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July 20, 2010 > Niles Town Plaza summer concerts

Niles Town Plaza summer concerts

The first annual Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert Series is well underway, with its fourth free concert in the historical Niles District of Fremont. The new Niles plaza features many picnic areas, a lawn amphitheater, restored 1900s train station, and a view of cattle grazing on nearby hills.

Mayberry with a twist, Niles hosts a concert every two weeks, featuring Americana, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz, Pop, Country, and World Music. Sunday, July 25 features three acts: the Blues of Ron Thompson, Americana Folk of singer/songwriter Michael McNevin, and Bluegrass of Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue.

Ron Thompson, a Newark native, is a legendary rhythm and blues guitarist and master keyboardist. He is a Grammy nominated member of the Blues Hall Of Fame and has performed with such musical greats as Fleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and Tina Turner.

Raised in Niles, Michael McNevin began his career as a troubadour in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village, and has since logged 20 years of concerts and festivals across the U.S. He's been billed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Shawn Colvin, Utah Phillips, and Donovan. He has a seasoned voice, accomplished guitar work, and a vivid brand of storytelling.

Wild Blue is Marin County's premier bluegrass band. They play bluegrass classics, originals, folk and country songs. Kentucky legend Dr. Elmo is on banjo and lead vocals, whose holiday hit "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" has been the most popular Christmas song in the nation for the past 30 years. Guitarist John Pierson, originally from Gainsville, is the band balladeer as well as a first-rate harmony singer. Upright bassist Larry Carlin holds down the fort and sings lead and harmony vocals.

Four large canopies erected by the Niles Main Street Association will provide shade at the concerts. Listeners may bring some shade of their own along with low lawn chairs, picnics, and sunscreen. If you cannot pack a picnic, don't worry-several restaurants adjacent to the plaza are preparing 'to go' lunches. This is a family friendly event so alcohol is prohibited. Attendees are urged to help keep the plaza clean.

For concert series dates and the upcoming line-ups, keep an eye on the Niles Events calendar at

Sponsored by The Golden Spike Music Program and The Niles Main Street Association. Presented by Mudpuddle Music.

Niles Town Plaza summer concert
Sunday, July 25
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Niles Town Plaza
37592 Niles Blvd., Fremont

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