Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

02/17/2019

Soul Sanctuary Dance

Dance at 11:00 am

Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.

Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.

Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.

The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."

Feb 17, 11am to 1pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Creole/Cajun Jam

Doors at 1:00 pm; Jam at 1:30
Tickets are $5 or free with instrument
Come on by for a community creole/cajun jam session!

Feb 17, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

North Country Blue - CD Release Show

North Country Blue emerged in the fall of 2017 and has quickly established itself as one of California's freshest and finest bluegrass bands. The band includes four young women - just 14 and 15 years of age - from various parts of Northern California, who all share in the vocal and instrumental duties: Daisy Kerr, from Placerville, on guitar and clawhammer banjo; Megan January, from Roseville, on upright bass; Ida Winfree, from Turlock, on mandolin and guitar; and Tessa Schwartz, from Berkeley, on fiddle.

These ladies combine fresh takes on the traditional bluegrass canon, thoughtful covers of challenging modern material, and a number of startlingly mature and well-crafted originals. They have already caught the attention of audiences throughout California and beyond, appearing at Strawberry Music Festival, the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Viva Las VeGrass festival in Nevada, among others.

What sets NCB apart is not only their youth or their what-did-they-just-do musicianship, but also their creativity and their willingness to explore and tackle difficult themes and take on difficult songs, all while still respecting bluegrass music's roots and tradition. The band's first full-length album, produced by renowned bluegrass musician and instructor Sharon Gilchrist, will be released in February, and includes four original song (as well as one by Ida's father).

Award-winning bluegrass writer Jon Hartley Fox wrote that NCB's debut CD "feels to me like an important beginning . . . .It's an assured, confident and very accomplished first step and a heartening dispatch from the next generation of bluegrass."

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door general admission; $10 for students with ID, children 12 and under are free. 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!

Feb 17, 2pm to 3:30pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam


Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Feb 17, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Danish String Quartet

Danish String Quartet, Cal Performances

Program:
Haydn/Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2
Webern/Quartet (1905)
Beethoven/Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135

Feb 17, 3pm to 5pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Music and Stories from Around the World The Levoná Ensemble

Show from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tickets are $20

The Levoná Ensemble combines Flamenco, Arabic, Jewish, and other musical traditions, and weaves them together with stories, both ancient and new. Five master musicians create a rich tapestry that is at once a taste of the orient, and a new creation all on its own - the kind of energy that only comes when distant cultures overlap, and celebrate their differences.

Levoná began as the band for the highly acclaimed Bay Area musical "Love Sick", winning the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Ensemble along with the cast in 2017. Love Sick went on to receive the TBA award for Best Director, and the prestigious Glickman Award for Best New Play in 2018. Audiences and critics alike praised its vibrant music as the heart of the play's energy and wide appeal. Levoná have since continued to perform as an independent group, keeping that same energy alive in both dance and concert halls.

Feb 17, 7pm to 8:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Ken Field, Eric Glick Rieman, and Karen Stackpole

Ken Field (sopranino sax, flute),
Eric Glick Rieman (prepared Rhodes) and
Karen Stackpole (gongs)

Feb 17, 7:30pm to 9pm, Tom's Place, 3111 Deakin Street, Berkeley

North Country Blue - CD Release Show

North Country Blue emerged in the fall of 2017 and has quickly established itself as one of California's freshest and finest bluegrass bands. The band includes four young women - just 14 and 15 years of age - from various parts of Northern California, who all share in the vocal and instrumental duties: Daisy Kerr, from Placerville, on guitar and clawhammer banjo; Megan January, from Roseville, on upright bass; Ida Winfree, from Turlock, on mandolin and guitar; and Tessa Schwartz, from Berkeley, on fiddle.

These ladies combine fresh takes on the traditional bluegrass canon, thoughtful covers of challenging modern material, and a number of startlingly mature and well-crafted originals. They have already caught the attention of audiences throughout California and beyond, appearing at Strawberry Music Festival, the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Viva Las VeGrass festival in Nevada, among others.

What sets NCB apart is not only their youth or their what-did-they-just-do musicianship, but also their creativity and their willingness to explore and tackle difficult themes and take on difficult songs, all while still respecting bluegrass music's roots and tradition. The band's first full-length album, produced by renowned bluegrass musician and instructor Sharon Gilchrist, will be released in February, and includes four original song (as well as one by Ida's father).

Award-winning bluegrass writer Jon Hartley Fox wrote that NCB's debut CD "feels to me like an important beginning . . . .It's an assured, confident and very accomplished first step and a heartening dispatch from the next generation of bluegrass."

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door general admission; $10 for students with ID, children 12 and under are free. 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!

Feb 17, 10pm to 11:03pm,