CORNERFEST  - A Free Outdoor Festival in Downtown Berkeley

CORNERFEST - A Free Outdoor Festival in Downtown Berkeley

David Luning, La Gente SF, Skyway Man

Sun · July 14, 2019

Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 11:00 am (event ends at 4:00 pm)

Free

This event is all ages

CORNERFEST - A Free Outdoor Festival in Downtown Berkeley
CORNERFEST  - A Free Outdoor Festival in Downtown Berkeley
Cornerfest - A Free Outdoor Live Music Festival in Berkeley is Downtown's newest regular, all ages event celebrating live music! Enjoy free live music on indoor and outdoor stages - hosted by Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music located at 2367 Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley. The party kicks off at 11am and will feature food, over 40 craft beers on tap, art, local vendors, and free live music on multiple stages.

Since opening in the Spring of 2017, Cornerstone in Downtown Berkeley, has quickly become a musical destination for touring bands and live music fans of all ages and musical persuasions. With more live music venues than most Bay Area cities of its size, Berkeley is quickly becoming a destination for bands to play and their fans to see them!

Cornerfest is proud to announce that this Summer, we will be partnering with Amoeba Records, UC Theatre, Bandworks, The Starving Musician, Cal's Singer/Songwriting Club, Toyota and Berkeley's very own Fieldwork Brewing Company to bring you what is sure to be a fun filled day of Music, Food, Beer and Fun!
David Luning
David Luning
John Prine forced David Luning to drop out of college. Not at gunpoint or anything— the two had never even met—but the effect of hearing the songwriting legend's music for the first time had an equally compelling effect on Luning, who was studying film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at the time. Now an accomplished artist in his own right, Luning is preparing to release his most dynamic and gripping collection to date, 'Restless,' and he can trace it all back to one fateful night that changed everything.

"A couple of friends invited me over to share some songs at their apartment, and that was the first time I'd ever really listened to Americana music or folk or country or whatever you want to call it," remembers Luning. "They showed me John Prine, and it just resonated with me so much. I was like, 'Oh my god, this is what I have to do with my life.' I just figured it out in that moment."

Luning dropped out of school almost immediately, moved back to his native California, and devoted himself to songwriting and performing. He worked his way up through open mics to large festival performances, piecing together a band to flesh out his songs along the way and hitting the road to tour with a fierce determination. His selfreleased debut album, 'Just Drop On By,' garnered acclaim from both critics and fellow musicians alike, with country megastar Keith Urban hailing Luning's "staunch originality." Songs from the album landed numerous film and TV placements, most recently on NBC's 'Grimm,' and Luning's reputation for exhilarating live performances earned him dates with luminaries like Jackie Greene, Dave and Phil Alvin, and Elvin Bishop, along with a slew of festival performances up and down the West Coast.

If 'Just Drop On by' announced the arrival of a promising new talent, 'Restless' delivers on that potential and then some. Recorded under the guidance of engineer/producer Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, Dave Matthews) and with Luning's longtime live bandmates— Ben Dubin (bass & harmonica), Linden Reed (drums), and Dave Sampson (guitar & mandolin)—the album marks a major step forward, both sonically and emotionally.

"With the first record, I produced and engineered everything myself," explains Luning. "I'd never worked with an outside producer before, so it was nerve-racking going into the studio with Karl for the first time, but it was just a perfect fit. It was like he knew what I wanted in my music before I even did, and he could push my performances where they needed to go and really take my music to another level."

Luning and his band set up shop at the stunning Panoramic Studios in Stinson, California, crafting a darker, grittier vibe for the music and exploring a wider palette than ever before. While many of Luning's songs are inspired by the lives and stories of the men and women he's grown up with in California or met on the road, the lyrics are all filtered through his own unique perspective and reflect his remarkable personal journey. Perhaps no track fits that bill more directly than "Driftin,'" an infectious road warrior's anthem that find's Luning singing, "I wanna keep on drifting like a rambling man."

"I had so much fun on tour going from place to place and playing to new people all the time and I got into the rhythm of it all, so when it ended and we came home I wasn't ready to stop," he explains. "We pulled into Ben's house to unload our gear and I said, 'Ben, we're packing up and we're gonna go somewhere tomorrow right? We're gonna keep on going right?'"

Much of the album is uptempo and exuberant—"Almost Sounds Like Laughing" is a footstomping folk tune with the energy of a runaway train—but Luning shows off his remarkable depth and range on some of the record's more restrained tracks, like the slow-burning "Brother In Chains" and delicate "Gonna Forget About You," which finds him pulling his vocals back to an intimate near-whisper that conveys a world of heartache and regret. "In Hell I Am" started life as an acoustic blues on a resonator guitar before morphing into a fiery, electric rocker, while "Bet It All On Black" takes on a harder, Southern edge, with Luning repeating the mantra, "Ain't no use in holding back."

"It's essentially about a person who's kind of carefree," he says, "and they know that something might not be the best thing to do, but they're going all in with it anyway. They're just going for it, regardless of the outcome and any repercussions they might face."

If that sounds familiar, perhaps like the attitude of a man who might risk everything to drop out of school and move across the country to pursue a dream, it's no coincidence. With songs this good, it's a safe bet that a restless soul like David Luning is going to keep on traveling for a long time to come.
La Gente SF
La Gente SF
La Gente is a San Francisco based, international recording group led by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria. The group has created their own unique blend of World Music, Cumbia, Reggae, Salsa, Hip-Hop and Reggaeton. LA GENTE SF fuses together rhythms and cultural influences from all over the Caribbean with their distinct Bay Area flavor to create an infectious, high energy dance party. After years of touring and creating new music,

LA GENTE SF has built a large and loyal following all over the US and the globe. The group’s most recent fourth album "Borderless" features special guest Deuce Eclipse of Bang Data and Zion I Crew. LA GENTE SF was founded in 2007, since then They have performed numerous festivals, universities, radio stations, museums, art galleries and major venues all over the US. For example: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin, Portland and New York. La Gente has also performed internationally in Spain, Italy, France, Great Britain, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Nicaragua and Colombia and are gearing up for another month long tour in Europe this summer.

Their notoriety and showmanship had found them sharing the stage with other recognized recording artists, such as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic All Stars, E-40, La Santa Cecilia, Quantic Music, Digital Underground, Hyro-Glyphics, Coolio, Digable Planets, Pato Banton, Lyrics Born, Pete Escovedo, and MALO.
Skyway Man
Skyway Man
For the last decade, James Wallace & the Naked Light recorded and released music from the fringes of
Music City USA, touring all over with a singular vision and purpose. All the while, James Wallace’s name
figured in as a trusted companion to a few scenes in particular: the Spacebomb sound coming out of his
hometown Richmond, Virginia alongside old friends Natalie Prass and Matthew E. White; inside the new
Nashville “underground:” where his bands’ magnetic performance listed them as a favorite among
Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard; producing records, occasionally filling in on keys with cult-treasured
Promised Land Sound; and roaming with the Oakland collective of songwriters centered around a
converted school bus who travel under the banner “Splendor All Around.” But now the name is Skyway
Man. Solo tours in Japan and China, a new batch of songs intertwined with his fascination with UFO
religion, signaled a shift in direction. His inner mercury nudged him toward a new role, and the name
Skyway Man rose to the surface again and again. Was it the trickster of mythology, the soul of some
eternally missing astronaut, or the old singing storyteller trying to get through?
Wallace possesses a knack for getting caught up in outlandish events - discovering a trove of mysterious
letters written by a Ufologist to a woman, describing the New Jerusalem and the 4th dimension, or months
spent playing Mahjong in a smokey trailer behind Opryland, working as a Mandarin interpreter for
Chinese Ice carvers in Nashville. This knack also extends to orchestrating outlandish events, getting
interesting people on board in his endeavors–sweet-talking the flow of life into altering its course. Time for
a new name and new record. Seen Comin' From a Mighty Eye is a dense undertaking, recorded in
different locations, simmering influences, channeling all the correct energies, paying the people and
spirits who need to be paid, finishing the work the right way over the slow course of time. He recorded the
last Naked Light record in Matthew E. White’s attic, and returned to that revered spot to track this new
psych opera about strange futures, haunted pasts, and the Mighty Eye in the sky. Spacebomb house
bassist and composer Cameron Ralston provided the horn arrangements and Spacebomb house
drummer Pinson Chanselle sat at the kit. Wallace sang, compiled and mixed back in Nashville. It’s the
usual stew of B-movie scifi, cosmic American boogie, psychedelic folk and it’s apocalyptically good,
focused and potent, an immersive fully realized song cycle and visionary sonic structure.
From his modest rancher in Bordeaux on the Cumberland River, the lights of downtown Nashville are
visible at night, shining sweetly or casting a lurid glow depending on atmospheric conditions and the
viewer’s mood. Music City is changing fast, but James Wallace is invested in its community and spirit–the
true believers, auteur session aces and acid cowboys and cowgirls who need each other to survive the
sweltering industrial music machine. Skyway Man transcends this landscape, tapping into an older, more
spiritual commerce. Seen Comin' From a Mighty Eye offers the kind of music you would want on the radio
for a first or last kiss, the incidental music from some forgotten Spielberg adventure, a soundtrack for the
later (not quite latter) days of earth. If lightning strikes and the car radio explodes, it might just be part of
the track. Music for driving along the skyway, and thank god the skyway is made of music anyway.
Venue Information:
Cornerstone
2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant)
Berkeley, CA, 94704
http://www.cornerstoneberkeley.com/