Jun
29
8:00 pm20:00

Tablao Flamenco Night

Join us for an intimate Tablao Flamenco night, featuring dancers Clara Rodriguez and Estefanía Narvaez, singer Jose Blanco, guitarist David McLean and Marlon Aldana on percussion. After the show, guests from the Flamenco community are invited to join us on stage for a fin de fiesta!

Cante (Voice): Jose Blanco
Toque (Guitar): David McLean
Percussion: Marlon Aldana
Baile (Dance): Clara Rodriguez and Estefanía Narvaez

Tickets are $20 general admission/$15 with student ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
30
8:00 pm20:00

Sound Underground

Sound Underground is a compact trio with an expansive imagination. Saxophonist David Leon, trumpeter Alec Aldred and guitarist Jonah Udall draw on a broad array of influences from Cool Jazz to Americana, to Bulgarian folklore and the avant-garde, to distill a unique and deeply personal voice.

Hailed by AllAboutJazz.com as “a fresh sound... uncluttered and open... capable of grabbing a listener's attention and holding it indefinitely,” Sound Underground steers through inventive textures far beyond the limits of their unconventional chamber instrumentation. At once serious and whimsical, thought-provoking and smile-inducing, the trio spins colorful stories that ring immediately true.

Sound Underground released its self-titled debut in 2014 with a tour of Eastern Europe, performing at major international jazz festivals in Bulgaria and Serbia. Now based in Miami and New York City, they have been on the rise ever since, touring on across the U.S. as well as returning to the continent. Their sophomore album Quiet Spaces was released in September 2016.

Tickets are $10 for students, $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

Jul
1
7:00 pm19:00

Vincent Anthony Furia: Van Gaux Lives! eBook Launch Party/Performance

This one-time free event will feature refreshments, readings from the book, and live musical performances.

Author and musician Vincent Anthony Furia will celebrate the release of his multimedia eBook, Van Gaux Lives!with a one-time only Launch Party and Performance. The author will read from the book, sign posters, and perform two sets of original music from the story. The event is free, but seating is limited. Access to a VIP section can be reserved by emailing vangauxlives@gmail.com on a first come, first served basis.
 
Van Gaux Lives! is a multimedia novel combining poetry, prose, and music. It presents the story of Van Firenze, AKA Van Gaux, a not-overly-successful singer/songwriter who died an untimely death in 1996, then became a posthumous cult phenomenon on the strength of some previously unreleased recordings. But is he really dead? Through his songs and stories, Van Firenze presents an American landscape familiar to most of the Baby Boomer and X generations. The reader is able to instantly hear Van’s music via the enhanced features of the eBook, connecting directly to SoundCloud playlists and a dedicated website.
 
Vincent Anthony Furia has been writing songs and stories since he was four years old. Inspired by writing the anecdote “Stealing Anna’s Pain” for the magazine Morbid Curiosity in 1996, he began work on Van Gaux Lives! later that same year. He worked for years to publish the novel until finally deciding to self-publish in 2015. He has also completed the screenplay for his original rock opera The Artist and co-wrote with novelist Alysia Helming a teleplay for an un-filmed television pilot titled One Degree of Separation. Under his given name and as Vince Charming he has been writing and performing original music for thirty-five years. He has written nearly three hundred original songs. He has released three solo CD’s and performs regularly in Northern California as a solo artist and backed by his band.
 
For more information please call the author at 510-684-4479 or email him at vangauxlives@gmail.com.  

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open one half hour before show time. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!
 

Jul
2
2:00 pm14:00

Five Spot Jazz Quintet featuring Mike Greensill

The Five Spot Jazz Quintet features five musicians who have a deep feel for the jazz tradition. All five could be leaders in their own right. Together the band is even better than the sum of its parts.

Hailing from Dursley, England, pianist Mike Greensill might be best known in the Bay Area as resident piano player on Sedge Thomson's weekly Public Radio show, "West Coast Live," as well as his role as musical director to vocalist Wesla Whitfield, with whom he's recorded more then twenty albums. He regularly appears with the best Bay Area players and tours nationally. Not just a superlative pianist, he's also a gifted composer. The band showcases Mike's compositions and some tasty vocals too.

Saxophonist Charlie McCarthy's comes from a musical family - his father was an accomplished trombone player in the Bay Area. His playing experience includes many of the greats in jazz including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, George Shearing, Stan Getz, Joe Williams, and many others. He's contributed some adventurous arrangements to the repertoire. He's featured on both tenor saxophone and flute. Charlie is simply a superb musician.

Joe Cohen, featured on alto saxophone, is one of the most in demand players in the Bay Area with a busy schedule performing locally and on tour as well as studio work. Always the right note at the right time with an impeccable rhythmic feel. In addition to playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Joe plays piano, flute and clarinet. A partial list of notable players he's worked with includes Bobby McFerrin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammad and Lavay Smith. As well as a distinctive voice on saxophone, Joe contributes to the repertoire.

John Clark, on bass, studied with Ray Brown and Buster Williams and has extensive performing and recording experience both locally and nationally, appearing with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Frank Jackson, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Denise Perrier and Jackie Ryan among many others. 

Drummer Jack Dorsey is a first call in the Bay Area and has performed and recorded with Etta James, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lavay Smith and many others.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jul
2
8:00 pm20:00

Freddy & Francine

Freddy & Francine is an Americana-Soul duo comprised of Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris. With voices reminiscent of Aretha Franklin & Van Morrison, their songs blend Soul, R&B, Folk, and Americana with a modern, yet timeless appeal to all ages.

“Ferris and Caruso have found their respective vocal soulmates, the kind of perfect harmonies that send a gripping shiver down the backbone of the listener,” says The Deli Magazine.

No Depression says, “Freddy & Francine currently top my list. There is definitely a palpable chemistry between these musicians, with their vocals blending like milk and honey.”

Freddy & Francine have released 2 EPs & 3 full length records since 2008. Their latest, Gung Ho, was produced by renowned producer Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell) and featured members of Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, and Andrew Bird’s touring bands. 

National audiences continue to be drawn to the duo as they “bring it all out on stage from a lullaby so sweet you’d swear a choir of angels were harmonizing just for you; to gut-busting, foot stomping tunes befitting a New Orleans gospel choir.“ - Daily Sun (Flagstaff, AZ.)

With featured sets scheduled this year at the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival and past headlining performances at Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Sisters Folk Fest and Madison Square Park, the sky is the limit for Freddy & Francine.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jul
3
8:00 pm20:00

Echo Pearl Varsity

Echo Pearl Varsity (EPV) is cutting a new slice into the Portland, OR music scene with a burgeoning genre known as Post-Fusion. In the Spring of 2015, the three-piece pizza-shop colleagues - lead songwriter Sam Luna, drummer Ian Taylor, and bassist Nolan Henderson - were joined by saxophonist Levi Downey to form EPV.

EPV's debut album, Fires, was released in November 2016 with a West Coast tour, and it is available for download, streaming, and custom flash drives.  The "good boys" (as they are referred to by friends and fans) will be launching another tour West Coast tour in July 2017 to support their coinciding cover-song EP release.

Learn more about the band on Facebook and Instagram.

Tickets are $15 and available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jul
13
8:00 pm20:00

Pacific Drive

Pacific Drive is a traditional bluegrass band with a youthful twist, consisting of four college students and a high school student about to enter college.

With David Thiessen on mandolin, Dana Frankel on fiddle, Jesse Fichman on guitar, Helen Foley on bass and Sam Reed on banjo, they carry a hard-driving groove, with Helen and Jesse sharing lead vocals, and the harmony parts sung by Dana and David. David, Jesse, and Sam grew up in Sonoma County, and David and Jesse began playing bluegrass music at around 7 years old, while Sam began playing banjo in later years.

David also sits in with a less traditional band called One Grass Two Grass, and Jesse is in another band called Blue Summit. Helen grew up in Los Altos Hills and plays guitar as well as the bass. Dana is from Pacifica and began playing the fiddle when she was 5 years old. In addition to Pacific Drive, she also performs in the Dim Lights Bluegrass band with her parents and Larry Cohea.

The members of Pacific Drive became close friends around the time of the Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival 2015, and over time they discovered that their music brought them even closer, and they decided to create a band. It took them a while to decide on a band name: Pacific Drive encompasses each of their paths - from where they each grew up, to the hard driving bluegrass feel of their music.  

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jul
14
7:30 pm19:30

7th Annual Shasta String Celebration

This All-Star concert will feature Folk master Jody Stecher, 5-time Grammy winning percussionist, inventor & composer Roy (Futureman) Wooten (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Bluegrass guitar legend & composer Scott Nygaard, Appalachian music masters John Herrmann and John Engle, jazz/bluegrass/Bengali folk banjoist and composer Ben Krakauer, and many special guests, for the 7th annual Shasta String Celebration.
 
A host of musical masters and innovators young and old will convene, fresh from a week of inter-generational musical exploration, embarking on a journey of collaborations to be heard nowhere else. This show is the musical fruit of the 13th annual Shasta Music Summit, where seasoned musicians commune with colleagues from neighboring (and sometimes distant) traditions, while nurturing a host of creative young string players.
 
Grand National Fiddle Champions and Northern California natives Tashina and Tristan Clarridge have grown up in the company of these musicians, making literally dozens of Berkeley appearances with Darol Anger, Crooked Still, Laurie Lewis, Bill Evans, Scott Nygaard, Mike Marshall and their own trio The Bee Eaters.
 
“My sister and I were privileged to grow up in an unusual way, which prepared us for the way this event unfolds. We’d backpack for weeks at a time, or drive 2500 miles to go meet some musicians and get a lesson and go to a fiddle camp. It was a really simple and beautiful way of life, and we want to bring to others something of what we've experienced,” says Tristan. “This project isn't a business, it's a community. These are some of the musical friends we've made as we travel through life.”
 
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Roy [Futureman] Wooten is a modern day Renaissance man, a groundbreaking drummer, an inventor, composer, and a five-time Grammy Award-winning member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Audiences first became curious when he appeared in 1988 playing a "Drumitar" – his own invention, using a unique hand drumming technique which allows him to play the drum set electronically with his hands and fingers instead of drum sticks.

Futureman's rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and symphonic explorations led him to compose a new kind of music and a series of large musical works. With this new approach to melody, Futureman created his own original ballet dedicated to the many stages of Matriarchy, entitled "Evolution d' Amour," along with a prequel Symphonic work dedicated to Le Comte de Saint Germain, "The Secret of Kings." He composed an "Aesthetic Mathematics" translation of Pi and the golden ratio into a rhythmic and symphonic musical message, and also an 8-movement symphonic work and a screenplay for his passion project, "CHEVALIER - To Play & To Fight," a story celebrating the extraordinary life and times of a mixed-raced 18th century composer, conductor, virtuoso violinist and sword fighter who rose from slavery to legendary status.
 
For the past half century, Jody Stecher's deep and vivid music has inspired four generations of musicians and music lovers on five continents. A renowned singer and multi-instrumentalist regarded as one of America's leading traditional Folk artists, Jody has collaborated with David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, Alasdair Fraser, Krishna Bhatt and Kate Brislin, to name a few. His Grammy-nominated, Indy Award-winning recordings span bluegrass, traditional old-time and Indian classical music. Jody is known for his ability to capture the essence and core of traditional music and to crystalize the spiritual essence of a song while making it his own. He has been called "a creative master," "achingly expressive" and "a national treasure." David Bromberg said, "Jody Stecher was basically my teacher. He opened my ears to more beautiful music than anyone else ever did... more than I ever knew existed. He is also one of my favorite musicians on Earth to play with. I have never known anyone so intensely and completely enveloped in music. It's my suspicion that if you drained all the music out of Jody, you could carry what was left around in an eye dropper."  

"A high, hotly honed voice, sometimes cutting through melodies like a scythe, sometimes unfolding like fine old velvet, warm and worn just right, beyond his years. His guitar, fiddle and mandolin playing are the stuff for which the critical cliches 'soulful' and 'masterful' were invented. Singing like the ghost of himself, lost in the foggy ruins of time and dreams, Stecher lands the most elusive catch of all – the truth." - No Depression
 
Scott Nygaard is highly regarded as one of the most inventive and original guitarists in bluegrass and acoustic music. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, folk, and jazz influences, shift easily from breathtaking virtuosity to soulful melodic musings and his accompaniment is always intriguing, supportive and propulsive. 

“As adept at creating magnetic rhythms as he is knocking off stunning solos, Nygaard is possibly the best acoustic guitarist to come along in bluegrass music since Tony Rice.” —Edmonton (Alberta) Journal  

“Nygaard’s flat-picking is so fluid and clever the crowd keeps squinting at his hands, checking to make sure there are only two.” - Oakland Tribune  
 
Ben Krakauer is a phenomenal banjoist and composer with a strikingly original style, drawing on his deep love of bluegrass, new acoustic music (he toured with David Grisman), jazz, and traditional Bengali folk music. 
 
A true master of Appalachian mountain music, John Herrmann has traveled the world performing for over thirty years, with extensive touring in France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Equally adept on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass and guitar, he has recorded at least fifty records on labels such as Rounder, County, and Sugar Hill (most notably with Art Stamper and Ralph Blizard), and performed numerous times at the Smithsonian Folk Festival, and the National Heritage Award Ceremony.

North Carolina fiddler John Engle is a master of the fiddling style of the legendary Tommy Jarrell and others.
 
At the forefront of a folk-cello revolution, Tristan Clarridge has been steeped his whole life in the musical traditions of Bluegrass, Baroque, Jazz, Irish, and Appalachian mountain music.
He is a member of internationally acclaimed Crooked Still, and The Bee Eaters, who are known for their uniquely blended tapestry of sound, which the Boston Globe described as, “chamber music's finely calibrated arrangements with bluegrass's playful virtuosity and pop music's melodic resourcefulness." He has also toured with Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins, Natalie MacMaster, Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky and as a longtime member of Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings.

Tickets are $26 in advance and $30 at the door. Youth 25 and under are ½ price!

Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jul
15
8:00 pm20:00

Peter Case, Wayne Haught

One of the most well-respected singer/songwriters of his generation, Peter Case is an artist whose eclectic body of work embraces rock & roll, contemporary folk, blues, and a number of points in between. As a songwriter, Case has shown himself to be a master storyteller with a special understanding of underdogs and lost souls, and his direct, passionate style as a singer and guitarist has served him well in both electric and acoustic contexts.

On his most recent release, Peter put his focus back on acoustic music for his 2015 album, HWY 62, which features guitar work from Ben Harper. It is Case's first album for Omnivore Recordings, which brought out an expanded edition of his solo debut in time for its 30th anniversary in 2016.

Opening the show is Wayne Haught, whose new album Fingers was produced by Peter Case. Love and death are the big themes on the record, along with horseshoe tattoos and chewing tobacco. Plus blind mariachis, Memphis, Black Moses, and fried chicken. Rhubarb pie too. The simple, open-hearted, spiritual music slipping through Fingers will most certainly bring Wayne’s songwriting and singing to a bigger audience, and he’s looking forward to seeing new places and making new friends.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

 

 

Jul
16
6:00 pm18:00

The Pamela Joy Quartet Plus One

Songs You’ll Probably Like

Praised for her warm, velvety sound, her cool, laid-back style, and her droll wit, jazz vocalist Pamela Joy has performed in the Bay Area's premier music venues, including The Plush Room, Jazz at Pearl’s, the Herbst Theatre, The Rrazz Room, the Sound Room, Feinstein’s and the Fillmore Jazz Festival.

Her CD I Thought About You, dubbed “a very fine debut album” by KCSM’s Jesse “Chuy” Varela, has been re-released in Japan, and her recordings have been included on five jazz compilations alongside tracks from the likes of Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra.

For her Back Room debut, she will sing jazz standards and more, accompanied by a stellar combo: the very versatile, Grammy-nominated John R. Burr on piano, Bay Area favorite Dean Muench on bass, and the inimitable multi-instrumentalist/troublemaker Kelly Park on drums. And sitting in, just back from a 2-month gig at Quincy Jones’s jazz club in Dubai, the effervescent Jim Briggs on guitar. This is going to be fun.

Tickets are $15 and available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

 

   

Jul
20
8:00 pm20:00

Pele Greenberg Group & Matt Stoloff Group

(L-R): Matt Stoloff, Pele Greenberg

(L-R): Matt Stoloff, Pele Greenberg

These two drummers grew up playing music together starting at the age of seven, and last year graduated as the two drum chairs in Berkeley High School’s acclaimed band. They have both returned from their first year studying music on the college level to play here at home with groups of their own.

Berkeley-born drummer and composer Pele Greenberg is currently attending The New School for Jazz in NYC, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance under the guidance of musicians such as Andrew Cyrille, Jimmy Owens and Amir Ziv. A graduate of the Berkeley High School Jazz program, Greenberg has become an active member of both the Bay Area Jazz and Indie Rock scenes, performing at venues such as Yoshi’s, The Freight & Salvage, Slim’s, Birdland Oakland, Cafe du Nord and the Fox Theatre. In high school, he also attended summer workshops, including the Centrum Jazz workshop and summer programs at Berklee College of Music, studying with masters like Jeff Hamilton, Wycliffe Gordon, Paquito D’rivera and Claudio Roditi.

He has returned to California after his first year in New York to play with a group of talented young musicians from the east bay for a night of music, combining swinging standards with modern original compositions.

Born and raised in Berkeley, Matt Stoloff is a student of Jazz icon Billy Hart and is currently attending Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has had the privilege of learning from masters including George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz and Robin Eubanks. Earlier this year, he was recognized by the National Young Arts Foundation. Stoloff is also a part of a trio consisting of Miami-based pianist Roberto Acosta and New York-based bassist Dan Finn, which will tour in 2018.

For this performance, Matt leads his own group composed of skillful young Bay Area musicians, some of whom attend Oberlin as well.

Tickets are $15 and available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jul
23
2:00 pm14:00

James Lee Stanley

An afternoon with James Lee Stanley is a complete joy. A folk singer with strong ties to rock, jazz, and blues, he is an internationally known veteran with 31 albums to his credit.

Possessing a remarkable voice, extraordinary guitar orchestrations, songs that run the gamut from political outrage to romantic ballads, and a sense of comedic timing that engages every audience, James Lee Stanley provides an unforgettable experience.

“So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let’s say something else, let’s say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland…and here is where the wasteland ends.” – Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

“It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” - Village Voice

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below or you may purchase your tickets at the door on the day of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jul
27
8:00 pm20:00

The Anne Sajdera Quartet

This newest incarnation of The Anne Sajdera Quartet offers up incisive and poignant compositions from modern jazz masters like Herbie Hancock, Kenny Kirkland and Stefon Harris, as well as Sajdera’s original pieces and compositions from other brand new composers, in a dynamic and provocative concert featuring Greg Johnson (sax), Anne Sajdera (piano), Gary Brown (bass) & Deszon Claiborne (drums).

Pianist/composer Anne Sajdera has long been an invaluable part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene — as leader of her own ensembles and performing with artists such as Alexa Weber Morales, Terrence Brewer and Sandy Cressman. Her outstanding debut Azul (JAZZIZ Magazine 2012 Top Ten Critic's Poll, Latin Jazz Corner's Great Latin Jazz Albums of 2012), released on her own label and co-produced by Ray Obiedo, highlights her exquisite touch, rhythmic acuity, and melodic resourcefulness. Her newest project is a collaboration with two of Prague's finest jazz artists, trumpeter Miroslav Hloucal and alto saxophonist/bassist Jan Fečo. Sajdera is currently working on her next release.

Greg Johnson is quickly becoming recognized as a luminary figure in the Jazz community. Equally at home in multiple musical genres, Greg has developed a unique musical style that combines Jazz, Classical and Popular music. As a saxophonist, Greg has appeared in concert and on mainstream recordings with Jazz greats Curtis Fuller, Billy Taylor, Dick Oatts, Alan Pasqua, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer and many more.  He has appeared on stage with Pop & Rock acts such as Saint Motel, Robin Thicke and Barry Manilow at some of the biggest festivals and venues in the world. As a composer, Greg’s music has been heard and performed around the country and the world in both Jazz and Classical contexts in small group, big band and symphonic formats. Having lived in Los Angeles for the past five years, Greg is now the Director of Jazz Studies at the Marin School of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Greg has released three recordings; InvisibleGJ3 and City People, and has contributed to dozens more. Recently, Greg was added to the 2017 Grammy ballot in the category of "Best Improvised Jazz Solo" for his work on Aarón Serfaty's In the Game.

Gary Brown is a skilled and versatile bassist on both acoustic and electric instruments. His clear, solid foundation, as well as his melodic rainbow of color and counterpoint, established him as a much sought-after artist for major recording, performance and production projects around the world. While enrolled in San Jose State University's Art/Design/Music program, Gary came to realize that music was his true calling and made the decision to make it his life and his career. He has brought a unique sound and approach to each and every endeavor he has been involved with. In the past 30 years, Gary has recorded and performed with such notable artist as Flora Purim & Airto, Steve Winwood, George Duke, Santana, Lyle Mays, Azar Lawrence, Narada Michael Walden, Gregg Rolie, Dianne Reeves, Roy Ayres, Ernie Watts, Jeff Beck, Torninho Horta, Larry Coryell, Pharoah Saunders, Eddie Henderson, Andy Narell, Pete and Sheila (Sheila E.) Escovedo, Bernie Worrell, and Patrice Rushen. Gary has composed music for film and television with Pray for Rain, a film and soundtrack production team whose credits include work for major cable networks HBO, Lifetime, Showtime and Cinemax, as well as for the major television networks ABC, NBC and CBS. Credits include the cult film Sid & Nancy, The Linguini Incident (starring David Bowie), Straight to Hell, Trust Me, Zandalee (with Judge Reinhold and Nicholas Cage), and the Fox television series Key West, to name a few. Currently dividing his time performing with Gregg Rolie, Narada Michael Walden, the Rebeca Mauleon Group, Akira Tana, and Babatunde Lea, Gary continues to compose, perform and produce with various artists and is writing music for his first solo project.

A native of the Bay Area, Deszon Claiborne began his musical career at the early age of ten. Virtually self-taught in the beginning, he went on to study with world-renowned drummers such as Richard Peterson, Rick Quintinel (Chuck Brown school of Drumming), James Levi, Billy Cobham and Kenneth Nash, an experience which provided him with a strong foundation in jazz, rhythm & blues and world music. He has had the pleasure of performing or recording with the following artists: Peter Apfelbaum, Don Cherry, Charles Brown, Angela Bofill, Les McCann, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Robben Ford, Boz Scaggs, Greg Howe, Henry Butler, Giovani Hildalgo, Kai Eckhardt, John Handy, Taj Mahal, Donald Harrison, Rodney Franklin, and many others. In addition to his performing and recording credits, Deszon is also an educator. He has taught both private and group lessons to students of all ages and levels, youth to adult, and beginning to advanced. Deszon has also participated in music education programs in the Bay Area over the last 20 years, including Berkeley Jazz School, Jazz Camp West, Stanford Jazz Camp, Lafayette Summer Music camp, Moody’s Jazz Camp, Just Say Jazz, and Adventures in Music.

Tickets are $18 advance/$20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

 

 

Jul
29
8:00 pm20:00

The Pittson Family Band

The Pittson Family Band brings together three accomplished performers with a forward-looking view into the future of jazz music.

Vocalist Suzanne Pittson is widely acclaimed for her groundbreaking albums of the music of John Coltrane and Freddie Hubbard. Multi-keyboardist Jeff Pittson brings solid skills honed through playing with such artists as Maynard Ferguson, Ruth Brown, Larry Coryell and many others. Evan Pittson presents a modern direction for the post-Coltrane language on the Electric Viola, with influences including Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Brecker. The Pittson Family Band presents an eclectic array of material that explores a diverse spectrum of sonic colors.

Suzanne Pittson
Jazz vocalist Suzanne Pittson is recognized for her musicianship, phrasing and technical facility as an improviser. All About Jazz states: “More than just a singer, Suzanne Pittson is a jazz musician,” and Jazz Inside says, “Some controversy exists over just what makes a jazz vocalist. Listen to Suzanne Pittson and you’ll know.” Ms. Pittson has performed and/or recorded with John Patitucci, Buster Williams, Dave Liebman, Mike Clark, Steve Wilson, Jeremy Pelt, Harvie S, Mark Soskin and others, and has released three critically-acclaimed CDs: Blues and the Abstract Truth, Resolution: A Remembrance of John Coltrane, and Out of the Hub: The Music of Freddie Hubbard. Suzanne is Assistant Professor of Jazz Vocal Studies at the City College of New York, where she directs the BFA jazz vocal program.

Jeff Pittson
Jeff Pittson is a dynamic force in the world of jazz piano, having performed with such luminaries as Joe Henderson, Ruth Brown, Eddie Henderson, Buster Williams, John Patitucci, Steve Wilson, John Handy, Jack Walrath, Craig Handy, Larry Coryell, Ruth Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Garrett, Buster Williams and many others. He brings a deftness of touch, a virtuoso technique and a poet sensibility with his fine originals, jazz standards and imaginative arrangements of the Great American Songbook. He is the leader on his two highly acclaimed releases, Go Where It's Dangerous and Invisible Love on Vineland Records. The late Phil Elwood, a quintessential jazz critic, wrote in the San Francisco Examiner, "Jeff Pittson is a superb pianist!”  

Evan Pittson
Evan Pittson presents a modern approach to the viola in contemporary music. With his own voice as an improviser on the electric viola and 5-string violin, Evan brings a new musical context to these instruments, from a modern jazz sensibility, to a funk, to atmospheric sound design. Playing viola since the age of 12, he also plays bass guitar and keyboards. Evan also works as a freelance graphic designer, specializing in print & digital layout, illustration, and fontography.  

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Aug
2
8:00 pm20:00

Douyé

Join Nigerian born, Los Angeles-based vocalist Douyé and her trio for an evening of great jazz songs from the American songbook - reinvented and made new again, in her Bay Area debut which celebrates her new CD release, Daddy Said So! 

Douyé's trio features Leon Joyce, Jr. on drums, Glenn Pearson on piano and Hashima Mark Williams on bass. 

After the performance, Douyé will autograph copies of her new CD, about which All About Jazz says: "After two successful and well-received classic R&B CDs, singer Douyé is on a career path that has taken an unexpected but ultimately logical turn. Douyé (pronounced Doe-Yay) has re-emerged as a very talented jazz singer on her impressive new recording Daddy Said So."

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Aug
4
8:00 pm20:00

Rupert Wates

Rupert Wates was born in London and has been based since 2007 in New York City and Colorado.  His material is acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz and cabaret.  

He is the winner of well over 30 songwriting and performing awards. In the last two years alone, no less than two tribute albums to his material have been recorded by artists in Nashville and Los Angeles. He averages 120 live shows a year, in every state in the U.S., in Canada and in Europe, and he is delighted to be playing The Back Room.
 
"This is one gifted s.o.b...If you're not hip to this guy you're missing a lot." - F.A.M.E.

“Sublime folk hymns.” - Colorado Central Magazine

"I was overwhelmed by how good he was." - Circle Entertainment, NC

"Rupert Wates is about as talented as it gets." - Comfortable House Concerts, MD

"These songs will go straight to your heart." - Empty Nest House Concerts, NJ

"An inspirational artist." - Leith FM Radio, Scotland

“The most talented singer-guitarist we have traveling round the country today.” - Rick Leigh Music, WI

"A prime figure in American music." - Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Aug
6
8:00 pm20:00

Ben Rosenblum Trio

Described as an "impressive talent" by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music.

His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast.  

Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Dave Stryker, Steve Nelson, TS Monk and many others.  Ben is currently celebrating the release of his debut album, entitled Instead. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.

Ben Rosenblum will be joined by rising Bay Area star Kanoa Mendenhall on bass and drummer Ben Zweig. 

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Aug
10
8:00 pm20:00

Hannah Judson, Tom Heyman

Sultry, raw and original, Hannah Judson is a folk/rock singer/songwriter active on the Paris scene, telling stories that question and surprise to her growing tribe.

Judson’s Chicago roots are present but not defining qualities in recent Parisian performances. The lyrics are subtle, evocative and tell stories influenced from both sides of the Atlantic. She leads with one foot rooted in folk storytelling tradition like Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan. Her vocals have been compared with Liz Phair, Suzanne Vega, Elliott Smith, Cat Power, and The Cranberries. Hannah worked her way up the ranks of the Chicago indie scene, collaborating extensively with many musicians including Jim Pogozleksi (Mint Aundry), Leslie Santos (Stump the Host) and Brian Burkhard (Echolalia), as the lead singer and songwriter for Sweet Bridget and Kite Club.

In 2011 she released Underbelly, an album poking a stick at contemporary culture, politics, and habits in love. Underbelly was produced by Epic and Polydor recording artist Michel Esquelin and the release was supported by a 16 week concert series at Les Décharguers.

"Underbelly's songs serve as stories where a sequence of characters, male and female, fall, leap, love, lie, argue, explain and hope. Judson brings a sense of hope and humor to these stories." - Rising Magazine, September 2011

Her music has been featured on Women’s Radio “Monday Monday,” WLUW 88.7 “Live from the Heartland,” and she has been a guest performer on Balcony TV Paris.

The worlds of indie rock iconoclast John Vanderslice and alt-country godfather Alejandro Escovedo rarely intersect, but in Tom Heyman, they most certainly do. The San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has toured and recorded with artists of most every stripe, from Chuck Prophet and John Doe to cult favorites Girls and a whole lot more in between.

Heyman recorded his third solo record, That Cool Blue Feeling, in Portland, Oregon with Mike Coykendall (M. Ward) producing and Rusty Miller (Kelley Stoltz, Jason Lyttle) and himself covering the musical bases. The intention was to create a sound that combined the loose, late night, low down groove of JJ Cale with the bittersweet melancholia of late period Nick Lowe and the melodic storytelling of Heyman’s hero Gordon Lightfoot. The record was written mostly at night, after long shifts nights tending bar and is an examination of the loneliness and alienation of the nocturnal life, and the true cost of love.

Heyman started playing and recording in the late 1980s with the Philadelphia based band Go To Blazes. He wrote songs, played guitar, and the band released 5 full-length records and toured the US and Europe extensively before breaking up in 1997. After relocating to San Francisco in 1998, he began working as a sideman, eventually joining local favorites The Court and Spark, as well as Chuck Prophet’s band. All the while he was discovering his voice as a solo artist and bandleader. His second solo record Deliver Me was critically acclaimed, receiving 4 star reviews in both Mojo and Uncut magazine, and songs from the record were heard in the TV shows True BloodJustified and Damages

While he often works in a band context, Heyman primarily considers himself a folksinger whose job is to tell stories that draw the listener in to his world.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Aug
12
8:00 pm20:00

Jenny Maybee

Jenny Maybee’s “eloquent and heart stopping” piano playing and vocals have been hailed as “expertly balanced,” with her voice described as “exquisite” and “in the same league” as Billie Holiday, and her piano stylings have been compared to Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor.  

Jenny co-produced and arranged her latest, nationally-charting album, HAIKU (2016), with veteran Grammy-recognized Jazz producer and trumpet player Nick Phillips (Karrin Allyson, Nnenna Freelon). HAIKU was lauded in the press as "a thrilling, intimate, very delicate dialogue...close to perfection," and Jenny’s composition “Winter Butterflies” was selected as one of the Top 10 New Songs of 2016.

Jenny’s trio will bring an evening of innovative music to The Back Room. Rooted in the jazz and classical traditions, yet always breaking new ground, the trio will present original compositions and arrangements of favorite jazz standards.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Aug
26
8:00 pm20:00

The Dim Lights

The Dim Lights are a Pacifica-based traditional bluegrass band featuring the family of Avram (guitar), Vicki (bass) and Dana Frankel (fiddle), accompanied by Larry Cohea (banjo) and Matt Kendall (mandolin).

The band has a loyal following, playing all over the Bay Area and Northern California at a variety of venues, and is often hired to perform at various California festivals. They recently released their first CD and are a high-energy bluegrass band that formed after a local plumber figured out they were bluegrass musicians and recommended them to the Pacifica Moose Lodge for a gig. Well, they got the gig, and have been performing ever since.

You’ve might've heard Vicki’s infectious laugh around a festival campground, or caught Larry, Avram and Matt up late picking or performing with other fine bands - but it’s Dana’s traditional fiddling and clear tenor that garner the compliments - she’s the star. Over 50 years separate the oldest and youngest band members, and bluegrass sure has a way of bringing the band’s three generations together. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Sep
16
8:00 pm20:00

Tim Eriksen, Susan Brearey

Tim Eriksen will be performing PUMPKINTOWN: Songs, Stories and Magic Lantern Projections From an Imaginary New England Village with guest Susan Brearey

Considered “the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation” (BBC), Tim Eriksen is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and performer/consultant for the award-winning soundtrack to the film Cold Mountain (2003).

A three-time Grammy nominee, Tim will be joined by painter/projectionist Susan Brearey in a down-home multimedia presentation featuring ballads, gospel songs and fiddle tunes, accompanied by re-purposed and reimagined magic lantern projections, all relaying the curious history of the imaginary Pumpkintown.

“Eriksen is an uncompromising performer, ethnomusicologist, Sacred Harp singing master, musical adventurer and punk-folk pioneer.”  - The Guardian, UK  

“Among the world’s finest folk practitioners.” - Toronto Star  

“Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble.” - Pulse of the Twin Cities 

"One of the best voices in music." - T Bone Burnett

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below or you may purchase your tickets at the door on the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Oct
15
8:00 pm20:00

The Novelists

An elderly couple stands precariously on the railing of a 17-floor balcony…two teenagers unknowingly choose a murder scene for their parking date, and a young man throws off the shackles of a bullish culture. These are just a sample of the scenes in which you’ll find yourself immersed when you listen to The Novelists.

Equally comfortable acoustic or electric, The Novelists showcase cliffhanger storytelling, multiple lead singers, and their signature four-part harmonies. The Novelists have become a mainstay on the West Coast festival, college and house concert circuits and are planning several national tours throughout 2017. They've shared the stage with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, John Prine, and Daryl Stuermer (Genesis). Notable performances include the Sail Across The Sun Music Cruise Festival (hosted by Train), Cowboy Stadium (Dallas, TX), Strawberry Music Festival (Camp Mather, CA), California Wordfest, (Grass Valley, CA), Americana Music Festival (Virginia City, NV), The Knitting Factory (Reno, NV), Shank Hall (Milwaukee, WI – w/guest musician Daryl Stuermer of Genesis), Swallow Hill (Denver, CO), and The Living Room (NY, NY).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!


Jun
25
7:00 pm19:00

The Onlies, Vivian Leva

(L-R): The Onlies, Vivian Leva

(L-R): The Onlies, Vivian Leva

The Onlies (Leo Shannon, Riley Calcagno, and Sami Braman) are prominent young interpreters of old-time Appalachian music. They have also developed an individual sound, with original songs that “demonstrate an enviable ability to move beyond the immediacy of their lives to touch at deeper truths, and...covers of traditional songs and tunes (that) harken to the original but are unleashed with the kind of wild, free abandon that only youth provides” (Kithfolk).

Their albums have charted on radio stations around the country, and they have had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with Elvis Costello, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Laurie Lewis, Altan, Tristan Clarridge, and John Herrmann. In recent years, The Onlies have found a musical center in Old Time Appalachian string-band music, and their fiddle, banjo, and guitar playing have become a fixture in a generation of young people who are studying and engaging with the old time tradition.

This year, The Onlies are teaming up with Vivian Leva to put together a whole new sound. Vivian Leva is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Lexington, VA. She grew up singing and playing traditional Appalachian and country music, while also attending fiddle festivals with her family. When she was nine, she began performing with her father, James Leva, and at age 15, she was featured on her father’s album, All Over the Map. The Onlies and Vivian Leva have become a powerful force in the present and future of folk and traditional music.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
25
4:00 pm16:00

Melanie Ida Chopko, M'Gilvry Allen

Melanie Ida Chopko writes and performs, according to one reviewer, "with wit, acuity and grace.” Her songs on guitar and piano feature poetically astute lyrics and melody, and fold together modern folk and blues with a big crush on jazz. In the tradition of the citizen artist, she is as interested in the complexity of the world around her as the one within herself, exploring both with artistry, intimacy and humor. She blurs the line onstage between musician, storyteller and audience, making listeners laugh out loud and then cracking their hearts open.

M’Gilvry Allen is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter from Sebastopol, CA. For the past three years he has been writing an album of original music, while performing as a fiddler, DJ and vocalist in a host of other projects. Those who have heard his music have described it as “psychedelic gospel folk” and “post-apocalyptic railroad blues.”

While this captures the unique and edgy flavor of his music, it still falls short of fully encompassing what is truly magical about his work. The music itself could be described quite simply – he plays guitar and sings. But the best reaction thus far was quoted from one listener who described it as “listening to something really old. Like something that bubbled up from deep inside your bones. Almost like something my great-grandfather would play. Something familiar, but at the same time like nothing I’ve ever heard before. Totally unique and exciting.”

This will be the first official performance by M’Gilvry Allen and the M’Gilvry Allen Trio and humbly - “Not an experience to be missed.”

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
24
8:00 pm20:00

Medicine Ball Band

The San Francisco Medicine Ball Band is an eclectic Bay Area ensemble featuring a revolving line-up of all-star entertainers brought together from around the world by founder and bandleader David Sturdevant. Known for his amazing combinations of award-winning multi-instrumentalists and first-class vocalists, David delivers an intimate musical experience on stages of all sizes without ever losing touch with a band that started playing for tips on the streets of San Francisco. 

This legendary band, known for its vast array of universally appealing music, has performed at every type of event imaginable – from movie premiers for Clint Eastwood to private parties at the Coppola estate to the most intimate occasions. David continues to welcome a variety of artists into the band, picking up fans from all walks of life with an infectious brand of Swing, R&B, Classic Rock, Jazz, Motown, Latin and Beyond! 

DAVID STURDEVANT
Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals
Founder and band leader of the exciting ensemble Medicine Ball Music, "Doctor" David Sturdevant is renown for his mastery of the diatonic and chromatic harmonica, driving rhythm section guitar and impassioned vocals. A composer & songwriter, David is also a celebrated educator and mentor. He has been music director at Plymouth Church of Jazz & Justice for over 20 years, and formed the highly acclaimed San Francisco Medicine Ball Band over 40 years ago. Medicine Ball Triage includes multi-Grammy-winning violinist Mads Tolling and sax, flute & clarinet master John Stafford, with whom he has toured the US, Asia and Europe extensively. Jazz, R&B, Latin, Swing, Trad, Country, Gospel, Rock and Beyond are among his passions. 

“As the rhythmic spark and guiding spirit behind his band, David is a longtime Oakland resident that continues to be a ubiquitous presence on Bay Area stages, where he delivers an infectiously buoyant blend of old-time jazz, soul, and old-school R&B.” - Andrew Gilbert, Oakland Magazine

TERRIE ODABI
Vocals
Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories. Whether it’s opening for Average White Band or Lenny Williams, or performing at the Concord Pavilion or the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Terrie’s finely honed instrument is matched by her generous spirit and wit.

NANCY WRIGHT
Saxophone, Vocals
Nancy Wright is one of the most highly respected and in-demand sax players on today’s blues, Americana and R&B scene. Major music writers have hailed her big-toned tenor and compared her to the all-time greats.

LARRY VANN
Drums, Vocals
Larry Vann has made an impressive mark on the Bay Area music scene over the years with his authentic, piercing, all-encompassing musical technique. One listen to his compelling, penetrating and intoxicating grooves clearly demonstrates why he has been in such huge demand for sessions and tours with the likes of Elvin Bishop and Merl Saunders.

His top-notch drumming and percussion have garnered him popular and critical success throughout the United States and Europe, and Vann has also wowed critics and crowds alike with his sultry singing voice, buoyed by his melodic, inventive songwriting.

ROSCOE GALLO
Piano, Organ & Synth Keyboards, Vocals
Philip (Roscoe) Gallo has been employed as a professional keyboard player since 1971. He moved from Buffalo NY to San Francisco in 1977 and has performed with many local musicians and singers including the Jules Broussard Band, Malo, The Fred Ross Project and The Starlight Orchestra, Alvon Johnson, Frank Biner, Pacific Brass and Electric and many others.

He has been heavily involved in musical recording and musical arrangement and production since 1980 and is the owner of Philip "Roscoe" Gallo Productions.  He has arranged and produced many styles of music including Contemporary R&B and Classic R&B, Blues, Gospel, Rock and Roll, Urban (Rap), New Age, Jazz Fusion, Latin and Country. He has been involved with the most recent technology in the field of Digital Recording, Digital Editing and Mastering since 1989 and has had the opportunity to also work on radio and voice over and voice only recording and editing projects.

'HESHIMA' MARK WILLIAMS
Bassist
Heshima Mark Williams is a San Francisco native whose playing springs from thirty years’ experience of the Bay Area’s rich musical heritage. Heshima studied under the tutelage of the first African-American classical bassist in the Boston Symphony, Dr. Ortiz Walton. He has toured with trombonist Julian Priester, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Simmons and Idris Ackamoor (as a member of The Pyramids), vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and pianist Jeff Chimenti. He has performed on albums by Julian Priester and Bobby Hutcherson, as well as Japanese pianist Saya Saitol, jazz blues vocalist Lady Memphis and jump blues vocalist Lavay Smith, The Pyramids, saxophonist Robert Stewart, and guitarist Calvin Keyes, among others.  

Tickets are $18 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. ADoors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

 


 

Jun
23
7:00 pm19:00

An Evening of Indian Classical Music with Pandit Nirmalya Dey & Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma

Nirmalya Dey

Nirmalya Dey

Mohan Shyam Sharma

Mohan Shyam Sharma

Pandit Nirmalya Dey is a premier exponent of Dagarvani dhrupad, which represents the purest form of North Indian classical music as embodied through the raga system. He learned his art primarily from the great musician and teacher Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, who taught him the techniques and the subtleties of dhrupad closely and with great
affection. Pandit Dey's initial training at an early age was from Prof. Nimaichand Boral, a disciple of Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar. Nirmalya Dey is a Top Grade artiste with All India Radio and with Indian National Television (Doordarshan), and has regularly performed in major music festivals in India and abroad.

Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma is one of the leading pakhawaj players in India. Mohan Shyam learned the pakhawaj from Pandit Tota Ram Sharma of Mathura, and started his career accompanying Zahiruddin and Faiyazuddin, the junior Dagar Brothers, and the rudra-veena player Ustad Asad Ali Khan, in India and abroad. He has accompanied world-renowned musicians such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and is a much sought-after accompanist in dhrupad and in other genres of Indian classical music.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
19
7:00 pm19:00

East Bay Singers Showcase Presents: Art and Abolition with Brittanie Richardson

One Woman's Journey from Atlanta to Africa to Restore Justice Through the Arts.

Directed and developed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, written and performed by Brittanie Richardson, Founder/Director of Art and Abolition.

In this remarkable show, Brittanie weaves words and song to share the story behind her life's mission: to abolish child sex slavery and liberate survivors. 

A very special introduction by Rozz Nash-Coulon (musician, choreographer, director of performing arts at Roses in Concrete School in Oakland, and serving on the Board of Directors for "Art and Abolition."

Singers from the East Bay community of all ages, all genres, and all levels will open the show with songs of freedom, equity, and joy in the spirit of the South African "Ubuntu": "I Am Because of Who You Are."

Hosted by Kathy Suprata, in collaboration with The Back Room. 

Tickets are $15 and donations are encouraged. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
18
7:00 pm19:00

The Barefoot Movement, Ismay

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville-based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.  

All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as the charming four-piece acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you're seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone.  With two full length albums, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities are endless.  

Opening the show will be Ismay, a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who draws inspiration from the natural landscape of the American West. With an ear for an old-time aesthetic and artistry of indie folk, Ismay’s blends inventive songwriting, ethereal vocals, and dynamic fingerpicking on the guitar.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
16
8:00 pm20:00

The Freight Hoppers

The Freight Hoppers are a four-piece string band presenting hard-driving Old Time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that's only when they keep their feet still!

The band started presenting their energetic take on fiddle band music four times a day, seven days a week at the Great Smoky Mountains Railway shortly after forming in 1992. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia.

The heart of the band is the fiddle and clawhammer banjo combo of Merritt Smith and Frank Lee, while the rhythm section of Allie Burbrink on guitar and Andy Smith on string bass hold down the ensemble. Based out of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, The Freight Hoppers draw from a deep source of rural southern music for their inspiration, and they are proud to present this music that is still meaningful today. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
15
8:00 pm20:00

McNally / Pearlman / Alexander

Hailing from extreme corners of the US, Katie McNally, Elias Alexander, and Neil Pearlman are three of the brightest young voices in Scottish traditional music today. Their new collaboration draws deeply on the Gaelic music of west coast Scotland and Cape Breton, weaving an unprecedented synergy of Gaelic song melodies, percussive step dance, and the ground-breaking instrumental creativity all three are known for. 

"Poised to become one of the most influential players of Scottish music," (Fiddler Magazine), Katie McNally broke new ground with her 2016 release, The Boston States. Fluent in both the Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle traditions, McNally has appeared across North America at the Newport Folk Festival, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Cape Breton.

Elias Alexander is swiftly distinguishing himself in traditional music circles as a border-piper, singer and composer. He tours with several bands including Soulsha, MAC, and his own Elias Alexander and the Bywater Band. His debut album Bywater is making waves nationally and internationally and he has performed at many top festivals including Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland, Austin Celtic Music Festival, KVMR Celtic Festival, and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.  

Hailed as "a tremendous pianist" by BBC Radio Scotland, Neil Pearlman tours with his own band Alba's Edge, whose debut album Run to Fly was produced by legendary fiddler Aidan O'Rourke. Also in demand as a sideman, Pearlman tours and records with the top Celtic musicians in North America including 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award-winner, Adrianna Ciccone. 

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
11
8:00 pm20:00

Berkley Hart

Berkley Hart have found something that works. The combination of Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Award winner Jeff Berkley and stand-out wordsmith Calman Hart creates a pairing that has become one of the premier acoustic duos touring the country.

Every Berkley Hart show is packed with entertainment as the duo combines their natural down-home humor with poignant, delicate, masterfully crafted lyrics delivered with stunning harmony and musicianship. Between songs, the obvious camaraderie between these two top songwriters shines as they effortlessly play off each other in what can only be called genuine comedy. Add in virtuoso playing and it’s easy to see why the two have become live favorites.

With their 6th studio album, Crow, the duo explore the ups and downs of life in song. Much like how the crow symbolizes despair and darkness in some cultures, while in others it is a harbinger of hope and light, this contrast fits the yin and yang of the songs on Crow both musically and lyrically, and thus inspired the title. Long-time fans are sure to find Berkley Hart at their best on this album while new listeners will definitely understand why this incredible duo is so admired.

Crow was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards. Each of their previous five albums has earned nominations or won San Diego Music Awards (SDMA) and critical acclaim. In their 2009 effort, Las Vegas, Berkley Hart explored the sonic landscape as it relates to absence, love, loss, religion, redemption, and the power of rock and roll wrapped around the duo’s unique twists of observation.

The North County Times said the record was, “A throwback celebration of the glories of harmonized vocals, San Diego’s Jeff Berkley and Calman Hart are such gifted performers that they instantly elevate any song they touch. Soaring vocals in the model of Seals and Crofts or Loggins and Messina combine with virtuosic playing on guitar to create that elusive sense of magic that most bands never manage.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
11
1:30 pm13:30

Queer Country West Coast with Eli Conley & Secret Emchy Society

Why queer country music? Because sometimes you love a culture that doesn’t always love you back. We do it because we love the music and want to build a community to support queer country musicians. We do it because everybody needs a honky tonk angel to hold them tight. We do it because we believe in country music for all cow-people.

Eli Conley's voice shifts deftly from country choirboy to soulful croon at the turn of a phrase. This Americana songwriter with Virginia roots has been featured in the Huffington Post and the Advocate, and opened for Grammy-winner Kimya Dawson. Now based in Berkeley, he hosts this special edition of his Queer Country West Coast series to celebrate the release of his sophomore album Strong and Tender. He’ll be joined by cellist Conrad Sisk and some other special guests.

The Secret Emchy Society plays foot-stompin,' heartbreakin' queer cowboy songs about good friends and hard times. Come celebrate the release of their debut album The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville. Front-person Cindy Emch uses her unique & nuanced voice to sing deeply personal Americana music for modern times. She has previously sung, strummed, and squeeze-boxed her way around the country with the bands Vagabondage, Rhubarb Whiskey, Sinners Tonic, Oakland Wine Drinkers Union, Jerk Church, and Feral. 

**Please note this is a matinee performance and starts at 1:30pm. Doors open at 1pm.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

Reflections of Light - A Night of Songversation with Annie Anton

From the Artist:
Join me for my First Solo Show in the Bay - A night of Songversation and Community underneath the Full Moon!

I have always sung, but only in these past two years have I embarked on the journey of My Authentic Voice and claimed myself as a Singer, a Songwriter, and a HeArtist. And the journey continues! I am excited to share some of this journey with you - through my songs, my voice, and my Heart.

Reflections of Light:
We all have a story to share, and we hold within our beings a unique expression to reflect - an Important Spark of Light. Through our vulnerability, our humanness, our pain and our joy, we reflect those pieces, weaving the tapestry together and giving each other deeper insights into Who We Are. Now, more than ever, it is time to share, to be unafraid in letting our unique light be fully seen and expressed.

7:30 - Gather, Connect, Opening Ceremony
8:00-9:30 - Songversation with Annie and Special Guests
9:30-10:00 Closing Ceremony
Live painting by Ishka Lah

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the artist's Eventbrite page here.

Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

The 5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering with Larry Conger

Larry Conger

Larry Conger

Faculty Concert featuring Larry Conger, Steve Eulberg, Deborah Hamouris, Holly Tannen, Dusty Thorburn and The Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra.

Larry CongerA graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Larry has been involved with music as a vocation for almost 40 years. He is a popular instructor at dulcimer workshops around the country, and has been a participating artist for the Tennessee Arts Commission's Arts in Education program & the Kentucky Arts Council's Teacher Incentive Program, bringing dulcimer music into the public schools. He won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Mountain View, Arkansas, and the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Larry has authored fifteen dulcimer books and has three recordings to his credit.

Steve Eulberg & Deborah Hamouris are Co-Directors of the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra, as well as the Artistic & Executive Directors of the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, respectively. Steve travels nationally to perform & teach, and is an active member in the Musician’s Union Local #1000. Deborah teaches dulcimer at the Freight & Salvage and directs community singing groups.

Holly Tannen is a well-known folk musician and humorist, offering traditional and original takes on familiar songs, accompanied by dulcimer.

Dusty Thorburn, the founder of River City Dulcimers in Sacramento, is a long-time guitarist and occasional mandolin player who discovered the dulcimer several years ago and has been obsessed ever since.

All will be teaching at the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering on June 10th at the Freight & Salvage.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
4
2:00 pm14:00

KaDaoYin 卡到音

KaDaoYin 卡到音 is a world music improvisation ensemble based in Taipei and London. With their singular combination of Woodwinds (C-Tenor, C-Soprano Saxophone, Flute), Sheng (Chinese Mouth Organ), Guzheng (Chinese Zither) and Piano, KaDaoYin stands at the crossroads of Contemporary Classical music, Chinese Folk Music, Free Improvisation and Jazz.

The name 卡到音 (spoken Kǎ Dào Īn) is a wordplay in Mandarin meaning ‘being caught up in something' - music, in this case. The unmistakable, 100 percent acoustic group sound, the loosely structured but deeply felt improvisations, and the intuitive musical understanding between the four musicians will captivate every audience.

Founded in 2009 by pianist Shih-Yang Lee and saxophonist Klaus Bru, KaDaoYin has collaborated with film makers, choreographers, writers, sound artists and musicians from Japan, Germany, Italy, France, and Taiwan. The group has played dozens of concerts in Taiwan, most notably at the prestigious National Concert Hall in Taipei and several times at the Taichung Jazz Festival. Internationally, KaDaoYin appeared at Semaines des Cultures etrangères (2013), Jazzycolors Festival and Musee Guimet (2016) in Paris, and headlined the Sound of Dragon Festival in Vancouver in 2016.

KaDaoYin has so far released 2 CDs. Both of them are concept albums: the improvised pieces on Four Characters (2012) take their moods and titles from Cheng Yu, popular Mandarin idioms consisting of four Chinese characters, which depict the essence of a life situation in a poetic or humorous way.

Slow (2013) was inspired by the character 慢 (spoken màn), which is often seen on Taiwanese roads signaling drivers to slow down. The mix of half-composed, half-improvised pieces on Slow has a distinctly meditative air, suggesting a slower pace for our busy lives. Both CDs have won prestigious awards in Taiwan: Four Characters received the Golden Indie Music Award 2012 for Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Track. Slow received the Golden Melody Award 2014 for Traditional Arts and Music ("Taiwan Grammy") for Best Crossover Album.

Currently, KaDaoYin are working on their third album, which is inspired by traditional and aboriginal Taiwanese music, as well as the Chinese Folk music styles of Nanguan and Beiguan.

MUSICIAN BIOs:

Li-Chin Li - Sheng (Chinese Mouth Organ)
Li-Chin Li is a young sheng player and composer from Taichung, who graduated from Tainan National University of the Arts. Li's rendition of the Super Mario Theme for her instrument has gone viral on YouTube with over 4 million hits and worldwide media coverage. She is active both as a soloist and a chamber musician, and after being a member of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, lives now in Taipei. In 2014, Li staged her own recital in Taipei's honorable National Recital Hall with the addition of DJs and multimedia.

Chun-Te Liu - Guzheng (Chinese Zither)
Guzheng player Chun-Te Liu is deeply rooted in traditional Chinese music. He graduated from the Chinese Music Department at Tainan National University of arts, majoring in guzheng. Later he studied composition at Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu. He now works as a dancer for Taiwanese dance companies, while often contributing the music scores and his outstanding guzheng skills to their productions.

Klaus Bru - C-Saxophones, Flute
Klaus Bru, previously based in Taipei, now in London, has worked with an abundance of artists in dissimilar musical contexts, covering the spectrum from Experimental Noise and Electronica to Mainstream Jazz and Pop Music. Bru is possibly the only saxophonist who specializes in the rare C-saxophones, which he likes to electrify. He has performed and recorded with Marc Ribot, Sunny Murray, Franz Hautzinger, Peter Herbert, Michael Moser, Bilal Karaman, Li Jianhong, Sabu Toyozumi, Eddie Prevost, Orphy Robinson, and many others.

Shih-Yang Lee - Piano
Shih-Yang Lee from Taipei has performed and recorded in Asia and Europe, among others with illustrious names like Sainkho Namtchylak, Jaap Blonk, Hans Koch, Luc Houtkamp, Umezu Kazutoki, Audrey Chen, and many more. In addition, he has made himself a name as a composer and live musician for some of the best drama and dance companies from Taiwan. His live album Galactic Alignment with Fred van Hove won an Honorary Mention for New Releases 2014 in New York City Jazz Record. He also won the “Best Musician” at the 6th Indie Music Awards of Taiwan. He is the founder and music director of the Taiwan International Improvised Music Festival. 

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
3
8:00 pm20:00

Don Burnham's 70th Birthday Party

Guitarist & vocalist Don Burnham and his Kiwi bride Sarah Dee present a swinging concert to celebrate Don's 70th birthday.

The milestone evening's lineup features all-star musicians from the Western Swing Hall-of Famer's bands, THE BOLOS, and LOST WEEKEND WESTERN SWING BAND, as well as special guests.

LINEUP:
Bobby Black,  steel guitar
Mark Holzinger, lead guitar
Bob Schulz, cornet
Scott Lawrence, piano
Jeremy Cohen, fiddle
Karen Horner, bass & vocals
Peter Lind, drums
Sarah D. Burnham, vocals
Don Burnham, guitar & vocals

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
2
8:00 pm20:00

Stevie Barsotti & Robbie Dunbar, with Special Guest Sam Rudin

Stevie Barsotti writes nature and spirit songs, bringing the forest, mountain, and ocean right into the room through the music. Robbie Dunbar writes open-hearted, emotionally satisfying pop and rock music. Together, they are a joyous presence on stage, filtering a 60's sensibility through a lifetime of expert musicianship.  

Sam Rudin (who is, of course, the owner of The Back Room, and is better known for his virtuosity at the piano) is a uniquely engaging percussionist, his bongos sounding sometimes like a scaled-down drum set, and other times like an Indian tabla. With (mostly) acoustic guitars, some electric bass, and the bongos, you can expect a real coffee house flavor.

Stevie and Robbie met in the Sixties in a magical time of transformation, and started playing in various rock & roll bands while still in high school. The new, electric aspect of the music was very exciting to them, but they were drawn to the acoustic side of the music as well. 

Robbie and Stevie (who also have a more electric project called Dapper Shindig) have enjoyed participating in the evolving rock & roll scene in the East Bay and beyond over the last 50 years, playing in many different bands: Robbie in the Purple Earthquake, then Earth Quake for a long stint touring and recording albums, and writing most of the material on those albums. He still plays with Larry Lynch and the Mob, Earth Quake, and Lovers Leap. Stevie played in Haymarket Riot and Lazarus in the 60's, Grayson Street in the 70's, Stevie B and the Hornets in the 80's, Country Joe McDonald in the 80's and 90's, and Beeswax for more than 20 years.   

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Jun
1
8:00 pm20:00

Jill Sobule

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, critically acclaimed, singer-writer with over 11 albums and more than two decades of recording and performing.

1995’s Jill Sobule proved a major popular breakthrough and included the hit singles “Supermodel” (featured in Clueless) and the original, “I Kissed A Girl.” Considered a pioneer in the crowdsourcing revolution, Jill remains a prolific and diverse writer and performer today.

Jill has recently collaborated on a re-imagining of the 1970 Broadway play Yentl, as well as on the original musical Times Square. In addition, Sobule is a vocal political force, contributing songs, essays, and poetry to NPR, The Huffington Post, and more, while regularly performing at TED conferences, house concerts, and charity events, including a recent series of concerts for inmates imprisoned across the country. Her latest project is My Song Is My Weapon – an online platform for artists and musicians to showcase their more socially conscious and political work.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
29
5:00 pm17:00

Be Steadwell

Be Steadwell is a singer-songwriter from Washington, D.C. With roots in jazz, a cappella and folk, Be composes a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her
songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQ content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song.

As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film.  In 2014, Be completed an MFA in film from Howard University. This year, Be was selected to be a 2016 Strathmore Artist in Residence. The D.C. Commission on the Arts awarded Be the Artist Fellowship for 2016. Be is currently touring her music and screening her film Vow of Silence (2014)
internationally.  

Ticket are $18 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
28
8:00 pm20:00

Harry Taussig & Max Ochs

Fifty years ago, Harry Taussig and Max Ochs were featured on a sampler LP, Contemporary Guitar - Spring '67, alongside John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and Bukka White. Both guitarists were "re-discovered" by Tompkins Square in 2005, and have since released new recordings for the label.

On May 26th, Tompkins Square will release The Music of Harry Taussig & Max Ochs, featuring newly recorded material, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Takoma sampler they first appeared on. The pair will also meet for the first time and play select shows on the West
Coast. The May 28th concert in Berkeley will also feature Tompkins Square recording artist Richard Osborn, a student of the late Robbie Basho.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
27
8:00 pm20:00

Lila Nelson, No Pardon

Lila Nelson

Lila Nelson

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lila Nelson began her lyrical life in the River Valley of Southern California with stints in Washington State, Idaho, and Santa Cruz, California. Later she spent years in beautiful and remote Arcata, California where she honed her skills as a performer, earning a degree in theatre arts, and working between tour dates as a DJ on the award winning independent radio station, KHUM.

What began as knack for lyricism and harmony blossomed into full fledged crafts-woman-ship and stage savvy. Her early guitar- and piano-based songs often echoed the stark, often wry first person of her old pen-pal, Loudon Wainwright III. But her sound gradually found a home in its own rich elliptical song-scapes.

Loudon remarked on her 2004 debut: “Great songs…poetic tendrils that cling…”

In 2005 she was featured on the front page of Neil Young’s website with her song “Fresh Paint,” which “hit home.” She was also named semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for “Hold it in Your Hand,” and she played with the celebrated Richie Havens. She has sung and acted with the internationally acclaimed Dell’ Arte Players. In 2008 she recorded with Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan, k.d. lang, Carla Bruni) in Santa Monica, CA and toured with the late Kenny Edwards (Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon). “Letter Home” features Koella, Edwards, Don Heffington (Jayhawks) and Stewart Cole (Sara McLachlan, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros).

Upon moving to Oakland, CA in 2009, Nelson played with Ben Folds at the premiere Bay Area venue, The Fox Theater, and toured overseas. About her recently released sixth album, The Fret & the Fray, Lila says, “The album has a kind of energy I’ve been wanting to record for a long time. The liveness–the danciness–on some of the songs is a new, but fitting frontier for me. I grew up dancing. That paradox of the deeply contemplative and the wholly unrestrained speaks to me. Plus, sometimes you just have to make some noise.”

She recently gave birth to her greatest work: Viva Caliendo.

No Pardon

No Pardon

No Pardon is a New Folk trio based out of Eureka CA, featuring the songwriting of Chris Parreira (guitar) and Rosalind Parducci (fiddle), with Amber Grimes on the lusty upright bass.

Fresh and bluesy, this trio plays a blend of indie-folk-jazz. Their sound is inventive and illustrative, every song tells a story or paints a picture with the mood of the instruments. Parducci and Parreira each have distinctive, dynamic voices: their harmonies are clear and gripping. Parreira's rhythm guitar is chunky and delectable, an articulate blend of folk, funk, and country and Amber Grimes plays soulful bass in tandem with the lively groove.

Parducci's fiddle has been dubbed her “second voice,” so much does it resemble her first - she dynamically accompanies her singing on fiddle with chops, chords and drones. Her songs invite listeners on a journey with pure and unembellished song, tinted by the pigments of jazz, pop and blues.

In 2016, No Pardon played at the regional Folk Life Festival, Mateel Summer Arts and Music Festival, and the Lost Sierra Hoedown, and they released their first 7-track EP last spring.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

 

 

May
26
8:00 pm20:00

The Reckless Saints

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Roy Schneider, and his partner in all things Kim Mayfield, have recently reincarnated as The Reckless Saints.

The Americana duo are based in Florida and have been touring since 2008, sharing their “Blue-Twangled Folk & Roll” across America, Canada, the UK, Netherlands, and Belgium. The last two CDs (released as ‘Roy Schneider’), were entirely fan-funded and have received generous airplay on Americana radio shows and stations like KPIG.

The duo are hard at work on the upcoming Reckless Saints debut album, which will feature some instrument swapping, and lots of marital harmonies. Notable past performance venues include 30A Songwriters Festival, Kerrville NewFolk, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Yorkshire England's MadFest and Roy’s appearance as a contestant on NBC's The Voice

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
25
8:00 pm20:00

The Page Turners CD Release Show with special guests Bill Evans and Max Schwartz

The Page Turners are headed by Carolyn Kendrick (Stockton, CA) and Jake Howard (Akron, OH). Winners of the 2016 Freshgrass "Best Duo" award, they met at the Berklee College of Music, and perform mostly original acoustic music.

The Page Turners blend their love of bluegrass, whiskey-fueled old-time, and classic country into one big all-purpose seasoning of delicious Roots Music. They recorded an EP this past September and will tour following the EP's release.

Bruce Molsky had this to say about the band, "The Page Turners harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music. I love what Carolyn and Jake are doing and can’t wait to hear more!”

Bill Evans

Bill Evans

Bay Area banjoist Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years.

Bill is the author of Banjo For Dummies and Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies, two of the most popular banjo books in the world. He has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and performed on a program with the San Francisco Symphony. Bill’s CD In Good Company features over 26 musicians, including the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O’Brien, and Joy Kills Sorrow, performing Bill’s innovative compositions that blend jazz, classical, folk and world music influences. This release charted #1 on the Roots Music Report/Cashbox Folk and Bluegrass Charts and the Folk DJ-List chart and was named to many Best Of lists, including Pop Matters, Folk Alley and Prescription Bluegrass. Bill’s new CD, Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us, was recorded with the 86-year old fiddler Fletcher Bright and acoustic legends Norman & Nancy Blake.

“Bill Evans does for the five-string banjo what Van Gogh did for colour…treats it in a different way and then shares it with you. And his recent release In Good Company is a virtuoso master class in exploring bluegrass from the tradition to the far edges of alternative.” - Tom Franks, FolkWords

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
23
7:00 pm19:00

Brazilian Jazz with the Ami Molinelli Quartet

Jazz in the Neighborhood presents...

A fresh take on the traditional jam session, we're calling it Neighborhood Sessions: Concert-Masterclass-Jam, and it's your opportunity to get on stage and play with the best jazz musicians in the Bay Area.

Each event has three components: first, a short set by some of our best Bay Area pros, followed by two pre-professional combos who will perform in a masterclass format with critique and advice provided by the pros. 

Following the masterclass, audience members will have an opportunity to join in during the jam session. Sign-up forms will be available at the door. Please bring your own instrument with the exception of piano and drums. Sheet music or charts will not be allowed except for vocalists, who should provide charts for the band members. All instruments and vocalists—amateur to pro—are welcome at every session.

Tickets at jazzintheneighborhood.org/events/tix/
$10 general admission. CJC-degree-students, free with ID. Doors open one half hour before showtime. Show time is 7pm. 

Send inquiries to sessions@jazzintheneighborhood.org

May
22
8:00 pm20:00

Claude Bourbon - CANCELLED

Update 5/21/17: This show has been cancelled by the artist. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. Thank you for your support.

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for his amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger-picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world. He has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, including Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong (Van Morrison), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician: Paco De Lucia, Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, Joaquin Rodrigo, JJ Cale and JS Bach…

One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter.” Intrigued ?

Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb!

“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”- Altadena News, USA

Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door the night of the show. Advance tickets can be purchased at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.

 

May
20
8:00 pm20:00

Yolandra Rhodes, Rod James

Newly-signed Sony Music/MPRE/Orchard Records recording artist Yolandra Rhodes is a Jazz songstress, uniquely interpreting works by jazz visionaries such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Rachelle Farrell.

She has performed with both local and nationally-known performers, including Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes at Kimball's East, where she brought down the house with her interpretation of Sharon Paige’s “I Hope That We Can Be Together Soon." 

Other appearances include Yoshi's, The 57th Street Gallery, The Fenix and Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, and she has sung our country's National anthem at Golden State Warriors games and for the U.S. soccer team.

Yolandra Rhodes

Yolandra Rhodes

Rod James

Rod James

Rod James is a native of San Francisco who began performing in local clubs with several vocal groups in the mid-'60s. In the '70s, he joined Talk of da Town singing a cappella and has performed in the U.S. and Europe. 

In 2002 he became a member of the iconic group Natural Four, performing with them at the Monterey Blues Festival, the Jimi Hendrix Experience in Seattle, the City of Oakland's 150th Birthday Celebration, and Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco. Recently, Rod expanded his vocal chops to include his passion for Jazz, as he's currently attending the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. If you like the smooth baritone of Johnny Hartman, Gregory Porter and Will Downing, you're going to love RodJ's style!

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
19
8:00 pm20:00

James Lee Stanley

An evening with James Lee Stanley is a complete joy. A folk singer with strong ties to rock, jazz, and blues, he is an internationally known veteran with 31 albums to his credit.

Possessing a remarkable voice, extraordinary guitar orchestrations, songs that run the gamut from political outrage to romantic ballads, and a sense of comedic timing that engages every audience, James Lee Stanley provides an unforgettable experience.

“So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let’s say something else, let’s say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland…and here is where the wasteland ends” – Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

“It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” - Village Voice

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below or you may purchase your tickets at the door on the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
18
8:00 pm20:00

Scroggins & Rose - CD Release Party

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Award-winning instrumentalists and composers Tristan Scroggins and Alisa Rose have a new album, GRANA, that explores both the dynamic capabilities of a string duet and the creative overlap between baroque and bluegrass improvisation.

With vast experience and knowledge of both traditional folk music and classical styles, they create new music that utilizes risky improvisation and innovative musical techniques that are captured in both the original and familiar tunes present on this recording. Their effort presents a study of both active listening and performance skills as the listener is invited into and pulled to each others spur-of-the-moment musical colors and ideas to create an ever-changing exciting performance. 

TRISTAN SCROGGINS
Tristan Scroggins is an award-winning mandolinist and composer from Denver, Colorado. He has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada and Ireland for the last six years with the critically acclaimed bluegrass band Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. At 22, he already has a decade of professional experience as a stage performer, instructor and recording artist.

In 2016, Tristan was nominated for the Instrumental Momentum Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and in 2017 was accepted into the Acoustic Music Seminar run by Mike Marshall as part of the Savannah Music Festival. Son of two-time national banjo champion Jeff Scroggins, Tristan originally gained notoriety as a young phenom, winning multiple state championships before the age of 16. Around then Jeff and Tristan got together with five-time Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Guitar Player of the Year, Greg Blake, to form Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. While working with Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Tristan has been a featured artist at the International Bluegrass Music Association's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, The European World of Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest, Rockygrass, the Father's Day Festival in Grass Valley, RTE Ireland's National Radio, and the Station Inn in Nashville. In addition to performing, Tristan has taught mandolin at several workshops and camps including Nimble Fingers in British Columbia, Northern Lights in Saskatchewan, NCBMS Camp in Alberta, and Wintergrass in Washington. Tristan has one studio recording of all original tunes, one of which was a finalist for the International Acoustic Music Awards Instrumental Song of the Year. Tristan has also had the privilege of working with and being featured on recordings with Grammy-winning producer Bil Vorndick, Sally Van Meter, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Mark Schatz, K.C. Groves, Andy Leftwich, Don Rigsby, David Peterson, and Jono Manson.

ALISA ROSE
Fiddler and violinist, composer and improviser, Alisa Rose is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as the rich American musical tradition, she attracts attention for her expressive lyrical voice on the violin. Alisa Rose has performed with a wide range of artists including the Real Vocal String Quartet, 2008 Rockygrass winners 49 Special, and Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco. Alisa performed and taught throughout Eastern Europe as an Ambassador of the State Department, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, NPR's Weekend Edition, the historic Carter Family Fold festival, TEDx Alcatraz with Bob Weir, Song of the Mountains on PBS, as well as numerous international tours.

In 2015 Alisa premiered Richard Marriott's Metropolis Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra with the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, and in 2016 premiered her own Piano Trio for Luisa as part of the Trinity Arts Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the Real Vocal String Quartet, she appeared on the Feist album Metals, and in 2015 released an album of her cross-genre virtuoso works for solo violin entitled Fiddle Caprices and Pizzicato Pieces. Alisa teaches privately as well as in the pre-college division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her B.M. and  M.M. in Chamber Music studying with Camilla Wicks and Bettina Mussumeli.

For more information, please visit the band's website at www.scrogginsandrose.com

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

 

 

May
14
5:00 pm17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol is one of the premier vocalists of her time. Her unique style and gift of connecting with her audience is astonishing. This Bay Area living legend is a recipient of countless awards and honors including the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2015 induction into the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, and four Cabaret Gold Awards.

After beginning her career with gospel music, Ms. Carol was an integral part of Oakland's innovative funk scene in the 1960s and later went on to form her own trio. She soon built a reputation as a daringly versatile and consistently creative vocal stylist arranging standards and popular songs in her own unique way.

She has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Albert King, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Billy Higgins, Charles Brown, Bobby Hutchinson and Pharaoh Sanders. Now established as a world-class artist at the top of her craft, she continues to dazzle and delight audiences at home and beyond. She will be accompanied by Joe Warner on piano.

"Faye Carol is one of the greatest singers on the planet...There is nobody singing the blues and jazz like she is." - Charles Brown

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance at the link below, or you may buy at the door the day of the show with no service fee. Doors open at 4:30pm. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
14
12:00 pm12:00

Happy Hearts Singsation Celebration: A Fun-Filled Family Event of Music, Song & Color

The Back Room is pleased to announce a FREE event for the community (although donations will be accepted), hosted by Jillee Tree - well-known to some of you as a community activist, as well as the most prolific chair-massage-giver in the world.  

This is NOT a Back Room benefit (Jillee paid for the time), but is Jillee's own project for a family-friendly Mother's Day. Snacks and drinks provided! Bring your friends, bring your kids, bring your mom...and enjoy a lovely afternoon of music and community. 

Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds.

You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808.

Thank you for your support!

May
12
8:00 pm20:00

Bob Kenmotsu Quintet

Bob Kenmotsu and Friends will play jazz standards and original music and will be exploring a deeply personal way of phrasing musically that also grooves and swings!

Bob Kenmotsu was born in Stockton, Ca. He first learned music in the public schools starting on clarinet in the 4th Grade. He switched to alto sax while a senior in high school, and switched to tenor sax in college.

Bob graduated from San Jose State University and began working local music jobs. After working a cruise ship job out of Los Angeles, he moved to New York and began working as a freelance jazz saxophonist.

While in New York, Bob was a member of the Jack McDuff organ combo, and the Ruth Brown Band. He recorded The Spark with Billy Hart and Ira Coleman, and Bronx Tale with Pat Martino and Jack McDuff. Bob also played on Pat Martino’s Nightwings with Bill Stewart and Marc Johnson. While living back east, Bob received a New Jersey Arts Commission Grant for composition.

In 1994, Bob went to Japan on a Japan/US Fellowship cultural exchange grant, and lived there until 1997. While there, he played many clubs, concerts, festivals, and toured the country several times.

In 1997, Bob returned to the US, this time to the San Francisco Bay Area. He recorded Looking at Air, with Bill Stewart, Essiet Okun Essiet and Joel Weiskopf.

Bob now lives in Berkeley, CA and is performing at jazz clubs and concerts on the West Coast. His latest recording, Reunion, features Bob Corwin (piano), Danny Flahive (bass), and Ron Marabuto (drums). This performance features Tim Lin (sax), Luke Westbrook (guitar), Simpei Ogawa (bass), and Ron Marabuto (drums).

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

May
11
8:00 pm20:00

Mozaik plus Erica and Friends

The women of Mozaik have been making music together for many years. They share a love of singing and the unique qualities of vocal expression and harmonies of different folk traditions. Mozaik's repertoire includes songs from the Balkans, Ukraine, Russia, other areas of Europe, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Georgia. Mozaik is Hilary Seamans, Sandy Hollister, Natalia Ukrainska, Adina Sara and Liz Stuart.

Erica Hockett

Erica Hockett

Erica Hockett and Friends perform old songs and tunes from the British Isles. 

Erica Hockett, vocalist/Bodhrán: Lover of folk music, the tales of woe and the history embedded in the old songs, and enjoys bringing them to new audiences.

Anne Goess, Violin/Vocal/Tin Whistle.

Fiddler Anne Bingham Goess has played for many a ceili, English Country and contra dances in the Bay Area.

Lucas Gonze, Mandolin/Guitar: Lucas plays traditional acoustic music on stringed instruments. He gigs steadily with The Joy Drops.

Chris Hammond, Guitar and vocals: Chris’s first musical love is bluegrass and Appalachian music. He grew up in North Carolina and loves to sing those high lonesome harmonies.  

Troy Dillinger, Accordion/Vocals: Troy has graced the Macaroni Grill in Escondido with his playing of Italian music. He also loves to play Gypsy Jazz and traditional Irish music.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!