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Joshua Panda blends folk, rock and gospel
Written by ALEX ALUSHEFF Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 20 July 2012 08:48
When musician Joshua Panda takes the stage, he’s ready to give an “electrified” performance.
“The unseen connection you get with the audience has the capability to make the hair on your arm stand up,” Panda said. “There’s something special when you’re playing music that you just can’t duplicate anywhere else.”
Panda, 27, will get the chance to duplicate his feeling with local audiences at The Black Swamp Arts Festival in September. Panda will open the festival with a 5 p.m. show on the main stage Sept. 7. He’ll also perform sets   n the Acoustic Stage and Family Entertainment Stage on Sept. 8.
Hailing from Charlotte, N.C., Panda describes his musical style as heavily influenced by gospel and folk rock.
As a writer, Panda said the works of Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger influenced him due to their “ability to encompass a broad spectrum of genres and write on multiple platforms.”
When it comes to his delivery, Panda said his gospel roots come into play. “I was in the church choir and my mother was a gospel singer so I grew up with it.”
Panda started a band in high school and hasn’t stopped making music since. He has been touring since
2008, sharing the stage with Brett Michaels of Poison and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:51
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