« Week of November 29, 2009 »
Start: 11/29/2009 8:00 pm

Join Sligo county fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada and bodhran player Tristan Rosenstock of the famed traditional Irish band, Téada, in celebrating the season at a very special Christmas performance! In addition to the lively music of this masterful young duo, the program of seasonal Irish culture features renowned Kerry singer/accordion player Seamus Begley, youthful dancer Brian Cunningham, Irish harpist Grainne Hambly, and uilleann piper Tommy Martin.

Start: 11/30/2009 8:00 pm

Back by popular demand, the Bay Area's own New Esterházy String Quartet is in the third and final season of their "Haydn Project," in which they've been performing all 68 delicious Haydn string quartets over 18 concerts. Featuring Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss on violins, Anthony Martin on viola, and cellist William Skeen, the quartet 's return to Classical at the Freight is a cause for celebration, both for Haydn lovers and for those just hearing these wonderful works for the first time.

Start: 12/01/2009 8:00 pm

I believe music is a privilege," says Canada's fiercely independent Issa. "I feel very lucky to call myself a musician. It is one of the ways we can stay connected to our deepest selves. Not knowing quite what to do, I am using the principles of music as my guide, my training being in harmony."

Previously known as Jane Siberry, Issa built up a vast following with her angelic voice, otherwordly, enigmatic charm, mysterious and unsettling music and powerful live performances.

Start: 12/02/2009 8:00 pm

With an attitude that mixes equal parts whimsey and subversion, the imaginative chamber jazz group Tin Hat mines its original tunes from all over the map.  Whether the first notes of a number are plaintive cowboy or seductive bossa nova, you never know where exactly they're headed—but you can always be sure it is somewhere intriguing.

Start: 12/03/2009 8:00 pm

A brilliant songwriter, soulful singer, and superb guitar and mandolin player fluent in any number of genres, Peter Rowan has long been a revolutionary force in bluegrass, making the old homestead ring with surprising new sounds.

Start: 12/04/2009 8:00 pm

Crosspulse presents the Second International Body Music Festival Kenny Muhammad, Las Flamencas, De Rompe y Raja w/ Braulio Barrera, LeeLa Petronio, Max Pollak, and Keith Terry & Evie Ladin

Start: 12/05/2009 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Puchase advance tickets online through Ticketweb, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

Sedge Thomson welcomes...

Shelton Johnson, author of Gloryland, his novel of Elijah Yancy, a buffalo soldier stationed in the new Yosemite National Park.

August Kleinzahler, author of Music I - LXXIV, the acclaimed poet's "deceptively insouciant" [says Jonathan Lethem] thoughts on music.

Start: 12/05/2009 8:00 pm

Karla Bonoff, a singer-songwriter known for moody, affecting ballads with soaring melodies and soul-searching lyrics, may be best known for penning hits made famous by Bonnie Raitt ("Home"), Linda Ronstadt ("Someone To Lay Down Beside Me," "Trouble Again," "All My Life"), and Wynonna Judd ("Tell Me Why")—but Karla's fans know that nobody sings them quite like she does. Performed with her sweet, soft, powerful voice, Karla's songs seem to spill from her heart like intimate conversations.