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.

Thursday July 08, 2010
Start: 07/08/2010 8:00 pm

Mandolin master and songwriter Steve Smith and Minnesota songbird Chris Sanders front this super-talented group of musicians that originally came together to work on Steve's live studio recording Hard Road, released in 2004. The band's chemistry is evident in their excellent rapport onstage, and in the song-writing and harmonies that have become the signature Hard Road sound.

Friday July 09, 2010
Start: 07/09/2010 8:00 pm

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

Saturday July 10, 2010
Start: 07/10/2010 8:00 pm

There will be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $21.50.

Sunday July 11, 2010
Start: 07/11/2010 8:00 pm

Alternative country meets rockabilly revival when Rosie Flores and her hot band take the Freight stage by storm, polishing her high-octane reputation with explosive guitar solos, great songs, and gritty, break-yer-heartstrings vocals. Crackling with energy, Rosie's performances blend the best of rock n roll, honky tonk, early rockabilly, blues, and jazz with Tex-Mex echoes of her roots in San Antonio, Texas.

Monday July 12, 2010
Start: 07/12/2010 8:00 pm

Featuring three young guitar virtuosos, Los Angeles-based New West Guitar Group is a premier acoustic/electric guitar ensemble. Their original music combines the foundation of jazz with elements of rock and folk, blending the different timbres of acoustic and electric guitars to create a unique sound, ranging from delicate introspection to exhilarating swing and gritty blues.

Tuesday July 13, 2010
Start: 07/13/2010 8:00 pm

Over the past three decades, The Tannahill Weavers have gained worldwide fame as one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Born at a session in the early 1970s in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate, Robert Tannahill, the group quickly made a name for themselves with their driving arrangements, rich three- and four-part vocal harmonies, and fiery instrumentals.

Wednesday July 14, 2010
Start: 07/14/2010 8:00 pm

Country star Suzy Bogguss brings a sparkle to our stage with an acoustic solo show spotlighting her strong, supple voice and straightforward style with often-hummed tunes both new and old, including selections from her most recent CD, Sweet Danger.

Thursday July 15, 2010
Start: 07/15/2010 8:00 pm

Time for another dose from the doctor, Dr. K, that is, who presents another great night of music from up-and-coming Bay Area bands, this time with a distinct bluegrass flavor.

Friday July 16, 2010
Start: 07/16/2010 8:00 pm

With his inspirations ranging from Andres Segovia to Mississippi John Hurt, Ed Gerhard is one of the true masters of steel string fingerstyle guitar. A Philadelphia native now residing in New Hampshire, Ed was inspired by the late guitarist John Fahey to develop his own compositional voice, which he explores in performance with 6-string, 12-string, and slide guitars, Hawaiian Lap Steel, a passionate intensity, and a sly sense of humor.

Saturday July 17, 2010
Start: 07/17/2010 8:00 pm

Houston Jones returns to the Freight! Audience members are advised to bring along personal fire extinguishers as this quintet of musical veterans plus two great special guests ignite the evening with their sizzling, eclectic mixture of originals and original interpretations of grassroots americana music.

Sunday July 18, 2010
Start: 07/18/2010 8:00 pm

Featuring the fiery accordion and fiddle wizardry and soulful vocals of the front man from the legendary band, Zydeco Force, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys delivers great, pack-the-dance-floor renditions of Creole classics as well as their own dynamic brand of contemporary zydeco.

Monday July 19, 2010
Start: 07/19/2010 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 July 20, 2010
Start: 07/20/2010 8:00 pm

Roma music ensemble Parno Graszt has traveled all the way from the Hungarian village of Paszab—with violins, guitars, double bass, tambura (lute), and accordion in tow—to show the Freight the true meaning of a party! Hailing from a place where the whole population takes part in music-making, with instruments passing from one hand to another and everybody dancing, the group are masters at blurring the lines between audience and performer, and ensuring a fantastic time for all.

Wednesday July 21, 2010
Start: 07/21/2010 8:00 pm

Tao Rodriguez-Seeger's music takes the folk styles of his family heritage in distinctive directions, fusing them with contemporary rock-n-roll and a rootsy, psychedelic vibe. With Tao singing lead vocals and playing electric guitar and banjo, his band has performed at an impressive lineup of events, from the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Thursday July 22, 2010
Start: 07/22/2010 8:00 pm

The colorful past of Paul Thorn, a native of good old rockin' blues country in Tupelo, Mississippi, includes gigs performed at the age of three while traveling with his evangelist preacher father, a career as a professional boxer (he went seven rounds with Roberto Duran on national TV), factory work, and skydiving—not to mention some truly masterful songwriting and a style of muscular blues-rock with lots of gospel overtones that gets in your head and won't let go.

Friday July 23, 2010
Start: 07/23/2010 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 July 24, 2010
Start: 07/24/2010 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: 07/24/2010 8:00 pm

Bassist and co-founder of the famed indie-rock band Camper Van Beethoven, Victor Krummenacher makes his Freight debut tonight with an evening of searing roots rock. With the spotlight firmly on his narrative-driven songs, Victor presides over acoustic and electric sets of original gothic-tinged country, swampy blues, and Memphis soul and rock.

Sunday July 25, 2010
Start: 07/25/2010 8:00 pm

In Hani Naser Band's "in the now" performances, adventurous musicians from around the world mix their roots with contemporary rhythms and melodies, pushing each other past musical boundaries to a place that is rarely visited. Masters of improvisation, their jams are timeless and full of folklore.

Tuesday July 27, 2010
Start: 07/27/2010 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 July 29, 2010
Start: 07/29/2010 8:00 pm

Last seen raisin a ruckus in the January edition of Dr. K's Homegrown Roots Revue, Three at Last and Family Lines return for a command performance of harmony-rich americana/folk music.

Friday July 30, 2010
Start: 07/30/2010 8:00 pm

Three stellar Bay Area songcrafters grace our stage tonight!

Smithsonian Folkways artist Jim Bruno has spent the past three decades performing and writing intelligent, compelling songs, which have been recorded by the likes of Shawn Colvin, Mary Lou Lord, and Cliff Eberhardt. Jim has performed across the U.S. and in Europe, and currently teaches songwriting at the Freight & Salvage School of Music. Tonight he spotlights tunes from his new CD, alright, alright.

Saturday July 31, 2010
Start: 07/31/2010 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: 07/31/2010 8:00 pm

Here to provide solace (or at least a little perspective) in troubled times, Hollywood actor, author, storyteller, and comic Darryl Henriques once again takes the Freight stage for an evening of razor-sharp wit and off-the-wall observations on the human condition.

Sunday August 01, 2010
Start: 08/01/2010 8:00 pm

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