Our New Year's Day Benefit this time is going to be heavy on classic swing-era jazz (with at least three great vocalists chiming in). There will also be plenty of R&B of various types, not to mention straight-ahead blues, as well as some other jazz flavors, and at least one or two singer/songwriters.
We also have Mamadou Sidibe, who is the world's premier player of an African instrument called a kamele ngoni. It makes an enchanting sound and it certainly qualifies as something different to spice up the afternoon. Not that we actually need extra spice. What could be better than a day of blues, jazz and R&B, with various great players sitting in on each other's tunes?
Actually there is something better, and that's when all the money that we collect is sent to a worthy charity, which our beneficiary RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) certainly is. They work closely with the ACLU, and they are widely admired by those who are familiar with the cause, and by those who check up on charities.
Confirmed participants to date are Mamadou Sidibe, Jeremy Steinkoler, Rachel Efron, Jennifer Jolly, Steve Bissinger, Kay Kostopoulos, Michelle Jacques, Lisa Woo, Tina Marzell, Ellen Hoffman, George Brooks, Dan Keller, Pete Devine and Sam Rudin, with more performers to be announced.
Make it a point to drop by sometime between 12:30pm and 4:30pm on New Year's Day. You'll be glad you did!
Suggested donation of $20 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 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!