Antioch summer concert finale Saturday

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch will host the final summer concert Saturday with Harvey & and the Wallbangers performing classic Motown and rock n roll.

The concert will be 6 to 8 p.m. at Waldie Plaza in the Rivertown district in downtown Antioch. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic dinners and enjoy the music. No alcohol or smoking is permitted in Waldie Plaza. For more information, visit www.art4antioch.org or contact Diane Gibson-Gray at the Arts & Cultural Foundation at 925-325-9897 or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org.

Seafood and Music Festival Sept. 7 and 8

PITTSBURG -- The 29th annual Pittsburg Seafood Festival gets under way 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8.

The event features an array of seafood and other foods, live entertainment featuring three stages with groups from around the globe, pumping out country, Cajun, zydeco, blues, classic rock, funk and R&B. Also included in the days festivities are a carnival kids play land and petting zoo. Advance online tickets are adults $8, seniors 62 and older and youth $3.75 (all plus processing fees) and can be reserved online at http://pittsburgseafoodandmusicfestival.com. Single tickets $10 at the door, $5 for youth and seniors. 925-432-7301, pittsburgchamber.org.


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Handel s 'Messiah seeking voices

BRENTWOOD -- The Holiday Choir is calling for East County community members to join the performances of Handel s "Messiah.

Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 809 Second St. There is a $25 cover fee for music, facilities use and accompanist. No registration required; just show up. For information, call Annette Beckstrand at 925-437-4963.

Delta Blues Festival offers music, art, food

ANTIOCH -- The Delta Blues Festival is set for noon to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in downtown Antioch between Second and I streets.

The alcohol-free event will feature music, art, crafts and food vendors. The musical lineup includes Rick Estrin & The Night Cats, Greg Wright, Ricky Earl featuring Cherise, Zydeco Flames, Tia Carroll, and The Kyle Jester Blues Show.

Admission and parking are free, but bring along lawn chairs. No pets are allowed. For more information, go to deltabluesfestival.net or call, 925-698-8024.

Islamic art exhibit at Antioch Library

ANTIOCH -- The Antioch Library is hosting a multimedia art exhibit, "Message of Quran; Benevolence. The exhibit is assembled by Islamic Art Exhibit, a nonprofit organization promoting Islamic art.

The exhibit includes 24 pieces and is open noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, 501 W. 18th St. For information, call 925-757-9224, or go to ccc.lib.org.

Summerset concerts hosts Frederick Hodges

BRENTWOOD -- Summerset Concerts presents pianist Frederick Hodges 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Somerset Orchards, 770 Centennial Place.

Classically trained, not only is Hodges a great technician but brings amazing verve and gusto to his performances with the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers and Hart and other popular composers. Hodges has shown his piano playing and singing talents on stage, television and movies.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Summerst Orchards activity desk or at the door. For information, call 925-513-2640.

Nonfiction anthonolgy looking for submissions

BRENTWOOD -- The city of Brentwood and Kati Short, poet laureate, are requesting poetry, short fiction and creative nonfiction for the anthology "In Mt. Diablo s Shadow.

Works can be submitted through Sept. 16.

Adults from Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Bethel Island, participants of Brentwood Writes as well as juniors and seniors in the Liberty High School District will be considered.

For submission details, call, 925-634-6655, or email, katishort@yahoo.com.

Local artists show(works at Umpqua Bank

ANTIOCH -- The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is partnering with Antioch Umpqua Bank for a bimonthly art exhibit providing local artists a venue to showcase their work. Featured artists this month are Jeanette Ahern, Rosalinda Grejsen, Diane Klein Gwynne, Kay Kirby and John Nicolini.

The exhibit is free and open to the public 9 a.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 25, 3700 Lone Tree Way. They are currently seeking artists for October/November exhibit.

For information, call 925-325 9897 or go to http://art4antioch.org.

Wind musicians needed for concert band

BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Concert Band is looking for percussion, brass and woodwind musicians as it begins its ninth season.

If you are yearning to get back into the swing, or want to refine your skills, join rehearsals 7 to 9 p.m., Mondays at Liberty High, Room PAC3, 850 Second St., Brentwood. The band will prepare for a performance at the East Contra Costa Historical Society annual barbecue 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 8. Entertainment will come from variety of music from marches to show tunes. The band performs around seven times a year and is co-led by Carey Hurst, Liberty High Band director; and Susan Stuart.

-- Nan Hargis