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A surreal pre-Halloween CD release event!

Sheldon Brown Group is celebrating the upcoming release of their new CD, Blood of the Air, with this special pre-Halloween concert.

Blood of the Air is a suite of pieces based on the poetry and speech melodies of surrealist poet Philip Lamantia. Blood of the Air premiered at the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival in 2014, and has also been performed at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Duende in Oakland, and SF Inter Music’s annual Day of Music and Presidio Club series in San Francisco.

Philip Lamantia, whose mystical work is noted for its wild imagery, is widely considered America’s greatest surrealist poet. He was mentored by Kenneth Rexroth and was closely associated with the beat writers Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Michael McClure In his youth. Lamantia was recognized by Andre Breton as “a voice that rises once in a hundred years.”

The music of Blood of the Air is by turns passionate and grooving, dark and moody, and playfully reflective. Sheldon Brown Group consists of some of the Bay Area’s most distinctive and accomplished jazz and new music performers.

This show features:

Sheldon Brown - Soprano, Alto, and Tenor Saxophones, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Darren Johnston - Trumpet
Lorin Benedict - Voice
Andrew Joron - Theremin
John Finkbeiner - Guitar
Jonathan Alford - Piano
Dan Zemelman - Piano
Michael Wilcox - Bass
Alan Hall - Drums

Tickets are $18 and 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!

Earlier Event: October 26
Little Buffalo