Sunday, April 17, 2011

San Marcos Arts Council honors Finger Guitar Player Scot Ryder

The San Marcos Arts Council honored finger guitar player Scot Ryder with a scholarship and an opportunity to showcase his talents at Old California Coffee House and Eatery in San Marcos Ca on Sunday April 17, 2011. Scot was greeted by Eldon Eller of the San Marcos Arts Council and both Eldon and I stayed and applauded the entire performance as we really enjoyed Scot's music. His guitar style reminded me the first time I heard and saw the acoustic guitar being played to Spanish Flamenco Style Guitar. Now Scot's sound is nothing like Flamenco, but the passion and the power of the guitar as Scot plucked those strings with his fingers, you could just tell the enthousiasm he has for his craft! It's special to watch... I also wanted to thank Scot for bringing a special guest in Jesus Gonzalez who stepped in and allowed Scot to a break when needed. Jesus Gonzalez pictured here with Scot Ryder played with a Middle Eastern Flair and was a very talented musician. We all enjoyed having him as our special guest. Thanks Jesus! Here's a little snip I took of Scott playing that guitar I was talking about....

A special thanks goes out to SMCF San Marcos Community Foundation for sponsoring this event! We couldn't do it without you!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Reggae Music in San Marcos?

Saturday night April 9th, Coco Jam Stand brought their rastafari roots and culture to Old California Coffee House & Eatery to play Reggae in San Marcos, Ca. Spencer Relator on Lead Guitar and vocals, Todd Mata on Drums & Chase Cloyd on Bass & Rhythm guitar played Reggae covers like Bob Marley along with original songs of their own. This is a great band with a great story as these youngsters can really play! Coco Jam Stand was invited to play at our regular Sunday Matinee Art & Music Festival and we were so happy with their performance, we booked them on Saturday Night. Our Sunday Matinee is reserved for student artists, up and coming artists & teacher/student recitals, but because they did such a great job, I felt they deserved a headline spot on a Saturday night and they did NOT disappoint. The Patio was packed with coffee shop patrons and fans of Coco Jam Stand. It was a cool scene as some the girlfriends, family members and friends came out to support the band. The entire coffee shop, employees and customers were still talking about the band the next day. They were saying things like, "What a cool band last night" & "What a great Vibe these guys put out" and many more great comments! Look for Coco Jam Stand to play at North County's "Premier Artist" Coffee House with Live Music every Weekend in the near future! I would highly recommend Coco Jam Stand to play at any venue as they are really good, very respectful and great to work with.... Here's Clip from their perfomance playing badfish from Sublime... Sorry the sound is just ok & lighting is terrible in the clip, but take a listen... I think you'll like it... Coco Jam Stand - Sublime- Badfish

A special thanks goes out to SMCF San Marcos Community Foundation for sponsoring this event! We couldn't do it without you!