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Leading Dengue Fever Is No Hairy Concern For Guitarist

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s easy to pick guitarist Zac Holtzman out of any picture of the Cambodian pop band Dengue Fever. Just look for the beard.

Holtzman’s growth is of ZZ Top proportions, and he’s well-practiced in the care and feeding of the beard.

“I make up my own conditioner for it,” says Holtzman, who formed Dengue Fever in 2001 with his brother, keyboardist Ethan Holtzman, after they developed a mutual interest in Cambodian pop forms and met singer Chhom Nimol. The group recently released its third album, “Venus on Earth.”

But back to the beard ... “I mix up some beer, some mayonnaise, some eggs, honey, lemon and just a little touch of semen. That’s my recipe.”

Holtzman has only cut the beard off once since first growing it 17 years ago, and he says his mother has finally given up hope of him shaving it.

“She used to say: ‘You’re the one Holtzman in the family that has a decent chin. Now you’re covering it up,’ ” he says. “Things get caught in it all the time — and it once got caught in some machinery and was torn off. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s staying.”

Dengue Fever performs Thursday (Feb. 28) at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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