Friday April 17, 2015
Start: 04/17/2015 8:00 pm

Rita CoolidgeRita Coolidge has been making great music since the 1960s. She started in Memphis, singing with Delaney & Bonnie, then teamed up with Joe Cocker on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, and went on to work with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, and Stephen Stills, eventually signing with Herb Alpert and recording a string of solo albums, including the multi-platinum Anytime…Anywhere.

Saturday April 18, 2015
Start: 04/18/2015 8:00 pm

Ray ObiedoBrilliant Bay Area jazz guitarist and composer Ray Obiedo celebrates the release of his latest album, There Goes That, with an all-star band and a host of bright new originals full of irresistible grooves and sparkling guitar work.

Sunday April 19, 2015
Start: 04/19/2015 8:00 pm

Maria MuldaurThe fabulous Maria Muldaur returns to the Freight for a multimedia retrospective featuring all her hits and fan favorites from every stage of her glorious career, as well as fascinating stories about her collaborations with some of the greatest names in music.
 

Monday April 20, 2015
Start: 04/20/2015 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 April 21, 2015
Start: 04/21/2015 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.

Wednesday April 22, 2015
Start: 04/22/2015 8:00 pm

The Quebe Sisters BandGrace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced Kway-bee) are dynamite fiddlers with beautiful voices. They play a unique blend of swing, vintage country, jazz, bluegrass, cowboy songs and Texas fiddle tunes that has taken them from the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium to the Kennedy Center and the National Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering.

Thursday April 23, 2015
Start: 04/23/2015 8:00 pm

Anais MitchellAnais Mitchell is a folk music marvel. The Independent on Sunday calls her "the most engaging, and in some ways, most original artist currently working in the field of new American 'folk' music." She's earned such praise, not only because of her wonderful voice and expressive guitar playing, but because she writes songs that are simultaneously political and personal, philosophical and poignant. "Terrific," Pitchfork calls her.

Friday April 24, 2015
Start: 04/24/2015 8:00 pm

Mark & Maggie O'ConnorMark O'Connor started his musical career as a prodigy, apprenticing with folk fiddler extraordinaire Benny Thomasson and the genius of the jazz fiddle, Stéphane Grapelli, and developed into a master, composing such instant classics as "Appalachia Waltz." The New York Times has called his rise "one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music," and the Los Angeles Times has described him as "one of the most talented and imaginative artists w

Saturday April 25, 2015
Start: 04/25/2015 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this concert. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 8pm. There are also advance tickets available for Janis Ian & Tom Paxton on Sunday April 26.

 

Tom PaxtonJanis Ian

Sunday April 26, 2015
Start: 04/26/2015 8:00 pm

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

 

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Start: 04/28/2015 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 April 29, 2015
Start: 04/29/2015 8:00 pm

Le Vent du NordLe Vent du Nord hits the stage with the unstoppable force of its namesake, the north wind. The four members of the band–Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Simon Beaudry, and Réjean Brunet–all sing, play multiple instruments, and perform with irresistible energy and infectious verve.

Thursday April 30, 2015
Start: 04/30/2015 8:00 pm

 

Alba's EdgeAlba’s Edge weaves Scottish fiddle into jazz, funk, and salsa to make multi-cultural music that sizzles and swings. With Neil Pearlman on piano, Lilly Pearlman on fiddle, Jacob Cole on drums, and Doug Berns on bass, the band brings an East Coast edge to its world music bent. The U.S. State Department recently sponsored them on a tour of Mexico, and now they’re coming to the Freight with a fresh sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called “a wonderful concoction”!

Friday May 01, 2015
Start: 05/01/2015 8:00 pm

Noel Paul StookeySinger, songwriter, and activist Noel Paul Stookey rose to prominence as the “Paul” in Peter, Paul & Mary, and has continued to spread his gospel of melding the spiritual to the practical in 45 albums over his illustrious career, including his most recent, One and Many, which ranges from romantic ballads to politically charged portraits to intimate meditations.

Saturday May 02, 2015
Start: 05/02/2015 8:00 pm

Choro, pronounced shore-oh, comes from the Portuguese verb chorar, which means to cry, but in Brazil, where the musical form originated in the late 1800s, it suggests a bursting of emotion, an overflowing, often of exhilaration and pure joy. Like ragtime and tango, it brings together many musical influences, blending  virtuosity, European dance forms—like polka and the waltz—and plaintive melodies with jazz improvisation, classical  harmonies, and the rhythms of Africa and Brazil.

