THE CHRIS COBB BAND:
The Chris Cobb Band is a San Francisco based blues/rock band that proudly walks in the footsteps of the 80's Blues Revival. If bands like The Fabulous Thunderbirds, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are your kind of blues, you will soon add The Chris Cobb Band to that list. They have released two full length records, 1995′s C.C.’s Blues and 2004′s Other Plans.
MR. CHIN'S HOT SAUCE:
Born 2 years ago to serenade at a sibling's birthday party, Mr. Chin's Hot Sauce has since graduated to gubernatorial prison pardons, debauched debutante dances, and gussied-up gin joints. The quintet, consisting of Dennis "Muddy" Juarez, Chris Ferreira, Mark Carrabello, all of the infamous 80's East Bay power pop band "The Tickets", Steve "Porkchop" Prochnow of Blue Chin Roots and Mark Irwin from the Spyderhouse Blues Band play a mean brand of rockin' blue roots that have left them with sore hands from high-fives by over zealous male fans, and shopping bags full of size 38' women's underwear. Experience at your own risk.
Jim Bruno is a San Francisco Bay Area based published songwriter and currently teaches Songwriting at Foothill College in Los Altos, California and at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.
Songs he's written have been recorded and released by Shawn Colvin, Mary Lou Lord, Cliff Eberhardt and Laurie MacAlister. Songs he's co-written have been recorded and released by Chuck Prophet and Thad Cockrell.
As a performing songwriter he has performed with or opened shows for the following artists: Shawn Colvin, Timothy B Schmidt, Graham Parker, John Gorka, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Ely, Greg Brown, Mary Lou Lord, Steve Forbert, Bill Morrissey, Big Twist, and Cliff Eberhardt. He's performed at the Greenwich Village Folk Festival, the Udine Folk Festival in Udine, Italy and has toured five times in Europe. He also played bass, guitar and sang in the Shawn Colvin Band for a number of years and often performed with Shawn as a duet. He recently released his own album of all original songs called 'Alright Alright'.
"Brewster is a master of the tasteful tune, the surprising chord change, the conscientious lyric and the kind of musicality that makes every song on "Wrecking Ball at the Concert Hall" an
absolute pleasure. With this album, Brewster has something to be proud of, creating one of the finest albums of this or any year." -Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jesse Brewster's sound fuses a Rock/Americana style he describes as "Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd get into a bar room brawl with Neil Young and John Mayer." Brewster's parents brewed his love for music at an early age. There was always something on the record player, be it Willie Nelson, The Stones or Bob Marley. At the age of 12 he started his first band with his brother Jim on drums and childhood friend Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake, Christina Aguilera) on bass. "I can't remember a time in my life when music wasn't important to me," he says. "It's the greatest medium allowing you to express anger and rebellion, playful sarcasm, tenderness and beauty- it's everything."
"From time to time, if your very fortunate, you get to experience a truly transcendent musical performance. I think it takes a rare combination of such tremendous technical proficiency at one's instrument that expressing one's heart and soul becomes at once effortless and dazzling. It's more than chops and it's more than soul. I suppose the closest, but still inadequate description, is virtuosity. One thing for sure, when you experience it, you never forget it. You had to be there last night to hear Allyson Paige. It is beyond comprehension why this incredible talent isn't playing stadiums and pulling down record deals. Perhaps it's because her talent is so great it defies genre categories. She's not a blues singer, a jazz singer or a pop singer. She is a voice that knows no boundaries. Every time she would hit one impossible crescendo and you'd say "damn, how'd she do that", the next phrase would just bury the one before. She just seems to will her voice to say what she feels and it does so despite whatever technical difficulty might be standing in the way".