Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Freight & Salvage Voted Best Small Folk Venue in North America

By Rachel Swan
Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Founded forty years ago -- back in the era of Country Joe & the Fish and R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders -- Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffee House bills it self as "the oldest full-time folk and traditional music house west of the Mississippi River." Even when the skiffle and bluegrass revival groups of the '60s got supplanted by psychedelic rock in the '70s, the Freight soldiered on, running its all-volunteer (at the time) operation in a small 87-seat brewery that had once housed a furniture store. Last month this famed Berkeley non-profit (now located at 1111 Addison St., though it will move to new digs at 2020 Addison St. in early 2009) was heralded as the best small folk venue in North America at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

Founded forty years ago -- back in the era of Country Joe & the Fish and R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders -- Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffee House bills it self as "the oldest full-time folk and traditional music house west of the Mississippi River." Even when the skiffle and bluegrass revival groups of the '60s got supplanted by psychedelic rock in the '70s, the Freight soldiered on, running its all-volunteer (at the time) operation in a small 87-seat brewery that had once housed a furniture store. Last month this famed Berkeley non-profit (now located at 1111 Addison St., though it will move to new digs at 2020 Addison St. this April) was heralded as the best small folk venue in North America at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

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