2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Crystal Bowersox, a northwest Ohio native currently calling Nashville home, has built her life around music. Crystal’s love for music developed at an early age from a need to find peace in a chaotic world. Through art and creation, Crystal was able to direct her energy and emotion, finding a way to mend a mind in turmoil. For her, music was always the most effective form of catharsis, and she would play for anyone, anywhere. In her own words, “my guitar was an appendage. I couldn’t live without it.”
Dead set on a career in music, Crystal moved to Chicago as a teenager, where she spent her days performing underground on subway platforms in between working odd jobs. While in the big city, she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents with a variety of venues. Crystal has released two LP’s, two EPs, and several singles. Additionally, she has used her talents to benefit several causes close to her heart, and has become an advocate and inspiration for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.
However, it is what’s in front of her, not what’s behind her, that will define Crystal’s personal and professional evolution. The accomplished singer-songwriter is set to release a new project – a live album, recorded at the Kitchen Sink Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, cleverly titled Alive. Not only is the title a play on words, representing the rawness of the tracks, but it pertains to the place where Crystal currently is in her life. That place is one of joy, fulfillment, and stability for Crystal and her eight year old son, Tony.
To create her newest project, Crystal called on her “chosen family” of musicians. The combination of keeping those she cherishes close to her and taking an honest look at life has resulted in the truest music she has released to date. Crystal has drawn on her various influences — across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country — to make the kind of music that resonates with her spirit. It is both tender and tough, rough yet polished, and it encompasses many genres without falling neatly into one category. As one of her songwriting partners describes it, Crystal has “a voice like dirt and diamonds.” Her music is intended to bring a positive message of love and light to the world – things that folks will be able to take with them on their own journey, so that they, too, can feel truly alive.
Similar to her beginnings, Crystal intends to make music that has healing power, but at this point, she sees far beyond her own troubles. Her live show is a safe space for concertgoers. Attend a Crystal Bowersox show, and you just might see a grown man cry and a child dance simultaneously. You’ll also likely get the chance to meet her personally; Crystal is typically the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the venue. Meeting with the fans and hearing their personal stories is something Crystal considers a blessing in her life.
By reliving her own painful moments in song, Crystal hopes to transcend that pain, lifting herself and her audience to a higher place. In the opening lines of “A Broken Wing” she sings, “I know there’s beauty in the burden / And even on my darkest day that sun will shine.” Crystal’s story is one of resilience and perseverance, and it’s evident in every note of her newest release, Alive.
Northern California based singer/songwriter David Luning is of a new generation of indie musicians whose genre blurs the lines of Americana, Alternative Country, Folk, Rock, and Blues. Audiences laugh at his charming stories, tear up with his heartbreaking country and Americana ballads, and then dance, whoop, and holler with his rock and blues. With insights well beyond his years, David's poignant songwriting and warm, rich timbre voice captivate audiences and draw them into a musical world that is familiar yet completely fresh and new.
Luning's debut album "Just Drop on By", which he personally recorded, mixed and produced, has been called "a gritty, joyful, soulful piece of Americana", and "an album you'll want to revisit again and again". Johnny Bazzano from KRCB praises "Just Drop On By is the best Americana Music album I've heard..". David also acted, produced and co-directed the music video "Whiskey Bottle, along with videographer Jared Wright.
While studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music, David was introduced to the music of John Prine, Ryan Adams, Old Crow Medicine Show, Todd Snider, and The Band. "Something just clicked. It was like a slow bolt of lightning that struck my soul. It was honest. The kind of music that spoke of real life, heartaches and loss, but also of heartwarming humor and foot stomping sing-alongs. It was simple and it was real. …Like a family that I wanted to be a part of. Call it Americana, folk, roots, or alt-country – it resonated with me. I had found my genre, my voice." That's when David decided to relocate back to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career as an Americana, Alt-country artist.
In 2013, David auditioned for American Idol to receive worldwide exposure for his original music, and to be an advocate for Americana music. Out of 75,000 people who auditioned, he made it to the top 100, performing his original song "In Hell I Am", which appeared on American Idol's January 16th, 2014 episode, viewed by 18 million across the world. Jennifer Lopez commented, "I love it. He has a really, really beautiful tone." Keith Urban praised, saying, "you have stanch originality, no one's doing what you do…you're a good singer-songwriter, story-telling guy."
David writes, records, and performs all of his original songs. "He can entertain and delight large crowds, using only himself, his guitar, and his harmonica". For events calling for a band, David most often plays with three amazing musicians: Dave Sampson, Ben Dubin, and Linden Reed. David also co-writes, records, and performs music with a vocal virtuoso, Brodie Jenkins, in the folk duo called Ghost and Gale. Ghost and Gale is comprised of haunting cinematic folk harmonies that showcase David's vocal range, harmonies, and his skills as a guitarist and talented pianist.
$26 ADV / $30 DOOR (plus fees)
- All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.
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