Gator By The Bay Festival Thursday 5/11 thru Sunday 5/14
The 2017 line up and schedule are published! GATOR BY THE BAY 2017 will feature 100+ performances
on 7 stages! Explore the SCHEDULE THROUGH THIS LINK and plan your festival!
All Tickets and Passes Are Available For Sale. Discounted Tickets Still Available!
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.
Thursday Concert Tickets Are Now Available
Table Seating – $95 Discounted for a limited time at $85
Seating in rows 1 to 18 – $35 Discounted for a limited time at $30
Seating Chart and Dance floor layout is available through this LINK.
Marcia Ball 8:20 PMRoadhouse Blues
Texas-born and Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball is famed for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans R&B and driving Gulf Coast swamp pop/blues, filled with flavors of Tex-Mex, zydeco and boogie-woogie, have garnered her five Grammy nominations, six Living Blues nominations, nine Blues Music Awards (and has a whopping 42 nominations) a place in the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame, and devoted fans all over the world. In 2015, she was given the honor of the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Blues Music Awards. Whether pounding the piano with a boogie woogie ferocity (watch that right leg go!) or belting out lyrics that will either make you jump for joy or break your heart, “Long Tall Marcia Ball” brings a saucy joie de vivre to every concert she plays and every song she records. marciaball.com
Born in Orange, Texas to a family whose female members all played piano, Ball grew up in Vinton, La. She began taking piano lessons at age five, playing old Tin Pan Alley tunes, and, at 13, discovered the power of soul music when she first heard Irma Thomas. In 1970, Ball set out for San Francisco. Her car broke down in Austin, and falling in love with the city, she decided to stay there. She became enamored with the great New Orleans piano players, especially Professor Longhair and knew she had found her direction.
Dulaney and Company7 PM Americana
Temecula artists Dulaney & Co. began when songwriters Jerod Dulaney and Malissa Miller were introduced at a Bob Dylan Concert in 2012. They began performing together at the 2015 NAMM show and soon the prolific duo—or trio when Jerod’s brother Chad joined them on the stage— became known for their soulful sound. They’ve opened for Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, Blues Traveler, The Bacon Bros, and Vaud and The Villians and these days the “Co.” usually also includes Josh Weigel and Kyre Wilcox of the band Barnwell Shif sitting in on bass and lead guitar. The band’s passion and joy will take you through a lifetime of emotional experiences, and literally play the strings of your heart.
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. Wait’s influences, like America’s highways and byways, stretch in all sorts of unpredictable directions. He as apt to summon names of old-time string band figures including Charlie Poole to 1950s honky-tonk king Webb Pierce. It’s music that hails from American parts far and wide and many decades deep.
The Rest of The Festival Weekend Friday May 12 – Sunday May 14
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ BoogieZydeco, Creole, Cajun
One of the most popular zydeco dance bands around, these Grammy-nominated pioneers of the “Nouveau Zydeco” genre play music deeply rooted in traditional Louisiana Creole sound, with strong Cajun influences and total danceability.
Geno Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana, the son of the late great zydeco player, John Delafose. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player and continued to play with the band until his father’s death in 1994. In the early 1990s, Geno switched to the accordion and began also playing as an opening act for his father. In 1994, he released his first album, French Rockin’ Boogie on Rounder Records, and the band name was born. The band’s 2007 Le Cowboy Creole album garnered a Grammy nomination in the “Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album” category. When he is not touring or playing music, you’ll find Geno happily operating his Double D Ranch in Duralde, La raising cattle and horses, a genuine Creole cowboy.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp BandZydeco
For 27 years, Grammy winners Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band have been turning audiences into “zydeco junkies”, by plying them with the band’s own brand of high energy, funky swamp zydeco straight from Lafayette, Louisiana. One of the most requested bands at Gator By the Bay, this is the band’s third appearance on our stages since 2012. Frontman accordionist Chubby Carrier is a 3rd generation zydeco superstar—his father was the renowned Roy Carrier– and Chubby and the Bayou Swamp Band have toured relentlessly around the world for over 22 years. The band’s 2010 release, Zydeco Junkie won the Grammy for Best Zydeco or Cajun Album in 2011—the last year that the category existed, before being combined in the American Regional Roots category. As anyone who has ever heard them knows, “Ain’t no party like a Chubby party, cuz a Chubby party don’t stop!”
Steve Riley and the Mamou PlayboysCajun, traditional Louisiana Folk Music
Four times Grammy-nominated Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have brought their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the prairies and bayous of Southwest Louisiana to stages all over the world for the last 27 years. Moving effortlessly between traditional Cajun songs to their own original contemporary compositions, the band is known for their stunning vocal harmonies, sophisticated musicianship, and giving their audiences a damn good time. Grammy winning Steve Riley, the band’s founder, is recognized as one of the foremost Cajun accordionists, but is no slouch on the fiddle either. Guitarist Sam Broussard can go from lilting acoustic melodies to fiery electric riffs that burn up the stage. Kevin Wimmer has been fiddling since he was three, and it shows in his amazing repertoire and fiery skill. Drummer Kevin Dugas and bassist Brazos Huval form a rhythm section extraordinaire.
PaladinsSan Diego’s hometown rockabilly band, The Paladins, helped pave the way for the Rockabilly craze of the early 1980s and are recognized as one of the preeminent blues/rockabilly bands in America. Founded in 1980 by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and bass player Thomas Yearsley, they have recorded five singles, nine full length studio records, and three live albums. Along the way they built a solid reputation as one of America’s hardest-working and best live bands.
If you want to experience the “Real Deal”, take time out to find Kenny Neal.
Kenny Neal, born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, began playing music at a young age. Learning the basics from his father, singer and Blues harmonica master, Raful Neal, Kenny is known as a modern swamp-blues and multi-instrumentalist, that draws from the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana.
Kenny Neal, a true living blues Legend is THE REAL DEAL and more poised than ever to deliver the blues like no one else can!
Lil Ed & the Blues ImperialsBlues
Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, beloved around the world as reigning champs of the raucous, slide-stoked Chicago sound, have spent over 30 years cranking out high-octane blues on a series of critically acclaimed albums and in thousands of club, theatre and festival performances around the globe. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The band’s latest album, The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials is out now on Alligator Records and is a 2017 Blues Foundation Music Award nominee.
Buzz Campbell & Hot Rod LincolnRockabilly
Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Buzz Campbell is a master of rockabilly, roots country, and blues, and his San Diego-based group Hot Rod Lincoln is known for up-tempo, high energy rockabilly delight. Campbell has played with Sha Na Na, Lee Rocker, and Brian Setzer, touring both nationally and throughout Europe. BuzzCampbell.com
Dennis Jones BandBlues, Funk, Rock & Roll
Dennis Jones Band plays rockin’ Blues with sizzling hot guitar solos, smooth and soulful vocals and high energy performance. Jones got his first guitar for Christmas when he was 13, and began writing songs soon after. By 16 he was in his first rock and roll band, but it wasn’t until many years later that he discovered the blues and felt its resonance. Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues. And unlike others, he isn’t afraid to tackle the controversial issues of today. Since 2003 Dennis has released five original CDs and a DVD, including his 2016 CD, Both Sides of the Track.
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.
Born in Paraguay but a long time Bay Area resident, Carlos Reyes has been breaking musical barriers since he began studying the violin when he was only 3 and a half years old, and held his first public performance at the age of five. His solo work has been augmented with commercial work and instrumental background music for shows such as Sesame Street. Over the years, Reyes has backed such diverse artists as Chuck Mangione, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Pat Travers, and MC Hammer and shared the stage with such luminaries as Craig Chaquico, The Crusaders, The Rippingtons, Roy Rogers, Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Clint Black, Willie Nelson, John Handy, The Doobie Brothers, Rocker Steve Miller and many more. He has become renowned throughout the world for gifting his audiences with everything from sweet Latin American ballads to lowdown blues and jazz.
Los Angeles native James Intveld is a roots musician who discovered his calling as a kid, listening and singing along to his parents’ recordings of Hank Williams, Sr., Dean Martin, Lefty Frizzell, and Elvis. During the cow punk movement of the ’80s, Intveld was working the same clubs as Dwight Yoakam and Rosie Flores, playing his own brand of rockabilly. These days, he divides his time between a home in Nashville and his home base in L.A, where, in addition to his music he also pursues careers in acting and directing. JamesIntveld.com
Ben Rice’s award winning vocals and guitar playing have been leaving huge impressions on audiences around the Northwest for over 7 years. His original music blends Soul, Delta-Blues, Rockabilly, Jazz, and Funk into a tasty Roots stew which always draws inspiration from the greats who came before, from B.B. King to Marshall Tucker. Having studied jazz guitar in college and played in everything from a Celtic ensemble to a Mariachi Band, Rice’s influences are nothing if not eclectic. At the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN he wowed the audience with a raw emotional delivery of his version of “Key To The Highway” and was awarded the St. Blues Guitarist award for best guitarist in the solo/duo category.
Chino Swingslide is a blues muscician from Barcelona, Spain. Resophonic guitar player. Singer. Composer. Blues, Swing, Jazz, Tango, Bolero… music lover. Pairing up for just magical music with Nathan James.
Nathan JamesBlues, 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. You may witness Nathan burst into a frenzied ragtime breakdown on his custom LED lit ‘Washtar Gitboard’!
“Big Jon” Atkinson may be young, but he has played with some of the biggest blues stars and blown away audiences everywhere. With the sound and passion of someone much older and experienced, he’s.been making a name for himself in blues circles for his smokin’ harmonica and guitar playing, as well as attention-grabbing vocals. One of his biggest fans is the renowned Kim Wilson, who has called Jon “the future of the blues”. Al Blake, a founding member of The Hollywood Fats Band, says of Jon, “Not since I first met Hollywood Fats in the early 70’s have I have heard someone who seems to be born with the DNA that it takes to be a truly great blues musician.” In May of 2014 Atkinson released his debut album, Boogie With You, Baby, on Bluebeat Music.
Kid Ramos Blues
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.
Hailing from Dallas, TX, Darrell Nulisch grew up surrounded by blues and soul, music he developed an abiding love for while still a kid. He began singing full-time in 1978 as one of the founding members of Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets and went on to perform with bands like Ronnie Earl’s Broadcasters. In 1991, he relocated to Boston and started a solo career, releasing albums that showcased his incredible blues-harmonica skills and his passionate voice. Most recently, Nulisch has spent time on the road as guest vocalist with the late Grammy-winning Chicago blues harmonica legend James Cotton. He’s recorded vocals for ex-Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Boston pianist David Maxwell, and Detroit guitarist Kenny Parker. But his blue-eyed soul roots lie squarely in Lone Star soil.
Bubba McCoy BandBlues
Harmonica virtuoso and vocalist Bubba McCoy’s music ranges from greasy deep blues to swinging jazz, with original songs that fit seamlessly with classics.
Chris Fast BandBlues
The Chris Fast Band is a high energy, traditional, four-piece Chicago Blues band, with a solid reputation as one of the hardest working, busiest blues bands in the greater San Diego area. Vocalist and harmonica man Chris Fast is a lifetime blues musician who has worked along side such legendary blues artists as Big Joe Turner, Percy Mayfield, Pee Wee Crayton, Big Mama Thornton, Smokey Wilson, Shakey Jake Harris, Rod Piazza, Hollywood Fats, and many others.
Bill Magee Blues BandBlues
Voted the “Best Blues Band in San Diego” by the San Diego Music Association, 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.
Len Rainey and the Midnight PlayerRhythm, Rock & Blues
Len Rainey and the Midnight Players have been rocking all over the world for over 20 years. With the strong influences of Rainey’s Chicago upbringing and his smooth vocals, audiences can expect nothing short of a perfect musical mix of rhythm, rock and blues with a soulful groove when this group hits the stage. Facebook.com/LenRaineyMidnightPlayers
San Diego Blues Divas
Sue Palmer and Her Motel Swing OrchestraBoogie Woogie
Sue Palmer, 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). In 2016, the band released a live album, The Thunderbird Sessions, which included a CD and 8 videos. Sue Palmer’s Motel Swing Orchestra is one motel you definitely want to check into.
Described as a “musical force” and someone who “sings with the depth and mojo of a woman twice her age” you might not expect such a voice to come in such a small (yet very exuberant) package. It seems almost from the very beginning Whitney knew she wanted to be a performer; she got her start in her first production at the age of three. In 2009 she decided to make the transition from acting in theatre to belting blues & jazz, and ever since she’s been in high demand singing at a myriad of venues performing more than 200 shows per year. A versatile performer Whitney is able to fluidly transition from Blues to Jazz to R&B and Soul with heartfelt sincerity. Whitney Shay is the 2017 San Diego Music Award Winner for Best Blues Artist, and has also nominated for Best Live Performer, and for Best Blues Album (Soul Tonic). She recently returned from her 4th tour of Brazil, and she has also performed at festivals in Mexico and Argentina. Her music has been heard in films & commercials worldwide, and nationally on NBC’s hit show “Timeless”.
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.
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. Her band can include such powerhouse musicians as Kid Ramos, Anthony Contreras or Laura Chavez on guitar, Evan Caleb Yearsley on drums, and Marcos C. on bass. Prepare to be awed!
Lady Star Blues BandBlues
Lady Star Blues Band
A down home blues singin’ woman who leaves a bit of herself on stage each and every time she performs, Lady Star is the “Real Deal”. In the spirit of Koko Taylor, Etta James, and Tina Turner, this blues Diva delivers like few others can. The Chicago native sings the blues on her own terms, noting that “Blues is nothing but church with a little twang added to it. Plus, what you can’t say in church, you sure can sing in the Blues.” LadyStarBluesband.com
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.
San Diego’s own Kimba Light is a tropical, high-energy, dance-provoking Afro-Cuban band, fusing salsa, timba, merenge, bachata and reggae/reggaeton, with a touch of hip-hop and funk thrown in for good measure. The result? The funkiest Latin band around! Members include Yorly Quintero (piano and vocals) from Cienfuego Cuba, Emilio Camacho, (conga/percussion) from Havana, Cuba, and native Californians Michael Atesalp (drums) and Fernando Garcia-Zavala (Bass and vocals), a former Olympic boxer. The band may only be 2 years old, but the members have been musicians their entire lives, and each brings strength and diversity to form a dynamic whole.
Bursting onto the Latin music scene with extraordinary momentum, Jarabe Mexicano’s dynamic music honors the past while embracing the future, performing a mixture of traditional as well as popular genres. Their renditions of classic Rancheras, Huapangos, Sones, and Boleros fill their listeners with romantic nostalgia while their dynamic arrangements of Cumbia, Reggae, and Rock & Roll hits bring people to their feet. In 2016, Jarabe Mexicano embarked on an educational outreach tour of Baja California Sur as bicultural ambassadors, a project sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Mexico. While there, they represented the United States in the 10th Annual International Arts and Culture Festival for Peace in La Paz.
Imagine walking along a street in old Havana and encountering a group of musicians playing traditional Cuban music. You then begin wondering whether you are dreaming about a bygone era or living in the present. That’s the sensation Combo Libertad’s fans experience with their music.
Combo Libertad’s repertoire includes classic Cuban songs dating from before the 1959 revolution: Romantic boleros, hot rumbas, spicy cha-cha-chas, “ricos” mambos and an occasional guaguancó always entice the audience to dance!
Combo Libertad plays the traditional tres and tresillo, as well as congas, timbales, trumpet, trombone, and bass. No synthesizers are used.
The Bayou BrothersLegends of the Big Easy
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. Start with a blend of accordion, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and rubboard, add three-part harmonies, and then mix it up with a lot of rockin’ Zydeco, blues, R&B and that great Mardi Gras sound, and you get the hot, spicy musical jambalaya the band is known for. 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!
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! The thriving Cajun and Zydeco dance scene on Southern California and the West Coast are in perfect step with the style and musical influences of Theo and the Zydeco Patrol. Anyone who has ever been to a Louisiana festival knows about the secret ingredient in Theo and the Zydeco Patrol’s unique musical gumbo: Traditional Creole and Zydeco music.
Billy Lee & the Swamp CrittersCajun / Zydeco / New Orleans
Billy Lee brings his native South East Texas / Louisiana roots to create a spicy gumbo of “zyde-grooveable” Cajun & New Orleans Jazz dance music. Playing both original and traditional tunes, this local San Diego band keeps the energy flowing and house rockin’.
Billy Lee was raised in part of the “Cajun Triangle” of South East Texas, around Beaumont, Houston, Port Arthur, and Galveston. His authentic Zydeco/Blues/Cajun & “Second Line Parade”, is what the “Gulf Coast Sound” is all about.
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.
Six String Gospel Revival – Sunday May 14, 1:20 PM
The Six String Society is an innovative musical production that mixes theater with some of the best music of our time. Each show tells a different story and features the most accomplished musicians & performers in Southern California and beyond. The Gospel Revival edition of the Six String Society was created and produced by Kenneth Rexrode. The Gospel Revival features the amazing Ms. Gino Walker, Casey Hensley along with Missy Andersen’s gospel quartet featuring Mercedes Moore, Sharifah and Heine Andersen on guitar. We’re also very excited to have international sensation Mr. Chino Swingslide joining this special production at Gator by the Bay. So if U want to feel the spirit then make sure U come see us at 1 PM underneath the Mardi Gras tent!
Six String Society Gospel Revival
Even Caleb Yearsley
Winner of the 2016 LA Music Critic Award for “Best Country/Americana Artist” and “Best Video (official) Female”, singer/song writer Alice Wallace is a little bit country, a little bit folk, and all original. Taking up the guitar at 10, Wallace absorbed a variety of influences: parental favorites like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris; ‘80s and ‘90s country performers such as Dwight Yoakam, Patty Loveless, and Mary Chapin Carpenter; and singer-songwriters like Jewel, Alanis Morisette and Sarah McLachlan. Since then, Wallace’s musical tastes have gravitated toward the modern Americana scene with strong influence from artists like Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and Jason Isbell, while also exploring more and more the sounds of 50s and 60s country from artists ranging from Patsy Cline to Willie Nelson. Her 3rd, and latest, album, Memories, Music and Pride, was the 2015 LA Music Critic Awards winner for “Best Country/Americana Album”.
San Diego-based Ginger Cowgirl hit the scene in 2014 after award-winning vocalist Stacy Antonel took a shine to some old country LPs. Already a professional jazz and rock vocalist, country music was a new adventure but it paid off: soon the new band was performing regularly throughout San Diego. Their sound runs the gamut from Hank Williams’ honky-tonk to the “Nashville sound” of Patsy Cline & early Elvis recordings to the outlaw country of Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson. Their unique style and well-curated song selections make them a hit with self-professed country haters and lovers alike. Beyond reinterpreting the classics, the band just released their first EP of indie/country material, stealing from plenty of genres for a unique, contemporary approach to the classic country style. Gingercowgirl.com
Canadian songwriter Sherri Anne is the creative force behind moving live show and unique musical pallette. Through compelling vocals, rootsy and sometimes gritty guitar stylings, and thought-provoking lyrics, Sister Speak connects deeply with a diverse crowd of fans from around the globe. Look for a new EP out any time now. Named by the San Diego Music Awards “Best Pops Artist” 2016!
Second place winner of the 2012 prestigious Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest, Sara Petite’s country-styled music revives fond memories of history, home and travels, inspired by broken hearts and those full of hope. A true original, Sara’s music does not conveniently fit into any one musical genre or sub-category, but rather traces her influences in country, bluegrass, rock and folk, and emerges into a sound completely her own. Her Circus Comes to Town was named a 2016 Finalist in the Americana Category of the International Songwriting Contest. Her latest cd, Road Less Traveled, was released this past February.
Nathan Rivera & Jessie Andra SmithGypsy Blues
Nathan Rivera & Jessie Andra Smith
Trilingual female and male vocals, resonator guitars, accordion, upright bass, clarinet, and more combine for a unique sound when Nathan & Jessie bring their traveling gypsy blues to the stage. Add to this the spirit of New Orleans, fun travel stories, dance, and a high level of musicianship, and get ready for a fun and uplifting show!
The FremontsRhythm & Blues
Nominated in the 2017 San Diego Music Awards “Best Rock” category, The Fremonts are the exception to the rule, a band that evolves and redefines itself by consistently looking to the past. Modern purveyors of Gulf Coast R&B, the Fremonts harvest the fruits of vintage American roots labels to create a tapestry of sound that is at once both unique and refreshingly familiar. The Fremonts are traditionalists in the truest sense of the word, a band that places the song before the solo, and have won a slew of regional music awards to make the world take notice. The Fremonts are the exception to the rule, a band that evolves and redefines itself by consistently looking to the past. Modern purveyors of Gulf Coast R&B, the Fremonts harvest the fruits of vintage American roots labels to create a tapestry of sound that is at once both unique and refreshingly familiar. The Fremonts are traditionalists in the truest sense of the word, a band that places the song before the solo, and have won a slew of regional music awards to make the world take notice. TheFreemonts.com
Shelle Blue first started making music when she was five years old in her
backyard sitting on a concrete wall her father built that was next to a cemetery.
She would sing everything she heard from the television, radio, and her favorite
record console. She meticulously wrote every lyric on multi-colored pieces of
tissue paper her mother gave her. Her parents and siblings carried her around
while listening to their favorite music, which inundated her with a multitude of
genres from rock, soul, blues, jazz, classical, Latin, funk and country. Little
attention was given to her passion for music as she was just one, and the
youngest, of six children in her Mexican-Chinese family. She forged her own
diverse style and began to thrill audiences everywhere with her commanding
vocal abilities. Shelle sings big and deep; her musical style and stage presence are apparent in her commanding bluesy and soul-stirring vocal performances. Shelle connects with fans of all ages, mesmerizing them with her stage performance and her up-close audience experience. Her stage and vocal performance combine to make the Shelle Blue show a live performance that continues to replay in the minds of her audience long after the show ends. Being the consummate musical learner, Shelle earned her Masters degree in Jazz and Classical Vocal Performance from San Diego State University while continuing to perform throughout San Diego. Shelle also teaches piano and voice and mentors the next generation of San Diego musicians.
Gino & The Lone GunmenRockabilly & Blues
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.
Joey Harris & The MentalsRock & Roll
Joey Harris began his music career in the mid-70s playing lead guitar for proto-Americana singer-songwriter John Stewart. He played with several other bands over the years, but his career went into overdrive when he joined the iconic Beat Farmers in 1985, with whom he toured the world, and wrote, sang and played on 5 albums. These days, he keeps the rock & roll fires blazing with his band, The Mentals. JoeyHarris.com
Daily Mardi Gras Parades Saturday & Sunday
Mardi Gras ParadesJoin In The Fun!
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. Euphoria Brass Band is proud to have been nominated 5 years in a row for various San Diego Music Awards since their inception in 2011. Come join the parade!
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.
Flipside BurnersRockabilly, Swing, Blues and Vintage Rock & Roll
San Diego’s Flipside Burners play a blazing variety of Rockabilly, an early 50’s style of rock and roll music, containing elements of swing, R&B, country, and even some bluegrass. From their own originals, to covers from Johnny Cash to the Stray Cats and all points in between, The Flipside Burners are known for musically setting on fire whatever venue they play and getting the dance floor jumpin’ with their smokin’ red hot tunes.
Lady Rogo Blues & Folk
Sarah Rogo, aka Lady Rogo, is a vibrant performer, singer/songwriter and multi-talented instrumentalist. Guitar in hand, she is a force on stage making powerful and thought-provoking music. She embraces classic styles, such as country blues and folk, while baring her soul through her enchanting melodies and honest lyrics. She draws from her passion for activism and eastern philosophies, such as Buddhism, to create music that makes a difference. Sarah is also a Yoga teacher and believes in pursuing healing through sound, movement, and meditation, rallying musicians and artists together to grow healthy, mindful life styles in the creative community. Ladyrogo.com
Clinton Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator born and raised in Kentucky and currently living in San Diego, California. His work spans distinctly American idioms from folk to classical and experimental contexts. Most of his current projects and pursuits involve sifting through America’s more vernacular musical past. We’ve enjoyed him on guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, and five-string banjo with the G Burns Jug Band.
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.
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.
Three Chord JusticeCountry
Playing Gator By the Bay for the 9th 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!
Nominated in the 2017 San Diego Music Awards “Best Rock” category, The Farmers evolved out of the iconic San Diego group The Beat Farmers. They describe themselves as sounding like “Bo Diddly, CCR, Joe South, and the Yardbirds, ham fisted into a food processor, stuffed into a shotgun shell, and blasted into a beer keg at three in the morning… in Faron Young’s rumpus room. Yeah-That’s it! “, which should give you an idea of what kind of good time to expect!
Like a one man band of years past, but with a fresh, new, vibrant sound, Ben Powell plays his resonator guitars, stomps on a homemade winebox footboard, blows a rack-harmonica, and sings his old style blues and original tunes about any issues of the day. Ben’s 6th CD, Rise Up Singing, was nominated for “Best Blues Album” at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards.
The Screamin' PrimasLatin -A Tribute to Louis Prima
The Screamin’ Primas are an 8 piece Louis Prima Tribute Band, known for capturing the energy and feel of Louis’ late 1950s Las Vegas Night Club act. Their accurate live recreations of the original music, performed in the original Louis Prima style, delivers the fun and style of a Rat-Pack era Louis Prima show from the very swinging start, to their Mardi Gras-style finale.
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. The Fellas have currently released Second Pint, their second full-length CD of original music and have their own music station featured on Pandora as well.
QUEL BORDEL!World 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.
The Gypsy Swing CatsAlt Gypsy
Merging Gypsy melodies and rhythms with the influences of American jazz, this innovative San Diego–based band brings a performance that is thoroughly modern, yet infused with the wild, mysteriously free and exciting Gypsy flavors.
“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.
From a small outpost on the farthest outskirts of Ireland’s northwest, Patric Petrie has gone on to make a big musical mark in her adopted hometown here in San Diego. Distinguished among fiddlers for her beautiful tone, Petrie is also noted for her dynamic stage presence. As a founding member of Skelpin, the award-winning Celtic-World Beat ensemble, she has performed in San Francisco, Seattle, and other major U.S. cities. The band has traveled twice to perform in Tokyo. Perennially nominated in the San Diego Music Awards, Skelpin won the 2010 award for Best World Music Album for their CD A Trip to Skye.
With Patric Petrie Jillian will conduct a workshop and performance at the Bayou Grove Stage.
Judy SeidRubboard Workshop
A core member of the Bayou Brothers, Sista Judy will provide some pointers on playing rubboard.
Naked IAlt Rock
The Naked I just want to make music. No pretension, no gimmicks, just music, naked and raw. The 5 piece, local, up-and-coming rock band from San Diego emphasizes a wide array of original music, making them hard to categorize but easy to love.
The Spanky Turner ShowR&B
The Spanky Turner Show is a brand new San Diego band featuring Tiffany Christie, Danny Michel, Troy Sandow, and Malachi Johnson, playing ‘50s and ’60s R&B.
Even though she began her guitar studies by playing classical and flamenco, and then went on to punk rock, these days young guitarist Leilani Kilgore loves playing the blues, citing the music’s expression of emotion. She has been hailed as a rising star for her lead guitar, vocal and song writing talents. Facebook.com/LeilaniKilgoreMusic
Fifteen year old guitar prodigy Anthony Cullins, aka “The Fallbrook Kid,” got his first guitar when he was 3 years old, and began taking lessons when he was 9. He soon became a standout student at the School of Rock, drawing his musical influences from R&B, funk, the blues, especially such guitar greats from the 60s & 70s as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Anthony was recently selected as “Best Youth Original” at the 2016 Temecula Valley Music Awards, and has garnered lots of regional press. Boogie Magazine described Anthony as “having guitar skills reminiscent of young guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Jonny Lang.” Great things are ahead for this young guitarist!
Benji Davis and the Honey Cat Blues BandBlues
Benji Davis picked up his first guitar when he was 8 and has been learning the blues ever since. 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.
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.
High Life Cajun BandCajun
Los Angeles’ own High Life Cajun Band plays straight-out Cajun dance music that is fresh, authentic and fun. The dueling fiddle and accordion, French lyrics, and clear dance beat, make this distinctly American folk music into a party. HighLifeCajunBand.com
Pappion Plauche' PlayersTraditional Cajun
The Pappion Plauche Players are carrying on the Creole tradition of passing the music from one generation to the next. The band is born out the family and personal connections between Joe Fontenot, Ambrose Sam, Pappion Brothers, Goldman Thibodeaux, Wilfred Latour, and Joe Simien. It is an embodiment of Louisiana natives reflecting and preserving their culture in their new California home. Dempsey Pappion, on accordion and washboard and Guy Martin Plauché, on fiddle bring their creole traditions from Lake Charles and Avoyelles parish respectively. Adding to this tradition is Carolyn Russel who has played rhythm with Wilfred Latour. Doug Davis and Kay Sera, both veterans of Joe Fontenot’s band, bring up the rhythm section on guitar and drums. Come experience the creole music tradition with little known traditional tunes, archival material and our own songs leading you to the dance floor.
West Coast Iron WorksRock & Roll
Craving some of that genuine 60s-style rock and roll? West Coast Iron Works, aka “San Diego’s Longest Reigning Rock Band” has it covered! The dynamic 6 member band are know for their vocal harmonies, phenomenal musicianship and the uncanny ability to recreate every style of rock to perfection. If you love “the sounds of the ‘60s” and remember the “Summer of Love”, you’ll want to be sure to catch this band! They’re “Groovy” and “Outta-Sight man!”
The Alpha Vets are all United States Military Veterans. These guys have turned in their rifles for guitars and started a rock band. They write and play their own music that can only be defined as Rock-n-Roll.
They are part of the community, playing in veteran shows, fundraisers and benefits to help veterans throughout the San Diego region.
Led by their front man “Lucky Brent” Asten, drummer Steve Logan, bass player Will Rintimaki and lead guitarist Josh Sandlin, their brand of music is upbeat, catchy ad most of all fun!
Jason Weiss & The Thursday Night PickersBluegrass Jam
Jason “Banjo Slim” Weiss counts among his influences a diverse group of banjo masters from Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe to Bela Fleck, and it’s been said of him, “He can play a hard-driving Scruggs style of banjo that produce foot tapping grins on classics like “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” but he can also deliver jazz-influenced lines uncommon on the banjo and, when called for, he demonstrates a prodigious ability to produce melodic and gentle lines”.
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.”
In the Kids’ Area, magician “Sleeveless” Steve Sloan will conjure up a good time and keep the young’uns entertained. He’s performed at fairs and festivals through out the west, SeaWorld (10 years), the World Famous San Diego Zoo (15 years) and countless private and corporate events from coast to coast.
J7 Stilt WalkerEntertainer
From hula hoping to fire eating, from stilt walking to tightrope walking, Ms J7 is a cirque of entertainment to bring oohs and aahs to smiling faces.