A Benefit for Templeton Music Education
September 14th & 15th 2019
9/14 toots & the maytals 8pm
Toots is one of the true architects of reggae – so much so that “Do the Reggae,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event – “The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation. At the heart of it all is that voice – drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful.
9/14 xavier rudd 6pm
Xavier Rudd is one of Australia's most iconic voices. A multi-instrumentalist, surfer & activist, Xavier's ability to connect with people is astounding.
Already one of Australia's most loved artists, he has earned accolades of every kind, Gold and Platinum certification, and legions of fans worldwide.
9/14 Lawrence 4:15pm
As NPR writes, “siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence are not your typical pair.” Clyde Lawrence, 24, and Gracie Lawrence, 21, have been writing songs and listening to countless Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman, and Aretha Franklin records together in the living room of their family’s New York City apartment since they were little kids. After years of playing together, they officially created Lawrence, an eight-piece soul-pop band comprised of powerhouse musicians who happen to be their best friends from childhood and college. The keyboard-driven rhythm section and tight, energetic horns create dynamic arrangements to support Clyde and Gracie’s explosive lead vocals and catchy melodies.
9/14 Ben Morrison (brothers comatose) 2:30pm & 7:30pm
His tones are smoky, soulful, and timeless, encapsulating the old spirit of country and the contemporary soul of rock and roll. Northern California native Ben Morrison has been compared to Kris Kristofferson, a male counterpoint to Amy Winehouse, and chunky, spicy peanut butter. ‘It’s as if his cells are music notes and even his spoken voice sounds like he swallowed an amplifier’ says Maddy Cristall of Words on Sound.
9/14 Whale rock allstars 1pm
The Whale Rock Allstars are a SLO County supergroup created specifically to rock our socks off at Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival. Led by local favorites Bear Market Riot, this culmination of creativity is sure to get you dancing, inspire your soul and maybe even make you cry. Stay tuned for more details and content coming soon from the Whale Rock Allstars. Most important, don’t miss their set!
9/14 swatkins & the Positive agenda 3:45 & 5:30pm
Swatkins is a smiley keyboard guy, also a member of the Allen Stone Band. His music generally sounds like a good time. The band is called The Positive Agenda and they're real nice.
Swatkins is known as a master of the talkbox and purveyor of good times.
9/14&15 joe craven & the sometimers 2:00pm
There is no label to accurately describe the music of Joe Craven and the Sometimers. Acid-Rockgrass? Jazz Fusion Americana? To try to box it in would be to crush the exuberant creative spirit that happens when Craven, Jonathan Stoyanoff, Bruce MacMillan, Barry Eldridge and Hattie Craven play together.
9/14 dante marsh 12pm
Dante' is a Singer/Songwriter based in California His mission is simple,to inspire, enlighten, and enhance the people around him through musical creativity and a charismatic energy that is hard to resist.
9/15 Beats antique 8pm
It’s impossible to describe Beats Antique using just a single genre. One listen to their forthcoming album, Shadowbox (released on their own Beats Antique Records imprint), and their unique hybrid of sound makes perfect sense; their ability to blend so many different kinds of music in to an incredibly vibrant, distinctive and peerless album is what this band has been doing for the past ten years.
9/15 California Honeydrops 6pm
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their live shows.
9/15 The lil smokies 4:15pm
When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their new album, Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band.
Previously, the band has won the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and took home the 2016 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award.
9/15 t sisters 2:30pm & 5:30pm
Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters have created a refreshing brew of indie-folk/Americana music. Blood sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen flow seamlessly between styles and moods, from roots to pop and sassy to sincere, captivating listeners with their eclectic sound and soaring harmonies.
9/15 Próxima parada 1pm
Starting in 2012 as a group of college friends wanting to extend their dynamic to their community in San Luis Obispo, CA, they never dreamed that their passion would reach a global audience through being placed on Spotify playlists, that they'd perform at beautiful historic venues and music festivals, that their songs would earn awards, that their music would soothe and uplift people around the world. Their last single, Time In A Circle, currently has over 1.1 million plays on Spotify alone.
9/15 samba loca 7:30pm
Samba Loca is an afro-brazilian drum line that has lit up the crowd for four consecutive years at Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival. Their march comes just before the Sunday night headlining artist and is not to be missed!
9/15 brass mash 3:45pm
Brass Mash performs all your favorite tunes mashed into an energetic and infectious groove. With powerhouse instrumentals and a tight sound, the band consists entirely of horns, winds, and percussion.Brass Mash plays a variety of music styles, creating the sound of everyone’s favorite party rock band with an authentic live stage presence.
9/15 carolyn sills combo 12:00pm
Fans of classic country and western swing are falling in love with The Carolyn Sills Combo's live show, chock full of three part vocal harmonies, dueling guitar and non-pedal steel instrumentals and tight arrangements of their own distinct style of music known as 'spaghetti western swing.'