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"MonkHardt Blues” with Kit Eakle, violin & Sam Rudin, piano

Violinist Kit Eakle and The Back Room's own Sam Rudin will present an afternoon of classic blues featuring the unique blues compositions of Thelonious Monk and Django Reinhardt, giving a bluesy slant on Eakle's 'DjangoSphere’ project.

Kit Eakle is known as one of the most original improvising violinists on the West Coast. He has been a member of the Hot Club of Marin, the rockabilly band The Sons of Emperor Norton, Jerry Garcia Band’s guitarist Peter Harris' Obscura, his own FiddleJazz, which performs "A Brief History of Jazz Violin," a survey of the role of the violin in jazz from its beginnings to the present, and The Eakle Brothers with his flute playing brother, Matt Eakle, a regular member of the David Grisman Quintet. He has also shared a stage with Dan Hicks, Martín Fierro, Joe Craven, Mads Tolling, David LaFlame and Paul Mehling and many others.

Sam Rudin is one of the most exciting pianists you are ever likely to hear. Sam attacks and caresses the keyboard, romping through the whole range of 20th century American music. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Alison, and Jerry Lee Lewis... sometimes all at the same time. He is also a compelling vocalist whose rough-hewn voice conveys both drama and humor. Sam has worked with all types of musicians, playing rock'n'roll with Chubby Checker, western swing with Back in the Saddle, classic blues with Frankie Lee, and slick pop-soul with SisterSledge. He has even worked with bluegrass great Frank Wakefield, who has proclaimed Sam to be the only true bluegrass piano player in the entire world.

Tickets are $15 general admission. Children under 12 are free. 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!