Sunday, September 22, 2013

Entertainment: Freight and Salvage Coffee House, Berkeley, CA

For the last 45 years, the Freight and Salvage has been the epicenter of all kinds of acoustic music.  The Freight provides a home for traditional music, a dynamic living, developing art form, since 1968.  The Freight is a non profit community arts organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of traditional music.

I went to a concert there tonight to see the Baguette Quartette.  It was a farewell performance for this bay area treasure that has been playing for the last twenty years, playing the music of Paris in the 1920's and 1930's.  The group featured Odile Lavault on accordion, bandoneon, and vocals.  Rachel Durling on violin, John Schott on guitar and banjo, and Richard Trevor on string bass.  They played tangos and waltzes, paso doubles, and fox trots, plus marches and musettes.  The group has released sex albums, including their last, A La Noce.

The Freight and Salvage hosts traditional music concerts almost all nights of the week.  See the current schedule on their website at  They also offer ways to learn to play instruments, such as Classes, Jams, and workshops.

They have a cafe with coffee, tea, snacks, plus there is a small bar area with adult refreshments.  They only provide snacks so I would recommend you have dinner before the concert.

If you can't make it to a concert, you can watch the show live by looking at


Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA
(510) 644-2020

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