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.

  • Kevin Burke


    Kevin Burke–Sunday, August 20

    Kevin Burke is an Irish master fiddler, considered one of the finest living Irish musicians. For almost forty years he has been at the forefront of Irish traditional and Celtic music, performing and recording with groundbreaking groups The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival.

    In addition to his solo albums, Kevin has worked with Christy Moore, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Jackie Daly, Ged Foley and Cal Scott, among dozens of other important musicians.

    In 2002, Kevin was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor given in the United States for folk and traditional music. In 2016, Kevin was named “Gradam Ceoil” (Musician of the Year) in the traditional-music awards presented by the Irish-language TV channel TG4. He’s been at Fifth Street before and it’s a thrill to have him back.

    See the Concerts page to make reservations.


    Rob Reich & Friends–Saturday, September 9

    Low Lily with John Whelan–Friday, September 29

    Upstate Rubdown–Saturday, October 28

    Chris Proctor–Friday, November 3

    April Verch Band–Saturday, November 11