a local Kern County band based out of Bakersfield, formed in 1987 as a classic rock band covering a wide range of current and vintage music, as well as a few originals in classic 80’s style. Our main mission on stage has always been to have a great time with our audience, while still delivering quality music that is danceable and fun to sing along with. We have evolved over the years to include many different styles and genres of music to not only please our audience, but twist our own nutz too. Diver Down’s front line appeared at the Rockin’ Bluesfest in 2013 at the Kern River Brewery as the acoustic duo Monkey Business, returning in 2014 to open the Rockin’ Bluesfest on the main stage. “We’re excited to be invited back. We’ll be bringin’ some rock and blues, Diver Down style”.
Formed in the winter of 2014. They will not only perform a wide variety of Blues styling’s, but when you see them perform live, you will be taken on a journey through the ups and downs, the twists and turns, peaks and valleys of the vibrancies of love and everyday living. You will find front man Jon English aka Orphan Jon, can be moving, emotional, heartfelt and intense at one point, and then soothing, soulful, lustful and desiring at another point in both his body language, lyrics and vocals. Add to Orphan Jon’s performance the journeymen experiences of Bruce Krupnik; with his flowing blend of guitar, Will Anderson; with his steady uplifting bass, Stan Whiting; with his energetic, drums and add the pulsating soul churning vibes of a baddazz harmonica player like Walter Herleman aka "Howlin Dogma" and you have The Abandoned.Orphan Jon and The Abandoned is a band that totally tries to capture the essence of what the blues is all about.
It's hard to sum all the sides of this diamond into one short encylopedia. Just listen to his music and you hear exerpts fro...m stories from every big city to the smallest and most remote spots on the planet. You kinda get the feeling this is one fella that has "been there, done that and went back for thirds".
He might look like an insurance salesman or a big cowboy from Texas, but he sounds like a New Orleans street musician or one of the members of a flashy gospel group out of Jackson, MS singing "Ain't no storm big enough".
What you see is not what you're gonna get. There is some power in those pipes!
Blues Band Based in North Park San Diego. A mix of musicians, The Red Lotus Revue is made up of Karl Cabbage on harmonica/vocals, Jimmy Zollo on guitar, Pete Fazzini on Guitar, and Kurt Kalker on drums. These seasoned musicians have played all over Southern California, Memphis, and Chicago land areas. "It's not every day you find four guys with good chemistry on and off stage that all have a common love for a certain style of music. We've definitely found that with this band!"
John Clifton from Fresno California is a blues Harmonica Player and Vocalist with remarkable style and originality. He is a veteran of the West Coast Blues scene having traveled worldwide performing since the 1980’s.
He is best known for his work with the Central California Blues group The MoFo Party Band. He formed with his brother Bill in 1989. They've played many festivals and clubs all over the USA, Europe and South Pacific regionHe is a producer and songwriter; with many of his original compositions getting regular worldwide radio airplay. John Clifton is a consummate performer with a love for the stage. He is energetic and entertaining and a veteran at his craft. An avid record collector, music historian and story teller.s.
One dark and stormy night, the winds howled and screamed In the absence of light. Only a single star gleamed. The caravan navigated the sands as a ship, horses driven by the crack of a whip. Violent strums made stringed instruments twang, women whaled and tambourines sang. Thunder and lightning, fire and ice, the desert wept paying the ultimate price. There beneath the circling crows, sat the new blues queen, little Betty Rose.
This multi- instrumentalist and award winning guitar player sets fire to the stage with her lapsteel, dobro and electric guitars. Come and let her lead you to a fiery baptism.
Ted Z and the Wranglers, of Southern California, deliver heartfelt ballads and gritty grassroots rock ‘n’ roll with a cowboy kick. Their folky story-telling songs convey themes of love, politics, environmentalism, childhood imagination, and the rawness of humanity. The concept came to Ted Zakka (lead singer, guitarist) in a burst of songwriting. Ted called upon old friends Mike Layton (guitar, harmonica) and Professor Dan Mages (bass), and enlisted Mike Myers (drums, harmony vocals) to complete the new group. Layton shares lead guitar duties for The Wranglers with the newest addition, Guitar Center blues competition titleholder Jackson Leverone. Together, these players meld Southwestern romanticism, cultural awareness, and rollicking good times to get audiences dancing and leave them hungry for more.
Young Chase Walker is an award-winning guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist creating and performing rock, blues and jazz with equal command. Matt Fyke is a 16-year-old drummer who stumbled upon a blues camp for kids founded by Professor Fernando Jones where he and Chase Walker met at the camp and formed a musical bond which led to joining the Chase Walker Band in 2012. After many years of passionate audience participation, Randon Davitt started playing music when he was five years old. He has always loved early rock n roll and the blues, as well as picking up classical, jazz, punk and metal interests.
CWB has over 150 performances to their credit including dates on the Vans Warped Tour, the 2013 and 2014 International Blues Challenge Showcase, Plus Worldwide Music Festival, Colorado River Festival, Gator by the Bay Festival, and has opened for Kenny Loggins, B.B. King, Eric Sardinas, Tab Benoit, Devon Allman and Cyril Neville of Royal Southern Brotherhood, and American Idol star Casey Abrams.