PRESS Excerpt: World Music Weekend on Telegraph By
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.
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
Reggae City Band
Islands of Fire Drum Ensemble
Sinclair, Los Hooligans
Cortez Harmon Ensemble
Spirit of Ireland & MelanieO'Reilly
The Snake Trio
This Old Band
Morgan Cowin & Alan Smithline
Laurie Chastain & Ed Sherry
Peter MacDonough & Quiet Dignity
The Taarka Quartet
Sandeep Bhatt & Robin Sukhadia