World-Music, Cumbia, Reggae, Hip-Hop
People's Park Stage: Saturday, 4:30-6:00 pm
La Gente is a San Francisco based, international recording group led by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria. The group has created their own unique blend of World Music, Cumbia, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Salsa. La Gente fuses together rhythms & cultural influences from all over the Caribbean with their distinct Bay Area flavor & style to create an infectious high energy dance party.
People's Park Stage: Saturday, 2:30-4:00 pm
Fanna-Fi-Allah hold the flame of traditional Sufi Qawwali music, with the blessings of their teachers; some of the greatest masters of the qawwali form in India & Pakistan. The group's founding members have spent over 20 years learning this classical art, which celebrates the great Sufi mystics of old and relishes in the love of the Divine through poetry. Sung with a powerful soaring chorus & accompanied by the energetic rhythms of tabla & group clapping, the Beloved is celebrated with ecstatic devotion.
Yassir Chadly & the Moroccans
Moroccan Trance & Roll
People's Park Stage: Saturday, 1:00 -2 pm
"Sufi mystic and Berkeley Recreation aquatics specialist, master of traditional North African instruments, storyteller, and pioneering jazz improviser, Yassir Chadly contains multitudes." - Andrew Gilbert (Berkeleyside)
No. African Moroccan & Afghan Dance
People's Park Intermission Performances
Saturday, between 2 & 2:30 pm
DANCEVERSITY has been creating an immersive cultural experience for kids through world dance since 2005! Hannah Romanowsky, Founder & faculty will be presenting a Moroccan & Persian dance and Samia Karimi, Program Manager & faculty will be presenting a traditional dance from Afghanistan. DanceVersity offers a summer camp at Ashkenaz, Berkeley every August as well as year-round classes & workshops for youth
Dan Cantrell & Friends
Balkan Soul Music
Sliver Pizzeria, 2468 Telegraph Ave.
Saturday, Noon - 1:30 pm
Dan Cantrell is an Emmy award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano and musical saw.
Harlan James Bluegrass Band
Berkeley Hat Co. 2510 Telegraph Ave.
Saturday, 1:00-2:00 pm & 2:00-2:30 pm
Sunday Streets on Durant Ave., tba
The Harlan James Bluegrass Band deliver the back-country music which folks have played on their porches for generations. What sets this band apart is that they are all singers obsessed with bluegrass singing styles - the classic tight-stacked trio, the full-bodied gospel quartet, & the high-lonesome duet, complete with a keening tenor. They find inspiration in down-to-earth melodies with the drive and tension of the bluegrass sound. Expect richly textured melodies from Maureen (Mo) Blumenthal (banjo, guitar); Linda Juratovac (resophonic guitar); Jacob Ofman( guitar); Michael Thilgen (banjo) & Kelly Trojan (upright bass).
Silk Road Caravan
Middle Eastern Music & Dance
Telegraph/Haste Intersection: Saturday, 2-3 pm
Born in the blessed musical oasis of Darioush Sami, the Silk Road Caravan carries a 50-year West Coast legacy of traditional music and dance arts of Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Drawing on a large community of notable artists, finessing time and space, they collectively conjure a timeless journey from beyond the beyond to the heart's shining horizon, an ever-changing whirl of wild magic and ecstatic beauty.
The Deep Basement Shakers
Saturday. Place & Time TBA
Emerging into the light of day from their respective East Bay basements, the Deep Basement Shakers have stumbled upon an ancient alchemical formula involving a beat-up piano, discarded soup cans from impulsively consumed emergency earthquake kits, and the sweetest sounding wooden napkin holder you'll ever hear.
Specializing in primal, joint-rockin' barrelhouse blues n' boogie, the Shakers bring to life old-school, good-time, steady-rollin' grooves from the deep musical traditions of places like St. Louis, Texas, Chicago & New Orleans.
Slide Hammer Autoharp
2501 Channing Ave: Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 pm-on
If you follow celestial sounds of music wafting through the air, you’ll likely find local street musician treasure, Michael Masley. He is a unique American composer, instrumentalist, and inventor of musical instruments. This “Beethoven” of the streets, creates sounds that are full of harmonic resonances and tones expanding and rippling over each other. This music is soothing and creates wonder. It is defined by unusually complex textures.
West African Harp & Global Guitar
Raleigh's: Saturday Finale, 6:00-8:00 pm
2438 Telegraph Ave
Fula Brothers is the high spirited meeting of three seasoned touring performers – each of whom has spent decades pursuing the shared heartbeat in music from around the globe. Here is a history filled with inter-continental collaborations and colorful apprenticeships, from West Africa and Scotland to Haiti and the US. Each of these cultural threads stirs a unique part of our universal human experience, and Mamadou, Walter, and Kendrick weave them into a rich tapestry of sound and rhythm. The result? An ecstatic & intricate groove-based dialogue which the heart – and the feet – cannot resist.
with special guest Julia Chigamba!
Zimbabwean Dance Music
Outside of Plentea: Sunday, Noon - 2:00 pm+
2430 Durant Ave
Sadza has been bringing audiences in California to their feet with the danceable, joyful rhythms of Zimbabwe since 2000. The band consists of a blend of soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass marimbas, drums, gourd shakers and vocals. This African-style upbeat music delights and excites our audiences and appeals to listeners of all ages!
China's Spirit Music
Raleighs: Sunday, 1:00-2:00 pm
2438 Telegraph Ave
China's Spirit Music Ensemble (CSME) was founded in 2003 and directed by Wei Hou, Chinese wind instrumentalist, & Winnie Wong, guzheng soloist. Though provided their knowledge and experiences from different parts of the world, they share the same drive & passion in their culture & music. Their dream is to share and promote cultural experiences through performing arts, give back to the community & share with the world what they are so fortunately humbled with - their love & passion for music.
Berkeley Hat Co: Sunday, 1:00-4:00 pm
Simcha Trio band members are veteran musicians who are an established part of the Bay Area jazz & folk music scene.
So. African Harmonies / Gospe1
Outside of Tap Haus: Sunday, 2:00-3:00 pm
2516 Durant Ave
Vukani Mawethu is a nonprofit multiracial choir which sings the freedom songs of Southern Africa, primarily of South Africa in Zulu, Xhosa, Sethu, and English, and also gospel, spirituals, labor and civil rights songs linking peoples in the U.S., South Africa, and around the world.
Bay Area Timba All Stars
Cuban Salsa , Rumba, y Son
Outside of Tap Haus: Sunday, 3:00-6:00 pm
2516 Durant Ave
The Bay Area Salsa Timba All-Stars is the only San Francisco Bay Area based All-Star band whose sole focus is to perform high-energy contemporary Cuban Dance Music.
Sikh Heritage Symphony
North Indian Classical,
Raleigh's: Sunday, starts at 3:30
2438 Telegraph Ave
The Sikh Heritage Symphony play North Indian Classical Raag compositions on ancient instruments – Rabah, Dilruba, Taus, Saranda, Sarangi, Tampra, Surmandal, Tabla & Pakhawaz. Most of these instruments used in Sikh music for hundreds of years, originated more than 500 years ago. Performers are advanced students & teachers
French-Gypsy & World Funk
Tap Haus: Festival Finale, Sunday, 6:00-8:00 pm
2516 Durant Ave
Twice voted “Best Band” by North Bay Bohemian, DGINN is a high energy dance band that plays an intoxicating mix of Flamenco-gypsy, Latin, French Café, Reggae and Funk! Songs are sung in French. Spanish & English. Joining bandleader Gabe Pirard (guitar) are Jomial Allen-Jones, Magali Sancartier, Jimmy Inciardi, Chris LeDief, & Zach Morris on bass, violin, horns (sax & clarinet), guitar & drums.