Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

08/16/2018

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits.

Aug 16, 9:45am to 12:45 noon, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

SF Medicine Ball

Jazz

Aug 16, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz

Aug 16, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS: Alela Diane + Kelly McFarling

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Kelly McFarling:

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES!
Every Thursday + special Tuesdays, June through August
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills.

TONIGHT: Intimate folk songstress
<b>Alela Diane</b>
In music, one of the most transformative experiences a woman can have is also an unspoken artistic taboo: Have a baby if you must. But for goodness' sake, don't write songs about it. Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Alela Diane has a problem with that. "This music is about motherhood," Alela says of her highly anticipated fifth album Cusp. "Even just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. It's like you've suddenly lost the charm of being youthful and even attainable--you've been commoditized as available. There is not a big place in the music industry for 30-something women with kids making music." She laughs as she pauses, then adds, "Maybe we can create that space."

If anyone can carve out needed new territory, it's Alela. Cusp may be a thematic departure for the Portland, Oregon-based artist, but the Argus-eyed writing and clear voice that have long-since wowed Pitchfork, NME, Paste, and other early adopters throughout Europe and elsewhere have never been stronger.

Come hear the "shimmering elegance" of "one of the brightest talents in somber, bare-bones folk" in the raw beauty of the Redwood Grove.

<b>Kelly McFarling</b>
Kelly Mcfarling is an Atlanta, GA born, San Francisco-based songwriter. Her work is reflective of transitions, the wilderness, and its navigation. Sometimes she plays banjo, other times acoustic guitar. Often, she plays a Telecaster fronting her band, The Home Team, featuring pedal steel (Tim Marcus), drums (Nick Cobbett), bass (Oscar Westesson), and various other Bay Area musicians.

During her ten years in San Francisco, McFarling has released five independent recordings: studio albums, Distractible Child (2010) and Ridgeline (2013), an EP of cover songs, Others (2013), and two live albums, Live at Pirate Ship Laguna (2009) and Live at Eddie's Attic (2011). She has toured behind her own projects as well as performing with bands like Y La Bamba and Goodnight Texas, and is one-third of the all-female folk trio Glittersnatch with Megan Keely and Wolf Larsen. Over the years, McFarling has shared the stage with artists such as Shovels and Rope, Sean Hayes, Chris Pureka, Jolie Holland, and has made a home for herself in the San Francisco music community.

Water Dog, McFarling's latest release, is her most intimate and folk-leaning record to date.


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REDWOOD GROVE CONCERT INFORMATION AND TICKET POLICIES
Shows will sell-out - buy online in advance. (No surcharge!)
Redwood Grove Gate opens at 5pm.
Ticket includes admission to the main Botanical Garden collections before it closes at 5:00pm. (a $12/adult value!)
Parking in the attached UC campus parking lot ($1/hr) is limited and not guaranteed - carpooling is highly encouraged.
All tickets are by registration "will call" list.
Seating is general admission amphitheater.
Please contact us in advance if you will need a wheelchair accessible spot.
Snacks and drinks available; picnics welcome
Warm clothes recommended.

CANCELLATION POLICY
All concert ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
The value is not transferable to another concert or program. In the event you can cannot attend, another person may use your registration spots using your name.
(Please let us know if your tickets will go unused.)

Aug 16, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band


John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band) is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary musicians - John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals - delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. They form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals and seasoned showmanship.

Aug 16, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Sensuous Embrace of Angola: Kizomba Nightz

Learn the slow, romantic, sensual Angolan social dance, then dance to Kizomba and Semba music inspired by African rhythms and Haitian compas.
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Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.

For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at
kathyreyesdance@yahoo.com
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Yasert Ortega, originally from Mexico City, now resides in San Rafael. Yasert has danced to various types of music like merengue and cumbia, and his favorite; Dominican bachata and kizomba and semba. He has learned from several world masters.


Doors at 7:30 pm; Urban Kizomba with Eddie and Hercules at 8 pm; Semba with Yasert Ortega at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm
Buy Tickets Here


Tickets are $10 Advance / $12 Students
$15 Day of Show

Aug 16, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Sensuous Embrace of Angola: Kizomba Nightz

Learn the slow, romantic, sensual Angolan social dance, then dance to Kizomba and Semba music inspired by African rhythms and Haitian compas.
kizomba 2.jpg

Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.

For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at
kathyreyesdance@yahoo.com
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Yasert Ortega, originally from Mexico City, now resides in San Rafael. Yasert has danced to various types of music like merengue and cumbia, and his favorite; Dominican bachata and kizomba and semba. He has learned from several world masters.


Doors at 7:30 pm; Urban Kizomba with Eddie and Hercules at 8 pm; Semba with Yasert Ortega at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm
Buy Tickets Here

Tickets are $10 Advance / $12 Students
$15 Day of Show

Aug 16, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Thrive


Thrive
Since 2008 Santa Cruz based Pop/Rock/ Hybrid-Reggae band Thrive has been paving its path in the music world.

In October 2010 the relatively unknown band put out its album Gratitude Attitude and would shock the scene. The album would reach number four on the iTunes Reggae Charts and would start the motor for the machine that is called Thrive.

Thrive would build on its success with regional tours with front running reggae artists SOJA, Iration and Tribal Seeds, along with statewide headlining tours on their own and massive shows with other artists including Rebelution, JBoog, The Green and Katchafire.

With founders Aaron Borowitz (Lead vocals/guitar) and Kenny Rogers (lead vocals/drums) building the foundation for the band, they are now joined with seasoned saxophonist and vocalist Scott Schipper, bassist Andrew Forgy and most recently multi-instrumentalist talent Matt Masih on keyboards and vocals.

Though going through a few members in the brief history of the band, Thrive feels that they have what it takes to make some noise.

"We found the right guys so that the chemistry is there. Our music is a reflection of our shared vision of positivity" says founder Aaron Borowitz.

May 7, 2013 Thrive released its third and most anticipated album "Relentless" which debut at number three on iTunes Top Reggae Charts and number six on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The album showed a new musical maturity for Thrive, and also featured a guest appearance by Erich Rachmany (Rebelution) on the single "Just Fine".

Thrive is currently visiting its favorite regional/national venues in promotion for it while sharing their positive lyrics, precise musicianship and powerful four-part harmonies. Be sure to check out this up-and-coming group in its biggest year yet.


Sol Horizon
Voted "Best World/Reggae band" in the North Bay, Sol Horizon seamlessly fuses roots reggae with rock, funk and world beats. Anchored by veteran musicians Sol is renowned for energetic live performances and their lyrical content, which centers on on themes of peace, community, sustainability and the re-vitalizing power of nature. The band moves feet and inspires minds, creating a positive musical experience that continues to attract fans from across the globe. For Sol Horizon news, tour dates, music and downloads check out SolHorizon.com

Aug 16, 8:30pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley