Tuesday December 17, 2013
Start: 12/17/2013 8:00 pm

Red Hot ChachkasThe Red Hot Chachkas infuse the klezmer tradition of Eastern European Yiddish music with jazz, rock, oldtime, classical, and latin influences in their original compositions, arrangements, and improvisations. From performances at the 2010 Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto to San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall their hot sound and uptempo beat gets folks up and dancing.

Wednesday December 18, 2013
Start: 12/18/2013 8:00 pm

Larry Hanks & Deborah RobinsLarry Hanks and Deborah Robins don’t try to complicate a song. They don’t add frills and trills and needless grace notes. Instead, they choose great old songs and sing them in a straightforward way that gets right to the essence of the music. It’s a simple approach with a minimum of fuss and accompaniment, and the result is solid, pure, elemental.

Thursday December 19, 2013
Start: 12/19/2013 8:00 pm

Legends of the Celtic HarpLegends of the Celtic Harp is an ensemble of three of the most celebrated celtic harp players in the world. Their concerts takes their audiences on a joyous, dramatic musical journey deep into the myths, legends and history of the Celtic Harp.

Friday December 20, 2013
Start: 12/20/2013 8:00 pm

Robbie Fulks Robbie Fulks has the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Still, for Robbie, it's about the songs.

Saturday December 21, 2013

the HipwadersThe Hipwaders are a California trio specializing in kid-pleasing power pop anthems full of catchy tunes and beautiful vocal harmonies.

Start: 12/21/2013 8:00 pm

Laurie LewisLaurie Lewis hosts our exuberant family holiday celebration, setting alight the longest night of the year with great music. Some of the Bay Area's hottest performers are on stage tonight, donating their services in support of the Freight: Suzy Thompson, Keith Little & the Little Band, Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan, and Tom Rozum playing with host Laurie Lewis.

Thursday December 26, 2013
Start: 12/26/2013 8:00 pm

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceIt’s hard to say what’s better – David Grisman’s superb musicianship or his ability to bring together superb musicians. He’s played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to Stephane Grapelli, James Taylor to Hal Blaine. Tonight the mandolin maestro returns to his bluegrass roots, joined by his usual all-star lineup of stalwarts – Keith Little on banjo, Jim Nunally on guitar, Chad Manning on fiddle, and Sam Grisman on bass.

Friday December 27, 2013
Start: 12/27/2013 8:00 pm

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceWe 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 $38.50.

Saturday December 28, 2013
Start: 12/28/2013 8:00 pm

Vienna TengVienna Teng sings beautifully, plays the piano impeccably, and performs her own original songs with a style and grace that just may leave you breathless. She also flat out entertains—turning her performance into an intimate conversation.

Sunday December 29, 2013
Start: 12/29/2013 8:00 pm

Vienna TengVienna Teng sings beautifully, plays the piano impeccably, and performs her own original songs with a style and grace that just may leave you breathless. She also flat out entertains—turning her performance into an intimate conversation.

Monday December 30, 2013
Start: 12/30/2013 8:00 pm

Yes, the year is ending – and what better way to kiss it off than in the company of some of the funniest – and most irreverent – comedians around? Premier political satirist Will Durst has gathered a gang of notorious local wits and wags, including Bay Area favorite Johnny Steele, along with Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni, and Arthur Gaus for an evening of stand-up comedy, improvisation, and sketches riffing on the major news stories of 2013.

Tuesday December 31, 2013
Start: 12/31/2013 8:00 pm

High CountryJoin traditional favorites High Country and Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally as the Freight welcomes the New Year with our annual bluegrass gala, featuring hot pickin’, a fabulous buffet, and silly hats – plus sparkling beverages at the stroke of midnight!

Thursday January 02, 2014
Start: 01/02/2014 8:00 pm

The Tuttles with AJ LeeCatch the next generation of bluegrass masters when The Tuttles with AJ Lee take the stage at the Freight. The Northern California Bluegrass Society has twice named them Best Bluegrass Band, and named Molly Tuttle the Best Guitarist, Michael Tuttle the Best Mandolin Player, and Jack Tuttle the Best Fiddler. Oh, and Best Female Vocalist? That would be AJ in 2010, 2011, and 2013, Molly in 2012.

