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Ten bands onstage for the Valley Center Music Festival


March 26, 2014
A complete list of performers for the Third Annual Valley Center Music Festival has been announced. Featured at this event will be a wide range of music from varying genres including Blues, Country, Americana, Christian, Jazz, and Rock. The music festival will take place Saturday, June 7th at Bates Nut Farm located on Woods Valley Road in Valley Center. The festival is presented by Valley Center/ Pauma Music Boosters, a charitable organization supporting music in local schools.

"This is the third year of doing the festival run entirely by volunteers as a benefit for the music program," said Diane Conaway, President of the Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters. "In past years there have been two stages with six to eight bands."

This year there are ten bands performing on three stages.

"This is a great community event featuring ten professional San Diego bands highlighting the Middle and High School Jazz Bands," said Amy Archipov who assisted with advertising for the event.

The bands providing entertainment from noon until 9 p.m. include Valley Center Middle and High School Jazz Bands, country artists The Sickstring Outlaws, The Sumbucks, a Christian rock band called Sarah's Promise, an oldies band called The Band Red, two Americana bands, Dusty and the Lovenotes and The New Rich, Theatrical rock band 760, blues and rockabilly band Black Market III, jazz artist Viva Apollo and rock band Drop Joy.

A new edition to the festival this year is the Kansas City Barbecue Cook-off, a sanctioned cook-off consisting of sponsored teams competing for points both regionally, statewide, and for the grand championship. The Kansas City Barbecue Society holds competitions in chicken, pork, and ribs categories.

"Barbecue will be the flavor of the day," said Conaway.

The resulting barbecue tastings will be sold to festival attendees. Also on hand will be a limited number of food vendors. The beer and wine garden is an additional highlighted feature, this year expanded to include craft beer.

In addition there will be door prizes consisting of wine baskets, spa packages, complimentary dinners and hotel stays. There will be 100 items for the silent auction and raffle such as high-end sun glasses and gifts from wineries and breweries. Last year a mattress from a local merchant was donated as a prize. The raffle includes prizes for adults, kids, and families.

"There is a wide assortment of things to appeal to all kinds of people," said Conaway.

For the kids, there are games and face painting. And there is also the farm zoo at Bates Nut Farm with mini-donkeys, goats, sheep, llamas, emus, chickens, peacocks, ducks, and more.

The festival is the brain child of John Kline who has a child in the school band. Kline is involved in the musical aspect of the festival which has lead to producing.

The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters originated in 1996 as a charitable organization supporting children's music programs. Everyone working at the festival is a volunteer. All money raised benefits the music program.

"Bates Nut Farm is donating the venue. It is free to attend and free to park," said Archipov. "There is live music right here in town. Bring a chair, hang out, make it a family thing and listen to great music."

"It will be a fun event for all ages. We expect a huge turnout," said Conaway. "Good times will be had by all. Sit under the trees, picnic with us, and enjoy the day."

Dogs on a leash are welcome in outdoor areas. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets for a day of great music and family fun.

Sponsors, vendors, or those who would like to donate are invited to call Diane Conaway at (760) 749-2888

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