Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

Sep 1, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

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Sep 1, 5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Dodge's Sundodgers

Sep 1, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Conscious Hip Hop Night

Cyberclops x Edgewize
Idhaz + Rose Cherami
Zeus Lee

$10 +$2 Membership

7 PM All Ages
No drugs. No alcohol. No fucked up behavior.

Sep 1, 7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Western Centuries

This is not country music. The first generation of country artists borrowed from everything around them: Appalachian stringband, Texas fiddle traditions, cowboy songs, Delta blues. Western Centuries uses every tradition and their modern spirits and ears. They are really good singers, brilliant songwriters, and great instrumentalists. They aren't bound by any rules to write songs in a country style; instead they're taking their own personal influences as songwriters and fusing them into a sound that moves beyond the constraints of country. Part of the reason they can make music with this range of influences is because of their roots in city life. Both Cahalen Morrison and Ethan Lawton, two of the three principal songwriters, live in Seattle's diverse South end, and the third songwriter, Jim Miller, spends most of his time in and around New York City. The urban landscapes they call home make for inspirational sounds that draw as easily from modern rhythm & blues as it does the honky-tonk saloon.

Western Centuries' music crosses vastly differing geographies-the city, the southwest, the metaphysical. And their musical influences are equally as diverse. They weave a tapestry of western music that will levitate hearts and bring country music home as literate, epic odysseys from all over. The band has been here before and I'm thrilled to have them back. Listen to a tune here.

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.


Sep 1, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley

The Unreal Band with BluesCasters (Free show!) @ The Starry Plough Pub

The Unreal Band

For over thirty years, The Unreal Band has been a major component of the cultural phenomenon that the Thomas Guide Map calls "Berkeley, California."

Their "take no prisoners" approach to rock and roll has left a 30 year long trail of the breathless and the exhausted on dance floors from Gilman to Woolsey and all points in between.

But it hasn't stopped there.....

Taking it on the road in 1984 with Wavy Gravy (speaking of major cultural components), an unsuspecting nation got a taste of Unreality as the Nobody for President bus rolled and rocked its way through a 10 city cavalcade of unblinking lunacy.

The CD "Asphalt Dream" was released on October 20th 2007 at The Ashkenaz. It was the fulfillment of a promise made to Pat Quinn (an off the CHARTS Berkeley cultural phenom in his own right) and was released on the one year anniversary of his passing.

The Unreal Band continues to rock into 2018. So get your bad selves ready to strap in and hold on tight !!


Like so many bands before it, BluesCasters started out in 1992 as a side project. Before long, the band had become a ton of fun and a great success.

Playing the blues is primarily a labor of love. Very few bands get to the level of stature that allows them to make a full time career out of it. BluesCasters are destined to become one of those few. Over a very short period of time the band has picked up a strong and devoted following of blues and rock fans.

Fans of BluesCasters are fans of the Blues and the "San Francisco Sound." Because that's exactly what BluesCasters do: interpret the Blues as only a San Francisco band can. With a knack for improvisation, all BluesCasters' shows are exciting and different.

Jody Salino is the BluesCasters' lead guitarist, as well as one of the two founders of the band. Jody has performed with many notable talents during his career. Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna and The Jefferson Airplane), Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers), Rick Danko (The Band), John Hammond Junior, Stefan Grossman (The Fugs), John Renbourn (Pentangle), Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report), Rashied Ali (John Coltrane Quintet), Chris Spedding, and the list goes on and on..... Jody is known for his great guitar tone and bluesy leads. Jody is a real crowd pleaser with guitar fans.

The BluesCasters' lead vocalist and second founding member, Jeff Sullins, brings years of experience performing in the folk clubs and coffee houses of the Bay Area to the band. With delicate interpretations of soulful lyrics, Jeff can work the crowd into a frenzy. Which he does!

Bassist, Chuck Rosene, is well known around the East Bay music scene since the 80's. A founding member of Buffalo Roam and Grapefruit Ed, Chuck is also currently with Berkeley's historic Unreal Band.

Drummer, Mike Eaves, has been performing in the Bay Area since 1980. Currently drummer for Shakey Zimmerman, some of the groups Mike has worked with are the Napa Symphony, Oakland Youth Symphany, and a seven year stint with the well known East Bay R&B group, Rhumboogie. He has appeared at well known Bay Area venues with James Cotton, Robben Ford, Freddie Roulette, the Reggae Lions, and the Delta Wires.

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Sep 1, 8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Since they left Mexico for Ireland in 1999, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental bands in the world. They have sold in excess of 1.5 million albums worldwide, and have sold out venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Le Zenith in Paris on numerous occasions. Their film work includes the soundtracks to `Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and `Puss In Boots', and they have collaborated onstage and on record with artists as diverse as Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Al Di Meola, Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Anoushka Shankar. In 2010 Rodrigo y Gabriela played at The White House in Washington for President Obama. From humble beginnings as buskers on Dublin's Grafton Street, endless touring and a great word of mouth buzz carried the band forward until their international break out with the release of their self-titled 2006 album, which spawned the hits `Tamacun', `Diablo Rojo' and their cover of `Stairway To Heaven'. The duo appeared on Jools Holland, BBC TV's Glastonbury coverage, plus Letterman and Jay Leno in America. "11:11" followed in 2009, and the band went to Cuba in 2012 to record with local musicians for "Area 52". The band's last studio album release was 2014's "9 Dead Alive". In 2016 alone they performed in 25 countries around the world, including their debut tour of South America. 2017 saw the duo celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their breakout self-titled album with a deluxe re-issue and extensive world tour during which they performed the album in full each night. They are currently writing and recording a new studio album.

Sep 1, 8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs

Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin's best-kept secrets, a musician's musician who'd won the respect of some of alt-country's biggest names but hadn't yet found widespread recognition.

That changed when Click's CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, Pop, and Americana radio charts.

The first single, "Wait My Turn," reached #1 on Nashville's Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, "I Feel Good Today," topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart alongside Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Click now resides, he's built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams.

Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 300 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Sonny Landreth.

What's causing all the buzz? First, there's Click's sound - a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click's searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you've got at least part of the picture.

Then there are Click's live shows: an anything-can-happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected "Blue Skies," you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious "Wait My Turn," there's not one person who can stay seated.

Lastly, there's his songwriting. Continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats, Click pens wide open songs deeply rooted in a life well-lived. Growing up in a small farm community outside Indianapolis, Click was the youngest of nine children in a working class family. He was gigging in his older sister's country and western band before he was out of high school.

Click then moved to Austin, where his three-piece alt-country outfit, Danny and the Hurricanes, was a local phenomenon. He went on to spend three years with Americana artist Jimmy LaFave.

Life Is A Good Place is the payoff, putting Click squarely in the upper echelon both musically and lyrically. From its radio-perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition.

Fast forward to 2013. After four previous records and literally hundreds of gigs on the road, Click's single, "Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley's Grave," went to #9 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire month of October 2013. The music video is on CMT and is a viral share online.

In 2014, Danny became a regular guest at Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh's club, Terrapin Crossroads, and released a ripping live CD, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE!

In 2015, Danny and band finished a brand new studio album, Holding up the Sun, with legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, etc.), which was released worldwide on Sept. 18 and is still on radio charts and DJ playlists across the country. The title track reached #1 on Indie Country radio in June 2016.

Hell Yeah indeed.

"Click's new album, Holding up the Sun reinforces the fact that Click is one of the best alt-country artists of this century." - Robert Leggett / No Depression Magazine

"Danny Click writes songs that could rescue anyone." - Greg Victor /

"A hidden gem...a scorching guitarist with a potent roots rock sound." - Andrew Gilbert / SF Chronicle

Tickets are $20 and are available 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!

Sep 1, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


SoVoSó is a highly imaginative a cappella ensemble that sings a unique, rhythmic mix of jazz, gospel, world and R&B music, all rendered in their trademark improvisational style.

The SoVoSó repertoire consists of original compositions and other songs that present a global perspective, from Afro-Latin idioms to traditional funk and jazz arrangements. Two SoVoSó members (Joey Blake, past member, and current member David Worm) are current members of Bobby McFerrin's a cappella group, Voicestra, performing with him from 1993 to present.

Currently you will see David Worm, Sunshine Becker, Bryan Dyer and Zoe Ellis in this vocal band line-up, along with other great singers such as Nicolas Bearde, Ashling Cole and Vernon Bush. The SoVoSó family of singers continues to expand as this one of a kind musical project grows and flourishes.

As SoVoSó ("from the Soul to the Voice to the Song"), the ensemble has continued to pioneer new horizons in contemporary vocal performance, bringing traditional world rhythms into the 21st century. According to the San Jose Mercury News, "The extraordinary richness and brilliance of this virtuoso vocalism lifts you into a special realm."

Doors at 7:30pm ; Show at 8pm
$15 in advance / $18 Day of Show
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Sep 1, 8pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Arlo Guthrie Re:Generation Tour (9/1/18)

Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Abe Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie's father Woody hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band, traveling the country and singing their songs together - Generations. The Re:Generation tour is the spirit of an American family making music together. Arlo's children Abe Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie will be joining their dad to present music of the Guthrie Generations.

The father of the American protest song, Woody Guthrie hoped one day to have enough kids to form a family band to travel the country and sing songs to the people. Woody built a legacy of activism that the Guthrie family continues to preserve with their leading voices in the current revolution against oppression and injustice. The Re:Generation Tour gives voice to the common folk with their characteristic honesty and humor through the power of community and song. Arlo and the Guthrie family aspire to represent hope for working families across this great nation.
Arlo Guthrie

(born July 10, 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Father of Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, brother of Nora Guthrie and grandfather of Krishna Guthrie.

Sarah Lee Guthrie (born February 17, 1979, Massachsetts, USA) is an American vocalist and guitarist. She is married to Johnny Irion and together they perform as a musical duo. Daughter of Arlo Guthrie, sister of Cathy Guthrie, Abe Guthrie and Annie Guthrie. Granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and niece of Nora Guthrie.

Abe Guthrie

is an American keyboardist, vocalist, producer, engineer and graphic artist. Father of Krishna Guthrie and Serena Guthrie, son of Arlo Guthrie, brother of Cathy Guthrie, Annie Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie. Grandson of Woody Guthrie and nephew of Nora Guthrie.

Sep 1, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Helen and Larry

Sep 1, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Expendables, Nattali Rize, Bikini Trill, Amplified

The Expendables

A reggae/rock band from Santa Cruz, California.

Nattali Rize

Sep 1, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley