Thursday September 16, 2010
Start: 09/16/2010 8:00 pm

Honolulu native Weldon Kekauoha grew up in a house filled with music, listening to old recordings from the 1950's and 60's and attending live performances at local watering holes with his grandmother. Folks like Weldon's uncle, "Little-Joe" Kekauoha, the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau, and Kekua Fernandez left an indelible mark on Weldon's own music.

Friday September 17, 2010
Start: 09/17/2010 8:00 pm

"I'm a folk musician in that I'm writing about real life. It's journalistic, writing what I see and what I know, the times we're in, and the things that people face today."

Saturday September 18, 2010
Start: 09/18/2010 11:00 am

Ellis Paul reveals a different facet of his artistry with a special daytime show for children featuring songs from his recent family album, The Dragonfly Races, an NPR Top Ten pick. Inspired by nights spent singing to his second daughter, Sofi, the album is full of buoyant, hummable songs that appeal to kids and parents alike, thanks to the thought Ellis put into what messages he wanted to pass on to his daughters as they grow.

Start: 09/18/2010 8:00 pm

Come help blow out the candles and hear some truly fabulous music as Shay Black celebrates his birthday with a host of amazing musicians on our stage tonight! Establishing a close rapport with his audiences, Shay throws plenty of Irish humor and an irresistibly warm stage presence into a mix of traditional and humorous songs.

Sunday September 19, 2010
Start: 09/19/2010 8:00 pm

Southern singer-songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist, Jesse Winchester weaves gospel, folk, blues, and country threads into graceful, intelligent music that reflects his origins in Louisiana, rural Mississippi, and Memphis.

Monday September 20, 2010
Start: 09/20/2010 8:00 pm

The Freight presents Vocal Jazz Open Mic—an evening that gives vocalists (including you!) an opportunity to step into the spotlight, backed by pianist/composer Ellen Hoffman.

Tuesday September 21, 2010
Start: 09/21/2010 8:00 pm

As a young working musician in London in the 1970's, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary break when Paul McCartney picked him to become lead guitarist in his band, Wings—and the rest is history. Several decades, uncountable performances, and numerous critically acclaimed albums later, he's known as a world-class guitar virtuoso, the kind of guy Fingerstyle Guitar magazine would—and did—vote Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year.

Wednesday September 22, 2010
Start: 09/22/2010 8:00 pm

One of Ireland's hottest traditional bands, Lúnasa's fiery style features buoyant rhythms, wondrously tight playing, and inventive arrangements that seek out the heartbeat of each tune with its distinctive use of upright bass and percussive guitar. The resulting sound is distinctly Irish, yet informed by jazz and other improvisational music forms.

Thursday September 23, 2010
Start: 09/23/2010 8:00 pm

Christine Lavin celebrates 25 years of songwriting and performance with a new concert and a new book. My 25th Anniversary Concert: What Was I (EVER!) Thinking? pulls out all the stops as Christine reprises some of her early hits while introducing her latest. The concert is vintage Lavin combining signature songs with hilarious story as she recounts the people, events, near disasters and minor miracles that have defined her life and music.

Friday September 24, 2010
Start: 09/24/2010 8:00 pm

Set to a background of country, folk, pop, gospel, and bluegrass, the beguiling songs of Po' Girl combine the grit of 1920s and 1930s blues women with spiritual insights that are far more contemporary.

Saturday September 25, 2010
Start: 09/25/2010 8:00 pm

A five-man rock band without instruments, the House Jacks offer a "no-holds barred" a cappella style that obliterates all preconceptions about the limits of the human voice. Deke Sharon, Austin Willacy, Roo Ahuja, Troy Horne, and Jake Moulton run the gamut from tender love ballads to mile-a-minute funk, complete with mind-blowing vocal percussion and riffs torn straight out of a whammy-bar guitar.

Sunday September 26, 2010
Start: 09/26/2010 8:00 pm

Three local singer-songwriters take the stage in a benefit show for the PKD Foundation, the only organization worldwide dedicated to fighting polycystic kidney disease through programs of research, advocacy, education, support and awareness in order to discover treatments and a cure for PKD and improve the lives of all it affects.

Monday September 27, 2010
Start: 09/27/2010 8:00 pm

Join us for this special evening on the low end of the sonic spectrum. Michel Taddei, principal bassist for the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and many other fine local ensembles, returns to the Freight to dazzle us with his showmanship, virtuoso technique, and a few pieces for the double bass that we probably never knew existed. Had enough of those screechy violins? This is the program for you!

Tuesday September 28, 2010
Start: 09/28/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday September 29, 2010
Start: 09/29/2010 8:00 pm

One of Hawaii's most beloved traditional artists for over four decades, Led Kaapana is a true master of slack key guitar (so named for the alternate tuning, or slacking, of the strings). Led is also accomplished on 'ukulele, autoharp, bass, and steel guitar, as well as being an extraordinary baritone and falsetto singer.

Thursday September 30, 2010
Start: 09/30/2010 8:00 pm

It's always a treat to see Ralph Stanley perform live, especially since the film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? and the subsequent Down From the Mountain tour swept him to Grammy award-winning stardom. Those who saw the movie will recall the goosebumps raised by this superb musician's bone-chilling a cappella rendition of "Oh Death"—no one can sing like Dr. Ralph, with his voice that seems to distill all the world's sorrows and carry them straight to your soul.

Friday October 01, 2010
Start: 10/01/2010 8:00 pm

Make sure you bring your dancing shoes tonight when Soul Power blows into the Freight! Blending the sophisticated stylings of the Eastside Horns with a rhythm section drawn from New York and Louisiana, and fronted by the soulful vocals of Tommy Banks, this nine-piece band invites one and all to get their groove on with riveting solos and the unstoppable groove of 1970s style rhythms.

Saturday October 02, 2010
Start: 10/02/2010 8:00 pm

There aren't many people who can claim to have gone from cutting their musical teeth while working on a fishing boat, to performing on national television as part of a taxi-driver's musical collective, to playing for one of the top Cuban bands of their era.

Sunday October 03, 2010
Start: 10/03/2010 8:00 pm

Fiery fiddling and powerful step dancing tend to steal the show when the youthful group Vishtèn takes the stage. In performances that capture the energy and joie de vivre of an Acadian "kitchen party," Vishtèn entertains mightily, with flying fingers, tapping feet, and a sense of pure, unabashed revelry.

Monday October 04, 2010
Start: 10/04/2010 8:00 pm

One of the most distinctive duos in Irish traditional music, songstress Niamh Parsons & guitarist Graham Dunne share a deep musical bond that allows them to express the very essence of each song they perform. Don't miss this evening of exceptional Irish music!

Thursday October 07, 2010
Start: 10/07/2010 8:00 pm

Who is Dr. K and why is he grinning? Find out tonight by joining us for a fabulous evening of foot-stompin, good-time americana music with three Bay Area bands—Brothers Comatose, Evie Ladin Band, and Skinny Stringband—on stage!

Friday October 08, 2010
Start: 10/08/2010 8:00 pm

They're back! Talented Bay Area musicians Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd, and Roger Feuer—also known as the acoustic trio, City Folk—reunite at the Freight for an evening of music that they describe as "folk in the traditional sense: music of and for the people."

Saturday October 09, 2010
Start: 10/09/2010 8:00 pm

One of the premier slide guitarists performing today, Roy Rogers is well known for his sensational live performances, which have been electrifying audiences and moving them to their feet everywhere from the Montreux Jazz Festival to his years of touring with John Lee Hooker's Coast to Coast Blues Band. Tonight's show has Roy and his band, the Delta Rhythm Kings, spotlighting numbers from his recent CD Split Decision.

Sunday October 10, 2010
Start: 10/10/2010 8:00 pm

Now in his fifth decade of delighting audiences on the North American folk music circuit, New England troubadour Bill Staines is a true living legend. His songs, including "River," "Roseville Fair," and dozens more, have become standards, recorded by artists ranging from Nanci Griffith and Jerry Jeff Walker to Grandpa Jones.

Tuesday October 12, 2010
Start: 10/12/2010 8:00 pm

Widely acknowledged as one of Europe's foremost guitarists, Beppe Gambetta is a true master innovator on the acoustic guitar. Both solo and in collaboration with top-flight musicians around the globe (including stellar appearances at the Freight & Salvage in duo with David Grisman), Beppe has a style that's memorable both for its deeply emotive tone and for its technical brilliance.

Wednesday October 13, 2010
Start: 10/13/2010 8:00 pm

Combining the energy of urban street singing with first-rate musicianship, folk roots, and traditions from around the world, Moira Smiley & VOCO are one amazing group! A visionary blend of musical voices, the quintet redefines harmony singing with the power and physicality of folk song, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók, and the delicious, vaudevillian accompaniment of cello, banjo, accordion, 'ukulele, and body percussion.

Thursday October 14, 2010
Start: 10/14/2010 8:00 pm

This theatrical concert brings to our stage the life and times of Gram Parsons, the original cosmic cowboy and the legendary creative force behind some of the most important recordings of the late 1960s and early '70s.

Friday October 15, 2010
Start: 10/15/2010 8:00 pm

Los CenzontlesInternationally renowned conjunto Los Cenzontles (the Mockingbirds) dig deep into the rich vein of Latino music, presenting polished gems both traditional and original, while promoting pride and cultural understanding.

Saturday October 16, 2010
Start: 10/16/2010 8:00 pm

the Earl BrothersThe Earl Brothers return to the Freight for a CD release show featuring a hot night of their trademark "original hillbilly bluegrass music." On their new, eponymous album, and certainly on our stage tonight, the band fuses a traditional sound with innovative songwriting, carving out new-yet-old, difficult-to-pigeonhole songs about rounders, ramblers, and broken-hearted fools.

Sunday October 17, 2010
Start: 10/17/2010 8:00 pm

Neydavood Ensemble"In a time when the world has been separated by political and religious fundamentalism, we give the message of peace," says Aryan Rahmanian, the lead vocalist of the Neydavood Ensemble.

Monday October 18, 2010
Start: 10/18/2010 7:30 pm

Come check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters Association presents its monthly Freight & Salvage Songwriter Competition, where members get the chance to take the stage and perform their material before a live audience. Performers sign up from 6:45 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on!

Tuesday October 19, 2010
Start: 10/19/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday October 20, 2010
Start: 10/20/2010 8:00 pm

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Thursday October 21, 2010
Start: 10/21/2010 8:00 pm

"Sieber has been breaking ground, bridging gaps and opening minds through music for decades....."
- North Kitsap Newspaper

"In Jami Sieber's hands, the cello becomes a statement for longing and freedom, for unbridled expression, and a prayer to tenderness that encompasses every emotion."
- Common Ground Magazine

Friday October 22, 2010
Start: 10/22/2010 8:00 pm

Capathia Jenkins & Louis RosenShe is a jazz/pop vocalist and Broadway musical actress. He is a multi-award winning songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

Saturday October 23, 2010
Start: 10/23/2010 8:00 pm

Woody Guthrie," a one-man show of song and spoken word presented by singer-songwriter, historian, and infamous rockin' rabble-rouser, Country Joe McDonald. In tonight's performance, as well as on his soon-to-be released CD, Joe mixes classic Woody Guthrie songs, from "This Land is Your Land" to "Pastures of Plenty," with tales from Woody's life, snippets of his letters, and Joe's own musings about the folksinger's life and times.

Sunday October 24, 2010
Start: 10/24/2010 8:00 pm

Join UpSurge! for this emotional event, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary on stage with a host of friends and mentors. Sharing in the fusion of fearless poetry and swinging jazz are special guests Donald "Duck" Bailey, Barbara Dane, Vukani Mawethu, Destiny, Harpist from the ‘hood, India Cooke and Bill Crossman, Yancie Taylor, David Sturdevant of the Medicine Ball Band, and others.

Monday October 25, 2010
Start: 10/25/2010 8:00 pm

Percussion FestLoren Mach (ADORNO Ensemble), Christopher Froh (SF Contemporary Music Players), Daniel Kennedy (SFCMP, Gamelan Sekar Jaya)—three of the Bay Area's top mallet men—join forces for a vivacious journey into the orchestra's rhythm section.

Tuesday October 26, 2010
Start: 10/26/2010 8:00 pm

Peter MulveySinger-songwriter Peter Mulvey injects a contemporary edginess into his writing, distilling funk, folk, and rock influences into songs that are dark, quirky, lyrical, and ethereal.

Wednesday October 27, 2010
Start: 10/27/2010 8:00 pm

2001 National Fingerstyle Champion Richard Smith has been performing in public ever since he took the stage at Her Majesty's Theatre in London for a duet with fingerstyle guitar legend Chet Atkins—at the tender age of 11. A couple of decades later, Richard continues to be quite a guitar phenomenon, with a repertoire that spans an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, and rock to classical guitar.

Thursday October 28, 2010
Start: 10/28/2010 8:00 pm

Hot RizeWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $33.50.

Friday October 29, 2010
Start: 10/29/2010 8:00 pm

Join longtime Freight artists Ginny Reilly and David Maloney for a performance celebrating the release of David's new CD of original songs, One Day More.

Saturday October 30, 2010
Start: 10/30/2010 11:00 am

Delight in the thrill of "jump tales" and eerie stories which will leave you giggling through the goose bumps! There's something wonderful about sharing humorous scary stories in the comfort of our community, and in the daytime: get in the mood for Halloween with local storyteller Michael Katz, as he shares some of his favorite seasonal scary stories today in the comfort of our cozy showroom. We like to call it "Fright at the Freight."

Start: 10/30/2010 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $23.50.

The self-proclaimed "world's first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band" returns to blow the roof off the Freight with their annual Halloween bash...and you're invited!

Sunday October 31, 2010
Start: 10/31/2010 2:00 pm

As an exciting part of the Freight's educational program for traditional/roots music, "closet musicians," grouped into bands, have been busy this fall honing their performance skills in a weekly series of Take the Stage band performance workshops created by Nell Robinson Music.

Wednesday November 03, 2010
Start: 11/03/2010 8:00 pm

Rita Hosking was raised in the mountains of eastern Shasta County, Northern California, where she internalized dusty woodsheds, the scent of springwater, and the troubles of rural economies. Her soulful, bluegrass-tinged songs convey mountain life in the West with a sinewy voice that evokes the power of people and a deep sense of place. Rita's latest CD, Come Sunrise, won the 2010 Independent Music Awards' Peoples Choice Award, as well as being nominated for Best Country Album.

Thursday November 04, 2010
Start: 11/04/2010 8:00 pm

Eileen IversDubbed a "sensation" by Billboard magazine and "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin" by The New York Times, Eileen Ivers is a great innovator in the Celtic and world music genres.

Friday November 05, 2010
Start: 11/05/2010 8:00 pm

One of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass, Blue Highway has spent the past 14 years building a reputation for inspired songwriting and adventurous musicianship, as the group explores the frontiers of bluegrass.

Saturday November 06, 2010
Start: 11/06/2010 8:00 pm

An enigmatic singer-songwriter, master guitarist, and a powerful, evocative singer, Richard Shindell keeps his listeners on their toes with his rapid shifts between the bitterly comic and the profoundly spiritual.

Tuesday November 09, 2010
Start: 11/09/2010 8:00 pm

The Freight presents Vocal Jazz Open Mic—an evening that gives vocalists (including you!) an opportunity to step into the spotlight, backed by pianist & composer Ellen Hoffman.

Wednesday November 10, 2010
Start: 11/10/2010 8:00 pm

One of Scotland's foremost troubadours, Archie Fisher presents songs from his striking repertoire, with the spotlight on selections from his recent Red House CD, Windward Away, a haunting collection of ballads that evoke the wild, rough beauty of the Scottish border country.

Thursday November 11, 2010
Start: 11/11/2010 8:00 pm

This Veterans Day, join musicians Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, Keith Little, Joe Craven, and Andrew Conklin for Soldier Stories, a special concert benefiting veterans' healthcare projects. This evening of American roots/string band music reflects soldier stories from before the American Revolution to the current day. The show features a guest appearance by the Soldier Band (all veterans), as well as a display of historical photos and letters, and an art poster designed by artist Hannah Regier.

Friday November 12, 2010
Start: 11/12/2010 8:00 pm

Riding atop the current wave of resurgent folk-rock, Brooklyn-based David Berkeley has gained critical acclaim and a loyal following with his soulful, melodic voice and the vivid poetry of his songcrafting. Earthy, tender, and unpredictable, his lyrics are full of reflective moments, enticing details, and emotional impact, whether they're panoramic historical studies or intimate life portraits. As Creative Loafing magazine put it, "Berkeley crafts his songs like watercolor paintings.

Saturday November 13, 2010
Start: 11/13/2010 11:00 am

Calling all families who love a good show! Come join Octopretzel and Orange Sherbet-two of the Bay Area's favorite family bands-along with the talented young performers of Vaudevillians Stage Troupe, for a very special collaboration: SINGsong Planet! This lively sing-along, dance-along, and play-along extravaganza will feature the bands' original and folk music, brought to life with the assistance of life-sized puppets and the Bay Area's own Vaudevillians Stage Troupe!

Start: 11/13/2010 8:00 pm

Cheryl WheelerThere may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $27.50.

New England singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is a raconteur, philosopher, and outrageous comedienne who combines strong poetry, striking imagery, memorable melodies, and hilariously keen insights into the human condition.

Sunday November 14, 2010
Start: 11/14/2010 8:00 pm

To celebrate his brand new CD No Hiding Place, for the first time in over 30 years, American songster Larry Hanks presents an evening at the Freight & Salvage entirely comprised of his favorite solo songs and duets with his music partner and wife, Deborah Robins.

Monday November 15, 2010
Start: 11/15/2010 7:30 pm

Come check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters Association presents its monthly Freight & Salvage Songwriter Competition, where members get the chance to take the stage and perform their material before a live audience. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show's on!

Tuesday November 16, 2010
Start: 11/16/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday November 17, 2010
Start: 11/17/2010 8:00 pm

An evening with songwriter, acoustic guitar master, and superlative raconteur Willy Porter means a chance to enjoy great music in a rare communion between artist and audience. While he weaves a powerful spell on albums like his new How to Rob a Bank, Willy is even better in concert, where he is relentlessly entertaining, drawing listeners in with his nimble-witted stage patter and his mesmerizing musical balance between muscle and intimacy.

Thursday November 18, 2010
Start: 11/18/2010 8:00 pm

Del Rey & Suzy ThompsonJoin fiddle powerhouse Suzy Thompson and guitar goddess Del Rey for an evening of fabulous music celebrating the release of their first duet CD, Hen Party. Covering such timeless subjects as chickens, riding the bus, and discretion (or lack thereof), Suzy and Del explore the upbeat, positive side of the blues in this memorable show.

Friday November 19, 2010
Start: 11/19/2010 8:00 pm

Dennis Kamakahi Dennis David Kahekilimamaoikalanikeha Kamakahi is one of Hawai'i's most prolific and popular songwriters. He is also a warm, evocative singer and a gifted guitarist firmly committed to the ki ho'alu (slack key) tradition.

Saturday November 20, 2010
Start: 11/20/2010 8:00 pm

Come on over and join the party as the Waybacks bring down the house! Self-described purveyors of "acoustic mayhem," the Waybacks—guitarist James Nash, drummer Chuck Hamilton, bass player Joe Kyle Jr., and fiddler and mandolinist Warren Hood—are a quartet of virtuosos with a wide array of Americana idioms at their fingertips.

Sunday November 21, 2010
Start: 11/21/2010 8:00 pm

There may be some limited standing room only tickets available once the show starts at 8:00 pm for $31.50.

Tuesday November 23, 2010
Start: 11/23/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday November 24, 2010
Start: 11/24/2010 8:00 pm

Dr. K not only knows what ails you, he got a cure on hand! Tonight, he brings to our stage three superlative—and superlatively fun—Bay Area bands for an evening of hard rockin Irish traditional music.

Friday November 26, 2010
Start: 11/26/2010 8:00 pm

Jody Stecher & Bill EvansDon't miss an evening of interactive banjolity the likes of which have rarely been heard before, featuring two masters of the five-string instrument. Jody Stecher and Bill Evans combine their passionate lifelong fascination with the banjo in a concert that explores the diversity, excitement, charm, and history of one of America's most celebrated but misunderstood instruments.

Saturday November 27, 2010
Start: 11/27/2010 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the autumn spirit at Laurie Lewis' annual late November show, as Thanksgiving festivities combine with a musical feast like no other! Featuring songs new and old, including selections from her recent CD, Blossoms, Laurie performs folk classics such as "How Can I Keep From Singing" and Kate Wolf's "Unfinished Life".

Sunday November 28, 2010
Start: 11/28/2010 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!

Monday November 29, 2010
Start: 11/29/2010 8:00 pm

Join David Tanenbaum and the Guitar Ensemble of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the Freight tonight, and hear America's favorite instrument as you've never heard it before! The Bay Area's own guitar superstar, David will bring stories and music from his far-flung concert tours, plus a group of amazing virtuosi-in-training from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Wednesday December 01, 2010
Start: 12/01/2010 8:00 pm

The Bay area's leading mandolinist, Mike Marshall, brings you a mind- blowing evening of Bach; a chance to hear everybody's favorite composer performed solo by an eclectic array of world class musicians on a variety of instruments.

Thursday December 02, 2010
Start: 12/02/2010 8:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning vocalist and composer Susan McKeown brings to our stage a truly memorable show. Performing selections from her new CD, Singing in the Dark, Susan explores, through song, the theme of creativity and madness.

Friday December 03, 2010
Start: 12/03/2010 8:00 pm

Musical compadres Barbara Higbie and Peppino D'Agostino offer a multifaceted evening of music celebrating the winter solstice.

Saturday December 04, 2010
Start: 12/04/2010 8:00 pm

The Freight and Oakland arts organization Crosspulse are proud to present the International Body Music Festival Concert and day of workshops—a mini-festival held here while the full six-day annual event is produced in São Paulo, Brazil this year.

Sunday December 05, 2010
Start: 12/05/2010 8:00 pm

The scintillating Cris Williamson sets the Freight aglow with holiday spirit in an evening of gorgeous music. Special guests Teresa Trull, Bonnie Hayes, and Vicki Randle (plus who knows who else!) join her in presenting original gems and plenty of seasonal good cheer: come join them!

Tuesday December 07, 2010
Start: 12/07/2010 8:00 pm

All performers are welcome to participate in this event that has produced some of our brightest performers, including: Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS! One unique aspect of our Open Mic is that, unlike those held in noisy bars where people show up in spite of the fact that there's live music, you will be playing to a supportive group of friends and performers who are actually listening!!!

Wednesday December 08, 2010
Start: 12/08/2010 8:00 pm

Join Molly's Revenge, Moira Smiley, and the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for a festive evening of music, song, story, and dance celebrating the holiday season. The performance features Christmas songs both old and new, from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist; the audience is highly encouraged to join in and sing favorite carols! Folk tales set in the winter season hold listeners spellbound, and the fabulous Irish dancers set everyone's toes tapping.

Thursday December 09, 2010
Start: 12/09/2010 8:00 pm

Harmonica virtuoso and blues shouter Mark Hummel rocks the house tonight with guitar ace Rusty Zinn and bassist RW Grigsby for a double celebration: not only is it Mark's birthday, but it also marks the release of his new CD, Back Porch Music: Hummel Unplugged (MountainTop Records).

Friday December 10, 2010
Start: 12/10/2010 8:00 pm

Michigan singer-songwriter Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground since she made her performing debut with a stirring rendition of "Tammy" at age four around a neighborhood bonfire. For three decades as a touring musician, Claudia has enthralled listeners across the U.S. and Europe with her explorations of folk, blues, and jazz idioms, featuring her masterful guitar work, mountain dulcimer, and incredible vocals.

Saturday December 11, 2010
Start: 12/11/2010 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $18.00 at door. Puchase advance tickets online through Ticketweb, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 12/11/2010 12:00 pm

Come join us for our holiday Community Open House! Music fills the Freight from ceiling to roof as we throw open our doors from noon to 4:00 pm today for a free, family-friendly musical celebration featuring an amazing array of performances and workshops, plus the annual Freight tree-trimming party!

Start: 12/11/2010 8:00 pm

A five-man rock band without instruments, the House Jacks offer a "no-holds barred" a cappella style that obliterates all preconceptions about the limits of the human voice. Deke Sharon, Austin Willacy, Roo Ahuja, Troy Horne, and Jake Moulton run the gamut from tender love ballads to mile-a-minute funk, complete with mind-blowing vocal percussion and riffs torn straight out of a whammy-bar guitar.

Sunday December 12, 2010
Start: 12/12/2010 8:00 pm

The Stairwell Sisters, the Bay Area's favorite all-gal old-time teardown, formed in early 2000, in a flat overlooking the hills of San Francisco. On December 12, 2000 the band played their first show, opening for Kathy Kallick...ten years, three CDs, and many miles later, the rowdy quintet has appeared just about everywhere you could care to name, from A Prairie Home Companion to New York's Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to the "V for Violins" spot on Elmo's World.

Monday December 13, 2010
Start: 12/13/2010 8:00 pm

A veteran of Carnegie Hall as well as Davies Symphony Hall, Strauss brings her excellence in opera, oratorio and lied repertoire for this intimate evening of music and conversation.

Tuesday December 14, 2010
Start: 12/14/2010 8:00 pm

The Christmas Jug Band, a tongue-in-cheek collaboration of some familiar rock and folk legends, continues to set the standard for holiday high spirits. For more than a decade, this self-styled "momentary lapse of sanity grown to ubiquitous proportions" has graced the Freight stage with their raucous revelry and funky, down-in-the-holler "jugbandizations" of seasonal favorites.

Wednesday December 15, 2010
Start: 12/15/2010 4:00 pm

Join us for an enthralling afternoon family show of storytelling and music with Kevin Carr, an oft-featured star of the beloved Christmas Revels. Weaving in the often supernatural sources of inspiration that give music its magic, Kevin envelops listeners in an enchanting fabric of spoken word, fiddle, and pipes from the Irish uilleann pipes, Slovakian duda, and French cornemuse.

Thursday December 16, 2010
Start: 12/16/2010 8:00 pm

Give your holiday cheer an extra boost by joining brothers David & Kieran Munnelly for an evening of Irish merrymaking at its best! This joyful performance features instrumental and vocal music-making from top Irish traditional musicians—and brothers—David, a wizard on the button accordion, and flute and bodhran artist Kieran.

Friday December 17, 2010
Start: 12/17/2010 8:00 pm

Among the Freight's most popular acts, Marley's Ghost achieves the seemingly impossible with its audacious blend of English folk roots, gospel, country, reggae, R&B, even Scottish bagpipe tunes—and it all works like a dream! Even the members of the band have trouble describing their music, but they all agree that whatever they do, it always comes out sounding uniquely like Marley's Ghost.

Saturday December 18, 2010
Start: 12/18/2010 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $18.00 at door. Puchase advance tickets online through Ticketweb, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

Sedge Thomson welcomes...

Start: 12/18/2010 8:00 pm

Folks, this show is just going to be a blast. Join two true masters of American home-grown music, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, as they reunite for a rare duo appearance to celebrate the release of the DVD, Chasin' Gus' Ghost, a documentary on the history of jug band music. Bringing those same roots to life on our stage, Jim and Geoff treat ears and toes to a superlative selection of good-time tunes.