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.

Sunday November 10, 2013
Start: 11/10/2013 2:00 pm

Monday November 11, 2013
Start: 11/11/2013 8:00 pm

Robin SharpTake four musicians, sixty-eight string quartets, and the genius of Franz Josef Haydn; stir vigorously and applaud wildly. Robin Sharp, Antoine van Dongen, Ben Simon, and Hannah Addario-Berry are the Haydn Project; this will be their first public performance, and with it the early fruits of their journey into these mostly brilliant, always inventive, enormously engaging works.

Tuesday November 12, 2013
Start: 11/12/2013 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 November 13, 2013
Start: 11/13/2013 8:00 pm

Mary GauthierIn conversation and in public, Mary Gauthier comes off as a practical, no-nonsense woman. Stoic, even. Which wouldn’t seem unusual, except for the fact that her songs carry so much emotional punch, they can leave you staggering. She has a way of burrowing into that hole so many of us carry inside our souls, and emerging with universal truths that show we aren’t so alone after all.

Thursday November 14, 2013
Start: 11/14/2013 8:00 pm

The Milk Carton KidsWhen Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form minimalist duo The Milk Carton Kids, they had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well.  Their third album, the critically acclaimed The Ash & Clay was released this year and they’re playing to packed houses and festival crowds across the U.S. and Europe.

Friday November 15, 2013
Start: 11/15/2013 8:00 pm

The Milk Carton KidsPlease see the Freight box office for refunds.

 

When Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan ditched their solo careers to form minimalist duo The Milk Carton Kids, they had a plan: to give their music away in order to find their audience. It worked remarkably well. Their third album, the critically acclaimed The Ash & Clay was released this year and they’re playing to packed houses and festival crowds across the U.S. and Europe.

Saturday November 16, 2013
Start: 11/16/2013 8:00 pm

Banjo mini-camp workshops starting at noon

The 2nd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza lifts off at the Freight with local five-string favorite Bill Evans bringing in two all-time banjo greats, Sammy Shelor and Tony Trischka, along with a band of bluegrass all-stars.

Sunday November 17, 2013
Monday November 18, 2013
Start: 11/18/2013 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 November 19, 2013
Start: 11/19/2013 8:00 pm

Slaid CleavesSlaid Cleaves has a name that perfectly matches his music and voice. It's terse, doesn't have soft vowels, and is more verb than noun. He has a gift for writing incisive lyrics where every word counts. No frills, no fill, no fat. Just great stories delivered with a master poet's precision and the conviction of a tent preacher. As to the details of Slaid's own story, he sums it up with inimitable brevity: "Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes Records. Travels around.

Wednesday November 20, 2013
Start: 11/20/2013 8:00 pm

Tom PaxtonConsummate folksinger, children's book author, and composer, Tom Paxton looks at life's ups and downs, sometimes poignantly, sometimes in hilarious detail.

Thursday November 21, 2013
Start: 11/21/2013 8:00 pm

Maura O'ConnellSome voices have such a unique sound and power that once you’ve heard them you always know them. Maura O’Connell has a voice like that, a rich contralto to make you stop and listen. But along with that gift, Maura also brings a level of musical intelligence and taste that separates her from those singers whose primary virtue is a great set of pipes.

Friday November 22, 2013
Start: 11/22/2013 8:00 pm

Kathy Kallick bandKathy Kallick is at it again, writing new songs, releasing new albums, and cooking up a bluegrass storm on stage.  Singout!

Saturday November 23, 2013
Start: 11/23/2013 8:00 pm

Lucy KaplanskyLucy Kaplansky has a voice you won’t forget.  Clear, pure, and full of tender feeling, it cuts through the noise of the world and pierces you in the heart.  The good news is, she's bringing that voice back to the Freight for a night of carefully chosen covers and incisive originals.  She's "a truly gifted performer," according to the New Yorker, "with a bag of enchanting songs."

Sunday November 24, 2013
Start: 11/24/2013 8:00 pm

VoltiAttending a Volti concert is like visiting an art gallery, stimulating the mind, the imagination, and the heart.

Monday November 25, 2013
Start: 11/25/2013 8:00 pm

WeBe3Three extraordinary Bay Area vocalists join forces for an evening of stunning vocal fireworks. Rhiannon, Joey Blake, and David Worm are all original members of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra and have sung with the award-winning a capella ensemble SoVoSo.

Tuesday November 26, 2013
Start: 11/26/2013 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 November 27, 2013
Start: 11/27/2013 8:00 pm

Mads Tolling, John Santos, Dan Zemelman

Friday November 29, 2013
Start: 11/29/2013 8:00 pm

TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN OPERA - An hour one-act Gonzo Opera. A zany, hilarious romantic tribute to the wonders of coffee bordering on the fantastical.
 
Too Much Coffee Man Opera is based on the comic character of Shannon Wheeler, with music by Emmy-Winning composer Daniel Steven Crafts.

Saturday November 30, 2013
Start: 11/30/2013 8:00 pm

Laurie Lewis and the Right HandsIt doesn’t get much better than Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands. She’s Berkeley’s own, she’s won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year multiple times, not to mention a Grammy for her contribution to True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe, and her Right Hands are about as talented as a band has a right to be. Laurie sings and plays fiddle, if you don’t already know, and she may strum the guitar now and then.

Sunday December 01, 2013
Start: 12/01/2013 8:00 pm

Irish Christmas in AmericaIrish Christmas in America, the popular touring show now in its 9th season, presents outstanding Irish music and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor, and boundless energy.

Monday December 02, 2013
Start: 12/02/2013 8:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraCome on out for an evening of inspiring student performances from rising star vocalists in the Jazzschool Institute degree program. Under the direction of Laurie Antonioli, vocalists enrolled in this eight-semester course cover a range of styles, from the Great American Songbook to bebop, modal, world, pop, and free music. Students compose original material, write their own lyrics, and create their own arrangements.

Tuesday December 03, 2013
Start: 12/03/2013 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 musicians and songcrafters playing in-the-round.

 

Wednesday December 04, 2013
Start: 12/04/2013 8:00 pm

Ensemble Galilei w/ Neal ConanTo celebrate the arrival of winter, Ensemble Galilei teams up with journalist Neal Conan to present A Winter's Night, an evening of prose, poetry, and Celtic and Scandinavian folk music.

Thursday December 05, 2013
Start: 12/05/2013 8:00 pm

Cris WilliamsonThe holidays are fast approaching, and Cris Williamson is comin' to town for her annual December appearance at the Freight. This year, her special guest is the renowned wind and ocarina player, Nancy Rumbel. Together, they will present songs for everyone¹s holiday, a host of old favorites, and songs from the just-released double CD, Pray,Tell. Expect a few other pals to join in as well.

Friday December 06, 2013
Start: 12/06/2013 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 $40.50.

Saturday December 07, 2013
Start: 12/07/2013 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 $40.50.

Sunday December 08, 2013
Start: 12/08/2013 8:00 pm

The Klezmatics“The Klezmatics aren’t just the best band in the klezmer vanguard,” says Time Out New York, “on a good night, they can rank among the greatest bands on the planet.” Since their founding in New York in 1986, the band has released ten albums, including the winner of the 2006 Grammy for Best Contemporary World Music Album, Wonder Wheel, which features previously unsung lyrics by Woody Guthrie set to their original compositions.

Monday December 09, 2013
Start: 12/09/2013 8:00 pm

Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge was an almost-crazy experiment in dissonance and disruption, penned by the completely-deaf composer near the end of his creative life. Called “repellent” and “incomprehensible” by his peers, Stravinsky consided it “an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever."

Tuesday December 10, 2013
Start: 12/10/2013 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 December 11, 2013
Start: 12/11/2013 8:00 pm

Patrick LandezaThe Hawaiian Holiday Concert blends heart-warming stories of aloha, hula, and traditional Hawaiian holiday songs with holiday standards. Hosted by award winning Hawaiian musician Patrick Landeza, it will feature LT Smooth, Waipuna, David Kamakahi and Bill Griffin.

Thursday December 12, 2013
Start: 12/12/2013 8:00 pm

Christmas Jug BandThe Christmas Jug Band is a loose affiliation of local folkies, hipsters, and hardcore rock and rollers who share a love for jug band versions of cherished Christmas classics and irreverent originals like "Mistletoe Jam" and "Santa Lost a Ho." "Make no mistake," writes Paul Liberatore of the San Jose Mercury News, "the Jug Band may be jokey, but its venerable members are some of the best musicians in the Bay Area and beyond." For 36 years now, these purveyors of raucous r

Friday December 13, 2013
Start: 12/13/2013 8:00 pm

Peter RowanPeter Rowan is a bluegrass master. His musical roots go back to Bill Monroe. He didn’t just hear Bill Monroe’s recordings – he played guitar and sang lead with Bill 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.

Saturday December 14, 2013
Start: 12/14/2013 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 $56.50.

Sunday December 15, 2013
Start: 12/15/2013 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 2:00 pm for $56.50.

Start: 12/15/2013 8:00 pm

Dirk Powell & Cedric WatsonTwo great Louisiana talents—Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson—join forces to explore the crosscurrents of three great Americana musical tributaries: Cajun, Creole and old-time Appalachian traditions.

Monday December 16, 2013
Start: 12/16/2013 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 December 17, 2013
Start: 12/17/2013 8:00 pm

Red Hot ChachkasThe Red Hot Chachkas infuse the klezmer tradition of Eastern European Yiddish music with jazz, rock, oldtime, classical, and latin influences in their original compositions, arrangements, and improvisations. From performances at the 2010 Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto to San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall their hot sound and uptempo beat gets folks up and dancing.

Wednesday December 18, 2013
Start: 12/18/2013 8:00 pm

Larry Hanks & Deborah RobinsLarry Hanks and Deborah Robins don’t try to complicate a song. They don’t add frills and trills and needless grace notes. Instead, they choose great old songs and sing them in a straightforward way that gets right to the essence of the music. It’s a simple approach with a minimum of fuss and accompaniment, and the result is solid, pure, elemental.

Thursday December 19, 2013
Start: 12/19/2013 8:00 pm

Legends of the Celtic HarpLegends of the Celtic Harp is an ensemble of three of the most celebrated celtic harp players in the world. Their concerts takes their audiences on a joyous, dramatic musical journey deep into the myths, legends and history of the Celtic Harp.

Friday December 20, 2013
Start: 12/20/2013 8:00 pm

Robbie Fulks Robbie Fulks has the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Still, for Robbie, it's about the songs.

Saturday December 21, 2013

the HipwadersThe Hipwaders are a California trio specializing in kid-pleasing power pop anthems full of catchy tunes and beautiful vocal harmonies.

Start: 12/21/2013 8:00 pm

Laurie LewisLaurie Lewis hosts our exuberant family holiday celebration, setting alight the longest night of the year with great music. Some of the Bay Area's hottest performers are on stage tonight, donating their services in support of the Freight: Suzy Thompson, Keith Little & the Little Band, Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan, and Tom Rozum playing with host Laurie Lewis.

Thursday December 26, 2013
Start: 12/26/2013 8:00 pm

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceIt’s hard to say what’s better – David Grisman’s superb musicianship or his ability to bring together superb musicians. He’s played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to Stephane Grapelli, James Taylor to Hal Blaine. Tonight the mandolin maestro returns to his bluegrass roots, joined by his usual all-star lineup of stalwarts – Keith Little on banjo, Jim Nunally on guitar, Chad Manning on fiddle, and Sam Grisman on bass.

Friday December 27, 2013
Start: 12/27/2013 8:00 pm

David Grisman Bluegrass ExperienceWe 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 $38.50.

Saturday December 28, 2013
Start: 12/28/2013 8:00 pm

Vienna TengVienna Teng sings beautifully, plays the piano impeccably, and performs her own original songs with a style and grace that just may leave you breathless. She also flat out entertains—turning her performance into an intimate conversation.

Sunday December 29, 2013
Start: 12/29/2013 8:00 pm

Vienna TengVienna Teng sings beautifully, plays the piano impeccably, and performs her own original songs with a style and grace that just may leave you breathless. She also flat out entertains—turning her performance into an intimate conversation.

Monday December 30, 2013
Start: 12/30/2013 8:00 pm

Yes, the year is ending – and what better way to kiss it off than in the company of some of the funniest – and most irreverent – comedians around? Premier political satirist Will Durst has gathered a gang of notorious local wits and wags, including Bay Area favorite Johnny Steele, along with Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni, and Arthur Gaus for an evening of stand-up comedy, improvisation, and sketches riffing on the major news stories of 2013.

Tuesday December 31, 2013
Start: 12/31/2013 8:00 pm

High CountryJoin traditional favorites High Country and Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally as the Freight welcomes the New Year with our annual bluegrass gala, featuring hot pickin’, a fabulous buffet, and silly hats – plus sparkling beverages at the stroke of midnight!

Thursday January 02, 2014
Start: 01/02/2014 8:00 pm

The Tuttles with AJ LeeCatch the next generation of bluegrass masters when The Tuttles with AJ Lee take the stage at the Freight. The Northern California Bluegrass Society has twice named them Best Bluegrass Band, and named Molly Tuttle the Best Guitarist, Michael Tuttle the Best Mandolin Player, and Jack Tuttle the Best Fiddler. Oh, and Best Female Vocalist? That would be AJ in 2010, 2011, and 2013, Molly in 2012.

Friday January 03, 2014
Start: 01/03/2014 8:00 pm

Eve Decker“The Buddha would dig it!” said the Marin Independent Journal, when Eve Decker released her first solo album, Commentary on Perfections of the Heart, a few years back. Now she has a new album, Simple Truth, and it’s time to celebrate! “Eve Decker has a great big heart, writes a wise and witty lyric, and has a voice that carries with it our deepest longings and fulfillment,” says renowned Buddhist and newsman Wes “Scoop” Nitzker.

Saturday January 04, 2014
Start: 01/04/2014 8:00 pm

Box Set DuoJeff Pehrson and Jim Brunberg first started playing together in the early 1990s at The Owl and the Monkey Café in San Francisco’s Sunset District.  Their band, Box Set, recorded seven albums and won Bay Area Music Awards for Best Club Band and Outstanding Americana/Roots Band, and a “Group of the Year” award from the National Academy of Songwriters. Here’s what esteemed local critic Phil Elwood had to say about them back in the day.

Sunday January 05, 2014
Start: 01/05/2014 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.

 

The Green Room Sessions are made possible in part through the generous support of Steve Meckfessel

Start: 01/05/2014 8:00 pm

Geoff MuldaurWe are sorry to report that Geoff Muldaur has rescheduled his Jan. 5th show, due to illness. The new performance date is Sunday, June 15th. Ticket reservations for the Jan. 5th show will be automatically transferred to the June 15th performance. For more information, please contact the Freight box office at 510-644-2020 ext 120.

Tuesday January 07, 2014
Start: 01/07/2014 7:30 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:

Wednesday January 08, 2014
Start: 01/08/2014 8:00 pm

Suzy ThompsonSuzy Thompson arrived in Berkeley exactly forty years ago, on January 8th, 1973. Within a week she found out about the original Freight & Salvage, at that time located in a storefront on San Pablo Avenue. The first show she saw was Jim Kweskin, playing solo, and she began to meet the people who would point her to American roots music. That musical journey has taken her from Cajun country to the Appalachian mountains, and through stacks of 78s and miles of reel-to-reel tapes.

Thursday January 09, 2014
Start: 01/09/2014 8:00 pm

Theodore BikelFiddler on the Roof, a musical adaptation of Sholem Aleichem’s “Tevye” stories, was an immediate hit when it premiered on Broadway fifty years ago. With songs by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick and choreography by Jerome Robbins, it ranks among the most successful musicals of all time—with constant international productions in schools, community theaters, and professional stages from Korea to Finland.

Friday January 10, 2014
Start: 01/10/2014 8:00 pm

Cheap Suit SerenadersWearing period threads and playing vintage instruments, the Cheap Suit Serenaders serve up a giddy blend of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, Italian polkas, and more, as they recreate the music of the golden age of jazz. With Robert Armstrong, Allan Dodge, Rick Elmore, and Tony Marcus performing on ukuleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws, the band brings great music and great times!

Saturday January 11, 2014
Start: 01/11/2014 8:00 pm

John McCutcheonBrilliant songwriter, fascinating storyteller, virtuoso singer, fiddler, and guitarist, as well as an undisputed master of the hammered dulcimer, John McCutcheon at 60 has recorded more than 30 albums, including his latest, This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America, which acousticmusic.com has called “amazing” and RootsWorld.com has called “solid and powerful” and “highly recommended.” John’s music runs the gamut from classic folk songs to his own politically and soci

Sunday January 12, 2014
Start: 01/12/2014 8:00 pm

Three good friends – top songwriters all – bring their extensive songbooks to the Freight for an “in-the-round” evening of hilarious stories and wonderful music.

Monday January 13, 2014
Start: 01/13/2014 8:00 pm

The Bay Area’s chamber music scene just got richer: a brand new piano quartet with SFCO (and Bay Area) favorites Rachel Walker (violin), Gillian Clements (viola), Robert Howard (cello), and Keisuke Nakagoshi (of ZOFO fame, piano). A program from classic to contemporary in their first Fauré into the public eye. And I’m sure they’ll be Offenbach.

Tuesday January 14, 2014
Start: 01/14/2014 8:00 pm

Berkeley High School Chamber ConcertBerkeley High has been turning out accomplished musicians for more than a century, and our show tonight features the latest standouts on wind, string, brass, and percussion instruments playing chamber music under the direction of Karen Wells and Mary Dougherty. Auditioned groups from the school’s band, orchestra, chorus, and guitar classes present an evening of classical, traditional, and pop.

Wednesday January 15, 2014
Start: 01/15/2014 8:00 pm

Reservation holders, please join us early to add a written or photographic contribution to the "Wall of Faith" in the lobby. We'll open the lobby doors at 6:00 pm and the showroom doors at 6:30 pm. The memorial performance begins at 8:00 pm.

Thursday January 16, 2014
Start: 01/16/2014 8:00 pm

Beppe GambettaBeppe Gambetta of Genoa, Italy plays American roots music with extraordinary tenderness and warmth.

Friday January 17, 2014
Start: 01/17/2014 8:00 pm

Red MollyThe music of Red Molly is full of joy. In the words of the Boston Globe, “what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune.” Laurie MacAllister sings and plays bass, banjo, and guitar. Abbie Gardner sings and plays guitar and Dobro. Molly Venter sings and plays guitar.

Saturday January 18, 2014
Start: 01/18/2014 8:00 pm

Chatham County LineChatham County Line is a four-man American roots band that emerged from the bluegrass scene in Raleigh, North Carolina at the turn of the millennium. In their matching suits and ties, gathered around a single microphone, they look like a traditional bluegrass band, but in the words of the Washington Post, “the minor chords, patient tempo, and bittersweet irony owe more to Neil Young than to Bill Monroe.

Sunday January 19, 2014
Start: 01/19/2014 8:00 pm

Stefan GrossmanStefan Grossman has been at this guitar thing for a while now. You might say he wrote the book on blues guitar—five volumes worth—the Oak Anthology of Blues Guitar. And his instructional LP, How to Play Blues Guitar, recorded in 1966 with his friend Rory Block, has inspired generations of guitarists. He’s released more than 70 albums, and his playing is clear, clean, and shimmering, as though the artist himself has disappeared and left only the music.

Monday January 20, 2014
Start: 01/20/2014 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 January 21, 2014
Start: 01/21/2014 8:00 pm

Join us for the musical double-header of the season as singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky shares the bill with San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right.

Wednesday January 22, 2014
Start: 01/22/2014 8:00 pm

Keith Little & LittleBandKeith Little has helped a lot of bands make great music, bands led folks like Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Laurie Lewis, Dolly Parton, Vern Williams, and Ricky Skaggs. He’s been the glue guy, “the blend-meister,” as Claire Lynch has called him and played on more than 60 albums as a sideman.

Thursday January 23, 2014
Start: 01/23/2014 8:00 pm

Hot Club of CowtownTaking inspiration from the Western swing of Bob Wills (think “Big Ball’s in Cowtown”) and the legendary string sound of Quintette du Hot Club de France, Hot Club of Cowtown plays upbeat, up-tempo jazz with style and verve. “This is a band that could take any venue by storm,” says The Times of London.

Friday January 24, 2014
Start: 01/24/2014 8:00 pm

David GrismanThe Bay Area’s own David Grisman is a direct link to the spirit of Django and Stephane. David met Stephane while writing the score for the 1978 movie, King of the Gypsies. The two play on the soundtrack and appear in brief cameos as Romani musicians.

Saturday January 25, 2014
Start: 01/25/2014 8:00 pm

Turtle Island QuartetThe Turtle Island Quartet returns to their East Bay home to present a special program of original works and music inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli.

Sunday January 26, 2014
Start: 01/26/2014 8:00 pm

George ColeJazz guitarist George Cole has played a big role in the Esprit de Django & Stephane Festival since its inception. His music heats up the Great American Songbook with the fire of gypsy jazz. “The instruments are just a match made in heaven,” he says. “The guitar is like musical pointillism, while the violin produces these gorgeous long notes. Django gets a lot of the credit as the Big Bang of the guitar, but they go together.

Monday January 27, 2014
Start: 01/27/2014 8:00 pm

Joshua Redman, Charlie Hunter, Benny Green, Peter Apfelbaum—these are just a few of the extraordinary jazz musicians who have emerged from the Berkeley public school system. Tonight is your chance to catch some future stars at the dawning of their musical careers—middle school musicians from King, Longfellow, and Willard middle schools playing jazz on the Freight stage!

 

Tuesday January 28, 2014
Start: 01/28/2014 8:00 pm

The Milk Carton KidsWe 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 $21.

Wednesday January 29, 2014
Start: 01/29/2014 8:00 pm

Tracy Grammer“Tracy Grammer is a brilliant artist and unique individual,” says Joan Baez.

Thursday January 30, 2014
Start: 01/30/2014 8:00 pm

Corinne WestCorinne West left home at age 15, guitar in hand, to travel across America in a converted school bus. She came back to California to play hard rock in Los Angeles, studied theater in her mid-20s, restored antique bi-planes, worked as a stone mason, sculpted in the Sierras, and finally realized that music was the only medium she couldn’t walk away from, so she devoted herself to it completely. “Music is a language of the soul,” she says, and a musician is an interpreter of sorts.

Friday January 31, 2014
Start: 01/31/2014 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 $35.

Saturday February 01, 2014
Start: 02/01/2014 8:00 pm

Ever since the first Freight Goes British, BIN Productions has brought a fresh theme to each year's show. This year The Freight Goes British Revue #5 features the music of the supergroup Cream. Each band will play three songs from the Cream catalogue along with their own tunes.

Sunday February 02, 2014
Start: 02/02/2014 8:00 pm

Finest KindFinest Kind is a Canadian folk trio specializing in timeless classics and innovative originals. Their exquisite harmonies and brilliant vocal arrangements bring fresh excitement to the performance of favorites old and new. “They exude total command from the get-go,” says Living Tradition Magazine. Canadian folk icon David Francey has praised their “soaring, glorious harmonies” and “extraordinary melding of history and song,” and called them “a very remarkable band.”

Monday February 03, 2014
Start: 02/03/2014 8:00 pm

The details and scope of this event are developing rapidly, please check back here or our Facebook page for the latest details.

Tuesday February 04, 2014
Start: 02/04/2014 8:00 pm

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny IrionIt’s all in the family for Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion. They’re a married couple and a folk pop duo, with two daughters and a family tradition of telling stories and making music that goes back generations. Sarah is the daughter of Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of Woody. Johnny is the son of the writer Thomas Steinbeck and great nephew of John.

Thursday February 06, 2014
Start: 02/06/2014 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.

Friday February 07, 2014
Start: 02/07/2014 8:00 pm

Antsy McLain & the Trailer Park TroubadoursAntsy McLain & the Trailer Park Troubadours have been around. You can tell from the newspapers that have enthusiastically reviewed their shows. “With musical influences ranging from Woodie Guthrie to Waylon Jennings to Van Halen to Cake, one can’t help but be intrigued by their lively, colorful songs of life in America’s most forgotten neighborhood – the trailer park,” says The Desert Advocate of Phoenix, Arizona.

Saturday February 08, 2014
Start: 02/08/2014 8:00 pm

John GorkaJohn Gorka grabs you with his voice and holds you with his words. He has a stunningly soulful baritone and a sensibility that combines great playfulness with a remarkable depth of feeling. When he sings someone else’s song – take Dylan’s “Girl of the North Country” as an example -- he molds it to the contours of his own musical vision. His originals are clever, but not just clever. They cut to the bone. In “I Saw a Stranger with Your Hair,” he asks, “By the way / how is my heart?

Sunday February 09, 2014
Start: 02/09/2014 8:00 pm

Dry Branch Fire SquadThe Boston Globe calls Dry Branch Fire Squad “one of bluegrass music’s most popular bands, renowned for its spry mix of front-porch standards, modern ballads, and the old-time sounds from which bluegrass first sprang.