Concerts in the Plaza and our newest release: Soul Speak

The Kicks Concerts in the Plaza

We are super pleased to announce that we will be releasing our brand new full length album at next week’s Concerts in the Plaza performance. It’s been a long time coming and we are super stoked to share new music with you all!

We want to give our thanks to the SLO Downtown Association for making live music the heartbeat of our community and for including us in this summer’s festivities. Also, our thanks go out to each and every one of you that we see at all our shows – you are what makes all our hard work worth it. See you next Friday SLO town.

Come by our table at Concerts in the Plaza and snag a copy, or go here to get a digital download

The Kicks in Carp

The Kicks at Preschool in Carpinteria, Ca

The guys and I got a chance to play music for the youth in Carpinteria, Ca. I really love gigs like this – it’s so wonderful to see these small humans dancing with abandon. What a wonderful day!

Mixing Down and Making Choices

When it comes down to it, putting together a stellar album means making good choices… and when to leave something be. What are those choices? Levels, effects, instrumentation, and generally what combination of all the moving parts of a band will lend itself to the best version of a song (or as close as you can get it).

In the words of Fezzik from The Princess Bride, “I hope we win!”

Mike C

Back in the Studio

tracking new songs with The Kicks for a release in the new year 🙂


Help Reese make her new album!

As many of you know, Reese is also a jazz/folk musician. Her new solo project is currently in the works and she needs your help! Click below to get more details and hear a little of whats to come!

Tales from The Frog and Peach

Reese Galido Birthday

In honor of my birthday show this friday, May 10th at the Frog and Peach Pub in San Luis Obispo, I will now regale you with stories from our home bar.

#1: Pitcher Guy

For a good 2 months, the same man would show up to all of our shows drinking beer out of a pitcher. It didn’t matter if the bar we were playing in didn’t offer pitchers, it didn’t matter if it was an all ages show and alcohol was prohibited up at the state, pitcher guy lived up to his namesake, and on numerous occasions, was successful in encouraging me to partake of the pitcher whilst on stage. I don’t see pitcher guy anymore, but he will live forever in the stories that we tell late night on tour – “remember pitcher guy?” someone will say, and i’ll reply, “yeah, that guy was dedicated.”

Pitcher guy asked me out on a few dates and told me he was a race car driver but alas, it was not meant to be. Where ever you are, Pitcher Guy, I hope you’re doing well.

Good Morning Wildflower Triathlon

Happy spring folks! The Kicks will be spending part of their Cinco de Mayo weekend providing entertainment for all the hard working triathletes at this year’s Wild Flower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio. We’ll be on the main stage on Saturday May 4 starting at 11am so stop by and say hi!

For those of you racing, good luck! We’re all rooting for you. For all of you spectators, we’ll meet you by the beer tent.


The Summer Roundup

Hello friends and family. I hope this message finds you all well and that you are enjoying your summer and getting to do all the things that summer brings. For us, we have had an amazing summer thus far highlighted with our debut performance at SLO Concerts in the Plaza. We were lucky to have the lovely and talented Raeme Kennedy (Resination, Lux, & Funk in Public) and Hillary Langdon (Tipsy Gypsies) join us onstage for some amazing collaborations. We were well received by the good people of SLO Town and look forward to many more appearances at this great event. We also were honored to participate in the Surfrider Foundation’s annual Stokefest. Big shout to Jennifer Blonder for putting on a amazing event and to the Kenny Family for providing an epic venue in See Canyon, CA.

We have been on a short hiatus as The Kicks family is growing. Congrats to Mikey J. and his lovely wife Amie on their newest addition, Novah Stone Jimenes, and to our keyboardist, Jimmy Gahan and his beautiful wife Rachelle, who have just welcomed into their lives baby James Gahan VI (yes the sixth!)!

We will be hitting the stage again soon with our debut performance on 8/24 at The Ranch in San Miguel, CA with special guests The Ragged Jubilee and Lil A. The roots reggae train then heads down to Santa Maria for their Summer Concert Series on 9/1 and back up to Santa Margarita, CA at this year’s Sunset Magazine Savor the Central Coast Event on 9/30. We hope to see you and your friends at these shows, so please help us spread the word.

See all of our events here 🙂

We want to give a big shout out and congrats to our friends Klockwyze on the release of their debut album entitled, ‘California Smile.’ Nice work boys!

As summer begins to wind down, make the most of your time and get out do what you love; surf, hike, camp, BBQ, go see live music, and do what makes you happy! To quote Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite, “love the life you live, live the life you love.”

Much Love,
The Kicks

On The Road to Hawai’i


Ever since I started playing reggae music, something that I’ve always wanted to do was to take my music over to Hawai’i. From the people to the stunning vistas, visiting the islands has always inspired me to pour more of myself into my music and to be thankful for every day that is given to me. It reminded me of family and the sharing of stories in song.

This April, The Kicks get a chance to go to Oahu and Maui and share the music we’ve created and we cannot be more excited. We’ve hosted a few bands from the islands here in California over the years and are looking forward to sharing the stage with them in their home towns.

To our family friends and family thank you for all your continued support – if you’ll be over in the islands, come dance with us!

We’re still filling out our dates for the tour but we have our tickets booked and are counting the days!

Oahu, HI
Kailua, Oahu, HI
Three’s Bar and Grill
Kihei, Maui, HI
Maui, HI

With love,
Reese & The Kicks

Merry Kicksmas!

Greetings friends and family!

Although it has been several fortnight since our last post, I assure you that we are still here and have been very busy. Recently, we synced up with our good friends, Cornerstone, for a long overdue roots reggae tag-team extravaganza at both SoHo and SLO Brew. Anyone who hasn’t heard much from Cornerstone needs to check out their new self-titled album ASAP. You’ll be glad you did.

Also in the headlines for The Kicks: our first full-length album, Break Free, has made it to Spotify! Thanks to all who are listening and spreading the music. We’re all on this too so drop us a line if you want to join in on our (often ridiculous) collaborative playlists.

Follow me on Spotify

We’ve also recently created our very own YouTube channel with cuts straight off of our album, Break Free. Search up ‘The Kicks Reggae’ and check the tunes and please let us know what you think!

With 2011 coming to an end, we have so many great memories to look back on thanks to you all – our friends and family who have supported us and more broadly, live music. Thank you. Please be on the lookout for new music and a more expansive tour schedule in 2012.

Much love,
mike G & the kicks

bay area love

the kicks at pier 23 cafe with native elements. this was an epic night indeed.

spring at last

With the passing of the Spring Equinox and the official end of Winter (hooray!), we find ourselves trying to stay focused with the beautiful weather outside. Thanks to all who came to Stokefest, SLO Brew (with Katchafire and Tomorrows Bad Seeds), and the UCSB Spring Fest. It’s been a fun couple of weekends to say the least. As you may have noticed if you attended any of these shows, we played very short sets. Want some more? Well so do we! Here are some upcoming opportunities to catch some live roots music later this month:

-Friday April 15 at Rooney’s Irish Pub, Old Town Orcutt with Tomorrows Bad Seeds. It’s always a good time playing in Mikey J. and Timmy’s hometown!

-Saturday April 16 at The Burton Inn, Cambria, 2nd annual Elephant Seal Festival. Come relax among the pines in Cambria for this afternoon bash.

-Friday April 22 at SLO Brew with Native Elements Band. Come see San Francisco’s (and possibly the West Coast’s) finest roots/island reggae band blow up the Central Coast!

-Saturday April 23 at SOhO Santa Barbara with Native Elements Band. Didn’t make it up to San Luis for Friday’s show? Get your chance in SB.


Thanks and Praises

Thank you to everyone in San Luis Obispo and Carpinteria who came out to make our CD release parties so successful! This weekend was certainly one for the books with a packed SLO Brew showing love from well before the first note was even played–we love sharing such shows with so many friends, family, and fans. Saturday at the Carp Theater was awesome with the crowd of all ages’ tireless fervor and willingness to cram up in front of the first row of seats to dance. Thanks Carp for always making us feel at home!

Now, we look to the coming weeks (more details on the Tour page):
-Friday, February 11: Frog and Peach Pub, SLO
-Saturday, February 12: Benefit Concert at Carpinteria Women’s Center–please come to support a Carp local in need!
-Tuesday, February 15: Sandbar, Santa Barbara

-Friday, February 18: Twin Oaks Restaurant, Los Alamos
-Saturday, February 19: Rooney’s Irish Pub, Old Orcutt

on the horizon

Lion & Fox Sunset

so many great things are in the works: we’re closing out 2010 in San Francisco’s Rockit Room with an island style bash with Native Elements and Natural Vibrations. our full length CD “Break Free” has been mixed and mastered at lion & fox studios and is on it’s way to being finished and released (*squee*). looking forward to february 4th, we get to rock our home town stage at SLO Brew with the help of some dear friends.

so many great new songs are on the verge of existence and i can hardly contain myself… and to top it all off, it’s Mikey J’s birthday 🙂

looking forward to seeing all of you again. we’ve got some great music to share.


Feeling blessed.

This past week felt like a dream… Some notable highlights: Farmers market jam with Reesie, Tim and the Spanish vacationer dancers. Playing the Sandbar and Reese getting straight ICED on stage. Full moon walk thru Lotus Land and acoustic jam in the Japanese garden – simply amazing. Katchafire, Collie Budz, Rebeultion’s stage intro, UB40, SOJA, “nyert” and tiny beers at West Beach. Cab ride harmonies and knock-knock jokes on the way to see Katchafire at SoHo. Last but certainly not least – finishing the tracking of the full length and booking time with Lion Fox for the final stages of production!!!
To anyone involved in the events listed above – can you please confirm that they actually happened? Sometimes life seems too good to be true.

mike g

fiesta forever

santa barbara was magical last night on fiesta thursday. it was a beautiful night for good food, good friends, and some excellent music at the main stage at el mercado de la guerra.


las palmas 2010

thank you Carpinteria for showing up to the palms last Friday night… good to see the town in good spirits and enjoying themselves. we sure in the f* did too. it’s always a good time to throw it down in the homeland and looking forward to doing it again soon. avo fest?
-jimmy g

the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things in music that really make you appreciate the bigger picture–a new chord progression, a cold beer with a bandmate, or the back of that bald guy’s head who’s letting it all out at the front of the dance floor.  Every day I find another reason to feel lucky to create music with the people that I do; today that reason is the creative energy that my musical cohorts put into every part of their lives (particularly Mike G. and the Roots Brothership!).

Mike C.

Santa barbara sound


Loving it here tonight

Sunset is delicious


Made it to Menlo park! Watching the Cuesta Ridge Mountain Boys tear it up.

Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend 2010

stoked to be a part of Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend this saturday. come check us out on the music stage on June 5th at 3:30p. To see who else is playing (and what else is going on) go here.


After our radio debut, we hit the studio again. It’s been awesome seeing everything come together bit by bit. I’m just excited to get the chance to record more music. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do and it really hasn’t hit me that I’m actually doing it for real. That being said, I’m also looking forward to when we’ll be finished with our full length album if only because I’m really excited about the new stuff we’ve written. I promise you’ll like it.

Here’s the view from the vocal booth from when we tracked 2 months ago. Today I gave the horn section my moral support while I couch surfed with my laptop.


Santa Cruz Trip

Alborosie at The Catalyst

We went up to see Alborosie backed by the Shengen Clan on their first US tour and all I can say is, “BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!!!!!”.  Shengen absolutely killed it and they have such great stage presence.  Pupa Albo definitely delivered the high grade to the SC massive.  Can’t wait until they come back!
Peace~Mikey J.

giving back

we decided to donate our payout from the elephant seal fest in cambria to the american red cross and i’m happy to say i’ve just completed the donation on behalf of the band. a little can go a long way, please volunteer, give blood, and donate what you can. more info at

SLO Rootz Sessions

Well, I must say that this past weekend was a lot of work, but so enjoyable and very well worth it. The four new songs that we tracked are absolutely pure rootz music!!!
Bless~Mikey J.

In the studio…

It’s 4:37 on Saturday; beer cans have slowly materialized on every flat surface in the sound room at Avalon Studios. I love recording! We’ve been working hard for the last five hours to track four new songs and re-track one other. Right now, Mike G. is playing some amazing fills for a heavy dub break. With each listening session, we grow increasingly excited about the imminent completion of our first full-length album. We can’t wait to share our hard work with our friends and family. I feel truly blessed to create music with such a great group of people.


barn jam

there’s something about rehearsing in a barn that makes you feel country. maybe that’s why we’ve been drinking all that bud light. yee haw!


Life is precious and I am thankful to have such beautiful freinds and family.  Looking forward to seeing my close friends at the barn tonight.


reese's guitar

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