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The Baja Yetis / Press

““It’s really easy to start a record, that happens all the time, a lot of people start projects and, I don’t know the percentage of them that get finished, but it’s probably pretty low, so following through with it seems to be the hardest part for a lot of people and a lot of bands and I’ve experienced that myself, but this one, we were motivated to do it, recording and engineering is something I’ve been into for the last 10 or 12 years, I just said ‘we’re gonna record the album, I’m gonna engineer it and we’re gonna record it at Billy’s house’ and that’s how it got started.””

"We saved the best for last, y'all. The Baja Yetis - half myth, half legend - have confounded many a festival organizer hoping to lure them out of the hills around Homegrown Hideaways where they live wild and uninhibited. Many rumors have surfaced over the years, but we present to you for evidence this grainy video shot at the inaugural Moonshiner's Ball last May. You can clearly make out elements of New Orleans jazz, backed by extremely funky rhythms, jammin' rock guitar and sweet soulful vocals. The dance floor comes to life like the mad scampering of sherpa when the Yeti comes down from the mountain. It is imperative that you stick around for our festival closer. Don't even think about leaving early."

“This is a wonderful TV interview by WTVQ Channel 36 with our Yeti horn section. We were thrilled to be invited on air to talk about the band, and what we are currently up to. Click to watch!”

“This show is going to be WAAAY over the top. Come on out and see The Baja Yetis and get a heaping helping of our soul stew and funk gumbo. THEN, as if that wasn't enough for ya, The MikeDillon Band takes the stage! The Mike Dillon Band features members of CRITTERS BUGGIN, LES CLAYPOOL'S FANCY BAND, GARAGE A TROIS, AND YOJIMBO. Try to beat that line up on a Thursday in Lexington!”

“Jazz Monsters A few groups are keeping jazz alive out there. Recently we had the privilege of hearing once again the Baja Yetis. First thing I have to say is, "Why are there no CD's yet? There must be CD's." I mentioned (implored?) that to their sound engineer, who said he was recording their performance that particular evening we heard them. What a perfect night it was for jazz/funk/soul, too. And, so, the next time we hear these guys, the Baja Yetis (there's plug #2), I hope we can pack 'em home with us. The rain held off mostly that evening, only an occasional mist, nothing bothersome, and the Yetis played (and played, 'cause we could tell it was pure playground fun for them)magic for our small yet fanatical group. They, protected by the porch, us protected by hats/trees/umbrellas. These cats keep alive the sounds of Mr. Coltrane and Mr. Davis, and pure '70's soul/funk/rock. From where did they arise? No idea, perhaps there truly are abominable snowmen in California...”

“No commercially successful big name artists performed, however, they were not needed. There were more than enough skilled – talented performers that did attend to entertain the masses. For example, the entertainers that did perform were Baja Yetis, Jamey Aebersold Quartet, Jazz Collective featuring Gail Wynters, O-Zone and intermission performances from Ben Lacy and Bob Bryant. The performances were nothing short of captivating and engrossing.”

“Comprised of some of the best musicians in Central Kentucky, The Baja Yetis have been bringing a fresh funk jazz jam mix to the stage with an energetic, eclectic live show and an impressive arsenal of guest vocalist. The Baja Yetis have been a band 20 years in the making. Years ago Billy, Shawk and Danalog were all playing together in the Eastern KY University Jazz Band. Years later members from Astrolyte and Universal Frequency were often seen jamming on stage together. Finally after all these years they have evolved into a rare and funky treat, The Baja Yetis.”

“Lexington will celebrate its third annual jazz festival at Talon Winery and Vineyards this Sunday, June 3, 2012. ‘The Lexington Jazz Festival’ will begin after 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, and hosted by Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Talon Winery and Vineyards and the Jazz Arts Foundation. These organizations help promote “the awareness of jazz as a performing art.” Five performances from local and regional artists are scheduled this Sunday on two separate stages. Featured artists are Baja Yetis, the Jamey Aebersold Quartet, the Jazz Collective with Gail Wynters, the Ben Lacy & Bob Bryant Duo, and O-Zone.”

“ The day will feature five great acts from local and regional jazz artists highlighting an eclectic mix of traditional, straight ahead, funk and smooth jazz sounds. Don’t miss out on one of Lexington’s finest musical events. Bring a picnic, your lawn chairs and blankets, and settle in to a great day of jazz. Enjoy the beautiful grounds of Talon Winery while listening to some of the finest jazz in the region. Featured artists this year include the Baja Yetis, the Jamey Aebersold Quartet, Jazz Collective with vocalist Gail Wynters, the Ben Lacey & Bob Bryant Duo, and O-Zone. Bring your family and friends out to one of the coolest events in the area. Jazz lovers, don’t miss this opportunity!”

“Presented by the Jazz Arts Foundation and Bluegrass Community and Technical College in conjunction with Talon Winery, the Lexington Jazz Festival features a variety of local and regional jazz musicians. Concessions, wine and beer will be available for purchase; organizers recommend bringing lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Lineup includes Baja Yetis; Jamey Aebersold Quartet; Jazz Collective with vocalist Gail Winers; Ben Lacy and Bob Bryant Duo; and O-Zone.”

“Looking for an excuse to stay up late Thursday night that doesn’t involve a basketball tournament? Might we suggest an evening of New Orleans accented funk, fusion and fun courtesy of the Mike Dillon Band at Cosmic Charlie’s. When he played here a year ago (almost to the day) with the Dead Kenny G’s, Dillon was pretty much a lord of rhythm and thunder, performing on drums, tabla and, to a lesser extent, vibraphone. The latter takes top priority in the Mike Dillon Band – a quartet rounded out by members of the New Orleans groove collective known as Yojimbo – specifically, trombonist Carly Meyers and drummer Radam G – with Government Majik’s Bru Brusser holding down bass duties. Lexington’s own Baja Yetis will open the show with a funk/jazz repertoire that runs from Herbie Hancock and Galactic to Miles Davis and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Kinda makes you want to kickoff the weekend a little early, doesn’t it?”