« Week of December 2, 2012 »
Start: 12/02/2012 8:00 pm

Holly NearHolly Near has been making beautiful music and working for peace and justice for more than 40 years, and now she has a great new album—Peace Becomes You—and a talented touring band-John Bucchino on piano, Jan Martinelli on bass, David Rokeach on drums, and Andre dos Santos Morgan on backup vocals-to help her put on a wonderful show at the Freight. She'll play some of her own compelling originals and dip into the songbooks of Irving Berlin and Gnarls Barkley, Hal David, and Ferron.

Start: 12/03/2012 8:00 pm

Sheila JordanBorn in 1928 and raised in poverty in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country, Sheila Jordan began singing as a child and by her early teens was working in Detroit nightclubs, influenced by the music of Charlie Parker. After moving to New York in the early 50s, she married jazz pianist Duke Jordan, and studied with Lennie Tristano.

Start: 12/04/2012 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!!!

Start: 12/05/2012 7:30 pm

Please join us for an exciting night of jazz in a benefit concert for the jazz program of the Berkeley Unified School District. The concert will feature performances by the Willard Middle School Jazz Band directed by Roland Brown, the King Middle School Jazz Band directed by Nancy Boyles, and the Longfellow Middle School Jazz Band directed by Megan Ratliff.

Start: 12/06/2012 8:00 pm

Peter Rowan Bluegrass BandPeter Rowan is a bluegrass master. His musical roots go back to Bill Monroe. He didn't just hear recordings—he played guitar and sang lead with Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s. After stints in Earth Opera, Muleskinner, and the Marin County rock group Seatrain, he co-founded Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Since then, he's recorded more than 30 albums and earned six Grammy nominations.

Start: 12/07/2012 8:00 pm

Jim Kweskin, Geoff MuldaurJim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur play jug band favorites, old time jazz tunes, and classic country blues. They've perfected a low key, homemade sound that makes their skillful playing seem as easy as a casual conversation between close friends. The focus is on the music, and the music— even when it's heartbreaking —is always fun. They pick guitar and sing, and have also been known to perform on comb, kazoo, washboard, and jug.

Start: 12/08/2012 8:00 pm

For over 12 years the sound of Cascada de Flores (Arwen Lawrence, Sabra Weber & Jorge Liceaga) has echoed the golden radio age of Latin America, where jazzy bolero and earthy traditions from the countryside were joyously juxtaposed. Tonight they present Radio Flor—a musical loveletter to the early days of Latin American radio, when songs were king and a melody grabbed your heart for a lifetime.