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Play At The Ramona Mainstage – Local Bands
Vapor Trail One Year Anniversary
- 1st Place: $1000
- 2nd Place: $500
- 3rd Place: $250
- 4th Place: $50
Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s, and they heralded the progressive rock movement of the decade. Uriah Heep’s progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion’s distinctive features have always included a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Byron’s quasi-operatic vocals. Twelve of the band’s albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972). In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the “Lady in Black” single was a big hit. Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep had become one of the top bands in the early 1970s – one of “The Big 4″ of hard rock.
The most recent addition to the band is Rick Gilbert, former drummer to the Michael McDonald band, who relocated to San Diego from Hawaii. Having heard the demo recordings, he expressed an interest to sit in and has since become a full member. Original founding member St Elmo’s Fire, and prog guitarist, Erich Feldman joins forces with bassist Jon Shroer,( Joe Walsh) and singer/drummer Carmine Gegnose to form the ugliest band in America.
The approach of this line up is a more light hearted spoof of dark subjects.
Have you heard any ugly roomers lately ?
DORO Pesch is a living legend! And now the entire world knows it, after the “Queen of Rock & Metal” has received her first ever “Legends-Award” at England’s renowned “Golden Gods Awards” on July 17th 2013 at O2 Arena, London. A true highlight of a career, already going on for three decades.
DORO can look back at a really unique journey in the music business. DORO, in numbers this means: Gold and platinum awards for about 10 million sold records, over 2.800 live shows on four continents and in 60 different countries of this world, 16 studio records, four DVD’s. Countless cover stories on all important Music Magazines and millions of overwhelmed fans around the globe.
At the age of 16 DORO started playing in her first bands, but the story of her success began with her band WARLOCK in 1982 and the first album “Burning The Witches”, 1983: the first steps of a world career, that in 1986 got her to perform at the legendary “Monsters of Rock” Festival at British Castle Donnington, as the first ever female musician – and in front of 120.000 frenetic fans. More…
Hailing from the unlikely roots of Santa Cruz, California, Archer is a band determined to deliver genuine uncompromising and unrelenting ass-kicking hard rock and heavy metal music to fans of all ages. As fans of the music themselves, this trio of hard rocking guys is not unlike any fan of the genre. They play for those that share a love for the music and the passion within.
Make no mistake – this is a band that is truly the sum of its parts and is best illustrated by the collective musicianship these three individuals possess. Alex’s precise drumming, David’s masterful bass duties, and Dylan’s captivating combination of playing and singing make for a sound and a band that is uniquely satisfying while retaining all the heavy metal inspiration that ultimately drives them. There is a real tangible passion within the band that is revealed when they take the stage and crank out one of their intense performances. It makes one realize that these guys are the real deal….
Archer has worked hard to climb the rock and roll heap and have no intention of letting go or slowing down as they continue to strive towards greater heights. It is through such tireless efforts that Archer has earned its past and present successes having toured and performed alongside some of the genre’s biggest acts.
Sentinel hail from San Diego, USA and were founded there in July 2005. Guitarist Jesus Verdugo and Singer Danny Hernandez were already part of a band together which led to the birth of Sentinel. After numerous line up changes, a final line up was formed in 2007 which led to a visit to the studio to record their first EP.
Their first EP offering was recorded in Autumn 2008. The EP immediately made a big impression on fans of the progressive metal scene locally, which led to numerous performances all over baja california and San Diego. Sharing the stage with national/international acts such as Echoes of Eternity, Into Eternity, Cage, Possessed, Benedictum, Edguy, and more.
“MAC SABBATH” Is indeed: Ronald Osbourne and the whole gang in full regalia playing all their hits like “Sweet Beef” and “Chicken for the Slaves” in a multi-media show with video, theatrics, audience participation and sing alongs.
Known globally for his uncompromising musical vision, staggering virtuosity and deep reserves of soul, Wayne Krantz is one of very few modern guitarists to venture beyond the instrument’s limitations and create an identifiably original style and sound. Good Piranha/Bad Piranha is his full-throttle double-take on four contemporary pop and hip-hop songs, from which he plunders the textural, rhythmic and harmonic intrigue that has come to define each of his unique projects.
Following 2012’s critically acclaimed Howie 61—a record packed with cleverly arranged, hard-hitting original songs and a small army of masterful sidemen—Krantz has scaled back the setting and material for his tenth outing as a leader. Good Piranha/Bad Piranha finds his trio in the studio revisiting a selection of cover tunes they performed during legendary recent appearances at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village. More…
Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s most brilliant and exhilarating guitarists, having won first prize in many guitar competitions across the country. His impressive list of credentials include winning the Grand Prizes from both the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering Rotary Music Festival where he emerged victorious, after having competed against the top prize winners of all of the other disciplines. In addition to dominating the provincial competition circuit, Dobson has made his mark nationally having represented Ontario twice at the National Finals of the prestigious Canadian Music Competitions (CMC) and having been awarded the top prize in guitar. In the summer of 2009, Dobson was crowned the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at the prestigious 5th annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition held in Kingston, Ontario. Shortly after this victory, he captured another first prize in the acoustic category at the 4th Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. However, the highlight of this season took place when he caught the attention of the world by capturing 3rd place at the 38th International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship held in Winfield, Kansas.
The development of Ewan Dobson into the artist that he is today has been an eclectic journey to say the least. After humble beginnings with his first electric guitar playing heavy metal and hard rock music to the structured discipline of his classical training, Dobson has expanded his repertoire to include Bluegrass, Metal, Canadian folk, Techno, Trance, Video Game and Contemporary Fingerstyle music. The culmination of all of these diverse influences has fuelled his creativity to compose his own unique brand of music and resulted in creating the captivating artist that he is today.
Doyle Bramhall II
Doyle Bramhall II stands as one of the most distinctive vocalist, guitarist, composer and producer in contemporary music. Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has collaborated for more than a decade, cites the guitarist as one of the most gifted players he has ever encountered.
At 18, Bramhall II toured with Jimmie Vaughan’s band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Two years later he cofounded the blues-rock band Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. In the aftermath of two critically acclaimed solo albums Jellycream and Welcome, Bramhall II’s unparalleled skills as guitarist won the attention of both Roger Waters, who featured the guitarist on his In The Flesh tour, and Eric Clapton. Once recruited by Clapton, their association blossomed. Bramhall II toured with Clapton, collaborated on songs and left an indelible mark on albums such as Searching Robert J, Reptile and 2013’s Old Sock, which he also co-produced.
Bramhall II has been in demand as composer, guitarist and producer, collaborating with such as artists as Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks, Elton John, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John and many others.
Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers
Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers are a high energy power trio playing all original blues-rooted rock & roll! Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers have appeared in concert with blues rock legends; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya and Eric Sardinas to name a few. Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers deliver a unique sound that combines the Pulse of Rock with the Soul of Blues.
- 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards Winner “Instrumental Album of the Year”
- 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards Nominee “Guitarist of the Year”
- 2003 San Diego Music Awards Nominee “Best Rock Album”
Energized from the writing, recording, and mixing process, the band is ready to destroy all that comes within its path. Helstar released This Wicked Nest worldwide to the masses on April 25, 2014. An album that returns the band to its roots of power metal while combining the thrash elements of Glory of Chaos, This Wicked Nest will certainly prove to the world that there is much more left in these Texas Metal Legends!
Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, returns to these shores in April 2015 for the first leg of their Pilgrimage North America Tour.
Following spring and fall tours in 2014 that featured the group’s best-selling “Live Dates” album, this year Wishbone Ash will present classics spanning their 46-year career and showcase selections from their latest release, “Blue Horizon.”
The title of the 2015 tour is a nod to the Wishbone Ash’s beloved “Pilgrimage” album, but it’s also a fitting way to describe what has become an annual journey filled with familiar faces and places.
Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 10 live albums and four live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”). The band is led by founding member Andy Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finland’s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 18-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.
Award winning guitar legend Michael Schenker will release a new studio album entitled “Bridge The Gap” on Friday, November 22nd. released byin-akustik, the album features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band which consists of ex-Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and bassist Francis Buchholz, vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).
The new album features 13 hard-hitting, adrenalin fuelled melodic rock ‘n’ roll songs that showcase Schenker’s distinctive and explosive guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rythym section of Rarebell and Buchholz, marking the first time Schenker, Rarebell and Buchholz appeared on the same album since the Scorpions’ 1979 Lovedrive.
Scottish vocalist Doogie White, who co-wrote the album with Schenker, soars across every song and stamps his enthusiatic personality with every note and phrase. Wayne Findlay adds another dimension to the dynamic, classic Schenker sound with his Dean 7 string guitar and keyboard orchestrations.
Bridge The Gap is a thunderous, explosive collection of brand new songs steeped in shades of dark and light. Musically and lyrically, the new album shows a re-energized guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by top drawer musicians.
The way Tom Potter, guitarist and founder of L.A. based hard rock powerhouse Gundriver, sees it, joining the U.S. Army was the best thing he’s ever done. But the way his hard driving musical plans are shaping up with his high octane ensemble of Scott Siegel (vocals), Crazy Tomes (bass/vocals) and Alex Rivas (drums), deciding to leave active duty after 12 years, move to L.A. to train in Audio Engineering and launch his musical career is quickly emerging as a close second.
The intense upshot of this risk? A rip roaring rock n’ roll outfit—amped up with riffs, groove, thunderous beats and soaring vocals–gearing up to release its full length debut Gundriver No. 1. The project was engineered at Soulution Studios in Los Angeles by Jim Morgan, whose credits include George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Cannabis, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Billy Gibbons and Billy Preston.
Points North creates melodic guitar-driven instrumental music, combining musicianship and a modern aesthetic with classic tones, song structures, and pop sensibility.
Some of the diverse and noted artists Points North has played with across Northern and Southern California include:
- Eric Johnson
- Blues Traveler
- Al Di Meola
- Allan Holdsworth
- Steve Morse
- and more
Taz Taylor Band
In January 1997 UK-born Taz Taylor took a leap of faith and boarded a plane to Los Angeles with nothing more than a guitar, a backpack and roughly $2,000…
He spent much of his first year in the USA as a long haul truck driver, criss-crossing the country countless times in an 18-wheeler and spending the downtime in his sleeper berth practicing guitar. Eventually he settled in San Diego CA and set about recording his debut instrumental album “Caffeine Racer” which was released in July 2004. A band was formed and live shows commenced.
Caffeine Racer got the attention of legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet, most notable for working with the best guitarists in rock (Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai) and they set about recording the Taz Taylor Band album “Welcome To America” which was released on the UK label Escape Music in Aug 2006. Present TTB drummer Val Trainor joined immediately after the WTA sessions were completed.
International tours followed in 2007 and 2008, taking the band to UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Czech Republic.
In 2009 the band recruited another ex-MSG vocalist, Keith Slack for the “Straight Up” album, also on Escape Music, and also featuring a guest appearance from Deep Purple’s Don Airey on keyboards.
2010 saw the band returning to Taz’s instrumental roots with the release of “Big Dumb Rock”.
Current TTB bassist Barney Firks joined immediately after the recording of this album and the band played a string of dates to promote BDR opening for MSG (4 times), Uli Jon Roth (4 times), UFO (twice), Gary Hoey (twice), Pat Travers (twice), Dokken, Skid Row, Great White, Molly Hatchet and LA Guns.
2014 saw the release of “Deja Voodoo” an all instrumental offering of 8 songs and a string of USA dates with Lynch Mob, Wishbone Ash, Tony McAlpine, Alan Holdsworth, Greg Howe, Richie Kotzen and Ace Frehley, as well as 8 dates in the UK
Bruce Bouillet born in Memphis Tennessee U.S.A. Moved to Los Angeles Ca. and joined forces with guitarist Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), bassist Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta), drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest), and vocalist Jeff Martin (Badlands) to form the progressive rock band “Racer X”. Within 3 months they became a top draw on the west coast club scene sell ing out 1000 seat venues on a regular basis. This lineup was signed to Shrapnel records and recorded the first of three albums Racer X “Second Heat”. Quickly gaining world wide exposure through featured articles in Guitar World, Guitar Player, Kerrang, Burn, and Young Guitar as well as ad campaign’s with Ibanez Guitars.
A tribute to the music of Rush, by the band Points North. Points North creates melodic guitar-driven instrumental music, combining musicianship and a modern aesthetic with classic tones, song structures, and pop sensibility.
Like Mind Protocol
Instrumental band featuring and blend of fusion, progressive, rock, and blues influences.
- Phil Demmel
- Tracii Guns
- Marzi Montazeri
- Jeff Watson
- Phil X
“The Madmen” backing band: Dewey Bragg, Stephen Leblanc, Kelle Rhoads, Rudy Sarzo, Brian Tichy
Randy Rhoads Remembered
The world’s top guitarists pay tribute to their hero! Each song from ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’ will be performed, as well as others with house band “The Madmen!”
- Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
- Tracii Guns (Devil City Angels)
- Marzi Montazeri (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals / Heavy As Texas)
- Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
- Phil X (Bon Jovi / The Drills)
- Dewey Bragg: Vocals (Kill Devil Hill / Moth)
- Stephen Leblanc: Keyboards (Jason Bonham Led Zep Experience)
- Kelle Rhoads: Vocals (Family Ambassador)
- Rudy Sarzo: Bass (Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Rio / Whitesnake / Queensryche)
- Brian Tichy: Drums / RRR Creator (Whitesnake / Billy Idol / Ozzy Osbourne / Foreigner / Slash / Zakk Wylde)
Classic Randy Rhoads footage from 1981:
How about watching unique sports that you probably haven’t seen live! Allow us to introduce Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation (EMWF). EMWF has been touring the country and packing bars and clubs nationwide since 2000. Rated #1 by Night Club & Bar Magazine for the best alternative act 3 years running.
OFU – Tribute to UFO
OFU is a San Diego, California based tribute to the music of the seminal English band UFO.
Smack This is a Godsmack tribute band in San Diego, CA dedicated to delivering the ultimate Godsmack experience. Smack This performs the American heavy metal band’s hits as well as delving deeper into the repertoire.
Taz Taylor was exposed at a very early age to the golden era of Rock Guitar playing. Michael Schenker in UFO and then in his own band MSG, Gary Moore in his late-70s/early-80s heyday, Randy Rhoads and Jake E. Lee and of course the early Van Halen albums, all left an indelible mark on the musical psyche of Taz.
Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric’s brother Eugene Gales who played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King who had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named
Eric as “Best New Talent,” in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. “Left Hand Brand” which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996.
Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy. The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric and he was signed to a deal with Nightbird Records which was affiliated with the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record “That’s What I Am” in 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006 Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD “Crystal Vision” for Shrapnel Records and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau Division follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground.” in 2007. In 2010 Eric hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album “Relentless”. In 2013 Eric, dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Thomas Pridgen (formerly of the Mars Volta) released the first critically acclaimed record “PGP” on Magna Carta Records. The same year Eric released his first instrumental album “Ghost Notes” under the new banner “The Eric Gales Trio”.
As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.
Brett Ellis Band
This talented group of superstar caliber musicians is lead by guitarist/singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Brett Ellis. For over 20 years Brett has been and continues to be a mainstay in the San Diego music scene. The Brett Ellis Band consists of: Brett Ellis (guitars & vocals) Rick Nash (Bass) Calvin Lakin (Drums).
They have mastered the art of Hard Rock and Blues and continue to push the envelope. Brett has worked with and opened for the who’s who in the music industry. Such as Eric Johnson, Edgar Winter, Foghat, Sammy Hagar, Glen Hughes (Deep Purple) Uli Jon Roth, Carl Palmer, King’s X, Bad Company and Pat Travers.
Brett has been featured at festivals around the country, including the annual Cabo Wabo Fest and the Tommy Bolin festival. Brett’s talent is unsurpassed; he continues to write inspiring music, expanding his virtually unlimited catalog. Hard work and dedication to his craft has blessed Brett with a large following.
Come see and hear The Brett Ellis Band bring down the house as they continue to impress fans and musicians alike. Their jaw dropping performances will advance the Hard Rock & Blues scene in California for years to come.
- 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards Winner “Instrumental Album of the Year”
- 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards Nominee “Guitarist of the Year”
- 2003 San Diego Music Awards Nominee “Best Rock Album”
- Carl Verheyen Band
- Supertramp Guitarist
- Dave Marotta – bass
- John Madder – drums
Carl will be performing a set of Supertramp material and a set of instrumental guitar.
Carl Verheyen Band
In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene.
Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres.
A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Carl was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It UP!
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