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August 26, 2014 > Free Niles Plaza concert

Free Niles Plaza concert

Submitted By Michael McNevin

On Sunday, Sept 7, the free Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert Series continues with Felsen (subversive West Oakland indie-rockers) and Rocktapus (originals, classic rock, and new country cover band).

Oakland-based indie rockers FelsenÕs fourth album, ÔI DonÕt Know How to Talk AnymoreÕ, was released by SFÕs boutique record label, Sign Shop Records on September 4, 2013. Felsen has toured throughout the West and have just completed their largest national club tour to date. The songs fit together like a novel telling a story about the need to re-humanize ourselves in the wake of soul-crushing technological advancements -- art wins, humanity prevails. FelsenÕs influences include The Beatles, Beach Boys, U2, The Shins, Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Pink Floyd, Spoon, and Camper Van Beethoven. Frontman Andrew Griffin started Felsen after his 2006 cancer diagnosis, which led to the release of FelsenÕs first album, Accidental Drowning, in 2009.

Rocktapus are four seasoned musicians playing rocking originals, classic rock and new country covers guaranteed to get you up and dancing. Based in the East Bay, they perform a variety of danceable, grooving, head bobbing Rock nÕ Roll classics, Latin Rock, and modern Country. The band consists of Ken Younger on lead guitar and vocals, Bill Desmidt on rhythm guitar and vocals, Frank Grygus on bass and vocals, and Kevin McNair on drums, percussion and sequencer.

The concerts are free to the public, just bring a lawn chair and grab any open seating on the plaza lawn. There is also ample bench seating facing the amphitheater with great views of the stage, the Niles hills, and the historic old town. This is a family friendly event and also includes a Kids Zone. The five-block Niles downtown is Mayberry with a twist -- artisan shops, antique stores, restaurants, and pubs. The town also boasts Sunday steam train rides through the Niles Canyon on the original track bed of the Transcontinental Railroad, and an active silent film theater built by the Edison Company during NilesÕ heyday as a silent film mecca.

This event is presented by The Niles Main Street Association and Mudpuddle Music. Sponsors include: Dale Hardware, Valley Oak Partners, Fremont Cultural Arts Council, Alameda County Water District, Mr. MikeyÕs Country Store, The Florence Bar & Grill, Papillon Restaurant, Vine Cafe, Nile Cafe, Niles Pie Company, DonÕs Antique Auto Parts, and the Niles Main Street Association. KidÕs Zone sponsored by Early Start Music & Toys.

Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert
Sunday, Sept 7
3 p.m. Ð 6 p.m.
3 p.m. Ð Rocktapus/ 4:30 p.m. Ð Felsen
Niles Town Plaza
37592 Niles Blvd, Fremont

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