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Rich Armstrong gave a boisterous trumpet solo at the "Nebraska Project" Bruce Springsteen Concert

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Rich Armstrong is one of the Bay Area's most sought after multi-instrumentalist, switching effortlessly between vocals, trumpet, percussion and guitar. He has a storied career having played, toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Tony! Toni! Tone'!, Thomas Dolby, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Lyrics Born, Train, and Josh Groban. He has also done stints with Petula Clarke, Train, Spoon, and Jody Watley. He was also a long time member (15 years), and musical director of the now infamous but extremely talented Michelle Shocked, having toured almost every state and country with her.

Rich is the founder and band leader of one of SF's most elite variety/pop/dance bands, "The 415s" ( which received the award "Best of the Bay" by San Francisco Magazine.  He is also a regular contributing member of SF's famed Jazz Mafia and founding member of the Crossroads Live Music Experience which brings a high level music concert to Burning Man 5 years running.