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3rd Degree Blues Band 
 
 
"What's new with the 3rd Degree? How about the new CD? Bluesman is available NOW!" Venues include Curley's, Coach House, Players Club.  
The Barnburners 
 
 
"We play clubs, and private parties. Classic & Modern Blues, in a high-energy show! Formed in 1997 in Yorba Linda, California, The Barnburners have performed in major venues across Southern California including The Coach House (San Juan Capistrano), The Galaxy Theatre (Costa Mesa), B.B. King's (Universal City), and many more. They have performed on the same bill with many Blues artists including Greg Serrato, Teresa Russell & Cocobilli, BB Chung King & The Buddha Heads, etc . The band has performed in music festivals throughout Southern California, everywhere from Leona Valley to Yorba Linda. You can find BB recordings on radio stations throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Latin America. The band's first c.d., Workin' Overtime, is available for purchase at www.dwmmusic.com. Most recently, The Barnburners were nominated in the Best Blues category at the 2003 Orange County Music Awards."  Rancho Santa Margarita
Emil Mijares Musical Services 
 
 
"Emil B. Mijares - Piano, keyboards, midi, composer, arranger. I provide music for all kinds of shows, gigs and any kind of occasion. I do Jazz, R&B, Standards, Latin etc. I can play using my midi setup by myself or if need be, I can put together some musicians depending on the needs stipulated. I can come and play for your gig either by myself, using my midi equipment or if need be, I can assemble the necessary musicians needed to fulfill your needs. I have been in the music industry as an instrumentalist, composer and arranger for more than four decades now and in two countries. The joy of expressing myself to appreciative audiences never ceases to inspire me. I have had the awesome privilege of playing alongside some of the very best: Nat King Cole, Teddy Edwards, Hannibal Marvin Peterson among others and my Filipino compatriots, the late Bobby Enriquez, Pete Aristorenas, Angel Pena, Romy Katindig, Lito Molina and many, many others (none of them any less). Please check out all the features of this Website and should you wish me to participate in your gigs (i.e. shows, recordings, jingles, parties, business functions, club dates etc), you may contact me through the info provided...." Alternate phone number 714-826-4030.  Anaheim
The Fenians 
 
 
"The Fenians are an electrifying Irish musical quintet based out of Orange County, CA (now there's irony). The lads offer a mix of their original creations, and contemporary and traditional songs. Their foundation is decidedly Celtic, but there is no mistaking the complimentary influences of Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz, and World music. If ever there was a band whose members make up a potent body of music, it is The Fenians. Terry Casey - lead vocals and mandolin - the heart, Nate Light - bass, vocals - the pulse, David Burnett - whistles, sax, flute - the soul, Chris Pierce - drums, vocals - the bones, and Rob Williams - vocals, guitar - the muscle, through their music and voices represent everyman - sweet and sorrowful; brave and beautiful; angry and amused."  Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley
Greg Serrato 
 
 
"Greg Serrato is an electric guitarist / vocalist residing in Ontario, California. Signed on the J-Bird Records label, his 1998 & 1999 releases 'Child Of The Blues' & 'Holy Smokes' have been reviewed by some of the most popular publications in the world. Serrato is known for his versatility as a writer, guitarist and vocalist. His brand of music Covers a wide variety of styles from Traditional Blues, Contemporary Blues, Blues Rock, Swing, Jump Blues, Latin, Jazz and Country Blues. He is regarded by Bluesrockers.ws as one of the most talented Blues Rock Guitarists in the world today. A result of his scorching guitar work and fiery performances."  
Greg Wein's Blind Man Blues 
 
 
Huntington Beach Blues Musician: "Raw natural talent is a rare a find as a diamond in a mine. We introduce you to the incomparable Greg Weins, with a heart of blues; an entity that comes to us with a budding desire to reach into the core of all blues lovers. Blind from birth, Greg's internal vision rebounds in colossal proportion to his loss of sight. He writes, sings and plays beautifully leaving his listeners in awe of his amazing conquest in the very competitive world of blues. He holds his own with the certainty of a seasoned performer. For Each young year of his life, Greg's musical insight casts a spell on his audience, leaving them in disbelief that he barely joined the planet. They love him when they watch him perform and they don't even realize that they have been blessed with the introduction to the making of a star. He may well have carved his beginning into the innovative blues of today. With poetic heartfelt flair, Greg spins and emotional intrigue into lyric form, captivating his audience with the irresistible rhythm, and a story that will hold the heart. Greg's open approach to the heart of the blues lover sells his enduring spirit, his soul for the beat and a mind of creative genius." Venues include Off Campus Pub and Martini Blues.  Huntington Beach
James Harman Band "Those Dangerous Gentlemens" 
 
 
"James Harman lives in southern California, but his music clearly reflects his southeastern roots. Born in 1946 in Anniston, Ala., to musical parents, Harman began piano lessons at age four and sang in the church choir. His father's Hohner harmonicas were in the piano bench, and he would play them after his piano lessons. He experimented with other instruments as well, including guitar, organ, bass and drums, performing solo and with family members at dances and country suppers. He found the blues early in life, both on black radio and on the street corner: 'Radio' Johnson, a local blind street singer who played slide guitar with a knife, was an early influence and collaborator.... In more than four decades of touring and recording, Harman has staked his claim as an original, legitimate blues artist, musician and producer. In his recordings and live performances, James creates music that stands out as unique and personal yet clearly reflects his passion for the roots of the blues. Harman learned a key secret years ago: You have to develop your own approach and identity in order to have lasting success. As vocalist, musician and songwriter, James Harman chronicles life with energy, wit and humor. He has a novelist's eye for detail and irony, and the result is well-conceived music that stands the test of time. Harman's roots are apparent in his recordings and live performances. He is a disciple of the classic qualities of the Southern blues tradition. Still, like his mentors, Harman is telling his own stories. He knows the difference between innovation and imitation, and his own character as a blues artist is fully reflected in his work. In all cases, he remains true to his credo: Strictly the blues."  Huntington Beach
New Breed Band 
 
 
This is an awesome band! (Click here to see our special feature.) Headed up by Scott Carter, a songwriter and guitar virtuoso. One of those rare guys who becomes one with his guitar when playing, Scott composes in a host of genres including good old Rock 'n' Roll, R&B, Jazz, Reggae, Blues, Soul and Funk. Their CD "Class in the World School" was released in 2002, and they are currently playing in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles.  
Pamela G 
 
 
"Blues and soul siren of the new millennium, Pamela G has 'tastefully' taken Orange County and all of Southern California by storm. She puts hand clapping and foot tapping renditions together, which consists of our favorite Blues, R & B, and Jazz tunes. Pamela G delivers spiritually power filled performances that leave you wanting more and more. Pamela G is totally 'N' Control, smooth, sophisticated, and sincere about her music goals and her recordings. She is all business and very protective of her fans and family. Hailing from San Bernardino, CA., she grew up with the respect and passion for the works of Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Big Mama Thorton, and Bessie Smith, just to name a few. Her favorite instrument is the guitar. It's no wonder why she loves the music played by: The late, the great Stevie Ray Vaughn Tommy Castro (her favorite 'guitar man' whom she opened for several times at The Coach House and Galaxy Theater) Buddy Guy (whom she headlined with at the Doheny Blues Festival) B.B. King, The 'King of the Blues'"  Garden Grove
Razz 
 
 
Formed in 1983 by Brian Sawyers and Todd Voelker, Razz was conceived as a vehicle for professional musicians local to the Orange County California area to record their best work using Brian's compositional styles as a base.  
Riff Raff Vintage Swing Band 
 
 
Riff Raff - Vintage Swing Quintet - - Orange County California since 1999 - features jazz guitars, violin, drums, contrabass, and vocals. Enjoy entertaining, "toe tappin" tunes from the 30s and 40s, Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, and Jazz Standards. The Riff Raff CD "Swingin' Strings: is available at www.cdbaby.com. Our band plays at local special events, parties, weddings, concerts, and fundraisers. Our retro music is lively and romantic - the perfect band to make your event a fun and memorable one.  
Savage City 
 
 
"Savage City, Orange County's hardest working band is on their way to achieving the recognition they truly deserve. With the release of their new CD 'Live at Martini Blues' it has kept them busy with live shows, promotions and press.... We are a 10pc Rhythm & Blues Band (ala Blues Brothers) with the wonderful Deanna Savage as our featured lead singer. We are available for private and or corporate partys. Our promo package is available through our web site. We have appeared with Tower of Power, Big Bad Voodo Daddy, Tommy Castro, Average White Band, Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball, Rod Piazza and the mighty Flyers, Eric Burton and the Animals, John Mayall, the Royal Crown Review, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, Gatemouth Brown and Don Haney. Not a lot of big Horn Bands out there anymore...sure you can find 4 & 5pc Rock or alt music bands all over...just not alot of the big Party bands that lift the roof off the place." Venues include New Oasis, Hard Rock Cafe, Renaissance, Martini Blues, Coach House, Galaxy Theatre, House of Blues.  
Wildcats Blues Band 
 
 
"The Wildcats are dedicated to playing traditional blues music .You feel the influence of all the styles such as Chicago ,Texas, West Coast Jump and Delta in their Music .The Wildcats have shared the stage with B.B King,Little Richard.Bo Diddley,Junior Brown,Marcia Ball and Roy Rogers .The Wildcats have Played Doheny Blues Festival,The Belly Up Tavern,The Renaissance and many other top Southern California Clubs." Band Members: Roger Baldwin/Harmonica and Vocals Mark Liddell/Guitar and Vocals Craig Christian /Drums and Vocals Dave Deforest /Bass Guitar Jim Zeiger /Sax  San Clemente
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