Jan 16, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Soulful Rock-- Bay Area style
Jan 16, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
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
Jan 16, 7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series
Our flagship monthly reading series returns for 2019. Featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.
Reading in January:
Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar and the Day Counter. She serves as the Associate Director for the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College of CA. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, PEN Poetry Series, Volta, and Volt, among others. She has received residencies to Vermont Studio Center, Caldera Center for the Arts, and has served as a curatorial resident at Pro Arts Gallery.
Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include The Body Ghost (Coffee House Press, 2018), Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011), and Broken World (Coffee House Press, 2007). Lease's poems "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" and "Send MyRoots Rain" were anthologized in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. Lease's poem "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" was anthologized in The Best American Poetry (Robert Creeley, Guest Editor). His poem "Free Again (Why don't people)" was published in The New York Times. He is a beloved professor of creative writing at California College of the Arts.
Joyce E. Young has taught with California Poets in the Schools, The Oakland Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, JFK University, and Mills College Upward Bound. She's received grants from the California Arts Council, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and fellowships to Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Bay Area Writer's Workshop and VONA. She was awarded a Writers on Site residency through Poets & Writers, and residencies at Hedgebrook, Soapstone and Vermont Studio Center. Her work recently appeared in WORDPEACE and riverbabble. Nomadic Press published her poetry chapbook, How it Happens in 2018. She works as a writing coach and consults in the Writing Center at John F. Kennedy University. She's currently writing Parallel Journey, a novel, nonfiction essays and poetry. A Brooklyn native, she currently lives in Berkeley, CA.
Kimi Sugioka has been writing poetry, singing, and teaching children for decades. Some time ago she published a book of her poems and made a compilation of her songs. Now she has written more poems and more songs. She has an amazing son, a very sweet bunny, and two eccentric cats.
Mia Ruiz, first generation, Peruvian-American poet, lived in Oakland for 20 years, worked as a psychiatric social worker in San Francisco for that same time period, retired to Lake County in 2010
Jan 16, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley
Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15
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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.
Jan 16, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Often called a "song and groove man," Ray Bonneville has lived the life of the itinerant artist. From his native Quebec, he moved to Boston at age twelve, where he learned English and picked up piano and guitar.
Later, he served in Vietnam and earned a pilot's license in Colorado before living in Alaska, Seattle, and Paris. Six years in New Orleans infused his musical sensibilities with the region's culture and rhythms. And then, a close call while piloting a seaplane in the Canadian bush proved pivotal: after two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard, Bonneville's lifetime of hard-won experience coalesced into an urge to write his own music.
Ray recorded his first album, On the Main, in 1992. He's since released nine albums, earned wide critical and popular acclaim, and won an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His awards include a prestigious Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. In 2012, Ray won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge. His post-Katrina ode, "I Am the Big Easy," earned the International Folk Alliance's 2009 Song of the Year Award, placed number one on Folk Radio's list of most-played songs of 2008, and was recently covered by Jennifer Warnes for the BMG label.
Other notable artists who have recorded his songs include Ronnie Hawkins ("Foolish") and Slaid Cleaves ("Run Jolee Run"). Ray has shared the bill with blues heavyweights Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Dr. John, J.J. Cale, and Robert Cray, and has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and other prominent musicians. He has performed at renowned venues around the world, including South by Southwest, Folk Alliance, and Montreal International Jazz Festival, and plays over 100 shows per year across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When not on the road, he resides in Austin, Texas.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 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!
Jan 16, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley