Thursday Night Live at the Plaza

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  |  Hope In Site Media Release
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Blues guitarist Chris Cain

Woodland Music, Art & Food Fest!
Presented by the Historic Downtown Woodland Group, and the City of Woodland

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Historic Downtown Woodland Group is proud to present Thursday Night Live at the Plaza in Woodland, CA for four weeks in June. With an expansive offering of regional, national and international touring bands, each with their own special style, this family friendly music series features free live music on the Firehouse Entertainment Stage at beautiful Heritage Plaza every Thursday from June 7th through June 28th at 7pm. Family Fun, Food & Art begins at 5 pm with members from Yolo Arts offering Arts & Crafts on the Plaza, while kids can enjoy a Jumping Castle, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting & a Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest.
Highlighting the Old School Funk of Groovline on June 7th; the Hot Salsa & Latin music of Conjunto Liberación on June 14th; the upbeat energy of Jerry Garcia Tribute Painted Mandolin on June 21st, and the Blues of The Chris Cain Band on June 28th, Thursday Night Live delivers a danceable assortment of diverse musical genres. These concerts also feature a professional sound system and sound engineer for a bigger concert experience on the Firehouse Entertainment Stage.

Heritage Plaza is located in historic downtown Woodland, a city that is rapidly expanding with multiple new businesses, restaurants and shops. Concertgoers can sample local food boothes, specialty wines and brews, as well as ice cold drinks, while listening to great music on the Firehouse Entertainment Stage. Adults and kids alike will revel in the fresh sounds of Thursday nights, so grab the family, some chairs and your dancing shoes! 
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June 7th, 2018
Grooveline - Old School Funk, R&B
Grooveline is a high-energy Funk/Old School/R&B party band featuring former members of The Junk Funkies, Evolution and Superlicious. Grooveline is known for bringing non-stop energy and talent to the stage. Whether it’s classic hits
from Bobby Brown, Cameo, Kool and the Gang, Prince or P-Funk, or modern classics from Mars or Childish Gambino, Grooveline keeps the crowd dancing all night long.

June 14th, 2018
Conjunto Liberación – Hot Salsa & Latin
The Sacramento based Conjunto Liberación, is a 10 piece Salsa Band comprised of musicians of different ethnic backgrounds who grew up listening to and now enjoy  playing  salsa music. Conjunto Liberación would love to share their passion and their music with dancers and listeners with the same interest & passion for this genre of music.

Led by Hector Conde,(timbales) and Marco Valle, (congas) the group consists of: Jeremy Bolt, (bass), Doug Matson, (piano), Ness Guzman, (vocals, Ted Vega, (vocals),  and backed by  the experienced horn section of , Mike Breit, (trumpet), and Steve Gonsoulin, trombone), David Bowman (trombone ) and Kurt Pearsall(trumpet). Conjunto Liberacion’s  repertoire is heavily influenced by the New York City sound of 70’ & 80’ of from groups like; Fania Allstars, Sonora Ponceña, Gran Combo, and Willie Colon & Ruben Blades. Their main objective Is to bring enjoyment thru their music and simply make you dance…  “Salsa Pa’l Bailador”
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June 21st, 2018
Painted Mandolin featuring Joe Craven – Bluegrass Jam Band Honoring Jerry Garcia 
Painted Mandolin is an upbeat and energetic show that explores the acoustic side of Jerry Garcia all the way from his Jug Band days, to Old And In the Way, through the Grateful Dead’s ‘Reckoning period, to Garcia/Grisman.

This musical treat features Joe Craven (Mandolin/Violin/Percussion) a former member of the Garcia/Grisman Band from 1991-1994 and a member of The David Grisman Quintet from 1989-2004; Matt Hartle (Lead Guitar) from Spirit of 76, The China Cats, and Shady Groove; Larry Graff (Rhythm Guitar) from Slugs N' Roses and the Banana Slug String Band; Roger Sideman (Bass) from The China Cats.

June 28th, 2018
The Chris Cain Band – Blues
Chris Cain, has earned several 2018 artist nominations, including Blues Blast Magazine Awards as Best Male Blues Artist, his newest album for Best ​Contemporary Blues Album and Blues Music Awards Blues Guitarist of the Year. Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues. His powerfully deep vocals and jazz inspired, blues guitar riffs are unforgettable; uniquely his own, while reminiscent of the legendary BB King and Albert King. As a child, Chris Cain attended concerts with his dad to hear many of the great blues artists of the time. When Cain burst onto the blues scene in 1987 with his award winning debut album, he soon found himself sharing the stage and trading licks with a few of those legends, including Albert King and Albert Collins. Chris Cain has released a dozen albums, each filled with soul-stirring songs pulled from his own blues drenched heart. A musician's musician, Chris Cain’s brand of blues is unforgettable.

“Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style.” – Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic)