Browsing the Local Music Database, you’ll see that our fine(st) city has several same-or-similar named bands.
Entre-P, aka Alvin "Entre-P" Shamoun, is a Rancho San Diego hip-hop artist (not to be confused with fellow San Diego rapper Entra-P). Born in San Diego to a pair of Chaldean Iraqi immigrants, his family has owned Mike's Market liquor store in a low income neighborhood of Southeast San Diego since 1972. The 1999 Valhalla High School grad’s 2013 album C.E.O.G. includes the track “Hookah Flows,” featuring local rapper Timz, who was was nominated for San Diego Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Album in 2007. Together, the duo formed the independent record label Babylon Music Publishing LLC, working with (among others) Josh Franks (producer) and DollaBillGates (recording artist).
Entra-P, aka Chris Powers, released his mixtape Do the Math in October 2012. His brother is San Diego Music Awards-nominated rapper Jimmy Powers.
The Prayers were an electro-acoustic pop rock outfit that originally featured three members of the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower. Brandon Welchez met Andrew Miller (formerly of Gasoline Please) and they "formed mutual man-crushes on each other," says Welchez. The two borrowed Plot bassist Willy Graves and drummer Brian Hill, making their live Prayers debut January 17, 2006 at the Casbah. Miller and Welchez left the band in early 2008, after which the band split. Willy Graves passed away in September '08.
A new (and unrelated) Prayers was founded this year by the former frontman of defunct pop-goth band Vampire, Rafael Reyes (Latin Lovers, Baptism of Thieves). Reyes' other band projects include Sons of the Moon with Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), his solo project Nite Ritual (which includes local rapper Amer the Gamer), and Ermavip with Vampire guitarist Ian Dosland.
DUDES, featuring players from Da Bears, D/Wolves, and TV Girl, is an electronic rock project founded by singer/guitarist Ryan Solomon, formerly of Da Bears. The band debuted on New Year’s Eve 2010/2011, at the Tin Can Ale House. Released in summer 2011, Narcissists Anonymous EP was introduced with a free digital download of six songs, as well as a vinyl release. In April 2012, the band posted a collection of unreleased songs and recorded conversations on Bandcamp under the title #RARE. Later that year, they released their Summer Vacation EP via E.J. Binns’
Grizzly Records, featuring their revised lineup: Ryan Solomon, bassist E.J. Binns, and Matt Billings on keyboards. They were nominated in the Best Electronic category at the San Diego Music Awards.
Dudez is a hip-hop/ska/rock duo, Geruan Johnson (aka Ronnie Ron) and Desmond Gaston (aka Steez), who met in 2007 while both were seniors at Kearny High School. Ronnie had played clarinet in elementary school, later doing his first recordings in the studio at the Teen Center in Linda Vista. Their first release Recess features Poodeezy collaborating on the pro-marijuana song “Elevator,” as well as DJ DeeRock. Their 2010 CD Stone Age was co-produced by Isiah Salazar and Haze Banga. In September 2011, they released a mixtape called The Invitation.
Diatribe, a politically aware all-vegetarian anti-war punk group, formed in 1984. An early so-called two-tone group (whose drummer was black), they spent around $25 recording the six-song AfterMath demo cassette in 1985, embarking on a U.S. tour that summer. Approximately one year after initially forming, singer Vinnie Udo, aka Vinnie Fono, was replaced Kanga. The band subsequently recorded new songs and played additional shows with Kanga. Bassist Sean Coley went on to play with Social Spit. In 2010, onetime frontman Vinnie Fono (who later co-founded the Shitgiveits) launched a new version the group, with new backing members, though other original members have disputed his right to do so.
Diatribes features singer Max Mannion, along with Sean Davenport and Greg Theilmann (both from Hills Like Elephants) and bassist Chad Pittman of alt-country outfit River City. They released their debut single “Hand Book for the Blind” this past August and made their concert debut a few weeks later, on September 6 at the Soda Bar.
Elan is a female Latin performer based in San Diego whose 2004 Street Child CD (sung in English), self-written and recorded on Elan's Silverlight Records ("a home studio in my apartment in La Jolla"), included a guest appearance by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. The album earned the then-22-year-old two Rolling Stone en Español awards in 2004.
In August 2006, Elan filed an 11-count lawsuit against Wailers singer Elan Atias, who had begun using just the name Elan for solo recordings. “This is the kind of thing that made my brother and I start our own company,” says the local Elan. “They don’t care about music or who they hurt.” The lawsuit alleges "craft, yet overt maneuvering" to take over local Elan’s given name (which she trademarked and has always recorded and performed under) by defendants Atias, Interscope Records, and public relations firm the Mitch Schneider Organization. The other Elan's PR company used to represent local Elan, and a link on their website that formerly led to local Elan’s site now sends users to Mr. Atias's webpage instead.
Neither Elan should be confused with Art of Élan, a local chamber music organization presenting and producing chamber music concerts in what they call "artistically stimulating and invigorating environment." Created by Demarre McGill (principal flutist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra) and Kate Hatmaker (a violinist with the San Diego Symphony), Art of Élan says it "Aims to expose new audiences to classical music, explore (and expand) the horizons of the classical music scene, energize audiences and musicians alike, and ultimately educate and cultivate a future generation of classical music lovers."
City Limits, based in Chula Vista, plays contemporary rock.
City Limits Band is a country group founded in 2001 by North County singer/songwriter Les Allen in 2001. Primarily a country rock band, they play a variety of top 40 country, rock, blues, pop, and surf. The group also backs up local Elvis impersonator James Kruk. “He’s been promoting us as California's best Vegas Era Elvis Tribute Show,” says Les Allen.