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HPMA Showcase Spotlight: QandA, "Roots-Based American Rock"

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In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.

To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for? I am Jordi Baizan, singer, songwriter and the band's leader. QandA is nominated for Best Local Song ("Woman of My Dreams"; Best Songwriter (Jordi Baizan); Best Male Vocals (Jordi Baizan); Best Guitarist (Andy Zipper); Best Bassist (Mark Dulworth; Best Drummer (Dustin Wolfe); and Best Traditional Rock.

Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Jordi Baizan, vocals/guitar; Andy Zipper, guitar; Mark Dulworth, bass; Dustin Wolfe, drums.

Describe your band in four to seven words. Roots-based American rock.

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? Bob Dylan is our biggest musical influence because of two reasons: 1. His lyrical style resonates with us; 2. His music took the influences of the past and created something fresh and new.

What recordings (if any) do you have readily available? The EP entitled floe and the full-length record 285 are available on our Web site (QandAmusic.com), Cactus Music as well as iTunes, Amazon and other digital stores.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? No, these are our first nominations.

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? QandA performs at the Mucky Duck twice a year, Galveston's Old Quarter Acoustic Café twice a year, the 27th Annual Watermelon Dance and Summer Social, and other local events and festivals.

What is the next step for your band? We will be touring from August 2013 through May 2014 and are working on a new record to be released in 2014.

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." A unique, eclectic mix of diverse, talented musicians.

QandA's HPMA showcase spot is 5 p.m. Sunday, August 4 at MKT Bar, 1001 Austin. See more on the band at QandAmusic.com or their Facebook page.

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