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Launch Your Weekend On the Bay! Event Calendar

Friday 5/19 – James Lee Stanley
A singer/songwriter with strong ties to jazz, blues, and rock, James is an internationally known veteran with 31 albums to his credit. Says the Village Voice: “It’s simple really. With James Lee you get great songs, great guitar playing, great voice, and a gifted comedian as well. You are in for a very entertaining evening.”

Saturday 5/20 – Yolandra Rhodes, Rod James
Yolandra is a jazz singer who reinterprets works most often associated with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, and Rachelle Ferrell. That takes a lot of gumption, but a lot of folks think she knows what she is doing – she just got signed to Sony Music/Orchard Records. Smooth-voiced baritone Rod James opens up.

Monday 5/22 – Claude Bourbon
The Back Room is not usually open on Mondays, but that was the only day we could get this charismatic Frenchman, known throughout Europe and America for his amazing guitar performances. “A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, folk, classical, and Spanish guitar from a stunning virtuoso!”

From proprietor Sam Rudin:

“As you probably know, each of the events on our calendar opens to a whole page with one click, and at the bottom of that page is an opportunity to buy advance tickets. Buying in advance, of course, guarantees you a seat in case of a sellout.  It is also often a way to save a few bucks. The May 22nd show coming up, for instance, is $20 at the door but $15 (plus $1.80 surcharge) in advance. And the May 19th show, also $20 at the door, is $18 in advance, which at least nullifies the surcharge. But it does something else too: it provides the performers, especially the traveling performers who are going well out of their way to be here, with a sort of RSVP list – letting them know, in a very rough way, who is coming and how many to expect.” website

Located at 1984 Bonita St. in Berkeley, the Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, with comfortable seating and a dedicated focus on acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage and they accept cash only at the door.


Submit your event to [email protected] (Wed. is the deadline for This Weekend inclusion)



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