Lydia Pense and Cold Blood
2700 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95816
: (916) 443-5300
Lydia Pense and Cold Blood packed the San Francisco Ballrooms in their heyday. Now, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood still fill halls with cheering, dancing, foot-stomping fans. Far from fading over the years, Cold Blood has flourished. Along with Tower of Power, Cold Blood pioneered the Bay Area's brass heavy funk-rock sound, which came to be known as "East Bay Grease." Fronted by the proverbial little girl with a huge voice, Lydia Pense's powerful vocal chops were impossible to ignore, and despite frequent personnel changes within the band, Cold Blood always attracted inspired and creative musicians and remained a crack unit. It's been a long road, over 40 years to be exact with a break somewhere in the middle. But, Lydia and the band are living proof that a little time off can be a really good thing. With their new album, Soul Of The Gypsy, turning heads across the country, fans are remembering just what has been missing from music in the last few decades.