Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Joe Warner Trio

Sep 20, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz

Sep 20, 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!

Sep 20, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Serving Face with Mocha Fapalatte

Join Bay Area performer Mocha Fapalatte for an interactive drag makeup demonstration at the Hearst Museum. Alongside the current exhibit, Face to Face, Mocha will speak about her craft, share makeup tips and tricks, and show how one's face sells a performance through live lip-synch demos.

Mocha Fapalatte, mother of the Haus of Dolls, is a Bay Area local drag performer. Her style is a blend of horror, glamour, burlesque, and visual kei. She deludes herself as the highest paid gothic drag queen stripper of Oakland, but in reality she's just trash. But, hey, at least trash gets taken out, right? Mocha is the hostess and producer for Ethereal Dollhouse (White Horse Bar, Oakland) and Apocrypha (SF Eagle, SF), cohost for Doubletake-Over (QBar, SF), and the 2017 GAPA (Gay Asian Pacific Alliance) 1st Princess. For more info: Instagram: @mochafapalatte.

Sep 20, 5pm to 8pm, Hearst Museum of Anthropology

May in America: Book Talk with Annie Wang

"May in America" is the newest novel from acclaimed Chinese-American author, Annie Wang.

May, one of the new generations of Chinese rich kids, has outgrown Beijing and has come to California for an exciting life. She meets two American men: a Jewish-American Harvard-educated professor named Leaf; and Mentor, a Silicon Valley self-made billionaire. As her relationships with Leaf and Mentor progress, May's past traumas in patriarchal China are revealed, while her cultural naivete leads to divergent interpretations of trust, personal boundaries, respect, fetishism, and sexual deviancy. May's life descends into a mad triangle of deception. Desperate, hurting, disconnected and suffering from the feeling of being emotionally dead and alone, May must find the strength to survive. "May in America" reveals the universally evocative themes of love and lust, darkness and light, innocence and cynicism, individuality and co-dependence, and, ultimately, loss and redemption.

A child prodigy, Annie Wang was one of the leading young Chinese writers of the 1980s. She grew up in Beijing where she had a strong following among Chinese youth before moving to the United States in 1993. It was at the University of California, Berkeley, where she honed her writing skills and won the Berkeley poetry contest in 1996.Once dubbed "The Bad Girl of Beijing," Annie Wang's previous books include "Lili" (2002) and "The People's Republic of Desire" (2006), both of which were critically acclaimed and were called China's version of "Sex and the City."

Hailed as "a striking literary voice" by the LA Times, she has received critical acclaims by major Western media outlets such as the New York Times, Times of London, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Economist, New Yorker, IHT, Marie Claire, Seattle Times. She also has contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Time and Fortune, while giving social commentaries for CNN, NPR and maintaining a column for the South China Morning Post. Her writing focuses on modern China, women, identity, and pop culture. A women's magazine executive by profession, she held managing editor positions for In Style, Tatler China and publisher for Lifestyle magazine. She currently lives in Houston with her husband and three children. Annie Wang's personal website is and her writing on Chinese politics can be found at

Sep 20, 6pm to 8pm, Eastwind Books of Berkeley - 2066 University Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94704

Holloway Series in Poetry: Roberto Harrison

Roberto Harrison, Milwaukee Poet Laureate

Sep 20, 6:30pm to 10pm, 315, Maude Fife Wheeler Hall

Holloway Series in Poetry: Roberto Harrison

Roberto Harrison, Milwaukee Poet Laureate

Sep 20, 6:30pm to 10pm, 315, Maude Fife Wheeler Hall

Post Bop Praise

Sep 20, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA

Post Bop Praise

Sep 20, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sometimes the Irish trad cosmos lines up for something special and a new group or a solo artist appears. It is instant and hits like a musical storm. Connla.

Northern Ireland to its musical core, this quintet is scoring instant international raves due to a self-titled ep they introduced a year ago. Now comes their first full album, River Waiting. The five are Emer Mallon on harp and Conor Mallon on uilleann pipes, (brother and sister). Paul Starrett plays guitar, Ciaran Carlin is the flute player for the group, with Ciara McCafferty on vocals and bodhran. Besides being thoroughly talented musicians, each shares the fact that they have a full blend of formal and traditional training in Irish music. All are teachers, with deep educational backgrounds in music. This leads to something critical. Connla knows its way around the tunes and songs (eight of the numbers on River Waiting are originals) technically and emotionally. Most Irish trad musicians cannot read music. It is passed on in the traditional way of hearing and repeating. Connla's formal education and years in Northern Ireland sessions add a whole new dimension.

The group is a full mix of musical knowledge, training and performance experience unheard of in a group this young. All are close friends and/or family who go way back together in the Northern musical scene. Each has won several performance awards. The resulting music is satisfyingly complex, yet directly and easily accessible. This is that rare group that is musically attractive to the experienced trad purist, as well as the music fan who knows nothing of the music. There is the mix in all of their music of great lift to the music and deep insights in the songs, all coupled with top musicianship and taste. Truth be told, it may never have been pulled off before by a group this young. Certainly not in a first album. Yesterday and tomorrow's trad today. Here comes Connla!

