Sunday August 17, 2014
Start: 08/17/2014 1:00 pm

 

 

Start: 08/17/2014 8:00 pm

Leslie Noel - My Own FairytaleDue to adult themes and language, parental discretion is advised.

Tuesday August 19, 2014
Start: 08/19/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Thursday August 21, 2014
Start: 08/21/2014 8:00 pm

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie HaasJoin us for a rousing evening of fiddle magic steeped in talent and tradition: the 26th annual Freight Fiddle Summit. You’ll be in excellent company with host Alasdair Fraser & cellist Natalie Haas, the brilliant violinist Jeremy Kittel, Dublin fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, award-winning pianist and harpist Cali McKasson, dancer extraordinaire Nic Gareiss, and guitarist Clay Ross of Matuto fame.
 

Friday August 22, 2014
Start: 08/22/2014 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 23, 2014
Start: 08/23/2014 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 August 24, 2014
Start: 08/24/2014 8:00 pm

Aireene & the Rarities celebrate the release of their new album, Put Back Charlie, tonight at the Freight. Aireene Espiritu, on vocals, tenor ukulele, and guitar, leads the band and writes most of the songs. She was born in the Philippines, moved to Oakland when she was ten, and grew up in a blend of musical worlds, listening to Alan Lomax’s field recordings from the South and to her uncles jamming on Filipino folk guitar.

Thursday August 28, 2014
Start: 08/28/2014 5:00 pm

August is KFOG Local Music Month, celebrating performers with roots here in the Bay Area. The Freight is proud to join KFOG and Rosalie for a Happy Hour show featuring three great local performers: The Fall Risk, Lisa-Marie Johnston & Austin Willacy. We hope you’ll come on down and join us for this free concert of great music and Happy Hour specials!

 


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Tuesday September 02, 2014
Start: 09/02/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Friday September 05, 2014
Start: 09/05/2014 8:00 pm

The SubdudesWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Saturday September 06, 2014
Start: 09/06/2014 8:00 pm

Misner & SmithMisner & Smith – that’s Sam Misner and Megan Smith – are long-time Freight favorites. Sam plays guitar, Megan plays mandolin and upright bass, and when the two of them sing together, their blended voices ring with commitment and vitality. Maverick Magazine has praised their “superb harmonies” and the website Hicks with Sticks has called them “a Bay Area treasure to be shared . . .

Sunday September 07, 2014
Start: 09/07/2014 8:00 pm

On Ensemble (pronounced "Ohn") is a Los Angeles based taiko quartet that takes the ancient instruments and powerful rhythms of traditional Japanese ensemble drumming and adds their own relentless innovations – soaring melodies, unusual time signatures, and unexpected instruments like cajon, frame drum, trap set, koto, melodica, and Japanese flute.

Thursday September 11, 2014
Start: 09/11/2014 8:00 pm

Bill MonroeThere would be no bluegrass if not for Bill Monroe. He gave the genre its name and its distinctive style, and for most of the 20th century he embodied the essence of the art form, which is typically delivered by a five-piece acoustic string band featuring instrumental virtuosity on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and string bass, and plaintive, high lonesome voices singing in close harmony.

Friday September 12, 2014
Start: 09/12/2014 8:00 pm

Nora Jane StruthersNora Jane Struthers & The Party Line return to the Freight riding high from the success of their most recent album, Carnival, which rose to #11 on the Americana Radio Chart. 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 September 13, 2014
Start: 09/13/2014 11:00 am

Alphabet RockersThe Bay Area-based family hip-hop group Alphabet Rockers match nostalgic beats with kid-friendly, educational lyrics, a combination that has garnered two Parents’ Choice Awards, 4-stars from Common Sense Media, presentation slots at kindergarten conferences, and Red Tricycle’s Best Kids Artist award.

Start: 09/13/2014 8:00 pm

Eliza GilkysonEliza Gilkyson is one of the finest singer-songwriters making music today. She “doesn’t pull any punches,” says the New York Times.

Sunday September 14, 2014
Start: 09/14/2014 8:00 pm

Eric BibbEric Bibb has been playing and singing the blues for more than 40 years, but his music embraces more than the blues. “It’s blues, it’s country, it’s work songs, it’s ragtime, it’s spirituals. All of those things are in the hopper,” Eric says. With a Grammy nomination, multiple W.C.

Wednesday September 17, 2014
Start: 09/17/2014 8:00 pm

Lucy Wainwright Roche“I fell in love last year / It’s not a thing I do a lot,” Lucy Wainwright Roche sings in “Seek and Hide,” a duet with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists on her latest album, There’s a Last Time for Everything. “You gotta watch it all change / You gotta watch it all stay the same,” the song goes on, and the line certainly applies to her music – a listener still hears the same honesty and openness in her newer work, but there’s a change too, a growth in control and authori

Thursday September 18, 2014
Start: 09/18/2014 8:00 pm

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOTMC) is back for the 12th year, celebrating old time music from September 16-21, at locations all over town. This five-day festival offers concerts, square dancing, a string band contest, workshops, and activities especially for kids and families, all in intimate settings where the line between audience and performer is as thin as a guitar pick. Participants travel from across America for the chance to hang out, dance, and pick and sing alongside some of the top musicians and dancers in the old time fiddle and banjo world.

Friday September 19, 2014
Start: 09/19/2014 8:00 pm

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOTMC) is back for the 12th year, celebrating old time music from September 16-21, at locations all over town. This five-day festival offers concerts, square dancing, a string band contest, workshops, and activities especially for kids and families, all in intimate settings where the line between audience and performer is as thin as a guitar pick. Participants travel from across America for the chance to hang out, dance, and pick and sing alongside some of the top musicians and dancers in the old time fiddle and banjo world.

Saturday September 20, 2014
Start: 09/20/2014 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.

Sunday September 21, 2014
Start: 09/21/2014 8:00 pm

The Charles Mingus Ensemble, founded at UCLA in the fall of 2011, brings together students with backgrounds in jazz, classical, and world music to integrate compositional and improvisational traditions, following in the footsteps of the great bandleader, composer, and bassist Charles Mingus, whose Jazz Workshop was at the cutting edge of using improvisation and other approaches to explore and develop musical ideas.

Monday September 22, 2014
Start: 09/22/2014 8:00 pm

Beoga

 

Tuesday September 23, 2014
Start: 09/23/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Thursday September 25, 2014
Start: 09/25/2014 8:00 pm

Whiskey & Women“If I’m ever in a situation where I’m on life support and you’re about to unplug me, bring Whiskey & Women into the hospital to perform at least one song,” says the website SFGate. “If I don’t come out of the coma, then unplug me, I’m dead.” It’s true that the rousing Bay Area trio Whiskey & Women brings a lively jolt to their performances.

Friday September 26, 2014
Start: 09/26/2014 5:00 pm
Mad NoiseAmerican Nomad
The Lady CroonersBerkeley Blues Coalition

 

Saturday September 27, 2014
Start: 09/27/2014 8:00 pm

Elvin Bishop

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Monday September 29, 2014
Start: 09/29/2014 8:00 pm

The BengsonsFresh from the smashing success of their hit musical Hundred Days at Z Space Gallery in San Francisco, the married duo The Bengsons – that’s Abigail and Shaun – come to the Freight to work their particular brand of musical magic, weaving rousing vocals, frenetic rhythms, and can’t-resist choruses into an irresistible indie rock theatrical performance.

Tuesday September 30, 2014
Start: 09/30/2014 8:00 pm

Rushad EgglestonRushad Eggleston is a cello whisperer – he communes with the instrument and goes where it leads. It's anyone's guess what may happen when he takes the stage, but we do guarantee one thing: a night of fabulously inventive, supremely virtuosic, endlessly surprising music.

Wednesday October 01, 2014
Start: 10/01/2014 8:00 pm

Jeff PehrsonJeff Pehrson is a marvelous songwriter, singer, and guitarist who has been wowing Freight audiences as half of Box Set Duo and also plays with the bands The Fall Risk and Furthur. Jeff enjoyed considerable success with Box Set in the 1990s, recording seven albums and winning 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.

Thursday October 02, 2014
Start: 10/02/2014 8:00 pm

Rachel Efron“It isn't long – about three notes will do it – before Bay Area singer-songwriter Rachel Efron hooks you by the heart,” says the San Francisco Chronicle. “To listen to a Rachel Efron song is to be led across an inner landscape at once beautiful, dangerous, serene, and startling,” says AllAboutJazz. “Rachel offers that rare combination of sophisticated musicianship and commanding lyricism.

