« Week of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.