Apr
28
8:00 pm20:00

Shepherd Canyon Band

The Shepherd Canyon Band had its origins as a casual weekly jam consisting of Jerry Barush on banjo, Bernie Bishop on guitar, and the band’s founding fiddle player, Josh Jakus. The group jelled with the addition of Ken Smith on mandolin and Jess Beebe on bass, and – after several years in the woodshed – the Shepherd Canyon Band was born, named after the holler where Bernie lives. In 2016, Betsy Kenny joined the band, bringing along her fearless and flawless fiddling. Everyone in the band sings, with Bernie’s piercing lead vocals injecting the “high lonesome.” Ken contributes original tunes. While traditional bluegrass is the core of the band’s sound, they also like to explore around the edges, venturing into country, western swing, pop, or whatever songs might take a “grassin’.”

Collectively, the five band members are alums of more than ten other Bay Area bluegrass bands, including Pick of the Litter, Straight Ahead, Stay Tuned, and Dry Creek (Jerry); Grizzly Peak (Bernie and Jerry); the Barefoot Nellies (Liz and Jess); the Alhambra Valley Band (Liz); and the Avocado Brothers and the Bay Island Ramblers (Ken).

The Shepherd Canyon Band has played at numerous Bay Area venues, including the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Hollister, the Potomac in Oakland, the Back Room in Berkeley, and Amnesia and the Plough & Stars in San Francisco. Don’t tell anyone, but their very favorite gig is the annual Fourth of July fundraiser for the Graniteville, California volunteer fire department.

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at the link below and we accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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!

Apr
30
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 inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 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 4pm. 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!

Apr
30
8:00 pm20:00

Reverend Screaming Fingers - CANCELLED

Lucio

Lucio

4/27: UPDATE - THE ARTIST HAS CANCELLED THIS PERFORMANCE. ALL TICKETS SOLD WILL BE FULLY REFUNDED. THANK YOU.

As visual as it is visceral, The Reverend Screaming Fingers' music has been described as “Morricone composing surf music on laudanum…performed at a secret opium den in the basement of CBGB’s."

From solo guitar to full band ensemble, the music provides a front seat view to the
soundscape ahead, down whatever road traveled, from the morning light to the end of the world. The Rev's Music for Driving and Film material, influenced as much by traversing vast distances as fleeting moments on the silver screen, serves as a base for further exploration and brings a healthy dose of improvisation into its performance.

The Reverend Screaming Fingers is:

Lucio Menegon (guitar) - Lucio's work encompasses melodic composition, avant-garde improvisation, ambient soundscape, noise, weird pop, film soundtrack and experimental rock. His style is rooted in primitive Americana and punk, with extended technique and forays into minimalist textural spaces informing a fusion of traditional song structure and abstract modern soundscape.

He has collaborated with a gaggle of creative artists including Myshkin Warbler, Wally Ingram, Victoria Williams, Danny Frankel, Lisa Mednick Powell, Richard Lainhart, Amy
Denio, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Moe! Staiano and Kim Boekbinder.

Janie Cowan (upright bass) - Aside from a strong technical foundation, fat tone and deep feel of rhythm, Janie possesses the rare ability to adapt to any musical situation and bring the ensemble to a new cohesive level. Janie finds herself touring nationally and internationally with an impressive array of musicians from different backgrounds such as
Nefeshâs, Bob Hoffnar and Go: Organic Orchestra.

John Hanes (drums) - John has been living and drumming in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977. Some of a long list of folks he's played with include Chrome, Etta James, Grizzly Man soundtrack, Floyd Dixon, Henry Kaiser and Victor Krummenacher.

Wil Hendricks (guitar, piano, organ) - Wil is a super-solid musician who has playing steadily in the SF Bay area for many years. He has toured and performed with the likes of Califone, Lofty Pillars, Val Esway, Mississippi Mike and Invisible Cities.

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!

 

 

May
5
8:00 pm20:00

Matthew Charles Heulitt

Matthew Charles Heulitt has been on the Bay Area scene for 20 years doing session work, touring internationally, and working for a multitude of artists as a side-man as well as leading his own groups.  

He spent 15 years with master drummer Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters, and the last 10 touring and recording with Grammy Award winning producer/drummer Narada Michael Walden (Jeff Beck, The Mahavishnu Orchestra).  He’s also been a member of East Bay art-pop band MoeTar which landed him a feature article in Guitar Player Magazine in 2015.  

The MCH Trio offers an opportunity to explore the jazz side of his playing which has influences of Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, and John Scofield.  Joining the trio will be Dan Feiszli (Raul Midon, Julio Iglesias) on acoustic bass and Celso Alberti (Airto Moreira, Steve Winwood) on drums.

Tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale, and are available in advance for $15 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
6
8:00 pm20:00

John Klopotowski and Rave Tesar

John Klopotowski

John Klopotowski

Rave Tesar

Rave Tesar

Oakland-based jazz guitarist John Klopotowski and his longtime musical partner, pianist Rave Tesarcelebrate the release of their new CD, Dedication

John and Rave have been performing together since 1975, when they met when they were both growing up in Northern New Jersey. During that time period they performed regularly and appeared as featured artists on the Monday Guitar Night program at Gulliver's Jazz Club in West Paterson. John also performed at that time with jazz trumpeter Thad Jones and then went on to work with tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh in New York, in addition to leading his own groups. Rave was very busy in jazz groups with his brother Bill on drums, and also went on to become keyboardist and musical director for the band Renaissance, a gig that is ongoing.

John and Rave reunited in 2015 and have been rehearsing and recording since then. The CD Project 59 was released in 2016 and featured jazz quartet and quintet performances with John on guitar and Rave at the piano, and the new CD with Rave and Bill Tesar will be available for sale at the performance.

The Berkeley performance will present an intimate duet setting that promises both swinging jazz and quiet music for contemplation.  

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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!

May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Experimental/Free Jazz with the Lisa Mezzacappa Group

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
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!

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
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
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
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
22
8:00 pm20:00

Claude Bourbon

Medieval & Spanish Blues
Guitar & Songs

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
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
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
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
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!

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
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
18
8:00 pm20:00

The Barefoot Movement

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.  

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
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
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 and $18 general admission. 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!

 

 

 

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!


Apr
23
8:00 pm20:00

Kazemde George

Kazemde George is a saxophonist with a unique brand of improvised music that incorporates his many musical influences. Kazemde originally hails from the Bay Area, where he studied Jazz with mentors such as Charles McNeal and Khalil Shaheed through the Oaktown Jazz Workshops. 

While studying to receive his bachelors in Neurobiology from Harvard University, he continued his study of music through the New England Conservatory, eventually receiving his masters in Jazz Composition in 2013. While at NEC, Kaz studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Cecil McBee, Donny McCaslin, John McNeil, Jason Moran, Danilo Pérez, and Miguel Zenón. He currently lives and works as a musician and educator in New York City.

In 2012, Kaz began a 10-month George Peabody Gardner Fellowship in La Habana, Cuba, where he studied Congas, performed around the island, and learned about many styles of Cuban music like Rumba, Changui, Timba, and Son. In addition, Kazemde is a prolific Hip-Hop Beat-Maker, making electronic music inspired by producers such as J Dilla, and Madlib. He also has a passion for Brazilian styles such as Bossa Nova, Samba, Pagode, and Choros.

Kazemde’s improvisation and compositions draw from all of these disparate traditions, but seek to find the connections between them all. This is his second appearance at The Back Room, and we are happy to welcome him back.

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!

 

 

 

 

Apr
23
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 inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 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 4pm. 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!

Apr
22
8:00 pm20:00

Earth Day Bluegrass Concert with Windy Hill & The Town Howlers

Windy Hill

Windy Hill

The Town Howlers

The Town Howlers

Please join us for an Earth Day Bluegrass Concert in support of The March For Science, with Windy Hill and The Town Howlers. All band proceeds will be donated to this important cause (see below for more info). 

Windy Hill
It's immediately evident at a Windy Hill show that the band is excited about bluegrass music and has big fun picking and singing. They're becoming increasingly well-known – and are winning awards – for their entertaining performances. With their third album just completed, the group plays frequently around Northern California and recently performed tributes to late bluegrass giants Bill Monroe and James King. Windy Hill includes Ryan Breen (banjo & vocals), Thomas Wille (Guitar & Vocals), Kyle McCabe (standup bass), and Brandon Godman (fiddle). 

The Town Howlers
Disciples of the godfathers of bluegrass, the Town Howlers deliver their high-lonesome bluegrass sound all over Northern California and beyond. The band's repertoire ranges from the bluegrass classics of Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs, to original tunes that stay true to that classic mountain style. The Town Howlers are John McKelvy (guitar and vocals), Michael Small (banjo & vocals), Rowan McCallister (mandolin & vocals), Matt Crimp (fiddle & vocals), and Mike Gubman (upright bass). 

The March For Science
ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.
The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $15-$20, sliding scale, 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!

Apr
21
8:00 pm20:00

The Stadler Gibbons Band

The Stadler Gibbons Band features the fabulous singing and playing of Mike Stadler and Mary Gibbons. Chuck Ervin drives the bass and Jon Mitguard butters it all up with steel. 

Seasoned musicians all, they travel the common ground between early country and bluegrass, great story telling and picking.  Along with classic material from the past, they include original songwriting and great works from other writers toiling today to produce tomorrow’s classics. The product is a soulful blend. The band features the clean, intricate harmonies of Stadler and Gibbons set on the firm foundation of Gibbons’ guitar and Ervin’s bass. In the spaces between, Stadler and Mitguard intertwine stunning melodies and improvisations whether on guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar or dobro.

"... a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; [Michael Stadler] is one of those musicians who  believes you don't have to be flashy to be good -- and he's much better than good." - Larry Kelp, East Bay Express 

“[Mary Gibbons] is a strong, stylish singer, whether burning through some bluesy bluegrass or wearing out a country weeper.“ - Bluegrass Unlimited  

Now ain’t that what Country music is all about?

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase 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!

Apr
20
8:00 pm20:00

The Mountain & the Moon, Adrianna Ciccone & Colin Cotter

The Mountain & The Moon was formed during the spring of 2015, when bassist Noah Laniakea and banjoist Casey Holmberg met at UCLA. Both musicians shared a love for bluegrass and old-time music, and as they rehearsed and performed together they began to explore a larger musical space around that idiom.

"What has emerged is a form of classically informed roots music – a blend of the string arrangements on Nico’s 'Chelsea Girl' and the banjo playing of Béla Fleck, perhaps...we are thrilled to have their singular brand of bluegrass represented in our contest." - Freshgrass, 2016 

The banjo/bass duo released their debut self-titled EP in January of 2016, a compilation of original music which synthesizes folk, bluegrass, and classical music in a bold and innovative way. Following up on their precocious start, they were invited to the Freshgrass Festival in North Adams, MA as finalists in the international duo competition during the 2016 season. Even more recently, the pair released another album, Live at the Stork Club, which features all the tracks from the EP as well as new originals and arrangements. They are currently engaged with planning their first full length album as well as preparing for the exciting summer festival season, which includes shows at Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival and the Sutter Creek Jug Band Festival.

"The new blend of musical composition and musicianship between them marked the sensation of that first impression...they push against the form from both bluegrass and classical forms; they are teaching the form itself new moves.” - Bruce Milton Cooper, Los Angeles, May 2016

Few young Canadian fiddlers today can show off the breadth and range of North American fiddling like Adrianna Ciccone. With a “distinctive stamp and swing that is both rooted and infectious,” she crosses back and forth across the continent with ease. Adrianna showcases Cape Breton reels, crooked French-Canadian brandys, the rollicking rhythms of Ottawa Valley step-dancing tunes, way down to Southern Appalachian string band tunes; even incorporating Irish and Métis influences. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, her debut album, The Back of Winter, produced by Bruce Molsky, won Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Colin Cotter picked up the fiddle at the age of 4, beginning a life-long journey building upon several generations of his family’s intimate relationship with traditional Finnish music. Over time, musical influences from Scotland to Quebec to New York City to West Africa crept in, rendering him a genre-defying folky, unencumbered by traditional convention yet warmly familiar with it. A self-taught guitarist, he has created his own accompaniment style that, in tandem with his hard-hitting, poignant songwriting, bridges the gaps between American and Celtic folk music and rock.

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!

Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

The Blues with the Ruth Davies Blues Band

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

Apr
16
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 inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 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 4pm. 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!

