Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Eclectic mix of funk, rock, afro, jazz and world tinged grooves.

Feb 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.

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

Aki Kumar's Bollywood Blues feat. Corky Siegel

Sony Music recording artist Aki Kumar left his native home in Mumbai, India for the United States with the intention of working as a software engineer. Then he discovered the sounds of the blues, and his life changed dramatically. One of the hardest-working artists on the live music scene , this San Jose-based blues musician has successfully blended elements of Indian music into his musical and visual presentation, making for a multi-cultural mash-up that sounds like no one else, yet never loses touch with its blues foundation.

He has made multiple appearances at The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, has been featured on PRI "The World," and has toured in Russia, Scandinavia and South America.

Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world's great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer / songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest/Meet the Composer's National Award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

"... Fantastic ... I've never heard anyone play harp with this much body and harmonic delicacy ... I guarantee you've never heard anything quite like it." - Stereophile Magazine

"Siegel dishing up the blues from the Steinway (piano) was edge-of-the-seat stuff." - New Zealand Herald

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 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!

Feb 7, 8pm to 9pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Lucy Russell and Sezi Seskir: Works by Beethoven and Mozart *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Free admission

Feb 7, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Black History Month: Kalil Wilson & The Good Luck Trio - "A Tribute Sarah Vaughan & Oscar Peterson"

Vocalist Kalil Wilson and frequent collaborator pianist Javier Santiago will present an evening of re-imagined signature tunes by two jazz icons in celebration of Black History Month.

Band Members and Instrumentation

Kalil Wilson - Vocals
Javier Santiago - Piano

Listening to Oakland-born Kalil Wilson sing jazz favorites, soulful ballads, lush originals, and even operatic arias, you might start to wonder: is this the same voice? From the Metropolitan Opera to Walt Disney Hall, throughout Europe and the U.S., Kalil Wilson has captivated audiences and music critics alike with his vocal prowess and versatility. After earning a degree in ethnomusicology and vocal performance at UCLA, his musical heart called him to commit to jazz singing. That pursuit has taken him far, having shared stages with luminaries like Kenny Burrell, Carlos Santana, Esperanza Spaulding, and Omara Portuondo. His bright re-imaginings of jazz standards and originals bow to the rich history of great jazz singing while melding seamlessly with his heartfelt, eclectic stylings. While he's home in the Bay Area, jazz lovers have the chance to be stirred by his unique interpretations and amazing, velvety voice.

PIANIST JAVIER SANTIAGO is one of the hottest and most in-demand young pianists in the Bay Area and has played with some of the top rising stars in the international jazz scene. Santiago's debut album, Phoenix (2018), was named the "#1 Jazz Album of the Year" by Vinyl Me, Please. The album features Nicholas Payton, Dayna Stephens, Nir Felder, and John Raymond. Javier has become a notable force in both the beat and hip-hop scene as well as the jazz world. In addition to being a pianist, Santiago is also an accomplished educator, arranger and producer. He is an alumnus of The Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, a finalist in the 2015 American Jazz Pianist competition, and a recipient of the 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Musicians. He was also selected to participate in the 14th Annual Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in 2011.

BASSIST GIULIO XAVIER CETTO is a rising star on the national and international music scene, skilled in both acoustic and electric styles. Raised in a musical family, he has been playing music all his life. He has toured extensively with bands across the world, from San Francisco to Saint Petersburg, moving audiences with a tasteful mix of soulful and studied chops.

DRUMMER GENIUS WESLEY has been hailed as a prodigy jazz drummer and percussionist. At age 17, he has already performed with luminaries including Bill Bell, Geechi Taylor, Howard Wiley, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carole, Marcus Shelby, and Kalil Wilson. He performs regularly and coaches youth players with the late Khalil Shaheed's Oaktown Jazz Workshop and the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra. He resides in southwest Berkeley, in a home his family has owned for generations.

Feb 7, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley