Vasona Vibrations Concert Series
Vasona Lake County Park
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 from Americana to zydeco. Join us in the park this summer for Vasona Vibrations 2018.
The Vasona Vibrations Concert series is always free. Food and cash donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank will be accepted at each concert.
» West Coast bluegrass
Windy Hill is keeper of the bluegrass flame on the West Coast.
Formed in 2008 by a couple of high school friends from the Bay Area, Windy Hill has covered a lot of ground in 10 years, performing all over the western states and recording three albums, with their fourth arriving in June 2018.
While the band is steeped in the traditional style, they've cultivated their own distinct bluegrass sound. The balance between their love for classic bluegrass and keenness for exploring fresh musical ideas defines their style and approach, and makes them a fan-favorite for music lovers of all types.
Three-part harmony, lonesome duets, banjo breakdowns, honky-tonk sorrow, blues mandolin, and original material all combine to create their vision for bluegrass music and its future.
They've won numerous awards, performed at festivals, venues, and bars across the west coast, and released three albums: Bluegrass Sounds from California (2017), The Lonesome Garbage Man (2013), and Let's Go To The Fair (2011).
The name McCarty has long been associated with tales of the wild west. The infamous outlaw, Billy the Kid changed his name from Henry McCarty to William H. Bonney to protect his family.
Now out of the west comes Fred McCarty. Instead of a six shooter, he carries a six-string, singing his Country originals, Texas Swing, Cajun tunes, and Classic Cowboy songs for audiences from coast-to-coast.
Raised in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountain's, McCarty is a musician's musician who has composed well in excess of three hundred songs and compositions. His background includes composition and performance experience in many musical genres, with deep roots in bluegrass and Country. Some of Fred's earliest influences were; Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Sr., Bob Wills, Sons of the Pioneers and Gene Autry.
Fred has appeared with: Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Trisha Yearwood, Mark Chestnut, Charlie Daniels, Lee Greenwood and many others.
» American roots music
Original mountain music inspired by the traditional styles of bluegrass, blues Americana, folk and everything in between. Santa Cruz Mountain local favorites, The Naked Bootleggers write songs about good times and hard times, love and loss, dreams and realities, with driving rythms, heartfelt melodies and captivating vocal harmonies that bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary music.
Don Mackessy/Banjo, vocals - S.T. Young/guitar, harmonica, vocals - Jeremy Lampel/mandolin, vocals - Will Fourt/dobro, vocals - Chad Bowen/bass, vocals - James Mackessy/bass, vocals - Ona Stewart/guitar, ukalele, tenor guitar, vocals
» eclectic power folk, Americana, with a tinge of jazz
The DTs are songwriters Dave Allender (guitar and vocals) and Tom Gewecke (guitar and vocals). Lynne Bartholomew joins them on accordion and vocals. All three take turns playing the electric bass, because you gotta have that bass. Drummer Brian Kunz will join them as well and add his tasty beats.
They describe their music as eclectic power folk, Americana, with a tinge of jazz - an acoustic blend of vocals and instruments that will take you on a pleasant trip. You might not know what to expect next!
» Grammy-nominated accordion soul, Americana blues, zydeco
Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry was born and raised in Northern California, but his French Creole heritage is deeply rooted in Louisiana. He grew up with the French Creole ("la-la") dances that his grandparents held at their church parish, St. Mark's Catholic Church. The best zydeco musicians Louisiana had to offer would travel to California to play at these dances. It was that exposure which led to his love for traditional French Creole music.
By age twelve, Andre had formed his own band, "Zydeco Magic". Self-taught, Andre's repertoire grew by leaps and bounds as he was regularly invited to play with visiting bands, such as the late John Delafose and many local Zydeco and Cajun bands, including the late Danny Poullard (California Cajun Orchestra).
Today, playing with a force few can match, the award-winning musician and his band effortlessly deliver energetic performances with electrifying sounds, fun dance breaks, and accordion soul that have captured the attention of music lovers all over the world. The Washington Post called Andre:
"A master at pumping out fast, funky rhythms on an instrument not usually associated with earthy syncopation. A versatile student of the music, Thierry can't be lumped into Zydeco's old-school R&B-influenced camp or its nouveau, rap-inspired one: He and his band, lay down both soulful, traditional slow-dances and bottom-end-booming kinetic grooves."
» big band jazz
Top Shelf Big Band is a community jazz band out of Sunnyvale, California, playing swing and jazz from the big band era. They are a volunteer group dedicated to generating the excitement of a live big band orchestra, reminiscent of the era of great live dance music. Their music is perfect for dancers and jazz fans alike.
15 years ago, Na Kolohe Kane, or in English, "The Rascally Men," got started in front of Hula Halau Na Wai Ola in Cupertino. Named for their unpredictable, unfocused, outlandish behavior, their Aunty Gwen blessed the band with the name. Today they can be found on Saturday nights at the Hukilau in San Jose, or pretty much wherever food is being served. Junyah and Royce started this collaboration, later brought in Kala to play drums, and just a few years ago, Uncle Teddy joined up to add significantly more musicianship to the band on the keyboard.
Royce Higashi - guitar; Amado "Junyah" Hipol - uke/harmonica/bass/guitar; "Uncle" Teddy Hipol - keyboard; Kala Wong - congas/drumsuUke;
» high-octane Americana
The high-octane Americana band, The Jones Gang, is like a VW van with 310,000 miles rolling out of the shop. Here we are, still truckin', with some new tunes & grooves.
Travis Jones, the Soul Mountain, is the lead singer with a voice for the ages. Henry Salvia, the Motor City Misfit, plays more notes than exist on the piano. Josh Zucker is the strong and solid base and bass of the band, and Peter Tucker is, of course, the best Peter-Tucker-style drummer in the world, and the only drummer officially approved by the Northern California Bluegrass society. Sean Allen, Master of The Telecaster and on lap steel guitar is fun to listen to and watch! He is perfect!
The band can move seamlessly from a murder ballad to a New Orleans rhumba, first breaking your heart and then making you glad you're alive.
» 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
» acoustic music open mike
The Vasona Vibrations Acoustic Open Mike returns again this year, and is open to all acoustic musicians, singers and songwriters.
Sign up by 3:45pm. Performers will be selected by lottery for 18 time slots. Performers pick a time slot as their names are drawn from a jar. No advance reservations. Performers must be present at the time of the drawing. Performers are limited to two songs or 10 minutes (including setup time), whichever comes first. This is a live, acoustic music, open mike. No spoken word or comedy. Open mike will generally follow the same performance guidelines and procedures as for a South Bay Folks open mike which can be found at http://www.SouthBayFolks.org
There is a flyer for the event here.
Directions: How to Get Here from There
333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA
Maps and specific driving instructions are available from Google Maps.
(Please note that all Santa Clara County parks have a $6 fee to park within the park. There is free parking along University Ave.)