WORLD MUSIC Artists Converge on TELEGRAPH AVENUE, Sunday, June 22nd
FREE 11th annual Berkeley World Music Festival offers a dazzling range of continuous music by Bay Area’s finest artists offer a dazzling range of music outdoors and in Telegraph Avenues cafes near UC campus, The featured People’s Park concert (1-6 pm) is sponsored by Amoeba Music. Starting point is the event information booth located on Telegraph Avenue at Haste Street.
The Festival showcases the Bay Area’s diverse world music scene and it’s all Free! Headliners for the People's Park dance party are Bay Area's top Motown band PRIDE & JOY and MANZO'S RALLY with members of the famed Latin Rock band MALO plus special guest grammy nominee Johnny Gunn. Pride & Joy create an electrifying show of choreographed music and dance. Bandleader Gabriel Manzo, along with Carlos Santana and others, pioneered the Latin Rock movement. The award winning AfroFUNK EXPERIENCE, rising stars in the Bay Area's FUNK scene, opens up this exciting party. People's Park festivities (Noon-6 pm) feature a colorful CRAFTS BAZAAR and a 1 pm special performance by the ALL NATIONS SINGERS & DANCERS ending with audience members invited to participate in Native American social dancing.
An impressive world music tour will also be presented in a variety of Telegraph Avenue venues. BIG LOU "the ACCORDION PRINCESS" opens the Festival at Noon with Eastern European and Norteño Polka, followed by THE TOWN QUARTET (Trans-Atlantic chamber music from Spain to Argentina), ViBO SIMFANI (Brazilian, Latin & Beyond) and TOM CHANDLER TRIO (Middle Eastern Trance). Along Telegraph Avenuel,outdoor performances range from BELLY DANCE BAZAAR, BELINDA SALVIDGE MINSTRELS (Old English and Irish), SPRIT OF '29 (Dixieland Jazz) and MICHAEL MASLEY's celestial music on his invented "Kalimbolam" and "Eggdawn Autoharp".
Evening performances feature internationally renowned innovators rooted in ancient traditions: LISA SANGITA MASLEY (Electric Indian Sarode) and Ancient Future leader MATTHEW MONFORT (scalloped guitar). ANCIENT FUTURE presents a special program of Asian Fusion. For the festival finale GEORGES LAMMAM ENSEMBLE, with recording star NASER MUSA, offer an exhilarating pan-Arabic show featuring "Khaliji" Arabian Gulf music. With an abundance of live music and family fun CRAFTS VILLAGE, there's something for everyone
various Telegraph Ave locations+ People's Park
2400 Block of Telegraph & nearby
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