Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Alex Hand Band

Alex Hand Band- Jazz infused eclectic

Sep 25, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Sep 25, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The National: with guests: Cat Power *Note: actual end time may vary.*

The National are pleased to announce their 7th studio album - Sleep Well Beast - to be released on September 8th on 4AD. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner's Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond, with additional sessions having taken place in Berlin, Paris & Los Angeles. Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order today and will be available in CD, digital and double LP formats.

Sep 25, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Wander // Curse League (WA) // absib // Hit Me, Harold!


Curse League
(Seattle, WA)


hit me, Harold

All Ages
Doors 6:30pm // Music 7pm
$10 + $2 Gilman Membership
Safe(r) space venue: no drugs, no alcohol, no violence. Please respect our neighbors.

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

Sep 25, 7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Brian Moran Trio

Sep 25, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Kathryn Jordan reads poems from Riding Waves

Kathryn Jordan's Riding Waves is not for the faint of spirit. Do not pick it up unless you are prepared to be jolted by hurts, inspired by survival, and charmed by metaphors that can only come from a wounded place within us.
John Warley, author of A Southern Girl

Kathryn Jordan's beautiful book reverberates with the beauty and pain of a lost era. Scenes from a fragmented military childhood at the height of the Vietnam War are interspersed with meditations on Nature, family, love, loss, travel and music. It's a rich tapestry of memory and spiritual inquiry. Jordan finds her way through a tumultuous time by paying rapt attention to the sensory details and small epiphanies that accompanied her on her journey.
Alison Luterman, author of Desire Zoo

A strong book, crafted and elegant, utterly unsparing of hard truths and lit ablaze by the flamed-open heart of saying. These are poems that pull us close with their unflinching presence; roped in, caught up by Kathe Jordan's work, we turn pages that spill a tough and aching history, broken, bled through, and fraught with beauty.
Judyth Hill, editor, poet, author of Dazzle Wobble

About the Author

At UC Berkeley, Kathryn won the Elizabeth Mills Crothers Prize for Short Story and has placed narrative non-fiction with The Sun Magazine. She is the winner of the 2016 San Miguel de Allende Writers' Conference Prize for Poetry. Her work was selected for Bay Area Generations and chosen to represent B.A.G. at Oakland Beast Crawl in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Roar Magazine and in the anthology, Solamente en San Miguel.

Sep 25, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Solano, 1855 Solano Ave Berkeley

Founding Fathers Trio

The Founding Fathers are a jazz project honoring the immense contributions of oppressed peoples to the US. Our music explores the intersection of jazz, soul and afro-latin traditions. Every Tuesday of September at Jupiter, from 8p-11p

Sep 25, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Johnny Marr, The Belle Game

Johnny Marr

Voted the fourth best guitarist of the last 30 years by BBC, English musician, singer and songwriter Johnny Marr is known as "Britain's last great guitar stylist".

Born in Ardwick, Manchester to Irish parents, Marr formed his first band at the age of 13. He was part of several bands along with Andy Rourke before forming the Smiths with Morrissey in 1982. The Smiths attained great success and were critically acclaimed, with Marr's jangle pop guitar style becoming distinctive of the band's sound, but separated in 1987 due to personal differences between Marr and Morrissey. Since then, Marr has been a member of the Pretenders, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and the Cribs, and has become a prolific session musician, working with names such as Talking Heads and Hans Zimmer. He released his first solo album, titled The Messenger, in 2013, followed by his second, Playland, in 2014. His autobiography, Set the Boy Free, was published in 2016.[2] His third solo album, Call the Comet, is set to be released on 15 June 2018.

The Belle Game
Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, Belle Game weaves ethereal soundscapes into, blown-out, crush-pop confessions. Somewhere between new-age visions and unkempt basements.

Sep 25, 8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Ace fiddler Tom Rigney and his Louisiana-drenched band Flambeau can be heard in concerts from the Caribbean to Alaska, at the big festivals in the summer, and monthly at his favorite neighborhood dance palace: Ashkenaz. Tonight the band celelbrates the release of its new CD, "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later than You Think)." The unusual title song (recorded by everyone from Guy Lombardo to the Supremes) is a real surprise. According to Rigney, it's "a great song, although I must admit when I heard it when I was a kid it made no sense at all. I listened to the Guy Lombardo version a couple of years ago and realized what a brilliant, funny, and on-the-money song it is." In addition to old favorites and Rigney's own compositions, some of tonight's songs are pulled from the CD/DVD "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the PBS-TV series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie." What sets Rigney and Flambeau apart is their fresh musical takes on Louisiana Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans R&B, down-home blues, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone. Son of baseball legend Bill Rigney, Tom Rigney has long been a force in Bay Area music. He began in bluegrass-Western Swing band Back in the Saddle, then went from helping bandleader Queen Ida pioneer zydeco in the 1980s, to 15 years leading his New Orleans-drenched rock-R&B-zydeco outfit the Sundogs. At the turn of the 21st century he launched Flambeau, which has remained busy on the road ever since, releasing records mixing traditional and original fare. Not long ago, after teaming up for a few shows at Ashkenaz, Rigney and fellow fiddler Michael Doucet recorded the critically acclaimed CD "Cajun Fandango," a hot collection of fiddle duets on Parhelion Records.

Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

Sep 25, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Marc Broussard, The Dales

Marc Broussard

With his voice alternating between honeyed sweetness and raw belted choruses, Marc Broussard's sound balances heartfelt soul and tearing grit. The young Louisiana born singer and guitarist has already toured with legends such as Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson, and has honed his songwriting since his debut in 2002 at the age of 20.

The Dales are a five piece Americana roots-rock band, carried by three part harmonies and a deep appreciation for classic songwriting and early country music.

The band came together in early 2016 when multi-platinum song writer, Drew Lawrence, (Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts) teamed up with four of his closest friends to begin performing the songs that would become their debut album, "Marie".

A video of their song, "Still the Love" caught the ears of Grammy nominated producer Jerry Streeter (The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile). The song was written as a dedication to bass player Kyle Vanes' girlfriend, Heather Marie Allman who passed from Breast Cancer the year before.

This led to Jerry producing the bands debut album, "Marie" which was released in August of 2017. The Dales have spent the year on the highways of America supporting acts like the White Buffalo and Cris Jacobs. The group has also headlined sold out shows in Los Angeles as well as the west coast and midwest. Media play soon followed with features on NPR's World Cafe and Acoustic Cafe as well as TV interviews on NBC and ABC.

Sep 25, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley