Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Jun 8, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

West African Drumming Workshop Series with Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

2nd and 4th Saturday's:
October 13th, October 27th,
November 10th, November 24th,
and December 8th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $125 for all 5 classes in series, or $30/class
Location: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
RSVPs greatly appreciated.

Enrich your understanding of traditional West African Rhythms with Master Drummer (Djembefola) and artistic director, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura. Lamine has a deep wealth of knowledge & experience; his energy is unique and unparalleled!! Through his music, Lamine's passion for preserving the history and traditions is revealed through his open hearted eagerness to share his culture. This is an incredible opportunity to study with this master artist, rounding out your understanding of these complex polyrhythms.

In this mixed level drum workshop you'll glimpse into the true spirit of Africa, from the energetic rhythms to Lamine's heartfelt appreciation for this ancient instrument as a tool for human connection and language.

Join us!!!

Bring your drum if you have one! If you need a drum to use for class please message in advance. Drum rental fee = $5/class

Jun 8, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

From East to West San Francisco Girls Chorus

The San Francisco Girls Chorus concludes its 40th anniversary celebrations with a fascinating exploration of texts from Eastern and Western poets and visionaries. The program highlights the ensemble's second and third world premiere performances of the season with new works by Richard Danielpour and Reena Esmail. Two special guest artists will make their SFGC debuts including Persian classical and world music vocalist Mahsa Vahdat and Bridget Kibbey, coined the "Yo-Yo Ma of the harp" by Vogue.

Price Range: $28 to $38 Tickets: (415) 392-4400

Reena Esmail The Love of Thousands (World Premiere)
Richard Danielpour Three Parables (World Premiere)
Eric Banks Excerpts from The Syrian Seasons
Mahsa Vahdat (arr Tord Gustavsen) Selected Songs
Sarah Kirkland Snider Stanzas in Meditation

Valérie Sainte-Agathe Music Director & Conductor
Mahsa Vahdat Vocalist
Bridget Kibbey Harp

Jun 8, 4pm to 6pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

VL Trio

Vission Latina trio is a unique group of virtuoso musicians who have stripped down their music to a minimalist sound, exposing the threads that weave together the complex rhythms of Cuban music.

Jun 8, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Third Saturday Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here:

Jun 8, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94

Father John Misty: with guests: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; Jade Bird *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Written largely in New York between Summer 2016 and Winter 2017, Josh Tillman's fourth Father John Misty LP, God's Favorite Customer, reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom. God's Favorite Customer reveals a bittersweetness and directness in Tillman's songwriting, without sacrificing any of his wit or taste for the absurd. From "Mr. Tillman," where he trains his lens on his own misadventure, to the cavernous pain of estrangement in "Please Don't

Die," Tillman plays with perspective throughout to alternatingly hilarious and devastating effect. "We're Only People (And There's Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)" is a meditation on our inner lives and the limitations we experience in our attempts to give and receive love. It stands in solidarity with the title track, which examines the ironic relationship between forgiveness and sin. Together, these are songs that demand to know either real love or what comes after, and as the album progresses, that entreaty leads to discovering the latter's true stakes.

God's Favorite Customer was produced by Tillman and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara, and Trevor Spencer. The album features contributions from Haxan Cloak, Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood, longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson, and members of Misty's touring band.

Jun 8, 6pm to 7pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Faith G. Harper: Unf#ck!

Moe's welcomes Faith G. Harper, author of Unf#ck Your Brain and Unf#ck Your Adulting, as well as This is Your Brain on Anxiety and Depression, and ( just out from Microcosm Publishing) Unf#ck Your Intimacy and Coping Skills.

From the Author:
Hi, I'm Faith. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and board supervisor in the State of Texas, experienced with individual, family, and group work in both community mental health settings and partial hospitalization programs. I am also a certified sexologist and nutritionist.

I adhere to both state regulations for Licensed Professional Counselors, the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, and the NBCC Code of Ethics.

Microcosm Press has published many of my zines on various topics, and they are also publishing my books UNF**K YOUR BRAIN and THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON ANXIETY. I also write for Dysfunksion Magazine and for Out in SA Magazine as the Intimacy Dr. I am also responsible for the TedX talk "Shame, Sex, and Silence," which can be found on YouTube.

I am married to the writer Joseph E. Green. He likes fideo and bunnies.

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

Tri-Tip Trio plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Doors at 7:30 pm;

Dance lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm;

Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Steeped in Louisiana and New Orleans zydeco and swamp blues, Tri Tip Trio comes with a vision and nearly a generation of its members playing together in other groups. The Tri Tip Trio concept is based on "King of Zydeco" Clifton and his brother Cleveland Chenier's early zydeco/blues dance hall sounds. Lloyd Meadows' propulsive washboard and harmonica and soulful vocals, along with Bruce Gordon's pumping accordion and Louie Rodriguez's rock-solid drumming, are all Tri Tip Trio needs to capture raw and exciting sounds for both dancers and listeners. The three musical musketeers play classic zydeco, blues, and New Orleans funk as well as band originals. They also like to integrate cover tunes that were never originally zydeco songs into their sound. The group's CD, "3 of a Kind," is a tribute to Clifton Chenier and includes a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" alongside original and traditional tunes.

Gordon and Meadows are longtime Bay Area blues and zydeco veterans. They have shared the stage for many years, performing in the Zydeco Flames, a band Meadows and Gordon co-founded in 1991. The members have had varied and extensive careers on their own, playing with a who's who of local and national talent, including Elvin Bishop, Tom Rigney, Annie Sampson, Mal Sharpe, Brenda Boykin, Chris Cain, Luther Tucker, and Sonny Rhodes.

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

Afro-Peruvian Day Celebrations: Música Tradicional y SalChicha en concierto! (RENTAL)

(Version en Español mas abajo)
De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association presents:
Afro-Peruvian Day Celebrations at La Peña Cultural Center!

To buy your tickets in Advance for $15, contact De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association:
510-692-3057 (Peta Robles)
The evening starts with traditional Afro-Peruvian music presented by De Rompe y Raja Cultural Association, followed by the very danceable headliner “SalChicha”!
SalChicha is a musical group mixing Peruvian rhythms such as cumbia, salsa and chicha! These three rhythms combined create an extraordinary mix that brings back memories to our people of the Costa Sierra and the Peruvian jungle.The group consists of some of the best musicians and singers of chicha, cumbia music and salsa too!
"It’s not Salsa or Chicha is “SalChicha, señores!" – Peta Robles, Musical Director There will also be delicious Peruvian food for sale and Pisco Sours bar with Pisco Barsol!
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Jun 8, 8pm to 11pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Helen and Larry - Compilation - Imagine

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

Fula Brothers: West African Grooves & Global Guitar

Master West African kamale ngoni player Mamadou Sidibe and fingerstyle guitar wizard Walter Strauss create deep, soulful music that is simultaneously ancient and fresh. Along with drummer Mike Wofchuk, they create an intoxicating blend through intertwining melodic grooves, spirited improvisation, and songs in two languages.


Multi-award-winning composer and musician Mamadou Sidibe plays the West African hunter's harp (kamale ngoni). Hailing from the Wassoulou region of Mali, West Africa, Sidibe has toured with Malian greats Oumou Sangare, Coumba Sidibe, and Toumani Diabate in Africa, Europe, and the U.S.

Walter Strauss is a "wizard of the fingerstyle guitar" (Folk and Roots), who weaves elements of American roots and jazz with music from West Africa and other global music traditions. He layers on highly articulated melodies and harmonies, rhythms and counter-rhythms, creating an impression he is playing multiple instruments at once. Strauss performs internationally, both solo and in collaborations, with artists as varied as Grammy-winning Malian kora player Mamadou Diabate, American guitarist Alex de Grassi, and Scottish fiddler Jonny Hardie.

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

Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group

Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group Nick Phillips' warm-toned, soulful trumpet playing and Ariane Cap's relentlessly grooving, pyrotechnic bass playing create a mesmerizing musical mosaic. Whether reinventing an Antonio Carlos Jobim bossa nova classic, putting a fresh new spin on a familiar standard, or bringing an inventive new original composition to life, the Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group delivers a compelling musical mix that strikes the perfect balance between restless creativity and listener accessibility.

Rounding out the Phillips/Cap Group are two of the Bay Area's best: John Simon (piano) and David Rokeach (drums).

Band Members and Instrumentation
Nick Phillips - trumpet
Ariane Cap - basses
John Simon - piano
David Rokeach - drums

Perhaps best-known as a jazz record producer, with credits on countless internationally distributed releases including more than a dozen GRAMMY-nominated projects, Nick Phillips' heartfelt, lyrical jazz trumpet playing was put in the national spotlight with release of his own debut album, Moment to Moment (co-led with pianist, Cava Menzies). The album, which cracked up the top 20 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and was named one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2014 by DownBeat magazine, drew enthusiastic comparisons to the work of jazz trumpeters Miles Davis and Chet Baker. He soon followed with another Billboard-charting album, Haiku (co-led with vocalist/pianist, Jenny Maybee). A collaborator by nature, Phillips is excited to now be co-leading an ensemble with his longtime friend, bassist Ariane Cap.

Bassist Ariane Cap has played in countless bands and projects in Europe and the U.S. She recently recorded with multi GRAMMY Award-winning producer Keith Olsen for his project Rocha-Unum. In addition to the Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group, Ariane also co-leads OoN-a project with bassoonist Paul Hanson. A respected educator, blogger, and author, she also the publisher and author of the best-selling book, Music Theory for the Bass Player.

What they say about the members of the Nick Phillips/Ariane Cap Group...

..Nick Phillips (trumpet):
"...spellbinding...performances that call to mind Miles Davis-esque moodiness and Chet Baker-ish romanticism and longing. â~...â~...â~...â~... " -All About Jazz
..Ariane Cap (basses):
"I have been enjoying hearing Ariane Cap play for a few years now. Her monstrous groove grabbed my attention the first time I heard her." -Victor Wooten (GRAMMY Award-winning bassist)
...David Rokeach (drums):
"...perhaps the best all-around drummer in the Bay Area, with a résumé that includes road duty with Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin." -Lee Hildebrand

Jun 8, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

The Fell Swoop, Klez & Sam Ravenna

Jun 8, 8pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - 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 8, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704