Alice Howe, Dauzat St. Marie, and Illunis
Introducing Alice Howe, who has a modern spin on ’60s and ’70s folk and timeless blues; Dauzat St. Marie, who have been inspired by folk and rock; and Illunis, who won our 2020 Battle of the Bands with their unique vocals and powerful melody.
Cuñao, The Salty Suites, and Tyler Alexis
Cuñao is a Los Angeles-based Latin Folk group. They use their multi-ethnic background and influences to create evocative, poetic songs that transcend time and leave listeners with lush images. Cuñao puts a global twist on their Latin sound by exploring African rhythms, Eastern European melodies, and American Rock aesthetics.
The Salty Suites says their music is heavily influenced by small woodland creatures and traveling encyclopedia salesmen. Lyrically their inspiration derives from fortune cookies and grumpy cat memes. Don’t miss this functionally dysfunctional band of hooligans.
Tyler Alexis is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the vibrant city of Los Angeles. She derives her music from a variety of influences but focuses primarily on a fusion of alternative rock and folk styles.
Rob Bonfiglio, Danni Stefanetti, and JC Gafford
Rob Bonfiglio first gained national prominence in the mid ‘90s as a member of RCA recording act Wanderlust who scored a radio hit on the Billboard charts with “I Walked” and landed prime opening gigs for The Who, Collective Soul, and others. Rob’s consummate skills as an exceptional guitarist and vocalist is showcased in a multitude of TV, film, and various songs from other artists.
Discovered by superstar Keith Urban in the Nashville rain, Danni Stefanetti recently toured L.A., performing at the most iconic venues to sold-out crowds. The Australian artist moved to L.A. last year and is one of the most exciting and diverse performers to emerge from the Australian entertainment scene.
JC Gafford is an up-and-coming blues, funk, and R&B artist. His first album, 5, is available on CD Baby and ReverbNation. His second album, Love Too Much, is a full-length CD featuring many of today’s most popular blues musicians.
Funky AF, Emily Coupe, and Rene Collins
Funky AF, formed in Venice, California, is an extremely diverse group of music industry veterans from the East and West Coasts and Middle America, ranging in ages from their 30s to 70s — united under a common goal: to play uplifting dance music from around the world. They play a mix of world music, moving fluidly from reggae to Latin to Middle Eastern and West African rhythms to, of course, funk.
Emily Coupe is an Australian pop/folk artist with a soul twist. Her fusion of sounds has developed over the years, with influences ranging from singer/songwriter staples Jewel, Colbie Caillat, and Sheryl Crow, combined with more cutting edge alt-pop like Gorillaz.
Rene Collins effortlessly weaves together the subjects of spiritual progress, love, and nature to create a unique musical and lyrical style. Charismatic, charming, and energetic, he woos the audience with his powerful vocals, sensitive lyrics, and down-to-earth groovy blend of folk, reggae, and hip hop with fiddle.
Robot Nature, Xian, and Brittney Crush
Robot Nature can be described as an eclectic synthesis of modern electronic, noir pop, and infectious synth rock. With electric violin and haunting lead vocals, Robot Nature will have you hooked.
With inspiration coming from the nostalgia of Blues, Doo Wop, and ’70s Rock, Xian brings a new take to something familiar. With swirling bass and psychedelic vocals, Xian shows just how good it feels to let it all out.
Brittney Crush embodies the nature of a powerhouse femme icon with her electric vocals, edgy lyrics and a one-of-a-kind stage presence. Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, she started her music career while earning her bachelor’s degree in New York City. As a lover of live music and ensembles, she and her band have grown to produce and perform shows that leave the audience with an unforgettable sound and experience.
Donate to these artists
Valley Cultural Foundation has been supporting Emerging Artists for the last three (3) years, providing them a means to perform in a live, professional, established concert setting where they can promote and refine their talents.
In an effort to continue its Emerging Artist program, and in compliance with the 2020 restrictions for live music due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VCF has created “Concerts on the Couch”. This online series is a way to entertain safely and promote this year’s Emerging Artists.
Valley Cultural Foundation will release one video block per week, featuring songs by three emerging artists, and will continue to release a new video each week throughout the summer.