Mariachi Plata from Western New Mexico University is comprised of university students, many majoring in Music but also pursuing other degrees. They are directed by Bryant Chaffino.
Southern Californian open-format DJ that has secured residencies at many of Southern California’s premier clubs including having played at top nightlife destinations in Miami, NYC, and Las Vegas. His sets range from house/electro to Hip-hop and even rock gigs: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED with Decon.
Dani Belle and the Tarantist
This San Diego native band adds a unique flair to their style, wearing wild make-up and masking during each performance. With a classic indie, rock sound, Dani Belle and the Tarantist will have the summer vibes spreading throughout HarborFest.
Bearded Fox/Broken Stems
Broken Stems music is rooted heavily in early rock’n’roll, blues and soul music updated with a newer edgy vibe. The San Diego music scene has embraced their free-spirited message and hard-hitting shows with overwhelming support and Broken Stems have embraced their diverse fan-base as well.
Perfectly imperfect – that’s one way to describe LA based punk act, The Regrettes. Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O – with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50’s and 60’s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly – the LA based four piece create infectious, punk driven tracks.
Looking forward to the challenge of spreading their New York charm to the west coast, their journey has now brought them to Los Angeles. They bring their own unique blend of soulful Indie Rock and Pop that it is today, reminiscent of bands such as Local Natives, The Shins and Grizzly Bear alike.
Eve 6 weren’t even legal drinking age when they were presented with their first platinum record. Thus, life came hard and fast at the members of SoCal pop-punk trio, whose meteoric success in the late ‘90s and early millennium ingrained their anthemic radio hits into the fabric of the lives of a whole generation. Then, it all sort of ended…until now.
Tolan Shaw is an award-winning artist who has risen in the Southern California music scene as a pop/soul singer-songwriter who will stop at nothing to build a career with his original music. Both a solo acoustic troubadour and the front man of his own band, Shaw’s music is catchy and soulful, bluesy and melodic, poppy and sincere.
Southern California’s Best Santana Tribute Band plays all the Santana classic Latin rock of the past to his Grammy award winning Latin soul of the present. Soaring guitar, inspired vocals and Afro-Latin rhythms that make crowds get up on their feet and dance. Santana Soul’s powerful performances have the sound, energy and passion of Carlos Santana and his band.
Singing National Anthem (Star Spangled Banner)
From performing off Broadway, Theme Parks, Cruise Ships, Presidential Inauguration, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, National CD Tour, World Youth Day, Audience with Pope John Paul II, Ms. Rodriguez had a full & rewarding career in music and is happy to make music a joy.
Shadowman has made a name for himself in Southern California by working with music producers in Hollywood, spinning with DJ’s from Power 106 and 96.3, and playing shows all over the region. Since moving to San Diego, Shadowman has played sets at some of the hottest clubs, including Parq, Sidebar and Bassmnt, and is quickly becoming a go-to DJ in the San Diego nightlife industry.
DanzArts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Mexico & Spain’s heritage by raising cultural awareness and giving back to the community through dance.
Los Cardoso Lobo Negro
These two brothers are based out of Tijuana, Mexico. Traveling around Mexico, Baja California and San Diego, this Nortena band brings great energy to every stage.Lobo Negro has been giving their fans the latest in corridos, cumbias, rancheras, and valadas for the past 15 years. Their authentic and energizing rhythms have allowed this Grupo Norteño to tour along California and Baja California putting crowds up on their feet for over a decade.
Lead by renowned percussionist Charlie Chavez, Perla Negra beats to the sounds of Latin Jazz, Versatile Music, Percussion Ensemble and Traditional Cuban Music. Offering Pop, Salsa, Merengue, Disco, Cumbia and Funk, Perla Negra is guaranteed to be the life of the party while the audience dances the night away.
Manny Cepeda Orchestra
Performer percussionist, composer, singer and arranger Manny Cepeda has been making music all of his life and began performing professionally at age 7. Manny currently has his own Salsa band in San Diego, CA and he composes his own music and also arranges Latin Jazz music for prominent musicians in San Diego, New York and Puerto Rico.
Goma is a San Diego, California based band that plays a style of music that can best be described as Psychedelic Cumbia Rock. Drawing mainly from a style of music known as “Chicha”, a style created in mid 60s-mid 70’s in Peru which incorporated Columbian Cumbia, but mixed with Psychedelic/Surf guitar. Blending Chicha with modern rock guitar, Goma embarks on creating a unique sound, and taking the Latin Cumbia scene to the next level.
Charlie Chavez y su Afrotruko
Charlie Chavez was born in Juchitan, Oaxaca and grew up in Coatzacoalcos Veracruz, Mexico. Just like Veracruz, his music is influenced by vibrant and soulful Cuban and Caribbean rhythms. He has become one of the most important percussionists in Southern California, and heads his own salsa group “Afrotruko” which has performed at major venues and festivals in Southern California.
Throughout his music career, Joe Cardillo has played over 2,000 shows in 36 states on multiple national tours, has recorded session work on over 20 albums and has recorded and produced local, regional and international touring acts. Joe creates a unique combination of live loops using percussive beats by thumping his guitar, laying down the chords, and playing bass lines (using the octave guitar pedal).In addition, he sings the melody while often times looping vocal harmonies.
Mariachi Aztlán from Pueblo High School is one of the strongest mariachi programs in the country, having won first place in the Tucson Mariachi Conference competition four years in a row. They were founded by Richard Carranza who is now Superintendent of Houston School District, and they have been led for 15 years by John Contreras.
Vanessa Ordonez with Paco Sevilla (Flamenco)
An exceptional talented Flamenco dancer, at only 13 years of age, Vanessa Ordonez started her own flamenco dance studio. She performs throughout the region, and has studied flamenco abroad, as well as internationally. She recently was awarded the City of Chula Vista Rising Star Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Vanessa is accompanied by Paco Sevilla, a renowned musician and author.
A dedicated flamenco guitarist, who has studied and travelled across the globe, from playing with gypsies in Andalucía, Spain, to concert stages across the United states, including New York’s Lincoln Center and San Diego’s Civic Theater. He has performed widely as a soloist, carrying on the tradition of such venerable masters as Paco Pena, Serranito, and Paco de Lucia.
Elvina’s Summer Splash (Dancers)
Elvina Adams has been dancing since she was 3 years old, starting with tap and jazz at Body Arts Center. In middle school and high school she studied cultural dances, such as, Ballet Florklorico and Tinikling. While in high school she fell in love with hip hop and choreographing. Shortly after graduating she began her training at Team Millennia’s Studio in Orange County. From there she joined Culture Shock San Diego and trained under the team, taking on an extensive repertoire. After Culture Shock, she joined Super Galactic Beat Manipulator, as well as the Bollywood Company, Divine Desi Dance. Throughout these experiences, she also performed with various dance instructors and artists all throughout San Diego. This wide range of training has blended into the unique style she presents today. Today, Elvina mainly focuses on producing her own dance shows, creating tailored performances for companies, and hosting various workshops/private lessons, where she helps dancers find their self-confidence and voice. She also teaches youth and teen competition hip hop at various dance studios around California.
Folkin’ Around features award-winning San Diego musicians and performers, Karen Ann Daniels (vocals, guitar) Sean LeParroque (violin), Harley Magsino (bass), Jim Mooney (lead guitar/banjo, vocals), Leonard Patton (vocals, guitar, harmonica, rhythm), Sean Yael-Cox (vocals, guitar). Inspired by the words and music of Woody Guthrie, this acoustic band features well known Guthrie-tunes such as Hard’ Travelin, 900 miles and This Land as well as other memorable songs.
Juan Sanchez was born in San Diego in a musically inclined family. His career as a performer began at the age of two in his mother’s Mexican ballet folkloric dance troupe, the “Children’s Cultural Center Ballet Xochitl”. Juan grew up in Chula Vista and always enrolled in all the music and art classes. Surrounding him-self by musicians and artists. At 17, while still in high school, Juan became a professional musician when he auditioned and was selected as one of the top two percussionists in the San Diego County for the Sea World’s “Sea Stars” band. During this time he was instructing several high school drum-lines. He continued to work during the summer in Sea World’s entertainment department for 2 years. Opening up for Sea World’s Shamu and Ski Show.
Later he auditioned and was accepted to the SDSU music program. Juan continued to become a drum section leader for the Marching Aztecs, while simultaneously performing and touring with a Scottish pipe band called the “Cameron Highlanders”. During the summer for 2 years he would commute to Anaheim Los Angeles California drumming with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Core under the direction of Tom Float, former instructor and arranger for the Blue Devils. Later that year with Paul Rennick instructor and arranger from Phantom Regiment and Santa Clara Vanguard. The pioneers of international rudimental drumming and the contributers of hybrid rudiments. It was also at SDSU, under the direction of Mark Lamson, where Juan began his study on Latin percussion. In 2004, he founded the longest running Afro-Cuban Drumming program in San Diego at the World Beat Cultural Center. In 2006, Sanchez travelled to Cuba where he was formally introduced to Afro-Cuban music with Pepito Fernandez, a local rumbero from the Calljon de Jamel.
For 36 years, the cities of Chula Vista and Odawara, Japan have been Sister Cities participating in a yearly exchange program allowing selected students and young adults to visit their host country. In addition to visiting local tourist attractions, students attend meetings and events with their hosts – like HarborFest where the students will be welcomed and recognized.
Ignant Benches (Band)
Ignant Benches started about 2 years ago, with cousins Anson Kelley (lead singer/guitarist), Andy Tistoj (lead guitarist), who were 14and 12 at the time, and were soon after joined by Isaak Jejjoni (bass player) and Mauro Rocha (drummer), both also 14 yrs old. They started playing covers of their favorite Indie Rock artists, and quickly transitioned to making their original music. Soon after and
despite their young age, they received airtime on San Diego’s 91x station, started playing shows at local venues such as The Casbah,House of Blues, SOMA, Brick X Brick, and slowly but surely have built up a significant following in the San Diego area, and beyond.
(Formerly known as Pride Rice Dance Company) was founded in 2010 by siblings, Jordan & Devin Banares, Michelle Lange and their good friend Erik James Molina. RYPE is an acronym for the team’s objective which is to “Realize Your Potential and Express”. During its first year in existence, the team rehearsed in local parks, in the Banares siblings’ cull-de- sac, and occasionally rented studio space with the intention of doing a couple of performances and a competition here and there.
RYPE quickly established a strong family bond and with many of its early successes, the team desired a permanent home. In March 2011, RYPE laid the ground work for what is now The BOX Dance Studio in Otay Ranch Town Center.
RYPE is now under the direction of Artistic Director, Deion Williams and Team Captain, Sebastian Martinez. RYPE has won several awards including:
The highly-regarded Crowd Favorite at World of Dance San Diego 2010
1st Place at Safe Summer Slam Dance Battle 2010
1st Place at Safe Summer Slam Dance Battle 2011
3rd Place at SoCal’s Best Dance Crew at the SD County Fair 2013
3rd Place at SoCal’s Best Dance Crew at the SD County Fair 2016
1st Place Platinum and 1st Place Overall at Showstopper Regionals I, 2017
…and most recently received 1st Place Double Platinum and 1st Place Overall at Showstopper Regionals II, 2017!
RYPE strives to represent The BOX Fam in its most professional tier while continuing to give back to the community. Link
Geminelle is one of the greatest examples of what happens when faith meets fortitude. With all the distractions that this world brings, you have to fight diligently to let society know about your God given talent. San Diego native, Geminelle has been pursuing music at a professional level since the age of 13. In the beginning of her career she was a member of the girl group MISS. While she enjoyed her time within the group, she soon began to pursue her solo career. After graduating high school, Geminelle decided to take a break from music to seek a degree in education. Her passion for helping others and being a vessel for change made attaining her M.Ed a major achievement. It was at this time that she realized her gift as an educator and an artist are intertwined: that both music and education can have an impact in an individual’s life.
Geminelle is very much paving her own path sonically. Her airy, raspy vocals over organic, harmonic production immediately creates a trance-like ambience that’s best heard on her recently-released Acoustic Love Letters EP. With the Incorporation of the ukulele, guitar, and loop pedal in her performance, Geminelle delivers relatable lyrics like the ethereal “Newness” that comes across to listeners as an intimate conversation.
In the February 2014, Geminelle launched a grassroots open mic tour in cities like New Orleans, Chicago, and Austin. These cities have a history of cultivating unique and eclectic music, and she successfully left her footprint at each performance. This tour gave her the courage to test her faith and move half a world away to Brooklyn, New York. With the help of her friends, family and fans she was able to say farewell to San Diego as she embarked on her “Follow the Music Campaign”.
As she settles into New York, a population full of promise, she is continuing to develop her craft in a city known for sharpening the skills of budding artists.
Faith got her to this point in her career, fortitude will keep her. Link
Apollo Bebop (Jazz/Hip-Hop Band)
Apollo Bebop is a West Coast band formed during the Summer of 2015 in Santa Ana, California. Named after the Greek God of music and the intricately harmonic style of Jazz, the group has aimed to revitalize the appreciation of Jazz music by incorporating it’s musicality with classic, yet contemporary, Hip-Hop back beats.
-Emcee – Brian To Earth (Brian Gomez)Guitar/Bass- Christopher Trimmer
-Guitar/Bass – Dominick Cruz
-Drums – Donovan Cruz
-Tenor Sax – Deandre Grover
-Follow us @ApolloBebop
Mexi'cayotl Indio Cultural Center (MICC) Danza Azteca
Mexi’cayotl Indio Cultural Center (MICC) Danza Azteca is dedicated to bringing knowledge of living traditions to the community through the teaching and preserving the indigenous cultures of Mexico and the southwestern United States, with a strong emphasis on teaching the Aztec traditions to youth and their families.