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Carlos Colina & Straight Up

"Blues To Go, Free Home Delivery" 


Wednesday, April 23rd @ 7:30pm
Ranchero Cantina

214 Kinderkamack Road,  Emerson NJ  201-523-9250



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With a nod to the past and an eye to the future, Carlos Colina & Straight Up (CCSU) have set up shop at the ‘Intersection of Jazz & Blues’ where they purvey an eclectic blend of the two genres. Led by charismatic frontman Carlos Colina (vocals/harmonica), the group has been winning over audiences with their live show for nearly two decades, appearing at renowned metropolitan area venues such as Turning Point Café, BB King, Stanhope House, and Watercolor Café. Performing their original compositions and interpretations of standards, CCSU builds upon the legacy of the great Chicago harmonica masters with a sound that is both traditional and fresh.

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What's new with Straight Up?


October 2013:   Way back in November 2012 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, CCSU appeared at the 'Rock The Harvest' (RAH! 2012) benefit show for Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels. We now have some great footage of the band performing Leo Jordan's composition "Let's Get Started" directed, mixed and edited by audio/video renaissance man, Terrence Murphy.


Blues on the High Seas!

 Photos from the spectacular Summer Sunset Blues Sail in 2011 courtesy of John Muller.

Click here to view the pix from the sail.

Legacy Pics from the Turning Point and  Isabel's Cafe

Photographer Steve Morton took some exciting pictures when the band played two of their many gigs at these fabled rooms.

Steve Morton's
Turning Point Shots

Steve Morton's
Isabel's Cafe Shots



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