Big Old Party
The hometown will rock at Good Old Days music stages.
Thursday, April 6, 2006
There’s a lot going on at Pacific Grove’s Good Old Days this year. Families can wander around and be entertained by everything from vintage fashion shows to a dog show that bills itself as “magical canine entertainment.”
One of the most impressive features of this year’s family party is the plethora of bands gracing the city’s five stages set up in downtown Pacific Grove. Like a mini Lallapalooza of local and regional talent, Good Old Days has more than 30 music acts that range from a Capella vocalists (Cypressaires Chorus) to a jam band that has enough stamina to play for five hours (Papa Bear).
A lot of the best musical action will likely be heard on the Adventures By the Sea Stage, located at Lighthouse and 16th Avenue. Composed of Linda Arceo and Lisa Long, Trusting Lucy will play folk-infused rock on the stage from 1pm to 2:15 pm. Following their performance, the Adventures By the Sea’s house band, Kelley and the Beachcombers, will celebrate the release of their CD titled Wild and Crazy California Beach Party from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. The album will feature versions of classic surf songs by Dick Dale and The Beach Boys alongside a trio of originals including “Surf King Rider.”
Closing out Saturday on the stage at 3:45pm to 5pm, Red Beans and Rice will probably play some tunes from their upcoming album, due out this summer. The immensely popular local blues act has won this newspaper’s readers poll for Best Local Band for the last 11 straight years.
Sunday’s Adventures By the Sea Stage kicks off with singer/songwriter Bryan Diamond from 10am to 11:15am. Diamond has been known to play everything from contemporary artists like Green Day to classic rock by The Who.
After Diamond’s slot, one of the hardest working bands in Monterey County, Salinas’ Chicano All Stars will perform danceable Latin rock for an hour and a half starting at 11:30am.
Local blues belter John “Broadway” Tucker—who has been featured in an issue of Living Blues—takes the 1:15pm to 2:15pm shift, while The Stanimals, led by bandleader Stan Russell, play Dylan tunes and originals between 2:30pm and 3:45pm.
Ending a day of dynamic musical entertainment will be Dubwize, a Salinas band that mixes reggae, dub reggae, hip hop and salsa.