Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


CORNERFEST - Proxima Parada, John Courage, King Dream - A Free Outdoor Live Music Festival in Downtown Berkeley

Cornerfest, Proxima Parada, John Courage, King Dream

Cornerfest - A Free Outdoor Live Music Festival in Berkeley is Downtown's newest regular, all ages event celebrating live music! Enjoy free live music on indoor and outdoor stages - hosted by Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music located at 2367 Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley. The party kicks off at 11am and will feature food, over 40 craft beers on tap, art, local vendors, and free live music on multiple stages.

Since opening in the Spring of 2017, Cornerstone in Downtown Berkeley, has quickly become a musical destination for touring bands and live music fans of all ages and musical persuasions. With more live music venues than most Bay Area cities of its size, Berkeley is quickly becoming a destination for bands to play and their fans to see them!

Cornerfest is proud to announce that this Fall, we will be partnering with Amoeba Records, UC Theatre, Bandworks, The Starving Musician, Cal's Singer/Songwriting Club, Toyota and Berkeley's very own Fieldwork Brewing Company to bring you what is sure to be a fun filled day of Music, Food, Beer and Fun!

The following recount of the epic of Próxima Parada was translated from ancient Greek dactylic hexameter and is traditionally attributed to Sophocles (although recent investigations by way of modern advancements hypothesize the text as a discarded fragment of Homer's Iliad):

It all emerged from the discovery of freedom way back when. Próxima Parada, protector of goslings, formed as a result of a murmur, a moo moo, the recitation of a Nordic dirge, and a desperate whimper; sounds heard all the way down to the Mississippi Delta, which had long been shining like a National guitar. Though the individuals of Próxima Parada were all ephemeral in flesh, their collective offering of goodwill in the aural realm became immortal by wish of the gods.

On Olympus resounded a long, deep breath of agreeable relief, as the gods delivered their most interesting gift for Earth, Kevin Middlekauff, enchanter of the four stringed bass lyre, son of Leto of the Lovely Locks, to whom they gave the patience of the Bald Eagle along with his fierce talons, which made plucking strings a markedly difficult task. With him came a fleet of Achaean spearwomen. Enrapt in observing a quarrel between armies of men, the gods let fall a quiver of divine arrows, and the jumble that fused upon an unforgiving collision of earth and oxen created many a Nicholas Larson, bleak souls with shrill voices. One Nicholas was given the great fortune of finding Kevin, who guided him through wind and sea away from a shameful life as a lotus eater and taught him the Seikilos epitaph ("While you live, shine / have no grief at all / life exists only for a short while / and time demands an end").

Joshua Collins' lineage cannot be enumerated with exactitude, although Agamemnon, supreme commander of the Achaean armies, was informed by an oracle that Joshua was the end result of an abandoned beard. How he and his young fur joined Próxima Parada is even less understood.

Following a fortnight of arrows raining from both armies, Apollo ceased his observations of Troy to ponder a creation forming in the northern reaches from the percussion of glaciers striking Galdhøpiggen, Scandinavia's boldest mountain. Savage ice and rock had been warring for ages. Apollo, to establish consonance in that great region, sent Aaron Kröger, king of Mycenae in the Peloponnese, hiker of short pants. Aaron percussed the earth with his dual gold-bestudded sceptres to instruct the sun of the tempo of the day and the moon of the night's gloom. Satisfied in frigid Norden, he prepared himself to settle in asceticism for the rest of his days.

Not before long, under the tutelage of Olympus, the three boys became something akin to men and the silence turned to harmony, harmony that spread through the yellow hair of Aaron Kröger, into his ears, and reverberated in his heart. Having never been moved so by man, he vowed to percuss alongside the sounds of the three. Próxima Parada, the amalgamation of the four regions of Nether, was erected in January of 2012 of the Gregorian Calendar, although The China National Petroleum Corporation would soon change their fiscal calendar to mark Próxima's birth as year 0.

John Courage has been honing his skills as a songwriter, guitarist and producer for over 10 years in the music communities of Northern California, with stints in the Pacific Northwest and the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a flair for vintage inspired rock and roll that takes cue from the Texas singer songwriter scene of the 70's, John Courage creates a sound that at once feels familiar yet urgent.

New styles blossom and are assimilated into the songbook, and currently John Courage performs as a solo songwriter, or a raucous, guitar driven trio or quartet.

With four self produced full length albums to his credit, and guitar credits on many other records, along with touring work on bass and lead guitar, John Courage now expands into the role of producer with the addition of Gremlintone Studios, a fledgling analog based production focusing on live recording.

King Dream is the new project from Bay Area songwriter and musician Jeremy Lyon. Inspired by Jim James, Blake Mills, and Jonathon Wilson, Lyon spent 5 years touring the country with Tumbleweed Wanderers, a band he co-founded in 2011, releasing a couple albums and a few EPs along the way. Since disbanding in 2016, he's worked as a sideman in a slew of regional indie rock, psych/folk, and alt/pop acts including Whiskerman, M Lockwood Porter, and Lapel, while working on his debut self-titled album, out August 24th, 2018.

Sep 30, 11am to 12 noon, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Sep 30, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, 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 30, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention Family Square Dance with Skillet Licorice

Ashkenaz is proud to continue to host the The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention's Family Square Dance!

It is has become a wonderful tradition; a great way for the whole gang to have fun dancing together in a casual setting. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome.

Caller Larry Edelman teaches the dances from scratch and prompts the moves all the way through, with some dances that even babes in arms can do!

Foot-stomping old time music is provided by Skillet Licorice, with special guest fiddlers from Skillet Licorice fiddler Elise Engelberg's kid fiddler workshop participants!

Doors at 2:30 pm; Dance at 3 pm
Tickets are $8 Adults / $6 Kids
Tickets are available at the door


Tickets to Family Square Dance

Sep 30, 3pm to 4pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Quartet San Francisco

Crowden presents Quartet San Francisco on Sunday, September 30: Official Reference Recordings CD Release Party!

Non-traditional in their delivery, four-time Grammy nominee Quartet San Francisco redefines the sound of chamber music. Founded by violinist and composer Jeremy Cohen, QSF expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. These crossover specialists excel in multiple styles, from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond.

"When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove."

CD RELEASE PARTY! Quartet San Francisco celebrates the September release of its fifth album and first for the world-renowned Reference Recordings label, A QSF Journey. This concert, the official release party, will feature works from the new CD. Don't miss the party!

Join us for a free "Meet-the-Artists" reception following the concert.

Quartet San Francisco
Jeremy Cohen, Violin, Composer
Joseph Christianson, violin
Chad Kaltinger, viola
Andres Vera, cello

As always at Crowden, children under 18 attend free!
Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 seniors/students 18+, and free for children under 18.
Venue: Crowden Music Center
Date: Sun September 30, 2018 4:00pm
City: Berkeley
Price Range: Free to $25
Tickets: 5105596910

Sep 30, 4pm to 6pm, Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose St, Berkeley

Bay Station with the Terry Family folk trio. @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Sep 30, 4pm to 5pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94705

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra

The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists) is a 17-piece big band led by Erik Jekabson and features many of the best players and arrangers in the Bay Area! They will be appearing Sundays at 5:30 pm through November 18th, , with the Arnie Co Nonet opening at 4:30 on September 30th.

ESO Band Members and Instrumentation: Saxes: Sheldon Brown, Larry Delacruz, Mike Zilber, Marcus Stephens, Charlie Gurke; Trombones: Rob Ewing, Danny Lubin-Laden, Patrick Malabuyo, Rich Lee; Trumpets: Erik Andrews, Erik Jekabson, Darren Johnston, Andrew Stephens; Piano: Steve Blum; Guitar: Jordan Samuels; Bass: Peter Barshay; Drums: Jeff Marrs

Artist Bio: The Electric 18th Orchestra is the Bay Area's own 17-piece big band, led by trumpeter Erik Jekabson, playing music composed and arranged by its members. The composers and arrangers, some of the very best in the Bay, draw from a wide variety of influences but always come up with powerful music with groove, beauty and subtlety. The band, which started a steady Sunday residency at the California Jazz Conservatory in March, has colloborated with a number of special guest artists, including John Santos, Kenny Washington, Alan Ferber, Dayna Stephens, Mads Tolling, Sandy Cressman, Kellye Gray, Avotcja, Spok and Ben Goldberg.

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Doors Open: 3:30 PM Starts: 4:30 PM Ends: 7:00 PM

Sep 30, 4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Sep 30, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, 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 30, 7pm to 8pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Ray Bierl

For well on to six decades, Ray Bierl has performed music from across the broad American landscape. Drawing on a wide range of musical genres and styles - cowboy ballads, Appalachian fiddle tunes, traditional folk songs, vintage rock & roll hits, Tin Pan Alley songs and country classics - Ray delivers in the songs he sings a travelog not just of places, but of time, human emotions, and imagination. And he plays a pretty mean fiddle too.

"No one knows how to weave you into a song quite like Ray Bierl." - Tom Waits

"Every song Ray chooses becomes his own, fresh and personal. He's a great storyteller." - Laurie Lewis

"Ray Bierl not only knows how to make a song his own - he knows how to make it yours." - Chuck Poling

Ray's new album, Solo Ray-Easy Street, features thirteen great songs, old and not-so-old, from near and far, sung in an intimate and engaging style with simple yet compelling guitar accompaniment.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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 30, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Yo-Yo Ma, cello: The Complete Bach Suites

Yo-Yo Ma, Cal Performances

Yo-Yo Ma returns to the Greek Theatre for a special chamber music concert. Ma has been performing Bach's complete cello suites for decades and lends a wisdom, playfulness, and depth of expression to these seminal works.

Sep 30, 7pm to 9pm, Hearst Greek Theatre