Ken Leighton 6 p.m., Oct. 18
Gary Piro: Guitar (acoustic), Vocals | "Miss" Patric Petrie: Fiddle, Violin | Steve "Brick" Musick: Guitar (acoustic) | Joey "Max" Piro: Percussion | Paul Doc Castellano: Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar (acoustic), Mandolin | David Lindquist: Accordion
Sound description: Irish rock.
Inception: Carlsbad, 2007
Influences: The Pogues, the Waterboys, Gaelic Storm, the Great Big Sea, the Young Dubliners, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly
In 2007, the Blokes started as an Irish instrumental duo playing in local pubs, special events, Irish gift shops, and farmers' markets. They've grown from two members to seven member, and have expanded into Irish rock with vocals. They sprinkle in some reggae, classic rock, bluegrass, Cajun, blues, and rearrangements of classic Django Reinhardt , Ottmar Liebert, and Johnny Cash.