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San Jose guitarist Maxx Cabello Jr. Preps Double Album, Blank Club Show

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Maxx Cabello performing at Silicon Valley Sound eXperience, September 2012. // Photo by Aron Cooperman.

“Anyone can go into the studio and sound like Britney Spears if they want to,” Cabello says. “One thing my band has is that it’s not some fake, made-up thing. That’s why people relate to it; they come and see the real thing. We’re all playing our instruments from our hearts.”

Even though Cabello has been gigging regularly since he was 15, a lot more people are taking notice over the past few years. He played this year’s Summer Jazz Fest in San Jose and was a featured performer at Metro’s first annual Silicon Valley Music eXperience. He also played the Woodstock 40th anniversary festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and he recently got booked to open for B.B. King this November in Santa Rosa. He also has a gig at the Virgin Islands on New Year’s Eve to perform in front of 10,000 people.

Cabello is passionate about giving the audience not just a good show but something special.

“When you’re playing from your heart, there’s something there that connects you with the person listening,” Cabello says. “You never know what a person in the audience is going through that day. They could be really sad and have lost someone. It’s spiritual because they connect with you when that song plays.”

Part of what has helped Cabello create his lively sound is the formation of his group the Breakdown, which came together last year. The four (and sometimes five) like-minded guys are old friends he grew up with. Right now, the band is doing well, but whatever happens, Cabello has no plans to quit any time soon.

“I don’t think I’ll ever stop playing music. It’s so powerful. You can change someone’s life with just one note,” Cabello says.

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