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Mission Blue


Mission Blue delivers straight-ahead bluegrass featuring a special brand of family harmony singing.

A collaboration of Dana and Avram Frankel, Mission Blue is thrilled to return to the The Back Room as part of their summer performance schedule. With Mission Blue, Dana and Avram draw from the deep well of traditional bluegrass to inform their sets – one can expect songs from the The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Martin and Red Allen, as well as bluegrass innovators such as J.D. Crowe and The New South, Hot Rize, Southern Blend and The Johnson Mountain Boys. In addition, Mission Blue salts each set with reinterpretations of older folk tunes and ballads - and original material.  

For each show Avram and Dana wrangle top California bluegrass talent into a traditional five-piece band. They will be joined by Jesse Personeni on banjo and Steve Pottier on bass. Jesse is recognized as the best of young California bluegrass talent, and Steve brings his steady hand as one of the most established and respected bluegrass musicians in Northern California. A surprise special guest will cover mandolin duties. This will be a special show – please join us. 

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 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!

Earlier Event: August 2
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Later Event: August 8