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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

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

MORE TO BE ADDED!!

Visit the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention's website

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.

Wednesday May 14, 2014
Start: 05/14/2014 8:00 pm

Grant-Lee PhillipsGrant-Lee Phillips has been making memorable music since his days as the golden voice and poetic visionary fronting the folk-rock trio Grant Lee Buffalo in the 1990s. Since recording four fine albums with GLB, he’s gone on to release seven solo albums, including his latest, Walking in the Green Corn, which explores his Native American roots. “Connecting to my ancestry is like having this deep trunk that’s embedded in the earth, with deep roots.

Thursday May 15, 2014
Start: 05/15/2014 8:00 pm

Mo'FoneMo’fone, the Bay Area’s own jazz and funk masters, are coming to their “favorite West Coast venue” – their words, not ours – to celebrate the release of their new album 'Fonology. “If Mo’Fone doesn't blow your socks off, you're not paying attention,” says the website AllAboutJazz. Their music “snaps and crackles like James Brown’s Famous Flames mixed with a New Orleans second line,” says JazzWeekly.

Friday May 16, 2014
Start: 05/16/2014 8:00 pm

Two local treasures – the wondrous Mexican-American roots group Los Cenzontles and the sensational young zydeco master Andre Thierry – join forces to explore the zydeco-Mexican connection and unite their rich traditions into an energizing, soulful new sound.
 

Saturday May 17, 2014
Start: 05/17/2014 9:00 am

The Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering is for anyone interested in playing the mountain dulcimer. This American folk instrument is enjoyed by beginner and master alike, easily accessible to new players and adaptable to all genres of music. Young and old can play a tune right away!

Start: 05/17/2014 8:00 pm

Persian classical music is based on improvisation and composition, and it is interwoven with Persian poetry. The repertoire of this music, known as the radif, 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.

Sunday May 18, 2014
Start: 05/18/2014 8:00 pm

The Bee EatersThe Bee Eaters bring together elements of bluegrass, old time music, Celtic, jazz, and pop to create a beautiful blend of tradition and innovation. “Boston’s fast-evolving progressive acoustic music scene has produced another strange and wondrous new species,” says the Boston Globe.

Monday May 19, 2014
Start: 05/19/2014 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 May 20, 2014
Start: 05/20/2014 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 May 21, 2014
Start: 05/21/2014 8:00 pm

Caren ArmstrongCaren Armstrong has been hosting award-winning songwriters at venues throughout the Bay Area for 15 years.  The popular series showcases an eclectic range of performing songwriters from all over the country/county. Artists are featured individually in the first set, and then play in the round, Nashville style for the second set.

Thursday May 22, 2014
Start: 05/22/2014 8:00 pm

 

Friday May 23, 2014
Start: 05/23/2014 8:00 pm

Conspiracy of BeardsIt’s a simple formula, really. Mix the songs of Leonard Cohen with a 30-man a capella choir from San Francisco and the result is pure magic. Dressed in suits, ties, and the occasional fedora, the men of the choir sing complex four- and five-part harmonies, creating a sound that’s part jazz and part gospel, with traces of doo-wop and barbershop.

Saturday May 24, 2014
Start: 05/24/2014 11:00 am

In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! The band creates engaging music, inspiring curiosity, wonder, and appreciation for the world we live in. Their skilled musicianship and magical way with children guarantees a dance-able, sing-able and fun experience for the whole family.

Tuesday May 27, 2014
Start: 05/27/2014 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 May 28, 2014
Start: 05/28/2014 8:00 pm

Fish & BirdFish & Bird, a five-piece indie-folk band from Victoria, British Columbia, explores the exciting musical territory between established tradition and reckless creativity. The band has a taste for vocal improv, 11/8 time, moody originals, and murder ballads that rock.

Thursday May 29, 2014
Start: 05/29/2014 8:00 pm
Nina Gerber & Chris Webster haven’t rushed into this album thing—it’s only after 25 years of playing together that they’ve released an album of gorgeous duets, Apple Blossom Lane, featuring Chris’s bluesy, jazzy, soulful voice and Nina’s incomparable guitar accompaniment, always surprising, yet always so exactly right. They take their time with each song, playing with possibilities, exploring depths, arriving at moments of rare beauty and transcendence.
Friday May 30, 2014
Start: 05/30/2014 8:00 pm

Willie WatsonWillie Watson, formerly with Old Crow Medicine Show, has a new album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, and is touring on his own—one man, one guitar, and a passel of folk and blues standards, rare gems, and inspired originals. He plays songs by the likes of Leadbelly and Charley Jordan, interpreting them by his own lights. “There’s a lot of weight in the way Willie performs,” says David Rawlings, musical partner of Gillian Welch and producer of Willie’s new album.

Saturday May 31, 2014
Start: 05/31/2014 8:00 pm

Cascada de FloresCascada de Flores specializes in achingly beautiful songs from Latin America ’s golden age, including Cuban canciones de bolero to fill your heart to bursting, Mexican rancheras to break it, and Cuban guarachas that make you want to jump up and dance. At the heart of the music is the gorgeous voice of Arwen Lawrence and the expressive guitar of Jorge Liceaga. Together they create a wonderfully lush, intimate atmosphere.

Sunday June 01, 2014
Start: 06/01/2014 8:00 pm

David Nesmith – affectionately known as “Chicken” – has spent more than four decades working for peace and a healthy environment with such organizations as Healing Adventures, Inner City Outings, International Voluntary Services, the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Water Caucus, and Friends of the River. David suffered a massive stroke in 2012 and requires around-the-clock care as he works to regain self-sufficiency.

Monday June 02, 2014
Tuesday June 03, 2014
Wednesday June 04, 2014
Start: 06/04/2014 8:00 pm

Livingston TaylorLivingston Taylor sings songs you want to hear again and again. His reedy tenor has that easy natural charm, and his songs are warm and witty, with an undertow of strong emotion. Starting with his self-titled debut in 1970, he has recorded 17 albums, including his latest, Last Alaska Moon, which the website allmusic.com calls “well crafted and artistically wrought.” The craft runs in the family. His sibs Alex, Kate, Hugh, and James are also singer-songwriters.

Thursday June 05, 2014
Start: 06/05/2014 8:00 pm

Gina Breedlove"In Goddess culture gina Breedlove is a vocal priestess, leaving her privileged audience the recipients of her deep vocal well"
- Holly Near

Friday June 06, 2014
Start: 06/06/2014 8:00 pm

Azucar con AcheAzúcar Con Aché – which the band translates as “Sweetness with Powerful Blessings” – is a multicultural mix of dynamic women playing high-energy Latin jazz and spicy salsa. The band has performed at such events as the Multicultural Community Center’s Night of Cultural Resistance, the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Annual Gala Celebration, the San Francisco Dyke March, the UC Berkeley Empowering Women of Color Conference, and the Fabulosa Fest.

Saturday June 07, 2014
Start: 06/07/2014 8:00 pm

Steve SeskinA Freight favorite since the 1970s, Steve Seskin returns with a new album, Some Sunsets, filled with inspiring songs performed with grace and passion. Steve has enjoyed tremendous success in Nashville, with a boatload of songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Collin Raye, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Mark Wills, and Peter Paul and Mary.

Sunday June 08, 2014
Start: 06/08/2014 8:00 pm

Joe PurdyYou may have heard Joe Purdy without knowing it. His poignant songs have been featured on such television shows as Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and House, and in the movie The Secret Life of Bees. Once you tune into his music, though, you don’t forget it, the crystal clear acoustic guitar, the gentle, heartfelt vocals.
 

Monday June 09, 2014
Start: 06/09/2014 8:00 pm

Oaktown Jazz WorkshopsOaktown Jazz Workshops is local community-based nonprofit dedicated to passing on the tradition of jazz music to young people. Based in Oakland, founded in 1994, the organization provides music instruction and educational presentations that celebrate jazz as an indigenous American art form of profound social, cultural, and artistic significance. Tonight’s show is a benefit to help promote their good work.

Tuesday June 10, 2014
Start: 06/10/2014 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 June 11, 2014
Start: 06/11/2014 8:00 pm

San Francisco Gay Men’s ChorusTonight’s show features three choral ensembles from the world-famous SF Gay Men’s Chorus.

These amazing ensembles – The Lollipop Guild, Vocal Minority, and SWAG – storm the stage to present an evening of standards, Broadway, and contemporary pop songs. These 50 irresistible men of the Chorus will delight audiences with a little bit of class, a lot of sass, allwhile keeping it completely gay!

Thursday June 12, 2014
Start: 06/12/2014 8:00 pm

The Deadly Gentlemen’s BallThe great thing about the young Boston-based band The Deadly Gentlemen is not their technical proficiency—though these guys do have mad skills—it’s the music they create: joyful, playful, beautiful. You could say they speak bluegrass with a rock and roll accent.

Friday June 13, 2014
Start: 06/13/2014 8:00 pm

Aoife O'DonovanHailed as “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by the New York Times, “transcendent” by the Boston Globe, and “the newest darling of the Americana set” by USA Today, Aoife O’Donovan returns to the Freight on her way to a sold-out date at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Saturday June 14, 2014

José-Luis Orozco dedicates himself to what he truly enjoys—singing for children.  He is a children’s author, performer, and songwriter known for his song “De Colores”.  José-Luis has recorded 13 volumes of Lírica Infantil, Latin American Children’s Music, and written three award-winning books each accompanied by a CD that presents a bilingual collection of songs, rhymes, tongue  twisters, lullabies, games and holiday celebrations gathered from Spanish-speaking countries.  The LA Times says of his lasti

Start: 06/14/2014 8:00 pm

Robin Flower & Libby McLarenFreight favorites Robin Flower and Libby McLaren return for an exhilarating evening of innovative instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies, wild creative energy, and loads of fun with some very talented musical friends, including bass player extraordinaire Jan Martinelli and the inimitable Danny Carnahan of Wake the Dead.

Sunday June 15, 2014
Start: 06/15/2014 8:00 pm

Geoff MuldaurGeoff Muldaur is an American original. “There are only three white blues singers,” guitar legend Richard Thompson once said, “and Geoff Muldaur is at least two of them.” The New York Times has praised his voice as “reedy, quavering, otherworldly,” which may not sound like praise, but the point is, when Geoff sings, you can’t help but listen, and you suddenly hear the music in a new way.

Monday June 16, 2014
Start: 06/16/2014 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 June 17, 2014
Start: 06/17/2014 8:00 pm

Patrick Park"When you see a Patrick Park show, the music is the star,” says the website PopMatters. “There’s a freedom to the simplicity of solo acoustic shows which I love,” Patrick says. “Musically, it's direct and pure, and there’s nothing to hide behind, no way to cop out.” Patrick grew up in Morrison, Colorado, not far from Red Rocks, spent a little time in New York City, and seriously dug into becoming a songwriter in Los Angeles at the turn of the 21st century.

Wednesday June 18, 2014
Start: 06/18/2014 8:00 pm

Antje DuvekotIf you happened to catch Antje Duvekot when she opened Freight shows for Red Molly and John Gorka, you’ve probably circled this date on your calendar already. Her artful songs and exquisite vocals left the audience enraptured. Her stories were funny, too.
 

Thursday June 19, 2014
Start: 06/19/2014 8:00 pm

Andy IrvineWhen you hear Andy Irvine sing, you can’t help but think of the enchantment of the Irish countryside. His music carries a love of the land and of the people. Singer, songwriter, and master of many instruments, including guitar, harmonica, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, and hurdy-gurdy, Andy has long been known as a tradition unto himself.

Friday June 20, 2014
Start: 06/20/2014 8:00 pm

You don’t need to be LGBT to laugh it up at “The Berkeley Gay Comedy Festival” and you won’t have to cross the bridge to celebrate Pride Month. Now three of the hottest acts in gay comedy come to the Freight in Berkeley for an unforgettable night of rainbow hilarity.

Saturday June 21, 2014
Start: 06/21/2014 8:00 pm

Cowboy JunkiesWe 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 $46.

Sunday June 22, 2014
Start: 06/22/2014 8:00 pm

Carlene Carter“Carlene Carter was born into country-music royalty,” Ken Tucker said recently on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Monday June 23, 2014
Start: 06/23/2014 8:00 pm

Scars on 45Scars on 45 is a captivating indie folk rock band from Yorkshire. Their music is clever and catchy, sensitive and somehow substantial. “I carved your name on an old oak tree / but the council chopped it down / cause it was filled with disease,” they sing on “Give Me Something,” which Amazon named one of the “Top Three Singles of the Year” in 2011.

Tuesday June 24, 2014
Start: 06/24/2014 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 June 25, 2014
Start: 06/25/2014 8:00 pm

Tito y su Son de CubaHeriberto “Tito” Gonzales and his talented band return to the Freight to play rumba, guaracha, and son—traditional, high-energy Cuban dance music pioneered by greats like Arsenio Rodriguez and later revived by the film The Buena Vista Social Club.

Thursday June 26, 2014
Start: 06/26/2014 8:00 pm

The Blues Broads: Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison, Annie Sampson, Angela Strehli & Deanna BogartThe Blues Broads are the real deal, with deep roots in rock and roll and gospel, country and funk, and most especially the blues. Tracy Nelson co-founded the legendary group Mother Earth and shared the stage with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead.

Friday June 27, 2014
Start: 06/27/2014 8:00 pm

Jim LauderdaleJim Lauderdale has been there and done that. He’s won two Grammy awards, written songs recorded by such artists as the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, and George Strait, and released two dozen albums since 1991, including a pair in the past year featuring songs co-written with Robert Hunter of Grateful Dead fame, Black Roses and Blue Moon Junction.

Saturday June 28, 2014
Start: 06/28/2014 11:30 am

Please come enjoy our free fiddlekids fiddle concert. It's always a sweet and incredible show of young fiddlers playing their recently learned tunes. Only happens once a year, and we'd love to have you join us in celebrating our 17th fiddlekids anniversary!

Start: 06/28/2014 7:00 pm

Hiram BellGrab your uke and head to the Freight for a Ukulele Play-A-Long with Hiram Kaailau Bell! Hiram grew up in Oahu and moved to San Francisco in 1979. He currently teaches ukulele at Chabot College and College of San Mateo, as well as offering private classes, and plays at clubs, festivals, and kani kapila – also known as jam sessions.

Monday June 30, 2014
Start: 06/30/2014 8:00 pm

Tonight’s show is a performance piece developed by Peter Glazer, Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, exploring the relationship between patriotism, protest, and music. “I didn’t sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ during Vietnam – it was too militaristic, too representative of the government I mistrusted,” Peter says. “It was not my national anthem. ‘America The Beautiful’ was more palatable, ‘This Land Is Your Land’ even more . . .

Wednesday July 02, 2014
Start: 07/02/2014 8:00 pm

Bay Area musicians Shelley Doty & Vicki Randle have been playing together for many years in many contexts, and tonight they collaborate on a special acoustic evening at the Freight.
 

Thursday July 03, 2014
Start: 07/03/2014 8:00 pm

Saturday July 05, 2014
Start: 07/05/2014 8:00 pm

The HoneycuttersThe Honeycutters are an original country roots band from Asheville, North Carolina. “They've got a sound as classic as grits,” says Charlotte’s Creative Loafing. Centered around the songwriting of lead singer Amanda Platt, the band features Matt Smith on pedal steel, Dobro, and guitar, Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass, and Josh Milligan on drums.

Sunday July 06, 2014
Start: 07/06/2014 8:00 pm

Medna UstaWhen the first wave of Balkan music rolled into the Bay Area in the 1980s, the girl group Medna Usta rode the crest. Now they’ve reunited and added a few more stellar musicians to the mix.

Tuesday July 08, 2014
Start: 07/08/2014 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.

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Wednesday July 09, 2014
Start: 07/09/2014 8:00 pm

Krüger Brothers“The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I have ever played with,” said the late Doc Watson. The Bluegrass Journal says, “The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent.” Brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger left their home in Switzerland to pursue life as street musicians and met their “other brother,” Joel Landsberg, in New York City. Jens won last year’s Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.

Thursday July 10, 2014
Start: 07/10/2014 8:00 pm

Rabbit RabbitRabbit Rabbit is Carla Kihlstedt on violin and vocals, and Matthias Bossi on drums, percussion, keyboards, bass harmonica, and vocals. The wife-husband duo are founding members of the iconic bands Tin Hat, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava, and they’ve played with such artists as Tom Waits, Madeleine Peyroux, Tracy Chapman, and St. Vincent.