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Sam Rudin with special guest Matt Eakle

An exciting, high-energy performer, Sam Rudin attacks and caresses the keyboard with the rhythmic intensity of an entire band, romping through a broad range of 20th century American music. He is also a compelling vocalist whose rough-hewn voice conveys both drama and humor. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison, and Jerry Lee Lewis—sometimes all at the same time.

Lee Hildebrand (East Bay Express) said, "He is a master of musical Americana...his scope is near enormous talent." 

Sam, of course, is the founder and owner of The Back Room, and for the past 3 years has been on hiatus from performing in order to concentrate on its creation.  This is his first public performance since 2013 (!) and he's glad to have along his old friend and occasional collaborator Matt Eakle.

You can see Sam's videos here, and listen to some of Sam's music here (there's a lot of solo material on the Live & Kickin' album).  


Matt Eakle and his flute have been blowing crowds out of their chairs and onto their feet since 1989, as Matt was the first wind player to share the front line with David Grisman in the David Grisman Quintet. He’s featured on 14 acoustic albums with the DGQ, Jerry Garcia, and Enrique Coria, and as the leader of his own jazz trio on the CD, Flute Jazz.

On these and hundreds of other recordings, Matt takes people’s preconceived notions of what a flute can do and blows them inside out. Matt appears on 4 albums with Jerry Garcia, including the Grammy nominated So What with Garcia/Grisman. His other Grammy nominated recordings are Simple Pleasures with banjo virtuoso Alison Brown, and Dawg 90 with the David Grisman Quintet.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, or you may reserve your seat in advance by emailing and using the word "Tickets" in the Subject line. Please indicate how many seats you would like us to hold in the body of your email. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.