This site is dedicated to the history of bands from the Monterey Bay, California area from north of Santa Cruz to King City and beyond. There has been an amazing amount of good music from this area and some musicians have gone on to international success, some have become cult favorites, while other equally talented musicians just couldn't break through.

If you have information on a band which I have listed or any others from this area please let me know and I would be happy to feature the band and any photos, music or stories you have to share.

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The E-types Beau Gents The Cherokee The Fisher Brothers Larry Hosford
The Young Ones/The Image The Ragged Staff Coast Toasties Jim Howard Tim Floyd
Harley Malone Joe Chunn (Joe Norman) The Precisions Charolette Wood Bent
The West Coast 5 Layton And Foster Once Again Louie And The Lovers Ryker Island
Poco Loco Night Train Express Lord Luther English Leather The Poor Souls
The Bitter Seeds/The Rock Shop JET Jody McCauley Big Jim DeNoon Denver Overland Pony Express
Tommy Faia And The True Blue Facts Valery Stallcup David Ash Hot Coffee Johnice
Gary Messick Oktober Trans Atlantic Train Another Roadside Attraction The Classics
Harold Hudspeth The Cobras Barney Carl Uncle Ben And The Wild Rice 37 Scence
Martha Lou Jerry Coulston and the Pacers Wylie Band Rusk & McGowan Randy Torre And The Libras
Johnny Amelio And The Downbeats Danny Lester The Sideminders Harpers Bizarre Pat and Lolly Vegas
I am looking for local bands to post on this site. If you have music, photos, posters etc. please get in touch so I can add your band. Give me as much information as you can such as the members, recordings, when they were together, where they played and any interesting stories you can provide.Contact

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The Agents

Michael Brooks: guitar and vocals
Mike Holland: guitar and vocals
Gordon Larson: bass
Bill Tisdel: keyboards
Mike Mahoney: drums and vocals

The members of The Agents were from Salinas, Prunedale and Soledad. The group was the started in 1979 by Brooks and Holland after they left the band Poco Loco.

They concentrated mostly on original music written by Brooks,opening for a lot of national acts such as The Greg Kihn Band, The Tasmanian Devils, The Rubinoos, Gary Myrick and The Figures, as well as playing most of the clubs and concert venues in the Monterey and Santa Cruz area.

They recorded 6 songs, 2 of which (Battlezone & Baby You Don't) were played on the legendary radio station KLRB.

As is often the case there was a difference of opinion in the direction the band should take and Brooks left in June of 1982. The group continued on for a while with a new lead singer doing cover songs but finally disbanded.

Brooks went on to play in the band Beyondion with Mahoney drumming and later Bombay (without Mahoney). Holland continued to play in local bands and got the job playing bass for Hendrix tribute artist Randy Hansen for a couple of years and still plays locally. Tisdel continued to play in local bands and teach piano and is also currently playing. Larson and Mahoney retired from playing to concentrate on family life.

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Battle Zone

Baby You Don't

I Just Wanna Dance

Do It My Way

What The Music Can Do

Tisdel, Larson, Holland, Mahoney, Brooks