Tom Rush returning to his java-hut roots 

Tom Rush started out on the Boston coffeehouse circuit way back in the peace-and-love ’60s. So it makes perfect sense that the folk legend is returning to his java-hut roots on Sunday, Feb. 27, when he makes a rare Bay Area appearance at the Freight and Salvage coffeehouse in Berkeley. He’ll be backing “What I Know,” his first solo album in — believe it or not — a full 35 years.

Haven’t heard of the man? He’s worth the research.

Rush might be familiar to modern listeners via U2’s cover of his definitive “No Regrets” standard, or through a popular live YouTube video of his “Remember Song,” which has racked up nearly four million hits. But historically, he’s incredibly important. His 1968 album “The Circle Game” almost single-handedly ushered in the entire folk movement, as it included then-unrecorded songs by Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and even James Taylor, before those soon-to-be-famous artists had tracked their own debuts.

For more information, visit www.tomrush.com and www.freightandsalvage.org. Espresso: optional.

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