Showcasing the best blues musicians in the OC! Our festival aims to celebrate the immense variety of blues bands that play both classic and contemporary blues in the Southland. An event to showcase the Best Blues Musicians Behind the Orange Curtain!
Here are the standout performers for this singular evening:
Steve Artea’s Redd House w/Special Guest KK Martin, Jessica Kaczmarek, Andy Vimar, Andrew Ryan
Steve Started Playing At Age:11. Steve's Biggest Musical Influences Have Been:
Early Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, James Brown, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Motown & Stax Records Artists, Beatles, Stones,Keith Richards,The Kinks,The Animals,Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page,Led Zeppelin,Eric Clapton,Cream, Jeff Beck, Yardbirds, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Alvin Lee,Ten Years After, Cactus, Gary Moore, Billy F.Gibbons, ZZ Topp, Freddie King, B.B.King, Albert King, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Leslie West, Mountain, Paul Kossoff, Paul Rodgers, Free, Blind Faith,Stevie & Jimmy Vaughan, Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Foghat, Tony Lommi. Black Sabbath, Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Chris Duarte, Lance Lopez, Kal David & so many other great artists.
Steve Has Performed In Shows With: (in alphabetical order): Ambrosia, Billy Vera & The Beaters, Coco Montoya (2x), Darrell Mansfield, Deacon Jones, Eddie Money( 2x), Eric Gales (3X), Johnny Winter, Leon Russell, Little Richard, Lil' Willie G., Martha Davis and the Motels,Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Renegade Creation (Robben Ford, Michael Landau, Jimmy Haslip, & Gary Novak), Rod Piazza, Sammy Avila, Savoy Brown, Sons Of Champlin, Stryper, Terri Nunn & Berlin.
Steve brings a strong Blues,Rock n Roll,Funky Soul Groove to the stage with passion and all heart.
With his upfront stage presence, vocals, he tries to connect and get the audience and band into the funzone.
He's played with many local bands in So.Cal. since the 60's and continues to do guest appearances with other artists!
K.K. Martin is a fourth generation Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Musician/ Arranger/Producer/Engineer/all-around Entertainer born in West Monroe, Louisiana. Exposed in the womb as his mom loved listening to the music of Jimmie Rodgers, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams; he was baptized in the Blues before he was even born.
Martin's first gig was on a local TV show in Long Beach during a trip to California."There was a show called `Cal's Corral,' and Squeekin' Deacon, a deejay at KFOX in Long Beach, one of the biggest country stations in Southern California, threw me onstage when I was 3 years old. I think I did `Little Red Wagon' (a Hank Thompson hit)."
When his parents retired, Martin kept on playing, cutting his teeth on the local L.A. rock scene at age 16 landing a brief stint with the Albert Collins Backup Band. As a stalwart in the 1980’s L.A. scene, Martin was a founding member of the band A La Carte, recorded and played with Donald (Duck) Dunn, It's a Beautiful Day, Eric Burden, Booker T, Rick Derringer, Lester Chambers, Andy Johns, The Chambers Brothers, and Shark Island. He shared stages with, Journey, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Black Oak Arkansas, Blondie, UFO, Johnny Winters, Mike Campbell, (of the Heartbreakers) Glenn Cambell, and The Busboys, to name just a few.
In the late 90’s KK rediscovered his roots, producing, recording and performing Delta Blues in the old solo artist traditions and style. “It's what I always come back to." Martin was honored at the 9th Annual HOUSE of BLUES, Los Angeles MUSIC AWARDS being voted "OUTSTANDING BLUES ARTIST”. His Delta Blues debut, “Naked Blues” featured Martin’s amazing fretwork, the finger styling he learned at his grandmothers knee, but also emphasized his vocal performance and emotion; dark and suffused with undertones of danger.
Martin may have started mostly in country and pop and now focuses on blues, but when it comes to music, for him there are no limits.
"I'm a musician, and part of that entails that whatever the gig is, you show up and do the gig, whether it's country, jazz, blues, rock or polka," he said. "I mean, at the end of the day - and this is one of the things that I like to say to people a lot - there's really only two kinds of music, good and bad."
Jessica started her professional music career at the age of 17, playing in bands and performing in recording studios as a teenager.
She is a multi instrumentalist & singer who plays lead guitar, piano/synthesizer, bass, ukulele, and mandolin.
Her earliest guitar influence was Jimi Hendrix- she had been taking piano lessons at the time, when she saw Hendrix on television and it completely changed her world. She immediately stopped piano lessons and started playing guitar, digging deep into the blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson, and the British blues of John Mayall and Eric Clapton. Later heroes were David Gilmour, and soul legend Steve Cropper, along with contemporary players such as Johnny Marr from The Smiths, and The Edge. Chet Atkins, Eddie Cochran, Scotty Moore, Duane Eddy and Link Wray came soon after as she delved more into the style of early rock and roll.
She's worked in various seminal bands around Los Angeles and Orange County, playing music ranging from indie rock/alternative, punk, blues, surf and rockabilly, with bands such as; The Busstop Hurricanes, Russell Scott & The Red Hots, backing band for Tom Kenny (a.k.a SpongeBob Squarepants) on his comedy tours & appears on featured songs with Tom on the Cartoon Network, Bourbon Jones (with drummer Steven Hodges of Tom Waits band and also John Hammond Jr), many guest appearances with The Blue Shadows (featuring members of The Blasters).
This has led her to opportunities touring around the U.S and Europe, playing with such world-renown musical acts as Prince, Chuck Berry, Joe Strummer of The Clash, Mike Ness Of Social Distortion, The Reverend Horton Heat, Dwight Yoakum, and The Nelson Brothers.
She is currently playing guitar & singing with Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets ("punk rock with a twist of Johnny Cash"), Washington D.C. rock & roll transplant J.P McDermott, and The Tony Lopez All Stars blues band.
Jessica's musical path ultimately led her to working in creative capacities for Interscope and Columbia Records, in addition to doing studio work performing on albums for various artists at recording studios in and around Hollywood and Orange County.
She is currently working on movie soundtracks for films in Brazil and the U.S, along with a documentary about a Hollywood golden age public relations agent that is slated for release later this winter. She is also finishing album work with Greg Antista & The Lonely Streets, and currently working on her own alternative rock solo project.
Andy Vimar met his band partner, Mike Moody, in the Guitar Program at Musician's Institute and instantly formed a collaboration known as "Mike Moody and the Motion".
Andy was a Semi-Finalist in Season One of the 6 String Showdown, taking place on the stage at the New Blues Festival in Long Beach. Andy entered his band in the International Blues Challenge for the Orange County Blues Society and won. The Motion is going to Memphis to compete in the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge this January.
Andrew Ryan picked up his first guitar, an acoustic, at the age of nine and a half. Now at fifteen years old, Andrew has been on the local scene for the past 3 1/2 years performing everything from classic rock, hard rock, blues and jazz. He has performed in various bands and solo at local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in shows and in open mics. He has performed at Fullerton’s Day of Music city wide music festival for the past three years in a row. Andrew had the incredible opportunity to participate in the 6 String Showdown last summer. Since then he has been a guest guitarist for professional bands such as Juke Joint Preachers, Bluz X Precians, Wag the Dog, and the Janice Evelyn & Sheva Band.
Andrew is currently working on his own band project, PRONE. PRONE is a solid mix of hard rock, blues, and originals written by Andrew. Having just completed the band’s first show in DT Fullerton they are off to an exciting start. Andrew is also an active member of The OC Blues Society and a regular at the many jams. He has shared the stage at these jams with many of OC’s finest including an epic jam with Sir Stanley Griggs on vocals recently. Andrew favors Jimmy Page, Jimmy Hendricks, Freddy King, BB King, John Frusciante and Slash.
Full bar • full menu • free parking • Show 5 – 10:15 pm Original Mike’s is at 100 S. Main St. Santa Ana TIX: StellarShows.net • 714-809-6146