By Regina Elling
Although the Ramona Music Fest and the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest are two entirely separate events, this year the two will be coming together in a unique way.
Event organizers decided that, since there are only nine days between the two music celebrations this year, all nine days should celebrate — what else but music?
From Ramona to Wynola, music lovers can expect more than a week of great songs from their favorite bands. Here is a preliminary schedule.
The activities begin Saturday, April 27, with the Ramona Music Fest in Dos Picos Park. Eleven bands take over the stages; the event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. For a complete schedule, visit: ramonamusicfest.org/.
If a day of music at the park is just enough to get you started, there are two additional options after the sun goes down. Steel Horse plays at the Par Lounge in San Diego Country Estates and the Scarlett Furies will play at Wynola Pizza Express.
On Sunday, April 28, Tim Ray will play in Cheers; Monday, April 29, Cheers will host The Saints Swing Band, while Coko Brown will perform at Jeremy’s On the Hill in Wynola.
On Tuesday, April 30, Mike Gardner will perform in Cheers. On Wednesday, May 1, Bobo Czarnowski and Nathan Welden will play at Big Apple Bagels in Ramona.
As the weekend draws near, the bands come out in even greater force. On Thursday, May 2, Inside Out will perform at Big Apple Bagels, and Dusty and Indian Joe will be at Packard’s Coffee Shop.
On Friday, May 3, Ramshackle will play at the Par Lounge in San Diego Country Estates.
Events, not finalized by the time the Sentinel went to press, will take place at Ramona Mainstage Theater and Molly Malone’s in Ramona, and Wynola Pizza Express.
The finale of the nine days takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, as the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest takes over the Ramona Rodeo grounds at 421 Aqua Lane. For two days, 17 bands will fill the stages. There will also be an original encampment setup.
For a complete schedule, visit: ramonabluegrassfest.com. More information can also be found at the individual venues by calling or checking their websites.