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.

Saturday September 08, 2012
Start: 09/08/2012 8:00 pm

John Santos is a Bay Area jazz institution all by himself.  Charismatic bandleader, percussionist extraordinaire, dedicated educator, and five-time Grammy nominee, John has worked with enough musical legends to fill a hall of fame, from Dizzy Gillespie to Max Roach, Tito Puente to Tootie Heath.  His Machete Ensemble, with stalwarts Wayne Wallace and Orestes Vilató, occupied the pinnacle of Latin jazz in the Bay Area for more than twenty years.  These three men know how to make music that rocks, swings,

Sunday September 09, 2012
Start: 09/09/2012 8:00 pm

The BobsAmazing vocal acrobats and perennial Freight favorites, The Bobs – Matthew Bob Stull, Richard Bob Greene, Dan Bob Schumacher, and Angie Bob Doctor – serve up unforgettable performances, outrageous covers of classic songs, and wonderful, witty originals.  In shows that are part theater, part comedy, and part performance art, this a cappella "band without instruments" uses voices and body percussion to make music that is hilarious, inspiring, and often beautiful.  If you haven’t seen

Monday September 10, 2012
Tuesday September 11, 2012
Start: 09/11/2012 8:00 pm

Erik JekabsonBerkeley native Erik Jekabson and his String-tet celebrate the release of their new CD, Anti-Mass, a chamber-jazz concept album inspired by artwork from San Francisco's de Young Museum.  Erik is a young trumpeter, composer, and educator, with a sound that Allmusic Guide has described as "a perfect balance between melodic artistry and probing, knotty jazz improvisation."  You might hear the influence of early Miles Davis in playing that comes across as crisp and precise,

Wednesday September 12, 2012
Start: 09/12/2012 8:00 pm

Bill MonroeThere wouldn't be bluegrass if it weren't for Bill Monroe. He gave the genre its name, its distinctive style, and for most of the 20th century, embodied the essence of the art form, which is typically delivered by a five-piece acoustic string band featuring instrumental virtuosity on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and string bass, and close harmonies sung in a plaintive, high lonesome voice.

Thursday September 13, 2012
Start: 09/13/2012 8:00 pm
Come early for jamming (free admission) hosted by Harry & Cindy Liedstrand
 
Friday September 14, 2012
Start: 09/14/2012 8:00 pm

The 10th annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention continues with banjo virtuosity, classic country harmony, and rowdy buckdancing.
 

Saturday September 15, 2012
Start: 09/15/2012 11:00 am
After five years criss-crossing the country as a member of The Sippy Cups, Patchwork Series co-host Rudy Trubitt returns to the Freight stage with an intimate, engaging solo acoustic set of old and new songs for ears of all ages! “You know who writes a great pop song?
Start: 09/15/2012 8:00 pm

Lucy KaplanskyLucy Kaplansky has a voice you won’t forget.  Clear, pure, and full of tender feeling, it cuts through the noise of the world and pierces you in the heart.  The good news is, she's bringing that voice back to the Freight for a night of carefully chosen covers and incisive originals.  She's "a truly gifted performer," according to the New Yorker, "with a bag of enchanting songs."
 

Sunday September 16, 2012
Start: 09/16/2012 8:00 pm

Olov Johansson & Catriona McKaySweden meets Scotland in the music of Olov Johansson & Catriona McKay, and the result is "fresh, charming, and dynamic," in the words of music magazine Roots, Rock, Blues, and Beyond. Olov plays the Swedish nyckelharpa, literally key harp, which dates back to 14th century Gotland and is related to the hurdy gurdy. Catriona plays the clarsach, also known as the Celtic harp.

Monday September 17, 2012
Tuesday September 18, 2012
Start: 09/18/2012 8:00 pm

This is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. So come on down and participate. All performers are welcome.

One great thing about our Open Mic is that, unlike similar events held in noisy bars where most folks are oblivious to the music, you’ll be playing in front of a friendly and supportive audience of people who actually listen.

Wednesday September 19, 2012
Start: 09/19/2012 8:00 pm

Sycamore Slough String BandBrought together by an affinity for the music of the Grateful Dead, the musicians of the Sycamore Slough String Band gathered in an Oakland recording studio early this year to discover where the music would take them, and where they would take the music. One result is their new album, First Rehearsals, "a superb collection of mostly Dead covers," in the words of the Grateful Dead Archive blog.

Thursday September 20, 2012
Start: 09/20/2012 8:00 pm

Sylvia HeroldSylvia Herold, of Wake the Dead, Cats & Jammers, and Euphonia fame, has been collecting uncommon songs for more than three decades. For her latest album, The Spider and the Fly, Sylvia has compiled a selection of swing and early pop tunes that lend themselves to three-part harmony singing. The playful program takes its name – and its spirit – from the Fats Waller song "The Spider and the Fly," a tale of leggy seduction accented with bug-like vocals.

Friday September 21, 2012
Start: 09/21/2012 8:00 pm

The Blues Broads: Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson, Angela Strehli & Deanna BogartWe 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 September 22, 2012
Start: 09/22/2012 8:00 pm

Real Vocal String QuartetChoose a box, any box, and the Real Vocal String Quartet will think outside of it. They’re a string quartet and a women’s vocal quartet. They play Irish fiddle tunes and Brazilian choros, chamber music and wild improvisation. They backed up Feist on her indie-pop hit Metals, which Jon Pareles of the New York Times named his favorite album of 2011, and appeared with her on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Sunday September 23, 2012
Start: 09/23/2012 8:00 pm

Dirk HamiltonDirk Hamilton is such a prototypical singer-songwriter-guitar player, someone ought to make a movie about him — and in fact Dirk does appear front and center in the upcoming documentary Folk, which examines how three artists at dramatically different stages of their career work to reach an audience. Dirk is well cast as the seasoned vet.

Monday September 24, 2012
Start: 09/24/2012 8:00 pm

Robin Sharp & Laura DahlClassical at the Freight brings in the Bay Area's best classical musicians for an hour of outstanding chamber music in an informal, friendly atmosphere. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra music director Ben Simon hosts. There's no stuffiness, no mystification, just an invigorating evening with gifted musicians sharing the beauty and joy of this timeless art with new audiences young and old.

Tuesday September 25, 2012
Start: 09/25/2012 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 September 26, 2012
Thursday September 27, 2012
Start: 09/27/2012 8:00 pm

Carol DenneyThe fun starts in the lobby before the show, with an old time music jam, and just gets better when Carol Denney hits the stage. She plays guitar, fiddle, and English concertina, and she sings traditional songs as well as witty, incisive originals, usually with an edge — well, just about always with an edge. She's personal, she's political, she cares about music and people, and she puts it all out there whenever she performs.

Friday September 28, 2012
Start: 09/28/2012 8:00 pm

UpsurgeUpSurge! is poetry. UpSurge! is jazz. It's the love of language blended with the power of fascinating rhythms and funky grooves.

Saturday September 29, 2012
Start: 09/29/2012 8:00 pm

Shelley Doty"I play rock with a jazz attitude," Shelley Doty said in an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm not interested in playing the same song the same way for 18 years. When I write a song, I think of it as its own universe. I give my musicians a recording of the melody, then tell them to come up with their own interpretation." Those musicians, the members of her X-tet, keep changing. "X is a variable," she told the East Bay Express.

Sunday September 30, 2012
Start: 09/30/2012 8:00 pm

Teja GerkenBorn in Germany in 1970, transplanted to California as a teenager, Teja Gerken weaves together strands of folk, jazz, classical, and world music to make his own seamless tapestry of intricate originals. Many of his compositions employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, and percussive effects; others simply rely on his keen sense of melody and movement.

Monday October 01, 2012
Tuesday October 02, 2012
Start: 10/02/2012 8:00 pm

This is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. So come on down and participate. All performers are welcome.

One great thing about our Open Mic is that, unlike similar events held in noisy bars where most folks are oblivious to the music, you’ll be playing in front of a friendly and supportive audience of people who actually listen.

Wednesday October 03, 2012
Thursday October 04, 2012
Start: 10/04/2012 8:00 pm

Adam TraumWhen Adam Traum sings, you can almost hear the smile on his face. His voice is light and clear, and his songs are self-deprecating and often funny. The Savannah Morning News says that Adam “fluently combines blues, folk, rockabilly, and country into a sound that captures the depth and truth of America’s musical roots.” He plays guitar, mandolin, bass, and lap steel, and has a knack for churning out catchy riffs and hard-driving rhythms.

Friday October 05, 2012
Start: 10/05/2012 8:00 pm

The CartoonJazz Orchestra, led by multi-reed man and music educator Jeff Sanford, covers the gamut of cartoon-inspired jazz, playing music by such innovative composers as Raymond Scott, John Kirby, and Danny Elfman.

Saturday October 06, 2012
Start: 10/06/2012 8:00 pm

Oakland Interfaith Gospel ChoirThe Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir delivers good news – the power and glory of 55 talented singers blending their voices together in rapturous harmony on gospel standards, traditional spirituals, and their own original praise songs.

Sunday October 07, 2012
Start: 10/07/2012 8:00 pm

earPlay JazzquintetThe earPlay Jazzquintet brings together a multitude of musical influences – from Brazilian choro to vintage funk, Afro-Cuban to jump swing, country-western to the latest in digital sound design – and interweaves them with jazz and 20th century classical idioms. The resulting tapestry of sound is a mix of structured composition and bold improvisation, with elements of poetry and stage magic stitched in for dramatic effect.

Monday October 08, 2012
Start: 10/08/2012 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 October 09, 2012
Start: 10/09/2012 8:00 pm

Maestro ShashankShashank Subramanyam, (Maestro Shashank) is a master of the flute and Carnatic music, the classical music of Southern India. His Spirit of Krishna program is an enthralling tapestry of intricate rhythms, soulful vocals, and poignant melodies, full of contrasting tones and textures, evoking a profound range of thoughts and feelings.

Wednesday October 10, 2012
Start: 10/10/2012 8:00 pm

Holdstock & MacLeodIf you’ve ever had the urge to travel across the pond to Great Britain, you might want to take a shortcut to the Freight and catch Holdstock & MacLeod performing timeless songs from their English and Scottish homelands. Joining them tonight to help celebrate the release of their new album, Seasoned Songs, will be Celia Ramsay, Carol Holdstock, Larry Hanks, and Dave Nachmanoff.

Thursday October 11, 2012
Start: 10/11/2012 8:00 pm

Stacey Earle & Mark StuartWife and husband duo Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart play eloquent originals that blend honest country confession with polished pop precision. His voice is clear and unadorned, hers is both grittier and prettier, and together they make tuneful, tender music with a sharp sense of humor, as on “If You Change Your Mind” from their new album, Dedication, when they sing, “Oh, baby, if she treats you so right, why do you think about me?”

Friday October 12, 2012
Start: 10/12/2012 8:00 pm

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie HaasIndividually, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas are consummate musicians. Together, they’re pure magic. Scots Magazine has called Alasdair “one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced; his name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance transforming the Scottish musical scene.” Natalie is one of the most sought-after cellists playing traditional music today.

Saturday October 13, 2012
Start: 10/13/2012 8:00 pm

Tom RushTom Rush is celebrating. As he says on his website, he’s celebrating his 50th year “of doing whatever it is that I do.” What Tom does is make music. What he does is entertain. He tells terrific stories and sings wonderful songs, and in the process he delivers not only a vivid self-portrait but a portrait of American folk music through the years.

Sunday October 14, 2012
Start: 10/14/2012 8:00 pm

Robbie FulksRobbie Fulks sings country, sometimes with a wink, sometimes with a smirk, and sometimes with a straightforward honesty that catches you off guard. The New York Times has described him as “a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country, and one part a little of everything else . . .

Monday October 15, 2012
Start: 10/15/2012 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 October 16, 2012
Start: 10/16/2012 8:05 pm

Sweet HollywaiiansThe Sweet Hollywaiians share a passion for string band music of the 1920s and 30s–Hawaiian, Italian, swing, ragtime, calypso, blues–just what you’d expect from a group of street musicians from Osaka, Japan, right? Tomotaka Matsui sings and plays guitar, ukulele, tenor banjo, mandolin, and Hawaiian steel guitar. Nobumasa Takada, a.k.a. King Mario, sings and plays ukulele, mandolin, tenor banjo, and guitar. Takashi Nakayama sings and plays ukulele, mandolin, and guitar.

Wednesday October 17, 2012
Start: 10/17/2012 8:00 pm

Kelly Joe PhelpsAfter nearly 20 years of recording and touring, Kelly Joe Phelps took a fresh turn. “I’d arrived at a place where I was sinking,” he says. “I had to do something or my head was going to blow up or my heart would stop.

Thursday October 18, 2012
Start: 10/18/2012 8:00 pm

Lisa FerraroSinger and composer Lisa Yvonne Ferraro joins forces with jazz heavyweight Houston Person and the terrific Tammy Hall Trio to pay tribute to Dakota Staton and her classic 1957 album, The Late, Late Show.  Lisa, like Dakota, grew up in Pittsburgh.  She has composed music for PBS, ABC, Polygram Films, and the Roberto Clemente Foundation, and has performed and recorded nationally and internationally with big band jazz ensembles, rock and soul bands, and in her duo with Erika Luc

Friday October 19, 2012
Start: 10/19/2012 8:00 pm

Lori McKennaLori McKenna of Stoughton, Massachusetts is the mother of five, the wife of one, and the daughter of two, and that constellation of relationships has given her more than enough material to fill six glorious albums so far, including her latest, Lorraine, named after herself and her mother.  A feature in the Boston Globe attributes the power of her music to “her artful pairing of intimacy and universality.

Saturday October 20, 2012
Start: 10/20/2012 8:00 pm

Kathy Kallick bandKathy Kallick is at it again, writing new songs, releasing new albums, and cooking up a bluegrass storm on stage.  Singout!

Sunday October 21, 2012
Start: 10/21/2012 8:00 pm

Ellen RobinsonJazz vocalist Ellen Robinson celebrates the release of her third album, Don’t Wait Too Long, recorded live at the Freight with her stellar band, featuring Murray Low on piano, Sam Bevan on bass, Kristen Strom on reeds, and Dan Foltz on drums.  The new album includes songs by Joni Mitchell, Blossom Dearie, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and the title song by Madeline Peyroux, as well as Ellen’s latest originals.  “This singer delivers from the heart,” says the website AllAboutJ

Monday October 22, 2012
Start: 10/22/2012 8:00 pm

Richard SmithWow! That’s the word most folks use (according to a very unscientific study) when they hear Richard Smith play guitar.  Guitar ace Tommy Emmanuel says, “If you like my playing, you should hear Richard.”  Born in England, based in Nashville, Richard has been performing in public ever since he took the stage at the tender age of 11 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London for a duet with his idol, the late fingerstyle guitar legend Chet Atkins.  “The most amazing guy I know on the gui

Tuesday October 23, 2012
Start: 10/23/2012 8:00 pm

Carlos NúñezBagpipe fans, take note.  International music sensation Carlos Núñez is coming to the Freight.  Billboard Magazine has called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipe.”  The Guardian compared him to Coltrane.  BBC Radio described him as “one of the world’s most exciting, and most serious, musicians.”  Technically, he plays the gaita, the signature instrument of his homeland, Galicia, in northern Spain.  You might not associate the Galician bagpipes with musical stardom, but Carlos has sold ov

Wednesday October 24, 2012
Start: 10/24/2012 8:00 pm

David WagnerDavid Wagner is a musician and writer from Ohio who currently divides his time between Oakland and Istanbul.  Known on the folk circuit as “The Hobo Professor,” he sings sardonic originals with a philosophical outlook:  “You get out of bed / just looking for a reason / to crawl back into bed.”  Joining David will be his longtime collaborators, The Trickle Downers, featuring Joe Rosatto Jr.

Thursday October 25, 2012
Start: 10/25/2012 8:00 pm

Nuala KennedyNuala Kennedy is an Irish singer and flute player steeped in the musical traditions of Ireland and Scotland. She has a lovely voice, a warm tone on the flute, and a light compositional touch. “Unhurried yet freewheeling, loose-limbed yet disciplined, her voice is a natural, earthy instrument entirely in concert with her woody flute lines,” says the Irish Times. “She is not only an exceptional interpreter of the tradition . . . her own tunes glisten with freshness.

Friday October 26, 2012
Start: 10/26/2012 8:00 pm

Rosalie Sorrels Rosalie Sorrels played the Newport Folk Festival in 1966 and has been a force in folk music ever since. She credits Malvina Reynolds with turning her natural rebellious streak away from destruction and toward creation – and she’s created more than 20 albums, playing with artists like U. Utah Phillips, Dave Von Ronk, and Pete Seeger, and entertaining countless audiences at the Freight.

Saturday October 27, 2012
Start: 10/27/2012 8:00 pm

Rita SahaiUtsav means celebration. Navagraha means nine planets. Tonight’s Navagraha Utsav is a celestial celebration, offering classical Hindustani ragas to bring harmony to the universe. Rita Sahai is an accomplished composer and singer from Allahabad, India who performs internationally and teaches classes in Hindustani vocal music throughout the Bay Area and at the University of California, Davis.

Sunday October 28, 2012
Start: 10/28/2012 8:00 pm

Bill Kirchen“Bill Kirchen rules, it’s just that simple,” says the Austin-American Statesman. “His no-nonsense guitar attack, powered by great, booming, bottom-heavy licks still covered with axle grease, is undoubtedly the real thing, scattering scorching guitar runs in all directions.

Monday October 29, 2012
Start: 10/29/2012 8:00 pm

ViolaMANIA

Classical at the Freight brings the Bay Area's best classical musicians to the Freight for an hour of top-flight chamber music in an informal, friendly atmosphere. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra music director Benjamin Simon is your host; his goal is to un-stuffify and de-mystify classical music for the general music lover, sharing the joys and rewards of this timeless art with new audiences young and old.

Tuesday October 30, 2012
Start: 10/30/2012 8:00 pm

This is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. So come on down and participate. All performers are welcome.

One great thing about our Open Mic is that, unlike similar events held in noisy bars where most folks are oblivious to the music, you’ll be playing in front of a friendly and supportive audience of people who actually listen.

Wednesday October 31, 2012
Thursday November 01, 2012
Start: 11/01/2012 8:00 pm

UC Jazz EnsemblesTonight’s concert showcases outstanding student groups from the award-winning University of California Jazz Ensembles program. The first half of the show features three Advanced Combos, comprised of some of the most talented jazz musicians at the university, and coached by faculty members Frank Martin, Dann Zinn, and the director of the program, Ted Moore.

Friday November 02, 2012
Start: 11/02/2012 8:00 pm

Country Joe McDonaldThe time has come. “After much consideration,” Berkeley’s own Country Joe McDonald writes on his website, “it occurred to me that no one will ever do a tribute to me . . . at least while I am alive. And so I am proud to introduce my own tribute to myself: Country Joe McDonald's Tribute to Country Joe McDonald. Using the same format I used with my tribute to Woody Guthrie and my tribute to Florence Nightingale, I will sing songs and tell stories.

Saturday November 03, 2012
Start: 11/03/2012 11:00 am

The Fratello MarionettesAshebaFor a special treat, the November edition of our Saturday morning Patchwork Series of kids’ concerts kicks off the Freight's Family Open House, which means its fabulous, fun, and free!  This show features  the astounding Fratello Marionettes and the Bay Area’s beloved Trinidad-born musical storyteller, Asheba.

Start: 11/03/2012 11:00 am

       

Start: 11/03/2012 8:00 pm

The Crooked JadesThe Crooked Jades celebrate the release of their eighth album, Bright Land, inspired by the band’s collaboration with choreographer Kate Weare, whose contemporary dances provide sharp counterpoint to the band’s old time arrangements and compositions. It’s all part of the band’s mission to reinvent old time music for the modern age, pushing boundaries and blurring categories with their repertoire of obscure rarities and beautiful originals.

Sunday November 04, 2012
Start: 11/04/2012 8:00 pm

VocolotVocolot, the Bay Area a cappella ensemble with universal heart and Jewish soul, celebrates 25 years of musical activism with a new album, Vocolot at 25, and a reunion concert at the Freight, bringing together for the first time many of the group’s past members, including jazz vocalist Ellen Robinson, Los Angeles-based singer Alison Lewis, Rabbi Rosalind Glazer, Cantor Felicia Sloin, and former Beach Blanket Babylonian, Jennifer Karno, along with the current edition of the group, fea

Monday November 05, 2012
Start: 11/05/2012 7:30 pm

Catch a glimpse of the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their monthly Songwriters Competition, where members perform their material live on the Freight stage. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the house lights go down and the show goes on! Guest judges award “Best Song” and “Best Performance.” The most active association of songwriters in the country, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote successful songwriters.

Tuesday November 06, 2012
Start: 11/06/2012 6:00 pm

Live radio coverage of the election returns with KALW host Rose Aguilar and OLLI @Berkeley instructor Larry Bensky.

Rose AguilarROSE AGUILAR is the host of the KALW program “Your Call.” In 2005, Rose took a six-month road trip through the so-called “red states” to find out why people vote the way they do (or not) and what issues they care about. She wrote a book about her experience called Red Highways: A Journey into the Heartland.

 

Wednesday November 07, 2012
Start: 11/07/2012 8:00 pm

Harry ManxYou’ve got to hear him to believe him, but you will believe. Harry Manx blends traditional blues with classical ragas of India to concoct his own unique potion of clever covers and creative originals. Billboard Magazine has called him “Canada’s most versatile and expressive blues player” – but that doesn’t quite capture the Indian influence.

Thursday November 08, 2012
Start: 11/08/2012 8:00 pm

Wake the DeadNews flash: After 11 years of solid success blending Celtic traditional music with the songs of the Grateful Dead, the world’s first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band is bringing its unique brand of musical alchemy to the Summer of Love, much to the delight of Deadheads, folkies, rockers, and lovers of Irish reels. The Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” the Youngblood’s “Get Together,” Steven Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” – all receive the band’s unique Celtic twist.

Friday November 09, 2012
Start: 11/09/2012 8:00 pm

Chris SmitherChris Smither goes way back – to New Orleans in the 60s, when he first heard the music of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, to Boston in the 70s, when he met Fred McDowell, Son House, and Bonnie Raitt, who made a hit out of Chris’s song, “Love Me Like a Man.” Since then, Chris has recorded more than 20 albums, including his latest, Hundred Dollar Valentine, which the music magazine MOJO called “a thing of profound beauty; deep, sad, wise songs, allied to perf