Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

07/21/2019

String Quartet Sundays featuring "The Town"

Jul 21, 1pm to 3pm, The Musical Offering Cafe, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Cuban Rumba Jam (Community Event)

Free/Donations Encouraged
The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage attendees to donate online to ensure that we keep this community event alive!
Folkloric Afro-Cuban Rhythm & Dance Every 1st & 3rd Sunday!
Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Jul 21, 3pm to 5pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

The Dred Scott Trio

Dred Scott grew up in St. Louis and went to college in Ohio to study piano and composition with Pat Pace, but it is the San Francisco Bay Area that will always be home. There, he gained a reputation as an innovative and eclectic pianist and multi-instrumentalist.

He has recorded 11 self-produced albums as a leader and has performed on over 50 others. He was co-founder of the ground-breaking hip- hop jazz group, Alphabet Soup. He has recorded with Anthony Braxton, Cecil McBee, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Morello, Charlie Hunter, Bob Minter, Dave Samuels, Don Byron, Paul McCand­less and Marshall Crenshaw, and has performed with Ziga­boo Modeliste, Steve Smith, Mike Clark, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Moby, Bob Weir, Joe Henderson, The Berkeley Symphony (Kent Nagano), Rickie Lee Jones, Dave Garibaldi, Larry Schneider, Nina Hagen and Peter Apfelbaum.

Dred is currently based in NYC and regularly performs with Sasha Dobson, The Bari Koral Family Band, Bump City, The Munchies, and The Dred Scott Trio. For the last 6 years, Dred has been the house pianist at Del Posto, the 4-star Lydia and Joe Bastianich restaurant in NYC.

Dred's new album, Dred Scott Rides Alone, was record­ed in rural Northern California. Dred wrote all the songs and played all the instruments. It is a standard jazz piano trio format: piano, bass and drums. The songs, written during an artist residency at the UCross Founda­tion in Wyoming, are sublime, perhaps Dred's most accessible and gentle writing and playing in his storied career. Dred Scott Rides Alone stands as a mature and melodic statement of life, love and the pursuit of beauty.

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 21, 3pm to 5pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Bomba y Plena Summer Showcase and Bombazo


Doors open 3:30pm / Event begins 4pm
General admission: $10 in advance / $15 at the door
Students/Seniors/Kids under 12/People with Disabilities: $5-$10 sliding scale in advance and at the door

La Peña Cultural Center and the Bay Area Bomba y Plena Workshop present the Bomba y Plena Summer Showcase and Bombazo!
This exciting event will feature performances by the Youth Workshop and the Adult Plena Workshop and will be followed by a fun community Bombazo Jam. The Salsa dance floor will be open in between sets!
Celebrate the end of our semester and check out what our students and teachers have been up to!

Jul 21, 4pm to 7pm, La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. , Berkeley

Slinky Thing: The Music of Steely Dan

Slinky Thing is a seven-piece band that has been focused on playing the music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen for over eight years.

Bandleader Bruce Linde says, "Just as jazz players play music from The Real Book, we play music from the Steely Dan and Fagen songbooks. We love and honor the songs but are not a note-for-note tribute band. As fun as these songs are to listen to, they're even more fun to play!"

Because the band performs only rarely, each performance is a fun and exciting event. We hope you'll join us for a night of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen, from "Aja" to "The Caves of Altamira" to "Green Flower Street"...and more!

Players include: Karla Downey (lead vox, percussion), Bruce Linde (lead vox, bass), Bill Sparks (sax), Frank India (drums), David Surovell (guitar), Brian Osborn (guitar), and Will Henley-Dias (keyboards).

"I LOVE these guys. Great players, great tunes, and FUN!" - Amy Foster, Entertainment Services Manager, Hornblower Cruises and Events

"You rocked the Tower...thanks for being so professional and entertaining! We all had a great time."- Sylvie Rivera, La View Event Planner | Millennium Tower

This is an evening not to be missed! We expect to sell out so please order your tickets in advance using the link below.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Children under 12 are free. 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 21, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley