Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Soul Sanctuary Dance

Dance at 11:00 am

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.
Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Oct 28, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

HOT CLUB JAZZ GUITAR with Paul Mehling

This workshop focuses on various aspects of hot club-style jazz guitar in the tradition of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Topics include rhythm, picking, scales, arpeggios, chords, soloing, and more. One-on-one evaluation is available to all attendees, with a directed jam at the conclusion of the workshop (time permitting). Bring your instrument, recording device (or paper and pencil) and questions! Suggested prerequisites for those who will play during the session: facility on an instrument and knowledge of jazz theory.

Oct 28, 11:30am to 12:30 noon, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

The Music of Phish for Kids ft. Chum

The Music of Phish for Kids

The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series that allows kids to "move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon" (NY Times). Using the songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement, and stories and an opportunity to rock out. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child's lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll.

Oct 28, 11:30am to 12:30 noon, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Bandworks Presents: Fall Rock Fest

BANDWORKS Fall Rock Festival

Oct 28, 11:30am to 12:30 noon, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen with Maye Cavallaro

Jimmy Van Heusen was a prolific composer who penned over 120 hit songs that have been recorded by countless artists. His frequent collaborator was Johnny Burke and together they gave us standards such as "Like Someone in Love," "But Beautiful," "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," and "Here's That Rainy Day." Another frequent collaborator was Sammy Cahn. Together they wrote many of the songs that defined Frank Sinatra's career including "Come Fly With Me," "All the Way," and "My Kind of Town (Chicago)." In this workshop we'll explore and sing the music of Jimmy Van Heusen. We'll also listen to how some jazz greats have interpreted these songs and get ideas for our own arrangements. Students are provided with 10 leadsheets for songs including practice-backing tracks. In the final week, we'll work with an accompanist and sing these songs, trying out our own arrangement ideas. 3 Sundays, October 21, 28, November 4, Noon - 3 pm

Oct 28, 12 noon to 3pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Noon Concert: University Baroque Ensemble

Christine Brandes, director
Continuing its 66th season, the Noon Concert series features the Music Department's varied and diverse performance activities.
See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:

Oct 28, 12:15 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

Noon Concert: Vocal Recital

Nikolas Nackley, instructor
Students from the music department's vocal studies program perform

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.

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:

Oct 28, 12:15 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Oct 28, 1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Vocal and Chamber Music by William Ludtke

Featuring Elizabeth Baker, Michael Jones, Bradley Kynard, Nanette McGuinness, and Paul Rhodes

Free Admission with Suggested Donation.

All proceeds will go toward The Handel Opera Project.

Oct 28, 2pm to 5pm, 2601 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

NewBlue Soul Jazz

Soul Jazz sounds from the Blue Note era

Oct 28, 2pm to 3pm, Artis Coffee, 1717 4th Street, Berkeley

Barber Shop Chronicles: A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse Co-production

Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Cal Performances

Barber Shop Chronicles, created by Nigerian-born, UK-based poet and playwright Inua Ellams, explores the diversity of black male identity through the rituals and verbal banter of the urban barbershop. The cast riffs on topics both personal and political-from sports to race relations to views about fatherhood and masculinity-as we eavesdrop on conversations in six different barbershops in London, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, Kampala, and Harare over the course of a single day.

Oct 28, 2pm to 4pm, Zellerbach Hall


Returning with his popular workshop for musicians and singers of all levels, Mehling demonstrates a range of practice techniques making creative use of the metronome. Improve your productivity and increase your musicianship! Open to all.

Oct 28, 2pm to 3pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St Berkeley

University Wind Ensemble *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Matthew Sadowski, director

The University Wind Ensemble is offered for the study and practice of traditional and contemporary wind band repertoire. The Wind Ensemble's long history at Cal dates back to before the 1930s, when the group was directed by Charles Cushing. In 1950, James Berdahl assumed the directorship and remained until the late 1970s. The Wind Ensemble's activities were revived when Robert Calonico (also Director of UC Bands) took over as director in 1995. The Wind Ensemble performs regularly on campus and beyond, including at least once per semester in Hertz Hall.

Oct 28, 3pm to 4pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Chamber Orchestra Concert

Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
Jennifer Huang, conductor

Mozart - Symphony No. 39
Kyle Ko, Grady Lai, conductors

See UC Berkeley Events calendar for more details:

Oct 28, 3pm to 4:30pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

SF Chamber Orchestra Presents 'Overture to a Season'

The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra opens its season with a world premiere by BMI Foundation Composer-in-Residence Michael Gilbertson, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music 2018. Gilbertson's says that 'Beethoven's music has always been a source of inspiration for me. His music's incessant rhythmic energy has been a particular interest of mine.'

The concert continues with an interactive demonstration with Maestro Ben Simon and the SFCO guiding you through Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 revealing its hidden depths and beauties followed by a complete performance. The Sixth Symphony brims with its gentle, poetic beauty, affirming the splendor of nature and life.
Performances are free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, with reserved seating for members beginning one hour prior to concert time and general admission beginning fifteen minutes prior to concert time. More information about the concert and how to become a member may be obtained at or by calling 415.463.671

Price: Free
Tickets: 4154636710

Oct 28, 3pm to 5pm, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, 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 28, 4pm to 5pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (CJC Resident Artists)

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 a different student group opening at 4:30.

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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Oct 28, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley,

Vocal Jam Session


The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 4:00 pm to sign up.

