Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

12/18/2018

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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

- 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.

Dec 18, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street

Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Doors open 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Buy Tickets Here

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.

Dec 18, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley