Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

12/04/2018

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

Dec 4, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

MotorDude Zydeco plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. The group is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ - along with singer/rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer and singer Willy Jordan, and bassist Dennis Calloway. Launched in 1989 by veterans of other zydeco and dance bands, MDZ takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.

Dec 4, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Over The Rhine

2018 Christmas Tour Thoughts

One December, not long after Over the Rhine began recording and touring, we were invited to perform some seasonal songs on a public radio station. So we worked up a few carols and traditional tunes. It actually felt really good and conjured up an unusual mix of feelings from childhood: innocence, loss, wonder, joy, sadness. I think we were surprised.

People must have tuned into the radio broadcast, because we began receiving inquiries as to whether we had recorded any of our Christmas songs. In December of 1996 - can it really be over 20 years ago? - we recorded and released our first song cycle of some of the Christmas carols that still haunted us. We included a few original tunes and called our wintry mix The Darkest Night Of The Year. Folks began snatching up copies and seemed to agree that they hadn't heard anything quite like it.

We began playing concerts around the Midwest every December and found that the rooms were usually packed full of people who had bundled in out of the cold. If you stepped outside during intermission, you could make ghosts with your breath in the crisp night air. And it was dark - oh so dark: a time of year with its own music.

A decade later, in 2006, we released our first full collection of original Christmas/holiday songs called Snow Angels. What is it about Christmas music and the undeniable gravitational pull it exerts on some songwriters? So many Christmas songs had already been written. I think we were genuinely curious about the ones that hadn't yet been written.

We continued to tour every December and these special year-winding-down concerts began to feel like an annual tradition - gatherings of extended musical family, without whom, we'd be homeless.

And when we released our third holiday album of original songs, Blood Oranges In The Snow, in December of 2014, we were still at it.

On our 2018 tour, we will be performing as a trio, leaning into three-part harmonies and making an intimate but hopefully holy ruckus. It won't be all Christmas music: we'll certainly mix in tunes from many of our records along the way. But hopefully it's still true; that you haven't heard anything quite like it.

We hope you'll join us,

Linford Detweiler
With Karin close by
Nowhere Else
Clinton County, Ohio

Dec 4, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704