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Vaca Blues Festival draws big crowds; Continues today

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Annie Wood, left, and Frank Braun of Vacaville dance to the Rhythm Method Trio, Saturday, during the 4th Annual Downtown Vacaville Blues Festival. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | July 07, 2013 |

VACAVILLE — With the fourth annual Blues Festival underway in Vacaville, crowds were gathering early Saturday and even more people were expected at night.

Put on by the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District, the festival features nine performances over two days by various bands, many of which are local.

Music fans were treated to The Charlie Wade Blues Band, Uncorked Blues Band, The Rhythm Method Trio, Delta Rockers, The Matty T Band and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers Saturday.

The festival continues Sunday at the Town Square on Main Street with Loose Blues at 11 a.m., followed by Blues Inferno at 1 p.m. and finally a pro jam to wrap things up at 2:30 p.m.

“Great crowd, and we’re expecting huge, record-breaking crowds (later),” said Judy St. George of the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District. “It’s a pretty good crowd, and around 5 o’clock it will just get packed for Matty-T, of course, he’s a local.”

St. George said organizers couldn’t be happier with the turnout and how the festival was going.

“We hope they drink beer,” she added, referring to the fact that beer sales at the festival help keep it a free attraction for everyone. “The bands here, there are a lot of local bands. Really great bands.”

Those in attendance sat in lawn chairs absorbing the bright sun as the temperatures crept into the low 80s – a far cry from the triple-digit highs of a week ago.

Some even got up and danced.

None were more active during the Rhythm Method Trio’s set than Frank and Sarah Zorne of Nevada City, who were on their feet, cutting a rug nearly the whole set, which included covers of the Doobie Brothers, Genesis, UB40, Edgar Winter and even the Charlie Brown theme song, “Linus and Lucy.”

“We are having so much fun, and this is the best festival in Northern California. We come every year,” said Sarah Zorne.

It’s not the only blues festival she and her husband attend.

“We travel the United States, writing blues reviews for all kinds of blues festivals,” Frank Zorne said. “This is our second time here, we love this little festival.”

The couple had a message for organizers.

“Great job, keep it up,” said Sarah Zorne.

Frank agreed.

“I tell you, the city of Vacaville needs to be (commended) for what they do,” he said. “They’ve got such a great sound system.”

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or mcorpos@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.

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  • KéLee MarieJuly 07, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    To simply say "wow" would be a serious understatement and would absolutely do a disservice to the amazing time that was had by all who attended yesterday's event. I was fortunate enough to have had the majority of the day off to spend listening to Solano County's finest. I've also had the great pleasure of not only listening, but sharing a microphone with some of these accomplished bands and let me tell ya', if you think they sound good from the audience, imagine how magnifecent it sounds surrounding you! Truly a feeling like no other. I urge those in other areas such as Sacramento and the Bay Area to spend some time out this way and experience what our little town has to offer musically. I've spoken to the couple mentioned in this article, Frank and Sarah, on several occasions and indeed they venture far in search of great music and have definitely found our area to be most pleasing to them. Amazing talent was displayed for some new faces as well. I know there are a lot of new fans that were born! As usual, I enjoyed watching my friends on stage doing their thing and doing it very well. I would have to say that The Rythym Method, in my most humble opinion, stood out as the highlight of the evening, bringing a different element of sound to the festival, reminiscent of creamy butter spread on more creamy butter....delicious! The bands yesterday were phenomenal and a huge thank you to the ever amazing Herman Wilson for gracing us with not only his musical genius but his presence as well. Great job, guys! (And gal) Marla Harvey was sensational! Be sure not to miss The Loose Blues band fronted by the incredible Hillary Lee, Blues Inferno and the amazing GGSK! See you all out there!

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