Ramona Music Fest

Ramona Music Fest Lines Up First-Class Entertainment


A variety of music artists will light up two stages at the third annual Ramona Music Fest Saturday, March 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Dos Picos Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd.

Music from ’50s rock to jazz, country to reggae, and mellow rock to old time band music will be offered.

The outstanding musical lineup will be headlined by Cactus Twang & Whyte, whose sound is reminiscent of Crosby, Stills & Nash. “Cactus Jim” Soldi is a guitarist extraordinaire who played in Johnny Cash’s band, and Marc Twang has long been regarded as a guitar-playing top gun who has performed with Kenny Loggins. The band offers retro rock and beyond.

Also performing will be Ted Lennon, whose mellow blend of the folk sound and thought-provoking lyrics will make listeners think of Jack Johnson and Bob Dylan; local teen singing sensation Aja Alycean, who has caught the attention of Billy Ray Cyrus; The Rumblers and their rockabilly, ’50s rock and surf music; The Amalgamated, with their ska/reggae sound; the Town Hall Brass Band; Ramona High School Marching Band; and more, including wandering musicians.

The joint fundraiser for community projects and scholarships is sponsored by the Ramona Rotary and Ramona Kiwanis clubs. The event will feature a children’s play area; food; beer and wine gardens; auctions; and music under the trees. Auction items include a variety of goods and services, from a ride in a 1948 Stearman biplane to a $350 car care package from Main Street Auto Care.

In addition to auctions, there will be a reverse raffle with the final ticket drawn winning a 50-inch, flat-panel plasma HDTV. Only 300 tickets will be available at $25 each until they have sold out. Tickets may be purchased from Rotary and Kiwanis club members or call Bob Vaughn at 760-789-6858.

A raffle for a new $500 drum set will also be held, with 50 tickets being sold at the event at $50 each.

An abundance of barbecued items will be available for sale, prepared by members of the Ramona Kiwanis Club, and beer and wine gardens will feature beer donated by Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido. Concert-goers may bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks into the park.

Full Music Fest information is available on the Web site at www.RamonaMusicFest.org.

Sponsors include Dr. Jane Tanaka, Ramona Disposal Company, Barona Resort and Casino, Oak Tree Ranch, Amber Ramirez Farmers Insurance, Samuel White, the Tulloch family and more. Sponsorship levels are Big Band, $1,000; Quartet, $500; Music, $200; and Guitar Club, $100. Kid Zone sponsors in any donation amount are welcome. Donations are tax-deductible and donors will be recognized on the Web site and during the event. Donations may be sent to Ramona Rotary Club at P.O. Box 276, Ramona, CA 92065, with checks made out to Ramona Music Fest, or visit RamonaMusicFest.org. Organizers are also seeking more products and services to include in the auctions. Contact Lori Woosley at the Boys & Girls Club of San Diego — Ramona Branch at 760-789-8203. Adult admission is $20; ages 7 to 16, $10; and children 6 and under, free. Tickets will be sold at the gate and in advance at Ramona Chamber of Commerce, 960 Main St.; Ramona Music Center, 1045 Main St.; Ramona Journal, 726 D St.; Java Hut, 23680 San Vicente Rd.; and online through March 10. There is a parking fee at Dos Picos Park.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Ramona community projects and scholarships, including July 4th fireworks, Kids Bike Safety Fair, American Flags on Main Street, youth mentoring programs and more. For information, visit the Web site or call Greg Chick at 760-788-2889.

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