It’s Margarita Mondays with Salsa and Bachata Dancing.
Our gal Margarita wants to introduce you to Serena Cuevas who will be teaching Salsa and Bachata dancing. After the free lessons there will be dancing to Sonero, Traverso and guest DJ’s
We have specials on Margaritas, other beverages and food specials.
So get in the door, put your feet on the floor.
8pm at Tio Leo’s Lounge
For more information and door cover specials.
My friend, Sergio Estrada, passed away October 1, 2017. He had just turned 56 in September and died unexpectantly of a very aggressive type of leukemia and shocked everyone who knew him.
It’s been just a few weeks since his passing, and I still can’t believe it. It was so sudden and so surreal.
I first met Sergio around 2007. He was the lead guitarist of the local cover band, Monsters of Rock. Not just any cover band, a METAL cover band. Not usually my cup of tea, but they were really good, with killer vocals and monster guitars! As I soon became a fan, Sergio became a friend. I often ran into Sergio out at different shows around town; even ones wasn’t playing in. He was always supporting other local bands. Sergio was one of the nice guys.
I’ve taken quite a few photographs of Sergio over the past ten years. Not much time in the grand scheme of things. He was one of the musicians I featured in my first Photo show at San Pascual Winery in September 2013. He attended the opening celebration and we posed for a snapshot next to a live photo of him. We got to talking about this particular live image, and Sergio noted that the guitar he was using in the photograph was not his favorite “G&L.” He then told me the story of his favorite G&L guitar. That’s when I got the idea for a collection of stories about musicians and their favorite instruments.
Now, after his passing, it’s time. I’ve decided to dedicate my collection of “Musician’s Stories” to My good friend Sergio Estrada. The first story, “Sergio and the #391st G&L”, is his, written in his own words. I couldn’t have told it any better.
Sergio Estrada and the #391st G&L
“A lot of people have been commenting on my new guitar at the Monsters of Rock gigs (G&L F100). It has an interesting story that I thought I’d share. It’s a guitar that was only in production for a few years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%26L_Musical_Instruments
Anyhoo, back in 1981 I saw a G&L at Guitar Trader in Clairemont Mesa and fell in love with it. It was $700, which today, would be equivalent to at least $2000. I asked my dad for a loan, but he did better. On Christmas morning he told me, “Let’s go get that guitar.” At the time I had no idea what a huge sacrifice this was for him. He was a working-class immigrant, and $700 was probably close to what he made in a month.
Years later, I traded it to my friend Mike Fenton, owner of Muzik Muzik, a popular music store in El Cajon. Turned out, he was a good friend of Steve Vai, who at the time was playing with David Lee Roth. Their equipment truck had been stolen and Steve’s roadie, Elwood Francis, also a good friend of Mike’s, put out a call to buy used guitars so he’d have spare parts for Steve’s guitars. I traded it to Mike for an amp and a mic. It was a fair trade at the time.
Fast forward 20 years. I’m playing in MOR and my dad asked me if I was still playing the G&L. When I told him I’d traded it, he was visibly upset. He was so proud that he was able to get that guitar for me and I realized that it represented more than just a guitar. It symbolized his love, faith, and the sacrifice he’d made for me. I had to get it back. Or at least replace it.
Looking through eBay, I soon found out that they were a rare find. Mostly going for $2000, but never in the gold finish like the one I had. I had all but given up. But then one day I ran into Mike in Julian. I asked about the guitar, and he told me that Elwood ended up liking it so much that he kept it as his own. I told Mike that if he ever ran into him to tell him I’d like to buy it back. At that time Elwood was a roadie for the Wallflowers and hard to track down. About a year later, though the magic of Facebook, I found and added Mike to my FB account. I sent him a message reminding, further explaining the significance that guitar had for me.
About a month ago he sent me a message telling me that he’d ran into Elwood and he’d agreed to sell it back to me. I contacted Elwood and he told me a little about the guitar. One thing he noted was that the serial number on the guitar was an early one, so I braced myself as to what he would ask for it. To my surprise, he only asked for $500, a steal for a vintage G&L F100. The story touched him and all he asked was that he’d get a picture of me and my dad holding the guitar. The thing about guitars is that to the purist, a guitar is like one’s kid. Elwood obviously understood that and he sent that G&L home to his dad.
The week that I got the guitar shipped to my home (from Oregon), MOR had a gig. I took it, just to have as a back up. I tuned all my guitars, then plugged the G&L in, tuned it up and struck a chord. As I heard the chord come out of my amp, I was like, Oh, my God, what was that? I guess 31 years have a way of making the wood dense and resonant. It sounded great and since then it has become my main guitar. I’ll never let it out of my hands again. I’ve even told my daughters that that guitar must stay in the family after I’m gone. Again, thank you, to Mike Fenton and Elwood Francis for making it all possible.”
I photographed Sergio many times since I heard this story. The great majority of those photos show him performing with his beloved #391.
Story and photos by Stephanie Pillar
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (October 14, 2017) – The “Hippie Rock Revival” band Daring Greatly released their newest CD entitled ‘Works of Art’ during a show at the home of Dave and Judy Lasage in Rancho Sante Fe. More than 200 friends and fans rocked the release party under the skies of a perfect Saturday evening. It was a glorious celebration for Daring Greatly and their supporters.
The show icluded a fashion show to introduce the new line of Daring Greatly apperal designed by Diane Coal and her team of “Wearable Design Artists.”
Daring Greatly began playing as the sun was setting on the California hillside performing all the songs from the new CD. Comedien Brian Simpson kept the crowd entertained while the band took a break, then returning to play the rest of their hits from the ‘Cornerstones” Cd along with popular cover tunes from Crosby-Stills-Nash, The Guess Who, and a few Beatles hits.
DG is currently on a their #OneTownAtATimeTour through Idaho, then up to Canada, then back to Seattle before returning to Southern California in December.
CD Available on Google Play
All photos by Eiji Fuller
“An individual can dispose of up to 81lbs of clothing per year.”
A local group of inspired artists has come together to outfit San Diego hippy rock band Daring Greatly with new stage threads using old (previously loved) clothing and costume jewelry. The community of artists and music lovers have the vision to reduce, repurpose and recycle lightly used clothing and costume jewelry to create an inspired collection of wearable art.
The Daring Greatly apparel line made its debut this past Saturday night October 14th at a Record Release party in Rancho Sante Fe for the band’s new album titled ‘Works of Art.”
“It’s a way to express yourself with purpose and intention,” says Diane Coale, Daring Greatly Apparel lead wearable artist. “I dare to be different – detached from the fads, trends and mass production. Our Daring Greatly community hopes to bring back meaningful apparel,” says Diane.
“Our team has been working on original designs for months now. Jeans, chokers, dresses, they’re all one of a kind. We’re thrilled to offer the entire premier line for sale on Saturday night,” says Teagan Bullard creative lead for the wearable art group. Shop for Daring Greatly Apparel at an online shopping site coming soon.
Daring Greatly, an independent, five-piece, hippy-rock band, is comprised of a dad, his two sons, and their two best friends – their goal is to continuously share the message of being fearless, free, and vulnerable. Daring Greatly’s three-part “blood harmony” evokes memories of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. The boys write original lyrics and music and were recently Dubbed “the hardest working band in San Diego” by Boogie Magazine.
Patch, Liam, Dail, Brayden, and Brandon are heavily influenced by music from the 60s and 70s. Their blazing and current sound with crunching guitar solos and a Powerful B3 organ seriously impressed Jon Bon Jovi’s team. Daring Greatly entered a contest to open for the rock legend, and they were selected to open for a Bon Jovi show on February 25th at the T-Mobile stadium in Las Vegas.
“To have a group of people like “Daring Greatly” that can make such an impact on so many people in such a short period of time has been enlightening and a guide to great hope looking ahead. Their music, their story and their character will rise above the fray and impact many others.” Rich Singley – Radio Host/Producer – Happy Hour San Diego
The VizzTone label group has just signed Casey Hensley and will officialy release her ‘LIVE’ album on October 20th, 2017.
Recorded in front of a live audience at the Thunderbird Analog Recording Studio in Oceanside, ‘Live’ captures the essence of the Casey Hensley Band that San Diego audiences have fallen in love with. Having played at some of San Diego’s top venues and festivals such as the Casbah, The Pour House, Gator By The Bay, The Music Box, Belly Up, as well as the Doheny Blues Festival and the Las Vegas Big Blues Bender, Casey’s powerful voice has amazed all who have come to see her live performances. ‘Live’ is exactly what her many fans have been waiting for, eleven of her favorite tunes, as performed on stage, by some of her favorite artists such as Big Mama Thorton, Dorothy LaBostrie, Willie Dixon, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Koko Taylor, including the powerful rendition of Thorton’s “Ball And Chain” that can give goosebumps to Janis Joplin fans.
This CD also features guitar powerhouse Laura Chavez, Marcos C., Jonny Viau, and Evan Caleb Yearsley rounding out one of the top hard working blues bands that San Diego has to offer, and dedicated to the late, great Candye Kane who has inspired and supported them since the inception.
Live’ was also engineered by Thomas Yearsley of The Paladins
Order her new VizzTone record now at caseyhensleymusic.com
SAN DIEGO (September 17) – Friends and fans of Blues Harpman Aristotle Georgio gathered at Winton’s in Ocean Beach on Sunday to pay tribute and remember a great musician and lovable human being,
The club was packed all the way to the side walk out side where some enjoyed the music through the open air windows as musicians played and friends spoke of the OB regular who they remembered as Seargent friendly.
The show also raised money for Blues In The Schools, a cause that was close to Sergent Friendly’s heart. Many times Aristotle and his blues friends had been participants at the Blues In The School Blues Camp helping to mold young minds in appreciation for blues music. Sunday’s event raised more than $3,000 to pay the fee eight or nine youths wishing to attend next year.
Aristotle Georgio grew up in New Orleans, scoring his first harmonica on his thirteenth birthday. He went on to play with B.B. King, Bo Diddley, the Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Jimmy Thackery, Robert Cray, and more.
He made Ocean Beach his home and played in several local bands including The Hurricanes from 1980 to 1985.
Aristotle spent his last few years touring with various bands and hanging out at jam sessions here and there.
This past July, Georgio was assaulted in the Gaslamp district. He went into a coma and weeks later succumbed to his injuries on August 1st.
His legacy will live on in the children that will benefit from the generosity of the local blues community including the bands and musicians that performed for this special event: the Moneymen, The Bayou Brothers, Jack Buttler & friends with Jerry Rainey, Dana Garett, John Khula, and John Frazer, and ending the show with The Stoney B. Blues Band
Photos by Eiji Fuller
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The Moneymen eijiphoto.pixieset.com/set1
The Bayou Brothers eijiphoto.pixieset.com/set2
Jack Buttler and friends eijiphoto.pixieset.com/set3
The Stoney B. Blues Band eijiphoto.pixieset.com/set4
Friens and Fans of Aristotle at Winstons eijiphoto.pixieset.com/crowdandeventshots
A newly put together San Diego band (with the chops of a well-seasoned band), Elektric Voodoo blends Latin, afrobeat, deep space blues, and psychedelic rock and roll. The masterful artistry of this tight seven-piece group encompassed the room in perfect eargasmic balance. The crowd was fully engaged, and the energy was palpable! Scott Tournet (founding member of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals) is the driving force behind Elektric Voodoo. His creative vision, determination and musical lineage combined with contributions of the perfect assemblage of equally talented musicians, deliver a fresh, delicious, danceable beat that you’re sure not to forget. Tournet’s vocals are kleeeeen… so kleen… Let me introduce you to the whole powerful 7-piece ensemble of magical proportion; Elektric Voodoo is Scott Tournet (vocals, guitar, harmonica) ,Matt Bozzone (drums/percussion), Ty Kiernan (congas, timbales, percussion), Travis Klien (tenor sax, keyboards, percussion), Brad Nash (baritone sax, percussion), Willie Fleming (trombone, vocals, percussion), and Luke Henning (bass).
You really must to do yourself a favor and check these guys out! Although I think the biggest part of the crowd tonight was here to see the fabulous Band of Gringos. When EV’s time was up for playing, they left us all wanting for more!
Only the remarkable Band of Gringos could follow a band like Elektric Voodoo with such confidence and ease. It’s clear to see why this power trio is the pride of Ocean Beach and why they were winners of the KAABOO Contest! That’s right! They will be rocking the Tourmaline stage at KAABOO this Saturday, September 16th at 3:20 pm! Check them out! They are Hendrix-inspired bluesy rock and roll hipster dynamite infusion in a bottle. A rocket of excitement to experience! Band Members, Cody Sherman (Guitar& lead vocals), Spence Noble (Drums) Kasey Dring (Bass) not only deliver a bad ass show, it’s obvious they have a blast while doing it, Creating an epic vibe that translates throughout the room! YO Boys! Don’t forget the little people!
Although WYO was the headlining band and excellent, they were up against two unbelievable forces of musical genius unforeseen. WYO is a rock band that originated in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with lead vocalist and keyboardist Andy Sorge, and multi-instrumentalist Scott McKay Gibson.
Hard to say which of the two opening bands stole the show this night, but neither left anyone disappointed and the Music Box acoustics and accommodations were the perfect accouterment to the highest standard!
San Diego is currently turning out the best of the best artists and venue alike in my humble opinion. So, get your BOOGIE ON and come check it out! You’re gonna like it! –Gypsy
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Photos by Eiji Fuller
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Elektric Voodoo: eijiphoto.pixieset.com/elektricvoodoo
Band of Gringos: eijiphoto.pixieset.com/bandofgringos
Special thanks to the Baja Blues Fest Organization for inviting us to this very exciting show in Rosarito, Baja California. Lots of great music, good times, beautiful weater, and warm hospitality.
The festivities always kicks off with a hot Friday night with drinking and dancing in the Rosarito Beach Salon Mexicano banquet hall as many of the featured artist come and enjoy playing together in a jam atmosphere much to the delight of the Baja Blues guests.
The next morning, an army of vendors and bartenders begin to prepare their booths for the many festival goers.
The party continues through Sunday afternoon with more jams with the musicians that hang out for one more day of fun and music.
This year’s 2017 music line-up was filled with fun and talented acts starting with San Diego’s Blue Largo, and Leilani & the Lost Ones, Hola Soy Lola from Mexico, The Nick Schnebelen Band from Kansas City, MO, San Diego’s own Backwater Blues band, featuring Mike Schermer, and the Kenny Neal Family Band from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
It’s the perfect time of the year to visit Baja and enjoy Blues on the beach and for a great cause. In the past six years, the Baja Blues Fest has raised thousands of dollars to Baja Children’s educayion and well-being while promoting Baja as a safe and fun place to visit.
Don’t miss next year’s Baja Blues Fest.
Concert photos by Marilyn Stringer
First-night Photos by Laurie Swanson
Boogie at Baja photos by Valary Valenzano
Solana Beach, Calif. (August 23) – More than 350 people gathered to welcome back Daring Greatly on Wednesday night at the Belly Up, returning from their long tour of Canada. Many of those in attendance were friends that have been following the band while they had been living and performing in San Diego for the past two years, ever since Kenneth Rexrode introduced them at the Fallbrook Open Mic. Others had never seen Daring Greatly before but had been hearing a lot of commotion about this amazing “hippie Revival” band with the “Blood Harmonies” and were here to see for themselves.
Acoustic duo, Jimmy & Enrique opened the night with several well-received numbers including Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” which were sung entirely by the audience.
Excitement grew in the crowd as the lights went out and the Daring Greatly entered the stage. Then, a burst of lights as they began to play the first song from their Cornerstones CD “Shine.”
After next playing a cover of The Guess Who’s “No Time,” they continued to do all of their songs from the CD and a few new ones from their upcoming album to be released in October.
Aside from occasionally bringing on their friend and studio bass player Jamie Moyer, the band invited Jimmy and Enrique to join them for a few songs as well as good friend Greg Douglass to play some Steve Miller tunes and then, a new friend from L.A. Saxophone player J Boykin.
For those who know the band well, this show was an emotional family reunion. To those who came to see them for the first time, all the stories and hype became a reality, and no one left disappointed.