Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

Oct 13, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Step and Body Percussion Special Workshop with Antwan Davis!

This beginner/intermediate Stepping and Body percussion class will challenge your body and mind with elemets of Greek collegiate stepping and stomp style body percussion.

You will receive the elements to make you own steps in this very interactive workshop!

Stomp and StepAfrika Alumnus Antwan Davis is a co creator of Molodi, and featured performer at the 2016 and 2018 International Body Music Festival.

Oct 13, 12 noon to 2pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Saturday Storytime

Oct 13, 1pm to 2pm, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

70 Scenes of Halloween: A play by Jeffrey M Jones

70 SCENES OF HALLOWEEN is a spooky, scrambled, and sly comedy that transforms the unraveling of a marriage into a frighteningly funny romp. A young couple seems set to spend Halloween on their couch in a state of mild boredom. But dark forces emerge and they must contend with ghosts and witches banging on windows and wielding butcher knives.

The turbulent tale is told in 70 brief scenes played out of order, resulting in a wild, dreamlike ride. One minute, the couple is greeting trick-or-treaters, and the next, they are succumbing to inner demons. Husbands becomes wolves, and wives become phantoms in a haunted home that offers a weirdly comical and thought-provoking glimpse into the nature of relationships.

The play is a wonderful concoction", says Director Christopher Herold, "moving from living-room domesticity to a time-warped, altered reality-an opportunity to engage something fresh and unknown."

THU October 11: 8pm - Opening Night
FRI October 12: 8pm
SAT October 13: 2pm & 8pm
SUN October 14: 2pm

Oct 13, 2pm to 3pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Second Saturday FairPle' Seisiun @ The Starry Plough Pub

Second Saturday Fair Pie' seisiun at the Starry Plough: Welcome all to the Second Saturday Fair Ple' Seisiun which has at its core the promotion of our Traditional Irish/Scottish music with a nod towards promoting "gender equality" in the playing. All welcome. Share good music, singing and even dancing if the mood moves you. If you want to know more about Fair Ple' check out their Facebook page.

Oct 13, 2pm to 4pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

VL Trio

Vission Latina trio is a unique group of virtuoso musicians who have stripped down their music to a minimalist sound, exposing the threads that weave together the complex rhythms of Cuban music.

Oct 13, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Takin' Back The Bay - A 3 day music festival to raise awareness and money to STOP GUN VIOLENCE.

October 12-14, 2018

Advance 1 day ticket $20 (on sale soon)
Advance 3 day festival pass $55 (save a bunch o' money!)
At the door 1 day ticket $25 (if not sold out in the advance ticket dude! some money and guarantee you won't miss out!)

All 3 days are at , CA, 94710


Day 2 (Saturday, Oct 13)

Von Tramps (from MN)

Space Monkey Mafia (from MN)

Stay Out (set 2)

Nerdlinger (Australia)

Knocked Down

Violet Island

Oct 13, 5pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman, 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Post Bop Praise


Oct 13, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

'Femme Freak Folk Fest'- an autumnal celebration of Bay Area female freak folk artists hosted by Roxy Rawson @ The Starry Plough Pub

Presented by the Bay Area Arts and Music Catalyst Collective, an autumnal festival of femme freak folk, celebrating female musicians and their strong, authentic and sometimes outlandish expression, combined with a dedication to the craft of playing acoustically that is associated with the folk tradition.

Ansley Luce

Ansley hails from Harrisonburg, US. Her music is Appalachian folk influenced and accompanied by vocals drenched with yearning, woozy emotion, accompanied by veteran musicians Terrell Liedstrand (guitar) and Steven Sparapani (cello). This will be her debut show

Ariel Wang

An eclectic musician, Ariel Wang's songs will bring you to the Appalachians and then throw you into a psychedelic trance. Her music speaks of sadness and longing, love made and grown, tigers who come to play, and an ever longing to break any and all boundaries conceived. Whether on the guitar or fiddle, banjo or foot-tapping, her tunes are refreshing yet timeless. Sometimes she takes the stage with just her mandolin buddy Terrell Liedstrand, other times with a full band, but you can be sure she's always got some surprise collaborators popping in.

Roxy Rawson

'Like Tom's Diner crossed with Nellie McKay. Gorgeous minimal percussion and her joy shine bright. You can't help but revel in the creativity of Ms Rawson's occasionally wild, sometimes tender composition' Planet Sound

Falling squarely into the anti-folk category by way of a manipulated, punk-y violin, Roxy Rawson has been a cult presence on the Parisian and London music scenes with her unique blend of impish violin vocals and classical/ jazz influence. Now based in San Francisco Bay and ready to release her long awaited full length debut album, this is a singer songwriter whose flair for the alternative demands the world's attention.

Following her EP released by Sony and London-based Ambiguous Records, her debut album titled 'Quenching the Kill', is being released in October 2018, after a period of ill health and charts her journey from the darkness and confusion of losing her life as she knew it, to recovery and hope for the future. It strives for authenticity in the face of muted creativity. It is a brave and beguiling look at Roxy's desire for emotional honesty in an industry in which emotional vulnerability has often been supplanted by commercialized sentiment.

Album pre-release link:


Silky, misty, dream-folk, Artemisia is Selene Ross's moonlit dream on autoharp, guitar, and ukulele. Listening to her music feels like a sunrise on a winter's day, like meeting a lover in a haunted house, the moment before a dream ends

Artimisia is Krista Michaela (guitar, keyboard, vocals) & Selene Ross (ukulele, auto-harp, mandolin, vocals).
Day Ghost

Day Ghost is an alternative synth-pop band from Oakland, California. Driven by infectious synth progressions and haunting vocal melodies, this five-some will take you to unexpected sonic landscapes. Sailing on electric violin distortion, sweeping electric guitar, and dynamic rhythms, Day Ghost straddles the line between spooky and sweet, raucous and methodical. Their debut EP "It's Not Settled" was released in August 2018.
Chelsea Coleman

Oklahoma grown singing-songwriting powerhouse, Chelsea Coleman, creates sanctuaries out of songs, wherein her audience is moved, humbled, and exalted. A courageous and vulnerable storyteller, she invites you to endure open heart surgery, skillfully mending your heartache with strands of golden thread. Each listener leaves more integrally woven in to the tapestry of humanity.

Oct 13, 7pm to 10pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Kaori Suzuki & John Krausbauer (Oak )// Tetuzi Akiyama (JP)

Tetuzi Akiyama (JP)
Kaori Suzuki & John Krausbauer (Oak)

Kaori Suzuki and John Krausbauer present an improvisational composition with voices, amplified strings, electronics, and bell percussion, preceded by a performance by Tetuzi Akiyama, on tour from Tokyo.

Oct 13, 7pm to 9pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley

El Mundo performing works from their Grammy-nominated album Kingdoms of Castille

The San Francisco Early Music Society's 2018-19 concert season kicks off the weekend of October 12 with three concerts by El Mundo performing works from their Grammy-nominated album Kingdoms of Castille. Directed by world-renowned guitarist and lutenist Richard Savino, El Mundo will take audiences on a musical journey from Castillian courts and cathedrals to Spanish-influenced Italian cities like Naples, and on to the viceroyalties of Peru, Mexico and Guatemala, where classical tradition blended with indigenous dances to create a unique Hispanic style that still exists today.

Price Range: $12 to $45
Tickets: 510-528-1725

Additional Dates:
Fri October 12, 2018 8:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
Sun October 14, 2018 4:00pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church

ProgramDomenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) Symphonia para empezar
Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) Folia y Canario
Antonio de Salazar (1650-ca.1711) Tarara qui yo soy Anton
Jose Marin (1619-1699) Ojos pues me desdeñais

PerformersRichard Savino director, guitar, theorbo
Jennifer Kampani & Nell Snaidas sopranos
Paul Shipper bass guitar, percussion
Adam LaMotte & Lisa Grodin violins
William Skeen cello
Corey Jamason harpsichord

Oct 13, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Schaubühne: An Enemy of the People

Schaubühne, Cal Performances

Berlin's Schaubühne theater presents a radically revised adaptation of An Enemy of the People, Ibsen's potent 1882 drama about individual and social responsibility. The story of a whistleblower in a small town whose efforts to speak truth to power are shut down by his self-interested neighbors, the play both implicates and exhilarates its audience in a conversation about the perils of democratic capitalism. Directed by Thomas Ostermeier, for decades a leading creative voice and provocateur in European theater, the production has received strong reactions from audiences and critics alike, largely because of its controversial handling of the play's climactic scene.

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

House of Soul: Dee Dee Simon, Yolandra Rhodes and Tracy Cruz

Dee Dee Simon

A native of Oakland, California, Ms. Dee Dee Simon was born to sing. Her skills have been compared to the sassy vocal ability of Patti LaBelle, the richness of Gladys Knight, the fire of Chaka Khan, the edge of Tina Turner and the pureness of Whitney Houston. With a five-octane range, this songwriter, thespian, and executive producer has been hailed as the Soul of the Bay.
Dee Dee has opened for Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Faith Evans, Jeffrey Osbourne, Charlie Wilson and many more. She is a winner of the Steve Harvey National competition, twenty-two Black Music Awards, a Best Female Vocalist award, and is the reigning Entertainer of the Year. She sings with all of her heart and soul because that's all she knows.

Yolandra Rhodes

Recently nominated as Best Jazz Vocalist by the Northern California Entertainer Music Awards and Semi-Finalist in Jazz Search West 2018, Yolandra is able to uplift spirits and stir the emotions of her listening audience with an easy grace and a subtle confidence.
A Jazz songstress, Yolandra brings her singular style to selections of tunes previously performed by visionaries such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Rachelle Farrell.

She has performed with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and on Clifford Brown Jr's (formerly with KBLX) "Jazz Cruise to the Caribbean," which also featured Gerald Albright and Alex Bugnon. Other appearances include Oakland's renowned Art & Soul Festival, Yoshi's, The 57th Street Gallery, The Fenix, The Back Room and Geoffrey's Inner Circle with Mr. Yancy Taylor, in addition to  several performances of the National Anthem at Golden State Warriors games and for the U.S. soccer team.

Tracy Cruz
Tracy Cruz has a voice that will melt even the toughest of hearts. Her unique musical and lyrical blend - Bay Area urban soul tinged with the influence of her indigenous Filipino roots - has captured the ears of music lovers around the world. Boasting a vocal range that might be bigger than her, Cruz emanates a classic and timeless feel.

Two full-length albums (Feel'osophy and Universoul Symphony) and two EPs (H3artifacts and Illuminate Love) have garnered numerous awards including three Bay Area Black Music Awards for "Best Neo Soul Female," "Best CD/Recorded Performance," and "Bay Area Rising Star," two Gran Royale Awards, three Muse's Muse Awards, as well as nominations for five Hollywood Music in Media Awards, three Readers' Choice Awards, and three Northern California Entertainers Music Awards.

She has supported several established acts including Kenny Lattimore, Pete Escovedo, Miki Howard, Keke Wyatt, Bilal, and others. The songstress approaches her music unapologetically and freely, staying true to herself, while her stellar band "Instrumentali-T" provides a grown and sexy soundtrack for her vocal creations.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 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 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!

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Soweto Gospel Choir: Songs of the Free

Soweto Gospel Choir, Cal Performances

World-wide ambassadors of South African culture and two-time Grammy winners, the Soweto Gospel Choir perform renditions of Zulu, Xhosa, and Sotho folk and gospel music, American spirituals, and African pop, in a dozen different languages.

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94619

Chora Roda

Chora Roda is a fun Brazilian choro jam session. Choro is an instrumental style combining classical, jazz and African elements. It definitely requires some study and practice, but there are lots of choro enthusiasts in the Bay Area. Common instruments are guitar, mandolin, flute, cavaquinho, clarinet, pandeiro; but all instruments are welcome. Whether you come to listen or to learn, a good time is guaranteed!

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

FERRON and her All-Star Band

Ferron is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter and poet. In addition to gaining fame as one of Canada's most respected songwriters, Ferron first became one of the most influential lyrical songwriters of the women's music circuit, and an important influence on later musicians including Ani Di Franco, Mary Gauthier and the Indigo Girls. From the mid-80's on, her songwriting talents have been recognized and appreciated by music critics and broader audiences, with comparisons being made to the writing talents of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen.

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Kalil Wilson "Time Stops" Album Release Concert

Come celebrate the release of Kalil Wilson's second full-length album. Kalil will be joined by his regular trio led by pianist and musical director Dan Marschak.

In less than a decade, vocalist Kalil Wilson has become one of the most potent and promising young vocalists of his generation. Gifted with a powerful yet nuanced voice and armed with a technical versatility that positions him comfortably in jazz, R&B, pop, and even classical, Wilson has earned high marks from the music press and has captivated audiences from Barcelona to Berkeley with performances that defy easy categorization. His bright reimaginings of jazz standards and originals are well-informed by the rich history of great jazz singing while melding seamlessly with his heartfelt, eclectic stylings.

On his second full-length album Time Stops, Kalil is joined by his regular trio: Dan Marschak, Ryan Lukas, and Genius Wesley. Marschak is an Oakland-born pianist, composer, and educator, and his 2011 album Likewise was heralded as "adventurous and well developed" by Lalo Schifrin. In 2011, he co-founded Well Versed Productions, a music composition/production company with notable producer and drummer Miles Senzaki. Together, they have scored many projects, including several short films and three full-length feature films. As a composer, Marschak reflects his love of both improvised music and contemporary classical music, and deals with extended harmonies and textures with an improvisatory approach. In 2015, he co-founded the composer-performer collective LA Signal Lab, which was recently awarded a New Music USA grant, and has completed its 3rd season with concerts at UCLA, the Pasadena Steinway Gallery, The California Jazz Conservatory, and an artist residence at Avaloch Farms. Marschak holds an MA in Composition and dual BA's from UCLA in Composition and Ethnomusicology (Jazz Studies). He has served as musical director for Kalil Wilson for ten years. Upright bassist Chris Bastian has been holding it down for years. After graduating from UCLA and working professionally in New York and abroad, Chris has recently returned to his native Bay Area where he can be heard in a diverse array of professional situations. Genius Wesley is a young prodigy drummer and percussionist who performs regularly at the Oaktown Jazz Workshop and The Young Musicians Choral Orchestra.

Band Members and Instrumentation: Kalil Wilson - Vocals; Dan Marschak - Piano; Chris Bastian - Bass
Genius Wesley - Drums

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Venezuela 360° - A musical journey across Venezuela

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door ($22 with credit card)
Doors open 7:30pm / Event begins 8pm

La Peña Cultural Center, Jackeline Rago and the Venezuelan Music Project present Venezuela 360° – A musical journey across Venezuela!
Join the Venezuelan Music Project (VMP) to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Venezuela in a 360° musical journey featuring styles of music from different regions of the country: Tonada Llanera and Joropos from the plains, Tambores and Afro-Venezuelan percussion from the coast, Calypsos from the southeast & Gaita Zuliana, Tamborera and more from the west region.
Delicious Venezuelan Arepas by Ms. Arepita will be available for purchase at the event!
Venezuelan Music Project Members
Jackeline Rago: Musical Director, Venezuelan Cuatrom Percussion, Vocals
Anna Maria Violich : Vocals
Jimmy Kansau: Vocals
Francy Hernandez: Vocals
Donna Viscuso: Flute
Dan Feeszli: Bass
Special Guest: Yonathan Gavidia on Percussion
All ages welc (View Full Event Description Here:

Oct 13, 8pm to 10:15pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zuckerman and Amanda Forsyth

Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zuckerman and Amanda Forsyth, Cal Performances


R. Strauss/String Sextet from Capriccio

Schoenberg/Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4Tchaikovsky/String Sextet in D minor, Op. 70, Souvenir de Florence

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Taj Mahal & Fantastic Negrito

The Arhoolie Foundation presents BRIDGING THE BLUES, a rare solo performance by blues legend Taj Mahal and Oakland's own GRAMMY-winner Fantastic Negrito.

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, who goes by the stage name Taj Mahal, is an internationally recognized blues musician who folds various forms of world music into his offerings. A self-taught singer-songwriter who plays the guitar, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments), Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music during his 40+ year career by fusing it with nontraditional forms, including sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific.

Fantastic Negrito is black roots music for everyone, blues with a punk attitude from Oakland, California. Formerly recorded under the name Xavier.

Fantastic Negrito is a man's truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song is a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled. After a long break from music, Fantastic Negrito won NPR's inaugural Tiny Desk Contest in 2015. Since then he's performed with artists including Chris Cornell, Solange, and Temple of the Dog, and this year he will be touring with Sturgill Simpson. His first full-length album The Last Days of Oakland won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

HIRIE, Tenelle, Lowtops

Hirie­­ -- the frontwoman of the exhilarating reggae band HIRIE­ -- grew up a global citizen. Her father worked for the United Nations and she was born in the Philippines, spent years in Italy, before her family settled in Hawaii, which became her spiritual home.

While in Hawaii, Hirie fell in love with reggae music, and took to the culture naturally. On the radio, and in conversation, she would hear the exclamation "iris." The popular reggae term is derived from a Jamaican patois, and it encompasses warmth and positivity -- it's a greeting, an affectionate term of approval, and a mindset. In these painfully complex times, we could all use some irie in our life.

San Diego's seven­-piece band HIRIE is ready to offer a global spiritual uplift. Melding the balmy island touches of its singer's beloved home -- as symbolized by its moniker's first letter, a "H" for "Hawaii," with that feeling of irie, the award­-winning group offers a soundtrack of hope. Now, with its masterful new album, Wandering Soul, brimming with invigorating female-­fronted shamanistic reggae an oasis of positivity is just an album away.

Oct 13, 8pm to 10pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley