Located in a pleasant outdoor setting overlooking Vasona Lake and Los Gatos Creek, the series features local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres including Americana, big band, Latin guitar world fusion, jazz, klezmer, traditional and contemporary folk, and more. Join us in the park this summer for Vasona Vibrations 2010.
Food and cash donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank will be accepted at each concert.
» gritty folk with a bit of twang
The Sherry Austin Band has been entertaining audiences throughout California since 2000. The band has performed on the main stage at the Kate Wolf Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, and the American River Music Festival.
Sherry Austin on guitar and vocals;
Lisa Burns on bass;
Steve Perez on guitar and vocals.
"Sherry's voice is like catching a good wave. It's smooth, comfortable, free and fun. But every now and then it slaps you awake and demands every bit of your attention. It's the homey comfort of Dale Evans blended with the crisp edginess of a cool California blonde."
-Sleepy John, host of "Please Stand By,"
KPIG 107.5 FM, Freedom, Calif.
"Sherry Austin goes beyond the singer/songwriter genre with her Texas-style roadhouse originals and choice of covers. Her material has the rough-hewn sensitivity of a Robert Earl Keen, a Fred Eaglesmith, or a Slaid Cleaves, but her powerful, clear voice adds a feminine dimension that is totally fresh. People listening across the country are going to get a whole new feel for a popular form because now it's coming from a woman's perspective. "
-Tom Miller, Henflings International Folk
& Acoustic Concert Series
» Americana, folk & originals featuring old-time sibling harmony and lively guitar duets
Anne and Phil Pflager have been celebrating music and marriage for the past forty-eight 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. They recently began playing duets on the guitars with entertaining counter melodies interwoven into the tunes. They both play multiple instruments and trade off on string bass which is also used in their performances.
They have performed as Ambergrass Express at the 2001 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, as Annie and the Vets opening for Country Joe McDonald, performed at the 2006 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, and as Ambergrass Unlimited at Vasona Vibrations in past years including 2005 and 2007.
» passionate and distinctive blend of Gypsy Flamenco, Spanish Guitar, and Latin American folk melodies
Cascada: the Spanish word for cascade or waterfall.
Over the last ten years this Latin Guitar World Fusion Band from the San Francisco Bay Area has steadily built a fresh new sound: an original hand-crafted version of Nouveau Flamenco. Cascada's Spanish Guitar music combines Mexican and Central American folklorico with rumbas, tangos, and fandangos; then masterfully adds Middle Eastern melodies and Southern Spanish Gypsy styles to the mix, creating a distinctive music all their own.
Cascada was named Best Latin Band in the North Bay for three consecutive years (2005-07). In 2006 David and the band signed with the prestigious Southern California BAJA/TSR Records label and in 2007 released the highly acclaimed "Rumba de la Selva." Cascada celebrated 10 years together this past year with the release of "The Best of Cascada with David Correa 1999-2009" on Zocalo Records. Over the past decade Cascada has showered the hearts and souls of audiences with the sweet rhythms and melodies of their brand of Latin Guitar Fusion.
David Correa: guitar;
Leehoward: world music bassist;
Tim Bolling: drum set player and percussionist.
» upbeat, lively swing with a purple twist
Lori Ludy on rhythm guitar and vocals;
Tony"the Scat" Perez on trumpet and vocals;
Harry "the Hat" Yeager on lead guitar;
Tommy "the Cat" Morales on upright acoustic bass and vocals.
More info to come...
» jazz trio performs music from the American songbook, pop and originals
Kamlapati Khalsa: vocals, guitar, rhythm;
Tom Morales: bass, vocals, guitar, rhythm;
Mike Simpson: mandolin, guitar, vocals, rhythm, bass.
More info to come...
» Americana, folk & originals featuring trademark, rich vocal harmonies
The Avalanche Choir has delighted Bay Area audiences for the past fifteen 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. This year, The Avalanche Choir returns to Vasona Vibrations fresh from the main stage of the Spring 2010 Strawberry Music Festival.
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.
» 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 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 on trumpet & vocals;
Marshall Root on drums;
Nancy Cassel on bass;
Ed Zimbrick on trombone & vocals; Anthony Steinberg on piano
» 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
» folk, country, roots and blues; vocal harmonies
Women with Strings Attached is a beautiful harmonic blend of three magical voices. Mira Wooten, Lucy Billings and Deborah Thacker share the stage with original work and cover tunes that weave through many genres including folk, country and blues.
» 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.)