« Week of May 5, 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.

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!

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.