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DIRTY CELLO ROCKS THE BAYBERRY INN - ROGUE VALLEY MESSENGER

Sept 2020 by Alan Armstrong
 

It’s a beautiful evening in Ashland as I enter the Bayberry Inn’s enchanting outdoor space on September 6 (pre-fires). Just as there is a certain insider acumen associated with the “dirty” martini, Southern Oregon presents Dirty Cello as an example of the higher echelon of musical talent. 

DIRTY CELLO CONCERT - SACRAMENTOREVEALED.COM

Aug 2020
 

When Dirty Cello played at the B Street Theatre at The Sofia last (pre-COVID-19), I had tentatively planned to attend the mid-December 2019 concert.  Unfortunately, my plans were sidetracked.  I was therefore pleased to “attend” their recent virtual concert as part of the B Street Theatre at the Sofia’s Six-Feet Apart series.

DIRTY CELLO FINDS UNIQUE WAYS - GOOD TIMES SANTA CRUZ

Aug 2020 by Aaron Carnes

Four years ago, Rebecca Roudman and husband Jason Eckl booked a night’s stay at a fully functioning buffalo ranch on California’s Central Coast. While there, the owner gave them a tour of the property. They noticed a beautiful outdoor stage that was used for church services. Roudman asked, “Would you consider having a concert here?”
 

LIVE IN ASHLAND - ASHLAND TIDINGS

July 2020 by Joe Zavala

Rebecca Roudman should be lugging her cello case down a cobblestone street in Paris this week, strolling through art galleries, and sipping cappuccino by the gallon.

 

BAY AREA BAND SERENADES - ABC7 NEWS

July 2020 by Melissa Pixcar

The closure has had a major economic impact on the zoo but a Bay Area bluegrass band, Dirty Cello, has stepped in to help the animals during the pandemic.

 

COMMERCIAL FOR FACEBOOK

May 2020 by Facebook Watch

Bake, read, learn, practice, maybe sing with Ken Jeong together Live…even when we’re apart. There’s tons of live content to bring us together on Facebook Watch.

SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU SMILE - KQED

May 2020 by Maria Alana Diokno

To make a long story short, a bluegrass band named Dirty Cello was performing at the Oakland Zoo and a parrot decided to sing along. It made me so happy to be reminded that we still have so much room in our new normal for this kind of spontaneous joy. Hope it does the same for you.

LIVE FROM A MUSIC DIVE - STRINGS MAGAZINE

May 2020 by David Templeton

Anyone who's been in an audience when the San Francisco Bay Area Dirty Cello takes the stage knows that something unique happens whenever cellist Rebecca Roudman and ensemble come face to face with living, breathing (and whooping and shouting) fans.

SING ALONG AT ZOO - KRON 4 NEWS

May 2020 by Amy Larson

The elephant was not amused, the giraffe was intrigued, and the parrot burst into song.

Earlier this week a blues and bluegrass band, Dirty Cello, played music for all of the animals of the Oakland Zoo.

GREATEST HITS - MODESTOVIEW

April 2020 by Aaron Rowan

On Friday evening May 8, we’ll welcome back the one and only Dirty Cello, who have headlined for me on numerous occasions and are one of my very top crowd-pleasers. From the first time I nearly fell out of my chair when she emailed asking to play my series, to booking concert dates for her in the U.K., to attending her wedding, to playing pack-mule schlepping her gear to the bottom of Moaning Cavern for a concert, I’ve forged quite the beautiful friendship with cellist/bandleader Rebecca Roudman. 

MARIN MUSICIANS TAKE ACT ONLINE - MARIN I.J.

March 2020 by Keri Brenner

Marin’s gigging musicians — and producers at local venues where they play — say they are doing a major reset as virtually all of the spring and summer concert seasons this year have been canceled or postponed over the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re doing Facebook Live concerts every night at 8 p.m.,” said Rebecca Roudman of the blues and bluegrass-inspired band Dirty Cello. Roudman and Jason Eckl, her husband and bandmate, are streaming the concerts from their Novato home.

PERFORMANCES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN - PRESS DEMOCRAT

March 2020 by Dan Taylor

The creative impulse cannot be denied. With no gigs to play, no museums open and all the theaters dark, our musicians, artists and actors go right on sharing their talents, simply because they must.

With the public ordered to shelter in place during the coronavirus crisis, artists of all kinds have turned to social media to find a stage for their performances.

BAND TOGETHER - SONOMA MAGAZINE

March 2020 by Michael Shapiro

Even in Northern California, even two decades into the 21st century, women in music often get "unpleasant treatment" says cellist Rebecca Roudman, leader of the band Dirty Cello. "So instead of getting mad about it, I decided to do something positive about it," she said. "That's why we wanted to do a concert that would benefit women,"

DIRTY CELLO - SONOMA COUNTY GAZETTE

March 2020 by Robert Feuer

Dirty Cello, a local band that generates pure excitement, was started by cellist Rebecca Roudman and guitarist Jason Eckl, eight years ago. Roudman chose the name Dirty Cello because “I wanted to go beyond the limits of what a cello can do.” Also, “so people would be like ‘what the hell is Dirty Cello.’” Their professed focus on blues, bluegrass, and rock understates the fact that they’ll play “anything that moves us emotionally,” she says.  

DIRTY CELLO AND FRIENDS CELEBRATION INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - PRESS DEMOCRAT

February 2020 by Dan Taylor

On the eve of International Women’s Day, which is March 8, rocking blues and bluegrass cellist Rebecca Roudman gathers her favorite North Bay women performers for a joint concert.

REVIEW: THE FIRE AND FURY OF A NOT SO MELLOW CELLO - BIG ISLAND MUSIC MAG

February 2020 by Steven Roby

From classical Bach to classic rock, Dirty Cello proved they can play those standards, everything in between – and a few originals too! Last Friday’s Kahilu crowd got a two-hour high-energy show to kick off their weekend and they showed their appreciation with a standing ovation.

DIRTY CELLO BRINGS BLUES, BLUEGRASS, ROCK - WINTERS EXPRESS

February 2020 

Sure, Rebecca Roudman plays cello in two symphonies, long considered cellists’ natural habitat. But the cellist, singer and fiddler comes into her own when she’s fronting her eclectic roots band, Dirty Cello. 

 “I love classical music, but I grew up listening to all types of music, and I wanted to play that music on my cello,” she told Strings Magazine. “So I decided to just go for it. I formed Dirty Cello to give me a way to do something different from my other playing.” 

DIRTY CELLO PLAYS THE PALM PLAYHOUSE - WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT

February 2020 - Sarah Dowling

Rebecca Roudman decided it was time for her to step into the spotlight.

The classically trained cellist spent years in the background, playing with orchestras and backing up other musicians.

“I got very bored and very jealous,” Roudman admitted. “When they got up to rip solos, I wanted to get a piece of the action.”

A WORD WITH DIRTY CELLO'S REBECCA ROUDKMAN - BIG ISLAND MUSIC MAG

February 2020 - Steven Roby

Rebecca Roudman has played cello professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area for years. Equally at home as a renowned classical cello player or on the cutting edge of pop music, Rebecca Roudman is one of the most exciting crossover cellists you’ll find today.

DIRTY CELLO BRINGS BLUES, BLUEGRASS AND ROCK TO THE PALMS - DAVIS ENTERPRISE

February 2020 

Sure, Rebecca Roudman plays cello in two symphonies, long considered cellists’ natural habitat. But the cellist, singer and fiddler comes into her own when she’s fronting her eclectic roots band, Dirty Cello.

“I love classical music, but I grew up listening to all types of music, and I wanted to play that music on my cello,” she told Strings Magazine. “So I decided to just go for it. I formed Dirty Cello to give me a way to do something different from my other playing.”

DIRTY CELLO KEEPS THE JOINT HOPPIN' - TIMES HERALD

February 2020 by Richard Freedman

For those seeking a high-priced, grab your finest duds Valentine’s Day night out, forget The Palms in Winters. Not when Dirty Cello is playing.

“The reason we’re having a Valentine’s show is that I hate how expensive everything is on Valentine’s Day, how formal and high pressure it is,” said Rebecca Roudman, the cello behind Dirty Cello, declaring a “reasonably priced, casual and fun” 8 p.m. performance.

ON THE AIR - DIRTY CELLO

December 2019 by Steve Baker

OK, the band Dirty Cello — and its lead singer and cello player Rebecca Roudman — are compiling pretty amazing press.

And, wait, they’re coming to a special KVMR 89.5 FM intimate house concert in the radio station’s community room this Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. in downtown Nevada City, during Victorian Christmas.

DIRTY CELLO CUTS LOOSE - MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY

October 2019 by Paul Fried

Dirty Cello has all kinds of connotations, some even provocative. But cellist Rebecca Roudman didn’t intend any of that.

“When I play classical cello I think of it as such a clean way to play the instrument,” she says. “I was going for the opposite.”

FOLLOWING DANCING BOOT TRACKS - TAHOE ON STAGE

August 2019 by Tim Parsons

When Rebecca Roudman started the band Dirty Cello, she didn’t think it would go anywhere. Instead, it’s gone everywhere.

In seven years, Dirty Cello has released seven albums and had multiple tours in England, Italy and China.

TIME TO GET "DIRTY" - THE SHEET

July 2019 by Ted Carleton

Kicking off Thursday will be Dirty Cello, a band which performed on the Minaret Stage last year. 

DIRTY CELLO SHOWS OFF NEW ALBUM - MERCURY NEWS

May 2019 by Andrew Gilbert

When you take a cello out of concert halls and chamber settings and let it loose in a bar or nightclub, interesting things tend to happen.

BLUESY VIRTUOSOS - PACIFIC SUN

April 2019 by Charlie Swanson

Raised in San Rafael and now living in Novato, Rebecca Roudman makes her living as a cellist in the Oakland Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She started playing classical music when she was 7 years old, and after graduating as a music major in college, it was all classical music all the time.

DIRTY CELLO CLEANS UP BLUEGRASS SCENE - TIMES HERALD

Feb 2019 by Richard Freedman

First, it’s off to Israel. Then jump on a plane to the United Kingdom. And finish it with a jaunt to Iceland.

And you think you have a long commute to work?

DIRTY CELLO CD RELEASE PARTY - UPBEAT TIMES

Jan 2019 by Shekeyna Black

Question: What does an electic bluegrass fusion band and a renowned orchestra have in common? Answer: Rebecca Roudman plays cello for both. Roudman, the versatile bandleader for Dirty Cello, has been performing with the prestigious Santa Rosa Symphony since 2001.

DIRTY CELLO RETURNS TO BLUE NOTE - NAPA VALLEY REGISTER

Oct, 2018 by David Kerns

Cellist Rebecca Roudman leads a musical double life. While she is a serious symphonic cellist with experience in a number of Bay Area orchestras, her first love is Dirty Cello, her multi-genre quartet. They return to Blue Note Napa for two shows this Friday evening, Oct. 5.

MUSICIANS NEAR AND FAR TO ROCK OUT - REDDING RECORD

Aug, 2018 by Jessica Skropanic

Music artists who made Redding a regular stop on their tours are joining with a few new faces to rock out — and folk out, and blues out — for those most affected by the Carr Fire. They'll play an eclectic benefit concert when they gather on Aug. 31 at the Cascade Theatre in Redding.

CELLO THEFT SOLVED WITH CONCERTED EFFORT - J WEEKLY

Nov, 2018 by Laura Paull

The two co-founders of the local bands Dirty Cello and San Francisco Yiddish Combo were robbed of their musical instruments in San Francisco Tuesday night, but a strong community effort and the ingenious play of a Good Samaritan helped recover the valuable cello and guitar about 15 hours after they went missing.

DIRTY CELLO HITS THE BRICKS AT OSF - ASHLAND TIDINGS

July, 2018 by Nick Diamantides

When lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension. Dirty Cello — a four-piece band from San Francisco — makes its style of string music to inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance.

“Our music has never been described as calming,” cellist Rebecca Roudman says with a laugh. “We love the idea of having people unplug, rock out at our concerts and be happy.”

