Ashkenaz presents dance music from a variety of world and roots music genres, including – but not limited to – African, Balkan, Bellydance, Bluegrass/Old Time, Blues, Brazilian, Cajun/Zydeco, Caribbean, Cuban, Flamenco, Grateful Dead, Jam Bands, Kids' Shows, Reggae, Ska, Swing, and different world fusions. We feature emerging, local, national, and international talent 6 nights a week. Night after night we hear from performers how the experience playing at Ashkenaz is truly a unique one. Musicians love our sound, our homey vibe, and the treatment they receive first as guests in the club, then as members of our community. 

  • We are committed to offering quality music that represents a broad spectrum of cultures and styles

  • We look for music that moves your feet, and is all-age appropriate (we are always all ages).

  • We support other nonprofit organizations by offering a space for benefits and fundraisers.

  • Occasionally we have sit-down shows for dance performance, such as Flamenco and Bellydance, but we are mainly an "open dance floor" venue.

The most successful performances at Ashkenaz appeal to a diversity of audiences of all-ages, get people on the dance floor, and give voice to a variety of cultural traditions. We are committed to keeping our ticket prices low, so it typically takes an audience of at least 100 (150 for larger ensembles) for the Artists and Ashkenaz to earn a fair rate to sustain our respective practices. 


FOLLOW UP CONTACT | 510-525-5099
Brandi Brandes, Executive Director |
Contact for booking international music and dance, special events, weekend performances that can draw 150+ attendees. 

Max Lopez, Program Curator |
Contact for booking Cajun, Zydeco, Reggae, Grateful Dead/Rock/Jam, Americana, and U.S. American Folk Musics


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