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.

Tuesday April 05, 2011
Start: 04/05/2011 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 April 06, 2011
Start: 04/06/2011 8:00 pm

Daughter of composer Ruth Crawford Seeger and ethno-musicologist Charles Seeger, and sibling to Pete and Mike, Peggy Seeger grew up well schooled in American folk and European music traditions. She learned to play piano, guitar, five-string banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, and concertina, cut her first record at age 18.

Thursday April 07, 2011
Start: 04/07/2011 8:00 pm

Charles Hamilton, celebrated for his 28-year leadership of the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, tonight heats up our stage with hard-driving, straight ahead jazz featuring compositions from his recent album Mr. Hamudah.

Friday April 08, 2011
Start: 04/08/2011 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks has spent over two decades moving between alternative country, classic honky-tonky, and offbeat roots rock, but he has always maintained his sharp lyrical pen and his eye for dark humor. As encompassed by his recent, ambitious 50-Vc. Doberman project, a collection of 50 songs written over the course of one year, Robbie's repertoire is informed by whip-smart wordplay and an improvisatory, boundary-pushing musical sensibility.

Saturday April 09, 2011
Start: 04/09/2011 8:00 pm

On the heels of their national tour, the George Cole Quintet rings in the second evening of the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival celebrating the release of their new CD, Riverside Drive. The quintet's ‘Eurocana' style celebrates music of the great American songbook with inspiration from Django Reinhardt gypsy jazz.

Sunday April 10, 2011
Start: 04/10/2011 8:00 pm

The old adage, "Arm yourself with impeccable technique and throw yourself on the mercy of inspiration" defines the work of singer-songwriter Caren Armstrong. Brimming with award-winning songs, Caren's performances spotlight her skillful guitar playing, quick wit, and honest style.

Tuesday April 12, 2011
Start: 04/12/2011 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 April 13, 2011
Start: 04/13/2011 8:00 pm

The members of Elephant Revival-multi-instrumentalists Bonnie Paine, Sage Cook, Dango Rose, Daniel Rodriguez, and Bridget Law-are neo-acoustic transcendental folk troubadours offering an all-encompassing approach to musical genres imbued with a fresh sense of creativity and positive vibes.

Thursday April 14, 2011
Start: 04/14/2011 8:00 pm

A marvel of musical ingenuity, yodeling cowboy Sourdough Slim and string instrument wizard Robert Armstrong joyously rekindle the country blues, cowboy classics, and string band repertoire of pre-WWII America. Tonight's fast-paced performance of music and comedy showcases Sourdough and Robert's seasoned gift for connecting with audiences.

Friday April 15, 2011
Start: 04/15/2011 7:00 pm

Join the Ali Akbar College of Music in celebrating its late founder, the brilliant sarode player and composer, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. The evening concerts feature some of Indian classical music's most celebrated artists: renowned sitarist Shujaat Khan, followed by a jugalbandi (duet) on sarode by Ali Akbar Khan's sons, virtuoso Aashish Khan and young sensation Alam Khan. Accompanying the artists on tabla will be legendary master of percussion Swapan Chaudhuri.

Saturday April 16, 2011
Start: 04/16/2011 8:00 pm

The reigning queen of traditional country blues, Aurora "Rory" Block is a singer and guitarist of smoldering intensity. Identified as a national treasure by the New York Blues & Jazz Society, Rory is a five-time W.C. Handy Blues Award winner.

Sunday April 17, 2011
Start: 04/17/2011 8:00 pm

You surely know Karla Bonoff's moody, affecting ballads and soul-searching lyrics made famous by Bonnie Raitt ("Home"), Linda Ronstadt ("Someone To Lay Down Beside Me"), and Wynonna Judd ("Tell Me Why")—but Karla's fans know that nobody sings them quite like she does. Performed with her sweet, soft, powerful voice, Karla's songs seem to spill from her heart like intimate conversations.

Monday April 18, 2011
Start: 04/18/2011 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 April 19, 2011
Start: 04/19/2011 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!!!

Thursday April 21, 2011
Start: 04/21/2011 8:00 pm

Guitarist Charles Wheal started his own band after a decade with harmonica player Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors, and playing with blues greats including Charlie Mussel- white and James Cotton. With instinct, passion, tasteful phrasing, and foot-stompin' talent, his mix of Chicago, Texas, and West Coast blues gets crowds on their feet.

Friday April 22, 2011
Start: 04/22/2011 8:00 pm

Susan Werner brings a supple alto and powerful guitar and piano ability to the stage, spicing up her remarkable songcraft with a charismatic presence and whip-smart social commentary. Her innovative, finely polished songs are unpredictable and richly evocative-"sublime originals that sound like Great American Songbook classics" in the words of the New Yorker magazine.

Saturday April 23, 2011
Start: 04/23/2011 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 April 24, 2011
Start: 04/24/2011 8:00 pm

This concert will take songs from two seminal albums from the 1950's, Pete Seeger's American Industrial Ballads and the New Lost City Rambler's Songs From the Depression, and stich them with other songs, both new and old in a concert of both current and historic music. Matched with the old time songs, will be blues, klezmer, bluegrass, rock and roll, and many of Gerry's own songs as well as other contemporary writers.

Monday April 25, 2011
Start: 04/25/2011 8:00 pm

Join pianist and Latin-Grammy award winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank, with cellist Gianna Abondolo and violist Ben Simon for an evening that shows where "classica" music is heading. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, the Berkeley-born Gabriela's compositions reflect and refract her studies of Latin-American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own.

Tuesday April 26, 2011
Start: 04/26/2011 8:00 pm

Through archives and old recordings, Grammy-winning vocalists Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg and their band have gathered a rich mix of songs from Jewish and Irish traditions on love, death, betrothal, betrayal and the demon drink. Be prepared to laugh, cry, mourn, and rejoice as these masterful musicians perform songs from the Yiddish and Irish traditions.

Wednesday April 27, 2011
Start: 04/27/2011 8:00 pm

Join Berkeley's own traditional and topical folk artist
extraordinaire Carol Denney for an enlightening evening of quick wit and invigorating tunes! Tonight the spotlight is on Carol's new CD, A Toast to the Union.

Thursday April 28, 2011
Start: 04/28/2011 8:00 pm

Come experience what the Village Voice describes as the "Texastentialist panorama" of James McMurtry, son of ac- claimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment). James, who grew up in Texas on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records, has evolved into his own unique brand of deep-voiced Southern white independent songwriting folk-country rocker with great guitar licks, a great voice, and great lyrics.

Friday April 29, 2011
Start: 04/29/2011 8:00 pm

Come revel in heart-wrenching songs from Latin America's golden age, as Cascada de Flores returns with a fabulous playground of musical toys and friends old and new.

Saturday April 30, 2011
Start: 04/30/2011 12:00 pm

The Freight joins forces with Berkeley Old-Time Music to host their Spring Situation community open house, a free afternoon of old-time stringband picking, singing and dancing, including a family dance, cabaret-style concert sets, jam sessions and workshops galore on all manner of making music with people.

Start: 04/30/2011 8:00 pm

" . . . one of the most refreshing voices in bluegrass. There is more than a little hint of Emmylou Harris and a dash of Hazel Dickens."—Penguin Eggs Magazine

Sunday May 01, 2011
Start: 05/01/2011 10:30 am

The City of Berkeley will be honoring East Bay Survivors and remembering all who perished in the Shoah.

The ninth annual Holocaust Remembrance Day international theme is "Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What We Have Learned." The musicians and speakers will utilize the international theme in their presentations. We invite the community to share song, traditional music, verse, and personal stories in commemorating this day.

Start: 05/01/2011 4:00 pm

Nonprofit multiracial choir Vukani Mawethu raise their voices in a 25th anniversary celebration concert benefitting AIDS projects. These "lusty angels who belt out activist messages" (Oakland Magazine) express their love of the rhythms and melodies grown out of centuries of struggles for emancipation in a repertoire including Southern African freedom songs, traditional spirituals, and civil rights anthems.

Tuesday May 03, 2011
Start: 05/03/2011 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 May 04, 2011
Start: 05/04/2011 8:00 pm

Discover what Ernie Halter's 500,000 twitter followers are trying to tell us as Ernie applies raw, acoustic stylings to his well-crafted songs in a diverse musical palette blending pop, rock, R&B, soul, gospel and latin.

Thursday May 05, 2011
Start: 05/05/2011 8:00 pm

Bill EvansBill Evans presents the Freight debut of his international touring show The Banjo in America, playing music from more than 250 years of banjo history on an astounding variety of vintage and contemporary five-string banjos.

Friday May 06, 2011
Start: 05/06/2011 8:00 pm

The most globe-trotting Western swing trio on the planet,
Hot Club of Cowtown, is hitting the Freight with fire in their fingers and a brand-new CD under their belts, What Makes Bob Holler, a 14-song marathon of Bob Wills tunes.

Saturday May 07, 2011
Start: 05/07/2011 10:30 am

Today's edition of the Patchwork Series (Saturday children's shows curated by Sarita Pockell and Melita Doostan, of Octopretzel) guarantees a super sing-along and dance-along good time for one and all.

Start: 05/07/2011 8:00 pm

Rejoice, fans of intoxicatingly eclectic, cross-pollinated, high-energy Gypsy music with a rockabilly attitude! Fishtank Ensemble is back with not one but two explosive violins, the world's best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and Gypsy jazz guitar, opera and Gypsy vocals, and one little banjolele. The LA Weekly calls the group "one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet."

Sunday May 08, 2011
Start: 05/08/2011 8:00 pm

An evening of lush, evocative music awaits as the
Real Vocal String Quartet celebrates the release of its new, eponymous album. Offering an inventive, globally infused take on chamber music, the group combines the magical textures of a string quartet with folk and pop influenced women's vocals.

Tuesday May 10, 2011
Start: 05/10/2011 8:00 pm

Taj MahalMaria MuldaurIn a Benefit for the Wonderful Women of Science, maestro Taj Mahal and his Trio and sultry songstress Maria Muldaur and the Bluesiana band put the uplifting, positive power of the blues behind three remarkable women whose projects are making a difference in Afghanistan, Tanzania, and right here in the Bay Area.

Wednesday May 11, 2011
Start: 05/11/2011 8:00 pm

Host Patrick Landeza invites you to a magical Hawaiian party featuring the sparkling, gifted Hawaiian vocalist Raiatea Helm and music and dancing from special guests Kawika Alfiche and Hula Halau.

Thursday May 12, 2011
Start: 05/12/2011 8:00 pm

Join the Jazzschool Institute vocal department for an evening of end-of-semester performances featuring the Jazzschool Institute Vocal Performance classes under the direction of Laurie Antonioli, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Kerry Marsh.

Friday May 13, 2011
Start: 05/13/2011 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 May 14, 2011
Start: 05/14/2011 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.

Sunday May 15, 2011
Start: 05/15/2011 8:00 pm

Elegantly spicy jazz vocalist Ellen Robinson brings her classy quartet to the Freight for an evening of swinging, sparkling vocals with a repertoire full of surprises. Ellen and her band joyfully navigate up-tempo swing, the hushed intensity of ballads, and Ellen's rhyhmically quirky originals with their catchy melodies.

Monday May 16, 2011
Start: 05/16/2011 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 May 18, 2011
Start: 05/18/2011 8:00 pm

A soulful storyteller, Eliza Gilkyson blends her folk roots with a pop-influenced passion for compelling melodies and a penchant for writing intelligent, deeply personal lyrics.

Thursday May 19, 2011
Start: 05/19/2011 8:00 pm

Tonight's double bill blows the dust off old tunes and songs from the golden era of early country, hillbilly, and blues music.

Friday May 20, 2011
Start: 05/20/2011 8:00 pm

Roots rocker Jimmy LaFave writes gritty, open-hearted songs of optimistic faith, elusive women, and the call of the road and delivers them with a weathered, wonderfully expressive voice full of passion and uncommon beauty (he is also famous for his excellent interpretations of others' work, especially Bob Dylan).

Saturday May 21, 2011
Start: 05/21/2011 11:00 am

Power pop progenitors, the Rubinoos, make their Freight debut with their wacky children's show full of songs for the young and young at heart.

Start: 05/21/2011 8:00 pm

The dance floor is open when guitarist and singer Don Burnham and Lost Weekend, his mighty ten-piece all-star Western swing band, celebrate the release of I Dreamed Count Basie Was A Cowboy. This ensemble has kept the flame of "cowboy jazz" burning brightly on the West Coast for over two decades with their great tunes, world-class musicianship, and pulsing tempos.

Sunday May 22, 2011
Start: 05/22/2011 8:00 pm

Butch HancockCome enjoy an evening with one of contemporary music's most entertaining raconteurs, when world traveling troubadour Butch Hancock takes the Freight stage. Butch, called, "a raspy-voiced West Texas mystic with an equal affinity for romantic border balladry and Zen paradox," by Rolling Stone Magazine, hails from the Lubbock, Texas music scene that gave the world Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, his equally eclectic colleagues in the Flatlanders.

Monday May 23, 2011
Start: 05/23/2011 8:00 pm

Join violinist Robin Sharp for an evening chockful of the works of quintessential romantic German composer Robert Schumann. Concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Robin also teaches violin at Stanford and UC Berkeley and is on the faculty of California Summer Music.

Tuesday May 24, 2011
Start: 05/24/2011 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 May 25, 2011
Start: 05/25/2011 8:00 pm

If Adam Theis were compressed into a pill we all could swallow, we'd suddenly see our ability to work expand in four dimensions, allowing us to accomplish more than we ever dreamed possible. -San Francisco Chronicle

Tonight the Jazz Mafia, an intricately woven collective of jazz virtuosos, arrangers, and composers that include many of the San Francisco Bay Area's most innovative and prolific musicians, will be performing their annual Miles Davis Birth of the Cool tribute.

Thursday May 26, 2011
Start: 05/26/2011 8:00 pm

Incisive lyricist, scat virtuoso, and master balladeer Laurie Antonioli's global vision is rooted in verdant American soil. Whether reinventing traditional American songs, or introducing contemporary melodies made vivid with her original lyrics, Bay Area native, Laurie weaves a gorgeous tapestry from the raw materials of jazz, folk, and country music, informed by her many years teaching and touring in Europe.

Friday May 27, 2011
Start: 05/27/2011 8:00 pm

Come hitch a ride to honky-tonk heaven with Bill Kirchen, as the "Titan of the Telecaster" and his band Too Much Fun perform old favorites and newly penned originals, including selections from Word to the Wise, his 2010 all-star duet CD.

Saturday May 28, 2011
Start: 05/28/2011 8:00 pm

"I like to view the big mountain of music from every angle," says Tim O'Brien, the West Virginia multi-instrumentalist and songcrafter who has spent the past few decades building a fascinating bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and its many roots and branches, including modern bluegrass. His ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible makes him a key figure in today's thriving roots music scene-and well beyond it.

Sunday May 29, 2011
Start: 05/29/2011 2:00 pm

For this special afternoon performance the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) celebrates the 75th reunion of the Lincoln Brigade, Americans who volunteered to fight against Franco's fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Guest speaker Jeff Paterson of Courage to Resist, an organization supporting public GI resisters, will discuss the case of Army PFC Bradley Manning.

Tuesday May 31, 2011
Start: 05/31/2011 8:00 pm

Pianist and composer George Winston graces our stage for two evenings of solo piano artistry, complementing his sold-out winter show at the Freight last January. George will play pieces reflecting his diverse passions, including selections from his well known recordings in the melodic folk piano style, New Orleans R&B, and the work of famed pianist Vince Guaraldi.

Wednesday June 01, 2011
Start: 06/01/2011 8:00 pm

Pianist and composer George Winston graces our stage for two evenings of solo piano artistry, complementing his sold-out winter show at the Freight last January. George will play pieces reflecting his diverse passions, including selections from his well known recordings in the melodic folk piano style, New Orleans R&B, and the work of famed pianist Vince Guaraldi.

Thursday June 02, 2011
Start: 06/02/2011 8:00 pm

"His performance, laced with his original songs, manages to make suffering a knee-slapper. He delivers Zen zingers with Borsht Belt timing." —New York Times