Jeramiah Red, Big Monsta, Robert Jon & the Wreck, The Sugar, Parker Macy Blues Band, Shape Pitaki, Annie McQueen, Andrew Corradini

The Wayfarer Presents : Bobfest - A Benefit for Bob Rodman

Jeramiah Red

Big Monsta

Robert Jon & the Wreck

The Sugar

Parker Macy Blues Band

Shape Pitaki

Annie McQueen

Andrew Corradini

Sat, June 16, 2018

6:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Jeramiah Red
Jeramiah Red
Amidst a sea of introverted indie sets and beach inspired sing-alongs, Jeramiah Red came barreling through Orange County in 2010 like a tidal wave of sound. Their boot stomping combination of blues guitar, steel-driven harmonica, and raucous vocals, created a perfect storm that continues to destroy everything in its path.

Wes Dickson (vocals, guitar), Ian Cullen (lead guitar, vocals), Travis Ruiz (harmonica, percussion, graphic design), Tim Miller (bass), and Matt Pleskacz (drums), had played together in different incarnations throughout the years, however, after shedding the skins of their previous bands, found what they refer to as a "brotherhood" in Jeramiah Red.

The band came out the gate with their first record in 2011, wearing both their classic and contemporary rock influences proudly on their sleeves. This five song EP, Ghost Tracks from the Getty, kicked up the dust in the local scene, and earned Jeramiah Red awards in the categories of "Best New Artist," and "Best Blues" at the 2012 Orange County Music Awards, and "Best Rock" at the 2013 ceremony. Their debut single, "My Baby," currently plays at the Honda Center every time the Anaheim Ducks win a game, inciting the arena with the driving riffs and infectious melodies that have become the cornerstone of JRED's sound.

This fast acclaim gave weighted meaning to the phrase, "highly anticipated album," however the band consciously allowed themselves time to develop their sophomore effort, which was recorded with producer Jon O'Brien at the Music Box Studios in Irvine, California.
Refusing to rest on old laurels and determined to push new boundaries, Jeramiah Red's forthcoming release, The Winter Tick, unveils a group that, after undergoing a self-imposed hibernation, re-emerges as a band in complete control of both their voice and the music they have created. On tracks like, "Oh Pardon Me," the band's signature tempo changes and foot-stamping breakdowns are hitting harder than ever, meanwhile their confidence has given way to a softer side on lyrically vulnerable songs like, "Tangled Up." There is a sense of presence and charge throughout the entire album that makes a believer out of the first-time listener, and a die-hard out of the casual fan.

Given all of this, it's the merciless attack Jeramiah Red brings to a live performance that truly legitimizes them as one of Southern California's top up and comers. Throughout a set they effortlessly anticipate the listeners experience—forcing you to continuously redefine and reconnect as they switch from gear to gear without warning.

This band of brothers dons their instruments like weaponry, ready to unleash an arsenal of music with the vengeance of soldiers on the front line—and at the end of each show, Jeramiah Red leaves the stage like a battlefield… dripping with sweat, soaked in blood, but with a victory flag waving high.
Big Monsta
Big Monsta
Big Monsta is a trio from Orange County, CA. Their sound pulls from a spectrum of influences ranging from blues, soul, to garage rock. Formed in 2012, their narrative aims to illustrate a different shade to the millennial generation.
Robert Jon & the Wreck
Robert Jon & the Wreck
Robert Jon & The Wreck is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Based out of Orange County, CA, this quintet is dedicated, driven, and committed to giving their fans one hell of a Rock and Roll show - night after night, and town after town. In just the last 4 years they’ve pumped out 2 full-length albums, 2 EPs and a cassette tape, as well as played hundreds of shows across the world, including 31 states in the US and 9 countries across mainland Europe. With a new full-length, self-titled record releasing in the next couple months, this team of follicular proficient troubadours isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
The Sugar
The Sugar
The Sugar is a two piece rock n' roll band who came together through mutual friends in a stroke of fate at a random party in 2013. They've worked with other Orange County artists but felt it was time to change things up and work exclusively together, launching The Sugar. Based on their live sound, it's hard to believe they're just a two-piece. Simplistic in ways yet very dynamic.
Parker Macy Blues Band
Parker Macy Blues Band
When a music journalist is interviewing an emerging talent like guitar player, songwriter and singer Parker Macy, an almost mandatory and often revealing question is: Who are your biggest musical influences? That’s exactly what I asked the young Blues man in the spring of 2010 while sitting in a coffee shop in his hometown of Costa Mesa, California.

His answer was the cosmic super group of Edwards, Hopkins, Johnson and Young. The Reno, Nevada native first heard David “Honeyboy” Edwards on a vinyl record as a child. At the moment the youngster heard the old Delta Blues man, Macy’s path was set and his journey was under way. I asked the 25 year old musician how Edwards and Lightnin’ Hopkins and to a slightly lesser extent Robert Johnson had such an impact on him. Parker told me that it was “the emotion and feeling as well as the overall vibe” that took hold of his soul. The music and the art form that is the Blues grabbed Parker Macy and hasn’t let go.

Parker’s father, a fire and brimstone preacher, bestowed on his son one of the toughest lessons any parent can pass down to their children. He explained that Neil Young’s song Ohio described a real event and that the murders that took place at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 were not just an isolated gross misuse of power by our government but is a symptom of a much larger problem. The way in which Neil Young engaged this tragedy and used his art as a platform for expression was an epiphanic event for Parker. The power of the troubadour can be real. The problems we face as a society are real and Parker Macy, like the Blues is real.

Parker feels that Blues music is the best vehicle for him to communicate his thoughts and feelings on a variety of subjects. The young man who performs as Parker Macy Blues told me: “Being on stage is the only place where I can get people to shut up and listen to what I have to say.” For those who listen, they are in for an experience they will not soon forget.

Parker Macy’s two albums feature almost exclusively original songs. He performs his powerful music in a stripped down, acoustic setting that adds to the material’s intimacy yet enhances its power at the same time. Parker’s two fisted, bare knuckles approach to his performances is in the tradition of the old Blues masters but has a contemporary feel that has captured the attention of a new generation of fans.

Fire and brimstone can cut both ways. The award winning Parker Macy spins tales that are as large as the social and the geopolitical landscape and as personal yet no less vexing as the eternal mystery that is the dance between men and woman. You add whiskey and sex to that ballet and you are in for a wild ride. Parker Macy is a guitar slingin’ tour guide that will navigate your soul through a maze of hazards that will leave you breathless.

I can picture an interview taking place thirty years from now when the question is put to a talented, young musician as to their biggest musical influence. The answer might very well be: Parker Macy.
Annie McQueen
Annie McQueen
I write and play folky country music. Sometimes with other cool people.
Andrew Corradini
Andrew Corradini
For most of my life I have been fascinated by words and music and songs. Whether they're simple and traditional, or modern and experimental. Whether lyrical or instrumental, silly or serious, heavy or soft. Music has always kept me dreaming and excited about life's possibilities and how to set them to melody.

As a boy I grew up with the tapes and records my father would play for me. He was really interested in a variety of contemporary artists. We'd listen to The Doors, The Band, Harry Nilsson, John Prine, J. Geils, Ricki Lee Jones, Pink Floyd, John Fogerty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and countless others. He also loved Delta Blues and pretty much anything that spawned from the 60s counterculture. Even classic Steve Martin albums. As a result, I simply became captivated by Rock & Roll and all its subgenres. My dad would recall that, while most other 6-year olds were watching Sesame Street, I would hunker down in front of the box for a choice viewing of MTV's Top 20 Countdown each week. As I grew, my older sister exposed me to more popular artists of the time, like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Psychedelic Furs, and Paul Westerberg. When I was about fourteen years old I received my first acoustic guitar - a beat-up old Yamaha - and wrote my first song within the year.

“There’s always a sense of spontaneity when Andrew hits the stage… he makes me want to drink beer, clap my hands and dance. His sound is so distinctive and varied, he possesses the unique capability of evoking multiple responses: he'll have listeners anywhere from swaying in the daisy fields to boot-stompin' in the clubs.” - Kyle Deven, OC Arts & Culture.

My musical career began in Southern California back in 1998 as bass player in the Reggae/Hip-Hop band Badfish. Based out of Santa Ana, we recorded two albums amidst a non-stop circuit of parties, shows and festivals. Then in 2004 after a year-long overseas travel stint, I came home and formed the Indie/Pop outfit Handsome Grandpa along with friends Jay Akins and Ali Zakka (Ted Z. & The Wranglers), assuming the role of lead singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist. Through 2010 we built artist friendships and a solid fan base, releasing two records and tirelessly performing local LA and Orange County haunts. After six years of continuous gigging, we amicably sought out new individual projects. I welcomed the singer/songwriter in me, wrote a bunch of songs, and went solo. In 2012, I recruited six other companions (Ben Wagner, Rob Boyd, Jeni Watts, Morgan Burrell, Joel Meyer, and Daniel Blank… all brave and gentle characters, willing and skilled) to help bring my tunes to life a little bit. Everyone felt right at home with the music, and thus Andrew & The Tall Ships of the North was born - a Folk/Americana septet featuring violin, lap-steel guitar, mandolin, upright bass, backup singers and a washboard. Also around that same time, I teamed up with close pals Russell Long and Jonathon Staph. Together we started shaping an idea for a project called A Tale of Kings, which was to be a loose blend of old country acoustic mysticism and psychedelic improvisational rock & roll… a sort of "Grateful-Dead-meets-Fleet-Foxes" -type of sound. We wrote and recorded four songs, still yet to be released.

As a multi-instrumentalist and avid harmonica player, I continue to wear the hat of the session musician, both in the studio and onstage, having supported fellow artists Michael Rosas, Robert Jon & The Wreck, Russell Long, Micah Brown, Anesha Rose, Parker Macy, and The Dupp Brothers.

“Packing crunchy guitars and light-hearted soul, Andrew's recordings are a mesh of attitude-inspired rock and roll and taut indie pop with warm, buoyant melodies. This couldn’t have come at a better time. The diversity from tracks such as ‘Fads’ – featuring angst-driven vocals and a 'wake-me-up' electric guitar solo – to charming lullaby-esque numbers such as 'Baby Girl’ to the old-time mountain sound on 'The Year Quinn Brought Back The Sun' makes for one incredible ride. He even lets us in on his flare for the comedic in 'My Rocking Chair' and 'Giving Up My Pride.' The appeal of his sound lies in his mix of good humor, sparkling soul and a folk simplicity that happily chases the colors of summer into the midnight bar scene. His music is as infectious as it is timeless. And it all lies within his irrepressible, natural ability and delivery; it's just that simple. Quality songwriting and lyrical aptitude mixed with this welcoming, ancestral outlook on music and life has led to a strong foundation and will continue on the road to a limitless future for this whimsical troubadour.” - Nate Jackson, OC Weekly.

Over the past sixteen years I have had the privilege of befriending so many creative and inspiring folks and sharing the stage with some amazing talents, such as B.B. King, Jimmy Cliff, Poncho Sanchez, Matt Costa, Donavon Frankenreiter, The White Buffalo and many others... for which I remain extremely grateful.
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
http://www.wayfarercm.com