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."

Dec 2, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Patchwork Series: The Bug Family Band

The Bug Family Band plays original folk rock for kids and former kids. They hatched in the SF Bay Area in 2010 as Ladybug Picnic, & metamorphosed into their mature form while recording their debut CD in 2013. The Bug Family's sound is characterized by rich vocal harmonies, interactive sing-alongs, and clever tunes that kids and their adults can all appreciate! They have become a favorite on the family stage at High Sierra Music Festival, as well as non-profit venues, museums, and school fundraisers across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Bugs' second album, ABeeCD was released September 2015 and features recent crowd favorites like "Put My Helmet On" and "Goin' to the Pool (When You Get Out of School)". Come and sing, dance and move with The Bug Family Band at The Freight!

"I am loving ABeeCD. Driving the kids to school, I found myself listening even after I dropped them off! It's like Phish and Sublime for kids." - Melissa, Arcata CA

Rudy Trubitt
Patchwork Series Host Rudy Trubitt spent five years touring the country with the psychedelic rock-and-roll circus that was The Sippy Cups. He loves the family audience and is delighted to bring outstanding local and national performers to the Freight stage.

Patchwork Series
Kids at the Freight programs are supported by DeYoe Wealth Management, with additional support from the Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, and the Friendship Fund.

Dec 2, 11am to 12 noon, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Cragmont Book Fair 2018

All weekend, December 1st-2nd: Say "Cragmont" at time of purchase to donate 30% of your purchase amount to the school.
Sunday, December 2, 12-3pm: Join us for readings and refreshments

All weekend on December 1st-2nd, Pegasus on Solano will be hosting the Cragmont Elementary School book fair! Mention "Cragmont book fair" at the counter and 30% of your purchase will go back to the school in book credit. And from noon-3 on Sunday, we will have teacher readings, snacks & fun! We will also have teacher requests on hand if you'd like to donate a book directly to the school.

Everyone is welcome. Come support an awesome local school!

Support local schools!

Dec 2, 12 noon to 3pm, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Avenue Berkeley

Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1:00 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.

Some drums will be available for loan on first come, first serve basis.

Debbie Fier will be leading this Drum Sundays workshop with rhythms from the Middle East.

Come enjoy the wonderful connection that we will create in our circle of drummers. We will take time to warm up with stretching and body percussion, exploring rhythms as we tap, snap and clap our way into a playful rhythm zone. Then we will move into drum technique and learn some middle eastern rhythms.

Class is open to all levels. Bring your dumbeks, frame drums, riqqs (egyptian tambourines), djembes, congas and hand percussion - all other hand drums welcome!

There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis. Come enjoy the power of the drum with our community!

Dec 2, 1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Jaeger & Reid with Michelle Kwon

Audiences from New England to the Northwest, east coast and west, have been captivated by the honest, intelligent, original and collected songs of Judi Jaeger (JAY-gur) and Bob Reid, the delicate interplay of their voices and guitars and the stunning harmonies which brought them together.

They will be joined at The Back Room by their cellist, Michelle Kwon. Prepare to be moved.

"Moving, kind, and beautiful material - both covers and originals - speaking to powerful emotions and important issues in our world today. Wonderful harmonies for a world in need of harmony." - Marc Stern, WMBR/Cambridge, MA

"Jaeger & Reid fill the air with amazing energy, unique harmonies and insightful original songs that are both meaningful and memorable. Their musical synergy is truly infectious!" - Neil Scott, iHeart Radio

"Smart, with heart!" -"Auntmama" Moorman, KBCS-FM

"As contemporary singer-songwriters, Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid are strictly top tier. They know how to work within the folk idiom to craft a song that is personal and introspective without ever being self-indulgent.

That skill alone sets them apart from most of the pack, but that is not all they have to offer. For Judi and Bob can take a familiar song, a chestnut if you will, something from Bob Dylan or John Lennon, make it their own, and shine a new light upon it.

Let's be honest. Any competent musician can cover an old standard. But it takes a particular combination of insight, intelligence, talent, skill, and courage - yes, courage - to let us see and hear the nuances and intricacies that were always there, but which perhaps we had never previously noticed. Judi and Bob, I am pleased to say, possess that very rare combination." - Steve Suffet, Peoples' Voice Cafe, New York, NY

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 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!

Dec 2, 2pm to 3:30pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita 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.

Dec 2, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Shai Wosner, piano


Schubert/Sonata No. 16 in A minor, D. 845, Op. 42
Schubert/Sonata No. 17 in D Major, D. 850, Op. 53,

GasteinerSchubert/Sonata No. 18 in G Major, D. 894, Op. 78,

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Dec 2, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

Barry Wofsy Heart of Rock & Roll Series featuring Juke Joint

Doors at 6:00 pm; Show at 6:30 pm          

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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Dance music from the backroads and roadhouses of the South, featuring classic soul and rhythm & blues of the '60's and '70's. Including tunes by: James Brown, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, Paul Butterfield, and more!

Meet The Jukes...

Lloyd Willhite, lead vocals - Lloyd brings a smokey, bluesy and soulful sound to the Juke Joint band. He is influenced by many classic Soul, R&B, Blues and Jazz masters including Ray Charles, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Jazz legend Mose Allison. Lloyd can move from Jazz to Motown and have fun doing it. But there's nothing quite like the Blues!

Roger Bergen, lead guitar, vocals - Roger has over 30 years of experience playing in blues, rock and jazz bands. However, the Blues has always been his first love. Roger's high energy, soul-moving solos and funky rhythm playing spark audience interest and add melodic foundation to the Jukes music.

John Bergen, bass - John started playing bass at age 15 and has been in that '60's/70's musical hot bed, the San Francisco East Bay, playing all styles of Blues, R&B and Classic Rock. John's musical influences include Duck Dunn, Tommy Shannon, Jerry Jemmott and other great blues and R&B bass players. He employs a 1961 Fender Jazz Bass and an Eden amp to produce his punchy deep bass sounds laying down a driving and solid bottom!

Barbara Speed, saxophone, flute and vocals - Barbara hails from New York City and earned her chops in prominent East Bay Rock and Jazz groups. Barbara's powerful tenor, alto and soprano sax stylings rock our horn section, adding unique dimensions to the Jukes' sound. Her soulful vocals provide strength and texture to every song, leaving audiences wanting more!

Cayce Carnahan, trumpet & flugelhorn - Cayce holds a BA in music from CSU East Bay and is the Assistant Director with the Marin Symphony Youth Program. He is a middle school music teacher in Marin county and has performed with many Bay Area symphonies, Salsa bands, musicals and jazz bands. He also loves R&B and Soul music! Cayce's tasteful horn work contributes to the dynamic and professional sound of the Jukes wonderful horn section!

Ben Lauffer , drummer - Ben has been playing with different musical acts for over 15 years. After graduating with a degree in Philosophy & Music from West Virginia University, Ben moved from West Virginia to Marin County to continue performing and teaching. He plays in several groups around the Bay Area, and is a high school music teacher in Marin County. Ben's deep pocket and steady groove behind the kit is a key component in the funk and soul of the Juke rhythm section.

Dec 2, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

University Gospel Chorus

The University Gospel Chorus at the University of California, Berkeley started in the nineteen seventies as an informal activity of students who were interested, and in some cases, experienced in the tradition of gospel music performance. The Gospel Chorus subsequently became an ensemble of the Choral Music Division of Student Musical Activities (Associated Students of the University of California). During the nineteen-eighties, Silvester Henderson, a professional gospel music conductor and pianist, was appointed the Director of the Chorus, and the organization developed into an excellent ensemble musically. Concerts began expanding beyond the campus in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the state. In 1996-97, the Gospel Chorus became an ensemble of the Department of Music as a part of its curriculum in music performance.

Since 2007 D. Mark Wilson has taken the Gospel Chorus in new directions, building a repertoire which includes traditional and contemporary gospel music, spirituals and classically influenced gospel anthems, as well as performances at local social justice events.
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Dec 2, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Hertz Concert Hall, UC Berkeley

Awesöme Orchestra End-Of-Year Concert

Awesöme Orchestra announces their fourth annual End-of-Year Concert, Sunday, December 2, 2018, 8:00-9:30 p.m. at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. After playing with over 500 local musicians this year at venues all across the Bay Area, Awesöme Orchestra will bring local composers, listeners, musicians, and their ever-widening community under one roof for an evening of celebration and highlights from their 2018 season.
The event features three world premiere performances of works by Bay Area composers. Resident Guest Conductor and composer Brian Adam McCune will be premiering his Harry Potter-inspired piece The Potions Master written for narrators and orchestra. The program also includes a newly commissioned orchestral arrangement by Alex Van Gils of "Pocket Universe," a piece by local chiptune and piano duo Aivi & Surasshu (known for composing music to Cartoon Network's animated series Steven Universe), and the premiere performance of "Pie Jesu", a new movement from local composer Arturo Rodriguez's Requiem Sinfonica, written in commemoration of those lost in Oakland's 2016 Ghost Ship Fire.

Arturo Rodriguez has composed six movements so far for his Requiem Sinfonica (there will eventually be a total of nine) and this is the second year that Awesöme Orchestra has premiered a movement at their End-of-Year Concert. A long term project, Rodriguez and AOC plan to commission and complete all nine movements of Requiem Sinfonica and have them premiered and professionally recorded by 2021.

Rounding out the eclectic and ambitious repertoire, the End-of-Year Concert also features the audience-favorite Twin Peaks Suite by Angelo Badalamenti, Ferde Grofé's Mississippi Suite, and a fun new arrangement of "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles featuring Guest Artist Dan Amrich.

A combination free community event and fundraiser, the End-of-Year Concert supports Awesöme Orchestra's mission to make orchestral music accessible to players and audience members alike. Enjoy the epic sound of orchestral music in a relaxed and fun-loving environment.

Dec 2, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley