THE 15TH ANNUAL
Glen Park Festival
A NEIGHBORHOOD TRADITION TO SUPPORT THE GLEN PARK COMMUNITY
on DIAMOND STREET
The Glen Park neighborhood is full of families, and the 2013 Festival will be a fantastic event for everyone, especially the kids! For the 2013 festival we expect to run a full slate of acts at the main stage, plus jumpy houses, performers, and other events specifically for kids in the children's area at the end of Wilder Street and elsewhere.
Chuck Poling is well known throughout the Bay Area as a master of ceremonies for events ranging from coffeehouse shows to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. He's also contributed his talents to numerous non-profit fundraisers and neighborhood fairs. In addition to emceeing, Chuck performs with his wife in Jeanie and Chuck's Country Roundup. Chuck is also that rarest of breeds — a native San Franciscan who still lives in the City. He grew up in Bernal Heights and loves San Francisco's distinctive neighborhoods, like beautiful Glen Park.
Come dance, sing, and tap your toes with local children's musician Gayle Schmitt and her bluegrass-pickin' Ramblers as they present a fun-filled performance of bluegrass, mountain, and folk music for kids with their second appearance at the Festival. With fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and bass they'll set your feet a-stompin' — fun for the whole family! Kentucky-born Gayle Schmitt has released two Parent's Choice Award-winning CDs featuring homemade tunes as well as bluegrass and old-time songs for kids. She has taught music and movement classes for children throughout the Bay Area for more than 13 years.
Festivalgoers who like big, tough voices wrapped up in small packages will get a thrill out of Mad Mama and the Bona Fide Few, who have been shaking stages with their gritty blend of soul, rockabilly and punk since 2011. Inspired by the likes of Etta James, Big Mama Thornton and Janis Joplin, Mad Mama Lopez’s songs draw from her own misspent youth and the hours she spent listening to the Ramones and Social Distortion. Mad Mama also plays a mean ukulele, while The Bona Fide Few include Steve Egelman on guitar, Tony Velour on bass, Paul Monteiro on drums, Joel Martinez on guitar and banjo and Douglas St. John on guitar.
Jinx Jones, once called "Man of a Thousand Riffs" is a versatile guitarist who's lent his strings to jazz, pop and rockabilly tunes — as well as En Vogue's megahit "Free Your Mind." But for Jones, with releases such as "Rumble & Twang" and "Rip and Run," rockabilly's where it's at. With his trio the KingTones, featuring Ken Owen on drums and Matt Tidmarsh on bass, Jones will treat the Glen Park crowd to some truly tasty licks that will make you want to break out your creepers and grease your hair. Jones is one axeman who takes his "License to Twang" seriously.
If Dave Edmunds fronted The Tennessee Three and they rented a studio next door to The Who, it might sound something like the twangy rock 'n roll cooked up by San Francisco trio The GoldDiggers — straddling the line between Americana and British-tinged rock by way of tightly crafted, rootsy pop songs. As featured performers in the lounge at the historic Fillmore Auditorium, The GoldDiggers have opened shows for a wide range of artists including Chris Isaak, Robert Earl Keen, Drive-By Truckers and Tesla. You can call it Roots Rock or Alt-Country or even "California twang-rock" but if you're a fan of The GoldDiggers you can count yourself in good company with the likes of Bill Kirchen and Marshall Crenshaw.
Nobody from Nashville is a new, up and coming San Francisco Bay Area string band. They won the 2012 SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival band competition. Members of the band met at the Station Inn and Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Just kidding. Nobody from Nashville actually features nobody from Nashville. The band "accidentally" formed in the summer of 2011 at a popular bluegrass festival in California. Once they started jamming together, nobody wanted to stop — and the band was born.