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The Family Stone

Thu, May 15 -
Sun, May 18, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$26.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley presents Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and original founding members of Sly & The Family Stone, Cynthia Robinson (trumpet), Jerry Martini (sax) and Greg Errico (drums): The Family Stone. Band member include: Alex Davis & Nadia (vocals), Nate Wingfield (guitar) and Blaise Sison (bass). Set times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Friday – Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

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“The Family Stone boasts three founding members, including saxophonist Jerry Martini, the catalyst for their formation back in hippy San Fransisco. They have a fabulous repertoire from a golden era of psychedelic soul, including ‘Stand,’ ‘Dance to the Music,’ and ‘Everyday People. …a great live band, and their catchy, brittle fanfare makes The Family Stone authentic.” -John L. Walters, The Guardian

Original Founding members, Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductees, and R&B Pioneer Award Winners Jerry Martini, Cynthia Robinson, and Greg Errico were the first interracial / inter-gender band in rock & roll history, and now they have reunited to bring you the hits of Sly & The Family Stone. Featuring the powerful voices of Alex Davis and Trina Johnson on vocals, this band brings you the message of peace, love, and social consciousness through musical harmony with some of the funkiest players of all time. Players like Nate Wingfield on the guitar and Musical Director Blaise Sison on bass add the proper pocket to the raw Family Stone sound.

In 1967, Brothers Sly Stone and Freddie Stone joined musical forces. Trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Gregg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham completed the original lineup; Sly and Freddie's sister, singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, joined within a year. This collective recorded five Billboard Hot 100 hits that reached the Top 10, and four ground-breaking albums, which greatly influenced the sound of American pop music, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop music. In the preface of his 1998 book For the Record: Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral History, Joel Selvin sums up the importance of Sly and the Family Stone's influence by stating "there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone." From 1967 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music. Sly and the Family Stone were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. In December 2001, Sly and the Family Stone were awarded the R&B Foundation Pioneer Award. Two Family Stone songs, "Dance to the Music" and "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)," are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked them 43rd on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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