The Alhambra Valley Band

  • July 10, 2019
  • By Admin: sfbluegrass
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We are happy to welcome this great East Bay night-spot to the SFBOT line-up.

The Alhambra Valley Band is proud of its long tradition of bringing fine Bluegrass and original music to fans in California. Washington and Nevada since 1986. One of Northern California’s premier bluegrass bands, the Alhambra Band has played major festivals in three western states, and this SFBOT show is a home coming of sorts, since they come from Martinez.

For years, audiences all over the West have thrilled to the Alhambra Valley Band’s blend of original material and Bluegrass standards. The band’s personnel have changes some in their 20-plus years, but always features some of the area’s most accomplished bluegrass musicians. The band’s lineup is Lynn Quinones on guitar, Jill Cruey on fiddle, Dan Large on mandolin, Mitch Polzak on banjo and Bruce Campbell. All the members sing and contribute original music to the band as well.

Redwing squarely falls in the “way more than a Bluegrass Band” category, mixing the traditional repertoire of Bluegrass favorites with surprising and less-often heard gems.

The players are seasoned and active participants in the Bay Area music scene. Redwing members have played all the major local venues. Redwing consists of Polly Frizzell on fiddle/viola, Bob Johnson on dobro, Alan Dreyfus on guitar and bass, Rick “Red” Horlick on mandolin and Olivier Zyngier on bass, and guitar. The band features terrific 2 and 3 part vocal harmonies that really bring their repertoire to life.

The ingredient that spices up the Redwing sauce is the arranging. You’re as likely to hear old bluegrass standards as well as more modern country songs. Traditional fiddle tunes are played as fast and expertly as expected, and may often surprise you with a tasty new approach. And you haven’t lived until you heard Redwing’s rendition of Cold Frosty Morning or Raleigh & Spencer.

This hard driving band plays with one foot in modern bluegrass while embracing new-grass, with strong vocal harmonies and creative arrangements.

The ONs feature music from Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers all the way to current Bluegrass and original compositions.

The trio blends smooth vocal harmony with clever picking and strumming to create a traditional bluegrass sound, whether it’s old or new tunes. Driven by Ron Logan’s solid acoustic bass, Don Laughland embellishes melodies with solo improvisations on guitar, and John Gallagher adds dobro and banjo leads.