Tickets are $18 Advanced / $20 Day of Show

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Sep 20, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Now easily a Bay Area favorite and 2016's East Bay Express Best of the Bay pick for Favorite DJ (!!), Lady Ryan is unique in that she is known for her eclectic taste in tunes and spellbinding voice. From Jazz to House, the flux of distinctive sounds she so graceful sets beside one another make for a brilliant movement within the crowd.

Sep 20, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Ray Wylie Hubbard, Caleb Caudle

Ray Wylie Hubbard

With a keen eye of observation and a wise man's knowledge, Ray Wylie Hubbard composes and performs songs that couldn't spring from anywhere else but out of his fertile rock and roll bluesy poet-in-the-blistering-heat southern noggin. Hubbard's songs are steeped in his signature "grit `n' groove," and driven by the engine of his ferocious guitar playing.

Caleb Caudle was playing North Carolina's punk rock circuit by the age of 15. Naturally, his music matured with his age and he became more lyrically driven, adopting a love for collecting vinyl. In 2012, he decided to quit his day job and focus solely on music -- five years and four albums later, Caudle is gaining the traction he deserves. He was recently dubbed "the musical equivalent of high-proof bourbon - rich in flavor, with a subtle, satisfying bite," by Rolling Stone editors for their list of "10 New Country Artists You Need To Know."

Sep 20, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


An unmissable evening with one of the world's sweetest, silliest, most divine singers. You'll probably sing, you might dance, and you'll definitely laugh. Join Jai-Jagdeesh and her phenomenal band for a deep, groovy, soulful good time. For a glimpse of this luminous artist, please click here.

Seating is first come, first served. All are welcome. And hugs are free.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. 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!

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Sep 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

KBong, Kash'd Out, Nocean, Vana Liya


Kevin Bong, aka `KBONG' is a multi-instrumental artist who is well known for his "key" role in reggae band Stick Figure. Touring with the group since 2012, KBong has solidified his place as one of the top keyboard players in today's current Reggae scene. Kbong's first studio album `Hopes and Dreams' released in 2014 which features him as the prominent song writer. The summer anthem "Livin Easy" features Scott Woodruff and the rest of Stick Figure. Other collaborations on the album include singer/songwriter Hirie, producer Johnny Cosmic and producer Alific. You'll hear a mix up of tasty musical ingredients that include ska, reggae, beachy surf vibes and catchy acoustic guitar riffs. Once you hear his style you will be hooked because it's fresh and pleasing to the ears. Look out for his second solo album "Easy To Love You" releasing in 2018.

Kash'd Out
Straight out of Orlando, FL, Kash'd Out hits the Reggae/Rock scene with plenty of experience. The band was formed by guitarist Jackson Hauserman and producers Greg Shields & Josh Saldate of Sound Lounge Studios, where bands such as Ballyhoo!, Tribal Seeds and many more have recorded. Once the self-titled debut EP was complete, they recruited Joey Brohawn on Bass and Marshall Hearne on drums, and Nick Gudzan on Keys. Fresh off back to back national tours supporting headliners Pepper + Less Than Jake and Pacific Dub respectively, Kash'd Out released their first full-length album 5/26/17 entitled "The Hookup" via LAW Records. The record reached #2 on both the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Charts and the band plans to continue touring to support the release. Click the "Tour Dates" tab and catch Kash'd Out in a city near you!

Sep 20, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant)

Lettuce, Amendola Vs. Blades


For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Now, on their fourth studio album Crush, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick "Jesus" Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet players Eric Bloom and Rashawn Ross deepen that sound by channeling the sonic freedom and infectious energy of their incendiary live show.

Amendola Vs. Blades
"Their live performances are fun and playful, yet deeply musical."
- SFGate

"The chemistry between Amendola and Blades have nurtured is no illusion: each anticipates the other's movements with uncanny precision and clearly both love to dig into a groove, but it's not just a matter of repetition, but progressively intricate interaction"
-AllAbout Jazz

"Freakishly funky and soul satisfying, this dynamic duo push the limits on their Greatest Hits, while having too much fun doing it."
- SomethingElse Reviews

"These guys are master musicians, and they put everything on display...Two people shouldn't be allowed to have this much fun."
- JazzTimes

"The music spirals and soars, the musical life-force is palpable, and the energy is non-stop."
- Audiophile Audition

"The Berkeley duo has been honing a repertoire of groovelicious jazz for more than a decade, and they throw down the funk with fervor on a project that clocks in at the old-school LP length of 39 minutes, distilling some of their leanest, meanest, punchiest pieces."
- #1 Record of the Year, San Jose Mercury News

Sep 20, 9pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704