Friday January 03, 2014
Start: 01/03/2014 8:00 pm

Eve Decker“The Buddha would dig it!” said the Marin Independent Journal, when Eve Decker released her first solo album, Commentary on Perfections of the Heart, a few years back. Now she has a new album, Simple Truth, and it’s time to celebrate! “Eve Decker has a great big heart, writes a wise and witty lyric, and has a voice that carries with it our deepest longings and fulfillment,” says renowned Buddhist and newsman Wes “Scoop” Nitzker.

Saturday January 04, 2014
Start: 01/04/2014 8:00 pm

Box Set DuoJeff Pehrson and Jim Brunberg first started playing together in the early 1990s at The Owl and the Monkey Café in San Francisco’s Sunset District.  Their band, Box Set, recorded seven albums and won Bay Area Music Awards for Best Club Band and Outstanding Americana/Roots Band, and a “Group of the Year” award from the National Academy of Songwriters. Here’s what esteemed local critic Phil Elwood had to say about them back in the day.

Sunday January 05, 2014
Start: 01/05/2014 8:00 pm

Welcome to the Green Room Sessions! Tonight is a casual evening of music at the Freight, featuring some of our favorite under-the-radar songcrafters playing in-the-round.


The Green Room Sessions are made possible in part through the generous support of Steve Meckfessel

Start: 01/05/2014 8:00 pm

Geoff MuldaurWe are sorry to report that Geoff Muldaur has rescheduled his Jan. 5th show, due to illness. The new performance date is Sunday, June 15th. Ticket reservations for the Jan. 5th show will be automatically transferred to the June 15th performance. For more information, please contact the Freight box office at 510-644-2020 ext 120.

Tuesday January 07, 2014
Start: 01/07/2014 7:30 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.


Wednesday January 08, 2014
Start: 01/08/2014 8:00 pm

Suzy ThompsonSuzy Thompson arrived in Berkeley exactly forty years ago, on January 8th, 1973. Within a week she found out about the original Freight & Salvage, at that time located in a storefront on San Pablo Avenue. The first show she saw was Jim Kweskin, playing solo, and she began to meet the people who would point her to American roots music. That musical journey has taken her from Cajun country to the Appalachian mountains, and through stacks of 78s and miles of reel-to-reel tapes.

Thursday January 09, 2014
Start: 01/09/2014 8:00 pm

Theodore BikelFiddler on the Roof, a musical adaptation of Sholem Aleichem’s “Tevye” stories, was an immediate hit when it premiered on Broadway fifty years ago. With songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and choreography by Jerome Robbins, it ranks among the most successful musicals of all time—with constant international productions in schools, community theaters, and professional stages from Korea to Finland.

Friday January 10, 2014
Start: 01/10/2014 8:00 pm

Cheap Suit SerenadersWearing period threads and playing vintage instruments, the Cheap Suit Serenaders serve up a giddy blend of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, Italian polkas, and more, as they recreate the music of the golden age of jazz. With Robert Armstrong, Allan Dodge, Rick Elmore, and Tony Marcus performing on ukuleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws, the band brings great music and great times!

Saturday January 11, 2014
Start: 01/11/2014 8:00 pm

John McCutcheonBrilliant songwriter, fascinating storyteller, virtuoso singer, fiddler, and guitarist, as well as an undisputed master of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon at 60 has recorded more than 30 albums, including his latest, This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America, which acousticmusic.com has called “amazing” and RootsWorld.com has called “solid and powerful” and “highly recommended.” John’s music runs the gamut from classic folk songs to his own politically and soci

Sunday January 12, 2014
Start: 01/12/2014 8:00 pm

Three good friends – top songwriters all – bring their extensive songbooks to the Freight for an “in-the-round” evening of hilarious stories and wonderful music.

Monday January 13, 2014
Start: 01/13/2014 8:00 pm

The Bay Area’s chamber music scene just got richer: a brand new piano quartet with SFCO (and Bay Area) favorites Rachel Walker (violin), Gillian Clements (viola), Robert Howard (cello), and Keisuke Nakagoshi (of ZOFO fame, piano). A program from classic to contemporary in their first Fauré into the public eye. And I’m sure they’ll be Offenbach.

Tuesday January 14, 2014
Start: 01/14/2014 8:00 pm

Berkeley High School Chamber ConcertBerkeley High has been turning out accomplished musicians for more than a century, and our show tonight features the latest standouts on wind, string, brass, and percussion instruments playing chamber music under the direction of Karen Wells and Mary Dougherty. Auditioned groups from the school’s band, orchestra, chorus, and guitar classes present an evening of classical, traditional, and pop.

Wednesday January 15, 2014
Start: 01/15/2014 8:00 pm

Reservation holders, please join us early to add a written or photographic contribution to the "Wall of Faith" in the lobby. We'll open the lobby doors at 6:00 pm and the showroom doors at 6:30 pm. The memorial performance begins at 8:00 pm.

Thursday January 16, 2014
Start: 01/16/2014 8:00 pm

Beppe GambettaBeppe Gambetta of Genoa, Italy plays American roots music with extraordinary tenderness and warmth.

Friday January 17, 2014
Start: 01/17/2014 8:00 pm

Red MollyThe music of Red Molly is full of joy. In the words of the Boston Globe, “what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune.” Laurie MacAllister sings and plays bass, banjo, and guitar. Abbie Gardner sings and plays guitar and Dobro. Molly Venter sings and plays guitar.

Saturday January 18, 2014
Start: 01/18/2014 8:00 pm

Chatham County LineChatham County Line is a four-man American roots band that emerged from the bluegrass scene in Raleigh, North Carolina at the turn of the millennium. In their matching suits and ties, gathered around a single microphone, they look like a traditional bluegrass band, but in the words of the Washington Post, “the minor chords, patient tempo, and bittersweet irony owe more to Neil Young than to Bill Monroe.

Sunday January 19, 2014
Start: 01/19/2014 8:00 pm

Stefan GrossmanStefan Grossman has been at this guitar thing for a while now. You might say he wrote the book on blues guitar—five volumes worth—the Oak Anthology of Blues Guitar. And his instructional LP, How to Play Blues Guitar, recorded in 1966 with his friend Rory Block, has inspired generations of guitarists. He’s released more than 70 albums, and his playing is clear, clean, and shimmering, as though the artist himself has disappeared and left only the music.

Monday January 20, 2014
Start: 01/20/2014 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 January 21, 2014
Start: 01/21/2014 8:00 pm

Join us for the musical double-header of the season as singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky shares the bill with San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right.

Wednesday January 22, 2014
Start: 01/22/2014 8:00 pm

Keith Little & LittleBandKeith Little has helped a lot of bands make great music, bands led folks like Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Laurie Lewis, Dolly Parton, Vern Williams, and Ricky Skaggs. He’s been the glue guy, “the blend-meister,” as Claire Lynch has called him and played on more than 60 albums as a sideman.

Thursday January 23, 2014
Start: 01/23/2014 8:00 pm

Hot Club of CowtownTaking inspiration from the Western swing of Bob Wills (think “Big Ball’s in Cowtown”) and the legendary string sound of Quintette du Hot Club de France, Hot Club of Cowtown plays upbeat, up-tempo jazz with style and verve. “This is a band that could take any venue by storm,” says The Times of London.

Friday January 24, 2014
Start: 01/24/2014 8:00 pm

David GrismanThe Bay Area’s own David Grisman is a direct link to the spirit of Django and Stephane. David met Stephane while writing the score for the 1978 movie, King of the Gypsies. The two play on the soundtrack and appear in brief cameos as Romani musicians.

Saturday January 25, 2014
Start: 01/25/2014 8:00 pm

Turtle Island QuartetThe Turtle Island Quartet returns to their East Bay home to present a special program of original works and music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli.

Sunday January 26, 2014
Start: 01/26/2014 8:00 pm

George ColeJazz guitarist George Cole has played a big role in the Esprit de Django & Stephane Festival since its inception. His music heats up the Great American Songbook with the fire of gypsy jazz. “The instruments are just a match made in heaven,” he says. “The guitar is like musical pointillism, while the violin produces these gorgeous long notes. Django gets a lot of the credit as the Big Bang of the guitar, but they go together.

Monday January 27, 2014
Start: 01/27/2014 8:00 pm

Joshua Redman, Charlie Hunter, Benny Green, Peter Apfelbaum—these are just a few of the extraordinary jazz musicians who have emerged from the Berkeley public school system. Tonight is your chance to catch some future stars at the dawning of their musical careers—middle school musicians from King, Longfellow, and Willard middle schools playing jazz on the Freight stage!


Tuesday January 28, 2014
Start: 01/28/2014 8:00 pm

The Milk Carton KidsWe 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 $21.

Wednesday January 29, 2014
Start: 01/29/2014 8:00 pm

Tracy Grammer“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual,” says Joan Baez.

Thursday January 30, 2014
Start: 01/30/2014 8:00 pm

Corinne WestCorinne West left home at age 15, guitar in hand, to travel across America in a converted school bus. She came back to California to play hard rock in Los Angeles, studied theater in her mid-20s, restored antique bi-planes, worked as a stone mason, sculpted in the Sierras, and finally realized that music was the only medium she couldn’t walk away from, so she devoted herself to it completely. “Music is a language of the soul,” she says, and a musician is an interpreter of sorts.

Friday January 31, 2014
Start: 01/31/2014 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $35.

Saturday February 01, 2014
Start: 02/01/2014 8:00 pm

Ever since the first Freight Goes British, BIN Productions has brought a fresh theme to each year's show. This year The Freight Goes British Revue #5 features the music of the supergroup Cream. Each band will play three songs from the Cream catalogue along with their own tunes.

Sunday February 02, 2014
Start: 02/02/2014 8:00 pm

Finest KindFinest Kind is a Canadian folk trio specializing in timeless classics and innovative originals. Their exquisite harmonies and brilliant vocal arrangements bring fresh excitement to the performance of favorites old and new. “They exude total command from the get-go,” says Living Tradition Magazine. Canadian folk icon David Francey has praised their “soaring, glorious harmonies” and “extraordinary melding of history and song,” and called them “a very remarkable band.”

Monday February 03, 2014
Start: 02/03/2014 8:00 pm

The details and scope of this event are developing rapidly, please check back here or our Facebook page for the latest details.

Tuesday February 04, 2014
Start: 02/04/2014 8:00 pm

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny IrionIt’s all in the family for Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion. They’re a married couple and a folk pop duo, with two daughters and a family tradition of telling stories and making music that goes back generations. Sarah is the daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody. Johnny is the son of the writer Thomas Steinbeck and great nephew of John.

Thursday February 06, 2014
Start: 02/06/2014 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.

Friday February 07, 2014
Start: 02/07/2014 8:00 pm

Antsy McLain & the Trailer Park TroubadoursAntsy McLain & the Trailer Park Troubadours have been around. You can tell from the newspapers that have enthusiastically reviewed their shows. “With musical influences ranging from Woodie Guthrie to Waylon Jennings to Van Halen to Cake, one can’t help but be intrigued by their lively, colorful songs of life in America’s most forgotten neighborhood – the trailer park,” says The Desert Advocate of Phoenix, Arizona.

Saturday February 08, 2014
Start: 02/08/2014 8:00 pm

John GorkaJohn Gorka grabs you with his voice and holds you with his words. He has a stunningly soulful baritone and a sensibility that combines great playfulness with a remarkable depth of feeling. When he sings someone else’s song – take Dylan’s “Girl of the North Country” as an example -- he molds it to the contours of his own musical vision. His originals are clever, but not just clever. They cut to the bone. In “I Saw a Stranger with Your Hair,” he asks, “By the way / how is my heart?

Sunday February 09, 2014
Start: 02/09/2014 8:00 pm

Dry Branch Fire SquadThe Boston Globe calls Dry Branch Fire Squad “one of bluegrass music’s most popular bands, renowned for its spry mix of front-porch standards, modern ballads, and the old-time sounds from which bluegrass first sprang.

Monday February 10, 2014
Start: 02/10/2014 8:00 pm

Kay SternPyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s brilliant and beloved string sextet, Souvenir de Florence, tackled by five brilliant and beloved SFCO players plus special guest “concertmaster” Kay Stern, on loan from the SF Opera. With SFCO’s own associate concertmaster Eugene Chuklov, violists Darcy Rindt and Ben Simon, SFCO principal cellist Robert Howard, and SFCO principal bassist Michel Taddei taking the role of second cello. The Russian fireworks will be flying tonight!

Tuesday February 11, 2014
Start: 02/11/2014 7:30 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 7:30 pm.

Wednesday February 12, 2014
Start: 02/12/2014 8:00 pm

Hot Tuna AcousticWe 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 $45.

Thursday February 13, 2014
Start: 02/13/2014 8:00 pm

The DuhksThe Duhks are a Canadian folk band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They’ve recorded four studio albums and two live albums, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group and winning a Juno award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy, for Best Roots and Traditional Album. The website Slant calls them “one of the most compelling acts on the roots scene” with “a unique style that places them at the frontlines of modern acoustic music.”

Friday February 14, 2014
Start: 02/14/2014 8:30 pm

SupermuleSupermule is a super group of superbly talented musicians who play a bluegrass-inflected mix of catchy originals and great covers from artists as diverse as Bill Withers and Bill Monroe. The San Francisco Chronicle calls them “much more than a great bluegrass outfit” and the California Bluegrass Association (CBA) praises their “tasty blend of fresh, rootsy ingredients.

Saturday February 15, 2014
Start: 02/15/2014 8:00 pm

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

The shimmering voice of Oakland’s Linda Tillery has powered many of the Bay Area’s most popular bands over the past four decades. A central figure in the emerging women’s music movement in the 1970s and 80s, Linda was also a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s vocal ensemble Voicestra. She currently leads the Cultural Heritage Choir, performing African American roots music.

Sunday February 16, 2014
Start: 02/16/2014 8:00 pm

Corey Harris    Guy Davis    Alvin Youngblood Hart

Monday February 17, 2014
Start: 02/17/2014 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 February 18, 2014
Start: 02/18/2014 8:00 pm

Tannahill WeaversThe Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands since their founding in Paisley, Scotland in the 1970s, take their name from a local hero, Robert Tannahill, known as the Weaver Poet, whose songs and poems, like those of his contemporary, Robert Burns, comprise an essential part of the Scottish folk tradition. The band is known worldwide for instrumental prowess and rich vocal harmonies.

Wednesday February 19, 2014
Start: 02/19/2014 8:00 pm

The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam ShowThe Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show comes rolling into Berkeley in a Bluebird bus, with Fred behind the wheel, occasionally under the hood, and always starring in the show.

Thursday February 20, 2014
Friday February 21, 2014
Start: 02/21/2014 8:00 pm

Please see the Freight box office for refunds.

Saturday February 22, 2014
Start: 02/22/2014 11:00 am

ClownSnotBombsThe new frontier of circus takes Berkeley by the noodle!
ClownSnotBombs’ A Spaghetti Western follows a band of travelers as they bring the power of pasta to the western frontier. This performance features a menu of circus with entrees of acrobatics, performance art, comedy, physical theater & original music.

Start: 02/22/2014 8:00 pm

Carlos NúñezBagpipe fans, take note. International music sensation Carlos Núñez is coming to the Freight. Billboard Magazine has called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipe.” The Guardian compared him to Coltrane. BBC Radio described him as “one of the world’s most exciting musicians.” Technically, he plays the gaita, the signature instrument of his homeland, Galicia, in northern Spain.

Sunday February 23, 2014
Start: 02/23/2014 8:00 pm

Grammy winning country star Suzy Bogguss arrives at the Freight with a brand new album, Lucky, a collection of songs by Merle Haggard. “He really is the poet of the common man,” she says. “Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle’s. It’s pretty heavy-duty stuff, and I think that’s why to so many of us who sing and write songs, he’s such a king among us.” Suzy is no slouch herself, with 16 albums, including three gold and one platinum, as well as six singles that made the Country Top Ten.

Monday February 24, 2014
Start: 02/24/2014 8:00 pm

Tribal Theory plays an upbeat blend of reggae, rock, and ska, with roots in the music of the Pacific islands. The band started in San Diego as a Polynesian dance group, added ukulele and guitar, brought in keyboards and percussion, began performing at barbecues and bonfires, and was soon one of the city’s most popular live acts, winning the Battle of the Bands on the Vans Warped Tour in 2011 and releasing their debut album, Hell of a Night, in 2012.

Tuesday February 25, 2014
Start: 02/25/2014 8:00 pm

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been performing together ever since they got married more than 20 years ago. In the words of Sing Out Magazine, “Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos.” Steve is a superb guitarist and a renowned songwriter.

Wednesday February 26, 2014
Start: 02/26/2014 8:00 pm

LúnasaThe Irish Voice called Lúnasa “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet.” LiveIreland.com named them “Performers of the Decade.” They’ve played sold out shows across North America, Europe, and Japan, and appeared as guest artists on Natalie Merchant’s hit album, Leave Your Sleep. Their fiery style features buoyant rhythms, impeccable musicianship, and inventive arrangements rich in melody and texture.

Thursday February 27, 2014
Start: 02/27/2014 8:00 pm

Birds of ChicagoBirds of Chicago centers around the duo of JT Nero and Allison Russell, who make beautiful music together. “The braiding of their singular voices is surprising and often magical,” says the Chicago Sun-Times, and it’s true. JT’s voice sounds scratchy and a little worn, like a favorite record you’ve played a thousand times. Allison’s voice sounds like Emmylou Harris on her third latté, rich, joyful, and able to go anywhere.

Friday February 28, 2014
Start: 02/28/2014 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 vocal magic of Irma Thomas and the piano playing of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and James Booker. She chose her idols well.

Saturday March 01, 2014
Start: 03/01/2014 1:00 pm

With Tammi Hall-Hawkins, Ashley Moore, David Belove, Deszon Claiborne, Unique Derique, Charming Hostess, Gina Breedlove, Tammi Brown, Calvin Kai Ku, and Laura Inserra

Start: 03/01/2014 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 cappella style that obliterates all preconceptions about what a voice can do.

Sunday March 02, 2014
Start: 03/02/2014 8:00 pm

Kapala combines traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music with blues, country, jazz, reggae, rock, and swing to create “Hawaiian music with a groove” – an exciting and innovative sound that the San Francisco Chronicle website describes as “a little country, a splash of soulful jazz, and pinches of just about everything else, presented with an audacious yet sophisticated panache.” The Honolulu-based band features Kimo Artis and Lopaka Ho’opi’i on vocals, Zanuck Lindsey on guitar and vocals, Kai Artis on guitar, Richard Heirakuji on bass, and Adj Larioza on percussion.

Monday March 03, 2014
Start: 03/03/2014 8:00 pm

Tom Brosseau is a folksinger and songwriter from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He learned acoustic guitar from his grandmother, Lillian Uglem, and has since toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, England, Iceland, and Australia, performing in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, and old folks homes, and exchanging songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt, and the late Sam Hinton. Now based in Los Angeles, Tom has been a featured member of John Reilly & Friends, a band rounded up by actor John C.

Tuesday March 04, 2014
Start: 03/04/2014 7:30 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.


Wednesday March 05, 2014
Start: 03/05/2014 8:00 pm

Andy StatmanAndy Statman is an American original. A virtuoso on both mandolin and clarinet, he plays his own unique brand of bluegrass, klezmer, and jazz – playful, prayerful, and powerful in a way that you just have to hear.

Thursday March 06, 2014
Start: 03/06/2014 8:00 pm

Rita Hosking & Cousin JackRita Hosking writes and sings classic country-folk originals. Her songs sound like they’ve been around for a while – and deserve to stay around for a lot longer! Rita grew up in Northern California – in a haunted house on Hatchet Mountain, according to a story she told NPR’s Weekend Edition – and now lives in Davis.

Friday March 07, 2014
Start: 03/07/2014 8:00 pm

Willy PorterWisconsin native Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defenses and gets under your skin.

