Saturday March 03, 2012
Start: 03/03/2012 8:00 pm

Michael WinogradAn exciting ensemble of players on the cutting edge of the Eastern European Jewish music scene makes their West Coast debut on our stage as part of the Jewish Music Festival.

Sunday March 04, 2012
Start: 03/04/2012 8:00 pm

Ben Goldberg's Orphic Machine"The Orphic Machine is the poem: a severed head with face turned away that sings."
-- Allen Grossman

Tuesday March 06, 2012
Start: 03/06/2012 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 March 07, 2012
Start: 03/07/2012 8:00 pm

Rhonda Vincent & the RageA leading force in contemporary bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent has won the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award for Female Vocalist of the Year no less than seven times. It’s no wonder folks like the Wall Street Journal have dubbed her the "new queen of bluegrass." Bridging the gap between bluegrass and mainstream country music with her hard-driving, high-energy performances, Rhonda is currently on tour promoting her latest CD, Taken.

Thursday March 08, 2012
Start: 03/08/2012 8:00 pm

Peter FingerJoin guitar virtuoso Peter Finger for an evening of lush, thought-provoking solo music.

Friday March 09, 2012
Start: 03/09/2012 8:00 pm

John Reischman & the JaybirdsMandolin powerhouse John Reischman and his Jaybirds perform some of the finest, hardest-driving bluegrass you're likely to hear anywhere, drawing material from both traditional masters such as the Blue Sky Boys and Ralph Stanley, and contemporary artists such as Gillian Welch.

Saturday March 10, 2012
Start: 03/10/2012 11:00 am

Orange SherbetMelita Doostan and Rudy Trubitt host this morning’s edition of the Patchwork Series of kids’ shows, featuring the high-energy, fresh and funky Alphabet Rockers and the rootsy, hip sounds of Orange Sherbet.

Start: 03/10/2012 8:00 pm

Melanie O'ReillyDublin-born singer-songwriter Melanie O'Reilly leads listeners on a "Celtic-jazz" journey as she explores a unique soundscape that fuses the lyricism of Irish poetry with the improvisation of American jazz. Backing Melanie tonight are some very special guests, including John R. Burr (piano), Fred Randolph (bass), Rebecca Kleinman (flute), percussionist Ian Dogole, Darcy Noonan on fiddle, and Sean O Nuallain on guitar.

Sunday March 11, 2012
Start: 03/11/2012 8:00 pm

Give your March 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.

Monday March 12, 2012
Start: 03/12/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Orchestra

Join us for an evening of performances by two top Jazzschool Institute groups!

The Jazzschool Insitute Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Johnson, is dedicated to hard-swinging classic and cutting-edge contemporary big band music. A traditional big band format, the ensemble is comprised of a rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, guitar) and a horn section with up to twelve students.

Wednesday March 14, 2012
Start: 03/14/2012 8:00 pm

Judging by his Brylcreem-parted hair, high-waisted pants, and spellbinding voice full of existential anguish, listeners might think that Frank Fairfield stepped straight from the Appalachian mountains of a century ago. Far from it: the 25-year-old native of California's central valley spent his early career busking in the streets of Los Angeles with his fiddle and banjo before signing with the New York folk music label Tompkins Square and garnering national attention opening for Fleet Foxes on their 2008 tour.

Thursday March 15, 2012
Start: 03/15/2012 8:00 pm

GirlymanPerforming an irresistible blend of acoustic, americana, and pop-inflected rock, Girlyman—AKA Nate Borofsky, Doris Muramatsu, Ty Greenstein, and JJ—put on shows that brim with positivity and irrepressible charm.

Friday March 16, 2012
Start: 03/16/2012 8:00 pm

SolasRemarkable energy, fresh perspectives, and superlative musicianship have sent Solas to the top of Irish music in just a few short years, with scores of fans on both sides of the Atlantic and three consecutive awards from the Association for Independent Music for Best Celtic Recording. With their striking penchant for creative arranging and distinctive choice of material, the members of Solas offer a highly original, contemporary view of Irish music.

Saturday March 17, 2012
Start: 03/17/2012 8:00 pm

Black BrothersShay and Michael Black celebrate St. Patrick's Day with their traditional Freight concert brimming with lilting harmonies, catchy rhythms, and superb musicianship. The brothers’ infectious humor, wit, and unalloyed joy in performing, plus their propensity for inviting the audience to join in the chorus on sing-along favorites like "Down Our Street" and "The Great Storm is Over," make it difficult for anyone to remain a spectator for long!

Sunday March 18, 2012
Start: 03/18/2012 8:00 pm

Bruce MolskyFiddle masters Bruce Molsky and Ale Moller entice us with an exciting evening as they take deeply rooted traditions in inspiring new directions.

Monday March 19, 2012
Start: 03/19/2012 8:00 pm

Maggie & Suzzy Roche

Maggie & Suzzy Roche are veteran performers whose shows brim with exquisitely close harmonies and quirky, good-natured humor. Parlaying songs that span nearly four decades of writing and performing, the sisters lead listeners on a thought-provoking, moving, and highly original musical journey blending influences from choir music, traditional Irish, contemporary folk, rock, country, and pop.

Tuesday March 20, 2012
Start: 03/20/2012 8:00 pm

Golden West Woodwind QuintetThe resident woodwind quintet of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, the Golden West Woodwind Quartet engages audiences of all ages with their dynamic chamber music performances. With a repertoire ranging from the early 1800s to the present day, these five accomplished musicians perform standards of classical quintet literature and contemporary works, as well as marches and patriotic selections.

Wednesday March 21, 2012
Start: 03/21/2012 8:00 pm

Join the Students Rock Foundation for their second annual benefit concert featuring co-headliners Kevin Beadles Band and the Jolly Gibsons, as well as Andrea Hurley and her Very Attractive Band, and Berkeley-based comedian Jacob Rubin as master of ceremonies. With proceeds going toward Bay Area performing arts scholarships, this is a great show for a great cause!

Thursday March 22, 2012
Start: 03/22/2012 8:00 pm

John GorkaSinger, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist, John Gorka is one of the sharpest observers on the block, and one of folk music's most distinctive singers. The killer combination of John’s stunningly soulful baritone and his evocative lyrics are sure to raise goosebumps as he parlays his rich, multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty, and emotion.

Friday March 23, 2012
Saturday March 24, 2012
Start: 03/24/2012 8:00 pm

Cheryl WheelerWe 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 $28.50.

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 March 25, 2012
Start: 03/25/2012 8:00 pm

Susan WernerDavid WilcoxTwo of our favorite singer-songwriters take the stage in this evening’s memorable double bill.

Monday March 26, 2012
Start: 03/26/2012 8:00 pm

San Francisco Brass QuintetThe fabulous brass players of the SFBQ return to our stage with a program featuring their customary mix of old, new, borrowed, and blue. John Pearson and James Dooley on trumpet, Doug Hull on horn, Craig McAmis on trombone, and Forrest Byram on tuba offer a varied program of exciting music that is guaranteed to chase the winter blues away.

Tuesday March 27, 2012
Start: 03/27/2012 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters presents its monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show’s on! Guest judges award a “Best Song” and “Best Performance.” The most active songwriters’ association in the United States, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote songwriters.

Wednesday March 28, 2012
Start: 03/28/2012 7:00 pm

This event will feature East Bay women entrepreneurs pitching to an all-women judging panel.  It is sponsored in part by Berkeley Startup Cluster, the City of Berkeley, and the Downtown Berkeley Association.

http://pitchmixer2.eventbrite.com/

Thursday March 29, 2012
Start: 03/29/2012 8:00 pm

Tom Paxton"These songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You may find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they're becoming part of America." - Pete Seeger

Friday March 30, 2012
Start: 03/30/2012 8:00 pm

Junius Courtney Big BandYou can bet that our dance floor will be open for business when the Junius Courtney Big Band kicks off its 50th anniversary season at the Freight! With the supremely stylish Denise Perrier providing vocals, the 19-piece aggregation invites dancers of all stripes to help launch the celebration in stomping' style.

Saturday March 31, 2012
Start: 03/31/2012 8:00 pm

The WaybacksCome 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 April 01, 2012
Start: 04/01/2012 8:00 pm

David BerkeleyRiding atop the wave of resurgent folk-rock 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.

Monday April 02, 2012
Start: 04/02/2012 8:00 pm

Ellen HoffmanThe Freight presents Vocal Jazz Open Mic, an evening that gives vocalists (including you!) an opportunity to step into the spotlight with the skillful support of pianist and composer Ellen Hoffman.

Tuesday April 03, 2012
Start: 04/03/2012 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 April 04, 2012
Start: 04/04/2012 8:00 pm

Anais MitchellSinger-songwriter and winner of the prestigious New Folk award at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Vermont native Anais Mitchell performs distinctive, meticulously written songs, backed by the Young Man Band. With the sound of a world-weary waif, Anais' otherworldly voice is a powerful counterpoint to the intensity of her vibrant, literate songs.

Thursday April 05, 2012
Start: 04/05/2012 8:00 pm

Mesut ÖzgenAksak Duo features Turkish master musicians Mesut Özgen on guitar and Cihat Askin on violin. Presenting an eclectic program of music, the virtuosic duo plays classical music from the Baroque era to the 21st century, arrangements of Turkish folk music, their own compositions, and new works written especially for them by composers including Pablo Ortiz, Robert Strizich, David Evan Jones, and Christopher Pratorius.

Friday April 06, 2012
Start: 04/06/2012 8:00 pm

Hayes CarllAustin-based troubadour Hayes Carll spins musical yarns full of rich characters, couching them in tunes that run the gamut from fiery rock to twangy country, leavened with a pinch of folk and gospel and the occasional wistful love song.

Saturday April 07, 2012
Start: 04/07/2012 8:00 pm

Judy CollinsWe 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 $52.50.

Sunday April 08, 2012
Start: 04/08/2012 2:00 pm

Judy CollinsWe 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 $52.50.

Start: 04/08/2012 8:00 pm

Parisa VaalehIranian born Parisa Vaaleh is a powerful vocalist who captures a new dimension in spirituality through fusing the music of the East and the West. Now residing in the Bay Area, Parisa works with Iranian composers, notably the poet and multi-instrumentalist Kamran Thunder, to create beautiful, deeply emotional music with a compelling ambiance that crosses the boundaries of culture, live and on CDs like her recent Ascent.

Monday April 09, 2012
Start: 04/09/2012 8:00 pm

Urban Healing Tour presents Toy SoldierzToy Soldierz is a multimedia production that combines hip hop music, dance, spoken word, and film. Telling the true story of Devon Johnson, a high school student who lost his life in a shooting, the production deals with themes of teen violence and forgiveness in a special performance benefiting two non-profit organizations, Each One Reach One and Urban Healing Project.

Tuesday April 10, 2012
Start: 04/10/2012 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 April 11, 2012
Start: 04/11/2012 8:00 pm

UC Jazz Ensembles Tonight's concert showcases four outstanding student groups from the award-winning University of California Jazz Ensembles program. The evening progresses through three stellar combos, coached by the director of the program, Ted Moore, and faculty members Dann Zinn and Frank Martin, and concludes with the award-winning UC Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Steve Campos. The show features a wide-ranging assortment of jazz standards from traditional to modern.

Thursday April 12, 2012
Start: 04/12/2012 8:00 pm

Peggy SeegerThe daughter of composer Ruth Crawford Seeger and ethno-musicologist Charles Seeger, and sibling to Pete and Mike, Peggy Seeger grew up well schooled in American folk and European musical traditions. She learned to play piano, guitar, five-string banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, and concertina, and cut her first record at age 18.

Friday April 13, 2012
Start: 04/13/2012 8:00 pm

Soul PowerMake sure you bring your dancing shoes tonight when Soul Power blows into the Freight! Blending the sophisticated stylings of the amazing Eastside Horns with a funky East Bay rhythm section, and featuring the soulful vocals of Louisiana Bayou native Tommy Banks, this nine-piece band invites one and all to get their groove on with riveting solos and an unstoppable dance beat.

Saturday April 14, 2012
Start: 04/14/2012 8:00 pm

House JacksWe 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 $28.50.

Sunday April 15, 2012
Start: 04/15/2012 8:00 pm

GenticorumTraditional Quebecois trio Genticorum packs a punch with its gloriously rich instrumental and vocal arrangements and its upbeat, high-energy performances. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the group's members weave precise and incredibly intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar and bass accompaniment into a irresistibly jubilant musical feast that combines raw energy with superb musical refinement.

Monday April 16, 2012
Start: 04/16/2012 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters presents its monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show’s on! Guest judges award a “Best Song” and “Best Performance.” The most active songwriters’ association in the United States, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote songwriters.

Tuesday April 17, 2012
Start: 04/17/2012 8:00 pm

Michelle ShockedOur favorite "sophisticated hillbilly", Michelle Shocked returns with Roccupy! a multifaceted show full of powerful lyrics and forceful music targeted against overbearing politics and class divisions.

Wednesday April 18, 2012
Start: 04/18/2012 8:00 pm

Dennis KamakahiRev. 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. A multiple Grammy winner and a long-time member of the legendary music group, Sons of Hawai'i, Dennis has seen many of his vivid, romantic compositions, like "Pua Hone" and "Wahine ‘Ilikea," become Hawaiian classics.

Thursday April 19, 2012
Start: 04/19/2012 8:00 pm

Dar WilliamsWe 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 $30.50.

Simply put, Dar Williams writes some really amazing songs. With a journalistic eye for detail and a fiction writer’s feel for nuance, she crafts luminous, sharply drawn originals full of intriguing narrative twists, vivid imagery, and deep emotion.

Friday April 20, 2012
Start: 04/20/2012 8:00 pm

Joan Baez plus special guestsWe 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 $75.50.

This benefit performance for Citizens Reach Out (CRO) features folk music legend Joan Baez and the rich traditional Iraqi music of Saadoun Al-Bayati trio.

Saturday April 21, 2012
Start: 04/21/2012 7:00 pm

Alam KhanJoin the Ali Akbar College of Music in celebrating its late founder, the brilliant sarod (plucked string instrument) artist and composer, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, in a full day of inspiring concerts including both a free afternoon portion and a ticketed evening performance.

Sunday April 22, 2012
Start: 04/22/2012 4:00 pm

Come on by and try out a class, get to know our teachers, ask your questions at our free sneak preview.  You have a chance to meet with the following teachers:

  • Songwriting with Jim Bruno (4 pm)
  • Fiddling (Repertoire & Beginning) with Erik Hoffman (4 pm)
  • Bluegrass Harmony Singing with Avram Siegel (4 pm)
  • Blues Guitar with Pete Madsen (5 pm)
  • Folk Song Repertoire with Shay Black (5 pm)
  • Women’s Singing Circle with Tamsen Fynn (7 pm )
  • Bluegrass Jam Class- Beyond the Basics with Bill Evans (8 pm)

 

Start: 04/22/2012 8:00 pm

Friends Foundation InternationalFour bands and numerous special guests rock out in this fundraiser for Friends Foundation International, which features Band of Hart, Barefoot Thunder, Jumpin' Fish, Austin and the City Limits, and Willem Van Thillo.

Monday April 23, 2012
Start: 04/23/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Student PerformancesThe Jazzschool is proud to present two top student ensembles in this special end-of-the year performance at the Freight & Salvage.

The Jazzschool Institute Advanced Jazz Workshop

Tuesday April 24, 2012
Start: 04/24/2012 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. The Wisconsin native’s superb, bass-heavy guitar stylings, his compelling, gravelly voice, and his striking blend of ironic wit and earnest passion all shine through in his resonant songs. As the Boston Globe put it, “Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style.”

Wednesday April 25, 2012
Start: 04/25/2012 8:00 pm

Laurie LewisThe Freight's favorite musician for all seasons, Laurie Lewis, hosts this outrageous outpouring of youthful talent with some of the best that Northern California has to offer, featuring The T Sisters, Melody Walker, and Tashina Clarridge. Laurie is so enamored of these young singers that she wanted to make sure that the Freight audience had a chance to hear them, and at last century's pricing, you owe it to yourself to take a chance on getting blown away!

 

Thursday April 26, 2012
Start: 04/26/2012 8:00 pm

Paraguay-born harp and violin wizard Carlos Reyes casts a spell on audiences with the potent combination of his outstanding musical talents, charismatic personality, and extensive repertoire, from sweet Latin American ballads to lowdown blues to heart-racing dance numbers that make listeners leap to their feet, playing solo and with his hot band, Electric Symphony.

Friday April 27, 2012
Start: 04/27/2012 8:00 pm

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers w/ Alasdair FraiserWe 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 $24.50.

Saturday April 28, 2012
Start: 04/28/2012 8:00 pm

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers w/ Alasdair FraiserWe 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 $24.50.

Sunday April 29, 2012
Start: 04/29/2012 8:00 pm

Teresa TrullOur favorite blues songstress/horse whisperer Teresa Trull takes the stage with a great lineup of musical cohorts for a concert celebrating her first return to our stage since relocating to New Zealand. Come join Teresa and friends for an evening of soul-stirring, booty-shaking, downright awesome music.

Monday April 30, 2012
Start: 04/30/2012 8:00 pm

Haydn's CreationBack by popular demand, the Bay Area’s own New Esterhazy String Quartet—Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss on violins, Anthony Martin on viola, and cellist William Skeen, with SFCO music director and violist, Ben Simon—just completed an historic three-year “Haydn Project,” performing all 68 delicious Haydn string quartets in over 18 concerts.

Tuesday May 01, 2012
Start: 05/01/2012 8:00 pm

Gerry TenneySinger, songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and longtime stalwart of the Bay Area music scene, Gerry Tenney, backed by the Hard Times Orchestra, honors International Worker Day with an evening of old and new time songs of working folks from around the world and their struggles. The evening also includes original progressive West African Caribbean Blues (songs written by Abu Djigo, Gary Nelson, Ernesto Browne, & Deborah Barer) from the World Blues Trio.

Wednesday May 02, 2012
Start: 05/02/2012 8:00 pm

Kris DelmhorstCombining a warm, expressive voice, a superb poetic imagination, and an alluring, rootsy mixture of folk, gospel, and country styles, singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst plays what she describes as "songs with pavement under their feet, dirt under their fingernails, and sometimes out of sight of land altogether." In the decade since she began performing, Kris has made her presence felt on the acoustic music scene, touring the country and winning first place at the 2001 Telluride

Thursday May 03, 2012
Start: 05/03/2012 8:00 pm

A.J. CroceA singer-songwriter boasting truly eclectic talents, A.J. Croce is as likely to pull an old boogie woogie piano jam out of his sleeve as he is to offer up a swampy New Orleans funk groove or a fresh and touching original. His first five CD releases each hit the radio charts in a different genre—jazz, americana and blues, adult alternative, the American college radio chart, and the U.S. top 40.

Friday May 04, 2012
Start: 05/04/2012 8:00 pm

Kathy & CarolSingers Carol McComb and Kathleen Larisch return to the Freight stage with their gorgeous interpretations of British and Appalachian ballads, country tunes, Carter Family songs, and Carol’s timeless originals. The duo’s unique sense of harmony is remarkable for its use of shifting intervals, haunting dissonances, and counterpoint, and their a cappella songs send shivers down the spine.

Saturday May 05, 2012
Start: 05/05/2012 8:00 pm

Rahim AlhajTwice Grammy-nominated oud virtuoso and composer, Rahim Alhaj finds in his ancient instrument a unique voice that speaks passionately to contemporary listeners of every musical background.

Sunday May 06, 2012
Start: 05/06/2012 8:00 pm

Session AmericanaJoin us for an evening of great songs played by superlative musicians as Boston-based acoustic music collective Session Americana takes the stage. In this intimate yet highly theatrical show, a group of top-notch singer-songwriters come together to swap songs and instruments, inviting the audience to share in their warmth, joy, and camaraderie.

Tuesday May 08, 2012
Start: 05/08/2012 8:00 pm

Four Bitchin' BabesNow how could you go wrong with a group that bills itself as a "Fabulous Female Folkestra." Four singer-songwriters with a knack for catchy hooks and an unerring eye for the absurd range freely across the contemporary American landscape, leaving no icon untoppled.

Wednesday May 09, 2012
Start: 05/09/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraTwo fantastic student groups from the Jazzschool Institute— the Gypsy Jazz Ensemble and East Bay Funk Ensemble—present electrifying end-of-semester performances!

Thursday May 10, 2012
Start: 05/10/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Vocal ConcertJoin us for the Jazzschool Institute vocal department’s end-of-semester performances. Under the direction of Laurie Antonioli, vocal performance students learn a broad range of styles, from “great American songbook” standards to bebop and beyond, developing a repertoire of 100 songs over the eight-semester course.

Friday May 11, 2012
Start: 05/11/2012 8:00 pm

Led KaapanaThe Freight brims with amazing music and heaps of aloha tonight when we present the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, spotlighting ki ho'alu, the guitar style that Hawaiian cowboys developed in the 19th century when they loosened their guitar strings (or "slacked" them) to create a deep, resonant sound.

Saturday May 12, 2012
Start: 05/12/2012 12:00 pm

The Freight joins forces with The Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention to host BOTMC’s Spring Situation community open house, a free afternoon of old-time stringband picking, singing and dancing, including a family dance, cabaret-style concert sets, jam sessions and workshops galore on all manner of making music with people.

Start: 05/12/2012 8:00 pm

Andre ThierryWhen Andre Thierry was three years old, the King of Zydeco—the late great Clifton Chenier—grabbed him by the arms and declared him a future accordion player. Today, Andre is a virtuoso on all types of accordion, a soulful singer, and an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who seamlessly blends old and new, building from his love for traditional zydeco to create a unique sound for contemporary generations.

Sunday May 13, 2012
Start: 05/13/2012 1:00 pm

Kathy KallickKathy Kallick returns to our stage with her beloved Mother's Day concert, promising big fun for all! This show, a (nearly) annual tradition for more than 20 years, will put a song in your heart and a smile on your face, with a flower for every mother and a grand finale extravaganza where Kathy invites all the kids on stage to dance and sing along!

Start: 05/13/2012 8:00 pm

Barbara DaneBarbara Dane is a true institution in the universe of jazz, blues, and folk music. After graduating high school in Detroit, she raised her strong voice regularly at demonstrations for racial equality and economic justice as well as sitting in with local bands.

Monday May 14, 2012
Start: 05/14/2012 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters presents its monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the show’s on! Guest judges award a “Best Song” and “Best Performance.” The most active songwriters’ association in the United States, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote songwriters.

Tuesday May 15, 2012
Start: 05/15/2012 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 May 16, 2012
Thursday May 17, 2012
Start: 05/17/2012 8:00 pm

Sam RudinAn exciting, high-energy performer, Sam Rudin attacks and caresses the keyboard with great rhythmic intensity, romping through a broad range of 20th century American music. A compelling vocalist whose rough-hewn voice brims with drama and humor, he can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Alison, and Jerry Lee Lewis—sometimes all at the same time.

Friday May 18, 2012
Start: 05/18/2012 8:00 pm

Bill KirchenCome 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.

Saturday May 19, 2012
Start: 05/19/2012 11:00 am

the HipwadersMelita Doostan and Rudy Trubitt host this morning’s edition of the Patchwork Series of kids’ shows, featuring rockin' hip-shakers from the Hipwaders and irresistibly hummable tunes from Octopretzel.

Start: 05/19/2012 8:00 pm

Evie LadinMake sure you join the party when the Evie Ladin Band opens the box on the toe-tapping material from their new CD! Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, the Evie Ladin Band throw down music with an unusually creative and surprising live show.

Sunday May 20, 2012
Start: 05/20/2012 8:00 pm

Manuel Agujetas accompanied by Manuel ValenciaSpanish Gypsy flamenco legend Manuel Agujetas is an outstanding, controversial singer, anarchic and unpredictable, with a vocal style that a Village Voice writer memorably described as "a well-modulated primal scream—an exquisitely controlled shriek of anguish and despair . . . it does have a sheer animal quality to it".

Monday May 21, 2012
Start: 05/21/2012 8:00 pm

SFCO All-StarsClassical at the Freight celebrates National Chamber Music Month by presenting four outstanding San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars in a virtuosic program of chamber music favorites by Mozart, Beethoven, and others. The concert features Tod Brody (flute), Elizabeth Choi (violin), Alexandra Leem (viola), and Hannah Addario-Berry (cello).

Tuesday May 22, 2012
Start: 05/22/2012 8:00 pm

Wavy GravyJoin us for this fabulous and festive, multi-faceted concert, with proceeds benefiting the beloved circus and performing arts camp, Camp Winnarainbow. With His Eminence of Clowndom, camp founder Wavy Gravy as host, the show features Jonathan Richman, the Barry Melton Band, with special guest Nick Gravenites!

Wednesday May 23, 2012
Start: 05/23/2012 8:00 pm

Noam PikelnyBanjo whiz Noam Pikelny takes his instrument to new levels of intensity, incorporating contemporary elements with a classic old-time drive. His extraordinary playing has made waves in Leftover Salmon, the John Cowan Band, and more recently in envelope-pushing americana chamber group the Punch Brothers, as well as on his solo projects like the recent CD, Beat the Devil & Carry a Rail.

Thursday May 24, 2012
Start: 05/24/2012 8:00 pm

All fans of blues, swing, and all manner of hokum should make tracks to the Freight for tonight's show!

Friday May 25, 2012
Start: 05/25/2012 8:00 pm

Loudon Wainwright IIIOne of this country's most astute commentators in any medium, Loudon Wainwright III has been sharing his beautifully crafted songs with us since the late 1960s.

Saturday May 26, 2012
Start: 05/26/2012 8:00 pm

Pierre BensusanSince the mid-1970s Pierre Bensusan's name has been synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius. Working in open tuning with his steel strings tuned to the modal, mystical-sounding DADGAD, Pierre is a composer, singer, and acoustic guitar visionary of passionate intensity with an extraordinarily tender, joyful touch.

Sunday May 27, 2012
Start: 05/27/2012 2:00 pm

In this special afternoon performance the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) celebrates the 76th reunion of the Lincoln Brigade, Americans who volunteered to fight against Franco's fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Guest speaker Kate Doyle, 2012 recipient of the ALBA/Puffin Human Rights Award, discusses genocide and justice in Guatemala. The program also includes an update on former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, an outspoken champion of human rights.

Monday May 28, 2012
Tuesday May 29, 2012
Start: 05/29/2012 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 May 30, 2012
Start: 05/30/2012 8:00 pm

Join three youthful roots bands— Swoon, Foggy Gulch, Hop Head—for an evening of amazing music!

Swoon's musically diverse members combine backgrounds ranging from classical to hard rock. Their songwriting includes pop sensibilities with a seductive blend of chamber rock, funk, world, jazz, and a hint of R&B. The group features Stephanie Harwood (vocals), Julian Fill (guitar), Kater Murch (cello and mandolin), Todd Snyderman (drums), Joey Nunez (guitar), and Scott Dunbar (bass).

Thursday May 31, 2012
Start: 05/31/2012 8:00 pm

Eliyahu & the Qadim EnsembleReturning to the Freight stage after a rousing set at last year's Pomegranates & Figs show, Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble perform a dizzying range of beautiful, passionate music. With repertoire from the Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Ladino, and Moroccan traditions, the group celebrates the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region's cultures while honoring the great diversity found within them.

Friday June 01, 2012
Start: 06/01/2012 8:00 pm

Austin Lounge LizardsTexas literary luminary Larry McMurtry’s comment that “being a writer and a Texan is an amusing fate, one that gets funnier as one’s sense of humor darkens,” perfectly describes the members of our favorite Austin-based band. With twisted humor and highly literate, sharply pointed lyrics, the Austin Lounge Lizards poke fun at politics, love, religion, and mass culture.

Saturday June 02, 2012
Start: 06/02/2012 10:30 am

José-Luis OrozcoIn a show that is sure to inspire both kids and adults to laugh, dance, and sing in English and Spanish, beloved educator, author, and musician José-Luis Orozco performs an hour-long benefit concert for Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement (BAHIA).
 

Start: 06/02/2012 8:00 pm

Robin Flower & Libby McLarenFreight favorites Robin Flower and Libby McLaren regale us with their modern Celtic americana style in an evening of exhilarating instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies, creative energy, and loads of fun.
 

Sunday June 03, 2012
Start: 06/03/2012 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute Student PerformancesThe Jazzschool's award-winning Advanced High School Jazz Workshops I & II, under directors Michael Zilber and Erik Jekabson, perform a variety of cutting-edge arrangements in their final performance of the 2011-12 season.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday June 04, 2012
Start: 06/04/2012 8:00 pm

Dan CrarySubmit your ears to the ”mindboggling” (Houston Chronicle) guitar playing of newgrass pioneer Dan Crary. A flatpicking stylist of great innovation and brilliance, Dan transcends the boundaries of style and genre.