2016 Band Stage Performers
The Band Stage, located in the Coors Light Beer Garden, making a “day club” atmosphere for the weekend featuring a variety of local Asian American and Pacific Islander musicians performing every style of music from blues and R&B to folk, rock and roll and even Pilipino rock!
ALLAN’S ALLEY (DENVER REPUBLIC)
Emerging from various professional, religious and cultural backgrounds, this motley crew of professionals found each other through their love for music. With J Allan Macazo at the helm, Allan’s Alley came to life after months of networking. As busy professionals, getting together for jam sessions provided a respite and a breathe of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With diverse interests, their repertoire consists of a combination of genres like punk, rock, jazz and pop music. Of course it will not be complete without some Original Pilipino Music (OPM) on their list.
Born to an American father and Japanese mother in Okinawa, Japan, Gracie has been playing the violin classically since she was 9 years old. Classical musician turned loop artist, Gracie primarily plays on her violin while adding loop effects, vocal styling and sometimes a little beat boxing. She left the world of competitive classical music to journey on her own as a solo artist who is showcased playing many genres throughout the city of Denver. Gracie can make her violin and voice sound like a one-girl band.
DRAGON BOAT SUPAH GROUP
The Supah group was just an idea that became a reality several years ago. Doug Yoshimura (formerly of the Cheapsuits Blues Band) came up with the idea of gathering some of the best musicians he had met into a group. The name comes from the Hawaiian pidgin’ slang for the word “Super” which he felt described the people he was privileged to play with.
Singer-Songwriter Dwight Mark, returns for his 12th year performing at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. He has been performing throughout Colorado for 20 years. Dwight was so inspired by CDBF that he wrote the theme song for the festival. In 2006, singer-songwriter Dwight wrote “Dragon Boat.” He recorded it in 2007 with an all-star Denver cast. Dwight has two CDs which captures his love of life and travel.
LokoMotion’s first gig was PASCO in 1988, Valentine’s Day with original members consisting of Tex Almeria – guitar & vocals, Angelito Rivera – guitar & vocals, Ismael Asuncion – bass & vocals and last but not least Phillip Avante – drums. We were so young and nervous but the crowd was on the dance floor for most of the time that we played. We were one of the first Filipino bands in Colorado, played for the Filipino American Communities including PASCO, FACC & NaFFAA). LokoMotion have had the priviledge of being selected and performed at the Band Stage for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival 2014 & 2015 events. A wide variety of music from rock n roll, country, folk, pop, standards & traditional Filipino songs. Through the years, have played for numerous parties, weddings and bars. Many players have come and gone, but the core group has managed to stay together. Complemented by talented musicians, Mitch Pahang on keyboards, Tim Paran on guitar & vocals and this year’s return of Phillip Avante on drums, LokoMotion has come full circle with the original members.
THE PILOT HAUS
The group that performed at the festival last year as eSONNYm is now Pilot Haus. The band is an alternative folk rock group from Aurora Denver Colorado performing original songs composed by eSonny Masicampo. Members include Johans Bautista on bass and lead guitar, Scott Alexander McTaggart on drums/percussion and eSonny Masicampo on guitar and lead vocals. These talents represent a blend of Scottish, Filipino and American origin. Pilot Haus recently released their six-song EP titled INCEPTUS which was recorded at the World Famous Studio in Arvada, Colorado. The band performs live around the Metro Denver area. Visit their website at ThePilotHaus.com and from there may follow the link to Bandcamp.com where you can hear and purchase their songs. Pilot Haus will be recording their full album in August of 2016. Please keep a look out and support their music. Peace!!!
Rootsteady, originally started by three brothers, Ray (Drums,producer,arranger) Bikash aka Stevo(Lyrics,Vocals,Guitars) and Deo (Bass, back up vocals), has become locally known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Founded in 2009, Rootsteady now boats along with few other new members lining up in for the future performances.
SF1 is a drummer, music producer, dancer, actor and emcee who began his career in performance. Born in Denver, Colorado SF1 started as a member of the drama group and the children and youth choirs in church. A graduate of Denver School of the Arts/Career Education Center, SF1 studied both music and audio engineering. Upon completion of high school he continued his education at Berklee College of Music and received his Bachelors Degree in Music Business Management from the University of Colorado Denver. When performing live, SF1 is backed by a skilled ensemble of performers which includes SF1’s brother Marv as the other emcee, the talented Julie Almeria on vocals, Jasson Martin on Drums, multi percussionist Aaron Templer and featuring Ninaad Nariani from Mudra Dance Studio. SF1 is sure to be considered one of today’s multidimensional talents that possess an array of skills that is sure to captivate and electrify any stage. Not your typical rap/hip hop artist of today but truly an artist in its true essence.
T&T ACOUSTIC BAND
&T is an original acoustic Band which performs for a diverse audience in Denver. T&T’s repertoire ranges from American mainstream folk rock music to the classics. They also perform traditional music from different cultures. T&T is composed of Tim Paran and Tex Algeria.
Urusai (Pronounced OO-ROO-SAI) is a Japanese word with several meanings — we take full ownership of the “You’re too loud” translation. It’s an inside joke about guitar players liking their music blasting out of their amplifiers. Formed in August 2015, Urusai is ready to share their original music and covers. Urusai is a new and refreshing style of music from your favorite timeless classics to the most modern music out today. We are a rock band that takes songs and we make them our own. Our sound is unique. Our fans are very loyal to what we do. Every member of Urusai is a talented professional with many years of experience. Urusai’s members are: Gaby Oshiro, lead vocals/background vocals/guitar: Bob Hutchinson, lead guitar; Tod Wolfe, drums/background vocals/lead vocals; Byron McCurdy, bass/background vocals/lead vocals.
Wendy Woo has led anything but a “normal” life, which separates her from the average performer. As the daughter of bohemian parents who were founding faculty members at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, her childhood home was a truly eclectic social center. Influential Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Ken Kesey were regulars in the living room! This unusual setting helped develop Wendy into an emotive singer as a child. She started playing the guitar just so she could provide her own accompaniment. After mastering the guitar, she began writing songs and performing in songwriting circles. She attended both the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado, where she studied a variety of musical genres, theory and composition. Her many musical influences include everyone from folk chanteuse Suzanne Vega to the legendary Paul Simon. The trademark blended rhythms in Simon’s music inspired her to add similar complexity to her own compositions. With this in mind, Wendy developed a technique she calls “Slaptap,” a method of creating a captivating visual and percussive backdrop using the guitar body and fret board. Her innovative spirit led her to the storied steps of Boulder’s Fox Theatre for her first job in the music industry. There she gained confidence as a performer, while learning the skills of self-promotion, booking and publishing. The venue acknowledged her talent by slotting Wendy to open for world renowned headliners, including Counting Crows, Michael Franti and others. Wendy’s dedication and competence was rewarded when she won the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search in 1999, sharing the stage with an elite lineup including the Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow. Her versatility is evident by the wide variety of artists whom Wendy has since shared the stage, including The Fray, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Counting Crows, Brad Paisley, Karla Bonoff and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Her tour stops have included performances at premier venues like Red Rocks (CO), the Living Room and Bitter End (NYC), Hotel Café (LA), Bluebird Café (Nashville) and Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA). Having penned and recorded over 200 original songs and playing over 150 dates yearly, she has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile performers on the circuit. An example of that reputation is the legendary Carly Simon inviting Wendy to perform with her at “Festival of the Senses” on Martha’s Vineyard in 2014. Wendy has also been named Westword Magazine’s Music Awards “Singer/Songwriter of the year” five separate times, resulting in her induction into Westword’s Hall of Fame. The 2015 release of “Tipping Point”, which was produced by Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis and the News) and mastered by Grammy winner Brad Blackburn (Maroon 5, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Black Eyed Peas and Sara Bareilles.), is a testament to her mastery as a tunesmith and a reaffirmation that Wendy Woo continues to live a life that defies the term “normal!”