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

       

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 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

Saturday November 10, 2012
Start: 11/10/2012 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

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

Soldier StoriesThis Veterans Day join us for Soldier Stories, One Family's Journey through 250 years of War and Service, through music, letters, stories and poetry featuring Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, Keith Little, and acclaimed director/actor Julian Lopez Morillas in a show benefitting The Berkeley Food & Housing Project.

Monday November 12, 2012
Start: 11/12/2012 8:00 pm

Jody Stecher & Kate BrislinThree parts old, two parts new, and five parts outstanding talent combine for an evening of pure musical magic when traditional music veterans Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Peter McLaughlin, Chris Brashear, and Paul Knight mix it up to present material from their vast combined repertoires and brand new songs from new albums released by both Jody and Chris.

Tuesday November 13, 2012
Start: 11/13/2012 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 November 14, 2012
Start: 11/14/2012 8:00 pm

LúnasaThe Irish Voice called Lúnasa “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet.” LiveIreland.com named them “Performers of the Decade.” They’ve played to sold-out audiences across North America, Europe, and Japan, and appeared as featured artists on Natalie Merchant’s hit album, Leave Your Sleep. Their fiery style features buoyant rhythms, impeccable musicianship, and inventive arrangements rich in melody and texture.

Thursday November 15, 2012
Start: 11/15/2012 8:00 pm

Parkington SistersThe Parkington Sisters – with Rose on guitar and piano, Ariel and Sarah on violin and viola, and Nora on percussion and violin – and all four sisters singing in hypnotic harmony – make music full of magnificent sorrow, evocative of where they come from, Wellfleet, on Cape Cod, a place of crashing waves, gnarled pine trees, and a town clock that still keeps nautical time.

Friday November 16, 2012
Start: 11/16/2012 8:00 pm

Melody Walker & Jacob GroopmanMelody Walker & Jacob Groopman make music that brings together elements of folk and pop, old time music and Southern rock, with undertones of samba and Afrobeat. Their tight harmonies float over a richly textured mix of banjo, guitar, and mandolin on catchy originals and the occasional cover, like a terrific countrified version of the old Blondie hit, “Dreaming,” that somehow brings to mind dream songs by the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison.

Saturday November 17, 2012
Start: 11/17/2012 8:00 pm

Bill Keith, Alan Munde, Bill Evans Local five-string favorite Bill Evans brings to town two bluegrass banjo legends, Bill Keith & Alan Munde, in a special one-time-only concert featuring an incredible All Star backup band and afternoon banjo mini-camp and mandolin workshop at the Freight.

Sunday November 18, 2012
Start: 11/18/2012 8:00 pm

Mary BlackWe 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 $40.50.

Monday November 19, 2012
Start: 11/19/2012 7:30 pm
The Jazzschool Studio Bands present their first performance of the 2012-13 season. Join some of the Bay Area’s finest young musicians as they perform cutting edge arrangements for large jazz ensemble. Now in their seventh season, the award-winning Jazzschool Studio Bands are advanced-level high school ensembles comprised of some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top high school musicians.
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Friday November 23, 2012
Start: 11/23/2012 8:00 pm

Jane SiberryJane Siberry does not play it safe. When confronted with an abyss, she leaps. Her songs explore the unknown and the unknowable, twisting their way into intimate places, embracing the vast and the minuscule. It’s probably no accident that she majored in microbiology at the University of Guelph in her native Canada.

Saturday November 24, 2012
Start: 11/24/2012 8:00 pm

Laurie Lewis and the Right HandsIt doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. She’s Berkeley’s own, she’s won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, not to mention a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe, and her Right Hands are about as talented as a band has a right to be.

Sunday November 25, 2012
Start: 11/25/2012 8:00 pm

Ramblin' Jack ElliottRamblin’ Jack Elliott is a national treasure. He met Woody Guthrie in 1950, moved in with the Guthrie family, and traveled with Woody from the redwood forests of California to the Gulf Stream waters of Florida. His deep immersion in Woody’s music led Woody to remark, “Jack sounds more like me than I do.” Bob Dylan describes him this way in his Chronicles: Volume One: “His tone of voice is sharp, focused, and piercing.

Monday November 26, 2012
Start: 11/26/2012 8:00 pm

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 November 27, 2012
Start: 11/27/2012 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 November 28, 2012
Start: 11/28/2012 8:00 pm

Caren ArmstrongPrepare to be inspired, amused, moved, and thoroughly entertained when Caren Armstrong brings to the Freight stage her long-running series Celebrating Songwriters. Tonight's show features the award–winning, performing songwriters Teresa Tudury, Houston & Jones (aka Travis Jones and Glenn Houston), as well as the energetic, emotive talents of Caren herself. Artists are featured individually in the first set, and then play in the round, Nashville style for the second set.

Thursday November 29, 2012
Start: 11/29/2012 8:00 pm

KugelplexKugelplex plays klezmer and old world soul music that rocks the shtetl (village) or the concert hall. The band, formed in 2001, features Dan Cantrell on accordion and saw, Jason Ditzian on clarinet, Jewlia Eisenberg on vocals, Michael Pinkham on percussion, David Rosenfeld on mandolin and violin, and Eugene Warren on bass.

Friday November 30, 2012
Start: 11/30/2012 8:00 pm

Iris DeMentWe 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 $34.50.

Saturday December 01, 2012
Start: 12/01/2012 8:00 pm

House Jacks

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

Holly NearHolly Near has been making beautiful music and working for peace and justice for more than 40 years, and now she has a great new album—Peace Becomes You—and a talented touring band-John Bucchino on piano, Jan Martinelli on bass, David Rokeach on drums, and Andre dos Santos Morgan on backup vocals-to help her put on a wonderful show at the Freight. She'll play some of her own compelling originals and dip into the songbooks of Irving Berlin and Gnarls Barkley, Hal David, and Ferron.

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

Sheila JordanBorn in 1928 and raised in poverty in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country, Sheila Jordan began singing as a child and by her early teens was working in Detroit nightclubs, influenced by the music of Charlie Parker. After moving to New York in the early 50s, she married jazz pianist Duke Jordan, and studied with Lennie Tristano.

Tuesday December 04, 2012
Start: 12/04/2012 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 December 05, 2012
Start: 12/05/2012 7:30 pm

Please join us for an exciting night of jazz in a benefit concert for the jazz program of the Berkeley Unified School District. The concert will feature performances by the Willard Middle School Jazz Band directed by Roland Brown, the King Middle School Jazz Band directed by Nancy Boyles, and the Longfellow Middle School Jazz Band directed by Megan Ratliff.

Thursday December 06, 2012
Start: 12/06/2012 8:00 pm

Peter Rowan Bluegrass BandPeter Rowan is a bluegrass master. His musical roots go back to Bill Monroe. He didn't just hear recordings—he played guitar and sang lead with Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s. After stints in Earth Opera, Muleskinner, and the Marin County rock group Seatrain, he co-founded Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Since then, he's recorded more than 30 albums and earned six Grammy nominations.

Friday December 07, 2012
Start: 12/07/2012 8:00 pm

Jim Kweskin, Geoff MuldaurJim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur play jug band favorites, old time jazz tunes, and classic country blues. They've perfected a low key, homemade sound that makes their skillful playing seem as easy as a casual conversation between close friends. The focus is on the music, and the music— even when it's heartbreaking —is always fun. They pick guitar and sing, and have also been known to perform on comb, kazoo, washboard, and jug.

Saturday December 08, 2012
Start: 12/08/2012 8:00 pm

For over 12 years the sound of Cascada de Flores (Arwen Lawrence, Sabra Weber & Jorge Liceaga) has echoed the golden radio age of Latin America, where jazzy bolero and earthy traditions from the countryside were joyously juxtaposed. Tonight they present Radio Flor—a musical loveletter to the early days of Latin American radio, when songs were king and a melody grabbed your heart for a lifetime.

Sunday December 09, 2012
Start: 12/09/2012 8:00 pm

Cris Williamson The holidays are fast approaching, and Cris Williamson is comin' to town for her annual December appearance at the Freight. Bonnie Raitt described her voice as "like honey on a cello" and The Boston Globe has praised her as "a brilliant composer and lyricist." Her tasteful covers and inspired originals have made her a force in the American music scene for nearly 40 years.

Monday December 10, 2012
Start: 12/10/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraThe Jazzschool Institute brings to the Freight stage two diverse & talented student groups led by saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber for their end-of-the-semester performances.  The Miles Davis/Wayne Shorter Ensemble features Lu Salcedo, guitar; Christian Sullivan, piano; Matt Rhodes, piano; and Aaron Hipschman, drums.

Tuesday December 11, 2012
Start: 12/11/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraThe Jazz Strings Chamber Ensemble lead by violinist Mads Tolling, focuses on the art of playing jazz and improvisatory mu­sic on violins, violas, cellos and double basses. The Repertoire includes material written and arranged by top composers in the jazz string world including Turtle Island Quartet, Darol Anger, Jean-Luc Ponty, Edgar Meyer and Evan Price. Latin, fiddle music, classical, pop and rock ‘n’ roll genres are also covered.

Wednesday December 12, 2012
Start: 12/12/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraThe Latin Jazz Ensemble is based on the amalgam of styles and techniques that form and inform the multifaceted field of Latin Jazz, co-directed by John Santos and David Belove. Featuring Spencer Clarke, sax; Ryan Susoev, guitar; Sue Jewell, piano; Colin McCuen, bass; and Zachary Mondlick, drums.

Thursday December 13, 2012
Start: 12/13/2012 8:00 pm

Rob IckesJim Hurst is a guitar-playing marvel, and Rob Ickes on dobro is flat out ridiculous. Consider this: The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has named Rob the Dobro Player of the Year 13 times! A native of Northern California, Rob moved to Nashville in 1992 and helped found the highly esteemed bluegrass band Blue Highway.

Friday December 14, 2012
Start: 12/14/2012 8:00 pm

Christmas Jug BandThe Christmas Jug Band is a loose affiliation of local folkies, hipsters, and hardcore rock and rollers who share a love for jug band versions of cherished Christmas classics and irreverent originals like "Mistletoe Jam" and "Santa Lost a Ho." "Make no mistake," writes Paul Liberatore of the San Jose Mercury News, "the Jug Band may be jokey, but its venerable members are some of the best musicians in the Bay Area and beyond." For 36 years now, these purveyors of raucous r

Saturday December 15, 2012
Start: 12/15/2012 8:00 pm

Inspector Gadje We wouldn't dream of knocking the Nutcracker or disrespecting Santa - but if you hanker for something a little different this holiday season, consider Pomegranates & Figs: A Feast of Jewish Music brought to you by Kaila Flexer, the force behind Klezmer Mania! On this last night of Hanukah, we'll light the candles and listen to some Romani rock and Carpathian soul.

Sunday December 16, 2012
Start: 12/16/2012 8:00 pm

Reilly & MaloneyGinny Reilly and David Maloney are at it again, coming together to deliver delightful harmonies to old fans and new with their special ‘Christmas is a Comin’ holiday show. Tonight their musical magic will have you curled up by the fire, sipping eggnog, and smelling the pine boughs as they share tunes from their classic 1984 A Christmas Album, which they’ve recently updated with three bonus tracks.

Monday December 17, 2012
Start: 12/17/2012 8:00 pm

Rootstock PercussionClassical 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 December 18, 2012
Start: 12/18/2012 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 December 19, 2012
Start: 12/19/2012 8:00 pm

Jim MartinezIt’s all about the spirit tonight – the spirit of jazz, the spirit of Christmas, and the spirit of Charlie Brown – as Jim Martinez and his band pay tribute to the music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Jim has performed with such jazz notables as Lionel Hampton, Christian McBride, Russell Malone, Roy Hargrove, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and Benny Golson.

Thursday December 20, 2012
Start: 12/20/2012 8:00 pm

Maria MuldaurIt’s Christmas at the Oasis – send your reindeer to bed! Maria Muldaur and her crackerjack quintet, featuring Danny Caron on guitar, Ruthie Davies on upright bass, Kent Bryson on drums, Chris Burns on keyboards, and a horn player to be named later, are bringing a sassy blast of Christmas cheer to the Freight.

Friday December 21, 2012
Start: 12/21/2012 8:00 pm

Danny CarnahanDanny Carnahan, of Wake the Dead fame, hosts our annual Freight Holiday Revue, featuring Euphonia, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry, Evo Bluestein, Koyote Patrick Polk, and Bharathi Palivela.

Saturday December 22, 2012
Start: 12/22/2012 8:00 pm

The CoverlettesOf all the great girl groups from the 1960s – the Shirelles and the Crystals, the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las – the greatest that never existed was the Coverlettes. You may not have heard of them – Ella, Bella, and Stella Duvet, three bad-girl sisters from the wrong side of Vermont.

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Wednesday December 26, 2012
Start: 12/26/2012 8:00 pm

What better way to end the year than with some quality yuks with irreverent jokesters at the top of their game?

Thursday December 27, 2012
Start: 12/27/2012 8:00 pm

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceWe 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 $34.50.

Friday December 28, 2012
Start: 12/28/2012 8:00 pm

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceIt’s hard to say what’s better – David Grisman’s superb musicianship or his ability to bring together superb musicians. He’s played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to Stephane Grapelli, James Taylor to Hal Blaine. Tonight the mandolin maestro returns to his bluegrass roots, joined by his usual all-star lineup of stalwarts – Keith Little on 5-string banjo, Jim Nunally on guitar, Chad Manning on fiddle, and Sam Grisman on bass.

Saturday December 29, 2012
Start: 12/29/2012 8:00 pm

Vienna TengWe 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 $32.50.

Sunday December 30, 2012
Start: 12/30/2012 8:00 pm

Vienna TengWe 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 $32.50.

Monday December 31, 2012
Start: 12/31/2012 8:00 pm

High CountryJoin traditional favorites High Country and Dix Bruce & Julie Cline as the Freight welcomes the New Year with our annual bluegrass gala, featuring hot pickin’, a fabulous buffet, and silly hats – plus sparkling beverages at the stroke of midnight!

Thursday January 03, 2013
Start: 01/03/2013 8:00 pm

The Tuttles with AJ LeeCatch the next generation of bluegrass masters when The Tuttles with AJ Lee take the stage at the Freight. The Northern California Bluegrass Society has named them Best Bluegrass Band the last two years in a row, as well as naming Molly Tuttle the Best Guitarist, Michael Tuttle the Best Mandolin Player, and Jack Tuttle the Best Fiddler. Oh, and Best Female Vocalist? That would be AJ in 2010 and 2011, Molly in 2012.

Friday January 04, 2013
Start: 01/04/2013 8:00 pm

Sourdough SlimSourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong play Western classics, country blues, and string band favorites from rural America in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. You’ll hear virtuoso yodeling and masterful yippy-tie-yi-yaying, off-beat jokes and wisecracks, and heartfelt singing, along with nifty playing on banjo and harmonica, accordion and guitar, ukulele and saw.

Saturday January 05, 2013
Start: 01/05/2013 8:00 pm

Andre ThierryAndre Thierry and his band Zydeco Magic take traditional zydeco and infuse it with elements of hip-hop, blues, rock, and pop. Andre is an accordion virtuoso and a captivating singer with a smooth soul sound. ReverbNation calls him “a phenomenal talent” and says that “at only 32 years old, he is already a legend.” He and his band won the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Award for Best Zydeco Group in 2008 and 2012.

Sunday January 06, 2013
Start: 01/06/2013 8:00 pm

Three roots americana songwriters share the Freight stage tonight.

Tuesday January 08, 2013
Start: 01/08/2013 8:00 pm

This is your chance to play at the Freight – in front of a friendly and supportive audience that actually listens. 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 join the fun. All performers are welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS!

Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday January 09, 2013
Start: 01/09/2013 8:00 pm

Greely Savoy DuoFiddlers David Greely and Joel Savoy of the GreelySavoyDuo have deep Cajun roots. Both come from south Louisiana. David took up the fiddle at age 17, after hearing Richard Greene of Seatrain play fiddle through an amp with a wah-wah peddle in a concert at the Warehouse in New Orleans.

Thursday January 10, 2013
Start: 01/10/2013 8:00 pm

Wendy Burch SteelWith a little help from her friends, Oakland’s Wendy Burch Steel is celebrating the release of her first album, Open Wings, and it’s a doozy. Bluegrass Breakdown calls it “a soaring debut album from a talent who will continue to fascinate!” The latest issue of Americana Gazette says, “Keep ‘em coming, Wendy, we’ll be listening!” Her friends ain’t too shabby, either.

Friday January 11, 2013
Start: 01/11/2013 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.