Thursday April 28, 2016
Start: 04/28/2016 8:00 pm

The T Sisters, born and raised in California and now based in the creative hub of Oakland, embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. Erika, Rachel and Chloe have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows.

 

Friday April 29, 2016
Start: 04/29/2016 8:00 pm

The Capitol Steps are a group of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians who travel the States satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. Since 1981 they’ve dug into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits with a special brand of satirical humor as popular in Peoria as on Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

Saturday April 30, 2016
Start: 04/30/2016 8:00 pm

Lisa Zeiler & Jennie Chabon

Sunday May 01, 2016
Start: 05/01/2016 7:00 pm

Mouths of Babes – that’s Ty Greenstein of Girlyman fame and Ingrid Elizabeth of Coyote Grace – brings together a tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady to make music that melts hearts and shakes souls with undeniable chemistry and unexpected wisdom. Their sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, salve and anthem—an invitation to love this life, to sing your sob story and end it with a smile.

 

Monday May 02, 2016
Start: 05/02/2016 8:00 pm

Joan Shelly's new album, Over And Even, was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlor on the island of Thessaloniki. The whole thing had something to do with Vashti Bunyan. That's what Joan told me, but Joan Shelley is a poet, so she makes things up. She writes smart, beautiful songs full of poetry, history, mystery and nature. Like all the best sad songs, they will make you cry. Then they will drag you outside and leave you flat on your back, staring up at the stars. 

 

Tuesday May 03, 2016
Start: 05/03/2016 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 04, 2016
Start: 05/04/2016 7:30 pm

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

 

Moth StorySLAM photo by Emily SevinThe Moth StorySLAM, according to the London Guardian, is “brilliant and quietly addictive.” The Village Voice calls it “an exuberant moveable feast.” Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

Thursday May 05, 2016
Start: 05/05/2016 8:00 pm

Trio Brasileiro includes the celebrated guitarist and full time member of the award-winning Brasil Guitar Duo, Douglas Lora; one of Brazil’s finest mandolin virtuosos, Dudu Maia, and the amazing percussionist and brother of Douglas, Alexandre Lora.

 

Friday May 06, 2016
Start: 05/06/2016 8:00 pm

EmiSunshine is an 11-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The Tennessean describes her as “an old soul,” noting, “Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy.” Her blend of roots music is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a little bit of blues.

 

Saturday May 07, 2016
Start: 05/07/2016 9:00 am

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Start: 05/07/2016 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.

Sunday May 08, 2016
Start: 05/08/2016 12:00 pm

From noon to 4pm 

 

12:00pm: Possum Sauce - Lael Sigal, Lisa Heil & Ryan Dooley

12:30pm: "Mo B. and Dick" (Maureen Blumenthal & Richard Mason): classic country, folky, old-timey, bluegrassy, brother-duety and old-sounding originals

 

1:00pm: Earl White Stringband

Monday May 09, 2016
Start: 05/09/2016 8:00 pm

Take four musicians, sixty-eight string quartets, and the genius of Franz Josef Haydn; stir vigorously and applaud wildly. Robin Sharp, Julie Kim, Ben Simon, and Hannah Addario-Berry are the Haydn Project; this will be their first public performance, and with it the early fruits of their journey into these mostly brilliant, always inventive, enormously engaging works.

 

Tuesday May 10, 2016
Start: 05/10/2016 8:00 pm
Wednesday May 11, 2016
Start: 05/11/2016 8:00 pm

For Sean Watkins, the last decade has been jammed with music making and a herculean amount of touring. He started his musical career as one third of the Grammy-winning Nickel Creek and has gone on to helm, with his sister Sara, the genre-hopping musical feast that is the Watkins Family Hour, lent his voice and guitar work to albums by friends and family, and released three solo albums.

Thursday May 12, 2016
Start: 05/12/2016 8:00 pm

Jenny Kerr is a San Francisco native who as a kid used to take the bus to the Haight to see blues and folk concerts in the sixties. Watching Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters led her to an older roster of musicians like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Little Walter and Dock Boggs. She cast off her classical music training and started playing guitar, harmonica and banjo.

