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Cigar

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Cigar is a three-piece, non-fronting crew. Powerful, melodic, and thought provoking is their sound. Always pushing the limits, complexities within the song structures shatter comparisons made to other “punk” bands. But like their style, each member of Cigar is also unique.

Big Jon sits at the drums. Involved in the music scene since the late ’80s; starting with the popular Northern California punk band, “The Circus Tents,” Jon has not only had the chance to perform among other great bands, but also to hone his skills and get his talents noticed. Famed for his incredibly fast, tight drumming and just as famous “human beat box,” Jon also lays down the second voice in the band, trading off lead vocals and maintaining strong background vocals. Jason plays the bass. Introduced to Jon in late 1995 in Eugene, Oregon, Jason had a diverse background in jazz, blues, and rock—all emphasizing the importance of improvisation. The fascinating aspect of Cigar, to Jason, is the speed at which it is played and the space open for the bass. As a result, the bass in Cigar is technically fast, melodic, and highly creative. Rami is the confident, powerful voice and guitar on stage. During the formation of Cigar in Eugene, Oregon, the band was in need of a great singer. Fortunately, in early 1996, Jon spotted Rami in line at a local movie theater and asked him to try out for the band. Not only did Rami have an amazing voice; he also possessed great songwriting, lyrical, and guitar skills. With his addition, the stage was set for the band.

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