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Connecticut fusion band Frank Varela & Upstream
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:54:37 PM »
Hi fusion enthusiasts,

Not sure if this is the right place for this, but I'm here on behalf of an incredible jazz/jazz-rock/fusion/blues band from Connecticut known as Upstream, featuring Frank Varela on guitar, Bob Laramie on electric bass, and Ricky Marshall on drums (and vocals, on occasion).

If you're from the CT area, they host an outstanding jazz open jam night every Sunday at the Hartford Road Cafe in Manchester from 7pm to 10pm. I have been following their music for a while now and have also developed/designed their current website as one of my first professional projects.

I did receive permission from the band to go ahead and attempt to garner some interest in their music, as they've been very busy playing and I figured I could help them out by making some posts on some forums.

Anyway, they have a CD out called "Grandma's Revenge" under the name Frank Varela. In my humble opinion, the CD and this band in general are one of the best kept local secrets on the fusion/jazz/jazz-rock/blues scene, at least in my neck of the woods.

Their guitarist also plays solo in what he calls his "One Man Trio", where he plays guitar with his hands, bass guitar with his toes on one foot, and tambourine with his remaining foot.

If you're curious about their website, it's here:

I definitely recommend them to fans of guitar greats like Larry Coryell and George Benson, and anyone who likes jazz or fusion guitar virtuosos in general, or just powerful/driving jazz-fusion jam bands.

Thank you all very much for your time. This sort of "promotion" thing isn't usually my thing when it comes to music, as you might be able to tell by the way I'm coming across like a salesman. I truly love what they do though from the perspective of a listener of a vast variety of music genres, bands, and artists.

P.S. - linked below are live videos of two by the full band as well as a video of the "One Man Trio" that I mentioned.
"Angelina Park" (Frank's original song) -
"Grandma's Revenge" (Frank's original song) -
One Man Trio concert compilation -