HOME BASE: Modesto
PLAYERS: Jeff Kuhlmann, bass/vocals; Allan Frassrand, guitar/vocals; David Livingston, trumpet/vocals; Dan Maas, keyboards; Dennis Cyphers, trombone/vocals; John Burt, tenor sax/vocals; Anthony Palazuelos, drums
SOUNDS LIKE: Highway 99's musical style includes classic rock, blues, swing, and jazz, all with horns. The band plays many different styles of music that were made famous by groups with horn sections. Its biggest influences are Delbert McClinton, Huey Lewis & the News, Chicago, Tower of Power and the Blues Brothers, as well as '60s R&B greats such as Sam & Dave.
BACKSTORY: Highway 99 formed in the fall of 2008. Three members (Kuhlmann, Frassrand and Livingston) previously played together in another band for more than five years. When that other group broke up, they decided to form a new band with other musicians they knew from the area. They quickly filled out the lineup with local musicians who have performed with the likes of The Temptations, Mic Gillette, Bobby McFerrin and Cold Blood, and began polishing their horn-driven sound.
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QUOTE ME: "There are not a lot of bands in the area with a three-piece horn section. We pride ourselves on providing something different for people to listen and dance to." — Jeff Kuhlmann
NEW MUSIC: None at this time.
UPCOMING GIGS: May 25 and Aug. 22, 8 p.m.-midnight, Pine Mountain Lake Country Club Lounge, Groveland; June 21, July 3 and Aug. 8, time to be announced, Windmill Cove Resort & Marina, Stockton; July 4, 6-9 p.m. before fireworks, Waterfront Warehouse, Stockton
FIND ONLINE: www.highway99band.com