An Awesome Lineup of Zepparella, The Houserockers, Pacific Soul Band, Neon Velvet, Stompy Jones, and Sol Peligro Headline Millbrae’s Totally Rockin’ “Last Blast of Summer”
Every Labor Day weekend, normally tranquil downtown Millbrae is transformed into the Bay Area’s entertainment hot spot for the city’s big annual shindig—the Art & Wine Festival. The beat goes on at this year’s festival, September 2-3, with a wide-ranging musical mix—performed on stage and street by ten big-name bands.
Be sure to wear your dancing shoes so you can thoroughly enjoy the incredible line-up of Bay Area talent. You’ll dance to an upbeat lineup featuring swing, soul, contemporary hits and old classics, rock, Mexican reggae, ‘80s and synth rock and rhythm & blues. While you admire the art and take in the sights, you’ll discover a variety of fantastic street musicians playing a range of styles from Spanish-influenced acoustic guitar, romantic acoustic guitar and mandolin and the Chapman Stick.
Saturday, September 3
Get ready for the lively, jump-jivin’ swing of Stompy Jones from 11:30-1:00. The San Francisco-based 6-piece plays a vivacious mix of Louis Armstrong-esque jaunty blues, Joe Liggins’ Big Band and early roots rock ‘n roll. Get ready for the best boot scootin’ boogie around.
Next up, the Bay Area’s premiere party band, Pacific Soul Band, will command the dance floor from 1:30-3:00. The 10-piece powerhouse of talent will rock you to the core with funk, old school rock, pop, and Top 40 tunes. This Bay Area family band is mentored by members of Earth, Wind & Fire and Sheila E's Band.
Zepparella, an all-female Led Zepplin tribute band, will rock you to the core from 3:30-5. All four rockers got a whole lotta love for the seminal ‘60s rock band that blew the doors off the genre and never stopped inspiring generations to come. Zepparella deliver the timeless howling, bass thumping, guitar mastery with pure passion and devotion to the craft.
Sunday, September 4
Ease into your Sunday with Sol Peligro’s Mexican Cumbia rhythms from 11:30-1. Sol Peligro’s founder, Sam Miranda, describes the unique genre it as “Mexican Reggae.” The 8-piece band features Miranda on vocals, three horn players, lightning-fast percussionists and a hard-driving rhythm section delivers an unstoppable, feel-good set you won’t want to miss.
Neon Velvet brings an intoxicating mix of ‘80s New Wave and modern potent synth rock from 1:30-3:00. Break out your neon and move those checkered Vans to the refreshing, exhilarating old and new favorites of this fantastic 5-piece band.
From 3:30-5, the whopping 10-piece Los Gatos-based Houserockers will start you up with their high-energy hits from the Rolling Stones to Tower of Power. Fueled by a 5-piece horn section, two guitars and great harmonies, they play it all from rock, blues, funk, ‘60s soul and R&B.
As you wander, taking in the incredible art and delicious libations, be sure to look out for these talented musicians who will be playing in various locations around the festival:
Soloist Bob Culbertson has been playing the Chapman Stick for 30 years and has sold over 100,000 albums. The intriguing 10 to 12-string instrument bears both guitar and bass elements. By tapping the strings, Culbertson creates vibrations that produce a captivating blend of melodies, bass and chords in the style of light jazz with folk and blues flavor.
John Clarke makes his beautiful, complex pieces look effortless. The truly gifted acoustic nylon-string guitar player plays charming, romantic old-world compositions influenced by Spanish and Latin American guitar.
Feel the love that only Italy can inspire with the romantic acoustic repertoire of HeartStrings Music. The fabulous duo, Al Fabrizio on mandolin and Hugo Wainzinger on guitar, have masterfully captured the essence of amore.
You might have already heard of the incredible street performer, Man in White. The nationally known performance artist entertains audiences of all ages with interactive performances where he stands like statue until a crowd brings him to life and then entertains with soft bluesy numbers on guitar.
MILLBRAE TOTALLY ROCKS CONCERT STAGE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
|11:30 - 1:00||Stompy Jones|
|1:30 - 3:00||Pacific Soul Band|
|3:30 - 5:00||Zepparella|
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
|11:30 - 1:00||Sol Peligro|
|1:30 - 3:00||Neon Velvet|
|3:30 - 5:00||The Houserockers|
CLASSICALLY COOL STAGE (All Weekend)
STREET PERFORMERS (All Weekend)
|Bob Culbertson (Victoria/Broadway)|
|John Clarke (La Cruz/Broadway)|
|HeartStrings Music (Taylor/Broadway)|