Anthony Arya: "Operator"
Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
Resident: San Francisco/Santa Cruz, California
Unlike most 16-year-olds, Anthony likes to spend his time busking on the streets of San Francisco in front of local bars and cafes. His mother inspired this lifestyle by introducing him to music at a young age. Through his mother, Anthony met Harvey Mandel, who once played at Woodstock. Anthony has been performing with his band for the last several months. He also performs his original songs at local venues and plays jazz guitar in the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band.