Glass Half Full: benefit for the Breast Cancer Fund

Glass Half Full: benefit for the Breast Cancer Fund

Friday, October 23rd

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

$30-$45

We are sold out of advance tickets for this show.
Standing room only tickets will be available when the music starts at 8pm.

Holly Near
Holly Near
Holly Near brings to the stage a unique combination of highly trained vocal power, delightful humor and poetic reflection. For over 40 years, Holly has fused cabaret, folk and spoken word in to a sound track for progressive thinking. Her powerful voice has creatively articulated the complexities of social change activism since the early seventies. With critical thinking as a major element in her songwriting, she has been a unifying force connecting the issues that so challenge the lives of activists, educators and community. Holly says, “Now that Pete Seeger, Odetta, Mary Travers, Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee and so many other elders have left us, artists of my generation are no longer elders in training. We are the elders.”
Barbara Higbie
Barbara Higbie
Berkeley’s Barbara Higbie is a master of piano and violin who combines technical brilliance with the pure joy of playing. Her unique compositions weave together elements of jazz, folk, and classical with the music of Ghana and Brazil. Oh, and she also sings like a dream. She has been nominated for a Grammy award, won Bammy awards, performed on more than 65 albums, including one with Santana, one with Linda Tillery and Laurie Lewis, and three with Montreux, the band she co-founded with Darol Anger. Her latest album, Scenes From Life, is an all-instrumental collection featuring 13 new originals, that Singout! calls “highly recommended” and critic Andrew Gilbert describes as “gorgeously cinematic.” In the words of the Los Angeles Times, Barbara is a “jolt of bright sunlight” – and everyone in the audience feels her warmth.
Jennifer Berezan
Jennifer Berezan
Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/ songwriter, producer, and activist. Over the course of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing. Her ground breaking work as a recording artist and teacher has established her as a leading voice in the field of music and healing and she is an acclaimed producer of large scale multi-cultural ecstatic musical events. Not your typical singer/songwriter, her work continues to expand artistic boundaries, blurring the distinctions between musical styles, politics, and spirituality. Though her songs often confront universal issues, her perspective is informed by a refreshing and honest intimacy. Raised in the prairies of Alberta, Canada, the transformative power of nature is also at the heart of her work.
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.
Chris Webster
Chris Webster
Chris Webster is a soul singer beyond genre. In the course of recording over 20 albums on her own and with others, she has drawn equally from classic R&B thumpers and gospel-grass prayers, from rockabilly rave-ups and singer/songwriter confessions. Webster’s work is rooted in the classic American tension between a yearning for transcendence and a lusty connection to the here-and-now. Performing live, her intensity brings a hush to every room she plays. Chris Webster is the real deal, a singer who transcends genre.

Though in performance she hangs back, all sly allure - when you’re in it for the long haul, you learn to pace yourself - she’s got a cool, understated comic timing. Chris Webster has traveled far and deep in her musical career; she has built a body of work to be reckoned with, and has earned the notice of numerous established artists. She was recruited by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel to join the Grammy-winning country swing band, and her song, “Shake On It,” was recorded by The Band. Chris has sung back up vocals for several artists, including the legendary Ferron, and long-time collaborator, Jennifer Berezan. In 2006 Chris was awarded the Gibson Guitar New Musician Award for best new singer-songwriter.
Robin Flower & Libby McLaren
Robin Flower & Libby McLaren
Robin Flower and Libby McLaren
Robin Flower and Libby McLaren have been exciting Freight audiences since 1987. Playing rock-solid celtic music, they make it sound brand new. Adding dazzlingly original tunes and songs, Robin (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, singing) and Libby (piano, accordion, singing) have a musical intimacy that is extraordinary, moving from the powerful to the sublime. Their recordings include Angel of Change (with Nancy Vogl), 30 Second Kiss, Steelhead in the Riffles, Twenty Years·Twenty Rivers, and One Plus One.

For this special engagement on International Women's Day, they will be joined by:



· Danny Carnahan (from Wake the Dead)

· Mary Ford

· She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named





Robin Flower
Turning 70 this year, Robin has performed at the Freight for 40 years! She first played at the Freight in 1979, with the release of her first album, More Than Friends. She recorded Green Sneakers, 1st Dibs, and Babies with Glasses while touring constantly, performing at major folk and women's music festivals and venues across the US and Canada. During this time she was awarded Best New Talent from Frets Magazine and a California Arts Council Touring Grant. As well as performing with Libby, she has played in the Woody Guthrie All-star Band in the beloved play, Woody Guthrie's American Song by Peter Glaser.



Libby McLaren
Libby, a Berkeley native, performed with the popular band, Night Flyte, before moving to New York City where she established herself as a sought-after back-up singer. She joined The Roches, the acclaimed sister act, in 1983. Playing keyboard and singing, she toured and recorded with them for 5 years, which included playing on the Dick Cavett Show, the Late Show, and the Tonight Show. Moving back to the Bay Area, as well as playing with Robin, she toured and recorded with the legendary Ronnie Gilbert, singing, playing piano, and co-writing the song "Mother Jones" for Ronnie's play of the same name.