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2nd Annual New Year's Day Benefit - Power for Puerto Rico

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The Back Room is proud to continue our tradition of supporting worthwhile causes on New Year's Day with an amazing community of talented performers. Last year we held a benefit for Standing Rock, and this year we are supporting our friends and neighbors in Puerto Rico with a benefit to provide solar power to rural communities.

The Puerto Rican people are still suffering from both the terrible storm and the underwhelming and inadequate federal response to that storm. Trumpian antagonism has added insult to injury.

The almost complete destruction of much of their electrical grid, which is responsible for a lot of the misery, also creates an opportunity for organizations, aid groups, and even individuals to send in and set up off-the-grid solar power systems, both small and large, which can both help the immediate need and point the way towards a more sustainable future.


The music starts at 12:30pm, and will feature our own Sam Rudin, Wendy Burch Steel, Laurie Lewis, David Sturdevant (Medicine Ball Band), Maggie Forti, Kit Eakle, Bob Hillman, Tony Marcus, Michael McNevin, Rachel Efron, Chappell and Dave Holt with Cristina Seaborn, Carol Denney, Dick Fregulia, Kim Lembo and Dirty Cello.

Tickets are $20 general admission or you are welcome to contribute a donation of $20+. 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!