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Sausalito Art Festival jazzes up Labor Day weekend

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

It is certainly not too early to begin making Labor Day weekend plans. I find myself in my customary position of loathing the dog days of August and looking forward unabashedly to September’s arrival, with all that means in terms of cooler weather, football season, Monterey Jazz Festival and more. And it all gets under way over Labor Day.
The Sausalito Arts Festival should be near the top of your potential stops that weekend, for a variety of reasons.
First, of course, is the setting. I remain ever enchanted by Sausalito, its bayside location and views of the City. Second, now in its 62nd year, the event festival represents one of Northern California’s “oldest, most prestigious open-air art events, (one that) attracts art aficionados and collectors from around the world and continues to set the standard for quality, variety, innovation and sheer scope of art on display, as well as for a celebrated entertainment line-up and special exhibits.” Sounds like a winner to me.
Third, of course, is the entertainment lineup, which leans heavily on blues and jazz.

August 30
Main Stage
11 a.m: Craig Caffall Band
12:30 p.m.: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
2:15 p.m.: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
4:30 p.m.: Jackie Greene

Artists Stage
11 a.m.: Montana Skies
1 p.m.: Sony Holland
3:30 p.m.: Hi-Ball Hot Shots

August 31
Main Stage
11 a.m.: Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs
12:30 p.m.: Taj Mahal
2:30 p.m.: Fabulous Thunderbirds
4:30 p.m.: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

Artists Stage
11 a.m.: Gypsy Jazz Caravan
1 p.m.: Deborah Winters
3 p.m.: Swing Set

September 1
Main Stage
Noon: Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Ensemble
1:45 p.m.: Pride and Joy
3 p.m.: TBD

Artists Stage
11 a.m.: Laurel Trio
1 p.m.: Dixie Giants
3 p.m.: Pamela Rose with Wayne De La Cruz and the Hammond Organ Party

Meanwhile, traditional jazz – and Latin and Cajun – fans might want to turn their attention that weekend to Rancho Cordova, site of the Hot Jazz Jubilee. Hundreds of musicians will descend on the Marriot Hotel for four days of performances from both adult and youth bands, with the lineup featuring such talents as Bob Draga and Friends, Au Brothers, Crescent Katz, High Sierra Jazz Band, Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Sister Swing, Gator Nation, Blue Street Jazz Band, Big Mama Sue and Friends, Wally's Warehouse Waifs, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Smart Fellers, and Stardust Cowboys.

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