Headlining at the Marina Park
Music Day By The Bay 2013:

11:00AM: Zumba Fitness Dance with DC Dance Center featuring five fab ZIs     
Noon:     Alameda County Community Food Bank Introduction  
12:15PM: Gordon Earl (including guest poet reading by Tony Shavers)
1:00PM:  Quinn Hedges
1:45PM:  Gherlie Dancel 
2:30PM:  Lucid Rays
3:15PM:  Giant Garage Spiders
4:00PM:  Janeen Leah
4:45PM:  Into The Pacific
5:30PM:  Ramana Vieira     
6:15PM:  Cold Planet

About The Artists

Janeen Leah
Who is that tiny girl with the big voice?  Listen, look, and find out more about Janeen at http://www.janeenleah.com .  Pick up the album 'Time is Never Wasted' at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/janeenleah.
When Janeen released her self-produced debut album, ‘Time is Never Wasted’ in November of 2005, it immediately received glowing reviews and was picked as ‘Best Album of The Year’ by Morley Seaver at antimusic.com.
Known for captivating audiences with her powerful, soulful voice and raw emotion…the stage is where Janeen truly shines.  Music Connection said it best; “Leah’s pure, sweet, melodic vocals soared over a perfect blend of instruments as she performed each song, leaving the audience wanting more.”  And when compared to iconic female influences throughout pop culture history like Janis Joplin, Music Connection went on to say, “Leah could carry the torch for a new generation of female singers.”
In August of 2009, Janeen took the experience of a lifetime and flew to Bombay, India to record a collaborated album with Bollywood musician, Tushar Parte at Tushar’s request.  The album named ‘Some Rhyme, Some Reason’ is currently in the final production stage and release date is to be announced.
In 2010, Janeen signed with indie label f. Boo! Music in Los Angeles with producer Keven Brennan.  In July 2011, the first single with the label, ‘Life Eternal’ was released.  An EP release with f. Boo! is also in the final production stage and it’s release will be announced soon.

After a move from LA to San Francisco and a break to welcome a set of twins into the world….Janeen has two records about to burst forth and is storming the San Francisco live music scene with her dynamic performances.

On stage with Ms. Leah are the smooth hands of  Michael Burke on guitar, and the subtle and explosive rhythms of Art Williams on drums and Alfredo Irahetam on bass.

Into The Pacific

Into The Pacific is a group of musicians all having their personal music ventures begin on different church stages. With the encouragement of countless mentors, musicians, friends and family they have become the band they are today.

With a colorful palette of instrumentation they paint the back-story for the retelling of countless tales of redemption, love, joy and grace. Soaring guitar and xylophone leads combine with eclectic synths and a strong backbone of drum and bass to create the perfect marriage between music and heartfelt lyrics.

If there were one goal in mind for Into The Pacific, it would have to be two fold. First to create the very best songs we can, that in turn, leave our listeners feeling hopeful for days to come in this beautiful gift called life!


Gordon Earl

Gordon Earl composes with a rich blend of jazz, funk, pop rock, and classical elements.  He plays synthesizer, sax, and sings.  Gordon hails from Chicago before he moved to California to attend Stanford University.  He has played in dozens of the Bay Area’s best clubs over the years.  You’ll find three albums on iTunes to his name:  The Lullabies, released 2010; The Answers, released 2007; and Big Questions, released 2006  Don't miss the most recent 2012 releases of Gordon Earl's music videos on his YouTube Channel.  He was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Song-of-the-Year contest with "Nico's Lullaby," (sample below), and he received great reviews in the Billboard International Song Competition for "Corporate Tool," "Fly To Paris," and "Hear The Kaboom."  Gordon's style has been compared favorably to John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and the Smiths,  You can learn more about Gordon Earl by clicking on this link to his website, www.GordonEarl.com .

Barry Lloyd is a terrific jazz guitarist with an active performance calendar in the San Francisco Bay Area.   He has assembled a very talented group of experienced jazz devotees featuring a world class horn section with Christopher Marquis on trumpet, Dennis Crosby on the bone, and Eric Patience on tenor sax.  At the core of it all, they have a masterfully tight rhythm section lead by Gregory Oliva on upright and electric bass, Kenny Gross on Drums, Matt Albucio on percussion, and Jun Padilla on keys.  The Giant Garage Spiders are top shelf ambassadors of jazz in the East Bay!  Catch them the first Saturdays of every month at the wonderful new Hayward hotspot Julian's Bar-B-Que.   
Lucid Rays

The local Chamber of Commerce is not the usual venue for putting together a rock band, but for Lucid Rays one networking event led to a lot of music.  When Asher, representing an acupuncture clinic, met TC Morse, attending as a home security specialist, they connected musically. When asked about how they decided to play together, TC said, "It was clearly fate...First time we played together, we knew."

Informal jamming led to a search for like-minded San Francisco Bay Area musicians to join them. The line-up grew organically. Asher provided lead guitar, keyboards and background vocals, as well as original music, and TC Morse handled lead vocals, rhythm guitar and lyrics. Asher invited friend Dave Guglielmana to be the band's bassist, and Guglielmana engaged Vic Griffith, a self-taught drummer he had played with in local cover bands. And Lucid Rays was born.

All four shared similar musical backgrounds – picking up instruments in childhood, playing in school bands, learning other instruments, college level studies and wide-ranging musical interests. Among them, they brought everything but the kitchen sink to their music: acoustic anti-war songs, classic rock, and Italian opera with liberal doses of jazz and hard rock. Experiences included studies with jazz master Jimmy Heath, Brett Wilmot (Berklee School of Music), and Ross Valory (Journey’s bass player), and playing with Les Claypool before he joined Primus. Out of the mix, they have fashioned a classic rock band, but one with a decidedly modern beat and with lyrics reflecting their commitment to raising social awareness and promoting positive change. 

When they entered El Cerrito Studio to record, their partnership with Producer and Recording Engineer Oscar Autie (Omar Sosa, Gema Corredera, Isaac Delgado, and Skankin’ Pickle), put the final touches on their sound. With enough original material to record several albums, they created their first release, “Hard Time in the City.” The album includes 12 cuts incorporating hand percussion, piano, strings and saxophone, for a diverse and original sound.

"The album is really a conglomeration of diverse influences.  If you look at all four of the members, it started out as an idea, and everyone's experience really comes into play," says Asher.

Playing local venues while they make their way into the San Francisco music scene, has built them a loyal following. With the release of “Hard Time in the City” on February 16, 2013, even more are falling in love with their gritty rock sound.

Cold Planet

San Francisco-based COLD PLANET is a power quartet in the classic rock tradition – fusing blues, soul and pop with high-energy rock ‘n’ roll. It started when guitarist and songwriter MICHAEL BURKE began jamming with bassist J.D. CHILTON and drummer SCOTT ACRIDGE in a friend’s garage. With the exciting addition of lead singer Chris Zundel, the musicians quickly realized that they were a tight group with two common goals: To create REAL ROCK FOR REAL ROCKERS. And to make their music POSITIVE, FUN and UNFORGETTABLE. They named the band Cold Planet, after an unpublished science fiction novella penned by Michael, and began working out arrangements of some of his songs for the band's debut album, "Life on Mars."

Ramana Vieira 

Ramana Vieira sings with such a wide range of emotions one cannot help but be mesmerized by images of old world Portugal that emerge from the depths of her soul. Her extraordinary gift of bringing this 15th century style into modern times is her unique trademark. Often referred to as the New Voice of Portuguese World Music, this powerful vocalist is making her mark as one of the premier contemporary Fado artists.


According to the Portuguese, Fado is a melancholy and often-mournful music similar to the American blues as it tells stories of heartache and disappointment. The essence of the poetry is the quality of saudade, a word that is difficult to translate as it expresses a myriad of feelings. 


Ramana’s personal relationship to Fado music lies deep in her family history, as her grandfather was a famous musician and composer from Madeira Island, Portugal. Born in San Leandro, California to Portuguese immigrants, Ramana was fortunate to be exposed to the voices of Portugal’s past at a young age. 


Her passion for music continued as she matured and eventually she attended The American Conservatory Theatre where she did her vocal training with Faith Winthrop, San Francisco's grande dame of song and one of the most respected singers and vocal coaches on the scene today.  Shortly after that she found herself on an unexpected journey to Portugal where she had the opportunity to perform with the local Fado singers and musicians bringing the house to it’s feet with her authentic, yet individual style. 


Called a “rising star in World Music” by the San Francisco Examiner, Ramana has solidified her place as an artist who understands the tradition of Fado singing and continues to creatively construct a path into the future by combining new musical textures and original compositions.  Take the feel and groove of Shakira and the melodic textures of Dulce Pontes and that is how I would describe our music.” 


Some of the highlights of Ramana's performance career include: opening for Grammy nominated fadista Mariza; performing her original song “Unido Para Amar” for the 2006 Winter Olympics video montage; making her international debut with RPT TV Portuguese network; and chosen to sing for the Grammy’s 50th Awards special Music Cares benefit to honor Aretha Franklin. Her two prior recordings, “Despi A Alma (I Undressed My Soul)” and “Sem Ti” helped her to gain recognition, win awards, and appear on the cover of “Mundo Portuguese” Magazine. 


However, Ramana’s truly magical spirit comes alive in her newest release on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, “Lágrimas De Rainha (Tears Of A Queen).” The emotional concept of “Lágrimas De Rainha” paints sonic pictures that support Ramana’s desire to invent a fresh Fado sound blooming from the ground of her own family roots and features an outstanding group of musicians, lyricists, and arrangers such as Marcie Brown (cello), Jeffrey Luiz (classic and electric guitars), Stephen La Porta (drums and percussion), Alberto Ramirez (electric bass), and special guests, Helder Carvallheira (guitarra or Portuguese guitar), Didier Bouvet (guitar), and Golden Reel Award winning film composer and arranger, Robert Randles (“The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Amadeus”). 

For more info and links to Ramana's recordings on iTunes go to:


Quinn Hedges

Born and raised in Delaware, singer/songwriter, Quinn Hedges has been around music his entire life. He began playing guitar and writing songs around the age of 15. After moving to California and earning his degree in music, Hedges became more serious about his writing and recorded his debut album in 2006, blending folk, jazz, and blues into his original songs for the self-titled, "Quinn Hedges". In 2009, Quinn recruited John Yessen (drums) and Jamison Aguirre (bass) to form The Quinn Hedges Band. In 2011, Quinn released the acoustic-based album, "Without You", and in 2012, The Quinn Hedges Band released their first album, "Step Outside". Quinn, who considers himself a blues player at heart, writes songs of such sincerity that they easily lend themselves to the common population.


Gherlie Dancel
Gherlie Dancel packs a huge punch with her vocals having both a rich alto and a powerful precise high range.  She kills on Whitney's songs.  Gherlie won the Karaoke Scene contest with HBO, and has blown away audiences wherever she sings.  Gherlie was born in Milpitas, CA, went to schoool in LA, and currently lives just on the other side of the foothills in Patterson.
Zumba Fitness with DC Dance Center of San Leandro

“Drop-in” Zumba at DC Dance was launched back when Zumba classes were only in gyms that required membership. That was 4 years ago and there are now many Zumba classes in the area. But only DC Dance has 5 Zumba Instructors (ZINs) co-teaching 8 classes per week. At DC Dance, you can enjoy the unique styles of ZINs Charry, Grace, Johana, Kat, and Lili and find a pace that works for you. They offer Zumba in 3 different formats: Basic, Gold (for seniors, people who are not used to exercising, true beginners, and/or people who may be limited physically), and Sentao (where a chair is used to do strengthening exercises). Check them out in the heart of Downtown San Leandro (1555 Washington Ave.).

Special recognition to the musicians from last year's 2012 festival!
Boy Palacio

Pianist extraordinaire,  Mr. Dio "Boy" Palacio, is joined by a wonderful ensemble with Eddie Ramirez on trumpet, Jonathan Bautista on tenor sax, Ben Luis on bass, and Tim Vaughn on percussion.  As a special treat, Maestro Palacio will be joined for a few songs by the lovely singer, Ann Marie Santos.

Boy Palacio is a distinguished jazz musician, pianist, composer, arranger, band leader, and musical director.  He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival in 2008. Boy Palacio has a deep catalog of original jazz tunes, perhaps best known among them, “A World Without You,” and “Hitoritabe” (I Walk Alone), which was a top hit in Japan.  He has toured with Pilita Corales, Matt Monroe, Johnny Rey, Nora Aunor, Carmen Pateña, Balik-Saya, and Charlie Mariano.


As a teenager, Boy was lead alto sax in the RCA Orchestra, and he became the musical director of DXCC Radio Station.  He played at the Tiberlane Club in Butuan City, then as a young man, at the Manhattan Club in Metro Manila, where owner, Matilde Ocampo, gave Boy the opportunity to showcase his love of jazz and Latin music.  He played with drummer, Bert Delfino and bassist, Aying Manait.  Boy was part of a booming jazz scene there.  He got into television as musical director of channels 5, 9, and 11 in the Philippines, working with celebrities Boots Anson Roa, Pepe Pimantel, Apeng Daldal, Bert Marcelo and Cachupoy, and Norma Ledesma.  He did the Baby Barredo Show, the Mila Gomez Show, Pancho Magalona Show and Vilma Santos Show, the Amalia Fuentes Show and Liberty Ilagan Show.  He was also the musical director of the FAMAS Award in 1977.  Boy Palacio’s jazz ensemble was voted as the “Best Jazz Group” in Manila in the late 70s.  Boy’s travels as a professional musician include Japan, Hong Kong, Iran, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Philippines and the United States, where he currently calls home, San Leandro, California.  Locally, Boy Palacio is actively arranging for Chabot College where his son, Jon, has followed in his footsteps and is now the director of jazz studies at Chabot. In 2013, you can usually find Boy Palacia playing Thursday evenings at the famous Savanah Jazz in the SF Mission and Sunday evenings at The Blue Note in Milpitas, California.     
The Thirstbusters
Zach Sorgen, lead singer and keyboards, Chase Jackson on bass, Ryan Thomas on guitar, and Forrest Mitchell on drums are the Thirstbusters.  They've done Disney, TNT, the Hallmark channel, and they have wonderful videos of their recent hits, like "So there," and "Finders Keepers," on iTunes and YouTube.  Check them out at this link.  Their music is characterized by youthful energy and catchy melodic hooks pared with tasteful harmony that showcases their experience as Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock and Classical musicians.  Chase, Forrest, and Zach started playing music together in elementary school then met Ryan at Berkeley High School.  Today they each major in music at colleges across the country:  Ryan and Forrest at UCLA, Chase at Oberlin, and Zach just graduated from Vassar.  Zach has an unforgettably appealing vocal timbre, with an artist's timing that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and cheer.  If you like Michael Buble, and Paul McCartney, Zach is the new generation of that voice.  The Thirtbusters is a tightly balanced and ready for prime time band you don't want to miss!

Phil Benz

Phil Benz a gifted singer-songwriter and guitarist.  He has composed a couple of our all time favorite songs, in particular “I’m Still Running,” “Song for Today,” and “Piece of the Action.”  Growing up on the South-side of Chicago, Phil's style is urban blues and there is a remarkably moving, deeply felt emotion to the timbre of his voice that will draw you in.  He is now organizing an impressive catalog of his original material to solidify his  rock 'n roll legacy.  We are lucky to have Phil Benz on our stage at the Music Day By The Bay!  Click on the icon below for a sample of Phil's classic song, "I'm Still Running."

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart is a Chicago native now living an hour south in Joliet.  His musical style is blues based, but has a rock foundation.  He has regular dates at the legendary Fitzgerald's Night Club in Chicago where he has displayed his ability to captivate and slay audiences.  He has a penchant for a groove and can sing the blues like few others.  Mark has also been in the music business in many forms for much of his adult life as a night club manager, MC & Disc Jockey.  Mark’s current project involves his new band, The Grand Daddy O’s which will feature remarkable original tunes of his, like “Spellbound.” Over the years Mark has worked with many blues bands notably as the front man for the band 30" Stanley.  This singer has written over 200 songs.  Click below for a listen to his captivating song, "Spellbound." 

The Chabot College Jazz Combo
The Chabot College Jazz Combo has a growing reputation for world class performances.   Under the direction of Jon Palacio, the Jazz program at Chabot has blossomed.  With three bands from first year, to advanced to professional, the local talent here is jaw dropping and showcased wonderfully in this organization.  They play at premier venues in the Bay Area like Yoshi's and enjoy a devoted and ever increasing fan base.  Performing at Music Day By The Bay are the very gifted musicians, Mchael Booker on tenor sax, Mike Beal on trumpet, Rex Padayhag on Bass, Carlos Castellblanch on Piano, and Lyman Alexander on Drums.
New Jump City
New Jump City is an exciting new combination of seasoned veteran jazz musicians with a focus on swing and complex vocal harmonies.  Think of Manhattan Transfer meets B.B. King.  The leader of the band, Mick Brandon, does triple duty on vocals, keys and bass. He is joined by the gifted Mike Garza on vocals and guitar, and Mark Matthias on drums.  
Rebeca Martinez
Rebecca Martinez is a master of Zumba fitness.  Great for beginners and veterans, she is patient, easy to follow, very nurturing of spirit, and she has very sexy moves!    She holds classes daily at the San Leandro Marina Community Center, and Dina Studios.  For her current schedule check her website here. 
Sharon Steele
Sharon Steele is a remarkably graceful and skilled Zumba Fitness instructor.  Her steps are full of joy and very cool to watch and learn.  She holds classes at Dina Studios in San Leandro most days of the week.   For her current schedule, visit her Facebook page.