Lydia Pense & Cold Blood
Lydia and the band debuted when the Fillmore was at its peak as one of the nation’s musical Mecca’s. Owner Bill Graham was so impressed with Lydia’s voice and the sound of the band that he immediately signed Cold Blood to his new record label. During the span of six original late-60’s, early-70’s albums, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood helped, along with Tower of Power, forge their own specific brand of funk/soul and R&B which came to be known as East Bay Grease and filled music halls for decades.
Pense can still shout like a 60’s soul diva and purr a slow blues tune with spine-tingling subtlety. Cold Blood, as a whole, features a stellar group of musicians who have been playing together for nearly 20 years including Steve Dunne on guitar, Steve Salinas on keyboards, a gritty-growling horn section comprised of Rich Armstrong and Rob Zuckerman along with a stellar rhythm section featuring Evan Palmerston on bass and Donny Baldwin on drums. The band members are all veteran Bay Area musicians who have played with many great artists including Elvin Bishop, The Starship, Boz Skaggs, Albert Collins and more. And of course, there’s Lydia -who still has the chops with the patina of a seasoned veteran who’s done and seen it all. Together, she and the band continue to twist together R&B, (both old school and new school); into something that doesn’t have a label.
On any given night, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood power through their historic essentials, like “You Got Me Hummin’,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “I’m A Good Woman,” and “Down to the Bone.” But now, there’s a whole new CD of future classics that draws on their heritage but is not stifled by the past. A live album titled Live Blood was issued in 2008 features classic older songs as well as new material, this album proved to be what Cold Blood fans had long been waiting for: a sizzling live set that remained true to the pulsating horn-laced sound that defined the band, fronted by an incomparable singer with an astonishingly powerful voice.
Enter Stage: 2:35pm | Stage Exit: 3:50pm
* The listed times represent an approximation.