Artists

Alan Stewart  is a two-time award winning harmonica artist and is accomplished on the steel drum as well.  He’s played all over the United States but shared his country and island music here for many years as a member of the island legends, the ‘Beach Bums’.  He’s currently performing around the valley with Robert Schwab and the Over the Hill Band (aka O.T. Hill Band).

Albert Besteiro: Local rock royalty, best known as bassist for the band Del Castillo, has a sound that envelops rock, latin, blues and a dash of flamenco!

Andrew Minkler has shared his talents as a classical guitarist and vocalist in the island area for over 30 years. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing horns, guitars, and keyboards.

Anubis Morrison’s sound can be classified as modern progressive grunge rock drawing influences from Phil Collins, Sting, Alice In Chains, Ankla, Incubus, Days of The New and STP. His sound ranges from very mellow Acoustic songs to a very Hard Rock grungy progressive sound.

Brett Marshall’s music is a combination of piano led pop, influenced by his love of the golden age of crooning. His smooth baritone vocals and natural showmanship are surpassed only by his mastery of the piano. With his classical training and love of blues, gospel and jazz pianists, he is a pleasure for all audiences.

BucknCrazy Band:   A local favorite for boot scooters! 

Bushriders Dave:  Country / Rock n Roll / DoWap!  Sounds Like: Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Turtles, Prince.   

Carlos R. Canas SINGS ONLY THE BEST OLDIES! SINGING for over 35 years statewide. American Standards, Country Classics, 50’s Rock&Roll, 60’s & 70’s

Catherine Grimes:  SPI was lucky to be the beneficiary when this talented songbird emigrated from Austin, where she worked as a session vocalist for several artists, as well as a back-up singer for numerous bands.  Quickly tagged “The Island Songbird”, her beautiful vocals complement her peers and create magic on the solo stage!

Chelsea Bella – Artist:  Alternative Rock with a twist of 80’s New Wave ,R&B Dance & Indie Electronic House.

Chi-Town Sher:  (aka Sherry Katz) Singer, Songwriter, and passionate bass player, Sher has lent her talents to accompany many island performers.

Chris Rivera Band,  formed in 1982, plays throughout South Texas. Its influences include ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Johnny Winter.

Chuck Comeaux:  Presenting the best in classic rock & roll, Chuck performs in many of the venues in the SPI area as a solo act or as “Chuck and Friends” and “Chuck and Cornbread”, accompanied by other great island musicians such as Earl (the Pearl) Bulinski, Chris Woods, Tom Johnson, and more.

 Clarity is a band made up of four musicians from the Harlingen-Brownsville area of South Texas. Their goal is to make you dance and have a fun time!

Danica:  Dynamic, Energetic and Passionate are just a few descriptions of Danica’s stage presence. But the way she engages and connects with her audience is what really makes her in a class of her own. Danica can make a song feel and sound like it is being written at that very moment. 

David Hecht:  was born a stone’s throw away from the Mexican border in south Texas and began playing guitar at age 12, cutting his musical teeth on Tex-Mex swing,mariachi and latin music as well as the blues, rock and funk of the 60’s and 70’s. 

Elias Longoria has a great solo show, presenting a variety of music:  rock, country, Tejano and international…when he’s not appearing with the Rob Gracia Band

Emilio Crixell and Border Soul:  Enjoy Rock, Latin Soul, R&B and the music of South Texas.

Gene Sibley is a relative newcomer to the island music scene, but is already a local favorite.  This innovative guitar synthesist, showman, and vocalist has been performing rock, rhythm and blues for almost 60 years.  He thought he would slow down when he lost his sight. It didn’t happen.

Geoff Clifton:   An island icon, not only as a popular DJ, but as a vocalist and extraordinary guitarist as well!  Watch Geoff sing The Beatles!

GITAN is a top-notch instrumental based guitar duo from Austin, TX. The project’s musical scope encompasses everything from Swing and Gypsy Jazz (Django Reinhardt) to various World Music styles (Celtic, African, South American).

I Ching Gatos:  is a variety band that plays covers of classic songs as well as locally flavored originals with upbeat enthusiasm.

Indio Calzeda: An island tradition of great piano.

J. Micheal Laferty, a benchmark artist in the Americana, Trop Rock, Texas Music market, performs regularly at his famous PadreRitaGrill on the island. His music, a tongue in cheek reflection of his island lifestyle and tropical surroundings is characteristically delivered with a sly smile and a blazing wicked wit that immediately engages the audience. 

Jack Hartwell:  Singer/songwriter/masterful guitarist, Jack has been a fixture on the SPI music scene for many years, performing original music and covering our favorite folk and country artists.

Jake Castillo Trio:  The Jake Castillo Trio is an original San Antonio band blending blues, progressive jazz and good old fashioned rock and roll into heartfelt original songs that are personally revealing and often tell stories of true life experiences.

The Jam Band CC:  Four guys, John, Troy, Donald, and Arnold, from various bands, coming together to play various genres of music. Let’s have some fun!!

Jamie Whetstone:  Jamie is a jazz-trained pianist/vocalist from the Columbus, Ohio area. Even though jazz and soul are where her true passions lie, she’s performed anything from jazz standards to Billy Joel to ACDC, as well as kitschy songs like “Psycho Killer,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and much, much more. She’s performed solo, in a dueling piano duo, and in several combo and band formations – playing a wide variety of music.

Jeff Crocker:  The power of his voice holds court.  Listen to your favorite classic country and rock hits from this awesome singer/guitarist.  

Jenuine Cello, aka Jen Mulhern, is a captivating model of a modern one-woman band. Her live compositions take listeners on a road trip free from genre, saturated with an array of influences. With undercurrents of Bach, Bjork and everything in between, her music combines classically-infused inspiration with raw textures to create a unique sound of layered soulful puzzle pieces. Equipped with a cello and a mic, a somewhat beat-up looping pedal, a 6-string electric cello and knack for glitchy self-made beats, Jen Mulhern creates a symphony of spontaneous sound painting that pulls at the soul and awakens an ancient desire to howl at the moon.

Jerry Cook,  with his partner Connie Turner, has performed all over the country with such greats as Chubby Checker, Crystal Gayle and many others!   He performs all your favorites from Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett and Carol King as well as a ton of country hits.

Jewel Marie & The Blitz:   set lists span 7 decades from Hank Williams and Elvis to Pink Floyd and Queen to U2 and Sublime. Uniquely performed; there’s something for all musical tastes.

Jive4five:  An amazing band presenting Classic Rock, Pop, Top 40 and  international Spanish hits.

Joel Melton:  Successful Folk/Americana/Acoustic artist. He presents his original music, as well as his awesome covers of the great folk artists at many of the island venues.

Jo Hell Band:  If you like Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Elmore James, Little Richard, ZZ Top, B.B. King and all of the other blues and rock’roll legends that fit into those categories, you will most assuredly love Jo Hell.

Jonathan Dotson:  A relentless and passionate ambassador for the classical guitar, Dotson has concertized in venues ranging from nightclubs in Austin, Texas, to gothic cathedrals in Palencia Spain. 

Keith DiSantisOur locally favorite JAZZ MAN…Currently a full time music teacher for Harlingen CISD, DiSantis is equally comfortable playing his saxophone before a crowd or in a recording studio laying down tracks with renowned musicians.

Leslie Blasing:  A local favorite, Leslie presents current hits and covers legends with flair! When Leslie’s around, you can count on fun – watch her channel Shania Twain, Etta James, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson and even Dean Martin!  Voted Valley Star Award – Female Vocalist of the Year for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and Entertainer of the Year for 2014, 2015 and 2016 awarded by the Winter Texan Times and chosen by the Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley and RV Resorts.

Mark Allan Atwood has spent three decades as an artist on the Texas Music landscape, with an underground, but devout following. From his years as an acoustic artist on Dallas’ songwriter scene, to his work as a successful touring rock front man, and now for the last eight years blazing trails and breaking musical stereotypes on the Texas Country/Americana scene, Mark’s voice and lyrical style have always reached his audience.

Mixed Bag:   Jack will sing all of your favorite songs on request, from 40’s classics to current hits!  He performs live at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Garden Grille & Bar (operator Barry’s International).

Nick & Pam Novak:  Comfort music performed by local artists  who honed their skills in Houston’s folksy coffee houses.

Over the Hill Band:  After a 17 year sabbatical, guitarist and vocalist Robert Schwab has returned to his roots and teamed up with SPI icon and two-time award winning harmonica player Alan Stewart to form the Over the Hill Band.  They create magic when they merge their two unique sounds to perform new and classic rock and country hits.

Passion is big fun, high impact, and high energy!  They are an exciting group of talented musical entertainers that keep the crowds rockin’ and the hits rollin’.  They perform a true variety of music from many of today’s hottest tunes to a multitude of memorable song classics from just about every popular musical genre, including Rock, Pop, Country, R&B, Dance, Funk, Motown, Disco, 50’s-60’s, Hip-Hop, Latin, 30’s-40’s, Swing, and Jazz.

Pelican West:  Pelican West Band is a top notch show/dance band. With an extensive song list and several theme shows, this band is a perfect fit for any venue or special occasion.

Red Velvet:  Excellent presentation of Top 40, Hip Hop, Funk R&B, 80’S & International. 

Rob Gracia Band:  (AKA Robert Stone)  Awesome classic and new rock.

Rock Island is a group of local icons led by Chuck Comeaux who has gathered the best percussionists and guitarists in the area to bring you great classic rock from the 60’s through the 90’s, as well as a little reggae and some great originals.

Rockstar Denied  is a five piece Top 40 Variety Party Band with some 80’s Retro/Rock, 70’s Classic Rock, Disco, and International integrated. 

Roland Z has been sharing his live one-man show with the island for the past 12 years.  He plays a variety of hits from the 70’s and 80’s as well as country favorites, enhanced by his sequenced backing tracks that he creates during his shows.  

Solid Riff:  Lower Rio Grande Valley cover band playing hits from the 80’s, 90’s, Top 40, Rock, Country & Oldies.

Southern Ashes:  Country Music is rising from the Southern Ashes of south Texas!

Starlight Quartet:  If you have a taste, or even a passion, for Soul, Blues, and Funk music, then we encourage you to go see The Starlight Quartet live!

Taylor Nicole Carpenter:  This talented singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist shares her beautiful voice with us at several venues on and around the island.  She plays originals and a variety of her favorite covers. 

Terry McIntyre: Terry plays a lot of everything!  Rock, Country, Pop, Jazz, Blues, and a little bit of Funk!

Wildcat Thicket:   Americana/Country/Rock.   A favorite at Harley’s Country Store & Beer Garden, Bayview, Texas.

 

 

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