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Wine and Art Festival to feature four bands and more

By: Tom McClelland Special to The Press-Tribune
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The first Kobra Crush 29 Wine and Art Festival, presented by Thunder Valley Casino, takes place Saturday, Oct. 18 at Roseville’s Civic Center Plaza and surrounding streets. Planned and orchestrated by Placer Valley Tourism, the event will feature continuous music with four bands planned for the evening beginning at 5 p.m. The band Hip Service, featuring a 15-member ensemble, is a mix of vocals, dancers and musicians who bring a custom stage show to every performance. They are known to captivate their audiences with sounds of the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s and their rhythm and blues, classic soul, the sounds of Motown and even the sounds of today. Hip Service is popular for its appeal to all age groups Boyz Nite Out is an a capella band uses their voices as instruments. This quintet brings to life poular and rock songs from as far back as the fifties. Their history dates back to the early ’90s when some of them sang together at American River College. For more than a dozen years, BNO has electrified audiences all over the country. They did a week of performances in Spain this year, and even opened a Jay Leno Show. They specialize in popular tunes including recognizable oldies. Bud Anderson, manager of BNO, promises “an upbeat performance with lots of audience participation.” Steelin’ Dan is a local group of 10 musicians who pay tribute to the original Steely Dan. With some of the Sacramento area’s top talent, Steelin’ Dan consists of a lead vocalist, two female vocalists and a three-piece horn section, all supported by a four-member rhythm section. The band is well known for its outstanding musicianship as they recreate the timeless music of Steely Dan. For the opening act, Jerry Martini brings a trio to the show. While he performs with several groups in this area, his main claim to fame is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while playing with Sly and the Family Stone. He still plays with the famous Bay Area group on occasion. For the festival’s opening performance, Martini brings versatile Bill Chiechi on the keyboard. Chiechi is skilled on trumpet, guitar and drums, and he makes the keyboard come to life with electronic backup beats. In addition to these bands as many as 50 professional artists will show their works, offering many pieces for sale. Ten Placer County wineries will serve tastings of their best vintages. The kitchens of Crush 29 will provide food in two venues – a wine café and a microbrew garden. Big screen TVs will show football games in the beer garden. Advance tickets are $30. Information on tickets or hotel and bus shuttle packages can be found by visiting www.placertourism.com or by phoning (800) 773-0522. Schedule of bands Jerry Martini Trio 5 p.m. Steelin’ Dan 6 p.m. Boyz Nite Out 7:15 p.m. Hip Service 8:45 p.m.