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Proxy Moon / Bio


PROXY MOON's music is rooted in American folk, R&B, jazz, and blues with a bit of esoteric burlesque. Comprised of a core group of multi-instrumentalist musicians with diverse backgrounds, the band is at home in any genre, but brings to them a bit of an edge. They've been compared to such artists as Tom Waits, Joe Henry, The Be Good Tanyas, and The Hot Licks.

Patrick Grizzell is a poet and songwriter who sings and plays guitar, piano and harmonica. He's been in a number of local bands including Junkyard Burlesque, and has been fortunate to have shared the stage with a few musical and literary giants.

Steve Bird is an accomplished jazz pianist and bassist whose previous bands included Heavy Wood, a progressive ensemble, Junkyard Burlesque, and the 13 piece funk band Sage and the Future Generation.

Ann Wherry's original music has been described as sounding either "1930s or 1390s". She has a background in classical music and opera. She plays guitar, accordion, cello, melodica, glockenspiel, and junk. Her other projects have included Extreme Elvis and Anything Goes.

Morgen Prestel is a violinist and aficionado of many types of music and has been exploring Celtic music and other forms. She was previously a violinist with the Auburn Symphony.

Dave Tavel is a monster Bay Area drummer who's played with everybody and sometimes plays with us.


"Great music. Great voice. Great lyrics. Great tone. Great melodies. Great arrangements. Cool shades."
Jim Hensley

"mmmmm hmmmm!"
Emily Wright

"Just had a great night listening to Proxy Moon at Luna's. Laura and I had a great time (she loved the songs in French!). These guys/gals are the real deal."
Tim Streeper

"Had a great time hearing your music! What a fantastic new sound. I want to purchase a CD when ready."
Suzette Riddle

"What a wonderful evening with you and your band last night, Patrick. I loved it to shreds. Well, to pieces. Well, to torn and flittering glitters. I think this band has something uniquely different about it, what you play, how you sing, the hammer, (love that hammer) you guys have something going and of course, that fabulous singer! Standing base. Violinist. Great guitar and keyboard guy (heh heh). And the Fabulous You! Thanks for a great evening! "
Annie Menebroker

"I'm so glad I caught the show. I'm amazed without being amazed and grateful to be reminded that if you dig and keep digging...and keep digging... there it is laid bare: art. The real stuff. Not that other real stuff that is closer to the surface, but the deeper, real, rainy, rich and relentless stuff. True thanks, Lou. Beautiful."
Laura Hohlwein

"What a great show! Put me on your mailing list..."
Mark Halverson

"Man, I really liked that, Pat. Good vocals. Loved the blanket of the bass & accordion underneath. It's one of those grabs ya sounds. Good stuff!!!"
Lee Cunningham

"Proxy Moon is ear sex."
Jess Ruzlyo

"Pat, talk to me about songwriting."
Bill Yates

General Info

Band Members
Patrick Grizzell, vocals, guitar; Steve Bird, bass, piano; Morgen Prestel, violin; Ann Marie Taylor, vocals, percussion, junk; Dave Tavel, drums
Artist Name
Proxy Moon
Home Page

Contact Info

Sacramento, CA

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