The Berkeley Arts Festival Is On Vacation

We no longer have a home for the Berkeley Arts Festival. After more than 5 years in our wonderful space at 2133 University Avenue we are searching for a new space and would appreciate any suggestions you have. Contact us at: fabarts@silcon.com

Until then, we will continue this calendar of arts events going on in Berkeley.

Ongoing Events

Mike's Out of Doors Sculpture Wall

Location: South side of Ashby Avenue between Pine Street and Elmwood Court.

Open: 10 am to 10 pm,  Monday through Saturday.


This Month

Thursday, August 16th 2018

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits.

9:45am to 12:45 noon, Cheese Board Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


SF Medicine Ball

Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS: Alela Diane + Kelly McFarling

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REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES!
Every Thursday + special Tuesdays, June through August
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills.

TONIGHT: Intimate folk songstress
<b>Alela Diane</b>
In music, one of the most transformative experiences a woman can have is also an unspoken artistic taboo: Have a baby if you must. But for goodness' sake, don't write songs about it. Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Alela Diane has a problem with that. "This music is about motherhood," Alela says of her highly anticipated fifth album Cusp. "Even just by saying that, it feels like people will write you off. It's like you've suddenly lost the charm of being youthful and even attainable--you've been commoditized as available. There is not a big place in the music industry for 30-something women with kids making music." She laughs as she pauses, then adds, "Maybe we can create that space."

If anyone can carve out needed new territory, it's Alela. Cusp may be a thematic departure for the Portland, Oregon-based artist, but the Argus-eyed writing and clear voice that have long-since wowed Pitchfork, NME, Paste, and other early adopters throughout Europe and elsewhere have never been stronger.

Come hear the "shimmering elegance" of "one of the brightest talents in somber, bare-bones folk" in the raw beauty of the Redwood Grove.

<b>Kelly McFarling</b>
Kelly Mcfarling is an Atlanta, GA born, San Francisco-based songwriter. Her work is reflective of transitions, the wilderness, and its navigation. Sometimes she plays banjo, other times acoustic guitar. Often, she plays a Telecaster fronting her band, The Home Team, featuring pedal steel (Tim Marcus), drums (Nick Cobbett), bass (Oscar Westesson), and various other Bay Area musicians.

During her ten years in San Francisco, McFarling has released five independent recordings: studio albums, Distractible Child (2010) and Ridgeline (2013), an EP of cover songs, Others (2013), and two live albums, Live at Pirate Ship Laguna (2009) and Live at Eddie's Attic (2011). She has toured behind her own projects as well as performing with bands like Y La Bamba and Goodnight Texas, and is one-third of the all-female folk trio Glittersnatch with Megan Keely and Wolf Larsen. Over the years, McFarling has shared the stage with artists such as Shovels and Rope, Sean Hayes, Chris Pureka, Jolie Holland, and has made a home for herself in the San Francisco music community.

Water Dog, McFarling's latest release, is her most intimate and folk-leaning record to date.


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REDWOOD GROVE CONCERT INFORMATION AND TICKET POLICIES
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 $12/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.
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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
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.)

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


John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band


John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band) is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary musicians - John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals - delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. They form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, incredible harmony vocals and seasoned showmanship.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


The Sensuous Embrace of Angola: Kizomba Nightz

Learn the slow, romantic, sensual Angolan social dance, then dance to Kizomba and Semba music inspired by African rhythms and Haitian compas.
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Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.

For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at
kathyreyesdance@yahoo.com
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Yasert Ortega, originally from Mexico City, now resides in San Rafael. Yasert has danced to various types of music like merengue and cumbia, and his favorite; Dominican bachata and kizomba and semba. He has learned from several world masters.


Doors at 7:30 pm; Urban Kizomba with Eddie and Hercules at 8 pm; Semba with Yasert Ortega at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $10 Advance / $12 Students
$15 Day of Show

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


Thrive


Thrive
Since 2008 Santa Cruz based Pop/Rock/ Hybrid-Reggae band Thrive has been paving its path in the music world.

In October 2010 the relatively unknown band put out its album Gratitude Attitude and would shock the scene. The album would reach number four on the iTunes Reggae Charts and would start the motor for the machine that is called Thrive.

Thrive would build on its success with regional tours with front running reggae artists SOJA, Iration and Tribal Seeds, along with statewide headlining tours on their own and massive shows with other artists including Rebelution, JBoog, The Green and Katchafire.

With founders Aaron Borowitz (Lead vocals/guitar) and Kenny Rogers (lead vocals/drums) building the foundation for the band, they are now joined with seasoned saxophonist and vocalist Scott Schipper, bassist Andrew Forgy and most recently multi-instrumentalist talent Matt Masih on keyboards and vocals.

Though going through a few members in the brief history of the band, Thrive feels that they have what it takes to make some noise.

"We found the right guys so that the chemistry is there. Our music is a reflection of our shared vision of positivity" says founder Aaron Borowitz.

May 7, 2013 Thrive released its third and most anticipated album "Relentless" which debut at number three on iTunes Top Reggae Charts and number six on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The album showed a new musical maturity for Thrive, and also featured a guest appearance by Erich Rachmany (Rebelution) on the single "Just Fine".

Thrive is currently visiting its favorite regional/national venues in promotion for it while sharing their positive lyrics, precise musicianship and powerful four-part harmonies. Be sure to check out this up-and-coming group in its biggest year yet.


Sol Horizon
Voted "Best World/Reggae band" in the North Bay, Sol Horizon seamlessly fuses roots reggae with rock, funk and world beats. Anchored by veteran musicians Sol is renowned for energetic live performances and their lyrical content, which centers on on themes of peace, community, sustainability and the re-vitalizing power of nature. The band moves feet and inspires minds, creating a positive musical experience that continues to attract fans from across the globe. For Sol Horizon news, tour dates, music and downloads check out SolHorizon.com

8:30pm to 11pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Friday, August 17th 2018

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.

9:45am to 12:45 noon, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Cascada De Flores

11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


John Santos "Puerto Rico Del Alma"



Puerto Rico Del Alma - The John Santos Quintet
(15% of proceeds to the Rafael Cepeda School of Bomba and Plena in Santurce, Puerto Rico)

John Santos - director, percussion, vocals
Jose Roberto Hernandez - vocals, guitar
Pedro Pastrana - cuatro puertorriqueño
David Flores - drum set
Saul Sierra - bass
Marco Diaz - piano, trumpet
Dr. John Calloway - flute
Sarita Shah - vocals
Avelina Claridad Santos - vocals


Latin music renaissance man John Santos and his longstanding Quintet return to the Freight with a crew of stellar guests in a performance honoring Puerto Rico. The island's continued legacy of music and musicians who have defined their art through progressive movements of social change offers hope, courage, clarity and love in times of distress.

*15% of the proceeds from this concert will go directly to the Escuela RafaelCepeda in Santurce Puerto Rico to assist in the urgent relief and cultural work they are doing in their community.*

Beyond his career as a master percussionist, John Santos is an
invaluable educator and cultural activist, a keeper of the
Afro-Caribbean flame steeped in Cuban and Puerto Rican folkloric traditions as well as salsa and Latin jazz. Born and raised in San Francisco's Mission District amidst an extended family of Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean musicians, he's been at the center of the Bay Area's Latin music scene for over four decades. As a visionary bandleader and noted historian, he has served on the Smithsonian Institution's Latin Jazz Advisory Committee.

Tonight's performance will be MC-ed by Chuy Varela from KCSM.



RaicesContemporary (Latino) American Music
Curated by John Santos

A concert series of diverse Latino (American) music representing hemispheric creativity in a wide range of formats interpreted by several of the most dynamic interpreters in the field. The term America in its true sense refers to North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean islands. Accordingly, Latin American music defies brief descriptions. Folk syles and rhythms in traditional and evolutionary settings, dance music and jazz play seminal roles in this series.

8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

 
Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fandango-jarocho-jam-sessio/2018-05-18/)

8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


HowellDevine

HowellDevine, the massively talented NorCal trio, became the first blues band Arhoolie Records (Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton) signed in 27 years. Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past.

HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.

Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)
Within three years of starting harmonica at the age of 14, Joshua was sitting in with many of the San Francisco Bay Area's blues bands. He quickly became the desired house harmonica player in clubs such as Eli's Mile High and Your Place Too, though his under-age status limited his exposure to only those clubs that could circumvent the age restrictions. During this period, he took up guitar, intently focused on learning the techniques of the Mississippi greats such as Fred McDowell, Bukka White, Robert Johnson and RL Burnside. While living in Santa Cruz, Joshua pursued a successful career in guitar making, developing the Howell & Forsyth Guitar Company. Though he continued to focus on playing music and gigging locally, music as a profession took a back seat to lutherie. It wasn't until he moved to Thailand that he dedicated himself entirely to musicianship, taking on over 15 gigs a week as a solo artist. After three years playing professionally in Thailand's mountainous north, Joshua returned to the U.S. and continued to perform in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he crossed paths with drummer and percussionist Pete Devine, they recognized their similar influences and musical sensibilities. Their common approach effortlessly generated a powerhouse combo of inspired and unaffected blues.

Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard)
Originally from Maine, Pete started playing drums when he was six years old. Since his move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989, he has gained a national audience while playing with bands such as Bo Grumpus and Devine's Jug Band. From one of the founding members of Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers to a 20-year stint with Mal Sharpe's Jazz Band, Pete's musical range is extensive. He also kept busy as drummer for the Jug Town Pirates as well as the gypsy jazz band, Gaucho, for nine years, the latter voted "SF's Best Jazz Band of 2009" by the SF Weekly's reader poll. His ongoing recording career spanning the last 20 years has yielded over 32 records, including a recent recording with Maria Muldaur's Garden of Joy Jug Band, an album that was nominated for a Grammy Award. Pete's unique 'old time' drumming and jug blowing styles have taken him around the country, performing at venues such as SF's Great American Music Hall, SF's Davies Symphony Hall, The Danny Kay Theater in NYC for the JVC Jazz Festival, The Louisville Kentucky National Jug Band Jubilee, The LA Classic Jazz Festival, The SF Jazz Festival, The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Missouri, and the famed Astoria Hotel in NYC, just to name a few.

Joe Kyle, Jr. (Upright Bass)
It was during the Great Swing Wars of early-1990s San Francisco, when gigs were plentiful, public cigar smoking was legal, and vintage clothes were still cheap, that Joe was fortunate enough to have been drafted into musical service. Since that time he has become an in-demand player known for his superb feel, musical agility, and adaptability. Joe has been touring and recording with the Waybacks since mid-2001, and in such capacity has shared the stage with a host of notable roots music heroes including Bob Weir, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Joan Osborne, Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Danny Barnes, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Grace Potter, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Jim Lauderdale and Bela Fleck. He might be the only bassist to have played with Martin Denny, Al Kooper AND Pinetop Perkins, although not at the same time, sadly.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door on 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!

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


Rising Star - Noa Levy

Join a musical evening of firsts! After recently relocating from Israel, Noa Levy took a deep dive into the SF jazz scene and after kissing many frogs, she found 3 princes - Omree Gal-Oz (piano & synthesizers), Shimpei Ogawa (bass), and Dillon Vado (drums).

Tonight Noa debuts several songs from her new EP, "Take Two," a set of collaborations between 1 voice and 1 instrument. Noa also presents original arrangements drawing from many influences and different genres alive in her CD collection, as well as collaborations with her band members. The evening will include some featured honorable guests. Stay tuned for more.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Omree Gal-Oz - Piano and Synthesizers;
Dillon Vado - Drums;
Shimpei Ogawa - Bass
Website: http://www.noalevylive.com
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/259843161487258/

8pm to 9pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley


Annette Aguilar and String Beans

Annette A. Aguilar - Multi-percussionist, recording artist,educator, producer and bandleader - was born in San Francisco into a family from Nicaragua. She began playing music at the age of eleven.

At sixteen, she was recognized for her percussion playing and began sitting in and performing with internationally renowned Latin artists such as members of the Santana Band, Cal Tjader, and Pete and Sheila Escovedo.
She earned a Bachelor in Music from San Francisco State University, a Masters from Manhattan School of Music, and Masters in Music Education at CUNY. She has worked on Grammy Award-winning Broadway shows and currently serves as principal timpanist for the Bronx Symphony.

In 1992, she formed her Latin and Brazilian jazz group, Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. StringBeans soon became a popular fixture of the New York City's East Village and Lower East Side music scene. A three-time selection as Latin Jazz Ambassadors by the U.S. State Department, the Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the group has toured South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar, sharing their knowledge of music from the Americans and the Caribbean.

Their debut CD on their own label, Special Friends, and second CD, No Cheap Dates, received numerous reviews nationally and abroad. Their third CD, "The Day Waits for Nobody" is in the works.

Annette will be including a Free Drum workshop with the price of the ticket to the concert.


The workshop will start at 7pm and go until 7:50pm.This workshop will be in the Bloco style which incorporates rhythms on Brazilian drums. However the focus is "all drums are welcome." Workshop participants will also play for 10-15mins during intermission and on the very last number with the band. The rhythms of focus is Baiao and Bomba.https://youtu.be/cyH7HfBWjzE This clip is of a Baiao on different Brazilian instrument, however, we do incorporate several different drums as well. Drums with straps such as djembes, also shakers, shakers, maracas. Strong Bell players are encourage. However bells are a very prominent percussion instrument that defines the rhythmic cell of the group. So it's important to keep this together. If you bring a conga drum make sure you have a small handy stool to sit on, and some chairs will be provided.

Doors at 6:45 pm; Workshop 7:00-7:50pm; Show at 8:00 pm
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Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Emo Night Brooklyn: Berkeley

9:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Saturday, August 18th 2018

Afro-Peruvian Zapateo Master Class with Miguel Ballumbrosio


Free/Donations Welcome
Taught by Miguel Ballumbrosio, master Zapateador and leader of the Atajo de Negritos de Amador Ballumbrosio del El Carmen, Chincha Peru, this class focuses on Zapateo, one of the last traditions that still exists in the Afro-Peruvian culture.
Join us for this high energy class that features live music! Miguel Ballumbrosio has come from Peru for this special occasion, so don't miss your chance to learn from a master!

10am to 12 noon, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

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


San Francisco International Piano Festival: American Gothic

Graham Lynch- Works for solo piano TBA (US Premiere)
Albert Kim, piano
-Brief Pause-
Paul Sanchez- Gothic Atonement: five songs for baritone and piano (World Premiere)
Brandon Hendrickson, baritone
Paul Sanchez, piano

Pianist Albert Kim returns to the Bay Area after his acclaimed debut performances during the 2017 Festival. Presenting the beautifully sculpted miniatures of English composer Graham Lynch, Albert shares some of these gems with American audiences for the first time.

Composer/pianist Paul Sanchez has established himself not only as a virtuoso pianist and first rate chamber musician, but also an inspired composer. Paul's newest song cycle receives its world premiere performance featuring the composer at the piano and Brandon Hendrickson, hailed by Opera News for his "mellifluous...beautiful baritone..."

Read more about the San Francisco International Piano Festival here.
This concert is $25 General Admission Seating is limited. Purchase advance tickets here.

3pm to 5pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave, Berkeley


Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

New Orleans legend, Melvin "Blues Daddy" Leonard and his rippin' hot sauce band.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


The Wedding Band


A Special Engagement: Mike & Sascha's Wedding Band of east bay dream band all-stars playing our favorite party rock hits as we celebrate Mike & Sascha finally getting hitched. So many fond memories of music and dancing at the Ashkenaz since the 1980s... we look forward to a good time with old and new friends. All are welcome.

Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of show

Buy Tickets Here

7:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Skip The Needle


Skip The Needle

is a collaboration of four bandleaders: Shelley Doty, Kofy Brown, Katie Colpitts and Vicki Randle. Their mission: to annihilate with love! Born from group of friends all veterans of multiple bands, tours, recording, jamming together. They immediately started creating original music and had so much fun, they decided to go for it. Reckless, eclectic, fearless, if Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde and Chaka cloned a baby, this would be the result. Listen out for soul, rock, funk, vocal harmonies and wild instrumental explorations.View Calendar
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The box office is open 12:30pm-7pm (excluding holidays) and during all performances.

Box Office Phone: (510) 644-2020

8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Faun Fables and Dalrymple MacAlpin @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faun-fables-and-dalrymple-macalpin-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-48339372364

8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


High Country Celebrates 50 Years of Bluegrass Music

High Country, the West Coast's longest-lived bluegrass band, are celebrating their 50th anniversary with this special performance at The Back Room. In addition to the current lineup, there will be a good number of former band members and others who have played with High Country over the years joining the celebration.

The group was formed in 1968 and remains a vital link to the early days of bluegrass in the Bay Area and California. Come and join the happy throng of fans and musicians in marking High Country's Golden Anniversary.

"One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

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!

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


Afro-Peruvian Concert: Atajo de San Francisco with Master Miguel Ballumbrosio

$15 Advance / $20 Door
Doors open @ 8:30pm, Event starts @ 9pm
 
Atajo de San Francisco is a zapateador group dedicated to preserving and spreading knowledge about La Danza De Negritos, a one-of-a-kind tradition from the district of El Carmen, Chincha, Peru. The group was created in 2009 to honor the memory of Amador Ballumbrosio, a leader, zapateador, musician, and head of the Ballumbrosio clan.
Atajo de San Francisco is performing alongside Miguel Ballumbrosio, Amador's son and a master of La Danza de Negritos. At the show, Miguel will also be releasing his new album, Pachamama.

9pm to 10:30pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Sunday, August 19th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

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."

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


Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Ed Reed

Ed Reed, 88-year-old jazz recording artist and performing jazz vocalist, and 2014's #1 Rising Star Male Vocalist (DownBeat magazine Critics Poll), has been singing his entire life, though it was not until 2007 that he burst onto the jazz scene at age 78, following the release of his first CD, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories.

His path getting there was circuitous, even torturous, and his story of addiction, incarceration, recovery and redemption is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Since 2007, he has recorded another three critically acclaimed albums, performed in many of the world's prominent jazz venues, including three sold out nights at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, been reviewed in major jazz publications and news media, was a guest on the legendary Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR radio program, and was profiled by Nat Hentoff in the Wall Street Journal.

Reed will be accompanied by pianist Adam Shulman, bassist John Wiitala, and drummer Lorca Hart.

"Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct-full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings... look for an intimate story every time." - DownBeat Editors Pick, July 2011

"[Reed] stylistically harkens back to the elegant tenderness of Johnny Hartman...richly insightful...intensely moving...hypnotic renderings..." - JazzTimes, July/August 2011

"Mr. Reed sings in a dark mahogany baritone with careful diction, evoking the midcentury styles of Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole." - New York Times, December 2015

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!

4pm to 6pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Ratatet's Experimental Residency at CJC

Bay Area all original acousto-electric sextet Ratatet settles in for three Sundays of experimentation at their California Jazz Conservatory Residency. . Come join the band as they mess with arrangements and instrumental combinations.

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Sheldon Brown-multi-reeds
John Gove-trombone
Dillon Vado-vibes and percussion
Greg Sankovich-piano and keys
Jeff Denson-bass
Alan Hall- things you hit

A Brief History of Ratatet
Alan Hall started Ratatet in 2014 after writing for and performing with "Electreo," a unique trio with drums (Alan Hall), bass (Jeff Denson) and bassoon (Paul Hanson). He recorded on Hanson's albums and always wanted to form a band with him. Alan taught and toured Europe with Jeff and Lee Konitz, where their musical relationship flourished. "Electreo" was an outgrowth of these musical connections. Seeking more sonic possibilities to compose for, Hall began his Ratatet personnel search.

Hall met trombonist John Gove at a recording with San Francisco Latin Jazz group, `The Mission Projec.t" Dillon Vado, one of the most serious students at California Jazz Conservatory, was Alan's first choice for the vibraphone chair. While working with guitarist Michael LaMachia, Hall was impressed with Greg Sankovich's solid playing and bouncy attitude. Hall found his personnel.

Ratatet's first CD, "Arctic," garnered great reviews and was named one of the best 2016 Bay Area jazz releases by jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert in his article for the San Jose Mercury News. Grants from SF InterMusic and Creative Sonoma allowed the Spring 2018 release of Ratatet's second Ridgeway CD, "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" along with their YouTube video, "Demographic Shift."

The members of Ratatet have played and/or recorded with an assortment of great musicians, groups and organizations which include: Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Billy Cobham, Art Lande, Minsarah, Paul McCandless, Lee Konitz, Cirque Du Soleil, Kenny Werner, Kai Eckhardt, Cuong Vu, and Ralph Alessi.

Website: http://www.ratatet.com
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/ratatet/

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Hardymon Hall @ The Jazzschool 2087 Addison Street, Berkeley


A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta



A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta
This project reflects a deep appreciation for cultural diversity, and respect for tradition with innovation, into the musical landscape today. The ensemble's influences of soul music, Classical and Golden-Era music of India, Modern Jazz, and Pure Spontaneity help bring together a relevant and powerful statement. This work represents the power of collaboration and mindfulness towards collaboration between strong unique creative voices coming from different influences.

Musician Lineup:
Sameer Gupta - Drumset/Tabla
David Boyce - Reeds, Pedals
Prasant Radhakrishnan - Carnatic Sax
Ross Hammond - Slide Guitar
Marika Hughes - Cello
Charith Premawardhana - Viola
Rashaan Carter - Bass
Charith Premawardhana
Charith PremawardhanaSan Francisco based classically trained viola player

7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


Arco Belo: The Space Between Disguises: Chamber Jazz with Global Roots

Arco Belo brings together elements of raw, contemporary improvised music, mixing in crisp-though-composed pockets of sweeping dense harmony and a global rhythmic sensibility. At The Back Room, the group promotes the release of the first single from its debut album, The Space Between Disguises.

Arco Belo is an original chamber-jazz project led by pianist, accordionist, and composer Simone Baron, featuring a rhythm section composed of Lucas Ashby and Steve Arnold. The group skips effortlessly from long-form, neo-baroque string counterpoint to sludgy hip-hop pads; post-romantic cadenzas collide in moments of spontaneous noise with reedy prepared piano; guttural bow noises and cascading plectrum bring color to plush hypnotic grooves and sharply angled linear phrases.

FEATURING:
Simone Baron - accordion
Lucas Ashby - percussion
Steve Arnold - bass
and special guests.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/general admission; $10 in advance, $15 at the door/Students with ID. 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!

8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA


Set It Off


Set It Off is an American rock band based in Tampa, Florida. The band has gained a following through vocalist Cody Carson's YouTube Channel and was subsequently signed by Equal Vision Records after releasing a string of successful extended plays. Out of the two studio albums that have been released, both have charted on the U.S. Billboard 200; Cinematics (2012) peaked at 174 while Duality (2014) peaked at 86.

8:30pm to 10:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley


Tuesday, August 21st 2018

Tearjerkers

Tearjerkers

11:45am to 2:45pm,


Zamico

Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

4:45pm to 7:45pm,


REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS: Young Musicians Choral Orchestra

Young Musicians Choral Orchestra:

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES!
Every Thursday + special Tuesdays, June through August
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills.

TONIGHT: Young Musicians Choral Orchestra - Jazz Big Band

<b>Young Musicians Choral Orchestra</b>
The Young Musician Choral Orchestra's Jazz Band is one of the Bay Area's leading and most exciting youth jazz groups. Conducted by Geechi Taylor, they have already performed alongside international jazz superstars Herlin Riley, Bob Hurst and Hubert Laws, world-renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade, top jazz pianist Patrice Rushen and late legendary drummer, Ndugu Chancler. Get ready to tap your feet and swing to the beat as the 20-piece YMCO Jazz Band takes over the Redwood Grove and your heart on a night you won't want to miss.

About YMCO
Founded in 1968 as a summer outreach program, Young Musicians Choral Orchestra has transformed the lives of over 3,000 Bay Area Youth. Under the leadership of Executive Director Daisy Newman, who took the helm in 2003, the program erupted from a modest youth music program into a national model, providing a rigorous and robust combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development for low-income, underprivileged children.

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REDWOOD GROVE CONCERT INFORMATION AND TICKET POLICIES
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 $12/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.
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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
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.)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden


John Lester's Bass Bureaucracy

Bassist/vocalist John Lester heads up the Tuesday Jazzidency for August, as he brings his all bass and drums looping project, Bass Bureaucracy, back to Jupiter.  John plays upright bass, as well as six string fretted and fretless electric basses, while utilizing loop recording to create deep grooves for his award winning songs. Back in San Francisco after over a decade living in Europe and two years in New York City, John has carved a niche touring circuit throughout the US, the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. As a solo performer, he has created a unique show featuring his 100-year-old upright bass named Sarah (after Sarah Vaughan, for her lovely vocal-like quality).
http://www.johnlestermusic.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Wednesday, August 22nd 2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Thursday, August 23rd 2018

Joe Warner Trio

Joe Warner

11:45am to 2:45pm,


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits. Kid Friendly!

4:45pm to 7:45pm,


REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS: Tyler Ramsey + The Suitcase Junket

Tyler Ramsey: \
The Suitcase Junket:

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES!
Every Thursday + special Tuesdays, June through August
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills.

TONIGHT: Delicate alt-rock
<b>Tyler Ramsey (formerly of Band of Horses)</b>
Praised by NPR, Stereogum, WNYC, and The Huffington Post, Tyler Ramsey is a multi-instrumentalist equally at home playing guitar, piano, keyboards, bass, and percussion, but is best known as a talented fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter.

In addition to having released three acclaimed solo albums, Ramsey is perhaps most immediately recognizable, until his recent departure, as the guitarist and a co-writer in Band Of Horses, having played with them since 2007, prior to the release of their breakthrough album, "Cease To Begin." A well-established and acclaimed guitar player and singer in the burgeoning western North Carolina music scene, where he calls home, he first learned to play music on piano before moving to the guitar. Ramsey grew up listening to and studying country-blues guitar players like Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi John Hurt, and American finger pickers like John Fahey and Leo Kottke, absorbing their sound and making it all his own.

His fourth solo album, which was recorded in Louisville, Kentucky, during tour downtime and completed this past summer, is set for release in 2018. The new songs are lush and full, and realized with help from a list of friends old and new, adding gorgeous vocal harmonies, strings, and guitar counterpoints.

<b>The Suitcase Junket</b>
From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound in this essential rock collection, Pile Driver.

The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz: artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, one-man band. His is the road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, with wild double pitches of throat singing. From The Suitcase Junket's penchant for thrift and ingenuity comes this full-length album - his debut at Signature Sounds - of original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity, played on instruments built of broken bottles, twisted forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, and an overhead compartment's worth of luggage.


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REDWOOD GROVE CONCERT INFORMATION AND TICKET POLICIES
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 $12/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.
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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
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.)

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


MARTHA NUSSBAUM


"One of the world's most honored philosophers provides a candid examination of the current political crisis."

For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her full attention to the terrible political standoff tha has polarized America since the Trump election. Although today's atmosphere is heavily marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the seeming total inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters, journalists and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalizatiojn, automation and the high costs of high education have produced feelings of utter powerlessness in millions of people in the U.S.Similar issues trouble European unity.

That sense of powerlessness and a pervasive underlying fear bubble into resentment and blame: blame of immigrants, blame of Muslims, blame of other races, blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame played a hefty role in the elction of Trump - and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues that it can in fact be found on all sides of the political spectrum-confusingly intertwined, however, with reasonable arguments aiming at greater justice. She insists that retribution is always a bad response to fear, and she articulates a clear politics of constructive work and hope.

"Nussbaum is an elegant and lyrical writer, and she movingly describes the pain of recognizing1 one's vulnerability." - THE NEW YORKER

"Like any clearheaded thinker, Nussbaum was unsettled by Trump's election, but she's also troubled by the way people of all political persuasions have succombed to fear and mindless fear-slinging. She tries to keep Trump at arm's length and focus instead on what philosophers and psychologists going back to antiquity have had to say about fear...its role in stoking anger, disgust, and envy, and how those emotions in turn perpetuate divisive politics (sexism and misogyny especially)" -Kirkus Reviews

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. She has written more than twenty books.


KPFA Radio 94.1FM & St. John's Presbyterian Church present Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:30 PM St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's, East Bay Books $15 door, wheelchair access

7:30pm to 9pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA


Martha Nussbaum: The Monarchy of Fear

"One of the world's most honored philosophers provides a candid examination of the current political crisis."

For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her full attention to the terrible political standoff tha has polarized America since the Trump election. Although 's atmosphere is heavily marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the seeming total inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters, journalists and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalizatiojn, automation and the high costs of high education have produced feelings of utter powerlessness in millions of people in the U.S.Similar issues trouble European unity.

That sense of powerlessness and a pervasive underlying fear bubble into resentment and blame: blame of immigrants, blame of Muslims, blame of other races, blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame played a hefty role in the elction of Trump - and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues that it can in fact be found on all sides of the political spectrum-confusingly intertwined, however, with reasonable arguments aiming at greater justice. She insists that retribution is always a bad response to fear, and she articulates a clear politics of constructive work and hope.
"Nussbaum is an elegant and lyrical writer, and she movingly describes the pain of recognizing1 one's vulnerability." - THE NEW YORKER
"Like any clearheaded thinker, Nussbaum was unsettled by Trump's election, but she's also troubled by the way people of all political persuasions have succombed to fear and mindless fear-slinging. She tries to keep Trump at arm's length and focus instead on what philosophers and psychologists going back to antiquity have had to say about fear...its role in stoking anger, disgust, and envy, and how those emotions in turn perpetuate divisive politics (sexism and misogyny especially)" -Kirkus Reviews

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. She has written more than twenty books.

(KPFA Event) Thursday, August 23, 7:30 PM Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway's, East Bay Books $15 door, wheelchair accessible Pegasus Books is the onsite bookseller.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley


Friday, August 24th 2018

Flowtilla

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

11:45am to 2:45pm,


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.

4:45pm to 7:45pm,


Katie Henry

Launch for Heretics Anonymous, her hilarious debut YA novel about a band of misfits who set out to challenge their strict Catholic school, one nun at a time.

When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can't get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn't just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.

Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare's outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism.

Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school's hypocrisies one stunt at a time. But when Michael takes one mission too far--putting the other Heretics at risk--he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

Katie Henry grew up in the Elmwood and now lives in New York City. She received her BFA in dramatic writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and is a published playwright, specializing in theater for young audiences. Her plays have been performed by high schools and community organizations in over thirty states. Visit her at www.katiehenrywrites.com.

7pm to 8pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley


Tom Rigney/John R. Burr Duo

Two of the finest and most versatile musicians on the Bay Area music scene, violinist & composer Tom Rigney and pianist John R. Burr, have joined forces in a great new musical duo. These two virtuosos have put together a repertoire that covers a wide range of musical styles-from Celtic to blues, from hauntingly beautiful arias and waltzes to rollicking fiddle tunes and Cajun two-steps-and which includes both original compositions and tunes from the traditional repertoire.

Tom Rigney, the fiery fiddler/composer, has been a part of the Bay Area musical landscape for more than three decades. He has been the leader of three great bands-Back in the Saddle (1976-1982), The Sundogs (1984-2000), and Tom Rigney and Flambeau (2001-present day). He has played nearly every style of American Roots Music, from bluegrass to Western Swing to Cajun/zydeco to blues to rock and roll. He is a prolific composer and songwriter in a multitude of styles, and has recorded more than twenty albums of mostly original music over the past 25 years. He currently tours the world with his band, Flambeau, playing more than 120 dates a year-festivals, performing arts centers, community concerts, nightclubs and dances-from San Francisco to Paris, from the Gulf Coast to Alaska.

John R. Burr has been one of the most in-demand piano players in the Bay Area for almost three decades. He toured for many years with Grammy-winning banjoist/guitarist Alison Brown in addition to stints with Maria Muldaur, Spang-a-lang, and multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven. He is the favorite accompanist of numerous singers and instrumentalists spanning jazz, folk, and pop. His imaginative, melodic, and sophisticated soloing have made him a favorite collaborator with many Bay Area musicians.

These two musicians together create something deeply musical and emotionally powerful. They have a musical chemistry that is as satisfying and entertaining as it is rare. Their interaction is filled with warmth, virtuosity, passion, and wit and, when the situation calls for it, they can burn down the house.

The Tom Rigney/John R. Burr Duo-two instrumental wizards making beautiful music together!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 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!

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


Saturday, August 25th 2018

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

11:45am to 2:45pm,


San Francisco International Piano Festival: Preludes and Transformations

 Karol Szymanowski Nine Preludes Op. 1 (1900)
Pawel Mykietyn Four Preludes (1993)
Igor Lipinski, piano
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Transcriptions TBA from stage
Chopin, Liszt, Wagner/Liszt, Saint-Saens/Godowsky, Mompou
Jiyang Chen, piano

Igor Lipinski returns to the Maybeck by popular demand to perform music of two brilliant Polish composers, representing bookends of the 20th century. Szymanowski's poetic preludes contrast with Mykietyn's rhythmically driving Preludes, written in 1993.

Jiyang Chen offers an enchanting set of transcriptions and miniatures announced from the stage, celebrating the salon tradition of the 19th century. Jiyang's affinity for this repertoire is perfectly matched by his inimitable style and approach to these gems.


Read more about the San Francisco International Piano Festival here

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This concert is $25 General Admission Seating is limited. Purchase advance tickets here

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3pm to 4pm, Maybeck Studio, 1537 Euclid Ave., Berkeley


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.

4:45pm to 7:45pm,


Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers

A new collaboration is taking place between Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers, as the two entities have locked forces to commit themselves to rockin' away the pre-war blues & boogie-woogie styles in this piano, acoustic harmonica/vocal & washboard trio.

Grammy-nominated, two-time Blues Award winner, harmonica master, blues singer, bandleader, author, and entrepreneur Mark Hummel has been active since the early 1970s, when he moved to Berkeley from LA. Hummel has over thirty CDs to his credit and also is the creator of the Blues Harmonica Blowouts, which he started in 1991.

Hummel's mastery of the blues genre, mixed with a knowledge of where the music comes from, is rare in this idiom. Mark has recorded/toured with Snooky Pryor, Lowell Fulsom, Eddie Taylor, Brownie McGhee, Barbara Dane, Jimmy Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Huey Lewis, Lazy Lester, Anson Funderburgh (his co-partner in his latest project, Golden State/Lone Star), Charles Brown, Willie Big Eyes Smith & many more. Hummel has been steadily touring around the world since 1984.

Specializing in primal, joint-rockin' barrelhouse blues n' boogie, the Deep Basement Shakers are an East Bay trio with a stripped down but powerful sound, featuring Aaron Hammerman on piano and guitar, and local percussion legend Dave Eagle on washboard, spoons, suitcase, train whistles, animal calls, etc. Known for their floor-stomping appearances around the Bay and beyond, the Shakers bring to life good-time, steady-rollin' grooves from the deep musical traditions of days of old!

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance 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!

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


Salsa & Candombe Night - In Celebration of Uruguayan Independence Day!



 $15 Advance / $20 Door
Doors open at 9pm / Event starts at 9:30pm

Edgardo Cambon & La Peña present a Salsa & Candombe night in celebration of Uruguyan Independence Day!



Come celebrate Uruguayan Independence Day with LIVE SALSA MUSIC by Candela and traditional CANDOMBE MUSIC by Edgardo Cambon y su grupo!
Edgardo & Candela is a Salsa Band based in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years, making them one of the most established Salsa Orchestras in California. Better known as simply Candela, their trademark is their high energy performance, featuring great vocals, a tight rhythm section and the powerful sound of the horns.
Don't miss this special community event!

9pm to 11:59pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Sunday, August 26th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

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."

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


Full: Payne/Sonami

Maggi Payne and Laetitia Sonami-two of the Bay Area's finest composers and intrepid musical pioneers-team up for an evening of solo and collaborative performances, electroacoustic music, sound art, and explorations of resonance and acoustics.

7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.
Berkeley


Be Steadwell

Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter from Washington, D.C. With roots in jazz, a cappella and folk, Be composes a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQ content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song.

As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. In 2014, Be completed an MFA in film from Howard University. This year, Be was selected to be a 2016 Strathmore Artist in Residence. The D.C. Commission on the Arts awarded Be the Artist Fellowship for 2016. Be is currently touring her music and screening her film Vow of Silence (2014)
internationally.

Ticket are $18 and are available in advance at the link below, or 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!

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


Monday, August 27th 2018

DANIEL J. SIEGEL, M.D. presents AWARE: The Science and Practice of Presence With an introduction by DACHER KELTNER

Berkeley Arts & Letters and The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley co-present an evening with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., for his new book

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence--The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice. Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life.

An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to harness the power of the principle "Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows." Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.

Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Aware is a hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.

With an introduction by Dacher Keltner, Ph.D, founder and director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His four New York Times bestsellers are: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D), and his upcoming book Aware (2018). Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over sixty textbooks.

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D, is a founder of the Greater Good Science Center and its director. After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, Dacher has devoted his career to studying the nature of human goodness, conducting ground-breaking research on compassion, awe, laughter, and love. He is also a leading expert on social intelligence, the psychology of power, and the emotional bases of morality. He has written more than 100 scientific papers and two best-selling textbooks, Social Psychology and Understanding Emotions. More recently, he is the author of the best-selling book The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, and a co-editor of the Greater Good anthology, The Compassionate Instinct. Dacher is an outstanding speaker who has received several national research and teaching awards. Wired has rated the podcasts of his Human Emotion course as one of the five best academic podcasts in the country. He has twice presented his research to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as part of a continuing dialogue between the Dalai Lama and scientists, and his work is featured regularly in major media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, and NPR. In 2008, the Utne Reader named him as one of 50 visionaries who are changing our world.

Please note:
Presentation to be followed by a Q&A.
Important signing details to follow.
This event is all ages.
Tickets available now!
Accessibility is important to us! If you have special needs of any kind, please write events AT booksmith DOT com and we will do our best to accommodate you. If the cost of admission would be a financial hardship that might prevent you from attending, please let us know.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant St., Berkeley


Tuesday, August 28th 2018

Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

11:45am to 2:45pm,


Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) and a player to be named later and Sult (Jacob Felix Heule and visiting friends)

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


John Lester's Bass Bureaucracy

Bassist/vocalist John Lester heads up the Tuesday Jazzidency for August, as he brings his all bass and drums looping project, Bass Bureaucracy, back to Jupiter.  John plays upright bass, as well as six string fretted and fretless electric basses, while utilizing loop recording to create deep grooves for his award winning songs. Back in San Francisco after over a decade living in Europe and two years in New York City, John has carved a niche touring circuit throughout the US, the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. As a solo performer, he has created a unique show featuring his 100-year-old upright bass named Sarah (after Sarah Vaughan, for her lovely vocal-like quality).
http://www.johnlestermusic.com

8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Wednesday, August 29th 2018

Kenan Obrien

Soulful Rock-- Bay Area style

4:45pm to 7:45pm,


Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Joe Clifford in conversation with David Corbett

Mystery authors Joe Clifford (Broken Ground) and David Corbett (The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday) discuss their most recent works.

A former homeless junkie, Joe Clifford has dedicated his life to education and the craft of writing and helping other ex-junkies find a voice and a platform for their creative energies. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and holds an MFA degree from Florida International University. He is the acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and the producer of Lip Service West, a gritty reading series in Oakland, California. Clifford is the author of several acclaimed books—two of which were Anthony Award nominees: Lamentation, his first novel in the Jay Porter series, and his anthology (editor) Trouble in the Heartland. Broken Ground is the fourth novel in his Jay Porter series. In all his Jay Porter novels, Clifford uses the backdrop of drug abuse to shine a light on the misunderstood and marginalized, while weaving personal tragedies into narratives that compel and transcend as well as entertain. Clifford lives with his wife, Justine, and two sons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

David Corbett worked as a private investigator for fifteen years before becoming the widely acclaimed author of multiple novelsincluding The Devil's Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I'm Running. David's short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best American Mystery Stories. He has taught at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, 826 Valencia, Chuck Palahniuk's LitReactor, and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States


Thursday, August 30th 2018

SF Medicine Ball

Jazz

11:45am to 2:45pm,


Free Live Jazz

4:30pm to 6:30pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits. Kid Friendly!

4:45pm to 7:45pm,


REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERTS: Hubby Jenkins + Rainy Eyes

Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops): \
Rainy Eyes:

REDWOOD GROVE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES!
Every Thursday + special Tuesdays, June through August
Enjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the Berkeley hills.

TONIGHT: Old-time music

<b>Hubby Jenkins (of Carolina Chocolate Drops)</b>
Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. Hubby got his higher musical education started as a busker. He developed his guitar and vocal craft on the sidewalks and subway platforms of New York City, performing material by those venerable artists whose work he was quickly absorbing. An ambitiously itinerant musician, he took his show on the road, playing the streets, coffee shops, bars, and house parties of cities around

After years of busking around the country and making a name for himself, Hubby became acquainted with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. From 2010 to 2014 he has been an integral part of the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Since 2015, he is an active touring and recording member of the Rhiannon Giddens band. He was on her album "Tomorrow Is My Turn" in 2015 and in 2017 "Freedom Highway." And around these projects Hubby continues to make solo performances.

<b>Rainy Eyes</b>
Rainy Eyes (Irena Eide) is a Norwegian-born Americana singer-songwriter. For the past decade she has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area; writing music, performing and touring throughout the US. Both solo and with a band. Her performances, with her own brand of folk Americana, have a spell-binding, inspiring effect and a soulful, heartfelt and timeless sound with tight-knit harmonies, melodious solos and thoughtful songwriting.

Rainy Eyes has opened for bands like Jackie Greene, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Jon Cleary, Peter Rowan, Steep Ravine and played prominent stages like Sweetwater Music Hall, Henry Miller Library, Ashkenaz, Far West Fest, Sonoma Mountain Music Festival and more.

Rainy Eyes also won "best song of the month" at the Freight and Salvage West Coast Songwriters competition in April 2015 for her song "Moon In The Mirror", and has co-written two songs with grammy-award winning Peter Rowan. These songs will be featured on the upcoming solo debut album.


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REDWOOD GROVE CONCERT INFORMATION AND TICKET POLICIES
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 $12/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.
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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
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.)

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


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: With guest: Aimee Mann *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's new album, The Nashville Sound, is a beautiful piece of American musicmaking, but watch yourself: it will light a fire under your ass. "You're still breathing, it's not too late," Jason sings.

This album is a call, and the songs on it send sparks flying into a culture that's already running so hot the needle on the temperature gauge is bouncing erratically in the red. And while it's understandable that, in this moment, some people want their radio to help them drift away, this finely calibrated set of ten songs is aimed right between the clear eyes of people who prefer to stay present and awake. It's a call to those who won't cower no matter how erratically the world turns, and who aren't afraid of what looks back when they look in the mirror. Bruce Springsteen did that. Neil Young did that. Jason Isbell does that.

As with Isbell's 2013 breakthrough, Southeastern, and his double-Grammy-winning follow up, 2015's Something More Than Free, The Nashville Sound was produced by Dave Cobb. Isbell says that he and Cobb created a simple litmus test for the decisions they made in the two weeks they spent at RCA Studios (which was known as "The home of the Nashville Sound" back in the '60's and '70s): they only made sonic moves that their heroes from back in the day could've made, but simply never did. It's a shrewd approach-an honest way to keep the wiz-bang of modern recording technology at arms length, while also leaving the old bag of retro rock 'n' roll tricks un-rummaged. Lyrically, The Nashville Sound is timely. Musically, it is timeless.

