Wednesday October 08, 2014
Start: 10/08/2014 8:00 pm

Jeffrey Foucault“Jeffrey Foucault is a young man with an old soul,” says the New York Times, “contemporary and timeless.” He grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm, and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa.

Thursday October 09, 2014
Start: 10/09/2014 8:00 pm

Tom RushTom Rush started his musical career in Boston half a century ago and quickly established himself on the folk scene. Rolling Stone magazine has credited his 1965 album Circle Game with ushering in the singer-songwriter era.

Friday October 10, 2014
Start: 10/10/2014 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 October 11, 2014
Start: 10/11/2014 11:00 am

Stephen Cohen

Join us this afternoon for our Family Open House! This family-friendly edition features free performances and workshops for folks, kids, and folks with kids.

Start: 10/11/2014 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this concert. Standing room only tickets may become available at 8pm.

Sunday October 12, 2014
Start: 10/12/2014 8:00 pm

OUOU is a jazz sextet from Rome that plays original compositions with fiercely funky rhythms and a home-made, folk sensibility, topped with lush vocals sung in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Sardinian.

Monday October 13, 2014
Start: 10/13/2014 8:00 pm

Three superbly talented musicians and old friends join forces for an evening of duos, trios, and the occasional solo, sharing the stage and backing each other on favorite songs.

Tuesday October 14, 2014
Start: 10/14/2014 8:00 pm

Mary Chapin Carpenter

There are very few advance tickets available. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday October 15, 2014
Start: 10/15/2014 8:00 pm

Mary Chapin Carpenter

We are sold out of advance tickets. Standing room only tickets will be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Thursday October 16, 2014
Start: 10/16/2014 8:00 pm

The von TrappsThe great-grandchildren of the famous von Trapp family, celebrated in The Sound of Music, have followed in the musical footsteps of the Captain and Maria, singing together in lovely harmony to delighted audiences around the world.

Friday October 17, 2014
Start: 10/17/2014 8:00 pm

Tonight, with a little help from his friends, investigative journalist Reese Erlich presents Jazz & Syria, featuring classic Syrian tunes played by a stellar jazz quartet that includes piano virtuoso Larry Vuckovich, master of Arabic percussion Vince Delgado, violinist Eric Gold, and Coralie Russo on oud, as well as Reese’s eye-witness account of what’s happening in Syria.
 

Saturday October 18, 2014
Start: 10/18/2014 8:00 pm

Blame SallyThe first thing you should know about Blame Sally is that their shows at the Freight tend to sell out. The second thing you should know is that the shows sell out because the band is so talented, entertaining, and irresistibly fun! Here’s how j. poet puts it in the East Bay Express: “The four women in Blame Sally light up a club when they launch into one of their feel-good tunes.

Sunday October 19, 2014
Start: 10/19/2014 8:00 pm

Loudon Wainwright IIILoudon Wainwright III “wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation,” says the New York Times. What is his contradiction? The one between thinking and feeling, between living and dying, between red wine and white?

Monday October 20, 2014
Start: 10/20/2014 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 October 21, 2014
Start: 10/21/2014 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 October 22, 2014
Start: 10/22/2014 8:00 pm

Peter MulveyThe Irish Times calls Peter Mulvey “a joy to see” and “a phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick-fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style.” The Washington Post praises “the subtle power of his voice, a husky, hushed baritone,” and calls it “at once sophisticated and intimate.” Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after stints in Dublin and Boston, Peter has released 16 albums, including his latest, Silver Ladder, which Lonesome Road Review call

Thursday October 23, 2014
Start: 10/23/2014 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets. Standing room only spots will be available once the concert starts at 8pm.

 

Friday October 24, 2014
Start: 10/24/2014 8:00 pm

Iris DeMentWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the show starts at 8pm.

Saturday October 25, 2014
Start: 10/25/2014 8:00 pm

This show has been cancelled. Please see the Freight box office for refunds.

 

Sunday October 26, 2014
Start: 10/26/2014 12:00 pm

André BushAndré Bush, who grew up in Fresno and had strong ties to the Bay Area, was a gifted guitarist, an inspiring teacher, and an unforgettable friend who died too young and left behind a circle of fellow musicians who wish to pay tribute to his memory and make music in his honor. Proceeds from today’s performance will be donated to a scholarship fund for his daughter, Sophia Scott Bush.

Start: 10/26/2014 8:00 pm

Linsey Aitken & Ken CampbellScotland’s Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell combine their distinctive musical talents to play a wide range of Scottish traditional and contemporary music as well as their own well-crafted originals. Linsey is a classically trained cellist and pianist who studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and became a founding member of Erne Parkin’s Cross Border Band. Ken is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who cofounded The Ideal Band in the 1980s.

Monday October 27, 2014
Start: 10/27/2014 8:00 pm

Tish HinojosaTish Hinojosa makes beautiful singing sound so easy. The Washington Post praises her “lovely, relaxed soprano” and “rare gift for melody.” The Los Angeles Times praises her “rare purity of voice.” She’s also a “first class songwriter,” as the Chicago Tribune declares. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, the youngest of 13 children, Tish grew up in the 1960s listening to folk, pop, rock and roll, and a big helping of Mexican music.

Tuesday October 28, 2014
Start: 10/28/2014 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. The combos will perform a wide variety of jazz styles from standards to originals composed by both students and faculty.

Wednesday October 29, 2014
Start: 10/29/2014 8:00 pm

Ramana VieiraRamana Vieira sings Fado like it’s never been sung before.

Thursday October 30, 2014
Start: 10/30/2014 8:00 pm

Frazey FordAfter a decade in the terrific Vancouver trio, The Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford went solo, releasing a charming debut album, Obadiah, in 2010, that received glowing reviews from the Washington Post, which praised her “warm voice” and the album’s “smoky, soulful mood,” and the New York Times, which called her sound an amalgam of two classic records, Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together and Neil Young’s Harvest.

Friday October 31, 2014
Start: 10/31/2014 8:00 pm

Wake the DeadWhat could be more fitting? Wake the Dead plays the Freight on Halloween, or, if you prefer All Hallows’ Eve, a time to remember the dead and the Grateful Dead, with the world’s first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band. They’ve recently brought their unique brand of musical alchemy to the Summer of Love, much to the delight of Deadheads, folkies, rockers, and lovers of Irish reels.

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

Mary BlackWe are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the concert starts at 8pm.

 

Sunday November 02, 2014
Start: 11/02/2014 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!

Tuesday November 04, 2014
Start: 11/04/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Wednesday November 05, 2014
Start: 11/05/2014 8:00 pm

The Company MenThe Company Men – Daniel Tatar, Shawn Perucca, Stuart Ambrose, and Brian Purcell – put aside their day jobs to make music for a living, and so far they’ve shared the stage with Chaka Khan and Natalie Cole, performed for legends like Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy, played at Lincoln Center, held down a recurring gig at Hollywood’s iconic Key Club, and released an album, After Hours, featuring some of their most popular mash-ups.

Thursday November 06, 2014
Start: 11/06/2014 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.

Friday November 07, 2014
Start: 11/07/2014 8:00 pm

Country Joe McDonaldWay back in the early 1960s, after serving a hitch in the U.S. Navy and singing folk songs on Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley’s own Country Joe McDonald became an anti-war activist, a rock music icon, and a staunch advocate for veterans and the environment.

Saturday November 08, 2014
Start: 11/08/2014 11:00 am

Mister GA 2014 Latin Grammy nominee, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), has been named one of the "Best Live Acts for Kids and Families."  Recipient of the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Ben spent 20 years as a Boston-based rock frontman and solo artist before transitioning to writing and performing music for families.

Start: 11/08/2014 8:00 pm

Co-presented with JCC East Bay

 

HYIMThe first 100 people to buy tickets will get a free copy of HYIM's latest album.

Sunday November 09, 2014
Start: 11/09/2014 2:00 pm

 

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the concert starts at 2pm.

 

Monday November 10, 2014
Start: 11/10/2014 8:00 pm

Classical at the Freight brings in some of the Bay Area’s best classical musicians for an hour of outstanding chamber music in an informal, friendly atmosphere. San Francisco Chamber Orchestra music director Ben Simon hosts. There’s no stuffiness, no mystification, just an invigorating evening with gifted musicians sharing the beauty and joy of this timeless art with new audiences of all ages.

Tuesday November 11, 2014
Start: 11/11/2014 8:00 pm

Asleep at the WheelAsleep at the Wheel has been making the best of Western swing, boogie, and American roots music for more than 25 albums and 40 years now, with hits from 1974’s “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” to their brand new live album, Havin’ a Party, which features such classics as “Big Ball’s in Cowtown,” “Hot Rod Lincoln,” and “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read.” The band has won nine Grammy awards. The Americana Music Awards honored them for Lifetime Achievement in Performance.

Wednesday November 12, 2014
Start: 11/12/2014 8:00 pm

The GloamingThe Gloaming starts with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and his longtime collaborator, American guitarist Dennis Cahill. If you’ve seen them at the Freight, you know that they play elegant interpretations of traditional Irish tunes with exquisite sensitivity and deep feeling. The Gloaming take Irish music beyond traditional boundaries and connect it to other musical realms.

Thursday November 13, 2014
Start: 11/13/2014 8:00 pm

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie HaasIndividually, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas are consummate musicians. Together, they’re pure magic.

Friday November 14, 2014
Start: 11/14/2014 8:00 pm

 

Due to medical reasons, Steve Poltz will not be performing on Friday, November 14.  Ellis Paul will perform a solo concert at the Freight. If you purchased tickets online, you will be contacted by Ticketfly and can request a refund. If you purchased tickets through our box office, please call 510-644-2020 ext. 120 during box office hours, 12:30pm – 9:00pm for assistance.

 

Saturday November 15, 2014
Sunday November 16, 2014
Start: 11/16/2014 8:00 pm

Richard Shindell is a powerful singer, masterful guitarist, and pungent songwriter who tells compelling stories that range from the bitterly comic to the profoundly spiritual. His voice carries his own particular strain of emotion, almost bitter, almost exhausted, but unable to stop the hope from rising up. “Lord, deliver me to the next Best Western,” he sings.

Monday November 17, 2014
Start: 11/17/2014 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 November 18, 2014
Start: 11/18/2014 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.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

Wednesday November 19, 2014
Start: 11/19/2014 8:00 pm

Ten of the Bay Area’s most brilliant vocalists came together 25 years ago to form a group that took vocal music into a new dimension, boldly going where no vocal group had gone before. Tonight, those original members – Rachel Bagby, Nicolas Bearde, Joey Blake, Kirsten Falke-Boyd, Molly Holm, Sara Jennison-Nebeling, Raz Kennedy, Rhiannon, Linda Tillery, and David Worm – gather at the Freight to make vocal music magic!

Thursday November 20, 2014
Start: 11/20/2014 8:00 pm

Legends of the Celtic HarpTake a dramatic musical journey through the myths, legends, and fabled history of the Celtic harp with three masters of the magical instrument, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne, and Aryeh Frankfurter, as they mix marvelous music and fantastic stories to create a blend of humor and pathos, exhilarating melodies and tender ballads.

Friday November 21, 2014
Start: 11/21/2014 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets may be available once the event starts at 8 pm.

Saturday November 22, 2014
Start: 11/22/2014 8:00 pm

Houston JonesHouston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas.  The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley.

Sunday November 23, 2014
Start: 11/23/2014 8:00 pm

Steve SeskinA Freight favorite since the 1970s, Steve Seskin 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. His song “Don't Laugh At Me” was a finalist for the Country Music Awards Song of the Year in 1999 and has spurred an entire tolerance movement, launched by the Don’t Laugh at Me Project.

Tuesday November 25, 2014
Start: 11/25/2014 8:00 pm

Rose CousinsRose Cousins, who hails from Prince Edward Island and has roots in musical communities in Halifax and Boston, is a Canadian singer and songwriter whose music digs deep into dark places and casts a bright light.

Saturday November 29, 2014
Start: 11/29/2014 8:00 pm

Laurie Lewis & 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 guitar and fiddle.

Sunday November 30, 2014
Start: 11/30/2014 8:00 pm

Soul PowerPut on your dancing shoes and come on down for some classic soul grooves with Soul Power, a high-octane dance band featuring eleven Bay Area stalwarts, including a full horn section guaranteed to get your blood flowing and your feet tapping to all-time classics popularized by the likes of James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Monday December 01, 2014
Start: 12/01/2014 8:00 pm