Dee Dee Simon
A native of Oakland, California, Ms. Dee Dee Simon was born to sing. Her skills have been compared to the sassy vocal ability of Patti LaBelle, the richness of Gladys Knight, the fire of Chaka Khan, the edge of Tina Turner and the pureness of Whitney Houston. With a five-octane range, this songwriter, thespian, and executive producer has been hailed as the Soul of the Bay.
Dee Dee has opened for Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Faith Evans, Jeffrey Osbourne, Charlie Wilson and many more. She is a winner of the Steve Harvey National competition, twenty-two Black Music Awards, a Best Female Vocalist award, and is the reigning Entertainer of the Year. She sings with all of her heart and soul because that’s all she knows.
Recently nominated as Best Jazz Vocalist by the Northern California Entertainer Music Awards and Semi-Finalist in Jazz Search West 2018, Yolandra is able to uplift spirits and stir the emotions of her listening audience with an easy grace and a subtle confidence.
A Jazz songstress, Yolandra brings her singular style to selections of tunes previously performed by visionaries such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Rachelle Farrell.
She has performed with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and on Clifford Brown Jr’s (formerly with KBLX) “Jazz Cruise to the Caribbean,” which also featured Gerald Albright and Alex Bugnon. Other appearances include Oakland's renowned Art & Soul Festival, Yoshi's, The 57th Street Gallery, The Fenix, The Back Room and Geoffrey’s Inner Circle with Mr. Yancy Taylor, in addition to several performances of the National Anthem at Golden State Warriors games and for the U.S. soccer team.
Tracy Cruz has a voice that will melt even the toughest of hearts. Her unique musical and lyrical blend - Bay Area urban soul tinged with the influence of her indigenous Filipino roots - has captured the ears of music lovers around the world. Boasting a vocal range that might be bigger than her, Cruz emanates a classic and timeless feel.
Two full-length albums (Feel’osophy and Universoul Symphony) and two EPs (H3artifacts and Illuminate Love) have garnered numerous awards including three Bay Area Black Music Awards for "Best Neo Soul Female," "Best CD/Recorded Performance," and "Bay Area Rising Star," two Gran Royale Awards, three Muse’s Muse Awards, as well as nominations for five Hollywood Music in Media Awards, three Soultrack.com Readers' Choice Awards, and three Northern California Entertainers Music Awards.
She has supported several established acts including Kenny Lattimore, Pete Escovedo, Miki Howard, Keke Wyatt, Bilal, and others. The songstress approaches her music unapologetically and freely, staying true to herself, while her stellar band "Instrumentali-T" provides a grown and sexy soundtrack for her vocal creations.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. 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 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!