ANYTHING BUT CLASSICAL - ROGUE VALLEY MESSENGER

July, 2018 by Sara Jane Wiltermood

Crooning into the mic about the injustices of the labels placed on females while rocking out a bluesy riff on the cello is not something you see every day. Dirty Cello strives to be that unique group that turns heads and shatters stereotypes, all centered around that stalwart instrument of any orchestra or symphony—the cello. Lead singer and cellist Rebecca Roudman fills us in on what it takes to break the mold.

KLEZMER FOR THE 21ST CENTURY - J WEEKLY

July, 2018 by Laura Paull

For North Bay musicians Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl, who have traveled the world with their band Dirty Cello, creating yet another band was just an extension of their boundless musical interests, from jazz to pop to classical.

"ELOGIO DEL VIOLONCELLO"- LA TUA REPUBBLICA

MAY, 2018 

Il Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli è anche "Un museo che suona". Per quattro giorni, dal 31 maggio al 3 giugno, con "Elogio del violoncello", il Mann diretto da Paolo Giulierini si trasformerà in un'immensa scatola sonora grazie alle suggestioni di un originale format musicale firmato da Stefano Valanzuolo.

GETTING GRITTY WITH DIRTY CELLO - SF CLASSICAL VOICE

MAY, 2018 by Lou Fancher

On YouTube, you can view not one, but three side-by-side-by-side Rebecca Roudmans simultaneously rocking through Purple Haze on three cellos — a 1909 French classic, a gray carbon-fiber model made by Luis and Clark, and an electric cello that resembles a funky hardwood board shaped like a smoothly beveled hourglass. 

GOOD OLD DAYS FOLLOW UP 60 YEARS - MONTEREY COUNTY NOW

APRIL, 2018 by Adam Joseph

At first glance, the core four bandmembers look like unassuming music students from Juilliard or Peabody. All preconceptions are overrun by prodigy Rebecca Roudman and a concept that involves her cello transforming into an electric guitar. 

DIFFERENT BEAT - WEST HAWAII TODAY

APRIL, 2018 by Elizabeth Pitts West

KAILUA-KONA — San Francisco-based musician Rebecca Roudman has been playing music since she was seven, when she was classically trained on the cello.

What started as a hobby she learned just for fun has turned into a career touring the world with her band, Dirty Cello, and performing something very different from classical music.

DIRTY CELLO - HONOLULU STAR ADVERTISER

APRIL, 2018 by John Berger

The cello has had an honored place in Western classical music for several hundred years, but who thinks of it as a cool pop instrument? Compare the cello to the acoustic bass — also known as the double bass, the contra-bass and the “stand-up bass” — which has epitomized “cool” ever since someone started playing it as a rhythm instrument around the 1920s.

GREAT MUSICIANS FIND THEIR INSPIRATION - PRESS DEMOCRAT

FEBRUARY, 2018 

Today’s classical musicians often express their creative talents in a variety of ways outside of more formal orchestral settings. Classical performers, such as Rebecca Roudman, a cellist with the Santa Rosa Symphony, branch out into other musical genres, using their classical training, and often their classical instruments, to create a fresh and exciting sound such as that composed by Roudman’s band, ‘Dirty Cello.’ As a new generation of classical musicians, influenced by ever-increasing musical genres and styles, in turn, bring a new outlook and style to the music they perform.

BUT CAN A CELLO REALLY DO THAT? - CARMEL PINE CONE

JANUARY, 2018 by Chris Counts

REINVENTING AN instrument that is best known for its somber and melancholy sound, Dirty Cello visits the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur Saturday, Jan. 6. And if the weather cooperates, the band will even play outside under the redwoods — which will create quite a contrast to the frigid conditions most of the country is suffering through. The San Francisco-based ensemble got its start in 2010 after cellist Rebecca Roudman, who had been experimenting with playing rock songs, won a local talent show, “Vallejo’s Got Talent.”

DIRTY CELLO DUO BOOKED AT JFK LIBRARY - VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD

JANUARY, 2018 by Richard Freedman

Weed is a lumber town in Siskyou County with a population hanging around 3,000 residents.

Somewhat whimsically, Rebecca Roudman emailed the management of The Weed Palace. And, wouldn’t you know it, that’s where the quartet plays this weekend.

“I never heard of The Weed Palace Theater. I never heard of Weed, California,” Roudman said. “There are so many small cities that I never heard of. It seems a little bit out there. Maybe they will all come to the show.”

DIRTY CELLO GOES GRIMY - MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY

JANUARY, 2018 by Paul Fried

In choosing a band name that conjures all kinds of possibilities, Dirty Cello bandleader Rebecca Roudman feels the decision was simple.

“I like classical, but it’s not my favorite music,” she says. “And I love blues, and I love bluegrass. I have eclectic musical tastes, and over time I began to wonder if it would be possible to do the cello as a lead instrument, like the guitar is in a rock band.”

She then adds this: “When I play classical I think of it as such a clean way to play. I was going for the opposite of that.”

DIRTY CELLO: OFF THE RECORD

July, 2017 by Jade Shojaee

 

As a professional musician, I think people have a weird misconception about the idea of “making it.” I started out by going to college for music. It was there I got a lot of training and worked on the idea that to make it as a professional musician in the modern world, one of the keys is being a diverse player.  At one point in time, my career consisted of orchestras all over California, session work with everyone from blues musicians to 20th century post-modern avante-garde music to teaching private lessons.

MUSIC PREVIEW - LA TIMES

July, 2016 by Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein

Rebecca Roudman has a complicated relationship with the cello. Classically trained from childhood, she performs with two Bay Area symphonies. But all things being equal, she'd rather just shred.

"I've never been a huge fan of classical music," she says from Berlin, where her band, Dirty Cello, is on an eight-city tour of Europe. (They perform at Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on Aug. 12). "Polite applause is great, but in-your-face cheering is so much better."

DIRTY CELLO - CONTENT MAGAZINE

JULY, 2016 by Nick Panoutsos

 

Every year, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest pushes musical boundaries by booking diverse acts that break the mold of what listeners know as jazz music. The 2016 lineup is no exception. Soul, blues, and hip-hop artists add variety to a lengthy list of jazz heavyweights and rising stars. In spite of the seemingly vast genre gap between some of the artists, the San Francisco Bay Area’s own Dirty Cello is proof that all performers at the Summer Fest share a common respect for the jazz tradition.

CELLO MIT BESONDERER NOTE

July, 2016

Musiker aus San Francisco begeisterten bei Konzert im Hof der Kulturscheune.

DELANCEY STREET FOUNDATION WELCOMES DIRTY CELLO

July, 2016 by Carrie Sownie

Rebecca Roudman and Jason Eckl of Dirty Cello have been volunteering since 2015 and are already dedicated Bread & Roses Presents performers. Novato-based and internationally renowned, Dirty Cello is known for their energetic mix of bluegrass, blues and classic rock. They have played with artists such as Santana, Joan Baez and Deltron 3030, and they performed their first show in June at The Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco.

DIRTY CELLO ON THE ROAD - STRINGS MAGAZINE

February, 2016 by Rebecca Roudman

I got married last summer and, when planning for the wedding, there was no question about where I wanted to spend my honeymoon—Italy! Since my new husband [Dirty Cello guitarist Jason Eckl] and I are both in the band, we thought it would be a fun idea to combine our honeymoon with a performance tour.

WHIRLWIND TOUR DIARY - STRINGS MAGAZINE

January, 2015 by Rebecca Roudman

After 32 hours, I was in China! We had gotten up in the wee hours of the morning (at 4 am) and arrived an hour later at San Francisco International Airport.

Who knew we were actually too early to get checked in? (Wish I had slept 20 more minutes.) The band boarded the plane and after a crazy flight path that veered from San Francisco to Vancouver, Vancouver to Beijing, and Beijing to the Chinese city of Dalian, finally arrived.

IT'S DIRTY WORK - STRINGS MAGAZINE

January, 2014 by David Templeton

A weather-beaten man is listening to Rebecca Roudman, as she plays Jimi Hendrix' "Purple Haze" on the cello. "Awesome!" the aged gentleman murmurs, the moment he recognizes the familiar melody. Clearly a man of the streets, he is seated in the lobby of the Hotel Cadillac in San Francisco's seedy Tenderloin District.

He's a guest at the hotel's weekly Concerts at the Cadillac series, staging free performances of classical, jazz, and world music for residents of the low-income residential hotel.