Aug
19
4:00 PM16:00

Ed Reed

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

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

Reed will be accompanied by Adam Shulman, piano; Carla Kaufman, bass; and Dave Rokeach, drums.  

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
19
8:00 PM20:00

Arco Belo: The Space Between Disguises: Chamber Jazz with Global Roots

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Arco Belo brings together elements of raw, contemporary improvised music, mixing in crisp-though-composed pockets of sweeping dense harmony and a global rhythmic sensibility. At The Back Room, the group promotes the release of the first single from its debut album, The Space Between Disguises.

Arco Belo is an original chamber-jazz project led by pianist, accordionist, and composer Simone Baron, featuring a rhythm section composed of Lucas Ashby and Steve Arnold. The group skips effortlessly from long-form, neo-baroque string counterpoint to sludgy hip-hop pads; post-romantic cadenzas collide in moments of spontaneous noise with reedy prepared piano; guttural bow noises and cascading plectrum bring color to plush hypnotic grooves and sharply angled linear phrases.

FEATURING:
Simone Baron - accordion
Lucas Ashby - percussion
Steve Arnold - bass
and special guests.

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

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

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Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Schwartz Quartet

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Michael Schwartz is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer-arranger from Marin County, CA. Quickly realizing he’d never be able to live up to his father’s dreams as a marching band tubist, he picked up the saxophone at age 10 and has grown from there. 

Michael has performed in festivals and concerts in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, in the Bay Area at the SFJAZZ Center and Yoshi's, and has toured internationally, including a two-week tour of Japan. He is honored to have been a member of the SFJAZZ High-School All-Stars for three years, the CJC Jazzschool Studio Band for two, and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, with whom he performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival for four years. He has performed onstage with and for esteemed musicians and figures such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, the Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy, Tony Bennett, Clint Eastwood, Nancy Pelosi, and more. 

Michael currently studies electrical engineering at UCLA, but he still maintains many musical projects in Los Angeles, such as his funk band Cerulean, R&B band Jaded, and more.

This is Michael's first time performing with this quartet. He is excited to perform alongside Lucas Hahn on keys, Isaac Coyle on bass, and Adam Briere on drums.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $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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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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Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Be Steadwell

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

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

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

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

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Sep
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 

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
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
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!

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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
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
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
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
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
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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Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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Faye Carol is one of the premier vocalists of her time. Her unique style and gift of connecting with her audience is astonishing. This Bay Area living legend is a recipient of countless awards and honors inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015 induction into the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, and four Cabaret Gold Awards.

After beginning her career with gospel music, Ms. Carol was an integral part of Oakland's innovative funk scene in the 1960s and later went on to form her own trio. She soon built a reputation as a daringly versatile and consistently creative vocal stylist arranging standards and popular songs in her own unique way.

She has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Albert King, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Billy Higgins, Charles Brown, Bobby Hutchinson and Pharaoh Sanders. Now established as a world-class artist at the top of her craft, she continues to dazzle and delight audiences at home and beyond. She will be accompanied by Joe Warner on piano.

"Faye Carol is one of the greatest singers on the planet...There is nobody singing the blues and jazz like she is." - Charles Brown

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or 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
14
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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Faye Carol is one of the premier vocalists of her time. Her unique style and gift of connecting with her audience is astonishing. This Bay Area living legend is a recipient of countless awards and honors inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015 induction into the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, and four Cabaret Gold Awards.

After beginning her career with gospel music, Ms. Carol was an integral part of Oakland's innovative funk scene in the 1960s and later went on to form her own trio. She soon built a reputation as a daringly versatile and consistently creative vocal stylist arranging standards and popular songs in her own unique way.

She has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Albert King, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Billy Higgins, Charles Brown, Bobby Hutchinson and Pharaoh Sanders. Now established as a world-class artist at the top of her craft, she continues to dazzle and delight audiences at home and beyond. She will be accompanied by Joe Warner on piano.

"Faye Carol is one of the greatest singers on the planet...There is nobody singing the blues and jazz like she is." - Charles Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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Faye Carol is one of the premier vocalists of her time. Her unique style and gift of connecting with her audience is astonishing. This Bay Area living legend is a recipient of countless awards and honors inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015 induction into the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, and four Cabaret Gold Awards.

After beginning her career with gospel music, Ms. Carol was an integral part of Oakland's innovative funk scene in the 1960s and later went on to form her own trio. She soon built a reputation as a daringly versatile and consistently creative vocal stylist arranging standards and popular songs in her own unique way.

She has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Albert King, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Billy Higgins, Charles Brown, Bobby Hutchinson and Pharaoh Sanders. Now established as a world-class artist at the top of her craft, she continues to dazzle and delight audiences at home and beyond. She will be accompanied by Joe Warner on piano.

"Faye Carol is one of the greatest singers on the planet...There is nobody singing the blues and jazz like she is." - Charles Brown

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or 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
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:
Doug Ashcraft - drums, percussion
Eric Burkhart - guitars, vocals
Steve Epstein - pedal steel, guitar
Guy Lento - live sound mixing
Alan Novidor - bass
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
28
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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Faye Carol is one of the premier vocalists of her time. Her unique style and gift of connecting with her audience is astonishing. This Bay Area living legend is a recipient of countless awards and honors inducing 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, 2016 City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015 induction into the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, and four Cabaret Gold Awards.

After beginning her career with gospel music, Ms. Carol was an integral part of Oakland's innovative funk scene in the 1960s and later went on to form her own trio. She soon built a reputation as a daringly versatile and consistently creative vocal stylist arranging standards and popular songs in her own unique way.

She has shared the stage with legendary artists such as Albert King, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Billy Higgins, Charles Brown, Bobby Hutchinson and Pharaoh Sanders. Now established as a world-class artist at the top of her craft, she continues to dazzle and delight audiences at home and beyond. She will be accompanied by Joe Warner on piano.

"Faye Carol is one of the greatest singers on the planet...There is nobody singing the blues and jazz like she is." - Charles Brown

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or 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
2
8:00 PM20:00

Sugartown - Day of the Dead celebration

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

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

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

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

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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
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
11
4:00 PM16:00

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
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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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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Aug
18
8:00 PM20:00

High Country Celebrates 50 Years of Bluegrass Music

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High Country, the West Coast’s longest-lived bluegrass band, are celebrating their 50th anniversary with this special performance at The Back Room. In addition to the current lineup, there will be a good number of former band members and others who have played with High Country over the years joining the celebration. 

The group was formed in 1968 and remains a vital link to the early days of bluegrass in the Bay Area and California. Come and join the happy throng of fans and musicians in marking High Country’s Golden Anniversary.

"One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

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

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

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Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

HowellDevine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Chappell & Dave Holt, BiG WiDE GRiN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jennings & Keller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

WoodBarry

WoodBarry is a group of Bay Area veteran musicians featuring an eclectic mix of music from the 60’s to the present: Nancy Hall (from the Curios and the Finger Puppets, as well as Neil Young’s touring company), Woody Trevorrow (from Hearts on Fire and Houston Jones) and Barry Silverblatt (from Hearts on Fire and other groups he won’t discuss).

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

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

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

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

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Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Adi Meyerson Band

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The Adi Meyerson Band is a hard-hitting ensemble that constantly thrives to paint a sonic portrait that is both reverential to the hard bop tradition and uniquely progressive and relevant.

Led by bassist and composer Adi Meyerson, the group is influenced by the deep tradition of swing and groove (Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal), and has created a project that manages to honor those traditions while creating music that is relevant to the 21st century. Compositionally, the band leans to a slightly more modern approach (Wayne Shorter, Alice Coltrane, Charlie Haden, Mulgrew Miller), adding vocalist & guitarist Camila Meza to the mix. 

The Adi Meyerson Band is currently touring in support of their latest project, Miss Meyerson's debut album, Where We Stand, which contains all original material. In a live performance setting, the band includes a number of standards, Brazilian and Israeli tunes arranged for their particular instrumentation.

Miss Meyerson was born in the US and grew up in Israel. Although her main influences are strongly rooted in the Jazz tradition, traces of Israeli popular music (Yoni Rechter, Shalom Hanoch, Zohar Argov) can be found in her music. As part of the band's repertoire, Miss Meyerson seamlessly combines some of her favorite Israeli songs with her own original material, recently adding some lesser-known Brazilian and South American songs as well. (These particular songs are known to be a strong musical influence on her favorite Israeli songwriters). The result is a well-blended set that showcases all sides of the bassist and composer's history and personality though music.

"An instrumental set of swinging post bop that sounds like a lost Blue Note session...Purely smoking throughout." - Chris Spector, Midwest Records

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

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

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Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Victoria Vox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
31
7:30 PM19:30

Phil Marsh

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Phil Marsh is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was the first musical director and band leader for SF's famous Pickle Family Circus, a guitarist with Country Joe McDonald, and wrote and performed with the East Bay Sharks and on the now infamous Masked Marauders album. 

Phil was a mainstay of The Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, the folk duo Phil & Phil, and founder of Energy Crisis, a famous and funky local club and dance band. He has recorded with Folkways, Vanguard, Warner Brothers, and others, and continues to write songs and gig in New York City and the Bay Area and central coast.  

Phil is alleged to have been a seminal performer at the original Freight & Salvage, and he hosted the Freight Anniversary shows for many years. Recent work has included songs about dogs, basketball, and the perils of modern life.

Richard Saunders will be joining in on bass, and others will likely sit in. Richard played in The Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle band, with Country Joe way back when, and is a mainstay on the Bay Area jazz scene.  

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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Jul
29
5:00 PM17:00

Soul Jazz II with JuSusan

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
29
1:00 PM13:00

The Jessica Jones Quartet

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Originally from Berkeley, California, Jessica and Tony Jones are the core of the Jessica Jones Quartet, performing this time around with fellow Berkeley ex-pats Noah Garabedian on bass, Maya Kronfeld on piano, and Jason Lewis on drums.

The Jessica Jones Quartet is an improvising jazz ensemble which performs original experimental music. Their music derives from the jazz tradition using structured original compositions as a framework for freer improvisation. Combining two tenor saxophones with bass and drums, the group creates an exciting, robust new soundscape. The over 30 years of partnership between Jessica and Tony are apparent in the intimacy and spontaneity of their collective sound.

The Quartet has played venues on the East and West Coasts, including Yoshi’s and Dizzy’s Club, and at the Knitting Factory Festival in New York City and other festivals on the West Coast, including headlined with special guest Don Cherry. The group has released several CDs to critical acclaim, including Nod, featuring Tristano-lineage pianist Connie Crothers and Joseph Jarman of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and their most recent, Moxie. Poets, storytellers, and guest musicians often augment the core quartet as the band continues to explore creative alliances.

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

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

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Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Singer and The Songwriter, Maya Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Charlie King & Rebel Voices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Max Schwartz presents: Mayberry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

Nora Stanley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Ed Reed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Dirk Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Aki Goes to Bollywood

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Get Set Go

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Muddy Roses

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The Muddy Roses's sound is a beautiful balance of grit and grace that's been captivating audiences around the San Francisco Bay.

The rich, velvety soul of vocal bombshell Liz Lewis (West Virginia) and the band, led by guitarist and songwriter John LoGiudici, infuse destined-to-be-classic country and Americana originals with elements of blues, bluegrass, gospel, and jam to create a unique and dynamic sound. Fiddle player Diana Greenberg and banjoist/pedal steel master Andrew Waegel launch sonic trips to the front porch and the honky-tonk bar, while veteran Bay Area musicians Rob MacCloskey on bass and Rob Davis on drums keep the train running. 

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

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

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Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Macy Blackman & the Mighty Fines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Benny Bock

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Benny Bock is a pianist from El Cerrito, California. He currently studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Dan Wall, Gary Bartz, and Billy Hart. He has shared the stage with Dayna Stephens, Nicole Henry, the Charles Mingus Big Band, and Ed Reed. During his time at Berkeley High School, Benny has won awards in the Santa Cruz, Folsom, Monterey Next-Gen, and Charles Mingus festivals. He also studied in Havana, Cuba during this time, and returned to explore the rich music there. An avid electronics enthusiast, Benny produces and records his own music, and works as a synthesizer demonstrator with legendary synth pioneer Tom Oberheim. 

Nora Stanley is a saxophonist and composer returning to her native Bay Area fresh out of Oberlin Conservatory. Growing up she was surrounded by music of all sorts and attended Berkeley High School's prestigious jazz program, also participating in conglomerate programs including SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, Jazzschool and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, where she was mentored by John Calloway. She has had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, Spain and Brazil, where she absorbed music that has informed her developing voice as a musician and composer. At Oberlin, Nora studied with Gary Bartz, Dan Wall, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart, and has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Eddie Henderson, Etienne Charles and Dayna Stephens. 

Owen Storey is a bassist currently studying at Manhattan School of Music with Jay Anderson. When he is not studying in New York, he is an active performer and teacher in the Bay Area. While in high school, he was a member of various honor bands, including the Berklee Five Week Workshop, where he studied with Terri Lyne Carrington. He has performed at many of the top Bay Area jazz venues, including Yoshi's and the SFJAZZ Center, and has taught at the Jazzschool and for the SFJAZZ summer workshops.

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

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

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

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Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Acoustic Guitar Project

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

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

Oakland based songwriter Tom Rhodes has spent more than a decade honing an honest, heartfelt brand of Americana. Tom has played shows across the US and Europe and was honored by the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2015. He wrote the song "On The Road" for The Acoustic Guitar Project.

Berkeley's own Lia Rose writes poetic and intensely honest songs driven by a fierce and infectious optimism. Her voice was called "captivating and beautiful" by Tape Op Magazine. Lia has relaunched her album Built for the Sea on Tom Morello's label, Firebrand Records.

Berkeley-raised Alexis Harte has been featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered" and KFOG's "Acoustic Sunrise." Unafraid to explore his own directions as a songwriter, Alexis has released seven albums of his own music and recently provided music for the Oscar-nominated short film Pearl.

Steeped in soul and anchored in a truly authentic form of songwriting that is often lost in today's music, Brett Hunter has a gift for writing songs that bring people together and resonate deeply with audiences. Fresh from a run on a national singing competition and the release of his album, Take Off, Brett wrote "Hold Back" for the project.

Meredith Edgar writes songs about bittersweet love, drowning, mistakes, the ocean, and the dark underbelly of us all. She often dreams about tsunamis, flying and falling, and uncomfortable social situations. 

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

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

 

 

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Jul
9
8:00 PM20:00

Hussy Hicks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
8
8:00 PM20:00

lazyboy and Thomas Carnacki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
8
3:30 PM15:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 for children 10 & under. Advance tickets are available below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Jul
7
8:00 PM20:00

Joel Dorham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
7
3:00 PM15:00

William Beatty & the Fountain Walk Ensemble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Sugartown

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

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

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

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

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Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Max Schwartz presents: The Music of Monk and Mingus

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

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

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

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

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Jul
3
8:00 PM20:00

Dred Scott and Freedom Jazz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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