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.

Thursday July 07, 2011
Start: 07/07/2011 7:00 pm

Tom McDermottNew Orleans pianist/composer Tom McDermott steers the Freight's stage piano in dynamic directions with a workshop focused on New Orleans styles like ragtime, traditional jazz, and R&B in the style of Professor Longhair and Dr. John. The lecture-demonstration style workshop also delves into the rich musical heritage of New Orleans, tracing historical connections with the music of Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Jamaica.

Friday July 08, 2011
Start: 07/08/2011 8:00 pm

The GreencardsAfter earning ovations from "newgrass" music devotees at MerleFest to rock loyalists at Lollapalooza, the fabulously inventive Greencards return to the Freight just in time to celebrate The Brick Album, their hot-off-the-press release! With bluegrass as a starting point, the Greencards reinvent American roots music, creating a quirky, adventurous, and utterly compelling sound of their own.

Saturday July 09, 2011
Start: 07/09/2011 8:00 pm

Darol AngerRoger TallrothJeremy KittelBrittany Haas

Monday July 11, 2011
Start: 07/11/2011 8:00 pm

Denise PerrierTammy Hall

Tuesday July 12, 2011
Start: 07/12/2011 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 July 13, 2011
Start: 07/13/2011 8:00 pm

Suzie Glaze & the Hilonesome BandReturning to the Freight after last year's dynamic debut, Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band promise a gorgeous, eclectic evening of music blending mountain folk and exciting new bluegrass-inspired originals, powered along with Susie's high octane voice.

Thursday July 14, 2011
Start: 07/14/2011 8:00 pm

New World Gypsy String BandIn a performance exploring new horizons in Celtic harping, we join together the three veteran virtuosi of The New World Gypsy String Band and the vibrant neo-Celtic stylings of the Triskela Harp Trio. Tonight's lush feast features not only the magical, warm strains of many harps, but a collection of rare, ancient, acoustic instruments from countries around the globe.

Friday July 15, 2011
Start: 07/15/2011 8:00 pm

Charlie Hunter"...Hunter - well known for playing a seven-string instrument - rips through the air with superrock fuzz and fusion mettle." -Rolling Stone

Saturday July 16, 2011
Start: 07/16/2011 8:00 pm

Charlie Hunter"...Hunter - well known for playing a seven-string instrument - rips through the air with superrock fuzz and fusion mettle." -Rolling Stone

Monday July 18, 2011
Start: 07/18/2011 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. Tonight's playoffs will be judged by Bill Spooner. Jai Josefs, and Michael Smolens. 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 July 19, 2011
Start: 07/19/2011 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!!!

Wednesday July 20, 2011
Start: 07/20/2011 8:00 pm

The RefugeesPrepare to be wowed when accomplished artists Cindy Bullens, Deborah Holland, and Wendy Waldman, together known as the Refugees, bring to the Freight stage their soaring harmonies, indelible musicianship, and unforgettably humorous stage presence.

Thursday July 21, 2011
Start: 07/21/2011 8:00 pm

Annie Sampson & her band"Annie's all over the place, rocking and scolding, testifying and crying, torching and lusting, and celebrating love, life and ever increasing strength." -Ben Fong-Torres

We dare you to stay in your seat when electrifying songstress Annie Sampson and her smokin' band take the stage.

Friday July 22, 2011
Start: 07/22/2011 8:00 pm

Mark Hummel"Mark Hummel came of age in the early seventies, at the height or rock and roll, but instead of picking up a guitar . . . he went out and bought a harmonica, and he hasn't stopped playing since. A specialist in the West Coast blues, he's a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience." - The New Yorker

Saturday July 23, 2011
Start: 07/23/2011 8:00 pm

Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks"So few truly original figures exist in pop music that Dan Hicks should be a national treasure." - San Francisco Chronicle

Sunday July 24, 2011
Start: 07/24/2011 8:00 pm

Rob Reich's Circus Bella All-Star BandAccordionist Rob Reich (Tin Hat, Gaucho, Nice Guy Trio) leads a top notch 11-piece band through his bold original music for Circus Bella, an open air, one-ring circus featuring contemporary, high-level acts set to an original score performed by live musicians. The music captures the danger, bravado, wit, and virtuosity of a traveling circus show.

Tuesday July 26, 2011
Start: 07/26/2011 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 July 27, 2011
Start: 07/27/2011 8:00 pm

New West Guitar Group". . . you'll find that their music is as much James Taylor and Radiohead as it is Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny" - KQED Arts

Thursday July 28, 2011
Start: 07/28/2011 8:00 pm

Caution Shonhai & Erica AzimTonight two master musicians will transport you to Africa with sacred mbira music used by the Shona people of Zimbabwe in ceremonies for over a millennium. The mbira, made of two dozen metal keys mounted on a wood soundboard inside a resonating calabash gourd and played with the thumbs, produces music that combines entrancing melodies with invigorating polyphony and polyrhythms.

Friday July 29, 2011
Start: 07/29/2011 8:00 pm

Crazy in Love with Patsy ClineScorching songtress Lavay brings a bracing, bluesy jolt of energy to the jazz/country crossroads with Crazy In Love With Patsy Cline, a project featuring her smoking Red Hot Skillet Lickers and special guest Bobby Black on pedal steel guitar. Jazz and country music are often cast as antithetical cultural forces, signifying a blue state/red state divide.

Saturday July 30, 2011
Start: 07/30/2011 8:00 pm

With influences ranging from Andres Segovia to Mississippi John Hurt, Ed Gerhard is one of the true masters of steel string finger style guitar. A Philadelphia native now residing in New Hampshire, Ed performs with passionate intensity and a sly sense of humor on 6-string, 12-string, and slide guitars—including the esoteric and beautifully toned Weissenborn (Hawaiian lap steel guitar).

Sunday July 31, 2011
Start: 07/31/2011 8:00 pm

Kitchen tables, loggers, trailers, springs, loss, miners, culture clash, hope, forest fires-bands Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack and Dehlia Low from the mountains of California and North Carolina feature all that and more in tonight's double bill.

Tuesday August 02, 2011
Start: 08/02/2011 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!!!