Here you will find up to date information about what's going on in the WCS San Rafael Chapter. Competitions run the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Fenix. It's easy to find who to contact, where to go and when it's all happening! If you need to reach us, please email the San Rafael Manager.
Check out the Aug 13th 2013 live stream WCS Competition Playoffs
PLEASE NOTE: JUNE COMPETITION DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO JUNE 10th NOT 17th.
Judges for June, 2014:
On stage from the age of five, Carlos Reyes never ceases to amaze. World renowned for his mastery of the Paraguayan harp and violin, Carlos’ musical talents have touched the hearts and spirits of people around the world. From performances on the streets of Havana to the Vatican, his music transcends all boundaries. Described as “Santana meets Gipsy Kings”, Carlos bridges traditional musical genres and mesmerizes audiences with unique fusions of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin and Classical styles.
Born in Paraguay to a world-famous musician and national hero, Carlos began to play the violin at age three and a half under his father’s strict tutelage. He moved with his family to the United States as a child and continued to develop his already extraordinary musical talent. At age ten, he debuted on harp with the Oakland Symphony and made his debut on violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at age fourteen.
He continued to develop his talent on both harp and violin, establishing himself as a successful solo artist, touring the world and also sharing the stage with a long list of musical superstars such as Steve Miller, The Doobie Brothers, Clint Black, Chuck Mangione, Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Willie Nelson, and many, many others. Bay Area audiences have been fortunate to see Carlos in concert with legendary slide guitarist Roy Rogers. Most recently Carlos was invited and performed at The White House along side Gloria Estefan, trumpet master Arturo Sandoval, Mexican artists -Lila Downs and Marco Antonio Solis.
In addition to his profound mastery of harp and violin, Carlos also plays guitar, bass, mandolin, and keyboards; and is a well-respected producer, composer, and engineer with 8 self produced and recorded albums to his credit. Carlos has been at the forefront of introducing the Electric Harp to the world. He has consistently broken technical and musical boundaries and pioneered techniques that have expanded musical possibilities for musicians and audiences alike. Standing ovations are the norm, not the exception -- when Carlos and his aptly named band “The Electrick Symphony” performs.
Carlos’ Albums have had worldwide acclaim from Billboard Top 10 Jazz Charts and numerous awards around the globe. The latest being the equivalent to a Grammy in Cuba for his CD “IGNITE”. Due to that project he was invited back to Cuba to record a live concert with the prestigious Camerata Romeu Orchestra and has been celebrated by both countries. From the Vatican to Vietnam …..Cuba to California …..his music has been heard and loved all over the world.
The magnitude of Carlos’ musical talent is matched only by his spirit and generosity. His passion for helping others is evident through his frequent appearances at benefits such as Hope for Haiti, the Voices of Latin Rock, the Animal Rescue Foundation, work with local school systems and numerous community eventts. Carlos is also a known speaker and lecturer giving talks, workshops and master classes in the field of music, Harp, violin and stage performance, and the psychology of the artist’s performance on stage. …This at a collage level. His vast experience and training has given him a so much knowledge to share to his academic audience from a learned and real world personal experience, He has recently shared the stage and lectured with renowned author and speaker Dr. Daniel Levitin. Some of his classroom stages have been Miami University, Diablo Valley Collage, Special invitation to Cuba to speak, teach and record with the world famous La Camerata Romeu producing a CD of Latin American music for The Camerata and Carlos on Harp and Violin.
George Hearst, Gehea Music Publishing, San Francisco, CA
MUSICIAN, SONG WRITER, PRODUCER GEORGE IS AN ACTIVE AND VIBRANT MEMBER OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MUSIC COMMUNITY. He is hailed as one of the Bay Area’s most dynamic drummers and currently performs with San Francisco’s iconic Pride & Joy. He has played drums with many outstanding groups and musicians over the years, including: Malo, Maze (featuring Frankie Beverly), Lenny Williams, Jorge Santana and Herbie Hancock, to name a few.
GEHEA MUSIC PUBLISHING AND PRODUCTION George began producing music as an in-house producer at Tarpan Studios with Grammy Award winning producer, Narada Michael Walden. He went on to produce artists and music for the MTV music talent show, “The Cut”, that featured the late “Left Eye” of TLC fame. George currently produces many local and up and coming artists, most notably, the young french heart throb, “Ellington” on the single, “She Hot, featuring “ Warren G”. Most recently, his production/songwriting credits include music for the ABC daytime soap, “All My Children" and commercials for television.
SONGWRITER COMPETITIONS HELD 3rd TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT:
The Fenix ,
919 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Toll Free: 855.336.4999
Catering & take out orders: 415.813.5461
Sign up at 6:30pm. Event begins at 7:00pm. Digital piano available. Incredible Sound System.
Please make sure that your membership is current. Non-members are ineligible to win. RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP
Competitions run from October - August
The PLAYOFFS are held in late August
Playoff Winner has the opportunity to perform at the WCS Grand Finals held in late August
Grand Final Winner has the opportunity to perform at the WCS Annual Music Conference (2nd weekend of September) in front of a house full of industry leaders, friends and family.
$10.00 door fee ($5 for members)
Non-Members may only sign up if there is room after all members have signed up (Please note: Non Members are inelligible to win prizes)
Sponsored by: Noisy Planet
919 Fourth Street
, CA 94901