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June 2018 Dana Point Artfest Music Performers

Alyssa Walker


Alyssa Walker is a talented singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player.  She developed a love for writing songs at a young age and currently has written over thirty original songs which she performs on a regular basis. Her lyrics not only tell a story, but are relatable to her fans, as many have reached out to Alyssa to tell her that her song “struck a chord” with them.  Her music can be described as pop, indie, folk, country and Americana. 

She can also play a wide-range of covers from all different genres.  Currently she has one released EP, Break the Wall, and three singles, Little Miss Attention Seeker, Set You Free, and Stupid Boy.   Both Little Miss and Set You Free have music videos as well.

She has been featured on several radio shows including KSON’s Write-a-Tune-Tuesday, Gurls Talk Rawk radio show, and her music has been played on AVRadio.  She has also had two full-length interviews on Viet News Television San Diego where she performed and promoted her debut album, Break the Wall, which released in July of 2016.


Alyssa is also active in her community and has been featured in 92129 Magazine and plays at local street fairs including the Rancho Penasquitos Fiesta and Rancho Bernardo’s RB Alive!  Alyssa has played at the San Diego County Fair where she was part of the Acoustic Showcase and at the LA and Orange County Fairs as well as Tin Roof and Whiskey Girl in the Gaslamp.  She can be found performing at various venues throughout San Diego including Sheldon’s Service Station in La Mesa, The Roxy Encinitas, Cardiff Beach Bar at Tower 13, OB Farmer’s Market, and Rancho Bernardo Inn to name a few, as well as private parties in the San Diego area.


Alyssa started college this past fall where she is majoring in Music with an emphasis on Vocal Performance and is taking classes in Music Industry. She has been selected to be a part of the Jazz Ensemble as well as the Singer-Songwriter Showcase.  She continues to write music and hopes to record some of her newest singles soon!

Anthony Small


I’m a musician performing solo acoustic originals and covers and I've also fronted local rock band Small World since 2003. We've been thrilled to play the iconic Dana Point Concerts in the Park, Festival of Whales, Lantern District Car Shows, Dana Hills Baseball and Football "Honor the Valor" fundraisers and of course Swallows Inn and Stillwater. This beautiful community has nurtured my passion for music and the Arts and I'm delighted to give back anyway I can. 


Also, as a City of Dana Point Arts and Culture Commissioner it’s my duty and pleasure to encourage artists of all types, all ages and to support and create programs for the cultural enrichment of our community. To see the pride and excitement in the eyes of these artists and to show them that their Art is valued by our community, man, it just fills my heart!

The Don Duncan Band

Time: 10am - 2pm (Luxe Resturant and Martini Bar on Del Prado Ave)

Born in New Orleans Louisiana, Don discovered his vocal capabilities at 12 years old singing in The Friendship Baptist Gospel Church Choir. Influenced by such Artist’s like Aaron Neville, Fats Domino, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Mathis and Otis Redding. Don has gone to attain great notoriety as a singer and percussion player. His style is much diversified and covers the whole gamut Jazz & Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Gospel along with the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s till current even a little Reggae Funk.


His voice can take you to Church or just revitalize your soul. Don’s voice delivers with great passion and emotion. His exceptional style captivates the audience with great songs such as “ Unchained Melody” and “What a Wonderful World” which he sings marvelously. The audience gets hooked on the show when he breaks into “Brick House” “Play That Funky Music” and “Shake Your Booty”.


Don has won The International Gong Show and has recently appeared on The Singing Office show with The St. Regis office singers, starry Joey Fontane and Mel B. from the Spice Girls. Don has also appeared as extras in several movies and shows such as The Main Event starring Barbara Streisand, The Blind Ambition starring Richard Lawson, The Johnny Yune Christmas Special, and has sung the National Anthem at the Los Angles Forum for the Clippers Basketball Association.

Justin Taylor

Time: 2pm - 5pm (Luxe Resturant and Martini Bar on Del Prado Ave)

More info coming...

The OC British Invaders

Transport back to the 1960's - when English bands were storming the US with creative rock n' roll...

The British Invasion describes a time in the 1960’s when audiences all across America were singing and dancing to music from across the Atlantic. It began with the arrival of The Beatles in America in February 1964, and continued for several years as British bands dominated the music scene.

The band known as "The OC British Invaders" covers the music from all of the great English groups. From The Animals to The Zombies, it’s all there: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits, Monkees and more.

While dressing in 1960s Black Nehru Suits the four member band plays the exact Vintage instruments which allows them to replicate the music. The music has been painstakingly reproduced in the correct key and played with passion and excitement!

The OC British Invaders entertains audiences from a variety of venues including; Theatres, Fairs, Festivals, Outdoor Concerts, Private events, and Corporate functions.

The Sam Shepherd Trio

Time: 12-4pm (Jack's Resturant on Del Prado Ave in the beer and wine garden)

Luther Hughes

Bassist Luther Hughes received his training at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and Long Beach City College, earning his bachelor's degree from Cal State Long Beach. His teachers included Alex Cirin, Thomas Martin, Nat Gangursky, Eileen Strang and Sue Raney.

Luther is involved in the music business in a number of ways:

* As a musician, he currently leads The Cannon Ball / Coltrane Project as well as Luther Hughes & Friends: Remembering the Nat King Cole Trio and H.E.R.K.

* As a record producer and music publisher, Luther heads up Primrose Lane Music, which he founded in 2004.

* As an educator, Luther currently teaches at Cal State University in Fullerton Ca. and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo Ca. He has taught at Cal State University Long Beach Ca., Golden West College in Huntington Beach Ca., the Musicians Institute in Hollywood Ca., Rio Hondo College in Whittier Ca. and formerly served as the Southern California Regional Director for Bruce Forman's Jazz Masters Workshop.


Luther has played bass with some of the biggest names in jazz in a career spanning over 30 years. He has performed or recorded with jazz legends such as Gene Harris, Mundell Lowe, Joe Henderson, Carmen McRae, Willie Bobo, Horace Silver, Harold Land, Don Ellis, Joe Pass, Louis Bellson, Hampton Hawes and many more.


Having recorded and performed on stage, and for film and television scores, Luther has appeared as a band member on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Boston Legal.


Joe Bagg


Born and raised in Southern California, Joe Bagg started playing by ear on a toy xylophone at an early age. His parents quickly got him a piano teacher, and Joe took piano lessons for a few years after that. He discovered jazz while in college and immediately changed his major from computer science to music. Upon hearing that jazz

pianist Kenny Barron was teaching at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Joe enrolled in the graduate program there and obtained his Master’s degree, studying with Barron for two years. After a couple of years in the Army as a Russian linguist stationed in Germany, Joe moved back to the states to California, where he has been a fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene. In 1997, Joe started playing the Hammond B-3 organ and has quickly become one of the most in-demand organists on the west coast.

Since arriving in L.A., Joe has played and/or recorded with most of the jazz musicians in Southern California, as well as a number of visiting musicians including: Bobby Hutcherson, Charles McPherson, Anthony Wilson, Seamus Blake, Brian Lynch, Arthur Blythe, Ernie Watts, Joe LaBarbara, Ralph Moore, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Jeff Hamilton, Andy Simpkins, Pete Christlieb, Billy Higgins, Roy McCurdy, Ralph Penland, Tony Dumas, Dave Pike, Larry Koonse, Steve Tavaglione and many more.


Sam Shepherd


After graduating from the Guitar Institute of Technology in 1980, guitarist Sam Shepherd moved to New York City where he briefly studied with Jim Hall and John Scofield. He began playing small clubs and connected with a network of musicians which eventually led to him to taking a job playing in a nightly show in New Orleans’ French Quarter. After moving with his wife to Dana Point in 1987, Sam began balancing a full-time career as a middle school teacher with a steady schedule of jazz gigs with the area’s top players. He quickly began a long association with the late legendary pianist Rex Thompson playing duos and trios at DiMario’s and subsequently Jack’s Restaurant/ Bar both located in Dana Point. Sam was featured on Rex Thompson’s CD recording entitled Blame it on My Youth which also featured the outstanding musicianship of bassist Benjamin May and drummer Paul Kriebich. Sam later joined Tom Morey’s (of boogie board fame) Laguna Jazz Quartet which held down, during a nine-year span, the Sunday jazz brunch at the Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point. It was during this time that Sam teamed up with longtime friends and musical collaborators bassist Jack Prather and pianist Leonard Thompson to produce Jack’s Shades CD highlighting the exquisite song writing talents of Mr. Prather. All the while Sam has fronted his own ensembles playing in various establishments dotting the South Orange County musical landscape.

Ryan Castillo

Time: 11am - 5pm (Schwack Beach Grill on Del Prado Ave in beer garden)

Ryan Castillo is a musician/vocalist based out of San Diego county, CA. New studio album coming out soon.



Ryan picked up his first guitar at age 12, and he’s never put it down. As a youth, he would save his money to buy VHS recordings of his favorite artists and he began to emulate them. His biggest inspiration was the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughn. “Watching Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Live at El Macombo changed my life,” he mused. “Stevie held nothing back, as though every performance might be his last. Seeing such passion made me want to play live music.” Ryan is counted among the fortunate few that find their calling so early in life.

Now a solo acoustic performer, Ryan has developed his own unique style. With over 18 years of experience, Ryan has a vast repertoire and can provide hours of entertainment. Playing music influenced by Stevie, Sublime, Cake, Nirvana, Eric Clapton, etc., is only one facet of Ryan’s style. He draws from a background of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop, and Folk, which creates a sound that appeals to a broad audience.


Ryan hails from the Bay Area in California, where he got his start playing music at open mic nights. Frequently, he would travel to Sacramento, Tahoe, Monterey, or Petaluma just to play 3 songs or a short 15 minute set. His talent and stage presence soon earned him regular stage time, but he was still hungry for more.


His hunger took to him to Los Angeles, California where he attended the Los Angeles Recording School. “It was a great move that helped me figure out more about the music industry, itself. More than just playing music, I learned about engineering, live sound, and the way that studios get things done.” With his newfound knowledge, Ryan went from playing open mics and coffee shops to venues like The Roxy, The Rainbow Room on Sunset Blvd., and the Pig and Whistle on Hollywood Blvd. He began playing to larger audiences and was simultaneously excited and humbled.


After a year in Los Angeles, Ryan had earned his degree and moved back to the Bay Area to continue his career. His knowledge of beat-generating software, coupled with his deep-rooted affinity for Hip-Hop, allowed Ryan to add an entirely new layer to his already signature sound. During this time, he produced 2 full-length Hip-Hop albums of his own, while also producing albums for other performers.

Now a resident of San Diego, California, Ryan’s main focus is live performance. In addition to his many covers, Ryan has composed several original songs. His song, “Deserve to See,” describes those times in life when “you feel like you’re running in circles. You get burned by the people whom you treat with respect. You’re constantly working at your goals, and you press on in the face of adversity.” Another original, “I’ll Be Where I’m At,” is inspired by the loss of loved ones. “When you lose someone you love, you must remain ‘where you’re at.’ You have to keep focused. It is a mantra of empowerment in a time of sorrow.”


With nearly 2 decades of musical acumen, 5 studio albums, and countless hours of stage time, Ryan Castillo provides hours of entertainment for all crowds (and all budgets). On and off the stage, Ryan is a paragon of professionalism. He holds himself to the highest standards of quality. Ryan Castillo can play your restaurant, winery, art boutique, coffee shop, wedding, or other small venue anytime. Please inquire for booking.

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