Friday, May 29, 2015 • 01:22

Bands ready to jam at MusicFest

Valley Center Middle School Jazz Band at 2014 VC MusicFest. photo by Courtesy Photo.
May 27, 2015
If it's the first Saturday in June, it must be time for the 4th Annual Valley Center MusicFest. The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters sponsors the event at Bates Nut Farm with proceeds going to support Valley Center music programs.

This year's event includes a Kansas City barbecue cook-off along with seven bands on two stages, beer and wine garden, door prizes, foods and silent auction. It blasts off from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday June 6 at the nut farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road.

The annual event is a key fundraiser for the Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters. The group supports the efforts of about 900 award-winning choir and band students at Valley Center schools. All proceeds help fund the annual $100,000 VC/PMB fundraising goal. Funds help purchase and maintain hundreds of musical instruments for hundreds of local students,

The festival begins at noon with performances from your award-winning Valley Center Middle School and High School Jazz Bands directed by Jeff Beck. Following that are folk singer Alice Wallace, The Liquorsmiths folk rock group, The Moves jamgrass band, the Sumbucks country band and Red Raucous for some straight-ahead rock 'n' roll.

Fifty barbecue teas were expected to compete in the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned cook-off leading to regional, state and national championship, according to VC-Pauma Music Booster publicist Anita Baranowski. A wide variety of silent auction items will be displayed for bidding while the Miss Valley Center Court sells raffle tickets, she said.

"This festival highlights quality bands with a variety of music in one location, all while continuing to help our music programs," Diane Conaway, VC/PMB president said. "Many volunteer hours were spent in planning, coordinating, advertising, setting up, performing and more."

For more information about the event, visit or call (760) 749-2888.

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