Mike Blanchard and the Californios are an old school Country/Americana band. We play originals and traditional country, depression era jazz, torch and blues. From Honky-Tonk Swing songs to sweet vocal based gospel music, an instant good time is had.
Uptempo, fun, familiar and new at the same time,with harmonies so sweet they can make you cry, the Californios put on a high energy show that is playful and professional. From fundraisers, birthday parties, corporate events to festivals, Mike Blanchard and the Californios are your successful choice for a musical performance for your event.
One of my favorite bands in Sacramento. Incredible vocals, rhythm and drums, great guitarists. These guys are professional. great people, good vibes and certainly a class act. Mike Blanchard and the band deserve national acclaim.
Response from Mike Blanchard And The Californios:
Dear Vince, Thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of your big day. We love your Cidery, the open house was a huge hit and we were delighted to be asked to be a part of it.
I hired Mike for a barn party in the middle of the summer in the middle of a Vineyard in Napa. The band arrived on the agreed upon time, allowing for the extra time needed for set up. The entire group of gentlemen were easy to work with and they rocked the house...well the barn. They were so fantastic, I hired them again on the spot to perform at one our Wine Club events the following month. I encourage you to contact Mike and book The Californios for your next event. They are very talented musicians and a pleasure to work with.
Response from Mike Blanchard And The Californios:
Diane, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Playing at The Duckhorn Winery was one of the highlight gigs of the summer. We love playing wineries, and being between Amador county and Napa/Sonoma Valley has afforded us so many wonderful opportunities to play in such a wonderful environments, it is definitely a treat. Your staff was gracious and a delight to work with, and we hope to do it again in the future.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
We can perform a quiet background dinner set or amp up the energy and get people swing dancing. We joke with the audience, perform to them. We can make them laugh or make them cry with a tender song. An evening with us is an event, where everyone leaves feeling like they made new friends.
Mike Blanchard and the Californios are an old school Country/Americana band. As a founding member of the Tattooed Love Dogs, Blanchard released two CD’s, won three Sammies, and was entered into the Sacramento Music Hall of Fame and his band played shows with too many famous bands to list. In the Californios, he and his wife Laurie's voices blend in that deceptively easy sounding way that comes from nearly 2 decades of singing together. Their band is filled with seasoned professionals, and when they play everyone from children to seniors want to get up and dance. From Honky Tonk boilers to sweet vocal based gospel songs, an instant good time is had. Ask us for references!
Additional Booking Notes
We prefer the following:
If an outdoor gig, must have some kind of covering for the band. We can not play in the full heat of the day with no covering over our heads. It's also really nice if you can provide water for the band for summer outdoor gigs.
We prefer it if you provide a P.A. (Public Address system). We do have one, but if we have to bring it, we're gonna need to charge you extra, so it might be easier to just rent one.
We prefer it if you have a lighting setup for a night show. We do have lights in an emergency, but would need to know to bring them.
Other than that, we're super easy to work with. We are all seasoned professionals who've been doing this for a long time. We show up on time or early, we know what questions to ask, when to ask them, how to stay out of the way when it isn't our time to shine and how to light up the room when it is. We're the band to hire when you want confidence in the talent and the professionalism of the band.
|Mike Blanchard||Lead Vocals and Guitar|
|Robert Meyer||Stand Up Bass|
|Eric Crownover||Drum and Percussion|
|Roger Kunkle||Electric Guitar|
|Vincent Montoya||Electric Rhythm Guitar/Vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
Merle Haggard, Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, Graham Parsons, Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson, 1920's Jazz, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Web Pierce
Covered area if playing outdoors in sun during summer
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