At a glance, it would appear that singer and composer Roberta Donnay stepped straight out of the Roaring Twenties, with her feathered boas and flapper dresses. But as soon as she opens her mouth to sing, the longtime Bay Area performer proves that her take on classic swing and jazz music is timeless.
Known best as a vocalist with Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Donnay has also sung with the likes of David Grisman, John Hammond and Herbie Hancock. In between these gigs, her passion project is fronting the appropriately named Prohibition Mob Band.
Donnay has made a career out of revisiting various eras of American music, and lately her focus on the 1920s and 1930s has contributed to her most acclaimed album yet, Bathtub Gin. Roberta Donnay and the Prohibition Mob Band celebrate their new album with a release party on Sunday, July 26, at Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $15–$17. 415.388.1100.