Bands for Hire ~ Blues / Rock / R&B

Loveless Estate

Blues / Rock / R&B

photo by The Loveless Estate
Back From Their Northern Tour

Everyone loves this band. Acoustic, Alternative, Dynamic, Great Songs - these guys are powerful and you will definitely find yourself moving to the beat. I think they have a very promising future. Tell your young friends not to miss this one.

If it’s the sound of laden American Rock mixed with a skosh of the 90’s, topped off with a lemon twist of Indie to bring out the rich flavorful sound...Then you my friend have just poured yourself a tall glass of The Loveless Estate. The gentlemen of TLE are bringing a fresh innovative approach to todays disoriented music scene. The Loveless Estate is driven by the harmony rich lyric of lead vocalist Donny Strauss which is kept in line by the thunderous beats of Manny Soto III. These beats only tamed by the roaring thumps of Trey Hanawalt’s bass which guides the tremendous lead riffs of Josh Partain.

Beginning ambitiously on the central coast of California and rapidly pushing outwards since, The Loveless Estate has been working on building a prominent fanbase starting from the roots of the community. In the summer of 2009 The Loveless Estate ventured on a 3 month tour aptly titled Avenue of Giants Tour 09’ to promote their first full length release Electric Candlelight. The Avenue of Giants Tour spanned throughout Washington, Oregon and California rendering numerous followers along the way. Each new place visited was left with an abundance of their new record Electric Candlelight which spread from hand to hand throughout their new friends, fans and promoters.

"The Loveless Estate’s last record, Electric Candlelight, was filled with the kind of jangly, hooky, charming acoustic folk pop that’s come to epitomize a certain segment of the alt-rock world." Wrote Starkey of New Times SLO (2010). Writing, performing and recording all the tracks on the debut album Electric Candlelight, the new focus has been set on their sophmore release of 2011.

Lily Wilson

Blues / Rock / R&B

Touring from L.A. seductive songstress and background singer for Melissa Etheridge. BIO - LILY WILSON Lily Wilson’s music has a way of drawing the listener in and reminding us of the simple beauty of life. Her voice has been described as being “soothing in some other worldly way.” On her newest release, “Harbour,” she says, “With all the craziness in the world right now, I am reminded of the things I have to be thankful for. This group of songs feels like a twinkling harbour filled with welcoming front porches and real friends.” Lily grew up on her family’s farm in Napa, California with lots of outside time and open space to roam and create. Bands like Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills and Nash provided the backdrop for her childhood, and influenced her deeply. Her career in music started when she moved to Spain in college. She was drawn to the Flamenco songs coming from gypsy caves above the city. She started writing songs, and soon was performing on street corners, teashops, and clubs all over Andalusia. Growing up in such a remote place gave her a hunger to collaborate and perform for larger audiences. Now based in Los Angeles, she has released five CDs independently, and is currently writing and recording with producer/ bassist, Mark Browne (Melissa Etheridge, Simple Minds). She recently won the L.A. Music Awards “Best Female Vocal Performance” in the AC category, and she has been lending her voice to other artists’ projects as well. She has performed and recorded with Melissa Etheridge, Beth Thornley, Kiki Ebsen, Philip Sayce, Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, and John Batdorf.

Grumbling Ginger

Blues / Rock / R&B

Grumbling Ginger are: * Jana Heller - Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer, Bodhran * * Andrew Gilhooley - Percussion, Mandolin * Grumbling Ginger have been playing original, acoustic folk-rock in California since 2000. The band has its history in the folk clubs of the United Kingdom, and a Grumbling Ginger show recreates the atmosphere of a British folk club, with songs, storytelling and humour. The members of Grumbling Ginger have performed all over California and also in Europe, and have written music for film and TV commercials. A CD of holiday-themed instrumentals, "Grumbling for the Holidays", was released in 2009, and Grumbling Ginger are currently working on a new CD of original compositions for release in late 2013. Grumbling Ginger primarily performs as a duo, but are occasionally joined by other musicians including Shannon Miller on vocals and Tom Lawson on keyboards.

Amy Obenski

Blues / Rock / R&B

photo by Beautiful Songwriter, Amy Obenski

Amy Obenski’s soothing yet powerful vocals lay at the forefront of her music treating each word with care and attention. The music glides seamlessly between Folk, Jazz and Rock, with her vocals shape-shifting to fit the mood. With what have been described as “gripping” lyrics and “haunting” vocals, Amy’s songs are conveyed to the audience on an extraordinarily intimate level.

In 2007 her song, “Carousel”, was heard on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy, taking the song to number twenty-three on the iTunes Folk Chart. Before that, her second album had been receiving play on MTV’s program, MADE, which is still using her music today. Both successes have come to her by surprise. The first album, What We Tell, was discovered by an MTV executive who randomly heard her music on someone’s iPod. A few years later, and on a whim, an editor placed the song from her second album onto Grey’s Anatomy.

Based out of Santa Cruz, California, Obenski tours mostly through the West Coast of the United States and plays steadily in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s performed in notable venues such as Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, Don Quixote’s in Santa Cruz, and has opened for the John Butler Trio in Los Angeles.

Her musical history stretches back to age five, when she began singing in her school choir. She spent her childhood in arts related public schools and started private piano lessons at age seven. While attending UC Santa Cruz she minored in music while acquiring a degree in Environmental Studies. She has used both of these skills by creating a series of benefit concerts called Take Back Your Forest. Two successful concerts have happened so far: The first being in Santa Cruz, California, in 2007 and the second being in San Jose, California, in 2010. Collectively they have raised six thousand dollars for the Sempervirens Fund, an organization that purchases and protects redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Wicked Saints

Blues / Rock / R&B

Up here from L.A.! Wicked Saints is an acoustic folk-rock/americana band with a cool range of songs that lets all the influences in. From a swampy Louisiana groove to reggae styled pop/blues, a driving beat, or sweet and heartfelt.

Singer/songwriter Paul McCarty sings lead, and plays guitar and harmonica. He was raised in a musical family in the musical city of New Orleans, and was a music composition major in college with a background in indie film scoring. Although folk-influenced, his songs seek stranger directions melodically, harmonically and lyrically, sometimes drawing upon his childhood influences like Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and Led Zeppelin, and sometimes resorting to some college-knowledge.

Bobby Thomas was originally a loaner from the band, The Heatseekers and plays piano and accordion. Bobby and Paul played a Genghis Cohen show together and Paul decided he must become a Wicked Saint. Wicked Saints’ legal team, scoured the loan contract and found a loophole which allowed them to keep Bobby forever, at no additional cost. It was worth it.

Bobby loves to lay low, but he’s not hiding. He’s lurking in the shadows of his fedora hat, waiting for the perfect moment to ambush you with an accordion swell.

Drummer John Gannon has an impressive dynamic presence. He gives the band a real range of character, from a cool groove with a light touch, a train-beat, or a strong Bonhamesque beat. But hand him a guitar and he’ll tell you a story of his own. Honed from years of campfire singing, John brings a great energy to the microphone and holds your attention. John’s narratives might leave you laughing or bring a tear to a glass eye.

We’ve recorded our debut album at Milestone Recording in Los Angeles, produced by Annie Miles and at Wilmac Studio in Altadena, produced by Paul McCarty and David Williams.

Cowboy Starr

Blues / Rock / R&B

3 acts in one "mischievous night" - James Woolwine, Cowboy Starr and Vincent Vandazzo to get your costume malfunctions out of the way - gonna be a fun night of great music and young energy.

Kyle Kovalik

Blues / Rock / R&B

Kyle Kovalik spent many a year chasing songs and rivers around the country and abroad, with residencies or extended travel in most of the western states, among other beautiful places. Recently he settled back on the Monterey Peninsula, the place of his origin. He writes songs of love and loss, heartbreak and hope. A graduate of the Musician’s Institute of Los Angeles, and long time guitarist for the Jackson Sundown Band (Seattle) and indie artist Megan Burtt (Denver), his guitar skills add special flavor to his compositions, beyond the typical strumming troubadour. When he’s not playing and singing he can usually be found frolicking on a challenging whitewater river somewhere, guiding friends and clients down many of the west’s most famous waterways.

Valley Solo

Blues / Rock / R&B

Valley Soul is an alternative indie rock band with folk, funk & blues influences from Carmel, California. Valley Solo is four of the members taking turns playing their originals. They’re recognized for their soulful instrumentals, organic harmonies and intrepid lead guitar. Utilizing four songwriters, they have already compiled an extensive original catalogue since their formation in 2012.

Belinda Underwood

Blues / Rock / R&B

Portland-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Belinda Underwood sings original tales about life on Earth, while playing the baritone ukulele and keyboard bass pedals with her feet.

Belinda got her early musical training in Classical violin and Jazz upright bass, then spent her adult years continuing musical studies around he world, picking up other instruments along the way. She artfully blends the musical elements of her training along with folk and world music influences to create a sound uniquely her own. A believer in music without the borders created by genres, Belinda writes equally passionately about love and human evolution as she does trees and animals, using a clever wit to reveal the interconnectedness of all things.

“…the emotional thrust of her vocals and the lyrical imagery of her original songs are the product of a seasoned creative mind.”

- Don Heckman, L.A. Times

"… softly lyrical and intimate, sophisticated yet unassuming, contemplative but never ponderous…a very promising introduction to a young talent.”

- Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

Jeff Berkley

Blues / Rock / R&B

Jeff Berkley has been called a San Diego legend whose musical contributions include not only his work in Berkley Hart and Citizen Band, but the many musicians he has produced in his own studio, Berkley Sound. An accomplished songwriter - he won the Kerrville New Folk Songwriter award in 1999 - Berkley puts you at ease with his good humor then engages you with his heartfelt songs and amazing guitar work. Jeff Berkley is a native San Diegan who has made music his life.

Julian Temple

Blues / Rock / R&B

A true troubadour, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Julian Temple has been belting out his bipolar songs for the past decade all over the world, abusing his husky voice and venerated acoustic guitar along the way. Weaving together tall tales and social commentary with a bluesy-funky-jazzy-country-love for sound, Temple returns to the Monterey Peninsula this April playing a plethora of gigs around Carmel and Monterey. A finalist in this year`s International Songwriting Competition and performing material from the five albums under his belt, including the New Zealand top ten “Upsidedownbackwards”, Temple is set to rock the peninsula with the help of his trusty guitar, gravel and grit vocal cords and new toy; the kick drum! Check out for details.

Everett Coast

Blues / Rock / R&B

On tour and passing through - what a great sound! Check it out - I love it when people turn me on to great music. Enjoy their video below.

Ashleigh Flynn & The Porch Climbers

Blues / Rock / R&B

Ashleigh Flynn & her Portland Porch Climbers West Coast Summer Tour Americana songstress and her band of merry music makers to blaze a trail to Monterey. Fresh off an eastern tour including a stop @ Delfest in Cumberland MD and a run through the Midwest with outlaw Billy Joe Shaver, come mid-August, Ashleigh Flynn & her band, the Portland Porch Climbers, will blaze a trail from their home to the San Francisco Bay peddling their brand of merry Americana along the way! One might want to venture out to hear them based on this review from her performance at the 2014 High Sierra Music Festival by JamBase: Everyone smitten with Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch should run, not walk, and immediately spin A Million Stars, the latest album from this Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter. Taken into the open air at High Sierra in a lovely day-starting Grandstand set, Flynn’s newest songs stomped their boots, plucked heart strings and generally charmed the britches off folks. Flynn is funny and slyly sincere, a storyteller able to snag details from the immediate moment, the night before, and whatever else floats into view to forge stage banter filled with off-handed wisdom and earthy understanding – fitting given how her tunes bulge with both traits. Tour stops include: Thursday, August 13: Krugers Farm Tunes Series, Portland OR Friday, August 14: Sam Bonds Garage, Eugene OR Saturday, August 15: West Coast Country Music Festival, Ashland OR Tuesday, August 18: Tuesday Concerts in the Plaza, Healdsburg, CA Thursday, August 20: Kiki Wow Presents @ the Safari Club, Monterey, CA Friday, August 21: Shelby Ash Presents: Bluegrass Bonanza @ Plough and Stars, San Francisco, CA More shows here: Ashleigh Flynn grew up in Kentucky and cut her musical teeth on Bluegrass and Motown at festivals along the Ohio River. A prolific songwriter, Flynn is also an electrifying performer blessed with unbridled charisma that garnered national attention with the release of her record, American Dream (2008). A Million Stars, Ashleigh Flynn’s most recent studio effort on her own Home Perm Records, was released in 2013. The record was produced by Chris Funk, her longtime friend and musical collaborator, best-known as the Decemberists’ multi-instrumentalist. The record features Todd Snider and many of Portland’s most talented musicians The album’s twelve tracks represent true blue Americana, a combination of folk, blues, country and rock. The title cut, “A Million Stars”, chronicles the story of Cattle Annie and Little Britches, two cowgirls who rode the outlaw trails in the late 1800s, disguised as men, to gain entrée onto the frontier, a place not seen fit for a woman. Flynn has performed at many music festivals including Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, High Sierra, Gamble Rogers, Sisters Folk, Vancouver Folk, 30A Songwriters Festival, and more. She has also traveled the globe, peddling her wares, warming tours for Todd Snider, The Wood Brothers, Nanci Griffith, and Black Prairie; as well performing on many national & internationally syndicated radio programs that celebrate Americana music, including Mountain Stage, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, MEDIA Videos: Stream-able music: REVIEWS No Depression Review of Vancouver Folk Music Fest Highlights Flynn & Co! Sometimes all you need is a lot of talent, a single microphone and a few home-made instruments. Well done, Ashleigh Flynn... Too Much Country Live Review: East X Americana - Ashleigh Flynn is SMASHING One performer with whom I wasn`t familiar, however, really caught my ear: Ashleigh Flynn. She was jokingly introduced by the emcee as "Todd Snider`s other friend." One of her songs that really got listeners` attention at East-Centric Pavilion was Dirty Hands and Dirty Feet. In addition to having a tremendous voice and compelling lyrics…you simply gotta love a group of songs that include words such as guile, polecat, hooch, hounds, and dirty feet. The Bluegrass Situation, Random Pickings with Lee Zimmerman Album Review: Ashleigh Flynn – ‘A Million Stars’ Ashleigh Flynn projects a similar feeling of affinity for all things traditional with A Million Stars (Home Perm Records), an impressive showcase for Flynn’s homespun vocals and ever-shifting melodic palate. While songs like “Rainy Days” and “A Little Low” seem to emphasize the mellower side of Flynn’s whimsical musings, other tracks reflect an artist who imbues her style with a wink and a nudge. “How the West Was Won,” “New Angel in Heaven” and “See That Light” would likely find ready acceptance in the neighborhood honkytonk, but the track that’s especially noteworthy is “Dirty Hands and Dirty Feet,” a steadfast ramble that shows both conviction and creativity. A Million Stars puts the focus on a star that’s on the ascent. More reviews here: -- Ashleigh Flynn

Kristin Gradwohl

Blues / Rock / R&B

Elijah and Javier

Blues / Rock / R&B

What started off as a regular frendship at the age of 8, soon progressed into a life any musician would kill to get. By the age of 12 we found ourselves writing music, but since then, our music has only evolved into something beautiful that our audience can connect with. OUR INFLUENCES ​Growing up under a roof that only listened to rock and roll and heavy metal, we were heavily influenced at a young age by bands like ACDC, Guns N` Roses and John Mayer. To this day, we still feel the nostalgia of those bands but now our taste`s have changed to Avenged Sevenfold, Owen Campbell, Incubus, and Ed Sheeran. OUR DREAMS As kids we would joke around about being rock stars and touring around the world. Now, our reality is just to play music not for the fame but rather for an emotional connection with our fans.

John Vicino

Blues / Rock / R&B

Bio: At age 16, John Vicino started his current musical journey in the busy streets of San Francisco. It was from this raw form of performance; John began to delve more deeply into musicianship and the understanding of audience. He has come a long way from the days of filling coffee cans with coins and currently has residencies at Cavallo Point Lodge, Andaz Napa, Marriott San Ramon and many other locations throughout the Bay Area. Powell, his first album (in reverence to where it all started), is currently in the recording process. You can find more information about upcoming shows, events and musical releases through his website, or by following him on social media. Website: Facebook: Instagram: @johnvicinomusic Twitter: @johnvicinomusic

Zack Freitas

Blues / Rock / R&B

When I tell people I play music, they naturally ask me, "What kind of music do you play?". The easiest way to explain that is to describe what they already know. Include a genre and a few bands I like, and that`s how I sound. At face value in a conversation that works just fine and then we can change the subject. But what people may not understand is I just simply write brutally honest music from my heart. As a songwriter, there`s particular things I`ll draw from, mainly experiences I have. I tend to work with themes such as depression, social commentary, angst, existentialism, & dependence (whether it be a substance, or love from another person). We all experience these themes of vulnerability to a degree at some point in our lives. The best I can do is create something the listener will identify with. Songwriting is a form of therapy. I honestly believe that music has saved my life more than once, and will continue to due so until the music industry tears me apart, but that`s okay. If someone asked me why I make music, I would tell them the story about my cousin Johnny... When I was 19, Johnny died in an automobile accident. He was the same age as me, and a musician too. It made me think, "That could have been me." So from that point on I decided to dedicate myself entirely to the craft of writing songs. Because at any given moment, everything and everyone you love could suddenly vanish into oblivion like it did for Johnny. The best thing I can do with my life is to leave behind a legacy of captivating music for people that are battling with themselves, because all it takes is one song to give life meaning to someone who once thought it means absolutely nothing.

School of Rock

Blues / Rock / R&B

Our outstanding music students: Aiden Carr - Vocals, Electric Guitar Owen Carr - Drums Hayden Will - Vocals, Bass Eliza Paddock - Vocals, Guitar Adrienne Wood - Vocals, Guitar Seth Madden - Keyboards

Luis Lerma

Blues / Rock / R&B

Kristen Gradwohl & Thomas Howbert

Blues / Rock / R&B

Local musicians Thomas Howbert and Kristen Gradwohl (members of Valley Soul) join forces to play a blend of indie originals and jazzy classics!

Trevor Lucier

Blues / Rock / R&B

Trevor Lucier: Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist Trevor Lucier has spent the better part of the last five years honing his musical abilities to serve one purpose: entertaining people. A Monterey-Native, and Band Leader of the up and coming Musical Collective "The Proudest Monkeys", his style ranges from Singer-Songwriter Folk tunes to hard-driving and danceable Rock-n-Roll. When performing solo, Trevor takes full advantage of his wide-ranging skill set, utilizing a loop-pedal in order to overlay Guitar, Bass, Percussion and Vocals. This young musician constantly pushes to put everything he has into inspiring his audience to follow their bliss, and leaves everything on the stage when he performs.

Joe Scardina

Blues / Rock / R&B

Joe Scardina: Joe Scardina is a Carmel Valley based Singer-Songwriter, focused on fluid vocal melody and contemplative chord progressions. He has been seen previously performing with popular Monterey County act Valey Soul, and recently stepped out of his comfort zone to prepare a solo performance consisting of heart-felt original songs. With a style ranging from soulful blues to alternative rock, he seeks to create a sound that provides an audience with warmth and thoughtfulness. This all original artist is excited to show you what he`s got in store and is sure to bring you something you have not yet heard.


Blues / Rock / R&B

Morticai is a multi-instrumental loop artist from the Monterey Bay dedicated to immersing his audience in a space of healing and self-reflection. Through the use of his bass guitar, different percussive tools, found-sound, and the imaginative manipulation of said sound Morticai is able to conjure a sea of sonic blankets for his listeners to lie in. Morticai creates with the intent to inspire creativity within his listener and often incorporates participation into his performances as to bring a sense of community into the room. Morticai challenges his listener with patience as he builds dreamy soundscapes live, blurring the lines between music and emotion, invoking deep contemplation within a sonic space that seems all too familiar. Though you may feel lost at times, Morticai asks that you trust he has a plan and a path to guide you home with the power of music and creativity.

Jim Fucillo

Blues / Rock / R&B

Jim Fucillo plays a variety of styles with an array of instruments. Whether its a searing rock/blues guitar solo, a contemporary acoustic ballad, or a soulful classic, he has heartfelt sincerity to bring audiences of all types into each performance. Drawing from over 40 years of recording, writing, arranging and performing all musical styles, Jim rolls this experience into his dynamic solo act which begins with both acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica and vocals also incorporating today`s technology with looping layers.

Reija & Bart aka Cidre

Blues / Rock / R&B

Talk about an incredible voice coming out of a young beautiful lady - that`s Reija, backed by the most excellent Bart Keagy on guitar. They are doing a show at Planet Gemini and asked Greg and I to play with them. Who could turn down that invitation? Not us. I`m super excited to be playing bass for them. I miss my bass playing days and now that my sliced artery has healed sufficiently I can hold those bass strings down again. Greg is a very lyrical and stylistic drummer - looking forward to yet a new adventure with Reija and Bart.