Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Fru Skagerrak

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The music of Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to lively polkas, in major and in minor, and everything in between. Fru Skagerrak - ”Lady Skagerrak” - are three master musicians, one from each Scandinavian country: Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Denmark, Elise Wessel Hildrum from Norway and Anna Lindblad from Sweden.

In 2011, these three globetrotting musicians met for the first time at Tønder Festival, Denmark’s biggest Folk Festival, in a roaring session that had engulfed the backstage bar. Through the mayhem of tunes you could feel a certain Scandinavian groove, and in that moment the connection between these three fiddlers was clear. After meeting at Tønder Festival for three consecutive years, Fru Skagerrak finally saw the light of day in August 2014.

The trio brings together the diverse traditions from each of their homelands, which surround the Skagerrak strait. Through a repertoire of traditional tunes, new compositions, and songs in their respective languages, they express their kinship and love of their shared heritage. The result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian music today.

Maja Kjær Jacobsen: Denmark - fiddle and song

Elise Wessel Hildrum: Norway - fiddle, recorder and song

Anna Lindblad: Sweden - fiddle, 5-stringed fiddle and song

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

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

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Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Eli Cook

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The legendary Son House was known to say, “Blues is a feelin’.” Eli Cooks music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the forefront of modern Blues and Rock.

Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio. Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage Against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.

Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album Miss Blues’ Child on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release, ElectricHolyFireWater. During this time, he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's East Coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadelic, Gary Clark Jr., Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008, Eli released his third self-produced album, Static in the Blood, a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production. The follow up album, Ace Jack & King, a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be “the best blues singer of his generation.”

In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, featuring guest appearances by rock legend Leslie West of Mountain, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appici (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio) and Tinsley Ellis. The album was released in Spring 2014.

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

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

 

 

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Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the day of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

In the Spirit of Lennon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
25
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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Oct
26
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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Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the day of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Gary Nicholson

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Texas-born but now Nashville-based, Gary Nicholson is a number-one hit songwriter (Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame), a recording artist, world traveling performer, and session guitarist. There are over six hundred recordings of Gary's songs in genres including country, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and pop.

Artists as varied as Delbert McClinton, Robert Plant, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Taj Mahal, George Strait, Garth Brooks, John Prine, Neil Diamond, John Mayall, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, Fleetwood Mac and Etta James have recorded Gary's songs.

Gary and Ringo Starr co-wrote the title song of Ringo’s new album, Give More Love, and Gary co-wrote (with Tom Hambridge) the title song to Buddy Guy’s recent release, The Blues is Alive and Well.

Gary also co-wrote with Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ “Don’t Leave Me Here” for their project Tajmo, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and was nominated for Blues Foundation’s “Best Music Award” for Best Album of the Year. That song was nominated for “Best Song of the Year” for 2018 Blues Music Awards. Gary has a song on Willie Nelson’s current record, He Won’t Ever Be Gone, a tribute to Merle Haggard, as well as new cuts on Michael McDonald’s and George Thorogood’s new albums.

In addition to Gary's two Grammy-winning records with Delbert McClinton, he produced records for The Judds, Wynonna, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, T Graham Brown, Chris Knight, Taylor Hicks, Seth Walker and others.

You will recognize many of Gary's songs, and this is an opportunity for you to hear these songs performed in the way they were meant to be done.

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

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

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Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

Jim Kweskin & Meredith Axelrod

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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. 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.

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

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

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Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Soul Night to Remember: Yolandra Rhodes & Dee Dee Simon

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Yolandra Rhodes

Recently nominated as Best Jazz Vocalist by the Northern California Entertainer Music Awards and Semi-Finalist in Jazz Search West 2019, Yolandra is able to uplift spirits and stir the emotions of her listening audience with an easy grace and a subtle confidence. 

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). Children under 12 are free.

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

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Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) and the Reverberant Band - CD Release Show!

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Lisa B - spoken and sung verse

Ben Flint and Scott R. Looney - keyboards

Marcus Shelby - bass

Isaac Schwartz - drums

Join us in celebrating the release of Lisa B’s seventh record, Reverberant: Poems & Music, which joins the two strands of Lisa B’s work, vocal jazz and poetry, in riveting ways.

Also featuring tunes from Lisa's 2018 record I Get A Kick: Cole Porter Reimagined and other favorites such as "Joe Williams Died Walking/Every Day I Have the Blues."

Check out the audio trailer for the new album Reverberant: Poems & Music here.

Reverberant speaks to both jazz and poetry audiences. In a departure from Lisa B's previous albums – which feature her jazz vocals and poetic rap in original songs and standards – the new material is grounded in ten of Lisa B’s free-verse poems.

The poems are set in dynamic musical compositions created with stellar Bay Area-based musicians in duo and trio settings, recorded by Grammy-nominated James Gardiner, who boasts 42 gold and platinum records as an engineer, at Pajama Studios in Oakland.

A single from the new album, “I Am an Orchestra: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor,” was released in March 2019, attracting press and song premieres from major jazz sites Jazz Times, Jazziz, All About Jazz, and others, along with thousands of streams.

The 11 pieces in Reverberant are linked by the theme of reverberation, literal and metaphorical, in two overlapping categories, jazz portraits and spiritual self-realization. Mainly spoken, they occasionally showcase Lisa’s singing.

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

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

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Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Rebirth Canal

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Take the lush harmonies of Bill Evans and Ravel and add the sticky grooves of post-J Dilla hip-hop and AfroLatin jazz. Now weave in the vocal undulations of Vietnamese folk music, and you get Rebirth Canal— a bold new Bay Area ensemble led by French-Vietnamese singer and pianist Camille Mai.

A true vocal instrumentalist, Mai sings with the raw emotion and technical chops of classic divas like Elis Regina and Ella Fitzgerald. Born in the Bay Area and raised in Paris, France, Mai has developed an extensive repertoire of original songs in French, English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Since returning to San Francisco in 2011, she has released five records and worked with internationally-acclaimed artists including John Santos, Nahuel Bronzini, Shahab Paranj, and Greg Landau. Mai performs regularly at venues like the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Peace Day Festival, Neck of the Woods, and the Red Poppy Art House, where she was Resident Artist in 2014.

Rebirth Canal features Bay Area heavyweights Daniel Riera (solo artist, Kev Choice, Soltron) on flute, modular synth and Electronic Wind Instrument, Schuyler Karr (California Symphony, Oakland Symphony, One Found Sound) on upright bass, Marcelo Perez (Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Daversa) on drums, and Ahkeel Mestayer (Soltron, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids) on percussion.

Tickets are $10-$25 sliding scale. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Joni Mitchell Birthday Tribute

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $25 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Nick Johnson & Adrian Bellue presented by Candyrat Records


Nick Johnson is a multi-award winning fingerstyle guitarist that blends together the deep grooves of rock 'n roll and metal music with the technical precision of modern fingerstyle guitar. Recent awards - Wyoming State Fingerstyle Champion 2016&19, Lee Ritenour's Guitar Theory Competition 2nd place 2018.

Adrian Bellue is an international performing and recording artist that utilizes unique fingerstyle techniques with acoustic guitar to compose beautifully intricate and progressive music. Having recorded his second solo album with acclaimed guitarist and producer Antoine Dufour in Montreal, Adrian inspires audiences around the world with his captivating and dynamic performances. Now on his third release, Adrian debuts a new double disc with CandyRat Records, recorded and produced by Antoine Dufour, featuring solo acoustic finger style and his new trio on a second disc.

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

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

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Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Sugartown

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Sugartown returns to The Back Room for their Fourth Annual Day of the Dead Show. In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos, they'll be honoring the musical luminaries who have moved on to the by and by this last year - from Robert Hunter to Dr. John, Nancy Wilson to Art Neville. If you've been to one of their prior Day of the Dead shows, you know you're in for a treat. If you haven't, come check out what the buzz is all about! The band puts a Sugartown spin on an eclectic mix of tunes and pays homage to their musical heroes and heroines.

Sugartown is a local quintet bringing warm harmonies and impeccable musicianship to originals and well-chosen covers. They are singer-songwriter Zoe FitzGerald Carter (guitar and vocals), Brian Bloom (guitar and vocals), Dan Seamans (acoustic bass and vocals), David Boyden (acoustic and electric fiddle), and Joe Mockus (drums and percussion).

Their debut CD, Waiting for the Earthquake, was released last year and featured Zoe's original songs. The band hopes to head back into the studio soon with a bevy of Zoe's new tunes while they continue to gig around the local Bay Area music scene.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID. Children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Joni Mitchell Birthday Tribute

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $25 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Nov
12
8:00 PM20:00

McKasson, McDonald and McLane

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Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald and Jeremiah McLane are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together. In short, the sum creates a greater whole.

The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes.

Devon Leger of Hearth Music says, “This trio really shows how masterful musicians listen and play off each other." The music they create is to share, and live performance is the forte. But their mutual attitude stretches beyond the music. They have been good friends ever since they met, and this is present in their live performances, which are full of organic banter and good humor to go along with the music. They create an environment of their own design, drawing in listeners without pretense. Despite living active musical lives thousands of miles apart these musicians have committed to working together to forge a new musical path.

“Ryan, Eric and Jeremiah create music together that is at once energetic, sublime, pensive, thought provoking and jubilant.” — Steve Behrens, 67 music

“There’s a certain spontaneity at work as the three musicians alternately contest and duel, combine and coalesce to bring their talents together.” — Tim Carroll, Folkwords.com

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

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

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Nov
13
8:00 PM20:00

Susan Werner

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). Children under 12 are free.

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

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Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

Virginie Marine - New EP Showcase

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Please join us for a very special showcase with acclaimed singer Virginie Marine, and be the first to hear her new songs and celebrate the launch of her new EP, My One, co-written with her husband, pianist Charles Holive.

Virginie’s single, “Don’t Want to Say Goodbye,” has more than 100,000 views on YouTube and won the Best Performance award at the prestigious West Coast Songwriter’s competition..

Join us for music, a few surprises and delicious cookies from Maison Bertille, as well as a wine tasting to close out the night sponsored by La Cave.

The first 10 people arriving will also get some very special limited edition Virginie Marine gifts.

Thank you to Virginie’s sponsors:

https://www.lacavewines.com/

https://maisonbertille.wixsite.com/home

https://www.gazette-store.com/

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

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

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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Jennifer Jolly & Friends

Jennifer Jolly & Friends is a Bay Area group of ace musicians playing joyful and heartfelt eclectic roots music from North and South America, Africa, Europe, and the British Isles. It’s diverse as all get out, and yet all delightfully connected.

Multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Jolly and some of her dearest friends mix boogies and ballads, country and cumbia, reels and rockers, and of course a tune by Tom Petty. Jennifer’s guests may rotate a bit from show to show, but the core group consists of some of the Bay Area’s deepest roots musicians:

•   Jennifer Jolly on keyboards, melodica, guitar, vocals. Currently: Kotoja, Zulu Spear, Pamela Rose’s “Blues is a Woman,” The Jolly Gibsons, Big B & His Snake Oil Saviors, Bait & Switch Blues Band, Phatlip, Tom Rigney & Flambeau (sub), Chelle! & Friends (guest), Creekside Community Church Worship Band, others. Previous credits include Phil Lesh, Barbara Dane, Hot Links. CJC/Jazzschool faculty instructor.

•   Steve Gibson on guitar, mandolin. Currently: Funk Revival Orchestra, The Jolly Gibsons, Bait & Switch Blues Band, others. Co-founder of Bandworks music school.

•   Max Butler on guitar, pedal steel, vocals. Performance credits include Chuck Prophet, Red Meat, Bash and Pop, and The Sextants. Has appeared on Austin City Limits and the Craig Kilborn Show. Currently the Music Director at Creekside Community Church in San Leandro.

•   Jeremy Steinkoler on drum set, bodhrán, percussion. Currently: Mo’Fone (founder), Jenna & the Charmers (co-founder), The Bait & Switch Blues Band, The J. Steinkoler Quartet, others. Additional credits include Chelle! & Friends, Mamadou Sidibe, Hot Links, Clarence Bucaro, and Rachel Efron. Co-founder of Bandworks music school.

•   Mark Johnson on bass, vocals. Currently: Creekside Community Church Worship Band, Little Sister and Hollywood Swingers, others. Previous credits include Bobby McFerrin, Lydia Pense, Stephen Bishop, and Roy Tyler and New Directions gospel group (co-founder).

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

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

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Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Paula Boggs Band

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Banjo Journeys: Evie Ladin Band with Frank & Allie Lee (NC)

Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers, Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson throw down an unusually entertaining live show with three-part harmony, instrumental chops and sonic surprises.

They are releasing two CDs this year, celebrating both of their musical sides: one totally trad fiddle/banjo duets, Riding the Rooster, and one adventurous originals, Caught On A Wire. Grounded in old-time repertoire, writing clever lyrics with mature arrangements, intermingling music and dance, the performance experience is a stand-out.

“A truly original sound in new old-time Americana,” says fRoots Magazine, while fans remark “your show was by turns whimsical, uplifting, jaw-droppingly brilliant, hilarious, and deeply moving.”

Frank and Allie Lee are a harmony-powered old-time duo. Frank’s nylon string fretless banjo is the dominant instrument, with guitar, slide guitar, and Allie’s banjo and harmonica adding to the musical texture. 

Frank and Allie, core duo of longstanding string band The Freight Hoppers, have traveled extensively as touring musicians in their separate bands before joining forces. Together, the couple is a powerhouse.

"Frank and Allie bring a pure and seasoned musicality to beloved old tunes…a sweet, strong vocal sound accompanied by an impressive array of true Americana instruments." - Pete Wernick, Hot Rize

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

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

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Nov
21
8:00 PM20:00

Willa Mamet & Briony Greenhill

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Singer and songwriter Willa Mamet was born in a trunk and raised by performers of all kinds. She’s made music since about that time, singing irrepressibly and playing piano and guitar. With her musical partner, Paul Miller, she recorded two albums, East Hill Road and Let Somebody Love You, both of which won the VT Times Argus “Tammy” Album of the Year in 2013 and 2015. Her next album will be born in Spring 2020. Meanwhile, she plays out solo, with Miller, and other beloveds, bringing her unique blend of rapier tongue and honey heart to audiences everywhere. Hear the voice that Patti Lupone calls, “Heartbreaking. Musical. Contemporary and ancient.”

Briony Greenhill, recently described as "the Joni Mitchell of a new generation,” is a rising star on both sides of the Atlantic. Briony will improvise, get you singing, and share songs from her upcoming album Cross The Sea. Piano, voice, drawing from folk and groove, songs of politics and intimacy, songs of hope and heartbreak in these times.

"I left with a wide open heart" - Svieta "A tremendous, once-in-a-decade artist." - Yari

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

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

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Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Children under 12 are free. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Slinky Thing: The Music of Steely Dan

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We are excited to announce the return of Slinky Thing: The Music of Steely Dan. Their last show sold out, with people singing along outside the club.

Slinky Thing is a seven-piece band that has been playing the music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen for the better part of ten years. Bandleader Bruce Linde says, “Just as jazz players play music from The Real Book, we play music from the Steely Dan and Fagen songbooks. We love and honor the songs but are not a note-for-note tribute band. As fun as these songs are to listen to, they’re even more fun to play!"

Players include Karla Downey (lead vocals, percussion), Bruce Linde (lead vocals, bass), Bill Sparks (sax), Frank India (drums), David Surovell (guitar, vocals), Brian Osborn (guitar), and Neal Roston (keyboards, vocals).

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

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

"Truly impressive…one of the best nights we've ever had." - Sam Rudin, The Back Room

This is an evening not to be missed. We hope you’ll join us for a night of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen, from Aja to The Caves of Altamira to Green Flower Street…and more!

We expect to sell out so please order your tickets in advance.

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

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

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Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

Alexander Dubovoy / Katherine Whatley

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Alexander Dubovoy and Katherine Whatley present their unique piano/koto collaboration, one that combines their shared passions for jazz, free improvisation, Japanese music, found sounds, sound art, and more. Join us for music that combines powerful, spontaneous energy with a deeply-embedded sense of restraint.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexander Dubovoy is a Berlin-based pianist, singer, and composer. He graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in May 2016, where he wrote an award-winning thesis on the history of jazz in the Soviet Union. He also founded a successful student initiative to start a jazz program and built connections to New Haven’s thriving creative music scene. Since graduating, he has performed at storied international venues, including the Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC, Vortex in London, Donau115 in Berlin, the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Connecticut, Rakuya Label in Tokyo, etc. His solo album, Portraits Drawn Without You, was released in the summer of 2016 and was recorded by 11-time Grammy-winning recording engineer Jack Renner. It has since garnered nearly 5 million streams on Spotify. His work has been featured by the New York Times, NPR, the Boston Globe, and YaleNews.

Katherine Whatley is a Bay Area-based writer and koto performer. She grew up in Tokyo and now makes her life in both the US and Japan. Her musical interests include free jazz and improvised music, improvised music in the context of non-Western and folk music, Japanese jazz, field recordings, noise music and sound art. Currently she’s a graduate student at Stanford studying premodern Japanese literature and music.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for students with ID and low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Joel Dorham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec
5
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Case

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Peter Case returns to The Back Room for his sixth 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 (”A Million Miles Away”).

Case’s 1986 solo debut, produced by T Bone Burnett, revealed deep roots in folk and blues, and earned him his first Grammy nomination for “Old Blue Car,” as well as the Number 1 spot on the New York Times’ Best CDs of the Year list. Case earned Grammy nominations for his production of Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt, and another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection of songs that features Case’s voice and a single guitar. His thirteenth solo album, HWY 62, was released by Omnivore Recordings to more acclaim: American Songwriter called HWY 62 “An absolute joy from start to finish. A beautifully conceived, executed and lovingly crafted chain of songs from Peter Case, a guy who has been crafting great songs for decades now…”



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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Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Bourbon Therapy, Jacob Aranda

Bourbon Therapy is an indie rock/Americana band fronted by the husband and wife duo of Aaron and Rebecca Skiles. Their style of upbeat music and downtrodden lyrics is reminiscent of the mid-90's Counting Crows combined with the modern The Head and The Heart. Their live performances include five-part harmonies, piano, pedal steel guitar and sing-along choruses.

Bourbon Therapy has received critical acclaim for their single, “Peace That You Deserve,” which explores the plight of veterans returning from war. The video released for the single was aired on DittyTV and was used to raise funds for veterans’ suicide awareness programs.

Bourbon Therapy is currently in the studio working on their fifth set of releases with producer Ben Bernstein (Front Country).

“The band put a lot of emotion into (their songs) and it comes across in the music.” - Jamie Funk, Divide and Conquer Music

Jacob Aranda is a multi-instrumentalist and member of San Francisco’s legendary folk-psych band Tarnation as well as country-rock phenoms China-the band.

Originally from Illinois, he studied guitar making in Spain and moved to the Bay Area to be a furniture maker. His music is in the tradition of songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, and Jay Farrar to name a few. Jacob’s music features a solemn gravity that weaves melancholy with beautiful and haunting, often cinematic images of traveling through landscapes both external and internal. He just finished his first studio album, Great Highway, recorded and produced with Kelley Stoltz (Echo and the Bunnymen) and Nick Luca (Iron and Wine).

Jacob Aranda is always impeccable. As San Francisco's contemporary master of the country song form, he'll weave you tales of pain, loss, and redemption.

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

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

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Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

Brand New Heartache

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Brand New Heartache is an Oakland, California-based husband and wife duo that blends Americana, folk and indie pop into songs of love and loss, but mostly loss. They interweave their voices sharing lead and harmony while delivering sing-along hooks over a simple, guitar-driven sound.   

The duo is backed by a rotating cast of well-established Bay Area players, including members of Chuck Prophet’s band, The Counting Crows, Samba Da and Moshe Vilozny band.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Bobby Black - “Hawaiian Paradise”

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Following a sold-out appearance at The Back Room in March, Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Bobby Black returns with “Hawaiian Paradise,” an enchanted evening of Hawaiian steel guitar, hapa-haole classics, and hula dances. Bobby will be playing 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 spans includes performing and recording with classic country artists (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 Fairmont 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 an album of Hawaiian music, Steel Guitar Paradise.

Bobby will be backed by Bay Area jazz veterans including Myles Boisen (Tom Waits, Club Foot Orchestra) and Tony Marcus (Cheap Suit Serenaders, Laurie Lewis). Special guest singers include Maurice Tani (77 El Deora), Sheilani Alix (Sheilani Alix Quartette, Kurt Ribak Trio), Kathy Sparling (Dodge’s Sundodgers), Jill Rogers (Crying Time, Imperial Jazz Co.), and others. 

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. They just returned from performing at The Royal Hawaiian in Hawaii. The evening will also feature hula performances by Leilani Chow, Kalena Gregory, Hui Hula O Na Pu’u I Ka Noe, and others. 

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, general admission; $15 for Students with ID. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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



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Dec
18
8:00 PM20:00

Christmas Jug Band

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The Christmas Jug Band are stalwart purveyors of the jugabilly mystique! A tongue-in-cheek seasonal convergence of San Francisco Bay Area luminaries who had a momentary lapse of sanity that became an annual holiday tradition spanning over 40 years.

A small group of pals living in Mill Valley, California, in the mid 70s with a penchant for Kentucky bourbon formed the Monday Night Wild Turkey Jug Band. From Yellow Springs, Ohio, Gregory Leroy "Duke Dagreeze" Dewey (Mad River, County Joe & the Fish, Marty Balin), his brother - Nicholas Q (Not Joe) Dewey, and their partner in "The Reptile Brothers Band," Tim Eschliman (Commander Cody, Etta James) started the weekly Appalachian-style jug jams with the Deweys' roommate, Paul Wenninger (from Chicago, road manager for Van Morrison, Dan Hicks).

In late 1977, Dan Hicks, host of the infamous "Monday Night Open Mike" sessions at the Old Mill Tavern, was needed for a recording gig in Los Angeles. His jug-headed cohorts, regular entrants to the Open Mike, covered for him and hosted the event on December 19, 1977. Billed as "The Three Wise Men +4-1 Jug Band," this early cast of characters laid down their first holiday set of irreverent tunes. The owner of The Old Mill then suggested the band do a Christmas Eve gig. That show, which included Mr. Hicks, started the annual jug band performances.

Many original holiday numbers, parodies of unlikely classics, and raucous jugbandizations of seasonal favorites were added to the band's song list and in 1987 Globe Records released the band's first album, Mistletoe Jam (on green vinyl) and the group officially became "The Christmas Jug Band."

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

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

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Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Ren's Winter Wonderland, The Berkeley Edition

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Enjoy some holiday favorites and new classics to ring in the most wonderful time of the year at Ren's Winter Wonderland, The Berkeley Edition.

Ren Geisick brings her piano trio, featuring Jon Dryden on piano, to The Back Room to capture the spirit of the season before it slips away for another year. Words to describe this show: festive, cozy, nostalgic, and fun!

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

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

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Dec
22
4:00 PM16:00

Speakeasy Holiday Show with Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band

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Award-winning vocalist and songwriter Roberta Donnay is that rare species of musician who almost lives in another time, as she and her Prohibition Mob Band exist to revive the Jazz Age of America.

A seductive vocalist, Donnay and her band swing mightily with this authentic collection of vintage jazz, blues and swing that introduces listeners to the swing era with its jump-swing rhythmic horn sections and new dances.

In Speakeasy fashion, come dressed as a flapper or mobster and win a holiday prize!

Watch a sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sFDOdFyWtY

Special guests!

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

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

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Dec
29
7:00 PM19:00

Brennan Jung Trio

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New York-based drummer Brennan Jung is returning to his childhood home with his trio of childhood friends. The group will be exploring his original compositions as well as some favorite standards that they grew up playing.

Having grown up in Berkeley, Brennan was surrounded by music from a young age. His compositions draw upon this by combining his love for folk and modern improvised music. His trio strives for intimate musical communication and vivid storytelling, giving them a large and unique sound.

Brennan has had the honor of playing at renowned Bay Area venues such as The Greek Theater, Yoshi's, Freight & Salvage, The Center For New Music, and The UC Theater. He currently studies jazz performance at The New School in New York City under the guidance of teachers such as Matt Wilson, Dan Weiss and Allison Miller.

Brennan Jung - Drums

Ethan Ostrow - Piano

Owen Storey - Bass

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

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

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Jan
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Ron Jackson Trio

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Versatile and sophisticated New York City 7-string guitarist Ron Jackson has performed, recorded and taught music in over 30 countries. Highlights include shows and tours with artists such as Taj Mahal, Jimmy McGriff, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Russell Malone, Randy Weston, and Mulgrew Miller. Ron has been featured as a leader in jazz festivals all over the world, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festivals, and Winter Jazzfest, NYC.

The latest recording project of the Ron Jackson Trio, Standards and Other Songs, was released March 2019 and received wide praise from jazz critics and radio, including a 3.5-star review by DownBeat Magazine and a placement on JazzWeek's top 50 radio chart for over a month. Joined by rising stars Nathan Brown on upright bass and San Francisco's own Darrell Green on drums, Ron's new album is an intriguing, multi-faceted set of new and soon-to-be jazz standards that will appeal to audiences of every age and taste. The trio mixes well-known classics like Cole’s Porter’s “From This Moment On” and Irving Berlin’s “The Best Thing for You is Me,” with Jackson’s adventurous interpretations of Van Morrison’s “Moon Dance” and hip hop star Drake’s “Passion Fruit.”

About Standards and Other Songs, Jackson says, “What makes a jazz standard? For Standards and Other Songs, I wanted to make a record brimming with personal favorites, tunes I enjoy hearing, classic songs I feel have stood the test of time. Most are songs I’ve heard many times—either while driving, randomly streaming or crisscrossing radio stations, or just being out in the world, in the streets, the shops or at a show. For me, these songs have the power to transport you, to trigger memories and inspire happiness. A pleasure to make, Jazz Standards and Other Songs is heartfelt and genuine, an album I hope will spark feelings of joy and love.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door general admission; $15 advance, $10 door for Students with ID. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

WoodBarry

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
17
8:00 PM20:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Hearts & Minds, Lisa Mezzacappa Tangle Trio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Oct
13
8:30 PM20:30

Rova Sax Quartet

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Think of the human voice in music. The most primal of instruments, it can melt you or move you to tears on the spot. Then it’s the saxophone, one-step removed from the human voice, and the next most powerful messenger in music. Johnny Hodges, Albert Ayler, Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders, Oliver Lake, King Curtis, Tim Berne, John Butcher - to name only a few of the many singular voices on the instrument who, with one short phrase or even one sound, can take your breath away, or excite and inspire you to great heights. 

Multiply that power, that capability, times four, and you have a saxophone quartet. Rova Sax Quartet: a group that can move you the way an Eastern European choir of voices can move you, but also a group with force, a force that can feel as if its tearing the walls of the listening space down, or that can simulate the complex sound of a machine, or one of nature’s wild phenomena, or conversely, the almost-silent overlapping sound-patterns heard with eyes closed in a field in the wilderness.

Rova Sax Quartet's musical goal has always been, since 1978, to instigate, to challenge, and to inspire. The group explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music. Rova:Arts, formed in 1986, acts as the umbrella organization for the musicians, facilitating the goals and productions and tours, the collaborations and special projects.

Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music; Rova draws inspiration from the visual arts, contemporary poetry, contemporary dance. We listen closely and deeply appreciate both the traditional and the pop music styles of Africa and Asia. And then there is the blues; always a key.

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

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


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Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $25 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the day of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Sam's Corner featuring Jeremy Steinkoler

“A very swinging drummer who’s mastered the art of coordinated independence” (East Bay Express), Jeremy Steinkoler has been playing drums professionally for over 25 years. His diverse musical experiences have led him to craft a fresh and unmistakable style from an expansive range of influences, from classic New Orleans second-line street beats and funk to the hard-driving be-bop of Max Roach, as well as the sensitive musical stylings of drummers like Steve Gadd and Jim Keltner. He performs regularly with a wide array of musical projects, including his award-winning saxes-and-drums funk trio Mo’Fone and the pop-jazz superstar group Jenna & the Charmers.

In addition to his busy career as a performer, Jeremy has been teaching private drum lessons since 1991, and has become one of the most respected educators in the Bay Area. Along with Steve Gibson, he is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of BandWorks, a school of rock for musicians of all ages with multiple locations around the Bay Area. He is the Founder and Director of the East Bay Drum School, and has been on the faculty of Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp for the past 23 years, where he was the Co-Director from 1999-2001 and served on the Board of Directors from 2010-2013. He has taught workshops and master classes in Dublin, Ireland; Ann Arbor, MI; and in Northern California for the past 20 years.

Jeremy has authored a book on drumming titled Finding the Groove, a collection of essays and personal narratives on drumming, performing and teaching, available at hudsonmusic.com and on Amazon. Jeremy is proud to endorse Brooks Drums, Aquarian Drumheads, Protection Racket Cases, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.

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

Jeremy has performed at The Back Room a dozen times with several projects and has become a great friend of the room. It was inevitable that sooner or later he and Sam would make some music together. An open night on the calendar cropped up, and so it was decided.

Now it so happens that Jeremy has recently become friendly with a very strong young bassist who has toured locally and internationally playing jazz, soul, rock and hip hop music - Jesse Strauss. They have been looking for an opportunity to play together, and that opportunity is now here. So what's going to happen? Well, it's kind of a jam session, with just a bit of rehearsal, and Sam calling the tunes. Some will come from his Hurricane Sam & the Hotshots playbook, but most will not. There will be jazz, there will be R&B, there will be funk, and some other stuff that they haven't decided on yet. Most of all, it will be fun - a chance for three great musicians who (except for that little bit of rehearsal) have never played with each other before, to see what they can create together.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Hawaiian Music Master Series

Please join us for an afternoon of Hawaiian Music, featuring Zanuck Lindsey and Kimo Artis with special guest Patrick Landeza.

Traditional Hawaiian music has taken the world by storm, and we are pleased to present two amazing masters of this genre in their first Berkeley appearance, Zanuck Lindsey and Kimo Artis. Both Zanuck and Kimo are founding members of the award-winning band Kapala, and are celebrating the release of their new Hula CD on this mainland tour.

"These guys have been around for a while and their repertoire of both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music is extremely impressive," says Patrick Landeza, mainland's first and only Na Hoku Hanohano award-winner.

Landeza, a Berkeley native (of Hawaiian ancestry), will be joining them as their special guest.

Be sure to join us for a Saturday matinee show filled with music, hula and aloha!

Tickets are $20 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

Little Buffalo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Mercy Kit

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Like an old truck barreling across the American West, The Mercy Kit play a rugged brand of original Americana music that is both exhilarating and provocative. Rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Mercy Kit mixes outlaw country, classic rock, and desert folk to create evocative stories and indelible snapshots.

With Matt Heller on vocals and rhythm guitar, Tim Peck on lead guitar and vocals, Kevin McCarthy on bass and vocals, and Bill Stader on percussion, The Mercy Kit formed in 2014 and have been playing at venues around the Bay Area ever since. The band is currently recording original songs for an upcoming release.

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

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

 

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Oct
6
8:30 PM20:30

The Black Feathers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $5 for low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $25 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the day of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Goodnight Moonshine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Trance Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

What critics say about Trance Mission:

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Oct
2
8:00 PM20:00

Ellis Paul

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). Children under 12 are free.

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

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Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Bruce Ackley & Henry Kaiser Explore the Music of Steve Lacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

Ed Reed & Sam Rudin

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

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

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

Ed will be accompanied by Sam Rudin at the piano.

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

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

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

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



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Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Aireene Espiritu & Maurice Tani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT IS SUPERCALIFORNOGRAPHIC?


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

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

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

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

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Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Classical Revolution w/ special guest CelloJoe

Join us for a special concert event presented by Classical Revolution, your friendly neighborhood chamber music collective.

The opening set will be performed by CelloJoe, the wildest beatboxing cellist in the West!

Joey Chang, AKA CelloJoe, is an anomaly in the world of cellists. By combining cello with beatboxing, he has created a unique genre: Classical Hip Hop.

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

By beatboxing, throat-singing, singing, plucking and bowing the cello, CelloJoe can mimic many styles of music from dubstep to folk to rock to classical to hip hop.

CelloJoe is the world's first long distance musical bike touring cellist. He has ridden his bike over 10,000 miles in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia.

Classical Revolution was founded in the fall of 2006 with the goal of making classical chamber more relevant in our neighborhoods and communities.

After a successful first year of weekly shows at Revolution Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District, the organization began to receive invitations to preform at other local venues, including Amnesia and the Red Poppy Art House – soon to be followed by the Legion of Honor and places like Yoshi’s SF and Great American Music Hall.

In its 10th anniversary year, Classical Revolution presented a cycle of Beethoven’s nine Symphonies, performed at venues around San Francisco including the de Young Museum, Fort Mason’s Cowell Theater, and a performance of the 9th Symphony at Grace Cathedral in front of a 1000 person audience.

Classical Revolution returns to The Back Room in Berkeley after presenting a sold out show featuring the Atom Jazz String Quartet, on tour from Poland, earlier in 2019.

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

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

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Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Salty Suites

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

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

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

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission; $10 advance, $13 at the door for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Sleeping Lion, Simon XO

The pop-adjacent duo Sleeping Lion was formed by roommates Nate Flaks and Noah Longworth McGuire in Boston during the Spring of 2015. The first Sleeping Lion songs were written and produced remotely the following summer (via Skype) while Nate was living in Dobbs Ferry, NY and Noah was living in Rome, Italy. Their first single, “You Made Me,” was released in September 2015 and quickly generated hype around Boston. Their subsequent singles “Rug” and “Generous” were featured on various music blogs and Spotify playlists. In July 2016, they released their debut EP, Patient Creature, which featured their unique combination of mellow electronic vibes with elements of folk and jazz.

Following Patient Creature, Sleeping Lion produced official remixes for Opia ("YDU (Sleeping Lion Remix)"), Zealyn (“Talk:Listen (Sleeping Lion Remix)”), Axel Mansoor (“Wasted My Love - Sleeping Lion Remix”), LAOISE (“YOU - Sleeping Lion Remix”), VALNTN (“Can't Let Go (Sleeping Lion Remix)”), and Sawyer (“Easy Now (Sleeping Lion Remix)”). In April, they released their first single of 2017 - “Stop It" - which was featured on Majestic Casual's platforms and Spotify’s “Chill Vibes” playlist. Following the positive reception of “Stop It” they released “Stop It (Stripped)”, an orchestral re-imagining of the original, which drew from their folk roots and demonstrated versatility across genres. The duo recently drove across the US and relocated to Los Angeles, immediately performing at The Peppermint Club & The Satellite upon arrival. Establishing themselves as writers/producers they started working with a number of artists including Transviolet (“Long Shot”), Aire Atlantica (“Five Night Stand”), Ruuth (“All About”), Vesperteen (“Medicine”), and PHANGS (“Good Now”).

2018 also saw new releases from Sleeping Lion. Their spring single, “Easy For You,” and their recent release, “How We Know” (with Cass Miller), both received positive attention and strong support from the press, radio, and playlist features. (“How We Know” was featured on MrSuicideSheep’s YouTube channel and playlists, BMI’s New Music Monday Spotify playlist, and was the focus of a SKIO remix contest).

Sleeping Lion has also supported touring artists such as Brasstracks, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Vesperteen, Transviolet, and opened for Phangs & THE WLDLFE in November.

Simon XO
On his newest EP, Nightmares and Filthy Souls, Simon finds himself balancing the widescreen sonic songwriting output of arena indie pop acts Jack Antonoff and Vampire Weekend with the intimate falsetto and delicate electronic soul production of James Blake and Jack Garratt. It’s this intoxicating combination of influences that gives Simon a broad musical palette and finds him equally comfortable bouncing around to the spiky electro-pop of “Take My Heart” as he is strumming the low-lit acoustic EP closer “Behind Their Eyes.” Having received rave reviews in publications such as Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 Unsigned Artists, EDM Sauce, and Celeb Mix, as well as airplay from LA’s 103.9FM and Dash Radio, Simon XO’s fearless and passionate artistry is all but guaranteed to win over old and new fans and friends alike.

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

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

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Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Holly Penfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

Daniela Soledade with Guitarist Nate Najar

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $18 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Back Porch Project

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Aki Kumar & Alabama Mike - Mississippi Masala Blues

"Mississippi Masala Blues" is the rare pairing of two world-class blues artists - Aki Kumar and Alabama Mike - Bay Area-based Blues pioneers who are constantly pushing the genre in new and unique directions.

Sony Recording artist Aki Kumar has made big waves worldwide with his "Bollywood Blues" sound - a genre-bending experiment that blends retro Indian music with the blues. Alabama Mike, "the future of the blues,” is a hard-driving Chicago-style blues singer who upsets the status quo of the genre with his vibrant new approach to the music, making it refreshingly relevant to life in the the 21st century.

This not-to-be missed event also features Kumar's stellar Bollywood Blues band, comprising of the SF Bay Area's finest: Paul Revelli (drums), Vance Ehlers (bass) and Rome Yamilov (guitar).

Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

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Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Q4 Jazz Project

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The Q4 Jazz Project presents contemporary arrangements reflecting the "Blue Note" era in jazz. Many great and unforgettable jazz musicians were introduced to the world by Blue Note Records and their music lives on today. Our goal is to keep it alive and exciting with new arrangements and approaches to many of the same iconic compositions.

Pianist Spencer Allen, who has accompanied Roy Hargrove, Joe Henderson and Kitty Margolis, is well-known for his percussive and complex modal approach to his instrument, with influences including Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea.

Bassist Mark Williams draws from decades of experience working with Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Calvin Keys and Joshua Redman, among others.

Guitarist Barry Breaux plays in the style of Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Grant Green, and has worked locally with Steve Carter, Larry Vann, and Lloyd Gregory.

Drummer Al Brooks rounds out the group and cites Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, and Tony Williams as his major influences.

Q4 Jazz Project proudly presents the greatest art form created in the Western hemisphere: Jazz.

In the words of the great Joel Dorham, "Space is not the last frontier, jazz is. I hear footsteps."

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

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

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Sep
17
8:00 PM20:00

Nick Isham

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

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

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

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

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Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Maya Elise, Laura Hickli & Jason Oliver

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

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

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

Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for students with ID/low-income individuals. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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




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Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Kally Price: the Songs of Billie Holiday and the 1930's

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Kally Price performs astonishingly soulful renditions of classic blues and jazz by such artists as Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Big Bill Broonzy, backed by some of the West Coast’s best jazz and blues musicians. 

Kally and her band play old blues from the 30’s and 40’s; a mixture of tight swing, sultry jazz and barrelhouse blues in a speakeasy style setting reminiscent of the bygone era, BYOB! 

The song selections include some old classics and gems from a different time. The music reaches out to all audiences, telling stories that are still witty, pertinent and seductive. Kally has a voice that reaches deeply and genuinely into gospel and blues roots, shaking them out through her body, with an enjoyment that is both infectious and captivating. The sounds that come out of her are eerily pure, be there to experience Kally Price for yourself. 

Kally Price, vocals

Jim Gammon, trumpet

Ryan Calloway, reeds

Hurricane Sam Rudin, piano

Mark Lee, drums

Dan Fabricant, bass

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

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

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Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Sam's Corner featuring Jeremy Cohen

Jeremy Cohen's electrifying jazz violin performances have earned him nationwide accolades. Cohen's eclectic style reflects his respect for a wide range of violinists, from Itzhak Perlman and Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti and Eddie South.

He has appeared on recordings with Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Aaron Neville, Cleo Line and Carlos Santana, and has toured and recorded with the Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet.

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

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

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

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Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

HowellDevine

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HowellDevine: Shack-Shaking Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. Those 21+ are welcome to bring their own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. Children under 12 are free. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

d'PaJo

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

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

Guitarist Patrick Anseth and Violinist Justin Ouellet - who was recently named “best jazz instrumentalist” by the San Francisco Classical Voice - are both active in the Bay Area scene and perform regularly with artists such as the Nuvo Jazz Quartet, ALQ Quartet, Kev Choice Ensemble, CAPO Ensemble and June & Man. Bassist Joe Kyle Jr. has been active in the Bay Area for more than 20 years, performing in countless bands such as The Americano Social Club, HowellDevine, ALQ Quartet and many many more.

The boys have been busy recording, with two release to be released this fall. First, Patrick Anseth’s CD release party of his solo album, We Need to Talk, will be held at Yoshi’s on 9/24 at 7pm (with Ouellet as a special guest). Second, Justin Ouellet’s debut album, Episodes of an Aquarius, will be released this coming October, with a CD release party TBD.

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

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

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