Suggested donation $20 sliding scale, all $$ to the artist. Please RSVP below for a reservation, or email 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, because we are sold out. If you’d like to get on the waiting list, please email Linda at or call Tom at 510-697-4097.

Throughout his career, Jim Bianco has drawn inspiration from, what some might consider, untraditional sources. Whether it was an elevator operator in Tokyo, a stalker in Hollywood, a wedding in Tennessee, or a sinner in church, his songs have twisted their way out of his head and into the hearts of the people who have heard them.

His music, though unconventional, has garnered attention from the likes of NPR’s Mountain Stage, NBC’s Craig Ferguson, HBO’s True Blood, and the Getty Museum, to name a few.

With his new record “Cookie Cutter,” Jim asked 17 different people the same 69 questions and, drawing inspiration from their answers, he wrote a song for each of them. Like life itself, the record ranges from the extremely serious to the extremely ridiculous. The theme of the songs runs the gamut, too, from reunited lovers, runaway pets and first kisses to brain cancer survivors, Jesus Christ, and, (everyone’s favorite), death.

NPR’s Audie Cornish interviewed Jim and talked about the new record on “ALL THINGS CONSIDERED”

Check out the interview here:



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 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.

“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.


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 or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks. For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, […]

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