Lydia Pense and Cold Blood
Lydia Pense and Cold Blood are Bay Area music pioneers with an amazing history and an exciting future. They debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation's musical Mecca's. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia's voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60's, early-70's albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, along with Tower Of Power, also one of the original horn bands, forged their own specific brand of funk/soul with blues and jazz elements which came to be known as East Bay Grease. The music still holds up today, proving that great music is timeless and will continue to inspire generations to come.
Lydia Pense and Cold Blood packed the San Francisco Ballrooms in their heyday, and today the band still fills halls with cheering, dancing, foot-stomping fans. The word 'legend' certainly applies to this formation and not in some past tense-make-a-living-as-an-oldies-act sort of way either. Pense can still shout like a 60's soul diva and purr a slow blues tune with spine-tingling subtlety. She has been compared to Janis Joplin, but is a true original and a pioneer in the women's rock movement.
Cold Blood, as a whole, features a stellar group of musicians who have been playing together for nearly 20 years including Steve Dunne on guitar, Steve Salinas on keyboards, a gritty-growling horn section comprised of Rich Armstrong and Rob Zuckerman along with a stellar rhythm section featuring Evan Palmerston on bass and Donny Baldwin on drums.
On any given night, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood power through their historic essentials, like "You Got Me Hummin'," "I Just Want To Make Love To You," "I'm A Good Woman," and "Down to the Bone." Now able to draw from the first new Cold Blood album in three decades, Lydia and the band blast out a set that covers 40 years of thumping, throbbing, East Bay funk. Several of the new tracks that make it on to the set list each night come from original Cold Blood alum Skip Mesquite. Another tune of particular note, "Face the Music," is written by guitar ace Steve Dunne. All this fresh music, laid down by a crisp, tight 6-piece, makes any Cold Blood show invigorating.
Arena Theater is located at 214 Main Street, Point Arena, California. Arena Theater is a member-supported community theater owned and operated by the Arena Theater Association, a 501 (c) (3) not for profit corporation. For additional information visit: www.arenatheater.org
214 Main Street
Point Arena, CA 95468
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|Wheelchair Accessible: No|