Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

FY5

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Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music, playing new songs, well-informed of country and bluegrass traditions, but not bound to them. Featuring thoughtful arrangements, strong singing and musicianship, the band strives to connect to listeners with stories of common struggles and big ideas. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting.

As they share the stories that drive the songs, FY5's show leaves listeners certainly with tapping toes, but ranging thoughts as well. FY5 recently released their fourth full-length album in January 2018, The Way These Things Go, featuring their trademark story songs, clever arranging, and catchy hooks. The band was selected as official showcase artists for the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association conference including a songwriter showcase with Mike Finders.

“FY5 brings us a self-assured vision of American music, rooted in tradition, but pointing to new creative directions that make it vital and relevant in today’s modern world.” - Crista Munro, Pagosa Folk & Bluegrass

“[FY5] are able to explore a range of emotions with their evocative story telling which when added to the quality of the lyrics, melodies and playing leaves you with an album that more than repays repeated listening sessions.” - American Roots UK

Eat The Moon, their third release, is one of those albums that begs to be played under a summer sun, cool drink in hand while the day lazes away as their strings and things bob and weave around.” - Paul Kerr, Folk Radio UK

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 advance, $15 door 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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Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

The Matt Stoloff Trio featuring Nora Stanley and Chris Amberger

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This chordless trio will feature music from jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and many others, including original compositions from members of the band. Grab a drink or a bite from one of downtown Berkeley's many great shops and restaurants and then hop over to The Back Room for what is sure to be a fun night.

Matt Stoloff is a Bay Area and Northeast Ohio-based drummer. He graduated from Berkeley High School and later attended Oberlin Conservatory, where he was mentored by jazz master Billy Hart (Herbie Hancock Sextet, Miles Davis) and drummer/percussionist Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Bokanté). His influences include everything from The John Coltrane Quartet to CSNY. In 2017, he was recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation.

Nora Stanley is a Bay Area-based saxophonist and composer. Born in San Francisco and raised in Berkeley, she grew up in a musical family surrounded by a variety of sonic influences. She attended Berkeley High School and participated in conglomerate programs such as SFJAZZ High School All-Stars and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of SF, before moving to Ohio to study with Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson and Dan Wall at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received a B.M. in Jazz Studies and a B.A. in Latin American Studies. Nora currently teaches and plays around the Bay Area, leading her own bands and playing on others’ projects, such as the Noel Jewkes Septet. She has shared the stage with such greats as Ambrose Akinmusire, Gary Bartz, Dayna Stephens and Jerry Gonzalez and performed at Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ and internationally in Spain, Cuba and Brazil.

Chris Amberger is a bassist who has done it all. Chris started playing with Summer of Love-era groups like Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company. After attending Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Gary Burton, Ron McClure and others, he had gigs with Cal Tjader, Art Blakey, George Shearing, and tons more. In the Bay Area he was the house bassist at the Keystone Korner, playing with icons like Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Sam Rivers, and so many greats who graced that stage.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door general admission; $10 for students 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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Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

HowellDevine

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. 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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Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

House of Soul II: Yolandra Rhodes & Dee Dee Simon

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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 $25 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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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Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

Sunday Speakeasy with Lavay Smith, Denise Perrier & more!

Featuring the songs of Bessie Smith and 1920’s Jazz and Blues, with Lavay Smith and Denise Perrier (vocals), Chris Siebert (piano), Pete Devine (drums), Joe Kyle (bass) and Rob Barics (reeds).

Internationally recognized as the finest voices in classic Jazz and Blues, Lavay Smith and Denise Perrier pay tribute to the Jazzy Blues songs of Bessie Smith and the 1920’s. Accompanied by an all-star band that sounds as tight as the legendary musicians they emulate, you’ll think The Back Room was a Roaring ‘20’s speakeasy.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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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Jun
25
8:00 PM20:00

Greg Blake and Crying Uncle

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You'll hear it in his voice immediately: the original strain of Appalachian mountain music that lies at the heart of all great modern bluegrass and country. Greg Blake grew up in the mountains of southwest West Virginia, and when he sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, invested with a rich twang and rumbling drawl, and the kind of eerily powerful high tenor cry that first inspired the high, lonesome sound.

He's twice been nominated for the SPBGMA's Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year and is a five-time winner of the SPBGMA's Guitarist of the Year, not to mention the Kansas State Flat-picking championship. After moving to Conifer, Colorado, Greg joined all-star progressive bluegrass band Jeff Scroggins & Colorado as the lead vocalist. With both Jeff and his son Tristan breaking new ground instrumentally on the banjo and mandolin, Greg stepped up to the plate as a guitarist, and crafted the band's sound around his signature high tenor vocals. They've recorded two albums and have a third about to be released.

Supporting Greg for this show will be Nico Humby on vocals and acoustic bass from Edmonton, Alberta; Miles Zurawell on vocals, banjo and dobro; and Chris Luquette (of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen) on vocals and mandolin. 

And opening the show, a special treat! Crying Uncle, featuring John Gooding, Miles & Teo Quale, are superstars of the youngest Berkeley Bluegrass generation.

Tickets are $20. 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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Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Frank Barter & Clara Bellino

Frank Barter writes and sings like a guy who’s been beat up and still won’t quit, like a guy who’s been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending.

Many of the songs on his New York City-based Valley Entertainment release Ready feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, Scott Mathews, Frank doesn’t hold back for anyone or anything.

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

Frank broke on the Seattle music scene before it was a scene and stormed around the Northwest. Immediately compared to distinctive singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne in reviews and by listeners, Frank undoubtedly was/is humbled by those comparisons. “Having my name lumped in with those guys is very flattering, and I certainly appreciate it, I haven't had their fame and fortune yet, but to walk around knowing some people have been touched by what I do on that kind of level, is pretty special."

You can listen to Frank’s music here.

Clara Bellino is a delightful international singer-songwriter with a memorable story to tell. She emerged from France to become an important contributor to the American music scene.

She recently released her fifth album, Unexpected, which is indeed unexpected in more ways than one. The album combines styles, countries, sounds, origins, instruments, languages and themes - a creative adventure that you don't want to miss. She will be accompanied by Bruce Linde, a San Francisco Bay Area producer, engineer, and bassist/sideman. He has been in more recording studios than he can remember, and has performed at venues ranging from local clubs to the Mountain Winery to the Montreux Jazz Festival. When he's not backing up Clara, he fronts a seven-piece Steely Dan cover band and repairs antique clocks.

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

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

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Jun
29
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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Jun
30
5:00 PM17:00

Tony Miceli/Jeff Denson - The East Coast/West Coast Project

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East Coast vibraphonist Tony Miceli and West Coast bassist Jeff Denson have been talking about getting together for a couple years. After a debut performance in Philadelphia last fall, Jeff and Tony decided to try it again on the West Coast! The two will spend the weekend doing a Vibraphone & Bass Jazz Boot Camp at the California Jazz Conservatory that will end with a performance at The Back Room.

Internationally renowned vibraphonist Tony Miceli has been performing steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. In All About Jazz, Vic Schermer describes him as ... “a vibraphonist of astonishing virtuosity, musical resilience, and inventiveness. His vibes playing is nothing short of phenomenal.”

Jeff Denson has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe with his own groups and has worked with some of jazz’s finest artists, such as Brian Blade, Jane Ira Bloom, Dave Douglas, Charles McPherson, Cuong Vu, Ralph Alessi, Walter Smith III, Vadim Neselovskyi, Florian Weber, Dan Weiss and Paul Hanson, and has had an ongoing relationship with the legendary Lee Konitz since 2007. Lee Hildebrand of the SF Chronicle describes him as “master of the Jazz bass."

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door before 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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Jun
30
8:30 PM20:30

The David Murray/Kahil El'Zabar Duo

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These two modern music masters have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity for the past four decades. Murray and El’Zabar are recognized by their peers to be consummate virtuosos who possess ingenious interpretations within the history and future of Great Black Music.

They share the hope and desire that comes from blowing fire in an acquired wisdom. This is freedom music in its noblest sense, meant to heal and release one from the regurgitated mediocrity currently flooding our airways. These two wise men know firsthand what’s genuine and real, they have both played and recorded with the legends.

Sir Kahil El’zabar is revered globally as a cultural visionary and an innovative music conceptualist. He has recorded more than 60 acclaimed projects as the leader, composer and arranger. El’Zabar, who holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Lake Forest College, has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderley, Archie Shepp, Paul Simon, Lester Bowie, Nona Hendryx, Kurt Elling, Billy Bang, Eddie Harris, Neneh Cherry, Henry Threadgill, Roy Ayers and David Murray.  In May 2014, he was knighted by the Council General of France, making him a Chevalier Medal De Lettres.

David Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz, with well over 200 celebrated projects. Murray was one of the founding members of the World Saxophone Quartet and has worked with Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Hamiet Bluiett, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, Amiri Baraka, Randy Weston and Fred Hopkins. He is currently working with Macy Gray as part of his David Murray Big Band. In 2012, he received an Honorary Doctorate Of Music degree from Pomona College, Claremont, California. He has won numerous awards over his vast career, garnering a Grammy Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance for his Tribute to John Coltrane, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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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Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Jimi James

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

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

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

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

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Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Joel Dorham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul
7
8:00 PM20:00

Sour Mash Hug Band

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Virtuosic violin meets 1920’s-style swing, hot jazz and Yiddish song. The Sour Mash Hug Band evokes an era that never quite existed.

Featuring original compositions reminiscent of Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, and Danny Elfman, plus a trove of dusty tunes gleaned from old 78s, the Sour Mash will take you on a journey into musical history like no other! Paris in the 30’s, Harlem in the 20’s, New Orleans in the 90’s…who knows where the next song will take you?

Led by violinist and bandleader Mickey Galloway, the band has crisscrossed the country via bike, bus, freight train, and broken-down van, playing at every street corner and dive bar that would have them. This took them to San Francisco, Bellingham, New York and farther afield to Transylvania, Paris and Krakow, and finally to New Orleans, which became their home away from home. Highlights have included performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Northwest Folklife, the Disney Museum, Millenaris in Budapest, and Lightning in a Bottle. For over a decade, the band split their time between the rag-tag circus haunts of Oakland and the hot jazz haven where Royal Street meets Frenchman, while spending summers going wherever the music led them.

"An irresistible mix of old-time, gypsy, bluegrass, jazz, Irish, and ragtime." –The San Francisco Chronicle

"Folk Music in the most beautiful sense. They draw from a wide variety of sources, play songs and tunes on an unpredictable lineup of instruments, and make the music their own." – Robert Blake, Subdued String Band Festival Program

“A true treasure of the Bay Area, that has toes tapping and people dancing for miles around.” – San Francisco Bay Times

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission; $10 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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Jul
11
8:00 PM20:00

Noah Frank/Grant Levin Jazz Duo

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Noah Frank is an SF-based jazz trumpet player, composer, producer, engineer, DJ, and educator. He has performed at jazz clubs and festivals nationwide, including the PDX Jazz Festival in Portland, Herb Alpert's Vibrato Jazz Club in LA, and Paris Bistro in Philly. Noah's recording credits include Chance the Rapper, Saba Pivot, and Mr. Carmack. He splits his time between Brooklyn NYC and the SF Bay Area.

Grant Levin is a San Francisco-based contemporary pianist and composer who performs in various configurations from intimate settings to concert halls and festivals. His style showcases the piano as an infinitely dynamic instrument, allowing the listener to experience the sonic blend.

Together, Noah and Grant will be exploring the jazz repertoire from the 1920s thru today, re-imagining songs from jazz greats like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and many more.

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

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

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Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Dynamic Divas of the Bay Area

Join Sam Rudin as he presents three outstanding vocalists in an extraordinary night of music. Valeriana Quevedo, Roberta Donnay, and Kay Kostopoulos and will knock you out with their unique styles of hot jazz.

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

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

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

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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Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

The Mark Holzinger Group: CD Release Show

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Western Swing Hall of Fame guitarist Mark Holzinger takes-off on vintage swing guitar tunes he has played throughout his life for this romping CD release show, celebrating his new album, Take-off Guitar!, which you can find on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon,Spotify and more.

Backed by his core trio of bassist Simon Planting and drummer John Waller, many fun twists come into play with varied special guest musicians, including Bobby Black (pedal steel guitar) and Jim Hurley (violin). Pianist and Back Room host Sam Rudin will join in on some tunes and featured vocalist Pam Brandon will sing a handful of vintage jazz and western swing favorites.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; $10 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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Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Queen Machali

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Queen Machali (Tora Woloshin), an artist who was mentored by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, is having her birthday bash and new project launch party here at The Back Room.

Her music is a fresh new blend that features tones from Jazz, R&B, Soul, Rock and Contemporary music.

Queen Machali was the Queen of Tigers. She was a Bengal from India who helped regenerate some of the tiger population. Her mother was the Queen of Queens whom Machali was named after, not to mention the most photographed tiger of all time. Machali received a Lifetime Achievement Award because of her direct involvement in tiger conservation and contributions to the growth of India’s tourism industry.

Lead vocalist Tora Woloshin was mentored by Simon Cowell on The X Factor. The name 'Tora' means tiger in Japanese. Her decision to name the band 'Queen Machali' was based on several factors: the coinciding names, to honor tigers and other endangered species and eventually to save endangered species. Tora has been singing, dancing, acting and modeling since the age of 4 and has toured the world performing covers and originals. She has opened for Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Method Man and toured the US with major artist, B.O.B. Her interests range from being a race car driver and chef to training and rescuing animals.

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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Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Steve Freund’s Big 3

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Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful, no-nonsense guitar work,” continues to share his feeling for the blues wherever he can.

Developing his love for American roots music, including blues and jazz, in Brooklyn during the 1960’s, Steve moved to Chicago after meeting the legendary pianist and singer Sunnyland Slim, in 1969 at a show in Greenwich Village. Slim told Steve to “look me up when you come to Chicago.” That is exactly what the young guitarist did, arriving in 1976 and staying until 1994.

During that period Freund played an average of 200 shows per year, with many being two or even three gigs a day. The list of blues masters he has worked with includes Sunnyland Slim, James Cotton, Big Walter Horton, Koko Taylor, Floyd Jones, Luther Allison, and many, many more. He also has appeared on well over fifty recordings, and is an established Delmark recording artist. His latest release is a collaboration with longtime colleagues under the name of Rockwell Avenue Blues Band.

In 1994, seeking a change, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he continues to work regularly, with occasional road tours and European shows. His work in the Bay Area includes live shows and recordings with Boz Scaggs and Maria Muldaur.

Drummer Pete Devine and bassist Joe Kyle are 2/3 of the popular Bay Area roots and blues band HowellDevine, Arhoolie Recording Artists. The combination of these musicians creates a very soulful and powerful trio hearkening back to Chicago in the 1950’s and early 1960’s.

"Steve Freund is one of the most consistently creative guitarists playing blues today…a commanding, quite soulful vocalist." - Lee Hildebrandt, Living Blues Magazine

“He is a great guitarist!” - Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Steve Freund plays with real taste, drive, and creativity.” - Pete Welding, DownBeat

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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Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

Tacoma Narrows and The Sound of Ghosts

Fusing Americana, folk, bluegrass and rock, Tacoma Narrows has been electrifying their growing fanbase in and around New York City.

Headed by frontman singer-songwriter Cheney Munson (guitar/vocals) and Jonah Chilton (mandolin/vocals), the folk-rock/Americana ensemble released their debut album, Good Mourning, in 2015 and their second album, The Currents We Are In, in 2017. While Munson sites more traditional legends such as John Prine, Johnny Cash and Paul Simon as influences, the band’s explosive mix of acoustic and electric energy is an inspiring DIY offshoot of the folk-rock resurgence going on in mainstream pop in the 2010s.

Often compared to The Avett Brothers, The Decemberists, and Trampled by Turtles, Tacoma Narrows have settled into a sound that straddles folk and rock, trad and pop, all infused with lyrics that tell a story, melodies that stick in your head, and a beat that makes you want to tap your feet and dance.

"Tacoma Narrows, a NYC-based band, taps into traditional folk and old-time country music, infusing the admixture with a pop-rocking dose of big city adrenaline. They've been around the block. The music is tight but flexible, wistful but wired. My toes are totally tappin' to it. This remarkable first offering sets the bar encouragingly high. The making of this album was an odyssey from which emerged a band of truly professional recording artists as well as live performers, Tacoma Narrows with Good Mourning have a runaway hit." - Gary Peterson - Gary Peterson, Music Review

The Sound of Ghosts is an Americana roots musical collective hailing from Los Angeles, California. The four-piece collective of accomplished musicians have crafted a musical experience unlike any other with their unique arrangements and vast variety of influences. A culmination of traditional front porch Americana, folk-laden melodies and vintage rock & roll, The Sound of Ghosts have succeeded in bringing their own edge to this timeless genre of music.

The group is comprised of James Orbison (vocals, bass), Anna Orbison (vocals, ukulele, percussion), Ernesto Rivas (guitars), and Jon Sarna (drums, percussion). United, they have pushed the boundaries of typical Americana and created an ever-evolving sound demonstrating the diversity of each of their own different musical backgrounds.

Included in this are elements of classic rock, musical theatre, country and everything in between. Rivas explains “everyone's different perspective is an essential part to the diverse sound we create.”

The Sound of Ghosts formed in memory of the band’s friend Dave Lamb, who passed away too soon from leukemia. Lamb headed an acclaimed band, Brown Bird, with his wife that was named NPR’s Folk Group of the Year. James Orbison was touched and inspired by the impact Lamb had made on not only him, but the community around him.

Orbison fell back into music as a mechanism to cope with his grief, where he consequently rediscovered his passion for writing and playing again. They decided to name their band The Sound of Ghosts, which was the title of Brown Bird’s album, as a way to honor Lamb and to be constant reminder of his love for music.

Their latest release entitled Delivery and Departure is filled with diverse soundscapes and a multitude of sonic textures. The new music is set to be an immersive listening experience.

Anna Orbison explains, “I hope it inspires people to look at the world in a little different way. Notice the things around you…that’s what we write songs about.”

The band’s signature sound of driving guitars, catchy hooks, and soaring harmonies is assured to get listeners up and dancing.

The Sound of Ghosts successes to date include opening for artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Sisterhood, and Oingo Boingo. Their music has also been featured in national commercials for major brands such as Yahoo! and Kia, and will soon be in a new documentary created for NowThis. The Sound of Ghosts prides themselves on delivering an engaging, explosive yet intimate live performance, winning ‘best live performance’ at The Roswell Film Festival. 

Tickets are $15 general admission and $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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Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $20 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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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Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

The Dred Scott Trio

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Dred Scott grew up in St. Louis and went to college in Ohio to study piano and composition with Pat Pace, but it is the San Francisco Bay Area that will always be home. There, he gained a reputation as an innovative and eclectic pianist and multi-instrumentalist.

He has recorded 11 self-produced albums as a leader and has performed on over 50 others. He was co-founder of the ground-breaking hip- hop jazz group, Alphabet Soup. He has recorded with Anthony Braxton, Cecil McBee, Andrew Cyrille, Joe Morello, Charlie Hunter, Bob Minter, Dave Samuels, Don Byron, Paul McCand­less and Marshall Crenshaw, and has performed with Ziga­boo Modeliste, Steve Smith, Mike Clark, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Moby, Bob Weir, Joe Henderson, The Berkeley Symphony (Kent Nagano), Rickie Lee Jones, Dave Garibaldi, Larry Schneider, Nina Hagen and Peter Apfelbaum.

Dred is currently based in NYC and regularly performs with Sasha Dobson, The Bari Koral Family Band, Bump City, The Munchies, and The Dred Scott Trio. For the last 6 years, Dred has been the house pianist at Del Posto, the 4-star Lydia and Joe Bastianich restaurant in NYC.

Dred's new album, Dred Scott Rides Alone, was record­ed in rural Northern California. Dred wrote all the songs and played all the instruments. It is a standard jazz piano trio format: piano, bass and drums. The songs, written during an artist residency at the UCross Founda­tion in Wyoming, are sublime, perhaps Dred's most accessible and gentle writing and playing in his storied career. Dred Scott Rides Alone stands as a mature and melodic statement of life, love and the pursuit of beauty.

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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Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Slinky Thing: The Music of Steely Dan

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Slinky Thing is a seven-piece band that has been focused on playing the music of Steely Dan and Donald Fagen for over eight 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!"

Because the band performs only rarely, each performance is a fun and exciting event. 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!

Players include: Karla Downey (lead vox, percussion), Bruce Linde (lead vox, bass), Bill Sparks (sax), Frank India (drums), David Surovell (guitar), Brian Osborn (guitar), and Will Henley-Dias (keyboards).

"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

This is an evening not to be missed! We expect to sell out so please order your tickets in advance using the link below.

Tickets are $15 and are available 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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Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Apfelbaum/Josh Jones Duo

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Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist/composer, Brooklyn resident and Berkeley native Peter Apfelbaum returns to The Back Room in duo with his longtime associate, percussionist Josh Jones.

An influential figure in new jazz for over three decades, Peter Apfelbaum has worked with some of the leading figures in contemporary music. Known as leader of the genre-mashing world music big band Hieroglyphics and the electronica/vocal-driven sextet Sparkler, Apfelbaum has also worked with the late Don Cherry (whose group Multikulti he was Musical Director of from 1989-1995, and which Jones was also a member of), Cecil Taylor, Harry Belafonte, Omar Sosa, Bill Laswell, Jai Uttal and Trey Anastasio, among others.

He has written for the Kronos Quartet, the National Swedish Radio Orchestra and Kamikaze Ground Crew. In addition to his own projects, he has also often returned to the Bay Area over the years in the various bands led by NY-based, Berkeley-bred trumpeter Steven Bernstein and Cuban-born drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto. In 2017, Apfelbaum was named an Artistic Director of Woodstock-based Creative Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to offering workshops by improvising musicians from diverse backgrounds. CMJ New Music Report has called Apfelbaum, "A visionary, galvanic composer like few others of his time.”

Josh Jones has been a Bay Area fixture since the 1970's and a longstanding member of Apfelbaum's various groups. In addition to leading the Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble, he has worked with artists as diverse as Steve Coleman, David Murray, Chico Freeman, Yosvany Terry, Jacqui Naylor and Los Munequitos de Matanzas.

In this format, Apfelbaum's polyrhythmic approach to the piano - rooted in West African music, Gospel music and Jazz - is highlighted, in combination with Jones's mastery of Afro-Cuban rhythms. Tonight's performance will include pieces from Apfelbaum's soon-to-be-released solo piano CD, Songs Of The Tree Of Destiny, as well as material from the repertoire of Hieroglyphics and Multikulti, plus a cover or two.

Peter Apfelbaum (piano, saxophones, percussion)

Josh Jones (drums, percussion)

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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Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Guitar Night (Mostly Solo)

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Three long-time friends and musical associates, Mike Wollenberg, Barry Solomon, and Dix Bruce, have played together in the Bay Area for decades. They share roots in folk, bluegrass, rock, country, and especially jazz playing, in ensembles of all types from soloist to combo to big band. Guitar Night (Mostly Solo) will concentrate on their work as soloists but you can expect some collaboration and jamming too.

Berkeley native Mike Wollenberg began playing folk, bluegrass, and pop guitar as a young teen. He studied flatpicking, folk, rock, and discovered swing, jazz, and solo playing in his early twenties. Following mentors like Joe Pass, Tuck Andress and Martin Taylor, Mike developed the ability to seemingly play several parts simultaneously while still allowing for the freedom to improvise. He has released two solo CDs, The Hand That Feeds Me, and Just Another Fool On The Hill, and a duo CD with violinist Julian Smedley, A Common Language. Music critic Phillip Elwood wrote that Mike is “…the master of the four T’s (touch, tone, technique, taste).” Guitarist Tuck Andress has called Mike “a magician of solo guitar…”

Barry Solomon is regarded as one of the pre-eminent acoustic guitarists in the country. He started playing guitar at nine years old, and by his early twenties Barry had mastered bluegrass flatpicking as well as folk and blues fingerpicking. Around this same time he began playing swing and mainstream jazz and had his own quintet, which featured many of his original compositions. Along the way he developed his solo guitar playing at concerts, clubs, and music festivals. Barry has authored guitar instruction books and has contributed to a number of recordings by fellow musicians over the years, and opened the Alameda School of Music in 2004. Since then, he has provided lessons for hundreds of students, teaching a wide variety of instruments.

Dix Bruce began playing guitar at age twelve. Like Mike and Barry, he initially learned folk, pop, and bluegrass flatpicking, eventually studying jazz and the Great American Songbook. Over the years he has performed and recorded with a variety of Bay Area-based musical groups in varied styles from Americana to swing to jazz. He has performed and recorded with The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra since the late 1980’s. He has recorded four CDs of traditional American songs and originals with guitarist Jim Nunally. His most recent project is a CD, Look at it Rain, with singer and mandolinist Julie Cline. Dix has produced nearly sixty music instructional books and videos, including books on guitar legend Doc Watson and the later work of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. He has also produced four play-along book/recording sets entitled Gypsy Swing and Hot Club Rhythm, two volumes each for guitar and mandolin. Acoustic Musician magazine describes Dix Bruce as a “…west coast virtuoso.”

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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Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Jennings & Keller

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

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

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

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

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

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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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Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Vitamin Em

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Made up of Grammy-nominated and award-winning musicians from around the Bay Area, Vitamin Em celebrates funk, jazz, R&B, soul and fiddle music with verve and enthusiasm.

From hip-hop inspired originals to artfully remixed fiddle and funk favorites, this group of strings, accordion and bassoon happily deliver concerts that run the musical gamut. They may even sneak a lively classical piece into their line-up. Whatever the genre, Vitamin Em brings irresistible energy and passion to each performance and along the way, fearless improv abounds. If you like to have fun, be exhilarated, and love the groove, this band is for you.

“…love your arrangements and varied song selection. Keep that Vitamin Em music coming!” - Jerry Cortez, guitarist with Tower of Power.

The group features Matthew Szemela and Philip Brezina (violins), Emily Onderdonk (viola), Michael Graham (cello) and Paul Hanson (bassoon).

Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, 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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Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

Mission Blue

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Mission Blue delivers straight-ahead bluegrass featuring a special brand of family harmony singing.

A collaboration of Dana and Avram Frankel, Mission Blue is thrilled to return to the The Back Room as part of their summer performance schedule. With Mission Blue, Dana and Avram draw from the deep well of traditional bluegrass to inform their sets – one can expect songs from the The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Martin and Red Allen, as well as bluegrass innovators such as J.D. Crowe and The New South, Hot Rize, Southern Blend and The Johnson Mountain Boys. In addition, Mission Blue salts each set with reinterpretations of older folk tunes and ballads - and original material.  

For each show Avram and Dana wrangle top California bluegrass talent into a traditional five-piece band. They will be joined by Jesse Personeni on banjo and Steve Pottier on bass. Jesse is recognized as the best of young California bluegrass talent, and Steve brings his steady hand as one of the most established and respected bluegrass musicians in Northern California. A surprise special guest will cover mandolin duties. This will be a special show – please join us. 

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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Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

An Evening with Beetle box

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Beetle box is an experimental composer, keyboardist, and solo artist from Little Rock, Arkansas who creates original, piano-centered electronic music for live performance.

His intricate control at the keys triggers a plethora of intertwined acoustic and computer-generated sounds. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of different genres, his music has featured everything from dubstep synthesizers and pop-single samples to orchestral instrumentations and Indian temple rhythms. Beetle box has carved out a niche somewhere between beautiful and strange, and consistently forges a unique and engaging live experience for his audience.

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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Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Red's Blues

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Red's Blues is a blues revue founded in July 2012, that keeps the blues alive with traditional blues, Chicago shuffles, New Orleans-delta, and West Coast blues, both acoustic and electric.

They perform as a three, four and five-piece band, and include a lot of original Americana/roots music in their repertoire. The band has released two critically-acclaimed CDs: Red's Blues (2014), and You Knock Me Out (2017).

"Beth Reid-Grigsby's confident alto vocals are breezy and unaffected by histrionics. In addition to blues, the influence of country and jazz is clearly discernible in her laid-back style." - Blues Music Magazine

"Red's Blues has a finger-poppin' attitude - straight outta the golden years when blues, R&B and swing all meshed together and dance floors every night were filled with snake hips and slow drags. Beth, with her sensual, southern voice and classy behind-the-beat phrasing, finds perfect rhythmic support in bass player and husband, RW." - M. Giles, Swell Productions

RW and Beth’s guitar player is Doug Crumpacker, and Tim Wilbur is on drums. The four make up the core of Red’s Blues Band. Doug, Tim and RW are all members of the Sacramento Blues Hall of Fame. RW is also a BMA winner. Red’s Blues was established in 2012, but all are veteran musicians. This year, Red’s Blues was nominated for a SAMMIE award for best blues band in the Sacramento region, as well as nominated by the Northern California Entertainers Music Awards for best blues band in Northern California. Currently, Red’s Blues is writing material for a third CD, and hopes to release it in 2020. Members of the Blues Foundation and the Sacramento Blues Society.

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

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

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Aug
30
8:00 PM20:00

Larry Vann Trio

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Larry Vann is a vocalist, drummer and bandleader, known as the "Groove Merchant,” who creates authentic root music which fuses the essence of soul-stirring blues, sweet, mellow jazz and genuine soul, R&B and funk.

Mr. Vann has performed with many great artists such as The Whispers, Elvin Bishop, Charles Brown, Martha Reeves, The Marvalettes, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, Charlie Musselwhite, Brian Auger and many others, and also with his own band for over 30 years. His work with the popular San Francisco Bay Area blues group, Ron Thompson & the Resistors, contributed to the band earning two Bay Area Music Awards (BAMMIES). He has also been honored with the Blues Society’s West Coast Hall of Fame’s “Blues Drummer of the Year” award, and The Jazz Institute’s “Man of the Year” award. In addition, he has been honored to serve as a Governor on the governing board of the San Francisco chapter of The Recording Academy® (GRAMMYs).

Tim Landis is a guitarist who performs weekly with the Glide Church Change Band and has performed with the legendary Sugar Pie DeSanto.

Michael Warren is a vocalist, bassist and keyboardist with a funky, progressive approach. He has performed and toured with a great spectrum of dynamic artists including Merl Saunders, BB King, Randy Crawford, Maria Muldaur, Buddy Miles, The Crusaders, The Dave Matthews Band and many others.

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
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Real Sarahs and David Starr

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

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

David Starr

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

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

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

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

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

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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
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
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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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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Oct
14
8:00 PM20:00

Tracy Grammer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oct
30
8:00 PM20:00

Jim Kweskin

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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

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
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
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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Jun
17
8:00 PM20:00

A Cappella Night with Vocal Rush & Legacy featuring Lisa Forkish

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ICHSA Champions Vocal Rush and Legacy present a collaborative concert, featuring a performance by Lisa Forkish!

About Vocal Rush:

Vocal Rush is a five-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011.

About Legacy:

Legacy is an auditioned community youth a cappella group made up of singers aged 13-18 from all over the greater Los Angeles area! Under the direction of Rob Dietz (The Sing-Off, Glee), the group promotes both a high standard of musicianship, and a strong sense of community.

About Lisa Forkish:

Lisa Forkish is an award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, educator and self-described “Love Warrior,” infusing all she creates with fierce authenticity and heart. Based out of Oakland, CA, Lisa has released four solo albums of original music to date, and is currently putting out new music on Patreon every month. Lisa's latest solo release is a one-woman, all-vocal originals album called Love Warrior, which combines her lush, dissonant a cappella arrangements with her honest and soulful songwriting.

Tickets are $15 general admission, and $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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Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Grale, Bruce Anderson

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Grale is a Bay Area-based ensemble comprised of legendary avant-rock band MX-80 Sound members Dale Sophiea and Bruce Anderson, and Gregory Hagan (Angel Archer, Thomas Carnacki).

Grale has performed around the Bay Area since 2007 at Berkeley Arts, ATA, The Oakland Underground Film Fest, and, on a number of occasions, at the Pacific Film Archive / Berkeley Art Museum with thematic riffings on the films of directors Ken Russell, Guy Maddin, and the 1972 anti-classic Beware! The Blob.

Graleʼs debut release, Eternity, represents where the evolution that started with MX-80 Sound’s Hard Attack has led, more than 40 years hence (not the path many expected it to take...).

Guitarist Bruce Anderson will start things off with a solo set, then Gregory Hagan and Dale Sophiea will join the fun for a Grale set.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 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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Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

The Clifford Lamb Trio

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Clifford Lamb was born in New York City and began playing classical piano at the age of 5. He discovered jazz at age 16 and was fortunate to begin jazz studies with Wes Montgomery’s pianist, Richard Crabtree.

He studied piano and arranging at Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music. While completing his studies at Berklee, Clifford played with such stellar musicians as Kevin Eubanks (of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) and Tommy Campbell (Mahavishnu, Dizzy Gillespie), among many others.

He performed as a journeyman pianist – including a stint with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – before settling in Los Angeles, where he credits such local heroes as bassists Larry Gales and Henry Franklin as key influences. He performed there with Carl Burnett, John Pattitucci (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock), Henry “Skipper” Franklin, George Adams and many others.

He eventually moved to the Bay Area where, and after a slight respite from the scene, he rededicated himself to music. His performances in San Francisco included collaborations with Herbie Lewis (McCoy Tyner, Jackie Maclean), Donald “Duck” Bailey, John Handy and Darrell Green.

His piano style has been shaped by such influential past masters as Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. But he has also delved into the music of such younger musicians as pianists Robert Glasper and Danilo Perez, and trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Clifford’s first recording, released in 1999, featured Victoria Ryan (Cat Stevens, Herbie Hancock) and was followed by his nationally-recognized 2008 release, One, featuring his own compositions and arrangements.

In 2016, his album Bridges was recorded live to two tracks and released nationally and internationally on Weberworks. Featuring Cindy Blackman Santana and Buster Williams, the recording was produced by highly-lauded producer Jeffrey Weber, and enjoyed significant airplay on over 300 stations worldwide.

His follow up effort, Brothers & Sisters, also recorded live to two tracks and produced by Jeffrey Weber, was released in 2017, again for Weberworks. The album again features his trio, Cindy Blackman Santana and Buster Williams, along with special guest Nicholas Payton. Brothers & Sisters reached the top 50 on the jazz charts and received airplay on over 400 radio stations.

Clifford teamed up again with producer Jeffrey Weber for his latest live two track recording, Blues & Hues, released in 2019 on Weberworks. For this exceptionally unique offering, Clifford gathered his quartet, Cindy Blackman Santana, Buster Williams and Nicholas Payton, for this album of “mashups,” but also added a host of special guests on woodwinds, guitars, vocals and even a rapper. This project features a series of Clifford’s original compositions intertwined with songs that have had an impact on Clifford or were sources of inspiration.

Clifford’s library of recordings all feature his deeply passionate themes of oppression, dissension, retribution and redemption. The live two track recording methodology literally captures his performances and offers Clifford at his most searing emotional, in the moment, expression of vulnerability and determination.

For this performance, Clifford will be joined by Joe McKinley on bass and Greg German on drums.

Tickets are $22.50 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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Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Lucky Losers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Mokai & Friends, featuring James Nash & Julie Wolf

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This evening is a celebration of the release of a new collection of songs by Bay Area singer-songwriter Mokai.

For this special performance, Mokai recreates his latest album of songs with the players who recorded them. An eclectic evening of excellent musicianship and inspired songwriting, with rhythmic folk, spirited folk-blues and moving ballads showcasing Mokai's lyrics, vocals and roots-Americana guitar style.

Arriving on the West Coast in the ‘80’s, Mokai fell in with the San Francisco songwriter community. He became a regular at haunts like the Bazaar Café and was called “…one of the more original players on the Bay Area acoustic music circuit,” by Acoustic Guitar magazine.

On his third studio album, Mokai enlists the support of well-known Bay Area musician, James Nash (Waybacks). Nash produced the album with a roster of well-loved local players. Nash, who Guitar Player called one of "50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists," adds harmony vocals and solo work on acoustic and electric guitar, slide and mandolin.

In a special appearance, keyboardist Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco) performs on piano, Hammond B3 and accordion. Wolf is a local treasure, a nationally touring musician and producer who has supported the work of many local musicians.

Bassist Joe Kyle Jr. (Waybacks, Howell Devine) is an in-demand player known for his superb feel. Joe has shared the stage with a host of notable roots music heroes.

Special appearances by more local favorites TBA.

Tickets are $18 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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Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

Pele Greenberg

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Pele Greenberg is a multi-faceted drummer and percussionist from Berkeley, CA.

He is currently studying at The New School’s Jazz program in NYC and is back in town performing with a group of East Bay natives— featuring Nora Stanley on sax, Benny Bock on piano and Tyler Harlow on bass. 

Tickets are $15 general admission and $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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Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Cosa Nostra Strings and The Pipes

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Trumpeter/composer/songwriter Darren Johnston’s truly unclassifiable ensemble The Pipes is one of his most recent projects, featuring Cory Wright and Steven Lugerner on bass clarinets, along with Jordan Glenn on percussion, and Darren on trumpet and vocals. Each of these musicians is a ubiquitous band-leader, composer and improviser in their own right on the Bay Area music scene and beyond.

Pieces begin with a focus on storytelling and poetry that blossoms into toe-tapping horn honkery, expansive explorations, and tight ensemble playing, touching on a universe of styles and traditions along the way.

Such musical adventuring is only made possible because of the broad musical interests and experience of those involved, who have collectively played with a diverse cast of luminaries from the worlds of jazz, improvised and “new” music, Balkan brass, reggae, rock, R&B, Afro-Cuban, European classical, and… well you get the picture.

Cosa Nostra Strings

A branch of the illustrious Jazz Mafia, Cosa Nostra Strings specializes in original Hybrid Crossover music. Ranging from acoustic heavy metal to power ballads and everything in between, they utilize their unique instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass, and percussion to the fullest extent. This five-piece powerhouse crew features conservatory-trained classical musicians who bring a provocative, precise, punk-rock personality to a highly distinguished multi-style sound. Spanning centuries of genres, you’ll hear diverse influences from around the world: funk infusion, folk, western chamber music, jazz, and most certainly 80’s rock ballads (because a set wouldn’t be quite complete without them!).

Cosa’s successful 2018 season included feature performances at SFJAZZ - where they were named young artists to look out for - Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Point Richmond Jazz, Yoshi’s, UnderCover Presents, and an eight-week run with The Soiled Dove. They are heavily featured on GRAMMY-winning violinist Shaina Evoniuk’s recent release Hitwoman Honey, recently put out an EP entitled Shadows with soul singer Lilan Kane, and are currently working on their own debut album of original works to be released 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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Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

In the Round with Koli, Samantha and Eva

Being a descendant of the Hupa, Yurok and Karuk tribes of Northern California and theatrical relatives on her Anglo-American side, Koli Kohler comes from a long line of storytellers. Koli’s warm personality shines through her songs as she takes us along her journey as a young woman who is “holding her own,” while traversing young adulthood across states and various countries. Koli creatively engages the listener by braiding together catchy tunes, intriguing metaphors, and unique timing. Blending her clear voice with the harmonious sounds of ukulele, guitar, and piano, Koli blurs across the lines of pop, country, and folk.

Samantha is an indie pop singer/songwriter and San Francisco native. She released her first EP, Wandering I, in 2017. Her soulful melodies convey the power of the female voice, and her lyrics tell stories about mental health and acceptance. Her most recent projects include songs for the Bushwick Bookclub, and writing the music for the musical Valley of the Dead (Cutting Ball Theater). She is currently working on developing her skills as a producer for a series of new singles. Her upcoming release will feature layered vocals and ambient synths which create an emotional soundscape.

Eva Snyder is a bi-coastal singer/songwriter. Originally from Western Mass, she taught herself how to play guitar and moved to California. Her pop-country sound is flirty, sassy, and never afraid to slap you in the face with some hard truth. Eva released her first EP, Balance, as her college thesis, and she is currently in the process of recording and releasing a second EP which will experiment with more pop sounds while celebrating country lyrics and stories.

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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Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Fula Brothers: West African Grooves & Global Guitar

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Master West African kamale ngoni player Mamadou Sidibe and fingerstyle guitar wizard Walter Strauss create deep, soulful music that is simultaneously ancient and fresh. Along with drummer Mike Wofchuk, they create an intoxicating blend through intertwining melodic grooves, spirited improvisation, and songs in two languages.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Multi-award-winning composer and musician Mamadou Sidibe plays the West African hunter's harp (kamale ngoni). Hailing from the Wassoulou region of Mali, West Africa, Sidibe has toured with Malian greats Oumou Sangare, Coumba Sidibe, and Toumani Diabate in Africa, Europe, and the U.S.

Walter Strauss is a "wizard of the fingerstyle guitar" (Folk and Roots), who weaves elements of American roots and jazz with music from West Africa and other global music traditions. He layers on highly articulated melodies and harmonies, rhythms and counter-rhythms, creating an impression he is playing multiple instruments at once. Strauss performs internationally, both solo and in collaborations, with artists as varied as Grammy-winning Malian kora player Mamadou Diabate, American guitarist Alex de Grassi, and Scottish fiddler Jonny Hardie.

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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Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Roy Book Binder: Bonafide Singer-Songwriter-Storytelling Bluesman

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Roy Book Binder has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues.

Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

He’s also a regular at Fur Peace Ranch, where he teaches along with Jorma Kaukonen. When he brings his Tour Bus to town, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We’re privileged to have Roy here to preserve–and extend—the tradition of great American blues 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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Jun
6
8:00 PM20:00

Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves

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Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, two musicians on the forefront of American traditional music, join forces in this powerful new duo.

Together, they create a sound that is adventurous, masterful and original, as they expand on the eccentricities of old songs, while never losing sight of what makes them endure. The duo not only showcases impressive musicianship, but reflects on which voices we seek to hear as we explore the expansive, diverse canon of American roots music. Already leaders in the young generation of roots musicians, de Groot has become known for her intricate clawhammer banjo work with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, while Hargreaves has brought her powerhouse fiddling to the stage with Gillian Welch and Laurie Lewis.

Their debut, self-titled album released with Free Dirt Records is a powerful opening statement, one not to be missed!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, general admission; and $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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Jun
5
8:00 PM20:00

Trance Mission

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Formed by world-renowned didgeridoo pioneer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Kent and award-winning clarinetist and 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 and an upcoming NEW release dropping in summer 2019, Trance Mission, now a trio with virtuoso drummer/electronic artist Peter Valsamis, is reentering the musical stratosphere with energy and vitality.

Beth Custer (bass clarinet, alto clarinet Bb clarinet) 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 & 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 (didgeridoo, cello-sintir, percussion) 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/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 (drum set, dumbek, electronics) 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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Jun
2
7:30 PM19:30

Ed Reed & Adam Shulman

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

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

Reed will be accompanied by Adam Shulman on piano.

Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the City in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz, where he received a degree in classical performance and studied jazz piano with Smith Dobson.

Adam performs as a sideman with countless Bay Area musicians and vocalists, such as Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, Andrew Speight, Erik Jekabson, Ed Reed, Mike Olmos, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Faye Carol, Kellye Gray, Ian Carey, and Mike Zilber, among many others.

Adam has also played with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, John Clayton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bria Skonberg and with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

In addition to his sideman work, Adam is a composer and arranger. He has released 4 albums of original music and has done much of the arranging work for the jazz and cabaret singer Paula West.

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

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

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Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Tribute to Elis Regina and Toots Thielemans with DARIA & Brian Byrnes

Please join us for this special concert of Brazilian music honoring two legendary musicians: Toots Thielemans and Elis Regina, who recorded one album together, Honeysuckle Rose Aquarela Do Brasil in 1969. Brian Byrnes and DARIA will be performing select songs from this release, as well as songs that Toots and Elis recorded and performed as individual artists, for a magical evening of Bossa Nova, Jazz and Samba!

DARIA is an innovative vocalist and songwriter with a beautiful voice, unerring pitch and a wide vocal range. Her repertoire seamlessly blends different genres of music including Jazz, Pop, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban Rhythms. Known for her versatility, soulful and expressive style and putting her own spin on jazz and pop standards, DARIA has delighted audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. She has three critically-acclaimed CDs, including her latest project, Strawberry Fields Forever, Songs by the Beatles. She is included in the book The Jazz Singers by Jazz critic Scott Yanow, and has shared the stage and/or recorded with Dan Hicks, Joe Sample, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Harvie S, Roni Ben-Hur, Bob Dorough, Dave Grisman, Rickie Lee Jones, Maria Muldaur, Tuck and Patti, Alex Acuña, Abe Laboriel, Marcos Silva, Wayne Wallace and Frank Martin. DARIA toured for 10 years with the legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.

"Daria successfully reinvents 10 Lennon-McCartney standards for the jazz idiom. When she purrs, ‘You can knit a sweater by the fireside’ she makes it sound like a sensual delight." — Downbeat Magazine

“She sings with unself-conscious abandon, showcasing her extraordinary range, breaking through the constraints of the conventional, fearlessly reinventing tunes and melodies.” — Paul Liberatore, Marin IJ

Brian Byrnes is a Bay Area Jazz vocalist, harmonica player, guitarist and songwriter. He has performed in the Bay Area in many musical settings for two decades, including notable venues such as The Sweetwater, 142 Throckmorton Theater, The Monkey House, John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room, Armando’s and the Orinda Jazz Festival. Brian has shared the stage with Jules Broussard, Peter Barshay, Damien Masterson, Lee Bloom, Myron Cohen, Keith Saunders, Kai Eckhardt, Laucia Paiva, Ben Flint and many others. His new project, The Brian Byrnes Trio, has been making waves on the local Jazz scene. After playing in Rock, Blues and Brazilian bands, Brian discovered the chromatic harmonica in 2001 and started playing Jazz. In 2009 he was the soloist with the San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra on a piece entitled “Chroma,” written for chromatic harmonica by his son Brendan Byrnes. Brian released his debut EP in 2016 with The Brian Byrnes Trio: Only For You. Recently, Brian and Jules Broussard teamed up as the Brian Byrnes Band and can be heard at venues around the Bay Area.

“An ace on harmonica, Byrnes is something special.” — Paul Liberatore, Marin IJ

This show features David Udolf (piano), Dave Belove (bass), Kendrick Freeman (drums), Hugo Wainzinger (guitar) and Special Guests!

About the Tribute Artists:
Elis Regina Carvalho Costa (March 17, 1945 – January 19, 1982), known professionally as Elis Regina, was a Brazilian singer of popular and jazz music. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, along with Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Elis Regina helped to popularize the work of the tropicalismo (Tropicália) movement, recording songs by musicians such as Gilberto Gil. Her 1974 collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Elis & Tom, is often cited as one of the greatest bossa nova albums of all time, which also includes what many consider the all-time best Brazilian song, "Águas de Março.”

Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans (April 29, 1922 – August 22, 2016), known professionally as Toots Thielemans, was a Belgian jazz musician. He was known for his harmonica playing, as well as his guitar, whistling skills, and composing. His first professional performances were with Benny Goodman's band when they toured Europe in 1949 and 1950. From 1953 to 1959 he played with George Shearing, and then led his own groups on tours in the U.S. and Europe. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, he continued touring and recording, appearing with musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Werner, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Elis Regina and Paquito D'Rivera.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, general admission; $10 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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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

The George Cotsirilos Quartet

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A group of accomplished, veteran musicians, the George Cotsirilos Quartet, featuring George Cotsirilos on guitar, Keith Saunders on piano, Robb Fisher on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums, released a widely acclaimed CD, Mostly In Blue, last year - which spent over three months on the national Jazz Weekly radio top 50 charts, rising to number 15, and has received excellent notices:

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

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

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

In its December 2018 issue, Downbeat Magazine listed Mostly In Blue among the best CD’s of 2018. The group performs primarily original modern jazz compositions along with some gems from the jazz canon. Its members are:

George Cotsirilos: Guitar

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

“One of today’s finest jazz guitarists and composers, Cotsirilos has an unerring sense of swing and melody. His solos, while displaying accuracy and technique, are filled with soul.” - John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine

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

Keith Saunders: Piano

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

Robb Fisher: Bass

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

Ron Marabuto: Drums

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

 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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May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band

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Join us for this historic, educational and highly entertaining show!

~ The Prohibition Mob Band pays homage to Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven Band’s early recordings ~

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

Performing tunes reminiscent of Satchmo, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and more, this group is a festival favorite. With a Downbeat Magazine “Best Album” listing for 2015’s Bathtub Gin, My Heart Belongs To Satchmo the record features John R. Burr, Sam Bevan (bass), Deszon Claiborne (drums), Rich Armstrong, Sheldon Brown, Mike Rinta, and Matt Baxter.

This show will feature Richard Nelson Hall (piano), Simon Planting (bass), Mark Lee (drums), Rich Armstrong (cornet/trumpet), and Danny Lubin-Laden (trombone).

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

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

"Roberta Donnay is a Jazz Age preservationist, guardian of Depression-era sounds, and extender of traditions, but her music isn't covered with cobwebs or dated in any way. - All About Jazz

"Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band present a modern take of the hot swingin' jazz and sultry blues of the 1920s and 30s that will make you want to dance all night!" - Verdi Club

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


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

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

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May
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Novelists

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

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

Tickets are $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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May
26
7:00 PM19:00

George Kahn Quartet - Straight Ahead

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When a young musician’s sources of inspiration are jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, Vince Guaraldi and Wynton Kelly, you’d figure that his own music would turn out to be pretty special — and in the case of jazz pianist and composer George Kahn, you’d be right. His music captures the feel of the West Coast Jazz scene of the '50s and '60s, but with a contemporary edge.

Kahn is a Los Angeles-based jazz pianist and has released nine self-produced CDs. His 2010 release — Secrets From the Jazz Ghetto — is a 2-CD set featuring seven new tracks and a retrospective of George’s original compositions. The newest release, George Kahn Trio - Straight Ahead, features George in a trio setting with Alex Acuña and Lyman Medeiros.

Straight Ahead is just what it sounds like: the songs are melodic and catchy, the feel is contemporary yet classic. Building on Kahn’s strong catalog of Jazz releases, this album will always be a good companion, wherever you are, whenever you listen.

Joining George on this visit to Berkeley is Lyman Medeiros, a young gun on the Los Angeles jazz scene, who has recently toured with Steve Tyrell and Dianne Schuur. Gary Zellerbach on guitar and Chris Gamper on drums round out the quartet.

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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May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Brother Yusef: the King of Organic, Deep Fried, Fattback Blues

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Brother Yusef is a master solo blues guitarist and passionate vocalist. His raw and authentic performances have been honed over thirty years into a style he calls “fattback blues,” for its rich mix of Delta, Chicago, and Texas blues, alongside a hard-driving Louisiana stomp. With many influences, he takes audiences on an exuberant musical journey, from a backwoods juke joint to the fiery emotions of the sanctified church.

Brother Yusef has gained worldwide recognition through performances at music festivals, dance events and concerts; he was a featured performer at the Downtown Disney Resort in Anaheim, California (2001 - 2016), and has released 7 albums, including his most recent release, I Got The Blues: 10 Years Of Fattback Blues 1999 to 2009. Brother Yusef approaches the blues from a musical, spiritual and social context. He says, “For African Americans, blues has been about survival, healing, and freedom, and I'm pleased to be a part of this tradition.”

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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May
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Old Pals

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The Old Pals is a California-based Bluegrass band bonded by decades-long friendships and a mutual love of traditional Bluegrass and country music. The band members enjoy the camaraderie of playing together whenever schedules permit, and most of the Pals have known each other since the early days of Bluegrass in California.

Craig Wilson (guitar and vocals) and Larry Cohea (banjo), a Springfield, TN native, met as teenagers while living in Bakersfield, CA. They were immersed in the heyday of the Bakersfield Sound and brought their Bluegrass styling to several of the local live TV programs on air at the time, sharing the stage with artists such as Joe and Roselee Maphis, Bonnie Owens and Merle Haggard, among others.

While living in San Francisco in 1968, Craig met Butch Waller (mandolin) when Butch was a founding member of one of California’s seminal traditional Bluegrass bands, High Country. Butch is a highly-acclaimed mandolinist in the Monroe tradition and has composed a myriad of songs through the years. Larry also became a member of High Country in the early 1970s, and the band has not only toured extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad but continues to perform and recently celebrated their 50th year in the business.

Paul Shelasky (fiddle) emerged on the Northern California Bluegrass scene in the 1970s and has played in bands including The Good Old Persons, Lost Highway and Blue and Lonesome, as well as performing for a number of years at Disneyland. Paul is also an accomplished old time and swing fiddler and adds a dose of comedy to the band’s repertoire.

Matt Dudman (bass) is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist on guitar and mandolin as well as bass, and performs with the Pleasant Valley Boys as well as with Jenny Lynn and The Real Gone Daddies. Matt operates his own sound and recording studio, Pleasant Valley Music in Dixon, CA.

Each member of The Old Pals has been active as “movers and shakers” in the Bluegrass community for many years. Butch, Larry and Paul have been recognized for their contributions and achievements by the California Bluegrass Association with Life member status awards.           

But The Old Pals don’t just rest on their laurels, they bring an old-school, energetic, paint-peeling, and soulful brand of Bluegrass picking and singing that is sure to captivate and have you tappin’ your toes!

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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May
23
8:00 PM20:00

Virginie Marine: All About the '80's

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Virginie Marine is a well-known French Pop singer with a rare and powerful voice. 

Inspired by top vocal pop singers like Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand, Virginie brings her All About the 80’s show to The Back Room, offering her unique perspective on American pop music from the 80’s and how it was reflected in French culture. 

Discover or rediscover these beloved songs from the past, in a warm and intimate environment.

For this performance, Virginie will be joined by:

Charles Holive / Piano

David Landon / guitar

Marc Levine / Bass

Gerry Kennett / Drums

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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May
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Spirit Room - Jai Uttal Solo

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Welcome to an intimate acoustic, solo concert with renowned World Music artist Jai Uttal. Stepping into a deeper level of vulnerability, Jai invites you into his 'mystic living room' to share songs, instruments and stories from every phase of his inspiring musical and spiritual journey. From ecstatic love songs of the Bauls of Bengal, to dark banjo ballads of Appalachia, to Bossa Nova kirtans from his latest release, Jai invites you to join him in a heart space of communion, invocation and celebration.

Jai Uttal is a Grammy-nominated sacred music composer, recording artist (20 albums to date!), multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combining influences from India with elements from American rock and jazz, to create a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music. Having travelled extensively in India, where he met many great saints and singers, Bhakti Yoga became his personal path. Jai has been performing and teaching around the world for nearly 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

Early bird tickets are $22 through May 1, and $30 thereafter. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

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May
18
3:00 PM15:00

Dom Pipkin – The Sweet Sounds of New Orleans

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“The soul of New Orleans in the U.K.,” Dom Pipkin is at the forefront of piano players keeping the classic New Orleans sound alive.  With fans ranging from Hugh Laurie to Pee Wee Ellis, Pipkin has performed all around the world, including sharing the stage with Allen Toussaint at New Orleans Piano Night in 2014.  

Hailing from London, England, and often found in New Orleans, his first visit to the Bay Area was with British trip hop favorites Morcheeba back in the late 1990s – a band with whom he went on to record and perform with Talking Heads’ David Byrne. However, the blues, and particularly New Orleans piano styles, have always been Pipkin’s calling. He has been extensively featured on BBC national radio on the subject, and he regularly tours his “Smokin’ Boogie” solo show about the history of the music of the legendary Crescent City.

Originally a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Pipkin combines performing in theaters, clubs and festivals all over Europe, with a “day job” of directing the bands of pop and rock stars from behind the keyboards.  His shows mix his own touching and quirky original songs with classics and rockers from the New Orleans genre – you can expect the music of Dr John, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and particularly interpretations of the maverick genius James Booker. Pipkin has been asked to play at many screenings of the acclaimed documentary on Bookers tragic and colorful life, Bayou Maharajah, including at its premiere at SXSW in 2012.  

His solo shows are a treat: intimate, moving, funky and in-your-face.  A real romp through the heart and soul of New Orleans piano and beyond. 

“I can’t hold a candle to this guy.  He’s a great piano player!” – Jamie Cullum

“Dom brings the whole New Orleans thing to the U.K. So good!”  - Zigaboo Modeliste/The Meters

“Your music warms my heart. Straight from the source!” – House star and musician Hugh Laurie

 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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May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Mountain Dulcimer Mastery

Faculty Concert for the 7th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering

Erin Mae Lewis, featured teaching artist

Erin Mae is a mountain dulcimer virtuosa who has taken an obscure American folk instrument, and with it has developed a high level of technical proficiency and musical expression. Erin has been playing for over twenty years and in that time has developed a unique and progressive style. She performs extensively as part of a duo, Scenic Roots. Carrying the rhythm section with her signature percussive chop and flat-picking fiddle tunes with impressive dexterity, audiences nationwide show amazement as they watch her fingers dance over her dulcimer strings. One guitar player quipped, “Erin can do more with three strings than I can do with six.” 

Steve Eulberg, Artistic Director

Steve is a versatile full-time folk musician who specializes in fretted and hammered dulcimers, but his first instrument was his mother’s ukulele. He later bought a kit and built his first mountain dulcimer. It’s been love ever since – through a career performing folk for kids to seniors, as a composer, and as an inner-city pastor, this award-winning touring musician brings joy to all who hear him. He’s been called an Appalachian Jimmy Buffett because of his personable stage presence and warm voice. Steve plays the dulci-bro, banjammer, electric dulcimer and baritone dulcimer, guitar, bass, mandolin, piano and hand percussion. He is a five-time Winfield, KS National Winner in Mountain Dulcimer and a three-time National Finalist for Hammered Dulcimer. He has produced 15 recordings. 

Neal Hellman

Neal Hellman, nationally-acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer, has been active in performing, writing, teaching, and recording acoustic music for the past 30 years. His latest recording, Emma’s Waltz, is a colorful dance through traditional and contemporary acoustic music styles. He is the author of many books on the Appalachian dulcimer, including Celtic Songs & Slow Airs for Mountain DulcimerThe Dulcimer Chord BookThe Hal Leonard Dulcimer Method, and Music of the World for Mountain Dulcimer. As founder, director and one of the primary artists of the Gourd Music record label, Neal has produced over forty albums, creating a uniquely distinctive sound and featuring a variety of acoustic instrumental ensembles, rich in texture and tonal color. 

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door on the night of the show. 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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May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Jenner Fox

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Jenner Fox is a multi-faceted, uber-talented individual. A talented singer-songwriter hailing from Oregon, and an experienced river guide who roams the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and then switches hemispheres to run the rivers of Patagonia.

On the river and on the road, Jenner is a folk singer with music that ranges from a soft mandolin melody to full-blown guitar strumming that has strings on the edge of breaking. He draws his influence from river canyons, urban communities, John Prine, Josh Ritter, and the people, roads, and stories in between.

His lyrics will make you laugh one moment and wipe away tears the next. His CD will live in your player long after you hear him, and will take you right back to the emotions that his talents, voice, and personality crafted. Jenner will be accompanied by several talented musical friends.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $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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May
15
8:00 PM20:00

Beth Custer: Drawdown

Photo credit: Federico Cusigch

Photo credit: Federico Cusigch

Beth Custer premieres her latest chamber composition, an evening-length work based on the compelling Paul Hawken book Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming.

The ensemble features Custer on voice/clarinets, cellist Freya Seeburger and her ensemble Juxtapositions with Mia Nardi-Huffman (violin), Naomi Stine (piano) and special guest Jim Kassis on drums/percussion.

An eight-movement piece covering solutions for climate change as laid out in Drawdown, Custer has created a journey of musical styles from driving rhythmic cello loops, to plaintive solo violin, to chaotic chordal movement, Drawdown is Custer's latest installment of her works based on ecology.

Audiences will delight in the interplay between members of this lovely chamber group assembled especially for these premieres. Supported in part by an Individual Artists grant from San Francisco Arts Commission.

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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May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Twisted Roots with Eric Thompson & Henry Kaiser

(L-R): Henry Kaiser & Eric Thompson

(L-R): Henry Kaiser & Eric Thompson

Twisted Roots brings together two Bay Area guitar icons: Eric Thompson and Henry Kaiser.

Eric first attracted attention with his pioneering flat-picking in the early ’60’s - you can hear his sizzling leads on the recently released Jerry Garcia Before the Dead CD box set. Since then, he’s been digging into every kind of earthy folk music he could find.

Grammy-winner Henry Kaiser is widely recognized as one of the most creative and innovative guitarists, improvisers, and producers in the fields of rock, jazz, world, and contemporary experimental musics.

Together they explore traditional material through an eclectic prism, visiting the blues and mountain musics of Appalachia and Puerto Rico, with maybe a side trip to the Mediterranean, or even their own fertile imaginations!

Joining Eric and Henry’s electric and acoustic guitars will be John Hanrahan on drums and Terry Shields on bass.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at the link below or at the door on the night of the performance. 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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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Fingerstyle Guitar Summit featuring Eric Skye, Adam Miller & Teja Gerken

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Acclaimed acoustic fingerstyle guitarists Eric Skye, Adam Miller and Teja Gerken are teaming up for an eclectic evening of solo and ensemble playing. With each player known for their original approach to the instrument, this will be an evening that no fan of virtuoso guitar music can afford to miss, and in the case of Skye and Miller, a rare chance to hear them in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A Bay Area native who is now based in Portland, Oregon, Eric Skye is most often billed as a jazz guitarist, but he actually occupies a unique niche, exploring areas between Americana, jazz, and blues, all threaded together with a healthy respect for groove and unadulterated acoustic tone. Skye’s 2012 release, A Different Kind Of Blue —a solo guitar re-imagining of Miles Davis’ iconic Kind Of Blue—was acknowledged by the Davis family and named in Acoustic Guitar magazine’s Top Ten Albums of the Year. In 2015, he released two duet recordings, June Apple, a duet effort of early American fiddle tunes with mandolinist Tim Connell, and Artifact, with guitarist Mark Goldenberg. Skye’s latest album is 2018’s Ballads and Blues, a solo guitar collection of jazz and blues standards, and three originals pieces.

Hailing from Australia, Adam Miller is a one-man groove machine. Playing originals as well as pop and jazz standards, Miller’s complex fingerstyle technique recalls players such as Charlie Hunter and Tuck Andress. He has been featured in North American magazines including Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Player, and Premier Guitar, and his relentless touring schedule has included shows in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Japan, and his native Australia, where he performed in support of Tommy Emmanuel. Miller’s latest album is 2018’s The Defining of Success.

Teja Gerken is no stranger to fans of contemporary fingerstyle guitar. Weaving together influences of folk, jazz, classical and world music, he is known for his original compositions, many of which employ alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, percussive effects, and other extended guitar techniques. Gerken’s two albums, On My Way and Postcards, have received widespread acclaim, and he has shared the stage with many guitar legends, including Alex de Grassi, John Renbourn, and Andy McKee.

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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May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm

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"It’s been a long time since I’ve come across a CD that compelled me to listen to every song from top to bottom, and left me wanting for more. The song selections and performances truly reflect the incredible chemistry between Jenna and Rolf. Needless to say, I absolutely love their CD!!! Go Jenna & Rolf!!” – Larry Batiste (Music Director for the Grammys)

Jenna & Rolf first met in NYC at the very end of 1995 in a rehearsal for a rock orchestra called Illuminati. It was a 17-piece ensemble that focused on the music of the Grateful Dead. The band toured the United States and Canada, recording and touring with a couple of members from the Dead. Jenna & Rolf performed for three years together in Illuminati and appeared on three of the band’s recordings.

During this time period, Jenna & Rolf talked about putting a duo together…“someday.” But time passed. In January of 2014 they decided that “someday” had arrived. Jenna returned to New York in June, they played their first gig together in 18 years, and went into the recording studio the next day. The recording they made, entitled Spark, was released in 2015. It is still receiving nationwide radio play and the two have been touring almost every month since its release. Their latest CD, Begin To Dance, was released in 2017. They are happy to be performing so much and audiences are unanimous, this is a very special pairing.

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

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

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May
8
8:00 PM20:00

CelloJoe Presents The Cello MADNESS Congress: May Play

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The Cello MADNESS Congress: May Play

~∞~CELLO JOE, Sam Rudin & THE BACK ROOM PRESENT~∞~

The Cello MADNESS Congress: May Play 

Spring has sprung and now it's time to celebrate and play!
It's a May Play!
This edition is going to go off with:

Josh McClain
CelloJoe
Paul Hyun
The Freewheelers - Ilene McHolland & Bas Vossen
Peter bai
David Lichtenberg 
Gael Alcock 


$18 advance / $25 door

Now's the best time to lock in your spot as the show has sold out in the past:

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

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

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

Thank you for your support!

All Ages

Selected Artist bios: 

Josh McClain

Joshua McClain is a cellist, composer, and studio artist based in Oakland, CA. He is best known for his unbridled and mesmerizing solo performances which, using a looping pedal and effects processor, create intense, otherworldly soundscapes. He regularly performs with The Handsome Brunettes, led by six-time Emmy winning songwriter Monica Pasqual .

Regarded as one of the top artists in the Bay Area, Joshua was voted Musician of the Year in San Francisco at the Raw Artist RAWAwards showcase in 2013. He has shared the stage with Thievery Corporation, Aj Croce, Over the Rhine, Blame Sally, Gordi, Dagmar, and others.

"Princess of the Plains" by Joshua McClain

Video: https://youtu.be/KbVMUlLYO8E

The Freewheelers

The Freewheelers have been around for over ten years now, and we may say their mission, to bring the cello into new realms of music, has been accomplished. Many new bands now have a cello in the line-up, and some even play blues with a cello standing up, central stage.

Countdown Café - The Freewheelers Cello Band - Jackyl & Hyde @ Q-Factory Amsterdam Video: https://youtu.be/UETjKa6SoUk

Paul Hyun

Paul Hyun is a cellist based in the bay area as a performer, musician, teacher and music coach, offering to numerous age ranges of students from as young as 4 to as old as 70. He graduated from SFCM and Cleveland Institute of Music as well as was a member of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra from 2002-2005. Currently he is teaching ages 4 - 16 in San Ramon as well as teaching and offering improv to students of all levels.     

Paul Hyun performs C. Saint-Saens Concerto for cello and orchestra no 1 Video: https://youtu.be/OT3Tw3xOG6c

CelloJoe 

 Cello + beatboxing + vocals + live looping = Cello Joe 

Cello Joe plays the cello while beatboxing, looping, and singing. It's Classical Hip Hop. He creates fat beats with a cello and his mouth and he does it live! 

His lyrics weave together sustainability, environmental justice, and social awareness. They entertain, inspire, and make you wonder. 

CelloJoe Dubstep Spaceship Official Video Video: https://youtu.be/7ThQNUyU_r0 


Lewis Patzner

Lewis Patzner is a cellist in Oakland and has been involved in many diverse projects including Judgment Day and The Musical Art Quintet.
Video: https://youtu.be/83TqnnUt8bk

Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists improvising in ways you've never heard cello before. A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the bay area (90 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violincello or 'cello for short. 

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

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

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

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