BIOGRAPHY

Barbara Wahli, known by her moniker Barb Rocks, is recognized for managing some of San Jose's most successful independent rock bands, as well as for putting on highly-organized and well-attended shows at reputable venues in the San Jose Bay Area for over 11 years.  Under Barbara's management, her bands have reached some huge goals and local successes, including radio airplay (Live 105107.7 The Bone), music festival placements (BottleRock NapaSan Francisco PrideSubZERO FestivalSoFA Street Fair), licensing/publishing deals, and strategic show bookings with well-known touring acts.  She's also organized and been a core team member for two local music festivals, Left Coast Live and West Valley College's West Fest, and is involved in various capacities in the Santa Cruz Music Festival.

Dubbed the "queen of the south bay scene" by local FCC Free Radio DJ of the Unbound Sound Show, Barbara has become the hub of an ever-expanding local music scene, continually increasing her network of music contacts.  Barbara has always kept the passion and experience at the forefront of her every endeavor, keeping the philosophy of "music first" and making sure the bands aren't taken advantage of.  Her desire to help artists and the local music community drove Barbara to lead the South Bay chapter of Balanced Breakfast, a group of music industry professionals that meet regularly for breakfast and talk about actions they can employ that will help grow the arts community.  Barbara's devotion to local music caught the attention of San Jose's Metro Newspapers, who named her Best South Bay Scene Queen in their 2010 Best Of issue, stating "her energy is infectious, and her ear for local talent remarkable."


OTHER PROJECTS

Majestic Maverick: an adventure cat traveling in RV with his human and blogging about his journeys.

Rock-N-Cook: a new pop-up dining experience with live music and band interviews.

Ugly Whale Music Fest: a showcase featuring Bay Area bands in Austin during SXSW week.