OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlease join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8 pm for a concert with Jenny Kerr and (opening) Benjamin Brown. Suggested donation $10-20, all $$ to the artist. Please RSVP below for a reservation, or email tommont45@gmail.com or call Tom @ 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/soft drinks.

San Francisco native and Oxford dropout, multi-instrumentalist (finger-style and slide guitar, claw hammer banjo, harmonica, piano), as well as a poetic and passionate songwriter, Jenny Kerr is known for foot-stomping live shows and powerful, authentic voice. Together with her band of road-tested rogues, she delivers a seasoned yet spirited sound with forays into swamp rock, straight-up soul, backwater honky tonk, and old-time blues and finely-hewn ballads. Kerr is a San Francisco native who as a kid used to take the bus over to the Haight-Ashbury district to see the blues and folk revival concerts of the late sixties. Attending shows by the likes of Joplin, Hendrix, and Muddy Waters eventually led her to an older roster of musical discoveries such as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Little Walter and Dock Boggs. It was sometime around then that she began to cast off her classical training (her grandmother, Louise Lincoln Kerr, was first viola player for the Cleveland Symphony and composer of note) and started playing guitar, harmonica and banjo. Today Jenny’s music is steeped in contemporary production values, but informed by the eclecticism particular to that time, stretching the boundaries of genre and style. Kerr has toured Europe seven times and has become a regular favorite on the country/blues/roots circuit. She’s headlined festivals the world over and played with Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakum), Peter Rowan and Barry Melton of Country Joe and the Fish. She’s shared top billing with legends like Charlie McCoy and Americana greats Guy Clark, Jack Ingram, and Lee Roy Parnell.

Benjamin Brown is a singer/songwriter living in Oakland, CA. Deceivingly young at age 25, he is a self-taught blues guitarist who plays with as much soul as any musicians from the aspiring immersion of blues artists in the early part of the 20th Century. Born in Chicago, his family traveled the country during his childhood, where they ultimately settled in rural areas of Northern California. Ben performs as a solo artist with a smoky draw, influenced by artists in the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin’ Wolf, Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Doors and The Rolling Stones. His lyrics suggest a sense of salvation, as he writes about triumphing a ruthless evil. However, his seemingly melancholy sound, when listened to closely, encourages an uplifting message. You can find this rugged bluesman, with his 1951 vintage Gibson cutaway in hand and a tattered notebook of lyrics at foot, at a plethora of venues in and around San Francisco’s bay area.

http://www.jennykerr.com

http://www.benjaminbrownmusic.com

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Jess Braun Promo Photo

We are pleased to present Jess Braun on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8 p.m. Suggested donation $10-20. You can RSVP below, by email to linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org, or by phone, 510-697-4097. We will provide the exact address and confirm your reservation by email. Please feel free to BYOB/snack, but we will have some snacks and beer/wine/soft drinks to share.

Jess is a soulful rock songstress originally from Richmond, Virginia. After paying her dues in the New York City club scene for the past decade, she’s recently relocated to Northern California to perform her sultry blend of rock, blues, and country with an eclectic group of musicians. After recording her first solo album, waveside, she completed a tour from New York to California. A true water nymph, Jess has spent about a quarter of her existence in some form of H20, swimming, surfing, and mermaiding, and finds the water to be a strong source of inspiration for her writing and general sanity. Jess is currently working on a second album and performing around NorCal and beyond. Jess Braun’s voice has been compared to the sounds of Fiona Apple, Emmylou Harris, Neko Case, and Eva Cassidy.

“Jessica Braun is a young Eva Cassidy. A great singer with a lot of soul in her voice, this songstress has clearly developed herself and is prepared to share her talent with the world. Her latest EP, ‘Waveside,’ is a wonderful collection of some of the most creative and heartfelt songs I’ve heard in recent times.” — I Am Entertainment Magazine

“Jess Braun has a magnificent talent for being able to capture beauty and intensity through her vocals and songwriting and serve it up to the listener in a tidy, four minute package. Like some of the waters that Braun has surely been in over the course of her life, this album is deep, beautiful, and bristling with a latent energy that washes over you once unleashed.” — Heath Andrews, Review You

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Jesse Terry, June 21, 2014 at 8 p.m.

August 1, 2013

Please join us for a house concert with Jesse Terry on June 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. $15-20 suggested donation, all proceeds to the artist. Please RSVP below, or email linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or call 510-697-4097. Jesse Terry is an internationally award-winning singer-songwriter whose transcendent life and music make him one of the most prolific indie artists […]

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Kristin Andreassen, Friday, June 27, 2014, 8 p.m.

July 1, 2013

Please join us for a house concert with Kristin Andreassen and Alec Spiegelman on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8 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. You can find a link to a YouTube video below. www.kristinandreassen.com Kristin […]

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Mark Stuart, Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2 p.m.

June 19, 2013

Please join us for a house concert with Mark Stuart on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. $15 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. After growing up in Nashville, TN and playing professionally from age 15 on, Mark Stuart […]

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Aireene and the Rarities, September 6, 2014, 2 p.m.

March 19, 2013

Please join us for a house concert with Aireene and the Rarities on September 6, 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. http://www.aireeneespiritu.com/ “I […]

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