Brian Quinn is a native New Yorker, brought to the band attitude & confidence. Brian's "Take the bull by the horns" style of playing has been the driving force behind Virginia And The Blue Dots through show after show. His rock steady beat, coupled with his knowledge and intuitive sense of music makes him a great drummer to play with, as well as an exciting performer to watch. Brian draws upon broad experience playing with many groups in his days before the Blue Dots, ranging from roots, rock to punk.
Larry Lawrence experienced life as an "Army brat", moving through Europe, Asia, California, then Texas, with the family settling in the DC area. Throughout childhood, played accordion, piano and trombone. In High school, bass players were not as plentiful as guitarists and drummers, so that was a welcome void to fill. Playing with records in the bedroom helped develop a keen ear, and within months was performing onstage. Guitar and keyboards followed later. At Northern Virginia Community College, Theory, Composition and Jazz Improv expanded horizons further. Playing regularly in local bands over the years, taking part in occasional recording projects, played with a local Alt-rock group Spiffy Jones, and spent several years playing and recording with the group Xyra and Verborgen (the debut CD was honored with a Grammy nomination), and it was there he met Cris. Also playing live for almost 5 years with Blues recording artist Janine Wilson, he met Virginia and joined up to play bass with The Bluedots.
Chuck grew up a Maryland boy and has, pretty much, been around DC his whole life. He attended St. Mary's College of Maryland, purportedly to study the Humanities, but devoted far more time to taking up bass to play in the inexplicably-named ska outfit, Big Toe. He continued on electric basses playing with Baltimore's The Jennifers (as seen on MTV) and moved over to upright bass for DC's American Sinner. His stylistic heroes, on bass, are Willie Dixon, Charlie Mingus, and Carol Kaye. He listens to Classic Country (Jimmie Reeves, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn) and a lot of music with insistent bass (70's dub, 50-60's jazz, bluegrass). These days, he's exclusively on upright bass with the 'dots playing in a retrograde style reflecting his distrust for music any younger than 50.
Cris Chillura started playing guitar at 12, and studied at a classical conservatory in Madrid, Spain. While he has played in several different types of bands throughout his early years, Cris comes from a classical/folk background. In high school he attended a Musician's Institute in Hollywood, to earn a Journeyman's Degree in music. In subsequent trips to Spain, Cris has also studied under master guitarists Carlos Raya, and R. Bohrer. Cris has a variety of interests in different musical styles, including classical, jazz, country, blues and Latin, and appeared on a number of recording projects and CD's by artists such as Morgan Rowe ("A Night Like This"), Xyra and Verborgen ("Where Glass Birds Fly"), and October Skies with Kim Fields ("Everything Happens For A Reason") before playing with Virginia And The Blue Dots.