competing musical acts and 2 featured acts came together in a common
cause on Saturday September 27th. The day long music competition was
a fund-raiser for Ukiah Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah and a chance
for Lake and Mendocino County musicians to display their talents for
the public. Event organizers, Cherie Sheraque and Mary Chadwick had
the support of their families, friends and the community to make this
event happen and through that support and the spirit of the musicians;
this event was a resounding success.
at 9am, each of these acts had 30 minutes to perform with the featured
bands, II Big and Faded At Four playing for 1 hour each. Contestants
were placed in groups of 4 with each act individually judged based
upon talent, musicianship and audience participation. Every participating
act received prizes donated by Russian River Records, Laughing Coyote
Studios and Ukiah Music Center. Top Prizes included studio time at
Laughing Coyote Studio and Russian River Records along with a gift
certificate donated by Ukiah Music Center, A Fender Amp donated by
Roadhouse Music and Tools donated by Sears.
Artist Information We The People
Gabriel “Giri” Vargas, India Frey, Adam Frey
Include: (Punk Rock)
Ukiah’s 4th of July Celebration Willits’ Shakespeare Company
Golden Gate Park – SF
Home Show & Expo Ukiah Talent Show St. Mary’s School
No other information
Artist Information Messenger
Graham McMillan, Dara Spears, Jaqueline Cooper, Colin Moir, Dennis
McClure, Ray Ashford,
Recently renamed Messenger, some members of this band have been playing
together 15 years as “First Baptist Church Worship Team”
Some of their
past performances have included: Bandslam 07, Praise in the Plaza,
Praise Fest and God Jam.
Artist Information Charlie Vaughan
A Singer/ Songwriter that plays guitar and percussion with 30 years
of playing in “Open E Flat” His guitar style is mostly
a rhythmic percussive accompaniment to a melodic singing style that
he likes to say was originally trained by the Beatles.
Artist Information Delphonatics
Richard Jeske, Don Willis, Henry Shebitz, Mike A’Dair, Boyd
Parmeter, Marla Steffen
The four vocalists of this band came together in order to participate
in a gospel show. Liking what they heard, they decided to stay together
and keep performing. They have performed at venues such as The Senior
Center in Willits, Gospel Extravaganza, Soul Café, Willits
Community Theater, Mendonesia, and various benefit concerts.
Artist Information Steven Bates
Steven started playing music at 12 or 13 years old and has been at
it for over 30 years. He says he will do it until he is gone. He has
played all across California, in Texas, on the streets of Europe and
Don & Debi Paslay
The Thornpetals have over 100 songs and 5 cd’s out. They play
their own originals plus some classics from Zeppelin to Neil Young.
They have performed with Guitar Shorty, Robin Ford, Greg Kihn, David
Hayes, Eddie Ottenstein, John Lee HookerJr, Dr. Patch Adams, II Big,
Mitchell Holeman & Hal Wagonet to name a few.
Artist Information 3 Peace
Mark Priolo, Janice Smith, Lauren Kaplan
3 Peace has been together since spring of 2003 and in their words
play good ol’ rock and roll mixed with a variety of up beat
rhythms as well as tranquil guitar and catchy melodies. They have
played in various events and venues throughout Mendocino County and
were participants in last year’s Bandslam.
Artist Information Two Miles To Think
Jonathan Mankin, Adriana Roberts, Markus Dins, Marshall Jankousky,
Ethan Williams, Austin Schmidt Cameron Barrow
Getting their start in 2007, this band began making their debut on
the music scene in the Reggae/ Rock/ ska genre. After making what
they called a short, mediocre demo CD, they decided that ska was their
best sound and added the horns section of this band.
Artist Information Mendozone
Lex Kraus, Ellery Clark, Frankie Robletto
Formed from the core rhythm section of the band Rootstock, the three
musicians found themselves covering material outside of the normal
Rootstock range. Mendozone will cover Funk and Reggae songs as well
as some all-original fusion music
Artist Information The Lost Boys
Beau Bastian, Jordan Mills, Matt Weiss, Thomas Cano
The Lost Boys have been playing and writing their own music since
they were 11 and 12 years old. They have competed in the Colgate Country
Showdown and won 2 years in a row. They have opened for Ty Herndon
and The Charlie Daniels Band. They have also played various fundraising
events, Lake County Fairs, Robinson Rancheria, Bandslam and at The
Stars of Lake County.
Artist Information Some Of The Truest
Powahouse, O.T., Sergio
Some of the Truest came together in the Fall of 2006. It took them
about 2 years to make 20 tracks for their first album, “Herb-N-Warfare”
and they are in the middle of recording their second album. They have
been playing in various venues such as: The Caspar Inn, Ukiah Brewing
Company, Boomers Bar and Grill, Shanachie Pub, Leggett Peg House,
Area 101, and The Mateel
Artist Information Hilary Marckx & 45-90
Hilary Marckx, Gene Rapalyea, Slim Thompson, Keith Wolf, Pat Simmons
Hillary Marckx & 45-90 plays original music written by Hilary
who was there when rockabilly was what there was. Each member of this
band brings a strong element of various styles of music including
Jazz, Country, Blues, Rock, and Western Swing together to create an
older sound that is not prevalent in today’s Rockabilly music.
Artist Information Pondscum
Joey Sparks, Brandon Sornes, Cecil White, Micheal Ranita, Jimmy Smilesome
The whole idea started as a lie back in 2001. Future Pondscum members
were riding in a van full of people, and Brandon and Joey were asked
about joining a jazz band. Not wanting to they had to come up with
a little white lie. Joey said that they were already in a band called,
PondScum. About a week later, they started writing their own music.
Artist Information Diatom
Kyle Swartz, Marc Rivas, Sean Luke Bradley, Eric Underwood
Diatom started playing together in the 6th grade and have been playing
together ever since. This group of 15 year olds considers their band
a Hard Rock band but can play many styles of music. They have written
12 original songs and have played in various fundraisers and benefits
along with Lakeside Lanes Metal Mania, Bandslam and Country Air Properties
Talent Shows and Festivals.
Artist Information Lethality
Jeremy Hubbard, Paul, The Reverend Goatlord
Lethality has been through various members as most bands are but found
that they achieve the sound they want best through having their 3
core members. They have played local events and venues such as Rebekka’s
Lodge, Bandslam, and Lakeside Lanes.
Artist Information No Method To Madness
Charlie Foltz, Ricky Raffaini, Kalan Gillespie, Jimmy Layne
Formed in April 2007, No Method To Madness has been playing and placing
highly in various competitions through their time as a group. Their
competitions include: Bandslam and Live Indy Rock Wars. They hope
to record and release their first CD in early 2009.
In an effort
to raise funds for The Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah, the public
was encouraged to donate money throughout the day along with event
shirts being sold and a silent auction of other items donated by various
area merchants along with cash donations by various sponsors. The
total raised for this worthy cause was over $3000.00
Sponsors included Kwine 94.5, Max 93.5 and Russian
River Records. Major Sponsors for this event were Konocti
Marine Construction, North Coast Energy
Services and Laughing Coyote Studios.
Sponsors included Faded At Four, Ukiah
Music Center, Roadhouse Music
and Ukiah Daily Journal.
winners of this event were:
Place: The Lost Boys
Second Place: Two Miles To Think
Third Place: No Method To Madness
A: The Delphonatics
Group B: Two Miles To Think
Group C: The Lost Boys
Group D: No Method To Madness
had 2 talented photographers taking pictures of the whole day! Check
out the links below to the photos on our Myspace.