Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Oct 20, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Saturday Storytime

Oct 20, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Omf - Our Music Festival: with ZEDD, Big Sean, 3LAU, Matt and Kim, Charlotte Lawrence *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Our Music Festival (OMF) is creating the first decentralized music festival network powered by a cryptocurrency (OMF Token) that will be redeemable for products, services, and experiences (physical, digital & virtual) within the network. The network will be comprised of OMF branded events and partnered festival events. OMF will establish the gateway for all transactions between consumers, artists and event organizers that participate in festival ecosystems: merchandising, production, hospitality, food and beverage service, brand sponsors, transportation - the possibilities are endless.

Oct 20, 4pm to 5pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

Oct 20, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

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!

For details, link here:

Oct 20, 5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Eclair de Lune


Oct 20, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Clean Spill * Juicebumps * Future Punx * Grrls * Collie

Clean Spill (Santa Barbara)
CollieBand (SLO)

All Ages
Doors 7pm
$10 + $2 Gilman Membership
We'll have a voter registration booth available! The deadline is 10/22!

924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, California 94710.
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.

Oct 20, 7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, California 94710

Emigres & Exiles in Hollywood

E4TT's first self-presented concert in their eleventh season is a wonderful program of rarely heard classical compositions by composers who fled a conflict-ridden Europe in the 1930s and `40s-some, such as Franz Waxman (1905-1967), Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986), Erich Korngold (1897-1957), John Williams' teacher Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968)and Miklós Rozsa (1907-1995), going on to win multiple Academy Awards and create the characteristic Hollywood sound that shaped what we hear at the movies today, and others, such as twelve-tone composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1945) and Ernst Toch (1987-1964), continuing their role as seminal composers and major teachers and deeply influencing the course of classical music in the U.S. The program will also include selections from E4TT's April 6, 2018 release, "The Hungarians: from Rozsa to Justus," which won a Gold Medal in the 2018 Global Music Awards, and will be the focus of E4TT's November tour to UCLA and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Mazurkas by Polish composer Alexandre Tansman (Paris Underground)
Op. 31 #3 (Der "Jongleur," 1923) for piano by Austrian-American composer Ernst Toch
"Chant hébraique" (1928) arranged for cello and piano, by Italian-American Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (And Then There Were None, Time Out of Mind)
Selections from "November" for solo piano by Austrian-AmericanEric Zeisl (Above Suspicion, The Looters)
Songs by Austrian-American Arnold Schoenberg and German/Polish-American Franz Waxman (A Place in the Sun, Sunset Boulevard)
Songs by David Garner (2012-13, from E4TT's award-winning first CD, "Surviving: Women's Words
Serenade from Der Schneeman (1909) for cello and piano, by Czech-American prodigy Erich Korngold (The Adventures of Robin Hood)
Duo Op. 8 for cello and piano (1931) by Hungarian-American composer Miklos Rozsa (Ben Hur, Spellbound, and A Double Life
Vocalise (1995) by German-American Andre Previn (My Fair Lady, Irma La Douce, Gigi)
Nanette McGuinness, soprano; Anne Lerner-Wright, cello; Xin Zhao, guest pianist
Composer Audio Samples available at

Cost: Students - $5 Seniors - $20 Adults - $30

Oct 20, 7:30pm to 9pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste Street Berkeley

Off to the Hunt! Two Brandenburgs & Bach's Hunt Cantata

Off to the Hunt!

The opening concerts of the 30th All-Bach Season will feature the sonorous corno da caccia or "hunting horn" in two works that reveal Bach's playful dispositions while employed in Weimar and Cöthen. The joyful "Hunting Cantata," Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd! ("What pleases me is the lively hunt!") is Bach's earliest surviving secular cantata, composed for the 31st birthday of Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels whose wise governance and adept hunting skills are allegorically praised in song. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major brings the Baroque horn to the foreground in some of Bach's most robust instrumental music, and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major for three groups of string instruments matches violins, violas, and `cellos in a rally of friendly competition, a tour de force volley of virtuosity.
Price Range: $35 to $89
Tickets: 800-595-4TIX (-4849)

