CROSS-POLLINATION CCXXXIX - TUES MAY 26TH - 7:30-10 PM
JEFF LITMAN
RANA SANTACRUZ

New York-based singer/songwriter Jeff Litman has taken a long, learned route back to the basics. Drawing on his diverse musical background and personal experiences, Litman writes songs with infectious melodies, unique harmonies, rich arrangements, and deeply affecting lyrics.

Rana Santacruz is a Mexican musician who lives in Brooklyn, NY. His music has been called "Mexican Bluegrass" or "Irish Mariachi" with a dose of rock and alternative. His sound starts in Ireland, runs through Appalachia, swings through New Orleans, and careens across most of Mexico. The acoustic instrumentation includes cajon, upright bass, accordion, guitar, banjo, jarana, violin and trumpet. He cites his main influences as The Pogues, Tom Waits, Chavela Vargas, Agustin Lara, son jarocho, tambora, and folk music in general. Lyrically, his songs tell short tales about broken hearts, sailors, dogs, turkeys, and farewells. He performs them frequently with his "Bluegrass Mariachi Band" at clubs in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. Rana Santacruz just finished recording his first solo CD "Chicavasco". The album was produced by Santacruz and Alex Venguer who has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Sufjan Stevens, Billy Joel and Phil Collins among others. Chicavasco will be released nationally early 2010. He offers free downloads in his site: www.ranasantacruz.com

LISTEN TO JEFF LITMAN LISTEN TO RANA SANTACRUZ
CROSS-POLLINATION CCXXXIX ::: Tuesday, MAY 26TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - JEFF LITMAN | myspace.com/jefflitman
8:45 - RANA SANTACRUZ | ranasantacruz.com | myspace.com/ranasantacruz
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft JEFF LITMAN & RANA SANTACRUZ!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero