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Acoustic Cafe this Friday night will feature Cats and the Fiddler.

Carmen Gibes, James Richardson, and Shaun Richardson are 16 years old, and they are  Cats and the Fiddler. They have appeared at hundreds of venues alongside IBMA award-winning bluegrass bands such as Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Cherryholmes, and Dailey and Vincent. They have also performed on the nationally syndicated Mitch Albom Show as well as numerous local radio shows.

Their CD “Road to Nashville” was featured in the nationally recognized magazine Bluegrass Unlimited with this comment: “Although its members are just in their early teens, Cats & the Fiddler has already achieved a remarkable skill level and should definitely look forward to a promising career in music. ”

Their CD “Come Back to Me” has been nominated for the Detroit Music Awards as the Outstanding Acoustic-Folk recording for 2011.

Rachel May, entertainment columnist for the Detroit Free Press remarked, “I had a chance to catch the band when it performed during the Detroit Music Awards in April at the Fillmore Detroit, and the performance was breathtaking. Every note was played with precision, and the songs were rich with perfect harmonies.”

Acoustic Cafe takes place at The Howell Opera House at 7:30pm. Tickets are $7.