$10 suggested donation at the door

Oct 28, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Freddie Hughes

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo host "The Heart of Soul," featuring Bay Area soul legend Freddie Hughes. 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. Ms. Carol 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.

Freddie Hughes is a Berkeley native who gained attention singing in the gospel group The Five Disciples and on the Oakland club circuit in the late 1950s. He recorded his first hit single "Send My Baby Back" in 1968 to international acclaim. Freddie Hughes delivers blues and soul like no other! Freddie Hughes and Faye Carol have shared the stage together countless times since the 1960s and this reunion of Bay Area royalty is sure to close out Miss Faye's October Residency with a bang!

"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 28, 5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Te Mana O Te Ra

Established in 1997, Te Mana O Te Ra has a mission to share and teach the genres of Tahiti, perpetuating culture in the most authentic way possible and educating not only themselves but many people worldwide. Members of this company have competed far and wide, performed in dance festivals, local activities, and at Golden State Warriors and SF Giants games. The name means "energy of the sun." for the force that provides for us, gives us life, strength and unity-to be family.

Doors at 6:30 pm / Performance at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $12 Advanced / $15 Day of Show
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Oct 28, 7pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"

Piano:Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars:Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes;David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline
Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore
Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

Oct 28, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Welcome to Sambrazil! Roots of Samba

A celebration of Samba & Brazilian culture like you've never seen!

BrasArte presents a dance and music performance that explores the diversity and evolution of Brazilian Samba -- from its roots in the traditions of Afro-Brazilian enslaved people to the dazzling display of technique, sensuality, and power that it has become.

Under the Artistic Direction of Marcelo Chocolate -- revered Samba superstar from Rio de Janeiro -- Sambrazil features admired and talented Bay Area sambistas and BrasArte Artist-in-Residence Weslei Guimaraes.

Special Guests: Rodson De Jesus & Marcela Rabelo.

Let the joy of samba enter your body and soul!

October 27th 8pm @ Dance Mission Theatre, San Francisco
October 28th 7pm @ Casa de Cultura (BrasArte), Berkeley

Ticket Pricing:
Early Bird ~ $20 (Sold Out!)
Pre-Sale ~ $25
At Door ~ $30

Oct 28, 7pm to 9pm, BrasArte, 1901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Wake The Dead

Wake the Dead returns to the Freight for their 17th annual Day of the Dead show. Endlessly energetic and inventive, Wake the Dead spreads their reach to embrace the entire Summer of Love, keeping it alive for Deadheads and Celtoids alike as only they can. Join members Danny Carnahan, Paul Katopish, Sylvia Herold, Cindy Browne, Kevin Carr, and Brian Rice to see what they have cooked up this year!

Oct 28, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Fabrizio Copano: Comedia en SF presents Chilean comedian Fabrizio Copano!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS IN CHILEAN SPANISH Fabrizio Copano is a renowned Latin American comedian. He was the first to film a Netflix special featuring his original work at the Maipo theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an actor and writer, he became famous for participating in the television program El Club de la Comedia in Chile. Copano also hosted a late night show El Late de Copano and participated in Comedy Central Latin America alongside five other comedians from across the region. In Chile, he is known for his great show at the Festival de Viña del Mar, where he won the highest award for this event, La Gaviota de Oro. For the first time in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fabrizio Copano is presenting an unforgettable show in his unique style! presenta al comediante chileno Fabrizio Copano! POR FAVOR TEN EN CUENTA: ESTE E

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Doors open 6:30pm / Show begins 7pm
$30 Early Bird Tickets / $35 General Admission

Oct 28, 7pm to 9pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

April Verch & Joe Newberry

-Sunday, October 28
Joe Newberry and April Verch each bring superb musicianship from their respective Ozark/Appalachian and Canadian Ottawa Valley roots. While they never lose sight of their own unique traditions, their work together also builds an entirely new musical aesthetic, one with its own melting pot integrity.

April, best known for two decades of international touring with The April Verch Band, and Joe, well-known for his work with mandolin icon Mike Compton, as well as The Transatlantic Sessions and A Prairie Home Companion, say that this collaboration holds a special place in their hearts. Both wonderful musicians, April also tears up the dance floor clogging. She's been at Fifth Street before. Check out a tune here.

See the RESERVATIONS page to reserve seats

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.

Oct 28, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley

Erik Jekabson Sextet

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students.
Erik has four CDs out under his own name: his most recent album is Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club, (released in 2014) which like Anti-Mass (2012) and Crescent Boulevard (2010) are on his own Jekab's Music record label. A fourth CD, Intersection, was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: Vista: the Arrival and New World Funk Ensemble. He's recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He's spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has brought them to the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the DeYoung Museum, the SFJAZZ Center, Kuumbwa Jazz, the Jazzschool, the Napa Valley Jazz Society's Parlor Series, Jazz at Pearl's, The Sound Room, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company. He also works with local Bay Area musicians such as Jeff Denson, Mario Guarneri's tbd, the Michael O'Neill Quintet featuring Kenny Washington, Patrick Wolff's Sextet, Larry Vuckovich, Adam Shulman, Smith Dobson's Prez Kids and Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of the Young Musician's Program at the Jazzschool, and serves on the board of Jazz in the Neighborhood. He is on the faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College, and has given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cal State East Bay and Loyola College in New Orleans. He's a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and at the Brubeck Institute. Erik has also written two books of jazz duets for trumpet, and is currently leading the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra on a regular Sunday residency at Doc's Lab in North Beach, SF.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $15 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 28, 8:30pm to 10:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley