Led by Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most exciting crossover cellists, Dirty Cello presents a high energy mix of soulful blues, swingin’ gypsy jazz and wild Euro-gypsy dance music.
Having shared the stage with Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Isaac Hayes, Joan Baez and many more exceptional performers, Rebecca Roudman leads the Dirty Cello band, which has performed at many exciting venues, including the House of Blues (Voodoo Lounge), the Hard Rock Cafe (Oahu and Maui) and tours to Hawaii, L.A./San Diego and Oregon.
Either as a classy duo (cello and guitar), or as a hard rockin’ band with a full rhythm section, violin and singer, Dirty Cello presents a clap-along, danceable mix of music that puts a unique spin on common genres. Whether wailing out the blues with virtuosic skill, getting toes tapping with some gypsy jazz, or flying through wild Euro-gypsy music, the Dirty Cello band presents a show that fans and critics have described as “Amazing!” and “Inspiring.”
As classically trained musicians who also love to rock out, the Dirty Cello band puts on a unique performance that shows a whole new side to the cello. Think B.B. King meets Yo-Yo Ma. A rockin' band, a sexy cello player, and an exciting stage presence make Dirty Cello a band that brings in the crowds and leaves them wanting more!
Home Base: San Francisco
“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 five-piece band from San Francisco — makes its style of string music to inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance.” Ashland Daily Tidings
"Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Oakland Magazine
"The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist." Good Times Santa Cruz
"A five-piece string ensemble that truly pushes the envelope and breaks the barriers, they blend blues, bluegrass and world music sounds with roots in the world of European classical music in a style that is unique and refreshing." Cloverdale Reveille
"The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn't make sense but somehow does." LA Times