Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cascada De Flores

Sep 14, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

DeathByFireworks // Y Axes // CityGhost // Sunsleeper // Sleeps






ALL AGES. Doors 7:30 // Show 8
$10 +$2 924 Gilman Membership

safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

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

Sep 14, 3pm to 4pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, California 94710

Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC

It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC

In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC

Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.

Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR

Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?

Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving


Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13

Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

Sep 14, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

Sep 14, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue: with guests: Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Breed Brass Band with special guests Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins and Walter Wolfman Washington *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Trombone Shorty`s new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews came here to mourn, you got it all wrong. That bit of beautiful New Orleans soul-"Laveau Dirge No. 1," named after one of the city's most famous voodoo queens-shows off our host's roots before Parking Lot Symphony branches out wildly, wonderfully, funkily across 12 diverse cuts. True to its title, this album contains multitudes of sound-from brass band blare and deep-groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger-and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Andrews says, "Music brings unity."

Sep 14, 6pm to 7pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Calvin Keys, Lloyd Gregory, Carl Lockett

Guitarists Calvin Keys, Lloyd Gregory and Carl Lockett blend their individual talents and styles to create a unique musical experience.

Sep 14, 6pm to 8pm, Lemat, 3212 Adeline St, Berkeley

Sixteen Rivers Press Launch

Featuring contributors to the brand new poetry anthology, America, We Call Your Name. Murray Silverstein, senior editor, will introduce. Bay Area poets with work in the book--Susan Cohen, Janet Jennings, Julia Levine, Carolyn Miller and Meryl Natchez--will read.
Purchase a copy of America, We Call Your Name (paperback, $20) by speaking to a bookseller.

Born in response to the 2016 Presidential election, this anthology combines the voices of poets from across America-from red states and blue states, high schools and nursing homes, big cities and small towns-with the voices of poets from other countries and other times. From Virgil and Dante to Claudia Rankine and Mai Der Vang, from Milton to Merwin, from Po-Chü-i to Robin Coste Lewis, these voices-now raucous, now muted, now lyric, now plain-join together here in dissent and in praise, in grief and alarm, in vision and hope. The 126 poems in this book call out to America in resistance to threats to our democracy and in the resilient belief that this fragile, imperfect form of government can and must be preserved. "These poets have an urgent message to share with you," writes Camille T. Dungy in the foreword. "This message is brand new, and it is also eternal. Read carefully. What you learn here might just save your life."

"Poetry is one of the oldest forms of resistance. Entering not only our minds but our hearts, poems can swim under the highest walls erected by the powerful, subverting the most staggering onslaughts of distortion and outright lies, undermining threats, answering despair, rescuing the simplest and yet most profound ways that we know, reviving our courage, inviting action. Tyrants, despots, fascists of all kinds, beware this book. It may bring even you to your senses!"-Susan Griffin, author of A Chorus of Stones

" `The master's tools,' writes Audre Lorde, `will never dismantle the master's house.' Poems are one of humanity's most important tools because they operate outside of policy, outside of the system. They are the instruments of the people not of the palace. This timely, urgent, and vital collection reminds us of the civic work poems do. They deliver a different kind of knowing-a deeper wisdom-than conventional
news or posts or feeds. The resistance and resilience of these poems comfort and connect us, but they also catalyze our voices and our collective rage. Wallace Stevens once wrote, `Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right.' America, We Call Your Name gives me hope in our work as poets and as citizens."-Dean Rader, author of Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry

Sixteen Rivers Press is a poetry collective dedicated to providing an alternative publishing avenue for Northern California poets. The press is named for the sixteen rivers that flow into San Francisco Bay.

Sep 14, 7pm to 8pm, Mrs Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Rae Paris, author of Forgetting Tree

Rae Paris began writing The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory in 2010, while traveling the United States, visiting sites of racial trauma,horror, and resistance.

The desire to do this work came from being a child of parents born and raised in New Orleans during segregation, who ultimately left for California in the late 1950s. After the death of her father in 2011, the fiction Paris had been writing gave way to poetry and short prose, which were heavily influenced by the questions she'd long been considering about narrative, power, memory, and freedom. Paris is driven by the familial and historical spaces and by what happens when we remember seemingly disparate images and moments. A blending of prose, poetry, and images, The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory is a necessary collection that argues for a deeper understanding of past and present so we might imagine a more hopeful, sustaining, and loving future for Black lives.

Bio: Rae Paris is from Carson, California with roots extending to New Orleans. Her work has been supported by a NEA Literature Fellowship, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Hedgebrook, Hambidge Center, and Atlantic Center for the Arts, and VONA. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington.

Sep 14, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

MY Word Open Mic

Sep 14, 7pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Description: Harmonic Tone Revealers

Harmonic Tone Revealers:

John Reischman, Scott Nygaard & Sharon Gilchrist

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

Sep 14, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley

Baraka Moon plus DJ Neptune - Celebrating the Life of Catherine Henry

Come celebrate the life of Catherine Henry, local yoga teacher, and rescuer over 100 feral cats, by dancing the night away with Baraka Moon.

BARAKA MOON is a quartet of talented musicians:

Sukhawat Ali Khan (Vocals, Harmonium), Stephen Kent (Didgeridoo, Percussion, Bass, Guitar), Anastasi Mavrides (Guitar, Bass, Bkg. Vocals) and Peter Warren (Drums).

Sukhawat Ali Khan - Baraka Moon's charismatic and passionate vocalist draws from his luminary family's 600 year old Pakistani singing tradition with a voice that comes straight from the heart and soars to the heavens. He can also be heard squeezing and cajoling sweet ragas and shredding blues riffs from his harmonium.

Stephen Kent - A one-man-band Didgeridoo/Percussion virtuoso, he is a globally acclaimed pioneer in bringing the ancient Aboriginal instrument to the contemporary world. With a primal shout, he conjures a deep and earthy pulse that is the vibratory core of Baraka Moon's compelling groove engine.

Peter Warren - Our Drummer/Percussionist is responsible for the irresistible and dynamic power of Baraka Moon's full on dance beats, with grooves honed over many years performing with African musicians and dancers in the U.S. and his native Canada.

Anastasi Mavrides - Bringing his seasoned and unique guitar work to the music, Anastasi blends shimmering chordal voicings, soaring anthemic melodies and downright super-funky rhythms. He also provides lush supporting vocals to Sukhawat's singing.

Doors 7:30 / Show at 8pm
$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

Sep 14, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Corky Siegel & Marcella Detroit

Chicago Blues Hall of Fame legend Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the great blues harp masters with an "edge of the seat" blues piano that is fascinatingly complex.

"What really makes Siegel special are his fanciful lyrics and witty delivery. No one in the audience wants to let Corky leave." - Minnesota Star Tribune

Corky is founder of Siegel-Schwall, Chamber Blues, a founding member of Chicago Blues Reunion, and guest soloist with his Symphonic Blues with numerous world-class symphony orchestras globally, including recordings on Deutsche Grammophon with the San Francisco Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting.

Marcy Levy (aka Marcella Detroit) is a stellar vocalist and multi-instrumentalist that toured, recorded, and wrote hits like the iconic "Lay Down Sally" with Eric Clapton, as well as with her own duo, Shakespeare's Sister, who had the #1 international hit "Stay" for 8 weeks on the pop charts. She has toured and recorded with a long list of "who's who" in the music industry such as Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger and Leon Russell.

Marcella was also featured in the popular British TV series Pop Star to Opera Star and finished third in the finals, singing the most difficult arias from the operatic repertoire. Marcy discovered Corky Siegel as an underage teen, sneaking in to hear his popular Blues band, Siegel-Schwall, in the Detroit area clubs. They first joined forces performing together at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival, and have enjoyed collaborations ever since. Marcy is featured on Corky's latest CD, Different Voices, that received Billboard Magazine's Editor's 2017 pick.

Vocal Diva Marcella Detroit "...has wow-inducing control of her voice, which imbued the song with breathtaking emotion and had the power and range of a gospel singer's voice overtaken by the Spirit....spellbinding." - South Bend Tribune

Harmonica ace Corky Siegel has "...improvisational flash and bent tones that Paul Butterfield would have admired." - Los Angeles Times

"Siegel plays wonderfully on piano as well as harmonica. He has a fine blues touch, and he combines it all with a grand sense of humor and showmanship." - San Francisco Examiner

"Fans offered more than one standing ovation during the unforgettable evening." - Minneapolis Star-Tribune, January 2016

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for 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 14, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Dave Mason & Steve Cropper Rock & Soul Review Introducing Gretchen Rhodes

Two CLASSIC artists performing a night of CLASSIC hits!

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Dave Mason and Steve Cropper join and play together for the first time on one stage to deliver a night of timeless music and endless hits, performing material that defined a generation.

Dave Mason, founding member of the band Traffic, highly successful solo artist, consummate guitarist, songwriter and producer, has performed and recorded with numerous members of the pantheon of pop and rock and roll music including Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Winwood and more.

Steve Cropper, member of Booker T and the MG's, the Stax Records house band during the label's most influential period, backed artists such as Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and Rufus Thomas and member of The Blues Brothers Band. Cropper was ranked #39 on Rolling Stone's top 100 guitarists of all time.

This collaboration and multi-media show will include some of each artists' beloved and most memorable hits including "All Along The Watchtower", "Only You Know and I Know", "Every Woman" and "We Just Disagree" plus the rock anthem "Feelin' Alright", along with "(Sittin' On) "The Dock of the Bay", "Green Onions", "In the Midnight Hour" and "Knock on Wood".

Dave Mason
Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason's sight and sound experience,
Traffic Jam. Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career.
Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist.
Mason has penned dozens of hits, and his legendary guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot.

Steve Cropper
American guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer, born 21 October 1941 near Dora, Missouri.

Founding member of both The Mar-Keys (originally named The Royal Spades) in the late 1950's, and Stax' in-house band Booker T & The MG's in the early 1960's. Was succesfully active for the label as an A&R manager, musician, one-time solo artist, engineer, producer and songwriter, co-writing classic songs such as Knock On Wood, The Dock Of The Bay and In the Midnight Hour.

He left Booker T & The MG's and the label in 1970, to embark on a career as a session musician and producer, working with artists like Jeff Beck, Tower Of Power and Ringo Starr. In the 1980's he recorded two more solo albums. Cropper is also an original member of The Blues Brothers Band. In the early 70s he belongs to the stuff of Clover Recorders.

Gretchen Rhodes
Gretchen Rhodes has been singing for her entire life. The daughter of parents who both have their Masters in music, Gretchen grew up classically trained. Most of Rhodes' adult life she has fronted Rock and Blues bands. Gretchen has been a part of Mick Fleetwoods Island Rumours Band for the last 9 years. Within that time the singer/songwriter has shared the stage with the likes of Blues Phenom Jonny Lang, hard rocker James Hetfield and legendary musician Steven Tyler to name a few. Most recently Gretchen has sung with Kenny Chesney on Chesney's album "Life on a Rock". She also starred in Chesney's video "Wild Child". Gretchen also sang with Kenny for the sold out finale show at the New England Patriots Gillette Stadium.

Rhodes continues to live on Maui and make Deep House Music with her Embassy of Joy producer and partner Pio Marasco. Together and separately Marasco and Rhodes have 65 tracks that have been released.

Sep 14, 8pm to 10:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Karen Sudjian and Jim Davidson

Sep 14, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal with Fanfare Zambaleta and Disciples of Markos

$10 presale tickets are available online, and we're charging $12-15 sliding scale at the door so plan ahead to save a few bucks!

The September Berkeley Balkan Bacchanal showcases the other-worldly talent of renown local musicians reinterpreting traditional folk music from Eastern Europe with a groundbreaking new sound.

Fanfare Zambaleta

Fanfare Zambaleta was incubated in the Zambaleta Music and Dance School in San Francisco and has since transformed into a full-fledged juggernaut of a band, featuring some of the Bay Area's most exciting young players and seasoned veterans. Emulating the great Balkan brass bands of the past and present, they play Romani, Serbian, Macedonian and Greek brass band music with passion and dedication. FZ's potent musical concoction of wild improvisation, meticulous ensemble coordination, earth-shaking low brass, thunderous drumming and jubilant vocals will move your feet and lift your soul.

Disciples of Markos

The hypnotic Disciples of Markos, musical time travelers from the hazy hashish dens of the 1930s Greek underworld!

The Disciples play in the style of Markos Vamvakaris, the most famous songwriter, singer and the heaviest, most stoned-out bouzouki player of the 1930s, as well as his contemporaries such as Delias, Batis, Peristeris, Hatzichristos, Tsitsanis and more.

The Disciples of Markos are based in Oakland, California, and since 2004 have been dedicated to spreading the beautiful songs from the Golden Age of Rebetika.

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Sep 14, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Sound Underground

Sound Underground is a compact trio with an expansive imagination. Their inquisitive approach is guided by words of wisdom from jazz legend Wayne Shorter: "You've got to go down in the basement and visit every note."

Based in New York City, saxophonist David Leon, trumpeter Alec Aldred, and guitarist Jonah Udall draw on a broad array of influences to distill a unique and deeply personal voice, from Cool Jazz to 20th century chamber music, to Americana and Balkan folklore. Hailed by as "a fresh sound... uncluttered and open... capable of grabbing a listener's attention and holding it indefinitely," Sound Underground steers through inventive textures far beyond the limits of their unconventional chamber instrumentation. At once serious and whimsical, thought-provoking and smile-inducing, the trio spins colorful stories that ring immediately true.

Sound Underground's music emanates the warmth of close friendships. The three artists met while studying at the Frost School of Music and formed while living together in Miami, building the close personal bonds that ground their strong musical connection. They released their self-titled debut in 2014 with a tour of Eastern Europe, performing at major international jazz festivals in Bulgaria and Serbia. They regularly tour on all sides of the U.S. and have returned to Europe. Their sophomore album "Quiet Spaces" was released in September, 2016.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Jonah Udall - guitar; Alec Aldred - trumpet; David Leon - saxophone

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Sep 14, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Sexual Democracia in Concert: 30 Year Anniversary Tour

$20 in Advance / $25 at the Door
Doors open at 8:30pm / Show starts at 9pm
Sexual Democracia is a legendary Chilean rock folk-pop band that formed in Valdivia, Chile in 1988 during the final years of the Pinochet regime. The band took its name to parody the Chilean national plebiscite of 1988. After a failed censorship attempt due to their perceived obscene band name, Sexual Democracia reached national success after the Pinochet dictatorship.
For the first time in California, Sexual Democracia’s frontman Miguel Barriga will be performing live at La Peña Cultural Center Friday, September 14 at 9pm. He has released 15 albums with Sexual Democracia plus 5 solo albums. Stick around after the show to purchase the band’s merchandise and meet Miguel Barriga!
This event is 18+

Sep 14, 9pm to 11:59pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, T-K.A.S.H., Unlearn The World, The Watershed, Maleik Dion, Gina Madrid

Ghostface Killah American rapper and member of Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, is critically acclaimed for his loud, fast-paced flow, and his emotional stream-of-consciousness narratives containing cryptic slang and non-sequiturs. In 2006, MTV included him on their honorable mention list of The Greatest MCs of All Time, while the editors of placed him on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987-2007), calling him "one of the most imaginative storytellers of our time." Q magazine called him "rap's finest storyteller." Pitchfork Media stated that, "Ghostface has unparalleled storytelling instincts; he might be the best, most colorful storyteller rap has ever seen." NPR called him "a compulsive storyteller", and asserted, "His fiction is painterly."

Corey Woods AKA Raekwon, born January 12, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Though he isn't as commercial as other Wu-Tang Clan members, he released, in 1995, the album "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx" that was acclaimed world-wide and is considered as one of the best Wu-Tang solo albums. He is a pioneer of the Mafioso rap concept and sound.

Unlearn The World
He's never won any awards, yet his words win over hearts and minds. He's never been part of the "Freshmen Class" or on the cover of any magazine, but his message is in a class of its own, proving to be just as potent and relevant as any rapper on your top five list. Considering this, it's safe to say that UnLearn The World is probably the dopest MC you've never heard, but need to listen to. As a born and bred product of the late 90's New York City underground Hip Hop Scene UnLearn takes the best from all dimensions of song writing, in order to showcase his substantive, yet accessible brand of lyricism, while he chronicles the emotions, triumphs, and tragedies that make up the Urban American experience.

UnLearn began receiving serious notoriety when he was given the chance to join the Lyricist Lounge Club Series Tour, opening up for the group Boot Camp Click. Positive audience responses to his live show allowed him to extend his stint on the tour, continuing on the road for another two months, performing spot dates with acts like Young Bloodz, Dead Prez, Killa Mike, Killa Priest and Hip Hop Icon, Big Daddy Kane and working with artists and producers like The Beatnuts, Jean Grae, Fat Joe and Jake One.

More recently, UnLearn has become an energizing force within the Bay Area Hip Hop scene. With co- signs from members of Hieroglyphics and other OG's of the Bay, UnLearn has been a mainstay and now Co-Director at Return Of The Cypher, the popular weekly live Hip Hop Cypher event at San Francisco's Boom Boom Room. UnLearn is also the Vice President of the All Tribes SF San Francisco Chapter of Zulu Nation and a Hip Hop Educator for several Oakland based Non-Profits, teaching kids the history and culture of Hip Hop as well as Beatmaking.

As a follow up to his debut "Wake Up Call" album, UnLearn recently released 2 albums in 1 year, his self-produced album 'iSaint iSinner iSelf", and the brand new album "Universes", now available on Spotify, iTunes, Tidal and Pandora. He is also co host of Hip Hop For Change Radio kpoo 89.5 fm and the True Skool TV Podcast.

