On Saturday, June 18, bands from classic rock to funky reggae will entertain kids and adults alike during the 3rd Annual Sounds of Solstice Music Festival, with gates opening 1 p.m. at Oakhurst Community Park.
Presented by Sierra Tel, Sounds of Solstice has become one of the most highly regarded live music events in the Yosemite Area, with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst. Tickets are available at www.soundsofsolstice.com.
Sounds of Solstice is a family-friendly music festival featuring live entertainment from musicians that travel several hundred miles to attend, as well as many talented Mountain Area artists.
The Executive Rocker Show will take the stage at 2 p.m.
With excellent vocal harmonies, spot on musicianship and effervescent personalities, this mountain band plays high energy classic rock, oldies, modern country and a mixture of danceable funk songs. This will be the second year The Executive Rocker Show has played the festival.
From Berkeley, Ten Ton Chicken will be back for their third year in a row. Guitarist Gary Morrell handles most of the vocals, while absolutely laying it down on his six-string guitar with a flavor the likes of Leo Nocentelli to Jerry Garcia. His voice is extremely distinct with a confident, fluid delivery that adds a cool dynamic to the band. Other select vocal tunes are sung by bassist Tom Fejes and Saxophonist Jamison Smeltz, who is a terror on tenor sax. Rich Dibenedetto’s commitment to the rhythm pocket on drums will resonate throughout the set. Ten Ton Chicken is scheduled to take the stage at 3:40 p.m.
What happens if you mix a reggae band with a jam band, mystic female vibes, spiritual Rasta message and ‘phunky’ jam dub? That's correct; you get The Green Machine! Taking the stage at 5:20 p.m., The Green Machine travels from the Central Valley and plays in the Oakhurst Area a few times each year.
Joining the festival for the first time this year is Bootsrap Circus from Mariposa. Bootstrap Circus combines rock, folk, ska and eastern European influences to create music that is both energetic and richly melodic. The eclectic songwriting of Adam Burns reflects his passion for the bluesy melodies of Jack White, the lyrical wit of Elvis Costello and the unbridled energy of The Clash. The band has become known for their vivacious live shows, characterized by playful interaction with each other and their audience. They will take the stage at 7 p.m. for a two-hour set.
"We are really excited to be part of Sounds of Solstice this year,” Burns said. “This festival will be a great opportunity to experience a diverse array of music and perform for an audience that is excited about hearing something new. It's so great to have an event like this on our doorstep.”
Attendees can enjoy shopping with Mountain Area vendors that will be selling jewelry, clothing, crafts and much more. Alcoholic beverages will be available from Oakhurst’s South Gate Brewing Company and Idle Hour Winery. Dinners, snacks and nonalcoholic drinks will be available to purchase from several food vendors. For children, a bounce house and several games and contests will be available for a day of fun.
Solstice fans can bring with them anything they would normally take to the park. This can include a comfortable chair to lounge in, a canopy for shade, a football to throw around, a kite to fly, a squirt gun to keep cool, the family dog to play fetch with and even an ice chest with snacks and cold water. Absolutely no outside alcohol will be permitted.
The Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst is a non-profit organization dedicated to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. All festival proceeds benefit the club to help with general operating expenses.
Tickets will be $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
Visit www.soundsofsolstice.com for tickets, photos, and more information.
Event sponsors include Sierra Tel, Queen’s Inn by the River, Macaulay Insurance, Oakhurst Online, Premier Lending, Idle Hour Winery, Vulcan Materials, Yosemite Mortgage, 4th Place Carpet One Floor & Home, and South Gate Brewing Company.
Potential vendors can call Renee Trapani at (925) 548-1819 for more information.