Inwood Coffeehouse

Friday December 8, 2006 • Doors Open 7:30 PM

Tom Principato ~ Guitar
Joe Wells ~ drums
John Perry ~ bass

Inwood Coffeehouse presents acclaimed guitarist Tom Principato. Based in the Washington DC area, Tom has performed in local venues such as the Birchmere, Blues Alley, The Ram's Head and Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts. From the House Of Blues in New York to blues festivals in Belgium, France, Holland, Italy, and Norway, he has toured clubs and festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. A twenty time WAMMY award winner, Tom has been selected many times over his 40+ years of performance as both Best Blues Instrumentalist and Best Male Blues Vocalist and his recordings have received the honor of being selected as Best Blues Recording.

Virtuosic instrumentals have always been an integral part of his live shows —Adam Levy, Guitar Player Magazine, December 2000

Principato's Fender-charged fretwork generates lots of Stratocaster sparks and Telecaster twang, along with some fiendishly syncopated runs —Mike Joyce, Washington Post 2005

Principato sings and bends guitar strings with a casual sort of intensity. Covering the breadth of ensemble blues styles, he's smarter and more entertaining and honor-bound than the general lot of blues-oriented guitarists active today Downbeat Magazine 2005
The thing that sets Tom Principato apart from so many blues/rock axe slingers is taste; even as he steams through a stinging, smoking set, he never forgets to play the spaces. With a repertoire of pounding string strangling shuffles, screeching Texas-style blues, airy jazz hummers, and crisp swings, Principato likes to keep his set list as fluid as his playing, which builds and crashes, subtle and smooth, to tooth rattling and string strangling, then back again —Greg Land, Creative Loafing, Atlanta GA

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There will be lots of surprise guests in the second half of the program including the a cappella harmonies of Five In Time.

Sally Selby, alto
Bruce Weiss, tenor
Joanne Weiss, second soprano
Dave Selby, bass
Jill Martinez, soprano

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