• Memorial Day Weekend - No Concert May 24, 2015
    Memorial Day Weekend - No Concert May 24, 2015

  • Asia - Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Asia - Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Belly Dance

    This show is titled "Harem, the World Behind the Veil,"and is based on the book by Alev Lytle Croutier. The setting is the Topkapi Palace Harem. The show will feature 30 dancers and will focus on the rich background and cultural heritage that women brought with them into the Harem, where they were often brought to after being taken prisoner, sold in a slave market, or being kidnapped. The dances reflect the many countries of the Middle East, and the audience will get a glimpse of how the real tales of 1001 nights came to be, directly from the harem as women embellished stories and tales of the home lands they missed. The show will feature lavish colorful costumes depicting the look of early 1800's. A musical tribute to John Bilezkjian is built into the show, and features many beautiful pieces by John, who recently passed away.


    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • Oakland Jazz Choir - Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Oakland Jazz Choir - Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Jazz Choir

    The Oakland Jazz Choir has been an East Bay Area institution for over 20 years. During this span the group has taken many shapes, sizes and forms but the common denominator has always been the same: Joy of expression, using the voice to communicate the triumphs, as well as the turbulence, of the human spirit. While jazz forms the base of their musical concept, OJC ventures far from that base, but always putting a jazzy twist on the material. Artistic director Ben Flint, a native of Memphis TN, is steeped in gospel, jazz and R&B, and applies his wide musical experience toward finding a uniquely Oakland sound. Choir membership includes 16 singers, as diverse in age, religion, and race as their hometown Oakland demographics. Yet their focus is small, narrowing in on cool original and standard jazz material, arranged and/or written specifically for their collective voice.
    They are a non-profit group with the mission of bringing choral jazz to underserved audiences in the Bay Area and beyond and are one of just a few community jazz choirs in the nation singing cool original, and standard jazz material in a distinctive choral jazz setting.
    Every year during Black History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month (April) OJC demonstrates the elements of jazz, wrapping up with an improvisation where kids get to come on up and try their hand at scatting. So fun!!
    They are regular working folk who volunteer our time in our common love of jazz helping to promote this truly American art form in their own unique way.





    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboy - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboy - Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Bluegrass

    Southern native Bradford Lee Folk works hard and plays hard. By day he’s out on a John Deere tractor on an organic farm in Tennessee, tilling the land for a living. By night he’s back home in Nashville, tearing it up on stage with his Bluegrass Playboys, playing the rough-edged blend of bluegrass tradition and true country grit that’s his stock-in-trade. After years heading yp the seminal young bluegrass band, “Open Road” and then running a rural honky-tonk in Colorado, Brad Folk came back to Nashville determined to make his own music his own way. On his new album “Somewhere Far Away," with burning fiddles and hard-picking banjos backing him, his new music flows out of the Americana bedrock of Music City, but bubbles with the intensity of modern life. Songs reference East Nashville street violence in one breath and soul-searching isolation in the next. These are the kind of songs whose thoughtful, literate lyrics pull you into the story. Plus there’s an instant charisma to Bradford Lee Folk’s voice, something there that makes you sit up and listen. At the Packathon Festival last year, Folk got two standing ovations from a simple interview! Now he’s channeling that intensity into hard core bluegrass roots, and creating his own original music with a deep knowledge of his own origins and a great hope for a fresh future.

    "This guy is the real deal" -Woody Platt, Steep Canyon Rangers


    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • Chris O'Connell & the Smart Alecks - Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Chris O'Connell & the Smart Alecks - Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    American Music

    This great singer covers western swing, blues, country or jazz, making each song her own. You may know her from her work with "Asleep at the Wheel," with whom she toured for fifteen years, from one side of the country to the other, garnering nine albums, and dozens of awards including a Grammy. She has shared the stage with the likes of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson. Now performing under her own name, she brings her band, the Smart Alecks, including: Don Margraf on guitar, Lee Bloom on piano, Brandon Essex on bass, and Alex Aspinall on drums, all solid thoroughbred musicians themselves.

    Don't miss this heartfelt vocalist perform from her wide musical range of songs with her own clear, heart-bound style. And the band will rock you!



    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • Robert Howard/Keisuke Nakagoshi - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Robert Howard/Keisuke Nakagoshi - Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Classical

    A native of Atlanta, GA, Robert Howard began studying cello at age 12. Graduate of Rice University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has studied and performed at festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto, Verbier, the Accademia Chigiana, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Robert won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition and has received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations. Robert has performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica, the Festival de Guadarama in Spain, and on the Mostly Mozart series in Lincoln Center. Locally, he has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San Francisco Symphony. A frequent guest on many Bay Area chamber music series, Robert has also made concerto appearances with BARS Orchestra and Stanford Symphony. As a teacher, he has coached at San Francisco Conservatory, Stanford University, San Jose State University, and the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop.

    Keisuke Nakagoshi has performed to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He has received training from Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, Paul Hersh - and enjoys collaborating with other accomplished musicians such as Lucy Shelton, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, Gary Schocker and also conductors such as Alasdair Neale, Michael Tilson Thomas and Herbert Blomstedt. Mr. Nakagoshi is Pianist-in-Residence at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the award winning Opera Parallele. He resides in San Francisco. Keisuke and Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann formed ZOFO duet in 2009, commissioning and performing music for piano four hands (www.zofoduet.com) and their first CD was nominated for Grammy award for best chamber music/small ensemble in 2013.


    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • July 4th Weekend - No Concert
    July 4th Weekend - No Concert

  • Daniel Castro- Saturday, June 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Daniel Castro- Saturday, June 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Blues

    Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very best blues traditions is more like it. Combine those talents with original blues-based material and you begin to understand Daniel’s strengths as an artist. Well-known for being a dynamic performer who “leaves it all on the stage” night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements. Daniel has always played with seasoned musicians, but with his newest incarnation, the Daniel Castro Band raises the bar and is truly a force to be reckoned with.

    A Daniel Castro Band performance is soulful, polished, and intense as the group shifts from one scintillating groove to the next. Daniel covers lead vocals and rhythm and lead guitar with amazing dexterity. Musical chemistry is obvious from the first note the band plays and it never lets up. The group’s strong arrangements, including three-part harmonies, and its use of dynamics and feel, propel each song forward and leave audiences in awe of a trio that sounds so full. “We play big,” says Perper. Others agree. “I can’t believe how full the band sounds. I close my eyes and am sure you’re a five or six piece band--unbelievable!” says Bernard Butcher, producer of the Blue Wing Blues Festival.

    Daniel's powerhouse trio consists of bassist Johnny Yu and drummer David Perper, whose intuitive and explosive rhythm section is able to anticipate each others moves and support Daniel's music as it deserves.

    http://www.danielcastro.com


    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12

  • FivePlay Jazz Quintet- Saturday, June 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    FivePlay Jazz Quintet- Saturday, June 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Melodic Jazz

    This Bay Area-based band of long-time musical compatriots composes and performs original music that nourishes both mind and heart; melodic, creative modern jazz to be enjoyed by everyone, whether you’re an experienced jazz listener or you’re hearing jazz for the first time.
    http://www.fiveplayjazz.com

    FivePlay’s third release, “Five and More”, has been receiving extensive radio play both in the US and far-flung places all over the globe. Here’s what reviewers are saying:

    “A gorgeous album with enormous heart and taste. Those arrangements are fabulous”
    - Marc Myers, JazzWax

    “The music is memorably melodic”-Andrew Gilbert, SF Chronicle

    “An exemplary effort shifting between the more straight ahead bebop and post modern…sounds that allow this formidable quintet to lay down their own artistic stamp on a truly original release.”
    - Brent Black, Bop-n-Jazz.com

    “FivePlay Jazz Quintet is a must for jazz lovers. Don’t miss it.”
    - Don Sechelski, The Muse’s Muse

    “FivePlay is exceptional!”
    -Bonny Thomas, Sonoma Jazz Society and DJ, Sonoma Jazzin’

    “This CD is a fine example of a modern day group making originals sound like the great American songbook.”
    -Ian Macgregor, Jazz Guitar Society of Western Australia



    General (Non-Member) - $20
    Member - $15
    Senior/Students - $17
    Senior/Student Members - $12