Described as “a sensual powerhouse” by Relix Magazine, singer-songwriter Mari Mack and her band, Livin’ Like Kings, deliver Mack originals as well as favorite blues and soul covers. Since moving to the Bay Area from New Jersey twenty years ago, Mari Mack has played with some of the West Coast’s finest musicians all around the Bay Area and on tour throughout the nation. When asked about further bio information, she responded, “What does it matter where I have been? All that matters is this moment.” She is as passionate as musicians come and a true wild child. With a birth name of “Tamburo,” meaning drum, how could she not be?
The “kings” include Pat Duffey on
Drawing from Rock, R&B, Funk, and Country, C4INC writes their own music and covers the classics they love to play. They are fan favorites at the Napa City Nights Summer Concert Series, as well as the local San Francisco club scene. Band members include Chris Chesbrough on guitar and vocals, Susan Chesbrough on bass and vocals, Scott Meloney on keyboard, and Mathew Meloney on drums.
The Reed Fromer Band is one of the Bay Area’s most enjoyable and dynamic small R&B bands. They combine a lively, driving rhythm section with soul-stirring vocals. Reed Fromer (lead vocals & keyboards), Tony Langford (drums), Artie Wafer (bass & vocals), and Bobby Young (lead guitar) have thrilled crowds for nearly two decades throughout the Bay Area.
Heralded as the next Buena Vista Social Club, Pellejo Seco deliver a charming, joyous reinvention of Cuban Son music. Their songs are sexy, rhythmic, and romantic. And what stands out the most about this band is that they genuinely have: “La Alegria del Guajiro” – which translates as, “The joyous sentiment of an ‘Islander’.” It’s a particularly Latin kind of lively spirit that originates from the festive atmosphere of music in the Caribbean islands.
Ivan Camblor, the tresero, composer, and founder of Pellejo Seco, and former leader of Cuba’s Son group Tembache, humbly considers Pellejo Seco a musical experiment, in that it combines traditional Cuban Son with the c
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
A musician or group kicks off Pro Blues Jam in the first set. Local talent and special guests are invited to join in during the second set.
HOW TO SIGN UP
Sign up online: Include your name, your instrument, your email, and the night you’d like to attend.
Sign up in person: If slots are still open, you may sign up at the host stand on Wednesdays after 5:00 pm. Musicians are chosen on a first come, first served basis. Maximum amount of artists per night varies at Fenix’s discretion.
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The 415s are the Bay Area’s most elite pop-variety Dance band. Playing 70s classics to current Top 40 Hits, the band includes Rich Armstrong on vocals and trumpet, Daniel Parenti on bass, Imanuel Juneady on keyboards, Adam White on drums, Dave Shul on guitar, Ashling Cole on vocals, Omega Rae on vocals, Dale Ingram on vocals, Jeanne Geiger on trombone, and Daniel Casares on sax and trombone. They have played with The Rolling Stones, Prince, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Pink, Counting Crows, Billy Preston, Tower of Power, Ozomatli, Whitesnake, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Sly & the Family Stone, Goapele, Too Short, Taj Mahal, L
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.
Created in 1991, Greg Johnson and Glass Brick Boulevard rose to acclaim in the Bay Area in the late ‘90s. Now reunited after a hiatus, they’re making soul-soothing music once again and inspiring audiences the world over. As led by their composer-pianist, the band draws on a diverse array of influences, including gospel, Beethoven, The Who, and Motown, to name just a few. Says Johnson, “If Beethoven came back as Seal, we’d be his band.” Glass Brick Boulevard features Rob Fordyce on bass, Celso Alberti on drums, and Paul Hanson on bassoon.
Perfect for the diverse Bay Area, BOCA MUNDIAL starring Alexa Morales adds a touch of the “flamboyantly multilingual” (San Jose Mercury News) to every event. Alexa Morales is an Oakland Jazz and Salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to her itinerant childhood. Since 2004, she’s done more than a dozen studio recordings for herself and other bands. In 2010, she sang on the GRAMMY-nominated Bien! Bien!, made an award-winning fan-funded CD in 2011, and in 2012 her singing and songwriting were on Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s debut CD.
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, The Jones Gang is an Americana band made up of Travis Jones on vocals, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar; Henry Salvia on keys, vocals, and percussion; Peter Tucker on drums, percussion, and background vocals; Joshua Zucker on upright and electric bass, background vocals, and percussion; and Mark Karan on lead guitar and vocals.
Travis Jones’ musical background reads likes a William Faulkner novel. He began singing Gospel at 4 with his mother, Lottie Mae Adams, a Blues singer who recorded several discs on Paula Records. Years later after leaving the US Army, Jones made his way to California. There, he started several bands and spent
Spending half his childhood in Mexico and half in the United States, Craig Caffall has been influenced by everything from Rock, Blues, R&B, and Funk, to Latin, Ranchero, and Norteño. Moving from New Orleans to the Bay Area, Craig played lead guitar with GRAMMY-nominated, award-winning Blues singer Maria Muldaur and has toured nationally and abroad in countries like Japan, Canada, and Mexico. While Caffall has been with Muldaur, he’s shared the stage with the likes of Lori Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, Keta Bill, Norton Buffalo, Dan Hicks, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Dave Mason, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, and David Nichtern.
Derick Hughes has only one rival as the Bay Area’s most awesome vocalist—his father, the 60s Soul man, Freddie Hughes. As a featured singer in the major leagues, Derick has toured with Tower of Power, Prince, Gospel greats Isaac Douglas and Sandra Crouch, and has recorded with Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy. Derick Hughes currently tours with a renowned member of American music royalty, Roberta Flack.
Founded by guitarist Freddy Clarke, Wobbly World is a revolving door of musicians and singers who encompass the sounds of Africa, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Denmark, Iran, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Paraguay, Syria, Viet Nam and the US for a bold and brave celebration of international musical synergy. Each player brings musical tradition, yet the music flows and soars with a deep sense of cohesion. We all know that our environment is tenuous, international politics are fragile; it’s a truly a wobbly world, but these musicians have made something strong, dynamic, and beautiful in response.
Born in Fresno, California,
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.
For more on Masterpiece, visit their website.
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.
For more on Second Line, visit
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.