With sultry. mesmerizing vocals, engaging songwriting talent, and fiery slide guitar work, Kara Grainger boasts an impressive set of skills. This Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist may evoke comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, but she bears a style all her own, a relentlessly seductive, distinctly modern take on roots, blues and soul music.
At the age of 16 Kara joined with her brother Mitch Grainger to form the band "Papa Lips". The band toured consistently throughout Australia and produced two studio albums that received critical acclaim and were played on several radio stations nationally. The band was heavily influenced by the soul sounds from Stax recording in Memphis, and by the funk, soul and blues from New Orleans.
Since her beginnings playing the pub scene of Balmain in Sydney Australia, Kara’s music has taken her on an incredible journey throughout the globe. She has toured to Indonesia, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain. In the US, Kara has performed at Festivals opening for many extraordinary acts such as Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Jonny Lang to name a few.
Kara is currently working on a new cd with plenty of the roots and blues flavor for which she has become known while focusing on a simple production highlighting Kara’s beautiful vocal and incredible slide guitar.
JIM GUSTIN & TRUTH JONES
On Tap is a band with the kind of contagious energy to keep any crowd dancing all night long, and a song listing that covers the best of five decades of hit tunes. Formed in 2015, On Tap quickly took the local music scene in the Antelope Valley by storm. With their distinct sound and great showmanship they have earned glowing reviews. On Tap has a stripped down gritty rock n roll that plays and sings with a soulful, bluesy style. Rich and dynamic vocals reminiscent of the crooners of yester years and the smoky grit for barroom blues and female vocals that can ignite the crowd with a high energy dance tune, then switch gears and belt out powerful rock anthems. Harmonious keyboards give On Tap a poetic and passionate feel while their drums are raw from the gut with a knack for groovy back beats and machine gun rolls. Bass melodies are the backbone of their musical sounds. Smooth and stylistic, with funk, soul and good old fashioned rock and roll to round out a melodic voice and driving low-end tones anchor the chaos around the band.
It’s been said when people hear On Tap they comment on the overall great attitude of the band members.
Mark Sells promises a full set of WOW moments for blues fans. His blistering guitar and dynamic stage presence has brought him popularity all over the West Coast and beyond. Always with a roster of A-List musicians to back him up. Mark entertains and engages his audience with his original tunes as well his covers of Santana, SRV, Hendrix, and other blues favorites. A blend of Texas blues, blues rock, funk, and traditional blues, this is high energy, high intensity blues at it's best!
All heart n' soul!
Bunky Spurling has been playing the Blues for longer than he has known he was doing so began playing guitar at 14...following the Muse. After a few years of being referred to as a Blues Guitarist, he realized what they were talking about. So focused on trying to unlock the secrets of The Allman Brothers Band, it led him to discover the Bedrock from which they emerged. Having found home, he has opened for B.B.King, Robben Ford, and many other luminaries...including Walter Trout, who asked him to sit in with the Band.
Voted one of the best guitarists in Americana / Roots / Blues music, The Mike Eldred Trio is a roots “Super-Band” with Eldred (formerly with Stray Cat Lee Rocker) and John Bazz of the Blasters and Brian Fahey of the Paladins! Their first CD (The Mike Eldred Trio) sent shock waves throughout the Americana/roots/blues community with rave reviews from Brian Setzer among others, and gave Eldred the title “best unknown guitarist”. The band's second CD (61 and 49) was voted of the Top Ten CD releases of 2011 by the Los Angeles Times.
The band’s newest effort is a multi-layered blues journey through Mississippi juke joints, prisons, churches, and the small neighborhood called Baptist Town in Greenwood where the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson was murdered in 1938. The trio invited several guests into the famed Sun Studio to lend a hand, and David Hidalgo, Robert Cray, and John Mayer help to tell a story of the dichotomy of the ongoing struggle between poverty and affluence, love and hate, and sin and salvation.
The trio’s 4th album “Baptist Town” is a monumental achievement in roots and blues storytelling, and will undoubtedly grow the trio’s already large fan base that includes artists like ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons:
“El contenta completa”...! This is it. Enjoy this one, top to bottom, bottom to top. The Mike Eldred Trio makes the rounds through a blues-wrapped offering that is certain to satisfy. Rock it!”
Bringing the Groove these guys put fun in the blues with their back yard party of music that will have you on your feet.
Up Jumped the Bluez is Erwin Lui on lead guitar who is not your usual “rock star” laying down the licks.
John Arnaldo, one half of the rhythm section on bass and vocals but also rocks the standup bass.
Ray Moreno, the other half of the rhythm section on the drums.
And, of course Neal Oldham on harmonica and vocals
2016 International Blues Challenge Winners and Albert King Award Best Guitarist (Joey Delgado).
Driven by fierce independence, unified by family, and fortified by the brotherhood of music, the Delgado Brothers deliver the musical goods; topical anthem-worthy songs complemented by call-to-action lyrics, and East L.A. Soul. For over 30 years the Delgado Brothers have been music makers and collaborators. The Brothers' music has long been embraced both locally and globally by a wide spectrum of people undivided by culture, age or socioeconomic status. The Delgado Brothers have longtime been referred to as Los Angeles’ best kept secret. The Delgado Brothers are eldest brother Bob Delgado on bass, middle brother Joey D on guitar and vocals, younger brother Steve on drums and vocals, and David “B” Kelley on Hammond B3. To witness a Delgado Brothers live performance is to testify to the synergy, emotion, work ethic and true musicianship of the band. Always original and intensely prepared, these journeyman musicians fully infuse all of their song crafting talent with a sense of urgency and an authentic emotional aspect that rings true with intelligence and depth. The Delgado Brothers storytelling and musical focus is one fueled by passion, courage and a heartfelt love of humanity.
From the Thursday Kick-Off to the Saturday night parties each and everyone who attends enjoys Kern County's Best Rock n Blues Party in beautiful Kernville. Each year we put on a great show with more production and the best Classic Rock n Blues on the West Coast from world class musicians. We are a proud supporter of "Sarge's Wreaths for Vets" placing Christmas wreath's on Veteran headstones at the Kern River Valley Cemetery. Thriving to bring a high level of integrity and professionalism to our party at a reasonable price is what drives our outstanding reputation of finding the music that makes for a great Rock n Blues Party in the picturesque mountains!
The newly reformed Left Coast Groovies are a cover band playing Classic Southern Americana Blues Roots Rock Music. Joining Mike Fleming (guitar&vocals) & Eddie Marquartd (guitar&vocals) are new LCG members Wil Anderson on Bass and Kyle Burnham on drums. Exciting times and good jamz ahead in the LCG camp!
Jim Gustin is a blues singer and guitarist from Santa Clarita California. He has a distinctive, powerful voice; soulful and deep with a smoky rasp, he is a passionate and energetic performer. He has well written catchy songs that reveal his many varied influences to his groove oriented blues. He is also a very solid guitarist with great tone and a funky feel.
Jeri Goldenhar, aka Truth Jones, has been singing since she was a little girl, although at over six feet tall, it’s hard to imagine her as a knee high, little red-headed child. She has a big voice to match her impressive stature. She can belt out gospel and soul rarely heard from suburban white girls.
Bassist, Michael Stanton and drummer Wendell Stroup provide a solid groove that is sure to make you want to dance. Keyboardist, Steve Alterman always keeps things interesting by effortlessly moving from vintage organ to jazz to honky-tonk piano. Add Lawrence Tamez on saxophone, and the blues possibilities are endless!
Miss Sheri Warfield Wilson..formerly of Mystic Red comes at ya with powerful sweet vocals. Bruce Jones on drums, formerly of The Witchitas and more recently Otay~Jones. Ray Sadolsky on bass, originally from Boston came to California with a few musical dreams. Recording and touring as bassist for Monty Byroms Road Pilots as well as long time bassist for the Left Coast Groovies. Will Slikker on lead guitar formerly of the Aviators. This young man plays that SG with all his talent and heart. He's definitely on track to an awesome musical career!! And lastly, certainly not least, on guitar and backing vocals Bakersfield's busiest musician Mr. Eddie Marquardt!! When any band needs a Bakersfield player, live or in studio, Eddie gets the call.
Growing up listening to her mother sing was the inspiration Kelly found to become a songwriter. Her first memory of music was her mother's voice as she sang along with records late at night. A single mother of five living with hardship and pain, music was her mother's salvation. In her teens Kelly dealt with what she felt and saw in others by writing songs about it. She wrote songs of disappointment, pain, loss, loneliness and so much more but always of survival which was something her mom taught her to do no matter what. In 1995, performing her original songs on stage with a band sparked a passion and soon thereafter created a strong songwriting team of Kelly Z and her guitar player, Perry Robertson. Writing alone or with Perry, Kelly uses music to help ease the sorrows of the life she sees around her, to stay strong and to find a way to understand a life that sometimes makes no sense. Kelly’s songs always make her listeners smile as they find a way to understand their own struggles through her lyrics and music. Kelly Z has released her first solo project, 'Rescue' on October 6, 2017. Stepping away from songwriting and covering a collection of 60's Soul, Rhythm and Blues.
MARK SELLS BAND
Forged in the blood of brothers Tommy and Paddy Marsh, Crooked Eye Tommy casts a spell on the listener with the joy and melancholy of a lifetime of playing music together. Searing guitar work and passionate, powerful vocal lines will call you in. Southern Hearts in a Tide Pool of sonic dancing where you are the special guest of honor. Making Music and Making Friends around the globe Crooked Eye Tommy is a sure thing in a world of uncertainty... Listen and feel What a Crooked Eye can do...
UP JUMPED THE BLUEZ
BUNKY'S BLUES BAND