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.

http://pitchmixer2.eventbrite.com/

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!!!

Wednesday April 04, 2012
Start: 04/04/2012 8:00 pm

Anais MitchellSinger-songwriter and winner of the prestigious New Folk award at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Vermont native Anais Mitchell performs distinctive, meticulously written songs, backed by the Young Man Band. With the sound of a world-weary waif, Anais' otherworldly voice is a powerful counterpoint to the intensity of her vibrant, literate songs.

Thursday April 05, 2012
Start: 04/05/2012 8:00 pm

Mesut ÖzgenAksak Duo features Turkish master musicians Mesut Özgen on guitar and Cihat Askin on violin. Presenting an eclectic program of music, the virtuosic duo plays classical music from the Baroque era to the 21st century, arrangements of Turkish folk music, their own compositions, and new works written especially for them by composers including Pablo Ortiz, Robert Strizich, David Evan Jones, and Christopher Pratorius.

Friday April 06, 2012
Start: 04/06/2012 8:00 pm

Hayes CarllAustin-based troubadour Hayes Carll spins musical yarns full of rich characters, couching them in tunes that run the gamut from fiery rock to twangy country, leavened with a pinch of folk and gospel and the occasional wistful love song.

Saturday April 07, 2012
Start: 04/07/2012 8:00 pm

Judy CollinsWe 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 $52.50.

Sunday April 08, 2012
Start: 04/08/2012 2:00 pm

Judy CollinsWe 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 $52.50.

Start: 04/08/2012 8:00 pm

Parisa VaalehIranian born Parisa Vaaleh is a powerful vocalist who captures a new dimension in spirituality through fusing the music of the East and the West. Now residing in the Bay Area, Parisa works with Iranian composers, notably the poet and multi-instrumentalist Kamran Thunder, to create beautiful, deeply emotional music with a compelling ambiance that crosses the boundaries of culture, live and on CDs like her recent Ascent.

Monday April 09, 2012
Start: 04/09/2012 8:00 pm

Urban Healing Tour presents Toy SoldierzToy Soldierz is a multimedia production that combines hip hop music, dance, spoken word, and film. Telling the true story of Devon Johnson, a high school student who lost his life in a shooting, the production deals with themes of teen violence and forgiveness in a special performance benefiting two non-profit organizations, Each One Reach One and Urban Healing Project.

Tuesday April 10, 2012
Start: 04/10/2012 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 April 11, 2012
Start: 04/11/2012 8:00 pm

UC Jazz Ensembles Tonight's concert showcases four outstanding student groups from the award-winning University of California Jazz Ensembles program. The evening progresses through three stellar combos, coached by the director of the program, Ted Moore, and faculty members Dann Zinn and Frank Martin, and concludes with the award-winning UC Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Steve Campos. The show features a wide-ranging assortment of jazz standards from traditional to modern.

Thursday April 12, 2012
Start: 04/12/2012 8:00 pm

Peggy SeegerThe daughter of composer Ruth Crawford Seeger and ethno-musicologist Charles Seeger, and sibling to Pete and Mike, Peggy Seeger grew up well schooled in American folk and European musical traditions. She learned to play piano, guitar, five-string banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, and concertina, and cut her first record at age 18.

Friday April 13, 2012
Start: 04/13/2012 8:00 pm

Soul PowerMake 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 featuring 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 beat.

Saturday April 14, 2012
Start: 04/14/2012 8:00 pm

House JacksWe 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.

Sunday April 15, 2012
Start: 04/15/2012 8:00 pm

GenticorumTraditional Quebecois trio Genticorum packs a punch with its gloriously rich instrumental and vocal arrangements and its upbeat, high-energy performances. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the group's members weave precise and incredibly intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar and bass accompaniment into a irresistibly jubilant musical feast that combines raw energy with superb musical refinement.

Monday April 16, 2012
Start: 04/16/2012 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 April 17, 2012
Start: 04/17/2012 8:00 pm

Michelle ShockedOur favorite "sophisticated hillbilly", Michelle Shocked returns with Roccupy! a multifaceted show full of powerful lyrics and forceful music targeted against overbearing politics and class divisions.

Wednesday April 18, 2012
Start: 04/18/2012 8:00 pm

Dennis KamakahiRev. Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi is one of Hawai'i's most prolific and popular songwriters. He is also a warm, evocative singer and a gifted guitarist firmly committed to the ki ho'alu (slack key) tradition. A multiple Grammy winner and a long-time member of the legendary music group, Sons of Hawai'i, Dennis has seen many of his vivid, romantic compositions, like "Pua Hone" and "Wahine ‘Ilikea," become Hawaiian classics.

Thursday April 19, 2012
Start: 04/19/2012 8:00 pm

Dar WilliamsWe 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 $30.50.

Simply put, Dar Williams writes some really amazing songs. With a journalistic eye for detail and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance, she crafts luminous, sharply drawn originals full of intriguing narrative twists, vivid imagery, and deep emotion.

Friday April 20, 2012
Start: 04/20/2012 8:00 pm

Joan Baez plus special guestsWe 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 $75.50.

This benefit performance for Citizens Reach Out (CRO) features folk music legend Joan Baez and the rich traditional Iraqi music of Saadoun Al-Bayati trio.

Saturday April 21, 2012
Start: 04/21/2012 7:00 pm

Alam KhanJoin the Ali Akbar College of Music in celebrating its late founder, the brilliant sarod (plucked string instrument) artist and composer, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, in a full day of inspiring concerts including both a free afternoon portion and a ticketed evening performance.

Sunday April 22, 2012
Start: 04/22/2012 4:00 pm

Come on by and try out a class, get to know our teachers, ask your questions at our free sneak preview.  You have a chance to meet with the following teachers:

  • Songwriting with Jim Bruno (4 pm)
  • Fiddling (Repertoire & Beginning) with Erik Hoffman (4 pm)
  • Bluegrass Harmony Singing with Avram Siegel (4 pm)
  • Blues Guitar with Pete Madsen (5 pm)
  • Folk Song Repertoire with Shay Black (5 pm)
  • Women’s Singing Circle with Tamsen Fynn (7 pm )
  • Bluegrass Jam Class- Beyond the Basics with Bill Evans (8 pm)

 

Start: 04/22/2012 8:00 pm

Friends Foundation InternationalFour bands and numerous special guests rock out in this fundraiser for Friends Foundation International, which features Band of Hart, Barefoot Thunder, Jumpin' Fish, Austin and the City Limits, and Willem Van Thillo.

Monday April 23, 2012
Start: 04/23/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Student PerformancesThe Jazzschool is proud to present two top student ensembles in this special end-of-the year performance at the Freight & Salvage.

The Jazzschool Institute Advanced Jazz Workshop

Tuesday April 24, 2012
Start: 04/24/2012 8:00 pm

Peter MulveySinger-songwriter Peter Mulvey injects a contemporary edginess into his writing, distilling funk, folk, and rock influences into songs that are dark, quirky, lyrical, and ethereal. The Wisconsin native’s superb, bass-heavy guitar stylings, his compelling, gravelly voice, and his striking blend of ironic wit and earnest passion all shine through in his resonant songs. As the Boston Globe put it, “Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style.”

Wednesday April 25, 2012
Start: 04/25/2012 8:00 pm

Laurie LewisThe Freight's favorite musician for all seasons, Laurie Lewis, hosts this outrageous outpouring of youthful talent with some of the best that Northern California has to offer, featuring The T Sisters, Melody Walker, and Tashina Clarridge. Laurie is so enamored of these young singers that she wanted to make sure that the Freight audience had a chance to hear them, and at last century's pricing, you owe it to yourself to take a chance on getting blown away!

 

Thursday April 26, 2012
Start: 04/26/2012 8:00 pm

Paraguay-born harp and violin wizard Carlos Reyes casts a spell on audiences with the potent combination of his outstanding musical talents, charismatic personality, and extensive repertoire, from sweet Latin American ballads to lowdown blues to heart-racing dance numbers that make listeners leap to their feet, playing solo and with his hot band, Electric Symphony.

Friday April 27, 2012
Start: 04/27/2012 8:00 pm

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers w/ Alasdair FraiserWe 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.

Saturday April 28, 2012
Start: 04/28/2012 8:00 pm

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers w/ Alasdair FraiserWe 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 April 29, 2012
Start: 04/29/2012 8:00 pm

Teresa TrullOur favorite blues songstress/horse whisperer Teresa Trull takes the stage with a great lineup of musical cohorts for a concert celebrating her first return to our stage since relocating to New Zealand. Come join Teresa and friends for an evening of soul-stirring, booty-shaking, downright awesome music.

Monday April 30, 2012
Start: 04/30/2012 8:00 pm

Haydn's CreationBack by popular demand, the Bay Area’s own New Esterhazy String Quartet—Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss on violins, Anthony Martin on viola, and cellist William Skeen, with SFCO music director and violist, Ben Simon—just completed an historic three-year “Haydn Project,” performing all 68 delicious Haydn string quartets in over 18 concerts.

Tuesday May 01, 2012
Start: 05/01/2012 8:00 pm

Gerry TenneySinger, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and longtime stalwart of the Bay Area music scene, Gerry Tenney, backed by the Hard Times Orchestra, honors International Worker Day with an evening of old and new time songs of working folks from around the world and their struggles. The evening also includes original progressive West African Caribbean Blues (songs written by Abu Djigo, Gary Nelson, Ernesto Browne, & Deborah Barer) from the World Blues Trio.

Wednesday May 02, 2012
Start: 05/02/2012 8:00 pm

Kris DelmhorstCombining a warm, expressive voice, a superb poetic imagination, and an alluring, rootsy mixture of folk, gospel, and country styles, singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst plays what she describes as "songs with pavement under their feet, dirt under their fingernails, and sometimes out of sight of land altogether." In the decade since she began performing, Kris has made her presence felt on the acoustic music scene, touring the country and winning first place at the 2001 Telluride

Thursday May 03, 2012
Start: 05/03/2012 8:00 pm

A.J. CroceA singer-songwriter boasting truly eclectic talents, A.J. Croce is as likely to pull an old boogie woogie piano jam out of his sleeve as he is to offer up a swampy New Orleans funk groove or a fresh and touching original. His first five CD releases each hit the radio charts in a different genre—jazz, americana and blues, adult alternative, the American college radio chart, and the U.S. top 40.

Friday May 04, 2012
Start: 05/04/2012 8:00 pm

Kathy & CarolSingers Carol McComb and Kathleen Larisch return to the Freight stage with their gorgeous interpretations of British and Appalachian ballads, country tunes, Carter Family songs, and Carol’s timeless originals. The duo’s unique sense of harmony is remarkable for its use of shifting intervals, haunting dissonances, and counterpoint, and their a cappella songs send shivers down the spine.

Saturday May 05, 2012
Start: 05/05/2012 8:00 pm

Rahim AlhajTwice Grammy-nominated oud virtuoso and composer, Rahim Alhaj finds in his ancient instrument a unique voice that speaks passionately to contemporary listeners of every musical background.