The Keller Sisters are Sheryl and Kerry, who grew up in San Francisco and started singing and performing together in glee clubs, choirs and musical theater. Daughters of film and theater performer Eileen Christy, their summers were spent on the road learning from the best. They were also discovering guitars and folk music, and started playing as a duo in their teens, performing an eclectic mix of folk, country rock and jazz standards.
In 2012, after several years of playing rock and blues with a cover band in the San Francisco Bay Area, and missing the stripped-down sound of their youth, they decided to reform the duo. The sisters began performing at local venues and, armed with original songs, started getting booked at festivals and songwriting showcases. Their original music combines storytelling, humor, warmth and the close harmony that comes from being sisters.
Sheryl and Kerry released their first CD, Shine, in November 2012, and followed up with House of Cards in December 2014. Songs from both CDs have received honorable mentions in three international songwriting competitions and House of Cards received extensive NPR play and charted on the AMA and Roots radio charts.
Four songs from House Of Cards made the top 10 for airplay on the Roots Radio chart and in September of 2015 they licensed two songs for an independent film. Their third CD, Hourglass Dance, received two honorable mentions from the WCS International Song Contest and was released in January 2018.
The sisters say, “After a lifetime of singing other people's music, we are thrilled to be sharing our own."
Hailing from Northern California, Misner & Smith’s music is a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band’s sound harkens back to the bedrock of American rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. They can shake the walls like a freight train and then quiet the room to a whisper in a single song. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan sing with one voice, with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Close your eyes and you’ll be swept up in a sound that you’ll swear is a full band.
Misner & Smith’s combination of vocal blend, lyrical potency, and diverse songwriting make this duo one of the most unique and loved bands around. The award-winning original songs range from folk to rock to Americana to country, but essentially are something all their own, defined by the stories that each song tells. Misner & Smith create an extraordinarily full sound for only two people, and tour extensively both in the U.S. and overseas. Headlining regularly at venues such as the Freight & Salvage, and the Palms Playhouse, they have also appeared at The Kate Wolf Music Festival, San Francisco Folk Festival, and can be heard on radio dials all over the world. They recently celebrated over a decade of making music together; a decade that has produced five albums, including their most recent release, Headwaters. The combination of Misner & Smith’s musical dexterity and vocal prowess packs a punch that will linger with you for a long time to come.
The Keller Sisters open up the night with an hour set from 8pm-9pm; Misner & Smith will play from 9:30-10:30pm.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door general admission, $10 for students with ID. 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!