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Free live music, entertainment part of street fair today, Sunday

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Free live music,  entertainment part of street fair today, Sunday

Manteca Police Explorers work on bicycles Friday that they will use for patrols during the Crossroads of California Street Fair today and Sunday in downtown Manteca.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED April 10, 2010 1:47 a.m.
Everything from up and coming garage bands and seasoned musicians to fresh vocalists are part of the entertainment line-up for the 14th annual Crossroads of California Street Fair today and Sunday in downtown Manteca.

The street fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday.

While the main attractions are the more than 300 vendors hawking everything from crafts, toe rings to kettlekorn, the entertainment offerings are impressive as well.

Consider the repertoire of the Livermore-based band Soundchek whose members have an average of 20 years experience playing music.

Soundchek performs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today on the Library Park Gazebo Stage. They offer music ranging from mellow background music to folk, light country and straight up rock-n-roll. Their selections include songs by Santana, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Eddie Money, Robert Palmer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, The Police, Bon Jovi, Journey, U2, and many others.

At the other end of the spectrum is Launchpad Away, a Manteca-based pop/punk-alternative band taking the gazebo stage Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. They have played hole-in-the wall venues with just five people watching to packed houses at clubs throughout Northern California. Larry Yadao handles vocals/guitar; Peter Tilley, bass/vocals; Anthony Yadao, guitar; and Kevin Russ, drums. For samples of their music go to

Then there is perennial favorite from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday with Woody Hawkins of Stockton who uses his own brand of music for storytelling accompanied by guitar licks and harmonica.

A rundown of today’s entertainment schedule  includes the Dakota West band from Lodi at 10 a.m.; Soundchek, from Livermore at 11 a.m.; GK Music presents Facade, Amanda Armstrong, and Brieanne Jansen at 1 p.m.; Manteca Youth Focus Entertainers at 2 p.m.; current Manteca Idol title holder   Shellie Hoyt, current Manteca Junior Idol winner Annie Banks as well as Manteca Idol contestants Brieanne Jansen and Kaylie Dotson at 3 p.m.; singer Jordan Waters at 4:30 p.m.; and  GK Music presents Braata, Ben Tolman, and Chelsea Jordan at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday’s line-up includes Launchpad Away at 10 a.m.; Woody Hawkins at 11 a.m.; GK Music presents Zephyr and Neon Ink at noon; Taberna Martial Arts demo at 1 p.m.; singer Amy Dias at 2 p.m.; GK Music presents Braata, Elle’ Lewis and Brieanne Jansen at 3 p.m.; singer Felicia Zapata at 4 p.m.; and The Core Band of Ripon at 4:30 p.m.

There is a safety fair today being conducted by the Manteca Police Department’s Community Emergency Response team. The CERT volunteers will stage a car show on Sunday.

There is kids’ zone days as well as a new cars and RV show. You can also view sports recreation vehicles offered through Delta Power Sports.

Breakfast today
The American Legion is serving a breakfast today at the Legion Hall, 220 E. Yosemite Ave., next to the PG&E office from 5 to 11 a.m.

Breakfast will consist of biscuits and gravy for $3 or eggs, hash brown, biscuits and gravy for $6. Coffee and juice will also be served with breakfast.

The proceeds go towards the Legion’s scholarship fund and helping send incoming high school seniors to Boys State.

Spaghetti feed
Manteca Rebekah Lodge will be hosting a spaghetti feed during the Crossroads Street Fair today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to benefit the Hope Family Shelter.

The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. The meal includes spaghetti, bread, salad and a drink. It will be held at the lodge hall at 113 W. Yosemite Ave. above Manteca Bedquarters neat the intersection with Main Street.

Carnival this weekend
The street fair carnival runs today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley in the Best Buy Parking lot.
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