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Our Band + Candy Says (Justin Poindexter, Paul Defiglia, David Christian)

This is a special concert which actually features two bands that happen to share some personnel.

Our Band will win your heart. Sasha Papernik and Justin Poindexter bring their award-winning songwriting and bold interpretations to a rich Americana soundscape. With their airtight harmonies, irreverent humor, and astounding instrumental virtuosity, the pair’s restless creativity knows no bounds - both in concert and in their unique music videos. Together, they have performed for audiences in some of the world’s greatest venues, from Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. In 2018-19 they toured Poland, Germany and Estonia as ambassadors of American music for U.S. State Department. Their debut album, featuring American music legend David Amram, was released to critical acclaim in 2021. Songs in their new “Our Band: Live Studio Sessions” project featuring steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar have won finalist places in this year’s MerleFest and New Song songwriting competitions.

Candy Says is the name of a wonderful record by the trio of bassist Paul Defiglia, guitarist Justin Poindexter and drummer David Christian). In this trio setting, each of these players brings stellar jazz and roots/Americana chops to the table to interpret an incredibly interesting and varried collection of songs from rock, indy, pop, country and film soundtrack tunes. The interplay between these three and their unusual treatments of the songs they attack make for a delicious and exciting listening experience for fans of jazz and Americana. There's nothing like old stuff to inspire new stuff - and these guys have chosen some interesting tunes to interpret and have gone to great lengths to record and produce their album together using analog equipment and to limit the use of more contemporary digital equipment and recording techniques.