Robert Bush 9:11 a.m., Aug. 21
The Clay Colton Band
Paul Castellanos: Banjo, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Mandolin, Violin | Sergio Guitarrez: Guitar (electric), Vocals | David Winter: Keyboards, Vocals | Clay Colton: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | B.J. Morgan: Drums, Percussion, Vocals | Andrew Pena: Bass guitar, Vocals | Skip Matsey: Bass guitar, Vocals | Joe Doyle: Harmonica, Percussion
Sound description: '90s alt meets kickin' country, for alt-country kickers.
RIYL: Pearl Jam, Neil Diamond, the Dave Matthews Band, the Beatles, Tom Petty, Wilco
Upcoming Local Shows
- Blurt: "Live Irish Music" · June 1, 2006
- Blurt: "Monster Bass Player Lost" · Dec. 1, 2005
Inception: San Diego, 2000
Ex-Band Members: Gary Piro, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) Craig Yerkes, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals Joe Pontisso, Bass guitar Rob Smith, Bass guitar Redneck Joe, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals Matt Bongiovanni, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals Bort Schrader, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) Eli Fugate, Drums, Percussion, Vocals Grant Gebler, Bass guitar, Vocals
Current Status: The Clay Colton Band performs four to five nights a week at area venues like Dublin Square in the Gaslamp, Hennessey's Irish Pub in Carlsbad, R. O'Sullivan's of Carlsbad, Killarney's Irish Pub in Temecula & Riverside, and J.J. Landers Irish Pub in Fallbrook.
Influences: The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Radiohead, Buffalo Springfield, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond, Cat Stevens, Kenny Chesney
The Clay Colton Band plays classic rock covers and original songs. The group was founded in 2000 by guitarist-vocalists Clay Colton and Matt Bongiovanni. Originally known as Bender, the duo’s album Two Months was released in fall 2001.
After the Bongiovanni/Colton partnership faded, Colton began performing with a rotating lineup of support players. “The band could number as many as five or six musicians to as few as two,” says Colton.
In 2005 the Clay Colton Band released their album Looking Back Ahead. In September 2009 they won the Viejas Big Country Showdown and $10,000 in prize money (which the band says they “immediately pilfered away on booze and women”).
In April 2013, the band released another full-length album, Rustic. The band (in all of its various forms) performs over 200 shows annually across San Diego and Riverside County, including Saturday nights at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub in Carlsbad, regular appearances at Pala Casino, Valley View Casino, Humphrey's Backstage Live, Harrah's Rincon Casino, and the Shamrock Irish Pub in Murrietta.