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September 21, 2010 > Free Concerts in Niles

Free Concerts in Niles

Submitted By Michael McNevin

After the success of the Summer Concert Series, Niles Town Plaza has more concerts scheduled for early fall. On Sunday afternoon, September 26, three diverse acts come to town -- The Stairwell Sisters, Hugh & The Hefners, and special guest Dana Hubbard.

San Francisco's all-gal old-time teardown, The Stairwell Sisters, play a deep and rowdy repertoire of timeless tunes plus a solid standing of smart, original material that is winning praise on a national level. Featured on "A Prairie Home Companion," The Stairwell Sisters lay down concerts and square dances for counter-culturalists everywhere, infusing the old music with intoxicating energy and soul. The Stairwell has never sounded better.

When Hugh & The Hefners first got together to play some music at the Bistro in Hayward, they didn't have a name. So, Victor, the owner of the renowned music pub decided it for them. When the monthly calendar went out, they all blushed a little, but the name stuck. They don't wear robes; they are just four gentlemen in regular clothes playing fine old jazz tunes.

Dana Hubbard is a warm and engaging personality on stage, singing, telling stories, and playing both guitar and harmonica at an exceptional level. He is a recent winner of the 2009 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival Acoustic Blues Competition, and Winner of the 2009 Indie International Songwriting Contest for Folk/Acoustic.

The beautiful new 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 museum, and has a perfect view of both the musicians and the hills.

Bring low lawn chairs, enjoy the sunshine, and spend some time in this old silent film mecca. For those who just show up without a plan, not a problem -- large shade canopies are provided by the Niles Main Street Association, plenty of park benches, and a long semi-circle bench surrounds the grass facing the concert stage.

Niles Town Plaza Fall Concert Series
Sunday, September 26
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Niles Town Plaza Lawn Amphitheater
37592 Niles Blvd., Fremont

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