Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

08/25/2018

Strife "In This Defiance", Dead Heat, Berthold City

The Hard Times Shows presents
Strife "In This Defiance" Anniversary Set
DEAD HEAT
BERTHOLD CITY
DRAIN

Show: 8:00
Doors: 7:00
All Ages
$15 adv
$18 at Door
+ $2 Annual Gilman Membership to be paid upon entry in CASH (Membership fee not included in advance ticket purchase)
Upcoming shows info thehardtimes.net/live-events/

Aug 25, 12 midnight, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Kids 10 & up! Pablo Cartaya

The author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora presents Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish. One boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos.

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.

Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth grade, you're both a threat and a target.

After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mom decides it's time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to spend a week with relatives they don't remember or have never met. But Marcus can't focus knowing that his father--who walked out of their lives ten years ago--is somewhere on the island.

So begins Marcus's incredible journey, a series of misadventures that take him all over Puerto Rico in search of his elusive namesake. Marcus doesn't know if he'll ever find his father, but what he ultimately discovers changes his life. And he even learns a bit of Spanish along the way.
Pablo Cartaya's novels explore identity, place, and the spaces in-between. His debut novel about a boy standing up for his community, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, received three starred reviews. When Pablo isn't writing, he's spending time with his family or dreaming of his next visit to Puerto Rico. Learn more about Pablo at pablocartaya.com and follow him on Twitter @phcartaya.

Aug 25, 11:30am to 12:30 noon, Mrs Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Aug 25, 11:45am to 2:45pm,

San Francisco International Piano Festival: Preludes and Transformations

 Karol Szymanowski Nine Preludes Op. 1 (1900)
Pawel Mykietyn Four Preludes (1993)
Igor Lipinski, piano
-Brief Pause-
Transcriptions TBA from stage
Chopin, Liszt, Wagner/Liszt, Saint-Saens/Godowsky, Mompou
Jiyang Chen, piano

Igor Lipinski returns to the Maybeck by popular demand to perform music of two brilliant Polish composers, representing bookends of the 20th century. Szymanowski's poetic preludes contrast with Mykietyn's rhythmically driving Preludes, written in 1993.

Jiyang Chen offers an enchanting set of transcriptions and miniatures announced from the stage, celebrating the salon tradition of the 19th century. Jiyang's affinity for this repertoire is perfectly matched by his inimitable style and approach to these gems.


Read more about the San Francisco International Piano Festival here

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This concert is $25 General Admission Seating is limited. Purchase advance tickets here

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Aug 25, 3pm to 4pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave., Berkeley

VL Trio

Vission Latina trio is a unique group of virtuoso musicians who have stripped down their music to a minimalist sound, exposing the threads that weave together the complex rhythms of Cuban music.

Aug 25, 4:45pm to 7:45pm,

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS: Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave:

Join us for the last concert of the summer - a benefit show for our Education and Public Programs!

<strong>ROGUE WAVE</strong>
Beloved indie-rock extraordinaires!

Over the decade and a half that Rogue Wave has made music, Zach Rogue has continued to expand his band's emotional spectrum. Drawing inspiration from the inevitable delusions of everyday American life, Rogue, his longtime bandmate Pat Spurgeon, and their fellow members have returned reinvigorated, and with a fresh sound founded on the art of patience, the fearlessness of experimenting, and the unbridled joy of creating something meaningful to help us navigate through these vacant times. Trusting in its own abilities and leaning on each other, Rogue Wave has seized creative control of its identity and sound and is set to smash any preconceptions of its music, revealing the most truthful, powerful, and urgent sonic blueprint of the band to date.

THIS SHOW IS ALSO CONNECTED TO OUR <b>APPLES & HOPS GARDEN FESTIVAL + CONCERT</b>. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

REDWOOD GROVE CONCERT INFORMATION AND TICKET POLICIES
Shows will sell-out - buy online in advance. (No surcharge!)
Redwood Grove Gate opens at 5pm, show starts at 5:30pm.

Parking in the attached UC campus parking lot 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.
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.

Aug 25, 5pm to 7pm, UC Botanical Garden

WoodBarry

jazz

Aug 25, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Sunata, Unlikely Heroes, Living Among Giants, Manos Lindas, Unlucky Me

Benefit for Philando Feeds the Children

Support the cause while enjoying some great local talent!

Sunata
Unlikely Heroes
Living Among Giants
Manos Lindas
Unlucky Me

$8-$20 scale (pay what you can, anything helps!)
+$2 Required Annual Membership

All Ages
7 PM

Aug 25, 7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Rising Star - William Bohrer Trio: Proof of Concept

As a career sideman, William Bohrer has learned that the first priority in any genre is to play in an earnest and authentic manner- it's not necessarily what you play, but how you play it, working within the concept of the song.

In his first concert as a leader, William expands the 'how' to a trio setting, propelled by some of the most sensitive and earnest interpreters in the Bay Area: CJC's own Tyler Harlow on basses and Dillon Vado on drums. The concept here is to play tunes on their own terms, not to impose our own sensibilities where they're not necessary. However, this is Academia, one must show their work- this is merely the proof of that concept.

Band Members and Instrumentation: William Bohrer - Guitar; Tyler Harlow - Acoustic and Electric Basses;
Dillon Vado - Drum Set & Pitched Percussion; and special guests.

Bio: William met Tyler and Dillon in the South Bay around 2011-2012, and has played with them in various combinations on a wide variety of gigs all around the Bay Area, playing Brazilian Fusion, R&B, Funk, Reggae, Afro-Beat, Ska, and even Jazz!

Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/carni_bohrer/
 

Aug 25, 7pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra Street Requiem

Street Requiem
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra

A 100-voice chorus, mezzo soprano Molly Mahoney, tenor Brian Thorsett and a chamber orchestra, under the direction of Derek Tam, perform a 50-minute cantata to remember those who have died homeless on the streets.
The performance is a benefit to support the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center in Berkeley for homeless women and their children, offering counseling, case management, daily support groups, children's programs, referral services, and transitional housing.

StreetRequiemInfo@gmail.com
Free
Tickets: 510 526-2302


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Aug 25, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

The Inside Men

From the classic post-bop style to avant-garde sensibility, the Inside Men are giving a new sound to the classic jazz quartet. Phil Hodges on drums, Chris Gustafson on bass, Carter Scholz on piano, Mike Pierce on tenor and soprano sax.
http://www.theinsidemen.com

Aug 25, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Rising Star - William Bohrer Trio: Proof of Concept

As a career sideman, William Bohrer has learned that the first priority in any genre is to play in an earnest and authentic manner- it's not necessarily what you play, but how you play it, working within the concept of the song.

In his first concert as a leader, William expands the 'how' to a trio setting, propelled by some of the most sensitive and earnest interpreters in the Bay Area: CJC's own Tyler Harlow on basses and Dillon Vado on drums. The concept here is to play tunes on their own terms, not to impose our own sensibilities where they're not necessary. However, this is Academia, one must show their work- this is merely the proof of that concept.

Band Members and Instrumentation: William Bohrer - Guitar; Tyler Harlow - Acoustic and Electric Basses;
Dillon Vado - Drum Set & Pitched Percussion; and special guests.

Bio: William met Tyler and Dillon in the South Bay around 2011-2012, and has played with them in various combinations on a wide variety of gigs all around the Bay Area, playing Brazilian Fusion, R&B, Funk, Reggae, Afro-Beat, Ska, and even Jazz!


Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/carni_bohrer/

Aug 25, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Duo Quartet - Featuring Chris Webster, Nina Gerber, and Pam Delgado, Jeri Jones (of Blame Sally)


Duo Quartet delivers twice the ease with half the effort. This soulfully rich, gently grooving band vibrates with loving synergy, moves with a rousing tempo, and layers on top soothing harmonies that make life so light in the moment. Pam, Nina, Jeri, and Chris ... Talent, connection, energy, and passion. Slip away with these mighty fine performers. Close your eyes and drift in the musical current ...

