Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Oct 16, 11:45am to 2:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Grooving Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean music.

Oct 16, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, The Cheeseboard Pizza, 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Nature of Music: Linda Bouchard

Other Minds The Nature of Music: Linda Bouchard

Composer Linda Bouchard presents video and a live performance of her work
Flock for Orchestra (video)
Drop, live structure for woodwind & electronics

Price Range: $12-$15
Tickets: 415-934-8134

Flock for Orchestra
Linda Bouchard

Drop, live structure for woodwind and electronics

PerformersLinda Bouchard Composer
Kyle Bruckmann Oboe

Oct 16, 7pm to 8:30pm, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Yanqui Gumbo

Oct 16, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Freight Open Mic

The longest running open stage in the Bay Area now has free admission! 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.


- Doors open at 7pm, lottery for performance spots is held at 7:20. 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.

Tune up, drop in, go on!

PLEASE NOTE: Your RSVP does not enter you into the lottery drawing for a performance spot.

Oct 16, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street


Drawing inspiration from Sonny Rollins' groundbreaking 1957 trio album of the same name, the Way Out West concert series provides composer-performers with a weekly Tuesday evening forum to present forward-looking original work within jazz and related genres. Located in the California Jazz Conservatory's intimate Rendon Hall, Way Out West proudly highlights the work of Bay Area musicians, while also welcoming occasional visiting artists.


Klaxons: Greatest Hits From the '80s

The Klaxon Mutant Allstars will perform songs from their current project, funded by InterMusic SF's 2018 Musical Grant Program, that re-imagines hits from the 1980s. 

Henry Hung: Trumpet/ Efx
Eric Garland: Drums
Kasey Knudsen: Saxophone/ Efx
Colin Hogan: Keyboards
Jonathan Herrera: Bass/ Efx

The Klaxon Mutant Allstars deliver playful yet haunting music, exuberantly inhabiting the new musical terrain between jazz, electronica, pop, and indie rock. #jazz-ish

Oct 16, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Skerryvore & We Banjo 3

We Banjo 3

is one of the most prolific and exciting bands to emerge from Ireland in recent years. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, percussion and beautiful harmonies, We Banjo 3's music is affectionately described as "Celtgrass." The Galway-based quartet comprises two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley, who collectively hold over a dozen "All Ireland" titles.


create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and Americana that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland. A fast and furious mix of tunes, combined with clever songs and more gentle airs, produces great, contemporary, high-energy Scottish music.

Twice winners of Scotland's Traditional Music `Live Act of the Year' Award (2016 & 2011), Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree on to International tours that have included performances in Central Park NYC, The Ryder Cup Louisville and the Shanghai Expo, China.

Oct 16, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Berkeley Chamber Performances Presents IN OTHER WORDS


JENNIFER ASHWORTHY, KEVIN BAUM, LAUREN CARLEY and JIM MONIOS, the SATB of the a cappella vocal quartet, IN OTHER WORDS, is a happy story of long-time collaborators weaving combined lifetimes of music-making and camaraderie into song.

The repertoire spans medieval to modern sacred and secular music as well as traditional and popular Americana.

Veterans of The San Francisco, New York City, Lamplighters and Berkeley Operas, the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Philharmonia Baroque choruses, Chanticleer, Clerestory, and American Bach Soloists, the quartet tuned its artful sound during ten years of singing sacred Renaissance music as artists in residence for a San Francisco parish. Now, in its third year as IN OTHER WORDS, they are happy to bring you the light, the romantic and the soulful, a full spectrum of songs to delight the ear.

Their music will set your foot a tappin' and your heart a beatin'. Please join us for this delightful evening.

Price Range: $0-30
Tickets: 510-525-5211

Oct 16, 8pm to 10pm, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Oct 16, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Marcus Fischer, Benoit Pioulard, Hotel Neon, r beny

Join us for an evening of ambient sound and immersive visual projections featuring Marcus Fischer (Portland - 12k), Benoit Pioulard (Seattle - Kranky), Hotel Neon (Philadelphia), and r beny (San Jose).

About the artists:

Marcus Fischer (Portland, OR): Marcus Fischer is a first generation American musician + interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon. His work typically centers around memory, geography + the manipulation of physical audio recording mediums. Slowly unfolding melodies and warm tape saturated drones have become a trademark of his recordings + live performances alike. These sounds have found their way into multimedia installations, short flims, and even into the award winning public radio program Radiolab.

Benoit Pioulard (Seattle, WA): Since a young age, Thomas Meluch has been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals, and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment by combining remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. A veteran drummer of a half dozen bands and an avid collector of instruments and analog devices, Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the bases for his work as Benoît Pioulard.

Hotel Neon (Philadelphia, PA): Hotel Neon is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner. Together they create immersive and atmospheric soundscapes aided by projected film and images. Known for its heavy emphasis on enveloping walls of sound, Hotel Neon also injects subtle melody and improvisation to create a rich musical experience, one that rewards any level of listener scrutiny. Since forming in early 2013, the group has released four full-length albums through the Home Normal, Fluid Audio, and ARCHIVES labels.
r beny: As r beny, Austin Cairns uses modular & hardware synthesizers and tape machines to explore a uniquely beautiful ambient sound, tinged with nostalgia and melancholy.

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!

Oct 16, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley