Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Homage to the Thief: A Cubist Jazzscape on Human Destiny

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A benefit for California fire relief. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students with ID.

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

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

 

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Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: Holiday Party

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The Back Room is proud to present Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band’s Holiday Party, with special guests. The Prohibition Mob features trumpeter Rich Armstrong (Boz Scaggs), trombonist Mike Rinta (Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter), bassist Simon Planting (Mathilde Santing, Bill Frisell), pianist Sam Cady (Noel Jewkes) and drummer Kelly Fasman (Peter Cetera, Kenny Loggins).

Veteran vocalist Roberta Donnay — whose new album My Heart Belongs to Satchmo, a collection of tunes from the Louis Armstrong songbook of the 1920’s - 1930's is drawing rave reviews — returns from a stirring performance at New York’s famed Birdland Jazz club this month to share her exceptional talents with Bay Area jazz fans at this great music venue.

An award-winning singer-songwriter-producer, Donnay’s music and voice can be heard on film and TV.

Donnay’s interest in roots music was inspired from the radio, performing with Dick Oxtot’s Golden Age Jazz Band, recording with legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, researching lost and obscure material from the Jazz Age, and touring 10 1/2 years as singer/percussionist with Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks.

As a songwriter and performer, Donnay has won an ASCAP Composer Award, the Top Solo Indie Artist in Performing Songwriter Magazine, one of the Best Albums in DownBeat Magazine, and an International Film Music Award.

As a singer and performer, Donnay has opened for, or performed with, George Benson, Bob Dorough, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, John Hammond, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Maria Muldaur, Lewis Nash, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, Lee Ritenour, Booker T., Tuck & Patti and more.

"[Roberta Donnay's] engagement with the lyrics, her supple sense of time and her soulful, little-girl timbre remind you of Billie Holiday." — Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune

"With her singularly enticing sound, few contemporary vocalists are as well suited to dustily vintage material as jazz-blues stylist Roberta Donnay.'“ — JazzTimes

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
21
8:00 PM20:00

Lady Bianca: Xmas Time Again single release party

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Lady Bianca is a blues, gospel and R&B vocalist/pianist, artist, and producer.

With roots in Kansas City, MO and Macon, GA, and a father who taught her Texas blues piano as a child, Lady Bianca has evolved into an icon in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is known as the “Queen of the Blues and Gospel.”

She has performed, recorded and toured the world with Frank Zappa, Sly Stone, Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker as a featured vocalist and background vocal arranger.

With her partner Stanley Lippitt, she has amassed a catalog of over three hundred songs, and has produced, arranged and recorded 9 albums, including her recent release, Blues is on the Menu (2017), on her own Magic-O Records (“Home of the Mighty Oakland Sound”).

Lady Bianca has toured the country with her trio and was a featured solo vocalist and pianist in the International Boogie Woogie Festival in Lugano, Switzerland.

In 2015, Lady Bianca represented the Golden Gate Blues Society in Memphis as a contestant in the International Blues Challenge, in the solo/duo category.

In 2017, Lady Bianca sang “Oh Freedom” in the Roots Award-winning film documentary Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes, and was the featured narrative voice in the Oakland-based film documentary Evolution of the Blues.

This year, Lady Bianca sailed the Caribbean seas on the legendary Blues Cruise #30, and was a featured performer in the Mitch Woods Billboard Lounge aboard ship.

Her new holiday single, Xmas Time Again, will be available for sale at the show for $5.

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!
Musicians: Vernon Ice Black - guitar Oshmin Oden-Bass Joey Truso -Drums

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Dec
23
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Apfelbaum & Friends

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Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist/composer, Brooklyn resident and Berkeley native Peter Apfelbaum returns to his hometown, making his Back Room debut with musicians from his various ensembles.

Longtime collaborators Jeff Cressman (trombone, bass), Paul Hanson (bassoon), Rachel Durling (violin), Will Bernard (guitar) and Deszon Claiborne (drums) are all members of Apfelbaum's Hieroglyphics Ensemble and Sextet and are joined by more recent associates, including saxophonist/vocalist Jill Ryan (like Bernard, from Apfelbaum's NY-based band, Sparkler) and 12-year-old multi-instrumentalist and Apfelbaum protégé Sequoia Denton.

An alumni of the pioneering Berkeley School Jazz project in the 1970's, Apfelbaum combines his jazz roots with avant-garde, experimental, rock and world music influences; in recent years he has focussed more on writing lyrics and poetry in addition to the densely-layered, polyrhythmic instrumental music he has long been known for.

This evening's stripped-down, mostly acoustic performance will also feature originals by his bandmates as well as covers and possibly even some seasonal favorites.

Peter Apfelbaum - saxes/piano/organ/vocals

Jeff Cressman - trombone/bass

Jill Ryan - alto sax/flute/vocals

Paul Hanson - bassoon

Rachel Durling - violin

Will Bernard - guitar

Sequoia Denton - piano/flute/vocals

Deszon Claiborne - drums

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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Dec
24
8:00 PM20:00

Merry Christmas from a Jewish Atheist Pianist

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A Message from Sam Rudin:

When I was much younger, I, like many pianists, would get some lucrative gigs during the holidays, playing the seasonal favorites in the background of parties and events. And I used to think, “wouldn't it be great to play this stuff in a concert setting, for actual listeners?"

Clearly, in terms of heritage and beliefs, my connections to the holiday are slim. But as a sentient being in the USA, I am fully acculturated, and as a musician, I couldn't help noticing that, if I chose carefully, and stayed far away from Rudolph and Frosty...hey, a lot of this music is really good -and not just good, but flexibly available to a lot of interpretations. And, both as a player and a listener, I've always loved taking old things and making them new again.

So, in spite of the somewhat flippant headline, this will be an entirely respectful, and musically sincere evening - and an evening that turns out to be the most Christmas-y offering on our Calendar. So if you can't be with your family tonight, or if your own heritage and belief systems have you heading out for Chinese food - please stop by and and indulge in our shared musical tradition. And no!, the night will NOT include an obligatory chorus of "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel."

Sam Rudin is the creator and owner of The Back Room, and is also one of the most exciting pianists you are ever likely to hear.

"A master of musical Americana...his scope is near limitless...enormous talent." — Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

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

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

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Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Ethan Ostrow Quartet

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

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

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

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

Ethan Ostrow - Piano

Owen Storey - Bass

Nora Stanley - Saxophone

Pele-Or Greenberg - Drums

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

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

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Dec
31
to Jan 1

High Country, Dix Bruce & Julie Cline, Sam Rudin

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High Country has been ringing in the New Year with bluegrass music in downtown Berkeley for a good number of years, and this year we are pleased to welcome them back to The Back Room for the third year in a row. Come and join the band, along with Dix Bruce & Julie Cline and our own Sam Rudin, for a festive evening of song and laughter.

Over the last forty-plus years, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast's premier traditional bluegrass band. "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

Dix Bruce & Julie Cline sing and play a wonderful combination of Americana and original music on guitar and mandolin. Their beautiful vocal harmonies make everything they perform, from bluegrass to blues, folk to country, rockabilly to originals, a pleasure to listen to. Their new CD Look at it Rain includes a mixture of traditional and original songs arranged to showcase their duet singing and instrumental sound.

Sam Rudin plays some of the most exciting piano you are likely to hear. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison, and Jerry Lee Lewis...sometimes all at the same time. He also just might be the only bluegrass piano player in the world, and is happy to be surrounded by great bluegrass musicians where some mixing, matching, and jamming will have a chance to happen.

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

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



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Jan
1
12:30 PM12:30

New Year's Day Benefit for RAICES

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Our New Year's Day Benefit this time is going to be heavy on classic swing-era jazz (with at least three great vocalists chiming in). There will also be plenty of R&B of various types, not to mention straight-ahead blues, as well as some other jazz flavors, and at least one or two singer/songwriters.

We also have Mamadou Sidibe, who is the world's premier player of an African instrument called a kamele ngoni. It makes an enchanting sound and it certainly qualifies as something different to spice up the afternoon. Not that we actually need extra spice. What could be better than a day of blues, jazz and R&B, with various great players sitting in on each other's tunes?

Actually there is something better, and that's when all the money that we collect is sent to a worthy charity, which our beneficiary RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) certainly is. They work closely with the ACLU, and they are widely admired by those who are familiar with the cause, and by those who check up on charities.

Confirmed participants to date are Mamadou Sidibe, Jeremy Steinkoler, Rachel Efron, Jennifer Jolly, Steve Bissinger, Kay Kostopoulos, Michelle Jacques, Lisa Woo, Tina Marzell, Ellen Hoffman, George Brooks, Dan Keller, Pete Devine and Sam Rudin, with more performers to be announced.

Make it a point to drop by sometime between 12:30pm and 4:30pm on New Year's Day. You'll be glad you did!

Suggested donation of $20 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

Frank Barter, Matt Jaffe

Frank Barter 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 York City-based 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."

Frank broke on 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."

You can listen to Frank’s music here.

Matt Jaffe is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started pursuing music more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record.

Since then, Matt has churned out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturated the market with gigs (opening for folks like Mavis Staples and Wilco), and co-writing songs with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's.

With his band, Matt has played stages across the country, including The Fillmore, The Troubadour and Irving Plaza, and has just released his third album of original material, The Spirit Catches You, another installment in his campaign to bring the Guitar Gospel back to the masses.

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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Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

Undone In Sorrow & Sauce Piquante

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A Night of Old-Time Appalachian and Creole Music with Undone In Sorrow & Sauce Piquante, and special guests Rebecca and Bill Kimmons.

The members of Undone in Sorrow met as contributors to the Bay Area Old Time collective The Clementine String Band, a larger form ensemble which hosts jam tents at summer festivals, parties, and local dances in the tradition of Round Peak music. As a trio the group focuses on old time ballads, songs and fiddle tunes from throughout the Appalachians.

Banjo player Katelyn Kimmons was born and raised in West Virginia, and grew up in a house filled with old time music. Her parents, Rebecca and Bill Kimmons, are both a capella singers and many of the ballads she sings today were learned from her mother. As a rare treat, this very special performance will also feature a guest performance by Katelyn's parents, who will be visiting from West Virginia!

In addition to her immersion as a child, Katelyn learned to play banjo as a student of Carrie Norris, granddaughter of Lily May Ledford. Fiddle player Susan Sullivan first heard old time music at a jam in O’Donoghue’s bar in New York, while on vacation from her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea. She instantly knew what she wanted to do, and returned to New Guinea with a fiddle and a few tapes – which she rewound and rewound and rewound… Guitarist Max Lopez has played traditional music of various kinds since he was a teenager in Berkshire Hills of the tri -state area of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Max is a longterm employee of Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center in Berkeley where he has been immersed with traditional music and musicians of all walks.

As a small ensemble, they take special attention to arrangement that both honors and elaborates on the traditions of Old Time Music with a nod to narratives and rhythmic forms that make the genre unique. Most importantly, and true to the tradition, the group is primarily a group of friends who delight in any opportunity to assemble and share the music which is their passion.

Sauce Piquante has been playing for Bay Area dancers since 1999, when accordionist Blair Kilpatrick started the band. The group’s high-energy dance tunes and French vocals are rooted in two musical traditions: Cajun and old-time Creole, or, as some call it, early zydeco. Sauce Piquante captures the authentic sound of southern Louisiana’s dance halls, house parties, and church dances while appealing to a contemporary audience. Sauce Piquante was inspired by the late Danny Poullard, the Bay Area accordionist who suggested the group’s name.

During more than two decades of Louisiana travels and music camp attendance, band members have been influenced by many other gifted musicians. They have learned from Creole masters (Bois Sec Ardoin, Delton Broussard, Canray Fontenot, Edward Poullard) and legendary Cajun accordionists (Steve Riley, Jesse Lége, Eddie LeJeune, Sheryl Cormier). The band’s debut recording, Sauce Piquante Live, got a thumbs-up in a Dirty Linen magazine review. Kilpatrick is also the author of Accordion Dreams (University Press of Mississippi, 2009), which documents her musical journey. She and her husband Tabak were among the musicians profiled in “Zydeco Nation,” a recent public radio documentary about the Louisiana Creole migration to Northern California. Tonight they will be playing an all acoustic set and will be joined by guitarist and accordion player Max Lopez.

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

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

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Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

International Blues Challenge Fundraiser

The Golden Gate Blues Society is an organization that celebrates the history and culture of blues music, and promotes our local blues performers. Every year they sponsor a series of contests that culminate in selecting a representative band to travel to Memphis and compete in the annual International Blues Challenge. And every year they have a fundraising concert to pay for the travel expenses associated with this event.

This year, The Golden Gate Blues Society is proud to present Pete Madsen & Celeste Kopel, 2BuckChuck and very special guests Fillmore Slim, Cathy Lemons, Phil Berkowitz, Dejeana Burkes and John Lawton.

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

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

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Jan
9
8:00 PM20:00

Ed Gerhard

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From sold-out tours of Japan to festivals in Italy and venues across the U.S., Grammy-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard’s music has touched audiences all over the world.

Performing on six-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard’s virtuosity, generosity and humor shine through. His distinctive touch is unmistakable. Whether performing a lush, sensual ballad or a haunting, bitter lap steel melody Gerhard will mesmerize. His connection with his audience is palpable.

Gerhard’s releases have all received high praise from critics and guitar fans worldwide, including the Boston Globe Critic’s Poll “Top Ten Albums of the Year.” Ed’s CD, Luna, was chosen by Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 20th Anniversary List of 240 Essential Albums.

“This soulful album of original compositions rich in melody, chordal complexity and stylistic variety proves why Gerhard is considered to have the most exquisite acoustic guitar tone on the planet.” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Gerhard was awarded a GRAMMY® for his inclusion on the compilation CD Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar, for which he arranged and performed “Moon River.” His guitar work can also be heard on CDs by Arlo Guthrie and Jorma Kaukonen, and he is featured in the Ken Burns films Mark Twain and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

“…Gerhard does not write instrumentals. He writes songs only a guitar can sing.” - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

“I am glad to be living in the time of such a great guitarist, when a single note can say so much.” - Seymour Duncan

Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door, general admission, and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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



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Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

American Guitar Masters with Larry Pattis: A Benefit for Animal Rescue

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

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the tragic wildfires in Northern California, Larry is donating 100% of his fee for this performance to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group, a 501(c)(3) organization that assists with sheltering and evacuation of animals during a disaster.

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

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



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Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

WoodBarry

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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).

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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Jan
13
4:00 PM16:00

Audrey Martin

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Berkeley Jazz vocalist Audrey Martin will be joined by Larry Dunlap (piano), Ruth Davies (bass) and David Rokeach (drums) for this performance.

Martin knows all about the power of a song to provide hope and spiritual sustenance in dark times. A rapidly emerging talent, she reveals a lifetime of hard-won wisdom. Martin has cultivated a highly personal repertoire encompassing American Songbook gems and singer/songwriter treasures from Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Blossom Dearie, and Abbey Lincoln.

Like some of era’s most incisive jazz singers, Martin dedicated herself to mastering the art form at midlife. Possessing impeccable taste and blessed with a gloriously warm and clear voice, she makes every note count. More than setting a mood, Martin renders strikingly vivid scenes. It’s not much of a stretch to hear her training and experience as a psychotherapist deeply informing her sensibility as a singer.

“I’m attracted to the chance to communicate the emotion of a lyric sensitively and in a deeply felt way, to find my way in the world of a song so that I am speaking to the listener,” Martin says. “As a therapist I hold the deeply felt and personal life stories of my patients, and as a vocalist I get to tell my own story and the stories of others through song.”

“What attracted me to jazz from the beginning was the room it provides for improvisation and personal expression,” she says. “There’s freedom to experiment and make the songs my own, and I can work with these amazing musicians who are in communication with one another on the stage, developing new language while at the same time adhering to the tune.”

"A welcome dose of therapy for the mind and heart." — AllAboutJazz.com

"Dive in and dig the cool." — AcousticMusic.com

"Jazz vocal fans will rate this set as essential." — Midwest Record

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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Jan
13
8:00 PM20:00

Jason Yeager & Randal Despommier: CD Release featuring Aubrey Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jan
16
8:00 PM20:00

Ray Bonneville Duo with Richie Lawrence

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Often called a “song and groove man,” Ray Bonneville has lived the life of the itinerant artist. From his native Quebec, he moved to Boston at age twelve, where he learned English and picked up piano and guitar.

Later, he served in Vietnam and earned a pilot’s license in Colorado before living in Alaska, Seattle, and Paris. Six years in New Orleans infused his musical sensibilities with the region's culture and rhythms. And then, a close call while piloting a seaplane in the Canadian bush proved pivotal: after two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard, Bonneville’s lifetime of hard-won experience coalesced into an urge to write his own music.

Ray recorded his first album, On the Main, in 1992. He’s since released nine albums, earned wide critical and popular acclaim, and won an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His awards include a prestigious Juno, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy, for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. In 2012, Ray won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, placed number one on Folk Radio’s list of most-played songs of 2008, and was recently covered by Jennifer Warnes for the BMG label.

Other notable artists who have recorded his songs include Ronnie Hawkins (“Foolish”) and Slaid Cleaves (“Run Jolee Run”). Ray has shared the bill with blues heavyweights Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Dr. John, J.J. Cale, and Robert Cray, and has guested on albums by Mary Gauthier, Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and other prominent musicians. He has performed at renowned venues around the world, including South by Southwest, Folk Alliance, and Montreal International Jazz Festival, and plays over 100 shows per year across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When not on the road, he resides in Austin, Texas.

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

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

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Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

CelloJoe Presents The Cello MADNESS Congress: Cello Resolution

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The Cello Madness Congress creates spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments between cellists. Each artist will have a feature set in addition to improvised songs amongst the cellists.

Featured artists for the Harvest the Groove edition of the Cello Madness Congress:

TBA

Cello Joe

Doors open at 7:30 pm, show runs 8-11 pm. Arrive early for best seating as it's first come, first serve.

All Ages

Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists will be improvising in ways you've never heard cello before.

A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the Bay Area (90 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violoncello or 'cello for short.

We play the instrument said to be most like the human voice and we create spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments of pure ecstasy (the aural/auditory kind) that astound and amaze the listener's ear.

We can go from a stately, majestic promenade of elf gods to a wild, erratic, frantic frenzy of whirling space gnomes dancing in eternity whilst seducing seahorses and sea cucumbers. Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns.

We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Flyover States, Marie Schumacher & the West Coast Players - Original Americana/Roots/Folk/R&B

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Flyover States is the musical duo made up of Aaron Elliott and Steven Patton. Aaron and Steven have been playing and singing together for over ten years in various choirs, bands, and vocal ensembles. While Aaron and Steven’s band Andrew’s Ave. lets them fulfill their rock needs, Flyover States was created to explore their folk interests, allowing for more complex vocal arrangements and harmonies. Aaron and Steven met in college in Des Moines, IA and immediately made a musical connection. Together they’ve toured extensively and moved across the country to Portland, OR where they have continued to make music, teach, and write together.        

Marie Schumacher is a seasoned vocalist, guitarist and pianist who writes lyrical, finely-crafted songs with rock, Latin, R&B and Americana elements. Her influences include the Pretenders, Aimee Mann and the Cowboy Junkies. Marie is backed by a rootsy, versatile band that brings mastery and expansiveness to her soulful, literary tunes. Originally from the Boston area and an East Bay gal in the 90’s, Marie is founder and artistic director of PDX Vox, Portland’s community a cappella program. Playing with Marie are beloved long-time collaborators Steve Gibson (guitar), Jeremy Steinkoler (drums), Steven Patton (keys and vocals) and Aaron Elliott (bass and vocals).

Personnel:
Aaron Elliott, bass/vocals
Steven Patton, piano/vocals
Marie Schumacher, guitar/vocals
Steve Gibson, guitar
Jeremy Steinkoler, drums

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

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

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Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

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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Jan
21
8:00 PM20:00

Torganic Produce

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Torganic Produce, a New York City-based trio, fuses standard jazz repertoire with a contemporary approach and original compositions.

The group formed during their studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and has formed a deep connection that promotes free expression through improvisation. As individuals, each member of the ensemble continues to make their mark on the jazz scene, and has performed at a wide array of venues both locally and internationally including The Jazz Gallery, Bern International Jazz Fest, Lincoln Center, The Bowery Ballroom, Fat Cat, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and several others.

Torganic Produce features Torge Goderstad on bass, Adam Briere on drums, and Will Brown on saxophones.

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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Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Goodnight Moonshine featuring Molly Venter

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Goodnight Moonshine featuring Molly Venter is Molly’s latest musical project, a collaboration with her husband Eben Pariser. Co-writing often, Eben and Molly explore what it means to be in a healthy authentic relationship; both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of joy and grief in equal measure.

On Goodnight Moonshine’s second studio recording, I’m the Only One Who Will Tell You, You’re Bad, the duo delivers a funny, smart, explicit, raw, honest, mature, witty collection of Folk-Pop songs that reflect the messiness of ‘partnership’ (in its many forms), parenthood and growing up, while evoking the emotionally resonant aesthetic of Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin. Every once in a while, an album comes along that’s a breath of fresh air...a statement of substance and grace that reminds us of life’s bigger picture: keeping a marriage afloat, raising children, dealing with death, loving your partner, finding yourself, claiming your independence.

Molly's voice bends from a sweet moan to a gritty shout and back into a playful run in the space of a few bars and "it all goes down like silk," writes American Songwriter Magazine, who go on to say, "few singers turn first time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter." The emotional potency of her voice is surrounded and supported by a lush landscape of harmonies and minimalist orchestrations conceived by Eben on vocals and electric guitar. Molly’s voice has caught the ear of industry giants, and been prominently featured on FOX Television, Apple Computers and in Warner Brothers films.

Consummate performers, Molly and Eben have also appeared nationally and internationally, performing 100+ shows a year with their respective bands Red Molly and Roosevelt Dime. Their composition "Willow Tree" was a #1 hit on the folk charts in 2014 and was featured in USA Today.

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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Jan
27
5:00 PM17:00

Eliyahu Sills & Amir Etemadzadeh

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Turkish, Persian, Jewish and Arabic music presented on traditional Middle Eastern instruments, including three types of Ney (ancient flutes of Iran, Turkey and Arabic-speaking regions), Oud (Middle Eastern lute), and Persian drums (Tombak & Daf). The evening will include music from multiple spiritual traditions, instrumental improvisations and songs with vocals in Farsi, Hebrew and Arabic.

Eliyahu Sills & Amir Etemadzadeh are musicians of sensitivity, passion, skill and nuance with years of experience performing. Presented with reverence, soul, and creativity, they will play music from Iran, Turkey, Israel and the Arabic-speaking world, celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region's cultures, while honoring the great diversity found within them.

An intimate evening of live music, weaving together contemplative songs and improvisations from Iranian, North Indian, Arabic, Turkish, Jewish and Sufi traditions on instruments such as the ney, the bansuri, and the oud, tombak, daf, and tar.

Tickets are $17 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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Feb
1
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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Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Real Sarahs and David Starr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Hot Club Faux Gitane

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Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band like no other you've ever heard! They draw inspiration from the Gypsy jazz tradition pioneered by Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France, with acoustic guitars and double bass providing the rhythmic core. But the band sets itself apart by featuring mandolin, bassoon, and vocals, with the occasional clarinet and melodica.

This unique instrumentation, along with inventive and often witty arrangements, bring new vitality and freshness an old favorite genre. Hot Club Faux Gitane also augments the traditional Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes — all played in their unique style. This upbeat, toe-tapping music will have you at least bopping in your seat, if not dancing in the aisles!

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

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

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

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Feb
15
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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Feb
16
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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Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

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WENDY BURCH STEEL & REDWOOD play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of folk, old-time, country, bluegrass and blues. Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis produced, played and sang on Wendy’s debut CD Open Wings in 2012, which has received rave reviews nationally and internationally, airplay and interviews on various radio shows, and Americana and Bluegrass publications.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Bobby Black - "Moonlight in Hawaii"

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Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Bobby Black headlines Moonlight in Hawaii, a special evening of Hawaiian steel guitar, hapa-haole classics, and hula dances. Bobby will be playing many of his favorite Hawaiian songs, backed by special guest musicians, singers, and hula dancers, with an opening set by Bay Area Hawaiian band Haopinaka.

Bobby Black is the living legend of West Coast pedal steel guitar. Born in 1934, Bobby's long career includes performing and recording with classic country artists (Hank Williams, George Jones, Jim Reeves) through country-rock (Commander Cody, New Riders of the Purple Sage) and the Western Swing revival (Asleep at the Wheel, Lost Weekend).

But Bobby’s other passion is Hawaiian music. As a child, his parents took him to the famous Tonga Room at The Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco, where he saw the legendary Sol K. Bright on steel guitar, and he was hooked. Bobby went on to perform with many icons of Hawaiian music, including Cyril Pahinui, Genoa Keawe, Dennis Kamakahi, Jerry Byrd, Richard Ho’opi’i, Benny Kalama, and George Kahumoku. In 2012, he released a fine album of Hawaiian steel guitar instrumentals, Steel Guitar Paradise.

Bobby will be backed by Bay Area jazz veterans including Myles Boisen (Tom Waits, Club Foot Orchestra), Tony Marcus (Cheap Suit Serenaders, Laurie Lewis) and others. Special guest vocalists include Sheilani Alix (Sheilani Alix Quartette, Kurt Ribak Trio), Jill Rogers (Crying Time, Imperial Jazz Co.), and Hawaiian music artists Casey and Nadine Vargas.

Opening the show will be Bay Area Hawaiian band Haopinaka (Vanessa Alputila, Sil Castillo, Peter Garellick and Rod Valdez) who have been performing at Aloha festivals, hula competitions, and hundreds of backyard luaus for over 20 years. The evening will also feature hula performances by Leilani Chow, Kalena Gregory, Casey Vargas, and others.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission, and $10 for seniors and 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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Mar
14
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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Mar
16
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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Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Case

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Peter Case returns to The Back Room for fifth appearance and we are honored to have him back!

Peter’s work sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination and spans a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Raised in Buffalo, NY, Case came to the Bay Area in 1973 and worked as a street musician and played in the seminal power pop group The Nerves, before moving to Los Angeles to form the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records.

The Plimsouls achieved success with the single, "A Million Miles Away,” but broke up shortly after. Case’s 1986 solo Geffen record revealed deep roots in folk and blues, and earned him his first Grammy nomination for the song “Old Blue Car,” as well as the Number 1 spot on the New York Times’ 1986 Best CDs list. Six CDs later, Case earned another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection of songs that features Case’s voice and a single guitar. 

With or without a backing band, Case delivers his songs with both intense passion and introspective nuance. It’s clear that Case is a major talent on the Americana troubadour landscape. 

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 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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Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Alice DiMicele

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Alice DiMicele and her longtime bassist Rob Kohler return to The Back Room for their second appearance.

Alice is a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player that seamlessly works jazz/blues phrasing and R&B and rock & roll rhythms into a broadened Folk/Roots/Americana sound she calls "Organic Acoustic Groove." Whether playing solo or with her band, Alice brings her wide-ranging vocal prowess, humor, and distinctive guitar style to festival stages, theaters, clubs, and house concerts.

For over 30 years Alice has been a grassroots trailblazer in independent music. Bucking the advances of record labels early in her career, she has self-released 14 albums on her Alice Otter Music label including 2018's One With the Tide. DiMicele has stayed true to herself and her mission: to create music that connects people and inspires them to take a stand for the earth and for justice in the world. Born and raised in New Jersey, and firmly transplanted since 1986 in the fertile Southern Oregon soil, DiMicele's music encompasses both city savvy and country innocence.

Alice has played at many festivals including Strawberry Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festivals, Oregon Country Fair, Northwest String Summit and many, many more. She's shared stages with some of music's finest, including some of her musical heroes like Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, JJ Cale, David Grisman Quintet, Steve Winwood, Ferron, Peter Rowan, Richie Havens, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and the list goes on. Bonnie Raitt said, "Alice's music has that great combination of earthiness and groove that keeps it funky from the inside out. She's for real."

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for students with ID or accompanied by a parent. 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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Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriters in the Round: Justin Farren, John Elliot & Wes Collins

Justin Farren, Wes Collins and John Elliot met at the Kerrville Folk Festival, an iconic, three-week long music festival in which song craft is celebrated and shared. Many Kerrville performances are in Nashville’s famous “in-the-round” style: a group of songwriters in a circle taking turns telling stories and singing their own original songs. We invite you to enjoy this intimate show format, with three talented wordsmiths, storytellers, and performers.

Biographies:

Justin Farren
Sacramento native, 2016 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk winner. Justin approaches songwriting with intense focus. The end result is a multi-dimensional creation that is enchanting and also seems effortless. Rich Warren of Folk Stage Chicago said about Justin, "He is an incredibly original artist with a lot of verve and energy and a terrific guitarist. He will absolutely charm you with the strange humor and cleverness of his lyrics."

John Elliot
Born and raised in Minnesota and now living in California, his music has been featured on NPR, in PASTE Magazine, on Neil Young's "Living With War” website, and in various other publications, both digital and actual. John Elliot is "thoughtful, insightful, funny, edgy, unique, intelligent, kind, authentic. John is the real deal troubadour and poet that every lover of great songwriting seeks. A writer who has something to add to the conversation and questions of modern society's issues as well as one who speaks to timeless emotional journeys all humans can relate to." ~ Ford Goodman

Wes Collins
By day a mild-mannered librarian, 2015 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk winner Wes Collins calls his music “guitar driven folk-pop with teeth.” North Carolina Arts Council said about Wes, “His skill with the guitar makes the most of his imaginative arrangements and nuanced control of cadence and phrasing, underscoring the subtlety and bite of his lyrics.”

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door general admission; and $10 advance, $13 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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Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Damian McGinty - Young Forever Tour

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Irish singer-songwriter-actor Damian McGinty will be debuting his brand new full-length album, Young Forever, in early 2019 followed by a tour of the same name. The Young Forever tour is his largest to date and kicks off in Philadelphia, PA on March 19th and will feature vibrant, joyful, pop-infused music that will take you back to a time of living in the moment and yearning for the open road.

The 26-year-old Derry, Northern Ireland native is best known for his work with the Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder since the age of 13, and for his role as Rory Flanagan on the Fox hit television series, Glee. Damian’s first EP of original music, No More Time, was released in the Spring of 2018 and reached #9 on the US iTunes Pop chart while garnering more than 750,000 streams online.

Tickets are $100 (includes soundcheck, pre-show meet & greet and concert); $60 (includes pre-show meet & greet and concert); and $35 general admission.

Advance tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 9th at 10am, and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open forty-five minutes before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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May
1
8:00 PM20:00

Martyn Joseph

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Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer/songwriters… and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge, far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to 200 people or 20,000, he blows the crowd away night after night.

2018 saw him honored with a ”Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA, and he also received Fatea Magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in the UK.

He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.

Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

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

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

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Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

Barber Shop Collective

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Please join us for a rare opportunity to witness these notable and diverse local Bay Area musicians together on one stage. The members of the Barber Shop Collective merge elements of jazz, soul and rock into a lively soul-stirring blend sure to make you hungry for more.

Featuring songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Carlos Sanders (Uncle Los Music), the legendary Jay Lane on drums (Charlie Hunter, Primus and RatDog), Scott Martin on sax (War), and music producer and in-demand session guitarist Cam Perridge.

Don’t miss a chance to see these local legends in an intimate setting.

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

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

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Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Hey Earl, Kevin Goldberg

Coming out of Funk, Jazz, and 18th century Eastern Europe, Hey Earl play whatever the hell they want to and it’s a masterpiece every time. If you want to gently sway to some sweet elevator music and kill a few brain cells, this is not your scene. If you wanna get sweaty and groovy and elevate your emotional state to where you are at peace with the uncertainty of life, get on our level.

Luke Clingerman bringing the eye of the storm with his bass, Alex Bru pumping out our heart beats on drums, Jason Countryman dapper AF lovin’ on guitar, and Helen Orzel working unholy miracles on keys.

Kevin Goldberg has always been surrounded by music; his ear training began as early as two years old, when his father taught him to improvise on the piano. Since then, his musical journey has taken him through many styles of music and multiple instruments.

In addition to his roles in Lil' Elephant, Solate, and Wayfairy, he holds space on the low end in jazz, soul, and fusion projects throughout the Bay Area.

As a solo performer and songwriter, Goldberg takes influence from artists such as Joni Mitchell, Esperanza Spalding, and Gregory Porter. He brings a unique and eclectic set to The Back Room.

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

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



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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Lucky Losers CD Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern

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“Tony’s music is beyond beautiful, it’s perfect.” – Tommy Emmanuel

“Julia’s bell-like voice and her filigree fiddle playing are thrilling. She moves effortlessly from fiddle to guitar, her solo is impressive.” – SalonFestival

Tony McManus is the leading celtic guitarist worldwide and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. While Tony is best known as a soloist, his frequent collaborations with diverse musicians have always been a significant part of his work.

Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. She has released two albums of original songs and has performed in both classical and singer/songwriter modes on both sides of the Atlantic. On top of all this, her skills as a guitarist are prodigious and make an exciting fit with Tony’s work.

Their twin guitar treatment of traditional music is unique and each supports the other in exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and not so old, tunes. Each of the pair both flatpicks and fingerpicks at the highest level but always at the service of the tune rather than a display of technique. Her violin can effortlessly morph into a fiddle as she weaves from Italian madrigal to Scottish reel. Julia’s songs go to the heart of love and loss, hope and survival and are inflected with musical input from a wide and eclectic experience of musical life. Tony’s and Julia’s arrangements are rooted in deep musicality and heartfelt expression.

Tickets are $20 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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Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

Experimental Music Night: George Cory Todd, Dunkelman/Fluke-Mogul Duo, Omar Akrouche

Please join us for an evening of experimental, ambient and exploratory sounds.

george cory todd is a musician and sound artist based in Berkeley, California. He utilizes various computer-based musical elements to forge new sounds. Born in Maryland, george has studied, performed, and toured throughout the world as both an instrumentalist and composer. His debut release, Icon, will be available soon.

gabby fluke-mogul is a violinist, improviser, composer & educator living in Oakland, CA. gabby explores the depths, infinite sounds, hues, & multitudinous voices of the acoustic violin. through improvising//composing, gfm hopes to create space for individual & collective intersectional process, intimacy, & vulnerability. they are interested in the sensual nature of sound—how desire & eroticism are embodied & translated within the political & poetic context(s) of improvisation.

Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area-based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother, her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she graduated with a degree in music performance in 2013 and studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein.

Omar Akrouche is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and audio engineer based out of San Francisco. As a self-recording artist, his approach to making music is equally inspired by sound as it is from visual mediums, such as analog photography, filmmaking, and painting— with William Basinski meaning as much to him as Richard Diebenkorn. Omar frequently collaborates with friends and artists to produce their musical ideas, he values the role of the curator in making records, and believes in a cross-disciplinary process that engages with more than just the music.

With visuals by Molly Monahan.

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

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

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Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

Emily Scott Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

Ian Carey Quintet+1: Fire In My Head (the Anxiety Suite)—East Bay Premiere

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The Ian Carey Quintet+1 (with Adam Shulman, piano; Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Sheldon Brown, woodwinds; Fred Randolph, bass; Jon Arkin, drums; and Ian Carey on trumpet) has been performing its blend of original creative jazz across the Bay Area for over a decade at venues including The Sound Room, California Jazz Conservatory, SFJAZZ's Joe Henderson Lab, the Presidio Sessions, and InterMusicSF's SFMusic Day festival.

The group has released four albums: 2006's Sink/Swim ("An exciting set of music with a heavy-hitting lineup of musicians" — Greg Bridges, KCSM Jazz 91), 2010's Contextualizin' ("I can’t stop playing this CD” — Marc Myers, Jazzwax.com), 2013's Roads & Codes, which received 4½ stars from DownBeat Magazine and was featured on many critics’ “Best of 2013” lists, and 2016's Interview Music, featuring the 55-minute title suite composed by Carey and commissioned by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.

For this performance, the group will be performing Carey's brand new 5-part composition “Fire In My Head (the Anxiety Suite)”, which was commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program and deals with the subject of anxiety (on both a personal level and as a community), as well as material from their acclaimed albums.

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

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

 

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Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Belleville - SOLD OUT, Thank You!

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

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

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

Teilyn and Teri Falini will be opening the show.

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

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

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

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





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Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

An Intimate Evening of Music with The Keller Sisters and Misner & Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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Hailing from Northern California, Misner & Smith’s music is a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band’s sound harkens back to the bedrock of American rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. They can shake the walls like a freight train and then quiet the room to a whisper in a single song. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan sing with one voice, with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Close your eyes and you’ll be swept up in a sound that you’ll swear is a full band.

Misner & Smith’s combination of vocal blend, lyrical potency, and diverse songwriting make this duo one of the most unique and loved bands around. The award-winning original songs range from folk to rock to Americana to country, but essentially are something all their own, defined by the stories that each song tells. Misner & Smith create an extraordinarily full sound for only two people, and tour extensively both in the U.S. and overseas. Headlining regularly at venues such as the Freight & Salvage, and the Palms Playhouse, they have also appeared at The Kate Wolf Music Festival, San Francisco Folk Festival, and can be heard on radio dials all over the world. They recently celebrated over a decade of making music together; a decade that has produced five albums, including their most recent release, Headwaters. The combination of Misner & Smith’s musical dexterity and vocal prowess packs a punch that will linger with you for a long time to come.

The Keller Sisters open up the night with an hour set from 8pm-9pm; Misner & Smith will play from 9:30-10:30pm.

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

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



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Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Jim Kweskin Quartet with Meredith Axelrod & Suzy Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Jaeger & Reid with Michelle Kwon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Celtic Winter Concert with Four Shillings Short

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT FOLKS SAY ABOUT FOUR SHILLINGS SHORT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students with ID and limited income, kids 16 + under free w/adult. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Paul Smith Stewart

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Paul Smith Stewart is a composer, professional musician and music educator. He has recorded and performed with many different artists, but is best known for his work with the Central Coast band Still Time.

Beginning in 2004, Still Time steadily expanded from a local college band to a national touring act and successfully released four albums on their independent record label, When It Hits Records. In 2012 Paul became the Director of Performing Arts at his alma mater Marin Catholic College Preparatory in Marin County, CA.

Along with his colleagues, Paul helped to create a contemporary performing arts model which has since led to many graduates pursuing music and acting in both the collegiate and professional worlds. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2017, Paul released his first EP, Transitions, with Oak Ring Records. Now working on his Master's in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts, he just released his second EP, Renewal, in April of 2018. Paul also continues to perform as a bass player with notable SF Bay Area artists such as Jacob Aranda and The Good Bad.

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

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

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Nov
29
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Case with special guests Heart Hunters

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Peter Case returns to Berkeley for one of his rare Bay Area shows, with new songs, tales and surprises, along with his friends from Georgia, Heart Hunters, opening the show.

Heart Hunters were named the number one Folk Music band in Atlanta in Creative Loafing's year-end poll. Peter produced their current album, American Eclipse.

Peter Case’s work sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination and spans a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Raised in Buffalo, NY, Case came to the Bay Area in 1973 and worked as a street musician and played in the seminal power pop group The Nerves, before moving to Los Angeles to form the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records.

The Plimsouls achieved success with the single, "A Million Miles Away,” but broke up shortly after. Case’s 1986 solo Geffen record revealed deep roots in folk and blues, and earned him his first Grammy nomination for the song “Old Blue Car,” as well as the Number 1 spot on the New York Times’ 1986 Best CDs list. Six CDs later, Case earned another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection of songs that features Case’s voice and a single guitar.

With or without a backing band, Case delivers his songs with both intense passion and introspective nuance. It’s clear that Case is a major talent on the Americana troubadour landscape. 

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Heart Hunters’ Drew de Man founded his first band, No River City, in 2001 and spent the next several years making records, touring the country and sharing bills with artists such as Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Alejandro Escovedo.

After a decade away from the spotlight, his new project Heart Hunters—a duo with his wife, singer/songwriter Brianna Blackbird—builds on the moody indie/alt-country sound de Man explored with No River City, updating them for a new era with debut LP American Eclipse. The record’s alternately haunting and wistful folk songs find De Man and Blackbird engaging in potent social and spiritual commentary, clinging to silver linings while wrestling with an increasingly turbulent country. But while the subject matter is often heavy, the duo’s hook-laden melodious songs offer all the balance the record needs.

Produced by Peter Case (T Bone Burnett, John Hiatt, Mike Campbell), American Eclipse puts Heart Hunters’ gorgeously wounded harmonies front-and-center. Sonically, the record ranges from sparse acoustic ruminations to lush, complex Americana anthems, some tracks—“The Good Fight” and “Cristo” come to mind—drawing not just from the country-music tradition, but also Celtic and Eastern influences, taking cues from songs like The Beatles’ “Within You Without You” and Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.”

"Heart Hunters' music might sound delicate on first listen, but it packs a heavy punch. American Eclipse is simultaneously a deeply personal and overtly political album." - No Depression

"Best Folk Act." - Creative Loafing Atlanta, Best of 2018

Listen to their new album here.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 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
28
8:00 PM20:00

Rebecca Hass: Florescer CD Release

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In her Berkeley debut, pianist Rebecca Hass presents a solo show of original compositions and arrangements in Brazilian styles (from samba and choro to baião and maracatu) from her new album Florescer (Bloom).

Rebecca’s multi-decade love affair with Brazilian music led her to join Minneapolis percussion group Batucada do Norte over a decade ago, and it’s clear that her many years as a percussionist inform her compositions on piano. Inspired by influences as diverse as Hermeto Pascoal, Ernesto Nazareth, and Debussy, the songs on this album range from nostalgic to upbeat, but with plenty of infectious rhythm.

Even without the addition of percussion, the rhythms of the traditional percussion instruments of Brazil are infused throughout these creative arrangements and original compositions. With great variety from Maracatu do Manatim, an un-traditional maracatu about a grooving manatee, to Borboleta Azul, an effervescent pandeiro-driven tune that switches between baião and samba styles, these compositions give a slightly new take on classic Brazilian styles.

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

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

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Nov
23
10:00 PM22:00

2nd show just added! Hayden Everett

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11/15: Due to popular demand, a second show has just been added!

Gearing up to release his debut EP, Hayden Everett is a 20-year-old indie songwriter from Los Angeles. He is currently studying jazz piano performance at UCLA, with a minor in Music Industry. Hayden was the overall and audience choice winner of UCLA's 2018 Spring Sing, joining past competitors Sara Bareilles (a two-time winner), Maroon 5 and Linkin Park.

Hayden's music is raw and vulnerable, and boasts a unique sound influenced by his upbringing in jazz and R&B, folk, and worship music. Some of his main influences include Ben Howard, Bon Iver, The Oh Hellos, and Kevin Garrett.

Tickets are $10 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
23
8:00 PM20:00

Hayden Everett

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Gearing up to release his debut EP, Hayden Everett is a 20-year-old indie songwriter from Los Angeles. He is currently studying jazz piano performance at UCLA, with a minor in Music Industry. Hayden was the overall and audience choice winner of UCLA's 2018 Spring Sing, joining past competitors Sara Bareilles (a two-time winner), Maroon 5 and Linkin Park.

Hayden's music is raw and vulnerable, and boasts a unique sound influenced by his upbringing in jazz and R&B, folk, and worship music. Some of his main influences include Ben Howard, Bon Iver, The Oh Hellos, and Kevin Garrett.

Tickets are $10 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
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Novelists

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

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

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

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

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Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

Joel Dorham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Ramana Vieira

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Ramana Vieira’s parents hailed from the Madeira Island of Portugal. Vieira was born in Northern California, where she blossomed in a rich cultural mix that celebrated both a Portuguese and diverse American heritage.

Simultaneously, she loved Broadway and American jazz, but also the traditional music of Portugal; she was particularly enamored with the Fado of Amália Rodrigues. This passion drove her to study music at the esteemed American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) of San Francisco, and then back to her roots and heritage in Portugal.

Today, Ramana’s repertoire captures traditional Fado and influences from the Portuguese diaspora in a musical tapestry that ranges from whispering, haunting, ballads to jazzy blues. A proficient pianist and gifted songwriter, Vieira composes original Fados, several of which have been nominated at the International Portuguese Music Awards.

Vieira has been described by the New York Times as an American at the forefront of the Fado resurgence. The San Francisco Examiner calls her “the Rising Star in World Music." Her authentic and individual style, brilliant musicality, and colorful heritage appeals to a wide audience. Vieira pays tribute to time-treasured Fado classics of Amália Rodrigues, and also performs other Portuguese folk music, jazz, blues, and original compositions.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Levoná Ensemble: Music and Stories from Around the World

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

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

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

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



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Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Countercurrent

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

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

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

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



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Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

West of Roan

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Soulful, unique harmonies are at the center of West of Roan's minimalist arrangements. Both fiddle players and vocalists, Annie Schermer and Channing Showalter are voracious musicians whose original compositions sit comfortably alongside the ancient ballads and tunes they render. Steeped in the traditions of Appalachia and the British Isles, West of Roan's haunting, searching, heartfelt music explores home, self, loss, and love.

West of Roan's puppetry performances are one of a kind: part storytelling, part musical performance, part experiential installation. Drawing on the ancient and simple elements of shadow, light, sound and harmony, the duo guides audiences inward, to a place of possibility for inspiration, transformation and healing.

Annie and Channing have been collaborating as West of Roan for three years, though they have been singing together for much longer. Their conversations and friendship lead them deep into explorations of love, grief, and the wild self. This depth is the well from which their work is drawn.

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

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

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Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Jolly Gibsons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
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 $18 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
8
8:00 PM20:00

Jed Holtman

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

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

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

This concert will feature original compositions and more.

Jed Holtman - Guitar

Howard Wiley - Tenor Saxophone

Colin Hogan - Piano

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

Mike Quigg - Drums

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

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

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Nov
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.

10/29: Advance tickets are now sold out but a few tickets will be available at the door on the night of the show. Tickets are $20 and doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Garlin

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 general admission; and $12 for students, children under 18 and seniors. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door 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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Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Sam's Corner presents Valeriana Quevedo, Roberta Donnay & Kay Kostopoulos

Sam’s Corner is pleased to present three Dynamic Divas in an extraordinary night of music. Valeriana Quevedo, Roberta Donnay and Kay Kostopoulos will knock you out with their unique styles of hot jazz.    

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

Roberta Donnay is an award-winning singer & songwriter with tracks on TV and film. Donnay has opened for, or performed with, George Benson, Bob Dorough, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, John Hammond, Dan Hicks, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Maria Muldaur, Lewis Nash, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, Lee Ritenour, Booker T., and Tuck & Patti.

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

Sam Rudin is the creator and owner of The Back Room, and he is also one of the most exciting pianists you are ever likely to hear. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison and Jerry Lee Lewis...sometimes all at the same time. His repertoire reflects the whole range of 20th Century popular music, and that broad range will be put to good use tonight as he joins bassist Chris Amberger and drummer Bryan Bowman to back up all three of tonight's vocalists.

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

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

 

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Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Specs Band

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The Specs Band plays standards from Jazz, Latin, Soul and Pop. They are a mainstay of the famous Specs bar in North Beach and are often joined by a stellar assortment of guest vocalists.

This performance features Jerry Kennett (drums), Dan Keller (bass), a special guest on piano, and a passel o' singers!

Tickets are $15 ($5 off if you mention “Specs” 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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