House concerts are an old and current way of hearing music–socially, in a comfortable place without too many distractions. At Fifth Street, concerts are upstairs in a beautiful room with great sound.

The music is acoustic (unamplified instruments and voices), generally traditional American or international, of all types. Chair seating and folks are welcome to bring food/drink to share.

Reservations are necessary to assure you a seat and made by calling (510) 525-9248, or via email at

Doors open at 7:00, music at 7:30. Cost is $20; all proceeds go to the musicians.

  • Sean Watkins & The Bee Eaters

    Sean Watkins & The Bee Eaters — Sunday, April 1

    The Bee Eaters combine the fine details of chamber music, the velocity and high spirit of bluegrass, and the melodic resourcefulness of pop music. This band has a unique American sound.

    Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and performed at Carnegie Hall. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythms jazz, rock and pop music, leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. Hammer dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument previously thought to have limited range. His inventive touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities redefine the instrument.

    Tonight The Bee Eaters will be joined by Sean Watkins, a stunning songwriter, guitarist and founder of Nickel Creek.


    See the CONCERTS page to make reservations.



    Rita Hosking–Saturday, May 5

    Sylvestris Quartet–Friday, May 25

    The Ladles–Saturday, May 26

    Elizabeth Blumenstock–Saturday, June 9

    Trio Garufa–Saturday, June 16