Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

Nov 4, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

Nov 4, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Nov 4, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, 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 The Ruth Asawa School for the Arts opening at 4:30 on November 4th.

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:

Nov 4, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Blues Vocal Jam Session


The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a blues vocal jam session, hosted by Pamela Rose. 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

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

Larry Stefl

Nov 4, 5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

LGBT Sanctuary Project Fundraiser with Melanie deMore, Madelina y los Carpinteros, & Friends


Join us for the annual fundraiser of the LGBT Sanctuary Project  (OLAS) with music by Melanie DeMore & Madelina y los Carpinteros (and special guests), door prizes, a silent auction, drinks, light snacks and more!
Melanie DeMore is an accomplished folk singer, songwriter, composer, choral conductor and teacher.  She was a founding member of the Grammy nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir.  She has shared the stage with some of the world's most notable musicians and political activists from Gloria Steinem, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Judy Collins to Ed Asner, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, and Ani Di Franco. She has been credited with launching and inspiring the careers of many of her students over the years, including Skyblaze/Sony recording artist Goapele.

Madelina y Los Carpinteros is a multicultural Latin Americ


Full Event Description Here:
$24 Advance / $32 Door
Doors open 4:45pm / Event begins 5pm

Nov 4, 5pm to 7pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA

Rachel Garlin

Berkeley native Rachel Garlin is a well-traveled singer-songwriter whose songs explore the human experience with poignant, playful, and artfully painted lyrics. For this performance, Garlin will be joined onstage by her producer Julie Wolf to share songs from the album they are currently recording at Fantasy Studios.
Garlin writes in the contemporary folk tradition. Her character-filled songs tell stories inspired by street art and poetry billboards, letters and words exchanged between friends and loved ones, and observations about regular people doing the stuff of life. Garlin's live concerts combine a natural stage presence with a seamless interplay of storytelling and music as she guides listeners on a winding road of language, images, and the creative process. Media fans include Curve Magazine ("storytelling at its best") and the SF Chronicle ("Garlin manages to touch songwriting bases as far back as Woody Guthrie").

Garlin will be joined by Julie Wolf on piano and James DePrato on dobro and mandolin. Garlin lives in San Francisco with her wife and three kids.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; and $12 for students, children under 18 and seniors. 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 4, 7pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Beartooth - The Disease Tour also Knocked Loose, Sylar

Beartooth shares equal inspiration with brutal metalcore as with old-school punk like The Ramones and the bombastic theatricality of Queen. The end result is a back-to-basics hardcore stomp that would get the crowd moving at a Hatebreed or Terror show, interspersed with a steadfast determination to give equal importance to anthemic choruses.

"I made the whole thing by myself," Shomo says of Beartooth's debut album, Disgusting. "The entire record, front to back, is literally a reflection of my thoughts and my mental well-being at the time. The album captures every end of the spectrum musically and lyrically. I know this may sound strange, but I didn't write these songs for anyone. I wrote just to write. All of the songs came about because I love writing Beartooth songs. That's it. I won't record a song unless I love it, unless I believe in it. I won't do it any other way."

Beartooth began as a way to blow off steam and add another dimension to Shomo's genre-hopping creative output. He and his hometown friends started jamming; hanging out in his Columbus, OH basement studio and playing music for fun. They released an EP, Sick, and then hit the road, touring North America and Europe with genre titans August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive and Of Mice & Men, among others. In between support slots the five-piece headlined everything from basements to club shows, building a strong and devoted following. The EP's accompanying music videos for "Go Be the Voice" and "I Have a Problem" (both live and traditional) quickly accumulated over 1 million views, and set the stage for the band's next endeavor, Disgusting.

While he's still a very young guy, Shomo has lived a lifetime in music already. He had already dabbled in a project with Escape The Fate cofounder Max Green and Craig Mabbit (Blessthefall/The World Alive/Escape The Fate) when he was called up to play keyboards for Attack Attack! at the tender age of 15. The band incited polarizing dialogue around the world, as some jaded critics mocked the group's "crabcore" while a new generation of fans followed the band's every move. Shomo found himself thrust into the front man role following a series of lineup changes. The band's self-titled sophomore effort debuted at #1 on Billboard's independent chart.

Knocked Loose
Hometown: Oldham County, KY
Beatdown Hardcore band

Formed in Queens, NY in 2012, the hard rock quintet and nu-metal revivalists Sylar devastate and entrance listeners with their crushing riffs and melodic choruses. While the band is made up of singer Jayden Panesso, guitarist/vocalist Miguel Cardona, guitarist Dustin Jennings, bassist Travis Hufton, and drummer Thomas Veroutis, the band uses the studio like an extra instrument. Heavily produced, with angular edits, heavily gated guitars and hip-hop influenced beats and vocals, the band create a unique sound that is all their own. For their sophomore album and Hopeless Records Debut Help!, Sylar enlisted veteran producer Erik Ron (Escape The Fate, I Prevail, Hands Like Houses) who helped the band create a record that is impossible to not bob your head to.

Nov 4, 7:30pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley