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December Starts with Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen at Berkeley's Freight and Salvage

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Danny BoothBerkeley, California's traditional music coffee house, Freight & Salvage will start off December with an outstanding performance by one of bluegrass music's most entertaining groups, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is an all-ages performance venue. Coffee, teas, sodas, desserts, and light snacks are available at the Freight food counter. They also have beer and wine available for sale in their lobby.

The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of traditional and roots music

Combining the raw, driving energy of a classic bluegrass band with an innovative, contemporary sound, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play stunningly polished music that delivers quite a rush. As No Depression magazine's Devon Leger recently described it, "There's a red-hot core of barely tamed wildness in the heart of bluegrass music, something we tend to forget in this day-and-age. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen helped me remember why I love bluegrass: the pure adrenaline of lightning-fast picking and wickedly complex arrangements."

Frank literally grew up playing bluegrass in his hometown, Modesto. By the time he was 12, he was a featured player at Grass Valley's famed Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, and had taken first place in a half dozen instrumental contests. Displaying equally impressive chops on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle (he's a great tenor singer, too), Frank performed with the prestigious United States Navy Band, Country Current, before stepping out with his own group. Featuring Mike Munford on banjo, Lincoln Meyers on guitar, and Danny Booth on bass, Dirty Kitchen skillfully follows Frank through his intriguing melodies, articulate lyrics, and turn-on-a-dime rhythms. The band recently released an eponymous CD. Visit Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-644-2020 or email for more information.

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