Weekender: Top Events in the East Bay Over the Next Three Days

Here’s what you’re doing this weekend:

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Trivia Night
When Sari Flowers was a kid, her dad’s record room was something of a legend among her friends. That’s how Flowers, a board member for the nonprofit Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and a longtime musician, said she developed her own vast appreciation for the medium. It’s also how she came to know the answers to obscure music-trivia prompts such as: “Name the first song ever referred to in print as rock ‘n’ roll.” (The answer: “Caldonia,” a 1945 jump blues song by Louis Jordan — though it was the Erskine Hawkins version released later that same year that garnered the designation.) So when Flowers and other camp organizers were brainstorming strategies to drum up money and volunteers for their music program, they found such questions to be the answer — that is, they designed a monthly, all-ages music-trivia night where music buff of every ilk can converge in teams of three to six to test their knowledge of song lyrics, album covers, and other musical riddles for a chance to win vinyl and other prizes — and show a little love for the all-girls music camp and after-school program via donations collected at the door. It’s meant to be an all-ages community event (though the venue, Actual Cafe — 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland — also serves beer and wine), and the inaugural one is tonight Friday, December 2, hosted by Sistas in the Pit bassist Kofy Brown. Come with a team or form one on the spot. 8 p.m., donations accepted. 510-267-1808 or BayAreaGirlsRockCamp.org. — Cassie Harwood

Myra Melford, Scott Amendola, Ben Goldberg, John Shifflet
A powerhouse quartet by all measures, Melford/Amendola/Goldberg/Shifflet includes four jazz musicians who, despite being leaders in their own right, are all known for their humility. Myra Melford’s Be Bread sextet plays original compositions that defy all formal constraints; instead, Melford encourages her fellow musicians to improvise for long stretches while she sits quietly at the piano. Ben Goldberg, a clarinetist, leads many experimental combos, including the massive Brainchild, which specializes in spontaneous music — meaning he walks up to individual band members and whispers instructions in their ears. Scott Amendola is one of the best jazz drummers around, but he also plays in a lot of noise and “improv” acts that privilege sound over melody. John Shifflet has played bass in several of Amendola’s bands, so he’s well accustomed to an ever-shifting rhythm section. Though they’ve all played together in many permutations, these musicians have never appeared as a quartet. If you fancy a leaderless movement, look no further. At Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) on Sunday, Dec. 4. 8 p.m., $20.50-$22.50. FreightandSalvage.org. — Rachel Swan

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