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 including Americana, blues, zydeco, Dixieland, jazz, big band, roots music, traditional and contemporary folk, and more. Join us in the park this summer for Vasona Vibrations 2013.
The Vasona Vibrations Concert series is always free. Food and cash donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank's Share Your Lunch Program will be accepted at each concert.
an engaging hybrid of traditional and contemporary Irish and American folk music
Bringing together a truly unique combination of experiences and talents, Celtic Heart is one of the rising stars on the Celtic and acoustic music scene today, performing a hybrid of traditional and contemporary Irish and American folk music. They combine and move skillfully between ancient melodies and cutting edge original songs, fiery instrumentals and pristine four part vocals, serious composition and engaging humor, all presented with a warm, approachable and friendly stage presence.
Celtic Heart consists of "authentic" Irishman Paddy Drumm on lead vocal and guitar, his wife Sheila Drumm on vocals, tin whistle, and bodhran (Irish drum), world-renowned fiddler Jerry MacMillan, and well-known singer/songwriter Steve Kritzer, on mandolin, banjo, guitar and vocals.
high-energy, original acoustic roots music spanning from American traditional song forms to explorations of contemporary sounds
Singer-songwriters Greg Beattie and Victoria Blythe, along with instrumentalists Dave Decker, Sam Bevan and Mark Holzinger, 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. Their songs and performances have captured the prestigious Kerrville New Folk prize, grand prize in the West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists, the Napa Valley Emerging Songwriter Award, West Coast Songwriters Association Song of the Year honors, and have appeared in TV shows and movies. Their songs have been recorded by other artists and on numerous compilations with such well known artists as Joan Baez, Cheryl Wheeler and Livingston Taylor.
Their live show is a mix of Victoria's soaring, ethereal vocals and hauntingly beautiful fiddle on pure folk ballads and sultry jazz-fusion torch songs, Greg's energetic and insightful musical treatment of birth, death and everything in between, Dave's constantly creative acoustic lead-guitar commentary, Sam Bevan's virtuosic bass, and Mark Holzinger's blistering electric lead-guitar. Their most recent album, Green Girl, is the culmination of nearly 10 years of writing, performing and dreaming since their prior release--songs that are varied but genuine representations of the many roads they've travelled.
A new CD project is currently in the works with a release date scheduled for spring of 2013.
roots music mashup
Scott T. Miller and the Acoustic Porkchop Band explore the branches of the roots music tree, playing blues, old-school country, jazz, and original songs that mash it all up. Scott T. Miller sings and plays guitar, "Daddy-O" Dave Becker thumps the bass, and Scotty Griffin bangs things with sticks. "If you can fry it, we can play it" is their motto.
At an Acoustic Porkchop Band performance, you can expect a lot of really whippie guitar playing, idiosyncratic singing, a bit of story-telling (or at least rambling), and a lot of mostly humorous songs, of a rootsy-bluesy nature. A short sampling of song titles should set your expectations properly: "Hello Mrs. Porkchop," "Keep Away From That Porkchop," and "Porkchops On My Mind." Recently, Scott has branched out into the rich world of songs about chickens.
gritty folk with a bit of a twang
Henhouse has found that magical combination of music that is often wished for, but rarely found. Whether singing their own material, or the songs of Kate Wolf and others, these four great vocalists come together to form an exquisite blend of harmonies. Their music truly engages listeners with their warm and captivating spirit.
With four of the most popular Americana vocalists in the Monterey Bay area, Henhouse delights their fans with their engaging stage presence, upbeat songs, and great harmonies. The band is fronted by Sherry Austin on rhythm guitar and vocals, Sharon Allen on vocals and guitar, Tracy Parker on bass and vocals, and Santa Cruz legend Patti Maxine on lap steel and dobro. Their music ranges from sweet love songs to gritty, rockin' songs about cars, trains, and love gone wrong. They sing with authority and passion, and their distinctive blend of folk, country and rock is filled with warmth and conviction.
Expect original songs written by Sherry and Sharon, as well as much-loved covers by Americana artists such as Kate Wolf, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith. The blend of harmonies between the four women is exquisite.
eclectic mix of nuevo-Americana with an emphasis on vocal harmony and accessible acoustic instrumentation
The Avalanche Choir has delighted Bay Area audiences for the past eighteen years with selections of ballads, standards, a cappella arrangements, folk, bluegrassy tunes, and originals. Year after year, this highly respected and always popular group has packed the house as the anchor performers for the Fiddling Cricket Concert Series' Annual Holiday Show.
The six-piece group relies on tight harmony and richly orchestrated instrumentation to deliver its trademark musical experience. The choir's four vocalists all play multiple instruments and sing a balanced selection of original and rarely heard music festival classics.
Be prepared to dance!
Grammy nominated Andre Thierry has been called the closest accordion player to Clifton Chenier that we'll see in our lifetime. A virtuoso of all accordion types, single row, double row, triple row and piano key, Thierry effortlessly delivers everything from a traditional Creole waltz to a hard driving blues that is his own sound.
In 2008 and again in 2012, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic was named Zydeco Band of the Year by the Bay Area Blues Society. This year, Andre was nominated for the 2013 Grammy for Regional Roots music.
Although born and reared in northern California, Andre's French Creole heritage is deeply rooted in Louisiana. Michael Tisserand, author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, considered the definitive book on the history of zydeco music, wrote:
"In America, great migrations produce great music. Just as Delta musicians took Highway 61 to Chicago and electrified their blues, so did the Creoles and Cajuns migrate to California and establish vital dance communities. The California scenes now rival anything back home in Louisiana, and that's due to players like Andre Thierry, a standard bearer for the new generation. Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast, and he combines youthful vigor with a mature appreciation for his inherited tradition."
Americana, folk & originals featuring old-time sibling harmony and lively guitar duets
Anne and Phil Pflager have been celebrating music and marriage for over fifty years. Singing frequently at home and at social events was an enjoyable pastime until the children left home. That's when they decided to get serious about music. Their performances, full of warmth, wit, and close harmony are an eclectic mixture of the past and present. Both are tenors and strive to blend their voices in the "sibling" style of the thirties.
Phil has played guitar and banjo since he was fourteen and has developed a bluesy, country rock style. Anne more recently began playing guitar and has developed her own style, sometimes reminiscent of Mother Maybelle Carter. Together, they are known for their guitar duets with entertaining counter melodies interwoven into the tunes. Both play multiple instruments and often accompany one another on the string bass.
The Pflagers have performed as Ambergrass Express at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, as Annie and the Vets opening for Country Joe McDonald, performed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, and last appeared at Vasona Vibrations in 2010.
Top Shelf Big Band is a volunteer organization dedicated to making the experience of live, big band music easily available and affordable for all groups and ages in the communities where they live and work. Nothing can replicate the excitement created by a live big band orchestra, reminiscent of an era of great live dance music. Comprised entirely of volunteer musicians, they are dedicated to making this musical experience widely available to groups and organizations.
Dixieland (New Orleans jazz) and swing
Often Combining Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, and specializing in both concert and swing dance performances, this dynamic five-piece group has ignited audiences worldwide for 30 years, and has been a perennial favorite at Vasona Vibrations.
With innovative arrangements that give new life to classic Jazz and Dixie standards, the 10th Avenue Band's high energy performances from Europe to Australia, from Russia to China and all points in between always leave them rocking!
Join the thousands all over the world who have become lifelong friends and fans!
Lewis Keizer: trumpet
Ed Zimbrick: trombone & vocals
Nancy Cassel: bass
Marshall Root: drums
Preston Brahm: piano
All performances are held on the lawn near the Ranger's Office, just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane. You may use the interactive map (left) to find the exact location of the Vasona Vibrations stage within the park (switch to the satellite view and zoom in on the map marker), or you may download the park map (pdf) to locate the Ranger Office within the park..
(Please note that all Santa Clara County parks have a $6 fee to park within the park. There is free parking along University Ave.)