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
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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A Funk/Reggae band with jazz-inspired solos, The Eric Wiley Trio plays both originals as well as songs by Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Bobby Caldwell, The Police, Jaco P., and George Duke. Joining Eric is Bassie extraordinaire Luis Garcia, Drummie Mingo Lewis Jr. (formerly of Groundation), and special guest flautist Matt Eackle (David Grisman Quartet). Eric Wiley has performed for twenty years in The Martin Fierro Quartet as well as with various Reggae artists such as The Melodians, Strictly Roots, Sister Carol, and Lloyd Brown.
San Francisco Airship is a tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Jefferson Airplane. This band of stellar, dedicated musicians recreates the feeling of that iconic musical era, bringing to life that sound and message of love for one another.
Based in San Francisco, the members have performed with Jefferson Starship, Blue Cheer, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Tubes, Big Brother and the Holding Company, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and more.
San Francisco Airship brings that wonderful Summer of Love back to life for every person looking for that magical feeling or memory. With hits like “White Rabbit,” “Somebody to Love,” “Crown of Creation,” “Volu
Based in the Bay Area and bringing 100 years of combined experience to the stage, The Best Intentions is comprised of five talented vocalists, a music director, and an 8-piece band. Performing everything from Motown classics and Old School to R&B and their own original tracks, from the Temptations and the Spinners to The O’Jays and The Dells, this unique vocal group is known for their harmonic, soulful tones and smooth choreography.
Formerly The Stachel Quintet, Lehcats blend Jazz, Funk, R&B, Latin, and other World music styles—taking you on a unique journey driven by original compositions. Norbert Satchel has toured and recorded with Tower of Power, Freddie Hubbard, Prince, Boz Scaggs, and countless others.
Norbert’s partner in life and music, Karen Satchel isn’t a stranger to fame, having released three albums of her own. They are joined by Steve Carter on piano, Dewayne Pate on bass, Billy Johnson on drums, and Dave Haskell on guitar.
Listing Jimi Hendrix, Ernie Isley, Nile Rodgers, and Buddy Guy as his like-minded inspirations, Wayne “Guitar” Sanders lives up to his name, slaying genres from R&B and Soul to Funk and Blues. Sanders has opened for Willie Hutch, Frankie Beverly & Maze, and Evelyn “Champagne” King.
GRAMMY Nominee Kahulanui is a nine-piece Hawaiian swing band who launched their touring career with their debut GRAMMY nominated release, “Hula Ku’i“. While in New York City kicking off their 2015 summer tour at Lincoln Center The Wall Street Journal wrote:
You’ve never heard a beat quite like this, either in Hawaii or in Harlem. Kaulanui is a ferocious blast of swinging jazz. The sun may be hot, but the music is hotter. – July 2, 2015
Hawaii radio icon, Skylark Rossetti says their recording, “Hula Ku’i” is one of the most innovativ
Rising from the fire of progressive Funk and groove-based Soul, Soul Mechanix is all about love. Together, they explore the mechanics of humanity through music. Vernon Hall (Bass/Vocals), Ruth Price (Drums), Luqman Frank (Vocals), oMega (Vocals), David Crenshaw (Vocals), Ray Clement (Sax), Javance Butler (Keys), and Graal Swartz (Guitar/Vocals). This family of artists throws down funky covers and hot originals.
Effortlessly mixing Classic Rock with twangs of Country and hints of Blues, the Brian Travis Band gives traditional Folk melodies a unique Rock & Roll vibe. Accompanying Travis on vocals, acoustic guitar, and harmonica are Matt Gretter on drums, Bob Fruhlinger on bass, and Evan Reiley on lead guitar. Their shows are honest, unscripted, and sometimes they “don’t even have a set list.” Calling the Bay Area home, the Brian Travis Band is currently touring in support of their latest album release, The Coyote & the Crow, produced by Grammy-winning engineer, George Landress.
Hailing from Santa Rosa, The Bloodstones bring an original, positive Roots-Reggae-Soul vibration to the stage. The unique style and conscious, creative lyrics of Sky I ignites the bands positive, driving movement. Although the band focuses on original music, they also perform some classic, crowd-pleasing Roots Reggae covers into the set.
The Bloodstones deliver a positive, conscious groove that results in people dancing and having an epic experience. The music is filled with melodic solos, bass-heavy Dub sections, and hypnotic grooves.
The Bloodstone’s songstress, Katrina Blackstone’s distinctive sound of bubbling Pop melodies effervesce over beds of Dub and Funk, while
The Klipptones are one of the Bay Area’s most exciting party, playing around the bay area. They’ve opened for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and NYC’s Hot Sardines, and cover everything from the Golden Era of Swing to 50’s/60’s rock and roll, funk & R&B, 80’s to today’s top hits. They also do some slick mash ups and covers ala Postmodern Jukebox!
Next Phase covers one of the most influential bands of all time: the Isley Brothers. Brian “Real Deal” Hill (bass/vocals), Gary Bell (guitar), D’Andre Williams (drums), Clifton Gamble (keyboards/vocals), and Eric Burnett (lead vocals) play even the most complex and challenging songs, focusing on producing authentic covers. The group has opened for legendary Funk recording artists Zapp, and has collectively performed and recorded with with Bonnie Boyer, ConFunkShun, Midnight Star, El DeBarge, Swing Out Sister, En Vogue, Regina Belle, Samuelle, The Nation Funktasia, and production team Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy.
Iranian composer and songwriter, Farzad Arjmand has traveled the world and been influenced by the songs and sounds of many cultures. When he was first exposed to Flamenco guitar in Spain, he was immediately intrigued and focused his energy on studying and mastering it. He has taken all of these global styles of music, most prominently Flamenco and Jazz, to create a new genre he calls “FAZZ”—his own unique vision of Persian-influenced Flamenco Jazz.
Lisa Lindsley sings saucy songs of the 20s, 30’s and beyond, enjoy the “double entendre” from songs like “My Handy Man”, “Let’s Do It” and “Everything I’ve Got Belongs to You”. Plus a few songs from her new album, “Long After Midnight”, that has been getting some tasty reviews.
With a French-Creole heritage deeply rooted in Louisiana, Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry has been captivating musicians and music lovers alike since he was a toddler. He was encouraged to play the accordion by his Pa-Pa, Houston Pete, and the late, great “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier at the age of three. After receiving his first accordion from Zydeco musician Billy Wilson, Thierry taught himself to play by listening to Chenier’s music.
Andre Thierry and his band perform both soulful, traditional slow dances and booming kinetic grooves that build off of Thierry’s love and respect for his family traditions. As an exce
Called “the hottest bassist today” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Manring has been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on bass guitar for over two decades. Building on the techniques of his late teacher and bass legend, Jaco Pastorius, Michael plays with unorthodox tunings and methodologies—honing his skills on hundreds of recordings and sessions with Tim Alexander of Primus, Alex Skolnick of Testament, and electro-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby.
Todd Mosby is an all-around musical triple threat—guitarist, composer, and improvi
Tribute Masters Greg Ballad Presents a tribute to Luther Vandross. Remember one of the greatest singers of all time with hits like “Bad Boy (Having a Party),” “Superstar,” “Never too Much,” “A House Is Not a Home,” and many more.
The son of a guitar icon, Miles Schon is definitely beginning to make a name for himself in the Blues/Rock community. With a style that is respectful to the artists that he admires—Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Eric Clapton—Miles also breathes a fresh new life and energy into every song he plays. Citing the Blues as his newest musical interest, his background in R&B, Pop, and Rock are heavily laced in his originals, as well as his interpretations of the covers his band performs. Whether it be a smoking hot guitar solo or a blazingly intricate ukulele tune, Miles Schon is the next big thin
Local songstress and creator of ProcessSING, Lauren Arrow is coming out and releasing her first professional album! Fusing seductively soulful rock numbers with phunktastic booty groovers and sweet serenading singalongs, this album reflects the past 5 years of coming into her voice as a singer, performer, and teacher. Leading Women’s ExpressSING groups throughout the Bay Area, her mission in life is to help women feel comfortable and safe in their voice by expressing freely. Lauren’s shows are often high-energy and deeply connected, and her lyrics draw from messages to herself before she felt safe singing and her journey of creating her own path.
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Performing a combination of Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Folk, Greg Johnson has been inspiring the world over since 1989 with his soul-soothing music. From Beethoven to The Who, he draws on a diverse array of influences. Musician, piano teacher, and producer, Johnson has performed thousands of times in front of vast audiences, appeared on radio and TV, and even produced the score of a feature film.
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.