Freight Fest


Sun Aug 21 2022 at 11:00 am


Freight & Salvage | Berkeley, CA

Featuring performances all afternoon in the lobby and the Littlefield Listening Room at the Freight & Salvage. Tickets are free with reservation.
11am LOBBY Unique Derique (2 x 20 minute sets)
12pm: Azuah
1pm Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan
2pm Adrienne Shamszad
3pm Aireene Espíritu
4pm Austin Willacy
5pm Diana Gameros
6pm LOBBY Mission Blue Trio
"Freight Fest is a great event where we invite the community to come and see who we are and what we do. Originally it was a giant affair where we closed the street had 2 outdoor stages with 6 bands alternating on each one, simultaneously, we had 6 solo or duo performers playing inside in the listening room. When Covid hit, Freight Fest was sidelined for two years, and this year with all the construction on Addison we felt we could not do it on the street. But we wanted to give something to the community so, we decided to do it all indoors this year. I wanted to put together a line up that reflected the diversity of our community with some artists who have played here before, and introduce some new acts as well. I’m very happy with the line up, and we’ll have great music all day long, as well as a food truck, a kids performer, and more!" - Peter Williams, Artistic Director
11:00am: Unique Derique
Known for his physical comedy style, Circus skills and hambone body percussion, Unique Derique has performed Hambone for over 30 years at venues such as Broadway’s Lincoln Center, Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Freight & Salvage and The SFJAZZ Center . He’s also made appearances with Bobby McFerrin, The Temptations, and Sammy Davis, Jr. and has appeared on The Disney Channel, The Arsenio Hall Show, KQED Arts’ Spark for PBS and international television variety shows.
12:00pm: Azuah
Azuah’s music weaves roots in alternative folk and soul with a poet's sensibility and an unforgettable voice to create an infectious sound all her own. A Bay Area native, she has played all over the West Coast from the Roxy in Los Angeles to stages in Oakland and San Francisco. Known for her evocative lyrics and haunting melodies, Azuah captures the listener’s ear from first note to last strum with a sound that can only come from the depths of an old soul.
1:00pm: Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan
Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan have been moving people with their music since 2000 - taking folk music as far and wide as it will go. "Great songs, beautiful singing and playing and homespun humor make for a most memorable night of music."
2:00pm: Adrienne Shamszad
An Oakland, California native of Iranian heritage, Adrienne Shamszad sings revolutionary anthems, prayerful power ballads, blues, lullabies, and love songs in English and in Farsi. Her strong and soulful voice, expressive guitar work and bold performance style have made her a popular West Coast performer for over a decade.
3:00pm: Aireene Espíritu
Jim Pugh, founder of non-profit label, Little Village Foundation (LVF), first met Aireene Espiritu while she performed solo with just an ukulele at Folk Alliance Region West (Oakland, CA: 2014). Out of 200 acts, Pugh left the conference with a bug in his ear about Aireene. Over the next year he developed an idea way out of left field: Aireene paying tribute to fellow Filipino-American Sugar Pie DeSanto. At 80 and still performing, DeSanto signed to Chess Records in Chicago in their heyday of the ‘60s and built a reputation as a powerhouse performer touring with The Johnny Otis Revue and The James Brown Revue (DeSanto’s biggest hits included “I Want To Know,” “Soulful Dress”).
4:00pm: Austin Willacy
Austin Willacy is a veteran member of The House Jacks with whom he has produced 10 full-length albums and completed multiple world tours. For the past 20 years, Austin has directed 'Til Dawn, Youth in Arts’ award-winning teen a cappella group that empowers youth to find their voices in many ways. Austin is also an award-winning singer/­songwriter with 4 CD’s and 2 EP’s to his name. His music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic. Austin’s music has been featured on The Sing-Off, Road Rules, an Australian ad campaign, and three feature film soundtracks, including Thrive, a documentary with over 90 million views. He’s appeared in Rolling Stone and has performed with icons such as Bonnie Raitt and up and coming artists like Jem, Vienna Teng, Rachael Yamagata and Amos Lee.
5:00pm: Diana Gameros
Diana Gameros is a singer, composer, guitarist based in San Francisco, California. She was born in Ciudad Juárez, México and immigrated to the United States as a teenager. Her music often tells stories of family, migration, identity, and home, and has led her to perform with prominent performers such as Joan Baez, Natalia Lafourcade, and the San Francisco Symphony. Her songs and story have been featured on Billboard, Mother Jones, NPR’s Weekend Edition, to name a few.

Sponsored in part by a Civic Arts grant from the City of Berkeley

Where is it happening?

Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, United States

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