• Molly's Revenge - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Molly's Revenge - Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Celtic

    This dynamic trio is known for it's infections enthusiasm while performing Scottish and Irish music. With a combination of bagpipes, whistle, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, mandala and vocals, their hard-driving Celtic jigs and reels always leave audiences shouting for more. Don't miss this incredible Celtic band-- Our audiences love their energy and sheer talent. They have performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China.

    "Revered in California as one of its most energetic, exciting and innovative bands." --Shay Black, of the legendary Black family.

    "They bring to the music a vital and joyous creativity that excites even the hardest of hearts." --John Doyle, founding member of Solas.

    "The instruments are traditional... but the wild passion they exhibit is thoroughly modern." --Metro Santa Cruz (CA).

    "There is an engaging freshness and yet an impressive maturity in their playing." --Mick Moloney, National Heritage Award recipient.


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

  • Tim Sparks - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Tim Sparks - Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    Guitar Series

    Tim Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music "Fresh, exotic, and totally cool.", Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it "rich and sensuous", and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says "He's really one of the best musicians I know." From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical and world music from his varied career across the U. S. and Europe, Tim has thrilled and inspired audiences and musicians world-wide.

    Ever since bursting on the scene with his 1993 release The Nutcracker Suite, Tim Sparks has captivated guitar fans with some of the finest fingerstyle guitar playing around. An artist who can be difficult to categorize, Sparks’ albums and live performances have featured classical, blues, jazz, folk, klezmer, and other styles, and yet they all have a common thread that makes them immediately identifiable.Clearly, for Sparks the music itself is more important than the genre it may have originated in, and Chasin’ the Boogie continues this approach. Whether completely re-imagining the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” creating a complex guitar arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” playing the folk standards “Wayfaring Stranger” and “I’ll Fly Away,” or getting gritty on the “Mississippi Blues,” Sparks creates solo steel-string guitar magic like only he can. Put simply, Chasin’ the Boogie is guitar music at its best. Even on songs that you thought you knew, you’ll find yourself hitting the “repeat” button to make sure that what you just heard really happened. Whether you’re already a fan of solo guitar music or not, give Chasin’ the Boogie a spin and allow yourself to be taken along!

    Listen!  http://www.timsparks.com/recordings.html


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

  • Steep Ravine - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Steep Ravine - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    $0.00

    New Bluegrass/Americana

    Blending equal parts poetic lyricism and string-playing ingenuity, STEEP RAVINE’S soulful tunes and sinewy instrumentals are pushing the indie folk, Americana, and jazz groove in compelling new stylistic directions. The band came on strong to the music scene in late 2013 with the release of their debut album of originals, TRAMPIN’ ON. Within a month, the album started racking upreviews (see a sampling below) and receiving lots of airplay, making it onto the Radio DJ Folk Music Chart of Top Albums and Songs for January 2014. Since then, Steep Ravine has gained steady recognition and embarked on two national tours, with notable appearances at such esteemed venues as Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Northwest String Summit, Redwood Ramble, and Pickamania. The band has also been featured live on KSUT, KPIG, KPFA,
    KKUP, KZSC, and NPR’s West Coast Live, to name but a few. Band mates SIMON LINSTEADT (principal songwriter, guitar, banjo, mandolin, lead vocals), JAN PURAT (violin, vocals), and ALEX BICE (bass, percussion, drums, vocals) form the core of the band. 

    Steep Ravine will be performing for Pacifica Performances for the first time. Don't miss them!

    "Built on a solid foundation of gifted songwriting, fine singing, and acoustic string dexterity, [Steep Ravine] may well be opening up a whole new stylistic direction for musicians and listeners alike to follow."
    —Bluegrass Unlimited

    "With 'Trampin' On'... Steep Ravine announces itself as a hugely talented newcomer that is already taking its place among the very best bands on the Americana scene."
    —Marin Independent Journal

    Listen: www.steepravineband.com






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

  • 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!


    Tickets Only Available at the Door
  • 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