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  • Bobby Vega Releases “Matters of the Heart” EP

    Bobby Vega Releases “Matters of the Heart” EP

    Bobby Vega has a reputation, or maybe several. He’s known for his incredible knowledge of bass gear. He’s known for being the go-to bassist in the Bay Area. He’s also known for grooving his ass off with a pick, but that’s not all there is to his playing. Now fans who know his funk and... »

  • Prairie Prince and Bobby Vega: Chicken And Waffles

    Prairie Prince and Bobby Vega: Chicken And Waffles

    EMGtv has a great video in their archives of Bobby Vega, Prairie Prince and Chris Rossbach performing “Chicken And Waffles”. And here it is! »

  • Fur Peace Ranch Announces 2016 Bass Workshops

    Fur Peace Ranch Announces 2016 Bass Workshops

    Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch and Arts Center has announced its lineup of bass workshops for 2016, and it’s bound to be a good year. Kaukonen’s Hot Tuna partner and regular FPR educator Jack Casady will return while bassists Kai Eckhardt and Bobby Vega will teach their own workshops this summer and fall. First up... »

  • Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”

    Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”

    This month’s transcription is a piece I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”. This piece was originally featured on Bass The World’s YouTube channel last year. Grab the transcription, read the notes below and follow along: Although a master of all techniques, Bobby Vega is probably best known for... »

  • Bobby Vega Joins Steve Kimock for Jerry Garcia Tribute Tour

    Bobby Vega Joins Steve Kimock for Jerry Garcia Tribute Tour

    Bass whiz Bobby Vega will be touring the Northeast with guitarist Steve Kimock as part of a tribute to Jerry Garcia in March. The tour kicks off on March 10th at New York City’s Highline Ballroom before heading down to Gypsy Sally’s in Washington, D.C. to snake up and down the East Coast. The trek... »

  • Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

    Bass of the Week: Jack Casady’s Ribbecke Guitars “Diana” Bass

    The best basses come together through a mixture of inspiration, art, and technology. This week we check out a one-of-a-kind instrument that was born of all three ingredients: the Diana Bass by Ribbecke Guitars. In late 2012, bass legend Jack Casady lost his wife Diana after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Casady pondered ways he... »

  • Bobby Vega: “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

    Bobby Vega: “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

    Grab your egg nog and have a seat by the fire, because Bobby Vega is about to put you in the Christmas mood. Vega plays two beautiful solo bass versions of the carols “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on his Ribbecke bass and his 1966 Fender Jazz, affectionately named “Gumby.” »

  • Sketches of Bob: An Interview with Bobby Vega

    Sketches of Bob: An Interview with Bobby Vega

    San Francisco in the ’60s and ’70s was a hotbed for bassists. With bands like Sly and the Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane calling the city their home, the Bay area was fertile with exciting new music filled out by a lot of low end thump. It was in this musical landscape... »

  • Bobby Vega, Prarie Prince and Chris Rossbach: Mercury

    Bobby Vega, Prarie Prince and Chris Rossbach: Mercury

    Bobby Vega is hands down one of my favorite bassists. Here’s a clip of him with fellow San Francisco heavyweights Prarie Prince and Chris Rossbach peforming a flowing tune called “Mercury.” »

  • Bobby Vega Bass Solo

    Bobby Vega Bass Solo

    Here’s a clip featuring some beautiful and funky playing by San Francisco native Bobby Vega (with one sweet bass). Bobby has played with top names on the West Coast, including Tower of Power, Jerry Garcia, and Booker T. »