Jeff Berkley & The Banned
Fronted by and San Diego Music Hall-of-Famer, Kerrville New Folk award-winner & California Music Legend, Jeff Berkley, Jeff Berkley & The Banned is an all-star outfit comprised of some of San Diego’s most prolific and celebrated musicians. Berkley was honored as 2023 San Diego Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, and Jeff Berkley & The Banned’s full-length album, I Can Reach the Stars, was named Album of the Year. Berkley’s extensive career has been marked by collaborations with esteemed artists such as Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Ben Harper, Indigo Girls, and Tim Flannery, among many others.
Jeff Berkley & The Banned’s core lineup includes Berkley on guitar and lead vocals, Rick Nash on bass, Josh Weinstein on keys, Josh Hermsmeier on drums, Ted Stern on pedal steel, Jason Cox on percussion, and Cathryn Beeks on backing vocals, with occasional guest appearances by Sandi King and Joshua Taylor on additional backing vocals. This veteran band delivers Berkley’s classic Americana songwriting with an unapologetically exploratory improvisational flare.