Telegraph Avenue will be transformed into a stage for world music on Sunday

A three block stretch of Telegraph Avenue will be transformed Sunday into an international music festival featuring live indie bands, chamber orchestras, and jazz ensembles.

It’s the third annual LastSundaysFest, Telegraph Avenue’s street party, done in a way that only Telegraph can do. The festival’s motto is “The World Comes to Telegraph.” In addition to a plethora of bands, there will be delicious street food, crafts, and offerings from the dozens of shops that line the street.

The festival is a way to showcase Telegraph’s charms, according to Al Geyer, the chair of the Telegraph Avenue Merchants’ Association and the owner of Annapurna. Merchants on the street also hope the festival will lure UC students to the area. A recent poll showed that, while Cal students eat regularly on Telegraph, they generally go to other parts of the city or to San Francisco or Emeryville to do their shopping.

The LastSundaysFest will start at 11.00 am with the Classical Revolution String Quartet playing Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2 at noon. They will be followed by the UC Jazz Ensemble at 1:0 pm, Whiskermen at 2:00 pm, Fever Charm at 3:00 pm, Custard Band, a Led Zeppelin tribute band at 4:00 pm, and the Foxtails Brigade with Laura Weinbach at 5:00 pm (who then heads on to Center Street Summer Cinema).

The festival runs from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Telegraph between Durant and Dwight.

Here is a video from a previous LastSundaysFest:

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...