Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Noon Concert: Jolie Huang, piano *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Selections by Debussy and Franck

Continuing it's 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Aug 29, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Kenan Obrien

Soulful Rock-- Bay Area style

Aug 29, 4:45pm to 7:45pm,

Stitch 'n Bitch

Aug 29, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

Aug 29, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Sheldon Brown/Michael Wilcox/Alan Hall Trio

The Sheldon Brown/Michael Wilcox/Alan Hall Trio follows and extends the tradition of Sonny Rollins, one of the earliest proponents of the tenor/bass/drums trio format. The trio performs their own work and a wide variety of music that has interested them over the years, from Brazillian choro, Bulgarian music, and the music of Herbie Nichols to pieces adapted from the classical repertoire by composers like Brahms, Faure and Machaut.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Sheldon Brown - saxophone, clarinet: Michael Wilcox - bass; Alan Hall - drums

Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been a bright light in the Bay Area creative music scene for over 30 years. He is a founding member of Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and Clarinet Thing, and has led the Sheldon Brown Group since 1984. Bassist Michael Wilcox has toured, performed, recorded and taught extensively, appearing on over 30 CDs, along with television, commercial and radio work. He's played with Pickle Family Circus, The San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the Transcendental Theatre Company, and has taught in the Jazz Department at San Jose State University and taught at the California Jazz Conservatory. Alan Hall is the composer, band leader and drummer of Ratatet, a neo-jazz sextet that features bassoon, trombone and vibraphone. He's worked with Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Kai Eckhardt, Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Kenny Washington, and many others.

Aug 29, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Joe Clifford in conversation with David Corbett

Mystery authors Joe Clifford (Broken Ground) and David Corbett (The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday) discuss their most recent works.

A former homeless junkie, Joe Clifford has dedicated his life to education and the craft of writing and helping other ex-junkies find a voice and a platform for their creative energies. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and holds an MFA degree from Florida International University. He is the acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and the producer of Lip Service West, a gritty reading series in Oakland, California. Clifford is the author of several acclaimed booksâe*two of which were Anthony Award nominees: Lamentation, his first novel in the Jay Porter series, and his anthology (editor) Trouble in the Heartland. Broken Ground is the fourth novel in his Jay Porter series. In all his Jay Porter novels, Clifford uses the backdrop of drug abuse to shine a light on the misunderstood and marginalized, while weaving personal tragedies into narratives that compel and transcend as well as entertain. Clifford lives with his wife, Justine, and two sons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

David Corbett worked as a private investigator for fifteen years before becoming the widely acclaimed author of multiple novelsincluding The Devil's Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I'm Running. David's short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best American Mystery Stories. He has taught at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, 826 Valencia, Chuck Palahniuk's LitReactor, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

Aug 29, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

The Irie-Ites

Two brothers from Montego Bay Jamaica meet a Berkeley native to create The Iri-ites, an acoustic Trio that is a unique blend of Roots Reggae, Calypso/Mento and Dance Hall music. Bring your dancing shoes & get ready to shake your hips Jamaican style.

Aug 29, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Candi Staton, DJ Harry Duncan

Candi Staton
The Unstoppable four-time Grammy® Award nominated singer, Candi Staton, is known for her iconic tracks "Young Hearts Run Free" and the multi-platinum, "You Got the Love," but she's not resting on her laurels. On her forthcoming 30th album, Unstoppable (Beracah/Thirty Tigers), due in the summer of 2018, she shows that a woman's place is in the recording booth where she pontificates on the often sad state of the world, the bitter battle of the sexes and the hope that everything will soon get better.

The Alabama native got her start singing as a teenager, touring the world with The Jewel Gospel Trio (who shared stages with Sam Cooke and Mahalia Jackson in the 1950s) before launching her solo career in1968. Over the next five years, she cut a string of Top Ten southern soul hits such as Grammy® Award-nominated renditions of "Stand By Your Man" and "In the Ghetto." Staton then became a disco diva with a run of hits such as 1976's million-seller "Young Hearts Run Free," "Victim" and "Nights On Broadway."

Over the next two decades, Staton exclusively recorded gospel music and hosted "New Direction" (later renamed "Say Yes") on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Network. One of those gospel songs, "You Got The Love," was remixed and hit the Top Ten on the British Pop charts in 1991, 1997 and 2006. Since then, she's recorded critically-acclaimed Americana albums such as His Hands (2006), Who's Hurting Now? (2009) and Life Happens (2014).

UnStoppable is a Trippy Soul enterprise that finds the singer penning new declarations such as "Confidence," "The Prize Is Not Worth The Pain" and "Revolution of Change," amid cool covers of Patti Smith's "People Have The Power"(1988) and Tyrone Davis' "Can I Change My Mind?" (1969). It's just the latest excursion into Staton's unstoppable parade of timeless songs.

DJ Harry Duncan also produces and hosts In The Soul Kitchen, the award-winning, weekly radio show broadcast live on KCSM, the Bay Area's jazz station.

Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan serves up his own Roots & Rhythm mix: a rich, danceable musical stew of soul, funk, blues, roots reggae, ska and jazz plus African, Latin and select World music when spinning live and while In The Soul Kitchen.

This music mix gives audiences, artists and promoters a welcome alternative to the kinds of in-house music often played at festivals and concerts.

Duncan has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, The Roots, George Clinton and P-Funk, Galactic, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John,
The Original Meters, Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, Cory Henry, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, India.Arie, Charlie Hunter, Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Lizz Wright, Cody ChesnuTT, Femi Kuti, Bombino, Steel Pulse, Madness and The Specials.

Aug 29, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Igor & Red Elvises

Aug 29, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Very Jerry 8: All-Star Tribute to Jerry Garcia hosted by Stu Allen

The eighth annual Ashkenaz celebration of Jerry Garcia's birthday, "Very Jerry 8", is upon us, featuring an array of the Bay's best Dead/Jerry interpreters and improvisers!

This year also features a pre-show VIP dinner by Jeff "da Chef Rosen, featuring a special acoustic performance of Jerry's pre-Dead days with Eric Thompson and David Nelson of the Black Mountain Boys.

VIP Dinner tickets are $75 - $1,000 sliding scale, to raise funds for live music at Ashkenaz!

The eighth annual Ashkenaz celebration of Jerry Garcia's birthday, "Very Jerry 8," is upon us!   The "Skeletons from the Closet: A Silent Auction for Deadheads" raised $2,500 towards our $10k goal last year, and we're excited to bring it back for this year's benefit.

So now we're calling all Deadheads - we need your stash! Perhaps there is some nugget or treasure you are ready to part with in support of Ashkenaz? Books, LPs, concert posters, and other gems and paraphernalia are welcome! Or, perhaps you are a musician who can offer a service for auction, or know a business owner you can approach about a gift certificate? Items can be dropped off at any Grateful Dead Night between now and August 29, or contact Ashkenaz to arrange an alternate dropoff or pickup. Donations are tax-deductible and will help keep your local Dead Night community center keepin' on!

If you have any items for the auction, please contact

Jerome John Garcia would have turned 76 on August 1. Although his body is gone, the Grateful Dead guitarist's spirit and music have never been more alive. That spirit is the heart of tonight's tribute, celebrating Garcia the composer and performer, as soloists, duos, and bands perform separately and in kaleidoscopic combinations, acoustic and electric, and both at once, in this community benefit for Ashkenaz.

Although Jerry Garcia never played at Ashkenaz, his music has a long history with the venue. Since the '90s Ashkenaz has hosted Grateful Dead Nights, featuring a plethora of musicians who worked with him over the decades, as well as bands that pay homage to the music of Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead, and scores of acts who follow in their footsteps.

Pre-Show VIP Dinner at 7pm,
featuring an acoustic set by Eric Thompson and David Nelson

Dance hall doors open at 8 pm / Event at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $25 Day of Show / $20 Advance / $75-$1,000 Sliding Scale for VIP Dinner and Pre-Show

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Aug 29, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley