A Benefit for Templeton Music Education
September 14th & 15th 2019
9/14 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.
9/14 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.
9/14 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 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 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.
9/14 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 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!
9/14 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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9/15 lake street dive 8pm
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.
9/15 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 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.
9/15 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 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.
9/15 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.
9/15 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.