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5th Annual Blues Festival draws crowds

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From page A3 | July 06, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — “This just keeps getting bigger and better every year,” said Bob Vollmer, executive director of the Downtown Business District.

The fifth annual Blues Festival in downtown Vacaville drew a crowd of people who were enjoying the sun, music and shopping.

“We have built a great relationship with the musicians who come to help out,” Vollmer said.

This year’s lineup includes the Time Bandits, Eddie Neon, Charlie Wade Blues Band, Bill Watson Band, Crossfire – a Stevie Ray Von Tribute band, The Matty T. Band and Chris Cain.

On Sunday, festivalgoers can listen to Loose Blues at 11 a.m.; Delta Rockets at 1 p.m.; Big Cat Tolefree at 3 p.m.; and Used Blues at 5 p.m..

“The big draw for today is the Stevie Ray tribute band, people really love them,” Vollmer said.

Volunteers put in long hours setting up and taking down tables and displays each day.

“We started at 8 a.m. this morning. After the great fireworks show, we got out late,” he said.

Yvette Mosbarger has worked as a volunteer for the Downtown Business District events for the past four years and has seen lots of changes.

“There are more and more people coming to these events. Last year, we had people standing in the streets to hear the bands,” she said.

“It would be nice to brand Vacaville as the music capital of Northern California. This is a great place to come sit back and listen to music or get up and dance,” Vollmer said.

Shannon and Dave Falasco brought their greyhound, Nico, downtown to enjoy the music and relax a little.

“We haven’t been here in a few years, we’re coming back after a lot of illness and stuff,” Shannon Falasco said.

The Downtown Business District has about 84 events planned for the year. Anyone interested in learning more can go to www.downtownvacaville.com.

“It really is a great thing they are doing here,” Shannon Falasco said.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or shiland@dailyrepublic.net.

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Wausa, Nebraska. She lives in Vacaville with her husband and dog.
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