Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ben Lomond Brothers Jamie and Kellen Coffis to Perform at Don Quixote's in Felton on Wednesday May 12th

Jamie (right) and Kellen Coffis will appear on stage at Don Quixote's in Felton                                                  Photo by Mike Agnew

"More Than Ready"

Ben Lomond brothers Jamie and Kellen Coffis recently appeared on the the Community Access TV show Idle Hands, and the host asked them "How long have you been together?"  The interviewer caught himself but Jamie explained that really they've only been working together for the last few years.

Jamie, 24, (piano and vocals) a recent graduate of San Francisco State and Kellen, 20, (guitar, harmonica and vocals) a senior at Notre Dame de Namur University will make their professional debut together on Wednesday night, May 12, at Don Quixote's International Music Hall in Felton.

Music has been in both of their lives for a long time though. Jamie began studying piano with Steve Abrams when he was in elementary school and Kellen took up the guitar at age 6 under Steve Palazzo. Their mother, Vicki Neville Coffis is a singer and songwriter who is well known locally for her music with young children and as part of the swing jazz group Jazzbirds. 

They've spent the past few summers building and honing a repertoire of original music that could be described as somewhere between Folk, Blues, Pop and Rock and Roll.

A big break came when John Sandidge took a chance and had them on his live Sunday morning KPIG show "Please Stand By" where they wowed the host with their orginality,  polished harmonies and tight arrangements.

"These guys are more than ready" Sandidge said on air, calling on Tom Miller to book them at Don Quixote's which he promptly did.  The duo got a great reaction when they previewed some of their act recently at a packed Henfling's in Ben Lomond, opening a show for My Stupid Brother. 

The show at Don Quixote's provides the brothers with an opportunity to display a collection of songs that span several genres. While the two generate a good deal of  music on their own, the show will feature some special guests: Former San Lorenzo Valley High School classmate Kyle Poppen (from Ben Lomond and on his way to the Berklee School of Music in Boston) will bring his guitar, and from My Stupid Brother, George and Henry Chadwick (also from Ben Lomond) will fill out the sound on the bass and drums respectively.

"We're thrilled to be playing in Felton, and especially to have some really awesome musicians with us," noted Jamie "It's already been a lot of fun getting ready."


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I would be remiss if I didn't mention a plug for Ben Lomond's own Coffis Brothers show coming up at Don Quixote's in Felton this next wednesday. Younger brother Kellen was one of the first kids that I taught guitar lessons to when he was in kindergarten. He has since gone on to become a very accomplished singer and songwriter as well while maintaining his stellar chops on guitar. He and older brother Jaimie (keyboard & vocals) have collaborated on some way cool original songs that they recently showcased on Sleepy John Sandidge's KPIG radio show. 
With soaring harmonies (of that high-caliber that seems to be reserved for siblings only) and catchy hooks set to thoughtful lyrics, you will certainly being hearing more from these guys in the near future. Catch them this wednesday at Don Quixote's so that you can tell folks years from now that you saw them when they were just starting out at a local Mexican restaurant!   

Don Quixote's International Music Hall (http://www.donquixotesmusic.info/)
Tickets & reservations at Don Quixote's call 831-603-2294
6275 Highway 9 in Downtown Felton, CA 95018

Watch Jamie and Kellen on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xVUGrZ_BXA
Listen to Jamie and Kellen on KPIG : http://www.myspace.com/jamiencoffis

Photo credit: Mike Agnew

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