Sunday May 03, 2015
Monday May 04, 2015
Start: 05/04/2015 8:00 pm


In Italian with English titles.

Jonathan Khuner Paul Cheak Melody King Michael Paul Krubitzer Roy Stevens

Tuesday May 05, 2015
Start: 05/05/2015 8:00 pm

Francisco HerreraPlease join us for a community celebration of Cinco de Mayo – “Celebrando Nuestra Dignidad” – featuring Francisco Herrera, Madelina y los Carpinteros, and several of their talented musical friends. With “flor y canto,” flower and song, the show will honor the spirit of Mexico in solidarity with the missing students of Ayotzinapa. 

 

Wednesday May 06, 2015
Start: 05/06/2015 7:30 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 7:30pm.


Thursday May 07, 2015
Start: 05/07/2015 8:00 pm
Friday May 08, 2015
Start: 05/08/2015 8:00 pm

Martin Hayes & Dennis CahillMartin Hayes & Dennis Cahill set the standard for Irish fiddle and guitar. If you’ve been lucky enough to see them at the Freight, you know that they play with exquisite sensitivity, deep feeling, and an abiding love for traditional Irish music. They take every note so seriously and yet so playfully – the result is sublime, immense, profound and yet light as air.
 

Saturday May 09, 2015
Start: 05/09/2015 12:00 pm
noon to 4:00 p.m.
Start: 05/09/2015 8:00 pm

Margaret BeltonMargaret Belton and a band of outstanding Bay Area musicians pay tribute to the incomparable Patsy Cline, who immortalized songs like “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” Sweet Dreams,” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” Margaret recently won the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Principal Female Actor in a Musical for her portrayal of Patsy in the Altarena Playhouse production of Always…Patsy Cline. The role came naturally to her.

Sunday May 10, 2015
Start: 05/10/2015 2:00 pm

If you’ll pardon a little gushing here, David Bromberg is what music is all about. In a review of his wonderful album Only Slightly Mad, twangville.com declares that he returns “to the formula that made his 1970s albums so great – which is to say there is no formula at all.” No formula is exactly right!

Start: 05/10/2015 8:00 pm

Margaret BeltonMargaret Belton and a band of outstanding Bay Area musicians pay tribute to the incomparable Patsy Cline, who immortalized songs like “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” Sweet Dreams,” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” Margaret recently won the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Principal Female Actor in a Musical for her portrayal of Patsy in the Altarena Playhouse production of Always…Patsy Cline. The role came naturally to her.

Monday May 11, 2015
Start: 05/11/2015 8:00 pm

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars Rachel Noyes (violin) and Robert Howard (cello) plus pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi (of Zofo fame) bring their combined talents to the Freight for a sizzling evening of Russian music featuring Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50.

Tuesday May 12, 2015
Start: 05/12/2015 8:00 pm

Liz LongleyLiz Longley has a gift for culling musical treasures as though straight from thin air. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share them with listeners on her self-titled album.

Wednesday May 13, 2015
Start: 05/13/2015 8:00 pm

Grant-Lee Phillips has been making memorable music since his days as the golden voice and poetic visionary fronting the folk-rock trio Grant Lee Buffalo in the 1990s. Since recording four fine albums with GLB, he’s gone on to release seven solo albums, including his latest, Walking in the Green Corn, which explores his Native American roots. “Connecting to my ancestry is like having this deep trunk that’s embedded in the earth, with deep roots.

Thursday May 14, 2015
Start: 05/14/2015 8:00 pm

Kris DelmhorstWhen Kris Delmhorst sings, you catch yourself leaning forward, trying not to miss anything. Her voice is warm and relaxed, a little husky, and she sings with tenderness and complete commitment to the essence of each song. Her music is influenced by folk and country, gospel and rock and roll. She takes her inspiration from sources as diverse as Walt Whitman, Edna St.

Friday May 15, 2015
Start: 05/15/2015 8:00 pm

Lindsay Lou & the FlatbellysFrom America’s Third Coast, on the shores of Lake Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are heading back to the Freight for an evening of bluegrass, country, blues, and swing featuring high-energy originals about bank-robbing aunties, moonshine whiskey, and the vagaries of life and love. The band features Joshua Rilko on mandolin, Spencer Cain on bass, Keith Billik on banjo, Mark Lavengood on dobro, and of course Lindsay Lou on guitar and lead vocals.

Saturday May 16, 2015
Start: 05/16/2015 11:00 am

In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! For the past year, they've been working on a new album for release this spring. "Inspiraled" brings together ALL NEW fun, engaging and creative songs
that range in themes from stars, animals, imagination, different instruments, and lots more.

Start: 05/16/2015 8:00 pm

Ensemble Mik NawoojEnsemble Mik Nawooj, also known as EMN, brings together two MCs, a lyric soprano, and a chamber orchestra, all under the musical direction of composer JooWan Kim, to make music that, in the words of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “juxtaposes the rapid-fire staccato of rap with the bombastic percussiveness and dramatic tension of Western classical music.

Sunday May 17, 2015
Start: 05/17/2015 8:00 pm

Lucy Kaplansky & Richard ShindellIf you know their solo work, you’re already hooked on the idea of Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Shindell as a duo. Under the name The Pinehill Project, they’ve just recorded an album of duets, Tomorrow You’re Going, that features some of their favorite songs by other artists, from Gillian Welch to Greg Brown, Van Morrison to Nick Lowe.

Monday May 18, 2015
Start: 05/18/2015 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material live on the Freight stage. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the house lights go down and the show goes on!

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Start: 05/19/2015 8:00 pm
Thursday May 21, 2015
Start: 05/21/2015 8:00 pm

The DuhksThe Duhks are a Canadian folk band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They’ve earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and won a Juno award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy, for Best Roots and Traditional Album.

Friday May 22, 2015
Start: 05/22/2015 8:00 pm

Sam BakerSam Baker is a man of few words. He was traveling on a train in Peru in 1986 when a bomb planted by the Shining Path killed seven of his fellow passengers and left him with a long, hard road back to reasonable health. “Life is a gift,” he says. “I went through a lot of bitterness. A lot of anger. But those things are toxic. Gratitude for what remains is more helpful than resentment for what was lost.

Saturday May 23, 2015
Start: 05/23/2015 8:00 pm

Box Set Duo TrioJeff Person 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 May 24, 2015
Start: 05/24/2015 8:00 pm

The dance floor is open!

 

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

Tuesday May 26, 2015
Start: 05/26/2015 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 May 27, 2015
Start: 05/27/2015 8:00 pm

David Thom BandDavid Thom returns to the Freight with an all-star cast of musicians to play traditional bluegrass along with songs by Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and Van Morrison. David “has a finely-tuned sense of what he is going for in his music, limitless energy to pursue that goal, and great singing and playing chops besides,” says Laurie Lewis.

Thursday May 28, 2015
Start: 05/28/2015 8:00 pm

Jeffery BroussardJeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys play Creole classics and contemporary zydeco with flair and force, sensitivity and soul.

Friday May 29, 2015
Start: 05/29/2015 8:00 pm

 

Saturday May 30, 2015
Start: 05/30/2015 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.

Sunday May 31, 2015
Start: 05/31/2015 8:00 pm

Earl CrabbFeaturing Maria Muldaur, Bobby Neuwirth, Geoff Muldaur, Phil Marsh, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Eric Rawlins, Valina Brown, Jeff Raz, Saki, Zaharr Havatti Manevi & band, and more.

Monday June 01, 2015
Start: 06/01/2015 8:00 pm
Tuesday June 02, 2015
Start: 06/02/2015 8:00 pm

Becca Stevens BandThe New York Times calls Becca Stevens “a vocalist and guitarist who balances deep melody against lyrical caprice” and “New York’s best kept secret.” The Los Angeles Times praises her “richly twisted originals.” She comes to town with her stellar band and a wide-ranging new album, Perfect Animal.

Wednesday June 03, 2015
Start: 06/03/2015 7:30 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 7:30pm.

 

 

Thursday June 04, 2015
Start: 06/04/2015 8:00 pm

Skip the NeedleHow many bandleaders does it take to rock the Freight? In the case of Skip the Needle, the answer is four. The band features four outstanding performers who lead other local bands: Kofy Brown of the Kofy Brown band, Shelley Doty of the Shelley Doty X-tet, Katie Colpitts of Dolorata and Year of the Fist, and Vicki Randle, who currently backs Mavis Staples and has headlined many wonderful shows at the Freight.

Friday June 05, 2015
Start: 06/05/2015 8:00 pm

Due to the Bay Area Book Festival this weekend, there will be substantial street closures in downtown Berkeley from 10pm on Friday until 10pm on Sunday. The parking garages on Addison Street and Center Street will both be accessible. Please see the street closure map here.

 

Saturday June 06, 2015
Start: 06/06/2015 8:00 pm

Due to the Bay Area Book Festival this weekend, there will be substantial street closures in downtown Berkeley from 10pm on Friday until 10pm on Sunday. The parking garages on Addison Street and Center Street will both be accessible. Please see the street closure map here.

 

 

 

UPDATE:

Sunday June 07, 2015
Start: 06/07/2015 8:00 pm

Due to the Bay Area Book Festival this weekend, there will be substantial street closures in downtown Berkeley from 10pm on Friday until 10pm on Sunday. The parking garages on Addison Street and Center Street will both be accessible. Please see the street closure map here.

 

Lisa Zeiler & Jennie Chabon

Monday June 08, 2015
Start: 06/08/2015 8:00 pm
Tuesday June 09, 2015
Start: 06/09/2015 8:00 pm

The Bay Area’s Molly Tuttle is a bluegrass wonder. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13.

Wednesday June 10, 2015
Start: 06/10/2015 8:00 pm

Ari HestNew York singer-songwriter Ari Hest has a great voice and he plays both guitar and piano beautifully, but it’s the songs themselves that really grab your attention – they sound simple at first, but they keep flowing through your mind, making your reconsider. He has released eight albums, three EPs, and in 2008, he put out a song a week as part of his “52” project.

Thursday June 11, 2015
Start: 06/11/2015 8:00 pm

Real Vocal String QuartetChoose a box, any box, and the Real Vocal String Quartet will think outside of it. They’re a string quartet and a vocal quartet. They play Irish fiddle tunes and Brazilian choro, chamber music and wild improvisation. They backed up Feist on her indie-pop hit Metals, which Jon Pareles of the New York Times named his favorite album of 2011, and appeared with her on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Friday June 12, 2015
Start: 06/12/2015 8:00 pm

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

 

Saturday June 13, 2015
Start: 06/13/2015 8:00 pm

The words and music of iconic labor organizer and songwriter Joe Hill come to life in Joe Hill’s Last Will, a one-man play written by famed activist Si Kahn and starring multi-Grammy nominee and folk legend John McCutcheon. “Highly recommended!” says JoAnn Mar of San Francisco’s KALW.
 

Sunday June 14, 2015
Start: 06/14/2015 8:00 pm

Mason JenningsMinnesota’s Mason Jennings has released a dozen albums since his self-titled debut in 1997, and his music brings to mind artists like Leonard Cohen and John Lennon. His songs are poignant and playful, serious and light.

Monday June 15, 2015
Start: 06/15/2015 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 16, 2015
Start: 06/16/2015 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 June 17, 2015
Start: 06/17/2015 8:00 pm

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutRussell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out are the real deal, bluegrass virtuosos who feature gorgeous vocals, exquisite harmonies, and fabulous musicianship. They’ve been playing together for nearly 25 years now, winning dozens of band and individual awards along the way. Russell has nabbed six Male Vocalists of the Year awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America and three more from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Thursday June 18, 2015
Start: 06/18/2015 8:00 pm

 

Friday June 19, 2015
Start: 06/19/2015 8:00 pm

Bob SchneiderWhen you listen to Bob Schneider, the great lines just keep popping out.

Saturday June 20, 2015
Start: 06/20/2015 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.

Sunday June 21, 2015
Start: 06/21/2015 7:00 pm

The indomitable Lilia Skala comes to life in her granddaughter’s deeply personal one woman show, which the New York Times calls “marvelous,” the Scotsman calls “spellbinding,” and the New York Blade calls “irresistible” and “a blend of transformative force and ravishing charm.”

 

Monday June 22, 2015
Start: 06/22/2015 8:00 pm

Tuesday June 23, 2015
Wednesday June 24, 2015
Start: 06/24/2015 8:00 pm

 

Thursday June 25, 2015
Friday June 26, 2015
Start: 06/26/2015 8:00 pm

John FullbrightNPR has hailed John Fullbright as “One of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012″ saying, “It’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the year’s Top 10 Live Performances. And then it was on to an ASCAP award and a Grammy nomination.

Saturday June 27, 2015
Start: 06/27/2015 11:30 am
Start: 06/27/2015 8:00 pm

Leo KottkeWe are sold out of advance tickets for this concert. Standing room only tickets will be available when the music starts at 8pm.

Sunday June 28, 2015
Start: 06/28/2015 1:00 pm

1pm matinee, doors open at noon

 

Start: 06/28/2015 8:00 pm

Regina CarterRegina Carter is an extraordinary violinist, a certified genius (she won a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation in 2006), and a roots musician of unique breadth and depth.

Monday June 29, 2015
Start: 06/29/2015 8:00 pm

Rocky Mountain Jewgrass

Tuesday June 30, 2015
Start: 06/30/2015 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 July 01, 2015
Start: 07/01/2015 8:00 pm

Mustered CourageFresh from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Australia’s Mustered Courage hits the Freight on a hot streak. Great performances at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Conference propelled them on a three-month tour of America that took them to 43 states. Then they won the 2015 Golden Guitar Award for Instrumental of the Year from Australia’s most prestigious country music association, and now they're back in California.

Friday July 03, 2015
Start: 07/03/2015 12:30 pm
Saturday July 04, 2015
Start: 07/04/2015 12:30 pm
Sunday July 05, 2015
Start: 07/05/2015 12:30 pm
Monday July 06, 2015
Wednesday July 08, 2015
Start: 07/08/2015 7:30 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 7:30pm.

 

Moth StorySLAM photo by Emily SevinThe theme for this month's slam is "Balance."

Thursday July 09, 2015
Start: 07/09/2015 7:00 pm

featuring Berkeley Blues Coalition,
G Burns Jug Band &
Whitecliff Rangers!

 

Free Admission!
Music @ 7pm, doors @ 6pm
Raffles! Drink Specials! Snow cones! Popcorn! Fun!

 

If your whistle is dry, if you feel like having a good time, if you want to give something new a try – check out Thirsty Thursday at the Freight! Admission is free, the bands are great, and it's an all around good time!

 

Friday July 10, 2015
Start: 07/10/2015 8:00 pm

Nina Wise and Wes Nisker, known for their profound foolishness and crazy wisdom, come to the Freight for an evening of…well, that’s hard to say.

 

Saturday July 11, 2015
Start: 07/11/2015 8:00 pm

The Bee EatersHosted by Tristan & Tashina Clarridge

 

Featuring Kala Ramnath, Jody Stecher, The Bee Eaters, Billy Contreras, Paul Brown, John Herrmann & Chicken Train, Adam Agee, Ben Krakauer, Dave Cory

 

Sunday July 12, 2015
Start: 07/12/2015 7:00 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.

Monday July 13, 2015
Start: 07/13/2015 8:00 pm

VishtènVishtèn is a Canadian trio that plays music rooted in the French Acadian traditions of Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen islands. If you don’t have a map handy, those islands lie just beyond the eastern edge of the continent, in St. Lawrence Bay. All three members of the band – sisters Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc and Pascal Miousse – are direct descendants of the islands’ original settlers.

Tuesday July 14, 2015
Start: 07/14/2015 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 July 15, 2015
Start: 07/15/2015 8:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Radney Foster grew up in Del Rio, Texas, not far from the Mexican border, moved to Nashville, where he’s lived for years, and recently recorded his tenth and latest album, Everything I Should Have Said, in Louisiana. His catchy country sound encompasses all those places, combining Nashville virtuosity with border-town spice and bayou tang. His songs, says Icon Magazine, “are essentially country, but are charged with crackling Louisiana flavors and wiry, rootsy-rock a la The Band.

Thursday July 16, 2015
Start: 07/16/2015 8:00 pm

The Subdudes are “no ordinary band,” says the website AllMusic, praising their “relaxed groove,” “earthy harmonies,” and “impassioned vocal performances.” About.com describes the band this way: “If you haven't heard the Subdudes before, imagine the hottest, most humid day you can think of.

Friday July 17, 2015
Start: 07/17/2015 8:00 pm

Kahulanui, which means the big dance, is an inspiration passed down from grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to father Rodgers L.L. Naipo, Sr., to Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers listening to his grandfather’s stories about playing in the Royal Hawaiian Band in an era when horns and drums were a big part of Hawaiian music. In the 1930s and 40s, Hawaiian swing got the whole house jumping. Today Kahulanui gives Hawaiian swing new life!

 

Saturday July 18, 2015
Start: 07/18/2015 8:00 pm

The Yuval Ron Ensemble brings together Jewish, Christian, and Muslim musicians to play music of the Middle East that bridges national, racial, religious, and cultural divisions and connects people through music and dance. Yuval Ron founded the ensemble in 1999, after coming from Israel as an aspiring jazz guitarist to attend the Berklee College of Music, graduating with a degree in film scoring in 1989, moving to Los Angeles, and developing his skills on the oud.

Sunday July 19, 2015