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
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
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 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.
 

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
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
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.

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!

Apr
2
2:00 pm14:00

Ramana Vieira - An Afternoon of Fado Music

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Portuguese-flavored music performed live when California-based Fado singer and composer Ramana Vieira brings her dramatic and powerful voice to The Back Room for an evening of Fado-inspired songs.

Ramana and her group will perform traditional, ballad-style fados that pay homage to the “Queen of Fado,” Amália Rodrigues, as well as up-tempo compositions from her 2015 album, Fado Da Vida. Three of Ramana's songs from her new album were nominated for the International Portuguese Music awards. Her new work captures influences from all the countries of Portuguese language and cultural heritage in a musical tapestry that ranges from whispering, haunting ballads to collaborations featuring the works of famous Portuguese-Canadian poet Euclides Cavaco.  

Larry Rohter of The New York Times has noted, "Conservatory-trained singer Ramana Vieira adds a New Age sensibility and instrumentation to the music."

Ramana’s ensemble includes Brad Bivens on guitar, Ela Polak on Violin, John Clark on acoustic bass and Steve Nelson on Percussion.

"No one is doing more to breathe new life into Fado then Ramana Vieira" - Andrew Gilbert, Boston Globe

**Please Note: this is a matinee performance and begins at 2pm!

Tickets are $17 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 $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
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
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
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
29
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

Lucio

Lucio

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 trio 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.

Ryan Erskine (drums and percussion) - Ryan is a drummer with a deep groove and light touch. As composer and multi instrumentalist, he has performed with many of the greats in the Joshua Tree music scene including Victoria Williams, The Renderers, The Pappy & Harriet's Sunday band, Annachristie and well as his current music project, Regal Pooch.

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
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
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
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

Jun
10
8:00 pm20:00

Kathy Kallick Band

“Jaw-dropping awesome!!!” is how the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival describes the Kathy Kallick Band

Kathy Kallick (guitar), Annie Staninec (fiddle), Greg Booth (dobro, banjo), Tom Bekeny (mandolin), and Cary Black (acoustic bass) look forward to proving them right at every show! The KKB is based along the west coast, from the SF Bay Area to Anchorage, but their powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities — hot bluegrass and cool originals — has great appeal everywhere.

The latest Kathy Kallick Band album, Foxhounds, was #1 (!) on the 2016 Roots Music Report Contemporary Bluegrass Chart and in the 2016 Top Ten of the National Bluegrass Survey (Bluegrass Unlimited charts).

Led by one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, the Kathy Kallick Band has nearly as much fun as the audience when performing. The material is compelling, the tone ranges from humorous to bittersweet to soulful, the instrumental playing is electric, the vocals luminous, the presentation inclusive. 

"This is truly a band effort, and their sound is traditional and unique. Kallick is a triple-threat as singer, songwriter, and masterful band leader; her band is top-flight and really delivers the goods. If you love traditional bluegrass, don’t miss this gem.”  – Robert C. Buckingham, Bluegrass Unlimited

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

 

 

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!

 

 

 


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!

Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

The Negative Revue Presents: Negative Press Project with Opaluna

THE NEGATIVE REVUE PRESENTS: NEGATIVE PRESS PROJECT WITH OPALUNA
Featuring music from NPP’s debut full-length recording, SeeEvilEyes | Civilize, and the return of Chris Sullivan on Alto (A Trojan in Bear Country).

Negative Press Project is an Oakland-based seven-piece electro-acoustic jazz/indie-rock inspired original music collective.

Opaluna: From the tropics of Colombia, vocalist Susana Pineda forms a contemporary duo with California guitar maestro Lu Salcedo.

Negative Press Project: "Versatility abounds, and they always look for new ground to explore.” - Michael Bang, The Bay Bridged

“They give hope for the future of creative music.” -Jimmy Pedersen, avonovamusic.com 

Opaluna:  "Fresh and endearingly earnest, Opaluna creates jazz with a Latin-American sensibility all their own.” - Andrew Gilbert, KQED California Report

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!

Mar
12
7:00 pm19:00

Stephanie Bruce

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Stephanie Bruce has created a unique body of work over the past few decades. As a singer/songwriter/arranger, she has performed widely in some of the finest Bay Area venues, and released three CDs that feature her original compositions and arrangements of familiar tunes. 

Stephanie will be performing with pianist Jonathan Alford, bassist Aaron Germaine, and drummer Kendrick Freeman. In addition to featuring a few selections from her previous recordings, she will be presenting many new compositions and arrangements soon to be recorded on her fourth CD. Some of the new material has been written for a musical theater piece she is currently co-writing with Jonathan Alford.
 
“She's unique and extremely talented…the real deal when it comes to creative jazz singing.”
- Laurie Antonioli (Director of Vocal Studies, Jazzschool).

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!

Mar
12
1:30 pm13:30

MountainHouse

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For those unfamiliar with MountainHouse, these guys have been called "mystics in the mountains," and they play all original music with an uplifting spiritual bent, featuring vocals, a phalanx of well-weathered acoustic guitars and fretted basses, with an occasional harmonica thrown in for character.

Steve Moore and Wendell Wolff met in Juvenile Hall and have been playing together ever since, in an impressive (to them) string of musical outfits from prog rock to blues, evolving to the acoustic format they are best known for.

On their latest album, In The Alpenglow, they continue this acoustic music journey they began nearly 20 years ago. Space for contemplation of lyric and melody are embraced and celebrated. No time for a backpacking trip? Come see the show, and you will feel like you've been to the mountains. Refreshed, heartened and ready for life's next season.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a matinee performance. Show time 1:30pm, Doors 1pm.

Tickets are $12 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the day of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information, or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Mar
10
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
9
8:00 pm20:00

Jim Hurst

To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful and flawless performances. Perfect timing, tone and his unusual picking style have enchanted guitar players from the novice to his peers. His eclectic career has made him a remarkable performer, an experienced instructor and a highly sought after session musician.

The product of a musical family, Jim honed his musical style after being influenced by the likes of Tony Rice, Clarence White and Jerry Reed. Itching to play more bluegrass, Jim joined the Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch Front Porch String Band in 1995, where he teamed up with kindred spirit bassist Missy Raines. Later, Jim and Missy’s duo show earned them IBMA Guitar and Bass Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002.

With four solo works to his credit, Open Window, Second Son, A Box of Chocolates and Intrepid, Jim’s virtuosity shines AGAIN on his new CD, Looking Glass; deft finger work, melodic mastery and smooth vocals. Jim performs his solo show full time and teaches at guitar workshops and music camps in North America and Europe.

“Jim Hurst has no problem being a one-man band. In my opinion, he’s one of the best ever. He doesn’t rely on gimmicks or tricks, just good old solid pickin’, heartfelt singin’ and wonderfully tasteful arrangements of engaging songs that you probably haven’t heard before. As a member of my FolkJazz Trio he provides everything this mandolin player needs from a guitarist and singer — whether soloing or accompanying." - David “Dawg” Grisman

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!

Mar
7
7:00 pm19:00

Vocal Jazz Quartet with Kellye Gray

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
5
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
5
1:30 pm13:30

Blackbird and the Storm, Maya Dorn

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Blackbird and the Storm is an award-winning, birdsong-inspired project. The project began in London under the mentorship of producer Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, U2, Nine Inch Nails, Sigur Ros), and is now based in the American west.

The brainchild of Marie-Juliette Bird, Blackbird and the Storm incorporates the elements of nature field recordings, acoustic and electronic instruments, thematically prophetic lyrics, and the gossamer voiced Lily Wilson. This performance is in collaboration with Golden Gate Chapter of the Audubon Society as part of a national tour. The project was shortlisted for the UK New Music Awards and subsequently headlined the City of London Music Festival.

Blackbird and the Storm has received heavy airplay on BBC 6 and their single "Black Crow" was named UK Indie Single of the Week. The project also recently won an Independent Music Award in the category of 'Social Action' (Climate Change).

Maya Dorn

Maya Dorn

Opening the show will be Maya Dorn, who has toured internationally and worked with such luminaries as Jerry Casale of Devo, Sarah Silverman, and Femi Kuti in Lagos, Nigeria. She can be seen and heard as MC Ladyfinger in the electro-pop futurists Sweet Snacks, and was a vocalist/lyricist for the 10-piece Afro-beat collective Aphrodesia.

**PLEASE NOTE: This is a matinee performance. Show time is 1:30pm, Doors open at 1pm.**

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

Mar
4
8:00 pm20:00

Kyle Alden

Singer/songwriter and folk musician Kyle Alden is noted for his award-winning settings of the poetry of the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats. He has performed at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley and City Winery, Napa (opening for Paul Brady) and Symphony Space in New York (with Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis), among many others.

Kyle's new CD, Down in the West Volume 2, explores Americana landscapes, revisiting lively folk songs from the American, Irish and British traditions, interleaved with new original songs and instrumental tunes played on fiddle, banjo and guitar. Come celebrate the launch of the new release in what will be a grand evening of song, poetry, harmony singing and great acoustic music.

Kyle will be joined by special guests Susan Spurlock (mandolin and vocals), Robert Powell (pedal steel guitar and vocals) and Markie Sanders (upright bass).

Tickets are $15 advance/$18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, and 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.

 

 

 

 

Mar
3
8:00 pm20:00

Maivish

Maivish navigates a deep current of musical heritage that spans the British Isles and North America; with members originating from the UK, New England and the Appalachian mountains, their root system exists in the migration of traditional folk music, from the Old Country to the New World. Coupling time honored songs and tunes with tradition-inspired original compositions, their performances are infused with distinct vocal harmonies, inspired interplay, and captivating spirit.

The group is a collaboration between American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born singer and guitarist Adam Broome who have been performing together since 2001 for dances, festivals and concerts throughout North America and abroad. They are joined by Matthew Olwell, who has performed and taught as a dancer and percussionist at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. 

The name Maivish comes from an English colloquial term for the Song Thrush.

Adam Broome: Guitar, Jaw Harp, Voice  ::  Jaige Trudel: Fiddle, Voice
Matthew Olwell: Flutes, Bodhrán, Percussive Dance, Voice

Tickets are $15 advance/$20 at the door. Advance tickets are available 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.

Mar
2
8:00 pm20:00

Ian Ethan Case, Glass House

Ian Ethan Case

Ian Ethan Case

Boston-based acoustic double-neck guitarist and Candyrat recording artist Ian Ethan Case has been performing in listening rooms across the country for the past eight years, and is increasingly gaining recognition both for his unique instrumental compositions and for the highly original playing methods which are required to perform them. 

One of only about five musicians worldwide to tackle the double-neck guitar in earnest, he fluidly combines a variety of self-invented playing techniques necessitated by his multi-layered compositions, which, taken together, have begun to establish the instrument’s musical validity perhaps more so than the work of any other artist.

While audiences consistently remark on the fascinating visual aspects of watching Ian play “as he rambunctiously weaves between fretboards, slapping and tapping the sounds of the guitar to life seemingly effortlessly in a style that you’ve likely never seen before” (Port Orchard Independent), his unusual methods are simply byproducts of the rich, heartfelt, and powerfully uplifting music that he composes. 

During a fall 2015 coast-to-coast tour of the U.S., a Facebook video of Ian playing a piece from his new album Run Toward The Mountains went viral and received over 6 million views worldwide in October alone, drawing unsolicited praise from legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), producer Steven Miller (Dave Matthews Band, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Hedges), and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman. 

“Few musicians tackle the challenging double-neck guitar, and perhaps few have done it with the intellectual intensity and skill of Ian Ethan Case. Case’s inventive multi-layered compositions are like nothing you’ve heard before. His new album, Run Toward The Mountains, is both meditative and commanding.”  — The Christian Science Monitor

Glass House

Glass House

Pooling songwriting influences from artists such as Sting, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel and Dave Matthews, with performance styles influenced by Bobby McFerrin and Michael Hedges, Glass House is a tour de force of Mark Vickness’ intricate, modern fingerstyle acoustic guitars and David Worm’s soaring, blues-inflected vocals.

With over two decades of working together, David and Mark share a passion for great songwriting and a musical chemistry that infuses every performance. Glass House has released three CD’s and an EP. Their YouTube videos have been viewed over 220,000 times. Live shows feature original songs and their original arrangements of covers by such artists as Robbie Robertson, Pink and The Beatles.

Here's what critics are saying about their third CD, Long Way Down:
"I haven’t encountered such outstanding pop music in a long time, one that is played with a combination of maturity and spirit and with distinctively well-conceived compositions and arrangements, which do not come across artificial at all, but very natural and very approachable. This is exactly the kind of music that you can always play if you are not exactly sure what it is you want to listen to. This beautiful music will simply knock you over!" - Wolfgang Giese - Rocktimes, 01/09/14

"Impressive vocals and ambitious compositions. A stellar cover of Robbie Robertson’s 'Broken Arrow.'" Ken Paulson – Americana Music News, 11/23/13

Tickets are $15 in advance, available at the link below, or $20 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.

 

 

Feb
26
5:00 pm17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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. 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.

Feb
25
8:00 pm20:00

David Rogers with special guests Frances Feldon and Susanna Porte

David Rogers will play Spanish music, original compositions, Rolling Stones, Beatles and J. S. Bach for the first half of this performance. In the second half, he will be joined by Frances Feldon and Susanna Porte playing improvised jazz and early music.

Termed "a prominent guitarist" by the New York Times, David Rogers fuses classical, jazz, early, and world music elements into powerful, moving and virtuosic performances based on both original compositions and traditional repertoire.

The Washington Post has praised his "astonishingly florid" improvisations, and he has been called a "modern master of the classical guitar" by 20th Century Guitar. ClassicsToday.com has praised his "first rate instrumental artistry," and the Lute Society of America Quarterly has called his technique "formidable." 

He is an endorsing artist for GHS Strings and his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre in Germany. His performances have been broadcast on NPR and Bayrische Rundfunk, including both the nationally syndicated Performance Today and Harmonia programs. David has recorded for Dorian, Callisto and Focus Recordings. He has given recitals and conducted master classes throughout North America, including performances and classes at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Southern California and The Interlochen National Arts Camp. 

David has studied historical plucked strings with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, with Thomas Binkley at Indiana University, and with Lyle Nordstrom at Oakland University. He has also studied guitar with Joseph Fava at Wayne State University. David was a musician with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 18 years and taught at Southern Oregon University for 13 years.

“...Playing the vihuela (a stringed instrument), David Rogers held everything together with a few poignant plucks, vigorous strumming and the occasional astonishingly florid solo...” 
The Washington Post

Frances Feldon is quite sure she was a troubadour in a former life; in her present existence, she performs on baroque flute and recorder, and is a conductor, educator, and arranger. She has performed with American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Sonoma Bach, Ensemble Mirabile, in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and at the California Jazz Conservatory.

Born and raised near Boston, cellist Susanna Porte earned a B.Mus. in Violoncello Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a B.A. with Honors in Russian from Oberlin College, an M.A. in Russian literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Teaching Certificate in Music from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed extensively as a classical cellist in orchestras and chamber groups in Eastern Massachusetts and the Bay Area. Susanna was a founding member of the Cello Chix, an electric-cello-and-drums band featuring her arrangements of classic rock and Latin tunes. The Cello Chix played to critical acclaim in the Boston area from 2002 to 2011 and in 2008 produced a CD, Under the Covers. Better weather and food lured Susanna to Berkeley in 2011, and since then she has freelanced there as a cellist, music arranger, Russian tutor, and proofreader. Susanna is currently pursuing a B.A. in Jazz Studies at the California Jazz Conservatory. Recently, she has studied with Mads Tolling and Mark Summer of the Turtle Island Quartet, Eugene Friesen of Berklee College of Music, and Paul Mehling of the Hot Club of San Francisco, and has made frequent guest appearances with Mehling’s gypsy jazz trio, Le Jazz Hot.

Tickets for this show 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. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (21+) space. Please call us if you have any questions or need more information: #510-654-3808.

Feb
24
8:00 pm20:00

Kevin Beadles

Join award-winning singer/songwriter Kevin Beadles with special guests Steven Gregory, Bruce Linde and Chuck Nelson for an evening of fun & engaging Americana at The Back Room.

Kevin (guitar/vocals) is the Grand Prize Winner of both the Great American Song Contest (2014) and West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest (2015). His music has been licensed to MTV, Mar Vista Films and the Discovery Channel. His latest single reached #26 on the European country charts. Kevin has performed at South-by-Southwest (SXSW), in Austin, TX, and is known for his “thoughtful lyrics, infectious hooks and lovely voice.”

Steven (guitar/vocals) honed his craft over more than a decade on the road and then on both sides of the recording console, with a number of notable national artists and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. He has recorded for Motown Records and now has crafted his own catalog of exceptional songs based in Americana.

Bruce (bass/vocals) has performed and/or recorded with Rickie Lee Jones, Shawn Colvin and Jai Uttal, at venues such as SXSW, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Mountain Winery. His professional highlight (so far) was playing bass and guitar on an album engineered by Steely Dan’s Grammy Award-winning sound man Roger Nichols that made the Billboard World Music Top Ten.

Chuck’s (drums) earliest musical memory as a professional musician was waiting in the lobby while the band took a break…because he was only 13 and not old enough to be in the venue in which he was performing. He is an exceptionally tasteful and musical drummer.  

Come on out for a stellar evening of fun, live, high-quality original music!

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

Feb
21
7:00 pm19:00

Neighborhood Session with Marcus Shelby

Jazz in the Neighborhood was created by musicians to bring talented artists, developing players, and communities together for live music events. Our programs provide jazz education, support local venues, and enable dedicated professionals to pass a vital legacy on to the next generation.

It's a fresh take on the traditional jam session that we're calling Neighborhood Sessions: Concert-Masterclass-Jam, and you're invited to participate. 

Each session 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. The evening ends with a traditional jam where members of the audience will be invited to sit-in. 

This session features the traditional jazz trio led by bassist Marcus Shelby with Gaea Schell on piano and Sly Randolph on drums. 

Pre-professional combos, who have been referred by local jazz teachers and educators, will perform next. 

Audience members can sign-in to play with the pros as well. You can be a pro, semi-pro, jazz student, or just an amateur player, as long as you know the tune by heart. No sheet music or charts will be allowed, except for vocalists, who must provide charts if the song is not in the standard key. Please bring your own instrument unless it's piano or drums. 

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at this link, 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!

Feb
19
5:00 pm17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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. 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.

Feb
18
8:00 pm20:00

Danny Barnes

Danny Barnes has been at this a pretty long time. The main thing he uses to get his musical ideas across is the banjo. It has an unusual sound and is capable of a wide range of expression, however it isn’t very developed yet, in terms of what is being done with it in a current macro sense. It’s untapped.
 
A lot of what Danny does was informed by punk rock and dub music from the 70’s. He bought those records when they were new, thus starting a lifelong obsession of buying records. He received a degree from the University of Texas (Austin) in audio production, and loved the classes there about the history of audio and recorded music. That’s where he first started hearing experimental music, and that’s also where he learned to be very comfortable in a recording studio. Later he became the principle songwriter/producer/singer for Bad Livers, and eventually launched his own private record label (Minner Bucket Records), publishing company, and solo career in about 1998.
 
He has developed a specific technique he calls "barnyard electronics," which is an aesthetic combining various bits of bluegrass, noise, rock, and electronic music. The live aspect involves a computer program Danny built in max/msp and a banjo. He performs approximately 150 domestic shows a year with that set-up.

Tickets for this performance are $15 advance/$20 door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the link below, and doors open one 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. 

Feb
17
8:00 pm20:00

Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs

Danny Click has been called an “unsung guitar hero” with “amazing songs” (Austin American Statesman). His guitar playing has been compared to the best of the best: Lowell George, Duane Allman, David Lindley, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. 
 
Beginning in the 1990s in Austin, Texas, and continuing on the west coast, Danny developed an interest in the blues and has since settled into a guitar-oriented brand of country rock and blues. With influence running the gamut from country to blues, southern rock and singer-songwriter, Danny Click’s sound is truly ‘Americana.'
 
Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and North Mississippi All Stars. Add to that Click's searing guitar and you've got a winning mix.

His last studio CD, Life Is A Good Place (which stayed on radio charts for over 12 consecutive months), put Click squarely in the upper echelon musically and lyrically. From its radio-perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition.
 
Fast forward to 2013. After four previous records and literally hundreds of gigs on the road, Click's latest single, "Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley’s Grave," went to #9 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire month of October. The music video is on CMT and is a viral share online.
 
Captured Live!, Danny’s fifth album reached the 2014 Grammy Ballot. The band returned to the studio in Spring 2015 to record their latest album with the legendary Grammy Award-winning producer Jim Scott.

“...Lots of artists try to do the same thing, but Click gets into the heart of the matter with honesty and passion.” - Art Thompson, Guitar Player Magazine
 
“…Whatever Americana turns out to be, Click will definitely fall within its boundaries, and may even help expand them outward a little.” - Christopher Hess, The Austin Chronicle
 
“A worthy set to flow in the Mellencamp/Springsteen wake. If reality shows don’t do it for you, this is the reality you’ve been waiting to check into. Well done.” - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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

Feb
16
8:00 pm20:00

Jefferson Hamer

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Jefferson Hamer has been living and breathing acoustic folk and electric roots music for over 20 years. He performs original and traditional songs, produces records, teaches, and tours across the USA and Europe with friends and collaborators from both sides of the Atlantic.

His Child Ballads album with Anais Mitchell earned a BBC2 Folk Award in the Best Traditional Track category, and was named one of NPR’s top-ten Folk and Americana releases of 2013. His acoustic collaboration with Dublin-born Eamon O’Leary, The Murphy Beds, features ten folk songs sung in harmony duets, decorated with intricate guitar and bouzouki accompaniment. The Huffington Post said it succinctly: “The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” 

This performance features special guest John Fatum on percussion.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at the link below. 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!

Feb
12
5:00 pm17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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. 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.

Feb
12
2:00 pm14:00

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

"Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos." - Matt Watroba, Sing Out Magazine

Steve and Cindy have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their six duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe

Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960's. Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded "Darcy Farrow" in 1965, Steve's songs have been covered by John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Josh Ritter, and many others. But Steve's own versions are some of the best, with his warm baritone voice and his unique finger-picking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers). Steve has many solo and duo (with Cindy Mangsen) recordings available. His solo album, Texas and Tennessee, was named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year by Tower Records. Steve has conducted songwriting workshops all over the US and Canada, and has been a long-time participant in The Kerrville Folk Festival. He is author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process, a standard text in songwriting groups. 

Cindy Mangsen is "one of the finest singers in American folk music" (Come for to Sing). Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (Songs of Experience received the Editor's Choice Award from Crossroads), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and Michael Smith. Her latest solo album, Cat Tales, is devoted to "songs of the feline persuasion." Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada. 

Please note that this is a 2pm matinee performance. Tickets are $18 advance/$20 door, and doors open one hour before show time. Advance tickets can be purchased at the link below, and tickets will be available at the door on the day of the show. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space with a dedicated focus on (mostly) acoustic music. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808. 

Feb
11
8:00 pm20:00

Bev Grant & Charlie King: A Century of Song. Still Going Strong!

After 40 years of friendship and mutual admiration, Bev Grant and Charlie King are joining forces and taking it on the road. Both grew up in singing families and share roots in the musical and political uproar of the 1960's. With Bev’s powerful guitar work, Charlie’s haunting harmonica accompaniment and a rich array of vocal leads and harmonies, they present a repertoire of songs that stands the test of time. It’s a show not to be missed.

Bev Grant is a veteran social activist, feminist, and labor singer-songwriter. She founded and directs the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus. Bev grew up singing and playing in Portland, OR. After moving to New York City she devoted herself to topical songwriting and social activism, notably in her band The Human Condition.  Her song “We Were There,” written for her multi-media performance piece of the same name, has become an anthem of women in the labor movement.

Anne Feeney says, “Bev Grant has been a constant source of inspiration… a brilliant feminist with a true rock and roll heart.  What’s not to love?” 
 
Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century and has been writing songs for over 40 years. Born and raised in Brockton, MA, he cites as musical influences the folk music revival of the 1960's, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War era.  His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. 

Peggy Seeger says, "If we had more Charlie Kings in the world I'd be less worried," and Tom Paxton adds, "Luckily, we have him!"

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

Feb
10
8:00 pm20:00

MAC

The story of MAC begins in 2014 in the city of Boston, MA., where a troupe of Celtic musicians waited out an apocalyptic snowstorm that had grounded flights for the foreseeable future - in times such as those, the only reasonable course of action is to head to the pub and play tunes until spring.

It was at this marathon wintry jam session that MAC members Ryan McKasson, Elias Alexander, and Colin Cotter first played tunes together as a trio. Fast-forward to September, 2015 when McKasson, Alexander, and Cotter were all in the same place for only the second time, in this case as performers at the KVMR Celtic Music Festival in Northern California. Ryan and Colin invited Elias (who was performing with famed Galician piper, Carlos Núñez) to join them on stage for some tunes and songs, and thus was MAC born!  

MAC is, at its core, part of the natural progression of Celtic music as it has worked its way into the American consciousness. McKasson, Alexander, and Cotter are all three well-versed in the Celtic music tradition, and the music that they write and perform is steeped heavily in this timeless tradition while calling upon influences ranging from rock to classical. Their performances reveal fiery personas tempered with artistry, finesse, and virtuosity as they draw from a deep well of innovative original music and lush arrangements of traditional songs and tunes.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the link below or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one 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. 

Feb
9
8:00 pm20:00

Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm

"It’s been a long time since I’ve come across a CD that compelled me to listen to every song from top to bottom, and left me wanting for more. The song selections and performances truly reflect the incredible chemistry between Jenna and Rolf. Needless to say, I absolutely love their CD!!! Go Jenna & Rolf!!” – Larry Batiste (Music Director for the Grammys)

Jenna & Rolf first met in NYC at the very end of 1995 in a rehearsal for a rock orchestra called Illuminati. It was a 17-piece ensemble that focused on the music of the Grateful Dead. The band toured the United States and Canada, recording and touring with a couple of members from the Grateful Dead. Jenna & Rolf performed for 3 years together in Illuminati and appeared on 3 of the band’s recordings.

During this time period, Jenna & Rolf talked about putting a duo together…“someday.” But time passed. In January of 2014 they decided that “someday” had arrived. Jenna returned to New York in June, they played their first gig together in 18 years, and went into the recording studio the next day. The recording they made, entitled Spark, was released in 2015. It is still receiving nationwide radio play and the two have been touring almost every month since its release. Their new CD, Begin To Dance, will be released in 2017! They are happy to be performing so much and audiences are unanimous, this is a very special pairing.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one 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: #510-654-3808.

Feb
7
7:00 pm19:00

Neighborhood Session with Vince Lateano

It's a fresh take on the traditional jam session that we're calling Neighborhood Sessions: Concert-Masterclass-Jam, and you're invited to participate.

Each session 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. The evening ends with a traditional jam where members of the audience will be invited to sit-in.

This session features the traditional jazz trio led by drummer Vince Lateano Trio with Keith Saunders on piano and John Wiitala, bass, playing straight-ahead jazz standards.

Our pre-professional combos will be:
+ Morgan Madiere, piano; Kevin Goldberg, bass; Alex Shapiro-Romano, drums
+ Caleb Phair, piano; Sean Spangenberg, bass; Mason Davis, drums

Audience members can sign-in to play with the pros as well. You can be a pro, semi-pro, jazz student, or just an amateur player, as long as you know the tune by heart. No sheet music or charts will be allowed, except for vocalists, who must provide charts if the song is not in the standard key. Please bring your own instrument unless it's piano or drums.

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at this link, 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!