Hirie–the front woman of the exhilarating reggae band HIRIE–grew up a global citizen. Her father worked for the United Nations and she was born in the Philippines, spent years in Italy, before her family settled in Hawaii, which became her spiritual home.
While in Hawaii, Hirie fell in love with reggae music, and took to the culture naturally. On the radio, and in conversation, she would hear the exclamation “irie.” The popular reggae term is derived from a Jamaican patois, and it encompasses warmth and positivity—it’s a greeting, an affectionate term of approval, and a mindset. In these painfully complex times, we could all use some irie in our life.
San Diego’s seven-piece band HIRIE offers a global spiritual uplift. Melding the balmy island touches of its singer’s beloved home—as symbolized by its moniker’s first letter, a “H” for “Hawaii,” with that feeling of irie, the award-winning group offers a soundtrack of hope.
The PettyBreakers is the nation’s premier “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” tribute act. Based out of Southern California, this band accurately recreates the sights, sounds and concert experience of a Tom Petty concert. All the classics… American Girl…Break Down… Free Fallin’… Mary Jane’s Last Dance…Refugee… Runnin’ Down a Dream… and so many more… perfectly reproduced. Playing to packed houses all over the U.S., the band is comprised of excellent musicians who have performed and recorded with international artists. The PettyBreakers were chosen to perform on AXS TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” honoring the music of this legendary American icon.
Vokab Kompany is a genre-defying collection of sound comprised of vocalists Rob Hurt and Burke Baby. With live accompaniments by their five-piece band, they use heavy synths, guitars, saxophone, bass and drums to create an innovative sound that blankets audiences and leaves them in a musical stupor. While maintaining a rigorous touring schedule, the San Diego natives have also found themselves as hometown favorites, garnering recognition at the San Diego Music Awards and winning several awards including best Hip Hop album and best Hip Hop performance. An interesting feat for a band that could just as easily be called Electronic, Funk, Jam or Rap in the same breath.
In addition to their accolades at home and on the road, Vokab has released several studio albums to critical acclaim. Their unique mesh of style has led them to delicious collaborations and over a dozen national syncs, including two Kia commercials, a spot on STARZ movie channel, and music on TV shows like Franklin and Bash and the Today Show. Their song World Wide was the anthem for the trailers of the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie.
On the touring side, the duo is fresh off of a West Coast headline tour supporting their most recent album. They’d previously embarked on a six-month tour fronting the Run DMC Remixed tribute for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, with appearances everywhere from Brooklyn to San Francisco to New Orleans for Jazzfest. Along with their full band, they have played countless festivals including Snowglobe, Electric Forrest and Coachella and have toured with bands of all genres, from Umphrey’s McGee to Collie Buddz to Del The Funky Homosapien.
The spontaneity of the band’s live performance is what has allowed them to cross genres so effortlessly; dancers, performance artists, guest musicians and unique arrangements continue to surprise fans, and exemplify the defining aspects of a Vokab Kompany show.
Prepare yourselves, if you can, for cover songs performed with such energy and attitude, with voices so pure and performances so transcendent, that you might just find yourself, against your better judgment, dancing so hard that your legs snap off, leaving your torso flopping helplessly — yet happily — into a musical oblivion. Such is the power of The Pine Mountain Logs.
For these are no ordinary covers. Surprises lurk around every corner. The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” might unexpectedly turn into the theme from “Gilligan’s Island.” The chorus to David Bowie’s “Fame” could transition into the chorus from Irene Cara’s 80s anthem, “Fame: I’m Gonna Live Forever.” Any song could end with the 70s tag “Solid Gold” — and often does.
Atomic Groove is North County San Diego’s best in variety dance band entertainment for ALL occasions, since 1995!
This quintessential high energy cover band recreates renditions of all of your favorite dance jams from present to past. Delivered beyond expectation with enthusiasm, credibility, and a distinctive, ever-evolving personality, Atomic Groove keeps setting themselves apart from the rest with their versatility and danceability for any event. Atomic Groove features The AG Fly Girlz back up dancers, exclusive to Atomic Groove, that catapults the AG presentation to an even higher level of dance frenzy fun! Atomic Groove boasts an incredible following they’ve developed at The Belly Up Friday night Happy Hours since 2005, with packed shows full of unbelievable good vibes and dance therapy for the local community.
The Routine is a five-piece rock collective that defies categorization in today’s genre-driven media cloud. A sonic melting pot of electric blues, soul and world styling, they are not simply a band—and they are anything but “routine”. Together, this kindred fraternity of musicianship shatters the mold of conventional, over-produced and underwhelming music with their own brand of Rock ‘N’ Soul. Never complacent with the status quo, they are an ever-evolving conglomerate poised to please music lovers from all walks of life.
Torrey Mercer is a Solana Beach native currently residing in Los Angeles, where she has been pursuing her music career. She has been known in San Diego for her music, and bullying prevention school assemblies in schools, for which she has performed for thousands of students grades K-12 in the San Diego area. Torrey made her Fiesta Del Sol debut in 2016, and is excited to be returning once again.
Torrey has musical influences from a variety of genres, including blues, rock, pop, and jazz. She was the lead singer of bands of multiple genres in her youth, which gives her the sound that she has today. She is a vocalist, and a songwriter who writes music that comes deep from her heart about experiences she has struggled with in hopes of connecting with others.
Torrey released her debut EP, “Exhale”, in 2016, which she wrote with writers who have worked with Christina Grimmie, and Coco Jones. She is currently finishing writing a brand new catalog of songs, and is expected to return to the studio late 2018 to record her new music. Torrey is a fire starter…her greatest wish is to leave a positive impact on the world, and on music listeners by connecting with them through her songwriting.
Live on Cedros Avenue Saturday and Sunday! Come enjoy the music LIVE on Cedros Avenue featuring Nena Anderson!
Nena Anderson’s voice is velvet, a rich contralto, smoothly able to change from a whisper in your ear to a howl…soulful, sexy and intimate. Her phrasing and stage presence are reminiscent of jazz greats: bluesy, reserved, commanding you to watch and listen.
Currently Nena fronts her solo band as well as honky-tonk band, Brawley. In addition she is also a member of collaborative book/album/concert project, For The Sender,, and tours with Johnny Cash Tribute, Cash’d Out, as June Carter Cash. Nena has shared stages as support or collaborated with Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Raul Malo, Dave Alvin, Switchfoot, Dan Hicks, Cindy Lee Berryhill, The Blasters, Charlie Musselwhite, and Albert Lee.
Performing in San Diego and nationally with various ensembles, her band projects have earned 13 San Diego Music Award nominations, in the categories of Best Jazz, Best Acoustic, Best Americana, Best Tribute and Best New Artist. Several of her tracks have been released internationally in Poland, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Germany, UK, Spain, Belgium, South Korea, and Asia.
Anderson has been interviewed on KPBS Midday Edition as well as many local FM and online radio and tv stations. Her band, Brawley, was featured last year on the first season of PBS “Belly Up Live” television series.
Her first all-original album Beyond the Lights was released in September 2011 (produced by Mike Butler), earning a Best Album recognition and comparisons to early Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan with its accessible and deceptively uncomplicated lyrics and bluesy sound. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues to rollicking 60’s piano soul groove or catchy two-step country heartache of “I Fall In Love Too Fast,” Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience. She has since released the single “Kiss You Goodnight” through Randm Records and a self-released “under the radar” album of demos entitled Serenade.