World Music Artists Converge on Telegraph Avenue
For Festival’s 11th Solstice Celebration, Sunday, June 22nd
The FREE 11th annual Berkeley World Music Festival offers a dazzling range of continuous music by Bay Area’s finest artists on Sunday, June 22nd, Noon - 9 pm. Performances are featured in Telegraph Avenues cafes as well as the People’s Park concert (1-6 pm) that’s sponsored by Amoeba Music. Starting point is the event information booth located on Telegraph Avenue at Haste Street.
The Festival showcases the Bay Area’s diverse world music scene and it’s all free! Headliners for the People's Park dance party are Bay Area's top Motown band Pride & Joy and Manzo Rally (with members of the famous Latin band Malo, plus special guest grammy nominee Johnny Gunn). Pride & Joy creates an electrifying show of choreographed music and dance. Rally bandleader Gabriel Manzo, along with Carlos Santana and others, pioneered the Latin Rock movement. The award winning AfroFunk Experience, rising stars in the Bay Area's FUNK scene, opens up this exciting party. People's Park festivities (Noon-6 pm) feature a colorful Crafts Bazaar and a 1 pm special performance by the All Nations Singers and Dancers ending with audience members invited to participate in Native American social dancing.
An impressive world music tour will also be presented in a variety of Telegraph Avenue venues. Big Lou “the Accordion Princess” performs at noon with Eastern European and Norteño Polka, followed by The Town Quartet (Trans-Atlantic chamber music from Spain to Argentina), ViBO Simfani (Brazilian, Latin & Beyond) and Tom Chandler Trio (Middle Eastern trance). Along Telegraph Avenue, outdoor performances include Belly Dance Bazaar (a costumed cabaret from DanceVersity), Belinda Salvidge Minstrels (Old English and Irish), Spirit of ’29 (Dixieland Jazz) and Michael Masley's celestial music on his invented "Kalimbolam" and "Eggdawn Autoharp".
Separate evening performances feature internationally renowned innovators rooted in ancient traditions: Lisa Sangita Moskow (Electric Indian Sarode) and Ancient Future leader Matthew Monfort (scalloped guitar). Ancient Future Trio presents a special program of Asian Fusion. For the festival finale The Georges Lammam Ensemble, with recording star Naser Musa, offer an exhilarating pan-Arabic show featuring "Khaliji" Arabian Gulf music. With an abundance of live music and family fun crafts village in People's Park, there's something for everyone. For more information visit www.berkeleyworldmusic.org.
Co-sponsored by KPFA