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STAX CITY

Kiwanis Stage – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20
http://staxcity.net/

A few years back, Cliff Conway the band leader had a vision of being in a top notch horn band performing Old School Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues. The payoff has evolved into a band that Cliff is very proud of – “STAX CITY”. Cliff is tenor and alto sax. Geoff Whyte, on drums, began playing at the age of fifteen. Mike Kapitan, on keyboard, has almost 30 years experience engineering, Mike has worked on national television commercials as a music mixer and recording engineer. Tucker Mcmullen, guitar and vocals began in southern California playing in numerous bands and backing up local folk singers. Tucker loves his life, friends and family and he says it only gets better from here! Ruth Ahlers, bari Sax, is a recent transplant to Sonoma County from the East Coast, Ruth enjoys performing in diverse genres. She also teaches privately and served as an adjunct woodwind instructor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Scott Ngard, trumpet, studied with internationally acclaimed trumpet instructor Claude Gordon and his greatest musical influence was his close friend, the late Michael Whitwell. Paul Olquin, bass guitar, was born and raised in Santa Monica, California and began playing Trumpet at age 10, Tuba at 13 and switched to Electric bass at 15. Tom Buckman, bass guitar, is a versatile Bay Area bassist and vocalist. Tom leads the local TOP tribute band Hour of Tower and plays with the Jami Jamison Band. Ray Fernandez, baritone sax, has played professionally for 35 years.

MISS MOONSHINE

Kiwanis Stage – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 21

Miss Moonshine is an alternative folk band based out of Petaluma, CA. What started as songwriter Cody Martin desiring to add other instrumentation to his songs, quickly turned into a greater ambition to create an album together. An eclectic grouping of instruments and influences gives the band a unique sound that reaches a wide array of audiences. Physical copies of Miss Moonshine’s self titled, 12-track debut album was released July 29th, 2016. Digital Downloads are available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc.

HIGHWAY POETS

Kiwanis Stage – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, June 22
https://www.highwaypoetsmusic.com/

Saint James, guitarist-vocalist Travis James and bassist-vocalist Taylor James have been writing and playing music together for 11 years, the last five of them as the Highway Poets. The group was voted best indie band in the Bohemian’s NorBay Awards again this year, and has been named best band in the Argus-Courier’s Petaluma People’s Choice Awards four times.

James shares, “We’re not afraid to play a country song or rock out,” Saint James said. “We’ll play whatever we feel like at the time. We’re kind of a seasonal band. Whether you catch us in a café in the middle of week or at a music festival, we’ll try and do an impactful show.”

KING STREET GIANTS

Kiwanis Stage – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 24

For the past 5 years the Sonoma County-based group, The King Street Giants, have brought their own special version of New Orleans music to the Bay Area. Whether they’re playing in clubs or on the streets, The King Street Giants are infamous for radiating an infectious energy and always having a blast. While continuing to play the music of their heroes (Louis Armstrong & The All Stars, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Thelonious Monk, Jackson 5), they have also been writing original music in an effort to continue to evolve the idiom of Traditional New Orleans Jazz.

The King Street Giants have shared the stage with such acts as Bonnie Raitt, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Musselwhite, New Orleans Suspects, Tuba Skinny, Dustbowl Revival, and many more. Their sounds have been heard at Strawberry Music Festival, Petaluma Music Festival, San Jose Jazz Fest, Healdsburg Jazz Fest, Sausalito Arts Festival, Lagunitas Beer Circus and Honk Fest West, and have appeared at events and in commercials for the San Francisco Giants. Winners of the North Bay Bohemian’s “Best of” Best Band in Sonoma County award in 2017, The King Street Giants released a new album of instrumental originals titled “Dressed & Ready to Go” in February, 2017.

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