Freight & Salvage Music Festival: Playing with Tradition

Free Music Festival Celebrating 50 Years of The Freight - Music from 11-6

Freight & Salvage Music Festival: Playing with Tradition

Zigaboo Modeliste & Linda Tillery, Beausoleil, Bang Data, BKO Quintet, Asheba, Alphabet Rockers, Miko Marks, Mark Graham, Quinn DeVeaux, Non-Stop Bhangra, Amber Cross, Terry Garthwaite, Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan, Maurice Tani

Saturday, September 22nd

11:00 am (event ends at 6:00 pm)

Freight & Salvage Music Festival: Playing with Tradition
Freight & Salvage Music Festival: Playing with Tradition
Join us for the culmination of the Freight & Salvage's 50th anniversary year with FREE Music Festival – a party on the street in front of the venue with multiple stages, dancing, food trucks, and family-friendly activities – on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Traditional music is about connection—with our history, with our understanding of the world and the divine, and with one another. On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, the Freight & Salvage Music Festival celebrates and fosters these connections that keep traditional music thriving. Since it’s founding in 1968, the Freight & Salvage has grown from a small coffeehouse into a world-famous venue for traditional music of many origins and genres.

Performances on three stages will include:

  • • First-time performance by a Bay Area Funk super-group featuring Zigaboo Modeliste (legendary drummer from The Meters) and Linda Tillery (soul, R&B, and folk vocalist and percussionist), with Will Bernard on guitar, and Wil Blades leading the group as Music Director and performing on his Hammond organ.

  • • BKO Quintet (from Bamako Mali, mixing irresistible contemporary beats and grooves with traditional Malian instruments)

  • • Beausoleil (Cajun, Zydeco, folk)

  • • Bang Data (Latin cumbia, hip-hop, and rock) with Non-Stop Bhangra dance troupe

  • • And the Alphabet Rockers (hip-hop and social justice for families)

  • • Inside, on the Freight’s main stage, Suzy Thompson (leading Bay Area traditional musician) will be curating a line-up of outstanding singer-songwriters.


  • This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Zigaboo Modeliste & Linda Tillery
Zigaboo Modeliste & Linda Tillery
Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is a master drummer, rhythm innovator, percussionist, and New Orleans legend. The most highly-acclaimed drummer ever to hail from the Crescent City, Ziggy’s creativity has been a wellspring of funk influence for three decades, inspiring many hip-hop tracks. His innovative work as a member of the internationally acclaimed R&B group, The Meters, as well as his side work with artists like Keith Richards, Robert Palmer and Dr. John, have garnered him an unparalleled level of respect among musicians and fans. Ziggy’s style is unique. He is a master of creating funk grooves and new concepts for funk drumming. Zigaboo’s music consistently demonstrates his brilliance as the premier funk drummer of the contemporary era.

Before becoming a prominent figure in women's music in the 1990s, San Francisco native Linda Tillery began her singing career in the 1960s with the gender-integrated psychedelic/soul band the Loading Zone, which was modeled somewhat after Sly and the Family Stone. After two albums with that band,Tillery released her solo debut, Sweet Linda Divine, on CBS in 1970 to enthusiastic reviews and high praise. She spent most of the '70s singing and playing drums on over 40 albums, including efforts byMary Watkins and Teresa Trull. Having become a staff musician and producer at Olivia Records,Tillery released her second solo album, a self-titled effort, on the label in 1978, garnering a Bay Area Music Award for Best Independently Produced Album; Tillery has twice gone on to win Bay Area Jazz Awards for Outstanding Female Vocalist.
Beausoleil
Beausoleil
BeauSoleil (also known as BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet or Michael Doucet & BeauSoleil) is a group specializing in Cajun music, founded in 1975. It's based in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.

