WE ARE BACK for our first public performance since March of 2020, when we last performed at The Back Room! We will be playing two sets: one for listening and one for dancing. We can barely contain our excitement to play for you again.

ABOUT US: True Life Trio performs riveting vocal harmonies from Eastern Europe, the Americas and beyond, featuring veteran vocalists from legendary Bay Area groups Kitka and Brass Menažeri. we explore the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou.

Leslie Bonnett - voice, fiddle, percussion Briget Boyle - voice, guitar, percussion Juliana Graffagna - voice, accordion, percussion

REVIEWS: “They bring the world. Via gorgeous harmonies, the East Bay’s True Life Trio travels through a wide spectrum of styles and traditions…Whenever they raise their voices in song, True Life Trio uplifts the listener, regardless of the song’s subject matter or language.” — Paul Freeman. The Daily News, Bay Area News Group

“True Life Trio has created a unique musical journey that gives a timely immediacy to the enduring spirit that originally inspired the songs.” — Ginger Murray, SF Weekly, from a review of Home “The blend of harmonies touches my soul.” — Cynthia Sutko, audience member

Tickets are $20. Children under 12 are free. 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: #510-381-1997. Thank you for your support!


Thank you for your interest in this show. This show is part of our outdoor concert series, which is very different in atmosphere and logistics from our indoor shows.

Under the circumstances, we recommend masks, even though we are outside. We hope that you are vaccinated, although we do not require it for our outdoor shows. We will continue to socially distance our seats, but you may rearrange them to your liking. And those seats will be standard folding chairs - no comfy couches outside, but they will be comfortably shaded. Only 60 tickets will be sold, and we expect all or most of them to be bought in advance. (Reimbursement for cancellation is guaranteed with 24-hour notice, and rain may cause a cancellation from our end). If a show is sold out, you may contact Sam via email (sam@backroommusic.com) for permission to bring your own seats (and be charged at the "door" instead of in advance).

Please keep in mind that late afternoons can be chillier than expected, even on a warm spring day, especially when sitting still, so bring an extra layer! Cups of water will be available, but it might be a good idea to bring your own drinks/snacks.