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2014 Downtown Berkeley MusicFest Kick-Off: Brass Band & Latin | East Bay

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 5:00 pm to 7:45 pm | Cost: FREE
Downtown Berkeley BART | 2160 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA

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2014 Downtown Berkeley MusicFest

The Downtown Berkeley MusicFest, now in it’s 7th year, celebrates the diversity of Berkeley’s rich musical pedigree, with an array of musical acts that run the gamut from Latin, jazz, rock, bluegrass, folk, reggae, soul, DJs and even children’s pop.

Spanning four days over 10 venues, the 2014 MusicFest is bound to be a stone groove and will add yet another chapter to the musical and cultural history of this great town.

2014 Downtown Berkeley MusicFest
September 11-14, 2014
Downtown Berkeley
Many free events

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Thursday, September 11, 2014
2014 Downtown Berkeley MusicFest

East Bay Brass Band – 5-6:10 pm

East Bay Brass Band is a SF Bay Area, New Orleans-style brass band that specializes in mash-ups of popular artists from Jelly Roll Morton to AC/DC to Raymond Scott to Paula Abdul to Shostakovich to R.E.M. They also do straight covers drawn from a number of sources, including (but not limited to) trombone shout bands, New Orleans brass bands, hard bop, funk, rock, country, and pop. The group contains members from many Bay Area bands including Blue Bone Express, Albino!, Wicked Mercies, MJ’s Brass Boppers, Tamalpias Brass Quintet, Cyclub, and more. “We drop bombs, kick brass, and funk people up! While mash-ups are habitual, all music that gets ‘em hyped and dancing is our ritual.”

Alta California Latin Band – 6:30-7:45 pm

Coming off the cultural street corners of the Bay Area’s diverse musical scene, Alta California is an Afro-Cuban, flamenco, hip-hop, pop, and soul super-group; practically a who’s who of Bay Area Latin, funk and flamenco musicians and dancers, playing their own genre of “Rumba Esquina” (right off the streets). Acclaimed vocalists, Orlando Torriente and Piero Amadeo Infante, from San Francisco’s Mission District and East Bay’s East Oakland, respectively, bring gritty, emotional, moving stories of love, loss, and the triumph and influence of their family of all colors through songs and music, including Corrido, Nueva Trova, and all with the energy of rumba, alternative, and Latin rock in both Spanish and English. This is true Latin street music. “Alta California is the Bay’s hardest-hitting most musical new Bay Latin Dance Band.”

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Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, East Bay, Live Music
Address: 2160 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA