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.
Tuesday November 20, 2012
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Thursday November 22, 2012
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.

Sunday December 23, 2012
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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.

Saturday January 12, 2013
Start: 01/12/2013 8:00 pm

John McCutcheonBrilliant songwriter, fascinating storyteller, virtuoso singer, fiddler, and guitarist, as well as the undisputed master of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon at 60 has recorded more than 30 albums, including his latest, This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America, which acousticmusic.com has called “amazing” and RootsWorld.com has called “solid and powerful” and “highly recommended.” John’s music runs the gamut from classic folk songs to his own politically and soc

Sunday January 13, 2013
Start: 01/13/2013 8:00 pm

Steve SeskinThree good friends – top songwriters all – bring their extensive songbooks to the Freight for an “in-the-round” evening of hilarious stories and wonderful music.

Monday January 14, 2013
Start: 01/14/2013 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 January 15, 2013
Start: 01/15/2013 8:00 pm

Berkeley High School Chamber ConcertTonight is your chance to hear an inspiring performance by the classical component of the world-renowned Berkeley High School music program. An array of talented students from both band and orchestra will play in an assortment of small groupings – from brass choir and string quartet to solos and duets – under the direction of Karen Wells. The evening promises to be a highly entertaining showcase for some of Berkeley’s most talented young musicians.

 

Wednesday January 16, 2013
Start: 01/16/2013 8:00 pm

Celia RamsayCelia Ramsay is coming to the Freight with a fine new album, a stellar band, and a trove of classic jazz standards, as well as warm and witty originals about love lost, found, bungled, and enjoyed.

Thursday January 17, 2013
Start: 01/17/2013 8:00 pm

Red MollyThe music of Red Molly is full of joy. In the words of the Boston Globe, “what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune.” Laurie MacAllister sings and plays bass, banjo, and guitar. Abbie Gardner sings and plays guitar and Dobro. Molly Venter sings and plays guitar.

Friday January 18, 2013
Start: 01/18/2013 8:00 pm

With an engaging conversational style, Ellis Paul delivers his tunes in a high, clear voice that gets you right in the heart. He tells touching and tender stories in songs that meld a pop sensibility with an abiding respect for the storytelling tradition of masters like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. His finely chiseled, deeply humane songs have won him more than a dozen Boston Music Awards.

Saturday January 19, 2013
Start: 01/19/2013 11:00 am

Charity and the JAMbandMelita Doostan and Rudy Trubitt emcee the Patchwork Series, the Freight’s ongoing concert series for kids featuring some of the Bay Area’s most beloved performers. This morning, join the sing-along, dance-along fun with Charity & the JAMband.

Start: 01/19/2013 8:00 pm

Lou & Peter BerrymanDo you like clever wordplay? Are you a fan of subversive humor? Do catchy tunes and hilarious punch lines give you a lift? If so, you probably already know all about Lou & Peter Berryman, the warm and witty folk duo from the heart of cheese country. If you’ve never seen them live or heard them on A Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s Morning Edition, or KPFA, you’re in for a treat.

Sunday January 20, 2013
Start: 01/20/2013 8:00 pm

Mariah Parker's Indo Latin Jazz EnsembleMariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble has a crisp, clean sound that seamlessly weaves together a world of musical influences, from Havana to Kolkata.

Monday January 21, 2013
Start: 01/21/2013 8:00 pm

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.

An afro-pop rendition of “A Case of You”.  A South Indian Jazz interpretation of “My Old Man.”  UnderCover Presents celebrates Joni Mitchell’s classic album Blue with a masterful mashup of Bay Area musical talent who each cover a different song from the album, infusing it with their distinctive sound and personality.

Tuesday January 22, 2013
Start: 01/22/2013 8:00 pm

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.

An afro-pop rendition of “A Case of You”. A South Indian Jazz interpretation of “My Old Man.” UnderCover Presents celebrates Joni Mitchell’s classic album Blue with a masterful mashup of Bay Area musical talent who each cover a different song from the album, infusing it with their distinctive sound and personality.

Wednesday January 23, 2013
Start: 01/23/2013 8:00 pm

Chuck BrodskyJoin us for the musical double-header of the season as singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky shares the bill with San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right.

Thursday January 24, 2013
Start: 01/24/2013 8:00 pm

The Claire Lynch BandThe government may not always get it right, but the powers that be hit the bull’s eye when they recently awarded Claire Lynch a Walker Fellowship, given annually to a select group of remarkable Americans who represent the most innovative and influential artists in their field. Claire is definitely innovative, influential, and remarkable!

Friday January 25, 2013
Start: 01/25/2013 8:00 pm

Hot Club of CowtownThe Freight swings like it’s never swung before when the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival sets the stage sizzling with three nights of music and a Saturday open house featuring workshops, performances, and a panel discussion inspired and influenced by the legendary jazz band, Quintette du Hot Club de France.  Fronted by gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and virtuoso violinist Stephane Grappelli, the Paris-based combo revo

Saturday January 26, 2013
Start: 01/26/2013 11:00 am

Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli: their musical influence in the Bay Area, 3:00 pm

With David Grisman, David Balakrishnan, Andy Gilbert, and George Cole (moderator). This lively conversation will focus on the lives of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt with particular emphasis on Grapelli’s work in the Bay Area in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.

Start: 01/26/2013 8:00 pm

Turtle Island QuartetThe Freight swings like it’s never swung before when the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival sets the stage sizzling with three nights of music and a Saturday open house featuring workshops, performances, and a panel discussion inspired and influenced by the legendary jazz band, Quintette du Hot Club de France.  Fronted by gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and virtuoso violinist Stephane Grappelli, the Paris-based combo re

Sunday January 27, 2013
Start: 01/27/2013 8:00 pm

David GrismanWe 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 $39.50.

Monday January 28, 2013
Start: 01/28/2013 8:00 pm

Classical at the Freight: Mozart Birthday CelebrationClassical 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 of all ages.

Tuesday January 29, 2013
Start: 01/29/2013 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 30, 2013
Start: 01/30/2013 8:00 pm

Jody StecherJody Stecher has been making beautiful music for many decades now, and he finally decided to record an album of his own originals, bringing together a splendid crew of musicians, all of whom will be joining him tonight at the Freight, with Paul Knight on bass, Eric Thompson on guitar, Chad Manning on fiddle, Bill Evans on banjo, Kate Brislin and Allegra Thompson on vocals, Keith Little on vocals and banjo, Suzie Thompson on vocals, fiddle, and accordion, and Jody on vocals, banjo, gui

Thursday January 31, 2013
Start: 01/31/2013 8:00 pm

Jim MalcolmScotland’s Jim Malcolm plays guitar and harmonica and sings traditional Scottish classics, contemporary favorites, and his own pointed and poignant originals.

Friday February 01, 2013
Start: 02/01/2013 8:00 pm

Led KaapanaLed Kaapana, Hawaii’s legendary master of the slack-key guitar, brings his musical wizardry to the Freight for an evening of traditional Hawaiian classics and compelling originals.  Led also excels on ukulele, autoharp, bass, and steel guitar, and has a beautiful baritone singing voice as well as a glorious falsetto.  He has recorded more than 30 albums as a solo artist and a member of the groups Hui Ohana and I Kona, and appeared on more than 40 collaborations and compilations, in

Saturday February 02, 2013
Start: 02/02/2013 8:00 pm

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Sunday February 03, 2013
Start: 02/03/2013 8:00 pm

Marcus Shelby Orchestra, Faye Carol, Kellye Gray & Ed ReedFour legends of Bay Area jazz come together for a swinging Black History Month tribute to the music of the incomparable Duke Ellington. The show, Come Sunday is named for the wonderful Ellington composition popularized by Mahalia Jackson, and features a superb 15-piece orchestra led by bassist Marcus Shelby and brings to the same stage for the first time Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, and Ed Reed.

Monday February 04, 2013
Start: 02/04/2013 8:00 pm

Chris CaswellWe 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.

Thursday February 07, 2013
Start: 02/07/2013 8:00 pm

Casey DriessenCasey Driessen is a mind-blowing force of nature—or force of musical passion, energy, and creativity.  The setup is simple: one man, one fiddle, one pedal board used to record and play back looping layers of sound.  Most of the sound comes from the fiddle—melody, harmony, rhythm, percussion.  He keeps adding layers, accompanying himself, so that by the end of a song, it may sound like the playing of a dozen brilliant musicians.  Born in Owatonna, Minnesota and schooled at the Berkle

Friday February 08, 2013
Start: 02/08/2013 8:00 pm

Chester ThompsonChester Thompson, keyboard magician and master of the B-3 organ, has returned to his jazz roots after a productive decade with Tower of Power and 17 years with Santana.  His powerful quartet features Barry Finnerty on guitar, Ron E.

Saturday February 09, 2013
Start: 02/09/2013 8:00 pm

The Bee EatersThe Bee Eaters bring together elements of bluegrass, old-time music, Celtic, jazz, and pop to create a beautiful and innovative blend.  “Boston’s fast-evolving progressive acoustic music scene has produced another strange and wondrous new species,” says the Boston Globe.  “The trio combines chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass’s playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness.”

Sunday February 10, 2013
Start: 02/10/2013 8:00 pm

David Thom BandTo help kick off the 2013 San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, the Freight presents bluegrass luminary David Thom and his band, along with two-time Grammy nominee Don Rigsby.  David and Don will start the show in the classic brother duet style, followed by a bluegrass set featuring Don on lead and harmony singing, as well as mandolin and fiddle.  David met Don while working with Bill Evans’ Flatt and Scruggs Tribute Band last winter, and Don played with David and his band

Tuesday February 12, 2013
Start: 02/12/2013 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.