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Lydia Pense lends her powerful voice to fundraiser at Harlow’s

Lydia Pense, front, and Cold Blood on Saturday, May 6, perform at Harlow’s as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.
Lydia Pense, front, and Cold Blood on Saturday, May 6, perform at Harlow’s as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.

Lydia Pense has powerful vocal chops and has been compared in style to her contemporary, Janis Joplin. So impressed was Joplin with Pense as a rock-jazz-soul singer that she recommended Pense’s band, Cold Blood, to Bill Graham.

Generations of fans have turned out to see the East Bay-based band, which was featured in the documentary “Fillmore.” Not resting on laurels, the group, which like Tower of Power, features horns as well as guitar, has a new release, “Soul of the Gypsy.”

Hear the group live at a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, Saturday, May 6, at Harlow’s. 3-6 p.m., 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20-$25 at Ticketfly.com. Harlows.com; www.lydiapense.com

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