Nash / Griffin / Landon--Songwriter's Circle: Saturday, July 20
Named one of “50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists” by Guitar Player magazine, James Nash has been described as "graceful but fiery... elegant and colorful... rampantly eclectic," and praised for his “near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality” (Chicago Tribune). James commands the stage with subtlety and bravado, and his genre-bending approach seamlessly unites the worlds of rock, bluegrass, and jazz into a sound that is both deeply soulful and technically remarkable.
Andrew Griffin started ...
Kora Feder–Friday, June 7
Both delicate and bold, Kora Feder (rhymes with “cedar”) is a rising voice in the new generation of folk songwriters up to the task of confronting the times we live in. "The most talented new singer-songwriter I've heard in the past decade,” says Rich Warren, host of Folkstage in Chicago and recent inductee into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame.
Feder holds a degree in Global Studies with a focus on songwriting as empowerment in indigenous and migrant communities. She spent two years wielding ...
Meraki Quartet–Sunday, June 2
This concert is sold out, but you can add yourself to the waiting list on the Reservations page.
The Meraki Quartet formed right here in Berkeley in 2016 through the Crowden Music Center’s Youth Chamber Music Program. The members of the quartet are now in high school, but don't let their youth throw you off. This group of talented young women--violinists Sofia Matthews and Jun Yong Liu, violist Anna Renton and cellist Isabelle Nichols--is already well on its way. ...
Gerry O'Connor & Richard Mandel–Saturday, May 4
Gerry O’Connor grew up in County Louth, in a family of musicians, dancers and singers. His mother, Rose, taught Gerry and his siblings at home, and she continued to teach from there for 40 years. Students travelling from Armagh and Dublin, as well as closer to home, came to learn from the doyenne of fiddle teachers. Gerry’s father Peter was a singer whose seven uncles all played music. Gerry won numerous All Ireland titles between ...
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands–Sunday, March 10
Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of The Good Ol’ Persons and The Grant Street String Band, and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and admiration of her peers. Website ...
Kathy Kallick Band–Friday, April 5
The Kathy Kallick band is based on the west coast, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Anchorage, and their powerful mixture of original and classic music has great appeal everywhere. Their latest release, “Horrible World,” has been out for a few months and is getting played throughout the world(s) of bluegrass/folk/acoustic music radio. The album contains a half-dozen new Kathy compositions, an original instrumental from KKB member Tom Bekeny, distinctive covers of numbers learned from Bill ...
Dan Zemelman & Tiffany Austin–Friday, April 26
Dan Zemelman & Tiffany Austin bring a high level of artistry in jazz and improvisatory music that draws from many different genres. From originals to standards, you will be moved by the lyrics, the spirit, and the creativity of these phenomenal artists. Both of them have expansive careers and have presented at many of the Bay Area’s top venues including SF Jazz, Yoshi’s, Freight & Salvage, and around the world. They'll will be joined tonight ...
Whiskey Deaf–Friday, March 29
Whiskey Deaf is a top-notch bluegrass / old-time / early country music band from Portland, Oregon. Fiddler Annie Staninec has been playing since age 4, plays now with the Kathy Kallick band, and is sought out by musicians all over the country. Ethan Lawton, a terrific songwriter and mandolin player, has been at Fifth Street with Western Centuries. Jamie Blair, John Kael and Dee Johnson fill out the lineup. This Whiskey Deaf show highlights a full complement of ...
MUSA–Friday, March 15
MUSA's mission is to present historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical chamber music, showcasing talented young performers. Their programs present interesting and unusual themes, and this program is no exception! In this concert MUSA takes us on a journey to explore the dynamic and complex cultural exchanges between Western Europe and China in the 17th and 18th centuries. Works performed will include a violin sonata written by the missionary Teodorico Pedrini and some transcriptions of Chinese tunes by ...
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands–Sunday, March 10
(Sorry, this show is sold out)
Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of The Good Ol’ Persons and The Grant Street String Band, and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and ...