Saturday March 19, 2016
Start: 03/19/2016 11:00 am

Cascada de FloresCascada de Flores returns to the Freight to present a bilingual music and dance program for children. As roster artists with both Young Audiences of Northern California and Performances to Grow On in Ventura, they have performed in over 300 Western US schools, reaching over 50,000 students with their educational program. In addition, Cascada de Flores was featured twice in World Arts West’s arts education program People Like Me.

 

Start: 03/19/2016 8:00 pm

It’s time once again when The Freight & Salvage is invaded by the music of British rock from the 1960’s. ‘THE FREIGHT GOES BRITISH REVUE #7 – THE WHO’ Every year since 2009 BIN Productions has hosted a show honoring one of Britain’s iconic rock groups, performed by current & former students of Chris Solberg. This year the honor goes to the bombastic group THE WHO. After much study & lots of rehearsing, each group will play at least three WHO tunes, plus songs of their own choosing.

Sunday March 20, 2016
Start: 03/20/2016 12:00 pm

Meet Me Downtown

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse Open House – Showcasing Class and Workshop Opportunities 1 – 4pm (because the jam goes until then)

 

 

12-1 Hiram Bell’s ‘Ukulele Student Recital (showroom)

soaring popularity of the 'ukulele is evident in this fun, class performance

 


1-2:30 Old Time Harmony Singing w/ Evie Ladin (showroom)

Start: 03/20/2016 7:00 pm

AltanThe Irish super-group Altan is coming back to the Freight!

Monday March 21, 2016
Start: 03/21/2016 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 March 22, 2016
Start: 03/22/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

 

Wednesday March 23, 2016
Start: 03/23/2016 8:00 pm

BETTY is an upbeat pop rock trio of stellar musicians and activists. Featuring Alyson Palmer and sisters Elizabeth and Amy Ziff, the band’s heartfelt passion and signature sound of soaring harmonies, lively melodies and clever lyrics layered over strong grooves create an energetic, boundary-pushing live show that is a popular attraction worldwide. Songs from their most recent album, Bright & Dark, have been featured on televisions shows Weeds, Ugly Betty, and  The L Word.

Thursday March 24, 2016
Start: 03/24/2016 8:00 pm

Real Vocal String QuartetChoose a box, any box, and the Real Vocal String Quartet will think outside of it. They’re a string quartet and a vocal quartet. They play Irish fiddle tunes and Brazilian choro, chamber music and wild improvisation. They backed up Feist on her indie-pop hit Metals, which Jon Pareles of the New York Times named his favorite album of 2011, and appeared with her on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Friday March 25, 2016
Start: 03/25/2016 8:00 pm

Sierra Hull is a mega-talented singer and mandolinist who first took the Grand Ole Opry stage when she was 11, signed with Rounder Records when she was 13, earned a Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and now, at 24, is releasing her third album, Weighted Mind, featuring contributions from Ethan Jodziewicz, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens, and produced by 15-time Grammy winner Bela Fleck.

Saturday March 26, 2016
Start: 03/26/2016 8:00 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show.

Sunday March 27, 2016
Start: 03/27/2016 1:00 pm

Come celebrate the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach – he’d be turning a cool 331 this week – with some of the finest young musicians in the Bay Area and beyond! The Junior Bach Festival is enjoying its own 63rd birthday, having been founded in Berkeley in 1953 by music teacher and pianist Tirzah Mailkoff.

Start: 03/27/2016 7:00 pm

It’s a party for David Grisman, the master of the mandolin, celebrating the release of a new album as well as his birthday! David has played with everyone from Stephane Grapelli to Jerry Garcia, from Doc Watson to Hal Blaine. Tonight he returns to his swing jazz sweet spot, joined by an all-star lineup of stalwarts – George Cole on guitar, George Marsh on percussion, Matt Eakle on flute, Jim Kerwin on bass, and Chad Manning on fiddle – and perhaps a few special guests!

 

Monday March 28, 2016
Start: 03/28/2016 8:00 pm
Tuesday March 29, 2016
Start: 03/29/2016 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 March 30, 2016
Start: 03/30/2016 8:00 pm

Kahulanui, which means the big dance, is an inspiration passed down from grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to father Rodgers L.L. Naipo, Sr., to Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers listening to his grandfather’s stories about playing in the Royal Hawaiian Band in an era when horns and drums were a big part of Hawaiian music. In the 1930s and 40s, Hawaiian swing got the whole house jumping. Today Kahulanui gives Hawaiian swing new life!

 

Thursday March 31, 2016
Start: 03/31/2016 8:00 pm

Due to illness, this show is postponed. A reschedule date will be announced as soon as possible.

If you purchased tickets online, you will automatically recieve a refund. If you purchased tickets through the Freight box office (either in person or over the phone), please contact us at (510) 644-2020 ext. 120.

 

Friday April 01, 2016
Start: 04/01/2016 8:00 pm

John GorkaJohn Gorka grabs you with his voice and holds you with his words. He has a stunningly soulful baritone and a sensibility that combines great playfulness with a remarkable depth of feeling. When he sings someone else’s song – Dylan’s “Girl of the North Country,” for instance – he molds it to the contours of his own musical vision. His originals are clever, but not just clever. They cut to the bone. In “I Saw a Stranger with Your Hair,” he asks, “By the way / how is my heart?

Saturday April 02, 2016
Start: 04/02/2016 11:00 am

Rudy TrubittRudy Trubitt is the host of The Patchwork Series, now in it’s fifth year here at The Freight. In this solo show, Rudy will bring a mix of old and new songs for ears of all ages. Expect to do some dancing, some call-and-response and maybe even join in a conga-line around the Freight. And watch out for Little Chicken, Rudy’s recent single which reached #1 on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Kid’s Place Live channel last summer.

 

Start: 04/02/2016 8:00 pm

An exciting lineup of musicians will be sharing the stage to honor and celebrate the exquisite artistry and musical legacy of Rafael Manríquez.

Sunday April 03, 2016
Start: 04/03/2016 7:00 pm

Will Holland is known for his adventurous musical productions, and skill for marrying a variety of sounds with the modern dance floor aesthetic. On this tour, he will be joined by legendary Colombian drummer/percussionist Wilson Viveros, and Texas-born multi-instrumentalist and regular Quantic collaborator, Sylvester Onyejiaka on horns and keys, with additional special guests to be announced.  

 

Monday April 04, 2016
Start: 04/04/2016 8:00 pm
Tuesday April 05, 2016
Start: 04/05/2016 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 April 06, 2016
Start: 04/06/2016 7:30 pm

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

 

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 April 07, 2016
Start: 04/07/2016 8:00 pm

Fiddle guru Darol Anger calls Bruce Molsky “the Rembrandt of the Appalachian fiddle.” Matt Glaser, director of the American Roots program at the Berklee College of Music, calls him “America’s reigning old time fiddler.” Bruce is a master fiddler who also excels on banjo and guitar. Oh, and he sings, too. “Bruce has that ability to track deep emotion in his voice, without any unnecessary adornment,” says Linda Rondstadt, who knows a bit about singing herself.

Friday April 08, 2016
Start: 04/08/2016 8:00 pm

Café Musique lives up to its name with a musical palette that includes gypsy, swing, tango, folk and the self-defined genre, wild classical. The five members seem to eat, sleep and breathe music. They're from the central coast of California and all five come from wildly different backgrounds, but together they’ve found kindred musical spirits in one another.

Saturday April 09, 2016
Start: 04/09/2016 8:00 pm

Junius Courtney Big BandThe Junius Courtney Big Band alights on the Freight's stage to bring in Spring with the swingin'est of big band dances. The full dance floor will be open as this 18-piece entourage lifts off to delirious realms of swing.

 

Designed both for dancers ready to rip through their paces and for those who prefer to swing from a comfy seat, this Saturday night party cannot be missed.

 

Sunday April 10, 2016
Start: 04/10/2016 7:00 pm

Söndörgó (pronounced “Shoen-doer-go”) plays music in the Southern Slavic traditions of the Serbs and Croats as found in various settlements in Hungary. It’s thrilling, high-energy music that’s quite different from the more familiar fiddle-led Hungarian folk repertoire. Featuring Áron Eredics, Benjamin Eredics, Dávid Eredics, Salamon Eredics and Attila Buzás, the group formed near Budapest in 1995 and have spent the last two decades researching, arranging, and performing Southern Slav folk music.

Monday April 11, 2016
Start: 04/11/2016 8:00 pm

Squid, Inc.From Bjørk to bossa nova, Mozart to Megadeth, Squid, Inc. rules the airwaves. The hottest string quartet on the Bay Area scene plays covers and original tunes in a sassy blend of grunge classical meets rock-n-roll. A Freight favorite; bring your tatooed boyfriend to this one. With Hrabba Atladottir and Jory Fankuchen, violins; Darcy Rindt, viola; Beth Vandervennet, cello; and an occasional rapper.

 

Tuesday April 12, 2016
Start: 04/12/2016 7:00 pm

Living Jazz is an Oakland-based nonprofit whose mission is to build community, cultivate creativity, and enrich lives by fostering the love of jazz. The organization sponsors several great programs, including Jazz Camp West, the Oakland Community Children’s Choir, and “In the Name of Love,” an annual musical tribute to Martin Luther King. Jazz Search West is their Bay Area talent search for jazz vocalists and solo instrumentalists age 15 and up.

Wednesday April 13, 2016
Start: 04/13/2016 8:00 pm

Hailing from O‘ahu, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist, and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world. He is recognized as one of the top guitarists in the United States by Guitar Player magazine, and was honored by his peers in Hawai‘i with the Ki Ho‘alu (Slack Key) Foundation Legacy Award.

Thursday April 14, 2016
Start: 04/14/2016 8:00 pm

Rhiannon & Laurence Hobgood join hands and voice for a beautiful evening of improvisation, plus a few songs, to make magical music.

 

Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, she has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation, and storytelling to audiences for four decades.

 

Friday April 15, 2016
Start: 04/15/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

Proceeds from this special performance will help Berkeley Rose School welcome more families who desire a rigorous, developmentally appropriate and whole-child focused education.

 

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

Saturday April 16, 2016
Start: 04/16/2016 8:00 pm

The most poignant music is often inspired by watershed events in an artist’s life, and few occasions are more transformative than the arrival of one’s first child. For Allison Miller, the extraordinary drummer, composer and leader of her band Boom Tic Boom, that life-affirming experience provided the seed that led to the creation of her new full-length studio album, Otis Was a Polar Bear (The Royal Potato Family: April 8, 2016).

Sunday April 17, 2016
Start: 04/17/2016 7:00 pm

With an engaging conversational style, Ellis Paul delivers his tunes in a high, clear voice that gets you right in the heart. He tells touching and tender stories in songs that meld a pop sensibility with an abiding respect for the storytelling tradition of masters like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. His finely chiseled, deeply humane songs have won him more than a dozen Boston Music Awards.

Monday April 18, 2016
Start: 04/18/2016 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 April 19, 2016
Start: 04/19/2016 8:00 pm

Heather Nova has been making her own brand of intense, invigorating music since the 1990s, and she arrives at the Freight on the heels of a European tour with a compelling new album, her 12th, The Way It Feels, that American Songwriter says “just might be her best yet,” praising “her gorgeous, still-girlish voice, full of both wide-eyed awe and astute adult perception,” and calling her “an amazing amalgam of Joni Mitchell against a sonic background of The Velvet Underground.” The London Evening Sta

Wednesday April 20, 2016
Start: 04/20/2016 8:00 pm

Contemporary chamber music ensemble Wild Rumpus performs the West Coast premiere of An Index of Metals the final multimedia project from Italian composer Fausto Romitelli. Founded in San Francisco in 2011, the ensemble brings together stellar musicians who share a passion for risk-taking, collaboration, and working with living composers. The ensemble has commissioned thirty new works to date, showcasing premieres alongside new music that highlights shared threads of influence and inspiration.

Thursday April 21, 2016
Start: 04/21/2016 8:00 pm

UC Jazz Ensembles, one of three student groups within Cal Performances, is dedicated to the performance, study, and promotion of jazz at UC Berkeley. The combos cover a wide range of repertoire and styles, including jazz standards, challenging contemporary material from composers such as Dave Liebman and Chick Corea, and the students’ own original compositions.

 

Visit the UC Jazz Ensembles' website

Friday April 22, 2016
Start: 04/22/2016 8:00 pm

Kathy Kallick bandKathy Kallick is at it again, writing new songs, releasing new albums, and cooking up a bluegrass storm on stage. Singout!

Saturday April 23, 2016
Start: 04/23/2016 8:00 pm

Singer, comedian, actress, and musician Nellie McKay travels to a land of strange and wonderful music on her sixth and latest album, My Weekly Reader, revisiting some of the melodies of the 1960s.

 

Sunday April 24, 2016
Start: 04/24/2016 7:00 pm

If you like singing in groups, this will be a fantastic evening for you. This 10th year anniversary celebration of In Harmony’s Way will be part concert and part community sing. Performances by Bay Area folk singers will be followed by a community sing in the lobby, with everyone invited to join in, and even lead a song if you want.

 

Tonight’s show will feature a wide variety of singers and songs, but all of the songs have been chosen so that YOU, the audience, will be singing, too!

 

Tonight’s lineup of song leaders will be:

Monday April 25, 2016
Start: 04/25/2016 8:00 pm

Please visit the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp website for tickets and more information.

Tuesday April 26, 2016
Start: 04/26/2016 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 April 27, 2016
Start: 04/27/2016 8:00 pm

Two-time Grammy winner violinist Mads Tolling, six-time Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll Winner guitarist Mimi Fox, and internationally acclaimed bassist and composer Jeff Denson, have forged their musical talents in a new group, the San Francisco String Trio. An all acoustic group defying categorization, the San Francisco String Trio provides its audiences with a special musical experience that is both poignant and compelling.

Thursday April 28, 2016
Start: 04/28/2016 8:00 pm

The T Sisters, born and raised in California and now based in the creative hub of Oakland, embody harmony. It’s in their blood, bones, and history. Erika, Rachel and Chloe have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows.

 

Friday April 29, 2016
Start: 04/29/2016 8:00 pm

The Capitol Steps are a group of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians who travel the States satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. Since 1981 they’ve dug into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits with a special brand of satirical humor as popular in Peoria as on Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

Saturday April 30, 2016
Start: 04/30/2016 8:00 pm

Lisa Zeiler & Jennie Chabon

Sunday May 01, 2016
Start: 05/01/2016 7:00 pm

Mouths of Babes – that’s Ty Greenstein of Girlyman fame and Ingrid Elizabeth of Coyote Grace – brings together a tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady to make music that melts hearts and shakes souls with undeniable chemistry and unexpected wisdom. Their sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, salve and anthem—an invitation to love this life, to sing your sob story and end it with a smile.

 

Monday May 02, 2016
Start: 05/02/2016 8:00 pm

Joan Shelly's new album, Over And Even, was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlor on the island of Thessaloniki. The whole thing had something to do with Vashti Bunyan. That's what Joan told me, but Joan Shelley is a poet, so she makes things up. She writes smart, beautiful songs full of poetry, history, mystery and nature. Like all the best sad songs, they will make you cry. Then they will drag you outside and leave you flat on your back, staring up at the stars. 

 

Tuesday May 03, 2016
Start: 05/03/2016 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 May 04, 2016
Start: 05/04/2016 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 May 05, 2016
Start: 05/05/2016 8:00 pm

Trio Brasileiro includes the celebrated guitarist and full time member of the award-winning Brasil Guitar Duo, Douglas Lora; one of Brazil’s finest mandolin virtuosos, Dudu Maia, and the amazing percussionist and brother of Douglas, Alexandre Lora.

 

Friday May 06, 2016
Start: 05/06/2016 8:00 pm

EmiSunshine is an 11-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The Tennessean describes her as “an old soul,” noting, “Onstage, this soul’s presence is commanding and her singing voice authentic and folksy.” Her blend of roots music is equal parts Americana, bluegrass, gospel, and country, with a little bit of blues.

 

Saturday May 07, 2016
Start: 05/07/2016 9:00 am

Register online

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Start: 05/07/2016 8:00 pm

Margaret BeltonMargaret Belton and a band of outstanding Bay Area musicians pay tribute to the incomparable Patsy Cline, who immortalized songs like “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” Sweet Dreams,” and “Walkin’ After Midnight.” Margaret recently won the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Principal Female Actor in a Musical for her portrayal of Patsy in the Altarena Playhouse production of Always…Patsy Cline.

Sunday May 08, 2016
Start: 05/08/2016 12:00 pm

From noon to 4pm 

 

12:00pm: Possum Sauce - Lael Sigal, Lisa Heil & Ryan Dooley

12:30pm: "Mo B. and Dick" (Maureen Blumenthal & Richard Mason): classic country, folky, old-timey, bluegrassy, brother-duety and old-sounding originals

 

1:00pm: Earl White Stringband

Monday May 09, 2016
Start: 05/09/2016 8:00 pm

Take four musicians, sixty-eight string quartets, and the genius of Franz Josef Haydn; stir vigorously and applaud wildly. Robin Sharp, Julie Kim, Ben Simon, and Hannah Addario-Berry are the Haydn Project; this will be their first public performance, and with it the early fruits of their journey into these mostly brilliant, always inventive, enormously engaging works.

 

Tuesday May 10, 2016
Start: 05/10/2016 8:00 pm
Wednesday May 11, 2016
Start: 05/11/2016 8:00 pm

For Sean Watkins, the last decade has been jammed with music making and a herculean amount of touring. He started his musical career as one third of the Grammy-winning Nickel Creek and has gone on to helm, with his sister Sara, the genre-hopping musical feast that is the Watkins Family Hour, lent his voice and guitar work to albums by friends and family, and released three solo albums.

Thursday May 12, 2016
Start: 05/12/2016 8:00 pm

Jenny Kerr is a San Francisco native who as a kid used to take the bus to the Haight to see blues and folk concerts in the sixties. Watching Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters led her to an older roster of musicians like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Little Walter and Dock Boggs. She cast off her classical music training and started playing guitar, harmonica and banjo.

Friday May 13, 2016
Start: 05/13/2016 8:00 pm

Maurice TaniMaurice Tani has been a fixture on the local alt-country scene for more than a decade with his band 77 El Deora, and previously sang and played guitar for the seminal Motown-style party bands Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra and Big Bang Beat.

Saturday May 14, 2016
Start: 05/14/2016 11:00 am

In a show as exuberant as their whimsical name, Octopretzel returns to the Freight stage to share exciting new material! Their most recent album, Inspiraled, brings together ALL NEW fun, engaging and creative songs that range in themes from stars, animals, imagination, different instruments, and lots more.

Start: 05/14/2016 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 May 15, 2016
Start: 05/15/2016 1:00 pm

The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance.

 

Founded in 1974, the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) is the longest running youth chorus in the East Bay. The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance.

 

Start: 05/15/2016 7:00 pm

“Classic Rock” takes on a whole new meaning when the cello-powered combo Break of Reality hits the stage at the Freight. With Patrick Laird, Laura Metcalf, and Ben Capps on cello, and Ivan Trevino on percussion, all classically trained at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, the band brings classical technique and rock and roll energy to make boundary-breaking music, be it an original composition, a song by Tool or Radiohead, or a J. S. Bach arrangement.

Monday May 16, 2016
Start: 05/16/2016 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 May 17, 2016
Start: 05/17/2016 8:00 pm

Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson’s deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra’s fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. Suzy and Allegra’s genetically-matched vocals (dubbed “The Everly Sisters sound” by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar.

Wednesday May 18, 2016
Start: 05/18/2016 8:00 pm

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

 

Thursday May 19, 2016
Start: 05/19/2016 8:00 pm

The Stray BirdsThe Stray Birds are a folk-roots trio from Pennsylvania farm country who play as if they’ve been making music together forever. Their harmonies are gorgeous and gritty, and their deft instrumentals always serve the song. “Clearly these are players with chops, songwriters with a fierce command of their craft. But they also seem to have a grip on when to lend a hand, and when to let the songs fly on their own.

Friday May 20, 2016
Start: 05/20/2016 8:00 pm

 

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands 

Vern Williams Band Alumni 

Dix Bruce & Jim Nunally 

Gallery Stage: The Blue J’s 

 

Saturday May 21, 2016
Start: 05/21/2016 7:00 pm

Steep Ravine

High Country

Manning Music Students

Gallery Stage: Blue Summit

 

Sunday May 22, 2016
Start: 05/22/2016 7:00 pm

Grand Finale 

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band with Herb Pedersen 

Max Schwartz & Pals

Rita Hosking Trio 

Gallery Stage: The Go To Hell Man Clan

 

Tuesday May 24, 2016
Start: 05/24/2016 7:30 am

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 May 25, 2016
Start: 05/25/2016 8:00 pm

Krüger Brothers“The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I have ever played with,” said the late Doc Watson. The Bluegrass Journal says, “The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent.” Brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger left their home in Switzerland to pursue life as street musicians and met their “other brother,” Joel Landsberg, in New York City. Jens won the 2013 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.

Thursday May 26, 2016
Start: 05/26/2016 8:00 pm

Lance Canales & The Flood are headed to Berkeley with a hot new album, The Blessing and the Curse, and a history of playing roots music that goes deep. “Their music is a rough-hewn amalgam of Americana, blues, folk, and rock, bashed out on old instruments,” says Ozy.com.

Wednesday June 01, 2016
Start: 06/01/2016 7:30 pm

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show. Standing room only tickets will be available once 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 June 02, 2016
Start: 06/02/2016 8:00 pm
Friday June 03, 2016
Start: 06/03/2016 8:00 pm

Fifty years of nonstop touring, performing and recording have reaped huge rewards. Charlie Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. This man cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the south side of Chicago in the early 1960’s – thank your lucky stars he is still with us telling the truth with a voice and harp tone like no other.

 

Saturday June 04, 2016
Start: 06/04/2016 8:00 pm

Carrie Rodriguez“Fits together like honey and smoke in a warm but vibrant Texas breeze.”—AllMusic

 

“…an album that combines seemingly disparate influences into one gloriously cohesive Spanglish statement...The seemingly improbable cultural mashups are a perfect expression of reality for many folks in Texas and beyond.” —NPR Music

 

Sunday June 05, 2016
Start: 06/05/2016 8:00 pm

The Jazzschool Studio Band, a 19 piece big band made up of the top high school players in the Bay Area and directed by esteemed arranger/composer/trombonist educator Dave Eshelman, features NYC saxophonist and bandleader Donny McCaslin playing Donny's original music for big band.

 

Monday June 06, 2016
Start: 06/06/2016 8:00 pm
Tuesday June 07, 2016
Start: 06/07/2016 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 June 08, 2016
Start: 06/08/2016 8:00 pm
Thursday June 09, 2016
Start: 06/09/2016 8:00 pm

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

Friday June 10, 2016
Start: 06/10/2016 8:00 pm

The Quarry Persons have been leading standing-room only Sing the Beatles events at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival for 5 years. In the past 2 years they've brought their exciting Sing the Beatles sing along events to the Kensington Circus Pub in Kensington. This tribute band recreates your favorite Beatles tunes with Joe Cadora and Carol Curtis on guitars, Jonathan Gill on bass and Bill Coffin on drums. For this special event they are teaming up with Peter Elman, longtime Bay Area performer, composer, producer and educator.

Saturday June 11, 2016
Start: 06/11/2016 8:00 pm

Seattle singer/comedian Lisa Koch is hosting an evening of Pride comedy, featuring hilarious Texas comedian Vickie Shaw, demented pianist Roxanna Ward, and special guest Barbara Higbie. Snort-inducing comedy, fabulous music and a rumored appearance by the reclusive Barstow Gay Men’s Chorus.

 

Sunday June 12, 2016
Start: 06/12/2016 7:00 pm

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

 

Sarah Jarosz earned her credibility in the world where contemporary folk, Americana and roots music intersect. Her reputation is built on three fronts—she is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, an expressive and distinctive vocalist, an accomplished songwriter, and a sought-after collaborator.

 

Monday June 13, 2016
Start: 06/13/2016 8:00 pm

Joshua Redman, Charlie Hunter, Benny Green, Peter Apfelbaum—these are just a few of the extraordinary jazz musicians who have emerged from the Berkeley public school system. Tonight is your chance to catch some future stars at the dawning of their musical careers—middle school musicians from King, Longfellow, and Willard middle schools playing jazz on the Freight stage!


Tuesday June 14, 2016
Start: 06/14/2016 8:00 pm

SVER play grand Norwegian folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from the very dreamy to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness—you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance.

 

The trio tonight features Olav Luksengård Mjelva on hardangerfiddle & fiddle, Adam Johansson on guitar, and Jens Linell on tambourine.

 

Wednesday June 15, 2016
Start: 06/15/2016 8:00 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.

Thursday June 16, 2016
Start: 06/16/2016 8:00 pm

A No Depression blogger referred to members of the band as "..the Gibson Brothers who don’t share the Gibson name." But there’s no doubt they’re a band of musical brothers as Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described them this way:  "Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene. ...the reason these guys can’t lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great.

Friday June 17, 2016
Start: 06/17/2016 8:00 pm

Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, a multi-award-winning songwriter, and an unforgettable performer. His most recent album, Soul Connection, features members of the Bonnie Raitt Band and Little Feat. Solo and in collaboration with his trio, City Folk and Dayan Kai, Keith has performed at The Kate Wolf Festival, The High Sierra Music Festival, The Sisters Folk Festival, and The Oregon Country Fair.

Saturday June 18, 2016
Start: 06/18/2016 11:00 am

José-Luis Orozco dedicates himself to what he truly enjoys—singing for children. He is a children’s author, performer, and songwriter known for his song “De Colores”. José-Luis has recorded 15 volumes of Lírica Infantil, Latin American Children’s Music, and written three award-winning books each accompanied by a CD that presents a bilingual collection of songs, rhymes, tongue twisters, lullabies, games and holiday celebrations gathered from Spanish-speaking countries.

Start: 06/18/2016 8:00 pm

Robin Flower & Libby McLarenFreight favorites Robin Flower and Libby McLaren return for an exhilarating evening of innovative instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies, wild creative energy, and loads of fun. With Robin on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, Libby on piano and accordion, and both of them sharing vocals, this polished and passionate duo creates their own marvelous blend of roots music—they call it Celtic Americana—grounded in tradition but with a sound that’s always fresh and contemporary.

Sunday June 19, 2016
Start: 06/19/2016 1:00 pm

A Cavalcade O' Stars Benefit Concert for Little Village Foundation, presenting music rooted in fascinating cultural stories yet to be discovered.

 

Monday June 20, 2016
Start: 06/20/2016 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!