September 6, 2005 > BandFest 2005
by Ceri Hitchcock-Hodgson
Saturday, September 10, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Kennedy Park in Union City will be transformed into one of the hottest events of the year with the Fifth Annual BandFest 2005, featuring more than 15 performers. A music festival of this size would usually cost $40 a ticket but BandFest is free thanks to Bands4Bands, a local artist organization, the city of Union City and a number of other sponsors.
Bands and solo artists scheduled to perform at the Charles F. Kennedy Community Park Amphitheater include; Blair Hansen, Color Black, Hands of Time, The HepCatz, Justus, Kaos, Mystic Rage, Potential Threat, Osiris Rising, Ugly Buzzard, 6:AM, Ink Blot., Marc Hall of Glass Treehouse, Tara Tinsley, Phil Johnson of Roadside Attraction and Belly Dancing by Anisa.
BandFest will be made complete with an artisans market, Kids Zone, raffles and games and roaming performers. When noon rolls around, grab a bite from one of the food vendors or bring a brown bag lunch and hang out in the picnic area. You will also have the chance to meet the performers. Parking is free and BART is directly across the street.
Bands4Bands is a support network dedicated to providing a community for local performing artists. Founded by Mystic Rage drummer Peter Schaaphok, the organization offers a place for local artists to meet and network through meetings, showcases, advice, shows and other events.
Each year, BandFest raises money for a particular cause. This year, it is the MusiCares Program run by The Recording Academy, organizers of the Grammy awards. MusiCares helps people across the United States with personal, medical and financial hardships. For more information, visit www.grammy.com/musicares.
Saturday, September 10
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Charles F. Kennedy Community Park
1333 Decoto Road, Union City
(Across the street from BART)