Here are some links to articles published about the 2011 Ramona Music Fest IV
Retro Rock and Beyond is the sound of Cactus Twang & Whyte, a who can bring you "Back to the Garden," as if you were listening to Crosby Stills & Nash, in a beat of the guitar. "Cactus" Jim Soldi is a guitar player extraordinaire, who the late Johnny Cash called "the best guitar player in the business." In addition to playing with Johnny Cash for four years, Soldi has played with Ricky Skaggs and Waylon Jennings and appeared on The Tonight Show and Nashville Now. Marc Twang, long regarded as a guitar-playing top-gun, has performed with Kenny Loggins, BJ Thomas and others, across the US and Europe. Sharon Whyte, who plays piano and accordian, has a background that ranges from classical to zydeco and has backed Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Loggins, Dan Seals and others. Cactus Twang & Whyte form the core of The Eve Selis Band, while also performing on their own—offering retro rock and beyond.
Southern California trumpet virtuoso, Gilbert Castellanos, makes music that sounds effortless. Skilled with impressive dexterity and control, his clarity of expression moves listeners on a deeply emotional level.
Recognized as a new American master by Downbeat magazine, Castellanos has established himself as one of the nation's most inventive improvisers in stirring live performances as a member of the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Wilson Nonet, Charles McPherson Quintet, Willie Jones III Quintet, and as leader of his own groups.
Acoustic Delta blues and electric Chicago blues
Brandon Burrill is a 16 year old singer/songwriter and a sophmore at Ramona High School. He started playing at the age of 13 and progressed every year. He has a natual talent for guitar, but is dedicated to constantly improving.
His first major performance was at the Ramona Mainstage when he was 14 years old. His past (Ramona) performances also include: 4th of July Picnic Concert, Home and Garden Fair, Benefit concert for “Jeans4Justice” to aid victims of domestic/sexual violence.
His music style is inspired by acoustic sensations John Mayer and Jack Johnson. He’s a shy kid but loves to perform and especially get the crowd involved. He’s very hard-working musician and strives to do his best on and off stage. He tries to live by a quote from his own song - “It’s your story…. don’t let them tell the end"
Emmy Grace Rajcic is a 16 year old Singer/songwriter from Ramona and a Junior at Mountain Valley Academy. She can be heard performing her original songs around San Diego at open-mic/writer nights like Le Stats and Humphreys Backstage lounge. New to the music scene, Emmy was invited to perform for the first time at Ramona Music Festival last year, and subsequently a fundraiser for Becky's House at Queen Bee's in North Park.
She recently earned a spot as a semi-finalist in Nashville's International Songwriting Competition for her original song "Rocket to the Moon". In her spare time, she likes to hike, box, or do yoga.
Rock and Roll is alive and well, and TFV is making sure it stays that way. The Filthy Violets are a four-piece rock band that formed in the fall of 2010. With witty lyrics, catchy melodies, and some nasty grooves, The Filthy Violets have a great live sound that will make you want to shake a leg and bob your head. They have come a long way in the five months since the band formed, recording their debut album within the first month and playing as the headlining act at several notable events. They're already pumping out new tunes as they look ahead to their second project.
Currently, TFV is promoting their debut album, Lackluster Blvd., but you may hear some new ones when they play at the Ramona Music Fest in April. Make sure you keep an eye out for this fast-rising band.
Folk Rock / Indie / Jam Band
Henry and the Seacreatures is an Indie band from Ramona, CA. Influenced by The Beatles, The Kinks, Dr. Dog, and others, HatS sprinkles today's Indie music with elements of 60's pop.
The Ramona Town Hall Brass Band is a community based ensemble comprised of working adult musicians and select high school age musicians. Although primarily based in the town of Ramona, many "plank owning" members live outside of the town limits yet willingly participate to perpetuate the concept of the small-town band from the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries of the American past.
The band has a repertoire spanning the beginning period of wind band music in the US and prefers to keep a limit to this up to the first decade of the 20th century. For special occasions the time line can be stretched and appropriate music is performed, but to keep to the band's image and theme, the best era is the Sousa era.
The actual story of the band is paralleled to a typical town band of that time in many ways. Bands of that period held the Sousa band as the ideal, so our "look" and feel are along that vein. Our appearance is typical of a town band on a limited budget. As in the Sousa band ear, many musicians are military veterans and local students mentor with the "Old Salts' within. The attire reflects this in that at a concert or ceremonial situation, those that have served proudly wear their uniforms, and they get the young ones dressed as best they can. Perhaps there is a musician or two who never served, so they would be seen in their Sunday best on those occasions.
Sage is a Singer/Songwriter based out of Ramona, CA. She picked up her first guitar at the age of 16 to learn chords so she could sing. She sang at school talent shows, and knew that music was something in her future. Sage's adult stage debut was back in 1996 in the College Area of San Diego, playing at Kelly's Pub, The Old Republican Coffee Shop, and other various coffee shops around the county. After picking up a job and moving to LA, Sage put the guitar in the case and focused on a new career in horse training and riding instruction, something she had grown up doing. She spent the last 8 year focused on horses, playing guitar and writing an occasional song over the years. Interestingly, Sage was born legally deaf and suffered a speech impediment which required weekly speech therapy. "I think this is why I find solace behind my guitar. I always felt that the other kids made fun of me speech," Sage says. "I was a solitary child, so its a gift in my mind that I can now sing in front of people." After a minor surgery and a year of therapy, Sage regained 95% of her hearing, which enabled her to live a normal life and learn her music.
Sage is influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Led Zepplin, James Taylor, Simon & Garfinkel, Jewel, Carly Simon, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chicks, just to name a few. Her songwriting content is earthly and honest, and it has been stated by fans that her voice "will pierce your soul..." Currently, Sage is playing weekly in Ramona at the Kenrix Open Mic, and also entering the monthly Songwriting Competition down at Humphrey's Live Backstage with good reviews. She heads into the studio in 2011 to record and is looking forward to more time on the stage.
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