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.

Sunday October 03, 2010
Start: 10/03/2010 8:00 pm

Fiery fiddling and powerful step dancing tend to steal the show when the youthful group Vishtèn takes the stage. In performances that capture the energy and joie de vivre of an Acadian "kitchen party," Vishtèn entertains mightily, with flying fingers, tapping feet, and a sense of pure, unabashed revelry.

Monday October 04, 2010
Start: 10/04/2010 8:00 pm

One of the most distinctive duos in Irish traditional music, songstress Niamh Parsons & guitarist Graham Dunne share a deep musical bond that allows them to express the very essence of each song they perform. Don't miss this evening of exceptional Irish music!

Thursday October 07, 2010
Start: 10/07/2010 8:00 pm

Who is Dr. K and why is he grinning? Find out tonight by joining us for a fabulous evening of foot-stompin, good-time americana music with three Bay Area bands—Brothers Comatose, Evie Ladin Band, and Skinny Stringband—on stage!

Friday October 08, 2010
Start: 10/08/2010 8:00 pm

They're back! Talented Bay Area musicians Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd, and Roger Feuer—also known as the acoustic trio, City Folk—reunite at the Freight for an evening of music that they describe as "folk in the traditional sense: music of and for the people."

Saturday October 09, 2010
Start: 10/09/2010 8:00 pm

One of the premier slide guitarists performing today, Roy Rogers is well known for his sensational live performances, which have been electrifying audiences and moving them to their feet everywhere from the Montreux Jazz Festival to his years of touring with John Lee Hooker's Coast to Coast Blues Band. Tonight's show has Roy and his band, the Delta Rhythm Kings, spotlighting numbers from his recent CD Split Decision.

Sunday October 10, 2010
Start: 10/10/2010 8:00 pm

Now in his fifth decade of delighting audiences on the North American folk music circuit, New England troubadour Bill Staines is a true living legend. His songs, including "River," "Roseville Fair," and dozens more, have become standards, recorded by artists ranging from Nanci Griffith and Jerry Jeff Walker to Grandpa Jones.

Tuesday October 12, 2010
Start: 10/12/2010 8:00 pm

Widely acknowledged as one of Europe's foremost guitarists, Beppe Gambetta is a true master innovator on the acoustic guitar. Both solo and in collaboration with top-flight musicians around the globe (including stellar appearances at the Freight & Salvage in duo with David Grisman), Beppe has a style that's memorable both for its deeply emotive tone and for its technical brilliance.

Wednesday October 13, 2010
Start: 10/13/2010 8:00 pm

Combining the energy of urban street singing with first-rate musicianship, folk roots, and traditions from around the world, Moira Smiley & VOCO are one amazing group! A visionary blend of musical voices, the quintet redefines harmony singing with the power and physicality of folk song, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók, and the delicious, vaudevillian accompaniment of cello, banjo, accordion, 'ukulele, and body percussion.

Thursday October 14, 2010
Start: 10/14/2010 8:00 pm

This theatrical concert brings to our stage the life and times of Gram Parsons, the original cosmic cowboy and the legendary creative force behind some of the most important recordings of the late 1960s and early '70s.

Friday October 15, 2010
Start: 10/15/2010 8:00 pm

Los CenzontlesInternationally renowned conjunto Los Cenzontles (the Mockingbirds) dig deep into the rich vein of Latino music, presenting polished gems both traditional and original, while promoting pride and cultural understanding.

Saturday October 16, 2010
Start: 10/16/2010 8:00 pm

the Earl BrothersThe Earl Brothers return to the Freight for a CD release show featuring a hot night of their trademark "original hillbilly bluegrass music." On their new, eponymous album, and certainly on our stage tonight, the band fuses a traditional sound with innovative songwriting, carving out new-yet-old, difficult-to-pigeonhole songs about rounders, ramblers, and broken-hearted fools.

Sunday October 17, 2010
Start: 10/17/2010 8:00 pm

Neydavood Ensemble"In a time when the world has been separated by political and religious fundamentalism, we give the message of peace," says Aryan Rahmanian, the lead vocalist of the Neydavood Ensemble.

Monday October 18, 2010
Start: 10/18/2010 7:30 pm

Come check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters Association presents its monthly Freight & Salvage Songwriter Competition, where members get the chance to take the stage and perform their material before a live audience. Performers sign up from 6:45 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on!

Tuesday October 19, 2010
Start: 10/19/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday October 20, 2010
Start: 10/20/2010 8:00 pm

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Thursday October 21, 2010
Start: 10/21/2010 8:00 pm

"Sieber has been breaking ground, bridging gaps and opening minds through music for decades....."
- North Kitsap Newspaper

"In Jami Sieber's hands, the cello becomes a statement for longing and freedom, for unbridled expression, and a prayer to tenderness that encompasses every emotion."
- Common Ground Magazine

Friday October 22, 2010
Start: 10/22/2010 8:00 pm

Capathia Jenkins & Louis RosenShe is a jazz/pop vocalist and Broadway musical actress. He is a multi-award winning songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

Saturday October 23, 2010
Start: 10/23/2010 8:00 pm

Woody Guthrie," a one-man show of song and spoken word presented by singer-songwriter, historian, and infamous rockin' rabble-rouser, Country Joe McDonald. In tonight's performance, as well as on his soon-to-be released CD, Joe mixes classic Woody Guthrie songs, from "This Land is Your Land" to "Pastures of Plenty," with tales from Woody's life, snippets of his letters, and Joe's own musings about the folksinger's life and times.

Sunday October 24, 2010
Start: 10/24/2010 8:00 pm

Join UpSurge! for this emotional event, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary on stage with a host of friends and mentors. Sharing in the fusion of fearless poetry and swinging jazz are special guests Donald "Duck" Bailey, Barbara Dane, Vukani Mawethu, Destiny, Harpist from the ‘hood, India Cooke and Bill Crossman, Yancie Taylor, David Sturdevant of the Medicine Ball Band, and others.

Monday October 25, 2010
Start: 10/25/2010 8:00 pm

Percussion FestLoren Mach (ADORNO Ensemble), Christopher Froh (SF Contemporary Music Players), Daniel Kennedy (SFCMP, Gamelan Sekar Jaya)—three of the Bay Area's top mallet men—join forces for a vivacious journey into the orchestra's rhythm section.

Tuesday October 26, 2010
Start: 10/26/2010 8:00 pm

Peter MulveySinger-songwriter Peter Mulvey injects a contemporary edginess into his writing, distilling funk, folk, and rock influences into songs that are dark, quirky, lyrical, and ethereal.

Wednesday October 27, 2010
Start: 10/27/2010 8:00 pm

2001 National Fingerstyle Champion Richard Smith has been performing in public ever since he took the stage at Her Majesty's Theatre in London for a duet with fingerstyle guitar legend Chet Atkins—at the tender age of 11. A couple of decades later, Richard continues to be quite a guitar phenomenon, with a repertoire that spans an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, and rock to classical guitar.

Thursday October 28, 2010
Start: 10/28/2010 8:00 pm

Hot RizeWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $33.50.

Friday October 29, 2010
Start: 10/29/2010 8:00 pm

Join longtime Freight artists Ginny Reilly and David Maloney for a performance celebrating the release of David's new CD of original songs, One Day More.

Saturday October 30, 2010
Start: 10/30/2010 11:00 am

Delight in the thrill of "jump tales" and eerie stories which will leave you giggling through the goose bumps! There's something wonderful about sharing humorous scary stories in the comfort of our community, and in the daytime: get in the mood for Halloween with local storyteller Michael Katz, as he shares some of his favorite seasonal scary stories today in the comfort of our cozy showroom. We like to call it "Fright at the Freight."

Start: 10/30/2010 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $23.50.

The self-proclaimed "world's first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band" returns to blow the roof off the Freight with their annual Halloween bash...and you're invited!

Sunday October 31, 2010
Start: 10/31/2010 2:00 pm

As an exciting part of the Freight's educational program for traditional/roots music, "closet musicians," grouped into bands, have been busy this fall honing their performance skills in a weekly series of Take the Stage band performance workshops created by Nell Robinson Music.

Wednesday November 03, 2010
Start: 11/03/2010 8:00 pm

Rita Hosking was raised in the mountains of eastern Shasta County, Northern California, where she internalized dusty woodsheds, the scent of springwater, and the troubles of rural economies. Her soulful, bluegrass-tinged songs convey mountain life in the West with a sinewy voice that evokes the power of people and a deep sense of place. Rita's latest CD, Come Sunrise, won the 2010 Independent Music Awards' Peoples Choice Award, as well as being nominated for Best Country Album.

Thursday November 04, 2010
Start: 11/04/2010 8:00 pm

Eileen IversDubbed a "sensation" by Billboard magazine and "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times, Eileen Ivers is a great innovator in the Celtic and world music genres.

Friday November 05, 2010
Start: 11/05/2010 8:00 pm

One of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass, Blue Highway has spent the past 14 years building a reputation for inspired songwriting and adventurous musicianship, as the group explores the frontiers of bluegrass.

Saturday November 06, 2010
Start: 11/06/2010 8:00 pm

An enigmatic singer-songwriter, master guitarist, and a powerful, evocative singer, Richard Shindell keeps his listeners on their toes with his rapid shifts between the bitterly comic and the profoundly spiritual.

Tuesday November 09, 2010
Start: 11/09/2010 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.

Wednesday November 10, 2010
Start: 11/10/2010 8:00 pm

One of Scotland's foremost troubadours, Archie Fisher presents songs from his striking repertoire, with the spotlight on selections from his recent Red House CD, Windward Away, a haunting collection of ballads that evoke the wild, rough beauty of the Scottish border country.

Thursday November 11, 2010
Start: 11/11/2010 8:00 pm

This Veterans Day, join musicians Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, Keith Little, Joe Craven, and Andrew Conklin for Soldier Stories, a special concert benefiting veterans' healthcare projects. This evening of American roots/string band music reflects soldier stories from before the American Revolution to the current day. The show features a guest appearance by the Soldier Band (all veterans), as well as a display of historical photos and letters, and an art poster designed by artist Hannah Regier.

Friday November 12, 2010
Start: 11/12/2010 8:00 pm

Riding atop the current wave of resurgent folk-rock, Brooklyn-based David Berkeley has gained critical acclaim and a loyal following with his soulful, melodic voice and the vivid poetry of his songcrafting. Earthy, tender, and unpredictable, his lyrics are full of reflective moments, enticing details, and emotional impact, whether they're panoramic historical studies or intimate life portraits. As Creative Loafing magazine put it, "Berkeley crafts his songs like watercolor paintings.

Saturday November 13, 2010
Start: 11/13/2010 11:00 am

Calling all families who love a good show! Come join Octopretzel and Orange Sherbet-two of the Bay Area's favorite family bands-along with the talented young performers of Vaudevillians Stage Troupe, for a very special collaboration: SINGsong Planet! This lively sing-along, dance-along, and play-along extravaganza will feature the bands' original and folk music, brought to life with the assistance of life-sized puppets and the Bay Area's own Vaudevillians Stage Troupe!

Start: 11/13/2010 8:00 pm

Cheryl WheelerThere may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $27.50.

New England singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is a raconteur, philosopher, and outrageous comedienne who combines strong poetry, striking imagery, memorable melodies, and hilariously keen insights into the human condition.

Sunday November 14, 2010
Start: 11/14/2010 8:00 pm

To celebrate his brand new CD No Hiding Place, for the first time in over 30 years, American songster Larry Hanks presents an evening at the Freight & Salvage entirely comprised of his favorite solo songs and duets with his music partner and wife, Deborah Robins.

Monday November 15, 2010
Start: 11/15/2010 7:30 pm

Come check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters Association presents its monthly Freight & Salvage Songwriter Competition, where members get the chance to take the stage and perform their material before a live audience. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on!

Tuesday November 16, 2010
Start: 11/16/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday November 17, 2010
Start: 11/17/2010 8:00 pm

An evening with songwriter, acoustic guitar master, and superlative raconteur Willy Porter means a chance to enjoy great music in a rare communion between artist and audience. While he weaves a powerful spell on albums like his new How to Rob a Bank, Willy is even better in concert, where he is relentlessly entertaining, drawing listeners in with his nimble-witted stage patter and his mesmerizing musical balance between muscle and intimacy.

Thursday November 18, 2010
Start: 11/18/2010 8:00 pm

Del Rey & Suzy ThompsonJoin fiddle powerhouse Suzy Thompson and guitar goddess Del Rey for an evening of fabulous music celebrating the release of their first duet CD, Hen Party. Covering such timeless subjects as chickens, riding the bus, and discretion (or lack thereof), Suzy and Del explore the upbeat, positive side of the blues in this memorable show.

Friday November 19, 2010
Start: 11/19/2010 8:00 pm

Dennis Kamakahi Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi is one of Hawai'i's most prolific and popular songwriters. He is also a warm, evocative singer and a gifted guitarist firmly committed to the ki ho'alu (slack key) tradition.

Saturday November 20, 2010
Start: 11/20/2010 8:00 pm

Come on over and join the party as the Waybacks bring down the house! Self-described purveyors of "acoustic mayhem," the Waybacks—guitarist James Nash, drummer Chuck Hamilton, bass player Joe Kyle Jr., and fiddler and mandolinist Warren Hood—are a quartet of virtuosos with a wide array of Americana idioms at their fingertips.

Sunday November 21, 2010
Start: 11/21/2010 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $31.50.

Tuesday November 23, 2010
Start: 11/23/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday November 24, 2010
Start: 11/24/2010 8:00 pm

Dr. K not only knows what ails you, he got a cure on hand! Tonight, he brings to our stage three superlative—and superlatively fun—Bay Area bands for an evening of hard rockin Irish traditional music.

Friday November 26, 2010
Start: 11/26/2010 8:00 pm

Jody Stecher & Bill EvansDon't miss an evening of interactive banjolity the likes of which have rarely been heard before, featuring two masters of the five-string instrument. Jody Stecher and Bill Evans combine their passionate lifelong fascination with the banjo in a concert that explores the diversity, excitement, charm, and history of one of America's most celebrated but misunderstood instruments.

Saturday November 27, 2010
Start: 11/27/2010 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the autumn spirit at Laurie Lewis' annual late November show, as Thanksgiving festivities combine with a musical feast like no other! Featuring songs new and old, including selections from her recent CD, Blossoms, Laurie performs folk classics such as "How Can I Keep From Singing" and Kate Wolf's "Unfinished Life".

Sunday November 28, 2010
Start: 11/28/2010 8:00 pm

Join Sligo county fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada and bodhran player Tristan Rosenstock of the famed traditional Irish band, Téada, in celebrating the season at a very special Christmas performance!

Monday November 29, 2010
Start: 11/29/2010 8:00 pm

Join David Tanenbaum and the Guitar Ensemble of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the Freight tonight, and hear America's favorite instrument as you've never heard it before! The Bay Area's own guitar superstar, David will bring stories and music from his far-flung concert tours, plus a group of amazing virtuosi-in-training from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Wednesday December 01, 2010
Start: 12/01/2010 8:00 pm

The Bay area's leading mandolinist, Mike Marshall, brings you a mind- blowing evening of Bach; a chance to hear everybody's favorite composer performed solo by an eclectic array of world class musicians on a variety of instruments.

Thursday December 02, 2010
Start: 12/02/2010 8:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning vocalist and composer Susan McKeown brings to our stage a truly memorable show. Performing selections from her new CD, Singing in the Dark, Susan explores, through song, the theme of creativity and madness.

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

Musical compadres Barbara Higbie and Peppino D'Agostino offer a multifaceted evening of music celebrating the winter solstice.