Confidential is a hard rock band straight out of Irvine. It was the brainchild of four friends with similar musical interests: Darren Wilsey (lead guitar and author of, "The Musician's Guide to Licensing Music: How to Get Your Music into Film, TV, Advertising, Digital Media & Beyond"), Jason Goldstein (bass guitar, shareholder at Buchalter), Abram Rodriguez (lead vocals , teacher, Mayfair High) and Matty West (rhythm guitar, teacher, coach, author). Add drummer Patricia Oceguera (professional interpreter) and guitarist Bob Dato (of counsel, Buchalter), and you have an eclectic combination of rock n' roll die hards that are looking to rock the Whisky-a-Go-Go on March 21, 2019.
The Confidential set list offers a broad range of appeal for rock music aficionados - from the novice to diehards like us. And remember, no matter what happens before, at or after a Confidential show: "Your Secret Is Safe With Us." TM pending.
Featuring legal talent from Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP; Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC Rocking for Kind, Inc. (Kids in Need of Defense). Kind helps ensure that no child appears in immigration court without high quality legal representation.
Lodestar is a hard rock band that recently took third place in the Banding Together to End Domestic Violence concert last July at the El Rey Theatre.
Marc Godino, guitarist for Lodestar, is a senior partner at Glancy Prongay & Murray, and along with bassist Daniel Cubert have been playing music together for over 40 years. Combined with drummer John Ferrigno from Hooper Lundy & Bookman, percussionist/attorney Melissa Wright, and vocalist/attorney Gary Yones, Lodestar promises to deliver a high energy, guitar driven rock experience.
Featuring legal talent from Faraday Future; Praedicat, Inc; Strumwasser & Woocher LLP Rocking for Family Violence Appellate Project
MauxFaux started at Morrison & Foerster as Band Morrison and has been a staple for several years in the gritty underground corporate-lawyer Los Angeles music scene. Now faux MoFos, the three existing members have moved on to Praedicat, Inc., Faraday Future, and Strumwasser & Woocher LLP. As a power pop trio, MauxFaux strives to bring garage-band, punk sensibilities to pop hits. It's like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but the brides are the Bangles and the brothers are the Ramones.
With talent from Spertus, Landes & Umhofer Rocking for ACLU of Southern California
Daughter: “Daddy, why do you do Law Rocks every year?” Me: “Because, sweetie, Daddy has unresolved insecurities from his childhood and expresses those through attention-seeking behaviors.”
Daughter: “Oh. That’s exactly what mommy says. You’re weird. And embarrassing.” Me: “Imagine how my law partners feel.”
Daughter: “Seems like you’ve been doing this since I was born—have you ever won Law Rocks?” Me: “No sweetie. But thanks for rubbing it in.”
Daughter: “What songs are you going to do?” Me: “I’m going to desecrate several classics from the 80s, 90s, and today. You know, the usual.”
Daughter: “Please don’t do like real music like Cardi B and Ariana Grande. It’s cringy and needy.” Me: “I know. But I think the audience appreciates the awkwardness of my musical stylings in ways that cause them to cheer sympathetically. Kinda like when a video of a puppy barking at himself in a mirror gets a billion likes.”
Daughter: “Who is your charity?” Me: “It’s the ACLU. They fight for people’s rights and make the president rage-tweet.”
Daughter: “Then I like them. Do they know you’re not very good at this?” Me: “Shhh, honey. Let’s keep that just between us.”
The MHAS Warriors
With legal talent from Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp Rocking for Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS)
MSK’s band, the 2017 Judge’s Choice winner, will again be playing to support Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS), an organization dedicated to providing free legal services to those with mental health disabilities. They’re playing this year as The MHAS Warriors to honor Jim Preis, the long-time leader of MHAS who passed away last year. MHAS is a truly inspiring organization with a vibrant new Executive Director, Jenny Farrell, leading MHAS into an exciting new chapter. The MHAS Warriors, fresh off covering the back side of Abbey Road last year, are mixing it up this year with a mix of indie/alternative tunes from The Cure to The National to the Alabama Shakes.
Featuring legal talent from Day Pitney; Wolf Greenfield Rocking for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The NYC-area based Wolfpack is excited and honored to be joining the Law Rocks LA show this March as they continue to raise money for JDRF! The band has had the good fortune of playing the NYC show since 2014, raising nearly $30,000 for various charities in the process. Gabe, Greg, Brian, and Ted will be flying out to the Sunset Strip to rock the Whisky with a killer set of hard-hitting rock songs that will be sure to keep the crowd howlin’ all night! The band greatly appreciates your support in helping to raise funds for the LA Chapter of JDRF - the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D until “type one” becomes “type none!
With legal talent from Allen Matkins and Buchalter Rocking for California Strong
Attractive Nuisance roared onto the Whisky stage in 2014 for its inaugural Law Rocks! set. The Nuisance won the Judges' Choice Award in 2016 and won both the Saturday night concert and the Judges' Choice Award in 2017. The Nuisance has played gigs all over Southern California, from Agoura Hills to Hermosa Beach. Law Rocks is thrilled that the Nuisance is bringing back its mosh-inspiring sound for 2019 in support of California Strong, which is raising money and awareness to support those affected by the Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks, the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Southern California.
With legal talent from Doll Amir & Eley Rocking for Mirman School
2015 champs and 2016/2018 Judges' Choice Award winners, BIG DICTA, are back and ready to rock! Doll Amir & Eley lawyers, Sunset Strip veterans -- the danger of rocking too hard is indeed present. This year, all amps will be set at 11.5 and more cowbell is guaranteed.
Featuring legal talent from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Rocking for In-N-Out Burger Foundation
Don’t let the name fool you. The Doughboys rock it hard. Mixing original lyrics to familiar beats and riffs, they are as deft with a mic as they are with a memo. The sextet from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will rock for The In-N-Out Burger Foundation this year, and they’re ready to prove that it’s all about that bassoon, ‘bout that bassoon, no treble.
Castle of Rock
Featuring legal talent from Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP Rocking for United Friends of the Children
Down By Law
With legal talent from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete; Reed Smith Rocking for LACBA Counsel for Justice
As hard-core devotees of the Starland Vocal Band, we first met at the Annual SVB Convention in Dubuque in 2012. Upon realizing that we that we all worked for the same law firm, we spontaneously broke into a 4 and a half-part harmony of “Afternoon Delight.” After that, we knew that we had to form our own band to make awesome music together. Our motto: OBOS!
The Four Horsemen
With legal talent from Latham & Watkins Rocking for City of Hope
Representing Latham & Watkins with members from Diversion, a Latham band who performed at 3 prior LawRocks events, the Four Horsemen will pay homage to classic Sunset Strip Heavy Metal. Performing timeless face-melting classics from bands who performed at the world famous Whisky A Go Go throughout the 1980s. Get our fist in the air and relive the heyday of the Sunset Strip metal scene! The Four Horsemen will be raising money to support The City of Hope.
Ocean Park Sound System
Featuring talented legal professionals from Raines Feldman Rocking for White Heart Foundation
Ocean Park Sound System is a soul/funk reggae party. Featuring members of Raines Feldman LLP, Ocean Park Sound System came together out in the surf lineup and create a live groove mix of soul, reggae, funk, surf, and rock. The band plays around town and at fundraisers to keep the soul shakedown going!
Starring legal professionals from Perkins Coie Rocking for City of Hope
Three-time Law Rocks champion Privileged Communications formed in early 2013 to represent Perkins Coie in the Law Rocks competition in Hollywood, California against other firms such as Latham & Watkins and DLA Piper. Privileged Communications comprises partner Michael Wise on lead vocals, partner Joe Hamilton on guitar, partner Lara Dueppen and counsel Oliver Gold on keyboards and drums, respectively, and non-Perkins attorney Niall Fordyce on bass. While Privileged Communications does not have any available recordings currently, the group is in contract discussions with several large record labels and expects to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show within the next few years.
ACLU of Southern California
City of Hope
City of Hope is a leading nonprofit research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Los Angeles County Bar Association Counsel for Justice
Counsel for Justice brings together law firms, foundations, corporations, donors and volunteers in support of a more just Los Angeles. Together, we stand at the forefront of providing equal access to legal services in our community by raising funds and directly contributing at the frontlines of justice in five key areas: domestic violence, support of our veterans, immigration assistance, AIDS legal services and civic mediation.
Family Violence Appellate Project
In-n-Out Burger Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation NYC
Little Kids Rock
Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS)
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1977 to provide free legal services to people with mental disabilities. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination.
United Friends of the Children
White Heart Foundation
12th Root of 2
Starring legal talent from Hanson Bridgett; Kessenick, Gamma and Free; Peter Logan Law Offices Rocking for St. Anthony's San Francisco and Blue Bear School of Music
Back for its 7th appearance at Law Rocks, 12th Root of Two plays tunes from the Rolling Stones, the Who and other classic rock bands. Band members give back to the community, through Bar service, community volunteer activities, and playing for numerous charitable events in Northern California.
Featuring legal talent from Covington & Burling LLP Rocking for API Legal Outreach
Cov'R Band is the house band of Covington & Burling LLP, and is comprised of attorneys located in the firm's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. The band was formed in 2018 and plays an eclectic mix of rock, pop, and R&B songs, spanning across the past six decades. This is Cov'R Band's debut at Law Rocks SF, and we are excited to be participating and raising funds for API Legal Outreach.
Featuring legal talent from Winston & Strawn / Farella, Braun + Martel Rocking for The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
JIMMY'S BROTHER is an LA-based rock n’ roll band with a significant following in the New York area as well. No gimmicks, no nonsense. Just vocals, guitars, and attitude. Formed in 2009 after a chance meeting around an old hotel piano in downtown LA, the band is known for its high energy mix of originals and cover songs. No stranger to the Law Rocks stage, the band has won multiple “Judges’ Choice Awards” in Los Angeles and San Francisco and two overall championships.
The Latent Defects
Featuring legal talent from Greenberg Traurig; K&L Gates; Perkins Coie Rocking for Family Violence Appellate Project
Formed in 2017, The Latent Defects (f.k.a. Attractive Nuisance) are proud to return at Law Rocks for the second time! The band, which managed to win “Judges Choice” in two of their last three performances, was formed as Greenberg Traurig’s house band and now includes a Verein of weekend warriors from five different law firms all flying a united banner of rock. They are ramping up a set of unexpected rock covers and retro hits and are proud to be supporting the Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) for this upcoming event.
Featuring legal talent from Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger Rocking for Collective Impact
From one of the premier personal injury firms in the Bay Area comes a musical ensemble that will compel you to move. Magnum PI debuted at Law Rocks SF 2018 and took the audience on a wild ride through the history of rock. Always looking for the edge, and for the jam that will take the crowd off the beaten path, this year Magnum PI brings a new set that explores more genres, instruments, and sounds. If the Battle of the Bands doesn’t settle out of court, this outfit is ready to go to verdict.
Featuring legal talent from Morrison & Foerster Rocking for Bay Area Legal Aid
The MoFonics features (in alpha order) Matthew Chivvis (vocals), Paul Flum (sax/flute), Josh Korr (guitar), Aaron Rubin (bass), Nate Sabri (keys), James Schurz (vocals), and Jeremey Steinkoler (drums).
We represent Morrison & Foerster LLP, with a touch of funk, grit, and irreverence. We play a mix of classic rock and more modern tunes, adding our own twist. We love playing together and are committed to supporting good causes.
Morgan, Lewis & ROCKius
Featuring legal talent from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Rocking for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Morgan, Lewis & ROCKius FKA The Combinations is a large band from the SF office of Morgan Lewis. They combine a wicked horn section, great guitars and bass, amazing vocalists and phenomenal keyboard player. Along with our talented drummer, Morgan, Lewis & ROCKius hope that you enjoy their hybrid 70's R&B/Motown, funk vibe. We love playing together and believe that music makes the world a better place! Happy to lend our time and talent to fundraise!
Featuring legal talent from Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein Rocking for The Arc of the East Bay
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 governs class actions, and may not seem like a wellspring for roots rock and roll -- but it is! Lieff Cabraser's R23s are in a class all their own as they take personal jurisdiction over your dancin' shoes when they rip their way through gold standards in support of The Arc of the East Bay.
The Arc of the East Bay
API Legal Outreach
Bay Area Legal Aid
Blue Bear School of Music
Family Violence Appellate Project
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
St. Anthony's San Francisco
Shawn Dailey has been a professional touring and recording musician since the age of 17. Most recently he played bass for Courtney Love / Hole. He has also toured and recorded with several other critically acclaimed rock bands. He currently serves as Executive Director for the Take Me to The River Music Education Initiative, a charity that seeks to inspire a deeper understanding of civil rights, music history, and cross-generational collaboration.
Laura Ferreiro is the founder Music for Good and M4G Media, which connects brands and musicians with reputable non-profits, helps tell their stories, and promotes musicians and the good causes they care about most. She previously served as West Coast Editor of British music magazine NME, and is a longtime music journalist contributing to Yahoo, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, IGN.com, Nylon and Rolling Stone. She has also worked extensively in marketing, communications & PR, with brands including Red Bull and Gretsch Guitars, and non-profits such as WaterAid, Easterseals, MALDEF and the Levitt Foundation. When she’s not scribbling away or attending shows, she enjoys hiking and making pottery.
Dan Flores is a Senior Vice President and the head of litigation at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. Prior to joining MGM in 2013, he practiced in the Los Angeles office of Gibson Dunn in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, and antitrust law. Dan received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 2002 and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1999. He serves on the board of the Jazz Education Network, the leading organization supporting college and high school jazz educators and students, and he has previously served on the President’s Council at the Colburn School. Dan currently plays tenor saxophone with Gary Greene and His Big Band of Barristers, an institution in the Los Angeles legal community that has allegedly been declared as America’s #1 Legal Band by the American Bar Association. Once upon a time he could also play clarinet, guitar, bass, and piano reasonably well but now he is admittedly kind of a hack. Dan’s favorite non-lawyer band is Fishbone.
Chris Poole is President and Chief Executive Officer of JAMS, the largest provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services worldwide.
Poole joined JAMS in 2006 and since that time has led the organization through an unprecedented period of growth, which also helped elevate the ADR industry as a whole. In his role as President and CEO, Poole works closely with senior management and the highly-trained panelists who own the company. He is actively involved in recruiting high-profile ADR talent to the JAMS panel and overseeing the operations and marketing functions across all locations worldwide.
Poole’s extensive business experience in the legal industry makes him uniquely qualified for the head post at JAMS. Prior to joining JAMS, Poole was CEO at Thomson Elite, part of The Thomson Corporation. Under Poole’s leadership, Thomson Elite, the software division of Thomson’s $3-billion Legal and Regulatory Market Group, grew to be one of the most successful suppliers to the legal industry. At Thomson, he was responsible for overseeing multiple product lines with 800 employees. During his tenure, Elite dominated its core market and became a global leader in legal software, achieving a market share of over 60 percent of the largest law firms in the world.
Poole was COO of Elite Information Systems from 1995 to 1998, Chair and CEO of Elite Information Group from 1999 to 2003, and President and CEO of Thomson Elite from 2003 to 2006. Before joining Elite, Poole was Executive Director of Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. Latham is one of the largest law firms in the world, with more than 2,600 attorneys in 30 offices around the globe. He served as Executive Director from 1993 to 1995, and prior to that, he was the firm’s Director of Technology from 1989 to 1993.
Poole was the recipient of the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1979 and his M.B.A. in Computers and Marketing from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in 1984.
He is based in the JAMS Irvine Headquarters and lives with his family in Southern California.
Mick Smiley is a songwriter and producer. Career highlights include three platinum records, a Grammy nomination, and playing bass on Billy Idol's first album. He is perhaps best known for writing and performing the song "Magic" from the 1984 Ghostbusters soundtrack. Mick has owned Better Music Services for the past 25 years, a top Southern California DJ service specializing in weddings.
Joe Trofino is the Associate General Counsel and a senior executive in the Legal Affairs Department at ICM Partners, one of the world’s largest talent and literary agencies with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and London, where he focuses on general corporate legal matters including litigation, corporate contracts, regulatory compliance, insurance matters, real estate, employment, business development and legal policy matters. The agency represents creative and technical talent in the fields of motion picture, television, books, music, live performance, branded entertainment, and new media. Mr. Trofino joined ICM Partners in 2008. Mr. Trofino currently lives in Culver City with his wife, Melissa, and 4 year old son/2032 NHL first round draft prospect, Crosby.
Debbie White, partner at Loeb & Loeb, focuses her practice in the music, motion picture and entertainment industries, with particular emphasis on representing recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, record companies, publishing companies, and digital media and technology companies in their ongoing business affairs.
Recognized as a top entertainment lawyer by leading publications such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, Debra is known for her work negotiating multimillion-dollar recording contracts, as well as agreements related to publishing, worldwide touring, film soundtrack and Broadway cast albums, merchandising and sponsorships. A significant portion of her music practice centers on the development of copyright strategies and implementation of licensing efforts for digital companies, major advertisers and advertising agencies, sports and television networks, and entertainment companies.
Her experience representing talent, combined with her in-depth understanding of licensing and publishing rights, uniquely positions Debra to address the complex issues that arise when artists work with subscription streaming services and other new media companies and licensors of digital content.
She also leverages her talent and recording relationships to negotiate entertainment-related strategic marketing partnerships, tour sponsorships, brand integration agreements and celebrity product endorsement deals on behalf of advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies from a variety of industries.
In addition, Debra represents actors, fashion designers, athletes, chefs, models and high-level industry executives in a range of traditional entertainment matters. She has been very successful at expanding her clients’ interests through ventures such as book publishing, fragrance and cosmetic licensing agreements, non-scripted television deals, and infomercials.
Debra's practice is international in scope, and she is increasingly active in Asia’s expanding entertainment and media market, with clients that include China’s largest tech company and one of the most popular K-pop bands in history.
Featuring legal talent from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Enbridge Rocking for OpHeart
Backspace is a rock ‘n roll band that formed in 2007 as a group of like-minded professionals who found a way to benefit the community through their music. Their annual charity show is a one-time only performance specifically curated around a unique theme, never to be repeated. In 2019, they travelled across the pond and played an array of British band hits panning from the The Beatles to One Direction. On February 8, 2020 at White Oak Music Hall, they will present an evening of one-hit wonders.
The Dadbots are an acoustic cover band formed in 2017 by three dads with little free time but with a common love for 90s grunge. Lead singer, Brett Ross, is Associate General Counsel and Director of Compliance for TPC Group, a local chemical company. Steve Cagle plays guitar and provides back-up vocals and is a member of Winstead’s Business Litigation Practice Group. Mike Wilson plays guitar as well and is an associate at Kasowitz focusing on complex commercial litigation. The Dadbots are excited to join the Law Rocks show and to raise money for the Spring Branch Education Foundation supporting teachers and students from SBISD.
Featuring legal talent from Sheehy, Ware & Pappas LLC Rocking for The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter
How would you define a sound that’s a cross between Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, REM, and Glenn Frey? It’s a trick question. A sound like that defies genre. Veterans of the Houston music scene, they’ve connected to create unique music that’s heartfelt, edgy, and laid back. The result – an eclectic sound reminiscent of the aforementioned legends. It’s an unexpected combination, but once you hear it, it just feels right.
Pro Hac Vice
Featuring legal talent from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. and The Friedkin Group, the members of Pro Hac Vice joined forces for Law Rocks Houston to bring the hits from the most totally awesome era of music. The band will be raising money for the Chance for Hope Foundation, a local charity providing support services for children with cancer and their families, and grant funding for pediatric cancer research. Pro Hac Vice is: John Goodgame (guitar, vocals), Travis Earp (guitar, vocals), Charlie San Miguel (drums/percussion), Mario Barrientos (bass, vocals) and Scott Davidson (lead vocals, guitar).
The Wheel Workers
Featuring legal talent from Rodgers Selvera PLLC; South Texas College of Law Rocking for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
The Houston based five-piece political rock band The Wheel Workers isn’t so political on its upcoming new album post-truth (out Nov. 2nd, 2018.) Now, the band’s lean and quirky Dead Kennedys, The Clash, and Pixies-influenced style shoves real life in front of our eyes.
Following up an astounding eight nominations at the Houston Press Music Awards in 2015 for its previous album Citizens, which was also called “a true masterpiece” that year by Free Press Houston, post-truth’s opening cut “White Lies” was first released in November of 2016 just before the Presidential election.
“Successful political art foregrounds the artistry while making a statement that isn’t just applicable for a limited time,” said The Onion’s A.V. Club in its coverage of the song.
“I was personally caught up in the horror many liberals felt at the time,” says The Wheel Workers leader Steven Higginbotham. “But after all the personal difficulties the band has faced since that time, I’m not sure I would write that song the same way today.”
“Two of our members had houses flooded during Hurricane Harvey,” Higginbotham explains, “and they have spent the better part of a year coming back from that. I went through an intensely hurtful break-up that put me in a dark place. But the band supported each other through it all.”
“Some of the people that were most supportive and kind during our difficulties were people I would probably disagree with politically,” Higginbotham continues. “But the decency and love they showed in helping us rebuild our lives is so much more important than whether we agree on this or that issue.”
Interestingly, if the message of “White Lies” reflects where the band started, post-truth’s final track “Sing,” might best reflect where the band is today. “Wade thru the night until the daylight dawns,” Higginbotham sings in the song’s chorus, rising to a climax of, “We... want so much for the spell that now holds us to break / Love is what I hope we sing next.”
“I’m definitely still socially conscious,” Higginbotham elaborates, “But now I think problems are best dealt with the way we do in our personal lives, with the people we genuinely care about, supporting and loving one another with understanding and forgiveness.”
post-truth, the latest album by Houston-based band, The Wheel Workers arrived on Nov. 2nd, 2018.
Alzheimer's Association of Houston and Southeast Texas
Chance for Hope Foundation
Spring Branch Education Foundation
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts
Host - Chuck Jarrell
Charles “Chuck” Jarrell is a long-time supporter of, and participant in, Law Rocks. He helped form the inaugural board of directors for Law Rocks, and has emceed Law Rocks events nationwide. He is the guitarist for Attractive Nuisance, which has participated in the LA show for 5 years.
Chuck is a partner at Allen Matkins whose practice focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on complex business disputes and commercial fraud claims. His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of litigation, including real estate, partnership, environmental, and construction disputes.
Amber Field Music is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher featured in SF Magazine's Best of the Bay for yoga music. They have performed at the SF International Arts Festival, SF Jazz, SF Pride, and other festivals and venues. Amber started out their career in a punk band screaming into their didgeridoo and snarling into the mic and then studied music in India. They have mellowed with age and now specialize in world fusion with influences from India, the Middle East, gospel, blues, and rock. Amber specializes in helping people sing, sound and speak their truths in private and group Free Your Voice classes. Amber also leads drama therapy and expressive arts workshops and trainings for people who want to explore ancestral healing, grief, adoption, and collective emergence. Come join the music (r)evolution! http://www.amberfieldmusic.com
"In-house lawyer by day, Rock-star by night. Hilary Gevondyan currently serves as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel at First Republic Bank, where she provides strategic and day-to-day advice to executives, bankers, board members, and other key bank personnel regarding consumer and commercial lending transactions, facilities issues, deposit and fraud matters, special assets, and secondary market considerations. Previously, Hilary was in private practice with two large, international law firms where she had a particular niche with regard to hospitality assets and tax credit transactions and led the acquisition, disposition, and/or financing of over 50 hotels and 20 affordable housing projects.
Hilary is passionate about her family, community and civic engagement (including immigration and domestic violence related pro-bono work), singing (founding member and lead singer of 3-time Law Rocks champion band!), and she is currently re-learning how to play the piano. She has been an adjunct professor at University of California’s Berkeley School of Law and Hastings College of the Law. She is a graduate of Leadership San Francisco (sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce) and was awarded Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Hilary received her JD from Harvard Law School (where she was the Editor in Chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review) and a BS from Boston University (summa cum laude).
Stacy Kray is a singer-songwriter whose songs have received AAA and college radio airplay and whose music videos have appeared on national television. She is a two-time KFOG Local Scene Artist (the #1 AAA format radio station in the Bay Area) and the winner of multiple songwriting awards. She is a voting member and former Governor of the SF Chapter Board of The Recording Academy (which awards the Grammys) and an alum of the Commercial Theatre Institute. She has had music licensed by the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Network and been featured in artist spotlights in Billboard Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and 7x7. She is co-writing Love The Struggle, a full-length musical about the lives, loves and writings of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Love The Struggle has been the subject of development and showcases at Harvard University, the SheNYC Summer Theatre Festival, Musical Cafe (San Francisco) and SF Show Off. She is also a counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in Palo Alto where she specializes in environmental law and serves as the office pro bono coordinator.
Renata Lima is a multi-faceted human being that enjoys expressing herself through poetry, singing, playing, dancing and making fun videos. She was born in Brazil and carries the brazilian spirit with appreciation for dance, music and celebration.
With a background in Computer Science and Energy Healing, Renata enjoys exploring these different fields, tapping into the right and left brain. Her favorite bands growing up were Bon Jovi, Gun & Roses, and Green Day, and these days she loves playing some of their jams on her guitar, and as well songs by Iron&Wine, Tom Perry and Beatles.
She is passionate about understanding the different dynamics in human relationships and the relationship with self, and she believes that plays a big part in our experiences and how we show up in the world.
Born in Manhattan and raised in Queens and Westchester County, Kimon was classically trained on the upright bass. He came to the Bay Area by way of New England, although he did not heed immediately the advice of Horace Greeley, who so cogently advised that ‘West’ was the direction in which to ‘Go.’ Kimon, however, did arrive at that conclusion while standing on a beach in Santa Cruz while attending the Democratic National Convention: “Wait, they use the same money, and speak the same language here (sort of) – I could move here?” A few years later, he got in his car with two basses and an amp, shed his prior political campaign career, and drove to San Francisco.
Government lawyer by day, Kimon has played with any number of artists in the Bay Area and is a Law Rocks veteran. He spent many years with the Karney Band, and often plays with Amanda Abizaid out of Los Angeles. His new band - 101 North - should get on the road shortly. While his focus has been on rock and blues, he especially loves playing funk, reggae and dancehall. He enjoys exploring new genres and, more than anything, loves to learn.
Kimon is a partner at Hanson Bridgett. He provides both transactional and litigation advice to his public entity clients, and also serves as General Counsel to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. On the transactional side, he advises on transit funding at the federal, state and local levels. He helps his clients navigate the myriad of statutory and regulatory schemes governing public entities. He provides advice on the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, ethics, and risk management. He spent most of his career as a trial and appellate lawyer, and still litigates in any number of areas including code enforcement, torts, civil rights defense, and class actions. He advises and defends his clients on issues under the First, Fourth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments, Titles II, VI and VII, the California Voting Rights Act, and dangerous condition liability. He is especially fond of the design immunity doctrine.
Kimon spent 11 years at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, where he served as managing attorney. There, he gained a wealth of experience working with city officials and departments, and represented the city and county both as a plaintiff and defendant. He retooled and managed the City's code enforcement team with a focus on housing, building, planning, zoning, environmental health, drug abatement and consumer protection issues. On the defense side, Kimon became a specialist in the many areas that confront public agencies.
He is a frequent presenter at the Transportation Research Board, the American Public Transportation Association, and other public entity associations. also Kimon teaches legal research, writing and moot court at Hastings College of the Law.
Prior to earning his law degree, Kimon worked on the 1988 Dukakis for President campaign, where he served as director of administration and finance and assistant treasurer for General Election campaign, as well as the Massachusetts state director for the primary election.
Emcee - Michael A. Olivas
Michael A. Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at UH, where he has taught since 1982. He teaches Immigration Law courses, Higher Education and the Law, and Entertainment Law. He has a forthcoming book with NYU Press, Perchance toDREAM, A Legal and Political History of the DREAM Act and DACA, his 16th full-length book. From February 2016 until May 2017, Professor Olivas served as the President of the University of Houston-Downtown on an interim basis. He also has a regular radio show on the Albuquerque, NM, National Public Radio (NPR) station KANW, Houston’s KUHF, and other stations in North America. "The Law of Rock and Roll," where he reviews legal developments in music and entertainment law, appearing as "The Rock and Roll Law Professor." (TM) He lectures on entertainment law subjects to lawyers, young musicians, and trade groups.
Freddy Steady Krc
There are good reasons why Freddie Steady Krc has a Lifetime Achievement Award from Texas Academy of Music, a Texas Tornado Award from Buddy Magazine, and is in the Texas Music Hall of Fame. And his rich musical history all comes together in his Freddie Steady’s Wild Country project, a setting in which the music of his many incarnations all comes together.
This singer / songwriter / guitarist / drummer / renaissance Texan has plied his musical wares around the world the past few decades. A charismatic live performer, Krc wins over any audience with his captivating original songs and engaging stage presence. He also enjoys capturing the spirit of his favorite cover songs. Krc (rhymes with search) landed in Austin at the moment that a musical revolution was getting started at a styles-don’t-matter joint called the Armadillo.
By the time he hit town, he was also passionate about the Tex-Mex mix of the Sir Douglas Quintet (his first concert), the psychedelic sounds of rock innovators the 13th Floor Elevators, and the soulful folk of singer/songwriters like B. W. Stevenson and Jerry Jeff Walker. Freddie Steady would eventually work as a band member with each of these artists, all while developing his own musical ideas.
Session drumming includes studio work with everyone from the Sir Douglas Quintet’s Augie Meyers to Carole King, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to The Faces’ Ronnie Lane. Freddie’s greatest stage memories include performing for Presidents Clinton and Ford, drumming gigs with Big Brother and the Holding Company and with legendary San Francisco’s Charlatans at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’ll never forget performing with Jerry Jeff at Willie Nelson’s 1985 Picnic when Neil Young joined in for a set. His dozens of credits as a record producer include Peter Lewis of Moby Grape, Sal Valentino of The Beau Brummels, and Al Staehely of Spirit. Among his published original songs are one featured in the film, Purpose, and another that serves as the theme for television music series, All You Can Eat Texas Music Café.
With his power pop trio, The Explosives, Freddie Steady set his drums right up front next to his band mates. In 2005, The Explosives helped bring Texas legend Roky Erickson out of retirement, serving as his band for several years, just as they had years earlier. Roky and the Explosives enjoyed great success with the release of the Halloween on Freddie’s own SteadyBoy Records label.
Krc took front and center on the guitar with his Western folk rock outfit, The Shakin’ Apostles, his rock and roll band The Freddie Steady 5, and with his country band, Freddie Steady’s Wild Country. It captured what we now call Americana even before the term existed. And that’s why he has revived Wild Country as the perfect catch-all setting for his wide-ranging gumbo of Texas musical sounds. Whether playing electric or acoustic, large hall or house concert, Freddie’s always rocking, always steady.
Evelyn Rubio, blues singer and saxophonist, carries a theme in her heart and that theme relates to what she identifies with the idea that “The blues has no borders”. Born in Mexico (Neza City) and raised through her formative years in Mexico City, it may be surprising to learn that Evelyn actually began in show business at the early age of nine. Then just two short years later, at the age of eleven, Evelyn would be a regular on a children’s television show “My Little Stars”. By the age of fifteen Evelyn was now earning a nice living as a rock and pop singer with various established bands in and around Mexico City and then at the age of 19 she began learning the saxophone and writing songs as well. Then in 1999 Evelyn recorded and released her first album “Evelyn Automarginados” which is a wonderful funky blues collection of music. Next, for over a period of five years, Evelyn would devote her focus on music between a black tie orchestra and a rocking blues band named “Chivo Azul”, in Playa del Carmen. Next, in 2004, Evelyn would land the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar, a Canadian production in Mexico, as Mary Magdalene. Shortly afterward Evelyn would emigrate to Houston, Texas and sign a multi-year album contract with the late, great Calvin Owens, a BB king band leader. Right after signing the agreement Mr. Owens would produce Evelyn’s second release, “La Mujer que Canta Blues”. Then it was right back into the studio for Evelyn’s current release, “Hombres” but unfortunately Mr. Owens passed and Evelyn continued to produce and finish the album along with Andy Bradley. In 2011 Evelyn became a member of The James Boogaloo Bolden Blues Band (the last BB king band leader) playing at festivals and went on to release an album in 2013 titled, “No News just The Blues”. Time moved forward and with the much anticipated release of “Hombres” the CD received the nomination for The Jimi Awards as International Release of the year 2015 and then on March 8th 2016 due to an overwhelming number of spins by Disc Jockeys of “Hombres” nationwide Evelyn moved to number 1, number 3, and number 6 respectively – charting on the internationally recognized Billboard Magazine. She charted at #1 Latin Pop Album – #3 Latin Album – and #6 Blues Album.
Al Staehely is an entertainment lawyer based in Houston, Texas. He has specialized in legal matters pertaining to the music and film industries since 1979.His clients include musicians, record labels, music publishing companies, and distribution companies. He handles various matters related to recording, publishing, sub-publishing, and licensing both domestically and internationally.
Al is also a musician whose roots in the Austin music scene combined with his experience writing and collaborating with artists in Los Angeles (most notably as front man in the psychedelic rock band Spirit) have allowed him to create a sound all his own. Seamlessly blending classic rock, soulful blues with a commanding stage presence, Al is just at home playing intimate solo shows with an acoustic guitar on his knee as he is taking center stage at a rock show. Al's engaging lyrics and creative melodies have peaked the interest of other artists who have recorded his songs- Keith Moon (The Who), Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane), Peter Cox (Go West), The Nick Gravenites/John Cipollina Band, as well as performers from his own back yard, most recently Houston R&B vocalist Annika Chambers.