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!

Monday December 28, 2015
Start: 12/28/2015 8:00 pm

Yes, the year is ending – and what better way to kiss it off than in the company of some of the funniest – and most irreverent – comedians around? Premier political satirist Will Durst has gathered a gang of notorious local wits and wags, including Bay Area favorite Johnny Steele, along with Debi Durst, Michael Bossier, Mari Magaloni, and Arthur Gaus, for an evening of stand-up comedy, improv, and sketches riffing on the major news stories of 2015.

Tuesday December 29, 2015
Start: 12/29/2015 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:

Friday January 01, 2016
Start: 01/01/2016 12:30 pm

The Freight box office will re-open at 12:30pm on Saturday, January 2.

Happy New Year!

Saturday January 02, 2016
Start: 01/02/2016 8:00 pm

The Tuttles with AJ LeeCatch the next generation of bluegrass masters when The Tuttles with AJ Lee take the stage at the Freight. The Northern California Bluegrass Society (NCBS) has twice named them Best Bluegrass Band, as well as naming Molly Tuttle the Best Guitarist, Michael Tuttle the Best Mandolin Player, and Jack Tuttle the Best Fiddler. Oh, and Best Female Vocalist? That would be AJ in 2010, 2011, and 2013, Molly in 2012.

Sunday January 03, 2016
Start: 01/03/2016 7:00 pm

Kathy & CarolSingers Carol McComb and Kathleen Larisch return to the Freight with their gorgeous interpretations of British and Appalachian ballads, country tunes, Carter Family songs, and Carol’s timeless originals. The duo’s unique sense of harmony is remarkable for its use of shifting intervals, haunting dissonances, and counterpoint. Their a cappella songs send shivers down the spine.

 

Tuesday January 05, 2016
Start: 01/05/2016 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 January 06, 2016
Start: 01/06/2016 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.

 

Moth StorySLAM photo by Emily SevinThe Moth StorySLAM, according to the London Guardian, is “brilliant and quietly addictive.” The Village Voice calls it “an exuberant moveable feast.” Now that feast is moving to the Freight!

Thursday January 07, 2016
Start: 01/07/2016 8:00 pm

Tonight's concert offers listeners a rare treat—Jill Knight and duo Pam Delgado & Jeri Jones along with Rob Strom reunite on the Freight stage for an evening of rollicking soul and blues. The three forged musical ties in the ’90s when Jill, already a favorite on the California central coast, toured with Pam & Jeri, shortly before the two became founding members of the powerhouse quartet, Blame Sally.

 

Friday January 08, 2016
Start: 01/08/2016 8:00 pm

John McCutcheon

Due to illness, John McCutcheon is canceling his California Tour. There is no reschedule date at this time, and ticket purchases will be refunded.

 

Saturday January 09, 2016
Start: 01/09/2016 11:00 am

As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.

 

Start: 01/09/2016 8:00 pm

Shemekia Copeland is a blues marvel at the height of her powers, playing contemporary blues, roots, and soul music with nuance and shading, strength and authority. “Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago, and all woman,” says the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sunday January 10, 2016
Start: 01/10/2016 7:00 pm

Rita Hosking writes and sings classic country-folk originals. Her songs sound like they’ve been around for a while – and deserve to stay around a lot longer! Rita grew up in Northern California – in a haunted house on Hatchet Mountain, according to a story she told NPR’s Weekend Edition – and now lives in Davis.

Monday January 11, 2016
Start: 01/11/2016 8:00 pm

Classical at the Freight: Mozart Birthday Celebration

Our annual tribute to the Oscar-winning composer of Amadeus, an evening of great chamber music by the master himself, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As Mozart turns the big two-six-oh, we present the SFCO All-Stars featuring our concertmaster Robin Sharp and principal horn Alex Rosenfeld in a celebratory program of his music for small ensembles. Come meet Wolfie himself and play our Mozart Trivia Contest for valuable prizes.

 

Tuesday January 12, 2016
Start: 01/12/2016 8:00 pm

Chuck Brodsky, who developed his compassionate songwriting, groove-oriented guitar playing, soulful vocals, and dry social commentary while living in Berkeley and performing on the Freight stage in the 1980s, returns with a new album, Tell Tale Heart, which Lonesome Highway praises for its “keenly observant eye,” “wicked sense of humor,” and “superbly crafted songs that champion the struggles of everyman.”

 

Wednesday January 13, 2016
Start: 01/13/2016 8:00 pm

Three good friends – top songwriters all – bring their extensive songbooks to the Freight for an “in-the-round” evening of hilarious stories and wonderful music.

Thursday January 14, 2016
Start: 01/14/2016 8:00 pm

Meredith AxelrodMeredith Axelrod is a an accomplished multi-instrumentalist with a sure grasp of early jazz, rural blues, and pre-1930s American pop music, learned from a deep immersion in old 78s. She has performed with Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, the Cheap Suit Serenaders, R. Crumb, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and in a duo with Craig Ventresco. The website Jazz Lives calls her “an unusual combination of demure and passionate.”

 

Friday January 15, 2016
Start: 01/15/2016 8:00 pm

Lucy KaplanskyLucy Kaplansky has a voice you won’t forget. Clear, pure, and full of tender feeling, it cuts through the noise of the world and pierces the heart. The good news is, she’s bringing that voice back to the Freight for an evening of incisive originals and carefully chosen covers.

Saturday January 16, 2016
Start: 01/16/2016 8:00 pm

Paul ThornHailed as the “Mark Twain of Americana,” Paul Thorn brings his gritty, gospel-infused Southern rock straight from his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, where he grew up as the son of a Pentecostal preacher and went on to box in more than 50 professional bouts, including one with Roberto Duran—but that’s another story. Paul’s music mixes the hard-driving boogie of the Allman Brothers with the soulful wit of John Hiatt.

Sunday January 17, 2016
Start: 01/17/2016 7:00 pm

Ruth MoodyRuth Moody, the Juno award-winning singer-songwriter from the Wailin’ Jennys, returns to the Freight with her own fine band and a passel of new songs. Her last album, These Wilder Things, won praise from The Telegraph, The Independent, and the website Americana UK. It all starts with Ruth’s gorgeous voice – light and clear, but full of shadows and shadings that suggest a dark undertow under the sweet surface.

Monday January 18, 2016
Start: 01/18/2016 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 January 19, 2016
Start: 01/19/2016 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 January 20, 2016
Start: 01/20/2016 8:00 pm

Jonathan Edwards broke into the big time with his million-selling hit single “Sunshine (Go Away Today)” in 1971, and in the years since, he’s amassed an impressive catalog of wonderful originals, including “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Shanty,” “One Day Closer,” and “Don’t Cry Blue.” Now he’s released a terrific new album, his 16th, Tomorrow’s Child, featuring contributions from an all-star cast of friends and admirers including Shawn Colvin, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Darrell Scott, Dirk Powell, Jerry Dou

Thursday January 21, 2016
Start: 01/21/2016 7:00 pm

Click here to stream the live webcast once the concert starts at 7pm.

The Berkeley Repertory Theator has graciously offered their beautiful Roda Theater for overflow viewing of Celebrating Ronnie Gilbert. Reservations become available on Thursday, January 14th at 12:30 pm. Click here for those reservations.

 

Friday January 22, 2016
Start: 01/22/2016 8:00 pm

Wearing period threads and playing vintage instruments, the Cheap Suit Serenaders dole out a giddy blend of up-tempo Hawaiian stomps, ragtime, Italian polkas, and more, as they recreate the music of the golden age of jazz. With Robert Armstrong, Allan Dodge, Rick Elmore, Terry Zwigoff, Casey MacGill, and Tony Marcus performing on ukuleles, Hawaiian steel guitars, fiddles, cellos, banjos, mandolins, accordions, and musical saws, the band brings alive great music and great times! 

 

Saturday January 23, 2016
Start: 01/23/2016 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.

 

Sunday January 24, 2016
Start: 01/24/2016 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 8pm.


 

Monday January 25, 2016
Start: 01/25/2016 8:00 pm

Berkeley High School Chamber Music ConcertCome hear an inspiring performance by the classical component of the world-renowned Berkeley High music program, a stunning showcase for its talented young players. The evening features an array of small groupings – from brass choir and string quartet to solos and duets–by musicians from Berkeley High School’s orchestra and band programs, under the direction of Karen Wells and Mary Dougherty.

Tuesday January 26, 2016
Start: 01/26/2016 8:00 pm

Hailing from the home of the Hobbit movies, and sharing DNA with Flight of the Conchords (Bret McKenzie co-founded the group), the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is renowned for its winning combination of charming Kiwi humor, disarmingly small instruments, and sublime musicality – a joyful formula that’s proved popular around the world. Bret won’t be appearing tonight, but the group’s sense of humor is entirely intact.

Wednesday January 27, 2016
Start: 01/27/2016 8:00 pm

John Hammond is a blues wonder. He can do more with a guitar, a harmonica, and his voice than just about anyone around. And his roots go deep. He once had a band with both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. He’s played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, The Band before they were The Band, Dr. John, and John Lee Hooker.

Thursday January 28, 2016
Start: 01/28/2016 8:00 pm

Maria Quiles & Rory CloudQuiles & Cloud – that’s Maria Quiles and Rory Cloud – started playing together on the sidewalks of San Francisco in the fall of 2011 and something quickly clicked. “It was perfect timing for both of us,” Rory says. “We really connected on so many levels,” Maria says.

Friday January 29, 2016
Start: 01/29/2016 8:00 pm

When John Sebastian had to cancel his evening at the Freight, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum jumped at the opportunity to put together a celebration of the music of John Sebastian and the Lovin' Spoonful, as well as some of the music that influenced John, who wrote such classics as “Do You Believe in Magic,” “Daydream,” and “Summer in the City.” Laurie and Tom enlisted the help of the great Seattle-based duo, Orville Johnson and Mark Graham, known as The Kings of Mongrel Folk.

Saturday January 30, 2016
Start: 01/30/2016 8:00 pm

Lisa Ferraro & Erika LuckettLisa Ferraro & Erika Luckett are intent on amplifying the goodness, joy, and nourishment in the world. Lisa is a soulful jazz vocalist who grew up in Pittsburgh and has worked with such artists as Marvin Hamlisch, Hendrick Merkins, Roger Humphries, and Julie Bonk. Erika is an award-winning singer-songwriter and innovative guitarist who was born in Mexico and grew up in South America.

Sunday January 31, 2016
Start: 01/31/2016 7:00 pm

Bridging the past and the future of the Bay Area’s roots music scene, this show features Thompsonia – Eric & Suzy Thompson (Any Old Time, Black Mountain Boys, Blue Flame String Band, Texas Sheiks, California Cajun Orchestra, etc.

Tuesday February 02, 2016
Start: 02/02/2016 8:00 pm

Tim FarrellTim Farrell, a trailblazing fingerstyle guitarist from Pennsylvania, plays with an elegant simplicity that celebrates the essence of the music. His sixth and latest album, Cascadia, features his breathtaking originals and a lovely cover of “Walk Away, Renee.” Tim has shared the stage with such artists as Les Paul, George Benson, and Jean Luc Ponty, and his music is frequently played on such internationally syndicated programs as Echoes and World Café.

Wednesday February 03, 2016
Start: 02/03/2016 8:00 pm

Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono are Hawaiian music legends who gained fame in the 1970s and have played a major role in the creative renewal of Hawaiian music over the past four decades. The New York Times calls Keola “the quintessential Hawaiian slack-key master.” The Honolulu Star-Advertiser calls Henry “one of the great island songwriters of his generation.” Keola’s wife Moanalani is a Kumu Hula, or hula master, who dances, chants, sings, and plays percussion.

Thursday February 04, 2016
Start: 02/04/2016 8:00 pm

Maria Muldaur Revered as one of the master craftsmen and innovators of the 20th century for R&B, soul, and funk, Allen Toussaint deeply influenced the lives of fans and musicians alike.  Join us for this special tribute, celebrating the late, great New Orleans music legend. 

Friday February 05, 2016
Start: 02/05/2016 8:00 pm

Misner & SmithMisner & Smith – that’s Sam Misner and Megan Smith – are long-time Freight favorites. Sam plays guitar, Megan plays mandolin and upright bass, and when the two of them sing together, their blended voices ring with commitment and vitality. Maverick Magazine has praised their “superb harmonies” and the website Hicks with Sticks has called them “a Bay Area treasure to be shared . . .

Saturday February 06, 2016
Start: 02/06/2016 8:00 pm

Cascada de FloresCascada de Flores specializes in achingly beautiful songs from Latin America’s golden age. At the heart of the music is the gorgeous voice of Arwen Lawrence and the expressive guitar of Jorge Liceaga. Together they evoke a wonderfully lush, intimate atmosphere.

Monday February 08, 2016
Start: 02/08/2016 8:00 pm

An evening of melodious music by Franz Schubert, including his famous Trout Quintet and an early string trio. Featuring guest star Kay Stern, concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, pianist Frank Levy and a team of SFCO All-Stars including Robert Howard, Michel Taddei, and Ben Simon.