Attention Musicians, Singers, Performers!
Does your music fall on the quieter side of the decibel spectrum? Is your average draw less than 100 people? Are you looking for a small, beautiful space with great acoustics and comfortable seating that will showcase your music with respect and appreciation? Then The Back Room, which recently opened in Berkeley, CA, is the place for you.
The Back Room is not a place for food. Oh, there are a few packaged snacks available, but nothing that needs to be heated, sliced, or served.
The Back Room is not a place for drinks. Of course we have water, and punch, and soft drinks – we don’t want anyone to go thirsty. And adults are welcome to bring their own adult beverages — we’ll even supply the glasses. But we can’t sell any alcohol, and we don’t really want to.
The Back Room is a place with comfortable, upholstered furniture that may remind you of your own living room. (Assuming, of course, that your living room is filled with a few dozen thrift store mismatches.) Seating, as it happens, is very important to us, because we want the folks here to be completely relaxed, and happy, and ready to listen.
The Back Room is, as the logo says, an intimate place for music.
Now, we like loud, sweaty rock as much as anyone. But we are a small place (maybe 100 people max) designed for a smaller sound. We offer a wonderful ambience with brick walls, a high vaulted wooden ceiling, and a Steinway grand on stage.
Business-wise, we intend to make this a no-risk proposition for both you and us. We will split the door 50/50 until we reach our (not very high) number. Everything after that is yours. And you get to decide the ticket prices. We will of course advertise you on our website, on social media, and via the local free listings. Beyond that, it will be up to you to reach out to your fan base and/or coordinate with the local media.
And in case of a disappointing turnout, no one needs to be mad. The Back Room has exactly zero paid staff. In fact, the royal “we” that we have been using is actually just me. My name is Sam Rudin, and I am a musician myself. As both a player and a patron, I’ve always wanted to see more places like this, so I decided to create one.