Loads of entertainment will pack the port with an eclectic taste of music that includes rock, jazz, Sea Shanty, Latin, Mexican, Big Band, Country and dance. Basically if it’s a style of music, it’ll be there. And if a slew of great music wasn’t enough, a few Tall Ship’s sails will be creatively used as gigantic movie screens showing entertaining flicks throughout the duration of the festival.

Education and children’s activities will also be a large part of the Tall Ships® L.A. Festival. Cannon demonstrations, authentic privateer encampment, real sword fighting with live steel, knot tying, weapon demonstrations and sail training with real tall ship rigging round out the impressive festival’s learning opportunities. Youth visitors can also try their hand at creating one-of-a-kind treasures and hand made creations with projects lead by the Port of Los Angeles’s own, Crafted.

Of course a festival of this magnitude would not be compete without a large selection of fantastic fare. A bevy of local options will be on hand including L.A.’s regional food trucks, California wine tasting and for the beer lovers, a curated, full craft brew menu featuring the region’s best brewers. And sampling the regional eats is great because it will give visitors just enough energy to check out the other local, regional, and national crafters. These hand-made creations will feature a wide variety of crafts including maritime-themed artwork.

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles

CRAFTED Stamp Logo

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is a creative arts marketplace where over 100 local artisans share their talents with the public every weekend. Located in a carefully restored World War II-era warehouse, visitors of all ages enjoy 25,000 sq. feet of touching, tasting, buying and learning about all kinds of arts and crafts – live music, too! Admission is free.  CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is anchored in San Pedro along the new L.A. Waterfront, only a twenty minute drive from both downtown L.A. and Long Beach.

CRAFTED will be providing craft programs during Tall Ships LA 2014. View Schedule of Projects

Rumble King

Rumble King

By combining New Orleans Roots, Rhythm & Blues, early Rock & Roll, and traditional Rock-a-Billy, Rumble King transports you back to a time when styles were not yet codified.  The band’s self described “Orleans Rockabilly” features a powerful lead vocalist, raucous “juke joint” piano playing, howling saxophones and a dynamic performance style reminiscent of  Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Formed in 1996, they have shared the stage with an impressive list of greats including,  B.B. King, James Brown, and Chuck Berry. Their loyal entourage of fans stretch from LA to New York, as well as gaining International attention. Rumble King has performed at various venues like The Troubadour, House Of Blues, The Coach House, BB King’s and Coors Amphitheater. They have also become a staple act at various music festivals like Viva Las Vegas – Rockabilly Weekend, The Hootenanny and Ink-N-Iron.  Rumble King together with Poor Magician Records, bring a refreshing approach to the early styles of American Music, with modern song writing and a deep respect for their musical roots.

Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales

Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales

MARIACHI TESORO de Rebecca Gonzales is a multicultural, mixed gender group of professional musicians that perform a variety of genres from traditional Mariachi to Pop, Tex-Mex, Latin Jazz, etc…Several of the members are also professional instrumental teachers based in the greater Los Angeles area. MARIACHI TESORO delights audiences with fusion flare in any type of event/celebration!

Bella Donna

Bella Donna

A Tribute to Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac

The Critically Acclaimed, Hauntingly Familiar Concert Experience

Bella Donna is a dynamic rock concert show, fully staged with spectacular costumes, powerful performance, and solid platinum hits.

Bella Donna has wowed audiences at a variety of premium venues, including casinos, performing arts centers, concert clubs, fairs, and festivals.

We present a fully live show, with the highest quality musicianship.

Our shows combine live performance with exciting video imagery to create a rich sensory experience. We do not use any pre-recorded audio. Everything the audience hears is performed live on stage.



Well-known in southern California for its driving propulsive Latin jazz/pop rhythms, this band boasts a library of 50+ original compositions, as well as an extensive cover playlist.  Influenced by bands like Malo, War, El Chicano and Santana, Abrakadabra is a high-energy, versatile Group fusing Latin, Island, Funk, Reggae, Pop and Rock, and adding its own jazzy melodies and pop harmonies to create its unique musical signature.

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band

UCLA Marching Band

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band performs at the Rose Bowl for home games before crowds as large as 100,000 people. Pregame shows by the Band build crowd energy and enthusiasm with UCLA favorites “Strike Up the Band”, “Sons of Westwood” and “The Mighty Bruins”. Throughout the game, this lively group of students keeps spirits high with rock and pop hits and Bruin “eight claps”. When the halftime whistle blows, the Marching Band rolls onto the field to entertain the audience with a smooth, symphonic fusion of sound, movement and color. No one does it better than the Solid Gold Sound of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.

The Band travels to the San Francisco Bay area each fall for either the Stanford or Cal game, and has taken regular season trips to Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, Miami, Ohio State, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Tennessee, Arizona, and Arizona State. Appearances at major bowls have taken the Band to the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, the Aloha Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Emerald Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Sun Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl.

Read more about the UCLA marching band and their performance at Tall Ships.

The International Guild of Knot Tyers

Guild of Knot Tyers

The International Guild of Knot Tyers-Pacific Americas Branch was formed in Southern California, in January 1997 to bring a local focus for knotters in the Western U.S., Canada and Alaska. We are affiliated with the Los Angeles Maritime Institute in San Pedro, and we keep in touch with a Branch newsletter called Knot News. We tie knots! And lots of them. We teach scout troops, yacht clubs, groups, and individuals; We give demonstrations at public events. Our goal is to pass on the knowledge and art of knot tying of all kinds, from basic knots to rope making to fancy knot work, traditional rigging techniques, Chinese knotting…You name it!

Tom Kastle

Tom Kastle

Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, sailor and teller of tales who has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand. He has one foot in the modern singer/songwriter world and the other planted in the traditional maritime realm where he is a shanty and ballad singer and a tall ship captain. He is a co-director of the Chicago Maritime Festival, a faculty member of the Old Town School of Folk Music, and the Narrator (with occasional singing roles) for the Candid Concert Opera Company.Recently, Tom hosted a short documentary about the Battle of Lake Erie that was nominated for an Emmy Award and served as relief captain for the 137′ 3 masted schooner Denis Sullivan. When ashore, he lives in a 19th century log cottage in Madison, Wisconsin.

Britain's Finest – Beatles Tribute Band

Britain's Finest – Beatles Tribute Band

The entire Beatles “British Invasion” experience is presented in The JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE & RINGO Story in an immersive multi-act, multimedia presentation. The show is a sumptuous visual and auditory feast, at the heart of which is one of the most uncanny LIVE re-creations of The Beatles’ music. Britain’s Finest presents a full audio and visual spectacle by recreating the iconic looks and sounds of The Beatles throughout the various periods of their historic career. Audiences will experience the Ed Sullivan years, the movie years, the Sgt Pepper era as well as the closing years of The Beatles. The illusion is further enhanced by the multiple costume changes, not to mention that the cast members look hauntingly like their Beatle counterparts. The JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE & RINGO Story will have the entire audience singing along to the most prolific and beloved collection of songs ever written.

John Kraus and the Goers

John Kraus

There are some traditional songs from centuries past, some from just decades past and some John wrote all on his own. Nicely blended though, so distinguishing which is which may be a challenge. The traditional songs are anything but your grandfather’s shanties. The originals could have been sung on the deck of clipper ship in the mid 1800’s. And the whole album skips merrily along with similarities with the contemporary indie likes of Conner Oberst and M. Ward, without abandoning the original folkies like Stan Hugil and Ewan MacColl.

“It’s an eclectic, Lobscow Stew!” Probably the only band with guitar, drums, fiddle and tuba as the primary instruments, with a smattering of banjo, ukulele and sea salt for taste.

Steel Imagination

Steel Imagination

Steel Imagination is killer Classic Rock at its best. Rocking all your favorite classic rock songs like Welcome to the Jungle, Living on a Prayer, Pour Some Sugar on me, Sweet Emotion, Crazy Train, Back in Black, Shook me all night long and many more.

Lead Singer Mark Huff is an amazing talent, backed by solid and talented musicians Scott Nelson/drums, Rob Brown/lead guitar and Stephan Henager/bass. The members of Steel Imagination are seasoned professionals with a unique chemistry. Mark Huff is a dynamic and entertaining singer with a vocal range that has to be heard to be believed.

Our energetic shows will bring you to your feet and keep you there all night long.

Christina Nani Aiu-Quezada & Halau Hula Moani’a’ala Anuhea


Hālau Hula Moani’a’ala Anuhea is a traditional hula school based in Monterey Park, California. Under the direction of Kumu Hula Christina Nani Aiu-Quezada, the Hālau perpetuates Hawaiian culture through the teachings of hula, language, chant, values and principles, and arts and crafts.  They have had the privilege to perform with many celebrity Hawaiian entertainers including Raiatea Helm, Natalie Ai, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole, Lorna Lim, Kuana Torres, The Makaha Sons, Moanalua, and, most recently, with award-winning Hi’ikua.  They have traveled to Hawai’i and performed on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace, Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, The Bishop Museum and the Royal Mausoleum.  Kumu Nani and Hālau Hula Moani’a’ala Anuhea will transport you to Hawai’i’s distant past with dances and chants set to ancient drum beats and mesmerize you with the grace and beauty found in the modern hula of today, always with the spirit of aloha and with the utmost respect for their Hawaiian roots.

Diana Godin: Mermaid & Belly Dancer


Diana Godin is also known as Datana Artemis when she is mesmerizing the audience using her enchanting belly dance moves. Datana when making a splash at sea. Once in the water she becomes Mermaid Paramour. Diana has been performing over ten years.

Showing of The Little Mermaid


There will be a showing of the movie The Little Mermaid projected onto the sail of the Freda B at 8 PM on Friday, August 22 at the downtown waterfront.

Cabrillo Way Marina

Cabrillo Way Marina

Boaters coming to the festival can get dock space at Cabrillo Way Marina.

Cabrillo Way Marina’s close proximity to Catalina Island (Avalon – 22 miles) offers boaters the opportunity of quick weekend getaways and the vintage ambience has been enjoyed by sailors for many years. Cabrillo’s location near open water offers the shortest route to LA entrance/Angels Gate and the quickest run to Catalina Island. Excellent fishing and diving are only minutes away, and charter boats are readily available. Cabrillo is easy to get to, with excellent access from most freeways in Southern California. The marina is located just two miles from where the I-110 west ends in San Pedro. Cabrillo Way Marina boasts a friendly staff, restrooms and showers, and free parking.

Cabrillo Way Marina is central to many exciting attractions. Cabrillo Beach and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium are within a mile of the marina. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum and three yacht clubs are also within close proximity. Hungry or want to do a little shopping? Ports O’ Call Village and 22nd Street Landing have everything you’re looking for, from fine shops offering a multitude of goods and services, to restaurants featuring casual seafood to fine dining. Check out the fishing fleet as they unload the day’s catch. Speaking of fish, San Pedro boasts some of the finest charter fishing in Southern California.

Two Bit Circus

Two Bit Circus

Two Bit Circus invites you to STEAM Carnival, an entertainment showcase leveraging kids’ interest in games, fashion, and music to inspire them to pursue STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This reimagined carnival will be jam packed with lasers, fire, robots, and science — fun for everyone! Attractions include a midway of high-tech games, wearable electronics, a laser maze, hands-on workshops, and contests and prizes all set to a backdrop of wild entertainment and side shows. Enjoy STEAM disciplines at work through the power of play, and get your tickets today!

The Blue Cherries

The Blue Cherries

The Blue Cherries (formerly C4Q), offers a diverse mix of rock, latin, blues, funk, disco, and rockabilly which has helped earn them a large local following, bringing big crowds to events like Music by the Sea, San Pedro’s 125th Birthday celebration last year and the annual Relay for Life at San Pedro High School.  The band performs monthly as part of First Thursday Artwalk San Pedro at the Gallery 741 and Third Thursday Artwalk Long Beach at Spa Sidney. 

The Blue Cherries is Gina Amador (sax, flute, vocals), Steve Lunn (drums, percussion, vocals), Teo Manzella (bass, vocals), and Rick Marshal (guitar, keys, vocals). What separates this group from all the other local groups is that Gina Amador’s day gig is being a music supervisor for feature films and the band dedicates a portion of its time writing and recording music for movies, drawing on all types of music.

“San Pedro’s unique blend of people and hard-working lifestyle fits how we do our music, and definitely influences how we write and perform.” –The Blue Cherries

Elvis Tribute Artist Jacob Roman

Jacob as Elvis

Jacob has been doing Elvis performances since he was nine years old and has enjoyed performing as an Elvis Tribute Artist ever since. At the age of sixteen, he was the youngest competitor to win the E.P.EXPO 2013 in Winterhaven, CA.

Awards & Events:
2013 E.P.EXPO Winterhaven, Ca./ Grand Champion 1st place.
2013 Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway Palm Springs, Ca. 1st place.
2013 Elvis Rocks Mesquite, NV./ 1st place in 1950’s category and peoples choice award.
2014 Las Vegas Elvis Festival / 5th place and peoples choice award.
2014 E.P.EXPO Shawnee, OK./ Grand Champion 1st place.

Steps of Gold Dance Studio

Steps of Gold

For over 30 years, Ballet Folklorico Paso de Oro (Steps of Gold) has been performing for audiences throughout California. The studio repertoire primary focus is on the regional dances of Mexico and Latin Jazz encompassing both traditional and contemporary dance. Each dance is uniquely different and celebrates a culture that is alluring, full of color and life.

San Pedro Tri Art Festival

San Pedro Tri Art Festival

Come see a preview from a few of the 19 dance companies featured in SAN PEDRO ♥ TRI ART Festival. Peoples Place San Pedro brings audience participation with Jan Kain and a country western performance with her partner, Steve Lelevier. Jan heads one of San Pedro’s most popular dance schools and you can learn most dance styles you can imagine yourself doing at their monthly Swing Peedro with live music or a range of dance classes.

Louise Reichlin/ LA Choreographers & Dancers, returns for their 7th year at the Festival with her nationally known company, featuring joyous modern and contemporary dance. Selections from “The Tennis Dances” will be featured. “Clever evocations of theatre dance styles…everything from Fokine and Graham to Bejart and beyond, all unified by rackets and nets and tennis balls.” Los Angeles Times.

Other groups at the TriArt will range from Tap of Hiroshi Hamanishi and Tap Overload to Krumping by The Underground to Blues by ENCORE Dance Co to Modern by Lula Washington Dance Theatre to aerials by Ruby Karen Project/ Orange County Aerial Arts. Featured music group is The Black Tongued Bells sponsored by the office of Don Knabe.

This year the SAN PEDRO ♥ TRI ART Festival, a free family event featuring dance, music & crafts is on Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28 at the Ports O’ Call Village, Special Events Dance Stage, 1199 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, CA 90731. See them here at at the Tall Ships Festival first!!!

Go to triartSP.com for a complete schedule of Dance and Music activities.

Windy Barnes


WINDYS’ luxurious vocals move effortlessly from Jazz to Pop, to R&B and Gospel. It’s easy to see why she is one of the most sought after singers around the globe.

WINDY has been well received throughout ASIA, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Shanghai, Beijing, Macau and Thailand.

WINDY has been featured extensively on tour with the highest grossing balladeer in the world, JULIO IGLESIAS. She has traveled the world many times over with one of the most imitated, respected and endearing singer /songwriter/musicians of the 21st century, STEVIE WONDER. In addition, she stopped the show night after night while performing the steamy duet “We’re Not Making Love Anymore” with one of the most soulful Rock turned R&B singers ever, MICHAEL BOLTON. It stands to reason why the unique vocal stylings of WINDY BARNES is recognized all over the world whether on film, television, radio, CD, DVD, and now digital downloads.

State of Grace


Los Angeles is the sound you should hear when you listen to State of Grace. Raised up from the streets of LA, State of Grace is a working class, bare-boned skin your knuckles kind of rock n roll band influenced by their surroundings.

Cutting their teeth as a unit the last two years by writing, recording and performing original music on any stage with electricity.

Priding themselves with having a little something for everybody. From hooks that will stay in your head to blistering Les Paul riffs that will keep you guessing to
a cannibalistic rhythm section that you cannot help but tap your foot to. They are a true mash up of all the rock n roll that exploded out of the speakers in the days of their youth.
Anything from AC/DC to U2 as well as The Rolling Stones to Def Leppard.

So after ever chord has been strummed and every drum has been bashed, they will say good night and hope you come back for more.

La Sirena Y Orquesta Mar de Ashé

La Sirena

People have asked us about our name, MAR DE ASHÉ (say it, Ah-SHAY). Well, Mar is ocean. And Ashé (spelled Aché in Cuba, or Axé in Brazil) is a word that came to us through the African Diaspora, that, roughly translated, means power, or life force, or blessings. It can even be used as an exclamation – Ashé! – the way we might exclaim Amen! – or, So Be It! – or even, Halleluiah! And a Sirena – that’s a Mermaid! So where else would a mermaid want to be but in a sea of blessings, power, and life force? And that’s what this band is – a powerful, vibrant blend of many nationalities and races, powerfully conveying messages of love, passion, and unity.

Led by vocalist, composer and arranger, La Sirena, Orquesta Mar de Ashé presents a delicious eclectic variety of danceable SALSA, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, Son, and Bolero.

Mar de Ashé boasts three vocalists, including not only the seductive siren songs of La Sirena, but also co-lead vocalist Oscar Daniel; creating a balance between male and female lead vocals, as well as sizzling harmonies and romantic duets. The orchestra includes three percussionists, covering timbales, congas, bongó, campana, güiro, güira, and tambora; piano; bass; and a smokin’ horn section consisting of two trumpets, trombone, and baritone sax, doubling on the alto.

With its unique vocal sound, big brass, and traditional Latin percussion, Mar de Ashé plays both covers and originals, giving you something at once traditional, and yet completely fresh and new – with its bilingual approach appealing to the full-spectrum audience.

The talented members of this 11-piece orchestra have played all over the globe for such diverse artists as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Dizzy Gillespie, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Luis Miguel, Eddie Santiago, Luis Enrique, Sonora Dinamita, Poncho Sanchez, Bobby Caldwell, Luther Vandross, Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown, to name only a few.

Lela Brown, Laci Kay, Tim Johnson Jr. & Ashley Mikayla Resh Perform Together

Lela Brown – Recording Artist/Actress/Model/Host
Credits: “America’s Got Talent” Live show finalist. BET “106 & Park” New joint of the day featured music video. Many national commercials and print campaigns. Including recent Nike spot with Blake Griffin. Mentored by Quincy Jones and MC Lyte. Lela is also a host for PBS.

Laci Kay – Actress/Recording Artist
Credits: Modern Family, Fresh Beat Band, Suite Life on Deck, Brain Surge, The Dish, E! Investigates Kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard and many more. Lacy is also a recording artist & has performed at many venues in LA.

Tim Johnson Jr. – Actor/Recording Artist
Credits: Young Simba in Lyon King in Vegas for 3 years. Many short films and a few guest starring roles on television. Tim is currently working on his debut album and has starred in may national commercials.

Ashley Mikayla Resh – Actor/Recording Artist
Credits: Album “Like I’m Famous” with her fist single “Bump In The Road featuring Robert V” Ashley also starred  in the latest Austin Mahone music video. Acting credits include Sorry That I Love You, Slice of Life, Fallen Prodigy and a recent documentary for Teen Driving for FOX.

Jimmy Cortez

Jimmy Cortez

Jimmy Cortez is a 23 year old local singer/musician. Born and raised in San Pedro CA, Jimmy has been performing since a young age all around Southern California and various states throughout the U.S. His unique Pop-Bluesy style has allowed him to tackle a large range of different genre/style cover songs. He will guide your ears anywhere from Van Morrison, to Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, and John Mayer.

He is sure to crank out some of your favorite tunes, whether you’re young or not so young.