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

Saturday, June 23rd 2018

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

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


VL Trio

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


WoodBarry

7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


The Reset Button

Based in Oakland, The Reset Button is the brainchild of Evan Martin, a former member of other mythical Bay Area bands such as eXtreme elvis, Black Fiction, and Straggler. The band consists of Martin on lead guitar and vocals, Yuriy Goldman on lead guitar, Chris Powell on bass, and Akili Peyton on drums.

They have a modern classic rock sound with obvious bluesy roots as well as lots of other eclectic influences that feel familiar, but sound totally fresh. Your heart will beat to their rock steady rhythm, your spirit will soar while the two guitars blend melodically and seamlessly, and your mind will search while their soulful lyrics tell stories ranging from the power of perspective and living in the moment to the pondering of our ultimate existentialism. The band's live performances showcase incredible musicianship that allow you to just be in the moment, dance to your heart's content, and push The Reset Button on your life!

They released their first EP, Laughing Matters, in November 2017, which is available on all music streaming platforms. A new EP is in the works, so look out for that in the near future!

Tickets are $15 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


Extra Nappy Plays Extra Nappy

Extra Nappy offers a glimpse into an organically-developing musical movement encapsulating the vibrant history of African American music--from gospel, blues, jazz, R&B and funk, all the way up to contemporary hip-hop.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Howard Wiley - saxophone; Thomas Pridgen - drums; Lionel "LJ" Holoman - piano and organ; Michael "Tiny" Lindsey - bass

Artist/Group Bio: Tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley has been a major force on the Bay Area music scene since his teenage years in the mid-90s. A protégé of the dynamic Miss Faye Carol, he's steeped in a vast array of African-American idioms, from gospel, blues and jazz to R&B, funk and hip-hop.These various currents all flow into Extra Nappy, a loose and limber quartet that delivers improvisation-laced arrangements of classic songs. Featuring Alameda-raised drummer Thomas Pridgen, who spent three years touring and recording with El Paso rockers The Mars Volta; pianist/organist Lionel "LJ" Holoman; and bassist Michael "Tiny" Lindsey, Wiley's quartet plays next-level grooves with such a deep pocket it's not just nappy, it's Extra Nappy. If you've never seen the group live, expect a high-energy fusion of funk and soul mixed with top-notch jazz musicianship. Extra Nappy's band members have earned their stripes playing alongside some of contemporary music's finest voices, among them Lauryn Hill, Sheila E, Christian McBride, Alicia Keys, Steely Dan, Boyz II Men, Nas, the Mars Volta and Thundercat.

Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/xplore/tags/extranappy/
Other Social Media Link: https://www.instagram.com/howard.wiley/

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


Steve Lucky's Hammond Cheese Combo

Jump blues, swing and rare gems inspired by the '30s, '40s and '50s, this Combo isn't your everyday organ combo sandwich. Some of the specials on our menu include tunes by the under-recognized organ genius Hank Marr, knockouts by Brother Jack McDuff, and lots of original pieces by Steve Lucky, dripping with special sauce, and some extra cheese numbers sung by the captivating guitarist/vocalist Carmen Getit.
http://www.luckylounge.com

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


Shawn Colvin

singular and enduring singer-songwriter
(6/23/18) Doors: 7:00 PM Show: $145 Premium + VIP / $65 Premium / $50 Advance / $54 Door (plus fees)

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


4th Saturday Swing - Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines plus Swing/Lindy Lessons with Cheryl McBride and Michael Marangio

It's time for the hottest Crescent City Soul, from New Orleans greats Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, and a host of other favorites, revitalized by pianist Macy Blackman and his hard-driving band the Mighty Fines. They also feature music from their new CD, "Friskin' the Whiskers." Originally from Delaware, Macy Blackman made his professional debut at the age of 12 and has played music most of his life, eventually moving to San Francisco. He put together the Mighty Fines in 2003. Relocated from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs became the band's baritone saxophonist. Nancy Wright sings and plays tenor sax (she's worked with everyone from Elvin Bishop to B.B. King), alongside drummer Larry Vann (of Ron Thompson's Resistors, and Elvin Bishop) and bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith, Lost Weekend).

http://swingatashkenaz.comteams.com/

Doors at 7:30 pm; Swing/Lindy Lessons w/ Cheryl McBride & Michael Marangio at 8:00 pm
Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

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


Particle Doors

All Ages $15 in Advance / $19 at the Door

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant) Berkeley


La Peña's 43rd Birthday Party with La Chamba!

Doors open at 8:30pm / Concert starts at 9pm
$15 Advance / $20 Door


For 43 years La Peña Cultural Center has supported artists get their start before gaining wide popularity, such as: Ana Tijoux, Los Rakas, Bomba Estereo, Rebel Diaz, Lila Downs, Quetzal and counting!
Following this tradition, we are celebrating La Peña’s 43rd birthday party with a concert by La Chamba, a Los Angeles-based group that is blowing up and resurfacing a musical genre called “Chicha”.

La Chamba fuses psychedelic electric guitar & organs with Afro-Latin rhythms, such as cumbia, salsa, timba, rumba and other global rhythms. The group is inspired by 60's & 70's psychedelic Peruvian surf-cumbia genre known as "Chicha" music, popular among the working classes of Lima and the Amazon. Their sound pays homage to the vintage melodies of Peruvian Chicha music while creating a unique sound born in Los Angeles known as "Chicha Angelina."
Pictured: La Chamba, a Los An (View Full Event Description Here: https://lapena.org/event/la-penas-43rd-birthday-party-with-la-chamba/)

8:30pm to 11:59pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States


Sunday, June 24th 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


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Ethan Ostrow

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


StringQuake

With a penchant for improvisation and unexpected meters, StringQuake boasts a wide-ranging repertoire that runs the gamut from contemplative to vigorous. Using exciting instrumentation-harp, cello, and percussion StringQuake explores far-flung sounds inspired by Greece, India, Africa, and the Americas. With roots in San Francisco and the East Bay, the trio has toured Mexico and performed extensively in the Bay Area, releasing their first album, "Take 15," in 2013 and "Cascade," in December of 2016.

4pm to 8pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, 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.

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


The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Freddie Hughes

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "The Heart of Soul," featuring Bay Area soul legend Freddie Hughes. After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco.

She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins.

Freddie Hughes is a Berkeley native who gained attention singing in the gospel group The Five Disciples and on the Oakland club circuit in the late 1950s. He recorded his first hit single "Send My Baby Back" in 1968 to international acclaim. Freddie Hughes delivers blues and soul like no other! Freddie Hughes and Faye Carol have shared the stage together countless times since the 1960s and this reunion of Bay Area royalty is sure to close out "Faye and the Fellas" with a bang!

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

Tickets are $25 and 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!

5pm to 7pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Blueprint/Stanley Ipkuss/Manos Lindas/Philharmonik/Keese Sama

Conscious hip hop night to start the summer right!!
Blueprint
Stanley Ipkuss
Manos Lindas
Philharmonik
Keese Sama
$10 +$2 Membership
ALL AGES!

5pm to 9pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Dancers of the World Presents Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum


Tezkatlipoka's mission is to share and promote indigenous Meso American culture through Aztec dance and drumming. Tezkatlipoka strives to maintain a high level of integrity in both teaching and presenting Aztec dancing and drumming that is true to form so that it can be preserved in all its beauty and strength for future generations to come. The group's philosophy centers on preserving the sacred traditions left behind by our ancestors while sharing and exchanging cultural knowledge as a way to foster a sense of unity between all peoples of the Earth.

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

7pm to 10pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sun Valley Players Beethoven & Brahms

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to host the return of the Sun Valley Players, an ensemble of virtuoso musicians, to our Concert Series. They will be performing one of Beethoven's Late Quartets, along with the famous Dvořák Cello Concerto. And there's a secret ... this super-group are all mild-mannered members of the San Francisco Symphony, including Assistant Concertmaster Jeremy Constant, and Assistant Principal cellist Amos Yang, as well as violinist Polina Sedukh and violist Adam Smyla. Joining them for this concert will be pianist Amy Zanrosso. Don't miss these world-class artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Sun Valley Players are:
Jeremy Constant - violin Polina Sedukh - violin Adam Smyla - viola
Amos Yang - cello and special guest
Amy Zanrosso - piano

String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 - Antonín Dvořák (arranged for cello and piano)

In the last several years of his life, Ludwig van Beethoven created a series of six string quartets of surpassing beauty, subtlety, and sophistication. These pieces have become known as the "Late Quartets." At the time of their composition, however, Beethoven's contemporaries didn't know what to make of them; one commented that "we know there is something there, but we do not know what it is." Composer and conductor Louis Spohr called them "indecipherable, uncorrected horrors." Since that time, however, these works have become revered by generations musicians, scholars, and listeners alike, and indeed sound modern even in the 21st Century. For this concert the Sun Valley Players will be performing one of these venerated works, "String Quartet No.16 in F Major, Op. 135." This spectacular piece was the composer's last major work.

While contemporary cello players had asked Antonín Dvořák for a cello concerto for quite some time, Dvořák always refused, stating that the cello was a fine orchestral instrument but totally insufficient for a solo concerto. According to Josef Michl, Dvořák was fond of the middle register, but complained about a nasal high register and a mumbling bass. In a letter to a friend, Dvořák wrote that he himself was probably most surprised by his decision to write a cello concerto despite these long held reservations. The result was his supreme "Cello Concerto in B minor, Op104" considered by many to be among the finest cello works in the repertoire. The brilliant Amos Yang will be performing an arrangement of the piece for cello and piano.

7pm to 9pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley


Orion's Joy of Jazz and Latin All Stars

The Orion's Joy of Sextet Jazz and Latin Jazz Concerts at Caffe Trieste include "The Best in in the West!!!"

Piano:Steve Mcquarry,Terry Rodriquez,Eugene Pliner,Tony Capricio
Guitars:Dave Bell,Eric Swinderman,Mark Babin,Ray Scott,Tony Corman and Ari Caprow
Vibes;David Casini,
Vocalists: Sandra Smith
Tenor sax :Jim Grantham, Dave Muratake,Joe Kaline
Alto sax /flute:Ruben Salcido
Bari sax Joe Kaline
Trumpets: Gil Cohen John DeBore
Trombone: Rick Brown,Dennis smith
Bass's: Jim Shearer,Attila Medvecsky,Richard Saunders,Carl Herder Jamie Dowd and Joe Mckinley

7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Samuel Blaser Trio: Samuel Blaser (trombone) Marc Ducret (guitar) and Peter Bruun (perc)

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


Shawn Colvin

singular and enduring singer-songwriter
(6/23/18) Doors: 7:00 PM Show: $145 Premium + VIP / $65 Premium / $50 Advance / $54 Door (plus fees)

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


Brick + Mortar, The Unlikely Candidates The Y Axes

All Ages $15 in advance / $19 at the door

8pm to 9pm, Cornerstone 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant) Berkeley


Monday, June 25th 2018

Caffe Acustico

7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


1st ANNUAL FOONTASTIC FUNDRAISER for MUSIC EDUCATION

Concert and Fundraiser in memory of Neel Thomas Foon Please join us for an evening of outstanding musical performances by current and former music students from Oakland School for the Arts and Montessori Family School, along with musicians/educators who taught and mentored Neel from elementary through high school. We are raising funds through ticket sales and direct donations to support music & arts education at Oakland School for the Arts and Montessori Family School in memory of Neel. Donations to the The Fly Me to the Foon Scholarship Fund for Oakland School for the Arts can be made directly to this fund at: https://www.ebcf.org/donate/flymetothefoon/
Student Ticket $15.00 ($ w/service fee) All K-12 and College students
General $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee)

8pm to 10pm, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse (View) 2020 Addison Street Berkeley


Tuesday, June 26th 2018

The Phree Thinkers

Larrie Noble and his group.  Grooving tunes old and new.

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


Zamico

Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

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


Brian Moran Trio

7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR presents SICK: A Memoir In conversation with ACHY OBEJAS

For as long as writer Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. All of her trips to the ER and her daily pain and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery. SICK is a candid, illuminating narrative of hope and uncertainty, boldly examining the deep impact of illness on one woman's life.

Porochista Khakpour's debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times Editor's Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune's Fall's Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the "First Fiction" category. Her second novel The Last Illusion was a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and many more. Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her nonfiction has appeared in many sections of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Slate, Salon, and Bookforum, among many others. Currently, she is guest faculty at VCFA and Stonecoast's MFA programs as well as Contributing Editor at The Evergreen Review. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, she lives in New York City's Harlem. Her author photo was taken by Sylvie Roskoff.

Please note:
Conversation to be followed by a Q&A and signing.


This event is all ages. 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.

Tickets

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley


Freight Open Mic

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The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission. Also, for this evening's open mic, performance spots will be assigned via a lottery system, not "first-come, first-served."

Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly - and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

A lottery will be held shortly after doors at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30.

Admission is free for all.

Solo performers get to play one song; groups get to play two songs. Management reserves the right to award a performer an extra song now and then, for any reason management deems appropriate.

Please be ready to perform when your turn comes up. Please limit your introduction to 30 seconds.

BONUS: Anyone - performers and audience alike - who stays until the end of the night is entitled to a FREE TICKET to an upcoming Freight show of their choice. Shows that are sold out or close to being sold out are excluded from this offer.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley


The Cajun Country Revival: Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy & the Foghorn String Band


Spanning generations from across the nation the Cajun Country Revival is a veritable supergroup of American roots musicians. Comprised of Cajun musicians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy and Portland Oregon's Foghorn Stringband, this group presents a music that seems to embody all of the things that make life wonderful and together they've delighted audiences around the world celebrating rather than "performing" the music that brought them together: Cajun music and early Country music. Son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann and the founder of the Louisiana-based label Valcour Records, Joel Savoy is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a nine-time GRAMMY nominee, as well as a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association's Fiddler of the Year Award. Having grown up literally at the feet of the Cajun great he represents his culture with an authority that few people his age can and his playing leaves no doubt that Cajun music is still very much alive. He has worked and played with the best of the best in south Louisiana as well as folks like John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett. Sharing the stage with Joel for the last 15 years is the legendary Cajun powerhouse, Jesse Lége. Growing up in a rural pre-electricity home in Gueydan, LA, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors, and the family's much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world, known especially for his high, clear, "crying" vocals. Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music and singing Cajun French songs for over 35 years performing with a variety of well-known musicians in various Louisiana and southeast Texas dancehalls. He is a winner of numerous CFMA awards: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 1998 he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame. Completing the revival is Portland Oregon's Foghorn Stringband, made up of Caleb Klauder (WA) and Stephen "Sammy" Lind (MN) and Reeb Willms (WA) and Nadine Landry (Québec). Credited for igniting the Old Time Renaissance in Northwest, the Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With their 8th album, Devil in the Seat in hand, thousands of shows and over a decade of touring under their belts, it's no surprise that this band, as proclaimed by Stuart Mason, The Fiddle Freak, "has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination." Through all of this, they've never let the music grow cold; instead Foghorn has been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm
Show at 8:30 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door

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


Ravi Abcarian Trio

Tuesdays in June are held down by local double bassist/composer/educator Ravi Abcarian, who heads up the youth group Oaktown Jazz Workshop. Ravi specializes in his own compositions, classics by Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter, and instrumental arrangements of Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley songs.
http://www.abcarian.com

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


Eric Revis Quartet

Whether fronting his own ensembles with colleagues such as Orrin Evans, Nasheet Waits, Kris Davis, Andrew Cyrille, Darius Jones and Jason Moran, double bassist Eric Revis has established himself as much for his experimentations into the unknown as with mainstream jazz forms (Branford Marsalis Quartet, Betty Carter).

On his newest album as a leader, Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed), he goes a long way beyond anything he's achieved before. Sing follows 2013's Parallax (Clean Feed), his first recorded pairing with multi-reed player and MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark, the Chicago experimental scion. It shows Revis's astoundingly flexible range with a huge grounded sound. Vandermark returns to this session in a quartet with pianist Kris Davis (Revis's frequent trio partner on a handful of recorded dates with drummer Andrew Cyrille), and a former Chicagoan on drums, Chad Taylor, whom the bassist employed on his acclaimed 2014 quartet session In Memory of Things Yet Seen.

Together, they reinforce the idea that the identity of the music is relative to context and shared experience. The various points of departure sprouting from each player's unique identity fit within the same context because of a shared willingness to experiment with sound and form. Modern creative music is invariably composed of multiple sensibilities. This recording explores these qualities, confirming what has already been said about Revis's personal aesthetic - one committed to "stretching the jazz fabric without ripping it apart." In Sing Me Some Cry, you have traditional vocabulary, free-bop and more, with a continued indifference to established aesthetic ideologies.

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


Dennis Dove

The band has traveled all over delivering their own diversified and dynamic music style. From Motown, Old School Funk, R&B, Rock, Smooth Jazz and current hits.

www.dennisdove.com

9:45pm to 6/26 12 midnight, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Wednesday, June 27th 2018

Dennis Dove

The band has traveled all over delivering their own diversified and dynamic music style. From Motown, Old School Funk, R&B, Rock, Smooth Jazz and current hits.

www.dennisdove.com

12 midnight to 12:45 midnight, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


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


Dennis Dove

The band has traveled all over delivering their own diversified and dynamic music style. From Motown, Old School Funk, R&B, Rock, Smooth Jazz and current hits.

www.dennisdove.com

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


Moye

Grooving Nigerian music blending traditional sounds with Rock and Roll.

4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA


Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


Full: Adam Tendler

The charismatic young pianist Adam Tendler performs works by John Cage, Morton Feldman, and others. Tendler has been captivating audiences across the country, playing at the American Museum of Natural History, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Rothko Chapel, and Maverick Concert Hall. The Baltimore Sun wrote, "if they gave medals for musical bravery, dexterity and perseverance, Adam Tendler would earn them all."

Programmed by Sarah Cahill
BAMPFA Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.

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


Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Ariana Reines

Julian Talamantez Brolaski's most recent book is Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, 2017), which was recently shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. It is also the author of Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012) and Gowanus Atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), coediter of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari Edwards, as well as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Brooklyn-based Juan & the Pines and Oakland-based The Western Skyline. Julian is currently at work on The Apache Pollen Path (forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press) with its grandmother, Inés Talamantez. It maintains a blog of handwritten poems here: https://julianspoems.tumblr.com/

7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Kellye Gray

With her stunning musicality and warm, enveloping voice, Texas native Kellye Gray is one of the most accomplished jazz vocalists on the national scene. Gray has recorded over half a dozen albums as a leader and performed nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Yoshi's, and SFJAZZ. Kellye has been honored to share the stage with legends Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, to name a few.

Her first release, "Standards In Gray," prompted USA to declare "she is simply the most exciting singer to debut." Kellye's latest release entitled, Rendering, celebrates her 25th year as a professional and was recorded live in the studio in front of a 30 person audience and has no retakes or overdubs. She is the `real deal,' as KCSM's Alissa Clancy likes to boast, and there ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. Performing a collection of standards from blues to bebop her special guest will be San Francisco's own tenor saxophone bebop master, Noel Jewkes. Backing her up for this performance will be Adam Shulman (piano), Peter Barshay (bass), and Greg Wyser-Pratt (drums).

7:30pm to 10:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley


Funky Spuds

Making their Jup debut, The Funky Spuds is a sousaphone-fronted New Orleans-influenced funk band from San Francisco, looking to break down the connotations of "brass band music," and push the limits of what their instruments can do. The blasting sounds of the sousaphone (played by Shane Cox) cover funky bass lines from Motown to James Brown. The unique dual talented Paul Branin musically leads the band as a veteran of the Bay Area. He wails on the saxophone, displaying influence from Michael Brecker and John Coltrane, until he picks up the guitar and dives right into the psychedelic sounds of Hendrix.
https://www.funkyspuds.com

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


Balkan Folkdance


This monthly event is a revival of '70s-style Berkeley folk dancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.

Doors at 6:30 pm; Dance at 7:00 pm
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE
Tickets are $7

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


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Rob Schneiderman

Music in Dimensions 3, 3.5 and 4

Indulge your curiosity about the Music-Math mystique as pianist-composer-mathematician Rob Schneiderman performs in solo and duo settings, along with musical mathematicians from the international conference Topology in Dimensions 3, 3.5 and 4.

Featured compositions will include works of Bud Powell, Duke Ellington, Lennon and McCartney, Ernesto Lecuona, Chico Buarque, and J.S. Bach, as well as music from Rob's recent Tone Twister recording.

Rob Schneiderman has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries such as Eddie Harris, James Moody, Charles McPherson, JJ Johnson, Jimmy Heath, Clifford Jordan, Art Farmer and Harold Land. After 10 recordings as a leader for the Reservoir Music label, Rob's recent Tone Twister release for Hollistic MusicWorks features Brian Lynch and Ralph Moore on trumpet and saxophone with Gerald Cannon and Pete Van Nostrand on bass and drums.

In 2001 Rob received a PhD in mathematics from UC Berkeley under the guidance of topology guru Robion Kirby. Rob is currently on the faculty of Lehman College CUNY, and his research is focussed on studying surfaces in 4-dimensional spaces and links of circles in 3-dimensional spaces.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 student 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


Ramana Vieira


Internationally acclaimed Portuguese Fado singer

All Ages $20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

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


Thursday, June 28th 2018

Joe Warner Trio

Jazz

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


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.

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


Albany HS Jazz Combo

7pm to 9pm, Caffè on San Pablo, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Nonnie Thompson discusses Time It Was: Memoir of a Modern Pioneer

Journalist and photographer Nonnie Thompson shares insights from her memoir, Time It Was: Memoir of a Modern Pioneer. ABOUT THE BOOK With the resolve of teenaged angst, Nonnie turns her back on the known discomforts of her East Coast home and sets out alone for the unknown freedom of the American West. Her soul aches for the wildness of a wagon train adventure and hopes of a freer future. Fortunately, she is coming of age with a cultural revolution that encourages pioneering. In early 1971, Nonnie finds herself hitch-hiking into the winter twilight toward a mountain resort of dubious repute. By nightfall, she has begun her new life in a ghost town turned commune. Soon, she settles into a family of her making and marries her mountain man. Within four powerful years, in her husband's tender care, she grows from a wounded daughter of an eccentric father into a loving woman, homesteader, and mother. From the survival ethics of Rocky Mountain ghost towns, to the paradise of a High Sierra garden and sustainable British Columbia homestead comes an intriguing story, tracing the joys and sorrows of a woman who lived deeply in nature and culture.

Time It Was is a journey through the counter-culture life in the 1970s, when the identity of a generation plays out in an enchanting rebellion that sweeps the nation. Civil rights, freethinking, and a whole earth holistic open horizons, as the world of Nixon and the Vietnam War crumbles. And peace and love evolves to become today's ideals. It is a story of life in the Wild West, of the beliefs and mystique unique to the spaces and lifestyle dominated by the land.

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


Don Arbor, Susan Anders

multi-talented and socially conscious singer-songwriter
All Ages $16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)

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


Orbital Quintet

Orbital Quintet is an Oakland-based group that creates uncompromising all-original music, influenced by Jazz, Soundtrack, Broken Beat and Improvisation.

The quintet is made up of trumpet, tenor sax, guitar, bass, and drums and is committed to musical collaborations through digital documentation. Recorded at Fantasy Studios and released on Master Suite Records, Orbital Quintet Vol. 2 is filled with post-bop jazz, free improvisations, lush melodies and strong solos throughout the ensemble featuring John Harrington, Dave Tidball, DV Wright, Benjamin Lee, and Kyle Mueller.

Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 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


Pan-Celtic Ceilidh Dance plus Dance Lesson

Ashkenaz is proud to launch the first of our bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dances! The Ceilidh is a tradition of music, dance, and storytelling in Celtic traditions. In Ashkenaz's inclusive tradition, this first Ceilidh will combine easy dances everyone can do in many styles including   Irish Ceilidh, Contra, English Country Dance & Ceilidh, and Waltzes & other couple dances. T he August Ceilidh will  include Scottish traditions.


Featuring host and caller Alan Kline, and an Energetic and Versatile band including multi-instrumentalists Jim Oakden, Shira Kammen, and Noel Cragg

Doors at 7:30 pm; 8pm Dance Lesson,
followed by Ceilidh dance and live music
Buy Tickets on EVENTBRITE

Tickets are $8 Advance / $10 at the Door

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


DJ Cali & Hanif

DJ Cali has been moving dance floors with soulful music from all over the globe, from Afro, Broken Beat, House, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Brazilian, and Latin. He also represents Oaklands' thePeople, who hold down THE preeminent club night in Oakland, every 4th Saturday at New Parrish. Cali welcomes in his Oakland's own DJ Hanif!
http://cali.podomatic.com

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


Afrolicious B-Side Players

All Ages $15 in Advance / $19 at the Door

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant) Berkeley


Friday, June 29th 2018

Flowtilla

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

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


Big B and the Snake Oil Saviors

Classic country music with local crooner, Big B.

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


The Bob Roden Quintet

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

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


Primus, MASTODON, Jjuujjuu


Primus

The Desaturating Seven led Primus back to some of the sounds and styles of their earlier days and has received praise from Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, AV Club and more. The album marks the return of the definitive Primus line-up-singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde, and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander-for its first album of original music since 1995.

Inspiration for the album came from a 1978 children's book called The Rainbow Goblins by the Italian author and artist Ui de Rico. In the story seven goblins come to the valley where rainbows are born, intending to steal the rainbows and eat them. The valley, though, knows that the goblins are coming, and makes a plan to thwart the wicked creatures by hiding the rainbow. After the goblins are caught in their own nets, the flowers release the colors of the rainbow and drown the goblins, and in gratitude, the rainbow turns the flowers into beautiful birds who fly across the valley in freedom.

"It's a story about gluttonous individuals sucking the colors out of the world," says Les Claypool. "The overuse of resources by the greedy elite, and how the meek masses can overcome them in the end by unifying. It seemed pretty relevant these days."
Mastodon

Art is a cyclical beast. The same can easily be said of Grammy Award nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon. The group's four members recognize the importance of life's omnipresent cycles on their sixth full-length album, Once More `Round the Sun. The band orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of its signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves. At the same time, this particular collection proves personal for Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Troy Sanders. The very title says something slightly different for each member.


Mastodon's own collective cycle encompasses a staggering string of accolades. Whether it's the public endorsement of peers as diverse as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, CeeLo Green, and Feist or unanimous praise from the likes of Time and Rolling Stone, the band continue to make an impression at every turn. 2011's The Hunter saw them achieve their highest chart debut yet, reaching #10 on the Billboard Top 200, while the single "Curl of the Burl" notched their second Grammy Award nomination in the category of "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance". In between scorching stages everywhere from Sonisphere and Download to Bonnaroo and Coachella, they scored the Josh Brolin sci-fi western Jonah Hex and have been sought out for soundtracks including Pixar's box office smash Monsters University. As far as rock `n' roll goes, their legacy irrefutably stands alone. However, that legacy expands yet again with Once More `Round the Sun.


Jjuujjuu

7pm to 9pm, Greek Theatre - 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA


Dark Star Orchestra

About this Event Performing to critical acclaim celebrating over 20 years and more than 2700 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show.

Stream and download high-quality mastered soundboards: nugs.net/browse/artists/291/Dark-Star-Orchestra-mp3-flac-downloads/shows/

Hear Phil Lesh join DSO at The Fillmore: archive.org/details/DSO2012-10-13.SBD.flac

7pm to 11:59pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue Berkeley


PityParty // SpiderCider (AZ) // Stoop Kids // Long Knives +more

Pity Party (VINYL RELEASE SHOW!!)
Spider Cider (Tuscon, AZ)
Stoop Kids (REUNION!!!!)
Long Knives
Neverlyn Babygoth (acoustic Grumpster tunes)
ALL AGES.
Doors @ 7pm
$10 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Bob Roden Quintet

8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


The UnReal Band @ The Starry Plough Pub

For over thirty years, The Unreal Band has been a major component of the cultural phenomenon that the Thomas Guide Map calls "Berkeley, California."


Their "take no prisoners" approach to rock and roll has left a 30 year long trail of the breathless and the exhausted on dance floors from Gilman to Woolsey and all points in between.

But it hasn't stopped there.....

Taking it on the road in 1984 with Wavy Gravy (speaking of major cultural components), an unsuspecting nation got a taste of Unreality as the Nobody for President bus rolled and rocked its way through a 10 city cavalcade of unblinking lunacy.

The CD "Asphalt Dream" was released on October 20th 2007 at The Ashkenaz. It was the fulfillment of a promise made to Pat Quinn (an off the CHARTS Berkeley cultural phenom in his own right) and was released on the one year anniversary of his passing.

The Unreal Band continues to rock into 2009. So get your bad selves ready to strap in and hold on tight !!

The name says it all. These guys are just plain UNREAL !!!

8pm to 11pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley


The Hogan Brothers

Holding down last Fridays throughout the summer, the East Bay-raised Hogan Brothers have played with leading figures in R&B, funk, hip-hop and Latin music. With Julian on drums, Steve on bass and Colin on electric piano and accordion, the Brothers have established a huge network.

"A diagram charting the vast network of musicians connected to the siblings Steve, Colin and Julian Hogan would capture just about the entire Bay Area music scene."  -Andrew Gilbert, SJ Mercury News
http://thehoganbrothers.com

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


Red Molly

Americana and roots powerhouse trio
All Ages $24 ADV / $28 DOOR (plus fees)

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


The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Adam Gay (bass) and Tony Johnson (drums). Both of these guys have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years. Sam Cady (who is very familiar with Noel's complex original arrangements) and Sam Rudin (who is not) will be splitting the piano chores.

Tickets are $18 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, CA 94704, USA


Slum Village IllMac, MH the Verb, Gee. w/ RIDL & CTZN

All Ages $25 in Advance / $30 Day of Show

8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant) Berkeley


LOE Gino Mixtape Release Concert: Birkenstocks with the Socks

Berkeley rapper LOE Gino's first visual and single "Good Enough" off of his soon to be released mixtape "Birkenstocks With The Socks" is already raising eyebrows.
The Berkeley artist's substantial lyrics and powerful video depicting the struggles of young black men & women in this country, has positioned him to be an artists to pay attention to.
While so many other rappers are clouding and saturating any vague remnants of a message found in their music, LOE Gino delivers authenticity, honesty and introspection with his lyrics.
Come check out the rest of the mixtape at La Peña Cultural Center in South Berkeley at its official release!
Also performing: KENTE, NESS, RAYMOS & OMB ICEBERG & DJ GD.
Get your tickets before this show sells out!
YES, THIS SHOW IS ALL AGES!

www.lapena.org
$10 Advance / $15 Door

9pm to 11:30pm, La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley


Rahan Boxley Band with Special Guests

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rahan Boxley hosts an evening of fresh dance music that ranges from traditional Congolese to American R&B, reggae, house, funk, capoeira, and Afro stylings.


Rahan Boxley, born in Cleveland, Ohio, now based in the San Francisco, Bay Area of California, is a multidisciplinary artist, percussionist, capoeirista and visual artist that sings and dances, breathing life into space. A performer since the age of 4 years old, Rahan has shared the stage with legendary folk artist Joan Baez, Brazilian master percussionist Gabi Guedes, and Hip Hop group Jurrasic Five to name a few. With performances that have spanned Canada, the US, and Brazil, Rahan brings a fresh energy, influenced by traditional and Soukous Congolese music, roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, R&B and deep house music. When showcasing his talents live, Rahan serves a unique contemporary Afro-World fusion entree, layered with one of a kind soul-cadence for you to partake in. He is considered by his Northern Californian fanbase one of premiere genre-bending powerhouse performers and songwriters of the future. Seeing Rahan Boxley live is an unforgettable experience.

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door

9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Saturday, June 30th 2018

New Event

7:30am to 8am,


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

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


Outsound Presents Fund Drive The Saturday A Month Before Donor Thank You Dinner featuring Actual Trio

<b>Outsound Presents Fund Drive</b><br/>The Saturday A Month Before Donor Thank You Dinner <br/>featuring Actual Trio<br/>with John Schott, Dan Seamans, and John Hanes<br/>Join us in supporting a great organization with wonderful music and a buffet by Slippery Fish Catering<br/>Reserve you seat at Indiegogo <br/>or make donation via Paypal

6pm to 8pm, Finnish Kaleva Hall, 1970 Chestnut St.
Berkeley


Mckennatown

McKennaTown is a four-man acoustic ensemble, with David Brownell on mandolin and violin, Berne Reuben on percussion, Joe Saah on stand-up bass, and Steve McKenna on guitar and vocals. We play songs that Steve has been writing and performing in the Bay Area over the past thirty-odd years, and they incorporate folk, rock and roll, blues, and country influences; we also do our own arrangements of some of our favorite songs by people like The Drifters, The Beatles, Tom Petty, and Jimmy Cliff.


Collectively, Steve, David, Berne, and Joe bring more than a century of musical experience to the table,

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


Dark Star Orchestra

About this Event Performing to critical acclaim celebrating over 20 years and more than 2700 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show.

Stream and download high-quality mastered soundboards: nugs.net/browse/artists/291/Dark-Star-Orchestra-mp3-flac-downloads/shows/

Hear Phil Lesh join DSO at The Fillmore: archive.org/details/DSO2012-10-13.SBD.flac

7pm to 11:59pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue Berkeley


Chicken Train

A master of Appalachian mountain music, John Herrmann has played banjo for 50 years and traveled the world performing for more than thirty years. Equally adept on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and guitar, he has recorded at least fifty records on labels such as Rounder, County, and Sugar Hill, and performed numerous times at the Smithsonian Folk Festival. Together he and North Carolina fiddler John Engle focus on the North Carolina fiddling style and on African-American folk songs that pre-date the strict blues form, from a time when music passed freely between black and white rural communities. For this performance, Chicken Train includes Meredith McIntosh, an amazing Kentucky guitarist, and local bassist Emily Mann, of Paper Wings and Crooked Jades. Here's a link to the new CD.

Reservations are necessary to assure you a seat and made by calling (510) 525-9248, or via email at fifthstfarms@gmail.com.

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley


The George Cotsirilos Quartet

The George Cotsirilos Quartet, featuring George Cotsirilos on guitar, Keith Saunders on piano, Robb Fisher on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums, celebrates the release of their widely-acclaimed CD Mostly In Blue with this performance at The Back Room.

Mostly In Blue has spent weeks among the top 25 CD's on the National Jazz charts, accompanied by excellent reviews:

"Four stars. A pleasure." - Howard Mandel, Downbeat

"With his perfectly round solo and chordal tone, Cotsirilos weaves a tight, swinging fabric...bop, beautifully performed...sounds like it is straight out of Blue Note in the 60s, but all tracks are original, and there isn't a dull track amongst them. - Tom McCarter, KZSU 90.1

"After three acclaimed trio albums since 2006 with bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto, they hooked up with pianist Keith Saunders. The results are astounding." - Miles Jordan, Chico News & Review

The quartet performs primarily original modern jazz compositions along with some gems from the jazz canon. It includes:

George Cotsirilos: Guitar
"George Cotsirilos' meticulous and tasteful guitar work is marked by remarkably subtle shifts in accents, and minute changes in expression and dynamics. He displays an impeccable sense of timing especially in revealing the hidden rhythms of complex melodies. His approach to harmony is whimsical, but patently beautiful at all times." - Raul D'Gama Rose, All About Jazz

Originally from Chicago, Cotsirilos has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Jazz community for many years and has performed with a wide variety of artists, from San Francisco jazz fixtures like Eddie Marshall, Mel Martin, Pharaoh Sanders and Mark Levine to internationally-recognized Blues singer Etta James, Bill Evans' bassist Chuck Israels, and the jazz/soul vocal group The Whispers. He has recorded six prior CD's as a leader and he co-led the San Francisco Nighthawks with venerated drummer Eddie Marshall, bassist Robb Fisher and pianist Paul Nagel, who recorded for Monarch Records. His three prior trio CD's on OA2/Origin Records with current quartet members Robb Fisher and Ron Marabuto received wide, critical acclaim ("Sublimely fluid jazz guitar skills...this is about as tight a jazz trio as you'll ever be lucky enough to hear with eloquent bass lines and delicately nuanced percussion." - David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle). Cotsirilos's most recent trio CD, Variations, was chosen by erstwhile Washington Post jazz critic and Jazztimes editor, Royal Stokes, as one of the most notable jazz instrumental CD's of 2013.

Keith Saunders: Piano
Keith Saunders spent his formative years in Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie Shoemake and later, with Horace Silver. He worked extensively in L.A. with such well-known artists as Eddie Harris, Roy McCurdy, and Bill Watrous, then moved to New York City in 1984
where he worked and/or recorded with a wide variety of musicians, including Richie Cole, Frank Wess, Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano, Hank Crawford, and Mickey Roker. In 1991, Keith became the leader of The NY HardBop Quintet, which had begun as a cooperative unit. As such, he wrote and arranged music recorded by The HBQ for the TCB Montreux Jazz label, as well as numerous television spots including promotions for VH1 and ESPN. Now residing in the East Bay, he is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most in-demand jazz pianists.

Robb Fisher: Bass
For over six years, bassist Robb Fisher toured and recorded with the legendary Cal Tjader, anchoring Cal's Grammy Award-winning album, La Onda Va Bien, and Grammy-nominated album, Gozame Pero Ya. He has also worked extensively and recorded with such Jazz and Latin luminaries as Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Carmen McCrae, Tania Maria, Clare Fischer, and Rob Schneidermann. Additional recordings on which he can be heard include San Francisco Nighthawks, featuring Eddie Marshall, on Monarch Records, Jeff Pittson's Invisible Love as well as On The Rebop, Past Present, and Variations by the George Cotsirilos Trio, all on OA2/Origin Records.

Ron Marabuto: Drums
One of the San Francisco Jazz community's most highly-regarded drummers, Ron Marabuto has resided in both San Francisco and New York and has worked with a long list of jazz luminaries, including Pepper Adams, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, Steve Grossman, Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid, Mark Levine, Bruce Foreman, Buddy Montgomery, Rob Schneiderman, and Warren Gale, among many others. A San Francisco Area native, he is the son of noted jazz pianist John Marabuto and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He can be heard on a wide variety of recordings, included all three CD's on OA2/Origin Records by the George Cotsirilos Trio.

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


Rob Hart Trio

The Rob Hart Trio is an exciting blend of organic traditional jazz, fusion, funk, latin and textural experimental music, along with high-powered, on-the-edge improvisations. Established in the early 1990s, the Trio has gone through a series of different incarnations of instrumentation and evolutions, taking the trio through pathways of musical adventures.
http://www.robharttrio.com

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


Make Jazz

8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Laura Dreyer and the Manhattan/Rio Connection

Laura Dreyer & The Manhattan/Rio Connection features saxophonist/flutist Laura Dreyer performing dynamic original Brazilian jazz compositions and colorful arrangements of Brazilian standards. Featuring John R. Burr (Piano), Tyler Harlow (Bass), Ami Molinelli (Percussion), and Zach Mondlick (Drums), Laura Dreyer & The Manhattan/Rio Connection synthesizes catchy lyrical melodies with jazz and Brazilian rhythms, resulting in an exciting contemporary palette of sound, with a strong rhythmic twist.

Saxophonist, flutist, and composer Laura Dreyer is a vibrant, creative voice in the New York jazz scene. Her catchy original compositions combine lyrical melodies with jazz, Brazilian rhythms, funk, and rock. A multi-instrumentalist, Dreyer performs both nationally and internationally with her Brazilian Jazz ensemble, "Laura Dreyer and the Manhattan/Rio Connection," while additionally being in great demand as a sideperson. Audiences have heard her in the bands of such diverse artists as Dr. Billy Taylor, Dom Salvador, Helcio Milito, Portinho, Bossa PDX, Walter Bishop Jr., Mel Lewis, Robert Palmer, Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist/author James McBride, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, and many others. Laura has recorded four CDs as a leader/producer, including "Mysterious Encounter" (Lavasphere), "Free Flying Bird" (Sony/Piloo), and "Sax in the City" (Apria), and "Vida. Arte. Amor." (Mayimba Jazz). She is also featured on acclaimed Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador's newest release, "The Art of Samba Jazz," which received a Premio da Musica Brasileira award for Best Instrumental CD. Laura attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music form SUNY Empire State College. She has additionally studied with saxophonists Joe Henderson and Joe Lovano, and composers Lyle Mays and Jim McNeely. She is active as a music educator, having served on the faculties of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Clinics, Cazadero Music and Arts Camp, Jazz Camp West, and the New York Pops Salute to Music Program. She was a featured performer and educator in Busan, South Korea at The Friends of Music in Korea Music Festival, and is currently on the faculty of Léman Prep School/Leman Conservatory, Riverdale Country School, and The New York POPS PopsEd program. Laura regularly conducts clinics and workshops at high schools and colleges, which have included Berklee College of Music, The University or Reno, Nevada, Portland State University, The Jazz Improv Convention, and The California Jazz Conservatory. Website: http://www.lauradreyer.com

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


Iko Yaya plus Dance Lesson with Dana DeSimone

I*ko Ya Ya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched "swamp and roll" for your dancing pleasure! The band is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local groups, and it'll be a night of big time "bon temps roulez"! The party started in 2013 when the original lineup got together to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them. Tonight it's a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music - blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even a little country - all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe. Among the dance favorites are "We Make a Good Gumbo," "It's All Over Now," "Hey Pocky Way," and "Waltz Across Texas." I*ko Ya Ya is singer-percussionist Cheryl McBride (born and raised in New Orleans, a member of SwingThing, and one of our regular dance teachers), guitarist Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Jeffery Broussard), bassist-singer Lance Houck, drummer Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Courtableu, Creole Belles), saxophonist Otoe Mori, and trumpeter Marty Arvan.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Dana DeSimone
Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 at the Door

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


Ricardo Peixoto and Jovino Santos Neto Brazilian Duets

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to have another old friend return to our stage, Bringing with him a very talented colleague. Guitarist, composer, and arranger, Ricardo Peixoto, has appeared in our Concert Series in numerous ensembles. This time he will be performing with master pianist, composer and arranger, Jovino Santos Neto, in a program of original and classic Brazilian music. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall

Ricardo Peixoto - guitat
Jovino Santos Neto - piano

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. He was an integral part of Pascoal's group from 1977 to 1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.

Currently, Jovino leads his Seattle-based Quinteto and teaches piano and composition at Cornish College of the Arts. He can also be heard around the world as a piano soloist, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, and in collaboration with musicians such as his mentor Hermeto Pascoal, Bill Frisell, Paquito d'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, Marco Granados and many more.

Since moving to the US from his native Rio de Janeiro in 1993, Jovino Santos Neto has continued to tour the world and to record prolifically. He has recorded multiple CDs with his Seattle-based Quinteto, including Canto do Rio, nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2004. In 2006 Adventure Music released Roda Carioca with an all-Brazilian lineup including Joyce, Hermeto Pascoal and several other notable musicians and long time colleagues, earning him a second Latin Grammy nomination. In 2008 he released a piano duo with Weber Iago, Live at Caramoor, also nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2009. In 2010 Veja o Som (See the Sound) was released, a double disc collection of duos with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Joe Locke, Paquito d'Rivera, Anat Cohen, João Donato, Airto Moreira, Joyce, Paula Morelenbaum and Monica Salmaso, among others.

Jovino's compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, NDR Big Band in Hamburg and by numerous jazz and chamber music groups. Jovino gives lectures, clinics and master classes worldwide on a variety of musical topics.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro and currently based in the Bay Area, guitarist, composer and arranger Ricardo Peixoto is among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the US, with a fluid melodic style and a keen compositional sense. Ricardo originally came to the US on a scholarship to the Berkeley School of Music in Boston. As guitarist and composer, he has continued to explore elements from his Brazilian roots, with its rich and diverse musical traditions, integrating them with the freedom and improvisational approach of jazz.

Ricardo's compositions have been featured on `Inverse Universe' with vocalist Claudia Villela, on `Kindness of Strangers' with Terra Sul, and on Bud Shank's `'s Rainbow', among others. Additionally he has recorded, performed, and collaborated with, among others, Flora Purim and Airto, Dom Um Romão, Sivuca, Claudio Roditi, Raul de Souza, Paul McCandless, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, Arturo Sandoval, Spok, Marcos Silva and Berkeley Choro Ensemble. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil. He teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory and has taught at Jazz Camp West and California Brazil Camp.

Info: 510-845-1350 Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members

8pm to 10pm, The Berkeley Hillside Club 2286 Cedar Street Berkeley


Spiller // Rex Ruit (album release) // The Brankas // Damper +

Spiller (Eugene, OR)
+ LOCALS:
The Brankas Rex Ruit (album release!)
Damper
Lavender Scared
ALL AGES.
Doors 7:30pm
$10 + $2 membership

8pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Next Month

Sunday, July 1st 2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, 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


Silly Song Sing-Along: Songs of Nonsense & Silliness

Celia Ramsay, Calvaleigh Rasmussen
All Ages Free with Reservation

1pm to 2pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street Berkeley


Balkan/Greek Post-Camp Gathering Dance Workshop with Petur Iliev

2pm to 5pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Festival of Americana Music featuring Keith Little and Molly Tuttle

In celebration of the 2018 Whippoorwill Arts Freshgrass Awards, Whippoorwill Arts presents a Festival of Americana Music featuring Keith Little and Molly Tuttle, Winners of the 2018 Whippoorwill Arts Fresh Grass Awards. A special reception, panel discussion and LIVE music at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California. Don't miss the rare opportunity to experience intimate live performances from a special selection of talented and renowned artists. Celebrate Americana musicians!

2;00 PM Special Reception
2:45 PM Jazz Trio - Opener
3:00 PM Nell & Jim Band - Opening Performance
3:45 PM Panel Discussion featuring Whippoorwill Arts Fresh Grass Artist Awardees Keith Little and Molly Tuttle, led by Derk Richardson, KPFA DJ and Music Writer Concert featuring Keith Little and Molly Tuttle

Band Members and Instrumentation:
Keith Little - guitar, vocals;
Molly Tuttle - guitar, vocals;
Nell & Jim Band: Nell Robinson - vocals, flute; Jim Nunally - vocals, guitar; Jim Kerwin - bass fiddle; Rob Reich - accordion, keyboards; Jon Arkin - percussion +special guests

Keith is a nationally acclaimed musician, vocalist, recording artist, composer, and producer. Born into a musical family, he was first introduced to string band music by his father and quickly developed on the guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. Over a career spanning forty years, Keith has been an important member of many national touring bands (Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time), and has performed on the Grammy award-winning recordings "The Grass Is Blue" and "Little Sparrow" by Dolly Parton; and "Another Country" by the Chieftains. The "bluegrass voice of the gold country," Keith is also a featured member of the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. His compositions have been recorded by Crystal Gayle, Longview, Claire Lynch, Tim O'Brien, and the Whites (among others), and he is an honorary lifetime member of the California Bluegrass Association.

In 2017, Molly Tuttle made music history. Having been nominated for three International Bluegrass Music Awards, including Emerging Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year, she became the first woman to win IBMA Guitar Player of the Year (also becoming the first woman ever to be nominated). The 24-year-old Northern California native has been performing on stage since age 11. She recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree with her father Jack Tuttle, at age 13; she has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at San Francisco's prestigious Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and RockyGrass festivals. Further evidence that Molly's star has risen is her fall 2017 signing to Compass Records, for whom she will record her first full-length album, the follow-up to her 2017 self-released EP Rise. http://www.mollytuttlemusic.com

Nell & Jim Band
Genre-busting artists performing joyful music infused with folk, bluegrass, americana, roots, swing, jazz, and blues. An authentic and original all-star band.

2pm to 5pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2040 Addison Street, 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


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Punk With A Camera -Berkeley@924 Gilman

5pm to 9pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Larry Stefl

5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Balkan/Greek Post-Camp Gathering Dance Party with Edessa

For many years one of the Bay Area's premier Balkan dance bands, Ã%dessa is comprised of musicians who have devoted decades to the study and performance of the rich cultural expressions of the southern Balkans. They play with a deep understanding of the connection between dance and music. Using both traditional and modern instruments, they perform in a variety of styles, featuring long sets that interweave melodies, improvisation and a beat with dancers in mind. The music comes from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, and Turkey, and Balkan Roma (Gypsy). The group and its members have long participated in and taught at Balkan camps across the country, and Ã%dessa was the first band to take Balkan music to Japan.


Ã%dessa is George Chittenden on clarinet, gaida (bagpipe), zurna (shawm), and guitar; Lise Liepman on santouri (hammered dulcimer) and accordion; violinist Ari Langer and percussionist Sean Tergis.

Doors at 5:30 pm; Show at 6:00 pm
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Tickets are $12

6pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Hip Spanic Allstars

All Ages $16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)

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


Monday, July 2nd 2018

Caffe Acustico

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


Tuesday, July 3rd 2018

Time Out Quartet

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


Dred Scott and Freedom Jazz

Dred Scott's Freedom Jazz: songs of rebellion, resistance and rabble-rousing with a short history of each song delivered by Bruce Barthol.

Featuring:
Dred Scott, piano
Miles Wick, bass
Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone
Beth Custer, clarinet and bass clarinet
Tom Hassett, drums
plus special guests

About the repertoire:
American fighting forces illegally travelled to Spain between 1936-1939 to fight Franco and the rising tide of Fascism that would soon take over Europe. They were called the 15th Brigade. The most famous song of the Republic has two lyrical versions, "El Paso del Ebro" and "Viva Quince Brigada." The first one is related to the Battle of the Ebro and the second mentions the Battle of Jarama, two of the main confrontations of the Spanish Civil War. The melody, however, dates back to the Peninsular War in the early 19th century.

In 1970, the working-class united and elected Salvador Allende to lead them in a socialist transformation of Chile. Their anthem was "El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido," or "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." When Pinochet took over in a U.S.-backed coup in 1973, this song became the anthem of the resistance.

In 1957, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus sent the National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Charles Mingus wrote a song in protest, "The Fables of Faubus."

"Rally 'Round the Flag" was written in 1862 during the American Civil War. It was also known as "The Battle Cry of Freedom" and was pro-union and anti-slavery. It became so popular the Confederacy adapted it - with alternate lyrics, or course.

Originally sung by migrant workers in the rice paddies of the Italian valley of Po in the 19th century to protest working conditions, "Bella Ciao" became famously repurposed as an anti-Fascist anthem in 1943.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for 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


MotorDude Zydeco plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Winner of everyone's vote as one of the Bay's hottest dance bands, MotorDude Zydeco purveys a high-energy hybrid of Cajun and zydeco styles. The group is powered by the hardest-working man in the local Cajun/zydeco scene, multi-instrumentalist Billy Wilson - who plays accordion for MDZ - along with singer/rubboard player Lloyd Meadows, guitarist Ian Lamson, drummer and singer Willy Jordan, and bassist Dennis Calloway. Launched in 1989 by veterans of other zydeco and dance bands, MDZ takes its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great accordion player and zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm with Ted Sherrod
Show at 8:30 pm
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Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door

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


Wednesday, July 4th 2018

Stitch 'n Bitch

6pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Norbert Satchel - Leh Cats Latin Jazz Sextet

LehCats (Norbert and Karen Stachels' last name spelled backwards) performs original compositions that combine elements of modern jazz, funk, R&B, Middle Eastern, Afro/Latin, and rock into a musical potpourri of creative sound. LehCats consists of Norbert Stachel (tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet, and flute), Karen Stachel (flute, alto flute, and piccolo), Jeff Tamelier (guitar), Murray Low (piano), Dewayne Pate (bass), Gilbert Ross (percussion), and Dan Gonzalez (drums). LehCats redefines the terms teamwork, artistry, and chemistry. Their versatility is evident, and their ability to deliver and uplift both the music and the listener is profound.

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


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Thursday, July 5th 2018

Free Live Jazz

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


Jim Grantham Quartet

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


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


Max Schwartz presents: The Music of Monk and Mingus

Bassist Max Schwartz returns to The Back Room to honor two of jazz's most influential composers: Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus.

His band will feature:
Nora Stanley - alto saxophone
Benny Bock - piano
Ben Ring - drums

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door general admission, and $15 for 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


Hills to Hollers

All Ages $30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

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


Friday, July 6th 2018

Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet


Extramarital Sextet/East Bay Hextet

JAZZ

6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA


The Jazz Fourtet

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


Revolution Bummer, George Crustanza, GILT [FL], Throwing Rocks, SGBD

Revolution Bummer https://revolutionbummer.bandcamp.com/releases [SF post-hardcore]
George Crustanza [SF hardcore] https://georgecrustanza.bandcamp.com/
GILT [North FL sad/angry-core] https://gilt.bandcamp.com/
Throwing Rocks [Bay area punk rock] https://throwingrockspunk.bandcamp.com/
Shotgun Braindectomy [Berkeley Tinnituscore-noise ]
ALL AGES. Doors @ 7:30pm
$10 + $2 Membership
Safe(r) Space Venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior.

7:30pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley,


California Jazz Conservatory - Rising Star - Florio

Florio `s concert will include works by jazz masters, J.S. Bach, and new compositions by the members. Katherine Westine, piano;
Yehudit Lieberman, acoustic and five-string electric violin;
Gael Alcock, cello

Katherine Westine holds a B.A. in Music and a Master's degree in Organ Performance and has done post-graduate study in Early Music and early keyboards at the Norddeutsche Orgelakademie in Germany. Ms. Westine performs and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to teaching and composing in her studio in Oakland, she is on the faculty of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and is currently studying jazz with Susan Muscarella. Katherine is a member of the ensembles La Foolia!, Dueling Harpsichords, Lewiston Jazz, and Florio. www.gaelalcock.com

Yehudit Lieberman has been active on the San Francisco jazz and classical music scene for over 30 years. She has headlined at numerous venues and festivals in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. In 2007, she resigned her long-time membership in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in order to devote her full energies to jazz performance and composition. Her CDs are available on the Edgetone Records label. You can hear samples of her music and buy her CDs by visiting www.yehudit.net

Cellist Gael Alcock has accompanied singers, dancers, artists, and poets since moving to the Bay Area in the mid 1970s. While a member of the Berkeley and San Jose Symphonies, she premiered solos and chamber music works by local composers, founded the Concerto Collective in collaboration with San Francisco Dancers Stage, and played at dance festivals, cafes, and salons with dancer/video artist Cathy Weis and Sweet Western Dalliance. In 2017, she performed in Lizz Roman's Sunset Dances, and in Clive Matson's epic "Hello Paradise, Paradise Goodbye" at the European Beat Studies Network Conference in Paris, France. http://www.lewistonjazz.net

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


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Fanna-Fi-Allah

All Ages $30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

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


Sugartown

Sugartown is an indie/roots/alt string band, heavy on the harmonies - and all about that bass. They love ballads about murder, mayhem and heartbreak but like to throw in a little southern moonshine to sweeten the mix.

Their original songs explore topics ranging from the anxiety of waiting in a cafe for a lover to arrive ("White Tablecloths"), to the burden of ancestry ("Bloodlines"). They cover songs from an eclectic pool of artists: the Be Good Tanya's fabulous singer/songwriter, Frazey Ford, local alt genius Sam Chase, and their musical gods Cohen, Dylan and Waits.

Sugartown features the intricate melodies and rhythms of local jazz player Dan Seamans on standup bass, and the latest addition to the band is fiddling wunderkind David Boyden, the red-haired scion of famous Berkeley-based violin scholar David Boyden, Sr. Adding his lightning lead guitar riffs and colorful vocals is public-defender-by-day Brian Bloom, while local author/songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter plays rhythm guitar, sings, and writes the band's original songs. The band is thrilled to be coming to The Back Room to celebrate the launch of their first-ever CD, Waiting for the Earthquake. Joining the group will be local drummer Joe Mockus and several special musical guests.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door and $10 for 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


Saturday, July 7th 2018

William Beatty & the Fountain Walk Ensemble

This concert will feature some brand new compositions from pianist William Beatty, arranged for two clarinets, piano, bass, cello and drums, plus some guitar/vocal compositions by Sara Glaser.

The Ensemble's young woodwind players, Lucy Dunn and Reese Chisholm, are Albany High School students and both played in the Ensemble's "Plum Blossom Concert" last February. Lucy studies piano with William, and is a member of The Piedmont Children's Choir. Also performing are Aaron Germain (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums) and Melanie Wentz (cello).

The show will also feature spoken word and some jazz standards for piano trio.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance 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!

3pm to 5pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley


Dodge's Sundodgers

Dodge's Sundodgers

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


Tribu Baharú

All Ages $20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

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


Joel Dorham

Joel Dorham has been part of the Oakland jazz scene for decades. He doesn't perform very often anymore, so when he does a show it's a real event. For this performance, he will be bringing his Latin Jazz Octet, complete with three percussionists, three horns, bass, and vibes!

The younger brother of the late trumpeter Kenny Dorham, Joel is a notable percussionist and bandleader in his own right. The Bay Area native is a tireless advocate for broader recognition of jazz - a fight he took all the way to congressional hearings. His passion for music is made tangible, and eminently enjoyable, with his long-running Latin Jazz Octet.

"Bandleaders come and go, but Joel Dorham rolls on." - Herb Caen 1993

Joel Dorham is one of America's most prolific and electrifying Latin Jazz timbale players and percussionists of our time, and a pivotal force in Latin Jazz. Joel organized his band in 1963, and has become the pre-eminent outspoken critic of the mass media for its suppression of Jazz. For his efforts he was nominated for a Pulitzer prize in 1981.

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


Helen and Larry

8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Rising Star - Shavon Moore

Versatile vocalist Shavon Moore returns to CJC featuring Michael Echaniz on Piano, Max Brody on Guitar, Marley Edwards on Bass, and Alex Shapiro Romano on Drums. They share an intimate evening of Jazz, Soul, and modern Funk.
Band Members and Instrumentation:
Max Brody - guitar;
Marley Edwards - Bass;
Alex Shapiro - Drums;
Michael Echaniz - Piano

Singer Shavon Moore hails from Oakland, CA, where she attended Oakland School For The Arts. An aspiring Gospel singer before jazz intervened during her Junior year studies with Branice McKenzie at OSA, Shavon went on to California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA, where she won the Buddy Montgomery Scholarship 2016. Shavon has worked with such luminaries as Faye Carol, David Murray, Howard Wiley, Kahil El' Zabar, John Santos, Kev Choice, Norma Miller and Chris Martin. Shavon receives private instruction from Janice Maxis. Shavon performed solo on the Fox Theater stage on OSA Spotlight Show and OSA Identity Show 2015-2016, and was awarded Best Song in Nina Simone - Four Women. Shavon, alongside OSA Chamber Choir, performed for TEDXBerkeley on live broadcast television, and in the Notes & Words benefit concert for Oakland Children's Hospital. Shavon also traveled the Bay Area singing lead in Tavia Percia's Play: Enumerated Negro: Story of Emmett Till. Opened for Kahil El'Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Live Arts Resistance 2017. Appearances at major festivals/venues including The Malcolm X Jazz Festival, Amiri Baraka Jazz Festival, June Teenth Festival, Solano Stroll, and Berkeley Street festival. Shavon released her first album "Creation" in 2013; her second album "Catharsis" in 2015, as well as her book "Memoirs Of A Broken Heart." Shavon's third album is "Shavon Live At Jazzschool" (2017) and a 4th acclaimed album "Undefeated" in 2017. Shavon is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Jazz Music to become an elementary music school teacher, and will continue her music career as a singer.
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/Shavon411/
Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/shavon_original/

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


The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Averisons Crown, Shadow Of Intent


The Black Dahlia Murder is a renown American death metal band known for their explosive live performance.

Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths - and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years - could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that's just not The Black Dahlia Murder's style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015's Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. "I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record," asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. "The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it's so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you've done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on 'Nightbringers'. When we started writing I honestly didn't know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It's a great moment for us."

Whitechapel
Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is Whitechapel. Our Endless War is the culmination of everything the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet have worked toward since their inception. A ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality, it is also by far their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level. "The record grasps everything that we've done thus far," states guitarist Alex Wade. "It's got some of the elements from Whitechapel (2012), but also some from A New Era Of Corruption (2010) and This Is Exile (2008). It brings back the blastbeats and really aggressive sounding stuff from those earlier records, but it also has a lot of layers and some slower, more groove-oriented songs, which have become a big part of what we do."

Fleshgod Apocalypse
Symphonic/technical death metal band from Perugia, Italy. Fleshgod Apocalypse was created in April of 2007 when they released a two track demo entitled 'Promo 07', which was later released as part of the 4-way split called 'Da Vinci Death Code'.

Line-up:
Tommaso Riccardi - vocals, guitars
Paolo Rossi - bass, vocals
Cristiano Trionfera - guitars, vocals, orchestral arrangements
Francesco Paoli - drums, guitars, vocals
Francesco Ferrini - piano

AVERSIONS CROWN are a four piece outfit from Brisbane, Australia conceived in 2010.

Shadow Of Intent
Symphonic Deathcore band from Connecticut/Rhode Island

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


7th Street Band

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
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Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show
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Berkeley's 7th Street Band has made its name backing some of the greats and new voices of reggae and running its own studio. While 7th Street Band has been hitting the West Coast stages for over a decade, drummer Edi Arnold and keyboardist Benjamin Goff, friends since high school, have played together since 1992. Edi, as founding member and Ben, as his right hand man have been the foundation and executive producers of all 7th Street works.

7th Street Band has been called one of the Bay Area's best-kept musical secrets and has backed many top touring vocalists, including Sanchez, Gappy Ranks, Glenn Washington, Konshens, Louie Culture and Million Stylez. Other artists 7th Street has worked with include Arkaingelle, Mega Banton,Norris Man, Danny I, Army, Rocker T, Wadi Gad, Tuff Lion, Messenjah Selah, Earl Zero, Winstrong, and Luv Fyah. Mony Lujan of Dubwize, on bass since 2010, rounds out the trio that makes up the heart of 7th St. Band.

9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sunday, July 8th 2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Dr. Squeez and the Hugz

5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


PUNK VS EMO

CHOOSE YOUR FIGHTER.
Kilroi
The Breaking Pattern
Drive
VS
Fall Children
Boozer
Easy Fix

ALL AGES. Doors 4:30 /
$10 + $2 membership
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

5pm to 10pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Dancers of the World with Naina Shastri

Madanika - Story of the Stone Girls:
It is based on the poems written by the post independence literary exponent from Karnataka, one of the Southern States of India, Shri D V Gundappa or DVG as he is most popularly known there! DVG, was inspired by the stone carvings of dancing damsels in the Temples of Belur and Halebidu. He then composed a poem on each of them, describing their beauty. These poems are collectively titled "Antahapura Geethegalu" or "Songs from the Inner Chambers"!
The temples of Belur and Halebidu were built during the reign of Emperor Vishnuvardhana, of the Hoysala Dynasty around the 11th and 12th Century. The Emperor's main queen, Rani Shantala is supposed to have commissioned the building of these temples. She was herself an amazing dancer, musician and mathematician! The temples of Belur and Halebidu are UNESCO protected heritage sites and are a marvel of architecture and engineering!

Mrs. Naina Shastri, Artistic Director of Ushajali School of Dance, Instructor of Bharatanatyam at the Mahea Uchiyama Center for International Dance, has been learning this art form since she was 8yrs old. She had her initial training under the guidance of Guru Vidwan Shri K Rama Murthy Rao of Mysore, India. She has a "Vidwat" degree in Bharatanatyam, from the Karnataka State Secondary Board of Education and is a Certified Teacher with the Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva MahaVidyalaya, Mumbai. She has been a RAW resident artist at SAFEhouse for the Arts, SF and Artist-in-residence at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland. Currently, she serves as a Member of the San Ramon City's Arts Advisory Council. She is the founder of Namaha Foundation for the Arts, A Tri Valley Based Arts organization and co founder of Kalasangha-East Bay Artists Exchange.
Students of Ushanjali regularly perform at various Community and City organized events. The school was one of the groups that performed in this year's San Francisco International Arts Festival, SFIAF 2018.

Website: www.ushanjali.com

Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
Buy Tickets Here
Tickets are $12 Advance /
$15 Day of Show

7pm to 8pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Monday, July 9th 2018

Orion's Joy of Jazz and the Latin All Stars

5pm to 7pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Tuesday, July 10th 2018

Film Critic Joseph McBride on Ernst Lubitch

Join film critic Joseph McBride as he discusses the work of Ernst Lubitsch. This is a book launch for How Did Lubitsch Do It, forthcoming from Columbia University Press in June.

"Joseph McBride's study of Lubitsch matches the breadth and range of his incomparable work on Welles and Ford. Reading it, it is impossible not to want to see each of the director's greatest films again or for the first time-readers will be driven straight to seek out not only the repertory standards but the silents, the musicals, and the German films. It is especially gratifying to see McBride apply his supple understanding of the intricacies of Lubitsch's sexual politics to the paradoxes lurking for contemporary viewers, exploring how the films play both against and into feminist readings. McBride doesn't shy from such explorations, but never leaps to premature conclusions. The book is an act of devotion matched to the heart of its subject." - Jonathan Lethem

7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley


Neurosis


Neurosis
Of all that humankind has inherited through our ancestry, no single language has transcended every age as powerfully as music. For those few who channel that inheritance of sound today, none have wielded its command and authority like Neurosis. Showing their discontent with convention from the very beginning, Neurosis revealed what would become an instinct for transformation in sound and scope. With each release, the sound became interchangeable with vision. A vision of the conscious and unconscious coexisting in an audial spectrum that challenged not only the constraints of what listeners expected but of the listeners themselves as beings. Over the collective's past ten albums, Neurosis have invited listeners to join them on the path their music carved. Going beyond the remarkable, Neurosis became unforgettable. Throughout the last 30 years, the journey of their music has found the band relishing the unpredictable and embracing the unknown possibility of where the music was capable of taking them. This year finds Neurosis taking their most dominant step yet with their eleventh full-length, Fires Within Fires. Three decades in the making, Fires Within Fires is a testament both to the history and future of Neurosis. Striking the band's signature balance between light and dark, beauty and repulsion, Fires Within Fires gives due to its predecessors while progressing forward into the unfamiliar and formidable. Featuring exquisite album artwork from the renowned Thomas Hooper and the stellar recording work of the group's longstanding engineer Steve Albini, Fires Within Fires is at once a beautiful and forbidding work of mastery. For members Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Jason Roeder, Noah Landis, and Dave Edwardson, the album is a welcomed companion to what's now been a 30-year-long trek into the infiniteness of sound and sight coalescing into consciousness. An all-encompassing reminder that transfiguration in sound remains their most commanding and inimitable strength, Fires Within Fires is the next powerful step towards a destination that has long been and continues to be the very heart of "becoming" for the mighty Neurosis.


Converge

is a prolific punk-metal band formed in 1990 in Boston, USA, and after several singles, released their first full-length, Halo in a Haystack, in 1994. By 2000, with the release of their fourth full-length, Jane Doe, Converge were regarded as one of the most original and innovative bands to emerge from the punk underground. A quartet consisting of Jacob Bannon, Kurt Ballou, Nate Newton and Ben Koller, the band also found time to lend out members to various side projects, including Kingdom of the Sun, Old Man Gloom and Kid Kilowatt (the short-lived band that also included members of Cave In). Known for intense live shows and extensive touring, the band played over 600 shows in ten years, making it possible for them to retain their cult status within the punk underground without the kind of commercial success that has vaulted other punk bands into the middle of alternative rock radio and press.
Current Line-up:-
Jacob Bannon (Vocals, Lyrics, Visuals)
Kurt Ballou (Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Theremin)
Nate Newton (Bass Guitar, Vocals)
Ben Koller (Drums)

Former Members:-
Jeff Feinberg (Guitar, Bass: 1991-1997)
Aaron Dalbec (Guitar: 1994-2001)
Damon Bellorado (Drums: 1991-1999)
John Digiorgio (Drums: 1999)
Erik Ralston (Bass: 1993)
Stephen Brodsky (Bass: 1997-1998)


Amenra

(sometimes called Amen Ra) is a Belgian Metal / Sludge band with some Doom Metal influences, formed in 1999 in Western Flanders.Bjorn Lebon - drums
Colin H. van Eeckhout - vocals
Mathieu van de Kerckhove - guitars
Lennart Bossu - guitars
Levy Seynaeve - bass

8pm to 9pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley, CA, 94704


Accordion Fest with Dance Lesson at 8pm with Cheryl McBride

A unique nonstop evening of waltzes, 2 steps, and shuffles with a "nouveau" feel. featuring the quintessential instrument of Zydeco and Cajun music - the ACCORDION!

Join us for a celebration of the quintessential instrument of Zydeco and Cajun music, the ACCORDION! 

In the Louisiana tradition of "lagniappe" (a little something extra) we will be welcoming accordionists Max Lopez, Andre Nigoghossian, Andrew Carriere, Mark Marcin and Maureen Karpan to the stage with some hard driving music for your dancing pleasure. When they are not up front on the "squeezebox" you will be enjoying their musical talents on bass and guitar as well. They will be joined by rhythm section Sam Siggins, Debi Krilanovich and Jim Scott.  A unique nonstop evening of waltzes, 2 steps, and shuffles with a "nouveau" feel. You don't want to miss this one!!

FEATURING:
Andrew Carriere (California Cajun Orchestra, Creole Belles, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Cajun All-Star Band)
Maureen Karpan (Frog Legs, Creole Belles, Cortableu)
Mark Marcin (Midnight Ramblers)
Max Lopez (Black & Tan Creole Band, Ashkenaz soundman!)
Andre Nigoghossian (I*ko Ya Ya)
Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, Jeffery Broussard, I*ko Ya Ya, CZ & the Bon Vivants)
Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Cortableu, I*ko Ya Ya)

Debi Krilanovich (Blues Box Bayou Band)

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8pm; Show at 8:30
Buy Tickets Here
Tickets are $12 Advance /
$15 Day of Show

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


Wednesday, July 11th 2018

Jazz in the Neighborhood Presents...Nicolas Bearde

Internationally renowned jazz recording artist, Nicolas Bearde brings his powerful and affecting baritone voice and soulful stylings to Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory. Nicolas will be presenting music from his most recent and highly acclaimed album "Invitation," as well as selected favorites from previous albums. A highly respected showman onstage, Nicolas has won acclaim from a host of industry publications and music critics for his lush vocals and imaginative interpretations. Don't miss this performance of time tested standards, blues and swinging, improvisational jazz works. He'll be backed by Glen Pearson (piano), Ruth Davies (bass), and Leon Joyce, Jr. (drums).

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents its Wednesday night series at CJC with financial support from AFM Musicians Union Local 6.

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


Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz's Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.

When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia's music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals' tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead's commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.

Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.

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


Thursday, July 12th 2018

Free Live Jazz

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


Joshua Churchill & John Davis

As a performance duo, Joshua Churchill and John Davis operate spontaneously to create densely layered organic and atmospheric works, combining Churchill's dynamic soundscapes with Davis's handmade, and often hand processed, 16mm and Super 8 films. For Other Minds, Joshua Churchill and John Davis will present a collaborative performance that engages viewers in meditative and abstract environments, using imagery and sounds are rooted in the environment and its natural rhythms.

7pm to 9pm, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 100, Berkeley


Ottessa Moshfegh: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh discusses and signs copies of her powerful new novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation. ABOUT MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION

From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. She is also the author of the short story collection Homesick for Another World. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award.

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


Ecostrike, Drug Church, Abuse of Power, Secondsight at Gilman


The Hard Times Shows & Wide Eyed Noise presents ECOSTRIKE
Drug Church
ABUSE OF POWER
SECONDSIGHT
Discourage

All Ages
Tickets ecostrike924.brownpapertickets.com
$15 Admission + $2 Annual Gilman Membership to be paid upon entry in CASH

7:30pm to 11:30pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley


Sylvan Esso, Kamasi Washington

Sylvan Esso's sophomore album, What Now, is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut. Everything has evolved - the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are more infectious, and the songs shine that much brighter. However, it is also a record that was made in 2016 - which means it is inherently grappling with the chaos of a country seething inward on itself, the voices of two people nestled in studios around the country who were bemused by what they looked out and saw. It's an album that is both political and personal, and blurs the line between the two - What Now describes the inevitable low that comes after every high, fulfillment tempered by the knowledge that there is no clearly defined conclusion. What Now asks where we go as a culture when standing at what feels like a precipice. It's a record about falling in love and learning that it won't save you; about the oversharing of information and the fine line between self-awareness and narcissism; about meeting one's own personal successes but feeling the fizzling embers of the afterglow rather than the roar of achievement; about the crushing realization that no progress can ever feel permanent. It is an album that finds its strength in its own duality. But at its core, What Now is an album of the finest songs this band has ever written- produced masterfully, sang fearlessly- to articulate our collective undercurrents of anxiety and joy.


Kamasi Washington

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Greek Theatre - 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA


Friday, July 13th 2018

MY Word Open Mic

MY Word Open Mic

7pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


Sunday, July 15th 2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, 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


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Thursday, July 19th 2018

Free Live Jazz

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


Friday, July 20th 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, July 22nd 2018

String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


Wednesday, July 25th 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


Thursday, July 26th 2018

Leslie

12 midnight,


Free Live Jazz

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


Friday, July 27th 2018

Leslie

12 midnight,


Saturday, July 28th 2018

Leslie

12 midnight,


Sunday, July 29th 2018

Leslie

12 midnight,


String Quartet Sundays ~ featuring "The Town"

1pm to 2pm, The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


"The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

This week Ken Knabb continues discussion of Lawrence Sterne's novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. The group will be meeting in the University Press Bookstore (2430 Bancroft in Berkeley) every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 P.M. for nine meetings, Afterwards we'll move on to Jacques the Fatalist the next work in our series.

4:30pm to 7pm, University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


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