Tuesday, September 01, 2015 • 11:28

VC Music Fest takes Bates Nut Farm by storm

The Valley Center High School Jazz Band played in the early afternoon on June 7, with student musicians trading solos before an enthusiastic crowd.
June 11, 2014
The Third Annual Valley Center MusicFest filled Bates Nut Farm with music lovers on Saturday. The key fundraiser for the Valley Center Pauma Music Boosters featured a Kansas City Barbecue Cook-Off and 12 bands playing on three stages. All proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of equipment, uniforms, and competition transportation for the local middle and high school music programs.

Following the Valley Center Yard Sale in the morning, the Valley Center Middle and High School Jazz Bands kicked off the afternoon. Both directed by Jeff Beck, the award-winning jazz bands drew large crowds as they swung through a dance-worthy playlist of popular and patriotic music.

Ten professional bands from San Diego played one-hour sets each for the remainder of the afternoon. Cattle Call Event Planning and Producing coordinated the professional talent portion of the festival. Musicians included Black Market III, The Sickstring Outlaws, Viva Apollo, Drop Joy, Sarah's Promise, Dusty and the Lovenotes, The New Rich, The Sumbucks, 760, and The Band Red.

However, music wasn't the only thing filling the air on Saturday. The mouth-watering smell of brisket and pulled pork from the Kansas City BBQ Cook-Off brought 30 barbecue teams offering samples of their best dishes. The MusicFest also featured a beer and wine garden, silent auction, raffle prizes, and face-painting by the Miss Valley Center Royalty.

To learn more about supporting school music programs in Valley Center, visit www.vcpmusicboosters.org.

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