West Valley duo returns to playing through streaming

Priscilla Rose Duo hasn’t had a gig in weeks, but is back ‘live’

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The Priscilla Rose Duo is bringing its live tunes to live streaming.

The duo, who were regular performers across the West Valley in the pre-quarantine days before COVID-19 made stay-at-home approaches the new normal for residents, haven’t performed live in weeks.

Priscilla Pinches, singer and keyboardist, and Rich La Rose, guitar and vocals, return to playing with 5 p.m. gigs every Wednesday on The Priscilla Rose Band’s Facebook page, with a couple online shows already under their belt.

“So far the reception has been very encouraging,” Ms. Pinches stated.  “Since we can’t play out at clubs or restaurants, we decided to do a weekly online show from my living room.”

The duo will be performing a variety of popular music, from jazz and blues to rock and roll.

As a quartet when bass player Ray Carter and drummer Greg McWhorter join the band at live gigs, The Priscilla Rose Band performs dance tunes from the ’50’s, ’60s and ’70s, including hits from Elvis Presley to The Eagles, Frank Sinatra to Sade, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley & His Comets, Roy Orbison and more.

That all changed when the novel coronavirus forced bars and restaurants to temporarily close their doors, leading to canceled gigs for West Valley musicians, including the Rose Band.

The band usually plays around 10 gigs a month, and in April Ms. Pinches said their summer schedule is “on hold” for now.

“As a band, we’ve easily lost over $1,000, and depending upon duration of the virus threat, we could lose hundreds of dollars more,” she told the Independent at the time.

Ms. Pinches (www.priscillaspiano.com) is a piano and voice instructor at Music & Arts Center, 5350 W. Bell Road, Suite 132, Glendale, and The Sun City Piano Club, as well as a member of the Praise Band at Christ The Redeemer Lutheran Church in Phoenix.

Mr. La Rose began his music career playing KISS songs in his parents’ basement. He is also music director for the Praise Band at Christ The Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Email psforte@yahoo.com.

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