What goes better with good wine, food, and company than live music! The Festival of Wine & Food provides several bands
throughout the event for your enjoyment.
Saturday, May 27th
“It’s all about the music,” says front man, Scott Taylor of The Scott Taylor Band.
Scott Taylor has been performing in the Texas club and dance hall scene with his brand of country music for over 15 years and knows a thing or two about what it takes to entertain the masses. His high-energy show “doesn’t slow down until they kick us out.” That’s what keeps the fans coming back for more, night after night.
Scott Taylor, formerly the lead singer of the well – known South Texas band, The Emotions, (The band that helped to launch Curb recording artist David Kersh’s career) has forged his own path to create country music with his own style and sound. “I grew up listening to, and learning from, songs and artist’s back in the good old dance hall days,” Scott says of his early days in the music business. Today, you can hear much of that influence in the bands set list and original recorded material.
The band members that Scott Taylor has been able to attract to his organization are top-notch musicians that gravitate toward a great show and great music. It’s no wonder they joined up to form The Scott Taylor Band.
Sammy Zamora: Drums
David Stockton: Bass Guitar
Billy Jo High: Lead Guitar
Wade Stockton: Fiddle
Mike Parker: Harmonica
Steve Carson: Lead Guitar
Over the years, Scott Taylor and the band have shared stages with artist’s such as Tracy Lawrence, Shenandoah, Rick Trevino, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, SheDaisy, Big & Rich, David Kersh, Jason Boland, Reckless Kelly & Jack Ingram to name a few.
September 2012 saw the band back in the studio recording their second studio album, Beautiful Sin, which was released February 16, 2013. The first single, “I Hate You” spent approximately 18 weeks on the charts. “Marlboros & Merle”, the second single off the CD, was released to radio the week of August 26, 2013. The Scott Taylor Band is running full steam ahead with high expectations of their career’s success and look forward to what the future holds.
“My dream has always been to make a living in the music business and I will play music till the day I die.”
Back for another year due to popular demand is the Myndfields and Chili Funk Horns. Here’s a little about their style . “There is so much good music in the world its tough to pick only one style to play. It takes years of commitment and study to play one style well, let alone many styles. So the idea was born to put able musical minds together and form a band that was capable of playing a wide variety of music with authenticity; players with the experience and attention to detail it takes to make a song not only sound good but FEEL like its supposed to.
Our bands are composed of some of the finest professional musicians, (playing, recording, and educators) in the Corpus Christi area and its not uncommon on a given night to have several players on stage with music degrees including a few with a Masters or PhD!”
Arranger, bass, vocals: Glynn Garcia
Members include: * primary
Vocals: Daniel Garza, Anthony Perez, Chris Arelleno, Valerie Fernandez, Jayme Lawhon, Claudia Melton,
Drums: Anthony Perez*, David Adams
Guitar: Daniel Garza *, Diego Garcia, Chris Arelleno, John Liberto,
Trumpet: Roger Vera*, Mateo Reyes, Kyle Millsap
Trombone: Donny Pinson*, Don Inkster
Saxophones: Jonas Quintanilla*, Eddie Olivares, Bobby Salazar*, Eddie Carrizales, Matt Maldonado, Jim Warth
Violins: Mia Haggarty*, Oscar Dodier*, Alex Hernandez, April Ibarra, Eugene Alfaro, April Ibarra, Vernica Salinas
Cello: Dody Brooks*, Joshua Adams, Kent Mayes
Percussion: Jonas Quintanilla, Jody Lopez, Jessie Mesa
Sunday, May 28th
Another Level started in Victoria, TX in April 2003. The band brought their flavor of old school variety to Port O’Connor, Rockport, Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, Ingleside, and eventually to Corpus Christi. By 2005, the band moved to the Corpus Christi area and by this time had a loyal following for the variety of old school music and style of high energy performances they provide.
Their song list takes people to “back in the day” with tunes from Boz Scaggs, Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Lakeside, Steely Dan, Santana, and Sade just to name a few. Another Level not only headlines festivals and events; but also performs as the opening act for an array of artists.
Their niche is their awareness that although not all audiences are willing to dance they are willing to listen to a variety of music and to be entertained if it is performed with the same level of passion and creativity as the original artists.
Another Level’s motto is:
THE MUSIC TAKES YOU THERE….THE ENTERTAINMENT KEEPS YOU THERE.
The current lineup for the band is
Cheryl Navarre – Lead Vocals/Drums
Jesse Mesa – BGV/Percussion
Joel Silva – BGV/Keyboard
Pete Barrientes – Bass
Joe Trigo – Guitar
Before there was Americana, before there was Texas Country, Two Tons of Steel front man Kevin Geil and his original band, “Dead Crickets,” rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of “Texas” sound with a signature brand of country meets punk.
The San Antonio-based group packed the small bars and local hangouts and quickly became the Alamo City’s most-loved band, earning them a spot on the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1996. It was the beginning of a twenty year journey for Geil and the 4-piece ensemble.
Releasing “Two Tons Of Steel” in 1994 and “Crazy For My Baby” in 1995 on Blue Fire Records, a sponsorship deal with Lone Star Beer quickly followed. Dead Crickets, renamed Two Tons of Steel in 1996 began traveling outside of Texas, including stops at the Grand Ole’ Opry in Nashville, Tenn., the National Theater in Havana, Cuba, and European tours, to greet fans who had embraced their Texas-born sound. In 1996 they released “Oh No!” on their independent label, “Big Bellied Records.” They followed up the passion project with a live recording at the legendary Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas, taped during a Two Ton Tuesday Show 1998.
In 2016, the band marks 21 years of “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall.” The summer-long event has drawn more than 180,000 fans since it began its annual run in 1995. It’s has given birth to the very popular “Two Ton Tuesday Spring Break Show” and “Two Ton Tuesday Christmas Show”
The popular concert series was captured in “Two Ton Tuesday Live,” a DVD-CD combo released on Palo Duro Records in 2006. Also that year, the band’s first national release, “Vegas,” produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines on the Palo Duro label, took them to No. 7 on the Americana Music Charts and was one of the top 20 releases of 2006. Two Tons released “Not That Lucky” in 2009. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Americana Music Charts and has made Two Tons of Steel a band to watch in 2013.
Along the way, the band has collected a number of awards. To date, Two Tons has cleaned up at home, winning “Band of the Year” on 12 separate occasions and “Album of the Year” for its self-titled debut. Two Tons has also been named “Best Country Band” by the San Antonio Current ten times. Geil also has nabbed ‘Best Male Vocal’ honors four times.
Two Tons of Steel’s reach extends beyond their live gigs. In 2003, the band was filmed during a “Two Ton Tuesday” gig for the IMAX film, “Texas: The Big Picture,” which can be seen daily at the IMAX Theatre in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin and has been seen as far away as Japan. The band also has been featured as supporting characters in award-winning author Karen Kendall’s romance novel, “First Date.” They are also featured in several Texas Tourism commercials along with the opening scene for “Austin City Limits.”
Two Tons Of Steel, Kevin Geil, Jake “Sidecar” Marchese on Upright Bass, Brian Duarte on Lead Guitar and Rich Alcorta on Drums continues to push the line between country and punk with its current project “Unraveled” produced by Lloyd Maines, released in 2013.