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.

Saturday December 04, 2010
Start: 12/04/2010 8:00 pm

The Freight and Oakland arts organization Crosspulse are proud to present the International Body Music Festival Concert and day of workshops—a mini-festival held here while the full six-day annual event is produced in São Paulo, Brazil this year.

Sunday December 05, 2010
Start: 12/05/2010 8:00 pm

The scintillating Cris Williamson sets the Freight aglow with holiday spirit in an evening of gorgeous music. Special guests Teresa Trull, Bonnie Hayes, and Vicki Randle (plus who knows who else!) join her in presenting original gems and plenty of seasonal good cheer: come join them!

Tuesday December 07, 2010
Start: 12/07/2010 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 December 08, 2010
Start: 12/08/2010 8:00 pm

Join Molly's Revenge, Moira Smiley, and the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for a festive evening of music, song, story, and dance celebrating the holiday season. The performance features Christmas songs both old and new, from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist; the audience is highly encouraged to join in and sing favorite carols! Folk tales set in the winter season hold listeners spellbound, and the fabulous Irish dancers set everyone's toes tapping.

Thursday December 09, 2010
Start: 12/09/2010 8:00 pm

Harmonica virtuoso and blues shouter Mark Hummel rocks the house tonight with guitar ace Rusty Zinn and bassist RW Grigsby for a double celebration: not only is it Mark's birthday, but it also marks the release of his new CD, Back Porch Music: Hummel Unplugged (MountainTop Records).

Friday December 10, 2010
Start: 12/10/2010 8:00 pm

Michigan singer-songwriter Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground since she made her performing debut with a stirring rendition of "Tammy" at age four around a neighborhood bonfire. For three decades as a touring musician, Claudia has enthralled listeners across the U.S. and Europe with her explorations of folk, blues, and jazz idioms, featuring her masterful guitar work, mountain dulcimer, and incredible vocals.

Saturday December 11, 2010
Start: 12/11/2010 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: 12/11/2010 12:00 pm

Come join us for our holiday 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, plus the annual Freight tree-trimming party!

Start: 12/11/2010 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 December 12, 2010
Start: 12/12/2010 8:00 pm

The Stairwell Sisters, the Bay Area's favorite all-gal old-time teardown, formed in early 2000, in a flat overlooking the hills of San Francisco. On December 12, 2000 the band played their first show, opening for Kathy Kallick...ten years, three CDs, and many miles later, the rowdy quintet has appeared just about everywhere you could care to name, from A Prairie Home Companion to New York's Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to the "V for Violins" spot on Elmo's World.

Monday December 13, 2010
Start: 12/13/2010 8:00 pm

A veteran of Carnegie Hall as well as Davies Symphony Hall, Strauss brings her excellence in opera, oratorio and lied repertoire for this intimate evening of music and conversation.

Tuesday December 14, 2010
Start: 12/14/2010 8:00 pm

The Christmas Jug Band, a tongue-in-cheek collaboration of some familiar rock and folk legends, continues to set the standard for holiday high spirits. For more than a decade, this self-styled "momentary lapse of sanity grown to ubiquitous proportions" has graced the Freight stage with their raucous revelry and funky, down-in-the-holler "jugbandizations" of seasonal favorites.

Wednesday December 15, 2010
Start: 12/15/2010 4:00 pm

Join us for an enthralling afternoon family show of storytelling and music with Kevin Carr, an oft-featured star of the beloved Christmas Revels. Weaving in the often supernatural sources of inspiration that give music its magic, Kevin envelops listeners in an enchanting fabric of spoken word, fiddle, and pipes from the Irish uilleann pipes, Slovakian duda, and French cornemuse.

Thursday December 16, 2010
Start: 12/16/2010 8:00 pm

Give your holiday cheer an extra boost by joining brothers David & Kieran Munnelly for an evening of Irish merrymaking at its best! This joyful performance features instrumental and vocal music-making from top Irish traditional musicians—and brothers—David, a wizard on the button accordion, and flute and bodhran artist Kieran.

Friday December 17, 2010
Start: 12/17/2010 8:00 pm

Among the Freight's most popular acts, Marley's Ghost achieves the seemingly impossible with its audacious blend of English folk roots, gospel, country, reggae, R&B, even Scottish bagpipe tunes—and it all works like a dream! Even the members of the band have trouble describing their music, but they all agree that whatever they do, it always comes out sounding uniquely like Marley's Ghost.

Saturday December 18, 2010
Start: 12/18/2010 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: 12/18/2010 8:00 pm

Folks, this show is just going to be a blast. Join two true masters of American home-grown music, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, as they reunite for a rare duo appearance to celebrate the release of the DVD, Chasin' Gus' Ghost, a documentary on the history of jug band music. Bringing those same roots to life on our stage, Jim and Geoff treat ears and toes to a superlative selection of good-time tunes.

Sunday December 19, 2010
Start: 12/19/2010 8:00 pm

The Freight's favorite musician for all seasons, Laurie Lewis, hosts our exuberant family holiday celebration, setting alight the longest night of the year with great music and food, an exchange of gifts, and a visit by Santa—not to mention some of the Bay Area's hottest performers donating their services in support of the Freight.

Monday December 20, 2010
Start: 12/20/2010 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 December 21, 2010
Start: 12/21/2010 8:00 pm

British actor Martin Harris returns to our stage tonight to channel the renowned author and holiday icon, Charles Dickens, doling out a hefty dose of Victorian good cheer as he reads from his famed holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Wednesday December 22, 2010
Start: 12/22/2010 8:00 pm

Join fictitious 1960s girl group The Coverlettes for a Christmas cabaret concert like no other! Bella, Ella, and Stella Duvet, three sisters from "the wrong side of Vermont," regale the Freight with versions of their favorite Christmas songs, mixed in with lots of ‘60s era girl group hits by the likes of The Shangri-Las, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, and The Crystals, served up with a dollop of their own history, angst, and joy.

Thursday December 23, 2010
Start: 12/23/2010 8:00 pm

Join fictitious 1960s girl group The Coverlettes for a Christmas cabaret concert like no other! Bella, Ella, and Stella Duvet, three sisters from "the wrong side of Vermont," regale the Freight with versions of their favorite Christmas songs, mixed in with lots of ‘60s era girl group hits by the likes of The Shangri-Las, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, and The Crystals, served up with a dollop of their own history, angst, and joy.

Monday December 27, 2010
Start: 12/27/2010 8:00 pm

There will be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $34.50.

Friday December 31, 2010
Start: 12/31/2010 8:00 pm

Join traditional favorites High Country and Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally as the Freight welcomes the New Year with our annual bluegrass gala, featuring hot pickin', a fabulous buffet, and silly hats, plus sparkling cranberry-apple juice at the stroke of midnight!

Wednesday January 05, 2011
Start: 01/05/2011 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, Taken.

Thursday January 06, 2011
Start: 01/06/2011 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $39.50.

Friday January 07, 2011
Start: 01/07/2011 8:00 pm

Fingerstyle guitarist Duck Baker is devoted to a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Irish and Appalachian fiddle tunes to ragtime, blues, gospel, swing, and modern jazz. His originals reflect the influence of the great jazz pianist/composers, and his state-of-the-art acoustic guitar work will appeal to jazz fans, guitar fans, and anyone else who enjoys an evening of superlative music.

Saturday January 08, 2011
Start: 01/08/2011 8:00 pm

Wearing period threads and playing vintage instruments, the "Suits" serve up a giddy blend of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, Italian polkas, and more as they recreate the music of the early golden age of jazz. With ukuleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws in hand, Tony Marcus, Terry Zwigoff, Robert Armstrong, Alan Dodge, and Rick Elmore bring alive both great music and great times!

Sunday January 09, 2011
Start: 01/09/2011 8:00 pm

One of the most influential old-time fiddlers of his generation, Bronx-born Bruce Molsky is also a remarkable guitarist, banjo player, and singer who continually proves that traditional music knows no geographical or cultural boundaries.

Tuesday January 11, 2011
Start: 01/11/2011 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 January 12, 2011
Start: 01/12/2011 8:00 pm

The Borscht Belt, the cluster of Jewish summer resorts in upstate New York where Milton Berle, Eddie Cantor, Schecky Green, Henny Youngman and many others learned stand-up, is long gone, replaced by new trends. In the contemporary world of intermarriage and Jewish renewal, will Jewish jokes survive? This evening of one-liners, monologues, scholarship—and lots of laughs—tries to answer that question by tracking the evolution of the Jewish joke from the 17th century through modern times.

Thursday January 13, 2011
Start: 01/13/2011 8:00 pm

Feeling the winter chill? Dr. has the cure! Make sure you stop by for tonight's multi-faceted show featuring the Curios, Misner & Smith, and Misisipi Rider, guaranteed to warm your heart and keep your toes tapping!

Friday January 14, 2011
Start: 01/14/2011 8:00 pm

Three friends—top songwriters all—bring their impressive repertoires to the Freight for an evening of hilarious stories and superlative music.

Saturday January 15, 2011
Start: 01/15/2011 8:00 pm

Brilliant lyricist and storyteller, virtuoso singer, fiddler, and guitarist, and undisputed master of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon runs the gamut from kid's songs to protest anthems to updates of his Appalachian and Midwestern roots mixed with stunning originals.

Sunday January 16, 2011
Start: 01/16/2011 8:00 pm

There will be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $34.50.

Three heavy hitters of singer-songwriter fame combine forces to deliver a knockout blow in this not-to-be-missed performance!

Monday January 17, 2011
Start: 01/17/2011 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters presents its monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on! Guest judges award a "Best Song" and "Best Performance." The most active songwriters' association in the United States, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote songwriters.

Wednesday January 19, 2011
Start: 01/19/2011 8:00 pm

Brilliantly personifying the word "eclectic," acclaimed multi-instrumentalist David Lindley combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish music, plus eccentric songs of his own devising, all with an expansive, playful approach that is as irresistible as it is virtuosic.

Thursday January 20, 2011
Start: 01/20/2011 8:00 pm

"These songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You may find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they're becoming part of America." - Pete Seeger

Friday January 21, 2011
Start: 01/21/2011 8:00 pm

Hailing from New York, the trio Red Molly offers bluegrass and old time music spiced with lush three-part harmonies, exceptional musicianship, and apparently boundless energy.

Saturday January 22, 2011
Start: 01/22/2011 8:00 pm

The legendary co-founder of The Doors, much-emulated keyboard player Ray Manzarek, joins forces with critically acclaimed slide/blues guitarist Roy Rogers for a truly captivating show. Spotlighting numbers from their duo CD, Ballads Before the Rain, Ray and Roy present amazing new instrumental takes on Doors classics like "The Crystal Ship" and "Riders On The Storm," plus selections of blues, jazz, and classical music that showcase the prodigious talents of these two composer/performers.

Sunday January 23, 2011
Start: 01/23/2011 8:00 pm

Two of the most acclaimed singers in traditional American music, Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin possess an amazing ability to capture the essence of a song, providing a masterful setting for their soulful harmonies with superb fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin playing.

Tuesday January 25, 2011
Start: 01/25/2011 8:00 pm

Dark, elemental, and mischievous, the music of the Handsome Family mines the deep vein of fatalism that runs through traditional American music.

Wednesday January 26, 2011
Start: 01/26/2011 8:00 pm

Come help us celebrate the release of Long Gone: The Life and Times of Bruce "Utah" Phillips, a tribute to the late folk music legend also known as "The Golden Voice of the Great Southwest." An eclectic group of Utah's musical friends, the album artists are represented tonight by Bums on the Plush, featuring Utah's son Duncan Phillips, musicians Gigi Love, Doug Wintch, and Paul Rasmussen, plus special gu

Thursday January 27, 2011
Start: 01/27/2011 8:00 pm

Now based in Asheville, North Carolina, Chuck Brodsky perfected his compassionate songwriting, groove-oriented guitar playing, soulful vocals, and dry social commentary while living in Berkeley and performing on the Freight stage in the 1980s. Tonight he brings us songs new and old, including selections from his new live CD, Two Sets.

Friday January 28, 2011
Start: 01/28/2011 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $30.50.

Saturday January 29, 2011
Start: 01/29/2011 8:00 pm

With Lou squeezing accordion and Peter on guitar, this Madison, Wisconsin-based duo brings down the house with a unique tour de farce, blending midwestern culture with street-smart savvy to demonstrate why they are possibly the funniest songwriters extant.

Sunday January 30, 2011
Start: 01/30/2011 8:00 pm

Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats, certifiable nutjobs, and perennial audience favorites, The Bobs—Richard Bob Greene, Matthew Bob Stull, Amy Bob Englehardt, and Dan Bob Schumacher—offer incredible live performances, witty, tuneful, original material, and outrageous covers of classic songs.

Monday January 31, 2011
Start: 01/31/2011 8:00 pm

Our most popular Classical at the Freight celebration continues with great chamber music by the Salzburg classical master, performed by top players from the Bay Area's favorite chamber orchestra. Bask in the glorious sounds of violin, viola, cello, bassoon and piano featuring San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars Robin Sharp, Ben Simon, Tamara Bohlin, Karla Ekholm, and guest pianist Karen Rosenak.

 

Tuesday February 01, 2011
Start: 02/01/2011 8:00 pm

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

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

Wednesday February 02, 2011
Start: 02/02/2011 8:00 pm

One of this country's most astute commentators in any medium, Loudon Wainwright III has been sharing his superb songs with us since the late '60s. A superb lyricist who balances the unflinching honesty and powerful emotions of his autobiographical musings with a knack for pulling the rug out from under his own pretensions, Loudon "wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation," in the words of New York Times music critic Stephen Holden.

Thursday February 03, 2011
Start: 02/03/2011 8:00 pm

Formed in 1975 in the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, this band has spent over three decades offering their contagious version of "the real Scotland," a blend of songs old and new, played on a combination of ancient and modern instruments-bagpipes, keyboards, fiddle, guitar, flutes, bodhran, and accordion. Tonight, they're joined by terrific singer and songwriter, Jim Malcolm.

Friday February 04, 2011
Start: 02/04/2011 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8 pm for $85.50.

Saturday February 05, 2011
Start: 02/05/2011 8:00 pm

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Arhoolie Records throws the party of a lifetime, with panels (see link to Arhoolie’s website for time & locations), discussions, fantastic regional foods, a “second line“ parade Saturday 4 pm with the Tremé Brass Band, plus three amazing concerts with proceeds benefiting the Arhoolie Foundation.

Sunday February 06, 2011
Start: 02/06/2011 8:00 pm

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Arhoolie Records throws the party of a lifetime, with panels (see link to Arhoolie’s website for time & locations), discussions, fantastic regional foods, a “second line“ parade Saturday 4 pm with the Tremé Brass Band, plus three amazing concerts with proceeds benefiting the Arhoolie Foundation.

Tuesday February 08, 2011
Start: 02/08/2011 8:00 pm

Our favorite blues songstress/horse whisperer, Teresa Trull, takes the stage with a great lineup of musical cohorts—Barbara Higbie, and many more TBA—for a concert celebrating her impending relocation to New Zealand. A bittersweet occasion, perhaps, but most definitely an evening of soul-stirring, bootie-shaking, downright awesome music.

Wednesday February 09, 2011
Start: 02/09/2011 8:00 pm

The makeup of experimental jazz trio Maybe Monday might seem counter-intuitive, but that makes the music all the more satisfying in its realization.

Thursday February 10, 2011
Start: 02/10/2011 8:00 pm

The California Guitar Trio has won a huge following and wide notoriety with its whirlwind of instrumental styles fusing classical, rock, blues, jazz, world music, and progressive—not to mention that most indispensable of genres, California surf music. From ethereal originals to Bach's "Toccata and Fugue" to an unusual version of "Ghost Riders," stunning virtuosity and a sly sense of humor are the trademarks of this threesome, as well as the unique, intricate knotwork of their ensemble playing.

Friday February 11, 2011
Start: 02/11/2011 8:00 pm

Here's a show to warm you right down to your toes! Scottish fiddle legend Alasdair Fraser and youthful cello artist Natalie Haas team up to make some of the richest, most exhilarating music imaginable.

Saturday February 12, 2011
Start: 02/12/2011 8:00 pm

Say goodbye to the February blahs when the twelfth annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival comes to town! Tonight's show brings the glorious vocals and scintillating musicianship of Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, and the old time sound of Oregon string band stars the Foghorn Trio.

Sunday February 13, 2011
Start: 02/13/2011 8:00 pm

More great music brought to you in collusion with the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival!

Monday February 14, 2011
Start: 02/14/2011 8:00 pm

Come on over for a fabulous Valentines Day concert featuring two talented groups from Albany High School!

The much lauded Albany High School Jazz Band features a program of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Kenny Garret. Under the direction of Craig Bryant, this top performance ensemble from the Albany High School has received unanimous superior ratings and awards at the Folsom, Reno, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Essentially Ellington Jazz Festivals.

Tuesday February 15, 2011
Start: 02/15/2011 8:00 pm

Banjo powerhouse Bill Evans hosts a Bay Area All-Star Tribute featuring Del Williams, Kathy Kallick, David Thom, Tom Rozum, Paul Shelasky, Jim Mintun, Larry Cohea, Markie Sanders and Oak Grove, A Family Bluegrass Band!

Wednesday February 16, 2011
Start: 02/16/2011 8:00 pm

Let Dr. K chase away the winter chill with another blockbuster Homegrown Roots Revue, this time with a bluegrass/old time flair, featuring Dry Branch Fire Squad, Heidi Clare & AtaGallop, and The Wronglers.

Thursday February 17, 2011
Start: 02/17/2011 8:00 pm

Since the mid-1970s Pierre Bensusan's name has been synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius. Working in open tuning with his steel strings tuned to the modal, mystical-sounding DADGAD, Pierre is a composer, singer, and acoustic guitar visionary of passionate intensity with an extraordinarily tender, joyful touch.

Friday February 18, 2011
Start: 02/18/2011 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $28.50.

Saturday February 19, 2011
Start: 02/19/2011 10:30 am

Ta-dah: we're excited to introduce a new Saturday daytime kids' series at the Freight! Featuring some of the Bay Area's most beloved performers, the Patchwork Series is curated and MC'd by the fabulous Sarita Pockell and Melita Doostan, of Octopretzel fame. Today's debut edition guarantees a super fun sing-along, dance-along time for one and all (especially kids aged 0-7 and their families), with the spotlight on Octopretzel, the Bubble Lady, and Alphabet Rockers!

Start: 02/19/2011 8:00 pm

The annual West Coast Pipers Tionol ("gathering" in Gaelic) brings together players and fans of the Irish uilleann pipes for a three-day musical feast, including tonight's extravaganza concert featuring Eamonn Curran and Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, masters of Ireland's haunting, melodious bellows pipes, plus various musical guests.

Sunday February 20, 2011
Start: 02/20/2011 8:00 pm

The SF Bluegrass and Old Time Festival does it again! Join us tonight for a fabulous evening of music from the Crooked Jades plus special guests Water Tower Bucket Boys, with Frank Farfield opening.

Monday February 21, 2011
Start: 02/21/2011 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters presents its monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on! Guest judges award a "Best Song" and "Best Performance." The most active songwriters' association in the United States, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote songwriters.

Tuesday February 22, 2011
Start: 02/22/2011 8:00 pm

Please see the Freight box office for refunds.

Over the past 20 years, Csík Band has made a name for itself, in its native Hungary and abroad, as a top notch performer of authentic Hungarian folk music. Versed in almost all the musical dialects of Hungary, the band ranges far and wide among these supremely colorful and diverse traditions, from everyday village tunes to rousing festival music.

Wednesday February 23, 2011
Start: 02/23/2011 8:00 pm

A klezmer show as part of Black History Month: what's up with that? Let Don Byron and his powerful band show you tonight, as they illuminate one of the many fruitful musical collaborations between the African American and Jewish communities--and knock your socks off into the bargain!

Thursday February 24, 2011
Start: 02/24/2011 8:00 pm

In celebration of Black History Month (and her own birthday!) song stylist Rhonda Benin presents "Love Letters Make Me Misty Blue," bringing to our stage music of the great unsung soul divas of the 1960s, like Martha Reeves, Ketty Lester, Gladys Knight, and Betty Everett. Dorothy Moore's haunting soul classic "Misty Blue"...Koko Taylor's raucous "Wang Dang Doodle"...Betty Wright's classic "Clean Up Woman"...all this and much more is yours at tonight's "souled-out" show!

Friday February 25, 2011
Start: 02/25/2011 8:00 pm

With its remarkable energy, fresh perspective, and superlative musicianship, Solas has risen to the top of Irish music in just a few short years, winning scores of fans on both sides of the Atlantic and three consecutive awards from the Association for Independent Music for Best Celtic Recording.

Saturday February 26, 2011
Start: 02/26/2011 12:00 pm

Join us this afternoon for our Winter Open House! This family-friendly edition features free performances and workshops for folks, kids, and folks with kids.

Start: 02/26/2011 8:00 pm

With a brand new CD to release—Us—and a big dance floor to fill, there's plenty to celebrate, and the Junius Courtney Big Band wants you in the house for a Saturday night party!

Sunday February 27, 2011
Start: 02/27/2011 8:00 pm

The warm, homey magic spun in the course of a Tom Rush performance has often been likened to a cozy evening spent in front of a living room fire. (We'd all be lucky to have such living rooms!) So pull up a chair and prepare yourself to be captivated by this preeminent singer-songwriter, whose expressive voice, distinctive guitar style, terrific yarn-spinning, and wry sense of humor have defined acoustic music for several generations of fans.

Monday February 28, 2011
Start: 02/28/2011 8:00 pm

Brooklyn-based Dust Busters with John Cohen and local heroes Kleptograss join forces for a string band double bill to be reckoned with!

Tuesday March 01, 2011
Start: 03/01/2011 8:00 pm

The SF Brass Quintet returns for their fourth annual Classical at the Freight concert in a varied program of exciting music, guaranteed to chase those winter blues away. John Pearson and James Dooley, trumpets; Doug Hull, Horn; Craig McAmis, trombone; Forrest Byram, tuba.

Wednesday March 02, 2011
Start: 03/02/2011 8:00 pm

Roland White's unmistakable sound, combining the vitality, soul, and infectious rhythm of his mandolin style with harmonic sophistication and warm vocals, is enhanced this evening by a fantastic assemblage of Bay Area bluegrass stars, including fiddle ace Laurie Lewis, banjo whiz Keith Little, guitar flatpicker extraordinaire Jim Nunally, and primo bassist Bill Amatneek.

Thursday March 03, 2011
Start: 03/03/2011 8:00 pm

Composer, performer, vocalist, bass clarinetist, and bandleader Beth Custer and her ensemble enchant us with an evening of original jazz/funk/Latin/rock fusion.

Friday March 04, 2011
Start: 03/04/2011 8:00 pm

Mandolin powerhouse John Reischman and his Jaybirds perform some of the finest, hardest-driving bluegrass you're likely to hear anywhere, drawing material from traditional masters such as the Blue Sky Boys and Ralph Stanley to contemporary artists such as Gillian Welch.