Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals

Join First Church Berkeley for our annual, family-friendly Blessing of the Animals - bring a picnic blanket for a morning of fun! The festivities will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a free performance of Camille Saint-Saëns's The Carnival of the Animals with the First Church Festival Orchestra.

Oct 6, 11am to 12 noon, First Church Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way Berkeley

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Oct 6, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Saturday Storytime

Oct 6, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

924 Gilman Annual Zine Fest!

It's the return of Zine Fest! This year Zine Fest is October 6th, 4-8pm!

More details TBA!

Oct 6, 4pm to 8pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

Oct 6, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

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Oct 6, 5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Interpol: with guests: The Kills, Sunflower Bean *Note: actual end time may vary.*

It finally happened; somebody called the cops on Interpol.

The long arm of the law caught up with Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, and Sam Fogarino in 2017, as they worked on a new album inside the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' rehearsal space in Manhattan. Even in its infancy, Marauder was shaping up to be a beast; an early practice session was so vigorous, it resulted in Sam hitting the drums so hard that he busted his kick drum. "That rarely happens, even with heavy-hitters," says Sam.

Eventually, the trio were playing with such force and volume, that a neighbor called the boys in blue on the boys in black, forcing them out of the practice space. "We ruined it for everyone," reflects Daniel. "It seemed like you're picking on the wrong rock band," adds Sam with a laugh. "It's not like we're Mastodon. I mean, in certain circles, we're considered wimps!"

If that was ever the case, the Interpol captured on their sixth album are nothing of the sort. While many fans took time over the last 18 months to read about the band's vital part in New York City's early 21st century rock renaissance, or bask in the glory of their hugely successful 15th anniversary tour celebrating the seminal 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights, the trio have been quietly (sorry, LOUDLY) working on making sure they're not just a cultural timepiece for music historians to study. The result is Marauder: an album that sways as well as it seduces, that pounds as well as it pouts, and that batters as well as it broods.

Oct 6, 6pm to 7pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Pity Party / DeZorah / awakebutstillinbed + more!

Say goodbye to us before we leave for 59 days of tour!!!!!

with best friends in
and earthworm (acoustic)
and new friends Greg Rekus and Paige Baller (acoustic)

7 PM Doors // Music 7:30 PM
$10 + $2 membership

Oct 6, 7pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Berkeley Festival of Choro 2018

The fifth annual Berkeley Festival of Choro will present two special concerts this fall. October 6th and 7th.

The main event will be held at the St. John's Episcopal Church in Berkeley on October 6th,
featuring Duo Violão Brasil, Grupo Falso Baiano, Berkeley Choro Ensemble, and a special guest from Brasilia, Ian Coury, on mandolin.

Our Brazilian guests include, from Rio de Janeiro, Duo Violão Brasil, with Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber, and from Brasilia, the young mandolinist, Ian Coury. Nando Duarte on 7-string guitar from Rio and LA will be joining as well for the Sunday, October 7th evening program at the SoundRoom, Oakland, joined by Brian Rice on pandeiro.

For more information about the festival, please go to our website:
Ticket link to the SoundRoom show will be up soon.

The main event on October 6, 2018, at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, will include performances of all the groups, as well as some joint collaborations.

Oct 6, 7pm to 10pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley

Musica Pacifica

Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica has made its mark on the early music scene here in the Bay Area and beyond.  They've performed several times at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, as well as at other festivals and series around the country. Individually, the musicians who make up Musica Pacifica perform with Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and many other prominent early music ensembles.

Musicians Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Ingrid Matthews, violin; Gretchen Claassen, cello/viola da gamba; Derek Tam, harpsichord and Peter Maund, percussion will treat us to a selection of Baroque Folk and Dance Music from Scotland, Ireland, and England-a program they call "Dancing in the Isles".  They'll play their own arrangements of traditional Irish and Scottish folk tunes, a Purcell theater suite, Jacobean masque music, a hybrid Scottish Baroque trio sonata by Oswald, English country dance tunes, an English "division" on a folk tune, and Purcell's famous "Three Parts upon a Ground."

You can watch parts of "Dancing in the Isles" in a video from the 2010 Berkeley Early Music Festival here.

Join us for a rollicking, good time, 17th century style!

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30.
Cost is $20, cash, at the door. All money goes to the musicians.
Chair seating and folks are welcome to bring food/drink to share.
Make Reservations

Oct 6, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street Berkeley

Aida Cuevas with Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán: A Tribute to Juan Gabriel

Aida Cuevas with Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán, Cal Performances

Aida Cuevas pays tribute to one of Mexico's most prolific and beloved songwriters in this tribute to Juan Gabriel. Over her 40-year music career, Cuevas has sung many hits composed by Gabriel, and here she revisits audience favorites such as "Te Lo Pido Por Favor," "Te Sigo Amando," and "La Diferencia." She is joined by Mexico City-based Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán, with special guests on requinto, accordion, percussion, and keyboards.

Oct 6, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Adrienne Shamszad Band

Adrienne Shamszad is a singer-songwriter known for her special blend of Americana and Persian classical music. Adrienne is an Oakland, California native of Persian heritage who has traveled extensively, studying theater, music and dance throughout Asia, India and the Middle East. Her mission is clear: to weave together the threads of her study and creativity into an original musical fabric that moves and inspires her audiences.

Adrienne's lyrics are poetic, intimate, genuine and inspired by the mystic Poets of Iran as much as the folk poet-songwriters of the '60s and '70s. Her strong and soulful voice, skillful and complex guitar work and bold performance style have made her a popular performer for well over a decade. Her musical range extends from the sacred to the profane, the mystical to the earthy, the lofty to the down-low, and she is equally at home with acoustic or electric, improvisation, singing gospel, Indian mantras, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and Persian classics.

Tickets are $18 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!

Oct 6, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Helen and Larry

Oct 6, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble presents an Evening of Playback Theatre

Doors open 7:30pm / Show starts 8pm

$20 in Advance

Join us for Heart-full Interactive Improv Theatre:
You tell your Story, the Ensemble brings it to life!

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The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who "play back" personal stories shared by audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience. The ensemble produces public performances, workshops and events for personal and professional growth, and social change, in the Bay Area. Created in 1986 under the direction of psychotherapist and drama therapist Armand Volkas, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, in collaboration with The Healing the Wounds of History Project, has received international acclaim for its work in bringing groups in conflict together such as Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans on their lega (View Full Event Description Here:

Oct 6, 8pm to 10pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Tribute Band Night with Chick Jagger and Ticket to Ride @ The Starry Plough Pub

Tribute Band night is back! We'll feature the Bay Area's best Rolling Stones and Beatles tribute bands this time around.

Chick Jagger is a high-energy tribute to the Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band in the World, the Rolling Stones. Known for their captivating and unique stage act, the band churns out a unique take on big hits and deep cuts alike.

Ticket to Ride has been thrilling Bay Area audiences for over a decade with their lively and fun tribute to the great music of The Beatles.

Oct 6, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Ed Reed and His Trio

Ed Reed, 89-year-old jazz recording and performing jazz singer, and 2014's #1 Rising Star Male Vocalist (DownBeat magazine Critics Poll), has been singing all his life, though it was not until 2007 that he recorded and released his first album, just before his 78th birthday.

He has since recorded three additional critically acclaimed albums, performed in many of the world's prominent jazz venues, including three sold out nights at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, been reviewed in major jazz publications, was a guest on the legendary Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR radio program, and was profiled by Nat Hentoff in the Wall Street Journal. His story of addiction, incarceration, recovery and redemption is a testament to the power of the human spirit.

"...his singing has only grown stronger and more confident with age. Reed's story is the ultimate second act. After decades of drug addiction and repeated incarcerations at San Quentin, he has risen to become a critically acclaimed jazz singer. Reed's is the voice of experience and hard-won wisdom." - DownBeat, Dec. 2013

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Oct 6, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

George Cotsirilos Trio

George Cotsirilos: Guitar

Adam Gay: Bass

Ron Marabuto: Drums

"One of today's finest jazz guitarists and composers, Cotsirilos has an unerring sense of swing and melody. His solos, while displaying accuracy and technique, are filled with soul." -John Heidt Vintage Guitar Magazine

Oct 6, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Albatross Pub, 1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Dubbed the West Coast's hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. Brazilian natives Papiba Godinho and Dandha da Hora bring profound knowledge and respect for Brazilian music, and together with the entire band, they present a unique musical sound with a universal appeal.

SambaDá was formed in 1998 in Santa Cruz, California, by capoeira master Papiba Godinho, saxophonist Anne Stafford, and drummer Gary Kehoe and has gone on to conquer clubs and festivals across the country with its explosive Carnival-like performances. The band is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show.

When singer and dancer Dandha da Hora arrived in Santa Cruz from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and joined SambaDá in 2005, she brought the power of her Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage to the band. Dandha has been a performing member of the renowned group Ilê Aiyê of Brazil since she was 6 years old. Ilê Aiyê is one of the most beloved and important Afro Blocos from Bahia, Brazil. It is known all over the world for its music and dance performance and its social activism, fighting racism and promoting education, culture and tradition. Honoring Ilê Aiyê's legacy as well as their own commitment to a more just world, SambaDá works and plays for social justice, peace and the respect of all cultures and peoples.

Also in 2005, SambaDá crossed paths with Grammy-nominated music producer Greg Landau to create the 2007 release "Salve a Bahia". With "Salve", the band created a new sound that not only paid homage to folkloric music but also captured the spirit and musical background of each band member and added a modern, funky edge. The recording project and the bands' live shows also grew from the collaboration with two more talents from Bahia, Brazil, percussionists Marcio Peeter and Wagner Profeta. Marcio and Wagner bring their deep percussive knowledge and groove to the studio albums, as well as to the stage.

Following the success of "Salve a Bahia", the band collaborated on a second album with Greg Landau, the album "Gente" which was released in the spring of 2010. "Gente" vibrates with the inspiration of the band's first tour to Brazil in July 2009, and reflects their desire to share their dedication to Brazilian music, with some unique California flavor, with audiences everywhere.

2013 was a great year for SambaDá, as they welcomed 3 new members to the band, Etienne Franc (Chris Rene, OPM, Check in the Dark) on bass, and Senegalese drum master Ibou Ngom (Danjuma, Koumbemba) and Abel Damasceno from Bahia Brazil (Batala San Francisco) on percussion. They had a busy year touring, including headlining the Houston International Festival and playing New Orleans for the first time in April, and returning to Philadelphia and New York City, where they played SOB's to a packed house at the end of September.

2014 finds the group launching a brand-new album, alongside busy touring schedule. Inspired by recent collaborations and adventures, SambaDá has been busy exploring new dimensions of the music they love, which they are eager to share with fans old and new!

Doors Open 8:30 pm / Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

Oct 6, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley