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Battle of the Bands

8 bands, 1 stage.

July
20

6:30
pm

On May 4 we hosted our first Battle of the Bands and it was a SMASHING SUCCESS–so naturally, we are putting on a second!

JUDGING:
There will be 4 factors in scoring:

  1. Audience reaction based on decibel reader at the end of each set.
  2. Number of fans that come to see you. (Tallied at the door)
  3. Drink pledges. (Audience can buy drinks and pledge $1 back to a band of their choice. Tallied at bars. Bands will be paid out earnings at the end of the competition.)
  4. Judging Panel

That keeps us out of it and lets the crowd crown a winner! Get your fans there for increased chances of winning.

The Righteous and the Wicked: Tribute to Red Hot Chili Peppers

Opening Act: Fused by Defiance

July
21

7:30
pm

We are Righteous & the Wicked, a fine tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Coming from different touring bands based in LA, R&W span the entire catalog.

AK-Andy Fisher
Flea-Bill Gower
Frusciante- Rick Migaud
Chad- Stevie Greenberg

Colin Hay - Lead Vocalist of Men at Work

Opening act: San Miguel

July
22

6:30
pm

FIERCE MERCY is an epic, cinematic step forward from singer-songwriter Colin Hay, most beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows but most widely known for being an influential and celebrated frontman. The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year spans the genre landscape from heavy metal, to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.

Recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville and mixed by Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White) and Gordon Hammond (Buddy Miller, Don Williams), FIERCE MERCY explores themes of love and loss, mortality, and even the odd UFO sighting, but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that define Hay’s work. He has created a new classic in his impressive repertoire (this is his 13th solo release), using a palette of pop songcraft, Americana flourishes, and soundtrack-ready strings. FIERCE MERCY is animated by its pensive, honest, and impassioned lyrics, and, Hay adds, by a sense of urgency felt deeply in the song “The Last to Know,” which introduces the album’s title concept of “fierce mercy.”

“When you’re in your 20s, you think you’ve got all the time in the world,” Hay said. “You get older, and you go through a quickening. Everything seems to get faster.”

Using his gift for expressing struggle in a way that resonates with a wide variety of people, he compares this to the messages mankind is getting on a global level: “With the changing weather patterns, or the polar ice caps melting, we’re getting all of these warnings, and a lot of them are incredibly fierce. But they still feel somewhat merciful — they’re not destroying us totally. We’re all being told, ‘Listen, you can still maybe address this, and it won’t get to the point where I have to take you all out. You’ve still got a shot.’” Ten of the album’s 13 stellar compositions were collaborations with Michael Georgiades, who contributed to Hay’s previous sets Next Year People (2015) Gathering Mercury (2011) and American Sunshine (2009). The pair co-wrote two of the album’s clear stand-outs, the pop vocal ballad “A Thousand Million Reasons” and the Americana leaning “Come Tumblin’ Down.” “Michael Georgiades is my secret weapon but I guess now with this album it’s not a secret anymore,” Hay jokes.

Some of the songs are deeply personal: “She Was the Love of Mine,” is an elegy for the singer’s mother, who died three years ago. Some are novelistic: “Frozen Fields of Snow” recounts the story of a war veteran returning to his childhood home after outliving the other members of his unhappy family. “Sometimes lyrical ideas will come into your head, so you follow them and see where they go,” Hay says.

Largely recorded in Topanga with Hay’s wife, Cecilia Noël and Hay’s regular accompanists — bassist Yosmel Montejo, drummer Charlie Paxson, keyboardists Fred Kron and Jeff Babko, and guitarist/tres player San Miguel Perez— FIERCE MERCY was completed in sessions at Compass Sound Studio in Nashville with Compass Records principal Garry West at the helm, who also contributed bass on a few cuts. Hay says, “Garry is always trying to get me to Nashville to do some recording, to get me out of the comfort zone of my own studio — get me out of my lair! So I went to Nashville and we recorded the strings with a nine-piece section, and he introduced me to some players that he loves, who added another fantastic layer to the album.”

The Nashville players include guitarists Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow, the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks) and Doug Lancio (John Hiatt), pedal steel guitarist and organist Jim Hoke (Iris Dement, Don Henley, Darius Rucker) and Compass co-founder Alison Brown (banjo).

Though many music fans will be glad to see the end of 2016, it was something of a breakout year for this career artist that included a three-week run at the Edinburgh Fringe; performances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and ABC’s Greatest Hits; sharing the stage with Of Monsters and Men, Milk Carton Kids, Choir Choir Choir!, Kings of Leon; being publicly cited as an influence by artists as distinct as James Hetfield of Metallica, Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, and The Infamous Stringdusters; as well as the completion of a documentary film about his career entitled Waiting for My Real Life, named for one of his best known solo recordings. Now finding himself in the unprecedented place of having both ’80s fame and indie credibility, it’s possible that Hay has delivered the defining album of his solo career.

J-Mann music

Free Show

July
28

7:00
pm

Jason is a full time musician in Southern California who has played numerous corporate, private, wedding and casino engagements-as well as having played in Nashville with his full band. Just recently, he opened for Al Stewart at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. He can play anything from ethereal background music, to uptempo crowd pleasing sing-alongs.

J-Mann Music can play any event as a solo, duo or trio act and plays between 150-200 engagements per year. Everything from corporate ribbon cuttings with the Mayor of San Diego to local parties to national anthem events.

Jason will take you through your entire planning process, streamlining your entertainment experience and making your important day one to remember!

Please feel free to look up J-Mann music on Facebook, search /jmannmusic, for a listing of his current public and private events.

SONGLIST-https://www.gigmasters.com/acoustic-guitar/j-mannmusic#/songlist

Jason is endorsed by Furch/Stonebridge Guitars, Tsunami Cables, SIT Strings and Steve Clayton, Inc.

CASH'D OUT: TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH

OPENING ACT: RALEIGH RYE

July
29

6:30
pm

“Some people are impressionists. These guys leave an impression.” Says Bill Miller, owner of JohnnyCash.com, about Cash’d Out (Douglas Benson vocals, George Bernardo drums, and Stephen Rey bass), a San Diego based band, that channels Johnny Cash in about as close a manner to the real thing as it gets. After eleven years, hundreds of thousands of miles on the road and many more fans, those fans continually tell the group how grateful they are that Cash’d Out carries the torch of the Johnny Cash Show.

Besides music critics anointing Cash’d Out the “next best thing to Johnny Cash” the highlights have been many: W.S. Holland, Cash’s longtime drummer, has sat in with Cash’d Out; front man, Douglas Benson, has played Johnny’s cherry sunburst Guild guitar (courtesy of Mr.Miller); “Cindy Cash came to a show and was moved to give me a glass locket that was her father’s,” explains Benson; and longtime Cash manager Lou Robin has also been to several Cash’d Out shows, and claimed that if he closed it eyes it was like “going back in time.”

The band’s live shows respectfully reference the late, great Man in Black’s Sun Records and early Columbia era sound, combined with the energy of the classic multi-platinum live recordings from Folsom Prison and San Quentin. The group’s genuine love (and authentic recreation) of Johnny Cash’s music and its universal appeal fans of all ages and of virtually all musical genres makes each Cash’d Out show a must-see event.

Or as Miller says, “Some people are impressionists. These guys leave an impression.”