Sounds Like San Diego VIII

Saturday, July 8, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

Event Details

The eighth edition of Sounds Like San Diego, will once again feature some of today’s top local artists performing their takes on songs made famous by artists from San Diego from 1960 to today. Curated and hosted by music historian Bart Mendoza, the evening also includes appearances by some of the original musicians, performing their classics. Song selections will include music from Iron Butterfly, The Cascades, Switchfoot, Jack Tempchin, David Gates, JJ Cale, Ratt and more!

There will be three themes running through the fast paced show - singer-songwriters, musical pioneers and sixties soul. This year’s performers are:

Jesse Davis: The legendary soul singer will sing his 1967 classic “Gonna Hang On In There Girl.”

The Dinettes: This pioneering all female band's first show in 37 years! The Dinettes helped set the template that indie rockers follow today. The night includes original members Doriot Lair, Sue Delguidice, Joyce Rooks and Irene Liberatore (Dolan).

Wayne Riker: Author and guitarist was winner of the 2017 San Diego Music Awards Lifetime Achievement trophy. Will perform an original and a seventies favorite.

Johnny Vernazza: Former guitarist with 70’s hit makers, the Elvin Bishop Group; played with Van Morrison; most recently heard on "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie soundtrack.

True Stories: An all-star group of musicians that includes David Fleminger, Normandie Wilson, Symea Solomon and Greg Smith

Pony Death Ride: Acclaimed husband and wife musical comedy duo.

Plus appearances from Nina Francis, Peter Hall, Marie Haddad, Scott Mathiasen and more, all adding up to a fun night celebrating San Diego’s music community!


Guest Details


Jesse Davis

Jesse Davis

Legendary soul singer Jesse Davis calls San Diego home, where he still performs for private and corporate events as well as some nightclub gigs.  

His career has taken him to gigs far and wide. In the U.S. he has performed in many cities, like L.A.,San Francisco, Washington DC, Miami and a good deal of time on the Reno, Tahoe, Las Vegas circuits. Internationally, he has performed throughout Australia and in New Zealand , Mexico, Puerto Rico, Fiji and the Bahamas. His first album was recorded and released in Australia with other recordings to follow in the U.S. Jesse has also appeared on many television and radio shows in the U.S., Australia and Mexico, and was in a TV special that filmed throughout Europe and the finale at the Grand Ol' Opry, called "The Phenomenon of Benji."

Movie stars Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Darren McGavin, Denise Darcel, David Jannsen, Paul Burke; and singer Jackie DeShannon were a few of the many celebrities that were frequent patrons at Jesse's performances.

Of special note, First Lady Betty Ford came to see him twice, the second time bringing her husband, President Gerald Ford.  The first lady caused quite a stir later in the evening when she said she would not leave until she had a dance with Jesse! The Secret Service scrambled, and President Ford was very gracious about it, and diffused the situation by dancing with one of the female Secret Service members!


The Dinettes

The Dinettes

The Dinettes formed in San Diego as The Cockpits in 1978 who, after a couple of line-up changes, coalesced around Cindy Brisco (drums), Doriot Negrette (vocals), Irene Liberatore-Dolan (drums), Joyce Rooks (guitar, vocals), Lisa Aston Emerson (guitar), and Sue Ferguson (keyboards) as The Dinettes. They released “Poison” b/w “T.V.” in 1979.


Wayne Riker

Wayne Riker

Wayne has taught privately since 1973, beginning in New York City ('73 and '74), Topeka, Kansas ('75-'78), Rochester, Minnesota ('79), and now in San Diego (since 1980), having taught a virtual who's who in the past and present San Diego music scene. He has become recognized as a well known guitar clinician and educator throughout the world as a senior faculty member with The National Guitar Workshop (1990-2006), coincided with his instructional columns in Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar,Premier Guitar and Acoustic Musician magazines, along with his nine instructional books and two instructional DVD's with Alfred Publishing’s Workshop Arts series, which have been successful learning tools for many students around the globe.

He has conducted joint workshops/concerts with many well respected technique guitarists over the years, including Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Will Ray, Marty Friedman, Luther Guitar Johnson, Dave Grissom, Red Volkaert and Duke Robillard.


Johnny "V" Vernazza

Johnny "V" Vernazza

Johnny "V" has played guitar with many Blues greats like Chicago guitarist Luther Tucker, Sunnyland Slim, Rock& Roll Legend Chuck Berry, Steve "Guitar" Miller, Greg Allman , George Thorogood, Charlie Daniels , Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen and Elvin Bishop to name a few.

Johnny was recruited into Elvin Bishop's band that led to 6 albums, Gold Records, endless touring and the #3 song in the nation by 1974 "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."

Elvin and Johnny's dual lead and slide parts set a style that was part of the Southern Rock Sound and continues to live on today.

Johnny continues to wow folks with his sizzling bluesy slide guitar as a long time member of harmonica great Norton Buffalo (Steve Miller Band) So keep an eye and ear out for Johnny as he's playin', producing and recording with some of the best the music world has to offer.

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