Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar



Our season concludes with a week of free performances on the First Church campus, ranging from folk music to gospel and beyond. More details to come!

Jun 20, 12 midnight, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Free Live Jazz most Thursdays

Jun 20, 4pm to 6pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Edgardo Cambón "La-Ti-Do" Salsa-Bachata-Cumbia-Merengue

Edgar Cambón has been bandleader for 26 years of the renowned salsa band "Edgardo & Candela." Toured throughout South America, Europe, and Africa since 1986. LP (Latin Percussion Co.) endorser. Performed or recorded with Jesús "Chucho" Valdés (Irakere), Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana, José Luis "Changuito" Quintana, Orestes Vilató, Salsa Romántica Stars Jerry Rivera and Eddie Santiago, Keith Terry and "Crosspulse," Omar Sosa, Jeff Narell, Andy Narell, Sovosó (formerly Bobby McFerrin's "Voicestra") Mike Spiro, Karl Perazzo and Rebeca Mauleón.

Jun 20, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, BART Plaza Stage, located on Shattuck Ave between Center Street and Allston Way

Redwood Grove Summer Concerts: Tarimba + Cascades de Flores

Cascada de Flores

TARIMBA is a collective of local Bay Area musicians who have embraced the traditional genre of Son Jarocho music. The core members of TARIMBA are experienced multi-instrumentalists and vocalists who are dedicated to son jarocho's community-building ethos, playful lyrics, and improvisational sensibility.
Tarimba is another word for `tarima', the wooden dance platform that serves as the heart of the Son Jarocho tradition of the Sotavento region of Mexico (comprising Southern Veracruz and parts of Northern Oaxaca and Tabasco). Son Jarocho reflects its Spanish, Arabic, African, Caribbean and Indigenous influences, and is played at community celebrations called Fandangos.

The core members of Cascada de Flores have been re-imagining Mexican tradition for years. After falling for Mexican music as a young woman, Arwen Lawrence toured with Grammy-winning L.A. mariachi heavyweights, Los Camperos de Nati Cano, an apprenticeship that honed her skills and deepened her love for Mexico's musical language. With them, she recorded and performed in venues such as the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara and Lincoln Center of New York. Nati always nudged her towards what she already did naturally: to sing with heart. Cascada de Flores has recorded now four albums, collaborated in numerous projects, including theater and cinema and toured to several areas of the United States. Opening minds and hearts to the real stories of Mexico and Latin America has become this group's unofficial mission; Jorge feels pride at being able to arrive at a performance without a wide sombrero and still be received with open arms.


Shows will sell-out - buy online in advance. (No surcharge!)
Redwood Grove Gate opens at 5pm.
Ticket includes admission to the main Botanical Garden collections before it closes at 5:00pm. (a $15/adult value!)
Parking in the attached UC campus parking lot ($1/hr) is limited and not guaranteed - carpooling is highly encouraged.
All tickets are by registration "will call" list, no physical tickets.
Seating is general admission amphitheater.
Please contact us in advance if you will need a wheelchair accessible spot.
Snacks and drinks available; picnics welcome
Warm clothes recommended.

All concert ticket sales are final and non-refundable.
The value is not transferable to another concert or program. In the event you can cannot attend, another person may use your registration spots using your name.
(Please let us know if your tickets will go unused.)

Jun 20, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Marcus Thompson on Kevin Durant

We are proud to present bestselling author of Golden, Marcus Thompson. He joins us to read from and to sign copies of his new book, KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest.

Join us at 7pm.Golden State Warriors insider and bestselling author Marcus Thompson delivers the definitive biography of one of the most extraordinary basketball players in NBA history-Kevin Durant. As a sports columnist for The Athletic Bay Area, and longtime beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, Marcus Thompson is perfectly positioned to trace Durant's inspirational journey. KD follows Durant's underdog story from his childhood spent in poverty outside DC; to his rise playing on AAU teams with future NBA players; to becoming a star and hometown hero for the Oklahoma Thunder; to his controversial decision to play for the NBA rival Golden State Warriors; to his growth from prodigy into a man, in the first true inside account of this superstar player. KD is a powerful, moving biography of a modern-day legend and an essential read for all sports fans-or anyone who wants to know: what's it like to shoot for greatness?

Marcus Thompson II is a lead columnist at The Athletic, covering the Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers and Giants, and the Oakland Raiders and A's. He was previously a sportswriter at the San Jose Mercury News and covered the Warriors exclusively as a beat writer for ten seasons. He lives with his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Sharon, in Oakland, California. He is the author of the national bestseller Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry and KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest.

Jun 20, 7pm to 8pm, In the basement of Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley

Gia Lynne discusses On Blossoming

Join author Gia Lynne for a discussion and reading from her new sex ed book with an emphasis on pleasure, On Blossoming: Frank and Practical Advice on Our Bodies, Sexual Health, Sensuality, Pleasure, Orgasm, and More.

This is not your typical sex ed book. Instead of typically puritanical views on sex and puberty, On Blossoming focuses on incorporating the principles of pleasure into sex education for our youth and creates a new paradigm of human sexuality. This book takes on a taboo topic in our culture backed with a compelling mixture of research and personal experience.

Author Gia Lynne's biggest question is, how can we expect to have sexual health if we do not learn about pleasure before our first sexual experiences? Our collective social stigma around talking about sex-most of all good sex-prevents these conversations from happening and it's having a detrimental effect on our teens of all genders and our society as a whole.

On Blossoming will teach you and your teens:
How to navigate conversations on "the birds and the bees";
How to effectively communicate with parents, friends, and partners;
To explore the differences between sensuality and sexuality;
To learn about the entire anatomy of the clitoris;
How sex can be open, communicative, and fun every time;
and How to know and explore your own body.

Written for people of all ages and genders, it's time to rework the standard script of sexual education and fill in the gaps. Instead of primarily addressing the medical aspects of puberty or potential problems, Lynne presents solutions and provides tools for creating positive experiences in the realms of communication, pleasure, and happiness.

Gia Lynne is a pleasure-positive writer, educator, and personal coach who is dedicated to researching and teaching the craft of pleasurable living and healthy sexuality. Fascinated by human sexuality and how that connects to our quality of life, she offers a unique perspective on pleasurable living. She has degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley and is pursuing a master's degree in Sexuality Studies.

Jun 20, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley

Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra featuring Terrie Odabi

Hailing from San Francisco, CA Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra epitomize the time-honored, authentic spirit of American Soul Music. In 2015 they met and made their debut public appearance at the perpetually revered Porretta Soul Festival, in Porretta, Italy. Inspired by their magic of that performance and immediate mutual respect, they agreed to continue working together on a permanent basis.

The group recently released their first recording collaboration, AFTER A WHILE. Much of today's music seems to be incomplete, as far as honest, emotional vocal expressions are concerned, and the listener is often left needing more. AFTER A WHILE fills that need, and stands alone. Relatable, empathetic songwriting; pure, heart-sung vocals; and supportive, passionate instrumental performances seduce the listener's ear with unexpected bliss.

Willie Walker
WEE WILLIE WALKER was a member of the gospel group the Redemption Harmonizers when he left Memphis and headed to Minneapolis in 1960. He defected with a fellow band mate and has kept the Twin Cities his home. Since then his voice has been featured in the Royal Jubileers, Willie & The Bees, The Valdons, Salt, Pepper & Spice, We "R," the Butanes and along side Paul Metsa as well many other performances with the Twin Cities blues and soul contingency. On subsequent visits back to Memphis in the 60s, Willie's reputation landed him recording dates with the legendary Goldwax Records. He cut nine sides there and Goldwax leased four of them to Checker Records, a subsidiary of Chess Records.

Willie brought Memphis to Minneapolis. His carefree attitude is true South. His voice can be placid as the Mississippi backwaters or it can churn up the mud from its greatest depths. And it all comes so naturally for the man.

The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
Anthony Paule has been a mainstay of the Bay Area music scene for many years touring and recording with luminaries such as Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Adams, Maria Muldaur, The Johnny Nocturne Band, Norton Buffalo, John Nemeth, and others. Anthony has released two solo CDs, Big Guitar, and Hiding In Plain Sight. For his most recent releases he has teamed up with Philadelphia based soul singer Frank Bey. Their first CD, You Don't Know Nothing, is a live recording done at Biscuits & Blues nightclub in downtown San Francisco. The second release with Frank is Soul For Your Blues which is a studio recording consisting of 13 tracks, 8 originals and 5 interesting covers from diverse sources such as John Prine, Percy Mayfield and Wynonie Harris. Released June, 2015 the latest CD from the Bey Paule Band titled Not Goin' Away. This recording features the full eight piece band performing 10 original tracks along with 2 thoughtfully chosen cover tunes.

Terrie Odabi
"Terrie Odabi is easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco's Fillmore District in the Fifties. Terrie has a powerful set of pipes, writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band and has onstage movements that perfectly match the rhythms of her material. Surely stardom awaits her."

-Lee Hildebrand, contributor to the *San Francisco Chronicle, *East Bay News Group and *Living Blues Magazine"

Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They're about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories. Whether it's opening for Average White Band or Lenny Williams, or performing at the Concord Pavilion or the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Terrie's finely honed instrument is matched by her generous spirit and wit.

DJ Harry Duncan
Harry Duncan produces and hosts In The Soul Kitchen, the popular, weekly Roots & Rhythm radio show broadcast live on KCSM, the Bay Area's jazz station.

Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan serves up his own Roots & Rhythm mix: a rich, danceable musical stew of soul, funk, blues, roots reggae, ska and jazz plus African, Latin and select World music when spinning live and while In The Soul Kitchen.

This music mix gives audiences, artists and promoters a welcome alternative to the kinds of in-house music often played at festivals and concerts.

Duncan has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, The Roots, George Clinton and P-Funk, Bettye LaVette, Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, The Original Meters, Rebirth Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, Cory Henry, Antibalas, Bombino, India.Arie, Lizz Wright, Charlie Hunter, Tower of Power, Boz Scaggs, Femi Kuti, Steel Pulse, Madness and The Specials.

Jun 20, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

The Matt Stoloff Trio featuring Nora Stanley and Chris Amberger

This chordless trio will feature music from jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and many others, including original compositions from members of the band. Grab a drink or a bite from one of downtown Berkeley's many great shops and restaurants and then hop over to The Back Room for what is sure to be a fun night.

Matt Stoloff is a Bay Area and Northeast Ohio-based drummer. He graduated from Berkeley High School and later attended Oberlin Conservatory, where he was mentored by jazz master Billy Hart (Herbie Hancock Sextet, Miles Davis) and drummer/percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Bokanté). His influences include everything from The John Coltrane Quartet to CSNY. In 2017, he was recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation.

Nora Stanley is a Bay Area-based saxophonist and composer. Born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley, she grew up in a musical family surrounded by a variety of sonic influences. She attended Berkeley High School and participated in conglomerate programs such as SFJAZZ High School All-Stars and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of SF, before moving to Ohio to study with Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson and Dan Wall at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received a B.M. in Jazz Studies and a B.A. in Latin American Studies. Nora currently teaches and plays around the Bay Area, leading her own bands and playing on others' projects, such as the Noel Jewkes Septet. She has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Gary Bartz, Dayna Stephens and Jerry Gonzalez and performed at Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ and internationally in Spain, Cuba and Brazil.

Chris Amberger is a bassist who has done it all. Chris started playing with Summer of Love-era groups like Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company. After attending Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Gary Burton, Ron McClure and others, he had gigs with Cal Tjader, Art Blakey, George Shearing, and tons more. In the Bay Area he was the house bassist at the Keystone Korner, playing with icons like Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Sam Rivers, and so many greats who graced that stage.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door general admission; $10 for students and low-income individuals. 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!

Jun 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley