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.

Already booked a show?
Please read through our Standard Booking Policy.

While Ashkenaz provides some publicity services for all shows (Ashkenaz Publicity), artists are responsible for promoting their shows.
Please visit the Promotion Resources page to get ideas on how to promote your show here.

Don't play on an empty stomach! Food is available for purchase from the Ashkenaz cafe, and there are great restaurants in the neighborhood. Click
here for our recommendations on where to eat nearby.

Want to book your band at Ashkenaz?
Please read these guidelines carefully to determine whether you or your band would be an appropriate fit for Ashkenaz.

What We Book

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.

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

How to Book A Show – Booking Procedure

To determine if you or your band would be a good fit for Ashkenaz, review Ashkenaz’s calendar of upcoming shows.

Supply a letter of introduction along with a press kit (electronic or by mail) to the contact information at the bottom of this page. In your letter or email, be sure to include all of your contact information and answer the following questions:

  • Where else have you played in the Bay Area? When? Turnout? For what cover charge?
  • Where is the band from? Local/Touring?
  • How do you promote your shows?
  • Are you looking for a particular date or night of the week?
  • Do you have 2 full sets of music and a full-length CD?
  • Do you have music on rotation at any radio station?
  • Do you have a street team?
  • Are you willing to play on a weeknight?

Also include a brief bio any other information that will make us confident that you will be able to draw some folks. We expect bands to draw roughly 100 people on a weeknight, 150 on a Friday, and 200 on a Saturday. Please let me know if you’d be willing to play on a weeknight, as a support band, or in a promotional spot if it’s your first time here.

We also accept press kits through

Once you have sent in a press kit or EPK, wait a few weeks and follow up with an email to see if your kit has been reviewed.

Remember, Ashkenaz receives a lot of press kits and we do not have the human power to respond to everyone. Please do not call. We will contact you if we are interested in booking your band.

We are currently booking 2-3 months out; sometimes longer for specific dates and weekends.

Direct all booking inquiries to:
Kristen Sbrogna
Programming and Booking Manager
1317 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
510-525-5099 ext. 2#
(fax) 510-525-3630
booking *at* ashkenaz.com