A Benefit for Templeton Music Education

September 15th & 16th 2018

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9/15 Aloe Blacc 8pm


With “Wake Me Up”—the 2013 mega-hit he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii and saw climb to #1 in over 100 countries across the globe—Grammy nominated, Aloe Blacc, proved himself a singer/songwriter with an irresistible power to capture the complexities of human emotion. Now with his third solo album Lift Your Spirit (Blacc’s major-label full-length debut, released by XIX Recordings/Interscope Records), the rapper-turned-singer pushes further into a folk/soul/pop fusion that’s both undeniably joyful and eye-opening in message.


9/15 Fruition 6pm


The first time they ever made music together, Fruition’s three lead singer/songwriters discovered that their voices naturally blended into stunning three-part harmony. Eight years after that impromptu busking session, the Portland, Oregon-based quintet has grown from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock band with an easy but powerful grasp of soul, blues, and folk. 


9/15 Con Brio 4:15pm

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Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.

By 2015, when the band self-produced their debut EP, Kiss the Sun, Con Brio had already become a West Coast institution on the strength of their magnetic live show, with McCarter’s swiveling hips, splits and backflips earning him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson or James Brown.


9/15 Mipso 2:30pm & 7:30pm


Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso are influenced by the contradiction of their progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Mipso ventures further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition.


9/15 Nicole stromsoe 1pm


Performing an atmospheric blend of eclectic, old soul, jazz & blues, Nicole Stromsoe's voice has been described as nourishing, sensual, and rich in quality.  With clarity and presence, she shapes a distinctive experience for her listeners; expressed from a resounding source of emotional intelligence.  Nicole is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music (Boston), and has studied the voice intensively for 15 years.


9/15 Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men 3:45 & 5:30pm


The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are five young men from the Santa Cruz Mountains that have been playing around the Bay Area and beyond since 2010. The band consists of Jamie Coffis (Vocals, Keyboard, ) Kellen Coffis (Vocals, guitar,) Kyle Poppen (Guitar,) Aidan Collins (Bass,) and Sam Kellerman (Drums.) They play a style of music that is rock and roll in the most classic sense, melodic, rootsy and heartfelt.


9/15 mama tumba 2:00pm


Traditional African and Afro/Latin rhythms and chants meet modern instrumentation and arrangements resulting in awesome grooves. If you love to dance and lose yourself in in enchanting rhythm, do not miss Mama Tumba! 


9/15 Miss leo & her bluegrass boys 12pm


Miss Leo & Her Bluegrass Boys are a 5-piece traditional string band based out of the Morro Bay area with a fresh and unique California sound. They play a fun-loving mixture of original songs, traditional bluegrass, and an eclectic variety of favorites and unusual covers.


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9/16 lake street dive 8pm

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Free Yourself Up is Lake Street Dive’s most confident album yet, seriously soulful and exuberantly rocking. And, in many ways, it is Lake Street Dive’s most intimate and collaborative, with the band itself taking over the production reins and working as a tightly knit unit to craft these ten songs. In addition, the quartet drafted touring keyboardist Akie Bermiss to join them in the studio, literally freeing the band up to explore a wider range of instrumental textures, construct more full bodied arrangements, and build stacks of lively background harmonies. 


9/16 orgōne 6pm


Formed in the late 1990s in Los Angeles, Orgone remains dedicated to creating heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping soul. Orgone has spent the last decade expanding their roster and evolving a sound that simultaneously recognizes its roots in old school respect and pulsates with the force of the new millennium.


9/16 Rayland Baxter 4:15pm

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Rayland Baxter is a gentleman, a singer of song, a teller of tale, a picker of strings, a thinker of things. Born in the untamed hills of Bon Aqua, Tennessee, he tells a story unlike any other, a story that is true and full of unravelling emotion.

His songs are a calming force for anyone looking for change, for love, or wanting to walk in a different direction—because it was his own quest for all those things that motivated the music. “I had nothing to write about until I was 25. I had to live through a lot,” he says, “and I when I sing I don’t hold back. 


9/16 Joey Dosik 2:30pm & 5:30pm


Joey Dosik is a singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / producer with a voice that you may not expect to come out ofthat body. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joey continues to be a part of the recent musical renaissance in the City of Angels — recently collaborating with Vulfpeck, Mocky, and Miguel Atwood Ferguson among others.


9/16 jade jackson 1pm


For Jackson has spent much of her time in a small California town, working in her parents’ restaurant, jotting down verses and picking out chords during breaks, then venturing eventually to more formal music studies in college before coming back home and startling listeners with the depth and intensity of her music. Scheduled to release in May on Anti- Records, Gilded introduces her preternatural writing and raw, roots-rough sound.


9/16 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! 


9/16 Mannequins by day 3:45pm


Mannequins By Day (MbD) is a newly formed San Luis Obispo based power trio that provides a great variety of styles into one name. While only recently formed into an official group in the summer of 2017, their track "Luxury Life" has already brought them critical success in San Luis Obispo. 


9/16 b and the hive 2:00pm


Led by the stunning vocals of Brianna Lee, B & The Hive create music straight from the heart and serve it up with an intensity that is undeniable. Whether belting out a guitar driven anthem, or singing a hauntingly beautiful ballad, the sound remains the same - engaging. B & The Hive have opened for acts such as Chris Isaak, Elvis Costello, Goo Goo Dolls, The Doobie Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Allen Stone, Joan Osborne, and more.


9/16 arthur watership 12:00pm


Over time laced with an array of musical influences and experiences, Arthur Watership has cultivated a unique sound and style that is often compared to Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Scout Niblet. Arthur Watership is the name given to the spirit that comes from the passion in performance; the ghost at the helm of life's journey. Arthur Watership songs are centered around a love of nature and a longing to return to it and the human mishaps that bring us back. The band is built of a small and sturdy crew of musicians.