It's the kids last "free weekend" before school, the last weekend of the Olympics and even Old Town Temecula gets the blues - with Rocky Zharp, Jimmy King Jamba, and Hoodoo Blues all playing Friday, August 10 during Hot Summer Nights.
Start your evening with Rocky Zharp and King at the Merc in a blues workshop. A rarity, the two will offer tips on their instrument of choice. Zharp, a harmonica player/songwriter and vocalist, was given his first musical instrument - the harmonica - by his grandmother. He was just a toddler, but began working as a bass player as a teen. Later he moved to California where he began playing harmonica with Bodie Mountain Express. He soon began recording with other artists eventually making his own CDs. He now has seven CDs, and with the Blues Crackers they have performed throughout the Southland.
King joins Zharp for the workshop at 6. Zharp and the Blues Crackers will play from 7-9 at the Merc, while King and Jamba play at Baily's Courtyard from 7-10 p.m.
Hoodoo Blues will play at Villa di Calabro Winery from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This band has been the host band for KUSI weekend news, featured at the Oceanside Blues Fest, Seaport Village Blues by the Bay, and Rosie O'Grady's. They've played at House of Blues, Belly Up, Kings Fish House and The Waterfront. Hoodoo Blues is known for infectious rhythms, swing, funk and rock. They packed the place July 13, so get to Old Town early.
At Tesoro enjoy to music of Deek and Long featuring Lisa Jane Long and Andy Long of Liittle Lies, with their vast variety of top tunes from the 90s alternative rock bands to today's hits, country and blues. All concerts are free.
Caylie Miranda Gregario, is a 15-year-old singer/songwriter who made it into the top 80 of "The X-Factor". She performers again in Old Town Temecula at the alcove next to Rosa's Cantina from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gregario also placed third in the San Diego Superstar competition in June, and was given the Rising Star Award-Vocalist in March by the North American Country Music Association International, (N.A.C.M.A.I).
August 17: Party in the Park with Nitro Express, a Western Town/Jump and obstacle course, plus around town: When Pigs Fly, Waylon Hicks Project and the Valley Winds.
Dynamite Dave will also be in Old Town making his balloon creations. Every Friday night at Pennypickle’s Workshop/Temecula Children’s Museum, children and their parents can enjoy science adventures from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information visit www.pennypickles.org. Temecula Carriages will also offer rides for a fee during Hot Summer Nights.
For Hot Summer Nights information and a current lineup see www.temeculacalifornia.com or call (951) 694-6480.