Meet the Band: The Richard Walton Group


Hometown: Ellicott City

Current members: Eric Robertson, drums; Andrew Davidsen, lead electric guitar; Jacob Yoffee, saxophone; David Meer, electric, acoustic and bass guitars; Mitchell Shaivitz, percussion; Richard Walton, bass and acoustic guitars.

Founded in: 1990

Style: Blend of jazz, rock and Latin instrumental music.

Influenced by: Pat Metheny, Steely Dan, Sonny Rollins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Beatles

Notable: All band members help compose music. They are an instrumental band, but they do some chants.

Quotable: Richard Walton on the band's material: "Everything we do is original. I think there is only a handful of bands around doing all original music. We could do four sets - that is four 40-minute sets - of all original music. We all write together as a unit."

Check out the Richard Walton Group Wednesday in Centennial Park South in Columbia as a part of the Sunset Serenades concert series. The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but a $3 donation for parking is collected. Centennial Park is at 10000 Route 108 in Columbia. For more information about the concert series, call 410-313-7275 or visit

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- Annie Linskey

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