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!

Tuesday May 07, 2013
Start: 05/07/2013 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 May 08, 2013
Start: 05/08/2013 8:00 pm

Laurie Lewis and Tom RozumBerkeley’s own Laurie Lewis – Grammy winner, bluegrass trailblazer, singer and fiddler extraordinaire – performs a batch of new songs with two of her favorite musicians, mandolin maestro Tom Rozum and guitar wonder Nina Gerber.

Thursday May 09, 2013
Start: 05/09/2013 8:00 pm

“Any fool can write a love-gone-wrong song,” says the Boston Globe. “It takes a real genius to write a love-gone-right one. No urban songwriter does that better than Catie Curtis.” Love gone right – it’s a tricky subject. There’s a risk of sounding naïve or trite, but Catie somehow manages to balance hard-earned experience with wonder, melding catchy melodic hooks with heartfelt vocals.

Friday May 10, 2013
Start: 05/10/2013 8:00 pm

Ruthie FosterRuthie Foster is a rising star in the musical universe of the blues. Her latest album, Let It Burn, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album in 2012, and her previous album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2010. She won the Koko Taylor Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year last year, and she’s nominated again this year.

Saturday May 11, 2013
Start: 05/11/2013 11:00 am

OctopretzelIn a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder, and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and fun experience for the whole family.

Start: 05/11/2013 8:00 pm

Shahrzad Sepanlou, Fared ShafinuryShahrzad Sepanlou and Fared Shafinury, a pair of immensely talented artists with musical roots in Iran, perform at the Freight with an ensemble of notable musicians including Safa Shokrai on bass and Jason Ditzian on clarinet.

Sunday May 12, 2013
Start: 05/12/2013 8:00 pm
Sara WatkinsSara Watkins, a native of Vista, California, co-founded her first band in 1989 when she was eight, playing with her brother Sean Watkins and a family friend, Chris Thile. The band was Nickel Creek, and over the next 18 years, they won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album, received several more nominations, and released six albums’ worth of wonderful music in the progressive bluegrass vein.
Monday May 13, 2013
Start: 05/13/2013 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and 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!

Tuesday May 14, 2013
Start: 05/14/2013 8:00 pm

Stephen KelloggHow to describe Stephen Kellogg’s music? His father loved Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, the Eagles and the Band. His sister loved rock stars with big hair, like Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. And Stephen loved it all – intimate truth-telling and outlandish posing. His music is a mixture of both, an American amalgam of rock and roll, country, and folk.

Wednesday May 15, 2013
Start: 05/15/2013 8:00 pm

Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome BandSusie Glaze & the Hilonesome Band return to the Freight to play their own entertaining mix of Celtic-inspired originals and classic covers from artists like Steve Earle, James Taylor, and Jean Ritche. Roz Larman, host of KPFK’s FolkScene, says that Susie “has one of the most beautiful voices in bluegrass and folk music today.

Thursday May 16, 2013
Start: 05/16/2013 8:00 pm

Eilen JewellThere’s more to Eilen Jewell than meets the eye. National Public Radio, on its listing for Song of the Day, says, “She’s got a sweet and clear voice with a killer instinct lurking beneath the shiny surface.” USA Today describes her as “Dark and haunting, but alluring just the same . . . Give me more of that voice.” Her voice certainly stays with you, a captivating blend of wild and under control.

Friday May 17, 2013
Start: 05/17/2013 8:00 pm

If you like Western swing, you probably already know Lost Weekend. They’ve been around the Bay Area since 1985, when they started playing Tuesday nights at Paul’s Saloon. Herb Caen gave him several plugs, Phil Elwood lauded them in his reviews, and the band expanded its lineup to perform at such events as the SF Jazz Festival, the city’s New Year’s Eve Show, and the Black and White Ball.

Saturday May 18, 2013
Start: 05/18/2013 8:00 pm

Greg BrownWe 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 $37.50.

Sunday May 19, 2013
Start: 05/19/2013 8:00 pm

Darol Anger & the FuriesIn Greek mythology, the Furies were ferocious godlike avengers who would swoop down on mere mortals and destroy them with relish.  The only difference here is that when these fantastically talented presences swoop down on Darol Anger, the result is not destruction but inspiration.

Monday May 20, 2013
Start: 05/20/2013 8:00 pm

Young Artists' ShowcaseOur May 20 Young Artist’s Showcase will feature chamber music performed by student ensembles from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Prep Division, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Oakland School of the Arts, and Berkeley’s Crowden School.  Personally selected by San Francisco Chamber Orchestra music director Ben Simon, these talented students represent the future of the fine art of ensemble playing.

Tuesday May 21, 2013
Start: 05/21/2013 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraThe Jazzschool Institute presents three student ensembles for this end-of-semester performance series!

The Odd Meter Ensemble, directed by Jeff Marrs, explores the application of odd meters to jazz standards. Featuring Julian Kucera, guitar; Eli Goldlink, piano; Colin McCuen, bass; and Dylan Habegger, drums.

Wednesday May 22, 2013
Start: 05/22/2013 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraThe Jazzschool Institute presents three student ensembles for this end-of-semester performance series!

Directed by violinist Mads Tolling, the JI Jazz Fusion Ensemble explores the roots of fusion, including classic tunes by Stanley Clarke, the Brecker Brothers and Weather Report. Featuring Esther Berndt, sax; Gael Alcock, cello; Ryan Susoev, guitar; Craig Browning, piano; Seth Honig, bass; and Alex Shapiro-Romano, drums.

Thursday May 23, 2013
Start: 05/23/2013 8:00 pm

The Blues Broads: Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson, Angela Strehli & Deanna BogartThe Blues Broads – Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, and Annie Sampson – are the real deal, with deep roots in gospel and rock and roll, country and funk, and most especially the blues. Dorothy co-wrote and sang gospel's all-time bestseller, "Oh, Happy Day." She's sung with Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Rita Coolidge, and Simon & Garfunkel.

Friday May 24, 2013
Start: 05/24/2013 8:00 pm

The Blues Broads: Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson, Angela Strehli & Deanna BogartThe Blues Broads – Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, and Annie Sampson – are the real deal, with deep roots in gospel and rock and roll, country and funk, and most especially the blues. Dorothy co-wrote and sang gospel's all-time bestseller, "Oh, Happy Day." She's sung with Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Rita Coolidge, and Simon & Garfunkel.

Saturday May 25, 2013
Start: 05/25/2013 8:00 pm

Marcia BallMarcia Ball is a blues legend. Born in Orange, Texas, raised in Vinton, Louisiana, she started her solo career in 1974, inspired by the piano playing of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and James Booker, and the vocal magic of Irma Thomas. She chose her idols well.

Sunday May 26, 2013
Start: 05/26/2013 8:00 pm

The Black Lillies play their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia.  Hailing from Knoxville Tennessee, they’ve grown from a few friends sitting around campfires and living rooms to a band that shows up in far-flung cities where folks know the words to the songs before the band hits town.  The band—Cruz Contreras on lead vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin, Trisha Gene Brady on vocals, guitar, ukulele, hand percussion, Tom Pryor on electric guitar, pedal

Tuesday May 28, 2013
Start: 05/28/2013 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 May 29, 2013
Start: 05/29/2013 8:00 pm

Pamela RoseSan Francisco’s Pamela Rose celebrates the life and times – and especially the music – of the wild women who wrote songs in the bygone days of Tin Pan Alley. With an all-star band, a wealth of projected images, and her own vocal magic, she delivers a multi-media concert that showcases well-known artists like Alberta Hunter and Peggy Lee as well as lesser known figures like Maria Grever and Ida Cox. “It's more than a jazz concert,” says San Francisco Magazine.

Thursday May 30, 2013
Start: 05/30/2013 8:00 pm

American Nomad, Garrin Benfield, Wendy Burch Steel, Laurie Lewis hostsLaurie Lewis, longtime Freight favorite and host of New Voices, is so excited about these talented musicians that she wants to give the Freight audience an opportunity to hear them perform – and at last century’s admission prices, you owe it to yourself to take a chance on getting blown away!

Friday May 31, 2013
Start: 05/31/2013 8:00 pm

In 1975, a group of students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, met in a class called “The Political Economy of Ecological Problems” and became close friends. Sixteen years later, after going out in the world and living their lives for a while, these friends got together again and decided to establish a foundation that would help people in need, protect the environment, and strengthen friendships. The result is Friends Foundation International.

Saturday June 01, 2013
Start: 06/01/2013 8:00 pm

Houston JonesThe virtuoso musicians in Houston Jones have accumulated several lifetimes of experience – from gospel revival tents to Irish pubs, from the Great Plains to the bayou, from a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley – and somehow they translate all that experience into an explosive blast of bluegrass with echoes of blues and country, honky tonk and funk. The San Francisco Chronicle describes the band as “a confluence of sublime talent.”

Sunday June 02, 2013
Start: 06/02/2013 8:00 pm

Steve SeskinTop songwriter Steve Seskin shares the stage with fresh young songwriting talent Liz Longley for an “in the round” evening of heart-tugging music and hilarious stories.

Monday June 03, 2013
Start: 06/03/2013 8:00 pm

Joy Kills Sorrow, Cahalen Morrison and Eli WestJoy Kills Sorrow brings a decidedly modern sensibility to an old-world sound, channeling the prodigious abilities of its individual members into elegant arrangements and well-crafted songs.