Sand City, CA— Come join the local community for the 14th Annual West End Celebration Kick-Off Party & Fundraiser, Friday, August 21, at Carmel Stone Imports, 1725 Contra Costa, in Sand City. The legendary blues guitarist, Chris Cain is scheduled to kick off the weekend celebration with Kaye Bohler and the Langford Zobler Band. The doors will open at 7PM. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.Advance tickets, they will are available a TIX.com, Post No Bills, Sweet Elena’s Bakery, and at Sand City Hall, in Sand City, and in Carmel at Do Re Mi Music, as well as the Pacific Grove Resource Center.
7:30-8:15— Langford Zobler Band (LZB) encompasses a lifetime of musical experience that started as an acoustic duo in the early 70’s and has transformed into a 5-piece band performing original material, “from upbeat to romantic, from urban back street to red dirt road.” www.langfordzoblerband.com
8:30- 9:30— Kaye Bohler voice has been described as “big and brassy, bold and sassy.” While her dynamic voice and penchant for classic blues-flavored soul and R & B is truly original, some of her major influences on have been Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, and Gladys Knight. She poses a formidable triple threat as a singer, songwriter and bandleader with four CD’s now under her belt. www.kayebohler.com
10:00-11:00— Finally, the legendary Chris Cain returns to West End for a one-night performance as the headliner of this exciting Kick-Off event. Cain’s gripping blues guitar has earned an international following and Monterey County always comes out to see him perform. He’s received four Blues Music Award nominations and has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. As San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, “more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues.” www.chriscainmusic.com
Only 300 tickets are available for this one-night-only event and it will sell out. Advance tickets are available at TIX.com; Sand City Hall, Sweet Elena’s Bakery, and Post No Bills in Sand City; DoReMi Music in Carmel; and the Pacific Grove Resource Center. Proceeds benefit Sand City’s West End Celebration and Guitars Not Guns.
The 14th Annual West End Celebration is pleased to announce a spectacularly diverse musical line up for the free, 2-day Celebration, taking place throughout the City of Sand City, on Saturday, August 22, from 11am to 5pm, and Sunday August 23, from 12 Noon to 5pm, 2015. Steve Vagnini, of SLV Management, has worked hard to please just about every musical preference—from award winning Country and Pop artists to local rock and Indy favorites as well as fresh, new sounds to experience. These bands will provide continuous live music, on multiple stages, throughout the two-day celebration—free to the public.
The California Honeydrops Headline Saturday Afternoon
— SAT. AUG 22, MAIN STAGE 4:00 PM
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their live shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world: on their nine European tours, to featured slots at such premiere festivals as Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, and Outside Lands, and performances in 2013 supporting B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing. www.cahoneydrops.com
Red Beans & Rice-Rhythm & Blues -website
— SAT. AUG 22, MAIN STAGE 2:30 PM
Red Beans & Rice was formed in 1993 and has become a household name on the Central California Coast. Gil Rubio founded the Monterey Bay based blues band specializing in up-tempo blues forms. Since the band’s debut, their blend of Chicago, Texas swing, Louisiana, contemporary and original music has garnered them numerous awards including “Best Band in Monterey County” 13 of the past 20 years—including Best Band of 2015! Performing throughout the West Coast at various Festivals and venues, Red Beans & Rice has shared the stage with some of the greats in blues and has released four self-produced albums containing their unique original compositions as well as some covers of lesser known classics. Red Beans & Rice is served throughout the South in a variety of ways. The dish can be best described as a “spicy Southern staple”. So it is with the music of Red Beans & Rice. A Southern staple served in a variety of spicy ways.
Ry Bradley-LA Country Aritist of the Year-website
— SAT. AUG 22, MAIN STAGE 1:15 PM
In the summer of 2013, California’s Ry Bradley caused a stir when he released his debut single “New Kind of Lonely” off of his EP titled “Freedom Like This.” “New Kind of Lonely” received national airplay from over 100 Country radio stations, which lead to a 3 week showcase of the record on SiriusXM’s break out Country station, “The Highway.” Ry has opened for Country Music stars, Florida Georgia Line, Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Nieman, Scotty McCreery and later this summer for Miranda Lambert. Bradley is known for being both a songwriter and a live-wire entertainer. He has also earned the honor of “LA Country Artist of the Year.”
Jim Lewin Band- Americana -website
— SAT. AUG 22, main stage 11:45 AM
Jim Lewin has made a name for himself as a go-to picker in Americana, Jamband, and Bluegrass circles as a member of high-level acts such as Todd Snider, Great American Taxi, Lacy J Dalton, and Frank Wakefield. Lewin’s songwriting has been featured on the last two releases of Great American Taxi, both of which landed in the top 10 Americana Radio charts. His own band, Jim Lewin and Edge of the West, plays Rock n’ Roll and Americana with a hippie Jamband flavor that will appeal to fans of Grateful Dead, The Band, Wilco and Neil Young. He has performed or recorded with heavyweights Don Was, Bill Kreutzmann, Gillian Welch and Peter Rowan. He currently resides in Santa Cruz, Ca. jimlewin.com
Guitars Not Guns Band — SAT. AUG 22, main Stage 11AM
KPIG’s “Please Stand By” LIVE from the Main Stage
— 10 am - 12 Noon
Featuring: Rushad Eggleston; Jackie Bristow; Cerny Brothers; Mike Beck
Jackie Bristrow - Pop/Folk -website
—— Sun., Aug 23, MAIN STAGE 12Noon
Jackie Bristow was born in New Zealand and moved to the United States with a guitar, a suitcase and a song. Her music has been described as soulful face acoustic guitars with pop and folk sensibilities. Jackie has had the honour to be the opening act for many of her musical heros. Opening for Bonnie Raitt in New Zealand on the 2013 Slipstream tour was a dream come true and internationally-acclaimed guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel 2011. Jackie and Tommy played to sold-out theatre’s across the America.She has also been the opening act for Marc Cohn, John Oates, John Waite, Bettye Lavette, B.J Thomas, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Charlie Robison, Rick Springfield, Bob Schneider, and Jimmy Lafave, Euge Groove, Ruthie Foster, Howard Jones, Herbert Gronemeyer, Phoebe Snow, Art Garfunkel, Daniel Lanois, Madeline Peryoux, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, and Shawn Mullins.In 2014, Jackie was awarded New Zealand Southland Music Ambassador of the year. Jackie has proven to be an artist who shows no signs of stopping. Jackie is working on her 4th album “Shot of Gold” for release fall this year. jackiebristow.com
The Cerny Brothers Band-website
— Sun., Aug 23, MAIN STAGE 1:00PM
Buzzbands.LA call The Cerny Brothers “a group without any trendy gimmicks, a lead banjo player strumming with the same vigor as if on the electric guitar and simplistic lyrics delivered with strength.” Robert and Scott Cerny grew up in a small town in rural Illinois, recording music in their bedroom, playing around town at clubs, friends’ birthday parties, and barns in the middle of nowhere. Though the music kept them busy, they were also making extremely low budgets movies that Scott would direct and edit and Robert would score.
After graduating from college, they recorded their debut album “Dream” under the name The Cerny Brothers with their friends in The Giving Tree Band. They carried the album with them to Los Angeles, where they continued to play and write as much as they could. In a musical climate so bloated that it became easy to get buried in the noise, Robert and Scott set out for a sound that would project in the midst of it. They played for a while with a drummer, which set apart their breed of folk rock from any other acoustic music happening in LA. A little after a year, their self-titled album was recorded in Ojai, California, and included popular songs like “Ohio” and “Don't Run,” with “beautiful folk melodies and extremely catchy and chorus driven sing-a-longs.” The brothers were already touring when they met Santa Monica native Albert Hickman, who learned the bass and the whole set in a matter of weeks, hitting the road with them and seeing snow for the first time. It wasn't long before they added drummer Robert Anderson, who moved from Florida to continue his study of the drums in Los Angeles.
This year marks the release of their new album, Sleeping Giant, recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Seattle with producers Jerry Streeter and Ryan Hadlock, who are known for their work with Brandi Carlile and The Lumineers. The album signifies a new direction for the band, as the music has turned from an acoustic, folk element to a more electric, American rock sound while still keeping the folk spirit from their earlier work. The songs on “Sleeping Giant” deal with becoming a man and finding identity in a constantly changing world, staying rooted in something that can be shaken but not moved, and realizing that we all have a sleeping giant inside of us waiting to be set free.
Fire in The Hamptons-Electronic Pop Rock-website
— Sun., Aug 23, MAIN STAGE 2:00PM
Fire in The Hamptons is an electronic pop rock band that combines dance centric beats of the 80s with gritty synthesizers and catchy vocal melodies. In 2010, the lead singer, Zack connected with award-winning producer/composer, Bert Selen. The two combined their eclectic vision, and completed the full-length debut album, “F.I.T.H.” The record, mastered by Grammy award-winning engineer Brad Blackwood, features standout songs, “Humanimal”, “Children of the Sun,” and “Stargazer”, which one music blogger describes as, “one of those tracks that leaves you hooked on the first listen.” The album has had music featured in films, TV, and commercials, such as: “Feels So Good”, “Gossip Girl”, “Awkward”, “Jersey Shore”, “Snooki & Jwoww”, Verizon, Logitech and USPS.
Mike Beck— Americana — Sun., Aug 23, MAIN STAGE 3:30PM-website
The ever-popular Mike Beck will bring his full band, The Bohemian Saints, to the Celebration this year. Beck is a hard working musician who has received national recognition for his unique brand of Americana music. According to Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, “Mike Beck strings do things that mine could never do. They obey the slightest finger-touch commands like a fine Reining Horse.” mikebeck.com
Lillie Lemon—Indie Electro Pop -website
Lillie Lemon is an indie electro-pop duo based in Monterey, California. Their instrumentation utilizes primarily synthesizers and vocals and find kin in bands like Chvrches and Passion Pit. Songs are fueled by a unique hybrid of acoustic and electric sounds.
Lillie Lemon hails from the great Midwest, the land of long winters and short summers. She began her musical life on the shores of Lake Michigan in the dead of winter. Her songwriting is heavily influenced by the flux of the seasons, often substantial in lyrical content and dense in sound.
Settling in Monterey, Lillie attached herself to the local music scene. Producer and musician Erica Wobbles is known for his electronic influences and wide variety of keys-related instrumentation. Partnering with Erica has led their music down a path both experimental and wildly gratifying.
Valley Soul — Indy Rock-website
Valley Soul is an up-and-coming six-piece powerhouse from Monterey, California. Their entrancing four-part harmonies and intrepid instrumentals are reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac, and also call forth modern likeness to Arcade Fire and Of Monsters And Men. After two years of cultivation and soul-searching, Valley Soul has created their niche. Nestled boldly amidst new age indie rock, old school folk, blues, and classic rock, the sextet reinvents and combines expansive avenues of sound. Four songwriters fuel the group’s extensive library of eclectic material. They debuted their self-titled EP in August 2014, and are set to record their first album Spring 2015.
SLACK —Hard Rock
Tyler Dawn is the lead singer and chief songwriter in Slack. He is heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s Rock. He plays a right-handed guitar upside down because he’s left-handed. Nigel Hardy is the brains behind all things electronic in Slack. He plays a MIDI guitar via his laptop. Bobby Guinvarch is Slack’s lead guitarist. His face-melting solos give the band the 80’s hard rock edge. He loves making new sounds and really feels the music. He did his time in college, and now he’s moving on to the crazy world of Slack. Austin Perkins is Slack’s bassist and brings high NRG to Slack’s shows and recordings. He is a veteran of the areas local music scene. Patrick Murphy is Slack’s drummer. Although he may be the youngest of the bunch, he brings years of virtuoso experience to the group with a high octane drumming style.
The Pip Squeeks—Garage Rock -website
The Pip Squeeks are an exciting three piece rock band formed in 2011 with guitar player Jacob Ellzey, bass player Miranda Zipse and drummer Jordan Levine. Their music draws from primitive teenage garage rock reminiscent of the 1960’s. They are influenced by bands such as The Sonics, The Kinks, Thee Headcoats, and The Chocolate Watch Band. Known for their high energy live shows, the band plays a set of mostly original songs written by Jacob Ellzey and Miranda Zipse. Their new album, Rise of Sun of Scerp was recorded in Real to Reel studios located in Sand City. The album was recorded live on tape and captures a raw and gritty sound which is emphasized by the analog recordings.
Sambahemians Drum Ensemble— Sun., Aug 23, Reel to Real Stage 12:30PM
The Sambahemians will open the Reel to Real Stage with their Latin Carnival style sounds.
Rushad Eggleston—Rogue Cello — Sun., Aug 23, Reel to Real Stage 2:00PM-website
Rushad Eggleston calls himself an imaginative nomadic cello goblin, ambassador of sneth, and spreader of joy through melodies, songs, mythical languages, and rogue cello vibrations. Call him what you choose. We know you’ll agree this is a show not to be missed. rushad.bandcamp.com
Flor de Cana—Septeto — Sun., Aug 23, Reel to Real Stage 3:30PM
Flor de Cana is a Septeto from Santa Cruz, performing high energy dance music with a Caribbean influence, including Cuban Son, and Colombian Cumbia. This group will have the audience on their feet! www.facebook.com/pages/Flor-de-Cana
The West End Celebration is the area’s largest celebration of the Arts, with over 100 artists—visual, musical, performing artists— converging on the streets of Sand City for this two-day Celebration.
In addition to the two main stages, the 14th Annual West End Celebration will continue their “street party” tradition with pop up entertainment venues scattered throughout the City of Sand City. Who knows what visitors will find around the next corner? It’s always a wonderful surprise!
For more information visit www.westendcelebration.com
Contct: Steve Vagnini at firstname.lastname@example.org 831-601-9609