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hat you’re holding in your hands is the firstever Soundcheck magazine, an all-access guide to the SLO County music scene. It’s the most important document since the freakin’ Declaration of Independence! It’s like owning an original Jimi Hendrix set list! It’s like you’re holding John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to “Imagine!” Okay, maybe not quite that important. But if you like music, if you’re a musician, in a band, looking for a band, need to cut a record, want to buy or repair an instrument, or in some way involved or interested in the SLO County music industry, this may very well be the most important publication of the year. Soundcheck has a list of hundreds of bands and musicians [11] , a section on everything from event managers to equipment rentals to promoters to sound engineers and more [32] , and a long list of clubs, venues, festivals, and concert series [38] . Keep it around all year to reference whenever Damon Castillo rocked a recent you need something evening at Concerts in the Plaza. music-related. This inaugural edition also has a few choice stories. Read what local musicians have to say about being asked to play for food [8] . How do promoters do their jobs? I find out [28] . Contributor Matt Fountain profiles Butch Boswell of Butch’s Guitar & Repair [36] . Intern Marin Kautz profiles youth music teacher Ginette Reitz [35] . And finally contributor Christy Heron explains the popularity of outdoor concert series such as Concerts in the Plaza [38] . If you’re a musician or in a music-related business and you’re not in here, don’t worry, because work on next year’s addition starts right now. Send your information to —Glen Starkey editor



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Central Coast musicians sound off on pay equity By Glen Starkey


espite our thriving music scene, it’s rough out there for upand-coming musicians. Some lament the lack of opportunity, while others moan about being exploited and underpaid. Earlier this year, it became clear how deep feelings run regarding pay equity when an advertisement from a North County business—Hoovers 101 Coffee and Brewhouse—was placed on craigslist and ignited an online firestorm. Here’s the innocuous little ad that started it all: “Hoovers 101 Coffee and Brewhouse is looking for musicians to play Fridays on our patio. We are looking for solo/acoustic musicians or full bands to play between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. during our dinner hours. We are looking for the following genres: reggae, country, classic rock, alternative rock, indie rock, bluegrass, roots rock, jazz, blues, and soul. Musicians will receive FREE dinner and drinks for every performing artist in their band. We are currently taking cd/myspace link submissions for the month of June through the summer. Come showcase your talent at Hoovers 101 Coffee and Brewhouse in Atascadero. You must provide your own P.A.” And here’s a few of the choice selections from the thread that followed: “To any musicians that are participating in these play-to-eat venues: Please stop! This is an incredible rip-off on the music community in general. Musicians for years have worked to try and have a decent pay scale for services rendered, and when you do these bookings you’re undermining all the hard work of the music community. “Is your time and talent really only worth about $5.00 a man?” continued the poster. “Consider you have to play two to four hours and at least [spend] one hour’s set-up time, and [you’ll spend] the money for your gas to get there, supply ALL of the equipment and the hours of practice. I understand the need for exposure, but this is a rip off. Food prices are high; the waitress is expecting 10 to 15% minimum tip, and you will settle for maybe $2 in your tip jar and a $6 burger? Playing for your supper went out in the dark ages (okay, it did come back in the Great Depression), but the point is that if this concept

is allowed to become the standard then you will never see any income. “You already know that if your friends come to see you that they most likely will not tip because they are your friends and tipping cuts into their beer budget. The [number] of bookings that you get for parties, weddings etc. are few and far between coming from the bar/club venues. This is very similar to the ‘pay to play’ program that has controlled the L.A. music scene for decades. If you were any other crafts person or tradesman, would you be building a house or lay tile, do taxes, wait on customers in a retail outlet for a couple of sandwiches? I certainly hope not. “If you or your band’s musical abilities are so poor that you must resort to this type of pay arrangement then perhaps you need to keep practicing. In closing let me say that I’m not opposed to bartering services, but what’s being offered by Hoovers (a fine place, just happens to be the final straw to bring about this post) and others is ridiculous.” That was just the start. One person suggested boycotting such places, “including eating there while some pitiful scab band plays


for their supper.” Another said, “Playing for table scraps is an insult to musicians all over the world! Do you have no pride in your skills? Is this your worth, your value? A dinner?!? If we don’t stop it now, it will be a reoccurring trend. What kind of crack do they smoke anyways?!? On a personal note, I don’t believe playing on the Central Coast as a whole is an investment into any musician’s true talents because of the lack of local band support, but this one takes the cake. You can make more money sitting in any local park and playing for an hour or two.” That last missive was signed “Will Not Bend Over.” Some comments took a decidedly more tongue-in-cheek approach. “I feel kind of cheated. My band played there and I had to pay for my own dinner. What a rip.” One writer, Mike Buzz, found these anonymous posts offensive: “Hey guys, have the BALLS to use your name in these types of posts! Otherwise YOU look like SCABS ! I’m not saying anything about Hoovers one way or the other! Just be a MAN !” Suddenly one poster tried to inject some reason into the mounting rantfest. “Thank you to all who have responded so positively to my post regarding Hoovers ‘Play and Eat’ policy. If you know of other establishments that

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TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY? Should local musicians perform at a venue in exchange for food and beverages? That’s the question a thread on craigslist tried to answer.

The who, what, and why on local musicians are adopting this practice, I encourage you to post them. My only request would be is to be civil in your announcement. Hey, we all could use some funny lines and stories but let’s take the high road here first and work towards changing things. Let’s be realistic about our expectations; after all we don’t need any more sports bars. “Everything is negotiable and there is nothing wrong per se about being ‘low balled.’ How the establishment handles your counter offer is the real test of their interest in having a real musical venue. That brings up another point. Be thinking ahead about alternatives before you get to the person who is booking. You won’t be caught off guard and can usually end the meeting on a good note, even if you don’t land the gig the first time out. They do not know you from a knothole and whatever you say about how great your band or act is, or how large your following is, they hear from everyone. There is nothing wrong with walking away from the table and returning at a later date. Also, always keep in mind that this is ‘The Music Business’ and if you want to be paid like a professional, you should act like one. “I believe that if more bands start to operate with negotiating in mind and are willing to walk away if they cannot come to an agreement at first, some venues will start to adapt. But it takes real stones to walk away sometimes. Remember music, acting, and the arts in general are some of the highest rejection professions out there. Always have been, always will be. Be tough and play to win. There is no ‘Bail Out’ for us. “Lastly, I would like the bands and acts to open up and communicate more on what their booking fees are and what the other venues are paying. Or at least the ranges set. By arming ourselves with this kind of information, we protect the integrity of the work. The more we play ‘I’ve got a secret,’ the more ground we lose because someone mistakenly lowers the standard out of ignorance. If you are armed with what the other comparable acts to you are getting, you will be more successful and not appear to be a scab laborer.” Other posters had no problem with Hoovers’ offer: “I can certainly play the slot you guys need filled. I play guitar and have a band of 65 people. Some of them are vegetarian so I hope you have some good veggie dishes too! I have a PA I built in my garage that works pretty good. It is a large cardboard megaphone that we take turns singing through. ... Thanks, and let me know and we will schedule you guys in! If you need [it], we can pick you up so you don’t have to drive and maybe clean your house or harvest your field.” That one was signed “El Douche and the Brokeback Mountaineers.” Now that I read it again, maybe he did have a problem with the offer. Okay, here’s a poster who really doesn’t have a problem with singing for his supper. “Yeah, yeah—you never heard of a starving artist? Check out Twofish for your next opportunity to eat and drink! It’s true, they’re starving for soul food in Africa, therefore the Fish says, ‘Get it while


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not on here to be nice. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m upset about a HUGE problem, and you are riding the fence. The way I see it, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re either with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;usâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;them.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t choose a side, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with them. Why do you want peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s names? So you can confront them? Or so these musicians and their bands can be ostracized from the (cool kids) scene altogether? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to stand up for what is right, and this establishment (Hoovers) is trying to make us musicians, YOU included, look like a bunch of court jesters. Fools that are to be paid in food. And yes, in the beginning weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all played free gigs for our friends or to fill a slot that was vacated by another band, to gain maybe a small fan base. But this is a trend that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the displeasure of seeing time and time again in other states. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like your neighborhood gas station bumps the price per gallon up a dollar, and the others follow suit. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand up now, then we are saying itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not okay. We have shared a barstool and a beer on more than one occasion Mike [Buzz], and I find you to be good conversation, and a generally â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; person, and in saying that I apologize for bashing you, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fair. But if you are going to throw in your two cents, make a decision on where you stand ... and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk in front of my crosshairs when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m firing on the enemy. I SUPPORT ALL LOCAL MUSIC! Even and especially the little guy.â&#x20AC;? And the response: â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re either with me or against me?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; LOL! Can we dial back the drama a little bit please? If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to play for dinner at Hoovers then DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T. However, some bands might, for whatever reason, and that is THEIR business. Maybe theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just starting out, and this would be their first time playing live. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been playing out for a long time, but I still remember how fun it was to play at the Dark Room

garble them out in relatively correct keys. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;oldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (36) and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone through the ringer and back. My only real quality is I have a job, a wife, kids, and I miss playing my songs. I miss learning other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs. I like playing for people, not money or ego. I just like playing. I enjoy listening. So take some of that energy, be it negative or positive or introspective or introverted and couple it with a cold beer andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;pow!â&#x20AC;&#x201D;release your shit. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good idea, huh?â&#x20AC;? Best one Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard so far. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leave this discussion on a positive note with one last post from Larry Stone of Pismo Beach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you rate your importance in this life by the amount of money you make, you are really missing out on the true essence of beingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that of being in harmony with self, our planet and with others. Go out to the woods, sit by a stream, tune your guitar to the brilliance of the stars, throw a $5.00 bill in a street musicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hat or guitar case. Listen with your heartâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just with your ears and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just in your head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give thanks every day that you have the talent to share and elevate the mood of others to a higher state. Back off on Hoovers. Get back to what is real, and remember: You are only as good as your last gig. You are blessed to have your talent. Share it! Bare it! Be fair with it.â&#x20AC;? Amen, brother! But what does Hoovers owner Debbie Blair think about all the hubbub? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems like people are thinking we want big name bands to come play for free, but we were just advertising for a little acoustic thing,â&#x20AC;? she explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t charge a cover, and we thought it might be nice for one or two people who might want to play instrumentals for a couple hours to enjoy a steak dinner and a couple glasses of wine. The patioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so beautiful, and we

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people have expressed interest and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had several play more than once. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is awesome. People get to come see us play.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Debbie Blair, Hoovers owner in SLO (remember that?) busting our asses and getting paid almost nothing, but the pay didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even matter. We were on stage playing, and all of our friends were watching us. It was great! Also, I know the people at Hoovers pretty well, and I can guarantee you they are not trying to rip anyone off by doing this. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just doing the best they can with the funds they have available. Times are tough all over.â&#x20AC;? Some came to vent, some came to solve: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hello you whining babies. PROBLEM SOLVED. Join Local 308 in Santa Barbara and start playing paying venues, that is of course if you can read a chart and play a casual. There are tons of venues in Pismo and SLO that pay musicians, not to mention the wineries, but you must have something

thought itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be a nice opportunity for people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a chance to play too much. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not for a nightclub act. When weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done this in the past, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as if the musicians were bringing in more business, and if anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offended by the offer, then this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something for them.â&#x20AC;? So has Hoovers attracted some musicians willing to play for food? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, yes,â&#x20AC;? Blair explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people have expressed interest and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had several play more than once. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is awesome. People get to come see us play.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Sometimes thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough. Sâ&#x153;&#x201D; Glen Starkey spreads joy, but no playing in public. Thanks him at

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an A-to-Z list of Central Coast musical artists and DJs Abner Malady and the Village Idiots (Esoterica/ Rock) Contact: Mad Dog Norton, 543-0804

If you have an utter disregard for convention and order, invite these guys to your next brouhaha. They have a mixture of unconventional tunes that will most likely drive everybody away. These guys have been here since the Dark Room days and actually do have a sophisticated following of university professors and nihilists. Bring a shower curtain and some ace bandages, as Mad Dog and Abner will engage the crowd in unsavory behavior. Acoustico (Folk/ Rock/ Pop) Contact: David Orr, URL:


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Jon Bartel (Americana/ Folk Rock) Contact: Jon, URL:

Local outlaw singer-songwriter Jon Bartel is a rasp-voiced troubadour whose dirty tales of woe churn along like an emotional freight train bearing down on your happiness, which will surely be flattened like a stamped penny.


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at weddings and other special events. Styles of music offered include meditation/reflection, classical, Great American Songbook, Celtic, and folk. The ethereal flute is a wonderful choice for your special occasion. Appelation Bluegrass Band (Bluegrass), Contact:

Tom or Wendy, 489-8269, URL:

Appellation Bluegrass Band (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Abbiesâ&#x20AC;?) bring you acoustic music that began in America, with a little twist of the Celtic and myriad musical influences. They sing and play banjo, fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin, and bass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fun. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re full of energy. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re safe for all

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debut album is set for release in summer 2009. The Axia (Rock/ Hard Rock/

Acoustic Rock), Contact: Dusty, 742-4212, URL: reverbnation. com/theaxia

The Axia is a hard rock band out of Central California and offers a new sound thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been long awaited by listeners everywhere. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve shared the stage with such acts as Ted Nugent, Drowning Pool, Filter, Nonpoint, L.A.Guns, The Bullet Boys, Travis Warren (Blind Mellon), Devon Allman and his Honeytribe, and People in Planes. Bad Assets (Dirty Rock)

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Contact: Matt Franscioni, 7120547, URL: mattsmusicinpaso. com/Beaujolais Gigs.htm

Led by Keith Barbour, ex-New Christy Minstrels member, along with wife and singer-songwriter Linda Barbour, Scott Bailey, Matt Franscioni, and Rick Auricchio, this group soars with four part harmonies, great lyrics, and wonderful musical landscapes. Blending eras from Cab Calloway to Sinatra and beyond with ease, the sound is delectable! Big Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rhythm and Blues Band (R&B), Contact:

Stan, 549-9435 or bigdaddy @, URL:

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and Blues Band pulls all ages of blues lovers out to boogie. Young and old alike come out to party with this dynamic and danceable band. The band has paid their dues working the clubs and concert circuit along the California coast. Fans have found that Big Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smokinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; versions of old favorites and the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; originals keep â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em cominâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; back for more. The Black Shirts (Indie

Rock/ Gothic/ Comedy), Contact: Kenny, URL:

Trippy and ethereal, this boy-girl

duo plays dreamy originals with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Says the band, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the day that the Lord has made.â&#x20AC;?

The blips play costumed, live rock and pop. The crazy duo puts on an amazingly entertaining live performance, sure to make your next event a success.

saxophone form, chosen totally arbitrarily, in middle school, and there he learned all his basic scales and theory. Later he commandeered his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark red Ovation guitar, plucking out tabs of Aerosmith and Tenacious D. Later he joined a band called The Silk Tulips, but now Andrew has gone solo! You can find him playing at restaurants, cafes, parties, bars, open mics, and Cal Poly events.

Andrew Bloom (Prog/

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The Blips (Rock/ Pop),

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Alternative/ Trip Hop), Contact: Andrew Bloom, URL: myspace. com/andrewbloommusic

Andrew first took up music in

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Body conjures that feeling back when funk, rock, reggae, and jazz

music were blending together and music was not overproduced. Think Sly & Family Stone meets Pink Floyd. The band now builds on that sound, creating modern music driven by highly energetic, soulful grooves: inspiring people to dance and embrace their artistic spirit. They guarantee a great show! Bob & Wendy (Folk/ Americana) Contact: Bob, bliepman@yahoo. com, URL:

Husband and wife folk and Americana duo Bob (cello and mandolin) and Wendy Liepman (voice and guitar) play haunting and beautiful original music. Their most recent release, The Ghost of Guadalupe, is a stunning collection of highly personal tunes, all written by Wendy. Bonnie Dune (Indie/ Rock)


Contact: Justin Wilczynski, URL:

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Bonnie Dune is Justin Wilczynski and Jason Massey. Justin grew up on a ranch far outside of Paso Robles, his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home perched on a high mountain top, not a soul in sight. Jason lived in the only known haunted mansion in Paso ... they still hear screams in the night. They knew of each other growing up and of each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music abilities, but never spoke until early high school. Organically they started writing music together, but kept it to themselves ... they would record demos together out at the ranch in an old abandoned saloon. Brian Bosen (Acoustic/ Indie/ Rock) Contact: Brian Bosen, (530) 903-7487 or, URL:

High energy, cheesy smiles, and


talent an A-to-Z list of Central Coast musical artists and DJs witty lyrics are what Brian as a musician brings to the ears of those listening. His songs are relatable and catchy, and he wants you all to be a part of a legacy with him and sign his hat as well as love his music. Boujitsu (Lo-fi/ Electronic/

Post-Rock) Contact: Tony Mikhaiel, (408) 239-6881, URL:

Boujitsu is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-man-synthbandâ&#x20AC;? hosted by Tony Mikhaiel. His music includes a melodic and emotionally dynamic conglomeration of instruments, including the glockenspiel, synthesizer, toy keyboards, guitars, and electronic and acoustic samples. The music ranges from electronic pop, to lo-fi acoustics, sometimes accompanied with vocals. Eric Brittain (Anything with Strings) Contact: Eric Brittain, 440-5784

Eric Brittain, a world-renowned studio recording artist, plays anything with strings (almost). With more than 55 albums to his credit, his versatile genre abilities and recording sensitivity will make any recording endeavor the best! Eric can sing, play, and provide a full band for any occasion. Guy Budd and the Gypsy Souls (Blues/ Jazz) Contact: Guy Budd, 772-8080; or Ken Burton, 460-9591 or guybudd, URL:

Guy Budd and the Gypsy Souls are one of the premier acts on the California Central Coast. Their blend of blues, rock, funk, and jazz is highlighted by the masterful guitar work of Budd and his silky smooth vocals. The band plays an eclectic mix of original compositions, as well as covers from many of the great blues and jazz artists of the last 50 years. Rudolf Budginas (Classical

and Beyond) Contact: Rudolf Budginas, URL:

Dr. Rudolf Budginas recently mounted a new show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lounge Classique,â&#x20AC;? that takes classical compositions and garnishes them with Latin rhythms, jazzy grooves, and his own European accent. Rudolfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performances have sold out the Clark Center three years running, as he crosses classical borders, melding tango, blues, salsa, and jazz CafĂŠ Musique (Waltz/ Tango/ Gypsy/ Folk) Contact: Duane Inglish URL:

CafĂŠ Musique plays an exhilarating mix of jazz and Gypsy music panache. They promise listeners an odyssey that will transport them to exciting and beautiful musical landscapes.

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Candle was formed by singer/ songwriter Kevin Coons in 2005, when he first started recording his

Traditional) Contact: George Ellis, 235-6366 or geoellis@

Calliope House performs Celticinspired traditional waltz and fiddle music. They feature twin fiddles, piano, guitar, and singing. Call them for your next party, fundraiser, or business event. Candle (Folk/ Country/ Rock)

Contact: Kevin, URL: myspace. com/candlemusic

ment company owned and operated by Ronnie Simons who was born and raised in London, England. Ronnie is sure to charm your guests with his English style, flair, and polished presentation. C.FLO (Club Rap, Hip-Hop, Top 40) URL:

DJ C.FLO was voted Best Club DJ in New Times’ 2009 Best Of readers poll. He’s been a DJ for more than 10 years, but recently began spinning videos along with his tunes for the club scene. Circuit-Creature (8-bit)

Contact: Patrick Leonard, (661) 6074194, URL:

Jazz) Contact: Jim Conroy, URL:

Whether solo, as Jim Conroy and Friends, or in his alter ego as the Seamus Conroy Band, Jim Conroy knows how to entertain. His rich tenor voice has also been a favorite of local music theater productions. Samuel Coulter (Easy

Listening/ Bagpipes) Contact: Samuel Coulter, (559) 392-6800, URL:

Coulter performs easy listening, light jazz, jazz-oriented rock from the ‘60s through the ‘90s, and old school R&B. He sings and plays the sax (not at the same time) with his band in a box providing the accompaniment. He’s also available as The Solitary


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Catalina Eddy & The Breeze (Blues/ Soul/ Rock/ Jazz)

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own original songs. Over the past three years, the band has seen members come and go and currently stands at seven. All of Candle’s music releases were recorded by Real Love Records, a small record label created by lead singer Kevin Coons and drummer Paul Frankel. Rock/ Funk/ Soul) Contact: Dean, (310) 869-0981 or dean@, URL:

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Catalina Eddy & The Breeze play a great energetic mix of blues, soul, old rock’n’roll, originals, old country, and jazz. They perform as an acoustic duo featuring dynamic vocalist/ harmonica player Debra Windsong and guitarist/vocalist Ted Waterhouse, and an electric band adding great bass and drums. The Central Coast DJ (DJ

Music/ Emcee) Contact: Ronnie Simons, 772-0407 or info@, URL:

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Being a long-term Nintendo (the old one) kid and having a passion for music, the next logical step was to make a musical love relationship with the two. Patrick has been writing music on the NES for nearly four years. He’s just a boy and his Nintendo. The Clear (California Rock) Contact: Kyle Sumner, 9091456, URL: slosown

“Maybe the process of sitting alone will help me with the answers neither one of us know. We always felt this way, so we could never forget it. We just wrote it ‘cause we finally found the words that’d fit it. Listen to de-ja du! We’re SLO’s own ... The Clear.” The Cliffnotes (Blues)

Contact: Cliff Stepp, 440-7129, URL:

Cliff describes his current shows as a mixture of “blues, ballads, and buffoonery.” Although he’s most often a solo act, he also has a trio or a full five- to 12-member band known as The Cliffnotes. Cody Pendant (Country/

Electro/ Metal) Contact: Dave Kneller, URL: dkneller

Old Cody Pendant ain’t one to be pigeonholed. “Mm … if you took old honky-tonk, some traditional cowboy music, early ‘80s punk/ hardcore, 18th century classical

Piper, playing Scottish, Irish, and early music for weddings, parties, and memorials. Criticnue (Rock/ Soul/

Experimental) Contact: Robby Hart, cell 975-5396, home 4385860, URL: criticnue

Criticnue is a local band that has been performing around the state for the last four years. Sharing the stage with some great acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Devon Allman, and Shooter Jennings (to name a few) and winning battle of the bands are just some of their accomplishments. They love the local scene in SLO. CT and Tommy Lee (Rock/

Reggae/ Blues/ Soul) Contact: Chet, chethogoboom@gmail. com, URL:

CT and Tommy Lee is Chet “CT” Hogoboom and Tommy Lee Nunes. These two musicians have brightened the Central Coast music scene for more than three decades. Together and apart, acoustic or electric, they say no two performers have entertained more music fans than these two guitar-playing singer songwriters. Nowadays you will catch them performing up and down the coast, playing as an acoustic duo or trio and also with the Typecast Band.

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an A-to-Z list of Central Coast musical artists and DJs TALENT

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Cuesta Ridge (Bluegrass and Beyond) Contact: Brent Vander Weide, 471-4334 or bweide@, URL:

Formerly the Cuesta Ridge Mountain Boys, Cuesta Ridge has honed its live show to one of the best the county has to offer. The pyrotechnic musicianship and harmony vocals, not to mention the group’s penchant for turning the bluegrass genre on its ear, make their show one helluva ride. Dale Curtiss (Rock/ Pop/

Acoustic) Contact: Dale Curtiss, 234-6205, URL:

Dale Curtiss’ music is rock-popbased with classical and jazz influences. Dale plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, bass, vocals, and drum loops to create entertaining songs with messages from somber to humorous. Dale’s time on the Central Coast has included several stints with local favorite Tim Jackson. Deathbear (Indie/Garage

Rock) Contact: Christopher, 345-6781, URL: deathbearmusic

Deathbear, formed in late 2008, bashes out catchy rock’n’roll tunes with a proto-punk grit and vibe. Despite their youth, Aaron Isick, C. Shea, and Christopher Andrew have nearly four decades

combined experience coming through in every buzz-saw guitar riff, every ground-thumping bass line, and every frenzied and explosive drum blast. Deathbear has just finished their first EP, Deathbear: The Band That Eats, and are in the studio working on a Seven-Inch. Deeds of Flesh (Death

Metal) Contact: Erik Lindmark, 528-2880, URL:

Deeds of Flesh was created back in mid-‘93 by Jacoby Kingston, Erik Lindmark, and Joey Heaslet. Their eighth full-length studio album released this year is titled Of What’s To Come. The Demos (Motown)

Contact: Greg Astle, 423-7653, URL:

Conway Twitty, Bill Monroe, and Joe Tex grab Dick Dale and head for Motown. With sideman and recording backgrounds as varied as Chuck Berry, Linda Ronstadt, and the Cache Valley Drifters, this totally unique foursome will mesmerize you with their chops while you dance your pants off! Kenny Blackwell, guitar/vocals; Wally Barnick, bass/vocals; Danny Nacarato, pedal steel/vocals; Greg Astle, drums/vocals. Aurora Denny (Harp)

Contact: Aurora Denny, URL:

Aurora Denny, a SLO county na-


The Dentures (Traditional

Surf) Contact: Bill Donley, 5408322, URL: dentures

The Dentures are a surf-fundance band that collects and plays a wide range of surf music from the Ventures, the Surfaris, Dick Dale, and many more, punctuating sets with a goodtime ‘60s vibe. Watch out for the goofy sense of humor. It seems to happen to a lot of us over 50. Derailed (Hard Rock) Contact:

Chris Dollahite, 801-5445, URL: 2008

Derailed is a driving force in the Central Coast music circuit, displaying a true commitment to hard rock and all its glory. Dare you to catch this freight train tearing up the tracks of California. For those who like to rock, they invite you! Dionysius aka—DJ Payne

(DJ Electronic) Contact: Josh Payne, 748-4722, URL: myspace. com/dionysus

Cedric Joshua Payne, also known as Dionysius, has been creating electronic music since 1997 and DJing since 2000 under the name DJ Payne. His main subgenres are drum n bass, downtempo, and dub. All production, programming and engineering is by Dionysius. He also won the New Times Readers Poll Best DJ

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tive, has performed locally for more than 10 years. She has extensive experience playing for weddings, funerals, and other private events, and performing at concerts, both as a soloist and with other musicians. She performs a range of styles, from Celtic to classical to Latin American harp.

award for San Luis Obispo County in 2007 and 2008. Dirty Pink Slips (Rock)

Contact: Shea, URL: myspace. com/dirtypinkslips

They’ve been playing around town for a couple years and have paired up with punk rock acts Honor Bound Heroes, the Hollowbillies, and Sexy Time Explosion, and they also blur traditional music boundaries and have had great shows with Cuesta Ridge, Sad Lisa, and Shival Experience. The Dr. Danger Band

(Rock) Contact: Brad Kyle, 2345114, URL:

Coming together at local jam nights and then appearing at select local venues for the past three years, The Dr. Danger Band carries on a blues-based rock tradition going back to the birth of rock’n’roll and forward to the sound of the Bay Area in the ‘60s and ‘70s; a mix of blues, honkytonk, doo-wop, psychedelic, and more. A typical show will feature a healthy mix of favorites from Carl Perkins to Canned Heat, from Merle Haggard to Lou Reed, as well as original material such as “San Francisco,” written to help people get on board during the 2008 election season. Each Passing Day (Folk/

Rock) Contact: Loren Radis, 7144003, URL:

Each Passing Day is a folksy rock band consisting of frontman Loren Radis (guitar, vocals, and writing) and the brothers Matt and Dan Schmitz (drums and bass respectively). They’ve been playing out for about two years now and in that

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time Loren’s songs have won numerous awards. Their debut album Welcome Home is available on iTunes or from their website.

Cooper, lead guitar; Ross Woodland, drums; Mgr. Howard Dohlen, sound and lights.

Enso (Prog Rock) Contact:

Rock/ Hulu/ Psychedelic) Contact: Merrell Fankhauser,, URL:

Katrina Dohlen, 909-9037, URL:

Enso is adrenaline on stage. The band covers classic, dance, progressive rock, and originals. Enso is Katrina Resewehr, vocals; Eric Pettit, bass and vocals; Erik

Merrell Fankhauser & Tiki Lounge Dancers (Surf

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Danny Naccarato, Pedal Steel & Vocals

Greg Astle, Drums & Vocals

Take some classic Country, add a dash of retro R & B, blend in a pinch of tremolo-tinged Surf. Then ask four seasoned musicians to make it sound good---Voila! You’re talkin’ “The Demo’s!” Rarely does such a diverse range of music happen in one place at one time, but this new group makes it all feel smooth and sound natural. With recording and performance credits ranging from Neil Diamond to Dick Dale, Linda Ronstadt to Janie Frickie, The Cache Valley Drifters to Chuck Berry, "The Demos" have the collective experience and chops to pull it off with ease! PHONE 805.545.8366 FAX 805.545.8003 1993 Santa Barbara Street, San Luis Obispo


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show called Tiki Lounge, screening on stations in SLO and Santa Barbara counties and throughout Hawaii, and also available at He and his dancers are available for luaus and parties. He’s also the writer of the ‘60s hit single “Wipeout.” His newest CD, Move to Higher Ground, recently sold 30,000 copies. Fighting Chance (Rock/ Ska/ Reggae) Contact: Ryan East, 7097991, URL: Fighting Chance has played in more than 40 states over the last five years. All of their albums are available for listening and purchase on myspace, iTunes,, their website, or at Boo Boo Records in SLO. Call or e-mail for bookings; check their site for upcoming shows. The 1st Line (Aggressive

Rock) Contact: Dom Atoigue, (310) 528-2447, URL: the1stline. com

Hailing from the Central Coast, The 1st Line is fueled by ferocious drums, catchy lyrics, aggressive guitars, and the Levins brothers battling in a Fugazi-like vocal duel. Their album What’s New to the Old You? is available on and itunes. For fans of Pegboy, Face to Face, and Rise Against. Fish Out of Water (Rock/

Funk/ Reggae/ Hip-Hop) Contact: Greg Deane, 234-4547 URL:


Fish Out of Water has been performing all original (emphasis on original) rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop for more than eight years. They have toured the West

an A-to-Z list of Central Coast musical artists and DJs talent. Catch Flight rockin’ the decks at The Library Lounge, Native Lounge, and DTB every week! “Guitar Wizard” Billy Foppiano (Rock/ Blues and

performing inspired originals, performs solo in supper clubs, or plays his comprehensive repertoire with his wife for weddings. From Beatles to Brazilian samba, he covers the musical bases.

Beyond) Contact: Billy Foppiano, 546-TUNE (8863), URL:

Green Ribbon (Rock/ Surf/

Award-winning “Guitar Wizard” Billy Foppiano dishes up lively tunes using an electronic feature called “looping” to create musical layers that form a dense palette of sounds. He can create atmospheric ambience with a fat slice of joy. This accomplished professional musician is equally at home playing warm, mellow acoustic guitar accompanied by heartfelt vocals or dazzling electric. From accessible favorites to humorous originals, “Guitar Wizard” Billy Foppiano creates an exhilarating musical experience.

Having a party and need the ultimate party band? Green Ribbon is it. A favorite south of the border, the Paso Robles-based band will recreate a hot Mexico afternoon at Papas & Beer just for you.

Garon (Folk/ Country/

Americana) Contact: Gary or Sharon, 543-7385, URL:

Garon (Gary + Sharon = Garon) is a folk/country/Americana duo that plays a variety of music, from Patsy Cline to John Prine, from Carole King to BB King, some well-known songs and some you’ve never heard before—maybe a few you’ve heard before, but won’t recognize! Imagine that! Glitch (Alternative Rock)

Contact: Rolf Gehrung, rolfgeh-

Dub) Contact: Glenn, URL: or

Grenade for Pacifist (Prog/ Live Electronica/ Alternate) Contact: Brett,, URL: myspace. com/grenadeforpacifist

At times gloomy, other times New Wavey, always trippy, Grenade for Pacifist is a musical entity on the Central Coast. Scott Handley (Rock/ Jazz/ Country) Contact: Scott Handley, solsticerecords@aol. com, URL: handley1

Scott is a musician, songwriter, and record producer located in Pismo Beach. Natalie Haskins (Blues/ Jazz Vocalist) Contact: Natalie, thesoundsoflovelylady@hotmail. com URL: nataliehaskins

Natalie’s recent performance on her original song “Crying These Blues” won its inclusion in the New Times Music Awards’ Top Twenty CD. Her stunning voice and stage presence makes her a welcome addition to any concert. Matt Hatfield Trio (Folk Rock) Contact: Matt Hatfield, 541-4642 or

This trio plays an assortment of original and traditional folk songs with a lively countrybluegrass feel. Expect professional delivery and friendly music with upbeat danceable rhythms enjoyed by people of all ages. Suitable for small or large gatherings.

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Hellmore and Friends (Folk/

Western/ Acoustic) Contact: Darren Delmore, 458-3327 URL:

Darren “Hellmore” Delmore’s storytelling and harp-accompanied fingerpicking venture Contact them through into flickery worlds like the medicated living room of a television addicted divorcee, a love that leaves a man with acid URL: broadreflux, and fry cooks who know Coast and Hawaiian Islands grease traps more than their kids. tensively and recently completed Glitch has a rockin’ ‘80s sound Julie Cooper beautifully accompaa four-month tour across the that core member Rolf Gehrung nies him on the fiddle. United States playing more than describes as “97 percent water, 50 shows to Boston and back. 2 percent organic matter, Hester Prynne (Classic Rock) “For live entertainment you won’t 1 percent magic.” Contact: Steve, Bside Artist find a better band,” they say. Management, 476-2225, Richard Green (Jazz/ Folk/, URL: Flight (DJ of Hip-House, Rock) Contact: Richard Green, Electro-Hipster, Flight-Hop, 801-1412 or richardgreenmusic Whether performing as a solo Throwback Hits) Contact: Bryan, URL: myspace. artist, or ripping it up with his Sosa, 354-2132 or DJFlight com/richardgreen805 high-energy backing band, Hester, URL: Richard Green is a talented Prynne leaves no doubt why he is,, multi-instrumentalist, singerreferred to as one of the top peror songwriter, arranger, and proIn haiku form: Mind transform- ducer with a home studio for hire. TALENT ing beats/ unique, fresh, and in- He leads the Richard Green Band continued page 18 novative/ SLO’s home grown

LYLE LOVETT & HIS LARGE BAND Saturday, August 8 - 8pm - Cohan Center The singer/songwriter returns to SLO for a hard-driving, soul-stirring evening. Center Stage Sponsoring Partner: KSBY TV

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Saturday, August 22 8 pm - Spanos Theatre

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MERLE HAGGARD With The Malpass Brothers

Wednesday, September 30 8 pm - Cohan Center

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formers in Southern California. Decades of touring with national acts have created a stage performance that will entertain. Higher Movement (West

African Traditional Dance and Rhythms) Contact: Marsha Butler,; or Bruce Ogilvie,

Higher Movement is a performance group focused on traditional dance and rhythms of West African countries of Guinea and Mali. They feature live drummers supporting a performance of traditional dances. Dance class is Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in Performance Athletics, 4484 Broad St., SLO (across from the airport). All levels welcome. Hip Pocket (Funk, R&B)


Contact: Darrell Voss, 441-3535 or Billy Foppiano, 546-TUNE (8863), URL:

Hip Pocket pumps out grooveladen funk with touches of soul and R&B, working audiences into a dance frenzy. Hip Pocket features the best funk musicians in SLO County: drummer Darrell Voss, bass player extraordinaire Bobby Santa Cruz, “Guitar Wizard” Billy Foppiano, and cool saxman Scott Wright. Get ready for soulful singing and funky grooves that just don’t stop. Honor Bound Heroes

(Punk) Contact: via myspace, URL: heroes

Honor Bound Heroes started out with the purpose of bringing a little NYC attitude to the Central Coast, and honoring the men and women of our Armed Forces. After leaving NYC for the West Coast in the summer of ‘05, Pete Truent went on the hunt to find the right people who shared the same passion for music, and he found them. These guys rip!



The Hot and Cool Orchestra (Big Band/ Swing/ Latin) Contact: Ted Waterhouse, 783-2681 or, URL:

The Hot and Cool Orchestra puts together a great musical concoction, mixing up ZydecoCajun swamp blues with Western swing and crossing it

with Gypsy jazz and tango for a sizzling show. They drive it home with accordion, fiddle, guitar, bass, and drums. The Howlie Playboys

(Western Swing/ Hawaiian Swing/ Jazz) Contact: Ted Waterhouse, 783-2681 or; or 748-1759

The Howlie Playboys provide the best in Hawaiian Cowboy Viper Blues. From Hawaiian swing of the 1920s and ‘30s, to Western swing, viper jazz, and other crazy stuff, the five-piece acoustic Howlies employ National Hawaiian guitar, ukulele, fiddle, guitar, string bass, and percussion to deliver a mighty entertaining show. The Hydramatics

(Rockabilly/ Roots/ Country) Contact: Dave Bourbon, URL:

The Hydramatics are a roots rockabilly band hailing from Central California. They keep to the roots of rock’n’roll and rockabilly with a very traditional sound but could also rev it up a little for the younger crowds. They’re exactly the kind of band you’d want to see at your local drive-in burger joint or kustom car show. The quartet caters to the hot rod and kustom car culture crowd since some of the members are from Headhunters kustom car club. Impossible Sunday (Rock/

Punk/ Reggae) Contact: Jeff Hodde, (415) 420-9030, URL:

What do they sound like? “Mix your favorite cartoon with caffeine, sci-fi, and some black and blue paint and you have us! But really we’re straight-up rock with some fusion of punk, reggae, and groove. We aim to be your life’s soundtrack!” Impromptu (Folk Rock/ Classic Rock/ Americana) Contact: Larry Allen, URL: theimpromptu band

Impromptu is four seasoned musicians on guitars, bass, percussion, and trumpet. Their unique original music is a dynamic blend of acoustic-electric rock laced with Caribbean rhythms, a dash of funk, and an occasional hint of country. They also play an extensive repertoire




Americana) Contact: Tim,, 546-9225 or 540-0877, URL:

Acoustic artist Tim Jackson, born and raised on the Central Coast, opens new doors in the realm of the new millennium style of folk music. A sound from the street, with feeling and depth, his music has enlightened the spirit of modern Americana. Jade (Alternative/ Pop) Contact: Jessi, URL: or

Three cute teen girls delivering percussive, angst-ridden folk pop tunes. What more could you want? The JD Project (Rock/ Pop) Contact: Doug, 441-5026 or, URL:

Featuring singing and piano playing dynamo Doug Groshart, The JD Project plays hooky, accessible, radio-friendly rock. JenRose (DJ Hip-Hop/ Top 40/ House/ Dance/ Funk/ Reggae) Contact: Jennifer Rosenberg, (406) 396-7160 or, URL:

Wednesday nights are Ladies Night at The Library Lounge with DJ JenRose. Drink specials and party music all night long so get there early. She’s also available for private parties. The Johnny Starlings (Folk/ Jazz/ Pop) Contact: Jody Mulgrew, URL:

Breezy, sometimes jangly, always an engaging collection of pop nuggets filled with jazz, roots, and folk hooks, the songs of frontman Jody Mulgrew get under your skin no matter how jaded you might be. In other words, there’s something very familiar about this sound while managing to be unique, largely because of Mulgrew’s warm tenor and excellent songwriting skills. Jill Knight (Folk/ Rock) Contact: Jill Knight, 927-3909 or jkmusik@, URL:

Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Knight is the grand dame of the acoustic folk scene and widely considered a county treasure. Soulful and eclectic, she’s garnered a wide and diverse audience. Jude Johnstone (Folk/

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Listen to my mixes, and hopefully you will see it. And if you like it, show some love!” Kauzafex (Hip-Hop) Contact:

Best known as a songwriter whose material has been covered by Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, Trisha Yearwood, and Johnny Cash, among others, in the last few years Jude has started recording and performing her own material. The Cambria resident has been interviewed on NPR and played plenty of big shows.

Kauzafex, (530) 277-3802 or, URL:

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(Blues/ Rock/ Country) Contact: Julie Beaver, 235-7155 or, URL:

Julie & the BadDogs serves up a tasty variety of rock, blues, and country dance music. Julie Beaver (violin and vocals) adds a unique flavor to the group with her creative use of the violin. Bruce Sorensen (bass) is an amazing R&B singer, and Art Dougall (drums) keeps it groovin’. To top it off, guitarist Glen Rathbone brings with him more than 30 years’ experience with Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band. Together they offer a huge repertoire that’s sure to have something for everyone. KatchaFiya/ Majestik Sounds (DJ Reggae) Contact: DJ KatchaFiya, URL: myspace. com/majestiksound

Born in the Northwest and grown in the Bay Area, music has always been a big part of this DJ’s life: “It’s a meditation. It refreshes, inspires, and fuels us. What we hear in an artist’s expression is likely to influence how we lead our lives. Mixing is an opportunity to build on that.



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The Kicks have a solid handful of new songs, and the addition Tuff Tim Cordero (drummer from Resination) on percussion. If you’re looking for rock steady riddims and a hot female vocalist, check out The Kicks. Soul) Contact: Via myspace, URL:

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Seeping out of the garages of the Central Coast comes a distinct sound that refuses to go unheard, a developed style that showcases the musical influences and raw talents of seven individuals’ contributions toward orchestrating chaos. Don’t worry; this is not a reality T.V. show or a caged wrestling match. It’s more like a well-devised, well-executed plan to make you get up and dance. KO & Capriss (Hip-Hop)

Contact: Vidal Perez, 863-1015 or brownsiderecords@yahoo. com, URL: brownsiderecords or myspace. com/brownsiderecords

KO & Capriss is a talented rapper who recently placed in the top three

for solo artists in the New Times Music Awards. Joe Koenig (Folk/ Soul/ Acoustic) Contact: Joe Koenig, 550-3685, URL:

Joe Koenig delivers a strippeddown acoustic sound with honest, introspective lyrics. His strong, soulful vocals often steal the show, soaring over songs that have their roots in country, folk, rock, and soul. His debut album Somethin’ Concrete was released in August 2008. Lakes (Rock/ Folk/ Indie) Contact: Seth Roberts, 2015869, URL:

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which went on to sell more than 50,000 records, tour the U.S., and play for thousands. Seth went on to play with the world renowned punk band MXPX. After two years and sharing the stage with the Foo Fighters, the Killers, Mötley Crü, and Jimmy Eat World, among others, Seth formed the band Lakes. Set to release a full length this year, still in his 20s, we have a feeling he’s just getting started. Chris Lambert (Indie/ Folk) Contact: Chris Lambert, 9220342, URL: lambertsingersongwriter loverfighter

Chris Lambert is an independent

singer/songwriter from the Central Coast. After working on projects from almost every genre, Chris released his first solo album, Two Guns, in 2007. He frequently makes appearances at venues up and down the California coast, and is currently finishing up his third full-length album. Don Lampson (Folk/

Blues/ Country) Contact: Don, 438-3912 or, URL:

With a well-worn voice full of true grit and a songwriting style that rips a page from Steve Earle, John Prine, and Townes Van Zandt, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more authentic singersongwriter. Mark Lancaster (Blues / Jazz / Pop) Contact: Mark Lancaster, 772-1360, URL:

Mark has been playing piano since his early years of classical training—playing and singing in the Northwest with many rock and cover bands to professional show bands. Now he is a singersongwriter, living in the Morro Bay area. He won “Best Song” at a songwriters contest for his solo song, “Trust.” Piano and vocals and recording are his passion now. He’s played many grand pianos, doing solo gigs for lounges,

dinner houses, weddings, and other venues along the Central Coast. The Travis Larson Band (Prog Rock) Contact: Travis, 528-4471, URL: travislarson

With five records and two fulllength performance DVDs, the award-winning Travis Larson Band is firmly rooted as one of instrumental music’s premiere acts. Well known for their live performances, TLB delivers fullthrottle rock fusion that soars with originality. Leni X (Alternative/ Death

Metal/ Experimental) Contact:, URL: myspace. com/yaeowil

“Still staffin’ the thudstaff staff, ‘cause I know how you like that staff in yo’ thud, dawg.” Pat Little Band (Pop/ Rock) Contact: Danny Kim, 674-4258

A five-piece rock outfit from San Luis Obispo, the Pat Little Band’s brand of bright, melodic pop rock will have you singing long before your dignity grants you permission. PLB had their genesis while attending Cal Poly as students. They combine infectious hooks with driving melodies to carry a

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message of what they believe is true hope. Rocky Logue (Acoustic/

Tropical/ Hawaiian) Contact: Rocky Logue, URL:

Rocky plays a mixture of guitar styles ranging from Hawaiian slack key guitar to classical. Blending music from around the globe, Rocky plays songs from Ledwaard Kaapana, Bob Marley, The Police, and Pepe Romero, along with a diverse collection of original pieces. Michael LoveGene (Rock/

Reggae/ Pop) Contact: Michael LoveGene, URL: 124955695

Michael has been playing music with Al â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shivalâ&#x20AC;? Redwine for many years at the Annual Sharing the Dream Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in San Luis Obispo County. For the past four years, Michael has been in his band laying down rhythm guitar and background vocals. Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lead vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist as well. The Loveless Estate

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(Acoustic/ Alternative/ Folk) Contact: Donny Kidd, 975-7971, URL: estate

With warm vocals coated over engaging acoustic guitar riffs, The Loveless Estate brings a fresh approach to the all too often dreary music scene. Writing, recording, and performing all their own music, The Loveless Estate has been busy at work with their newest venture, Electric Candlelight, due to be released 2009. Sebastian Luna (Folk/ Jazz/ Pop) Contact: Sebastian Luna, URL:


Though he was born in East Los Angeles, Sebastian Luna was raised on the mean streets of Los Osos. He spent his formative years attending Morro Bay High School, where he excelled in sports and art but showed little talent musically. Nonetheless, after graduating, Luna quickly set about putting a band together with neighbors and friends. Now he plays with Jody Mulgrew.

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Machine (Alt Rock/ Rock)

Contact: Mike Buzzetti, 239-8410, URL:

Websterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defines â&#x20AC;&#x153;machineâ&#x20AC;? as any device that transfers or converts energy from one form to another. Machine materialized as a result of two people writing and recording one song per night, converting their take on the human condition to music. Comprised of Mike â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buzzâ&#x20AC;? Buzzetti, Rolf Machine, and Trent Lochridge, Machine completed and released its debut album in Spring 2007. Magnolia (Folk/ Rock)

Contact: Casey McDonald, 771-0238, URL: magnoliacentralcoast

Folk-rock quartet Magnolia delivers a satisfying combination of style and sophistication, offering up soulful originals and tasteful covers. Magnolia features Jennifer Hayes (vocals), Robert Powers (bass), Vanessa Mills (keys), and Casey McDonald (drums). Magnolia plays local wineries, clubs, and festivals, and is also available for private parties and weddings. Maheyla & The Ritual

(Psychedelic Roots, Rock and Blues, Covers and Originals) Contact: Maheyla, 440-6602 or, URL:

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an extremely talented professional band. You get outstanding harmonizing voices, jamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rock and blues guitar, solid groove rhythms, amazing original songs, and quality covers from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s, and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s.â&#x20AC;? This group is available for parties, weddings, clubs, and events. Make Make (Indie/ Alt

Country/ Alt Folk) Contact: Shea Somma, URL: makemaketheband

The band started out as a songwriting project by Shea Somma and has since turned into something like a collective: friends who listen to Pavement and Wilco and make music that sounds like something in between. The band features a rotating lineup that currently includes Randy Johnston, Nick Nesbitt, Sarah Suksiri, and Matt Davis. Malikmiko (DJ Soul/ Funk/

Afrobeat/ Reggae/ Hip-Hop) Contact: Malik Miko Thorne, 801-7959 or malikmiko@gmail. com, URL: mikovision.blogspot. com

David Lynch, who performs as both a solo artist and with his band, has been selected as a finalist in seven national songwriter competitions and has created a strong following along the Central Coast of California.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been about anything with a soulful groove. College radio (KCPR) opened me up to a variety of genres, and public radio (KCBX) offered me a platform to play on a weekly basis. Managing a record shop has helped me pursue a novice degree of ethnomusicology.â&#x20AC;?

Lynn Marie (Pop/ Folk/ Rock)

Stuart Mason (Americana/

Contact: Lynn Marie, 710-4638, URL:

Lynn Marieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound is similar to Meiko, Tristan Prettyman, and Jason Mraz. The singer-songwriter started musically as a percussionist, then later learned to play bass, guitar, and ukulele. Lynn Marie performs live as a solo acoustic artist and her debut EP Absolute Uncertainty is available at iTunes and

Celtic/ Bluegrass) Contact: Stuart Mason, 534-9021 or URL:

Stuart Mason is known in the California traditional music community for his driving guitar, melodic mandola picking, authentic singing style, and inability to hold his whiskey. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a member of Mollyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revenge, a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band with a unique and infectious on-stage enthusi-

asm. He has performed in China, Hawaii, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States. Between band engagements, he plays solo and duo gigs that feature traditional Irish tunes, oldtime bluegrass, and his original â&#x20AC;&#x153;oldternativeâ&#x20AC;? songs. Matthias & The Cry (Indie/ Pop/ Soul) Contact: Matthias Clark, URL:

Matthias and The Cry is a collaboration of world rhythms and soul. Matthias takes the East Coast to the West Coast and back again. With a childhood of strumming the blues on his guitar in the subways of New York City and a family of California art industry executives, he collaborates his blues soul with a funk form of folk to produce songs that reach peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearts and minds. Stephen McAndrew (Pop

and American Song Book) Contact: Stephen,, URL:

Stephan is a singer/pianist whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performed at Hearst Castle, the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, and various venues in the SLO area. His background includes musical directing, studio vocals, musical theater, and nightclub work, performing popular music including The American Songbook and music of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s, and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s. Chase McBride (Central

Coast Folk/ Rock) Contact: Chase McBride, (406) 672-2312, URL:

Twenty-year-old Chase McBride and his band, comprised of drummer Jonathan Withem and bassist Austin Mello, are on the rise. Formed in early 2008, the group has already released a successful EP, and the music video for their single, â&#x20AC;&#x153;1937,â&#x20AC;? quickly becomes a local favorite and New Times Music Award-winner. Casey McDonald (Folk/

Country) Contact: Casey McDonald, 771-0238, URL:

Born in Minnesota and raised on folk, country, and singer-songwriters of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s, Casey McDonald brings to the stage an honesty and wryness often found missing in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acoustic offerings. Songs pulse with cutting irony, covering the range from love to jealousy, love and deceit, to the state of the nation at hand. Meet the Foppers (Blues/ Jazz) Contact: Billy Foppiano, 546-TUNE (8863), URL:

Local professional musician Billy Foppiano (who is famous in Finland!) has teamed up with his guitar-playing son, Charlie, to BRING IT! They perform blues, jazz, originals, and fun material to make the world a better place. Memphis Soul Stew Review (Rhythm & Blues)

Contact: Michael Dias, 8786186, URL:

This group captures the Memphis style of rhythm & blues from late 1950s through the early 1970s, drawing on the influences of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Booker T & the MGs, and more. Their high-energy horn-driven sound captures the soul of R&B. Microbandâ&#x201E;˘ (Rock/ Country/

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mated music show that plays a variety of music that spans the musical spectrum. A computer provides realistic bass and drums while the artist performs vocal and guitar parts. One-man band daytime and nighttime shows are available. Great for private parties and pubs. Call now! The Mighty Croon Dogs

(Rock/ R&B/ Blues/ Reggae and More) Contact: Billy Foppiano, 546-TUNE (8863), URL:

Long-time SLO County favorites the Mighty Croon Dogs are the top choice for special events and celebrations. Truly the most versatile band around, their musical prowess crosses genres and age groups, taking audiences on an unforgettable joyride through rock, R&B, blues, jazz, Latin, reggae, country, and more. These energetic, talented musicians ignite the dance floor with their fun, frisky (and volume-appropriate!) music. Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band

(Country/ Bluegrass) Contact: Monte, 438-3030 or Happytrails2unme@wildblue. net, URL:

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With a Battle of the Bands win under their belt and supporting slots with Nico Vega, Rob Michaels, and Picture Atlantic, Monster Eats the Pilot has solidified themselves as the Central Coast’s most promising young band. Morning Rise Reggae SoundSystem (DJ Reggae)

Contact: Chookie, 471-3628, URL:

Strictly reggae, strictly niceness! This artist has got an extensive vinyl collection, specializing in all eras of roots, dancehall, and dub. The Mud Skippers

(Dixieland/ Big Band/ Polkas/ Ragtime) Contact: Gil Delcid, 5349019 or

The Mud Skippers is a four-tosix piece band that plays not just good dance music but also a dynamic mix of high-spirited, toetapping, Dixieland, big band swing, polkas, Latin, standards, and ragtime … fun music!

the bands to look for this year. Producer Jeff Schnewies (Tooth & Nail Records) recorded the band’s first EP, titled Progression. Their latest EP is an acoustic mix produced by the band itself. The Novas (Dance/ Funk/

Rock) Contact: Steve Eddy, 772-0878 or

Dance to funk and rock cover songs from the ‘50s to the present as well as originals. They play dance clubs, wineries, and private parties. The band includes lead vocalist Lisa Granada, Steve Eddy (bass and vocals), Kent Lynch (guitar and vocals), and Mikie Antonette (drums and vocals). The Novas entertain and provide the beat for a totally cool party! Feel the vibe! Oasis Band (Rock/ Jazz/ Swing) Contact: Ed Harris, 550-5387, URL:

“We’re the most versatile band on the Central Coast. We go above and beyond to play a variety of musical styles that appeal to people of all ages. “From Big Band to good time rock’n’roll, blues, jazz, and swing, Oasis has


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play about a 50 gigs a year, ranging from barn dances, weddings, barbecues, election campaigns, jail dedications, and birthday parties to full-blown concerts. The group is known as a country band and they do play mostly country music, but they can just as easily slip into ‘50s and ‘60s oldies rock’n’roll, 1940s big band, or gospel. Misplaced (Hip-Hop/

Experimental) Contact: Matthew Saiz, (510) 502-3412, URL:

Matthew moved out of San Luis Obispo in pursuit of music and his quest for knowledge, so he attended Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville, CA. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sound arts last May. He’s lived in the East Bay for about four years now and loves it, yet there is nothing like San Luis Obispo; it’s home. The Mixolydian Band

(Rock and Beyond) Contact: Ruth Montano, 709-4246 URL: mixolydianband

Check their website, which includes 10 of their original songs. They are all local SLO County musicians and play a wide variety of music.

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Rock) Contact: Eric Singer, (858) 229-2592, URL: Naturalincense

Natural Incense is a reggae-rock fusion, easily inducing a meditative and philosophical state of being in the best tradition of socially conscious reggae. Burning Spear and Steel Pulse are influences, as is Chili Peppers’ funky spirit; and Slightly Stoopid’s genre mixing keeps these dub tunes flowing nicely. New Tomorrow (Punk/

Hardcore) Contact: Danny Derrick, (209) 628-3220, URL:

New Tomorrow has an extremely energetic live show. They are signed to Skeleton Crew Records owned by My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero. They’ve done seven coast-tocoast DIY tours, played more than 250 shows, and released three full-length albums. Nothing Ever Stays (Indie

Alternative Rock) Contact: Ryan Kirkpatrick, 423-6800, URL:

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Alt) Contact: Dave McAbee, 459-1381, URL: ofscarletletters

Scarlet Letters has been making history for almost five years. Dan (vox/guitar) met Dave (bass) in the summer of 2004 when Dave attended the church where Dan was leading worship. They soon became close friends and roommates. When Dan married Kari (keyboards) in 2006, they knew that she had to be a part of the group. Josh (drums) was added, and the band recorded its first EP, Alder House, currently available! Ogma (Alternative Rock)

Contact: Sam Crimmel, 927-8330, URL:

“Good evening, lovely lights. The universe is abundant and the beauty is everywhere. Right now I come to you my dear friends with the bounty of this moment.” Ogma’s debut record, You Are It, has been released! It’s available exclusively from the official OGMA store front.

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One (Hip-Hop) Contact: Triple

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One is a hip-hop collective featuring Triple X, James Kaye, The Kid Rick, and Caprilord. Louie Ortega and the Wild Jalapenos (Tex Mex/

Rock/ Folk) Contact: Louie Ortega, 541-2208 or, URL:

Grammy Award-winner Louie Ortega offers several incarnations: Louie Ortega solo (guitar and vocals), duo, or trio; Louie Ortega and the Wild Jalapenos (a quartet); or Louie Ortega and the Wild Jalapenos featuring the West Coast Horns (a septet). When you want the best, Louieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your man. Chuck Osborne

(Accordionist) Contact: Chuck Osborne, 937-9021 or

Hire Chuck Osborne for your next event that requires live music. Chuck performs solo on the Roland FR-7, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first completely digital accordion. Specialization of repertoire for restaurants and wine and beer events includes Italian, French, Bavarian, traditional, American/ Broadway standards, and more.

OsoSol (Reggae/ Rock/ HipHop) Contact: Rob Wishon, 704-6271 or URL:

Pacific Repertory Opera

(Classical/ Opera/ Theater) Contact: Carolyn Mason, or

Comprised of many of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best singers, this group stages operas and presents vocal

The Purewater Construction Band is made up of Ben Turner on guitar and vocals, Jack Turner on drums, and Dylan Theobald on bass and guitar. The music created by this band can be described as garage rock with a touch of Wyoming twang. Many songs are humorous and are based off of personal experiences.

Project 41 (Classic Rock)

Contact: Skip James, 610-5051, URL:

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Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CD, The Gathering of Guides, was released on Solid Air Records. Primarily focusing on fingerstyle guitar, Tim also sings vocal tunes from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s to the present.

PK (Rock) Contact: Eric

PK is from San Luis Obispo, and plays rock, indie, classic, and pop rock.

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OsoSol plays a fun blend of original music that could be loosely described as reggaebased rock with a taste of hiphop, funk, ska, soul, dance, dub, roots, and more. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vocal harmonies as well as its strong rhythmic foundation lay the groundwork for a special blend of musical tastiness. Influences range widely, as evidenced in their collective sound. OsoSol is currently looking to book gigs and would love to come and rock your event or party. Folk) Contact: Tim Pacheco, 674-2819, timpacheco@hotmail. com URL:

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guitar, percussion (tambourine, congas, and shaker), and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a songwriter.

concerts featuring a repertoire of everything from classical arias to Broadway show tunes. The Paisanos (Acoustic

Blues/ Folk) Contact: Joe DiVincenzo, joedivincenzo@ URL: myspace. com/thepaisanos

Playing originals and covers, The Paisanos perform intimate, folksy concerts thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put a smile on your face. Pennyjar (Alt Country)

Contact: Patrick Hayes, 235-1506, URL:

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that are neither alternative nor country. It has been called a code word for â&#x20AC;&#x153;good songwritingâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far, we embody both,â&#x20AC;? they say. Pennyjar are as comfortable with Hank Williams as they are with the Stooges. Mostly they like playing twangy rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll. Marcia Perez (Rock) Contact: Marcia Perez, 541-6473 or

Marcia does lead vocals and backup harmonies and has been doing music all her life: piano as a youngster, then acoustic rhythm

Original rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll for the soul, music is created and performed by Project 41, with great, original lyrics and music written in the classic-rock style. This band came together in the beginning of 2009. The musicians are all experienced professionals. The music they play is done with love and always has a positive message, and they have a great time doing it. Public Defendaz (Hip-Hop) Contact: Cassidy Wright, 2154053 URL:

The group known as Public Defendaz is a diverse collection of musicians who represent their personal views through the lifestyle and music of hip-hop. Their purpose: to bring audiences a quality of music that directly reflects the â&#x20AC;&#x153;voiceâ&#x20AC;? of the people. By combining the driving forces of lyrical wordplay and versatile productions, this group from various regions of California bands together to preserve hip-hopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true elements.


Contact: Maite, URL: myspace. com/quecoasmusic

ÂĄQuĂŠ Cosa! es el dĂşo de compositores talentosos Maite Garcia (vocalista) y Larry Arone (piano). QuĂŠ Cosa esta escribiendo su nuevo disco. Ragg (Rock/ Metal/ Melodic)

Contact: Monique Grajeda, 5419155, URL:

Ragg is a band with an audio and visual expression of power overlaid with melodic transitions of dynamics and tempo dramatics. The female and male forces of the band blend into strong emotions portrayed in the messages of the words and patterns of music heard in the songs. Rancho Deluxe (Country/ Rock and More) Contact: Mark Adams, URL: deluxe or

Playing old-school twang with an up-to-date energy, California country-rock band Rancho Deluxe formed in 2005 with singer-song-

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writer and guitarist Mark Adams and lead guitarist Jesse Jay Harris. Harris came by his interest in roots music naturally; his father is Greg Harris, a musician who recorded with Skip Battin, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, and the post-Gram Parsons Flying Burrito Brothers in the 1970s and ‘80s. Ras Danny (Reggae) Contact:


Hailing from Trenchtown, Jamaica, Ras Danny is the Central Coast’s “most authentic roots reggae artist.” He’s recorded with many of the best reggae artists at Bob Marley’s recording studio. Raucous Caucus (Funk)

Contact: Mike Knorr, 305-7759

This group consists primarily of Cuesta College jazz students, specializing in eclectic covers from a broad range of styles. They play funky music for the ascension of your mind, body, and spirit. Raucous Caucus brings the ruckus and will rock your house party like it’s 1969. Red Eye Junction (Classic Country/ Honky-Tonk) Contact: Reid Cain, 441-7521, URL:

If you like your country music steeped in the sounds of Bakersfield and honky-tonk that reeks with the aroma of beer and sawdust rather than hair mousse and celebrity fragrances, then REJ’s your cup of shine. It’s the music of Saturday-night sinning and Sunday-morning salvation. Red Eye Junction are the new heroes of honky-tonk. They also won two New Times Music Awards in 2009. Yee haw!


an A-to-Z list of Central Coast musical artists and DJs band produces original music that is fun, energetic, but still meaningful and emotional at times. Refuge’s first full-length album is available on iTunes now, and is sold by the band at local shows. Their single “Alive!” is featured on New Rock 107.3’s SLO and Dysfunctional CD, and they are working on a brand new record. The Remnants (Rock)

Contact: Ron Yapo, 925-6207, URL:

“We’re just a bunch of guys who love playing music who have a big all-ages following in Lompoc. We play several times a month in clubs at DJ’s Saloon and The Wicked Shamrock. Lots of parties, lots of benefits. No special plans for the band. Just make happy for everyone.” Resination (Reggae/ Dub) Contact: vis myspace, URL: or

Resination is one of the Central Coast’s most established reggae acts, featuring top-notch musicianship from players who are also members of the Tipsy Gypsies and Cuesta Ridge. The Result (Rock/ Blues/

Funk/ Country) Contact: Steve Philip-Bass, 440-5531 or steve, URL:

We’re all veterans of the local band scene. Members hail from bands such as Trouble In


RoAch Clip (Hip-Hop)

Contact: Nicholas Roberts, 9757444 URL:

RoAch Clip is the next up-andcoming hip-hop act in the Central Coast. After the release of his debut solo album I’m Back, he’s been doing shows from Santa Barbara to SLO and all the way up to the North County. With a fresh new West Coast sound meets kicked-back Cali style, he’s sure to make big noise all through California and beyond. The Rogue Canaries (Jazz/ Blues/ Rock) Contact: Matt Franscioni, 712-0547

Instrumental jazz, blues, rock, and standards fuse into an eclectic mix with The Rogue Canaries. Scott Bailey, Matt Franscioni, Adam Levine, and Bill Wingfield bring together a unique depth of experience and professionalism. Described by New Times as a “funky live band,” it’s a sound and vibe that is harder to describe than to experience. Romeo & the Juliets

(Rock) Contact: Donna Lu Meazell, URL: clearbelldonnalu

Donna Lu and Chris Hangos of Clearbell are joining up forces with Sam Alderson from kiss n tell and a new hot female drummer, Ashley Pintor, who’s been drumming since grammar school. This band plays originals, ‘50s to ‘80s covers, and “whatever the hell we feel like.” RTO (Rock) Contact: John

Collins, 712-3065, URL:

RTO is a high-energy trio whose original approach to rock has made a fan of everyone who has listened. This quickly growing band offers a variety of music with influences of funk, hip-hop, and blues grooves played through hard rock. A band you must see live. Rusted Stone (Rock/ Hard

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Rusted Stone is a high-energy hard rock band that delivers an exciting live show. They’re finishing a full length CD and lining up summer shows. T-Shirts and a five-song CD are available at all shows and through their website. Rusted Stone plays music that will get your rocks off!


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Sad Lisa (Rock) Contact: Graham Haworth, URL:

Red Lights (Alt Rock) Contact: James, URL: myspace. com/redlightsca

The freak flag hangs half-mast in the land of sandals and toerings. So many bros, so little time. San Luis Obispo needs a new sound of its own. Nursed at the teats of feedback and finesse, Red Lights harken back to the days when passion in music did not mean “let me lick your toes” love-jams or “let me show you my heart tattoo” seventh-grade diary outtakes. Refuge (Alternative Rock)

Contact: Connor Parsons, 748-9340, URL: refugepismo

Refuge hails from the Central Coast. The youthful energy of this

Paradise, Mean Gene & The Portable Jons, Blue Collar Way, 4 Wheel Drive, Dyrewolfe, and others. All members sing lead and backing vocals. We’re able to play a variety of venues from the small and mellow to large and balls-out rockin’. The Ridge (Rock/ Folk/ Country) Contact: Matt Franscioni, 237-0054.

The Ridge plays a wide variety of styles, including everything from classic Southern rock’n’roll to acoustic folk with some country and bluegrass, too. They can even throw in some Miles Davis styles. Many in the group were formerly with the popular Blackberry Ridge Band.

A few years back, the members of Sad Lisa were just five close friends, holding acoustic jam sessions in their cave-like apartments near the train tracks of San Luis Obispo. Little did they know that within five years, their sound would morph into heavier electric realms of sound, and they’d be opening for the likes of Godsmack, Hoobastank, and Papa Roach. San Luis Obispo County Band (Patriotic, Classical,

Marches) Contact: Curtis Reinhardt, 773-4173 or curtis@, URL:

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Skykillers (Pop/ rock)

Contact: Evan Russsell, 4008076 or summersaddness@ URL: skykillers

jazz, blues, country, and rock songs. Sometimes he plays all by himself as either Jim Townsend or Screaming Jimmy, depending on his mood or the venue.

Influenced by Nirvana, Muse, and the White Stripes, Skykillers have been sent from the beard of Zeus, possessing unique lead vocals and catchy choruses. With a mix of indie rock-pop and classic rock, Skykillers are sure to please music lovers of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Melt yo face!

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playing continuously for 135 years. Records show that it was formally organized in 1881, but the existence of the band was mentioned in newspapers as early as 1874, when its ancestor, the San Luis Obispo Military Band, was founded. This all-volunteer, traditional concert band performs more than 20 times yearly in traditional concerts, at its Sunday Summer Concerts, at farmers markets, and for community organizations and at patriotic events.

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The San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (Classical and Pops) Contact: Shannon McNeely, 574-0692, URL:

The SLO Wind Orchestra boasts some of the area’s most accomplished wind and percussion players as its members. The orchestra performs the finest works written for wind band at the highest possible artistic level, fosters an appreciation of the repertoire, and contributes to the cultural vitality of the Central Coast community. Schwing Thangs (Love

Songs) Contact: Billy Foppiano, 546-TUNE (8863)

Love the songs of the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, and how about something with a melody? These guys only do songs with a melody, and usually the artist must be dead, or very close to on their way. Billy plays guitar and percussion (at the same time) and Piper plays the standup bass (and excels on the throat thomnet, a tiny little trum-

Contact: Via myspace, URL: or myspace. com/sherwood

Sherwood started at Cal Poly and was one of the first bands to sign to Myspace Records. Though they still consider SLO Town home, they spend most of their time on the road touring. In fact, they’re arguably SLO’s most successful band! Sexy Time Explosion

(Glam/ Punk/ Garage) Contact: Sethzilla, URL:

This Turbo Negro tribute band is a group of sexual Robin Hoods, denim-clad extravaganza monkeys, the sexiest act to ever grace the stage. Revel in a voyeuristic display of grudge rock. It’s glitter time! No life till leather! It’s grown men wearing makeup and singing about sodomy. The Shamblers (Folk/ Blues/ Amerciana) Contact: Lucus Ohio, URL: shamblers

It was 2005 and the band members discovered one another while playing various clubs, bars, and coffee houses in and around San Luis Obispo. Soon the Shamblers were born. Featuring singer-songwriter-frontman Lucas Ohio Pattie on a hard-driving, muscular, rhythm-based guitar, completing the band were seasoned musicians Mike Marotto on bass and lead guitar and Colby James on drums.

Alternative) Contact: Jason Lytle, URL:

Slick Bishop is a hard rock band from the Central Coast that delivers a powerful rock sound combined with luscious melodies and heartfelt, anguished lyrics that will keep you engaged and take you for an emotional ride. Slick Bishop is currently sponsored where their music is available for preview and purchase. A SLO Hot Wind: The Sounds of Brazil (Brazilian) Contact: Stephen Rice, (760) 510-9771

Caress the infectious beat of a samba school in Rio, or the hypnotic tropical rhythms of Bahia. A country that named its largest metropolitan airport after Antonio Carlos Jobim, the architect of Bossa Nova, must be doing something right. Let them bring the sounds of Brazil to your venue! SNAFU (Rock) Contact: Bill

Donley, 541-1352, URL:

SNAFU plays a wide variety of tunes, ranging from Motown to rock and classic R&B. They play fun, danceable music that’s enjoyed by a wide range of people. They have a lot of fun doing it, and your crowd will, too! Contact them for a demo and song list. So Much to Fear (Hard


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pet, that she also can play at the same time). They can add additional players (violin, mandolin, etc.) for larger events. If you DON’T want a melody, call elsewhere. Sharine (Rock/ Pop/

Americana) Contact: Sharine Borslien, URL:


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Sharine’s refreshing, fluid, and sensual alt-pop-rock music meets evocative, poetic lyrics, creating dynamic soul and ear candy. Her numerous songs—inspired by love, pleasure, and pain—are occasionally mainstream friendly, more frequently edgy and avant-garde. She takes listeners on a journey, enchanting and uplifting with her rich, distinctive voice and provocative stage presence. Screaming Jimmy (Folk/ Rock/ Blues) Contact: Jim Townsend,, URL:

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As a performer, Jimmy likes to do a lot of different things ... hence all of the different “Jimmys.” He plays the piano and guitar, singing originals, covers,

Sam Sharp


(Acoustic Soul/ Blues/ Rock) Contact: Sam Sharp, URL:

This former Joose frontman is now playing solo acoustic, wood shedding and recording and waiting for lightning to strike. The Shival Experience

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Rock/ Metal) Contact: Rich Macke, 264-8189 or, URL:

So Much to Fear is a hard-hitting metal band from the Central Coast, named on the fact that in this world live, there is “So Much to Fear.” You can catch them live from SLO to Los Angeles.

(Reggae/ Rock/ Blues) Contact: Al “Shival “ Redwine, 305-1031 or 528-7396, URL: shival or myspace. com/theshivalexperience

Society’s Child (Rock)

If you’re a fan of Hendrix, Marley, or Santana, you’ll dig the diverse sounds of The Shival Experience.

Society’s Child is Austin Hart on guitar and vocals, Brian “B-ri” Campbell on drums, Danny “MonsterBass” on bass, Jordin Moir on guitar. If you want your socks rocked off, call them.

Siko (Alternative/ Rock/ Pop)

Soft Sounds of David Orr

Contact: Ephraim, URL:

The four founding members of Siko (see-co) pride themselves on the ability to show people a good time with their music. Much in the vein of Cream and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Siko creates rock’n’roll that grooves and gets the crowd moving.

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(Soft Sounds) Contact: David, 801-4783, URL: softsoundsofdavidorr

David Orr is a solo act, playing “soft sounds” acoustically, both originals and covers.

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SoulPrint (Alternative/ Rock/ Metal) Contact: via myspace, URL:

If you like your rock fast, loud, and out of control, check out SoulPrint. Sparrows Gate (Folk/

Gospel) Contact: Zebedee Zaitz, URL:

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Sparrows Gate is the music of Zebedee Zaitz (vocals, guitar), Joel Tolbert (keys, slide guitar), Anthony Zaitz (bass, vocals), and Joshua Barnhart (drums, vocals). They are currently in the process of working on a full-length album. Residing on the sleepy Central Coast, they can be seen playing shows all over the West Coast. Spiro (Rock) Contact: Chad,

264-5961, URL:

Spiro is a modern rock band playing originals and cover songs at venues on the Central Coast. Guitarist Ryan Ritchie writes catchy and energetic songs with a punk flair, accompanied by Bradley Anthony on bass and Chad Hinkle on drums. Influences include the White Stripes, Tom Petty, and The Ramones.

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Western) Contact: Dave Stamey, URL:

Award winning Western singersongwriter Dave Stamey knows of what he sings. The former cowboy still rides a lot, but mostly takes dudes out on the trail, where he entertains them around the campfire. He also plays throughout the western U.S.

Stage Fright (Classic rock)

William H. Stapley and the Middle Kingdom Band

Stage Fright plays music from practically every genre: from oldies to dance music, love songs, country, and even some Top 40 â&#x20AC;Ś and of course, classic rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a seasoned band that loves to have fun, Stage Fright will make your event a tremendous success.

This singer-songwriter and band are available for local casual gigging. The genre is original country and rock music. Mr. Stapleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut album, William H. Stapley and the Middle Kingdom Band, is available on iTunes and Amazon. com for on-line downloading. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also available at Boo Boo Records.

Contact: Fernie Monreal, 9953454, URL:


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Still Time (Folk/ Rock)

tistic endeavors with both a serious work ethic and a sense of humor ... and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still doing it after all this time.â&#x20AC;?

This radio-friendly band began as Longview, formed in the Cal Poly dorms, but after discovering another band called Longview became The New Longview before settling on Still Time. If you like Ben Harper and Dave Matthews, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love these guys.

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(Americana/ Indie) Contact: Shane Stoneman, 471-9367 URL:

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live and live-in-studio project. What began as a cathartic outlet for the two has now evolved into an entity of twisted fury with themes of destruction, death, torture, and despair. They aim to frighten. Ten Toe Grip (Rock) Contact:

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Folk/ Country/ Rock) Contact: David Talmage, 995-2320, 9090553,

David plays acoustic guitar and does a little singing. He presents handcrafted originals and well chosen covers from personal heroes such as John Prine, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Steve Goodman, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, and Willie Nelson ... so he guesses his genre of music would be something like folkcountryrockcoustic. But whatever else it is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finger pickinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; good. Teeth Gnashing (Noise)

Contact: Silentis or Psychosis, URL:

Teeth-Gnashing was founded by Silentis and Psychosis in 2008 as a

Johnny, URL: tentoegrip

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the consummate party band.â&#x20AC;? The music is infectiously danceable and high energy, and the set list is a whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who of new and classic rock: Everything from Foghat to Foo Fighters, from the Cars to the Cult, from U2 to ZZ Top. Thayer (Rock) Contact: Kevin Thayer, 423-8538, URL:

Thayer is a band comprised of five like-minded individuals who take a no-nonsense approach to playing brutal, in-your-face rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;roll. With a relentless live show, Thayer has got sing-alongs, heavy riffs, and enough solos to melt your girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s panties! This Moment Contact:

Austin Atiyeh 550-9602, URL:

This is the work of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and electronic performer Austin Atiyeh. Although there are many artists who have collaborated and continue to collaborate with This,

Atiyeh remains its only official member, and the sole influence on its direction. He has released one album under Painted Sky Records, and has recently released an independent album entitled Hunab Ku (after a Mayan symbol meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;galactic consciousnessâ&#x20AC;?). Threes and Nines (Indie Rock) Contact: Max Triplett, 345-6553, URL:

The band formed in 2003. Lead singer Jake Brebes writes the songs for the band. Max Triplett plays the drums and Tasha Brittain plays stand-up base. The band has opened for Slightly Stoopid, Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats, and also played the Live Oak Festival summer of 2006. They also opened for the Violent Femmes at the Ventura Majestic Theatre the summer of 2007. Three Martini Lunch (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rat Packâ&#x20AC;? Swing) Contact: Michael, 878-6186, URL: threemartinilunch3

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love this fabulous trio. Get Swankified. Three Sheets to the Wind (Folk) Contact: Jack Beardwood, 772-124

Three Sheets to the Wind performs songs of drunken sailors, sunken ships, waterfront mistresses, and Irishmen run amok. The band sings authentic work songs and shanties from the clipper ship era of the mid-1800s. Their instrumentation is banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played at festivals, pubs, and schools from Dana Point to Portland, Ore. The Tipsy Gypsies (Gypsy Jazz/ Pop) Contact: Forrestt Williams, 215-8785, URL:

The Tipsy Gypsies are a Gypsy jazz quartet consisting of the lovely Hillary Langdon on vocals, guitar players Toan Chau and Forrestt Williams, double bassist Matt Reeder, and Sean Sullivan on drums. What started as an informal jam session, the Tipsy Gypsies slowly evolved and finally found their sound. They could be described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gypsy jazz meets pop music on absinthe,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;the bastard child of Django Reinhardt and Billie Holiday.â&#x20AC;?

Jim Townsend Blues Band (Blues/ Rock) Contact: Jim Townsend, 459-3576, URL:

The Jim Townsend Blues Band, akaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jimmy Jams, hails from the Five Cites and is one of the best dance bands in SLO County. This six-piece show band covers music from classic rock to traditional blues and puts on a great show. They host a very successful blues jam every week in Arroyo Grande. Jim also plays as Screaming Jimmy. Trio Internationale (Polka

and More) Contact: Chuck Osborne, 937-9021, URL: myspace. com/triointernationale39

This group performs for anniversaries, weddings, dances, trial separations, and more. Read about and hear several complete selections of their musical offerings on their website. Tropo (Live Electronic/ Dance/ Trance/ House/ Rock) Contact: Tyson Leonard, 441-2569 URL:

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Unfinished Business specializes in the accurate re-creation and highenergy performance of many of the great hits of the 1960s by artists ranging from the Animals to the Zombies and including Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Creedence, Buffalo Springfield, Doors, Santana, Hendrix, Cream, various soul artists, and many more. Up in the Air (Jam/ Latin/

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Wallace does bluesy, jazz-tinged originals, performed with guitar and accompanied by trumpet or saxophone. He cut his teeth writing music for theater, so his songs have a dramatic storytelling quality, exploring what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to go â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wading in the Human Condition.â&#x20AC;? A former Northwesterner, Devin lives and performs on the Central Coast.

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hows don’t just happen. They require planning and financing. Oftentimes concertgoers never think about what it took to organize the event they’re attending, but there’s always somebody behind the scenes who laid the groundwork and risked the money to bring you live music. Soundcheck talked to five local promoters about what it is they do. First, let’s meet them: Curtis Reinhardt, who organizes several events—including the Arroyo Grande Harvest and Strawberry festivals and the Village Summer Concert Series—got his start 35 years ago at the University of Kansas where he booked shows for the Student Union Activities organization, later moving on to nightclubs and then performing art centers. Steven R. See arrived in SLO in 1973 and quickly joined Cal Poly’s ASI Concert Committee. The next year he was elected chairman and brought John Fahey, folk legend John Stewart, and Journey (on their third gig!) to perform that summer, but he got his concert promoter start before that: “I started out in the mid-‘60s charging the neighborhood kids a nickel to watch my brothers lip-synch to Beatle records.” See runs the Hoot Road Show. Bruce Howard has been at the promoting game for 25-plus years. The former K-Otter radio station owner sold to K-Pig and devoted himself to Otter Productions, Inc., which books shows in local venues as well as organizes huge outdoor concerts at places like the Avila Beach Resort. Eddy Burgos of Numbskull Productions is the area’s youngest promoter and certainly the edgiest, catering to the youth market, punk and metal fans, and beyond. Yet he’s been doing it since he was a teenager. This year marks his 20th anniversary as a promoter.

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We made a pact while eating lunch on campus one sunny afternoon that we’d do whatever it took to bring Garcia to town. That was a pretty amazing process. You can still stand on the very stage where Jerry once stood while ordering a hamburger. There was a series of concerts at the Great American Melodrama in the late-‘70s that featured The Dillards, Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin, and the Byron Berline Band. Byron had a then-19-year-old Vince Gill playing guitar that night. The crowd was in musical awe. I worked with the talented Dr. Warren

Soundcheck Who do you think is the biggest act you’ve ever booked? Reinhardt Hard to answer. I’ve worked with a number of big artists in various genres. Many of the bigger acts that I’ve worked with were on their way up when I first worked with them. A 1,600-seat FAMILY FRIENDLY venue was the largest Curtis Reinhardt, shown that I ever booked and, here in the early ‘80s of course, the capacity rocking a handlebar limited the selection to mustache with BB King, books tons of free, some extent. Here are a family-friendly concerts few: Sting (when he was throughout SLO County. with the Police), Tina Turner, Roy Orbison, BB King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, James Brown, the Temptations, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Reba, Johnny Mathis, Eddie Arnold, David Copperfield, Henry Kissinger, Marcel Marceau, Chieftains, and Victor Borge. See I’ve been lucky enough to have had my hand in some rather remarkable bookings over the past 35 years. My longtime friend Dennis Koda and I brought the Jerry Garcia Band to the Pismo Theater in the late-‘70s.

Balfour on bringing the Ray Charles Orchestra to Cuesta College in the 1980s that, for a variety of reasons, was not an easy thing to do. We used every trick in the book to pull it together. That concert sold out. My favorite was a one-nighter in Baywood Park featuring the late Kate Wolf and the original Cache Valley Drifters. This was in the late-‘70s, tickets were $2.50, and of course we didn’t fill the house. I still miss Kate. Howard Faith Hill, Jack Johnson, Incubus, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Bonnie GIVING A HOOT Steven R. See of the Raitt, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, 311, Hoot Road Show has been bringing Willie Nelson, Tori Amos, Wynonna great entertainers to the county on a Judd, Burt Bacharach, BB King, Chris shoestring budget for decades.


Isaac, Wayne Newton, John Lee Hooker, Lyle Lovett, Blink 182, Barenaked Ladies, Ben Harper, Pretenders, Jethro Tull, Chicago, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Doobie Brothers, Bunny Wailer, Ziggy Marley, Little Richard. Burgos The biggest act impact-wise would be Fugazi/Ian Mackaye. The dude is the founding father of DIY culture. Commercial-wise, hands down it was Green Day. Carroll Poco with Jimmy Messina and Richie Furay. Soundcheck Promoting seems a lot like gambling, so how do you decide whom to risk your money on? Reinhardt My decisions were usually based on research, past experience, entertainer and show costs, competition, day of the week, and gut feelings. I got to the point about 10 years ago that I couldn’t pick up the phone to book a pop or country PHOTO COURTESY OF CURTIS REINHARDT

act. I could no longer stand working with the greedy bottom-feeding agents and managers. The odds are stacked much more against promoters now than they were 20 years ago. Unlimited downside and a very limited upside. That’s why I now work with sponsored shows. See You certainly aren’t in this racket for the money. I’ve been told that I have a fairly good knack for picking good entertainment, and my tastes in music run pretty wide and eclectic. The current concerts series (Hoot Road Show) has been in place for almost


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PROMOTERS from page 28 13 years, so a lot of what I now present has tracked me down. People are always suggesting bands, and that works sometimes. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m quite happy that the artists that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve brought to town have all been easy to deal with and decent human beings. Howard Research. Burgos Numbskull has always been a labor of love, so there are times I will book stuff through fanboy lenses, which from an economic standpoint is not necessarily the best philosophy. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even count how many shows we have done where it was just the band, the janitor, and me. But before we book any financially risky show, we definitely research the actâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level of popularity/demand and then make a hopefully sound decision from there. Carroll We pick artists that we like and that we feel will fit well at a particular venue. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found that the more enthusiastic we are about an act, the better we are at promoting it and the better our ticket sales are. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also found that lesser-known acts, ticket price, day of the week, venue location, and the economy play a larger role in how successful the show is. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, however, deter us from promoting lesserknown acts. We just proceed more cautiously and try to keep our expenses low. There are so many incredible musicians out there that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get mainstream radio airplay, and we at Five Sisters Entertainment want to do our


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part to help them get their music heard. Soundcheck Tell me about a show that you thought would be great but did poorly, and a show you thought wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be successful but was. Reinhardt I booked the Police on one of their early tours and lost money. (I incorrectly figured that a $2,000 fee on a Sunday night was a pretty good bet.) I got gun shy immediately after that and passed on Bruce Springsteen for $3,500! I booked Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs to read from their works as a favor to a literary friend. We closed that show with the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s Kansas punk band Thumbs. We sold 550 tickets on a Tuesday night. Go figure. See I worked my tail off bringing Steve Forbert to town once and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe how difficult it was to get 70 people into a small venue for such a talented person. I still remember the day his first album came out while I was working at KZOZ some 30 years back. He gets tremendous airplay on KPIG. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still confused

EDGY EDDY Eddy Burgos of Numbskull Productions, shown here with Rancidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lars Frederiksen (left), has staked a claim on the youth, alternative, and punk markets.

about that one. We took a chance on Amy LaVere a few years back and had a show with her at the Steynberg. The band had played in front of seven people in Santa Barbara the night before and truly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to play for us that night. As it turned out, we filled up the joint, the band went to that special place that bands sometimes go, and the crowd loved it. There was a really strong standing ovation at the end of the first set, and it was the first standing ovation that they had ever received. Since then, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done some acting in a few major motion pictures, she was on the Conan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien show, and is a regular on MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dollar Cover. Amyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweet. Howard A couple years ago I tried to do a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunset Seriesâ&#x20AC;? at Avila, smaller, table seating, with Chris Isaac, Taj Mahal, George Thorogood ... I thought that a smaller outdoor summer series with really quality acts, at sunset at the most beautiful venue possibleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Avilaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;would work well ... it did not. The first time we did Jack Johnson a few years ago, the first time at the Rec Center at Cal Poly, no radio station in the county was playing him except for K-Otter ... it sold out in a few hours! Everyone who came sang his songs word for word! It was great to see a new artist with relatively no radio play and no real national exposure who everyone knew and loved! Burgos If the barometer for success is ticket sales, then I got plenty of stinker stories for ya, but one show that I remain permanently scarred from is Motorhead in Bakersfield. You would think Motorhead in Bako is a no-brainer. The town is chock full of working-class riffraff, bikers, metalheads, tweekers, drug addicts, etc.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;basically the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main demographic. For whatever reason, the show totally ate shit. But I got to hang with Lemmy for the night, got the set list, and a ruling pic with him. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, that night it was worth $10,972. Carroll In March we brought Raul Malo and Shelby Lynne to the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d last booked Raul Malo at the Templeton Performing Arts Center in May 2007 and we had sold out the show at 335 seats. We figured with the addition of Shelby Lynne and having the show at the Clark Center (in a more populated area) and on a Friday night (instead of a Monday like the 2007 show), we would double our ticket sales from 2007 or worst-case scenario we would


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of whom really made an impact in the music world ... theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re legendary, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m honored sell the same number that we had sold before. to have had the pleasure to work with them. We were wrong. We only sold 287 seats. I reAlso Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to work with some artally think the present economy played a big ists who are shooting up in the ranks but role in that outcome. As far as a show that have not yet â&#x20AC;&#x153;made it.â&#x20AC;? I brought Allison we thought wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be successful but was, Krauss to the Great American Melodrama in I have to go back to that Raul Malo, show in Oceano. We got to do Faith Hill at the Per2007. That was our first show. We were nerforming Arts Center before she â&#x20AC;&#x153;launched.â&#x20AC;? vous as heck. Very few people had ever heard Like I mentioned, we did Jack Johnson at the of Raul Malo, and we were really hoping we Rec Center and at the Avila Beach Resort. No wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose our shirt on the deal. Being that way could be play those venues now! I had this is very much a â&#x20AC;&#x153;last minuteâ&#x20AC;? community, an unknown artist open for Ray Charles up it was a nail-biter till the end, but by the night in Santa Cruz: Bobby McFerrin just before of the show we were sold out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Worry, Be Happyâ&#x20AC;? was released. Up Soundcheck Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your best memory of in my Santa Cruz office some 20 years ago being a promoter? Worse? there was a comedian who was calling us Reinhardt The best was Ella Fitzgerald all the time, up and coming, willing to work singing in the backseat of my Oldsmobile for nothing. His name was Jay Leno. We did Delta 88 as I drove her back from the club Barenaked Ladies in the parking lot at the old Loco Ranchero, a free show. Sixty LADIES CHOICE The ladies of Five Sisters Entertainpeople showed up. I did Jacob Dylan ment who bring music to the South County, (left to and the Wallflowers at right) Susan Marple, Rikki Anderson, Kamryn Clarke, Loco Ranchero, also. Maria Carroll, and Kathy Clarke, surround Raul Malo. About 150 showed up. Those are precious memories, getting to meet some of the legends and getting to work with some struggling artists who were to become legendary. Burgos Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no single best memory that outshines all the others, but there are situations where I just pinch myself and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe how lucky I am to be around music every night. I get pretty geeked when I work with bands that I worshipped growing up. I remember even crying during an X soundcheck once, but some of the best moments come when you hook up the unexpected fan. I love PHOTO COURTESY OF FIVE SISTERS ENTERTAINMENT â&#x20AC;&#x153;miracling,â&#x20AC;? which is to her hotel. The worst was David Allan Coe giving free tickets to fans that get shut out walking off the stage after playing only 30 of sold-out shows. The joy in their eyes is minutes, leaving me with a standing-roompriceless. Worst memory is having someone only crowd of rowdy biker fans. die at a show due to unnecessary violence, See There was concert we did in Cambria which has happened on two different occaat the Painted Sky Studios with singer-songsions. writer Darryl Purpose. He was singing a song Carroll The best was the May 2007 Raul about a sister he never really knew that had Malo show at the Templeton Performing Arts tragically drowned in a pool at the age of 2. Center. With a packed house, the energy in Darrylâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing this heartfelt song about leavthat place was palpable. Raul and the band ing flowers at her grave, and I look up to see were feeding off the crowd, and it was one everybody in the crowd with tears streaming of the best shows Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen. It was down their cheeks. That was intense. Darryl gratifying beyond belief to know that we had has that kind of power with his music, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;createdâ&#x20AC;? that. It was such a high for me Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a huge fan. My worst memory? We did that I knew I had found a new calling. Also, a concert, again in Cambria, with acoustic when we were out distributing flyers for the guitarist Tolouse Englehardt and percusPoco/Messina/Furay show, we handed one sionist Remi Kabaka. Tolouse was extremely to this gentleman in Arroyo Grande and he gifted but had a high level of attention deficit was so excited when he saw that it was Poco disorder type of issues going on. Remi had with founding members Messina and Furay actually played with all four Beatles but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that he got tears in his eyes as he thanked us have any drums with him for the gig. Thank profusely. He couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe he was going God I had billed the Tolouse show as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a to get to see the original four performing topsychadelic Chet Atkins.â&#x20AC;? We all ended up gether again. That was extremely rewarding pounding shots at Camozziâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s afterwards. as well. At this point, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have any Howard For me to be able to work with bad memories. Sâ&#x153;&#x201D; some of the legendsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bunny Wailer, James Brown, Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Glen Starkey doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the balls to be Tony Bennett, Bo Diddley, Ray Charles, Little a concert promoter. Express your relief at Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some of whom are gone now, all




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A-Town Media specializes in audio video systems design and installation, and is an authorized reseller for many top lines, including Soundcraft, Tascam, BSS, and dbx. Other services include on-site consultation, acoustical analysis, and equipment repair. Audio Visual Solutions and Rentals Contact: 787-

0342 575 Leff St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4349 URL:

Audio Visual Solutions has been a vendor for hotels and banquet facilities in SLO County since 1997. Rather than catering to bands and music venues, it provides professional audio and visual equipment for meetings, conventions, wine festivals, awards shows, and banquets. AV Exclusive and Audible Tangents

Contact: John Kraff, 500-4040 or 223 Granada C & D, San Luis Obispo

AV Exclusive carries high-end audio as a full-service audio company, working from consultation

Music Factory ships products in bulk without wasteful packaging and does the recycling. The company pledges “quick response, quick apologies, quick restitution,” and prides itself on its shipping policy. Owens Music Co.

Contact: 543-9588 3536 S. Higuera St., San Luis Obispo URL:

For the past 36 years, Owens Music has been serving San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties with a consistent selection of musical supplies. The company lays claim to being the largest music store on the Central Coast and the only piano dealer from Ventura to Salinas. Owens Music invites people to feel free to stop by and play a tune or two.

Grand Performance Music & Sound Contact: 489-7181 620 Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande

Grand Performance Music and Sound offers a range of audio products, from individual pieces to complete systems for a variety of uses: live performances, clubs, houses of worship, background music, and public address. Lightning Joe’s Guitar Heaven Contact: 481-2226

100 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande URL:

Check out Lightning Joe’s for guitar needs. The shop boasts a knowledgeable staff and “huge stock” of guitars and accessories. Matt’s Music Stage & School Contact: 237-0054 247

Cheyenne Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446 URL:

Music Instruments & Repair Blue Note Guitars

Contact: 541-6188 3220 Broad St., San Luis Obispo URL: blue

Blue Note’s specialties include accessories, amplifiers, fine acoustic and electric instruments, guitars, instruction, mandolins, repairs, sales, trade, and consignments. It’s open for business seven days a week. Butch’s Guitar & Repair Contact: 782-9419 570 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo

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prices. The San Luis Obispo Blues Society typically produces seven shows per year.

Matt’s Music is a full-service music center in downtown Paso Robles. Matt has more than 40 years of experience and does most repairs himself. Concerts and workshops by international artists provide the community with entertainment and learning experiences. It’s open Monday

Faultline Music in Paso Robles offers electric guitars, acoustic guitars, guitar amps, lessons, and instrument repairs.


Organizations SLO Folks (San Luis Obispo Folk Music Society) Contact: 528-8963

or 2495 Tierra Dr., Los Osos, 93401 URL:

Bachman’s Music Studio Contact: 466-8383

Atascadero, 93422 URL:

Bachman’s specializes in music education and performance by offering private lessons in most instruments, as well as voice. The studio also offers classes in beginning and intermediate guitar. Lessons are structured to a student’s individual wants and needs, held in homes or the studio. The studio also offers instrumental performances in classical and jazz guitar and other instruments. Cal Poly Music Department Contact:

756-2406 URL:

The Cal Poly Music Department is part of the university’s College of Liberal Arts. The department boasts numerous student ensembles, including the Arab Music Ensemble, choirs, jazz bands, Mustang Marching Band, the symphony, and wind bands. Dozens of recitals and concerts are presented each year, several of which feature guest and faculty artists. Visit the online calendar of events at music.calpoly. edu/calendar. Central Coast Children’s Choir Contact: 541-5323

Arroyo Grande URL: central

Founded in 1994, the Central Coast Children’s Choir provides children in San Luis Obispo County the opportunity to experience the joy of singing in live choral performances while receiving a music education.

SLOfolks, a nonprofit organization, brings live music from Appalachia to Mali, a diversity reflecting the cultural history and expression of the people’s music played on a variety of instruments. Listeners will hear sea shanties, ballads, work songs, Gypsy music, West African Kora, Celtic, and bluegrass, as well as French musettes and Brazilian instruments.

This academy is dedicated to providing dance, theater, fitness, and music students with a family atmosphere that’s technically based, age appropriate, and that develops self-confidence and self-esteem.

SLO Jazz Federation

Drum School 101

Contact: 546-3733 P.O. Box 1888, Morro Bay, 93443 URL:

Central Coast jazz lovers have

Coastal Dance & Music Academy Contact: 489-5678

1012 E Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande 93420 URL: coastaldanceand

Contact: 543-0377 280 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, 93401 URL:

Conservatory does more than just sell musical instruments. The conservatory also features a lesson facility, guitar and equipment repairs, sound installations, and more, and makes a of competing with Internet pricing. Jessica Teaches Piano Contact: 709-9907 (cell) or 489-0381 190 Big Canyon Ct., Arroyo Grande, 93420 URL:

Jessica Van Bogelen is a piano teacher in Arroyo Grande. She teaches beginning students to read music and the foundations of music theory. Her desire is to teach her students to love music while learning to read music. Melody Klemin Contact: Melody Klemin, 801-4642 or

Melody Klemin offers beginning and intermediate guitar and piano instruction for kids: $25 for a 30minute lesson. Matt’s Music Stage & School Contact: 237-0054 247

Cheyenne Dr., Paso Robles, 93446 URL:

The teaching staff at Matt’s Music believes no one is too old, too young, or too experienced to learn something new. Teachers include Dorian Michael, Adam Levine, Julie Beaver, Jacob Odell, Cindy Dixon, and Emily Yurcheschen. Modern Music Academy Contact: 542-9528 265 Pacific St., units C and D, San Luis Obispo, 93401 URL:

This home of Guitar Lab and Leaders in Guitar Training specializes in guitar, song craft, and production. Modern Music Academy offers guitar programs for all levels and a variety of age groups in its customized recording studios, including the Certificate Program in Professional Music. Owens Music School Contact: 543-9588 3536 S. Higuera St., suite 220, San Luis Obispo, 93401 URL:

Owens Music Company is a family-run, full-service music store with locations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. The company lays claim to being the largest music store on the Central Coast and the only piano dealer from Ventura to Salinas. Bonnie Richan Contact:

528-7795 or 748-6087 or URL:

Bonnie Richan teaches flute to students who range in age from elementary school to 70, from total beginners to ad-

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche through Saturday, and Sunday by appointment. National Reso-Phonic Guitars Contact: 546-8442

871 Via Esteban, San Luis Obispo URL:

Butch Boswell is certified to make warranty repairs on almost a dozen major brand guitars, as well as smaller makers, including Martin, Taylor, National Reso-Phonic, Santa Cruz, and Fender. Butch boasts that he can fix almost anything with strings, including banjos, mandolins, fiddles, ukuleles, and orchestral instruments.

National Reso-Phonic Guitars prides itself on creating high-end replicas of the famed 1920s design that amplified an acoustic guitar’s sound through cones in the guitar body. National does custom guitars and offers a line of various models of Reso-Phonic guitars.

Drum Circuit Contact: 543-

Synthheaven Contact:

come together to create the SLO County Jazz Federation, which serves to support and encourage jazz appreciation by sponsoring live jazz performances, jam sessions, and scholarships, as well as grants for Central Coast musicians with a passion for jazz music. SLO Blues Society

Contact: 541-7930 P.O. Box 14041M San Luis Obispo, 93406 URL:

The San Luis Obispo Blues Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the Central Coast with high-quality blues music performances at reasonable

This school’s instructors are musically educated, professional, working drummers. The curriculum is for all levels, beginner to pro. Students can work on improving technique, developing reading skills, and learning a variety of styles. The studios are equipped with wide screen monitors and high-quality sound systems. Grand Central Music Conservatory Contact:

785-0275 3195 S. Higuera St., San Luis Obispo URL: grand




vanced players. “It is a progressive learning experience for me because each student processes information in different ways,” she says. “Therefore, I am on alert for new styles of delivering information about the flute and flute playing.” Rhythm and Keys School of Music Contact: 473-9800 1310 E. Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande, 93420-2422 This school teaches piano lessons and more at all levels.

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Studio Sing Sing Sing

Contact: 489-5687 Off Highway 101 in Arroyo Grande URL:

Judith Dunlore is a Certified Master Teacher and Course Instructor of Estill Voice International, who offers private lessons and workshops. She aims to teach confidence and improve vocal quality, range, and power. The teVelde School of Music Contact: 474-1224 624 E. Grand Ave., Arroyo Grande, 93420 URL:

Music Stores Boo Boo Records, Inc.

Contact: 541-0657 or 541-3181 978 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo URL:

Boo Boo Records has been in business for more than 30 years in San Luis Obispo County, offering a level of customer service and knowledge unavailable in big-box discount stores or Internet file sharing sites. Cheap Thrills Contact: 5440686 295 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo URL:

Borders carries new CD releases, as well as classic albums, collections, and music DVDs.

Online Resources Central Coast Entertainment URL: central

Check out this site for listings of upcoming entertainment events. The Central Coast Musician Exchange URL:

This is a resource for Central Coast musicians and artist-to-artist networking. Central Coast Rocks URL: presents the latest California concert listings, a local calendar that features “everything going on in the 805,” concert photos, and interviews with major acts. The site is updated daily for music fans looking for what rocks. Other features include a local bands page—which showcases groups and artists from Lompoc to Paso— and concert ticket giveaways.

Promoters Azz High as the Sky Promotion Contact: Patrick J. Germany (P-Germ), 238-2299 or URL: myspace/asshighasthesky@

This company presents itself as ready to—as the funk group Parliament would say—“tear the roof off the mutha!” It boasts a musical line-up of talent, including underground hip-hop, R&B, rock, and comedy from the West Coast and beyond.

This school offers complete instruction in piano, voice, guitar, drums, band instruments, and more, for all ages and skill levels. Each new student is given an assessment of his or her personal learning style, similar to what’s done at high-level academic learning centers. Instructors customize a music-learning program for each individual student.

Cheap Thrills is known for its large vinyl selection, but also offers a deep catalog of CDs and even cassette tapes. Talk to the staff to find the music you need.

Wallace Music Studio

“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”

Contact: 237-9696 1606 Stormy Way, Paso Robles, 93446-1856

Call for details about lessons and competitive pricing. Yufe Natasha Contact: 931-0301

Call for information about lessons and competitive pricing.

Borders Books & Music Contact: 544-8222 243

Madonna Road, San Luis Obipso, 93405


New Times URL: newtimes Read about upcoming music events and post information about your band—all for free!

Cal Poly Arts Contact:

756-6556 or cparts@polymail. One Grand Ave.,
 San Luis Obispo, 93407 URL:

Cal Poly Arts books shows in the Performing Arts Center and the Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly campus, with an aim to deliver an eclectic program that will appeal

—Charlie Parker


music-related businesses on the Central Coast to a wide variety of community members. Five Sisters Entertainment Contact: Maria Carroll, URL:

Started in 2007, Five Sisters is the county’s new promoter, booking shows from Paso Robles to the Five Cities area.

the Central Coast punk, alternative, and metal music for two decades. It also produces shows in the Southern California and the Salinas Valley. Otter Productions, Inc.

Contact: 924-1142 456 Worcester Dr., Cambria, 93428-3226 URL:

Kevin Costigliolo. 305-0460; Fax: 785-0247 1660 Spooner Dr., San Luis Obispo, 93405 URL:

Otter Productions, Inc., strives to bring live music of all genres to the people of the Central Coast. “We are in this business for the long term, and we will do our best to conduct our business in a fashion that will insure repeat customers, with the audiences we serve and with the performers who we work with,” they report.

Hoot Roadshow Contact:

Reinhardt Event Services Contact: Curtis

Grateful Family Contact:

Grateful Family specializes in reggae and world music, seeking to keep its shows positive. Steven R. See, 772-2079 or URL:

The Hoot Roadshow has been bringing performers and music lovers together at venues for more than a decade, and seeks to bring “real, sincere, and human entertainment to the Central Coast” in an era of automated radio stations, virtual socialization, and “reality” TV. Numbskull Productions

Contact: 987-2026 or info@ 2490 Deerfield Ct., suite P, Camarillo, 93010 URL:

Eddy Burgos of Numbskull Productions has been bringing

Reinhardt, 773-4173 or 801-9636 (cell) 2251 Shell Beach Road, suite 6, Pismo Beach, 93449 URL:

Reinhardt Event Services offers multifaceted business capabilities in both events and special media marketing to its Central Coast commercial and tourist-based economic partners. Its efforts have already enhanced the culture of San Luis Obispo County through its work with both commercial and nonprofit organizations.

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Record Labels Ace of Spades Records and Promotions Contact:

Billy Stutsman, 703-0061 URL:

Ace Of Spades is an Internetbased record label and promotion company. The A.O.S team is a group of people who love music and want to help musicians by promoting/signing artists and bands in the genre of hard-core, metal, and rock—but they will step outside of those genres.

has released 30 recordings with formats ranging from CD to 7inch to LP. Real Love Records

Contact: Ross Major, 610-3861 URL:

Real Love Records is an independent music label based in the Central Coast of California that emphasizes “community and love above all else.” They describe themselves as a group of likeminded people from SLO County who enjoy writing, recording, and playing music together.

High Fidelity Records is a DIY independent record label based out of Grover Beach. The label places a heavy focus on metal, hardcore, punk, and other fringe extreme genres of music. Since being established in 2002, HFR

—Sydney Smith on a “venture to continue to write, compose, and record.” Avalon Digital Recording Contact: Kip, 546-0789

Kip Stork has been a professional sound engineer for decades, starting in Los Angeles before moving to the Central Coast to start this recording facility. He’s also the inhouse soundman for Downtown Brew and has set-up many sound systems in SLO County. Baywood Tracks Contact: 528-4392 Los Osos

Recording Studios

High Fidelity Records

Contact: Frank Hayes, frank@ P.O. Box 1071, Grover Beach, 93483 URL:

“If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.”

Anotherstate Studios Contact: Mark Lancaster, 772-1360 URL: anotherstate

After starting classical piano lessons at 9 years old and moving on to cover bands, original compositions, and more, Mark Lancaster is

“Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

Call them for information about recording services.

Blue Universe Recording

Contact: 787-0507 3195 McMillan Ave., San Luis Obispo URL:

Blue Universe Recording invites musicians to experience “the sonic excellence of a vintage 32 channel Neve console, 2-inch analog tape, or Nuendo DAW.” The boast Westlake monitoring, Bryston power. Michael Burns Contact:

Mike Burns, 441-3242 or mike@ URL:

Michael Burns is a producer/ mixer/songwriter on the Central Coast who produces, records, and mixes records. “I am NOT an open

Ave., Grover Beach, 93433

door studio with hourly rates,” he says. “I feel like just pressing record and charging by the hour short circuits a lot of creativity and potential for projects.” Certain Sparks Studio

Contact: 588-9479 326 N. H St., Lompoc URL:

Musicians can take advantage of full service in-studio or mobile recording services with Certain Sparks Studio.

The Digital Soup Kitchen Contact: 423-0224

Rockwell Sounds is a full-service recording studio in Atascadero, specializing in music production, post, duplication, and video. The studio complex features eight rooms, an outdoor 200-seat live venue, duplication, and CD printing suite, and the West Coast offices of the PennyReel Record Label.

Moon Productions and Recording Contact: 489-

Soundwaves Contact: 541-3656 Call for information about recording services.

8146 1885 Pomeroy Road, Arroyo Grande, 93420


Moon offers 32-track digital CD recording. Call for prices and studio availability.

Digital Soup Kitchen provides audio recording and editing on ADAT hard disk, ADAT tape, and direct-to-computer using Logic and Bias software, automated Flying Fader mixing, and analog Mic-pres and compressors.

Painted Sky Recording Studios Contact: 927-8330 4111 Bridge St., Cambria, 93428 URL:

Fast Trax Recording Studio Contact: 543-2729 874 Via Esteban, suite A, San Luis Obispo, 93401 URL:

Fast Trax seeks to accommodate a variety of recording needs, from local businesses looking for a catchy jingle to artists looking for a place to make music.

M.S. Friedlander, Pro Sound Engineer Contact:

Sutton Sound Studio

Contact: 466-1833 8390 Curbaril Ave., Atascadero, 93422

Sutton Sound Studio has been around since 1975, and operates with both Pro Tools digital and 2inch analog equipment to help musicians get the sound they’re looking for.

Painted Sky reveals its most important goal :is to help the musical artist achieve the realization of the sonic vision they hear in their head.” They combine classic 2inch analog and digital gear with a platinum award-winning engineer with years of real-world recording experience.

Synthheaven focuses on service at its recording studio featuring both digital and analog technologies.

Rockwell Sounds

Zion Recording Studio

Contact: Brian Wallace, 466-1351 or 5935 Entrada Ave., Atascadero URL: or

481-2518 or soundguruman@ 558 Atlantic City

Friedlander provides live frontof-house and monitor mix engineering, and system consultation, backed by 34 years’ experience as a repair bench technician and professional audio expert. The certified electronics tech and certified electrician works at live venues, studios, conference rooms, and theaters.

Synthheaven Contact:

Moon Powell, 441-9257 or URL:

Contact: 474-0912, 54 Ocean View Ave., Grover Beach, 93433

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music related businesses on the Central Coast Ginette Reitz shares her passion By Marin Kautz


ach year, more than 14,000 San Luis Obispo county school children take part in one of the many youthoriented SLO Symphony programs, from listening to a visiting quartet to participating in the Strings in the Schools afterschool program. Twenty years ago, none of this would have been possible, but because of the work of SLO’s dedicated musicians in the last 15 years, we’ve all seen a major expansion of the educational music programs available to our youth. Led by the SLO Symphony’s director of 25 years, Michael Nowak, these local artists collaborated to build and mold a Youth Symphony program to outlast this age of virtual reality and get the instruments back into the hands of music’s future creators. One such artist is Ms. Ginette Reitz, who first ventured into music at the age of 4. With a long lineage of musicians, a father dedicated to the culture of classical music, and three older siblings already immersed in the magical world of classical compositions, there’s no question where she got her passion for the arts. “It was never a question of if we were going to play or not, it was just what instrument,” Reitz recalled. After studying piano for two years, the 6year-old Reitz grasped hold of a violin and never let go. Although throughout her childhood the study of music, and especially violin and chorus, was always a constant, it was during high school that music became a more emotional experience, and finally her love for it blossomed into a passion during her freshman year at Humboldt State University, where she graduated with a degree in music instruction. After college, Reitz began playing with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Choir. Although she’s played with many orchestras, a major highlight was playing for 14 summers with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Choir. During that time, the group recorded a piece by composer Kyzysztof Penderecki that won several awards, including a Grammy for the best choral performance. Reitz also taught music in Monterey for a time before she was introduced to the SLO Symphony’s Nowak while he performed at her school. Shortly after meeting Reitz, Nowak invited her to move to the Central Coast and join him with his work in the newly formed SLO Youth Symphony. That was back 1988, and since then Reitz has become involved in many aspects of this community. As one of the first string teachers in the local school programs, she was a private tutor, took part in the Music Van program—a large van filled with instruments brought to elementary schools in the county to allow the children the opportunity to play with

and sample different instruments—and directed the Youth Symphony for two years before taking a break from conducting to pursue other musical endeavors. She’s now returned to the Youth Symphony as a coach and as the instructor for the Strings in the Schools program at both Monarch Grove Elementary and Del Mar Elementary School. “What I notice in watching Ginette teach is that she balances the structure and discipline needed to play the violin with a creative freedom that allows our students to really enjoy the process. Working with a professional musician of Ginette’s level gives our students a wonderful model to emulate,” said Andrea Stoner, music

New York City. Although Reitz is a “freelance performer,” she regularly plays with the SLO Symphony and Pacific Repertory Opera. Besides music, another of her greatest loves is her horses. She began training horses at a young age and over the years has drawn many parallels between training and teaching. She’s used these comparisons to better her abilities as a teacher and to adjust her mindset when extending advice to students on approaching challenges. “This method of horse training is about creating a partnership with your horse where you are the leader, but only by 51 SHOWING THE WAY percent and you A passion for music starts allow your horse young and is nurtured by to have ideas as teachers such as Ginette well. You also give Reitz, teaching with the your horse a lot SLO Youth Symphony. of responsibility; they get quicker and are able to enjoy themselves more, rather than the traditional relationship where you are the boss and you are telling them what to do all the time and they get resentful.” Reitz took this theory and was able to relate it to her chosen profession. “Now, with my teaching, I am able to be less controlling and give the kids


old is generally the youngest—she’s able to use this method and the structure and technique found in classical music to build a strong foundation for the children, which inspires many to continue further into the music field. As a student of Reitz’s for more than eight years, Sarah Eminhizer has only praise for her teacher and mentor, from whom she began taking lessons at age 10 and is still in contact with even after graduating college. “Ginette helped foster my musical talent and my work ethic,” Eminhizer enthused. “She’s been my bright light for many years. Even when we had a difficult time affording lessons, Ginette always made it possible.” Despite the vast improvements made to educational music opportunities in schools in the last two decades, in such tough economic times both Nowak and Reitz emphasized the importance of retaining such programs. Reitz commented that she has had the opportunity to work with kids who have no music program in their school and kids who do. “There is a huge difference!” she said. “For people who have had some exposure to music and how it’s put together, even in very simple ways, the act of learning to play a new instrument is much easier, rather than if you’re starting from music just being completely magical and foreign.” Reitz is adamant in the improvements music can have on the life of a child, from developing their creativity to developing their ability to be comfortable in a leadership role. She does make a significant distinction between simply listening to music and interacting with it. Reitz says that early exposure to music is fantastic because it helps develop a person’s ear, and creating a sensitive listener can help in many areas beyond mere music. “It’s amazing all that your mind goes through when you’re in the situation of playing,” she said. “You have all your playing skills and your reading skills, too, and then there are the leadership rolls, which fly around from person to person throughout any given piece, so you are either being the leader and learning about communicating or you’re watching and picking up cues from the person who is the leader and then responding. You need to react really quickly; you almost have to anticipate what they’ll be doing. It really stretches you, and with so much going on, it has to be good for your brain. It’s so much more than just walking and chewing gum.” The SLO Symphony and its youth programs offer many concerts and performances throughout the year, with opportunities available to study music for all ages and levels. Reitz now lives in Los Osos and can be contacted through the SLO Symphony. For more information, check out the and support the local arts! S✔

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e r u t u f g n i r u t Nur education director of the SLO Symphony. Reitz also played many years with the Cuarteto de las Misiones, which was founded by Nowak. The quartet uses compositions that were played at the SLO Mission when it was first established to create educational programs for local schools. During her long and venerated career, Reitz founded the Larkspur Quartet and Trio and has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Hall in

more responsibilities, including listening to themselves better and learning to analyze what they’re hearing. This helps them see what was good about what they did and maybe pick out a thing or two that they want to improve. Then I’ll give them some strategies or help guide them to the strategies to be able to solve the problem on their own. Then when things come up at home, they have an easier time figuring out what it is they want to improve and what to do about it. So, hopefully it teaches them how to learn and how to solve their own problems. I can do this with younger kids as well, they just maybe need a bit more assistance.” Even with her youngest students—6 years

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music-related businesses on the Central Coast COUNTRY CROSSER Butch Boswell originally set out to study structural engineering, but found work in guitar repair. His craft has taken him to Times Square and back to San Luis Obispo, his favorite small-town home.

copies of some of the most classic guitar models, such as the Stratocaster and Telecaster. He assembles them himself in the shop, offering any color, neck size, or other specification customers want, and he special orders all vintage components from companies that replicate vintage guitar parts, creating a finished product as close to the real thing as you can get without being sent to the poorhouse. “I started building these guitars for fun, you know, as a fun thing for my customers,” Boswell said. “But I’ve been pretty successful at it so far, and without me really intending it to, it’s been a pretty lucrative thing. It’s also been a really good outlet for me.” According to Boswell, he chose the Telecaster model for his own line both because of its place in music history and its timeless design. “They’re just a workhorse, you know? It’s one of those things where form and function meet perfectly,” he said. “They’re comfortable to play, they sound great, and they’re used in just about every genre of music you can imagine. The Telecaster came out in the ‘50s and there’s a reason absolutely nothing has changed about them—and the same goes with the Stratocaster. If you have an invention where there’s beauty to it and it’s purely functional, that’s a hit out of the park.” PHOTOS BY STEVE E. MILLER Boswell has always had an eye for detail and few things make him happier than my 20s, even though I felt confident doing the finding something broken and fixing it so it work, it was hard because people would rather works better than before it broke. Originally from take it to the old guy who’s been doing it for Ridgecrest, Boswell moved to San Luis Obispo to 30 years, whether I was better or not. Now that study structural engineering at Cal Poly, building I’m more established and my name is out there relationships with local musicians while working more, people are more comfortable with leaving at a small local guitar shop. After graduating in really expensive stuff with me.” 1998, he moved to San Diego to do production Located in the Creamery at 570 Higuera line repair for Taylor guitars. St., Butch’s also makes its own line of guitars, In 2002, Boswell made the move to Manhattan Butch’s Custom Guitars. Harkening back to BUTCH's the Golden Age of rock’n’roll, Butch’s makes continued page 37

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or a professional musician, when it comes to repairing your instrument, nothing is more important than trust. You don’t put your livelihood into the hands of just anyone. For more than a decade, musicians on the Central Coast have placed their instruments in the hands of Butch Boswell. The owner of Butch’s Guitar & Repair in San Luis Obispo, Boswell has worked on stringed instruments for years, specializing in high-end vintage guitar repair. As opposed to many local music shops in the area that focus on retail, Butch’s specializes in maintenance, repair, installation, and restoration—basically, everything and anything that will make your instrument function the way it was intended to. In addition, Boswell is an accredited Martin,

Taylor, Fender, Gibson, Guild, Collings, and Santa Cruz warranty repair person for the Central Coast region, something he says brings that extra bit of credibility with customers and puts their mind at ease when they leave a $10,000 guitar with him. Though Boswell can work on any stringed instrument under the sun, he’s known throughout the community for his delicate touch when it comes to vintage guitar maintenance, a task that takes a great deal of skill and attention to detail. “The day-to-day stuff is fun, and I’m always really appreciative,” Boswell said. “But the vintage guitars are really something. That’s what’s really fun. There’s always something you’re not expecting, a lot of variables, a lot of unknowns.” Vintage guitar repair is not something even the most skilled of musical technicians can break into overnight. It takes a long time to get into that market, no matter what your experiences are, and Boswell has worked hard to earn the trust of the community’s musicians. “I think especially if you’re younger, many players have a hard time trusting you with their instruments,” Boswell said. “When I was in

THE STRING’S THE THING Butch Boswell fixes just about anything with strings at Butch’s Guitar & Repair, but his vintage-guitar-repair skills may be most prized.

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ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ALIVE! Fans of Butch Boswellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s repair work say he can bring dead guitars back to life.

ask me, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Have you worked on that guitar?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, yeah. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen that one.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably more rare for me to have not worked on a guitar and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wow, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice one. I wonder if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring that in soon.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Being the support team for a countless number of musicians means not working your typical nine-to-fiver. In a town where on any given night a handful of bands are filling the many venues around the Central Coast, the work can get intense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had people come in and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, I need to play this guitar for a show tonight. Do you think you can do me a solid and squeeze it in?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Boswell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always try to accommodate, but even as confident as I am, it always


to look for adventure and found himself working for one of the most famous repair shops in New York, Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Repairs. There, in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;vintage guitar Meccaâ&#x20AC;? of Times Square, he honed his skills at complex guitar repair, personally attending to the instruments of such notable musicians and entertainers as Bruce Springsteen, Kevin Bacon, and Mark Knopfler. While his stay in New York was educational and exciting, he soon found his favorite small town calling him back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just like this small community we have here, and I really missed that,â&#x20AC;? Boswell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew so many people in town from being here for 10 years and working on guitars. In New York, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just another random face. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those things where you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone.â&#x20AC;? Since Butchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitar & Repair opened in October of 2007, Boswell has developed a loyal customer base and as it continues to expand, Boswell has earned a reputation as the man to see for professional musicians in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someone you can trust,â&#x20AC;? said veteran acoustic artist and New Times â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Male Vocalistâ&#x20AC;? Tim Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honest, fair, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always give you the straight scoop. And with Butch youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the experience factor where he can just dial right in and bring out the best in your instrument. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really glad we have guys like him in the area.â&#x20AC;? Toan Chau, guitarist for a number of local groupsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including Cuesta Ridge and the Tipsy Gypsiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;said that when it comes repairing a guitar, Butch is â&#x20AC;&#x153;all about the details.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He seems to just have more knowledge and up-to-date techniques,â&#x20AC;? Chau said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can bring

guitars back to life when you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they had a chance. I recommend him all the time.â&#x20AC;? Though not presently involved in any band, Boswell is also an avid musician and naturally takes a great interest in the local music scene on the Central Coast, being on a first-name basis with most of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional musicians. One of his favorite things to do is attend shows with his wife and see the instruments heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked on in action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the local music scene here is just awesome,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those guys are my support team, and I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m their support team. I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably worked on most musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; instruments in the community. In fact, when my wife and I go to a show, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll


makes me nervous, and I wish they had a day to play on it. But I get those sometimes, those emergency fixes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the thing I love most,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebody brings me a guitar and they obviously love the guitar, but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily know that it could be potentially so much better. Guitars fade over time. I love to breathe life back into them and see their faces just super stoked, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so fun about the job. Getting people turned on about their guitars again is just so great.â&#x20AC;? Boswell also said the location of his shop is a perfect fit, and he feels right at home in the Creamery in downtown San Luis Obispo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had worked on and off in the Creamery for 10 years in another guitar store that was here, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always had that artistic feel, you know?â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Creamery has always been full of real artistic people; whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photography, painting, or food, this is just a cool place and a very neat place to work. More people need to know about it.â&#x20AC;? Whether or not you have an instrument that needs repair, a stop in at Butchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guitar & Repair always promises to be an interesting one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun shop to see because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always random old guitars in here for sale. Every other day someone brings one in, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always evolving,â&#x20AC;? Boswell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me and my right hand man Connor are here all the time and working on cool stuff. I have a lot of locals that just come in to the shop to chat and see what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working on. So I always encourage people to just come in, see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk guitars!â&#x20AC;? Sâ&#x153;&#x201D; Contact freelance writer Matt Fountain via

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SLO County clubs, venues, festivals, and concert series

SLO County offers live music almost every day of the week By Christy Heron



ummer in San Luis Obispo County means classic days at the beach, warm thermometer readings, and a superfluity of outdoor live music. You have the pick of the litter when it comes to concerts, from more than two-dozen, free, weekly series happening all over the county. Some biweekly, some monthly, the outdoor tunes will take you from Templeton to Paso, from SLO to Avila and up to Arroyo Grande, with many stops in between. I got the lyrical lowdown from San Luis Obispo and Atascadero. SLO Downtown Association Concerts in the Plaza take place every Friday through Aug. 28 from 5:30 to

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CONCERTO ALL’APERTO! That’s Italian for “outdoor concert,” a clearly popular event at the Downtown Association’s Concerts in the Plaza series at the SLO Mission.

7:30 p.m. near the Mission. Promotions Coordinator at the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association, Reyes Miranda, oversees Concerts in the Plaza and maintains SLO has the best of best. “We have solidified ourselves as the premiere concert series in the area,” he said. “We pour Firestone beer, Edna Valley wines. The location is downtown, near the businesses.” Which is the Association’s main goal—to bring business to the downtown area and to extend a free event to the public. Concerts equal foot traffic and in addition to supporting downtown as a whole, local businesses reap the rewards as happy wanderers head to dinner at

a local restaurant or move the party to The Network and Native, after the music ends in the Mission. It’s no surprise the 14-year-old event in SLO claims to be No. 1, since it’s the oldest of all of the communities’ concert series, setting the precedent for all others. With at least 60 applications this year, the one criterion for bands applying must be that they’re local. One of the members must be from either Santa Barbara or SLO counties. A top priority for Concerts in the Plaza is promoting local musicianship. Organizers choose the best and the most popular acts, ones that draw big crowds

each year: Resignation, Damon Castillo Band, and Still Time. “These are huge draws,” Miranda said. Some have performed a handful of times, and some since the event’s inception. Joe Pilloud—vocalist, piano, and guitar player in Big Daddy’s Blues Band—talked with New Times between lunch and laying down tracks on his second solo effort, an album incorporating blues, jazz, and alternative music. Pilloud has been performing with Big Daddy’s Blues Band for the past 20 years, has performed at all of the concert series around the county, and will hit the stage


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in the Mission on Aug. 28. “SLO has such a good energy. It’s a wonderful venue, and a gig that every musician wants to play,” Pilloud said. Big Daddy’s Blues Band plays mostly original music, but also covers of R&B, Motown, and soul. Miranda said the bands are eager—and are easy to work with and don’t take for granted the opportunity that’s been given to them. With 1,800 to 3,000 music lovers attending each week, a variety of people are welcome. The Association wants to cater to anyone and seriously considers calls from citizens who want certain groups to perform, yearn for a bigger dance floor, or request a particular beer. In SLO, there’s more standing room than lawn seating,


Atascadero Summer Saturday Concerts happen at Atascadero Lake Park through Sept. 5. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info: 470-3178 or Atascadero. org. SLO Downtown Association Concerts in the Plaza take place every Friday through Aug. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Downtown’s Mission Plaza. Free. Info: 541-0286 or Information on Big Daddy’s Blues Band:




ROOTS, ROCK, REGGAE Musical genres in SLO include rock, reggae, and even high-energy brass.

which might contribute to the venue’s more “social scene” aspect. People sit on the mission steps as well as grace the some 70 chairs provided by the Association at the front, near the stage. The Friday evening concerts are a staple in the lives of SLO County residents, who punch them into their PDAs as fast as you can say “beer garden.” If you live downtown, you may hear the music and gravitate toward the Mission, much like Erica Wood, a concertgoer who spoke about why the Concerts in the Plaza are so fun. “It brings the whole community together, it’s appropriate for all ages, and it’s free,” chimed the Cal Poly alum.


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SLO Concerts in the Plaza is no doubt king of the concert series, and according to Paula Anton, recreation supervisor for the city of Atascadero, it was also the model for the Atascadero Saturday series. Since 2002, on Saturdays through Sept. 5, concertgoers have enjoyed the cooler evenings by the lake, while listening to live music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a huge draw for concertgoers,â&#x20AC;? Anton said about the evening temperaChristy Heron can be reached at cheron tures. As opposed to SLO, Atascadero offers more greenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;lots of grassy space to spread out, set-up a low-backed lawn chair, and dance the night away. With a new lighting system, BEER GARDEN Enjoy brews on concertgoers wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be left in tap on a summer the dark as they feast on an Friday evening ever-changing gourmet barbein SLO! cue menu or sip wines sold by the glass or bottle. Beer is also available. You can even take a paddleboat or kayak out on the lake while the music is playing. In the beginning, it was a past city coordinatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal to provide concerts similar to the ones offered in the Mission in downtown SLO, provoking a visit by Anton to the Downtown Association. There, she learned how to create her own summer music event. Back then, there were just seven band submissions. This year, they had 28 entries, bringing the total to nine concerts in 2009, with seven returning ensembles. From a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call for Artistsâ&#x20AC;? deadline in February, Anton prepares for six months. And the price is high: Costs reach $7,000,


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with no profit in sight. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entirely sponsored, so expenses are covered. Bands who bring in the crowds are likely to garner repeat performances. This year, audiences can find Big Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blues Band, The Usual Suspects, and The House Red Band. The goal of Atascaderoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert series? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge community event that is free to the public,â&#x20AC;? Anton said. Ultimately, they want a band that can entertain the public, a public that includes all ages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the way the economy is right now, we have a lot of people showing up, and there is no better setting than Atascadero Lake Park on a hot summer day.â&#x20AC;? Sâ&#x153;&#x201D;



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FROG & PEACH PUB: 728 Higuera, 595-3764.

SLO County clubs, venues, festivals, and concerts

South County Venues BRANCH ST. DELI: 203 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande, 489-9099. CAFÃ&#x2030; ANDREINI: 131 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande, 481-6117. CLIFFS RESORT: 2757 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, 773-5000 or COFFEE BEAN AND TEA LEAF: 750 Five Cities Dr., Pismo Beach, 773-6420. DOLPHIN BAY/LIDO: 2727 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, 773-4300 or FINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SEAFOOD: at the Grand Avenue entrance to Grover Beach, 473-3467. F. MCLINTOCKS SALOON & DINING HOUSE: 750 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, 773-1892 or GATHER WINE BAR: 122 E. Branch St. in the village of Arroyo Grande, 474-4771 or HARRYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NIGHT CLUB AND BEACH BAR:

Cypress and Pomeroy, downtown Pismo Beach, 773-1010. JAVA SHACK: 783, Price St., Pismo Beach, 773-9410. MONGOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALOON: 359 W. Grand Ave., Grover Beach, 489-3639 or

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NATIVE LOUNGE: 1023 Chorro St., 547-5544. STEYNBERG GALLERY: 1531 Monterey St., 547-0278. UTOPIA BAKERY CAFÃ&#x2030;: 2900 Broad St., 544-8867.

THE SANTA MARIA BREWERY: 112 Cuyama Lane (where Hwy. 166 meets Hwy. 101 on the west side), Nipomo, 349-2090.

SLO DOWN PUB: 1200 E. Grand Ave. (at Brisco Road), Arroyo Grande, 473-0102. SPYGLASS INN AND RESTAURANT: 2703 Spyglass Drive off of Shell Beach Road, 773-1222.

LINNAEAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CAFE: 1110 Garden St., 541-5888.

MOTHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TAVERN: 725 Higuera St., 541-8733 or Native Lounge: 1023 Chorro, 547-5544.

OLD VIENNA: 1527 Shell Beach Road. Info: 773-4521.

SHORE CLIFF/PELICAN POINT RESTAURANT: 2555 Price St., Pismo Beach, 773-0000.

HIGHER GROUNDZ: 3230 Broad St. 783-2264

MADONNA INN: 100 Madonna Road, 543-3000.

MR. RICKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S: 404 Front St., Avila Beach, 595-7425.

SEAVENTURE: 100 Ocean View, Pismo Beach, 773-4994.

THE GRADUATE: 990 Industrial Way, 541-0969 or

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STEAMERS OF PISMO: 1601 Price St., 773-4711 or

SLO Town Venues BON TEMPS CREOLE CAFÃ&#x2030;: 1000 Olive St., 544-2100.

THE CLUBHOUSE AT THIS OLD HOUSE: 740 W. Foothill Blvd., 548-8500 or COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT: 1605 Calle Joaquin, 786-4200. CREEKY TIKI: 778 Higuera, DOWNTOWN BREW: 1119 Garden St., 543-1843.

CAFÃ&#x2030; VIO: 1111 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles (12th and Riverside), 237-2722 or THE CARLTON HOTEL: 6005 El Camino Real, Atascadero, 461-5100. THE CROOKED KILT: 1122 Pine St., Paso Robles, 238-7070 or thecrooked

DOWNTOWN BREW: 1108 Pine St., Paso Robles, 237-8444. ELKHORN BAR: 1263 Mission St., San Miguel, 467-3909. INSTINCT: 6900 El Camino Real, Atascadero, 466-6900. KALEIDOSCOPE LOUNGE: 1032 Pine St., Paso Robles, 226-2976. LAST STAGE WEST: Halfway Station on Highway 41 (15050 Morro Road at Toro Creek), 461-1393. LEVEL 4 SPEAKEASY: 1216 Park St., Paso Robles, 2372111 or LOMBARDIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PASTA FAMILIA: 836 11th St., Paso Robles, 237-7786. MONTELEONEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ROCK: 1331-A Vendels Circle, Paso Robles, 238-0109 or PAPA TOMMYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ITALIAN RESTAURANT: 1467 Creston Road, Paso Robles, 227-6363. PASO ROBLES INN AND STEAKHOUSE: 1103 Spring St., 238-2660. PINE STREET SALOON: 1234 Pine St., Paso Robles, 238-1114. THE PIT Stop: 2805 Black Oak Drive, Paso Robles, 239-1261.

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PONY CLUB AT HOTEL CHEVAL: 1021 Pine St. in Paso Robles, 467-9278. THE PORCH: 22322 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita, 438-3376. POZO SALOON: 90 W. Pozo Road Santa Margarita, 438-4225. THE RANCH RESTAURANT AND HONKY TONK NIGHTCLUB, 1285 Mission St. in San Miguel, liveatthe or 467-5047. THE RANGE, 2317 G Street Santa Margarita, 438-4500. STACKED STONE CELLARS: 1525 Peach Canyon Road, Paso Robles. Info: VILLA VALDEMOSA INN: 2750 Old Grove Lane in Paso Robles, 237-0170.

North Coast Venues CAMBRIA PINES LODGE: 2905 Burton Drive, Cambria, 927-4200 or CIAO BELLA TRATTORIA: 725 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, 464-0258. COALESCE BOOK STORE CHAPEL: 845 Main St., Morro Bay, 772-2880. THE EMBARCADERO GRILL: 801 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, 772-0716. FUEL DOCK: 900 Main St., Morro Bay, 772-8478. THE HAMLET: at Moonstone Gardens, Highway 1, Cambria, 927-3535 (restaurant), 9270567 (show reservations).



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INN AT MORRO BAY: 60 State Park Road, Morro Bay, 772-5651. LAS CAMBRITAS: 2336 Main St., Cambria, 927-0175. MORRO BAY COFFEE CO.: 948 Morro Bay Blvd., 772-8880. MOZZI’S SALOON: 2262 Main St. in Cambria, 927-4767. OLD CAYUCOS TAVERN: 130 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos, 995-3209. OTTER ROCK CAFE: 885 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, 772-1420. ROCK ESPRESSO BAR: 275 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay, 772-3411. ROGUE WAVE CAFE: 72 South Ocean Ave., Cayucos, 995-1968. ROSE’S LANDING: 725 Embarcadero in Morro Bay, 772-4441. SAN Simeon Beach Bar & Grill: 9520 Castillo Drive, San Simeon, 927-4604. SEA PINES GOLF RESORT: 1945 Solano St. Los Osos, 528-2333. SWEET SPRINGS SALOON: 990 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos, 528-3764. WINDOWS ON THE WATER: 699 Embarcadero, Suite 7, Morro Bay, 772-0677.

Parks, Rec & Facilities Dept. NADINE ELLIOTT, 473-5474 or nelliott@ THE GRANGE HALL: 2880 Broad St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, 543-0639. MITCHELL PARK BANDSTAND: Mitchell Park, San Luis Obispo. Contact SLO Parks & Red, Karen Divine at 781-7222. Acoustic concerts only! SAN LUIS OBISPO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 1515 Fredericks St., SLO, Sanctuary and Activity Center, 543-7580 or THE SLO VET’S HALL: 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, 781-5930 or adiaz@ TRINITY HALL: 6565 Edna Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, 541-3229

Festivals & Concert Series ARROYO GRANDE HARVEST FESTIVAL: Contact, 773-4173 or curtis@curtis


BASIN STREET REGULARS OF PISMO BEACH CONCERTS: Pismo Beach Veterans Memorial Building, 780 Bello St. Contact 550-4865. BASIN STREET REGULARS PRESENTS JUBILEE BY THE SEA: Contact 550-4865, 5281612, 481-7840, or BOATZART FESTIVAL: Contact 528-6000. BROWN BAG CONCERTS: First Presbyterian Church of SLO. Contact 543-5451. CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR: Mid State Fairgrounds: 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. For info and tickets call (800) 909FAIR or CAL POLY MUSIC AND FESTIVALS: Contact 756-2787 or 756-2406; info at CAMBRIA CONCERTS AT SHAMEL PARK: Contact 927-3624; info at CAMBRIA CONCERT BY THE SEA: Contact 9270443. CENTRAL COAST CHILDREN’S CHOIR: Info at CENTRAL COAST RAILROAD FESTIVAL: Contact 773-4173 or; info at





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Shell Beach. Contact 7735000; info at cliffsresort. com.

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SLO BLUES SOCIETY CONCERTS: Contact 5417930; info at

FESTIVAL MOZAIC: Contact 781-3008; info at


FESTIVAL MOZAIC WINTERMEZZO SERIES: Contact 781-3009; info at festival GROVER BEACH SIZZLIN’ SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave. Contact 4734585; info at HOOT ROAD SHOW: Contact 546-2857; info at LAVENDER FARM CONCERTS: 8865 San Gabriel rd., Atascadero. Contact 466-0837; info at greenacreslavender PAC AND CAL POLY ARTS CONCERTS: Contact 756-2787; info at or LIVE OAK MUSIC FESTIVAL: Lake Cachuma, o of Hwy 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley. Contact 7813030; info at MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT AT FARMERS’ MARKET IN SLO: Higuera and Nipomo St. Contact 541-0286. MORRO BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: 714 Embarcadero. Contact 772-1155; info at PACIFIC BREEZE CONCERT SERIES AT DINOSAUR CAVES PARK IN PISMO BEACH: Contact 773-4173 or curtis@curtisreinhardt. com; info at pismo POPS BY THE SEA: Avila Beach Golf Resort. Contact 543-3533; info at slo POZO SALOON CONCERTS: 90 West Pozo Road, east of Santa Margarita. Contact 438-4225; info at

SLO COUNT BAND OLD FASHIONED SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERTS: Mitchell Park in SLO. Contact 773-4173 or curtis@ SLO DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA: The Mission Plaza. Contact 541-0286; info at SLO FARMERS MARKET: Higuera Street Contact 5410286; info at downtownslo. com. SLOFOLKS CONCERTS: Contact 238-0725 or; info at SLO MUSIC FEST / CULTURAL GREEN MUSIC FESTIVAL: The Mission Plaza. Contact 5447662; info at slomusic SLO SYMPHONY: Contact 543-3533; info at slo SLO VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE CONCERTS: Contact 5416797; info at STEYNBERG GALLERY CONCERTS: 1531 Monterey St., SLO. Contact 547-0278. STONE SOUP MUSIC FAIRE: 8th, 9th, and Ramona St., Grover Beach. Contact 489-9091 or 473-4580. SYLVESTER WINERY SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS: 5115 Buena Vista Dr., Paso Robles. Contact 227-4000; info at TEMPLETON CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Contact 434-4900; info at PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL: Contact 227-2888; info at

RED BARN CONCERTS: 2180 Palisades Ave. and 2220 Snowy Egret Ln, Los Osos. Contact 528-4530 or

TUESDAYS IN THE PARK CONCERT SERIES IN ATASCADERO: Atascadero Lake Park. Contact 466-2044; info at

SAN LUIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES: Contact 528-7795; info at sanluischamberorchestra. org.

TWILIGHT CONCERTS IN THE PASO ROBLES PARK: The City Park Gazebo, 12th and Spring streets. Contact 238-4103, 237-3988, or 237-4741.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK AT SALISBURY VINEYARDS: 6985 Ontario Road off of the Avila Beach exit. Contact

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SoundCheck 2009  

Music directory of the Central Coast

SoundCheck 2009  

Music directory of the Central Coast