Friday May 13, 2016
Start: 05/13/2016 8:00 pm

Maurice TaniMaurice 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.

Saturday May 14, 2016
Start: 05/14/2016 11:00 am

In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! Their most recent album, Inspiraled, brings together ALL NEW fun, engaging and creative songs that range in themes from stars, animals, imagination, different instruments, and lots more.

Start: 05/14/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

Sunday May 15, 2016
Start: 05/15/2016 1:00 pm

The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance.

 

Founded in 1974, the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) is the longest running youth chorus in the East Bay. The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance.

 

Start: 05/15/2016 7:00 pm

“Classic Rock” takes on a whole new meaning when the cello-powered combo Break of Reality hits the stage at the Freight. With Patrick Laird, Laura Metcalf, and Ben Capps on cello, and Ivan Trevino on percussion, all classically trained at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, the band brings classical technique and rock and roll energy to make boundary-breaking music, be it an original composition, a song by Tool or Radiohead, or a J. S. Bach arrangement.

Monday May 16, 2016
Start: 05/16/2016 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 17, 2016
Start: 05/17/2016 8:00 pm

Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson’s deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra’s fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. Suzy and Allegra’s genetically-matched vocals (dubbed “The Everly Sisters sound” by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar.

Wednesday May 18, 2016
Start: 05/18/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

Thursday May 19, 2016
Start: 05/19/2016 8:00 pm

The Stray BirdsThe Stray Birds are a folk-roots trio from Pennsylvania farm country who play as if they’ve been making music together forever. Their harmonies are gorgeous and gritty, and their deft instrumentals always serve the song. “Clearly these are players with chops, songwriters with a fierce command of their craft. But they also seem to have a grip on when to lend a hand, and when to let the songs fly on their own.

Friday May 20, 2016
Start: 05/20/2016 8:00 pm

 

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands 

Vern Williams Band Alumni 

Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally 

Gallery Stage: The Blue J’s 

 

Saturday May 21, 2016
Start: 05/21/2016 7:00 pm

Steep Ravine

High Country

Manning Music Students

Gallery Stage: Blue Summit

 

Sunday May 22, 2016
Start: 05/22/2016 7:00 pm

Grand Finale 

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band with Herb Pedersen 

Max Schwartz & Pals

Rita Hosking Trio 

Gallery Stage: The Go To Hell Man Clan

 

Tuesday May 24, 2016
Start: 05/24/2016 7:30 am

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 25, 2016
Start: 05/25/2016 8:00 pm

Krüger Brothers“The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I have ever played with,” said the late Doc Watson. The Bluegrass Journal says, “The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent.” Brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger left their home in Switzerland to pursue life as street musicians and met their “other brother,” Joel Landsberg, in New York City. Jens won the 2013 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.

Thursday May 26, 2016
Start: 05/26/2016 8:00 pm

Lance Canales & The Flood are headed to Berkeley with a hot new album, The Blessing and the Curse, and a history of playing roots music that goes deep. “Their music is a rough-hewn amalgam of Americana, blues, folk, and rock, bashed out on old instruments,” says Ozy.com.

Wednesday June 01, 2016
Start: 06/01/2016 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 Moth StorySLAM, according to the London Guardian, is “brilliant and quietly addictive.” The Village Voice calls it “an exuberant moveable feast.” Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

Thursday June 02, 2016
Start: 06/02/2016 8:00 pm
Friday June 03, 2016
Start: 06/03/2016 8:00 pm

Fifty years of nonstop touring, performing and recording have reaped huge rewards. Charlie Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. This man cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the south side of Chicago in the early 1960’s – thank your lucky stars he is still with us telling the truth with a voice and harp tone like no other.

 

Saturday June 04, 2016
Start: 06/04/2016 8:00 pm

Carrie Rodriguez“Fits together like honey and smoke in a warm but vibrant Texas breeze.”—AllMusic

 

“…an album that combines seemingly disparate influences into one gloriously cohesive Spanglish statement...The seemingly improbable cultural mashups are a perfect expression of reality for many folks in Texas and beyond.” —NPR Music

 

Sunday June 05, 2016
Start: 06/05/2016 8:00 pm

The Jazzschool Studio Band, a 19 piece big band made up of the top high school players in the Bay Area and directed by esteemed arranger/composer/trombonist educator Dave Eshelman, features NYC saxophonist and bandleader Donny McCaslin playing Donny's original music for big band.

 

Monday June 06, 2016
Start: 06/06/2016 8:00 pm
Tuesday June 07, 2016
Start: 06/07/2016 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 08, 2016
Start: 06/08/2016 8:00 pm
Thursday June 09, 2016
Start: 06/09/2016 8:00 pm

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

Friday June 10, 2016
Start: 06/10/2016 8:00 pm

The Quarry Persons have been leading standing-room only Sing the Beatles events at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival for 5 years. In the past 2 years they've brought their exciting Sing the Beatles sing along events to the Kensington Circus Pub in Kensington. This tribute band recreates your favorite Beatles tunes with Joe Cadora and Carol Curtis on guitars, Jonathan Gill on bass and Bill Coffin on drums. For this special event they are teaming up with Peter Elman, longtime Bay Area performer, composer, producer and educator.

Saturday June 11, 2016
Start: 06/11/2016 8:00 pm

Seattle singer/comedian Lisa Koch is hosting an evening of Pride comedy, featuring hilarious Texas comedian Vickie Shaw, demented pianist Roxanna Ward, and special guest Barbara Higbie. Snort-inducing comedy, fabulous music and a rumored appearance by the reclusive Barstow Gay Men’s Chorus.

 

Sunday June 12, 2016
Start: 06/12/2016 7:00 pm

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

 

Sarah Jarosz earned her credibility in the world where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect. Her reputation is built on three fronts—she is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, an expressive and distinctive vocalist, an accomplished songwriter, and a sought-after collaborator.

 

Monday June 13, 2016
Start: 06/13/2016 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 June 14, 2016
Start: 06/14/2016 8:00 pm

SVER play grand Norwegian folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from the very dreamy to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness—you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance.

 

The trio tonight features Olav Luksengård Mjelva on hardangerfiddle & fiddle, Adam Johansson on guitar, and Jens Linell on tambourine.

 

Wednesday June 15, 2016
Start: 06/15/2016 8:00 pm

Local guitarist, teacher, writer, and performer Pete Madsen takes the audience on a trip to “the land where blues began,” presenting the music of Delta musicians like Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, as well as Piedmont-style players like Blind Blake. Pete uses old photographs and recordings as well as his own expert playing to demonstrate the intricate fingerpicking style and bottleneck slide technique of these early pioneers who have influenced generations of musicians.

Thursday June 16, 2016
Start: 06/16/2016 8:00 pm

A No Depression blogger referred to members of the band as "..the Gibson Brothers who don’t share the Gibson name." But there’s no doubt they’re a band of musical brothers as Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described them this way:  "Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene. ...the reason these guys can’t lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great.

Friday June 17, 2016
Start: 06/17/2016 8:00 pm

Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, a multi-award-winning songwriter, and an unforgettable performer. His most recent album, Soul Connection, features members of the Bonnie Raitt Band and Little Feat. Solo and in collaboration with his trio, City Folk and Dayan Kai, Keith has performed at The Kate Wolf Festival, The High Sierra Music Festival, The Sisters Folk Festival, and The Oregon Country Fair.

Saturday June 18, 2016
Start: 06/18/2016 11:00 am

José-Luis Orozco dedicates himself to what he truly enjoys—singing for children. He is a children’s author, performer, and songwriter known for his song “De Colores”. José-Luis has recorded 15 volumes of Lírica Infantil, Latin American Children’s Music, and written three award-winning books each accompanied by a CD that presents a bilingual collection of songs, rhymes, tongue twisters, lullabies, games and holiday celebrations gathered from Spanish-speaking countries.

Start: 06/18/2016 8:00 pm

Robin Flower & Libby McLarenFreight favorites Robin Flower and Libby McLaren return for an exhilarating evening of innovative instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies, wild creative energy, and loads of fun. With Robin on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, Libby on piano and accordion, and both of them sharing vocals, this polished and passionate duo creates their own marvelous blend of roots music—they call it Celtic Americana—grounded in tradition but with a sound that’s always fresh and contemporary.

Sunday June 19, 2016
Start: 06/19/2016 1:00 pm

A Cavalcade O' Stars Benefit Concert for Little Village Foundation, presenting music rooted in fascinating cultural stories yet to be discovered.

 

Monday June 20, 2016
Start: 06/20/2016 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 21, 2016
Start: 06/21/2016 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: 

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 June 22, 2016
Start: 06/22/2016 8:00 pm

Americana stand-outs Mike + Ruthy have assembled a new band and, as was the case with their last one, The Mammals, fans and critics alike are showing a lot of love.

Thursday June 23, 2016
Start: 06/23/2016 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.

Friday June 24, 2016
Start: 06/24/2016 8:00 pm

Doyle Bramhall II is one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary roots music. Raised in a home full of Texas blues and rock’n’roll—his father was Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborator Doyle Bramhall—he was recruited to play with Jimmie’s band the Fabulous Thunderbirds when he was 18. Two years later, he co-founded the Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section; Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.

Saturday June 25, 2016
Start: 06/25/2016 11:30 am

Please come enjoy our free fiddlekids fiddle concert. It's always a sweet and incredible show of young fiddlers playing their recently learned tunes. Only happens once a year, and we'd love to have you join us in celebrating our 17th fiddlekids anniversary!

Sunday June 26, 2016
Start: 06/26/2016 7:00 pm

Tito y su Son de CubaHeriberto “Tito” Gonzales and his talented band return to the Freight to play rumba, guaracha, and son—traditional, high-energy Cuban music pioneered by greats like Arsenio Rodriguez and later revived by the film The Buena Vista Social Club. A celebrated musician and charismatic showman, Tito sings and plays the small Cuban guitar with three sets of doubled strings known as the tres, driving the music and the complex rhythms with delicacy and swagger.

Tuesday June 28, 2016
Start: 06/28/2016 8:00 pm

Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows—these are the vehicles for The Bills’ unique sonic approach. With individual band members sporting world-class credentials in folk/roots, jazz, classical and world music, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic music super-group, and their combined creative studio talent and explosive live shows have made them legendary folk/roots entertainers. The Boston Globe says, “Their sound is panoramic, mischievious, fiercely unpretentious—and musically splendid.”

Wednesday June 29, 2016
Start: 06/29/2016 8:00 pm

Ramana Vieira, who completed a successful series of show in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and was recently at the International Portuguese Music Awards walking the red carpet in New Bedford, Ma. due to her third nomination, is returning to her home turf….and she’s bringing along some friends. For her show on June 29th, Vieira will be joined by the duo Fatima Santos and Jose Luis Iglesias.

 

Thursday June 30, 2016
Start: 06/30/2016 8:00 pm

The Savoy family of Eunice, Louisiana, is known around the world as the “First Family” of Cajun music. As the Savoy Family Cajun Band, parents Marc and Ann and sons Joel and Wilson have performed together for over 15 years. While individually each of the six family members has taken their own unique path in life and music, collectively, the Savoy family represents the past, present and future of the Cajun culture. Father Marc Savoy likes to make a point that he does not perform.

Tuesday July 05, 2016
Start: 07/05/2016 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:

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 July 06, 2016
Start: 07/06/2016 8:00 pm

Slaid CleavesSlaid Cleaves writes great lines. He writes great songs too, but it’s those unforgettable lines that make people wax poetic about Slaid Cleves. “I never knew what time it was till closing time came round,” he sings on one of his classics. “My drinking days are over but I’m still trouble bound.” Stephen King heard that song on the radio, and he liked it so much that he volunteered to write the liner notes for Slaid’s next album, 2009’s Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away.

Saturday July 09, 2016
Start: 07/09/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

Monday July 11, 2016
Start: 07/11/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

Tuesday July 12, 2016
Start: 07/12/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

Wednesday July 13, 2016
Start: 07/13/2016 7:30 pm

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

 

Moth StorySLAM photo by Emily SevinThe Moth StorySLAM, according to the London Guardian, is “brilliant and quietly addictive.” The Village Voice calls it “an exuberant moveable feast.” Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

Thursday July 14, 2016
Start: 07/14/2016 8:00 pm

Tom RhodesBy the time Tom Rhodes was 16, he was a full-time musician playing up and down the East Coast. After stints in Brooklyn and North Carolina where he dove into country and folk music before landing in Oakland. Tonight he releases his newest album, Who You Were, another collection of originals featuring his soulful raspy voice and infectious lyrics.

Friday July 15, 2016
Start: 07/15/2016 8:00 pm

Amy Helm has been making music for most of her life and won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated alt­country collective Ollabelle and subsequently as the co-organizer of the now­-legendary Midnight Ramble concerts with her father, the late Levon Helm.

 

Saturday July 16, 2016
Start: 07/16/2016 8:00 pm

Hosted by Tristan & Tashina Clarridge

 

Sunday July 17, 2016
Start: 07/17/2016 7:00 pm

Alive!

 

Monday July 18, 2016
Start: 07/18/2016 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 July 19, 2016
Start: 07/19/2016 8:00 pm

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams have rocked many a venue, as both center stage performers and invaluable assets to world class acts. They’ve worked with everyone from Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Hot Tuna to Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, and Levon Helm. It was as anchors of Levon’s Midnight Ramble Band that they honed their sound as a duo.

 

Wednesday July 20, 2016
Start: 07/20/2016 8:00 pm

Nano Stern’s path as an artist follows richly crafted song lines laid by his family and his Chilean musical ancestry, and unites those with a sound utterly fresh and relevant. The grandson of Jewish refugees fleeing persecution, Nano’s childhood was painted vivid by not only his own family’s activism and musicianship but by the powerful legacy of the Nueva Canción movement lead by Chilean musical activists during Pinochet’s dictatorship a generation before.

 

Thursday July 21, 2016
Start: 07/21/2016 8:00 pm

 

“I’ve had unbelievable, beautiful freedom with the music for the last several years…” reflects Tony Joe White as a grainy dusk settles. Just entering his seventh decade, White spends his days off the road coaxing inspiration from his surroundings. Not one to write songs on command, they seem to find him—usually when he’s out on his property, a quiet couple of riverside acres some forty miles or so outside of Nashville. “All I can hear from where I sit,” he notes, “are coyotes, birds, or wolves.” 

 

Friday July 22, 2016
Start: 07/22/2016 8:00 pm

Marcia BallMarcia Ball plays groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking blues. Born in East Texas and raised in Lousisiana, she’s received five Grammy nominations and 10 Blues Music Awards.

Saturday July 23, 2016
Start: 07/23/2016 7:00 pm

Tom Size has been a pivotal member of the Bay Area music community for the last 30 years. A kind, unassuming and truly brilliant person, he has worked in every major studio and with countless musicians; from Steve Miller and Huey Lewis to Cris Williamson and Laurie Lewis. Tom has given his heart and soul to the music and the musicians. His ears and technical ability are unrivaled. Even more important than being a master of his craft, he is a great human being who loves his friends and clients with all his heart. He is our dear friend and champion, and now we want to champion him.

Tuesday July 26, 2016
Start: 07/26/2016 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 July 28, 2016
Start: 07/28/2016 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.

Friday July 29, 2016
Saturday July 30, 2016
Start: 07/30/2016 11:30 am

Please come enjoy our free fiddlekids fiddle concert. It's always a sweet and incredible show of young fiddlers playing their recently learned tunes. Only happens once a year, and we'd love to have you join us in celebrating our 19th fiddlekids anniversary!