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Will Parry and Steve Ornest formed Fallen Riviera while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After making the move to Los Angeles, the band hit the local club circuit hard, gradually building a loyal fan base. They released an EP called "Six Mines", which was ranked Album of the Year by Music Connection Magazine and awarded them the 2011 Lauren Picard Emerging Artist of the Year Award at Cornell University. After receiving an artist endorsement from Casio, Fallen Riviera released a music video for their song “This Is Who I Am”. They returned to the studio with legendary Beatles producer Ken Scott and recorded “Somebody Take Me”, earning the band a full page artist profile in Music Connection Magazine. "Somebody Take Me" is now in rotation on terrestrial FM radio programs such as KWSS, KTHO, and KRHV. Fallen Riviera has finished work on their debut full length album 'Another World', which is set for a March 5th release date.
Allensworth : Jamie Allensworth grew up in Garden Grove, CA but spent a lot of his childhood with his grandmother in Potrero Hill, San Fransisco. It was there, on the corner of Missouri and 20th that he first found his love for harmony. Local acapella groups would get together on the top of the hill and belt out songs by the Chi Lites, the Miracles, the Temps, and Gene Chandler. His mother Moata Masaniai sings soprano in a Samoan church choir and his stepfather played guitar and was a fire dancer for a Polynesian group called Gogosina. His father was a part-time country and western performer who introduced him to the drums at an early age. By the time he was 5 he was singing, playing spoons, and anything else he could make noise with. Deeply influenced by his family he fell in love with a wide variety of music.
Right out of high school, Jamie and his fellow classmates started a group called Natural Afrodisiac aka Nafro. Known for their diversity but definitely rooted in soul music, the band went on to win 2003 Best R&B Group, 2004 Best Live Band, and Best Jam Band at the Orange County Music Awards, and just recently won best acoustic act at the 2012 Orange County Music Awards. They had the privilege to open for funk pioneers James Brown, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Maceo Parker, Roger and Zapp. They also shared the stage with musical greats such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, and George Clinton; Hip Hop acts Floetry, Medusa, Ozomatli, and Everlast; as well as Reggae greats Steel Pulse, Yellowman, and Eek a Mouse.
Shortly after Nafro disbanded in 2006, Jamie found himself in the studio preparing for a solo album. With the help from some Nafro band mates and friends, Allensworth was born. Although Allensworth is a fairly new project, the members have been performing together for over a decade. Nafro, the Rebirth, Breakestra, Soulhustlers, and Leparis Nervosa are among some of the projects each band member stems from. Allensworth strongly conveys their knowledge and importance of live music through each performance. Known to captivate and move any audience, this band thrives on showmanship through infectious rhythms, clever word play, and soulful grooves. Allensworth continues to push the musical envelope and gratify anyone within earshot.
The Perfect Nines: Who are The Perfect Nines? It was fate, and a shared zip-code, that brought together Cinzia Moniaci and Rico Quevedo of Bionica and Jonas Yip of Momzer. Discovering a common passion, they thought they'd play a little music, jam a bit. You know, sometimes the chemistry is there, sometimes it just isn't. This time it was definitely there. The chemical formula for this line-up breaks down to something like this: Cinzia brings the melodies, Rico brings the edge, and Jonas brings the polish. The resulting musical brew is beautiful yet edgy, hard-rocking with a pop sheen, and ultimately just plain catchy. Or, perhaps, just perfect.