About the Band

THE BAND: PEARLS is the REAL DEAL!
No pre-recorded backing tracks, no programmed music, no drum machines, no fake computer generated harmonies. Just pure acoustic music, one hundred percent REAL, one hundred percent LIVE!
 
THE MUSIC: Today's hits and yesterday's classics!
Current modern country favorites from Little Big Town, Danielle Bradbery, Darius Rucker....
Country classics from Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash....
Modern Pop from Elle King, K.T. Tungstall, Phillip Phillips....
Classic Pop from The Beatles, Loggins & Messina, Elvis Presley....
Timeless rock from Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival,The Grateful Dead.....
Folk & Folk Rock classics from Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Kingston Trio, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young...
Traditional Bluegrass from Doc Watson, Earls Scruggs, The Delmore Brothers....
Vintage Blues from Leadbelly, Son House, Bonnie Raitt....
Cowboy songs from Gene Autry, Sons Of The Pioneers, Ernest Tubb....
... and more!
 
THE SOUND: Crystal clear and georgeous!
The band uses state of the art sound reinforcement. For indoor or smaller outdoor shows, they have minature line array speakers that are so well designed, most of the audience won't even notice (visually) that the speakers are there. But they will notice the pure, clear, sound that fills the room unlike anything they've heard before.
For bigger indoor crowds (over 200 people) or large outdoor venues, their system can be expanded to provide crystal clear coverage on a grander scale. On these occasions, their sound engineer comes along to make sure that the sound is "just right" - not too loud, but sufficient for the size of the show.

Dance the night away!

DRUMS available upon request!
If everybody wants to dance all night - not a problem! Pearls can add a drummer for occasions where you want to hear great acoustic arrangements with a "back beat"!
For partys, weddings, or for any event that would like to have a drummer included - just let us know. We're usually an acoustic trio, but we love playing with a live drummer once in a while and shaking things up a bit!

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Biographies

Dave Santa Maria: Dave is a seasoned guitarist and bassist (on both acoustic and electric). As a lead vocalist Dave has a vast repertoire of tunes from different genres - rock, pop, country, folk, swing and blues. Dave has been performing for years and his band bio list includes Kit-n-Kaboodle, the Park Avenue Playboys, and Pay Dirt who he was the founder of. (From 1990 - 2000, Pay Dirt was one of Rochester's best Top 40 contemporary country bands playing large scale venues, festivals, concerts, radio events, and was one of the "house band's" at The Roost - one of Rochester's most popular nightspots). Dave is also a strong solo performer at different venues around town. Dave's friendly, enthusiastic and humorous personality has attracted audiences of all ages.

Jerry Curry: Jerry started playing acoustic guitar in the fifth grade, learning old time standards and Irish folk music from the old masters in Livingston county. One year later, he traded his bicycle to a kid down the street for an electric guitar and started playing rock and roll. In addition to his vocals and lead guitar work, Jerry adds Dobro, ukulele and harmonica to enhance the band's unique sound. He has performed with numerous bands in the past including the folk rock band Quarter Moon, the country group Pay Dirt and the 1970's tribute showband Joey T and The Formula. His versatile abilities help the group to showcase a huge and diverse collection of standards, folk, pop, jazz and more traditional tunes loved by all.

Nancy Drum: Nancy (Park) Drum began playing the Rochester club scene and events at the age of 14. She is versatile on the delta blues bottleneck slide guitar, 5-string banjo, guitar and mandolin. Her vocal style has been called a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Patsy Cline. Nancy has done warm-up acts for such blues legends as John Hammond, Jr., Paul Butterfield and was mentored by, and performed with, the late legendary gospel blues recording artist - Leslie Riddle. Her band resume includes the Beale Street Blues Band, Blues-Grass, the St. James Band and Pay Dirt. In Pay Dirt, she played with her husband Bill Drum (on drums) and String of Pearls band mates - Dave Santa Maria and Jerry Curry. (During that time span, she was offered a master recording session with Castle Records/Castle Music Group out of Nashville).

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