American, piano-based singer/songwriter from Derry, New Hampshire, Brendan James spent his early music career playing at New York City open mics before signing on to a record label. His first album, The Day is Brave was released by Decca Records in June of 2008 and debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Several of its songs were featured on various television shows including Private Practice, Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, and Army Wives.
His self-titled sophomore album, Brendan James, which came out in 2010, was recorded in James’ new hometown of Los Angeles (where he relocated permanently after seven years in New York City). This album is as layered in personality as the artist who made it with thoughtful lyrical insights which are revealed with repeated listenings. “My lyrical style is unmovable I’ve found,” James says. “I have tried to write a little more abstractly, but I just can’t. You are what you are and my heart is on my sleeve. I am a romantic as well as an optimist. I also go through my daily life thinking too hard about certain things. Stuff doesn’t roll off of me that easily. So I think my songs have this heaviness meets romance meets positivity.”
James has toured nationally to support the albums, including tours with artists such as Jason Reeves, John Mayer, Matt White, and Amber Rubarth.
10 am CALINAMBE serves up a beautiful entrancing mix of original music that truly exemplifies the essence of the term “World Fusion”. Timo Beckwith, Johnee Gange, and Dylan Johnson are all seasoned musicians whose talents combine to create a sound that is out of this world. Featuring one of a kind vocals, Ennanga (African bow harp) Indian Tablas, flute, Arguel, Saz, Indian Banjo, Doumbek, Darbuka, Frame Drum, Bendir, Recorder, Sax and Bass, Calinambre creates a sublimely powerful and harmonious blend described as completely unique, yet somehow touching a deep and familiar place in the heart.
1 pm Midnight Express is not your average California R&B band. They promise that you will find no other band on the Central Coast with this repertoire and, most importantly, this SOUND! Based in Paso Robles, this 9-piece R&B/Soul band is fronted by Central Coast personalities Chad Stevens and Kristie Dart and topped off with a kickin’ horn section!
While they play all types of music, the specialty of Midnight Express is the infectiously grooving soul music made popular by artists like Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, The Commitments, and The Blues Brothers.
The band is Casey McGraw, drums, Rick Beaumont, keyboards and Dave Murray, guitar, Tom Leatherwood, bass, Dave McNamera, trumpet; Steve Schulte, saxophone; David Landers, trombone.
Up in the Air first formed in the early 80’s, has evolved with the various personnel changes over the years. Still, they retain their original vision of mixing varied musical influences into their compositions which balance structured and arranged parts with the excitement of improvisation. Their recorded material spans the past 18 years on 9 CDs.
Over the years the band has played at many community events, has performed for audiences of up to 2000 people as well as small and intimate crowds, appealing to a large cross section of ages and tastes. The band covers a wide range of material and creates a danceable, refreshing blend of pop, jazz, and rock influenced by Latin, African, Western and Eastern rhythms.
Up in the Air is John Beccia doing vocals, nylon string guitar and keyboards, Larry Hoffman playing flute, sax, recorder, or harmonica, David Singer working the flute and electric guitar, Tom Bruner blowing on trombone, piccolo or flute, Phil Gross laying down bass, Laura Herzberg contributing lead vocals, harmonies, and percussion, Victor Rocha grooving on Latin and African percussion, and Rich Daulton rocking steady on trap drums.