Posts Tagged ‘Bay Area’


You might have heard from reading headlines like, Gene Simmons announces Rock Is Dead, or a dozen other people who are talking about the dwindling passion for rock n roll. I don’t buy it, I don’t believe it and with bands like Bad Jones, the flame of Rock N Roll will never be extinguished. Formerly known as Soul Pie, this Bay Area band are truly doing their part in bringing a strong resurgence into Rock infused with their blues and funk.

We caught Bad Jones performing last Saturday at The Phoenix Theater in Petaluma and their were incredible! Searing vocals, stellar blues riffs, hard and edgy melodic rock that will rewaken all your senses. Their energy is fierce as they really bring their powerful sound to the forefront. I love that they have keyboards which really brings such depth to their music, something that is often missing these days. It is infectious as you can feel their music traveling through your body and pulsing through your veins. Check out some of the photos by our Rockin Ryan of their set:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Bad Jones is :

  • Jesse Ray Smith – vocals/guitar
  • Tommy Odetto – guitar
  • Tim Baker – bass
  • John Varn – keyboards
  • Teddy James Cox – Drums

Now that I have you hot and bothered for their rock n roll fix, make sure to catch them at their upcoming shows. This is one hard ass working band and they are always busy playing shows around the Bay Area or opening for big acts in the area. Be sure to visit their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news and upcoming shows. We will leave you with a couple videos from their set at the Phoenix. Also you can pick up their self titled EP on their website here:

~ Marisol

Information & Links:


San Francisco metal band Castle is getting ready for unleash their metal to the Canadian masses for their Canada Under Siege Fall Tour. The tour is in support of their album, Under Siege which is available now through the following links:

They have also released their music video for their bad ass track, Evil Ways. The well produced video which was directed by Brian Joseph Davis highlights their powerful sound which is rarely achieved by a trio. They really deliver the heavy guitar, powerful vocals and precision drumming and create a great depth with their sound. It is a great song to check out. I am hoping they have some Bay Area shows when they return.

Below are the tour dates for Canada:

10/3    London, ON – APK w/ Cauldron
10/4    Niagara Falls, ON – Vintage Sports Lounge w/ Cauldron
10/5    Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electrique
10/7    Sherbrooke, QC  – Bar Le Magog
10/9    Charlottetown, PEI – Baba’s Lounge 
10/10  Saint John, NB – Pub Down Under
10/11  Halifax, NS – Gus Pub
10/13  Fredericton, NB – The Capital Complex
10/15  Quebec City, QC  – Agitee
10/16  Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
10/17  Toronto, ON – The Garrison w/ Satan
10/18  Barrie, ON – Fitzy’s 
10/20  Winnipeg, MB – The Zoo
10/21  Regina, SK – The Club
10/22  Edmonton, AB – Black Dog
10/24  Vancouver, BC – Hindenburg w/ Anciients
10/28  Red Deer, AB – Vat Pub
10/29  Calgary, AB – Palomino Social Club
10/30  Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
10/31  Thunder Bay, ON – Hunger 9 Festival

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

Information & Links: 

Last week when we went down to cover the Skid Row show at the Whisky a GoGo, it was an awesome night filled with hard rock and heavy metal. In addition to the legendary Skid Row kicking ass, we had epic performances by  Shattered Sun , State Line Empire,  Ragdoll,  and No More Solace.

Being a Bay Area native, it was awesome for me to see San Francisco Heavy Metal band No More Solace show the Whisky that we still have a lot to offer in the heavy metal scene. They came out blazing with heavy riffs, vicious melodies and harmonious and powerful vocals. They were there to kick it up a notch and they definitely achieved what they came to do.

It was great to see Chuck Billy (Testament and co-founder of Breaking Bands Management) watching them as well. I am sure he was proud to see this Bay Area Band tear up the Whisky with their heavy metal. Check out the photos from Rockin Ryan of their set:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

You can also check out a tribute video that Rockin Ryan made to their song, Grinding The Axe

No More Solace currently have their album,Sovereign Ending available on iTunes, cdBaby, Amazon, and it is one to have. If you like your metal straight up with high energy and intensity, then this is the band for you! Make sure to check out their social media sites so you can stay up to date on their latest news.  I will leave you with their official music video for My Crisis as well as a couple videos of their live set at The Whisky.

~ Marisol

Information & Links: 




The great thing about Music is that there are so many different genres out there to enjoy at any time. I love not being pegged into a music genre hole and just listening to one thing. I listen to all types of music and enjoy each one of them. So today I want to introduce you to enjoy a  Funky Rock and Blues fusion cocktail that is AmAEvolutioN.  They have such an incredible sound that just blends so many types of music and just comes together beautifully.  You will hear some Rock, R & B, Soul, Funk and Blues all meshed together that just has me captivated! Being a native from the Bay Area, I applaud Berkeley native Nadiya Lewis on her commanding presence on her vocals. She just sings right to your soul and you can just feel her emotions!  Then you can really enjoy the guitarist Sergio de Paula Lima as he lays down some great guitar work complimenting the cool bass lines of Musashi “Moose” Lethridge  and topping it off with the smooth drums of  John Adams!  They have been compared to the likes of Living Colour, The Roots and I think you can add in there Stevie Salas ColorCode!

Their sound is something that you are going to enjoy and if you are in the Bay Area, they are going to be playing in Santa Clara, CA this October 12th! They will be playing at Neto’s in Santa Clara and tickets are only $10. This is all brought to you by DreamSkape Entertainment and it will be an all ages show. So mark your calendars and get out to buy these tickets. I am rearranging my schedule so I can be sure to catch this energetic Rock Blues show that is AmAEvolutioN!!! Come join me! Need to hear more head over to their ReverbNation page and take a listen, you will be happy you did. One of my absolute favorites is “Tell Me”.  Enjoy this great acoustic version of “Tell Me” right here:

~ Enjoy, Marisol

AmAEvolutioN Links:

FaceBook Link:

Twitter Link:

Reverbnation Link:

Youtube Link:

DreamSkape Entertainment: