Freight Fest 2019

Freight Fest 2019

Saturday, September 28th

10:45 am (event ends at 6:00 pm)

Free

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

"Sentimiento Antillano" John Santos & Friends
"Sentimiento Antillano" John Santos & Friends
Sentimiento Antillano
The John Santos Sextet and Friends
Long-time Freight collaborator, Bay Area native and Rennaisance Man (SF Chronicle) John Santos has assembled a unique, blockbuster show with immense Afro-Caribbean dance implications. The line up is 100% Bay Area legends with first class strings, top flight horns, amazing vocalists and a dynamic rhythm section! Bring your dancing shoes as mambo, rumba, bomba, changüí, son, danzón, guaracha and more will be on full display!

The JS Sextet:
Marco Diaz - piano
John Calloway - flute
Charlie Gurke - saxes
Saul Sierra - bass
David Flores - drums
John Santos - tumbadoras

Special guest stars:
Orestes Vilató - timbales
Anthony Blea - violin
Fernanda Bustamante - violin
José Roberto Hernandez - vocals
Christelle Durandy - vocals
Juan Luis Pérez - vocals
Pedro Pastrana - cuatro Puertorriqueño
Javier Navarrette - bongos
Raul Navarrette - trombone
Chris Thomas King
Chris Thomas King
Chris Thomas King is a Grammy award winning New Orleans musician and actor. One of the world’s greatest blues guitar players. Chris Thomas King is also a celebrated actor from Oscar winning movies O Brother, Where Art Thou and Ray.

Born in 1962, guitarist Chris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was discovered in Louisiana in 1985 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. C. He was introduced to the world the following year by venerable folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk blues successor to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Manse Lipscomb.
Hot Club of Cowtown
Hot Club of Cowtown
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), remaining “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “the excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls the Hot Club of Cowtown “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” and the New York Times, in a live review the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”
Lucibela
Lucibela
Lucibela is a smile; a fresh breeze ruffling the bougainvillea blooms and wave tops.

The young Cabo-Verdean was born in 1986 on São Nicolau, one of the Barlavento islands – the ‘windward’ isles to the north of the Sahel archipelago. Now she has made her first album, Laço umbilical, the cord that links the singer to her land. Over its thirteen tracks, Lucibela–the–voice–of–gold explores the issues involved: being a woman and a Cabo–Verdean, living far away and loving with sensuality and grace. The secret of Lucibela’s extraordinary vocal technique lies in her ability to explore the deep register of Brazil’s great sambistas while adding a thrilling vibrato.
Alphabet Rockers
Alphabet Rockers
GRAMMY-nominated ALPHABET ROCKERS make music that makes change. Led by Kaitlin McGaw (she/her) and Tommy Shepherd (he/him), they create brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip hop.
Rudy Trubitt
Rudy Trubitt
Patchwork Series Host Rudy Trubitt has been entertaining family audiences since 2005 and is delighted to bring outstanding local and national performers to the Freight stage. His new album, Made Of Yes! is available on amazon and apple music.
Steve Meckfessel
Steve Meckfessel
Alameda’s Steve Meckfessel joined his first band, Size Five, when he was in junior high school in Sacramento. As a student at UC Santa Cruz, he played in a folk duo. In 2000 he formed Stone Soup, a vintage rock and roll cover band. When he recorded his first solo effort, Twice, in 2004, he brought in the founder of his junior high band, Peter Andrews, to play on the album. The title song was used on the long-running television show, JAG. The website Minor 7th praised Steve’s second album, Under Beautiful Skies, for its "plainspoken wisdom" and "ironies we can believe in," calling the album "lovely" and "moving." Under Beautiful Skies made the Americana charts and was played on stations throughout the, US, Canada, Australia and Europe. Steve has co-written songs with Bob Hahn, Peter Andrews, Jeff Lionz, Barbara Higbie and Keith Greeninger.
Emma's Revolution
Emma's Revolution
Smart, funny, informative -- like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning, activist musicians Pat Humphries & Sandy O. With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, Emma's Revolution writes songs that become traditions. “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” is sung around the world and has been called the anthem of the anti-war movement. “If I Give Your Name” won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band's music has been featured on NPR's “All Things Considered” and Pacifica's “Democracy Now!” Their CD “roots, rock & revolution” has been called “inspiring, gutsy & rockin’!” Emma’s Revolution is also a contributor to Grammy nominated “Singing Through the Hard Times – a tribute to Utah Phillips” and “Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger”.
Adrienne Shamszad
Adrienne Shamszad
Adrienne Shamszad is a singer-songwriter known for her special blend of folk, soul, blues and Eastern influenced improvisational vocals. Her lyrics are poetic, intimate and inspired by the mystic Poets of Iran as much as the folk poet-songwriters of the 60s and 70s. Her strong and soulful voice, skillful and complex guitar playing and bold performance style have made her a popular California performer for well over a decade.
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.”
Misner & Smith
Misner & Smith
"Misner & Smith make a strong case for music with intricate simplicity and lyrical dignity. This duo is a treasure that needs to be shared.” - Jose Segue, Hicks with Sticks

Hailing from Northern California, Misner & Smith’s music is a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band’s sound harkens back to the bedrock of american rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. They can shake the walls like a freight train and then quiet the room to a whisper in a single song. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan sing with one voice, with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Close your eyes and you’ll be swept up in a sound that you’ll swear is a full band. The combination of musical dexterity and vocal prowess packs a punch that will linger with you for a long time to come.
Diana Gameros
Diana Gameros
"Diana Gameros sounds like a mariachi band composed of brazilian-pop musicians playing a show at a coffee shop in Paris"

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer Diana Gameros was born into a musical family surrounded by traditional Mexican songs of love and revolution.

The first of her family to receive formal music lessons, Ms. Gameros left Mexico as a teenager to study piano and recording technology in Michigan. During those formative years, she soaked up the sounds of classical music, underground rock, the avant-garde, world music, and jazz. Ms.Gameros has since shared the stage with the Oakland Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, Bebel Gilberto, and Natalia Lafourcade, among others.
Miko Marks
Miko Marks
Accompanied by Victor Campos

Ebony Magazine crowned her “The Storyteller”, and recognized her as an artist “Breaking The Sound Barriers in Music”, while People Magazine also took note and once named her one of "Nashville's Hottest New Country Stars." Miko Marks is a bonafide maverick that’s blazed an unprecedented trail in music.
At the start of her career, Miko was named "Best New Country Artist" by New Music Weekly. Subsequently, her debut album, "Freeway Bound" also received top honors as the "Country Album of the Year" at The Independent Music Awards.