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

Friday October 11, 2013
Start: 10/11/2013 8:00 pm

Misner & SmithPlease join us as Freight favorites Sam Misner and Megan Smith celebrate the release of their brand new album, Seven Hour Storm, a collection of originals that shows off their sterling musicianship, poetic songwriting, and gorgeous harmony vocals. Sam plays guitar, Megan plays mandolin and upright bass, and when the two of them sing together, their blended voices ring with commitment and vitality.

Saturday October 12, 2013

For a special treat, the October edition of our Saturday morning Patchwork Series of kids’ concerts kicks off the Freight's Family Open House, which means its fabulous, fun, and free! This show features the Bay Area’s beloved Trinidad-born musical storyteller, Asheba, and a hip-hop and soul music dance party with Alphabet Rockers. There will also be a musical instrument petting zoo and activities in the lobby.

Start: 10/12/2013 8:00 pm

House JacksThe human voice is a terrible thing to waste – and the House Jacks make superb use of theirs. The New York Times praised their “astonishingly precise vocal drumming.” The Oakland Tribune praised their “amazing voices, impressive arrangements, and dynamic stage presence.” A rock band without instruments, these five amazing musicians perform in an a capella style that obliterates all preconceptions about what a voice can do.

Sunday October 13, 2013
Start: 10/13/2013 8:00 pm

           

Monday October 14, 2013
Start: 10/14/2013 8:00 pm

Classical at the Freight brings in the Bay Area’s best classical musicians for an hour of outstanding chamber music in an informal, friendly atmosphere. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra music director Ben Simon hosts. There’s no stuffiness, no mystification, just an invigorating evening with gifted musicians sharing the beauty and joy of this timeless art with new audiences of all ages.

Tuesday October 15, 2013
Start: 10/15/2013 8:00 pm

Missy Raines & The New HipMissy Raines has long been recognized as the quintessential bluegrass bassist – the International Bluegrass Music Association just nominated her for its Bass Player of the Year award for the 22nd time in 23 years, and she’s won the award seven times – but her musical interests go even wider and deeper, encompassing jazz, indie rock, newgrass, and American roots music. Luckily, she’s put together the perfect band for exploring those interests.

Wednesday October 16, 2013
Start: 10/16/2013 8:00 pm

Ancient FutureThe pioneering world music band Ancient Future reunites to celebrate the re-release of their influential 1990 album, World Without Walls, bringing together the original lineup of Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar, Jim Hurley on violin, Doug McKeehan on keyboards, Ian Dogole on percussion, and Kash Killion on bass.

Thursday October 17, 2013
Start: 10/17/2013 8:00 pm

Asian American OrchestraAsian American Orchestra presents: Our Eyes on the Prize: King’s Dream 50 Years On, Featuring "Voices Of A Dream" vocal ensemble, Jazz, Blues, Spirituals, Freedom Songs, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Female Freedom Fighters
 

Friday October 18, 2013
Start: 10/18/2013 8:00 pm

TempestAfter 25 years, 15 albums, and more than 2,000 gigs, the Bay Area folk rock group Tempest is taking a night to celebrate.

Saturday October 19, 2013
Start: 10/19/2013 8:00 pm

With an engaging conversational style, Ellis Paul delivers his tunes in a high, clear voice that gets you right in the heart. He tells touching and tender stories in songs that meld a pop sensibility with an abiding respect for the storytelling tradition of masters like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. His finely chiseled, deeply humane songs have won him more than a dozen Boston Music Awards.

Sunday October 20, 2013

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Throughout the West Coast, Travis Brass focuses on educational outreach through master classes and interactive concerts for aspiring musicians.  From a standard march or traditional brass composition to jazz, ragtime and the popular music of today, the group’s repertoire covers a myriad of styles.

Start: 10/20/2013 8:00 pm

The BobsAmazing vocal acrobats and perennial Freight favorites, The Bobs – Matthew Bob Stull, Richard Bob Greene, Dan Bob Schumacher, and Angie Bob Doctor – serve up unforgettable performances, outrageous covers of classic songs, and wonderful, witty originals. In shows that are part pop music, part comedy, and part performance art, this a cappella “band without instruments” uses voices and body percussion to make music that is hilarious, inspiring, and often beautiful.

Monday October 21, 2013
Start: 10/21/2013 7:30 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material live on the Freight stage. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the house lights go down and the show goes on!

Tuesday October 22, 2013
Start: 10/22/2013 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 October 23, 2013
Start: 10/23/2013 8:00 pm

Kelly Joe PhelpsAfter nearly 20 years of recording and touring, Kelly Joe Phelps took a fresh turn. “I’d arrived at a place where I was sinking,” he says. “I had to do something or my head was going to blow up or my heart would stop.

Thursday October 24, 2013
Start: 10/24/2013 8:00 pm

Ruth MoodyRuth Moody, the Juno award-winning singer-songwriter from the Wailin’ Jennys, returns to the Freight with her own fine band and a great new album, These Wilder Things, which has won praise from The Telegraph, The Independent, and the website Americana UK. It all starts with Ruth’s gorgeous voice – light and clear, but full of shadows and shadings that suggest a dark undertow under the sweet surface.

Friday October 25, 2013
Start: 10/25/2013 8:00 pm

Tom RussellWhen Tom Russell sings, people listen. His voice carries instant authority. He knows the world he’s singing about, he cares deeply, and he conveys his passion and intensity in a way that can’t be ignored. And why wouldn’t you pay attention? His songs are beautifully crafted, loaded with authentic detail and the occasional nugget of hard-won wisdom, and his deep, rugged voice is such a precise and sensitive instrument for conveying hope, hopelessness, and everything in between.

Saturday October 26, 2013
Start: 10/26/2013 8:00 pm

Reilly & MaloneyGinny Reilly and David Maloney are at it again, coming together to deliver delightful harmonies to old fans and new. One of the most endearing duos ever to grace the West Coast folk scene, Reilly & Maloney played to packed houses throughout the 1970s and 80s. The pair found success with their wonderful blend of voices, their great taste in other songwriters’ material, and their own solid originals.

Sunday October 27, 2013
Start: 10/27/2013 8:00 pm

Marley's GhostMarley’s Ghost returns to the Freight for a celebration of musical possibilities, from country to reggae, English folk to gospel, rhythm and blues to Scottish bagpipe tunes.

Monday October 28, 2013
Start: 10/28/2013 8:00 pm

Darryl PurposeDarryl Purpose, after a seven-year break, is back with his seventh album, Next Time Around. It’s fair to say that people who hear it really like it.

Tuesday October 29, 2013
Start: 10/29/2013 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 October 30, 2013
Start: 10/30/2013 8:00 pm

Dale MillerPlease join us tonight for a celebration to honor guitarist Dale Miller, who recently passed away.  Dale was one of the Bay Area’s most respected fingerstyle guitarists, known for his ability to coax a sweet and mellow tone from his resonator guitars, a custom Martin and a vintage National steel-body, while playing blues, ragtime, jazz standards, and his original compositions.

Thursday October 31, 2013
Start: 10/31/2013 8:00 pm

TylanAfter five studio albums and ten years on the road with the internationally acclaimed folk-pop quartet Girlyman, Tylan is returning to her musical roots. “There’s something about the raw, lyric-driven acoustic experience that has always appealed to me,” she says. “I like the idea of there being very little between the song and the listener.

Friday November 01, 2013
Start: 11/01/2013 8:00 pm

Wake the Dead After more than a decade of solid success blending Celtic traditional music with the songs of the Grateful Dead, the world’s first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band is bringing its unique brand of musical alchemy to the Summer of Love, much to the delight of Deadheads, folkies, rockers, and lovers of Irish reels. The Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” the Youngblood’s “Get Together,” Steven Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” – all receive the band’s unique Celtic twist.

Saturday November 02, 2013
Start: 11/02/2013 8:00 pm

Iva BittováWhen Iva Bittová takes the stage, she brings the audience into an enthralling musical universe. For the listener, the space she creates is "so intimate and personal you can almost feel her breath on your ears," according to CMJ. Performing solo, the Czech composer and improviser extends the range of both the human voice and her violin.

Sunday November 03, 2013
Start: 11/03/2013 8:00 pm

CartoonJazz OrchestraThe CartoonJazz Orchestra, led by multi-reed man and educator Jeff Sanford, covers the gamut of cartoon-inspired jazz, playing music by such innovative composers as Raymond Scott, John Kirby, and Danny Elfman.

Tuesday November 05, 2013
Start: 11/05/2013 8:00 pm

Sarah Elizabeth Campbell is an Austin, Texas songcrafter—a songwriter’s songwriter—with strong ties to the Bay Area.  She spent twenty years with the folk and bluegrass band Fiddlesticks, she released her debut solo album Little Tenderness in 1990.  Her original songs have been covered by Jim Messina, Levon Helm and others.  A longtime friend of the Freight,  Sarah has collaborated with many formidable artists, many of whom will come together to help raise money to defer medical expenses and pay tribut

Wednesday November 06, 2013
Start: 11/06/2013 8:00 pm

The Sweetback SistersWith their infectious, rollicking country swing and their charisma hearkening back to the golden era of the silver screen cowgirl, the Sweetback Sisters are guaranteed to charm the boots off of one and all in their Freight debut. The Sisters' whimsical, Kitty Wells-inspired stage demeanor comes firmly wrapped around a core of solid musical chops, a deeply felt love for traditional country music styles, and a joy in playing together that is palpable.

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

Tish Hinojosa & Joel RafaelPlease see the Freight box office for refunds.

Tish Hinojosa’s music crosses borders between cultures, languages and musical genres, moving with equal grace through folk, country, pop and latino styles.

Friday November 08, 2013
Start: 11/08/2013 8:00 pm

Garland JeffreysGarland Jeffreys bas been called an edgy poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race, and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools.  He’s played with Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Dr.

Saturday November 09, 2013
Start: 11/09/2013 8:00 pm

Holly NearWe 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.