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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.

Today — August 25

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."

Aug 25, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

The Golden Gate Blues Society's 1st Annual Fundraiser, Auction & Awards Ceremony

The Golden Blues Society's 1st Annual Fundraiser, Auction & Awards Ceremony with Fillmore Slim, Tia Carroll, Paula Harris, & Sean Carney.

Come enjoy a talent-packed blues concert, auction, award ceremony and raffle to raise funds for The Golden Gate Blues Society & their many programs.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Fillmore has been singing and playing blues for over 50 years. He is "The American Pimp" and famous for his exploits in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. Fillmore Slim's songwriting talents, and musicianship have garnered him several awards, including being inducted into the Bay Area's West Coast Blues Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Lowell Fulson "Jus' Blues" Award in Memphis in 2011. Since his musical resurgence, Fillmore has found his largest fanbase to be in Europe, where he's played the Zurich Blues Festival and the Blues Estafette in Utrecht, Holland, and France, among others.

Over the last twenty years, Tia Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area. She toured Canada, France, and Italy with legendary blues icons Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto and left such a great impression on the audiences that they asked her back under her own name. Tia Carroll was featured during the Jazzkarr festival in Tallinn Estonia, and the Switzerland at the Lucerne Blues Festival. She was awarded "West Coast Female Blues Vocalist of the Year" in 2007, the Jus Blues Music Foundation's "Traditional Blues Woman of The Year" award in 2008, and the Jus Blues Music Foundation's "Band Leader of the Year" award in 2009. For over a decade Tia has also toured to Brazil to sing at festivals with the Igor Prada Blues Band, and she has made several recent appearances on Brazilian TV.

"A powerful singer with brassy, full-throated delivery, Carroll is no youngster, but in the past few years she's quickly gained recognition as one of the most exciting new voices on the scene." - Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

Paula Harris burst into the scene when she brought home third place honors in 2012's International Blues Challenge. She also won the Monterey Blues Festival's "Battle of the Bands" competition the very same week. Her debut release, Turning on the Naughty from 2013, garnered her a Blues Music Award nomination, a Blues Blast Music Award nomination, the Sean Costello Rising Star Award nomination and an invitation to kick off the prestigious Blues Music Awards Ceremony that year. Notable appearances include two artist residencies at Canada's "Blues on Whyte," Regular performances at the Iconic "Top of the Mark" in San Francisco, multiple monthly appearances at "Savanna Jazz," and a decade-long stint as the front person of the Carere Orchestras in Georgia.

"She's a sassy singer with a remarkably wide range, near perfect intonation and amazing breath control. She knows the value of subtlety when the material calls for it and she achieves an uncanny balance between tenderness and virtuosity." - Living Blues

The Sean Carney Band won the "Albert King Best Guitarist" award and took first place at the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Onstage locally he mastered his craft backing a wide array of local and national R&B greats such as Christine Kittrell and Jimmy "T-99" Nelson, and making it known that he was a skilled and tasteful guitarist and vocalist. He gained exposure and experience serving as vocalist Teeny Tucker's musical director and co-writer, and offstage he was a tireless advocate for those same artists, writing articles, being a DJ, promoting concerts, and serving three terms as the President of the Columbus Blues Alliance. Sean has toured and performed with major historical figures in blues such as Big Joe Duskin, Duke Robillard, Charlie Baty, Columbus standby Willie Pooch, Hank Marr, Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett, "King Saxe" Gene Walker, & Sir Mack Rice.

"Sean Carney is the real deal - echoes of T Bone Walker and Pee Wee Crayton permeate his tasty guitar solos, while his songwriting and singing reveal an artist of depth and class." - Cam Hayden, Producer of Edmonton Blues Festival

Aug 25, 3pm to 7pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Vocal Jam Session

The Jazzschool Vocal Department presents a monthly jazz vocal jam session, hosted by Angharad Jones. All are welcome! Singers should bring three copies of their song for the band. Please arrive by 4:00 pm to sign up.

$10 suggested donation at the door

Aug 25, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St Berkeley

California Brazil Camp presents Pipoquinha, Pedro Martins Duo

California Jazz Conservatory - California Brazil Camp presents
Pipoquinha, Pedro Martins Duo

Two of the brightest young stars to come out of the Brazilian Jazz scene bring their formidable talent as composers and performers to the Bay Area for the first time!

Band Members and Instrumentation
Michael Pipoquinha, bass guitar
Pedro Martins, electric guitar

Aug 25, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Wil Blades 40th Bday Bash and Farewell Party, Wil Blades

Wil Blades 40th Bday Bash and Farewell Party
Donald Harrison Jr. - Sax
Mike Clark - Drums
Jeff Parker - Guitar
Scott Amendola - Drums
Jack Tone-Riordan - Guitar
Brandon Etzler - Drums
Oscar Myers - Trumpet and Percussion

Wil Blades celebrates his 40th birthday, and plays his last shows as a resident of the Bay Area, before moving to Los Angeles. This all-star show features some of his closest musical associates and mentors: New Orleans saxophone legend, Donald Harrison Jr, drum innovator Mike Clark of the Headhunters, Amendola Vs. Blades bandmate Scott Amendola, and Los Angeles based guitarist Jeff Parker. Last but not least, Bay Area locals and longtime collaborators, Oscar Myers on percussion, guitarist Jack Tone-Riordan and drummer Brandon Etzler round out the night.

Wil Blades
"Yeah, he does it...he's on it. He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, [of] the B-3."
-Dr. Lonnie Smith

Blades says, "my whole thing is having a foot in the past and trying to have a foot in the future and to bring those two worlds together as much as possible."

That influence harkens back to Blades' roots in Chicago, where he grew up playing drums and guitar in rock and funk bands. He moved west to study jazz at the New College of California, where he studied with bassist Herbie Lewis. "It was a real old school jazz education," Blades recalls. "With Herbie, it was almost a Mr. Miyagi thing, life lessons where I'd be wondering, `Why am I cleaning the music room right now?' But as I got older I started to appreciate these fundamental, basic lessons that were actually very deep and useful, more so than what scale to play over what chord."

Wil Blades ably carries on the organ tradition while infusing it with modern influences, suggesting an exciting future for the instrument.

Donald Harrison Jr.
Donald Harrison Jr. has combined a whirlwind career as a saxophonist with establishing cultural and educational traditions in his native New Orleans, Louisiana. Known for creating nouveau swing, a jazz style that combines R&B, funk, hip-hop, and African dance, Harrison tours all over the world and has many albums and honors to his name. Yet he finds time to be Big Chief of Congo Square Nation in New Orleans for Mardi Gras season as well as being cofounder and artistic director of Tipitina's Foundation Internship Program to help New Orleans youth, especially the disadvantaged, realize their musical dreams.

Mike Clark
"He's a great jazz drummer-and he hasn't lost any of the stuff that he brought from Oakland. So now he's totally free to do both, and he does. The solo he played on the album Thrust, on the song "Actual Proof," is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums. So many people have remarked about that solo, saying, `Incredible.'" -Herbie Hancock

Drum virtuoso and jazz musician Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America's foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock's "Actual Proof" garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers. His versatility led him to a two-year stint with Brand X, the British jazz/rock fusion band founded by Phil Collins. With them he recorded "Do They Hurt?" and "Product."

Mike is a co-leader with several other artists. "The Wolff and Clark Expedition 2," with pianist Michael Wolff, was considered one of Downbeat's Top 25 releases in 2016. Along with Delbert Bump, he released "Retro Report," an organ trio CD, in April 2018. He continues to tour with the Headhunters.

Scott Amendola
For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn't so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world's most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.

No project better displays Amendola's big ears and musical ambitions than "Fade To Orange", an orchestral piece commissioned as part of the Oakland East Bay Symphony's Irvine Foundation-funded New Visions/New Vistas initiative. The roiling work premiered to critical acclaim at Oakland's Paramount Theater on April 15, 2011.

As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with a vast, stylistically varied roster of artists, including Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Mondo Cane, John Scofield, Cibo Matto, John Dieterich from Deerhoof, Wadada Leo Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Jacky Terrasson, Shweta Jhaveri, Phil Lesh, Sex Mob, Kelly Joe Phelps, Larry Klein, Carla Bozulich, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, Paul McCandless, Rebecca Pidgeon, and the Joe Goode Dance Group.

Over a career spanning more than three decades, Amendola has forged deep ties across the country, and throughout the world. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader, electronics explorer, first-call accompanist, and capaciously creative foil for some of the world's most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. He's never more than one degree away from a powerful musical hook-up.

Jeff Parker
"His sound is unmistakable, spastic and unpredictable, yet at the same time precise and refined...history will certainly reflect that he is one of the more noteworthy guitarists of his generation." -Dusted Magazine

Jeff Parker is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer. A longtime member of the influential indie-band Tortoise, Parker is recognized as one of contemporary music's most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers.

With a prolific output characterized by musical ideas of angularity and logic, he works in a wide variety of mediums - from pop, rock and jazz to new music - using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental forms.

He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract.

Jack Tone-Riordan
Jack Tone-Riordan has been a well-loved guitarist on the Bay Area jazz scene for close to 20 years. He is a modern player with firm roots in the tradition. Local jazz fans know they can catch him on almost any given night of the week performing as a leader or sideman. Jack has recorded and/or performed with some of today's finest jazz musicians, including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tony Monaco, Larry Goldings, Dayna Stephens, Eddie Marshal, Mike Clark, Jarred Gold and many more. Tone-Riordan's latest album (soon to be released) Features Darrell Green On Drums and Jarred Gold on Hammond B3 Organ.

Aug 25, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St, Berkeley

Small Town Therapy

Small Town Therapy is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalists Adam Roszkiewicz and Leif Karlstrom. The duo plays instrumental string music that emphasizes compelling, thoughtful compositions and virtuosic improvisation.

Adam and Leif are also members of the band Front Country (formerly based out of the San Francisco Bay Area), the Grammy-nominated Modern Mandolin Quartet, and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, led by Mike Marshall.

Their second full length album, Dreams and Circumstances, was released in May 2019 on Organic Records.

"an impossibly tight, intertwined duet...Small Town Therapy are effortlessly in control. Their years spent in bands and on the road together are perhaps to blame - and thank - for this balance. In such a loose format, merely two voices bouncing off of and responding to one another, one might expect that freneticism to inevitably run off the rails, but it never does." ~ The Bluegrass Situation

"...skilled acoustic fusion that rarely sits still for long and shifts with unpredictable, fascinating interplay between the massive talent." ~ Take Effect Reviews

Aug 25, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Tomorrow — August 26

Freight Open Mic - 8/26/19

Freight Open Mic

Aug 26, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

the rest of the next 2 weeks

Back to My Roots: Omar Bashir

Aug 27, 7pm to 8:30pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Films at The Freight: Buena Vista Social Club

Aug 27, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Way Out West Concert Series - Michelle Amador

Aug 27, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Iko YaYa plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Aug 27, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Very Jerry 9: All-Star Tribute to Jerry Garcia hosted by Stu Allen

Aug 28, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

TDPS Fall 2019 Production Auditions

Aug 29, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

A Plurality of One: The Song of Walt Whitman

Aug 29, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley

Jeff Denson, Romain Pilon & Brian Blade

Aug 29, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Larry Vann Trio

Aug 29, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA

Rising Star Series - Kevin Goldberg's Summer Showcase

Aug 30, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

RICO Fridays

Aug 30, 8:30pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Third Saturday Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

Aug 31, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94

SF Bay Brazilian Day & Lavagem Festival

Sep 1, 11am to 7pm, Casa de Cultura - 1901 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam (Community Event)

Sep 1, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Sep 3, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Solano

Cory Wright's Fellow Hominids

Sep 3, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Sep 6, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley