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.

Sunday May 06, 2012
Start: 05/06/2012 8:00 pm

Session AmericanaJoin us for an evening of great songs played by superlative musicians as Boston-based acoustic music collective Session Americana takes the stage. In this intimate yet highly theatrical show, a group of top-notch singer-songwriters come together to swap songs and instruments, inviting the audience to share in their warmth, joy, and camaraderie.

Tuesday May 08, 2012
Start: 05/08/2012 8:00 pm

Four Bitchin' BabesNow how could you go wrong with a group that bills itself as a "Fabulous Female Folkestra." Four singer-songwriters with a knack for catchy hooks and an unerring eye for the absurd range freely across the contemporary American landscape, leaving no icon untoppled.

Wednesday May 09, 2012
Start: 05/09/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraTwo fantastic student groups from the Jazzschool Institute— the Gypsy Jazz Ensemble and East Bay Funk Ensemble—present electrifying end-of-semester performances!

Thursday May 10, 2012
Start: 05/10/2012 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.

Friday May 11, 2012
Start: 05/11/2012 8:00 pm

Led KaapanaThe Freight brims with amazing music and heaps of aloha tonight when we present the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, spotlighting ki ho'alu, the guitar style that Hawaiian cowboys developed in the 19th century when they loosened their guitar strings (or "slacked" them) to create a deep, resonant sound.

Saturday May 12, 2012
Start: 05/12/2012 12:00 pm

The Freight joins forces with The Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention to host BOTMC’s Spring Situation community open house, a free afternoon of old-time stringband picking, singing and dancing, including a family dance, cabaret-style concert sets, jam sessions and workshops galore on all manner of making music with people.

Start: 05/12/2012 8:00 pm

Andre ThierryWhen Andre Thierry was three years old, the King of Zydeco—the late great Clifton Chenier—grabbed him by the arms and declared him a future accordion player. Today, Andre is a virtuoso on all types of accordion, a soulful singer, and an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who seamlessly blends old and new, building from his love for traditional zydeco to create a unique sound for contemporary generations.

Sunday May 13, 2012
Start: 05/13/2012 1:00 pm

Kathy KallickKathy Kallick returns to our stage with her beloved Mother's Day concert, promising big fun for all! This show, a (nearly) annual tradition for more than 20 years, will put a song in your heart and a smile on your face, with a flower for every mother and a grand finale extravaganza where Kathy invites all the kids on stage to dance and sing along!

Start: 05/13/2012 8:00 pm

Barbara DaneBarbara Dane is a true institution in the universe of jazz, blues, and folk music. After graduating high school in Detroit, she raised her strong voice regularly at demonstrations for racial equality and economic justice as well as sitting in with local bands.

Monday May 14, 2012
Start: 05/14/2012 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 May 15, 2012
Start: 05/15/2012 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 May 16, 2012
Thursday May 17, 2012
Start: 05/17/2012 8:00 pm

Sam RudinAn exciting, high-energy performer, Sam Rudin attacks and caresses the keyboard with great rhythmic intensity, romping through a broad range of 20th century American music. A compelling vocalist whose rough-hewn voice brims with drama and humor, he can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Alison, and Jerry Lee Lewis—sometimes all at the same time.

Friday May 18, 2012
Start: 05/18/2012 8:00 pm

Bill KirchenCome hitch a ride to honky-tonk heaven with Bill Kirchen, as the "Titan of the Telecaster" and his band Too Much Fun perform old favorites and newly penned originals, including selections from Word to the Wise, his 2010 all-star duet CD.

Saturday May 19, 2012
Start: 05/19/2012 11:00 am

the HipwadersMelita Doostan and Rudy Trubitt host this morning’s edition of the Patchwork Series of kids’ shows, featuring rockin' hip-shakers from the Hipwaders and irresistibly hummable tunes from Octopretzel.

Start: 05/19/2012 8:00 pm

Evie LadinMake sure you join the party when the Evie Ladin Band opens the box on the toe-tapping material from their new CD! Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, the Evie Ladin Band throw down music with an unusually creative and surprising live show.

Sunday May 20, 2012
Start: 05/20/2012 8:00 pm

Manuel Agujetas accompanied by Manuel ValenciaSpanish Gypsy flamenco legend Manuel Agujetas is an outstanding, controversial singer, anarchic and unpredictable, with a vocal style that a Village Voice writer memorably described as "a well-modulated primal scream—an exquisitely controlled shriek of anguish and despair . . . it does have a sheer animal quality to it".

Monday May 21, 2012
Start: 05/21/2012 8:00 pm

SFCO All-StarsClassical at the Freight celebrates National Chamber Music Month by presenting four outstanding San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars in a virtuosic program of chamber music favorites by Mozart, Beethoven, and others. The concert features Tod Brody (flute), Elizabeth Choi (violin), Alexandra Leem (viola), and Hannah Addario-Berry (cello).

Tuesday May 22, 2012
Start: 05/22/2012 8:00 pm

Wavy GravyJoin us for this fabulous and festive, multi-faceted concert, with proceeds benefiting the beloved circus and performing arts camp, Camp Winnarainbow. With His Eminence of Clowndom, camp founder Wavy Gravy as host, the show features Jonathan Richman, the Barry Melton Band, with special guest Nick Gravenites!

Wednesday May 23, 2012
Start: 05/23/2012 8:00 pm

Noam PikelnyBanjo whiz Noam Pikelny takes his instrument to new levels of intensity, incorporating contemporary elements with a classic old-time drive. His extraordinary playing has made waves in Leftover Salmon, the John Cowan Band, and more recently in envelope-pushing americana chamber group the Punch Brothers, as well as on his solo projects like the recent CD, Beat the Devil & Carry a Rail.

Thursday May 24, 2012
Start: 05/24/2012 8:00 pm

All fans of blues, swing, and all manner of hokum should make tracks to the Freight for tonight's show!

Friday May 25, 2012
Start: 05/25/2012 8:00 pm

Loudon Wainwright IIIOne of this country's most astute commentators in any medium, Loudon Wainwright III has been sharing his beautifully crafted songs with us since the late 1960s.

Saturday May 26, 2012
Start: 05/26/2012 8:00 pm

Pierre BensusanSince the mid-1970s Pierre Bensusan's name has been synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius. Working in open tuning with his steel strings tuned to the modal, mystical-sounding DADGAD, Pierre is a composer, singer, and acoustic guitar visionary of passionate intensity with an extraordinarily tender, joyful touch.

Sunday May 27, 2012
Start: 05/27/2012 2:00 pm

In this special afternoon performance the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) celebrates the 76th reunion of the Lincoln Brigade, Americans who volunteered to fight against Franco's fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Guest speaker Kate Doyle, 2012 recipient of the ALBA/Puffin Human Rights Award, discusses genocide and justice in Guatemala. The program also includes an update on former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, an outspoken champion of human rights.

Monday May 28, 2012
Tuesday May 29, 2012
Start: 05/29/2012 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 May 30, 2012
Start: 05/30/2012 8:00 pm

Join three youthful roots bands— Swoon, Foggy Gulch, Hop Head—for an evening of amazing music!

Swoon's musically diverse members combine backgrounds ranging from classical to hard rock. Their songwriting includes pop sensibilities with a seductive blend of chamber rock, funk, world, jazz, and a hint of R&B. The group features Stephanie Harwood (vocals), Julian Fill (guitar), Kater Murch (cello and mandolin), Todd Snyderman (drums), Joey Nunez (guitar), and Scott Dunbar (bass).

Thursday May 31, 2012
Start: 05/31/2012 8:00 pm

Eliyahu & the Qadim EnsembleReturning to the Freight stage after a rousing set at last year's Pomegranates & Figs show, Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble perform a dizzying range of beautiful, passionate music. With repertoire from the Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Ladino, and Moroccan traditions, the group celebrates the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region's cultures while honoring the great diversity found within them.

Friday June 01, 2012
Start: 06/01/2012 8:00 pm

Austin Lounge LizardsTexas literary luminary Larry McMurtry’s comment that “being a writer and a Texan is an amusing fate, one that gets funnier as one’s sense of humor darkens,” perfectly describes the members of our favorite Austin-based band. With twisted humor and highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics, the Austin Lounge Lizards poke fun at politics, love, religion, and mass culture.

Saturday June 02, 2012
Start: 06/02/2012 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 performs an hour-long benefit concert for Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement (BAHIA).
 

Start: 06/02/2012 8:00 pm

Robin Flower & Libby McLarenFreight favorites Robin Flower and Libby McLaren regale us with their modern Celtic americana style in an evening of exhilarating instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies, creative energy, and loads of fun.
 

Sunday June 03, 2012
Start: 06/03/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Student PerformancesThe Jazzschool's award-winning Advanced High School Jazz Workshops I & II, under directors Michael Zilber and Erik Jekabson, perform a variety of cutting-edge arrangements in their final performance of the 2011-12 season.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday June 04, 2012
Start: 06/04/2012 8:00 pm

Dan CrarySubmit your ears to the ”mindboggling” (Houston Chronicle) guitar playing of newgrass pioneer Dan Crary. A flatpicking stylist of great innovation and brilliance, Dan transcends the boundaries of style and genre.
 

Tuesday June 05, 2012
Start: 06/05/2012 6:00 pm

 

 

Wednesday June 06, 2012
Start: 06/06/2012 8:00 pm

Danny ClickGuitarist and songwriter extraordinaire Danny Click takes the stage with his all-acoustic Americana Orchestra, presenting unique, string-enhanced chamber music settings of his compelling songs of struggle and redemption.
 

Thursday June 07, 2012
Start: 06/07/2012 8:00 pm

David GansDavid Gans is a veteran of the music business as a songwriter and performer, a folk festival favorite, and a radio producer (he hosts the nationally syndicated Grateful Dead Hour and Dead to the World on KPFA). Tonight, he performs his own engaging, "warmly cynical" songs within the americana and jam-band spectrums. David’s most recent full-length CD is The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best.
 

Friday June 08, 2012
Start: 06/08/2012 8:00 pm

Bobby BlackA steel guitar extravaganza like no other in recent Freight memory, In the Steel of the Night features three of the world's leading steel guitar players and their hot bands. The Bobby Black Quartet, Big Lou's Dance Party featuring David Phillips, and Joe Goldmark and the Seducers raise the roof as they dole out twang galore... and you are invited!
 

Saturday June 09, 2012
Start: 06/09/2012 8:00 pm

Look out hipsters: round two of the British Invasion is here! Bringing classics from the original invasion and fantastic originals is a multi-faceted lineup of groups of all ages.
 

Sunday June 10, 2012
Start: 06/10/2012 8:00 pm

David Grisman & Frank VignolaMarvelous mandolin innovator David Grisman and guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola fill our listening room with beautiful melodies, virtuoso musicianship, and plentiful good vibes as they serve up unique versions of some of their favorite jazz classics from the "great American songbook", spotlighting selections from the recent duo CD, Frank 'n' Dawg.
 

Monday June 11, 2012
Start: 06/11/2012 8:00 pm

Maria MulduarWe 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 $26.50.

Tuesday June 12, 2012
Start: 06/12/2012 8:00 pm

Linda TilleryIn an inspiring show for a great cause, an impressive lineup of musical talent join forces to keep vital Bay Area cultural asset Linda Tillery mobile!
 

Wednesday June 13, 2012
Start: 06/13/2012 8:00 pm

Rodney Crowell, Mary KarrJoin Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and record producer Rodney Crowell and New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr for a CD release concert in support of their first collaboration, the album KIN (Vanguard), a collection of ballads and country rockers with rugged underpinnings and a thread of grace and redemption. Joining Rodney and Mary for tonight's show is special guest, guitarist Steuart Smith.

Thursday June 14, 2012
Start: 06/14/2012 8:00 pm

Rachel EfronPianist and songwriter Rachel parlays a background in poetry, social anthropology (her major at Harvard University), and a lifetime of instrumental study into songs that push the envelope of pop in search of deeper meaning. San Francisco Chronicle music editor David Weigand described her music this way: “The voice is airy, plaintive, the sound, at first, seemingly detached, but it isn’t long—about three notes will do it—before . . .

Friday June 15, 2012
Start: 06/15/2012 8:00 pm

Scoop Nisker“His performance, laced with his original songs, manages to make suffering a knee-slapper. He delivers Zen zingers with Borsht Belt timing." —New York Times
 
“Deeply wise, wonderfully insightful, delightfully humorous.”
Utne Reader
 
“This show is fantastic and hilarious.”
—Ram Dass
 

Saturday June 16, 2012
Start: 06/16/2012 8:00 pm

The Folk CollectionThe Folk Collection, a harmonious quartet based in

Sunday June 17, 2012
Start: 06/17/2012 8:00 pm

Duck BakerAward-winning fingerstyle guitarists  Duck Baker and Joe Miller present a far-flung evening of superlative music.
 

Monday June 18, 2012
Start: 06/18/2012 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 June 19, 2012
Start: 06/19/2012 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 June 21, 2012
Start: 06/21/2012 8:00 pm

The Rock CollectionIt’s a party, and you’re invited for this gala night of rockin’ music, comedy, and a silent auction in celebration of Earth Island Institute's 30th anniversary. Lending their talents to this benefit show are the Rock Collection, comedian Will Durst, psychedelic rockers Whiskerman, and other special guests.
 

Friday June 22, 2012
Start: 06/22/2012 8:00 pm

Steve SeskinTop songwriter Steve Seskin joins forces with fresh new songwriting talent Liz Longley for an "in-the-round" evening of hearth-tugging music.
 

Saturday June 23, 2012
Start: 06/23/2012 11:30 am

 

Start: 06/23/2012 8:00 pm

Barbara HigbieA perennial Freight favorite, the exuberant Barbara Higbie hosts some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians in a fundraising concert for the Freight & Salvage.  Tonight’s lineup includes the Shelley Doty Band, Stevie Coyle, Austin Willacy, Girl Named T, and special guests Steve Meckfessel and Alison Burns, which all adds up to a fabulous evening highlighting the caliber and diversity of the Freight, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of tr

Tuesday June 26, 2012
Start: 06/26/2012 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 June 27, 2012
Start: 06/27/2012 8:00 pm

George Brooks & Kai EckhardtSoulful, virtuoso saxophonist George Brooks and groove-master bassist Kai Eckhardt are two of the leading musicians of their generation.

Thursday June 28, 2012
Start: 06/28/2012 8:00 pm

Paul McCandless & Antonio CalogeroGrammy-winning jazz woodwind player Paul McCandless and captivating guitarist Antonio Calogero join forces for an evening of innovative world music.
 

Friday June 29, 2012
Start: 06/29/2012 8:00 pm

Golden BoughBay Area trio Golden Bough bring a fresh feel and expert hand to haunting ballads, beautiful airs, and lively songs from the Celtic regions. With a repertoire rooted in the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, French Brittany, and Spanish Galicia, these modern-day minstrels expand upon these styles with intriguing arrangements and original compositions.

Saturday June 30, 2012
Start: 06/30/2012 8:00 pm

Marlene SaiThree iconic figures from Hawaiian traditional music—Marlene Sai, Gary Aiko, and Nina Kealiiwahamana—bring beautiful tunes and heaps of aloha to the Freight stage, joined by special guests Kenneth Makuakane and Jeff Au Hoy, and hosted by Patrick Landeza.
 

Tuesday July 03, 2012
Start: 07/03/2012 8:00 pm

Mike Marshall, Caterina LichtenbergTwo of the world's finest mandolinists, Mike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg are masters of a variety of styles from around the world and across the ages. For tonight’s exciting performance, Mike and Caterina introduce Bay Area audiences to the virtuosic German mandolin/guitar duo of Silke Lisko and Rupert Gerhman.

Thursday July 05, 2012
Start: 07/05/2012 8:00 pm

Blackberry BushesHailing 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 July 06, 2012
Start: 07/06/2012 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.

Saturday July 07, 2012
Start: 07/07/2012 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! Come celebrate with the band as they release their 10th CD, Jubilee, a wildly eclectic roots-music tour de force mixing originals and deft interpretations of tunes from the songbooks of Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, John Prine, and more.

Wednesday July 11, 2012
Thursday July 12, 2012
Friday July 13, 2012
Saturday July 14, 2012
Start: 07/14/2012 1:00 pm

“Some day people are going to wake up to the fact that Woody Guthrie and the 10,000 songs that leap and tumble off the strings of his music box are a national possession, like Yellowstone or Yosemite, and part of the best stuff this country has to show the world.”

—Clifton Fadiman,
The New Yorker 1943

Start: 07/14/2012 8:00 pm

Woody Guthrie's American Song, a Musical

Woody Guthrie’s American Song runs July 11-22, 2012

We 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 July 15, 2012
Start: 07/15/2012 8:00 pm

Tristan and Tashina Clarridge

Monday July 16, 2012
Start: 07/16/2012 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.

Wednesday July 18, 2012
Thursday July 19, 2012
Friday July 20, 2012
Saturday July 21, 2012
Sunday July 22, 2012
Monday July 23, 2012
Start: 07/23/2012 8:00 pm

Pasatempo Rebetika

Tuesday July 24, 2012
Start: 07/24/2012 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 July 25, 2012
Start: 07/25/2012 8:00 pm

Jessica JonesTwo dynamic women composers rooted in jazz join for an evening of raucous and gorgeous improvisation with stellar Bay Area musicians and some special out-of-town visitors. The caravan, led by Angela Wellman and Jessica Jones, also features Afro-Peruvian cajon player Juan Medrano Cotito, vocalist Lori Wellman, Kev Choice on piano, Ayinde Webb on drums, and Amina Scott on bass—plus other special guests TBA!

Thursday July 26, 2012
Start: 07/26/2012 8:00 pm

Doug PaisleyRolling Stone magazine dubbed Doug Paisley 2010 CD, Constant Companion, one of the year’s best singer-songwriter albums, and with good reason. This Toronto-born artist crafts sparse, soulful songs with folk and country echoes, gorgeous melodies thrown into stark relief by his straightforward, plain-spoken lyrics that manage to feel both open-ended and profound.

Friday July 27, 2012
Start: 07/27/2012 8:00 pm

Charged ParticlesThe electric jazz virtuosos in the trio Charged Particles cross stylistic boundaries, blending jazz styles with elements from Latin music, classical music, and funk to make music that is excitingly creative. Keyboard wizard Murray Low boggles the mind with his dazzling Latin-jazz technique and improvisational skills. Inventive electric bassist Jason Muscat and fiery drummer Jon Krosnick join him to create some of the most electrifying jazz in the country today.

Saturday July 28, 2012
Start: 07/28/2012 8:00 pm

The Vnote EnsembleHailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Latin and folk rhythms with adventurous jazz explorations, the VNote Ensemble (formerly The Snake Trio) gives a voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. The band, formed in 1997, is committed to raising that voice and exploring the connection between North American jazz, traditional Venezuelan songs, and original musical ideas.

Sunday July 29, 2012
Start: 07/29/2012 8:00 pm

Ed GerhardWith influences ranging from Andres Segovia to Mississippi John Hurt, Ed Gerhard is one of the true masters of steel string finger style guitar. A Philadelphia native now residing in New Hampshire, Ed performs with passionate intensity and a sly sense of humor on 6-string, 12-string, and slide guitars—including the esoteric and beautifully toned Weissenborn (Hawaiian lap steel guitar).

Tuesday July 31, 2012
Start: 07/31/2012 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 August 01, 2012
Start: 08/01/2012 8:00 pm

Brittany Haas & Lauren RiouxBrittany Haas of Crooked Still and Lauren Rioux from Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings join forces to make music steeped in intricate harmonies and filled with deep emotion.  Together, these two consummate young fiddlers bring their knowledge of Appalachian music and their experience at the forefront of the contemporary string band scene to weave a tapestry of heartfelt vocals and progressive grooves.

Thursday August 02, 2012
Start: 08/02/2012 8:00 pm

Paul ThornHailed as the “Mark Twain of Americana,” Paul Thorn brings his gritty, gospel-infused Southern rock straight from his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, where he grew up as the son of a Pentecostal preacher and went on to box in more than 50 professional bouts, including one with Roberto Duran—but that’s another story. Paul’s music mixes the hard-driving boogie of the Allman Brothers with the soulful wit of John Hiatt.

Friday August 03, 2012
Start: 08/03/2012 8:00 pm

Tito y su Son de CubaHeriberto “Tito” Gonzales and his talented band return to the Freight to play rumba, guaracha, and son—traditional, high-energy Cuban dance music pioneered by greats like Arsenio Rodriguez and later revived by the film The Buena Vista Social Club.

Saturday August 04, 2012
Start: 08/04/2012 8:00 pm

Alex De Grassi, Walter Strauss, Franco MoroneAppearing together for the first time as a triple bill, these three masters serve up a smorgasbord of fingerstyle guitar flavored with musical influences from around the world.

Sunday August 05, 2012
Start: 08/05/2012 8:00 pm

The Gillette BrothersThe Gillette Brothers, Guy and Pipp, are taking a break from their cattle ranch in Crockett, Texas to bring real live cowboy music to Berkeley. These gents are the genuine article, winners of the American Cowboy Culture Award for Western Music and two-time winners of the Will Rogers Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Contemporary Cowboy Music.