Doors at 7:00; Workshop at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $10 - $20 sliding scale
Learn and practice skillful responses to hate crimes, harassment and everyday bigotry. We’ll cover five different types of bystander responses, and spend most of the workshop doing role play scenarios in a safe and welcoming learning environment.
Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D., is the founder of Climate Compassion and a social justice advocate who bridges communities to inspire creative system change. She is a facilitator and coach in the areas of resilience and well-being, with an emphasis on the power of embodied practice to ripple well-being throughout the web of life. She is part of a global effort to scale psycho-social well-being in response to the challenges of ecological disruption.
Ann-Ellice Parker is a veteran activist in the movements for peace and social justice. She is a former health educator, and non-profit trainer. Her background includes women’s reproductive health, HIV education, prevention, harm reduction and policy. She is the owner of Seasons of Change, an end-of-life education and training company. She believes compassion and empathy are important levers of social change, and that in our ability to recognize ourselves in one another, we lay the foundation for building the “beloved community."
Closed For a Private Event
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Doors at 7:30 pm; Concert at 8 pm
Tickets are $20 in advance / $22 at the door
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The Party Continuette!
Born To Drum Faculty Concert/ Party
Bring your drums
WITH: Mabiba Baegne, Ouida Lewis, Denise Solis and Julia Cepeda with Taller Bombalele, Carolyn Brandy, Mar Stevens, Jeni Swerdlow, Michaelle Goerlitz, Elizabeth Sayre, Suki, Adwoa Kudoto, Sena Kugbega, Regina Wells, Susana Pedroso AND MORE …
Doors at 9:00 pm; Performance at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $30 Pre-Sale / $35 Day of Show
Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare are responsible for much more music than is typically acknowledged. Without them, Jamaican popular music would have taken a very different course.
Much of the outside world became aware of the ‘Rhythm Twins’ through their work with transplanted Jamaican sensation Grace Jones, or via later collaborations with the Stones, Serge Gainsbourg, Herbie Hancock and Bob Dylan. In the realm of reggae, Sly and Robbie first caused a stir while backing singer Peter Tosh in the mid-70s, and the spotlight was placed directly onto their own creativity later that decade through hits on their Taxi label with Gregory Isaacs, the Tamlins, Jimmy Riley and Junior Delgado. Their championing of Black Uhuru also helped give that group its stellar status in the wake of Bob Marley’s death, resulting in the first reggae Grammy award in 1985.
Sly and Robbie also made a series of abstract concept albums with underground figurehead Bill Laswell in New York before returning to the dancehall fray in Jamaica for hits with Chakademus and Pliers, Beenie Man, Capleton and the Innocent Kru, among others. Further work with Jamaican actress-singer Cherine Anderson and collaborations with No Doubt and Sinead O’Connor kept them in demand internationally – even Paris Hilton requested their production assistance.
Throughout it all, their music has never really dropped in quality, and anyone who’s had the pleasure of observing them at work knows that their individual chemistry is a big part of what makes Sly and Robbie such a unique musical production force. Sly Dunbar can drum like a metronome and is equally adept at drum programming, while Robbie Shakespeare’s rock-solid bass forms an unwavering melodic anchor. Their personalities are at opposing ends of the scale too – stick-thin Sly is the essence of a calm and courteous gentleman, while the hefty bassist once served time in a notorious Jamaican prison on a gun charge, and has no qualms about making it clear he is not to be trifled with. Together, Messrs Drumbar and Basspeare are a tour-de-force of rhythmic creativity.
(from factmag.com review)
Family-friendly Freestyle Community Dance. Come dance freely every Sunday morning at Soul Sanctuary Dance. No admission fee / 100% volunteer produced.
Soul Sanctuary Dance is a welcoming and inclusive all-ages community freestyle/ecstatic/shoes optional dance that supports free expression, community, physical and emotional health, and a spirit of generosity. We dance to an irresistible eclectic blend of world music, funk, house, soul, electro swing, positive hip hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica, and other music to free mind, body and soul.
Organic fruit for all after the dance.
The dance is completely organized and run by volunteers.
Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional.
The dance is a generosity and donation-based event. We don't charge a fee for admission. Instead, we post this message at the welcome table: "Your dance today at Soul Sanctuary Dance is a gift from those who have made donations to the dance, and from the volunteers who organize and produce the dance. We invite you to pay this generosity forward for future dancers, in whatever amount or manner you choose, so that we can continue to keep this chain of gifts alive."
closed for private event
Global Cultures for Kids
Closed for Private Event
Doors are at 7:30; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $15-$20 sliding scale
Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy fame) brings together a hysterical multicultural gaggle of East Bay-based queer comedians for Gay Pride Comedy Night at Ashkenaz!
Featuring: Karen Ripley, Mimi Gonzalez, Sampson McCormick, Nate Blanchard, and Lisa Geduldig
Karen Ripley a queer comic and improv master and has been featured on LOGO TV. She is a veteran of LGBT comedy and began her comedy career in 1977 (40 years ago!) in the heyday of the LGBT comedy movement in San Francisco. She has performed at hundreds of Pride events as well as The Fringe and Diva Festivals. Ripley recently premiered her one-woman show, “Oh No, There’s Men On The Land” to rave reviews at The Marsh Berkeley. She is currently working on her next show, “Gunver the Resistance.”
Mimi Gonzalez has been rocking the mic everywhere from Prides and protests to cruises and festivals since before being gay was spelled with three letters. She welcomes everyone in the acronym of GLBT etc. through her fierce politics of inclusion. Her life-long agitation and activism is expressed in print through queer and diversity and inclusion magazines and as a stand up comic on nationally televised shows. She has been called "one of the funniest comics in NYC" by Backstage Magazine, and Provincetown Magazine says she’s "Funny, sexy, sharp, positive… Mimi Gonzalez is a comic, life-affirming force."
Sampson McCormick is an experience, a down to earth comedic force of nature, and one of the most celebrated LGBT comics working. He's been named 'One of the Funniest LGBT comics' by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Advocate, and OUT Magazine and appeared on MTV, VH1, BET and is currently featured in the upcoming Netflix documentary "A Tough Act To Follow" and in this season of VICELAND's popular show "PayDay.” His comedy offers riveting and refreshing takes on politics, race, religion and sexuality —you know, all those things you aren't suppose to talk about in polite company.
Nate Blanchard started his comedy career in San Francisco at the tender age of 19. After appearing at the Punchline, Harvey's, and two SF Pride events, the siren sounds of cheap rent, smoky bars, and an emerging international comedy scene drew him to Berlin in 2010, where he further evolved his own brand of blunt, brazen comedy. Animating his wayward life, glamorous misadventures, and queer sensibilities, he’s “like a virgin... touched for the 53rd time.” He starred in the viral YouTube video, “Sh*t Expat Berliners Say,” has toured throughout Europe, and produced his own show, The Neukölln Confessional, for the German television channel, ALEX. He currently lives in Oakland and is probably chatting with your man on Grindr.
Lisa Geduldig is a local comedian and comedy producer who’s the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (celebrating its 25th Anniversary this December!); Comedy Returns to El Rio! (which just celebrated its 8th Anniversary); Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians; The Color of Funny: A Multi-Cultural Comedy Show; and A Muslim, A Mormon, and A Jew Walk into A Bar: The Comedy of Religion. She moonlights as a bilingual (Spanish-English) publicist.
Doors are at 8:00 pm; Performance is at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $15 advance/$20 day of show
Demiran Ćerimović is a renowned Romani trumpet (rotary-valve flugelhorn) player and brass band leader from Vranje, Serbia. Like many in his community, he learned the art of the trumpet from his father, also a flugelhorn player who performed in a Vranje-based brass ensemble. Demiran’s mother’s family are from nearby Vranjska Banja, another community also famous for excellent Romani brass band musicians. His maternal grandfather was a drum (goč) player, and his connections to his maternal family allowed him to also learn the specific styling and repertoires of the Banja Romani community.
Demiran formally began performing in an ensemble, with his father, at the age of 16. In 1997, at the age of 27, he formed his own orchestra called Vranjski Biseri (Pearls of Vranje) and participated in the national brass competition in Guča for the first time. From 1997 to 2010, Demiran and Vranjski Biseri achieved ever-greater success at both regional brass competitions (in Surdulica) and the national competition in Guča, winning diverse awards (ranging from minor to major) nearly every year at festivals. In 2002, 2006, and 2007 Demiran and Vranjski Biseri won the highly prestigious award for “Best Ensemble” at Guča; in 2008, Demiran was awarded the prestigious title of “Master of the Trumpet” on account of his multiple wins at Guča and in recognition of his lifetime of stellar musicianship.
Outside of regular performances in Serbia, Demiran and his ensemble have toured the Middle East and Europe extensively, performing in eclectic music clubs and at concert venues on the world music circuit and even collaborating with various international artists, including Tony Hanna. The ensemble recorded an album in 2002 titled Pearls of Vranje, and Demiran was featured in the 2010 Meerkat Media Collective documentary film Brasslands together with U.S.-based ensemble Zlatne Uste. Demiran has also taught South Serbian and Romani-style brass music at seminars and workshops in Serbia, Western Europe, and North America; he has worked with the members of Zlatne Uste during their trips to Serbia, and in recent years he has been a regular guest at events hosted by Vancouver-based ensemble Orkestar Šlivovica. Demiran continues to perform widely and participate in brass band competitions, but he is also continuing the family legacy of training the next generation of brass musicians. He has been grooming his son Novica, also a fine flugelhorn player, in the art of leading a brass ensemble—and he has already begun preparing to teach Novica’s young son, Demiran (Jr.), to take up the trumpet and follow in his grandfather’s footsteps.
Doors at 6:30 pm; Balkan dance lesson at 7:00 pm; Dance at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $7
This monthly event is a revival of ’70s-style Berkeley folkdancing with some international request dancing to recorded music, capturing the spirit that David Nadel was inspired by when he opened Ashkenaz in 1973 with Balkan folkdancing. One does not need a live band to experience the communal pleasure of dancing together, and the dance lessons help newcomers join in the experience.
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Berkeley World Music Festival After-Party
Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $16 Advance / $16 for Students / $18 Day of Show
A tradition started back in the 20th century, Ashkenaz’s Grateful Dead Night is always evolving, reaching new heights since Stu Allen & Mars Hotel launched a weekly residency in late 2011. Led by acclaimed guitarist-singer Allen (of Phil Lesh & Friends, Melvin Seals & JGB, Ghosts of Electricity), a revolving cast of incredibly talented musicians inhabits Mars Hotel, drawing from the Grateful Dead’s vast catalog to delight Deadheads and dancers of all generations. A Mars Hotel show is always an energetic evening of good vibes, good music, and good community.
When it became apparent that Jerry Garcia had played his final show in 1995, Stu Allen began working to keep Garcia’s music, sound, and spirit alive in the concert setting. He regularly works with Phil Lesh and has also played sets with Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann. Allen is perhaps most known for fronting Melvin Seals’ tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band from 2004 to 2011. He received more national acclaim in 2010 when he toured with Dark Star Orchestra. Allen shares the Grateful Dead’s commitment to making each performance a unique event, from preparation to execution. He will perform multiple shows before playing the same song twice, and even then, that song will not be realized in quite the same way.
Mars Hotel takes this idea a step further by presenting a new band at each performance. Drawing from the rich music scene of the Bay Area, Allen has assembled a broad and ever-rotating group of musicians that makes each concert a once-only experience. As far as Grateful Dead tribute bands go, this is a concept that has never been done before.
Doors at 12:00pm; Show at 12:30pm.
Tickets are $5.
Since 1993, Berkeley-based BandWorks has helped several thousand youngsters fulfill their dream of playing in a rock band. BandWorks helps organize students into bands, provides coaching with some of the best musician-instructors in the Bay Area, and after 8 weeks rehearsing their favorite rock, pop, blues, reggae and original songs, takes the bands to the stage at Ashkenaz to perform live in front of an audience. In addition, BandWorks offers year-round classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as summer camps for kids and teens at locations around the Bay Area. Find out how you can join a band at BandWorks!
Doors are at 7:30pm; Dance lesson with Nathan Dias at 8:00pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $15
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for three years but three decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late ’40s and early ’50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.”
Doors at 6:30 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $15
The Albany High School Jazz Lab and Jazz Band, under the direction of Craig Bryant, perform to celebrate the end of the school year and to support music education in Albany schools. Bands from Albany have received top marks and awards at the Folsom, Reno, and Santa Cruz Jazz Festivals. In previous years, the Albany High School Jazz Band has performed at the CMEA State Conference in Sacramento, and been selected as a finalist for both the Next Generation Festival presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival and the “Essentially Ellington” contest presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Bryant’s students participate in the Jazzschool Studio Band and SFJAZZ High School All-Stars; the Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco Youth Orchestras, and the CBDA All-State bands and orchestras.
Tonight's performance is a fundraiser for Albany Music Fund, with proceeds supporting music programs in the Albany USD. For more information, please visit www.albanymusic.org.