7pm to 8pm, Hearst Greek Theatre


Friday, August 31st 2018

Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

4:45am to 7:45am,


Cascada De Flores

11:45am to 2:45pm,


Next Month

Saturday, September 1st 2018

Rodrigo Y Gabriela


Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Since they left Mexico for Ireland in 1999, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental bands in the world. They have sold in excess of 1.5 million albums worldwide, and have sold out venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Le Zenith in Paris on numerous occasions. Their film work includes the soundtracks to `Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and `Puss In Boots', and they have collaborated onstage and on record with artists as diverse as Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Al Di Meola, Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Anoushka Shankar. In 2010 Rodrigo y Gabriela played at The White House in Washington for President Obama. From humble beginnings as buskers on Dublin's Grafton Street, endless touring and a great word of mouth buzz carried the band forward until their international break out with the release of their self-titled 2006 album, which spawned the hits `Tamacun', `Diablo Rojo' and their cover of `Stairway To Heaven'. The duo appeared on Jools Holland, BBC TV's Glastonbury coverage, plus Letterman and Jay Leno in America. "11:11" followed in 2009, and the band went to Cuba in 2012 to record with local musicians for "Area 52". The band's last studio album release was 2014's "9 Dead Alive". In 2016 alone they performed in 25 countries around the world, including their debut tour of South America. 2017 saw the duo celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their breakout self-titled album with a deluxe re-issue and extensive world tour during which they performed the album in full each night. They are currently writing and recording a new studio album.

8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Sunday, September 2nd 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

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."

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


Women Drummers International Presents: Drum Sunday

Event at 1 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds

Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Classes are open to ALL LEVELS. There will be a limited number of drums to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Workshop from MABIBA BAEGNE, Dunun Drums and Rhythms from West Africa

1pm to 3pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Cuban Rumba Jam

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

3pm to 5pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Tuesday, September 4th 2018

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

Jazz Stories: Live Jazz. Wonderful Stories.

People love hearing jazz...and hearing about it. Musicians like Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Buddy Rich were original, colorful characters artists who said and did astonishing things. Fortunately their colleagues cared enough to document these moments in stories and pictures and we now have a rich repository of photos and anecdotes about these artists, and about the American songwriters and composers who created the raw material of jazz.

Jazz Stories is a performance of the songs of jazz from its most creative periods intensified with illuminating, funny and touching true stories of the time.

Come hear music and jazz stories you probably have never heard...but will never forget.

Hosted by Richard Leiter.
The first Tuesday of every month at Pegasus Books Solano.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Wednesday, September 5th 2018

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Thursday, September 6th 2018

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ.


Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level."

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm
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Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sunday, September 9th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

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."

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


GSJ Angklung and Dancers

Join Gamelan Sekar Jaya's Angklung ensemble and dancers at the annual Solano Stroll, a street festival celebrating the vibrant communities around Solano Avenue.

11:20am to 12:20 noon, Main Stage, Solano Stroll


Wednesday, September 12th 2018

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Sunday, September 16th 2018

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

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."

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


Wednesday, September 19th 2018

Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Lyrics and Dirges is our flagship monthly reading series featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Its aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area.
Hosted and Curated by Mk Chavez, Sharon Coleman, and Lark Omura.

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley


Friday, September 21st 2018

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

FREE -- Donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Enjoy a lively evening of son jarocho music, dancing, and zapateado- bring your dance shoes and instruments, or just come and enjoy the music and dance! There is no entrance fee, but any monetary donations are accepted in support of programming at La Peña.

 
Son Jarocho is a lively traditional art form from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz that sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.It is a lyrical and danceable music genre that formed in the melding of three cultures: Arabic-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican.  It is at the same time highly improvised and highly structured-filled with complex poly-rhythms and musical dialogue in its dance, song, poetry and music.  The basic instrumentation of the son jarocho includes the jarana jarocha, guitarra de son (both guitar-like instruments) and zapateado (percussive footwork).  Regional variations include the harp and various percussive instrum (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/fandango-jarocho-jam-sessio/2018-05-18/)

8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Sunday, September 23rd 2018

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
and special guest Jon Batiste
Celebrating Duke Ellington

As summer turns to fall, celebrate under the stars in the stunning Greek Theatre, with one of the greatest jazz orchestras in the world! International jazz ambassador, nine-time Grammy winner, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis and his legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra transform the magnificent outdoor theater into the biggest-and swinging-est-party in town. The orchestra is joined by charismatic pianist and music director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's house band, Jon Batiste, for a program celebrating the legacy of Duke Ellington. Expect the full panorama of Ellingtonia, from early Cotton Club "jump" classics, to dreamy big-band ballads, to selections from the Duke's lushly orchestrated suites.

Tickets start at $50

5:30pm to 7pm, Greek Theatre


Wednesday, September 26th 2018

Storytime on Solano: Imagination Flannel Boards

Boards Bring your little ones to Pegasus on Solano for a fun, interactive, and educational morning. Imagination Flannel Boards will be on hand to share stories and songs that spark your children's imagination. They will engage with the storyteller through singing, repetition, and movement. They will cheer when the ducklings find their mother and laugh when the Old Lady swallows a cow! Every 4th of the month at Pegasus Books Solano.

10:30am to 11:30am, Pegasus Books Solano 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley


Craig & MacGregor Band

Join The Craig & MacGregor Band for an evening of "Not Just Jazz," cheap drinks, good friends, and complimentary food from Bacheesos on Telegraph. Bar opens at 6:30pm | Music

7pm to 11pm, The Marsh Cabaret, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley


Saturday, September 29th 2018

Resonance @ First Church presents the Costanoan Trio

Representing "the best of emerging early music talent" in the United States (Early Music America), the Costanoan Trio will present a program of Clementi, Haydn and Mozart on instruments modeled after those found in the 18th century.

Comprised of Derek Tam (fortepiano), Cynthia Black (violin), and Frédéric Rosselet (cello), the Costanoan Trio was chosen from a national competition to perform at the 2018 Early Music America Emerging Artists Showcase. For more information about the ensemble, visit www.costanoantrio.com.

The program will include:

Muzio Clementi: Trio in D major, Op. 21 No. 2
Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio in E-flat major, Op. 57, No. 1 (Hob. XV:11)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio in C major, K. 548

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In 2014, First Church Berkeley, a premier venue for music performance in the East Bay, created its own exciting series of chamber and orchestral music concerts. Now in its fifth season, Resonance @ First Church has become a mainstay of the East Bay artistic calendar.

Music has always been an important part of the life of First Church. It touches the soul and gives sound and voice to ineffable mystery. We sing together and share our musical gifts. We also delight in the special talents of artists from within our community and beyond.

Derek Tam, First Church's Director of Music, curates this exciting series.

More information about Resonance can be found at firstchurchberkeley.org/resonance.

8pm to 10pm, First Church Berkeley 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 United States


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