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The Speedbumps (Akron/Kent, Ohio)
There’s something slightly informal, unrehearsed and impromptu about The Speedbumps’ music, which often lends itself to picking up the “Jazz” descriptor. There’s really so much more, though. With the acoustic guitars and bowed instrumental backing, the group creates the kind of music that leaves a bounce in your step. The Speedbumps’ sound is fun and chipper, but it still has depth and still clearly requires skill to play. The band actually performed its songs with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, with the group’s bassist composing parts for everyone in the orchestra. With that kind of solid talent, there’s no way a live show could disappoint.
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