Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Wisdom and Healing on the Silk Road: Slobodan Dan Paich and Ahmet Tolga Ayıklar

Slobodan's talk: Circumstances, Surroundings and Durations - Ibn Sina and the Silk Road

Ibn Sina engaged and contributed to the wellbeing of social and communal life of his time, practically and intellectually, in the general context of the Silk Road's cultural-mix, confluence of civilizations, and as fulcrum of transmitted knowledge.

Tolga's Talk and Demonstration: Diagnosis in Altaic Cultures

Altaic culture spans from Northeast Siberia to Anatolia. Tolga's research was carried out in Siberia and Mongolia, and examples discussed in his presentation are from the south Siberian and Mongolian area and people.

An informal PowerPoint talk (not reading) from forty years of Comparative Cultural Studies by Slobodan and Tolga's sharing of his Altaic Cultures research, experience, and his throat singing.

Jul 20, 1pm to 3pm, Silk Road House - 1944 University Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94704

Tacoma Narrows and The Sound of Ghosts

Fusing Americana, folk, bluegrass and rock, Tacoma Narrows has been electrifying their growing fanbase in and around New York City.

Headed by frontman singer-songwriter Cheney Munson (guitar/vocals) and Jonah Chilton (mandolin/vocals), the folk-rock/Americana ensemble released their debut album, Good Mourning, in 2015 and their second album, The Currents We Are In, in 2017. While Munson sites more traditional legends such as John Prine, Johnny Cash and Paul Simon as influences, the band's explosive mix of acoustic and electric energy is an inspiring DIY offshoot of the folk-rock resurgence going on in mainstream pop in the 2010s.

Often compared to The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, and Trampled by Turtles, Tacoma Narrows have settled into a sound that straddles folk and rock, trad and pop, all infused with lyrics that tell a story, melodies that stick in your head, and a beat that makes you want to tap your feet and dance.

"Tacoma Narrows, a NYC-based band, taps into traditional folk and old-time country music, infusing the admixture with a pop-rocking dose of big city adrenaline. They've been around the block. The music is tight but flexible, wistful but wired. My toes are totally tappin' to it. This remarkable first offering sets the bar encouragingly high. The making of this album was an odyssey from which emerged a band of truly professional recording artists as well as live performers, Tacoma Narrows with Good Mourning have a runaway hit." - Gary Peterson - Gary Peterson, Music Review

The Sound of Ghosts is an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The four-piece collective of accomplished musicians have crafted a musical experience unlike any other with their unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock & roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music.

The group is comprised of James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele, percussion), Ernesto Rivas (guitars), and Jon Sarna (drums, percussion). United, they have pushed the boundaries of typical Americana and created an ever-evolving sound demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds.

Included in this are elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between. Rivas explains "everyone's different perspective is an essential part to the diverse sound we create."

The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band's friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from leukemia. Lamb headed an acclaimed band, Brown Bird, with his wife that was named NPR's Folk Group of the Year. James Orbison was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him.

Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band The Sound of Ghosts, which was the title of Brown Bird's album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be constant reminder of his love for music.

Their latest release entitled Delivery and Departure is filled with diverse soundscapes and a multitude of sonic textures. The new music is set to be an immersive listening experience.

Anna Orbison explains, "I hope it inspires people to look at the world in a little different way. Notice the things around you...that's what we write songs about."

The band's signature sound of driving guitars, catchy hooks, and soaring harmonies is assured to get listeners up and dancing.

The Sound of Ghosts successes to date include opening for artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood, and Oingo Boingo. Their music has also been featured in national commercials for major brands such as Yahoo! and Kia, and will soon be in a new documentary created for NowThis. The Sound of Ghosts prides themselves on delivering an engaging, explosive yet intimate live performance, winning `best live performance' at The Roswell Film Festival.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 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!

Jul 20, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Third Saturday Possum Family Singers @ The Starry Plough Pub

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Jul 20, 5pm to 7pm, The Starry Plough Pub - 3101 Shattuck Avenue - Berkeley, CA 94

Rüfüs Du Sol: with guest: The Acid *Note: actual end time may vary.*

RÃoeFÃoeS DU SOL have emerged as one of the world's preeminent live electronic acts. The Australian three-piece, known formerly to the world as just RÃoeFÃoeS, have thus far won the world over with two platinum-certified albums, ATLAS and Bloom, and 2018's hit album Solace.

Comprised of members Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt, RÃoeFÃoeS DU SOL first made their break in 2013, when their debut album, ATLAS, reached #1 in Australia. Their sophomore follow-up, 2016's Bloom, subsequently hit #1 as well, transforming them from national heroes into a rising global phenomenon.

The album, which produced such iconic singles as "You Were Right" and "Innerbloom," notably spawned a momentous two-year tour, including a milestone appearance at Coachella in 2016.

Now residing in Los Angeles, RÃoeFÃoeS DU SOL have spent the past year finishing their third album, largely influenced by the stark desert landscapes of California and their experiences on the road. With a new record on the horizon and a standout two-year tour at their backs, RÃoeFÃoeS DU SOL have entered a new era of their career.

"It feels like a new RÃoeFÃoeS," the trio says. "We're excited about this new music. We're ambitious as ever."

Jul 20, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Hearst Greek Theatre

Nash / Griffin / Landon-Songwriter's Circle:

Named one of "50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists" by Guitar Player magazine, James Nash has been described as "graceful but fiery... elegant and colorful... rampantly eclectic," and praised for his "near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality" (Chicago Tribune). James commands the stage with subtlety and bravado, and his genre-bending approach seamlessly unites the worlds of rock, bluegrass, and jazz into a sound that is both deeply soulful and technically remarkable.

Andrew Griffin started the band Felsen after his 2006 cancer diagnosis, which led to the release of Felsen's first album "Accidental Drowning" in 2009. A unique singer/guitarist, Griffin's solo work highlights his strong individual voice and outlook.

David Landon is a Bay Area premier guitarist and vocalist who has performed nationally and internationally. David has released 5 solo cds and has played on countless recordings for other artists throughout his 30-year musical career. Landon has come back to his first love of acoustic music, and his current performances cross musical boundaries ranging from foot-stomping blues to mellow and carefully crafted originals.

Together, the three friends and colleagues will swap stories and songs on a warm, captivating evening of community and good music.

Jul 20, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 Fifth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, United States

Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs

Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin's best-kept secrets, a musician's musician who'd won the respect of some of alt-country's biggest names but hadn't yet found widespread recognition.

That changed when Click's CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, Pop, and Americana radio charts.

The first single, "Wait My Turn," reached #1 on Nashville's Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, "I Feel Good Today," topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart alongside Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Click now resides, he's built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams.

Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 300 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Sonny Landreth.

What's causing all the buzz? First, there's Click's sound - a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click's searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you've got at least part of the picture.

Then there are Click's live shows: an anything-can-happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected "Blue Skies," you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious "Wait My Turn," there's not one person who can stay seated.

Lastly, there's his songwriting. Continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats, Click pens wide open songs deeply rooted in a life well-lived. Growing up in a small farm community outside Indianapolis, Click was the youngest of nine children in a working class family. He was gigging in his older sister's country and western band before he was out of high school.

Click then moved to Austin, where his three-piece alt-country outfit, Danny and the Hurricanes, was a local phenomenon. He went on to spend three years with Americana artist Jimmy LaFave.

Life Is A Good Place is the payoff, putting Click squarely in the upper echelon both musically and lyrically. From its radio-perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition.

Fast forward to 2013. After four previous records and literally hundreds of gigs on the road, Click's single, "Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley's Grave," went to #9 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire month of October 2013. The music video is on CMT and is a viral share online.

In 2014, Danny became a regular guest at Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh's club, Terrapin Crossroads, and released a ripping live CD, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE!

In 2015, Danny and band finished a brand new studio album, Holding up the Sun, with legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, etc.), which was released worldwide on Sept. 18 and is still on radio charts and DJ playlists across the country. The title track reached #1 on Indie Country radio in June 2016.

Hell Yeah indeed.

"Click's new album, Holding up the Sun reinforces the fact that Click is one of the best alt-country artists of this century." - Robert Leggett / No Depression Magazine

"Danny Click writes songs that could rescue anyone." - Greg Victor /

"A hidden gem...a scorching guitarist with a potent roots rock sound." - Andrew Gilbert / SF Chronicle

Tickets are $20 and 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). Children under 12 are free.

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