2016 Line Up 2017-07-14T14:17:25+00:00

2016 Line-Up

The 2016 line up and schedule are published! GATOR BY THE BAY 2016 will feature 90+ performances on 7 stages! Explore the schedule and plan your festival!

Kick-Off Concert Thursday May 5th, 2016
6:00 – 10:30 PM

In anticipation of San Diego’s cool spring evenings, we are bringing heat to the KSDS Festival Stage on Thursday evening.  We still advise dressing warm with a sweater option.  Of course, if you’re dancing you’ll stay plenty warm.

Tickets Are Now Available
Table Seating – $95
Seating in rows 1 to 18 – $45
Straw Bales – $25

Seating Chart and Dance floor layout is available through this LINK.

CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana BandZydeco 8:20 PM
Grammy-nominated C.J. Chenier was born into the musical tradition of southwest Louisiana and Texas zydeco, that upbeat accordion-led musical blend of French Creole and African-derived influences. The son of the great “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier, widely acknowledged as the father of modern zydeco and the first Grammy Award winning musician of the genre, C.J. wasn’t terribly interested in his father’s music as a teenager, leaning more towards R&B, funk and jazz, with the saxophone as his instrument of choice.

It wasn’t until his 21st birthday that C.J. first performed with his famous father and the legendary Red Hot Louisiana Band, and when Clifton died in 1987, C.J. picked up his accordion and became the band’s leader. In the years since, C.J. has melded his own style with his zydeco legacy, winning acclaim from all quarters, while putting out eight of his own albums, and appearing on recordings with such luminaries as Paul Simon, Gin Blossoms, and many more. In 2012, C. J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band were nominated for a Grammy for their album “Can’t Sit Down”.

Click on the Image below for Seating Chart and Dance floor layout.

Gator By The Bay Concert Seating Chart
The Palominos
The PalominosHonky Tonk 7 PM
The Palominos bring to the stage an era that’s long gone but far from forgotten. Playing a mix of both obscure country classics and their own originals, their style is pure west coast honky tonk, with soaring harmonies, twanging guitar and a steady back beat.
Todd Day Wait's Pigpen
Todd Day Wait's PigpenBlues, Folk, Country, Early R&B & Soul 6 PM
Playing their gumbo of country, soul, blues, bluegrass and early R&B, with a dash of New Orleans spice, Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen is a popular attraction busking on the streets of the French Quarter, and performing in venues throughout New Orleans. That is, when they aren’t touring all over the U.S.

Gator By The Bay Festival
Friday 5/6 thru Sunday 5/8

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Curley Taylor & Zydeco TroubleZydeco
Louisiana native Curley Taylor’s bluesy, soulful vocals and the band’s hard driving Zydeco beat make them a favorite high-energy dance band, true to its roots, but contemporary enough to appeal to a broad range of music lovers. Curley began his professional career at 16, playing drums in his father’s blues and zydeco band, Jude Taylor and the Burning Flames. By the age of 25, Curley had drummed with some of Louisiana’s musical legends, including Steve Riley, John Hart, and his uncles, L’il Buck Senegal and Wayne “Blue” Burns. While touring with zydeco legend CJ Chenier, Curley became interested in the accordion, and taught himself to play in just 6 months. Before starting his own band, however, Curley was tapped by Geno Delafose to play drums in his wildly popular band, French Rockin’ Boogie, and spent the several years touring internationally with them. In 2003, Curley formed Zydeco Trouble, and since then has put out 5 albums loaded with original music, and maintained an extensive touring schedule. This is Trouble we’re always happy to get into!
Bonsoir Catin
Bonsoir CatinCajun
Since Bonsoir Catin burst upon the folk music scene in 2005, they have been rocking Louisiana dancehalls and festivals with their fresh Cajun sound that is a unique blend of ancient ballads, dancehall era gems, swamp pop stylings, and rock n’ roll blues. The Bonsoir Catin sound rides a wave of rhythm, a pulse, an under the skin sensation, a heartbeat. Their newest recording to date, Light the Stars is a collection of fresh, evocative new Cajun music that pushes the limits of imagination and form.
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys
Jeffery Broussard & The Creole CowboysZydeco
One of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard continues to be one of the genre’s most dynamic performers. He has continually been an innovator, beginning his career with traditional Creole Zydeco music playing drums in his father’s band, Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys, then moving on to develop the nouveau Zydeco sound in Zydeco Force. He now returns to the more traditional Zydeco sound with his own band, Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys.
Motordude Zydeco
Motordude ZydecoZydeco
Formed in 1989, MotorDude Zydeco plays zydeco — the dance music of the Creole people of Southwest Louisiana. The band took its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great zydeco master Boozoo Chavis. Over the years the band has taken Mr. Chavis’ words of wisdom to heart, “If you do something long enough, it gets good!” , and, over the years, they’ve gotten pretty darn good. Co-founder Billy Wilson plays accordion, and is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed with such noted Cajun and Zydeco musicians as Dewey Balfa, D.L. Menard, Marc Savoy, Michael Doucet, and John Delafose. Guitarist John Graham, the other co-founder comes from a blues background and at one time was in a band called Earth with Bruce Springsteen. The other band members, Lloyd Meadows on vocals, rubboard and harmonica, Dennis Calloway on bass, and Willy Jordan on drums and vocals, all are veterans of highly impressive lists of zydeco, blues and rock bands with names like Santana, Elvin Bishop, John Lee Hooker Queen Ida, Charlie Musselwhite, and more.

Friday 5/6 @ 9:00 PM – ALABAMA MIKE & THE DROP IN’s

Alabama Mike
Alabama MikeBlues
Alabama Mike, AKA Michael A Benjamin is a hard-driving Chicago-style blues singer, who has been called “a force on the microphone, with that first rate ‘church house’ tenor”. Originally from Talledaga, AL he began his singing career as a child singing in the church choir, eventually gravitating to the blues as a young man living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has won numerous prestigious awards.
Rick Estrin
Rick EstrinBlues
Rick Estrin ranks among the best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward.
Jon Atkinson
Jon AtkinsonBlues
Although only in his mid-20s, “Big Jon” Atkinson has played with some of the biggest blues stars, and, with an innate feeling for the blues of someone much older and experienced, he’s.been making a name for himself in local blues circles for his smokin’ harmonica and guitar playing, as well as attention-grabbing vocals.
Kid Anderson
Kid AndersonBlues
In 2001, at age 21, Andersen moved to the United States from Norway, joined blues frontman Terry Hanck’s band, and quickly became a figure on the West Coast blues scene. Andersen later played in Charlie Musselwhite’s band and got a Blues Music Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) for best contemporary blues album for Charlie Musselwhite’s Delta Hardware. Then, when Little Charlie Baty retired from touring, Andersen took his place as guitarist in the Nightcats, and the new name of Rick Estrin & the Nightcats was formed. Andersen has also done extensive touring with Elvin Bishop on the Red Dog Speaks Tour.
Roy Rogers
Roy RogersBlues
Often lauded as the “Master of the Slide Guitar”, Roy Rogers is coming to us fresh off a performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A California native, Roy took up the guitar at the age of 12, and by 13 was performing in a retro rock’n’roll band, wearing gold lame jackets and channeling Chuck Berry and Little Richard tunes. When his brother brought home an album by blues legend Robert Johnson, Roy’s love affair with the blues, and specifically the slide guitar, was kindled. Over the decades, he’s played on movie and television soundtracks, shared duets with such greats as John Lee Hooker and Allen Toussaint (and toured for 4 years as featured guitarist and vocalist in Hooker’s band), and teamed up with the likes of Norton Buffalo and Ray Manzarek. Today, his distinctive style is instantly recognizable as he continues to tour worldwide.
Johnny 'V' Vernazza
Johnny 'V' VernazzaBlues Slide Guitar
Multiple Gold recording artist Johnny V’s blues and slide guitar history hearkens from the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area music scene of the 1960s, where he played with such legends as Luther Tucker and Sunnyland Slim and Elvin Bishop. Elvin asked Johnny to join the new band he was putting together , and this association led to six albums, endless touring and the #3 song in the nation in 1974, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”. That record turned Gold as did an LP with The Marshall Tucker Band that featured Johnny and Elvin on slide guitar . These days, San Diego is fortunate to call Johnny V one of our own, playing with his own band as well as appearing with numerous visiting greats.
John Nemeth
John NemethBlues
Hailing from Boise, ID, John Németh began his blues career fronting a teenaged band, gaining his early chops on the harmonica, building on the style of rootsy heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson, and today has multiple Blues Music Awards nominations to his name. He performed as a tour opener for the guitar great Junior Watson, a gig that took him across the United States, to Scandinavia, and into the recording studio for his 2004 solo debut, Come And Get It, featuring Watson. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay area, he was signed by Blind Pig Records to a three-album deal and performed with Elvin Bishop and other greats. In 2013, Németh moved to Memphis and landed a recording contract with American/roots music label Blue Corn Music and released his 8th album, Memphis Grease, which won Best Soul Blues Album at the 2015 Blues Music Awards. He has been nominated for the Blues Music Awards 2016 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, to be given out on May 5.
Sugaray Rayford
Sugaray RayfordBlues
Since 2010, Sugaray Rayford has been the frontman for his band of world-class musicians, the SugarayRayford Band. He began his musical career at the age of 7, singing and playing drums in his Texas church, and his gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music and the soulful gravel in his voice that hints at his firsthand experience with the hardship of youthful poverty. As one of the lead vocalist for the Mannish Boys, he sang lead vocals on Double Dynamite, the winning Best Traditional Blues Album at the 2013Blues Music Awards. He has been a member of noted San Diego bands The Urban Gypsys and Aunt Kizzy’s Boyz, and since moving to Los Angeles, has hosted the Blues Jam at Cozy’s, sat in with numerous well known blues artists, has sung vocals on film and TV soundtracks, appeared at too many festivals to name, and made his stage debut starring in the Tony award winning play “Ain’t Nuthin’ But The Blues” at the Portland Center Stage in Portland OR. performing with the Broadway cast. When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it.
Curtis Salgado Blues Band
Curtis Salgado Blues BandBlues
With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is widely acknowledged as a true musical giant. Salgado earned a reputation for high-intensity performances and a repertoire inspired by his encyclopedic knowledge of soul, blues and R&B music. He won the 2010 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year and went on to win the award again in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he also won the coveted BMA for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year—the highest honor the blues world has to offer—and took the statue for Soul Blues Album Of The Year for his Alligator debut, Soul Shot. The Beautiful Lowdown, Salgado’s new Alligator album, is Salgado’s most adventurous release to date, writing or co-writing the entire album himself and blending classic soul sounds and funk grooves with up-to-the-minute lyrics.
The 44's with Kid Ramos
The 44's with Kid Ramos Blues
Los Angeles-based The 44’s—Johnny Main, Mike Hightower, and Jason Lozano–are among the brightest rising stars on the current American blues roots scene. Fabulous Thunderbirds alumni Kid Ramos, is a much sought after guitarist, singer and songwriter, whose bio also includes work with James Harman, Room Full of Blues, The Mannish Boys and Fabuloco. Together, the raw rough and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians demand to be heard by blues music fans everywhere. They evidence a genuine gift for creating blues in the moment while at the same time showing loyalty to their roots, and this has made them a favorite band of club and festival crowds across North America. Playing vintage instruments, they command audiences with their in-your-face, yet highly contagious, musical sound, garnering a whole new generation of fans, while continuing to impress long-standing ones.
Rainbow Girls
Rainbow GirlsBluesy, Psychedelic Pop
Coming to us from Santa Barbara, CA, Rainbow Girls is a collaborative of 4 songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and California natives whose wide spectrum of genres is hard to classify, but something along the lines of funky, bluesy, soulful, psychedelic pop with roots in folk and rock n’ roll. With soaring harmonies and a slew of instruments they share and swap throughout their set, the ladies of Rainbow Girls pump out original after original of your favorite new songs, whether it be acoustic or electric. They can exhibit two distinct performance styles: one an electric, rock n’ roll, foot stomping spectacular enticing people to let loose and dance wildly, and the second, an acoustic back porch set based around their harmonies and folkier roots. Since forming in 2010, the band has released two studio albums, including their 2015 Perceptronium, and toured Europe and the U.S. extensively.
Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact
Rebecca Jade & The Cold FactJazz
With a chameleon-like quality to her voice, Rebecca Jade brings a unique interpretation to every song she sings. The daughter of a professionally jazz singing mother in Puerto Rico, Rebecca’s musical family roots stretch back for generations, giving her the innate ability to transfer the emotion of each song she sings to her listeners. With over 23 years of recording studio experience, singing everything from background vocals and demos to her own projects, Rebecca Jade’s sophomore album with her band The Cold Fact won her a 2014 San Diego Music Award, and she is currently working on a new release. If that weren’t enough, she is also an actor, model and avid motorcycle rider!
Casey Hensley Band
Casey Hensley BandBlues
Performing since she was five years old, and a former “Disney kid” who grew up in the entertainment industry, Casey Hensley is an accomplished vocalist. When she’s not recording for the Universal Movie Department, she fronts her own band, in which her powerful voice does total justice—and then some—to every blues, soul or rock ‘n’ roll song she belts out.
Sara Petite
Sara PetiteCountry
Winner of the 2012 prestigious Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest, and a San Diego Music Awards winner, Sarah Petite’s country-styled music revives fond memories of history, home and travels, inspired by broken hearts and those full of hope. Her Circus Comes to Town has been named a 2016 Finalist in the Americana Category of the International Songwriting Contest.

Saturday May 7  @ 2:50 PM – Jon Atkinson & Friends Blues All Stars

Jon Atknison
Jon AtknisonBlues
Although only in his mid-20s, “Big Jon” Atkinson has played with some of the biggest blues stars, and, with an innate feeling for the blues of someone much older and experienced, he’s.been making a name for himself in local blues circles for his smokin’ harmonica and guitar playing, as well as attention-grabbing vocals.

Rick Estrin
Rick EstrinBlues
Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. The Associated Press calls his harp playing “endlessly impressive” and he’s known for serving up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll.
Kid Andersen
Kid AndersenBlues
In 2001, at age 21, Andersen moved to the United States from Norway, joined blues frontman Terry Hanck’s band, and quickly became a figure on the West Coast blues scene. Andersen later played in Charlie Musselwhite’s band and got a Blues Music Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) for best contemporary blues album for Charlie Musselwhite’s Delta Hardware. Then, when Little Charlie Baty retired from touring, Andersen took his place as guitarist in the Nightcats, and the new name of Rick Estrin & the Nightcats was formed. Andersen has also done extensive touring with Elvin Bishop on the Red Dog Speaks Tour.
Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing Orchestra
Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing OrchestraBoogie Woogie
San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie, has amazed audiences all over the world with her unique style and phenomenal left hand. She’s made her mark with her high energy band, the Motel Swing Orchestra, and her flashy boogie woogie stylings and has performed with many of the legends of the boogie genre, playing double piano with Marcia Ball, Hadda Brooks, Sonny Leyland, Steve Lucky, Deanna Bogart, and many, many more. Sue has won numerous awards and has even been honored by the city for her cultural contributions by having a day named after her (March 25th, 2008). Sue Palmer’s Motel Swing Orchestra is one motel you definitely want to check into.
David Mosby
David MosbyPerforms with Sue Palmer
You might recognize David Mosby’s voice from his long-time gig as a radio DJ at San Diego’s KSDS Jazz88.3 or from hosting shows on Sirius XM. He’s a versatile vocalist who has been performing since the age of 11, and is comfortable with almost any genre, be it jazz, blues, funk or R&B. David has worked with some of the world’s best musicians and has opened for Natalie Cole, Dr. John, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and many others.
Bill Magee Blues Band
Bill Magee Blues BandBlues
Voted the “Best Blues Band in San Diego” by the San Diego Music Awards, as well as by The Reader, Bill Magee Blues Band is a perennial favorite of the San Diego blues scene and it has been said that Bill Magee literally “channels the blues!” Born in the backwoods of Mississippi in 1943, Bill grew up listening to and living the blues, but it wasn’t until he was a teenager, living with his brother in Harlem, NY, that he discovered a natural talent as a musician. By the late 1960’s his musical career was quickly accelerated, and he was working with many legendary artists such as BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Most notably, back when Jimi Hendrix was performing as Jimmy James, and Bill was known as Willie, the two joined up to form the band Jimmy James and the Flames. Years of travel and touring landed him in San Diego in the 1980s, and we’ve been proud to call him one of our own ever since then.
Manny Cepeda
Manny CepedaSalsa
The Manny Cepeda Orchestra brings us their “caliente” Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, and Cuban music once again! Performer percussionist, composer, singer and arranger Manny Cepeda has been making music all of his life, starting on his first drum set at 5 and performing professionally by the age of 7. With over 50 years of musical experience, Cepeda, “El Salsero Clásico”, has helped define the Latin music scene in San Diego and around the world.
Whitney Shay
Whitney ShayBlues
Whitney Shay has been making a name for herself crossing multiple genres, singing tunes that audiences and dancers can’t seem to get enough of! Whitney has been nominated by the San Diego Music Awards for “Best Blues Artist”, “Best Live Performer”, and her debut album, Soul Tonic was nominated for “Best Blues Album”. In 2015 Shay began her international touring career singing Rhythm & Blues in Brazil at South America’s Largest Blues Festival, Mississippi Delta Blues Festival, with acclaimed Brazilian Blues guitarist Igor Prado.
Robin Henkel
Robin HenkelBlues, Jazz, Swing
Robin Henkel’s amazing guitar playing encompasses the blues, jazz, funk, country swing, Hawaiian and Latin music. Always one to shake things up, he borrows from all of those styles in his performances. Those who have seen him know to expect the unexpected, and enjoy the pleasant surprises of the musical directions his songs take.
Jr Watson & Billy Watson
Jr Watson & Billy WatsonBlues
Jr Watson & Billy Watson to lead a Kazoo Parade. Billy Watson and the International Silver String Submarine Band is an improvisational, all-star cast of musicians, hand-picked from the California music scene. Harmonica player Watson is an entertainer extraordinaire, capable of throwing down a show that proves that, ultimately, blues music is all about having some fun, dancing, and forgetting about life’s worries. Since all members of the Band also work with their own groups, the “Cast” has been known to change often, adding mysterious excitement and spontaneity to every performance, while NEVER losing the highest of musical standards and professionalism.
Chet & The Committee
Chet & The CommitteeBlues
You could definitely call Chet and The Committee one of San Diego’s favorite “swingin’ good time blues and rockin’ boogie band”. Ten years live experience, three CDs and four San Diego Music Awards nominations make the band a major player in the San Diego blues scene. Frontman Chet Cannon is a self-described “terminal blues fan” who once attended 26 blues concerts in 29 days and is a unifying force in blues jams and events throughout the area.
The Euphoria Brass Band
The Euphoria Brass Band New Orleans Brass Funk
Part Big Easy tradition and soul, part West Coast attitude and flow, Euphoria Brass Band boasts a top-shelf horn section and lots of Dixieland spirit. Embracing the exciting spirit of improvisation with a hard funk edge, Euphoria Brass Band has become known for their incendiary high energy shows, guaranteed to get a crowd smiling, dancing and having a good time. Come join the parade!
Mercedes Moore Band
Mercedes Moore BandBlues
Puttin’ their own stank on American music, Mercedes Moore Band is a tribute to the ghetto soul, greasy blues and heart-warming RnB of the 1950’s and ’60’s. A 2015 nominee in the “Best Blues” category for the San Diego Music Awards, the band’s vocal influences range from the universally popular Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight to lesser known yet equally soulful artists such as Barbara Lynn, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Ann Cole. The raw and passionate guitar style of Scot Smart is infused with mid-century west side Chicago blues. His playing is at once thoughtful and unbridled bringing a unique sound to each performance. At its heart, blues diva Mercedes’ sultry voice melds with the band’s diverse rhythms to make the group a San Diego favorite.
Chase Walker Band
Chase Walker BandBlues
Chase Walker and his band are the next generation of bluesmen. Over the past few years, these California teens have launched their explosive blues assault on clubs and festivals across the US, delivering a soulful sound and performance that is polished well beyond their years. Chase Walker has garnered such superlatives as “the next Stevie Ray Vaughn” and “one of THE best young guitar players in the country”. Their second album, Not Quite Legal, is due to be released this spring, and follows on the heels of their award winning 2014 Unleashed. Be sure to catch these guys, so when they are mega-stars down the road, you can say “I knew them when”.

Sunday May 8  @ 11:00 AM – Minors in a Major Key

This group of talented young musicians will have you
rejoicing in the future of the local music scene.

Anthony Cullins
Anthony CullinsBlues
Anthony Cullins, aka “The Fallbrook Kid,” a 15 year-old musical prodigy whose guitar playing shows a level of ability way beyond his years. He has studied under and played with such established musical mentors as Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Greg Douglass (former guitar player for the Steve Miller Band, Van Morrison), Bill Magee, Ron Blair (former Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist) and numerous others. Boogie Magazine compared him to “young Joe Bonamassa” and Johnny Lang.
Serena Geroe
Serena GeroeBlues
Serena Geroe, 14, has been playing guitar since she was 8. Serena has been selected as the 2016 Cal Poly All-State Festival Jazz Band guitarist and was the 2015 California All State Junior High Jazz Band guitarist. A member of the International Academy of Jazz and the Canyon Crest Academy Jazz Band, her honors include Outstanding Soloist, California Association for Music Education Southern Border Section Jazz Festival in 2016 and 2015. Serena is also a percussionist, and a current member of the Samba Drum Line at Canyon Crest Academy where she is a freshman.
Wesley Biasi
Wesley Biasi Blues
Wesley Biasi is a percussionist with a background in Blues, Jazz and Rock. He found his passion as a jazz drummer during elementary school and in 2015 was selected for the California All-State Junior High School Jazz Band. He is currently a member of the Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) Jazz Band and attends the International Academy of Jazz San Diego. He has played shows at the NAMM Museum of Making Music, and Croce’s Park West with the band Cosmic Jam, and is a member CCA Samba Corvo drumline.
Benji Davis
Benji DavisBlues
Twelve year old 12 year old Benji Davis picked up his first guitar when he was 8 and has been learning the blues ever since. He studies at the Recreational Music Center in Point Loma and from Glen Fisher’s First Friday Club. Benji has played Humphrey’s Backstage, the San Diego House of Blues, San Diego Hard Rock Café and the Point Loma Summer Concert Series. He has attended the blusd.org Summer Blues Camp and can be seen most Wednesday nights at the Proud Mary’s Blues Jams pluggin’ in and laying it down with some of the best blues talent San Diego has to offer.
Angelica Pruitt
Angelica PruittBlues
Angelica Pruitt, 17, began playing violin when she was 10, and a year later took up the bass. Today she continues to excel at both instruments, playing both jazz and classical music. Angelica joined the San Diego Youth Symphony in Concert Orchestra in 7th grade, and as a high school freshman became a member of The Preservationists jazz ensemble. She now continues to play with fellow musicians at performances, jam sessions, work shops, and jazz camps around San Diego.

Saturday May 7  @ 3:00 PM – San Diego Soul Collective

San Diego Soul Collective, are a blend of individually talented musicians and dynamic vocalists who, when they come together collectively, become a powerhouse of gospel, blues and soul. Their strong, sultry and deep felt vocals combine with tight harmonies to give audiences that special feeling and ‘down home’ experience.

Tirrell “Ty” McKnight
Tirrell “Ty” McKnightBlues, Gospel
The group is led by Tirrell “Ty” McKnight, a Louisiana-born songstress who grew up singing gospel, and then became enthralled by R&B as a teenager. An avid participant in the local music scene for the past 20 years, Ty has been featured as a Jazz88 Local Artist.
Ashling ColeBlues, Gospel
Ashling Cole, aka “BISCUIT”, is a dynamic vocalist from the San Francisco Bay Area whose soaring voice has made her in high demand for R&B, jazz, funk and gospel.
Damion WillisBlues, Gospel
Vocalist and drummer Damion Willis also came to the music through gospel, and toured the world with several prominent gospel artists. He is equally talented in other genres, and has ventured out with rock and rap bands, learning classical music, recording with jazz legends and wowing audiences as an R&B singer.
Daneen Wilburn
Daneen WilburnBlues, Gospel
Daneen Wilburn is one of San Diego’s most sought after female vocalists. She began singing at the tender age of 3, at 19 she performed as a solo artist at the legendary Hollywood Bowl for Easter Service, and continued to appear with numerous gospel choirs and other artists. In 2013, Daneen performed the National Anthem in front of 43,000 fans before a Padres game. This led to an invitation to sing for former First Lady, Laura Bush, and a performance at the Tony Gwynn Memorial Celebration at Petco Park. Daneen is currently recording her first solo project.
Marcus “Slim” Shaw
Marcus “Slim” Shaw Blues, Gospel
Marcus “Slim” Shaw grew up playing bass in the church, but soon became influenced by funk and R&B. After playing gospel music for about10 years, Slim began performing at local nightclubs from Los Angeles to San Diego, backing up an impressive array of soul and R&B musicians and branching out into smooth jazz, and funk. In 2002, he co-founded B.I.G., a local Funk jazz and R&B band with Oscar Mcbride. Slim is also working on his 1st solo album which he hopes will be available soon.
Micah WhitleyBlues, Gospel
Keys and vocals.
Bayou Brothers
Bayou Brothersfeaturing Billy Thompson & MIchele Lundeen Zydeco
Back once again with their foot stompin’ style, San Diego’s Bayou Brothers will rock you right on into Fat Tuesday with their funky “music for the feet” dance tunes. Winner of a San Diego Blues Award, the band’s extensive experience and endless enthusiasm deliver a rousing, rollicking, heart thumpin’, foot stompin’ musical gumbo— part Cajun, part zydeco, a little funk, a dash of pop and all fun!
Billy Thompson
Billy ThompsonBlues
Billy Thompson has been delivering guitar work that has electrified audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe, setting the tone for this veteran musician’s sizzling performances. He has played with such legends as Little Milton, Albert King, Earl King, and Art Neville, while opening for the likes of Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker, to name a few.

Michele Lundeen
Michele LundeenBlues
Michele Lundeen, dubbed the “QUEEN OF STEAM” for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage presence, does indeed command attention. Often described as “Janis Joplin meets Bonnie Raitt” (or think Lydia Pense, Bonnie Bramlett, Bette Midler, Etta James, Aretha Franklin!), Michele is a powerful, soulful vocalist with an incomparable style all her own.She and her band effortlessly blend classic roadhouse rhythm & blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz and funky soul into a satisfying musical stew. An established, popular and respected veteran of the club, concert and festival circuit in both No. Nevada and So. Cal, Michele has shared stages with dozens of nationally known blues and roots artists from John Lee Hooker to Elvin Bishop and Savoy Brown to Queen Ida while gaining a reputation as a talented headliner in her own right.
Theo & Zydeco Patrol
Theo & Zydeco PatrolZydeco, Cajun, Blues
With a sound straight from the backwoods Louisiana zydeco dance clubs, Cajun “fais do-do” dances, backyard crawfish boils, and bayou festivals, San Diego’s own Theo & the Zydeco Patrol brings the best of Southwest Louisiana dance music to the festival stages. Featuring the diatonic Cajun-style button accordion Theo and Zydeco Patrol cooks up a fiery mix of Cajun and Zydeco music, and then throws in some steel drums for a feel of the tropics that is hot hot hot!
Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters
Billy Lee & the Swamp CrittersCajun & Zydeco
2015 was was a break-out year for Billy & The Swamp Critters”, they played the legendary GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, UK., Headlined the Americana Festival International UK, and Billy was chosen to write & produce the Theme Song for “Six Flags America’s” new Mardi Gras Section of their park– currently being played 52 time per day including two parades! Billy Lee was raised in part of the “Cajun Triangle” of South East Texas, around Beaumont, Houston, Port Arthur, and Galveston. His authentic and original Zydeco/Blues/Cajun & “Second Line Parade”, is what the “Gulf Coast Sound” is all about.! —- and this year he’s bringing his horn section !
San Diego Cajun Playboys
San Diego Cajun PlayboysCajun
The story of the San Diego Cajun Playboys is a story about Louisiana.
It’s also a love story . . . about the love of Cajun French music, and their love and appreciation of real Cajun culture . . . all made possible by the generosity of all the friends they’ve met along the way, many of them Cajun, who made all the hidden treasures of South Louisiana Cajun country come alive.
In August 18, 2006, they received the Cajun French Music Association’s “le Cajun Award” for the best Cajun band outside of Louisiana.
David Sousa & Zydeco Mudbugs
David Sousa & Zydeco MudbugsZydeco
Hot Zydeco in Southern CA! Using the Cajun single row and triple row diatonic accordions, and with songs in Louisiana French and English, David Sousa & the Zydeco Mudbugs feature some of the best of traditional and contemporary Zydeco around, from the early zydeco pioneers up to the modern innovators. Since 1998, the Zydeco Mudbugs have been bringing the heat of Louisiana Zydeco music to the festivals, dance halls, clubs and parties all over So Cal and beyond.
Joe Sands Fontenot Cajun Creole Band
Joe Sands Fontenot Cajun Creole BandTraditional Cajun
Joe Sands Fontenot and his band are the real Louisiana Creole deal, playing for the love of the traditional music of their culture. Born just outside of Mamou, La, and part of the Creole diaspora that left Louisiana for the West Coast seeking work and a better life after WWII, “Mr Joe” carries on the musical and cultural tradition by playing for those who will come and listen. With a new CD expected out any time now, the Joe Sans Fontenot Cajun Creole Band the melding of the Cajun and Creole sound keeps on keepin’ on.
Three Chord Justice
Three Chord JusticeCountry
Playing Gator By the Bay for the 8th year in a row, Three Chord Justice’s music is a true gumbo of Americana—a mix of country crafted originals and handpicked covers from the likes of Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline and other country greats. A fine collection of pickers and grinners, they say they aren’t looking to change the world…they just want to put a little twang in your corner of it!
Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers
Nathan James & the Rhythm Scratchers Blues, R&B
Starting his career of full time gigging musician at age 18, over the years Nathan James has created a musical identity with his homemade instruments and self taught skills. With The Rhythm Scratchers, he and the band combine elements of 1920’s acoustic blues, amplified juke joint hill country, and 1950’s uptown blues mixed with 1960’s soulful R&B. Each member in the band knows all the nuances of the different feels and tones of the music they play. If you’re lucky, you’ll witness Nathan will going out solo from the bandstand and burst into a frenzied ragtime breakdown that can lead to a washboard solo on his custom LED lit ‘Washtar Gitboard’!
Carl Sonny Leyland
Carl Sonny LeylandBoogie Woogie
British born Carl Sonny Leyland’s boogie woogie, ragtime and jazz piano skills are legendary, and he has played with everyone from Chuck Berry to Big Sandy & His Flyright Boys. While he possesses the musical vocabulary to pay tribute to the greats of old, he refuses to be limit himself to this, choosing to allow each performance be an opportunity to say something new.
Todo Mundo
Todo MundoLatin, World Music
Todo Mundo blends the musical flavors of rumba, reggae, samba, gypsy, and other South American and Caribbean rhythms into one irresistible groove. Their 2011 album, Organic Fire, was tapped as “Best World Music Album” at that year’s San Diego Music Awards.
Backwater Blues Band
Backwater Blues BandBlues
The Backwater Blues Band, featuring veteran guitarist Jimmy Woodard, is one of San Diego’s premier blues bands, performing a broad spectrum of authentic Rock & Blues, Soul Blues, Funk Blues, Originals, Classic Rock Blues, and R&B. Originally from Corpus Christi Texas, Jimmy Woodard started playing on a guitar purchased with S&H Green Stamps when he was 10 years old, and at 16 was standing at the foot of a stage watching Freddie King and falling in love with the blues. Today, the love affair continues, with the band performing many of Woodard’s original songs as well as covering the greats.
Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas
Ass Pocket Whiskey FellasIrish
Mix one part New Riders Of The Purple Sage, one-part Chieftains, three parts Dropkick Murphy’s, and a pinch of Mojo Nixon. Shake vigorously. Add a pitcher of the house Micro-brew, chased by a flask of Jameson Irish Whiskey, and stir. Voila! You have The Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas! The APWF are a crowd-pleasing band, blending Irish Folk with Country-Rock to foot stomping perfection. Their blend of guitars, mandolin, banjo, tin whistle, fiddle, accordion, upright bass, and harmonica, supported by thumping percussion keeps the wild energy flowing.
Blue Largo
Blue LargoBlues
Guitarist Eric Lieberman and vocalist Alicia Aragon are the core of San Diego’s Blue Largo, specializing in hard swinging 1940’s / ’50’s jump blues with an unshakeable passion that audiences immediately pick up on. Their current album, “Sing Your Own Song”, contains seven original songs dealing with life’s big issues and contains everything from Louisiana swamp grooves to gospel, rhythm and blues, jump blues, sensual ballads and lowdown acoustic country blues. Blue Largo brings it all to Gator By the Bay!
Ben Powell
Ben PowellBlues
Currently Ben Powell makes his way through this world like a one man band of years past, but with a fresh, new, vibrant sound. Ben has created a truley unique sound playing his resonator guitars, stomping on a homemade winebox footboard, playing rack-harmonica, and singing his old style blues and his original tunes about any issues of the day. Ben’s show’s are high energy, uplifting and should not be missed! Ben has recently played such festivals as Telluride Brews & Blues (where he won 1st place in their blues contest), Gator By The Bay, San Diego Blues Fest, SXSW and opened sold out shows for Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang.
“Harmonica John” Frazer
“Harmonica John” FrazerBlues
“Harmonica John” Frazer plays harmonica and drums at the same time, sings and even occasionally writes cool songs. Growing up in a musical family where it seemed that everyone either played an instrument or sang, or both, he couldn’t help but be infected with the bug. He is a member of the Society for Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica and is the founder of the annual Spring Harp Fest, held in La Mesa.
Fuzzy Rankins
Fuzzy RankinsBliues, Jazz
Fuzzy Rankins is a skilled storyteller, writer, composer and producer of blues and jazz. He is well known for his masterful control of his fretwork on the guitar, combined with his soulful yet powerful vocals and witty entertainment style . He began his musical career as a teenager performing gospel music, but after moving to SoCal in 1990 he discovered blues and jazz, formed his own band and started amassing awards, including a 2007 Grammy for work with Ike Turner.

Gino & The Lone Gunmen
Gino & The Lone GunmenRockabilly and Vintage Rock’n Roll
Gino & The Lone Gunmen play rockin’ originals and a great repertoire of favorite rockabilly and vintage rock’n’roll tunes. Lead guitarist Gino Meregillano has been playing for over 25 years, and his excellence at a variety of genres, including rockabilly, surf, blues, rock, and country has earned him professional endorsements from Gretsch Guitars and Clayton USA. The Lone Gunmen’s first self produced CD was released in early 2010, with a long awaited follow-up titled “Idle Hands” released in 2014 on Heyday Records and a collection of classics called Anthology Vol.3 released in 2015.
The Groove Squad
The Groove SquadR&B, Blues
The Groove Squad is one of the hottest rising bands in Southern California. Their genre of music ranges from R&B, Blues, Funk, and Jazz, to Motown. The band has performed in a number of esteemed venues, some of which include Harrah’s Rincon and Humphrey’s By the Bay, as well as many corporate and wedding events. In 2015 the band was chosen to perform at the theater premier of the James Brown bio pic, Get On Up and were featured on the FOX5 News. As of 2016, the Groove Squad had the privilege of performing as the featured act for Sherry Gordy Presents/Take the Stage alongside the legendary Marshall Thompson of the Chi Lites and Tomi Jenkins of Cameo. The Groove Squad continues to blend classic soul sounds and funky grooves with up to date lyrics.
Gregory Page
Gregory PageAmericana
This self-described songwriter, troubadour, poet, film maker and astronaut (astronaut?) grew up in North London among a family who performed traditional Irish music. Gregory Page himself, however, is known for his genre-bending concerts which resemble a vaudeville cabaret act intertwined with an old time folk revival show, complete with song, storytelling and humorous poetry. His original compositions manifest echoes of the past such as the British crooner from the 1930’s Al Bowlly, the voice of Woody Guthrie, Sophie Tucker and countless other performing musicians that have long left the world’s music scene. His latest CD of romantic classics, Let’s Fall in Love Again, was recorded by San Diego’s own superstar, Jason Mraz.
Crown Point Music Academy
Crown Point Music Academy
Crown Point Music Academy is a neighborhood Magnet school in Pacific Beach. Their instrumental music program is centered on the Suzuki Method of instruction. Students attending Crown Point Jr. Music Academy may begin violin instruction as early as Kindergarten with parental participation. Crown Point Junior Music Academy promotes the philosophy of the inventor of the Suzuki method, Shin’ichi Suzuki, which was: “I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.”
Cadillac Wreckers
Cadillac WreckersBlues
Playing their swingin’ Rhythm & Blues, vintage covers and original music, the Cadillac Wreckers have become a popular staple in the San Diego music scene. They bring classic American roots music alive with sophistication, swing, soulful intent, and inventive instrumental improvisations. The band is fronted by guitarist Dana Duplan and harmonica player Dane Terry. Dana’s Texas swing influences and vast experience on the stage resonate with Dane’s passionate approach to the blues, and the result is a good time had by all—band and audience alike.
Fanny & The Atta Boys
Fanny & The Atta BoysAmerican Roots, Country
San Diego’s Fanny & the Attaboys are a hard band to classify as any one genre. Their sound centers around American roots, country swing, depression era jazz, with a touch of classic blues styling thrown in for good measure. Their audience-engaging shows are characterized by a high energy soulfulness, and a darn good sense of humor.
Flipside Burners
Flipside BurnersRockabilly, Swing, Blues and Vintage Rock & Roll
San Diego trio Flipside Burners play a blazing variety of Rockabilly, Swing, Blues and Vintage Rock & Roll originals, as well as covers from Johnny Cash to the Stray Cats and all points in between. They are known for musically setting on fire whatever venue they play and geting the dance floor jumpin’ with some smokin’ Red Hot Rockabilly tunes.
Taryn Donath Duo
Taryn Donath DuoBeatnik Blues
Dynamic keyboardist and vocalist Taryn Donath and drummer Marty Dodson call their music “beatnik blues”, a mind-blowing combination of jump, funk, Latin, jazz, blues, and stride. An accomplished musician who has been performing professionally for over 19 years, Taryn has a commanding performance style that is exciting and spontaneous. Her piano playing is tenacious and purposeful, while her voice is smooth, sultry, and unique to her, lighting up the stage whenever she plays.
Cantua Brothers Band
Cantua Brothers BandLatin
Get ready for some south-of-the-border style rock when Cantua brings their fiery Spanish guitar scales and passionate Latin rhythms to Gator By the Bay. Originally formed in 2009 by brothers Esteban and Pablo Cantua, the band has been bridging musical borders and drawing enthusiastic notice, including that of Univision Radio, who is sponsoring their performance.
Sure San Diego’s Skelpin plays Irish folk music, but it’s Irish folk music fused withSpanish flamenco and some Middle Eastern percussion thrown in for good measure. The band has toured globally, including a 3 month stint at Tokyo DisneySea, annual appearances at the World Music Festival on Catalina Island, and the Tokyo Irish Music Festival, and has been a vital part of the “Greening of the Gaslamp” movement, bringing increased awareness of Irish culture to the San Diego area. Skelpin has been nominated in the annual San Diego Music Awards in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011 in the category of World Music, and, won in 2010 “Best World Music Album” for their disc, A Trip to Skye. Also in 2010, band member Tim Foley won Grand Prize in the World Music category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for “The View” from that album.
Kimba Light
Kimba LightLatin
Take a trip to their native Havana with the polyrhythmic Cuban tunes of Kimba Light. Mixing it up Latin-style, the band easily moves between timba, chachacha, son Cubano, pop en Espanol, rock en Espanol and bachata genres. Their 2015 Gator By the Bay debut had the floor filled with dancers who couldn’t get enough of their spicy Caribbean Latin beat.
Five-piece acoustic world punk band QUEL BORDEL! came together in San Diego in 2013, and now, after multiple releases and hundreds of shows, they have become noted among enthusiastic fans for their wild performances and dance able beats. Their first full-length CD Caravan Treasures was nominated for Best World Music Album by the 2015 San Diego Music Awards.
Mighty Mojo Prophets
Mighty Mojo ProphetsRock, Blues, R&B
Playing a mix of West Coast blues since 2007, The Mighty Mojo Prophets hail from Long Beach, CA. They were nominated in 2011 for Best New Artist by the Blues Music Awards, and in July of that year charted #22 on Living Blues Magazine’s radio charts.
G Burns Jug Band
G Burns Jug BandAmericana
Based in San Diego, the G Burns Jug Band plays a wide slice of pre-war American music, and cuts across that very landscape in search of older joys to be made new. Since forming in 2012, the J Burns Jug Band have quickly become a constant presence in the San Diego music scene and has played with Jim Kweskin and other greats. They have self-released two albums, including their most recent, The Southern Pacific & The Santa Fe, which earned them a San Diego Music Award and coverage from renowned roots music publication No Depression.
Lloyd Meadows
Lloyd MeadowsRock, Blues, R&B
Lloyd Meadows is a consummate entertainer and rousing crowd pleaser. His infectious energy infuses audiences wherever he performs. A classically trained singer, Lloyd’s soulful, steamy style ranges from rock to blues to R&B, leading to a unique blend of Zydeco. His diverse musical background includes performances and recordings with Mal Sharpe’s Big Money, Tom Rigney, Motordude Zydeco and Elvin Bishop.
Holla Pointe
Holla PointeBlues
You might say San Diego’s The Holla Pointe knows how to hit the ground running. An original music collaboration featuring Jimmy Zollo (Sickstrong Outlaws) and Karl Kabbage (Red Lotus Revue), along with Geoffery Brown on drums and Marcos on bass, the band debuted in September 2015. The next month they won the opportunity to represent San Diego at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in January 2016. Now, they are working on a new cd, due out soon. They describe themselves as “Four young blues men learning a history they can never fully know”. But they sure can play it!
Rockin’ Aces
Rockin’ AcesRockabilly, Swing
High energy rockabilly band Rockin’ Aces bring a fresh take to the recent revival of rockabilly and swing music, and for sure will have you kickin’ up those heels! Their blend of blues and swing combined with early rock & roll generate a unique sound, and the energy is all about dancing and celebrating.
The McCoy Brothers Band
The McCoy Brothers BandSouthern Fried Rock
The McCoys aren’t really brothers by birth, and none of the members are actually named McCoy, but that doesn’t stop their Southern Fried Rock music from being the real McCoy! The McCoy Brothers Band came together in 2012, when four diversely accomplished San Diego musicians found themselves in the same place at the same time and the music and three-part harmonies suddenly flowed. The unique blend of songwriting and musical backgrounds each “McCoy” brings to the band gives the group their original sound, not quite fitting into any one genre, be it country or rock. With a trove of original songs, each songwriter tells you a story about his life’s experiences: the ups and downs…the good and the bad.
Tyrone BellMardi Gras Indian
Mardi Gras Indians are a New Orleans tradition dating back to the 1800s and are African American or black Creole revelers who dress in elaborate, hand made beaded and feathered costumes to resemble Native American Indians. They organize in tribes and march in costumed splendor on Mardi Gras and St. Joseph’s Day, and sometimes make appearances at festivals or other special events. Tyrone Bell, a Mardi Gras Indian currently living in the Los Angeles area, will “second line” at the head of the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday and Sunday, and will lead a workshop on both days to explain this unique segment of Carnival celebrations.
Clay Colton Band
Clay Colton BandRock, Country, Americana
San Diego’s hardest working rock- country- Americana- Iish band.
Daring Greatly
Daring GreatlyRoots Rock
The message is simple; be free, be courageous, and fall in love with as many things as possible. Step inside the arena, take a chance – dare greatly. Great music knows no time, and the 70’s Rock vibes are back!
Lou & Virginia Curtiss
Lou & Virginia CurtissMusic Historians
Harmonica player Lou Curtiss and guitarist /vocalist Virginia Curtiss have been performing together for over 50 years. Long time supporters of American folk music, the couple owned Folk Arts Rare Records, one of the oldest independent record stores in California, and Lou created and promoted the annual San Diego Folk Festival for over 30 years. His vast knowledge of the growth and development of American music forms the basis of the many stories he tells of the music makers he has worked with and the events the couple has been a part of, for over 50 years.
Tori Roze & The Hot Mess
Tori Roze & The Hot MessFunky Soul/Jazz
It’s been said that Tori Roze’s sultry voice seduces with an Erykah Badu-esque flair and then rocks listeners to their core. The Hot Mess, comprised of five exceptional jazz-infused musicians are known for leaving audiences reeling with toe-tapping excitement.
Steve Sloan
Steve SloanMagician
In the Kids’ Area, “Sleeveless” Steve Sloan will conjure up a good time and keep the young’uns entertained.
The Thursday Night Pickers
The Thursday Night PickersBluegrass

And There is Still More Music To Come!