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West End Celebration Kick Off Party/Fundraiser Hosts Maria Muldaur with Red Beans & Rice & Linda Arceo
Friday August 26, 2016 • 7pm—11pm
Carmel Stone Imports, 1725 Contra Costa, Sand City

Organizers are pleased to announce Maria Muldaur as the headliner for the Celebration’s popular Friday night Kick Off Party. Maria Muldaur is known world-wide for her mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,”which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music.

Opening the show will be MoCo’s own Linda Arceo. Linda’s solo career has gained her significant exposure, such as opening for Keifer Sutherland in Carmel last year. Then MoCo’s Best Band, Red Beans & Rice will get the dance floor warmed up for Maria’s headlining appearance.

Doors will open at 7 PM and tickets will be $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets on-line, visit TIX.com, or stop by Post No Bills, Sweet Elena’s Bakery, or at Sand City Hall, in Sand City, or in Carmel at Do Re Mi Music, as well as the Pacific Grove Resource Center. For more information regarding this even visit www.westendcelebration.com

West End Celebration Kick Off Party Begins with
Sand City Arts Committee’s Juried Art Show Reception Friday, August 26, 5-7pm

The Sand City Arts Committee launches a Juried Art Show, with cash prizes, opening in conjunction with the 15th Annual West End Celebration. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Friday, August 26th, from 5p-7p, where awards will be given. This event just prior to West End’s Official Kick Off Party, with the intention that folks can go from one event to the other for a complete immersion experience in visual and musical arts. The Committee selected Gail F. Enns as the sole juror for this exhibition. Enns has over thirty years of experience as a curator and gallery owner. She is currently owner and director of the Green Chalk Contemporary Gallery in Monterey.The exhibit will be showcased at the Independent, with the support of the Orosco family, through September 5, 2016

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15th Annual West End Celebration
MUSICAL SCHEDULE

Saturday , August 27, 2016
Main Stage

First Up—Guitars Not Guns Band — 11:00am

Launching the non-stop weekend performances on the West End Main Stage will be the Guitars Not Guns Band. These talented and focused youth represent the goals of this non-profit organization. Guitars Not Guns offers disadvantaged youth an opportunity to stay off the streets with free music lessons from distinguished volunteer musicians, and a free guitar upon graduation. This band is made up of current students from classes throughout Monterey County. www.guitarsnotguns.org

Valley Soul

Valley Soul — Indy Rock — 11:45am
Valley Soul is a six-piece powerhouse from Monterey, California. Their entrancing four-part harmonies and intrepid instrumentals are reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac, and also call forth modern likeness to Arcade Fire and Of Monsters And Men. Nestled boldly amidst new age indie rock, old school folk, blues, and classic rock, the sextet reinvents and combines expansive avenues of sound. Four songwriters fuel the group’s extensive library of eclectic material. www.valleysoul.com

Painted Horses

The Painted Horses—Folk — 1:15pm
The Painted Horses are a rising folk band from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Denys Kozakis and Natosha Wengreen discovered their mutual love for songwriting and singing harmonies and started the project along with their good friend and musical partner Jon Payne on bass in 2014. Their strong songwriting and harmonies will set the stage for a harmonious day of art and music. http://www.thepaintedhorsesmusic.com/

Calico

Calico The Band — Americana — 2:30pm
CALICO the band, made up of three talented women: Kirsten Proffit, Manda Mosher, and Aubrey Richmond, looks to redefine Americana in the spirt of great songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne. Calling their sound, “California Country,” their rich harmonies and a pervasive Americana passion will be one of the highlights of this year’s event. http://www.calicotheband.com/

Coco

Coco Montoya Headlines —Blues @ 4:00pm
The Legendary Coco Montoya will perform live from the Main Stage at Sand City’s 15th Annual West End Celebration. It all started when British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. Mayall recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers, and Montoya spent the next 10 years touring non-stop, proving himself to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence. What makes his success more interesting is the fact Montoya is left-handed but plays a left handed guitar with a right handed neck. Montoya is one of the last great “old school” blues guitarists keeping the Blues alive. http://www.cocomontoyaband.com/

Sunday , August 28, 2016
Main Stage

KPIG’s “Please Stand By” LIVE — 10:00am

kpig
Featuring Derek Bodkin; the Coffis Brothers, Carolyn Sills and Dirty Cello live on the internationally syndicated radio show,
“Please Stand By.”

Kara hesse

Casey Frazier — 12:00pm
Casey Frazier is a talented songwriter, singer and guitarist with an eclectic Americana sound with roots in country and 70s rock. Casey was born in Missouri, grew up in a small mountain town near Denver, Colorado, and spent a reasonable amount of his adolescence in Nashville, Tennessee. Casey has recently relocated to the Central Coast of California in order to continue his songwriting and expand his West Coast presence. He has shown incredible talent and growth as an artist, with upwards to 150 songs, two full-length albums, two EPs and another album on the way. He spends his time between Nashville and California. He is hoping to start expanding his audiences by taking his albums live, as well as creating a more dynamic online and print-media presence. www.caseyfrazier.net

Coffis Bros.

Coffis Brothers—Rock — 1:00pm
Songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis’ blend of folk, blues, R&B and straight ahead rock are evidence of an upbringing spent listening to all of the right records from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Beatles. Jamie and Kellen are joined by Kyle Poppen on lead guitar, Aidan Collins on bass and Henry Chadwick on drums. Their debut self titled full-length album was released in 2011 and was followed by 2012’s Waiting For You EP.

“The Coffis Brothers mix a blend of folk, country and rock with the intensity of personal lyrics into a gritty and often tender harmony of sound… a show that delivers one part Avett Brothers and one part early Neil Young for a full night of dancing and fun.” – Santa Cruz Weekly
http://www.coffisbrothers.com/

hamptons

Fire In The Hamptons—Rock — 2:00pm
Fire In The Hamptons has a unique sound combining dance-centric beats of the 80’s with gritty synthesizers and catchy vocal melodies. The five-piece band is lead by Zack on vocals, Aaron Bilyeu on drums, Ian Dowd on guitar, Emvy Venti on synth/piano, and the newest addition Johnny Whitlock on keys/ vocals. Their music has been featured in films, TV, and commercials, such as: “Feels So Good”, “Gossip Girl”, “Awkward”, “Jersey Shore”, “Snooki & Jwoww”, Verizon, Logitech and USPS. It has also been featured in online promos for Ray-Ban, Vogue Magazine and Bergdorf Goodman. This is a Class A Rock Band with a sound that brings you to your feet. http://www.fireinthehamptons.com/

medflys

The Medflys—Rock — 3:30pm
Three decades after they first created a national buzz with their tune “Don’t Mess With The Mayor,” the Medflys are back with five out of the original six members: Frontman/vocalist,Carl Christ; drummer Tracy Rose; Robbie Evans on guitar, Dale Kurokawa on guitars and keyboards, Scott Randall Smith on bass, and Alex Stewart on saxophone. The band, with members now scattered across the country, have reunited, with their zany props and high energy dance music to bring the 15th Annual West End to an arousing finale. https://www.reverbnation.com/medflys

Saturday , August 27, 2016
Reel To Real Stage

The Beholder Band—Alternative Folk/Rock— 12:00 pm
This Monterey-based Alternative Rock Band is made up of: Vincent Randazzo, Vocals; Rhythm Guitar Simon Les Schwab; Lead Guitar, Marcus Wade; Bass Guitar, Alec James; Drums, Edward Selph; and Vocals, Brent Smith.. . http://www.vincentrandazzo.bandcamp.com/

lillie

Lillie Lemon—Indie Electro Pop — 1:15pm
Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Lillie Lemon performs her electric soul-gripping music with heavy lyrical content
fueled by vivid imagery and eclectic instrumentation. She’s joined by Michael Glines on guitar and Dylan Stokes on drums. http://www.lillielemon.com

Silouettes

The Silhouette Era —Surf Rock — 2:30pm
This four piece, Bay Area surf rock band, made up of Carlos Gonzalez, Clayton Payton, Justin Horrell and James Findlay, has its roots in the Monterey Bay Area. The Band separates itself from Southern California Surf Rock with what Gonzalez describes as a “heavier, Northern California sound,” rich in lyrics and strong organ riffs. http://www.thesilhouetteera.com/

sky

Sky Country—Rock — 3:30pm
Sky Country offers a genuine California sound born from the lineages of renegade surf culture.
Formed in the spring of 2013, Sky Country is made up of Carmel boys; Nico Georis, Adam Zerbe, Mikey Selbicky and Will Condon. Since their inception they have opened for Leon Russell, Linda Perhacs, The Entrance Band, The Growlers, The Mattson 2, Night Beats, Mariee Sioux, and the Allah Las. https://www.skycountry.bandcamp.com/

Sunday , August 28, 2016
Reel To Real Stage

Alisal Center Jazz Band—Jazz — 12:30pm
The Alisal Community Arts Network Latin Jazz Orchestra has musicians that range from ages 7-19 years of age and plays songs such as La Sonora Santanera’s “Musita”, Tito Puente’s “Hong Kong Mambo”, Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va”, Cal Tjader’s “Soul Sauce”, and other classic Salsa/Son-Cubano songs that are upbeat, energetic, groovy. The Alisal C.A.N. Latin Jazz Orchestra is fiscally sponsored by the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts, in Salinas. http://www.alisalfinearts.org/

Hey Stevie!—Americana — 2:00pm
Hey Stevie, a Monterey Bay area based offers a true Americana experience with many influences from rock through to jazz. An impressive list of band members make this a show not to be missed: Stevie Heger Vocals Guitar, Drums, Percussion (also happens to be a producer for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Al Jardine); Michael Lent on Guitar (with a career that includes playing with Barry Manilow, Usher, and Steve Miller); Scott Slaughter, Vocals, Keyboards, and Guitar (one of the busiest musicians in the business); Paul Logan, holds Vocals and Bass Guitar (known to work with Steve Miller, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as many others); Michael Shannon on Drums (known for his work with bands SEVA, Weber Lago Trio, and Yoji Tojo); and Paul Tarantino on Sax (who has played with top bands on the Smothers Brothers Show; Bob Hope Show; and with The Temptations).

Dirty Cello

Dirty Cello—Bluesy Bluegrass — 3:30pm
Dirty Cello brings a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map and Rebecca creates a sound you wouldn’t expect from the instrument. A must-see show! http://www.dirtycello.com/