Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

02/16/2019

Olly Wilson Memorial Symposium *Note: actual end time may vary.*

12:30-1 gather and greet
1:00-1:15 call to order & welcome
1:15 Candace Johnson
1:30 Robert Greenberg
1:45 Anthony Kelly
2:00 Trevor Weston
2:15 Laurie San Martin
2:30 Tom Swafford performing a work composed in tribute to Olly Wilson

3:15 Anthony Brown
3:30 Steve Pond
3:45 Vijay Iyer
4:00 Marisol Berrios-Miranda
4:15 Shannon Dudley, performing with others
4:30 Performance of Olly Wilson's Trio for violin, cello & piano, 1976
4:45-6 reception

Cosponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities

Feb 16, 12:30 noon to 1:30pm, 250 Morrison Hall

JimBo Trout

Doors at 2:30 pm; Show at 3:00 pm
Tickets are $6 Kids / $8 Adults

JimBo Trout has been a Bay Area music fixture for the last quarter-century, known for his energetic, fun approach to a wide range of mostly well-known music including bluegrass, old-time Appalachian, western-swing, blues, jug band, cowboy, honky-tonk, early jazz, rock, and more. He plays 5-string banjo, guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and kazoo. Trout's kids' music album, "Jam Along with JimBo," features classic American folk music and bluegrass for children, although it's also popular with people of all ages. Cats and dogs love it too! The cover art is by late, legendary underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez (Zap Comics).

Feb 16, 3pm to 4:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo's Loves & Heartbreaks).

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, WE HAVE ADDED A SECOND SHOW AT 9PM!
GA Ticket: $18 Advance / $22 Door Students & Seniors Ticket: $16 Advance / $18 Door
7:00PM PERFORMANCE (Doors open at 6:30pm)
9:00PM PERFORMANCE (Doors open at 8:45pm)

La Peña Cultural Center presents:
Dr. Gloria Arjona and Karin Guerra in Mentiras Piadosas: Frida Kahlos' Loves & Heartbreaks
Please note: The majority of the performance is in English with songs in Spanish. This performance is NOT suitable for children.

Don't worry about finding a unique date idea for Valentine's or Galentine's Day weekend - we've got you covered with Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo's Love & Heartbreaks).
Mentiras Piadosas is a unique storytelling experience, exploring the lesser known side of Frida Kahlo through live music, pictures, video and "living picture" recreations of Frida's life and art. Come sing along to the songs Frida Kahlo loved, while learning about her other loves and passions, her bittersweet relationship with Diego Rivera, and even her passion for her clothing, which are all evidenced in her self-portraits.

This special performance is presented by two amazing Los Angeles based women: Dr. Gloria Arjona, with Karin Guerra performing as Frida Kahlo. Professor Gloria Arjona has spent the last 10 years of her career exploring and analyzing Frida Kahlo's loves and passions through her paintings, and mostly through Frida's constant musical references in her art.

Feb 16, 7pm to 8:30pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs

Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin's best-kept secrets, a musician's musician who'd won the respect of some of alt-country's biggest names but hadn't yet found widespread recognition.

That changed when Click's CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, Pop, and Americana radio charts.

The first single, "Wait My Turn," reached #1 on Nashville's Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, "I Feel Good Today," topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart alongside Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Click now resides, he's built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams.

Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 300 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Sonny Landreth.

What's causing all the buzz? First, there's Click's sound - a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click's searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you've got at least part of the picture.

Then there are Click's live shows: an anything-can-happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected "Blue Skies," you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious "Wait My Turn," there's not one person who can stay seated.

Lastly, there's his songwriting. Continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats, Click pens wide open songs deeply rooted in a life well-lived. Growing up in a small farm community outside Indianapolis, Click was the youngest of nine children in a working class family. He was gigging in his older sister's country and western band before he was out of high school.

Click then moved to Austin, where his three-piece alt-country outfit, Danny and the Hurricanes, was a local phenomenon. He went on to spend three years with Americana artist Jimmy LaFave.

Life Is A Good Place is the payoff, putting Click squarely in the upper echelon both musically and lyrically. From its radio-perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition.

Fast forward to 2013. After four previous records and literally hundreds of gigs on the road, Click's single, "Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley's Grave," went to #9 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire month of October 2013. The music video is on CMT and is a viral share online.

In 2014, Danny became a regular guest at Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh's club, Terrapin Crossroads, and released a ripping live CD, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE!

In 2015, Danny and band finished a brand new studio album, Holding up the Sun, with legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, etc.), which was released worldwide on Sept. 18 and is still on radio charts and DJ playlists across the country. The title track reached #1 on Indie Country radio in June 2016.

Hell Yeah indeed.

"Click's new album, Holding up the Sun reinforces the fact that Click is one of the best alt-country artists of this century." - Robert Leggett / No Depression Magazine

"Danny Click writes songs that could rescue anyone." - Greg Victor / Parcbench.com

"A hidden gem...a scorching guitarist with a potent roots rock sound." - Andrew Gilbert / SF Chronicle

Tickets are $20 and 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!

Feb 16, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Baba Ken Okulolo and Friends

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show

Babá Ken Okulolo is a beloved SF Bay Area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, one of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into his country's musical history.

He now leads several distinct African bands and teaches students of all ages. His lively performances, recordings, drum circles, and classes spread an uplifting message and bring the joy of African music to every audience.

Babá Ken was first seen in the U.S. as bassist on King Sunny Ade's world tours. He is known for his work with Nigeria's legendary Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, highlife master Dr. Victor Olaiya, and the seminal Afro-rock group Monomono.

He has countless Nigerian and American recording dates to his credit, and the Nigerian Journalists' Association five times voted him the country's top bassist. He founded the international super-group Babá Ken & KOTOJA, famed for its bubbling brew of Afrobeat, highlife, juju, and jazz, and which inspired the start-up of Putumayo World Music.

Feb 16, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo's Loves & Heartbreaks).

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, WE HAVE ADDED A SECOND SHOW AT 9PM!
GA Ticket: $18 Advance / $22 Door Students & Seniors Ticket: $16 Advance / $18 Door
7:00PM PERFORMANCE (Doors open at 6:30pm)
9:00PM PERFORMANCE (Doors open at 8:45pm)

La Peña Cultural Center presents:
Dr. Gloria Arjona and Karin Guerra in Mentiras Piadosas: Frida Kahlos' Loves & Heartbreaks
Please note: The majority of the performance is in English with songs in Spanish. This performance is NOT suitable for children.

Don't worry about finding a unique date idea for Valentine's or Galentine's Day weekend - we've got you covered with Mentiras Piadosas: Amores y Desamores de Frida Kahlo (Little White Lies: Frida Kahlo's Love & Heartbreaks).
Mentiras Piadosas is a unique storytelling experience, exploring the lesser known side of Frida Kahlo through live music, pictures, video and "living picture" recreations of Frida's life and art. Come sing along to the songs Frida Kahlo loved, while learning about her other loves and passions, her bittersweet relationship with Diego Rivera, and even her passion for her clothing, which are all evidenced in her self-portraits.

This special performance is presented by two amazing Los Angeles based women: Dr. Gloria Arjona, with Karin Guerra performing as Frida Kahlo. Professor Gloria Arjona has spent the last 10 years of her career exploring and analyzing Frida Kahlo's loves and passions through her paintings, and mostly through Frida's constant musical references in her art.

Feb 16, 9pm to 10:30pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley