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.

Monday February 10, 2014
Start: 02/10/2014 8:00 pm

Kay SternPyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s brilliant and beloved string sextet, Souvenir de Florence, tackled by five brilliant and beloved SFCO players plus special guest “concertmaster” Kay Stern, on loan from the SF Opera. With SFCO’s own associate concertmaster Eugene Chuklov, violists Darcy Rindt and Ben Simon, SFCO principal cellist Robert Howard, and SFCO principal bassist Michel Taddei taking the role of second cello. The Russian fireworks will be flying tonight!

Tuesday February 11, 2014
Start: 02/11/2014 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.


Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday February 12, 2014
Start: 02/12/2014 8:00 pm

Hot Tuna AcousticWe 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 $45.

Thursday February 13, 2014
Start: 02/13/2014 8:00 pm

The DuhksThe Duhks are a Canadian folk band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They’ve recorded four studio albums and two live albums, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group and winning a Juno award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy, for Best Roots and Traditional Album. The website Slant calls them “one of the most compelling acts on the roots scene” with “a unique style that places them at the frontlines of modern acoustic music.”

Friday February 14, 2014
Start: 02/14/2014 8:30 pm

SupermuleSupermule is a super group of superbly talented musicians who play a bluegrass-inflected mix of catchy originals and great covers from artists as diverse as Bill Withers and Bill Monroe. The San Francisco Chronicle calls them “much more than a great bluegrass outfit” and the California Bluegrass Association (CBA) praises their “tasty blend of fresh, rootsy ingredients.

Saturday February 15, 2014
Start: 02/15/2014 8:00 pm

In tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging septet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook.

The shimmering voice of Oakland’s Linda Tillery has powered many of the Bay Area’s most popular bands over the past four decades. A central figure in the emerging women’s music movement in the 1970s and 80s, Linda was also a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s vocal ensemble Voicestra. She currently leads the Cultural Heritage Choir, performing African American roots music.

Sunday February 16, 2014
Start: 02/16/2014 8:00 pm

Corey Harris    Guy Davis    Alvin Youngblood Hart

Monday February 17, 2014
Start: 02/17/2014 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 February 18, 2014
Start: 02/18/2014 8:00 pm

Tannahill WeaversThe Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands since their founding in Paisley, Scotland in the 1970s, take their name from a local hero, Robert Tannahill, known as the Weaver Poet, whose songs and poems, like those of his contemporary, Robert Burns, comprise an essential part of the Scottish folk tradition. The band is known worldwide for instrumental prowess and rich vocal harmonies.

Wednesday February 19, 2014
Start: 02/19/2014 8:00 pm

The Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam ShowThe Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show comes rolling into Berkeley in a Bluebird bus, with Fred behind the wheel, occasionally under the hood, and always starring in the show.

Thursday February 20, 2014
Friday February 21, 2014
Start: 02/21/2014 8:00 pm

Please see the Freight box office for refunds.

Saturday February 22, 2014
Start: 02/22/2014 11:00 am

ClownSnotBombsThe new frontier of circus takes Berkeley by the noodle!
ClownSnotBombs’ A Spaghetti Western follows a band of travelers as they bring the power of pasta to the western frontier. This performance features a menu of circus with entrees of acrobatics, performance art, comedy, physical theater & original music.

Start: 02/22/2014 8:00 pm

Carlos NúñezBagpipe fans, take note. International music sensation Carlos Núñez is coming to the Freight. Billboard Magazine has called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipe.” The Guardian compared him to Coltrane. BBC Radio described him as “one of the world’s most exciting musicians.” Technically, he plays the gaita, the signature instrument of his homeland, Galicia, in northern Spain.

Sunday February 23, 2014
Start: 02/23/2014 8:00 pm

Grammy winning country star Suzy Bogguss arrives at the Freight with a brand new album, Lucky, a collection of songs by Merle Haggard. “He really is the poet of the common man,” she says. “Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle’s. It’s pretty heavy-duty stuff, and I think that’s why to so many of us who sing and write songs, he’s such a king among us.” Suzy is no slouch herself, with 16 albums, including three gold and one platinum, as well as six singles that made the Country Top Ten.

Monday February 24, 2014
Start: 02/24/2014 8:00 pm

Tribal Theory plays an upbeat blend of reggae, rock, and ska, with roots in the music of the Pacific islands. The band started in San Diego as a Polynesian dance group, added ukulele and guitar, brought in keyboards and percussion, began performing at barbecues and bonfires, and was soon one of the city’s most popular live acts, winning the Battle of the Bands on the Vans Warped Tour in 2011 and releasing their debut album, Hell of a Night, in 2012.

Tuesday February 25, 2014
Start: 02/25/2014 8:00 pm

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been performing together ever since they got married more than 20 years ago. In the words of Sing Out Magazine, “Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos.” Steve is a superb guitarist and a renowned songwriter.

Wednesday February 26, 2014
Start: 02/26/2014 8:00 pm

LúnasaThe Irish Voice called Lúnasa “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet.” named them “Performers of the Decade.” They’ve played sold out shows across North America, Europe, and Japan, and appeared as guest artists on Natalie Merchant’s hit album, Leave Your Sleep. Their fiery style features buoyant rhythms, impeccable musicianship, and inventive arrangements rich in melody and texture.

Thursday February 27, 2014
Start: 02/27/2014 8:00 pm

Birds of ChicagoBirds of Chicago centers around the duo of JT Nero and Allison Russell, who make beautiful music together. “The braiding of their singular voices is surprising and often magical,” says the Chicago Sun-Times, and it’s true. JT’s voice sounds scratchy and a little worn, like a favorite record you’ve played a thousand times. Allison’s voice sounds like Emmylou Harris on her third latté, rich, joyful, and able to go anywhere.

Friday February 28, 2014
Start: 02/28/2014 8:00 pm

Marcia BallMarcia Ball is a blues legend. Born in Orange, Texas, raised in Vinton, Louisiana, she started her solo career in 1974, inspired by the vocal magic of Irma Thomas and the piano playing of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, and James Booker. She chose her idols well.

Saturday March 01, 2014
Start: 03/01/2014 1:00 pm

With Tammi Hall-Hawkins, Ashley Moore, David Belove, Deszon Claiborne, Unique Derique, Charming Hostess, Gina Breedlove, Tammi Brown, Calvin Kai Ku, and Laura Inserra

Start: 03/01/2014 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 cappella style that obliterates all preconceptions about what a voice can do.

Sunday March 02, 2014
Start: 03/02/2014 8:00 pm

Kapala combines traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music with blues, country, jazz, reggae, rock, and swing to create “Hawaiian music with a groove” – an exciting and innovative sound that the San Francisco Chronicle website describes as “a little country, a splash of soulful jazz, and pinches of just about everything else, presented with an audacious yet sophisticated panache.” The Honolulu-based band features Kimo Artis and Lopaka Ho’opi’i on vocals, Zanuck Lindsey on guitar and vocals, Kai Artis on guitar, Richard Heirakuji on bass, and Adj Larioza on percussion.

Monday March 03, 2014
Start: 03/03/2014 8:00 pm

Tom Brosseau is a folksinger and songwriter from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He learned acoustic guitar from his grandmother, Lillian Uglem, and has since toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, England, Iceland, and Australia, performing in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, and old folks homes, and exchanging songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt, and the late Sam Hinton. Now based in Los Angeles, Tom has been a featured member of John Reilly & Friends, a band rounded up by actor John C.

Tuesday March 04, 2014
Start: 03/04/2014 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.


Wednesday March 05, 2014
Start: 03/05/2014 8:00 pm

Andy StatmanAndy Statman is an American original. A virtuoso on both mandolin and clarinet, he plays his own unique brand of bluegrass, klezmer, and jazz – playful, prayerful, and powerful in a way that you just have to hear.

Thursday March 06, 2014
Start: 03/06/2014 8:00 pm

Rita Hosking & Cousin JackRita Hosking writes and sings classic country-folk originals. Her songs sound like they’ve been around for a while – and deserve to stay around for a lot longer! Rita grew up in Northern California – in a haunted house on Hatchet Mountain, according to a story she told NPR’s Weekend Edition – and now lives in Davis.

Friday March 07, 2014
Start: 03/07/2014 8:00 pm

Willy PorterWisconsin native Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defenses and gets under your skin.

Saturday March 08, 2014
Start: 03/08/2014 8:00 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, an all-star lineup of Bay Area musicians – featuring Rhonda Benin, Ashling Cole, Destiny Muhammad, Lady Bianca, MZSwitched, Valerie Troutt, Veronica Klaus, and Tammy Hall – takes the stage at the Freight to celebrate women: the achievements, the challenges, and the continuing struggle for an equal voice in the music business and in all walks of life.

Sunday March 09, 2014
Start: 03/09/2014 8:00 pm

VäsenVäsen is a band people rave about – mere praise doesn’t seem to be enough. According to the Utne Reader, the band “treads an enchanted territory between classical, folk, and pop.” National Public Radio’s All Things Considered puts it this way: “The absurdly broad term world music is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires.

Monday March 10, 2014
Start: 03/10/2014 8:00 pm

Squid, Inc.From Bjørk to bossa nova, Mozart to Megadeth, Squid, Inc. rules the airwaves. The hottest string quartet on the Bay Area scene plays covers and original tunes in a sassy blend of grunge classical meets rock and roll. A Freight favorite – they put on a show your tattooed partner will adore! With Hrabba Atladottir and Jory Fankuchen on violins, Darcy Rindt on viola, Beth Vandervennet on cello, and an occasional rapper.

Wednesday March 12, 2014
Start: 03/12/2014 8:00 pm

Sourdough SlimSourdough Slim and his sidekick Robert Armstrong play Western classics, country blues, and string band favorites from rural America in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. You’ll hear virtuoso yodeling and masterful yippy-tie-yi-yaying, off-beat jokes and wisecracks, and heartfelt singing, along with nifty playing on banjo and harmonica, accordion and guitar, ukulele and saw.

Thursday March 13, 2014
Start: 03/13/2014 8:00 pm

Magnolia SistersThe Magnolia Sisters play the music of southwestern Louisiana, from dancehall Cajun to primitive Creole, from house music to front porch ballads, all with eloquence, energy, and flair. The quartet features Ann Savoy of the Savoy-Doucet Band and the Savoy Family Band on accordion, fiddle, and guitar, Jane Vidrine on fiddle and guitar, Lisa Trahan on bass and accordion, and Anya Burgess on guitar and fiddle.

Friday March 14, 2014
Start: 03/14/2014 8:00 pm

Lisa Ferraro & Erika LuckettPlease join Lisa Ferraro & Erika Luckett in a celebration of the release of their new album, Leaning Toward the Good. “It’s not just an album,” they say on their website, “it’s a movement!” These two talented musicians are intent on amplifying the goodness, joy, and nourishment in the world. “We no longer have the luxury of playing small and remaining disconnected.

Saturday March 15, 2014
Start: 03/15/2014 8:00 pm

Black BrothersBrothers Michael and Shay Black play an exciting mix of Dublin street songs, music hall songs, and historical ballads, as well as songs from the Irish, English, and Scottish traditions and the occasional contemporary number. Singing in close harmony, playing guitar, banjo, and keyboards, telling funny stories, and even dancing now and again, Michael and Shay draw people in with their energy, wit, and superb musicianship.

Sunday March 16, 2014
Start: 03/16/2014 8:00 pm

The Claire Lynch BandOnce you’ve heard Claire Lynch sing, you’ll recognize her voice in an instant. Her style blends classic bluegrass with a thoughtful mix of contemporary folk, country, rock, and swing. The International Bluegrass Music Association has named her Female Vocalist of the Year three times, including this past year, and she’s received two Grammy nominations, but what really tells the story is the music itself.

Tuesday March 18, 2014
Start: 03/18/2014 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.


Wednesday March 19, 2014
Start: 03/19/2014 8:00 pm

Patchy SandersPatchy Sanders is a seven-piece folk orchestra from Ashland, Oregon with a sound all their own: quirky, traditional, timeless, and cutting-edge. The band features Danielle Aubert on banjo, saw, and pennywhistle, Jacqueline Aubert on guitar, bouzouki, and ukulele, Sara Wilbur on fiddle, Daniel Sherrill mostly on guitar, Alex Patterson on percussion, Eric Jones on upright bass, and Ian Van Ornum on a vast assortment of instruments.

Thursday March 20, 2014
Start: 03/20/2014 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.

Friday March 21, 2014
Start: 03/21/2014 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.

Saturday March 22, 2014
Start: 03/22/2014 11:00 am

Rudy TrubittRudy Trubitt spent 5 years performing across the US with The Sippy Cups before settling down to host The Patchwork Series here at the Freight & Salvage. "Patchwork is a home for great family music," says Trubitt. "But it's also a place for other kinds of performance, like the art of storytelling."

Start: 03/22/2014 8:00 pm

Co-founded by African-American jazz pianist Warren Byrd and Jewish-American jazz bassist David Chevan for an interfaith Martin Luther King memorial service in 1998, the Afro-Semitic Experience plays a rich mix of jazz, cantorial, world-beat, gospel, salsa, and funk. It’s music that swings, with an undercurrent of blues, deeply rooted in soul.

Sunday March 23, 2014
Start: 03/23/2014 8:00 pm

David BrombergWe 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 $37.

Monday March 24, 2014
Start: 03/24/2014 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 March 25, 2014
Start: 03/25/2014 8:00 pm

Steve BaughmanSteve Baughman is a virtuoso guitarist inspired by Celtic and Appalachian traditions. Sing Out Magazine says that his “artistry and musicality are world-class, with dynamics, timing, and interpretation that always bring out the emotional essence of the song.” The website Digital Dream Door lists him as one of the 100 Best Acoustic Guitar Players in the world.

Wednesday March 26, 2014
Start: 03/26/2014 8:00 pm

ViolinjazzViolinjazz is the brainchild – or maybe the heartchild – of violinist Jeremy Cohen, who also founded the Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco.

Thursday March 27, 2014
Start: 03/27/2014 8:00 pm

Paula Cole“Life goes on,” Paula Cole sings on her sixth and latest solo album, Raven. She’s had big hits like “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait,” sold close to three million records, and won a Grammy – for Best New Artist in 1998 – as well as earning six other nominations, including Producer of the Year.

Friday March 28, 2014
Start: 03/28/2014 8:00 pm

Battlefield BandThe ever-evolving Battlefield Band, formed by a group of friends in the Glasgow neighborhood of Battlefield in 1969, plays Celtic music ancient and modern, original and traditional.

Saturday March 29, 2014
Start: 03/29/2014 8:00 pm

R. Carlos NakaiOf Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He has recorded more than 35 albums, earned eight Grammy nominations, collaborated with such artists as Phillip Glass, Martha Graham, Paul Horn, and Tibetan flautist Nawang Khechog, and sold over four million d albums.

Sunday March 30, 2014
Start: 03/30/2014 8:00 pm

Carrie RodriguezCarrie Rodriguez is a prodigious fiddler, a soulful singer, and a probing songwriter. “I have to say I am very impressed,” said Lucinda Williams, speaking of Carrie in the New York Times. “She’s got something unique in her voice that’s very subtle and a little smoky and sweet. She’s got a refreshingly spunky attitude to go along with it.

Monday March 31, 2014
Start: 03/31/2014 8:00 pm
Please join the Jazzschool Youth Program's top high school ensembles for an evening featuring young musicians who will be the leading lights in the future of jazz.  The Downbeat Award-Winning Advanced High School Jazz Workshops I and II, led by Dr.
Tuesday April 01, 2014
Start: 04/01/2014 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.


Wednesday April 02, 2014
Start: 04/02/2014 8:00 pm

Sylvia HeroldSylvia Herold, of Wake the Dead, Cats & Jammers, and Euphonia fame, has been collecting exceptional songs for more than three decades. For her latest album, The Spider and the Fly, Sylvia has compiled a selection of swing and early pop tunes that lend themselves to three-part harmony singing. The focus is on the elegant vocal arrangements, reminiscent of the Pied Pipers and the Boswell Sisters.

Thursday April 03, 2014
Start: 04/03/2014 8:00 pm

Laurie Lewis and Tom RozumBerkeley’s own Laurie Lewis – Grammy winner, bluegrass trailblazer, singer and fiddler extraordinaire – performs a batch of new songs with two of her favorite musicians, mandolin maestro Tom Rozum and guitar wonder Nina Gerber. The last time these three got together at the Freight, the music sounded so good that Laurie decided to put it out on an album, One Evening in May, and tonight they’re celebrating the album’s release.

Friday April 04, 2014
Start: 04/04/2014 8:00 pm

In 1975, a group of students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, met in a class called “The Political Economy of Ecological Problems” and became close friends. Sixteen years later, after going out in the world and living their lives for a while, these friends got together again and decided to establish a foundation that would help people in need, protect the environment, and strengthen friendships. The result is Friends Foundation International.

Saturday April 05, 2014
Start: 04/05/2014 8:00 pm

SolasThe outstanding Irish-American band Solas plays a rich blend of time-honored Irish music, distinctive originals, and the occasional well-chosen cover, weaving together a tapestry of influences from folk, country, jazz, and traditional music from around the world.

Sunday April 06, 2014
Start: 04/06/2014 8:00 pm

John Reischman & the JaybirdsJohn Reischman & the Jaybirds play some of the finest bluegrass music you’re ever likely to hear – a beautiful blend of brilliant instrumentals and gorgeous vocals, lovingly-crafted originals and well-chosen covers by traditional masters like the Blue Sky Boys and Ralph Stanley, and contemporary gems by artists like Gillian Welch.

Monday April 07, 2014
Start: 04/07/2014 7:30 pm

Living Jazz is an Oakland-based nonprofit whose mission is to build community, cultivate creativity, and enrich lives by fostering the love of jazz. The organization sponsors several great programs, including Jazz Camp West, the Oakland Community Children’s Choir, and “In the Name of Love,” an annual musical tribute to Martin Luther King. Jazz Search West is their Bay Area talent search for jazz vocalists and solo instrumentalists age 15 and up.

Tuesday April 08, 2014
Start: 04/08/2014 8:00 pm

Charlie ParrSelf-taught guitar and banjo master Charlie Parr hales from Austin, Minnesota. Growing up without a TV, he listened to his father’s collection of classic recordings by America’s musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. The first time he heard Dock Boggs play banjo, Charlie went out and bought an 1890 model. He also plays two National guitars, a twelve-string and a Resonator, which he tunes to suit his musical moods.

Wednesday April 09, 2014
Start: 04/09/2014 8:00 pm

UC Jazz Ensembles Tonight’s concert showcases outstanding student groups from the award-winning University of California Jazz Ensembles program. The first half of the show features three Advanced Combos, comprised of some of the most talented jazz musicians at the university, and coached by faculty members Frank Martin, Dann Zinn, and the director of the program, Ted Moore.

Thursday April 10, 2014
Friday April 11, 2014
Start: 04/11/2014 8:00 pm

Todd SickafooseBay Area native Todd Sickafoose is a musical visionary.

Saturday April 12, 2014
Start: 04/12/2014 8:00 pm

The Celtic Fiddle Festival features Kevin Burke of County Sligo, Christian Lemaître of Brittany, and André Brunet of Québec – “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere,” according to the Washington Post – along with master of the open-tuned guitar, Nicolas Quémener of Brittany. Their concerts showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of regional and individual styles. “This is a real treat beyond all borders and barriers,” says the website FolkWorld.

Sunday April 13, 2014
Start: 04/13/2014 8:00 pm

Kathy MatteaTwo-time Grammy winner Kathy Mattea brings her gorgeous alto and her vast songbook to the Freight for an intimate evening of traditional and contemporary American folk and country songs.

Monday April 14, 2014
Start: 04/14/2014 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 April 15, 2014
Start: 04/15/2014 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.


Wednesday April 16, 2014
Start: 04/16/2014 8:00 pm

Noel Paul StookeySinger, songwriter, and activist Noel Paul Stookey rose to prominence as the “Paul” in Peter, Paul & Mary, and has continued to spread his gospel of melding the spiritual to the practical in 45 albums over his illustrious career, including his most recent, One and Many, which ranges from romantic ballads to politically charged portraits to intimate meditations.

Thursday April 17, 2014
Start: 04/17/2014 8:00 pm

Shook TwinsIf Shook Twins were a race horse, you’d want to bet a bundle on ’em to win! This band is making glorious music – fresh, exciting, original – they call quirky folk.

Friday April 18, 2014
Start: 04/18/2014 8:00 pm

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers w/ Alasdair FraiserWe 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 $27.

Saturday April 19, 2014
Start: 04/19/2014 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 $31.

Sunday April 20, 2014
Start: 04/20/2014 8:00 pm

Guest Music Director, Robert Shelton of DRMS
Featuring Fanfare Zambaleta, John Vanderslice, Fely Tchaco, Diana Gameros, DRMS, Bill Baird, Afrofunk Experience, Pacific Boychoir, Guy Fox, Trio Zincalo, and Midtown Social
With DJ Dizzy Victrola spinning between sets

Monday April 21, 2014
Start: 04/21/2014 8:00 pm

The return of the mighty SFBQ, four-time winner of the “Best Brass Quintet Ben Brings to the Freight” contest. Ladies and gentlemen, these guys are as good as it gets, and always present a delightful, wide-ranging program showcasing the virtuosity of John Pearson and James Dooley, trumpets; Doug Hull, Horn; Craig McAmis, trombone; and the unrivaled Forrest Byram on tuba. Guaranteed to chase those winter blues away.

Tuesday April 22, 2014
Start: 04/22/2014 8:00 pm

Phoebe Hunt & Connor ForsythPhoebe Hunt and Connor Forsyth have been performing together for more than six years now, first as members of the Belleville Outfit, and lately as a duo, and their original music, steeped in American roots with folk and country the predominant flavors, has an appealing freshness. Phoebe released a self-titled debut EP in 2012, and a live album – with Connor on piano – in 2013, Live at the Cactus Café.

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Start: 04/23/2014 8:00 pm

The Berkeley High School Jazz Program is one of the finest in the country, nationally and internationally known as an incubator of talent and a citadel of swing. The Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble is its flagship performing group and has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading high school big bands for the past 40 years.

Thursday April 24, 2014
Start: 04/24/2014 8:00 pm

Join Berkeley’s own Students Rock Foundation in a benefit concert featuring the Kevin Beadles Band and Steve Seskin. With proceeds going toward Bay Area performing arts scholarships, this is a great show for a great cause!

Friday April 25, 2014
Start: 04/25/2014 8:00 pm

Crystal BowersoxCrystal Bowersox is an artful songwriter and a soulful singer with a warm alto capable of belting out a big ballad or gently coaxing a delicate melody. She gained fame on American Idol, finishing as the runner-up in 2010. Since then, she’s recorded two albums, Farmer’s Daughter and All That for This, produced by Steve Berlin, who has also produced albums for Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, and John Lee Hooker.

Saturday April 26, 2014
Start: 04/26/2014 8:00 pm

Jim Kweskin w/ Suzy ThompsonJim Kweskin is an American music pioneer. Rock critic Ed Ward once listed the most important bands of the early 1960s as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, adding: “I'm not kidding.” Of course he wasn’t kidding. Jim’s band became the original Americana band, playing everything from classic blues to hillbilly country, ragtime, jazz, and rock and roll, perfectly capturing the 1960s mix of exuberant anarchy and heartfelt sincerity.

Sunday April 27, 2014
Start: 04/27/2014 8:00 pm

Greg BrownWe 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 $43.

Monday April 28, 2014
Start: 04/28/2014 7:15 pm

Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp welcome you to "A Camp Tuolumne Table Night" on a glorious stage just to reconnect and feel some Camp! We will be joined by The Mayor of Berkeley, Tom Bates; the City of Berkeley Parks & Recreation Staff, and the Tuolumne River Trust, who will all give us the latest updates and progress on Tuolumne Camp, the Tuolumne River, and the excitement for this summer at Sierra Family Camp at Echo Lake.

Tuesday April 29, 2014
Wednesday April 30, 2014
Start: 04/30/2014 8:00 pm

The Black Lillies“The Black Lillies are fronted by the best-matched male-female vocal duo since Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris,” says the website News OK. It sounds like an overstatement – unless you’ve heard the Black Lillies. Then it sounds like a reasonable claim. The Black Lillies are a country band for the ages, not the slick, soulless country that seems to get most of the radio airplay, but rich roots music performed with as much heart as technical virtuosity.

Thursday May 01, 2014
Start: 05/01/2014 8:00 pm

Ramblin' Jack ElliottRamblin’ Jack Elliott is a folk icon. He met Woody Guthrie in 1950, moved in with the Guthrie family, and traveled with Woody from the redwood forests of California to the Gulf Stream waters of Florida. His deep immersion in Woody’s music led Woody to remark, “Jack sounds more like me than I do.” Bob Dylan describes him this way in his Chronicles: Volume One: “His tone of voice is sharp, focused, and piercing.

Friday May 02, 2014
Start: 05/02/2014 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.

Saturday May 03, 2014
Start: 05/03/2014 8:00 pm

David WilcoxDavid Wilcox has a way with words, a way with guitars, a way with singing that cuts through the junk and the gunk and gets straight to the essence. His original songs are beautiful, tender, witty, and deeply engaged with the complexities of living in a messy, imperfect world. For David, says the magazine Performing Songwriter, “music is a personal compass for finding his way home.

Sunday May 04, 2014
Start: 05/04/2014 8:00 pm

Johnny CleggWe 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 $42.50.

Monday May 05, 2014
Start: 05/05/2014 8:00 pm

Rajeev TaranathRajeev Taranath is an internationally acclaimed performer and one of the world's leading exponent of the sarod, the richly textured Indian lute. A distinguished disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, his performances masterfully combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of Hindustani classical music with an inspired imagination and emotional intensity.

Tuesday May 06, 2014
Start: 05/06/2014 8:00 pm

Jayme StoneJayme Stone is a Candian banjo player, composer, and instigator who makes sublime music inspired by jazz, folk, chamber music, world music, and the banjo’s African roots. The Globe and Mail calls him “the Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo,” No Depression says that his “banjo playing is a source of limitless creative expression,” and Songlines describes his music as “what the future of the banjo sounds like.”

Wednesday May 07, 2014
Start: 05/07/2014 8:00 pm

Steep Canyon RangersThe Steep Canyon Rangers represent the bluegrass big time. The International Bluegrass Music Association named them Entertainer of the Year, along with their occasional collaborator, Steve Martin, in 2011. Their seventh album, Rare Bird Alert, recorded with Steve, received a Grammy nomination in 2012.

Thursday May 08, 2014
Start: 05/08/2014 8:00 pm

Four Bitchin' BabesHow could you go wrong with a group that bills itself as a Fabulous Female Folkestra? Four singer-songwriters with a knack for catchy hooks and an unerring eye for the absurd range freely across the contemporary American landscape, leaving no icon untoppled.

Friday May 09, 2014
Start: 05/09/2014 8:00 pm

The Stray BirdsThe Stray Birds are a young folk-roots trio from Pennsylvania farm country who play as if they’ve been making music together forever. Their harmonies are gorgeous and gritty, and their deft instrumentals always serve the song. “Clearly these are players with chops, songwriters with a fierce command of their craft. But they also seem to have a grip on when to lend a hand, and when to let the songs fly on their own.

Saturday May 10, 2014
Start: 05/10/2014 12:00 pm

Concert performances by Bearcat String Band with Alex Sharps; Mike Stadler; Right To Parlay; Richard Brandenburg; Emily and Joe Mann with Nandi Forrest; more to be added.

Workshops will include old time fiddle, mandolin, banjo, string band blues, mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, Cajun jam, ukulele/banjo-uke, and more

Open jams hosted by Harry & Cindy Liedstrand, Mark Wardenburg & Ken Torke, Emily Mann


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Start: 05/10/2014 8:00 pm

Berkeley’s Barbara Higbie is a master of piano and violin who combines technical brilliance with the pure joy of playing. Her unique compositions weave together elements of jazz, folk, and classical with the music of Ghana and Brazil. Oh, and she also sings like a dream. She has been nominated for a Grammy award, won Bammy awards, performed on more than 65 albums, including one with Santana, two with Teresa Trull, and three with Montreux, the band she co-founded with Darol Anger.

Sunday May 11, 2014
Start: 05/11/2014 2:00 pm

Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright RocheIf you already know these two, nothing much needs to be said. They’re coming to the Freight! Get your tickets! Bring people you love! But in case you haven’t met their music before, what stands out is its beauty, intelligence, and grace.

Start: 05/11/2014 8:00 pm

Robin and Linda Williams“Our goal has always been to spend our lives making music,” say Robin and Linda Williams, and after 40 years and 22 albums together, the husband-and-wife duo is off to a good start. Their new album, Back 40, features fresh treatments of their early classics along with favorites by other writers, including a great version of “Boots of Spanish Leather,” as well as a new original.

Monday May 12, 2014
Start: 05/12/2014 8:00 pm

Catch a rising star (or ten) in this special chamber music concert featuring small ensembles from our local schools and youth orchestras. Some of the Bay Area’s best young classical musicians from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, Oakland’s School for the Arts, Berkeley’s Crowden Music Center, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and other noted programs are focussing their musical energies into quartets and trios and learning the fine art of ensemble playing.

Tuesday May 13, 2014
Start: 05/13/2014 8:00 pm

Poor Old ShinePoor Old Shine is an alt-Americana band from Mansfield, Connecticut with two EPs under their belt and a new self-titled studio album that the website PopMatters calls “enthralling” and compares favorably to the work of the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show.