Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Charles McNeal

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Soulful Sax Sounds," featuring the virtuosic saxophone of Charles McNeal

After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors.

Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins. 

Charles McNeal is known as a world-class saxophonist whose powerful style crosses genres and has afforded him collaborations with giants of music such as McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Boz Scaggs, Little Jimmy Scott, and countless more. This unique musical pairing is sure to thrill and delight audiences with straight ahead swingin', luscious ballads, funky grooves & down home blues.

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

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

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

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Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Clara & the Broken Barrel Stringband

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Clara & the Broken Barrel Stringband is led by Clara Delfina, who grew up in Northern California and now calls Austin home. She specializes in American old-time and country music. The Stringband includes Haakon Oyen (guitar/vocals), Landon George (bass) and, filling in for regular band member/banjo-player Jake Blount on this tour will be Clarke Williams (banjo).

As a skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Clara’s energy and creativity provides a unique dynamic, giving her the flexibility to dig into archaic tunes as well as experiment with more contemporary country fiddle. The band just released an album of traditional ballads and fiddle tunes, called Mayday,

All of the band members have made incredible strides in old-time music: Haakon plays with international touring band the Slack Bow Nerds and local musicians in Asheville, N.C., Landon and Clarke have also toured internationally with Jenny & the Hog Drovers, a band with Phil Jamison, also based out of Asheville, N.C. 

This band brings weird, upbeat, and raging fiddle tunes contrasted with old ballads and country songs about life’s troubles and trials. Their sound is rich with historical depth and feeling, informed by a love of musical communities of the past, but this crew won’t stop until your toe is tapping or you’re falling of your chair laughing, and will carry you along on a journey, bringing this old sound into the future. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $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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Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Ben Rosenblum Trio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Sable Winters

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Sable Winters is a singer, songwriter and recording artist whose musical style is a mash-up of jazz, neo-soul, R&B and funk. Her sound is a fusion of influences: described as charming like Sade, with a natural vibrato reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan and the soulfulness of Jill Scott, delivered with the conviction of Abbey Lincoln. Her musical mission is to intellectualize the love experience by way of lyrical storytelling.

The performance will include a series of originals written by Danny Long and P.J. Erickson (who together wrote "Astoria," popularized by Tony Bennett.) Sable will also introduce a few of her own originals, and some Abbey Lincoln classics that are sure to bring back fond memories.

Sharing the stage with Sable Winters is an ensemble of piano (Sam Rudin), acoustic bass (John Hettel), drums (Ruth Price) and featured saxophonist, Charles Unger, who will color the atmosphere with elegance and a touch of attitude.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

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Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Adam Gay (bass) and Tony Johnson (drums). Both of these guys have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years. Sam Cady (who is very familiar with Noel's complex original arrangements) and Sam Rudin (who is not) will be splitting the piano chores.

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

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

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Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Reset Button

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Based in Oakland, The Reset Button is the brainchild of Evan Martin, a former member of other mythical Bay Area bands such as eXtreme elvis, Black Fiction, and Straggler. The band consists of Martin on lead guitar and vocals, Yuriy Goldman on lead guitar, Chris Powell on bass, and Akili Peyton on drums.

They have a modern classic rock sound with obvious bluesy roots as well as lots of other eclectic influences that feel familiar, but sound totally fresh. Your heart will beat to their rock steady rhythm, your spirit will soar while the two guitars blend melodically and seamlessly, and your mind will search while their soulful lyrics tell stories ranging from the power of perspective and living in the moment to the pondering of our ultimate existentialism. The band's live performances showcase incredible musicianship that allow you to just be in the moment, dance to your heart's content, and push The Reset Button on your life!

They released their first EP, Laughing Matters, in November 2017, which is available on all music streaming platforms. A new EP is in the works, so look out for that in the near future!

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

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

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Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Freddie Hughes

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "The Heart of Soul," featuring Bay Area soul legend Freddie Hughes. After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco.

She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins. 

Freddie Hughes is a Berkeley native who gained attention singing in the gospel group The Five Disciples and on the Oakland club circuit in the late 1950s. He recorded his first hit single "Send My Baby Back" in 1968 to international acclaim. Freddie Hughes delivers blues and soul like no other! Freddie Hughes and Faye Carol have shared the stage together countless times since the 1960s and this reunion of Bay Area royalty is sure to close out "Faye and the Fellas" with a bang!

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

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

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

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Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Eric Revis Quartet

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Whether fronting his own ensembles with colleagues such as Orrin Evans, Nasheet Waits, Kris Davis, Andrew Cyrille, Darius Jones and Jason Moran, double bassist Eric Revis has established himself as much for his experimentations into the unknown as with mainstream jazz forms (Branford Marsalis Quartet, Betty Carter).

On his newest album as a leader, Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed), he goes a long way beyond anything he's achieved before. Sing follows 2013's Parallax (Clean Feed), his first recorded pairing with multi-reed player and MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark, the Chicago experimental scion. It shows Revis’s astoundingly flexible range with a huge grounded sound. Vandermark returns to this session in a quartet with pianist Kris Davis (Revis’s frequent trio partner on a handful of recorded dates with drummer Andrew Cyrille), and a former Chicagoan on drums, Chad Taylor, whom the bassist employed on his acclaimed 2014 quartet session In Memory of Things Yet Seen

Together, they reinforce the idea that the identity of the music is relative to context and shared experience. The various points of departure sprouting from each player's unique identity fit within the same context because of a shared willingness to experiment with sound and form. Modern creative music is invariably composed of multiple sensibilities. This recording explores these qualities, confirming what has already been said about Revis's personal aesthetic — one committed to "stretching the jazz fabric without ripping it apart." In Sing Me Some Cry, you have traditional vocabulary, free-bop and more, with a continued indifference to established aesthetic ideologies.

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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Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

Rob Schneiderman

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Music in Dimensions 3, 3.5 and 4

Indulge your curiosity about the Music-Math mystique as pianist-composer-mathematician Rob Schneiderman performs in solo and duo settings, along with musical mathematicians from the international conference Topology in Dimensions 3, 3.5 and 4.

Featured compositions will include works of Bud Powell, Duke Ellington, Lennon and McCartney, Ernesto Lecuona, Chico Buarque, and J.S. Bach, as well as music from Rob’s recent Tone Twister recording.

Rob Schneiderman has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries such as Eddie Harris, James Moody, Charles McPherson, JJ Johnson, Jimmy Heath, Clifford Jordan, Art Farmer and Harold Land. After 10 recordings as a leader for the Reservoir Music label, Rob’s recent Tone Twister release for Hollistic MusicWorks features Brian Lynch and Ralph Moore on trumpet and saxophone with Gerald Cannon and Pete Van Nostrand on bass and drums.

In 2001 Rob received a PhD in mathematics from UC Berkeley under the guidance of topology guru Robion Kirby. Rob is currently on the faculty of Lehman College CUNY, and his research is focussed on studying surfaces in 4-dimensional spaces and links of circles in 3-dimensional spaces.   

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 student 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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Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Orbital Quintet

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Orbital Quintet is an Oakland-based group that creates uncompromising all-original music, influenced by Jazz, Soundtrack, Broken Beat and Improvisation.

The quintet is made up of trumpet, tenor sax, guitar, bass, and drums and is committed to musical collaborations through digital documentation. Recorded at Fantasy Studios and released on Master Suite Records, Orbital Quintet Vol. 2 is filled with post-bop jazz, free improvisations, lush melodies and strong solos throughout the ensemble featuring John Harrington, Dave Tidball, DV Wright, Benjamin Lee, and Kyle Mueller.

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

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

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Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

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Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Adam Gay (bass) and Tony Johnson (drums). Both of these guys have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years. Sam Cady (who is very familiar with Noel's complex original arrangements) and Sam Rudin (who is not) will be splitting the piano chores.

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

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

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Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

The George Cotsirilos Quartet

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The George Cotsirilos Quartet, featuring George Cotsirilos on guitar, Keith Saunders on piano, Robb Fisher on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums, celebrates the release of their widely-acclaimed CD Mostly In Blue with this performance at The Back Room.

Mostly In Blue has spent weeks among the top 25 CD’s on the National Jazz charts, accompanied by excellent reviews:

“Four stars. A pleasure.” — Howard Mandel, Downbeat

“With his perfectly round solo and chordal tone, Cotsirilos weaves a tight, swinging fabric...bop, beautifully performed...sounds like it is straight out of Blue Note in the 60s, but all tracks are original, and there isn't a dull track amongst them. — Tom McCarter, KZSU 90.1

“After three acclaimed trio albums since 2006 with bassist Robb Fisher and drummer Ron Marabuto, they hooked up with pianist Keith Saunders. The results are astounding.” — Miles Jordan, Chico News & Review

The quartet performs primarily original modern jazz compositions along with some gems from the jazz canon. It includes:

George Cotsirilos: Guitar
"George Cotsirilos' meticulous and tasteful guitar work is marked by remarkably subtle shifts in accents, and minute changes in expression and dynamics. He displays an impeccable sense of timing especially in revealing the hidden rhythms of complex melodies. His approach to harmony is whimsical, but patently beautiful at all times." — Raul D'Gama Rose, All About Jazz

Originally from Chicago, Cotsirilos has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Jazz community for many years and has performed with a wide variety of artists, from San Francisco jazz fixtures like Eddie Marshall, Mel Martin, Pharaoh Sanders and Mark Levine to internationally-recognized Blues singer Etta James, Bill Evans' bassist Chuck Israels, and the jazz/soul vocal group The Whispers. He has recorded six prior CD’s as a leader and he co-led the San Francisco Nighthawks with venerated drummer Eddie Marshall, bassist Robb Fisher and pianist Paul Nagel, who recorded for Monarch Records. His three prior trio CD’s on OA2/Origin Records with current quartet members Robb Fisher and Ron Marabuto received wide, critical acclaim (“Sublimely fluid jazz guitar skills...this is about as tight a jazz trio as you'll ever be lucky enough to hear with eloquent bass lines and delicately nuanced percussion.” — David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle). Cotsirilos’s most recent trio CD, Variations, was chosen by erstwhile Washington Post jazz critic and Jazztimes editor, Royal Stokes, as one of the most notable jazz instrumental CD’s of 2013. 

Keith Saunders: Piano
Keith Saunders spent his formative years in Los Angeles where he studied with Charlie Shoemake and later, with Horace Silver. He worked extensively in L.A. with such well-known artists as Eddie Harris, Roy McCurdy, and Bill Watrous, then moved to New York City in 1984
where he worked and/or recorded with a wide variety of musicians, including Richie Cole, Frank Wess, Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano, Hank Crawford, and Mickey Roker. In 1991, Keith became the leader of The NY HardBop Quintet, which had begun as a cooperative unit. As such, he wrote and arranged music recorded by The HBQ for the TCB Montreux Jazz label, as well as numerous television spots including promotions for VH1 and ESPN. Now residing in the East Bay, he is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most in-demand jazz pianists. 

Robb Fisher: Bass
For over six years, bassist Robb Fisher toured and recorded with the legendary Cal Tjader, anchoring Cal’s Grammy Award-winning album, La Onda Va Bien, and Grammy-nominated album, Gozame Pero Ya. He has also worked extensively and recorded with such Jazz and Latin luminaries as Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Carmen McCrae, Tania Maria, Clare Fischer, and Rob Schneidermann. Additional recordings on which he can be heard include San Francisco Nighthawks, featuring Eddie Marshall, on Monarch Records, Jeff Pittson’s Invisible Love as well as On The RebopPast Present, and Variations by the George Cotsirilos Trio, all on OA2/Origin Records.     

Ron Marabuto: Drums
One of the San Francisco Jazz community’s most highly-regarded drummers, Ron Marabuto has resided in both San Francisco and New York and has worked with a long list of jazz luminaries, including Pepper Adams, Roland Hanna, Tommy Flanagan, Steve Grossman, Ray Drummond, Rufus Reid, Mark Levine, Bruce Foreman, Buddy Montgomery, Rob Schneiderman, and Warren Gale, among many others. A San Francisco Area native, he is the son of noted jazz pianist John Marabuto and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He can be heard on a wide variety of recordings, included all three CD’s on OA2/Origin Records by the George Cotsirilos Trio.

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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Jul
3
8:00 PM20:00

Dred Scott and Freedom Jazz

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Dred Scott's Freedom Jazz: songs of rebellion, resistance and rabble-rousing with a short history of each song delivered by Bruce Barthol.

Featuring:
Dred Scott, piano
Miles Wick, bass
Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone
Beth Custer, clarinet and bass clarinet
Tom Hassett, drums
plus special guests

About the repertoire:
American fighting forces illegally travelled to Spain between 1936-1939 to fight Franco and the rising tide of Fascism that would soon take over Europe. They were called the 15th Brigade. The most famous song of the Republic has two lyrical versions, "El Paso del Ebro" and "Viva Quince Brigada." The first one is related to the Battle of the Ebro and the second mentions the Battle of Jarama, two of the main confrontations of the Spanish Civil War. The melody, however, dates back to the Peninsular War in the early 19th century.

In 1970, the working-class united and elected Salvador Allende to lead them in a socialist transformation of Chile. Their anthem was "El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido," or "The People United Will Never Be Defeated." When Pinochet took over in a U.S.-backed coup in 1973, this song became the anthem of the resistance.

In 1957, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus sent the National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School. Charles Mingus wrote a song in protest, "The Fables of Faubus."

"Rally 'Round the Flag" was written in 1862 during the American Civil War. It was also known as "The Battle Cry of Freedom" and was pro-union and anti-slavery. It became so popular the Confederacy adapted it - with alternate lyrics, or course.

Originally sung by migrant workers in the rice paddies of the Italian valley of Po in the 19th century to protest working conditions, "Bella Ciao" became famously repurposed as an anti-Fascist anthem in 1943.

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

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

 


 

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Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Max Schwartz presents: The Music of Monk and Mingus

Bassist Max Schwartz returns to The Back Room to honor two of jazz's most influential composers: Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus.

His band will feature:
Nora Stanley - alto saxophone
Benny Bock - piano
Ben Ring - drums

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door general admission, 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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Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Sugartown

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Sugartown is an indie/roots/alt string band, heavy on the harmonies — and all about that bass. They love ballads about murder, mayhem and heartbreak but like to throw in a little southern moonshine to sweeten the mix.

Their original songs explore topics ranging from the anxiety of waiting in a cafe for a lover to arrive ("White Tablecloths"), to the burden of ancestry ("Bloodlines"). They cover songs from an eclectic pool of artists: the Be Good Tanya’s fabulous singer/songwriter, Frazey Ford, local alt genius Sam Chase, and their musical gods Cohen, Dylan and Waits.
 
Sugartown features the intricate melodies and rhythms of local jazz player Dan Seamans on standup bass, and the latest addition to the band is fiddling wunderkind David Boyden, the red-haired scion of famous Berkeley-based violin scholar David Boyden, Sr. Adding his lightning lead guitar riffs and colorful vocals is public-defender-by-day Brian Bloom, while local author/songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter plays rhythm guitar, sings, and writes the band’s original songs. The band is thrilled to be coming to The Back Room to celebrate the launch of their first-ever CD, Waiting for the Earthquake. Joining the group will be local drummer Joe Mockus and several special musical guests.

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

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

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Jul
7
3:00 PM15:00

William Beatty & the Fountain Walk Ensemble

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The Fountain Walk Ensemble is fluid configuration of players heralding from varied musical backgrounds that comes together every couple of months to rehearse and perform.

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This concert will feature some brand new compositions from pianist William Beatty, arranged for two clarinets, piano, bass, cello and drums, plus some guitar/vocal compositions by Sara Glaser.

The Ensemble's young woodwind players, Lucy Dunn and Reese Chisholm, are Albany High School students and both played in the Ensemble's "Plum Blossom Concert" last February. Lucy studies piano with William, and is a member of The Piedmont Children's Choir. Also performing are Aaron Germain (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums) and Melanie Wentz (cello).

The show will also feature spoken word and some jazz standards for piano trio.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance 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

Joel Dorham

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Joel Dorham has been part of the Oakland jazz scene for decades. He doesn't perform very often anymore, so when he does a show it's a real event. For this performance, he will be bringing his Latin Jazz Octet, complete with three percussionists, three horns, bass, and vibes! 

The younger brother of the late trumpeter Kenny Dorham, Joel is a notable percussionist and bandleader in his own right. The Bay Area native is a tireless advocate for broader recognition of jazz - a fight he took all the way to congressional hearings. His passion for music is made tangible, and eminently enjoyable, with his long-running Latin Jazz Octet.

"Bandleaders come and go, but Joel Dorham rolls on." - Herb Caen 1993

Joel Dorham is one of America's most prolific and electrifying Latin Jazz timbale players and percussionists of our time, and a pivotal force in Latin Jazz. Joel organized his band in 1963, and has become the pre-eminent outspoken critic of the mass media for its suppression of Jazz. For his efforts he was nominated for a Pulitzer prize in 1981.

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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Jul
8
3:30 PM15:30

Dr. Mwanza Furaha's Cabaret Underground presents A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou

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This performance of Cabaret Underground’s A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou, starring Dr. Mwanza Furaha, will be the final show in the Bay Area before she relocates to Palm Springs, CA.  

The production features a few of Dr. Angelou’s most popular poems and a few more that you may or may not be familiar with. The poems are paired with jazz, blues and calypso compositions, or arrangements by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Dr. Angelou and Dr. Furaha.

All of the poems in this production are sung with the exception of “On the Pulse of Morning,” (written for President Clinton's inauguration). 

Joining Dr. Furaha on this theatrical journey is the Cabaret Underground Band: Gail Muldrow, guitar & bass; Marciel “Marty” Garner, drums; Melvin ‘Mellow’ Bell, tenor sax; and Ebony Wright, narrator.  

Special Guests: Franklin L. Hall, writer, actor, MC and Isaiah Harwood, jazz pianist.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 for children 10 & under. Advance tickets are available 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
8
8:00 PM20:00

lazyboy and Thomas Carnacki

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lazyboy is an ambient “New Edge” duo made up of guitarist Bruce Anderson and bassist /electronic sampler Dale Sophiea, founding members of such diverse musical groups as the legendary MX-80 Sound, O-Type, Half Life, and The Screaming Gypsy Bandits.

Their music has been released by numerous labels, including Island Music, Superior Viaduct, Family Vineyard, Ship-To-Shore, Petit Mal, Quadruped, and Ralph Records.

lazyboy and companion quartet Grale are primary live performance outlets for these two, since core band MX-80 Sound now focuses primarily on studio work (most recently So Funny came out on Feeding Tube Records in 2017).

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Thomas Carnacki is a Bay Area-based organism preoccupied with the recording and performances that tend towards the textural, the subtle, the disquieting and unsettling. The live performance instantiation of Carnacki consists of a varying (if moderately consistent) rotating cast of participants, regularly including Cheryl E. Leonard, Gregory Hagan, Jesse Burson, and Sheila Bosco.

Notable collaborators include luminaries such as Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, Geraldine Fibbers), Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi (Rabbit Rabbit, Tin Hat, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), and Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables). Thomas Carnacki music has been featured in numerous dance and theatrical productions, HBO and PBS documentaries, and avant-garde experimental short films; and Carnacki has performed on both sides of the continent and as part of such festivals and entities as Activating The Medium, Project Soundwave, the Whitney Biennial, and the Illuminated Corridor. Carnacki has released a number of records in the past decade, including a split LP with Vulcanus 68 (the Quietus notes that the Carnacki half of the record is "a beautifully engaging and evolving series of crafted textures and tones to orbit our ears and enter our unconscious.") Brainwashed.com also notes, in reference to 2010's The Disappearance of This Terrible Spool EP, that Carnacki "attempts to open up listeners' worldview to the things that are best ignored; tapping into mental states that may tap back…this is a whole other world where art and the afterlife briefly touch."

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

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

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Jul
9
8:00 PM20:00

Hussy Hicks

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A band of accomplished and powerful women, Hussy Hicks have made a name for themselves locally and on the international stage the old fashioned way – by playing their music and connecting with audiences one passionate performance at a time.

Julz Parker is widely-recognized amongst her peers as one of Australia's finest guitar players, with a tone and approach that sits stylistically between Jimmy Page, Peter Green, Django Reinhardt and Tom Morello. Leesa Gentz's powerhouse stage presence, soaring vocals and massive smile will steal your heart, have you hanging on every note and leave a tingle dancing down your spine.

It is now 10 years since they released their debut album, Life Plays Out, and Hussy Hicks are currently on the road introducing fans old and new to their fifth full length offering, On the Boundaries. This album experiments with their sound and production to create something familiar yet fresh, and the results are nothing short of stunning. They run the gamut of musical genres incorporating blues, folk and riffy rock with gypsy, surf, alt country and soul, all cheekily woven together with beautiful vocal harmonies. 

“Hussy Hicks Rock!” – Michael Franti
 
"A not to be missed act that are ready for the world." - Peter Noble, Bluesfest Director

“These girls epitomize everything I admire about great music - instinct, passion, courage, creativity and a distinct refusal to compromise their vision." - Kim Cheshire, Country Update Magazine

"Watching Julz Parker play her custom-made acoustic dreadnought is nothing short of breathtaking; a stark reminder of the huge gap between simply ‘playing guitar’ and the ability to make an instrument the extension of your musical imagination.” - Sabian Wilde, X Press Magazine

“Probably the best band you’ve never heard of.” - Planet London

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

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

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Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Acoustic Guitar Project

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The Acoustic Guitar Project is a worldwide songwriting project taking place simultaneously in 50 cities on six continents. Each year, five artists are challenged to take their guitars and write and record a song on that guitar in one week. This concert features those artists and the songs they wrote for the project. The results are amazing!

For this performance, the five artists are a diverse group of the Bay Area’s best singer-songwriters and storytellers: Tom Rhodes, Alexis Harte, Meredith Edgar, Brett Hunter and Cassie Lewis, who come together on one night only to pass around the guitar and sing their original songs for you. 

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

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

 

 

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Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines

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Macy Blackman and The Mighty Fines are universally regarded as the Bay Area’s premier New Orleans R&B/boogie band. 

On their latest release, Shoorah Shoorah - The Songs of Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, Blackman and his veteran band pay tribute to the genius of the Soul Queen and King of New Orleans. 

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

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

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

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

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Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Get Set Go

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Get Set Go is perhaps best known for their presence on the hit ABC series, Grey's Anatomy. Over many seasons of the show, the band's music appeared repeatedly. Additionally, two of Get Set Go's songs were featured on three of the show's soundtracks.

However, with 13 full-length albums, two EP's, and multiple side-project albums, the band's principal songwriter, Mike TV, has penned and performed thoughtful, beautiful, and, at times, hilarious music with a breadth and scope unmatched by many of his contemporaries and peers.  

Armed with only an acoustic guitar and an oeuvre of thousands of original songs, Mike TV will be performing solo, playing the songs that introduced his band to the world. Combining one part storytelling to three parts music, this show is a deep dive into the heart and head of the creative force behind Get Set Go's music.

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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Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Aki Goes to Bollywood

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Aki Goes To Bollywood is a highly entertaining act fronted by dynamic, charismatic and hard-hitting blues singer/harmonica player Aki Kumar. It delivers true American cross-cultural music by blending Retro Bollywood hits with Delta blues jams and ferocious blues harmonica.

Though some instrumental albums and DJs have attempted to rearrange Bollywood music mixed with other genres, never before has an Indian blues musician fronting an American band so triumphantly recorded songs by the Indian film industry’s biggest stars. 

Born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, Kumar has long established his mark on the West Coast blues scene as a top-notch blues vocalist, harmonica player & entertainer. A master of the hugely influential Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherits his style from the harmonica legends of the 1950s and 60s. Aki has a unique voice in the genre, blending elements of blues harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own. With the launch of Aki Goes To Bollywood, Kumar is pushing the blues into exciting new directions with his brand new "Bollywood Blues" sound. 

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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Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

OC Bay

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OC Bay is an all-original band that combines Neo-Soul, Rock, Rap, Gospel and Pop musical styles, bringing Orange County and the Bay together musically. They write songs that come from the soul, featuring lyrics that are unique, memorable and filled with life's fundamentals. Combining the beauty of the Orange County oceans with the diversity of the Bay Area.

OC Bay started as garage band, and went on to perform at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go, followed by several performances at the Melrose Ave. venue AMPLYFi in Los Angeles, as well as local malls, bars, cafes, festivals, and church events.

Dana De Guzman and Stephen Hargrove founded the band in 2014, and with Dana’s amazing guitar skills and Stephen’s high vocal range, the duo became OC BAY.

Their musical influences include Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Journey and Whitney Houston. OC Bay’s music encompasses lyrical original tunes that inspire to funky guitar rhythms that move you to let loose and jam with them. These songs will fill the space with powerhouse vocals and subtle but complex harmonies. It will take you from high-energy rock songs, pop dance hits, to soulful ballads and songs that tell a story.

In Jan 2018, OC Bay released their first album Music Forever, Music from the Soul, featuring all original music and a special appearance by the Ben Gospel Choir. 

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

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

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Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Dirk Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Ed Reed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

Nora Stanley

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Nora Stanley is a saxophonist and composer returning to her native Bay Area fresh out of Oberlin Conservatory. Growing up she was surrounded by music of all sorts and attended Berkeley High School's prestigious jazz program, also participating in conglomerate programs including SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Jazzschool and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, where she was mentored by John Calloway.

She has had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, Spain and Brazil, where she absorbed music that has informed her developing voice as a musician and composer. At Oberlin, Nora studied with Gary Bartz, Dan Wall, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart, and has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Eddie Henderson, Etienne Charles and Dayna Stephens. 

Benny Bock is a pianist from Berkeley, California. He currently studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Dan Wall, Gary Bartz, and Billy Hart. He has shared the stage with Dayna Stephens, Nicole Henry, the Charles Mingus Big Band and Eddie Henderson. Benny works as a synthesizer demonstrator with Tom Oberheim.

Owen Benjamin Clapp is an award-winning San Francisco Bay Area-based bass player, composer, and songwriter. His versatility on upright bass and electric bass has given him the opportunity to work with a variety of artists across a range of genres, including hip-hop artists Anderson Paak, Dumbfoundead, and George Watsky, and Grammy Award-winning jazz musicians Kenny Burrell, John Clayton, and Ruslan Sirota. His recording credits include sessions for Sony Pictures, Lyft, and various Los Angeles-based commercial licensing agencies .

Pele-Or Greenberg is a New York-based drummer studying at The New School with Andrew Cyrille, Kendrick Scott and Rodney Green, and hails from Berkeley, California. While at Berkeley High School, he became an active member of the Bay Area music scene, performing at famed venues such as Yoshi’s, The Fox Theater, The Freight & Salvage, Cafe du Nord, Slim’s and others, as well as the legendary Los Angeles club Whisky a Go-Go. While at Berkeley High, Pele competed at festivals including the Reno, Folsom and Monterey Next-Gen festivals, and spent a week studying in Havana, Cuba. In addition to playing in numerous Jazz groups in school, Greenberg also was an active member of an indie rock trio known as Black Bones, which recorded multiple EPs and performed around the Bay Area. 

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

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

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Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Young Fables

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The Young Fables (TYF) are a promising country duo comprised of three-time American Idol vet Laurel Wright and accomplished guitarist and vocalist Wesley Lunsford. The act hails from Maryville, TN and has already collected impressive accolades including the Grand Prize at the Texaco Country Showdown, which landed Laurel on the Ryman Auditorium stage at age 16.

Fast-forward five years to 2017: TYF spent the year engaging and organically expanding their grassroots following while on the road supporting their debut release Two. They've appeared with such notable acts as Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Randy Houser, The Band Perry and Chris Lane. Quickly becoming a breakthrough face on the country scene, outlets like the world-renown "The Boot," "NASH Country Daily," the UK's "Think Country" and TN Vacation all spotlighted this emerging act. Capturing the ears and attention of two of the industry's most revered names, Keith Urban said they "had me immediately," and Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta praised "a flawless vocal."

The fan-favorite "Covering Your Tracks" video series solidified Laurel and Wesley as prolific online performers and a stand-out act in Music City. Securing a win at the Nashville finals of the NASH FM nationwide NASH NEXT competition, the radio giant embraced the duo as an America's Morning Show Ty, Kelly and Chuck favorite, regularly highlighting The Young Fables' songwriting strength in the Ten Minute Tune segment. Partnering with CMT, the network exclusively premiered their first single "Completely," a song that would go on to find regular rotation on video programming like The Country Network.

This year, TYF have wrapped recording on their sophomore album titled Old Songs with the Grammy Award-winning producer Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath & Caedmon's Call). These ten songs establish The Young Fables' sonic home in the Country/Americana community as a modern proclaimer and preservationist of classic country's storytelling roots. Old Songs was released on May 4th on all online formats as well as being available for purchase directly from the The Young Fables website.

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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Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Max Schwartz presents: Mayberry

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Max Schwartz and Abbi Berry's newest collaboration Mayberry will have their Bay Area debut at The Back Room.

First set: Max Schwartz and Abbi Berry duo
Second set: full band, featuring Benny Bock and Pele Greenberg

Max Schwartz and Abbi Berry first met in February 2016 as members of the Grammy Camp – Jazz Session, a program made up of about 30 high school students chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation to perform a week’s worth of gigs in Los Angeles, including the GRAMMY nominee reception and the official GRAMMY Celebration at the LA Convention Center. Abbi was the lead soprano in the Grammy Choir, and Max was the bassist in the Grammy Combo.

They met again the following summer as featured members of the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, an all-star group put together by the Monterey Jazz Festival. Together they performed around Monterey County and then flew to Japan for a two-week tour. After working together in a couple of settings, they realized how much they enjoyed making music together and decided to form their own group.

The idea behind Mayberry was for these two to have a creative outlet, with only one rule: no music is off-limits! They draw influence from Max’s background in bluegrass music, Abbi’s love for pop, and their formal education as jazz musicians, but they love the challenge of figuring out how to arrange new music for only two performers.

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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Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Charlie King & Rebel Voices

Charlie King & Rebel Voices have been singing, recording and touring together for years, East Coast and West. Each a seasoned act on its own, together they combine the best of repertoire and performance. Excellent songwriting, remarkable harmonic arrangements and a kind of incendiary energy that lights up a stage all make for a night to remember

Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century. Pete Seeger hailed him as “One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.” He is this year’s recipient of the Phil Ochs Award, recognizing his music and activism for social and political justice in the spirit of Phil Ochs.

His songs have been recorded and sung by Pete & Peggy Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, and Chad Mitchell. He is currently touring with his latest recording Life & Love, Tears & Laughter, a 15-song, eclectic mix of classic folk songs - time tested - and new songs reflecting on the testing times we live in. 

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

Janet Stecher and Susan Lewis are the singing duo Rebel Voices. Their provocative repertoire combines political punch and wry wit with intricate harmony and dramatic flair. This powerful and inspiring duo promises an evening of thought-provoking, zany, reaffirming music to lift the spirit and prick the conscience. They have been singing together for over 40 years. They can take a song you think you've heard, and through their striking arrangements and uniquely haunting harmonies, make it their own.  

"On the heels of Nirvana, the next big Seattle group to make a national splash should be the folk duo Rebel Voices . . ." - KDVS-FM  

"They weave humor, insight and conviction into their resonant voices and send us back to the world renewed."  - Vancouver Folk Festival

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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Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Singer and The Songwriter, Maya Hall

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The Singer and The Songwriter
The Singer and The Songwriter, the duo of Rachel Garcia and Thu Tran, creates music as vibrant and diverse as their multiracial backgrounds. Since 2012, they have released 3 critically acclaimed albums, charted on the CMJ Top 40 Radio charts, and currently tour nationally, recently performing at the SF War Memorial Opera House.

Rachel Garcia's rich, warm vocal delivery and Thu Tran's dynamic guitar arrangements provide the backbone for original songs that blend swinging jazz, soulful blues, heartfelt folk and modern, honest songwriting to create a unique and compelling sound. The Huffington Post describes Garcia's voice as, “rich and mellow, strong and elegant, delicate and turbulent, all at the same time. Candidly, it’s one of the best female voices around.”

Maya Hall 
A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Maya Hall moved to San Francisco in 2014 in search of bigger musical pastures. In Japan, where singers are held to high standards in comparison to the United States, Maya had been a part of the music scene as a respected vocalist, taking part in a variety of different acts in Fukuoka and Tokyo. Since moving to San Francisco, Maya has trained herself how to play the guitar in order to write her own songs, and has done so with the same musical agility she reveals when she sings. Like her voice, her guitar playing is equally her own silky and sweet style. When she plays, her chord progressions, dainty riffs, and interesting rhythms match her soul exactly.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/general admission, and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Jul
29
5:00 PM17:00

Soul Jazz II with JuSusan

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JuSusan (Just Susan) is a unique soul-jazz composer, writer and jazz vocalist who began singing in church at age 4 and went on to sing opera in college.

Out of her relationship with God and her love for jazz music, she founded Soft Sound Music and recorded an original gospel-jazz CD, entitled God’s Love Ballads. With strong vocals, she sings a wide spectrum of jazz songs that reach the soul and inspire those who hear them to live and love. She has performed in theatre and television commercials and movies, and for innumerable public, private, governmental and community agencies and organizations throughout California and abroad. She was also honored in 2008 to sing in Nelson Mandela’s jail cell at Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa.

JuSusan’s third time back for Soul Jazz at The Back Room promises to be an experience like no other. As My Company shares the stage with her, you will hear jazz music and vocals, original songs and a performance that will give you a spirit of inspiration.

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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Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Victoria Vox

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Victoria Vox is a ukulele-toting, award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10 (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music and in 2003, took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment.

Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006, ...and her Jumping Flea, Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene (Ukulele Magazine featured her on the front cover and in a feature article). However, she straddles the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.

A stage name can be a becoming thing. "Vox" (in Latin) means voice, and along with her care for the environment (1% for the Planet member), she has written and donated songs to the American Aspergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation. On a lighter note, she also has perfected the mouth-trumpet which, to some, is considered a form of "beat-boxing." Vox takes improvisational solos echoing the tones of trumpet genius Chet Baker solely with her voice. This odd and quirky talent nonetheless landed her on the Jay Leno Show (2009) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (2015).

2018 welcomes the release of her new album, Colorful Heart, which is whimsical, eclectic and full of heart. Vox is originally from Green Bay, WI and currently resides in Costa Mesa, CA.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

WoodBarry

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

For this performance, they will be joined by guitar wizard Glenn Houston (from Hearts on Fire and Houston Jones—California flat-picker of the year) to create complex instrumental interplay and soaring harmonies.

Visit the group's website to listen to some of their music, or their Facebook page to learn more. 

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

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

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Aug
10
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). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, 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
8:00 PM20:00

Chappell & Dave Holt, BiG WiDE GRiN

Chappell & Dave Holt are singer/songwriters who, with piano, guitar and voices, offer an unusual musical statement – a crossroads where jazz, blues, folk and gospel meet to create something both familiar and new, both traditional and unconventional.

BiG WiDE GRiN…good singing. Great songs and the hardest-working band in folk music.”
- Keb’ Mo’ 

This bi-coastal duo of Elaine Dempsey & Karl Werne bring diverse backgrounds, an array or instruments, award-winning songwriting, and a positive message together to form a rich blend of character and harmony which is BIG WIDE GRIN.

They play anywhere: festivals, concert tours, listening venues, house concerts and have shared the stage, collectively, with artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Tim Reynolds, Janis Ian, Harriett Schock, Lowen & Navarro, Richie Havens, and toured with legendary blues man Keb’ Mo’. Their most recent seasonal CD, Holiday, features arrangers and studio musicians from across the country, proving to be the most diverse self-produced musical endeavor from this group so far.

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

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

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Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

HowellDevine

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HowellDevine, the massively talented NorCal trio, became the first blues band Arhoolie Records (Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton) signed in 27 years. Triple threat talent Joshua Howell (slide guitars, harmonica, voice) and percussion savant Pete Devine (drums, washboard) plus snappy doghouse bassist Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix sinuous Delta/country blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present day sound from the past.

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. 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
8:00 PM20:00

Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers

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A new collaboration is taking place between Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers, as the two entities have locked forces to commit themselves to rockin' away the pre-war blues & boogie-woogie styles in this piano, acoustic harmonica/vocal & washboard trio. 

Grammy-nominated, two-time Blues Award winner, harmonica master, blues singer, bandleader, author, and entrepreneur Mark Hummel has been active since the early 1970s, when he moved to Berkeley from LA. Hummel has over thirty CDs to his credit and also is the creator of the Blues Harmonica Blowouts, which he started in 1991.

Hummel's mastery of the blues genre, mixed with a knowledge of where the music comes from, is rare in this idiom. Mark has recorded/toured with Snooky Pryor, Lowell Fulsom, Eddie Taylor, Brownie McGhee, Barbara Dane, Jimmy Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Huey Lewis, Lazy Lester, Anson Funderburgh (his co-partner in his latest project, Golden State/Lone Star), Charles Brown, Willie Big Eyes Smith & many more. Hummel has been steadily touring around the world since 1984.

Specializing in primal, joint-rockin' barrelhouse blues n' boogie, the Deep Basement Shakers are an East Bay trio with a stripped down but powerful sound, featuring Aaron Hammerman on piano and guitar, and local percussion legend Dave Eagle on washboard, spoons, suitcase, train whistles, animal calls, etc. Known for their floor-stomping appearances around the Bay and beyond, the Shakers bring to life good-time, steady-rollin' grooves from the deep musical traditions of days of old!

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

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

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Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Be Steadwell

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

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

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

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

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Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Corky Siegel & Marcella Detroit

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Chicago Blues Hall of Fame legend Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the great blues harp masters with an “edge of the seat” blues piano that is fascinatingly complex.

"What really makes Siegel special are his fanciful lyrics and witty delivery. No one in the audience wants to let Corky leave.” - Minnesota Star Tribune  

Corky is founder of Siegel-Schwall, Chamber Blues, a founding member of Chicago Blues Reunion, and guest soloist with his Symphonic Blues with numerous world-class symphony orchestras globally, including recordings on Deutsche Grammophon with the San Francisco Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting.

Marcy Levy (aka Marcella Detroit) is a stellar vocalist and multi-instrumentalist that toured, recorded, and wrote hits like the iconic “Lay Down Sally" with Eric Clapton, as well as with her own duo, Shakespeare’s Sister, who had the #1 international hit “Stay” for 8 weeks on the pop charts. She has toured and recorded with a long list of “who’s who” in the music industry such as Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger and Leon Russell.

Marcella was also featured in the popular British TV series Pop Star to Opera Star and finished third in the finals, singing the most difficult arias from the operatic repertoire. Marcy discovered Corky Siegel as an underage teen, sneaking in to hear his popular Blues band, Siegel-Schwall, in the Detroit area clubs. They first joined forces performing together at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival, and have enjoyed collaborations ever since. Marcy is featured on Corky’s latest CD, Different Voices, that received Billboard Magazine's Editor’s 2017 pick.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Dirty Cello

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Terry Robb

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“One of the finest acoustic guitarists on the international scene...finger gawkers flood to his shows…unquestionably, Terry Robb ranks right up there with the heavy hitters, a player of dazzling skill and technique.” - Living Blues Magazine

“One of the best players, on acoustic and electric, embracing a range of blues styles and then some.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine

These are just a few of the accolades paid to multi-award-winning fingerstyle guitarist, singer, composer and producer Terry Robb since the release of his latest album Cool On The Bloom. Terry is touring solo performances of this acclaimed album, nominated as 2017 Best Acoustic Album by Blues Blast Music Awards, and other songs from his award-winning discography of original Delta blues, Americana, ragtime, old-timey, country blues and more.

In his prolific career spanning four decades, Terry Robb has built a signature fingerpicking style and unique blues sound which have earned him international acclaim from music critics, peers and fans. A dynamic live performer, Robb is a fingerpicking powerhouse who commands attention from any stage. With more than 15 releases under his name, he has toured nationally with Buddy Guy and Steve Miller, and performed alongside B.B. King, John Fahey, Albert Lee, Joe Cocker, Bo Diddley, David Crosby, George Thorogood, Leo Kottke, Johnny Winter and many more all-stars. He has appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson,” and as a guest soloist of the NBA Trail Blazers and The Oregon Symphony. 

An inductee of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame, in 2011 he was honored with the eponymous “Terry Robb” Acoustic Guitar Muddy Award after winning the prize for 19 consecutive years. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Muddy Award. A sought-after session guitarist and record producer, he produced seven albums for John Fahey, including the critically-acclaimed LP Let Go, and produced and guested on Alice Stuart’s album Can’t Find No Heaven, nominated for Grammy and Blues Music Awards.

Terry Robb was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised in the United States and resides in Portland, Oregon.

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
21
7:00 PM19:00

Bill Staines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Jimi James

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An East Bay native, Jimi James developed an early reputation as a flashy blues and rock guitarist, and was the long-time lead guitarist in the John Lee Hooker Band.

Jimi was also one of the first rockers to dive deeply into country music - he formed a very popular band with a hot country fiddler, "Papa Walt," who also happened to be his dad. But he never left his rock 'n' roll roots, and was a staple for many years on California's outdoor festival circuit.

Back Room founder Sam Rudin, known then (and sometimes now) as Hurricane Sam, was a frequent guest star in the band, as he will be again for this performance.

Tickets are $15 and 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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Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

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Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Adam Gay (bass) and Tony Johnson (drums). Both of these guys have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years. Sam Cady (who is very familiar with Noel's complex original arrangements) and Sam Rudin (who is not) will be splitting the piano chores.  

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

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

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Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Kim Joyce

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Kim Joyce (born Kimberly Joyce Wilburn) is a singer-songwriter-musician. Kim was born in Lansing, MI, but raised in metro Detroit, where she sang in her father's church. While playing for the Ohio State women's basketball team in college, Kim traveled back and forth from Columbus to Detroit to record and produce original songs with her brother-in-law in his home. During her junior year in college, she joined the alternative/hip hop band, LaQuest, as the lead singer.

Since graduating and continuing her career as a solo artist, Kim has produced and written her signature EP, Kimberly Joyce (2006), released her freshman album, Eleven (2010), released two highly expressive mixtapes, Different Sides of Sexy (2008), hosted by DJ Holiday and DJ Dommy Styles, and Tomboy Swag (2010), hosted by Da’ Hitman. Recently, Kim released an EP, Unstoppable, which included the hit singles “Aw Sh*t,” “Timeless Moments,” and “Rock and Roll." Kim is looking to release her sophomore album, which is titled Earth, in Spring 2018.

Tickets are $15 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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Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Nicolas Bearde

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Crooners Corner," featuring the smooth vocal stylings of Nicolas Bearde.

After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins. 

Recording artist Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly-respected showman, has established himself as a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocal milieu over this past decade. His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport captures and draws the audience into his live performances. Nicolas boasts a long solo career as well as a collaborative nature, having been a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra as well as the a capella group SoVoSo. Don't miss this one-time-only collaboration of two musical titans in what is sure to be a memorable afternoon.  

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

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

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

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Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

Hot Club Faux Gitane

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Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band like no other you've ever heard! They draw inspiration from the Gypsy jazz tradition pioneered by Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France, with acoustic guitars and double bass providing the rhythmic core. But the band sets itself apart by featuring mandolin, bassoon, and vocals, with the occasional clarinet and melodica. This unique instrumentation, along with inventive and often witty arrangements, bring new vitality and freshness an old favorite genre. Hot Club Faux Gitane also augments the traditional Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes — all played in their unique style. This upbeat, toe-tapping music will have you at least bopping in your seat, if not dancing in the aisles!

Hot Club Faux Gitane is: Shelly Bort (vocals), Gary Williams (mandolin), Dave Wells (bassoon, clarinet, vocals), Billy Gay (guitar and vocals), Eric Johnson (guitar), and John Ady (double bass).

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and $10 for students. 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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Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

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Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Adam Gay (bass) and Tony Johnson (drums). Both of these guys have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years. Sam Cady  (who is very familiar with Noel's complex original arrangements) and Sam Rudin (who is not) will be splitting the piano chores.  

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

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

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Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Amelia Hogan, DJ Hamouris, Eileen Hazel

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Three singers with many years of song-catching, and song-writing! Two sets in the round, with each of us collaborating on the other's songs. Look for lots of harmony, guitar, mountain dulcimer, ukulele and a cappella in the repertoire.

Amelia Hogan was singing before she could walk. She sings traditional Irish songs of the Sean-Nos or Old Style, plus Scottish, British, American, and Contemporary folk music with lilting grace and a subtle power. Much of this music is meant to be sung by the fire to a very intimate audience. You'll be transported into another time and place where the banshee cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling is what you'll find. Transplants: From the Old World to the New is her 2013 recording with guitarist Ray Frank. She has performed from Oregon to New York, Ireland to San Francisco and back again. Slàinte! 

Deborah Hamouris (“DJ” to her friends) is a singer-songwriter with a long performance and recording history in the Bay Area. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist and (on her mountain dulcimer) as a traditionally-influenced song smith. Deborah just released her 2nd recording with jazz guitarist Mimi Fox, 1 in 8, original songs she wrote during successful cancer treatment.

Eileen Hazel is a bard of the human soul. Her songs will make you laugh and maybe cry, and perhaps sing along! She has released two CDs of original music, My Interesting Condition and Spark. Eileen also sings with the Reclaiming Spiral Dance Chorus and sings and strums the ukulele with AHAmele Hawaiian Music Ensemble. 

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Alvon Johnson

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The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Blues in the Afternoon," featuring Ambassador of the Blues Alvon Johnson.

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol is a legend in the Bay Area blues community, having made her reputation performing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs in the 1960s. She went on to share the stage with artists such as Charles Brown, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Albert King, and in 2015 was awarded a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame.  

Ms. Carol is proud to feature special guest Alvon Johnson, whose authentic blues guitar style and comedic skills have made him an international favorite. Alvon has won countless awards for his musical and entertainment prowess and has performed with artists such as The
Drifters, The Coasters, Bobby Day, and many more. If you love the blues, this rare collaboration between two Blues legends is surely not to be missed!

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

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

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

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Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

Viktorija Gečytė & Gene Perla Quartet

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Paris-based Lithuanian singer Viktorija Gečytė and veteran double-bassist Gene Perla and his trio have been enchanting audiences for the past 10 years, touring the US and Europe. Their music springs from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, original compositions, folk songs from Lithuania, and rarely performed musical gems. Their May through July shows are part of the band's 10th annual tour. “Grab your coat and get your hat,” and come out to join the festivities!

Viktorija Gečytė (vocalist)
Gene Perla (double-bassist)
Sean Gough (pianist)
Jon Arkin (percussionist)

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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Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

Mission Blue

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Mission Blue is a new band consisting of Dana Frankel on fiddle and her dad, Avram Frankel, on guitar, along with a rotating cast of special guests.

Long-time veterans of the Bay Area bluegrass scene, they deliver hard-driving traditional bluegrass laced with their special brand of father-daughter harmonies. Dana has grown up in the Northern California bluegrass community and is recognized as one of the most promising young up-and-coming California bluegrass fiddlers. She is thrilled to be a part of this new project, along with her other bands The Dim Lights and Pacific Drive. With Mission Blue, Dana and Avram are both excited to branch off and play in a new configuration with a variety of special guests at every gig. For this show, they will be joined by a cast of wily local bluegrass veterans: Zach Sharpe on bass, Billy Moore on banjo, and Jesse Appelman on mandolin. This will be a special show – please join us. 

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

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

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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Rhodes, Bourbon Therapy

For the last six years, Tom Rhodes has been making quite a name for himself in the Americana scene. His award-winning music is as real and honest as it gets.

His distinctive voice, road-worn and raspy from years of honing his craft, and inviting guitar work that cleverly masks its complexity, form a warm and welcoming home for his heartfelt and inspiring lyrics. Having played shows across the U.S. and Europe throughout his career, Tom has steadily built a diehard fan base that has seen him through the release of five independent albums: Tom Rhodes (2004), No Apologies (2006), Better Son (2010), With or Without (2014), and Who You Were (2016). Fans have followed him from small bars in the D.C. area to venues such as the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in North Carolina, the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. As of 2018, his music has been licensed and used on network and cable TV shows, feature length movies, and commercials across all platforms. Geographical influences are unavoidable, when you’ve spent as much time in and around some of America’s greatest musical heartlands. Born in Houston, Texas, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area before heading off to places like Memphis, New Orleans, New York City, and even the Caribbean – each place leaving indelible marks on his eclectic songwriting and performing style. In 2011, he moved to Oakland, CA (where he currently resides), while working on new material and following some of his other passions, including illustration and videography.

Bourbon Therapy was born out of Aaron Skiles's realization that the best therapy may just be music...and bourbon doesn't hurt either. After picking up the bass as a freshman at the United States Military Academy, West Point, Aaron bounced around in various rock bands from Seattle to Baltimore to New York to San Francisco. With over 20 years of experience as "just the bass player," Aaron decided to step out on his own.

Bourbon Therapy is based in Oakland, California. They are an indie rock/alt-country band fronted by the husband and wife duo of Aaron and Rebecca Skiles. Their style of upbeat music combined with downtrodden lyrics is reminiscent of the mid-90's Counting Crows or Soul Asylum, combined with the modern The Head and The Heart or Silversun Pickups. By mixing big guitars with piano, strings and even an occasional harmonica, their sound ranges from heavy riff-laden songs to expressive ballads, providing a dynamic range of anthemic tunes.

Bourbon Therapy's latest album, Hymnals and Hangovers, is an expansive progression from their debut, self-titled album. Highlighting the beautiful vocals of Rebecca Skiles and featuring multi-part harmonies, upbeat instrumentation, and catchy choruses, the album crosses several genres (Americana, 90's Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock and more) to deliver an emotional, catchy ride from start to finish.

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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May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Eve Marie

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Former Tonight Show soloist and Billboard recipient for “Outstanding Original Song,” Bay Area Singer/Songwriter Eve Marie returns to The Back Room performing blues, jazz, contemporary classics and original music.

 “ A voice of great sincerity and beauty.” - Celebrity Cafe

“A talented singer/songwriter.” - Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News Group 

Joining Eve will be talented Bay Area treasure, guitarist Mike Williams, who draws upon his versatile background in both Jazz and soft Rock. Sam Rudin, owner of The Back Room -   and a fabulous pianist - will also be sitting in on a few selections. 

Listen to music from Eve's EP, Believe, here.

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

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

 

 

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May
27
8:00 PM20:00

Rachel Ohnsman

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Rachel Ohnsman is taking on the singer-songwriter scene with her powerful vocals and tasteful keyboard playing. Whether performing as a solo artist or backing others, she brings thoughtful musicality to every project. 

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Rachel's upbringing was in classical and musical theatre, but she developed a serious interest in Jazz and R&B after moving to Miami. Now she infuses her original music with these various styles and influences like Joni Mitchell and Emily King to create a sound of her own. In addition to performing regularly, Rachel works as an arranger and studio musician. She currently teaches private lessons in both voice and piano.

Rachel has performed with such artists as Becca Stevens and Ira Sullivan across the globe in Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Vienna, and more. She also collaborates with music organizations like Sofar Sounds, Backroom Sessions, and Young Artist Initiative.
 
Rachel's debut record, Lovers EP, will be released in Spring 2018.

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

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

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May
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Nimbles

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If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary live music experience, a new local band, The Nimbles, certainly delivers. Formed by four veteran Bay Area musicians, The Nimbles feature a highly entertaining and eclectic blend of styles, from Blues to Latin Jazz to Southern Rock to Bluegrass, with a bit of Celtic, Eastern European and Alt-Folk influence for good measure.

They call themselves “genre-fluid,” and utilize what seems like a whole music store’s inventory of electric and acoustic instruments on both original songs and some unique arrangements of more familiar tunes. Speaking of being nimble, Nathan Ladyzhensky, a Russian-trained violinist, has abilities that run the gamut: he might sound like a gypsy fiddler from Eastern Europe, unless he is delivering tasty grooves on the keyboards, mandolin, melodica, guitar or percussion. Lead guitarist Greg Richey's roots are clearly in Southern Blues and Classic Rock, but he moves quite comfortably and adeptly through Jazz, Bluegrass and various acoustic styles.

Jazz and musical theatre influence their female lead singer, Lynne Clyde, whose rich, husky voice gives a chanteuse-like feel to the arrangements. Lee Richardson's bass playing exhibits one-man band tendencies and abilities, while holding all the above together with a well-executed groove. He also sings and sometimes, somehow manages to add some solid percussion parts with his feet.

All-in-all, The Nimbles offer a unique sound that is well worth checking out, especially if you are looking for a rich and rousing, clap-your-hands, toe-tapping experience.

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

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

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May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mile Twelve, Blue Summit

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Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass.

Quickly gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity."

Since their formation in the fall of 2014, Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise. They’ve performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, including sets at major festivals such as Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Their music is in rotation on the Bluegrass Junction Sirius XM channel, and their rendition of the Stanley Brothers classic “Our Last Goodbye” was featured on a Spotify "Fresh Bluegrass” playlist. The band was the winner of the 2017 Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and in October 2017 released their debut full-length record Onwards, produced by Stephen Mougin.

"In recent years, Boston’s Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory have added extra fire to that city’s already churning cauldron of traditional string players. Out of this spicy soup jumps Mile Twelve, a group of five accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade." - Tim O’Brien

Blue Summit
Blue Summit combines accomplished instrumental work with powerful vocals and a loose interpretation of traditional bluegrass. Taking in elements from western swing, soul, folk, jazz, and old time music, this band puts their heart into their music, and has honorably been recognized as NCBS band of the year. At the head of the quartet is AJ Lee, CBA anomaly and eight-time winning NCBS female vocalist of the year. This little young lady is also recognized as the first woman to receive NCBS mandolin player of the year.

The rest of Blue Summit’s accomplishments can be accredited to the dedication, persistence, and passion of founding member Isaac Cornelius (bass), Jesse Fichman (guitar), and two-time guitar player of the year, Sullivan Tuttle. The band is also looking forward to playing on the main stage at the Grass Valley Father’s Day Festival as a featured California showcase band. Blue Summit has played at major bluegrass festivals all around California, including the CBA Father’s Day Festival, the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, and the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival. They have recently released their first album, “Sweet Company."

Tickets are $18 advance/$20 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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May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Berliner + Schwartz + Watson + Greenberg

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Berliner + Schwartz + Watson + Greenberg features four accomplished jazz musicians in their own right, touring as a quartet for the first time. The band is:

Sasha Berliner (NYC)
Sasha is a BlueHaus Mallets endorsing vibraphonist and drummer, bandleader, and recording artist. "She desires to speak out about political and social justice through her music, something her Bay Area upbringings and instrumentalist background have passionately yielded." - from sashaberlinermusic.com.

Max Schwartz (Miami, FL)
Max Schwartz is a Downbeat Award-winning bassist and composer now living in Miami, FL, and is highly-acclaimed as both a bluegrass and jazz musician. He is a two-time member of the GRAMMY® Jazz Combo and was the bassist in the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which toured Japan in the summer of 2016 and played at the Monterey Jazz Festival the same year.

Tim Watson (Miami, FL)
Tim Watson has received high honors from the YoungArts Foundation for his guitar playing and composing, and is the author of decodingmonder.com, a blog dedicated to "decoding" the music styles of guitarist Ben Monder (recently featured on David Bowie's album  Blackstar, as well as Maria Schneider, Lee Konitz).

Pele Greenberg (NYC)
Pele Greenberg is a percussionist and bandleader based in New York City and is an aficionado of Cuban traditional music. He had the chance to study Cuban percussion techniques on a trip to Havana in 2016 with the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Pele has had the privilege of being tutored by some of New York's most highly sought-after drummers, including Kendrick Scott, Andrew Cyrille, and Rodney Green.

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

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

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May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Sheldon Brown Group

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The music of Sheldon Brown Group is a blend of driving odd meter grooves, infectious melodies and lush, compelling harmonic landscapes.

Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been active on the Bay Area creative music scene for over 30 years. In 2014 he premiered his commissioned extended work, Blood of the Air, at SFJAZZ Center as part of the 32nd annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. He is an original member of Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and has composed and arranged for that group since its inception in 2015. Brown has toured extensively with Omar Sosa and other notable ensembles, and performs with many Bay Area artists, such as Ben Goldberg and Ian Carey. He has performed with many of Graham Connah’s various ensembles, and he composes, arranges and performs with Clarinet Thing, Club Foot Orchestra and Hemispheres.

Brown formed Sheldon Brown Group in 1991 to perform his original music. They have performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, including performances at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s Nitespot in Oakland and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. They released Shifting Currents in 1996, and plan to release another CD later this year.

Sheldon Brown - Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, Clarinet
Darren Johnston - Trumpet
Dave MacNab - Guitar
Dan Zemelman - Piano
Michael Wilcox - Bass
Alan Hall - Drums

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

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

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May
20
2:30 PM14:30

Michael Menager

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California-born singer/songwriter Michael Menager has an ear for the common threads in our human experience: pitfalls and disappointments, insights and epiphanies. After singing and playing his way through coffee houses and bars around the world, Michael is now based in Candelo in the Bega Valley, where his debut album, Clean Exit, was recorded in 2014.

With a folk ethos and a blues gospel feel, Michael delivers Clean Exit with the authority of an early John Prine, his guitar style reminiscent of the late Reverend Gary Davis. Michael’s upcoming second album, Not the Express, was produced by Candelo’s Heath Cullen and recorded in LA with an all-star cast.

Tickets are $15 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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May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Yolandra Rhodes, Rod James

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $15 until May 1, then will be $20, and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Kayoko Tachibana CD Release Concert, A Tribute to Nori Tachibana

Kayoko Tachibana and special guest Yutaka Hosoi (from Tokyo) invite you to celebrate the release of her new CD, S-M-I-L-ing Face, a tribute to her late husband Nori Tachibana. They will be joined by Berkeley Jazz guitarist Hideo Date, as well as Morgan Maudiere on piano, Gave Case on bass, and Natsuhiro Maruyama on drums.

Kayoko will be singing her original songs from her recent album, along with Jazz and Bossa Nova standards for this special evening.

Kayoko Tachibana is an El Cerrito-based vocalist, artist, and jeweler with a humble mission: to celebrate love through music. She was born in Fukuoka, Japan, where she first developed her passion for music. She listened to The Carpenters, Lita Coolidge, Carol Bayer Sager, Sergio Mendes, and many movie soundtracks in her youth. She started creating original songs with a friend in high school.

In her first year at Fukuoka University of Education, she met her beloved husband Nori Tachibana through a band: Kayoko as their new lead vocalist and Nori as their lead guitarist. They soon began composing music together and began participating in and won many amateur song contests in the late 1970s. After some member changes, they formed the legendary Fukuoka band Kaja (pronounced "Kaya"), who won the “Best Song Award” at the 19th Annual Yamaha Popular Song Contest and then performed at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo in 1980.

In 1981, Kaja professionally debuted two single records before the group disbanded. In 1983, Nori and Kayoko got married and she gave birth to their only child, Misao, in Tokyo in 1987. Nori, Kayoko, and Misao moved to Brooklyn, NY, in 1989, before settling in San Francisco in 1992. Following their artistic passions, they started a jewelry business called Kayoko Designs, crafting and selling jewelry throughout the Bay Area, while Nori continued developing his music, recording three CDs in recent years.

This beautiful life was upended suddenly on May 21, 2015, when Nori unexpectedly passed away in his sleep. He was 60 years old. Over the next two and a half years, Kayoko’s passion for music would blossom as a way to celebrate the memory of her husband. In her first solo album, S-M-I-L-ing Face, Kayoko pays tribute to the life of her beloved husband, with original lyrics in Japanese and guitar recordings from Nori’s life, including their unpublished songs written almost 38 year ago. The title song was written just before Nori’s passing, and this album reveals Kayoko’s unique voice as an emotional and soul-stirring artist.

S-M-I-L-ing Face is not only a celebration of Nori’s music, and not just a tribute to his memory, but a deep expression of the love they shared and a statement about the love that continues to connect them now, even though they are currently separated by time and space. Kayoko’s voice is gentle, soothing, soft, and sultry - an absolute salve to the soul.

Yutaka Hosoi is a Japanese arranger/composer/multi-instrumentalist who provided Kayoko the support needed to create this loving tribute, and is the founding member of Sentimental City Romance, the longest-running rock band in Japan, celebrating its' 45th anniversary this year.

