Santa Barbara County Local Fest 2016 Music Line-Up
Lydia Luce is a independent folk singer/songwriter/violist from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She spent the summer in Nashville, TN recording her first EP and is currently living in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Berklee College of Music and attends graduate school at UCLA studying world music and viola performance. As a violist she has performed with artists such as Willie Nelson, Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox, Terri Lynn Carrington and many others.
She has a passion for world music and has studied bluegrass, old-time fiddle, Middle Eastern violin, and Ghanian drum and dance. She has spent two months studying music in Ghana. Luce spent nine months interning under Atesh Sonneborn at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, doing research, writing, and working with archival materials.
With her focus shifting to singing and songwriting, Luce composes on viola and guitar while singing. Luce's music has deep roots from personal experiences from family, love, life, and spiritual experiences in a way that grips the inner being and leaves you feeling warm and nostalgic in a way that makes you want more.
Visit her website to learn more about Lydia and her music.
Find out more about Little Wings on their website.
Próxima Parada has earned a name in San Luis Obispo County. Starting in 2012 as a group of friends wanting to extend their dynamic to their community, they never knew that their project would reach the stage of their favorite venues and music festivals, that their songs would earn awards, that their local radio stations would put their recordings on regular rotation. Próxima Parada’s performances range from unadorned acoustic clear up to floor-stomping dance numbers with enough passion to attract any open ears. Próxima Parada is Andy Olson on drums, Josh Collins on lead guitar, Kevin Middlekauff on bass, Myles Wittman on trumpet, and Nick Larson on keys and vocals. Read more about Proxima Parada on their website.
California born songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and world explorer Mimi Gilbert has a new full length record "Strangers Won't Exist" to share with lovers of music. Mimi's engaging voice, indie folk harmony and soul inspired writing carries her truth filled stories straight from her heart to yours. Read more about Mimi on her website.
Bryan Titus Trio
Bryan Titus is a rootsy, gutsy American singer/songwriter from Santa Barbara. Backed by a cookin' band, Bryan delivers a unique blend of Rock'n Roll, Gospel, Country, Blues & Bluegrass ... all stewing in the same pot. The music highlights the strong characters, iconic images and universal stories of American life. Bryan Titus leads a hard working band that puts it down in the studio and backs it up on the stage. Read more on their website.
Rowan McGuire is a singer-songwriter and guitar player from San Luis Obispo, California. His songs feature fingerpicking techniques that have percussive elements, and involve many different tunings. His lyrics and vocals carry underlying themes of change, growth, and leaving home, blending vocal melodies and harmonies with complex picking patterns. With the use of loops and different effects on his acoustic guitar playing, his sound has become more electric, giving the listener a different take on the sound of the acoustic guitar. His musical influences include John Mayer, Ben Howard, John Martyn, Nick Drake, and Tommy Emmanuel. Band members: Addison Rifkind, Tom Brown, Troy Hanson, and Rowan McGuire.
Jerry Stickel has played the guitar since the 1970s. He settled in Lompoc in 1989 to raise his kids and hasn’t stopped playing since. He’s now known throughout Lompoc, Buellton, and the Santa Ynez Valley for his peppery voice, precise guitar work, and vast song list.
Some of his major influences include Jim Croce, James Taylor, and Cat Stevens, all artists who sought an acoustic beauty following the explosive 1960s.
It should come as no surprise that Stickel performs with an acoustic guitar, but that doesn’t mean he shies away from the electrified music of the 1960s.
Mellow Grass brings the groove back from old school rock and roll. After meeting in Seattle, the trio left their homes to travel and explore their full potential, using music as a guiding light. Since then, they have made their way down the coast, and now live out of their van in Southern California. Their only mission is to spread their love for music, in the hopes that others may learn to appreciate it like they do. Although they extend their style to many different genres, and various influences, their sound is consistently groovy. Listen to Mellow Grass and take the vibes home!
William H Klink
San Luis Obispo 5 piece rock and roll band, formed in 2014, huge fans of Whitney Houston and the X-files, they enjoy a raunchy donut joke, and are owners of an at-home dojo
In 2007 Emily Wryn recorded a quick and dirty demo at Certain Sparks Recording Studio that made it's way to famed tastemaker Nic Harcourt. The songs 'Head on Straight' and 'Rain' were added along side major record label releases on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Wryn began playing venues like the Hotel Cafe and was welcomed as a fresh voice in LAs Singer-Songwriter resurgence.
After a brief hiatus she self released her 2012 EP 'Head on Straight.' Head on Straight was recorded and produced at Certain Sparks and received many warm reviews, music awards, and college airplay.
In 2013 Emily played the festival circuit with 'Emily Wryn and The Lights Electric' both nationally and internationally.
Now, four years since her EP debut, Wryn has her first full length album. "Feral" was recorded and produced at Erickson Sound Labs. Read more about Emily on her website.
The Only Ocean
The Only Ocean is a Lompoc band! Follow The Only Ocean on Facebook.
Special When Lit
Performing a mix of blues standards past and present, light rock, rockabilly and a few original tunes, Special When Lit blends authenticity with creativity and a shared desire to simply have fun in the music. Follow them on bandcamp.
King Cole is a Lompoc based band led by songwriter Jacob Cole. Previously fronting Saint Anne's Place, Jacob grew up on the quiet central coast listening to an eclectic mix of 60’s FM radio and the hits of the 80’s. Fond of The Beatles sense of melody, the experimentation and mystery of John Fahey, and the song 'Lift Me Up' by Bruce Springsteen. Their music incorporates it all but updates the sound for today. Backed by longtime friend and multi-instrumentalist Mic Singh, little brother and ‘The Circus Starts At Midnight’ frontman Samuel Cole, and a revolving set of players; the band creates an emotive nostalgia, something like a scuzzy dark psychedelic western with new wave minimalism. Its twin peaks meets rock + roll. Thoughtful, blistering, dream pop.
hVA celebrates the joys and hardships of love with multifaceted and meaningful lyrics. Using universal themes of love, life, and living in ever-changing times, this new folk-duo touches on subjects felt by all.
hVA, which is the Norwegian word for “what?!”, is the perfect description for the effortless creative partnership that Stephanie Croff & Kyle Reilly have found in one another. They are often noted for their incredibly tight vocal harmonies. Trained in classical guitar, Kyle weaves complimenting musical threads through the fabric of hVA’s repertoire. With experience from years spent in professional choirs, Stephanie creates powerful melodies and harmonies. Supporting the music is Roy Donkin on fretless bass (director of Cambridge Drive Concert Series), and Caleb Puro on drums.
When hVA performs live, audiences are often brought to silence. People have walked into venues from the street upon hearing their sound. Others have had smiling and tear-filled eyes of empathy for the heart-touching and intimate music created by hVA. With plenty of upcoming performances and opportunities to sing their new songs, hVA looks forward to sharing their unique take on modern folk music influenced by life on California’s central coast.
Kaitlyn Chui is a 15 year old singer from Lompoc, California. She performs at local wineries, community events and private functions around the Central Coast. She is accompanied by her Dad on acoustic and electric guitar and brother on drums.
RUBIA is a duo consisting of Tony Botello and Jesslyn Brundy based out of Lompoc, CA. Their musical style is as varied as their taste in breakfast cereal.
All-vinyl, pre-1990 DJ from California's Central Coast.
Lots of 70's/80's funk and soul, plus multiple flavors of rock, powerpop and new wave. Specializing in AM Gold, smooth rock, and bachelor-pad soul.
Started in the Mission District of San Francisco as a guest at Sailing (the Attic) and Horizons (the Make-Out Room,) then scored a monthly (!!!KodaChrome!!!) at St. Mary's Pub. Now making a home in small-town #Lompton CA.