(New lineup for 2010 Season T.B.A. shortly!)
Food and cash donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank's "Share Your Lunch!" campaign will be accepted at each concert. Learn more, or donate now to provide food to children during summer months when they do not receive free meals at school.
Located in a pleasant outdoor setting overlooking Vasona Lake and Los Gatos Creek, this series features local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres ranging from Americana, to big band, to Celtic, to jazz, to traditional and contemporary folk, and more. Join us this summer for Vasona Vibrations 2009.
» Americana, folk & originals featuring trademark, rich vocal harmonies
The Avalanche Choir has delighted Bay Area audiences for the past 14 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. This year the choir has expanded its idiomatic reach and dynamic punch by adding Dennis Patterson on percussion. Dennis is... the Dennis of "Dennis and the Sharks", a well known and long time Santa Cruz favorite.
» a music revue of the history of San Francisco rock 1965-1985
City Rocks is a music revue that highlights the legendary rock songs and groups of the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965-1985. The show covers all the milestones in San Francisco rock history, starting with the "Summer of Love" and continuing through the next two decades of music from the artists that called the San Francisco Bay Area home.
» 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.
» jazz standards & contemporary songs arranged with intriguing original jazz twist; smooth and soulful brand of jazz infused R&B
"San Jose native Jessica Johnson has been turning heads and ears with her smooth and soulful brand of jazz infused R&B, earning more praise and awards than most musicians twice her age receive in a lifetime. At 20 years old, what Johnson may lack in professional experience is made up for with a voice as strong and bright as a young Aretha Franklin. Her recently released debut CD, Till It Happens, is a dynamic collection of R&B treasures that span from Stevie Wonder's "You and I" to classics like "Summertime" and "Cry Me a River." With a promising start towards a brilliant career, San Jose's own Jessica Johnson might be one of the next divas of soul."
-Garrett Wheeler, Metro Newspaper
» high-energy, original acoustic roots trio spanning from American traditional song forms to explorations of contemporary sounds
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.
Their songs have captured the prestigious Kerrville New Folk prize, grand prize in the West Coast Songwriters International song contest as well as first place in two additional categories, the Napa Valley Emerging Songwriter award, West Coast songwriter's Association Song of the Year honors, and have appeared in TV shows and movies. Their songs have been recorded by other artists and their performance of "Ready to Fly" is on a compilation CD that features such well known artists as Joan Baez and Cheryl Wheeler.
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, and Dave's constantly creative lead-guitar commentary.
» award winning singer/songwriter of Americana, classic folk, country-folk and folk-rock
Award winning songwriter Sherry Austin was joined by Sharon Allen 6 years ago on harmony and lead vocals. 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.
Past performances include Villa Montalvo's Songwriter Festival, KPIG's Texas Uprising, Kate Wolf Festival, Good Ol' Fashioned Bluegrass festival, Roots on the River, numerous house concerts, and performance venues. Sherry and Sharon are also scheduled to perform this summer at the Kate Wolf Festival, and the American River Folk Festival.
» big band, jump swing, swingin' Chicago-style Dixieland, and more
Combining Big Band, Swing, Chicago-style 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 perrenial 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!
The 10th Avenue Band is: Lewis Keizer on trumpet & vocals; David Robinson on piano; Nancy Cassel on bass; Marshall Root on drums; and Ed Zimbrick on trombone & vocals.
» rollicking eight-piece klezmer band; lively Eastern European dances, traditional Israeli folk songs and more
The Klezmakers are an eight-piece klezmer band from the San Francisco bay area with a repertoire encompassing Eastern European dances, Yiddish theater tunes, and traditional Israeli folk songs. They bring 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.
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.)