About once a month, our own Sam Rudin takes the stage in a variety of formats. Last month he had his old band come out for some high energy blues and jazz. Tonight he will deliver some solo performances, and he will also be joined by the wonderful singer Roberta Donnay.
A long-time favorite of audiences in California and beyond, Roberta has been associated with several genres and styles of American music. For many years she has been a featured member of Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. More recently she formed the Prohibition Mob, a terrific band dedicated to the music of the 20's and 30's. Their debut album has gotten, and continues to get, very favorable treatment from the national Jazz press, and radio stations around the country.
“Roberta Donnay is a Jazz Age preservationist, guardian of Depression-era sounds, and extender of traditions.” - All About Jazz, 2015
“With her singularly enticing sound, few contemporary vocalists are as well suited to dustily vintage material as jazz-blues stylist Roberta Donnay.” – Jazz Times
Donnay has performed with, or opened for Joey Alexander, George Benson, Elvis Costello, Bob Dorough, Dave Ellis, David Grisman, Dan Hicks, John Hammond, Herbie Hancock, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Reed, Leon Russell, Joe Sample, David Sanborn and more.
Tonight she will bring that same material to the more intimate setting of a piano/vocal duo. Sam, as you may know, is right at home with this old-time jazz, and they intend to have a lot of fun.
Tickets are $15 and are available in advance 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!