Wednesday January 04, 2012
Start: 01/04/2012 8:00 pm

Livingston TaylorSinger-songwriter Livingston Taylor returns to the Freight stage to lift our spirits and engage our minds with his well- crafted, melodic, intelligent folk with pop sensibilities. An unrepentant romantic armed with razor-sharp wit and a quirky view of the world, the Boston-based artist spices up his impeccable musical performances with wry humor and a warm stage presence.
 

Thursday January 05, 2012
Start: 01/05/2012 8:00 pm

Lisa FerraroSeven superbly talented women, with hearts as big as their voices, band together to raise money for a sister musician impacted by cancer.
Friday January 06, 2012
Start: 01/06/2012 8:00 pm

Flatt & Scruggs Tribute BandWe guarantee a room full of tapping toes and plucked heartstrings when the Flatt and Scruggs Tribute Band pays tribute to one of the most popular and influential bluegrass bands of all time, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain Boys. For tonight’s special concert, the tribute band plus special guests Don Rigsby and Kathy Kallick celebrate Scruggs’ 88th birthday. Don’t miss what promises to be a truly memorable evening!

Saturday January 07, 2012
Start: 01/07/2012 8:00 pm

Sourdough Slim with Robert ArmstrongJoin roots music revivalists Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong in celebrating the release of their new CD, Oh, Sweet Mama! Sourdough and Robert are passionate about the music they play and the culture from which it springs.

Tuesday January 10, 2012
Start: 01/10/2012 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 January 11, 2012
Start: 01/11/2012 8:00 pm

Frank VignolaOne of the world's truly extraordinary guitarists, Frank Vignola brings his jaw-dropping technique for a not-to-be-missed concert. Joined tonight by youthful guitar ace Vinny Raniolo, Frank demonstrates the stunning virtuosity that has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, and the late guitar legend Les Paul, who included Frank in his "Five Most Admired Guitar List."

Thursday January 12, 2012
Start: 01/12/2012 8:00 pm

Joe CravenThe inimitable Joe Craven returns to our stage with a power trio of northern California musical veterans to celebrate the release of the group’s new CD, All Four One. Featuring Kendrick Freeman on drumset, percussion, and vocals, John R. Burr on keyboards, and Joe himself on mandolin, fiddle, vocals, and anything else he can lay his hands on, the group performs original compositions by the members.

Friday January 13, 2012
Start: 01/13/2012 8:00 pm

Steve SeskinThree friends—top songwriters all—bring their impressive repertoires to the Freight for an "in-the-round" evening of hilarious stories and superlative music.

Saturday January 14, 2012
Start: 01/14/2012 11:00 am

Rude Dog DuoSarita Pockell and Melita Doostan, of Octopretzel fame, host this morning’s edition of the Patchwork Series of kids’ shows, featuring the theatrical singing and tomfoolery of Rude Dog Duo and the captivating cadences of Crosspulse Rhythm Duo.

Start: 01/14/2012 8:00 pm

John McCutcheonBrilliant lyricist and storyteller, virtuoso singer, fiddler, and guitarist, and undisputed master of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon runs the gamut from kid's songs to protest anthems to updates of his Appalachian and Midwestern roots mixed with stunning originals.
 

Sunday January 15, 2012
Start: 01/15/2012 8:00 pm

The Tuttles with AJ LeeThrill to the impressive chops and powerhouse vocals of the next generation in bluegrass when The Tuttles with AJ Lee take the stage! They may look young, but don't let it fool you; with several years of performing and a new, self-titled CD under their belts, this group is ready and willing to knock your socks off with an evening of high-powered, fresh-faced bluegrass.

Monday January 16, 2012
Start: 01/16/2012 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 January 17, 2012
Start: 01/17/2012 8:00 pm

Joy Kills SorrowBoston-based string band Joy Kills Sorrow brings a decidedly modern sensibility to an old-world sound, channeling the prodigious talents of its individual members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs. While the group pays due homage to its bluegrass roots—its name is taken from WJKS, a radio station that hosted the Monroe brothers' show in the 1930s—the band truly excels in its rich and textured treatment of more contemporary material.

Wednesday January 18, 2012
Start: 01/18/2012 8:00 pm

Rick SheaTwo captivating folksingers, Rick Shea and Mary McCaslin, bring to the stage their solo talents, then join forces for a set of music from Mary's famed duo with the late Jim Ringer, featuring songs from their landmark 1978 album, The Bramble & the Rose.
 

Thursday January 19, 2012
Start: 01/19/2012 8:00 pm

Berkeley High School Chamber Music ConcertCome hear an inspiring performance by the classical component of the world-renowned Berkeley High music program, a stunning showcase for its talented young players. The evening features an array of small groupings–brass choir and string quartet to solos and duets–by musicians from Berkeley High School’s orchestra and band programs, under the direction of Karen Wells.

Friday January 20, 2012
Start: 01/20/2012 8:00 pm

California ZephyrCalifornia Zephyr brings its eclectic blend of American roots music to the Freight. A fresh mixture of folk, rock, jazz, swing, country, bluegrass, and more, with a little extra dollop of twang thrown in for good measure, Zephyr's repertoire includes originals and unique takes on classic favorites, with the spotlight on tunes from their recent CD, Above the Timberline.

Saturday January 21, 2012
Start: 01/21/2012 12:00 pm

Come join us for our Winter Community Open House!  Music fills the Freight from ceiling to roof as we throw open our doors from noon to 4:00 pm today for a free, family-friendly musical celebration featuring an array of performances and workshops which highlight the Freight’s amazing teaching staff and their students! Join in the fun & bring your posse for workshops, performances, & you jamming with your musical community.

Start: 01/21/2012 8:00 pm

Lou & Peter BerrymanWith Lou squeezing accordion and Peter on guitar, this Madison, Wisconsin-based duo brings down the house in a unique tour de farce blending midwestern culture with street-smart savvy, demonstrating why they are possibly the funniest songwriters extant.

Sunday January 22, 2012
Start: 01/22/2012 8:00 pm

Great Night of Rumi & his Soul FriendsThe Great Night of Rumi celebrates the 13th Century Persian poet Jelaluddin Rumi along with fellow mystic poets Kabir, Hafez, and Rabindranath Tagore, bringing their moving works vividly to life through a richly woven tapestry of spoken word, music, and dance.

Tuesday January 24, 2012
Start: 01/24/2012 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 January 25, 2012
Start: 01/25/2012 8:00 pm

Chuck BrodskyJoin us for the musical double-header of the year as singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky and Giants' third base coach/songcrafter Tim Flannery join forces.

Thursday January 26, 2012
Start: 01/26/2012 8:00 pm

Jim MalcolmJim Malcolm is unquestionably one of the finest Scots traditional singers of his generation. He has a beautiful, rich voice and the powerful ability to deliver vibrant yet purely authentic-sounding music, whether he's singing an ancient Scots song in the original vernacular, a familiar tune with his own lyrical update, or one of his original compositions.

Friday January 27, 2012
Start: 01/27/2012 8:00 pm

George Cole QuintetTwo great bands, the George Cole Quintet and Fishtank Ensemble, kick off the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival with a night of hot, hot jazz and high-energy originals, spiced with plenty of genre-bending cross-pollination.

Saturday January 28, 2012
Start: 01/28/2012 8:00 pm

Hot Club of Cowtown

Sunday January 29, 2012
Start: 01/29/2012 8:00 pm

Tony Marcus, Paul Shelasky & Paul AnastasioMaster swing fiddlers Paul Anastasio and Paul Shelasky, with the irrepressible Tony Marcus on guitar and vocals, round out the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival with a tasty evening of hot swing, torchy ballads, and blues.

Monday January 30, 2012
Start: 01/30/2012 8:00 pm

Classical at the Freight: Mozart Birthday CelebrationJoin the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars tonight for their annual Mozart Birthday Celebration! Robin Sharp and Debra Fong (violin), Sharon Wei and Ben Simon (viola), and Robert Howard (cello) perform a glorious program of two of Wolfie's most beautiful chamber works, Viola Quintet in B-flat Major, K. 174, and Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593.

Wednesday February 01, 2012
Start: 02/01/2012 8:00 pm

Martyn JosephWelsh troubadour Martyn Joseph triggers powerful emotions when he takes the stage. This charismatic singer-songwriter’s edgy, intense songs lead audiences across some of the darker terrains of life, documenting the sorrow and injustice in the world, yet all the while lighting the way with enduring hope and an irrepressibly droll sense of humor.

Thursday February 02, 2012
Start: 02/02/2012 8:00 pm

Rushad EgglestonRushad Eggleston stands in the vanguard of the younger generation of virtuosic cellists who are bringing this relatively unwieldy instrument into the spotlight. It's anyone's guess what may happen when Rushad takes the stage, but we do guarantee one thing: a night of fabulously inventive, supremely virtuosic, endlessly surprising music. Rushad never fails to knock his listeners' socks off as he ushers them in a joyful, eccentric alternate reality.

Friday February 03, 2012
Start: 02/03/2012 8:00 pm

Dave AlvinWe 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.

Roots rocker Dave Alvin brings us the burning, guitar-centered blues from his new CD, Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc). Returning to the style of music that defined his early career, Dave performs rockin tunes with vivid stories that extend from R&B royalty to labor history to Harlan County, Kentucky.

Saturday February 04, 2012
Start: 02/04/2012 8:00 pm

Cheap Suit SerenadersWearing period threads and playing vintage instruments, the Cheap Suit Serenaders serve up a giddy blend of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, Italian polkas, and more, as they recreate the music of the golden age of jazz. With ukuleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws in hand, Tony Marcus, Terry Zwigoff, Robert Armstrong, Allan Dodge, and Rick Elmore bring alive great music and great times!

Sunday February 05, 2012
Start: 02/05/2012 8:00 pm

Gerard Edery EnsemblePlease see the Freight box office for refunds.

Classical guitarist extraordinaire and magnetic baritone singer, Gerard Edery presents the beautiful, deeply moving songs of Atahualpa Yupanqui, one of the most influential Argentine folk musicians and poets of the past century.

Monday February 06, 2012
Start: 02/06/2012 8:00 pm

Gretchen PetersGrammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters’ new CD, Hello Cruel World, spotlights a series of spare, evocative tunes filled with poetic imagery, and warmed by the earthy maturity of her honey-sweet voice.

Tuesday February 07, 2012
Start: 02/07/2012 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 February 09, 2012
Start: 02/09/2012 8:00 pm

Larry Hanks & Deborah RobinsAmerican songster Larry Hanks presents an evening of his favorite songs plus duets with his music partner and wife, Deborah Robins.

Friday February 10, 2012
Start: 02/10/2012 8:00 pm

The Bee EatersTonight's San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival show spotlights the gloriously engaging, strikingly fresh music of the Bee Eaters.

Saturday February 11, 2012
Start: 02/11/2012 8:00 pm

Stairwell SistersPrepare yourself for a night of roof-raising music when all-gal old-time teardown the Stairwell Sisters and traditional bluegrass outfit True Blue 2 take the stage as part of the San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival!

Sunday February 12, 2012
Start: 02/12/2012 8:00 pm

Eddie MarshallIn collaboration with the Jazzschool, we present a tribute to the late legendary Bay Area drummer Eddie Marshall featuring many of the original players from his hard-swinging band of the early ‘90s—Peck Allmond (trumpet and saxes), Kenny Brooks (tenor sax), Mark Levine (piano), and Jeff Chambers (bass) as featured on the Bay Area Jazz Archives double CD, Eddie Marshall: Jazz at Filoli 1992—plus Akira Tana on drums.

Monday February 13, 2012
Start: 02/13/2012 8:00 pm

Kathy Kallick Band QuartetThe San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival brings us two great singers and their bands.

Tuesday February 14, 2012
Start: 02/14/2012 8:00 pm

DavkaDavka, the vanguard ensemble of new Jewish music, offers up an evening of unbridled innovation, amazing virtuosity, and irresistible soul.

Wednesday February 15, 2012
Start: 02/15/2012 8:00 pm

KleptograssSan Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time FestivalOur run of shows with this year’s San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival ends on a memorable note with the Freight's favorite musical pickpockets, Kleptograss.

Thursday February 16, 2012
Start: 02/16/2012 8:00 pm

Eric BibbThe soulful folk-blues of Eric Bibb fuses a traditional, rootsy style with contemporary sensibilities, his mellow, husky voice and lyrics in perfect balance with his sweet fingerpicking.

Friday February 17, 2012
Start: 02/17/2012 8:00 pm

Jennifer BerezanSinger-songwriter, teacher, and activist Jennifer Berezan celebrates the release of her new album, Home, with an evening of exhilarating, thought-provoking music.

Saturday February 18, 2012
Start: 02/18/2012 8:00 pm

Talk of da TownAmong the Bay Area's most vibrant and accomplished proponents of a cappella singing styles rooted in African-American culture, Talk of da Town brings down the house with their sizzling renditions of the greatest hits of R&B, Motown, and doo-wop, plus a few gospel tunes for good measure. We dare you to try and sit still for this show!

Sunday February 19, 2012
Start: 02/19/2012 8:00 pm

The David Thom BandThe David Thom Band serves up its bluegrass with a tight, classic sound that never fails to tingle the spine and set the toes a-tappin. Fresh, invigorating, and breezy, the band's sound is true to the genre's soulful traditions while staying current with side trips into folk- and country-flavored americana.

Monday February 20, 2012
Start: 02/20/2012 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 February 21, 2012
Start: 02/21/2012 8:00 pm

Red Wine

Following triumphant appearances at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Italy's premier bluegrass band makes its Freight debut! Berkeley's own Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum are on hand to round out what promises to be a memorable evening of bluegrass and beyond.

Wednesday February 22, 2012
Start: 02/22/2012 8:00 pm

Roland White & the Bluegrass All-StarsRoland White's unmistakable sound combines the vitality, soul, and infectious rhythm of his mandolin style with harmonic sophistication and warm vocals. A fantastic assemblage of Bay Area bluegrass stars enhance the evening, including fiddle ace Laurie Lewis, banjo whiz Keith Little, banjo picker extraordinaire Patrick Sauber, and primo bassist Bill Amatneek.

Thursday February 23, 2012
Friday February 24, 2012
Start: 02/24/2012 8:00 pm

Martin Hayes & Dennis CahillIrish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill possess a rare musical kinship, ranking them among the most memorable duos of our era. The twosome holds listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances, releasing the pure, distilled beauty and vast emotional depths of traditional Irish music.

Saturday February 25, 2012
Start: 02/25/2012 8:00 pm

Martin Hayes & Dennis CahillIrish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill possess a rare musical kinship, ranking them among the most memorable duos of our era. The twosome holds listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances, releasing the pure, distilled beauty and vast emotional depths of traditional Irish music.

Sunday February 26, 2012
Start: 02/26/2012 8:00 pm

DalaWinners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala create angelic harmonies. Performing a mix of beguiling, pop-inflected originals and intriguing interpretations of others' tunes, the two charm listeners with their trademarked lush harmonies.

Monday February 27, 2012
Start: 02/27/2012 8:00 pm

Rossini Birthday CelebrationMarta JohansenAs he was born on February 29, 1792, we can only wish Giachino happy birthday on leap years! Join the musical merriment with noted soprano Marta Johansen and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars: Eugene Chuklov and Elizabeth Choi (violins), Ben Simon (viola), Eugene Sor (cello), and Michel Taddei (double bass).

Tuesday February 28, 2012
Start: 02/28/2012 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 February 29, 2012
Start: 02/29/2012 8:00 pm

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutRussell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out presents an unbeatable combination of superb vocals, great songs, and masterful playing by some of the best musicians in the business.

Thursday March 01, 2012
Start: 03/01/2012 8:00 pm

Leftover DreamsWarning: the mellifluous outfit Leftover Dreams plucks heartstrings and sets spirits soaring with its evocative renditions of carefully chosen gems from the "great American songbook." Tony Marcus is a dazzling violin and guitar soloist and a superb vocalist who has been bringing down the house for years in ineffably dapper performances with Cats & Jammers and the Cheap Suit Serenaders. His singing partner, the lovely Patrice Haan, adds her rich, sultry voice and warm charisma.

Friday March 02, 2012
Start: 03/02/2012 8:00 pm

Don BurnhamIf great tunes, world-class musicianship, and a seriously irresistible swing are your menu items of choice, make sure not to miss this show as singer and guitarist Don Burnham and his new group, the Bolos, set the house jumping for one heck of a musical evening.

Saturday March 03, 2012
Start: 03/03/2012 8:00 pm

Michael WinogradAn exciting ensemble of players on the cutting edge of the Eastern European Jewish music scene makes their West Coast debut on our stage as part of the Jewish Music Festival.

Sunday March 04, 2012
Start: 03/04/2012 8:00 pm

Ben Goldberg's Orphic Machine"The Orphic Machine is the poem: a severed head with face turned away that sings."
-- Allen Grossman

Tuesday March 06, 2012
Start: 03/06/2012 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 March 07, 2012
Start: 03/07/2012 8:00 pm

Rhonda Vincent & the RageA leading force in contemporary bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent has won the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award for Female Vocalist of the Year no less than seven times. It’s no wonder folks like the Wall Street Journal have dubbed her the "new queen of bluegrass." Bridging the gap between bluegrass and mainstream country music with her hard-driving, high-energy performances, Rhonda is currently on tour promoting her latest CD, Taken.

Thursday March 08, 2012
Start: 03/08/2012 8:00 pm

Peter FingerJoin guitar virtuoso Peter Finger for an evening of lush, thought-provoking solo music.

Friday March 09, 2012
Start: 03/09/2012 8:00 pm

John Reischman & the JaybirdsMandolin powerhouse John Reischman and his Jaybirds perform some of the finest, hardest-driving bluegrass you're likely to hear anywhere, drawing material from both traditional masters such as the Blue Sky Boys and Ralph Stanley, and contemporary artists such as Gillian Welch.

Saturday March 10, 2012
Start: 03/10/2012 11:00 am

Orange SherbetMelita Doostan and Rudy Trubitt host this morning’s edition of the Patchwork Series of kids’ shows, featuring the high-energy, fresh and funky Alphabet Rockers and the rootsy, hip sounds of Orange Sherbet.

Start: 03/10/2012 8:00 pm

Melanie O'ReillyDublin-born singer-songwriter Melanie O'Reilly leads listeners on a "Celtic-jazz" journey as she explores a unique soundscape that fuses the lyricism of Irish poetry with the improvisation of American jazz. Backing Melanie tonight are some very special guests, including John R. Burr (piano), Fred Randolph (bass), Rebecca Kleinman (flute), percussionist Ian Dogole, Darcy Noonan on fiddle, and Sean O Nuallain on guitar.

Sunday March 11, 2012
Start: 03/11/2012 8:00 pm

Give your March an extra boost by joining brothers David & Kieran Munnelly for an evening of Irish merrymaking at its best! This joyful performance features instrumental and vocal music-making from top Irish traditional musicians—and brothers—David, a wizard on the button accordion, and flute and bodhran artist Kieran.

Monday March 12, 2012
Start: 03/12/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Orchestra

Join us for an evening of performances by two top Jazzschool Institute groups!

The Jazzschool Insitute Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Johnson, is dedicated to hard-swinging classic and cutting-edge contemporary big band music. A traditional big band format, the ensemble is comprised of a rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, guitar) and a horn section with up to twelve students.

Wednesday March 14, 2012
Start: 03/14/2012 8:00 pm

Judging by his Brylcreem-parted hair, high-waisted pants, and spellbinding voice full of existential anguish, listeners might think that Frank Fairfield stepped straight from the Appalachian mountains of a century ago. Far from it: the 25-year-old native of California's central valley spent his early career busking in the streets of Los Angeles with his fiddle and banjo before signing with the New York folk music label Tompkins Square and garnering national attention opening for Fleet Foxes on their 2008 tour.

Thursday March 15, 2012
Start: 03/15/2012 8:00 pm

GirlymanPerforming an irresistible blend of acoustic, americana, and pop-inflected rock, Girlyman—AKA Nate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu, Ty Greenstein, and JJ—put on shows that brim with positivity and irrepressible charm.

Friday March 16, 2012
Start: 03/16/2012 8:00 pm

SolasRemarkable energy, fresh perspectives, and superlative musicianship have sent Solas to the top of Irish music in just a few short years, with scores of fans on both sides of the Atlantic and three consecutive awards from the Association for Independent Music for Best Celtic Recording. With their striking penchant for creative arranging and distinctive choice of material, the members of Solas offer a highly original, contemporary view of Irish music.

Saturday March 17, 2012
Start: 03/17/2012 8:00 pm

Black BrothersShay and Michael Black celebrate St. Patrick's Day with their traditional Freight concert brimming with lilting harmonies, catchy rhythms, and superb musicianship. The brothers’ infectious humor, wit, and unalloyed joy in performing, plus their propensity for inviting the audience to join in the chorus on sing-along favorites like "Down Our Street" and "The Great Storm is Over," make it difficult for anyone to remain a spectator for long!

Sunday March 18, 2012
Start: 03/18/2012 8:00 pm

Bruce MolskyFiddle masters Bruce Molsky and Ale Moller entice us with an exciting evening as they take deeply rooted traditions in inspiring new directions.

Monday March 19, 2012
Start: 03/19/2012 8:00 pm

Maggie & Suzzy Roche

Maggie & Suzzy Roche are veteran performers whose shows brim with exquisitely close harmonies and quirky, good-natured humor. Parlaying songs that span nearly four decades of writing and performing, the sisters lead listeners on a thought-provoking, moving, and highly original musical journey blending influences from choir music, traditional Irish, contemporary folk, rock, country, and pop.

Tuesday March 20, 2012
Start: 03/20/2012 8:00 pm

Golden West Woodwind QuintetThe resident woodwind quintet of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, the Golden West Woodwind Quartet engages audiences of all ages with their dynamic chamber music performances. With a repertoire ranging from the early 1800s to the present day, these five accomplished musicians perform standards of classical quintet literature and contemporary works, as well as marches and patriotic selections.

Wednesday March 21, 2012
Start: 03/21/2012 8:00 pm

Join the Students Rock Foundation for their second annual benefit concert featuring co-headliners Kevin Beadles Band and the Jolly Gibsons, as well as Andrea Hurley and her Very Attractive Band, and Berkeley-based comedian Jacob Rubin as master of ceremonies. With proceeds going toward Bay Area performing arts scholarships, this is a great show for a great cause!

Thursday March 22, 2012
Start: 03/22/2012 8:00 pm

John GorkaSinger, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, John Gorka is one of the sharpest observers on the block, and one of folk music's most distinctive singers. The killer combination of John’s stunningly soulful baritone and his evocative lyrics are sure to raise goosebumps as he parlays his rich, multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty, and emotion.

Friday March 23, 2012
Saturday March 24, 2012
Start: 03/24/2012 8:00 pm

Cheryl WheelerWe 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.

New England singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is a raconteur, philosopher, and outrageous comedienne who combines strong poetry, striking imagery, memorable melodies, and hilariously keen insights into the human condition.

Sunday March 25, 2012
Start: 03/25/2012 8:00 pm

Susan WernerDavid WilcoxTwo of our favorite singer-songwriters take the stage in this evening’s memorable double bill.

Monday March 26, 2012
Start: 03/26/2012 8:00 pm

San Francisco Brass QuintetThe fabulous brass players of the SFBQ return to our stage with a program featuring their customary mix of old, new, borrowed, and blue. John Pearson and James Dooley on trumpet, Doug Hull on horn, Craig McAmis on trombone, and Forrest Byram on tuba offer a varied program of exciting music that is guaranteed to chase the winter blues away.

Tuesday March 27, 2012
Start: 03/27/2012 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 March 28, 2012
Start: 03/28/2012 7:00 pm

This event will feature East Bay women entrepreneurs pitching to an all-women judging panel.  It is sponsored in part by Berkeley Startup Cluster, the City of Berkeley, and the Downtown Berkeley Association.

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Thursday March 29, 2012
Start: 03/29/2012 8:00 pm

Tom Paxton"These songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You may find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they're becoming part of America." - Pete Seeger

Friday March 30, 2012
Start: 03/30/2012 8:00 pm

Junius Courtney Big BandYou can bet that our dance floor will be open for business when the Junius Courtney Big Band kicks off its 50th anniversary season at the Freight! With the supremely stylish Denise Perrier providing vocals, the 19-piece aggregation invites dancers of all stripes to help launch the celebration in stomping' style.

Saturday March 31, 2012
Start: 03/31/2012 8:00 pm

The WaybacksCome on over and join the party as the Waybacks bring down the house! Self-described purveyors of acoustic mayhem, the Waybacks—guitarist James Nash, drummer Chuck Hamilton, bass player Joe Kyle Jr., and fiddler and mandolinist Warren Hood—are a quartet of virtuosos with a wide array of americana idioms at their fingertips.

Sunday April 01, 2012
Start: 04/01/2012 8:00 pm

David BerkeleyRiding atop the wave of resurgent folk-rock David Berkeley has gained critical acclaim and a loyal following with his soulful, melodic voice and the vivid poetry of his songcrafting. Earthy, tender, and unpredictable, his lyrics are full of reflective moments, enticing details, and emotional impact, whether they're panoramic historical studies or intimate life portraits. As Creative Loafing magazine put it, "Berkeley crafts his songs like watercolor paintings.

Monday April 02, 2012
Start: 04/02/2012 8:00 pm

Ellen HoffmanThe Freight presents Vocal Jazz Open Mic, an evening that gives vocalists (including you!) an opportunity to step into the spotlight with the skillful support of pianist and composer Ellen Hoffman.

Tuesday April 03, 2012
Start: 04/03/2012 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!!!