Sunday November 01, 2009
Start: 11/01/2009 8:00 pm

It is possible that there's another musician somewhere who's had his songs covered by Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, and Willie Nelson, but if you add Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Ike & Tina Turner, and Kermit the Frog to the list, it's a pretty good bet that Chip Taylor is the only man who can claim the honor.

Tuesday November 03, 2009
Start: 11/03/2009 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Thursday November 05, 2009
Start: 11/05/2009 8:00 pm

Since teaming up as a duo last year, Bay Area bluegrass mainstays, banjo master Bill Evans & fiery fiddler Megan Lynch have been performing across the United States as well as in the British Isles and Ireland. Tonight they return to the Freight stage for a fabulous evening including selections from their recent CD, let's do something!

Friday November 06, 2009
Start: 11/06/2009 8:00 pm

Come hitch a ride to honky-tonk heaven with Bill Kirchen, as the "Titan of the Telecaster" and his red-hot band perform old favorites and newly penned originals, including selections from his hit CD, Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods. With his scorching guitar runs and elegant twang, Bill celebrates an American tradition where country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, and in the western swing of Texas and California honky-tonks, infusing rockabilly music with an irresistible blend o

Saturday November 07, 2009
Start: 11/07/2009 8:00 pm

Nate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu, and Ty Greenstein have been creating their own melodious language of three-part harmony driven folk-pop since 2003. Add to the gorgeous Girlyman vocals a quirky sense of humor and a great blend of contemporary folk, americana, and buoyant gender-bending pop—not to mention an infectious ability to have a good time—and you've got a show that's truly hard to resist.

Sunday November 08, 2009
Start: 11/08/2009 8:00 pm

Formed in 1975 in the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, this band has spent over three decades offering their contagious version of "the real Scotland," a blend of songs old and new, played on a combination of ancient and modern instruments—bagpipes, synthesizer, fiddle, guitar, flutes, bodhran and accordion.

Tuesday November 10, 2009
Start: 11/10/2009 8:00 pm

David Jacobs-Strain, a superb blues/roots rock guitarist and singer-songwriter from the Pacific Northwest, recently said: "How do you continue to find inspiration in sound? Why does a certain musical phrase grab you by the hair and heart and brain? How do you continue to make it new?

Wednesday November 11, 2009
Start: 11/11/2009 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey injects a contemporary edginess into his writing, distilling funk, folk, and rock influences into songs that are dark, quirky, lyrical, and ethereal. The Wisconsin native's compelling, husky voice, and his striking blend of ironic wit and earnest passion shines through in the resonant songs like those found on his new CD, Letters From a Flying Machine, a journey in search of answers to some formidable existential questions.

Thursday November 12, 2009
Start: 11/12/2009 8:00 pm

A veritable feast of Irish music is yours for the enjoying tonight as singer Michael Black and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Jon Sanders take the stage.

Friday November 13, 2009
Start: 11/13/2009 8:00 pm

Mandolin powerhouse John Reischman and his Jaybirds perform some of the finest, hardest-driving bluegrass you're likely to hear anywhere, mingling traditional tunes with original compositions to create a dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

Saturday November 14, 2009
Start: 11/14/2009 8:00 pm

An exuberant, multi-talented fiddle and piano virtuoso in many musical styles, as well as the possessor of a lovely singing voice and a stage presence like a ray of sunshine, Barbara Higbie's music combines technical brilliance and pure joie de vivre.

Sunday November 15, 2009
Start: 11/15/2009 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer casts a spell with her distinctive, velvety voice and her masterful violin, guitar, and mandolin playing. A writer of moving, luminous songs as well as a captivating performer, Tracy returns to the Freight tonight for an evening of eloquent music.

Monday November 16, 2009
Start: 11/16/2009 7:30 pm

Come check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters Association presents its monthly Freight & Salvage Songwriter Competition, where members get the chance to take the stage and perform their material before a live audience. Performers sign up from 6:45 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on!

Tuesday November 17, 2009
Start: 11/17/2009 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday November 18, 2009
Start: 11/18/2009 8:00 pm

King WilkieCome on down to the Freight tonight and meet the Wilkie Family Singers! Created by founding King Wilkie member Reid Burgess, this fictional family forms the context for the group's third CD, King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers. Rather than a plot or storyline, the imaginary world of musical siblings—from Beaufort to Symbaline—provides a setting for the music, featuring superb playing, gorgeous harmonies, and masterly songwriting.

Thursday November 19, 2009
Start: 11/19/2009 8:00 pm

Feeling the need for a mid-November pick-me-up? Never fear, the doctor is in! Doctor K, that is, with this month's old-time tinged edition of his show spotlighting Bay Area performers. The Wronglers, Harmon's Peak, and The Roadoilers take the stage for a memorable show guaranteed to cure what ails you.

Friday November 20, 2009
Start: 11/20/2009 8:00 pm

With a compelling, expressive voice and well-crafted, resonant songs, Corinne West stands out among contemporary American singer-songwriters. Combining the energy of bluegrass, the nostalgia of American roots, the backbone of hard country, and the silky richness of progressive folk, Corinne's songs contain echoes of rural towns, honky-tonks, and roads less traveled, insightful meditations on matters of the heart, soul, and human existence.

Saturday November 21, 2009
Start: 11/21/2009 12:00 pm

Join us for our second Community Open House! Music fills the Freight from ceiling to roof as we throw open our doors from noon to 4:00 P.M..

Start: 11/21/2009 8:00 pm

Crooked Still redefines traditional music with their startling—and mighty infectious—"low lonesome" sound. Drawing from bluegrass, old-time, and contemporary folk traditions, the Boston-based quintet puts out a killer combination of driving, earthy rhythms, and spooky backwoods melodies, searing blues riffs and soaring vocals.

Sunday November 22, 2009
Start: 11/22/2009 8:00 pm

Set to a background of country, folk, pop, gospel, and bluegrass, the beguiling songs of Po' Girl combine the grit of 1920s and 1930s blues women with spiritual insights that are far more contemporary.

Tuesday November 24, 2009
Start: 11/24/2009 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday November 25, 2009
Start: 11/25/2009 8:00 pm

Riding atop the current wave of resurgent folk-rock, Altanta-based David Berkeley has gained critical acclaim and a loyal following with his soulful, melodic voice and the vivid poetry of his songcrafting. Earthy, tender, and unpredictable, his lyrics are full of reflective moments, enticing details, and emotional impact, whether they're panoramic historical studies or intimate life portraits. As Creative Loafing magazine put it, "Berkeley crafts his songs like watercolor paintings.

Friday November 27, 2009
Start: 11/27/2009 8:00 pm

Unparalleled interpreter of americana music since long before that genre even had a name, Maria Muldaur has spent over four decades unleashing her soulful vocals on a dizzying range of songs. From her early days in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band through her deep explorations of New Orleans jazz, Western swing, gospel, country blues, and more, Maria's sultry voice has brought back into the spotlight some of the finest roots music around.

Saturday November 28, 2009
Start: 11/28/2009 8:00 pm

This year we're pulling out all the stops at Laurie Lewis' annual late November show, as Thanksgiving festivities combine with a celebration showcasing her soon-to-be-released CD, Blossoms.

Sunday November 29, 2009
Start: 11/29/2009 8:00 pm

Join Sligo county fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada and bodhran player Tristan Rosenstock of the famed traditional Irish band, Téada, in celebrating the season at a very special Christmas performance! In addition to the lively music of this masterful young duo, the program of seasonal Irish culture features renowned Kerry singer/accordion player Seamus Begley, youthful dancer Brian Cunningham, Irish harpist Grainne Hambly, and uilleann piper Tommy Martin.

Monday November 30, 2009
Start: 11/30/2009 8:00 pm

Back by popular demand, the Bay Area's own New Esterházy String Quartet is in the third and final season of their "Haydn Project," in which they've been performing all 68 delicious Haydn string quartets over 18 concerts. Featuring Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss on violins, Anthony Martin on viola, and cellist William Skeen, the quartet 's return to Classical at the Freight is a cause for celebration, both for Haydn lovers and for those just hearing these wonderful works for the first time.

Tuesday December 01, 2009
Start: 12/01/2009 8:00 pm

I believe music is a privilege," says Canada's fiercely independent Issa. "I feel very lucky to call myself a musician. It is one of the ways we can stay connected to our deepest selves. Not knowing quite what to do, I am using the principles of music as my guide, my training being in harmony."

Previously known as Jane Siberry, Issa built up a vast following with her angelic voice, otherwordly, enigmatic charm, mysterious and unsettling music and powerful live performances.

Wednesday December 02, 2009
Start: 12/02/2009 8:00 pm

With an attitude that mixes equal parts whimsey and subversion, the imaginative chamber jazz group Tin Hat mines its original tunes from all over the map.  Whether the first notes of a number are plaintive cowboy or seductive bossa nova, you never know where exactly they're headed—but you can always be sure it is somewhere intriguing.

Thursday December 03, 2009
Start: 12/03/2009 8:00 pm

A brilliant songwriter, soulful singer, and superb guitar and mandolin player fluent in any number of genres, Peter Rowan has long been a revolutionary force in bluegrass, making the old homestead ring with surprising new sounds.

Friday December 04, 2009
Start: 12/04/2009 8:00 pm

Crosspulse presents the Second International Body Music Festival Kenny Muhammad, Las Flamencas, De Rompe y Raja w/ Braulio Barrera, LeeLa Petronio, Max Pollak, and Keith Terry & Evie Ladin

Saturday December 05, 2009
Start: 12/05/2009 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Puchase advance tickets online through Ticketweb, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

Sedge Thomson welcomes...

Shelton Johnson, author of Gloryland, his novel of Elijah Yancy, a buffalo soldier stationed in the new Yosemite National Park.

August Kleinzahler, author of Music I - LXXIV, the acclaimed poet's "deceptively insouciant" [says Jonathan Lethem] thoughts on music.

Start: 12/05/2009 8:00 pm

Karla Bonoff, a singer-songwriter known for moody, affecting ballads with soaring melodies and soul-searching lyrics, may be best known for penning hits made famous by Bonnie Raitt ("Home"), Linda Ronstadt ("Someone To Lay Down Beside Me," "Trouble Again," "All My Life"), and Wynonna Judd ("Tell Me Why")—but Karla's fans know that nobody sings them quite like she does. Performed with her sweet, soft, powerful voice, Karla's songs seem to spill from her heart like intimate conversations.

Sunday December 06, 2009
Start: 12/06/2009 2:00 pm

Join three bands from Nell Robinson's Take the Stage Band Performance Workshop for a fun afternoon of lively music. "Closet musicians," grouped into bands, have been busy honing their performance skills in a weekly series of rehearsals coached by local musicians.

Start: 12/06/2009 8:00 pm

The scintillating Cris Williamson sets the Freight aglow with holiday spirit in an evening of gorgeous music. Special guests Barbara Higbie and Julie Wolf (plus who knows who else!) join her in presenting original gems and plenty of seasonal good cheer: come join them! There's plenty to celebrate this year, including the recent release of Cris' CD blend of standard holiday-time favorites and originals, Winter Hearts.

Tuesday December 08, 2009
Start: 12/08/2009 8:00 pm

This special double bill offers an evening of fabulous playing from two masters of the jazz guitar, Duck Baker and Mimi Fox. Jazz standards and originals by Duck and Mimi are on the menu for this free-flowing performance, with the show split evenly between each artist's solo playing, and some spicy duets.

Wednesday December 09, 2009
Start: 12/09/2009 8:00 pm

One of the most influential old-time fiddlers of his generation, Bronx-born Bruce Molsky is also a remarkable guitarist, banjo player, and singer who continually proves that traditional music knows no geographical or cultural boundaries.

Thursday December 10, 2009
Start: 12/10/2009 8:00 pm

In a high-spirited show celebrating the release of her debut CD, Loango, Nell Robinson serves up fresh, honky-tonk-infused bluegrass and country, backed by an all-star band featuring Laurie Lewis, Jim Nunally, Tom Rozum, Keith Little, Andrew Conklin, plus special guests the Henriettas, Richard Brandenburg, and Tony Marcus. Rollicking energy, sweet harmonies, and hot pickin' distinguish this band, which showcases Nell's warm, distinctive vocals and sunny stage charisma.

Friday December 11, 2009
Start: 12/11/2009 8:00 pm

One of America's premier singer-songwriters, Tom Russell grew up in California, soaking up the West Coast hillbilly sounds of Merle Travis and Buck Owens. He started his career in the country bars of Vancouver before moving on to the progressive country music scene of Austin, Texas.

Saturday December 12, 2009
Start: 12/12/2009 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Puchase advance tickets online through Ticketweb, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

Sedge Thomson welcomes...

Start: 12/12/2009 8:00 pm

Got the December blues? Well, here's the cure! Master of American home-grown music Geoff Muldaur assembles an all-star string band on our stage tonight to romp and stomp their way through blues, jug band, Western swing and hillbilly music of the 1920s and '30s, including special guest, Jim Kweskin.

Sunday December 13, 2009
Start: 12/13/2009 8:00 pm

Join acclaimed violinist, singer, and composer Jenny Scheinman as she breaks the mold with this special show designed for Berkeley, featuring three duos: an instrumental duo with pianist extraordinaire Myra Melford highlighting music from Crossing the Field, Jenny's 5th CD, a singing duo with Chicago-based guitarist Robbie Gjersoe featuring original songs from Scheinman's critically acclaimed debut vocal release, and a special duo set with Canadian folk singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn with whom Scheinma

Monday December 14, 2009
Start: 12/14/2009 8:00 pm

Violinist and composer Gloria Justen presents a program of mostly original music, rounded out by some duos by Bela Bartok for two violins, played with SFCO colleague Hrabba Atladottir. Gloria’s solo violin works, which explore the sound colors and tone possibilities of the violin, are interspersed with her electronic sound collage pieces, which are constructed using layers of field recordings and instrumental sounds.

Tuesday December 15, 2009
Start: 12/15/2009 8:00 pm

Eeeehaw! They're back, folks! It's been a long, dry spell for Hot Club of Cowtown fans, but luckily for us the trio is back together on the road again, with fire in their fingers and a highly acclaimed new CD, Wishful Thinking, under their belts.

Wednesday December 16, 2009
Start: 12/16/2009 8:00 pm

We wouldn't dream of knocking the Nutcracker, Santa Claus, and the rest—but maybe you need a little something else this holiday season? For example, a bisl rockin' klezmer or some soulful Sephardic music to tug at your heartstrings?

Thursday December 17, 2009
Start: 12/17/2009 8:00 pm

We wouldn't dream of knocking the Nutcracker, Santa Claus, and the rest—but maybe you need a little something else this holiday season? For example, a bisl rockin' klezmer or some soulful Sephardic music to tug at your heartstrings?

Friday December 18, 2009
Start: 12/18/2009 8:00 pm

The Christmas Jug Band, a tongue-in-cheek collaboration of some familiar rock and folk legends, continues to set the standard for holiday high spirits. For more than a decade, this self-styled "momentary lapse of sanity grown to ubiquitous proportions" has graced the Freight stage with their raucous revelry and funky, down-in-the-holler "jugbandizations" of seasonal favorites.

Saturday December 19, 2009
Start: 12/19/2009 8:00 pm

Glasgow-born bard Al Stewart has been leaving his mark on the music world for nearly four decades. His distinctive voice and quirky, literate lyrics gained wide recognition in the mid-1970s, with the release of two hit albums, Year of the Cat and Time Passages.

Sunday December 20, 2009
Start: 12/20/2009 8:00 pm

The Freight's favorite musician for all seasons, Laurie Lewis, hosts our exuberant family celebration with great food, an exchange of gifts, and a visit by Santa himself-not to mention some of the Bay Area's hottest performers donating their services, supporting the Freight with fabulous music guaranteed to get your holiday glow on!

Monday December 21, 2009
Start: 12/21/2009 7:30 pm

Come check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters Association presents its monthly Freight & Salvage Songwriter Competition, where members get the chance to take the stage and perform their material before a live audience. Performers sign up from 6:45 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on!

Tuesday December 22, 2009
Start: 12/22/2009 8:00 pm

British actor Martin Harris returns to our stage tonight to channel the renowned author and holiday icon, Charles Dickens, doling out a hefty dose of Victorian good cheer as he reads from his famed holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Saturday December 26, 2009
Start: 12/26/2009 8:00 pm

In two shows that highlight the expansive potential of traditional music, marvelous mandolin innovator David Grisman and his quintet fill our listening room with virtuoso musicianship and plentiful good vibes.

Sunday December 27, 2009
Start: 12/27/2009 8:00 pm

In two shows that highlight the expansive potential of traditional music, marvelous mandolin innovator David Grisman and his quintet fill our listening room with virtuoso musicianship and plentiful good vibes.

Wednesday December 30, 2009
Start: 12/30/2009 8:00 pm

Two of the world’s finest mandolinists, American Mike Marshall and Bulgarian Caterina Lichtenberg take us on a journey from Europe of the early 1700s through the great 19th Century Italian mandolin heyday to the shores of the present-day Americas. This meeting of musical virtuosos will sure to be one of the sweetest collaborations in the long and colorful history of their chosen instrument.

Thursday December 31, 2009
Start: 12/31/2009 8:00 pm

Join traditional favorites High Country and Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally as the Freight welcomes the New Year by continuing our traditional bluegrass gala in our new digs, with plenty of hot pickin’, high & lonesome singin’, a fabulous appetizer buffet, and silly hats, plus sparkling cranberry-apple juice at the stroke of midnight!

Saturday January 02, 2010
Start: 01/02/2010 8:00 pm

David Grisman Bluegrass Experience There are plenty of tickets left for the Sunday, January 3 show.

Sunday January 03, 2010
Start: 01/03/2010 8:00 pm

Say hello to the new year with a brilliant mandolinist famous for making the old new again. David has been associated with bluegrass ever since his first job as a mandolin picker back in 1964 with Red Allen and the Kentuckians. An ardent innovator, David soon gave the genre his own personal spin in the form of "dawg" music, a unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of so many different stylistic influences (swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz, gypsy) that he had to invent a name for it.

Wednesday January 06, 2010
Start: 01/06/2010 8:00 pm

Maybe you caught his goosebump-inducing opening set for Chris Smither, or his solo show last spring; if so, you know that a Tim Eriksen performance is not to be missed.

Thursday January 07, 2010
Start: 01/07/2010 8:00 pm

What better way to get the year off to a fresh start than by checking out some up-and-coming local bands? Tonight's musical prescription, specially formulated for us by the inimitable Dr. K and his all-knowing consultant Richard Rice, features three rootsy, rockin Bay Area bands whose music is guaranteed to cure whatever could possibly ail you!

Friday January 08, 2010
Start: 01/08/2010 8:00 pm

Three friends—top songwriters all—bring their impressive repertoires to the Freight for an evening of hilarious stories and superlative music.

Saturday January 09, 2010
Start: 01/09/2010 8:00 pm

Wearing period threads and playing vintage instruments, the "Suits" serve up a giddy blend of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, Italian polkas, and more as they recreate the music of the early golden age of jazz. With ukuleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws in hand, Bob Brozman, Tony Marcus, Terry Zwigoff, Robert Armstrong, Alan Dodge, and Rick Elmore bring alive both great music and great times!

Sunday January 10, 2010
Start: 01/10/2010 8:00 pm

Brilliant lyricist and storyteller, virtuoso singer, fiddler, and guitarist, and undisputed master of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon runs the gamut from kid's songs to protest anthems to updates of his Appalachian and Midwestern roots mixed with stunning originals.

Tuesday January 12, 2010
Start: 01/12/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Thursday January 14, 2010
Start: 01/14/2010 8:00 pm

Two songwriters of enormous heart and spirit present solo sets on the Freight stage—a chance to savor songs old and new, novel approaches, and the love of spontaneity shared by these two artists in an intimate setting.

Friday January 15, 2010
Start: 01/15/2010 8:00 pm

Look-a here folks, it's time to delve deep inside and ask yourselves the question: are you ready to rock? Your attendance at tonight's show holds the answer, as San Francisco's killer accordion extravaganza pumps out their unstoppable "wall of wheeze", blazing through musical barriers like a squeezebox on fire.

Saturday January 16, 2010
Start: 01/16/2010 8:00 pm

There will be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $25.50.

An enigmatic singer-songwriter, master guitarist, and a powerful, evocative singer, Richard Shindell keeps his listeners on their toes with his rapid shifts between the bitterly comic and the profoundly spiritual.

Sunday January 17, 2010
Start: 01/17/2010 8:00 pm

Come hear the debut of the classical component of the world-renowned Berkeley High music program, in a stunning showcase for its talented young players. The evening features an array of small groupings (brass choir to string quartet to solos and duets) by musicians from Berkeley High School’s orchestra and band programs.

Monday January 18, 2010
Start: 01/18/2010 7:30 pm

Come check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters Association presents its monthly Freight & Salvage Songwriter Competition, where members get the chance to take the stage and perform their material before a live audience. Performers sign up from 6:45 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on!

Tuesday January 19, 2010
Start: 01/19/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday January 20, 2010
Start: 01/20/2010 8:00 pm

Now based in Asheville, North Carolina, Chuck Brodsky perfected his compassionate songwriting, groove-oriented guitar playing, soulful vocals, and dry social commentary while living in Berkeley and performing on the Freight stage in the 1980s. Tonight he brings us songs new and old, including selections from his new live CD, Two Sets.

Thursday January 21, 2010
Start: 01/21/2010 8:00 pm

One of Hawaii's most beloved traditional artists for over four decades, Led Kaapana is a true master of slack key guitar (so named for the alternate tuning, or slacking, of the strings). Led is also accomplished on ukulele, autoharp, bass, and steel guitar, as well as being an extraordinary baritone and falsetto singer.

Friday January 22, 2010
Start: 01/22/2010 8:00 pm

The California Guitar Trio has won a huge following and wide notoriety with its whirlwind of instrumental styles fusing classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music, and progressive—not to mention that most indispensible of genres, California surf music.

Saturday January 23, 2010
Start: 01/23/2010 8:00 pm

Swingin' tunes! Cowboy crooning! Yodeling pyrotechnics! Yes folks, all this and much more can be yours at the only Freight show this year where you can witness a man in a ten gallon hat yodel, play accordion, two-step, and twirl a lariat—all at the same time. The Freight's favorite sagebrush performer, Sourdough Slim, transports us to a whimsical, infectious world where vaudevillian camp and cowboy lore intermingle, producing grins galore.

Sunday January 24, 2010
Start: 01/24/2010 8:00 pm

Boasting four of the most accomplished, creative young talents of the emerging new acoustic music scene, The Bee Eaters mingle bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, jazz, and pop influences into a striking, elegant fusion of tradition and innovation.

Monday January 25, 2010
Start: 01/25/2010 8:00 pm

Come join the festivities as Classical at the Freight presents a Mozart Birthday Party, celebrating Wolfgang's 254th with two of his glorious quintets, performed by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars.

Tuesday January 26, 2010
Start: 01/26/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday January 27, 2010
Start: 01/27/2010 8:00 pm

Intriguingly labelled "A powerfully elastic ensemble" by the New York Times, Be Bread is a forward-thinking sextet led by the fearless composer Myra Melford (piano/harmonium). Created to play music based on Myra's studies in India, the band delves into meters and tonalities well outside the realm of western music, resulting in an otherworldly sound that's wholly uncategorizable.

Thursday January 28, 2010
Start: 01/28/2010 8:00 pm

Adored by many Freightgoers from his years as lead singer with the inimitable Old Blind Dogs, Jim Malcolm is unquestionably one of the finest Scots traditional singers of his generation. He has a beautiful, rich voice and the powerful ability to deliver vibrant yet purely authentic-sounding music, whether what he's singing is an ancient Scots song in the original vernacular, his own lyrics set to an old familiar tune, or one of his completely original efforts.

Friday January 29, 2010
Start: 01/29/2010 8:00 pm

There will be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $29.50.

Saturday January 30, 2010
Start: 01/30/2010 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Puchase advance tickets online through Ticketweb, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

Sedge Thomson welcomes a stellar line-up of guests for this January weekend...

Sharon Gless, with co-star Stephen Macht...appearing in A Round-Heeled Woman through February 7, and at the REAF All You Need Is Love 2 AIDS Benefit on February 8

Greil Marcus, the biographer of our rock'n'roll era.

Start: 01/30/2010 8:00 pm

With Lou squeezing accordion and Peter on guitar, this Madison, Wisconsin-based duo brings down the house with a unique tour de farce, blending midwestern culture with street-smart savvy to demonstrate why they are possibly the funniest songwriters extant.

Sunday January 31, 2010
Start: 01/31/2010 8:00 pm

Three bands present harmony-rich americana/folk sets to warm the heart and soul—just what the doctor ordered to stave off the late-January blahs. Tonight's dose of Dr. K's musical medicine features Misner & Smith, Three at Last, and Family Lines.

Tuesday February 02, 2010
Start: 02/02/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!