Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


SF Medicine Ball

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

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

May 23, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Retro JukeBox Band

Geechi Taylor's Retro JukeBox Band is a top Dance Band with an immense repertoire covering multiple genres including timeless 1920's-1960's Jazz, Blues, Motown & Retro versions of todays hits. Kid Friendly!

May 23, 4:45pm to 7:45pm, Cheese Board Pizza 1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

Karen Sudjian and Alex Markels

May 23, 7pm to 8pm,

Poetry at Pegasus: Cooperman | Kaupang | Ronda | George Bagdanov

Pegasus Books Downtown welcomes Matthew Cooperman, Aby Kaupang, Margaret Ronda, and Kristin George Bagdanov, for a night of shared poetry from their collective works.


Matthew Cooperman is the author of, most recently, Spool, winner of the New Measure Prize (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2016), Disorder 299.00, w/Aby Kaupang (Essay Press, 2015), the text + image collaboration Imago for the Fallen World, w/Marius Lehene (Jaded Ibis Press, 2013), and numerous other books. A Professor of English at Colorado State University, he is also co-poetry editor for Colorado Review. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife, the poet Aby Kaupang, and their two children.

Aby Kaupang is the author of Disorder 299.00 (w/Matthew Cooperman), Little "g" God Grows Tired of Me, Absence is Such a Transparent House, and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable. She holds Master's degrees in both Creative Writing and Occupational Therapy and lives in Fort Collins where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.

Margaret Ronda is the author of two books of poems, For Hunger (Saturnalia 2018) and Personification (Saturnalia 2019), and a critical study, Remainders: American Poetry at Nature's End. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, The Columbia Poetry Review, Pool, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of California-Davis.

Kristin George Bagdanov earned her M.F.A. in poetry from Colorado State University and is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at U.C. Davis.Her poems have recently appeared in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Puerto Del Sol. Her poetry collection, Fossils in the Making, was published in April 2019 by Black Ocean. Her chapbook Diurne, which won the 2019 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. She is the recipient of fellowships from Phi Kappa Phi, Lilly Graduate Fellows, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine. Follow her on Twitter at @KristinGeorgeB.

May 23, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Virginie Marine: All About the '80's

Virginie Marine is a well-known French Pop singer with a rare and powerful voice.

Inspired by top vocal pop singers like Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand, Virginie brings her All About the 80's show to The Back Room, offering her unique perspective on American pop music from the 80's and how it was reflected in French culture.

Discover or rediscover these beloved songs from the past, in a warm and intimate environment.

For this performance, Virginie will be joined by:

Charles Holive / Piano
David Landon / guitar
Marc Levine / Bass
Gerry Kennett / Drums

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. 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!

May 23, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Ethan Iverson & Mark Turner

The initial musical connection between saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson was made in 1990s jam sessions in New York City, with both going on to individual success - Iverson in hit trio The Bad Plus and Turner as a solo leader and in such groups as the trio Fly (recording in both capacities for ECM). A decade after their first meeting, the saxophonist and pianist began an association in the Billy Hart Quartet, the two players featuring sympathetically on two widely lauded ECM albums by that band. Now with Temporary Kings - their debut on record as a duo - Turner and Iverson explore aesthetic common ground that encompasses the cool-toned intricacies of the Lennie Tristano/Warne Marsh jazz school, as well as the heightened intimacy of modernist chamber music. The album presents six originals by Iverson (such as the nostalgic solo tune "Yesterday's Bouquet) and two by Turner (including "Myron's World," which has acquired near-classic status among contemporary jazz players). There's an off-kilter blues ("Unclaimed Freight") and a strikingly melodic, almost Ravelian opening track dedicated to the Swiss town where the album was recorded ("Lugano"), plus an interpretation of Marsh's playfully serpentine "Dixie's Dilemma."

Band Members and Instrumentation
Mark Turner, tenor sax
Ethan Iverson, piano Artist/Group Bio(s)

The Ohio-born, Los Angeles-raised Mark Turner is one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, renowned for his exploratory intellect and intimate expressivity on the full range of the tenor horn. For ECM, the New York-based musician released his sixth album as a leader, Lathe of Heaven, in 2014. The quartet for Lathe of Heaven included trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore, with The Guardian describing the band appreciatively as "sounding like Birth of the Cool floated over a 21st-century rhythmic concept." That album followed two for the label in the cooperative trio Fly with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard (Sky & Country and Year of the Snake), along with appearances on key ECM recordings by Billy Hart (All Our Reasons and One Is the Other) and Enrico Rava (New York Days). About Turner, National Public Radio has said: "He has an innovative sonic signature, a certain floating chromaticism, rhythmic mindfulness and lightness of tone, filled with subtleties. Basically, his music has personality, which keeps the best musicians ringing his phone, and the aspiring ones listening hard."

A native of Wisconsin but based in New York City since 1991, Ethan Iverson was long known as one-third of genre-bounding trio The Bad Plus, which he founded in 2000 with bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King. The group produced a dozen studio albums and two live albums together before Iverson left the band at the end of 2017. Beyond that body of work, Iverson has worked with artists from Lee Konitz, Albert "Tootie" Heath and Ron Carter to Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Tim Berne, along with serving as music director for the Mark Morris Dance Group. A member of the Billy Hart Quartet since 2003, Iverson has recorded three albums with the group, including the most recent two for ECM. The pianist teaches at the New England Conservatory, and he has established Do the Math as one of the foremost blogs in jazz over the past decade. Time Out New York selected Iverson as one of 25 essential New York jazz icons, describing him as "perhaps NYC's most thoughtful and passionate student of jazz tradition - the most admirable sort of artist-scholar."

May 23, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute

Erika Luckett: A Musical Tribute, Lisa Ferraro, Julie Wolf, Tammy Hall, Natalia Zukerman, Dawn Richardson, 41st Street Quartet, Jackie Rago, Jan Martinelli, Michaelle Goerlitz, Gary Lynn Floyd, Karen Drucker, Paul Olguin, Takiyah Franklin, Kitt Weagant, Brit Lohse, Kate Wolf

May 23, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Muzikology w Rocker-T: Reggae World Music Vinyl and Acoustic Performance

DJ/Musician/Performer Rocker-T has been a huge influence on every music scene he has been involved in, leading the way for such artists as Matisyahu, Gentleman and Alborosie, and groups like Soja and Groundation, beginning at a time when American born artists really did not perform hip hop, roots or dancehall in a West Indian Patois. Due to his skill set he is sure to have even greater influence now and in the future. A man whose life seems to have been created for music, Rocker-T is a happy pulsating force with so much energy and love to share with the world.

Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

May 23, 8:30pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley