Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Back to My Roots: Omar Bashir

Omar Bashir

Assyrian Arts Institute Artists Tours presents: Omar Bashir, featuring Ilona Danho (Assyrian vocalist). Omar Bashir is an Assyrian/Hungarian internationally renowned player of the oud. He has recorded 20 CDs.

Aug 27, 7pm to 8:30pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Films at The Freight: Buena Vista Social Club

Films at The Freight
With special thanks to the Friends of the Freight, come celebrate a new screen and projector while enjoying our superb sound system composed of speakers and amplifiers exclusively designed and installed by Meyer Sound Labs of Berkeley with the Films at The Freight!

A great way to enjoy music, film and community in the Littlefield Listening Room, come experience some of the most beloved films on music. Carefully curated by The Freight's program director, Peter Williams.

Buena Vista Social Club
This documentary by lauded German filmmaker Wim Wenders follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country's finest musicians to record an album. Among the artists included in the project are singer Ibrahim Ferrer and pianist Rubén González, who are both interviewed and featured in studio footage. Eventually the ensemble travels to the United States to perform in front of rapt audiences.

Aug 27, 7pm to 9pm, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Way Out West Concert Series - Michelle Amador

Way Out West Concert Series - Michelle Amador

CJC's Way Out West Concert Series provides composer-performers from the Bay Area and beyond with a Tuesday evening showcase for forward-looking original work in jazz and related genres. Join us weekly in Rendon Hall for Way Out West!

Michelle Amador, piano and voice

Accompanying herself piano, singer and songwriter Michelle Amador performs a rare solo set of original songs that are "simply bliss with heart" (PopMatters).

Hailed as a new breed of musician by the Mercury News, Michelle Amador combines "the sophisticated soul of early jazz singers like Etta James with the restraint of more contemporary vocalists like Cassandra Wilson," (East Bay Express). Michelle studied early on with her father, pianist/composer Augusto A. Amador, with Down Beat award-winning vocal educator Roger Letson and acclaimed jazz pianist/arranger Don Haas. Her lyrics draw from experiences in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and now her home in Grass Valley to provide a sound that is all her own with forms that often change tempo, time, and key and exercise intentional and limited improvisation as she works to achieve her overall songwriting mission of making the invisible visible. Michelle was Red Poppy's first musician in residence with weekly shows that featured a who's who of Bay Area jazz greats. Her music and songwriting and continued to evolve through more than a decade living in Brooklyn. There she performed at BAM Cafe, Pete's Candy Store and competed in WNYC's Battle of the Bands. Her music has been featured on NPR, Swiss Television, and radio stations worldwide as well as through collaborative art works at the Laumeiere Sculpture Garden and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Aug 27, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley

Iko YaYa plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Iko Yaya dishes out steaming New Orleans-drenched "swamp and roll" for dancing. The band is made up of longtime members of some of our favorite local groups, and it'll be a night of "bon temps roulez" big time! The musicians got together in 2013 to play the Louisiana-influenced music that moves them, and, as Jim Scott reports, "That's when the party started!" Tonight it's a full plate of their favorite New Orleans-based dance music - blues and boogie, Cajun/zydeco, R&B, Second Line, and even country - all delivered with a Mardi Gras vibe. Among the dance favorites are "Mardi Gras Mambo," "It's All Over Now," "Hey Pocky Way," and "Waltz Across Texas."

I*ko Ya Ya is Singer-percussionist Cheryl McBride (born and raised in New Orleans, a member of SwingThing, and one of our regular dance teachers)
Guitarist Jim Scott (Mark St. Mary, CZ & the Bon Vivants, Jeffery Broussard)
Bassist-singer Lance Houck
Saxophonist Otoe Mori (Humanistic, Smooth Jazz Alley)
Trumpeter Marty Arvan
Drummer Sam Siggins (California Cajun Orchestra, Courtableu, Creole Belles)
Accordion, guitar, singer Andre Nigoghossian

Aug 27, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley