Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Freddie Hughes and the House of Hughes

Soul legend Freddie Hughes and his band.

Oct 23, 11:45am to 2:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza - 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Brian Moran Trio

Oct 23, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

California Jazz Conservatory - Way Out West Concert Series - James Mahone Group

California Jazz Conservatory Way Out West Concert Series

CJC's Way Out West Concert Series provides composer-performers from the Bay Area and beyond with a Tuesday evening showcase for forward-looking original work in jazz and related genres. Join us weekly in Rendon Hall for Way Out West!

James Mahone Group
feat. James Mahone (sax), Ian Carey (trumpet), Giulio Cetto (bass) and Mike Mitchell (drums)
Music in the spirit of Sonny Rollins' Way Out West


James Mahone is an active performer and instructor. He began his musical journey almost 30 years ago in Monterey, California, soaking in the influence of its rich music scene. He went on to California State University Northridge to study classical and jazz saxophone under Bill Caulkins, and participated in the university's award-winning wind ensembles and jazz big bands under Ladd Macintosh, Joel Leach and Gary Pratt.

Upon leaving CSUN, James became a fixture on the Los Angeles music scene and was a member of the acclaimed jazz quintet Black Note, who recorded albums for the Columbia and GRP/ Impulse record labels. As a member of the group, James spent several years performing up and down the West coast, eventually moving on to national and international destinations. He has performed in many major jazz festivals (Montreal, North Sea, Pori, Umbria, etc.) and worked with many of today's top- tier musicians.

James continued his musical studies in New York City at The New School For Social Research, studying saxophone and composition under Garry Dial, Billy Harper, Benny Powell and Charles Tolliver. During his time there, he was able to perform with numerous musicians (Tomas Fujiwara, Taylor Ho- Bynum, Jaz Sawyer, Sasha Dobson, Brian Settles, Matt Otto, Danton Boller, Andy Bemkey, Keith Loftis, Kenyatta Beasley, Rucyl Mills, K.C. Benjamin, Jeff Carlstedt, Neil Podgursky, Chad Taylor, Arnie Lawrence, Mother's Favorite Child) and began teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute students privately

Continuing his professional career in Tokyo, Japan allowed James more opportunities to hone his skills as a performer and recording artist (Jonathan Katz, Michael Wolff, Jon B. Williams, Angela Stribling, Greg McKenzie, Andrea Hopkins, Harvey Thompson, Raymond McMorrin, Mark Tourian, Brent Nussey, Kankawa, Maria Eva, Teddy Kinjo, Kazumi Ikenaga, Cecil Monroe, etc.). In addition to being a sought-after musician throughout Japan, he took on more private students and worked as a saxophone instructor at St. Maur International School, interacting with young, aspiring musicians from all corners of the world.

Upon finishing his sojourn in Japan, James relocated to the California Bay Area where he currently performs with many talented musicians (Marcus Shelby, Faye Carol, Mitch Butler, Mike Olmos, Erik Jekabson, Tiffany Austin, Akira Tana, Dana Salzman, Glen Pearson, Josh Milgrom, Hamir Atwal, Tim Angulo, Leon Joyce, etc.).

Oct 23, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley

Loli Molina, Vanessa Zamora Molina, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, now based in Mexico CIty, is a celebrated singer-songwriter and guitarist, performing in major venues throughout Latin America and having won MTV awards, twice being nominated to Argentina's Gardel Awards, and receiving acclaim from fellow musicians and critics across genres. Loli's formal training came in Argentina, studying classical, jazz, and popular guitar, styles she has woven into her own unique approach to voice and guitar.

From a young age Loli has shared recording studios and performances with luminaries from Kevin Johansen, Nano Stern, Fito Páez, Santiago Vásquez, Fernando Cabrera, Ximena Sariñana and Juan Quintero and many more.

Vanessa Zamora
Daughter of parents who where pianists; since a very early age Vanessa Zamora showed interest in the classic arts; learning guitar, drums, acting, ballet and modeling. She started attending piano classes at 8 years old at Academia de Música de Mexico acquiring instruction in piano, at 9 years old she was instructed in guitar and drums.

She continued with her music as a hobby until she was 18 years old, attending university at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, at that time she publicly started showing her music; she began doing video covers of various artists uploading them on YouTube and other social networking sites; she was known for the habit of writing whatever she thought, lived or felt in notebooks which she described as "brain drain. In 2012 she concluded her first EP 'Correr', later in 2012 'No Sabes'. She graduated in communication sciences in 2013 as an honor student. In 2014 she presented her first album Hasta la fantasía. In 2015 she presented the single 'Control'.

Oct 23, 8pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Mike Ferketich

He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting - last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year's cruise - they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney's own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, "Swamp Fever - Live at Three Stages," whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series "Music Gone Public." Featured songs range from "Iko Iko" to "Orange Blossom Special" and "C'est la Vie."

What sets Rigney and Flambeau apart is Rigney's fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown's bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin' Sidney in the '80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.

Doors open 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Mike Ferketich at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
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Oct 23, 8pm to 11pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Vicki Ray, piano: ecStatic - new music for piano and electronics

Described as "phenomenal and fearless," Grammy nominated pianist Vicki Ray is a leading interpreter of contemporary piano music. Known for thoughtful and innovative programming which seeks to redefine the piano recital in the 21st century, Vicki's concerts often include electronics, video, recitation and improvisation.

Oct 23, 8pm to 10pm, McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Stargazer Lilies, Air Credits

Black Moth Super Rainbow

American experimental/ psychedelic pop band founded in 2003 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Stargazer Lilies

Air Credits

is a Chicago based group formed by ShowYouSuck and The Hood Internet.

Oct 23, 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley