« Week of October 21, 2012 »
Start: 10/21/2012 8:00 pm

Ellen RobinsonJazz vocalist Ellen Robinson celebrates the release of her third album, Don’t Wait Too Long, recorded live at the Freight with her stellar band, featuring Murray Low on piano, Sam Bevan on bass, Kristen Strom on reeds, and Dan Foltz on drums.  The new album includes songs by Joni Mitchell, Blossom Dearie, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and the title song by Madeline Peyroux, as well as Ellen’s latest originals.  “This singer delivers from the heart,” says the website AllAboutJ

Start: 10/22/2012 8:00 pm

Richard SmithWow! That’s the word most folks use (according to a very unscientific study) when they hear Richard Smith play guitar.  Guitar ace Tommy Emmanuel says, “If you like my playing, you should hear Richard.”  Born in England, based in Nashville, Richard has been performing in public ever since he took the stage at the tender age of 11 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London for a duet with his idol, the late fingerstyle guitar legend Chet Atkins.  “The most amazing guy I know on the gui

Start: 10/23/2012 8:00 pm

Carlos NúñezBagpipe fans, take note.  International music sensation Carlos Núñez is coming to the Freight.  Billboard Magazine has called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipe.”  The Guardian compared him to Coltrane.  BBC Radio described him as “one of the world’s most exciting, and most serious, musicians.”  Technically, he plays the gaita, the signature instrument of his homeland, Galicia, in northern Spain.  You might not associate the Galician bagpipes with musical stardom, but Carlos has sold ov

Start: 10/24/2012 8:00 pm

David WagnerDavid Wagner is a musician and writer from Ohio who currently divides his time between Oakland and Istanbul.  Known on the folk circuit as “The Hobo Professor,” he sings sardonic originals with a philosophical outlook:  “You get out of bed / just looking for a reason / to crawl back into bed.”  Joining David will be his longtime collaborators, The Trickle Downers, featuring Joe Rosatto Jr.

Start: 10/25/2012 8:00 pm

Nuala KennedyNuala Kennedy is an Irish singer and flute player steeped in the musical traditions of Ireland and Scotland. She has a lovely voice, a warm tone on the flute, and a light compositional touch. “Unhurried yet freewheeling, loose-limbed yet disciplined, her voice is a natural, earthy instrument entirely in concert with her woody flute lines,” says the Irish Times. “She is not only an exceptional interpreter of the tradition . . . her own tunes glisten with freshness.

Start: 10/26/2012 8:00 pm

Rosalie Sorrels Rosalie Sorrels played the Newport Folk Festival in 1966 and has been a force in folk music ever since. She credits Malvina Reynolds with turning her natural rebellious streak away from destruction and toward creation – and she’s created more than 20 albums, playing with artists like U. Utah Phillips, Dave Von Ronk, and Pete Seeger, and entertaining countless audiences at the Freight.

Start: 10/27/2012 8:00 pm

Rita SahaiUtsav means celebration. Navagraha means nine planets. Tonight’s Navagraha Utsav is a celestial celebration, offering classical Hindustani ragas to bring harmony to the universe. Rita Sahai is an accomplished composer and singer from Allahabad, India who performs internationally and teaches classes in Hindustani vocal music throughout the Bay Area and at the University of California, Davis.