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!!!

Friday February 05, 2010
Start: 02/05/2010 8:00 pm

Marley's Ghost achieves the seemingly impossible with its audacious blend of English folk roots, gospel, country, R&B, even Scottish bagpipe tunes-and it all works like a dream! They return to the Freight celebrating the February 2010 release of their ninth album, GHOST TOWN (Sage Arts), recorded in Nashville with legendary country songwriter/producer cowboy Jack Clement. Clement has written or produced hits for artists as diverse as Charlie Pride in the 70's to a platinum album with U2.

Saturday February 06, 2010
Start: 02/06/2010 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...

Nancy Iverson, with Richard Iron Cloud and Lisa Waters, featured in the documentary From the Badlands to Alcatraz featured at the San Francisco Oceans Film Festival. Life swum well.

Amy Bloom, with her breathtaking new book, Where the God of Love Hangs Out.

Tango #9, life played well.

Start: 02/06/2010 8:00 pm

A five-man rock band without instruments, the House Jacks offer a “no-holds barred” a cappella style that obliterates all preconceptions about the limits of the human voice. Deke Sharon, Austin Willacy, Roo Ahuja, Antonio Medrano, and Jake Moulton run the gamut from tender love ballads to mile-a-minute funk, complete with mind-blowing vocal percussion and riffs torn straight out of a whammy-bar guitar.

Sunday February 07, 2010
Start: 02/07/2010 8:00 pm

Their name pretty much says it all: this Toronto-based "Eurofolk fusion" band busts boundaries right and left as they concoct a distinctive, virtuosic blend of the traditional and the unorthodox. The sextet mixes Klezmer, Balkan, and Romanian styles with an eclectic range of North American influences, their diverse musical and cultural backgrounds intersecting to push acoustic roots music into new realms.

Monday February 08, 2010
Start: 02/08/2010 8:00 pm

Please welcome two talented groups from Albany High School makeing their Freight debut. The much lauded Albany High School Jazz Band features a program of Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Mary Lou Williams, and Oliver Neslon.

Tuesday February 09, 2010
Start: 02/09/2010 8:00 pm

International Guitar Night returns to the Freight, with a wildly diverse lineup of masters both innovative and inspiring.

Wednesday February 10, 2010
Start: 02/10/2010 8:00 pm

Join Kathy Kallick for an amazing evening showcasing the debut of americana's next chapter! The famed songstress and California Bluegrass Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner hosts tonight's lineup of tasty solo sets by four great up-and-coming singer-songwriters: Cyndi Harvell, Dan Booth, Jenna Bean Veatch, and Rhys Conger.

Thursday February 11, 2010
Start: 02/11/2010 8:00 pm

An evening of lush, evocative music awaits as the Real Vocal String Quartet celebrates the release of their new, eponymous album. Offering an inventive, globally infused take on chamber music, the group combines the magical textures of a string quartet with folk and pop influenced women’s vocals.

Friday February 12, 2010
Start: 02/12/2010 8:00 pm

Say goodbye to the February blahs when the eleventh annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival comes to town! Tonight's show brings the glorious vocals and scintillating musicianship of two great all-woman bands, the Stairwell Sisters and Red Molly.

Saturday February 13, 2010
Start: 02/13/2010 8:00 pm

There will be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $26.50.

Sunday February 14, 2010
Start: 02/14/2010 8:00 pm

San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival knocks another one out of the park! Make sure you check out the Nashville Bluegrass Band, a group of master musicians known both for their consummate talents and unique sound and for their alter egos—the Soggy Bottom Boys from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Monday February 15, 2010
Start: 02/15/2010 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!

Wednesday February 17, 2010
Start: 02/17/2010 8:00 pm

The Boston Globe described Hanneke Cassel's fiddle playing as "Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness." Born in Oregon, Hanneke began studying classical violin at age eight, then mastered Texas-style and Scottish fiddle as well (she studied with renowned Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Cape Breton master Buddy MacMaster).

Thursday February 18, 2010
Start: 02/18/2010 8:00 pm

They're back! Talented Bay Area musicians Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd, and Roger Feuer—also known as the acoustic trio, City Folk—reunite at the Freight for an evening of music that they describe as "folk in the traditional sense: music of and for the people."

Friday February 19, 2010
Start: 02/19/2010 8:00 pm

Dr. K and the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival join forces tonight to present an evening of flat out fun bluegrass from three young local bands: 49 Special, Montana Slim, and Bucky Walters.

Saturday February 20, 2010
Start: 02/20/2010 8:00 pm

Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill possess a rare musical kinship, ranking them among the most memorable duos of our era. The twosome holds listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances, releasing the pure, distilled beauty and vast emotional depths of traditional Irish music.

Sunday February 21, 2010
Start: 02/21/2010 8:00 pm

It's been many a long year since they graced our stage, but now Asylum Street Spankers fans can rejoice! As part of the SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, the indefinably great septet makes a triumphant return to the Freight. Currently in the midst of their Salvation and Sin tour, the Spankers showcase several different facets with a heavenly selection of rousing gospel music from their new CD, God's Favorite Band, balanced by a set of songs about the joys of sinning.

Monday February 22, 2010
Start: 02/22/2010 8:00 pm

The fourth annual return of this fantastic ensemble, the five sterling members of the SFBQ in a stirring program of brass music.

Tuesday February 23, 2010
Start: 02/23/2010 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 February 24, 2010
Start: 02/24/2010 8:00 pm

Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard mixes country, folk, and blues elements in a repertoire of gritty original songs that include some of the richest literary references and compelling melodies to be found in contemporary acoustic music.

Thursday February 25, 2010
Start: 02/25/2010 8:00 pm

Roots music enthusiasts from the Bay Area and beyond know banjo-playing, clogging songbird Evie Ladin from her 10 years with the great all-gal old-time band, The Stairwell Sisters, from stage antics and body slapping with her husband, Keith Terry, or from any number of other intriguing projects she's involved in. Tonight, join Evie as she opens the box on the toe-tapping material featured in her new solo debut CD, Float Downstream, original songs with catchy, ripe stories.

Friday February 26, 2010
Start: 02/26/2010 8:00 pm

Oh baby—we're in heaven! Fans of strings of all stripes should drop everything and sprint straight over to the Freight to catch this jaw-dropping, eye-popping double whammy of virtuoso plucking, strumming, picking, and bowing.

Saturday February 27, 2010
Start: 02/27/2010 12:00 pm

Join us this afternoon for our Winter Open House! This family-friendly edition features free performances and workshops for folks, kids, and folks with kids.

Start: 02/27/2010 8:00 pm

You can bet that the dance floor will be open for business when the Junius Courtney Big Band with Denise Perrier hits our stage for their first appearance at the New Freight!

Sunday February 28, 2010
Start: 02/28/2010 8:00 pm

Unflinching honesty, directness, and compassion are trademarks of the gritty, country-tinged folk of singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier ("Go-shay"), who sings the stories of addicts, broken-hearted lovers, and forgotten souls with sharply observed, haunting detail and a smoky, beautifully weathered voice.

Monday March 01, 2010
Start: 03/01/2010 8:00 pm

Wake the Dead, the self-proclaimed "first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band" combines forces with Rubber Souldiers, the rockabilly/jam-band Beatles tribute band for the world's most danceable Haiti benefit concert.

Tuesday March 02, 2010
Start: 03/02/2010 8:00 pm

There will be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $27.50.

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three

"One Voice" - Ruth Moody

Wednesday March 03, 2010
Start: 03/03/2010 8:00 pm

Look out: it's time to warm up the new Freight floorboards with a Cajun dance party! While an Aux Cajunal performance is always an invitation to good times, tonight we're planning to push back the chairs and laissez les bon temps roulez!

Thursday March 04, 2010
Start: 03/04/2010 8:00 pm

Inspired by a fierce loyalty to the most traditional aspects of bluegrass and old-time mountain music, Ohio-based Dry Branch Fire Squad draws its audience into the ancient emotional resonances in which bluegrass is rooted, and provides a strong taste of the culture in which it evolved.