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10th Annual Blues and Brews

Jul 08, 2019 03:11PM ● By Paul Cotruvo

Summer is in full swing, the kids are out of school, temperatures are rising, and this can mean only one thing, Music and beer festivals are upon us. One of my favorite events of the summer is the Blues and Brews Festival in Pleasant Hill Park. This year is its 10th anniversary, and it will take place on the weekend of July 19 and 20. Who knew that an event created over a few cocktails at Magoo’s in Pleasant Hill with details written on a cocktail napkin would turn into one of the area’s most anticipated event? Thanks to the Pleasant Hill Rec and Park District and the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce for combining forces and making this a truly unique event. Where else are you going to find an event that has something for everybody? You can participate in the beer tasting or just bring a lawn chair and listen to the music for free!


Over the last few years, this event has featured some of the best blues music in the country: Tommy Castro Band, Chris Cain, Greg Wright, Frankie G. & The Conviction, Cold Blood, Zydeco Flames, Jeff Tamalier All-Stars and the legendary Candye Kayne, to name a few. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary, the blues theme was expanded to include other genres of music. After all, if the New Orleans Jazz Fest can have headliners like Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and Santana, so can Pleasant Hill.


Festivities kick-off on Friday, July 19, at 6pm. There will be two bands performing. The popular Eagles Tribute Band, Midnight Flyer, kicks things off, with the Tom Petty Tribute Band The Big Jangle finishing the night. This event has turned into a very fun, family atmosphere. Parents and kids dancing to American Girl? Priceless.


The festivities continue Saturday, July 20, beginning at 3pm and music starting at 4pm. Opening the show will be local Martinez Band Garageland Rodeo. Celebrating 15 years, they will bring their unique rock, blues and soul sound to get the party started. You will be on your feet!

Following the Rodeo at 5:30pm will be the incomparable blues and soul singer Terrie Odabi. Her dynamic presence and powerful vocals are not to be missed. She owns the stage! The Blues Music Society nominated her in 2017 for Best Soul Blues Female Artist and Best Emerging Artist Album for My Blue Soul. If you are in the area, this will be a rare opportunity to hear an amazing artist for free!


Concluding the evening will be The Purple Ones, one of the premier Prince tribute bands in the country. Dancing anybody? They will bring their serious dose of unadulterated funk and have the park rockin’! They are legit! The band’s musical director is Prince’s former musical director, bassist/guitarist and co-founder of Prince’s band New Power Generation, Levi Seacer Jr.


If you read this article with any consistency, you know my motto is to get out there and support local live music. Events like this make it so easy. Hope to see you out there!


Quote of the Month: “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” ~~ Prince




Paul’s Picks for July:

July 5: Marigold, Retro Junkie, 2112 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, 9pm

July 7: The Bell Brothers, Pleasant Hill Summer by the Lake, Pleasant Hill City Hall, 6pm

July 13:Tender Mercies, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm

July 13: Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers, Retro Junkie, 2112 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, 9pm

July 18: Front Country, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm

July 19: Midnight Flyer/Big Jangle, Pleasant Hill Park, Pleasant Hill, 6pm

July 19: Little Roger & The Goosebumps, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm

July 20: Garageland Rodeo/Terri Odabi/The Purple Ones, Pleasant Hill Park, Pleasant Hill, 4pm

July 21: Sona, Pleasant Hill Summer by the Lake, Pleasant Hill City Hall, 6pm

July 28: Sunday Paper, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 4pm




Armando’s: 707 Marina Vista, Martinez CA               

Back Forty: 100 Coggins Drive-Pleasant Hill, CA                  www.

WiseGirl:  1932 Oak Park Blvd. Pleasant Hill, CA    

Dan’s Bar: 1524 Civic Drive Walnut Creek CA             

Roxx on Main: 627 Main St. Martinez, CA                             

Rocco’s Pizzeria: 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road Walnut Creek CA

Retro Junkie: 2112 N. Main Street Walnut Creek              

Vinnies: 2045 Mt. Diablo Street-Concord, CA