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.

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.

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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.

Friday August 09, 2013
Start: 08/09/2013 8:00 pm

Doug CarnFour jazz virtuosos explore the unlimited possibilities of jazz organ music!

Saturday August 10, 2013
Start: 08/10/2013 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 ($13 advance, $15 at door for seniors). Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 08/10/2013 8:00 pm

Blame SallyWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Some standing room only tickets may be available at door time for $30.50.

Sunday August 11, 2013
Start: 08/11/2013 8:00 pm

Call Mr. RobesonCall Mr. Robeson is a one-man show, written and performed by Tayo Aluko, celebrating the life and music of Paul Robeson, the internationally renowned actor, singer, and civil rights campaigner.

Tuesday August 13, 2013
Start: 08/13/2013 8:00 pm

Todd HallawellTodd Hallawell is a fingerstyle guitar wizard, and he’s been known to do a little flatpicking too. Since earning a performance degree in classical guitar, he has worked as music teacher, composer and arranger, recording engineer, music editor, producer, and co-owner of a record label, Soundset Recorings.

Wednesday August 14, 2013
Start: 08/14/2013 8:00 pm

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen stir the pot with a recipe that offers a smorgasbord of musical sounds, combining multiple layers of spicy instrumentals, tasty songwriting, and delicious lead and harmony vocals. In other words, the band cooks.

Thursday August 15, 2013
Start: 08/15/2013 8:00 pm

The GreencardsStart with two Australians, co-founders Carol Young on bass and Kym Warner on mandolin, add Carl Miner of Austin, Texas, winner of the National Flatpicking Championship, and fiddler Kristin Weber of Nashville, Tennessee, and what do you get?  A quirky, adventurous, utterly compelling reinvention of American roots music, steeped in bluegrass, seasoned with folk, rock, and a dash of Latin influences – the Greencards!

Friday August 16, 2013
Start: 08/16/2013 8:00 pm

Patrick LandezaBerkeley’s own Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire, returns to the Freight fresh on the heels of receiving Hawaiian music’s highest honor, the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. He is the first musician based on the mainland to win this award, informally known as the Hawaiian Grammy.

Saturday August 17, 2013
Start: 08/17/2013 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 ($13 advance, $15 at door for seniors). Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 08/17/2013 8:00 pm

Talk of da Town Bay Area a cappella group Talk of da Town brings down the house with sizzling renditions of the greatest hits of Motown, rhythm and blues, and doo-wop, along with a few hot gospel numbers. Originally formed at San Francisco’s Galileo High School, the group has spent the past three decades performing in Europe and across America.

Sunday August 18, 2013
Start: 08/18/2013 8:00 pm

Maurice TaniSan Francisco’s Maurice Tani has been a fixture on the local alt-country scene for more than a decade with his band 77 El Deora, and previously sang and played guitar for the seminal Motown-style party bands Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat.  The San Francisco Chronicle has praised his “twangy modern country sound” and called his songs “wry yet romantic, tender but aggressive.”  The band includes Mike Anderson on bass, Randy Craig on piano, Ken Owen on drums, a

Monday August 19, 2013
Start: 08/19/2013 8:00 pm

Natalie CressmanNatalie Cressman, the daughter of Bay Area trombonist Jeff Cressman and vocalist Sandy Cressman, is a trombonist, vocalist, and composer who makes music with a maturity and range of musical influences beyond her years.

Tuesday August 20, 2013
Start: 08/20/2013 8:00 pm

Gypsy SoulGypsy Soul makes spirited, soulful music at the crossroads of folk and pop, rock and roots. The website CD Baby praises their “highly enriched music that nourishes the dried up gardens of the soul.” They’ve won honors at the Lilith Fair and from Just Plain Folks, and their version of “Angel from Montgomery” recently received the Independent Music Award for Best Cover Song.

Wednesday August 21, 2013
Start: 08/21/2013 8:00 pm

The Invariably McGarrigle Variety Show The Invariably McGarrigle Variety Show is a modern dance tribute to Canadian folk music legends Kate & Anna McGarrigle.  This salon-style, audience-participatory performance was choreographed by Jane C. Marshall who will be dancing tonight with Mikaela Brady and Inslacks Dance et. al.

Thursday August 22, 2013
Start: 08/22/2013 8:00 pm

Join us for a rousing evening of fiddle magic steeped in talent and tradition: the 25th annual Freight Fiddle Summit. You’ll be in excellent company with host Alasdair Fraser & cellist Natalie Haas, Quebec’s thrilling De Temps Antan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Ciarán Curran of the brilliant Irish band Altan, Nic Gareiss, and Cali MacKasson.

Friday August 23, 2013
Start: 08/23/2013 8:00 pm

Catch a glimpse of the future when the West Coast Songwriters present the finals of their annual songwriting competition. Top contenders from WCS playoffs in ten cities—Portland, Martinez, Saratoga, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sacramento, Redwood City, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood—will perform their original songs before a panel of discerning judges.

Saturday August 24, 2013
Start: 08/24/2013 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 ($13 advance, $15 at door for seniors). Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 08/24/2013 8:00 pm

For 45 years, the Freight has hosted some of the finest musicians from around the world and the Bay Area.  Tonight we’re proud to present “Generations”, featuring a lineup that reflects  both the cultural diversity within traditional music, and the generations of family members that have made their mark at the Freight.

Sunday August 25, 2013
Start: 08/25/2013 8:00 pm

Two good friends, both top songwriters, bring their extensive songbooks to the Freight for an evening of hilarious stories and wonderful music.

Tuesday August 27, 2013
Start: 08/27/2013 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 28, 2013
Start: 08/28/2013 8:00 pm

Phil BerkowitzIn this musical tribute to the legendary band leader, saxophonist, and singer, Louis Jordan, Bay Area harmonica ace Phil Berkowitz and his band present an evening of music from the man who made the blues jump!

Thursday August 29, 2013
Start: 08/29/2013 8:00 pm

The Haunted WindchimesThe Haunted Windchimes, a five-piece band from Pueblo, Colorado, play new songs that sound old – not old like a Ford Pinto, old like a Model T – classic, ageless, sublime. Rumor has it that they came by their name in an abandoned roadhouse after sharing a jug of potent moonshine. Somehow, the name fits. The band’s music is often haunting, and their gorgeous harmonies have an ethereal, windchime quality.

Friday August 30, 2013
Start: 08/30/2013 8:00 pm

Jesse Keith Whitley was born to sing country.  As a third generation singer-songwriter, he has decades of country music in his DNA.  The son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley and grandson of Grand Ole Opry legend George Morgan, Jesse has an incredible talent for singing and songwriting.

Saturday August 31, 2013
Start: 08/31/2013 8:00 pm

Persian classical music is based on improvisation and composition, and it is interwoven with Persian poetry. The repertoire of this music consists of several hundred short melodic movements called gusheh. Each gusheh has a unique character, feeling, and history to it, which has been passed on orally from generation to generation.

Tuesday September 03, 2013
Start: 09/03/2013 8:00 pm

Hard Road Trio with Bill EvansThe Hard Road Trio motors west to join forces with Berkeley’s own banjo master Bill Evans for an evening of original songs rooted in bluegrass and American traditional music. The trio features Steve Smith on mandolin, mandola, guitar, and vocals, Chris Sanders on guitar and vocals, and Anne Luna on bass and vocals.

Wednesday September 04, 2013
Start: 09/04/2013 8:00 pm

Eric Taylor“If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor in concert,” says folk icon Nanci Griffith, “you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time.” Eric is a master storyteller and songwriter who grew up in Atlanta and migrated to Houston in the early 1970s, where he learned intricate guitar licks from legends like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, and Mississippi Fred McDowell, and traded secrets with contemporaries like Guy Clar

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

Bob Dylan's Highway 61 RevisitedGuest Music Director Karina Denike

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Friday September 06, 2013
Start: 09/06/2013 8:00 pm

Bob Dylan's Highway 61 RevisitedWe 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.

Guest Music Director Karina Denike

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Saturday September 07, 2013
Start: 09/07/2013 8:00 pm

Mike Marshall and Caterina LichtenbergMike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg are two of the finest mandolin players in the world. Mike’s style is a blend of just about every musical influence imaginable, from bluegrass to jazz to the traditional Brazilian form known as choro. Caterina’s background is classical. Together, they play beautiful music, from Bach to Bulgarian folk music to their own subtle and lovely originals.