Line-up:
Michael Doucet - violin, guitar, accordion, mandolin, vocals
David Doucet - guitar, vocals
Jimmy Breaux - accordion
Billy Ware - percussion
Tommy Alesi - drums
Mitch Reed - fiddle, bass
Bang Data
Bang Data
Based in Oakland, California - Bang Data is like California itself - built on Latin traditions, but deeply hybrid in expression. This beloved SF Bay Area based band - led by singer/emcee Deuce Eclipse who’s well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary Zion I, and producer/instrumentalist Caipo who has become a sought out name producing & mixing in the San Francisco music scene and abroad - they spin cumbia, hip-hop and rock into a new language of sound for the people. The ensemble is releasing their third studio album LOCO this Fall. Most known for their song placement of the self-titled track “Bang Data” from their album La Sopa” on AMC’s hit TV Drama ‘Breaking Bad’ Season 4, Episode titled ‘Salud’. But since the 2016 release of the Quiero Creedence - a Latin tribute album to legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bang Data has received a growing wave of attention, including from the legends CCR themselves!
BKO Quintet
BKO Quintet
BKO Quintet’s music is born from a meeting between five established artists.
This gathering provides a journey into the heart of the contemporary Mali.
Asheba
Asheba
Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of Trinidad, Asheba's homeland. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to fast tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Five Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and You Are My Sunshine.
Alphabet Rockers
Alphabet Rockers
Alphabet Rockers are 2018 GRAMMY Nominees, known for making music that makes change. Their intergenerational hip hop concerts are the soundtrack for social justice, packing the Freight & Salvage with every Patchwork Series show for kids (age 4-10). Their music inspires families around the world to be proud of who you are, speak out and stand up for justice.
Miko Marks
Miko Marks
Once named one of "Nashville's Hottest New Country Stars" by
People Magazine, then dubbed, “The Storyteller… An Artist Breaking the Sound Barriers” by Ebony Magazine, Miko Marks has unquestionably blazed an unprecedented trail in Country Music. As an all-star performer and songwriter with an unadulterated sound, Miko’s Legacy includes reaping multiple national awards such as, “Best New Country Artist”, from New Music Weekly. Her debut album “Freeway Bound” was named, “Country Album of the Year” at The Independent Music Awards. In recent past, she’s performed for U.S President Jimmy Carter and several heads of state, has graced Monday Night Football, Major League Baseball, been a featured guest on BET’s, The Mo’Nique Show, and annually toured the nation with The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Presently Miko continues to perform, write, record, and most importantly…EVOLVE. With her spirited talent, and far reaching musical influences Miko Marks dreams and works today towards a world where music has no borders, boundaries, or barriers.

EVOLUTION IS NOW!
Mark Graham
Mark Graham
The songwriting of Mark Graham is a singular universe of surreal mountain hilarity and lonesome terror that covers the big subjects : The Beginning of the Universe, Natural Science, Mathematics, Food, Stupidity, Great Literature, Festival Love and Death, while drawing favorable comparison with: Homer and Jethro, The Tobacco Tags, Blind Alfred Reed and Dock Boggs, the revered songwriters of country music's past. His songs have been featured in Sing Out Magazine and have been performed and recorded by The Austin Lounge Lizards, Bryan Bowers, Bad Livers and The Limelighters.
Quinn DeVeaux
Quinn DeVeaux
Quinn DeVeaux spent his early childhood living with his grandmother, a former jazz singer, twenty-five miles outside of Chicago in Gary, Indiana. The birthplace of the Jackson 5 had long since slipped into post-industrial economic decline and the ambitious DeVeaux, while still a teenager, headed west with just a guitar and a golden voice. Eventually he found his way to San Francisco, CA where he was a founding member of the Blue Roots, a short-lived but near mythic group that operated out of the Mission District at the turn of the millennium. Alongside DeVeaux, the group included Lech Wierzynski and Nansamba Ssensalo, the pair who would go on to form the California Honeydrops, and bassist Nate Brenner of the Tune-Yards. Quinn would release a string of well regarded albums in the ensuing years, garnering accolades from the Bay Area music press and gathering fans on the dance floors at his high energy and “joyous” live shows. Rock critic Ian S. Port praised DeVeaux for “distill[ing] decades of American blues, country, soul, and gospel into a funky sound that feels as authentic as it does refreshing.”
Non-Stop Bhangra
Non-Stop Bhangra
Top 5 things to do in SF Bay Area
-New York Times-


What started as a one off night has turned into a staple in the culture of San Francisco Bay Area that has been bringing together people from all walks of life for 13 years. Voted as “One of the best dance parties in SF” and “Top Five things to do in the Bay Area” Non Stop Bhangra is one of the city’s most vibrant, cross-cultural and enduring parties that continues to bring together some of the most diverse audiences seen on a dance floor.
Amber Cross
Amber Cross
Authenticity is a difficult thing to measure in American roots music. It’s not in the hat you wear, or the twang in your voice. It’s in how well you understand that the music comes from the land, and that its roots run deep. Americana songwriter Amber cross understands this, and on her new album, Savage on the Downhill, she makes music as beholden to the landscapes of Northern and Pacific California, where she lives and travels, as to the visually-rich songwriting she crafts around it. Her songs hang heavy with the yellow dust of dirt roads, plunge deep into the soft loam of the forest. As a hunter, a fisherman, and a woman of the backcountry, she knows the countryside well, and has a deep respect for the honest work that makes you a steward of the land. It’s something she shares with other roots musicians, a community she found attending her first Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Her contacts from the gathering helped her connect with Savage on the Downhill’s producer, Canadian blues and roots musician rAy bonneville. Traveling to Austin to record the album with Bonneville, Cross connected with other great American songwriters, gurf morlix and tim o’brien, who both came onboard for the album, with O’Brien complimenting her “no bullshit style of singing.” If there’s a rawness to Cross’ voice, a plainness to the words, it comes from the fact that Cross knows the roots of this music aren’t fancy. They’re built by hand and filled with honest words and hard-won truths.

The songs on Savage on the Downhill are deeply visual and inextricably tied to nature, whether the California forests that Cross roams through, or the high deserts outside Austin, Texas, where she recorded the album. Even the title of the album paints a picture of Cross in the backcountry. “Savage” refers to a brand of hunting rifle, and the phrase “Savage on the Downhill” refers to how a tracker should hold a rifle so as not to bury the barrel into the dirt when side-hilling or climbing down an incline. Like any artist that works with their hands, Cross has a deep love and respect for tools, seeing the same artistry in a well-worn rifle butt that you would in a perfectly crafted song. “I have always been drawn to work that involves my hands,” Cross says. “It seems to me that this type of work is more creative. Or maybe it is that working with my hands pulls the creativity out of me in a way nothing else does.”
Terry Garthwaite
Terry Garthwaite
Terry Garthwaite is an internationally known singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher. Her recording career dates back to the late 1960s when she and Toni Brown formed the rock group Joy of Cooking. She recorded several albums with the band, and then a dozen others by herself or in collaboration with other jazz and blues musicians. In performance she has shared the stage with such artists as BB King, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, The Band, Allen Ginsberg, Santana, Rosalie Sorrels and writer Bobbie Hawkins at venues that include Carnegie Hall, the Joseph Papp Theater, the Hollywood Bowl. Terry has also produced recordings by other artists including Jasmine, Rosalie Sorrels, Rhiannon, Nicholas, Glover & Wray, Hunter Davis, Robin Flower, and Ferron, whose Garthwaite-produced Shadows on a Dime was awarded four stars by Rolling Stone. This is Terry's second Glass Half Full performance.
Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan
Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan
Claudia Russell is a familiar face to Freight audiences - you may have seen her behind the counter, or on stageat one of her dozen plus performances over the years. Accompanied by her husband and music partner, Bruce Kaplan, the duo traverses awide Americana landscape, stopping at wondrous musical landmarks along the way, tipping their hat toLaurel Canyon troubadours, string bands, blues divas, jazz cats, Village folkies and Bakersfield cowboys.
Maurice Tani
Maurice Tani
San Francisco native, Maurice Tani is a "rye-to-romantic" singer-songwriter with seven albums to his credit -the latest being The Lovers Card, released on the Little Village label. With his band, 77 El Deora, Tani has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering on the Bay Area Americana scene for over 15 years.
Tani uses the term, “Supercalifornigraphic” to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective. “Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the story telling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast.”