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.

Wednesday June 05, 2013
Start: 06/05/2013 8:00 pm

It’s an easy call. If you like electric bass, played solo, by an array of outstanding musicians, this is the show for you! Back at the Freight after a five-year hiatus, Solo Bass Night returns with Michael Manring, Jean Baudin, Ariane Cap, Paul Hanson on bassoon with Ariane, and Dave Grossman.

Thursday June 06, 2013
Start: 06/06/2013 8:00 pm

AG, Maia Sharp, Garrison StarrAG grew up in Miami, earned a degree in music production and engineering from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that has so far produced eight albums and landed her music on such television shows as Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Gossip Girl.

Friday June 07, 2013
Start: 06/07/2013 8:00 pm

Patty LarkinPatty Larkin is a remarkable guitarist and compelling singer, an insightful songwriter and hilarious storyteller, a shrewd producer and evidently a pretty good friend, judging from the friends who volunteered to help her out on her latest album, 25, a collection of 25 of Patty’s love songs, celebrating 25 years of recording, and performed with 25 friends, including Greg Brown, Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, and Dar Williams.

Saturday June 08, 2013
Start: 06/08/2013 11:00 am

José-Luis Orozco dedicates himself to what he truly enjoys—singing for children.  He is a children’s author, performer, and songwriter known for his song “De Colores”.  José-Luis has recorded 13 volumes of Lírica Infantil, Latin American Children’s Music, and written three award-winning books each accompanied by a CD that presents a bilingual collection of songs, rhymes, tongue  twisters, lullabies, games and holiday celebrations gathered from Spanish-speaking countries.  The LA Times says of his lasti

Start: 06/08/2013 8:00 pm

Robin Flower & Libby McLarenFreight favorites Robin Flower and Libby McLaren return for an exhilarating evening of innovative instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies, wild creative energy, and loads of fun. With Robin on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, Libby on piano and accordion, and both of them sharing vocals, this polished and passionate duo creates their own marvelous blend of Celtic and American roots music, grounded in tradition but with a sound that’s always fresh and contemporary.

Sunday June 09, 2013
Start: 06/09/2013 8:00 pm

Tony Lindsay, Chris Cain, Linda Tillery, Eamonn Flynn, Dewayne Pate & Deszon Claiborne

In tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook.

Tuesday June 11, 2013
Start: 06/11/2013 8:00 pm

World Harmony Chorus 15th Annual Spring ConcertTake a musical tour around the world with the World Harmony Chorus and help them celebrate 15 years of joyful singing.

Wednesday June 12, 2013
Start: 06/12/2013 8:00 pm

Frank Vignola w/ Vinny RanioloYes, Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are amazing guitarists with extraordinary technical skills, but what you should also know is that their music is fun! Look at the collection of songs on their new album, Melody Magic. They play the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a non-stop romp, and they cover the classic from Rocky III, “Eye of the Tiger,” along with works by Bach, Bizet, Grieg, and Sting.

Thursday June 13, 2013
Start: 06/13/2013 8:00 pm

Eric Thompson, Jody Stecher, Scott NygaardSparks will fly when these three masters of the flatpick combine forces!  Scott Nygaard, Jody Stecher and Eric Thompson have collaborated in various combinations (most recently as part of Kleptograss) but this will mark their first performance as a trio.  Guitars will be front and center, but they'll play other instruments too -- mandolin, fiddle, banjo, maybe some cuatro -- and Jody's soaring vocals will be part of the mix as well.  The repertoire could

Friday June 14, 2013
Start: 06/14/2013 8:00 pm

Melissa Ferrick is coming to the Freight with a fierce band and an exciting new album, the truth is, exploring love, loss, and relationships old and new with her trademark fearlessness and honesty. In a career spanning two decades and 17 albums, she has worked with such musicians as Bob Dylan and Paul Westerberg, Ani DiFranco and Kaki King, Paula Cole and Weezer. The magazine American Songwriter praises her “lyrical dexterity and instrumental prowess.”

Saturday June 15, 2013
Start: 06/15/2013 8:00 pm

lush vocals, hot band, vintage music & stories

Monday June 17, 2013
Start: 06/17/2013 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 June 18, 2013
Start: 06/18/2013 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 June 19, 2013
Start: 06/19/2013 8:00 pm

The Howlin' BrothersThe Howlin’ Brothers are a three-piece string band originally from Ithaca, New York, now based in Nashville, Tennessee, and though they aren’t technically brothers, they do howl, growl, moan, and groan, and their mix of bluegrass, country, gospel, and blues is worth shouting about – they sing and play traditional classics and roots-inspired originals with passion and gusto!

Thursday June 20, 2013
Start: 06/20/2013 8:00 pm

Elements represents a new standard in global chamber music, combining the unique talents of Berkeley saxophonist and composer George Brooks, north Indian violinist and vocalist Kala Ramnath, and Dutch harp virtuoso Gwyneth Wentink. This distinctive trio performs George and Kala’s original compositions as well as contemporary settings of traditional Indian ragas, unifying the aesthetics of the European classical, Indian classical, and American jazz traditions.

Friday June 21, 2013
Start: 06/21/2013 8:00 pm

Dogpatch JunctionFrom the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco comes Dogpatch Junction, a hot new jam band with roots in rock, jazz, folk, and blues. Steeped in the rich, complex music of the Grateful Dead, the band pays homage to their musical idols with dynamic improvisation and extremely danceable grooves.

Saturday June 22, 2013
Start: 06/22/2013 8:00 pm

Karla BonoffA Karla Bonoff show is always a treat. This Southern California songwriter and singer has written some classics that became hits for other artists – “Home” for Bonnie Raitt, “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me” for Linda Rondstadt, “Tell Me Why” for Wynona Judd – and those songs take on fresh life when Karla performs them, her voice pure and easy, tender and utterly persuasive.

Sunday June 23, 2013
Start: 06/23/2013 8:00 pm

Windy HillWindy Hill got its start in a woodshop class at Menlo Park High School, where two friends discovered that they both loved the music of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Jimmy Martin, and set out to learn to play bluegrass. And boy, did they ever learn!

Monday June 24, 2013
Start: 06/24/2013 5:00 pm

Featuring Marga Gomez, Jorge Hernadez, Terry Taplin, and many more!

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Tuesday June 25, 2013
Start: 06/25/2013 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 June 26, 2013
Start: 06/26/2013 8:00 pm

Alice Stuart and the FormerlysAlice Stuart blazed the trail for women in blues and rock and roll. “There would be no Bonnie Raitt without Alice Stuart,” Blues Hall of Famer Dick Waterman once remarked. “Alice cut the road that Bonnie traveled,” said Taj Mahal. Alice debuted at the Berkeley Folk Festival in 1964 and was soon touring with such legends as Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson, Joan Baez, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Albert King.

Thursday June 27, 2013
Start: 06/27/2013 8:00 pm

The Accordion Babes RevueThey’re a band! They’re a pin-up calendar! They’re a band and a pin-up calendar! The Accordion Babes are Renée de la Prade on accordion and guitar, Joan Wilson Rueter on accordion and fiddle, Skyler Fell on accordion, Diana Strong on accordion, Amber Lee Baker on accordion and glockenspiel, and Aharon Wheels Bolsta, the odd man out, on drums.

Friday June 28, 2013
Start: 06/28/2013 8:00 pm

Nancy Griffith, originally scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled. Please see the box office for refunds.

Evie Ladin curates The Lady Banjo Show - a dynamic concert of traditional and original music led by three ladies who are not only extremely skilled banjo players, but use the instrument for their own devices in new music.

Saturday June 29, 2013
Start: 06/29/2013 11:30 am

 

Start: 06/29/2013 8:00 pm

Andre ThierryNancy Griffith, originally scheduled for tonight, has been cancelled. Please see the box office for refunds.

Sunday June 30, 2013
Start: 06/30/2013 8:00 pm

Thom BreshThom Bresh has been entertaining audiences ever since he stepped on a Southern California stage as a three-year-old in the early 1950s and played a song on his ukulele. These days, he plays a Langejans SuperDualette guitar – he calls the guitar “my band” – and sings country songs, including his own acclaimed originals.

Monday July 01, 2013
Start: 07/01/2013 8:00 pm

Pasatempo Rebetika

The Seattle-based band Pasatempo plays rebetika, a form of Greek folk music akin to the blues in its passion and power, as well as in its focus on the trials of love gone bad, booze and drugs, jail, sickness, death, and the longing for home. The music of Pasatempo, like the blues, explores these hardships and heartbreaks with a joy and zest for life that transcends any particular time or country.

Tuesday July 02, 2013
Start: 07/02/2013 8:00 pm

Uncle BonsaiThe legendary Seattle folk-pop band Uncle Bonsai plays “funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop,” says the New York Times. “The group has achieved an almost cult status,” says Carlos Pedraza of the Associated Press. “Their music ranges from irreverent to ironic, from satirical to sad.

Wednesday July 03, 2013
Start: 07/03/2013 8:00 pm

Aoife O'DonovanHailed as “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by the New York Times, “transcendent” by the Boston Globe, and “the newest darling of the Americana set” by USA Today, Aoife O’Donovan arrives at the Freight fresh from performances on Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion, as well as at the Grand Ole Opry.

Friday July 05, 2013
Start: 07/05/2013 8:00 pm

Nora Jane StruthersNora Jane Struthers arrives at the Freight with a new album, Carnival, high on the Americana charts, and a powerhouse band, Party Line, along with a slew of great new original songs. Nora Jane grew up in Virginia, studied at NYU, and taught English in Brooklyn before moving to Nashville to focus full time on music.

Saturday July 06, 2013
Start: 07/06/2013 8:00 pm

Kweskin Jug BandWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $40.50.

Sunday July 07, 2013
Start: 07/07/2013 8:00 pm

Kweskin Jug BandBefore smart phones and personal computers, before the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band became the original Americana band, playing everything from classic blues to hillbilly country, ragtime, jazz, and rock and roll, perfectly capturing the 1960s mix of exuberant anarchy and heartfelt sincerity.

Tuesday July 09, 2013
Start: 07/09/2013 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.