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Friday, June 16th 8:30-10pm

Dancing Under The Stars | Cha Cha

Foot of Broadway in Jack London Square
From experienced dancers to jiving newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars! Dancers will kick-up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. Each Friday night, Jack London Square will host a different dance theme including the Cha Cha, Rumba, Salsa and Swing Time Swing. The festive, free dance lessons are brought to you by Professional Dance Instructor Bradley Montoya. Make an evening of it! Enjoy happy hour and dinner before the lessons start at 8:30 PM, followed by the dance party, at 9 PM. Visit: Facebook Event Page | 510.645.9292

Friday, June 16 -Friday night brings a group of musicians, playing songs and styles older than their grandparents.

The Freight Hoppers are a four-piece string band presenting hard-driving Old Time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that’s only when they keep their feet still!

The band started presenting their energetic take on fiddle band music four times a day, seven days a week at the Great Smoky Mountains Railway shortly after forming in 1992. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia.

The heart of the band is the fiddle and clawhammer banjo combo of Merritt Smith and Frank Lee, while the rhythm section of Allie Burbrink on guitar and Andy Smith on string bass hold down the ensemble. Based out of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, The Freight Hoppers draw from a deep source of rural southern music for their inspiration, and they are proud to present this music that is still meaningful today. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

Located at 1984 Bonita St. in Berkeley, the Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, with comfortable seating and a dedicated focus on acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage and they accept cash only at the door.

(Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

Saturday, June 17th –  The Montclair Village Association’s 5th Annual Beer & Wine Celebration
Montclair Village, 2000 Mountain Blvd. – 12PM – 6PM

According to MVA President Jeff Diamond, “The Montclair Beer & Wine Fest is a wonderful one day celebration of fermentation and music that brings together craft brewers, small wineries and local musicians.  This event is a highlight of the Summer, and as in past years, we expect thousands of area residents to attend.”

Event Highlights:
FREE to attend; ALL AGES!
50 Craft Beers and Artisan Wines
Pedal Powered Stage Presented by Rock the Bike
MAKE your own smoothie on the blender bike!
Kids Crafts delivered to you by Montclair Tutu School
Live and Local Music sponsored by Mister Beever’s Paws & Claws and Family Dog Walkers
Headlining Music Performance by the Kev Choice Trio featuring Nonameko
Unlimited Tasting Packages; available for $30/person (advanced); $40 at the door
Buy tasting packages online.

Market to Table: Jack London Square Farmers Market
Sunday, June 11th, 10am-3pm
Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland  features the seasonal bounty of the Jack London Square Farmers Market.The Jack London Square Farmers Market is operated by CUESA at Oakland’s Jack London Square on Sundays (10 am to 3 pm), year round, rain or shine. Founded in 1989, the Jack London Square Farmers Market has deep roots in Oakland, providing a vibrant waterfront marketplace of local farms, food crafters, and restaurants for Bay Area families.


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