San Anselmo salutes the sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s when they do the Hippy Hippy Shake at the 28th Annual San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival with 200 fine art booths, a merchant marketplace, wine tasting, food vendors, kids’ zone, and entertainment galore on two stages.
The free festival is set for Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days in downtown San Anselmo on San Anselmo Avenue between Tamalpais and Bolinas streets.
Sponsored by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, the event draws some 65,000 people to the quaint area with its charming antique shops and diverse restaurants.
The arts booths will feature fine paintings, sculptures and other unique arts and crafts. The Kids’ Zone will include a variety of fun activities for children including: puppet and magic shows, miniature car racing, a train ride, shark slide, rock wall, face painting and much more.
The music line-up will take you back in time with bands playing simultaneously on the Trippin’ Tunstead Stage and the Boppin Bolinas Stage with a line-up guaranteed to make you want to dance.
Take a musical journey through the Golden State with California Dreamin’. Bandleader Cris Snyder begins the show amidst the opening strains of Monterey saying: “Our journey begins during the Summer Of Love (June, 1967) at the Monterey Pop Festival.” From that point, the band steers its musical hot rod up and down the highways of California, riding a uniquely themed, colorfully costumed, choreographed, multi-media presentation of live music. The journey covers many places in song (Lodi, Dock Of The Bay, L.A. Woman, If You're Going To San Francisco, California Sun). It also looks at life-styles (Life In The Fast Lane, Hollywood Nights); the myths, the legends and more. Dreamin’ includes artists who are part of California's popular musical heritage, including the Doobie Brothers, Doors, Grateful Dead and more. Historical events are also highlighted such as the Beatles final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966 and the beginning of the "protest" era in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip.
The Cream of Clapton is a talented and spellbinding tribute show, sharing the sounds of Cream. It features Kevin Russell on guitar and vocals with David Lauser doing drums and vocals and Mona Gnader on bass and vocals. The Motor City-born and raised Russell offers a very unique blend of blues, rock and soul. He is considered a soulful guitar player, as well as a singer/songwriter and record producer. He first rose to prominence with the classic rock band 707. The band’s hit I Could Be Good For You was featured in the film Grown Ups starring Adam Sander. Laser is best known for his work with Sammy Hagar. You can catch him live and on record as the driving force behind Hagar and his Wabos. He divides his time between Sammy and The Cream of Clapton. Gnader performed with Tommy Tutone and later became the bassist with Hagar and also performs with both bands.
One of the favorite bands to entertain at the festival year after year is the Sun Kings — the premiere tribute to the Beatles led by Drew Harrison. The Sun Kings has been packing theatres, music halls, and outdoor festivals for more than a decade. Their attention to detail is uncanny and their energy reminiscent of the joy and excitement felt at a real Beatles concert. The Sun Kings repertoire includes more than 100 Beatles songs spanning The Beatles entire musical career from She Loves You to I am the Walrus to Side 2 of Abbey Road. The Sun Kings ask a simple question: What if The Beatles had reunited in concert? They don’t dress up, but the bands attention to detail, and ability to capture the authenticity and vitality of the music has gained them critical acclaim and respect amongst Beatles purists, as well as fans around the country.
Zebop! has also been a continued favorite at the San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival. You can tell when Zebop! is on the stage because the area is swamped with hundreds of people dancing to the great tunes of Santana. The band takes its name from the classic Santana album of the same name and is one of the most popular tribute acts in the Bay Area, gaining their own following of Santana fans. Zebop! was formed in 2005 by guitarist Antonio Marquez.
Revolver is a trio of seasoned musicians who grew up rocking to the sounds of the ‘60s. Inspired by the songwriting and melodic hooks of groups like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Hollies, Kinks, Animals, Lovin' Spoonful and Buffalo Springfield, they took up instruments and formed groups to experience the energy and sensations of playing in a fired-up band. Some of the first tunes they learned were some of these well-crafted gems from artists of the ‘60s. Their love and appreciation for that genre of music is why they decided to form the group Revolver in the first place. All three members are singers and multi-instrumentalists, giving Revolver a full and versatile sound including great lead singing, three-part harmonies, and a musical blend of guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion.
Boptropolis is new to San Anselmo audiences. The party band plays hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and more. Founded by keyboardist and singer Al D Bop has a combination of hot vocals, a dynamic stage show and a tight rhythm section. The band offers disco hits such as Brick House and Motown classics such as Let’s Groove Tonight and Heartbreak Hotel. The band is a whole lot of fun. Bop first started playing with a group in the ‘70s called the Ultimate Vibes.
Also new to San Anselmo’s festival is the Cover Grrlz, who “deliver rock hits with glitz.” The all-girl cover band presents the legends of rock in an electrifying style. They perform the most wanted rock hits from the ‘60s to today with tunes from ZZ Top, Queen, U2, Tom Petty, Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin.
Savannah Blue is a powerful contemporary bluegrass band with soulful vocals and driving rhythm. Savannah pushes bluegrass far beyond its rural roots with originals that resonate from traditional bluegrass soul and demonstrate a mastery of imaginative creativity. Savannah Blue approaches music with high spirits and boundless energy refusing to sit still.
There will be prizes given out throughout the day for the best dancers! If you pull out some tie-dye and come dressed in retro clothes, you may also be presented a fun prize as well. A fun trivia quiz can also be found in the festival program.
Commemorative wine and beer glasses featuring the festival’s colorful fun art from the days of flower power will be available for $5. Glass purchase is required to drink the alcoholic beverages sold at the event. Some of the participating wineries include Karah Estate Vineyards, Fetzer and Sutter Home. Premium ales are sponsored and provided by Marin Brewing Co. and Moylan’s Brewery. There will also be a wide array of traditional festival food available from teriyaki chicken to corn dogs to kettle corn.
Sponsors for this year’s festival include: Yelp!, United Market, Pacific Sun, Marin Independent Journal, Renewal by Andersen, Ross Valley Sanitary District, Heavenly Greens, CUTCO, Granite Transformations, Pacific Gas & Electric and Publicity by Shelley. For more information about the festival, call 415-454-2510. Additional information can be found online at www.sananselmochamber.org or find us on Facebook.
Festival at a Glance
Hippy Hippy Shake
The 28th Annual
San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
A San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce event
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Free Admission
Downtown San Anselmo on San Anselmo Avenue
Between Tamalpais Boulevard and Bolinas Avenue
200 fine arts booths • Live music on two stages
Wine tasting • Merchant marketplace • Kids Zone