Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Cascada De Flores

Cascada De Flores

Jun 7, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

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

Saretta Morgan and Asiya Wadud

Saretta Morgan is the author of the chapbooks, Feeling Upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) and room for a counter interior (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2017) as well as a forthcoming full-length collection Plan Upon Arrival (Selva Oscura/Three Count Pour, 2020). Her work considers privacy and physical space in narrative. Her most recent writing considers Black migration to the southwest, particularly as it relates to natural resource management, indigenous erasure and contemporary border policies. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Jerome Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she volunteers with Mariposas Sin Fronteras and No More Deaths Phoenix. She teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Asiya Wadud is the author of Crosslight for Youngbird, published by Nightboat Books in 2018 and recently completed a collaboration of songs and poems, day pulls down the sky... a filament in gold leaf, with Okwui Okpokwasili. Her book Syncope (Ugly Duckling Presse) will be out later this year and No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body will be out in 2020. She teaches poetry at Saint Ann's School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Jun 7, 7pm to 8pm, In the basement of Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

Necrot//Isotope//Shit Coffins//Heavy Stench

Necrot comes to tear up Gilman
Support from
Isotope (bay area hardcore)
Shit Coffins (Olde School hc punk)
Heavy Stench (bay area crust)
$13+ $2 required annual membership
No inside alcohol/drugs, no bigotry, no fucked up behavior.
Show up early and volunteer!

Jun 7, 7pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA, United States

The Clifton Street Regulars

The Clifton Street Regulars are a jazz quintet that has been playing jazz around the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013. Exploring swing, blues, latin and bop, the Clifton Street Regulars play a variety of songs from the jazz standards catalog.

Jun 7, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Roy Book Binder: Bonafide Singer-Songwriter-Storytelling Bluesman

Roy Book Binder has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues.

Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He's been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

He's also a regular at Fur Peace Ranch, where he teaches along with Jorma Kaukonen. When he brings his Tour Bus to town, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We're privileged to have Roy here to preserve-and extend-the tradition of great American blues music.

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!

Jun 7, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Leo Kottke

Few players have done as much for the state of their instrument as Leo Kottke, and even fewer have seen the level of success that he has as a largely instrumental artist. Stretching his fingers around jazz, bluegrass, rock, and Americana, Leo plays in an odd language. His finger-picking and extensive use of open tunings make him a tough player to pigeonhole, and a mesmerizing act to see. In spite of partial hearing loss and tendon damage in his right hand, Leo has remained one of the most impressive and consistent players in the business, attaining an almost mythical status in the guitar community. Kottke has remained prolific throughout his career, releasing twelve albums and branching out in collaborations with artists from Lyle Lovett to Phish's Mike Gordon.

Jun 7, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Stephanie Bruce

Singer/Composer/Arranger/Lyricist Stephanie Bruce will be presenting a concert of original tunes, and a handful of creatively arranged familiar pieces. She'll be singing with a trio of outstanding instrumentalists, and featuring several new songs, including material that has been written for a musical play, soon to be completed.

Band Members and Instrumentation
Stephanie Bruce: Voice, piano
John R. Burr: Piano
Aaron Germain: Bass
Kendrick Freeman: Drums
Special Guests: TBA

Stephanie began performing her original songs while still in high school, inspired by the legendary singer/songwriters of the day, i.e. Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Paul Simon, et al. Many years in the study and practice of jazz have informed her taste for sophisticated melodic and harmonic content. Pop and folk music also contribute strong flavors to her music, and her well crafted lyrics have been described as "cinematic". She is a teacher of all things vocal and was an instructor for 10 years at the California Jazz Conservatory (aka Jazzschool). She has performed extensively in the Bay Area and abroad, and worked with many of the area's finest musicians. Stephanie has released three CDs of primarily original music and her fourth collection of all new tunes is on the way.

Jun 7, 8pm to 9pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Victor Romasevich, Lena Lubotsky play Schubert, Bach & Mozart

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present a wonderful program featuring our good friend, S.F. Symphony Violinist Victor Romasevich. Joining Victor will be concert pianist Lena Lubotsky (who is also Victor's mother!). They will be playing a program including pieces by Schubert, Bach and Mozart. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:
Victor Romasevich - violin Lena Lubotsky - piano

The Program:
Sonatina in G minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 137, No.3, D. 408 - Franz Schubert
Partita No.2 in D minor for Violin solo, BWV 1004 - Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Piano and Violin, No.42 in A Major, K.526 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart T

he Artists:
Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina.

Following Romasevich's emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Romasevich joined the San Francisco Symphony as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist and keyboard player. -

Lena Lubotsky was born in Moscow, USSR, where she studied piano with professor Konstantin Igumnov and Tamara Bobovich at the Central Musical School, and later graduated from the department of musicology of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. She has taught piano, music theory, music history and ear training at various music schools in Russia and USA where she has lived since 1977. Ms. Lubotsky has also performed as choral accompanist and chamber music partner with many vocalists and instrumentalists, including her son, Victor Romasevich.

Info: 510-845-1350 Admission: $20 general, $15 seniors & students, $10 Hillside Club members

Jun 7, 8pm to 10pm, The Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street Berkeley

Stu Allen & Mars Hotel

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets $20 Day of Show / $18 Advance / $18 Students

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.

Jun 7, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley