Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center presents concerts, classes, and workshops of participatory dance and music rooted in traditional cultures from around the world. We are committed to providing a great place to dance that supports local and international bands of both established and emerging artists in a respectful, comfortable, safe, and family atmosphere. Through this we build friendship and culturally inclusive community that encourages social awareness, education, and dedication to fairness, honor, and equality.
World and Roots Music
Ashkenaz is a nationally recognized nonprofit music and culture venue that specializes in presenting live world and roots music. Ashkenaz brings people of all ages, cultures, and lifestyles together with music and dance programs that include African, Balkan, Brazilian, Cajun/Zydeco, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Reggae, American roots from Bluegrass to Swing, and more. Ashkenaz presents nightly live music, dance, and movement classes, workshops, programs for children, and benefit shows.
All programs are open to children, and kids 12 and under receive free admission (unless otherwise noted). Ashkenaz is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking in the lot across the street after 9 pm.
“For me, Ashkenaz is much more than a club; every show is a family reunion, with a family you actually get along with.”
– Noam Biale, written when a student at Berkeley High School