The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention 3-Day Pass (9/27/18-9/29/18)

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention 3-Day Pass (9/27/18-9/29/18)

Thursday, September 27th - Saturday, September 29th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$56 ADV / $61 DOOR (plus fees)

  • Includes admission for 9/27/18 & 9/28/18 at The Freight & Salvage & the 9/29/18 at Ashkenaz.
  • 9/27/18 - Dom Flemons, Bryant & Brown, & Sausage Grinder.
  • 9/28/18 - Alice Gerrard & Chris Brashear, The Downhill Strugglers, and Dos Valley Trio.
  • 9/2/18 at Ashkenaz - Marley's Ghost - Honky Tonk Set, Bryant & Brown, Hotdish, Callers Larry Edelman & Jordan Ruyle, dance lesson with Rina Rossi, and jamming with BOTMC performers.
  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
The Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is a five day music festival featuring performances by local and national acts, a rollicking square dance, open cabaret, and the illustrious stringband contest in venues throughout Berkeley.
Dom Flemons
Dom Flemons
Dom Flemons is known as “the American Songster” for his repertoire of songs spanning over 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes, and is an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, quills, and rhythm bones. A co-founder of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom left the band in 2014 to pursue a solo career, and has been touring the world ever since; he’s performed solo at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of African American History, National Cowboy Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and many other places. His newest album, released in 2018, is “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” on Smithsonian Folkways, part of the African American Legacy Recordings series.
Paul Brown & Mike Bryant Band
Paul Brown & Mike Bryant Band
Bryant & Brown features the playing of two old-time music masters, Mike Bryant and Paul Brown. This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states with depth and expertise reflecting long experience. Mike and Marcia Bryant of Tennessee have played for decades at home, and at dances, fiddlers’ conventions and festivals. Mike is revered as a fiddler of style, strength and grace, with a repertoire spanning both well-known and obscure tunes. Marcia is widely respected for her super-solid guitar and bass backup. Paul Brown & Terri McMurray make North Carolina their home, and they too have performed both locally and around the U.S. for many years. Paul is probably best known as an NPR newscaster (now retired, although he still does special projects for NPR.) More to the point, he is a respected banjo and fiddle player whose unique sound on both instruments reflects his own imagination and his many years playing with senior musicians including Benton Flippen and Tommy Jarrell. Terri is a prize winning banjo player and a fine singer. These two couples, who love to make music together, bring you the old-time music sound with an easy, down home friendliness in every performance.
Sausage Grinder
Sausage Grinder
Sausage Grinder, Los Angeles’ classic old-time and country blues band, combines the traditional sounds of fiddle and banjo breakdowns with the low-down sound of country blues, topped off with a touch of ragtime and hillbilly jazz. The versatile acoustic ensemble features fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, jug, washboard, and a few odds and ends.
The members of Sausage Grinder are Chris Berry, guitar, banjo and vocals; David Bragger, fiddle, mandolin, banjo; Susan Platz, fiddle, banjo, washboard, vocals; Timothy Riley, jug, washboard, jaw harp, saw, bagpipes, mouth harp, mandolin, guitar, vocals.
David Bragger and Susan Platz have recently released a CD of old-time fiddle duets, and Sausage Grinder will include some of that material in their set.
Alice Gerrard & Chris Brashear
Alice Gerrard & Chris Brashear
Alice Gerrard is a performer (fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice) of legendary status, having inspired and mentored at least three generations of musicians (including such notables as Emmylou Harris, Laurie Lewis and Naomi Judd). In a career spanning more than 50 years, Alice worked with many old-time and bluegrass greats including Hazel Dickens, Tommy Jarrell, Mike Seeger, Luther Davis, Matokie Slaughter, Otis Burris and, more recently, Tom Sauber and Brad Leftwich. In 2017, she was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame, one of only a handful of women to receive this honor. In 2015, she received a Grammy nomination for her “Follow the Music” CD, produced by Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor. Alice founded the Old Time Herald in 1987, serving as editor-in-chief until 2003; she also curated the Traditional Stage at Merlefest for many years. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Downhill Strugglers
Downhill Strugglers
The Down Hill Strugglers (Walker Shepard, fiddle, banjo, guitar, harmonica, voice; Jackson Lynch, fiddle, banjo, guitar, voice; Eli Smith, banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, Jews harp, pump organ, voice) are based simultaneously out of Kentucky, Louisiana and New York. Their five albums include recordings on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis" produced by T-Bone Burnett. The band formed while hanging out at the home of their mutual friend Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders, where they also met friend and mentor John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers. 
The Down Hill Strugglers are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by bringing archaic sounds into the present, and challenge audiences to reject a dystopian future animated by disco beats and their ilk. The Greek legend of Sisyphus is: "Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth) punished for chronic deceitfulness by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever."  The Down Hill Strugglers are the opposite, desperately struggling to keep a huge boulder from rolling down a hill.
Dos Valley Trio
Dos Valley Trio
Dos Valley Trio (Harry Liedstrand, fiddle; Terry Barrett, mandolin; Cindy Liedstrand, voice) features an uncanny evocation of Kenny Hall’s unique mandolin stylings by Terry Barrett, mirrored perfectly by Harry Liedstrand’s fiddle with guitar backup by Cindy Liedstrand. Their repertoire focuses on rare and previously unrecorded tunes from traditional musicians who lived and performed in the San Joaquin Valley of California between 1919, when the Crockett family arrived in Fowler, and 2013 when Kenny Hall passed in Fresno. Harry met Kenny Hall in 1967, touring nationally and recording with him in the Sweets Mill String Band for many years. Terry met Kenny in around 1975 and in 1983, they were honored with a Maestro/Apprentice grant from the California Arts Council. Terry toured and recorded with Kenny in the Long Haul String Band, living in Ireland, visiting the Balfa family in Louisiana, and playing in countless hillbilly bars and beer joints throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Cindy, who was born in Fresno, has played guitar with the Mt. Diablo String Band and with Harry in the Liedstrand Family Band. Harry and Cindy live in the Diablo Valley of Northern California while Terry Barrett lives in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. 
Marley's Ghost
Marley's Ghost
On the heels of The Woodstock Sessions, its rootsy collaboration with producer Larry Campbell to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary, Marley’s Ghost returned to the studio with Campbell to continue the chemistry. The result is a joyful and resonant album of gospel roots featuring the band’s trademark multi-part harmonies to be released in 2018. Bracketed by these two buoyant musical adventures, the band will be featuring tunes from both albums in their return to The Freight.

"The set list itself is an inspiration. The revelation, though, is just how strong and unswerving Marley's Ghost stays centered on doing American music proud. It's a love affair set to sound, and every time it comes around we're all the better for it. Believe.” – Bill Bentley, The Morton Report

“Thirty years into their career, Marley’s Ghost is like a well-worn leather jacket. You can admire their tenure intelectually, but up-close, with your ears, you can’t help but be moved by the effortless music that tenure has produced.” - No Depression

"The band’s breadth, interpersonal chemistry and instrumental skills create performance from the seemingly simpler act of music making. “Seemingly,” because it’s anything but simple for skills to be so completely second nature.” - Hyperbolium

“The Woodstock Sessions is an album that can best be described as nothing less than delightful . . . a collection of songs that are simply flawless . . . impeccable musicianship and acclaimed harmonies . . . a beautifully cohesive and enjoyable collection that recalls the past while remaining distinctly current." - The Daily County

"There are lots of artists and bands playing roots music these days. But very few who can begin to capture the genuine sound these guys have. These thirteen tracks have true resonance and personality, inspirational to a whole new generation of musicians.” - Babysue