Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Oct 14, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Celtic Song Sing-Along with Celia Ramsay and Shay Black: Favorite Songs from Scotland and Ireland

Celtic Song Sing-Along: Favorite Songs From Scotland and Ireland"
Join Shay Black and Celia Ramsay for a Celtic-flavored sing-along. They'll have your favorite songs from Ireland and Scotland, including Connemara Cradle Song, When the Yellow's on the Broom, Will Ye Go Laddie, Go?, and Song for Ireland.

Shay Black, an annual performer at the Freight & Salvage on St. Patrick's Day, regularly tours in the United States and Canada, and performs with brothers Michael and Martin as the Black Brothers. Together, they also sing with sisters Mary and Frances as the Black Family. He's your host at the Starry Plough seísun on Sunday nights, and he teaches evening classes in Expanding Your Folk Repertoire here at the Freight!

Celia Ramsay, another popular name in the Bay Area music scene, is known for singing Scottish songs both as a soloist, and with the High Sierra band, Fortunate Strangers. She co-teaches harmony singing workshops with Libby McLaren, a by-product of their teaching CDs, Carmony: Learn to Sing Harmony While You Drive. With Shay, she produced their duo-album, Singer's Request.

Oct 14, 1pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

70 Scenes of Halloween: A play by Jeffrey M Jones

70 SCENES OF HALLOWEEN is a spooky, scrambled, and sly comedy that transforms the unraveling of a marriage into a frighteningly funny romp. A young couple seems set to spend Halloween on their couch in a state of mild boredom. But dark forces emerge and they must contend with ghosts and witches banging on windows and wielding butcher knives.

The turbulent tale is told in 70 brief scenes played out of order, resulting in a wild, dreamlike ride. One minute, the couple is greeting trick-or-treaters, and the next, they are succumbing to inner demons. Husbands becomes wolves, and wives become phantoms in a haunted home that offers a weirdly comical and thought-provoking glimpse into the nature of relationships.

The play is a wonderful concoction", says Director Christopher Herold, "moving from living-room domesticity to a time-warped, altered reality-an opportunity to engage something fresh and unknown."

THU October 11: 8pm - Opening Night
FRI October 12: 8pm
SAT October 13: 2pm & 8pm
SUN October 14: 2pm

Oct 14, 2pm to 3pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Pickpocket Ensemble (John Slattery)

Oct 14, 3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

Starry Plough Old Time Shred Sesh!

Every Second and Fourth Sundays of the month the Starry Plough hosts Old Time Jam Sessions. 2nd Sunday is the Advanced Shred Session, 4th Sunday is the Starry Plough Old Time Pickin' Party!

Oct 14, 4pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

El Mundo performing works from their Grammy-nominated album Kingdoms of Castille

The San Francisco Early Music Society's 2018-19 concert season kicks off the weekend of October 12 with three concerts by El Mundo performing works from their Grammy-nominated album Kingdoms of Castille. Directed by world-renowned guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino, El Mundo will take audiences on a musical journey from Castillian courts and cathedrals to Spanish-influenced Italian cities like Naples, and on to the viceroyalties of Peru, Mexico and Guatemala, where classical tradition blended with indigenous dances to create a unique Hispanic style that still exists today.

Price Range: $12 to $45
Tickets: 510-528-1725

Additional Dates:
Fri October 12, 2018 8:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
Sun October 14, 2018 4:00pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church

ProgramDomenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) Symphonia para empezar
Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) Folia y Canario
Antonio de Salazar (1650-ca.1711) Tarara qui yo soy Anton
Jose Marin (1619-1699) Ojos pues me desdeñais

PerformersRichard Savino director, guitar, theorbo
Jennifer Kampani & Nell Snaidas sopranos
Paul Shipper bass guitar, percussion
Adam LaMotte & Lisa Grodin violins
William Skeen cello
Corey Jamason harpsichord

Oct 14, 4pm to 6pm, Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, 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, with the Max Nierlich Group opening at 4:30 on October 14th.
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.

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

Oct 14, 4:30pm to 7pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Takin' Back The Bay - A 3 day music festival to raise awareness and money to STOP GUN VIOLENCE.

Takin' Back The Bay - A 3 day music festival to raise awareness and money to STOP GUN VIOLENCE.
October 12-14, 2018

Advance 1 day ticket $20 (on sale soon)
Advance 3 day festival pass $55 (save a bunch o' money!)
At the door 1 day ticket $25 (if not sold out in the advance ticket dude! some money and guarantee you won't miss out!)

All 3 days are at 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, 94710


Day 3 (Sunday, Oct 14)

Stay Out (set 3)

At Both Ends (Sacramento ska)

Best Mistake

Necessary Noise

Cement Shoes (Tucson, AZ)

The Tortured

Oct 14, 5pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, 94710

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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 14, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Dr. Squeez and the Hugz

Oct 14, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

From Troubador to Tango, works by D'Arcy Reynolds, Ann Callaway, Peter Josheff, Allen Shearer and Claudia Stevens

Sonic Harvest 18 promises the premiere of guest composer D'Arcy Reynolds' Tangria, songs by Ann Callaway, the premiere of a work by Peter Josheff for spoken voice and piano as well as his violin solo September. And more premieres: a song cycle by Allen Shearer and Claudia Stevens' solo performance referencing Beethoven's politics. Stellar guest performers will appear alongside our composers/performers. For all the details, click on  Program 18.

And plan to join us for another feast of new music!

For more information call (510) 654-8651
or email
Admission $20 general, $15 students/seniors/disabled persons.
Tickets sold at the door only. Wheelchair accessible.
Parking available in the Underhill fee lot (under the playing field). Enter from Haste or Channing.

Oct 14, 8pm to 10pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street, Berkeley

Jeff Austin Band, Dead Winter Carpenters

Jeff Austin Band

"When I'm writing a song, it's not about the hot licks, it's about the voice and how it can be showcased from song to song," says musician Jeff Austin. His focus is on transporting his audience by way of his vocal: "It's the direct communication with the crowd - not just asking them how they're feeling, but bringing something out of them." For Austin, the act of speaking to people through his art really means using his voice.

The career of the Colorado-based artist has already seen him break through jam and bluegrass scenes, play stages from The Fillmore Auditorium to Red Rocks Amphitheater, and outdoor events like Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, among many others. But with the launch of his solo career in 2014, Austin is now building on the foundations of previous ventures while honing his own sound and charting new courses.

"I've learned a lot from the people I've played with," says Austin who has shared stages with such luminaries as Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Earle Scruggs, Jon Fishman, and Phil Lesh. And it's artists such as these who have helped crystalize Austin's idea of what he wants to do as he moves forward with his eponymous project. "From both the rock side and the bluegrass side," he explains, "I've learned a lot about song structure, solo ideas, playing with guts, and being who you are."

Although he considers the Jeff Austin Band his primary focus, the mandolinist and singer is also known for embracing collaborations. In 2004, he released a full-length album with Chris Castino (The Big Wu) that featured guest appearances by Noam Pikelny, Darol Anger, and Sally Van Meter. Just two short years later in 2006, Austin teamed with Keller Williams and Keith Moseley to record a live album of bluegrass takes on Grateful Dead covers. The project, released under the name Grateful Grass, benefited the Rex Foundation. And most recently, Austin revived 30db - his project with Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey's McGee.

In truth, Austin only began playing the mandolin a few years before co-founding progressive bluegrass outfit Yonder Mountain String Band, a group with whom he parted ways in 2014. And, picking prowess aside, Austin has always considered his voice to be his first instrument. He was drawn to singing from a young age, pursuing musical theater in high school and college. That passion is still evident in his approach to song craft.

Austin draws from those varied roots and readily admits to still loving musicals, being fascinated by Madrigal singers, and tuning-in to a wide range of vocal powerhouses. He channels all of these influences into his solo career, while also seeking personal innovation. For his newest project, Austin sought out musicians on the cutting-edge of the acoustic and jazz music circles. Artists proficient in theory and technique, but not afraid to lend themselves to some "far-out arrangements." The result is some of Austin's most structured, yet exciting, compositions to date with an approach that fits within his own evolving journey and personal motto, "The work continues."

Although there is a strong undercurrent of momentum and innovation that course through Austin's newest project, there is also a connection to the past with the bandleader revisiting selections from his back catalog. Offerings include "Dawn's Early Light," "Snow in the Pines," and others dating back to the 1990s. What matters, Austin points out, is that those songs evoke strong emotional responses both from the audience and himself. Played by this new ensemble, those songs feel revitalized and fresh.

When it comes to dynamics and structure, Austin taps the variety of sounds and styles he's absorbed from theater, jamming, nearly twenty years of performance, and his love of experiencing live music as a fan. It's that inner concert enthusiast that binds him to his own audience and a powerful exchange between the stage and the crowd. "I hope they take with them exactly what I hope they leave with us," he says. "And that's inspiration."

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Dead Winter Carpenters

Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, Calif., Americana band Dead Winter Carpenters has built a reputation for pouring their heart and soul into each performance. In just a few years, they have positioned themselves, wrote Portland Metronome, "at the forefront of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do." That progressive nature comes through loud and clear - from instruments plugged and unplugged - in the band's new release, Washoe (February 26, 2016). The band's fourth studio project, the 12-song collection of originals was recorded in Reno's Sierra Sonics Studio (Ozzy Ozbourne, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Collective Soul) and co-produced by Dead Winter Carpenters and Zachary Girdis.

The band's previous albums include the group's 2010 self-titled debut, Ain't It Strange (2012), and the much-acclaimed Dirt Nap (2014), of which CMT Edge wrote, "With one listen to Dead Winter Carpenters' `Easy Sleep,' you'll get a strong sense of where this California band is coming from." Reminiscent of genre-benders like Jack White, Chris Thile, and Sam Bush, Dead Winter Carpenters harmoniously blends refined musical ability with a scarcely restrained tendency to let it all hang out. The result is a controlled burn, a riveting sound, and a connection with fans that sells out shows and has the band sharing stages with the likes of Jason Isbell, Greensky Bluegrass, and Hard Working Americans. Members include Jesse Dunn (acoustic and electric guitars, vocals), Jenni Charles (fiddle, vocals), Dave Lockhart (upright and electric bass, vocals), Bryan Daines (lead telecaster guitar, vocals), and Brian Huston (drums, vocals). A steadily touring band since forming in 2010, Dead Winter Carpenters has entertained growing crowds at notable festivals including Harvest Music Festival (Ark.), High Sierra Music Festival and Strawberry Music Festival (Cal.), Del Fest (Md.), Northwest String Summit (Ore.) and more. Dead Winter Carpenters is a band with the ambition, talent, and authenticity. Look for them to continue to delight - and invite - fans from many music camps. For touring and booking information, visit

Oct 14, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley