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.

Friday March 05, 2010
Start: 03/05/2010 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

Saturday March 06, 2010
Start: 03/06/2010 8:00 pm

Featuring two ensembles that stand at the vanguard of contemporary Indian classical music, this double-bill concert brings beautiful traditional aesthetics into the hands of the next generation.

Sunday March 07, 2010
Start: 03/07/2010 8:00 pm

Si Kahn recently commented, "My work in the civil rights movement led me through the coal camps and cotton mill towns of the South to the Brookside strike in Harlan county, Kentucky; the brown lung movement and the J. P. Stevens campaign in the Carolinas; and the critical work of organizing and coalition-building among black and white, women and men, rural and urban.

Tuesday March 09, 2010
Start: 03/09/2010 8:00 pm

Since the early 1990s, indie folk-rocker Melissa Ferrick has gathered a dedicated following with her emotionally honest first-person lyrics, dynamic sound, and impassioned live performances. In recent years she's been leaning a bit closer to the rock & roll vibe that always seemed to underpin her music, but her songs continue to be true to an intimate, nuanced vision, as on her recent CD, Goodbye Youth.

Wednesday March 10, 2010
Start: 03/10/2010 8:00 pm

Two up-and-coming Bay Area singer-songwriters perform a double bill of jazz and innovative songcraft.

Thursday March 11, 2010
Start: 03/11/2010 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer is an Indiana native known for her eloquent songs of resilience, love, and spirituality, infused with a strong roots-rock sensibility and tempered by Appalachian and classical influences. She has been winning over audiences for years with her warmth, her wry sense of fun, and the beauty and strength of her dark, rich, bluesy voice (aptly described by the Austin Statesman as "rich as Godiva chocolate").

Friday March 12, 2010
Start: 03/12/2010 8:00 pm

What an evening! Come feast your ears on a rich musical smorgasboard ranging from European Gypsy tunes to Great American Songbook gems, as Leftover Dreams and Café Musique split the bill.

Saturday March 13, 2010
Start: 03/13/2010 8:00 pm

Dublin-born singer-songwriter Melanie O'Reilly creates a unique sound by fusing two worlds, combining the lyricism of Irish poetry with the improvisation of American jazz.

Sunday March 14, 2010
Start: 03/14/2010 8:00 pm

This husband-wife duo combines Steve Gillette's renowned country-folk songwriting with Cindy Mangsen's traditional Appalachian roots. Steve's originals, including "Darcy Farrow," "Happy Hour," and "Back on the Street Again," have been recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, and Garth Brooks.

Tuesday March 16, 2010
Start: 03/16/2010 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 March 17, 2010
Start: 03/17/2010 8:00 pm

Shay and Michael Black celebrate St. Patrick's Day Eve with their traditional Freight concert, brimming with lilting harmonies, catchy rhythms, and superb musicianship. The brothers never fail to create a sheer celebration of singing, and their infectious humor, wit, and unalloyed joy in performing make it difficult for anyone to remain a spectator for long!

Thursday March 18, 2010
Start: 03/18/2010 8:00 pm

Tonight's guitar extravaganza brings three virtuosos of fingerstyle guitar to our stage for an evening of lush, thought-provoking music, both in solo sets and collaborations.

Friday March 19, 2010
Start: 03/19/2010 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Stacey Earle began her career as a backup singer for her brother, Steve. With a tight, subtle sound, it did not take long for her to gain a large regional following once she began performing with her husband, guitarist Mark Stuart, in their hometown of Nashville. In more recent years, she and Mark have been taking their music on the road, spotlighting albums like their latest, Town Square.

Saturday March 20, 2010
Start: 03/20/2010 8:00 pm

Nancy Schimmel invites one and all to celebrate her 75th birthday tonight! This very special concert, with proceeds helping to provide food and solar ovens for victims of the Haiti earthquake, features a host of special musical guests including Juy Fjell, the Organic Women's Chorus, Fran Avni, Candy Forest, Asheba, Claudia Morrow, Bonnie Lockhart, and Nancy Ibsen. The evening features original songs by Nancy and her many collaborators, as well as a few by her mother, Malvina Reynolds.

Sunday March 21, 2010
Start: 03/21/2010 8:00 pm

This progressive young Nashville band has been making waves for the past few years on the bluegrass scene with their fiery playing and tight, dynamic shows that sparkle with infectious energy. And tonight you, too, can be a part of the Infamous Stringdusters experience, as they stop by the Freight on their 2010 Ski Tour.

Monday March 22, 2010
Start: 03/22/2010 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 March 23, 2010
Start: 03/23/2010 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 March 24, 2010
Start: 03/24/2010 8:00 pm

Dr. K has done it again! A trio of inspiring, up-and-coming bands offer up a rich and heady, globe-trotting variety of music tonight. Gypsy jazz, transcendental folk, and jug band mayhem: from our stage to your ears!

Thursday March 25, 2010
Start: 03/25/2010 8:00 pm

Our favorite "sophisticated hillbilly" returns to celebrate the 20th anniversary release of Arkansas Traveler, the album that put Michelle Shocked on the map as one of the most erudite purveyors of Americana music on the block.

Friday March 26, 2010
Start: 03/26/2010 8:00 pm

The legendary co-founder of The Doors, much-emulated keyboard player Ray Manzarek, joins forces with critically acclaimed slide/blues guitarist Roy Rogers for a truly captivating show. Spotlighting numbers from their new duo CD, Ballads Before the Rain, Ray and Roy present amazing new instrumental takes on Doors classics like "The Crystal Ship" and "Riders On The Storm," plus selections of blues, jazz, and classical music that showcase the prodigious talents of these two composer/performers.

Saturday March 27, 2010
Start: 03/27/2010 8:00 pm

From whimsical to ecstatic, romantic to ironic, shy to furious, Diaspora Redux is a musical dream journey through the hearts and minds of 21st century cosmopolitan musicians.

Sunday March 28, 2010
Start: 03/28/2010 8:00 pm

Through archives and old recordings, Grammy-winning vocalists Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg and their band have gathered a rich mix of songs from Jewish and Irish traditions on love, death, betrothal, betrayal and the demon drink. Be prepared to laugh, cry, mourn, and rejoice as these masterful musicians perform songs from the Yiddish and Irish traditions.

Monday March 29, 2010
Start: 03/29/2010 8:00 pm

Tonight's Bach's Birthday Bash features three of the Bay Area's top chamber musicians joining forces on our stage!

Tuesday March 30, 2010
Start: 03/30/2010 8:00 pm

Come share the craic (good times) with two stellar musicians offering an evening's feast of Irish music and culture.

We begin the evening with Mick Moloney's illustrated presentation on Jewish and Irish collaborations in vaudeville and early Tin Pan Alley. Rich with biographical details and period and contemporary recordings, Mick tells the story of good natured inter-ethnic flux, competition and cooperation which left a lasting imprint on music in America.

Wednesday March 31, 2010
Start: 03/31/2010 8:00 pm

Make sure you bring your dancing shoes tonight when Soul Power blows into the Freight! Blending the sophisticated stylings of the Eastside Horns with a rhythm section drawn from New York and Louisiana, and fronted by the soulful vocals of Tommy Banks, this nine-piece band invites one and all to get their groove on with riveting solos and the unstoppable groove of 1970s style rhythms.

Thursday April 01, 2010
Start: 04/01/2010 8:00 pm

Brilliantly personifying the word "eclectic," acclaimed multi-instrumentalist David Lindley combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish music, plus eccentric songs of his own devising, all with an expansive, playful approach that is as irresistible as it is virtuosic.

Friday April 02, 2010
Start: 04/02/2010 8:00 pm

In the summer of 1999, the Hot Buttered Rum String Band set out to rediscover the high lonesome sound of mountain music from the Sierra Nevadas, a style they called "high altitude bluegrass." A decade and a bit later, after years of near-constant touring, the group has evolved into a plugged-in, rocking powerhouse that blends jazz, country, and world music into its tasty, percussive mix.

Saturday April 03, 2010
Start: 04/03/2010 8:00 pm

Labeled "The new voice of Portuguese world music" by Mundo Portugues magazine, Ramana Vieira pulls traditional Portuguese fado music into the 21st century with her powerful vocals and unique stylings. Juxtaposing unconventional instrumental layers over fado's haunting melodies and melancholy stories of heartache and disappointment, she updates the old-world ballads while maintaining the integrity of this time-honored tradition.

Sunday April 04, 2010
Start: 04/04/2010 8:00 pm

Founding member Jane Vidrine once described them as "Women's voices in harmony, hitting the chords that haven't been heard in Cajun music before." One of the few all-woman Cajun bands in existence, the Magnolia Sisters play the standard elegant waltzes and snappy two-steps with energy, verve, and a playful flair. Yet their sound adds a further dimension to the mostly male-dominated genre of Cajun music, featuring tight, soulful harmonies and a distinctly older Cajun swing style.