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!

Sunday July 31, 2016
Start: 07/31/2016 7:00 pm

Taking their name from Lead Belly’s classic blues for freedom and redemption, Silver City Bound’s mission is to promote cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration through American roots music. With soulful harmonies and award-winning songs, the band has rock and rolled from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center to concert halls, iconic dive bars and major festivals in twenty-six states and eight countries. And they’re just getting started.

 

Wednesday August 03, 2016
Start: 08/03/2016 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 theLondon Guardian, is “brilliant and quietly addictive.” The Village Voice calls it “an exuberant moveable feast.” Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

Thursday August 04, 2016
Start: 08/04/2016 8:00 pm

Brother Yusef has been described as a master solo guitarist, as well as a uniquely passionate vocalist. He has honed down his guitar skills and god-given vocals for over thirty years and has created a sound that had to be christened with a new name, Fattback Blues. Fattback Blues combines "traditional" finger picking and slide guitar playing with the contemporary feel of urban blues to create a full band sound with one guitar.

Friday August 05, 2016
Start: 08/05/2016 6:00 pm

The Girls' Jazz & Blues Camp is a supportive musical environment where girls have fun and develop self-confidence while honing improvisational, technical and ensemble skills. Join these young musicians as they present their end-of-camp performance! Performance is free and open to the public. Voluntary donations will go to the Girls' Jazz and Blues Camp scholarship fund.

Visit the CJC website for more information

Tuesday August 09, 2016
Start: 08/09/2016 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 August 10, 2016
Start: 08/10/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

Singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met, and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their songwriting and harmonies, they quietly sold more than a million records. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release music, with five records over seven years.

 

Thursday August 11, 2016
Start: 08/11/2016 8:00 pm

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Peter Bradley Adams was one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth and has since released five solo records. His latest, The Mighty Storm, was named by iTunes as one of the top ten best singer/songwriter albums of 2014.

Friday August 12, 2016
Start: 08/12/2016 8:00 pm

Darrell Scott can claim an unlikely success story. An accomplished sideman and session musician—his list of collaborators includes Robert Plant, Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and the late Guy Clark—Darrell is also a Grammy winning songwriter whose work has been recorded by Dixie Chicks, Kathy Mattea, Tim McGraw, and Trace Adkins.

Saturday August 13, 2016
Start: 08/13/2016 8:00 pm

The Berkeley Blues Coalition makes their return to the Freight! Featuring Celeste Kopel on lead vocals, Nathan Phillips on lead guitar, Barry Weinstein on rhythm guitar, JV Fowler on drums, and the RaveUps’ Kit Newkirk on bass, the band pays tribute to bluesy classic rock – think Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix – and contemporary blues artists.

 

Sunday August 14, 2016
Start: 08/14/2016 1:00 pm

Thirty-one years ago, singer-songwriter Dave Nachmanoff saw Al "Year of the Cat" Stewart live for the first time at Royal Albert Hall in London; ten years ago, he came back to that same venue and performed with Stewart. This year, he has reassembled the core band from the Year of the Cat album — including occasional Pink Floyd collaborator Tim Renwick and smooth jazz superstar Peter White — and enlisted their musical prowess in support of his latest release, Spinoza’s Dream.

 

Start: 08/14/2016 7:00 pm

Wrapping up our 31st annual convention with educational and thoroughly inspirational music by VFP’s many and much talented veteran musicians. Outraged and healing political hip-hop and folk by Veterans For Peace musicians from around the country and local musicians. 


Tickets are available at Pegasus Books or online here

 

Visit the Veterans For Peace website for more information

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Start: 08/17/2016 8:00 pm
Thursday August 18, 2016
Start: 08/18/2016 8:00 pm

Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.

 

Friday August 19, 2016
Start: 08/19/2016 8:00 pm

Red Meat began in a Mission District garage in 1993. But they trace their musical roots much farther back – to the hard honky tonk songs of their youths in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Ohio, as well as the rock music of the 60s and 70s that they grew up with. Throw in the Ozark gospel harmonies from Scott Young's childhood, and you have the basic backbone of the Red Meat sound. It was this sound that they unleashed on an unsuspecting San Francisco still reeling from the demise of a strong 80s punk rock scene.

Saturday August 20, 2016
Start: 08/20/2016 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.

 

Tony Lindsay has 11 Grammy awards on his mantel after spending two decades as lead singer of Santana, and has recorded with Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and Steve Winwood.

 

 

Sunday August 21, 2016
Start: 08/21/2016 7:00 pm

Laurie Lewis has won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, garnered a Grammy for True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe, and recorded more than 20 albums – with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Kathy Kallick, and Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, as well as several solo projects.

Tuesday August 23, 2016
Start: 08/23/2016 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 August 24, 2016
Start: 08/24/2016 8:00 pm

Harmonica players, harmonica fans, harmonica graybeards and newbies, come to the Freight for the second annual Bay Area Harmonica Convergence, featuring Rick Baskin, RoHarpo, David Scott Matthews, and an all-star jam!

 

Rick has performed with Maria Muldaur, Harvey Mandel, Jules Broussard, Lisa Kindred, and opened for the legendary John Lee Hooker. Rick’s CD, Baskin in the Blues features Craig Horton of the Muddy Waters Band.

 

Thursday August 25, 2016
Start: 08/25/2016 8:00 pm

 

Join us for a rousing evening of fiddle magic steeped in talent and tradition: the 28th annual Freight Fiddle Summit. You’ll be in excellent company with host Alasdair Fraser & cellist Natalie Haas, Jeremy Kittel Trio, Genticorum, dancer extraordinaire Nic Gareiss, and special guests. Three For Joy will perform pre-show on the gallery stage in the Freight lobby.

 

Friday August 26, 2016
Start: 08/26/2016 8:00 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!

Saturday August 27, 2016
Start: 08/27/2016 1:00 pm

The Acoustic Guitar Project is a global music platform and concert series that takes place in 43 cities around the world inspiring musicians to write an original song and record it live in one week. SF Bay Area curator Steve Gallup chooses five local musicians and provides them with an acoustic guitar and a recorder. Each musician signs the guitar and takes a picture with it. We upload their song, their picture and video to the site. Then, the guitar is passed on to the next artist.

Start: 08/27/2016 8:00 pm

w/ Austin de Lone and special guest Bobby Black

 

Sunday August 28, 2016
Start: 08/28/2016 7:00 pm

Mark & Maggie O'ConnorThree of the four members of O’Connor Band— including American music legend Mark O’Connor—play fiddle, and the fourth plays mandolin. That’s a lot of high notes. But with the help of guitar and bass, The O’Connor Band delivers beautiful and thoughtful original vocal songs, classic covers, and sophisticated instrumentals with a fresh, powerful sound that calls on bluegrass, indie folk, and Americana.

 

Friday September 02, 2016
Start: 09/02/2016 7:00 pm

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

To make a donation directly to the Evans Family, please click here, and under Additional Information, please check “for the Bill & Kathy Evans Family Benefit” 

Saturday September 03, 2016
Start: 09/03/2016 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.

Tuesday September 06, 2016
Start: 09/06/2016 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 September 07, 2016
Start: 09/07/2016 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 theLondon Guardian, is “brilliant and quietly addictive.” The Village Voice calls it “an exuberant moveable feast.” Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

Thursday September 08, 2016
Start: 09/08/2016 8:00 pm

Soul Power features Tommy Banks on vocals and Ian Willson on tenor sax. Together they blend the sophisticated sound of the Berkeley East Side Horns with a very funky rhythm section that hails from the Bay Area featuring Dave Rokeach on drums, Allen Leong on keys, Rich Martin onguitar, and Scott Willson on bass. They play danceable funk with sophisticated rhythms rooted in the 70s but a contemporary feel that’s guaranteed to get you on the dance floor!

Friday September 09, 2016
Start: 09/09/2016 8:00 pm

Saturday September 10, 2016
Start: 09/10/2016 8:00 pm

Join the Grammy-nominated Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, local activist and poet Davey D, poet and spoken word artist Tongo Eisen-Martin and various artists from Rally Up Records for an evening of music and culture to benefit The Meadows Livingstone School scholarship fund.

 

For more than 30 years The Meadows Livingstone School has provided educational experiences for Bay Area-based children of color. Proceeds from the concert will be directed towards scholarships for children to attend The Meadows Livingstone School in the 2017-18 school year.

 

Sunday September 11, 2016
Start: 09/11/2016 7:00 pm

Ray Wylie HubbardRay Wylie Hubbard is a Texas original. He’s old enough to collect retirement, but he’s still writing songs, recording, performing, producing, touring, and scoring movies, and he still has the same wily spirit that has been his trademark since he wrote “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mothers,” a hit for Jerry Jeff Walker in the early 1970s and an anthem for the Texas music scene.

Tuesday September 13, 2016
Start: 09/13/2016 8:00 pm

Bill MonroeBill Monroe, born on September 13, 1911, near Rosine, Kentucky, is the undisputed Father of Bluegrass Music. 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.

Wednesday September 14, 2016
Start: 09/14/2016 8:00 pm

Tom 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.

Thursday September 15, 2016
Start: 09/15/2016 8:00 pm

Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been so aptly described, luckily found his rightful calling.

 

Friday September 16, 2016
Start: 09/16/2016 7:00 pm

Saturday September 17, 2016
Start: 09/17/2016 11:00 am

Join us today for our Family Open House! This family-friendly edition features free performances and activities for folks, kids, and folks with kids. In addition to two concert sets (Asheba at 11:15am and Rudy Trubitt & Hiram Bell at 1:00pm) there will be a musical instrument petting zoo and a children’s song cirle upstairs.   

 

Start: 09/17/2016 8:00 pm

Long before setting off on her solo career, Perla Batalla’s astonishing voice had been in great demand for a host of singers from kd lang, Jennifer Warnes, Iggy Pop, The Gipsy Kings and Was (Not Was). They, in turn, had discovered this native Californian Hispanic songbird from her years with Leonard Cohen, with whom she toured and recorded from 1988-1994. Leonard himself says, “Onstage, offstage, digital or analog, I love Perla Batalla.”

 

Sunday September 18, 2016
Start: 09/18/2016 2:00 pm

1:00pm (reception); 2pm (performances) with Tammy Hall; Adelante Mujer (Bay Area’s newest all women Salsa Band); Rita Lackey and the Rita Lackey Band

 

For 25 years Charlotte Maxwell Clinic has provided integrative cancer care, free of charge, to low income women. Today, they’re throwing themselves a party to celebrate and raise funds to continue their work.

 

Monday September 19, 2016
Start: 09/19/2016 8:00 pm

Carol DenneyAward-winning lyricist, poet, guitarist, fiddler, and concertina player, Fiddlers for Peace founder, curator of the Deep Poetry Project, and founder and editor of the Pepper Spray Times.

 

Tuesday September 20, 2016
Start: 09/20/2016 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?

Wednesday September 21, 2016
Start: 09/21/2016 8:00 pm

Hot October is a high energy bluegrass quintet from Los Angeles. The band features David Tranchina on bass, Sasha Birrittella on guitar, Craig Ferguson on mandolin and dobro, Jesse Olema on fiddle, and Paul Fuller on banjo. In addition to great covers of classic bluegrass tunes, the band also plays Jesse and Paul’s originals. Tonight they release their debut album and we can’t wait to hear it.

 

Thursday September 22, 2016
Start: 09/22/2016 8:00 pm

Open jamming in the lobby at 5pm hosted by Harry & Cindy Liedstrand

This show is part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention - for a complete listing of BOTMC activities, please visit BerkeleyOldTimeMusic.org

 

Friday September 23, 2016
Start: 09/23/2016 8:00 pm

Open jamming in the lobby at 5pm hosted by Mark Olson & Penny Critchlow

This show is part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention - for a complete listing of BOTMC activities, please visit BerkeleyOldTimeMusic.org

 

Sunday September 25, 2016
Start: 09/25/2016 7:00 pm

“Just about everyone I meet tells me that the cello is their favorite instrument,” says Mark Summer, internationally-renown jazz cellist and composer. Considering the implication of that statement and his own ability to roam in almost any musical soundscape, Summer and jazz pianist Ken Cook present Celloland.

Tuesday September 27, 2016
Start: 09/27/2016 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 8:00pm.

 

Wednesday September 28, 2016
Start: 09/28/2016 5:15 pm

 

Come on downtown and listen to our Mayoral and City Council candidates describe their vision for the future of arts and culture in Berkeley. Moderators Stephanie Johnson and Josh Kornbluth will be there to emcee and present questions from the audience. Stephanie Johson is a Berkeley visual artist and Josh Kornbluth is a comedian. 

 

Thursday September 29, 2016
Start: 09/29/2016 8:00 pm

Drawing on the musical traditions of their homelands in India, Africa, Europe and America, this stellar quartet weaves a global tapestry for the new millennium. ASPADA features Saxophonist-composer George Brooks; "Remeber Shakti" percussionist V. Selvaganesh; Egyptian born pianist, Osam Ezzeldin, a global music and jazz virtuoso; and German/Liberian bassist, Kai Eckhardt, celebrated for his work with John McLaughlin and Trilok Gurtu, and very special guest vocalist Mahesh Kale who is the 2016 recipient of India's National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.

 

Saturday October 01, 2016
Start: 10/01/2016 8:00 pm

Jonatha Brooke