Additional Dates:
Fri October 19, 2018 8:00pm
St. Stephen's Church
Sun October 21, 2018 4:00pm

St Mark's Lutheran Church

Oct 20, 8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Paper Dolls with Collisionville and Between Your Teeth @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here:

Oct 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

International Body Music MiniFest - Pass It Down

International Body Music MiniFest - Pass It Down

House Band Corposonic Trio: Keith Terry, Steve Hogan, and Bryan Dyer, Linda Tillery, Diane Ferlatte, Brenda Wong Aoki, Destiny Arts Youth Performing Company, Evie Ladin

"Mr. Terry and his colleagues in action is like visiting an ANATOMICAL CARNIVAL, where hands, feet, fingers, bellies, rumps and mouths engage in an endless MUSICAL BALLET."
- Wall Street Journal

The International Body Music Festival was founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Keith Terry, and is a project of Crosspulse, an Oakland-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance, recording and education of cross-cultural rhythmic arts. The IBMF is produced in the San Francisco Bay Area every two years, and by our international partners in the interim years.

The IBMF features contemporary and traditional Body Music plus new, IBMF-commissioned collaborative projects -- presented in Concerts, Workshops, Teacher Trainings, Lecture-Demonstration, Body Music Open-Mic, Family Matinee, and in-school Assembly Programs. The IBMF also offers touring programs, and MiniFests of shorter duration.

Linda Tillery's

career began in 1967 as lead singer of the Berkeley based, psychedelic soul band, Loading Zone. Since those early days she has collaborated as vocalist and percussionist on more than eighty recordings with the likes of Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, The Whispers, Taj Mahal, Kenny and Pete and Sheila Escovedo. She was both artist and producer at Olivia Records, was a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and founded Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Linda's journey is a true representation of the Bay Area music scene - through psychedelic 60's soul, groundbreaking 70's activism, 80's R&B glitz, numerous cross cultural collaborations and since 1990, her exploration into the roots of the African American music experience. Now, in 2018, she is at the height of her musical powers, continuing her adventures in sound, and exploring what it means to be a local legend.

"Diane Ferlatte's

charismatic personality sets the stage on fire. Her storytelling is so powerful that the stories she tells become a part of you. "

Now an internationally renowned storyteller, Diane has traveled the globe, from Europe to Singapore & Malaysia, from Australia & New Zealand to Colombia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Jamaica, India and of course all over the United States. She believes that telling and listening to each other's stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young. While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal and historical stories. Having a background in music as well as American Sign Language, Diane frequently incorporates both into her performances. Erik Pearson, her musical sidekick, often accompanies Diane on banjo & guitar.

Diane has received numerous honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award, the National Association of Black Storytellers' Zora Neale Hurston Award, The Friends of Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers Award, as well as the California Arts Council's highest ranking. In addition to receiving a 2008 Grammy nomination, all of her recordings have received other awards including multiple Parents' Choice, American Library Association, National Parenting Publications, iParenting Media, Children's Music Web, and Storytelling World Awards. Among her most exciting performances are her numerous appearances at both the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and the Internationales Storytelling Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as the First International Festival to Commemorate the End of Slavery, on Goree Island, Senegal, and performing for President Clinton at his first inauguration.

Brenda Wong Aoki

is a storyteller, anthologized playwright, producer, artistic director, and performer. Her song/dance/dramas are drawn from her family's 121-year history in San Francisco and the Bay Area, Kabuki legends, ghost stories, and her personal experience. Known for her agility across disciplines, she creates monodramas rooted in traditional storytelling, dance movement, and music. Her sensei is Living Treasure, Nomura Mansaku, a Kyogen master; she also studied Noh with Nomura Shiro, who is a Cultural Intangible Property. It is extremely rare for a woman (and especially an American woman) to get to study with masters like these; ironically, it is because she is an American that she was able to work with artists of this caliber. Her other teachers/coaches/mentors include stage director, choreographer, performer, and former director of Theatre of Yugen, Yuriko Doi, and longtime director and coach, Jael Weisman of Dell'Arte Players and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Destiny Arts Youth Performing Company

Since 1988, Destiny has been a unique community gathering place for families and youth interested in building peaceful communities through the love of dance, theater, and martial arts.

Destiny Arts Center stands out in that we offer hip hop, and martial arts classes for kids as young as 3 years old, and challenge youth to develop their dance and martial arts technique through their teens, up to age 18.

Evie Ladin

Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie Ladin grew up steeped in traditional folk music/dance, and brings a contemporary vision to her compositions and choreography. Evie's performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. She has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler's Convention, and Neo-Trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours with Keith Terry and the Evie Ladin Band; and has produced 6 CDs and two instructional DVDs. In the percussive dance world, she is Executive Director of the International Body Music Festival, directs the moving choir MoToR/dance and is an ace freestyle flatfooter. In the trad world, Evie teaches banjo and harmony singing at the infamous Freight & Salvage, online at Peghead Nation and numerous camps. In the songwriter world, she just writes great songs. A highly entertaining performer, Evie enjoys facilitating arts learning in diverse communities.

Oct 20, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

City Folk

City Folk is Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd and Roger Feuer. The group is renowned for their award-winning songwriting, tight vocal harmonies and expansive musical arrangements.

They began playing together in the late 1980's and quickly rose to the top of the Bay Area music scene, enjoying immense popularity on the National Folk and Americana circuits and performing at major festivals, concert halls, and legendary acoustic venues throughout the Country. They were winners of KFOG's prestigious Best of the Bay music award.

The trio's current tour celebrates the release of a brand new live DVD that captures a sold out concert the band performed in November of last year at the Nevada City Theater.

City Folk's performances are rare these days since each of the artist has gone on to pursue other musical directions. When they do come together there is the added essence of long-time musical collaborators with a history, a respect and a sound that only happens when they share their combined talents and enjoyment of making music together.

Create an effortless flow of music and harmonies the group has often drawn comparisons to such legends as CSN and The Eagles, and though such comparisons are easily understandable, the listener is immediately aware that this group has created a sound and a message completely their own and unlike any other.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 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 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Josh Jones Latin Workshop Big Band

The Josh Jones Latin Workshop Band is celebrating their 20th year of service to the community providing a musical outlet and training ground for some of the Bay Area's finest students of Latin music including Elena Pinderhughes, Samora Pinderhughes, Ruthie Dineen, and more. The band has a full horn and vocal section as well as plenty of percussion. Come enjoy some of your favorite Salsa Dura / Cuban Son performed big band style!

Artist Bio:
Drummer & Percussionist Josh Jones is recognized internationally from his touring with such jazz greats as Don Cherry, Steve Coleman, Omar Sosa and Peter Apfelbaum. He currently tours with Jacqui Naylor. Josh's recent recordings include projects with Chuchito Valdes and Benny Green. Other notable recordings include Yosvanny Terry and Columna B, Peter Apfelbaum, Steve Bernstein, Chico Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Tupac Shakur, Goapele, Zion-I, Taj Mahal, Bob Weir and Afro-Cuba de Matanzas. Josh continues to perform with his various ensembles at clubs and festivals in the Bay Area and remains an influence on and supporter of Jazz in the community.

Artist Website:

Oct 20, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Sasha Waltz and Guests: Körper

Sasha Waltz, Cal Performances

In her signature work, Körper (Bodies), Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz explores the visceral tangle of humanity from the perspectives of history, science, and architecture. Waltz premiered Körper in her first season as artistic director of the Schaubühne Theater in 2000 and now revives the work as she is poised to take on the co-directorship of the Staatsballett Berlin next year. Set on 13 male and female dancers, the movement evokes a staggering range of embodied experience through a series of living tableaux, both epic and intimate; the dancers morph and converge, meld and squirm, join and are torn apart, creating a powerful and unforgettable emotional landscape. Please note: this work includes nudity.

Oct 20, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

The Inside Men

Oct 20, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Tempest 30th Anniversary Show

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 26 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. The newest member is Josh Fossgreen, an exceptional young talent whose innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape. Born in Colorado and brought up in small town Missouri, Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitar greats! His fiery licks and hard-rocking approach to the instrument, combined with his experience and understanding of Celtic music is a fast favorite with fans, new and old alike! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band's sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.

Signed to Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest's releases are acclaimed worldwide. The group's latest studio CD, The Tracks We Leave, may be the bands most exciting work to date, as their unique blend of world music elements showcases inventive new original and traditional material.

Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark's Skagen Festival, Britain's Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals.

Doors Open 8:00 pm/ Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $20 Advance / $22 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

Oct 20, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Petty Theft - San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Since 2003, San Francisco based Petty Theft has been touring the western United States performing Tom Petty's songs true to the originals and in the spirit of the Heartbreaker's live shows.

Voted Best Band San Francisco North Bay
- The Bohemian - 2011, 2012, and 2013
Voted Best Local Band - Pacific Sun 2015
Voted Best Cover Band - Pacific Sun 2018

The Kenneth Brian Band w/ special guest: STEVE FERRONE of The Heartbreakers!
Since his first album release in 2002, Kenneth Brian's modern Southern Rock and Americana infused style, timeless song-craft, layered with gritty vocals and guitar prowess have helped earn him a loyal fan following and the respect of fellow musicians. Kenneth's musical styling and dynamic live performances also attracted the attention of some of his mentors like Lucinda Williams, Billy Gibbons and current bandmate Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Since 2013, he spent two years touring with multi-Grammy winner Lucinda Williams, who describes the sound of the live band as "somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Drive-By Truckers". He has also opened for ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, and Blackberry Smoke. Whether in intimate Honky Tonks or stately, sold-out theaters, Kenneth and the live band continue to captivate audiences with powerful, resonating guitar tones and a tight rhythm section.

Kenneth's sixth studio album `With Lions,' released May 19th 2017, includes 11 songs all written by Kenneth and pays tribute to his mentors as well as his musically rich and culturally significant Southern heritage. The single "You're Not Mine" is an edgy anthem with heavy-hitting guitar solos and powerful vocals. "Beautiful Storm" is an emotionally evocative track that showcases Kenneth's spell-binding competency with a slide.

Rock `n' roll royalty Steve Ferrone (Drums, Tambourine, Shakers) and Scott Thurston (Keyboards, Piano) of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers don't just lend their talents for the album but, Ferrone sits behind the drum kit when he's not touring with Tom Petty. Kenneth and Steve met a couple of years ago at a gathering thrown by a mutual pal. Not long after, he needed a drummer for a Hollywood gig and Steve sat in with the band. He has worked with Kenneth to hone the sound and helped him the right players. And as they say, the rest is history. Handpicked by Steve, drummer Chris Cano plays with the KBB when Ferrone is on the road with the Heartbreakers. Popular session bass guitarist and Disresputable Few member, Paul Ill, joined the band at Steve's urging and perfectly rounded out the Kenneth Brian Band sound. "Those two were the perfect combination for what I do," said Kenneth. "Their influence has helped elevate my playing and just being around Steve is a master class on how to be a successful artist and a decent human being," he continued. In true KBB form, the sound of the new album honors a distinctive blend of Southern Rock that is both progressive and rooted in tradition.

While Kenneth currently resides in Los Angeles, he originally hails from the South. Born in Virginia, he spent some of his formative years in Alabama before his family settled in the musically rich town of Gainesville, Florida. From a very young age, he realized his passion for creating music and has pursued it with vigor. He penned his first country song on an old guitar at the ripe age of 4 and became serious about the guitar at age 11.

After moving to Nashville in 2001, Kenneth hit the road with a new sound steeped in tradition.

`With Lions,' out May 19, 2017 on Robo Records, was recorded at Dave's Room Studio in Hollywood, California. David Bianco (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty) produced, mixed and engineered the album. It was mastered at legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California by mastering engineer Kevin Bartley.

Oct 20, 9pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley