Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Temescal Farmers' Market

Aug 26, 9am to 1pm, 5300 Claremont Ave, Oakland CA 94618

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."

Aug 26, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Aug 26, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Sugar By The Pound

Sugar by the Pound came together in the Spring of 2014 in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California and is one of the only all-female bluegrass bands, not only in the area, but for miles around. Their combination of traditional bluegrass music, country-style blues, honky tonk, old time, and classical influences hits home with a wide audience and has made the group a perfect fit for playing festivals, markets, churches, barn dances, farm tours, clubs, breweries, and and private parties throughout California and beyond. From California, New York, Indiana, and Virginia, Sugar by the Pound brings East and West Coast sounds together forming something truly unique yet wonderfully nostalgic!

Aug 26, 4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 4pm to sign up.

Aug 26, 4pm to 6pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"

Piano:Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars:Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes;David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline
Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore
Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

Aug 26, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Book Marketing 101 with Laura Antonacci, Chronicle Books

This is a Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators event and is open to the public. All writers are welcome. To reserve your seat, buy your ticket.
How will readers discover your book? Marketing! But whose job is it? Will your publisher take care of it? Or do you have to do it yourself?

Marketing a book is a partnership between authors/illustrators and their publishers. Join Laura Antonacci, Marketing Director at Chronicle Books, as she gives us a peek inside the journey of marketing a book from the publisher's perspective.

Her talk will also cover:
- What do publishers do for the marketing and publicity of a book?
- What marketing should authors and illustrators be doing on their own?
- How can authors and illustrators create great relationships with their publisher's marketing
and publicity team?
- What marketing made bestsellers successful, and what can you learn from them?
- And MUCH more!

Laura Antonacci is the Marketing Director of the Children's Division at Chronicle Books. She has over a decade of marketing experience in the publishing industry, working at Random House, Penguin Books, and Simon & Schuster.

Aug 26, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Chhandam School of Kathak

Today we focus on the classical Kathak dance tradition of North India, presented The Chhandam School of Kathak. The school is the educational arm of the world-famous Chitresh Das Dance Company, and features both professional and student dancers in costume. The class academy is dedicated to deep cultural education through the Kathak tradition. Founded in Northern California in 1980, it is the largest classical Indian dance institution in North America. In addition, it has major affiliate centers run by Pandit Das' disciples in India, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto.

Join us for an evening of kathak (classical dance of North India) with advanced students and teachers of the Chhandam School of Kathak.  Experience rhythmic footwork, swift pirouettes, and ornate movement with dynamic expression and storytelling accompanied by live music. 

Poonam Narkar
Nilima Dave
Ria DasGupta
Neeraja Yadwadkar
With live musical artists:
Ben Kunin - Sarode
Ashish Tare - Tabla
Seibi Lee and Rachna Nivas - Manjira and Vocals

Founded by legendary kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das and succeeded by his senior disciples, Seibi Lee, Rachna Nivas, and Rina Mehta, the Chhandam School of Kathak has been a pioneer of excellence for the education, promotion, and advancement of kathak dance and Indian classical music for 38 years. In the Bay Area, the school offers classes in Fremont and Berkeley with affiliate schools in Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, New York, and Mumbai. 

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
Buy Tickets Here

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Aug 26, 7pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Be Steadwell

Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter from Washington, D.C. With roots in jazz, a cappella and folk, Be composes a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQ content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song.

As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. In 2014, Be completed an MFA in film from Howard University. This year, Be was selected to be a 2016 Strathmore Artist in Residence. The D.C. Commission on the Arts awarded Be the Artist Fellowship for 2016. Be is currently touring her music and screening her film Vow of Silence (2014)

Ticket are $18 and are available in advance at the link below, or 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 26, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg

Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg

The meeting of Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall in 2007
brought together two separate worlds of the mandolin. She from the German classical conservatory upbringing and he from his Bluegrass, Brazilian and New Acoustic world. These two international mandolin gurus have found to a way to weave their very different musical backgrounds together that is musically inspiring, intensely intimate and just plain fun as hell.

Their concerts are a relaxed atmosphere filled with glorious
interpretations of classical music (Bach, Vivaldi, Leone and Calace), hot Brazilian choros (Jacob do Bandolim, Pixinguinha) a sprinkling of Americana traditional music and tightly woven arrangements of original New Acoustic music.

Get ready for a night full of jaw dropping chops, funky grooves and classical music interpretations that will change your idea of what you ever thought the mandolin was capable of.

Mike Marshall

is one of the most accomplished and versatile mandolinists in the world today. Since 2011, Mike has taught hundreds of mandolinists from around the world through his Mike Marshall School of Mandolin online website at There, students from around the world get access to Mike through a video exchange system and receive direct comments about their playing from Mike personally.
A master of mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin, Mike is a living compendium of musical styles and has created some of the most adventurous and interesting instrumental music in America today. Mike seamlessly blends his American roots background with a deep understanding of European classical, American Jazz and Pop styles and Brazilian and other world musics.

Mike cut his teeth on traditional American music in Florida and at age 19 he was snatched up by the groundbreaking David Grisman Quintet to tour and record with jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli. Since then, Mike has produced over 40 of his own recordings on the Sony Classical, Rounder, Sugar Hill, Compass, Windham Hill, and his own Adventure Music label and performed and recorded with Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile, Hamilton De Holanda, Darol Anger, Joshua Bell, Mark O'Connor, Vasen and the Turtle Island Quartet.

In 1995, after a trip to Brazil, Mike fell in love Brazilian Choro music and went on spear-head a Renaissance for that style of music here in the U.S. with his group Choro Famoso. The group has released two cds.

Mike is currently the director of the American Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival, where each spring he hand-selects 15 of the hottest young acoustic musicians from all over the country to meet for a week-long intensive. In 2015 Mike was presented with the Gathering's Master Music Maker award for lifetime achievement, and he has just launched his newest venture, the Global Mandolin Retreats, an exquisite mandolin gathering at fabulous locations around the world.

Mike tours and records these days with his wife, German Classical mandolin virtuoso Caterina Lichtenberg. Together these two are bridging their very different mandolin worlds into a cohesive whole while chasing after their two beautiful daughters Josefine and Pauline.
They have three cds on the Adventure music label including one of all Johann Sebastian Bach duets for Mandolin and Mandocello.

In 2003 Mike cofounded the Mandolin Symposium with David Grisman and that seminar ran for 12 years. Other groups that Mike co-founded have been The Montreux Band, The Modern Mandolin Quartet, New Grange, The Big Trio and Psychograss.

Caterina LichtenbergAs a featured soloist, Ms. Lichtenberg has performed with the New Century Orchestra under Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, the LA Guitar Quartet, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester of Frankfurt under Diego Fasolis and the Aachen Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the Dresden
Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, the MDR Sinfonie orchestra under Howard Arman, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel. In addition she performed with Art Garfunkel on live German TV.

Caterina currently holds the only position in the world for Classical Mandolin at the Music Conservatory in Cologne, Germany and also teaches online through the ArtistWorks video exchange system where students can get personal feedback on
their playing from Caterina from the company's patented Video Exchange System.

She has also been a juror and a sought-after lecturer/teacher at numerous events around the world including the European Plucked String Orchestra in Logroño (Spain) and Bologna (Italy), the International Mandolin Festival in Kobe (Japan), The International Mandolin Convention in Washington, Minneapolis and San Diego (USA), The Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz California and she has been a part of the Swannanoa Gathering Mando & Banjo Week since its inception.

Caterina also has published numerous instructional books and filmed two DVD instructional videos for Homespun Tapes company.

Caterina's solo CDs are some of the most important recordings of classical mandolin music of our time and she continues to push the boundaries of her instrument and expand the mandolin repertoire.

To date, Caterina has released 10 CDs under her own leadership in a variety of chamber music settings, five with guitarist Mirko Schrader. As a specialist on early period instruments, Caterina was invited to record on a 1775 mandolin from the Ferdinandeum Museum in Innsbruck, Austria. With her current musical partner, Mike Marshall she has recorded 3 CDs on the Adventure Music label. In 2017 Caterina and Mike Marshall launched their international Mandolin
educational event called the Global Mandolin Retreat.

Caterina has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival in Germany with violinist Daniel Hope, The Rome Chamber Music Festival, The Carmel Bach Festival, the Savannah Music Festival , the Baroque Festival Santa Cruz, the Rockygrass, Grand Targhee and Wintergrass Bluegrass festivals, the Festival de Mandolins de Lunel France and the Arte International Mandolin Festival in Japan.

Aug 26, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Ratatet's Experimental Residency at CJC: "Dillon's B-Day Blowout!"

Bay Area all original acousto-electric sextet Ratatet settles in for three Sundays of experimentation at their California Jazz Conservatory Residency. 5:30pm to 7:00. Come join the band as they mess with arrangements and instrumental combinations.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Paul Hanson-bassoon and saxophone
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.


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Aug 26, 7pm to 8pm, Hardymon Hall @ The Jazzschool, 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley

Full: Payne/Sonami

Maggi Payne and Laetitia Sonami-two of the Bay Area's finest composers and intrepid musical pioneers-team up for an evening of solo and collaborative performances, electroacoustic music, sound art, and explorations of resonance and acoustics.

Aug 26, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley

Josh Heinrichs, Pacific Roots

Josh Heinrichs

Pacific Roots
Quickly becoming one of Santa Cruz's next premier
Reggae/Rock groups, Pacific Roots is building their
popularity by stirring the crowd in with their upbeat
reggae jams thrown around with punk rock swells and
solos, mixed melodiously to produce an original Cali
based sound and vibe. The group has shared the stage
with well known artists such as, Jamaican reggae
legends Sly and Robbie, New Kingston, Black Uhuru,
The Expendables, Badfish, The Hold Up, The
Expanders, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Arise Roots, Josh
Heinrichs, The Supervillians and more. Their self-titled
debut album, produced by Adam Paterson of The
Expendables, is available now!

Aug 26, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Grumpster / JSR (CO) / WeirdFun / Kilroi / Weeny Witch / DL

[Oakland, CA // fuzzy pop punk]

[Denver, CO // folk pop punk]

Weird Fun
[Berkeley, CA // weird aural sensations]

[Contra Costa County // shoegazey emo punk]

Weeny Witch
[SF indie rock]

Death Lives
[Oakland DIY solo project]

Doors @ 5:00pm // Show @ 5:30pm
$10 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California 94710.
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Aug 26, 10:30pm to 11:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley