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Local Trio Rocks the Peninsula

Broadneck natives Carlo Biondi, Chris Biondi, and Matt Toronto gain a strong following as they perform their original music at venues around Annapolis.

The Biondi Brothers just can’t classify their music.

“Alternative reggae-folk with a bluesy vocal,” says Carlo Biondi when trying to describe their songs.

Most of the material they perform is written by him, and these days he writes at least one song a week.

“There’s a cover band in every bar,” says Carlo Biondi. “We would rather do what we love, even if it means for less people.”

In fact, this is not the case; the band, comprised of Broadneck Peninsula natives Carlo (guitar and vocals), brother Chris (bass and vocals), and longtime friend  Matt Toronto (drums), has a growing local following and several steady gigs, including the first Wednesday of every month at the Broadneck Grill/Cantina. They also play at least one Thursday a month at O’Loughlin’s. Their next show is Thursday, June 23.

On June 18, the band will be performing at Jam for the Animals, an all-day festival that will be held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds and will showcase local music to raise funds for animal shelters and rescue organizations. The festival is produced by the Animal Rescue Fund, an organization founded by Chris, his wife Jenni, and Natalie Gardner.

The Biondi Brothers’ sound is reminiscent of the harmonies and witty lyricism of Paul Simon or Bob Dylan. Their new album, Navigate, will premiere at the end of June.

Meanwhile, their music can be accessed at Reverbnation.com , through the band’s Facebook page.

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