2014 Cogswell Plaza Concert Series:
July 10th: Jeff Campbell
Jeff has shared the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, opened for multiplatinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show. He recently won the Guitar Center’s National Singer/Songwriter 2 Competition – out of 13,000 entrants.
July 17th: Spangalang featuring WCS Board Member and Lead Singer of Santana Tony Lindsay
Spangalang is a “funky, fusion, R&B, Jazz, Pop Band” led by eleven time Grammy winner, singer/songwriter and producer Tony Lindsay. Spangalang has opened for Curtis Mayfield, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Junior Walker and the Average White Band.
Tony is a talented songwriter. His voice can be heard on Mazda, Hotwheels, Dreyer’s Ice Cream and Wendy’s commercials; he’s also toured with the Dancing with the Stars Road Show.
July 24th: Johnny Neri Band
The Johnny Neri Band is a four piece, high energy Rock and Roll Soul Dance Band. These four musicians have over 100 years of music expertise between them and it shows in every high energy performance. Take one part experience, two parts of versatility and a heaping spoonful of energy and you have the Johnny Neri Band.
July 31st: Hands on Fire Band
James Henry’s band is a high energy, funky, charismatic, soulful world beat. Feel the music of global percussion with melodic overtones and world grooves of Reggae, Soca, Afro Cuban, Samba Funk and Hip Hop. James is a master percussionist, soulful vocalist, undeniably charismatic.
August 7th: Kaitlin McGaw
Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, Pop Rock, Children’s music — stalwart fans of these genres would have trouble finding much crossover or similarities between them, but San Francisco based singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGaw does them all. For the record, she does them all really well. This obviously is a testament to the breadth and strength of a vocal talent being praised as nothing short of “enchanting.” Receiving comparisons to Sara Bareilles, Carole King and Liz Phair, McGaw has a gift for finding herself in prestigious company and collaborations.
August 14th: David Luning Band
Northern California based singer/songwriter David Luning is part of a new generation of indie musicians whose genre blurs the lines of Americana/Alternative Country, Folk and Blues. With insights beyond his years, David’s poignant songwriting and warm, rich timbre voice captivate audiences and draws them into an American world both familiar and new.
In 2013, David auditioned for American Idol to receive worldwide exposure to his original music, and to be an advocate for Americana music. Out of 75,000 people who auditioned, he made it to the top 100. He appeared on January 16th, 2014. Jennifer Lopez commented, “I love it. He has a really, really beautiful tone.” Keith Urban praised, saying “you have stanch originality; no one’s doing what you do…you’re a good singer/songwriter, story-telling guy.”
August 21st: Le Vice
Le Vice is an indie band with very diverse influences; everything from hip-hop to indie pop to electro to chillwave to ’80s synth pop/new wave to R&B to classical. It’s all in there.
Renzo Staiano has a profound knowledge of pop, jazz, blues, funk, classical and numerous Latin American musical genres. His guitar studies have taken him through South America, Spain and Mexico. As a perfomer, Renzo has appeared with Joel Ford’s Jazz opera; Phil Collin’s “Helen of Egypt” and Kurt Weil’s “Three Penny Opera.” He has also performed with Funkadelic, The JB’s, The Dod’s, Peru Negro, The Doobie Brothers, Michael Franti (Spearhead) and Santana. He is also composing the film score for the USC documentary “North Pond.”
August 28th: T Clemente Band
Their music (all original) is influenced by rock artists of the ’70s, ’80s and others who still rock the old fashioned way.
Teddy might be flying under the radar as an indie artist, but after one listen to what this brother is throwing down on illusions, if the stars manage to align themselves in the right way, Teddy Clemente certainly has what it takes to get his music and his message out on a much larger scale.
September 4th: Roem Baur
“Roem is a singer with a ridiculous vocal range (this is increasingly rare in the music world), celebrated by today’s media machine and a troubadour’s soul. He’s used these qualities and his constant touring to develop a solid following in a number of American cities.” Ryan Spaulding – Ryan’s Smashing Life & Producer “The Bubbler” CBS.
Roem Baur is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter with a “stirring vocal range and a passion for his music” (Nina Ragonese, WMATT) that proves to be worthy of the unusual distinction of his epithet (which came to his young, single mother in a dream shortly before he was born). A classically trained tenor with a four octave range and award-winning singer (MAMA and Elly Awards), Baur has begun to distinguish himself in the San Francisco scene with his unconventional takes on blues, soul and folk music coupled with the wit and energy he brings to his live performances. Baur’s song work also draws inspiration from ’60s folk music, his early operatic training and years of touring internationally in choirs.
September 11th: Jacob Jeffries Band
Jacob Jeffries Band is an American pop rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 2006, the band consists of Jacob Jeffries, Jimmy Powers V and several alternating members. The music is piano driven pop/rock.
With Jacob on lead vocals and keys, the talented quartet create a unique musical blend of piano-driven rock and roll described by Miami Herald/Metromix as “bursting with hook-filled melodies and dramatic, instantly likable vocals,” that grab at your soul and refuse to let go which, paired with the young songwriter’s surprisingly insightful lyrics keep audiences out of their seats and singing along show after show.