Fiesta del Sol Performers - 2014
Saturday • May 31
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • 7:45 - 9:00pm• Website
For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor. Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz's band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid. Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.
Karl and his band are back on the road for a multi-city tour in support of their latest studio album, New Ammo, an infectious 13-track collection, and Denson’s debut release on Slightly Stoopid's record label, Stoopid Records. Alongside Denson originals like the title track and "Everybody Knows That," which have become fan favorites from his live sets, KDTU offers up searing versions of "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes, "Hang Me Up To Dry" by Cold War Kids and "Sure Shot" by The Beastie Boys. The first single "My Baby," features Nicki Bluhm on vocals.
In Denson's own words: "We’ve finally figured out how to capture in the studio what the Tiny Universe does live. We move around a lot musically, but this record reflects who we are as a band and where we’re headed with our music."
Common Sense • 6:15 - 7:15pm• Website
Common Sense has established itself as one of California’s premier reggae rock
bands. Their influences from reggae, rock and ska, give them a new roots sound
of their own.
Nick Hernandez, Larry Young, Billy Sherman and Phil Gough have been brothers in music for years and are committed to performance and sound they love. The band’s multiple personalities work together to craft soulful, intelligent sound that tells stories of real life. With heartfelt lyrics and melodic harmonies Common Sense delivers a true music experience.
The group started out in the college music scene of Santa Barbara and quickly dominated the Southern California club scene. Noted for their high energy live shows, they continue to grow a loyal fan base. The band has toured with many legendary reggae artists such as Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, and Jimmy Cliff. Their far-reaching style has earned them a spot on national tours from the Van’s WARP Tour to Reggae Sun Splash and Reggae on the River.
Critical and commercial success has led the band to work with top producers Don Was, Ron Saint Germain and Roy Thomas Baker. Common Sense’s music catalog includes five albums beginning with Live at the Belly Up Tavern, followed by Psychedelic Surf Groove, State of the Nation, Common Sense - Common Sense, and Don't Look Back. The band is presently in the studio recording a new album of original material slated for a summer release.
Sully and the Blue-Eyed Soul Band • 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Local radio [AM 600 KOGO] and national television personality [FOX,] Robert “Sully” Sullivan and his band, “Blued Eyed Soul” is a R&B/Soul/Rock band with Grammy and Tony Award winning artists that tour and play at venues all over Southern California.
This R&B/Soul/Rock band plays original music as well as familiar covers that suddenly sound new as Sully adds his own soulful, bluesy spin unique “Sully & The Blue-Eyed Soul Band.”
The Soul Rebels • 4:15 - 5:00pm• Website
The SOUL REBELS formed when Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss, originally members of New Orleans’ iconic Dejean’s Young Olympia Brass Band, decided they wanted to play the new, exciting music they were hearing on the radio while respecting the tradition they loved. Both New Orleans natives, the pair was steeped in the fundamentals of New Orleans jazz, but inevitably, contemporary styles of music began to seep into their psyches. While LeBlanc attended the famed St. Augustine High School, Moss went to Lil’ Wayne’s alma mater McMain High School, and paraded alongside soon-to-be Cash Money Records CEO Ronald “Slim” Williams in the school’s marching band. New sounds were all around and they found them as exciting as the horn-combo style featured in jazz funerals since the turn of the Twentieth Century.
Queen Nation • 3:00 - 4:00pm• Website
Queen Nation’s live 90-minute production of Queen’s greatest hits preserves the image, sound, and stage persona of vintage Queen. Audiences are amazed at the accuracy of Queen Nation’s live retrospective journey through such Queen songs as We Will Rock You – Bohemian Rhapsody – We Are The Champions – Crazy Little Thing Called Love – You’re My Best Friend – Another One Bites The Dust – Under Pressure and many more. They have performed in front of thousands of people at casinos, fairs, festivals and private affairs.
Trouble in the Wind • 2:00 - 2:45pm• Website
Trouble in the Wind has been labeled as folk, Americana, alternative, country, surf rock …etc but the Southern California quartet likes to call themselves “rock and roll”. The band’s stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by songwriter Robby Gira, whose staggering powerful voice creates the center of attention of their songs. The group’s instrumentation of accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs which blend and range from ballads to surf folk to soulful rockers.
Cody Lovaas • 1:00 - 1:45pm• Website
Dallas born, San Diego-raised singer-songwriter Cody Lovaas has discovered a voice and pure direction that make it hard to believe he’s not even old enough to legally drive a car. His preferred means of travel is a surfboard, which carries him through crystalline days along the Pacific Coast. Influenced by artists such as Amos Lee and Jack Johnson, 14-year-old Lovaas seamlessly combines his love for music and surf into fluid blues-imbued acoustic machinations. Also a skilled ukulele player, Lovaas is beginning to carve out the early stages of a signature sound.
Sunday • June 1
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real • 7:30 - 8:45pm• Website
Lukas Nelson and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) are an American rock n roll group based out of California. Lukas first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honor a promise he made to his father and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs. Now at age 24, Lukas is building his following the old fashioned way by touring year round and delivering high energy performances to fans across the country. Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R. have performed over 400 shows in the past 3 years and have played with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan.
Mariachi El Bronx • 6:15 - 7:00pm• Website
Punk rock. Mariachi. Two great tastes that go great together – er, right? Well, anyway, the two joined regardless one fateful August day in 2006, when The Bronx showed up to play on a television show. At the time, the Los Angeles-based punks were infamous for scabrous rifferama that suggested a return to L.A.’s golden age of hardcore (it’s not coincidence that the band portrayed Black Flag in the Darby Crash biopic What We Do Is Secret, or went on their first tour with the Circle Jerks). The show requested the band play an acoustic version of “Dirty Leaves” off the band’s second, self-titled album – a request that didn’t sit well. “Going ‘unplugged’ was a ‘90s fad that I had a knee-jerk reaction to dislike,” notes guitarist Joby J. Ford. “We wanted to do something a little bit different.” Indeed, The Bronx took it one irreverent step further, donning uncharacteristic sombreros and arranging the song as a mariachi lament. “We never wanted The Bronx to be a soft, quiet band,” says frontman Matt Caughthran, “but this freed up a whole new realm. Sometimes you don’t realize the barriers around yourself until you step outside them. It was a big moment in our career, breathing new life into the band.”
And thus Mariachi El Bronx was born. Between tour stops, Caughthran, Ford and their bandmates – Jorma Vik (drums) Brad Magers (trumpet), Ken Horne (jarana/guitar), and Vincent Hidalgo (guitarrón) – relentlessly studied instructional videos on YouTube to master the various mariachi styles: norteno, jorocho, juasteka, bolero, and corridos. “Mariachi has rules,” Caughthran explains. “We learned everything we could out of respect, especially as we’re a bunch of white guys – well, except for Ken, who’s Japanese.” (Mariachi El Bronx would eventually come to include Ray Suen on violin, as well as satellite members Alfredo Ortiz – known for his percussion styles with the likes of Beastie Boys and Money Mark – and acclaimed guitarrón player Karla Tovar.) The sonic merger of the two cultures wasn’t so surprising considering the band’s evolution out of California’s ethnic melting pot. Caughthran grew up in Pico Riviera, on the outskirts of East L.A., where he was definitely in the gringo minority. “I know people are like, ‘Where the fuck does this come from?’, but growing up in Mexican neighborhoods, it feels automatic,” says Caughthran. “My two favorite bands were always Black Flag and Los Lobos, so it all makes sense. Black Flag was all about aggression, no rules, no dress code, while Los Lobos opened me up to Neil Young, the Carpenters, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth. Through them, I discovered a rebellious spirit in many genres.” Caughthran was actually junior high schoolmates with Vincent Hidalgo, whose father David is a key member of both Los Lobos and the Latin Playboys. Vincent would eventually join Mariachi El Bronx in 2007, while el padre Hidalgo played accordion on “My Love” off of Mariachi El Bronx’s eponymous 2009 debut album. “For David to like something we did musically – it was our vindication,” Caughthran says.
Stranger • 5:15 - 6:00pm
Based out of the south bay of San Diego, neighboring the highest crossed border in the world, STRANGER is turning heads through multicultural and musical diversity with a soulful blend of reggae roots, rock and jazz combined with conscious lyrics and unparalleled musicianship. The name says it all: STRANGER does not fit into a mold. Even from the inception of the group, its diverse mixture of influences set the band apart from the other acts in the reggae genre and led to the band’s mysterious, yet creatively appropriate name. The band formed at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista as a nameless four-piece act consisting of guitar, hand drums, vocals and bass. After only a few short months the boys recorded their first demo consisting of 10 original songs which led to the “STRANGER EP” in 2004 including longtime fan favorites “Woodlands”, “Hometown” and “My Life”. Over the next 3 years the band recorded two full-length albums, “Life Lessons” and Shelter from the Storm”, building their San Diego fan base with sold-out shows and an impact on the Hawaiian Islands with radio and fan favorites “Like a Dream” and “Tomorrow Never Comes”.
Run River North • 4:15 - 5:00pm• Website
In the course of several months, Run River North went from playing a handful of hometown shows in Los Angeles to performing to an audience of millions on late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! It was an explosive trajectory for the sextet, whose uplifting anthems march to the beat of drums, jangling guitars and a rapturous string section. The rapid ascent from obscurity launched a new chapter for the band (then called Monsters Calling Home), whose upcoming full-length self- titled debut ventures further into effervescent rock anchored with a down-home aesthetic.
Pine Mountain Logs • 3:00 - 4:00pm
Pine Mountain Logs slips impressive three-part harmonies into classic rock 'n roll covers, making them one of the most convincing cover bands around! With a repertoire that spans everywhere from Nirvana to David Bowie, Pine Mountain Logs aim to impress their audiences and pay tribute to their influences whenever they take the stage.
Paul Cannon Band • 2:00 - 2:45pm• Website
Promoting Peace, harmony and good vibes, Paul Cannon is beloved by fans for his honest approach to recording and performing music. Blending elements of folk, beach rock and pop, the San Diego native delivers guitar-driven melodies that demand attention for his catchy hooks and earnest lyrical delivery.
Ever since he first organized his group in ’08, Cannon has remained the driving force behind the Paul Cannon Band. In the years since he has gained notice not only for his music, but for dedication to health and environmental issues. In addition to working with a myriad of issues-oriented organizations, Paul Cannon encourages listeners to support wide-scale issues like locally grown food and cancer awareness.
Paul Cannon Band has supported such acts as; Brett Dennen, The Wallflowers, Jason Mraz, Tristan Prettyman, Walk the Moon, Matt Nathanson, Justin Nozuka, Venice, Dick Dale, Matisyahu and a number of others. Paul Cannon Band released their EP Organic in the summer of 2011. One of the group’s latest singles (2012 Homegrown) was featured on 102.1 KPRi’s television commercial fall of 2012. Their full length album Homegrown was released in spring 2013. Paul partnered with the San Diego Padres and released a new version of Homegrown (Homegrown Padre’s Version). In June of 2013 the SD Padres filmed a music video featuring Paul Cannon and a few of their top players and the video is currently being played at the San Diego Padre’s baseball field Petco Park during every win.
Atomic Groove • 1:00 - 1:45pm• Website
Atomic Groove, San Diego’s premier Variety Dance Band for special events since 1995, knows how to make a dance floor get packed and stay packed with their infectious energy, crowd-pleasing song selections and their impressive performance-oriented musicianship. Led by lead singer/band leader “Atomic Girl” Carrie Weiland, this cover band delivers beyond expectation with a distinctive, ever-evolving Atomic Groove personality that keeps setting AG apart from the rest. Performing locally and abroad for parties, wedding, fundraisers, galas and more, Atomic Groove has been voted several times over as San Diego’s “Best” in dance band entertainment, including most recently “Best Music” for San Diego’s A-List 2013. Since 2005, Atomic Groove’s initmitable Friday night Happy Hours at The Belly Up continue to draw large, enthusiastic crowds, every show spotlighting the bands diversity and delighting the audiences with dance happy tunes, from Beyonce to The Beatles, from Pharrell to The Go-Go’s. Catch the energetic and talented dance troupe exclusive to Atomic Groove, The AG Fly Girlz!
Community Band Performers • May 31
National Anthem by Michelle Cohen • 9:00 - 9:05am
Valr Martial Arts • 9:05 - 9:20am
Expressions Dance Team • 9:30 - 9:50am
Alyson Tharp • 10:00 - 10:20am
2014 Winner of North County Idol
St. James Academy Rock Band • 10:30 - 10:50am
Paradoxe • 11:00 - 11:20am
Youth Arts Academy Rock Bands • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Community Band Performers • June 1
ACT SD • 9:00 - 9:20am
Hullabaloo • 9:30 - 9:50am
Norwood Music Studio • 10:00 - 10:20am
Open for Business • 10:30 - 10:50am
Too Loud • 11:00 - 11:20am
The Rockademy Bands • 11:30 - 12:30pm
Cedros Fiesta Del Sol Bands • May 31 & June 1
Salsa Steel Drum Band • 12pm - 3pm
Salsa Steel Drum Band includes some of the best pan players in the United States. It features musicians, singers, and dancers from Trinadad, St. Thomas, Antigua, and all over the world. We play private parties and special events at the best venues in Southern California.