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
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.
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.
Wall Street has been entertaining Bay Area music fans for over two decades. This multi-ethnic, eight-piece, high-energy party/dance band is composed of hand-picked stage and studio musicians whose eclectic styles combine elements of Motown, Rhythm & Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, Soul and spicy rhythms creating an electrifying dance adventure.
The male and female vocalists of Wall Street Band put on an exciting stage show, encouraging audience participation. The rhythm section strikes their unique, signature groove topped with the soaring sounds of the horn section. Put it all together and you have the “can’t-stay-i
Marin School of the Arts (MSA) is an award-winning arts academy within a public high school setting. MSA offers talented and motivated students the opportunity for professional arts instruction and practice while fulfilling their requirements at Novato High School. Founded in 2001 by Mark Peabody, MSA utilizes $270,000 in grant funds awarded by the California Department of Education and each year seniors receive over $2 million in college scholarships.
Members: The Blues Rocket Band musicians are Julie Medeiros on vocals, Mike Marino on lead guitar and vocals, Mark Davis on bass and vocals, and Dave Goodwin on drums. Based in Northern California in the city of Santa Rosa, Blues Rocket plays an exciting and energetic mix of classic soul, old school R&B, and blues.
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.
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.
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.
Lyndsey Elm is a 24-year-old Pop Soul singer/songwriter from Vacaville, CA. She recently gained national attention and exposure as a contestant on Season 9 of NBC’s hit singing competition, “The Voice.” Lyndsey has been playing shows all over Northern California and released a debut EP titled “ONWARD.” She is currently doing music full-time and focusing on writing a full-length album. Lyndsey combines heartfelt originals with unique takes on covers. Lyndsey’s live show takes you on a ride that she hopes will end with the audience feeling inspired to chase their own dreams, live every day to the fullest, and to never ever give up.
Covering material spanning five decades of David Bowie’s career, The Jean Genies have been wowing Northern California since 2011 with their faithful, passionate renditions of Bowie’s smash hits and hidden gems! Band members include Geoff Ball, Jeff Yih, Jozef Becker, Mike McKevitt, Andrea Hensler, and Jamison Smeltz.
Cabanijazz Project offers a contagious rhythmic experience of Mambo Jazz and Retro Salsa. Led by GRAMMY® award-winning conga player, composer, and band leader, Javier Cabanillas, and with active members of the famed Pacific Mambo Orchestra, the Cabanijazz Project is an ensemble reminiscent of the 50s Mambo, 60s Jazz, and 70s Funk eras mixed with modern original compositions and arrangements.
The James Moseley Band fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist James Moseley has been wowing audiences in the Bay Area for over ten years at a wide range of venues, festivals and special events. Their continually growing fan base, one of the most loyal in the Bay Area, is no doubt due to their high energy live performances that get everyone up and dancing with tunes by Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and many more. The James Moseley Band showcases the very best in Motown, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Funk and Reggae.
This exceptional seven piece band features
Another bright star out of Oakland, CA, Nikita Germaine’s music will move your body, while her voice will touch your soul.
She debuted her first solo album, Sweet As It Comes, with Motown Records, but later signed with Family Tree Records and released her sophomore album, Just Kita, in 2008. Often compared to Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington, she’s worked extensively with Grammy-winning producer Narada Michael Walden and is currently a member of the Grammy-winning band, Train. Germaine is well-known for co-writing Diana Ross’ “Take Me Higher” and was a vocal force behind Wh