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Crawford Perkes Band rocks at Powell’s

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THE CRAWFORD PERKES Band is playing classic rock at Powell's Steamer Company and Pub in Placerville, on Saturday. Courtesy photo

From page B7 | August 02, 2013 |

The Crawford Perkes Band is performing at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m.

Sacramento area’s premier classic rock band will play hits from the ’70s and ’80s including songs by the Eagles, Journey, Doobie Brothers, Lynard Skynard and Pat Benatar.

The band features three different lead vocalists with lots of harmony backup vocals, giving the band a full sound.

Band members include Mark Crawford on guitar and vocals, Allison Perkes on keyboards and vocals, Russell Abraham on guitar and vocals, and Stefan Elkins on drums.

Crawford is a versatile guitar player who plays lead with passion, as well as a great slide guitar and “talk box” guitar. His lead vocals are powerful and smooth and he adds great harmony backup vocals for the other members.

An accomplished singer and song writer, Crawford completed four original CD projects as a solo artist. He has played in various local classic rock bands for more than 30 years in the Sacramento, Folsom, Auburn, and Grass Valley/Nevada City areas.

Crawford was the founding member of the classic rock band Buffalo and has been in various other local bands such as American Trucking Company, Staggertune, Pueblo, The Crawford Granthem Band and BEAM.

Perkes’ outgoing and fun-loving personality makes her the perfect front person for the band and her smooth rich vocals and keyboard abilities help provide a solid foundation for the group.

Abraham has dedicated his whole life to music. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in music and has been a music teacher in the San Juan School District for almost 30 years.

He is also a professional vocal coach and teaches guitar and ukulele. He has played in a variety of different bands, such as Alive and Well, Sonik Alibi, Time Out, and he is still a member of The Accidental Teachers, a band made up of music teachers in the area.

Elkins is the backbone of the Crawford Perkes Band. He keeps a strong solid beat that will keep toes tapping and is fun to watch.

Elkins has been playing drums for 15 years and has been a member of local bands throughout the Sacramento area, such as Todd Morgan and the Emblems, Justice, and The Supreme Punks.

For more information call 530-626-1091.



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