Midnite Ramblers plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod
Nov
20
8:00 PM20:00

Midnite Ramblers plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Doors at 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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Back in 2009 two of the Bay Area’s top traditional musicians teamed up to form the Midnite Ramblers, playing roots music steeped in authentic Cajun and Creole traditions. They deliver irresistibly danceable Cajun classics. An early year of intense musical experiences in Louisiana made the Ramblers’ sound even more authentic to the Cajun tradition. Singer and fiddler Agi Ban is a founder of the Aux Cajunals as well as the Midnite Ramblers. Accordion player and fiddler Mark Marcin is a former teacher at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, where his love of Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music led to learning accordion from Ray Abshire, Jimmy Breaux, and others. He studied fiddle with Suzy Thompson and Cedric Watson. 

The Ramblers are rounded out by guitarist-singer Alan Senauke (a veteran of countless roots bands including California Cajun Orchestra, he’s also a Zen priest) and bassist-singer Allegra Thompson, best-known as a member of the honky-tonk trio the Drifter Sisters (and as the daughter of Cajun stars Eric and Suzy Thompson). As Marcin proclaims, “Bring your dancing shoes and join the Midnite Ramblers for a night of lively two-steps, soulful blues and haunting waltzes!”

 

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Orchestra Gold + Joseph’s Bones and DJ Drew
Nov
16
8:30 PM20:30

Orchestra Gold + Joseph’s Bones and DJ Drew

Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

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Two of Bay Area’s most phenomenal ensembles of top-notch musicians bring the sounds of Africa and the African Diaspora in one evening. DJ Drew will be spinning between Joseph's Bones' and Orchestra Gold's live sets.

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Orchestra Gold: Led by the ferocious Mariam Diakité from Bamako, Orchestra Gold {OG} promotes pre-digital age (OldStyle) music from Mali, West Africa.

OG hypnotizes audiences with danceable, funky, high-energy 1960's orchestra music from Mali. These roots are colored by tinges of 60’s era analog psychedelic rock and funk from West Africa.

The building blocks of OG’s music are folkloric songs, often told in parable. These songs contain inspiration, wisdom, and deep insight into the human condition. They have served to uplift Malians beyond the harsh realities of daily life. Especially in this time of social turbulence, this age-old wisdom brings us a renewed perspective on modern-day existence.

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Composer and drummer Jason Levis leads his instrumental dub-reggae orchestra, Joseph’s Bones, in bringing the electronic sound-transformation processes of Jamaican dub to an acoustic setting. The ensemble pulls the thread between visceral groove and abstract sonic suspension. 

Featuring 14 of the Bay Area’s best musicians, Joseph's Bones draws inspiration from the roots reggae of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the dub sounds of King Tubby and the soaring horn lines the of Skatalites. This instrumental group is new to the scene, but old in its tradition, bringing an ecstatic spirit to deep appreciation for reggae music’s traditions.

Levis, who holds a PhD in classical composition from UC Berkeley, says “The exploration of experimental techniques in classical music takes place in the concert hall. Jamaican music experiments are brought to the dance floor. Joseph's Bones blends those worlds to create "Avant-Dub Instrumentale" and bring the rich, colorful sound-scape of dub to life.”

In the lineage of experimentation by dub masters Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby, Joseph's Bones reconstructs and re-imagines echo, reverb and delay without the use of electronic effects. The ensemble employs an acoustic language of dub-improvisation to subvert traditional song form and fragment the music's surface texture while never losing the physical impact of dance music. This is real-time live acoustic dub.

Levis has been deeply involved in reggae music for over 30 years, and has performed internationally. In his studies of jazz, improvisation, and modern classical music, he realized that dub is an intersection point where texture and sonic space can be invested with meaning and stand side by side with rhythm, melody, and harmony.

Each of the band’s members is a serious performer in their own right, leading groups from ska to salsa, jazz and blues. The blend of influences is distilled down into a singular sound through their love of reggae.      

Joseph's Bones, a member of the Bay Area Reggae Collective, is currently working on the vinyl release their double album "Nomadic Pulse - Pulse in Dub" planned for 2018.

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Caribbean Allstars - Sweetfoot Birthday Bash plus "Pat Wah" and Special Guests
Nov
3
9:00 PM21:00

Caribbean Allstars - Sweetfoot Birthday Bash plus "Pat Wah" and Special Guests

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

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The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad-born drummer Hugh “Sweetfoot” Maynard. The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drums-guitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent sitting in, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as “my favorite band” at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz’s 30th anniversary CD and have for many years been one of the core bands of the extended Ashkenaz world music and dance community.

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Stu Allen and Mars Hotel 7th Anniversary and Show 300
Nov
2
9:00 PM21:00

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel 7th Anniversary and Show 300

Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm

Tickets $20 Day of Show / $18 Advance / $18 Students

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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.

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Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes
Nov
1
8:30 PM20:30

Bachata Nightz plus Dance Lesson with Kathy Reyes

Doors at 8 pm; Dance Lesson at 8:30 pm with Kathy Reyes; Performance at 9:30 pm

Tickets are $10 Advance / $15 at the Door / $10 Students

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Bachata Nightz happens the first Thursday of the month. It is led by award-winning Bachata contest master Kathy Reyes, who also teaches dance at Ashkenaz. Bachata is a form of Latin dance/music that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is now danced all over the world. Reyes teaches the dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., followed by performance and dancing to recorded music spun by DJ MIGZ. 

Currently the defending Los Angeles Bachata Champion (winning first place at the L.A. Bachata Festival), Kathy Reyes is known for her unique style and interpretation of music. She discovered her talent and passion for Latin dancing in college in Los Angeles, and over the past 10 years has taken various prizes individually and in dance troupes. She leads groups and teaches here, in Los Angeles and San Diego. Teaching allows her to share her philosophy of dance: “Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart takes one to a whole different level.”

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Halloween Flamenco Fiesta featuring Miguel Infante, Melissa Cruz, Ricardo Diaz, Senen Sentio,  and LoCura
Oct
31
8:30 PM20:30

Halloween Flamenco Fiesta featuring Miguel Infante, Melissa Cruz, Ricardo Diaz, Senen Sentio, and LoCura

Doors at 8:00 pm;

Event from 8:30 pm - 2am

Tickets are $15 Early Bird (until Oct 19)/$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show

Music and dance performances start at 8:30, followed by sevillana/bulerias dance-off competition. Performances resume at 9:30pm, with LoCura at 10:30pm.

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The Halloween Flamenco Fiesta is Juerga style, featuring Flamenco artists from Spain and the Bay Area, coming together to share and showcase Spanish Flamenco traditions and Oakland Flamenco fusion, and celebrate Halloween with master performers, a sevillanas/bulerias dance-off, a costume contest, a Latin DJ and a celebration of the roots and branches of the incredible cultural heritage of Flamenco.

Raffle prizes include workshops with Miguel and Senen, gift cards, show tickets, spa massage, and T-Shirts.

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Miguel Infante is a flamenco dancer, choreographer, and teacher from Málaga, Spain, located on the southern tip and Mediterranean coast of Andalusia. He began his professional career with mentors of the stature of Merche Esmeralda, José Ruíz, Manuel Reyes, Antonio Reyes, Paco Romero, Rafael del Carmen, Fran Espinos, and Andrés Peña.
He was most recently principal dancer of legendary Spanish guitarist Juan Martín’s Flamenco Dance Ensemble and has toured internationally all over Europe and North America.

Mr. Infante is described as, “...a festero to the core:  part percussionist, part singer, part dancer, and all artist, integrated and inseparable.  He is spontaneous and full of charisma, communicating passion through his music and dance wherever he finds himself, be it at a local bar, in the kitchen, at a private party, or on stage.”

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Melissa Cruz is a Bay Area-based flamenco professional and has been a full-time flamenco artist and instructor for the past 14 years. After being exposed to flamenco while studying Spanish at UC Berkeley, she began dancing with Rosa Montoya and soon thereafter, joined Ms. Montoya's professional company. Apart from frequently performing in theatrical presentations, she teaches a full weekly schedule of flamenco dance classes and presents consistently in the local flamenco cabaret circuit. Melissa is also the dancer and percussionist for the band, LoCura, with who she performs and tours. Recently, she served as Adjunct Dance Faculty at The University of San Francisco, as a guest instructor at the world dance youth program, Danceversity, and currently presents her own apprentice dance repertory group. Melissa has performed as a soloist in the San Francisco International Arts Festival in 2012 and 2016 and has presented in eight San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festivals; in 2010 and 2011, as a featured soloist. She was commissioned to present a solo representing the genre of flamenco in the 2013 San Francisco Isadora Duncan Awards Ceremony and was a featured artist in the 2014 Tucson Flamenco Festival. Currently, she is principal dancer and choreographer for the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company which debuted the show, "Mares" in September 2016. As described by Rachel Howard of the SF Chronicle: "Any dancer could make pained faces. But Cruz is clearly possessed by the duende -- the spirit that drives this deeply introspective art."

 RICARDO DIAZ

RICARDO DIAZ

San Francisco flamenco guitarist Ricardo Diaz is an internationally renowned artist who has worked with Flamenco Dance Companies in San Francisco, with Carola Zertuche and TeatroFlamenco, Caterina Costa in Rome, and Yjastros in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He performed in Seville, Spain, in Pena Torres Macarena, El Chozas and Cerro del Aguila and also played in several Festivals around the world, including Grenoble, Vancouver, Albuquerque, Avignon, Calgary and Mont de Marsan in France. Ricardo performed with world-renowned Flamenco artists La Tania, Alejandro Granados, Jesus Montoya, Jose Anillo, Juan Requena, Pastora Galvan, Canito, Alegria Suarez, Rafael Amargo, David Lagos and Andres Marin.

 SENEN SENTIO

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Born in Huelva, Andalucia in 1977, Senen began exploring Cante Jondo 30 years ago (traditional flamenco singing).  This takes him to the Academy of flamenco singer Esperanza Fernandez.  With her, he began to become fond of the sociocultural, gypsy and Andalusian expression. In each style of cante, there is an introduction, an explanation of the purpose for them.  This happens through personal anecdotes and stories and other expressions, which is intended to be a journey of the soul from where we can feel free from the social realities that affect us.

A fan of great latin american singers like Silvio Rivera, Pablo Milanes, Chavela Vargas, Mercedes Sosa and Victor Jara.  Esperanza Fernandez guides him into the passionate universe of the Cante Flamenco with the compas and ritmo (beat and rhythm).  In the process of making flamenco ‘his’, He studied history of flamenco.  His knowledge makes him great for workshops, teaching flamenco, as a historical and cultural legacy from Andalucia and the gypsies. 

During his 7 year residency in Barcelona, he had the opportunity to continue to learn and internalize the melody and the flamenco beat with Maestro Juan Miguel Cerro in Taller de Musica y del Esmuc. He is presently on tour, which began last February in California, later taking him to Mexico and Guatemala.

Senen has created several flamenco recitals with various artists (Ricardo Diaz, Juan Moro, Victor Rosell, Jose Juan Trespalacios, Alfredo Millan, Joselillo Campos, Phillip Adie, Anoush Saadat, Paul Boudauder, Steve Bertelli, Juanma “El Churrero”, etc). In other shows he has been accompanied by bailaoras (flamenco dancers) such as Rakel de Luna, Vanesa Galvez “La Lirio”, Ruth Quesada, etc.  These flamenco recitals and shows aim to take the audience in a voyage where the music and the diverse expression that comes from the innermost place of our being

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Oakland-based LoCura has crafted their own unique musical identity: "Califas Mestizo Music," a blend of Latin American and Iberian rhythms such as rumba, cumbia, salsa and flamenco influenced by punk rock, ska, rap, dub, reggae, dancehall with local and global lyrical themes. The band's name ("it cures it") reflects their ethos of making music a remedy, a theme which permeates lyrics such as "la cultura cura la locura (culture cures the madness).” 

With three powerhouse women at the helm, their live shows are a soul-stirring punk-edged party mixing cajon-driven rhythms with mutilingual lyrics that reflect the unique intersection of cultures in the Bay Area. Ana Tijoux meets Manu Chao with a touch of Lhasa. 

Spanish-American vocalist Kata Miletich, expanding on the group's influences, notes "one big inspiration for the ways we consciously and unconsciously connect different music is this idea that styles and rhythms travel from Africa, Europe stretching across the Americas and mixing with indigenous sounds. Culture is alive in so many different ways, and shows up in different places to tell a story." 

LoCura has toured the U.S, Canada, Nicaragua, Mexico and Spain playing music festivals and sharing the stage with artists such as Bombino, La Cuneta Son Machin, Ziggy Marley, Beats Antique, Quetzal, and Nortec Collective. In the California Bay Area they have opened for Sergio Mendes, La Santa Cecilia, The Seshen & Bomba Estereo and have sold out The Great American Music Hall and The Independent in San Francisco. LoCura has released three full length albums and is currently writing and recording music for their fourth album.

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Funky Gators plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod
Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

Funky Gators plus Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod

Doors open 7:30pm / Dance Lesson with Ted Sherrod at 8pm / Show at 8:30pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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Dress up and come down to the annual Halloween party with the Funky Gators at Ashkenaz.

The Funky Gators is a band of Cajun, zydeco, and R&B veterans whose credits include many of the most popular local bands of the past couple of decades. They take zydeco and mix in some R&B and funk flavor while still keeping the zydeco tempos that dancers love. The Funky Gators play zydeco hits by Boozoo Chavis, Rosie Ledet, and others, plus Motown classics such as “Heatwave” and “Walking the Dog.” 

Along with rubboard player and lead singer Myrna, the band is accordion player Dana Mandell, guitarist Ian Lamson, bassist Marty Holland, and drummer Rasheed Wedlow. Myrna was a star in Gator Beat, and after that band’s leader Richie Domingue died several years ago, she retired from the zydeco scene. But after much coaxing from fans, she and Mandell put together the Funky Gators. Myrna’s many years of R&B experience combines with Mandell’s zydeco dance knowledge to create a sound that R&B listeners enjoy and that also keeps zydeco dancers out on the floor.

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Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Te Mana O Te Ra
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Ethnic Dance at Ashkenaz Presents Te Mana O Te Ra

Doors at 6:30 pm / Performance at 7:00 pm

Tickets are $12 Advanced / $15 Day of Show

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Established in 1997, Te Mana O Te Ra has a mission to share and teach the genres of Tahiti, perpetuating culture in the most authentic way possible and educating not only themselves but many people worldwide. Members of this company have competed far and wide, performed in dance festivals, local activities, and at Golden State Warriors and SF Giants games. The name means “energy of the sun.” for the force that provides for us, gives us life, strength and unity—to be family.

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Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Talking About Racism: Unmasking the Elephant in the Room

Doors at 5:30 pm; Event at 6:00 pm in the Back Room

Tickets are $5 - $150 sliding scale
Attend 2 workshops for $25

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The Talking about Racism: Unmasking the Elephant in the Room - A series of six interactive and progressive workshops exploring racism in contemporary American society.

American racism is at the foundation of our partisan political system and is the factor most responsible for the election and popularity of our current president.   Systemically embedded in the original fabric of the “promised” democratic freedoms, racism has morphed from the overt de jure discrimination of enslavement and Jim Crow into a sophisticated state and federal apparatus that uses brutality, imprisonment and legislation to keep its “colored” populations under control.  The rise and “official” sanction of White nationalism, the backlash that is terrorizing immigrants and contracting U.S. immigration policies, the growing inequalities in wealth, political representation, educational opportunities, and access to employment, healthcare and housing between people of color and whites indicates a rising wave of regression and repression that undermines democratic ideals and diminishes the freedom of all.  America is not in a “post-racial” stage of development and the election of Barack Obama was not the “triumph” of a colorblind American culture.

 Science has destroyed the biological myth of race.  As an American society, we continue to allow racism to divide us to our peril. The climate crisis, the rise of the business oligarchs and the proliferation of technology all predict a future where cooperation and community are critical.  These workshops will explore the concepts underlying the idea and reality of race and racism in America. The political and historic footprint of racism will be traced and we will look at the policies and practices that have kept racism alive and well in American society.  We will address our own attitudes, implicit biases and family stories.  We will focus on what it means to become anti-racist and explore conversational approaches to talking about race with our neighbors and friends.  These workshops are open to people of all backgrounds.

Each workshop will be experiential and complete in its entirety.  The series is intended to build on the knowledge base of each segment but participants can come to workshops sequentially or to individual sessions.

Timeslot – 3 hours

Session One – The development of the Atlantic Slave Trade and the notion of race – the making of a myth – racism as a tool of labor management, the invention of Whiteness – 

Implicit Bias and the development of racialized identity

What is race talk – dynamics and characteristics of

Why don’t we talk about race – protocols, avoidance strategies?

Session Two – Master Narrative vs Back Story – how are perceptions shaped?

Family stories

Vulnerability

Micro-aggressions – identify, use and function – Practice

Session Three –Color Blind is Color Mute – the myth of meritocracy – who is an immigrant?

Stereotypes and Power Evasion

Equity vs Equality – Systemic Inequities

Session Four – The “new racism” – Exploring the idea of a “Post racial” America

White rage – Voter suppression, mass incarceration/the re-segregation of schools

Issues for Black/POC participants – Issues for White participants

Community Building

Session Five: Guidelines, Conditions and Solutions for Honest Racial Dialogues

Having Difficult Discussions, Processing new information, self-compassion

Talking to children about racism

Session Six: Building Lasting Bridges – Where are we now and where can we go?

Identifying and Targeting Racism

In our family circles

In our institutions and affiliations

How we invest and spend our money

Practicing what we preach – Family circles – next steps

Wrap us - Evaluation

 

 

 

 

           

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Ann-Ellice Parker is a death educator and counselor. She is the owner of Seasons of Change, an end of life training and consulting company. She worked for 25 years as a health educator specializing in reproductive health and HIV prevention education. She brings a lifetime of political activism to her current anti-racism work. She is the proud grandmother of two, who believes that “We who believe in freedom cannot rest”.

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Mamadou Kelly
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Mamadou Kelly

Doors Open 7:30 pm / Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $18 Advanced / $20 Day of Show

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MAMADOU KELLY hails from Goundam near Timbuktu in the heartland of Mali’s Niger River Delta. Born in 1969, KELLY first picked up the guitar at 17 and traveled up the river to the town of Niafunke to learn from the great Ali Farka Toure, legendary master of Mali’s acclaimed “desert blues” tradition. After Farka Toure’s death in 2006 KELLY went on to become a key member of Alkibar, the group formed by Afel Bocoum, a Niafunke contemporary of Ali Farka Toure.

In 2013, KELLY released his first solo album with the well-received “Adibar”. Returning in October 2015 with “Djamila”, KELLY established himself as a formidable performer and composer full of subtle music - one of Mali's emerging contemporary masters. Backed by veteran sidemen collectively known as BanKaiNa, the band cooks refined rhythms into profound grooves.

Kelly has toured North America several times: in 2011 as part of the Acoustic Africa tour, in 2013 as part of the Festival au Desert - Caravan for Peace tour. He is the leader of the Ali Farka Toure Tribute Band and last was in the USA in May of 2017. Among the venues where Kelly has performed are: New York’s Lincoln Center, Chicago’s World Music Festival, the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, Sante Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center, Montreal’s Festival Nuits d’Afrique, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and many other celebrated venues.  In the summer of 2016, KELLY returned for a US tour of his own appearing at concert halls across the US from New York to Los Angeles. His third album “Politiki” was released in 2017 and has received strong reviews.

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Anglo-Celtic Ceilidh Dance featuring The Woots plus Dance Lesson
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

Anglo-Celtic Ceilidh Dance featuring The Woots plus Dance Lesson

Doors at 7:30 pm; 8pm Ceilidh Dance

Tickets are $8 Advance / $10 at the Door

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Ashkenaz bi-monthly Pan-Celtic Ceilidh dance continues! Ceilidh means gathering in Celtic and the tradition always includes music and dance. Ashkenaz's inclusive Ceilidh combine easy dances everyone can do in many styles including Irish Ceili, Contra, Scottish Ceilidh, English County Dance & couple dances such as waltz. Every dance is taught before it's danced and people are encouraged to dance all roles with everyone on the floor.

 

This month's dance features callers Kalia Kliban and Alan Kline, and live music from The Woots (Shira Kammen,Deidre McCarthy, Jim Oakden, Charlie Hancock, and Mark Ungar).

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Stu Allen and Mars Hotel
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Stu Allen and Mars Hotel

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $15

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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.

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Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Mike Ferketich
Oct
23
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Rigney & Flambeau plus Dance Lesson with Mike Ferketich

Doors open 7:30 pm / Dance Lesson with Mike Ferketich at 8:00 pm / Show at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

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He may have been crowned Emperor of the 2011 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, but violinist-fiddler-composer and singer Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau have always been royalty at Ashkenaz. When not globetrotting – last year they covered ground from Alaska to Alviso Slough to a Caribbean New Year’s cruise – they hold court here almost monthly, playing Rigney’s own tunes and their usual high-energy mix of Louisiana Cajun, zydeco, New Orleans R&B, and down-home blues favorites. Some songs are pulled from the recent CD/DVD recorded at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, “Swamp Fever – Live at Three Stages,” whose video was part of the 2015 PBS series “Music Gone Public.” Featured songs range from “Iko Iko” to “Orange Blossom Special” and “C’est la Vie.” 

What sets Rigney and Flambeau apart is Rigney’s fresh musical takes on Cajun and zydeco, and other styles he loves to play from rock to classical, creating a celebration of life through dance rhythms. Flambeau is a tight ensemble of virtuoso musicians, with guitarist Danny Caron (Charles Brown’s bandleader; he and Rigney met when both backed up Rockin’ Sidney in the ’80s), boogie-woogie keyboardist Caroline Dahl, bassist and singer Steve Parks, and drummer Brent Rampone.

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