Mads Tolling with John Hanrahan A Love Supreme Quartet and Mads Tolling with Ron Marcus Love Soaked Ensemble
Jazz / Psychedeclic Rock / Funk / Blues / Spoken Word
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.