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Carlos Colina & Straight Up

"Blues To Go, Free Home Delivery" 


Next appearance...

Saturday, April 18th, 2015 @ 8:30pm    
Maxfield's On Main
713 Main Street, Boonton NJ   973-588-3404

Click HERE to see full schedule


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?


September 2014:   Back in May, CCSU appeared at the Wailin' For Walter benefit show to assist blues guitarist Walter Trout with medical expenses after having a liver transplant. Here are a couple of videos from that show courtesy of Joan Mallotides, the BluesBroad(thanx, Joan!)

"Hard Times"

"Put the Hammer Down"


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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