May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Berliner + Schwartz + Watson + Greenberg

Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 6.59.50 PM.jpg

Berliner + Schwartz + Watson + Greenberg features four accomplished jazz musicians in their own right, touring as a quartet for the first time. The band is:

Sasha Berliner (NYC)
Sasha is a BlueHaus Mallets endorsing vibraphonist and drummer, bandleader, and recording artist. "She desires to speak out about political and social justice through her music, something her Bay Area upbringings and instrumentalist background have passionately yielded." - from sashaberlinermusic.com.

Max Schwartz (Miami, FL)
Max Schwartz is a Downbeat Award-winning bassist and composer now living in Miami, FL, and is highly-acclaimed as both a bluegrass and jazz musician. He is a two-time member of the GRAMMY® Jazz Combo and was the bassist in the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which toured Japan in the summer of 2016 and played at the Monterey Jazz Festival the same year.

Tim Watson (Miami, FL)
Tim Watson has received high honors from the YoungArts Foundation for his guitar playing and composing, and is the author of decodingmonder.com, a blog dedicated to "decoding" the music styles of guitarist Ben Monder (recently featured on David Bowie's album  Blackstar, as well as Maria Schneider, Lee Konitz).

Pele Greenberg (NYC)
Pele Greenberg is a percussionist and bandleader based in New York City and is an aficionado of Cuban traditional music. He had the chance to study Cuban percussion techniques on a trip to Havana in 2016 with the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Pele has had the privilege of being tutored by some of New York's most highly sought-after drummers, including Kendrick Scott, Andrew Cyrille, and Rodney Green.

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

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

View Event →
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mile Twelve

Mile Twelve.jpg

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard-driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass.

Quickly gaining recognition for their outstanding performances in bluegrass and folk circles, Evan Murphy, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Nate Sabat, BB Bowness and David Benedict write captivating songs and daring instrumental pieces from diverse influences. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, "Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity."

Since their formation in the fall of 2014, Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise. They’ve performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, including sets at major festivals such as Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Their music is in rotation on the Bluegrass Junction Sirius XM channel, and their rendition of the Stanley Brothers classic “Our Last Goodbye” was featured on a Spotify "Fresh Bluegrass” playlist. The band was the winner of the 2017 Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and in October 2017 released their debut full-length record Onwards, produced by Stephen Mougin.

"In recent years, Boston’s Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory have added extra fire to that city’s already churning cauldron of traditional string players. Out of this spicy soup jumps Mile Twelve, a group of five accomplished bluegrass musicians who write, sing, and play like the wind. Serious players who have serious fun, Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade." - Tim O’Brien

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

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

View Event →
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Nimbles

The Nimbles.jpg

If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary live music experience, a new local band, The Nimbles, certainly delivers. Formed by four veteran Bay Area musicians, The Nimbles feature a highly entertaining and eclectic blend of styles, from Blues to Latin Jazz to Southern Rock to Bluegrass, with a bit of Celtic, Eastern European and Alt-Folk influence for good measure.

They call themselves “genre-fluid,” and utilize what seems like a whole music store’s inventory of electric and acoustic instruments on both original songs and some unique arrangements of more familiar tunes. Speaking of being nimble, Nathan Ladyzhensky, a Russian-trained violinist, has abilities that run the gamut: he might sound like a gypsy fiddler from Eastern Europe, unless he is delivering tasty grooves on the keyboards, mandolin, melodica, guitar or percussion. Lead guitarist Greg Richey's roots are clearly in Southern Blues and Classic Rock, but he moves quite comfortably and adeptly through Jazz, Bluegrass and various acoustic styles.

Jazz and musical theatre influence their female lead singer, Lynne Clyde, whose rich, husky voice gives a chanteuse-like feel to the arrangements. Lee Richardson's bass playing exhibits one-man band tendencies and abilities, while holding all the above together with a well-executed groove. He also sings and sometimes, somehow manages to add some solid percussion parts with his feet.

All-in-all, The Nimbles offer a unique sound that is well worth checking out, especially if you are looking for a rich and rousing, clap-your-hands, toe-tapping experience.

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

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

View Event →
May
27
8:00 PM20:00

Rachel Ohnsman

Rachel Ohnsman.jpg

Rachel Ohnsman is taking on the singer-songwriter scene with her powerful vocals and tasteful keyboard playing. Whether performing as a solo artist or backing others, she brings thoughtful musicality to every project. 

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Rachel's upbringing was in classical and musical theatre, but she developed a serious interest in Jazz and R&B after moving to Miami. Now she infuses her original music with these various styles and influences like Joni Mitchell and Emily King to create a sound of her own. In addition to performing regularly, Rachel works as an arranger and studio musician. She currently teaches private lessons in both voice and piano.

Rachel has performed with such artists as Becca Stevens and Ira Sullivan across the globe in Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Vienna, and more. She also collaborates with music organizations like Sofar Sounds, Backroom Sessions, and Young Artist Initiative.
 
Rachel's debut record, Lovers EP, will be released in Spring 2018.

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

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

View Event →
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Eve Marie

Eve S.jpg

Former Tonight Show soloist and Billboard recipient for “Outstanding Original Song,” Bay Area Singer/Songwriter Eve Marie returns to The Back Room performing blues, jazz, contemporary classics and original music.

 “ A voice of great sincerity and beauty.” - Celebrity Cafe

“A talented singer/songwriter.” - Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News Group 

Joining Eve will be talented Bay Area treasure, guitarist Mike Williams, who draws upon his versatile background in both Jazz and soft Rock. Sam Rudin, owner of The Back Room -   and a fabulous pianist - will also be sitting in on a few selections. 

Listen to music from Eve's EP, Believe, here.

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

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

 

 

View Event →
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Rhodes, Bourbon Therapy

For the last six years, Tom Rhodes has been making quite a name for himself in the Americana scene. His award-winning music is as real and honest as it gets.

His distinctive voice, road-worn and raspy from years of honing his craft, and inviting guitar work that cleverly masks its complexity, form a warm and welcoming home for his heartfelt and inspiring lyrics. Having played shows across the U.S. and Europe throughout his career, Tom has steadily built a diehard fan base that has seen him through the release of five independent albums: Tom Rhodes (2004), No Apologies (2006), Better Son (2010), With or Without (2014), and Who You Were (2016). Fans have followed him from small bars in the D.C. area to venues such as the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in North Carolina, the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. As of 2018, his music has been licensed and used on network and cable TV shows, feature length movies, and commercials across all platforms. Geographical influences are unavoidable, when you’ve spent as much time in and around some of America’s greatest musical heartlands. Born in Houston, Texas, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area before heading off to places like Memphis, New Orleans, New York City, and even the Caribbean – each place leaving indelible marks on his eclectic songwriting and performing style. In 2011, he moved to Oakland, CA (where he currently resides), while working on new material and following some of his other passions, including illustration and videography.

Bourbon Therapy was born out of Aaron Skiles's realization that the best therapy may just be music...and bourbon doesn't hurt either. After picking up the bass as a freshman at the United States Military Academy, West Point, Aaron bounced around in various rock bands from Seattle to Baltimore to New York to San Francisco. With over 20 years of experience as "just the bass player," Aaron decided to step out on his own.

Bourbon Therapy is based in Oakland, California. They are an indie rock/alt-country band fronted by the husband and wife duo of Aaron and Rebecca Skiles. Their style of upbeat music combined with downtrodden lyrics is reminiscent of the mid-90's Counting Crows or Soul Asylum, combined with the modern The Head and The Heart or Silversun Pickups. By mixing big guitars with piano, strings and even an occasional harmonica, their sound ranges from heavy riff-laden songs to expressive ballads, providing a dynamic range of anthemic tunes.

Bourbon Therapy's latest album, Hymnals and Hangovers, is an expansive progression from their debut, self-titled album. Highlighting the beautiful vocals of Rebecca Skiles and featuring multi-part harmonies, upbeat instrumentation, and catchy choruses, the album crosses several genres (Americana, 90's Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock and more) to deliver an emotional, catchy ride from start to finish.

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!

View Event →
Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

Mission Blue

Mission Blue.JPG

Mission Blue is a new band consisting of Dana Frankel on fiddle and her dad, Avram Frankel, on guitar, along with a rotating cast of special guests.

Long-time veterans of the Bay Area bluegrass scene, they deliver hard-driving traditional bluegrass laced with their special brand of father-daughter harmonies. Dana has grown up in the Northern California bluegrass community and is recognized as one of the most promising young up-and-coming California bluegrass fiddlers. She is thrilled to be a part of this new project, along with her other bands The Dim Lights and Pacific Drive. With Mission Blue, Dana and Avram are both excited to branch off and play in a new configuration with a variety of special guests at every gig. For this show, they will be joined by a cast of wily local bluegrass veterans: Zach Sharpe on bass, Billy Moore on banjo, and Jesse Appelman on mandolin. This will be a special show – please join us. 

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

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

View Event →
Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

Viktorija Gečytė & Gene Perla Quartet

Screen Shot 2018-04-10 at 7.03.35 PM.jpg

Paris-based Lithuanian singer Viktorija Gečytė and veteran double-bassist Gene Perla and his trio have been enchanting audiences for the past 10 years, touring the US and Europe. Their music springs from the Great American Songbook, including jazz standards, original compositions, folk songs from Lithuania, and rarely performed musical gems. Their May through July shows are part of the band's 10th annual tour. “Grab your coat and get your hat,” and come out to join the festivities!

Viktorija Gečytė (vocalist)
Gene Perla (double-bassist)
Sean Gough (pianist)
Jon Arkin (percussionist)

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!

View Event →
Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Alvon Johnson

Faye & Alvon.jpg

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Blues in the Afternoon," featuring Ambassador of the Blues Alvon Johnson.

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol is a legend in the Bay Area blues community, having made her reputation performing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs in the 1960s. She went on to share the stage with artists such as Charles Brown, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Albert King, and in 2015 was awarded a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame.  

Ms. Carol is proud to feature special guest Alvon Johnson, whose authentic blues guitar style and comedic skills have made him an international favorite. Alvon has won countless awards for his musical and entertainment prowess and has performed with artists such as The
Drifters, The Coasters, Bobby Day, and many more. If you love the blues, this rare collaboration between two Blues legends is surely not to be missed!

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an
indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

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

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

View Event →
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Amelia Hogan, DJ Hamouris, Eileen Hazel

Hogan Hamouris Hazel.jpg

Three singers with many years of song-catching, and song-writing! Two sets in the round, with each of us collaborating on the other's songs. Look for lots of harmony, guitar, mountain dulcimer, ukulele and a cappella in the repertoire.

Amelia Hogan was singing before she could walk. She sings traditional Irish songs of the Sean-Nos or Old Style, plus Scottish, British, American, and Contemporary folk music with lilting grace and a subtle power. Much of this music is meant to be sung by the fire to a very intimate audience. You'll be transported into another time and place where the banshee cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling is what you'll find. Transplants: From the Old World to the New is her 2013 recording with guitarist Ray Frank. She has performed from Oregon to New York, Ireland to San Francisco and back again. Slàinte! 

Deborah Hamouris (“DJ” to her friends) is a singer-songwriter with a long performance and recording history in the Bay Area. Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist and (on her mountain dulcimer) as a traditionally-influenced song smith. Deborah just released her 2nd recording with jazz guitarist Mimi Fox, 1 in 8, original songs she wrote during successful cancer treatment.

Eileen Hazel is a bard of the human soul. Her songs will make you laugh and maybe cry, and perhaps sing along! She has released two CDs of original music, My Interesting Condition and Spark. Eileen also sings with the Reclaiming Spiral Dance Chorus and sings and strums the ukulele with AHAmele Hawaiian Music Ensemble. 

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

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

View Event →
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes.jpg

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

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

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

View Event →
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

Hot Club Faux Gitane

Hot Club Faux Gitane.jpg

Hot Club Faux Gitane is an acoustic swing band like no other you've ever heard! They draw inspiration from the Gypsy jazz tradition pioneered by Django Reinhardt and his Quintette du Hot Club de France, with acoustic guitars and double bass providing the rhythmic core. But the band sets itself apart by featuring mandolin, bassoon, and vocals, with the occasional clarinet and melodica. This unique instrumentation, along with inventive and often witty arrangements, bring new vitality and freshness an old favorite genre. Hot Club Faux Gitane also augments the traditional Gypsy repertoire with original compositions, jazz standards, and even Latin tunes — all played in their unique style. This upbeat, toe-tapping music will have you at least bopping in your seat, if not dancing in the aisles!

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

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

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

View Event →
Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

Michael Blum

Michael Blum.jpg

Michael Blum is a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist whom jazz author Scott Yanow calls “a [musician] who will clearly have an important future in jazz…He has an attractive sound, a melodic style, and a thoughtful approach to improvising.” In June 2015, Blum was named the “Rising Star Guitarist” in DownBeat Magazine's 63rd Annual Critics Poll. 

Blum was raised in a musical home in the suburbs of New York City. He started his musical studies on the piano and alto saxophone at age 6 before eventually moving onto guitar at age 9. His father, a classical guitarist, was his first guitar teacher. At age 19, Blum began traveling over 150 miles weekly to study with world-renowned jazz educator and Berklee School of Music professor Jim Stinnett.

In January 2017, Blum released his fifth album, The Reservoir, his debut album as a singer/songwriter. While The Reservoir is a departure from Blum’s prior jazz releases, it nonetheless evidences his roots in the jazz tradition, as well as his influences from artists such as James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.

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

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

View Event →
Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Nicolas Bearde

Faye Carol Nicolas Bearde.jpg

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Crooners Corner," featuring the smooth vocal stylings of Nicolas Bearde.

After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins. 

Recording artist Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly-respected showman, has established himself as a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocal milieu over this past decade. His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport captures and draws the audience into his live performances. Nicolas boasts a long solo career as well as a collaborative nature, having been a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra as well as the a capella group SoVoSo. Don't miss this one-time-only collaboration of two musical titans in what is sure to be a memorable afternoon.  

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to
her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

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

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

View Event →
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes.jpg

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

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

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

View Event →
Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Charles McNeal

Faye Carol Charles McNeal.jpg

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "Soulful Sax Sounds," featuring the virtuosic saxophone of Charles McNeal

After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco. She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors.

Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins. 

Charles McNeal is known as a world-class saxophonist whose powerful style crosses genres and has afforded him collaborations with giants of music such as McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Boz Scaggs, Little Jimmy Scott, and countless more. This unique musical pairing is sure to thrill and delight audiences with straight ahead swingin', luscious ballads, funky grooves & down home blues.

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group

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

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

View Event →
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Clara & the Broken Barrel Stringband

Clara & the Broken Barrel Stringband.jpeg

Clara & the Broken Barrel Stringband is led by Clara Delfina, who grew up in Northern California and now calls Austin home. She specializes in American old-time and country music. The Stringband includes Haakon Oyen (guitar/vocals), Landon George (bass) and, filling in for regular band member/banjo-player Jake Blount on this tour will be Clarke Williams (banjo).

As a skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Clara’s energy and creativity provides a unique dynamic, giving her the flexibility to dig into archaic tunes as well as experiment with more contemporary country fiddle. The band just released an album of traditional ballads and fiddle tunes, called Mayday,

All of the band members have made incredible strides in old-time music: Haakon plays with international touring band the Slack Bow Nerds and local musicians in Asheville, N.C., Landon and Clarke have also toured internationally with Jenny & the Hog Drovers, a band with Phil Jamison, also based out of Asheville, N.C. 

This band brings weird, upbeat, and raging fiddle tunes contrasted with old ballads and country songs about life’s troubles and trials. Their sound is rich with historical depth and feeling, informed by a love of musical communities of the past, but this crew won’t stop until your toe is tapping or you’re falling of your chair laughing, and will carry you along on a journey, bringing this old sound into the future. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $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!

View Event →
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Ben Rosenblum Trio

Ben Rosenblum.jpg

Described as an "impressive talent" by All About Jazz, Ben Rosenblum is a jazz pianist, accordionist and composer based in New York City, and a recent graduate of the joint program between Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music.

His work has garnered numerous awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and two Downbeat Student Music Awards for composition and arrangement. Ben was a finalist at the 2015 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida, and at the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. He has played with the Bachiana Brasileira Orchestra at Lincoln Center (conducted by Joao Carlos Martins and featuring Dave Brubeck), as well as in Delhi, India, and at the Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), Richmond Jazz Festival (Richmond), Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland) and Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (Manhattan). He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Ryles Jazz Club, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, The Blue Note and a host of other locations throughout the northeast.  

Ben has worked extensively with such jazz luminaries as Curtis Lundy, Neal Smith, Winard Harper, Wayne Escoffery and Deborah Davis, and he has shared the stage with Houston Person, Dave Stryker, Steve Nelson, TS Monk and many others.  Ben is currently celebrating the release of his debut album, entitled Instead. The album has been released to critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Downbeat Magazine.

Ben Rosenblum will be joined by rising Bay Area star Kanoa Mendenhall on bass and drummer Ben Zweig. 

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

View Event →
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Sable Winters

Sable Winters.png

Sable Winters is a singer, songwriter and recording artist whose musical style is a mash-up of jazz, neo-soul, R&B and funk. Her sound is a fusion of influences: described as charming like Sade, with a natural vibrato reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan and the soulfulness of Jill Scott, delivered with the conviction of Abbey Lincoln. Her musical mission is to intellectualize the love experience by way of lyrical storytelling.

The performance will include a series of originals written by Danny Long and P.J. Erickson (who together wrote "Astoria," popularized by Tony Bennett.) Sable will also introduce a few of her own originals, and some Abbey Lincoln classics that are sure to bring back fond memories.

Sharing the stage with Sable Winters is an ensemble of piano (Sam Rudin), acoustic bass (John Hettel), drums (Ruth Price) and featured saxophonist, Charles Unger, who will color the atmosphere with elegance and a touch of attitude.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

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

View Event →
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes.jpg

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

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

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

View Event →
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol with special guest Freddie Hughes

Faye Carol Freddie Hughes.jpg

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol and Dynamic Duo! host "The Heart of Soul," featuring Bay Area soul legend Freddie Hughes. After beginning her career in gospel music, Faye Carol made her name singing with Oakland blues and funk legend Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and performing with her own trio in the jazz and cabaret clubs of 1970s San Francisco.

She is a highly decorated song stylist, having won four Cabaret Gold Awards, the 2014 Bay Area Jazz Hero Award, and a star on the Oakland Blues Walk of Fame, along with many other honors. Ms. Carol is internationally regarded for her powerful voice, unique style, and impeccable delivery of a wide range of material from The Great American Songbook to down home blues to contemporary popular music. She has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Pharaoh Sanders, Charles Brown, Albert King, and Billy Higgins. 

Freddie Hughes is a Berkeley native who gained attention singing in the gospel group The Five Disciples and on the Oakland club circuit in the late 1950s. He recorded his first hit single "Send My Baby Back" in 1968 to international acclaim. Freddie Hughes delivers blues and soul like no other! Freddie Hughes and Faye Carol have shared the stage together countless times since the 1960s and this reunion of Bay Area royalty is sure to close out "Faye and the Fellas" with a bang!

"Every Faye Carol performance is a master class - a deep dive into the soul-steeped marrow of jazz and blues. A Bay Area institution, the Berkeley vocalist needs only one set to leave an indelible impression on her listeners who know just what to expect if they pay attention to her billing as The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol." - Andrew Gilbert, Bay Area News Group 

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

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

View Event →
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

Eric Revis Quartet

Eric Revis.jpg

Whether fronting his own ensembles with colleagues such as Orrin Evans, Nasheet Waits, Kris Davis, Andrew Cyrille, Darius Jones and Jason Moran, double bassist Eric Revis has established himself as much for his experimentations into the unknown as with mainstream jazz forms (Branford Marsalis Quartet, Betty Carter).

On his newest album as a leader, Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed), he goes a long way beyond anything he's achieved before. Sing follows 2013's Parallax (Clean Feed), his first recorded pairing with multi-reed player and MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark, the Chicago experimental scion. It shows Revis’s astoundingly flexible range with a huge grounded sound. Vandermark returns to this session in a quartet with pianist Kris Davis (Revis’s frequent trio partner on a handful of recorded dates with drummer Andrew Cyrille), and a former Chicagoan on drums, Chad Taylor, whom the bassist employed on his acclaimed 2014 quartet session In Memory of Things Yet Seen

Together, they reinforce the idea that the identity of the music is relative to context and shared experience. The various points of departure sprouting from each player's unique identity fit within the same context because of a shared willingness to experiment with sound and form. Modern creative music is invariably composed of multiple sensibilities. This recording explores these qualities, confirming what has already been said about Revis's personal aesthetic — one committed to "stretching the jazz fabric without ripping it apart." In Sing Me Some Cry, you have traditional vocabulary, free-bop and more, with a continued indifference to established aesthetic ideologies.

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!

 

 

View Event →
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes.jpg

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

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

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

View Event →
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

The George Cotsirilos Quartet

The George Cotsirilos Quartet, featuring George Cotsirilos on guitar, Keith Saunders on piano, Robb Fisher on bass and Ron Marabuto on drums, celebrates the release of their widely-acclaimed CD Mostly In Blue with this performance at The Back Room.

Mostly In Blue has spent weeks among the top 25 CD’s on the National Jazz charts, accompanied by excellent reviews:

“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

“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

The quartet performs primarily original modern jazz compositions along with some gems from the jazz canon. It includes:

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

Originally from Chicago, 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 he co-led the San Francisco Nighthawks with venerated drummer Eddie Marshall, bassist Robb Fisher and pianist Paul Nagel, who recorded for Monarch Records. His three prior trio CD’s on OA2/Origin Records with current quartet members Robb 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 most recent 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 RebopPast 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, included all three CD’s on OA2/Origin Records by the George Cotsirilos Trio.

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!

George Cotsirilos.jpg
View Event →
Jul
8
8:00 PM20:00

lazyboy and Thomas Carnacki

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 7.23.20 PM.jpg

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

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

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

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 7.25.36 PM.jpg

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Get Set Go

Get Set Go.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Aki Goes to Bollywood

Aki Kumar.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

OC Bay

OC_Bay.jpg

OC Bay is an all-original band that combines Neo-Soul, Rock, Rap, Gospel and Pop musical styles, bringing Orange County and the Bay together musically. They write songs that come from the soul, featuring lyrics that are unique, memorable and filled with life's fundamentals. Combining the beauty of the Orange County oceans with the diversity of the Bay Area.

OC Bay started as garage band, and went on to perform at the world-famous Whisky a Go Go, followed by several performances at the Melrose Ave. venue AMPLYFi in Los Angeles, as well as local malls, bars, cafes, festivals, and church events.

Dana De Guzman and Stephen Hargrove founded the band in 2014, and with Dana’s amazing guitar skills and Stephen’s high vocal range, the duo became OC BAY.

Their musical influences include Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Journey and Whitney Houston. OC Bay’s music encompasses lyrical original tunes that inspire to funky guitar rhythms that move you to let loose and jam with them. These songs will fill the space with powerhouse vocals and subtle but complex harmonies. It will take you from high-energy rock songs, pop dance hits, to soulful ballads and songs that tell a story.

In Jan 2018, OC Bay released their first album Music Forever, Music from the Soul, featuring all original music and a special appearance by the Ben Gospel Choir. 

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

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

View Event →
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jennings & Keller

Jennings & Keller.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Chappell & Dave Holt, BiG WiDE GRiN

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

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

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Mark Hummel & Deep Basement Shakers

Mark Hummel.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Be Steadwell

BeSteadwell.png

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Dirty Cello

dirty cello.jpg

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high-energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down-home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
 
"Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." - Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine

"The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of 'Purple Haze' is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist." - Good Times Santa Cruz

"The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn't make sense but somehow does." - LA Times

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

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

View Event →
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Bill Staines

Bill Staines.jpg

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston/Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area.

From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer," Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic."

Bill's music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.

Many of Bill's songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals, and scouting campfire songbooks; he is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, Rise up Singing. Composer David Amram recently described Bill as "a modern day Stephen Foster…his songs will be around 100 years from now."

Over the decades, you have heard Bill singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award-winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles' debut as a writer-director.

In 1975, Bill won National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville, Texas. Another important recognition was given to him in 2007. Presented by the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, The Jerry Christen Award recognized Bill's contribution to New England folk music. 

Bill has recorded 26 albums; The Happy Wanderer and One More River were winners of the prestigious Parents' Choice Award, taking a gold medal and silver medal respectively. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul & Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, The Highwaymen, Mason Williams, Grandpa Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough and others.

As well as recordings, over 100 of Bill's songs have been published in three songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then I'd Be a Song, Movin' It Down the Line, and Music to Me, the latter published by Hal Leonard Corporation. His song, "All God's Critters," has been recently released as a Simon and Schuster children's book with illustrations by Caldecott honor-winning artist, Kadir Nelson.

"Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Bill continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old. 

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

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

View Event →

May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Sheldon Brown Group

Sheldon Brown.jpg

The music of Sheldon Brown Group is a blend of driving odd meter grooves, infectious melodies and lush, compelling harmonic landscapes.

Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been active on the Bay Area creative music scene for over 30 years. In 2014 he premiered his commissioned extended work, Blood of the Air, at SFJAZZ Center as part of the 32nd annual San Francisco Jazz Festival. He is an original member of Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and has composed and arranged for that group since its inception in 2015. Brown has toured extensively with Omar Sosa and other notable ensembles, and performs with many Bay Area artists, such as Ben Goldberg and Ian Carey. He has performed with many of Graham Connah’s various ensembles, and he composes, arranges and performs with Clarinet Thing, Club Foot Orchestra and Hemispheres.

Brown formed Sheldon Brown Group in 1991 to perform his original music. They have performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, including performances at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s Nitespot in Oakland and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. They released Shifting Currents in 1996, and plan to release another CD later this year.

Sheldon Brown - Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, Clarinet
Darren Johnston - Trumpet
Dave MacNab - Guitar
Dan Zemelman - Piano
Michael Wilcox - Bass
Alan Hall - Drums

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

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

View Event →
May
20
2:30 PM14:30

Michael Menager

Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 7.42.21 PM.jpg

California-born singer/songwriter Michael Menager has an ear for the common threads in our human experience: pitfalls and disappointments, insights and epiphanies. After singing and playing his way through coffee houses and bars around the world, Michael is now based in Candelo in the Bega Valley, where his debut album, Clean Exit, was recorded in 2014.

With a folk ethos and a blues gospel feel, Michael delivers Clean Exit with the authority of an early John Prine, his guitar style reminiscent of the late Reverend Gary Davis. Michael’s upcoming second album, Not the Express, was produced by Candelo’s Heath Cullen and recorded in LA with an all-star cast.

Tickets are $15 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!

View Event →
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Yolandra Rhodes, Rod James

Rodney - Yolandra.jpg

Newly-signed Sony Music/MPRE/Orchard Records recording artist Yolandra Rhodes is a Jazz songstress, uniquely interpreting works by jazz visionaries such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Rachelle Farrell.

She has performed with both local and nationally-known performers, including Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes at Kimball's East, where she brought down the house with her interpretation of Sharon Paige’s “I Hope That We Can Be Together Soon." 

Other appearances include Yoshi's, The 57th Street Gallery, The Fenix and Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, and she has sung our country's National anthem at Golden State Warriors games and for the U.S. soccer team.

Rod James is a native of San Francisco who began performing in local clubs with several vocal groups in the mid-'60s. In the '70s, he joined Talk of da Town singing a cappella and has performed in the U.S. and Europe. 

In 2002 he became a member of the iconic group Natural Four, performing with them at the Monterey Blues Festival, the Jimi Hendrix Experience in Seattle, the City of Oakland's 150th Birthday Celebration, and Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco. Recently, Rod expanded his vocal chops to include his passion for Jazz, as he's currently attending the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. If you like the smooth baritone of Johnny Hartman, Gregory Porter and Will Downing, you're going to love RodJ's style!

Tickets are $15 until May 1, then will be $20, and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

View Event →
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Kayoko Tachibana CD Release Concert, A Tribute to Nori Tachibana

Kayoko Tachibana and special guest Yutaka Hosoi (from Tokyo) invite you to celebrate the release of her new CD, S-M-I-L-ing Face, a tribute to her late husband Nori Tachibana. They will be joined by Berkeley Jazz guitarist Hideo Date, as well as Morgan Maudiere on piano, Gave Case on bass, and Natsuhiro Maruyama on drums.

Kayoko will be singing her original songs from her recent album, along with Jazz and Bossa Nova standards for this special evening.

Kayoko Tachibana is an El Cerrito-based vocalist, artist, and jeweler with a humble mission: to celebrate love through music. She was born in Fukuoka, Japan, where she first developed her passion for music. She listened to The Carpenters, Lita Coolidge, Carol Bayer Sager, Sergio Mendes, and many movie soundtracks in her youth. She started creating original songs with a friend in high school.

In her first year at Fukuoka University of Education, she met her beloved husband Nori Tachibana through a band: Kayoko as their new lead vocalist and Nori as their lead guitarist. They soon began composing music together and began participating in and won many amateur song contests in the late 1970s. After some member changes, they formed the legendary Fukuoka band Kaja (pronounced "Kaya"), who won the “Best Song Award” at the 19th Annual Yamaha Popular Song Contest and then performed at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo in 1980.

In 1981, Kaja professionally debuted two single records before the group disbanded. In 1983, Nori and Kayoko got married and she gave birth to their only child, Misao, in Tokyo in 1987. Nori, Kayoko, and Misao moved to Brooklyn, NY, in 1989, before settling in San Francisco in 1992. Following their artistic passions, they started a jewelry business called Kayoko Designs, crafting and selling jewelry throughout the Bay Area, while Nori continued developing his music, recording three CDs in recent years.

This beautiful life was upended suddenly on May 21, 2015, when Nori unexpectedly passed away in his sleep. He was 60 years old. Over the next two and a half years, Kayoko’s passion for music would blossom as a way to celebrate the memory of her husband. In her first solo album, S-M-I-L-ing Face, Kayoko pays tribute to the life of her beloved husband, with original lyrics in Japanese and guitar recordings from Nori’s life, including their unpublished songs written almost 38 year ago. The title song was written just before Nori’s passing, and this album reveals Kayoko’s unique voice as an emotional and soul-stirring artist.

S-M-I-L-ing Face is not only a celebration of Nori’s music, and not just a tribute to his memory, but a deep expression of the love they shared and a statement about the love that continues to connect them now, even though they are currently separated by time and space. Kayoko’s voice is gentle, soothing, soft, and sultry - an absolute salve to the soul.

Yutaka Hosoi is a Japanese arranger/composer/multi-instrumentalist who provided Kayoko the support needed to create this loving tribute, and is the founding member of Sentimental City Romance, the longest-running rock band in Japan, celebrating its' 45th anniversary this year.

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

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

View Event →
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Reed Turchi

Reed Turchi.jpg

Raised in the Swannanoa Valley outside of Asheville, North Carolina, Reed Turchi grew up playing piano, focusing on boogie-woogie and New Orleans styles before becoming infatuated with slide guitar.

While learning Hill Country Blues (RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Mississippi Fred McDowell) firsthand in North Mississippi, he founded his blues-rock trio “TURCHI,” which released its debut album Road Ends in Water in 2012. Called "everything a blues fan could want" (LA Examiner), the album featured guest Luther Dickinson on three tracks.

During a series of national tours, TURCHI released Live in Lafayette in early 2013, and exploded on the blues-rock scene, notably earning high praise from Living Blues Magazine ("for all of their communion with the past, TURCHI sounds vital, alive, and essential"), landing on the cover of Buscadero (Italy) and being showcased in a five-page feature in Il Blues Magazine (Italy). At that point, TURCHI’s national touring grew to include Europe, highlighted with a headlining spot at Mojo Festival (Rome) in June 2014 after the release of Can’t Bury Your Past, which expanded the trio with keyboards/organ (Anthony Farrell) and saxophone (Art Edmaiston).

Also in 2014, stemming from his tours in Italy, Reed began collaborating with renowned Italian guitarist Adriano Viterbini, leading to Scrapyard, an intimate, minimal, duo-guitar album recorded in Memphis and in Rome. Called "a marvelous example of talent and simplicity" (Bluebird Reviews, UK), the album earned a editor’s feature from iTunes ("blues chemistry overflowing with earthy delta slide and dark pulsing electric guitar"), and a spot on Tidal’s “editor’s playlist.”

After touring in the US and Europe behind Scrapyard, and continuing his search for new sounds, Reed moved from Western North Carolina to Memphis, where he immersed himself in the trademark grooves of soul and blues of the region. It was a time of personal and musical change, leading Reed to disband TURCHI with the release of sendoff EP We Spoke in Song, recorded at an old JC Penney in Richmond VA, amidst their final performances in October 2014.

Introduced to Tuareg music (Tinariwen, Bombino, Terakaft) by Adriano Viterbini during the Scrapyard tour, Reed began to write songs with a new sound in mind, combining influences ranging from Stax to Saharan blues, and started recording at Ardent Studios in April 2015. The result, Speaking in Shadows, was released in March 2016 on Devil Down Records and was immediately recognized as a new and successful step, with Pop Matters describing the shift as, “Dialing back the blues a bit and getting some Memphis soul grooves that lend these songs a funky quality," and Maximum Volume Music heralded it as “... a wonderfully eclectic affair...If Beck, Steve Earle, and T-Rex got together for a jam, it’s a fair bet it might turn out like this.”

Fresh textures abound, from the carnival of sounds on tongue-in-cheek “Drawn and Quartered,” to the heartbreaking vocals of Heather Moulder on the spare, haunting lead track “Pass Me Over.” As a songwriter, Reed confidently mines the classic blues/rock vein in "Offamymind" ("Well I can barely walk, so I guess I oughta/ Get behind this wheel and drive”), effortlessly shifts gears to the satirical "Everybody's Waiting (for the end to come)," and turns introspective in "Looking Up Past Midnight." 

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

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

View Event →
May
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Lonely Heartstring Band

Screen Shot 2018-03-16 at 8.26.04 PM.jpg

The Lonely Heartstring Band combines soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, nourished in the deep roots of traditional American music to create a style beyond any genre-specific title. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and the recent release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records, this band is showing no signs of slowing. 

Though Deep Waters is the Lonely Heartstring Band’s debut album, it nonetheless feels deep, with a maturity and wisdom far beyond what one might expect from a first release by a relatively young band. Having come together officially only four years ago, the Lonely Heartstring Band has already been hailed by luminary Tony Trischka as having “carved out a fresh niche in modern bluegrass,” and similar accolades not often accorded a debut outing. 

Since their beginnings in 2012, whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band has always delivered a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance, bringing crowds to their feet and generating a devoted following of music lovers. Made up of George Clements, Patrick M’Gonigle, Gabe Hirshfeld, Matt Witler and Charles Clements, The Lonely Heartstring Band is forever eager to hit the road to bring their memorable performance to audiences across the country and the world.

"These guys are as close to the real deal as it is possible to get. They made my hair stand on end." - Darol Anger, Republic of Strings, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music

"Always true to the soul of the music, played with imagination and attention to detail in every way." - John Cooper, Acoustic Artisans

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

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

View Event →
May
13
4:00 PM16:00

The Noel Jewkes Quartet, featuring Kay Kostopoulos

Noel Jewkes sax.jpg

Noel Jewkes is one of the premier saxophone players in Northern California. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 35 years, and has earned a distinguished reputation with lovers of Jazz.

Listening to the majestic phrasing and harmonic adventurousness of Noel Jewkes is almost like hearing the entire history of modern jazz in a single evening. No wonder he is revered by musicians, critics, and music lovers alike as the premiere Saxist-by-the-Bay. Some years back, Phil Elwood, the legendary jazz critic, said of Noel, "I don't know of a better contemporary modern saxman anywhere."

Noel Jewkes.jpg

And Kay Kostopoulos is not only one of Northern California's finest singers, she is also a great friend of Noel's, and their on-stage partnership exudes a rare chemistry and musical rapport.

This performance includes Chris Amberger (bass) and Jack Dorsey (drums). Both of these guys have appeared at The Back Room before and have been part of Noel's legendary stable for years.

Rounding out the quartet, and contributing a few songs of his own, is our own Sam Rudin at the piano.

Please join us for a perfect Mother's Day afternoon!

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

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

View Event →
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Australian Bebop Ragas

Australian Bebop Ragas.jpg

Australian Bebop Ragas ( also known as ABR) was originally formed with Teed Rockwell on the Touchstyle Veena, Stephen Kent on didgeridoo, and Sameer Gupta on drums. It featured original compositions based on Hindustani Ragas that Teed learned from over a hundred classes with Ali Akbar Khan, and from dozens of classes with Sitar Maestros Shahid Parvez and Habib Khan. Teed is the only person in the world to play in this musical tradition on the Touchstyle Veena, a unique customized instrument which has a guitar-like fretboard played by tapping the strings simultaneously with both hands.

The first ABR performance, at the Caffe Trieste in Berkeley, had one of the largest crowds in that venue’s history, with people filling the streets and peering through the windows. There were several KPFA radio hosts in that audience, who later featured ABR on their shows. ABR played numerous concerts across the state and country, including three shows at the Freight & Salvage. They also recorded an album called Snakes and Ladders, which sold thousands of copies through a variety of distributors, has over a hundred listener-created stations on Pandora, and is widely listened to on Spotify.

The members of the original Australian Bebop Ragas have since moved on to a variety of exciting projects. Sameer has moved to New York, and is running the Brooklyn Raga Massive project. Stephen is now working with an Indian Vocalist in the popular dance music group Baraka Moon. Teed’s group Bollywood Gharana combines traditional Hindustani ragas with Bollywood film tunes. He is also working with the world dance music ensemble DyaTribal, which has built up a large following in Sonoma County, and who played at Ashkenaz in Berkeley last March.

Andy Graham, the drummer in DyaTribal, plays drums and didgeridoo simultaneously, using a unique rack mounted system that he designed and built himself. Andy and Teed begin practicing the Australian Bebop Ragas material during DyaTribal rehearsals, and soon realized they could do this material as a duo. Even better, it would now be possible to create a whole new trio format by adding a saxophone, thanks to their discovery of an extraordinary local talent. 

Jesse Sheehan is one of the very few saxophonists trained in the Hindustani musical tradition” says Teed. “He understands that keeping the rules of the raga gives a special kind of freedom that is as powerful, but importantly different from, the freedom of jazz improvisation. I've never played with any melodic instrumentalist who had a better sensitivity to the ABR material.” Jesse has had extensive experience playing saxophone and tabla professionally around the world with artists such as the Violent Femmes, Hot Buttered Rum, Steve Kimock, Melvin Seals, Candelaria and the Ethiopian funk psychedelic group Sun Hop Fat. His interest in Hindustani and Carnatic Classical music led him to India four times to study Tabla with living legend Pandit Nayan Ghosh for years, and also perform with many of India’s finest musicians. While living in Mumbai, Jesse performed frequently with Louiz Banks, who arranged and produced for the great Indo-Jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin.

You can hear the original Australian Bebop Ragas album here.

If you want hear the same music re-conceived and transformed by this new collaboration, come to The Back Room on May 12.

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

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

View Event →
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell - Folk Music from Scotland

Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell (4).jpg

Linsey Aitken and Ken Campnell's story weaves together their many creative musical threads and influences from Celtic traditional roots, classical, baroque, orchestral and contemporary Scots music, where historically all genres were interlinked to form Scotland's musical identity.

Linsey, a highly-regarded cellist, singer, pianist and composer, crosses the genres of classical to traditional, using her cello very much up front - unusual as a lead instrument - with a deeply lyrical and sensual tone. Her distinct, warm vocals bring a round balance that compliments Ken's own distinctive voice. Linsey studied at the RSAMD and has performed professionally all over the UK, from the Royal Albert Hall to Calgary Bay, Mull and overseas, and established The Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra in 2014. 

Ken is a Scottish singer/songwriter and instrumentalist with five albums to date and a well-established pedigree of over 30 years. Starting with the Glasgow band Molendiner, and then a much-commended duo with Chris Miller, he later established the highly successful Ideal Band. He subsequently toured as a solo artist and with Cauld Wind piper Hamish Moore, cellist/singer Wendy Weatherby, and Blair Cowan (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions), before reforming the Ideal Band.

Linsey joined The Ideal Band and in 2010 she and Ken commenced touring as a duo. For more information please visit their website here

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

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

View Event →
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

New World String Project

NWSP2.jpg

New World String Project features Stuart Mason, John Weed, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter.

The Bay Area has long served as a creative hothouse for adventurous-minded roots string players, and New World String Project is the latest gorgeous hybrid to emerge from this fertile soil.

Something of a hybrid itself, the ensemble brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

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

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

View Event →
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Hillbillies from Mars: a benefit concert for Matt Garber

Hillbillies from Mars.jpg

The Hillbillies from Mars revisit the Earth to play a concert to benefit Matt Garber, whose heart attack in December and subsequent home care have left him and his family with a pile of bills.

Based in the Bay Area, the Hillbillies from Mars have been rocking out in the traditional music and dance scene since 1982. Drawing from Appalachian, Canadian, Celtic, and European repertoire, their trademark sound features powerful fiddling interwoven with mandolin, flute, accordion, and bagpipes, all with rock-solid polyrhythmic backup. Individually, the Hillbillies have studied the traditional music of many cultures, and they bring together these influences, along with their own roots of contemporary American music, to perform music that is as soulful as it is unique. Their concerts include songs, stories, and always a few surprises. 

The Hillbillies are: 
  Ray Bierl: fiddle, guitar
  Kevin Carr: fiddle, bagpipes, accordion
  Paul Kotapish: mandolin, guitar
  Daniel Steinberg: piano, flute, banjo

"This band could probably get dead people to dance." - Danny Carnahan, Roots & Rhythm  

"I don't think there is a band quite like the 'Billies in this country, nay, in the world. The Hillbillies impart their sense of fun with music and the music is eminently danceable."  - Kerry Blech, The Old Time Herald  

Tickets are $15 and additional donations are warmly welcomed. 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!

View Event →
May
6
3:00 PM15:00

Sam's Corner, featuring Bobby Black and Wendy Burch Steel

Please join us for Sam's Corner, our monthly concert featuring Sam Rudin, the owner and creator of The Back Room, for an evening of piano wizardry.

Appearing with Sam is the legendary virtuoso of the pedal steel guitar, Bobby Black. Bobby has played and recorded with traditionally-minded bands throughout the state, but it was his alliance with Asleep at the Wheel, Commander Cody, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage that caused his name to be synonymous with the resurgence of western swing.

The repertoire will, of course, lean heavily toward country, rockabilly, and western swing...and who knows what sort of arrangements will come out of this unprecedented piano/pedal steel duo. But that's not all! Joining these guys for 5 or 6 tunes will be Wendy Burch Steel. If you haven't heard her yet, you have at least read about her on this website. She appears frequently at The Back Room with her band Redwood, and she has a beautiful, pure, country-flavored voice, and a personality that can only be called joyous.

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

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

View Event →
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Stadler Gibbons Band

Stadler Gibbons Band.jpg

The Stadler Gibbons Band features the fabulous singing and playing of Mike Stadler and Mary Gibbons. Chuck Ervin drives the bass and Jon Mitguard butters it all up with steel. 

Seasoned musicians all, they travel the common ground between early country and bluegrass, great storytelling and picking. Along with classic material from the past, they include original songwriting and great works from other writers toiling today to produce tomorrow’s classics. The result is a soulful blend. The band features the clean, intricate harmonies of Stadler and Gibbons set on the firm foundation of Gibbons’ guitar and Ervin’s bass. In the spaces between, Stadler and Mitguard intertwine stunning melodies and improvisations whether on guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar or dobro.

"... a typically eclectic set on any number of instruments; [Michael Stadler] is one of those musicians who believes you don't have to be flashy to be good -- and he's much better than good." - Larry Kelp, East Bay Express 

“[Mary Gibbons] is a strong, stylish singer, whether burning through some bluesy bluegrass or wearing out a country weeper.“ - Bluegrass Unlimited  

Now ain’t that what Country music is all about?

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

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

View Event →
May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Nzuri Soul

Nzuri Soul.jpg

An electrifying stage presence, personality, and a whole lot of soul describes powerhouse singer Nzuri Soul. She is a true entertainer and has performed at Yoshi's, Oakland's Fox Theatre, House of Blues Los Angeles & Vegas, Fenix Live Supper Club, Empress Theater, Bay Area Juneteenth Festival, First Fridays All White Party 2017, and the Shine Lounge Sacramento, just to name a few. 

With a passion for performing and music, Nzuri Soul's shows are high-energy and filled with tributes to the greatest in R & B, Rock, Pop and Soul. The show will feature her captivating band members Lamar Green (music director and keyboards), Eddie Wroten (bass), Chris Brochard (lead guitar), and DJ Tolefree (percussion). 

Nzuri Soul's debut album Love Story XIX, is out now.

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

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

View Event →
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

6th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert

Deborah Hamouris.jpg

The 6th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Faculty Concert features:
Karen Mueller
Steve Eulberg
Deborah Hamouris
Holly Tannen
Dusty Thorburn
The Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra.

Karen Mueller bridges many mountain dulcimer traditions to formulate her own dynamic style. She started playing the dulcimer in 1979 by learning the innovative tunes on the Pacific Rim Dulcimer Project record, featuring Neal Hellman, Force & d’Ossche, and Bonnie Carol. From there she began adding traditional Appalachian and Celtic music to her repertoire, and developed her own arrangements of these styles as well as pop, jazz, and original material. 
Karen grew up in Winfield, KS, home of the Walnut Valley Festival, and was introduced to the dulcimer and autoharp there.

She has been a finalist in the National Mountain Dulcimer competition, and first place winner in autoharp, both at Winfield in the mid-1980s. Today she is a full-time performer and instructor, and has travelled throughout the US and England teaching at major workshops and festivals. She has also performed the challenging Blackberry Winter dulcimer concerto twice with Minnesota orchestras.

Steve Eulberg & Deborah Hamouris are Co-Directors of the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra, as well as the Artistic & Executive Directors of the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, respectively. Steve travels nationally to perform & teach, and is an active member in the Musician’s Union Local #1000. Deborah teaches dulcimer at the Freight & Salvage and directs community singing groups.

Holly Tannen is a well-known folk musician and humorist, offering traditional and original takes on familiar songs, accompanied by dulcimer.

Dusty Thorburn, founder of River City Dulcimers in Sacramento, is a long-time guitarist and occasional mandolin player who discovered the dulcimer several years ago and has been obsessed ever since.

All will be teaching at the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering on May 5th at the Freight & Salvage.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the link below. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

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

View Event →
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Elizabeth Strong & Dan Cantrell, with Michelle Alany & The Mystics

The Back Room presents a night of captivating belly dancing with the amazing Elizabeth Strong and her dance troupe, the enchanting virtuosic music of Dan Cantrell and his “Orphaned Anthems,” with Michelle Alany & The Mystics, featuring Sephardic & Balkan soul music. 
  
Dan Cantrell is an Emmy award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano, and musical saw. For this performance, Dan will present a delightful pairing of his World Music-inspired masterpiece, Orphaned Anthemswith the scintillating dancing talents of his wife Elizabeth Strong and her troupe of astonishing dancers. Dan and Elizabeth have been collaborating since they met almost two decades ago and the result is breathtaking and deeply powerful.   

Dan’s original music, which the San Francisco Bay Guardian described as “hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic,” will feature piano, strings and Middle Eastern percussion. “This is Bulgarian-dance-music-meets-Mr. Bungle-meets-Carl Stallings-meets-Erik Satie-meets-a-boggled-mind (yours, that is, when you hear how it all holds together).” - Paul McNees, Lacuna Music. 

Violinist and vocalist Michelle Alany is an internationally touring ambassador of world folk traditions, specializing in Sephardic, Mediterranean & Eastern music. Michelle Alany & The Mystics perform traditional and original energizing, soulful music, and the band features Bay Area luminaries Dan Cantrell on accordion (Kugelplex), Misha Khalikulov on cello (Rupa & the April Fishes) and Faisal Zedan on percussion (Stellamara, Qadim Ensemble). Journey through exotic lands with this fiddle-driven caravan of Sephardic, Klezmer, Balkan & original music. 

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

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

View Event →
May
1
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Furtado

TONYFURTADO2014byALICIAJROSE_1B7A3739.jpg

Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story). All of the music of America is in Tony’s music. Relix hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent doesn’t need categories.”

A native of Pleasanton, California, who now makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Tony Furtado took up the banjo at age 12, inspired by the Beverly Hillbillies TV show and a sixth grade music report. He first attracted national attention in 1987, when he won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Not long after that, Tony opted for the life of a full-time professional musician, joining Laurie Lewis & Grant Street. A second victory at Winfield, in 1991, bookended his years with Grant Street.

In 1990, Tony signed a recording deal with Rounder Records, one of the country’s preeminent independent record companies. Beginning with Swamped in 1990, he recorded six critically-acclaimed albums for the label, collaborating with such master musicians as Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, Kelly Joe Phelps and Mike Marshall. During this period, Tony also performed and recorded with the band SugarBeat and the Rounder Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Trischka and Tom Adams.

Beginning in the late 1990s—influenced by such musical heroes as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and Taj Mahal—Tony added slide guitar, singing and songwriting to his musical toolbox and began leading his own band. He is a tireless road musician who performs in a dizzying variety of formats: solo, in a duo or trio or with his full five-person band. He especially values the opportunities he has had to tour with such legendary musicians as Gregg Allman and with such esteemed slide guitarists as David Lindley, Derek Trucks and Sonny Landreth.

Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and countless others. “I love playing live,” he says. “All my energy is focused on the love of playing music and rolling with the moment. It’s a give-and-take from the audience to the stage, and back. And the music that is created is something that otherwise might not occur without that flow.” 

“Tony Furtado is a major musical force without a doubt. He has his black belt in voice and bottleneck guitar and his banjo playing scares the crap out of me.” – David Lindley, musical adventurer

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

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

View Event →
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

kei slaughter

kei slaughter_photo credit_Chris Deville.JPG

Join New Orleans' own kei slaughter (and maybe even a few special guests) for a night of acoustic soul freedom sounds, musical storytelling, and community healing! 

ABOUT kei:
kei slaughter [they/them] is a Soul-Folk Sonic Storyteller conjuring bokou magik from deep New Orleans roots.

A Queer Black Singer, Songwriter, Flutist, Multi-instrumentalist, and Music Therapist, kei weaves together genre-bending, soul-stirring sounds with powerful lyrics and rich storytelling. kei’s music has been described as inherently healing, and so it is. Their dynamic vocals, engaging musicianship, and soulful delivery have been compared to that of Lianne La Havas, Emily King, and Me’shell N’degeocello. Still, kei offers a unique sound all their own. kei's early influences come from the music of the Black Church and beyond. From the hum of their grandmother’s organ to the singing coming off the drums in Congo Square. Like a big pot of gumbo, there’s a lot in the mix! Expansive in genre and gender, kei brings the gospel of freedom frequencies to listeners becoming participants in their own radical authenticity. Learn more and listen: keislaughter.com.
 

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

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

View Event →
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

Emily Zisman

Emily Zisman.png

Emily Zisman is a Folk-Americana singer-songwriter born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, trained in New York City, and well-weathered and inspired by her travels and a restless heart.

Since picking up the guitar at the tender age of eight, Emily’s musical journey has taken her all over the world. She has graced stages up and down both sides of the United States and has performed internationally at festivals in Europe. As a writer, she takes her cues from artists like Dar Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Ani DiFranco. Emily Zisman sings about our vulnerabilities and fears, love and conflict, and crafts her lyrics into song with a soulfully folk voice evocative of Emmylou Harris.

Emily finds the most joy when she connects the stories of her writing to her music, and loves to bring audiences in on the secrets of her songs. She has a following of committed regulars who bring a sense of camaraderie and familiarity to all her shows. She always takes the time to greet people she knows and make introductions between strangers over personal anecdotes. Crafting a sense of community and shared engagement is the sort of unique experience she strives to create at every performance. 

When asked what she loves about playing live, Emily replies, “I love the shared energy between the audience and the performer. When it’s there, the interplay can create an experience unique to a given space and time. It’s hard not to get carried away in the moment.”

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

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

View Event →
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Carol Denney

Back RoomCarol 2017.jpg

Carol Denney is one of the Bay Area's most respected songwriters, earning admiration from a community who knows her as a musician, comedian, and activist. Her guitar style is unique; her use of the English concertina adds powerful depth to beautifully tailored songs. Her writing stretches the spectrum from ballads to political comedy in a spread Canadian folk artist Ian Robb simply calls "brilliant," and local editor Pat Delaney once called "Berkeley's I. F. Stone."

Her parodies are used on KPFA's TwitWit Radio, her poetry is included in the anthologies of the Revolutionary Poets' Brigade, her commentary is found on National Public Radio's Perspectives series and newspapers from Street Spirit to the Chronicle, her cartoons are featured in the Berkeley Times, and her paintings are included in local galleries. Her songs have been included in textbooks and used as soundtracks in film. 

But the performances of her music are a warm, funny, story-telling experience with sing-alongs that go right off the edge. Her unique, percussive guitar style arrests attention from serious students of finger-picking, but it's her way with an audience that will melt your heart. This is songwriting and performing at its finest, presented with humor, wit, and soul.

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

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

View Event →
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Melissa Cruz presents Peña Flamenca ''La Bahía," Episode 2

Melissa Cruz2.JPG

This show is the second episode of a series of presentations, grouping Bay Area flamenco professionals who do not typically work together, with the goal of presenting unique and rarely-seen collaborations. The curated group of artists will create and rehearse one unique ensemble piece to present in the show, requiring them to truly "collaborate" together.     

After a series of shows, we will curate one larger show presenting the unique pieces each group created for their episode, with the mission of maintaining continuous and creative working relationships in the rich and diverse pool of flamenco artists in the Bay Area.  

The cast of Episode 2 is: 
Azriel “El Moreno” - flamenco singer
David Paez - flamenco guitarist
Mizuho Sato, Roberto Aguilar and Melissa Cruz, dancers

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

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

View Event →
Apr
22
3:00 PM15:00

Con Fuoco - A Fire Relief Benefit

LucindaDeNatale1.jpg

A Fire Relief Benefit for Santa Rosa High School students, featuring Lucinda DeNatale and friends: talented young string players from around the Bay Area.

Lucinda DeNatale, a cellist and Maybeck High School junior, is a former SRHS student who moved to Berkeley in the fall of 2017. While living in the North Bay, she enjoyed serving as a principal cellist with the SRHS String Ensemble and performing with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra for four years, including a tour of China. 

Witnessing the effects of the devastating Sonoma County fires on her fellow students, friends, and teachers prompted Lucinda to bring her fellow musicians together to support the SRHS Foundation Fire Relief and Support Fund with this special event. 

The wonderful line-up of performers includes violist Sophia Valenti and cellist Avery Reed, both from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Program, and Lucinda's quartet from the Crowden Music School. Miles Graber will be performing on piano.

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

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

View Event →
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

WBSteel & Redwood.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

The Nordic Fiddlers.jpg

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a fiddle trio that masterfully blends the traditions of Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), have swiftly gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since the inception of the Bloc in early 2009.

They maintain a firm focus on the traditions of their home while developing a sound that has been described as “meaningful,” ”intense,” and “invigorating.” Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs & bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles. 2016 saw the release of their eagerly-awaited second album, Deliverance, following their eponymous debut album released in September 2011 to great critical acclaim.

“Seldom before can three fiddlers have sounded so well matched as the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. And seldom before can three fiddles have sounded so much like four and at times five instruments without using electronic trickery.” – The Herald

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!

View Event →
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

James Lee Stanley

James Lee Stanley.png

An evening with James Lee Stanley is a complete joy. A folk singer with strong ties to rock, jazz, and blues, he is an internationally-known veteran with 31 albums to his credit.

Possessing a remarkable voice, extraordinary guitar orchestrations, songs that run the gamut from political outrage to romantic ballads, and a sense of comedic timing that engages every audience, James Lee Stanley provides an unforgettable experience.

“So where have they been hiding James Lee Stanley? We could say that James Lee Stanley is probably the last great undiscovered singer-songwriter in America. But true as that may be let’s say something else, let’s say that a diamond has been smuggled into the wasteland…and here is where the wasteland ends.” – Tom Robbins, Author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

“It is simple, really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.” - Village Voice

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

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

View Event →
Apr
15
8:00 PM20:00

Moonshine Jelly, Erica Hockett & Friends

Moonshine Jelly.JPG

Power-house acoustic duo Moonshine Jelly consists of violinist and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells and guitarist and banjo player Kent Kessinger. Other members for a fuller ensemble include Margaret Marie on mandolin and harmony vocals and Zina Pozen on accordion. The band adds contemporary context to ancient folk songs and tunes of Eastern Europe, Celtic countries and the Americas.  

Lee Corbie-Wells:
Lee Corbie-Wells has been playing violin since the age of 6. Her parents, both music teachers in San Francisco (Lee’s hometown), taught her Celtic and American tunes by ear, fostering her love of folk music. Since adolescence, she has played in numerous Celtic and Americana bands. In her early twenties, Lee became passionate about learning Scottish Gaelic as well as other Celtic languages and became dedicated to learning songs from all different Celtic language traditions. Although she primarily plays Celtic and North American fiddle music, Lee has taken her years of experience in Blues and Folk improvisation and branched out into explorations of Jazz, Swing, Ragtime, and Latin genres. Currently she plays fiddle and sings in a Scandinavian-Bluegrass band called Kaptain Bottletop.  

Kent Kessinger:
Kent Kessinger is from around Durham, North Carolina. He used to be a cook, and he got to cook a mid rare filet mignon for Doc Watson at one point. He became interested in migration issues and made some films around the subject. He is heavily influenced by the music of Doc Watson, Philipp Glass, Jose Gonzales and Reverend Gary Davis.  

Zina Pozen:
Zina Pozen is a familiar face in the Bay Area and Seattle Balkan music scenes. Originally from Ukraine, she grew up in a family of classical musicians, playing piano from a tender age. As an adult, Zina picked up the accordion and started playing traditional Eastern European repertoire. She is a founding member of Seattle’s infamous Bucharest Drinking Team. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2015, Zina has been playing klezmer with Orchestra Euphonos, rembetika with MetaNastys, and old Soviet songs at so many after-parties and impromptu jams.

Margaret Marie:
Margaret Marie (or Margie) is Lee Corbie-Wells’ older sister. Although they grew up in the same house, Margie had a very different musical experience growing up. She has been in several punk bands, traveling all over the states and Europe. She is a self-taught musician, with a superb harmonic intuition, playing mandolin, guitar, and piano. She has done many murals around the Mission District of San Francisco, and also does tattoos. Currently she has gotten involved in a folk band of Greek musicians, singing and writing songs in Greek, English and Arabic.  

Opening the show will be Erica Hockett and Friends. Erica and Friends bring you folk music from The British Isles and Ireland. They perform a mix of jigs, reels and pub songs and sweet ballads with vocal harmonies, fiddle, whistle, guitar and accordion. The group features Anne Goess (Violin/Vocals/Tin Whistle), Erica Hockett (Vocals/Bodhrán), Chris Hammond (Guitar/Vocals), and Troy Dillinger (Accordion/Vocals).

ickets 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!

View Event →
Apr
15
3:30 PM15:30

Five Spot Jazz Quintet featuring Mike Greensill

Mike Greensill and Five Spot.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

Little Buffalo

Little Buffalo.jpeg

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

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

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

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

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

View Event →
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Henry Grace EP Release Show

Henry Grace2.jpg

Henry Grace
Henry Grace began his music career in Los Angeles while at university. He started out playing small clubs in Venice Beach before moving on to play venues along the Sunset Strip and across California. In 2016, he released his debut EP, Crash The Moon, and was picked by Guild Guitars as one of their "Artists to Watch." In 2017, he continued performing across the UK and America, all the while completing his undergraduate degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley. He released his second EP, What We Took From the Mountain, this March. His music roams the genres of Folk and Blues, taking inspiration from the likes of Bon Iver to Nick Drake and everything in-between, but ultimately Henry's sound is very much his own.

"A young man from England who is capable of silencing the room." (LA Weekly)

"Listening to Henry Grace’s music, you would never guess that this UK native was young enough to still be in college. His lyrics, his playing, his debut EP, Crash The Moon, seem to be a part of a musician with years of writing and touring under his belt." (Guild Guitars)

Joshua Barnhart
Joshua Barnhart is an Oakland, California-based songwriter who first became known as a member of the acclaimed Bay Area band Port O’Brien. In the years since Port O'Brien's break-up, Joshua has played with multiple bands including Release the Sunbird, Two Sheds, and Sparrows Gate.

In 2016, Joshua made his debut as a solo-artist, releasing the album Turn Out The Light. His harmony-drenched, psych-pop sound is centered on the experience of living on the coast of California. In September 2017, he released Dance with Me, the new single from his forthcoming follow-up album.

"Barnhart is a tenor Fred Neil (stately and controlled, an entity unto himself, though inseparable from the music as a whole)." - armchairjournalism.com

"Dance with Me feels like dropping acid in a poppy field. He takes the warm, fuzzed out sound of the mid 60s garage rockers, adds just a bit of Their Satanic Majesties Request menace, and artfully polishes the twist off with a tinge of Beach Boys melody." - punknews.org

Marcus Lee
A Bay Area native, Marcus started out playing in a wide range of groups including full jazz ensembles and four piece rock bands. Now inspired by the acoustic sounds and soulful lyrics of folk music, Marcus combines his love for the big band energy with the intimacy of an acoustic set in his own music.

Kayla Flores
With a guitar and R&B-inspired vocals, Kayla began to pursue a music career during her first year of college. She continues to add to her store of original songs, and plans to record and release these on her social media accounts next year. 

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

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

View Event →
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Pearlman / Sherry

Pearlman : Sherry.jpg

Combining the rich histories and cultural resonance of traditional music with the raw expression of improvisation, the piano and saxophone duo Pearlman / Sherry are celebrating the release of their debut album, Friendly Spaces.

Musical friends since their teenage years growing up in southern Maine, Neil Pearlman and Dylan Sherry have finally come together to create an album which explores their varied musical and cultural backgrounds, celebrating both the universality and individuality of music.

Pearlman (“a tremendous pianist” – BBC Radio Scotland) has built a career as one of the most distinctive and innovative voices in Celtic music today. His unique sound blends a love of jazz and improvisation with a deep familiarity of the Scottish traditions, gained from his childhood playing and dancing in the family band Highland Soles.

Sherry, meanwhile, has become a strong part of Boston's avant-garde jazz scene over the past decade of living in the city. Their duo Pearlman / Sherry has been a long time coming and showcases the kind of artistic connection that can happen when musicians have known each other and played together since childhood.

An homage to the universality of music and humanity, the Pearlman / Sherry debut album Friendly Spaces explores the emotional power inherent in music traditions from Armenia to Scotland. “I love the beauty and the power in the traditional melodies I've heard,” Sherry says. “It's rewarding to be around something which has brought people together and stood the test of time. Hearing these songs makes me want to be part of their stories.”

Join the duo and become a part of those stories yourself! 

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

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

View Event →