The Watershed

Maleik Dion

is a Midwestern born hip-hop head that developed a knack for rhyming after moving to the Bay Area. He's focused on creating music to uplift, inspire, and educate those who listen. In 2015 he started hosting showcases with his sister and began Tatu Vision. He creates with his biological and spiritual family as a form of personal and communal therapy. He strives to return the emphasis of hip hop to lyrics and content rather than image and gimmicks. He has released three projects since 2015, most recently Killer Kuts.

Gina Madrid

formerly Raw-G, Born and raised in Guadalajara Mexico. She brings her own distinct cross-cultural, multi-lingual, politically charged Hip-Hop to the Bay Area music scene captivating audiences with her passionate and aggressive performances.

Gina Madrid left Mexico and moved to Oakland California in 1999, where she learned english by translating Hip-Hop lyrics from 2pac, The Fugees, and KRS-1.

Gina Madrid developed an engaging, insightful, social conscious flow that challenges our musical and gender preconceptions of Hip-Hop culture.

She has performed with artists such as Ghostface Killah, Mobb Deep, DJ Premier, Rakim, Raekwon, KRS-One, Ozomatli, Royce Da 5'9, Ana Tijoux, Immortal Technique to name a few.

Her EP 'Esperanza' released July 14, 2015. This project contains collaborations with Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Lila Rose and other Bay Area artists. Madrid is currently working on a new project which will be released late 2018.

She is definitely one the most exciting new MC's to come out of Oakland California and an artist to keep an eye on.

"Her work as both an artist and promoter represents the social consciousness and raw heart of both Mexico and Oakland" Oakulture

Sep 14, 9pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Collie Buddz

Collie Buddz

, from the isle of Bermuda, has done something not impossible but something once seemingly very implausible. He's become the most buzz-worthy current Reggae artist over the past few years. In the summer, 2007, Collie Buddz' Columbia Records self-titled debut album stormed the charts entering the Billboard Reggae Chart at first position. The Reggae singjay became an international starwhen this album went on to debut across the world on every chart from Japan to Germany. With much of the production coming from Collie himself, he delivered a solid effort with contributions from Supa Dups, Shea Taylor, Bang Out, Screwface, Bobby Konders, and Crown N Kah-So-Real.

Released just a day before US Independence Day, Collie's album could be heard blasting out of car windows from Brooklyn to Kingston all summer long. Critically speaking, Collie's debut was a monster, his first single, an undeniable summer anthem titled, "Come Around". Source Magazine proclaimed, "This 24 year old shotta has got an anthem spreading across the seas." Hip Hop Weekly said, "Collie Buddz is one of the most firmly grounded voices you may ever encounter." The industry excitement about this new voice in music manifested in many ways namely by inspiring Collie's musical peers to either create their own remixes of "Come Around," or join Collie on the official remix of the single. Busta Rhymes, G-Unit, Shaggy, and Cypress Hill, all contributed to the anthem.

Incorporating influences from Hip-Hop to Soca, Collie's music nevertheless has a rock-solid foundation in Reggae - and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration - that is a rarity even in Jamaica. But, to say he's connected to the Caribbean community would be an understatement. Collie Buddz, born Colin Harper, has become the Caribbean culture's resident ambassador.

Touring extensively, Collie's passport stamps are a relative reflection of the worldwide love for Reggae and Caribbean culture. From Madison Square Garden to Dubai, Collie Buddz is the definition of an international recording artist. "It was crazy performing in the Middle East. Who would have guessed how big reggae music is there? They knew all my songs," a jubilant Buddz explains. He has toured throughout Germany, France, England, Japan, North and South America and the Caribbean.

His unique blend of Hip-Hop, Soca and Dancehall underlined with his ever-present passion for the modern Roots Reggae sound has attracted tastemaker supporters all over the world. Reggae pioneer David Rodigan [London] and New York Reggae stalwarts, Massive B are just some of his most ardent supporters. Now on the verge of Collie's sophomore album release, the anticipation is palpable.

In spite of a heavy touring schedule since 2007, Collie is prepared to release a sophomore album that promises an even greater insight into the multi-talented, singer/producer. "We don't have a title for the new album just yet but whatever we call it, the album will be mad," Collie excitedly explains. With production by Supa Dups, Massive B, and Seani B among other contributors, Collie's fans can anticipate Collie's unique twist on popular music.

After ending his affiliation with Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Inc in 2008, he found fewer restrictions on the indy scene and has since founded his own independent record label, Harper Digital alongside his brother [Smokey] and DJ [Genie] while working with his longtime management group, Mojiza Management.

Humble as always, Collie simply says, "I'm just excited to be putting out another album. I love to make music and the satisfaction is in having other people from all over the world enjoy it. I live out of a suitcase and I wouldn't have it any other way."

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