Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Aug 5, 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."

Aug 5, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Aug 5, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

Aug 5, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Country Classics Sing-Along with Maurice Tani

Maurice Tani

Maurice TaniSan Francisco native, Maurice Tani is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.
Tani uses the term, "Supercalifornigraphic" to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. "Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast."

Aug 5, 1pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Aug 5, 3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

UC Berkeley Summer Chorus Concert

The UC Berkeley Summer Chorus presents a concert of choral pieces in multiple languages. The ensemble is sponsored by the UC Berkeley Music Department and comprised of students from the university and members of the community. The chorus is led by a Sarah Ancheta, student conductor, and Jonathan Liu, student accompanist.

Price : FREE

Irving Gifford Fine, with words by Lewis Carroll
Morten Lauridsen Dirait-on
Aaron Copland Zion's Walls
arr. George G. Hernandez Rosas Pandan
Randall Thompson Alleluia

Performers Sarah Ancheta Conductor
Zachary Manlapid Guest Conductor
Jonathan Liu Accompanist
Nikolas Nackley Faculty Sponsor

Aug 5, 4pm to 6pm, Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley

Skillet Licorice

Skillet Licorice plays your favorite early-20th century Rags, Stomps, Waltzes and Serenades with 21st-century vim and vigor.

Aug 5, 4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a blues vocal jam session, hosted by Pamela Rose.

All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 4:00 pm to sign up.

Aug 5, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Larry Stefl

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

Ratatet's Experimental Residency at CJC

Bay Area all original acousto-electric sextet Ratatet settles in for three Sundays of experimentation at their California Jazz Conservatory Residency. . Come join the band as they mess with arrangements and instrumental combinations.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Sheldon Brown-multi-reeds
Charlie Gurke-baritone sax and reeds
Dillon Vado-vibes and percussion
Greg Sankovich-piano and keys
Dan Feiszli-electric and acoustic bass
Alan Hall- things you hit

A Brief History of Ratatet
Alan Hall started Ratatet in 2014 after writing for and performing with "Electreo," a unique trio with drums (Alan Hall), bass (Jeff Denson) and bassoon (Paul Hanson). He recorded on Hanson's albums and always wanted to form a band with him. Alan taught and toured Europe with Jeff and Lee Konitz, where their musical relationship flourished. "Electreo" was an outgrowth of these musical connections. Seeking more sonic possibilities to compose for, Hall began his Ratatet personnel search.

Hall met trombonist John Gove at a recording with San Francisco Latin Jazz group, `The Mission Projec.t" Dillon Vado, one of the most serious students at California Jazz Conservatory, was Alan's first choice for the vibraphone chair. While working with guitarist Michael LaMachia, Hall was impressed with Greg Sankovich's solid playing and bouncy attitude. Hall found his personnel.

Ratatet's first CD, "Arctic," garnered great reviews and was named one of the best 2016 Bay Area jazz releases by jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert in his article for the San Jose Mercury News. Grants from SF InterMusic and Creative Sonoma allowed the Spring 2018 release of Ratatet's second Ridgeway CD, "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" along with their YouTube video, "Demographic Shift."

The members of Ratatet have played and/or recorded with an assortment of great musicians, groups and organizations which include: Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Billy Cobham, Art Lande, Minsarah, Paul McCandless, Lee Konitz, Cirque Du Soleil, Kenny Werner, Kai Eckhardt, Cuong Vu, and Ralph Alessi. Website:

Aug 5, 5:30pm to 7pm, Hardymon Hall @ The Jazzschool 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley

Heart of Rock and Roll Series: Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder brings a kaleidoscopic appreciation of Bob Dylan. Take one "Blonde on Blonde" song. Add a large spoon full of Grateful Dead essence, Van Morrison passion, and Dr. John's Cajun hot sauce. And shake! Ahhh....
You got it. We take the songs of Dylan, the Dead and others and make them our own.

Multi-talented Berkeley singer Zoe Carter brings us delicious lead vocals and harmonies. Brian Bloom, spicy vocals and bad-ass guitar work. Oakland's Steve Capper on the keys and Martin Gran's guitar bring the RnB and soul sensibilities. Our S.F. bass and drum duo, Charlie McCoy and Joe Mockus, lock down the rhythm and keep the groove going non-stop. And finally, harmonica virtuoso Paul Herzoff and siren whistle savant John Bock bring divine color and texture.
Come see for yourself.

Aug 5, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Map Quiz ~ On Better Terms [TX] ~ Roman Candles ~ Dog Language

Map Quiz [Berkeley pop-punk]
On Better Terms [Dallas, TX melodic hardcore]
Roman Candles [Arcata, CA]
Dog Language [New east bay emo/slacker rock]
New Car Smell - Band [Bay area alternative]
ALL AGES. Doors @ 6:00pm // Show $8 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

Aug 5, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Junior Brown

Junior Brown

Born in 1952 in Cottonwood, Arizona, Junior Brown showed an affinity for music at an early age. Discovering a guitar in his grandparent's attic at age seven, he spent the next several years woodshedding with records and the radio. Junior was also able to tap into music he couldn't hear at home which older, college aged kids were listening to. This was possible as a result of his father's employment at a nearby campus in 1958. Armed with this broad spectrum of source material, he had developed some formidable chops by the end of his teen years.

Brown's passion for Country and Western music had intensified by the late 1960's. With many prominent figures as his inspiration, he spent his nights further sharpening his musical skills in small clubs across the southwest. "I played more nights in honkytonks during the 70's and 80's than most musicians will see in a lifetime...I did so many years of that, night after night, four sets a night, 15 minute breaks; I mean after that, you gotta get good or get out." Brown still prefers to refer to his favorite music as "Country and Western" as it was called when he began his career. More recently, however, with the exception of Classical, Modern Jazz and Rap, he has shown himself to be equally adept at virtually all styles of American music, leading many to dub him America's most versatile musician. A listen to his catalog of recordings reveals a virtuosity in Country, Western Swing, Hawaiian, Rock and Roll, (Hard Rock, Surf, etc.), Blues, Trad. Jazz, (Swing), Pop, Bluegrass, and even Mariachi.

For Fans Of: Country Music, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam, Radney Foster

Aug 5, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Aug 5, 7pm to 8pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street Berkeley

Rakim, Kota the Friend, Casey Cope, LBS & KIWI STRUGGLES

Born : January 28, 1968 // Long Island, NY, United States
Rakim Allah, a native of Wyandanch, New York, revolutionised the rap artform during the late 1980s as one half of the influential hip-hop duo Eric B & Rakim. The duo parted ways in 1992 after releasing four popular albums, including the all-time hip-hop classic 'Paid In Full'. After taking a five-year break from music, Rakim returned as a solo artist in 1997 with the album 'The 18th Letter'. He continues to record sporadically.

Aug 5, 9pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley