The Cornerstone Berkeley is one of Berkeley’s top music venues. Last night, Katchafire made their way to the stage to electrify the Bay Area. No these guys are not arsonists but they do bring the flame with their electric reggae sound. Hailing from Hamilton, New Zealand, these Kiwis are a testament to timeless reggae spirit. Turning the clocks back, these guys started as a Bob Marley cover band and as their skills and popularity grew, transformed into one of New Zealand’s and the worlds top reggae acts.
Cornerstone x Katchafire = Reggae Fever
Coast to coast, country to country, Katchafire has played with almost everyone who has a reggae pulse. Katchafire headlines some of Reggae’s largest regular festivals.
The family runs deep in this group with father Grenville and sons Logan and Jordan, accompanied by Tere Ngarua (bass), Hani Totorewa (keyboards, vocals), James Ferguson (keyboards, saxophone, vocals), and Leon Davey (percussion, vocals). Opening for Katchafire was local artist Nocean & renowned reggae artist E.N. Young. E.N. Young was apart of the band Stranger, which won the 2009 San Diego Music Award and Tribal Seeds.
About halfway through their tour Katchafire took aim at a packed house at one of Berkeley’s newest venues, Cornerstone. Cornerstone was once an old famous Berkeley Pool Hall, but has transformed into another fantastic Berkeley music venue. With music in its bloodstream, Berkeley adds to the list of quality music venues. Aside from ample seating, an outdoor patio equipped with fire pits, delicious and generous food portions, Cornerstones real attraction is the Beer. With over 40 beers on tap and 100 offerings at your disposal, deciding is probably the only blemish this place has.
The Venue at Cornerstone
The Cornerstone venue is a real treat. The space is maximized to feel intimate but also allows enough room to spread your wings. My favorite section of the room is the second floor viewing platform. Second deck views yet still close enough to feel the energy of the performance.
When the music isn’t pumping in the venue, Cornerstone uses the space for corporate events and bar games such as Ping-Pong & Corn-hole. With an inviting vibe, modern aesthetic feel, and all these other offerings, Cornerstone is a place to not miss out on. The Beer selection is phenomenal, grab a pint or three.
Cornerstone Berkeley and more
Cornerstone is one of Berkeley’s top music venues. Have you been? The updated space includes two levels for concert goers or event attendees to utilize. The welcoming environment makes this place one of my favorite venues to see a concert in the Bay.
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