Doors Open 8:00 pm/ Show at 8:30 pm
Tickets are $20 Advance / $22 Day of Show
Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 26 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.
Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. The newest member is Josh Fossgreen, an exceptional young talent whose innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape. Born in Colorado and brought up in small town Missouri, Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitar greats! His fiery licks and hard-rocking approach to the instrument, combined with his experience and understanding of Celtic music is a fast favorite with fans, new and old alike! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band's sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.
Signed to Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest's releases are acclaimed worldwide. The group's latest studio CD, The Tracks We Leave, may be the bands most exciting work to date, as their unique blend of world music elements showcases inventive new original and traditional material.
Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark's Skagen Festival, Britain's Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals.
Doors at 6:30pm ; Show at 7pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Ruby's In Town will perform old school R&B covers, classic soul and a bit funk thrown in for good measure. From Stevie Wonder to Aretha Franklin to the Talking Heads, the Rubies are a dance band that can deliver with power vocals and tight arrangements of old favorites!
Ruby’s In Town is a sentence, a declarative statement to be more precise. And it’s also the name of a “lesbian-friendly” Bay Area super group that brings together Andrea Pritchett (formerly of Rebecca Riots), Suzanne Falter (Leave It To Diva), Janet Rachel (Out On A Clef, Alternative Measures), and Jessie Ortiz (Buddhist Squirrels) among others. Pritchett says she “loves to play music that can make people dance and forget their troubles for awhile.”
Andrea Pritchett (lead vocals) formerly of the folk trio "Rebecca Riots" is a singer songwriter and continues to perform locally with the songwriter collective "Wildcat Canyon". A school teacher and activist, Andrea is deeply involved in the Berkeley community and loves to play music that can make people dance and forget their troubles for awhile.
Suzanne Falter (back up vocals) is the creator of an award winning one-woman show, and a veteran of the New York cabaret scene. Recently she was featured soloist with Oakland's Community Women's Orchestra, and was formerly back up singer with Leave It to Diva.
Janet Rachel (back up vocals) performed with Alternative Measures satire a cappella quartet, was a founding member of Out On A Clef a cappella quartet, Note-orious vocal jazz sextet, and was a back up vocalist with Leave It To Diva band.
Green Huse (back up vocals) is a singer-songwriter and improvisor. She is about to release her 3rd album of original songs. She is also a founding member of The Elements, an acapella improvisational quintet that performs and teaches internationally.
Nzingah (tenor sax and flute), also known as Robin Nzingah Smith, is a local musician and music educator performing throughout the Bay Area in a variety of styles from Blues to Jazz to Classical. She was a founding member of the band Azucar y Crema and now plays with Johnny Tolbert and De Thangs, Adalante Mujer and Key Elements to name a few.
Chris Cooper (guitar) is a guitarist, violinist, composer, poet and teacher who has been performing and recording in the Bay Area for many years.
Jessie Ortiz (keyboards) also plays keyboards with Buddhist Squirrels (a jazz quintet). In the past she has played with many local bands & loves to get people up and dancing. No parking, baby! No parking on the dance floor!
Judy Graboyes (drums) plays bass, drums, and latin percussion. She also plays with the Left Coast Sextet and Adelante Mujeres. Her bands have opened for Peter Tosh, Pete and Sheila Escovedo, Tower of Power, and Tuck and Patti. The Indigo Girls opened for her band, the Blazing Redheads, in 1988 in Atlanta Georgia.
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $18 Day of show
A Special Engagement: Mike & Sascha’s Wedding Band of east bay dream band all-stars playing our favorite party rock hits as we celebrate Mike & Sascha finally getting hitched. So many fond memories of music and dancing at the Ashkenaz since the 1980s… we look forward to a good time with old and new friends. All are welcome.
Doors at 6:00 pm; Show at 6:30 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 Day of Show
Rolling Thunder brings a kaleidoscopic appreciation of Bob Dylan. Take one “Blonde on Blonde” song. Add a large spoon full of Grateful Dead essence, Van Morrison passion, and Dr. John’s Cajun hot sauce. And shake! Ahhh….
You got it. We take the songs of Dylan, the Dead and others and make them our own.
Multi-talented Berkeley singer Zoe Carter brings us delicious lead vocals and harmonies. Brian Bloom, spicy vocals and bad-ass guitar work. Oakland’s Steve Capper on the keys and Martin Gran’s guitar bring the RnB and soul sensibilities. Our S.F. bass and drum duo, Charlie McCoy and Joe Mockus, lock down the rhythm and keep the groove going non-stop. And finally, harmonica virtuoso Paul Herzoff and siren whistle savant John Bock bring divine color and texture.
Come see for yourself.
Doors at 4:30 pm; Show at 5:00 pm
25th Anniversary Party with The Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Erik Brock Band, & Femme Fatal
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.
Tonight, the Instructors' bands take the stage for the 25th anniversary party!
Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $12 Advance / $15 at the Door
Psycotic Pineapple was formed in 1974 by Jon Rubin, Tommy Dunbar, John C. Berry and Henricus Holtman. Alexi Karlinski and Dave C. Berry joined in 1976.
Forsaking an early experience as an actor, Ron Loney turned to music during the folk boom of the early 60s. Impressed by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, he later formed the Chosen Few, a high school band which evolved into the Flamin’ Groovies. Loney’s voice and compositions provided the focal point for this cult-favourite act during its early history, but internal tension led to his departure in 1971. Roy then retired from professional music until 1977 when various ex-colleagues backed him on Artistic As Hell, an EP invoking the artist’s love of classic rockabilly. The following year he formed the Phantom Movers with James Ferrell (guitar) and Danny Mihm (drums), plus two further ex-Groovies’ alumni, Larry Lea (guitar) and Maurice Tani (bass). Out After Dark fully captured the spirit and style of the singer’s former group and was the subject of critical acclaim. Despite innumerable changes in personnel, Loney continued to pursue his unique blend of 50s rock ‘n’ roll and tongue-in-cheek humour through successive, often excellent albums and a powerful stage show. The singer disbanded his backing group in 1981 following the artistic failure of Contents Under Pressure, a flawed ‘power pop’ experiment. A second period of retirement ended with the release of Scientific Bombs Away, which also marked the reinstatement of the ‘Phantom Movers’ name. Although denied widespread popularity, Loney has nonetheless retained a small, but highly loyal, following.
Doors at 6:00 pm; Show at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 at the Door
Come join current and former rowers, parents, and coaches to help celebrate 50 years of Rowing at Berkeley High! For many years, BHS Crew was the only public high school rowing team on the West Coast. We have a long and proud tradition helping young men and women grow mentally and physically in a fun, supportive environment. There will be food and drink, the opportunity to see old friends and team-mates, win prizes, and dance to live music from the David Landon Band. Proceeds will benefit Berkeley High Crew, a non-profit 501c(3) corporation. You can learn more about David Landon and hear his music at https://www.davidlandon.com/
PRESALE TICKETS FOR THE EVENT ARE SOLD OUT!
DOORS OPEN AT 7:30PM FOR TICKET HOLDERS,
WALK-UP SALES FOR STANDING ROOM ONLY BEGIN AT 7:45PM
$20 at the Door
Vocalist Kyra Gordon with Pianist and arranger Larry Steelman bring us their hypnotic and far-out arrangements of two iconic singers: Janis Ian and Janis Joplin. In “Loving Janis” the stylistic interpretations of both Janis Joplin and Janis Ian will encompass jazz, rock and folk arrangements of the iconic performers. Epic song classics including “At Seventeen”; “Jesse”; “Piece of My Heart”; “Bobby McGee” and others will be joyfully sung in a heartfelt tribute by singer-songwriter Kyra Gordon.
The idea of creating the "Loving Janis” tribute show evolved from an inspirational event Kyra experienced at age 17. While living in Los Angeles she was asked to audition for the role of Janis Joplin in a film project titled “Piece of My Heart” for Paramount Pictures. The project was scrapped and Kyra did not get the part, but carried the script around wondering “what if I were to do something based on Janis?”Kyra did indeed do a more “jazz tinged” tribute to Janis Joplin titled “Turtle Blues” in April 2017. Later in the year Kyra wanted to create the Janis tribute with a more “yin and yang” approach and contrast the work of Joplin with that of folk singer-songwriter Janis Ian.
When asked what she admired and found important about each Janis, Kyra replied; “For me, Janis Joplin was all about her charisma as a performer and the trance [of the performance]. Janis Ian tells stories about life and the human experience.”
Kyra elaborated on the connection she felt to both Janis’. “I felt a real connection and kinship to Janis Joplin as a young woman. She wasn’t the norm but Joplin’s attitude became ‘I don’t fit and I’m going all the way with it.’ Kyra expressed similar feelings, having lived on her own at a young age, and feeling like she “never fit anyone’s vision of what was beautiful or appropriate”.
Kyra reflected that she felt drawn to Janis Ian because she “chose to dedicate her life to being a songwriter and a master of her craft.” “Her lyrics are poetry. They conjure such vivid imagery.” Kyra observed that although many of Ian’s better known songs were crafted in the 1960s and 1970s, “Her songs are definitely of their time, but are timeless and feel as relevant today as ever.” A few years ago Kyra sent a video clip of her performance of Ian’s song “Ruby” to Janis Ian through her website, who responded back with a note of encouragement commenting, “That is a hard song to sing and you sang it bravely.”
A large Mandala tapestry on the back wall, a shrine to Joplin, and an authentic liquid-projection light-show by the pioneering Kitty Crowe of “Fantasy World Lights” will help to set the ambiance of the “Loving Janis” stage.
Audience members from the “Boomers” to the “Millennial” generations alike will relate to “Loving Janis”. Songs from a time before that are just as relevant today celebrating two strong, quintessential female musicians!
Fantasy World Lights:
Kitty Crowe created her first liquid-projection light-show out of the contents of her kitchen in January of 1966 for the "Trips Festival” at Longshoremen’s Hall in SF, where the band known as the “Warlocks” first appeared as “The Grateful Dead.”
Loving Janis Ensemble:
Larry Steelman is a composer and musician who has worked with such artists as Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Mick Jagger, Willie Bobo, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Paul Eastburn is a bassist and multi-instrumentalist freelance musician from the SF Bay Area.
Alan Hall taught drum set and ensembles at Berklee College of Music for seven years and he currently teaches drum set and ensembles at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and Cal State University East Bay in Hayward. He has performed and/or recorded with many jazz greats including: Paul McCandless, Russell Ferrante, Taylor Eigsti, Art Lande, Geoff Keezer, Jimmy Haslip, Kai Eckhardt, and vocalists Kenny Washington and Rebecca Parris.
Matthew Charles Heulitt has been a guitarist on the bay area scene for 20 years doing session work, touring internationally, working for a multitude of artists as a side-man, as well as leading his own groups. He spent 15 years with legendary funk drummer Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), and the last 10 touring and recording with Grammy award winning producer/drummer Narada Michael Walden (Jeff Beck, The Mahavishnu Orchestra).
Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $12 in advance / $15 at the door
The members of DyaTribal met when they won a 24 hr band contest in Santa Rosa. They knew at that moment that they were meant to play together, and went on to create jubilant dance music inspired by India, Arabia, Africa, and every corner of the Americas. After building an enthusiastic following in Sonoma County, they are now ready to take the Bay area by storm. For their Eastbay debut at Ashkenaz, They have collaborated with two local favorites to create an unforgettable experience that will energize your body, spirit, and mind.
From there, the torch passes to Grammy Award winning Paraguayan Harp Virtuoso Carlos Reyes, who will create a Latin multicultural fantasia with a gradually increasing rhythmic pulse. As the music travels through the many mansions of Carlos memory and imagination, percussion and drums will appear, then increase in intensity and power, climaxing with the driving electric fusion music that has made Carlos a radio star throughout the world.
Carlos will then join DyaTribal on his electric violin for World Music dancing. Each DyaTribal musician brings something different to the mix for every song, resulting in creations that are more than the sum of their parts. Touchstyle Veena player Teed Rockwell combines ragas with funk, uniting bass and melody lines by tapping the strings simultaneously with both hands. Deborah Axe sings and composes original lyrics in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Sanskrit & Arabic. Raised on the blues, she combines a three & a half octave range & the ability to hold a note for over 30 seconds. Drummer/Inventor Andy Graham has designed and built custom instruments for Stevie Wonder and Indian multipercussionist Sivamani. He also designed the drum set with 3 rack mounted didgeridoos that provides the many different dyatribal beats, both electric and acoustic.
Dancing in any style you choose or create is encouraged at every stage of this musical experience. Call it what you will – a ritual, a festival, a party, a night on the town, – it will be an evening you won’t forget.