Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

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WENDY BURCH STEEL & REDWOOD play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of 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, airplay and interviews on various radio shows, and Americana and Bluegrass publications.

Wendy Burch Steel is known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material. She was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past three years with the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

"Wonderful lyrical irony, flawless vocals and lush instrument arrangements combine to make this Americana Blues song an instant classic." - Akademia Award-winning Happy Song Blues

Her band members include some of the best Bluegrass and Americana players and singers in California and beyond: Butch Waller (mandolin and vocals), Glenn Dauphin (guitar and vocals), and Allegra Thompson (bass and vocals). The two-to-four part harmonies are something they've become well known for, as well as great original songs and picking.

"Wendy's vocals have a warmth and presence that filters through the song lyrics. She can put a bluegrassy purr into a song and her 'Happy Song Blues' has an attractive bounce with bass and fiddle along for the ride….Her 'If I Had Wings' has a magical guitar accompaniment that floats under her lilting vocal." - Brenda Houff, Bluegrass Breakdown

"Wendy Burch Steel's voice is a joy to listen to, and her songs speak from the heart. It was a pleasure to help expose Wendy and her music to a larger audience through the recording of Open Wings. She has been one of the Bay Area's hidden gems for too long." – Laurie Lewis

Music flows through Wendy Burch Steel like the clear water of her home country of upstate New York. Whether she is writing something that is destined to become a "great old song" of the future, or singing a selection from the great American song bag, Wendy's beautiful, true spirit shines through.” - Joe Newberry

Wendy's songs have been played live and with CD plays on radio shows all over the country, and the world, including KPFA, KQBM, KKUP, KALW, World Wide Bluegrass, OzCat Radio, and many others.

Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood has recently played at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, The Back Room in Berkeley, Armando's in Martinez, Sutter Creek Theatre, First Street Cafe, Vern's Stage at the CBA Father's Day Festival, Parkfield Fiddle Festival, Berkeley Bluegrass Festival and others, and in the past years, she's sung at the Freight and Salvage many times, and many more wonderful venues.

And now, Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood will be producing a new album, Ambrosia, with producer Alan Senauke at Megasonic Sound Studios! The Kickstarter campaign to fund this wonderful album of brand new songs and covers, will begin in September, 2017.  Don't miss this preview of all-newly recorded original songs and covers!

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

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

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Oct
22
2:00pm 2:00pm

Folk Fights Back Bay Area for Racial Justice

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Folk Fights Back Bay Area is proud to present a benefit for Racial Justice, to support the Ella Baker Center, featuring The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, the KTO Project, Evie Ladin’s MoToR/dance, Austin Willacy, Cascada de Flores and the Oakland Youth Chorus. FFB-BA takes pride in presenting a diversity of Folk Music from/for our Bay Area communities.
Folk Fights Back is a nationwide musician-led organization that seeks to raise awareness for critical issues in today’s political climate, and fund local organizations actively fighting for social and political change through simultaneous concerts in cities across the US. Founded by Rachel Baiman, Kaitlyn Raitz and Lily Henley in Nashville, concerts are volunteer-powered every few months. FFB Bay Area is spearheaded by Michael Rufo and Evie Ladin. Let us know if you want to help produce the FFB Bay Area events!

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol
“Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group, 2016

KTO Project
From Kelly Takunda Orphan, the KTO Project is a dynamic, danceable world music ensemble, lighting up Bay Area music venues such as Ashkenaz, La Pena Cultural Center, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Freight & Salvage. The seasoned lineup of SF Bay Area musicians bring a wealth of experience into the infectious beats of the band. Building on the passion and experience of their founder, The KTO Project takes the listener around the world, connecting us with the love and dreams that unite, with the violence, grief and poverty that tear us apart, and with the music that can heal if we are open to the rhythm! 

MoToR/dance
Evie Ladin’s all-female percussive dance company explores the complete expression of the sonic body in space. Inspired by the vibrant International Body Music scene to workshop complex physical rhythmic independence with world rhythmic systems, Evie began creating unique interlocking percussive dance arrangements with layered vocal harmonies and large group choreography in what has become a powerful moving choir. The works harmonize Appalachian songs layered with African-diaspora rhythmic systems, elucidating elements of this tradition’s genesis. The large ensemble works are evocative and moving works of music/dance. 

Austin Willacy
A veteran of The House Jacks, with whom Austin Willacy produced 10 full-length albums and multiple world tours, for 19 years, Austin has mentored and directed ‘Til Dawn, Youth in Arts’ award-winning teen a cappella group. An award-winning singer/­songwriter with 4 CD’s and 2 EP’s to his name, Austin’s music is soulful and raucous, tender and comic. He has been featured on “The Sing Off”, MTV, an Australian ad campaign, three feature film soundtracks; appeared in Rolling Stone; and has performed with icons such as Bonnie Raitt and up and newer artists like Jem, Vienna Teng, Rachael Yamagata and Amos Lee. 

Cascada de Flores
For 18 years, Jorge Liceaga and Arwen Lawrence, the co-founders of Bay Area music ensemble Cascada de Flores, have celebrated and reinvented musical traditions from Mexico and Latin America. The duet brings together bolero to bambucos, rancheras to trova, with a dizzying number of traditional instruments, such as tres cubano, guitarra de son and jarana of Veracruz, vihuela, donkey's jaw bone and percussive dance. Cascada de Flores has recorded 5 albums, created theatrical concerts such as Radio Flor and The Tree & the Donkey, collaborated in projects with local masters of Latin cultures, and scored music for film, shadow-theater and modern dance. 

Oakland Youth Chorus 
OYC unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance. Empowering children and youth by creating safe, joyful opportunities to express themselves and connect through multicultural choral music, Oakland Youth Chorus changes the lives that will transform our communities and our world, instilling the skills and values that prepare and empower youth to lead social change in our community. 

Tickets are $25 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Oct
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mary Scholz

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Internationally touring singer/songwriter Mary Scholz is a live circuit favorite. Touring all over the US, Europe and the UK, the Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based artist is best known for her warm, lyrical voice, her folk/rock melodies, her thoughtful guitar work, and her personal connection to her audience on stage.

Much of Scholz’s material addresses transition, with bittersweet melodies and lyrics that speak of the importance of knowing yourself, and the strength it takes to trust your intuition – to always move forward. Her 2014 release, The Girl You Thought You Knew, laced folk with pop to walk through the struggles of ending a significant relationship (aka divorce). The record included the HMMA nominated song, "Bridges We Burn." Her upcoming record, California, is a dive into the more raw, organic side of Scholz’s songwriting, which has garnered her the nickname “Folk Explorer” with musicians in town. It was recorded live, in one room, to an Ampex 8-track tape machine, and will be her first vinyl pressing. It is about moving forward. Continuing the journey.

A graduate of the University of the Arts, Mary has toured with a message of Love, Strength and Hope (in the “be your own champion” way) for the past eleven years.

“You are your own best compass. Know one can forge your path for you, and no one can see it better than you can. Trust yourself.”

Joining Mary on this tour on electric and acoustic guitar is Zachary Ross. Ross is a Kansas-born, Los Angeles-based musician who has toured the country with various acts, playing large arenas and intimate blues clubs all over the US. He appears on various records, including Scholz's California. Also a vocalist, writer and film composer, Zachary has had a multifaceted career. Before hitting the road as a the steady right-hand-man, he was frontman of his own projects, and works often in film and television. 

Scholz and Ross have been playing as a guitar duo for a year and a half, performing shows all over the US. 

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Oct
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

Emily Anderson, Power Snuggle, Allegra Thompson

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Like stumbling into a rose garden on a trek through the arctic, listeners of Emily’s music find themselves helplessly lifted into a world so hauntingly familiar, and yet so enchantingly curious. With a voice of untouchable purity and lyricism of remarkable wit and poignancy, Emily cradles matters of the human heart with an almost impossible sweetness.

After many years of studying songwriting & music business in Boston, and with several tours and recording projects under her belt, Emily has returned to her native Fairbanks and risen to deserving prominence in the tightly knit music scene in Alaska. In fitting testament to this, she received the Rasmuson Foundation’s Individual Artist award in 2016 to assist her in making a full-length album. This new record, Simple Things, perhaps her most ambitious and stunning project to date, was released August 2017.

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Power Snuggle is one part hooky guitar meanderings, two parts vegan donuts, and all parts tenderpunk. Universe twins Chelsea Moore and Sarah Tudzin attended college in Boston together, but did not befriend one another until they moved back to Los Angeles to follow their respective sonic aspirations. After collaborating on Chelsea's solo project they soon realized they were musical soul mates, thus the birth of LA's own indie adorb-core outfit, Power Snuggle. 

Power Snuggle is tackling the arduousness of young adulthood with lyrical charm, tongue-in-cheek self-awareness, and a soft pillow fort of musicality with the perfect amount of space for cuddling.

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Allegra Thompson's playing and singing is steeped in the roots music of the American South, from the mountains of Appalachia to the Cajun prairie.  Her home-grown perspective on American roots music was nurtured by her parents, Eric and Suzy Thompson, who raised her on a steady diet of ragtime, blues, bluegrass, Cajun, and Appalachian old time music.  
Allegra is known both for the power and clarity of her singing and for providing a rock-steady rhythm bed on guitar or upright bass, skills she applies faithfully to a wide variety of musical styles. A founding member of the Drifter Sisters and the Bearcat Stringband, she also plays with Skillet Licorice, the Midnite Ramblers, Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood, and of course Eric and Suzy Thompson in their family trio.

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

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

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Oct
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

David Weiss Quintet

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David Weiss, born in New York City, has been a major catalyst and creator of some of the most critically acclaimed and respected jazz to have been released over the years. In his various roles of trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, talent-scout, historian and bandleader - he currently leads The Cookers, The New Jazz Composers Octet, Endangered Species, Point of Departure, and the David Weiss Sextet - it is certainly not an exaggeration to call Weiss a jazz renaissance man.

Weiss, featured on over eighty recordings, was also the creative force behind the revitalized careers of Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, and others. Not to mention his affiliation with many esteemed members of the avant-garde community, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Wheeler, Butch Morris and John Zorn.

The line-up for this performance will be:
David Weiss- Trumpet
Glen Pearson- Piano
Ron Belcher- Bass
Danny Spencer- Drums


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

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

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Oct
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Dirk Hamilton

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With a style that drew comparisons to Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen and John Prine, Dirk Hamilton released a slew of critically acclaimed major label records in the mid-70’s into the 80’s (Meet Me at the Crux is considered a minor masterpiece), before leaving the music industry behind to counsel troubled teens. He never really stopped though, becoming something of a star in Italy and quietly releasing 15 more albums since 1989.

His latest CD Touch and Go was released earlier this year. He has rock & roll passion, razor sharp wit, and the poetic musings of someone who has seen it all. He’s the real deal.

Tickets are $20 and 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!

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Oct
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Tammi Brown Presents Nancy Smith's Serenades and Jazz Standards - CD Release Party

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Through love and loss, Nancy Smith conceived the inspiration for her brand new album entitled My Serenades. Each song tells a unique story that will capture your heart and move your soul. This elegant evening of Jazz will feature some of the Bay Areas finest musicians including the sultry sound of the Grammy-nominated songstress, Tammi Brown (Quincy Jones, Stanley Jordan, Linda Tillery), Grammy-nominated pianist Murray Low (Pete Escovedo, Tito Puente), vocalist Bryan Dyer (Linda Tillery, Huey Lewis, SoVoSo), drummer Deszon Claiborne (Les McCann, Dr. Lonnie Smith), and bassist Aaron Germain (Stanley Jordan, Bonnie Raitt).

General tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Gold Circle VIP tickets are $35 (includes preferred seating, small gift bag and a chance to win a signed CD). Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are  nearby). 

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

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Nov
2
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ole, Opa!

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Dancer Bianca Rodriguez collaborates with NYC-based singer Jenny Luna and Bay Area musicians Calvin Lai (clarinet) and Gopal Slavonic (guitar) to bring you a fresh take on music from Turkey, Spain and the Balkans.

Ole! Opa! was formed by dancer Bianca Rodriguez and singer Jenny Luna. The group draws from Jenny’s background in Balkan and Turkish singing and Bianca's background in flamenco dancing and performs songs from several countries including Turkey, Spain, Romania, Serbia, Greece and Hungary.

Jenny Luna - vocals, percussion
Gopal Slavonic - guitar
Calvin Lai - clarinet
Bianca Rodriguez - flamenco dancing

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

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Nov
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

COPUS

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Formed by renowned poet Royal Kent and ASCAP Award-winning composer Wendy Loomis, COPUS is a spoken word jazz ensemble that presents conscious lyrics intertwined with beautiful melodies and powerful rhythms. COPUS – an acronym for Creation Of Peace Under Stars – has a faithful following of discerning listeners. A wide variety of talented musicians have performed with COPUS; the current instrumentation includes piano, bass, drums, singing, and spoken word. COPUS has performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Nashville, Atlanta, and Boston. 

COPUS recently released the single “We All Bleed Red (Steady for Justice)." Produced by New York-based GRAMMY nominee Yaron Fuchs, the piece has been receiving great reviews. An anthem for our time. "Through ace musicianship and a wild, bright & bold sound, COPUS captures the magic they’re seeking to create on 'We All Bleed Red' – it’s like a combination of Quincy Jones meets Baz Luhrmann…theatrical & dramatic in nature with great storytelling, set in an old-school setting that incorporates modern-day movement in the structure and reflecting on the current state of the world lyrically.” The song is being considered for Best Rap Song by the GRAMMY voters for 2018.

In addition to COPUS, there will be N-Side, the healer, and a “lightning round” open mic section of the evening. Bring your words of positivity and change!

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

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Nov
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Dick Fregulia's Bill Evans Tribute Trio + film: Bill Evans Time Remembered

Dick Fregulia's Bill Evans Tribute Trio was born September 15, 2010, to honor the great jazz pianist 30 years after his death on that date. With Fregulia on piano, Piro Patton on bass, and Bill Moody on drums, the trio performed three sets at Caffe DiVino in Sausalito, moving sequentially through the style and spirit of several distinct periods of the Evans trios. The evening was a great success and the trio committed to extend the tribute. 

Fregulia, a Bay Area jazz pianist who came of age with the emergence of the original Bill Evans Trio, has maintained a local musical profile, playing restaurant solo gigs, with small jazz groups, accompanying singers, and holding the Thursday night piano bench at the Washington Square Bar & Grill for 35 years. 

Drummer Bill Moody played internationally for years before settling into Sonoma, where he taught at Sonoma State and continues to write jazz mystery novels. 

Piro Patton, the youngest of the group, is a devotee of Scott LaFarro and plays in a variety of groups. He is a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music and a successful professional photographer. 

Fregulia's piano can be heard on several CDs that are available on CDBaby.com. The goal of the Tribute Trio is to recreate the style and spirit of the Bill Evans Trios, rather than to duplicate the original arrangements, and to ultimately honor the legacy of the Evans trio in the history of piano jazz. 

The feature-length documentary Bill Evans Time Remembered, completed in 2015 by television producer/editor Bruce Spiegel, tells the story of Evans' turbulent life and his unprecedented contribution to the jazz community. The film was self-funded by the producer, who traveled and interviewed approximately 40 people over a 7-year period of time. For more information go to billevanstimeremembered.com and/or dickfreguliajazzpiano.com

The trio's performance is at 8 pm; Film showing is from 9:15-10:45pm.

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

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Nov
5
3:00pm 3:00pm

Graham Hill with Skye Alexander & Russ Pollock

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Graham Hill is a singer/songwriter and musician originally from Armonk, N.Y. After spending several years in Los Angeles working as a professional bassist, he relocated to Oakland in 2004 and began pursuing his passion for songwriting in earnest. Inspired by greats such as Townes Van Zandt, Jason Isbell, and Jim Croce, Graham brings an understated confidence to his music, incorporating elements of traditional folk, country, and modern Americana. He combines memorable, provocative melodies with honest, insightful lyrics touching on themes of resilience, despair, and compassion.

Graham’s debut album, Blue-Eyed Renegade, is an introspective look at the spiritual and material challenges that go hand-in-hand with human existence. 

From the liner notes:
“This album is about the dark, unsteady terrain we sometimes have to navigate on our path to happiness. It is about the acceptance of struggle as a gift to be embraced rather than an enemy to be feared. There can be beauty in despair if we know where to look for it. Most importantly, it is about the certainty that none of us is alone and we are meant to help each other along the way. “
 

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Skye Alexander loves to sing the traditional songs of the British Isles and North America. Born in British Columbia and raised in the folk music scene in the Pacific Northwest, she performed at folk festivals as a kid before studying classical singing. Now back to her traditional music roots, she has played at festivals including the Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Faire, the El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, and the Bay Celtic Festival.

Russ Pollock has been singing and playing acoustic guitar since his teen years, and found his early inspiration in the fingerstyle playing of Richard Thompson, John Renbourn and Stephan Grossman. In recent years, he has been immersed in songs from Americana, roots and contemporary folk traditions, including songs by such artists as Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Richard Thompson, Mandolin Orange, Doc Watson, Tim O'Brien, Steve Earle and Fred Eaglesmith. Russ is also a member of the occasional Berkeley-based acoustic band Cahoots. 

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

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

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Nov
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bay Area Music for Hurricane Harvey Relief

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This is the 11th and final show in the Bay Area Music for Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert Series organized by Cara Sarelli, aka SF indie songstress Jane Frank, who is a transplant from Houston. It is a celebration, a thank-you to all of the more than 60+ artists who signed up to perform, and a last chance to give and help 10 Houston families who were severely affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. 

Tickets are sliding scale donations from $10 - $30, with a suggested donation of $20. All proceeds from the door will be split between all 10 families, minus a small portion for the venue. 

This show will be available for Live Streaming via the Jane Frank Facebook page, and donations can be made via Paypal.

All musicians are performing for free, and many are donating merchandise to help. 

The stellar lineup for this show includes:

6:00 pm - MJ LEE
https://mjleedot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mjleedot/
https://mjleedot.bandcamp.com/

6:25 pm - PIECES
https://www.pieces-band.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CourtneyPieces/
https://soundcloud.com/pieces-2

6:50 pm - GOLDIE'S REVIVAL
https://soundcloud.com/goldies-revival
https://www.facebook.com/goldiesrevivalband/

7:15 pm - GINA HARRIS
http://www.ginaharris.com/

8:00 pm - JANE FRANK
https://www.facebook.com/janefrankmusic/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0wrmc5GcsNPGAxFlN5CWAV
https://www.instagram.com/janefrankmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/janefrankmusic

8:25 pm - THE NIMBLES
https://www.facebook.com/TheNimbles/
www.thenimbles.com

8:50 pm - HARLOW'S MONKEYS
https://www.facebook.com/HarlowsMonkeys/
https://www.facebook.com/HarlowsMonkeys/
https://www.instagram.com/harlowsmonkeys/

9:30 pm - COUGAR ON A METH BINGE
www.cougaronamethbinge.com
Facebook.com/cougaronamethbinge
Instagram.com/cougaronamethbinge

9:55 pm - LITTLE SPIRAL
https://www.littlespiral.com/
https://www.facebook.com/littlespiralmusic/
https://twitter.com/littlespiral

10:20 pm - SLEEPTALKERS
https://sleeptalkersmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sleeptalkersca/
https://www.instagram.com/sleeptalkersca/

For more information on the series, go to Harvey.LittleSpiral.com.

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

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

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Nov
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

Stadler Gibbons Band

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Macy Blackman & 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!

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Nov
12
4:00pm 4:00pm

VOENA - Talent on the Move

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VOENA - Talent on the Move is performing a special concert with an elite group of talented young performers singing their unique renditions of global or popular music.

VOENA is a captivating, multi-cultural, world music experience that redefines “choir” the way Cirque du Soleil redefines “circus.” Director Annabelle Marie inspires over 130 children from ages 6-18 to celebrate music through voice, sound, rhythm, and physical expression.  

Singing in over 25 languages, VOENA has performed around the globe, inspiring audiences at the 2012 London Olympics, the Grand Ole Opry, as repeat guests at the White House, for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Rome, and as goodwill ambassadors to Bali, Italy, Ireland, China, and Japan. VOENA was the first American Choir to sing at the Soweto Festival in South Africa, and VOENA will be heading to Carnegie Hall in April 2018 to perform at the magnificent Isaac Stern Auditorium, under the direction of Grammy-winner, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, spreading their mission to unite the world and empower future leaders through music.

“If the world had the heart and the courage to see you and hear you, we would be different - we would be changed. You are exactly what the world needs. In your innocence and in your youth and talent, you can teach us so much.” - Dr. Maya Angelou

Watch VOENA's Presidential promo video here.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Nov
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Tish Hinojosa

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Tish Hinojosa is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. Hinojosa’s blend of folk, country, Latino, and pop has an undeniable far-reaching appeal, garnering her accolades such as a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton, and teaming up with artists such as Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam.

She has recorded as an independent artist as well as for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records, and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion and other NPR programs.

With sixteen CDs to her name, Tish’s distinct sound has gained her much critical acclaim. She is currently working on a country inspired follow-up to 2013's After The Fair, due for release in 2018. Tish has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and continues to draw a loyal and growing audience.

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

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

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Nov
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

"Texassippi Soul Man" Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi

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Danny Brooks has long been referred to as "the Real Deal," and after years of honing his writing and performing skills in Canada, picking up nominations and awards along the way, Brooks is at home in the Texas music scene and traveling throughout the USA.

Mixing Southern Soul, Americana, Blues and Gospel, he is recognized as a prolific writer and dynamic live performer, and is constantly on the road. Making Llano, Texas his home (just west of Austin), "Texassippi Soul Man" Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi released their second Texas studio recording, This World Is Not Your Friend, in January of 2015.

Their upcoming CD, Get Your Joy On, will be much like the previous CD with a stripped down approach. Brooks' music features the duo he has with his wife, Lil Miss Debi, who sings and plays cajon/percussion while he plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar-box/stomp-board and harp-rack.

Brooks has worked with legendary producers Jim Dickinson on "It's A Southern Thing," which received high praise from Cub Coda (Smokin’ In The Boys Room/All Music Guide), and Johnny Sandlin (Capricorn Records producer) on "No Easy Way Out," which featured the legendary Muscle Shoals musicians David Hood, Spooner Oldham, and Bonnie Bramlett. Frazer Mohawk (Elektra) and bassist Tim Drummond (Bob Dylan/Neil Young/James Brown) referred to Brooks as the real deal on NorthernBlues recording Saved! The NorthernBlues Gospel Allstars. On the first two Soulsville recordings, Brooks credits Richard Bell (Janis Joplin/The Band/Colin Linden), who produced and played keyboards, for preparing him for the world stage. It should be noted that Louis X. Erlanger (Mink DeVille guitarist) produced Texassippi Soul Man.

"Texassippi Soul Man" Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi have been touring constantly, promoting and building their reputation throughout North America. As a duo, they make a good racket on assorted guitars/stomp-board/harp-rack/cajon/percussion and singing with all their might.  Their duo live show has drawn comparisons to the White Stripes, Black Keys, Keb Mo', The Allman Bros. and North Mississippi Allstars.

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

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Nov
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Natural Rhythms

L-R: Becky Reardon, Elise Witt, Terry Garthwaite

L-R: Becky Reardon, Elise Witt, Terry Garthwaite

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Whether it’s a polyrhythmic groove on juju magic, a playful musing on the rhythm of the heartbeat, a march about the mating season of tarantulas, a swing on spring fever, or rockin’ and rollin’ with a ride on the happiness train, Terry GarthwaiteBecky Reardon & Elise Witt cook from the minute they hit the stage.

Imagine Laurie Anderson, Janis Joplin, and Edith Piaf taking a turn from Starhawk and then from Dr. Seuss, and you’ll have some idea of the mad and moving musical adventures created with the rhythms of the natural world and experiments with language and sound. Bringing three uniquely different voices to the blend, Terry, Becky & Elise’s harmonies spread a web of joy and the delight of singing together. The threesome’s concerts are also famous for getting the audience singing, and even self-professed “non-singers” find themselves part of an impromptu glorious chorus!

Becky Reardon is a singer, composer and guitarist whose rounds and songs are popular with community choirs, song circles, and singing classes internationally. She travels widely to share her music in concerts and singing workshops, and is currently writing a musical about a women’s song circle.

Elise Witt’s music is a gumbo that spans styles, countries, genres, and times--fine music to the ears. Her concerts of Global, Local & Homemade Songs™ and her Impromptu Glorious Chorus™ workshops create and connect singing communities around the globe. Elise was born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and has made her home in Atlanta since 1977. She speaks five languages fluently, sings in at least a dozen more, and has eleven recordings on the independent EMWorld Records label. Recipient of the William L. Womack Creative Arts Award, Elise currently serves as Director of Music Programs at the Global Village Project, a school for teenage refugee girls in Decatur GA.

Terry Garthwaite inhabits her songs--passionate rhythmic affirmations that pulse in the bones, seeding comfort and joy.  With the improvisation of jazz, expression of blues, textures and tones of world music, and the heart of a healer, Terry makes music that opens you to the joy of living. She has been creating infectious music since the late ‘60s in the Joy of Cooking, and has numerous recordings and songbooks of her own works, as well as a book of vocal games and explorations (“Joy of Sound”), gleaned from her years as a workshop leader and singing teacher.  She is an internationally known singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and teacher. 

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!

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Nov
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mullerette

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Mullerette's sound is anchored in its unique configuration which echoes the contrasting timbre of a vintage Wurlitzer 200 and a breathy, haunting female vocal. Songs are delivered thru poems, reflections and anthemic solos.

With influences citing Mazzy Star, Feist, Cowboy Junkies and Portishead, Mullerette's melodies are embedded with mature lyrics that deal with adult themes ranging from love affairs to parenting and the duality between inhabiting the daily and the extraordinary.

The Berkeley-based duo is the result of a long-standing collaboration between award-winning singer-songwriter Lupe Muller and keyboardist/producer Joey Muller. The rhythm section - Israel Vela on bass and Mike Stevens on drums - crafts soft atmospheric grooves in which the nocturnal, smoky-bar melodies move through with ease.

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

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

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Dec
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reed Turchi

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Raised in the Swannanoa Valley outside of Asheville, North Carolina, Reed Turchi grew up playing piano, focusing on boogie-woogie and New Orleans styles before becoming infatuated with slide guitar.

While learning Hill Country Blues (RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell) firsthand in North Mississippi, he founded his blues-rock trio “TURCHI,” which released its debut album Road Ends in Water in 2012. Called "everything a blues fan could want" (LA Examiner), the album featured guest Luther Dickinson on three tracks.

During a series of national tours, TURCHI released Live in Lafayette in early 2013, and exploded on the blues-rock scene, notably earning high praise from Living Blues Magazine ("for all of their communion with the past, TURCHI sounds vital, alive, and essential"), landing on the cover of Buscadero (Italy) and being showcased in a five-page feature in Il Blues Magazine (Italy). At that point, TURCHI’s national touring grew to include Europe, highlighted with a headlining spot at Mojo Festival (Rome) in June 2014 after the release of Can’t Bury Your Past, which expanded the trio with keyboards/organ (Anthony Farrell) and saxophone (Art Edmaiston).

Also in 2014, stemming from his tours in Italy, Reed began collaborating with renowned Italian guitarist Adriano Viterbini, leading to Scrapyard, an intimate, minimal, duo-guitar album recorded in Memphis and in Rome. Called "a marvelous example of talent and simplicity" (Bluebird Reviews, UK),  the album earned a editor’s feature from iTunes ("blues chemistry overflowing with earthy delta slide and dark pulsing electric guitar"), and a spot on Tidal’s “editor’s playlist.”

After touring in the US and Europe behind Scrapyard, and continuing his search for new sounds, Reed moved from Western North Carolina to Memphis, where he immersed himself in the trademark grooves of soul and blues of the region. It was a time of personal and musical change, leading Reed to disband TURCHI with the release of sendoff EP We Spoke in Song, recorded at an old JC Penney in Richmond VA amidst their final performances in October 2014.

Introduced to Tuareg music (Tinariwen, Bombino, Terakaft) by Adriano Viterbini during the Scrapyard tour, Reed began to write songs with a new sound in mind, combining influences ranging from Stax to Saharan blues, and started recording at Ardent Studios in April 2015. The result, Speaking in Shadows, was released in March 2016 on Devil Down Records and was immediately recognized as a new and successful step, with Pop Matters describing the shift as, “Dialing back the blues a bit and getting some Memphis soul grooves that lend these songs a funky quality," and Maximum Volume Music heralded it as “... a wonderfully eclectic affair...If Beck, Steve Earle, and T-Rex got together for a jam, it’s a fair bet it might turn out like this.”

Fresh textures abound, from the carnival of sounds on tongue-in-cheek “Drawn and Quartered,” to the heartbreaking vocals of Heather Moulder on the spare, haunting lead track “Pass Me Over.” As a songwriter, Reed confidently mines the classic blues/rock vein in "Offamymind" ("Well I can barely walk, so I guess I oughta/ Get behind this wheel and drive”), effortlessly shifts gears to the satirical "Everybody's Waiting (for the end to come)," and turns introspective in "Looking Up Past Midnight." 

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

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

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Jan
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ramana Vieira and Quartet Present: The Haunting & Romantic Folk Music of Portugal, Originals, and American Classics

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Ramana Vieira and Ensemble present rapturous rhythms, and the passionate stirrings of fado, the folk music of Portugal. Fado, which literally means fate or destiny, is the most widely recognized genre of Portuguese music, dating back to early 19th century Lisboa.

Traditionally, fados are dramatic ballads expressing love, loss and redemption. Vieira captivates her audience with the haunting laments of the old world classics which she has infused with innovative instrumentation, creative layers, and soaring vocals. The ensemble also performs original compositions, American (Blues/Pop/Jazz), and universal classics. In short: sensual, soul-stirring World music.

The New York Times has recognized Vieira as an American at the forefront of the fado resurgence. Legendary fadista Amália Rodrigues popularized fado in the 20th century, but today it has witnessed a revival, and platinum-selling Portuguese singers are selling out concert halls in the US. Vieira was born in San Leandro, California with the beat of Portuguese rhythms coursing through her veins. Her parents had immigrated to the United States from Portugal, where her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island. She grew up listening to American pop music and Broadway musicals, along with the traditional Portuguese music from her parents’ homeland.  

“During my childhood, I sang with my mother to Amália Rodgrigues and other fabulous fadistas that were part of her special record collection,” said Vieira. Early in life, it was apparent that Vieira possessed exceptional musical talent and went on to study at prestigious The American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) of San Francisco. But a spontaneous trip to Portugal shifted her professional vision and catalyzed an exploration deep into the world of fado. In Portugal, Vieira connected with her roots and found that fado ignited her spirit and set her soul aflame. She began to study intensively with local fado musicians and had the opportunity to perform. She was loved by her fans in Portugal; her authentic and individual style was refreshing and well-received.  

Vieira’s brilliant musicality and colorful heritage appeal to a global audience. In addition to the traditional fados, and her masterful original compositions, Vieira has now compiled a synergetic repertoire that reflects the full scope of her identity by incorporating her background of American theater, blues, and soulful classics into her sets. Through this multi-faceted fusion, Vieira has finally fulfilled her fado, fate. In her own words, “I love being Portuguese and singing my roots. I just feel now is the time for Ramana to embrace all of me – my American and Portuguese heritage. I am sitting at the precipice of something amazing and excited to see where this is going to take me and my group. Yes, it's time.”

Vieira has been described by Mundo Portugues newspaper as the “New Voice of Portuguese World Music.”  Her original composition, “Unido Para Amar,” was played at the opening ceremony for the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Recently, United States Congressman Jim Costa expressly invited Vieira to perform for the President of the Azores, Portugal. Vieira has also headlined the largest Portuguese festivals in the world. 

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Mar
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Quitters (Glenn Houston & Stevie Coyle) with Laura Zucker

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Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. Laura is a “recovering lawyer”, a New Jersey native transplanted in California; Laura returned to music after a 20-year hiatus, and now--she’s a 2 time Kerrville New Folk finalist, 5 time West Coast Songwriters Association Best Song of the Year, a 2013 Official Showcase artist at SWRFA, an Emerging Artist at the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, with an international following. With four CD releases to her credit, Laura continues to impress with incisive yet sensitive lyrics, evocative melodies and arrangements that cut straight to the heart.

[From the Strawberry Music Festival]: "Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston make up the dynamic guitar duo, The Quitters. Having each quit some of the best bands in the business, both are late founding members of The Waybacks and each have performed at Strawberry in other configurations. Stevie Coyle has a long and illustrious career as an entertainer that began well before birth and Glenn Houston's well decorated history in music is best known to berry heads for his founding role of powerhouse Americana quintet, Houston Jones. As individuals, both are renowned players in music circles. Now they have joined forces, to the delight of California audiences, to become a right-handed, right-side up fingerpicking and left-handed upside down flatpicking twosome. Mostly acoustic. Some electric. Much serendipity."

Stevie Coyle (late of the whiz-bang string band The Waybacks) is one lucky bum. His dad ran a radio station in Southern California and brought home all the promo LPs that didn't fit the Spanish-language format. The Ventures' Guitar Freakout and Alvin & The Chipmunks Play The Beatles’ Hits both came home on a single fateful day. It didn't hurt, either, that string-meister David Lindley played in a bluegrass band that rehearsed right next door and gave Stevie his very first lessons, or that his dear Granny was a pianist in the heyday of vaudeville, or that his sainted mother was a whiz in mandolin orchestras of the 1930s. Not even several years of playing Folk Masses on Sundays could quash his musical spirit. After securing degrees in Theatre and Theology at Santa Clara University he hit the road for 3 years with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus. 

Once back home, he signed on as actor/stage manager for The San Jose Repertory Co. He announced killer whale shows. His best friend was an elephant. He and pal Roy Zimmerman worked closely in several collaborations over the years, including folk tribute/parody band The Foremen and comedy duo The Reagan Bros. The boys were regulars at The Comedy Store and The Improv. Stevie appeared on Cheers, in many television commercials and had a recurring role on The Young And The Restless. Hey, wake up!! We're almost done.

Safely back in the Bay Area, he continued his acting career, doing commercials, voiceovers and films, and played in the folk duo The Frontmen. Along with Glenn Houston, he co-founded The Waybacks in 1999 and fronted that band through 2007. They released 4 albums in that time, played major festivals like Merlefest, Grey Fox, Floydfest, Strawberry and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, toured Australia and collaborated with Lloyd Maines, Michelle Shocked and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead.

Stevie's gone feral and solo now. He owns and operates a snooty, high-end acoustic guitar shop called Mighty Fine Guitars, in Lafayette, CA. He has released a solo CD, Ten-In-One, produced by guitar guru Walter Strauss. And he’s pleased as Punch to be reunited with Glenn Houston.

Glenn Houston (nee Pomianek) has been voted Best Guitarist by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, is a past judge of the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship Competition in Winfield, Kansas, and was the founding lead guitarist of the Waybacks, co-founder and long-time lead guitarist for Bammie (Bay Area Music Award) winners Hearts on Fire, and co-founder and long-time lead guitarist for the powerhouse Americana quintet Houston Jones.

Originally from New Jersey, Glenn’s guitarist influences range from Albert King and Michael Bloomfield to Doc Watson and James Burton. These influences show in his well-balanced mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar. Over the years, Glenn has shared billing with such luminaries as Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, the Tubes, the David Grisman Quintet, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien, Hank Williams Jr., Steve Earle, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, Doc and Merle Watson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Delbert McClinton. Glenn has been the lead guitarist for country great Johnny Paycheck, and has performed and recorded with Grammy winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. With his strong background in electric blues, Glenn has performed with blues legends Mark Naftalin (Paul Butterfield Blues band) and Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag), in tribute to Mark and Nick’s late band mate, blues great Michael Bloomfield. Glenn’s classical music background includes choral vocal performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta conducting, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations General Assembly [the U.N.’s 25th anniversary celebration]), and the Boston Symphony (Erich Leinsdorf conducting, Brahms’ Requiem, at Carnegie Hall).

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

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

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Oct
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Jaeger & Reid

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Jaeger & Reid (Judi Jaeger & Bob Reid) have just released From Way Up Here, their first album together. It is a collection of well-crafted, intelligently written songs of personal experience and social awareness, mixed in with beloved songs collected through the years.

Their performances feature rich vocals, whether singing alone or in a blend of tight, lush harmony over the interplay of two guitars, or guitar and ukulele. For this performance they will be joined by musicians who added their talents to their recording; Bob Burnett on mandolin, guitar, Jeff Crossley on bass and Ronny Crawford on percussion.
 
Bob Reid is a San Francisco Bay Area native, a 40+ year member of the San Francisco Folk Music Club, and former television host and member of the People’s Music Network steering committee. Judi Jaeger grew up near Montreal and in Vancouver, and brings her Canadian sensibility and well-honed songwriting skills to the duo. She became a performing songwriter after leaving her law career to raise a family. Her intimate and powerful vocals are framed by the intricate interplay of their voices and instruments.  

“Judi and Bob fit together perfectly, their voices, their comments, their attitude, their dedication. There was no distance between audience and performers.” - A.M. - Pittsfield, MA

“Their music and voices will touch your soul and you'll find yourself singing along to some of their songs. Fabulous!” - D. L. - Palo Alto, CA

“Our friends and guests at our recent house concert are still raving about your vocals, guitars, and warm way with the audience. Most of all, many really appreciate the songs you each created and sang so beautifully.“ - K.J. - Durham, NC

Bring your voices and prepare to be moved!

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

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Oct
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Novelists

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

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

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

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

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Oct
15
3:00pm 3:00pm

Isabel Stover

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Isabel Stover is a Boston-based vocalist who developed her Jazz roots in the Bay Area.

She is a seasoned vocalist who entertains and inspires listeners by fearlessly deconstructing musical compositions to their emotional core. Her mastery of rhythm, phrasing and spot-on intonation draws the emotive thread between timeless Jazz standards, Latin favorites, classic Blues and Pop; all with original arrangements. Her laid-back style, ability to connect with her audience and unique repertoire provides a refreshingly different experience than the typical Jazz singer’s showcase.

Isabel joins forces with Bay Area musicians Walter Bankovitch on piano, Fred Randolph on bass and Curt More on drums.

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

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Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bill Staines

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston/Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area.

From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer," Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic."

Bill's music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.

Many of Bill's songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals, and scouting campfire songbooks; he is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, Rise up Singing. Composer David Amram recently described Bill as "a modern day Stephen Foster…his songs will be around 100 years from now."

Over the decades, you have heard Bill singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award-winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles' debut as a writer-director.

In 1975, Bill won National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville, Texas. Another important recognition was given to him in 2007. Presented by the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, The Jerry Christen Award recognized Bill's contribution to New England folk music. 

Bill has recorded 26 albums; The Happy Wanderer and One More River were winners of the prestigious Parents' Choice Award, taking a gold medal and silver medal respectively. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul & Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, The Highwaymen, Mason Williams, Grandpa Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough and others.

As well as recordings, over 100 of Bill's songs have been published in three songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then I'd Be a Song, Movin' It Down the Line, and Music to Me, the latter published by Hal Leonard Corporation. His song, "All God's Critters," has been recently released as a Simon and Schuster children's book with illustrations by Caldecott honor-winning artist, Kadir Nelson.

"Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Bill continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old. 

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

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

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Oct
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

Melissa Cruz presents Peña Flamenca ''La Bahía" Episode 1

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This show is meant to be the first of a series of presentations or "episodes," grouping Bay Area Flamenco professionals who do not typically work together, with the goal of presenting unique and rarely-seen collaborations. The curated group of artists will create and rehearse one unique ensemble piece to present in the show, requiring them to truly "collaborate" together. Additionally, the artists will participate in a pre-show and post-show round-table discussion with the audience about their experiences working together.

After a series of shows, we will curate one larger show presenting the unique pieces each group created for their episode, with the mission of maintaining continuous and creative working relationships in the rich and diverse pool of flamenco artists in the Bay Area.

The first Bay Area Flamenco Professionals cast of Episode 1 is to be announced. 

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

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

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Oct
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bob Lind and James Lee Stanley - CANCELLED

Together for one lyrical, passion-filled night: two veteran singer songwriters whose phenomenal creativity and guitar/vocal chops have only improved over the years.

Both carry the ‘60s acoustic-folk tradition in their DNA. But they haven’t stopped there. Their music has continued to evolve. They’re at the top of their game. You may think you know them from their critically acclaimed records and CDs. But if you’ve never seen them in person, you don’t know them at all.

Bob Lind is always unpredictable and disarming onstage – making you laugh one moment, bringing you to tears the next. Music critic Walter Savinski writes, “Come see why this engaging poet/philosopher/guitarist/singer/wise-ass has endured in the sometimes-cruel and always-fickle music business for [five decades]. But be prepared to feel emotions you might not have let yourself feel in awhile. His songs hit the heart like a wrecking ball.” (Bob Lind photo by Henry Diltz)

James Lee Stanley combines hilarious stories with riveting music. His wonderful compositions and his heartfelt interpretations of songs by other great writers make him a unique and amazing performer. Famed novelist Tom Robbins says of him, “A diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland…And here is where the wasteland ends.” Believe The Village Voice when they say that when you come to hear James Lee, “You’re in for a very entertaining evening.”

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

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

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Oct
8
4:00pm 4:00pm

Ed Reed

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Ed Reed, 88-year-old jazz recording artist and performing jazz vocalist, and 2014’s #1 Rising Star Male Vocalist (DownBeat magazine Critics Poll), has been singing his entire life, though it was not until 2007 that he burst onto the jazz scene at age 78, following the release of his first CD, Ed Reed Sings Love Stories.  

His path getting there was circuitous, even torturous, and his story of addiction, incarceration, recovery and redemption is a testament to the power of the human spirit. Since 2007, he has recorded another three critically acclaimed albums, performed in many of the world’s prominent jazz venues, including three sold out nights at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, been reviewed in major jazz publications and news media, was a guest on the legendary Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR radio program, and was profiled by Nat Hentoff in the Wall Street Journal.  

Reed will be accompanied by pianist Adam Shulman, bassist John Wiitala, and drummer Lorca Hart.    

“Reed has developed a jazz voice that is distinct—full of the pain, sorrow, love and beauty that go along with taking that long, hard trail through life. All of that is on full display here. When Ed Reed sings... look for an intimate story every time.” - DownBeat Editors Pick, July 2011

"[Reed] stylistically harkens back to the elegant tenderness of Johnny Hartman...richly insightful...intensely moving...hypnotic renderings..." - JazzTimes, July/August 2011  

“Mr. Reed sings in a dark mahogany baritone with careful diction, evoking the midcentury styles of Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole.” - New York Times, December 2015

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

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Oct
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

The pickPocket Ensemble

From the street corner to the concert hall, the pickPocket ensemble have created a unique and original contemporary chamber cafe music. Based in Northern California, the ensemble has toured internationally  and released 6 CD's of original music, which also has been featured in  several films, on NPR and public television.

To listen to the pickPocket ensemble is to embark on a journey. Speak to audience members after a performance: one will have been to Bogota, one to Prague, one to Paris. Yet for all its wide-ranging inspirations, the pickPocket ensemble's music remains intensely personal and immediately engaging, an invitation to listen in on an intimate  conversation.

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

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Oct
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

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!

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Oct
4
8:00pm 8:00pm

Renée Wahl

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Nashville Americana singer/songwriter Renée Wahl has a secret — countless secrets, actually. In addition to her bandmates, known collectively as the Sworn Secrets, Wahl accumulated a career full of others as a captain in the U.S. Air Force with top-secret clearance when assigned to the National Security Agency.

Perhaps her duties in the world of covert operations helped her hone her authenticity as a songwriter and as a performer. So does playing the very stages in East Nashville that are the epicenter of the burgeoning singer/songwriter-centric scene that’s being described as Nashville’s New Traditionalist  movement. And now, the Pennsylvania native is carving out her own space at the recently rediscovered intersection where authentic Nashville songwriting meets Music Row.

Inspired by groundbreaking artists including Neko Case, Buddy and Julie Miller, Linda Ronstadt, and Ryan Adams, Wahl deftly crafts accessible songs that explore the human experience. Few topics are off limits when it comes to Wahl’s powerful and personal approach to songwriting. For her latest EP release, entitled Sworn Secrets, Wahl enlisted iconic singer/songwriter and producer Buddy Miller to sing on the single “Wild Living.” 

Tickets are $15 general admission/$10 students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Sep
30
8:00pm 8:00pm

Old Blind Dogs

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Since forming in Scotland in 1992, ‘The Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of the Scots roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately phrased melodies and traditional songs.

"The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm," says The Scotsman, “…as players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion." Twenty-five years is a long time in the life of any band and most who reach that milestone are content to rest on the tried and tested formulas that have worked in the past. Not so for Scotland's Old Blind Dogs, whose newly released Room With A View takes them bravely in many new directions.

The Dogs, one of Scotland's most highly touted traditional folk bands, are not known for shying away from change. A strong, shared musical vision has allowed the group to ride out inevitable line-up changes to the extent that the only original member still with the band is Jonny Hardie (fiddle, guitar and vocals). The Dogs' popularity has never dimmed though and the current foursome of Hardie, Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, vocals), Ali Hutton (Border pipes, whistles, vocals) and Donald Hay (drums, percussion) have proven more than capable of carrying on the tradition of the band that the Montreal Gazette called “…a Scots neo-traditional supergroup with a bracingly modern musical attack.”

The Dogs have released thirteen studio albums and have won numerous awards including the prestigious title of ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. Their album Four On The Floor picked up the IAP 'Best Celtic CD' Award and their last CD, Wherever Yet May Be was nominated for the same award.

"The skill, talent and verve with which they played, belied their laddishness and the crowd responded with thunderous applause. Folk is the new rock and roll." - Evening News

“The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm, players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion.” - The Scotsman

"Old Blind Dogs have mastered the tricky art of innovating within a musical tradition while faithfully revealing its essence." - Acoustic Guitar

"Old Blind Dogs bring freshness and colour to acoustic music steeped in centuries of Scottish folklore and history." - The Los Angeles Times

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

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

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Sep
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Henry Grace, Joshua Barnhart

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UK native Henry Grace began his music career in Los Angeles while at university. He started out playing small clubs in Venice Beach before moving on to play venues along the Sunset Strip and across California.

In 2016, he released his debut EP, Crash The Moon, and was picked by Guild Guitars as one of their "Artists to Watch." In 2017, he has continued performing across the UK and America, all while completing his undergraduate degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley. He is now in the process of recording his second EP due later this year. His music roams the genres of Folk and Blues, taking inspiration from the likes of Bon Iver, to Nick Drake and everything in-between, but ultimately Henry's sound is very much his own. 

"A young man from England who is capable of silencing the room." - LA Weekly

"Listening to Henry Grace’s music, you would never guess that this UK native was young enough to still be in college. His lyrics, his playing, his debut EP, Crash The Moon, seem to be a part of a musician with years of writing and touring under his belt." - Guild Guitars

"His band was one of the tightest I've seen, not afraid to slow the tempo of their blues/folk right down and had the crowd enthralled." - TunAtheDay

“Henry Grace’s adept songwriting skills and unique vocals defy his age…he has uncanny depth and emotion for someone in his position.” - The B-Side Magazine

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Joshua Barnhart emerged onto the international musical scene in 2007, drumming for Oakland-based folk-rock outfit, Port O'Brien. For roughly three years, they toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. He later went on, primarily as a drummer and harmony singer, to play in Release the Sunbird, Two Sheds, and Sparrows Gate, among others.

In the midst of touring as a drummer, he cultivated his own craftsmanship as a songwriter and in 2016 released his debut album, Turn Out the Light. Drawing influences from Brian Eno, Harry Nilsson, and The Byrds (to name a few), as well as other heroes and friends alike, Joshua's harmony-drenched sound is centered on the experience of living on the coast of California.  

"Joshua Barnhart is really good." - someone, allegedly. 

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

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

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Sep
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

Be Steadwell

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

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

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

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

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Sep
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

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 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!

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Sep
23
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Gold Souls

The Gold Souls are a Sacramento, CA-based original soul/blues band. Drawing from a variety of influences and backgrounds, they deliver compelling lyrics and fresh arrangements over a vintage sound. With backgrounds in jazz, hip hop, blues, funk, and folk, The Gold Souls' original music is innovative and captivating. 

Led by the dynamic Juniper Waller, the group is made up of young talent hailing from the Bay and Sacramento areas. They released a self-titled five song original EP earlier this year and went on their first tour down the California coast soon after. 

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

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

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Sep
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

Sam's Corner with special guest John Schott

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Join Sam Rudin, the owner and creator of The Back Room (and yes, some of you know him as Hurricane Sam), for an evening of piano wizardry. 

This evening, Sam will be joined by noted jazz guitarist John Schott. John graduated from Seattle's Cornish College of the Arts, where he studied with Gary Peacock and Julian Priester. In 1992, he and Ben Goldberg formed Junk Genius, which released records on Knitting Factory and Songlines, as well as in other combinations on Tzadik, Nuscope, and Victo. Schott was also, with Charlie Hunter, Will Bernard, and Scott Amendola, a member of the jazz/funk band T.J. Kirk, whose second album If Four Was One (Warner Bros.) received a 1997 Grammy nomination. Schott's CD Shuffle Play: Elegies for the Recording Angel (New World Recordings), featuring his 16-piece Ensemble Diglossia in a 70-minute composition, was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Wire magazine. Schott can also be heard on records by John Zorn, Tom Waits, The Baguette Quartette, and Steven Bernstein.

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Up until several years ago, when he became obsessed with the idea of creating the ideal small performance venue, Sam was best known as a performer, both with his band (Hurricane Sam and the Hotshots) and solo at the piano. His solo work took him to fairs and festivals throughout the state, and to a handful of conducive clubs (most prominently the Freight and Salvage versions 1 and 2) that catered to serious listeners and smaller crowds.

The Back Room was, of course, designed for that very same purpose, and now that we are well into our second year, Sam feels the time has come to put himself regularly on the calendar. And so you will now find, once a month...Sam's Corner!

If you're not sure what to expect, here is a vintage promotional paragraph that will probably get a lot more mileage before we're through.

Sam Rudin is 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 Alison, 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.

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

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

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Sep
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

David Grier

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1961, a family move to Nashville at age 3 fully immersed David Grier into the bluegrass music world, and at age 6, he began playing the guitar.

Today, he is regarded as one of the premier acoustic guitarists in the world, along with his early influences Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and family friend Clarence White.

Recognized by Acoustic Guitar Magazine in 2000 as one of the Artists of the Decade, and named Guitar Player of the Year three times by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Grier has played on four Grammy Award-winning albums (True Life Blues: A Tribute to Bill Monroe; The Great Dobro Sessions; Alison Brown’s Fairweather; and Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel). Having released four albums on Rounder, beginning in 1988 with Freewheeling, Grier launched his own label, Dreadnought Recordings, with the 1998 debut release, Hootenanny, with Dirk Powell and Tim O’Brien (“endlessly inventive and tasteful” - All Music Guide).

His most recent release, Evocative (Dreadnought 2009), featuring 10 original tunes and a rich complement of collaborators (Victor Wooten, Paul Franklin, Stuart Duncan and more), has been hailed for its “deep musical introspection” as well as its “unmatchable mastery of the guitar” (Martin Mull). Other Dreadnought releases include the highly-acclaimed Live at the Linda (2007) and I’ve Got the House to Myself (2002) (“unfettered explosive invention” - Tim O’Brien). 

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

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

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Sep
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

Beryl and Nicole, Sin Silver

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Beryl and Nicole are your new favorite indie-folk meets acoustic-pop / rock / sometimes jazz / sometimes rap duet. Both Beryl and Nicole are singers and musicians, who combine humor with sweet harmonies, multiple instruments apiece, and lots of references to the Indigo Girls. 

Touting usually around seven or more musical instruments at each gig, their performances are a combination of folk and vaudeville, stand up comedy and barbershop quartet. One of their favorite moments so far was when doing a rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," the entire audience of 50+ people sweetly sang along. We love our returning fans and love to make new fans as well. 

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Sin Silver came to San Francisco from County Clare in Ireland six years ago with a dream, an enormous talent, and what many would call a fire in the belly to be heard. Since then, she has made a large swath of fans in the Bay Area, where she finds herself these days, one song at a time, one fan at a time.” - Oakland Tribune

A true singer-songwriter at heart, she weaves a silver tapestry drawing from diverse influences such as David Bowie, Elton John, Sinead O’Connor, Jack White and Joni Mitchell.

"A voice with beautiful, heartfelt lyrics coming from the depths of soul…chills with each song…an artist that must be heard live for the full effect." - Bay Area Rocks

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

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

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Sep
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kenny White

Kenny White comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey.  Long List of Priors, his aptly named new album, is the latest collection of original songs: snapshots of the human condition, from heartwarming to humorous. Radio favorites are “Cyberspace” and “A Road Less Traveled,” featuring David Crosby on harmony vocals.

Born in New York City and raised across the river in Fort Lee, NJ, Kenny began his career in the 1970s, touring exclusively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor, with whom he opened Linda Ronstadt’s legendary “Living in the USA” tour. He then became a fixture in the NYC studio scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercial work enabled Kenny to direct artists as renowned and varied as Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Ricky Skaggs, and Aaron Neville. White has worked on many film soundtracks as a contributing writer/musician, including Message in a Bottle, Where the Heart Is and four films by Indie-director laureate John Sayles. Kenny also appears on dozens of recordings of other musicians, including Marc Cohn’s platinum debut.

After being hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, in 2001 Kenny chose to devote himself to making his own album, one that not only showcased his talent as a musician, but also as a lyricist. Friends such as Cheryl Wheeler invited Kenny to tour as an opening act on behalf of his first album, Uninvited Guest. Judy Collins signed him to her own Wildflower Records label, releasing Symphony in 16 Bars in 2005. She often invited Kenny to open her concerts.  The standing ovations he received in those large concert halls encouraged him to record Never Like This, followed by Comfort in the Static, which was released in 2010 to wide-ranging praise, landing on many “Favorite Album of the Year” lists.

Kenny White’s record producing credits include Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why,” as well as the last four solo CDs for Peter Wolf, formerly with the J. Geils Band. Their second album, Sleepless, was named one of Rolling Stones “500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The productions with Wolf afforded Kenny the opportunity to work with an array of guest artists including Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard and Keith Richards.

Kenny’s music has also been discovered in the UK and Europe. He was awarded the International Songwriting Award at the Premio Ciampi music festival in Livomo, Italy, and just returned from a European tour in April, having performed 14 concerts in 8 countries in 22 days.

He still occasionally tours with Judy Collins throughout North America and performs the duet “Veterans’ Day” on her Bohemian album. He often shares a stage with his good friend Cheryl Wheeler, appearing on her live recording, Greetings, which he also produced. And though he has all but given up his days as a sideman, in 2014 he accepted an offer by none other than Tom Jones to play in his "soul quartet" for a sold-out, three week U.S. tour.

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

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Sep
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

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 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!

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Sep
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Owen Roberts

"Owen Roberts has a knack for creating visceral lyrics. He writes about community and the social conscience, something he attributes to growing up in Berkeley. Elements of nature find their way in the subtle layers of his songs. Water, avalanches, fault lines." - San Francisco Chronicle

Owen's 2016 EP Mama Sun is a concise and melodic reflection on his first years as a father. The album shines a light on his dynamic and soulful voice, a penchant for experimenting with meter and rhythm, and a distinctive ability to weave poetry with music.

KQED calls Unfold, a 2012 full-length album with his band Shady Maples, "perfectly Californian." He has toured the coasts with the band and as a solo artist and continues to write, sing his heart, and raise bars, glasses and children.

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

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

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Sep
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

True Life Trio and Ghost Note Ensemble

True Life Trio weaves sumptuous vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms from Eastern Europe, the Americas & beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou.

TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from far-flung lands such as Macedonia, Louisiana, Albania, Ukraine, Poland, Italy and Georgia. Featuring the powerful vocal talents of three dynamic performers whose musical collaboration was forged in Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, the trio delves deep into a vast array of folk music, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles to create its own unique sound.  

The result is a sweet, sonic explosion that melts in the listener’s ear. Since its inception in 2010, TLT has enchanted audiences from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest. Performances include the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival, The California Christmas Revels, the Berkeley World Music Festival and collaborations with Portland’s Aurora Chorus, The Knights of Revery, Edessa, MWE and NYC’s Black Sea Hotel. In 2014, True Life Trio was awarded a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation Fund for Artists to create a performance piece on memory.  Inspired by this commissioned work, TLT released its first full-length recording, Like Never & Like Always in 2015.

Like Never & Like Always is a collaboration with instrumentalist Gari Hegedus and sound designer Eric Oberthaler. True Life Trio features Leslie Bonnett (voice, fiddle, percussion), Briget Boyle (voice, guitar, percussion), and Juliana Graffagna (voice, accordion, percussion).

"True Life Trio has created a unique musical journey...each song is a small auditory work of art meant to be intently listened to."  - Ginger Murray, SF Weekly 

Ghost Note Ensemble was founded in 2012 at Klezcalifornia's Yiddish Culture Festival. Since its inception, Ghost Note has sought to weave the musical threads of the Hungarian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, and Jewish folk traditions into a tuneful time-traveled tapestry, a requiem for borders of future past. A Ghost Note concert is then much like a musical tour through the times and places of our lost worlds, with the ghosts of song coming alive to dance and sing, in the fullest joy and sorrow, once again. Ghost Note Ensemble features Travis Hendrix on bass, Jack Hanley on mandolin, furulya, and poyk, Mattias Kaufmann on button accordion, and Joshua Laurenzi on fidl and furulya.

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

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Sep
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

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 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!

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Sep
9
8:00pm 8:00pm

JuSusan

JuSusan is a unique inspirational/gospel/jazz composer, writer and jazz vocalist who began singing in the church at age 4, and sang opera while receiving her education at California State University, Los Angeles.

Founder and CEO of Soft Sound Music, she recorded her first gospel jazz CD, entitled God’s Love Ballads in 2008. She has performed as an actress, singer and composer for numerous musical stage plays, and is currently preparing for her second music release.

She has been asked to perform at innumerable community events sponsored or organized by the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Berkeley High School, Oakland Mayor’s Office, Black Fireman’s Assoc., NAACP, Oakland City Council, Oakland Police Dept., City of Richmond, City of Pittsburg, 100 Black Men of America, San Francisco Redevelopment Dept., Los Angeles Parks & Recs., Faith Fancher Foundation, Bridge The Gap Assoc. & many others.

She sings a wide spectrum of Jazz songs out of a love for the music and performs songs that inspire others to live and love. JuSusan will be performing with her band, My Company - a strong collection of some of Bay Area’s own greatest, seasoned jazz musicians, including Luther Van Spratt, a flamboyant vocalist and showman. 

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

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Sep
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Holly Bowling

Texture, nuance, and a gift for dexterous high-wire improvisation are the hallmarks of San Francisco-based classically trained pianist Holly Bowling, who infuses jam band music with a technically advanced, emotionally rich style.  

After studying piano performance at SF State University, Bowling has turned her agile mind and interpretive prowess to the works of Phish on 2013’s Distillation Of A Dream album and the newly released Grateful Dead-focused Better Left Unsung. Her instantly compelling playing, and unerring ability to successfully collaborate with other musicians in an impressive array of styles, has brought her to the attention of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Gov’t Mule’s Warren Haynes, and other luminaries who’ve asked Bowling to perform with them.  Already a rising star on the festival circuit, Bowling plans to expand her solo touring in 2017 and beyond.

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

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Sep
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Way Down Wanderers

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act The Way Down Wanderers draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity.

Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show, and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled “restSTOMPS” - free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes.

The band’s self-titled debut album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is available now, wherever music is sold.

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

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

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Sep
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

Benji and Rita + special guests - NEW DATE!

This show reflects the intimate musical interplay between Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo. Benji is a native New Yorker and Rita hails from São Paulo, Brazil, and their two musical worlds collide as one in this fascinating Brazilian/Jazz duo encounter. Rita's theatrical yet subtle voice blends perfectly with Benji's understated guitar and his colorful palette of poignant harmonies. Together the two venture through their original compositions reminiscent of Villa Lobos’, Gershwin, Cole Porter and Chico Buarque all rolled into one.

Benji Kaplan is one of the most exciting new vibrating forces on the contemporary Brazilian/Jazz and Chamber Music scene today. His music video, "A Gente se Manifesta," was featured in the March 2017 edition of Billboard Brazil. Benji has been heralded by the great contemporary Brazilian composer Guinga, as "the greatest composer of Brazilian music, coming from the United States, that I have heard...He is a genius."

Benji's 2016 Album, Uai Sô, featuring his guitar and vocals, has been highly acclaimed for its lyrical compositions, lush harmonies, and unorthodox arrangements for winds, strings and brass.

“Sophisticated yet sensuous.” - Jazz Weekly

“…what the whimsical Dr. Seuss might’ve composed, had he been a musician and ridiculously talented at it…the degree of intelligence sunk into the deepest corners of every beat and measure of this treasure tells us that no matter what his pursuit might otherwise have been, the result would’ve been simultaneously unearthly while uniquely terrain.” - Mark S. Tucker,  Veritas Vampirus

"Benji Kaplan, whose performance infectiously realizes both great virtuosity and credible emotion and lyricism to the generously proportioned melody… this is actually a bigger deal than could ever be imagined or expressed in a five-hundred-or-so (word) review.” - World Music Report

“Benji Kaplan's Uai Sô is so unexpected that it cannot be pigeonholed. The music flows beautifully and oscillates between Brazilian song and new classical so rapidly as to truly meld together as one unprecedented newness." - Gapplegate Music Review

Rita Figueiredo is a multi-artist from São Paulo, Brazil, and is a true force to be reckoned with. In addition to being a well-established Animation/Illustration artist for over 20 years, she is a highly regarded composer, lyricist, and vocalist. 

She was pre-selected for the 2013 Latin Grammys, competing in three categories: Artist Revelation, Best Singer Album, Composer and Best Brazilian Music, with 6 nominated tracks. 

"Her album Brasilis is the birth registry of an uncommon artist, a skillful composer and irreverent interpreter. Rita Figueiredo surprises the listener by her good taste in creating her first album." - Ed Félix, Embrulador

"The first album of Rita Figueiredo, Brasilis is the portentous debut of a talented artist who has everything to subvert the logic of contemporary women's Brazilian popular music." - Tiago Ferreira, Na Mira do Groove

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

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

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Sep
3
5:00pm 5:00pm

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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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 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!

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Aug
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Kill Bossa, Karina Deniké - NEW DATE!

Kill Bossa plays the music of the Tropicália movement from Brazil - a music of passion, protest, and innovation whose main progenitors were the monumental musicians Os Mutantes, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Tom Ze.

Incorporating equal parts samba, American rock & roll, avant-garde lyrics and a deprecating sense of humor, this revolutionary music pushed the boundaries of what was possible both musically and politically during a repressive military dictatorship in late-sixties Brazil.

Kill Bossa is an American band playing the music of Brazilians who were in turn influenced by American music, especially the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. The result is a meta-look at International cross-pollination and the unexpected scope of pop culture, with a danceable samba beat! 

This Bay Area supergroup features Roger Riedlbauer, Aaron Novik, Eric Perney, Dave Mihaly, Melody Jeune Ferris and Dina Maccabee.

Karina Deniké
SF Bay Area resident Karina Deniké is a versatile vocalist, songwriter, collaborator and band leader who moves fluidly from intimate torch song chanteuse, to soul singer, to vocal powerhouse. 

"Denike possesses a voice so rich and luxuriant she sounds like she was born to sing any song that comes her way." - KQED’s California Report

Born in England to Czech dissidents and Berkeley-reared, Deniké original, reflective songs call upon her many influences and styles. 

"Echoing the timeless sound of Rickie Lee Jones' classic jazzy early efforts, Under Glass mixes elements of noirish torch songs, Eastern European lullabies, doo-wop, cabaret and finger-snapping '60s soul in a travelogue that journeys across San Francisco.” - KTVU.com

Performing works from her album Under Glass and beyond, her sextet features local musicians/composers in their own right: Aaron Novik on bass clarinet, Michael McIntosh on piano, James Frazier on guitar, Meryl Press on vocal harmonies, and Jason Levis on drums. Deniké and her band have toured New York, Japan, dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel Germany and have been presented locally by SFJAZZ, The Contemporary Jazz Museum, SF City Hall Centennial celebration, UnderCover Presents, and the Flower Piano series among others. Under Glass was named one of the "TOP JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2015" by KQED.

In addition to her self-titled group, Deniké has released over 30 albums as a solo artist, band member or guest, and has been on several major and independent labels (MCA, Warner, FatWreckChords, etc.). She has toured extensively worldwide and had her work on many soundtracks and compilations. She is also a current member of NOFX, The Cottontails, Marc and The Casuals, Mr. Lonesome and the Bluebelles, and a past member of Dance Hall Crashers, Stara Nova, and Ralph Carney's serious jazz project among others. 

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

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

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Aug
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Dim Lights

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

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

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

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

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

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