Oct
16
8:00 PM20:00

Marcus Fischer, Benoit Pioulard, Hotel Neon, r beny

Join us for an evening of ambient sound and immersive visual projections featuring Marcus Fischer (Portland - 12k), Benoit Pioulard (Seattle - Kranky), Hotel Neon (Philadelphia), and r beny (San Jose).

About the artists:

Marcus Fischer (Portland, OR): Marcus Fischer is a first generation American musician + interdisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon. His work typically centers around memory, geography + the manipulation of physical audio recording mediums. Slowly unfolding melodies and warm tape saturated drones have become a trademark of his recordings + live performances alike. These sounds have found their way into multimedia installations, short flims, and even into the award winning public radio program Radiolab.

Benoit Pioulard (Seattle, WA): Since a young age, Thomas Meluch has been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals, and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment by combining remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. A veteran drummer of a half dozen bands and an avid collector of instruments and analog devices, Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the bases for his work as Benoît Pioulard.

Hotel Neon (Philadelphia, PA): Hotel Neon is the Philadelphia-based trio of Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner. Together they create immersive and atmospheric soundscapes aided by projected film and images. Known for its heavy emphasis on enveloping walls of sound, Hotel Neon also injects subtle melody and improvisation to create a rich musical experience, one that rewards any level of listener scrutiny. Since forming in early 2013, the group has released four full-length albums through the Home Normal, Fluid Audio, and ARCHIVES labels.

r beny: As r beny, Austin Cairns uses modular & hardware synthesizers and tape machines to explore a uniquely beautiful ambient sound, tinged with nostalgia and melancholy.

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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Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

Toby Tobias: Journey from Johannesburg

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South African-born Toby Tobias shares his story of hope during a time of war and upheaval across three continents, from Johannesburg to Jerusalem...then here.

Toby shares the vivid tale of his life in South Africa under the rule of an apartheid government, then in an Israel on the brink of battle for its' own identity, before finding a home, and many stark parallels, in the United States of America.

His inspiring story and his original songs will enlighten, entertain and touch your heart. Come along on the Journey.

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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Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Tracy Grammer

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. and $15 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Terry Robb, Sam Rudin opening

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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.

A measure of his powerhouse energy is that he asked Sam Rudin to open for him. Sam is himself a powerhouse pianist who is usually afraid to open for anyone other than a full band, for fear of an energy imbalance. Not a problem tonight!

With more than 15 releases under his name, Terry 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
20
8:00 PM20:00

City Folk

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City Folk is Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd and Roger Feuer. The group is renowned for their award-winning songwriting, tight vocal harmonies and expansive musical arrangements.

They began playing together in the late 1980's and quickly rose to the top of the Bay Area music scene, enjoying immense popularity on the National Folk and Americana circuits and performing at major festivals, concert halls, and legendary acoustic venues throughout the Country. They were winners of KFOG's prestigious Best of the Bay music award.

The trio’s current tour celebrates the release of a brand new live DVD that captures a sold out concert the band performed in November of last year at the Nevada City Theater.

City Folk’s performances are rare these days since each of the artist has gone on to pursue other musical directions. When they do come together there is the added essence of long-time musical collaborators with a history, a respect and a sound that only happens when they share their combined talents and enjoyment of making music together.

Create an effortless flow of music and harmonies the group has often drawn comparisons to such legends as CSN and The Eagles, and though such comparisons are easily understandable, the listener is immediately aware that this group has created a sound and a message completely their own and unlike any other.

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

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

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Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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Faye Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time. 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. Miss Faye 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.

"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 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
21
8:00 PM20:00

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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Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Reasons For Moving w/ Fred Frith, Darren Johnston, Larry Ochs, Jordan Glenn, Jason Hoopes

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Reasons for Moving is Darren Johnston (trumpet), Fred Frith (electric & prepared guitar), Larry Ochs (tenor & sopranino saxophones), Jason Hoopes (bass) and Jordan Glenn (drums).

Initiated by Darren Johnston and imagined originally as a one-off recording project, this un-categorizable quintet spearheaded collaboratively now by Johnston, Frith and Ochs has reformed in 2018 for tours, live recordings and unchartered adventures in sound and space. For this performance, the core players will be joined by Frith cohorts Jordan Glenn and Jason Hoopes.

"There are bands which you start listening to and you think, 'this is great, this is it!,' and sometimes that’s a disappointing thought when the rest of the music does not meet the initial expectation, but that is definitely not the case with Reasons For Moving. The great thing about it all is that the focus is never lost, all tracks speak the same musical language, with lots of variations, but with raw emotions always on the surface, varying between sad melancholic moments to agonizing angst. These contrasting emotional fields are well brought up by this stimulating, creative, entertaining, and boundary-shifting music. — Stef Gjissels, The Free Jazz Collective

"One of the great things about this band is that Darren's trumpet and Larry's saxes work so well together, in similar tonal areas. Fred Frith is the perfect middle man, balancing between the horns and rhythm team perfectly, whether dealing in dark colors and shades or occasionally soloing underneath or with the spinning horns. On a few of these pieces, Frith gets a chance to lead and stretch out and turn the quintet inside-out into a strange twisted (prog?) rock unit. These pieces fall somewhere between Massacre and Material, yet they are still unique in their own way." — Bruce Gallanter, DMG Monthly

"Reasons for Moving stamp their class as improvisation and free jazz explode in aural splendor and imaginative propulsion in this collaboration. Each has established an undiluted reputation as a forward thinker in taking improvised music into new realms. Change for them is a constant challenge, one they meet on-the-go as they play with their own bands and with other musicians who answer to a similar calling. Composition has a certain place in their vocabulary, but the larger attributes come when they work outside of the framework. Notation can be the bridge between improvised passages as much as it can herald the beginning or the end. Surprise is welcome, and adds to the impact, but the bigger bang comes from the interplay between the members." — All About Jazz

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
25
8:00 PM20:00

San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival presents Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood, and special guests

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International Boogie Woogie master Wendy DeWitt, known for her powerhouse left hand, paired with the brilliant, jazz-trained drummer Kirk Harwood (formerly with Norton Buffalo, Huey Lewis and Roy Rogers) make for a high-energy duo capable of holding its own on any stage with power, pizzazz and presence. When adding Steve Freund on guitar, Steve Evans on bass, or Nancy Wright on sax, the combination is unstoppable.

DeWitt performed for four years with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, and with Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush, Big Time Sarah, and Jimmy Thackery. She has appeared at the Cincinnati Blues Fest, Boston Symphony Hall and the San Diego Museum of Art with Hadda Brooks in one of her last performances. DeWitt also performed at the San Francisco Blues Festival, St. Croix Blues and Heritage Fest, Les Nuits de Boogie Woogie in Paris and festivals in Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Belgium. A festival producer as well, DeWitt produces the Queens of Boogie Woogie and co-produces the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival.

Introduced to the blues at the age of 10, with help from Western Swing Hall-of-Famer Tommy Thomsen, Wendy DeWitt’s passion for music led her to Chicago Blues and Texas Boogie Woogie, with influences ranging from Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, and Professor Longhair to Katie Webster and Bessie Smith.

DeWitt teaches workshops at JazzSchool in Berkeley, California, and the duo has inspired students in Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington, Augusta Blues Week and, in conjunction with the US Embassy, Budapest, Hungary.

In 2012 and 2014, Wendy and Kirk Harwood represented The Golden Gate Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge, Memphis and are 2014 Finalists.

The duo’s third album, Getaway, maximizes Kirk’s Jazz and Big Band background, creating a compelling mix of modern and traditional blues.

“All the cool kids already know DeWitt is one smoking boogie woogie piano/organ gal and it's time for the word to spread beyond her regional awards.” - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“She has rightly earned the title of ‘Queen of Boogie’ in the Bay Area and beyond.” - Bernie Butcher, Blue Wing Festival

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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Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Little Buffalo

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Little Buffalo is the ongoing musical powwow between songwriter Eric Burkhart and a stable of talented players, singers and creative collaborators. LB's songs come from a lifetime of hearing American music in it's many incarnations...If you can imagine original tunes that fall somewhere between country, acoustic rock, folk and blues, with a nod to the sounds of Tulsa, New Orleans and Funky Kingston, then you'll be somewhere in the neighborhood. Some might call it Americana .... you can call it whatever you like.

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

LB's current performing lineup includes:

Eric Burkhart - songs, guitars, vocals

Steve Epstein - pedal steel, guitars

Alan Novidor - bass

James Percy - drums, percussion

Melissa Phillips - vocals, percussion

John Prichard - keyboards, vocals

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

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

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Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Sheldon Brown Group

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A surreal pre-Halloween CD release event!

Sheldon Brown Group is celebrating the upcoming release of their new CD, Blood of the Air, with this special pre-Halloween concert.

Blood of the Air is a suite of pieces based on the poetry and speech melodies of surrealist poet Philip Lamantia. Blood of the Air premiered at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival in 2014, and has also been performed at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Duende in Oakland, and SF Inter Music’s annual Day of Music and Presidio Club series in San Francisco.

Philip Lamantia, whose mystical work is noted for its wild imagery, is widely considered America’s greatest surrealist poet. He was mentored by Kenneth Rexroth and was closely associated with the beat writers Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Michael McClure In his youth. Lamantia was recognized by Andre Breton as “a voice that rises once in a hundred years.”

The music of Blood of the Air is by turns passionate and grooving, dark and moody, and playfully reflective. Sheldon Brown Group consists of some of the Bay Area’s most distinctive and accomplished jazz and new music performers.

This show features:

Sheldon Brown - Soprano, Alto, and Tenor Saxophones, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Darren Johnston - Trumpet
Lorin Benedict - Voice
Andrew Joron - Theremin
John Finkbeiner - Guitar
Jonathan Alford - Piano
Dan Zemelman - Piano
Michael Wilcox - Bass
Alan Hall - Drums

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

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

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Oct
28
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 Miss Faye's October Residency 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 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
28
8:30 PM20:30

Erik Jekabson Sextet

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Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students.

Erik has four CDs out under his own name: his most recent album is Erik Jekabson Quartet & John Santos: Live at the Hillside Club, (released in 2014) which like Anti-Mass (2012) and Crescent Boulevard (2010) are on his own Jekab’s Music record label. A fourth CD, Intersection, was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings which are widely available: Vista: the Arrival and New World Funk Ensemble. He’s recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has brought them to the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the DeYoung Museum, the SFJAZZ Center, Kuumbwa Jazz, the Jazzschool, the Napa Valley Jazz Society’s Parlor Series, Jazz at Pearl’s, The Sound Room, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company. He also works with local Bay Area musicians such as Jeff Denson, Mario Guarneri’s tbd, the Michael O’Neill Quintet featuring Kenny Washington, Patrick Wolff’s Sextet, Larry Vuckovich, Adam Shulman, Smith Dobson’s Prez Kids and Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently the director of the Young Musician’s Program at the Jazzschool, and serves on the board of Jazz in the Neighborhood. He is on the faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory, Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley College, and has given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College, Cal State East Bay and Loyola College in New Orleans. He’s a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and at the Brubeck Institute. Erik has also written two books of jazz duets for trumpet, and is currently leading the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra on a regular Sunday residency at Doc's Lab in North Beach, SF.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $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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Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Princeton Katzenjammers

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Founded in 1973 by members of Princeton's single-sex a cappella groups, the Katzenjammers started the tradition of co-ed a cappella singing as the oldest co-ed group in the Ivy League.

Their diverse repertoire and wide range of voices formed the basis of a new, versatile style of singing that set them apart from the many single-sex groups nationwide.

45 years later, the group continues to value variety in its music for the purposes of both entertainment and musical integrity, with their current repertoire consisting of a vibrant mix of jazz, pop, and classical music. Nearly all of the group's music has been arranged by members of the group, either past or current, and after touring Montreal, Boston, and Miami over the past few years, they are excited to bring their music to the Bay Area.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $13 in advance and $15 at the door for students & seniors. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Valeriana Quevedo, Roberta Donnay & Kay Kostopoulos: Dynamic Divas of the Bay Area

The Back Room is pleased to present three outstanding vocalists in an extraordinary night of music. Valeriana Quevedo, Roberta Donnay,and Kay Kostopoulos will knock you out with their unique styles of hot jazz.    

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Garlin

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Berkeley native Rachel Garlin is a well-traveled singer-songwriter whose songs explore the human experience with poignant, playful, and artfully painted lyrics. For this performance, Garlin will be joined onstage by her producer Julie Wolf to share songs from the album they are currently recording at Fantasy Studios.

Garlin writes in the contemporary folk tradition. Her character-filled songs tell stories inspired by street art and poetry billboards, letters and words exchanged between friends and loved ones, and observations about regular people doing the stuff of life. Garlin’s live concerts combine a natural stage presence with a seamless interplay of storytelling and music as she guides listeners on a winding road of language, images, and the creative process. Media fans include Curve Magazine (“storytelling at its best”) and the SF Chronicle (“Garlin manages to touch songwriting bases as far back as Woody Guthrie”).

Garlin will be joined by Julie Wolf on piano and James DePrato on dobro and mandolin. Garlin lives in San Francisco with her wife and three kids.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; and $12 for students, children under 18 and seniors. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Joni Mitchell 75th Birthday Tribute concert

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Please join us for an evening of songs by one of the greatest poet-composers of our time.

Joni Mitchell celebrates her 75th birthday on November 7, 2018. What better way to pay homage to this beloved songwriter and musical pioneer than with a musical tribute, offered in love and admiration to the woman who has inspired generations!

East Bay vocalist Ann Moss leads a consortium of musicians active in the Bay Area's jazz, classical, rock and experimental scenes, including Matt Berkeley (keyboards), Emil Miland (cello), Meredith Clark (harp); d'Pajo, a Gypsy Jazz duo; The Mean Old Daddies, a funk ensemble; and A Sweeter Affair, a vocal ensemble.

Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music whose voice has been singled out for “beautifully pure floated high notes” (Opera News), “powerful expression” and “luminous tone” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Her albums Love Life and Currents, produced by multi-GRAMMY® award-winner Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, feature premiere recordings of works by composers including Jake Heggie, John Thow, Liam Wade and Vartan Aghababian, as well as songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Weslie Brown. She can also be heard on releases from PARMA, Naxos, Albany, Arsis, Angels Share Records, and Navona Records. As co-founder and Artistic Director of new-music repertory group CMASH, Moss has created and premiered over one hundred and fifty new vocal works. She recently made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony singing the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

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

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

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

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Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Jed Holtman

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Jed Holtman is a budding guitarist and composer in the San Francisco music scene. His stated goal is “to make music as weird as you look.” He does not fear experimentation, going off the musical deep end, or sounding like a chainsaw on a chalkboard. In the end, he wants to have fun making good music.

Jed has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with prominent Bay Area and Los Angeles musicians, including Danny Janklow, Nick Mancini, Howard Wiley, Doug Beavers, Gerald Clayton and Chase Jackson.

Jed holds a high school diploma from Berkeley High School, and is a proud dropout of California State University, Northridge. He has studied with guitar machine-guns such as John Pisano, Mimi Fox, Graham Dechter and Chris Solberg.

This concert will feature original compositions and more.

Jed Holtman - Guitar

Howard Wiley - Tenor Saxophone

Colin Hogan - Piano

Giulio Cetto (a.k.a. The Jazz Thug) - Bass

Mike Quigg - Drums

Tickets are $15 in advance and $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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Nov
9
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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Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Jolly Gibsons

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Keyboardist Jennifer Jolly and guitarist Steve Gibson lead The Jolly Gibsons on a journey of celebratory roots music. Along with drummer Mark Bernfield, bassist Dave Fischer, and special guest Jean Fineberg on sax and flute, Jennifer and Steve mix original compositions and unsung classics: twangy blues, calypso/soca, African, boogie-woogie, transcendent rock, jazzy funk, New Orleans second-line, and more.

Jennifer Jolly is renowned as a specialist in New Orleans R&B, blues, Americana, and world roots keyboard styles. She is a faculty member at The California Jazz Conservatory and at Cazadero Family Camp. She has performed or recorded with Phil Lesh, David Grisman, Barbara Dane, Hot Links, and many others. In addition to The Jolly Gibsons, Jennifer currently performs with Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Big B & His Snake Oil Saviors, Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, and guests frequently with Tom Rigney & Flambeau.

Steve Gibson is renowned for his masterful jazz, rock, and blues guitar chops. His festival credits include the High Sierra and San Jose Jazz Festivals. He co-founded Bandworks, the Bay Area's premier "school of rock." Steve has taught at and co-directed Cazadero Family Camp, directed and taught in London and Dublin (Ireland), and contributed to Guitar Player magazine. In addition to The Jolly Gibsons, Steve currently performs with the Funk Revival Orchestra, Michelle Jacques, Bait & Switch Blues Band, and others.

Mark Bernfield (drums) has played drums professionally in Bay Area jazz, funk, and rock ensembles for over twenty years. Mark teaches music and directs band programs at Oakland's Redwood Day School. Since 2001, Mark has been the music director of the community a cappella chorus East Bay Harmony. Dave Fischer (bass) performs regularly with gypsy jazz groups and singer-songwriter groups including Eclair de Lune, Douce Ambiance, and Greenwood News. Special guest Jean Fineberg (tenor sax, flute) is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and composer.

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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Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Countercurrent

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Countercurrent is a folk music and contra dance band that hails from western Washington. They have delighted dance halls and concert audiences throughout the country, and now bring their unique mix of traditional music and modern innovation to he Back Room!

After over a decade of playing together, Brian Lindsay (fiddle) and Alex Sturbaum (guitar) have developed a style that brings forth joy and nuance in the music they play. The combination of Brian’s technical and tasteful tune-smithing with Alex’s powerhouse rhythm and gifted songwriting is not to be missed. Countercurrent draws from many traditions, including Irish, old-time, maritime, and more contemporary sources, and melds them together into something new and exciting.

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

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



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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Levoná Ensemble: Music and Stories from Around the World

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The Levoná Ensemble combines Flamenco, Arabic, Jewish, and other musical traditions, and weaves them together with stories, both ancient and new. Five master musicians create a rich tapestry that is at once a taste of the orient, and a new creation all on its own - the kind of energy that only comes when distant cultures overlap, and celebrate their differences.

Levoná began as the band for the highly acclaimed Bay Area musical Love Sick, winning the Theatre Bay Area Award for “Best Ensemble” along with the cast in 2017. Love Sick went on to receive the prestigious Glickman Award for Best New Play in 2018, and audiences and critics alike praised its vibrant music as the heart of the play's energy and wide appeal. Levoná have since continued to perform as an independent group, keeping that same energy alive in both dance and concert halls.

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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Nov
17
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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Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

VOENA - Talent on the Move

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

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

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

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

Watch VOENA's Presidential promo video here.

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

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

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Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Novelists

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

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

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Four Shillings Short

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The Celtic/Folk/World music duo Four Shillings Short present a special Celtic Winter Concert featuring music, poetry and stories from the Celtic & World music traditions to celebrate the Season.

Four Shillings Short is the husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California. They perform traditional and original music from the Celtic lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on a fantastic array of instruments (over 30), including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn.

Touring in the US & Ireland since 1997, Four Shillings Short are independent folk artists who perform 150 concerts a year, have released 12 recordings, and live as full-time troubadours traveling from town to town performing at music festivals, theaters & performing arts centers, folk societies, libraries, house concerts and schools.

Aodh Og O’Tuama grew up in a family of poets, musicians and writers. He received his degree in Music from University College Cork, Ireland and received a Fellowship from Stanford University in California in Medieval and Renaissance performance. He plays tin whistles, Medieval & Renaissance woodwinds, recorders, Doumbek (from Morocco), bowed Psaltery, spoons and sings in English, Gaelic & French.

Christy Martin grew up in a family of musicians and dancers. From the age of 15, she studied North Indian sitar for 10 years, five of them with a student of master sitarist Ravi Shankar. She began playing the hammered dulcimer in her 20’s and has studied with Maggie Sansone, Dan Duggan, Cliff Moses, Robin Petrie, Tony Elman and Glen Morgan. In addition she plays mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, banjo, guitar, bodhran (Irish frame drum), ccharango, bowed Psaltery and sings in English, Irish, and Sanskrit.

WHAT FOLKS SAY ABOUT FOUR SHILLINGS SHORT:

“Sunday night’s concert featured a husband and wife duo called Four Shillings Short. They are astounding. They both have wonderful singing voices. They play an incredible variety of music from Indian Ragas to Celtic, Traditional folk and about anything else you can think of. They are very charismatic with great stage presence.” - Columbus Folk Music Society, OH

“Their musical virtuosity makes old songs sound new and new songs sound like time-worn Celtic spells.” - CITY PAGES, Wausau WI

"They are not the Clancy Brothers or Jean Richie or Ravi Shankar, but a combination of all three, laced with Irish humor. Their collection of instruments is museum-like and I've never seen the place so packed." - San Gregorio General Store, CA 2005

“Four Shillings Short, celto-indo fusion duo, is a world class act.” - Late Night Liz/KMFB, Fort Bragg, CA 2012

“Four Shillings Short takes you on a musical journey through time and across the seas as they perform everything from traditional Irish tunes and airs to Indian Ragas.” - The Foothills Sun-Gazette, Exeter, CA 2010

“A husband-and-wife duo of mystical musical abilities. Their sound is haunting, crystalline beauty.” - Monterey County Weekly, Monterey, CA 2010

“The Celtic/Folk/World music duo performs on a bevy of unusual instruments and in myriad styles. This is a great show for kids of all ages, who’ll be amazed by the duo’s thematic range.” - Glen Starkey, New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA 2010

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students with ID and limited income, kids 16 + under free w/adult. 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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Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Jaeger & Reid with Michelle Kwon

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Audiences from New England to the Northwest, east coast and west, have been captivated by the honest, intelligent, original and collected songs of Judi Jaeger (JAY-gur) and Bob Reid, the delicate interplay of their voices and guitars and the stunning harmonies which brought them together.

They will be joined at The Back Room by their cellist, Michelle Kwon. Prepare to be moved.

“Moving, kind, and beautiful material - both covers and originals - speaking to powerful emotions and important issues in our world today. Wonderful harmonies for a world in need of harmony.” - Marc Stern, WMBR/Cambridge, MA

“Jaeger & Reid fill the air with amazing energy, unique harmonies and insightful original songs that are both meaningful and memorable. Their musical synergy is truly infectious!” - Neil Scott, iHeart Radio

“Smart, with heart!” -“Auntmama” Moorman, KBCS-FM

"As contemporary singer-songwriters, Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid are strictly top tier. They know how to work within the folk idiom to craft a song that is personal and introspective without ever being self-indulgent.

That skill alone sets them apart from most of the pack, but that is not all they have to offer. For Judi and Bob can take a familiar song, a chestnut if you will, something from Bob Dylan or John Lennon, make it their own, and shine a new light upon it.

Let's be honest. Any competent musician can cover an old standard. But it takes a particular combination of insight, intelligence, talent, skill, and courage – yes, courage – to let us see and hear the nuances and intricacies that were always there, but which perhaps we had never previously noticed. Judi and Bob, I am pleased to say, possess that very rare combination." - Steve Suffet, Peoples' Voice Cafe, New York, NY

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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Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Jim Kweskin Quartet with Meredith Axelrod & Suzy Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

Meredith Axelrod
Delightfully engaging and unassumingly comic, Meredith Axelrod envisions the limitless potential of early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues or even Jug Band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place. Her vocal style is unusual, probably because she learned to sing by listening to how folks did it a century ago – through the medium of cylinders and 78-rpm records.

The dominant theme throughout her expansive repertoire, is that, whatever the genre, these are songs she learns from the original sources (records and / or sheet music) which were released between the 1890s and the 1930s. Part of the allure of old time music, indeed any music throughout the history of recorded music, is hearing the original recordings as played and sung by the original performers in their heyday, loving what they’re doing and doing it because it means something to them in that moment, never because of nostalgia, and Meredith brings the same unbridled passion, earnest devotion and candid vitality to all of her music; she has found possibility and joy in the treasures of cultural folklore.

Suzy Thompson
Suzy Thompson is one of the rare musicians today who has mastered the acoustic blues violin, following in the footsteps of Lonnie Chatmon, Clifford Hayes and Eddie Anthony. A powerful blues singer in the styles of Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith, and a highly respected blues fingerpicking guitarist, Suzy is unique in her ability to combine fiddle, vocals and guitar in the blues and ragtime idioms.

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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Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

An Intimate Evening of Music with The Keller Sisters and Surprise Band TBA!

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The Keller Sisters are Sheryl and Kerry, who grew up in San Francisco and started singing and performing together in glee clubs, choirs and musical theater. Daughters of film and theater performer Eileen Christy, their summers were spent on the road learning from the best. They were also discovering guitars and folk music, and started playing as a duo in their teens, performing an eclectic mix of folk, country rock and jazz standards.

In 2012, after several years of playing rock and blues with a cover band in the San Francisco Bay Area, and missing the stripped-down sound of their youth, they decided to reform the duo. The sisters began performing at local venues and, armed with original songs, started getting booked at festivals and songwriting showcases. Their original music combines storytelling, humor, warmth and the close harmony that comes from being sisters.

Sheryl and Kerry released their first CD, Shine, in November 2012, and followed up with House of Cards in December 2014. Songs from both CDs have received honorable mentions in three international songwriting competitions and House of Cards received extensive NPR play and charted on the AMA and Roots radio charts.

Four songs from House Of Cards made the top 10 for airplay on the Roots Radio chart and in September of 2015 they licensed two songs for an independent film. Their third CD, Hourglass Dance, received two honorable mentions from the WCS International Song Contest and was released in January 2018.

The sisters say, “After a lifetime of singing other people's music, we are thrilled to be sharing our own."

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door general admission, $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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Dec
8
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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Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Belleville with special guests

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Nearly 20 years after they first formed in Oakland, CA, Belleville's well-honed musical craftsmanship has finally yielded their fourth and most fully-realized official album, Turn The Medicine Down

The album features the talents of music veterans Tommy Dunbar and Al Chan from the legendary Rubinoos, drummer Jim Bogios of Counting Crows and Sheryl Crow, and keyboardist Suzie Davis - whose credits include Mick Jagger's solo touring band, Prince's "I Would Die 4U," and Sinead O'Connor's notorious Pope-photo-shredding Saturday Night Live appearance.

Fronted by guitarist Mark Caputo, Belleville is Marc Burnstein (guitar), David McCullough (bass), Hal Marcus (piano/keys) and David Zirbel (pedal steel guitar) and Jim Bogios (drums).  

Teilyn and Teri Falini will be opening the show.

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About Teilyn:
The hook-filled and dreamy sounds of Teilyn‘s ukulele are a mesmerizing display of wistful acoustics and raw vocal power. Her music is Americana nostalgia retold in the queer pedagogy of loss, heartbreak and melancholic rage. The somber pessimism of her harmonic refrains are loyal to female singer songwriters of the 90's, paying homage to giants like Dolores O'Riordan and Shirley Manson, while also diverging from the contours of the genre and emerging as a distinctive folk-rock voice in a category of entirely her own making. Teilyn is working on her debut record with members of The Counting Crows, including drummer Jim Bogios, who will join her for this performance.

Teri Falini currently has three records available on Spotify and is working on her fourth.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $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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Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Emily Scott Robinson

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With her forthcoming album Traveling Mercies, Emily Scott Robinson offers a complex, thoughtful portrait of a real itinerant artist, one who carries the lessons of her past as she searches for a hopeful future. She and her husband live full-time in a motorhome and spend long stretches on the road, turning chance encounters with strangers into stirring folk meditations on the human condition.

Though this is Robinson's first proper studio release (having already released a full-length album, Magnolia Queen, and a live EP), it's by no means her first introduction to the songwriting community.

In 2015, she won American Songwriter's May/June lyric contest for the Magnolia Queen cut "Marriage Ain't the End of Being Lonely." She followed that award with two more, notching a Kerrville New Folk Winner trophy in 2016 and a Wildflower Performing Songwriter Contest win in 2017. In an early nod to Traveling Mercies, AmericanaFest announced Robinson as an Official Showcasing Artist for the 2018 lineup in Nashville this September.

With Traveling Mercies, Robinson has announced herself as one of our important emerging voices in Americana and roots music. Beyond that, she's given us a beautiful album, a balm for trying times which shows, through intricately crafted melodies and hard-earned wisdom, that we all have the same struggles at our core, and there's no better time than now to take that to heart.

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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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Lucky Losers CD Party

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Danger meets sophistication in the soulful music of The Lucky Losers, San Francisco’s premiere male/female duet-fronted band.

Accompanied by a dynamic four-piece ensemble, veteran Bay Area blues singer Cathy Lemons and top-flight harmonica player/vocalist Phil Berkowitz deliver a truly signature sound, layering elements of Stax/Volt-styled R&B, electric Americana, and psychedelic rock atop a Chicago blues foundation. Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz breathe new life into American songwriting tradition and the vanishing art of duet singing. The Lucky Losers May 2018 release, Blind Spot, has been on the Roots Music Report’s “Top 50 Blues Album Chart” for 18 weeks (4 weeks/ Top 10), and the RMR “Contemporary Blues Album Chart” for 19 weeks (13 weeks/ Top 10). They were nominated for “Best Blues/Soul Artist of 2018,” “Best Blues/Soul Album of 2018,” and “Best Blues/Soul/R&B Song of 2018” by The Independent Blues Awards. Critics from all over the world have hailed Blind Spot as a great album.

In the Fall of 2018, The Lucky Losers embark on their sixth national tour.

The group includes guitarist Ian Lamson (Elvin Bishop), drummers Chris Burns (Maria Muldaur) & Robi Bean (Primus), and bassist Mike Phillips (Charlie Musselwhite).

“California’s Cathy Lemons sounds genuinely wise, gritty, tender, wounded, and flirtatious, sometimes all at once. Fortunate to have harmonica champ as her partner in songwriting and singing…a program of smart, likable originals, that sport winning riffs. Refreshingly mixing rock, blues, R&B, soul, and a dash of country, The Losers lean on technique and spirit equally.” - Downbeat, August 2018

 “Whether solo vocals backed by the other, or duets, they are a match made in heaven! Blind Spot is the modern-day blues album.” - American Blues Scene, July 2018

“A seamless melding of blues, soul, and Americana styles, coupled with introspective songwriting. Berkowitz has earned renown as one of the West Coast’s most distinctive harp players, as well as for his sharp, resonant tenor. Lemons is a recovering addict who blogs freely about her previous life on the other side of the tracks.” - Living Blues, May 2018

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door for general admission; $10 in advance, $12 at the door for students with ID.

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

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

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Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Ethan Ostrow Quartet

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New York based, Berkeley-raised pianist Ethan Ostrow returns to California with his quartet of BHS Jazz alumni! The group will be playing many of his compositions, as well as the works of legendary jazz composers such as Cedar Walton and Horace Silver.

Having led a double-life as an actor for many years, Ethan understands the power of storytelling, and brings it to his music in every performance. His groups strive for an intense, lush sound, and demonstrate deep personal expression. Ethan has had the opportunity to perform at some of the Bay Area’s finest venues, including Yoshi’s, The UC Theater, The Fox Theater, The Freight & Salvage and more. He is currently studying jazz at the Manhattan School of Music, soaking in all that the clubs and streets of New York have to offer.

In addition to his passion for music, Ethan has spent much of the past year fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He released his debut album, Confused, as a fundraiser for the LLS, and led an annual benefit concert with his trio at the Freight & Salvage.

"Ostrow's original compositions are dynamic, passionate, and gorgeous." - East Bay Express

Ethan Ostrow - Piano

Owen Storey - Bass

Nora Stanley - Saxophone

Pele-Or Greenberg - Drums

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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Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

American Guitar Masters with Larry Pattis

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Larry Pattis succeeds in merging styles of instrumental guitar not normally found in the same room together. His love of classical composers and performers is evident in the lyrical nature of his compositions.

Strong melodic themes are developed, explored and reprised in ways that harken back to the early innovators of the guitar as a solo instrument. But Pattis is very much rooted in the modern world, with the textures and sensibilities of the steel-string guitar as it exists today. His pieces are inspired by his relationships to places and friends, but also to the strong emotions we all have in common. His musical explorations can be strong or tender, lighthearted or melancholy, but an artful contrast is always at the forefront of his compositions.

Pattis is known for his original, lyrical and emotive music, and for his beautiful interpretations of pieces such as “Ashokan Farewell” and “Waltzing Matilda.” His vision is in bringing forth the highest level of emotive qualities of the acoustic guitar, the goal is to delight the audience with landscape and mood of the life experiences that are the foundation of the music.

The Salt Lake City Weekly wrote, “Pattis approaches every note with the ethics of a perfectionist, but without sacrificing the passionate center his compositions inhabit. You may find yourself wondering if guitar music has ever sounded this good,” and the Salt Lake Tribune chimed in with, “...a lesson for the ears, heart and soul about acoustic guitar music.” Acoustic Musician Magazine wrote, “Pattis creates tunes that are clean, pure as stream water, and warmly pleasing.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 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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Jan
13
8:00 PM20:00

Jason Yeager & Randal Despommier: CD Release featuring Aubrey Johnson

New York musicians Randal Despommier (saxophone) and Jason Yeager (piano) make their Berkeley debut at The Back Room, presenting their new collaborative album, All At Onceness (Red Piano Records).

The record is a soulful mix of improvisational arrangements of Baroque, Romantic, twentieth-century and contemporary pieces, melding the spark and spontaneity of jazz improvisation with the sensitivity of chamber music. With source material ranging from Bach to Stravinsky, Scriabin to Messiaen, these intrepid composer-improvisers stake out their own territory in a diverse program that combines folk-like melodies, evocative harmonies, and infectious rhythms.

Critical to the project is featured vocalist Aubrey Johnson, who has collaborated with top artists ranging from Fred Hersch to Bobby McFerrin. Despommier notes that, “Aubrey sings with such soul and warmth; she’s a real singer/poet who ‘breathes life into the words’ as the madrigalists would say.”

He goes on to say, “Jason and I were both interested in building off of the jazz tradition by turning to the classical oeuvre and vice versa. During our jam sessions, we’d mess around with jazz standards, preludes by Scriabin, and folk songs; then we’d arrange, rearrange, and sometimes ‘de-range’ pieces, as Jason puts it; the result was what we felt to be a coming-together of various musical styles from the past and present. We decided to call this approach All At Onceness, a term coined by the Canadian media scholar, Marshall McLuhan.”

Randal Despommier is a New York-based composer, saxophonist, and educator from New Orleans, LA. His unique and extensive background in jazz, blues, and Western classical music results in a distinct twenty first-century compositional voice. Despommier's original music ranges from contemporary art songs to jazz adaptations of Medieval and Renaissance music. His debut album, an original song cycle entitled Circus of the Soul, will be released on Albany Records later this year. He directs the music program at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan and has taught jazz history with the Bard Prison Initiative.

Jason Yeager is a New York-based pianist, composer, and educator, whose music is informed by jazz improvisation, contemporary chamber music, and Latin American folk rhythms. His most recent album, United, with violinist Jason Anick, was awarded 4.5 stars and named one of 2017’s top releases in Downbeat Magazine. His fourth recording as a leader, All At Onceness, with composer/saxophonist Randal Despommier, was released on Red Piano Records in April 2018. Yeager has performed and recorded with such artists as Luciana Souza, Matt Wilson, Ayn Inserto, Linda Oh, Greg Osby, Sara Serpa, and George Garzone, and has performed across the US and abroad in Argentina, Panama, and South Africa. In addition to his performance and composition work, Yeager teaches piano at Berklee College of Music.

Tickets are $18 advance, $20 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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Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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Faye Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time. 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. Miss Faye 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.

"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 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
13
8:00 PM20:00

House of Soul: Dee Dee Simon, Yolandra Rhodes and Tracy Cruz

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Dee Dee Simon
A native of Oakland, California, Ms. Dee Dee Simon was born to sing. Her skills have been compared to the sassy vocal ability of Patti LaBelle, the richness of Gladys Knight, the fire of Chaka Khan, the edge of Tina Turner and the pureness of Whitney Houston. With a five-octane range, this songwriter, thespian, and executive producer has been hailed as the Soul of the Bay.

Dee Dee has opened for Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Faith Evans, Jeffrey Osbourne, Charlie Wilson and many more. She is a winner of the Steve Harvey National competition, twenty-two Black Music Awards, a Best Female Vocalist award, and is the reigning Entertainer of the Year. She sings with all of her heart and soul because that’s all she knows.

Yolandra Rhodes
Recently nominated as Best Jazz Vocalist by the Northern California Entertainer Music Awards and Semi-Finalist in Jazz Search West 2018, Yolandra is able to uplift spirits and stir the emotions of her listening audience with an easy grace and a subtle confidence. 

A Jazz songstress, Yolandra brings her singular style to selections of tunes previously performed by visionaries such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Rachelle Farrell.

She has performed with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and on Clifford Brown Jr’s (formerly with KBLX) “Jazz Cruise to the Caribbean,” which also featured Gerald Albright and Alex Bugnon. Other appearances include Oakland's renowned Art & Soul Festival, Yoshi's, The 57th Street Gallery, The Fenix, The Back Room and Geoffrey’s Inner Circle with Mr. Yancy Taylor, in addition to  several performances of the National Anthem at Golden State Warriors games and for the U.S. soccer team.

Tracy Cruz
Tracy Cruz has a voice that will melt even the toughest of hearts. Her unique musical and lyrical blend - Bay Area urban soul tinged with the influence of her indigenous Filipino roots - has captured the ears of music lovers around the world. Boasting a vocal range that might be bigger than her, Cruz emanates a classic and timeless feel.

Two full-length albums (Feel’osophy and Universoul Symphony) and two EPs (H3artifacts and Illuminate Love) have garnered numerous awards including three Bay Area Black Music Awards for "Best Neo Soul Female," "Best CD/Recorded Performance," and "Bay Area Rising Star," two Gran Royale Awards, three Muse’s Muse Awards, as well as nominations for five Hollywood Music in Media Awards, three Soultrack.com Readers' Choice Awards, and three Northern California Entertainers Music Awards.

She has supported several established acts including Kenny Lattimore, Pete Escovedo, Miki Howard, Keke Wyatt, Bilal, and others. The songstress approaches her music unapologetically and freely, staying true to herself, while her stellar band "Instrumentali-T" provides a grown and sexy soundtrack for her vocal creations. 

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 hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Sam's Corner, featuring Roberta Donnay

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About once a month, our own Sam Rudin takes the stage in a variety of formats. Last month he had his old band come out for some high energy blues and jazz. Tonight he will deliver some solo performances, and he will also be joined by the wonderful singer Roberta Donnay.

A long-time favorite of audiences in California and beyond, Roberta has been associated with several genres and styles of American music. For many years she has been a featured member of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. More recently she formed the Prohibition Mob, a terrific band dedicated to the music of the 20's and 30's. Their debut album has gotten, and continues to get, very favorable treatment from the national Jazz press, and radio stations around the country.

“Roberta Donnay is a Jazz Age preservationist, guardian of Depression-era sounds, and extender of traditions.” - All About Jazz, 2015

“With her singularly enticing sound, few contemporary vocalists are as well suited to dustily vintage material as jazz-blues stylist Roberta Donnay.” – Jazz Times

Donnay has performed with, or opened for Joey Alexander, George Benson, Elvis Costello, Bob Dorough, Dave Ellis, David Grisman, Dan Hicks, John Hammond, Herbie Hancock, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Reed, Leon Russell, Joe Sample, David Sanborn and more.

Tonight she will bring that same material to the more intimate setting of a piano/vocal duo. Sam, as you may know, is right at home with this old-time jazz, and they intend to have a lot of fun.

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

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

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Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Lucinda Belle, CelloJoe

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Harpist, Chanteuse and Songwriter Lucinda Belle disrupts the classical form of the harp.

Much like her hero Harpo Marx, Lucinda’s path has been more extraordinary than ordinary. From London to Nashville to transform her Classical to Jazz, Lucinda began to steer a different path.

From the stages of the UK’s greatest classical concert venues as a child harpist with the National Children’s Orchestra, very soon she became the go-to harpist and singer in the pop and jazz worlds, working with a myriad of iconic artists such as Natalie Cole, Annie Lennox, Robbie Williams, Pet Shop Boys and Gregory Porter. Through grit and dedication to her craft she left time along the way to receive an Oscar nomination, appear in Punch Drunk’s The Drowned Man, and leaves in her wake several record deals, two albums and one EP in the ether.

It’s these things, and her authentic drive to take the road less travelled, that prove Lucinda has 'more strings to her harp' than many…and is making waves in the US through her bold presentation and timeless rebellion.

CelloJoe records on stage with a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm. His beatboxing and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics and his music spreads love, joy, laughter and conscious vibrations. Classical Hip Hop.

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
8
8:00 PM20:00

Nate Najar Trio "Under Paris Skies" CD Release

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In an industry that likes to conveniently pigeonhole even its most innovative and adventurous artists, Nate Najar stands out with his all-encompassing embrace of the transcendent possibilities of jazz.

Inspiring growing numbers of fans with his distinctive approach of playing acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, the multi-faceted composer and performer scored a Top Ten Billboard Jazz single, recorded tribute projects to his idol Charlie Byrd and the music of Brazil; and has performed hundreds of trio dates throughout the US, Europe and Australia. 2010 saw Najar release Groove Me on Woodward Avenue Records. A collaboration with Tony Award-winning vocalist Melba Moore, Groove Me reached the top 10 of the Billboard Jazz chart.

A St. Petersburg, FL native who began playing guitar at age eight and considers Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Byrd his primary influences, Najar’s full-length recordings on Candid Records – including 2012’s Blues For Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd – earned him accolades from critics and influential jazz voices alike. Other recent recordings include 2014’s Aquarela Do Brasil and the swinging This is Nate Najar (2016). 2017 saw Nate’s return to Woodward Avenue Records with Christmas In December. Under Paris Skies (2018), Nate’s most recent recording for Woodward Avenue Records, explores many of the great French melodies in jazz, classical, pop and film music.

Featuring the music of Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Django Reinhardt, Gabriel Fauré and more, Under Paris Skies brings together an empathetic trio of Nate, Tommy Cecil on bass and Matt Home on drums. Vibraphonist Chuck Redd guests on two tracks. Rick Anderson of All Music Guide called Najar “one of the most consistently interesting and stylish young guitarists on the jazz scene.” JazzTimes Magazine referred to his playing as “intimate and soulful.” Edward Blanco of All About Jazz wrote “This is Nate Najar will provide one with an exciting introduction to one of the finest classical guitarists in the business today on a set of music that swings lightly with a touch of class,” and Becky Byrd, wife of the late guitarist Charlie Byrd, said, “There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie’s soul in Nate’s mind, heart and fingers. Get ready, world, here comes Nate Najar!”

For more information, contact Ron Moss, Musician’s Services: roncmoss@gmail.com +1 213 760 9781. 

Tickets are $18 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
7
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol: Faye Sings the Blues

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Faye Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time. 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. Miss Faye 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.

"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 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
6
8:00 PM20:00

Adrienne Shamszad

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Adrienne Shamszad is a singer-songwriter known for her special blend of Americana and Persian classical music. Adrienne is an Oakland, California native of Persian heritage who has traveled extensively, studying theater, music and dance throughout Asia, India and the Middle East. Her mission is clear: to weave together the threads of her study and creativity into an original musical fabric that moves and inspires her audiences.  

Adrienne's lyrics are poetic, intimate, genuine and inspired by the mystic Poets of Iran as much as the folk poet-songwriters of the '60s and '70s. Her strong and soulful voice, skillful and complex guitar work and bold performance style have made her a popular performer for well over a decade. Her musical range extends from the sacred to the profane, the mystical to the earthy, the lofty to the down-low, and she is equally at home with acoustic or electric, improvisation, singing gospel, Indian mantras, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and Persian classics.

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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Sep
30
7:00 PM19:00

Ray Bierl

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For well on to six decades, Ray Bierl has performed music from across the broad American landscape. Drawing on a wide range of musical genres and styles - cowboy ballads, Appalachian fiddle tunes, traditional folk songs, vintage rock & roll hits, Tin Pan Alley songs and country classics - Ray delivers in the songs he sings a travelog not just of places, but of time, human emotions, and imagination. And he plays a pretty mean fiddle too.

 "No one knows how to weave you into a song quite like Ray Bierl."  - Tom Waits

 "Every song Ray chooses becomes his own, fresh and personal. He's a great storyteller." - Laurie Lewis

 "Ray Bierl not only knows how to make a song his own - he knows how to make it yours." - Chuck Poling

Ray's new album, Solo Ray-Easy Street, features thirteen great songs, old and not-so-old, from near and far, sung in an intimate and engaging style with simple yet compelling guitar accompaniment.

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

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

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Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Janam & Veretski Pass

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Janam
Fusing funky Balkan rhythms, gritty Appalachian ballads, arresting vocal harmonies and enchanting acoustic textures, Janam creates a one-of-kind musical experience. Janam unites some of the Bay Area's most playful and imaginative devotees of southern Balkan and American roots music who weave together folk tunes and their own colorful compositions and take their audiences on a labyrinthine musical ride.

Formed in 2008, the group is a tight-knit ensemble of multi-instrumentalists who have garnered recognition throughout California and the Northwest, playing to mesmerized audiences and frenzied folk dancers up and down the coast. Janam proves that the foothills of the Balkans and the Appalachians lie in Oakland. The group’s funky meters, bittersweet modes, driving tunes, and sultry ballads invoke the nightingales and dark eyes, the hot love and cold hollows of Europe and America’s most musical mountains.

Dan Auvil - percussion and voice
Tom Farris - laouto, guitar and percussion
Juliana Graffagna - voice and accordion
Gari Hegedus - oud, saz, mandocello and mandolin
Shira Kammen - violin, harp and voice

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Veretski Pass
Music from the Carpathian Bow

Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world.

The trio plays “Old Country” music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia, Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia, and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists.

Cookie Segelstein - violin, viola
Joshua Horowitz - cimbalom, chromatic button accordion, piano
Stuart Brotman - bass, basy, tilinca, baraban

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

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

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Sep
28
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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Sep
23
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Indian Classical Music with Pandit Nirmalya Dey & Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma

Pandit Nirmalya Dey is a premier exponent of Dagarvani dhrupad, which represents the purest form of North Indian classical music as embodied through the raga system. He learned his art primarily from the great musician and teacher Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar, who taught him the techniques and the subtleties of dhrupad closely and with great affection. Pandit Dey's initial training at an early age was from Prof. Nimaichand Boral, a disciple of Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar. Nirmalya Dey is a Top Grade artiste with All India Radio and with Indian National Television (Doordarshan), and has regularly performed in major music festivals in India and abroad.

Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma is one of the leading pakhawaj players in India. Mohan Shyam learned the pakhawaj from Pandit Tota Ram Sharma of Mathura, and started his career accompanying Zahiruddin and Faiyazuddin, the junior Dagar Brothers, and the rudra-veena player Ustad Asad Ali Khan, in India and abroad. He has accompanied world-renowned musicians such as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and is a much sought-after accompanist in dhrupad and in other genres of Indian classical music.

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

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

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Sep
23
3:30 PM15:30

Five Spot Jazz Quintet featuring Mike Greensill

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The band features five musicians who have a deep feel for the jazz tradition. All five could be leaders in their own right. Together the band is even better than the sum of its parts.

Hailing from Dursley, England, pianist Mike Greensill might be best known in the Bay Area as resident piano player on Sedge Thomson's weekly Public Radio show, West Coast Live, as well as his role as musical director to vocalist Wesla Whitfield, with whom he's recorded more then twenty albums. Not just a superlative pianist, he's also a gifted composer. The band showcases Mike's compositions and some tasty vocals too.

Saxophonist Charlie McCarthy's comes from a musical family: his father was an accomplished trombone player in the Bay Area. His playing experience includes many of the greats in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, George Shearing, Stan Getz, Joe Williams, and many others. He's contributed some adventurous arrangements to the repertoire. He's featured on both tenor saxophone and flute.

Joe Cohen, featured on alto saxophone, is one of the most in-demand players in the Bay Area, with a busy schedule performing locally and on tour as well as studio work. Always the right note at the right time with an impeccable rhythmic feel. In addition to playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Joe plays piano, flute and clarinet. A partial list of notable players he's worked with includes Bobby McFerrin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammad and Lavay Smith. As well as a distinctive voice on saxophone, Joe contributes to the repertoire.

John Clark, on bass, studied with Ray Brown and Buster Williams and has extensive performing and recording experience both locally and nationally, appearing with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Frank Jackson, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Denise Perrier and Jackie Ryan among many others. 

Drummer Jack Dorsey is a first call in the Bay Area and has performed and recorded with Etta James, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lavay Smith and many others.

For this gig, the band has put together a program of original tunes that you won't hear anywhere else and new arrangements of jazz standards. The essence of jazz is originality no matter what the style.

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

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

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Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Paula Boggs Band

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

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

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

The band has also released an “unplugged” EP of consciousness songs, Live at Empty Sea, Songs of Protest & Hope, and a third studio album, Elixir, The Soulgrass Sessions, also produced by Shoemaker, in 2017.

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

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

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Sep
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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Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Jai-Jagdeesh

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Jai-Jagdeesh: Live in Concert: Berkeley

An unmissable evening with one of the world’s sweetest, silliest, most divine singers. You’ll probably sing, you might dance, and you’ll definitely laugh. Join Jai-Jagdeesh and her phenomenal band for a deep, groovy, soulful good time. For a glimpse of this luminous artist, please click here

Seating is first come, first served. All are welcome. And hugs are free.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

Purchase tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jai-jagdeesh-live-in-berkeley-tickets-47261637831

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Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Steam Machine & The Evie Ladin Band

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Steam Machine's music sits somewhere between the full, round sound of American old-time and the raw drive of early bluegrass. With clean, powerful fiddling, driving three-finger banjo, honest harmony singing, and a rock solid rhythm section, they highlight unique and beautiful Midwestern repertoire alongside tunes and songs from Appalachia. 

Band members AJ Srubas, Aaron Tacke, Rina Rossi, and Nokosee Fields’ first performance together was in the 2017 Traditional Stringband contest at Clifftop, where they placed second after a five-way tie. They decided to record an album soon after, which they released in Spring 2018. 

All four band members are actively involved in perpetuating roots music and dance traditions as players and teachers, and they enjoy sharing their love of this music with audiences wherever they go. 

Evie Ladin Band
Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a pulsing neo-trad heart, the Evie Ladin Band – Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson – throws down soulful folk songs with a four-dimensional live show. Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, writing from life in modern cities, blurring the lines between music and dance, “I had no idea!” is how audiences describe the ELB’s captivating concerts.

Their 2012 eponymous release, Evie Ladin Band, won Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Vote, and their 2016 release Jump the Fire reveals the tight trio the band has become. After many miles, a host of new songs, and a truly original sound in new old-time Americana, the band took home the silver from 2017 Clifftop’s illustrious Neo-Trad Stringband contest.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/general admission; $12 advance, $15 at the door for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Sep
16
4:00 PM16:00

Sharon Garner and the Dorian May Trio

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Sharon Garner and the Dorian May Trio (Sharon Garner, vocalist; Dorothea May, bass; Dorian May, piano; and Gabe Yanez, drums) are known for their creative arrangements of tunes from the Great American Songbook and popular tunes that are filled with "heart and soul." Their repertoire includes Latin jazz, ballads and mashups of rock and jazz. 

The genesis of a jazz band that clicks, cooks, creates and has all the right elements fit into place, can become “magic” - what all jazz aims for. Technical skills account for a large portion of the mix, but it’s an undefinable unison and synchronicity that makes the experience really deliver. Sharon Garner and the Dorian May Trio create this spell with each of their performances, taking their audiences along for a wonderful journey into their unique jazz arrangements.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door/general admission and $12 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
15
8:00 PM20:00

Laura Zucker, Calaveras, Chris Hanson: An Evening of Musical Storytelling

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Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come.

Laura is a “recovering lawyer" and a New Jersey native transplanted in California. She returned to music after a 20-year hiatus, and now she’s a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist, a 5-time West Coast Songwriters Association winner for Best Song of the Year, a 2013 Official Showcase artist at SWRFA, and an Emerging Artist at the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, with an international following. With four CD releases to her credit, Laura continues to impress with incisive yet sensitive lyrics, evocative melodies and arrangements that cut straight to the heart.

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Also appearing is Calaveras, an acoustic band featuring Victoria Blythe and Greg Beattie that has been making music for over 20 years. They combine elements of folk, jazz, blues, and country into original songs that are both fresh and timeless. Their songs have captured the grand prize in the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest as well as multiple Song of the Year honors, and have appeared in TV shows and movies. As performers, they are winners of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk prize and the Napa Valley Music Festival Emerging Songwriter award, and performed the opening concert for the Telluride Folk Music Festival. Their live show is a mix of Victoria’s soaring, ethereal vocals and fiddle and Greg’s energetic and insightful musical treatment of birth, death and everything in between. They have released four CDs, received extensive radio airplay and have had songs placed in television shows and major motion pictures.  

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Opening the show is Chris Hanson, is an Americana folk musician native to the San Francisco Bay Area, with a compelling repertoire of songs and a soulful sound. Noted for his refreshingly raw, yet smooth, voice and brilliant lyrics. Hanson has been awarded best song by West Coast Songwriters three years in a row (2006, 2007, and 2008) and again in 2017 and 2018. His songs encompass everything from a reverence for historical and political struggles to the hauntingly soulful bellows of unrequited love. 

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

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

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Sep
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.

Vocal Diva Marcella Detroit “...has wow-inducing control of her voice, which imbued the song with breathtaking emotion and had the power and range of a gospel singer’s voice overtaken by the Spirit….spellbinding.”  - South Bend Tribune
 
Harmonica ace Corky Siegel has “…improvisational flash and bent tones that Paul Butterfield would have admired." -  Los Angeles Times

"Siegel plays wonderfully on piano as well as harmonica. He has a fine blues touch, and he combines it all with a grand sense of humor and showmanship.” -  San Francisco Examiner

"Fans offered more than one standing ovation during the unforgettable evening." - Minneapolis Star-Tribune, January 2016

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
13
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Rhodes, The Pearls

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Before you hear Tom Rhodes’s voice, you feel it - like a left jab to the jaw. Raspy and soulful, like Ray LaMontagne or a young Van Morrison, but with a soaring intensity that recalls Jackson Browne. Your eyes adjust. You regain your bearings. A familiar feeling washes over you: Have I heard this before? Then, a split-second later, comes the power-punch: the words - direct, poetic, timeless, true.

Like a good boxer, Tom Rhodes mastered this one-two technique through years of training. The 36-year-old Oakland, California-based songwriter has spent more than a decade honing his honest, heartfelt brand of Americana, and learning to craft songs whose truth matches his passion as a performer. In that time, he has performed all over the US and Europe, released four albums, and even appeared on season 9 of The Voice in 2015.

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The Pearls are an Americana, Alt-Country, and Western Swing band that hail from Vancouver, WA. Their influences include The Band, The Eagles, George Jones, The Grateful Dead and The Everly Brothers, in addition to old Dixieland jazz and classic country. The Pearls are a vocal-driven band with songs that blend the spirit of travel and adventure with Cajun, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and country influences. The band is Patrick Tetreault (acoustic guitar, vocals), Buck Ryan (bass, vocals), Nick O’Donnell (electric guitar, banjo, vocals), Nikolette Divine (vocals), and Sean Savageau (Drums).

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

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

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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Frank Barter

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Frank Barter broke onto the Seattle music scene before it was a scene and stormed around the Northwest. Immediately compared to distinctive singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne in reviews and by listeners, Frank undoubtedly was/is humbled by those comparisons.

“Having my name lumped in with those guys is very flattering, and I certainly appreciate it, I haven't had their fame and fortune yet, but to walk around knowing some people have been touched by what I do on that kind of level, is pretty special,” he says.

Frank writes and sings like a guy who’s been beat up and still won’t quit, like a guy who’s been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending. Many of the songs on his new Valley Entertainment release Ready feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Mathews, Frank doesn’t hold back for anyone or anything.

New York Times best-selling music writer Charles R. Cross once described Frank Barter songs as “expansive as an Eastern Oregon sunset. If you’ve never seen one of those, they’re burning in the middle, sitting on top of a wheat field, with a golden glow on each side stretching the horizon forever. That’s where Frank Barter takes you."

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

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

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Sep
9
3:00 PM15:00

Poly Varghese

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Poly Varghese is a leading Hindustani classical guitarist and Mohana Veena player from India. 

This disciple of the renowned Mohan Veena exponent and Grammy award-winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat, takes you to the magical universe of silence and sound in his own innovative and inimitable style. The 20-string Mohan Veena, a combination of lap slide guitar and Sitar, is a highly expressive, melodious instrument and is played by very few people. 

A powerhouse performer, his exhilarating concerts have mesmerized audiences in over 43 countries. 

Awards: In August 2013, Poly Varghese was invited by the India International Center New Delhi (IIC Delhi) for the prestigious Monsoon Music festival, where he was awarded the Presidential Award. In April 2018, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the state of Goa.

Inventor: While perfecting and pursuing the depths of music with his guitar, Poly developed his own inimitable style of improvisation. Poly’s unique experiences and experiments led him to develop the 40-stringed, three-neck guitar which he named "Poly String Guitar." This helped deeper expressions in melodies, moods and ragas.

Folk Music: Having traveled and lived with Folk Baul singers of West Bengal, India, he loves to render high-pitched Baul songs, Kabir and soulful Rabindra Nath Tagore Poetry. Actor: With acclaimed talent in acting, Poly has been involved in experimental theatre for several years. He has acted in over a dozen movies in different languages.

Music Director: Poly has directed music for films and theatre alike. In 2005, he won the Jeevan Atlas Award for Best Music Director of the Year in India for the film "Kootilekku" (Towards Home). His first American movie “Maiya” is set to release in September 2018.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 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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Sep
8
8:00 PM20:00

Nancy Cassidy: "River's Rising" CD Release Show

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Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Nancy Cassidy, whose 15 projects combined have sold over 2 million copies, has just released her 9th album of original material, River's Rising, offering 13 cuts of comfort, community, compassion and hope during times that need it. Like right now. Her millions of fans will recognize her signature stamp and smoky alto through the whole ride, with styles ranging from folk and gospel to feisty rockabilly. This June, River’s Rising was the #8 Album on the Folk DJ Chart and Nancy was #5 most played artist.

Veteran Ed Tree, born and bred in the deep south, produced River's Rising at legendary Sunset Sound, bringing in the top LA’s session players for a full-throttle showcase of exceptional talent. Accompanying Nancy for this performance will be Ed Tree on guitar, John Roy Zat on fiddle, Bob Hahn on harmonica and Claudia Russell singing harmony.

“Striking, out-of-the-ordinary imagery…(Nancy) has a way of probing beneath the surface of things with the effective application of metaphor, whether it draws on water, storms, flight, time or space, all communicated via tunes that are not easily ignorable. I can't stress how rare this is in an era dominated by singer-songwriters who are usually more proficient at lyrics than tunes.” - Jerome Clark, Rambles.net

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

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

 


 

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Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots

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

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

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

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

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

And who are these Hotshots?

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

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

Steve Evans (Bass)
One of the most sought-after and respected bass players in Northern California, Steve is best known in the blues community, but is equally comfortable in jazz, pop, and folk settings. He has toured with with Charlie Musselwhite, Bob Weir, Joan Baez, Big Mama Thornton, Coco Montoya, Elvin Bishop and Chris Cain. For many years he anchored the band for internationally-known guitar great Roy Rogers. And he is a founding member of Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots! 

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

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

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Sep
6
7:30 PM19:30

Moonshine Jelly CD Release Party

Please join us for Moonshine Jelly's CD release party, featuring Greg Ashley and special performances by Greg Jenkins, Travis Hendrix and Dan Cantrell.

Moonshine Jelly's new release, High Tide, was three years in the making and they are proud to celebrate its arrival with their friends and fans in the Bay Area. The album was recorded at the Complex in SF and The Creamery analog studio in Oakland, CA. CDs will be available for sales at the show for $15 and the digital version will be released the night of the show on Bandcamp.  

Moonshine Jelly consists of violinist and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells and guitarist and banjo player Kent Kessinger. The full ensemble often includes Margaret Marie on vocals and mandolin, Zina Pozen on accordion and John Thatcher Boomer on clarinet. For this special evening they will also be joined by Justine Lucas, Travis Hendrix and Juliana Frick.

Also appearing will be singer/songwriter Greg Ashley, who has been a fixture on the underground music scene since the late Nineties, while strafing eardrums as a teenager in Houston in garage-punk band The Strate-Coats. Since then he’s proven himself not only as a songwriter, singer and guitarist in bands like The Mirrors & The Gris-Gris, but also as a producer/sound engineer via his Oakland-based Creamery Studio.

Also performing with Moonshine Jelly for the first time ever will be a special performance by Greg Jenkins on clarinet, Travis Hendrix on stand-up bass and Dan Cantrell on accordion. Greg Jenkins is also the force behind Fanfare Zambaleta, MWE, and Disciples of Markos.

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

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

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Sep
5
8:00 PM20:00

Petros Klampanis Trio

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Named a “Bass Ace” by Bass Player Magazine, Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. Now based in NYC, the bassist and composer is curious in his approach, always seeking unique ways to integrate elements from multiple genres, ranging from classical music to pop.

Klampanis’ varied musical life journey brings “aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing,” as noted by fellow bassist Drew Gress. His second album as a leader, Minor Dispute was selected as one of the best Jazz records in 2015 by NPR. His most recent release and Motéma Music debut, Chroma was featured in major international radio and press outlets including Jazz Magazine, WBGO, DownBeat and JazzTimes

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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Sep
1
8:00 PM20:00

Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with 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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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
24
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Rigney/John R. Burr Duo

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Two of the finest and most versatile musicians on the Bay Area music scene, violinist & composer Tom Rigney and pianist John R. Burr, have joined forces in a great new musical duo. These two virtuosos have put together a repertoire that covers a wide range of musical styles—from Celtic to blues, from hauntingly beautiful arias and waltzes to rollicking fiddle tunes and Cajun two-steps—and which includes both original compositions and tunes from the traditional repertoire.

Tom Rigney, the fiery fiddler/composer, has been a part of the Bay Area musical landscape for more than three decades. He has been the leader of three great bands—Back in the Saddle (1976-1982), The Sundogs (1984-2000), and Tom Rigney and Flambeau (2001-present day). He has played nearly every style of American Roots Music, from bluegrass to Western Swing to Cajun/zydeco to blues to rock and roll. He is a prolific composer and songwriter in a multitude of styles, and has recorded more than twenty albums of mostly original music over the past 25 years. He currently tours the world with his band, Flambeau, playing more than 120 dates a year—festivals, performing arts centers, community concerts, nightclubs and dances—from San Francisco to Paris, from the Gulf Coast to Alaska.

John R. Burr has been one of the most in-demand piano players in the Bay Area for almost three decades. He toured for many years with Grammy-winning banjoist/guitarist Alison Brown in addition to stints with Maria Muldaur, Spang-a-lang, and multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven. He is the favorite accompanist of numerous singers and instrumentalists spanning jazz, folk, and pop. His imaginative, melodic, and sophisticated soloing have made him a favorite collaborator with many Bay Area musicians.

These two musicians together create something deeply musical and emotionally powerful. They have a musical chemistry that is as satisfying and entertaining as it is rare. Their interaction is filled with warmth, virtuosity, passion, and wit and, when the situation calls for it, they can burn down the house.

The Tom Rigney/John R. Burr Duo—two instrumental wizards making beautiful music together!

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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