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October 1, 2013 > Beer, brats and bands = great time!

Beer, brats and bands = great time!

By Steve Taylor

Sizzling meats: Check!
Smoking guitars: Check!
Cold craft beers: Check!
Free entry and things to keep the kids busy: BIG check!

The annual ÒSausage & Suds Music Festival,Ó which has been described as Òa little slice of Milwaukee with a Tri-City vibe,Ó returns this Sunday, October 6 to Downtown San Leandro. The family-friendly event is produced each autumn by the non-profit San Leandro Downtown Business Association, a group of over 60 local businesses. As it has for over a decade, the event will be held on Parrott Street between Washington Avenue and E. 14th Street. Since it began in 1997, the ÒSausage & Suds Music FestivalÓ has evolved into a hometown tradition that now attracts as many as 8,000 people.

The scheduled music line-up is as mixed as, well, a good sausage. Fleetwood Mask, an epic Fleetwood MAC tribute band from Pleasanton starts cranking out the hits at noon. ÒAvanceÓ is a massive, 13-piece salsa ensemble that will get everyone moving when they kick off later in the afternoon. The Coburns would be considered the most conventional guitar band in the lineup; that is until the woman sawing on an accordion steps forward and takes over the set. The Spazmatics dish out rock music of the Ô70s and Ô80s as well as comedy gags, while solo ÒTascheÓ croons out smooth R & B sounds.

Like any block party youÕll find vendors selling a variety of food including roasted corn on the cob, kettle corn, roasted potatoes, and every possible permutation of combination of meats to form a Òwurst,Ó which is German for Òsausage.Ó The kids can have their own fun in the childrenÕs play area with free attractions such as a climbing wall and bounce houses set up for the event. A free Zumba class will be held for all ages at 10 a.m. for those looking to offset their food and beer consumption.

Festival goers should bring their photo I.D.'s for entry into the beer and wine garden. Though visitors can obviously find a wide variety of alcohol, organizers assure everyone attending that this event never Òdevolves into some kind of debauchery."

Major business sponsors of this yearÕs event are New Belgium Brewing, Aidells, Alameda County Industries, OSI Soft, Peterson Power Systems/CAT, Coca Cola, and Horizon Beverage Company.

The festival encourages the use of mass transit and is within walking distance of the San Leandro BART station, and AC Transit bus lines run up and down E. 14th Street, which is adjacent to the event. For those who choose to drive, street parking is available in the vicinity of the festival. Dogs are not allowed.

Sausage & Suds Music Festival
Sunday, Oct 6
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Downtown San Leandro
Parrott Street, between Washington Ave. and E. 14th St., San Leandro
Free admission

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