Bubbeleh fearlessly (and shamelessly) invents intersections between traditional Jewish folk music and whatever else they want…. mixing bulgars and horas with blistering odd meter grooves and improvisation. A motley group of nice Jewish(ish) kids that are your nana’s worst nightmare. Freddy Kruger with Payos… a.k.a The Jewish Shark Attack.
5 Cent Coffee is a 4 piece post modern jug band full of grit and carnival hokum. We play original songs set in the dusty American tradition of travelling circuses and rail riders down on their luck. With soaring vocals, sometimes two accordions, sometimes two ukuleles, washboard and junk percussion, our sound is big and brash but soft and mournful, and always compelling.
FolkKirtan: Music From the Heart with Heather Normandale and Jens Jarvie Friday May 9th, 8pm (doors 7:30pm) $10-15 sliding scale
Heather Normandale and her band; Paul Sounder, Craig Miller and Marlon Aldana perform a unique blend of heart lulling and thoughtful, environmentally sensitive neo folk-rock-soul with an experimental edge. Syncopated finger picking styles on the banjo, guitar and mandolin meld with upright bass, balafon and cajon, original lyrical compositions may inspire you to move, love and SING!! Heather has toured on bike across a dozen countries performing on human powered sound systems with the Pleasant Revolution Bike Music Festival in 2009-10, and since then has been on a quest to inspire listener’s connection with the earth and its inhabitants. Her newest record, Trembling Water, is dedicated to our interconnectivity through sound and water. The songs are intended to work healing collective wounds and inspiring collective consciousness. www.heathernormandale.com
Bolo Saturday May 10th, 8pm (doors 7:30pm) $10-15 sliding scale
‘Bolo’ is a dynamic ensemble featuring the artistry of percussionist Surya Prakasha (Trio Paz), flute and bass player Eliyahu Sills (Qadim Ensemble), and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila, Stellamara, Dogon Lights). With a fresh improvisational approach, the group creates songs that will move, uplift and transport. Featuring African sourced grooves, African and Indian melodies, and sacred folk songs from different parts of the world, ‘Bolo’ speaks to the heart and to a musical language that bridges continents, producing entrancing music that will inspire your body and soul.
Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music Friday May 16th, 8pm (doors 7:30pm) $10-15 sliding scale tickets available at the door
Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music was conceived by Kompiang Metri Davies in 1998. In the early days, Kompiang most often performed solo pieces, in cultural festivals and seasonal celebrations.Dreaming since she was a little girl of having her own ensemble, Kompiang brought the dream to fruition with the help of her friend, Joyce Lu. In 2007 Joyce helped Kompiang tackle the legal and logistical matters in order to formalize the group by making it a California 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The group has grown, and today there is a full gamelan ensemble, consisting of 20 musicians playing on traditional instruments, as well as dancers that perform in private and public events (with or without live music), and classes for children and adults. These programs culminate in public demonstrations and concerts, such as the annual Lunar New Year celebration at the Oakland Museum, U.C. Berkeley’s Spring Festival, Indonesian Independence Day, the SF Ethnic dance festival and many others. Gadung Kasturi literally means “the fragrance of the Gadung flower.” Kompiang chose the name because the gadung, found in the Balinese jungle, has fragrance which is incomparable. As this rare flower has almost disappeared in Bali, the name is symbolic of the preservation of Balinese traditional culture, which is also like a rare and beautiful flower.
The Mission of Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music is to promote the appreciation of the traditional performing arts and culture of the island of Bali, Indonesia. Towards that goal, the organization strives on a volunteer basis to practice and present performances of Balinese dance and music, using traditional instruments and costumes, and to teach classes in these arts to children and adults, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and wherever else the opportunity may arise. Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, based in Richmond, California.