Roberta Donnay with Danny Caron - Home for the Holidays!


Sun Dec 17 2023 at 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm


The Back Room | Berkeley, CA

Please join us for an evening with renowned jazz/blues singer Roberta Donnay and guitarist Danny Caron, celebrating the season with music.
About this Event

Award-winning, internationally-renowned jazz and blues singer Roberta Donnay presents a joyful celebration of roots, standards and holiday music, with guitarist Danny Caron.

Influenced at an early age by the music of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bessie Smith, Donnay began singing professionally at age 16 in her home town of Washington D.C. After relocating to San Francisco, she continued to sing Dixieland and traditional jazz with local band leaders, including Dick Oxtot and Jimmy Price. Later, Donnay toured internationally as a member of Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks.

When legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews recognized Donnay's talent, he took her under his wing to produce her first jazz recording, What's Your Story. Donnay then followed her passion for American roots music and formed the Prohibition Mob Band, recording three albums and continuing to delight audiences with raw, bawdy, vintage jazz, blues, and swing. Last year, she released Blossom-ing!, celebrating the music of Blossom Dearie.

“With her singularly enticing sound, few contemporary vocalists are as well suited to dustily vintage material as jazz-blues stylist Roberta Donnay.” – Jazz Times

“Soulful” - NY Times

“Roberta Donnay captures an era and proves herself an individual stylist.” – Dan Hicks

“Ultra cool..” – All About Jazz

Donnay has performed and/or shared the stage with Booker T. Jones, Dr. John, David Grisman, John Hammond Jr., Elvis Costello, Huey Lewis, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Neil Young, and others, appearing at concert venues, festivals and performing arts centers, including Berkshires Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz, SXSW, and Telluride, Jacksonville, Exit Zero and Montreux Jazz Festivals, Sonoma Int’l Film Festival, Las Vegas Performing Arts Centers, and more.

Tickets are $25 general admission. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available here, or if the show is not sold out, you may purchase your tickets at the door before the show.

Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash or Venmo only at the door.

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 food and beverages. The venue is ADA accessible. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-381-1997.

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Please note: Although masks are no longer required, we strongly encourage their use to keep everyone safe in our intimate space.


Where is it happening?

The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Avenue, Berkeley, United States

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