We thank Kevin Hellman, of SDS Events, for producing our terrific musical lineup year after year!
Andrew Barrack – This Acoustic, Pop, Rock and Jazz multi-instrumentalist comes from the City of San Diego. Over the past few years the multi-instrumentalist played shows back and fourth from LA and SD while achieving his degree in Music Industry from USC’s Thornton School of Music. With influences on his currently released EP ‘High Off of Love’ such as Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and Jack Johnson this feel good music will be the perfect fit for any day.
The Bayou Brothers – If there is a feature of Zydeco music that sets this hybrid of blues apart, it may be the relentlessly upbeat, lets party vibe that permeates so much of it. Where as traditional blues may be about a lowdown woman doing a man wrong, a Zydeco song will more likely be about how she makes a good gumbo and is fun at barbecues. The BAYOU BROTHERS have established themselves locally and beyond as a fixture of the form since the late 90’s, snagged awards (2013 SDMA Best Blues Artists among them), been regulars at all the hottest festivals and have recorded – including their newest CD “High Roller Zydeco” The lineup includes Jack Stephens (guitar/vocals),Danny”Basscat” Perez (bass and vocals) John Chambers (accordion, keys, vocals), Ric Lee (drums, percussion)and “Sista Judy” Seid (rubboard)
Finnegan Blue – Finnegan Blue is a San Diego based band rooted in traditional folk, but play by their own rules. This band blends together rock, bluegrass, Irish, gospel, reggae, and NOLA second line with a punk rock inspired edge to give their music a truly unique sound! Their high-energy original songs are written, sung, and performed by sibling duo and multi-instrumentalists Anna Lee and Willie Fleming, who switch back and forth between acoustic guitar, mandolin, and trombones. They are followed by bandmates Bill Fleming on Electric Guitar, Ronnie Valles on Drums and Percussion, Oskar Beckmann on the Bass, and Malcolm Jones on the Saxophone. Finnegan Blue has toured to New York City, Mexico, Arizona, and Las Vegas. Check them out live, give their album a listen, and follow them on Social Media for updates and more!.
Sam Bybee – With over 20 years experience playing music and endorsements from Taylor Guitars, Gigtown and my mother, I have been lucky enough to make it my full time job. I’ve written and recorded over 5 albums, as a solo artist and as a part of 22 Kings, one of which was produced by Alex Wong, producer of Delta Rae’s “Carry the Fire.” I have even seen this amazing country multiple times, and as I got back from my 5th national tour which included stops at Oysterfest, SXSW and NAMM, among many others I realized just how lucky I was to be able to share that with all of you.
Cardinal Moon– Dawn Mitschele’s compelling voice grows into more expansive territory with her new project Cardinal Moon. The gifted singer/songwriter has joined forces with lyricist Alfred Howard and the accomplished musicians of The Redwoods Music label to amplify the intimacy of her solo work with picturesque tunes that range from bouncy blue eyed pop songs to immersive Southwestern ballads.
Howard sent Mitschele lyrics from the window seat of a Greyhound bus moving through the western US, challenging her to bring the words to life with her inflective vocal style. The collaboration inspired both artists to create tactile compositions imbued with a sense of time and place, invoking scenes of Americana wrought with emotion and reflection.
Dawn Mitschele has released five solo albums, and her playfully seductive vocal performances have made her an in-demand featured vocalist among So Cal recording artists including Bushwalla, Lee Coulter and 9 Theory. Alfred Howard has lent his songwriting prowess to a number of projects, including several bands in collaboration with the collective of instrumentalists recording with The Redwoods Music label, which he co-founded with Matthew Molarius and Josh Rice in 2015.
Lee Coulter – Lee Coulter’s soulful acoustic performances and powerful songwriting have landed him opening for Tom Jones, Chuck Berry and Martin Sexton, on stage with Jason Mraz, and had Sirius XM’s Coffee House channel dub him “the discovery of the year.”
Originally from Brisbane, Australia and now based in San Diego, California, he uses the combined power of lyrics and music to promote the idea that human connection is what separates us from the rest of the matter in the universe. As it is summed up in one of his songs, “Stardust and forces of attraction, that’s all we are.” He is a classic songwriter in the modern age.
Evan Diamond– Nicknamed by some as “The Diamond Girl”, Evan Diamond is truly unstoppable. After leaving her hometown of Calgary, Canada and moving to Southern California in pursuit of her dream to be a musician, she has proved that that was indeed the right choice. With an album release planned for this fall, she is sure to leave her mark. Armed with her acoustic guitar and loop pedal, she’s breathing some much needed new life into the music industry and hoping to inspire others with her music along the way.
Allegra Duchaine – Allegra Duchaine is a boldly spirited San Diego-born singer, songwriter, collective energizer, soul-igniter, believer and all around life lover. Lyrically inspired by greats like Paul Simon and James Taylor, Allegra started making original music at age 16 with her first band Next Exit. She then took off to Orange County for the college experience, and throughout those next four years, she honed, tightened and tuned her muscial/lyrical skill. In 2003, she jumped – heart first – into the LA scene. Soon after that she followed that same heart to NYC and, after 2 years with the city at her feet, returned to the west coast.
From her first album Singer in 1999 to her latest 2015 release Little Victories, Allegra never ceases to astonish with her vocal and lyrical skills. Time has taken her from a young, untarnished teen into a beautifully seasoned, soulful treasure. Allegra is willing and able to draw from her personal experiences and turn them into music that speaks to our collective core. She writes to inspire the soul and to ignite a sense of undeniable passion she is certain exists, deep down, in everyone. She writes about the deeper truths behind and beyond the everyday that anyone who has felt the pain of loss, or the joy of knowing and being known can appreciate. She believes there is power in happiness and heartbreak, as well as in feeling the rhythm and dancing in the kitchen. And when you listen you will without a doubt fall in love.
Michael J. Dwyer– For more than 4 decades Michael has been playing guitar and singing the music that inspired him from the start. At an early age his influences varied from Bob Dylan to Bob Marley and everything in between. As a singer-songwriter his style gravitates toward Americana-Roots acoustic. Michael’s lyrics are thoughtful, engaging and whimsical with a bit of sarcasm thrown into the mix for good measure.
The late 1970’s and early 1980’s found Michael touring nationally and internationally in the Christian rock n roll band Heirborn. Throughout the latter part of the 1980’s Michael would align himself in various musical incarnations such as the Lehnen-Dwyer Band and The Paradise Highway Band.
As a solo artist Michael is known to have an easy, open, playful manner with his audience often times coaxing the crowd to join in to singing along with the more familiar tunes in his repertoire. Michael mixes it up with a generous portion of cover tunes by artists such as the Eagles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and many more artists that had an influence on our culture and our lives. As a recording artist and record producer, Michael has a number of projects under his belt with national and international distribution. Michael has moved to the San Diego area and is enjoying the benefits of living “in the city.” Michael’s music works well in the urban café, martini lounge, pub, wine room and supper club environment. His style is intimate and engaging.
Enter the Blue Sky– 2019 San Diego Music Award nominees, Enter the Blue Sky, are dedicated instrumentalists supporting passionate storytelling at its best. Playful and lighthearted at times, their sound mixes poetic, original, and unique melodies to create a space for reminiscing, musing, and taking the journey with them. Their songs are lyrical and vocally-driven, with warm tones and textures in a harmonious blend. After winning 2017 Best Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year with the West Coast Country Music Association, Sandé Lollis won 2018 Best Female Vocalist of the Year nationally with Tennessee’s North America Country Music Association International. Sandé writes all songs for the band; her lyrics are thoughtful and melodies hard to forget. As rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist, Sandé is a powerhouse of energy and melodic bliss. Not a back burner type, Karen Childress-Evans on viola, jumps in with both feet and keeps smiling. A refreshing and innovative team player, she brings achingly beautiful tones and a classic sensibility to the project. Paul Tillery on upright bass, is the consummate yes man, both in attitude and style, always at the ready with tasty solos and silky bow work, leaving the listener in a haunted state of elation.
Nina Francis – 2017 San Diego Music Awards “Best Singer-Songwriter” nominee Nina Francis is a versatile singer and an accomplished guitarist. Laced with undertones of pop, folk, and jazz, Nina’s music blends timeless songwriting with modern sensibilities to create a sophisticated sound all her own. She is indeed “an artist to watch” (Bart Mendoza, Beach & Bay Press).
In May 2014, the “promising young singer-songwriter” (George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune) received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California’s groundbreaking “Pop Program” (as featured in Rolling Stone), the first of its kind at the conservatory level. At Thornton School of Music, Nina worked with Lamont Dozier (writer of multiple Motown hits by artists such as the Supremes and Marvin Gaye), Randy Newman, Glen Ballard (multiple Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer, notable credits including Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson), Patrice Rushen, Glenn Frey (for whom she sang background vocals), and Melissa Manchester.
Upon graduating, Nina moved to her hometown San Diego to build her career her way: at the grassroots level. She immediately began to “gig like a maniac” (Paul Hormick, San Diego Troubadour). In a little under three years, Nina has played 300+ shows including premier local venues Belly Up and Music Box. San Diego has quickly acknowledged Nina for her immense talent, passion, and unwavering work ethic. In May 2016, she landed a yearlong well attended monthly residency at San Diego’s most storied singer-songwriter venue Java Joe’s where artists like Jason Mraz and Jewel first got their big breaks. Local radio stations 91X and 94.9 have spun her music. In April 2016, she was the cover girl for San Diego Troubadour magazine. She has opened for national acts such as Sammy Hagar, Tiffany, and Eagles of Death Metal for the 2017 Del Mar Racetrack Summer Concert Series. Nina is well on her way as an up-and-coming artist.Nina’s debut full-length album Between Dreams is now available worldwide.
Marissa Grace Band – Having recently been honored by the County of San Diego with a proclamation in recognition for her music and giving back to the community, Marissa Grace has been reviewed as ‘the one to take notice of now’. She and her band are a hot pop/rock genre group in the San Diego scene. Marissa Grace has been featured on Star 94.1, KYXY radio’s Jeff & Jer Show, FOX 5, KUSI-TV’s Good Morning San Diego, KGB 101.5 radio, LUCID magazine, and the San Diego READER’s published interview with Marissa, highlighted her ‘professional pace and work ethic’. She and her band have performed at many venues like America’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, House of Blues, Petco Park, San Diego Waterfront, Little Italy, Lafayette Hotel, San Diego County Fair, America On Main Street, Balboa Park, Belmont Park, ArtWalk SD, and more. This past year, Marissa became a featured SPOTIFY artist with her all original EP titled, WILL, currently available on Itunes and everywhere. Marissa is is known for her ‘Radio Ready’ vocals and accompanies herself with a signature Riptide Ukelele, a Taylor acoustic, and her fave Fender electric. She and her talented young band bring life to any stage, and entertain with their own twist of pop/rock covers (old and new) as well as original music. To learn more, visit www.marissagracemusic.com or www.soundcloud.com/marissa-grace-music
Tom Griesgraber – Developed by musician Emmett Chapman in the early 70s, The Chapman Stick used by Griesgraber combines six guitar strings tuned in fourths with six bass strings tuned in fifths. Notes are “tapped” rather than strummed allowing the player to create separate parts in each hand with a variety of guitar and bass-like sounds. Taking things even further, Tom adds a third synthesizer output on the guitar side and incorporates live looping and synth pedals into his performances.
Today Griesgraber is one of the world’s most respected and active performers on The Stick. He has toured as an opening act and guest for more than eighty US shows with the California Guitar Trio, toured the US and Europe with drummer Jerry Marotta as the duo Marotta/Griesgraber and opened numerous shows for artists like The Tony Levin Band, The League of Crafty Guitarists, The Dixie Dregs, Steve Hackett, Adrian Belew, Al Dimeola, Stanley Jordan, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather, Muriel Anderson, Tower of Power, Asia, Michael Manring, Tim Reynolds, Jazz Mandolin Project and The Bad Plus. At the request of Recording Academy (Grammy’s) president Neil Portnow, he has also performed for the Academy’s Board of Trustees as well as the Academy’s Holiday Party and the 2004 Grammy Awards Show Post Party. In addition to his solo performances, Tom also performs regularly with his group Agent 22 and as a duo with Bert Lams of the California Guitar Trio.
Marie Haddad – Marie Haddad is a piano-based singer-songwriter from San Diego. It’s been written that she has a voice that “can hold your attention whatever she is singing” (North County Times), and a songwriting and piano style described as “somewhere between Kate Bush and Leonard Cohen” (San Diego Downtown News). Atwood Magazine described her as “a shape-shifter, constantly moving and changing, trying new styles and creating new worlds through music” and DoSD proclaimed that “Haddad is a force to be reckoned with!”. She’s been honored with nominations in years past for Best Singer-Songwriter at the San Diego Music Awards, and her latest full-length release, Stories from Atlantis, took home the award for Best Pop Album at the 2018 SDMAs. Haddad’s music has appeared on several national television shows and made-for-TV movies. Marie is happy to be returning to play at ArtWalk with her band again this year and is looking forward to seeing you!
Shane Hall – The sounds are a soulful accounting of love, loss, affliction, joy, rage, peace, loneliness, fear trials, enlightenment, and darkness, coming to life from a blues-driven Americana style.
Travel, experience and growth has shaped this sound and the undeniable feel that resonates clear and present, meeting everyone somewhere personal on their own way
The Heavy Guilt – The Heavy Guilt is the embodiment of rock n roll. Six musicians from varying backgrounds coming together to resolve their influences beneath the red lights of the stage. Erik Canzona, the gravel voiced singer, belts with heart, passion and abandon. His voice is timeless and nuanced and yet through some miracle of timing, this is his first band. Drummer Jenny Merullo, a recent arrival to San Diego via Boston, was a craigslist find who could not have been a better fit, she plays hard and dynamic and melts your heart with endearing harmonies. Sean Martin and Jason Littlefield had been playing jazz together for years, shedding and getting their chops sharpened, they bring the infinite palette of virtuosity to paint with. Josh Rice adds vintage keyboard tones from soul’s greatest years, bringing flurries of Fender Rhodes and Hammond swells to the mix. Alfred Howard provides lyrics and a volcanic pocket of contagious energy on stage. He plays found objects like chains, bottle caps, bells, a circuit bent radio, sheet metal and sand paper, he may be riffling through your dumpster or haggling at your yard sale right now.
Robin Henkel – Blues guitarist and two-time winner of “Best Blues CD” at the San Diego Music Awards, Robin Henkel performs slide guitar and country blues with an intensity rarely seen in Southern California. Drawing from the music and the styles of Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell and Elmore James, Robin has molded his own intense and entertaining personal style. Don’t miss this for anything!
Jessica Lerner – Jessica Lerner is a vocalist and musician from Southern California. Composing on piano and guitar, her original songs draw from a lifelong passion to explore the world through songwriting. She has been featured performing the National Anthem for both the Padres and the Chargers, as well as endorsed by Logitech Ultimate Ears. Jessica has opened for artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Blake Lewis, and Rick Springfield. Jessica’s 2018 EP, “After (h)Ours” features 5 songs recored and produced with her husband, Kevin Viner. The lead single, “Come On”, takes a fun detour from the norm and tells a woman’s perspective of luring and courting her subject. Lyrically, it embodies playful threats, witty humor, subtle sexy references, all with the intent of seducing her subject for a night they’ll both enjoy. The tenacious lyrics contrast beautiful, classically inspired piano and a haunting string arrangement. Well received, Jessica’s music is nominated for Best Singer/songwriter at the 2019 San Diego Music Awards.
The Liquorsmiths -The Liquorsmiths are an Indie rock /americana group out of San Diego, Ca, known for dynamic arrangements, intriguing melodies and powerful story-telling lyrics. Since signing with Inhesion Records out of Atlanta, GA, they have established a national fan base as well as received international acclaim as a result of their inspired performances and releases. Sound via their album has been compared to Wilco, Delta Spirit and Neil Young; while their live act is fast becoming the stuff of legend, with inspired spots of improvisation and new surprises always in store. The songs are taken to new heights with every show, playing to the crowd and giving every available ounce of raw emotion.
Israel Maldonado – I have been a musician for hire and have been performing professionally for over three decades. At the age of seven, I was part of Banda Infantil del Dif, a children’s orchestra in my hometown of Tijuana, Mexico. At age ten, I began to train in classical guitar. Shortly after our family moved to the U.S., joined the drum line at Carlsbad High School. During my college years at Palomar College and San Diego State University, I joined guitar ensembles.
Throughout the years, I have been fortunate to open for many popular Latin, blues and rock acts, including Nikka Costa, Los Amigos Invisibles, Ivan Lins, Sergio Mendes and Charlie Hunter. In addition to live performance and D.J’ing events, I also offer private and semi-private music lessons. In 1996 was my first club gig at Café Sevilla playing percussion for Sambrasil. I got to play with the best musicians right away. Over the years, I have accompanied several popular San Diego bands, bringing different genres of Spanish, Brazilian and English music, gypsy guitar, salsa and timba to local clubs, restaurants and events. In addition, I spent two years touring the country with Agua Dulce before returning to San Diego and creating my own group. These days, I use my vast musical experience to bring a blend of Latin and modern music to San Diego events specializing in corporate events and Weddings.
Bart Mendoza & Friends -Sixties-loving mod-man Bart Mendoza first came to local prominence fronting Manual Scan, formed in the early 1980s. Releasing a string of singles beginning in 1981 and an album issued in both the U.S. and England in 1986, the band toured extensively throughout Califormia and Arizona as well as England (the 100 Club and the Marquee, among other venues) and Mexico. Mendoza managed to tour with bands around the world, especially in Spain and England, where his brand of mod-influenced pop has always remained popular.
His band Manual Scan eventually evolved into the Shambles, Mendoza’s longest-running musical endeavor, still with boyhood friend Kevin Donaker-Ring at his side. Their songs still maintain that ’60s sound, albeit more powered-up, à la Nick Lowe or Oasis, plus they have a vast repertoire of eclectic covers (Badfinger, the Zombies, unreleased bootleg Beatles cuts, and more). A new band, Bart Mendoza and True Stories, debuted June 13 at Eleven, with David Fleminger, Danny Cress, and Billy Fritz. In 2014, he formed a new acoustic trio with Normandie Wilson and David Fleminger called Casino Royale, set to play their first gig in late September. Over the next few years, he also played with Los Fantasmas (with Diana Death) and Elements (with David Fleminger), as well as a reunited Manual Scan.
Alicia Previn – Over the past four decades violinist Alicia Previn has been a part of dozens of acclaimed recordings, toured internationally several times over and established herself as a first call musician with great improvisational skills. An inspired live performer, her ability to play across genres has made her a fan favorite at venues big and small. Previn has been part of numerous major label groups including The Young Dubliners, In Tua Nua and Hothouse Flowers as well as recorded with a varied list of artists, including folk legend Richard Thompson, indie rockers, Cracker and heavy metal hit makers, Great White.
Although best known for her work as a session player, over the years she has recorded numerous demos for a proposed solo projects that have fallen by the way side. For this collection – the first in a series – we gather ten demos from the early 1980’s, recorded just as she was first making an impression as a studio player. The tracks showcase Previn’s songcraft, mixing plenty of melody with a kaleidoscope of influences, from dance to indie pop/rock. Currently working on her second solo album, as well as a series of environmentally themed children’s books, whether you catch her live performances as a solo artist or with any of the musicians she accompanies, Previn’s music is a wonderful listening experience.
Wayne Riker – 2017 Lifetime Achievement honoree at the San Diego Music Awards, multi-genre guitarist, Wayne Riker, has carved out an international reputation as a guitar teacher and educator since 1972. His ten blues guitar instructional books have been worldwide best sellers since 1994. He has been an instructional guitar columnist for Guitar Player. Premier and Acoustic Guitar magazines since 1998, coinciding with twenty-two years conducting guitar workshops globally. Riker’s performing career is outlined in his autobiography, “50 Years, 50 Bands, 50 Bucks,” on Amazon. He has produced eleven Cd’s under his own name and is currently working on his twelfth CD, “R&B Thunder,” featuring many top shelf local soul singers.
Davy Rockett – Rockett is a frequent face among theatre and orchestra groups throughout the west coast, and counts many of the leading songwriters in the thriving Southern California music scene as his friends and fans.
Growing up in a town just outside of Denver, Colorado, davyrockett took to music at a young age. He grew an interest to most every instrument available to him. His drive and ambition led him to California where he explored voice and composition at the university level, ultimately providing him with a BM in music and exposing his talents to a welcoming community. With college behind him, DRN’s talents and grand attention to sound intricacy did not go unnoticed. He began work in the recording studio of major music publishing company where he became acquainted with the industry’s top players and engineers. While nurturing the new found career, davyrockett also slowly put together a studio of his own wherein he recorded his first two full length albums, Untandem… and Love & Lonely. Both received notice from critics and music lovers throughout the nation.
Davy’s music and performances “…intrigue and inspire his listeners. He’s Jason Mraz meets Ben Folds meets Shara Worden, but so much more… choosing instrumentation not only for the sounds made, but for the landscape and emotion they adorn.”
–Andrew Thams, The Troubadour US
His newest music draws inspiration from love, love lost, hardship, and sometimes triumph. He’s constantly exploiting the extent of his musical knowledge and potential for sound on all avenues.
Happy Ron – Happy Ron’s music has been described as “Mr. Rogers Meets South Park.”
At the age of 48 he finally healed a lifelong disability that prevented him from fully pursuing music and is excited to finally bring his music to the world. He was born without a left hip socket which brought tension and pain throughout his body. After having surgery he found that was able to create music much easier and has become obsessed with teaching people that anyone can make music. He is most well known for fun sing-along songs like “Terribly Happy” and “If You’re Bored In San Diego (IT’S YOUR FAULT) as well as songs in many other styles.
He has been described as a cross between “punk rock and punk folk.” His music is influenced by, among others, Ringo Starr, Mr. Rogers, South Park, and Leonard Cohen. He is now an inspirational speaker with music sharing the value of positive thought and action to businesses and schools.
Corina Rose – Corina Rose is a mystic musician, music teacher, yogi, activist, world traveler, and a native of San Diego. Her latest album, Our Love is Freedom, (available on all digital streaming platforms worldwide), is nominated for Best Pop Album by the 2019 San Diego Music Awards. Rich in musical influences that span from jazz to reggae, her new album is an 8- song journey through the arch of humanity™s love story. Corina™s transcendent love songs capture the journey of finding, experiencing, and connecting with the love that is inside us all. She spreads love and light all over the world with her groovy guitar playing and catchy melodies! Her unique blend of soul-pop will have you singing along, swaying and shaking your hips, and feeling the positive vibes from the message of love, joy, and hope. Playing music with her band is one of her greatest joys in life. Please visit www.corinarose.com to hear more!
Trains Across the Sea – Founded in 2007, Trains Across the Sea combines the confessional honesty of Townes Van Zandt with the sly wit of The Magnetic Fields, laying simple and heartbreaking lyrics against the backdrop of Americana music. Primarily the work of Andy Gallagher along with a host of collaborators, Trains has played hundreds of local and national shows over the years and has enjoyed a recorded output of five albums. The name derives from a song by Silver Jews, whose lead singer, David Berman, said of the album, “WOW – I was so surprised to find out it was really so competent.” After the critical acclaim of 2013’s “What a Day, What a Time We Had,” Andy cowrote and produced “SEMI FAME: The Truck Route to Broadway,” a musical about truckers. Trains Across the Sea is currently recording their sixth album.
Lizzie Waters – Lizzie Waters never fears showing her true colors! The spunky, 18 year old, San Diego based songstress shows maturity well beyond her years with her heartfelt lyrics that cover topics from heartbreak to Shakespeare. Although she has only been playing music publicly for a few short years, performing her original songs for a crowd has quickly become her biggest passion. Lizzie’s accomplishments include being featured on 105.7 KFM BFM and KUSI San Diego. She looks forward to performing new places and reaching new people.