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.

Tuesday April 06, 2010
Start: 04/06/2010 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 April 08, 2010
Start: 04/08/2010 8:00 pm

Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend an evening with the acclaimed world fusion group Open House, which disbanded in 1999, as the members reunite on our stage tonight for some musical fireworks!

Friday April 09, 2010
Start: 04/09/2010 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks has spent the past two decades moving between alternative country, classic honky-tonky, and offbeat roots rock, but he has always maintained his sharp lyrical pen and his eye for dark humor. As encompassed by his recent, ambitious 50-Vc. Doberman project, a collection of 50 songs written over the course of one year, Robbie's repertoire is informed by whip-smart wordplay and an improvisatory, boundary-pushing musical sensibility.

Saturday April 10, 2010
Start: 04/10/2010 8:00 pm

With its remarkable energy, fresh perspective, and superlative musicianship, Solas has risen to the top of Irish music in just a few short years, winning scores of fans on both sides of the Atlantic and three consecutive awards from the Association for Independent Music for Best Celtic Recording. Always known for their penchant for creative arranging and distinctive choice of material, the members of Solas offer a highly original, strikingly contemporary view of traditional Irish sounds.

Sunday April 11, 2010
Start: 04/11/2010 11:30 am

In this afternoon event coinciding with similar events throughout the U.S., Berkeley City officials join musicians, poets, authors, and the public in a special ceremony to remember the Holocaust.

Cantor Sharon Bernstein opens the event with bassist Stuart Brotman and spoken word remembrances from poet Robert Alter, Susan Greenwald, and Baruch Nutovic, a candle lighting ceremony for Holocaust survivors, and speeches by Kriss Worthington and other members of the Berkeley City Council.

Start: 04/11/2010 8:00 pm

Fondly remembered by folks who saw them perform back in the day, Any Old Time String Band was one of the most popular old-time bands in California during the 1970s and '80s. Playing an adventurous mixture of traditional fiddle tunes, old blues, string band songs, Cajun music, popular tunes of the 1920s and '30s, and even a bit of string band jazz, the pioneering all-woman band combines contagious high spirits with top-notch musicianship.

Tuesday April 13, 2010
Start: 04/13/2010 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 April 15, 2010
Start: 04/15/2010 8:00 pm

Dan Bern is a wildly imaginative troubadour whose difficult-to-pigeonhole music has been described in the New York Times as "topical-political-poetical-sarcastic-punk-folk." Dan's great free-form poetic lyrics and the power of his raging tenor generate laughter and controversy (often at the same time) as he veers from comedy to anger, conjecture to shaggy-dog stories, with side trips to theology, science fiction, consumer culture, love, art, and baseball.

Friday April 16, 2010
Start: 04/16/2010 8:00 pm

Over the past three decades, Nashville singer-songwriter Steve Forbert has been charting the choppy waters of American life from youth to middle age with compelling songs that are at once disarmingly personal and universally true. Taking the stance of a compassionate everyman with a keen eye for detail, Steve weaves together strands of folk, rock, country, and R&B as he delivers his take on life's trials, tribulations, and discoveries with direct, honest energy and enduring optimism.

Saturday April 17, 2010
Start: 04/17/2010 8:00 pm

Musician, composer, producer, Patrick Landeza is considered a leading exponent of ki ho'alu, the Hawaiian slack key style, carrying on the unique fingerpicking method developed in the 19th century by Hawaiian cowboys who loosened their guitar strings (or "slacked" them) for a lower, more resonant sound.

Monday April 19, 2010
Start: 04/19/2010 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 April 20, 2010
Start: 04/20/2010 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 April 21, 2010
Start: 04/21/2010 8:00 pm

The reigning queen of traditional country blues, Aurora "Rory" Block is a singer and guitarist of smoldering intensity. Identified as a national treasure by the New York Blues & Jazz Society, Rory is a five-time W.C. Handy Blues Award winner.

Thursday April 22, 2010
Start: 04/22/2010 8:00 pm

Join Berkeley's own traditional and topical folk artist extraordinaire Carol Denney for an enlightening evening of quick wit and invigorating tunes! Tonight the spotlight is on Carol's new CD, Maggots in the Sheep Hide, a collection of traditional old time tunes. Carol performs solo for part of the night, and will be joined for the remainder of the evening with her stellar band-acoustic bassist Steven Strauss, fiddler Kerry Parker, and vocalist and banjo man Jim Nelson.

Friday April 23, 2010
Start: 04/23/2010 8:00 pm

Arlo Guthrie's career exploded in 1967 with the release of "Alice's Restaurant," which became nothing less than an anthem of an entire age, fostering a new commitment among the '60s generation to social consciousness and activism. His stock in trade comes in the form of classically styled folk songs intermingled with clever storytelling, always reminding one and all of his father, the beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie.

Saturday April 24, 2010
Start: 04/24/2010 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $18.00 at door. Puchase advance tickets online through Ticketweb, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

Sedge Thomson welcomes...

Start: 04/24/2010 12:00 pm

Join us this afternoon for our Spring Open House! We're throwing open our doors all afternoon to celebrate the season with an amazing array of workshops, jam sessions, student performances, and more—all absolutely free! Dancing in the aisles, singing on the stairs, and fiddling in the lobby are sure to ensue as we invite the entire East Bay music-making community (including you!) to this extravaganza, featuring:

 

 

 

Start: 04/24/2010 8:00 pm

Come revel in gorgeous, heart-wrenching songs from Latin America's golden age, as Cascada de Flores returns with a fabulous playground of musical toys and friends old and new.

Sunday April 25, 2010
Start: 04/25/2010 8:00 pm

Time for your monthly dose of what the doctor ordered! Dr. K, that is, continuing his monthly series showcasing up-and-coming bands from the Bay Area & environs.

Monday April 26, 2010
Start: 04/26/2010 8:00 pm

The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra's first-ever Composer in Residence, Gabriela Frank, is about to unveil her first major work for the SFCO: a new violin concerto composed for our own wonderful Robin Sharp. Hear Gabi and Robin talk about this exciting new work, and play excerpts from music no one has ever heard before.

Tuesday April 27, 2010
Start: 04/27/2010 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 April 29, 2010
Start: 04/29/2010 8:00 pm

One of the very finest players of the Celtic harp, Chris Caswell is also a natural raconteur and a respected performer on the Scottish bagpipes, Irish flute, tinwhistle, and bodhran (Irish frame drum). His original instrumental music is informed by European traditions and flavored with Middle Eastern and South American influences.

Friday April 30, 2010
Start: 04/30/2010 8:00 pm

Come celebrate of the release of The Kathy Kallick Band's Between the Hollow & the High-Rise, a CD that includes five sparkling new Kathy (guitar, lead and harmony vocals) compositions, plus significant contributions from all the band members: Tom Bekeny (mandolin, harmony and lead vocals), Dan Booth (acoustic bass, harmony and lead vocals), Greg Booth (dobro, banjo, harmony vocals), and Annie Staninec (fiddle, harmony vocals).

Saturday May 01, 2010
Start: 05/01/2010 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $18.00 at door. Puchase advance tickets online through Ticketweb, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

Sedge Thomson welcomes...

Start: 05/01/2010 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 May 02, 2010
Start: 05/02/2010 2:30 pm

Join bands from Take the Stage Band Workshop for a fun afternoon of lively music.

Start: 05/02/2010 8:00 pm

If the Freight appears to be glowing with super-positive vibes it's probably because we're on a trip back in time with tonight's tour guides, Yardbirds tribute band The RaveUps.

Performing the bluesy psychedelic music of the Yardbirds in an earthy, organic mode, the RaveUps feature lead guitarist Chris Solberg (Santana, Eddie Money, Chris Isaak), bass player Kit Newkirk, singer/harmonica player Dave Seabury, rhythm guitarist Bob Lewis, and drummer Donn Spindt (of Rubinoo's fame).

Wednesday May 05, 2010
Start: 05/05/2010 8:00 pm

Long-time Freight favorites, Mitch Greenhill and Mayne Smith join two streams of American traditional music "where country meets the blues." Mitch began his career in Harvard Square's coffee houses, focusing on blues and other African American guitar styles. Mayne's home is in the Bay Area, where he developed his spine-tingling Anglo American country-style singing, as well as his dobro and pedal steel guitar technique.