Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

12/06/2018

Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 5-7. Sometimes rollickin', sometimes introspective, The Possum Family Singers bring you singer/songwriters, country, pop, old-school, new school, and special guests. Tips appreciated!

For details, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/possum-family-singers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-49237132589

Dec 6, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

TDPS Fall Choreography Showcase

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the original work of promising, emerging choreographers. Under the direction of choreographer and TDPS professor Joe Goode, TDPS students present original solos and duets. See the next generation of dance artists!

<b>Program A | Dec. 6 at 5pm & Dec. 7 at 8pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Lashon Daley
- Amanda Stelea
- Jeremy Brooks
- Andrea Brága
- Yara Kanaaneh
- David Cha

<b>Program B | Dec. 6 at 8pm & Dec. 7 at 5pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Zoe Marsh
- Gina Bahr
- Elizabeth Bobrovnikov
- Katie O'Connor
- Bruna Gill
- Jason Lin

Online ticket link closes two hours before showtime. After that, you may reserve tickets at the door, depending upon availability. Please note that there is no late seating in Zellerbach Room 7.

Directions to Zellerbach Room 7

Dec 6, 5pm to 6:15pm, Room 7 Zellerbach Hall

Mary Gauthier

Self described "country noir" singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier has never shied away from painful and profoundly personal subject matter. Her songs tell emotionally complex stories and demonstrate her ability to deliver a gut punch that leaves audiences with eyes opened to new perspectives.

Dec 6, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Charles Lloyd and The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams: Featuring Greg Leisz, Reuben Rodgers, and Eric Harland

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels with special guest Lucinda Williams, Cal Performances

In response to the presidential inauguration of 2017, saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd and his band The Marvels joined with folk-rock pioneer Lucinda Williams to release a rendition of Bob Dylan's protest song "Masters of War." The success of that single has led to a new collaboration and Blue Note album, Vanished Gardens, released in June 2018, that adds Williams' distinctive voice to an all-star lineup that includes jazz-Americana heroes Greg Leisz on pedal steel, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums.

Dec 6, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

TDPS Fall Choreography Showcase

The Fall Choreography Showcase highlights the original work of promising, emerging choreographers. Under the direction of choreographer and TDPS professor Joe Goode, TDPS students present original solos and duets. See the next generation of dance artists!

<b>Program A | Dec. 6 at 5pm & Dec. 7 at 8pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Lashon Daley
- Amanda Stelea
- Jeremy Brooks
- Andrea Brága
- Yara Kanaaneh
- David Cha

<b>Program B | Dec. 6 at 8pm & Dec. 7 at 5pm</b>

Choreographers:
- Zoe Marsh
- Gina Bahr
- Elizabeth Bobrovnikov
- Katie O'Connor
- Bruna Gill
- Jason Lin

Online ticket link closes two hours before showtime. After that, you may reserve tickets at the door, depending upon availability. Please note that there is no late seating in Zellerbach Room 7.

Directions to Zellerbach Room 7

Dec 6, 8pm to 9:15pm, Room 7 Zellerbach Hall

Jim Kweskin Quartet with Meredith Axelrod & Suzy Thompson

Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader, gaining national prominence with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the '60s. Kweskin created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz.

Kweskin has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.

"...Still a masterful guitarist and storyteller... effortless, gently driving finger-picking style..." - Robin Denislow, The Guardian

"Mr. Kweskin's music is a blend of blues, jug music, rhythm & blues and jazz - rag-timey stompdown party music." - Alex Ward, New York Times

"Jim Kweskin continues to perform his vast repertoire of folk, blues, swing, jug band and early standards with his own brand of infectious personal interpretations. His guitar finger picking of songs like `Some Of these Days' and `Exactly Like You' is recognized by his peers and fans as some of the best there is." - Nat Hentoff

Meredith Axelrod
Delightfully engaging and unassumingly comic, Meredith Axelrod envisions the limitless potential of early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues or even Jug Band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place. Her vocal style is unusual, probably because she learned to sing by listening to how folks did it a century ago - through the medium of cylinders and 78-rpm records.

The dominant theme throughout her expansive repertoire, is that, whatever the genre, these are songs she learns from the original sources (records and / or sheet music) which were released between the 1890s and the 1930s. Part of the allure of old time music, indeed any music throughout the history of recorded music, is hearing the original recordings as played and sung by the original performers in their heyday, loving what they're doing and doing it because it means something to them in that moment, never because of nostalgia, and Meredith brings the same unbridled passion, earnest devotion and candid vitality to all of her music; she has found possibility and joy in the treasures of cultural folklore.

Suzy Thompson
Suzy Thompson is one of the rare musicians today who has mastered the acoustic blues violin, following in the footsteps of Lonnie Chatmon, Clifford Hayes and Eddie Anthony. A powerful blues singer in the styles of Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith, and a highly respected blues fingerpicking guitarist, Suzy is unique in her ability to combine fiddle, vocals and guitar in the blues and ragtime idioms.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 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 6, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Night Birds, Neighborhood Brats, Street Eaters, The Pathogens


Night Birds

This summer, Night Birds will celebrate their ten-year anniversary. That's a long time for any band, but it's especially long for a punk band, which Night Birds vocalist Brian Gorsegner is acutely aware of. "Ten years in punk years is kind of like dog years. Not a ton of bands make it that long," he says. But unlike a lot of bands, Night Birds aren't hanging on for dear life. Instead, they're as spry as they've ever been, and they've got the eight-song mini-album Roll Credits to prove it.

As every song on Roll Credits shows, Night Birds are just as inspired as they were a decade ago. This is due, in part, to the return of the band's original guitarist, Mike Hunchback, who played his last show with Night Birds on January 12, 2012. But just because Hunchback has returned doesn't mean that long-time guitarist PJ Russo has left the band. Instead, on Roll Credits, Night Birds have become a five-piece, effectively bringing their career full circle.

With their new lineup, Night Birds decided to pay homage to one of punk's best formats: The 12-inch EP. "Whether it's Negative Approach's Tied Down or Minor Threat's Out Of Step, people think of those as full albums but, technically speaking, they're not," says Gorsegner. "They go down smoother, and you're not left with any filler album tracks." The proof is in Roll Credits itself, which, across eight tracks, is a lean combination of the band's best elements. There's the propulsive, self-deprecating "Onward To Obscurity," and the fantastically tongue-in-cheek "My Dad Is The BTK," which sees Gorsegner singing about a kid who starts to think his dad is a serial killer and snitches on him to the FBI, as well as a couple surf-inspired instrumentals, making Roll Credits as richly detailed as anything the band has done before.

Though it's a mini-album, Roll Credits is still wildly ambitious. Fat Wreck Chords will be releasing it as both as 12-inch EP and a limited seven-inch box set, and for the artwork of both, Night Birds asked eight of their friends to contribute art to the project. Featuring art from Chris Shary, Nathan Gattis, Perry Shall, Marissa Paternoster, Michael Saunders, Paul D'Elia, Alex Hagen, and Keith Marlowe, Roll Credits features the handiwork of some of the most iconic artists working in punk rock today, the cumulative effect being a flashback to the band's past as well as punk's history. "Getting into the Killed By Death compilations as a teenager, that was huge," says Gorsegner. "So laying the whole thing out like that, it's interesting for us. It was our attempt at creating something that was just fresh and cool."



Neighborhood Brats
Founded by vocalist Jenny Angelillo, and guitarist George Rager, Neighborhood Brats hit the ground running, recording their debut EP with just 5 rehearsals under their belt. The urgency of "just going for it" became standard practice, with notoriously wild live shows and an almost as crazy reputation for off-stage behavior.



Street Eaters are a truewave//punk band from Berkeley+Oakland with an unique sound that has drawn a range of comparisons to bands from Wipers to Masshysteri, Autoclave to Mission of Burma, Huggy Bear to KARP, Sonic Youth's 'Bad Moon Rising' to Warsaw's 'RCA Sessions'. An intense and much-travelled live band across several continents, they have toured extensively with bands such as Screaming Females and Forgetters. Street Eaters' latest record, "The Envoy" (Nervous Intent Records/Contraszt! Records), is a concept album based on the late, legendary speculative fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin's books "The Dispossessed" and "Left Hand of Darkness".



The Pathogens
"...Double vocal attack! Comprised of east bay punk champions, The Pathogens put their pedigree to excellent use. The Pathogens are able to walk a tightrope anchored by heavy social messages on one end and whimsical chaos on the other..." -John Gentile, PunkNews.org

The Pathogens are an up and coming band from Oakland CA comprised of beloved punk veterans who have been honing their respective talents in the incubator of the Bay Area music scene for years. Formed in 2015, The Pathogens have spurred a buzz with their provocative, high energy shows. Jesse Luscious (Blatz, The G'rups, The Criminals) and Cinder Block (Tilt, Retching Red) co-front an assault on the audience with, shrewd lyrics, blazing vocals, and wild pit antics. They are flanked by bandmates guitarist Sebastian Stewart (The Twots, The Undead Boys,) drummer Markley Hart (Econochrist, Strychnine,) lead guitarist Noah Weber (Everything Must Go, Zero Bullshit) and bassist Jovino Bunny (Utmost Something.) This stellar cast burns brilliantly through a tight set lurching from hardcore to melodic punk and back again, which, to quote Revelation Records, "conjures up images of circle pits in abandoned warehouses..."

Dec 6, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA, 94706

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.


Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students
Buy Tickets Here

Dec 6, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8:00 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students


Buy Tickets Here
Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Dec 6, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley