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Our Team Members Rock! Listen, Vote and Win

I’ve been a music fan for as long as I can remember. It probably started when I bought The Four Tops Greatest Hits at age 8. Growing up playing the piano and violin made me appreciate the skill and talent of musicians even more.

Fast forward to today. Living in Austin – the “Live Music Capital of the World”– is perfect for me. In fact, you’ll find me at a show any day of the week.  It’s through these local shows that I have realized how many friends, family and coworkers are involved in music — and most outside of their regular “day jobs.”

So imagine how thrilled I was to find out that Whole Foods Market® is giving their talented team members an opportunity to let their music be heard. Out of hundreds of submissions, a panel of peers selected ten finalists in Raw and Unprocessed, Whole Foods Market’s Team Member Music Project.

Now it’s your turn. Your votes will decide the winner and take a team member from aisle 3 to superstardom! The winning band or musician will open for a VHI You Oughta Know artist in Napa Valley, California at Live in the Vineyard in November. You and a friend could be there, too!

From now until August 31 visit rawandunprocessed.com, take a listen to each artist and vote for your favorite. You can vote once per day and each vote enters you to win a trip for two to Napa to experience Live in the Vineyard.

I’ve listened to all the finalists and I have to say I am pretty impressed. Check out the top ten Whole Foods Market team members who rock out when they clock out!


Anita Coats

Song: “A Crack in the Surface”

Team Member: Anita Coats from the Thousand Oaks store in California

A Southern California native, Anita Coats, uses the ups and downs of life as her songwriting inspiration, making her music undeniably relatable.

Learn more and listen to Anita Coats.


Sad Accordions

Song:”Inside Out”

Team Member: Joy Gallagher from the Global Headquarters in Austin, Texas

The band’s 2006 recording “A Bad Year for the Sharons" encompasses and expresses the band's love for a multitude of sounds in music, with the use of brass instruments, violins, cello, clarinet and various other effects, while their 2011 EP marks a creative milestone, as well as a new direction, with more of a focus on collective song writing and collaboration.

Learn more and listen to the Sad Accordions.


The Welcome

Song: “Don’t Need Detectives”

Team Members: Sarah Johnson from the Gold Coast store and Jonah Kort from the Lincoln Park store, both in Illinois

With dynamic guy-girl vocals, a healthy dose of loud hooks and unrelenting melodies, The Welcome is here to politely rock out while leaving you humming for days.

Learn more and listen to The Welcome.


Mine All Mine

Song: “Reasons”

Team Member: Allen Lopez from the Coral Gables store in Florida

Emerging from a diverse music scene equipped with a medley of genres, Mine All Mine has risen out of sunny south Florida, adding a darker wave to indie rock.

Learn more and listen to Mine All Mine.


Cumbia Tokeson

Song: “Rueda Morena”

Team Member: Ali Luna from the Santa Cruz store in California

Cumbia Tokeson fuses Peruvian chicha, rooted in 70s guitar and psychedelia, mixing grooves of Colombian cumbia and rock with guitar-driven melodies, while adding reggae, funk, punk and a touch of southern Mexico’s son jarocho.

Learn more and listen to Cumbia Tokeson.


Jackalope Saints

Song: “Carpenter’s Son”

Team Member: Jay Parshall from the Bridgeport store in Oregon

The Jackalope Saints play string-band music rooted in folk and bluegrass traditions. Adding a twist of soul and stirring the pot, a new sound surfaces: Navy Bluegrass River Rock.

Learn more and listen to the Jackalope Saints.


It is I

Song: “I Want More of You”

Team Member: Zachary Porlier from the Naperville store in Illinois

Influenced by pop rock bands such as Third Eye Blind, Coldplay, The Killers and Keane, this group knows how to present accessible rock songs in unique ways.

Learn more and listen to It is I.



Song: “This Time”

Team Members: Matthew Rigdon and Kris Nelson from the Global Headquarters in Austin, Texas

The band’s style/influences range from Toad the Wet Sprocket to Tonic to Foo Fighters. Somewhere right in there you will find them sonically.

Learn more and listen to Sourhand.


Owl Paws

Song: “Sunrise”

Team Members: Derek Schultz from the Haight Street store and Colin Hayes from the Blithdale store, both in California

Owl Paws is a quartet furthering the folk, emo and progressive rock sensibilities of Fleet Foxes, American Football and Circa Survive.

Learn more and listen to Owl Paws.


Trash Pop Icons

Song: “Best of Me”

Team Members: Naomi Zep from the Redwood City store and Nadia Zep from the Los Altos store, both in California

Trash Pop Icons are sisters Naomi and Nadia Zep. The girls describe “trash pop” as a fine mix of rock and pop with just enough rhythm to make you want to dance.

Learn more and listen to the Trash Pop Icons.


In addition to taking the stage at Live in the Vineyard, the winning musical talent will be the opening act for a VHI You Oughta Know artist at a public concert in the parking lot of the Whole Foods Market store in Napa. To round out their prize, a professional music video will be created for them and it will be featured in one of VH1’s on-air programs. Plus, they’ll get lots of play on Whole Foods Market’s in-store radio and on VH1.com.

Visit Raw and Unprocessed, enjoy some great music, vote for the winner and you could be a winner, too.

So, tell me, who’s your favorite?