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.

Monday October 03, 2011
Start: 10/03/2011 8:00 pm

A Moving SoundTaking the richly diverse culture of Taiwan as its starting point, the groundbreaking ensemble A Moving Sound juxtaposes ancient Chinese traditions with sophisticated contemporary styles. The group’s exquisite, accessible, and, yes, “moving” sound eloquently captures the paradoxes of its island of origin, where avant-garde innovations jostle against deep traditional roots at every turn.

Tuesday October 04, 2011
Start: 10/04/2011 8:00 pm

Abigail WashburnJohn Keawe, originally scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled. Please see the box office for refunds.

Thursday October 06, 2011
Start: 10/06/2011 8:00 pm

Beppe GambettaAn Italian in love with American music meets a Ukranian American mandolin & violin virtuoso for a magical evening of cross-pollinated roots, jazz, and folk.

Friday October 07, 2011
Start: 10/07/2011 8:00 pm

Duck BakerFingerstyle guitarist Duck Baker is devoted to a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Irish and Appalachian fiddle tunes to ragtime, blues, gospel, swing, and modern jazz. His originals reflect the influence of the great jazz pianist/composers, and his state-of-the-art acoustic guitar work will appeal to jazz fans, guitar fans, and anyone else who enjoys an evening of superlative music.

Saturday October 08, 2011
Start: 10/08/2011 8:00 pm

George Cole QuintetThe George Cole Quintet always sets the Freight stage swinging! With George’s fiery guitar as its centerpiece, this virtuoso Bay Area band will immerse you in their infectious, original jazz groove. Says Art Thompson of Guitar Player magazine: “Cole’s excellent Django-style guitar work and his band’s enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must—see for any fan of vintage jazz.”

Sunday October 09, 2011
Start: 10/09/2011 8:00 pm

Plastic Fauxno BandImagine John Lennon: after the break up of The Beatles, and the release of the Double Fantasy album, in concert in 1982...

Monday October 10, 2011
Start: 10/10/2011 8:00 pm

Bill StainesNow in his fifth decade of delighting audiences on the North American folk music circuit, New England troubadour Bill Staines is a true living legend. His songs, including "River," "Roseville Fair," and dozens more, have become standards, recorded by artists ranging from Nanci Griffith and Jerry Jeff Walker to Grandpa Jones and Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Tuesday October 11, 2011
Start: 10/11/2011 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 October 13, 2011
Start: 10/13/2011 8:00 pm

Richard Smith2001 National Fingerstyle Champion Richard Smith has been performing in public ever since he took the stage at the tender age of 11 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London for a duet with fingerstyle guitar legend Chet Atkins. A couple of decades later, Richard continues to be quite a guitar phenomenon, with a repertoire that spans an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, and mainstream jazz, to rock and classical guitar.

Friday October 14, 2011
Start: 10/14/2011 8:00 pm

Nigerian BrothersPo' Girl, originally scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled. Please see the box office for refunds. The Nigerian Brothers were available to fill in, so will be playing tonight.

Saturday October 15, 2011
Start: 10/15/2011 8:00 pm

Cherish the Ladies“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.” the Boston Globe

World-renowned Irish traditional ensemble Cherish the Ladies, with their spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing, blends the facets of Irish traditional culture into an immensely humorous and entertaining show.

Sunday October 16, 2011
Start: 10/16/2011 8:00 pm

George BrooksVirtuoso saxophonist and composer George Brooks, in his restless search for musical excellence and cross–cultural innovation, joins forces with frame drum phenomenon Glen Velez and south Indian Chitravina (fretless lute) virtuoso Ravikiran for an uplifting evening of global harmony.

Monday October 17, 2011
Start: 10/17/2011 8:00 pm

Melissa FerrickSince the early 1990s, indie folk-rocker Melissa Ferrick has gathered a dedicated following with her emotionally honest first-person lyrics, dynamic sound, and impassioned live performances. In recent years she's been leaning a bit closer to the rock & roll vibe that always underpinned her music, but her songs continue to be true to an intimate, nuanced musical vision, as on her rich, emotionally intense new CD, Still Right Here.

Tuesday October 18, 2011
Start: 10/18/2011 8:00 pm

KihnouaNamed with an ancient Greek word meaning “the difference,” Kihnoua presents music that explores new and intriguing territory. The group founded by Bay Area saxophonist and composer Larry Ochs in 2007, intermingles the sounds and structures of Western improvised music with ancient folk influences drawn from Africa, America, and Asia, prominently featuring Korean musical forms.

Wednesday October 19, 2011
Start: 10/19/2011 8:00 pm

Claire LynchEver since her early years with Alabama's Front Porch String Band, Claire Lynch has been a stand-out creative force in the world of bluegrass music, with her sweet, pure vocals and top-notch songwriting couched in a captivating blend of traditional bluegrass, country, folk, and swing.

Twice the International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire has recently been nominated again for her recent CD, Watcha Gonna Do (Rounder).

Thursday October 20, 2011
Start: 10/20/2011 8:00 pm

Patty LarkinA remarkable guitarist, incisive songwriter, richly textured singer, and hilarious performer all rolled into one, Patty Larkin rivets audiences with her uncompromising, poetic songs full of wordplay and painterly detail. Born in Iowa and raised in Milwaukee, Patty studied at the Berklee College of Music and launched her career in Boston in the late 1980s.

Friday October 21, 2011
Start: 10/21/2011 8:00 pm

Dennis KamakahiKawika KahiapoWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $36.50.

Saturday October 22, 2011
Start: 10/22/2011 8:00 pm

Orla Fallon“I have been privileged in the places that music has brought me,” says Órla Fallon.

Given the places she’s been these past years, it would be difficult to disagree. His Holiness the Pope, American Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and Irish President Mary McAleese, have all been a part of Órla’s audiences, both as a solo artist and with the phenomenally successful group Celtic Woman.

Sunday October 23, 2011
Start: 10/23/2011 8:00 pm

Frank WakefieldFrank Wakefield's mandolin playing and unique vocals have graced many a top-notch bluegrass band, from Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys to Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys and Frank's own Good Ole Boys. His long partnership with Red Allen in the Kentuckians gave the world some of the best-loved classic sounds from the early days of bluegrass.

Monday October 24, 2011
Start: 10/24/2011 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 October 25, 2011
Start: 10/25/2011 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 October 27, 2011
Start: 10/27/2011 8:00 pm

Catherine Fraser & Duncan SmithFiddle and piano duo Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith breathe fresh life into the Scottish traditional fiddle repertoire with their powerful performances that juxtapose elegantly lyrical airs with driving reels and exuberant strathspeys.

Friday October 28, 2011
Start: 10/28/2011 8:00 pm

Tom RussellOne of America's premier singer-songwriters, Tom Russell grew up in California, soaking up the West Coast hillbilly sounds of Merle Travis and Buck Owens. He started his career in the country bars of Vancouver before moving on to the progressive country music scene of Austin, Texas.

Saturday October 29, 2011
Start: 10/29/2011 11:00 am

Halloween Cabaret Carnival!Halloween Cabaret Carnival!This fun-filled edition of the Patchwork Series (Saturday children’s shows curated by Sarita Pockell and Melita Doostan) features The Bungee Jumping Cows and Vaudevillians Stage Troupe, an evil-laughing contest, and a midway of Halloween-themed carnival games.

Start: 10/29/2011 8:00 pm

Marley's GhostAmong the Freight's most popular acts, Marley's Ghost achieves the seemingly impossible with its audacious blend of English folk roots, gospel, country, reggae, R&B, even Scottish bagpipe tunes—and it all works like a dream! Even the members of the band have trouble describing their music, but as their recent CD Ghost Town exemplifies, whatever they do, it always comes out sounding uniquely like Marley's Ghost.

Sunday October 30, 2011
Start: 10/30/2011 8:00 pm

Wake the DeadThe self-proclaimed "world's first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band" returns to blow the roof off the Freight with their annual Halloween bash...and you're invited!

Monday October 31, 2011
Start: 10/31/2011 6:30 pm

The Bellavente Wind QuintetThe Bellavente Wind Quintet presents a family—friendly program of spooky and adventurous music. Plus prizes, surprises, and —of course— candy. The Bellavente musicians—Leslie Chin (flute), Kyle Bruckman (oboe), Marilyn Martella (clarinet), Alicia Telford (french horn), Beverly McChesney (bassoon)—are active with leading chamber music ensembles and symphony, opera, ballet and Broadway show orchestras of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tuesday November 01, 2011
Start: 11/01/2011 8:00 pm


Marcos Silva QuartetIn 1969, Merrilee Trost recalls, "I fell down the rabbit hole into the magical world of jazz. I had no idea that it would take over my life. I'm so lucky to have met the most interesting, creative, and exciting people in the whole universe—those who inhabit the jazz world." Tonight’s very special concert, produced by the Jazzschool, honors Merrilee with music from a superb lineup including many of her favorite performers and friends. 

Wednesday November 02, 2011
Start: 11/02/2011 8:00 pm

CalaverasWe all know that the Bay Area is a veritable hotbed of roots music talent, come on over tonight and revel in the glory as three bands from right next door treat us to an evening of honest-to-goodness, toe-tapping, down home bluegrass, americana, Cajun, and original music.

Thursday November 03, 2011
Start: 11/03/2011 8:00 pm

Battlefield BandFormed in 1975 in the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, this band is one of the great institutions in Scottish music. Battlefield Band has spent over three decades offering its contagious version of "the real Scotland," a blend of songs old and new, played on a combination of ancient and modern instruments—bagpipes, keyboards, fiddle, guitar, flutes, bodhran, and accordion. 

Friday November 04, 2011
Start: 11/04/2011 8:00 pm

Loretta LynchLonging for a taste of the highway? Yearning for that soulful twang usually only found in smoky bar rooms long after midnight? Oakland-based americana band Loretta Lynch offers you a country pick-me-up in the form of sweet, sorrowful, saucy, and smart songs in this special concert celebrating the release of its new album, Home Fires.

Saturday November 05, 2011
Start: 11/05/2011 8:00 pm

Reilly & MaloneyJoin longtime Freight artists Ginny Reilly and David Maloney for a performance celebrating the release of David's new CD of original songs, One Day More.

Sunday November 06, 2011
Start: 11/06/2011 8:00 pm

Graham ParkerAn incisive writer and riveting performer, Graham Parker brings his thought-provoking brand of British rock to the Freight stage for an unforgettable solo evening. Ranging across the vast territory of his 40-plus-year career Graham applies his familiar soulful, raspy voice to hits like "Don't Ask Me Questions," "Local Girls," and "Wake Up (Next to You)," as well as to numbers from his recent CD, Imaginary Television.

Tuesday November 08, 2011
Start: 11/08/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday November 09, 2011
Start: 11/09/2011 8:00 pm

Willy PorterAn evening with songwriter, acoustic guitar master, and superlative raconteur Willy Porter means a chance to enjoy great music in a rare communion between artist and audience. While he weaves a powerful spell on albums like his latest, How to Rob a Bank, Willy is even better in concert, where he is relentlessly entertaining, drawing listeners in with his nimble-witted stage patter and his mesmerizing musical balance between muscle and intimacy.

Thursday November 10, 2011
Start: 11/10/2011 8:00 pm

Crooked StillWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $22.50.

Friday November 11, 2011
Start: 11/11/2011 8:00 pm

Soldier StoriesThis Veterans Day join us for Soldier Stories, a benefit concert for veterans' health care projects produced by vocalist Nell Robinson in collaboration with the Coming Home Project. Tonight’s evening of americana and string band music relates the stories of soldiers from before the American Revolution to the current day. The performance features guest appearances by musician veterans, as well as personal stories and readings from soldiers' historical letters. 

Saturday November 12, 2011
Start: 11/12/2011 8:00 pm

Jim Kweskin & Geoff MuldaurFolks, this show is going to be a blast! Join three masters of American home-grown music, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur, and Suzy Thompson, as they treat our ears and toes to a superlative selection of good-time tunes from their extensive combined repertoire of jug band, ragtime, and old-time country music. 

Sunday November 13, 2011
Start: 11/13/2011 8:00 pm

Legends of the Celtic HarpThree of the world's premier Celtic harpists combine music with spoken word to take us deep into the myths, magic, and fabled history of this beautiful instrument.

Tuesday November 15, 2011
Start: 11/15/2011 8:00 pm

Patrick Landeza Join us for an evening of aloha as a fabulous lineup of artists fills the Freight with music and hula from the islands of Hawai`i. A special fundraiser for Listen for Life, this show is guaranteed to transport one and all with melodious songs, swaying dancers, and all the warmth of an island breeze.

Thursday November 17, 2011
Start: 11/17/2011 8:00 pm

The Blackberry Bushes StringbandHailing from the rain-drenched forests of Olympia, Washington, the Blackberry Bushes Stringband plays a delicate, bold brand of northwest acoustic americana that, like its thorny namesake, is deeply rooted and continuously growing. The group’s sound takes a solid bluegrass foundation, draws from American folk music, and adds influences from all over the map, from Appalachian old-time to indie rock and alt-country.

Friday November 18, 2011
Start: 11/18/2011 8:00 pm

Stephen Kent

As its name suggests, this performance weaves together intriguing elements from far-flung corners of the globe to create an adventurous evening's listening. Didjeridu maestro Stephen Kent and touchstyle veena player Teed Rockwell are joined by jazz/world fusion drummer Ian Dogole and tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar to knock our socks off! 

Saturday November 19, 2011
Start: 11/19/2011 11:00 am

Fratello MarionettesAshebaDon’t miss the November edition of our Saturday morning Patchwork Series of kids’ concerts, a special treat featuring the astounding Fratello Marionettes and the Bay Area’s beloved Trinidad-born musical storyteller, Asheba.

Start: 11/19/2011 8:00 pm

Houston JonesLook out! Here comes Houston Jones! We advise audience members to bring along personal fire extinguishers as this quintet of musical veterans plus two great special guests ignite the evening with their sizzling, eclectic mixture of originals and original interpretations of grassroots americana music.

Sunday November 20, 2011
Start: 11/20/2011 8:00 pm

UC Jazz Ensembles Tonight's concert showcases four outstanding student ensembles from the award-winning University of California Jazz at University of California Berkeley, under the leadership of director Ted Moore. The evening progresses through three stellar combos, coached by Ted Moore, Dann Zinn, and Frank Martin, and concludes with the award-winning UC Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Steve Campos.

Monday November 21, 2011
Start: 11/21/2011 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters presents its monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show’s on! Guest judges award a “Best Song” and “Best Performance.” The most active songwriters’ association in the United States, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote songwriters.

Tuesday November 22, 2011
Start: 11/22/2011 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 November 23, 2011
Start: 11/23/2011 8:00 pm

Baby GrampsThe Salvador Dali of Folk Music, according to one wag, Baby Gramps is a high-energy, humorously entertaining, and occasionally mystifying performer with a voice of gravel and a staggering repertoire. Accompanying himself on an antique resonator National Steel guitar, Gramps sings unique arrangements of rags, jazz, blues, and novelty songs from the 1920s and ‘30s, plus plenty of originals in an unforgettable show brimming with crazy wordplay, wild humor, and throat singing!

Friday November 25, 2011
Start: 11/25/2011 8:00 pm

Soul Power w/ Eastside HornsMake sure you bring your dancing shoes tonight when Soul Power blows into the Freight! Blending the sophisticated stylings of the amazing Eastside Horns with a funky East Bay rhythm section, and fronted by the soulful vocals of Louisiana Bayou native Tommy Banks, this nine-piece band invites one and all to get their groove on with riveting solos and an unstoppable dance groove. 

Saturday November 26, 2011
Start: 11/26/2011 8:00 pm

Laurie LewisWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $24.50.

Sunday November 27, 2011
Start: 11/27/2011 8:00 pm

Irish Christmas in Americavocal group 'Lumiere' featuring Pauline Scanlon, Eilis Kennedy & Donogh Hennessy
Seamus Begley — vocals/accordion
Oisín Mac Diarmada — fiddle/producer
Brian Cunningham — sean-nos dance

Monday November 28, 2011
Start: 11/28/2011 8:00 pm

SFCO principals Peter Lemberg (oboe) and Karla Ekholm (bassoon) sharpen their reed knives to perform music of Beethoven, Poulenc, and Loeffler. With guests Ben Simon (viola) & Joan Nagano (piano).

Tuesday November 29, 2011
Start: 11/29/2011 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday November 30, 2011
Start: 11/30/2011 8:00 pm

Lisa FerraroLaunch the holiday celebrations in swinging style as we Jazz Up The Holidays! Dynamic vocalist Lisa Ferraro brings her powerful East Coast jazz style to Berkeley, performing a collection of sizzling arrangements of favorite songs by Grammy award-winning jazz arranger/composer Mike Tomaro. Like adding a shot of bourbon to a mug of hot cider, Lisa serves up classic Christmas tunes with plenty of sass and spirit, supported by piano marvel Tammy Hall and a seven-piece band with a powerful horn section. 

Thursday December 01, 2011
Start: 12/01/2011 8:00 pm

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenCombining the raw, driving energy of a classic bluegrass band with an innovative, contemporary sound, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play stunningly polished music that delivers quite a rush. As No Depression magazine's Devon Leger recently described it, "There’s a red-hot core of barely tamed wildness in the heart of bluegrass music, something we tend to forget in this day-and-age.

Friday December 02, 2011
Start: 12/02/2011 8:00 pm

Maria MuldaurNo lover of American roots music should allow themselves to miss this show! Mistress of all tunes soulful and sassy, Maria Muldaur returns to our stage with New Orleans blues, gospel, and swamp funk tunes from her new high-energy CD, Steady Love, backed with grit and reckless abandon by her red hot Bluesiana Band, featuring Craig Caffall on guitar, Chris Burns on keyboards/bass, and Dave Tucker on drums.

Saturday December 03, 2011
Start: 12/03/2011 8:00 pm

Cris WilliamsonThe scintillating Cris Williamson sets the Freight aglow with holiday spirit in an evening of gorgeous music. There's plenty to celebrate as Cris brings her astounding voice to bear on original gems and plenty of seasonal cheer, including songs from her recent CD, Gift Horse.

Sunday December 04, 2011
Start: 12/04/2011 8:00 pm

Myra MelfordTonight's performance showcases the artistry of a new quartet of inventive musicians from the jazz world. Myra Melford (piano/harmonium), Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Scott Amendola (drums), and John Shifflett (bass) join forces for a memorable evening of original compositions. The musicians are donating a percentage of the proceeds to benefit to the The Jazz and Improvised Music Fund of the Department of Music, UC Berkeley (JIM Fund).

Monday December 05, 2011
Start: 12/05/2011 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Vocal ConcertJoin us for the Jazzschool Institute vocal department’s end-of-semester performances. Under the direction of Laurie Antonioli, vocal performance students learn a broad range of styles, from “great American songbook” standards to bebop and beyond, developing a repertoire of 100 songs over the eight-semester course.

Tuesday December 06, 2011
Start: 12/06/2011 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Student Performances Join two fantastic student groups from the Jazzschool Institute for an evening of end-of-semester performances! The Latin Jazz Ensemble (directed by John Santos and David Belove) and the Jazzschool Institute Latin Jazz Ensemble (directed by Marcos Silva) present the music of Miles Davis, Adolfo Guzmán, Chico Pinheiro, the ensemble directors, and more!

Wednesday December 07, 2011
Start: 12/07/2011 8:00 pm

Bay Area Blues Society Caravan of AllstarsDig out those dancing shoes and pull your snappiest suit out of the closet for this irresistible evening of Oakland blues.

Thursday December 08, 2011
Start: 12/08/2011 8:00 pm

Sierra HullA fleet-fingered mandolin player and a tender, wistful vocalist, the youthful Sierra Hull impresses with her fluid, inventive playing and her broad stylistic range. From boundary-hopping newgrass instrumentals to pop-flavored ballads to playful bluegrass numbers, Sierra's blend of originals and classics has won her a growing following and prestigious gigs at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Prayer Breakfast.

Friday December 09, 2011
Start: 12/09/2011 8:00 pm

Blame SallyWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $28.50.

Saturday December 10, 2011
Start: 12/10/2011 8:00 pm

House JacksA 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, and Troy Horne, plus new members John Pointer and Nick Gerard, 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 December 11, 2011
Start: 12/11/2011 8:00 pm

SoVoSoIn the words of world-famous vocal innovator and 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin, "SoVoSó is tight, soulful, and a whole lotta fun."

Monday December 12, 2011
Start: 12/12/2011 8:00 pm

The future of the string quartet might look like this: Bjork to bossa nova with some classical too! Join violinists Hrabba Atladottir and Jory Fankuchen, violist Darcy Rindt, and cellist Beth Vandervennet for this off-beat and up-beat concert.

Tuesday December 13, 2011
Start: 12/13/2011 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Student PerformancesSaxophonist and composer Michael Zilber directs the Advanced Jazz Workshop, a top student ensemble performing classics of the jazz repertoire and original works. Featuring Madison Bohrer on tenor sax, Christopher Sullivan on tenor sax, Henry Moser on guitar, Danny Mertens on piano and trumpet, Sturdy Adams on piano, Scott Thompson on bass, and Dillon Vado on drums.

Wednesday December 14, 2011
Start: 12/14/2011 8:00 pm

Christmas Jug BandThe Christmas Jug Band, a tongue-in-cheek collaboration of some familiar rock and folk legends, continues to set the standard for holiday high spirits. For more than two decades, this self-styled "momentary lapse of sanity grown to ubiquitous proportions" has graced the Freight stage with their raucous revelry and funky, down-in-the-holler "jugbandizations" of seasonal favorites.

Thursday December 15, 2011
Start: 12/15/2011 8:00 pm

The KlezmaticsDuring the quarter-century since their formation in New York City, the Klezmatics have stood at the forefront of a popular revival of klezmer music—the traditional secular music of the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe that, in its earliest incarnations, flourished mainly at celebratory occasions.

Friday December 16, 2011
Start: 12/16/2011 8:00 pm

Mo'FoneWith its surprising and highly combustible lineup of two sax men and one drummer, Bay Area-based Mo’Fone thrills audiences with some of the funkiest jazz—and the jazziest funk—being played today. Powering its way through high-energy original compositions and navigating unexpected tunes by the likes of Weather Report, John Scofield, and Led Zeppelin, the trio's huge, multitextured sound belies its compact size.

Saturday December 17, 2011
Start: 12/17/2011 10:30 am

José-Luis OrozcoIn 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 returns to the Freight stage for a fun-filled morning performance.

Start: 12/17/2011 8:00 pm

TeslimWe wouldn't dream of knocking the Nutcracker, Santa Claus, and the rest—but maybe you need a little something else this holiday season? For example, a bisl rockin' klezmer or some soulful Sephardic music to tug at your heartstrings? A little juggling perhaps? Violinist and composer Kaila Flexer, the force behind the beloved Bay Area Jewish music event Klezmer Mania!

Sunday December 18, 2011
Start: 12/18/2011 8:00 pm

Christine LavinMake sure you don't miss what will very likely be the Freight's only "Christmas/Hanukah/Solstice/New Year’s" concert this year, as singer-songwriter Christine Lavin and folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai pull out all the stops!

Monday December 19, 2011
Start: 12/19/2011 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 December 20, 2011
Start: 12/20/2011 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 December 21, 2011
Start: 12/21/2011 8:00 pm

Laurie Lewis and Tom RozumThe Freight's favorite musician for all seasons, Laurie Lewis, hosts our exuberant family holiday celebration, setting alight the longest night of the year with great music and food, an exchange of gifts, and a visit by Santa—not to mention some of the Bay Area's hottest performers donating their services in support of the Freight.

Thursday December 22, 2011
Start: 12/22/2011 8:00 pm

The CoverlettesJoin fictitious 1960s girl group The Coverlettes for a Christmas cabaret concert like no other! Bella, Ella, and Stella Duvet, three sisters from "the wrong side of Vermont," regale the Freight with versions of their favorite Christmas songs, mixed in with some juicy 1960s era girl group hits by the likes of The Shangri-Las, The Ronettes, and The Shirelles and spiced with some intriguing glimpses of Coverlettes family history.

Friday December 23, 2011
Start: 12/23/2011 8:00 pm

The CoverlettesJoin fictitious 1960s girl group The Coverlettes for a Christmas cabaret concert like no other! Bella, Ella, and Stella Duvet, three sisters from "the wrong side of Vermont," regale the Freight with versions of their favorite Christmas songs, mixed in with some juicy 1960s era girl group hits by the likes of The Shangri-Las, The Ronettes, and The Shirelles and spiced with some intriguing glimpses of Coverlettes family history.

Monday December 26, 2011
Start: 12/26/2011 8:00 pm

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $34.50.

Tuesday December 27, 2011
Start: 12/27/2011 8:00 pm

Mari Magaloni, Debi Durst, Johnny Steele, Will Durst, Michael BossierWhat better way to end the year than with some quality yuks with irreverent jokesters at the top of their game? Premier political satirist Will Durst is joined by a team of notorious local comedians, including Bay Area favorite Johnny Steele plus Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni, and Arthur Gaus for an evening of stand-up comedy, improvisation, and sketches about the major news stories of 2011.

Wednesday December 28, 2011
Start: 12/28/2011 8:00 pm

Antsy McLain & the Trailer Park TroubadoursJoin singer/songwriter and hilarious tale-spinner Antsy McClain and his Trailer Park Troubadours for an unforgettable evening. Great music, pink flamingos, kazoo solos, and plaid-polka dot pairings are pretty well guaranteed to feature prominently in tonight's installment of what Antsy calls "our New Year's Week-long Party," and everyone is invited!
 

Thursday December 29, 2011
Start: 12/29/2011 8:00 pm

Vienna TengWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. We'll have limited standing room tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $32.50.

Friday December 30, 2011
Start: 12/30/2011 8:00 pm

Vienna TengWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. We'll have limited standing room tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $32.50.

Saturday December 31, 2011
Start: 12/31/2011 8:00 pm

High CountryJoin traditional favorites High Country and Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally as the Freight welcomes the New Year with our annual bluegrass gala, featuring hot pickin', a fabulous buffet, and silly hats, plus sparkling beverages at the stroke of midnight!