High Country has been ringing in the New Year with bluegrass music in downtown Berkeley for a good number of years, and this year we are pleased to welcome them back to The Back Room for the third year in a row. Come and join the band, along with Dix Bruce & Julie Cline and our own Sam Rudin, for a festive evening of song and laughter.
Over the last forty-plus years, High Country has earned its place as the West Coast's premier traditional bluegrass band. "One of the lonesomest, hard-drivingest traditional bluegrass bands alive...High Country manages to be fresh and exciting without even the merest nod to modern music." - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
Dix Bruce & Julie Cline sing and play a wonderful combination of Americana and original music on guitar and mandolin. Their beautiful vocal harmonies make everything they perform, from bluegrass to blues, folk to country, rockabilly to originals, a pleasure to listen to. Their new CD Look at it Rain includes a mixture of traditional and original songs arranged to showcase their duet singing and instrumental sound.
Sam Rudin plays some of the most exciting piano you are likely to hear. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Allison, and Jerry Lee Lewis...sometimes all at the same time. He also just might be the only bluegrass piano player in the world, and is happy to be surrounded by great bluegrass musicians where some mixing, matching, and jamming will have a chance to happen.
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 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!