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Los Angeles trio plays Brookings

“Two things stand out about the Koles’ music. First is the songwriting. Then there are those voices...” 

That’s how Steve Brogden, president of Far West Folk Alliance, describes The Koles, a Los Angeles-based trio that will perform in Brookings at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16.

The show, presented by Stagelights, is at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave. Tickets are $15 and available at the door and the Curry Coastal Pilot office, 507 Chetco Ave. Call 541-373-3727 for reservations.

The Koles are known for their original songs and covers, virtuoso guitar playing and stunning vocal arrangements. Influenced by the progressive bluegrass sounds of Nickel Creek and the harmony of the Manhattan Transfer, the Koles play a variety of styles including ballads, blues, bluegrass and modern pop rock songs. 

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Bill Kole plays guitar, bass, keyboards, mandolin, banjo and drums. His wife, Arlene, sings, plays guitar and mando. The are joined on the current tour by “Uncle Jimmy” Rolfe on guitar, bass, mando and vocals. It’s not unusually for band members to swap instruments during songs. 

The band was included in Music Connection Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Live Indies in the country. 

Find more information and videos of The Koles at www.stagelights.us/concerts


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