Bobby Vega

Born in San Francisco, bassist Bobby Vega has significantly contributed to the city’s rich musical heritage, and his resumé reads like a who’s who of Bay Area rock, soul, funk, and world music. He’s a master of pickstyle funk, a tone connoisseur, a professor of the groove, and one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet. Bobby began his professional career at age 15 with Bo Diddley, but he attained widespread attention as a 16-year-old for his distinctive picked and muted bass line on Sly Stone’s “I Get High On You” (from Sly’s 1975 album High On You). Since then, he has contributed his soulful feel and incredibly dynamic playing to a long list of world-class artists, including: Billy Preston Booker T. Paul Butterfield Joan Baez Jerry Garcia Bob Weir Mickey Hart Santana Tower of Power (filling in on 40 shows for Rocco Prestia in 2001) Etta James Zigaboo Modeliste Quicksilver Messenger Service Jefferson Starship Babatunde Olatunji Kitaro Ronnie Laws Hubert Laws Lee Oskar Melvin Seals Cold Blood In addition to his stellar career as a sideman, Bobby has been a member and co-founder of several of the Bay Area’s finest all-star collaborations, including Zero, KVHW, the Avalon Allstars, and Don’t Push the Clown; he continues to work with Zero/KVHW guitarist Steve Kimock in various situations. Bobby’s 1997 solo album Down the Road—with special guest performances by the Turtle Island String Quartet, Tower of Power drummer David Garibaldi, and legendary per...

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