Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


The Bob Roden Quintet

We play what one might call "accessible jazz" - a variety of jazz styles, but within a range that's readily understood and appreciated by a general audience.  

Jun 28, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Three by Kenneth Anger

Keenly attuned to the mythopoeic resonance of popular songs, Kenneth Anger's films presaged the use of rock 'n' roll in narrative cinema as well as the way that cinema would later be employed to give rock songs a visual dimension for TV. The three films on this program illustrate his uncanny genius and his ability, as David E. James writes, to visualize "the ambiguities of rock 'n' roll's social meaning with a sophistication and depth wholly beyond the reach of the feature narratives of the time and perhaps of any other film." The classic underground film of the sixties, and a masterpiece of montage set to music by Ricky Nelson, Bobby Vinton, the Crystals, and others, Scorpio Rising was described by Anger as "Myth of the American Motorcyclist. The Power Machine seen as a tribal totem, from toy to terror. Thanatos in chrome and black leather and bursting jeans." Anger's commedia dell'arte love poem Rabbit's Moon was shot in Paris in 1950 and completed in 1970. Anger applied a blue filter to the theatrical black-and-white images and added a soundtrack of five doo-wop songs. David E. James writes, "The music supplies a counterpoint of richly harmonized aural pleasure that both contrasts with and sustains Pierrot's masochistic melancholy, while the lyrics articulate his obsessive love and its failure." Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome was filmed at artist Renate Druks's 1953 "come as your madness" costume party in Hollywood. The mythic masquerade stars guests as various gods and heroes at a ritualistic bacchanal. Anger experimented with different versions and soundtracks for the film, and while the 1966 "Sacred Mushroom" Janacek version has become the acknowledged classic, the 1978 Electric Light Orchestra "Eldorado" version presented here affords the proceeding a strange magic all its own.
Films in this Screening

Rabbit's Moon
Kenneth Anger, United States, 1950-71

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
Kenneth Anger, United States, 1953-78
Samson De Brier
Kathryn Kadell
Renata Loome

Scorpio Rising
Kenneth Anger, United States, 1963-64
Bruce Byron
Johnny Sapienza
Frank Carifi
Renata Loome

Jun 28, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, BAMPFA

Elliot Sharp (gtr) David Rothenberg (cl)

Jun 28, 7:30pm to 9pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley CA

Frank Barter & Clara Bellino

Frank Barter writes and sings like a guy who's been beat up and still won't quit, like a guy who's been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending.

Many of the songs on his New York City-based Valley Entertainment release Ready feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, Scott Mathews, Frank doesn't hold back for anyone or anything.

New York Times best-selling music writer Charles R. Cross once described Frank Barter songs as "expansive as an eastern Oregon sunset. If you've never seen one of those, they're burning in the middle, sitting on top of a wheat field, with a golden glow on each side stretching the horizon forever. That's where Frank Barter takes you."

Frank broke on the Seattle music scene before it was a scene and stormed around the Northwest. Immediately compared to distinctive singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne in reviews and by listeners, Frank undoubtedly was/is humbled by those comparisons. "Having my name lumped in with those guys is very flattering, and I certainly appreciate it, I haven't had their fame and fortune yet, but to walk around knowing some people have been touched by what I do on that kind of level, is pretty special."

You can listen to Frank's music here.

Clara Bellino is a delightful international singer-songwriter with a memorable story to tell. She emerged from France to become an important contributor to the American music scene.

She recently released her fifth album, Unexpected, which is indeed unexpected in more ways than one. The album combines styles, countries, sounds, origins, instruments, languages and themes - a creative adventure that you don't want to miss. She will be accompanied by Bruce Linde, a San Francisco Bay Area producer, engineer, and bassist/sideman. He has been in more recording studios than he can remember, and has performed at venues ranging from local clubs to the Mountain Winery to the Montreux Jazz Festival. When he's not backing up Clara, he fronts a seven-piece Steely Dan cover band and repairs antique clocks.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 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 28, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Tribu Baharú

Founded in 2009, Tribu Baharú is an Afro-Champeta music crew from Colombia's Caribbean coast who are influenced by the "picó" (pick-up or sound system) culture present in many Caribbean countries. Champeta (originally a term that refers to a fisherman's knife) is an infectious dance music influenced by Colombian folk music, Congolese soukous, Haitian kompa, zouk, calypso, mbaqanga, soca, rap, and reggae. The band's mission is to convey the joy of being Afro-Colombian through exuberant dance, using music as their vehicle, and change negative perceptions of Champeta culture by sharing positive messages through music.

Jun 28, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States

"Dylan Delivered!"

Our band, Rolling Thunder, infuses Bob Dylan with R & B highlights and Soul lowlights right from Oakland, CA.

Jun 28, 8pm to 10pm, Caffe Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, United States