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

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

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May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Reed Turchi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Lonely Heartstring Band

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The Lonely Heartstring Band combines soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, nourished in the deep roots of traditional American music to create a style beyond any genre-specific title. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and the recent release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records, this band is showing no signs of slowing. 

Though Deep Waters is the Lonely Heartstring Band’s debut album, it nonetheless feels deep, with a maturity and wisdom far beyond what one might expect from a first release by a relatively young band. Having come together officially only four years ago, the Lonely Heartstring Band has already been hailed by luminary Tony Trischka as having “carved out a fresh niche in modern bluegrass,” and similar accolades not often accorded a debut outing. 

Since their beginnings in 2012, whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band has always delivered a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance, bringing crowds to their feet and generating a devoted following of music lovers. Made up of George Clements, Patrick M’Gonigle, Gabe Hirshfeld, Matt Witler and Charles Clements, The Lonely Heartstring Band is forever eager to hit the road to bring their memorable performance to audiences across the country and the world.

"These guys are as close to the real deal as it is possible to get. They made my hair stand on end." - Darol Anger, Republic of Strings, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music

"Always true to the soul of the music, played with imagination and attention to detail in every way." - John Cooper, Acoustic Artisans

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

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

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May
13
4:00 PM16:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

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Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

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And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

Please join us for a perfect Mother's Day afternoon!

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

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

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May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Australian Bebop Ragas

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Australian Bebop Ragas ( also known as ABR) was originally formed with Teed Rockwell on the Touchstyle Veena, Stephen Kent on didgeridoo, and Sameer Gupta on drums. It featured original compositions based on Hindustani Ragas that Teed learned from over a hundred classes with Ali Akbar Khan, and from dozens of classes with Sitar Maestros Shahid Parvez and Habib Khan. Teed is the only person in the world to play in this musical tradition on the Touchstyle Veena, a unique customized instrument which has a guitar-like fretboard played by tapping the strings simultaneously with both hands.

The first ABR performance, at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley, had one of the largest crowds in that venue’s history, with people filling the streets and peering through the windows. There were several KPFA radio hosts in that audience, who later featured ABR on their shows. ABR played numerous concerts across the state and country, including three shows at the Freight & Salvage. They also recorded an album called Snakes and Ladders, which sold thousands of copies through a variety of distributors, has over a hundred listener-created stations on Pandora, and is widely listened to on Spotify.

The members of the original Australian Bebop Ragas have since moved on to a variety of exciting projects. Sameer has moved to New York, and is running the Brooklyn Raga Massive project. Stephen is now working with an Indian Vocalist in the popular dance music group Baraka Moon. Teed’s group Bollywood Gharana combines traditional Hindustani ragas with Bollywood film tunes. He is also working with the world dance music ensemble DyaTribal, which has built up a large following in Sonoma County, and who played at Ashkenaz in Berkeley last March.

Andy Graham, the drummer in DyaTribal, plays drums and didgeridoo simultaneously, using a unique rack mounted system that he designed and built himself. Andy and Teed begin practicing the Australian Bebop Ragas material during DyaTribal rehearsals, and soon realized they could do this material as a duo. Even better, it would now be possible to create a whole new trio format by adding a saxophone, thanks to their discovery of an extraordinary local talent. 

Jesse Sheehan is one of the very few saxophonists trained in the Hindustani musical tradition” says Teed. “He understands that keeping the rules of the raga gives a special kind of freedom that is as powerful, but importantly different from, the freedom of jazz improvisation. I've never played with any melodic instrumentalist who had a better sensitivity to the ABR material.” Jesse has had extensive experience playing saxophone and tabla professionally around the world with artists such as the Violent Femmes, Hot Buttered Rum, Steve Kimock, Melvin Seals, Candelaria and the Ethiopian funk psychedelic group Sun Hop Fat. His interest in Hindustani and Carnatic Classical music led him to India four times to study Tabla with living legend Pandit Nayan Ghosh for years, and also perform with many of India’s finest musicians. While living in Mumbai, Jesse performed frequently with Louiz Banks, who arranged and produced for the great Indo-Jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin.

You can hear the original Australian Bebop Ragas album here.

If you want hear the same music re-conceived and transformed by this new collaboration, come to The Back Room on May 12.

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

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

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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell - Folk Music from Scotland

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Linsey Aitken and Ken Campnell's story weaves together their many creative musical threads and influences from Celtic traditional roots, classical, baroque, orchestral and contemporary Scots music, where historically all genres were interlinked to form Scotland's musical identity.

Linsey, a highly-regarded cellist, singer, pianist and composer, crosses the genres of classical to traditional, using her cello very much up front - unusual as a lead instrument - with a deeply lyrical and sensual tone. Her distinct, warm vocals bring a round balance that compliments Ken's own distinctive voice. Linsey studied at the RSAMD and has performed professionally all over the UK, from the Royal Albert Hall to Calgary Bay, Mull and overseas, and established The Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra in 2014. 

Ken is a Scottish singer/songwriter and instrumentalist with five albums to date and a well-established pedigree of over 30 years. Starting with the Glasgow band Molendiner, and then a much-commended duo with Chris Miller, he later established the highly successful Ideal Band. He subsequently toured as a solo artist and with Cauld Wind piper Hamish Moore, cellist/singer Wendy Weatherby, and Blair Cowan (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions), before reforming the Ideal Band.

Linsey joined The Ideal Band and in 2010 she and Ken commenced touring as a duo. For more information please visit their website here

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

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

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May
10
8:00 PM20:00

New World String Project

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New World String Project features Stuart Mason, John Weed, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter.

The Bay Area has long served as a creative hothouse for adventurous-minded roots string players, and New World String Project is the latest gorgeous hybrid to emerge from this fertile soil.

Something of a hybrid itself, the ensemble brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for Students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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May
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Hillbillies from Mars: a benefit concert for Matt Garber

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The Hillbillies from Mars revisit the Earth to play a concert to benefit Matt Garber, whose heart attack in December and subsequent home care have left him and his family with a pile of bills.

Based in the Bay Area, the Hillbillies from Mars have been rocking out in the traditional music and dance scene since 1982. Drawing from Appalachian, Canadian, Celtic, and European repertoire, their trademark sound features powerful fiddling interwoven with mandolin, flute, accordion, and bagpipes, all with rock-solid polyrhythmic backup. Individually, the Hillbillies have studied the traditional music of many cultures, and they bring together these influences, along with their own roots of contemporary American music, to perform music that is as soulful as it is unique. Their concerts include songs, stories, and always a few surprises. 

The Hillbillies are: 
  Ray Bierl: fiddle, guitar
  Kevin Carr: fiddle, bagpipes, accordion
  Paul Kotapish: mandolin, guitar
  Daniel Steinberg: piano, flute, banjo

"This band could probably get dead people to dance." - Danny Carnahan, Roots & Rhythm  

"I don't think there is a band quite like the 'Billies in this country, nay, in the world. The Hillbillies impart their sense of fun with music and the music is eminently danceable."  - Kerry Blech, The Old Time Herald  

Tickets are $15 and additional donations are warmly welcomed. 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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May
6
3:00 PM15:00

Sam's Corner, featuring Bobby Black and Wendy Burch Steel

Please join us for Sam's Corner, our monthly concert featuring Sam Rudin, the owner and creator of The Back Room, for an evening of piano wizardry.

Appearing with Sam is the legendary virtuoso of the pedal steel guitar, Bobby Black. Bobby has played and recorded with traditionally-minded bands throughout the state, but it was his alliance with Asleep at the Wheel, Commander Cody, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage that caused his name to be synonymous with the resurgence of western swing.

The repertoire will, of course, lean heavily toward country, rockabilly, and western swing...and who knows what sort of arrangements will come out of this unprecedented piano/pedal steel duo. But that's not all! Joining these guys for 5 or 6 tunes will be Wendy Burch Steel. If you haven't heard her yet, you have at least read about her on this website. She appears frequently at The Back Room with her band Redwood, and she has a beautiful, pure, country-flavored voice, and a personality that can only be called joyous.

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

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

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May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Stadler Gibbons Band

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Nzuri Soul

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An electrifying stage presence, personality, and a whole lot of soul describes powerhouse singer Nzuri Soul. She is a true entertainer and has performed at Yoshi's, Oakland's Fox Theatre, House of Blues Los Angeles & Vegas, Fenix Live Supper Club, Empress Theater, Bay Area Juneteenth Festival, First Fridays All White Party 2017, and the Shine Lounge Sacramento, just to name a few. 

With a passion for performing and music, Nzuri Soul's shows are high-energy and filled with tributes to the greatest in R & B, Rock, Pop and Soul. The show will feature her captivating band members Lamar Green (music director and keyboards), Eddie Wroten (bass), Chris Brochard (lead guitar), and DJ Tolefree (percussion). 

Nzuri Soul's debut album Love Story XIX, is out now.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for Students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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