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The Genetically Fit 

Surviving 10-plus years in Richmond's musical gene pool.

James "Saxsmo" Gates Jr. (39 years) the charismatic sax man has been keeping vital a family jazz tradition since his first paying gig at 11 …

Joe Scott (32 years) the eclectic guitarist's mix of jazz, rock and R&B has regularly filled Bogart's Back Room for two decades and counting ...

Steve Kessler (32 years) intuitive and highly independent pianist who's turned down big-time offers to build a career on the local jazz scene ...

Skip Gailes (31 years) In-between gigs in every club in the region, the saxophonist/pianist played a key role (with Doug Richards) in setting up the VCU Jazz Program and the Great American Music Ensemble ...

Plunky and Oneness of Juju (30+ years) Internationally respected world-beat jazz group, with heavy African influences …

Steve Bassett (30+ years) Beach music specialist still pounding the keys and singing the classics …

Robbin Thompson (30+ years) award-winning singer/songwriter, soulful and gritty … like former band-mate Bruce What's-His-Name ...

Bruce Olsen (30 years) Former punk-rock hero with The Offenders, now mostly a studio engineer, but always experimenting and working with a few of the music scene elite ...

Steven McCarthy (30 years) From Boys From Skateland to Long Ryders to Gutterball to touring with Jayhawks, Flying Burritos country rock background now disco dancing in NRG Krysis …

Buzzy Lawler (30 years) Rockin' Horse diehard, still cranking out classic rock, dammit, as in the Stones and the Beatles … now with Loose Gravel ...

Terry Garland (30 years) still pounding out percussive acoustic Delta blues, still sweating buckets …

Li'l Ronnie (30 years) Grandfather of local blues scene, his Grand Dukes are a jump-blues-meets-Chicago outfit, and his harp leads the charge …

Beex (30 years) legendary local punk-rock bar band ...

The Bopcats (30 years) Fralin family has been mixing rock with rockabilly and blues flavorings for 20-plus years …

Doc Branch and the Keynotes (almost 30 years) straight-up and classic jazz, holding down the fort at Emilio's every Friday since forever …

Harry Gore (26 years) From Christian rock to Chuck Berry to Dylan to reggae, still working guitar magic …

Bob Hallahan (27 years) a polished piano stylist who's also helped polish more than a generation of VCU jazz studies graduates ...

Page Wilson (25 years) Dean of American Mongrel music still picking and grinning nearly a quarter century later now with Reckless Abandon …

Ululating Mummies (22 years) eclectic world-music ensemble playing surf music for landlocked nations, wearing robes and funny hats …

Ban Caribe (22 years) Latin, Caribbean and soulful Afro-beats …

GWAR (21 years) Groundbreaking, parent-scaring slime-spewing shock rockers still spraying fans with fake blood …

Cashmere Jungle Lords (21 years) surf meets rockabilly …

Billy Ray Hatley (21 years) from Big City to the Show Dogs, Hatley has led roots rock and blues bands for many a year, but is now focused on impressive originals …

Mike Lucas (20 years) MVP around town as in-demand guitarist and pedal steel player, The Good Humor Band, Big Posse anchor …

Bio Ritmo (17 years) Latin-Cuban jazz with equal parts Puerto Rico and the Fan …

Avail (17 years) tattooed punks still spreading the gospel of punk love and solidarity …

Fighting Gravity (16 years) ska band Boy O Boy turned early-'90s frat-house favorites, persisting through several lineup changes ...

Hotel X (14 years) world-beat jazz collective pushing the envelope as always, with more emphasis on groove than before …

Wrenn Mangum (14 years) after leading outlandish rock band Frog Legs, this Jim Morrison-meets-James Brown now dons rockabilly stripes, in addition to playing with rock band Bonanchor …

Carbon Leaf (12 years) Mainstream rock with hints of multiculturalism, signed with Vanguard, appeared on Dr. Phil, host Tiki parties on Brown's Island …

The Taters (11 years) Roots rock troubadors, Bakersfield twang with Orbison and Everly influences …

River City High (11 years) Punk pop going places, but becoming grand old men of the scene …

Johnny Hott (10 years) Percussionist from House of Freaks with numerous others leads the Piedmont Souprize, a retro-jazz outfit with chanteuse in front …

The Chez Roué Orchette with Roger Carroll (10 years) Good-time jazz and Americana with bleating sax, pounding keyboards, Satchmo-esque trumpet, and Jimmy Durante meets Tom Waits vocals …

Strike Anywhere (10 years) Positive punk with dreads ...

Walter Bell & the Latin Jazz Unit (10 years) contemporary jazz flutist ...

Janet Martin (10 years) started with big hair duo The Rare. The Americana guitarist has focused on playing overseas for the last four years … S



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