We thank Kevin Hellman of SDS Events for producing our terrific musical lineup year after year!
Evan Diamond – With a powerful, soulful voice and a three-octave range, Evan Diamond is a two-headed titan of live music, playing 20+ live acoustic solo show a month as well as doing regular plugged-in gigs with her full band, Evan Diamond & The Library.
Evan has garnered a lot fo attention for her live performances and music which use live looped guitar, drums and vocals to create an eclectic blend of pop, rock and r&b. She has a unique talent total popular cover songs and put her own spin on them to make them completely her own.
Evan’s ,music has proudly been featured on 91x, San Diego’s top Indie radio station, TV’s KUSI News, the Indie Spoonful blog, she recently opened for Broadway star, Megan Hilty at the San Diego symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights concert Series and she has been nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter at the 2019 San Diego Music Awards. Evan and her band have also showcased at San Diego’s House of Blues, Hard Rock Hotel, the Viper Room and the Hotel Cafe.
With her debut EP “Intersections” out now, Evan Diamond is more passionate than ever about inspiring her audience and having her music and lyrics resonate with a new generation of listeners.
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, they mix 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 2018 Best Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year with the West Coast Country Music Association, Sandé Lollis went on to win the same 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.
HappyRon – HappyRon’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 th
ought and action to businesses and schools.
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 – Through each new release and live performance, The Liquorsmiths seek to expand upon their core ethos – folk rock is the new punk rock. Hailing as they do from the pleasant climes of San Diego, one might have preconceived visions of laid back dreamy beach music, but this three-piece creates songs that are hard-hitting dynamic adventures that can turn in an instant from internal contemplation to cacophonous catharsis and back again with each turn bringing a fresh new layer of surprise to the mix. Their musical journey proves that there is still plenty of room to find new sounds by mixing the rawness and passion of early 90’s alternative and post-punk indie rock with the intimacy and beauty typical of their folk and americana beginnings.
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.
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.
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.