JAZZ ON FOURTH Sunday marks the 20th annual Jazz on Fourth festival, which benefits Berkeley High School’s jazz program. The free festival has raised nearly $200,000 for the program over the last 19 years. In addition to the BHS Jazz Ensemble and combos, Fourth Street will be bopping with Mal Sharpe’s Big Money in Jazz Band with Kellye Gray, blues from Terrie Odabi, and salsa with Edgardo & Candela. Fourth Street merchants donate major gifts for a gigantic raffle, and the street will be lined with activities (you can visit Berkeleyside at our booth). There’s beer donated by Trumer Brauerie, and free photos courtesy of Photolab. Jazz on Fourth, Fourth Street, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 17. (more…)
On any given night one can find a handful of jazz gigs in Berkeley interesting enough to coax even a casual fan out of the house. But this Sunday offers something altogether rare with a convergence of two events that auger well for the future of the scene.
HIMALAYAN FAIR The 31st annual Himalayan Fair at Live Oak Park will run will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. The free fair features over 100 vendors, some here all the way from the Himalayas. Entertainment includes numerous dance and music offerings throughout the day, showcasing the cultural traditions of the region. Founded in 1983, the Himalayan Fair is a great Berkeley tradition. Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave. (more…)
There’s nothing like free music in a public space to bring people together, and there’s no better line up on tap in town this season than the 19th Annual Jazz on Fourth, which runs this Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
The 18th annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival kicks off on Sunday, May 19 at noon. The free festival supports the renowned jazz programs at Berkeley High.
TREKKING IN BERKELEY Get a taste of the high mountains of Asia at The Himalayan Fair, started 29 years ago by mountain climber Arlene Blum. Eat momos and other Tibetan dishes, browse art, jewelry, clothing and collectibles from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Burma and other countries, and watch amazing dance and music performances. The fair runs Saturday May 19 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday May 20 10 am to 5:30 pm at Live Oak Park.
For the impressive cast of young jazz musicians at Berkeley High, the road to Cuba runs right through Fourth Street. On Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m., the 17th Annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival transforms the upscale commercial district into a welcoming street fair with food booths, and two music stages. Funds raised at the event through raffle tickets and sale of beer and sake go directly to Berkeley High Jazz Program, funding travel to festivals, scholarships, and this year, the band’s first trip to Cuba.
After everyone crossed their fingers hard, and the weather gods took heed, the sun shone bright, the live jazz exceeded all expectations, great food sizzled on the grill, the vibe was mellow and Jazz on Fourth, a benefit for Berkeley High’s award-winning jazz program, was a splendid affair. Thanks to all of you who stopped by Berkeleyside’s booth to say hello. It was great to meet you.
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