Saturday, Sept. 10th / 6:30pm – 10:30pm

For The First Time EVER…

The Avocado Margarita Food and Drink Festival brings LIVE MUSIC to MORRO ROCK!

Not just a first for the festival, but a first for Morro Bay! We are excited to FINALLY bring live music to Morro Rock as a special Saturday satellite event, and who better to invite than a group whose music promotes introspection, human connection, and a hell of a lot of joy.

PRÓXIMA PARADA!!!

To kick off this brand new venue, ticket prices are $30 for a limited time. Select the button below to get your tickets today! VIP passes already include admission to this special event. 

Featuring • EJ Worland

EJ Worland’s distinctive shade of music channels 70’s gospel, the sonic soul of Marvin Gaye, and the keyboard-fueled fire of Stevie Wonder, all mixed with his deep Australian roots. The end result is an explosive yet approachable blend of music that stirs the bones, lifts your ears, and makes your feet want to groove to the beat.

 

Meet Próxima Parada

Próxima Parada grooves while singing about personal growth. At their shows, people have a hell of a lot of fun letting loose, feeling whatever they gotta feel. Songs like Begin Again and It Don’t Feel the Same speak to the people they are working to be, and yet, these deeply personal stories become universal, as listeners connect them to their own lives. The result is bobbing heads and feeling uplifted.

Their new album, Second Brother, is full of soothing lyrics and groove. The first single, 24 Brand-New Hours, feels like a giant, joyous reset button. Dreaming Out Loud connects us with people we can no longer connect with. And both A Peace of Their Own and Feeling Nothing feature powerful and graceful female lead vocalists. 

What began as a group of college friends wanting to spread joy to their community in San Luis Obispo, California has led to national tours and their songs reaching a global audience online. It’s already been an incredible journey, and Próxima Parada is just getting started.

Meet EJ Worland

Live Music At The Rock

Full Festival Line-Up

*Schedule Subject to Change / Requires Avocado Margarita Food and Drink Festival admission. 

FRIDAY, Sept. 9th

Devin Welsh

3p-4:30p

SATURDAY, Sept. 10th

Kenny Taylor

10am - 11:15am

Cocktail Shorty

11:30am - 12:15pm

Silk Ocean

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Led by New Times Music Award Winner, Ha Keem, Silk Ocean's music roams mostly in the genre of R&B/Soul with occasional jazz and hip hop infusions. They create a sound that soothes the soul and energizes the spirit.  Not afraid to get funky, Silk Ocean always inspires its audiences to get up and groove. Truly a leading R&B/Soul band in the Central Coast, they are a high-energy group that has been making waves all across the coast.

Hilary Watson & Band

1:45p - 2:45p

So Cal-based singer-songwriter Hilary Watson, also known as vocalist and guitarist in the duo Hilary and Kate, has been grabbing attention with her recent solo debut. Years of touring, writing and performing all culminated in the powerhouse singers' latest venture. Blending soul, blues and a little bit of country western, you’ll feel the experience and conviction of an artist who has created a sound all her own with subtle nods to the greats who influenced her. This nuanced and powerful Aretha Franklin-meets- Patsy Cline performance is not to be missed. 

The Charities

3pm - 4pm

Carbon City lights

4:15p - 5:15p

Carbon City Lights is an alternative rock band based in San Luis Obispo. Their sound blends folk, pop, and rock. Frontman, Michael Venia, was a contestant on Season 21 of NBC’s hit show, the Voice. Listeners appreciate the authenticity that comes from Venia’s lyrics and shines through in his powerful vocals. The band’s live performances are fun and energetic, and feature extended jams with tight rhythm, dueling guitars, and rocking cello.

Dante Marsh & the Vibe Setters

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Nothing resonates more throughout the Central Coast of California than the sound of The Vibe Setters. The Vibe Setters are a soulful funk band with tasty grooves and colorful melodies.
Dante Marsh leads this award-winning group based out of San Luis Obispo California, honored with both Best R&B song and Best Performance awards from New Times Magazine.

SATURDAY AT THE ROCK, Sept. 10th

The Band Próxima Parada posing in front of a colorful wall mural

Próxima Parada

6:30pm - 10:30pm

Próxima Parada grooves while singing about personal growth. At their shows, people have a hell of a lot of fun letting loose, feeling whatever they gotta feel. Songs like Begin Again and It Don't Feel the Same speak to the people they are working to be, and yet, these deeply personal stories become universal, as listeners connect them to their own lives. The result is bobbing heads and feeling uplifted.

with • EJ Worland

EJ Worland’s distinctive shade of music channels 70’s gospel, the sonic soul of Marvin Gaye, and the keyboard-fueled fire of Stevie Wonder, all mixed with his deep Australian roots. The end result is an explosive yet approachable blend of music that stirs the bones, lifts your ears, and makes your feet want to groove to the beat.

SUNDAY, Sept. 11th

Damon Castillo

11:15am - 12:30pm

Damon Castillo is a songwriter, musician, producer, and mixer based in San Luis Obispo, a town on the Central Coast of California that National Geographic and Oprah Winfrey deemed "the happiest place in the country". As an artist, he leads the Damon Castillo Band, whose jazz-informed rock, funk, and soul paints a sun-bleached portrait of life and love in the Golden State. The band's albums include Mess of Me, Laurel Lane, Live at the Mission, and Revolving Door, which feature the work of his long-time band as well as Grammy Award-winning producer Ross Hogarth; Grammy Award-winning mixer F. Reid Shippen; and guest musicians like Sheila E., Aaron Sterling, and Sean Hurley.

Apart from recording and touring with the band, Castillo owns and operates Laurel Lane, a studio where he produces and mixes albums for countless artists and composes music that has appeared in national campaigns for Target, Starbucks, Miller Lite, MTV, and many others.

Moonshiner Collective

1pm - 3pm

Moonshiner Collective is the San Luis Obispo, California-based musical project of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Dan Curcio, 8-string guitarist Gary Wooten, and drummer/percussionist Ryan House that draws from a diverse range of rock, blues, funk, and Americana influences. The band’s goal is for each song, live performance, and album to have its own distinct sound and style.  While their instrumentation and genre-bending styles continually evolve, Moonshiner Collective songs center around family, love, optimism, nature, and the power of community with Curcio’s distinctively warm and soulful voice and introspective lyrics as the connecting thread. The music’s unifying positivity bridges gaps in generations and genres with a sound and message that combines good time music with a soulful and passionate depth.

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