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March and April Concerts Cancelled

(Evie Ladin practicing banjo distancing)     We've had to cancel all March and April concerts due to health concerns. We'll resume our shows as soon as we can. Check back here in May for an update. In the meantime, listen to some tunes, visit musicians' websites and support them by buying music. Here's our picks for this Spring: John Reischman & The Jaybirds. Amber Cross. Musica Pacifica. The Honey Dewdrops. Scroggins & Rose. Alexandrov & Skliar. Miller/Macdonald. The Louvin Brothers. Read more

John Reischman & The Jaybirds–Sunday, March 15–added show at 3:30 p.m.

JOHN REISCHMAN & THE JAYBIRDS SECOND SHOW ADDED Due to high demand, we've added an afternoon show at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. See the RESERVATIONS page to reserve seats. If you'd like to change your existing reservation from the 7:30 show (it's overbooked!) send us an email at fifthstfarms@gmail.com and we'll confirm. The Jaybirds are an accomplished, experienced band at the peak of their powers, with musicianship of the very highest order. Each a master of their instrument, The Jaybirds put their own ... Read more

George Cole Trio–Friday, February 14

GEORGE COLE Singer and breakneck acoustic guitarist George Cole lives in a musical world all his own... a world in which Django Reinhardt, The Ramones, Nat King Cole and Doc Watson get equal billing with Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Willie Nelson and the Great American Songbook. Cole currently occupies the guitar chair for the David Grisman Quintet and has 2 releases on Grisman’s Acoustic Disc label. One of the highest-quality musicians in the Bay Area and a remarkable ensemble player, George will ... Read more

Undone in Sorrow–Saturday, February 1

Undone in Sorrow Spare, heartfelt, genuine, moving: Undone in Sorrow plays old-time music as if they're sitting on the porch in West Virginia. I saw them at the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention and among all the bands there, they really captured my attention. Here's a link to some of their tunes. Sometime it seems like a miracle that this music still exists. See the RESERVATIONS page to reserve seats UPCOMING SHOWS: George Cole–Friday, February 14 John Reischman & The Jaybirds–Sunday, March 15 The Honey Dewdrops–Friday, March 20 Amber ... Read more

Terra Incognita–Saturday, January 4

Terra Incognita Saturday, January 4 Terra Incognita is Shira Kammen, Robin Petrie, and Peter Maund, three Bay Area musicians with rich backgrounds in international folk, classical, contemporary and traditional music. The trio performs its own compositions as well as unique arrangements of traditional songs and dances. Terra Incognita is on a musical adventure to intertwine ancient and new compositions with moments of improvisation, venturing into unknown lands and soundscapes.  This concert will be a musical ritual to honor the New Year and celebrate new beginnings, ... Read more

Cahalen Morrison solo–Saturday, December 14

Cahalen Morrison solo–Saturday, December 14 Cahalen Morrison made a big impression when he visited Fifth Street with Eli West a couple years ago. An amazing songwriter and skilled on guitar, mandolin and banjo, Cahalen is a unique voice in traditional and modern American music. Crafting terrific songs with an ear for humor, storytelling, heartache and the work it takes to get by, Cahalen plays here solo, on a very short break from his work with the top-notch Pacific Northwest band Western Centuries. See ... Read more

Circadian Quartet–Saturday, November 16

Circadian Quartet with Hamid Taghavi Saturday, November 16 For this concert, the Circadian String Quartet--Monika Gruber & David Ryther, violins, Omid Assadi, viola and David Wishnia, cello--teams up with Iranian-born santour virtuoso Hamid Taghavi. They'll explore themes of coming together and "yeganegi", or uniting in times of crisis, with music by Reza Vali, Sahba Aminikia, and Hamid Taghavi, representing two generations of Persian-American composers. Weaving through and uniting the program will be chiaroscuros, or short interludes, by David Ryther based on poetry by ... Read more

Friction Quartet–Friday, October 18

Friction Quartet with bass clarinetist Bruce Belton Friday, October 18 We're excited to have Friction Quartet back at Fifth Street. This local quartet with an international reputation regularly commissions and plays new works and is equally adept at presenting masterworks from the standard string quartet repertoire. Violinists Otis Harriel and Kevin Rogers and cellist Doug Machiz return to Fifth Street with their new violist Lucia Kobza. For this concert, they'll be joined by bass clarinetist Bruce Belton to perform new quintets by composers ... Read more

TESLIM–Saturday, September 7

Teslim In Turkish, teslim means both “commit” and “surrender.” In Turkish classical music, teslim means “theme” or main melody—a composition journeys away from and returns home to its teslim, which becomes like a beloved character. Commit and surrender are two sides of the same coin. If we are all commitment--technical practice and diligent study--we may not allow the spirit of the music to animate those sounds; if we are all surrender, our skills are not honed and we are unable express that spirit ... Read more