Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

06/09/2019

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Dance at 11:00 am

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.
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Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Jun 9, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jun 9, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Community DRUMMM Circle

Event at 2:00 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $15-25 Adults / $5-$15 Kids (sliding scale)

2nd Sunday of every month

"We enter as strangers and leave as family!"

Join DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder & "Chief Rhythm Activator" Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR & friends in a joyful celebration of rhythm! Group drumming is a fun & effective way to reduce stress, connect with oneself & others, live in the moment, & build musical skills.

Jeni's facilitation makes drumming FUN & engaging for everyone. No prior drumming experience is needed. Bring a drum or play one of Jeni's at no additional cost. Come play!

Cost: Sliding scale - Adults $15-25/Kids $5-15 (kids must have adult supervision) - price now includes use of a drum if needed. To register, please send payment through PayPal "friends & family" option to jeni@drummm.com or pay cash at the door.

Jun 9, 2pm to 4pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

¡Batey Boricua! Puerto Rican Community Jam

Donation-based entry: $5-$10 Sliding Scale
This is an all ages jam, held by the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop! This event is family friendly and encourages your participation. We will dance, sing, play drums and enjoy delicious food by Los Cilantros. Bring your voice, barriles, faldas and maracas as we sing, play and dance in community!
Bomba is a traditional form of Puerto Rican music and dance. The central feature of all bomba dancing is its improvisational character. The dancer calls, with her or his moves, for specific accents and figures, piquetes, that the drummer has to execute on the drum. This occurs in the form of a friendly yet fiery competition where each dancer and drummer showcases their skills.
Musically, bomba features the use of the drum and other percussion instruments in combination with an African derived call and response vocal style.
The Batey Boricua community jam is brought to you by The Bomba y Plena Workshop at La Peña. Classes for children are a (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/batey-boricua-community-jam/2019-06-09/)

Jun 9, 2pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

Metamorphosis: Omri Shimron

Jun 9, 3pm to 4pm, Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley

In the Round with Koli, Samantha and Eva

Being a descendant of the Hupa, Yurok and Karuk tribes of Northern California and theatrical relatives on her Anglo-American side, Koli Kohler comes from a long line of storytellers. Koli's warm personality shines through her songs as she takes us along her journey as a young woman who is "holding her own," while traversing young adulthood across states and various countries. Koli creatively engages the listener by braiding together catchy tunes, intriguing metaphors, and unique timing. Blending her clear voice with the harmonious sounds of ukulele, guitar, and piano, Koli blurs across the lines of pop, country, and folk.

Samantha is an indie pop singer/songwriter and San Francisco native. She released her first EP, Wandering I, in 2017. Her soulful melodies convey the power of the female voice, and her lyrics tell stories about mental health and acceptance. Her most recent projects include songs for the Bushwick Bookclub, and writing the music for the musical Valley of the Dead (Cutting Ball Theater). She is currently working on developing her skills as a producer for a series of new singles. Her upcoming release will feature layered vocals and ambient synths which create an emotional soundscape.

Eva Snyder is a bi-coastal singer/songwriter. Originally from Western Mass, she taught herself how to play guitar and moved to California. Her pop-country sound is flirty, sassy, and never afraid to slap you in the face with some hard truth. Eva released her first EP, Balance, as her college thesis, and she is currently in the process of recording and releasing a second EP which will experiment with more pop sounds while celebrating country lyrics and stories.

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 9, 3pm to 4:30pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Marcella Simien & Her Lovers

Doors at 4:00 pm; Show at 4:30 pm

Tickets $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Creole families to settle in St. Landry Parish, Marcella René Simien planted the seeds of her South Louisiana heritage deep into the bluffs of Memphis, TN-no small victory for a young woman just now rounding out her mid-20's. Simien is a natural in the truest sense.

Daughter of two-time GRAMMYâ,,¢ award winning Zydeco luminary Terrance Simien, she was practically born onstage, and grew up thoroughly immersed in sound and performance. Taj Mahal might sing her happy birthday (as he did for her 17 th ), or Los Lobos' David Hidalgo might drop by the house for some gumbo.

Despite her almost fairytale-like upbringing, Simien makes it her mission to forge her own pathways in the music business. A graduate of the prestigious Memphis College of Art, Simien boldly follows her heart in her role of bandleader. Her music is a dueling hybrid of classic Memphis soul and the freewheeling swagger of New Orleans funk woven together with the sighing laughter of her ancestors: that Creole accordion. Assembling her group from the cream of the crop of Memphis musicians, Simien's soulful voice smolders like a night star, fondly reminding us of a mysterious past while at once exciting us with the romance of an uncertain future.

As outspoken and courageous as she is sensual and feminine, Simien holds a wisdom far beyond her years. With each honeyed undertone, every saintly holler, with each twinkle of the keys, and every pump of the squeezebox, she reinvents the mold and soldiers against boundaries, yet she never fails to respect tradition.

Jun 9, 4:30pm to 7:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Dr. Squeez and the Hugz

We are an eclectic band featuring Tex-Mex, French Waltzes, Cajun, Latin, American Song Book Standards and Originals. We play in the Bay Area.
https://www.facebook.com/squeeznhugz/

Jun 9, 5pm to 7pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Zoë Keating

Sold Out

We are SOLD OUT of advance tickets for this show. There will be standing-room-only tickets available at the door, after the show has started.

Premium tickets guarantee seating in the front, center section between the stage and soundboard. Choice of seating within the Premium section is on a first-come, first-served basis.

All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

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

Cosa Nostra Strings and The Pipes

The Pipes

Trumpeter/composer/songwriter Darren Johnston's truly unclassifiable ensemble The Pipes is one of his most recent projects, featuring Cory Wright and Steven Lugerner on bass clarinets, along with Jordan Glenn on percussion, and Darren on trumpet and vocals. Each of these musicians is a ubiquitous band-leader, composer and improviser in their own right on the Bay Area music scene and beyond.

Pieces begin with a focus on storytelling and poetry that blossoms into toe-tapping horn honkery, expansive explorations, and tight ensemble playing, touching on a universe of styles and traditions along the way.

Such musical adventuring is only made possible because of the broad musical interests and experience of those involved, who have collectively played with a diverse cast of luminaries from the worlds of jazz, improvised and "new" music, Balkan brass, reggae, rock, R&B, Afro-Cuban, European classical, and... well you get the picture.

Cosa Nostra Strings

A branch of the illustrious Jazz Mafia, Cosa Nostra Strings specializes in original Hybrid Crossover music. Ranging from acoustic heavy metal to power ballads and everything in between, they utilize their unique instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass, and percussion to the fullest extent. This five-piece powerhouse crew features conservatory-trained classical musicians who bring a provocative, precise, punk-rock personality to a highly distinguished multi-style sound. Spanning centuries of genres, you'll hear diverse influences from around the world: funk infusion, folk, western chamber music, jazz, and most certainly 80's rock ballads (because a set wouldn't be quite complete without them!).

Cosa's successful 2018 season included feature performances at SFJAZZ - where they were named young artists to look out for - Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Point Richmond Jazz, Yoshi's, UnderCover Presents, and an eight-week run with The Soiled Dove. They are heavily featured on GRAMMY-winning violinist Shaina Evoniuk's recent release Hitwoman Honey, recently put out an EP entitled Shadows with soul singer Lilan Kane, and are currently working on their own debut album of original works to be released in 2019.

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 9, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley