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September 17, 2013 > Niles Music Festival returns for second year

Niles Music Festival returns for second year

Submitted By Michael McNevin

A great lineup of over 20 acts will grace the stage of the 2nd annual "Niles Music Festival" in the Niles Town Plaza. Bands, trios, duos, and solos will fill the air of the five block downtown of historic Niles. This eight-hour music fest features many locals who make up the Niles music scene. The line-up also boasts past Town Plaza Concert Summer Series headliners and a few out of town faves as well, including Sandi & The Rockerfellers, The Red Shoes, McNevin & The Spokes, Dog Without Warning, The Murray Brothers, State Secrets, Eddie & Friends, SEZU, Jay Howlett and Rolfe Wyer, New Oak Pilgrims, The Frakes Experiment, The Ozones, The Niles Steel Mill, Laurie McClain, Nancy Cassidy, Kathy Tejcka, Matt Hayden, Bruce Cates, David Price, Patrick McClellan, Nate Fredrick, and Tom Smyth. Many of the featured musicians become back up musicians throughout the day, forming impromptu bands for each other.

Last year's festival was homegrown and magical, and the 2nd annual event will have its magic too. This is a family friendly event; the kids have sack races and tug-of-war on the lawn between music sets. Enjoy the large grass amphitheater, the 1900s train station behind the stage, the cattle-covered hills, steam trains, the silent film history of Charlie Chaplin and Broncho Billy, and the beauty of downtown Niles.

Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and an umbrella for shade. There are food booths and several cafes and restaurants adjacent to the plaza for your impromptu picnic. The event is free, but donation baskets are passed to help bring the Summer Concert Series back in 2014. There is free parking all over town.

For an added evening attraction after the festival, Nashville songwriter Laurie McClain performs an 8 p.m. acoustic concert at The Mudpuddle Shop, directly across the street from the Niles Town Plaza. Seating is limited and intimate. Tickets are a sliding donation of $10 - $20 ($15 - $20 would be appreciated). For info/RSVPs, call (510) 794-9935.

Big thanks go to sponsors: The Niles Main Street Association, The Nile Cafe, Dale Hardware, and Best Western Garden Court Inn!

Niles Music Festival
Sunday, Sept 22
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Niles Town Plaza
37592 Niles Blvd., Fremont

Laurie McClain
Sunday, Sept 22
8 p.m.
The Mudpuddle Shop
37433 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 794-9935
Tickets: $10 - $20

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