Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

08/19/2018

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."

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

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


Ed Reed

Ed Reed, 88-year-old jazz recording artist and performing jazz vocalist, and 2014's #1 Rising Star Male Vocalist (DownBeat magazine Critics Poll), has been singing his entire life, though it was not until 2007 that he burst onto the jazz scene at age 78, following the release of his first CD, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories.

His path getting there was circuitous, even torturous, and his story of addiction, incarceration, recovery and redemption is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Since 2007, he has recorded another three critically acclaimed albums, performed in many of the world's prominent jazz venues, including three sold out nights at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, been reviewed in major jazz publications and news media, was a guest on the legendary Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR radio program, and was profiled by Nat Hentoff in the Wall Street Journal.

Reed will be accompanied by pianist Adam Shulman, bassist John Wiitala, and drummer Lorca Hart.

"Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct-full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings... look for an intimate story every time." - DownBeat Editors Pick, July 2011

"[Reed] stylistically harkens back to the elegant tenderness of Johnny Hartman...richly insightful...intensely moving...hypnotic renderings..." - JazzTimes, July/August 2011

"Mr. Reed sings in a dark mahogany baritone with careful diction, evoking the midcentury styles of Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole." - New York Times, December 2015

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!

4pm to 6pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


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
John Gove-trombone
Dillon Vado-vibes and percussion
Greg Sankovich-piano and keys
Jeff Denson-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: http://www.ratatet.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/ratatet/

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


A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta



A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta
This project reflects a deep appreciation for cultural diversity, and respect for tradition with innovation, into the musical landscape today. The ensemble's influences of soul music, Classical and Golden-Era music of India, Modern Jazz, and Pure Spontaneity help bring together a relevant and powerful statement. This work represents the power of collaboration and mindfulness towards collaboration between strong unique creative voices coming from different influences.

Musician Lineup:
Sameer Gupta - Drumset/Tabla
David Boyce - Reeds, Pedals
Prasant Radhakrishnan - Carnatic Sax
Ross Hammond - Slide Guitar
Marika Hughes - Cello
Charith Premawardhana - Viola
Rashaan Carter - Bass
Charith Premawardhana
Charith PremawardhanaSan Francisco based classically trained viola player

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


Arco Belo: The Space Between Disguises: Chamber Jazz with Global Roots

Arco Belo brings together elements of raw, contemporary improvised music, mixing in crisp-though-composed pockets of sweeping dense harmony and a global rhythmic sensibility. At The Back Room, the group promotes the release of the first single from its debut album, The Space Between Disguises.

Arco Belo is an original chamber-jazz project led by pianist, accordionist, and composer Simone Baron, featuring a rhythm section composed of Lucas Ashby and Steve Arnold. The group skips effortlessly from long-form, neo-baroque string counterpoint to sludgy hip-hop pads; post-romantic cadenzas collide in moments of spontaneous noise with reedy prepared piano; guttural bow noises and cascading plectrum bring color to plush hypnotic grooves and sharply angled linear phrases.

FEATURING:
Simone Baron - accordion
Lucas Ashby - percussion
Steve Arnold - bass
and special guests.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/general admission; $10 in advance, $15 at the door/Students with ID. 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!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Set It Off


Set It Off is an American rock band based in Tampa, Florida. The band has gained a following through vocalist Cody Carson's YouTube Channel and was subsequently signed by Equal Vision Records after releasing a string of successful extended plays. Out of the two studio albums that have been released, both have charted on the U.S. Billboard 200; Cinematics (2012) peaked at 174 while Duality (2014) peaked at 86.

8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley