Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


SF Medicine Ball


Aug 30, 11:45am to 2:45pm,

Free Live Jazz

Aug 30, 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 30, 4:45pm to 7:45pm,


Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops): \
Rainy Eyes:

Every Thursday + special Tuesdays, June through August
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills.

TONIGHT: Old-time music

<b>Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops)</b>
Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. Hubby got his higher musical education started as a busker. He developed his guitar and vocal craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City, performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. An ambitiously itinerant musician, he took his show on the road, playing the streets, coffee shops, bars, and house parties of cities around

After years of busking around the country and making a name for himself, Hubby became acquainted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. From 2010 to 2014 he has been an integral part of the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Since 2015, he is an active touring and recording member of the Rhiannon Giddens band. He was on her album "Tomorrow Is My Turn" in 2015 and in 2017 "Freedom Highway." And around these projects Hubby continues to make solo performances.

<b>Rainy Eyes</b>
Rainy Eyes (Irena Eide) is a Norwegian-born Americana singer-songwriter. For the past decade she has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area; writing music, performing and touring throughout the US. Both solo and with a band. Her performances, with her own brand of folk Americana, have a spell-binding, inspiring effect and a soulful, heartfelt and timeless sound with tight-knit harmonies, melodious solos and thoughtful songwriting.

Rainy Eyes has opened for bands like Jackie Greene, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Jon Cleary, Peter Rowan, Steep Ravine and played prominent stages like Sweetwater Music Hall, Henry Miller Library, Ashkenaz, Far West Fest, Sonoma Mountain Music Festival and more.

Rainy Eyes also won "best song of the month" at the Freight and Salvage West Coast Songwriters competition in April 2015 for her song "Moon In The Mirror", and has co-written two songs with grammy-award winning Peter Rowan. These songs will be featured on the upcoming solo debut album.

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.

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

Bill Pettiti

Aug 30, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Sing with the Berkeley Women's Community Chorus-Fall 2018

Berkeley Women's Community Chorus

VOYAGES AND VISTAS: Join the Berkeley Women's Community Chorus (under the auspices of Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra). Rehearsals begin August 30, 2018, 7-9 at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, with final concert November 18 4pm at Montclair Presbyterian Church. No auditions are required. For more information, repertoire, and registration form please see:
Registration and music $165


Haydn -- Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo
Ola Gjeilo -- Northern Lights
Moira Smiley -- The Little Road
Paul Halley -- Untraveled Worlds
Much more--see web site

PerformersDebra Golata -- Conductor
Jacqueline Andersen -- Soloist
Anastasia Klimko -- Soloist
String Quartet

Aug 30, 7pm to 9pm, Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: With guest: Aimee Mann *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's new album, The Nashville Sound, is a beautiful piece of American musicmaking, but watch yourself: it will light a fire under your ass. "You're still breathing, it's not too late," Jason sings.

This album is a call, and the songs on it send sparks flying into a culture that's already running so hot the needle on the temperature gauge is bouncing erratically in the red. And while it's understandable that, in this moment, some people want their radio to help them drift away, this finely calibrated set of ten songs is aimed right between the clear eyes of people who prefer to stay present and awake. It's a call to those who won't cower no matter how erratically the world turns, and who aren't afraid of what looks back when they look in the mirror. Bruce Springsteen did that. Neil Young did that. Jason Isbell does that.

As with Isbell's 2013 breakthrough, Southeastern, and his double-Grammy-winning follow up, 2015's Something More Than Free, The Nashville Sound was produced by Dave Cobb. Isbell says that he and Cobb created a simple litmus test for the decisions they made in the two weeks they spent at RCA Studios (which was known as "The home of the Nashville Sound" back in the '60's and '70s): they only made sonic moves that their heroes from back in the day could've made, but simply never did. It's a shrewd approach-an honest way to keep the wiz-bang of modern recording technology at arms length, while also leaving the old bag of retro rock 'n' roll tricks un-rummaged. Lyrically, The Nashville Sound is timely. Musically, it is timeless.

Aug 30, 7pm to 8pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

August Poetry Flash presents Joseph Lease, Donna de la Perrière and Natasha Sajé

Joseph Lease's new book of poems is The Body Ghost. Norman Fischer says, "I really don't know how Joseph Lease does this. Reaches such lyric heights with such delicacy. With skillful use of anaphora, and perfect, various open-verse forms transformed page to page, Lease is a tour de force master of prosody." His previous collections include Testify and Broken World. He's received The Academy of American Poets Prize, among other grants and awards, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.

Donna de la Perrière's latest books of poems are Saint Erasure and a chapbook, Night Calendar. Andrew Joron says, "Donna de la Perrière's consummately crafted lines extend the argument of postmodern lyric into a space of mystery." Her previous full-length collection is True Crime. She received a 2009 Fund for Poetry award.

Natasha Sajé's newest book of poems is Vivarium. Dean Young says, "Resourceful, restless, witty and substantially intelligent-what a rare combination of erudition and nimbleness this group of poems exhibits. Their range is marvelously wide in both form and tone." Her first book of poems, Red Under the Skin, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and her second, Bend, was given the Utah Book Award in Poetry. She is also the author of the book of essays Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory.

Aug 30, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

La Patronal

La Patronal presents a joyful celebration of the traditional "fiestas populares" (town fairs) that take place in little rural villages across Peru. Fiestas in which the town families gather to celebrate tradition surrounded by fireworks, dancing and magical-religious images.

La Patronal are the sons and daughters of rural band musicians, who fuse an organic background in folk culture with formal music studies to present a traditional repertory with an urban accent.

One of the members is an actor/dancer portraying the visual aspects of the traditions they explore musically. bringing their performances to life with the incorporation of visual aspects of `fiestas populares', including masks and traditional dance.

Doors at 7:30pm ; Show at 8pm
Tickets are $18 Advanced / $20 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

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

DJ Cali & Hanif

DJ Cali has been moving dance floors with soulful music from all over the globe, from Afro, Broken Beat, House, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Brazilian, and Latin. He also represents Oaklands' thePeople, who hold down THE preeminent club night in Oakland, every 4th Saturday at New Parrish.  Cali welcomes in his Oakland's own DJ Hanif!

Aug 30, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Che Apalache

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. The group's founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While patiently carving out a niche in the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time music for a living. That's how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin), his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies and in 2013 decided to hit the stage.
Che Apalache began as a bluegrass band, but eventually incorporated Latin American styles into their repetoire. Combining instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies, they have created an authentic blend of genres to reflect the nature of their lives. Evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album, "Latingrass," is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.

In 2017 the band received grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to tour the United States. Everywhere they went on their five-week ramble, they were met with enthusiasm and praise. At the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV they were awarded first place in the Neo-Traditional band competition. The momentum is growing for Che Apalache, and the future looks promising in both South and North America.

Aug 30, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Marcy Playground, Static and Surrender, Wolves In Argyle

Marcy Playground
With the release of "Sex and Candy," the multi-platinum trio Marcy Playground overtook Oasis on Billboard's Modern Rock chart for most weeks at #1, lasting a then record-breaking 15 weeks. But while casual fans continue to solidify that songs timelessness (with 53 million+ streams on Spotify and 20 million streams on its official Youtube channel, alone,) the groups impressive lot of hardcore fans truly come for the other consistently-smart songs that lead singer/songwriter, John Wozniak, ushered in with the group's debut album in 1997. Not ones to reject an intimate relationship with its fanbase, the 2010s saw Marcy Playground catering to its music-making fans in rare, interactive, intimate ways when it called for its them to remix the 13 songs from its more recent album Leaving Wonderland in a Fit of Rage. It physically released a collection of those submissions onto CD in 2010. But, In 2017, it answered pleas from all fans by releasing its landmark, international smash hit debut on vinyl for the first time.

With a discography of 6 albums and a resume that includes two other Billboard Alternative-charting hits ("St. Joe On The School Bus" and "It's Saturday,") appearances on Woodstock '99 & The Late Show with David Letterman, a cover of its "Sex & Candy" performed by contemporary artist Allen Stone (watched 5 million times) and countless recent tour dates with its contemporaries, Everclear, Lit, Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Fuel, Dishwalla and others, Marcy Playground's singles are still in circulation on rock radio today and continue to satisfy the fans that came along in the beginning....and those who are just discovering the band for the first time now.

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