Friday October 03, 2014
Start: 10/03/2014 8:00 pm

Two-day passes for Friday and Saturday are available for $70


Join us for a weekend of aloha at the Berkeley Hawaiian Music Festival. Thrill to the heavenly sounds of slack key guitar and ukulele, drift away on the harmonies of an all-star band, and fall under the spell of swaying hula dancers as the Freight presents two amazing evenings of enchanting Hawaiian music, hula, and mountains of aloha, hosted by Berkeley’s own Patrick Landeza.

Saturday October 04, 2014
Start: 10/04/2014 8:00 pm

Two-day passes for Friday and Saturday are available for $70


Join us for a weekend of aloha at the Berkeley Hawaiian Music Festival. Thrill to the heavenly sounds of slack key guitar and ukulele, drift away on the harmonies of an all-star band, and fall under the spell of swaying hula dancers as the Freight presents two amazing evenings of enchanting Hawaiian music, hula, and mountains of aloha, hosted by Berkeley’s own Patrick Landeza.

Sunday October 05, 2014
Start: 10/05/2014 2:00 pm

Please join us for a special afternoon performance celebrating the 78th reunion of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the nearly 3,000 American volunteers who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War.

 
A band of musical friends led by Bruce Barthol, founding bass player in Country Joe and the Fish and songwriter for the San Francisco Mime Troupe for more than 30 years, will commemorate the songs and activism of Pete Seeger with a musical tribute celebrating the re-issue of the Smithsonian Folkways' album, Songs of the Spanish Civil War.

Start: 10/05/2014 8:00 pm

Oakland Interfaith Gospel ChoirThe Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir delivers good news – the power and glory of 55 talented singers blending their voices together in rapturous harmony on gospel standards, traditional spirituals, and their own original praise songs.

Monday October 06, 2014
Start: 10/06/2014 8:00 pm

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Robin Sharp joins musical forces with her longtime partner, Lori Lack, in a violin and piano duo recital. Classical at the Freight brings in some of the Bay Area’s best classical musicians for an hour of outstanding chamber music in an informal, friendly atmosphere hosted by SFCO music director Ben Simon. There’s no stuffiness, no mystification, just an invigorating evening with musicians sharing the beauty and joy of this art with audiences of all ages.

Tuesday October 07, 2014
Start: 10/07/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Wednesday October 08, 2014
Start: 10/08/2014 8:00 pm

Jeffrey Foucault“Jeffrey Foucault is a young man with an old soul,” says the New York Times, “contemporary and timeless.” He grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm, and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa.

Thursday October 09, 2014
Start: 10/09/2014 8:00 pm

Tom RushTom Rush started his musical career in Boston half a century ago and quickly established himself on the folk scene. Rolling Stone magazine has credited his 1965 album Circle Game with ushering in the singer-songwriter era.

Friday October 10, 2014
Start: 10/10/2014 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.

Saturday October 11, 2014
Start: 10/11/2014 11:00 am

Stephen Cohen

Join us this afternoon for our Family Open House! This family-friendly edition features free performances and workshops for folks, kids, and folks with kids.

Start: 10/11/2014 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this concert. Standing room only tickets may become available at 8pm.

Sunday October 12, 2014
Start: 10/12/2014 8:00 pm

OUOU is a jazz sextet from Rome that plays original compositions with fiercely funky rhythms and a home-made, folk sensibility, topped with lush vocals sung in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Sardinian.

Monday October 13, 2014
Start: 10/13/2014 8:00 pm

Three superbly talented musicians and old friends join forces for an evening of duos, trios, and the occasional solo, sharing the stage and backing each other on favorite songs.

Tuesday October 14, 2014
Start: 10/14/2014 8:00 pm

Mary Chapin Carpenter

There are very few advance tickets available. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday October 15, 2014
Start: 10/15/2014 8:00 pm

Mary Chapin Carpenter

We are sold out of advance tickets. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Thursday October 16, 2014
Start: 10/16/2014 8:00 pm

The von TrappsThe great-grandchildren of the famous von Trapp family, celebrated in The Sound of Music, have followed in the musical footsteps of the Captain and Maria, singing together in lovely harmony to delighted audiences around the world.

Friday October 17, 2014
Start: 10/17/2014 8:00 pm

Tonight, with a little help from his friends, investigative journalist Reese Erlich presents Jazz & Syria, featuring classic Syrian tunes played by a stellar jazz quartet that includes piano virtuoso Larry Vuckovich, master of Arabic percussion Vince Delgado, violinist Eric Gold, and Coralie Russo on oud, as well as Reese’s eye-witness account of what’s happening in Syria.
 

Saturday October 18, 2014
Start: 10/18/2014 8:00 pm

Blame SallyThe first thing you should know about Blame Sally is that their shows at the Freight tend to sell out. The second thing you should know is that the shows sell out because the band is so talented, entertaining, and irresistibly fun! Here’s how j. poet puts it in the East Bay Express: “The four women in Blame Sally light up a club when they launch into one of their feel-good tunes.

Sunday October 19, 2014
Start: 10/19/2014 8:00 pm

Loudon Wainwright IIILoudon Wainwright III “wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation,” says the New York Times. What is his contradiction? The one between thinking and feeling, between living and dying, between red wine and white?

Monday October 20, 2014
Start: 10/20/2014 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 October 21, 2014
Start: 10/21/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Wednesday October 22, 2014
Start: 10/22/2014 8:00 pm

Peter MulveyThe Irish Times calls Peter Mulvey “a joy to see” and “a phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick-fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style.” The Washington Post praises “the subtle power of his voice, a husky, hushed baritone,” and calls it “at once sophisticated and intimate.” Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after stints in Dublin and Boston, Peter has released 16 albums, including his latest, Silver Ladder, which Lonesome Road Review call

Thursday October 23, 2014
Start: 10/23/2014 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets. Standing room only spots will be available once the concert starts at 8pm.

 

Friday October 24, 2014
Start: 10/24/2014 8:00 pm

Iris DeMentWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Saturday October 25, 2014
Start: 10/25/2014 8:00 pm

This show has been cancelled. Please see the Freight box office for refunds.

 

Sunday October 26, 2014
Start: 10/26/2014 12:00 pm

André BushAndré Bush, who grew up in Fresno and had strong ties to the Bay Area, was a gifted guitarist, an inspiring teacher, and an unforgettable friend who died too young and left behind a circle of fellow musicians who wish to pay tribute to his memory and make music in his honor. Proceeds from today’s performance will be donated to a scholarship fund for his daughter, Sophia Scott Bush.

Start: 10/26/2014 8:00 pm

Linsey Aitken & Ken CampbellScotland’s Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell combine their distinctive musical talents to play a wide range of Scottish traditional and contemporary music as well as their own well-crafted originals. Linsey is a classically trained cellist and pianist who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and became a founding member of Erne Parkin’s Cross Border Band. Ken is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who cofounded The Ideal Band in the 1980s.

Monday October 27, 2014
Start: 10/27/2014 8:00 pm

Tish HinojosaTish Hinojosa makes beautiful singing sound so easy. The Washington Post praises her “lovely, relaxed soprano” and “rare gift for melody.” The Los Angeles Times praises her “rare purity of voice.” She’s also a “first class songwriter,” as the Chicago Tribune declares. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, the youngest of 13 children, Tish grew up in the 1960s listening to folk, pop, rock and roll, and a big helping of Mexican music.

Tuesday October 28, 2014
Start: 10/28/2014 8:00 pm

UC Jazz Ensembles Tonight’s concert showcases outstanding student groups from the award-winning University of California Jazz Ensembles program. The first half of the show features three Advanced Combos, comprised of some of the most talented jazz musicians at the university, and coached by faculty members Frank Martin, Dann Zinn, and the director of the program, Ted Moore. The combos will perform a wide variety of jazz styles from standards to originals composed by both students and faculty.

Wednesday October 29, 2014
Start: 10/29/2014 8:00 pm

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

Thursday October 30, 2014
Start: 10/30/2014 8:00 pm

Frazey FordAfter a decade in the terrific Vancouver trio, The Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford went solo, releasing a charming debut album, Obadiah, in 2010, that received glowing reviews from the Washington Post, which praised her “warm voice” and the album’s “smoky, soulful mood,” and the New York Times, which called her sound an amalgam of two classic records, Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together and Neil Young’s Harvest.

Friday October 31, 2014
Start: 10/31/2014 8:00 pm

Wake the DeadWhat could be more fitting? Wake the Dead plays the Freight on Halloween, or, if you prefer All Hallows’ Eve, a time to remember the dead and the Grateful Dead, with the world’s first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band. They’ve recently brought their unique brand of musical alchemy to the Summer of Love, much to the delight of Deadheads, folkies, rockers, and lovers of Irish reels.

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

Mary BlackWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the concert starts at 8pm.

 

Sunday November 02, 2014
Start: 11/02/2014 8:00 pm

Kathy Kallick bandKathy Kallick is at it again, writing new songs, releasing new albums, and cooking up a bluegrass storm on stage. Singout!

Tuesday November 04, 2014
Start: 11/04/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Wednesday November 05, 2014
Start: 11/05/2014 8:00 pm

The Company MenThe Company Men – Daniel Tatar, Shawn Perucca, Stuart Ambrose, and Brian Purcell – put aside their day jobs to make music for a living, and so far they’ve shared the stage with Chaka Khan and Natalie Cole, performed for legends like Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy, played at Lincoln Center, held down a recurring gig at Hollywood’s iconic Key Club, and released an album, After Hours, featuring some of their most popular mash-ups.

Thursday November 06, 2014
Start: 11/06/2014 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.

Friday November 07, 2014
Start: 11/07/2014 8:00 pm

Country Joe McDonaldWay back in the early 1960s, after serving a hitch in the U.S. Navy and singing folk songs on Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley’s own Country Joe McDonald became an anti-war activist, a rock music icon, and a staunch advocate for veterans and the environment.

Saturday November 08, 2014
Start: 11/08/2014 11:00 am

Mister GA 2014 Latin Grammy nominee, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), has been named one of the "Best Live Acts for Kids and Families."  Recipient of the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Ben spent 20 years as a Boston-based rock frontman and solo artist before transitioning to writing and performing music for families.

Start: 11/08/2014 8:00 pm

Co-presented with JCC East Bay

 

HYIMThe first 100 people to buy tickets will get a free copy of HYIM's latest album.

Sunday November 09, 2014
Start: 11/09/2014 2:00 pm

 

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the concert starts at 2pm.

 

Monday November 10, 2014
Start: 11/10/2014 8:00 pm

Classical at the Freight brings in some of the Bay Area’s best classical musicians for an hour of outstanding chamber music in an informal, friendly atmosphere. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra music director Ben Simon hosts. There’s no stuffiness, no mystification, just an invigorating evening with gifted musicians sharing the beauty and joy of this timeless art with new audiences of all ages.

Tuesday November 11, 2014
Start: 11/11/2014 8:00 pm

Asleep at the WheelAsleep at the Wheel has been making the best of Western swing, boogie, and American roots music for more than 25 albums and 40 years now, with hits from 1974’s “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” to their brand new live album, Havin’ a Party, which features such classics as “Big Ball’s in Cowtown,” “Hot Rod Lincoln,” and “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read.” The band has won nine Grammy awards. The Americana Music Awards honored them for Lifetime Achievement in Performance.

Wednesday November 12, 2014
Start: 11/12/2014 8:00 pm

The GloamingThe Gloaming starts with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and his longtime collaborator, American guitarist Dennis Cahill. If you’ve seen them at the Freight, you know that they play elegant interpretations of traditional Irish tunes with exquisite sensitivity and deep feeling. The Gloaming take Irish music beyond traditional boundaries and connect it to other musical realms.

Thursday November 13, 2014
Start: 11/13/2014 8:00 pm

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie HaasIndividually, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas are consummate musicians. Together, they’re pure magic.

Friday November 14, 2014
Start: 11/14/2014 8:00 pm

 

Due to medical reasons, Steve Poltz will not be performing on Friday, November 14.  Ellis Paul will perform a solo concert at the Freight. If you purchased tickets online, you will be contacted by Ticketfly and can request a refund. If you purchased tickets through our box office, please call 510-644-2020 ext. 120 during box office hours, 12:30pm – 9:00pm for assistance.

 

Saturday November 15, 2014
Sunday November 16, 2014
Start: 11/16/2014 8:00 pm

Richard Shindell is a powerful singer, masterful guitarist, and pungent songwriter who tells compelling stories that range from the bitterly comic to the profoundly spiritual. His voice carries his own particular strain of emotion, almost bitter, almost exhausted, but unable to stop the hope from rising up. “Lord, deliver me to the next Best Western,” he sings.

Monday November 17, 2014
Start: 11/17/2014 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 November 18, 2014
Start: 11/18/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: