Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

Jun 27, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Redwood Grove Summer Concerts: Rupa and the April Fishes + Shake Your Peace!

Rupa & the April Fishes\
Shake Your Peace!

Rupa and the April Fishes create a sound that pulsates with the pluralism of Bay Area culture, celebrating life and the art of resistance through a wide musical palette that pulls from over a decade of playing street parties, festivals and symphonic concerts through 29 countries with songs in 5 languages. Under the direction of composer, frontwoman, activist and physician Rupa, the band creates a live experience which is a manifestation of a world beyond nations, where the heart of humanity beats louder than anything that divides us. This is Liberation Music.


SHAKE YOUR PEACE! has created a new music style called "whup" - a rock & roll hybridization of: Afro-Latin and Caribbean rhythms, bluegrass fiddling, gospel choir, marching band percussion, and ecotopian perspectives. Shake Your Peace!'s new full length album, seven years in the making, is entitled "Whup Music." It sounds like what you'd get if Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Hector Lavoe, and eco-anarchist/author Edward Abbey had a baby, and that baby was raised by LA hippies amongst the cowboys of Utah.


Shows will sell-out - buy online in advance. (No surcharge!)
Redwood Grove Gate opens at 5pm.
Ticket includes admission to the main Botanical Garden collections before it closes at 5:00pm. (a $15/adult value!)
Parking in the attached UC campus parking lot ($1/hr) is limited and not guaranteed - carpooling is highly encouraged.
All tickets are by registration "will call" list, no physical tickets.
Seating is general admission amphitheater.
Please contact us in advance if you will need a wheelchair accessible spot.
Snacks and drinks available; picnics welcome
Warm clothes recommended.

All concert ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
The value is not transferable to another concert or program. In the event you can cannot attend, another person may use your registration spots using your name.
(Please let us know if your tickets will go unused.)

Jun 27, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Buddhist Squirrels

The Buddhist Squirrels are an East Bay based Funky Jazz and Latin Quintet. We play a variety of Jazz Standards and Latin music with a side of Funky stuff thrown in. The Squirrels have been performing for audiences in the Greater East Bay for the last 3 years. Our music is audience and family friendly and danceable. We tailor our music to each audience and venue and enjoy entertaining our audiences first and foremost!
The Squirrels are:
Jessie Ortiz - Keyboard
Enrique Salmon - Bass
David Strong - Drums
John Aczon - Saxophone
Chris Cooper - Guitar

Jun 27, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rahim AlHaj, Sahba Motallebi

Rahim AlHaj
"One of the top oud players in the world"
San Francisco Chronicle

"Unique combination of traditional and innovative performance techniques. Alhaj's spontaneous inventions are constantly fascinating."
Los Angeles Times

NEA 2015 National Heritage Fellowship Award Recipient

Rahim AlHaj, virtuoso oud musician and composer, was born in Baghdad, Iraq and began playing the oud (the grandfather of all stringed instruments) at age nine. Early on, it was evident that he had a remarkable talent for playing the oud. Mr. Alhaj studied under the renowned Munir Bashir, considered by many to be the greatest oud player ever, and Salim Abdul Kareem, at the Institute of Music in Baghdad, Iraq. Mr. AlHaj won various awards at the Conservatory and graduated in 1990 with a diploma in composition. He holds a degree in Arabic Literature from Mustunsariya University in Baghdad.

In 1991, after the first Gulf War, Mr. AlHaj was forced to leave Iraq due to his activism against the Saddam Hussein regime and began his life in Jordan and Syria. He moved to the US in 2000 as a political refugee and has resided in Albuquerque, NM ever since. In 2015 Rahim was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for traditional arts in the USA.

Sahba Motallebi is recognized internationally as a modern virtuoso of the tar and setar, lute-like stringed instruments central to one of the world's great musical traditions. She began studying music as a young girl in Sari, Northern Iran.

In 1993, at age 14, her talent garnered an invitation to study at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. She flourished, was recognized as Best Tar Player at the Iranian Music Festival four years running (1995-1998). After graduating from Conservatory in 1997, she co-founded the groundbreaking women's music ensemble Chakaveh. In 1999 she joined the Iranian National Orchestra, beginning her career as an international performer. She left Iran in 2003 to pursue graduate studies, closed to her there due to her Bahai'i faith.

For the past decade, Sahba has lived near Los Angeles, continues to perform worldwide, and has released a series of noted books and ten recordings. Sahba is recognized as an innovator in the teaching of Persian music; her pioneering efforts putting instructional materials on the internet and teaching students online have inspired something of a renaissance in the transmission of this ancient art form, reflecting her commitment to bringing music to the world.

Jun 27, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley