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.

Tuesday August 07, 2012
Start: 08/07/2012 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!!!

Wednesday August 08, 2012
Start: 08/08/2012 8:00 pm

Leonard ChiyanikeLeonard Chiyanike is a master of mbira.  He has been playing this traditional instrument of his native Zimbabwe for nearly fifty years, and making instruments of the highest quality for nearly forty.  A beautiful singer fluent in many regional styles and tunings, Leonard plays with great technical proficiency and deep reverence for the spiritual foundations of this healing music.  The mbira, sometimes described as a thumb piano, is made with steel keys and the wood of the

Thursday August 09, 2012
Start: 08/09/2012 8:00 pm

Akira TanaAkira Tana is a giant of jazz. The acclaimed drummer has worked with a Who’s Who of jazz legends, from Art Farmer to Zoot Sims, Sonny Rollins to Sonny Stitt, James Moody to Lena Horne.

Friday August 10, 2012
Start: 08/10/2012 8:00 pm

Paul ApfelbaumPeter Apfelbaum is a musician, composer, and band leader extraordinaire. Born in Berkeley in 1960, he started innovating as a three-year-old when he first picked up a pair of drumsticks, moved on to piano and saxophone in elementary school, and at age 11 formed his first band. In his senior year at Berkeley High, he founded the 17-piece Hieroglyphics Ensemble as a vehicle for exploring non-traditional musical forms.

Saturday August 11, 2012
Start: 08/11/2012 8:00 pm

Misner & SmithYou might say that Woody Guthrie brought Sam Misner and Megan Smith together as a musical duo. They were performing in Peter Glazer’s theatrical creation, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, in Nevada City in 2004 when they discovered a mutual love of American roots music and down-to-earth songs that tell compelling stories.

Tuesday August 14, 2012
Start: 08/14/2012 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 15, 2012
Start: 08/15/2012 8:00 pm

De Temps AntanPlaying fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki, and several other instruments, including their feet, these three virtuosos from Quebec bring boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre to the traditional music of their native land. Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet, and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been performing time-honored melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past.

Thursday August 16, 2012
Start: 08/16/2012 8:00 pm

Joe VenegoniTom McDermott, originally scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled. Please see the box office for refunds.

Friday August 17, 2012
Start: 08/17/2012 8:00 pm

Darol Anger & the FuriesIn Greek mythology, the Furies were ferocious godlike avengers who would swoop down on mere mortals and destroy them with relish (or, in rare cases, mustard). The only difference here is that when these fantastically talented presences swoop down on Darol Anger, the result is not destruction but inspiration.

Saturday August 18, 2012
Start: 08/18/2012 8:00 pm

Deadly GentlemenThe great thing about The Deadly Gentlemen is not their technical proficiency—though these guys do have mad skills—it’s the music they create: joyful, playful, and often beautiful. You could say they speak bluegrass with a rock and roll accent. Greg Liszt, banjo and vocals, earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from MIT and immediately went on tour playing banjo for Bruce Springsteen. He currently tours with Crooked Still.

Sunday August 19, 2012
Start: 08/19/2012 7:30 pm

Catch a glimpse of the future when the West Coast Songwriters present the finals of their annual songwriting competition. Top contenders from WCS playoffs in ten cities—Portland, Martinez, Saratoga, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sacramento, Redwood City, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood—will perform their original songs before judges Monica Pasqual, of Blame Sally, producer, singer/songwriter Larry Batiste, & George Merrill, who penned Whitney Houston’s hit “How Will I Know”. 

Tuesday August 21, 2012
Start: 08/21/2012 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 22, 2012
Start: 08/22/2012 8:00 pm

San Francisco Mime TroupeCome experience a holiday classic reimagined for the 21st century when the Tony Award-winning, never silent, always off-center San Francisco Mime Troupe presents a staged reading of a new, worker-oriented interpretation of Dickens’ story of poverty, redemption, and humanity. The evening is a fundraiser for the Mime Troupe’s Winter 2012 production of their Occupy- inspired adaptation of “A Christmas Carol!”

Thursday August 23, 2012
Start: 08/23/2012 8:00 pm

"Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced; [his] name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene.” —Scots Magazine

Friday August 24, 2012
Start: 08/24/2012 8:00 pm

Rory BlockRory Block has committed her life to the Delta blues. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk.

Saturday August 25, 2012
Start: 08/25/2012 8:00 pm

Phil MarshSherman, set the Wayback Machine for 1968. We’re going to the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse on San Pablo Avenue, just down the street from Everett & Jones Barbecue. It’s opening night, and Phil Marsh is playing . . . .

Sunday August 26, 2012
Start: 08/26/2012 8:00 pm

Shawn Mullins“Life is good today”—that’s a line from “Toes,” the chart-topping single Shawn Mullins co-wrote for the Zac Brown Band, and it seems an apt description of how things have been going for Shawn lately.

Thursday August 30, 2012
Start: 08/30/2012 8:00 pm

Clyde Leland, Kress Cole, Max NewtonThree stalwarts of the local songwriting scene bring their stellar originals to the Freight.

Friday August 31, 2012
Start: 08/31/2012 8:00 pm

Eric Bibb's String BandFresh from winning the Acoustic Artist of the Year award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Eric Bibb brings his stellar band to the Freight for an evening of blues classics and originals. “The foundation of my playing and my songwriting is a broad base of roots of American music,” Eric says. “It’s blues, it’s country, it’s work songs, it’s ragtime, it’s spirituals. All of those things are in the hopper.” With a Grammy nomination and four W.C.

Saturday September 01, 2012
Start: 09/01/2012 8:00 pm

Ramana VieiraRamana Vieira sings Fado like it’s never been sung before.

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

HoHLax TrioJoin the Hohlax Trio on a musical journey to Greece, from the backstreets of Pireus to the magical islands of the Aegean. With Jaime Smith on violin, Orestis Koletsos on bouzouki, and Apostolis Kounis on vocals, guitar, and oud, the trio plays a unique blend of traditional Greek music and contemporary urban riffs. The name Hohlax derives from Hohlakas, a beach on the island of Amorgos, where the band came together in 2007.

Thursday September 06, 2012
Start: 09/06/2012 8:00 pm

O'Brien Party of 7Start with Tim O’Brien, Grammy-winning country and bluegrass virtuoso from West Virginia. Add his sister Mollie, herself a Grammy-winning singer based in Denver. Stir in Mollie’s husband Rich, a brilliant musician in his own right. Then add Tim’s sons, Jackson and Joel, and Mollie’s daughters, Brigid and Lucy, and you have O’Brien Party of 7. Sprinkle with the secret ingredient – the music of Roger Miller – and enjoy a delicious musical feast.

Friday September 07, 2012
Start: 09/07/2012 8:00 pm

Come to the Freight tonight and the world will come to you – in the form of music from Ireland, Ethiopia, India, and beyond. Treat yourself to enchanting harp performances, the soulful sound of the kora, and traditional Hindustani ragas – all for the benefit of an important cause, to preserve and perpetuate the endangered culture of Tibet.