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September 26, 2013

Short Gap native will be playing for the home crowd

Area musician will be performing with 7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience

CUMBERLAND — Tony Haan Jr., 23, a musician and former area resident, is excited to be returning to the area to perform with 7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience.

“I can’t wait to come home and play and see all the familiar places,” said Haan, a guitarist and vocalist with 7 Bridges. “7 Bridges is one of the most professional bands I’ve ever had the privilege of sharing the stage with. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

7 Bridges will perform during the Tri-State Concert series Oct. 19 in the auditorium of Allegany High School.

Haan’s father, Tony Haan Sr., bought him his first guitar and he has been studying the instrument since he was 10.

Haan joined 7 Bridges in July thanks to his manager, Ed Read. Read is also a manager for “Uncle” Josh Graves, a famous resonator guitar (Dobro) player. Graves’ son Bryan Graves is a bassist with 7 Bridges, according to Haan. Read knew there was a position open with 7 Bridges and recommended Haan for the position.

“I had five days to learn the entire show and to go on the road with them,” said Haan.

Haan’s first audition for the band was performing with them during a show in York, Pa., at the end of July in front of 2,000 fans. Haan joined 7 Bridges immediately after graduating with a two-year associate degree in sound engineering from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Nashville.

To Haan, 7 Bridges is so much more than just an Eagles tribute band.

“What sets us apart is the show. It’s an entire performance, you have comedy and each band member participates in the show,” said Haan, noting that each band member takes a turn singing a song. “Each band member gets a time to shine; it really shows the versatility of the band.”

7 Bridges is a Nashville-based band that is comprised of six members who have played their entire lives, according to Haan. 7 Bridges doesn’t use backing tracks or harmonizers and every show features hit singles with some Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises thrown into the mix, according to the band’s website.

“7 Bridges faithfully recreates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period,” states the website. “7 Bridges offers the perfect blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles devotees.”

Haan is a native of Short Gap, W.Va. He attended elementary and middle school in Hendersonville, Tenn., and graduated from  Frankfort High School in Short Gap.

7 Bridges will also perform Sunday at the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins.

Tickets for the October show can be purchased at http://www.tri-stateconcerts.com/.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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