Saturday March 08, 2014
Start: 03/08/2014 8:00 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, an all-star lineup of Bay Area musicians – featuring Rhonda Benin, Ashling Cole, Destiny Muhammad, Lady Bianca, MZSwitched, Valerie Troutt, Veronica Klaus, and Tammy Hall – takes the stage at the Freight to celebrate women: the achievements, the challenges, and the continuing struggle for an equal voice in the music business and in all walks of life.

Sunday March 09, 2014
Start: 03/09/2014 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.

Monday March 10, 2014
Start: 03/10/2014 8:00 pm

Squid, Inc.From Bjørk to bossa nova, Mozart to Megadeth, Squid, Inc. rules the airwaves. The hottest string quartet on the Bay Area scene plays covers and original tunes in a sassy blend of grunge classical meets rock and roll. A Freight favorite – they put on a show your tattooed partner will adore! With Hrabba Atladottir and Jory Fankuchen on violins, Darcy Rindt on viola, Beth Vandervennet on cello, and an occasional rapper.

Wednesday March 12, 2014
Start: 03/12/2014 8:00 pm

Sourdough SlimSourdough Slim and his sidekick Robert Armstrong play Western classics, country blues, and string band favorites from rural America in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. You’ll hear virtuoso yodeling and masterful yippy-tie-yi-yaying, off-beat jokes and wisecracks, and heartfelt singing, along with nifty playing on banjo and harmonica, accordion and guitar, ukulele and saw.

Thursday March 13, 2014
Start: 03/13/2014 8:00 pm

Magnolia SistersThe Magnolia Sisters play the music of southwestern Louisiana, from dancehall Cajun to primitive Creole, from house music to front porch ballads, all with eloquence, energy, and flair. The quartet features Ann Savoy of the Savoy-Doucet Band and the Savoy Family Band on accordion, fiddle, and guitar, Jane Vidrine on fiddle and guitar, Lisa Trahan on bass and accordion, and Anya Burgess on guitar and fiddle.

Friday March 14, 2014
Start: 03/14/2014 8:00 pm

Lisa Ferraro & Erika LuckettPlease join Lisa Ferraro & Erika Luckett in a celebration of the release of their new album, Leaning Toward the Good. “It’s not just an album,” they say on their website, “it’s a movement!” These two talented musicians are intent on amplifying the goodness, joy, and nourishment in the world. “We no longer have the luxury of playing small and remaining disconnected.

Saturday March 15, 2014
Start: 03/15/2014 8:00 pm

Black BrothersBrothers Michael and Shay Black play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs, and historical ballads, as well as songs from the Irish, English, and Scottish traditions and the occasional contemporary number. Singing in close harmony, playing guitar, banjo, and keyboards, telling funny stories, and even dancing now and again, Michael and Shay draw people in with their energy, wit, and superb musicianship.

Sunday March 16, 2014
Start: 03/16/2014 8:00 pm

The Claire Lynch BandOnce you’ve heard Claire Lynch sing, you’ll recognize her voice in an instant. Her style blends classic bluegrass with a thoughtful mix of contemporary folk, country, rock, and swing. The International Bluegrass Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year three times, including this past year, and she’s received two Grammy nominations, but what really tells the story is the music itself.

Tuesday March 18, 2014
Start: 03/18/2014 7:30 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.


Wednesday March 19, 2014
Start: 03/19/2014 8:00 pm

Patchy SandersPatchy Sanders is a seven-piece folk orchestra from Ashland, Oregon with a sound all their own: quirky, traditional, timeless, and cutting-edge. The band features Danielle Aubert on banjo, saw, and pennywhistle, Jacqueline Aubert on guitar, bouzouki, and ukulele, Sara Wilbur on fiddle, Daniel Sherrill mostly on guitar, Alex Patterson on percussion, Eric Jones on upright bass, and Ian Van Ornum on a vast assortment of instruments.

Thursday March 20, 2014
Start: 03/20/2014 8:00 pm

Paul ThornHailed as the “Mark Twain of Americana,” Paul Thorn brings his gritty, gospel-infused Southern rock straight from his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, where he grew up as the son of a Pentecostal preacher and went on to box in more than 50 professional bouts, including one with Roberto Duran—but that’s another story. Paul’s music mixes the hard-driving boogie of the Allman Brothers with the soulful wit of John Hiatt.