Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

04/27/2019

3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert

3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert

For almost 40 years The Meadows Livingstone School has provided educational experiences for Bay Area-based children of color. Help keep the tradition going by supporting the 3rd Annual Meadows Livingstone Scholarship Fund Concert.
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
Linda Tillery, a native to San Francisco is a Grammy nominated vocalist, producer, arranger, speaker, and self-taught ethno-musicologist. She has shared the stage with artists like Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Sheila E., Kelly Joe Phelps, Boz Skaggs and many more.

For the past 16 years she has dedicated her artistic life to the research, teaching, and performance of the great African-American oral tradition of song, stick, and story - the ancestor of today's American popular song.

In 1992,Tillery founded the Cultural Heritage Choir - a Grammy nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African-American roots music. Their music is rooted in the deep south and strongly connected to their West African and Caribbean origins. More than a gospel choir, their repertoire includes spirituals, field songs, blues, jazz and work songs from all over the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. They create dynamic rhythms and sparkling energy on stage. Their vocals are lush and vibrant; their performances are poignant and uplifting. They have been known for rousing endings that will have everyone glued to their seats.

"Diane Ferlatte's charismatic personality sets the stage on fire. Her storytelling is so powerful that the stories she tells become a part of you. "

Now an internationally renowned storyteller, Diane has traveled the globe, from Europe to Singapore & Malaysia, from Australia & New Zealand to Colombia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Jamaica, India and of course all over the United States. She believes that telling and listening to each other's stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young. While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal and historical stories. Having a background in music as well as American Sign Language, Diane frequently incorporates both into her performances. Erik Pearson, her musical sidekick, often accompanies Diane on banjo & guitar.

Diane has received numerous honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence Award, the National Association of Black Storytellers' Zora Neale Hurston Award, The Friends of Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers Award, as well as the California Arts Council's highest ranking. In addition to receiving a 2008 Grammy nomination, all of her recordings have received other awards including multiple Parents' Choice, American Library Association, National Parenting Publications, iParenting Media, Children's Music Web, and Storytelling World Awards. Among her most exciting performances are her numerous appearances at both the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and the Internationales Storytelling Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as the First International Festival to Commemorate the End of Slavery, on Goree Island, Senegal, and performing for President Clinton at his first inauguration.

Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed. Percussionist, Educator, Ritualist is a world-class cultural drummer, ambassador, spiritual activist, leadership development advocate and trainer.

MC Sterling James
Sterling James was born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley and has spent ALL 30 years of her radio career right here in the Bay Area. Having grown up listening to KBLX, Sterling was honored to come on board back in 2006 and loves hanging with you! Of her DJ style, she says, "I've always wanted to be seen as the cool girl next door who has an awesome record collection, whether we're chilling or bumping it loud, the music is always good." Along with her work in radio, Sterling enjoys supporting local youth poets, clothing designers, artists and live musicians and, of course, raising "Baby Girl" to be a proud, third generation, Bay Baby!

Apr 27, 1pm to 3pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

West African Drumming Workshop Series with Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

2nd and 4th Saturday's:
October 13th, October 27th,
November 10th, November 24th,
and December 8th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost: $125 for all 5 classes in series, or $30/class
Location: Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
RSVPs greatly appreciated.

Enrich your understanding of traditional West African Rhythms with Master Drummer (Djembefola) and artistic director, Mohamed Lamine Bangoura. Lamine has a deep wealth of knowledge & experience; his energy is unique and unparalleled!! Through his music, Lamine's passion for preserving the history and traditions is revealed through his open hearted eagerness to share his culture. This is an incredible opportunity to study with this master artist, rounding out your understanding of these complex polyrhythms.

In this mixed level drum workshop you'll glimpse into the true spirit of Africa, from the energetic rhythms to Lamine's heartfelt appreciation for this ancient instrument as a tool for human connection and language.

Join us!!!

Bring your drum if you have one! If you need a drum to use for class please message in advance. Drum rental fee = $5/class

Apr 27, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Third Saturday Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-saturday-possum-family-singers-the-starry-plough-pub-tickets-57436385776

Apr 27, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

April 25-28, 2019
230 Hearst Gymnasium
Free Admission with Reservation*

We reminisce about the past, dream about the future, but are rarely present in the moment. In fact, as the word "present" slipped through our tongues, it was already AGO. Stan Lai (creator of A Dream Like A Dream, which first used the unique "theatre in the surround" configuration) has returned to UC Berkeley to create AGO, a play that examines the journey of characters through repeated triumph and failure, victory and folly.

Displaced from a small mountain village near the Himalayas to the never-sleeping New York, people are chased by calamities, searching for a pure land of eternal fulfillment and happiness. The play is a rare experience of theatre in the "surround." AGO in its entirety is conceived to be a 3 1/2 hour performance in 4 Acts. For this performance, we are presenting Acts 1 and 2. Act 3 takes place in New York and the Himalayas, where the surviving characters set forth to find the Pure Land in Dorje's visions. The aftermath of this expedition is Act 4, set in New York.

*Online ticket link closes 2 hours before showtime. After that time, you may request admission at the door, depending on seating availability.

Apr 27, 7pm to 10:30pm, 230 Hearst Gymnasium

The House of the Spirits

Michael Moran

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende's best-selling novel, Caridad Svich's <em>The House of the Spirits</em> follows three generations of the Trueba family-their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country. This darkly poetic adaptation incorporates magical realism to weave the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

Apr 27, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

University Chorus and University Chamber Chorus *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Wei Cheng, director

The core of the repertoire is choral-orchestral by German composers Josef Rheinberger, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and J.S. Bach. It is designed to echo the season of Easter, and traces the developing themes of sacrifice, fate, resurrection, and peace. This "core" is juxtaposed with a selection of a cappella works by older generation composers Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Antonio Lotti, and Michael Haydn.

Apr 27, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Eli Cook

The legendary Son House was known to say, "Blues is a feelin'." Eli Cook's music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the forefront of modern Blues and Rock.

Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage Against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.

Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album Miss Blues' Child on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release, ElectricHolyFireWater. During this time, he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's East Coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gary Clark Jr., Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008, Eli released his third self-produced album, Static in the Blood, a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production. The follow up album, Ace Jack & King, a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be "the best blues singer of his generation."

In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, featuring guest appearances by rock legend Leslie West of Mountain, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appici (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio) and Tinsley Ellis. The album was released in Spring 2014.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door general admission; $15 for students with ID. Children under 12 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!

Apr 27, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley