Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Sam's Corner featuring Charles McNeal

Charles McNeal's powerful and passionate virtuosity can be attested to by all who have heard or played with him.

His impressive list of Jazz and R&B collaborators include national names such as McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis and Boz Scaggs, and local heroes Lavay Smith, Brenda Boykin, and - on our stage - the Dynamic Miss Faye Carol.

Sam Rudin is, of course, the owner/creator of The Back Room. He is also a top-notch pianist whose versatility encompasses the whole range of 20th century music. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison, and Jerry Lee Lewis - sometimes all at the same time. He is also a compelling vocalist whose rough-hewn voice conveys both drama and humor.

Sam is also a fearless, jump-off-the-cliff improviser, and he is very excited that his high-energy performance style will be more than met by this world-class saxophonist.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Cuchulain, Maggie Y/O

Cuchulain (pronounced "ka-HOO-lin") is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer and session musician based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Best known as co-founder of the folk rock band Handsome Hound, Cuchulain released a solo album in November 2017 that features a diversity of songs ranging from second line to rock, from samba to hip hop, from country to choral music, always with an undercurrent of American folk. With a tongue-in-cheek lyrical humor likened to John Prine and Randy Newman, and the bass-baritone of Johnny Cash and Josh Turner, Cuchulain's melodies will tug at your ear long after the curtain call.

Praise for Cuchulain:

"He's my favorite musician!" - Cuchulain's mom

"He'd go further if his name were easier to pronounce!" - most everyone

Oakland-based, by way of Pennsylvania with stints in Virginia and New Orleans, Maggie Y/O is a purveyor of the poignant, lover of laughs, and emotion enthusiast.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for students with ID/low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

The Golden Gate Blues Society's 1st Annual Fundraiser, Auction & Awards Ceremony

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The Golden Blues Society's 1st Annual Fundraiser, Auction & Awards Ceremony with Fillmore Slim, Tia Carroll, Paula Harris, & Sean Carney.

Come enjoy a talent-packed blues concert, auction, award ceremony and raffle to raise funds for The Golden Gate Blues Society & their many programs.

FILLMORE SLIM: VOCALIST/ SONGWRITER/ GUITARIST
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Fillmore has been singing and playing blues for over 50 years. He is “The American Pimp” and famous for his exploits in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. Fillmore Slim's songwriting talents, and musicianship have garnered him several awards, including being inducted into the Bay Area's West Coast Blues Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Lowell Fulson "Jus' Blues" Award in Memphis in 2011. Since his musical resurgence, Fillmore has found his largest fanbase to be in Europe, where he's played the Zurich Blues Festival and the Blues Estafette in Utrecht, Holland, and France, among others.

TIA CARROLL: VOCALIST/ SONGWRITER
Over the last twenty years, Tia Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area. She toured Canada, France, and Italy with legendary blues icons Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto and left such a great impression on the audiences that they asked her back under her own name. Tia Carroll was featured during the Jazzkarr festival in Tallinn Estonia, and the Switzerland at the Lucerne Blues Festival. She was awarded “West Coast Female Blues Vocalist of the Year” in 2007, the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s “Traditional Blues Woman of The Year” award in 2008, and the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s “Band Leader of the Year” award in 2009. For over a decade Tia has also toured to Brazil to sing at festivals with the Igor Prada Blues Band, and she has made several recent appearances on Brazilian TV. 

“A powerful singer with brassy, full-throated delivery, Carroll is no youngster, but in the past few years she’s quickly gained recognition as one of the most exciting new voices on the scene.” – Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

PAULA HARRIS: VOCALIST, SONGWRITER
Paula Harris burst into the scene when she brought home third place honors in 2012’s International Blues Challenge. She also won the Monterey Blues Festival’s “Battle of the Bands” competition the very same week. Her debut release, Turning on the Naughty from 2013, garnered her a Blues Music Award nomination, a Blues Blast Music Award nomination, the Sean Costello Rising Star Award nomination and an invitation to kick off the prestigious Blues Music Awards Ceremony that year. Notable appearances include two artist residencies at Canada’s “Blues on Whyte,” Regular performances at the Iconic “Top of the Mark” in San Francisco, multiple monthly appearances at “Savanna Jazz,” and a decade-long stint as the front person of the Carere Orchestras in Georgia.

"She's a sassy singer with a remarkably wide range, near perfect intonation and amazing breath control. She knows the value of subtlety when the material calls for it and she achieves an uncanny balance between tenderness and virtuosity." – Living Blues

SEAN CARNEY: GUITARIST, VOCALIST, SONGWRITER
The Sean Carney Band won the “Albert King Best Guitarist” award and took first place at the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Onstage locally he mastered his craft backing a wide array of local and national R&B greats such as Christine Kittrell and Jimmy “T-99” Nelson, and making it known that he was a skilled and tasteful guitarist and vocalist. He gained exposure and experience serving as vocalist Teeny Tucker’s musical director and co-writer, and offstage he was a tireless advocate for those same artists, writing articles, being a DJ, promoting concerts, and serving three terms as the President of the Columbus Blues Alliance. Sean has toured and performed with major historical figures in blues such as Big Joe Duskin, Duke Robillard, Charlie Baty, Columbus standby Willie Pooch, Hank Marr, Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett, “King Saxe” Gene Walker, & Sir Mack Rice. 

"Sean Carney is the real deal - echoes of T Bone Walker and Pee Wee Crayton permeate his tasty guitar solos, while his songwriting and singing reveal an artist of depth and class.” – Cam Hayden, Producer of Edmonton Blues Festival

Tickets are $25 general admission; $20 for TGGBS members. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below or at the TGGBS website: https://www.tggbs.org/, 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!

The Golden Gate Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, Tennessee. Your donation is tax deductible. Our Tax ID # is 27-2191232. The purpose of The Golden Gate Blues Society is to enhance the appreciation and understanding of the Blues, especially in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.



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Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Small Town Therapy

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Small Town Therapy is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalists Adam Roszkiewicz and Leif Karlstrom. The duo plays instrumental string music that emphasizes compelling, thoughtful compositions and virtuosic improvisation.

Adam and Leif are also members of the band Front Country (formerly based out of the San Francisco Bay Area), the Grammy-nominated Modern Mandolin Quartet, and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, led by Mike Marshall.

Their second full length album, Dreams and Circumstances, was released in May 2019 on Organic Records.

"an impossibly tight, intertwined duet…Small Town Therapy are effortlessly in control. Their years spent in bands and on the road together are perhaps to blame — and thank — for this balance. In such a loose format, merely two voices bouncing off of and responding to one another, one might expect that freneticism to inevitably run off the rails, but it never does.” ~ The Bluegrass Situation

“…skilled acoustic fusion that rarely sits still for long and shifts with unpredictable, fascinating interplay between the massive talent.” ~ Take Effect Reviews

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
29
8:00 PM20:00

Larry Vann Trio

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Larry Vann is a vocalist, drummer and bandleader, known as the "Groove Merchant,” who creates authentic root music which fuses the essence of soul-stirring blues, sweet, mellow jazz and genuine soul, R&B and funk.

Mr. Vann has performed with many great artists such as The Whispers, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Martha Reeves, The Marvalettes, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, Charlie Musselwhite, Brian Auger and many others, and also with his own band for over 30 years. His work with the popular San Francisco Bay Area blues group, Ron Thompson & the Resistors, contributed to the band earning two Bay Area Music Awards (BAMMIES). He has also been honored with the Blues Society’s West Coast Hall of Fame’s “Blues Drummer of the Year” award, and The Jazz Institute’s “Man of the Year” award. In addition, he has been honored to serve as a Governor on the governing board of the San Francisco chapter of The Recording Academy® (GRAMMYs).

Tim Landis is a guitarist who performs weekly with the Glide Church Change Band and has performed with the legendary Sugar Pie DeSanto.

Michael Warren is a vocalist, bassist and keyboardist with a funky, progressive approach. He has performed and toured with a great spectrum of dynamic artists including Merl Saunders, BB King, Randy Crawford, Maria Muldaur, Buddy Miles, The Crusaders, The Dave Matthews Band and many others.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
6
8:00 PM20:00

Mo'Fone

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Fresh off their tribute to the Meters at sold-out shows at SFJAZZ, Mo’Fone returns to its core saxes-and-drums trio format to thrill listeners with its inexorably funky grooves, jazzy playfulness and creative original compositions.

The award-winning trio has been featured multiple times at the Monterey & SFJAZZ Festivals, and their three albums have received a slew of rave reviews.

"A minimal but mighty romp!" - East Bay Express
"If Mo'Fone doesn't blow your socks off, you're not paying attention." - allaboutjazz.com
"One of the hottest bands to surface in a long while." - jazzwest.com
"Like a furious detachment of the Tower of Power horns." -ejazznews.com
"My favorite album of the year by far." - Contra Costa Times
"Snaps and crackles like James Brown's Famous Flames mixed with a New Orleans second line." -jazzweekly.com

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
8:00 PM20:00

The Real Sarahs and David Starr

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As rising stars in the west coast Americana scene, The Real Sarahs have begun to distinguish themselves as master harmony singers and evocative songwriters. With an organic sound that enchants and uplifts the spirit, The Real Sarahs share their special gift of vocal synergy.

This duo creates magic with voices in harmony, acoustic instruments, and the energetic connection between artists and audience. Embracing many genres of music, you are likely to hear threads of folk, jazz, blues, and country running through their songs. Singing from the stories of their own life journeys and experiences, their original music is honest, evocative and heartfelt. With the onset of regional and international touring in 2018, you can expect their voices to ripple out, touching more hearts and minds and carrying their message and influence to an ever broadening field of music lovers.

David Starr

Americana artist David Starr possesses “a compelling voice, something truly special, both accessible and passionate” (Elmore), that has been honed releasing nine albums, touring internationally, and opening shows for esteemed artists such as John Oates, The Steel Wheels, Survivor, The Guess Who, and more.

His prestige extends beyond the stage as well, having launched Starr’s Guitars in Little Rock in 1998, then relocating to Cedaredge in 2001. Today, the store is such an institution that Cedaredge proclaimed the musician’s birthday as David Starr Day in 2016. The year before, Starr released the album Love and Sabotage with special guests John Oates, Richie Furay, Dana Cooper and Steve Cropper. South and West follows acclaimed EP, The Head and Heart, produced by John Oates. The release of South and West coincides with the grand opening of the Grand Mesa Arts Center in Cedaredge, an intimate event space brought to fruition through strong community support.

Starr helped design the space in order to attract traveling musicians and exhibiting visual artists to Southwestern Colorado. Starr divides his time between operating his guitar store and touring internationally to attentive, appreciative audiences.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door general admission; $10 advance and $15 door 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
8
3:00 PM15:00

The Clifford Lamb Trio

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Clifford Lamb was born in New York City and began playing classical piano at the age of 5. He discovered jazz at age 16 and was fortunate to begin jazz studies with Wes Montgomery’s pianist, Richard Crabtree.

He studied piano and arranging at Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music. While completing his studies at Berklee, Clifford played with such stellar musicians as Kevin Eubanks (of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) and Tommy Campbell (Mahavishnu, Dizzy Gillespie), among many others.

He performed as a journeyman pianist – including a stint with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – before settling in Los Angeles, where he credits such local heroes as bassists Larry Gales and Henry Franklin as key influences. He performed there with Carl Burnett, John Pattitucci (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock), Henry “Skipper” Franklin, George Adams and many others.

He eventually moved to the Bay Area where, and after a slight respite from the scene, he rededicated himself to music. His performances in San Francisco included collaborations with Herbie Lewis (McCoy Tyner, Jackie Maclean), Donald “Duck” Bailey, John Handy and Darrell Green.

His piano style has been shaped by such influential past masters as Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. But he has also delved into the music of such younger musicians as pianists Robert Glasper and Danilo Perez, and trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Clifford’s first recording, released in 1999, featured Victoria Ryan (Cat Stevens, Herbie Hancock) and was followed by his nationally-recognized 2008 release, One, featuring his own compositions and arrangements.

In 2016, his album Bridges was recorded live to two tracks and released nationally and internationally on Weberworks. Featuring Cindy Blackman Santana and Buster Williams, the recording was produced by highly-lauded producer Jeffrey Weber, and enjoyed significant airplay on over 300 stations worldwide.

His follow up effort, Brothers & Sisters, also recorded live to two tracks and produced by Jeffrey Weber, was released in 2017, again for Weberworks. The album again features his trio, Cindy Blackman Santana and Buster Williams, along with special guest Nicholas Payton. Brothers & Sisters reached the top 50 on the jazz charts and received airplay on over 400 radio stations.

Clifford teamed up again with producer Jeffrey Weber for his latest live two track recording, Blues & Hues, released in 2019 on Weberworks. For this exceptionally unique offering, Clifford gathered his quartet, Cindy Blackman Santana, Buster Williams and Nicholas Payton, for this album of “mashups,” but also added a host of special guests on woodwinds, guitars, vocals and even a rapper. This project features a series of Clifford’s original compositions intertwined with songs that have had an impact on Clifford or were sources of inspiration.

Clifford’s library of recordings all feature his deeply passionate themes of oppression, dissension, retribution and redemption. The live two track recording methodology literally captures his performances and offers Clifford at his most searing emotional, in the moment, expression of vulnerability and determination.

For this performance, Clifford will be joined by Joe McKinley on bass and Greg German on drums.

Tickets are $22.50 in advance and $25 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
12
7:30 PM19:30

d'PaJo

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d’PaJo is an ensemble that focuses on their mutual love and appreciation for a myriad of musical styles – gypsy jazz, jazz standards, great American songbook, Latin, and any other musical forms that speak to them.

Collectively, d’PaJo members have performed on 4 continents, in 45 different States and a dozen countries. Performances have ranged from clubs and house concerts, to notable venues and festivals such as Yoshi’s, Undercover Presents, the Eastern Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Davies Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall to name a few. Most recently, d’PaJo was invited to perform on the San Francisco Symphonies Holiday concerts as guest artists for the 2018-2019 season. 

Guitarist Patrick Anseth and Violinist Justin Ouellet are both active in the Bay Area scene and perform regularly with artists such as the Nuvo Jazz Quartet, ALQ Quartet, Kev Choice Ensemble, CAPO Ensemble and June & Man. Bassist Joe Kyle Jr. has been active in the Bay Area for more than 20 years, performing in countless bands such as The Americano Social Club, HowellDevine, ALQ Quartet and many many more.

The group will be joined by percussionists Marlan Aldana & Josh Jones, vocalists Alexis Jensen & Ann Moss, and OSA students Raphaella Brown & Luis Peralta.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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
13
8:00 PM20:00

HowellDevine

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HowellDevine: Shack-Shaking Music

"There is no blues band performing today as different as HowellDevine—nor as delightful." ~ Lee Hildebrand, Living Blues Magazine/SF Chronicle

Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (guitar, harmonica, vocals), percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard), and veteran upright bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix Delta/Country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present-day sound rooted in early blues.

HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.

Joshua Howell (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica)
Within three years of starting harmonica at the age of 14, Joshua was sitting in with many of the San Francisco Bay Area's blues bands. He quickly became the desired house harmonica player in clubs such as Eli's Mile High and Your Place Too, though his under-age status limited his exposure to only those clubs that could circumvent the age restrictions. During this period, he took up guitar, intently focused on learning the techniques of the Mississippi greats such as Fred McDowell, Bukka White, Robert Johnson and RL Burnside. While living in Santa Cruz, Joshua pursued a successful career in guitar making, developing the Howell & Forsyth Guitar Company. Though he continued to focus on playing music and gigging locally, music as a profession took a back seat to lutherie. It wasn't until he moved to Thailand that he dedicated himself entirely to musicianship, taking on over 15 gigs a week as a solo artist. After three years playing professionally in Thailand's mountainous north, Joshua returned to the U.S. and continued to perform in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he crossed paths with drummer and percussionist Pete Devine, they recognized their similar influences and musical sensibilities. Their common approach effortlessly generated a powerhouse combo of inspired and unaffected blues.

Pete Devine (Drums & Washboard)
Originally from Maine, Pete started playing drums when he was six years old. Since his move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989, he has gained a national audience while playing with bands such as Bo Grumpus and Devine's Jug Band. From one of the founding members of Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers to a 20-year stint with Mal Sharpe's Jazz Band, Pete's musical range is extensive. He also kept busy as drummer for the Jug Town Pirates as well as the gypsy jazz band, Gaucho, for nine years, the latter voted "SF's Best Jazz Band of 2009" by the SF Weekly's reader poll. His ongoing recording career spanning the last 20 years has yielded over 32 records, including a recent recording with Maria Muldaur's Garden of Joy Jug Band, an album that was nominated for a Grammy Award. Pete's unique 'old time' drumming and jug blowing styles have taken him around the country, performing at venues such as SF's Great American Music Hall, SF's Davies Symphony Hall, The Danny Kay Theater in NYC for the JVC Jazz Festival, The Louisville Kentucky National Jug Band Jubilee, The LA Classic Jazz Festival, The SF Jazz Festival, The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Missouri, and the famed Astoria Hotel in NYC, just to name a few.

Joe Kyle Jr. (Upright Bass)
It was during the Great Swing Wars of early-1990s San Francisco, when gigs were plentiful, public cigar smoking was legal, and vintage clothes were still cheap, that Joe was fortunate enough to have been drafted into musical service. Since that time he has become an in-demand player known for his superb feel, musical agility, and adaptability. Joe has been touring and recording with the Waybacks since mid-2001, and in such capacity has shared the stage with a host of notable roots music heroes including Bob Weir, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Joan Osborne, Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Danny Barnes, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Grace Potter, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Jim Lauderdale and Bela Fleck. He might be the only bassist to have played with Martin Denny, Al Kooper AND Pinetop Perkins, although not at the same time, sadly. 

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

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. Those 21+ are welcome to bring their own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. Children under 12 are free. 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
8:00 PM20:00

Maya Elise, Laura Hickli & Jason Oliver

Oakland-based songwriter Maya Elise crafts and shares songs that invite you in gently and let you stay awhile. Through melodies and stories as honest and comforting as a home-cooked meal, Maya speaks her full truth by paying homage to family, relationships and the natural world. Maya grew into her folk roots in the Sierra Mountains where she learned that singing with other people leads to a more whole society. She aims to create spaces with music that bring people together through song and shared experience. Take a listen to her latest album, The Way I Say Your Name, on her website here.

Canadian art/baroque-pop singer songwriter Laura Hickli left her job as an educator at The National Music Center to tour indefinitely after recording and producing her second solo album during her residency at the world-renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Having grown up in a religious family with severe depression and a keen desire to transcend into daydreams, this home-schooled emotive wonder uses classical and hymnal influence from her meditative prayer cries as the foundation for her unapologetic declarations of mental illnesses, struggle, resilience, and hope. Listen to her award-winning debut album Flowstate here.

Jason Oliver is a multi-instrumentalist musician, producer and singer based in Berkeley, California. Their music is inspired by contemporary and classic psychedelic rock, soul and electronic music.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for students with ID/low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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
8:00 PM20:00

Nick Isham

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Nick Isham is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California. He is a football player-turned musician, influenced by a wide range of artists from Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake, to Bill Withers and Van Morrison, and even to country artists such as Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton.

Nick has developed his sound from this variety of influences, crafting his own unique style of acoustic pop music. From his soulful voice, rhythmic ingenuity, personal storytelling and melodic messages, he pulls people in from the very first note.

Tickets are $15 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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
21
8:00 PM20:00

Back Porch Project

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The Back Porch Project has risen on the indie folk scene in Northern California with their unique sound, created from a combination of musical interests around folk, blues, classic rock, jam band and alt country. 

The sweet blend of vocal harmonies and tasteful instrumentation sounds like the members of this group have known each other for a long time. And, in truth, they actually have. Rodney Grisanti (mandolin), Sid Bishop (guitar), Steve Hahm (guitar and vocals), Rosie Wetzel (vocals), Ken Ingels (percussion) and Jeff Taylor (bass) have been playing together in different groups and combinations for years, and when they first brought their talents together on a hot July night on Steve’s back porch to do some pickin’, they were pretty sure they had something special. 

Back Porch Project is celebrating the release of their new CD and a free copy will be given to everyone who purchases a ticket to this show.

Tickets are $15 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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
2:00 PM14:00

Daniela Soledade with Guitarist Nate Najar

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, vocalist/guitarist Daniela Soledade grew up in a family of musicians with a direct line to the origins of Bossa Nova. Daniela’s grandfather was Paulo Soledade, who composed songs with legendary Brazilian artists Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Toquinho and Baden Powell.

Her father, Paulinho Soledade, is an artist and producer who learned guitar from Baden Powell himself and has worked with legends Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil, among others. As a child, Daniela participated in studio recordings for Brazilian artists such as Xuxa and the band Oxgênios. At age 14, she placed first in the entrance exam to attend the prestigious Music Conservatory Villa Lobos. Daniela settled in the United States in 2003 and maintains a busy performing schedule. Her debut single, a riff on Marcos Valle’s Bossa Nova classic “So Nice (Summer Samba),” was released on April 5, 2019 and her full album, A Moment of You, will be released on September 6, 2019.

Guitarist Nate Najar is emerging as one of this decade’s finest modern jazz exponents. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess - not many artists play acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, yet it is the perfect choice for Najar’s comprehensive approach. Not restricted to single notes or chords, Nate seamlessly weaves melody, harmony and rhythmic freedom. The result is music that is swinging, emotional, inventive and interesting. Continuing to perform at major venues and festivals across the entire globe, Nate’s latest album, Under Paris Skies, was released in 2018 on Woodward Avenue Records.

Rick Andersen of the All Music Guide called Nate, "one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene..."

Becky Byrd, wife of the late guitarist Charlie Byrd says it best: "There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie's soul in Nate's mind, heart and fingers. Get ready world, here comes Nate Najar!!!”

Tickets are $18 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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
7:00 PM19:00

Holly Penfield

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Holly Penfield, born in Berkeley and now a luminary of the London music scene, brings a night of her highly original music - and new album, TREE WOMAN, to The Back Room.

“With TREE WOMAN, I’m returning to my roots, geographically and musically,” declares Holly, who began her career as a rock singer-songwriter in the East Bay. She performed at venues including Freight & Salvage and the Keystone Berkeley, playing with such notables as John Lee Hooker and Eddie Money. She went on to develop a vibrant versatility in the heart of London, encompassing jazz, standards and pop - alongside her own original music, which she views as "re-inventions of entertainment and survival."

Penfield is a force of nature, so TREE WOMAN is an apt title for her new show. Her deep-rooted love for self expression has grown into full bloom, spreading branches of her strong original songs intertwined with tendrils of tender ballads, and twigs of gypsy jazz.

Holly will be on keyboards, backed by a rock band. Songs include “Misfit,” “Last Enemy,” “In Your Arms,” “Diggin' It," “Don’t Bang on the Piano,” and "A Rose and a Rope.”

Her solo show, Fragile Human Monster, played in London during March 2018, earning rave reviews:

“Two sold-out shows Live at Zedel and an audience pleading for more speaks volumes…Holly Penfield dazzled, performing a collection of amazing originals, and held the audience in thrall with her unique style and arresting costumes.” – Helen Theophanous, London

Says Holly, “Being back in Berkeley where I began my career feels very right at this time in my life - coming full circle! Berkeley gave me my start as a rock chick, and I’m still connected to my friends and supporters here. I am really looking forward to sharing my new show and album TREE WOMAN – and I think that my musical growth rings will be visible!”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Salty Suites

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The Salty Suites played their very first show together in a high security prison for the criminally insane. That's no joke, and it was a very fitting beginning for this plucky bunch of misfits. Their brand of original Americana encompasses a wide spectrum of musical styles from bluegrass to blues from classic country swing to heady jam band rock (as rocking as you can get with mandolin, stand up bass and acoustic guitar).

The three lead singers’ voices could not be more different from one another and yet, when they come together in three-part harmony, the powerful sound delivers a heavy dose of musical charm.

The Salty Suites are Scott Gates (mandolin, vocals), Chuck Hailes (stand up bass, vocals) and Chelsea Williams (vocals, acoustic guitar). Scott Gates, a native to the Southern California bluegrass scene, plays the mandolin with a healthy mix of finesse and mayhem. His ear-bending tones can go from sounding like classical mandolin to electric guitar and everything in between. And to add insult to injury Scott is also an exceptional singer and songwriter. Chuck Hailes, who started out playing jazz and classical bass, has evolved into quite the musical mischief-maker. His playing style ranges from dulcet bowing tones to off-kilter funky grooves, and he might just break your heart with his beautifully poignant original songs. Singer Chelsea Williams has a voice that is one part honey and two parts whiskey. Her sweet sound can turn to gravel in an instant and her bittersweet songs tempt you into believing that you might actually enjoy a little bit of heartache.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission; $10 advance, $13 at the door for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. 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
8:00 PM20:00

Aireene Espiritu & Maurice Tani

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Aireene Espiritu is a singer/songwriter with over 20 years of experience performing as a solo artist as well as with her band, Aireene & The Itch, covering various genres from folk, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues to world music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana.

“Folk singer-songwriter Aireene Espiritu works in the elemental substance of vernacular American music with an uncanny ease. Whether blues, hillbilly, soul, folk or R&B...demonstrates masterly command of each. Her original compositions mix deft lyrical construction and classic form just as impressively...An authentic, authoritative vocalist and with distinctly sensitive manner of phrasing...” Jonny Whiteside, Los Angeles Times

“A rare breed of artist, a soul singer, a folk troubadour, a blues artist, a busk show princess, a skiffle tear-stained street singer with a heart as big as the history of the music that drives her. And in the final analysis, she is a storyteller without borders or cultural limitations.” — Terry Roland, No Depression

She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears.

Her fifth album, Back Where I Belong (2016), pays tribute to the great rhythm and blues artist Sugar Pie DeSanto, along with favorite American and Filipino folk songs produced by Little Village Foundation, a non-profit label founded by venerable blues keyboardist JimPugh (Robert Cray, Etta James, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker). The album has received positive recognition and reviews from KQED's The California Report, San Francisco Chronicle, Living Blues and No Depression magazines, and a 4.5 out of 5 stars review in All About Jazz.

Maurice Tani is a "supercalifornigraphic" singer-songwriter known for his wry/rye-to-romantic songwriting, agile guitar style and expressive singing. His band, Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora, has been the source of untold, but exquisite, suffering for over 15 years. Tani now has 8 albums to his credit. The latest is This Is It! (Little Village), a live album recorded at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage.

“This music is neither retro nor country; it's twang noir. A fully realized universe, on a dark night, with an AM radio station sending out a strong signal from somewhere down Highway 99. Are you listening?” — Scott Bloom, Bay Area Twang

“This is thoughtful, heart-wrenching stuff about human asteroids that wonder where and how they lost their way and if there is a GPS that works. …darkly funny comments on power, desire, adrenalin, ambivalence, and narco squad surveillance.” — Jeep Rosenberg, Freight Train Boogie

“Tani's songs sound like buried treasures...He has a quality to his singing that is closer to a Raul Malo or a Roy Orbison, almost a classic cabaret voice, that brings a haunting feeling to many of his songs. His vocals on ‘Radio City’ build on a form that Tani describes ‘as cinema for the blind.’ You can imagine driving along a desolate road when this song comes on the radio: a lost-love song where the protagonist is an all-night disc jockey who laments that he has squandered his chance at love and finds himself alone and lonely in a one way conversation with thousands of people who only know his voice." — Robert Sproul, No Depression

WHAT IS SUPERCALIFORNOGRAPHIC?


Short for “Supercalifornographicexpealidocious,” the term Tani uses to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani's writing is centered on a West Coast perspective.

“Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I'm not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the storytelling side of it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I'm a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast.”

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
29
4:00 PM16:00

Ed Reed & Sam Rudin

UPDATE 8/7/19: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 29TH AT 4PM. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE. ALL TICKETS SOLD SO FAR WILL BE HONORED OR REFUNDED AS NEEDED. THANK YOU.

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.   

Ed will be accompanied by Sam Rudin at the piano.

Sam is the owner/creator/manager of The Back Room, which takes up most of his time and energy these days. But he is also a top-notch pianist, whose versatility encompasses the whole range of 20th century American music. Lee Hildebrand (East Bay Express) called him, "A master of musical Americana...an enormous talent,” and said "his scope is near limitless."  

Often cited for his dynamic, high-energy style, he is excited to be able to concentrate, on this occasion,  on his gentler and more elegant side, as befits Ed's music.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
29
8:00 PM20:00

Bruce Ackley & Henry Kaiser Explore the Music of Steve Lacy

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Featuring Bruce Ackley (soprano sax), Scott R. Looney (piano), Danielle DeGruttola (cello), Nava Dunkelman (percussion), Henry Kaiser (electric bass) and Lisa Mezzacappa (acoustic bass).

Kaiser and Ackley have a 4-decade recording and performance history that stretches back to the 1970’s, when each was deeply touched by Lacy’s unique style and acute intellectualism, which helped to reshape the sound of jazz.

They have formed a six-piece ensemble to present a tribute to jazz iconoclast and cultural treasure, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy. Together the sextet promises a compelling and lyrical evening of compositions by the late jazz master. Four of the players were part of a recent re-imagining of Lacy’s classic 1970’s recording The Wire, which will be a forthcoming CD, and this program will consist of Lacy compositions from those sessions and more.

Steve Lacy (July 23, 1934 – June 4, 2004), born in New York City, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer recognized as one of the important players of soprano saxophone. Coming to prominence in the 1950’s as a progressive dixieland musician, Lacy went on to have a long and prolific career. He worked extensively in experimental jazz and to a lesser extent in free improvisation, but Lacy's music was typically melodic and tightly-structured. Lacy also became a highly distinctive composer, with compositions often built out of little more than a single questioning phrase, repeated several times. In 1992, Lacy was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (nicknamed the "genius grant").

Lacy was interested in all the arts: the visual arts and poetry in particular became important sources for him. Collaborating with painters and dancers in multimedia projects, he made musical settings of his favorite writers: Robert Creeley, Samuel Beckett, Tom Raworth, Taslima Nasrin, Herman Melville, Brion Gysin and other Beat writers, including settings for the Tao Te Ching and haiku poetry. As Creeley noted in the Poetry Project Newsletter, "There’s no way simply to make clear how particular Steve Lacy was to poets or how much he can now teach them by fact of his own practice and example. No one was ever more generous or perceptive.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
2
8:00 PM20:00

Ellis Paul

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Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more a singular storyteller; a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing: the exhilaration of the open road, a celebration of heroes, the hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love…intimate, passionate and enduring.

These are the scenarios that emerge from Ellis Paul’s new album, Chasing Beauty, a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all. “Kick Out the Lights (Johnny Cash)” pays tribute to that fearless American icon name-checked in its title. “Plastic Soldier” offers homage to a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan. A real-life barnstorming pilot takes the spotlight in “Jimmie Angel’s Flying Circus,” while iconic Boston blue collar musician Dennis Brennan takes the focus in “Waiting on a Break.” Even the Empire State Building and the Boston Red Sox get their due, via “Empire State” and “UK Girl (Boston Calling),” respectively.

In reality, these stories are a continuation of tales Paul has told for more than a quarter century, over the expanse of nineteen albums, numerous critical kudos (15 Boston Music Awards alone), inclusion in several movie soundtracks, and stages he’s headlined both near and far. “I’ve got a car with over 475,000 miles on it, and it’s my third road vehicle, ” Paul declares. “I’ve been doing 200 shows a year for over twenty years. There isn’t a town in the country where I won’t find a friend. I’m a nomad. And I’m gonna write and play until I’m gone.”

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). Children under 12 are free.

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
8:00 PM20:00

Trance Mission

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Trance Mission features Beth Custer (bass clarinet, alto clarinet Bb clarinet), Stephen Kent (didgeridoo, cello-sintir, percussion), Peter Valsamis (drum set, dumbek, electronics).

Formed by world-renowned didgeridoo pioneer Stephen Kent and award-winning clarinetist/composer Beth Custer, the San Francisco-based “4th World” band Trance Mission makes genre-bending music perhaps best described as a new form of contemporary global jazz, with driving intricate rhythms & gorgeous soaring melodies – worldly and otherworldly soundscapes that invite audiences into a unique universe of groove and new possibility in music.

With a classic catalogue of four globally acclaimed CDs, Trance Mission, now a trio with virtuoso drummer/electronic artist, Peter Valsamis, is reentering the musical stratosphere with energy and vitality and has been working on a new recording slated for Fall release.

Beth Custer is an Emmy award-winning composer and performer writing for film, TV, theatre and dance productions. Both as a solo artist and bandleader she has recorded many acclaimed original works and is renowned for her exquisite and diverse clarinet playing across the entire clarinet family. She has toured internationally with Trance Mission, Club Foot Orchestra, Clarinet Thing, Eighty Mile Beach, and The Beth Custer Ensemble.

Stephen Kent has received international acclaim as a driving force in bringing the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo into contemporary music. A multi-instrumentalist & composer he is well established in the global music scene, collaborating with an extraordinary range of luminary musicians including Airto Moreira (Brazil), Omar Sosa (Cuba), Zakir Hussain (India), Habib Koite (Mali), Leonard Eto (Japan), Chirgilchin (Tuva), Steve Roach/Del Sol Quartet/R. Carlos Nakai (USA). His catalog of releases includes 7 solo albums and many more with group projects including Trance Mission and Baraka Moon. Stephen also hosts Music of the World and Off the Beaten Path on Pacifica Radio's KPFA (94.1FM)

Peter Valsamis is based in Los Angeles. His extraordinary approach to drumming synthesizes a variety of musical styles into his own unique sound. He has performed with Cecil Taylor, Emeline Michel, Martine St. Clair, Mitsou, Don Preston, Walter Aziz, Steve Lacy, Trance Mission and many others. An accomplished composer and sound designer he has worked on titles such as Transformers, Star Trek, Battleship, The Price is Right, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. Peter received his M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College.

What critics say about Trance Mission:

“This dynamic trio gives urban tribalism a whole new soundtrack!” - San Jose Mercury News

“The digital aura remarkably marries the indigenous instrumentation with a rare naturalness, resonating with the full flame of world-derived trance power.” — Sam Prestianni

“A unique Aboriginal, African and European fusion. Their rhythmic, trance-inducing music for didgeridoo, drums and electronics makes a perfect soundtrack.” — j. poet

“This is such deep, exploratory, soulful music...unlike anything I’ve ever heard...its progressive, jazzy, tribal, traditional, jamming, driving, trance rhythms...I hear something new every time I put this CD on.” — Dirty Linen

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
5
8:00 PM20:00

Goodnight Moonshine

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When you first hear Goodnight Moonshine it brings a wave of nostalgia, conjuring teenage heartache- then perhaps a similar sensation to falling in love. As the music fades you're left grappling with what it is to stay in love with something both beautiful and flawed. Courageous unveiling and depth of experience make the collaboration between married couple Molly Venter and Eben Pariser addictively captivating.

Molly’s voice bends from a sweet moan to a gritty shout and back into a playful run in the space of a few bars, and "it all goes down like silk," writes American Songwriter Magazine. The magazine also notes that "few singers turn first-time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter."

The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations, conceived by Eben on vocals and electric guitar. Co-writing often, the couple uses the creative process to explore a healthy, authentic relationship. Both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of grief and joy in equal measure; Molly gives smooth delivery to Eben's assertions, while Eben gives form and focus to Molly's raw passion. Their music encourages listeners to embrace opposing desires, to challenge as well as support each other through inspiration and dissolution, and hopefully to share this journey with their larger communities.

Molly’s voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on Fox Television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films. Molly and Eben’s song "Willow Tree" was a #1 hit on the Folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today. Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally on 100+ shows a year, with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
8:30 PM20:30

The Black Feathers

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The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.

The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.

“Once in a blue moon, the whole soars far above the sum of its parts. That’s what happens when The Black Feathers perform live.” - Black Mountain News, North Carolina

Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities co-exist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Their music quickly draw the interest of listeners, but it is the stage chemistry that will keep them riveted.

Having already built up a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers have been spreading their wings across the US. They have performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest, and have also been awarded official showcases at the North East Regional and Far-West Folk Alliance conferences.

With a new single and a live album in the pipeline, these are exciting times for what FATEA refer to as "a duo of undeniable talent.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $5 for low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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
8:00 PM20:00

Little Buffalo

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Little Buffalo is the ongoing musical powwow between songwriter Eric Burkhart and a stable of talented players, singers and creative collaborators.

Little Buffalo's songs come from a lifetime of hearing American music in it's many incarnations…”imagine original tunes that fall somewhere between country, acoustic rock, folk and blues, with a nod to the sounds of Tulsa, New Orleans and Funky Kingston, then you'll be somewhere in the neighborhood,” (Berkeleyside). Some might call it Americana .... you can call it whatever you like.

Little Buffalo has finished a debut album and is busy recording new songs, making videos, and gigging around the local SF Bay Area music scene.

LB's current performing lineup includes:
Eric Burkhart - guitars, vocals
Steve Epstein - pedal steel, guitar
Jeff Jewett - live sound mixing
Alan Novidor - bass
James Percy - drums, percussion
Melissa Phillips - vocals, percussion
John Prichard - keyboards, vocals

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
8:00 PM20:00

Tracy Grammer

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Called "one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom" (Boston Globe) and "a musician and singer of dazzling versatility" (No Depression), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music's most beloved artists.

Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling, Grammer has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists, both solo and in a duo with the late Dave Carter. She is on tour celebrating the release of Low Tide, her highly-anticipated eleventh album and the first to showcase her original songs. "Hole," the album opener, was the #1 most-played song on folk radio in February.

Though she currently lives in Greenfield, Mass., Grammer is still a West Coast girl at heart, having grown up in Southern California and earned her degree from UC Berkeley (English '94). The Back Room is pleased to welcome her "home" to the Bay Area.

“[Tracy Grammer's] pure voice conveys the simple truths of these songs; her gifts as a musician are like that of a painter who is a master of chiaroscuro, offering light and shadow at every turn.... A treasured part of my music collection.“ - Mary Chapin Carpenter, liner notes for Flower of Avalon.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. and $15 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
15
8:00 PM20:00

Hearts & Minds, Lisa Mezzacappa Tangle Trio

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Called a “singularly original unit,” Hearts & Minds combines brash fluidity, lyricism and emphatic grooves into a sonic universe Sun Ra would smile on from above.

Hearts & Minds is a collective conceived by long-time collaborators Jason Stein (bass clarinet) and Paul Giallorenzo (synthesizer/e piano), joined by drummer Chad Taylor. The trio has two critically-acclaimed releases on the Austin-based Astral Spirits record label.

“An unbound sonic expedition that also digs in, exuding an earthy rhythmic gusto.” - Nate Chinen, WBGO Take Five

“Stein, Giallorenzo and Taylor are all seasoned veterans of lengthy tours, one-off encounters and extended residential engagements. They’ve each established a personal and flexible voice on their respective instruments. This is the sound of a group that’s grown into its potential.” - Bill Meyer, Dusted

“If you're thinking Sun Ra, you'd be correct.” - Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

“...scans as free-jazz, yet the deeper it goes, the more industrial it becomes.” - Marcus J. Moore, Bandcamp Daily’s Essential Releases of the Week

The Lisa Mezzacappa Tangle Trio features Sheldon Brown (saxophone/clarinets), Lisa Mezzacappa, (acoustic bass) and Kjell Nordeson (drums/percussion).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. 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
17
8:00 PM20:00

Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz - Hammond Organ Party!

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“Outstanding vocals…Rose hits that jazz & soul sweet spot with Wayne De La Cruz and Hammond Organ Party!” - Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat

Jazz and blues audiences all over the world have long enjoyed vocalist Pamela Rose, and how she puts over a song with a strong, mellifluous voice just dripping with attitude.

But Bay Area fans also know that Rose has an enduring passion for the swinging and soulful sounds of the Hammond B-3 organ. With Wayne De La Cruz on B-3, and Mark Lee on drums, this trio puts on a Hammond Organ Party!

Loose and limber, moving and grooving, Rose and her combo romp through beloved standards, blues hits, and R&B classics.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
24
8:00 PM20:00

In the Spirit of Lennon

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Singer-songwriter Drew Harrison is one of those rare recording artists with the ability to translate life into song. His passionate, honest, and intense style resonates in the vein of Bono, Ritchie Havens and John Lennon.

In the Spirit of Lennon is Drew’s tribute to John Lennon, and interpretation of his music. He goes beyond just sounding like him, but captures the intensity that Lennon brought to the Beatles music as well as his own.

He leads a very successful, critically-acclaimed band, The Sun Kings, in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently performs over 100 shows a year both solo and with his band. Drew’s solo performances and his ‘In the Spirit of Lennon’ shows have yielded much praise.  

As a solo artist he has performed in Europe, South America, and in the States he’s been invited to open for such artists as Richard Thompson, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Miller to name a few. Drew’s abilities as a multi-talented performer have earned him fans throughout the world and his critically-acclaimed solo release, Go it Alone, has enjoyed robust success.

Drew also leads The Plastic Fauxno Band, and 9-piece tribute to John Lennon’s solo work. The band’s concert, ‘Love Is the Answer – The Concert for John Lennon,’ is a two and a half hour show presenting the concert John might have performed had he toured in 1982. It features songs from his entire solo career, respectfully performed by veteran musicians from bands like The Doobie Brothers, The Rubinoos, Todd Rundgren Band and more. 

Somewhere among all of this Drew has found time for stage, TV, film, and completing a degree at UC Berkeley, adhering to a simple philosophy of living life fully, and giving back when one can.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
30
8:00 PM20:00

Jim Kweskin

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Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader, gaining national prominence with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in the '60s. Kweskin created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz.

Kweskin has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist.

"...Still a masterful guitarist and storyteller... effortless, gently driving finger-picking style..." - Robin Denislow, The Guardian

“Mr. Kweskin’s music is a blend of blues, jug music, rhythm & blues and jazz – rag-timey stompdown party music.” - Alex Ward, New York Times

"Jim Kweskin continues to perform his vast repertoire of folk, blues, swing, jug band and early standards with his own brand of infectious personal interpretations. His guitar finger picking of songs like ‘Some Of these Days’ and ‘Exactly Like You’ is recognized by his peers and fans as some of the best there is." - Nat Hentoff

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
7
7:30 PM19:30

Joni Mitchell Birthday Tribute

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East Bay vocalist Ann Moss leads a consortium of musicians active in the Bay Area's jazz, classical, rock and experimental scenes, in a special birthday tribute to one of the greatest poet-composers of our time. Featuring pianist Matt Berkeley, guitarists Carrie Smith and Patrick Anseth, violinist Justin Ouellet, bassist Joe Kyle Jr., and additional special guests.

Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music whose voice has been singled out for “beautifully pure floated high notes” (Opera News), “powerful expression," (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “exquisite, long fluid lines" (Cleveland Classical). Her albums Love Life and Currents, produced by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, feature premiere recordings of works by composers including Jake Heggie, John Thow, Liam Wade and Vartan Aghababian, as well as songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Weslie Brown.

She can also be heard on releases from PARMA, Naxos, Albany, Arsis, Angels Share Records, and Navona Records. As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has has created and premiered over one hundred and fifty new vocal works. She recently made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony singing the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

"These tribute concerts are a continuation of The Joni Mitchell Suite - an ongoing and evolving project that explores the multi-faceted spectrum of musical worlds I inhabit, through arranging, performing and recording the music of Joni Mitchell. These original arrangements, conceived and created in a spirit of open collaboration, allow my colleagues and me to pay homage to the music that has nurtured and guided us to become the artists we are today. In many instances, they also serve to highlight Joni Mitchell’s own artistic ties to the classical vocal genre of Art Song." — Ann Moss

Tickets are $25 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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
7:30 PM19:30

Joni Mitchell Birthday Tribute

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East Bay vocalist Ann Moss leads a consortium of musicians active in the Bay Area's jazz, classical, rock and experimental scenes, in a special birthday tribute to one of the greatest poet-composers of our time. Featuring pianist Matt Berkeley, guitarists Carrie Smith and Patrick Anseth, violinist Justin Ouellet, bassist Joe Kyle Jr., and additional special guests.

Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music whose voice has been singled out for “beautifully pure floated high notes” (Opera News), “powerful expression," (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “exquisite, long fluid lines" (Cleveland Classical). Her albums Love Life and Currents, produced by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, feature premiere recordings of works by composers including Jake Heggie, John Thow, Liam Wade and Vartan Aghababian, as well as songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Weslie Brown.

She can also be heard on releases from PARMA, Naxos, Albany, Arsis, Angels Share Records, and Navona Records. As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has has created and premiered over one hundred and fifty new vocal works. She recently made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony singing the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

"These tribute concerts are a continuation of The Joni Mitchell Suite - an ongoing and evolving project that explores the multi-faceted spectrum of musical worlds I inhabit, through arranging, performing and recording the music of Joni Mitchell. These original arrangements, conceived and created in a spirit of open collaboration, allow my colleagues and me to pay homage to the music that has nurtured and guided us to become the artists we are today. In many instances, they also serve to highlight Joni Mitchell’s own artistic ties to the classical vocal genre of Art Song." — Ann Moss

Tickets are $25 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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
13
8:00 PM20:00

Susan Werner

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After writing twelve albums of songs in styles ranging from folk/rock to Tin Pan Alley to gospel, country and chamber music, what might a woman deemed by National Public Radio as “The Empress of the Unexpected” try next?

As audiences will testify, Susan Werner’s been knocking it out of the park – or concert hall – all around the U.S. for twenty years. Renowned as a charismatic performer, she’s known above all for challenging herself to conquer new styles, almost like mountaintops, every few years.

From her 1995 major label debut, the folk/rock gem Last of the Good Straight Girls, to her 2004 collection of Tin Pan Alley-styled originals, I Can’t Be New, to her 2007 “agnostic gospel” hymnal The Gospel Truth, to 2013’s tribute to agriculture and her Iowa farm roots Hayseed to 2018’s Cuban-flavored collection An American In Havana, Werner’s creative restlessness has become her defining characteristic.

“I like concept albums, because they provide a place for the audience and the artist to meet. You may not know me and I may not know you, but we both know something about a farmer’s market, about what it is to sit in a pew at church and wonder what life means, we both know something about falling in love and maybe falling back out again. I like to have a starting point for an evening’s conversation with an audience – it’s a great icebreaker.”

She first arrived on the national stage when her 1995 BMG debut earned her national concert tours with Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. In 1996, Werner was featured as part of the “next generation” in Peter Paul & Mary’s PBS special LifeLines. She has performed on NPR’s World Café, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and in 2016 Nebraska Educational Television broadcast The Land Will Outlive Us All, a one hour special on Werner, agriculture, and her 2015 concert tour across the state.

Her songs have been recorded by Tom Jones and Michael Feinstein, Broadway stars Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole, and countless individuals and ensembles. But Werner says she’s just getting started: “I just released an album of songs inspired by a trip to Cuba.  And I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland – hey, maybe I could learn the bagpipes.  It’s not impossible….is it?”

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). Children under 12 are free.

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
8:00 PM20:00

Paula Boggs Band

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Paula Boggs Band is a six-piece band that traverses jazz, world, rock, and Americana.

They released their debut album A Buddha State of Mind in 2010 and Carnival of Miracles, produced by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Trina Shoemaker, in March 2015.

Their sound is described as “Seattle-Brewed Soulgrass,” and the band has performed 100+ shows nationally and in Canada since releasing Carnival of Miracles.

More recently, the band released an “unplugged” EP of consciousness songs, Live at Empty Sea, Songs of Protest & Hope and a third studio album, Elixir, The Soulgrass Sessions, also produced by Shoemaker, in 2017. In 2018, the band released their first holiday song, "Mistletoe & Shiny Guitars."

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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
11
8:00 PM20:00

WoodBarry

WoodBarry is a group of Bay Area veteran musicians featuring an eclectic mix of music from the ’60s to the present.

Nancy Hall (from the Curios and the Finger Puppets, as well as Neil Young’s touring company), Woody Trevorrow (from Hearts on Fire and Houston Jones) and Barry Silverblatt (from Hearts on Fire and other groups he won’t discuss) create complex instrumental interplay and soaring harmonies.

They're joined at The Back Room by special guest Glenn Houston, guitarist extraordinaire, formerly of Hearts on Fire, Houston Jones and currently appearing with Stevie Coyle as The Quitters.

Tickets are $15 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

J Hanrahan Quartet

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Please join us for a special evening with the J Hanrahan Quartet, performing Wayne Shorter's post-bop masterpiece recording JuJu.

This album, recorded in 1964, featured the John Coltrane quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison. The quartet for this performance will feature local resident Andrew Dixon on saxophone, San Jose native Dahveed Behroozi on piano, San Francisco's own Giulio Xavier Cetto on bass and John Hanrahan on drums.

This smokin' Quartet will be featured at SFJAZZ this September.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID/low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Dust Motif

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Original. Modern. Jazz. The Bay Area instrumental jazz group Dust Motif takes the stage to excite audiences and bring their new EP, Rootball, to life!

Musical director and woodwind maestro Dave Tidball leads the pack through the thick soundscapes of his timeless and finely-crafted tunes. Whether digging into up-tempo swing, global fusion or modern grooves, Dust Motif is in their element.

Galen Grant (drums), Dave Tidball (woodwinds), Mike Wynar (guitar), and Ben Lee (bass).

Tickets are $15 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Gold Souls

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The Gold Souls are bringing the driving grooves of funk, the rich textures of soul, and the compelling storytelling of the blues to the Northern California scene and beyond. Drawing from a variety of influences and experiences, they deliver captivating lyrics and fresh arrangements over a vintage sound.

Led by the dynamic Juniper Waller, the group is made up of young talent hailing from the Bay and Sacramento areas. With Darius Upshaw on guitar, Alex Severson on the keys, Billy D. Thompson on the drums, and Jace Dorn on bass, each member has a hand in writing and song composition, making The Gold Souls a truly collaborative effort. 

The Gold Souls burst on the Sacramento music scene in early 2017, and are swiftly becoming one of the most promising new talents in the area.

They released a self-titled five song EP in May of 2017 and went on tour the California coast soon after. Their next single, “Nobody,” was released in late 2017 and was featured on Apple Music Blues’ Hot Tracks list. They released their full length album Good To Feel in June 2018.

Their latest single, “True Blue,” was produced and engineered by multi-Grammy winner Timothy Bloom and was released February 12, 2019.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
15
8:00 PM20:00

Laurens Patzlaff

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Laurens Patzlaff is both a Classical and Jazz pianist gifted with the unique ability to improvise in every style. Within the field of improvisation, he is a true phenomenon. The Classics and improvisation have rarely intermixed, and Laurens is devoted to promoting and popularizing this fascinating musical duo. Improvisation is the main focus of his artistic and academic career.

A German music professor who works frequently in the USA and Australia as well as in Germany and throughout Europe and Asia, he was appointed Germany’s first-ever Professor for Piano and Improvisation (Jazz and Classical) at the Lübeck Academy of Music in 2013.

Since 2007, he has taught improvisation at the Stuttgart State University for Music and Performing Arts as well as at universities in Freiburg and Trossingen. He regularly hosts master classes for piano and improvisation at universities in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, Hong Kong, Beijing and other cities around the world. In the USA, he has taught at Hunter College in New York City, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, to name just a few.

Laurens dazzles audiences with his musicianship while opening their eyes and ears to the unlimited capacity for variation in even the most formal of musical genres, offering a fresh perspective on music with a range of styles few if any can imagine.

In addition to international solo engagements, he plays in jazz bands and is also an accomplished chamber musician. He has worked with the Stuttgart State Orchestra and the Das Südwestdeutsche Kammerorchester and numerous other orchestras. A busy program of concert appearances has taken this multi-award-winning pianist to numerous European destinations, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and, most recently, New Zealand, Peru, Brazil and Colombia. He regularly performs in China, the US and Australia. Many of his performances have been broadcast on the radio.

In November 2012, he released his much-acclaimed debut album Reflections on Debussy, in which he combines works by Debussy with his own improvisations. Deutschlandfunk described its “brilliant improvisations as the true highlights of this recording,” and raved, “Laurens Patzlaff is a master of improvisation.” The Freie Presse stated simply that Reflections on Debussy is “one of the most exciting contributions to the year 2012.”

His second album, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, was released in 2015 to high acclaim. Klassik.com declared it to be “a fascinating recording. Every improvisation has their own character which Patzlaff emerges artfully out of the moment.” Piano News stated, “Patzlaff himself becomes a sorcerer on that album who, in contrast to the apprentice, knows all the tricks and ruses.”

Born in 1981, Laurens Patzlaff began playing the piano at the age of eight, and even at an early stage he was inspired and fascinated by the limitless stylistic possibilities which the piano offered. Whilst building up his classical repertoire, he dedicated himself to the art of improvisation. The musician and composer Robert Schumann and the jazz pianist Oscar Peterson count amongst Laurens’ most important role models. For Laurens, they represent a holistic musical philosophy.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Red's Blues

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Red's Blues is a blues revue founded in July 2012, that keeps the blues alive with traditional blues, Chicago shuffles, New Orleans-delta, and West Coast blues, both acoustic and electric.

They perform as a three, four and five-piece band, and include a lot of original Americana/roots music in their repertoire. The band has released two critically-acclaimed CDs: Red's Blues (2014), and You Knock Me Out (2017).

"Beth Reid-Grigsby's confident alto vocals are breezy and unaffected by histrionics. In addition to blues, the influence of country and jazz is clearly discernible in her laid-back style." - Blues Music Magazine

"Red's Blues has a finger-poppin' attitude - straight outta the golden years when blues, R&B and swing all meshed together and dance floors every night were filled with snake hips and slow drags. Beth, with her sensual, southern voice and classy behind-the-beat phrasing, finds perfect rhythmic support in bass player and husband, RW." - M. Giles, Swell Productions

RW and Beth’s guitar player is Doug Crumpacker, and Tim Wilbur is on drums. The four make up the core of Red’s Blues Band. Doug, Tim and RW are all members of the Sacramento Blues Hall of Fame. RW is also a BMA winner. Red’s Blues was established in 2012, but all are veteran musicians. This year, Red’s Blues was nominated for a SAMMIE award for best blues band in the Sacramento region, as well as nominated by the Northern California Entertainers Music Awards for best blues band in Northern California. Currently, Red’s Blues is writing material for a third CD, and hopes to release it in 2020. Members of the Blues Foundation and the Sacramento Blues Society.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID and low-income individuals. 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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Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Matt Gilmour Band, The Cuckoos

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For a long time, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Matt Gilmour didn’t take life very seriously. He didn’t have to.  He was in love, young and healthy, and music was in his genes.  However, a series of painful and transformative events found him heartbroken, fighting for his life, and facing some serious realizations.

“After I was diagnosed with cancer, something in me changed,” Matt shares. “I was fed up with who I was, and I knew I needed to start many things in my life from scratch.”

Today, through brave introspection and hard work, Matt has emerged triumphant with his life reclaimed. The English-born, Austin, Texas-based artist is now making music on his own terms with his band of brothers in The Matt Gilmour Band. He’s forging his own legacy with a distinct cinematic psych-rock aesthetic and a groundbreaking live performance streaming series.

The Matt Gilmour Band is a collaborative, interstellar vehicle that plays psychedelic rock with touches of prog, blues, indie, folk, and funk. “There is no way I could do this without the guys. They’re amazing musicians and amazing friends,” Matt says. In addition to Matt, the band features AJ Vincent on keys, Joe Cannariato on bass, and Danny Coco on drums. The Matt Gilmour Band gigs regionally and nationally, often performing with dazzling light show accompaniment.

Matt was born and raised in England where he grew up watching his father—Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour—from the side of the stage as he captivated arena crowds. Eventually, Matt began to solidify his musical chops and forge his own path, discovering his identity through traversing a myriad of musical influences. As a signature sound coalesced, and Matt’s talents shined through, he began to write compelling compositions. One track he posted online caught the ear of legendary producer/engineer and Steppenwolf guitarist Danny Johnson, who invited Matt to Austin to record a solo album. That album, The Grey, snapshots Matt in an intimate bluesy folk setting.

The Cuckoos
“Youth is wasted on the young” is a famous quote often attributed to George Bernard Shaw, or Oscar Wilde. It’s a bitter old saying, combining a bit of cleverly worded elder wisdom with a large dose of grizzled envy. Researchers have traced the quote all the way back to a newspaper published in 1931: specifically, writer Ted Cook’s syndicated column, “Cook-Coos.” Which is damn funny, considering that in this century, neo-Psych Rock crew The Cuckoos are smashing that famous quote’s premise with jubilant glee.

This Austin, Texas-based band isn’t wasting their youth, nor are they jettisoning the hallmarks of the greats who came before them. On the contrary, these four young men draw liberally from the deep well of vintage pop, heady psychedelic rock, sizzling hot funk, and even a bit of old-fashioned blues to create music that is at once classic yet forward thinking. Classic Rock Magazine rightly christened their psychedelic garage rock “spectacular,” declaring the band “hip young dudes who mine the late sixties acid rock scene for inspiration, but sound so authentic you’ll think you’re having a flashback.”

From Magical Mystery Tour to The Doors, from Velvet Underground to Jimi Hendrix, The Cuckoos roots run deep. Within the band’s swirling, trippy songs, there’s the magical alchemy of Pink Floyd, the stoic enigmatic melancholy of Joy Division, and the epic scope of Led Zeppelin. It’s all super-charged with the gritty energy of Nirvana at their most energetic. At times, one can almost feel the heat of Jimi Hendrix’s burning guitar, as the sonic vibes transport the audience to uncharted funky and jazzy dimensions. It’s all viewed through The Cuckoos young and constantly inspired lens, giving it a fresh feel.

The Cuckoos are Kenneth Frost (vocals, keyboards), Dave North (guitar, vocals), Eric Ross (bass) and
Cole Koenning (drums).

Tickets are $15 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Beetle box

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Beetle box is an experimental composer, keyboardist, and solo artist from Little Rock, Arkansas who creates original, piano-centered electronic music for live performance.

His intricate control at the keys triggers a plethora of intertwined acoustic and computer-generated sounds. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of different genres, his music has featured everything from dubstep synthesizers and pop-single samples to orchestral instrumentations and Indian temple rhythms. Beetle box has carved out a niche somewhere between beautiful and strange, and consistently forges a unique and engaging live experience for his audience.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for students with ID and low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
8
7:30 PM19:30

Cristiano

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A native of Brazil, Cristiano has been a working musician since the 1980’s. A singer, composer and self-taught guitarist, he has perfected his own way of singing and playing the guitar.

He had the opportunity to be heard by artists such as Milton Nascimento, Marcio Greick, Benito de Paula, Margareth Menezes, Fábio de Melo and others, and has directed studio work with the bands Skanc, Jota Quest and Pato Fú. He has recorded four CDs, including one in São Paulo at the invitation of Eduardo Lages, singer of the singer Roberto Carlos. He has performed with numerous artists of name and renown in several Brazilian states, and has worked on many projects as an artistic producer.

The artist brings a synthesis of his trajectory as a composer and performer, performing his own compositions and also those of great authors of Musica do Brasil. Cristiano believes in always portraying your feelings with life, friendships, family, nature, love, and God.

This is his first appearance in Berkeley, and this performance is a benefit for the Uniao do Vegetal Spiritual Center. He will be joined by Juliana Marx-Andler, a talented singer-songwriter who was born in Brazil, and our own Sam Rudin on percussion.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

Mission Blue

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Mission Blue delivers straight-ahead bluegrass featuring a special brand of family harmony singing.

A collaboration of Dana and Avram Frankel, Mission Blue is thrilled to return to the The Back Room as part of their summer performance schedule. With Mission Blue, Dana and Avram draw from the deep well of traditional bluegrass to inform their sets – one can expect songs from the The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Martin and Red Allen, as well as bluegrass innovators such as J.D. Crowe and The New South, Hot Rize, Southern Blend and The Johnson Mountain Boys. In addition, Mission Blue salts each set with reinterpretations of older folk tunes and ballads - and original material.  

For each show Avram and Dana wrangle top California bluegrass talent into a traditional five-piece band. They will be joined by Jesse Personeni on banjo and Steve Pottier on bass. Jesse is recognized as the best of young California bluegrass talent, and Steve brings his steady hand as one of the most established and respected bluegrass musicians in Northern California. A surprise special guest will cover mandolin duties. This will be a special show – please join us. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Vitamin Em

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Made up of Grammy-nominated and award-winning musicians from around the Bay Area, Vitamin Em celebrates funk, jazz, R&B, soul and fiddle music with verve and enthusiasm.

From hip-hop inspired originals to artfully remixed fiddle and funk favorites, this group of strings, accordion and bassoon happily deliver concerts that run the musical gamut. They may even sneak a lively classical piece into their line-up. Whatever the genre, Vitamin Em brings irresistible energy and passion to each performance and along the way, fearless improv abounds. If you like to have fun, be exhilarated, and love the groove, this band is for you.

“…love your arrangements and varied song selection. Keep that Vitamin Em music coming!” - Jerry Cortez, guitarist with Tower of Power.

The group features Matthew Szemela and Philip Brezina (violins), Emily Onderdonk (viola), Michael Graham (cello) and Paul Hanson (bassoon).

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID/low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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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Aug
1
8:00 PM20:00

Pamela Rose & Wayne De La Cruz - Hammond Organ Party!

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“Outstanding vocals…Rose hits that jazz & soul sweet spot with Wayne De La Cruz and Hammond Organ Party!” - Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat

Jazz and blues audiences all over the world have long enjoyed vocalist Pamela Rose, and how she puts over a song with a strong, mellifluous voice just dripping with attitude.

But Bay Area fans also know that Rose has an enduring passion for the swinging and soulful sounds of the Hammond B-3 organ. With Wayne De La Cruz on B-3, and Mark Lee on drums, this trio puts on a Hammond Organ Party!

Loose and limber, moving and grooving, Rose and her combo romp through beloved standards, blues hits, and R&B classics.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
31
8:00 PM20:00

Alec Hutson Band and Adi Gobert of Speakeasē

A Boston-homegrown singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Alec Hutson crafts music that grabs your attention and pulls you in. 

He and his five-piece band weave a rich tapestry that is a stirring combination of soaring folk melodies, deep soul grooves, and catchy pop sensibility with influences ranging from the Fleet Foxes, Lake Street Dive, Andrew Bird and Grizzly Bear. The result is an experience unlike anything else.

Joining Alec will be trumpet player/vocalist Devina Boughton, bassist/vocalist James Clark, drummer Matte Sklarz, and lead guitarist Octopus.

Adi Gobert is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter born in Toronto. Raised between Canada and Western Massachusetts, she started playing piano and saxophone in her early childhood. After developing a love of jazz, R&B, and soul music she went on to study vocal jazz and saxophone at Berklee College of Music and UMass Amherst. Now based out of Oakland, CA, she co-leads and fronts the contemporary neo-soul group, Speakeasē. Some of her biggest female inspirations include Susan Tedeschi, Erykah Badu, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, and Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
29
7:30 PM19:30

Sheela Bringi & Joss Jaffe

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Sheela Bringi & Joss Jaffe bridge diverse worlds of sound in their music.

Both trained extensively in Indian Classical music as well as Western Classical, Jazz and modern popular music. Their live performances will expand the audience's horizon to a fresh experience of tone, pulse and resonance. Both have a critically acclaimed body of recorded music and animated live shows.

There will be an opening set by Joss Jaffe with concluding set by Sheela Bringi accompanied by Joss on tabla and live band.

Joss Jaffe is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, tabla player and music producer. His critically acclaimed albums, including Dub Mantra, Echosystem and Svara Mandala, blend popular and traditional world music in sensitive and beautiful ways. He has toured internationally performing and teaching at festivals and yoga events including Wanderlust, Bhaktifest, LIB, Korea Yoga Conference, Thailand Yoga and Dance Festival and has led workshops at colleges and retreat centers including Lewis and Clark College, CIIS, Esalen and Sivananda Bahamas. Joss spent many years studying Indian Classical music at the Ali Akbar College of Music.

"I am always excited to discover new artists, but especially those that are creating new genres all their own." - No Depression

Sheela Bringi is an international recording artist, performer, and educator. Her Indian vocals, soaring bansuri flute and harp have graced 30+ new age and world records, including the Grammy-nominated Bhakti Without Borders. She has released two albums as a solo artist (Shakti Sutra and Incantations), and her work to bridge the musical worlds of India and America has been profiled by NBC News, NPR, Public Radio International, Yoga Journal, and others.

Sheela has extensive training in North Indian classical, devotional and Western musical traditions, and past teachers include Indian maestros Pt. G.S. Sachdev and Ust. Aashish Khan, and Western contemporary greats such as Cecil Taylor and Meredith Monk. She currently studies Hindustani voice with Sri Subhashish Mukhopadyay (a topmost exponent of the Kotali Gharana). Sheela tours internationally and has collaborated with artists including Idan Raichel, Karsh Kale, DJ Drez, and many others. She is based in Boulder, CO, where she is adjunct faculty at Naropa University.

"Meet the harpist using traditional Indian music and American jazz to 'bridge worlds.’” - NBC Asian America

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, general admission; $15 for students with ID and low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Dr. Mwanza Furaha & Chocolate in Concert

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It has been a year since Dr. Mwanza's last performance at The Back Room before relocating to Palm Springs, CA. That stands true for this performance as well, since she will be returning to Palm Springs August 1st. She is reuniting with her band Chocolate Medicine, so this will be a stellar event.

Dr. Mwanza will be singing some old and new arrangements from her short list of music (238 songs), which includes jazz, blues, R&B, R&R, pop, country, standards, musicals/theater, contemporary, gospel and maybe a song in Yiddish. She is playing with a vocal range of 4 ½ octaves, therefore; be prepared for a surprise or two and an extraordinary evening of music.


Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Ray Cepeda

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Ray Cepeda is a singer/guitarist who has been playing high-energy Latin and rock music around the Bay Area for years. One of his chief collaborators is the percussionist Jose "Chepito"Areas, best known for his work with Santana and Malo.

Chepito was with Santana on the stage at Woodstock 50 years ago, and tonight he and Ray are celebrating that anniversary. They are also celebrating the release of their new CD, Areas 51: Return of the Alien.

And there will also be a special secret musical guest!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Jennings & Keller

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Jennings & Keller is an award-winning nationally touring duo based out of Florida. They offer up 21st century Americana with influences in folk, jazz, and roots music. They fuse many different musical elements into a unique eclectic style that is refreshingly diverse.

Dana Keller, a veteran pedal steel, dobro, and guitar player, has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. Dana has been an endorsee of the Gretsch Guitar and Drum Company since 1980. His dobro playing has been called "jaw-droppingly good." Along with being lauded for his world-class musicianship, he is known as a "songwriter’s songwriter," often drawing comparisons to Gene Clark and Jessie Winchester.  

Laurie Jennings Oudin is a former Shakespearean actress who has spent many years on the stage. Her theater background combined with a lifetime of professional singing gives her an obvious command of the stage as well as the songs she sings. With a vocal style that ranges from early Joni Mitchell to Emmylou Harris, Laurie leaves audiences mesmerized by her stunning vocal delivery.  

In 10 years of playing together, Jennings & Keller have released four CDs. They have received accolades and airplay from radio stations at one end of the country to the other. In true troubadour spirit, Laurie and Dana travel the country in their motor home, performing at festivals, cafes, wineries and house concerts. Along with developing a large and loyal fan base, they have earned a reputation for quality musicianship and expert storytelling.

Joining them will be Patrick Feehan and Rolfe Wyer. Patrick is a Bay Area musician and conductor who composes and arranges custom music for numerous Silicon Valley mega-companies. Among his accomplishments is originating the musical score for a Silicon Valley documentary narrated by Walter Cronkite for PBS. He has taught music at Peninsula educational institutions and conducts the wonderful Vallombrosa Choir performing at Menlo Park's Vallombrosa Center. He plays piano, keyboards and the cajon. Rolfe hails from Moss Beach and is a bass player and songwriter. He's written music for major entertainment networks, musical scores for Cagney & Lacey, The Smithsonian, proprietary sports exhibition themes and much, much more.

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). Children under 12 are free.

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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Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Guitar Night (Mostly Solo)

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Three long-time friends and musical associates, Mike Wollenberg, Barry Solomon, and Dix Bruce, have played together in the Bay Area for decades. They share roots in folk, bluegrass, rock, country, and especially jazz playing, in ensembles of all types from soloist to combo to big band. Guitar Night (Mostly Solo) will concentrate on their work as soloists but you can expect some collaboration and jamming too.

Berkeley native Mike Wollenberg began playing folk, bluegrass, and pop guitar as a young teen. He studied flatpicking, folk, rock, and discovered swing, jazz, and solo playing in his early twenties. Following mentors like Joe Pass, Tuck Andress and Martin Taylor, Mike developed the ability to seemingly play several parts simultaneously while still allowing for the freedom to improvise. He has released two solo CDs, The Hand That Feeds Me, and Just Another Fool On The Hill, and a duo CD with violinist Julian Smedley, A Common Language. Music critic Phillip Elwood wrote that Mike is “…the master of the four T’s (touch, tone, technique, taste).” Guitarist Tuck Andress has called Mike “a magician of solo guitar…”

Barry Solomon is regarded as one of the pre-eminent acoustic guitarists in the country. He started playing guitar at nine years old, and by his early twenties Barry had mastered bluegrass flatpicking as well as folk and blues fingerpicking. Around this same time he began playing swing and mainstream jazz and had his own quintet, which featured many of his original compositions. Along the way he developed his solo guitar playing at concerts, clubs, and music festivals. Barry has authored guitar instruction books and has contributed to a number of recordings by fellow musicians over the years, and opened the Alameda School of Music in 2004. Since then, he has provided lessons for hundreds of students, teaching a wide variety of instruments.

Dix Bruce began playing guitar at age twelve. Like Mike and Barry, he initially learned folk, pop, and bluegrass flatpicking, eventually studying jazz and the Great American Songbook. Over the years he has performed and recorded with a variety of Bay Area-based musical groups in varied styles from Americana to swing to jazz. He has performed and recorded with The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra since the late 1980’s. He has recorded four CDs of traditional American songs and originals with guitarist Jim Nunally. His most recent project is a CD, Look at it Rain, with singer and mandolinist Julie Cline. Dix has produced nearly sixty music instructional books and videos, including books on guitar legend Doc Watson and the later work of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. He has also produced four play-along book/recording sets entitled Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm, two volumes each for guitar and mandolin. Acoustic Musician magazine describes Dix Bruce as a “…west coast virtuoso.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Apfelbaum/Josh Jones Duo

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Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist/composer, Brooklyn resident and Berkeley native Peter Apfelbaum returns to The Back Room in duo with his longtime associate, percussionist Josh Jones.

An influential figure in new jazz for over three decades, Peter Apfelbaum has worked with some of the leading figures in contemporary music. Known as leader of the genre-mashing world music big band Hieroglyphics and the electronica/vocal-driven sextet Sparkler, Apfelbaum has also worked with the late Don Cherry (whose group Multikulti he was Musical Director of from 1989-1995, and which Jones was also a member of), Cecil Taylor, Harry Belafonte, Omar Sosa, Bill Laswell, Jai Uttal and Trey Anastasio, among others.

He has written for the Kronos Quartet, the National Swedish Radio Orchestra and Kamikaze Ground Crew. In addition to his own projects, he has also often returned to the Bay Area over the years in the various bands led by NY-based, Berkeley-bred trumpeter Steven Bernstein and Cuban-born drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto. In 2017, Apfelbaum was named an Artistic Director of Woodstock-based Creative Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to offering workshops by improvising musicians from diverse backgrounds. CMJ New Music Report has called Apfelbaum, "A visionary, galvanic composer like few others of his time.”

Josh Jones has been a Bay Area fixture since the 1970's and a longstanding member of Apfelbaum's various groups. In addition to leading the Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble, he has worked with artists as diverse as Steve Coleman, David Murray, Chico Freeman, Yosvany Terry, Jacqui Naylor and Los Munequitos de Matanzas.

In this format, Apfelbaum's polyrhythmic approach to the piano - rooted in West African music, Gospel music and Jazz - is highlighted, in combination with Jones's mastery of Afro-Cuban rhythms. Tonight's performance will include pieces from Apfelbaum's soon-to-be-released solo piano CD, Songs Of The Tree Of Destiny, as well as material from the repertoire of Hieroglyphics and Multikulti, plus a cover or two.

Peter Apfelbaum (piano, saxophones, percussion)

Josh Jones (drums, percussion)

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Slinky Thing: The Music of Steely Dan

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Slinky Thing is a seven-piece band that has been focused on playing the music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen for over eight years.

Bandleader Bruce Linde says, “Just as jazz players play music from The Real Book, we play music from the Steely Dan and Fagen songbooks. We love and honor the songs but are not a note-for-note tribute band. As fun as these songs are to listen to, they’re even more fun to play!"

Because the band performs only rarely, each performance is a fun and exciting event. We hope you’ll join us for a night of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen, from “Aja” to “The Caves of Altamira” to “Green Flower Street”…and more!

Players include: Karla Downey (lead vox, percussion), Bruce Linde (lead vox, bass), Bill Sparks (sax), Frank India (drums), David Surovell (guitar), Brian Osborn (guitar), and Will Henley-Dias (keyboards).

"I LOVE these guys. Great players, great tunes, and FUN!" - Amy Foster, Entertainment Services Manager, Hornblower Cruises and Events

"You rocked the Tower...thanks for being so professional and entertaining! We all had a great time."- Sylvie Rivera, La View Event Planner | Millennium Tower

This is an evening not to be missed! We expect to sell out so please order your tickets in advance using the link below.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

The Dred Scott Trio

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Dred Scott grew up in St. Louis and went to college in Ohio to study piano and composition with Pat Pace, but it is the San Francisco Bay Area that will always be home. There, he gained a reputation as an innovative and eclectic pianist and multi-instrumentalist.

He has recorded 11 self-produced albums as a leader and has performed on over 50 others. He was co-founder of the ground-breaking hip- hop jazz group, Alphabet Soup. He has recorded with Anthony Braxton, Cecil McBee, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Morello, Charlie Hunter, Bob Minter, Dave Samuels, Don Byron, Paul McCand­less and Marshall Crenshaw, and has performed with Ziga­boo Modeliste, Steve Smith, Mike Clark, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Moby, Bob Weir, Joe Henderson, The Berkeley Symphony (Kent Nagano), Rickie Lee Jones, Dave Garibaldi, Larry Schneider, Nina Hagen and Peter Apfelbaum.

Dred is currently based in NYC and regularly performs with Sasha Dobson, The Bari Koral Family Band, Bump City, The Munchies, and The Dred Scott Trio. For the last 6 years, Dred has been the house pianist at Del Posto, the 4-star Lydia and Joe Bastianich restaurant in NYC.

Dred's new album, Dred Scott Rides Alone, was record­ed in rural Northern California. Dred wrote all the songs and played all the instruments. It is a standard jazz piano trio format: piano, bass and drums. The songs, written during an artist residency at the UCross Founda­tion in Wyoming, are sublime, perhaps Dred's most accessible and gentle writing and playing in his storied career. Dred Scott Rides Alone stands as a mature and melodic statement of life, love and the pursuit of beauty.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs

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Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin’s best-kept secrets, a musician’s musician who’d won the respect of some of alt-country’s biggest names but hadn’t yet found widespread recognition. 

That changed when Click's CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, Pop, and Americana radio charts. 

The first single, "Wait My Turn," reached #1 on Nashville’s Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, “I Feel Good Today,” topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart alongside Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Click now resides, he's built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams. 

Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 300 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and Sonny Landreth. 
 
What's causing all the buzz? First, there's Click's sound - a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click's searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you've got at least part of the picture. 
 
Then there are Click's live shows: an anything-can-happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected "Blue Skies," you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious "Wait My Turn," there's not one person who can stay seated. 
 
Lastly, there's his songwriting. Continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats, Click pens wide open songs deeply rooted in a life well-lived. Growing up in a small farm community outside Indianapolis, Click was the youngest of nine children in a working class family. He was gigging in his older sister's country and western band before he was out of high school.
 
Click then moved to Austin, where his three-piece alt-country outfit, Danny and the Hurricanes, was a local phenomenon. He went on to spend three years with Americana artist Jimmy LaFave. 

Life Is A Good Place is the payoff, putting Click squarely in the upper echelon both musically and lyrically. From its radio-perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition.

Fast forward to 2013. After four previous records and literally hundreds of gigs on the road, Click's single, "Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley’s Grave," went to #9 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire month of October 2013. The music video is on CMT and is a viral share online.
 
In 2014, Danny became a regular guest at Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh’s club, Terrapin Crossroads, and released a ripping live CD, Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE! 
 
In  2015, Danny and band finished a brand new studio album, Holding up the Sun, with legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, etc.), which was released worldwide on Sept. 18 and is still on radio charts and DJ playlists across the country. The title track reached #1 on Indie Country radio in June 2016.

Hell Yeah indeed. 
  
"Click’s new album, Holding up the Sun reinforces the fact that Click is one of the best alt-country artists of this century.” - Robert Leggett / No Depression Magazine

“Danny Click writes songs that could rescue anyone.” - Greg Victor / Parcbench.com 

“A hidden gem…a scorching guitarist with a potent roots rock sound.” - Andrew Gilbert / SF Chronicle 

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). Children under 12 are free.

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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Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

Tacoma Narrows and The Sound of Ghosts

Fusing Americana, folk, bluegrass and rock, Tacoma Narrows has been electrifying their growing fanbase in and around New York City.

Headed by frontman singer-songwriter Cheney Munson (guitar/vocals) and Jonah Chilton (mandolin/vocals), the folk-rock/Americana ensemble released their debut album, Good Mourning, in 2015 and their second album, The Currents We Are In, in 2017. While Munson sites more traditional legends such as John Prine, Johnny Cash and Paul Simon as influences, the band’s explosive mix of acoustic and electric energy is an inspiring DIY offshoot of the folk-rock resurgence going on in mainstream pop in the 2010s.

Often compared to The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, and Trampled by Turtles, Tacoma Narrows have settled into a sound that straddles folk and rock, trad and pop, all infused with lyrics that tell a story, melodies that stick in your head, and a beat that makes you want to tap your feet and dance.

"Tacoma Narrows, a NYC-based band, taps into traditional folk and old-time country music, infusing the admixture with a pop-rocking dose of big city adrenaline. They've been around the block. The music is tight but flexible, wistful but wired. My toes are totally tappin' to it. This remarkable first offering sets the bar encouragingly high. The making of this album was an odyssey from which emerged a band of truly professional recording artists as well as live performers, Tacoma Narrows with Good Mourning have a runaway hit." - Gary Peterson - Gary Peterson, Music Review

The Sound of Ghosts is an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The four-piece collective of accomplished musicians have crafted a musical experience unlike any other with their unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock & roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music.

The group is comprised of James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele, percussion), Ernesto Rivas (guitars), and Jon Sarna (drums, percussion). United, they have pushed the boundaries of typical Americana and created an ever-evolving sound demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds.

Included in this are elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between. Rivas explains “everyone's different perspective is an essential part to the diverse sound we create.”

The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band’s friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from leukemia. Lamb headed an acclaimed band, Brown Bird, with his wife that was named NPR’s Folk Group of the Year. James Orbison was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him.

Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band The Sound of Ghosts, which was the title of Brown Bird’s album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be constant reminder of his love for music.

Their latest release entitled Delivery and Departure is filled with diverse soundscapes and a multitude of sonic textures. The new music is set to be an immersive listening experience.

Anna Orbison explains, “I hope it inspires people to look at the world in a little different way. Notice the things around you…that’s what we write songs about.”

The band’s signature sound of driving guitars, catchy hooks, and soaring harmonies is assured to get listeners up and dancing.

The Sound of Ghosts successes to date include opening for artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood, and Oingo Boingo. Their music has also been featured in national commercials for major brands such as Yahoo! and Kia, and will soon be in a new documentary created for NowThis. The Sound of Ghosts prides themselves on delivering an engaging, explosive yet intimate live performance, winning ‘best live performance’ at The Roswell Film Festival. 

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Steve Freund’s Big 3

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Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful, no-nonsense guitar work,” continues to share his feeling for the blues wherever he can.

Developing his love for American roots music, including blues and jazz, in Brooklyn during the 1960’s, Steve moved to Chicago after meeting the legendary pianist and singer Sunnyland Slim, in 1969 at a show in Greenwich Village. Slim told Steve to “look me up when you come to Chicago.” That is exactly what the young guitarist did, arriving in 1976 and staying until 1994.

During that period Freund played an average of 200 shows per year, with many being two or even three gigs a day. The list of blues masters he has worked with includes Sunnyland Slim, James Cotton, Big Walter Horton, Koko Taylor, Floyd Jones, Luther Allison, and many, many more. He also has appeared on well over fifty recordings, and is an established Delmark recording artist. His latest release is a collaboration with longtime colleagues under the name of Rockwell Avenue Blues Band.

In 1994, seeking a change, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he continues to work regularly, with occasional road tours and European shows. His work in the Bay Area includes live shows and recordings with Boz Scaggs and Maria Muldaur.

Drummer Pete Devine and bassist Joe Kyle are 2/3 of the popular Bay Area roots and blues band HowellDevine, Arhoolie Recording Artists. The combination of these musicians creates a very soulful and powerful trio hearkening back to Chicago in the 1950’s and early 1960’s.

"Steve Freund is one of the most consistently creative guitarists playing blues today…a commanding, quite soulful vocalist." - Lee Hildebrandt, Living Blues Magazine

“He is a great guitarist!” - Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Steve Freund plays with real taste, drive, and creativity.” - Pete Welding, DownBeat

Tickets are $20 general admission; children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Queen Machali

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Queen Machali (Tora Woloshin), an artist who was mentored by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, is having her birthday bash and new project launch party here at The Back Room.

Her music is a fresh new blend that features tones from Jazz, R&B, Soul, Rock and Contemporary music.

Queen Machali was the Queen of Tigers. She was a Bengal from India who helped regenerate some of the tiger population. Her mother was the Queen of Queens whom Machali was named after, not to mention the most photographed tiger of all time. Machali received a Lifetime Achievement Award because of her direct involvement in tiger conservation and contributions to the growth of India’s tourism industry.

Lead vocalist Tora Woloshin was mentored by Simon Cowell on The X Factor. The name 'Tora' means tiger in Japanese. Her decision to name the band 'Queen Machali' was based on several factors: the coinciding names, to honor tigers and other endangered species and eventually to save endangered species. Tora has been singing, dancing, acting and modeling since the age of 4 and has toured the world performing covers and originals. She has opened for Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Method Man and toured the US with major artist, B.O.B. Her interests range from being a race car driver and chef to training and rescuing animals.

Tickets are $20 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

The Mark Holzinger Group: CD Release Show

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Western Swing Hall of Fame guitarist Mark Holzinger takes-off on vintage swing guitar tunes he has played throughout his life for this romping CD release show, celebrating his new album, Take-off Guitar!, which you can find on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon,Spotify and more.

Backed by his core trio of bassist Simon Planting and drummer John Waller, many fun twists come into play with varied special guest musicians, including Bobby Black (pedal steel guitar) and Jim Hurley (violin). Pianist and Back Room host Sam Rudin will join in on some tunes and featured vocalist Pam Brandon will sing a handful of vintage jazz and western swing favorites.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 for low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Bob Kenmotsu Quartet

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Bob Kenmotsu and friends play music that explores a deeply personal way of phrasing that grooves and swings! Bob is a sax player that loves the great combo sounds of tenor sax giants such as Lester Young, Wardell Gray, Sonny Stitt, Joe Henderson, and Jerry Bergonzi.

Bob was born in Stockton, CA, and graduated from San Jose State University with a Jazz major. He then moved to New York, where he was a member of the Jack McDuff organ combo, and the Ruth Brown Band. He recorded The Spark with Billy Hart and Ira Coleman, and Bronx Tale with Pat Martino and Jack McDuff. Bob also played on Pat Martino’s Nightwings with Bill Stewart and Marc Johnson. While living back East, Bob received a New Jersey Arts Commission Grant for composition.

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

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

Bob now lives in Berkeley, CA and is performing at Jazz clubs and concerts on the West Coast, and tours Japan every autumn.

His latest recording, Trio, features David Wong (bass) and Rodney Green (drums). This performance features Adam Gay (bass), Tony Johnson (drums), and Dave Udolf (piano).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Forty Feet North

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Forty Feet North is a Rock 'n' Roll band at heart, with palpable funk, blues, folk, and traditional influences. This wide array of inspiration gives them a unique sound that can find a home in dirty dives and family farmers markets. Their debut album,Time Flies, is a showcase of this range, with songs that "combine genres like folk, funk, blues and more... and in fact, form a signature sound along the way," (Divide and Conquer Music).

It is this signature sound that has carried the band this far, and they are thrilled to share it with the folks at The Back Room. While not currently so, the Bay Area has been called home by 5 of the band's members at one time or another, and they are eager to return to Northern California.

FFN has had many lineups (and band names) over the years, but the core four of Daniel Diemer (guitar/keys/vocals), Sarah Garcia (guitar/keys/vocals), Dalton Varney (bass/vocals), and Austin Zimmerman (guitar/vocals) has remained ever-constant. The group met and began playing together in college in the Los Angeles area and have toured the West Coast as recently as early 2018. They are joined on this summer tour by drummer Liam Craddock and vocalists Briana Grether and Gary Thomas. While the music of Time Flies is evidence of the band's comfort with vocal harmony, the addition of two extremely talented vocalists means that FFN's high-flying harmonies are bigger and better than ever. You won't want to miss your chance to see them in action.

"This is the type of band that casts a wide net of appeal." - Divide and Conquer Music

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Dynamic Divas of the Bay Area

Join Sam Rudin as he presents three outstanding vocalists in an extraordinary night of music. Valeriana Quevedo, Roberta Donnay, and Kay Kostopoulos and will knock you out with their unique styles of hot jazz.

Roberta Donnay has been associated with several genres and styles of American music. For many years she has been a featured member of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. More recently she formed the Prohibition Mob, a terrific band dedicated to the music of the 20's and 30's.

Black Olive Jazz artist, Kay Kostopoulos, is an elegant singer, actress and Stanford professor, whose unique sound is informed by her Mediterranean heritage and percussive finger cymbals. Her theatrical background lends an emotional sensitivity to her lush and sensuous three-octave vocal range.

Valeriana Q has been singing, dancing and playing percussion professionally since age 10. She's traveled throughout the United States as well as Asia and Europe. She is an exciting and vivacious performer who sings from her heart and her passionate and rhythmic vocal stylings are filled with sincerity and warmth.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. 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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Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

Noah Frank/Grant Levin Jazz Duo

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Noah Frank is an SF-based jazz trumpet player, composer, producer, engineer, DJ, and educator. He has performed at jazz clubs and festivals nationwide, including the PDX Jazz Festival in Portland, Herb Alpert's Vibrato Jazz Club in LA, and Paris Bistro in Philly. Noah's recording credits include Chance the Rapper, Saba Pivot, and Mr. Carmack. He splits his time between Brooklyn NYC and the SF Bay Area.

Grant Levin is a San Francisco-based contemporary pianist and composer who performs in various configurations from intimate settings to concert halls and festivals. His style showcases the piano as an infinitely dynamic instrument, allowing the listener to experience the sonic blend.

Together, Noah and Grant will be exploring the jazz repertoire from the 1920s thru today, re-imagining songs from jazz greats like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and many more.

Tickets are $20 general admission. 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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Jul
7
8:00 PM20:00

Sour Mash Hug Band

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Virtuosic violin meets 1920’s-style swing, hot jazz and Yiddish song. The Sour Mash Hug Band evokes an era that never quite existed.

Featuring original compositions reminiscent of Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, and Danny Elfman, plus a trove of dusty tunes gleaned from old 78s, the Sour Mash will take you on a journey into musical history like no other! Paris in the 30’s, Harlem in the 20’s, New Orleans in the 90’s…who knows where the next song will take you?

Led by violinist and bandleader Mickey Galloway, the band has crisscrossed the country via bike, bus, freight train, and broken-down van, playing at every street corner and dive bar that would have them. This took them to San Francisco, Bellingham, New York and farther afield to Transylvania, Paris and Krakow, and finally to New Orleans, which became their home away from home. Highlights have included performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Northwest Folklife, the Disney Museum, Millenaris in Budapest, and Lightning in a Bottle. For over a decade, the band split their time between the rag-tag circus haunts of Oakland and the hot jazz haven where Royal Street meets Frenchman, while spending summers going wherever the music led them.

"An irresistible mix of old-time, gypsy, bluegrass, jazz, Irish, and ragtime." –The San Francisco Chronicle

"Folk Music in the most beautiful sense. They draw from a wide variety of sources, play songs and tunes on an unpredictable lineup of instruments, and make the music their own." – Robert Blake, Subdued String Band Festival Program

“A true treasure of the Bay Area, that has toes tapping and people dancing for miles around.” – San Francisco Bay Times

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission; $10 for low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. 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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