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.

Saturday March 05, 2011
Start: 03/05/2011 10:30 am

Sarita Pockell and Melita Doostan of Octopretzel emcee the new Patchwork Series kids' shows featuring some of the Bay Area's most beloved performers. Join the sing-along, dance-along fun with Charity & the JAMband, Rudy Trubitt of the Sippy Cups, and Big Tadoo Puppet Crew!

Start: 03/05/2011 8:00 pm

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

A late show has been added at 10:30 pm. Tickets are available now.

Start: 03/05/2011 10:30 pm

Advance tickets can be purchased in person at the Freight box office.

Join us for opening night of the 26th Jewish Music Festival as Israeli band Yemen Blues makes their North American debut with an exciting melding of ancient Ye- menite and Saharan melodies, blues, jazz, and funk, and modern composition.

Sunday March 06, 2011
Start: 03/06/2011 2:00 pm

Advance tickets can be purchased in person at the Freight box office.

Start: 03/06/2011 8:00 pm

Advance tickets can be purchased in person at the Freight box office.

A breath-taking combination of stellar musicianship and raw energy, Veretski Pass, a trio of veteran klezmer artists, plays "Old Country" music ranging from the melodies of medieval Poland and dances from Bessarabia, Ruthenia, and Bukovina to melodies originating in the Ottoman Empire and Carpathian, Jewish and Rumanian musical traditions.

Tuesday March 08, 2011
Start: 03/08/2011 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 March 09, 2011
Start: 03/09/2011 8:00 pm

Come hear the sounds of inspiration in the David Grisman FolkJazz Trio's debut. After attending one of guitarist/vocalist extraordinaire Jim Hurst's remarkable solo performances, David was inspired to form this trio, with Jim and David's son Samson Grisman on bass, to explore some of their common roots in folk, country and jazz.

Thursday March 10, 2011
Start: 03/10/2011 8:00 pm

Join us for a fabulous fun danceable evening of country music and beyond with three stellar bands.

Friday March 11, 2011
Start: 03/11/2011 8:00 pm

"Our goal has always been to spend our lives making music," say Robin and Linda Williams, and for over three decades, this husband-and-wife duo have done just that, from the Grand Ole Opry to Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion radio show, not to mention the Robert Altman film of the same name.

Saturday March 12, 2011
Start: 03/12/2011 8:00 pm

Dublin-born singer-songwriter Melanie O'Reilly and an exciting musical ensemble join us tonight to celebrate the release of her new album, Thieves of Time, featuring songs inspired by Irish poets and literature. Melanie uniquely melds Irish cultural influences and American jazz with "breathtaking and amazing emotional intensity and sheer virtuosity," according to the Irish Times.

Sunday March 13, 2011
Start: 03/13/2011 8:00 pm

Join three-time National Fiddle Champion Byron Berline and his band for an exciting evening of traditional bluegrass and Western swing music.

Tuesday March 15, 2011
Start: 03/15/2011 8:00 pm

This husband-wife duo combines Steve Gillette's renowned country-folk songwriting with Cindy Mangsen's traditional Appalachian roots. Steve has seen his originals such as "Darcy Farrow," "Happy Hour," and "Back on the Street Again," recorded by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, and Garth Brooks.

Wednesday March 16, 2011
Start: 03/16/2011 8:00 pm

With the Campfire Girl tour, musical vagabond singersongwriter Michelle Shocked celebrates the 25th anniversary of the release of her album The Texas Campfire Tapes.

This unconventional debut, a bootleg release of a recording made on a Sony Walkman, surprised everyone, including Michelle, when it hit the UK independent charts in November 1986.

Thursday March 17, 2011
Start: 03/17/2011 8:00 pm

Shay and Michael Black's St. Patrick's Day show will be brimming with lilting harmonies, superb musicianship, their infectious wit, and unalloyed joy in performing.

Friday March 18, 2011
Start: 03/18/2011 8:00 pm

Since Catie Curtis began touring in 1995, the Boston-based musician has been gathering critical accolades (The New Yorker magazine called her a "folk-rock goddess") and a devoted grassroots following with her sweet, soulful voice, her dedication to social issues, and her great onstage energy. Many miles and albums later, Catie has gained a solid artistic reputation and seen her original tunes grace TV series like Alias, Dawson's Creek, and Grey's Anatomy.

Saturday March 19, 2011
Start: 03/19/2011 8:00 pm

The Swedish word Väsen has three meanings—essence, spirit, and hullabaloo—making it the perfect moniker for a band that is part Nordic tradition and part whirling dervish. Rooted in the musical traditions of Uppland, Sweden, Väsen transforms venerable polskas and marches into modern groove masterpieces, all the while retaining the consummate playing skills and ageless appeal of the best traditional music.

Sunday March 20, 2011
Start: 03/20/2011 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $37.50.

Monday March 21, 2011
Start: 03/21/2011 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 March 22, 2011
Start: 03/22/2011 8:00 pm

Tonight's show is a benefit for Students Rock Foundation which provides scholarships for students to participate in the performing arts.

Wednesday March 23, 2011
Start: 03/23/2011 8:00 pm

Masterful musician Debashish Bhattacharya has attracted worldwide devotees to his passionate, improvisational Indian slide guitar artistry which reinvents the Hawaiian slide guitar into a new Indian classical instrument.

Thursday March 24, 2011
Start: 03/24/2011 8:00 pm

With musical styles spanning acoustic folk to energetic rock to jazz, northern California native Dirk Hamilton, now living in Austin, Texas, captivates audiences with his soaring, smoky tenor, infectious melodies, uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style. Writing and performing since his teens, Dirk began producing music after his move to Los Angeles in the late 1970s. A prolific artist who has released 16 albums, Dirk's most recent collection is More Songs from My Cool Life.

Friday March 25, 2011
Start: 03/25/2011 8:00 pm

The Other Café, a powerhouse of San Francisco comedy in the ‘80s, showcases three comedic masters at their best.

Saturday March 26, 2011
Start: 03/26/2011 8:00 pm

Ed Littlefield, Jr. celebrates the release of My Western Home with a spirited evening of tunes from the new CD, as well as tracks from his previous solo collection, Going to the West, and more.

Sunday March 27, 2011
Start: 03/27/2011 8:00 pm

Join our favorite Texans on the final evening of the California Tom Pittman Farewell Tour, with their spiffy vocal harmonies, polished steel guitar licks, and excel- lent instrumentals, laced with twisted humor and just-a-hair-short-of-traditional lyrics.

Monday March 28, 2011
Start: 03/28/2011 8:00 pm

Back for their third Classical at the Freight appearance, the Bay Area's own New Esterházy Quartet has just completed their historic "Haydn Project," performing all 68 delicious Haydn string quartets over 18 concerts. The quartet, featuring Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss on violins, Anthony Martin on viola, and cellist William Skeen, performs two delightful viola quintets by Haydn and Mozart with SFCO music director and violist, Ben Simon.

Tuesday March 29, 2011
Start: 03/29/2011 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 March 30, 2011
Start: 03/30/2011 8:00 pm

Troubadours from the mountains of New York and the beaches of California converge on our stage in this acoustic soul double bill featuring Karen Savoca with Pete Heitzman, and Steve Meckfessel & Keith Greeninger.

Thursday March 31, 2011
Start: 03/31/2011 8:00 pm

Wildly imaginative troubadour Dan Bern, returns to ignite the Freight stage with material shifting from political satire to love ballads to Beatles impres- sions.

Friday April 01, 2011
Start: 04/01/2011 8:00 pm

Prepare to be swept off your feet, as the John Jorgenson Quintet blows the roof off a mind-blowing evening of Gypsy jazz in the first night of our Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival.

Saturday April 02, 2011
Start: 04/02/2011 8:00 pm

Tonight versatile musician, composer, arranger, and educator Tony Marcus celebrates his birthday in spectacular style with a host of musical cohorts.