Fairview Avenue lines up gigs as its members bring a variety of musical styles to the table

Scott and Liz Hopkins are Altamont residents; the band's name is a nod to the street where they live. Scott said the couple shared a goal to have music in their home, which is one of the reasons he was more than happy to have his wife join his band.

Her voice, he added, is folky and appealing, while Safford bring an "iconic bluegrass style" to the band and Califano's rock background distinguishes Fairview Avenue from other bluegrass bands.

"Tony's style adds another dimension to our sound," he said.

Whatever their styles, all of the members of the band are bound by their simple love of music. Califano said that a rock band that he belonged to not long ago was made up of "weekend warriors" who weren't necessarily as serious about music as he was. That's different in Fairview Avenue, which also challenges him with the new instrument and a new style of singing.

"When I leave a gig or rehearsal, my ears don't hurt," he said. "It's nice to just hear the instruments and hear the voices."

For information, visit the band's Web site, www.fairviewavenuebluegrass.com.""

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