Contributed by SLO Jazz Festival
PASO ROBLES — Fall Fest, a SLO Jazz Festival quartet of musical events, begins Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort with a performance by Incendio, followed by three more concerts — The Zydeco Flames at Wild Horse Winery on Saturday, Oct. 15, The Purple Ones at the Fremont Theater on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Luis Munoz with Teka at The Monarch Club on Friday, Nov. 11.
SLO Jazz Festival founder Scott Andrews and his team of volunteers thought that fall would be a great time to expand their musical offerings and just a few months after Jazz Fest, Fall Fest was born. The event boasts four venues and four genres of music in four weeks all in support of the nonprofit organization SLO Jazz, its Summer Jazz Workshop and other beneficiaries including the Cancer Support Community, the Kayla Peach Memorial Foundation, Along Comes Hope and the American Cancer Society.
“The concept for this series of concerts came to me in 2014 just after we did the first SLO Jazz Festival,” Andrews said. “I have a lot of people on my team as a nonprofit board that do an amazing amount of work to put on the Jazz Festival. In 2007 I thought why not have a Jazz Festival in SLO and the idea came to fruition and then some. We pulled it off, so I thought ‘now lets do Fall Fest.’ I was thinking this could be something that would replace the SAVOR event on the Central Coast, bring more tourism, centered around music and doing good for nonprofits. Every concert is a fundraiser with an auction, raffle, and concert. The auction will support the SLO Jazz Festival and programs and the raffle proceeds will go to the beneficiary nonprofits. Our hope is to grow and year after year be able to give a larger donation to each of our deserving nonprofit beneficiaries.”
Incendio at the Allegretto in Paso:
The first Fall Fest concert at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles will feature Incendio on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. in the ballroom, beginning with a silent auction and, for VIP ticket holders, a meet and-greet with the band. Andrews said that when touring Allegretto, he thought that it would make the perfect venue for a concert and Incendio was the first band he thought of.
“Allegretto is just so gorgeous,” he said. “I saw it on a tour with the Paso Chamber and I was like ‘This place is beautiful, we should do something here.’ We thought about the band Incendio, who are known for playing really romantic, flamenco style, world music with their beautiful guitars. In that ballroom, we thought it would just be fabulous and so we booked them. It will be really special for people to experience this amazing band in this worldly location. The allegretto show will benefit the Cancer Support Community. I am really excited about this. They do such wonderful work to support those
suffering with cancer.”
In 1999, Jim Stubblefield, Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbé came together to create the explosive band Incendio, an ecliptic combo made up of dueling guitars and bass. The band will take the stage at 7 p.m.
General admission will be $30, members admission is $25, a reserved table of four is $200, a VIP table for four is $340, and students will pay $15. Ticket prices will go up when purchased at the door. Tickets are available in advance at 2016fallfest.com/incendio.html.
Zydeco Flames at Wild Horse in Templeton:
The second concert in the Fall Fest line-up kicks off Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. with the Zydeco Flames on the lawn at Wild Horse Winery. This quintet of roving musicians digs its roots deep into the music of Louisiana, featuring Lloyd Meadow on vocals and rub-board, Frank Bohan on guitar, Bruce Gordon on accordion, Timm Walker on bass and vocals and William Allums, Jr. on the drums.
Andrews said the Bay Area band is renowned for being one of the best Zydeco bands on the West Coast. With Wild Horse Winery as the venue, the show will be intimate but with plenty of room to dance.
“The Zydeco Flames concert is going to be at Wild= Horse Winery on the lawn with a great stage, reserve seating for tables of four, VIP seating with a meet-and-greet opportunity and general admission lawn seating,” Andrews said. “This show is going to be off the hook and people should be ready to dance to this outstanding band in this great and intimate venue. Wild Horse Winery is a regular sponsor of the Jazz Festival and we are so grateful for the support and for hosting our Fall Fest concert.”
Low cocktail tables will be available for VIP and reserved seating with theater-style General Admission seating provided. Andrews said that patrons should plan on the evening cooling down and should feel
free to bring blankets or jackets.
The evening will begin with a silent auction, raffle and a meet-and-greet opportunity for VIP ticket holders. The funds raised from the raffle will support nonprofit beneficiary the Kayla Peach Memorial
“At the Zydeco Flames concert the raffle will benefit the Kayla Peach Memorial= Foundation. They lost their daughter and now they are making a difference for people suffering with addiction,” Andrews
said. “This group hit home for me because I lost a coworker in his 30s to addiction and that was it. If we can make any impact to help this group I will be ecstatic.”
Come out and dance with the Zydeco Flames and support the SLO Jazz Fest and Kayla Peach Memorial Foundation all for the cost of $30. Members admission is $25, a reserved table of four is $200, VIP tables for four are $340 and students will pay $15. Ticket prices will go up when purchased at the door.
Tickets are sold in advance at 2016fallfest.com/zydecoflames.html.
The Purple Ones at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo:
Insatiable Prince Tribute Band The Purple Ones is another heavy hitter in the Fall Fest line-up of performers, making their debut in San Luis Obispo at the Fremont Theater Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.
The musicians include bandleader Morty Okin on trumpet, Levi Seacer Jr. on lead guitar, Pamela Fields on lead vocals, Willie Adams on lead vocals, Morgan Day on guitar, Dave Flores and Joe Ganzelli on drums, Al Conde on keyboards, Michael (Tiny) Lindsey on bass, Nick Ciarelli on lead trumpet, Mara Fox on trombone and Hermann Lara on baritone and tenor saxophone.
All together, Andrews says they make for one fat sound that Prince fans will not want to miss out on.
“This Purple Ones concert is really an unusual, novel addition to the lineup for Fall Fest,” Andrews said. “Most of the shows are about 200 seats, but this show at the Fremont Theater is open to 700. This band is selling out everywhere they play and is based out of the Bay Area. Morty Okin, famed trumpet player, bandleader, manager and all-around music man, used to do the “New Morty Show” and got tired of doing that and started doing a tribute to Michael Jackson. Then he started doing this tribute to Prince while he was alive and stared to attract former members of Prince’s band. You don’t know, Juan Escovedo or Sheila E. might come down to the show just for the heck of it. They play tributes to songs “The Bird” and “Jungle Love,” songs that Prince wrote that are little known as his work. I like their old school funk sound with a full horn section. They are hot!”
The event will begin with a silent auction, raffle and meet and-greet VIP opportunity and the funds raised from the rafflewill support nonprofit beneficiary, Along Comes Hope.
Come out to support the SLO Jazz Fest and Along Comes Hope all for the cost of $30. Members admission is $25, a reserved table of four is $200, VIP tables for four are $340, and students will pay $15. Ticket prices will go up when purchased at the door and are sold in advance at 2016fallfest.com/the-purple-ones.html.
Luis Munoz w/ Teka at the Monarch Club in Nipomo:
Fall Fest will close on a high note with Luis Muñoz, a Costa Rican drummer, touring with his band in support of their new album “VOZ,” with Téka, Brazilian singer and guitarist joining Muñoz for this show Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Avila Ballroom, Trilogy Resort at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo.
“Nov. 11 we have Luis Munoz with Teka!” Andrews said. “She sold out last year at Blame it On the BossaNova and this show will be no exception. My little trio, Black Market Trio with Darrell Voss and Talia Ortega will open the show and it will be an outstanding concert.”
The quintet features Téka, Jonathan Dane on trumpet,\ Luis Muñoz on drums, Brendan Statom on acoustic bass and Daniel Zimmerman on guitars. Téka, who has performed with the SLO Symphony,
the SLO Jazz Festival in 2014 and at the Blame It On The Bossa Nova Fall 2015, will be accompanied by Muñoz and the gang. Andrews band Black Market Trio will take the stage after the silent auction, raffle
and VIP meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. The raffle for this show benefits American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and will be a fitting finale to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Andrews said.
At 8 p.m. Luis Muñoz with Teka will share songs from “VOZ,” and at 9 p.m. will switch to songs from the last album Muñoz released. Come out to support the SLO Jazz Fest and American Cancer Society and Relay for Life all for the cost of $30. Members admission is $25, a reserved table for four is $200, VIP tables of four are $340 and students will pay $15.
SLO Jazz Fest, the umbrella nonprofit hosting Fall Fest, is member-supported and brings acts from all over the known jazz universe to San Luis Obispo County. Andrews said that as a nonprofit, they can use all the support they can get.
“I am trying to make the SLO Jazz Festival sustainable,” he said. “Anyone that would like to join our inner
circle as a donor are welcome to contact our nonprofit. Members will receive VIP treatment and access to our Jazz Festival and other events throughout the year. It is a great way to support our Summer Jazz Workshop at Cuesta College and bring more jazz to the area. We hope to see growth enough to keep these events going for the next decade.”
Ticket prices will go up when purchased at the door. Tickets are sold in advance at 2016fallfest.com/luis-munoz.html. To learn more about SLO Jazz Festival, become a member or donate, visit slojazzfest.org.For the complete article see the 10-07-2016 issue.
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