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CelloJoe Presents The Cello MADNESS Congress: May Play

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The Cello MADNESS Congress: May Play


The Cello MADNESS Congress: May Play 

Spring has sprung and now it's time to celebrate and play!
It's a May Play!
This edition is going to go off with:

Josh McClain
Paul Hyun
The Freewheelers - Ilene McHolland & Bas Vossen
Peter bai
David Lichtenberg 
Gael Alcock 

$18 advance / $25 door

Now's the best time to lock in your spot as the show has sold out in the past:

Doors open at 7:30 pm, show runs 8-11 pm (maybe later!) . Arrive early for best seating as it's first come, first serve.

Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 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!

All Ages

Selected Artist bios: 

Josh McClain

Joshua McClain is a cellist, composer, and studio artist based in Oakland, CA. He is best known for his unbridled and mesmerizing solo performances which, using a looping pedal and effects processor, create intense, otherworldly soundscapes. He regularly performs with The Handsome Brunettes, led by six-time Emmy winning songwriter Monica Pasqual .

Regarded as one of the top artists in the Bay Area, Joshua was voted Musician of the Year in San Francisco at the Raw Artist RAWAwards showcase in 2013. He has shared the stage with Thievery Corporation, Aj Croce, Over the Rhine, Blame Sally, Gordi, Dagmar, and others.

"Princess of the Plains" by Joshua McClain


The Freewheelers

The Freewheelers have been around for over ten years now, and we may say their mission, to bring the cello into new realms of music, has been accomplished. Many new bands now have a cello in the line-up, and some even play blues with a cello standing up, central stage.

Countdown Café - The Freewheelers Cello Band - Jackyl & Hyde @ Q-Factory Amsterdam Video:

Paul Hyun

Paul Hyun is a cellist based in the bay area as a performer, musician, teacher and music coach, offering to numerous age ranges of students from as young as 4 to as old as 70. He graduated from SFCM and Cleveland Institute of Music as well as was a member of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra from 2002-2005. Currently he is teaching ages 4 - 16 in San Ramon as well as teaching and offering improv to students of all levels.     

Paul Hyun performs C. Saint-Saens Concerto for cello and orchestra no 1 Video:


 Cello + beatboxing + vocals + live looping = Cello Joe 

Cello Joe plays the cello while beatboxing, looping, and singing. It's Classical Hip Hop. He creates fat beats with a cello and his mouth and he does it live! 

His lyrics weave together sustainability, environmental justice, and social awareness. They entertain, inspire, and make you wonder. 

CelloJoe Dubstep Spaceship Official Video Video: 

Lewis Patzner

Lewis Patzner is a cellist in Oakland and has been involved in many diverse projects including Judgment Day and The Musical Art Quintet.

Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists improvising in ways you've never heard cello before. A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the bay area (90 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violincello or 'cello for short. 

We play the instrument said to be most like the human voice and we create spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments of pure ecstasy (the aural/auditory kind) that astound and amaze the listener's ear. 

We can go from a stately, majestic promenade of elf gods to a wild, erratic, frantic frenzy of whirling space gnomes dancing in eternity whilst seducing seahorses and sea cucumbers.Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns. 

We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us.

Earlier Event: May 5
WildCat Canyon
Later Event: May 10
Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm