Rock, country, jazz, blues — hear it all at Music Fest
This Saturday, a variety of talent and sounds will be showcased at the Ramona Music Fest, the fifth annual festival featuring non-stop music on two stages.
Sponsored by Kiwanis of Ramona and Ramona Rotary, Music Fest will be at Dos Picos County Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Road, from noon to 5 p.m., March 31.
Bands this year include Cactus Twang & Whyte, Rockola, Agavero Revue, Baja Blues Boys, Dusty and the Love Notes, The Lost Coyotes, and the Royal Blues Jazz Band.
Rockola, a San Diego-based quartet with vintage clothing and guitars, offers listeners three decades of rock, pop, and soul, with sounds from the British Invasion, West Coast “California Dreamin’” scene, Motown/soul, and some plain old American rock & roll. The group has won at least eight San Diego Music Awards.
Cactus Twang & Whyte entertains with retro rock and beyond, featuring music from the era of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The band members bring a wealth of experience to their performances.“Cactus” Jim Soldi played for the late Johnny Cash — who called him “the best guitar player in the business” — and for Ricky Skaggs and Waylon Jennings.
Marc Twang has performed with Kenny Loggins, BJ Thomas, and others. Sharon Whyte, who plays piano and accordian and has a background that ranges from classical to zydeco, has backed Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny Loggins, Dan Seals, and others.
The boys of Agavero Revue play hits from Lynard Skynard, Buffalo Springfield and The Rolling Stones, as well as The Strokes, The Black Keys, and Santana. Adding to the mix are country dance tunes from Dwight Yokam, and Motown soul from Jackie Wilson. The band will be playing at the Ramona Rodeo in May.
Baja Blues Boys plays electrified Delta Blues, incorporating the sound that came out of Chicago when the blues came to the Windy City from Mississippi in the 1940s and 50s. Their album “Gone Away, Someday” showcases a mix of original and traditional tunes including the award-winning song “Roof of Hell.”
Dusty and the Love Notes’ debut CD, “What Did You Expect?,” takes listeners on a trail ride full of heartfelt stories about love, longing, being true to beliefs, and finding oneself. The music delivers a blend of original and retro folk rock and country-inflected songs with a combination of acoustic and electric instruments played by Indian Joe on lead guitar and bass, Dusty on rhythm guitar and flute, and Sam Sailors on drums.
The Lost Coyotes band in the early 1990s had success with their mix of classic country rock favorites and Top 40 country dance music and played in many local venues. The band split up in the mid-1990s but band members Tim E. Tadd, Mike Alan and RB Courtney reunited to recreate The Lost Coyotes and added Ramona musician Jim Nau. Nau plays acoustic and electric guitar, and electric piano and organ in the band.
Ramona High School’s Royal Blues Jazz Band has received numerous Superior ratings this year from music festivals and will perform some of their winning selections.
Tickets for Music Fest for ages 18 and older are $25, for ages 11-17 are $10, and for children age 10 and younger are free.
Tickets may be purchased from Rotary and Kiwanis Club members and at Ramona Music Center, 1045 Main St., Java Hut at 23680 San Vicente Road, Ramona Sentinel, 425 10th St. and Ramona Journal, 726 D St. Tickets may also be purchased online at ramonamusicfest.org and at the event.
Games, auctions, drawings, prizes, and a kids zone for youngsters to enjoy supervised games and activities also are part of the afternoon’s line-up.
Tickets also are available for a Samsung 40-inch LCD HD television valued at $750. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $25 each, with tickets drawn throughout the afternoon. The last ticket in the bin will be the winner, who need not be present.
Proceeds from the fund-raising event benefit Kiwanis and Rotary community service projects and scholarships.
Food and drinks will be available. Two beer and wine gardens will be open near the two stages.
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