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TONIGHT! FEBRUARY 14...FANTASIES FULFILLED: Not JUST LOVE, but HUMOR, HEARTBREAK and Blues Beltin' HUSSIES...finger cymbals, castanets...SPEAKEASY AND SPEAK-ROUGH...Temptation Parts 1 and 2 https://youtu.be/sWqYpnKKzFc https://youtu.be/sWqYpnKKzFc
Come see the DIVAS on Valentine's Day! Valentine’s Link to Divas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ6FiE_oClo
Come see me at 8pm tomorrow (Friday, August 9th) at The Back Room. I will be performing my project called Beetle box, a mix of experimental electronic piano pieces, traditional jazz, and homemade synthesizer improvisations! Tickets are $15, $10 for student ID and low-income, and are available at the door, or at the link below:
We are so looking forward to our third return at the backroom!
Sam, As promised, sharing your performance with City Folk @ the The Back Room. A fantastic show in wonderful venue. Kindest regards, Robert Joseph, (rOjO)
Looking forward to playing here tonight for what will be my final show on this tour in California. Come and join me on my Journey from Johannesburg with messages of tolerance, acceptance and love. See more info about the show here:
We are so excited to come play at the Back Room!
Dirty Cello at The Back Room this Friday, Sept 21 at 8! Tickets here: https://backroommusic.com/events-1/2018/9/21/dirty-cello
Come and hear 2 legends of Blues this Friday!
Dirty Cello live in studio at KPFA Radio last weekend talking about their upcoming show at The Back Room on Sept. 21! Tickets here: https://backroommusic.com/events-1/2018/9/21/dirty-cello
Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs (and the acoustics!) were great last night.

The Back Room is an intimate, 100-capacity, comfortable place for (mostly) acoustic-based music of all genres. We are an all-ages, BYOB (21+) space. Booking info: https://backroommusic.com/booking/ Calendar: https://backroommusic.com/events/

Do you love music that falls on the quieter side of the musical spectrum? Are you looking for a small, beautiful space with great acoustics and comfortable seating that presents live music with respect and appreciation? Then The Back Room is the place for you. • The Back Room is not a place for food. Oh, we have packaged snacks available, but nothing that needs to be heated, sliced, or served. • The Back Room is not a place for drinks. Of course we offer water and soft drinks for sale, and adults are welcome to bring their own adult beverages - we'll even supply the glasses. But we can't sell any alcohol, and we don't really want to. • The Back Room IS a place with comfortable upholstered furniture and a singular focus on the music. Seating, as it happens, is very important to us, because we want the folks here to be completely relaxed, and happy, and ready to listen. • The Back Room IS, as the logo says, an intimate place for music. Our hours and days of operation are flexible, so please visit our Events page to see our current schedule: www.backroommusic.com/events/. To learn more about The Back Room, please visit us at www.backroommusic.com. Thanks! Sam Rudin

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This Summer at The Back Room

An update from Sam...

mailchi.mp Well, it has been almost three months since my last message to all of you. I hope you are all managing okay in these strange and uncharted waters. Back in mid-March, I imagined that we might be making music again by now - and since that is clearly not the case, I thought I would at least like to s...

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Thanks to Andy Gilbert and Berkeleyside for including us in this piece about the future of live shows.

We don't have all the answers but we're working hard to make The Back Room a welcoming and safe place to be, once we're allowed to present concerts again.

We're looking forward to the day...

What does the future hold for live music and dance performances? We checked in with cherished music venues Ashkenaz, Cal Performances
California Jazz Conservatory, The Back Room and Freight & Salvage to see how they're feeling and what they're planning.

[03/31/20]   Our Events calendar now starts on May 1st, subject to change as needed. Thanks for your support, stay safe!

[03/31/20]   Hi folks, here is the latest update: we are now cancelling all shows through April and all tickets sold will be refunded.

Here is the last communication we sent out two weeks ago:

Hi Everyone -

Well, it was only 5 days ago - Wednesday - that I wrote out a newsletter taking the stance that The Back Room would, indeed, stay open during this crisis. We were, as I pointed out, well within the numerical limits for safer gatherings as defined by the Alameda Board of Health, and people needed to have such smaller, safer spaces.

My tone was, if not exactly defiant, determinedly resilient: "We will carry on!"

Later that night, and the next morning, I got numerous messages of support from that posting, including from some of the musicians who were set to play here this very week.

But the very next day, there was, as we all know, a remarkable shift in mood. One could almost smell it! I started getting emails, including some from those same people who congratulated me a day earlier, telling me they had to cancel. Often I got two emails, one on Thursday ("I don't know, maybe we shouldn't...") and one on Friday ("Sorry, cannot do").

And as the cancellations piled up, I began rethinking my entire "smaller is better, therefore our small place is fine and dandy" premise for staying open. Now I started thinking, "wait a minute, if 100 is safer than 1,000, then 50 must be safer than 100, and 20 must be safer than 50, and so on, down to the very low single digits.

It became suddenly clear to me that ANY gathering of people, beyond our most intimate circle, was now unjustifiable. As a society, the only way we can avoid tens of thousands of needless deaths is to flatten out the curve of new infections so that our hospitals don't get overwhelmed by a more sudden spike. And that means each and every one of us needs to do our part by minimizing contacts with each other. And unlike some of the other things that we "should" do, this obligation is underscored, not just by fear of social disapproval, but by actual FEAR, that most primal of emotions - and so we are actually doing it. I only hope it works!

So, in spite of my previous communication, we are, in fact closing down until at least the third week of April, and probably longer.

We do have one last show, this afternoon at 3:00. It's my own show, Sam's Corner, an afternoon of bluesy jazz with Benjamin Lee (bass) and Mark Lee (drums.) Normally I would have used this past week to promote the show in hopes of getting a good turnout. But I just couldn't do that this week - didn't have the heart.

Not only am I aware that most people don't feel like going anywhere - I actually don't want too many people to come out. I expect a small number, which is fine - that will make it easy to adhere to strict social distancing. If you want to come, please do - this is the very last event for a while, and you will be most welcome, in a socially distant don't-touch-me sort of a way.

When we do start up again (in a month? Two months? Three months?) it will be under a new regimen. We will have all gotten used to best behaviors and safe practices, and we will incorporate and enforce those practices in a way that will make everyone feel safe and comfortable, and ready to once again engage in the important behavior of listening to live music while in the company of others.
So, I hope you will all have a happy, or at least a non-miserable hibernation, and I will see you all on the other side. And let's try to do something creative and/or meaningful with this hiatus in our lives!

Or, as the old poet said to the young aspiring poet:

Metaphors be with you.

Sam

We hope to reschedule this event at another time. Thanks for your support!

CANCELLING/POSTPONING APRIL 19 & 22 BAY AREA APPEARANCES.

Dear friends - With great regret, I have to cancel the Bay Area road trip I had planned to start in a few weeks, for obvious reasons.

I've postponed the two events that I had booked - April 19 at Michael's On Main in Soquel; and April 22 at The Back Room - and hope to reschedule both later in the year. Stay tuned here when the world gets back to 'normal'.

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Meanwhile, I'm holding a "STAY HOME AND READ" sale on SIGNED copies of my book, "Dancing with the Dead--A Photographic Memoir".

20% DISCOUNT / FREE SHIPPING - this week only, ends Sunday at noon. ONLY $25!

HERE's HOW TO ORDER:

- Send me an email at [email protected], and include:
---- Your full name; how many books you want; whom you want me to sign it/them to (or just sign); and full mailing address.
- I will send you a PayPal Invoice for $25, and when it's paid, I'll send you the signed book by USPS Priority Mail.

Thank you for your continued interest and support, and I hope you are all staying safe and healthy!

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Temporary Closure

Sam is temporarily suspending all shows (except his own this afternoon) until mid-April. We will update you when we know more.

All tickets sold are being refunded through April 12th. Stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you soon.

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[03/12/20]   Hey folks, as you might've noticed we've had a few shows cancel this week (Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk, The Muddy Roses and Slinky Thing), due to tour cancellations and/or health concerns.

We have issued refunds for all tickets sold for those shows, and will reschedule as soon as we can.

Meanwhile we remain open and the rest of our shows will go on until further notice.

Thank you for your support!

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This Week at The Back Room! 🎵

This week Sam weighs in on COVID-19 and its impact on our schedule.

At this time no shows are being cancelled, with the exception of Joel Dorham on 3/28 (at the artist's request), and a potential change or cancellation with this Friday's show with Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk (due to cancellation of their other gigs on this tour). We will update you when we know more.

Click the image below for more info and please comment if you have any questions or need additional information. Thanks for your support!

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This Week at The Back Room! 🎵

Here comes the weekend! Time to stretch out on a comfy couch and treat yourself to a great night (or afternoon!) of music.

Check out this week's newsletter to find out who's performing this week and to learn more about our cozy, all-ages, BYOB space. Cheers!

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This Week at The Back Room! 🎵

Sam has a lot to say today - starting with his upcoming Sam's Corner show, a new concert series called Climate Friday, and the future of The Back Room. Oh, and we have some great music for you this weekend too!

Read all about it in this week's newsletter...

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Don't miss the beauteous sounds of Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood, coming up this Sunday at 5pm!

Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood on front page of today's East Bay papers: The Piedmonter, Berkeley Voice, Albany/El Cerrito/Kensington Journal, The Montclarion. Read the story here: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/02/18/oaklands-wendy-burch-steel-redwood-to-play-sunday-in-berkeley/ and see this marvelous acoustic act this Sun, Feb 23, starting 5pm at The Back Room in Berkeley.
FB event: Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood.

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The Back Room

We have another weekend full of great music, starting with tonight's Brazilian/Bossa Nova/Jazz show with Kenya Moses & Friends.

Read all about it in this week's newsletter from Sam. You know the drill: bring a friend, a bottle of your favorite beverage and cozy up on a couch and enjoy some excellent music.

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Steve Indig PR & Events

Thanks to the East Bay Times and PR team Steve Indig PR & Events for helping to spread the word about this great show!

Wendy Burch Steel gets profiled in East Bay Times, in advance to this Sunday's CD release party at The Back Room. Publicity by Steve Indig PR & Events.
FB event: Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

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Quevedo, Kostopoulos & Donnay Valentine's Promo

Here's a little teaser for our Valentine's Day concert with Valeriana Quevedo, Kay Andreas Kostopoulos and Roberta Donnay.

Celebrate love & music with us this Friday night. 🍾🌹

Come see the girls at the Backroom in Berkeley CA, Friday, February 14, 2010, 1984 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley CA! Besides being outstanding jazz vocalists, they...

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Love is in the air this week, and we've got a swingin' Valentine's Day concert for you! This Friday night, you can enjoy not one, not two, but THREE fabulous singers (Valeriana Quevedo, Kay Andreas Kostopoulos and Roberta Donnay)!

And that's not all...we're very pleased to welcome the Lorin Rowan Trio featuring Jeremy Cohen & Doug Harman tomorrow night (although Doug has just broken his wrist so will not be joining in on cello as hoped).

Sam's got a whole weekend of music ahead...click any image below to read this week's newsletter.

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The Back Room

This week's newsletter has some further thoughts from Sam:
Okay, this is my third and final comment on our impeachment moment. Last week's was something of a misfire, as I was momentarily inebriated by Schiff's unexpected eloquence and the sudden possibility of a piece of Truth emerging via John Bolton. And I promise, this will be my last rant until at least after the primaries.

Three years ago, as we all remember, there was a rip-roaring women-led March on Washington, and there was the definite feeling that we would somehow overcome this madness.

I, for one, assumed that there would be some principled conservatives, who, despite very different politics, would be our allies in the larger fight for our national sanity. But alas, those on the right who were not idiots to begin with turned out to be the worst sort of quisling - traitors not just to their country, but to the very concepts of truth and decency.

So these last three years of painful humiliation have taken their toll, and now there are no high-spirited marches - why, we barely have the energy to talk about it anymore! We are beaten down. The impeachment, which in a rational world would have had a galvanizing effect as the truths were laid out, instead unites us in mute despair as all these truths are nonchalantly dismissed and elaborately ignored.

So what we need now is a leader! A leader who will rally us and restore our hope!

There's more to read and lots of music to explore in our newsletter, please click any image below to read all about it!

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The Back Room

We're invoking the spirits of Django and Thelonious with tonight's show, starring two greats in the world of jazz: Kit Eakle and Howard Alden.

And we have a fun dose of indie pop/rock with Chris Marsol tomorrow night, followed by the amazing drummer Kahil El'Zabar and his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble on Saturday night.

And that's not all! We offer you a soothing afternoon of classic bop/jazz on Sunday, before the Super Bowl, with Noah Frank & Grant Levin!

Read all about it in this week's newsletter from Sam...

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This Week at The Back Room! �

Sam has a lot on his mind this week, and we have a lot of music for you.

Starting tonight, we have a very talented line-up of Jet Black Pearl and Portland's La Dee Da. And tomorrow we welcome back Teja Gerken and the International Fingerstyle Guitar Summit!

Sunday is your last chance this month to catch The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, don't miss it!

Learn more in our weekly newsletter below.

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This Week at The Back Room! 🎵

This week we have folky/pop, a guitar trifecta, an authentic jug band and the continuing residency of The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol!

Read all about it in this week's newsletter from Sam...

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Tonight we welcome a young jazz pianist, Javier Santiago, and tomorrow we have the legendary jazz guitarist Ron Jackson and his trio.

There's much more music on our schedule, and our cozy listening room is the perfect escape from the cold, wet weather. Click on the images below to see this week's newsletter, and grab a friend and come on down!

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*Scam alert! Please folks, do NOT buy tickets from anyone posting on one of our Event pages that they can't make the show and will sell their tickets at a discount.

This is a scam.

Anyone with a legitimate ticket to one of our shows can request a full refund if they can't make it. Please only purchase tickets through our website (www.backroommusic.com), which will guarantee that you'll get in and that the artists will be paid their fair share.

Thank you!

backroommusic.com Live music venue with blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, soul, R&B, experimental, world, rock, and roots artists. All ages, BYOB.

Ethan Ostrow put on a great show this evening! Thanks to all who came out and supported this fine young jazz artist.

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This week we have straight-ahead jazz, classic blues, a young jazz trio, an awesome New Year's Eve tradition with High Country, and our annual New Year's Day benefit!

Click on any image below to see our newsletter and learn more. We're an all-ages, BYOB space created just for music lovers like you! Happy Holidays!

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Happy Friday! Feeling a little jazzy? Or maybe you need to get into the holiday spirit? Or perhaps swing is your thing?

As usual, we have it all at The Back Room. Sam's weekly newsletter is below, check out our upcoming shows and come sit on a couch and enjoy. Cheers!

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It's almost the weekend and that means more great music at The Back Room!

Tonight we welcome the great Sheldon Brown and Ben Goldberg, performing the music of Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk, along with a large dose of improv. And tomorrow we get into some straight-ahead blues with The Lucky Losers.

Our Saturday night show with Bobby Black is sold out, thank you!

But there's much more to come...please check out our newsletter below to see our line-up and purchase tickets.

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Happy Friday! We have a wild assortment of music for you this weekend, starting tonight with Project Vox (eight vocal virtuosos).

We host the talented husband & wife duo, Bourbon Therapy, tomorrow night. And then we have back-to-back shows on Sunday, with Brand New Heartache in the afternoon, and Cello Madness Congress in the evening.

Bring a bottle of your favorite beverage and settle in for some great music in an acoustically-perfect room.

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We're excited to welcome back the great Joel Dorham for tonight's show. And we've got Sam's Corner tomorrow with Paula Harris at 3pm, and Steel&Hammers and Josh Flagg tomorrow evening.

Come in from the cold and warm up with some great music!

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Happy Friday everyone!

We've got the great Mark Hummel and Deep Basement Shakers tonight, and the popular group Slinky Thing, who perform exquisite covers of Steely Dan songs, tomorrow night!

There's a lot more this weekend, read all about it in this week's newsletter. We're an all-ages, BYOB space with comfy couches, great acoustics and a room made for attentive listening.

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Paula Harris at The Back Room!

We have another Sam's Corner coming up on Dec 1st, with the great jazz/blues singer Paula Harris!

Click the link below to check out a message from Sam about this show...and remember, The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space. See you there!

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Tonight we welcome Virginie Marine, who celebrates her new EP! And this weekend we have our usual eclectic mix, this time featuring boogie, ballads, soul-grass, trad/Americana, and bluegrass!

Check out our newsletter for more info and bring a friend to see some music. It's good for the soul!

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Happy Friday! This weekend we have fingerstyle guitars, a Day of the Dead celebration, a tribute to Joni's Mitchell & Celtic music.

Cozy up with a friend and a bottle of your favorite beverage (we are all ages and BYOB for 21+) and check out a show.

Thanks for supporting local music!

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Our Story

Do you love music that falls on the quieter side of the musical spectrum? Are you looking for a small, beautiful space with great acoustics and comfortable seating that presents live music with respect and appreciation? Then The Back Room is the place for you. • The Back Room is not a place for food. Oh, we have packaged snacks available, but nothing that needs to be heated, sliced, or served. • The Back Room is not a place for drinks. Of course we offer water and soft drinks for sale, and adults are welcome to bring their own adult beverages - we'll even supply the glasses. But we can't sell any alcohol, and we don't really want to. • The Back Room IS a place with comfortable upholstered furniture and a singular focus on the music. Seating, as it happens, is very important to us, because we want the folks here to be completely relaxed, and happy, and ready to listen. • The Back Room IS, as the logo says, an intimate place for music. Our hours and days of operation are flexible, so please visit our Events page to see our current schedule: www.backroommusic.com/events/. To learn more about The Back Room, please visit us at www.backroommusic.com.

To inquire about performing at The Back Room, please email your info (links to your website/music, a short bio about you/your performance history, a photo or two) to Sam at [email protected]. Thanks! Sam Rudin

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