The Third Annual DHS BWF
Concert on the Green
Check out this video of last year’s concert:
OK folks...if you haven't heard any of the hype about the next band
you will soon. In less than 2 years since they formed, these three 13
year olds from Sacramento have played over 50 professional gigs, from
fundraising events on the north shore of Oahu to kicking off last
year's Concert in the Park series at Cesar Chavez park. They've also
managed to get signed to a record label, release a debut CD that is
available on iTunes, amass over 4,500 fans on Facebook and work with
several of the hottest music video directors in the world. Please
One Eyed Rhyno
James ‘Jimmy’ Hunter:
James was 9 years old when he started OER. Now 16, he recently returned from his third trip to Nashville to collaborate with grammy winning songwriters and producers. In January, James sat in with Todd Rungren and Mickey Thomas at the Pearl on the River. He is also an artist rep for Voyage Air Guitars and played at the recent NAMM convention in L.A.
OER has had different backing musicians, but the one that is always by James’ side is drummer and big sister,Elaine (19). As a singer/songwriter and pianist, Elaine is currently working with David Stevenson Fischer and his company ‘Songs for Film and T.V.’ She will also be working with Shannon Curtis on her California tour as drummer and backing vocalsist.
Matt is OER’s newest bass member. Matt has played gigs all over Sacramento and attended a 2009 summer program at Berkley School of Music where he plans on attending college. Matt has also had the honor of playing with Delfeyo Marsalis.
In 2010, OER re-recorded James song “The Bird” at Underage Records in Marin. It is currently available for download on iTunes. The proceeds go to the Student Conservation Association to help continue the Gulf cleanup.
Uncle Tony, a band of four from Davis, is comprised of exceptionally talented 16 and 17 year olds. They are a rock band with an appreciation for melody and funk. Their repertoire is comprised of a mixture of original tunes and covers.
Uncle Tony formed in March of 2009 as a trio, consisting of bassist and lead vocalist Spencer Snow, drummer Carson Bernard, and guitarist Jason Harris. They had been playing together in their church’s youth band on Sunday mornings. After about a year, they formed their own rock band, and took on the name Uncle Tony. Jack Davis sat in as a guest vocalist for a couple of Uncle Tony gigs in February of 2010, and thereafter was invited to be the lead singer. Most recently, they have featured guest rapper Chase Bugas (or Lyri-C) in a number of their songs.
Uncle Tony has played a number of engagements in the Davis and Sacramento area. In December of 2010, they co-headlined a show at Harlow’s in Sacramento alongside 2010 Jammies winner One Eyed Rhyno. Early this year, Uncle Tony won the City of Davis Battle of the Bands. They have been chosen as a semi-finalist for the 2011 Jammies competition.
Uncle Tony has donated their musical services to specific charity events and causes, including STAPP (Sacramento Teens Against Peer Pressure), Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), and the World’s Greatest Bicycle Parade in Davis.
Downhill From Here:
Downhill From Here is different from being just another band because of the diverse background of each member. Nat has a strong foundation in folk playing, drawing inspiration from his idols such as Niel Young and The Avett Brothers. Nate bases his playing from a classic rock perspective, in the style of Slash and The Edge. Simon comes from a metal/funk background with styles from bands/players such as As I Lay Dying, Marilyn Manson, Victor Wooten, Louis Johnson, Flea, and Marcus Miller (hence his Marcus Miller Signature Bass). Jacob comes from a jazz background and takes inspiration from musicians such as Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd and Max Roach. Their different areas of interests, makes for a fresh combination of the four very different backgrounds that lead to a new sound. They are fairly similar to a mix between the Silversun Pick Ups/ Kings of Leon/ early U2. The band has been playing many shows and has recently put out an EP. Downhill From Here is currently in the process of writing and recording our first full length album.
With driving rhythms, rockin' guitars, and an energetic mix of covers and originals, Smack Jupiter gives audiences an exciting musical experience. If you liked Hotwire, you'll love Smack Jupiter because Smack Jupiter includes three of the founding members of Hotwire with a new drummer.
Composed of most of the founding members of the popular Davis teen group, Hotwire, Smack Jupiter emerged in summer 2010, and the band rocks each and every venue with an exciting and energetic set list of originals and covers. The rockin' sound is far beyond the band's Junior High years, and their music and talents excite audiences whenever they play.
The original members of Hotwire have played multiple gigs over the last three years, including competing in the finals at the 2009 and 2010 Sacramento News and Review Jammies competition at the historic Crest Theater in Sacramento, before an audience of a thousand people. The band members have also been nominated for 2010 Sammies Teen Band of the year, and they've played on Good Morning Sacramento news show along with gigs at UCD Picnic Day, Yolo County Fair, and a host of other venues in the Sacramento area.
With several successful gigs already completed and a growing fan-base, Smack Jupiter has found its niche in Davis youth rock music! Currently, the band is writing new songs and booking gigs around the Davis area.