Angel Band is this week's acoustic performer

2013-02-07T00:00:00Z Angel Band is this week's acoustic performerSubmitted by Bonnie Vining Lava Music Arizona Daily Star
February 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band will perform in the next installment of the Live Acoustic Venue Association's all-star series at 7 p.m. Saturday at Abounding Grace Sanctuary.

Faulk has been known for more than 20 years for her rock/funk/blues bass playing. In recent years, she has gained renown as a gifted songwriter with a voice that is strong, clear and passionate. She's equally comfortable performing solo or duo or fronting her own band.

The Angel Band consists of Heather Hardy on electric violin, Mitzi Cowell on lead guitar, Bunny Kirby on harmony vocals and Beverly Seckinger on bass. For the show at Abounding Grace, 2450 S. Kolb Road, they will be joined by Gary Mackender on drums.

Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band debuted as a full band at the 2011 Tucson Folk Festival, and the group was invited back to headline the festival in 2012.

About the band

Hardy began studying piano at age 6 and started taking violin lessons in the fourth grade. She moved to Tucson in 1989 and soon joined The Sam Taylor Blues Band. Well-known as a passionate electric blues violinist, Hardy was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000, and she fronts Heather Hardy and the Lil' Mama Band.

Named Tucson's Best Female Blues Guitarist of 2012, Cowell is a native Tucsonan who is known for her Mississippi Delta blues-style guitar-picking. She heads her own band, Mitzi Cowell and the Valiants, and also plays with The Carnivaleros and Ice-9.

Kirby grew up surrounded by music. Her parents and her aunt performed as a gospel trio that traveled until Bunny started school. On the road with them, Kirby learned to sing before she learned the alphabet, and by the age of 3 had memorized all their songs.

Bass player Seckinger also plays bass with the popular Tucson jam band The Wayback Machine, and she teaches film and video at the University of Arizona.

Drummer Mackender moved to Tucson in 1989, then toured the United States, Canada and Australia with Irish-Tex-Mex band The Mollys. Mackender works at the UA, where he operates the Virtual Reality Annex. In the music world, he plays with The Carnivaleros and freelances as a drummer for live gigs and recording sessions.

If you go

• What: Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band in concert.

• When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb Road.

• Tickets: $15 in advance at online or $20 cash at the door.

• Info: Email, call 647-3234 or

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