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Bobby Vega: Slap Bass Secrets
Bass Videos

Bobby Vega: Slap Bass Secrets

Bobby Vega didn’t make this year’s NAMM Show (and we missed him big time). Thankfully, Scott’s Bass Lessons shared this clip recently of Bobby and Scott Devine discussing all things slap bass – and showing us the way.

Eric Krasno, Bobby Vega and Jay Lane: Eleanor Rigby
Bass Videos

Eric Krasno, Bobby Vega and Jay Lane: Eleanor Rigby

In February 2018, Eric Krasno, Bobby Vega and Jay Lane performed at Terrapin Crossroads. Here’s a fan-shot clip from the show of the band performing their take on “Eleanor Rigby.”

Bobby Vega Releases “Matters of the Heart” EP
New Albums

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 rock playing can get a...

Prairie Prince and Bobby Vega: Chicken And Waffles
Bass Videos

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
Events

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 will be Eckhardt, who will...

Bass Transcription: Bobby Vega’s “Gosh”
Transcriptions

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 his plectrum work. Combining impeccable...

Bobby Vega Joins Steve Kimock for Jerry Garcia Tribute Tour
Concerts & Tours

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 wraps up at the Ardmore...

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

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 could honor her memory before...

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

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
Interviews

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 that Bobby Vega began his...

Bobby Vega, Prarie Prince and Chris Rossbach: Mercury
Bass Videos

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
Bass Videos

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.