Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


41st annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival

Twenty-eight world dance and music groups composed of nearly five hundred local artists will take the stage for the 41st annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival-the largest, longest-running and most comprehensive event of its kind in North America. In association with Cal Performances, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will return to UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall in July. Two different programs will be presented Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, at 3 pm and Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, at 3 pm and Zellerbach Hall is located at Bancroft Way and Dana Street in Berkeley. Nine groups of artists will make their Festival debuts and the season will feature eight world premieres.

Weekend 2 features Performances by 13 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showcasing traditions from around the world.
Awon Ohun Omnira (Voices of Freedom) - African-American Ritual
Ballet Folklorico Nube de Oro - Mexican Folkloric (Durango)
Cunamacue - Afro-Peruvian
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company - Liberian Traditional
FengYe Dance Studio - Chinese Classical
Guru Shradha + Antara Asthaayi Dance + Navia Dance Academy - Indian Odissi, Kathak, & Bharatanatyam
Jackeline Rago - Venezuelan Folk Music
Parangal Dance Company - Philippine Folkloric (Yakan)
Tara Catherine Pandeya + Abbos Kosimov - Contemporary Tajik and Uzbek Shashmaqom
Te Mana O Te Ra - Tahitian ?Ote'a

Jul 13, 3pm to 5pm, Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720-0001, United States

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

Jul 13, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Post Bop Praise


Jul 13, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Cafe Leila, 1336, 1724 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Vulfpeck: with guest: Joey Dosik *Note: actual end time may vary.*

Vulfpeck is an American rhythm section founded in 2011, operating as a fully independent band with no label and no management. The band has released four EPs, four albums and a silent album.

Jul 13, 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

OI Scouts // Corrupted Youth // Heartless Folk +more

Corrupted Youth
Heartless Folk
Blank Spots
George Crustanza
Something and Maybe Everything
ALL AGES. $10 + $2 membership.
safe(r) space venue

Jul 13, 8pm to 11pm, 924 Gilman 924 Gilman St, Berkeley

Sufis and Jews on the Silk Road: Mystical music from the Jewish Iraqi, Andalusi and Sufi Hindustani traditions

A concert by Yuval Ron
with Qawwali singer Sukhawat Ali Khan
and Josh Mellinger - percussion

Yuval Ron is an award-winning composer, Oud player, educator, writer, peaceactivist and record producer.

Among his many honors, he composed the songs and score for the Oscar winning film West Bank Story, was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama's initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall and the Fez Festival of Sacred Music in Morocco. His awards include the Los Angeles Treasures Award and prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. His TV and films scores include the PBS/Nova special, Breaking the Maya Code, Proteus, Oliver Twist, The Spiral Staircase, Golda's Balcony and forth-coming Dance of the Maize God. Yuval has taught at Yale, John Hopkins University, UCLA, Middlebury College, MIT, and many others. Yuval's book Divine Att

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Jul 13, 8pm to 10pm, Silk Road House, 1944 University Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94705, United States

Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra Birthday Celebration

Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years. Pete is known worldwide for his live performances, session work and solo albums.

As a young boy he would sit on the steps of nightclubs and watch musicians play. Music became his outlet. When he was 15 years old he began to also sketch and paint on wood or cardboard. Anything he could get his hands on, he would start to draw.

Pete did not know that his love for music and art combined would change his life forever. And this is how it began.

The Minor F Quartet

Jul 13, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704

4th Saturday Swing with Lisa Gonick & the Damfino Players plus Dance Lesson with Cheryl McBride and Michael Marangio

A Swing at Ashkenaz Production

Lisa Gonick & the Damfino Players continue 4th Saturday Swing dance series with their hot jazz, swing, and blues styles. As always, the live music at 9 p.m. is preceded by a fine swing dance lesson at 8 p.m.

The Damfino Players are a rare but wonderful treat; this is their first visit since last October's crowd-pleasing debut. Singer Lisa Gonick is a longtime Ashkenaz performer, formerly with SwingThing (her singing partner in that group, Cheryl McBride, will join Damfino Players for a few songs tonight). Damfinos guitarist and ukulele player Cliff Moser is also a SwingThing alum; in fact, he and Gonick have been partners in all sorts of projects over the last 16 years. Their current band allows for a more intimate and diverse feel. Tonight they offer a mix of swing, blues, and New Orleans-style hot jazz, along with hokum, novelty tunes and ballads. As they explain, "Think Ukulele Ike with a sweet late '30s jazz guitar feel." Their song list includes "Honeysuckle Rose," " Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Blue Skies."

Gonick says, "We love dancers so even when it's just the two of us, we try to make it so you can't stop movin' your feet." In addition to Gonick on ukulele and vocals, and Moser on hot guitar, the Damfinos are banjo player and guitarist Jeff Green, reeds player Jamison Smeltz, bassist Vic Wong, and pianist Virginia Tichenor.

Doors at 7:30 pm; Dance lesson with Cheryl McBride and Michael Marangio at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Jul 13, 8pm to 11:59pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Forty Feet North

Forty Feet North is a Rock 'n' Roll band at heart, with palpable funk, blues, folk, and traditional influences. This wide array of inspiration gives them a unique sound that can find a home in dirty dives and family farmers markets. Their debut album,Time Flies, is a showcase of this range, with songs that "combine genres like folk, funk, blues and more... and in fact, form a signature sound along the way," (Divide and Conquer Music).

It is this signature sound that has carried the band this far, and they are thrilled to share it with the folks at The Back Room. While not currently so, the Bay Area has been called home by 5 of the band's members at one time or another, and they are eager to return to Northern California.

FFN has had many lineups (and band names) over the years, but the core four of Daniel Diemer (guitar/keys/vocals), Sarah Garcia (guitar/keys/vocals), Dalton Varney (bass/vocals), and Austin Zimmerman (guitar/vocals) has remained ever-constant. The group met and began playing together in college in the Los Angeles area and have toured the West Coast as recently as early 2018. They are joined on this summer tour by drummer Liam Craddock and vocalists Briana Grether and Gary Thomas. While the music of Time Flies is evidence of the band's comfort with vocal harmony, the addition of two extremely talented vocalists means that FFN's high-flying harmonies are bigger and better than ever. You won't want to miss your chance to see them in action.

"This is the type of band that casts a wide net of appeal." - Divide and Conquer Music

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!

Jul 13, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

The Inside Men

From the classic post-bop style to avant garde sensibility, the Inside Men bring their own thing to this art form called Jazz. We are always finding new inspiration and originality in this powerful and profound music. The Inside Men play inside, we play outside - and always with intensity and commitment.

Jul 13, 8pm to 10pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Rising Star Series - Original Tunes & Original Takes: Rick Gordon with the Tammy Hall Trio

Vocalist Rick Gordon brings a unique approach to jazz scatting, combining a saxophone player's understanding of post-bebop theory with a background in Indian classical music, a knack for writing wry lyrics to original compositions and jazz instrumental classics, and a formidable vocal facility.

Rick will be performing a combination of originals, jazz standards with original lyrics, wordless vocals, and poem settings of Rumi and others.

Band Members and Instrumentation
Tammy L. Hall, piano
Mark "Heshima" Williams, bass
David Rokeach, drums

Artist Bio
Rick Gordon has studied at length with Laurie Antonioli and Joey Blake (of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, WeBe3, and Gimme 5, currently teaching at Berklee). He studied Hindustani classical music with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in the late '60s and early '70s, and has maintained a deep connection with the forms.

He was the recipient of the Mark Murphy Vocal Jazz Scholarship in 2013, and was a finalist in Jazz Search West in 2011.

Jul 13, 8pm to 10pm, California Jazz Conservatory 2087 Addison St, Berkeley