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A Unique Blend of Salt 
 
 
"Psychedelic / Rock / Experimental. About a unique blend of salt: we are a unique blend of salt, thats for sure. amy is the front man, aaron on bass, matt on drums, jared and jeff on the axe. although we have been friends for a long time, our band was formed just last monday (aug 1st, 2005) we played our first show 3 days later at the gig in hollywood. so, we must be good... right.."  
Agent Orange 
 
 
A punk trio from Fullerton.  Los Angeles
Anna Marie 
 
 
"It all started in the summer of 1991. . My parents purchased tickets to attend a Judd's Concert. I was very excited but had no idea the impact that this one show would have on my life. After seeing the mother-daughter combination put on an awesome show, I knew that this was what I wanted. I was going to play guitar and entertain anyone who would listen. After a year of begging my parents for a guitar, they finally bought me an old classical guitar and scheduled my first guitar lesson. Four years later I started singing at local open mic nights in town, and singing every Friday and Saturday night during my high school days. I also joined my high school's Swing Band. I took every chance I had to perform. I began writing my own material and eventually invited my sister-in-law, Tina Michelle to sing.... I now have established my band, a great group of accomplished musicians, songwriters and singer. I have played for such acclaimed artist as The Oakridge Boys, Billy Vera & The Beaters, The Nelson, Sally Taylor, Ty Herndon and Hal Ketchum. Music is in my blood, it will never go away. I write about what I feel, see and know is real. I set out to take my audience on an emotional roller coaster. One that will leave them wanting more...I hope you enjoy my website. "  
Avenged Sevenfold A7X 
 
 
August 2005: "It's not always recognized in today's 'I want it now' world, but patience is a virtue. And Huntington Beach, California rockers Avenged Sevenfold are being rewarded for remembering the golden rule. After releasing two highly successful albums on an indie label (Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and Waking the Fallen), the quintet is set to unleash its major label debut, City of Evil, on Warner Brothers Records."  
Beautiful Mistake 
 
 
According to the Orange County Register, December 2, 2002, number 3 of Cool 94.3's Go Loco top picks for OC bands to watch (December 2002).  
Bronx 
 
 
The article in Wikipedia sheds no light on whether they came from OC originally. If anyone can fill in the blanks, please e-mail webmaster@killerorange.com. According to the Orange County Register, December 2, 2002, number 1 of Cool 94.3's Go Loco top picks for OC bands to watch (December 2002).  Hollywood
Conspiracy Theory 
 
 
Santa Ana: "Formed in the late 90's Conspiracy Theory has become one of most popular bands in the L.A. scene.... With a loud hard hitting sound and a mix of new fusion metal, rap, and a twist of latin flavor that can hold its own.... Conspiracy Theory with the desire to perform and please the thousands of crowds have continue to master their art in so many ways, and will continue to do so. In 1998 the founding members Ralph lopez, Ivan Avalos, Rick Lopez and Fernando Lopez all being music lovers, set out on a coures to start something that later on would be a powerful and unstoppable element that is now known by the name of Conspiracy Theory. Ivan and Fernando being fans of metal music and classical rock each would bring there hard screeching of a guitar and a hard hitting drum sound that would echo in the myst of any night. Rick being a big fan of classical music and latin music he would bring the voice that would captivate the crowds and hypnotize the thousands of fans. Ralph coming from a background of the streets a fan of old skool and hip hop music would also bring the hard gansta mentality to the table to add that edge that would be needed to get things jumping. Over the last six years Conspiracy Theory has gone threw two name changes and has lost three members, but it has become what it is today and it will continue to grow to become one of the most powerful bands in the music scene. Today Conspiracy Theory stands with this members Ralph, Rick, Fernando,Jeremy,Chris and Omar."  Santa Ana
Critter Jones 
 
 
"Live Music!!! We play some of the best MUSIC YOU WILL EVER HEAR!!!" Per Pure Volume, "Formed in early 2000 by the Miller Brothers. (Corey & Jesse) Critter Jones is an awesome blend of new rock." Buy Critter Jones audio CD now!  Huntington Beach
Downtown Popular 
 
 
OC Band  
Drowning Fish 
 
 
"We are a pop-punk band from Orange County, CA. We tried getting the band started in 1993 but things never seemed to work out. We spent over four years writing songs and looking for a bassist before the band finally came together. Now that we have more songs then we can play and a band that's finally together we are ready to party!"  
Dynotones 
 
 
Orange, California surf band.  Orange
Eliminators 
 
 
"The Eliminators are five California longboarders who live the lifestyle of the music they play."  
Eugene Edwards 
 
 
Eugene is "a singer/songwriter that leads a rock and roll band that specializes in upbeat, romantic melodic pop music. An award-winning guitarist since he was nineteen years old, Eugene is proud to play with bassist Brent Harding (Mike Ness, Deke Dickerson, the Lucky Stars) and drummer Mike 'Soupy' Sessa (Cracker, Fear, Rosie Flores, the Bellrays) while performing his original material. Reaction to his shows has been overwhelming. Doug Freeman, formerly of Lopez Beatles, claimed after a set this summer, 'They're the greatest pop band I've never heard of in LA!' The Music Connection has described Eugene as 'flamboyant and sexy,' and a Los Angeles journal promised to 'expect big things from this skinny guy...reminiscent of a young Springsteen.' Having been chosen by producer Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam, the Blazers, Michelle Shocked, the Meat Puppets) as one of the best unsigned artists in the country, Eugene is a passionate live performer full of smiles and great songs." A frequent performer at Gypsy Den.  
Fabulous Nomads Surf Band 
 
 
Newport Beach Surf Band. "To anyone familiar with the Orange County beach scene, the name Nomads is synonymous with waves, sunshine, music, and fun. The Nomads, Orange County's oldest surf band, have almost single-handedly kept surf music alive and popular during the 80's until it's recent resurrection in the 90's. From the Lighthouse to the Hard Rock to the Galaxy Theater to the Coach House, surf music enthusiasts have savored the Nomad's powerful and addicting sound for nearly two decades. If you've had the chance to hear such surf greats as Dick Dale, The Chantays, the Surfaris, or Honk, then chances are you've heard the Nomads, who are regularly called upon to open the show for these and other legends."  
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
Fuji Minx 
 
 
"Alternative Pop group from Orange, CA. Please visit the website or myspace for more info."  Orange
James Grey, Songwriter 
 
 
"James was born in an army hospital in Louisiana, a son of a sergeant and a military mother, - in the middle of a hurricane. Shortly after, he was whisked deep into heartland USA - Cleveland, Ohio. He loved music from the start. Barely four years old, his aunt would peek in with delight as James spent endless hours alone in the garage playing his makeshift drum kit assembled from boxes, with radios positioned to the left and right - for that perfect stereo sound. His first gig was for his elementary school, in a power pop trio with matching outfits to boot! He was certain of his calling before the applause died down. During the last days of high school his guitar rarely left his side. He performed the class song at the graduation ceremonies, and headed into college as a theory and composition major. Graduation found his Chevy nova packed with everything he owned - his guitars, amps, and wardrobe -consisting of jeans, T-shirts, and a leather, and headed west towards sunny Southern California.... A cross- pollination of styles influence his music. to consistently and effortlessly capture listeners from across the musical spectrum. His music has caught the attention of such acclaimed artists as Chicago, Go West, Gladys Knight, and Kenny Rankin. He calls Huntington Beach, CA. his hometown. When he’s not traveling up the road to L.A., or up in the sky all over the country, you may very well find James walking Huntington Beach Pier aimlessly ... one of his favorite pastimes."  Huntington Beach
Kip Corley aka Knightlyghter 
 
 
"I started writing around the age of 9. Was heavily influenced by Elvis Presley (as my 'father image', believe it or not) and by Neil Diamond as my 'Songwriting Mentor' (unbeknownst to him, of course). Taught myself to play the guitar. The rest is soon to be history! ... Soon you'll be able to easily find out all you've ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask about 'Kaptain Corley', Knightlyghter and the co-horts with which they are associated.... I started N.O.C.S.S (pronounced knocks) to help give us songwriters a place to showcase our original songs. Mostly due to input from Just Plain folks, a non-profit songwriter's organization." Performs at Brea Bistro on Friday evenings.  
Lit 
 
 
Huntington Beach: "The Orange County, California-based lineup of A.Jay on vocals, Jeremy on guitars, Kevin Baldes on bass, and Allen Shellenberger on drums, together nearly 15 years, have in their own manner, begun anew with Lit. Now on Nitrus/DRT/Dirty Martini Recordings after a productive stint with RCA, the band produced Lit themselves, and did it, to paraphrase Sinatra, 'their way,' as Jeremy explains: 'We went back to our warehouse in Anaheim, feeling free, jamming, for the reasons we started playing in the first place. No deadlines, no expectations, and no one polluting the process; just getting together to have fun and write songs.'"  
Mark Wood Entertainment 
 
 
Musician and agent. "Having begun performing professionally at the age of eleven, Mark has practically grown up the on stage. With a repertoire of over 2000 songs, he easily covers the range of many popular music styles including Pop, Country, Rock and Standards. Mark was recently featured in a thirty minute TV special on PBS, performing songs from his two new CDs entitled, The Lessons of Life and Now That You’re Gone. Mark’s guitar playing has been compared with the virtuosity of Leo Kotke and his piano adds a unique dimension to his performance that is reminiscent of early Elton John and Billy Joel, with the harmonica! With a four octave vocal range, and an incredible gift for recreating a variety of vocal and music styles, Mark entertains as well as amazes his audiences. Mark has been featured as the opening act for many recording artists including Jimmy Buffett, Mac McAnally, Don McLean, Kenny Rankin, Randy Meisner of the Eagles, Robbie Kreiger of the Doors, Bruce Hornsby and the Range and platinum-selling country star Sammy Kershaw, to a crowd of nearly 10,000 fans. Recently Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band was the pre-show favorite at Jimmy Buffett’s latest Irvine Meadows concert in Irvine, California. Mark has also headlined at the world famous Roxy, the Whisky and the Coach House to sellout crowds, performing his original songs to rave reviews."  
Maroon5 
 
 
According to the Orange County Register, December 2, 2002, number 2 of Cool 94.3's Go Loco top picks for OC bands to watch (December 2002).  Burbank
Moon Monkeys 
 
 
Garden Grove, California.  
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.  
Niki Smart 
 
 
"Started her musical career at age 14 in sunny South Africa Won Best Vocalist and Best Original Song in an inter-high school competition Won Best Original Song at the Youth Harmony Festival Won Best Original Song in a National Songwriting Competition Appeared in several music videos, did many radio interviews and played five nationwide tours Obtained #1 slot on local radio stations with her song "White Sugar" and #4 slot with "Colors". Is slot a good word? Moved to California in '95 Recorded an 8 song CD - "Seems so Peculiar" and received many great reviews - hooray! The Orange County register said "One of the best local releases" Smart has opened for the likes of Alannah Myles, The Stranglers, Bobby Caldwell, Vonda Shepard, Rita Coolidge, Graham Parker and Joan Armatrading, and was asked to play at Andre Agassi's New Year's Eve party."  
No Doubt 
 
 
An Anaheim band that made it! According to their Rolling Stone Bio: "Genre: 3rd Wave Ska, Alternative/Punk, Ska Punk, Post-Grunge Hometown: Anaheim, CA Surfing high on the Ska Punk wave which raged in the 1990s, No Doubt found their ticket to ride in a watered-down, polished combination of 3rd Wave Ska and Punk-Pop. With success on the horizon, they quickly moved into more radio-friendly pop territory, launching a career that moved beyond alternative music festivals. As image-perfect as Disneyland, which sits in their backyard, No Doubt embrace a sound and look that counters the aggressive and raw aspects of Grunge and Punk. What little Ska sound they had has been buried under tightly crafted New Wave currents. As many teenage boys and girls will be quick to tell you, the appeal of No Doubt is the attention-grabbing centerpiece and vocalist, Gwen Stefani." According to the band's website, "The Very Beginning - [The City of Anaheim], California. Little Gwen, whose tastes run along the lines of The Sound of Music, agrees to sing lead vocals on older brother Eric Stefani's first song, 'Stick It In The Hole,' about a pencil sharpener. Born and raised in England, relocated to Southern California at age 11, saxophonist Tony Kanal joins his high-school jazz band in 10th grade as the bass player. Ninth grader Adrian Young attempts to drum to 'Bend Over' by O.C. band Doggy Style at a school talent contest; his parents bought him a kit when he was 18. A wee lad with a prized KISS record living in [The City of Irvine] (California), Tom Dumont dreamed of being a rock star. As a teen, hopeful Tom started practicing guitar. Setting the Foundation - December 1986 - Back-flipping singer John Spence forms Orange County-based 2 Tone ska group No Doubt-named after his favorite expression-with keyboardist Eric, who forces Gwen to sing backing vocals. Gwen cites Madness, Kermit the Frog, Julie Andrews and Fishbone's Angelo Moore as her heroes." According to Wikipedia, Tom Dumont studied at Orange Coast College, lives in Long Beach, and is a member of The Surfrider Foundation.  
The Offspring 
 
 
"Long before there was The OC, The Warped Tour or even X Games, there was The Offspring, formed by a pair of Orange County high school buddies back in '84 following a show in Irvine by local legends Social Distortion."  
Orion 
 
 
"Meet ORION … Three guys that truly love music. Founded by Kenny Hale, ORION is a full time band that makes its living playing, writing, and recording their own material. (They performed over 170 live shows in 2004.) ORION’s music is a Rock n’ Roll mixture of Pop, Alternative, and Classic Rock. Their songs deal with the human condition and present it clear and unguarded." Mike Norton, Kenny Hale & Dave Goode.  Huntington Beach
Rage Against the Machine 
 
 
"1991: First public performance, somebody's living room, Orange County, California. 1992: Self-produced 12-song cassette released. Includes 'Bullet In The Head' - this original version is later included on Epic debut album. Through fan club and at live shows, this tape sells over 5,000 copies." The rest is music history.  
Reventlos 
 
 
Costa Mesa, California surf band.  
Scarlet Crush 
 
 
OC Band  
Social Distortion 
 
 
Fullerton's Mike Ness is a 20-year veteran as lead singer & songwriter for Social Distortion. Per MTV.com's Bio: "The frontman for punk survivors Social Distortion, singer/guitarist Mike Ness was born April 3, 1962 in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Raised primarily in Orange County, California, he was kicked out of his parents' house at age 15 and spent the years which followed in and out of jail and experimenting with drugs; after forming Social D in 1979..."  
sparkle*jets u.k. 
 
 
Michael Simmons, Susan West, Jamie "Mr." Knight, and Robbie Rist. "Frantic. Fun. Loud. Authentic. If you seek salvation, look no further than sparkle*jets u.k. It's been ages since a band came along that everyone would like, kids, teens, boomers, even stuck up wall street types. Students, drunks, nuns, biochemists, it doesn't matter. Rock music is coming back, and sparkle*jets u.k. have it down, expertly honed to hit your heart and not let go. An aural slap and caress all at once. Bringing with them a passion for the last 30 years of amazing pop music, they set out to boil it all down to its core: pure blissful fun with an eternally youthful attack. Garnering their name from the Gretsch guitars they promised to buy themselves when they "made it", along with a perfect example of their wacky humor (attaching the oh-so-eighties "u.k." tag) they set out from Orange County to make their mark on the Los Angeles pop hotbed. They released their critically acclaimed debut 'In, Through, and Beyond' at the end of 1998, and it wasn't long until they were flavor of the month among pop stalwarts across the nation, playing knockout shows at crowded clubs and major pop festivals."  
Thrice 
 
 
"We had our first practice in August of 1998, in Riley and Eddie's parents' living room. Dustin and Teppei had been trying to start a band at Irvine High School for a while..."  
Thrill Deluxe 
 
 
Huntington Beach. "THRILL DELUXE was formed in the spring of 2001 in Huntington Beach Ca., by Harlis Sweetwater, singer/guitarist for the critically acclaimed Soul/R & B group Barrelhouse, and Larry Chronic Jr., former bassist of another O.C./L.A. based R&B outfit called Soul Candy. Venturing from their Soul/ R& B roots, they set out to make music that had a more mainstream, hard and heavy edge, while maintaining the soulful and emotional quality that defined their previous bands sound. After a succession of drummers, they solidified THRILL DELUXE with fellow Orange County resident Joe Sykes, who was the backbone of the popular Alternative Hard Rock band Ten Mile Tongue. THRILL DELUXE now had 3 solid members, all w/ extensive recording, touring and performing credit."  
Tiki Tones 
 
 
Orange County, California surf band.  
Trespassers William 
 
 
According to the Orange County Register, Trespassers Willaim is featured alongside the likes of Beck and Air on KCRW/89.9 FM. An Irvine band consisting of Matt Brown, Trinidad Sanchez III, Anna-Lynne Williams and Jamie Williams. Are featured on KOCE-TV's "Sound Affects".  
Wild Child - Jim Morrision & Doors Tribute Band 
 
 
A Huntington Beach Band. "Wild Child is a 18 year running, Los Angeles based, Doors tribute band that faithfully re-creates a live doors concert. The music of the doors and voice of Morrison are faithfully re-created with all the depth, energy and emotion of doors concerts live as they were back in 1967-1971. Wild Child has performed on tours nationally, as well as internationally, playing to packed venues. Wild Child utilizes the same musical equipment as the doors, including Gibson SG and 335 guitars, Vox Continental organ, Fender Rhodes Key bass, Gibson G101 keyboard, Ludwig 'swirl' drum set, and more. No aspect of faithfully re-creating the most accurate and involving doors tribute act is overlooked."  
X-Cassidys 
 
 
"The X-CASSIDYS formed by fusing the successful L.A. band Star Thirteen with members of the Downtown Popular (Orange County). The band focuses on writing unique, upbeat, original, material with melodic hooks and a tight foundation. The members include the infectious vocal talents of: Dave Harris: Guitar / Vocals, the creative fretwork of Steve Weatherby: Guitar & the heavy solid backbone of Austin 'Fluffy' Johnson: Bass & Brian Willie: Drums."  
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