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7/14/2014 2:53:00 PM
Green Light lights up Hoppy Grape
Tommy Acosta (left) and Chicky Brooklyn
Tommy Acosta (left) and Chicky Brooklyn

Known for their catchy-original tunes and great dance music, the band continues to wow audiences and draw more fans.

With Tommy Acosta and Chicky Brooklyn at the helm, this songwriting duo has joined ranks with Sedona music legends Uncle Marc Wolin, Robin Miller and Eddy Barattini to create a sound music lovers from the Baby Boomers on down to the Centennials can dig and appreciate.

"They love our music because we love it too," Tommy said. "Chicky and I have been playing for years together but when we got Uncle Marc, Robin and Eddy playing with us it was like we stepped into a whole new dimension. Suddenly our songs jumped exponentially to a level that amazes us each time we play out live with them."

While their songs are solid, packed with harmonies and tightly constructed, each provides space for some awesome jamming between the seasoned musicians.

"People's jaws drop when they see Uncle Marc trading licks with Robin Miller," Chicky said. "Uncle Marc pulls out that big trombone and we go from being a show to a spectacle."

 Due to their both having been born in the inner boroughs of New York City, Tommy, who comes from the Bronx, and Chicky, who comes from Brooklyn, have a tendency to revert back to their roots and trade wicked barbs between songs when tuning or getting ready for the next.

"People think it's part of the act," Uncle Marc said. "They love to watch them go at it. Tommy and Chicky are like an old married couple up there. They talk a language only the two understand. You know they are having a blast on that stage."

What's so nice about the songs they play is that each one is like a story everyone can identify with at one time in their lives or another. Songs about loves won, lost, and reborn; songs of hope and dreams are what they write and play.

When they perform, you can you hear the instrumentation clearly. The vocals and lyrics stand out and can be understood as well.

"This is so important," Tommy said. "If anything we have learned over the years playing music is that the vocals must rule. We work hard every gig to improve."

But when you cut to the chase what this band does best is what we all love best.

"It's Rock 'n' Roll baby," Chicky said. "Rock 'n' Roll!"

Come to the Hoppy Grape Lounge in West Sedona Friday, July 18 starting at 8 p.m. and see for yourself what the Green Light buzz is all about.

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