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Dos Gardenias at 4 Daughters Irish Pub

"Musicians have to be about something," says Andy Pimentel of Dos Gardenias. "We try to be about the music, not just about the show. We're about passion, romance and rhythm."

Pimentel's trio plays many different styles of acoustic music, including Latin, Cuban, Celtic, flamenco, R&B, gospel, American roots and jazz standards. The members also sing in various languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese and English, and each plays many different instruments.

"We're pretty rhythmic for a small group," Pimentel says, who plays piano, guitar, soprano saxophone, penny whistle and accordion. He's joined by his wife Ann on percussion and vocals and Antonio Menendez on classical guitar, cello, piccolo, flute and toy piano.

The trio will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford.

Pimentel moved to the Rogue Valley about 30 years ago. He is a home builder by day but likes to perform and record with other musicians. He recently worked with Christian music artist Terri Shamar of Grants Pass. He is featured on Shamar's song "See Me Dance" on her latest album, "Wake Now, Sleeper." Shamar won first place at the 2003 Christian Music Talent Search in Medford. Another of Pimentel's recent gigs was with rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry at the Blue Lake Casino in Northern California.

"Berry and I did a piano duet together," Pimentel says. "He told jokes through the whole thing, it was a lot of fun."

Pimentel picked up the Portuguese language from his grandparents. Menendez is from El Salvador. The two write much of the trio's original music.

"When people think of jazz, they sometimes think of something intellectual," Pimentel says. "But our music is emotional and fiery rather than technical. Especially the Cuban music from the '30s and '40s — the style of music played in Havana clubs before the Cuban Revolution."

Menendez translates Spanish music for Dos Gardenias, Pimentel says. Cuban music has a style and dialect that is distinct from Spanish.

Cover is free for the show at 4 Daughters Irish Pub. Call 779-4455.

Antonio Menendez, Ann Pimentel and Andy Pimentel are Dos Gardenias. - Photo courtesy of Antonio Menendez