« Week of May 22, 2011 »
Start: 05/22/2011 8:00 pm

Butch HancockCome enjoy an evening with one of contemporary music's most entertaining raconteurs, when world traveling troubadour Butch Hancock takes the Freight stage. Butch, called, "a raspy-voiced West Texas mystic with an equal affinity for romantic border balladry and Zen paradox," by Rolling Stone Magazine, hails from the Lubbock, Texas music scene that gave the world Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, his equally eclectic colleagues in the Flatlanders.

Start: 05/23/2011 8:00 pm

Join violinist Robin Sharp for an evening chockful of the works of quintessential romantic German composer Robert Schumann. Concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Robin also teaches violin at Stanford and UC Berkeley and is on the faculty of California Summer Music.

Start: 05/24/2011 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!!!

Start: 05/25/2011 8:00 pm

If Adam Theis were compressed into a pill we all could swallow, we'd suddenly see our ability to work expand in four dimensions, allowing us to accomplish more than we ever dreamed possible. -San Francisco Chronicle

Tonight the Jazz Mafia, an intricately woven collective of jazz virtuosos, arrangers, and composers that include many of the San Francisco Bay Area's most innovative and prolific musicians, will be performing their annual Miles Davis Birth of the Cool tribute.

Start: 05/26/2011 8:00 pm

Incisive lyricist, scat virtuoso, and master balladeer Laurie Antonioli's global vision is rooted in verdant American soil. Whether reinventing traditional American songs, or introducing contemporary melodies made vivid with her original lyrics, Bay Area native, Laurie weaves a gorgeous tapestry from the raw materials of jazz, folk, and country music, informed by her many years teaching and touring in Europe.

Start: 05/27/2011 8:00 pm

Come hitch a ride to honky-tonk heaven with Bill Kirchen, as the "Titan of the Telecaster" and his band Too Much Fun perform old favorites and newly penned originals, including selections from Word to the Wise, his 2010 all-star duet CD.

Start: 05/28/2011 8:00 pm

"I like to view the big mountain of music from every angle," says Tim O'Brien, the West Virginia multi-instrumentalist and songcrafter who has spent the past few decades building a fascinating bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and its many roots and branches, including modern bluegrass. His ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible makes him a key figure in today's thriving roots music scene-and well beyond it.