Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Nov 3, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Saturday Storytime

Nov 3, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Park Brothers Guitar Duo

Four Seasons Arts Park Brothers Guitar Duo

"Alex and Wesley Park make beautiful music on the guitar by using tonal colors and contrasts. They utilize the entire range of the guitar to bring out the intrinsic beauty of the instrument." --Christopher Parkening, Guitarist

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ProgramAnonymous (arr.Russ & Parkening) - Three Renaissance Pieces
Enrique Granados (arr.Pujol) - Intermezzo from "Goyescas"
Ernesto Halffter (arr. Russ) - Danza de la Pastora & Danza de la Gitana
Joaquin Rodrigo - De los Alamos vengo, madre

PerformersAlex Park - Guitar
Wesley Park - Guitar

Nov 3, 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste St, Berkeley

Of Two Minds From One Image Two Results - Cindy Podren & Hallie Strock

On Display October 27-November 26, 2018
Artists Reception: Saturday, November 3, 4-7pm
At the beginning, we pooled over a hundred reference photographs, and settled on six. The job was for each of us to produce an abstract painting from each photograph. We hoped that this project would push us beyond our comfort zone. It did. To make the project more challenging, we decided to work in mediums outside our comfort zone-Cindy in acrylics and Hallie in acrylics and monotype prints.

We each have very different work processes and results: Cindy paints in oils, and with watercolors when traveling and produces representational paintings based on her photographs. Hallie creates abstract hand-colored linocut prints based on her own interior images. Hallie's work is elegant and restrained while Cindy is a "slut for color."

To look at the finished paintings, you would never know they had a common origin. From six shared photographs we have each produced a painting, one that was unimaginable to us before beginning the project and in which, without consulting the photograph, it would be hard to find a common denominator with our partner's work.

At first we worked apart. Later, we each brought in our as yet unfinished work to help each other get past any sticking points and to coordinate the format of the work. Producing this show has stretched our imaginations, and allowed us to work together.

The progeny of these photographs, is our show Of Two Minds. We hope you enjoy it.

Nov 3, 4pm to 7pm, Fourth Street Fine Arts, 2000 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

Nov 3, 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!

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Nov 3, 5pm to 6pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Dodge's Sundodgers

Nov 3, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Trivium - The Sin and The Sentence World Tour, Avatar, Light The Torch

Trivium - The Sin and The Sentence World Tour

Heavy metal / thrash / metalcore band from Orlando, Florida, USA.

Current members:
Matt Heafy - guitar, lead vocals (2000 - present)
Corey Beaulieu - guitar, vocals (2003 - present)
Paolo Gregoletto - bass guitar, vocals (2004 - present)
Alex Bent - drums (2016 - present)

Melodic death metal band from Gothenburg (Göteborg), Sweden.
Despite the use of the Cyrillic alphabet in the logo, the name of the band is not actually Dvdtdr.

Light The Torch

Nov 3, 7:30pm to 10:30pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Catch Prichard wth Django Moves To Portland

Catch Prichard

If there is one constant in the work of singer-songwriter Sawyer Gebauer, it is change. Moving to Sweden from Wisconsin at only 19, he formed and fronted the mercurial Brittsommar, a musical entity that took off in Europe with a rotating cast of musicians.

An avid traveler, Sawyer crossed the ocean between Europe and the U.S. 18 times within a handful of years.  Eventually, he resettled on home soil and recorded the Mary Me EP (2015) at TRI Studios in San Rafael, California which would ultimately be Brittsommar's third and final album.

Meanwhile, an alternate course was unfolding, a path that necessitated letting go of an identity once embraced.  Sawyer's new project, Catch Prichard, grew from deep roots in Americana.  Citing Townes Van Zandt and Springsteen's 1995 LP The Ghost of Tom Joad as major influences, Sawyer set out to record a collection of sweet and simple songs that exalt narrative as much as they do melody.  The result is Eskota, a five-song EP resting somewhere between languid folk and forlorn country; Sawyer's weighty baritone gliding over pedal steel and Moog like an oil slick on water.

Named after the Texas ghost town in which the album was recorded, the entirety of Eskota was laid down in one week within the walls of an abandoned, "grocery store, bank, or barber shop".  In time, the space was reclaimed, the night came, and recording began. Eskota, like all of Sawyer's work, is a testament to change-but it is change that can be found closer to home.

Nov 3, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Brazilian Dancing Dinner with Chef Kari

Karine Silverthorne
Marcos Silva
John Patrick Douglas
Ricardo Peixoto
Brian Rice
Paulo V Sultanum
Richard Lindsay
Diana Strong
Débora Axé
DJ Fausto
Catia Lund

Doors open at 7pm

Nov 3, 8pm to 10pm, BrasArte, 1901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall returns with The Routes of Slavery (1444-1888), which unites more than two dozen musicians from 15 countries on three continents in a reverent celebration of the influence of enslaved people on the culture of the Americas and Europe. Vocalists from the United States, Mali, Colombia, and Catalonia blend with instrumentalists from Madagascar, Morocco, Europe, and West Africa, with historic readings intertwined throughout.
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Nov 3, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

Valeriana Quevedo, Roberta Donnay & Kay Kostopoulos: Dynamic Divas of the Bay Area

The Back Room is pleased to present three outstanding vocalists in an extraordinary night of music. Valeriana Quevedo, Roberta Donnay,and Kay Kostopoulos will knock you out with their unique styles of hot jazz.   

Valeriana Q has been singing, dancing and playing percussion professionally since age 10.  She's traveled throughout the United States as well as Asia and Europe. She is an exciting and vivacious performer who sings from her heart and her passionate and rhythmic vocal stylings are filled with sincerity and warmth. 
Roberta Donnay has been associated with several genres and styles of American music. For many years she has been a featured member of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. More recently she formed the Prohibition Mob, a terrific band dedicated to the music of the 20's and 30's.  

Black Olive Jazz artist Kay Kostopoulos is an elegant singer, actress and Stanford professor, whose unique sound is informed by her Mediterranean heritage and percussive finger cymbals. Her theatrical background lends an emotional sensitivity to her lush and sensuous three-octave vocal range.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 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!

Nov 3, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Dmitri Matheny Group: Jazz From The Silver Screen

A night of music from our favorite films

Voted "NW Instrumentalist of the Year" in the recent Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny leads an all-star band in an evening of Jazz From The Silver Screen.

Showcasing favorite movie themes from the 1930s to the present day, the program includes music from The Wizard of Oz (1939), An Affair To Remember (1957), Black Orpheus (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Days of Wine And Roses (1962), The Sandpiper (1965), The Godfather (1972), The Long Goodbye (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Blade Runner (1982), Round Midnight (1986) and Manchester By The Sea (2016).

Band Members and Instrumentation: Matt Clark, piano; Ron Belcher, bass; Leon Joyce, Jr,. drums; Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn

Bio: Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as "one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation" (International Review of Music). An honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, Dmitri Matheny vaulted onto the jazz scene in the 1990s as the protégé of jazz legend Art Farmer. Since then he has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal international following, releasing eleven CDs and touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.The San Francisco Chronicle calls Matheny "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players."


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Nov 3, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

David Milnes, music director
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3
Established in 1923, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra is the oldest performing arts ensemble in the University of California system. 
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Nov 3, 8pm to 9:30pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely

Toshi Reagon writes and plays dynamic, progressive, and uplifting American music. The New Yorker calls her, "Fierce and uncompromising...a shower of retro funk, urban blues, and hear her is to believe." She is joined by her phenomenal band, BIGLovely.

Nov 3, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Helen and Larry

Nov 3, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Felly, GYYPS & Trip Carter


22 year-old Connecticut born rapper Felly has been making music ever since high school. After releasing 6 albums, and countless singles over the course of the last few years, he raises the bar with his first studio album, Surf Trap. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY, Surf Trap embodies the dynamic and unique sound Felly has embodied his whole career, influenced by jazz pianists, trap drums, combined with a beach-guitar undertone. After 4 headlining tours, multiple festivals, and opening on T-Pain's Acoustic Tour this past year, Young Fel's energy continues to reign as he gears up for a tour of the new album this Fall 2018.

Nov 3, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

Caribbean Allstars - Sweetfoot Birthday Bash plus "Pat Wah" and Special Guests

The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad-born drummer Hugh "Sweetfoot" Maynard. The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as "my favorite band" at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz's 30th anniversary CD and have for many years been one of the core bands of the extended Ashkenaz world music and dance community.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
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Nov 3, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley