« Week of April 6, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Start: 04/11/2014 8:00 pm

Todd SickafooseBay Area native Todd Sickafoose is a musical visionary.

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.