Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


SF Medicine Ball


Sep 27, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz

Sep 27, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band4:45pm

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 27, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Chaucer's "Parliament of Fowls": A Group Reading

Lyn Hejinian, John F. Hotchkis Professor of English, Berkeley English\
Jessica Laser, Berkeley English\
Maura Nolan, Associate Professor, Berkeley English\
Steven Justice, Professor and Chair, Berkeley English

All (faculty, grad and undergrad students, staff) are welcome to participate. "Bi-lingual" copies of the text, in the original Middle English and in a modern English translation, will be made available, and both Maura Nolan and Steve Justice will offer a few introductory words (on pronunciation of the Middle English and on the poem itself). This event is co-hosted by Jessica Laser and Lyn Hejinian and will inaugurate an on-going series of collective readings of poems; the series title is "Very Slight Worry."

Sep 27, 5pm to 6:30pm, 330, English Department Lounge Wheeler Hall

Death Cab for Cutie: with guest Cold War Kids *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. Death Cab for Cutie rose from being a side project to becoming one of the most exciting groups on the indie rock scene of the 2000's, with their emotive songwriting and cross-genre sound landing somewhere between indie and emo. They have been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for their most recent release, 2015's Kintsugi.

Death Cab for Cutie recently finished recording their highly anticipated new album, and today unveiled the first glimpse via a teaser clip featuring one of the tracks. The album will arrive in late summer and marks the first Death Cab for Cutie release to see long time bandmates Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr joined in the studio by new members Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley). Depper and Rae have both been part of Death Cab's touring band since 2015.

Sep 27, 7pm to 8pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Albany HS Jazz Combo

Sep 27, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Cathy Zane and EC Frey

Join Books Inc. in Berkeley for an evening celebrating She Writes Press's debut novelists Cathy Zane, sharing her compelling novel, Better Than This; and E.C. Frey, discussing her lyrical thriller, Entangled Moon.

About Better Than This: Sometimes the most enviable life is really a private hell. On the surface, Sarah Jenkins appears to have it all: a handsome, wealthy and successful husband, a precocious five-year-old daughter, and a beautiful home in an affluent Seattle neighborhood. Her quirky best friend and fellow high school teacher, Maggie, marvels at her luck--and envies her happiness. But Sarah is far from happy. She feels empty and on edge, harangued by a critical inner voice--and as the truth about her marriage and details of her past emerge, her "perfect" life begins to crumble. But just when it seems all is lost, a long forgotten, unopened letter changes everything, and with the support of friends, Sarah begins to rebuild her life. Can she quiet the critical voice in her head and learn to value herself instead?

About Entangled Moon: It only takes one moment to change everything. Long ago, Heather left her old life behind. Now, she has everything: a marriage to a handsome executive, a managerial human resources position in a powerful multinational, and a beautiful daughter. And she will do anything to keep it that way. But everything has a price. When a bullet ends the life of another woman--an ex-employee whom Heather helped fire--it sets off a chain of events that jeopardizes everything for which Heather has worked. Events of Heather's past soon collide with her company's wrongdoings, and she must risk everything to expose them. But all she's ever known is the peril of being visible. Frightened and desperate, Heather calls upon her constant childhood friends--friends who long ago saved her from a life of pain--and, together, they will once again face the events of a traumatic night that each has sought to forget. Because sometimes the only ones who can save you are those with whom you share your deepest and darkest secrets--those who know that fear is the price of silence.

Sep 27, 7pm to 8pm, Books Inc. 1491 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


DJ Cali has been moving dance floors with soulful music from all over the globe, from Afro, Broken Beat, House, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Brazilian, and Latin. He also represents Oaklands' thePeople, who hold down THE preeminent club night in Oakland, every 4th Saturday at New Parrish.  Cali welcomes in his Oakland's own DJ Hanif!

Sep 27, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Grateful Dead Open Mic

Come dance to a great night of the good old Grateful Dead music! Sit in with the band - vocals, keys, bass, guitar, horns, then dance to an awesome house band set!

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $10
Buy Tickets Here

Sep 27, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention -- Dom Flemons, Paul Brown & Mike Bryant Band, Sausage Grinder

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.

Dom Flemons is known as "the American Songster" for his repertoire of songs spanning over 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes, and is an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, quills, and rhythm bones. A co-founder of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom left the band in 2014 to pursue a solo career, and has been touring the world ever since; he's performed solo at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of African American History, National Cowboy Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and many other places. His newest album, released in 2018, is "Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys" on Smithsonian Folkways, part of the African American Legacy Recordings series.

Bryant & Brown features the playing of two old-time music masters, Mike Bryant and Paul Brown. This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states with depth and expertise reflecting long experience. Mike and Marcia Bryant of Tennessee have played for decades at home, and at dances, fiddlers' conventions and festivals. Mike is revered as a fiddler of style, strength and grace, with a repertoire spanning both well-known and obscure tunes. Marcia is widely respected for her super-solid guitar and bass backup. Paul Brown & Terri McMurray make North Carolina their home, and they too have performed both locally and around the U.S. for many years. Paul is probably best known as an NPR newscaster (now retired, although he still does special projects for NPR.) More to the point, he is a respected banjo and fiddle player whose unique sound on both instruments reflects his own imagination and his many years playing with senior musicians including Benton Flippen and Tommy Jarrell. Terri is a prize winning banjo player and a fine singer. These two couples, who love to make music together, bring you the old-time music sound with an easy, down home friendliness in every performance.

Sausage Grinder, Los Angeles' classic old-time and country blues band, combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The versatile acoustic ensemble features fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, jug, washboard, and a few odds and ends.
The members of Sausage Grinder are Chris Berry, guitar, banjo and vocals; David Bragger, fiddle, mandolin, banjo; Susan Platz, fiddle, banjo, washboard, vocals; Timothy Riley, jug, washboard, jaw harp, saw, bagpipes, mouth harp, mandolin, guitar, vocals.
David Bragger and Susan Platz have recently released a CD of old-time fiddle duets, and Sausage Grinder will include some of that material in their set.

Sep 27, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Ventures, Frankie And The Pool Boys

The best-selling instrumental band of all time.

The Ventures formed in Tacoma, Washington in 1958. The legacy kicked off with the opening drum roll of 1960's "Walk Don't Run", a #2 hit that would go on to sell more than 2 million copies. From the garage, to the beach, to the stars, The Ventures defined an entire decade of instrumental rock music.

A cultural and musical phenomenon bar none in the instrumental world, The Ventures charted 37 records in 12 years and released a staggering number of now classic tunes such as: "Walk Don't Run", "Perfidia", "Lullaby of the Leaves", "Bulldog", "Driving Guitars", "Surf Rider", "Apache", "Tequila", "Pipeline", "Wipe Out", "Out of Limits", "Journey to the Stars", "Diamond Head", "Walk Don't Run '64", "Slaughter on 10th Ave.", and the incomparable "Hawaii Five-O".

The Ventures have sold over a 100 million records. They were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

Known the world over for their blistering live show, including their legendary show-stopping rendition of "Caravan", the current line-up continues to deliver dynamic and powerful performances.

Leon Taylor (drums): Leon is the son of legendary drummer Mel Taylor. He stepped into his father's position and has been supplying a solid backbeat for over 20 years.

Bob Spalding (guitar): a studio heavyweight and live show regular with the band for over 35 years, Bob has more than earned the title of "The Fifth Venture."

Ian Spalding (guitar/bass): Ian has worked in the studio and on the stage with the band for over 10 years. He's been playing Ventures songs since before he could ride a bicycle.

Luke Griffin (bass/guitar): The newest member of The Ventures family, Luke brings a wealth of talent and agility to the stage.

Frankie and the Pool Boys

have become one of the most respected and well known bands of Surf Music's "Third Wave". The summer of 2018 will be their busiest ever with the release of their third album, a 7" single, a European tour, headlining The Surfer Joe Festival in Italy, and featured performances at the SurfGuitar 101 Con in Anaheim, CA and the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival in New Jersey.

The Pool Boys got together in 2007 as an offshoot project of San Francisco's legendary progressive surf band, Pollo Del Mar. Leader Ferenc Dobronyi wanted to focus on more accessible, danceable music. The early membership drew the best players of S.F.'s surf music scene, before solidifying into it's current lineup in 2015. Dobronyi remains the band leader and chief song writer with Jono Jones (Pollo Del Mar) on guitar, Karen Dobronyi (Meshugga Beach Party) on keyboards, and Abraham Aguilar and Jonathan Rodriguez (both of The Deadbeats) on bass and drums.

"Spin the Bottle" is the Pool Boys third album released on Double Crown Records; it features 14 new originals, two cover songs (Booker T. & the MGs and The Surf Coasters,) and as a bonus, four vocal versions for the folks who need lyrics to tell them how to feel. But seriously, the vocal version are there in an attempt to garner some radio airplay, which generally only uses instrumentals as bed music for the DJ to talk over. The album was produced by Dusty Watson, drummer for The Sonics, Dick Dale, Agent Orange and so many more. The album is filled with musical variety, with fast and slow tempos, trad style to moderne, some rippers and some goofy shit.

Also available this summer, Hi-Tide Recordings released a vinyl 7" single of "Ewa on the Beach", a song from the Pool Boys first, 2007 album. Why now, some 11 years later? Because "Ewa on the Beach" has been deemed a "modern surf classic", and has been voted the #3 modern surf song by the listeners of North Sea Surf Radio, and has found it's way on multiple compilations. On the B-side is the ultra-trad "Tan Line Fever".

The Summer2018 tour starts with 14 shows in Germany and Italy, anchored by the opening night headlining slot at The Surfer Joe Festival in Livorno, Italy. This is the Pool boys second European tour. Upon return to the US, the Pool Boys are booked for the Rio Nido Surf Festival (NorCal), The Int'l Surf Classic (San Jose) and the Surf Guitar 101 Con (Anaheim, next to Disneyland). In August they make their East Coast premier at the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival in New Jersey, and in the fall they travel up the West Coast to Seattle and beyond.

Frankie and the Pool Boys started out as a recording project band, with no intentions of playing live. The idea was to get some of the best surf musicians from around the world together. The first and second albums featured Bob Spaulding (The Ventures), Shigeo Naka (The Surf Coasters), John Blair (Jon & the Nightriders), Dusty Watson (The Sonics, Dick Dale), Ivan Pongracic (The Space Cossacks, The Madeira), Dave Wronski (Slacktone), David Arnson (Insect Surfers), Danny Snyder (The TomorrowMen), Jonpaul Balak (Tikiyaki Orchestra), Naotaka Seki (The Surf Coasters) and many more. As requests to perform arose, so did the need for a touring unit, though early versions still featured a rotating cast depending on availability. In 2014, The Pool Boys became a true and tight unit, giving them the focus to record "Spin the Bottle" in one, weekend long, session in November of 2017.

Sep 27, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley