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!!!

Thursday August 04, 2011
Start: 08/04/2011 8:00 pm

The Gillette BrothersCome hear the real deal, genuine cowboy music straight from the horses' mouth (so to speak) when the Gillette Brothers, Guy and Pipp, take a break from their cattle ranch in Crockett, Texas to entertain you.

Friday August 05, 2011
Start: 08/05/2011 8:00 pm

Red MollyHailing from New York, Red Molly offers bluegrass and old time music spiced with lush three-part harmonies, exceptional musicianship, and apparently boundless energy. Laurie MacAllister and Abbie Gardner, plus newest member Molly Venter, have a lot of fun on stage, and it's contagious.

Saturday August 06, 2011
Start: 08/06/2011 8:00 pm

The Folk Collection, a harmonious quartet based in

Sunday August 07, 2011
Start: 08/07/2011 8:00 pm

Stevie CoyleLyrical wildman Stevie Coyle may finally bring you to terms with your inner rhythm animal. Stevie's expressive, sometimes explosive fingerstyle acoustic guitar grows out of a childhood swimming in the radiation of popular music of our times and American traditional folksong. This brilliant guitar work is an essential element of his insightful storytelling in song, as Stevie shares his unique philosophy and observations of the life of humans on the planet.

Monday August 08, 2011
Start: 08/08/2011 8:00 pm

Frenk FairfieldA young Californian who sings and plays as someone who's
crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten . . . ."
—Greil Marcus

Tuesday August 09, 2011
Start: 08/09/2011 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 August 10, 2011
Start: 08/10/2011 8:00 pm

Jessica JonesConnie CrothersTenor saxophonist Jessica Jones anchors two intimate duet sets: the first with pianist Connie Crothers and the second with pianist/saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum. Bay Area natives now ensconced in Brooklyn's creative music scene, the three are certified originals performing their own compositions as well as imaginative interpretations of jazz standards.

Thursday August 11, 2011
Start: 08/11/2011 8:00 pm

Martin Taylor"He out-shred's all of us put together. I've never seen anything like it." —Jeff Beck

Friday August 12, 2011
Start: 08/12/2011 8:00 pm

There may not be a monarchy in America, but Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart come from royally good musical stock. Stacy began her career as a backup singer touring with her brother Steve, while Mark as a teen played Nashville honky tonks with his fiddle-playing dad, later touring with Freddy Fender and Steve Earle & the Dukes.

Saturday August 13, 2011
Start: 08/13/2011 8:00 pm

Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage ChoirIf the burden of life and times seems too great, take a deep drink of spiritual enlivenment tonight from the music of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Songs of protest and union songs of the 40s through the 60s form the basis of the program, lifted up to new heights by the voices of the Grammy-nominated choir.

Tuesday August 16, 2011
Start: 08/16/2011 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 August 17, 2011
Start: 08/17/2011 8:00 pm

Tim Farrell, Michael Manring, and Peter Janson perform individually and together with a mastery that delights the ears, teases the intellect, and transports an audience in a way that only great music played by great musicians can.

Tim FarrellTim, a fingerstyle guitarist, celebrates the purity of his acoustic instrument with a style and originality displaying elegant simplicity. He's shared the stage with such industry giants as Les Paul, George Benson, Jean Luc Ponty, and Rick Wakeman.

Thursday August 18, 2011
Start: 08/18/2011 8:00 pm

". . . the best kept secret in the music business."
—Kris Kristofferson

Born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, the heartland of good old rockin' blues, Paul Thorn's journey has been anything but dull. He performed at the age of three while traveling with his evangelist preacher father, has jumped out of airplanes, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Durán on national television, worked in a furniture factory by day and played out his musical passions by night.

Friday August 19, 2011
Start: 08/19/2011 8:00 pm

The Sing Strings

Please see the Freight box office for refunds.

Saturday August 20, 2011
Start: 08/20/2011 8:00 pm

Phil MarshBruce BartholDig out your party hats and celebrate the Freight's anniversary with a rousing evening of music hosted by Phil Marsh, our 1968 inaugural performer.

Sunday August 21, 2011
Start: 08/21/2011 8:00 pm

The RaveUpsGirl Named TGet out your bell bottoms, tie-dye Ts, and mini-skirts, round two of the tumultuous 60s British Invasion is here. The Blondies, music-savvy youngsters with talent beyond their years, shred with the best of them, serving up their own material and tasty covers of classic tunes.

Tuesday August 23, 2011
Start: 08/23/2011 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 August 24, 2011
Start: 08/24/2011 8:00 pm

Joy Kills SorrowYou can add Joy Kills Sorrow and Lake Street Dive to the list of young talent revitalizing acoustic, folk, and even pop-drawing from the past with awesome ingenuity and an uncanny skill for making it their own.

Thursday August 25, 2011
Start: 08/25/2011 8:00 pm

Alasdair FraserCome on over for a rousing evening of fiddle magic steeped in talent and tradition: the 23rd annual Freight Fiddle Summit. You'll be in excellent company with host Alasdair Fraser and some of traditional music's most notable players—including Natalie Haas, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Brittany Haas—as they bow, strum, sing, and pluck up a storm tonight.

Friday August 26, 2011
Start: 08/26/2011 8:00 pm

Rhonda BeninDo you remember dancing to the Twist, the Mashed Potatoe, the Pony or the Hustle? Whether you're ready to reminisce or learn some new old-school dance moves, come Twist and Shout while we take it back to the day with hit dance tunes of the 60s and 70s and dance instructors too!

Saturday August 27, 2011
Start: 08/27/2011 12:00 pm

How many reasons do you need to come join us for our Family Open House! Celebrate the Freight's Anniversary, celebrate the Downtown Berkeley MusicFest (10 days of music, including this), celebrate the summer with this amazing array of workshops, jam sessions, student performances, kid-focused activities, and more! Dancing in the aisles, singing on the stairs, and fiddling in the lobby are sure to ensue. Join us for this extravaganza!

Start: 08/27/2011 8:00 pm

Wake the DeadJoin KALW program hosts JoAnn Mar, Dore Stein, Peter Thompson, and Kevin Vance to celebrate 70 years of the oldest FM station west of the Mississippi with performances from three bands whose music reflects KALW's eclectic, multi-faceted programming.

Sunday August 28, 2011
Start: 08/28/2011 8:00 pm

Check out some of California's finest songwriters at the West Coast Songwriters' Open Mic annual playoffs' grand final concert! The top contenders from WCS playoff events in 10 regions—Portland, Martinez, Saratoga, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sacramento, Redwood City, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood—take the stage to present their winning original songs at this special concert.

Thursday September 01, 2011
Start: 09/01/2011 8:00 pm

Dan NavarroTonight's double bill features longtime Freight favorite singer-songwriter Dan Navarro and beautifully expressive Claudia Russell with her band the Folk Unlimited Orchestra. Dan, part of folk-rock duo Lowen & Navaro, brings a gorgeous repertoire of songs of experience, documenting humanity's dignity and frailty, examining life's losses and lessons.

Friday September 02, 2011
Start: 09/02/2011 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.