What: Bresnan Blues Band with opening act Seymour & Cyge
When: Friday, Aug. 23, 9:30 p.m. opening act
Where: Main Stage Theater, 1 S. Main St. Cottonwood
How Much: No cover
More Info: 928-202-3460
Get a big dose of "creative improvisationalism" with the Bresnan Blues Band at Main Stage Theater in Cottonwood on Friday, Aug. 23.
With influences ranging from traditional blues, '50s rock and roll, jazz and classic rock, The Bresnan Blues Band puts an expressive stamp on their high energy performance of blues inspired originals and blues classics.
The band also adds what they call "blues-ified" songs from other genres into the mix.
The duo Seymour & Cyge open the show at 9:30 p.m.
Bringing together some of the most accomplished musicians in northern Arizona, the Bresnan Blues Band features Dan Bresnan on guitar, Hutch Hutchinson on bass, and Bob Sellani on drums. Visit their new website, www.BresnanBluesBand.com.
Band leader, Dan Bresnan comments, "The group is very focused on improvisation, and the Blues provides a wonderful canvas for emotional expression. We're focused on the energy and emotion as we perform, and allow it to take the music where it needs to go."
Bresnan has been a guitarist for more than four decades and has been publicly performing for more than 30 years.
Having performed, written, and recorded across a wide variety of musical styles, Bresnan's performances represent an expressive fusion of many diverse influences. He is Board Member and Officer for the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance, and performs regularly across northern Arizona and the Phoenix area on guitar, bass and keyboards.
In addition to The Bresnan Blues Band, he can be seen performing as a member of "Blackbird," "The Rifftors" and the "Heavenly J's."
Bass player Hutch Hutchinson began playing guitar at age 10 but soon switched to bass and eventually added keyboard and drums. Performing for audiences since age 14, Hutchinson was strongly influenced by the playing styles of Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, Jack Cassidy, Stanley Clark, Larry Taylor, and Criss Squire, to name just a few.
During the 1970s, Hutchinson was a member of "Whisper," managed by June Smith, the mother of Neil Smith (Alice Cooper's drummer). He has performed throughout the southwest and as far east as Texas and Kansas, and was a member of the legendary northern Arizona blues/rock band, "Dry Heat." He also performs on bass with the groups, "Blues Dawg," "The Rifftors" and "The Heavenly J's."
Drummer, Dr. Bob Sellani, a.k.a. "Dr. Bob," is regarded as one of the top blues shuffle drummers in South Florida and has provided backup for Blues Hall of Fame inductee Matt "Guitar" Murphy, BMA nominee Albert Castillo and two-time Memphis IBC winner, Joey Gilmore.
Following his 2012 relocation to Arizona, Sellani performed for the 2012 IBC competition in Phoenix with "The R.D. Olson Band" and in Flagstaff with Sammy Mac and "The Monday Night Blues Band" before joining the Bresnan Blues Band. In April of this year, Sellani founded the Northern Arizona Blues Alliance, an organization dedicated to spreading, educating, and preserving the Blues.
Seymour & Cyge launch this great evening of music with an opening set at 9 p.m. The duo's "Synergetic Baby Boomer Classics" are reminiscent of dynamic pairings such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers, Seals & Crofts, Loggins & Messina, Chad & Jeremy and more. With a fresh new sound, singer/guitarists, Chris Seymour and Rick Cyge share an engaging "simpatico" that creates the duo's instantly recognizable, signature sound.
Sporting a repertoire that stretches from "Baby Boomer Classics", to folk, country, pop, blues, and even Celtic, the common thread that runs through all of their music is the brilliant chemistry the duo creates with the combination of their vocal harmonies and guitars.
The engaging music and playful banter between Seymour and Cyge with Seymour's harmonica and Cyge's mandolin thrown in for spice keeps audiences entertained. See video samples of their performance and hear cuts from their 2012 debut album, "Are You Happy Now?" at www.earthsongmusic.com .
The Main Stage is located at 1 South Main Street in Cottonwood. Phone 928-202-3460 for more info.