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South Bay Folks'
22nd Anniversary Picnic & Jam
Sunday, October 5th, 2014

12pm 'til you or the sun drops
Vasona Lake County Park

9/7/2014

South Bay Folks celebrates its 22nd Anniversary with a picnic and acoustic jam on Sunday, October 5th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.


Spring has sprung, and there are songs to be sung!

South Bay Folks'
Spring Picnic & Acoustic Jam


Sunday, May 18th, 2014
1pm 'til you or the sun drops!

Updated: 4/10/2014

The SBF Spring Picnic Jam is Sunday, May 18th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here.


Lineup announced for the 2014 Season of the Vasona Vibrations Concert Series

4/23/2014

For the 12th consecutive year, Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks team up to bring you free, family-friendly, concerts in support of Second Harvest Food Bank. The series features local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres that runs the gamut from Americana to zydeco.

Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
(408)354-2608

More info and a complete schedule is posted here.



South Bay Folks'
Spring Picnic & Jam

Sunday, May 19th, 2013
Noon 'til you or the sun drops!

4/19/2013

Spring has sprung, and there are songs to be sung! The SBF Spring Picnic & Jam is Sunday, May 19th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.



South Bay Folks'
21st Anniversary Picnic & Jam
Sunday, October 13th, 2013

12pm 'til you or the sun drops
Vasona Lake County Park

10/1/2013

South Bay Folks celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a picnic and acoustic jam on Sunday, October 13th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.


Celtic Heart Opens the 11th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series

Updated: 5/20/2013

For the eleventh consecutive year, Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks team up to bring you free, family-friendly, concerts in support of Second Harvest Food Bank. The series features local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres that runs the gamut from Americana to zydeco.

This year, the always popular Celtic Heart opens the series with an engaging hybrid of traditional and contemporary Irish and American folk music on Saturday, June 1st. The series continues each Saturday in June and July with performances from 5pm-7pm.

Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
(408)354-2608

More info and a complete schedule is posted here.



South Bay Folks'
Spring Picnic & Jam

Sunday, May 19th, 2013
Noon 'til you or the sun drops!

4/19/2013

Spring has sprung, and there are songs to be sung! The SBF Spring Picnic Jam is Sunday, May 19th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.



No SBF Open Mike on Thanksgiving!

11/16/2012

There is no South Bay Folks open mike on Thursday, November 21st. Have a happy and gluttonous Thanksgiving Day!



South Bay Folks'
20th Anniversary Picnic & Jam
Sunday, October 7th, 2012

12pm 'til you or the sun drops
Vasona Lake County Park

9/7/2012

South Bay Folks celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a picnic and acoustic jam on Sunday, October 7th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.


The South Bay Folks Acoustic Open Mike is trying out a new venue!

6/11/2012

Beginning this Thursday, June 14th, the SBF Acoustic Open Mike is trying out a new venue, Village Falafel in Cupertino which is not very far from where we were at Pizza Party. While the food, staff and owners at Pizza Party were great, we just couldn't get around the ambient noise levels in the room.

Details, maps and directions on the SBF open mike page.


Vasona Vibrations Concert Series Celebrates 10 Years!

Updated: 6/11/2012

For the tenth consecutive year, Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks team up to bring you free, family-friendly concerts located in a pleasant outdoor setting overlooking Vasona Lake and Los Gatos Creek. The Vasona Vibrations Concert Series features local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres.

Concerts are held 5-7pm every Saturday in June and July, 2012 at

Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA
(408)354-2608

More info and a complete schedule is posted here.


No open mike on Thu May 17th and 24th, 2012

5/12/2012

Pizza Party had previously scheduled parties reseved for these nights. (Congratulations to Pizza Party on their 50th Anniversary to be celebrated on May 17th!)


The South Bay Folks Acoustic Open Mike Returns!

4/30/2012

The SBF Acoustic Open Mike returns!. We are trying out a new venue beginning this Thursday, May 3rd, 2012. Come join us at the Pizza Party located at the intersection of Lawrence Expressway and Homestead Rd in Santa Clara. Details, maps and directions on the open mike page.



South Bay Folks'
Spring Picnic & Jam

10am 'til you or the sun drops!
Sunday, May 20th, 2012

4/9/2012

Spring has sprung, and there are songs to be sung! The SBF Spring Picnic Jam is Sunday, May 20th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.


Last Hurrahs! at
Mission City Coffee

4/9/2012

There are four notable events to mark the final days of Mission City Coffe:


Mission City Coffee Roasting to Close on April 15th

3/26/2012

Since 2006, Mission City Coffee Roasting Company, has provided an exceptional home not only for South Bay Folks, but also for the Fiddling Cricket Concert Series, Doug Young's Acoustic Guitar Nights and so much more. Unfortunately, the extended recession has taken a toll. The Cafe's final day will be Sunday, April 15th.

We are currently in search of a new venue. If you have any suggestions, let us know. You may also subscribe to the SBF email list and/or watch here for updates as to where we will be after April 15th.

We can't thank Jae and his staff enough for six great years of acoustic fun. Plans are afoot for a Good-Bye Party on that last weekend. We'll keep you posted.


Funeral Mass for Tom Morales

1/25/2012

Tom Morales, excellent musician, exceptional human being, and a valued member of South Bay Folks, passed away Saturday, January 21st. He will be greatly missed.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2pm on Saturday, January 28th at St. Lucy's Church, 2350 Winchester Blvd in Campbell.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations in Thomas' name be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Reminder:
No SBF Open Mike on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24th, 2011

11/03/2011

Don't forget: There is no SBF Open Mike on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24th. Happy Thanksgiving to all the staff at Mission City Coffee Roasting Company!



South Bay Folks'
19th Anniversary Picnic & Jam
Sunday, October 16th, 2011

12pm 'til you or the sun drops
Vasona Lake County Park

9/30/2011

South Bay Folks celebrates its 19th Anniversary with a picnic and acoustic jam on Sunday, October 16th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.




9th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series
June-July 2011

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

4/21/2011

Join us this summer, 5-7pm every Saturday in June & July for free, family-friendly concerts featuring local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres, including klezmer, jazz, blues, jug band music and much more!

Vasona Vibrations is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks. More details here.



South Bay Folks'
Spring Picnic & Jam

10am 'til you or the sun drops
Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

4/21/2011

Spring has sprung, and there are songs to be sung! The SBF Spring Picnic Jam is Sunday, May 22nd at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.



South Bay Folks'
18th Anniversary Picnic & Jam
Sunday, October 10th, 2010

12pm 'til you or the sun drops
Vasona Lake County Park

9/10/2010

South Bay Folks celebrates its 18th Anniversary with a picnic and acoustic jam on Sunday, October 10th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.




8th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series
5-7pm Every Saturday
June-July 2010

4/21/2010

The 2010 lineup has been announced for the 8th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Join us this summer, 5-7pm every Saturday in June & July for free, family-friendly concerts featuring local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres.

Vasona Vibrations is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks. More details here.



South Bay Folks'
Spring Picnic & Jam

12pm 'til you or the sun drops
Sunday, May 16th, 2010

3/24/2010

Spring has sprung, and there are songs to be sung! The SBF Spring Picnic Jam is Sunday, May 16th at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here.


South Bay Folks' 17th Anniversary Picnic & Jam
Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA
 
12pm 'til you or the sun drops
Sunday, Oct 4, 2009

9/1/2009

This October marks South Bay Folks' 17th anniversary and we're celebrating with a picnic and jam. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie. More info here, and a printable flyer here (2,812KB pdf).


This Saturday, July 25th:
The Klezmakers
at
Vasona Vibrations

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

7/20/2009

The free, 7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series finishes up this Saturday, with The Klezmakers, a rollicking eight-piece klezmer band performing lively Eastern European dances, traditional Israeli folk songs and more.

This series, which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks, runs 5-7pm every Saturday, June thru July. Complete schedule and more details here.


This Saturday, July 18th:
10th Ave Band
at
Vasona Vibrations

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

7/13/2009

The free, 7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series continues this Saturday, with 10th Ave Band. Combining Big Band, Swing, Chicago-style Dixieland, this dynamic five-piece group has ignited audiences worldwide for 30 years, and has been a perrenial favorite at Vasona Vibrations.

This series, which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks runs 5-7pm every Saturday, June thru July. Complete schedule and more details here.


This Saturday, July 11th:
The Sherry Austin Band
at
Vasona Vibrations

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

7/6/2009

The free, 7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series continues this Saturday, with The Sherry Austin Band. Award winning songwriter Sherry Austin and Sharon Allen performing their own original songs in addition to well-loved Americana covers, their musical collaboration showcases their rich harmonies and joy in singing together. Backed by Lisa Burns, NCBS Bass Player of the year, two years running, and Steve Perez on lead guitar and harmony vocals, the music ranges from thoughtful to rollicking good fun.

This series, which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks runs 5-7pm every Saturday, June thru July. Complete schedule and more details here.


This Saturday, July 4th:
Calaveras
at
Vasona Vibrations

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

6/29/2009

The 7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series continues this Saturday, July 4th with Calaveras. Singer-songwriters Greg Beattie and Victoria Blythe, along with instrumentalist Dave Decker, combine voices and a half dozen acoustic instruments into original songs that are both fresh and timeless--from the roots of American traditional song forms to explorations of contemporary sounds. This series, which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks runs 5-7pm every Saturday, June thru July. Complete schedule and more details here.


This Saturday:
Jessica Johnson
at
Vasona Vibrations

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

6/22/2009

The 7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series continues this Saturday, June 27th with Jessica Johnson performing jazz standards & contemporary songs arranged with an intriguing original jazz twist; a smooth and soulful brand of jazz infused R&B. This series, which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks runs 5-7pm every Saturday, June thru July. Complete schedule and more details here.


This Saturday:
Celtic Heart
at
Vasona Vibrations

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

6/15/2009

The 7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series continues this Saturday, June 20th with Celtic Heart who brings an engaging hybrid of traditional and contemporary Irish and American folk to the outdoor stage. This series, which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks runs 5-7pm every Saturday, June thru July. Complete schedule and more details here.


This Saturday:
City Rocks
at
Vasona Vibrations

Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

6/7/2009

The 7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series continues this Saturday, June 13th with City Rocks, a music revue of the history of San Francisco rock 1965-1985. The free, outdoor acoustic music series which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks runs 5-7pm every Saturday, June thru July. Complete schedule and more details here.


7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series
Line Up Announced

4/3/2009

The 2009 performance schedule has been announced for the 7th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series. The free, outdoor acoustic music series which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks runs June thru July. Details here.


SBF Spring Picnic & Jam
Sun, May 3rd, 2009
12pm 'til you or the sun drops

3/31/2009

Mark your calendar: The South Bay Folks Spring Picnic & Jam is scheduled for Sun, May 3rd at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. More info here.


Ulistac Wildflower Celebration,
Sun, April 19th, 2009
10am-2pm

3/28/2009

South Bay Folks is proud to participate in the 6th Annual Wildflower Celebration at the Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara.

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Ulistac Natural Area! Neighbors, friends, and community members of Santa Clara are invited to join in a fun, friendly, and entertaining event at the park. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in arts and crafts activities, planting demonstrations, talks by local experts, and tours of the park.

South Bay Folk's volunteers, Ambergrass (Phil & Anne Pflager), John Sidle, Kamlapati, Bruce Barley, and Lori Ludy will be performing all acoustic sets from 10am till 2pm at this community-driven event. Look for us.
(More info here.)


Photo Session to expand the
"Home of South Bay Folks" Display
 
2pm Saturday
Oct 4th, 2008
at
Mission City Coffee
2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara

9/18/2008

(photo of the SBF display)

Last year, photographer Katie Cooney volunteered her time and talent to take portraits of South Bay Folkies for the "Home of South Bay Folks" display. Over half of the photos on the wall are Katie's work. The display was started as part of SBF's 15th anniversary celebration and attracts a lot of attention.

There is now more space to expand the display, and Katie has once again volunteered to take portraits for South Bay Folkies who still lack a good photo for the wall. The photo session begins at 2pm, Sat, Oct 4th. Be sure to bring your instrument.


South Bay Folks'
16th Anniversary
Picnic & Jam

at
Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA
 
Sun, Oct 12, 2008
12pm 'til you or the sun drops

8/18/2008

This October marks South Bay Folks' sixteenth anniversary and we're celebrating. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie Details here.


Benefit Concerts for
Lisa Atkinson

Fri, Sep 5th
at
Mission City Coffee in Santa Clara
and
Wed, Sep 10th
at
Don Quixote's Music Hall in Felton

8/20/2008

Bay area singer-songwriter, award winning children's artist and KKUP DJ Lisa Atkinson suffered a serious fall in late July resulting in life-threatening injuries. She is out of ICU and all signs for recovery are positive, but the situation has placed a financial burden on Lisa and her husband George Kincheloe.

The Bay Area music community is rallying around Lisa and George with these two benefit concerts. Please join us in support of these two staples of the Bay Area acoustic scene.

Lisa's Tuesday morning radio show on KKUP, Don't Panic (It's Just us Folks) is one of the mainstays of independent folk and acoustic radio in the South Bay. Her children's music has delighted families across the country and the world for many years, and her latest CD of original songs released in 2007, Connie's Songbird, is a delightful collection of stories to be savored for years to come.

More info here.


Note: The SBF Open mike to immediately resume.

6/26/2008

Mission City's request to ammend its use permit was largely successful. A little more info here.


6th Annual
Vasona Vibrations

free summer concert series
kicks off
Saturday, June 6th
at
Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

6/04/2008

Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks once again team up to bring you family-friendly, outdoor concerts featuring a wide variety of acoustic genres by local artists. It all begins at 5pm, this Saturday, June 6th with the 10th Avenue Band.


Note: The SBF Open mike has been temporarily suspended.

6/04/2008

[Update: The SBF open mikes have resumed as of Thursday, June 26th.]

The regular acoustic open mike held by South Bay Folks has been temporarily suspended due to changes in the use permit for Mission City Coffee. We hope to resume the open mikes within a couple of weeks. More information in the June 4th newsletter.


2008
SBF Spring Picnic-Jam

 
Sun, May 4th, 2008
 
Sing and play until you or the sun drops.

3/28/2008

Mark your calendar: The SBF spring picnic jam is scheduled for Sun, May 6th, 2008 at Vasona Lake County Park. (Details here.)



2008
Vasona Vibrations
Free Summer Concert Series

 
Every Saturday
June thru July
at
Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

3/19/2008

In its sixth year, this free outdoor concert series is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks, and features a wide variety of acoustic genres by local artists. A complete schedule with artist info to be posted soon!


South Bay Folks'
15th Anniversary
Picnic & Jam

at
Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA
 
Sun, Oct 7, 2007
12pm 'til you or the sun drops

8/24/2007

This October marks South Bay Folks' fifteenth anniversary and we're celebrating. Great acoustic fun and camaraderie here.


Final Week at
Vasona Vibrations:
San Jose Metropolitan Band

(marches, showtunes, Disney, big band, and symphonic classics)
5-7pm, Sat, July 28th, 2007

7/23/2007

Founded in 1967, the San Jose Metropolitan Band (SJMB) has provided 40 years of community service to the Santa Clara Valley. This is a contemporary, community concert band playing in the tradition of serenading an afternoon picnic. SJMB consists of more than 40 members, ranging in age from 16 into their 80's, including musicians whose experience spans over half a century. The band's repertoire includes a mix of marches, showtunes, Disney, big band, and symphonic classics. (More...)


San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Sat June 16 12 noon - 11pm, Sun June 17 12 noon - 10.30pm
City College of San Francisco
50 Phelan Ave. at Ocean Ave.
San Francisco

6/10/2007

In its new venue this year, the San Francisco Free Folk Festival kicks off on Saturday, June 16^th and runs through Sunday, June 17^th . Festival events are free, and features folk, blues, new acoustic and international music. (much, much more here...)


Reminder:
SBF Spring Picnic Jam
Sun, May 6, 2007
1pm 'til you or the sun drops
Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

4/25/2007

Just a reminder that the spring picnic & jam is coming up quickly. Details here.


5th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series
Line Up Announced

4/25/2007

The complete schedule with artist info has been announced for the 5th Annual Vasona Vibrations Concert Series. The free, outdoor acoustic music series which is a joint effort of Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks runs June thru July. Press release here.


4th Wildflower Celebration,
Sat, April 7th, 2007, 9am-1pm,
Ulistac Natural Area
in Santa Clara

3/23/2007

South Bay Folks is proud to participate in the 4th Annual Wildflower Celebration at the Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara.

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Ulistac Natural Area! Neighbors, friends, and community members of Santa Clara are invited to join in a fun, friendly, and entertaining event at the park. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in arts and crafts activities, planting demonstrations, talks by local experts, and tours of the park.

South Bay Folk's volunteers, Ambergrass (Phil & Anne Pflager), Tom Scharf, Randy Wizek, John Sidle and Dave Metzger will be performing all acoustic sets fom 9am till 1pm at this community-driven event. Look for us.
(More info here.)


SBF Spring Picnic Jam
Sun, May 6, 2007
1pm 'til the sun drops

2/15/2007

Mark your calendar: The SBF spring picnic jam is scheduled for Sun, May 6th at Vasona Lake County Park. (Details here.)


A New Stage

10/3/2006

Over the weekend of September 30th, Mission City Coffee owner, Jae, put up a really nice stage. Photos added at the bottom of the page here.


Fall Picnic Photos

10/1/2006

The SBF fall picnic was great fun and Michael Montanez captured some of it as patterned binary digits which can be seen here. [Thanks, Michael!]


SBF Picnic Jam
Sun, Sept 24, 2006
1pm 'til the sun drops

9/10/2006

SBF turns fourteen this fall and we're celebrating with a picnic and jam at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos(more...)


Renovation Photos:
Mission City Coffee

9/10/2006

The performance room at Mission City Coffee has been enlarged, and the central, obstructing pillar removed. (photos here...)


Vasona Vibrations
Free, Outdoor Acoustic Concert Series

5/1/2006

For the fourth consecutive year, Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks team up to bring you free concerts in the park every Saturday in June and July at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. The complete performance schedule is now online. (More...)


SBF Open Mike Resumes

4/16/2006


Exactly ten years and one day later, the SBF open mike returns to Mission City Coffee Roasting Company in Santa Clara.


Espresso Garden to Close

03/26/2006


After nine years in the same venue, the last SBF open mikes (at the Garden) will be Mar 30th, and Apr 6th. More info in the SBF Newsletter.

About South Bay Folks

South Bay Folks (SBF) is a grassroots community of musicians, singers, and songwriters that sprouted from a folk oriented, all acoustic open mike to provide an opportunity for performance, collaboration and musical development. Since 1992, SBF members have volunteered their effort, time, and talents to foster a rich and robust acoustic music scene in the greater San Jose, California area.

Today, SBF continues to host its free acoustic open mike which encompasses a wide variety of acoustic genres; keeps a calendar of live, local, acoustic music performances; and maintains a mailing list to keep track of SBF activities and events. Since 2003, SBF volunteers have worked with Santa Clara County Parks to bring live folk and acoustic music to a wider audience with events such as the free Vasona Vibrations Summer Concert Series at Vasona Lake County Park.

Jammers at the SBF 2006 Fall Picnic (more photos)