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June 19, 2016 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Andy & Renee, along with their band Hard Rain, have taken their unique sound and multi-instrumental skills to venues large and small all over the world. Local Southern California highlights include House of Blues, El Rey Theatre , The Grand Annex and the Hermosa Beach Civic Theater. They have also played to thousands at the Telluride Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Napa Valley Folk Festival, Sierra Songwriter’s Festival, Winery Music Awards, the Bob Dylan Festival in Alba, Italy and the Fringe of the Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland. Andy & Renee have also played to 35,000 at the Nanning Int’l Folk Festival in Nanning, China.
Their fourteen CD and three DVD releases have won them countless awards, including: LA Music Awards “Americana Group of the Year”, “Best Duo/Group” for the International Acoustic Music Awards, Easy Reader “Best of the Beach”, and a two year run in the Musician Magazine “Best Unsigned Band” Semifinals. Their PBS Concert Special, “Black Box Opens-Andy & Renee”, filmed at the ATLAS Black Box Theatre at the University of Colorado, Boulder, recently won a Regional Emmy.
Renee Safier, showcasing her prodigious blues and jazz vocal chops, won “Best Solo Artist” in the Telluride Blues Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, receiving a rousing response from the 12,000-plus festival crowd. She and Andy have returned year after year for successful performances during the 3-day festival.
In addition to all this, Andy Hill and Renee Safier just celebrated their twenty-sixth year hosting their own Bob Dylanfest. What started out as a small once-a-year backyard party where a loose conglomerate of close friends would take turns performing Dylan classics all day and well into the night (or until the cops came), has evolved into a full blown 8 hour music festival attended by hundreds of fans and featuring many of L.A.’s top musicians. See this sizzle reel from the 25th Annual Dylanfest: https://youtu.be/PYswk04o9S8