Berkeley World Music


Second Annual Berkeley World Music HIGHLIGHTS

PRESS Excerpt: World Music Weekend on Telegraph By KEN BULLOCK
Special to the Berkeley Daily Planet Friday, June 3, 2005

From tango to reggae, Big Bones’ blues to Celtic rock. With the sound of SteelDrums, electronics, Indian flute, hip hop and musical saw the second annual Berkeley World Music Weekend will make a joyous noise on and around Telegraph Avenue during this weekend, all for free (except a Saturday night showat Larry Blake’s for $8), with a little bit more than something for everybody—from everywhere.

Berkeley World Music 2006

Other shows around the avenue include The Shots (an Irish/Bluegrass/Cajun band), Peter MacDonough and Quiet Dignity (paying Brazilian-Afro-Cuban music), Alan Smithline (on acoustic Steel Guitar), Bokei Steel Drums, and Islands Of Fire Drum Ensemble.

Also on Saturday, Laurie Chastain on fiddle and Ed Sherry on guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki will play at Baguette at 5 p.m. with a reading of Julia Vinograd’s poem, “Limbo Town,” about Berkeley. Sunday’s music begins at noon, with harmonica ace Big Bones on the plaza in front of Cody’s, while Cortez Harmon will play Latin jazz trumpet with his ensemble at the Durant Food Court. Annette Bauer will play the North Indian sarod at The Musical Offering at 1 p.m., while Fredi Bloom sings traditional Jewish Song at C’Est Cafe. Blues and Americana

This Old Band plays on the street, and Sandeep Bhatt sings devotional and Bollywood with Robin Sukhadia. Others include Jeff Whittier on Indian flute, and The Toids (New Balkan).

Sunday also will bring Venezuelan rhythms with flute Snake Trio at the Beau Sky Hotel at 2 p.m. and DJ Cheb i Sabbah, who plays an African, Arabic, Indian mix, with a dancer at 4 p.m. at Amoeba. The festival closes with Tango No. 9 at The Village at 6 p.m.

“Many of these musicians are trained in a classical tradition, carrying it further through improvisation,” Ranuzzi said. “They’re rooted in that, but are also entertainers and this is an intimate event where the performers are available; you can talk to them.

Performers included in the cable television broadcast in Berkeley...

Khumbula Dance Theatre
The Shots
Reggae City Band
Rafael Manriquez
Glenn Morgan
Islands of Fire Drum Ensemble
Sinclair, Los Hooligans
Big Bones
Cortez Harmon Ensemble
The Toids
Spirit of Ireland & MelanieO'Reilly

Tango No. 9
The Snake Trio
This Old Band
Morgan Cowin & Alan Smithline
Laurie Chastain & Ed Sherry
Peter MacDonough & Quiet Dignity
The Taarka Quartet
Jeff Whittier
Annette Bauer
Fredi Bloom
Sandeep Bhatt & Robin Sukhadia   

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