Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

North Berkeley Jazz Quartet

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

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

Melvin Leonard and his Hot Sauce Band

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

Grumpster / Freak St. / Trash Elf / Preschool / The Doubts / Fig

Freak Street
Trash Elf []
The Doubts
Preschool []
Fig (Feeling is Good)

ALL AGES. $8 + $2 membership.
Doors 7PM.
safe(r) space venue: no drugs, alcohol, or bigoted behavior

Jan 19, 7pm to 11:59pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Brazilian Dance Dinner with Karine Silverthorne

Please come and join us for this magical winter night with great musicians, food and friends!!!
I hope to see you all and please invite family and friends and help support this amazing place BrasArte!
We will have Brazilian food and drinks for sale.

Jan 19, 7pm to 10pm, BrasArte 1901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

George Cole & Eurocana

"Singer and breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole lives in a musical world all his own... a world in which Django Reinhardt, The Ramones, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Willie Nelson and the Great American Songbook. Cole currently occupies the guitar chair for the David Grisman Quintet and has 2 releases on Grisman's highly regarded Acoustic Disc Label. Jazz legend Keely Smith handpicked Cole to play guitar and sing duets with her on her last tour. Chris Isaak also had Cole lay down guitar tracks on his platinum-selling `Forever Blue.'"

Eurocana includes George on guitar; Madeline Tasquin, guitar; and Kaeli Earle on bass. All three sing beautifully, in English and French, and their repertoire hits all the high notes of a wide range of European and American music.

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30.
Cost is $20, cash, at the door. All money goes to the musicians.

Chair seating, and folks are welcome to bring food/drink to share.

See the RESERVATIONS page to reserve seats

Jan 19, 7:30pm to 9pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth Street, Berkeley

West Edge Opera and Earplay - Snapshot

Now in its third year, this collaboration between West Edge Opera and Earplay remains the only program of its kind in the bay area.

2019 will feature a program of four new works:
Music by Nathaniel Stookey and libretto by Jerre Dye. Ivonne is a haunting solo opera in three scenes inspired by an abandoned Sears building and the stories kept within its stately, dignified spaces. It follows the head secretary of a steno pool as she prepares for yet another day at the office. Her preference for order and structure is upended by a co-worker's medical emergency that threatens to shatter her well-groomed exterior. Celebrated soprano Marnie Breckenridge will portray this complex and affecting character from a bygone era. Stookey is perhaps best known for the orchestral whodunnit The Composer Is Dead, which was written for the San Francisco Symphony in collaboration with Lemony Snicket.

The Road To Xibalba
Music by Cindy Cox and libretto by John Campion. This hybrid music theater piece uses whimsical soundscapes, spoken word, song, and dance to tell the story of The Popol Vuh, the Mayan myth of creation. In this ancient tale, two athletic brothers travel to the Xibalba (the Mayan underworld) to challenge the all-powerful god of Death to a match. Along the way the duo encounters a parade of animal characters and charmed figures that invoke a world of physical, cosmological, and spiritual connectedness. Cox and Campion are a husband and wife team at UC Berkeley where Cox is the chair of the music department and Campion is a lecturer with the english department.

Music by Shinji Eshima and libretto by Tony Asaro. Zheng tells the story of San Francisco mezzo-soprano and Adler Fellow, Zheng Cao, whose tragic death at the age of 46 after a four year battle with lung cancer impacted much of the opera world (including Snapshot composer Nathaniel Stookey, whose work Cao premiered in her last public performance). Dramatizing events that occurred very recently, the work will portray characters whose real world counterparts are likely to be in the audience. Eshima, who plays Double Bass with the San Francisco Opera, brings personal knowledge and passion to the work, a moving tribute to an indomitable talent.

Medicus MortemMusic by Beth Ratay and libretto by Andrew Rechnitz. This work explores the ethics of euthanasia and the limits of compassion as a doctor struggles to ease the suffering of his terminally ill daughter. Despite his intentions, he's branded a monster by a damning public and a hectoring prosecutor as he is placed on trial for his actions in a nightmarish scenario.

Featured Performers:Marnie Breckenridge
Amy Foote
Daniel Cilli
J. Raymond Meyers
Nicole Takesono

Jan 19, 8pm to 10pm, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Berkeley Lodge 2288 Fulton Street, Berkeley

Berkeley Choro Ensemble

California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Choro, the first uniquely Brazilian popular music and the root of samba and bossa nova, has its origins in the late 1800s. The genre, a captivating blend of European salon and chamber music with Afro-Brazilian rhythmic energy and a touch of jazz, is still being renewed and updated, and is spreading internationally at a very healthy pace. The Berkeley Choro Ensemble, formed in 2010, has dedicated itself to the performance of recent choro works and collaborations with renowned Brazilian performers and composers. The 2018 first CD, "The View from Here", is a reflection of what is happening today in the world of choro. The Ensemble has been actively promoting the advancement of this genre via performances, workshops, and the annual Berkeley Festival of Choro. Members Jane Lenoir and Brian Rice recently produced the 5th Berkeley Festival of Choro, celebrating local ensembles in collaboration with visiting guest artists from Brazil. The group's performance at CJC will include selections from "The View from Here", as well as their own arrangements of newer repertoire from reknowned Brazilian composers, including works by Paulinho da Viola, Sergio Santos, Cristovão Bastos, and Luciana Rabello.

Band Members and Instrumentation
Jane Lenoir, flute
Harvey Wainapel, clarinet'
Ricardo Peixoto, 7-string guitar
Brian Rice, pandeiro/percussion

Flutist and group founder JANE LENOIR is classically trained and comfortable in many genres; she has performed with symphony orchestras, new music ensembles, chamber and early music groups, as well as jazz, latin and Brazilian groups. She has recorded and/or performed with the Seattle Group for New Music, Matiz Ensemble, as well as Brazilian artists Paulo Sergio Santos, Rogério Souza, Caio Marcio Dos Santos, Netinho Albuquerque, and Alessandro Penezzi.

Saxophonist/clarinetist HARVEY WAINAPEL has his feet firmly planted in two musical worlds. He has worked with jazz masters such as McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, the Metropole Orchestra, Ray Charles, and Joe Lovano. Wainapel's deep connection with Brazilian music has resulted in performances and recordings with Guinga, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Jovino Santos Neto, Marco César, Amilton Godoy, Léa Freire, Spok, and Paulo Bellinati, among many other notables from that country. To date Harvey has presented his work in clubs, festivals and studios in 22 countries.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, RICARDO PEIXOTO (7-string acoustic guitar) came to the US on a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, and later settled in the Bay Area. As a guitarist and composer he has integrated his Brazilian roots with the improvisational freedom of jazz. Ricardo has recorded, performed, and collaborated with Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, Bud Shank, Toots Thielmans, Dori Caymmi, Rogério Souza, Guinga, Marcos Silva, and Arturo Sandoval among others.

Percussionist Brian Rice has devoted much of his musical career to playing Brazilian music and choro in particular. He has performed with Mike Marshall, Jovino Santos Neto, Danilo Brito, Dudu Maia, Alessandro Penezzi, Paulo Sergio Santos and Rogério Souza among others.  Brian has performed at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Savannah Music Festival with the Danilo Brito Quintet.  Brian is the co-founder and artistic director of the Berkeley Festival of Choro, now in its fourth year presenting choro music to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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

Hardly Strictly Jazz

Jon Rubin began leading acoustic string duos/trios in 2009, developing an original sound based on fingerstyle guitar combining folk, blues, celtic, and jazz influences. He has 'honed the tone' in hundreds of performances from the Central Coast to San Francisco, with an evolving lineup incl. 2012 as Bright Side Band and 2013-present as Hardly Strictly Trad. and Hardly Strictly Jazz. Jon has attended workshop/master classes with legendary fingerstyle players Martin Simpson, Woody Mann, Duck Baker, Rick Ruskin, Laurence Juber, Tony McManus, Alex deGrassi, Muriel Anderson and Al Petteway.

Jan 19, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Torganic Produce

Making their Jup debut, NYC-based trio Torganic Produce fuses standard jazz repertoire with a contemporary approach and original compositions. The group features Torge Goderstad on bass, Adam Briere on drums, and Will Brown on saxophones, formed during their schooling at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and has formed a deep connection that promotes free expression through improvisation. 

Jan 19, 8pm to 11pm, Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Sharon Gilchrist, Darol Anger & Keith Little

Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene, playing mandolin, string bass, singing traditional ballads, and performing original pieces seeped in Appalachian tradition, and delivering these sounds with a distinct spacious, graceful and fiery nuance.

Darol Anger is exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth. He has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles, such as his Republic of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet and others.

Keith Little is a native Californian and a singer, guitarist, composer, producer, bandleader and teacher. He has maintained a steady presence in the worldwide acoustic music scene for nearly 45 yers, performing and recording with award-winning artists such as The Chieftains and Dolly Parton.
Tickets are $18 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 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!

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

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cal Performances

Program A (1/18 and 1/20)
Alejandro Cerrudo/Silent Ghost
William Forsythe/N.N.N.N.
Nacho Duato/Jardí Tancat
Crystal Pite/Grace Engine

Program B (1/19)
Emma Portner and Lil Buck/New Piece (music: Dev Hynes, with Third Coast Percussion) (Bay Area Premiere)

Jan 19, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Zydeco Flames plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride

Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride at 8:00 pm / Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

Buy Tickets Here

The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast's premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dancehalls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames' sixth CD release "Fire It Up", provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.

Jan 19, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley