A Benefit for Templeton Music Education
9/16 Michael Franti & Spearhead 8pm
Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.
9/16 The Motet 6pm
You can’t fake the funk, and The Motet bring it on hard with a signature style that slaps you in the face with sounds that are fresh and unique. The future of funk is clear on The Motet’s brand new studio album, Totem. The recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in early 2016, fans the flames of this already hot band.
9/16 Las cafeteras 4:15pm
Las Cafeteras are immigrant children remixing roots music, telling modern day stories with what LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”
The band is taking the music scene by storm with infectious live performances that cross musical borders. They’ve played with bands such as folk/indie favorites Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mexican icons Cafe Tacuba, Colombian superstar Juanes, L.A. legends Ozomatli, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with Talib Kweli.
9/16 Hot Buttered Rum 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Hot Buttered Rum lives for a good time, and a mindful recklessness settles in whenever these five guys step on stage. From Anchorage to Miami, the group’s onstage chemistry fuels the lovefest that is a live Butter show. Rooted in the trajectory of west coast bluegrass, Hot Buttered Rum plays what has been described as California’s own acoustic music.
9/16 Bear Market riot 1pm
Bear Market Riot is Power-Folk Americana from the California Central Coast. A duo blending everything from folk to R&B into an infectious sound that could only come from two bearded men playing seven instruments, while keeping the dance floor satisfied.
No matter the occasion, Bear Market Riot always brings the good vibes! The duo will also be emceeing this year's festival something we are very excited about!
9/16 Próxima parada 3:45 & 5:30pm
Próxima Parada blends soulful melody and hard-hitting rhythm, taking lessons from classic artists like Ray Charles, contemporaries like Lake Street Dive and Vulfpeck, and the music of South Africa. Their performances span from unadorned acoustic to floor-stomping dance parties.
9/16 The Cimo brothers 2:00pm
The Cimo Brothers are a guitar and violin duo based in San Luis Obispo and also perform in the group Moonshiner Collective. They are both classically trained under the Suzuki method, but have also explored the realms of jazz, tango, rock and folk. This experience has led them to have an extensive repetoir, enabling them to adapt their musical performance to any crowd.
9/16 hilary + Kate 12pm
There’s something timeless and stirring about the music of HILARY WATSON and KATE FELDTKELLER. As their two voices, guitar, and violin intertwine, they conjure up echoes of time-honored musical traditions rooted in folk, bluegrass, and gospel .
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9/17 jamestown revival 8pm
Jamestown Revival is a group formed by Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance. After growing tired of a life mining tiger's eye in the foothills of the Texas hill country, they hit the road to conceive a style that could be described as back-porch- folk rock.
9/17 turkuaz 6pm
Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern take on the classic funk sound has established them as leaders in the funk revolution that’s currently taking place in the genre. Blending elements of Pop, R&B, and Soul with their distinct aggressive funk core, Turkuaz sounds like the musical love child of Sly & the Family Stone and Talking Heads.
9/17 the suffers 4:15pm
The Suffers are here to shake up the notion that they’re another soul revival band. Just as much influenced by classic rock & roll, country, Latin and Southern hip hop as they are the Stax/Volt or Muscle Shoals era, The Suffers are bringing a fresh approach to what they have coined Gulf Coast Soul. Late night legend David Letterman proclaimed in early 2015 "If you cant do this, get out of the business", let it be known that The Suffers are here to stay! With a year that included performances for NPR’s Tiny Desk, Newport Folk Fest, Austin City Limits Music Festival and The Late Show, The Suffers have delivered over 150 stirring performances of their signature 3rd Coast Soul sound to thousands of new fans.
9/17 the coffis brothers & the mountain men 2:30pm & 5:30pm
The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are a rootsy rock n’ roll band born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Every bit as influential as their early surroundings, songwriters Jamie and Kellen Coffis’ blend of folk, blues, R&B and straight ahead rock are evidence of an upbringing spent listening to all of the right records from Tom Petty, Neil Young, and The Beatles.
9/17 Shawn clark family band 1pm
Over the past year, Clark has collected a vast array of talent from local musicians and vocalists who have joined him in performing his original lyrics and most-inspired covers. Under the name of the Shawn Clark Family Band, the group celebrates a shared love and reverence for the country music of old, before the genre became synonymous with the commiserating of runaway dogs and broken-down trucks.
9/17 samba loca 7:30pm
Samba Loca is an afro-brazilian drum line and that has lit up the crowd for three consecutive years as Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival. Their march is no to be missed!
9/17 dan curcio 3:45pm
Dan Curcio is a singer-songwriter from San Luis Obispo, CA, with an eclectic folk rock sound and high energy live shows rooted in positivity and soul. Also, the front man of Moonshiner collective, Dan knows how to spice up every performance!
9/17 the turkey Buzzards 2:00pm
The Turkey Buzzards are an americana folk outlaw country band from the Central Coast of CA. Their sound is raw, contagious and all plain ol' good listenin'!
9/17 nicole stromsoe 12:00pm
Performing an atmospheric blend of eclectic americana, R&B, 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. Full band includes Central Coast greats Dorian Michael, Ken Hustad & Dean Giles.