This area is fully editable and gives you the opportunity to go into more detail about your business, what you do and what sets you apart from the competition.

This area is fully editable and gives you the opportunity to go into more detail about your business, what you do and what sets you apart from the competition.

This area is fully editable and gives you the opportunity to go into more detail about your business, what you do and what sets you apart from the competition.

2019 LINE-UP

The California Honeydrops (Bay Area)

The Honeydrops have come a long way since guitarist and trumpeter Lech Wierzynkski and drummer Ben Malament started busking in an Oakland subway station, but the band has stayed true to that organic, street-level feel. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows.  More like parties than traditional concerts, their shows feature extensive off-stage jamming and crowd interaction. “The whole point is to erase the boundaries between the crowd and us,” Wierzynski says. “We don’t make setlists. We want requests. We want crowd involvement, to make people become a part of the whole thing by dancing along, singing, picking the songs and generally coming out of their shells.”
Yak Attack (Portland)

Yak Attack is a live electronica power trio from Portland Oregon. Founded in 2013, the band has experienced steady growth over the past few years and has been building buzz by touring frequently throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and the Mountain West. The group's music is best described as "organic electronica", using skillful playing, live loops, and tightly constructed songs combined with raw improvisation to build high-energy and uplifting dance music from scratch, where every note is played and recorded live. The band draws on influences from a wide spectrum of electronica, such as house, drum and bass, and breakbeat, along with elements of jam, funk, and jazz. The result is a live show that is musically sophisticated but widely accessible, with a diverse and engaged fanbase that travels to out of town shows and continually returns to see what the band will do in its next live show.
Afrolicious (San Francisco)

Dance fusion collective, Afrolicious is a dance party instigator combining rhythms from Africa and Latin America with electronic breaks and deep club beats. The band emphasizes the organic elements, instrumentation, and energy of a live ensemble and this is combined with club heavy beats and textures ensuring booty shaking ensues. Afrolicious has played alongside such artists as Thievery Corporation, Jimmy Cliff, Fishbone, Balkan Beat Box, Rob Garza, Novalima, The Pimps of Joytime, Nickodemus, Johnny Osbourne, See-I, Ghostland Observatory, Beats Antique, J.Boogie, and DJ Smash. We are delighted to welcome these Guitarfish alumni back to the stage – this will be their 7th Guitarfish and they always bring something fresh to the mix!
Smoked Out Soul (Bay Area)

Founded in 2013, Smoked Out Soul started out as a mixtape concept fusing southern hip-hop beats with classic funk & soul. Eventually DJ/Guitarist Zebuel took that sound to clubs playing guitar over funk remix DJ sets adding live drums, horns and percussion. After moving from Lake Tahoe to The Bay Area, SOS became a thriving party which eventually gave birth to a live act, a production team a music collective and record label. Zeb and crew meld the electronic & organic musical worlds for maximum dance floor destination - Zebuel’s set at Guitarfish 2018 made sure we went out with a bang; not a whimper.  Smoked Out Soul aims at blending the thriving DJ culture with the live music scene in The Bay Area, putting a fresh spin on a classic sound, tunes rooted in soul with a nod to the future.  
Earth Arrow (LA)

This high energy, Afro-beat, hip-hop & dance band is focused on reviving ancient African and indigenous rhythms and dance.  A reflection of the fire that burns in the hearts of all who live in colonized lands across the world, Earth Arrow harnesses the likes of Sly & the Family, Santana, Jimi, TLC, The Godfather of Soul, and moments of Motown Magic.  They are a songwriter’s band, for hip-hop heads, fans of funk, a dancer’s dream, tip-toeing in jazz, but you may end up skakin' the night away. Humbly playing to spread truth, justice, and light over the lands.  Music with a message, party with a purpose. Earth Arrow blew the audience away with their recent powerful performance at our sister fest Joshua Tree Music Festival, we’re delighted to bring their energy to the Guitarfish stage!

Diggin Dirt (Arcata)

Diggin Dirt began planting its roots back in 2011 in the town of Arcata, CA in Humboldt County. The original lineup as a jammed out quintet has evolved into an 8-piece band had instant chemistry, and after only a few months of playing together, released their Full Season LP. This past summer they blew the roof off the vaudeville tent at High Sierra; on a Thursday at noon, no less. They pack a punch, and play to win. Their musical influences range from afrobeat, reggae to rock, but always with an underlying theme of funky soul. The band has a reputation of quality original music backed by high energy performance and are more inspired than ever, and ready to bring the music to the people. With more expansive West Coast tour dates, and fresh material coming out of their preparations, the group shows no signs of slowing down as they expand their reach.
Joy & Madness (Sacramento)

A soul and funk explosion out of Sacramento that could be described as Jamiroquai meets Fits and the Tantrums, Joy & Madness has been rocking stages all over the West Coast since inception. With their raucous mix of raw stonesy energy, pulsing groove, and juicy horn lines coloring tightly crafted songs, Joy & Madness brings a modern classic pop sensibility to a new age of joyous funk and soul reaching audiences in a way that few live performers can.  Front man and vocalist Hans Eberbach brings so much freewheeling energy to the stage, he has literally broken right through the floorboards! As true believers in music as a shared experience that can simultaneously allow escape and connection, Joy and Madness brings a live performance which leaves everybody inspired, sweaty, and full of joy.
Jimmy Leslie's Guitarfish Family Band (Bay Area & beyond)
Jimmy is a “freehand” guitarist with a funky roots-rock style, a soaring soulful singer, a multi-faceted writer, and co-founder of the Guitarfish Music Festival. Leslie’s artistic credits include the Honey Island Swamp Band, Shana Morrison, Visitor Jim, A Spirit Hustler, and his current original band, Jimmy Leslie & The Flow. He is also the leader of the Bay Area’s premier Allman Brothers tribute—the Allmond Brothers Clan. Leslie has interviewed everyone from members of the actual Allman Brothers Band to George Clinton, and jammed with the likes of Luther Dickinson and Papa Mali--you never know who may show up at his gigs!

​​These musical maestros will keep the beats rolling and the dancefloor rocking in between live sets...
All Good Funk Alliance  (Tahoe)
Breakbeat, Disco, Boogie, Nu-Funk & Bass. Influential pioneers of the Nu-Funk and mid-tempo breaks sounds, AGFA's innovation and originality has earned them universal respect across the music industry. They are constantly dropping new remixes, originals and reworks brimming with hype music that encompasses multiple genres, the All Good Funk Alliance are keeping it fresh while keeping true to their roots musically. Their remix of big band legend Woody Herman's track, "Mambo Herd," was met with critical acclaim, as was the major remix deal to put their indelible, funk-infused spin on Kraak and Smaak's hit album “Plastic People." When AGFA's release, "REC," dropped in 2007, Properly Chilled described it as "modern funk mixing the best of hip hop and funk [with] lots of percussion breakdowns."
Afrolicious Sound System (Bay Area)
Joe Mcguire of Afrolicious fame, and global grooves game, brings the high funk-tastic vibe to the dance floor. For over a decade, Joe & family have been hosting weekly dance parties, writing songs, performing and making musical magic happen. We are thrilled to have Afrolicious rock the main stage on SUN eve, and for Joe to keeping it flowing on SAT night with two Sound System DJ sets.
Disco Terrorist  (Truckee)
Disco Terrorist is an inspirational anti-hero on a quest to spread the love of beats to the finest dancers and partiers. He is the ambassador of glory - and the iron fist of funky fist pumping. From sun soaked daytime grooves to the highest energy peak hour sets to luscious sunrise deep tracks, Disco Terrorist creates an energetic, inclusive, and fun vibe for the dance floor. Tahoe's own dance floor weapon is always poised to deliver what the people need most in this world: the very best beats to make the dance party pop!  Awesome People I have supported/played shows with: Fort Knox Five, All Good Funk Alliance, Slynk, Defunk, and Qdup.