The nonprofit Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse has been in Berkeley since the ‘60s. Since 2009 it has operated in a new green performance facility. Freight & Salvage has built its significant following by presenting traditional music that includes blues, folk, honky tonk, and Celtic. Maybe that is why it claims the title as the longest-running full-time folk music venue west of the Mississippi.
Auditorium seating is first-come, first-served, and everyone gets a good view and excellent acoustics—thanks to a sound system designed exclusively for the space by Meyer Sound Lab of Berkeley. The expected coffee is available, as well as wine and beer and light snacks (cookies, peanuts). Performances are scheduled most nights at 7:30 or 8 pm.