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There's a hot new band in town and they will set the stage afire at the Whitney Garden Party on Thursday, July 11! The Firewalkers are a new r&b/blues quartet featuring some of the city's finest musicians set off by the fiery vocals of Laura Mendoza.

The Firewalkers are comprised of singer Laura Mendoza, (White Shag, The Ricky Rat Pack, Mark Farner’s American Band) featuring David James (Jon Rice Band, David James) on guitar, Rudy Varner  (Jack Scott, Chris Casello Trio, JC and the Royal Keys) on upright bass and Loney Charles (Jack Scott, Chris Casello Trio, JC and the Royal Keys) on drums.

In 2017, during a residency at Otus Supply where Rudy and Loney were playing with JC and the Royal Keys, Laura was invited to sit in as a guest singer for one of the dates. That day the band started off with the unmistakable classic “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton and the audience was blown away. Afterward, the three decided to start their own band and made their debut performance at the annual Erotic Poetry & Music Festival in 2019 to a rapturous crowd and began playing shows around town.  The band performs an original set of songs that includes some select r&b and rock classics like “Fever.”

They will be performing two sets starting at 7pm to 9pm at the infamous Whitney Garden Party. The party opens at 4:30 and is $5 cover. The Whitney is located at 4421 Woodward in Detroit, 313-832-5700. The parties are held in the fabulous garden of the historic restaurant.

Another upcoming show will be August 9 at The Willis Show Bar located at 4156 Third Avenue in Detroit, 313-788-7469.

For more information on The Firewalkers check out their webpage at

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