Singing Bear at CultureWorks

Anthony Singing Bear defies classification by genre and instead chooses to focus on poetic lyrics.

The acoustic guitarist and vocalist, who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, and his fellow bandmates — vocalist Chocolate Face, percussionist James Caran, bassist Jared May and electric guitarist Kevin Njikam — weave honest, original lyrics with balanced harmonies and jazzy chord structures to produce a "funky" sound similar to that of Jason Mraz, Brett Dennen and the John Butler Trio.

Independent and self-managed, Singing Bear travels from Hawaii to Europe, playing about 150 shows a year. He will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at CultureWorks, 310 Oak St., Ashland.

His most recent album, "Gold," released in August 2010, was produced by Jesse Boeyn, recorded at Renegade Studios (Jefferson Starship), mixed by Chris Garcia (Santana, Dido, Katy Perry) and mastered at Sonic Vista (Lady Gaga, Grizzly Bear).

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