High Country has been ringing in the New Year with bluegrass music in downtown Berkeley for a good number of years and this year is no different, except that it is...because this time, The Back Room will be hosting the fun. Come and join the band, along with Dix Bruce & Julie Cline and Hurricane Sam, for a festive evening of song, laughter, funny hats, noisemakers, and champagne at midnight just like in years past at the Freight.
Over the last forty-plus years, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast's premier traditional bluegrass band. "One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
Dix Bruce & Julie Cline sing and play a wonderful combination of Americana and original music on guitar and mandolin. Their beautiful vocal harmonies make everything they perform, from bluegrass to blues, folk to country, rockabilly to originals, a pleasure to listen to. Their new CD Look at it Rain includes a mixture of traditional and original songs arranged to showcase their duet singing and instrumental sound.
Sam Rudin, AKA Hurricane Sam, plays some of the most exciting piano you are likely to hear. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison, and Jerry Lee Lewis...sometimes all at the same time. He also just might be the only bluegrass piano player in the world, and is happy to be surrounded by great bluegrass musicians where some mixing, matching, and jamming will have a chance to happen.
Tickets are $25 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one hour before showtime. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (21+) space. Please call us if you have any questions: 510-654-3808.