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The Vasona Vibrations Concert Series
Vasona Lake County Park
5-7pm, Every Saturday, June Thru July, 2014

For the twelfth 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 Vasona Vibrations Concert series is always free. Food and cash donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank will be accepted at each concert.

Learn more, or donate now.


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 2014.

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Vasona Vibrations 2014 Performance Schedule

5-7pm Every Saturday in June and July

All performances held on the lawn near the Ranger Office,
just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane.

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[Photo: Hipshake] Click to enlarge photo.

June 7th

Hipshake

» rockin' blues

Hipshake has evolved over time from just another blues group to a dynamic dance band whose influences range from soul and swing, to funk and rock-a-billy. Singer/songwriter Rachelle Sheehan's charisma and creativity combined with the experience and true musicianship of all the players, especially Greg Henderson and Dennis Tulley, have led to the creation of a versatile and unique set of originals. Combine that with some classic as well as courageous covers and you have an act you don't want to miss because you never know what's next!

Rachelle Sheehan: vocals
Greg "The Hendu" Henderson: lead guitar
Rich Fell: bass
Billy Rogers: drums
Dennis Tulley: harmonica

 
[Photo: David Correa and Cascada] Click to enlarge photo.

June 14th

David Correa and Cascada

» Latin guitar world music

David Correa and Cascada has been entertaining crowds since 1999 with their passionate and distinctive blend of instrumental Latin guitar world fusion. The group tours regularly throughout the west coast, northwest & southwest regions. They blend Spanish guitar with Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms from Mexico & Central America with a hint of middle-eastern influenced melodies.

In 2003 the self-produced and widely acclaimed CD, Incidents of Travel, was released. The group has won numerous accolades and awards, including three NORBAY awards for best Latin band in the San Francisco North Bay area from 2005 through 2007.

David signed to prestigious Baja/TSR Records in '06 and released Rumba de la Selva in 2007. In 2008 "Gypsy Spice" Best of New Flamenco was released and featured the track Linda from Rumba de la Selva along side artists such as Ottmar Liebert, Jesse Cook, Armik, Young & Rollins, Luis Villegas and Benise.

Their CD, Eterna Primavera, takes you on a musical journey around the world. Released on August 9th, 2011 on Zocalo Records. The band is currently #2 on the Reverbnation Latin charts for the San Francisco Bay Area!

"This Bay Area band lives up to their name as a 'waterfall' of exuberant influences - Nuevo Flamenco, Latin folk, Afro-Cuban and Middle Eastern melodies with spicy Gypsy guitar solos and foot and soul moving Latin rhythms."

Georgeanne Lees, Music Under the Stars - Ventura, CA (Jul 12, 2010)

 
[Photo: Little Jonny and the Giants] Click to enlarge photo.

June 21st

Cheap Money

» acoustic country blues

"Cheap Money?" Let us explain.

The band, Little Jonny and the Giants, has been plying its brand of blues for over 20 years. For most of that time, the band has been an electric blues band featuring Texas, Chicago and Louisiana-style blues. For this upcoming Vasona Vibrations concert, Little Jonny Lawton (guitar/voc.), Aki Kumar (harmonica/voc.) and Vance Ehlers (upright bass), will play an acoustic, country blues show. This band is affectionately known as Cheap Money.

Cheap Money will feature original songs, and songs by early blues greats such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Son House,and Mississippi John Hurt, among others.

 
[Photo: Bean Creek] Click to enlarge photo.

June 28th

Bean Creek

» heart-felt, award-winning, traditional bluegrass at its best

Bean Creek plays straight-ahead, traditional-style bluegrass. This band was voted Best Band this year by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and also captured Best Vocalist, Best Banjo Player, and Best Mandolin Player. Vocal harmonies and fine pickin' places Bean Creek in the top echelon of the California traditional bluegrass scene.

Billy Pitrone: guitar and vocals,
Sarah Eblen: bassand vocals,
Rob Horgan: banjo, and
Peter Hicks: mandolin, fiddle and vocals.

 
[Photo: Blue House] Click to enlarge photo.

July 5th

Blue House

» acoustic-based rock, folk, and R&B

Blue House combines the talents of three singer/songwriters and longtime friends, Marlies de Veer, Amy Beasley and Brian Loud, who enjoy mixing a rocker's attitude with a folkier acoustic sound, highlighted by their close-knit harmonies. The group performs throughout the bay area and beyond at festivals, nightclubs, coffee houses, house concerts and concert halls playing their own original music blended with a sometimes mind-boggling eclectic mix of songs written by others. They are joined by their good friend, Mark Shawver on percussion/drums.

Marlies de Veer: vocals & acoustic guitar,
Amy Beasley: vocals, bass guitar, & foot percussion,
Brian Loud: vocals & acoustic guitar,
Mark Shawver: a very big cajon drum

 
[Photo: MaCaJo] Click to enlarge photo.

July 12th

MaCaJo

» acoustic folk in three-part harmony

MaCaJo (pronounced MACK-uh-JOE) is a trio of friends who got together one spring evening in 1998 to sing songs made famous by the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, John Sebastian, Paul Simon, and the Beatles.  Each song had one common thread, sweet harmony. Max Kernaghan, Cathy Stange, and John Rimbach continued the "living room sessions" until family and friends urged the group to take their music public. For over fifteen years, audiences have enjoyed MaCaJo's mix of traditional and modern folk tunes, as well as fun and funny takes on some classics. Treat yourself to wonderful guitar work, sweet harmonies, great songs you haven't heard in years, and a group that knows how to have fun...see MaCaJo!

Max Kernaghan: guitar and vocals
Cathy Stange: vocals
John Rimbach: vocals, harmonica, vocal trumpet
Jim Bradley: bass guitar
Pat Hattic: pedal steel guitar

 
[Photo: Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic] Click to enlarge photo.

July 19th

Andre Thierry
& Zydeco Magic

» zydeco!

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. Last 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."

 
[Photo: 10th Avenue Band] Click to enlarge photo.

July 26th

10th Avenue Band

» Dixieland, swing

Often Combining Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, and specializing in both concert and swing dance performances, this dynamic six-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!


Ed Zimbrick: trombone & vocals,
Lewis Keizer: trumpet & vocals,
Preston Brahm: piano
Mickey McPhillips: string bass,
Olaf Schiappacasse: drums, and
Guset Artist: clarinet.

 
 
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Directions: How to Get Here from There

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

Maps and specific driving instructions are available from Google Maps, Yahoo, and MapQuest.

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.)