April 21, 2014

Musicians Play to Support One Water, One Air, One Earth

April 21, 2014

Contact: (805) 544-8529
Attn: Sandra Marshall
For immediate release

Musicians play to support
One Water, One Air, One Earth

Schedule of live music that will take place on the Earth Day Music Festival stage:

Warming up the stage, at 11:30 am, local artist, Aaron Ochs, will share his songs of hope and freedom inspired by the rock and folk giants of the 60s through the 90s. The Santa Monica, California-born rock singer-songwriter, composer and performer has been playing guitar and writing songs since his early teens.

At noon, immediately following an opening message, Mr. Eco, the environmental superhero, will promote sustainable practices through his environmental rap songs. A favorite for kids and adults, Brett Edwards, returns to San Luis Obispo after his premiere performance in 2012.

At 12:30pm Kristen Black Electric Band
Kristen Black leads a dual life — Cal Poly chemistry professor by day, and bluesy-funky-rockin bandleader by night. “There have been times where I’ve had a gig right after lab, and I’ll be literally changing in the bathroom, getting my guitar and then going downtown to play,” Black said.  In the late 90s, Black played in a cover band in graduate school.   It was during that time that Black caught the songwriting bug.  In 2001, Kristen Black recorded her first self-titled CD consisting of all of these original tunes.  Since that time Black has been balancing teaching Cal Poly students organic chemistry and rocking the San Luis Obispo scene.  The Kristen Black Electric Band features Steve Conrad on guitar, Geert de Lange on bass, and Daryl van Druff on drums.  Kristen Black is currently in the studio working on an upcoming CD with an anticipated summer release.

2:00pm Get down with 90 minutes of Burning James & the Funky Flames.  A California Central Coast favorite specializing in funk and soul music with a lingering NOLA groove Burning James & the Funky Flames will bring everyone to their feet and moving. The five members of the Funky Flames have played with many legends of the music business and all are accomplished musicians. They have to be, to pull off one of the most interesting and unique playlists of any band. Diverse backgrounds season this funky gumbo with jazz and rock influences, but deep down they all just love James Brown!

4:00pm End the day with a variety of music styles by The Mystery Brothers. A bit of blues, rock, country, gospel, latin and swing in both original and cover songs. When asked what kind of music they play, Jim Conroy, band leader said,  “I try to explain a little of everything hoping they will understand we are just four lads who like it all and feel no desire to be pigeonholed when we don’t have to be. What would you expect of a band who calls itself the Mystery Brothers, anyway?”

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