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June 25, 2013 > Niles kicks off summer concerts

Niles kicks off summer concerts

Submitted By Michael McNevin

The Niles Town Plaza Concert Series kicks off its 2013 season on Sunday, June 30 with Plaza Stage favorites Wooster. Americana/Folk-rock combo McNevin & The Spokes will open the concert with many homespun songs and stories about Niles and Fremont.

Described by various music critics as "smoldering," "top-notch," "one-of-a-kind," "addictive," and "like a breath of fresh air," the Wooster sound is a party-ready mix of California reggae and Aretha Franklin-esque soul, spiced up with hints of Motown, surf, Latin rock, funk and hip-hop. Listen closely and you might detect a little Chili Peppers swagger, a little Dave Matthews bounce, or a little Led Zep muscle. The end result? Think Sublime after anger management, or No Doubt on soul serum. (

A Niles native, Michael McNevin started his career with a six-month stint in New York City, cutting his troubadour teeth in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. Now a veteran of the folk scene, McNevin has logged 20 years of concerts across the U.S., and has been a main stager at the Strawberry, Kerrville, High Sierra, and Philadelphia music festivals. Billed in clubs and halls with the likes of Johnny Cash, Shawn Colvin, Donovan, and hundreds of others on the songwriter circuit, he has a seasoned voice, accomplished steel string guitar work, and a vivid brand of storytelling. He is joined by another Niles local, Patrick McClellan, on bass and vocals, and other surprise guests sitting in as "The Spokes." (

This free, family friendly concert event also features lots of old fashioned kids games and gunny sack races, along with food booths. Bring a lawn chair or two, maybe a small umbrella for shade, relax and enjoy the sunshine on the big lawn amphitheater. For those who show up without a plan, there are plenty of park benches and a long semi-circle bench facing the concert stage, with shade shared amongst neighbors. There are several restaurants nearby for your impromptu picnic; please keep the Plaza clean.

The beautiful Niles Town Plaza sits in the center of the old train town of Niles, against the hills of Fremont. The lawn amphitheater is in front of the restored 1900s train station with a nice view of the musicians, hills, and the old steam trains that come and go through the Niles Canyon every other Saturday and Sunday. The five block downtown is Mayberry with a twist - artisan shops, antique stores, great little restaurants and pubs, a silent film theater, lakes and hills, an oasis of history and beauty. Niles has something for everyone. Spend some time in the old silent film mecca where Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy made films 100 years ago.

Many thanks to The Niles Main Street Association, The Nile Cafe, and Dale Hardware for bringing music to the Niles Town Plaza! Mark your calendars for all of the Sunday Plaza Concerts - June 30, July 14, August 4, August 18, and September 22 - featuring a wide variety of music and fun.

Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert Celebration
Sunday, June 30
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Niles Town Plaza
37592 Niles Blvd., Fremont

Other free concerts in the Tri-Cities include:

Concerts in the Park
Sundays through July 14
2:30 p.m.
Tony Morelli Bandstand
Memorial Park
24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward
(510) 569-8497

Summer Concert Series
Thursday, July 11: Jukebox Heroes (decades of Billboard hits)
Thursday, July 18: Unauthorized Rolling Stones (tribute band)
Thursday, July 25: Diablo Road (country)
Thursday, August 1: Big Cat Tolefree (New Flava Blues & Soul)
Thursday, August 8: East Bay Mudd (big horn band playing R & B hits)
Thursday, August 15: The Houserockers (rock 'n roll favorites)
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Central Park Performance Pavilion
40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont
(510) 790-5546

Music at the Grove
Friday, July 12: Big Bang Beat
Friday, July 26: Night Fever (top 40s hits of the '70s, '80s and '90s)
Friday, August 9: Caravanserai (Santana tribute band)
Friday, August 23: Unauthorized Rolling Stones
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.)
Shirley Sisk Grove
Cedar Blvd. at NewPark Mall, Newark
(510) 578-4405

Music and Art in the Park Summer Concert Series
Sunday, August 11: Andy Callao Orquesta and Blues with Sycamore 129 Blues Band
Sunday, August 25: Three O'Clock Jump with Hayward La Honda Music Camp All-Stars
Sunday, September 8: What's Up Big Band with The Herd of Cats
Sunday, September 15: Celtic Celebration featuring the San Francisco Scottish Fiddle Club with The Rolling Drones
Sunday, September 22: No Fly List, Two of Us, and Mt. Eden High Choir members
Sunday September 29: Hypnotones with Rogue Nation, Spun Hippo, Scotty Rock 'N Roll and The Antiquators
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Hayward Memorial Park
24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward

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