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Berkeley World Music Festival, June 9 - 11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 29, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment

The 14th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival descends on Berkeley Friday, June 9th to Sunday, Berkeley World Music FestivalJune 11th and it's all FREE. This year's line-up features a dazzling array of performances by some of the Bay Area’s finest artists and also marks the first time the Festival expands beyond the People's Park and Telegraph Avenue stomping grounds.

The Festival opens on Friday night at 8pm with a free kick-off party at La Peña Cultural Center, located at 3105 Shattuck Ave. Evening performances display the cross-cultural exchange between Spain, Peru, and Cuba. Peta Robles leads multi-textured drumming of the Cajon. Direct from Spain, La Mandanga offers passionate dance music.

On Saturday, the festival launches its first concert in downtown Berkeley at Civic Center Park from noon to 6pm. Honoring our ancestral lands, Corrina Gould, a Chochenyo Ohlone elder, opens the event, followed by a Chiricahua Nde’ “Apache” performance. Next, award-winning singer Fely Tchaco steps onto center stage, infusing lyrical pop into Ivory Coast rhythms. Concert headliners are legendary Fito Reinoso, a top Cuban songwriter, and Zydeco Flames, West Coast’s premier Zydeco band. Fito Reinoso y su Ritmo y Armonia’s sizzling Cuban Salsa, Timba, and Son rhythms reflect Cuba’s street beat and broad musical heritage. Zydeco Flames presents riveting Louisiana funk and R&B as only they can deliver. Saturday festivities also include performances by veterans Alan Hewitt and Summerlynn Rivera (Bluegrass with Clogger) and street music on Shattuck Avenue.

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Buy Nick Cave's "Skeleton Tree" at Film Screenings in Hollywood & Berkeley on 9/8

Posted by Amoebite, August 28, 2016 06:33pm | Post a Comment

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree, will be released globally on Friday, Nick Cave, Skeleton TreeSeptember 9th, but the first opportunity anyone will have to hear songs from the album will be while watching One More Time With Feeling, a film directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), on Thursday, September 8th.

Amoeba Music will be at two screenings of One More Time With Feeling on September 8th selling the album early! Attendees can purchase Skeleton Tree after the film lets out. Catch One More Time With Feeling and get Skeleton Tree on September 8th in Berkeley at Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood (2966 College Avenue) and in Hollywood with director Q&A to follow at The Egyptian Theater (sold out).

One More Time With Feeling evolved from a performance-based concept into something more complex as Dominik delved into the background of the writing and recording of Skeleton Tree. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination. The result is stark, fragile, and raw, and a true testament to an artist searching for his way through the darkness.
 

Amoeba Bay Area & Amoeba Hollywood Share Their Top 5 In-Stores of 2016 (So Far)

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 8, 2016 05:32pm | Post a Comment

We're a little past the half-way mark of 2016 already, so it seemed like a perfect time to reflect upon the fantastic in-store shows we've put on at all three of our Amoeba locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, and Hollywood. Each and every live performance we present at our stores is a unique and thrilling experience for the audience and staff, but some shows just have that extra bit of magic to make them stand out as our favorites. Enjoy our lists of top five in-store shows of 2016 (so far)!

Amoeba Bay Area: San Francisco & Berkeley

The Mystery Lights at Amoeba SF: July 31, 2016
Every so often we book a band right before or just as they explode onto the scene in a big way. Although The Mystery Lights has put out a couple of releases since 2009, the NY-by-way-of-Salinas, California band just released their self-titled debut on Daptone Records' new subsidiary Wick and it's gaining momentum. Their sound is sinister garage - the darker side of the '60s Nuggets, Pebbles, and Back From The Grave comps. Think the proto-punk of The Seeds, The Sonics, Jesters of Newport. Unlike many garage rock revivalists, The Mystery Lights don't just recreate the sound; these guys channel it spiritually, putting on a raucous show led by the howling, jumping, guitar-wielding Mike Brandon.

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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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