Bands for Hire ~ Eclectic Pop

The Waymores

Eclectic Pop
http://www.waymores.net/press/.



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Don Henry’s songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Patti Page, Conway Twitty, Kathy Mattea and dozens of other great artists… but they shine brightest when sung by the artist who wrote them. Long appreciated as one of Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters, Don is revered by fans, critics and peers alike for being one of the most inspiring, entertaining and funny(!) artists you are ever likely to see and hear. Whether in her own hands or those of hit artists like Martina McBride or Lee Ann Womack, Sally Barris’ music makes an indelible impression. And while her writing credits mightily impress—her songs have been covered by Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban, John Michael Montgomery, Kathy Mattea and many others—fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and high mountain soprano. Tom Kimmel’s business card facetiously reads Overnight Success, but the truth is far from it. After graduating college he worked as a short order cook, bus boy, taxi driver, chef, shipping clerk, lab technician, janitor, waiter, bartender and window washer on his way to establishing himself as an award winning songwriter (Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Randy Travis and a host of others) and critically acclaimed performing artist (seven albums).

"Musicians of Monterey"

Eclectic Pop



Due to an unforeseen issue, Sons of Twang will not be able to perform New Year`s Eve. I just found out so I will be booking a replacement band equally as entertaining. If I can`t find anyone with this short notice, maybe we`ll just make it a New Year`s Eve Jam and everyone gets in free!

Dave Holodiloff Band

Eclectic Pop
http://www.daveholodiloff.com


I`M NOT KIDDING - THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CD`S I`VE EVER HEARD! ORIGINAL MUSIC AT ITS FINEST! Dave Holodiloff is bringing the big band together for an acoustic adventure at the Safari Club on May 21st from 7-9pm to celebrate the release of his new CD. Equal parts jam and jazz, string band and symphony, the music is sure to delight and excite. The line-up will feature the full septet, and will include Dave Holodiloff (mandolin/vocals), Peter Mellinger (fiddle), Stu Reynolds (sax/clarinet/penny whistle), Kenny Stahl (flute), Steve Uccello (bass), Derek Bodkin (guitar/banjo/percussion), and Nik Bortolussi (drums/clarinet). For fans of Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Reggae, Rock, or Funk the music will appeal with surprising twists and turns. The evening’s program will celebrate the release of Dave’s new CD, and feature his original music. There will be a CD raffle and a special sale on CDs to celebrate the album release. The Safari Club is a fantastic local lounge and a perfect spot to enjoy a great night of music. The night’s entertainment is hosted by the fabulous Kiki Wow. The lounge features a full bar, cozy atmosphere and dance floor, so come ready for fun. Half off your first drink with admission, door prizes, and discounted CDs the night of the party. CD Information: Dave Holodiloff’s new album combines timeless influences from diverse music traditions to produce an original acoustic sound that is unique and exciting. The album fuses elements of Funk, Bluegrass, Jazz, Celtic, Traditional, Latin, and Folk to create a sound that quickens the heart and stirs the soul. Complex rhythms are interwoven with exotic harmonies, haunting melodies, and daring improvisation to produce unexpected and delightful music. Lushly instrumented with mandolin, violin, guitar, string bass, piano, drums, percussion, saxophone, clarinet, and flute, the album features superb performances by Kenny Stahl, Stuart Reynolds, Steve Uccello, Peter Mellinger, Nik Bortolussi, Billy Jones, and of course, Dave Holodiloff. Order the CD and learn more at htttp://www.daveholodiloff.com/cd Additional CD Info: Dave’s music is a unique blend of symphonic and improvisatory, and to realize his vision he brought together a group of musicians of vast skills and talents. Their combined professional experience is more than one hundred and fifty years, even though Dave, Nik, and Peter are all under thirty. More than fifty years separate Kenny Stahl, the oldest, and Peter Mellinger. The album was funded in part through a grassroots fundraiser. Bio: Dave Holodiloff is a mandolin player, vocalist, composer, and band leader known for his inventive arrangements, expressive musicianship and ability to inspire partnerships with amazing musicians. Dave has made a name for himself both as a performer at festivals and concert venues and as an acoustic event entertainment specialist, bringing the party to weddings and events throughout Northern California and beyond. A devoted craftsman on the mandolin, his extensive repertoire spans Bluegrass, Jazz, Celtic, Brazilian, Latin, Gospel, Funk, Rock, Reggae, and Traditional music from around the world. This diverse mastery of styles comes together under Dave`s high energy precise playing for a sound that is rich, unexpected, and exceptionally fun. He has recorded and released eight albums that capture traditional acoustic music at its most dynamic. The diverse recordings include Bluegrass, Jazz, Celtic, World Favorites, Holiday Classics, and even a Grateful Dead Bluegrass Tribute. Please join Dave Holodiloff for an evening of exciting music and fun at the Safari Club inside the Bay Park Hotel on Thursday May 21st from 7-9:00pm.

Extraordinary Night of Bassists

Eclectic Pop
http://steveuccello.com


Steve Lawson is the UK`s top solo bassist: `Steve`s complex array of sound and rare, intimate touch are rapidy turning him into one of the most influential bassists in the world’ — Bass Guitar Magazine `Steve Lawson is a brilliant musician. I`ve known about him and listened to him for many years. He may not be one of the most famous bassists but he is definitely one of the most talented’. — Victor Wooten Steve Lawson - bass 2.0 Steve Lawson: the UK s leading solo bass guitarist, solobasssteve out of twitter, respected educator and music journalist. Listen, read the blog, find out about gig... View on www.stevelawson.net Preview by Yahoo He’s done a lot of gigs from opening solo for Level 42 on their Greatest Hits tour in 2002, to house concert tours across the US with singer/songwriter Lobelia, once doing 8000 miles in a rental car in 2 months. Recently he’s been collaborating with some amazing people – gigs with Divinity Roxx, Beardyman, Reeves Gabrels, Jason Cooper (The Cure), Andy Gangadeen, Jon Thorne (Lamb), Rob Turner (GoGo Penguin), Jem Godfrey (Frost*)…and recording/songwriting with Tanya Donelly, Briana Corrigan, Mark Kelly (Marillion), Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction) and more and has gigged all across the UK, US, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal… Festivals: London Jazz Festival Greenbelt Latitude Edinburgh Fringe Manchester Jazz Festival London Bass Guitar Show 13 solo albums in the last 13 years, and somewhere in the region of 17 other collaborations. Lots of them have had rave reviews in magazines, radio play and been used in short films. All of them can be bought on a single USB stick, if that’s of interest,.or you can subscribe via Bandcamp and get all the solo stuff and a load of exclusives. He’s also played on quite a few recordings by other people. From gospel singers to rappers, electronica artists to indie rock bands. Articles written & press includes – The Times, The Guardian, The Independent (He also wrote an obituary of John Entwistle for the Independent On Sunday, as well as in Bass Player, (the cover of) Bass Guitar Magazine, Jazzwise, Guitar Player, Bassist, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Strumenti Musicali. Steve`s music has been played on BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music and numerous regional BBC stations around the UK, as well as college and internet radio across the US and Europe… ********************* John Lester: http://www.johnlestermusic.com John Lester: Singer-Songwriter-Bassist-Guitarist John is an award winning songwriter who has, throughout his career, had one foot in the rock/acoustic music scene and the other in jazz. As a songwriter, John was awarded the “Song of the Year Award” from the West Coast Songwriter’s Association on two occasions (for The Ways of a Woman and Both a Blessing and a Curse). The title track from his 2007 release, So Many Reasons, was also the winner of the WCS International Songwriting Award for “Best Jazz Song” and he also won their “Best Humorous Song Award” for his tongue-in-cheek ditty, Beware La Merde, about a bit of advice to tourists in Paris. ********************* Opening the show will be local bassist and teacher of the bass, Steve Uccello, http://steveuccello.com/ Photo of Steve Uccello by George Wiltshire Steve Uccello is an upright/electric bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He has playing experience in many genres including jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, R & B, mariachi, and classical. In addition to being a musician for hire, Steve also produces his own compositions. As a bassist Steve has performed/toured and/or recorded with: Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter virtuoso Dayan Kai. Together in a long musical partnership Dayan and Steve have toured the U.S. and Canada. Kerrville and Telluride award-winning songwriter Keith Greeninger. Seattle-based Steel Pan/Masquerade ensemble Bakra Bata. Nationally acclaimed children’s artist Nancy Cassidy. Mandolin virtuosos Don Stiernberg and Rich Del Grosso. Gospel artist Nehemiah Brown And His Voices Of Joy Ensemble in a tour of Italy. Songwriter/activist David Grimes and jazz composer/multi-instrumentalist Kirk Danielson. Steve Uccello has appeared as a bassist at many festivals including The Oregon Country Fair, The High Sierra Festival, The Kerville Folk Festival, The Sandpoint Festival, The Millpond Festival, The Island Lake Festival, in British Columbia, The Bumbershoot Festival, and The Folk Life Festival in Seattle. He was also invited to sit in with the Joe Craven Trio at the American River Festival in Coloma, California. Another project is “Ash On Dust”, a collaboration with award winning bassist/sound designer/film-tv-game composer Jeff Schmidt. There’s also “sung”, a trans-atlantic collaborative duo with Australian percussionist/composer Nat Grant (she’s currently completing a PhD in music composition at the Victorian College of the Arts-University of Melbourne). Steve is a member of “Kontra”, a bass ensemble led by Stan Poplin including Dan Robbins, Bill Bosch, and Patrice Wallace. As a bassist Steve plays gigs around the Monterey & San Fransisco Bay areas. He has played gigs with The Roger Eddy Band, legendary guitarist, Bruce Forman’s group: Cowbop, as well as, Along Came Betty. Steve can also be regularly found playing musical theatre engagements at The Western Stage and The Pacific Repertory Theatre. He is also the steady bassist at Santa Cruz’s First Congregational Church in the Jazz/Gospel service. Steve is a private instructor for upright bass & electric bass. He’s taught through Hollister Music, Robert Louis Stevenson High School in Pacific Grove. He has taught a bass master class for the Pacific Grove High school orchestra. Steve is currently the Music Department Director at Palma, in Salinas, California. Contact - for more information email stevebassbird@yahoo.com

Simple Pleasures

Eclectic Pop



Ames and Mary Anne Anderson, long-time Pagrovians and eclectic acoustic duo, return the Monterey Bay ONE NIGHT ONLY. Expect the unexpected, as their repertoire has expanded from Americana to South of the border, to tropical Hawaiian zones.

Fergus

Eclectic Pop
http://www.fergusshipman.com


Who is Fergus? Imagine a mix of David Bowie with a little twist of Prince and just a touch of Regina Spector and that will get you close. On his journeys from England to the Americas and beyond, Fergus has cultivated an eclectic sound with multi instrumentation and styles that follow his musical exploration. To experience music with him at a live performance is to experience the full sound. Fergus is singer songwriter from Bedford England where he began his music career playing guitar in local pubs and clubs. After getting a taste for the musical life he decided to tour and play with different bands and artists around the UK. After taking on a degree in Music Technology Fergus decided to teach guitar abroad in Kings Canyon National Park. His adventures then bought him to Monterey where he is currently gigging and recording new material. Last year Fergus released his first full length album called Castillo De Invierno which was recored in the UK over the space of 3 years. The album was played on KVCR and toured along the coast of California. You can describe his music as a mix of indie/rock with influences from Regina Spector, Ben Folds and Weezer with the occasional melancholic twists of The Smiths and Shawn Mullins. He is currently working on a new EP which should be released independently in the Fall.

Lillie Lemon

Eclectic Pop
http://lwww.lillielemon.com


Lillie Lemon and Erica Wobbles are an indie electro pop duo based in Monterey, California. Their instrumentation utilizes primarily synthesizers, with live vocal looping and processing. Songs are fueled by building crescendos and a unique hybrid of acoustic and electric sounds. Lillie Lemon hails from the great Midwest, the land of long winters and short summers. Her songwriting is heavily influenced by the flux of the seasons, often substantial in lyrical content and dense in sound. She is personable and bright both on and off the stage, and gives listeners a sense of sharing in a unique and poignant musical experience. Producer and musician Erica Wobbles is nicknamed after the characteristic bass drop `wobble` in electronic and dubstep music. Erica is known for his electronic influences and wide variety of keys-related instrumentation. Partnering with Erica has led their music down a path both experimental and wildly gratifying.