Once you hear Casey Hensley live you will never forget her. Her talent and power are taking the music world by storm. Casey and her band are well known for their ability to cross blues subgenres, including jump, swing, and Chicago blues. In March 2020 Casey released her long-awaited, new album GOOD AS GONE, on this album the world gets to hear the amazing depth and range of her artistry. GOOD AS GONE is Casey’s first all-original studio album, featuring tracks drawing from Rock ’n’ Roll, Blues, Soul, and Swing, all highlighting Casey’s jaw-dropping dynamic vocals along with the perfectly simpatico backup of master guitarist Laura Chavez. Hailed as the Best Blues Act at the 2019 San Diego Music Awards and called a “Rising Star” by the LA Times, Casey is a young woman who does not play by the rules, and creates music with 100% Heart. Casey is paving her own way and laying it all out for the world to hear.
Returning to headline the 2020 Blues and Arts festival, The Monterey Bay Blues Festival calls master guitarist Gregg Wright the "King of Rockin' Blues Guitar"! Wright is an electrifying live performer whose guitar virtuosity regularly leaves audiences spellbound with his soulful voice and rare style. Outstanding live performances have earned him acclaim and a growing worldwide audience.
Quino is of Mexican/Irish heritage, and several members of his family were mariachi musicians. His interest in reggae began after seeing a documentary about Bob Marley, and Rastafari. Big Mountain is an American band known for its remake of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love your Way" .
Inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014, Mike Wheeler is a
Chicago blues songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist. With a vast knowledge of music and a voice that’s reminiscent of the late Sam Cooke, Mike can sing and play everything so well, that you may forget what the original record even sounds like. From Jazz to Rock, from popular music to Top 40, Mike slides in and out of musical genres with sophistication, ease and indulgence.
Mike Wheeler is a brilliant staple in the Chicago blues community, playing with and writing songs for a variety of Chicago artists including, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Peaches Staten, Sam Cockrell, Demetria Taylor, Big Ray and Cadillac Dave. Mike was a well-known member of the Chicago Playboys, a notable band in Chicago, and recorded five albums with this group. Mike has travelled the world as an ambassador for Chicago blues music. He’s travelled to Monaco, France, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium, just to name a few. He’s also shared the stage with the most elite musicians that world has known, including Willie Kent, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, George Benson, Jimmy Johnson and Shemekia Copeland. Mike was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014.
Mike plays Gibson Les Paul and 335 guitars, Fender Stratocaster guitars, and uses Elixir strings.
Watching Robert Gates play drums is a study in passionate musicianship. He puts his all into every piece - body, mind, and soul. Ranging from blues to rock, funk to gospel, Robert finds the heart in each and every song he plays.
You can catch him playing with Mike Wheeler and Gregg Wright during the festival.
"Brother Robert is one of the hardest working drummers in the business!" - Gregg Wright
In September 2014, "Palaco Blues" created their original music without maintaining a specific gender, simply create influences from each of the band members: Tato Ortega in guitar and vocals, Pablo Funk in bass guitar, Alfredo Yito on drums and Omar "El Diablito" Carrillo with the harmonica. The result was a fusion of Blues, Funk and Rock reinforced with the harmonica creating the sounds of the band based in Mexicali Baja California, Mexico.
"Pacific Land Company" by its initials the name of Palaco Blues Band. This will be the 2nd time they will be performing in SF Blues and Arts Fiesta. There is no other band that brings rebellion rock, strength of funk and the harrowing voice of blues. Their lyrics speak pain,bitterness and despair, resulting in an energetic , painful and fun sound that causes rejoicing. We are happy to have them back by popular demand from our local bands from Mexicali. Palaco Blues band will kick off the show and get the audience wanting more!!
Performing In San Felipe for over 10 years,
This Group composed of master guitarist Arturo Esquivias Yee, full throttle drummer César Octavio García Pérez, bass master José Cruz Castañeda and powerhouse singer Ian Thompson who enjoy playing classic rock, blues around San Felipe and all of Baja.