Why queer country music? Because sometimes you love a culture that doesn’t always love you back. We do it because we love the music and want to build a community to support queer country musicians. We do it because everybody needs a honky tonk angel to hold them tight. We do it because we believe in country music for all cow-people.
Eli Conley's voice shifts deftly from country choirboy to soulful croon at the turn of a phrase. This Americana songwriter with Virginia roots has been featured in the Huffington Post and the Advocate, and opened for Grammy-winner Kimya Dawson. Now based in Berkeley, he hosts this special edition of his Queer Country West Coast series to celebrate the release of his sophomore album Strong and Tender. He’ll be joined by cellist Conrad Sisk and some other special guests.
The Secret Emchy Society plays foot-stompin,' heartbreakin' queer cowboy songs about good friends and hard times. Come celebrate the release of their debut album The Stars Fall Shooting Into Twangsville. Front-person Cindy Emch uses her unique & nuanced voice to sing deeply personal Americana music for modern times. She has previously sung, strummed, and squeeze-boxed her way around the country with the bands Vagabondage, Rhubarb Whiskey, Sinners Tonic, Oakland Wine Drinkers Union, Jerk Church, and Feral.
**Please note this is a matinee performance and starts at 1:30pm. Doors open at 1pm.
Tickets are $15 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!