Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

08/23/2018

Joe Warner Trio

Joe Warner

Aug 23, 11:45am to 2:45pm,

Free Live Jazz

Aug 23, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

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. Kid Friendly!

Aug 23, 4:45pm to 7:45pm,

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS: Tyler Ramsey + The Suitcase Junket

Tyler Ramsey: \
The Suitcase Junket:

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: Delicate alt-rock
<b>Tyler Ramsey (formerly of Band of Horses)</b>
Praised by NPR, Stereogum, WNYC, and The Huffington Post, Tyler Ramsey is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing guitar, piano, keyboards, bass, and percussion, but is best known as a talented fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter.

In addition to having released three acclaimed solo albums, Ramsey is perhaps most immediately recognizable, until his recent departure, as the guitarist and a co-writer in Band Of Horses, having played with them since 2007, prior to the release of their breakthrough album, "Cease To Begin." A well-established and acclaimed guitar player and singer in the burgeoning western North Carolina music scene, where he calls home, he first learned to play music on piano before moving to the guitar. Ramsey grew up listening to and studying country-blues guitar players like Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi John Hurt, and American finger pickers like John Fahey and Leo Kottke, absorbing their sound and making it all his own.

His fourth solo album, which was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, during tour downtime and completed this past summer, is set for release in 2018. The new songs are lush and full, and realized with help from a list of friends old and new, adding gorgeous vocal harmonies, strings, and guitar counterpoints.

<b>The Suitcase Junket</b>
From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound in this essential rock collection, Pile Driver.

The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz: artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, one-man band. His is the road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, with wild double pitches of throat singing. From The Suitcase Junket's penchant for thrift and ingenuity comes this full-length album - his debut at Signature Sounds - of original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity, played on instruments built of broken bottles, twisted forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, and an overhead compartment's worth of luggage.


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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 23, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Albany HS Jazz Combo

Aug 23, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

MARTHA NUSSBAUM


"One of the world's most honored philosophers provides a candid examination of the current political crisis."

For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her full attention to the terrible political standoff tha has polarized America since the Trump election. Although today's atmosphere is heavily marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the seeming total inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters, journalists and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalizatiojn, automation and the high costs of high education have produced feelings of utter powerlessness in millions of people in the U.S.Similar issues trouble European unity.

That sense of powerlessness and a pervasive underlying fear bubble into resentment and blame: blame of immigrants, blame of Muslims, blame of other races, blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame played a hefty role in the elction of Trump - and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues that it can in fact be found on all sides of the political spectrum-confusingly intertwined, however, with reasonable arguments aiming at greater justice. She insists that retribution is always a bad response to fear, and she articulates a clear politics of constructive work and hope.

"Nussbaum is an elegant and lyrical writer, and she movingly describes the pain of recognizing1 one's vulnerability." - THE NEW YORKER

"Like any clearheaded thinker, Nussbaum was unsettled by Trump's election, but she's also troubled by the way people of all political persuasions have succombed to fear and mindless fear-slinging. She tries to keep Trump at arm's length and focus instead on what philosophers and psychologists going back to antiquity have had to say about fear...its role in stoking anger, disgust, and envy, and how those emotions in turn perpetuate divisive politics (sexism and misogyny especially)" -Kirkus Reviews

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. She has written more than twenty books.


KPFA Radio 94.1FM & St. John's Presbyterian Church present Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:30 PM St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's, East Bay Books $15 door, wheelchair access

Aug 23, 7:30pm to 9pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Martha Nussbaum: The Monarchy of Fear

"One of the world's most honored philosophers provides a candid examination of the current political crisis."

For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her full attention to the terrible political standoff tha has polarized America since the Trump election. Although 's atmosphere is heavily marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the seeming total inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters, journalists and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalizatiojn, automation and the high costs of high education have produced feelings of utter powerlessness in millions of people in the U.S.Similar issues trouble European unity.

That sense of powerlessness and a pervasive underlying fear bubble into resentment and blame: blame of immigrants, blame of Muslims, blame of other races, blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame played a hefty role in the elction of Trump - and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues that it can in fact be found on all sides of the political spectrum-confusingly intertwined, however, with reasonable arguments aiming at greater justice. She insists that retribution is always a bad response to fear, and she articulates a clear politics of constructive work and hope.
"Nussbaum is an elegant and lyrical writer, and she movingly describes the pain of recognizing1 one's vulnerability." - THE NEW YORKER
"Like any clearheaded thinker, Nussbaum was unsettled by Trump's election, but she's also troubled by the way people of all political persuasions have succombed to fear and mindless fear-slinging. She tries to keep Trump at arm's length and focus instead on what philosophers and psychologists going back to antiquity have had to say about fear...its role in stoking anger, disgust, and envy, and how those emotions in turn perpetuate divisive politics (sexism and misogyny especially)" -Kirkus Reviews

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. She has written more than twenty books.

(KPFA Event) Thursday, August 23, 7:30 PM Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's, East Bay Books $15 door, wheelchair accessible Pegasus Books is the onsite bookseller.

Aug 23, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

Call Me Ace, Chow Mane, KAHJ, Karma Rivera

Aug 23, 8pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

DJ Dancer

One of Jups' own, DJ Dancer is a DMC finalist and will be rocking breaks, house, funk and hiphop like only he can!
https://www.facebook.com/djdancerproducer

Aug 23, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Freight Fiddle Summit 2018 with Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Anders Hall, Adam Johansson and Jens Linell of the band SVER, Moira Smiley, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Cali McKasson and Nic Gareiss


Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
" ... you would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks
puckishly. Then [Haas] opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan [Scotland] winter."
- Boston Globe

"Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate
cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy."
- The Scotsman

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland's music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.

Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn't even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.

"Going back to the 1700s, and as late as the early 20th century," Fraser says, "fiddle and cello made up the dance band of choice in Scotland, with the cellist bowing bass lines and driving the rhythm. Pianos and accordions elbowed out the cello, relegating it to an orchestral setting. I've been pushing to get the cello back into the traditional music scene for years, always on the lookout for a cellist with whom I could have a strong musical conversation, one that incorporated not just the cello's gorgeous melodic tones, but also the gristly bits-the rhythmic, percussive energy that makes the wee hairs on the back of the neck stand up."

Natalie Haas was just 11 when she first attended Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in California. She responded to Fraser's challenge to find and release the cello's rhythmic soul, and four years later, when Natalie was just 15, Fraser and Haas played their first gig together. Now regularly touring with Fraser and creating a buzz at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe and North America, Natalie is in the vanguard of young cellists who are redefining the role of the cello in traditional music.

The duo represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum's Folklife Festival, have been featured on nationally broadcast Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock, and Mountain Stage. They both teach at Fraser's popular annual summer fiddle courses (Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School and Sierra Fiddle Camp in California, and at Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic College in Scotland), and Natalie is on the faculty of Berklee College of Music in Boston.

"Cellists are coming out of the woodwork to study with Natalie, to learn how she creates a groove and a whole chunky rhythm section," says Fraser. "It's inspiring to hear the cello unleashed from its orchestral shackles!"

One of the inspirations is the duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, which displays dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms, and the duo's shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes. The two instruments duck and dive around each other, swapping melodic and harmonic lines, and trading rhythmic riffs. The recording won not only critical acclaim, but also the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Fire & Grace, and the duo's new CD In the Moment, and Fraser's many other recordings are on his own Culburnie Records label.


Moira Smiley
Singer/Composer, Moira Smiley travels the world as a composer, performer and song collector. Her earliest influences were American shape-note hymnody, Irish and Russian folksongs and the piano music of Bach, Bartók and Debussy. In her late teens, she began traveling to learn songs - sitting at the knees of traditional singers in the UK, Ireland and Europe. She taken her voice, accordion and banjo across the planet, touring with artists like tUnE-yArDs, SOLAS, Billy Childs, The Lomax and Folklife Projects, KITKA, Theatre Of Voices and The Lyris String Quartet. She's become a well-known choral composer, with millions of singers singing her work worldwide, and premieres including The Los Angeles Master Chorale's "Lux Aeterna" in The Walt Disney Concert Hall. She's been featured on BBC Radio 3, at TED Conferences, NPR, PBS and ABC Australia's "Books & Art" program. Moira has received praise from Billboard to Gramophone for her voice and writing.



Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

have a vision for their band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. Cellist Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), fiddler Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox), and Zoe Guigueno (bass/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to band leader Laura Cortese's poignant and powerful singing.
The four voices are just as much instruments as they are providers for lyric and harmony. At times its rowdy, delicate and cinematic. The result is a sound that can start as a string band, and morph into a string quartet, female acappella group, or indie band; all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.


Nic GareissMichigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has studied a broad variety of percussive movement forms from around the world. At the age of eight he began taking tap dance lessons with Sam and Lisa Williams at Vision Studio of Performing Arts in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Soon after, he was exposed to fiddle music and other percussive dance forms at the Wheatland Music Organization's annual Traditional Arts Weekend. It was there that he had his first instruction in Appalachian clogging with Michigan dance mentor, Sheila Graziano. As a teenager, Nic also studied Irish step dance with John Heinzman, T.C.R.G., Appalachian flat-footing with Ira Bernstein, Québécois step dance with Benoit Bourque, and improvisation and composition with Sandy Silva.

Aug 23, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley