The Freight and Salvage

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The Freight and Salvage
Freight and Salvage 1.jpg
Location Berkeley, California
Coordinates 37°52′15″N 122°16′11″W / 37.87083°N 122.26972°W / 37.87083; -122.26972
Type Coffeehouse, non-profit
Opened 1968

The Freight and Salvage (known as "The Freight") is a nonprofit musical performance venue in Berkeley, California, that primarily hosts folk music and world music acts.


The Freight was founded in 1968 and derived its name from the used furniture store that previously occupied the same space on San Pablo Avenue.[1] In 1983, it formally incorporated as the Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music. The club moved to a 220-seat space on Addison Street in 1988. On August 27, 2009, The Freight opened a 440-seat venue in Berkeley's Downtown Arts District.[2] The $12 million project, built to LEED standards, has a green roof and features reclaimed wood from the original building on the site throughout, as well as classrooms to fulfill the organization's educational mission. The building was designed by Berkeley-based architects Marcy Wong and Donn Logan and the sound system was provided by Meyer Sound Laboratories.


Notable musicians who have performed at the Freight include Dave Alvin, Greg Brown, Dan Bern, Theodore Bikel, David Bromberg, Judy Collins, Ry Cooder, Sue Draheim, Tommy Emmanuel, David Grisman, Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, Ricky Skaggs, Rosalie Sorrels, Cheryl Wheeler, Dar Williams, Raina Rose Cris Williamson and Odetta, among many others. Several artists have released live recordings of Freight performances, including Nickel Creek, Hot Buttered Rum, John Wesley Harding, Suzy Thompson, Fishtank Ensemble and the Berkeley-based band Rebecca Riots.


  1. ^ Freight & Salvage is A Folk Music Haven
  2. ^ New Freight & Salvage opens its doors

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