Kayla Gold opened the Kayla Gold Vocal Studio in 1994 and works with performance-oriented teenagers to nurture their full creative expression as vocalists. Solid singing technique, rich performance expression, personal style and confidence are hallmarks of Kayla’s students. Gold has been vocal director for productions by Theater Artists of Marin, Novato Community Players, Ross Valley Players, TheaterNow, and directed the 2009 revue “Bernstein on Broadway.” She performed in the long-running and highly rated show “Nunsense,” and co-wrote “Trailer Trash: The Musical.”
Phillip “Rosco” Gallo: Keys
The master of keys • Jules Broussard Band, Malo, The Fred Ross Project, The Starlight Orchestra, Alvon Johnson, Frank Biner, and Pacific Brass and Electric
Kyle Hixon: Sax
All heart and soul • Toured with Richard P. Boals and The Soals • Recorded three albums with Fernando Aragon
Larry Vann: Drums
Impressive, authentic • Toured and recorded with Elvin Bishop, Merl Saunders, Sr., The Whispers, Martha Reeves, The Marvalettes, Charles Brown, Buffy Saint-Marie, and Randy Crawford
Michael Warren: Bass
Accomplished, amazing • Toured with BB King, Randy Crawford, Maria Muldaur, Buddy Miles, Merl Saunders, Sr.,
Strongly influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Sly Stone and Freddie Stone, Bobby Young has self-admittedly had a “love affair with music and the guitar…for over fifty years.” He’s performed with John Lee Hooker, Maria Muldaur, Richard “Dimples” Fields, and Sugar Pie DeSanto. Joining him is Nick Young on guitar, Greg Simmons on bass, Tarika Lewis on violin, Eric Honeywell on vocals, Lacrosse Harris on drums, Gig Anderson on keyboards, and on special occasions, Blues Hall of Fame inductee Wylie Trass.
Masterpiece the Band is an 8-piece party from the San Francisco Bay Area. Performing everything from Pop and Soul to Funk and Hip Hop, this collection of professional talent delivers a high-energy show every time.
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Taking their name from the classic Santana album, ZEBOP! was formed in 2005 by guitarist Antonio Marquez. Joining him is drummer Edwin Santos, lead vocalist Alfredo Eduardo Lazo, keyboardist and vocalist Randy Allen, bassist Jim Gaskill, congas player Eddie Jimenez, and percussionist Tomas Montano. Known for their passion and tight musicianship, they were voted Best Tribute Band in Northern California in 98.5 FM KFOX Last Band Standing Contest.
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Known for their world-class Latin and Brazilian Jazz, Lee Waterman and Jazz Caliente are an all-star ensemble with percussionist Michaelle Goerlitz, Tommy Kesecker on vibraphone, Bill Lanphier on bass, Alex Murzyn on sax and flute, and Bill Belasco on drums. They’ve played with Tito Puente, Whitney Houston, Pete Escovedo, and the Spanish Harlem Jazz Orchestra, to name a few.
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SF native Dallis Craft has earned a reputation as a talented and versatile entertainer. As a keyboardist, rhythm guitar player, and vocalist, she has recorded with Pee Wee Ellis, Huey Lewis and the News, John Lee Sanders, Melvin Seals, Jesse Colin Young, and Greg Kihn. With an energetic and charismatic stage presence and world-class vocals, Craft has become a popular opener for Dwight Yoakam, Shawn Colvin, and Steve Winwood. Her album, Leap of Faith, is an Americana blend of R&B, Country, Rock, and Pop.
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Lead by vocalist and guitarist Cristina Battani, Firewheel kicks out new renditions of late-sixties classics, mid-seventies anthems, hot-off-the-press indie music, and good ol’ southern Country Rock. Accompanying singer and guitarist Cristina Battani are keyboardist Laura Cooper and lead guitarist Ray Brindley. Their unique 3-part harmony is the key to Firewheel’s distinctive “Heartland Rock” sound. Add in bluesy harmonica, an occasional flute solo, bassist Bob Keast and drummer Michael Braunfeld, and you have one of the Bay Area’s most dynamic and entertaining musical experiences. After ten years together, they continue to gain momentum—pleasing audiences throughout t
As San Francisco’s finest 7-piece Dance band, The Party Crashers are veteran stage performers and emerging young artists who’ve toured the world with major headlining acts. They all make a living playing, teaching, and recording music, describing their sound as a wonderful marriage of a solid foundation with a youthful energy.
For more on The Party Crashers, visit their website.
Forejour (pronounced ‘forger’) pays tribute to the music of mega bands Foreigner and Journey. The band combines decades of experience to recreate these hits with stunning accuracy. With combined worldwide album sales exceeding 150 million, Foreigner and Journey’s rock radio anthems form the soundtrack of a generation. Augmented by solo favorites from Steve Perry and Lou Gramm, Forejour wows audiences with up to three solid hours of chart-topping hits!
Lifelong musician and seasoned music coach, Liz Stires helps students find their voice—coaching them to do their best in her regular showcase performances. Born and raised in Marin County, Stires is a former member of the Jerry Garcia Band and has performed with Huey Lewis, Bob Weir, and Kingfish.
For more on Liz Stires, visit her website.
Join us for an evening of inspiring original music. Listen to talented local songwriters as they compete for Best Song or Best Performance. West Coast Songwriters members can perform and get feedback from professional industry judges. Members can sign up by emailing Co-Manager Bob Crane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Coast Songwriters (WCS) was founded in 1979 by a few talented songwriters who decided that by joining forces they would be able to write stronger songs, and create more opportunities to market those songs. Since that time, WCS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, has grown
Have you ever wanted to see the Pretenders and Joan Jett play together in the same night? We have, too, so we booked the best tribute bands to pull a double show.
Led by front woman Karen Alvarez, Pretending is a highly regarded, Bay Area-based Pretenders tribute band. Alvarez’s portrayal of Chrissie Hynde is spot-on—she plays guitar and sings her heart out to every hit. Jett Black Band performs as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, delivering a high-energy set that captures audiences from start to finish. Night after night, they are building an impressive fan base with their unadulterated American Rock & Roll.
The Overcommitments are a Marin County, CA cover band committed to fun, familiar dance songs from the best of Motown, Soul, Funk and Classic Rock. Infused with infectious energy, they will have you groovin’ on the dance floor all night long! Available for private parties and nightclubs, the OC’s remain the “hardest working parents in show business.”
For more on The Overcommitments, visit their website.
Miller Creek Middle School will present its Jazz night, featuring its full Jazz ensemble, Jazz combo, and a pro band headed up by band leader and nationally acclaimed sax player, Steve Steinberg. The Jazz combo will release copies of their newly recorded CDs at the event. Don’t miss a chance to see up-and-coming Jazz talent—in the form of 11 to 14 year olds—from Miller Creek’s award winning music department.
With an Americana approach and beautiful three-part harmonies, The Rivertown Trio is Gary Vogensen, Russ Gauthier, and Julie Bernard. Vogensen has been playing guitar and singing professionally for 40 years—living and working in the North Bay and touring throughout the US and Europe with The Elvin Bishop Band, Angela Strehli, Maria Muldaur, Boz Skaggs, and many others. Gauthier is a practiced multi-instrumentalist—playing violin, mandolin, banjo, guitar, dobro, lap steel, and dulcimer. A San Francisco native, Julie Bernard has deep roots in the Bay Area music scene, playing for over 7 years.
Terry Hiatt has been playing the Bay Area for over 30 years as a sideman and working his own gigs. He’s backed up and worked with some of the best in the business like Andy Just, the Jerry Miller Band, Chris Cain, Feat Prints, and the Running with Scissors Band. His current project—Terry Hiatt and the Amazing Colossal Guys—plays material that Hiatt’s been writing over the last couple of years, and call it American Gumbo.
For more about Terry Hiatt, visit his websi
Feat Prints brings a genuine love for the music of Little Feat—as well as some serious musicality and experience. This is not band for the faint of heart, so put on your Sailin’ Shoes and Let it Roll!
Feat Prints is: Vince Caminiti on guitar (Blue State Band, Club Fox Blues Jam), Terry Hiatt on guitar (Lara Price, Terrie Odabi), Mike Emerson on keys (Supermule, Carlene Carter), Derrick “D’Mar” Martin on drums (Little Richard, Syl Johnson), Paul Olguin on bass (Mazzy Star, Maria Muldaur), Loralee Christensen on vocals (Bettye LaVette, Clarence Clemons), and Beth Reynolds on vocals (David Bromberg, Taj Mahal).
Shana Morrison began performing with her group, Caledonia, in the San Francisco Bay area in 1996. Her debut album, Caledonia, was released on her own label, Belfast Violet Records in 1998 and was later picked up by Monster Music in 1999. Caledonia received favorable reviews from the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Examiner, as well as airplay on KPFA, KPIG, KPIX, KDVS, KHUM, and KFOG. Vanguard Records signed Shana in 2001 and 7 Wishes was released quickly after. Rolling Stone Magazine describes Shana “With a smooth, elastic voice and a style that lands between Jazz chanteuse and Rock
Second Line brings a taste of the bayou to the Bay Area with their blend of Swamp Funk—a genre defined by tight melodic grooves and “second-line” rhythms under highly charged guitar and keyboard riffing. They’ve quickly developed a loyal following with their irresistible energy and party vibe. On any given night, you’ll hear Mardi Gras and New Orleans Funk classics by The Meters, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Earl King, The Radiators, and original music with a spicy Big Easy flair.
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Madera Marin blends earthy Acoustic string music and ethereal Electronic textures. Performing original tunes and covers, Bob Fruhlinger, Gabriel Barkin, and Jon Diercks have influences spanning Rock, Folk, Gypsy Jazz, and Blues.
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