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.

Thursday May 06, 2010
Start: 05/06/2010 8:00 pm

Dr. K is back with a trio of acts guaranteed to feed both mind and ears, while keeping the toes tapping!

Friday May 07, 2010
Start: 05/07/2010 8:00 pm

One of the West Coast's most dynamic jazz ensembles, the Montclair Women's Big Band offers the powerful sound of 17 top-flight soloists delivering a brassy, blues-drenched wallop to classic big band standards and originals.

Saturday May 08, 2010
Start: 05/08/2010 8:00 pm

The George Cole Quintet swings onto the Freight stage tonight for an evening celebrating the centennial of the birthday of Django Reinhardt. Come hear stories of Django Reinhardt's life, interwoven with his original music and new, Django-inspired compositions. With the fiery guitar of George Cole as its centerpiece, this virtuoso Bay Area band invites you to close your eyes and be transported by their infectious Gypsy jazz groove.

Sunday May 09, 2010
Start: 05/09/2010 8:00 pm

Join us for an utterly swingin' evening with trombonist Bob Mielke and his New Bearcats, featuring special guest vocalist Barbara Dane. New Orleans and traditional jazz, swing, blues, an historic stomp or two, a touch of ragtime, and vintage pop songs are all on the menu for this extraordinary evening of music from some of the Bay Area's very finest!

Tuesday May 11, 2010
Start: 05/11/2010 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 May 12, 2010
Start: 05/12/2010 8:00 pm

Rejoice, fans of intoxicatingly eclectic, cross-pollinated, high-energy Gypsy music with a rockabilly attitude...Fishtank Ensemble is back with not one but two explosive violins, the world's best slap bass player, musical saw, Flamenco and Gypsy jazz guitar, opera, jazz, and Gypsy vocals, and one little banjolele!

Thursday May 13, 2010
Start: 05/13/2010 8:00 pm

The Charlie Hunter Trio will surely give the Freight's new green roof a run for its money tonight, as they do their level best to blow it straight off with their hard-driving grooves. Featuring numbers off Charlie's new CD, Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid, the trio showcases the guitarist's gritty rock-jazz-funk style, with Eric Kalb on drums and trumpeter Ron Miles.

Friday May 14, 2010
Start: 05/14/2010 8:00 pm

Over the past 40 years, Jimmy Webb's accomplishments as a composer, arranger, songwriter, and performer have made him a truly iconic figure in the music world. The only artist ever to receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, Jimmy's name can be found on a staggering number of songwriter halls of fame, lifetime achievement awards, and "best singles of all time" lists. His songs, however speak for themselves.

Saturday May 15, 2010
Start: 05/15/2010 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...

Norris Church Mailer, author of A Ticket to the Circus

Eric Puchner, author of the new novel Model Home

Start: 05/15/2010 8:00 pm

It's time to hightail it on over to the Freight—Lost Weekend is back! An absolutely irresistible evening of fun is in store for all as guitarist and singer Don Burnham and his mighty ten-piece all-star Western swing band bring the house down, now in the Freight's larger digs, complete with a
dance floor! This ensemble has been keeping the flame of "cowboy jazz" burning brightly on the West Coast for over two decades with their greattunes, world-class musicianship, and pulsing tempos.

Sunday May 16, 2010
Start: 05/16/2010 11:00 am

Concerts

Start: 05/16/2010 8:00 pm

Ending the weekend-long Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention Spring Fling on a high note, tonight's extravaganza features Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin and the Canote Brothers.

Monday May 17, 2010
Start: 05/17/2010 8:00 pm

Definitely "not your mama's string quartet," the four classically trained players of Quartet Rouge—Kathy Marshall and Erin Benim on violins, Michi Aceret on viola, and cellist Rachel Turner Houk—play a wide variety of rock, pop, and indie material in great, original arrangements. Fresh from their success with Green Day's American Idiot show at the Berkeley Rep, come hear this bold and babelicious group range from Mozart to Megadeth at their Freight & Salvage premiere.

Tuesday May 18, 2010
Start: 05/18/2010 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 May 19, 2010
Start: 05/19/2010 8:00 pm

Summer's gone—goin' gone.
Pale moon in a raptor sky,
days as warm as a lover's kiss
just before she says goodbye.

Thursday May 20, 2010
Start: 05/20/2010 8:00 pm

Come on down to the Freight tonight and klez till you can klez no more! KlezExtravaganza is an evening of klezmer music from three of the Bay Area's most exciting and prominent groups, The Red Hot Chachkas, Kugelplex, and Steve Saxon and The New Klezmorim.

Friday May 21, 2010
Start: 05/21/2010 8:00 pm

Folksingers Kathy & Carol return to the Freight for a CD release celebration marking the birthday of their brand new album, Keepsake. The duo is known for their exquisitely close, haunting harmonies, remarkable for the use of shifting intervals, dissonance, and unisons, which set them apart from other artists of the 1960s folk era.

Saturday May 22, 2010
Start: 05/22/2010 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...

Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace

Start: 05/22/2010 8:00 pm

Rick Di Dia and Aireene Espiritu pick, strum, stomp, slide, and sing their own brand of stripped-down americana in tonight's release celebration for their new The Ten Ton Feather, with the superb assistance of special guests bassist Jon Evans, drummer Scott Amendola, and Brian Judd on mandolin...and who knows who else may show up for the occasion?

Sunday May 23, 2010
Start: 05/23/2010 8:00 pm

Long the toast of Austin and Nashville, this fabulously inventive group makes its Freight debut at last! With bluegrass as a starting point, The Greencards reinvent American roots music, creating a quirky, adventurous, and utterly compelling sound of their own.

Front and center is Australian singer/bassist Carol Young's warm yet ethereal vocals and the masterful playing of string wizard Kym Warner, four-time winner of the Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship.

Monday May 24, 2010
Start: 05/24/2010 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 May 25, 2010
Start: 05/25/2010 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 May 26, 2010
Start: 05/26/2010 8:00 pm

You might remember Warren Hood from his beguiling turns on our stage with the South Austin Jug Band, or more recently as a central member of the inimitable Waybacks. Here's good news for anyone who's admired the fiddler's awesome chops over the years: he's put together his own jazz/blues/newgrass acoustic fusion band! Joined by fellow former Jug Band member, Willie Pipkin, on lead guitar, Warren also brings the esteemed Emily Gimble, a musical force in her own right, along for the ride.

Saturday May 29, 2010
Start: 05/29/2010 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...

Kate Moses, author of Cakewalk

Laura Fraser, author of All Over the Map

The Junius Courtney Big Band

Sunday May 30, 2010
Start: 05/30/2010 2:00 pm

For this special afternoon performance the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) celebrates the 74th reunion of the Lincoln Brigade with a program of music and spoken word.

Wednesday June 02, 2010
Start: 06/02/2010 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 June 03, 2010
Start: 06/03/2010 8:00 pm

This special triple bill offers an evening of fabulous playing from three masters of Irish guitar, Duck Baker, Steve Baughman, and Alan Perlman.

Friday June 04, 2010
Start: 06/04/2010 8:00 pm

There aren't many people who can claim to have gone from cutting their musical teeth while working on a fishing boat, to performing on national television as part of a taxi-driver's musical collective, to playing for one of the top Cuban bands of their era.

Saturday June 05, 2010
Start: 06/05/2010 8:00 pm

Freight favorites Robin Flower and Libby McLaren wed exquisite Irish poetry with their modern "Celtic americana" style in an evening of exhilarating instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies, creative energy, and loads of fun. Robin's agile fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and Libby's high-energy grooves on piano and accordion (and great vocals from both of them) are backed tonight by a red-hot band featuring bassist Jan Martinelli and percussionist Peter Maund. Guest artists include The T Sisters, Barbara Higbie and others.

Sunday June 06, 2010
Start: 06/06/2010 8:00 pm

Tonight's prescription for musical entertainment: let three great local bands regale your ears with unique yet rootsy sounds all their own!

Thursday June 10, 2010
Start: 06/10/2010 8:00 pm

Masters of the tricky art of innovating within a musical tradition while remaining true to its essence, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland's roots revival since forming in 1990. With their repertoire that features high-octane instrumentals and traditional songs, it's always a joy to hear the Dogs' dynamic fusion of delicately phrased melodies from Scottish tradition with world music, jazz, and rock undercurrents.

Friday June 11, 2010
Start: 06/11/2010 8:00 pm

The title of his award-winning 1993 release, Ho'onanea ("To pass the time in peace and pleasure"), pretty well sums up John Keawe's old-style slack key guitar performances. Songwriter and master of the fingerpicking style developed in the 19th century by Hawai'ian cowboys who loosened, or "slacked" their guitar strings to produce a characteristic resonance, John takes this soft, sweet sound and lends it his own playful personal touch.

Saturday June 12, 2010
Start: 06/12/2010 8:00 pm

In a show that travels from the Freight's origins to the youthful innovators of today, Phil Marsh and the Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band (CGSB), who played at the 1968 opening night of the Freight & Salvage, are joined by the improvisational "street corner swing and bluegrass" sounds of Absynth Quintet. CGSB performs in the skiffle style, which British music critic Mark Kermode describes as "the missing link between archaic American jug band blues and modern rock'n'roll."

Sunday June 13, 2010
Start: 06/13/2010 8:00 pm

Our favorite Texans are back with their spiffy vocal harmonies, polished steel guitar licks, and excellent instrumentals, laced with twisted humor and just-a-hair-short-of-traditional lyrics. With Conrad Deisler and Hank Card on guitars, Tom Pittman on banjo and Dobro, and recently inducted Lizards Bruce Jones on bass and Darcie Deaville on fiddle, mandolin, and quips, the group's sound and sensibility is part bluegrass, part country, part Cajun, and pure irreverence.

Tuesday June 15, 2010
Start: 06/15/2010 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 June 17, 2010
Start: 06/17/2010 8:00 pm

A force to be reckoned with in contemporary bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent has won the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award for Female Vocalist of the Year no less than seven times: no wonder folks like the Wall Street Journal have dubbed her the "new queen of bluegrass." Known for bridging the gap between bluegrass and mainstream country music with her hard-driving, high-energy performances, Rhonda is currently on tour promoting her latest CD, Good Thing Going (Rounder).

Friday June 18, 2010
Start: 06/18/2010 8:00 pm

An exuberant virtuoso on numerous instruments in many musical styles, as well as the possessor of a lovely singing voice and a stage presence like a ray of sunshine, Barbara Higbie combines technical brilliance and pure joie de vivre in her music.

Tonight's solo show gives the multi-faceted Barbara a chance to shine forth with her talents on piano, fiddle, guitar, and ukulele, as she performs material old and new, including selections from her upcoming CD.

Saturday June 19, 2010
Start: 06/19/2010 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, Troy Horne, 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 June 20, 2010
Start: 06/20/2010 8:00 pm

With their infectious, rollicking country swing and their charisma hearkening back to the golden era of the silver screen cowgirl, the Sweetback Sisters are guaranteed to charm the boots off of one and all in their Freight debut. The Sisters' whimsical, Kitty Wells-inspired stage demeanor comes firmly wrapped around a core of solid musical chops, a deeply felt love for traditional country music styles, and a joy in playing together that is palpable.

Monday June 21, 2010
Start: 06/21/2010 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 June 22, 2010
Start: 06/22/2010 8:00 pm

Ever since their debut CD, Spirit of the Forest, swept Europe in the early 1990s, Baka Beyond has been a groundbreaker for the world music genre.

Wednesday June 23, 2010
Start: 06/23/2010 8:00 pm

Carrie Rodriguez enlivens the Freight tonight, bringing her sultry vocals and sparkling fiddling to a tasty mix of original songs and cuts from her new cover CD, Love & Circumstance (April 2010).

Thursday June 24, 2010
Start: 06/24/2010 8:00 pm

There will be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $33.50.

Friday June 25, 2010
Start: 06/25/2010 6:30 pm

One and all are invited to join camp students and faculty for a super fun, free concert celebrating the completion of this year's edition of fiddlekids Summer Camp. A weeklong immersion in traditional fiddle music, the camp encourages youngsters to explore bluegrass, Appalachian, Celtic, jazz, klezmer, and other traditional fiddle styles through tunes, songs, dance, and art.

Saturday June 26, 2010
Start: 06/26/2010 8:00 pm

Come hitch a ride to honky-tonk heaven with Bill Kirchen, as the "Titan of the Telecaster" and his red-hot band perform old favorites and newly penned originals, including selections from his new all-star duet CD, Word to the Wise.

Sunday June 27, 2010
Start: 06/27/2010 8:00 pm

Mandolin players from several corners of the globe converge on the Freight stage tonight for a high energy border- and genre-hopping extravaganza that no fan of strings should miss!

Monday June 28, 2010
Start: 06/28/2010 8:00 pm

Singer, songwriter, and master of many instruments (including guitar, harmonica, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy), Andy Irvine has long been known as "a tradition unto himself." A world music pioneer with a crystal clear artistic vision and highly unique performing skills, Andy takes his listeners on a musical journey from his native Ireland through Eastern Europe, Australia, America, and back.

Tuesday June 29, 2010
Start: 06/29/2010 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 July 01, 2010
Start: 07/01/2010 8:00 pm

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and longtime stalwart of the Bay Area music scene, Gerry Tenney brings us an evening of musical commentary on economic downturns and labor struggles. Taking songs from two seminal albums from the 1950s, Pete Seeger's American Industrial Ballads and the New Lost City Ramblers' Songs From the Depression, Gerry and his Hard Times Orchestra stitch them together with other, related songs in a concert combining contemporary and historic music.

Friday July 02, 2010
Start: 07/02/2010 8:00 pm

Electric guitar and fiddle meld in intriguing new ways, entwined with sweet harmony vocals in the original songs performed by Laura Cortese and Jefferson Hamer. Last seen wowing the Freight audience with an opening set for David Lindley, Laura and Jefferson explore new ways to combine their copious instrumental, vocal, and songwriting talents. Tonight they spotlight tunes from their new duo CD, Two Amps, One Microphone.

Saturday July 03, 2010
Start: 07/03/2010 8:00 pm

In celebration of the release of his new CD, Spirit and Spice (Earth Brother), Bay Area saxophonist George Brooks brings his rich Indian/jazz fusion music to our stage, with his Summit ensemble, featuring some of the finest musicians working in jazz and global fusion.