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Sofapalooza: A Sectional of Songs with
Karry Walker, Val Esway, and Jill Rogers


Saturday, March 26

The Back Room

8pm, $20 


Three of the Bay Area’s finest songwriters come together in a one-time, intimate, homey round robin, backing one another up on guitar, bass, optigan, and whatever else they find in their respective living rooms.


Karry Walker’s bedroom folk combines bits of trip-hop and Appalachia, with samples and drum machines dueling with banjos and the creak of rocking chairs on the porch. Performing under the moniker Ultralash, her lyrics are enigmatic puzzles, fragments of short story detail and corrosive imagery, forming musical novels, as intricate and haphazardly beautiful as quilts.  


Val Esway has spent years winning over audiences with the critically acclaimed Ramona the Pest and the twang-inspired  Loretta Lynch and El Mirage. Val’s songs weave graceful paths between power pop and melancholy, swerving into nihilistic pop, Laurel Canyon country. Her latest work, written for her new project, Global Spider Community, explores our dark times and tries to find a home in perfect imperfection. 


Jill Rogers is well known to Bay Area audiences as the lead singer of the honky-tonk revisionist outfit, Crying Time, where she’s also the primary songwriter. Her tunes are songs of love and loss; with wry observations they illuminate relationships on the verge of dissolution or look back with regret at something that might have been. With her 1974 voice, they sound like songs you might have heard on your Daddy’s car radio on long drives along the coast. KALX radio says, “Jill Rogers is an amazing singer. Just plain beautiful." 

Tickets are $20. Children under 12 are free. 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 food and adult beverages with no additional corkage fee. The venue is ADA accessible. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-381-1997.

A Message About Our Indoor Shows:

Thank you for your interest in this show. Our indoor shows require proof of vaccination, and you must wear a mask except when eating or drinking. The performers will be mask-less.

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