Downtown Berkeley MusicFest


Thursday, September 11- Sunday, September 14

FREE KICKOFF CONCERT– Thursday, September 11, 5-8pm in the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza

Berkeley has always been a special place. A cultural, political and spiritual epicenter for generations, music has always played an important role in the City’s identity. From the days of Keystone, Berkeley Square, 924 Gilman, and Larry Blakes, ample venues and musicians allowed for the city to cultivate a vibrant music scene that spanned all genres and styles, from national touring artists to local up-and-comers.

The Downtown Berkeley MusicFest, now in it’s 7th year, celebrates the diversity of Berkeley’s rich musical pedigree, with an array of musical acts that run the gamut from Latin, jazz, rock, bluegrass, folk, reggae, soul, DJs and even children’s pop! Spanning four days over 10 venues, this years MusicFest is bound to be a stone groove and will add yet another chapter to the musical and cultural history of this great town!

The 7th Annual Downtown Berkeley MusicFest is sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association, the City of Berkeley, and Jupiter. With its spacious patio, redwood tree-lined stage and great food and beer choices, Jupiter has been offering up a great variety of music for over 20 years now, focusing primarily on jazz while encompassing a litany of other styles from bluegrass, funk, alt-rock, and DJs. Other Fest venues include Triple Rock, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, California Jazz Conservatory (formerly The Jazzschool), Berkeley Arts Festival, Downtown Berkeley Pegasus, Subterranean Arthouse, Bobby G’s and the Berkeley Public Library.

It all gets started with our Festival Kickoff Party on September 11 at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza from 5-8, where the New Orleans big band style of East Bay Brass Band and the Latin dance & funk of Alta California get the Fest off to a flying start!

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