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

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.

 

Start: 10/18/2015 7:00 pm

 

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.

Monday November 23, 2015
Start: 11/23/2015 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 November 24, 2015
Start: 11/24/2015 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: 

Signups – on a first-come, first-served basis – begin when the door opens at 7:00 p.m. The show starts promptly at 7:30 pm. 

Thursday November 26, 2015
Start: 11/26/2015 12:30 pm
Friday November 27, 2015
Start: 11/27/2015 12:30 pm
Saturday November 28, 2015
Start: 11/28/2015 8:00 pm

Laurie Lewis and the Right HandsBluegrass doesn’t get any 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.

Tuesday December 01, 2015
Start: 12/01/2015 8:00 pm

Playwright and actor Libby Skala, winner of the Best Solo Performer Award at the London Fringe Theatre Festival, presents her deeply personal one woman show, Felicitas, which tells the story of her great aunt Lizi, a powerful spirit who escaped the Third Reich to nurse babies and new parents in America. A celebration of love, discipline, and the nobility of a life in service, the show features Libby’s husband, Steven May, playing his own original compositions on mandolin.

Wednesday December 02, 2015
Start: 12/02/2015 7:30 pm

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

 

Thursday December 03, 2015
Start: 12/03/2015 8:00 pm

Canadian country rocker Corb Lund and his nimble band The Hurtin’ Albertans play earnest Americana, rollicking honky tonk, and rousing alt-country. They arrive at the Freight with a great new album, their ninth, Things That Can’t Be Undone, which has been winning raves left and right.

Friday December 04, 2015
Start: 12/04/2015 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.

 

Saturday December 05, 2015
Start: 12/05/2015 8:00 pm

Della Mae is a Boston-born, Nashville-based band with a great new roots album featuring gorgeous lead vocals, glorious harmonies, and adroit instrumental work. “If there’s any real convergence between New England bluegrass, Nashville Americana and the Anglo thump of indie-folk, Della Mae stands planted at the crossroads,” says the New York Times. “This is modern roots music writ large,” says the website PopMatters.

Sunday December 06, 2015
Start: 12/06/2015 8:00 pm

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

Monday December 07, 2015
Start: 12/07/2015 7:00 pm

Jazzschool Institute OrchestraTwo outstanding big bands – the Jazzschool Studio Band, featuring many of the best high school musicians in the Bay Area, and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, featuring many of the Bay Area’s finest studio musicians along with special guest John Santos – present an evening of dynamic big band music at the Freight!

 

Tuesday December 08, 2015
Start: 12/08/2015 8:00 pm

David Wax Museum is the joyful, eclectic collaboration of David Wax and Suz Slezak, whose music the New York Times describes as “a lively and rustic cross-border mix: lonesome Appalachian harmonies over mariachi horn lines and rhythms you might hear at a rural dance in Veracruz or San Luis Potosí.” The duo has just released their fourth studio album, Guesthouse, which NPR calls “wonderfully charming.” The title song, David says, “draws loosely on two Mexican folk songs from the son jarocho tradition –

Wednesday December 09, 2015
Start: 12/09/2015 8:00 pm

If it’s “Silent Night” you want, SOR-RY!

Thursday December 10, 2015
Start: 12/10/2015 8:00 pm

Join us tonight for a special evening of music with an all-star lineup of fine banjoists celebrating the release of the third annual, limited edition Banjo Babes Calendar & Album!

Friday December 11, 2015
Start: 12/11/2015 8:00 pm

Tonight's show has been cancelled. If you purchased tickets online, you will automatically receive a refund. If you purchased tickets in person or over the phone, please contact the Freight box office at (510) 644-2020.

 

 

Saturday December 12, 2015
Start: 12/12/2015 8:00 pm

The Bay Area’s Steep Ravine plays an “exquisite collection of original acoustic folk laced with influences of bluegrass, pop, jazz, even a hint of funk,” says the Marin Independent Journal. “The sound is rich, textured, layered, lovely.

Sunday December 13, 2015
Start: 12/13/2015 7:00 pm

 

featuring Oisín Mac Diarmada, Séamus Begley, Teresa Horgan, Gráinne Hambly, Samantha Harvey & Sean Gavin

 

Monday December 14, 2015
Start: 12/14/2015 8:00 pm

Freight favorite Robert Howard brings his cello and one of the Bay Area's best pianists, Keisuke Nakagoshi, for an evening of classical music and conversation. Featuring works by Ginastera, Debussy & Prokofiev.


Tuesday December 15, 2015
Start: 12/15/2015 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 December 16, 2015
Start: 12/16/2015 8:00 pm

Christmas Jug BandThe Christmas Jug Band brings together an all-star crew of clever and crafty Bay Area musicians for a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the season to be jolly! Their latest album, Jugology, features old favorites from their classic Christmas albums of yore, Mistletoe Jam, Tree-Side Hoot, Rhythm on the Roof, Uncorked, and On the Holiday Highway.

Thursday December 17, 2015
Start: 12/17/2015 8:00 pm

Support your local coffeehouse when the T Sisters host a fun-filled evening of music, featuring a variety of musical guests who are all donating their time and talent. Featuring established Freight favorites to emerging new artists, collaborating in different combinations and celebrating a rich mix of styles.

Friday December 18, 2015
Start: 12/18/2015 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.

 

Celebrate the holiday season with members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at the Freight!

 

Saturday December 19, 2015
Start: 12/19/2015 1:00 pm

SoVoSóSoVoSó is an a cappella wonder, with deep roots in the Bay Area music scene and a long history of making vocal magic. SoVoSó–from the Soul to the Voice to the Song–sings jazz, gospel, world, and R&B, including classics and originals, performed with improvisational wizardry and jaw-dropping vocal chops. “The extraordinary richness and brilliance of this virtuoso vocalism lifts you into a special realm,” says the San Jose Mercury News.

Start: 12/19/2015 8:00 pm

Elvin BishopElvin Bishop’s roots in the blues go deep. “Before Eric Clapton was old enough to shave, Elvin Bishop was hanging out in Chicago with the first generation of electric bluesmen,” says Guitar World. Born in California, raised in Iowa and Oklahoma, Elvin attended the University of Chicago and did his studying in the blues bars on the south side of town with master craftsmen like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, and Howlin’ Wolf.

Sunday December 20, 2015
Start: 12/20/2015 11:00 am

the HipwadersA California trio specializing in kid-pleasing power pop anthems full of catchy tunes and beautiful vocal harmonies, the Hipwaders are one of the coolest "kindie rock" bands in town.

Start: 12/20/2015 7:00 pm

100% of proceeds go to the Lake County Fire Victims Fund and the Cal Firefighters Relief Fund

 

Monday December 21, 2015
Start: 12/21/2015 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!