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!

www.berkeleypride.org

 

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.

Wednesday July 10, 2013
Start: 07/10/2013 8:00 pm

Martha Redbone Roots ProjectHere’s how the New Yorker describes her latest project: “In a brilliant collision of cultures, the powerful blues and soul singer Martha Redbone has recorded an album called The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake, produced by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Thursday July 11, 2013
Start: 07/11/2013 8:00 pm

David BerkeleyDavid Berkeley plays polished, folk-inflected pop with clever lyrics and a bright, shimmering sound.

Friday July 12, 2013
Start: 07/12/2013 8:00 pm

Loafer's GloryThe masterful musicians in Loafer’s Glory take their bluegrass nice and easy. They love the music, they find joy in playing it, and the result is glorious indeed. Berkeley-born Herb Pedersen plays guitar and banjo, sings, and writes an occasional song.

Saturday July 13, 2013
Start: 07/13/2013 8:00 pm

Ramana VieiraRamana Vieira sings Fado like it’s never been sung before.

Sunday July 14, 2013
Start: 07/14/2013 8:00 pm

Ed GerhardGrammy winner Ed Gerhard took up guitar after seeing classical master Andres Segovia on TV, and stopped taking lessons at age 15 when he heard a record by Mississippi John Hurt. After that, he taught himself, slowing down his spinning records to catch each note and figuring out how to play them. He learned well, eventually mastering 6-string, 12-string, slide, and the Hawaiian lap slide guitar known as the Weissenborn.

Monday July 15, 2013
Start: 07/15/2013 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present the playoff round of their monthly Songwriter Competition. Winners from previous sessions will perform their original songs before a panel of discerning judges.

Wednesday July 17, 2013
Start: 07/17/2013 8:00 pm

Carrie Hassler of Pikeville, Tennessee is a powerful singer with roots in bluegrass and traditional country music.

Thursday July 18, 2013
Start: 07/18/2013 8:00 pm

Bonnie BishopBonnie Bishop has a way of making people stop and listen. Here’s how the great Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen described the experience: “Her music washed over me with a purity and soulfulness that is rarely found in this world of noise.

Friday July 19, 2013
Start: 07/19/2013 8:00 pm

Phil MarshWas it really 45 years ago that the Freight first opened its doors? And was that really Phil Marsh onstage, making inspiring music? That’s right! The times, they are a-changin’, but Phil is still making inspiring music, and he’s coming back to celebrate our 45th birthday – with a little help from his friends.
 

Saturday July 20, 2013
Start: 07/20/2013 8:00 pm

Tristan and Tashina ClarridgeString fans of all stripes should run, not walk, to the Freight for tonight’s Shasta String Celebration!

Sunday July 21, 2013
Start: 07/21/2013 8:00 pm

David Thom BandDavid Thom has rounded up the best in California bluegrass for this evening of traditional bluegrass classics, featuring songs from the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin and his Sunny Mountain Boys. With Annie Staninec on fiddle, Butch Waller on mandolin, Joe Kyle, Jr. on bass, Larry Cohea on banjo, Mike Witcher on dobro, David on guitar, and the James King Band this is a group that can do justice to a king!
 

Tuesday July 23, 2013
Start: 07/23/2013 8:00 pm

MilkDriveThey call their music jazz-grass, and it’s loose, tight, thoughtful, improvisational, fun, and full of life. The band features Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. Brian, Noah, and Dennis met as youngsters competing in the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho.

Wednesday July 24, 2013
Start: 07/24/2013 8:00 pm

Pete AndersonPete Anderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning record producer and groundbreaking guitarist who melds blues and country to forge a style all his own. Known as a pioneer in roots rock and an early champion of Americana, he had a hand in introducing the world to such artists as Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores, and, perhaps most famously, his musical partner of 20 years, Dwight Yoakam.

Thursday July 25, 2013
Start: 07/25/2013 8:00 pm

The Beth Custer EnsembleThe Beth Custer Ensemble features a who’s who of outstanding Bay Area musicians playing a unique musical melange of beguiling melodies, surreal lyrics, and sophisticated orchestrations that draw from a wide range of genres and inspire a multitude of moods.

Friday July 26, 2013
Start: 07/26/2013 8:00 pm

Bill Kirchen“Bill Kirchen rules, it’s just that simple,” says the Austin-American Statesman. “His no-nonsense guitar attack, powered by great, booming, bottom-heavy licks still covered with axle grease, is undoubtedly the real thing, scattering scorching guitar runs in all directions.

Sunday July 28, 2013
Start: 07/28/2013 8:00 pm

Cherish the Ladies“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe, speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 15 outstanding albums, including their latest, An Irish Homecoming

Monday July 29, 2013
Start: 07/29/2013 8:00 pm

Pierre BensusanPierre Bensusan is a master fingerstyle guitarist. Born in Algeria, raised in France, he recorded his first album at the age of 18 and won the Grand Prix du Disque at the Montreux Festival in 1976.

Tuesday July 30, 2013
Start: 07/30/2013 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 July 31, 2013
Start: 07/31/2013 8:00 pm

John Batdorf & James Lee StanleyTwo voices, two guitars, and the songs of the Rolling Stones – it’s an unexpected match, but a perfect fit when James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf collaborate on songs like “Paint It Black,” “Satisfaction,” and “Jumping Jack Flash.” In the words of USA Today, James and John have “turned the rock grooves inside out, adopted stylish arrangements, and made no attempt to ape the originals, unveiling the elegance of the melodies and allowing radically new int

Thursday August 01, 2013
Start: 08/01/2013 8:00 pm

DavkaFor more than 20 years now, Davka has been playing music of unbridled innovation, amazing virtuosity, and irresistible soul. But what kind of music? People have called it “neo-Jewish-roots-fusion,” “the acoustic equivalent of a Chagall painting,” and “fiddler-on-too-much-Turkish-coffee.” It draws from klezmer and jazz, Western classical, Middle Eastern, and Yiddish influences in a mix that’s pure Davka – Hebrew slang for “not what you expect.”

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

Sam BushThree-time Grammy-winner Sam Bush of Bowling Green, Kentucky is an extraordinary mandolin player, an artful songwriter, and a dynamic singer who has been wowing audiences since the early 1970s when he co-founded the pioneering progressive bluegrass band, New Grass Revival.

Saturday August 03, 2013
Start: 08/03/2013 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $20.00 at door. Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

Visit West Coast Live's website

 

Start: 08/03/2013 8:00 pm

Kim Richey“It’s hard to hold your hand when you’re lettin’ go,” Kim Richey sings on her latest album, Thorn in My Heart, the eighth of a solo career that began in 1995 when Kim was 39, after she’d worked as a school teacher and tried her hand at songwriting for other artists. Her songs, on the border between country and rock, tell compelling stories about people who may have broken their heart a time or two but aren’t yet done with love.

Sunday August 04, 2013
Start: 08/04/2013 8:00 pm

Michael Martin MurpheyThe preeminent cowboy musician of the last half century gallops into the Freight to present his “Lone Cowboy Show.” Michael Martin Murphey was the original Cosmic Cowboy back in the 1970s when, along with folks like Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson, he helped launch the music scene in Austin, Texas into the stratosphere.

Tuesday August 06, 2013
Start: 08/06/2013 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 August 07, 2013
Start: 08/07/2013 8:00 pm

The Freight presents an evening of soul stirring, passionate music from Galicia, performed by a troupe of West Coast folk musicians led by “Cano” Cadarso, a master teacher visiting from Santiago de Compostela. This performance marks the culmination of a week of intensive study in the intricacies of Galician music and dance.

Thursday August 08, 2013
Start: 08/08/2013 8:00 pm

Tom McDermottTom McDermott is a master of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans, fluent in ragtime, traditional jazz, and rhythm and blues. However, as a review in the New York Times makes clear, “Mr. McDermott is not simply a follower of tradition or a repository of old tunes. He composes within his wide-ranging idiom with a knowledgeable feeling for his sources and a sense of humor.” Mr. McDermott – no, let’s call him Tom – grew up in St.