Tuesday July 09, 2013
Start: 07/09/2013 8:00 pm

Freight Open MicThis is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly – and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 10, 2013
Start: 07/10/2013 8:00 pm

Martha Redbone Roots ProjectHere’s how the New Yorker describes her latest project: “In a brilliant collision of cultures, the powerful blues and soul singer Martha Redbone has recorded an album called The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake, produced by John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Thursday July 11, 2013
Start: 07/11/2013 8:00 pm

David BerkeleyDavid Berkeley plays polished, folk-inflected pop with clever lyrics and a bright, shimmering sound.

Friday July 12, 2013
Start: 07/12/2013 8:00 pm

Loafer's GloryThe masterful musicians in Loafer’s Glory take their bluegrass nice and easy. They love the music, they find joy in playing it, and the result is glorious indeed. Berkeley-born Herb Pedersen plays guitar and banjo, sings, and writes an occasional song.

Saturday July 13, 2013
Start: 07/13/2013 8:00 pm

Ramana VieiraRamana Vieira sings Fado like it’s never been sung before.

Sunday July 14, 2013
Start: 07/14/2013 8:00 pm

Ed GerhardGrammy winner Ed Gerhard took up guitar after seeing classical master Andres Segovia on TV, and stopped taking lessons at age 15 when he heard a record by Mississippi John Hurt. After that, he taught himself, slowing down his spinning records to catch each note and figuring out how to play them. He learned well, eventually mastering 6-string, 12-string, slide, and the Hawaiian lap slide guitar known as the Weissenborn.

Monday July 15, 2013
Start: 07/15/2013 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present the playoff round of their monthly Songwriter Competition. Winners from previous sessions will perform their original songs before a panel of discerning judges.

Wednesday July 17, 2013
Start: 07/17/2013 8:00 pm

Carrie Hassler of Pikeville, Tennessee is a powerful singer with roots in bluegrass and traditional country music.

Thursday July 18, 2013
Start: 07/18/2013 8:00 pm

Bonnie BishopBonnie Bishop has a way of making people stop and listen. Here’s how the great Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen described the experience: “Her music washed over me with a purity and soulfulness that is rarely found in this world of noise.

Friday July 19, 2013
Start: 07/19/2013 8:00 pm

Phil MarshWas it really 45 years ago that the Freight first opened its doors? And was that really Phil Marsh onstage, making inspiring music? That’s right! The times, they are a-changin’, but Phil is still making inspiring music, and he’s coming back to celebrate our 45th birthday – with a little help from his friends.
 

Saturday July 20, 2013
Start: 07/20/2013 8:00 pm

Tristan and Tashina ClarridgeString fans of all stripes should run, not walk, to the Freight for tonight’s Shasta String Celebration!

Sunday July 21, 2013
Start: 07/21/2013 8:00 pm

David Thom BandDavid Thom has rounded up the best in California bluegrass for this evening of traditional bluegrass classics, featuring songs from the King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin and his Sunny Mountain Boys. With Annie Staninec on fiddle, Butch Waller on mandolin, Joe Kyle, Jr. on bass, Larry Cohea on banjo, Mike Witcher on dobro, David on guitar, and the James King Band this is a group that can do justice to a king!
 

Tuesday July 23, 2013
Start: 07/23/2013 8:00 pm

MilkDriveThey call their music jazz-grass, and it’s loose, tight, thoughtful, improvisational, fun, and full of life. The band features Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. Brian, Noah, and Dennis met as youngsters competing in the National Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest in Weiser, Idaho.

Wednesday July 24, 2013
Start: 07/24/2013 8:00 pm

Pete AndersonPete Anderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning record producer and groundbreaking guitarist who melds blues and country to forge a style all his own. Known as a pioneer in roots rock and an early champion of Americana, he had a hand in introducing the world to such artists as Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores, and, perhaps most famously, his musical partner of 20 years, Dwight Yoakam.

Thursday July 25, 2013
Start: 07/25/2013 8:00 pm

The Beth Custer EnsembleThe Beth Custer Ensemble features a who’s who of outstanding Bay Area musicians playing a unique musical melange of beguiling melodies, surreal lyrics, and sophisticated orchestrations that draw from a wide range of genres and inspire a multitude of moods.

Friday July 26, 2013
Start: 07/26/2013 8:00 pm

Bill Kirchen“Bill Kirchen rules, it’s just that simple,” says the Austin-American Statesman. “His no-nonsense guitar attack, powered by great, booming, bottom-heavy licks still covered with axle grease, is undoubtedly the real thing, scattering scorching guitar runs in all directions.

Sunday July 28, 2013
Start: 07/28/2013 8:00 pm

Cherish the Ladies“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe, speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 15 outstanding albums, including their latest, An Irish Homecoming

Monday July 29, 2013
Start: 07/29/2013 8:00 pm

Pierre BensusanPierre Bensusan is a master fingerstyle guitarist. Born in Algeria, raised in France, he recorded his first album at the age of 18 and won the Grand Prix du Disque at the Montreux Festival in 1976.

Tuesday July 30, 2013
Start: 07/30/2013 8:00 pm

Freight Open MicThis is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly – and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 31, 2013
Start: 07/31/2013 8:00 pm

John Batdorf & James Lee StanleyTwo voices, two guitars, and the songs of the Rolling Stones – it’s an unexpected match, but a perfect fit when James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf collaborate on songs like “Paint It Black,” “Satisfaction,” and “Jumping Jack Flash.” In the words of USA Today, James and John have “turned the rock grooves inside out, adopted stylish arrangements, and made no attempt to ape the originals, unveiling the elegance of the melodies and allowing radically new int

Thursday August 01, 2013
Start: 08/01/2013 8:00 pm

DavkaFor more than 20 years now, Davka has been playing music of unbridled innovation, amazing virtuosity, and irresistible soul. But what kind of music? People have called it “neo-Jewish-roots-fusion,” “the acoustic equivalent of a Chagall painting,” and “fiddler-on-too-much-Turkish-coffee.” It draws from klezmer and jazz, Western classical, Middle Eastern, and Yiddish influences in a mix that’s pure Davka – Hebrew slang for “not what you expect.”

Friday August 02, 2013
Start: 08/02/2013 8:00 pm

Sam BushThree-time Grammy-winner Sam Bush of Bowling Green, Kentucky is an extraordinary mandolin player, an artful songwriter, and a dynamic singer who has been wowing audiences since the early 1970s when he co-founded the pioneering progressive bluegrass band, New Grass Revival.

Saturday August 03, 2013
Start: 08/03/2013 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $20.00 at door. Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 08/03/2013 8:00 pm

Kim Richey“It’s hard to hold your hand when you’re lettin’ go,” Kim Richey sings on her latest album, Thorn in My Heart, the eighth of a solo career that began in 1995 when Kim was 39, after she’d worked as a school teacher and tried her hand at songwriting for other artists. Her songs, on the border between country and rock, tell compelling stories about people who may have broken their heart a time or two but aren’t yet done with love.

Sunday August 04, 2013
Start: 08/04/2013 8:00 pm

Michael Martin MurpheyThe preeminent cowboy musician of the last half century gallops into the Freight to present his “Lone Cowboy Show.” Michael Martin Murphey was the original Cosmic Cowboy back in the 1970s when, along with folks like Jerry Jeff Walker and Willie Nelson, he helped launch the music scene in Austin, Texas into the stratosphere.

Tuesday August 06, 2013
Start: 08/06/2013 8:00 pm

Freight Open MicThis is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly – and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 07, 2013
Start: 08/07/2013 8:00 pm

The Freight presents an evening of soul stirring, passionate music from Galicia, performed by a troupe of West Coast folk musicians led by “Cano” Cadarso, a master teacher visiting from Santiago de Compostela. This performance marks the culmination of a week of intensive study in the intricacies of Galician music and dance.

Thursday August 08, 2013
Start: 08/08/2013 8:00 pm

Tom McDermottTom McDermott is a master of the rich musical heritage of New Orleans, fluent in ragtime, traditional jazz, and rhythm and blues. However, as a review in the New York Times makes clear, “Mr. McDermott is not simply a follower of tradition or a repository of old tunes. He composes within his wide-ranging idiom with a knowledgeable feeling for his sources and a sense of humor.” Mr. McDermott – no, let’s call him Tom – grew up in St.

Friday August 09, 2013
Start: 08/09/2013 8:00 pm

Doug CarnFour jazz virtuosos explore the unlimited possibilities of jazz organ music!

Saturday August 10, 2013
Start: 08/10/2013 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $20.00 at door ($13 advance, $15 at door for seniors). Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 08/10/2013 8:00 pm

Blame SallyWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Some standing room only tickets may be available at door time for $30.50.

Sunday August 11, 2013
Start: 08/11/2013 8:00 pm

Call Mr. RobesonCall Mr. Robeson is a one-man show, written and performed by Tayo Aluko, celebrating the life and music of Paul Robeson, the internationally renowned actor, singer, and civil rights campaigner.

Tuesday August 13, 2013
Start: 08/13/2013 8:00 pm

Todd HallawellTodd Hallawell is a fingerstyle guitar wizard, and he’s been known to do a little flatpicking too. Since earning a performance degree in classical guitar, he has worked as music teacher, composer and arranger, recording engineer, music editor, producer, and co-owner of a record label, Soundset Recorings.

Wednesday August 14, 2013
Start: 08/14/2013 8:00 pm

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenFrank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen stir the pot with a recipe that offers a smorgasbord of musical sounds, combining multiple layers of spicy instrumentals, tasty songwriting, and delicious lead and harmony vocals. In other words, the band cooks.

Thursday August 15, 2013
Start: 08/15/2013 8:00 pm

The GreencardsStart with two Australians, co-founders Carol Young on bass and Kym Warner on mandolin, add Carl Miner of Austin, Texas, winner of the National Flatpicking Championship, and fiddler Kristin Weber of Nashville, Tennessee, and what do you get?  A quirky, adventurous, utterly compelling reinvention of American roots music, steeped in bluegrass, seasoned with folk, rock, and a dash of Latin influences – the Greencards!

Friday August 16, 2013
Start: 08/16/2013 8:00 pm

Patrick LandezaBerkeley’s own Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire, returns to the Freight fresh on the heels of receiving Hawaiian music’s highest honor, the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. He is the first musician based on the mainland to win this award, informally known as the Hawaiian Grammy.

Saturday August 17, 2013
Start: 08/17/2013 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $20.00 at door ($13 advance, $15 at door for seniors). Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 08/17/2013 8:00 pm

Talk of da Town Bay Area a cappella group Talk of da Town brings down the house with sizzling renditions of the greatest hits of Motown, rhythm and blues, and doo-wop, along with a few hot gospel numbers. Originally formed at San Francisco’s Galileo High School, the group has spent the past three decades performing in Europe and across America.

Sunday August 18, 2013
Start: 08/18/2013 8:00 pm

Maurice TaniSan Francisco’s Maurice Tani has been a fixture on the local alt-country scene for more than a decade with his band 77 El Deora, and previously sang and played guitar for the seminal Motown-style party bands Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat.  The San Francisco Chronicle has praised his “twangy modern country sound” and called his songs “wry yet romantic, tender but aggressive.”  The band includes Mike Anderson on bass, Randy Craig on piano, Ken Owen on drums, a

Monday August 19, 2013
Start: 08/19/2013 8:00 pm

Natalie CressmanNatalie Cressman, the daughter of Bay Area trombonist Jeff Cressman and vocalist Sandy Cressman, is a trombonist, vocalist, and composer who makes music with a maturity and range of musical influences beyond her years.

Tuesday August 20, 2013
Start: 08/20/2013 8:00 pm

Gypsy SoulGypsy Soul makes spirited, soulful music at the crossroads of folk and pop, rock and roots. The website CD Baby praises their “highly enriched music that nourishes the dried up gardens of the soul.” They’ve won honors at the Lilith Fair and from Just Plain Folks, and their version of “Angel from Montgomery” recently received the Independent Music Award for Best Cover Song.

Wednesday August 21, 2013
Start: 08/21/2013 8:00 pm

The Invariably McGarrigle Variety Show The Invariably McGarrigle Variety Show is a modern dance tribute to Canadian folk music legends Kate & Anna McGarrigle.  This salon-style, audience-participatory performance was choreographed by Jane C. Marshall who will be dancing tonight with Mikaela Brady and Inslacks Dance et. al.

Thursday August 22, 2013
Start: 08/22/2013 8:00 pm

Join us for a rousing evening of fiddle magic steeped in talent and tradition: the 25th annual Freight Fiddle Summit. You’ll be in excellent company with host Alasdair Fraser & cellist Natalie Haas, Quebec’s thrilling De Temps Antan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Ciarán Curran of the brilliant Irish band Altan, Nic Gareiss, and Cali MacKasson.

Friday August 23, 2013
Start: 08/23/2013 8:00 pm

Catch a glimpse of the future when the West Coast Songwriters present the finals of their annual songwriting competition. Top contenders from WCS playoffs in ten cities—Portland, Martinez, Saratoga, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sacramento, Redwood City, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood—will perform their original songs before a panel of discerning judges.

Saturday August 24, 2013
Start: 08/24/2013 10:00 am

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $20.00 at door ($13 advance, $15 at door for seniors). Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 08/24/2013 8:00 pm

For 45 years, the Freight has hosted some of the finest musicians from around the world and the Bay Area.  Tonight we’re proud to present “Generations”, featuring a lineup that reflects  both the cultural diversity within traditional music, and the generations of family members that have made their mark at the Freight.

Sunday August 25, 2013
Start: 08/25/2013 8:00 pm

Two good friends, both top songwriters, bring their extensive songbooks to the Freight for an evening of hilarious stories and wonderful music.

Tuesday August 27, 2013
Start: 08/27/2013 8:00 pm

Freight Open MicThis is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly – and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday August 28, 2013
Start: 08/28/2013 8:00 pm

Phil BerkowitzIn this musical tribute to the legendary band leader, saxophonist, and singer, Louis Jordan, Bay Area harmonica ace Phil Berkowitz and his band present an evening of music from the man who made the blues jump!

Thursday August 29, 2013
Start: 08/29/2013 8:00 pm

The Haunted WindchimesThe Haunted Windchimes, a five-piece band from Pueblo, Colorado, play new songs that sound old – not old like a Ford Pinto, old like a Model T – classic, ageless, sublime. Rumor has it that they came by their name in an abandoned roadhouse after sharing a jug of potent moonshine. Somehow, the name fits. The band’s music is often haunting, and their gorgeous harmonies have an ethereal, windchime quality.

Friday August 30, 2013
Start: 08/30/2013 8:00 pm

Jesse Keith Whitley was born to sing country.  As a third generation singer-songwriter, he has decades of country music in his DNA.  The son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley and grandson of Grand Ole Opry legend George Morgan, Jesse has an incredible talent for singing and songwriting.

Saturday August 31, 2013
Start: 08/31/2013 8:00 pm

Persian classical music is based on improvisation and composition, and it is interwoven with Persian poetry. The repertoire of this music consists of several hundred short melodic movements called gusheh. Each gusheh has a unique character, feeling, and history to it, which has been passed on orally from generation to generation.

Tuesday September 03, 2013
Start: 09/03/2013 8:00 pm

Hard Road Trio with Bill EvansThe Hard Road Trio motors west to join forces with Berkeley’s own banjo master Bill Evans for an evening of original songs rooted in bluegrass and American traditional music. The trio features Steve Smith on mandolin, mandola, guitar, and vocals, Chris Sanders on guitar and vocals, and Anne Luna on bass and vocals.

Wednesday September 04, 2013
Start: 09/04/2013 8:00 pm

Eric Taylor“If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor in concert,” says folk icon Nanci Griffith, “you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time.” Eric is a master storyteller and songwriter who grew up in Atlanta and migrated to Houston in the early 1970s, where he learned intricate guitar licks from legends like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, and Mississippi Fred McDowell, and traded secrets with contemporaries like Guy Clar

Thursday September 05, 2013
Start: 09/05/2013 8:00 pm

Bob Dylan's Highway 61 RevisitedGuest Music Director Karina Denike

Lineup:

Friday September 06, 2013
Start: 09/06/2013 8:00 pm

Bob Dylan's Highway 61 RevisitedWe 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.

Guest Music Director Karina Denike

Lineup:

Saturday September 07, 2013
Start: 09/07/2013 8:00 pm

Mike Marshall and Caterina LichtenbergMike Marshall and Caterina Lichtenberg are two of the finest mandolin players in the world. Mike’s style is a blend of just about every musical influence imaginable, from bluegrass to jazz to the traditional Brazilian form known as choro. Caterina’s background is classical. Together, they play beautiful music, from Bach to Bulgarian folk music to their own subtle and lovely originals.

Tuesday September 10, 2013
Start: 09/10/2013 8:00 pm

Freight Open MicThis is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly – and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 11, 2013
Start: 09/11/2013 8:00 pm

Claudia SchmidtClaudia Schmidt doesn’t like to be boxed into one category. Her music draws from folk, jazz, and blues, but she prefers to describe herself as a “creative noisemaker.” Over the course of 14 albums and close to four decades as a touring professional, she has used her 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer, along with her dazzling voice, to create her own uniquely agreeable sound, a little jazzy, a little folky, a little funky, and a whole lot of fun.

Thursday September 12, 2013
Start: 09/12/2013 8:00 pm

Cheryl WheelerHave you ever seen Cheryl Wheeler at the Freight? If so, you already know. She tells hilarious stories, sings heartbreakingly beautiful songs, and makes an unforgettable connection with her audience. Singout! Magazine calls her a “rare artist” and praises her “strong poetry, complex melodies, and clever wit.” According to the website acousticmusic.com, “She has a rare gift for writing songs with lush melodies and lyrics of incredible beauty. On the other hand, she is a master of quick wit.

Friday September 13, 2013
Start: 09/13/2013 8:00 pm

Bill MonroeThere wouldn’t be bluegrass if it weren’t for Bill Monroe.

Saturday September 14, 2013
Start: 09/14/2013 11:00 am

Cascada de FloresCascada de Flores returns to the Freight to present a bilingual music and dance program for children. As roster artists with both Young Audiences of Northern California and Performances to Grow On in Ventura, they have performed in over 300 Western US schools, reaching over 50,000 students with their educational program. In addition, Cascada de Flores was featured twice in World Arts West’s arts education program People Like Me.

Start: 09/14/2013 8:00 pm

Paul ThornHailed as the “Mark Twain of Americana,” Paul Thorn brings his gritty, gospel-infused Southern rock straight from his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, where he grew up as the son of a Pentecostal preacher and went on to box in more than 50 professional bouts, including one with Roberto Duran—but that’s another story. Paul’s music mixes the hard-driving boogie of the Allman Brothers with the soulful wit of John Hiatt.

Sunday September 15, 2013
Start: 09/15/2013 8:00 pm

Pacific CurlsThe Pacific Curls are based in New Zealand, but their music spans the globe, from the intoxicating rhythms of the South Pacific to the plaintive fiddling of the Scottish highlands. Here’s how New Zealand music critic Mike Nettman describes the trio: “Pacific Curls – what can I say but wow wow wow! Here are three incredibly gifted women who together create the most beautiful, sensitive, emotive, inspiring, and unique music.

Monday September 16, 2013
Start: 09/16/2013 8:00 pm

Darden SmithTexas troubadour Darden Smith is, in the words of the All Music Guide, “a singer-songwriter blessed with an uncommon degree of intelligence, depth, and compassion.” Born in Brenham, Texas, and based in Austin, he released his first album, Native Soil, with Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith singing harmony, in 1986, and has just released his 14th, Love Calling. His sound blends country and folk traditions with a more contemporary sensibility – and a Texas twist.

Tuesday September 17, 2013
Start: 09/17/2013 8:00 pm

Dougie MacLeanDougie MacLean is one of Scotland’s most respected and popular musicians. He has received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and an O.B.E., making him an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He has recorded more than 25 albums since his debut with the Tannahill Weavers in 1976.

Wednesday September 18, 2013
Start: 09/18/2013 8:00 pm

The TrishasLet’s start with the name. The four women in the Austin-based group – Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee, and Savannah Welch – got together in 2009 for a one-shot gig that included a song Savannah’s father had written for Trisha Yearwood. So they called themselves The Trishas, the audience loved their music, and the name stuck.

Thursday September 19, 2013
Start: 09/19/2013 8:00 pm

Alice Gerrard and Beverly SmithThe Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOTMC) is back for the 11th year, celebrating old time music from September 18-22, at locations all over town. This five-day festival offers concerts, square dancing, a string band contest, workshops, and activities especially for kids and families, all in intimate settings where the line between audience and performer is as thin as a guitar pick.

Friday September 20, 2013
Start: 09/20/2013 8:00 pm

Foghorn StringbandThe 11th annual Berkeley Old Time Music Convention (BOMTC) continues with stringband magic, down home yodeling and flatfooting, and the jazzy side of old time music. Starting at 5:00 p.m. BOTMC performers will host free jam sessions in the Freight lobby and, weather permitting, in front of the building.

Saturday September 21, 2013
Start: 09/21/2013 8:00 pm

Baguette QuartetteWe 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 $22.50.

Sunday September 22, 2013
Start: 09/22/2013 8:00 pm

George WinstonPianist and composer George Winston graces our stage for an evening of piano artistry. Inspired by the seasons, George performs his Summer and Winter shows throughout North America. His shows feature a variety of styles, including his melodic folk piano, stride piano, New Orleans R & B piano, Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts pieces and more. Tonight's performance will feature his Summer Show.

Monday September 23, 2013
Start: 09/23/2013 8:00 pm

Freight Open MicThis is your chance to play at the Freight. Our Open Mic has brought in some of our brightest performers, including Shawn Colvin, Dana Carvey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Patrick Landeza. The audience is friendly – and people actually listen! So come on down and join the fun. All performers welcome.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday September 24, 2013
Start: 09/24/2013 8:00 pm

MànranThe high-energy Scottish band Mànran mixes traditional Gaelic and English songs with their own hard-driving originals to create a unique blend of folk and rock, with accordion, fiddle, flute, and guitar soaring over pounding drums and pulsing bass, accented with both uillean and highland pipes. The result is catchy and innovative.

Wednesday September 25, 2013
Start: 09/25/2013 8:00 pm

Welcome to the Green Room Sessions. Tonight is a casual evening of music at the Freight, featuring some of our favorite under-the-radar songcrafters playing in-the-round.

San Francisco based Bobby Jo Valentine calls his music hopeful folk/pop. His new album, Hope, attacks matters of the heart with thoughtful stories and catchy choruses, and his music has been featured on ABC’s The Morning Blend and in a Ford commercial.

Thursday September 26, 2013
Start: 09/26/2013 8:00 pm

Soul PowerPut on your dancing shoes and come on down for some classic soul grooves with Soul Power, a high-octane dance band featuring eleven Bay Area stalwarts, including a full horn section guaranteed to get your blood flowing and your feet tapping to all-time classics popularized by the likes of James Brown and Tower of Power, Wilson Pickett and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Friday September 27, 2013
Start: 09/27/2013 8:00 pm

Ray Wylie HubbardRay Wylie Hubbard is a Texas original. He’s old enough to collect retirement, but he’s still writing songs, recording, performing, producing, touring, and scoring movies, and he still has the same wily spirit that has been his trademark since he wrote “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mothers,” a hit for Jerry Jeff Walker in the early 1970s and an anthem for the Texas music scene.

Saturday September 28, 2013

Two hours of slow-food radio with conversation, music, and play, from 10 am to noon. Tickets are $15.00 advance, $20.00 at door ($13 advance, $15 at door for seniors). Puchase advance tickets online through West Coast Live's website, or call the West Coast Live reservations line at 415-664-9500.

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Start: 09/28/2013 8:00 pm

Shelley Doty“I play rock with a jazz attitude,” Shelley Doty said in an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle. “I'm not interested in playing the same song the same way for 18 years. When I write a song, I think of it as its own universe. I give my musicians a recording of the melody, then tell them to come up with their own interpretation.” Those musicians, the members of her X-tet, keep changing.

Sunday September 29, 2013
Start: 09/29/2013 8:00 pm

This concert is a celebration of David Serva's foundational influence on the flamenco community of the Bay Area. Presented as a part of the 8th Annual Bay Area Flamenco Festival, Serva will be joined by a group of Gypsy musicians and dancers from Spain including Jose Galvez "El Duende", Kina Mendez, and Luis de la Tota.

Monday September 30, 2013
Start: 09/30/2013 8:00 pm

HoHLaX TrioJoin the Hohlax Trio on a musical journey to Greece, from the backstreets of Pireus to the magical islands of the Aegean. With Jaime Smith on violin, Orestis Koletsos on bouzouki, and Apostolis Kounis on vocals, guitar, and oud, the trio plays a unique blend of traditional Greek music and contemporary urban riffs. The name Hohlax derives from Hohlakas, a beach on the island of Amorgos, where the band came together in 2007.

Tuesday October 01, 2013
Start: 10/01/2013 8:00 pm

Marla Fibish & Bruce VictorNoctambule: Travel in the Shadows album release, benefit for Healing Muses and Harps for Hearts with special guests Patrice Haan, Lisa Lynne, Sylvia Herold, Jeri Jones, Aryeh Frankfurter, Tom Neylan, Susan Spurlock, and others.

Thursday October 03, 2013
Start: 10/03/2013 8:00 pm

Butch HancockRolling Stone has called Butch Hancock “a raspy-voiced West Texas mystic with an equal affinity for romantic border balladry and Zen paradox.” Yes, he’s one of those questing Texans with a profound curiosity about nearly everything. His songs may not hold all the answers, but they pose fascinating questions. Butch is as likely to sing about Leonardo da Vinci as he is to sing about a bluebird.

Friday October 04, 2013
Start: 10/04/2013 8:00 pm

Olive & the Dirty MartinisThere’s nothing like partying for a good cause, and tonight’s your chance to have big fun with Olive and the Dirty Martinis – and at the same time to help worthy students who otherwise might not be able to afford to attend Cal.

Saturday October 05, 2013
Start: 10/05/2013 8:00 pm

Larry VuckovichLarry Vukovich is a musical treasure, a Bay Area jazz legend who has played with a pantheon of the greats, from Vince Guaraldi to Billy Higgins, from Charlie Haden to Mel Tormé.

Sunday October 06, 2013
Start: 10/06/2013 2:00 pm

Please join us for -- This Land is Our Land: Internationalism, Citizenship, Resistance -- a special afternoon performance celebrating the 77th reunion of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the nearly 3,000 American volunteers who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War.

Monday October 07, 2013
Start: 10/07/2013 8:00 pm

Caravan of ThievesWhat first jumps out about Caravan of Thieves is the energy. “The group’s gypsy folk-jazz sound oozes with energy,” says the Washington Post. The website blogcritics.org declares that the group has “twice the energy and intensity of any rock and roll band.” This is a quartet that claps, snaps, stomps, and even makes animal noises! They also make crowd-pleasing music, with mesmerizing vocal harmonies and mordantly clever lyrics.

Tuesday October 08, 2013
Start: 10/08/2013 8:00 pm

Rushad EgglestonRushad Eggleston stands in the vanguard of the younger generation of virtuosic cellists who are bringing this relatively unwieldy instrument into the spotlight. It's anyone's guess what may happen when Rushad takes the stage, but we do guarantee one thing: a night of fabulously inventive, supremely virtuosic, endlessly surprising music. Rushad never fails to knock the socks off his listeners as he ushers them into a joyful, eccentric alternate reality.

Wednesday October 09, 2013
Start: 10/09/2013 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 $34.50.

This one is a no-brainer. It’s kind of like having Lourdes come to you – the source of the healing waters, welling up right here at the Freight – Dr. Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys on our stage! Get your tickets early – this is Dr. Ralph’s farewell tour.

Thursday October 10, 2013
Start: 10/10/2013 8:00 pm

Fletcher Bright, Bill EvansChattanooga fiddling legend Fletcher Bright, 82 years old and still fiddling strong, joins forces with Bay Area banjo favorite Bill Evans in a very special one-time-only concert celebrating the duo’s new album, Fine Times At Fletcher’s House: Fiddle and Banjo Music from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. In addition to generous helpings of the fiddle and banjo duets that grace this new recording, Fletcher and Bill have enlisted long-time musical friends Laurie Lewis, T