MoonDance Band

Teresa Bell Peña: Bass guitar, Vocals | James G. Peña: Drums, Vocals | Marty Banas: Keyboards, Vocals | Jan Bugaiski: Guitar (electric), Vocals

Genre: Covers | Standards, Rock

Sound description: A retro blast, a memory highway, a link to forgotten good times and tunes fromthe heyday of the Wrecking Crew (Los Angeles studio band) and the Funk Brothers (Detroit studio band).

RIYL: Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & Pips, Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Huey Lewis & News, Hall & Oates, Sly & Family Stone, Diana Ross & Supremes, Isley Brothers, Patti LaBelle, Spinners, Natalie Cole, Van Morrison, Martha & Vandellas, Tower Of Power, Staple Singers, Pablo Cruise, Sam & Dave, Doobie Brothers, Hollies, Badfinger, Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater

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Inception: Encinitas, 2001

Ex-Band Members: Mike McGinty, Keyboards Bodo Zacharek, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals

Influences: Smokey Robinson, the Wrecking Crew (Los Angeles studio band), and the Funk Brothers (Detroit studio band)


Based in Encinitas and Santa Ysabel, the MoonDance Band plays 1960s through 1980s R&B, soul, blues, and classic rock. Band leader James G. Peña is Native American (Santa Ysabel band of Diegueño Indians).

The band has played around town at Pal Joey’s, Casino Pauma, Harrah’s Rincon Casino, Monterey Bay Canners, Pala Mesa Resort, Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino, and local classic car shows.

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