Before there was freak-folk and alt.country, there was Freight & Salvage. The venerable Berkeley folk music venue and coffeeshop has been around since the days when bluegrass was just "grass," and jug bands were the order of the day--41 years, to be exact.
On August 27, as the Chron recently noted, the long-awaited Grand Opening of the Freight's new downtown Berkeley venue at 2020 Addison happens, commencing a week of celebrations and musical performances, including the 21st Annual Freight Fiddle Summit with Alasdair Fraser, Liz Carroll, and Darol Anger's Monster Quintet, the David Grisman Quintet, Greg Liszt & the Deadly Gentlemen, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and a Bluegrass Blowout, featuring Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Bluegrass Intentions, the Kathy Kallick Band, High Country, and Jim Nunally & Keith Little.
The concerts highlight the Downtown Berkeley MusicFest (Aug 27-30), which features more than 40 events at fourteen venues. And, the Freight curates "Moved by Tradition," a music-focused art exhibit at the Addison Street Gallery.
Community members, folksters, and Americana fans are also invited to attend August 29's open house from 12 noon-5 p.m., featuring 52 workshops, eight performances, and tours of the new facility. And finally, on August 29, from 10 a.m.-noon, the nationally-syndicated radio show, West Coast Live, hosted by Sedge Thompson and featuring Laurie Lewis, will be broadcast live from the Freight's new building. More info on the whole shebang is here.