Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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Aug 11, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Silk and Soul Reunion

One of the most popular bands in San Francisco in the late '70's, Silk and Soul, is having a reunion concert in 2018! First appearing at Lowell High School's 1976 Senior Show, the band continued to perform throughout the Bay Area over the next five years. Made up primarily of Lowell High School students, the band eventually became a mix of players representing Lowell, Washington, Sacred Heart, Riordan, McAteer, and USF. Returning members include Lowell Grads Frank Macchia, Marvin Wong, Peter Grimes, Kevin Lym, Tony Thomas, Albert Abena, Marty Wehner, and Erik Andrews. Also featuring Dominique Marchand, Andy Amoroso, Eric Valencia, Albert Lassiter, and Vance Reddit. Joining us this year is Gary Bell, a well-known Bay Area guitarist as a member of Elements of Soul, who was a Silk and Soul member for the last two years of the band. Also returning are two fantastic Bay Area musicians that we could not do this without: the funkiest bass player around, Kirk Crumpler, as well as saxophonist extraordinaire, Brian Lassiter (son of our trumpet player, Albert!).

This year we are so fortunate to have two new special guests joining us: Darlene Coleman, on lead and background vocals, is a great singer who will blow you away with her amazing talent! And multi-keyboardist David Council, who is currently touring with Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, will be joining us! So, if you miss hearing real musicians playing the TRUE Old School soul and RnB music of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Tower of Power, Ohio Players, Average White Band, and more, please join us! Come see friends you haven't seen in years! Let's make it a big reunion for us all !!!

"Well, it's a Saturday night and Silk and Soul will be hangin' out, at Ashkenaz, it's the place to party... So, you should jump into your ride and hit the road cuz there's only one place to go!"

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Buy Tickets Here

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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

Thollem with Amy X Neuberg @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Aug 11, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Helen Orzel Group

Born into a family of accomplished classical musicians, Helen Orzel formally studied and performed classical piano in Los Angeles, Germany, and Serbia.  After coming back to the U.S., she decided to abandon all of it to play funk, jazz, rock, blues, and her own compositions. However, if you listen closely, you can still hear Rachmaninoff sneak his way into her playing. Rumor has it that Chopin and Monk sit on either side of her when she's playing and bicker at each other.

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

Don McLean


Don McLean is one of the country's most enduring singer-songwriters. Since his first hit with "American Pie" in 1971 his songs have been recorded by artists in just about every genre and he has more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide. Tonight's your chance to see a living legend up close as Don plays his favorite songs.

Aug 11, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Chappell & Dave Holt, BiG WiDE GRiN

Chappell & Dave Holt are singer/songwriters who, with piano, guitar and voices, offer an unusual musical statement - a crossroads where jazz, blues, folk and gospel meet to create something both familiar and new, both traditional and unconventional.

"BiG WiDE GRiN...good singing. Great songs and the hardest-working band in folk music."
- Keb' Mo'

This bi-coastal duo of Elaine Dempsey & Karl Werne bring diverse backgrounds, an array or instruments, award-winning songwriting, and a positive message together to form a rich blend of character and harmony which is BIG WIDE GRIN.

They play anywhere: festivals, concert tours, listening venues, house concerts and have shared the stage, collectively, with artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Tim Reynolds, Janis Ian, Harriett Schock, Lowen & Navarro, Richie Havens, and toured with legendary blues man Keb' Mo'. Their most recent seasonal CD, Holiday, features arrangers and studio musicians from across the country, proving to be the most diverse self-produced musical endeavor from this group so far.

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!

Aug 11, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley