Joe Cardillo

Joe Cardillo

 San Diego, California, USA

Saxes, guitar, vocals, flute, clarinet from jazz to funk, and rock. Touring, session work, sit in gigs and all in between! for shows


Joe creates a unique combination of live loops using percussive beats by thumping his guitar, laying down the chords, and playing bass lines (using the octave guitar pedal). 

In addition, he sings the melody while often times looping vocal harmonies. Perhaps the most unique aspect of his show is Joe's ability to open up the songs by picking up any of his four saxophones and playing soulful solos with the loops in the background. 

Joe's sound can be described as a melting pot of Howie Day, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and Dave Matthews, topped off with tasteful saxophone solos. 

Throughout his music career, Joe has opened up for acts such as Sister Hazel, Everclear, ZZ Top, Gary Hoey, Dispatch, Eric Martin (Mr. Big) and Phil Solem (The Rembrandts), Carbon Leaf, and The Pat McGee Band and more. He's also recorded albums with Lakewest Studios producer Jack Gauthier (Dispatch, Pete Francis, Rich Price, Cardinal Direction). 

Joe has brought a whole new meaning to a solo act. In fact, when listening to his CD, numerous people have commented their disbelief in one person being able to produce the array of instruments and vocals without pre-recorded tracks. In order to truly appreciate and understand his style, a fan must see him play live at a show. 

The interaction and relationship Joe employs with his movement of tapping the various floor pedals to create loops and different sounds, while simultaneously playing his instruments and singing provides the audience with a voluminous sound and a distinctive live show that will make them come back for more.


Joe Cardillo - sampler released in June 2005
can be heard on the River 92.5 Boston, MA
102.1 and 94.9 in San Diego, CA

Set List

Can play for up to 3 hours but Prefer around a 1 hour set:
ORIGINALS include:
5 Years
Down Below
Last Goodbye
Loop Station Song
Never Let Go
See It Through
Song for a Friend
Settle for Less
Take it Back
COVERS include but not limited to:
Counting Stars  - One Republic
Chicken Fried - Zack Brown Band 
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Free Fallin - Tom Petty
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Here We Go - Dispatch
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen
Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty 
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Stand By Me Capo(capo3) - Ben E King
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Washed by the Water - NeedtoBreathe
Wonderwall - Oasis
You Can't Always Get what you want - Rolling Stones