Friday August 21, 2015
Start: 08/21/2015 8:00 pm

Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their Songwriter Competition Finals, where members take the stage and perform their material live on the Freight stage. The most active association of songwriters in the country, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote successful songwriters. The talent on display is worth checking out, and you might hear a future classic.

Saturday August 22, 2015
Start: 08/22/2015 8:00 am

David Nelson (New Riders) and Eric Thompson (Kleptograss) in a rare duet show, with songs and stories going all the way back to their early 1960’s explorations with Jerry Garcia as the Black Mountain Boys. David Nelson went on to front the New Riders of the Purple Sage (still touring!) and Eric Thompson went on to explore many kinds of acoustic music with musicians like David Grisman, Mike Seeger, Laurie Lewis, etc.

Sunday August 23, 2015
Start: 08/23/2015 7:00 pm

The KTO Project & Jose Roberto and Friends have created one large big band of Bay Area musicians from around the globe to present original music whose roots are from Africa to the Americas. Lots of singers, plenty of percussion, a huge string section and solid bass and keys will pack the stage at the Freight!

 

Tuesday August 25, 2015
Start: 08/25/2015 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 August 26, 2015
Start: 08/26/2015 8:00 pm

Chelle’s Juke Joint is a Bay Area a capella ensemble with New Orleans roots. Featuring Michelle Jacques, Rhonda Crane, Jay Lamont, Tammi Brown, and Bryan Dyer, the ensemble performs a heart-thumping mix of Creole, Zydeco, R&B, jazz, funk, blues, and gospel that will take you from Saturday night at the juke joint to Sunday morning at church, Big Easy style!

Thursday August 27, 2015
Start: 08/27/2015 8:00 pm

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie HaasJoin us for a rousing evening of fiddle magic steeped in talent and tradition: the 27th annual Freight Fiddle Summit. You’ll be in excellent company with host Alasdair Fraser & cellist Natalie Haas, Swedish fiddler Anders Hall, Adam Johansson, tambourine wizard Jens Linell, Dublin fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, singer and composer Moira Smiley, cello master Rushad Eggleston, and dancer extraordinaire Nic Gareiss.

Friday August 28, 2015
Start: 08/28/2015 8:00 pm

Saturday August 29, 2015
Start: 08/29/2015 8:00 pm

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

 

Sunday August 30, 2015
Start: 08/30/2015 7:00 pm

The Earl BrothersThe Earl Brothers, based in San Francisco and led by banjo master Robert Earl Davis, have been delving into the dark side of bluegrass for more than a decade now, and their fifth and latest album, Outlaw Hillbilly, takes them further down that rough road with songs like “Troubles,” “Cold and Lonesome,” and “When the Lovin’s All Over,” and grisly lines like “I stabbed her dear brother and cut off his head, and buried him deep so I knew he was dead.” They’re not a good time

Tuesday September 01, 2015
Start: 09/01/2015 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 September 02, 2015
Start: 09/02/2015 7:30 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets will be available when the show starts at 7:30pm.

 

Thursday September 03, 2015
Start: 09/03/2015 8:00 pm
Friday September 04, 2015
Start: 09/04/2015 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this concert. Standing room only tickets will be available when the music starts at 8pm. Happy Birthday Linda!

 

Saturday September 05, 2015
Start: 09/05/2015 8:00 pm

Note: BART transbay service will be suspended September 5-7 for track repairs. If you're joining us from the peninsula, please see the BART service announcement for updates and alternate travel suggestions.

 

Sunday September 06, 2015
Start: 09/06/2015 12:30 pm
Monday September 07, 2015
Start: 09/07/2015 12:30 pm
Tuesday September 08, 2015
Start: 09/08/2015 8:00 pm

“With their bare-bones instrumentation and country-inspired, heartstring-tugging narratives, The Lowest Pair might be one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today,” says Paste Magazine. Spin calls them “a wondrous banjo duet” and American Songwriter praises their “earnest, earthy songcraft.” The praise is well-earned. Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee are The Lowest Pair, and together they make music of haunting power and bleak beauty.

Wednesday September 09, 2015
Start: 09/09/2015 8:00 pm

Rupa is a doctor by day, a singer by night, and an activist who believes in insistence rather than resistance. She cites the value of “the daily act of quiet insistence” to build what we wish to see in the world. Tonight, she and her all-star band celebrate the release of their fifth and latest album, OVAL, produced by the amazing Todd Sickafoose, featuring string quartet arrangements by Mark Orton of Tin Hat fame.

Thursday September 10, 2015
Start: 09/10/2015 8:00 pm

Bill Monroefeaturing David Grier, Butch Waller, Kathy Kallick, Molly Tuttle, Tom Rozum, Chad Manning, Patrick Sauber & Chuck Poling

 

Friday September 11, 2015
Start: 09/11/2015 8:00 pm

Mike FarrisFresh from winning the 2015 Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album, Mike Farris comes to Berkeley with his powerhouse band, the Roseland Rhythm Revue, to play his unique brand of original and traditional roots music, blending gospel and blues, rock and funk, in a heart-melting brew that lifts the spirits and stirs the soul. “My music has always been first and foremost for the downtrodden,” Mike says.

Saturday September 12, 2015
Start: 09/12/2015 11:00 am

Alison Faith Levy, best known as “Sippy Alison” of kindie trailblazers The Sippy Cups and the songwriter behind Sippy hits "Magic Toast," "The Jellyfish," "Move Your Pants" and "One Day Soon," is a beloved children's performer, bandleader, composer and educator.

Start: 09/12/2015 8:00 pm

Too Much Coffee Man Opera – a zany, hilarious, romantic, one-hour, one-act Gonzo Opera that pays tribute to the fantastic wonders of coffee – makes a triumphant return to the Freight!

Monday September 14, 2015
Start: 09/14/2015 8:00 pm

Tuesday September 15, 2015
Start: 09/15/2015 8:00 pm

Austin Willacy is a Berkeley treasure, whether singing a capella or with instrumental accompaniment. He’s recorded ten albums with the House Jacks, as well as four albums and two EPs as a solo artist. His music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic, and has been featured on The Sing Off, Road Rules, and three feature film soundtracks, not to mention the voice work he’s done on such video games as Guitar Hero and Karaoke Revolution.

Wednesday September 16, 2015
Start: 09/16/2015 8:00 pm

Alash is a trio of master Tuvan throat singers who play traditional Tuvan instruments. The Washington Post has described their music as "utterly stunning." Their other worldly sound has a depth and heft that’ll knock you for a loop!

 

Thursday September 17, 2015
Start: 09/17/2015 8:00 pm

13th annual old time music jamboree

 

Friday September 18, 2015
Start: 09/18/2015 8:00 pm

13th annual old time music jamboree

 

Saturday September 19, 2015
Start: 09/19/2015 8:00 pm

Graham Parker is a rock and roll original who, as a petrol pump attendant from Surrey, England, went to London in the mid-1970s, hooked up with musicians like Nick Lowe, Martin Belmont, Nicky Hopkins, Danny Federici, and Jack Nitzsche, and made some of the hottest rock and roll records ever set to vinyl, including Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment, Squeezing Out Sparks, and The Mona Lisa’s Sister.

Sunday September 20, 2015
Start: 09/20/2015 7:00 pm

Gaelic Storm started as a pub band in Santa Monica, California, and has gone on to perform more than 3,000 live shows, appear in the blockbuster movie Titanic, top the Billboard World Music Chart four times, and release 11 albums, including their latest, Matching Sweaters. Their music features sea shanties and drinking songs, traditional tunes and originals, instrumental workouts and vocal showcases.

 

Monday September 21, 2015
Start: 09/21/2015 8:00 pm

Carol DenneyCarol is a Berkeley institution. The city's Commission on the Status of Women honored her for civil liberties activism in 2003, and the city honored her again in 2004 for homeless advocacy. She founded “Fiddlers for Peace” and serves as curator of the "Deep Poetry Project" and editor of the Pepper Spray Times. Jack Hirschman, former poet laureate of San Francisco, nominated her to the Revolutionary Poets' Brigade in 2010. Her songwriting is stellar. Her singing is strong.

Tuesday September 22, 2015
Start: 09/22/2015 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 September 23, 2015
Start: 09/23/2015 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this concert. Standing room only tickets will be available when the music starts at 8pm.

 

Thursday September 24, 2015
Start: 09/24/2015 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?

Friday September 25, 2015
Start: 09/25/2015 8:00 pm

free admission

 

If you’ve always wanted to sing at the Freight, tonight is your chance! And if you’ve never thought about singing at the Freight before, consider the opportunity now. There’s nothing like joining your voice with others to make a joyful sound – and tonight you can sing along with Shay Black, Hiram Bell, Tamsen Fynn, and Allegra Yellin.

 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Allegra will lead a kids & family song circle in the lobby, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday September 26, 2015
Start: 09/26/2015 1:00 pm

Local guitarist, teacher, writer, and performer Pete Madsen takes the audience on a trip to “the land where blues began,” presenting the music of Delta musicians like Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, as well as Piedmont-style players like Blind Blake. Pete uses old photographs and recordings as well as his own expert playing to demonstrate the intricate fingerpicking style and bottleneck slide technique of these early pioneers who have influenced generations of musicians.

Start: 09/26/2015 8:00 pm

“The Buddha would dig it!” said the Marin Independent Journal, when Eve Decker released her first solo album, Commentary on Perfections of the Heart, a few years back. Her second album, Simple Truth, earned similar praise. “Eve Decker has a great big heart, writes a wise and witty lyric, and has a voice that carries with it our deepest longings and fulfillment,” said renowned Buddhist and news hound Wes “Scoop” Nitzker.

Sunday September 27, 2015
Start: 09/27/2015 2:00 pm

Willy ClaflinAward-winning storyteller and songwriter Willy Claflin presents a mini-festival of song and story: from ancient ballads to ghost town blues, from tales of the Kraken to intergalactic poetry slams, with many unexpected stops along the way. His performances, says the Boston Phoenix, “reflect an astute ear for the incongruous and a blithe love of the absurd.

Start: 09/27/2015 7:00 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.

Monday September 28, 2015
Start: 09/28/2015 8:00 pm

Joel Rafael, who grew up in Southern California and began his musical career 50 years ago as a drummer in a junior high jazz combo, has a terrific new album, Baladista, that Boomerocity.com calls "the must have Americana album of 2015" and No Depression describes as “overflowing with gentle, melodic grace." “His songs are filled with passion and compassion," says Jackson Browne.

Tuesday September 29, 2015
Start: 09/29/2015 8:00 pm

Dàimh hails from the Scottish Highlands, known in Gaelic as A' Ghàidhealtachd, the Land of the Gaels, and their music is rich in Gaelic tradition. The band features Angus MacKenzie on pipes and whistle, Gabe McVarish on fiddle, Griogair Labhruidh on vocals, pipes, and other instruments, Murdo Cameron on mandola, mandolin, and accordion, and Ross Martin on guitar.

Wednesday September 30, 2015
Start: 09/30/2015 7:00 pm

Note: Laura Cortese will play the first set and Hanneke Cassel Trio will finish the evening.

 

Thursday October 01, 2015
Start: 10/01/2015 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.

Friday October 02, 2015
Start: 10/02/2015 8:00 pm

Love the sound of slack key guitar? Can't get enough of the ukulele? Enjoy Hawaiian bands and hula dancers? No matter what your pleasure, you'll find it at the 4th Annual Berkeley Hawaiian Music Festival, hosted by Patrick Landeza.

 

Saturday October 03, 2015
Start: 10/03/2015 8:00 pm

Love the sound of slack key guitar? Can't get enough of the ukulele? Enjoy Hawaiian bands and hula dancers? No matter what your pleasure, you'll find it at the 4th Annual Berkeley Hawaiian Music Festival, hosted by Patrick Landeza!

 

Sunday October 04, 2015
Start: 10/04/2015 7:00 pm

GYANI Indo Jazz Ensemble combines Indian raga, jazz, Arabic melodies, and global rhythms to make a unique brand of music blending classic Hindustani forms and cutting-edge improvisation. With Binay Pathak on vocals and harmonium, Jesse Shehaan on saxophone, Osam Ezzeldin on keyboards, and Vishal Nagar on tabla, the California-based ensemble brings together world class musicians who share a passion for exploring and expanding the possibilities of merging Indian music with other genres.

Monday October 05, 2015
Start: 10/05/2015 8:00 pm

“You’ll be astounded,” says Maverick Magazine, describing what it’s like to hear Mare Wakefield & Nomad, a rootsy, country-tinged folk duo based in Nashville, who were recently chosen as finalists at Kerrville’s New Folk Songwriting Competition and as emerging artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Mare was born with a wandering spirit. She moved eight times before she turned ten. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,” she says.

Tuesday October 06, 2015
Start: 10/06/2015 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 07, 2015
Start: 10/07/2015 7:30 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets will be available when the show starts at 7:30pm.

 

Thursday October 08, 2015
Start: 10/08/2015 8:00 pm

Molly Holm

Friday October 09, 2015
Start: 10/09/2015 8:00 pm

The Chapin Sisters, Lily & Abigail Chapin, are best known for their pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. The singer/songwriters have been compared to sister-acts of old and Appalachian family groups, yet their original songs and arrangements have a contemporary feel.

Saturday October 10, 2015
Start: 10/10/2015 11:00 am

Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of his homeland, Trinidad. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to up-tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “You Are My Sunshine.” Any Asheba show also features children and parents alike joyfully singing, clapping, and dancing along!

Start: 10/10/2015 8:00 pm

free workshop at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Freight’s Open House

 

Transient Typewriter Project in the lobby from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Sunday October 11, 2015
Start: 10/11/2015 1:00 pm

30th anniversary celebration

 

Start: 10/11/2015 7:00 pm

Monday October 12, 2015
Start: 10/12/2015 8:00 pm

What could be better than an evening of string quintets with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra All-Stars? Masterpieces by the classical masters Mozart and Mendelssohn are featured in the program of great chamber music for the viola quintet, which is a string quartet improved by the addition of a second viola!

 

With Antoine van Dongen & Natasha Makhijani, violins; Jory Fankuchen & Ben Simon, violas; Eric Gaenslen, cello.

 

Tuesday October 13, 2015
Start: 10/13/2015 8:00 pm

Myra MelfordMyra Melford, says the Wall Street Journal, “is one of the most interesting and underrated pianists in jazz today. Her work is both ambitious and accessible, full of bright, intense rhythms and complex harmonies.” Tonight, she brings her brilliant band, Snowy Egret, to the Freight to celebrate the release of their new album, also called Snowy Egret, inspired by Memory of Fire, the three-volume history of the Americas by the late Uruguayan master, Eduardo Galeano.

Wednesday October 14, 2015
Start: 10/14/2015 7:30 pm

Tonight’s show features outstanding performers from California, Oregon, and Washington attending this year’s FAR-West Conference. FAR-West, the acronym for Folk Alliance Region West, is the western region of Folk Alliance International, whose mission is to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community through education, advocacy, and performance. The conference is a kind of business meeting for folk musicians, and tonight is their chance to put business aside and get down to music.

Thursday October 15, 2015
Start: 10/15/2015 8:00 pm

Shelley Doty

Friday October 16, 2015
Start: 10/16/2015 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this concert. Standing room only tickets will be available when the music starts at 8pm.

 

Saturday October 17, 2015
Start: 10/17/2015 8:00 pm

Los Cenzontles is a local and national treasure. The band, says the New York Times, “both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly American.” The East Bay Express puts it this way: “The Bay Area's brilliant-hued musical aviary boasts dozens of rare and exceptional hybrid ensembles, but none have risen from humble origins to scintillating creative heights like Los Cenzontles.

Sunday October 18, 2015
Start: 10/18/2015 3:00 pm

This event brings together for the first time the Bay Area’s four internationally known gamelan orchestras, as well as two groups that fuse Indonesian and American culture through music and dance. The concert features traditional gamelan music and dance representing Bali, Java and West Java, as well as new work by today’s generation of artists from both sides of the world.

Start: 10/18/2015 7:00 pm

 

Start: 10/18/2015 7:00 pm

This concert is presented by the Freight & Salvage at First Unitarian Church of Oakland, please see map and directions below. Door tickets will be available for purchase with a credit card only.

Sometimes there’s just too much great music to fit under one roof and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring Tracy Grammer back to the Bay Area. Since the much-anticipated Gamelan Summit was already in place at the Freight, we’ve partnered with First Unitarian Church of Oakland to make this concert possible.

 

Monday October 19, 2015
Start: 10/19/2015 8:00 pm

Wendy DeWitt is a master of boogie woogie and blues piano, with flying fingers, a keen sense of swing, and a singing voice that hits the emotional highs and lows with ease. Her influences range from Otis Spann and Professor Longhair to Johnnie Johnson and Albert Ammons. When she toured with the legendary Hank Ballard, he called her his “favorite piano player,” praising her full sound and two-fisted style.

Tuesday October 20, 2015
Start: 10/20/2015 8:00 pm

Robbie Fulks Robbie Fulks has the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Still, for Robbie, it's about the songs.

Wednesday October 21, 2015
Start: 10/21/2015 8:00 pm

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

 

Thursday October 22, 2015
Start: 10/22/2015 8:00 pm

David Lindley is not only an unparalleled guitarist whose work with Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, and Warren Zevon has graced some of the finest albums of the last half century, he’s also the master of an amazing array of stringed-instruments from around the world, including Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, Irish bouzouki, and Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar.

Friday October 23, 2015
Start: 10/23/2015 8:00 pm

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

A gathering of greats performs tonight at the Freight in a benefit for the Breast Cancer Fund. An all-star lineup of illustrious women will sing and play in various combinations. Come on down and hear these Freight favorites – and world favorites! – make beautiful music for a worthy cause.

Saturday October 24, 2015
Start: 10/24/2015 8:00 pm

The Berkeley Blues Coalition makes their return to the Freight! Featuring Celeste Kopel on lead vocals, Nathan Phillips on lead guitar, Barry Weinstein on rhythm guitar, JV Fowler on drums, and the RaveUps’ Kit Newkirk on bass, the band pays tribute to bluesy classic rock – think Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix – and contemporary blues artists.

 

Sunday October 25, 2015
Start: 10/25/2015 1:00 pm

Front Country, with some of the Bay Area’s finest young bluegrass players, won the RockyGrass band competition in 2012 and the Telluride band competition in 2013, released a debut EP, This Is Front Country, in early 2014, and has since released a full-length album, Sake of the Sound, which has earned raves. “One listen and your view of bluegrass will never be the same,” says Folkwords.

Monday October 26, 2015
Start: 10/26/2015 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 27, 2015
Start: 10/27/2015 8:00 pm

The Show Ponies are an indie-folk band with old time and bluegrass tendencies. They “embody all the raw energy and enthusiasm inherent in the genre, fortified with on-target lyrics and a refreshingly modern sensibility,” says PopMatters. Folk Alley praises their “bouncy, fervent energy that’s starting to make waves.” It’s true about the energy. When you hear their music, you want to jump up and join the fun.

Wednesday October 28, 2015
Start: 10/28/2015 8:00 pm

Heather Maloney returns to the Freight with a new album, Making Me Break, that Bluegrass Situation calls “an intoxicating blend that captures the sonic texture of indie rock, the humanity of folk, and the spirituality of a Rumi poem.” She started writing songs after living and working for three years in a silent-retreat meditation center in central Massachusetts. “It really gave me a sense of purpose in my writing,” she says.

Thursday October 29, 2015
Start: 10/29/2015 7:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets will be available when the show starts at 7pm.

 

live radio broadcast

 

Friday October 30, 2015
Start: 10/30/2015 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.

Saturday October 31, 2015
Start: 10/31/2015 8:00 pm

Celebrate Halloween at the Freight with an evening of glorious grooves and joyful jams!

 

Sunday November 01, 2015
Start: 11/01/2015 11:00 am

In their wildly interactive shows for children and families, silly six-piece band Your Song My Song sings you through watery adventures, recycling kid revolutionaries, classic children's books, jungle expeditions, and deep sea dives! Singer and ukulele player Jaime Lee Currier weaves tales of friendship, love, and learning, while guitarist Eric Hart, violinist Rainbow Rubin, sax player, Hank Ibser, bassist Joe Shaughnessy, and drummer Nick Jackson keep up a rockin beat.

Start: 11/01/2015 7:00 pm

Wake the DeadWhat could be more fitting? Wake the Dead plays the Freight on All Souls Day, a time to remember the dead and the Grateful Dead, with the world’s first Celtic all-star Grateful Dead jam band. They’ve also 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.

Monday November 02, 2015
Start: 11/02/2015 8:00 pm

The Steel Wheels are a four-man band from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with five fine albums to their credit, including their latest, Leave Some Things Behind. “They marry old-time musical traditions with their own heady brew of original soulful mountain music,” says No Depression.

Tuesday November 03, 2015
Start: 11/03/2015 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 04, 2015
Start: 11/04/2015 7:30 pm

There is tiered seating for this show. Please see seating chart below.

 

Thursday November 05, 2015
Start: 11/05/2015 8:00 pm

 

songs from NYC: from Bleecker Street to Broadway

 

Friday November 06, 2015
Start: 11/06/2015 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets will be available when the music starts at 8pm. There are still advance tickets available for the Suzanne Vega & Duncan Sheik show on Thursday November 5.

 

 

songs from NYC: from Bleecker Street to Broadway

 

Saturday November 07, 2015
Start: 11/07/2015 11:00 am

 

30th anniversary celebration w/ special guest Joe Craven

 

Start: 11/07/2015 8:00 pm

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

 

Vienna Teng

Vienna Teng and actors from The Fourth Messenger will play songs from the newly released cast recording. After an extended intermission and time to mingle in the lobby, Vienna will play a solo set of requests and favorites.  

 

Sunday November 08, 2015
Start: 11/08/2015 1:00 pm

Please join us for a special afternoon performance celebrating the 79th reunion of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the nearly 3,000 American volunteers who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War. This year’s show will honor the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain, and celebrate the role played by California's Spanish immigrants in the defense of the Spanish Republic.

 

Start: 11/08/2015 7:00 pm

Paul Brady has been a major figure in the Irish music scene since the 1970s, writing and performing songs with enormous heart and soul. His latest release, The Vicar St. Sessions Vol. 1, presents highlights from a month-long run of shows in Dublin featuring guest appearances from such fans of his work as Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Sinead O’Connor, Mark Knopfler, Mary Black, and Maura O’Connell.

Monday November 09, 2015
Start: 11/09/2015 8:00 pm

UC Jazz Ensembles This year’s UC Jazz concert at the Freight will feature the top three combos from the award-winning UC Jazz program performing a wide range of jazz styles from traditional to contemporary to world and beyond. The ensembles are directed by UC Jazz Director Ted Moore along with instructors Frank Martin and Dann Zinn. Join us for a great night of jazz performed by some very talented young players.

Tuesday November 10, 2015
Start: 11/10/2015 8:00 pm

David Berkeleyalbum release of Cardboard Boat

 

Wednesday November 11, 2015
Start: 11/11/2015 8:00 pm

“The Good Lovelies have always been solid musicians, with amazing instrumental chops and a Juno win under their belts,” says the website Exclaim, but on their fifth and latest album, Burn the Plan, they reach beyond their folk roots, and “the new electric sound really works.” “All three of the Lovelies are in fine voice on Burn the Plan,” says Folk Alley.

Thursday November 12, 2015
Start: 11/12/2015 8:00 pm

Legends of the Celtic HarpThree of the world's premier Celtic harpists combine music with spoken word to open “The Door Between Worlds,” taking the audience on a dramatic journey into the Celtic “Otherworld,” a Land of Faery filled with wonder and darkness, peril and delight.

Friday November 13, 2015
Start: 11/13/2015 8:00 pm

There is premium seating available for this show. Please see seating chart below.

 

A benefit for Americans United for Separation of Church and State

 

Saturday November 14, 2015
Start: 11/14/2015 8:00 pm

Every paid attendee will be given a free Houston Jones CD on the night of the concert.

 

Sunday November 15, 2015
Start: 11/15/2015 8:00 pm

More information about the Banjo Mini-Camp (Nov. 15, 1-4:30pm) here.

 

The Fourth Annual California Banjo Extravaganza lifts off at the Freight with local five-string favorite Bill Evans bringing in two all-time banjo greats, Riley Baugus and Ryan Cavanaugh, along with a band of bluegrass all-stars.

 

Monday November 16, 2015
Start: 11/16/2015 8:00 pm

Noted Bay Area cellist Hannah Addario-Berry celebrates the centenary of Kodaly’s iconic Cello Sonata with a program that includes several exciting commissioned works. Scortadura is a musical term: the deliberate retuning of the cello’s strings, which Kodaly uses to brilliant effect.

 

Tuesday November 17, 2015
Start: 11/17/2015 8:00 pm

Hayes Carll is a country music maverick with all the bona fides.

Wednesday November 18, 2015
Start: 11/18/2015 8:00 pm

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

 

Thursday November 19, 2015
Start: 11/19/2015 8:00 pm

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

 

 

Friday November 20, 2015
Start: 11/20/2015 8:00 pm

Due to Doctor’s orders, Bobby Black won’t be joining us for this show, but we’re pleased to announce that he’ll be back in 2016! Austin de Lone will join Bill Kirchen for an evening of great music.

 

w/ Austin de Lone

 

Saturday November 21, 2015
Start: 11/21/2015 8:00 pm

click here for IBMF Workshop descriptions and registration

click here for the International Body Music Festival website

 

featuring Molodi, Corposonic Trio, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, Jenna Mammina, Cascada de Flores, Kitka, Evie Ladin’s MoToR/dance, The Thieves, Farah Yasmeen Sheikh & Jim Santi Owen, Kathak and Konnakkol & other special guests

 

Sunday November 22, 2015
Start: 11/22/2015 7:00 pm

Tim Flannery may have given up his job as third base coach for the San Francisco Giants, but the good news is that he has more time to devote to his other passion: music, specifically country music, which he performs with all the love and dedication he brought to baseball.