A Little About Lara
With her operatic training, and love of the blues, Lara was born to perform. She has come a long way in a short time, earning loyal fans nationwide. After an impressive showcase at the Los Angeles NAMM Show 2003, Lara embarked on an ambitious tour playing from California to Maine to promote her second album entitled "Faces of the Blues," (released June 2002 at the Monterey Blues Festival; a unique honor for any local musician). The album is currently getting airplay in several countries around the world.
Lara and her band have shared the bill with headliners Etta James, Little Richard, James Brown, Bobby Blue Bland and many more; Lara also lent her talent to sing back-up with Triple Seven at the Fillmore in San Francisco, opening up for the pop band Smashmouth.
Lara fronts and leads 2 bands. Velvet Plum, a popular bay area cover band that lends talent from San Jose's finest musicians, and the Lara Price band, a soulful rockin' blues band. It was with the Lara Price band that she performed at the 14th world-renowned Annual San Jose Jazz Festival 2003.
It's no wonder her music transcends the blues and crosses the line into music that is unequivocally superb. Her musical journey started at the young age of 6, taking piano lessons with Legendary 80's music innovator Howard Jones. At 12 she was singing solo and went on to take operatic voice lessons at Boise State University. She arrived in the Bay Area in 1998 in search for her dreams of singing in a band. Lara began running her own blues jam at JJ's Blues, and was featured in an inspiring article about blues jams in September 2000 issue of the Blues Revue. Lara fell in love with the blues without expecting to, "I didn't find the blues, the blues found me".
Currently Lara looks forward to promoting her 4th CD, entitled "I Got News" with song writting partner and lead guitar player Laura Chavwez, released this year, and a Tour in China.
She's an All American singer with a sultry stage presence and a voice that demands you're attention-smoky, lonely, sexy, and powerful. It's all about the love of music and letting the crown share in her passion.
What they say about the duo...
"Lara can belt out a song, purr through a ballad, knock you out with her sensuality and make you want to get up and dance." (Richard Kamins,Hartford Courant)
".. the proof is in the performance. Price's vocal instrument is as strong as it is sensual, confident in covering the breadth of material in her songbook." (Jeff Kaliss San Francisco Chronicle)
"Laura Chavez plays the blues with such age defying tact, knowledge and finesse it's almost scary. And she is unassuming and shy off stage and on. You look at her and you can't believe these glorious sounds are coming from her fingers. She'd be worth the price of admission alone." (Brad Kava, San Jose Mercury News)
"Lara Price Band with 22year old phenom Laura Chavez on guitar; they sound, amazingly, like Janis Joplin backed by Albert Collins. I hope they don't end up on the "Best Bands That Never Made It" list." (Brad Kava, San Jose Mercury News)
Lara and Laura have currently been entertaining fans with a full band (The Lara Price Band) racking up great reviews from Connecticut to San Francisco. To add a different flavor to their already vast repertoire, the female duo take an acoustic adventure covering a range of songs by Etta James, Radio Head and their own creations. In a short time the 2 created a must see bluesy, rockin', sultry night of great music.
For more info: www.laraprice.com