Apr
15
8:00 pm20:00

Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots

Sam Rudin, who is of course the creator and owner of The Back Room, is also one of the most exciting pianists you are ever likely to hear. Sam attacks and caresses the keyboard, romping through the whole range of 20th century American music. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison and Jerry Lee Lewis...sometimes all at the same time. He is also a compelling vocalist whose rough-hewn voice conveys both drama and humor.

Rudin’s first gig under his own name as a bandleader came when he was 24 and it proved to be ill-fated. He and his group had been hired to play on a cruise ship. They’d been at sea only a day when a hurricane struck off the North Carolina coast, destroying all of the band’s equipment.

After that incident, some of Rudin's musician friends, referring also to his high-energy, can't-sit-down performing style, started calling him Hurricane Sam. Eventually he embraced the moniker and launched a career as a solo performer, earning a reputation for bringing the rhythmic intensity of an entire band, and for utilizing every possible genre of American music "from blues to be-bop and from ragtime to rock & roll," as some early publicity put it. When he formed a band several years later to concentrate on that blues/jazz borderline, they were "Hurricane Sam and the Hot Shots."

From 1990 to 2008, the band could be found in clubs, concerts, and jazz and blues festivals throughout the state, and was a particular fixture at Berkeley's late, lamented Anna's Jazz Island. But the financial troubles of 2008 made the festival gigs a lot harder to find, and Anna's closed down, and other life events intervened...so Sam started performing less and less, and the band not at all, and Sam started thinking about the ideal music venue, and wouldn't it be nice if he could put something like that together.

And now here we are, years later, and The Back Room is a reality.  It is definitely time for the Return of Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots!  

And who are these Hotshots?

JEFF ERVIN (SAX)
Years ago, Jeff was playing classic rhythm & blues with the Zazu Pitts Memorial Orchestra. More recently, he has been touring the West Coast and Europe with the classic swing of Stompy Jones. Along the way he has recorded with Bill Withers and Taj Mahal, among others. He’s a versatile pro, but more than that—Jeff knows how to wail. When he steps up to the mike he blows the house down, and there are plenty of folks who say he is the most exciting saxophonist they’ve ever seen.

 JIMMY HOBSON (DRUMS)
Jimmy spent his early years carving out a name for himself in the highly competitive world of Los Angeles recording sessions. He earned several gold records there, and his long and varied list of credits include Billy Preston, Hall & Oates, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and even Celine Dion. When he came to the Bay Area, he joined Tom Rigney in the Sundogs, which subsequently became nationally known for their blend of zydeco and rock.

JOEL KRUZIC (BASS)
When Joel was fresh out of school (The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC) he met up with the aforementioned Jeff Ervin, who needed a bass for his North Bay based band The Acrosonics.  Jeff soon discovered that Joel was not only skilled beyond his years at a variety of jazz and blues styles, he had a genius for blending them together in just the right proportions to stay on the jazzy side of blues, and the bluesy side of jazz. Since this was exactly what Sam needed, Jeff made an enthusiastic recommendation, resulting in Joel's debut with the Hotshots this past Fall. It was a big success, and we are glad to have him back again.

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!

Apr
14
8:00 pm20:00

Greg Blake Trio

You'll hear it in his voice immediately: the original strain of Appalachian mountain music that lies at the heart of all great modern bluegrass and country. Greg Blake grew up in the mountains of southwest West Virginia, and when he sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, invested with a rich twang and rumbling drawl, and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that first inspired the high, lonesome sound.  

He's twice been nominated for the SPBGMA's Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year and is a five-time winner of the SPBGMA's Guitarist of the Year, not to mention the Kansas State Flat-picking championship. After moving to Conifer, Colorado, Greg joined all-star progressive bluegrass band Jeff Scroggins & Colorado as the lead vocalist. With both Jeff and his son Tristan breaking new ground instrumentally on the banjo and mandolin, Greg stepped up to the plate as a guitarist, and crafted the band's sound around his signature high tenor vocals. They've recorded two albums and have a third about to be released. 

Greg is joined by multi-instrumentalist Isaac Callender. Isaac began his musical career as a contest fiddler winning titles all over North America. As a teen he had the great fortune to be able to study and travel with Western Swing Hall of famers Dick and Lisa Barrett as well as playing bluegrass and country music with various local bands. He has produced three albums, multiple tune books for both guitar and fiddle, and continues to write, teach, and perform with some of the greatest musicians in the world.  

The trio is rounded out by Portland, Oregon native Ellie Hakkenson. Ellie's
fiddling background is a unique blend of classical training simultaneously blended with years of traditional bluegrass fiddling. Her family band was a festival favorite throughout the Pacific North West for many years. Ellie is currently the fiddler and vocalist for Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, and recently won the 2016 Rockygrass Fiddle contest.  

Together the three make up the Greg Blake Trio. Their music ranges from traditional bluegrass favorites to vintage country and old-time music, along with a sampling of original material. Three-part harmonies, spectacular instrumental abilities, and great songs make their shows a must see for any lover of quality acoustic 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!

Apr
13
8:00 pm20:00

John Schott’s Actual Trio

John Schott’s Actual Trio, featuring Dan Seamans and John Hanes, is “one of the Bay Area’s most brilliant diamonds,” according to Jazz Times.

All acknowledged masters on their instruments, the Actual Trio have spent years playing together in the studio and on the road, forging a singular group voice in the crowded world of modern guitar-oriented Jazz. Schott’s compositions put groove, free improvisation, humor, melody, and harmony into a blender, and bring out the stellar musicianship of bassist Dan Seamans (New Klezmer Trio, The Lost Trio) and drummer John Hanes (Henry Kaiser, Fillmore Slim, Pearl Harbor and the Explosions).

The group has had a five-year gig at the Actual Cafe in Oakland, tours on the East and West coasts, a festival performance at SFJazz, and a critically acclaimed debut CD on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. 

Paul de Barros of the Seattle Times writes, “With a bright and bold, slightly twangy sound, Schott grazes rock, blues, Thelonious Monk and James 'Blood' Ulmer with lithe, original, single-note lines full of swing, surprise and humor. If you like swinging jazz guitar with a zany, eccentric bent, see this threesome.”

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!

Apr
11
8:00 pm20:00

Jim Dalton

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Jim Dalton is a Colorado-based singer, songwriter, and musician. Dalton is the lead guitarist for the Tempe, Arizona rock band Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, a band formed after the break-up of The Refreshments.  

He also fronts the Denver-based alt-country band the Railbenders, and co-founded the Hickman-Dalton Gang with Johnny Hickman of Cracker fame. His live solo shows are known for their loose, fun, sometimes serious, and bawdy nature.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below and tickets are available 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!

Apr
9
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 inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 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 4pm. 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!

Apr
8
8:00 pm20:00

Syd Straw

Syd Straw is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and scene-maker who has made a career out of helping some of the most interesting people in the world make their music (and they, in turn, have helped her to make three critically acclaimed albums of her own).

A partial list of luminaries she has performed and recorded with includes Pat Benatar, Matthew Sweet, Michael Stipe, Dave Alvin, Wilco, Rickie Lee Jones, John Doe, Ry Cooder, Loudon Wainwright III, Daniel Lanois, Don Was, Richard Thompson, Marshall Crenshaw and Van Dyke Parks...

Although she is a veteran of the large concert stage, she has a special love for the small intimate listening room, and, before trading her L.A. digs for the Vermont countryside, was a regular performer at McCabe's, the celebrated Santa Monica-based listening venue. She'll be there again this month, but this time she is also swinging up north to appear at The Back Room, which she is excited about (and we, of course, are excited to have her). She sent us this mini-bio and invitation:

Syd Straw came out of her mother singing, swinging, and two months premature. She wanted to get going, and to be here now, and now that she is she wants to sing for you and maybe tell some stories, and most of all, to make you happy for a while.  ...Geoge Jones, Emmylou Harris, Los Lobos, Dave Alvin...oh heck, just come to the show, we will be having a time of it.

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!

Apr
7
8:00 pm20:00

Michael on Fire

Michael on Fire, singer, songwriter, musician, and storyteller, is known by his fans and friends and fellow musicians for his energetic and emotional performances, his insightful and uplifting lyrics, his blending of familiar musical styles to create his own unique, original style, and his unswerving conviction and commitment to expression and connection.

“...one of the most powerful and personal performances I’ve ever seen. Michael On Fire lights a room and connects with something deep in the psyche in a way that makes you feel you have known the songs and ranged over the emotion of them for your whole life. His tunes are as though they were preordained in memory. Almost his entire playlist clicked open a receptor that made it immediately recognizable, though I’d never heard his music before. Over the decades I’ve seen big acts, major stars, impressive tours, but there is something about Michael on Fire that connects like no other. He is singularly peerless.” - Tom Cochrun, Light Breezes [Cambria, CA]

“Michael on Fire projects a combination of musical strength, unbridled energy, and pure joy that continually elevates those around him.” - Dave Zimmer, BAM Magazine, and author of Crosby Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography (St. Martin’s Press)

Michael on Fire has forged a path as an intensely independent and spontaneously creative musical artist. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and UK, performing in every kind of environment - from bars to beautiful theaters, private homes to major festivals, from prisons to playing for the President of the United States. He has released 19 full-length albums, has appeared on regional and national radio and TV programs, and has created
vocal and instrumental music for film, stage and television.

“Michael on Fire is so good you’ll be stuck trying to invent new adjectives to describe it all. He’ll make you laugh, cry, see God and tap your feet…all at once.” – Bill Locey, Ventura County Star

In a recent radio interview, Michael said, “Every day is a challenge to maintain our humanity and our dreams. My job is to somehow gift the world with the courage it takes to follow one’s own heart and path; to play that magic chord in a way that I’ve never played it before, and somehow be of service to myself, my children, my family, my friends, my generation, and the people who truly need something beyond the obvious nonsense that we are all faced with on a daily basis.”

Tickets 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. 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 have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.

Apr
6
8:00 pm20:00

The Good Time Travelers

Built by two singer-songwriters, The Good Time Travelers are a multi-instrumental duo with a vibe so big that they have been described as a “2-piece power-trio." 

Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick have a sound that is rooted in bluegrass and folk music, but the sentiment is pure rock and roll. The Good Time Travelers have been traveling the country writing, touring, and performing since their first gig with Del and Dawg in 2014. They have recently released their debut self-titled album which consists of mostly co-writes of their own. The Good Time Travelers road has quickly taken them to the stages of well-known festivals like The Northwest String Summit, Big Sky Big Grass, Sisters Folk Festival, SalmonFest and other popular string-parties. They may only pass through your town for a short time, but it will most certainly be a "good time!"

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!

Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

Latin Jazz with the John Santos Sextet

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 show time. Show time is 7pm. 

Send inquiries to sessions@jazzintheneighborhood.org

Apr
2
8:00 pm20:00

David Rovics

Political folk-singing. Pure and undiluted. David Rovics is an American indie singer/songwriter based in Portland, OR. 

"If the great Phil Ochs were to rise from the dead today, he would probably be hailed as the new David Rovics." - Andy Kershaw, BBC

"No one gets more deeply to the heart of important issues, with catchy and concise poetry, than David does. He has a talent for expressing things that are hard to say. All of his songs grab me emotionally and let me know how I really feel. His songs come alive like stories and movies, not just words." - Steve Wozniak

Tickets are $15 in advance and $10-$20, sliding scale, 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!

Apr
2
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 inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 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 4pm. 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!

Apr
1
8:00 pm20:00

Belleville with special guests San Geronimo

Mark Caputo

Mark Caputo

Belleville successfully weave their way through a variety of Americana checkpoints thread throughout by terrific songwriting. Nearly 20 years after they first formed in Oakland, CA, Belleville's well-honed musical craftsmanship has yielded their fourth and most fully-realized official album, Turn The Medicine Down, released in November of 2016.

Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Mark Caputo, Belleville is Marc Burnstein (guitar), David McCullough (bass), Hal Marcus (keys) and David Zirbel (pedal steel guitar).
  
San Geronimo
Jeremy D’Antonio and Darren Nelson of the roots-based Americana band San Geronimo will be opening the show as a duo with their top notch songwriting and sharp-tongued wit.

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!

