The First Annual Battle of the Bands was a smashing success and a ton of fun.  Our winner was the fantastic Full Moon Light with the amazing Bree Jones Band and the rocking Snails rounding out our finalists.  Thank you to our donors, sponsors, judges, bands, the Belly Up and all the volunteers and fans who attended and made this event such a success.  We hope to see you all next year!

Tim Yates and Miracle Babies present

The 1st Annual San Diego Real Estate Professionals’

Battle of the Bands


Miracle Babies logosponsored by


Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by:

Tawnie VargasTawnie Vargas,  host of Lifestyles San Diego and former NFL Cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers.  Tawnie is an honors graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies Advertising. She credits her time as an NFL performer for the introduction to her passion for volunteering and collaborating with local charities.

Born and raised in Southern California, Tawnie was undeniably shaped by her small town country roots. Having grown up on a horse ranch in Temecula, she has not only learned the value of hard work, but also the importance of dreaming big and persevering. Her humble roots helped her to accomplish some of her life-long goals. In her spare moments, Tawnie treasures quality time visiting her family on the ranch. She loves wildlife, photography, running, hiking, and enjoying all sunny San Diego has to offer.

Meet the Judges:  

Brandi WilliamsBrandi Williams, feature reporter on KUSI News weekdays at 5 and 6p.m. who will be broadcasting live from the event.  She has worked for various news organizations all over the country including KTLA in Los Angeles.  Most recently she was an anchor for the Daily Buzz, a nationally syndicated news show based in Orlando, FL. Brandi has worked as a feature reporter, lifestyle correspondent, brand ambassador and pet expert. While in LA, she founded the Give Pets a Chance program which has given hundreds of homeless pets, permanent addresses. Brandi continues to raise awareness for sheltered animals here in San Diego. She volunteers her time to several organizations including the Humane Society of the United States and works closely with the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Brandi has served as guest speaker, grand marshal and host of the HWAC Hope Telethon for the past 2 years.

Jane MitchellJane Mitchell, 27-time Emmy® Award-winning broadcast journalist, television host, and author who is active in her community and supports many charitable causes including ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and NICU babies.  Her passion for storytelling stems from growing up in a Navy family, traveling the world and being encouraged by her mother, who was a teacher, to write about her experiences.  From 1997-2011, Jane produced and anchored One on One with Jane Mitchell, a television show giving viewers an in-depth look at San Diego’s top sports figures from young stars to veterans and Hall-of-Famers. In 2010, she ventured into a new career dimension by writing and releasing the book One on One – My Journey with Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites and Rising Stars. She has won many awards for her television work, but calls the television show, and writing the book about it, rewarding and a labor of love.

Darius DegherDarius Degher, poet, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. He also plays sitar, and played on Warren Zevon’s “Bad Karma.” He has released five CDs and performed at some of the USA’s most important music venues: CBGB in NYC, the Whiskey and Roxy in L.A., the Continental Club in Austin, as well as other venues like the South By Southwest Music Conference, New York City’s New Music Seminar, and the Shrine Auditorium. Over the years, he and his bands have played on bills with acts as diverse as Don McLean, Lucinda Williams, Los Lobos, Doctor John, and Guy Clark, to name just a few.  His latest CD “Eleven Story Strum” was released in May 2015.   His 2012 CD “The Coyote Cantos” was nominated for a San Diego Music Award.



Tim Yates is uniting music and San Diego’s real estate professionals for charity.

Battle of the Bands is the brainchild of Tim Yates, the Chief Growth Officer and Team Leader of Keller Williams La Jolla.  Tim is challenging ALL San Diego licensed real estate agents/brokers to see which office has the best band. Tim knows you can sell real estate but can you perform in front of a sold out live show? So go ahead and live out your Rock n Roll fantasies and compete in the Battle of the Bands!

In order for a real estate office to be represented in the Battle of the Bands, there must be at least one licensed agent/broker in the band.

All proceeds from the event benefit Miracle Babies, a San Diego-based non-profit helping babies in the NICU and their families.  Sponsorship opportunities are available, but going fast.  If you are looking to target real estate professionals in your business marketing, don’t miss this opportunity.

Band Lineup:

Knuckleheads – Classic rock – Keller Williams La Jolla
Harrison Myers – Solo artist – Berkshire Hathaway
Easy D – Pop/New wave – Sun & Sea Realty
The Snails – Punk rock – Keller Williams North Inland
BarrelHouse – Blues/Rock – Eischen Realty
Bree Jones Band – Folk Rock – Red Hawk Realty
Midnight Tide – Soul/Blues – Carrington Real Estate Del Mar
Full Moon Light – Americana/Funk/Country – Pacific Crest Realty
Keller Williams La Jolla Band
The Knuckleheads – Keller Williams La Jolla entry
Full moon light
Full Moon Light – Pacific Crest Realty of Ramona/Julian entry
Easy D realtor battle of the bands san diego
Easy D – Sun and Sea Realty of San Diego entry
The Snails
The Snails – Keller Williams North Inland
Harrison Myers
Harrison Myers – Berkshire Hathaway
Barrel House
BarrelHouse – Eischen Realty
Bree Jones Band
Bree Jones Band – Red Hawk Realty
Midnight Tide
Midnight Tide – Carrington Real Estate Del Mar


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