Celtic Heart (2015)

15th Annual
Vasona Vibrations Concert Series
at
Vasona Lake County Park

For the fifteenth 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 2017.

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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2017 Vasona Vibrations Performance Schedule
5-7pm Every Saturday in June & July

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

A new event has been added:
Vasona Vibrations Acoustic Open Mike

4-7pm, Saturday, August 5th, 2017
On the Vasona Vibrations Stage

See the event flyer, or the event's Facebook page for more info.

Printable schedules and posters for the 2017 season are available here.
Get a weather forecast for Vasona Lake here.

New this year, the park has added an Artist's Corner featuring local visual artists.

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

[Photo: Celtic Heart] Click to enlarge photo.

June 3rd

Celtic Heart

» contemporary & traditional Irish/American folk

Celtic Heart performs 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 Paddy Drumm from Belfast Ireland on lead vocal and guitar, his wife Sheila on vocals, tin whistle, and bodhran (Irish drum), world class fiddler Jerry MacMillan, and veteran singer/songwriter Steve Kritzer on mandolin, banjo, guitar and vocals.

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

June 10th

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!"

 
[Photo: Andre Thierry] Click to enlarge photo.

June 17th

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.

 
[Photo: Jessica Johnson] Click to enlarge photo.

June 24th

Jessica Johnson

»soul, R&B, and jazz

Vocalist, Jessica Johnson, has had a love of music for as long as she can remember. As an adolescent, Jessica started singing the national anthem for the SJ Sharks, which parlayed into singing the anthem for every notable professional sports organization on the West Coast. She has been featured several times at the San Jose Jazz Festival, and today she performs at countless venues up and down the West Coast.

 
[Photo: The Jones Gang] Click to enlarge photo.

July 1st

The Jones Gang

»high-octane Americana

The Jones Gang is a collection of misfits and malcontents who, like a Hippy Transformer, assemble into something much greater than the sum of its parts. An insane collection of rock, funk (Motown and Louisiana), gospel, blues, folk, and country. Experience that spans from The Beau Brummels to Oral Roberts, with detours into Johnny Adams and Peter Rowan, the band covers a musical history the size of the United States of America, all this and more in a tight and soulful style.....and they are very excited about their new CD release, "No Turning Back".

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. The Master of the Telecaster, Sean Allen, from Napa, (Commander Cody and Carlene Carter), on lead guitar and lap steel. Sean can play everything....effortlessly and tastefully.

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

July 8th

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 audiences rocking!

Join the thousands all over the world who have become lifelong friends and fans!

 
[Photo: Bean Creek] Click to enlarge photo.

July 15th

Bean Creek

» heartfelt, award-winning, traditional bluegrass at its best

Bean Creek plays straight-ahead, traditional-style bluegrass. This band was voted Best Band for two years in a row by the Northern California Bluegrass Society and has also captured Best Vocalist, Best Banjo Player, and Best Mandolin Player awards. 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: bass and vocals
Rob Horgan: banjo
Peter Hicks: mandolin, fiddle and vocals

 
[Photo: TheDTs] Click to enlarge photo.

July 22nd

The DTs

»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!

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

July 29th

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 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.

 
 
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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.)