Virtuosic violin meets 1920’s-style swing, hot jazz and Yiddish song. The Sour Mash Hug Band evokes an era that never quite existed.
Featuring original compositions reminiscent of Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, and Danny Elfman, plus a trove of dusty tunes gleaned from old 78s, the Sour Mash will take you on a journey into musical history like no other! Paris in the 30’s, Harlem in the 20’s, New Orleans in the 90’s…who knows where the next song will take you?
Led by violinist and bandleader Mickey Galloway, the band has crisscrossed the country via bike, bus, freight train, and broken-down van, playing at every street corner and dive bar that would have them. This took them to San Francisco, Bellingham, New York and farther afield to Transylvania, Paris and Krakow, and finally to New Orleans, which became their home away from home. Highlights have included performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Northwest Folklife, the Disney Museum, Millenaris in Budapest, and Lightning in a Bottle. For over a decade, the band split their time between the rag-tag circus haunts of Oakland and the hot jazz haven where Royal Street meets Frenchman, while spending summers going wherever the music led them.
"An irresistible mix of old-time, gypsy, bluegrass, jazz, Irish, and ragtime." –The San Francisco Chronicle
"Folk Music in the most beautiful sense. They draw from a wide variety of sources, play songs and tunes on an unpredictable lineup of instruments, and make the music their own." – Robert Blake, Subdued String Band Festival Program
“A true treasure of the Bay Area, that has toes tapping and people dancing for miles around.” – San Francisco Bay Times
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, general admission; $10 for low-income individuals. 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!