Gary Gand, guitar
Joan Gand, keyboards/bass
Dion Khan, vocals
Larry Mitchell/Sal Frisaura/Craig Chesnut
This dynamic husband and wife team bring their Chicago sound to the desert. Veteran bluesman Gary Gand handles the six strings, driving the band, channeling a bit of Eric Clapton, Freddie King and Jeff Beck rolled into one. Keyboardist Joan Gand, grooves on classic Hammond B-3 style organ and bluesy piano with inspiration from Booker T. Jones, Jimmy Smith, and Ramsey Lewis, all while her left hand is laying down the bass. Vocalist Dion Khan, winner of the Palm Springs Voice contest, adds his soulful energy, powerful voice, and sense of fun to the band.
The Gand Band is known for their philanthropy and fund-raising efforts with their “concerts for a cause.” We have worked with AIDS Assistance Program, Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Well in the Desert, FIND Food Bank, Palm Springs High School Arts Institute, and many other organizations to plan successful fundraisers.
Throughout the season, special guests will join the Gand Band – watch for special shows as they are announced. Blues divas from Chicago, saxophonists John Bolivar, Chase Huna and Shelley Yoelin. Musical icon and local resident Trini Lopez is a Gand Band fan, and joins the fun. Theme shows include Motown, Spy Music, Tiki Chic, Bossa Nova, Mambo Italiano and more – you’ll never see the same show twice with the Gand Band!