Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



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

Oct 19, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Super Cinema @Central

October 2018
The 1980s-Blockbusters!
Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC

It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC

In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.

Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC

Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.

Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.

November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR

Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.

Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR

Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?

Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR

Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.

Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving


Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13

Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.

Oct 19, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704

Kickin' the Mule

Kickin' the Mule plays a variety of jazz- and blues-related genres: New Orleans R&B, Oakland and Chicago blues, Memphis and Motown soul, and Oakland funk.

Oct 19, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

David Wilson, violin;Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord "Joyful Mysteries" - Biber's Scordatura Sonatas and More

David Wilson, the Bay Area's primo Biber Wizard, brings us highlights of H. I. F. Biber's extraordinary "Rosary Sonatas" (aka "Mystery Sonatas"; the title page is missing, so no-one knows what Biber meant to call them, but that hasn't stopped a lot of musicologists spending a lot of time learnedly speculating about it).  He has assembled an all-star continuo cast (Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; and Katherine Heater, harpsichord) who both bring their own virtuosic abilities to the party.

Biber was way ahead of Joni Mitchell in inventing radical new tunings, and although he didn't invent as many as Ms. Mitchell, he did also invent radically new fiddle techniques, which apparently only he could play (that was then; David has caught up with him, clearly).  Prepare to be amazed.

Friday, October 19, 2018, 6.00 pm
All tickets $15
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
Tickets at the door or reserve online (recommended) at

Oct 19, 6pm to 8pm, St. Mark's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Roam, Like Pacific, Story Untold, Bearings and more at Gilman

The Hard Times Shows x Bake Shows presents

Show: 7:00
Doors: 6:30
All Ages
$15 adv
$17 at Door
+ $2 Annual Gilman Membership to be paid upon entry in CASH (Membership fee not included in advance ticket purchase)
Upcoming shows info at

Oct 19, 6pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman , 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Bob Zucker

Oct 19, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Best in Show - Stories from Beyond the Shelter - A Benefit to support Berkeley Humane's Lifesaving Mission -


Join Berkeley Humane for Best in Show - Stories from Beyond the Shelter. Hosted by Dr. Michael Krasny, of the award-winning KQED Forum, this one-show performance is a live event sharing stories of the animal companions that shape our lives with love.

This evening event will feature popular local authors Julie Barton and Steven Winn. Julie Barton is a local writer and New York Times bestselling author of Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me from Myself. Her story captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. Steven Winn is a local award-winning arts journalist, fiction writer and City Arts & Lectures interviewer. Steven's book Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of Reluctant Dog, is based on a beloved ten-part series originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Rounding out the evening, the top entries of our pet storytelling contest will share their stories of how a dog or cat touched their lives. The contest winner will be awarded as Best in Show.

Tickets will be sold online and via the Freight & Salvage Theater box office. There will be a reception sponsored by Gilman Brewing Company and a silent auction before the event with all proceeds supporting Berkeley Humane.

Tickets available here:

Oct 19, 7pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St Berkeley

Buddhist Squirrels

Oct 19, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Terry Robb

"One of the finest acoustic guitarists on the international scene...finger gawkers flood to his shows...unquestionably, Terry Robb ranks right up there with the heavy hitters, a player of dazzling skill and technique." - Living Blues Magazine

"One of the best players, on acoustic and electric, embracing a range of blues styles and then some." - Vintage Guitar Magazine

These are just a few of the accolades paid to multi-award-winning fingerstyle guitarist, singer, composer and producer Terry Robb

since the release of his latest album Cool On The Bloom. Terry is touring solo performances of this acclaimed album, nominated as 2017 Best Acoustic Album by Blues Blast Music Awards, and other songs from his award-winning discography of original Delta blues, Americana, ragtime, old-timey, country blues and more.
In his prolific career spanning four decades, Terry Robb has built a signature fingerpicking style and unique blues sound which have earned him international acclaim from music critics, peers and fans. A dynamic live performer, Robb is a fingerpicking powerhouse who commands attention from any stage. With more than 15 releases under his name, he has toured nationally with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, and performed alongside B.B. King, John Fahey, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Bo Diddley, David Crosby, George Thorogood, Leo Kottke, Johnny Winter and many more all-stars. He has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson," and as a guest soloist of the NBA Trail Blazers and The Oregon Symphony.

An inductee of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, in 2011 he was honored with the eponymous "Terry Robb" Acoustic Guitar Muddy Award after winning the prize for 19 consecutive years. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Muddy Award. A sought-after session guitarist and record producer, he produced seven albums for John Fahey, including the critically-acclaimed LP Let Go, and produced and guested on Alice Stuart's album Can't Find No Heaven, nominated for Grammy and Blues Music Awards.

Terry Robb was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised in the United States and resides in Portland, Oregon.

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!

Oct 19, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Doctor Striker with Gnarboots and Lord Rifa: A Night of Massive Rager @ The Starry Plough Pub

Doctor Striker
Imagining a sonic world that diverged from our own in 1991, Doctor Striker shreds and roars over heavy beats, guitar riffs, bass lines, and synth hooks. They bring the classical and punk worlds together with training and discipline to electronic-industrial pop to create a political, personal and incisively optimistic brand of music.

We are all Gnarboots.  Look in the mirror. What do you see? Your flaws, your faults, your positive attributes, a face once full of potential, quickly aging, headed toward inevitable death? We are all these things. To live is to be Gnarboots, to die is Gnarboots. You will be reborn in the image of Gnarboots. You will never escape, just as you cannot outrun your own shadow. Trust what you see in that mirror, and accept yourself as you are. Dance to the beat of the drum you are playing. You are Gnarboots.

Lord Rifa is a New Americana band that specializes in blues and funk.  They focus on a Multi-Racial, and Multi-Cultural feel.

Oct 19, 8pm to 9pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley

Fandango Jarocho: Son Jarocho Jam Session

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

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

Oct 19, 8pm to 11pm, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

A Night of Jazz Improvisation Plus! with Janice Maxie Reid & Tony Lindsay

The dynamic duo of singer-pianist Janice Maxie Reid and 11 X GRAMMY-winning vocalist Tony Lindsay is back with another world-class, intimate and interactive performance.  Hear them spin their unique brand of musical magic and the elusive art of jazz improvisation reminiscent of Ella/Sarah and Nat/Sinatra. First-call drummer Deszon Claiborne adds a tasty and spontaneous element to the mix. Tony & Janice recently presented workshops and appeared as special guests at the "International Day Of The Song" concert along with a 100 voice choir at Grainger Hall in Adelaide, Australia.

Band Members & Instrumentation:
Janice Maxie Reid, keyboards & vocals; Tony Lindsay, vocals; Deszon Claiborne, drums.



Artist/Group Bio(s)
About Tony Lindsay

After 25 years as the lead vocalist for Santana, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 Grammy awards, traveled on several world tours and recorded on seven CDs: Milagro (1992), Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), Ceremony (2003) and Food for Thought (2004), Ultimate Santana (2007) and Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2008).  Their current tour involves Santana's First Rock Residency: an exclusive two-year deal for 36 shows with AEG at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's concert hall "The Joint," which began May 27, 2009.  When not on tour with Santana, Lindsay performs at various local venues and festivals. Also, in between tours he is currently recording the Fourth Solo CD.

Tony Lindsay also has quite an impressive curriculum vitae as songwriter:  "Don't Be Late For Love" (The Whispers), "Look What We'd Have If You Were Mine" (Tevin Campbell), "Can't Get Over Your Love" (Howard Hewitt), "Just Because" (Nikita Germain) and various tracks for Johnny Gill, Howard Hewitt, Mica Paris, Shanice, Diatra Hicks, Jay Spencer and Diana Ross; background vocalist: "Everyday People" (Aretha Franklin), "Emotionally Yours" (O'Jays), "Glad To Be Alive" (Teddy Pendegrass), "Heaven and Earth" (Al Jarreau), "Passion," "Tango In Paris" (Regina Bell), "It's Supposed To Be Fun" (Lou Rawls), "People Make The World Go Round" (Marc Dorsey from the Spike Lee movie soundtrack Crooklyn), "Many Rivers To Cross" (Oletta Adams from the movie soundtrack Jason's Lyric), "Voyages" (Elliot Lewis), "Junction Seven" (Steve Winwood), "New World Order" (Curtis Mayfield), VH1 1997 Video Honors Award (Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood,  Chaka Khan, James Taylor, The Williams Brothers and George Michael) and Patti Austin & James Ingram under the direction of Quincy Jones and 18-piece orchestra, along with Jerry Hey for the Dick Clark Productions and the Lexus Corporation; jingle writer: various Taco Bell commercials, Gain, Northern California Chevrolet Dealers, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, El Pollo Loco, Hot Wheels, Long John Silvers, Pine-Sol, Jelly Belly, Wendy's, Mazda (national) Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Old Milwaukee Beer (national), Armor All, Dreyers Grand Ice Cream, Matchbox and St Joseph Aspirin; and solo recording artist: Different Moods (1995), The Message is Love (1997) and his current self-titled project Tony Lindsay (2005).

In 1980, Lindsay arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area from Kingston, New York, and continues to perform with the first band he formed Spangalang, who have opened for Curtis Mayfield, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Jr. Walker and the Average White Band.  He is one of four singers who travels with "Dancing with the Stars," the road tour version of the popular TV Dance show, which began in 2005.  Lindsay has joined three of the four seasons (he was on tour with Santana during 2007).

About Janice Maxie Reid
Berkeley-born, Janice Maxie Reid is an accomplished keyboardist, vocalist, music director and respected educator who has worked with some of the most recognizable names in the entertainment industry. She has toured internationally and has performed on stage with notable artists including Sting, Narada Michael Walden, George Duke, and many others.  Janice currently performs as keyboardist and featured vocalist with violinist/harpist Carlos Reyes and 11 X GRAMMY-winning vocalist Tony Lindsay. She recently performed with the Montclair Women's Big Band and appeared with Tony Lindsay's Soul Soldiers at the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival.

Early in her career, Janice toured with Berkeley's jazz pianist and Columbia Records artist Rodney Franklin, opening for major jazz festivals and stages throughout the U.S including the Berkeley Jazz Festival. The young group opened for recording artists, B.B. King, The Jazz Crusaders, Stephanie Mills, Roy Ayers, and Glady Knight and the Pips.

Janice has earned the titles "The Complete Package", 'The Real Deal" and "The Musician's Musician" for her ability to seamlessly connect a wide range of musical genres from traditional to modern, classical to R&B. Her powerful vocal delivery, tasty keyboard skills, near 4-octave vocal range, expansive repertoire, and engaging stage presence make her a central player on stage. A versatile performer, she is known for her ability to flawlessly scat through a sizzling jazz standard, stun with an Italian aria, mesmerize with a smooth pop ballad and have you on your feet with a powerful soul classic.

Janice has taught music in the Bay Area schools for more than 30 years. She is in constant demand as a private vocal coach, pianist, and mentor, giving interactive lectures and workshops at churches and on college campuses. She teaches voice at the California Jazz Conservatory and is a chorus director for the Jazzschool's Women and Girls Jazz and Blues Camps.

Janice has served as music director and featured soloist for the Oakland Police Department for 20 years and has performed the U.S. national anthem for the Oakland, A's. An innovative producer, Janice has created highly acclaimed shows including a two-woman tribute to opera star Marian Anderson and gospel great Mahalia Jackson; legendary song stylist Nancy Wilson; and most recently, a sold-out show honoring the late Aretha Franklin.

Oct 19, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

International Body Music Festival MiniFest

Doors open 8pm / MiniFest Starts at 8:30pm
$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $15 Students and Seniors

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PASS IT AROUND - a participatory interactive World Body Music mash-up

The participatory/interactive PASS IT AROUND engages the audience in dynamic, culturally specific and collaborative Body Music styles at Ashkenaz. With IBMF house band Corposonic Trio featuring Artistic Director and Body Musician Keith Terry, bass singer Bryan Dyer, and beatboxer Steve Hogan, the event features Balinese Kecak from Dewa Berata; Stepping from Antwan Davis; South Indian Solkatu from Jim Santi Owen; Contemporary Body Music from Evie Ladin's MoToR/dance, flamenco from Clara Rodriguez y AguaClara Flamenco, The Ranky Tanky from Rhonda Benin, and Balkan Dance from Ivan Velev and Sean Tergis.. This dynamic and experiential evening will follow the successful model Keith Terry and the IBMF have utilized in previous global Festivals in Paris, France and São Paulo, Brazil.

More info about the weekend MiniFest here:

Oct 19, 8:30pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

A Rasta Tribute to Visionary & Legend Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh, Half Pint, Warrior King, The Rastarenes, DJ Spliff Skankin

Half Pint
Lindon Andrew Roberts originates from the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community which has produced reggae acts such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Toots Hibbert.

Half Pint began singing in the school choir at All Saints' Primary School. After the completion of his secondary education in 1976, he sought work as a vocalist within the Jamaican music industry. Half Pint toured the island with various sound systems including Black Scorpio, Jammys, Gemini, Lee's Unlimited and Kilimanjaro. He subsequently worked with record producers such as Errol (John) Marshall; Errol (Myrie) Lewis; King Jammy; Sly and Robbie; George Phang; Jack Scorpio; Bobby "Digital" Dixon and Mass Hugh. He also collaborated with Garnett Silk, Tony Rebel and The Tamlins. His first single, "Sally", was released in 1983 and was a hit in Jamaica, followed later that year with "Winsome".

He released Money Man Skank, recorded in the early 1980s by King Jammy, which possessed energy, ebullience and style that epitomizes the dancehall feel. In 1983, Pint's first single, "Sally," was released followed by the song "Winsome," and both tracks became reggae hits. He continued to release songs that became hits in the local and international reggae scenes, including "Mr. Landlord," "Level the Vibes," "Substitute Lover" and the chart-topper, Half Pint's all-time greatest hit "Greetings" which was released on Powerhouse in 1986 and was recorded in a single take. Besides these singles, Roberts has also released a number of albums. His largest fan bases are in Europe, Japan, Brazil, and the West Coast of the United States.

Half Pint's 1983 Jamaican number-one song "Winsome" was covered by The Rolling Stones in 1986 although it was renamed "Too Rude" for their Dirty Work album. The dub-punk group Sublime released a cover of Half Pint's "Loving" in 1996. Half Pint maintained his public profile by frequent touring and guest appearances. He has performed at music festivals and rock concerts. Half Pint's track "Giving/Sharing" was featured on the soundtrack album for the film, The Mighty Quinn (1989). His music has also been used on the films Substitute 2 (1998), and the French comedy Mookie (1998). In 1998, Half Pint was signed with the BMG Music Publishing Company.

Half Pint is presently working on his 22nd album to be released in the Summer of 2018, then embarking on a cross-country USA album release tour.

Warrior King
Born to Tass and Doreen Dyer in Kingston, Jamaica on July 27, 1979, Mark Dyer aka `Warrior King' has always had an affinity for music. Like many successful Jamaican entertainers, Warrior King gained his earliest stage experience in talent shows. "I started out with school concerts at first," he says. "At the time when I just came into music, I used to do some combinations with a youth named Marlon Stewart, his stage name at the time was `Likkle Blacks' and mine was `Bounty Junior'. We did Tastee Talent Show among others, so that we could really start getting exposure and gain experience."

In the `90s, Dyer's sound was infused with dancehall. His stage name `Bounty Junior' indicated his love for then mentor `Bounty Killa', a Jamaican dancehall icon. After changing his stage name to `Junior King' at age 16, it was another popular dancehall entertainer named `Frisco Kid' aka `Ancient Monarchy' that changed his stage name to `Warrior King'. "I agreed, because it has a more spiritual feel to it. Fighting against oppression, fighting against wrong; it represented the growth and evolution I had gone through," says King. "It's a natural thing that had grown inside of me, even without me realizing it. People started telling me they love my style of singing now. So, really and truly it was just a natural change."

Warrior King's debut single "Virtuous Woman", produced by Michael `Lion Paw' Johnson was released in 2001. It was an international smash hit. Its righteous lyrics prompted the Jamaica Observer to declare the singer "one of the artistes who has made a difference" in 2001. In 2002, his first album entitled Virtuous Woman was released by VP Records and spent nine weeks on the charts. That same year, the singer spent three weeks on his first tour across the United States to open for Luciano "The Messenger."Then, in 2003, Warrior King went on a seven-week tour with The Abyssinians all over Europe. In 2005, his second studio album entitled Hold the Faith, also released on the VP Records label, was also a major international success. The artiste released Love is in the Air, 2009 and Tell Me How Me Sound, 2011 on the Tads Records label.

Throughout his career, Warrior King's compositions have consistently charted in the Caribbean, the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. The singer's hit singles "Never Go Where Pagans Go", "A Friend Indeed", "Can't Get Me Down" and other compositions such as "Empress So Divine" and "Jah Is Always There" - which was a summer smash on Atlanta's More Fire chart in 2002, have brought Warrior King much favor. Other hits such as "I Love You" released on Tixie's Label went number one in Japan in the early 2000's and "Baby Girl" went number one in Ghana in 2005.

In 2008, Barrack Obama publicly declared "Virtuous Woman" as one of his favorite songs and Warrior King as one of his favorite reggae artists on CNN Live and NBC. The latter notion was seconded by British Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton on BBC Television. Among his many recognitions and awards, Warrior King received The Marcus Garvey Music Award in 2010 along with Jimmy Tucker for their musical work.

Warrior King's most recent studio album The Rootz Warrior, already has a global buzz around "Ain't Giving Up", the first single from the new album; with each song on the album bearing a different style and feel. The Rootz Warrior brings forth messages of Purity, Truth, Strength and Love.

The new Warrior King album, The Rootz Warrior, is now available through all major online music outlets.

The Rastarenes
The name Keteis may sound unique, but it is not new to the world of music. With an organic African sound, Keteis started recording as early as 16- years-old as the lead singer of the female group RASTARENES.

Their first song "Freedom fighter" was produced at Tuff Gong Studios under the auspices of Rita Marley who was one of the early mentors of the group.

Migration of two of the members of the RASTARENES led Keteis to go solo in 2004 after which she released her first single "In the Name of Life". This song got frequent airplay on local and international radio stations and saw Keteis touring the United States doing shows and interviews in New Rochelle, Manhattan and Washington DC.

Since then, this multi-talented scorpion has juggled family, school and entrepreneurship, and has always maintained her love for the music - a mission for which she knew she had been called. She has performed on shows such as Rebel Salute, Bob Marley Annual Tributes, Dennis Brown and Augustus Pablo Tributes, Satta Massagana, Garnet Silk Earthday Celebrations, Western Consciousness, Fire 2000, A St. Mary Mi Come From, International Reggae Day celebrations, Melkam Lidet among other local performances and on stages in California, New York, and Texas.

Keteis is that voice, that message that the world needs to hear. She is the Empress with healing words and vibrations. She is on a mission. She has an Afrikan Soul. She is pure energy. She is Keteis Oyonde.

Oct 19, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley, CA, 94704

Desert Dwellers, Whitebear & BogTroTTeR

Desert Dwellers enjoys a reputation as one of the most pioneering and prolific downtempo, psy-bass, and tribal trance acts in the United States. They consist of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, who began their careers as independent music producers and DJs in the deserts of New Mexico and California. Coming together in the late '90s after connecting through the legendary Moontribe scene, today the duo enjoys a reputation as one of the most pioneering and prolific downtempo, psy-bass, and tribal trance acts in the United States. Desert Dwellers have toured extensively across six continents, spent a 7-week stretch on the road with renowned psychedelic artist Shpongle, and have performed at dozens of festivals, most notably Shambhala, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision, Coachella, Rainbow Serpent, and Boom. Taking a new approach to digital production, Amani and Treavor have combined the raw sounds of the natural world while skillfully blended deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices and cross-cultural instrumentation into sonic incense for the mind and body. Bringing the electronic music vibe to the yoga scene, and the sounds of yoga to the electronic dance scene, Desert Dwellers' global sounds are the bridge between the worlds of dance and movement.

WhitebearThere are chance occurrences in today's sales-driven entertainment markets to witness amazingly raw, unbridled talent, the pioneering spirit behind Whitebear may easily serve as a textbook example and has been leaving many listeners speechless with the sophistication of his musical expression, as he progresses into greater and greater depths of electronica.

Whitebear has had the pleasure of playing festivals all around the world including Strawberry Fields (AUS), Total Eclipse Festival 2012 (AUS), Deliverance (AUS), Earth Frequency (AUS), Twisted Frequency (NZ), Envision Festival (Costa Rica), Ometeotl Festival (MEX), Sonic Bloom (USA), Enchanted Forest (USA), Shambhala Music Festival (CAN), Belantara Gathering (MAS) and numerous other club gigs. He has supported and played alongside the likes of Desert Dwellers, Opiuo, Phaeleh, Kalya Scintilla and many more.

Whitebear's sound certainly lives up to the essence of his moniker, conjuring up imagery just as majestic and awe-inspiring as the creature itself, journeying across crystalline terrain, lonely, but never alone. The songs carry signature elements, a bold, weighty gait, growling basslines and a bristling, intense nature that one does not want to test adversely, all with a very clear element of being completely at home, defending and caring for all that is sacred. A comprehensive blend of east-meets-west melodies, tribal rhythms, modern synthesis and post Newtonian-physics mathematics, Whitebear songs sing proudly from a wordless, graceful balance point between mind and heart, of all-or-nothing vision quests, demanding every last shred of identity, promising only to stride beside as direction itself becomes a foreign theory.

BogTroTTeRThe Minneapolis native BogTroTTeR has set roots in Denver and has been melting crowds throughout United States, Australia, and Canada since 2009. Through complex percussions and growling rhythms, BogTroTTeR's diverse collage of original compositions challenges the scope of modern day psychedelic bass music. His sound pushes the limits through his own unique mixture of glitch-hop, breakbeats, and psy-bass with a dark, swampy twist. Murky bass lines and terrestrial synthesizers are just a few things contributing to the lustrous sound field amalgamated by BogTroTTeR.

He has quickly become a favorite at festivals such as Infrasound, Lucidity and last years' Tipper and Friends' Full Moon Gathering; inspiring a myriad of listeners to tread deep into his sound field, united by lustrous melodies.

BogTroTTeR has six releases creating complex terrestrial soundscapes on legendary Shanti Planti, Merkaba, and Addictech Records.

"Bogtrotter's sound is a complex sculpture of professional disorientation, flooding your eardrums with endless undulating vocal synths that span a range of textures from warm to scratchy to buzzy to melty to chirpy in an intentional cacophony of bubbling audio characters" - LostinSound

Oct 19, 9pm to 11pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

Stu Allen & 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.

Oct 19, 9pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley