Nov
17

GA-20 & JD Simo

Cornerstone

Berkeley, CA

Show: 8:30PM

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Event Details

Doors 7:30pm // Show 8:30pm // All Ages // $15 in Advance & $20 Day of Show

Cornerstone Presents:

GA-20

GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs inBoston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love ofheavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late 50s and early60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester,J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells. Feelinga void in current music, the duo have set out to write, record andperform a modern version of this beloved art form. Joined by drummerTim Carman in 2019, GA-20 is a trio of 2 guitars, vocals and drums. Raw,passionate and honest performance, both on stage and in the studio, isthe only goal. GA-20 released their debut album “Lonely Soul” Oct 18th2019 on Karma Chief / Colemine Records. The album debuted at #2 onthe Billboard blues charts.

Stubbs has spent the past 11 years as guitarist for Blues legend CharlieMusselwhite. During that time he has also backed up and toured withsuch Blues giants as John Hammond, James Cotton, Junior Watson andJames Harman. Stubbs also leads his own original instrumental psych-rock band, 'The Antiguas'. 

JD SIMO 

JD Simo... The Chicago-born Nashvillian is like a one-man crusade dedicatedto keeping music real, raw, and honest. No matter the setting and no matterhis role (whether it’s wingman or bandleader)
J.D.’s presence infuses the situation of the moment with the music that’sbeen fueling him pretty much his whole life, spiced with influences thatstraddle both decades and dimensions.

As a songwriter, guitarist, and producer he has worked with the likes of JackWhite, Tommy Emmanuel, Luther Dickinson, Dave Cobb, Blackberry Smoke,and even been a member of Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh' "Phil &Friends".

During lockdown in '20, he started cutting tracks in his makeshift studio on aweekly basis. Joined by longtime collaborator Adam Abrashoff on drums andthe addition of longtime friend, bassist-producer-engineer Adam Bednarik(Justin Townes Earle), they mused a proverbial soup of shared influences.

Hill country trance blues of Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside and Asie Payton.Hypnotic Afro Beat of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen. Psychedelic warps of CaptainBeefheart, Funkadelic, and Jimi Hendrix. The old school blues of John LeeHooker, Earl Hooker and Lightnin Hopkins. As well as the raw fuzzy rock ofThe Stooges and Nirvana.

Mind Control is the product of 3 like minded buddies huddled in a humblesetting, making music to make them feel good. The songs stark revealingnature, is the product of them using the creative process for therapy andenjoyment in a messed up time. A positive theme of growth, self help andstruggles with addiction and mental health lay along side a haunting, lowdown musical landscape. It's raw, funky and real. Such is life.

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Cornerstone

2367 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94704

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GA-20 / JD Simo