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Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 7:00pm and the first performance begins at 8:00pm.

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Play At The Ramona Mainstage – Local Bands

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow  ·  Conquerors of the World Tour

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Septicflesh

Moonspell

Deathstars


Thursday, April 30  ·  Michael Schenker

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Michael Schenker

Michael Schenker

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.

Gundriver

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

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
  • KingsX
  • 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



Friday, May 1  ·  Bouillet

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Bouillet

Bouillet

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.

Fred Barchetta

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.

RDG

  • 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”


Friday, May 8  ·  Eric Sardinas

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Eric Sardinas

With legions of corporate-fueled, musical puppets littering our stages and airways, originality has become virtually extinct within the landscape of today’s popular music. Fortunatly there’s Eric Sardinas. His unique sound and honest delivery are breathing life back into the lungs of a stale industry on the verge of collapse. Sardinas is both a welcome reminder of the finest unfiltered music from an era bygone, as well as, a glimpse into a future realm of infinite sonic liberty. He’s a courageous trailblazer who’s constant repudiating routine limits and challenging all genre inherent boundaries with his wild innovations. So, – if you find yourself understandably lost and aimlessly drifting through a sad sea of musical mediocrity… find Eric Sardinas.

Mother Grundy

Rockin’ the blues! Members include Eric Heuschele – Guitar, Robin Hoffos – Vocals/Guitar, Jack Butler – Guitar/Slide Guitar, Dave Held – Bass and David Zedaker – Drums.


Saturday, May 9  ·  Arsis

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Arsis

Dead Serial Killers

The No Name Gang


Saturday, May 16  ·  Extreme Midget Wrestling

Doors open at 7:00 pm

In a country where everybody loves to get involved in different types of sports such as cricket, Ice hockey, basketball, baseball and football, sport events are bound to happen all year round.

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.



Wednesday, May 20  ·  Girlschool

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Girlschool

Girlschool are a British heavy metal band originating out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene in 1978 and frequently associated with contemporaries Motörhead. They are the longest running all-female rock band, still active after more than 35 years. Formed from a school band called Painted Lady, Girlschool enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the UK in the early 1980s with three albums of ‘punk-tinged metal’ and a few singles, but rapidly lost their momentum in the following years.

In the 1990s and 2000s, they concentrated their efforts on live shows and tours, reducing considerably the production of studio albums. During their long career, Girlschool travelled all over the world, playing in many rock and metal festivals and co-headlining with or supporting some of the most important hard rock and heavy metal bands. They maintain a worldwide cult following and are considered an inspiration for many succeeding female rock musicians.

Crucified Barbara

Crucified Barbara is a Stockholm based rock/metal band that has been around since 1998.

First album In Distortion We Trust was released in 2005.
Second album ‘Til Death Do Us Party was released in 2009.
The band is currently working on album no. 3, with producer Chips Kiesbye.

Crucified Barbara has been touring with Motörhead, In Flames, Sepultura, Backyard Babies, done tours and festivals all over Europe (Download festival, Hard Rock Hell, Sweden Rock Festival, Hellfest, Masters of Rock, Gods of Metal, Metal Ways and many more).

Old James

Brewed in Heavy Metal and distilled in Rock ‘n Roll, OLD JAMES is a Canadian rock band that combines their history of Heavy Metal with their passion and love of Rock ‘n Roll.

Best known for their energetic live performances and uncompromisingly honest lyrics, OLD JAMES compares their sound to the likes of the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What makes OLD JAMES unique is not only their ability to fuse together various genres such as heavy metal, jazz, blues and funk, but also their strive to bring back the mystery that was once Rock ‘n Roll.

Velvet Black

Former known as Blue Daven’s Code, this Canadian trio from the defiant Quebec City decided that the changes that their music and style, not to mention the departure of the 4th member and the decision to continue on as a trio, warranted a new name. That name came easily on their trip to the city of angels in February 2015 (LA) for their showcase presentations. The stylish rockers that had an EP released in September of last year called Blue Daven’s Code are now back in Quebec and getting ready to hit the road with female rock legend “Girlschool”, Swedish female act “Crucified Barbara” and fellow Canadians “Old James. The North American tour antecedes the recording of a full length album to be released by Native Alien Records later in 2015.



Friday, May 22  ·  Fit for an Autopsy / Aborted

Doors open at 6:00 pm

Fit for an Autopsy

Corrupt politicians, manipulative mainstream media, government surveillance, mass shootings, clean water shortages, religious warfare, aggressive agribusiness, climate change, GMOs and a whole host of mind-numbing problems certainly make it feel like humankind is “going to hell in a hand basket,” as they say. There may be nothing that can be done about it at this point. But at least we have a killer soundtrack.

Fit For An Autopsy’s Hellbound is the perfect score with which to watch the flames rise. Punishing, unrelenting and alternately both heavy and dissonant, the New Jersey metal band’s first album for Good Fight/eOne conjures visions of Nero vigorously attacking his fiddle, even as Rome was engulfed in fire all around him. Esteemed English actor Michael Caine delivers perhaps the best line in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy: “Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

Death metal often chooses to deal in devils, demons and horror-movie inspired gore. “Deathcore” detours into broken relationships and introspective issues, much like its scene cousins in Metalcore and alt-rock. Fit For An Autopsy blaze their own path, opting to address the dirty, gritty and grimy reality of modern day life. There’s no fantasy, no plaintive odes to lost love. This music is hell. These songs are Hellbound.

More…

Aborted

There are many ways to die but even more to kill as sonic mass murderers ABORTED elaborately explain since their forming back in 1995 and once again explicitly underline on their newest, eighth studio album “The Necrotic Manifesto”. Founding member and vocalist Sven “Svencho” de Caluwé reveals that conceptually “the album is our own take on the sordid tales of the Necronomicon, the “book of the dead”, of corpse drowned in a sauce of gore and fun covered with a good old 80’s slasher vibe.” This idea was congenially transformed into excellent artwork by Par Olofsson, who already created stunning visuals for acts like The Faceless, Exodus, Immolation, Pathology, Immortal and more.


Saturday, May 23  ·  Pat Travers

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Pat Travers

Pat Travers

OFU – Tribute to UFO

OFU is a San Diego, California based tribute to the music of the seminal English band UFO.

Smack This

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

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.



Friday, May 29  ·  Glisten Studio’s Student Showcase

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Glisten Studio Student Showcase

Glisten Studio’s Student Showcase

Glisten Studio is a women’s alternative fitness center offering yoga, pole fitness, strength training, burlesque and more!

The student showcase is an adult themed talent show, showcasing Glisten’s members through solo acts and group performances and the strength’s and techniques they have learned at the studio. It will be a full production from great music and lighting to full costume and makeup.


Saturday, May 30  ·  Eric Gales

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Eric Gales

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.

One Foot in the Blues

We are one of the fullest sounding 5 piece Rock band in the San Diego Area! Our band members include Chrissy Carey- Vocals/Harmonica, Ricky Dominguez-Lead Guitar, Eric Brooking- Rhythm Guitar, Rich Maddox- Bass, Vicente Ramos-Drums. A bunch of seasoned musicians that will ROCK THE SHOW!


Sunday, May 31  ·  Tony MacAlpine

Doors open at 4:00 pm
Tony MacAlpine

Tony McAlpine

The name Tony MacAlpine is synonymous with modern musical virtuosity. Whether performing as a solo artist, band member, session player, touring hired-gun, or as a producer, Tony MacAlpine continues to prove that he truly is one of rock’s most amazing and versatile musicians. He incorporates classical, jazz and fusion influences into the hard rock/metal genre on both guitar and keyboards.

In his 25 year career he has produced, written and arranged eleven solo instrumental studio albums. Tony has also released four albums with his jazz-fusion band CAB, three albums with his progressive rock band Planet X, and a number of other band projects. In addition, MacAlpine has contributed both guitar and keyboards to a long list of records by other artists.

LoNero

RDG

  • 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”

Pet Shark

Pet Shark is a progressive rock, instrumental band from Orange County, California featuring Keith Moreland on guitar, Ted Morton on drums. Matt Bissonette recorded bass guitar on the album, but because of his busy recording and touring schedule (Now with Elton John), he was not able to join the band for the live shows. So they’ve been joined by bass guitarist Russ Reshaw who has been on the road with the band Two or More for the last ten years, playing over 120 dates per year. Russ has also performed with Bobby Kimball, former lead singer of the band Toto. Russ is an amazing bass player, but best of all, he’s a great guy. The band is very pleased to have him.

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


Friday, June 5  ·  Hurricane

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Hurricane
  • Hurricane

Hurricane


Friday, June 19  ·  Felix Martin

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Felix Martin

Felix Martin, an ambidextrous, Venezuelan-born guitarist who moved to America after winning a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee School of Music.

Felix is pushing music into new boundaries by mixing Metal with different styles such as Jazz, Progressive, World, Latin, Fusion, etc. Although his style is mostly called Progressive Metal, he is often cataloged as Jazz Metal, as he sometimes writes straight ahead Jazz mixed with Metal.

Felix uses his self-designed 14-string guitars, which are two regular guitars in one, standard guitar. Felix created a completely new way of playing the electric guitar by performing simultaneously with two of them as if was one guitar. This opens up a new and hidden world of the electric guitar. Felix pioneered this style of playing at the age of 13, and as of 2014, he remains the only one in the world who plays this way.

Felix and his band named under his name has shared the stage with acts such as Steve Vai, Mike Portnoy, Tesseract, Scale the Summit, Devin Townsend Project and have toured most of North America, South America and Europe.



Saturday, June 20  ·  Riot

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Riot

After initial success in the early 80’s, iconoclastic metal band RIOT rose from the ashes after a few years of silence to release THUNDERSTEEL (CBS 1988), an album that would become as celebrated as the new line-up that spawned it: Mark Reale (guitars), Tony Moore (vocals), Don Van Stavern (bass), Bobby Jarzombek (drums), and Mike Flyntz (guitars) who joined the group during RIOT’s first triumphant ‘Thundersteel’ Tour of Japan.

Their follow-up release, THE PRIVILEGE OF POWER (CBS 1990), flexed RIOT’s creativity and metal muscles even further, cementing renewed fan interest around the world, particularly in Europe and Japan. In the ensuing years, the ‘Thundersteel’ line-up became near-legendary in the metal canon. They were hailed as “the bridge between Priest and speed metal” and have been heralded as an influence by many, including Hammerfall who cover RIOT’s “Flight Of The Warrior” off ‘Thundersteel’ on their new CD, ‘Masterpieces.’

Cage

Up from the oppresive flanneled heel of the grunge movement arose a band so convicted to their craft, that to this day the fire for metal burns hotter than ever. With a sound that combines the familiar metal godlike elements, they have instilled their own distinct sound that puts the songs and the metal fans first. Will you bang your head, will you raise your fist in the air, will you be compelled to scream along to the power? hell yes you will, this is CAGE, THE AMERICAN POWER METAL KINGS!!!

Alchemy

Battlefront

Influenced from the melodic tones of Iron Maiden to the thrash / speed metal riffs of early Metallica, Exodus, and Iced Earth, out of Menifee came Battlefront!. An unfortunate motorcycle accident which took the life of our bassist and friend Ozzy put the band on a halt until local friends stepped up and kept things going. Eric Dow and Mark Dow from Helsott took over on drums and bass while Joe Mish from Crost took over on lead guitar. We have loyal fans known as S.O.B.’s – Soldiers Of Battlefront. Become a soldier.


Saturday, June 27  ·  Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Rick Estrin, who holds the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist–Harmonica, is, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.” He ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward with his unforgettable original songs. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home. Blues Revue says, “Estrin has created some of the finest blues songs of any artist on the planet. His carefully wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the precision of a boxer, though more often than not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the blow’s been struck.”

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats— jaw-dropping guitarist Chris “Kid” Andersen, singing drummer (who plays standing up) J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and Moog synthesizer)—serve up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll and Estrin’s trademark philosophical wiseguy humor. Since the 2009 release of their celebrated Alligator Records debut Twisted and the 2012 follow up One Wrong Turn, the band has toured non-stop, sharpening their musical telepathy to a razor’s edge.



Friday, July 31  ·  Saliva

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Saliva

Probably one of the hardest things for an established rock band to do is to replace their lead singer, after all, your front-man is the face of the band, the leader so to speak. And, for the few acts who have successfully accomplished this daunting task (AC/DC, Van Halen, etc.), there are countless others that have failed. Upon hearing Saliva’s eighth studio album, Rise Up, you can now add the band to the ‘those who have succeeded’ category. Enter, new singer Bobby Amaru who has mellifluously replaced original singer Josey Scott after his exit in 2012). Bobby has joined up with longtime members Wayne Swinny (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Dave Novotny (bass, backing vocals), and Paul Crosby (drums). Together, the new line-up has delivered an album that manages to push the band’s sound into new areas, as well as retain the group’s trademark elements – including Saliva’s signature anthemic choruses and crushing riffs.

As evidenced by such standout tracks as the leadoff single/title track from Rise Up, Saliva’s reboot has certainly inspired the group, as the new material meets the high standard set by such stadium standards as “Click Click Boom” and “Ladies and Gentlemen.” “We made a great record,” continues Amaru. “It’s like groundhog day, kind of for us with it. Déjà vu. But the writing process I think went back to where the band felt they were at one time. Everyone really had input. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, we should do this because of this or that because of that.’ I think everybody really got to throw their heart and passion into it.” “I’d say that when you’re living out on the road, it’s kind of hard to write out there,” adds Novotny. “You don’t get much time alone to do it. But once you finally come off the road and get into the writing mode, you’re inspired by everything that happened out there. And we’ve been out for like two years in a row, just hitting it- being live and being with our fans. Everything just came at once. It all happened really fast. And we think it’s the best album we’ve done since probably the first album.

Sledd

Sledd is a five piece, hard hitting, Heavy-Alternative, Album Orientated Rock, Musical Group from San Diego, CA. The Band was founded by Lead Vocalist/Frontman Cary Rothman, Keyboardist/Vocalist Peter DeLuke Jr and Brother/Drummer Dino DeLuke in March of 1995.

Sledd has played with, opened for, or toured with such legendary Hard Rock Musical Groups as: Tesla, Great White, The Bullet Boys, Gilby Clarke, Blue Oyster Cult, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Queensryche, Ratt, LA Guns, UFO, Skid Row, Cinderella and Y&T.

Their latest and third Album “Insane Laughter” has received National Airplay in several United States Cities. In April/May 2009, Sledd members along with Executive Producer and Tesla Bassist Brian Wheat recorded a four song EP at “J” Street Studios in Sacramento, CA. All four cuts later appeared on the self produced Sledd CD “Insane Laughter”. Sledd’s second Album ”Crooked Smiles” was produced by Great White Guitarist Mark Kendall. Kendall also managed the Band from 2001 – 2003.

SevenTrain

Raw, stripped down, blues-based hard rock consisting of powerful vocals and soulful harmonies backed by a hard-hitting rhythm section. Influences include Badlands, Audioslave, King’s X and arena rock bands from the 70s and 80



Thursday, August 27  ·  Poncho Sanchez

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Poncho Sanchez

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez pays tribute to these two titans on his new album, Chano y Dizzy!, his 25th recording as a bandleader on Concord Picante, set for release on September 27, 2011. For the first time, Sanchez and Francisco Torres, long time band member (trombone/vocals), join forces to produce the new album.



Saturday, September 12  ·  Devon Allman

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Devon Allman

Devon Allman (born August 10, 1972) is a vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter. He is the founder and bandleader of Honeytribe, (also known as Devon Allman’s Honeytribe). In addition to creating two albums and leading multiple tours across North America and Europe with Honeytribe, Devon has contributed to several other musical recordings, including Vargas Blues Band and the A Song for My Father compilation album. Devon has appeared occasionally as a guest musician for Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band. His other musical projects include the blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood and a solo album that was released in February 2013.

Devon is the son of Gregg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band).



Friday, October 23  ·  Prong

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Prong

A show at the old Ritz in New York with New York hardcore legends Cro-Mags and German thrashers Destruction was what sealed a deal with Epic Records. “Signing with a major label was very much a matter of survival,” Victor explained to Britain’s Kerrang! magazine in 1990. “We aren’t high school kids living with our parents.” Survive and thrive was more like it for PRONG.

1990’s Beg To Differ became an instant genre classic. Songs like the epic title track or the tightly disciplined and sonically dynamic “Lost and Found” further carved out the band’s innovative deconstruction of metal’s excesses.

“We never saw ourselves as just a metal band,” stated Victor. “Our riffs, lyrics and ideas were minimal but conveyed everything we felt and everything we saw going on around us living in New York City in the 80’s. A lot of what I had to say was pretty reactionary. Disneyland hadn’t moved in yet.”

Over the course of their next three major label releases: Prove You Wrong, (1991) Cleansing (1994) and Rude Awakening (1996), PRONG charted an innovative course. It was actually the Whose Fist Is This Anyway?-EP that ushered in PRONG’s best-known era. The EP was comprised of five remixes from the Prove You Wrong album: introducing a heavier groove and experiments in electronics that gave rise to PRONG’s best known and best selling work: Cleansing. “We saw where we felt things in metal and hardcore could go and we rolled the dice a bit,” says Tommy of the band’s watershed release.



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