Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Noon Concert: University Baroque Ensemble *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Christine Brandes, director

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.

Nov 14, 12 noon to 1pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Stitch 'n Bitch

Nov 14, 6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

Nov 14, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Moon

Please join us in celebrating the publication of Red Moon. Red Moon is a magnificent novel of space exploration and political revolution from New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson.

Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed The Years of Rice and Salt, New York 2140, Aurora, and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.

Nov 14, 7pm to 8pm, Moe's Books 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Town Trio Concert & Conversation

The Town Quartet performs as String Trio, with biographical & historical elucidation by music historian Ron Drummond. Featuring works by Czech born composers who lived in Vienna circa the time of Beethoven, esp. Pichl, Krommer, and Pavel Wranitsky.

Suggested Donation.

Drinks & Pastries for purchase.

Nov 14, 7pm to 8pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, 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 and Sharon Coleman.

Nov 14, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...OoN

OoN - with its unlikely combination of six string tapped bass and bassoon - creates beautiful melodic Chamber Jazz. Sometimes peaceful and meditative, at other times passionate, raging or groovy, the musical bandwidth these two instrumentalists cover on their respective 'tools' is surprising. Utilizing virtuosic and unusual playing techniques as well as effects and harmonizers, the musicians put musicality front and center. Paul Hanson's credits as an improvising bassoonist include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Billy Cobham, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Cirque Du Soleil, David Binney, Dennis Chambers, Brian Blade. Ariane Cap's credits include Muriel Anderson, Tempest, Nick Phillips, The Sippy Cups.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Paul Hanson - bassoon; Ariane Cap - bass

Nov 14, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

The China Cats

The China Cats are:
Matt Hartle, lead guitar and vocals
Scott Cooper, rhythm guitar and vocals
Steve Sofranko, keyboards and vocals
Rockin' Roger, bass and vocals
Michael Owens, drums

The China Cats are the premier Grateful Dead tribute band in Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area.  Formed in 2008 as the band "Dough Knees," by Scott, Roger, Steve, and original lead guitarist Theo Wilson, they regrouped in 2009 as the China Cats, brought Mike Owens on board as permanent drummer, and with Matt Hartle taking over the lead guitar chair in 2010, with the first appearance of the current lineup being on March 27, 2010 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz.  Since that time, the China Cats have played all over Northern California.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15
Buy Tickets Here

Nov 14, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Richie Furay - Deliverin'

Richie Furay
"Richie still sounds the same as he did in the late sixties - is still as fresh and vibrant today as he was then". Greg Harris / CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Buffalo Springfield, POCO & Souther-Hillman-Furay comprise the illustrious musical career of Richie Furay. He is celebrated for pioneering Country-Rock with his unsurpassed soulful voice, powerful songwriting, and hard driving guitar playing.

The Richie Furay Band will perform Poco's classic live album, DeLIVErin'album in its entirety, commemorating POCO's 50th anniversary and will continue the Deliverin' tour with special guests at select shows into 2019.
Additionally, music spanning Furay's entire career will be performed including many of his classics from Buffalo Springfield, Poco, Souther-Hillman-Furay and solo years.

Furay is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for his work with BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, a group he formed with Stephen Stills & Neil Young in 1966. He is also inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame for his work with POCO.

In 1968, after Buffalo Springfield disbanded, he formed the groundbreaking country-rock band POCO with Jim Messina. Joining them in various stages of the band's lineup were Rusty Young, Randy Meisner, George Grantham, Timothy B. Schmit, and Paul Cotton.

Despite the success of POCO with Richie's signature songs and its influence on the genre, Furay departed POCO in 1974 and created the country-rock super group Souther-Hillman-Furay with Chris Hillman & J.D. Souther. He remained with the group until 1975 when each member parted ways to pursue their respective solo careers.

Nov 14, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Countercurrent is a folk music and contra dance band that hails from western Washington. They have delighted dance halls and concert audiences throughout the country, and now bring their unique mix of traditional music and modern innovation to he Back Room!

After over a decade of playing together, Brian Lindsay (fiddle) and Alex Sturbaum (guitar) have developed a style that brings forth joy and nuance in the music they play. The combination of Brian's technical and tasteful tune-smithing with Alex's powerhouse rhythm and gifted songwriting is not to be missed. Countercurrent draws from many traditions, including Irish, old-time, maritime, and more contemporary sources, and melds them together into something new and exciting.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission, and $10 for students and low-income guests. 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 14, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Fortunate Youth, The Movement, Josh Heinrichs & Skillinjah

Fortunate Youth is a collaboration of South Bay reggae stand-outs. Rising from various bands, they've created a phenomenal 6-piece masterpiece bringing more fire to the stage than ever before. Combining rootsy vibes and unique bass lines united with multiple harmonies, boisterous guitar solos, and heavy keys separates Fortunate Youth from every other mainstream reggae band. With their high energy approach and positive stage presence they provide an unforgettable show to every music fan. Fortunate Youth's objective is to ensure a performance that leaves you feeling euphoric and curious of what might happen at the next show.

The Movement
Formed in 2003 by a trio of Sublime and Pixies fans, Joshua Swain, Jordan Miller, and John Ruff, aka DJ Riggles, launched The Movement with their "alternative reggae" debut album, ON YOUR FEET. In 2008, the group met Chris DiBeneditto, a Philadelphia-based producer who had worked with like-minded acts such as Slightly Stoopid and G. Love & Special Sauce. Relocating to Philadelphia, they recorded SET SAIL at DiBeneditto's Philadelphonic Studios. The Movement expanded with the addition of Jason "Smiles" Schmidt on bass and Gary Jackson on drums. In 2012, they released SIDE BY SIDE, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. In 2014 The Movement released BENEATH THE PALMS, a surprise acoustic album as a free gift to their fans. Shortly thereafter they began working on what would become their finest album to date, GOLDEN (Rootfire Cooperative), which hit #1 on iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts and was voted 2016 Album Of The Year by Surf Roots Radio. Keyboardist Ross Bogan joined the group in Spring of 2016.

Nov 14, 8:30pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley