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

Friday June 03, 2011
Start: 06/03/2011 8:00 am

"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

Saturday June 04, 2011
Start: 06/04/2011 10:30 am

In a show that is sure to inspire both kids and adults to laugh, dance, and sing in English and Spanish, beloved educator, author, and musician José-Luis Orozco performs an hour-long benefit concert for Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement (BAHIA).

Start: 06/04/2011 8:00 pm

Freight favorites Robin Flower and Libby McLaren regale us with their modern Celtic americana style in an evening of exhilarating instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies, creative energy, and loads of fun.

Robin's agile fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and Libby's high-energy grooves on piano and accordion (and great vocals from both of them) are backed tonight by a red-hot band featuring bassist Jan Martinelli, Danny Carnahan on fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, and vocals, and percussionist Peter Maund.

Sunday June 05, 2011
Start: 06/05/2011 2:00 pm

Take a musical peek into the future when Vaudevillians Stage Troup (VaST) presents Rubble, an original musical they co-wrote with Sarita Pockell.

The play takes place sometime in the future, when a colony of adolescents struggle to survive in the rubble left behind after various environmental disasters. They are settlers, nomads and "rubble-pirates", exploring their identities while demonstrating various elements of the human condition and means of survival.

Start: 06/05/2011 8:00 pm

Sit back and feast your ears as six of the Bay Area's finest acoustic guitarists lead us on a sonic world tour! Spotlighting a stunningly diverse range of tunes and styles from around the globe—Hawaii to India, Celtic to the blues—Frets & Strings presents a full spectrum of repertoire and instruments in solo, duo, and other performance collaborations.

Monday June 06, 2011
Start: 06/06/2011 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Young Musicians CelebrationThe future of jazz looks exciting tonight, as three youthful Jazzschool groups show off their chops in celebration of their 2010 Student Award wins from Downbeat magazine!

Tuesday June 07, 2011
Start: 06/07/2011 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 June 09, 2011
Start: 06/09/2011 8:00 pm

Elemental siren and evocative songwriter Eda Maxym presents an evening of musical alchemy in celebration of her recent recording, Circle Of Sparks.

Friday June 10, 2011
Start: 06/10/2011 8:00 pm

Inga SwearingenAmericana and jazz meet their neighbors when Inga Swearingen and Round Mountain bring their unique musical fusions to our stage for a boundary-hopping double bill.

Saturday June 11, 2011
Start: 06/11/2011 8:00 pm

Longtime Freight favorite Steve Seskin brings us a fresh crop of new songwriting talents for an evening of superlative music.

Sunday June 12, 2011
Start: 06/12/2011 8:00 pm

The John Santos Sextet, featuring some of the Bay Area's finest musicians, blends the musical traditions of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Afro-Caribbean diaspora with cutting-edge jazz improvisation creating a sound that is as rewarding to the ear as it is irresistible to the body.

Tuesday June 14, 2011
Start: 06/14/2011 8:00 pm

Diana JonesDiana Jones' hauntingly earthy vocals and memorable lyrics blend resonant imagery and deep emo- tions that draw on rich cross-currents of country, country blues, and mountain music.

Wednesday June 15, 2011
Start: 06/15/2011 8:00 pm

Todalo ShakersDon't miss out on the fun when the Todalo Shakers return
to our stage to celebrate their brand new CD, Tickled, Too! Taking their inspiration and most of their repertoire from the early jug and string bands and blues singers who played up and down Beale Street in Memphis in the 1920s and ‘30s, the group provides an irresistible blend of harmony and swing, old time rags and stomps.

Thursday June 16, 2011
Start: 06/16/2011 8:00 pm

For the past 30-odd years Roy Book Binder has traveled the world as a "keeper of the flame" and ambassador of the blues. One of the finest guitar finger pickers extant, "Book" performs an eclectic repertoire encompassing blues, country tunes, bluegrass, and folk. Says guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship), "Nobody writes in the idiom better than Roy Book Binder. He is a master player, singer, writer, and teller of tales, true tales.

Friday June 17, 2011
Start: 06/17/2011 8:00 pm

Guitarist Julian Lage excels by taking the road

Saturday June 18, 2011
Start: 06/18/2011 8:00 pm

Mundo Português magazine describes Ramana Vieira as "The new voice of Portuguese world music." Ramana pulls traditional fado music into the 21st century with her powerful vocals and unique stylings, juxtaposing unconventional instrumental layers over fado's haunting melodies and melancholy stories of heartache and disappointment.

Sunday June 19, 2011
Start: 06/19/2011 8:00 pm

Terry WaldoCome remind yourself—or learn for the first time—that ragtime
and stride piano are among some of the most uplifting music ever played: timeless, joyful, and plain old fun. Hailed by the New York Times as a "ragtime pianist nonpareil and eminent scholar of the form," Terry Waldo brings us his infectious program of virtuoso ragtime and stride played with precision, poise-and reckless abandon.

Monday June 20, 2011
Start: 06/20/2011 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 June 21, 2011
Start: 06/21/2011 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $36.50.

Wednesday June 22, 2011
Start: 06/22/2011 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $36.50.

Friday June 24, 2011
Start: 06/24/2011 8:00 pm

Absynth QuintetFire-breathing traveling gypsy circus indie grass?
Acoustic, with benefits? The Absynth Quintet is a group of pickers purveying a truly unique brand of high-energy acoustic music. The band's sound, born and cultured in the fertile hills of Humboldt County, California, combines a reverent treatment of time-honored American music with a reckless, virtuosic, and often zany approach to innovation.

Saturday June 25, 2011
Start: 06/25/2011 11:30 am

This free show celebrates the prodigiously talented faculty and students of this year's edition of fiddlekids Summer Camp. Teachers include bluegrass fiddle scorcher Laurie Lewis, swing-jazz fiddle ace Julian Smedley, bluegrass/old time fiddler extraordinaire John Blasquez, fabulous genre-leaper Caroline McCaskey, vivacious dance instructor Evie Ladin, and fiddle wiz and Camp Director Bobbi Shearn Nikles.

 

Start: 06/25/2011 8:00 pm

Jessica Jones & Mark TaylorNew York-based composer/instrumentalists Jessica Jones and Mark Taylor unleash their musical swiss army knives to create a romping sonic adventure full of energy, creativity, new textures, and good times. Their jazz quartet, combining french horn, mellophone, and tenor saxophone with bass (John Shifflet) and drums (Jason Lewis), plays original experimental music exploring the tension between freedom and structure always present in jazz and improvised music.

Sunday June 26, 2011
Start: 06/26/2011 8:00 pm

Jazz musician and educator Jeff Sanford's sizzling 13-piece band brings the music of Raymond Scott to our stage. Inextricably etched on the subconscious of anyone who ever watched Saturday morning television, Scott's zany, wildly colored compositions provide the musical backdrop to numerous animations, from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to Ren and Stimpy and The Simpsons.

Tuesday June 28, 2011
Start: 06/28/2011 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 June 30, 2011
Start: 06/30/2011 8:00 pm

Rosalie SorrelsRosalie Sorrels' singing and wise, gritty stories bring forth a huge life brimming with adventure as well as tragedy, rich in meaning and texture. Ranging from prairie ballads that echo her Idaho upbringing to songs about contemporary concerns, Rosalie captivates audiences with her amazing depth of compassion and wit, not to mention her stunning voice (Gamble Rogers once described her as "the hillbilly Edith Piaf").

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

Dale MillerDon't miss this rare opportunity to hear one of the Bay Area's most respected fingerstyle guitarists live in concert. Dale Miller coaxes a sweet and mellow tone from his resonator guitars, a custom Martin and a vintage National steel-body, as he applies his seemingly effortless style to blues, ragtime, and jazz standards as well as to his original compositions.

Saturday July 02, 2011
Start: 07/02/2011 8:00 pm

The Ditty BopsThe superlatively charming and extremely talented Ditty

Sunday July 03, 2011
Start: 07/03/2011 8:00 pm

Sepideh RaissadatGifted vocalist and setarist Sepideh Raissadat brings to life a repertoire of poetry-filled Persian classical music during her Freight debut.