Jun 6, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Duo, bandleaders, life partners, co-authors, and travelers. Since 2009, the Peruvian pair Alejandro y María Laura have continued to share deeply felt songs that span various themes. Their first two records, Paracaídas (2011) and Fiesta para los muertos (2013), were produced by Matias Cella-producer of Jorge Drexler's albums Amar La Trama and Cara B-and showcased the eclectic combination of the duo's songwriting. In the past few years, the couple has visited more than twenty Latin American and U.S. cities, has participated in a number of festivals, and has shared the stage with many artists including Kevin Johansen, Javier Barria, and Aterciopelados.
La Casa No Existe (2017), Alejandro y María Laura's third record, was released recently to both critical and popular acclaim. Produced by Juanito el Cantor, the new album was recorded with local musicians from Lima and features contributions from South American artists La Lá, Paulinho Moska, Perotá Chingó, and Ezequiel Borra. Singles include "Matrimonio" and "Aguita del Equilibrio," the latter song having surpassed two million streams on Spotify. The duo recently performed in the most important theater in Lima, celebrating their still growing 10 year career in music.
Tonight they will perform with a full band-don't miss this opening night of the Redwood Grove Concert Series!
Jun 6, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, UC Botanical Garden, UC Berkeley (Room Redwood Grove)
Cory Wright - tenor sax
David Jeffrey - bass
Chris Gamper - drums
. . . are current core members of the Fourtet.
As a quartet, the group features one of the following superb pianists:
Ken Cook, Simon Rochester, Jacob Smolowe, Steve Blum, and James Mitchell
The band's personnel may vary for any given performance depending on availability. Some of the other great local players who contribute their talent and energy to the Fourtet's circle of music include:
Saxophones: Brendan Buss, Jeff Derby, Michael Bello, or Jesse Sheehan
Guitar: Cody Anderson and Ken Husbands
Drums: Rick Rivera, Otto Huber, and Jon Arkin
Jun 6, 6pm to 8pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Forget About It - The Music of Allison Krauss
"I heard this Alison Krauss album years ago and listened to interviews with her band mates about what its like to hold such hard emotions so well as musicians. One of them said that the key was that eveyone's ego was wrapped up in the songs being the best they can. That one statement has guided me since then. Where is my ego in the WHOLE song. Where is everyone else's and do we need to check in about it...Jenna and Leah are dear friends and colleagues. Just seemed obvious to make this a joint show." - Zoe Ellis
The show will consist of songs from the Allison Krauss album Forget About It as well as carefully selected original songs to showcase the writing of Zoe Ellis, Jenna Mammina, and Leah Tysse.
Justice Dobrin - Musical Director/ Piano, Keys
Drums: Deszon Claiborne
Bass: Gio Benedetti
Guitar: Jackson Allen
Guitar: Sean Allen
Violin: Shaina Evoniuk
Zoe Ellis has been singing all her life. Starting in elementary school with light opera, she moved on to gospel, R & B, soul, hip-hop, and house music. She added a capella improvisation to her repertoire when she joined SoVoSo and Keith Terry's Slammin All-Body Band. Alongside her brother, jazz saxophonist Dave Ellis, she leads Zadell (Zoe and Dave Ellis), which showcases her original compositions, highlighting both the power and emotion of her voice, and its softer, soul-stirring side. Together they recorded Zoe Ellis: Live at Anna's Jazz Island. She is currently co-lead of Darryl Anders~AgapéSoul and holds a chair with Linda Tillery's Cultural Heritage Choir
Jenna MamminaA picture may paint a thousand words, but a word can tell the whole story. "Exquisite!" says author/radio host Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone Magazine and perennial king of what's hot and what's not. He's talking about pop/jazz vocalist/songwriter Jenna Mammina and he is not alone. Hailing from Michigan, home to luminary vocal legends like Aretha Franklin, Betty Carter, and her mentor, Abbey Lincoln, Jenna's mixed heritage household and neighborhood surrounded her with a vast array of diverse culture and music. Her parents, Ben and Grace, both accomplished musicians in their own right, nurtured all four siblings to cultivate their own breed of musical talent, culminating in the creation of their own independent record label Mamma Grace Records. And the rest is HERstory...
Leah Tysse has played for audiences from The Monterey Blues Festival to Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee and her songs have been featured on radio across the country and in Europe. Since arriving in California in 1998, Leah has also been a featured soloist at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco and can be seen singing in the film "The Pursuit of Happyness" with Will Smith, filmed partially at Glide Memorial.
Her first album "Real Good Fire" has met great success, receiving songwriting accolades from Billboard for Best R&B/Blues Song of 2008. Her follow-up album "Love Again", is a soulful blend of infectious grooves and lyrical songwritiing, featuring an all-star line-up of musicians including co/producer Mike Blankenship (Lauryn Hill, Ledisi, Sheila E.).
Justus Dobrin is a composer, producer, engineer, songwriter and pianist located in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has been featured in television, film, advertising and the Internet. Formally trained at the Berklee College of Music, Justus studied arranging and orchestration alongside a performance focus in jazz and contemporary piano. He furthered his education in recording engineering at CSU San Francisco's Avid Pro Tools Training Program. Dedicated to creating unique and compelling original music, Justus founded Nine Dragons Studios in 2009.
Justus became involved in music at very young age. Classically trained on piano from the age of seven, he began writing and recording original music as teenager. Influenced by the musical diversity of his native Bay Area, Justus continues to perform and write in a wide variety of genres including jazz, pop, gospel, R&B, rock, electronica and hip-hop.
Jun 6, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, two musicians on the forefront of American traditional music, join forces in this powerful new duo.
Together, they create a sound that is adventurous, masterful and original, as they expand on the eccentricities of old songs, while never losing sight of what makes them endure. The duo not only showcases impressive musicianship, but reflects on which voices we seek to hear as we explore the expansive, diverse canon of American roots music. Already leaders in the young generation of roots musicians, de Groot has become known for her intricate clawhammer banjo work with Molsky's Mountain Drifters, while Hargreaves has brought her powerhouse fiddling to the stage with Gillian Welch and Laurie Lewis.
Their debut, self-titled album released with Free Dirt Records is a powerful opening statement, one not to be missed!
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; and $10 for students with ID/low-income individuals. 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!
Jun 6, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley
Doors at 8:00 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 Day of Show / $10 Students
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."
Jun 6, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley