THE 19TH 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 2017 Festival will be a fantastic event for everyone, especially the kids! For the 2017 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.
Presented by the Blue Bear School of Music, Catharsis features Liam Craddock, Andy Chaw, Jared Rao, and Eden More. These teenagers made their debut at the movie premier of Rock Dogs. The band will be working on recording some original music this summer. Enjoy, and you can catch their next performance at the 16th Station in Oakland on May 27th.
Fog Swamp is a San Francisco-based assemblage of first-call musicians that performs original swamp rock. Steeped in genres ranging from rock, New Orleans funk and blues to bluegrass and jazz, Fog Swamp’s members have toured the world, having shared stages with The Meters, Wilco, Dave Brubeck, Phil Lesh, Ben Harper, The Radiators and others. Fog Swamp features Alex Wise (guitar, vocals), Ted Silverman (bass), Bill Hanelius (guitar), Schad Dalton (drums), Jeff Ballard (harmonica) and Matt Twain (keys).
You would be hard pressed to find another artist who reps the eclectic nature of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene better than Rojai (Row – Juh). Those lucky enough to have tuned into his steadily ascending musical career with Bayonics, Starship Connection and The Pocket, have grown accustomed to a gleeful stream of soulful crooning, funky electro-soul beats, and heaping servings of good ‘ol fashioned hip-hop flows. Recognized as one of the top picks for live acts in the Bay Area, Rojai has shared the stage with the likes of Mos Def, Common, Ozomatli, the Roots, and Erykah Badu. Rojai’s smokey smooth vocals combine the lyrical wizardry of an MC with the soulful serenading of a modern day troubadour.
Rojai released his highly anticipated album "Mission Statement" in 2011 with his band Bayonics, followed by the critically acclaimed "Hard Pressed" album with producer Eli “E. Live” Hurwitz. Featuring the hit songs, “Searching” and “Anything is Possible”, the “Hard Pressed” album brought a retro-funk-soul sound reminiscent of Mayer Hawthorne and Chromeo. The release of the 5-track “Solitude” EP, gave us a glimpse of Rojai’s luminous solo career; a return to his R&B and soul roots while still offering a touch of hip hop and showcasing his ability to explore themes of love and relationships. The latest project “The Strut Down”, to be released in early 2017, will take us further into the Funk genre and solidify Rojai into the world of Funk and R&B.
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 Whisky Pills 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.
Moira has been dancing Salsa for 20 years. For five years she taught salsa with SalsaCrazy and is featured in their best-selling instructional video series. The beginner lesson will focus on the basic footwork, the fundamentals of lead and follow, and a few simple leads to get you out on the dance floor having fun right away!
For over a decade, Bayonics has been rocking the San Francisco Bay Area with a unique blend of latin, reggae, funk music. This stalwart band has been a Bay Area headliner for many years and they never fail to deliver fresh new music and move the crowd with consistent passion, energy & emotion.
Bayonics is led by the powerful vocal stylings of Jairo Vargas, aka Rojai (Row-Juh), who merges elements to produce a raw soulful sound as distinct and unique as the San Francisco streets that bred him. Channeling a sixth sense that only he holds, he puts forth melodies, lyrics and compositions that carry inherent respect for the artist that inspired his craft.
Playing to packed houses worldwide, Bayonics has performed everywhere from San Francisco to Miami, to Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Brazil. Bayonics have shared the stage with Wu-Tang Clan, N.E.R.D., Mos Def, Jordan T, Erykah Badu, J-Boog, Common, George Clinton, Katchafire, Los Rakas, Con Brio, Gondwana, RaShiloh, Yami Bolo, Warrior King, Alborosie, Ozomatli, Common Kings and the Black Keys.