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.

Saturday September 03, 2011
Start: 09/03/2011 8:00 pm

GirlymanNate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu, Ty Greenstein, plus newest member JJ, describe their group, Girlyman, as "a modern-day Peter, Paul & Mary—only edgier, and with a with quirky sense of humor." Actually, that doesn't even begin to cover it! Informed by 1960s vocal groups like Simon & Garfunkel and The Mamas and the Papas, and infused with years of classical and jazz training, Girlyman's songs are an irresistible blend of acoustic, americana, and rock.

Thursday September 08, 2011
Start: 09/08/2011 8:00 pm

Red Hot ChachkasInternationally-renowned groups the Red Hot Chachkas and Vocolot bring their unique flavors of genre-bending Jewish and world music to the Freight in a double bill that will range from sizzling to sublime.

Friday September 09, 2011
Start: 09/09/2011 8:00 pm

Diana StorkDiana RowanTake a musical world journey for a good cause—no passports required. Treat your ears to the elegant harp melodies, ambient African Kora, and traditional Hindustani rajas.

Saturday September 10, 2011
Start: 09/10/2011 8:00 pm

Caterina Lichtenberg & Mike MarshallTwo of the world's finest mandolinists, American Mike Marshall and Bulgarian Caterina Lichtenberg take us on a journey from Europe of the early 1700s through the great 19th Century Italian mandolin heyday to the shores of the present-day Americas.

Monday September 12, 2011
Start: 09/12/2011 8:00 pm

Slaid Cleaves"I'm glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. . . . Listen, go to one of Slaid's shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: not all the good guys wear hats." —Stephen King

Tuesday September 13, 2011
Start: 09/13/2011 8:00 pm

Bill MonroeThere wouldn't be bluegrass if it weren't for Bill Monroe. He gave the genre its name, its distinctive style, and for most of the 20th century, embodied the essence of the art form, which is typically delivered by a five-piece acoustic string band featuring instrumental virtuosity on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and string bass, and close harmonies sung in a plaintive, high lonesome voice.

Wednesday September 14, 2011
Start: 09/14/2011 8:00 pm

Bill MonroeThere wouldn't be bluegrass if it weren't for Bill Monroe. He gave the genre its name, its distinctive style, and for most of the 20th century, embodied the essence of the art form, which is typically delivered by a five-piece acoustic string band featuring instrumental virtuosity on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and string bass, and close harmonies sung in a plaintive, high lonesome voice.

Thursday September 15, 2011
Start: 09/15/2011 8:00 pm

Berkeley Old Time Music ConventionBuckdancing from Tennessee, high-energy string band music from North Carolina, and old-time mountain singing from West Virginia are among the Appalachian traditions that will be celebrated at the 9th Annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, September 14-18, 2011.

Friday September 16, 2011
Start: 09/16/2011 8:00 pm

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

Buckdancing from Tennessee, high-energy string band music from North Carolina, and old-time mountain singing from West Virginia are among the Appalachian traditions that will be celebrated at the 9th Annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, September 14-18, 2011.

Saturday September 17, 2011
Start: 09/17/2011 8:00 pm

Country Joe McDonaldIn tonight's performance singer-songwriter, historian, and infamous rockin' rabble-rouser, Country Joe McDonald pays tribute to Woody Guthrie, deftly conveying all the charm, talent, and social and political consciousness of the legendary folksinger from Oklahoma.

Sunday September 18, 2011
Start: 09/18/2011 8:00 pm

Lucy Kaplansky"A truly gifted performer. . . .with a bag of enchanting songs"
-The New Yorker

Monday September 19, 2011
Start: 09/19/2011 8:00 pm

TalavyaGlobe-trotting percussion ensemble Talavya (formerly Tabla Ecstasy) brings the Indian hand-drums tabla to the center stage, distilling its age-old spirit and practice into a high-energy, highly accessible evening that reveals the instrument's true joys. D.

Tuesday September 20, 2011
Start: 09/20/2011 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 September 21, 2011
Start: 09/21/2011 8:00 pm

Audrey AuldDevils are not the only thing to come from Tasmania. Singer-songwriter Audrey Auld's heart is in country, americana, and folk music with a presence as big as the outback. Her songs are the wry and poignant observations of a Tassie girl living in California and Nashville for the past eight years. "Music with the dirt left on" is how she describes her engaging "Americ-kinda" tunes, which combine traditional American country and folk influences with strong Australian roots.

Thursday September 22, 2011
Start: 09/22/2011 8:00 pm

Tonight's concert offers listeners a rare treat—Jill Knight  and duo Pam Delgado & Jeri Jones reunite on the Freight stage for an evening of non-stop rollicking, soul and blues. The three forged musical ties in the ‘90s when singer-songwriter Jill, already a California central coast favorite, toured with Pam & Jeri, shortly before the two became founding members of female powerhouse quartet, Blame Sally.

Friday September 23, 2011
Start: 09/23/2011 8:00 pm

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper"One of the most impressive and well-regarded instrumental bluegrass groups working the circuit," (The Lonesome Road Review), award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the Freight stage with his band, Flamekeeper.

Saturday September 24, 2011
Start: 09/24/2011 11:00 am

OctopretzelIn a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder, and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and super fun experience for the whole family.

Start: 09/24/2011 8:00 pm

Junius Courtney BandThe Junius Courtney Big Band, made up of veteran players who "know how to tell a rousing story in eight bars," is a Bay Area institution that "embodies Swing," according to music critic Andy Gilbert. Tonight these consummate musicians pay tribute to legendary jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines, featuring the exceptional piano work of special guest Tammy Hall, as well as classic songs and narration by the band's extraordinary vocalist, Denise Perrier.

Monday September 26, 2011
Start: 09/26/2011 8:00 pm

ilda HuangAlina KobialkaCatch two rising young stars in a program featuring the music of Bach, Mozart, and Waxman.

Tuesday September 27, 2011
Start: 09/27/2011 8:00 pm

Shay & Michael BlackTonight's double-bill offers listeners an impressive array of traditional Irish music from Shay & Michael Black and Three Mile Stone.

Wednesday September 28, 2011
Start: 09/28/2011 8:00 pm

June & Jean MillingtonTonight June and Jean Millington, the original "Godmothers of Chick Rock," dish out the gritty, sassy, accomplished goods in celebration of the release of their new album Play Like a Girl. The Sacramento-raised, Phillipine-American sisters, started their first all-girl band in the ‘60s and by the end of the decade had a major label deal with their band Fanny.

Thursday September 29, 2011
Start: 09/29/2011 8:00 pm

Nell Robinson"Emmylou Harris, Iris Dement, Hazel Dickens, and Mike Cross are good starting points for musical comparisons, but Robinson render(s) her performances with little in the way of contrivance or affectation." -Kevin Oliver, Music That Matters

Friday September 30, 2011
Start: 09/30/2011 8:00 pm

Stephen Saxon & Gospel ShabbatInspired by a Baptist church service full of emotional and spiritual intensity, Stephen Saxon started wondering, "how could you get that kind of spirit into a Jewish service?"

Saturday October 01, 2011
Start: 10/01/2011 8:00 pm

UpsurgeJoin UpSurge! for an inspiring evening fusing fearless poetry and swinging jazz in an homage to jazz vocalist Eddie Jefferson, actor/playwright/civil rights activist Oscar Brown, Jr., and jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, three of the masters who have inspired the group’s unique cutting-edge mix of music and spoken word.

Sunday October 02, 2011
Start: 10/02/2011 7:30 pm

Oakland Interfaith Gospel ChoirCome glory in the soul-stirring repertoire and harmonies of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as this venerable 60-member ensemble makes its Freight debut! Featuring joyful selections from the newly released CD, Hear My Prayer, this world-renowned multi-racial, interfaith choir performs original praise songs, gospel standards, and spirituals.