Sam Rudin, a blues and jazz pianist, opened the Back Room in 2016. After surviving a stroke, he decided to put humility aside and give himself a monthly gig at his downtown Berkeley venue.
McCalla will perform at Berkeley’s Back Room Sunday afternoon, celebrating the release of her first new album in two decades, ‘Endless Grace.’
Dirty Cello performs Saturday as part of the Back Room’s mostly outdoor spring concert series.
Live music is returning downtown with regular, socially-distanced performances at The UC Theatre, Bobby G’s, and a planned Freight & Salvage ‘tour’ of downtown parklets.
What does the future hold for live music? We checked in with cherished music venues like Ashkenaz, Cal Performances and the Freight to see how they’re feeling and what they’re planning.
Sarah Cline, director of Berkeley High’s storied jazz program, launched JazzGirls Day in 2012. The event, which takes place Saturday at BHS, has spread around the country. Plus: Other recommended gigs.
There’s a wealth of choice this weekend.
The sheer abundance of music from around the world in Berkeley this month is extraordinary.
The San Francisco vocalist, pianist, and composer’s sound encompasses traditional Vietnamese modes, jazz improvisation and harmonies, French chanson and beyond.
There is almost too much to choose from on June 30. Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, the saxophonist David Murray and the percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, and Endangered Blood are all playing.
The violinist, vocalist and Oakland resident celebrates the release of her debut album ‘Haven’ Sunday at the Back Room in Berkeley.
Jenny and the Charmers — think American Songbook but also Joni Mitchell, Sting, John Mayer and Shawn Colvin — play Thursday. Also in town: Carol Faye and Jeff Denson.