Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Joe Warner Trio


May 30, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

May 30, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits. Kid Friendly!

May 30, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Max Newton, Carol Denney, and Wendell Wolff

Wendell Wolff
Going solo tonight at Caffe Chiave, Wendell is half of MountainHouse, two guys who have been called "mystics in the mountain." Music with an uplifting spiritual bent from prog rock to blues. You'ill feel like you've been to the mountains. Refreshed, heartened and ready for life's next season.

Max Newton sings about love and other gushy stuff and outsiders and politics and losers and hope and cynicism and joy and triumph. Some protagonists have questionable moral fiber. Some are noble and kind. Some are only partly there...

Carol Denney Award-winning activist songwriter whose work goes right off the edge featuring powerful personal and comic songs highlighted by a unique guitar style alternating with the English concertina. Carol Denney puts the WTF in sing-alongs. The Cruel Lullaby: at

May 30, 7pm to 9pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Poetry Flash presents Jennifer Elise Foerster and Chad Sweeney

Jennifer Elise Foerster's new book of poems is Bright Raft in the Afterweather. Joy Harjo says of it, "We are adrift in mythic waters that hold the possibility of rebirth even as they float the remains of human destruction." A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Jennifer Foerster has published one previous collection, Leaving Tulsa. She received a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship and is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Chad Sweeney's new book of poems, winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, is Little Million Doors. Kazim Ali, the prize's judge, says, "Still and spare, Little Million Doors is a book-length series of lyrics that mourns a dead father...Perhaps ghostly but never disembodied, these lyrics feel immediate, necessary and absolutely brand new." He has published five previous collections, and two books of translation, the selected poems of the dissident Iranian poet H.E. Sayeh (from the Farsi with Mojdeh Marashi) and Pablo Neruda's final book, Calling on the Destruction of Nixon and the Advancement of the Chilean Revolution. His poetry is widely published in literary journals and has been included in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Verse Daily. He is the editor of Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: Teaching Artists of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose and Iroquois elder Maurice Kenny's posthumous collection of poetry and prose, Monahsetah, Resistance, and Other Markings on Turtle's Back.

May 30, 7:30pm to 8:30pm,

Congresswoman Jackie Speier discusses UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back

Congresswoman Jackie Speier discusses her inspiring and powerful memoir, Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back.

"Few people embody resilience like Jackie Speier. She faced unthinkable trauma with courage-and came through it with an unshakable sense of purpose. UNDAUNTED is a remarkable story of survival and strength." -Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of and

"Jackie Speier's life has been nothing short of harrowing and triumphant. UNDAUNTED will move women to persist and have their voices heard in government. It will inspire young women to be our future leaders who serve with conviction and compassion." -Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

"Jackie Speier has lived an incredible life and has passionately dedicated much of it to public service. UNDAUNTED is honest, eye-opening, and truly inspiring." -Congressman John Lewis, civil rights leader

An inspiring and powerful memoir of surviving the Jonestown massacre and becoming a fearless voice against injustice and inequality by California congresswoman Jackie Speier.

Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan's delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones's Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights.

From the formative nightmare that radically molded her perspective and instincts to the devastating personal and professional challenges that would follow, Undaunted reveals the perseverance of a determined force in American politics. Deeply rooted in Jackie's experiences as a widow, a mother, a congresswoman, and a fighter, hers is a story of true resilience, one that will inspire other women to draw strength from adversity in order to do what is right-no matter the challenges ahead.

May 30, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Novelists

An elderly couple stands precariously on the railing of a 17-floor balcony...two teenagers unknowingly choose a murder scene for their parking date, and a young man throws off the shackles of a bullish culture. These are just a sample of the scenes in which you'll find yourself immersed when you listen to The Novelists.

Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies. The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits and are planning several national tours throughout 2017. They've shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis). Notable performances include the Sail Across The Sun Music Cruise Festival (hosted by Train), Cowboy Stadium (Dallas, TX), Strawberry Music Festival (Camp Mather, CA), California Wordfest, (Grass Valley, CA), Americana Music Festival (Virginia City, NV), The Knitting Factory (Reno, NV), Shank Hall (Milwaukee, WI - w/guest musician Daryl Stuermer of Genesis), Swallow Hill (Denver, CO), and The Living Room (NY, NY).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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!

May 30, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The Suitcase Junket

May 30, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage

The Suitcase Junket

Independent folk artist out of Western Massachusetts. Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket, is a one-man-band multi-instrumentalist who often uses everyday salvaged and repurposed objects to make music. He has also recorded several records with his sister Kate and Zac Trojano under the name Rusty Belle.

The latest album from The Suitcase Junket, Mean Dog, Trampoline is populated by characters in various states of reverie: leaning on jukeboxes, loitering on dance floors, lying on the bottoms of empty swimming pools in the sun. Despite being deeply attuned to the chaos of the world, singer/songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Matt Lorenz imbues those moments with joyful wonder, an endless infatuation with life's most subtle mysteries. And as its songs alight on everything from Joan Jett to moonshine to runaway kites, Mean Dog, Trampoline makes an undeniable case for infinite curiosity as a potent antidote to jadedness and despair.

Produced by Steve Berlin (Jackie Greene, Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke) of Los Lobos, Mean Dog, Trampoline marks a deliberate departure from the self-recorded, homespun approach of The Suitcase Junket's previous efforts. In creating the album, Lorenz pulled from a fantastically patchwork sonic palette, shaping his songs with elements of jangly folk, fuzzed-out blues, oddly textured psych-rock. Engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz) and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Houndmouth), Mean Dog, Trampoline rightly preserves The Suitcase Junket's unkempt vitality, but ultimately emerges as his most powerfully direct album so far.

"I've been blessed in my career as a producer to have worked with some remarkable artists, but I have never worked with anyone quite like Matt Lorenz / The Suitcase Junket. Besides making the complexity of everything he does look effortless, he's a truly gifted singer and and amazing songwriter. We had a blast making this record and I'm anxious to share it with the world."
Steve Berlin
Sway Wild featuring Mandy Fer & Dave McGraw

May 30, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

"Remix The Earth" Global Funk Dance Party

REMIX THE EARTH presents....

PLEASUREMAKER: (Funk & then some!) -

BOOGIEMEISTER: (Global Funk, Tropical Bass) -

Live Drummer, Percussion & Guest Musicians!

Fundraiser for Be The Change Project -

Pleasuremaker is a party starting ball of energy! When he performs he brings an uplifting and soulful blend of Electro, Organic, Tropical, Disco, Funky, and high energy sounds that keep folks dancing and wanting more. He always delivers large on great times and has audiences wanting more of that pleasure whether doing a live set with his brand new trio or doing a DJ set. He is the founder, main songwriter and DJ, bandleader and producer for the incomparable Afrolicious!

BOOGIEMEISTER: Producer/Musician/DJ (Bay Area, California)âe¨Styles ranging from Global Bass, House, Latin, Moombahton, Dub, Funk, Future Cumbia, Electro-Swing, Downtempo....His "Remix The Earth" project is taking him around the globe to gather & share elements of Afro-Latin-Brazilian-Indian- Arabic fusions of post-modern whompiness that has become one of his signature styles. He has played Boiler Room in Rio de Janeiro to Shambhala & SymbiosisFestival, gigs from India to Amsterdam, & is ready for more action! âe¨

Remix The Earth is hard to define. It is a cross-cultural experiment, a non-profit ongoing music and video project founded by Adrian Blackhurst, aka Boogiemeister. Modeled after similar projects "Playing For Change", "1 Giant Leap" & "Critical Beats" (which Adrian traveled to Ecuador with in 2011), Remix The Earth has the vision & dedicated goal to record talented musicians, bands & solo artists, both known & unknown talent, traveling the world to different locations 1-2x year. So far, albums have been released for Morocco, Brazil & currently Colombia compilation is in the making. Listen & buy the tunes here:
More info about the overall project + watch the music videos here:

Be The Change Project is a local & international movement for those interested in bringing it up to the next level in various aspects of LIFE. The goal: to reach to our highest potential & become the change you want to see in the world. BE THE CHANGE PROJECT is dedicated to building community for those into Health, Wellness, Spirituality, Music, Yoga, Meditation, Raw/Vegan/Veg foods & Consciousness Hacking! Be The Change Project is currently doing events in Bay Area beginning January 2019 & working on bringing the movement global as well. Join our Facebook & Meetup to stay in the loop about announcements on various venues, music line-ups & featured guest speakers.

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Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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