Bands On Course

The long-held tradition of entertainment along the Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12K route continues this year, with nine exciting Bay Area bands and performers:

Meshugga Beach Party
Moscone Center - South
Meshugga Beach Party brings together many favorite Jewish melodies with the fun, retro-cool sounds of surf music. The band puts on an exciting, high energy live show - dressed like rabbis, synchronized dance moves, the "dead joke scrolls" - it's surfin' shtick at its finest. The band features guitars, piano, organ, bass and drums, and the occasional holler for good measure.

The Hamiltones
Hayes & Larkin
The Bay Area's favorite cover band" is thrilled to be playing in the largest and most eclectic road race in the world. The Hamiltones have played their upbeat '80s music for our Armed Services as well as raised thousands of dollars for Bay Area music and art programs. With a range of music as expansive as the Golden Gate Bridge and as long as the Bay to Breakers course, the Hamiltones will bring their unique blend of talent, charm, charisma and musicianship to help you get up the Hayes Street hill. You bring the shoes, they'll bring the dance!

Lee Boy Simpson
Hayes & Octavia
Lee Boy Simpson is a third generation Bluegrass Picker, whose grandparents played music on the Grub Trail in the Depression with the Carter Family. His songs are beautifully melodic and the wit and wisdom of his lyrics make new songs seem like old friends immediately. He is a singer of great passion and talent and is a joy to listen to. His guitar playing can propel the listener across the great breadth and deep into the great depth of American Music. From the High Lonesome Sound of the Appalachians to the Deep Swampy Blues of the Bayou, Lee Boy's music covers a lot of ground. Lee Boy will be joined by his wife, and partner in all things, Suzannah Simpson. Suzannah's luminescent voice and deep natural musical sense add a fantastic energy and sound that complete Lee Boy's music. She is a singer of rare beauty. Together they make magical music.

Groovy Judy
Conservatory of Flowers
Groovy Judy puts a new face on the late 60's, early 70's sound that made the Bay Area what it is. From the songwriting influences of Sly and The Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, to touches of the melodic Beatles sound, San Francisco's own brings forth her dominating style with the energy of some of today's most known artists. Groovy Judy focuses on making people smile and raising vibrations by delivering her own blend of funk/rock. Her stellar guitar playing, original lyrics, colorful dress, and upbeat personality, speak to all ages.

David Miles Jr., The Godfather of Skate |
John F. Kennedy Drive at 10th Ave
The Godfather of Skating, the Pied Piper of Skating, the Mayor of Golden Gate Park; these are just some of the accolades bestowed on David Miles. David is most notably known as the leader of the San Francisco's Friday Night Skate. This group of skaters have been rollin' through the streets of San Francisco every Friday night since 1989. The group has been featured on countless television shows around the world. The event is now a worldwide skating movement that has spread to cities like Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris where they have over 30,000 skaters skating the streets on Friday nights.  David will be doing a DJ set at the 2012 Zazzle Bay to Breakers.

SF Women's Taiko Troupe: Taiko Sisters

John F. Kennedy Drive at Stow Lake Dr.
Carol Ayers formed the Taiko Sisters in 2000. They offer Taiko [Japanese style] drum classes to women in a non-traditional, cooperative and supportive setting.  The Troupe's mission is to teach women the joy of Taiko drumming and to then share this joy with the community through our performances and our workshops.
Taiko Sister members are women of all ages; most work or attend school and raise families. They are busy women who choose to make room in their busy lives for Taiko classes because they know that their lives are richer for it.

Will Magid & Ezekiel McCarter

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John F. Kennedy Drive @ Transverse
For Bay to Breakers, Will will be Djing and playing the Trumpet.  He will be joined by San Francisco Soul Singing Sensation Ezekiel McCarter. At the age of eighteen, while getting his degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, Will was the youngest person ever to be in the legendary Solomon Burke's band.  Will is magnetic performer, a rarely gifted multi-instrumentalist, who is most often seen these days on the bandstand, playing trumpet, singing and dancing with such acts as J Boogie and Coelho & Ridnell. At just Nineteen, Ezekiel has been taking the Bay Area Club scene by storm.  He is a frequent featured vocalist with Will Magid and Afrolicious.  Ziek stars in and hosts the very popular Soul Train Revival! He is an amazing performer that lights up the stage!  His voice is a very rare gift! He is an immense talent and someone to look out for.  This young man is on his way to great things!

John F. Kennedy Drive at 30th Ave
Formed during the stormy winter of 2006 under harsh conditions, the Hiwatters have chosen to exude the power and majesty of the ocean's roar. Vintage surf guitar classics peppered with modern driving rhythms. Drenched in reverb and high on style, the Hiwatters are keeping the swing of classic surf music alive in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mission Players
John F. Kennedy Drive at Chain of Lakes
San Francisco's The Mission Players have established themselves as one of the best live acts around. Their infectious grooves melodically, harmonically and rhythmically blend soul, funk, jazz and blues. "The Mission Players slap on some fresh treads and nice rims and cover ground like champs" Dennis Cook,, Cook's Corner. The band's songs reflect the deep-rooted music of 70s soul and funk and are heavily flavored with influences from Stevie Wonder, James Brown and The Meters.