Nina Gerber & Chris Webster haven't rushed into this album thing-it's only after 25 years of playing together that they've released an album of gorgeous duets, Apple Blossom Lane, featuring Chris's bluesy, jazzy, soulful voice and Nina's incomparable guitar accompaniment, always surprising, yet always so exactly right. They take their time with each song, playing with possibilities, exploring depths, arriving at moments of rare beauty and transcendence. If you've ever heard Nina before, you know she always brings out the best in the musicians around her, and Chris's best is spectacularly good-her "magic derives from those ineffable qualities of vocal grain, emotional nuance, timing, and phrasing possessed by the truly great and moving singers of any style," says the Oakland Tribune. This is a pairing well worth the wait!

Pam Delgado & Jeri Jones of Blame Sally fame return to their original duo format, the Pam & Jeri Show, in a performance ranging from mournful ballads to sweet love songs to blazing acoustic soul. Pam plays percussion and guitar, Jeri plays guitar, bass, dobro, and mandolin, and their powerful voices blend beautifully to create a distinct and compelling sound. Their music has earned a spot in the rotation on San Francisco's KFOG and Starbucks XM Café. Whether they're covering songs by artists like Aretha Franklin and Rickie Lee Jones or playing their own exciting originals, this is a duo that knows how to entertain an audience and put on a satisfying show.

Aug 25, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers

A new collaboration is taking place between Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers, as the two entities have locked forces to commit themselves to rockin' away the pre-war blues & boogie-woogie styles in this piano, acoustic harmonica/vocal & washboard trio.

Grammy-nominated, two-time Blues Award winner, harmonica master, blues singer, bandleader, author, and entrepreneur Mark Hummel has been active since the early 1970s, when he moved to Berkeley from LA. Hummel has over thirty CDs to his credit and also is the creator of the Blues Harmonica Blowouts, which he started in 1991.

Hummel's mastery of the blues genre, mixed with a knowledge of where the music comes from, is rare in this idiom. Mark has recorded/toured with Snooky Pryor, Lowell Fulsom, Eddie Taylor, Brownie McGhee, Barbara Dane, Jimmy Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Huey Lewis, Lazy Lester, Anson Funderburgh (his co-partner in his latest project, Golden State/Lone Star), Charles Brown, Willie Big Eyes Smith & many more. Hummel has been steadily touring around the world since 1984.

Specializing in primal, joint-rockin' barrelhouse blues n' boogie, the Deep Basement Shakers are an East Bay trio with a stripped down but powerful sound, featuring Aaron Hammerman on piano and guitar, and local percussion legend Dave Eagle on washboard, spoons, suitcase, train whistles, animal calls, etc. Known for their floor-stomping appearances around the Bay and beyond, the Shakers bring to life good-time, steady-rollin' grooves from the deep musical traditions of days of old!

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance 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 25, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

4th Saturday Swing Series - Lisa Gonick & the Damfino Players - plus dance lesson w/ Cheryl McBride & Michael Marangio

Lisa Gonick & the Damfino Players continue 4th Saturday Swing dance series with their hot jazz, swing, and blues styles. As always, the live music at 9 p.m. is preceded by a fine swing dance lesson at 8 p.m.taught by Karen Lile and Michael Arntz. 

The Damfino Players are a rare but wonderful treat; this is their first visit since last October's crowd-pleasing debut.  Singer Lisa Gonick is a longtime Ashkenaz performer, formerly with SwingThing (her singing partner in that group, Cheryl McBride, will join Damfino Players for a few songs tonight). Damfinos guitarist and ukulele player Cliff Moser is also a SwingThing alum; in fact, he and Gonick have been partners in all sorts of projects over the last 16 years. Their current band allows for a more intimate and diverse feel. Tonight they offer a mix of swing, blues, and New Orleans-style hot jazz, along with hokum, novelty tunes and ballads. As they explain, "Think Ukulele Ike with a sweet late '30s jazz guitar feel." Their song list includes "Honeysuckle Rose," " Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Blue Skies."

 Gonick says, "We love dancers so even when it's just the two of us, we try to make it so you can't stop movin' your feet." In addition to Gonick on ukulele and vocals, and Moser on hot guitar, the Damfinos are banjo player and guitarist Jeff Green, reeds player Jamison Smeltz, bassist Vic Wong, and pianist Virginia Tichenor.


For updates and more information check out: http://swingatashkenaz.comteams.com.


Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with instructors Cheryl McBride & Michael Marangio at 8:00 pm / Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

Aug 25, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rev Rabia

Aug 25, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

La Mandanga with Montreal Latin Jazz



Directly from Spain, and perfectly blended with the greatest musicians in the area we have reached a unique sound, offering you a really original and danceable show, full of energy and good vibrations.

Founded in Fairfax by Alberto Gutiérrez (vocals and guitar) & Javier Jiménez (lead guitar and vocals). Mark Bell (cajón), Luis Jiménez (cajón), Joe Nemzer (bass) and Steve Gardner (Violin) complete the group.

For details, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-mandanga-with-montreal-latin-jazz-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-48665029413

Aug 25, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Are You With It? Feat. Molly With Charles, The Rare Occasions, Erik Brock Band, MAMA BRD

Molly with Charles is a Bay Area-based collaboration between singer Molly Arizona and composer Charles Nutrivore. Their style ranges from smooth contemporary R&B to upbeat neo-soul. The band draws a lot of inspiration from the exacting, soulful minimalism of artists like Sade, Frank Ocean and John Mayer, and their live performances have drawn comparisons to popular neo-soul groups such as Hiatus Kiayote, Daniel Caesar and Phony Ppl. Their work is also a testament to the diversity of the Bay Area music scene, with contributions from Vacaville jazz trumpeters, South Berkeley rappers and Oakland guitarists. The duo has released two EPs and is currently working on their first full length album.


The Rare Occasions are a 4 piece indie rock band from Los Angeles. The band first turned heads in their native Providence, Rhode Island when they won the WBRU Rock Hunt, headlined the Summer Concert Series at Waterplace Park, and performed in front of packed audiences at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel and The Met. Meanwhile, they tore through the Boston club circuit, building a dedicated following.

The Rare Occasions went on to perform for festival audiences at SXSW and CMJ, as well as open for international touring acts, including Guster, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco, AJR, and Knox Hamilton. "Dysphoric" took home the coveted `Song of the Year' award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2014.

Currently the band has been expanding their West Coast presence and establishing themselves in Los Angeles. In the midst of all their live shows, the band recorded a set of new material and released it this may. They're currently on tour promoting their debut album.


Erik Brock Band
With a unique blend of folk rock and blue-eyed soul, the Erik Brock band offers a refreshing spin on traditional lyric driven storytelling. The four piece group has been playing together since March 2018 and has it's sights on recording their first EP, followed by a West Coast fall tour.

MAMA BRD
Mama Brd blends soul, R&B, and rock with a singer songwriter aesthetic. With delightful harmonies, tasty guitar licks, and dynamic rhythm their sound is exciting and comforting all at once. Mama Brd is an all around crowd pleaser.

Comprised of Bay Area natives, Mama Brd is a collaborative project showcasing each member's exceptional talents. With Austin Prince songwriting, singing, and serenading on acoustic guitar, Phil Stein-Webber harmonizing and holding down the rhythm, and Andrew Harris filling out the sound on electric guitar the band has been praised for their original tunes and covers alike.

The group got their start busking on the streets and continues to pound the pavement spreading their sound.

Aug 25, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Salsa & Candombe Night - In Celebration of Uruguayan Independence Day!



$15 Advance / $20 Door
Doors open at 9pm / Event starts at 9:30pm

Edgardo Cambon & La Peña present a Salsa & Candombe night in celebration of Uruguyan Independence Day!



Come celebrate Uruguayan Independence Day with LIVE SALSA MUSIC by Candela and traditional CANDOMBE MUSIC by Edgardo Cambon y su grupo!
Edgardo & Candela is a Salsa Band based in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, making them one of the most established Salsa Orchestras in California. Better known as simply Candela, their trademark is their high energy performance, featuring great vocals, a tight rhythm section and the powerful sound of the horns.
Don't miss this special community event!

Aug 25, 9pm to 11:59pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley