Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: Holiday Party

The Back Room is proud to present Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band's Holiday Party, with special guests. The Prohibition Mob features trumpeter Rich Armstrong (Boz Scaggs), trombonist Mike Rinta (Santana, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter), bassist Simon Planting (Mathilde Santing, Bill Frisell), pianist Sam Cady (Noel Jewkes) and drummer Kelly Fasman (Peter Cetera, Kenny Loggins). 

Veteran vocalist Roberta Donnay - whose new album My Heart Belongs to Satchmo, a collection of tunes from the Louis Armstrong songbook of the 1920's - 1930's is drawing rave reviews - returns from a stirring performance at New York's famed Birdland Jazz club this month to share her exceptional talents with Bay Area jazz fans at this great music venue. 

An award-winning singer-songwriter-producer, Donnay's music and voice can be heard on film and TV.

Donnay's interest in roots music was inspired from the radio, performing with Dick Oxtot's Golden Age Jazz Band, recording with legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, researching lost and obscure material from the Jazz Age, and touring 10 1/2 years as singer/percussionist with Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks.

As a songwriter and performer, Donnay has won an ASCAP Composer Award, the Top Solo Indie Artist in Performing Songwriter Magazine, one of the Best Albums in DownBeat Magazine, and an International Film Music Award.

As a singer and performer, Donnay has opened for, or performed with, George Benson, Bob Dorough, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, John Hammond, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Maria Muldaur, Lewis Nash, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, Lee Ritenour, Booker T., Tuck & Patti and more.

"[Roberta Donnay's] engagement with the lyrics, her supple sense of time and her soulful, little-girl timbre remind you of Billie Holiday." - Mike Zwerin, International Herald Tribune 

"With her singularly enticing sound, few contemporary vocalists are as well suited to dustily vintage material as jazz-blues stylist Roberta Donnay.'" - JazzTimes

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

Dec 20, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley

Kizomba Nightz

Doors at 7:30 pm; Intro to Kizomba Dance Lesson at 8:00 pm; Open Level Semba at 8:45 pm; Open Practica at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $15 Gen Adm / $12 Students
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Kizomba is a popular genre of music and partnered dance from Angola. Its is known to be smooth and slow, with grounded movements, danced in a close partner connection. The origin of Kizomba dance comes from Semba, a traditional type of dance and music from Angola known for its energetic movements.

For any questions please contact Kathy Reyes at

Dec 20, 8pm to 11:30pm, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley