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12:00am [12:00am] THE ALHAMBRA VALLEY BAND (cont.)
Description:
"Urban Bluegrass"

 Lynn Quinones - Songwriter/ Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
 Jill Cruey -Vocals/ Fiddle
 Dan Large - Vocals/ Mandolin
 Mitch Polzak - Vocals/ Banjo
 Bruce Campbell -Vocals/ Bass

 The Alhambra Valley Band has been contributing talent and energy to the California Bluegrass scene since 1986.
 Also known for award-winning original material and vocal harmony arrangements, this Northern-California-based ensemble of roots musicians is spreading the gospel according to Bluegrass to an ever-grooving base of fans and converts.

 Lynn Quinones is an award winning songwriter and has been a champion of the Bay Area bluegrass scene for years. She combines a deep reverence for traditional music with the creativity and skill to experiment with new sounds and rhythms. The distinctive melodies in her compositions, her “ That’s what I’m talkin’ about!” rhythm guitar style, and her considerable vocal talent form the Alhambra Valley Band’s signature sound.

 AVB’s co-founder, Jill Cruey, is a gifted fiddler with an impressive knowledge of bluegrass and old time music styles.

Mandolin player, Dan Large adds his own innovative touch to the AVB’s original material, singing lead or providing baritone harmonies for the bands highly regarded vocal “trio”.

Mitch Polzak is comfortable in styles from rockabilly to honky-tonk and provides the driving banjo sound for the AVB.

More than just a top-notch bass player, Bruce Campbell brings a sense of humor, fun and balance to the AVB.

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11:00pm [11:00pm] AKI KUMAR & JON LAWTON
Description:
“Natural Blues”

Former members of Tip Of The Top

Aki Kumar - harmonica/ vocals
Jon Lawton - guitat/ vocals
Special Guest - Bob Welsh/ piano

Dynamic frontman & harp player Aki Kumar is a rising star among the next generation of SF Bay Area blues artists. A master of the amplified Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherits his style from the harp legends of the 1950s and 60s. Aki has a unique voice in the blues, blending elements of blues harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own.

Jon Lawton has been playing guitar since 1968. He has released 7 self-produced CDs, toured Europe and the US, backed many major blues figures (John Hammond, Kim Wilson, Mighty Joe Young, Fenton Robinson, James Harman, many others), and his original songs have been recorded by many artists as well.

The duo has allowed the acoustic guitars to come back out.  They have a great time on stage with a free-wheeling sense of humor and a fine feel for the music.

$10
Doors open 7:30