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14th Annual
Vasona Vibrations Concert Series
 
Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos, CA

For the fourteenth 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.

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 2016.

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.

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Vasona Vibrations 2016 Concert Schedule

5-7pm Every Saturday in June and July

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[Photo: Blue House] Click to enlarge photo.

June 4th

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: Cascada] Click to enlarge photo.

June 11th

David Correa and Cascada

» Latin guitar world fusion

David Correa has been entertaining audiences since 1999 with its passionate and distinctive blend of instrumental Latin Guitar World Fusion. Blending the Spanish guitar with Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms from Old Mexico & Central America with a hint of middle-eastern influenced melodies.

Correa has toured throughout the west coast, northwest & southwest regions of the U.S. and have won numerous accolades and awards. Including 3 NORBAY awards for best Latin band in the San Francisco North Bay area three years in a row from 2005 through 2007.

 
[Photo: Top Shelf Big Band] Click to enlarge photo.

June 18th

Top Shelf Big Band

» big band jazz

Top Shelf Big Band is a community jazz band run out of Sunnyvale, California, playing swing and jazz from the big band era. They are are a volunteer organization dedicated to making the experience of live big band music available in the communities where we live and work. Nothing can replicate the excitement created by a live big band orchestra, reminiscent of an era of great live dance music. Perfect for dancers and jazz fans alike.

 
[Photo: The Klezmakers] Click to enlarge photo.

June 25th

The Klezmakers

» rollicking seven-piece klezmer band; lively Eastern European dances, traditional Israeli folk songs and more...

The Klezmakers are a seven-piece klezmer band from the San Francisco Bay Area with a repertoire encompassing Eastern European dances, Yiddish theater tunes, and traditional Israeli folk songs. The group brings to the stage a full and rich melodic ensemble of clarinet, violin, flute/piccolo, accordion, and vocals backed by a solid rhythm section of guitar, keyboard, bass/cello, and drums. It is a joyous and heartfelt sound that echoes the Old World, while still making today's audiences get up and dance.

The Klezmakers are: Tom Belick on clarinet, Rachel Garb on flute/piccolo, Bruce Kirschner on accordion, Elaine Moise on vocals/piano, Alan Rappoport on guitar, Bruce Ahnberg on bass, and Daphna Rahmil on violin

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

July 2nd

10th Avenue Band

» Dixieland

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 on trombone & vocals; Lewis Keizer on trumpet & vocals; Preston Brahm on piano; Mickey McPhillips on string bass; Olaf Schiappacasse on: drums; and Jason Bellenkes on reeds.

 
[Photo: Andre Thierry] Click to enlarge photo.

July 9th

Andre Thierry

» Grammy-nominated, alternative Creole sounds

Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry will have you dancing! He is a phenomenal talent who has been capturing the attention of musicians and music lovers from an early age. Born in Richmond, California into a family deeply rooted in Louisiana French-Creole history, Thierry is among the best of both the West Coast and the Gulf Coast musicians playing alternative Creole music today.

A virtuoso of all accordion types, single row, double row, triple row and piano key, Thierry effortlessly delivers everything from a traditional Creole music to a hard driving blues that is his own sound.

The San Francisco Bay Area, which is home to some of the best blues musicians in the world, presented Andre Thierry with the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award for "Best Zydeco Group" in 2008 and 2012.

Andre continually raises the bar for alternative Creole musicians worldwide. In his thirties he's already one of the most well respected musicians in his field.

Featuring Andre Thierry on accordion, with Milo Horstman on guitar, Julius Johnson on drums, CJ Phillips on rubboard, and James Calhoun on keyboard.

 
[Photo: Sherry Austin with Henhouse] Click to enlarge photo.

July 16th

Sherry Austin with Henhouse

» gritty folk with a bit of twang

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 lead and harmony vocals, rhythm guitar, Sharon Allen on lead and harmony vocals, guitar, Tracy Parker on lead and harmony vocals, bass, and Santa Cruz legend Patti Maxine on harmony vocals, lap steel, and Jimmy Norris on percussion. 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.

 
[Photo: Scott T. Miller] Click to enlarge photo.

July 23rd

Scott T. Miller and The Acoustic Porkchop Band

» roots music; jump blues; country

The Acoustic Pork Chop Band plays roots music of one sort and another; including jump blues, country, and Scott T. Miller's originals, many of which are about love, pork chops, or both.

"If you can fry it, we can play it!"

Scott T. Miller on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Dewrance on harmonica Al Cantey on bass, and Scotty Griffin on drums.

 
[Photo: Aki Kumar] Click to enlarge photo.

July 30th

Little Jonny and Aki Kumar

» foot-tappin', upliftin' Delta, country and Louisiana blues!

Aki Kumar (harp) & Little Jonny Lawton (guitar) are a world-class blues duo who perform their unique brand of Delta, Chicago and country blues with a deep passion and respect for this American artform.

Little Jonny Lawton has been playing guitar for over 45 years. Starting out on acoustic guitar in the '70's meant folkie things like CSNY, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. But then he began to chase the blues shuffle and never stopped. Little Jonny is an accomplished songwriter and guitarist and can fingerpick old-time blues, frail a little banjo and slide some dobro.

Dynamic harp player Aki Kumar is a recognized name among Bay Area blues artists. A master of the amplified Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherited his style from the harp legends of the 50s and 60s. He has a unique voice in the blues, blending elements of the great harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own. He is a strong, versatile harmonica player who draws on styles from Little Walter to Jimmy Reed.

Jonny's swingin', resonant guitar work is the perfect compliment to Aki's soulful harp playing, and together the musical chemistry of these two artists makes for a show not to be missed.

 
 
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Directions: How to Get Here from There

Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA
(408)356-2729

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

(Please note that all Santa Clara County parks have a $6 fee to park within the park. There is free parking along University Ave.)