Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Sep 29, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Vocals for Kids with Gail Dobson @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Sep 29, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705

Vocals for Kids with Gail Dobson @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Sep 29, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705

Black Life: Cat Brooks

Cat Brooks

Cat Brooks performs Tasha, a one-woman show loosely based on the 2015 murder of Natasha McKenna, a thirty-eight-year-old woman living with schizophrenia, while she was in custody in Virginia's Fairfax County Jail. This compelling examination of the intersection of race, gender, mental health, and policing is directed by Ayodele Nzinga and is a Salon Series finalist.

Cat Brooks is an artivist and mother who has spent her life working on many social justice issues. In 2013, Brooks cofounded the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), whose mission is to rapidly respond to-and eradicate-state violence in communities of color. APTP has successfully developed a model for first response to police violence that is currently being replicated across California and the country. Brooks is also the executive director of the Justice Teams Network, a project in partnership with Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors that supports organizations and individuals across the state who are working to rapidly respond to state violence in their communities. She is a member of ONYX, the Black Power Network, and Black Lives Matter-Bay Area, and was one of the Black Friday 14, a group of black activists who locked down the West Oakland BART station on Black Friday in 2014. You can listen to Brooks on KPFA as the cohost of the morning drivetime radio show UpFront.

Sep 29, 6pm to 8pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive



Sep 29, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Terror, Harms Way, Backtrack, Year Of The Knife & more at Gilman

The Hard Times Shows presents
Saturday September 29, 2018
Harm's Way
Year of the Knife

@ 924 Gilman st.Berkeley, CA 94710
Show: 7:00
Doors: 6:30
All Ages
$15 adv
$17 at Door
+ $2 Annual Gilman Membership to be paid upon entry in CASH (Membership fee not included in advance ticket purchase)
Upcoming shows info at

Sep 29, 6:30pm to 11:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Mujeres del Perú

Doors open 6:30pm / Concert starts 7pm
Tickets: $16 Advance / $20 Door ($22 if paying with credit)
Women in traditional folk arts from Latin America have been pushing the envelope of what it means to be a woman, more specifically, a woman artist.
With the support of the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA's) Artworks program, La Peña Cultural Center is presenting a 4-part concert series that explores timeless archetypes of womanhood in music and dance, with the participation of women artists from the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Peruvian and contemporary Latino artistic traditions.
Throughout this series, artists call attention to universal symbols of women that exist across society and cultures, and how these timeless archetypes of femininity have evolved and are still manifested in our contemporary society, expressing the essence of womanhood in sometimes conflicting but always creative ways. Dozens of Bay Area artists bring to the stage age-old stories and experienc (View Full Event Description Here:

Sep 29, 7pm to 9:30pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Dance Party!

7:30pm dance lesson
8:00 pm show (see below)

2017 BOTMC Dance Party at Ashkenaz

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention's Dance night features three great bands (Marley's Ghost, Bryant & Brown, and Hotdish plus two callers (Larry Edelman and Jordan Ruyle) who love to introduce the uninitiated to the joy of a square dance! The callers teach all dances from scratch and call the moves all the way through. No need to bring a partner, although you can if you want, and same-sex couples fit in fine. All ages are welcome at all BOTMC dances. And there is jamming in the back room led by BOTC performers.

Square Dance Calling Workshop  with Larry Edelman in the back studio preceding the event Exact time TBA!

7:30-8:00   Honky Tonk Dancing lesson with Rina Rossi
8:00   Marley's Ghost - Honky Tonk set
9:00  SQUARE DANCING with callers Larry Edelman and Jordan Ruyle
9:00  Bryant & Brown
10:30   Hotdish

9:00 - 11:00  jamming in the back studio, hosted by BOTMC performers
Instrument check will be available.

The history of BOTMC is steeped in mirth. The first convention, held in Provo Park (now Martin Luther King Park), was listed as the "35th annual." It was followed a year later by "the 17th annual."  And of course they haven't happened every year until the 21st century, so your guess about this year's event is as good as the organizers'. What counts is the amazing quality of musicians from all over, and at Ashkenaz the best dancing of the whole festival, which runs Sept. 26-30 (Ashkenaz also hosts Sunday's family square dance).  There are workshops, lectures and endless music at various other venues from the Freight to UC Berkeley. Information on all of the BOTMC events is at

$18 Advance/$20 Day of Show
$5 for kids aged 5 and up, kids under 5 free
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Sep 29, 7:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Steve Erquiaga and Frank Martin Duo

Steve Erquiaga and Frank Martin have been playing together since the 70s. Known for their spontaneity, high level of communication and ability to play off of each other, they will be performing new arrangements and original compositions.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Steve Erquiaga - guitar
Frank Martin - keyboard

Guitarist/composer and bay area native Steve Erquiaga has
performed and recorded with such artists as Bobby McFerrin, Joe
Henderson, Les McCann, John Scofield, Andy Narell, David Byrne
and The Turtle Island String Quartet. His music can be heard in such
films as "The Firm", "Nina takes a Lover" and Forest Gump". He is a
faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley Ca. ,
an international clinician and a published author.

Keyboardist Frank Martin is a Bay Area native in demand as a studio
player, arranger, producer, composer, and performer. Performance
history includes concerts with Sting, John McLaughlin, Al Jarreau,
Trilok Gurtu, Flora & Airto, New York Philharmonic Orchestra,
Santana, James Taylor, Joe Farrell Quartet, Larry Coryell, Richard
Bona Band, and the Narada Michael Walden Band.

Sep 29, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Shaky Hand String Band with Dry and Dusty @ The Starry Plough Pub

Shaky Hand String Band plays their own style of Smokin' Mountain Grass. Original music 'bout dogs, food, love, drinking, and all of life's questions. The band plays rippin' fiddle songs, groovy beats, tight harmonies all the Shaky Hand String Band way.

Sep 29, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian "ethno-chaos" band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet's astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

Sep 29, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland

Mark Morris Dance Group, Cal Performances

Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles' groundbreaking album. The production features a score by longtime Morris collaborator Ethan Iverson, who leads a chamber ensemble through arrangements of iconic songs from the record mixed with imaginative original compositions.

Sep 29, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Resonance @ First Church presents the Costanoan Trio

Representing "the best of emerging early music talent" in the United States (Early Music America), the Costanoan Trio will present a program of Clementi, Haydn and Mozart on instruments modeled after those found in the 18th century.

Comprised of Derek Tam (fortepiano), Cynthia Black (violin), and Frédéric Rosselet (cello), the Costanoan Trio was chosen from a national competition to perform at the 2018 Early Music America Emerging Artists Showcase. For more information about the ensemble, visit

The program will include:

Muzio Clementi: Trio in D major, Op. 21 No. 2
Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio in E-flat major, Op. 57, No. 1 (Hob. XV:11)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio in C major, K. 548

In 2014, First Church Berkeley, a premier venue for music performance in the East Bay, created its own exciting series of chamber and orchestral music concerts. Now in its fifth season, Resonance @ First Church has become a mainstay of the East Bay artistic calendar.

Music has always been an important part of the life of First Church. It touches the soul and gives sound and voice to ineffable mystery. We sing together and share our musical gifts. We also delight in the special talents of artists from within our community and beyond.

Derek Tam, First Church's Director of Music, curates this exciting series.

More information about Resonance can be found at

Sep 29, 8pm to 10pm, First Church Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

Janam & Veretski Pass

Fusing funky Balkan rhythms, gritty Appalachian ballads, arresting vocal harmonies and enchanting acoustic textures, Janam creates a one-of-kind musical experience. Janam unites some of the Bay Area's most playful and imaginative devotees of southern Balkan and American roots music who weave together folk tunes and their own colorful compositions and take their audiences on a labyrinthine musical ride.

Formed in 2008, the group is a tight-knit ensemble of multi-instrumentalists who have garnered recognition throughout California and the Northwest, playing to mesmerized audiences and frenzied folk dancers up and down the coast. Janam proves that the foothills of the Balkans and the Appalachians lie in Oakland. The group's funky meters, bittersweet modes, driving tunes, and sultry ballads invoke the nightingales and dark eyes, the hot love and cold hollows of Europe and America's most musical mountains.

Dan Auvil - percussion and voice
Tom Farris - laouto, guitar and percussion
Juliana Graffagna - voice and accordion
Gari Hegedus - oud, saz, mandocello and mandolin
Shira Kammen - violin, harp and voice

Veretski Pass
Music from the Carpathian Bow

Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world.

The trio plays "Old Country" music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia, Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia, and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists.

Cookie Segelstein - violin, viola
Joshua Horowitz - cimbalom, chromatic button accordion, piano
Stuart Brotman - bass, basy, tilinca, baraban

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 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!

Sep 29, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Orbital Quintet is an Oakland-based group that creates uncompromising all original music. Heavily influenced by jazz, soundtrack, broken beat, and spontaneous composition, they are inspired by the legacy of improvisation. With grooves described as everything from uplifting, to meditative, to downright unsettling, each performance challenges them to bare their souls.

Sep 29, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Leavened Bread

Sep 29, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Vanic - California Dreams, Beauz

Vancouver-based producer Vanic (aka Jesse Hughes) first caught listeners' attention with a string of well-received remixes -- including his reworking of machineheart's "Circles" -- before releasing his own trap- and house-influenced tracks. Hughes began playing piano when he was three but grew bored with the confines of his classical training, and soon dabbled in jazz and ragtime piano while listening to metal and happy hardcore.

He started by remixing well-known tracks, and released his debut as Vanic -- a version of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" -- in 2012. His career gained momentum with remixes of Birdy's "Skinny Love" and machineheart's "Circles," a pair of 2014 tracks that earned him millions of streams. More viral remixes of artists such as Lana Del Rey, Chvrches, Major Lazer, and the Chainsmokers followed, and Vanic signed a deal with Sony's Disruptor Records in 2016.

Sep 29, 9pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley