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.

Saturday March 16, 2013
Start: 03/16/2013 12:00 pm

   

The Freight joins forces with The Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention to host BOTMC’s Spring Situation community open house, a free afternoon of old-time stringband picking, singing, cabaret-style concert sets, jam sessions and workshops galore on all manner of making music with people.

Start: 03/16/2013 8:00 pm

Michael & Shay BlackBrothers Michael and Shay Black play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs, and historical ballads, as well as songs from the Irish, English, and Scottish traditions and the occasional contemporary number. Singing in close harmony, playing guitar, banjo, and keyboards, telling funny stories, and even dancing now and again, Michael and Shay draw people in with their energy, wit, and superb musicianship.

Sunday March 17, 2013
Start: 03/17/2013 8:00 pm

Myra MelfordTopping off a weekend symposium on improvisational music at UC Berkeley’s Department of Music, a collection of artists at the cutting edge of improvisation, representing musical traditions from around the world, will present a concert at the Freight, hosted by Myra Melford, a renowned pianist and composer as well as a Berkeley professor.

Monday March 18, 2013
Start: 03/18/2013 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 March 19, 2013
Start: 03/19/2013 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 20, 2013
Start: 03/20/2013 8:00 pm

TylanAfter five studio albums and ten years on the road with the internationally acclaimed folk-pop quartet Girlyman, Tylan is returning to her musical roots. “There’s something about the raw, lyric-driven acoustic experience that has always appealed to me,” she says. “I like the idea of there being very little between the song and the listener.

Thursday March 21, 2013
Start: 03/21/2013 8:00 pm

Steve Gillette & Cindy MangsenSteve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been performing together ever since they got married more than 20 years ago. In the words of Sing Out Magazine, “Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos.” Steve is a superb guitarist and a renowned songwriter.

Friday March 22, 2013
Start: 03/22/2013 8:00 pm

Melanie O'ReillyIn the true spirit of an Irish gathering, and in celebration of her new CD, Ceol Ceantair, Dublin-born singer/song-writer Melanie O’Reilly will dazzle you on our stage with her unique soundscape of Celtic jazz. Called "Extraordinary, …whether she sings jazz, Irish traditional or Jacques Prevert" by Le Telegramme, she wll be joined by spectacular special guests from the cultural worlds of both jazz and celtic.

Saturday March 23, 2013
Start: 03/23/2013 8:00 pm

Susan WernerSusan Werner plays and writes an almost impossibly wide range of music, but what ties it all together is her love of language, her passionate intensity, and an unshakable commitment to the stories she tells in song. Michael Feinstein calls her “that rarest of things – a composer who not only adheres to the traditions of the Great American Songbook, but also who adds great new songs to that Songbook with each project she writes.

Sunday March 24, 2013
Start: 03/24/2013 8:00 pm

Robin and Linda Williams“Our goal has always been to spend our lives making music,” say Robin and Linda Williams, and after 40 years and 21 albums together, the husband-and-wife duo is off to a good start.

Monday March 25, 2013
Start: 03/25/2013 8:00 pm

Kay SternClassical 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 March 26, 2013
Start: 03/26/2013 8:00 pm

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson HamerWhen Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer met in Brooklyn in 2008, they quickly discovered a shared love of old ballads from the British Isles and embarked on a collaboration to perform and record some of their favorites. They arrive at the Freight as their new album, Child Ballads, is just being released.

Wednesday March 27, 2013
Start: 03/27/2013 8:00 pm

Thursday March 28, 2013
Start: 03/28/2013 8:00 pm

Battlefield BandThe ever-evolving Battlefield Band, formed by a group of friends in the Glasgow neighborhood of Battlefield in 1969, plays Celtic music ancient and modern, original and traditional.

Friday March 29, 2013
Start: 03/29/2013 8:00 pm

Janis IanWe 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.

Saturday March 30, 2013
Start: 03/30/2013 8:00 pm

Junius Courtney Big BandLace up your dancing shoes and get ready to swing with the Junius Courtney Big Band and Denise Perrier at the Freight!  The 19-piece band, founded in 1963 when the late trumpeter Junius Courtney moved to the Bay Area from his native New Orleans, is celebrating its 50th anniversary season and the release of a new album.  Led by Junius’s son Nat Courtney behind the drum kit, directed by George “Jazzbeaux” Spencer on trumpet, and featuring special guest Denise Perrier on voca

Sunday March 31, 2013
Start: 03/31/2013 8:00 pm

Crystal BowersoxWe 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.

Monday April 01, 2013
Start: 04/01/2013 8:00 pm

Sue DraheimA host of Bay Area musicians – classical and Celtic, old time and bluegrass, Cajun and more – gather for a benefit concert honoring Sue Draheim, a beloved Bay Area musician who now lives in Berea, Kentucky. Sue was recently diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer, and many of her musician friends want to do what they can to offer their support.

Tuesday April 02, 2013
Start: 04/02/2013 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 April 03, 2013
Start: 04/03/2013 8:00 pm

At a Freight Open Mic in 1975, five daring young women took the stage to play bluegrass. Imagine: women playing bluegrass! What an idea! Oh, and the group needed a name. Their spur-of-the-moment choice? The Good Ol’ Persons – a name that winked at the good ol’ boys of bluegrass and cleverly claimed full membership in the club.

Thursday April 04, 2013
Start: 04/04/2013 8:00 pm

David WilcoxDavid Wilcox has a way with words, a way with guitars, a way with singing that cuts through the junk and the gunk and gets straight to the essence. His original songs are beautiful, tender, witty, and deeply engaged with the complexities of living in a messy, imperfect world. For David, says the magazine Performing Songwriter, “music is a personal compass for finding his way home.

Friday April 05, 2013
Start: 04/05/2013 8:00 pm

Olive and the Dirty MartinisThere’s nothing like partying for a good cause, and tonight’s your chance to have big fun with Olive and the Dirty Martinis, along with a Girl Named T, and at the same time to do a good turn for the Rex Foundation, the Bay Area nonprofit founded by the Grateful Dead and friends to “help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people a

Saturday April 06, 2013
Start: 04/06/2013 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.

Sunday April 07, 2013
Start: 04/07/2013 8:00 pm

Gautam Tejas GaneshanFor Guatam Tejas Ganeshan, the essence of music is the gathering – the shared experience of people gathered together to make and hear music, in concert. Gautam performs new compositions rooted in an old tradition, the classical music of South India known as Carnatic music, which emphasizes the vocal element.

Monday April 08, 2013
Start: 04/08/2013 8:00 pm

UC Jazz Ensembles Tonight’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.

Tuesday April 09, 2013
Start: 04/09/2013 8:00 pm

Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, and Jordan TiceBrittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert are three of the most exciting young voices in acoustic music today.

Wednesday April 10, 2013
Start: 04/10/2013 8:00 pm

Alan SenaukeAlan Senauke is weaving everything together – all of the musical and spiritual threads – to create a remarkable tapestry of song composed of inspiring originals and lovingly chosen contemporary and classic numbers by artists like George Harrison and Muddy Waters, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Huddy Ledbetter.

Thursday April 11, 2013
Start: 04/11/2013 8:00 pm

Caren ArmstrongCaren Armstrong brings her long-running series Celebrating Songwriters back to the Freight for an evening of original songs with Keith Greeninger, Steve Meckfessel, and Caren herself. The first set features each artist playing individually. The second set features the artists playing in the round, Nashville style, a format that often inspires spontaneous collaboration.

Friday April 12, 2013
Start: 04/12/2013 8:00 pm

House JacksThe human voice is a terrible thing to waste – and the House Jacks make superb use of theirs. The New York Times praised their “astonishingly precise vocal drumming.” The Oakland Tribune praised their “amazing voices, impressive arrangements, and dynamic stage presence.” A rock band without instruments, these five amazing musicians perform in an a capella style that obliterates all preconceptions about what a voice can do.

Saturday April 13, 2013
Start: 04/13/2013 8:00 pm

The Earl BrothersThe Earl Brothers, based in San Francisco and led by banjo master Robert Earl Davis, have been delving into the dark side of bluegrass for more than a decade now, and their fifth and latest album, Outlaw Hillbilly, takes them further down that rough road with songs like “Troubles,” “Cold and Lonesome,” and “When the Lovin’s All Over,” and grisly lines like “I stabbed her dear brother and cut off his head, and buried him deep so I knew he was dead.” They’re not a good time

Sunday April 14, 2013
Start: 04/14/2013 8:00 pm

Tracy Newman & the ReinforcementsTracy Newman & the Reinforcements play upbeat folk and pop originals with catchy melodies, pleasing harmonies, and clever, insightful lyrics. “I’m embarrassed to say / this relationship works / because we never talk,” she sings in “Fire Up the Weed,” which won first place in the Great American Song Contest in 2011.

Monday April 15, 2013
Start: 04/15/2013 8:00 pm

LithaThey met at a folk music festival in England in June 2006 at the time of the summer solstice. Claire Mann and Aaron Jones came from Scotland. Gudrun Walther and Juergen Treyz came from Germany.

Tuesday April 16, 2013
Start: 04/16/2013 8:00 pm

Freight Open MicThis 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. The audience is friendly – and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers 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 April 17, 2013
Start: 04/17/2013 8:00 pm

April Verch BandCanada’s April Verch grew up in the Ottawa Valley, where she started step dancing at age three, fiddling at six, and doing both simultaneously at eight. She steeped herself in Canadian roots music, then extended her interest to encompass the music of her neighbor to the south.

Thursday April 18, 2013
Start: 04/18/2013 8:00 pm

Bruce MolskyFiddle guru Darol Anger calls Bruce Molsky “the Rembrandt of the Appalachian fiddle.” Matt Glaser, director of the American Roots program at the Berklee College of Music, calls him “America’s reigning old time fiddler.” Bruce is a master fiddler who also excels on banjo and guitar. Oh, and he sings, too. “Bruce has that ability to track deep emotion in his voice, without any unnecessary adornment,” says Linda Rondstadt, who knows a bit about singing herself.

Friday April 19, 2013
Start: 04/19/2013 8:00 pm

Steve ForbertWhen Steve Forbert left his home in Meridian, Mississippi in June of 1976 to play his brand of soulful folk rock in New York City, performers like Patti Smith and the Ramones were holding center stage, but Steve started busking in the subway and at Grand Central Station, and performing at open mics, and it wasn’t long before he was playing CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, and getting his name favorably mentioned in the New York Times.

Saturday April 20, 2013
Start: 04/20/2013 8:00 pm

Bruce Robison & Kelly WillisBruce Robison is the writer of such No. 1 country hits as “Wrapped” for George Strait, “Angry All the Time” for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and “Travelin’ Solider” for the Dixie Chicks. Kelly Willis is a sensational singer with ten albums to her credit, the first few in the classic country style of Nashville, and the later ones in the alt-country style of Austin.

Sunday April 21, 2013
Start: 04/21/2013 8:00 pm

Molly HolmAfter more than three decades as a visionary presence in the Bay Area music scene, Molly Holm is celebrating the release of her first album, Permission, with a concert at the Freight. The new album features straight-ahead jazz standards by Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, and Mongo Santamaria, along with six originals that reflect the full range of musical influences who have inspired Molly as a singer and composer.

Monday April 22, 2013
Start: 04/22/2013 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 April 23, 2013
Wednesday April 24, 2013
Start: 04/24/2013 8:00 pm

Dan NavarroSinger, songwriter, guitarist – not to mention actor, voice talent, and political activist – Dan Navarro is a multi-talented entertainer who communicates a great depth of emotion in his beautifully crafted originals. He recorded 12 albums as half of Lowen & Navarro, and since the passing of his musical partner Eric Lowen from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, he’s continued to tour and record as a solo performer.

Thursday April 25, 2013
Start: 04/25/2013 8:00 pm

Suzy Thompson & Mary Flower, Craig Ventresco & Meredith AxelrodFour fantastic musicians who seek out the hidden gems in the nooks and crannies of old time music, vintage jazz, ragtime, and blues, and bring them to new life – that’s what the Freight has going tonight!

Friday April 26, 2013
Start: 04/26/2013 8:00 pm

VäsenVäsen is a band people rave about – mere praise doesn’t seem to be enough. According to the Utne Reader, the band “treads an enchanted territory between classical, folk, and pop.” National Public Radio’s All Things Considered puts it this way: “The absurdly broad term world music is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires.

Saturday April 27, 2013
Start: 04/27/2013 8:00 pm

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers w/ Alasdair FraiserWe 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.

Sunday April 28, 2013
Start: 04/28/2013 8:00 pm

Martin Taylor, Mimi FoxEngland’s Martin Taylor is a guitar colossus. He’s recorded more than 70 albums, collaborated with a pantheon of musical greats – from Yehudi Menuin to George Harrison, Stephane Grapelli to Jeff Beck, not to mention Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, and many, many more – and made incredibly beautiful music that’s about as timeless as music can get. Honors? How about two honorary doctorates, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, a record 14 British Jazz Awards?

Monday April 29, 2013
Start: 04/29/2013 8:00 pm

New Esterházy String QuartetClassical at the Freight brings in the Bay Area’s best classical musicians for an hour of outstanding chamber music in an informal, friendly atmosphere. Ben Simon, the music director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, 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 April 30, 2013
Start: 04/30/2013 8:00 pm

California Guitar TrioThe California Guitar Trio – Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium, Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan, and Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah – bring together a whirlwind of instrumental styles, including classical, rock and roll, world music, jazz, and blues – oh, and let’s not forget that cherished California sub-genre, surf rock.

Wednesday May 01, 2013
Start: 05/01/2013 8:00 pm

Happy May Day! If you’ve ever worked, this show’s for you. Gerry Tenney – singer, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and stalwart of the Bay Area music scene – celebrates International Worker Day with new and old songs of working people from around the world, backed by the Hard Times Orchestra featuring Rick Elmore on trombone, David Laub on bass, Neil Linden on banjo, Noah and Leslie Tenney on vocals, and Allegra, Suzy, and Eric Thompson on all sorts of instruments and vocals.

Thursday May 02, 2013
Start: 05/02/2013 8:00 pm

Lacy J DaltonLacy J Dalton is a country classic. People Magazine called her the country equivalent of Bonnie Raitt. Born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, raised in a family of musicians, she heard the call of California in the late 1960s, found her way to Santa Cruz, and played in a psychedelic rock band called Office.

Friday May 03, 2013
Start: 05/03/2013 8:00 pm
Modeled after the Jazzschool’s popular Middle School Invitational, the High School Invitational showcases outstanding high school jazz programs from around the Bay Area. This unique event gives talented young musicians the opportunity to perform alongside their peers in a friendly, non-competitive environment.
Saturday May 04, 2013
Start: 05/04/2013 8:00 pm

Rahim AlhajRahim Alhaj is a world-renowned master of the oud from Baghdad, Iraq who found his way to America after the first Gulf War in 1991.

Sunday May 05, 2013
Start: 05/05/2013 8:00 pm

Gina BreedloveFolksoul is what Gina Breedlove calls her signature sound. Think of classic rhythm and blues spiced with a big dash of folk and gospel. Gina began her career at age 15 singing backup for Phyllis Hyman, toured as a featured vocalist with Harry Belafonte, and has since worked with such artists as Omar, Ani DiFranco, Sekou Sundiata, Craig Harris, Toshi Reagon, and Lizz Wright. She also originated the role of Sarabi in The Lion King on Broadway.

Monday May 06, 2013
Start: 05/06/2013 8:00 pm

Join a pair of local roots bands,­ Foggy Gulch and Swoon, for an evening of inspiring and original music!