Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Noon Concert: Meg Wilhoite, organ *Note: actual end time may vary.*

MESSIAEN Desseins éternels
Matthew HOUGH New work
WOLL O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden
Wil SMITH Prelude 3
Wil SMITH Your Eternal Light
Sofia GUBDAIDULINA hell und dunkel

Continuing its 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community. Traditionally on Wednesdays and Fridays, each concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.

Oct 17, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Stitch 'n Bitch

Oct 17, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Mayday Parade, This Wild Life, William Ryan Key, Oh, Weatherly

Mayday ParadeAmerican rock band from Tallahassee, Florida, that was founded in 2005.
Brooks Betts - rhythm guitar (2005-present)
Jake Bundrick - drums (2005-present), backing vocals (2007-present)
Alex Garcia (7) - lead guitar (2005-present)
Jeremy Lenzo - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2005-present)
Derek Sanders - lead vocals (2005-present)
Jason Lancaster (2) - rhythm guitar, lead vocals (2005-2007)

This Wild Life is duo Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso from Long Beach, CA, USA.

William Ryan Key, former vocalist for Yellowcard. New EP `Thirteen' out now.

Oh, Weatherly is an Alternative/Rock band from Dallas, Texas. The band began in February, 2015 when Vocalist Blake Roses decided to pursue music at all costs. Blake and two former members recorded their first EP Long Nights and Heavy Hearts in July, 2015 with multi-platinum producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount. After returning home, the band welcomed members, Beau Harris (bass) and Angel Bedoy (guitar). Their debut EP Long Nights and Heavy Hearts was released in December, 2015. The EP was later rereleased in July, 2016 after signing with We Are Triumphant. Following the rerelease, they went on to play So What?! Music Festival in October, 2016 and March, 2017.
Oh, Weatherly released their Sophomore EP Make You Bright in October, 2017 with Hopeless Records. The band's new EP was featured on many news outlets in the US and UK including Rock Sound, Alternative Press, and Sound Fiction.

Oct 17, 7pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Ave, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Laura Klein Trio: The Music of Marian McPartland

Come and discover the unique music of Marian McPartland, one of the most beloved figures in jazz. When Laura was first starting out, she heard and met Marian on many occasions, and performed for her. Marian's lyrical, personal musical storytelling and rich harmonic sensibility have deeply influenced Laura both as a player and a composer. Laura has led performances of the music of Marian McPartland previously at SF Jazz, Piedmont Piano, and for the Sacramento Jazz Coop.

Laura and her husband Tony Corman are co-leaders of the FivePlay Jazz Quintet, which performs their original compositions. FivePlay has appeared at many festivals and concert venues, and their CDs have received critical acclaim and international airplay. Laura also has a busy free-lance career performing with numerous Bay Area luminaries, from vocalists and horn players to big bands. She had a show of her compositions broadcast on KCSM's "In the Moment". Laura is an Associate Professor of the Alexander Technique at the California Jazz Conservatory.

Ruth Davies, bass
Ruth, an outstanding bassist on SF Bay Area scene, has performed and/or recorded with many jazz and blues greats including Keb' Mo', Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Ernie Watts, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, Jackie Ryan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Toots Thielemans, and Little Jimmy Scott. She toured the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown, and continues to spend considerable time abroad, touring with Denise Jannah, Dmitri Matheny, European pianist/composer Amina Figarova, and Elvin Bishop.

Ruth is deeply involved in music education and has taught in public schools, at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and as part of San Francisco Symphony's "Adventures in Music". In all, she's presented music programs to over one thousand school groups.

Kelly Fasman, drums
Kelly is dynamic performer whose propulsive playing adds excitement and dynamic range in any musical setting. She has performed with Kenny Loggins, The Moody Blues, Joan Baez, and Joan Rivers. She was the house drummer for The American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and has worked with Teatro Zinzanni, Broadway By the Bay, and Theatreworks. Kelly is the powerhouse of the 17 piece jazz orchestra, the Morchestra. She is a highly in-demand performer and educator on the Bay Area scene.

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Oct 17, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.
Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

Oct 17, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Myra Melford-piano
Jenny Scheinman-violin
Kirk Knuffke-cornet
Ben Goldberg-clarinet and contra-alto clarinet
Tony Scherr-bass
Allison Miller-drums and compositions

"Ms. Miller is a drummer, bandleader and composer with an
aesthetic of limber poise, drawn at once to brisk maneuvers and deep grooves." -Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Hailed by Downbeat as one of the top 20 jazz drummers, Allison Miller marries her love of composition, drumming, and community in the form of her critically acclaimed band, Boom Tic Boom. Described as cinematic chamber jazz, this leading edge sextet's music-featuring Jenny Scheinman on violin, Myra
Melford on piano, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Todd Sickafoose on bass, and Miller on drums- is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing, and always grooving. Miller's compositions reflect her diverse musical upbringing and versatile palette and she aims to, in true collective spirit, highlight each member of the band.

This year marks Boom Tic Boom's 10 year anniversary and they will be celebrating with the release of their 5th album on Royal Potato Family. The band has evolved over the years developing a truly unique sound. The current material is full of surprises and has been described as a celebratory genre-busting organic mash up of Bach, clave, klezmer, and the Jazz Messengers. Previous releases include Boom Tic Boom (2010), Live at Willisau (2012), No Morphine No Lilies (2013), and Otis was a Polar Bear (2016).

Oct 17, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Toby Tobias: Journey from Johannesburg

South African-born Toby Tobias shares his story of hope during a time of war and upheaval across three continents, from Johannesburg to Jerusalem...then here.
Toby shares the vivid tale of his life in South Africa under the rule of an apartheid government, then in an Israel on the brink of battle for its' own identity, before finding a home, and many stark parallels, in the United States of America.

His inspiring story and his original songs will enlighten, entertain and touch your heart. Come along on the Journey.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. 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 17, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Oct 17, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

H2O, Comeback Kid, Eulogy, Clueless

American punk rock band formed in New York in 1995.

Comeback Kid is a Canadian punk band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Formed in 2000, the band is signed to Victory Records. Their name comes from a headline in a newspaper about hockey player, Mario Lemieux coming back to the NHL.[1] The band was formed in 2002 by Andrew Neufeld and Jeremy Hiebert who were both members of the band Figure Four, which is currently on hiatus.[2] They were joined by their friends Scott Wade and Kyle Profeta, but CBK was originally intended only to be a side project. Their initial popularity was mainly due to word of mouth within the hardcore scene.

Current members
Andrew Neufeld - lead vocals (2006-present), rhythm guitar (2002-2006)
Jeremy Hiebert - lead guitar, backing vocals (2002-present)
Stu Ross - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2012-present)[6]
Ron Friesen - bass (2014-present)
Jesse Labovitz - drums (2014-present)

Former members
Kyle Profeta - drums (2002-2014)
Scott Wade - lead vocals (2002-2006)
Matt Keil - bass, backing vocals (2008-2014)
Kevin Call - bass (2003-2007)
Cliff Heide - bass (2002-2003)
Casey Hjelmberg - rhythm guitar (2007-2012)

Death Metal Band from Tampa, Florida, USA
Founded in 1989

Oct 17, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley