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Elizabeth Strong & Dan Cantrell, with Michelle Alany & The Mystics

The Back Room presents a night of captivating belly dancing with the amazing Elizabeth Strong and her dance troupe, the enchanting virtuosic music of Dan Cantrell and his “Orphaned Anthems,” with Michelle Alany & The Mystics, featuring Sephardic & Balkan soul music. 
Dan Cantrell is an Emmy award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano, and musical saw. For this performance, Dan will present a delightful pairing of his World Music-inspired masterpiece, Orphaned Anthemswith the scintillating dancing talents of his wife Elizabeth Strong and her troupe of astonishing dancers. Dan and Elizabeth have been collaborating since they met almost two decades ago and the result is breathtaking and deeply powerful.   

Dan’s original music, which the San Francisco Bay Guardian described as “hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic,” will feature piano, strings and Middle Eastern percussion. “This is Bulgarian-dance-music-meets-Mr. Bungle-meets-Carl Stallings-meets-Erik Satie-meets-a-boggled-mind (yours, that is, when you hear how it all holds together).” - Paul McNees, Lacuna Music. 

Violinist and vocalist Michelle Alany is an internationally touring ambassador of world folk traditions, specializing in Sephardic, Mediterranean & Eastern music. Michelle Alany & The Mystics perform traditional and original energizing, soulful music, and the band features Bay Area luminaries Dan Cantrell on accordion (Kugelplex), Misha Khalikulov on cello (Rupa & the April Fishes) and Faisal Zedan on percussion (Stellamara, Qadim Ensemble). Journey through exotic lands with this fiddle-driven caravan of Sephardic, Klezmer, Balkan & original music. 

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 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!