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Odd Fellows present benefit concert

Local group raises funds for scholarships

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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:21 am

To raise money for its annual scholarship presentation, the Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows, Ocean View Lodge 143, will present Houston Jones in concert Saturday at the IOOF hall in Half Moon Bay.

The San Francisco-based, five-man Houston Jones is a high-energy Americana band known for its versatility. The band touches on bluegrass, folk, urban jazz, blues or gospel.

The Half Moon Bay branch of the Odd Fellows awards scholarships annually to seniors at Pescadero and Half Moon Bay high schools who are interested in pursuing careers in the performing arts or in creative writing, said member and Coastside resident Anne Wright.

She said there is no admission charge for the concert, but that donations are welcome toward the IOOF scholarship fund.

The band has roots in lead guitarist Glenn Houston and lead vocalist Travis Jones, who already had performing experience as a duo when they added a few more musicians and formed the band Houston Jones in 2001.

The band, described as “a confluence of sublime talent” by David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle, consists of five members with impressive backgrounds.

Houston was named Best Guitarist in 2009 by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, nominated for Best Lead Guitarist by the California Country Music Association, and is a “Bammie” (Bay Area Music Awards) winner. Founding lead guitarist of the Waybacks, he has shared the stage with Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and more.

Travis Jones began performing by singing gospel with his mother, blues singer Lottie Mae Adams, when he was 4. From there he honed his onstage delivery as a child preacher in churches around the South — but changed musical directions when he saw the Beatles on television.

With a degree in ethnomusicology from Yale, Chris Kee (bass, cello, guitar) is a regular with the Free Mexican Air Force and has penned many of the songs on Houston Jones’ six CDs to date.

Houston Jones drummer Peter Tucker has a performing background with many established Americana musicians including Warren Zevon, Tim Hardin and Richie Havens.

Henry Salvia (keyboards, accordion) has performed with the Johnny Nocturne Band, Bo Diddley, Rickie Lee Jones and more.

All six of the band’s CDs will be available at the concert. For more information, call 712-0718.

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