Ted Z and the Wranglers

Ted Z and the Wranglers, of Southern California, deliver heartfelt ballads and gritty grassroots rock 'n' roll with a cowboy kick. Their folky story-telling songs convey themes of love, politics, environmentalism, childhood imagination, and the rawness of humanity. The concept of the band came to Ali "Ted" Zakka (lead singer, guitarist, former bassist of Handsome G) in a burst of songwriting during a break from his old band. Ali called upon old friends Mike Layton (guitar, harmonica) and Professor Dan Mages (bass), and enlisted Mike Myers (drums, harmony vocals) to complete the new group. Layton now shares lead guitar duties for The Wranglers with the multi-talented musician and music teacher Rob Torres and the newest addition, Guitar Center blues competition titleholder Jackson Leverone. Together, these players meld Southwestern romanticism, cultural awareness, and rollicking good times to get audiences dancing and leave them hungry for more.

The Shadow Mountain Band

The Shadow Mountain Band specializes in mountain-style harmonies with lively acoustic backup. They feature Traditional Mountain Music, Hillbilly Gospels (think- ‘oh Brother, Where art Thou’) and Bluegrass, along with eclectic originals and completely reworked contemporary tunes. Music critics have begun to call their style ‘desert grass’.

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