Fiesta del Sol Performers
Saturday • June 2
The English Beat •7:45pm-9:00pm• Website
The Beat fuses soul, reggae, pop and punk into a unique and highly danceable sound. Along with contemporaries such as The Specials, The Selecter and Madness, The English Beat became one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Ska movement. Playing all the hits like “Save It for Later,” “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “I Confess,” General Public SECRET CODE MEET AND BEAT hits like “Tenderness” and Never You Done That," their celebrated covers, like “Tears of a Clown,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” and “I’ll Take You There,”"plus a growing number of new tracks that are fast becoming crowd favorites!
Vokab Kompany •6:15pm-7:15pm• Website
"Vokab Kompany is another act that refuses to be pigeonholed. Two MCs might lead you to believe that it's hip hop, but that doesn't begin to tell the story. The seven-piece band from San Diego played for more than an hour, a set that was at times funky, jazzy, heavy, bouncy, even bluegrassy...And it all made sense. Through it all, the crowd was treated to microphonic gymnastics of the dueling MCs, Rob Hurt and Burkey. The group is legit; see them" Lindol French-Sacramento Press With relentless drive they have worked to combine high energy stage performances, 7 piece live indie electro hip-hop (w/ a violinist to boot), with catchy hooks, and rhythm based harmonic vocal delivery to find themselves emerging from an underground electronic scene that primarily embraces the DJ.
Stripes and Lines •5:15pm-6:00pm• Website
Stripes and Lines bring the old and new together with hints of Built To Spill; a driving rhythm section reminiscent of U2 or The Police; and a touch of Velvet Underground; topped off with four-part vocal harmonies that suggest the great vocalists of the 60s. It’s a potent combination of high energy with musicality that could only have been achieved after years on the road; the members of Stripes and Lines have toured extensively throughout the US with former bands.
Sold-out shows with Company of Thieves and Fiction Family (members of Switchfoot and Nickel Creek) as well as performances with Manzarek-Rogers (featuring Ray Manzarek of the Doors); Switchfoot; Bedouin Soundclash; The Whigs; The Cat Empire; and more, have further confirmed Stripes and Lines one of the top bands to watch in San Diego. The band is a regular headliner to packed houses at the Belly Up Tavern as well as numerous other southern California venues including Los Angeles’ Viper Room and El Rey Theater. They’ve been featured on both FM 94.9 and 91X, San Diego’s top stations for new and independent music.
Hi Roots •4:15pm-5:00pm• Website
HI Roots is an eight piece band from San Diego, CA. We have all grown up in Hawaii making them heavily influenced by the island reggae sound. We've played at World Beat Center, House of Blues, Belly Up and more.
Abbey Road •3:00pm-4:00pm• Website
With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world. Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four's cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs.
The Grass Heat •2:00pm-2:45pm• Website
With a loose, joyous and somewhat wreckless spirit, The Grass Heat brings the backyard party to the main stage. This rock n roll trio will have you on your feet from the first strum till last call! With their raw-natured, whiskey-drinkin', back-to-basics approach, The Grass Heat delivers high energy, good songs and good times. Grab a shot AND a beer, keep your bar tab open, then join the boys front and center for a night you won't forget!
The Professors •1:00pm-1:45pm• Website
Not content to just be another surf band, Destination: Moon finds The Professors pushing the envelope of traditional surf music. There are a wide variety of styles here. In addition to straight up surf tunes, you can find elements '60s bossa nova, rockabilly, spaghetti westerns, reggae, and classic rock. It's as if you took The Ventures, Henry Mancini, Brian Setzer, Ennio Morricone, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead; threw them into a blender, and pushed all the buttons down at the same time without the lid on.
Sunday • June 3
Donavon Frankenreiter •7:30pm-8:45pm• Website
To create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy—and no one else. The follow-up to 2010’s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter.
Little Hurricane •6:15pm-7:00pm• Website
Little Hurricane is a dirty blues/rock outfit from San Diego , CA , one hot mess of a duo coming to a city near you..
Terraplane Sun •5:15pm-6:00pm• Website
Hailing from Venice Beach, California, 5-piece blues rock outfit, Terraplane Sun, has honed a swampy southern delta feel reminiscent of the 1960s “California Sound." Comprised of Ben Rothbard (vocals, harmonica and guitar), Johnny Zambetti (lead guitar and mandolin), Cecil Campanaro (bass), Lyle Riddle (drums) and Gabe Feenberg (piano, accordion and trombone), Terraplane Sun has performed on sold-out bills supporting such acts as The White Buffalo, The Alabama Shakes and Nikka Costa, along with several residences via c3 presents at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Critically acclaimed 2011 sophomore album, Coyote, includes a cover of Wanda Jackson's "Funnel of Love," the video for which recently premiered online in the Top 10 Most Viewed on MTV Buzzworthy. The band just completed a new 6-song EP, produced by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Ok Go) and mixed by Richard Furch (Prince, Fountains of Wayne, Outkast). Said EP includes "Get Me Golden," currently spinning on KCRW and STAR 98.7, featured in Citibank's national television ad campaign and Columbia Pictures feature film, 21 Jump Street, as well as in upcoming Lionsgate feature film, What To Expect When You're Expecting. EP release and national tour news coming soon…
Stranger •4:15pm-5:00pm• Website
Based out of the South Bay of San Diego, neighboring the highest crossed border in the world, the members of Stranger draw inspiration from their diverse surroundings. It is multicultural and musical diversity that grants Stranger a soulful blend of reggae roots, rock and jazz infused with conscious lyrics.
The PettyBreakers •3:00pm-4:00pm• Website
The PettyBreakers is the nation's premier "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" tribute act. Based out of Southern California, this band is comprised of veteran musicians with decades of experience performing in tribute acts, and recording and performing with international bands like THE REMBRANDTS and THE GIN BLOSSOMS. The PettyBreakers puts on a show that recreates the sights, sounds and live experience of a Tom Petty concert.
Atomic Groove •2:00pm-2:45pm• Website
Atomic Groove-The Best In Variety Dance Band Entertainment For All Occasions in San Diego since 1995. Contagious enthusiasm, musical credibility, and a distinctive, ever-evolving Atomic Groove personality sets this cover band apart from the rest. AG's versatility wows any audience or special event, whether rockin' a Belly Up Happy Hour or a sophisticated Gala. Featuring the powerhouse vocals of lead singer Carrie Weiland and featuring The AG Fly Girlz Dancers!
Nena Anderson & The Mules •1:00pm-1:45pm• Website
Nena Anderson's debut album "Beyond The Lights" already is earning comparisons to early Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan with it's bluesy, Americana feel and distinct voice. Produced by Mike Butler (Linda Kay, Low Volts), the record showcases 10 original songs that are so familiar and warm, you think you have heard them before…and you want to listen to over and over again. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues of "Daggers," the rollicking 60's piano soul groove of "Roses & Kisses," to the catchy "I Fall In Love Too Fast," Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience.
Family Wagon •12:00pm-12:45pm• Website
Family Wagon’s searing blend of rock n' roll was born in early 2008 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. Ryan Weiss (guitars) first met Gareth Moore (bass) shortly after Gareth had completed a stint of living in his van, a Family Wagon, in Ocean Beach, CA and decided to attend college. They began jamming and working on starting a band. Shortly thereafter, Bryan Bangerter (drums, vocals), a multi-talented musician from Hawaii, joined the boys to make a band more of a reality. Next, a farm boy from Kansas, Calen Lucas (vocals), joined the mix bringing along his microphone and commanding vocals.
The group began performing around town while writing and steadily expanding their following. Trips up the west coast have helped the band continue to hone their captivating live show. Most recently, the band traveled to Austin, TX in March 2012 for a successful trip to showcase at the annual SXSW festival.
Family Wagon released their first LP "Teleblaster", recorded by local musician Keith Milgaten (Jamuel Saxon), in December of 2010. They have recently added a fifth member, Jarel Paguio (organ/keys), for their latest EP entitled "Last Drag" which is slated for release in Spring 2012. "Last Drag EP" was produced and recorded in Long Beach, CA by Matt Wignall (Cold War Kids, Deep Sea Diver, Mando Diao).