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Pete Contino Band jams at Winchester


If you’ve had the good fortune of seeing Pete Contino and his band, it was likely in a smoky bar where the guys were jamming into the wee hours. Rob Edwards was wildly slapping his stand-up bass, and Contino was busting out a Tom Waits song, accompanied by his accordion.

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Pete Contino Band
December 10, 2 p.m., $10-$12
Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7340.

The band falls somewhere between blues, rockabilly and zydeco, but you might as well say heaven because these veteran musicians know how to show you a good time. Led by Contino, son of legendary pop accordionist, Dick Contino, the band also includes Al Ek on guitar, Jim Lovgren on drums and Billy Truitt on keyboards. They recently signed with blues label Blind Pig and have a new album set to be released early next year. They’re also about to prove that they’re not just night owls, with an afternoon performance set for the Winchester Cultural Center.

See what happens when a guy gets hooked on accordion after hearing Buckwheat Zydeco play “Hey Joe,” learns Waits’ “Tom Traubert’s Blues” and Rickie Lee Jones’ “Easy Money” and then, years later, forms a band

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