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Burning Coal's MusiCoal Series Presents Ed Stephenson & Paco Band Tonight, 7/22

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Burning Coal's MusiCoal summer music series will feature Ed Stephenson & the Paco Band tonight, July 22, 2012 at 7 PM. They will be performing at the Murphey School, located on 224 Polk Street in Raleigh. Tickets are $10 at the door. For further information, please visit the website at www.burningcoal.org or call 919-834-4001.

ABOUT PACO BAND: Paco Band is a Spanish music and Nuevo flamenco ensemble, performing original compositions and music by artists such as Paco De Lucia, Ottmar Liebert, and Isaac Albeniz. The band consists of two guitarists, Ed Stephenson and Craig Hilton, two bassists, Ryan Johnson and PeeWee Watson, and one percussionist, Cat Albanese.

Guitarist Ed Stephenson is originally from Toronto, but now finds himself in Raleigh, NC as the head of Guitar Studies at Meredith College. Ed has performed with numerous musical groups throughout North America as well as many local groups such as the North Carolina Symphony and North Carolina Theater. His newest CD, "Ino Live," is available through purchase on Itunes and is also located on his website, www.edstephenson.com

Paco's second guitarist, Craig Hilton, has been experimenting and learning about guitar since age 10. The New York native has toured all over Europe in a free jazz ensemble, and has also traveled solo to introduce his works to places such as Berlin and London. He is constantly creating and bringing new guitar compositions to life, and is currently anticipating the release of his work with composer Tomas Phillips on the Absinth label in Berlin this year.

Bassist Ryan Johnson has been a successful multi-instrumental player here in Raleigh. He also plays guitar for Paco, which ups the already unique style of the band. He is well known for playing a part in the creation of "Blatant Disarray," a group he regularly performs with.


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