Mar
31
8:00 pm20:00

Jenna & the Charmers

Hailed as one of the leading women of jazz/pop crossover by Jazziz Magazine for three years in a row, vocalist Jenna Mammina teams up with drummer Jeremy Steinkoler (of Mo’Fone renown) for their latest collaborative project, Jenna & the Charmers, exploring an eclectic range of their favorite pop and jazz tunes from the past few decades, in addition to performing original compositions. They'll be joined by the formidable Ryan Lukas on bass (The Real Nasty, Brian Patneaude), and dynamic Steve Bissinger on guitar (Christie Winn, Mr. Lonesome & the Bluebelles).

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door the night of the show. Doors open at 7:30pm. 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 have any questions, or need more information, please call us: #510-654-3808.

Mar
30
8:00 pm20:00

FivePlay

Photo by Irene Young

Photo by Irene Young

Jazz meets Brazil when percussionist/guitarist/vocalist/composer Celia Malheiros joins forces with FivePlay in this special night of Brazilian flavored jazz. Celia, a native of Rio de Janeiro, is a dynamic, joyous performer and adds her unique talents to the music of FivePlay. Don't miss a magical evening of original music, from samba and bossa nova to free improv and beyond!

The band:

Tony Corman - guitar
Laura Klein - piano
Dave Tidball - reeds
Paul Smith - bass
Phil Hawkins - drums
Special guest Celia Malheiros - percussion, guitar, vocals

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!

Mar
26
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 inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 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 4pm. 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!

Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

WENDY BURCH STEEL & REDWOOD play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of bluegrass, folk, old-time, country bluegrass and blues.  

Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis produced, played and sang on Wendy’s debut CD, Open Wings in 2012, which has received rave reviews nationally and internationally, air play and interviews on various radio shows and in Americana and Bluegrass publications. Wendy is an award-winning songwriter and singer, known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material.

She won an Akademia Music Award for her song, "Happy Song Blues," as Best Americana Blues song, and has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past three years by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Her band members include some of the best Bluegrass and Americana players and singers in California and beyond:                                         
Butch Waller (mandolin and vocals) is known locally and nationally for his innovative and tradition-based approach to his instrument. Butch was one of the first to play bluegrass music in Northern California, and founded his own band, High Country, in 1968. A gifted songwriter, Butch has penned several that are found in the repertoire of Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood.

Glenn Dauphin (guitar and vocals) has been performing with Bluegrass bands in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. He was Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Guitar Player of the Year for 2014. He also plays bass and guitar with California’s two longest running bands, High Country and Sidesaddle and Company.

Allegra Thompson (bass and vocals) is known both for the power and clarity of her singing and for providing a rock-steady rhythm bed on guitar or upright bass. Her home-grown perspective on American roots music was nurtured by her parents, local musicians Eric and Suzy Thompson, who raised her on a steady diet of blues, bluegrass, Cajun, and Appalachian old time music. A founding member of the Drifter Sisters and the Bearcat Stringband, she also plays with the Midnite Ramblers, Gerry Tenney and the Hard Times Orchestra, and of course Eric and Suzy Thompson in their family trio.

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood play at local venues such as The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, The Back Room in Berkeley, First Street Café in Benicia, Sutter Creek Theatre, and the Monkey House in Berkeley, among other great venues and house concerts. They have played on Vern’s Stage at the CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, and the Cloverdale Fiddle Festival.

Tickets are $15 advance at the link below, or $20 at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept only cash 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 have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.

 

Mar
24
8:00 pm20:00

The Bow Ties

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The Bow Ties play bluegrass infused with the aggressive spirit of the original masters. The band has the precision and quality to captivate a listening audience, and a unique drive that can rowdy up any dance floor.

Band members include Northern California Bluegrass Association's five-time Guitarist of the Year, Yoseff Tucker. Billy Moore is a self-taught banjo picker with the accuracy, and more importantly, the fine understanding of improvisation. Classically-trained Jan Purat plays a fiddle that can either break your heart or pull your legs out from under you, sometimes both. Stoic and relaxed, Andrew March picks a mandolin likes nobody's business. And backing it all up with fierce rhythm is Zach Sharpe on upright bass. The combination of these talented musicians offer a refreshing, exciting and meticulous bluegrass experience.

Selected as one of the California Bluegrass Association's Showcase Bands for the 2016 Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival, the band's members have been honored to play at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Telluride and the Rockygrass Festival. 

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available at the link below, and please note that we accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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!

Mar
23
8:00 pm20:00

MORI, Patch Kid & Foul Tongue

MORI

MORI

MORI delivers punchy, hook-laden alternative rock/pop you can (and should) scream along to in the car. Fronted by lead singer, songwriter & guitarist Mori Einsidler, the band took shape in Brooklyn, NY in the winter of 2014. She is now hitting the road for this West Coast tour as a duo with help from lead guitarist and vocalist Sam Palumbo of Patch Kid.

MORI crafts songs that ache and burst, recalling the ear candy of indie-pop duo Tegan & Sara packed with the voltage of alt-rock overlords Mitski, Paramore and Brand New. 2016 has been a breakout year for MORI with the release of her EP Better For You (co-produced by Asher Zeitschik and Lucas Hass), which has garnered praise from Popdust, Impose Magazine, The Deli NYC and The Revue, along with solo and full band tours across the Northeast, including a stint at Brooklyn's Northside Festival and sold out shows across NYC. 

Patch Kid

Patch Kid

Patch Kid is the Indie/Math Rock brainchild of Brooklyn-based musician Sam Palumbo. Patch Kid joins MORI on this West Coast tour in support of his debut EP Bad at Friends, out February 17th. The forthcoming release recalls the indie rock songwriting sensibilities of Death Cab for Cutie and Built to Spill, with complex guitar architecture that would feel at
home on an American Football record.

Bad at Friends is a reflection of Palumbo’s transition from Philadelphia to NYC, and the
malaise that can accompany adapting to a new place while trying to hang on to old relationships. The album was recorded and mixed at the Gallery Recording Studio by Jon Markson (Such Gold/Taking Meds), and features the frenetic, lyrical drumming of Matt Covey (Such Gold/Shai Halud). 

Opening act Foul Tongue is Jacob Gill from the alternative/indie rock band Forget It.'s softer solo project.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door the night of the show. 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!

Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

Guitar Trio with the Randy Vincent Trio

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 show time. Show time is 7pm. 

Send inquiries to sessions@jazzintheneighborhood.org

Mar
19
8:00 pm20:00

Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines

Macy Blackman and The Mighty Fines, universally regarded as the Bay Area’s premier New Orleans R&B/boogie band, are celebrating the release of their new CD, Shoorah Shoorah – The Songs of Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint.

On their latest releaseBlackman and his veteran band pay tribute to the genius of the Soul Queen and King of New Orleans. 

This marks the sixth CD release for Blackman, who formed The Mighty Fines in 2003. Blackman, who has accompanied Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John) and also backed up such national acts as The Coasters and The Drifters during his illustrious career, features a highly accomplished band. 

The Mighty Fines include saxophonists Nancy Wright (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Elvin Bishop) and Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs (Neville Brothers, The Band, Temptations, Gatemouth Brown), bassist Bing Nathan (Lavay Smith’s Red Hot Skillet Lickers) and drummer Larry Vann (Martha Reeves, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie. 

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!

Mar
19
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 inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 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 4pm. 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!

Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

Dirty Cello

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
 
"Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." - Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine

"The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of 'Purple Haze' is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist." - Good Times Santa Cruz

"The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn't make sense but somehow does." - LA Times

At this concert Dirty Cello will be releasing their latest CD featuring brand new original works and some old favorites. Recorded in a studio hand-built from scratch by members of the band, this release showcases the wide range of eclectic music played by Dirty Cello. The concert will feature songs from the album plus stories about the creation of the 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. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (21+) space. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808. 
 

Mar
17
8:00 pm20:00

The Yale Slavic Chorus

The Yale Slavic Chorus is a performance group comprised of women from a variety of cultural and academic backgrounds who share a common passion for Slavic folk and liturgical music. The Chorus sings a diverse repertoire that spans the traditions of Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia, among others.

Though many members of the Chorus are not native speakers of Slavic languages, the Yale Slavic Chorus works extensively with native folk musicians and vocalists to practice accurate pronunciation and style.

Although primarily an undergraduate group, the Slavs, as they are affectionately known around Yale’s campus, also include other members of the Yale community. The Slavic Chorus has always been dedicated to maintaining musical vigor and excellence, seeking to
empower women through song.

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, and 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!