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Sounds of Solstice: Bootstrap Circus, The Trespassers, Ryan Dean, Danny Sands

By Mathew Sands —

OAKHURST — This marks the fourth year for what has become one of the most highly regarded live music events in the Yosemite Area, as Sierra Tel presents 2017 Sounds of Solstice Music Festival on Saturday, June 17 at the Oakhurst Community Park. All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst.

Sounds of Solstice Music Festival is a family-friendly event featuring live entertainment from many talented local artists. Concertgoers have the pleasure of listening to recognizable rock hits, original compilations, and solo performances that are sure to keep the crowd on their feet.

This year, there will be two stages and “Chainsaw Nation” will own the additional stage for the entire day. They will kick off the show at 2 p.m. and will provide entertainment throughout the day, in between bands that are playing on the main stage. Chainsaw Nation is a relatively new, local band from Oakhurst and they’ll be playing rock hits that you are sure to recognize.

Danny Sands will take the stage at 3 p.m. Danny started playing the piano when he was five-years old and went on to write a Top 40 hit song, “The Fanatic,” in the early 80s. His band “Felony” performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and toured the United States. On Saturday, you’ll never see fingers that move so quickly across a keyboard, while Danny plays your favorite cover songs, that everyone can sing along to.

From Hanford, California, Ryan Dean is well known for his performances with his former band, Poor Man’s Poison, and Russian Money. Poor Man’s Poison made headlines in 2013 when they went to the Texaco Country Showdown and walked away with the grand prize of $100,000. It’s recommended that you search these bands on Youtube to get a feel for the unique voice and style of musicianship that Ryan provides to his fans. Ryan Dean is scheduled to take the stage at 4 p.m.

The Trespassers are a string band from the Yosemite National Park area who began performing together in the fall of 2004. Their original music is inspired both by the beauty of our wild surroundings and by the decline of natural places like it. They trespass social and political boundaries, as well as the boundaries of musical genres. They write and cover songs influenced by bluegrass, old-time, and gypsy-jazz. You can catch them at 5:30 p.m. on the main stage.

Bootstrap Circus

Joining the festival for the second time this year is Bootstrap Circus from Mariposa, California. Bootstrap Circus combines rock, folk, ska and eastern European influences to create music that is both energetic and richly melodic.

The eclectic songwriting of Adam Burns reflects his passion for the bluesy melodies of Jack White, the lyrical wit of Elvis Costello and the unbridled energy of The Clash. The band has become known for their vivacious live shows, characterized by playful interaction with each other and their audience. They will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and will play a two hour set.

“We are really excited to be part of Sounds of Solstice again this year,” Adam says. “This festival will be a great opportunity to experience a diverse array of music and perform for an audience that is excited about hearing something new. It’s so great to have an event like this on our doorstep.”

Attendees can enjoy shopping with the local vendors that will be selling jewelry, clothing, crafts and much more. Adults can enjoy alcoholic beverages from our local brewery, South Gate Brewing Co. and local wine from Idle Hour Winery. Dinners, snacks and nonalcoholic drinks will be available to purchase from several food vendors. Children can enjoy jumping in the bounce house and competing in several fun games and contests, in addition to all of the regular activities the park has to offer.

Bring anything with you that you would normally take to the park. This can include a comfortable chair to lounge in, a canopy for shade, a football to throw around, a kite to fly, a squirt gun to keep cool, the family dog to play fetch with and even an ice chest with snacks and cold water. Sorry, absolutely no outside alcohol will be permitted.

The Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. All festival proceeds benefit our local club to help with general operating expenses.

Tickets will be $15 at the gate. Discounted tickets are available to purchase online. The sooner you buy, the more you save. On both days, children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.soundsofsolstice.com. Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the concert will begin at 2 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Park.

Event sponsors include Sierra Tel, Ameriprise Financial Services’ Shawna Petrushkin, Queen’s Inn by the River, Macaulay Insurance, Gary Brown Electric, Oakhurst Online, Idle Hour Winery, and South Gate Brewing Co.

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