Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Brian Moran Trio

Nov 27, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Freight Open Mic

Freight Open Mic
The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission! Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.


- Doors open at 7pm, lottery for performance spots is held at 7:20. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

- Admission is free for all.

- Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

- Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

PLEASE NOTE: Your RSVP does not enter you into the lottery drawing for a performance spot.

Nov 27, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Way Out West Concert Series - Michael Zilber/Peter Barshay/Jason Lewis Trio

CJC's Way Out West Concert Series provides composer-performers from the Bay Area and beyond with a Tuesday evening showcase for forward-looking original work in jazz and related genres. Join us weekly in Rendon Hall for Way Out West!

On the Sonny Side of the Street - Michael Zilber/Peter Barshay/Jason Lewis Trio

Drawing inspiration from the iconic chordless trio recordings of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, the group will present a mix of originals in homage to and material from those Saxophone Colossi.

Michael Zilber - Sax, Peter Barshay - Bass, Jason Lewis Drums

Michael Zilber is a San Francisco-based saxophonist and composer. Jazz legend Dave Liebman calls him "one of the best players and composers around anywhere. Period!" He has released 11 albums as a leader to numerous rave reviews, the latest being "Zilber's Originals for the Originals", his homage to saxophone giants. Featuring jazz greats Dave Kikoski, James Genus and Clarence Penn, the album was released in early 2017, to rapturous response, including All About Jazz Opining "Zilber is one of the true masters of modern jazz saxophone, his prodigious talents evidenced by his recordings and live performances are truth."

Zilber is currently recording music for a new CD, using stellar musicians in both Brooklyn and the Bay. He is active in several other projects, including as a sideman in trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson's upcoming Stringtet recording in tribute to Duke Ellington, as well as playing and composing for the highly regarded Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, whose recent release Cheap Rent received 4.5 stars in DownBeat. Zilber also teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory where his student groups have won more than a dozen national DownBeat awards.

Nov 27, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Mike Ferketich

Doors open 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Mike Ferketich at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."

What sets Rigney and Flambeau apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.

Nov 27, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley