Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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."

Sep 9, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

GSJ Angklung and Dancers

Join Gamelan Sekar Jaya's Angklung ensemble and dancers at the annual Solano Stroll, a street festival celebrating the vibrant communities around Solano Avenue.

Sep 9, 11:20am to 12:20 noon, Main Stage, Solano Stroll

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Sep 9, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Carter Family Sing-Along with Laurie Lewis

Carter Family Sing-Along
The Carter Family is generally regarded as the First Family of American country music. They first recorded in 1927 for Victor Records in Bristol, TN, as part of what is considered to be the "Big Bang" of country music. Their recordings of songs such as "Wabash Cannonball", "Can the Circle Be Unbroken", "Wildwood Flower", "Keep On the Sunny Side" and "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" made these songs country standards. The original group consisted of three people from rural Southwest Virginia: A.P. Carter, his wife Sara Carter, and his sister-in-law Maybelle Carter. In addition, Sara and Maybelle were first cousins. Maybelle is considered to be the originator of country-style guitar playing, and Sara's rich alto voice has been a template for many women country singers. A.P. traveled throughout the Eastern mountains, collecting folksongs which they recorded (and which, consequently, made A.P. quite a good living through copyrights and publishing rights).

There is nothing that nurtures a sense of community and well-being like singing well-loved songs together. Laurie Lewis will lead this joyous sing-along, aided by Leah Wollenberg and young guitarist and singer Daisy Kerr. The trick will be trying to figure out which songs, among the hundreds the Carter Family recorded, to feature. There are too many gems to choose from!

Laurie Lewis
Not only has the International Bluegrass Music Association twice named Laurie the Female Vocalist of the Year - not only did she win a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe - but she also graduated from Berkeley High. Since graduation, she's recorded more than 20 albums - with the Good Ol' Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and her current band Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects - and is now working with many talented new artists, helping them find their way in the recording business.

Sep 9, 1pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

America is Not the Heart, Author talk with Elaine Castillo

New novel. When Hero De Vera arrives in America-haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents-she's already on her third. Her uncle gives her a fresh start in the Bay Area, and he doesn't ask about her past. His younger wife knows enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. But their daughter-the first American-born daughter in the family-can't resist asking Hero about her damaged hands. More information

Elaine Castillo was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. America Is Not the Heart is her first novel.

Sep 9, 3pm to 5pm, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave, Berkeley

Katherine Heater - Harpsichord

Sep 9, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Poly Varghese

Poly Varghese is a leading Hindustani classical guitarist and Mohana Veena player from India.

This disciple of the renowned Mohan Veena exponent and Grammy award-winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat, takes you to the magical universe of silence and sound in his own innovative and inimitable style. The 20-string Mohan Veena, a combination of lap slide guitar and Sitar, is a highly expressive, melodious instrument and is played by very few people.

A powerhouse performer, his exhilarating concerts have mesmerized audiences in over 43 countries.

Awards: In August 2013, Poly Varghese was invited by the India International Center New Delhi (IIC Delhi) for the prestigious Monsoon Music festival, where he was awarded the Presidential Award. In April 2018, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the state of Goa.

Inventor: While perfecting and pursuing the depths of music with his guitar, Poly developed his own inimitable style of improvisation. Poly's unique experiences and experiments led him to develop the 40-stringed, three-neck guitar which he named "Poly String Guitar." This helped deeper expressions in melodies, moods and ragas.

Folk Music: Having traveled and lived with Folk Baul singers of West Bengal, India, he loves to render high-pitched Baul songs, Kabir and soulful Rabindra Nath Tagore Poetry. Actor: With acclaimed talent in acting, Poly has been involved in experimental theatre for several years. He has acted in over a dozen movies in different languages.

Music Director: Poly has directed music for films and theatre alike. In 2005, he won the Jeevan Atlas Award for Best Music Director of the Year in India for the film "Kootilekku" (Towards Home). His first American movie "Maiya" is set to release in September 2018.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 students with ID. Advance tickets 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 9, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Starry Plough Old Time Sessions! @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here:

Sep 9, 4pm to 5pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Dr. Squeez and the Hugz

Sep 9, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Like Roses // Andys Room [LA] // Baseline [AZ] // Carpool Tunnel

West Coast Worship, Day 4!

Like Roses
[Berkeley, CA]

Andy's Room
[Fullerton, CA]

[Mesa, AZ]

Carpool Tunnel
[San Francisco, CA]

All is Fair
[San Francisco, CA]

All Ages
Doors 5:30pm // Music 6pm
$10 + $2 Gilman Membership
Breakfast will be served

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

Sep 9, 5:30pm to 9:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Crying Time - George Jones Tribute

Crying Time
Ask anyone, "Who's the greatest singer in country music?" Chances are they'll reply, "George Jones." From his start as a flat-topped honky-tonker to his reign as king of the country crooners, George's hit-making career spanned the history of country music after WWII. He scored number one hits in four different decades and helped to define the art of singing country music. Join Oakland's own Crying Time, along with pedal steel legend Bobby Black, as they reprise their sold-out celebration of the King of Country. The show features some of the Bay Area's top country singers in this celebration of George's heart-breaking and boot-stomping songs. Guests include Maurice Tani, Val Esway, Joe Rut, Loretta Lynch Trio, Tony Marcus, Jill Rogers, Smilin' Pete Garellick, Tim Rowe, and Danny Allen.

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

Balanço Brasil Presents: Xaxado Mission Brazilian Forró Dance Party with Lesson by Weslei Guimarães

Xaxado Mission is a San Francisco based Brazilian band that specializes in Forró, a genre of music originated in Northeastern Brazil.

Their repertoire brings high energy songs from masters Luiz Gonzaga and Jackson do Pandeiro, in addition to a few Carimbo fusions, and Samba sets tailored for dancing the hours away.

Playing both classic and modern Forró songs, their instrumentation consists of authentic Forró instruments like the zabumba, accordion, triangle, seven string guitar, pandeiro, winds and bass, sometimes harmonica. If you've never heard of Forró, but enjoy dancing to styles like salsa, cumbia, samba, then you won't want to miss Xaxado Mission!
Call you father, call your mother, send a telegram, it's sure to be a great time!!!
Vamos Xaxar!

Sep 9, 7pm to 10:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Frank Barter

Frank Barter broke onto the Seattle music scene before it was a scene and stormed around the Northwest. Immediately compared to distinctive singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne in reviews and by listeners, Frank undoubtedly was/is humbled by those comparisons.

"Having my name lumped in with those guys is very flattering, and I certainly appreciate it, I haven't had their fame and fortune yet, but to walk around knowing some people have been touched by what I do on that kind of level, is pretty special," he says.

Frank writes and sings like a guy who's been beat up and still won't quit, like a guy who's been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending. Many of the songs on his new Valley Entertainment release Ready feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Mathews, Frank doesn't hold back for anyone or anything.

New York Times best-selling music writer Charles R. Cross once described Frank Barter songs as "expansive as an Eastern Oregon sunset. If you've never seen one of those, they're burning in the middle, sitting on top of a wheat field, with a golden glow on each side stretching the horizon forever. That's where Frank Barter takes you."

Tickets are $15 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!

Sep 9, 7pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley