Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Oct 7, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

Oct 7, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Semiannual Reunion of the UC Berkeley Folk Dancers Balkan Folk Dance

We're having a vegetarian potluck for our semiannual reunion of the UC Berkeley Folk Dancers

This monthly event is a revival of '70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together.

1:30pm to 5pm
Tickets $7

Oct 7, 1:30pm to 5pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Chris Brown CD Release

Oct 7, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

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Oct 7, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble: Delhi to Damascus

Sandeep Das and the HUM Ensemble, Cal Performances

Tabla player and Grammy Award-winning member of the Silkroad Ensemble, Sandeep Das celebrates the vibrant cultural heritage shared by India and Syria in the latest project by his HUM Ensemble. Strings, drums, bowed drones, and raga and maqam melodies rooted in Sufi poetry come together to connect ancient civilizations with modern virtuosity in The Road to Damascus. Das is joined by Syrian oud player Issam Rafea, Indian vocalist and sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan, and sitar player Rajib Karmakar to explore centuries of classical and folk music that emerged along the winding trade Road from Jaisalmer in India to Damascus in Syria.

Oct 7, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Amazons: Tales of the Warrior Women of Central Asia

A story telling concert with performances by Dale Boland, Beatrice Bowles, Neshama Franklin, and Liz Nichols.
Suggested donation: $10
Tickets are available in advance at or at the door, check or cash only.  For more information, visit the Caravan of Stories on Facebook  or contact Dana Sherry, Program Coordinator, at  Events made possible by grants from the Silk Road Foundation.

Oct 7, 3pm to 5pm, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley

Joe Jack Talcum /Coolzey /Toyota /Two Lazy Boys /DJ Douggpound

Who wore it West tour!

Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen)
Two Lazy Boys
DJ Douggpound

$10 advance/$12 door +$2 Membership

5 PM

Oct 7, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

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.

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

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

Larry Stefl

Oct 7, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol: Faye Sings the Blues

Faye Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time. After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Miss Faye is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins.

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

Tickets are $25 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!

Oct 7, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Barry Wofsy Heart of Rock & Roll Series: Ruby's in Town

Ruby's In Town will perform old school R&B covers, classic soul and a bit funk thrown in for good measure. From Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin to the Talking Heads, the Rubies are a dance band that can deliver with power vocals and tight arrangements of old favorites!

Ruby's In Town is a sentence, a declarative statement to be more precise. And it's also the name of a "lesbian-friendly" Bay Area super group that brings together Andrea Pritchett (formerly of Rebecca Riots), Suzanne Falter (Leave It To Diva), Janet Rachel (Out On A Clef, Alternative Measures), and Jessie Ortiz (Buddhist Squirrels) among others. Pritchett says she "loves to play music that can make people dance and forget their troubles for awhile."

Doors at 6:30pm ; Show at 7pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

Oct 7, 7pm to 9pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Fatoumata Diawara

Fatoumata Diawara

Hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, Fatoumata Diawara takes her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights on her new album Fenfo. Boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots, it defines her as the voice of young African womanhood - proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks to the future and a universal message.

Oct 7, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Counterparts, Being As An Ocean - Private Room Tour

Counterparts are a Canadian melodic hardcore band formed in 2007 in Hamilton, Ontario. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Brendan "B" Murphy, guitarists Blake Hardman and Adrian Lee, bassist Tyler Williams and drummer Kyle Brownlee.

Being As An Ocean
An American melodic hardcore band from Alpine, California, formed in 2011.

Current Members:
Joel Quartuccio - lead vocals (since 2011)
Tyler Ross - lead guitar, backing vocals (since 2011)
Ralph Sica - bass (since 2011)
Michael McGough - rhythm guitar, vocals (since 2013)
Jesse Shelley - drums (since 2015)
Past Members:
Connor Denis - drums (2013-2015)
Jacob Prest - rhythm guitar, background vocals (2012-2013)
Shad Hamawe - drums (2011-2013)


Oct 7, 7:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

American Islamophobia | A Discussion with Khaled A. Beydoun

American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear
A discussion with Khaled A. Beydoun

The term "Islamophobia" may be fairly new, but irrational fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims is anything but. Though many speak of Islamophobia's roots in racism, have we considered how anti-Muslim rhetoric is rooted in our legal system?

Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States.


"I remember the four words that repeatedly scrolled across my mind after the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. `Please don't be Muslims, please don't be Muslims.' The four words I whispered to myself on 9/11 reverberated through the mind of every Muslim American that day and every day after.... Our fear, and the collective breath or brace for the hateful backlash that ensued, symbolize the existential tightrope that defines Muslim American identity today."

The term "Islamophobia" may be fairly new, but irrational fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims is anything but. Though many speak of Islamophobia's roots in racism, have we considered how anti-Muslim rhetoric is rooted in our legal system?

Using his unique lens as a critical race theorist and law professor, Khaled A. Beydoun captures the many ways in which law, policy, and official state rhetoric have fueled the frightening resurgence of Islamophobia in the United States. Beydoun charts its long and terrible history, from the plight of enslaved African Muslims in the antebellum South and the laws prohibiting Muslim immigrants from becoming citizens to the ways the war on terror assigns blame for any terrorist act to Islam and the myriad trials Muslim Americans face in the Trump era. He passionately argues that by failing to frame Islamophobia as a system of bigotry endorsed and emboldened by law and carried out by government actors, U.S. society ignores the injury it inflicts on both Muslims and non-Muslims. Through the stories of Muslim Americans who have experienced Islamophobia across various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, Beydoun shares how U.S. laws shatter lives, whether directly or inadvertently. And with an eye toward benefiting society as a whole, he recommends ways for Muslim Americans and their allies to build coalitions with other groups. Like no book before it, American Islamophobia offers a robust and genuine portrait of Muslim America then and now.

Khaled A. Beydoun is an associate professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and senior affiliated faculty at the University of California, Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. A critical race theorist, he examines Islamophobia, the war on terror, and the salience of race and racism in American law. He is an active public intellectual and advocate whose commentary has been featured in the New York Times, on BBC, and beyond. In 2017, he was named the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Advocate of the Year and the Arab American Association of New York's Community Champion of the Year. His new book is "American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear."

Oct 7, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley