Ruby & The Soul System

Love of Music, all musicians talk about it, but for Ruby and The Soul System this love is the catalyzing force behind it.

Ruby and the Soul System a band born out of love for Soul , Funk and R&B and with an incredible relish for live performances.

With wide open ears and hearts to the colossal contribution given by musicians that founded these music styles, a group of eclectic musicians with the most varied career paths, came together and gave birth to this energized and sophisticated band.

Dennis Herrera

Dennis Herrera

At a young age Dennis went to count-less rock & roll, R&B, blues and soul concerts/shows in the Bay Area, San Jose, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco at the Fillmore, Winterland, Avalon Ballroom, and numerous juke-joint blues clubs.  Dennis’ fondly recounts his first guitar given to him by his grandfather, took a handful of guitar lessons and played in garage bands, “We wanted to be rock stars put our first band together and the girls dug it my first ever performance was at my high school, I was flunking music class but in order to pass my teacher suggested I play for the student talent show.  Nervously  I went on stage and covered the Richie Havens song Freedom from the film Woodstock.  I’ll never forget what a major rush that was and I passed with an straight A!”.  Early on Dennis found that his favorite rock groups the Stones, Savoy Brown and original Fleetwood Mac covered songs written by blues greats Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson, B.B. King, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker just to name a few,  “It’s been blues ever since struggling to play music as a profession, I found myself re-directed a number of times but have always come back to playing blues, regrettably I didn’t join an established blues band, I have had opportunity but instead chose to lead various blues projects of my own to date, I’ve tried a variety of catchy band names thinking they were original but soon found out most were taken, so I simply settled with my birth name for the band”. Dennis Herrera has recorded 3 CD’s and continues to perform his original blues as well as his favorites for well over 30 years in and around the state.



“With his astonishingly accomplished guitar playing, Stevie Ray Vaughan the blues revival of the ’80s. Vaughan drew equally from bluesmen like Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Albert Collins and rock & roll players like Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack, as well as jazz guitarists like Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery, developing a uniquely eclectic and fiery style that sounded like no other guitarist, regardless of genre. Vaughan bridged the gap between blues and rock like no other artist had since the late ’60s.”


Three musicians brought together by the passion for American Roots Music the Blues and all the different styles generated by that root.
Vaughan was an easy choice for the trio because of his versatility in styles:
An Artist with great appreciation for traditional Blues of the past and modern music styles that he managed to combine magically.
This tribute will bring to the audience a full set list of classics from his Shuffles to his Rock and Soul/Funk compositions without neglecting space to his great Jams on Jimi Hendrix’s songs.
A great SHOW to dance to or just tap your foot and ENJOY THE MUSIC

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Marcus Miller


Marcus Miller began his studies in saxophone at age nine and, with the help of World Renown Saxophonist Bruce Williams (Roy Hargrove, World Saxophone Quartet), he developed a passion that put him on stage professionally at 13. With gifts extending beyond the music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics. After a short stint at a multibillion dollar hedge fund he moved to New York City to pursue music. He soon developed a reputation as a versatile and virtuosic player, while studying music production and engineering under Grammy-winning Engineer “Bassy” Bob Brockman (Notorious B.I.G, Herbie Hancock, D’Angelo).

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Funk Frequency

Guitarist Michael Weight

Mr. Weight from Los Angeles founded the hip dance band Funk Frequency in September of 2011.

Music has always been a passion for Michael, who started playing guitar at the age of 12 after hearing Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin play “Time to Rock.” This Prescott-based band gets its influences from James Brown to KC and the Sunshine Band. Prescott’s only ’70s and ’80s Funk and Disco Dance Band will be keeping the dance floor full all night.

“The ultimate reward for me is watching people get out of their seats and on the dance floor,” says Julie Ericson (vocals) who loves being a part of Funk Frequency and playing music that people don’t normally hear every day. Julie’s love for music grew as she got older being involved in musical theatre and obtaining her BA in Theatre and Film from ASU.

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Ron Jackson 

Versatile and sophisticated jazz guitarist Ron Jackson has performed, recorded and taught music in over 30 countries. With a varied career as a performer, composer and arranger, Highlights include shows and tours with artists such as Taj Mahal, Jimmy McGriff, Larry Coryell, Benny Golson, Oliver Lake, Russell Malone and Mulgrew Miller. Ron has been featured as a leader in jazz festivals all over the world, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festivals and Winter Jazzfest, NYC. 

Darryl Prras

Darryl Porras

Darryl Porras is a veteran guitarist/vocalist from Phoenix that has been on the scene of the Arizona Blues Festivals for many years.

Versatile in several styles of blues from Chicago to the modern interpretation of the Blues ala Robben Ford.

Comfortable accompanying blues singers of all styles or just playing and singing his own set list with great melodic and harmonic flare.



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Oz Noi Smile


It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.”

This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b.

Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years.

Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. All-stars such as Keith Carlock, Anton Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl often contribute on drums, with bassists Will Lee, James Genus, and Reggie Washington.

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New York guitar phenom Oz Noy is that rare artist — one who has cultivated his own distinct voice within the context of classic structures of Jazz meets R&B grooves with extended, unpredictable harmonic sensibility, stinging phrasing, and deft musical economy.
Noy was born in Israel in the early 1970s. At the age of ten, he first learned drums, but soon switched to the guitar. Already in adolescence, his music career began as a member of various bands, soon followed by professional studio recordings in Israeli major labels. At the age of 20, he was a member of the studio band of a well-known Israeli late-night-show . In order to help his career to new impulses, he decided in 1996 to move to New York. During jam sessions in the jazz clubs of New York, he met Anthon Fig, Keith Carlock, Will Lee and other musicians, who should accompany his musical career. He went with Chris Botti, Tony Braxton, Jeff Train Watts into the studio and on tour and collaborates on a variety of projects with fusion greats like Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, James Genus, Jimmy Haslip, Mike Stern and others.
Richie Cannata

Richie Cannata

He’s worked with Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, the Beach Boys, Bernie Williams and the list goes on.  This New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn then Long Island has music in his blood.  Richie Cannata studied classical piano growing up, but it doesn’t stop there.  He also studied the clarinet, flute, keyboards, and saxophone with the tenor saxophone being his forte.