanding divide between the mainstream and the minority Afro-Peruvian community, who have struggled against discrimination and cultural dissolution for generations.

During their career, Novalima has garnered worldwide critical acclaim from mainstream (NPR, UK Guardian, Wall Street Journal, La Presse, Metro, Billboard) and underground media (Giant Step, Remezcla, Sounds & Colors, Nat Geo) alike, delivered legendary performances around the world at festivals such as Roskilde, WOMAD, Pirineos Sur, NYC Central Park, Montreal Jazz Festival and Chicago's Millennium Park, earned a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, and were featured in cult filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's hit Mexploitation movie Machete.

While their sound is futuristic and cutting-edge, the roots of Novalima's music reach back hundreds of years. In a far-too familiar tale, African slaves were brought to Peru as early as the 1500s until the middle of the 19th Century, establishing an outpost of the African-Diaspora on the Pacific coast of South America. Over the years, the soul and rhythms of Africa melded with the melodies and instruments of Europe and the Andes. The result is rich musical repertoire that existed for generations on the periphery of Peruvian popular culture.

Aug 4, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


WoodBarry is a group of Bay Area veteran musicians featuring an eclectic mix of music from the 60's to the present: Nancy Hall (from the Curios and the Finger Puppets, as well as Neil Young's touring company), Woody Trevorrow (from Hearts on Fire and Houston Jones) and Barry Silverblatt (from Hearts on Fire and other groups he won't discuss).

For this performance, they will be joined by guitar wizard Glenn Houston (from Hearts on Fire and Houston Jones-California flat-picker of the year) to create complex instrumental interplay and soaring harmonies.

Visit the group's website to listen to some of their music, or their Facebook page to learn more.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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!

Aug 4, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Ice Cream Showcial featuring Soulestial, Lil' Elephant and Why These Coyotes @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Aug 4, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Funky Gators plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

The Funky Gators is a band of Cajun, zydeco, and R&B veterans whose credits include many of the most popular local bands of the past couple of decades. They take zydeco and mix in some R&B and funk flavor while still keeping the zydeco tempos that dancers love. The Funky Gators play zydeco hits by Boozoo Chavis, Rosie Ledet, and others, plus Motown classics such as "Heatwave" and "Walking the Dog."

Along with rubboard player and lead singer Myrna, the band is accordion player Dana Mandell, guitarist Ian Lamson, bassist Marty Holland, and drummer Rasheed Wedlow. Myrna was a star in Gator Beat, and after that band's leader Richie Domingue died several years ago, she retired from the zydeco scene. But after much coaxing from fans, she and Mandell put together the Funky Gators. Myrna's many years of R&B experience combines with Mandell's zydeco dance knowledge to create a sound that R&B listeners enjoy and that also keeps zydeco dancers out on the floor.

Aug 4, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

El Dusty, La Candelaria, DJ SANTERO & KOOL KYLE


is the latest project from Corpus Christi based producer, Dusty Oliveira. Operating behind the mixer and console, Dusty is considered by some to be the inventor of Cumbia Electronica, as he was feeding cumbia into his sound processor and synthesizer before the turn of the millennium. What Lee Scratch Perry is to Reggae, Dus is to cumbia: the Father of Dub. Composer, arranger and ringmaster, Oliveira reinterprets the principals of the Jamaican sound systems of the 1970s, mashes the grimey, electro bass sounds, and always brings together, in his live performances, a panoply of MC's, Singers, as well as musicians and other dj's.

La Candelaria

Aug 4, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley