BRENTWOOD -- It's hard to determine who will have more fun at Brentwood's 12th annual Art, Wine and Jazz Festival this weekend at the Streets of Brentwood.
This family-friendly event, put on by the Brentwood Art Society, has something for all ages and all interests as it gathers together local artists and vintners, and some of the Bay Area's finest jazz musicians. When you throw in a basketful of children's activities and fine art and music showings from Brentwood's schools, it becomes clear why up to 17,000 festival-goers will participate.
Within the Artist Garden, up to 30 artists will display and sell original, handmade pieces in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pencil, clay, bronze and multimedia. "In addition to that, new this year is a high school art show," said Jack Gaughan, Brentwood Art Society president. "High school students will also be painting with chalk on the streets, doing street painting, and the popular sand sculptures will be back."
Within the Children's Area, the art scene will include the Wall of Art, displaying works by students of Brentwood Union School District. A variety of activities have been organized within the art-themed festival.
"There will be people there teaching kids how to paint, make musical instruments and other crafty things," Gaughan said. "We'll have easels set up with paper and tempera paints so kids and adults can paint."
A host of local vintners and wineries will introduce festival-goers to award winning wines produced in Brentwood. On hand will be Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Bloomfield Vineyards, Tamayo family Vineyards, J. Doran Vineyards and Cline Cellars. Black Diamond Brewery and BJ's Restaurant and Brewery will be selling micro-brews.
Music will ring out all day and into the night both Saturday and Sunday as internationally acclaimed musical talents from Northern California, as well as talented local high school performers, take the stage.
Both nights feature headliners worth staying out for. On Saturday, Tony Lindsey will lead his band, A Tribute to the Genius of Ray Charles, that also includes well-known musicians Dave Matthews and Kenny Washington. Sunday's headliners are Bay Area favorites James Henry and Raul Ramirez.
After opening ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, the Heritage High School Jazz Band will perform, followed at 12:30 p.m. by Bob Belanski and his big band. Big time jazz soloist Larry Vann will be featured from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by Aftershock, a nine-piece jazz-rock, R&B band who will have the crowd dancing with their powerful vocals and original arrangements of popular tunes from the '40s to the '80s. Saturday's entertainment will finish up from 8 to 10 p.m. with Tony Lindsey, who for 20 years was a lead vocalist for Santana, and his Tribute band.
More jazz is on hand Sunday starting at 11 a.m. with groove master Carl Locket, a San Francisco legend with his electrifying technique. At 1:30 p.m. Don Neely and the Rhythm Aces will get jazz-lovers to their feet with their '20s and '30s "Hot Dance" jazz standards, pop tunes, forgotten gems and original music.
Henry James and Raul Ramirez, master percussionists of world music, entertain from 4 to 6 p.m., keeping their audience on high-energy alert with Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, and all-things Latin music, styles, beats and textures.
The festival is the largest annual fundraiser for the Brentwood Art Society and proceeds will be used for a variety of programs.
"All funds go back into the community. We support the art docent program at the elementary school and fund art supplies to the teachers. We sponsor the annual student art show and give scholarships for high school students," Gaughan said. "We're one of the sponsors for Broadway Under the Stars, sponsor shows for emerging artists and are co-sponsors of Open Mic."
What: Brentwood Art, Wine and Jazz Festival
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 am. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, Brentwood.
Information: www.brentwoodartsociety.org, 925-516-2741.