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.

Thursday August 05, 2010
Start: 08/05/2010 8:00 pm

Join award-winning singer-songwriter and innovative guitarist, Erika Luckett, and soulful jazz vocalist Lisa Ferraro for a performance celebrating the release of their new duo CD, Awe.

Friday August 06, 2010
Start: 08/06/2010 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter and winner of the prestigious New Folk award at the 2003 Kerrville Folk Festival, Vermont native Anais Mitchell performs distinctive, meticulously written songs, backed by Jefferson Hamer and Rachel Ries. With the sound of a world-weary waif, Anais' otherworldly voice is a striking counterpoint to the intensity of her lyrics, which fuse personal and political themes into vibrant, literate songs.

Saturday August 07, 2010
Start: 08/07/2010 8:00 pm

They brought the house down at their Freight debut last February as past of Dr. K's Homwegrown Roots Revue; now they're back to headline an evening of fabulous music! Called "One of the brightest new lights illuminating San Francisco's bluegrass music" by CBA's Bluegrass Breakdown, 49 Special's repertoire of great original songs reveals influences from country and blues, as well as from traditional and progressive bluegrass.

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

Mbira music has been used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe in religious and secular ceremonies for over a millennium. The instrument, made of two dozen metal keys mounted on a wood soundboard inside a resonating calabash gourd and played with the thumbs, produces music that combines entrancing melodies with invigorating polyphony and polyrhythms.

Tuesday August 10, 2010
Start: 08/10/2010 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 August 12, 2010
Start: 08/12/2010 8:00 pm

Two Hawaiian guitarists known for their diverse musical styles, Cindy Combs and Stephen Inglis take the Freight for a mid-August trip through an eclectic blend of musical genres, with a hefty dose of slack key guitar magic.

Friday August 13, 2010
Start: 08/13/2010 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor returns to the Freight stage to lift our spirits and engage our minds with his well-crafted, melodic, intelligent folk-pop. An unrepentant romantic with a razor-sharp wit and a quirky view of the world, the Boston-based artist rounds out his impeccable musical performances with wry humor and a warm stage presence.

Saturday August 14, 2010
Start: 08/14/2010 8:00 pm

Join us for an amazing evening of Indian classical music!

Sunday August 15, 2010
Start: 08/15/2010 8:00 pm

From the vanguard of new Jewish music, the Klez-X brings an evening of unbridled innovation, amazing virtuosity, and irresistible soul.

Monday August 16, 2010
Start: 08/16/2010 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 August 17, 2010
Start: 08/17/2010 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 August 18, 2010
Start: 08/18/2010 8:00 pm

Boston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow brings a decidedly modern sensibility to an old-world sound, channeling the prodigious talents of its individual members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs. While the group pays due homage to its bluegrass roots—its name is taken from WJKS, a radio station that broadcasted the Monroe brothers' show in the 1930s—the band truly excels in its rich and textured treatment of more contemporary material.

Thursday August 19, 2010
Start: 08/19/2010 8:00 pm

Three modern guitar masters with global perspectives take solo turns on our stage!

Friday August 20, 2010
Start: 08/20/2010 8:00 pm

Dancers from En Cri's ‘70's gigs at The Ordinary in Oakland and early Chez Panisse and other Old Berkeley parties be alerted!! Tonight, Phil Marsh, the singing, strumming folk-to-country-to-blues troubadour reunites the original Energy Crisis group featuring Bruce Barthol, bass, and Tom Ralston on drums.

Saturday August 21, 2010
Start: 08/21/2010 12:30 pm

Come on out and jug till you can jug no more! This all-day all-jug band extravaganza features two separate concerts, workshops, and more hand-made, home-grown music than you can shake a gut-bucket at!

The afternoon show features Jugtown Pirates, Devine's Jug Band, Skiffle Symphony with Kenny Hall, Lavay Smith & her Red Hot Jug Band, and Toshio Hirano.

Start: 08/21/2010 8:00 pm

Come on out and jug till you can jug no more! This all-day all-jug band extravaganza features two separate concerts, two workshops, and more hand-made, home-grown music than you can shake a gut-bucket at!

The evening show features Maria Muldaur & Her Garden of Joy Jug Band, Quinn Deveaux & the Juggy Tubsters, and Kally Price.

Sunday August 22, 2010
Start: 08/22/2010 8:00 pm

Check out some of California's finest songwriters at the West Coast Songwriters' Open Mic annual playoffs' grand final concert! The top contenders from WCS playoff events in 10 regions—Portland, Martinez, Saratoga, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sacramento, Redwood City, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood—take the stage to present their winning original songs at this special concert.

Tuesday August 24, 2010
Start: 08/24/2010 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 August 25, 2010
Start: 08/25/2010 8:00 pm

Three-time Grammy nominee and acclaimed singer-songwriter Peter Case has carved out an impressive niche for himself. His dynamic, emotionally charged musical blend reveals the wide terrain Peter has ranged since he began performing in the mid-sixties, including stints with the groundbreaking punk band The Nerves and with new wave pioneers The Plimsouls, before he took a dive into the deep end of folk music over a decade ago.

Thursday August 26, 2010
Start: 08/26/2010 8:00 pm

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

Friday August 27, 2010
Start: 08/27/2010 8:00 pm

Say it isn't so...the Edlos, retiring? Make sure you don't miss this dynamic a cappella quartet as they kick off their Farewell Tour on our stage with an all-ages evening of beautifully harmonized swan songs.

Saturday August 28, 2010
Start: 08/28/2010 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: 08/28/2010 12:00 pm

Come join us for our anniversary Community Open House! Music fills the Freight from ceiling to roof as we throw open our doors from noon to 4:00 pm today for a free, family-friendly musical celebration featuring an amazing array of performances and workshops for folks, kids, and folks with kids!

Start: 08/28/2010 8:00 pm

Shana Morrison, who began her singing career performing duets with her father, Van, in his Rhythm and Soul Revue, always puts in a powerful performance.

Sunday August 29, 2010
Start: 08/29/2010 8:00 pm

Since its beginnings in 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Made up of four virtuosos dedicated to taking the traditional string quartet format into new territory, the Grammy-winning group brings zest, humor, imagination, and brilliant technique to bear as they fuse the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles in performances that redefine and honor both.

Monday August 30, 2010
Start: 08/30/2010 8:00 pm

Join the party, as the Bay Area's top professional violists come together for an evening of alto clef, viola jokes, and great music to celebrate the rebirth of the Northern California Viola Society. Watch our "viola progressive" onstage, as we attempt to set a new Guinness world record for the largest viola ensemble ever. Violists, please bring your axe and join us.

Tuesday August 31, 2010
Start: 08/31/2010 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 September 02, 2010
Start: 09/02/2010 8:00 pm

Two Colorado-based, un-pigeonhole-able groups play a double bill offering borderless inspiration, positive vibes, and contemporary reimaginings of tradition.

Friday September 03, 2010
Start: 09/03/2010 8:00 pm

A triple bill of local singer-songwriters: Just what the doctor ordered! Dr. K, that is, bringing his monthly dose of local talent to our stage for a great evening's entertainment.

Saturday September 04, 2010
Start: 09/04/2010 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: 09/04/2010 8:00 pm

Come treat your ears to a musical feast tonight, with jazz-tinged harmonizing and gems from the Great American Songbook, as Clockwork and Leftover Dreams split the bill.

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

Join us for comedy and improv night at the Freight!

Wednesday September 08, 2010
Start: 09/08/2010 8:00 pm

The Hawaiian Legacy Tour blows in to the Freight tonight, gathering the vibrant younger generation of Hawaiian music masters together on our stage. Grammy award winner Keoki Kahumoku, Herb Ohta, Jr. and Patrick Landeza bring the knowledge and styles of their teachers to the forefront as they highlight their unique slant on traditional ‘ukulele and Hawaiian slack key guitar.

Thursday September 09, 2010
Start: 09/09/2010 8:00 pm

Look out, it's time to bust out and cut loose with the 2010 edition of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention! Tonight's festivities feature the rousing mountain music of Jimmy Triplett, Scott Prouty & Andy FitzGibbon; beautiful harmonizing from Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss; and country blues and hillbilly ragtime with Del Rey & Suzy Thompson.

Friday September 10, 2010
Start: 09/10/2010 8:00 pm

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention cooks up yet another irresistible lineup, featuring mandolin virtuoso Kenny Hall and his Sweets Mill String Band, North Carolina ballad singer and storyteller Bobby McMillon, and Oregonian trio the Macrae Sisters.

Saturday September 11, 2010
Start: 09/11/2010 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: 09/11/2010 8:00 pm

Tonight the Freight is proud to host a truly impressive historic event: Faith Petric's 95th birthday celebration! Come join in the fun at this vaudeville/folk extravaganza, and help us honor the amazing Faith—and be inspired and invigorated by the great music, bracing wit, and boundless energy of this oldful sparkplug and grande dame of the West Coast folk scene.

Sunday September 12, 2010
Start: 09/12/2010 8:00 pm

David Wilcox is the kind of singer-songwriter whose music can truly be said to be more than the sum of its parts. In David's songcraft, lyrics, music, and performance combine to create a healing effect on his listeners. Whether live or on CDs like his recent Open Hand, David's music combines the best of pop and modern folk sensibilities with crisp guitar fingerpicking and an expressive baritone, while offering a glimpse of deeper realms.

Monday September 13, 2010
Start: 09/13/2010 8:00 pm

Acoustic folk rock pioneer Shawn Phillips takes the Freight stage for a multifaceted evening of stellar songs new and old, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of his wide-ranging musical career. Shawn's masterful guitar work, impressive vocal range, and wry, high-flown lyrics always helped him stand out among the singer-songwriter crowd, and his ebullient stage presence seals the deal.

Tuesday September 14, 2010
Start: 09/14/2010 8:00 pm

Come join us for a night to remember, as shining stars from the Bay Area bluegrass constellation and beyond gather for a Grand Ole Opry-style performance in celebration of the 99th anniversary of the birth of Bill Monroe, the late singer, instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and the Father of Bluegrass.

Wednesday September 15, 2010
Start: 09/15/2010 8:00 pm

In this musical tribute to the legendary vocalist, saxophonist, and band leader Louis Jordan, Bay Area harmonica ace Phil Berkowitz presents an evening of music from the man who made the blues jump. Featuring selections from his CD, Phil Berkowitz Plays Louis' Blues, Phil and his hot band are on a mission to re-introduce Jordan's famed music, high energy, and sly humor to the world.

Thursday September 16, 2010
Start: 09/16/2010 8:00 pm

Honolulu native Weldon Kekauoha grew up in a house filled with music, listening to old recordings from the 1950's and 60's and attending live performances at local watering holes with his grandmother. Folks like Weldon's uncle, "Little-Joe" Kekauoha, the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau, and Kekua Fernandez left an indelible mark on Weldon's own music.

Friday September 17, 2010
Start: 09/17/2010 8:00 pm

"I'm a folk musician in that I'm writing about real life. It's journalistic, writing what I see and what I know, the times we're in, and the things that people face today."

Saturday September 18, 2010
Start: 09/18/2010 11:00 am

Ellis Paul reveals a different facet of his artistry with a special daytime show for children featuring songs from his recent family album, The Dragonfly Races, an NPR Top Ten pick. Inspired by nights spent singing to his second daughter, Sofi, the album is full of buoyant, hummable songs that appeal to kids and parents alike, thanks to the thought Ellis put into what messages he wanted to pass on to his daughters as they grow.

Start: 09/18/2010 8:00 pm

Come help blow out the candles and hear some truly fabulous music as Shay Black celebrates his birthday with a host of amazing musicians on our stage tonight! Establishing a close rapport with his audiences, Shay throws plenty of Irish humor and an irresistibly warm stage presence into a mix of traditional and humorous songs.

Sunday September 19, 2010
Start: 09/19/2010 8:00 pm

Southern singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist, Jesse Winchester weaves gospel, folk, blues, and country threads into graceful, intelligent music that reflects his origins in Louisiana, rural Mississippi, and Memphis.

Monday September 20, 2010
Start: 09/20/2010 8:00 pm

The Freight presents Vocal Jazz Open Mic—an evening that gives vocalists (including you!) an opportunity to step into the spotlight, backed by pianist/composer Ellen Hoffman.

Tuesday September 21, 2010
Start: 09/21/2010 8:00 pm

As a young working musician in London in the 1970's, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary break when Paul McCartney picked him to become lead guitarist in his band, Wings—and the rest is history. Several decades, uncountable performances, and numerous critically acclaimed albums later, he's known as a world-class guitar virtuoso, the kind of guy Fingerstyle Guitar magazine would—and did—vote Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year.

Wednesday September 22, 2010
Start: 09/22/2010 8:00 pm

One of Ireland's hottest traditional bands, Lúnasa's fiery style features buoyant rhythms, wondrously tight playing, and inventive arrangements that seek out the heartbeat of each tune with its distinctive use of upright bass and percussive guitar. The resulting sound is distinctly Irish, yet informed by jazz and other improvisational music forms.

Thursday September 23, 2010
Start: 09/23/2010 8:00 pm

Christine Lavin celebrates 25 years of songwriting and performance with a new concert and a new book. My 25th Anniversary Concert: What Was I (EVER!) Thinking? pulls out all the stops as Christine reprises some of her early hits while introducing her latest. The concert is vintage Lavin combining signature songs with hilarious story as she recounts the people, events, near disasters and minor miracles that have defined her life and music.

Friday September 24, 2010
Start: 09/24/2010 8:00 pm

Set to a background of country, folk, pop, gospel, and bluegrass, the beguiling songs of Po' Girl combine the grit of 1920s and 1930s blues women with spiritual insights that are far more contemporary.

Saturday September 25, 2010
Start: 09/25/2010 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 September 26, 2010
Start: 09/26/2010 8:00 pm

Three local singer-songwriters take the stage in a benefit show for the PKD Foundation, the only organization worldwide dedicated to fighting polycystic kidney disease through programs of research, advocacy, education, support and awareness in order to discover treatments and a cure for PKD and improve the lives of all it affects.

Monday September 27, 2010
Start: 09/27/2010 8:00 pm

Join us for this special evening on the low end of the sonic spectrum. Michel Taddei, principal bassist for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and many other fine local ensembles, returns to the Freight to dazzle us with his showmanship, virtuoso technique, and a few pieces for the double bass that we probably never knew existed. Had enough of those screechy violins? This is the program for you!

Tuesday September 28, 2010
Start: 09/28/2010 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 September 29, 2010
Start: 09/29/2010 8:00 pm

One of Hawaii's most beloved traditional artists for over four decades, Led Kaapana is a true master of slack key guitar (so named for the alternate tuning, or slacking, of the strings). Led is also accomplished on 'ukulele, autoharp, bass, and steel guitar, as well as being an extraordinary baritone and falsetto singer.

Thursday September 30, 2010
Start: 09/30/2010 8:00 pm

It's always a treat to see Ralph Stanley perform live, especially since the film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? and the subsequent Down From the Mountain tour swept him to Grammy award-winning stardom. Those who saw the movie will recall the goosebumps raised by this superb musician's bone-chilling a cappella rendition of "Oh Death"—no one can sing like Dr. Ralph, with his voice that seems to distill all the world's sorrows and carry them straight to your soul.

Friday October 01, 2010
Start: 10/01/2010 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.

Saturday October 02, 2010
Start: 10/02/2010 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.