TOWER OF POWER
Back by popular demand for the third year in a row is Tower of Power Wednesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Since 1968, Tower of Power has been delivering its unique brand of “Oakland style” music and maintaining a class of its own. Leader and founding member Emilio Castillo labeled the group’s sound as “Urban Soul Music.” Over the years, Tower of Power has performed with some of music’s biggest names including Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Little Feat, Dionne Warwick, David Sanborn, Paula Abdul, Aaron Neville, Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, Billy Preston, Rod Stewart, Toto, and more.
Tower of Power’s rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The horn driven sound is unique from writing and arranging to mixing and performing. The group’s collection of hits includes “You’re Still A Young Man,” “So Very Hard To Go,” “Soul With a Capital S,” “Soul Vaccination,” and “What Is Hip?” Each year, Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing sold out shows all over the world. www.towerofpower.com
Country music fans will not want to miss Top New Female Artist in 2013, Jana Kramer. In just a little over three years, she has become one of country music’s brightest new stars. Jana Kramer’s ambition and love for music has been the driving force behind her career. After all, her platinum debut single, “Why Ya Wanna,” rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2012 making her the most played new artist of that year. Jana’s self-titled debut album hit No. 5 in 2013, the same year that the Academy of Country Music honored her Top New Female Artist. This year she’s up for her first Female Vocalist of the Year award. That’s a lot to have accomplished in just a little time. And Kramer is grateful for the success that has come her way. ”I still have a lot to prove,” she insists. “I’m better at what I’m doing than I ever was before. And I’m not going anywhere.” www.janakramer.com
Just in time to kick-off the weekend is double-platinum award winning Loverboy, taking the stage Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling “Get Lucky”, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, “Keep It Up” and “Lovin’ Every Minute of It”. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem “Working for the Weekend,” arena rock staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “The Kid is Hot Tonite,” “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.” Loverboy still holds a record of six Juno awards and since 1992; the band has maintained a steady road presence. In March 2009, the group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame. But it is Loverboy’s reputation as a live act, which has always been its calling card, as the group continues to entertain fans of all ages. www.loverboyband.com
JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY
Get ready for ACM and CMA award winning John Michael Montgomery. Since the days when “Life’s A Dance” turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets–believability. His success includes 16 million albums sold and 15 number one singles. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist. Songs like “I Swear,” “I Love the Way You Love Me” and “I Can Love You Like That” still resonate across the landscape. It is apparent even in the pure fun that has always found its way into John Michael’s repertoire—songs like “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident),” where John Michael’s vocal earnestness takes musical whimsy to another level. www.johnmichael.com
2017 Fiesta Latina
June 25, 2017 – 3-7 p.m.
Grupo Brisas del mar
Sunday – June, 25 at 3:00 pm
First to go on stage will be fan favorites, Grupo Brisas del mar. Originating in the state of Hidalgo Mexico and the Mexican Republic, a few of the members met up with some musicians from some other groups with a single end to play the music of their home states. Brisas del mar group made its first appearance in public in 2009. With their energy and enthusiasm they get everyone dancing at festivals and family gatherings. Three months after their first presentation they began a touring the east coast and Mexico and have not stopped going year after year.
Sunday – June, 25 at 4:15 pm
The second band to play during Fiesta Latina will be Banda Toro, a Mexican technobanda that interprets different musical styles to the Zacatecan style of banda sinaloense. Especially cumbia banda, bolero, and ranchera with a fusion of techno elements. Banda Toro members are native of Nochistlán de Mejía, Zacatecas and formed their band in 1992. They are considered one of the precursors of the Quebradita with classic hits such as, “The night that Chicago died”, “The Rivers of Babylon”, and “La ruca was not ruca, mafafa”. In 1998 Bandoa Toro recorded the popular Frank Sinatra song “My Way”.
Los Ángeles Negros
Sunday – June, 25 at 5:45 pm
Last on the stage on Sunday will be the Fiesta Latina headliner, Los Ángeles Negros, a Chilean pop ballad band formed in San Carlos de Chile in 1968. Their music is a blend of boleros, psychedelic funk and rock music, known as Balada rockmántica. The original members of the band included three teenagers and a worker from a local school. After winning a local competition in June 1968, they recorded and released their first single, “Porque Te Quiero”, which attracted the attention of Chile’s Odeon Records representatives, urging two of the four members of the band to record an album with three other studio musicians. As a result, they recorded Porque Te Quiero in 1969, and several chart-topping singles across Latin America in the following years.