Berkeley World Music Festival Returns To Telegraph Avenue, June 13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 25, 2015 05:59pm | Post a Comment

The 12th annual Berkeley World Music Festival returns to Telegraph Avenue on Saturday, June 13th from Noon – 9pm. The Bay Area’s finest artists present a dazzling array of continuous music in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, and on the Amoeba Music-sponsored People’s Park stage from 1-6pm. This FREE Festival celebrates global unity, bringing together cultures as far-reaching as Middle Eastern Jewish, Arabic, Roma, Colombian, Asian, and African.

The all-star concert at People’s Park opens with Soji & the Afrobeat Band. Soji Odukogbe attracted acclaim originally as lead guitarist for the great Fela Kuti. Next up is The Georges Lammam Ensemble, led by a violin virtuoso presenting an all-Arabic show with exotic dancers. The final act is the Oakland-based Candelaria, who fuses Afro-Colombian, cumbia, and reggae into a spectacular new form that moves the South American cumbia phenomenon onto the world stage. People’s Park festivities also include a colorful crafts fair and an exhibition performance by the All Nations Singers at 12:30pm, which includes Native American social dancing that the audience can participate in.

A musical feast will be served throughout the day at various Telegraph Avenue venues. Safra opens the Festival at the Cafe Mediterraneum at noon with spirited music and songs of the Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jews). Jesse Autumn & Shelley Phillips offer a Celtic and Scandinavian concert with woodwinds & double strung harps at Musical Offerings. Tres Meminas play Bossa Nova & Brazilian Jazz, transforming Remy’s Mexican Restaurant into an Iberian music hall. Moe’s Books provides a backdrop for Ultra World Duo’s bamboo flutes and Chinese zither. KPFA host Stephen Kent, the world’s premiere exponent of the didjeridu, performs trance music at the YWCA gym on Bancroft. Pakistani legend Riffat Sultana shares songs from Qawwali Sufi to Punjabi pop at Cafe Milano. Rumen Shopov & Edessa (Romani Balkan music) is the Festival finale at “The Village” (2556 Telegraph Avenue) led by multi-instrumentalist Shopov, one of the greatest living players of Bulgarian and Turkish tapan drumming.

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Berkeley World Music Festival - Autumn Equinox, 9/20-9/21

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 27, 2014 02:30pm | Post a Comment

The Berkeley World Music Festival holds their first-ever Fall festival with Autumn Equinox the Berkeley World Music Festival Autumn Equinoxweekend of September 20th and 21st. The festival is a free celebration of music and community, and is held outdoors in People's Park and in various Telegraph Avenue venues.

On Saturday, September 20th, shows run from noon to 9pm in People's Park on the Amoeba-sponsored stage! Catch performances from La Misa Negra (Afro-Columbian & Cumbia), SambaDa (Brazilian Samba Funk), Markus James & the Wassonrai (Mississippi Meets West Africa), and more! Also catch live music in cafes, shops & along the sidewalk along Telegraph Ave. from noon to 9pm with Reinhardt Swing (Gypsy Jazz) and Tango Revolution Telegraph (Argentine Class & Milonga), just to name a few.

Sunday is the Telegraph Avenue Street Faire, merging Berkeley World Music Festival and the season finale of Sundays on Telegraph. Enjoy main stage entertainment with Baraka Moon with Stephen Kent (didjeridu) & Sukhawat Ali Khan (Quawali Sufi Trance Dance), The Bouchaib Abdelhadi Band with DanceVersity (Middle Eastern), Sadza Marimba (Zimbabwean dance music), Cypress Grooves (Cajun & Zydeco), Michael Masley (World Kalimbalom & Eggdawn Autoharp), and Simcha (Klezmer). Also take in the street music and art, and circus and interactive play.

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11th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival, June 22

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 26, 2014 05:05pm | Post a Comment

The fabulous and FREE Berkeley World Music Festival returns to Telegraph Avenue in berkeley world music festivalBerkeley on Sunday, June 22nd from Noon - 9 pm. Continuous musical performances by Bay Area’s finest artists are featured in Telegraph Avenue cafes and at the People’s Park concert (1-6 pm, sponsored by Amoeba Music).

Headliners for the People's Park dance party are Bay Area's top Motown band Pride & Joy, and Manzo Rally (members of the famed Latin band Malo and special guest grammy nominee Johnny Gunn). The award-winning AfroFunk Experience, rising stars in the Bay Area's FUNK scene, opens up this exciting party. People's Park festivities (Noon-6 pm) feature the Crafts Bazaar and a 1pm special performance by the All Nations Singers and Dancers, ending with audience participation in Native American social dancing.

An impressive world music tour will also be presented in a variety of Telegraph Avenue venues. Big Lou “the Accordion Princess” performs at noon with Eastern European and Norteno Polka, followed by The Town Quartet (Trans-Atlantic chamber music from Spain to Argentina), ViBO Simfani (Brazilian, Latin & Beyond), and Tom Chandler Trio (Middle Eastern trance). Along Telegraph Avenue, outdoor performances include Belly Dance Bazaar (a costumed cabaret from DanceVersity), Belinda Salvidge Minstrels (Old English and Irish), Spirit of ’29 (Dixieland Jazz), and Michael Masley's celestial music on his invented "Kalimbolam" and "Eggdawn Autoharp."

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Amoeba SF & Berkeley's 10 Best In-Stores of 2013

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2013 07:52pm | Post a Comment
As we all know (because we're living the history as it's being made), the music industry has changed
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dramatically in the past decade and continues to do so rapidly. Everyone still loves music, but the concept of ownership, collecting, and procuring music is constantly evolving for all of us. No matter how you prefer to get music -- in the cloud, on vinyl or CD, downloaded -- one thing hasn't changed; the best way to experience music is live and in the flesh. The Experience of being part of a live performance, giving energy from the audience to the musician while they play their hearts out, can't be stored on any device. You just have to live it. We here at Amoeba Music consider it paramount to continue to provide live entertainment in our stores and keep Experience alive.

Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley were particularly blessed with great in-store performances in 2013. From legends like Nik Turner, Billy Bragg, and Camper Van Beethoven to new faces on the scene like Lissie and Bastille, each and every show was a fantastic reminder of how thrilling live music can be.  It was daunting to have to pick just ten of these shows, but here they are in reverse chronological order...Amoeba SF and Berkeley's ten best in-stores of 2013!
-- Lee Ranaldo In-Store Guitar Clinic, 12/11/2013, San Francisco
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo amazed and mystified the audience with nearly a half-hour of continuous guitar mastery, at the end of which he finally looked up and asked, "Any questions?" Lee was in town with his project Lee Ranaldo and the Dust.

10th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival, 6/22. Catch The Dogon Lights at Amoeba Berkeley.

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 5, 2013 06:26pm | Post a Comment
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Amoeba Music is proud to once again be part of the Berkeley World Music Festival, which offers a full day of FREE live concerts in Berkeley, starting from 12pm at Caffe Mediterraneum and ending at 9pm at the Village. Performances are featured in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, near UC campus, and at People’s Park. This year, the Festival celebrates ten years of showcasing the Bay Area’s rich world music scene with an amazing line-up!

At Amoeba Berkeley:

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The Dogon Lights - Live at Amoeba Berkeley on 6/22 at 6pm

Join us at Amoeba Berkeley at 6pm that evening for a special Berkeley World Music Festival performance from The Dogon Lights (Pronounced "Doe-Gone”). This dynamic galactic groove machine is from right here in the Bay Area. A high-energy world fusion group, Dogon Lights creates an infectious and energetic dance atmosphere transporting the listener straight to the stars.The band members play traditional Moroccan and West African harps, lutes, shakers, and djembe drum with electric bass, guitar, synthesizer, drums, sax, and flute. The West African tones and upbeat rhythms blended with electro hip-hop beats and Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitar provide layered dimensions to this exciting music.

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