If you happen to find yourself at a coffee shop on a Friday night, chances are Luca Spanio is there with his acoustic guitar, ready to wow you with his re-worked interpretations of Queen. With a voice reminiscent of Freddy Mercury coated in an Italian accent, Spanio sings with a passion that goes beyond him be-ing a mere cover band. In fact, his Queen covers are used strictly to lure in his audience, as his real talent lies within the complex compositional structure of his original work.

His EP lacks percussion, but Spanio still manages to write epic melodies utilizing classical recording techniques – using the strings and background vocals to com-plement each other. Spanio will perform Aug. 4 at the Talking Stick in Venice.

Grade: B

Queen Acoustic… and More is available at lucaspanio.com