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Melanie Ida Chopko, M'Gilvry Allen

Melanie Ida Chopko writes and performs, according to one reviewer, "with wit, acuity and grace.” Her songs on guitar and piano feature poetically astute lyrics and melody, and fold together modern folk and blues with a big crush on jazz. In the tradition of the citizen artist, she is as interested in the complexity of the world around her as the one within herself, exploring both with artistry, intimacy and humor. She blurs the line onstage between musician, storyteller and audience, making listeners laugh out loud and then cracking their hearts open.

M’Gilvry Allen is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter from Sebastopol, CA. For the past three years he has been writing an album of original music, while performing as a fiddler, DJ and vocalist in a host of other projects. Those who have heard his music have described it as “psychedelic gospel folk” and “post-apocalyptic railroad blues.”

While this captures the unique and edgy flavor of his music, it still falls short of fully encompassing what is truly magical about his work. The music itself could be described quite simply – he plays guitar and sings. But the best reaction thus far was quoted from one listener who described it as “listening to something really old. Like something that bubbled up from deep inside your bones. Almost like something my great-grandfather would play. Something familiar, but at the same time like nothing I’ve ever heard before. Totally unique and exciting.”

This will be the first official performance by M’Gilvry Allen and the M’Gilvry Allen Trio and humbly - “Not an experience to be missed.”

Tickets are $12 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!

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