A bit more on the jazzier side

The Rogue Suspects, featuring Greg Frederick on bass, Dean Angermier on keys, Gary Keeny on drums and Dirk Price on guitar, has a reputation in Southern Oregon &

and a well-deserved one &

for being a powerhouse of quality music influenced by the likes of Steely Dan, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The band has opened shows for acts that include James Brown, Los Lobos, The Rascals, Robert Cray and others.

But the Suspects will put a new spin on its regular lineup of rock and pop when the band performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Avalon Bar and Grill, 105 W. Valley View Road, Talent.

"It won't be like the sets of rock 'n' roll tunes that we play at clubs," Frederick says. "The music will be a little more introspective and on the jazzier side."

The performance at the Avalon will give the audience an opportunity to see how the songs are constructed and how the group communicates, he says.

Guitarist Jeff Pevar and vocalist Inger Jorgenson will join the Suspects for the show at the Avalon. Pevar's reputation as a guitarist spans between both coasts of the U.S.

He's worked as a professional musician since the 1980s, touring and recording with artists such as Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor, Joe Cocker and Phil Lesh. He was a member of CPR, a band featuring David Crosby and James Raymond &

Crosby's son. CPR recorded four albums and is the subject of "CPR: Through the Music," a documentary featuring the band's 1998 debut performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival that includes interviews with the three musicians.

Pevar settled in the Rogue Valley about two years ago. He does session work with various artists at his recording studio in Talent.

Admission to the show at the Avalon costs $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 512-8864.

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