MAIN STAGE SUNDAY
The San Francisco band LoCura reflects the Bay’s diverse mix of cultures, histories and people through music that surfs genres and shuns labels. Members of the band come from as far away as Spain, and as close as the Mission district. They blend flamenco, Cuban son, reggae, cumbia, ska and more to make their own border-crossing brand of revolutionary party music.
1 – 2:30PM: TOM RIGNEY and FLAMBEAU
Tom Rigney has been a part of the San Francisco Bay Area roots music scene for more than thirty-five years. In 2000, after fifteen years as the leader and electrifying violinist of The Sundogs, fiddler/composer Tom Rigney stepped out on his own with a hot new band, Flambeau. The repertoire is original, eclectic, passionate, and filled with a musical and emotional intensity that will come as no surprise to followers of Rigney’s career.
Tom first rose to prominence in the music scene as the leader/fiddler of the legendary Bluegrass/Western Swing band, Back in the Saddle. He won a Bammie award in 1981 for the band’s debut recording. He also wrote their hit song, “Time and Again”, which rode the country music charts in the Bay Area for many weeks, no small achievement for an independent release.
After the demise of Back in the Saddle, Tom joined Queen Ida’s Bon Temps Zydeco Band and toured the world with the Queen in 1983 and 1984. It was at this time that he developed a love of South Louisiana dance music (Cajun, zydeco, and New Orleans second line grooves). These styles formed a major ingredient in the sound of his next band, The Sundogs. Teaming with songwriter Joe Paquin and slide guitarist T.J. Politzer, Tom and The Sundogs performed and recorded together for fifteen years. They released seven CD’s (and even an LP!), including two on the Rounder label. Their last recording, “Dancing Room Only”, spent eight weeks on the Americana Radio charts nationally. They toured extensively across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, performing at numerous major festivals and concerts and at more dances and nightclubs than anyone cares to remember. Their sound was a scorching blend of Cajun, blues, and roots Rock and Roll–original Americana music that struck a nerve with audiences all over the globe.
3:15 – 5PM: ROY ROGERS and the DELTA RYHTHM KINGS
Roy began playing guitar at twelve years of age. In 1985 he released his first solo album, Chops Not Chaps on his own label, which received widespread radio play and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. In 1987, Blind Pig released his second solo album, Slidewinder. It includes fantastic duets with Hooker and New Orleans piano great Allen Toussaint, as well as songs with his own band. The rave reviews in the national press and extensive radio play that followed further enhanced Roy’s growing reputation.
Rogers was asked to join John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Blues Band. During the four years he toured with Hooker as a featured guitarist/vocalist, Rogers established a strong personal and professional relationship with the venerated blues legend. Said Hooker, “I just can’t say enough good things about Roy. He plays so good. Some of the best slide I’ve heard, best blues I’ve heard. He gets real deep and funky, and he masters whatever he plays.”
Roy’s musical talents were featured on the soundtrack for the 1990 film The Hot Spot, which he recorded with Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal and which also garnered a Grammy nomination. In 1991, Rogers hooked up with another Bay Area artist, harmonica virtuoso and vocalist Norton Buffalo to produce the highly acclaimed release R & B. The album is a true American array of acoustic tunes from blues to ballads capturing the incredible chemistry of these powerful performers. The cut “Song For Jessica” received a Grammy Award nomination in 1991
Roy later teamed up with Ray Manzarek and their joint efforts produced three recordings in eight years – Ballads before the Rain, Translucent Blues and Twisted Tales. Starting out as a duet, they soon formed a band together and toured throughout the U.S. and also in Europe. Their collaboration and friendship has been wonderfully captured in a documentary film to be released in 2017. Roy’s latest release Into the Wild Blue (June 2015) proves he and The Delta Rhythm Kings are at the top of their game.
- Over 2 million views on YouTube,
- Eight-time Grammy nominee as performer, producer, songwriter and recording artist
- 22 albums including 12 solo releases and collaborative works with John Lee Hooker, Bela Fleck, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, Linda Ronstadt, Sammy Hagar, Ray Manzarek, in addition to film soundtracks and commercials.
OUR MAIN STAGE EMCEE: Johannes Mager has been our festival emcee for many years. We first saw Johannes as the tuba player in the hilarious comedy/musical group: The Brass Band. Being a musician and performer for most of his life, he has also been the Music Director for many different shows and events. For the past eleven years he performed as the Jester in the Bracebridge Dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, and for the past three years he was also the show’s Musical Director. He stepped down from the role last year and is now the new Musical Director of the Circus Center in San Francisco. He will also be teaching aspiring clowns how to incorporate music into their clowning. He always brings his own style of hilarity to our festival.
WINE STAGE SUNDAY
11-11:45AM SOLID AIR
Solid Air is a music group based north of San Francisco, led by co-founders Allegra Broughton (vocals, guitar), and Sam Page (vocals, bass, baritone slide guitar), native Californians who have been performing for over twenty-five years at fairs, festivals, clubs, concert stages, and wineries. They have eight albums, including Grammy-nominated CD “Solid Air: Allegra Broughton & Sam Page”. Solid Air performs as a duo, trio and 4-piece band with high energy vocals, stellar musicianship, top-notch original songs and eclectic covers from jug band to cajun to classic rock ‘n’ roll for both listening and dancing.
12-12:45PM SOLID AIR
(see main stage above)
2 -2:45PM SOLID AIR
3 -3:45PM LOCURA
ENTERTAINMENT STAGE SUNDAY
11-11:45PM JEREMIAH JOHNSON
Holding two medals in the world championships of juggling, Jeremiah’s performances feature thrilling stunts, big laughs, and fantastic displays of dexterity and balance that will captivate audiences of all kinds. Action-packed live entertainment at it’s best! Experience Jeremiah’s innovative juggling mastery through a variety of stunning styles and combination tricks alongside sidesplitting dialogue and hilarious audience interactions. Endless juggling tricks, alluring crystal ball illusions, delicately balanced block stacking, unforgiving machetes, and precarious balance board stunts will have you mystified, tantalized, and on the edge of your seat!
12-12:45PM DANTE MANCINI
Dante is a San Jose based magician & family entertainer with over fifteen years delighting audiences throughout America. His performances combine magic, balloon twisting, circus arts, and tons of silliness!
1 -1:45PM JEREMIAH JOHNSON
2 -2:45PM DANTE MANCINI
3 – 3:45PM JEREMIAH JOHNSON
4 – 4:45PM DANTE MANCINI