Fiesta del Sol Performers
Saturday • June 1
New Performer •
The Greyboy Allstars • 7:45 PM• Website
When the Greyboy Allstars first formed, two decades ago next year, they were nothing short of groundbreaking. They have influenced an entire generation of bands playing improvisational music in a funk format.
On Inland Emperor, the Greyboy Allstars’ fourth studio album to date, one hears the benefits that accrue when a group of exceptional players with a wide variety of tastes and musical experiences continue to collaborate for 20 years. The cornerstones of The Greyboy Allstars sound remain the same: funk, soul and jazz; or, looked at another way, rhythm and spontaneity. Without attempting to recreate them, the band has drawn upon elements of many genres: old soundtracks, psychedelic garage rock, ’80s dance music, ’70s FM soft rock and Tropicalia, to name a few. As a result, Inland Emperor has the vibe of a mixtape whose tracks are united by an emphasis upon rhythm.
Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Mickey Petralia (Beck, Peaches, Eels, Flight of the Conchords) mixed the tracks, expertly capturing the energy and collaborative joy inherent in the recording.
Inland Emperor follows the critically acclaimed What Happened to Television?, which prompted The Los Angeles Times to write, “The [music of] this talented collective feels so cozy and organic you never want to leave its inviting groove.”
This spring and summer, audiences across the country will have opportunities to experience the Greyboy Allstars’ music in its ideal format: live. Given the likelihood that the chance won’t come again soon, these are shows not to miss.
Anuhea • 6:15 PM• Website
With a delicate balance of fragility, strength and sass, Hawaiian born singer/songwriter Anuhea blends engaging lyrics, acoustic soul, pop, rap and reggae into a style that has earned her a reputation as Hawaii's #1 female artist. Anuhea's signature guitar rhythms, sultry vocals and honest song writing weave acoustic soul, R&B, jazz and hip hop with pop appeal, making Anuhea Hawaii's next rising star.
2-Tone Sounds • 5:15 PM• Website
Back in the early ‘80s a new sound was coming out of the UK: 2 Tone Ska. Upbeat dance music with a message of racial unity, it blended old school Jamaican music, with punk and rock. The Specials, The Selecter, Madness, Bad Manners, and The English Beat were the heart of British Ska.
2 Tone Sounds brings together a unique blend of three vocalists, a three piece horn section and a five member rhythm section from today’s top California Ska bands - The Upbeat (Santa Barbara), SKANIC (San Diego), and Dynamic Pressure (Santa Barbara) – to pay tribute to the 2 Tone sound of yesteryear. The members of this 11 piece band have been creating original Ska, reggae and rocksteady music for over 27 years and are now dedicated to performing the most authentic sounding 2 Tone Ska tribute the world has ever heard.
The Tilt • 4:15 PM• Website
The Tilt, a San Diego-based quintet, plays Southern blues, country and folk, with a touch of classic rock, a la Led Zeppelin
Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen Tribute) • 3:00 PM• Website
Thunder Road, a Springsteen tribute, was created in the fall of 2008 and after some grueling session work, the band debuted on February 28, 2009 at Anthology in San Diego’s Little Italy. The eight man line up of Thunder Road closely emulates the core sound of the legendary E Street Band.
Shake Before Us • 2:00 PM• Website
The band's “Get buzzed and turn up the fuzz” attitude has yielded true tales of lost faith, booze, drugs, sin and self doubt. A maniacal mix of organ, guitar, dual howling vocals, deep drums and even deeper bass. They pair the past with the future for a unique sound that is vintage yet modern at the same time.
Shake Before Us is a rock and roll band in its purist most primitive form with the devil breathing down their necks… and they wouldn't have it any other way.
Wheeland Brothers • 1:00• Website
Te Wheeland Brothers are two Southern Californian brothers who grew up in Orange County surfing, scarfing down hole-in-the-wall Mexican food, and jamming around bonfires. Their music has a sound which they describe as "beach rock reggae"; inspired by waves, hangin' with friends, and dreaming of distant shores.
Youth Arts Academy Rock Bands • 11:30 AM• Website
Serving more than 230 students each year, the Youth Arts Academy was established to accommodate a growing number of students interested in performing arts. To keep performing arts alive, the Youth Arts Academy in Carmel Valley, provides music classes, rock bands, private lessons, and dance classes. Through the Youth Arts Academy, youth, ages 5-18, have access to a myriad of quality programs designed to stimulate their growth and creativity, while expressing themselves through the performing arts. Our rock bands are given the opportunity to either pick cover songs that they would like to play or compose original music. It is a priority of the YAA to encourage the bands to choose their own creative direction as this is believed to be at the heart of the rock band experience. Students learn the ins and outs of being in a rock band from compositional and rehearsal techniques to the preparation needed for a live performance. Due the success of this program, many students have graduated from high school and have moved on to college with hopes of becoming professional in their respective art.
Sunday • June 2
Tristan Prettyman • 7:30 PM• Website
With her first three recordings, 2003’s The Love EP, 2005’s breezy twentythree and 2008’s Hello, Tristan Prettyman parlayed her smoky alto voice and laid-back surfer-girl-from-San-Diego charm into an eight-year career studded with highlights that included Hello’s No. 2 position on the iTunes Digital Albums chart and headlining tours across the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
The White Buffalo • 6:15 PM• Website
The White Buffalo represents an authentic homage to the times of hard touring, hard drinking artists who truly lived what they sang about. Seamlessly moving from heartfelt ballads to raucous bar songs, The White Buffalo sings with honesty and thoughtful reflection as he travels the road, sharing his music. Everything about him is big, from his imposing physical size to his amazing vocal range. From his whiskey-drenched, growling lows to heart-stopping highs, The White Buffalo paints a touching picture, whether he stands alone or performs with his energetic, charismatic band.
One Drop • 5:15 PM• Website
One Drop from San Diego, California embraces the spirit of classic Roots Reggae and Dub music with a calculated blend of R&B, Pop and Rock subtleties. Inspired by artists like Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs and The Police
Dead Feather Moon • 4:15• Website
Dead Feather Moon is a San Diego-based band whose distinguished sound combines rock with alt-country and psychedelic blues. Their heartfelt performances and rapidly-growing fan base have established them as one of San Diego’s most sought-after musical acts. Their debut full-length album, Dark Sun, won Best Alternative Album at the 2012 San Diego Music Awards. After its release in the summer of 2011, the album quickly generated enough buzz to garner the attention of San Diego radio stations 91X and FM 94/9, both places where the band receives consistent airplay. The band is currently working on material for their second full-length record.
The Surfaris • 3:00 PM• Website
The Surfaris are an American surf rock band formed in 1962. They are best known for two hit songs "Wipe Out" and "Surfer Joe".
Atomic Groove • 2:00 PM• Website
Atomic Groove's mission is to consistently provide a versatile, first-class presentation with dance floor appeal and musical integrity. As a seasoned, high performance Special Event band, their discerning clients have come to expect and love that they present a great entertainment experience with quality, professionalism and fun.
Brawley • 1:00 PM• Website
Brawley performs California country. Named after the legendary “Cattle Call” town, Brawley is a mix of San Diego-based working musicians with decades of history and dozens of projects, including the Hacienda Brothers, Smith's Ranch Boys, The Forbidden Pigs, Rancho Deluxe, and many more. Influenced by all the honky-tonk heroes like Faron Young, Ray Price, Buck Owens, and too many more to mention, sets are laced with shuffles and train beats that force you to dance or make you wish you had taken those two-step classes years ago. It's all about good friends playing the great music they love.
The Paul Cannon Band • 12:00 PM• Website
The Paul Cannon Band was formed in 2008 by Paul Cannon. The Paul Cannon Band derives influence from a number of sources but mostly defines themselves as Acoustic Folk, Pop, Beach Rock. The Paul Cannon Band is a strong advocate for environmental responsibility, supports cancer awareness, encourages locally grown organic foods and has teamed up with companies that have the same vision.
Cedros Fiesta Del Sol Bands • June 1
Combo Libertad • 12:00 PM• Website
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.
Cedros Fiesta Del Sol Bands • June 2
Matt Jennings • 12:00 PM
Matt Jennings grew up in Pittsburgh mimicking hard rock guitarists as a kid. After moving to Minneapolis for college, he studied abroad in Mexico and later taught English in China. In Mexico, he was entranced by the sound of mariachi trumpeters and violinists practicing on the streets. And he learned the basic techniques of mariachi guitar firsthand from a man named Nacho. In China, he played in a live karaoke band and a Chinese hard rock band, while spending countless hours watching the South China Sea out his apartment window with a $20 Kapok guitar in his hands. After soaking in how these different cultures use rhythm and melody, he transformed his hard rock roots into something akin to an open-minded journey around the globe. Upon returning from abroad he hit the American music scene with his own brand of FLAMENCO ROCK. Since then he has self-released two albums and toured the country extensively, sharing the stage with acts such as Donavon Frankenreiter, Dengue Fever, Bombino, Anuhea, Zee Avi, Seun Kuti & Egypt '80, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, and The Beautiful Girls. His latest self-titled EP was released in 2011. It is produced by Adam Topol (Culver City Dub Collective/Jack Johnson) and features members of Ozomatli, Culver City Dub Collective, and Dengue Fever. It's available online at CDBaby and on iTunes. He is currently working on a new album.