… hails all the way from the San Juan Islands in Northern Washington State. He has shared the stage with the likes of Kathy McDonald (of Ike & Tina Turner and Long John Baldry fame) & Larry Knechtel (of 5th Dimensions, Bread, and who also wrote & played the piano piece for Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”). Traveling and playing throughout the US & Canada in numerous bands, Geno was caught up in a scandal of gigantic proportions – and FALSELY accused in twelve US states of illegally removing the tags from Sealy Posturepedic mattresses. It has been said a person is innocent until proven guilty, but facing the grave penalties associated with such a crime (that he was FALSELY accused of) – and NOT having a lot of faith in the “justice system” – Geno became “Juan-Ted”… and fled to Mexico full time in 2002 to start his music career anew. Geno will be joined at the Festival by some of the top musicians from the region, including: Tom King, Juny Sanchez, and Humberto.
Tomás King is a passionate musician – guitarist, composer & arranger. A native of Seattle, WA, now a resident of San Pancho, his style ranges from soul and funk to rock and roll and reggae. With influences from Duane Eddy to Bob Marley, he also has a deep love for the blues, which he learned at an early age from his distant family members – Freddie, Albert, Earl & B.B. He has recorded numerous CDs with various artists in the northwest, and has released two CDs of original music.
Tomás has played in numerous venues and festivals across the northwest, including the Paramount Theater and Eagles Auditorium in Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum; the Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Seafair, & Hood River Family Fest among other outdoor events. Tomás is the musical director and guitarist for a 9 piece soul and funk band called Planet Fly, and this year’s schedule is already booked with exciting events throughout the Northwest.