Poor Man's Whiskey:
Poor Man's Whiskey plays "High Octane Hootenanny" music…Dance, laugh, sing.
Emerging from the San Francisco bay area music scene this quintet has developed a sound that is eclectic and engaging. PMW has been winning over national audiences with their upbeat performances, zany stage antics, and infectious songs. While seamlessly integrating acoustic and electric instruments the band weaves tales of everyday life, inviting the audience to become a part of each show.
PMW has released three studio albums, "Train to California" (2003), "Roadside Attraction"(2005), and in 2009: "Dark Side of the Moonshine" (a double disk set featuring original music as well as the bluegrass interpretation of the Pink Floyd classic album).
Notable festivals and shows: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, The Fillmore, SF; Harmony Festival; Strawberry Music Festival; The Great American Music Hall; The Summer Melt Down, Las Tortugas; finals of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
The Cerny Brothers: The Cerny Brothers are an Americana rock band in Los Angeles, CA. Their recordings and live show are compared to The Avett Brothers, The Felice Brothers and Bruce Springsteen. They are a four-piece band with acoustic guitar, banjo, electric guitar, upright bass and drums. With over 120 shows in California they have played everywhere in Los Angeles from the Troubadour, The Hotel Café and The Bootleg Theatre. They’re currently in residence at The Mint in Los Angeles for the spring.
The Cerny Brothers got their start when Robert and Scott Cerny were just kids growing up in rural Illinois. Spending their childhood years writing, recording and performing in the small towns of the Midwest, the sprawl of Los Angeles was a welcomed change. Just a year after arriving in Los Angeles the brothers met Turlock, CA native, Cody Fontes. In late 2012, the threesome went back to their small town roots in the quiet town of Ojai, CA to make a record with producer Matt Linesch (Engineer for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) at “The Ed Shed” Studios. While promoting their self-titled release on LA’s KXLU they met Santa Monica native and bassist, Alby Hickman. The four brothers in music toured back home to the Midwest in the winter of 2013.
Grampa's Grass: Grampas Grass is a sonic journey known as Organic Garagedelic Soul Rock. A modern day Led Zeppelin blended with Pink Floyd and Janis singing . Powerful vocals, three part harmonies and scorching lead guitar work set the perfect stage for deftly crafted songs. Touted by many as the best unknown band you’ll ever see at your local dive bar, the Grass gives a choice blend of hook filled originals and an ever growing list of tasty covers.
The Grampas Grass began in 1999 when founding members John Malsberger and Brett Davis met in a guitar class in Orange County. The two quickly formed an acoustic
duo complete with blazing mandolin solos. But bluegrass was not the road they were
bound to take, for electric rock and roll had too strong a draw. Complete with a strong
rhythm section Grampas Grass took on the task of showcasing their songs throughout
the southland. In 2003 the band acquired the amazing vocal talents of Miss Lisa Blue.
A little bit Janis, a little bit Bonnie Rait and a whole lot of soul, Lisa took the Grass to
a new level. With the new vocal prowess of the band, they stepped into the studio and
released their first album in 2004: These Are The Days.
The album received good reviews from all who heard it, and Grampas Grass toured the west coast to spread the word. Playing locally for the next three years solid the band found some success, yet never enough to make the jump to quitting their day jobs. Then opportunities knocked on the door and long time bassist Tim Kerrigan and drummer Bob Schwechel moved to the east coast for career opportunities. John and Lisa had a few kids and for the next 3 years they played a only few scattered acoustic shows with Brett Davis.
In 2011 the trio was approached by veteran SoCal bassist Jim Beaudet, to possibly
reform the band. Of course everyone said yes and with the addition of long time
friend and drummer Jim Janis, the Grass began returning to their favorite haunts.
Armed with more new songs than the band ever had in previous incarnations the reviews
have been great. No longer searching for the golden payday, Grampas Grass plays just
enough to keep everyone waiting for the next show. It’s like a family reunion with new
friends and old, coming together for a great night of live music.