Traffic Jam Wins for Your Favorite Local Band

The band of Charter School and St. Francis students influences range from The Rolling Stones to Foo Fighters


Earlier this week we asked you to delve into Sonoma's local music scene and dig out your favorite act.

Turns out one group has a whole lot of fans: cornered the vote for favorite local band.

Band members Ryan Abshear (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ben Koler (bass guitar, vocals), Tyler Meloan (drums, piano, vocals), and Aaron Marcus-Willers (lead guitar, piano vocals) met as students at the and

The precocious band – all members are in their early teens or pre-teens – has been gaining momentum in recent years. The group has traded early shows at the talent show for gigs at the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers' Market and an opening slot for The Whiskey Thieves at Gran Fondo.

Get with the music on Traffic Jam's YouTube page, or follow along with their most recent gig through their Facebook page.

But don't assume the band is too youthful: the kids draw influences from more contemporary music (Mumford and Sons, Five for Fighting) as well as bands making their mark well before the band-members' births (The Rolling Stones, The Eagles.) 

Congrats to the band! Hope this is the first of many accolades.

steven meloan May 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Thanks for the great coverage of the local Sonoma scene!


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