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Frank Barter, Matt Jaffe

Frank Barter writes and sings like a guy who’s been beat up and still won’t quit, like a guy who’s been dumped but still has hope for a happy ending.

Many of the songs on his New York City-based Valley Entertainment release Ready feature gravel and silk, triumph and longing, and celebration and regret. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, Scott Mathews, Frank doesn’t hold back for anyone or anything.

New York Times best-selling music writer Charles R. Cross once described Frank Barter songs as “expansive as an eastern Oregon sunset. If you’ve never seen one of those, they’re burning in the middle, sitting on top of a wheat field, with a golden glow on each side stretching the horizon forever. That’s where Frank Barter takes you."

Frank broke on the Seattle music scene before it was a scene and stormed around the Northwest. Immediately compared to distinctive singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger and Jackson Browne in reviews and by listeners, Frank undoubtedly was/is humbled by those comparisons. “Having my name lumped in with those guys is very flattering, and I certainly appreciate it, I haven't had their fame and fortune yet, but to walk around knowing some people have been touched by what I do on that kind of level, is pretty special."

You can listen to Frank’s music here.

Matt Jaffe is a singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started pursuing music more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record.

Since then, Matt has churned out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturated the market with gigs (opening for folks like Mavis Staples and Wilco), and co-writing songs with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T's.

With his band, Matt has played stages across the country, including The Fillmore, The Troubadour and Irving Plaza, and has just released his third album of original material, The Spirit Catches You, another installment in his campaign to bring the Guitar Gospel back to the masses.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 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!

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