Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Stitch 'n Bitch 6:00 PM

Aug 8, 6pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

Aug 8, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Beyond Words: Jazz + Poetry

Beyond Words: Jazz + Poetry is a monthly poetry and jazz show that explores the intersection of the oral poetic image in evolution with jazz music. Beyond Words features poets, authors, singers and jazz musicians. It is a collaboration of San Francisco Bay Area haiku poet, author and impresario Amos White, and renowned jazz musician and composer Dillon Vado.

With Poets

& Musicians
DILLON VADO - drums and percussion

Amos White is an American haiku poet and author of The Sound of the Web: Haiku and Poetry on Facebook and Twitter, recognized for his vivid imagery and breathless interpretations. He was a Finalist in the NPR National Cherry Blossom Haiku Contest 2013 and has been published in The Wittenberg Review, Oakland Review, Bones Journal, San Francisco BayView, Area 17, World Haiku Association Anthology.
Dillon Vado is a drummer, vibraphonist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory. He regularly performs on vibraphone with Alan Hall's Ratatet, on drums with The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and leads several of his own projects.
Pianist and composer Dahveed Behroozi's focus is on jazz, classical, and new music. His playing has been described as, "highly expressive, lyrical and colorful."
Bassist and composer Jeff Denson is an acclaimed performing musician and a highly respected educator. Currently leading or co-leading four distinct ensembles, he has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is also a full professor at the California Jazz Conservatory, and serves Outreach Director, nurturing young musicians.
San Francisco poet Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. His latest curriculum, We Charge Genocide Again , has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book of poems, Someone's Already Dead, was nominated for a California Book Award.
Isabella Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American poet and teaching artist from Oakland, California whose poetry is an artistic extension of her activism and community organizing. She has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Art Foundation and the Poetry Incubator through Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary, and her work has been featured on CNN, NBC, Inquirer, and the Guardian.

Aug 8, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Aug 8, 8pm to 10:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Hop Sauce

Hop Sauce is a concoction of instrumental groove, funk and jazz, balancing improvisation with composition and a knack for fun, tasty jams. The core trio (Jeff Cleland on bass, Chris Gamper on drums and Jono Kornfeld on guitar) has a rich history of playing together going back nearly 30 years. Hop Sauce's first CD, "Le Tasty," (with guest keyboardist Simon Rochester) features their diverse compositional prowess blended with an obvious love for in-the-moment playing and nimble improvisation.

Aug 8, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

MaMuse "Prayers For Freedom" CD Release Concert

MaMuse "Prayers For Freedom" CD Release Concert Featuring Thrive Choir, Lyla June and Desirae Harp
MaMuse, Thrive Choir, Lyla June and Desirae Harp live, breathe, sing and create beauty to support the health and well being for all life on Earth. This evening will be a potent coming together of our shared hearts for the upliftment of all and the health of our local watersheds. We shall harmonize! We shall Poecize! We shall Realize! and TOGETHER we shall THRIVE! Be prepared for Heart Healing Harmony, Soul Salve Serenades, Mind-Widening Wordplay and Powerful Presence to Pierce through the Media Madness!

Come and support our collective artistry while BEING the REAL news!! Want to change the world? Let us Sing together! Let us dance together! Let us weep together! Let us focus our intentions for the health of our waters, TOGETHER. YES.

A generous portion of the proceeds from this evening will go to Run 4 Salmon.

MaMuse:("Ma" as in Mamma; "Muse" as in the one who inspires)

Wholeheartedly fed by the folk and gospel traditions, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music for the pure joy of it and to inspire the world into thriving. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, and backed by inspired drummer (Mike Wofchuck) these two powerful women embody a love for all of life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness.

With nine delicious years of co-creation and four full length albums under their belts, MaMuse keep their hearts tuned to the creation of music for the health of ALL BEINGS.
Thrive Choir
Thrive ChoirThe Thrive Choir was born to sing the music for the revolution. They are a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California - directed by Bay Area musicians Austin Willacy & Kyle Lemle. Their heartfelt and soul-stirring original music is a fusion of gospel, soul and folk.

As part of Thrive East Bay - a purpose-driven community focused on personal and social transformation - the Choir's music illuminates the joy, pain, and beauty of what it means to be human in this time of systemic transformation. They lift up the house every first Sunday at Thrive East Bay in downtown Oakland; they have performed with Rising Appalachia, recorded with MaMuse, and shared the stage with social justice luminaries Ericka Huggins, Joanna Macy, and Fania Davis; and they perform at marches, conferences and festivals across California, most recently at Bioneers, Blessed Unrest, IONS, the North America Permaculture Convergence, and the Women's March.

They are also launching a larger Thrive Street Choir, mobilizing hundreds of people to sing in hope and resistance at protests and beyond.

Lyla June is a poet, musician, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsehéstahese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre performance and speech style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, intercultural healing, historical trauma and traditional land stewardship practices. She blends her undergraduate studies in human ecology at Stanford University, her graduate work in Native American Pedagogy at University of New Mexico, and the indigenous worldview she grew up with to inform her perspectives and solutions. Her internationally acclaimed performances and speeches are conveyed through the medium of prayer, hip-hop, poetry, acoustic music and speech. Her personal goal is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper.

Desirae Harp is a member of the Mishewal Wappo tribe from the central coast of California, and she is a descendant of the Diné Nation from the Southwest. She is a singer/songwriter, cultural bearer/activist, and teacher. She sings with Audiopharmacy, an internationally acclaimed world music/reggae/and hip hop ensemble. She uses her music as a teaching tool to facilitate workshops on cultural survival, social justice, and environmental justice with youth across the country. She is the founder of the Mishewal Ona*staTis language and revitalization program, and she is dedicated to restoring the California water ways, salmon runs, and indigenous ways of life.

Aug 8, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Hermitage Green

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