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.

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.

Wednesday February 13, 2013
Start: 02/13/2013 8:00 pm

Spider John KoernerSpider John Koerner has been around for a while.  His musical roots in folk and country blues go deep.  Bob Dylan writes about him in Chronicles: He “was tall and thin with a look of perpetual amusement on his face.

Thursday February 14, 2013
Start: 02/14/2013 8:00 pm

David BrombergDavid Bromberg has his mojo working, and he’s coming back to Berkeley for two nights at the Freight.

Friday February 15, 2013
Start: 02/15/2013 8:00 pm

David BrombergWe 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 $36.50.

David Bromberg has his mojo working, and he’s coming back to Berkeley for two nights at the Freight.

Saturday February 16, 2013
Start: 02/16/2013 8:00 pm

Patrick Sky, Pat D'Arcy, Tom Creegan, Todd DenmanThe Irish word for gathering is tionól, the national bagpipes of Ireland are called uilleann pipes, and a multitude of uilleann pipers and folks who love to hear uilleann pipes are coming together for a tionól tonight at the Freight.

Sunday February 17, 2013
Start: 02/17/2013 8:00 pm

Please see the Freight box office for refunds.

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Monday February 18, 2013
Start: 02/18/2013 1:00 pm

Linda Tillery, Evie Ladin, Ray Obiedo, Barbara Higbie, Unique Derique, Jackeline RagoIn honor of the 26 who lost their lives at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, Linda Tillery takes the Freight stage with her friends to remember the children who perished and promote the safety of all children in a family friendly performance and sing-along guaranteed to lift the spirits.  The show features Linda on vocals and percussion, Evie Ladin on vocals and banjo, Ray Obiedo on electric guitar, Bar

Start: 02/18/2013 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 February 19, 2013
Start: 02/19/2013 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 February 20, 2013
Start: 02/20/2013 8:00 pm

Andy StatmanA master of both mandolin and clarinet, Andy Statman plays his own brand of bluegrass, klezmer, and jazz—playful, prayerful, and powerful in a way that you have to hear.  The Chicago Tribune calls him “one of the greatest mandolinists of this—or any—era,” and Ricky Skaggs calls him “Bill Monroe and John Coltrane poured into one person.”  He’s played with Bob Dylan and Itzhak Perlman, and released more than 30 albums, including his latest, Old Brooklyn, recorded with his

Thursday February 21, 2013
Start: 02/21/2013 8:00 pm

Sharon Gilchrist, No Place Pacific, The Drifter Sisters, Laurie LewisLaurie Lewis, Freight favorite and host of New Voices, is so enamored with these young and talented musicians that she wanted to make sure the Freight audience had an opportunity to hear them—and at last century’s admission prices, you owe it to yourself to take a chance on getting blown away!

Friday February 22, 2013
Start: 02/22/2013 8:00 pm

Kris DelmhorstKris Delmhorst has the kind of voice that makes you lean forward because you don’t want to miss anything.  It’s warm and relaxed, a little husky, and she sings with tenderness and a complete commitment to the essence of each song.  Her music is influenced by folk and country, gospel and rock and roll.  She takes her inspiration from sources as diverse as Walt Whitman, Edna St.

Saturday February 23, 2013
Start: 02/23/2013 8:00 pm

Chookasian Armenian Concert EnsembleChookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble has been presenting traditional Armenian music, dance, and culture since 1994.  Their concerts draw on classical, folkloric, and troubadour music from both eastern and western Armenia.  The ensemble received the National Gold Medal Award from the Republic of Armenia during their tour in 1999, won the award for Best Traditional Armenian Folk Music at the Armenian Music Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles in 2009.

Sunday February 24, 2013
Start: 02/24/2013 8:00 pm

George Kahumoku, Jr.George Kahumoku, Jr. has won multiple Grammy awards for his masterful performances on slack-key guitar.  Tonight he’ll play and sing at the Freight, mixing Hawaiian classics and contemporary songs with his own captivating originals.  We might even get to hear him do “Unchained Melody” Hawaiian style.

Monday February 25, 2013
Start: 02/25/2013 8:00 pm

Brian ThorsettClassical at the Freight brings in some of the Bay Area’s finest 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 February 26, 2013
Start: 02/26/2013 8:00 pm

Deadly GentlemenYou could say The Deadly Gentlemen speak bluegrass with a rock and roll accent, creating music that is joyful, playful, and beautiful.  Expect three-part harmonies, group shouting, dense rhymes, and an almost rap-like phrasing.

Wednesday February 27, 2013
Start: 02/27/2013 8:00 pm

Christine LavinChristine Lavin writes and sings beautifully crafted songs—but that makes it sound like work, and she makes it sound like play.  Her songs tell funny, poignant stories—about “Sensitive New Age Guys,” about “The Kind of Love You Never Recover From”—and when you think about them afterwards, you realize that underneath the cleverness there’s a questioning intelligence that grapples with the big questions—like what to do “When You’re Single at Christmastime.”  The New York Times

Thursday February 28, 2013
Start: 02/28/2013 8:00 pm

Carrie RodriguezCarrie Rodriguez is a prodigious fiddler, a soulful singer, and a probing songwriter.  Lucinda Williams said of her in the New York Times says, “She’s got something unique in her voice that’s very subtle and a little smoky and sweet.”  Carrie has released five albums with veteran songwriter Chip Taylor, one with Ben Kyle of Romantica, and six solo albums, including her newest, Give Me All You Got, recorded in Berkeley at Fantasy Studios.  She’s worked with Rickie Lee

Friday March 01, 2013
Start: 03/01/2013 8:00 pm

Tin Hat makes music that explores life’s mysteries.

Saturday March 02, 2013
Start: 03/02/2013 8:00 pm

SolasJoin Solas, "Irish America's most influential band" (NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock) as they celebrate the release of Shamrock City, their 11th album and most ambitious project & live show to date.

Sunday March 03, 2013
Start: 03/03/2013 8:00 pm

Real Vocal String QuartetChoose a box, any box, and the Real Vocal String Quartet will think outside 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.

Tuesday March 05, 2013
Start: 03/05/2013 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 March 06, 2013
Start: 03/06/2013 8:00 pm

Erin McKeownAfter 11 albums and 12 years of touring practically nonstop, Erin McKeown rolls into Berkeley with a brand new release, Manifestra, that doubles down on her musical and political commitments.

Thursday March 07, 2013
Start: 03/07/2013 8:00 pm

Theodore BikelWe 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 $30.50.

Friday March 08, 2013
Start: 03/08/2013 8:00 pm

David Power, Martin Hayes, Cathal Hayden, Máirtín O'Connor, Dennis Cahill, Seamie O'Dowd, Iarla Ó LionáirdWe 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 March 09, 2013
Start: 03/09/2013 11:00 am

Gustafer YellowgoldGet ready for an engaging and interactive show full of songs and stories about pancakes, rockets, “Mint Green Bees,” and Wisconsin when Gustafer Yellowgold plays the Freight as part of the Patchwork Children’s Series.

Start: 03/09/2013 8:00 pm
The Young Women’s Chorus collaborates with Keith Terry, a renowned percussionist and rhythm dancer whose work encompasses music, dance, theater, and performance art. As a self-described “body musician,” Keith uses the oldest musical instrument in the world – the human body – as the basis for exploring, blending, and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive, and movement possibilities.
Sunday March 10, 2013
Start: 03/10/2013 8:00 pm

Julian Lage was once a guitar whiz kid, and now, at 25, he’s a guitar wizard. His music is rich in melody, texture, and rhythm, synthesizing influences from jazz and bluegrass, folk and chamber music, along with traditions from around the world.

Tuesday March 12, 2013
Start: 03/12/2013 8:00 pm

Mikey ZWho is Mikey Z?

Wednesday March 13, 2013
Start: 03/13/2013 8:00 pm

CalaverasCalaveras returns to the Freight for an evening of fresh and timeless original songs inspired by a deep appreciation of traditional and contemporary American roots music and seasoned with strong lead vocals, lovely close harmonies, and deft instrumentals.

Thursday March 14, 2013
Start: 03/14/2013 8:00 pm

The Red Clay RamblersThe Red Clay Ramblers are a fun bunch. “Though they’re a walking encyclopedia of Americana,” says the Greensboro News & Record, they “never forget they're up there to entertain.” And entertain they do, with a repertoire that includes bluegrass, blues, folk, and gospel, and a healthy dose of homespun wit and charm.

Friday March 15, 2013
Start: 03/15/2013 8:00 pm

Bryan Sutton, David Holt & T. Michael ColemanGrammy-winning musicians Bryan Sutton, David Holt, and T. Michael Coleman celebrate the musical genius of the late Doc Watson in a show that mixes traditional classics with fresh originals.