Aireene

Please join us for a house concert with Aireene and the Rarities on September 20, 2014 at 2 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. You can RSVP below, by email to linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks. If it’s a nice day, we’re going to have the show outside. You can find a video of a recent performance below.

http://www.aireeneespiritu.com/

“I love what I heard, It’s perfect for my kinda folk show– bright, melodic,rootsy and with excellent vocals and hot pickin’ too. What else can a lifelong Folk DJ ask for.” – Gene Shay, aka The Grandfather of Philadelphia Folk Music, WXPN Radio, The Folk Show

Aireene Espiritu is a singer/songwriter based in Oakland, CA, playing mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music – a mix of stompin’, swayin’, and timeless Americana.

She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax’s field recordings from the South, and growing up listening to her uncles’ Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her lyrics celebrate human beings being human, stories from ghosts and the living, and identities of cultures within cultures.

Backed by her tenor ukulele and guitar, both a 1950s Martin, Aireene’s performances draw influences from the deep, earthy, heart-felt voicings of some of her favorite singers such as Odetta, Etta James, and Nina Simone.

Aireene & The Rarities was formed in February 2014 after recording Aireene’s upcoming album Put Back Charlie for Summer 2014 release. The Rarities are Paul Olguin on bass, and Brian Judd on mandolin/guitar. Joining them when not working on their own projects are Ed Tree on guitar, Tom Corbett on mandolin, Debra Dobkin on drums, percussion, Mark “Pocket” Goldberg on bass, plus occasional special guest Rarities. They play a mix of stompin’, swayin’ and timeless Americana, accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings, the blues, and inspirations from gospel music. Their music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears.

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The Littlest Birds
The Littlest Birds will perform at Poplar Playhouse on Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 8 pm. Suggested donation is $10-20, sliding scale, all $ to the artists. Please RSVP below for a reservation, or email linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We will provide the exact address and confirm your reservation by email. Feel free to BYOB/Snacks and we will have some snacks and beer/wine/soda. If you RSVP and your plans change, please let us know.

The Littlest Birds are a nationally touring cello and banjo duo from the Eastern Sierra of California with a unique sound blending elements of bluegrass, folk, and old time. Dynamic, and virtuosic yet down home and authentic, their style is hard to pinpoint, you’ll just simply enjoy it. Together since 2010 they’ve performed 100s of shows across 34 U.S. States, and Canada, including festivals, concert series, radio stations, farmer’s markets, fine restaurants, house concerts, weddings, bars, street corners, backyards, wine cellars, and even one 200 year old Misión deep in the heart of the Baja Peninsula. Recently you might’ve seen them at Oregon Country Fair, or the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, or the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada, among several others, not to mention the numerous venues around the country on their recent 2013 full U.S. Tour and heavy touring in 2014.

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Kurt Ribak Quartet, Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 2 pm

August 30, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with the Kurt Ribak Quartet on Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 2 pm. $10-20 sliding scale, all proceeds to the artist. Please RSVP below, or email linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org, or call 510-219-7750. More information about Kurt: www.ribak.com I’ve also posted a youtube video below. Kurt Ribak founded the Kurt Ribak […]

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Jim Bianco, Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 7 p.m.

June 25, 2014

Suggested donation $20 sliding scale, all $$ to the artist. Please RSVP below for a reservation, or email linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We will provide the exact address and confirm your reservation by email. Feel free to BYOB/Snacks and we will have some snacks and beer/wine/soda. If you RSVP and your plans change, […]

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John Craigie, November 22, 2014, 8 p.m.

June 20, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with John Craigie on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. $20 suggested donation. You can RSVP below, by email to linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks. www.johncraigiemusic.com For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, […]

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Ashley Raines, Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 3 pm.

June 19, 2014

$10-20 suggested donation, all $ to the artist. BYOB/snacks. We will confirm your RSVP and send you the exact address. We met Ashley at the 2013 Monterey Americana Festival and hosted him at Poplar Playhouses in 2013. We welcome back this fantastic singer-songwriter on Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 3 pm Ashley Raines is an […]

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