Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


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

Dec 12, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Sueños

Jazz/Hip-Hop quintet Sueños celebrates the release of their sophomore album, "Shots Fired!" The band pushes the evolution of jazz into a modern context, borrowing rhythms from hip-hop and rock, and blending them seamlessly with modal and gospel harmony. Bebop-tinged horns flow over the top to paint a unique musical portrait. They have performed nationwide, including at the PDX Jazz Festival in Portland and Herb Alpert's Vibrato Jazz Club in LA.

Band Members and Instrumentation Sueños is Noah Frank on trumpet, Eli Maliwan on tenor sax and EWI, Greg Jacobs on piano, Curtis Aikens on acoustic and electric bass, and Brandon Farmer on drums.

Dec 12, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Stu's End-of-Year-Showcase with Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $18 / $60 for Four Show Pass

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Stu Allen's annual End-of-the-Year Showcase is a uniquely Ashkenaz experience: Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia music as jumping-off points for Allen's jamming bands. The ever-innovative guitarist and singer Stu Allen rallies his talented community of fellow music explorers for this four-night run!

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

Dec 12, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Experimental Music Night: George Cory Todd, Dunkelman/Fluke-Mogul Duo, Omar Akrouche

Please join us for an evening of experimental, ambient and exploratory sounds.

george cory todd is a musician and sound artist based in Berkeley, California. He utilizes various computer-based musical elements to forge new sounds. Born in Maryland, george has studied, performed, and toured throughout the world as both an instrumentalist and composer. His debut release, Icon, will be available soon.

gabby fluke-mogul is a violinist, improviser, composer & educator living in Oakland, CA. gabby explores the depths, infinite sounds, hues, & multitudinous voices of the acoustic violin. through improvising//composing, gfm hopes to create space for individual & collective intersectional process, intimacy, & vulnerability. they are interested in the sensual nature of sound-how desire & eroticism are embodied & translated within the political & poetic context(s) of improvisation.

Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area-based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she graduated with a degree in music performance in 2013 and studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein.

Omar Akrouche is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and audio engineer based out of San Francisco. As a self-recording artist, his approach to making music is equally inspired by sound as it is from visual mediums, such as analog photography, filmmaking, and painting- with William Basinski meaning as much to him as Richard Diebenkorn. Omar frequently collaborates with friends and artists to produce their musical ideas, he values the role of the curator in making records, and believes in a cross-disciplinary process that engages with more than just the music.

With visuals by Molly Monahan.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students with ID. 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 12, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley