Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Afro-Peruvian Zapateo Master Class with Miguel Ballumbrosio

Free/Donations Welcome
Taught by Miguel Ballumbrosio, master Zapateador and leader of the Atajo de Negritos de Amador Ballumbrosio del El Carmen, Chincha Peru, this class focuses on Zapateo, one of the last traditions that still exists in the Afro-Peruvian culture.
Join us for this high energy class that features live music! Miguel Ballumbrosio has come from Peru for this special occasion, so don't miss your chance to learn from a master!

Aug 18, 10am to 12 noon, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Aug 18, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,

San Francisco International Piano Festival: American Gothic

Graham Lynch- Works for solo piano TBA (US Premiere)
Albert Kim, piano
-Brief Pause-
Paul Sanchez- Gothic Atonement: five songs for baritone and piano (World Premiere)
Brandon Hendrickson, baritone
Paul Sanchez, piano

Pianist Albert Kim returns to the Bay Area after his acclaimed debut performances during the 2017 Festival. Presenting the beautifully sculpted miniatures of English composer Graham Lynch, Albert shares some of these gems with American audiences for the first time.

Composer/pianist Paul Sanchez has established himself not only as a virtuoso pianist and first rate chamber musician, but also an inspired composer. Paul's newest song cycle receives its world premiere performance featuring the composer at the piano and Brandon Hendrickson, hailed by Opera News for his "mellifluous...beautiful baritone..."

Read more about the San Francisco International Piano Festival here.
This concert is $25 General Admission Seating is limited. Purchase advance tickets here.

Aug 18, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

New Orleans legend, Melvin "Blues Daddy" Leonard and his rippin' hot sauce band.

Aug 18, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Wedding Band

A Special Engagement: Mike & Sascha's Wedding Band of east bay dream band all-stars playing our favorite party rock hits as we celebrate Mike & Sascha finally getting hitched. So many fond memories of music and dancing at the Ashkenaz since the 1980s... we look forward to a good time with old and new friends. All are welcome.

Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of show

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Aug 18, 7:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

High Country Celebrates 50 Years of Bluegrass Music

High Country, the West Coast's longest-lived bluegrass band, are celebrating their 50th anniversary with this special performance at The Back Room. In addition to the current lineup, there will be a good number of former band members and others who have played with High Country over the years joining the celebration.

The group was formed in 1968 and remains a vital link to the early days of bluegrass in the Bay Area and California. Come and join the happy throng of fans and musicians in marking High Country's Golden Anniversary.

"One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets 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 18, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Faun Fables and Dalrymple MacAlpin @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Aug 18, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Skip The Needle

Skip The Needle

is a collaboration of four bandleaders: Shelley Doty, Kofy Brown, Katie Colpitts and Vicki Randle. Their mission: to annihilate with love! Born from group of friends all veterans of multiple bands, tours, recording, jamming together. They immediately started creating original music and had so much fun, they decided to go for it. Reckless, eclectic, fearless, if Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde and Chaka cloned a baby, this would be the result. Listen out for soul, rock, funk, vocal harmonies and wild instrumental explorations.View Calendar
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The box office is open 12:30pm-7pm (excluding holidays) and during all performances.

Box Office Phone: (510) 644-2020

Aug 18, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Afro-Peruvian Concert: Atajo de San Francisco with Master Miguel Ballumbrosio

$15 Advance / $20 Door
Doors open @ 8:30pm, Event starts @ 9pm

Atajo de San Francisco is a zapateador group dedicated to preserving and spreading knowledge about La Danza De Negritos, a one-of-a-kind tradition from the district of El Carmen, Chincha, Peru. The group was created in 2009 to honor the memory of Amador Ballumbrosio, a leader, zapateador, musician, and head of the Ballumbrosio clan.
Atajo de San Francisco is performing alongside Miguel Ballumbrosio, Amador's son and a master of La Danza de Negritos. At the show, Miguel will also be releasing his new album, Pachamama.

Aug 18, 9pm to 10:30pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley