“While many festivals are held in all-inclusive venues, such as fairgrounds or amphitheatres, the Berkeley “happening” takes place in a plethora of settings, giving festival-goers a chance to explore the many niches of downtown Berkeley.” – Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune
In an event as diverse as Berkeley itself, the fifth annual Downtown Berkeley MusicFest offers up four days of musical magic to satisfy every musical craving. This far flung event, taking place in ten venues throughout Berkeley’s vibrant arts district, includes a kaleidoscope of musical genres—salsa to skronk, world to blues, Jazz, Rock, R&B and Reggae—performed by national touring artists and top local talent. Opportunities abound to get your musical groove on every way possible—listen to it, dance to it, jam to it, but most of all, don’t miss it! Check the website for details and ticket prices, where applicable.
The festival features music performances and correlated cultural events including dance, jam sessions, workshops, and fabulous cuisine featured at festival venues throughout the Downtown, promoting the arts and contributing to a more lively downtown community. These events are a sample of the arts and entertainment that can be found all year round in Downtown Berkeley.
Kick up your heels at the free kick-off concert outside the Downtown Berkeley BART station from 5-7pm on August 23. The toe-tapping neofolk talents of fiddler/dancer Laura Cortese launch the fun, followed by a funky-jazz set from the Mike Sweetland quartet, and definitely bring your dancing shoes, when the finest salsa strains of the Jose Roberto Band hit the stage.
Thanks to our Sponsors!
The Downtown Berkeley MusicFest is sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association, KPFA, and produced by the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Festival venues are Bec’s Bart & Bistro, Berkeley Art Festival, Berkeley Public Library, Bobby G’s Pizzeria, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, the Jazzschool, Jupiter, Saturn Cafe’s Space Lounge, Shattuck Down Low, and Subterranean Arthouse.
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